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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-18-2015, 02:16 PM  
How to deactivate SDM and allow for screw drive autofocus with DA* 16-50mm f/2.8
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 759
Views: 184,486
So guys, totally late to the party here, but it seems generally speaking, this is regarded as safe- risky, but assuming you can read instructions, safe?

I have my Pentax K-5IIs and my 16-50mm has been repaired once. Now my 50-135mm has gone out as well. My 50mm DA* is also making a squeaking noise so I don't think it is far off.

Now the SDM motors on those is beginning to, or has failed. Doing this conversion will make the camera ignore that main motor and use the alternate, right? I do not need to have to have SDM working in order for this trick to function right?
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 06-01-2014, 08:13 AM  
Architecture A sight from the bottom of the Well
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 11
Views: 738
Nicely done. Nominated.
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 05-31-2014, 08:41 PM  
Black & White Dublin
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 1
Views: 440
A high quality photo from an Indie band that happened to die just as it started getting things together. Named Dublin (as in Doublin' up) and starring two very talent restless youths. They did it though, they released an album and went separate ways. If I make it to the next round, I may divulge more about how they overcame and how I became a part of them. Not sure why but its uploading a lot softer than in person. Oh well. Do enjoy however.



DA* 50-135mm on a Pentax K-r.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-06-2014, 02:22 PM  
HD Teleconverter Officially Announced
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 461
Views: 53,381
I am prepared to pay more for quality. Honestly, if it is something I am going to have and keep for years and years, I am not at all disappointed in investing a couple hundred dollars, or even more than that in some cases. My DA* lenses are my favorites and weather sealing is a great reason to get the teleconverter. My current lens line up though doesn't really need a teleconverter so I may pick one up... just maybe later in the year or next year.

I need to pick up the 60-250mm though. That and the battery grip.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-28-2014, 02:47 PM  
Who would have thought that BB was the place for Pentax advice
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 13
Views: 1,620
Hey there, Folks. Kryscendo here (David in real world) and while I do work full time still at Best Buy, mostly slinging DSLRs, I live and work in the suburbs of Chicago, so unless Brad, that is you, I don't believe I was the representative you spoke with.

Funny how tight knit but also passionate us Pentaxians are, however!
Forum: Pentax K-5 01-28-2014, 02:05 PM  
K-5 IIs and Firmware and SDXC Speeds
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 4
Views: 1,058
The K-5 II and IIs are still locked at those speeds, even with firmware updates?
Forum: Pentax K-5 01-28-2014, 02:04 PM  
Just for reference: K-5 II, IIs PDF Manual
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 1
Views: 857
It can be hard to locate so I thought I would upload the Pentax K-5 II and IIs manual. You can download it here and sync it to your phone and viola! You have an instant reference!

Clicky!
Forum: Pentax K-5 01-28-2014, 02:00 PM  
K-5 IIs and Firmware and SDXC Speeds
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 4
Views: 1,058
Quick question you guys. I am eyeballing the 64GB Sandisk Extreme Pro SDXC card. Now as I understand it, SDXC cards can be a little goofy with operating speeds, firmware versions and all that and I am just wondering if there are any issues I should be made aware of. Any issues? Does the 32GB SDHC version of the same card work faster with this particular body? Give me the scoop!

Thanks.
Forum: Pentax K-5 01-28-2014, 01:58 PM  
A DVD guide for Pentax K5ii
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 1
Views: 1,017
To be fair, reading the product manual from cover to cover, over and over, is the best way to learn the entirety of the camera. I've only read the manual about twice, but I know little short cuts and tricks that the Pentax rep I spoke with didn't even know. I know it isn't ideal, but download the PDF of the manual and from there, upload it to your phone. Read a chapter here and there.

The second time you read it is when it really sinks in. Good luck!

EDIT: Here is the PDF ready to download if you wish.
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/115-pentax-k-5/249767-just-reference-k-5-...ml#post2666385
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-02-2013, 12:52 PM  
Ricoh announces company name change - no more Pentax Ricoh Imaging, just Ricoh.
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 528
Views: 52,689
As long as they don't remove Pentax branding from the cameras, I don't care.

It will be a huge missed opportunity get rid of the Pentax brand as a lot of people out there still own Pentax film bodies and if they find out their lenses still mount and work on a 2013 DSLR, which one do you think they will lean towards? Besides, one could argue that Pentax is a much more 'camera oriented' name than Ricoh.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-23-2013, 12:05 AM  
Battery Grip Power Options
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 5
Views: 916
Well, I have AAs and about 4 Pentax Li-Ion batteries for the K-5. I just am wondering which gives best performance.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-22-2013, 09:03 PM  
Battery Grip Power Options
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 5
Views: 916
Hey guys, I am pondering on getting the battery grip for my K-5 IIs and have been thinking about the official Pentax one because it is weather sealed as so elloquently demonstrated by Heie. Just curious though, which provides more power? 6 high quality 2300 mAH Ni-MH batteries or an extra Li-Ion Pentax battery? I will probably use the Pentax but I do have a bag full of those high quality rechargeable AAs and was wondering which would get me better results?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-12-2013, 03:32 PM  
Pentax K-500, K-50, and Q7 cameras officially announced!
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 346
Views: 52,517
I think everyone is forgetting that for $500 you can get a 100% FoV optical viewfinder. That's a pretty big fricken deal actually.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-03-2013, 07:49 AM  
pentax k5 iis $999 on Amazon
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 23
Views: 2,717
I actually bought mine April 30th from Emmy Photo on Amazon. I was bonking my head on the wall when I realized that Emmy Photos price + the warranty was equal to BH new rebated price + their warranty.

Plus I got prime shipping so not too snazzy.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-02-2013, 10:44 AM  
Pentax Outdoor Adventure Contest (Canada)
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 2
Views: 1,468
Some dude who skydives with his K-5 will probably win.
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-18-2013, 10:21 AM  
Could k-30 be better camera than K-5 iis ?
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 16
Views: 4,380
A man who has to ask his other half- is no man at all.

"What's that,"

"It's the 645D, honey, don't worry about it."
Forum: General Talk 03-13-2013, 10:16 PM  
Design a T-Shirt: Win a DA 70mm Limited lens!
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 239
Views: 49,791
So is the deadline by the end of the 14th or beginning or what? I've been held back a bit and want to submit my design badly.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-03-2013, 10:09 AM  
Pentax wants to hear what you think?
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 376
Views: 42,408
Oh yes, he was very aware that you can't just dump cameras into stores and make money. It very much costs money to put on a show, and to support it. Probably why they are focusing more on smaller, specialty stores to gain momentum as well perhaps test what works and what doesn't. IE: Stores with Blue or White K-30s sold more than the just the Black ones on display.. etc.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-03-2013, 09:49 AM  
Pentax wants to hear what you think?
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 376
Views: 42,408
Just finished up with Mr. Malcolm. Cool dude. Very passionate about photography because right away, he gives off the impression that he's been there and done that.

I simply touched based with the things I felt important. Rough paraphrases here, please don't quote.

I have a Q, I like the Q, thanks for keep supporting the Q with new lenses. "Oh yes, keep an eye out this year for more new lenses." He particularly mentioned the pin hole lens that was featured on the lens roadmap.

I mentioned that I like the 645D system and to keep advertising it, showing it off with big sexy lenses in the trade shows. "Yup, we love our 645 system and will continue to champion it around at shows. I've shot Hasselblads in the past, etc." Pretty cool that he 'gets it' when it comes to the 645D. It's an exceptional camera, not meant for the masses, but what it offers is very alluring. He mentioned also to look at the Pentax Photo Gallery specifically for 645D shots.

I also mentioned how I would like to never see Marc Newson again. He had a good laugh and said "Either you love it or you hate it."

Next I brought up FF and just glossed over it and said to him, "Look, you guys have been hearing this for a while, and I think you making one that is a true full frame rather than these odd entry-level full frame cameras is important." I mentioned how I'd rather have a 7D over a 6D, and he basically acknowledged the brief feedback I had.

Lastly, I discussed other sales opportunities, namely that I work at Best Buy and some customers really get excited when I bring up the website and talk about the camera. Partly because it looks bad ass on paper and in specs and all. The other part because it is WHITE OR BLUE. This was something that he replied back that was certainly an asset to Pentax and asked how important is it to have the product in store and I just replied that it is paramount. I mentioned how I have sold a Nikon D7000 over a Canon 60D or vice versa because of which one we had in stock at our store at that moment in time. He assured me for the moment, Pentax would be focusing on specialty camera stores but that larger stores "Like Best Buy are the next, logical step." and that it is a challenge with having reps swing by, making sure everything is functional, batteries charged and all that.

Over all, very impressed with him. I feel very confident about the products so I didn't dwell on them too much. Over all, pretty happy that he's been doing these. :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-02-2013, 06:39 PM  
Pentax wants to hear what you think?
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 376
Views: 42,408
I've got my 15 minutes with what's his face tomorrow morning. I look forward to talking to him about my successes and failures.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-27-2012, 08:34 PM  
Top Black Friday Pentax Gear
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 20
Views: 3,708
I would have bought a K-5IIs had they not sold out.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-21-2012, 05:38 AM  
Petition To Best Buy: "Carry Pentax."
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 16
Views: 1,737
Also, the fact that this thread has this much discussion but this little support shows how little we care about the well being of Pentax. Over 10 replies from other users and only two up votes. Were not asking for money here folks, just create a login, post your feelings. I know your Best Buy may not be a mini Calumet- but mine is and I've been wrestling with camera displays, vendors who don't give a crap, and odd shortages of product- all deftly handled to take care of my customers and bring them what I think will provide them the best results.

But it is hard without the camera there. How can I convince someone that the T4i is actually not the best camera in the world, despite that blog you read.

Or how about that time I showed off the Phoblographer's torture test and showed a guy the A77 wasn't the best HIGH ISO performer contrary to what some Sony propaganda said.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-21-2012, 05:33 AM  
Petition To Best Buy: "Carry Pentax."
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 16
Views: 1,737
Say, thanks for coming off condescending. Really appreciate it bro.

Businesses will not start stocking a new brand or series of product without clear demand for it. The Pentax K30 has been selling at my store, but I can only order it in, I don't have one to demonstrate and show compared to the Nikon and Canon offerings. All you guys have been doing is saying "Nah, I don't want to see a Fortune 100 company carry and sell Pentax cameras." When clearly I've had a few customers ask me about it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-21-2012, 05:29 AM  
Petition To Best Buy: "Carry Pentax."
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 16
Views: 1,737
For this matter, Calumet Photo doesn't carry Pentax either. Having worked at Best Buy for two years, I can tell you almost certainly hobbyists and even some hardened enthusiasts come in most frequently but I have had some professional customers as well. To date, I have sold maybe 7 D600s and 4 D800s. I tend to sell less Canon, but I've done maybe 4 and 4 of the 5DMKII and 5DMKIII.

Overpriced you say? We'll I'll have you know we price match all local competitors including legit online competitors such as Amazon.com, BHphoto and Buy.com. You have to pay sales tax, of course, where people purchasing online should have to report "use" taxes but don't even know about that and think they are being smug and getting away with paying for a war or whatever, but the tax has to be paid somewhere down the line and if you neglect to post it, you are technically performing fraud.

People go into Bets Buy, don't laugh, for the experts in charge there. I understand not every Best Buy has a photography major in the department, but I am at my Best Buy and we are one of the top stores in the company- let alone in the Digital Imaging department which is usually in the top 70 out of 1100 stores. People walk in, they want to feel and handle the equipment, they want to see and sometimes talk with someone there about what is right for them.

We aren't on commission, we are there to hook people up with the right solution. I can't tell you guys how many times someone has walked in and wanted to dump nearly all their budget on their camera, and its only then that I tell them "Well instead of going for the 60D as your first DSLR, why not get a T3i, the bundle including the 55-250 lens, Class 10 16GB SanDisk Memory Card, Lowepro Bag for another $200, and throw in Lightroom and you will have a much more well rounded set up."
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-20-2012, 10:47 AM  
Petition To Best Buy: "Carry Pentax."
Posted By Kryscendo
Replies: 16
Views: 1,737
Hey there folks.

Though I work for Best Buy, I can't speak alone on what is being demanded or what is being talked about in the camera world. So I made this suggestion in the relatively unknown Best Buy IdeaX suggestion forum. If you guys agree with me that a large national chain like Best Buy ought to carry Pentax more in earnest, even in stores, please upvote. The system is not very well known so it ought to be easy to raise the suggestion high up on the list, with your help, of course. Please post here if you guys have any additional comments to make or want to discuss a national brand carrying Pentax instead of just ordering everything from B&H.

BBY - Please Carry Pentax DSLRs - Best Buy: Unboxed
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