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Forum: General Photography 14 Hours Ago  
Precautions for shooting in dusty environments
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 13
Views: 374
Like others have said, don't change lens if you can help it. I had a similar problem, only rain instead of dust. A few years ago my wife and I took a motorcycle/sidecar trip to Yellowstone Park and most of the entire week there it was rain and fog. I only had one WR lens, the 18-135, and it stayed on the camera the entire time while outside. We had a great time, made good use of our rain gear, and the camera & lens handled it great. I could have left the other prime lenses home.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 14 Hours Ago  
DA 50-135mm low light focusing
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 10
Views: 351
Thank you all for the encouraging replies. PDL, what you described is what I do. Different parts of the stage have different light brightness and colors. Usually, I can correct the white balance for only about half of the stage. My camera is the KP.
Looks like I am going to be spending some money, Merry Christmas to all.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
DA 50-135mm low light focusing
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 10
Views: 351
I am thinking about getting this lens and one of the uses would be inside a church which is not well lighted. I understand the SDM is not the fastest, that's OK for me, but I would want the ability to focus accurately. At the present time, I use either my DA 35, DA 50/1.8, DA 70/2.4 and more recent DA 55/1.4. For all lens the settings were about the same, iso 1100 to 3200, 1/90 to 1/125 at F4.0
If the 50-135 can focus as well as the DA 55 (both have SDM) in the same conditions it would be a keeper.
Here is an example, taken with the DA 55 at iso 1600, 1/90 and F4.0. It has been processed in LR.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 4 Days Ago  
So, final cut, or LR premier or not either of those.
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 16
Views: 554
I don't think LR will edit movie clips. I use Adobe Premiere Pro for video.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 5 Days Ago  
Thematic Motorcycle Enthusiast: This thread is for you
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 8
Views: 370
OK, I will bite. Here are a few of my rides,


Riding my 2002 Goldwing.


My wife and I on our wedding day, with our two Goldwings.


During a mountain ride.


After my wife broke her ankles we switched to a sidecar rig.


With a sidecar, we can take our little dog along. She loves it.

These last two are from MDA children's camp rides. (Muscular Dystrophy Association)

Forum: Pentax KP 12-03-2018, 02:42 PM  
KP Impressions
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 15
Views: 953
I've had my KP for about 1 1/2 years now and love it. I use the large grip. My only complaint is the "back focus button" ability. I have used bfb focus on my other cameras but on the KP half of the time, I keep pushing the green button instead and have to take my eyes away from the VF to find the assigned button. I finally gave up and now use the shutter release button. I am curious if I get the battery grip it would reposition my fingers to more naturally find the assigned button? Other than this, I don't really need the battery grip, I just carry extra batteries.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 11-17-2018, 04:27 PM  
Question about KEH warranty... am I going crazy?
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 14
Views: 653
I've only had one experience buying a lens from KEH and it was positive. I also purchased the Bower (Samyang) 14mm, but purchased it from B&H. My first copy was de-centered and I returned it for a second one which was good.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-15-2018, 03:02 PM  
Lenses to bring to Israel
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 15
Views: 677
You didn't say if this is an organized trip with tour guides and buses for transport or a self-guided tour. My wife took one guided trip to Israel and just took a small point & shoot which worked out OK for her. She stated there were others with dSLR's who were missing some shots while changing lenses and trying to keep up with the tour guides. Also, as others have said, it can be very dusty and a WR lens would be recommended. You will probably be taking a backpack for water & snacks, try to keep the weight down. There is a lot of walking.

I have made three trips to India (mission trips), which is a similar environment to where you are going. The first trip I left my dSLR home and took a small point & shoot. For most of the time, this worked out OK. On the second trip, I took a K-5 & 18-135 WR and one prime lens. Most of the photos were with the 18-135, but in reviewing the photos almost all were taken in the 18-50mm range. On the last trip I took the KP with the 18-135 WR and 20-40 WR. Almost all of my photos were with the 20-40.

If I take another trip I will take only the 20-40 and either my 55* 1.4 lens, which is also WR or 50mm 1.8 lens with is smaller but not WR. There were some portrait type shots that would have been better with a fast lens in the 50mm range.
During the last trip, I did take a tripod but never used it. If I need something wider than 20mm, I can take panoramas and stitch them up when I get home.

I hope some of this will help with the planning and have a great time.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-07-2018, 12:53 PM  
Your favorite "Landscape" lens?
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 109
Views: 4,299
For primes, the DA35 macro gets the most use. It takes sharp photos with good colors, light to carry. I find it also easy to photo merge into panoramics if needed.
Second place would be either the DA15, or the DA *55mm. The DA15 is just a good wide lens and gives excellent starburst when wanted. Since getting the DA *55mm it gets a lot of use.
If I had to carry just one lens and not worried about the weather it would the DA35. If raining I would take the DA20-40.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-23-2018, 02:58 PM  
AF fine tune
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 18
Views: 1,235
I have used focus charts, but recently started using the DotTune method. Faster and appears just as accurate. Here is a link to one of many videos explaining it:
dot tune focus - Bing video
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-23-2018, 12:56 PM  
Question concerning the Shanny SN600FGZ flash
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 0
Views: 307
Shanny SN600FGZ flash

I just purchased the Shanny SN600FGZ flash for my KP and having problems with it. The Shanny underexposes no matter the settings. This is from the very first time using it with a DA 35mm lens attached. At first, it did show the correct zoom (35mm) attached to the camera, with the "A zoom" setting. I tried to increase the flash compensation, but that did not help. I turned the flash/camera off, removed the flash and the attached the flash again. My method is to turn the camera on first, then the flash. Now the flash it displays "M zoom" with 14mm zoom showing, even with the DA35 lens attached. I set the camera on "M" settings, "AV", "P" modes and all underexposed and I cannot change the zoom setting to "A zoom", it will not change from the 14mm reading. I attached the DA55mm lens, but the flash still stuck on 14mm and underexposes. I even did a reset of all special functions just in case I accidentally changed one. Thinking the contacts might be dirty, I cleaned both the camera contact mount and the flash unit with an alcohol swab, which did correct the "A zoom" reading and displayed the correct lens mounted (55mm), but the flash still underexposes all pictures. I tried the flash in slave mode, but the same problem. I manually increased the exposure settings on the flash and camera, but no effect on the problem.
My other flash is an older Metz*50 AF-1 which works just fine and gives proper exposure. I wanted the Shanny for a second flash, plus it has a higher guide number. If I can't get this problem sorted out I will have to decide either to return it a refund or exchange it for another if I think this one is defective.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-18-2018, 04:06 PM  
Welcome to Marwen
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 9
Views: 893
Look forward to watching it. Thanks for the post.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-09-2018, 12:10 PM  
Best Flash for automotive photography
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 23
Views: 693
I have very little experience with this, but when I do I find using a polarizer helps with some of the reflections. Since your using a tripod a slow shutter speed will not be a problem.
Forum: Pentax KP 10-05-2018, 04:02 PM  
KP focus peaking behavior
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 9
Views: 604
I just tried it with my KP. In autofocus mode, the edges do not disappear when pressing the shutter release. In manual focus mode when the shutter is depressed halfway the edges do disappear. I never noticed this before.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-02-2018, 01:44 PM  
Advice on a possible new setup
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 17
Views: 1,014
For the same reasons you mentioned, I switched from a full frame Canon to a Pentax K-5 II, then the K-S2 and finally the KP. Another reason for the switch was wanting weatherproof camera body and lens. One of my lenses is the 18-135 and personally, I can't make up my mind about it. It is a good versatile WR lens but for me, it has too much chromatic aberration and purple fringing at times. Most of this is easily corrected in LR. Since I have the DA 20-40 and DA 15 I keep thinking about selling the 18-135 and replacing it with the DA* 50-135mm F2.8.
Forum: General Photography 09-26-2018, 03:56 PM  
Recommendations for Yellowstone Landscape photography
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 26
Views: 737
When you go try and have at least one WR lens with you. A few years ago we went there and it rained almost every day, and lots of fog. We were traveling via motorcycle/sidecar rig, so not too many opportunities to be changing lenses. My Pentax 18-135 WR lens stayed on the camera most of the time and glad I had it. In spite of the weather, we had a great time.
Nothing like being stopped in a long line of cars because of Bison blocking the road. One time while stopped a mother bison was nursing her calf while just a few feet away from the sidecar, with a male bison a few feet away snotting at us. We couldn't go anywhere, just remained still until they decided to move on. My wife could have reached out and touched the calf. I would have liked a picture, but I didn't want to make any movement that might spook them.
Forum: General Photography 09-26-2018, 03:37 PM  
Your Preferred Photo Hosting Site
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 27
Views: 939
For the past 15 years or more I have been using Zenfolio. They have a limited free account, but I use the paid account, none commercial. You can set up a commercial account with your own domain name and sell products if you want.
https://wingincamera.zenfolio.com/
Forum: Pentax KP 09-14-2018, 02:52 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 888
Views: 92,939
Here is one from a visit to Tumwater Falls Park in Washington. Taken with my KP and DA *55mm F1.4 lens. I need to get an ND filter for this lens.

Forum: Pentax K-1 09-11-2018, 03:30 PM  
K-1 vs Nikon-Z7 and Canon EOS-R on photonstophotos.net
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 8
Views: 1,125
On the chart you can add different cameras to the mix. I added the KP, up to iso 400 it showed higher reading, after that the KP was the lowest of the bunch.
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-06-2018, 03:39 PM  
"Bridging the Gap: Classical Art Designed for Photographers" - Adam Marelli
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 6
Views: 698
Thanks for posting, as others have said, a really good presentation full of good info. I watched it on U-tube and afterward they had a link to another of his videos about travel photography.
Forum: General Photography 09-06-2018, 01:08 PM  
need watermark app for free
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 6
Views: 561
Many programs like PS will make a custom watermark by creating a custom brush. With a brush, you can easily change the size & color and transparently of the watermark.
Forum: General Photography 08-28-2018, 04:32 PM  
Featured in Feature Shoot Magazine!
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 23
Views: 601
Very good story and pictures.
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-24-2018, 04:46 PM  
55mm Lens Club - Pentax, Vivitar, Cosina, Porst - bring 'em all!
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 191
Views: 6,436
Just discovered this thread. I only have one 55mm lens, the DA*55 1.4
Here is one I just took of my little dog, handheld. I wanted her looking at me but every time I raised the camera she would look away. Camera shy I guess.
F1.6, iso 1000, 1/400
Forum: Pentax KP 08-24-2018, 04:07 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 888
Views: 92,939
Here is one of our pets taken with the KP and DA*55 1.4 lens. 1/400 at F1.6, iso 1000. Handheld on an unsteady subject. I was wanting a view of her looking toward me but every time I held up the camera she would look away.

Forum: Pentax KP 08-24-2018, 03:50 PM  
KP live view shooting experience
Posted By Wingincamera
Replies: 9
Views: 733
With the KP you can use the electronic shutter in LV, as long your not shooting action.
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