Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Showing results 1 to 25 of 57 Search:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-04-2011, 11:23 AM  
Articulating LCD ?
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 89
Views: 18,281
I wonder if anyone has tried the "flipbac" mirror (flipbac.com) on a Pentax DSLR - might be a very simple and inexpensive solution for those that want an articulating LCD. They say it fits on a K7 - has anyone used one of these?
Looks like it is $20 + shipping
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-25-2011, 09:36 AM  
Best Telephoto Zoom for a K20D
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 14
Views: 6,088
Hi bonaprof, what are you planning to use this telephoto zoom for? Sports, birds, etc
If it is sports take a look at the 70-200 f2.8 review in Pentax Forum
Fast Sports Zoom Lenses for Pentax | Sigma 70-200mm vs. Tamron 70-200mm vs. Pentax FA* 80-200mm F2.8

If it is birds, 200mm is most likely too short. Also note that as you get into higher quality and longer zooms they start to get fairly large and heavy. Not as convenient to carry around.

Take a look in the lens review section in Pentax Forums also photozone.de has lens test that are worth reading.

My advice is really give it some thought on how you are going to use the lens and read the reviews.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-24-2011, 09:35 AM  
The 15mm Limited controls my mind - club
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 11,788
Views: 2,109,103
One of my first pictures with the DA 15mm - Supermoon shining on Lake Ontario
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-22-2011, 07:03 AM  
Night Supermoon Rising Over Lake Ontario
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 8
Views: 1,790
It was taken in Bluffers park. Got very cold and was difficult adjusting the camera with numb fingers and poor light. I should have read the forum before I went out - looks like I should have used a faster shutter.

There seems to be a little CA, I tried to remove some of it in PP, but not sure if this is from the lens combination or the moon being so close to the horizon.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-21-2011, 08:53 PM  
Night Supermoon Rising Over Lake Ontario
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 8
Views: 1,790
F8, ISO 80, 1.6 seconds.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-01-2011, 04:39 PM  
77mm vs 70mm as all-arround
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 105
Views: 20,925
The advice is - buy one - either one. Both are good.

Do it now!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-01-2011, 01:33 PM  
Pentax Tele-Converters?
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 9
Views: 3,452
The Pentax 1.7 AF is still available new from Japan. I have heard there is one production run per year. Unfortunately most camera stores in Japan will not ship out of the country.

The prices have gone up significantly in the last year - not sure what is causing this.

Try Japan Exposures - they ship overseas (I bought one from them last year)
japan exposures | films and more (formerly Megaperls Japan Webshop)

you will also see it listed on Amazon Japan (Amazon.co.jp: 通販 - ファッション、家電から食品まで【無料配送】) as well as ??????Shopping is Entertainment! ? ??????????????????????????????????? but you will need to use a third party to ship it out of the country for you.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-01-2011, 08:28 AM  
Travel set-up question
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 35
Views: 6,113
Hi antifreez - If I was in your shoes, I would go with the DA40 as my go to lens and back it up with a zoom (18-135, 18-200 0r 18-250). In many cases with the DA40 you will be able to get the framing you want by either moving closer or farther from the target. If you can't get the framing then you will need to do a lens change (which for me is always a pain). I would also look into a small light tripod that could be used for long exposures and shots with you in it.

I think the main criteria for the kit will be size, weight and minimizing lens changes. The smaller and lighter the better.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-26-2011, 07:05 PM  
Is it necessary for me to buy this lens
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 22
Views: 3,939
You have all the primes you will need already (40, 50 and 70mm) but I think you will want a zoom to make life easier for youself. I can't recommend a particlar lens, but you might want to consider the 16-50, 16-45 or even the new 18-135
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-21-2011, 08:13 AM  
HDR, Megapixels, and Software
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 10
Views: 4,335
I have not done a lot of HDR but did find that I liked the results of SNS-HDR. I have been using the Lite version which is free. I think it is gives a slightly more natural look. Here is an example that I took last summer
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-21-2011, 06:42 AM  
K-7 High ISO Success!
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 108
Views: 51,332
Topaz denoise is a plugin for Photoshop, PSE, Lightroom, Aperture - you can't use it stand alone. There are a couple of other programs that support it as a plug in - see this link
Compatibility (Photography Software) - Topaz Labs - Knowledge Base
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 02-14-2011, 10:36 PM  
Focus Question - Camera, Lenses or Expecting Too Much?
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 11
Views: 3,108
Just wondering if camera shake could be causing your problems and not focus. Did you use a tripod? Did you hand hold with a slow shutter? Was shake reduction turned on (it should not be on if using a tripod)?

Did you try focusing with Live View?

Hope you get this resolved!

I have had some focusing concerns with my K-5, but I think it was either a lack of contrast that confused the camera or user error on my part (shutter too slow).
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 02-01-2011, 04:56 PM  
Shutter Life v.s. Half-Press AF Life?
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 16
Views: 6,332
Enjoy the camera and take lots of pictures. I suspect before your shutter wears out, you will be struck down by a Camera Buying Adiction - and you will buy the newest and greatest camera. You will not wear out your K-5, it will become obsolete in your eyes. Enjoy the K-5 before the adiction strikes.

By the way have you experienced the more common LBA yet. You should read about the Pentax Limited Primes.
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 01-23-2011, 03:16 PM  
K-5 Sync limits.
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 84
Views: 12,356
You should be getting a shutter speed of 1/180sec - make sure you are using flash X sync mode, this is the red "X" on the Mode Dial
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 01-21-2011, 09:37 AM  
Has the exposure problem with flash been solved?
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 35
Views: 8,731
This is not a major problem, I am sure there will be a firmware fix for this soon (P-TTL bounce flash works with my K10D - so I assume they can fix it on the K-5)

The work around I am using with the AF-50FGZ when bouncing is to set the ev on the flash to -1 or -1.5. Works for me!
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 01-09-2011, 09:56 PM  
Relevant news re malfunctioning AF under artificial light
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 752
Views: 108,453
I am a little confused here - If I understand it correctly the pentax A50mm f1.7 is a manual focus lens, yet the thread is talking about auto focus. Hmmm?
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 01-07-2011, 04:58 PM  
Has the exposure problem with flash been solved?
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 35
Views: 8,731
Using Firmware 1.02, I did a test with the AF-540fgz (in P-TTL) - the bounce flash is still overexposing by about 1.5EV.
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 01-04-2011, 07:39 PM  
Remote flash trigger problem
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 2
Views: 2,889
I see you are shooting in manual - did you by chance change the shutter to faster than 1/180 of a second - if you did, that would explain the flash not firing. (maybe check the EXIF data of the failed pictures)

I would also check that the transmitter is fully seated on the hotshoe - maybe take it off and put it back on again.

Hope you get it going
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-30-2010, 08:08 AM  
Zoom Lens for K7
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 4
Views: 3,711
I am not a fan of most zoom lenses, but I would suggest you take a look at the lens review section of Pentax Forums Pentax Reviews - Pentax Lens Reviews & Pentax Lens Database
as well as Photozone.de Pentax K / Samsung NX Lens Tests
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-29-2010, 08:36 AM  
Sharp lenses with superb IQ at small apertures, f/18, f/22, ? Enlighten me
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 48
Views: 10,710
I just looked up the DOF numbers for a 50mm lens.
If I got it right;
- at f11 with a 5 foot distance from the object, the in focus area is 4' 4.9'' to 5' 9.2''
- at f8 the in focus area is 4' 6.8'' to 5' 6.2''
So I suspect a 50mm will do the "shoe" job with a little cropping in post processing
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 11-11-2010, 09:29 AM  
K-5 Firmware Suggestions
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 259
Views: 41,101
Some suggestions
I found setting the white balance a little tricky the first time since I had the auto focus point set to SEL so when I used the 4 way controller (for WB) it moved the focus point. Now that I know how it works, it should be easy, but a suggestion would be to add WB to the Control Panel.

The Control Panel is great! I wonder if there could be an option to let the user pick 2 or 3 things that could be added to the Control panel.
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 11-11-2010, 09:19 AM  
First Impressions Moving from K10D to K5
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 9
Views: 2,888
Hi aleonx3, I got the K-5 from Henry's - they did a price match on a Vancouver store Dunne&Rundle
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 11-11-2010, 08:13 AM  
First Impressions Moving from K10D to K5
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 9
Views: 2,888
As a K10D owner, I have been looking forward to upgrading to the K-5. I bought one this week. Following are first impressions of using the K-5 after my first outing with it.

1. It took too long to charge the battery. After I attached the strap, lens and card, I had to wait before I could play with it.
2. In outdoor shooting with matrix metering, I found it slightly overexposes the high lights under some conditions (for example direct light hitting a white object in the picture). I suspect if I set the EV to -.50 or -.66 the issue will be resolved. I have since turned on the blinkies (exposure warning). The K-5 metering seems to give more consistent results than the K10D.
3. Shutter very quiet. The shutter will no longer be scaring animals when I take a picture!
4. Very little "hunting" for focus - seems to get it right the first time.
5. Changing the focus point is very easy - I found I was changing it from shot to shot. Seemed so much easier than with the K10D
6. ISO button makes it a lot easier to change the ISO, also I was not afraid to go over ISO 200
7. So far AWB seems to handle most outdoor shooting, so I won稚 have to change it as much as I did with the K10D
8. I found setting the white balance a little tricky the first time since I had the auto focus point set to SEL so when I used the 4 way controller (for WB) it moved the focus point. Now that I know how it works, it should be easy, but a suggestion would be to add WB to the Control Panel.
9. I set the electronic level to display in the viewfinder - just have to learn to give it a quick glance before I press the trigger. I shoot in AV mode 90% of the time, but if I decide to use Manual mode I will want to shut off the level so the exposure meter is displayed.
10. The Control Panel is great! I wonder if there could be an option to let the user pick 2 or 3 things that could be added to the Control panel.
11. Seems a little lighter than the K10D, as well is a little smaller but still fits nicely in your hands. No issues using the buttons or getting a good hold on it
12. Overall I found the K-5 very easy to use and the total experience at lot more relaxing that using the K10D. I found I didn稚 have to fiddle with settings from picture to picture or get frustrated trying to get focus lock.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-01-2010, 08:30 AM  
X-sync cable v. Hotshoe extension cable
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 10
Views: 7,410
If you are going to be shooting manual flash, you might want to look into the Cactus v4 radio triggers. So far they work great with my K10D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-30-2010, 07:23 AM  
Updating my Photography Kit
Posted By Bobe416
Replies: 13
Views: 2,504
Not sure about the type of pictures you like to take - I think that will be the key to the lens decision. I know you are talking about zooms, but I would give primes a little more thought.

You already have a 35mm and 50mm - so that generally covers the normal lens range.

If you are into landscapes etc you might want something a little wider - maybe save for a DA 21 limited.

If you are into portraits then the DA 70 limited

From what I have read, the DA 55-300 is a good lens and I think it would cover off your needs for a telephoto if you are doing wildlife pictures etc. But I see you already have a Tokina 80-200 - will you need both?

My advise is think about the type of pictures you like to take and then try to pick a lens that will do the job in the price range you can afford
Search took 0.01 seconds | Showing results 1 to 25 of 57

 
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:30 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top