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Forum: Pentax K-5 01-08-2016, 09:08 AM  
Sticky: Pentax K-5 II / IIs Review Posted!
Posted By sharonboggi
Replies: 99
Views: 100,978
I have taken some great shots with the K5 and various lenses, but I have had recurring problems with mirror lock up. Bought the camera in 2012. February of last year I had to send it away to be repaired. It just happened again. I did all the stuff that was supposed to help. Finally my husband slapped it on the side and the mirror finally behaved. The battery was was out of the camera overnight. This is a Pentax problem. I have under 50,000 shutter actuations, which I understand might be related to the problem if you haver over 100,000 actuations. What can I do to stop this from happening? Do other systems have this problem? You are out in the field and it locks up and you are stuck. I don't have another camera. I have used continuous shooting mode even for stills. I was advised to do that long ago when I was learning about photography. This was to insure that one frame would be in perfect focus regardless of circumstance. Maybe I should stop that.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-06-2014, 08:05 AM  
trying to post about pentax lens not auto focusing
Posted By sharonboggi
Replies: 5
Views: 699
Thank you so much.
I have only had the lens three years.
Sharon
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-05-2014, 09:41 PM  
trying to post about pentax lens not auto focusing
Posted By sharonboggi
Replies: 5
Views: 699
How do I know that the SDM is the problem. The lens would not work at all before I sent it away. It auto focuses at other focal lengths but not infinity. I think it is still under warranty.Your link contains instructions for me to repair it myself? Is this a common problem with this lens?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-05-2014, 09:20 PM  
trying to post about pentax lens not auto focusing
Posted By sharonboggi
Replies: 5
Views: 699
I have a Pentax smc DA 16-50 lens that will not auto focus at infinity.It has been repaired but the problem remains. I am trying to start a new thread about the problem, but cannot do it!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-09-2014, 08:21 AM  
Problem with Metz flash
Posted By sharonboggi
Replies: 6
Views: 1,951
I was given a Metz 58 Af-2 flash for Christmas two years ago. I have used it sparingly. It was really too much flash for me. I am not a professional. I shoot with a Pentax K5. I tried it again a couple of weeks ago and it would not function. It would flash "battery pack" when I was not using a battery pack. I did some research and found that this was a problem for a very few individuals but, it IS an identified problem. I sent it away to C.R.I.S. camera services in Arizona and was given an estimate of $284, (tax included), to: " REPLACE GENERATOR (MAIN) PCB TO REPAIR CHARGING FAILURE"!!!! The flash was already quite expensive, $359! I don't know what to do. I would like an external flash. I should have asked specifically for a Pentax flash. I am frustrated. Perhaps someone on this forum knows of another way to repair this flash at a significanatly lower cost or would like to purchase my flash for the price of the repair. Sharon
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-02-2013, 05:53 PM  
Butterfly at Krohn Conservatory, May 2012
Posted By sharonboggi
Replies: 0
Views: 351
Butterfly
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-28-2012, 05:45 AM  
anniversary party in and out K5
Posted By sharonboggi
Replies: 5
Views: 947
It's going to be on Cape Cod, in and out of the house next weekend.
Thank you guys very much.
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-28-2012, 05:43 AM  
anniversary party in and out K5
Posted By sharonboggi
Replies: 5
Views: 947
I really don't understand the relationship between shutter speed and flash, that is, how the camera communicates with the flash and what the resulting shutter speed actually becomes. You want the flash to allow for an exposure which would otherwise be impossible with the available light? You want the same focal length, aperture, shutter speed that you would have with good ambient light, but you don't have enough light so you use the flash to compensate. You make a decision about depth of field (aperture) and you use the correct shutter speed in relation to your focal length so that you can focus well, and, given all of that you want your flash to assist you if you do not wish to have an ISO through the roof. Is that the way I should be thinking about flash? When using an external flash (on the boot) is the flash speed always the same? These sorts of questions I could find answers to in all the books I have I suppose. I have a Metz, mecablitz 58 AF-2, as I said in the other reply, but It looks so complicated and I have not taken the time to really play with it.
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-28-2012, 05:28 AM  
anniversary party in and out K5
Posted By sharonboggi
Replies: 5
Views: 947
Thank you for the reply. I usually shoot in Av mode. This works for my floral/macro, (Tamron 90mm macro/portrait) and for birds. Although, I do have to pay attention to shutter speed when using my big lens in Av mode, (Sigma 150-500). And I have used TAV for birds. I have an external flash, a Metz, which I got for Christmas and really have not learned to use yet. I wanted to be like the big boys with their flashes at birding events. The Metz manual is hundreds of pages long and the first language is NOT English…daunting. You say to someone at a workshop that you are shooting with Pentax and have an external Metz flash and they look at you like you are speaking Greek! I don't understand green or P mode yet. I just got the K5 a few weeks ago and have been doing DSLR with a Pentax Kx for under 3 years or so. I have an older lens, a Tamron LD 28-200, which belonged to my husband when he was shooting with film. It is why I bought the Pentax Kx in the firstplace. It is a pretty good lens, 3.8-5.5. I think I will try the TAV and set the ISO high range to 5000 as one of you suggests. I have the ISO auto set pretty high now. I do a bit of B@W artsy stuff and I like the noise. I would like to understand the green and P modes better and what settings to use for the flash. I need a personal tutor! I do have lots of books but I'd rather learn by being out there fooling around. This sometimes works. But, often leads to frustration!! This is a great forum. Thank you so much.
Sharon
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-27-2012, 02:08 PM  
anniversary party in and out K5
Posted By sharonboggi
Replies: 5
Views: 947
I have never done this before. I have never used automatic settings. Should I shoot in AV mode with auto ISO with my 16-50 Pentax DA, or use automatic?? Very nervous. This is family. Candids are not my forte.
Thanks for any help.
Sharon
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-27-2012, 02:03 PM  
What's going on? K5, Av and auto-iso
Posted By sharonboggi
Replies: 16
Views: 6,936
I had the same problem. Thank you so much. That is not in the manual!
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-29-2012, 07:15 AM  
Metz 58 AF-2 with Pentax K5
Posted By sharonboggi
Replies: 66
Views: 12,992
hahaha…….no
I am going to learn how to use the darn thing!
I wish there were a Pentax K5/Metz person close to my home and that we could go on a shoot together. I would bake them a pie!
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-28-2012, 07:37 AM  
Metz 58 AF-2 with Pentax K5
Posted By sharonboggi
Replies: 66
Views: 12,992
Boy, I actually started this thread. I think you need at least a bachelors' in Engineering to figure out that flash. I just wanted a flash to use indoors when I would otherwise have to crank up the ISO. And to use in bird photography. I have a K5 and have not really used the Metz yet cause I have not had time to go to the library and read the manual and my books on Exposure. I have so much reading to do, I think I should at least get a few credits toward my degree! I don't think my degree in music is very helpful. I wanted to sit that flash on the hot shoe, using P-TTL Auto Mode, use aperture priority which is my usual setting, set a low ISO and just let the camera and the flash figure it out. But in my experiments it did not work too well.
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-05-2012, 10:30 AM  
Metz 58 AF-2 with Pentax K5
Posted By sharonboggi
Replies: 66
Views: 12,992
Thank you, JaseO36!
To jmg257. I was in manual mode in camera,(obviously with the manual lens), and the flash. I was able to power down the flash output but it was trial and error to achieve correct exposure. Question: Ok, so you are in manual mode with your Pentax Kx, and you set your ISO to 200 or 400, you set the aperture for some depth of field, then with the totally manual lens, such as I was playing with last night, press the AV/EV button to obtain the SS for correct exposure... (the Pentax manual actually does not tell you that, I discovered it), and the camera sets the SS but it is way too slow to prevent blur at a focal length of 50mm..... so, you use the flash...Now, my question is, will the SS, aperture, and ISO all remain the same when the flash is fired? Or, does the SS change when you use flash? I know I should be reading stuff all about this, and I am, but it is nice to be able to just ask a question like that on this forum. I suppose I should know that the SS HAS to change when you use flash unless you are doing some creative stuff like "trailing curtain sync"??
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-04-2012, 08:49 AM  
Metz 58 AF-2 with Pentax K5
Posted By sharonboggi
Replies: 66
Views: 12,992
I was playing with this flash last night. I had attached a prime 50mm lens of my husband's from the film days. I had to set the aperture on the lens. The lens did not appear to be communicating with the flash. I guess that is to be expected with a totally manual old lens like that? The flash did not give me any information as to how far I needed to be from my subject to achieve the correct exposure, and I had to set the aperture on the flash in addition to setting it on the lens. Today I will play a bit with one of my newer lenses.
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-02-2012, 01:53 PM  
Metz 58 AF-2 with Pentax K5
Posted By sharonboggi
Replies: 66
Views: 12,992
Thank you so much for this information. The more power the more control you need, to harness that power appropriately. That is a wise way to think about things in general!
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-02-2012, 01:52 PM  
Metz 58 AF-2 with Pentax K5
Posted By sharonboggi
Replies: 66
Views: 12,992
Of course you have to have the flash in M mode and I probably did not!
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-02-2012, 07:33 AM  
Metz 58 AF-2 with Pentax K5
Posted By sharonboggi
Replies: 66
Views: 12,992
I am so happy to find a thread which concerns use of the mecablitz 58 AF-2 flash with the K5. I have been using a Kx for about a year and a half. I have three great lenses and am interested in all sorts of photography. I learn a little more each day. I now want to take better indoor/portrait shots and after some research, purchased the Metz. And soon I will acquire the K5. The manual for the Metz is quite intimidating. I am going to ask one question on this forum today. And that is, does anyone know if the K5 supports the partial light output for the mecablitz? The Kx does not appear to support that function. My next goal is to study Peterson's "Understanding Flash Photography". I have in the past jumped into deep water with my photographic excursions into macro, landscape and black and white imaging. But I think I will probably drown if I try that with flash.
Thank you.
Sharon
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-09-2011, 03:39 PM  
live view disabled on Kx
Posted By sharonboggi
Replies: 4
Views: 1,649
Thank you.
My batteries are fresh and I am under warranty 'till August, so I sent it in. There was a smudge on the mirror, I think, I could not "shake" it off, and, some white balance issues. I hope all is well by my vacation in three weeks!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-09-2011, 07:05 AM  
live view disabled on Kx
Posted By sharonboggi
Replies: 4
Views: 1,649
I pull many photos off the camera and into photoshop. Once, I started editing the photos and forgot to turn off the camera. That was a month ago or so. I rarely use "live view", but I am still unable to do so. The LED screen flashes "camera overheated disabling Live View temporarily to proitect circuitry". Do I need to send it away for repair? temporarily should not mean months?

Thank you,
Sharon
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