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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-11-2011, 07:37 PM  
K7 Battery Life
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 12
Views: 2,857
By any chance did she plug it into a switched outlet, normally used for lamps and such? If so, she would have seen that the light was green, turned the wall switch off, awoke in the morning and turned the wall on again, and voila, the light is still green! Sounds stupid, but we have all done stuff like that.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-25-2011, 09:21 PM  
K7 depth of field settings
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 9
Views: 3,447
For the life of me, about 50% of the time using the DOF setting with the On-Off switch, I end up turning the K-7 off. I am a dope that way.;)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-07-2011, 02:14 PM  
Am I expecting too much?
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 59
Views: 11,224
Jesus, man, from one Arizonan to another, please lighten up. These are mostly good, helpful folks here. Try another shot that challenges the dynamic range a bit, depth of focus and all, and you will get helpful info regarding the glass. No one here is trying to skew you a new one.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-01-2011, 08:20 AM  
Pentax K-7; Built to last a lifetime?
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 41
Views: 7,730
The K7 is an amazing and beautiful machine and I expect mine to last a long time (purchased in July 2009). I am taking it on a fifteen day winter backpack next month in the Grand Canyon (with the 16-50 DA*), and it will get dirty, wet with rain and snow, very cold and maybe hot. I will try not to drop it, but at some point in the hike I will trip, slip and fall down. I will do what I can to protect it and I have to fully trust the weather seals. HOWEVER, the seals will age, get dried out and eventually crack. That is what weather seals do and it occurs natually in the course of doing its job to protect the insides. Although it is considerably heavier than most Canikons, I bought the K7 so it could take great pictures in some great places, and not just from inside a car or a building. :cool:
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-27-2010, 05:53 AM  
K-5, IQ Analysis - A Tale of two samples
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 67
Views: 13,965
Depth of field is greater in A? Or is that just better resolution?
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-16-2010, 10:13 AM  
Wife has demanded a spreadsheet on photography expenditure
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 119
Views: 20,599
Just curious. What does a $150.00 wrench look like or do? Thanks.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-07-2010, 05:11 PM  
K7 and the rain?
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 27
Views: 4,522
Kids, don't try this at home. He is a professional.
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-07-2010, 01:11 PM  
Tripods on airplanes?
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 7
Views: 5,587
Thanks for the links - I had found them earlier. Tripods aren't specifically mentioned in the photographic equipment list or the tools list as disallowed items and maybe you could argue it is a tool. It is a nice carbon fiber and I REALLY DON"T WANT TO check it as a single item, for the obvious reasons. Do I hope for the best or pay the extra fee for checked luggage?
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-07-2010, 12:27 PM  
Tripods on airplanes?
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 7
Views: 5,587
I have tried searching the archives but can't seem to find a clear answer. I will fly from Phoenix to Florida and back in a couple of weeks and will not be checking baggage this time. My tripod does not have spiked feet or anything. I have searched both the airline and the TSA web sites to no avail. Question: Can I bring a tripod in my carryon? Does anyone have experience when it was problemmatic through screening?
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-07-2010, 12:21 PM  
Wife has demanded a spreadsheet on photography expenditure
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 119
Views: 20,599
What a fun forum to read. It has helped me understand that "it could be a lot worse." My wife is everything to me, partly because we both make good salaries (but work very long weeks) and mostly because she likes to see me happy (aside from the whole soulmate thing). If a cheap used lens through the marketplace does that by giving me an excuse to walk around taking pictures, it is really okay. I make sure I take lots of pictures of her.

And yes, both incomes go into a joint account; I wouldn't have it any other way.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-07-2010, 11:01 AM  
2mm on UWA: Real World Difference
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 70
Views: 15,334
Thanks for the link Typical8o8 as a lot of us are apparently wondering how to best to get into the UWA category. But the linked article starts out with this... "Canon, Nikon, Sigma, and Tamron all make great ultra-wide lenses." Why didn't they include Pentax in that listing?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-06-2010, 08:47 AM  
Shooting the moon
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 208
Views: 55,997
Digitalis - that is one VERY fine shot!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-06-2010, 07:19 AM  
Shooting the moon
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 208
Views: 55,997
I find that converting to B&W in pp nearly always makes a more pleasing image.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-06-2010, 06:54 AM  
K7 and the rain?
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 27
Views: 4,522
There is another way to look at this. A lot of people really baby their equipment and don't take it to extremes. It is very good practice to take care of gear (cars, computers, cameras, etc) but if you don't use the gear to its fullest you will miss out on some good stuff. My view is that you take your camera to where and when you want to take pictures. Be reasonable and take precautions (and don't be just stupid), but get your shot. If the worst happens and the K-7 fails, no problem. You now have the excuse to get the K-5 :D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-02-2010, 06:30 AM  
K7 and the rain?
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 27
Views: 4,522
If water is going to pool up around the camera and lens, all the while getting jostled around and getting bounced, I could see water penetration happening. The lens should be a DA* and I wouldn't change lens while in the rain or wet. There are water resistent cases out there - I use a case logic model when hiking with my K-7, but there are others.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-25-2010, 12:26 PM  
Programmable RAW button
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 28
Views: 7,096
You are absolutely correct. Thanks for setting me straight! The blinkie highlights are what I was referring to. I can see them by pressing the review button, still requiring a button push. So maybe not THAT helpful. Still...
Thanks Knox.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-25-2010, 08:43 AM  
Programmable RAW button
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 28
Views: 7,096
One of the really helpful attributes would be a button to toggle between histogram and highlights on review. I find that for some shots I want histogram and others I want to check out the highlights. On the K-7 I think highlights only works with ISO 200 or greater. Anyone know about the K-5 specs on this?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-22-2010, 08:22 PM  
Programmable RAW button
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 28
Views: 7,096
Actually, a button that would toggle through the mode dial (program, Sv, Tv, AV, etc.) would be handy.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-22-2010, 07:51 PM  
Programmable RAW button
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 28
Views: 7,096
That makes sense. Sorry for not quite getting it!
So... what functions would Pentaxians like in a totally programmable button?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-22-2010, 07:25 PM  
Programmable RAW button
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 28
Views: 7,096
I must not understand what you needing. The programming for the RAW button on the K7 is in the Rec Menu Mode 4. Again, I apologize if this is not what you are seeking.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-20-2010, 07:44 PM  
Used K7 sale price ... after the announcement of the K5.
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 19
Views: 7,740
I was one of those early adopters to the K-7 as I needed to purchase SOMETHING at the time, and after a ton of research I plunked down the $1300 for a new one in July of 2009. Most would have waited and they would have been rewarded in several Ben Franklins, but I didn't have quite the patience for it. The K-7 is a beautiful machine, but if I drop mine in the river or off a cliff, I will gladly buy the K-5. But until that unlucky day in the future, I will hold onto my K-7 and continue to enjoy what we can do together. Sorry, no used K-7 to be sold from me in the near future.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-18-2010, 05:00 PM  
Mirror up (MLU) on the K7 - Who's using that ...
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 16
Views: 4,262
About any shot I am taking from a tripod using a remote. Just a little better resolution. Why not?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-09-2010, 07:59 PM  
A sorta cheap ultra wide solution
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 25
Views: 4,534
I was going to penalize you for the Dune series on top shelf, until I saw Douglas Adams and thought, well, okay :D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-04-2010, 08:15 AM  
Astrophotography
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 1,219
Views: 284,589
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-03-2010, 05:01 PM  
What next glass?
Posted By zerodaze
Replies: 4
Views: 1,878
Gary, I don't see myself doing a lot of wildlife that I can't do with the Vivitar. It is a 160-600mm, but is so big that you can't really use it well without a tripod. But I love the night shots of the moon. And it was used for $350. I easily have received $365 dollars worth of fun. But I have found that the 50 mm just isn't quite long enough for a lot of my shots, especially outdoors, and I end of cropping them post processing. I like the DA*16-50, and would probably love the 50-135. But you would buy it new at that pricepoint. Thanks for the advice. Is there a formula for deteriming new or used?
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