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Forum: Pentax K-70 06-16-2019, 07:37 AM  
Solenoid in Pentax K-70
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 27
Views: 2,195
Thanks so much for your insight and diligence in pursuing this problem. Hopefully this puts the whole issue to rest regarding the aperture block. It's too bad that Ricoh/Pentax didn't take the time to assure it's user base that steps were taken to rectify this issue. I'm sure that sales suffered as some buyers were reluctant to invest in one of these cameras because of this issue. I know I've been interested in a camera with an articulating rear screen for some time, but unwilling to consider a Pentax because of the issue. Hopefully, Ricoh can find a few more of the K-S2's that were offered for $300 a few days ago. If so, I'll get one.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-22-2019, 07:57 AM  
The Darktable Users Coterie
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 65
Views: 5,216
The Mac and Win versions are now available. See above post for link.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-06-2019, 06:18 PM  
Poll: best free PP tools poll
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 30
Views: 1,758
Here's another series of tutorials that will get you well into using darktable --














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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-06-2019, 06:35 AM  
Poll: best free PP tools poll
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 30
Views: 1,758
Along these lines regarding learning Darktable, when in the lighttable or darkroom module, if you click on the question mark that's located above and to the right of the image(s), and then click on a module/control element, e.g., Exposure, the appropriate section of the user's manual will open on a new web page.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-26-2019, 11:11 AM  
Yongnuo Speedlite YN 460 II and Pentax KX, how to control flash wirelessly?
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 37
Views: 1,985
Jon55, it may be that the pins/contacts on the flash and the trigger are not touching one another with the flash mounted in the trigger. Make sure you are sliding the flash all the way into the trigger. Or, perhaps try mounting the flash backwards from how you're doing it now.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-03-2018, 04:23 PM  
Off-Camera Flash setup for K3-II
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 30
Views: 2,271
Brightseal, before you give up on the YN585EX, give this a try. Set your k-3II to "X" mode on the camera's dial. This fixes the shutter speed at 1/180 sec which is the flash sync speed of the camera. Set the ISO to 400. Use that 35mm lens you used for the photos of the YN boxes and set it to an aperture of 5.6. Mount the YN585EX in the hot shoe and press the mode button on the flash until "P-TTL" appears in it's display. Take a picture indoors of something about 10 feet away. If this doesn't give you a reasonably well exposed photo, I'd say something is wrong with the flash.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-02-2018, 02:08 PM  
Off-Camera Flash setup for K3-II
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 30
Views: 2,271
Just to clarify a bit, the YN-585ex works in P-TTL mode on the hot shoe. If you want it to work in wireless (optical) P-TTL mode off-camera, you need another flash to serve as Master or Controller like the Pentax 360FGZ, 540FGZ, 360FGZ II, or 540FGZ II. The YN-585EX cannot serve as a Master/Controller.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-20-2018, 07:37 AM  
A Few HSS Examples
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 38
Views: 3,276
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-03-2018, 10:02 AM  
Price check on K-r
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 11
Views: 910
Sorry. Ronald. Don't know how I got K-30 out of your original post. I've not heard of the K-R having this problem either. Guess I have to read more carefully.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-03-2018, 06:31 AM  
Price check on K-r
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 11
Views: 910
Ronald, before buying or bidding, make sure it doesn't suffer from the dreaded aperture block failure where the aperture stays closed to it's smallest opening regardless of the camera setting.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-25-2018, 10:13 AM  
Buy Canon PRO-100 Ink, Get Free 13x19 Paper
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 0
Views: 354
Canon has this sale on again where you buy two CLI-42 ink cartridges for the Pro-100 printer and you get 50 sheets of 13x19" Semi Gloss SG-201 photo paper free, plus you'll get free shipping. So, if you buy a complete set of eight ink cartridges, two at a time in four separate transactions, you'll get 200 sheets of the semi gloss paper free. Don't know how long this deal will last. The pack of 50 sheets of paper itself sells for about $55. Here's the link -- PIXMA PRO-100 Inks | Canon Online Store

Canon has a similar deal on inks for the Pro-10, but you'll have to buy three cartridges to qualify for the free paper.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-25-2018, 07:13 AM  
KEH 12 Percent Off Sale On Digital Cameras
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 0
Views: 390
KEH is having a 12% off sale on digital cameras until 1159PM EDT 6/26/18, Use code "DGTL6E" to get discount. They have a good number of Q series mirrorless cameras in Like New condition, as well as Like New DSLRs.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-24-2018, 07:48 AM  
Off-Camera Flash setup for K3-II
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 30
Views: 2,271
The YN585EX is a snug fit on the K-3 II (there is no daylight between the GPS housing and the flash), but it does fit and the flash works in P-TTL mode as it should.

Regarding the YN560IV not fitting the K-3 II, you can use a hot shoe adapter like this one -- SEAGULL SC-2 Flash Hot Shoe Adapter with PC Sync socket | eBay -- which lifts the flash well above the GPS housing. There is one problem, however, when using one of these adapters and that is you can't lock the adapter to the hot shoe on the camera. The adapter I have is a tight fit in the hot shoe and seems secure, but it is something to consider depending on how the camera/flash is being used.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-19-2018, 07:10 AM  
How to work HSS with Shanny SN600FGZ?
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 67
Views: 4,239
Nice review of the Shanny, Kobie. The flash is currently selling for $108 US with free shipping from China on New Arrival Shanny SN600FGZ P TTL GN60 1/8000s Slave On Camera Flash speedlite for Pentax K100 K100D K200D K 7 K x K r K 5 K 01 -in Flashes from Consumer Electronics on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group

The price is a 10% discount and is good for four days. Regular price is $120.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-17-2018, 04:46 PM  
Cheap eBay flash triggers
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 29
Views: 1,191
Just a thought, if the pins aren't lining up, perhaps you can mount the flash backwards in the trigger shoe and that will bring the pins in alignment.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 06-15-2018, 05:36 AM  
K-30 instruction manual
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 2
Views: 935
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-09-2018, 06:20 AM  
How common is the aperture block failure, really?
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 101
Views: 9,355
Hamiltom, let us know how that swap of a solenoid from a film era camera works out. FYI, In one of the other threads on this subject in the K-30/K-50 forum, I was told that the solenoid from an MZ-50 worked, but there were other postings that some of these earlier solenoids had the wrong polarity (which you could fix by reversing the wires) or too great a holding power and thus wouldn't work.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-08-2018, 04:58 AM  
Canon PRO-100 Printer $9.99 After Rebate + Freebies ($59 out of pocket) Till June 11
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 3
Views: 1,116
This deal at both B&H and Adorama continues. B&H says it lasts through June 11th so I'm guessing Adorama will continue until then too. See the other thread with this title for links and details.

Canon PRO 100 PIXMA Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo 6228B002 (B&H)
Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer 6228B002 (Adorama)

Regular price: $369.99
-$60 Coupon Code BHOPTIC18 (apply at checkout at B&H only, auto-applied at Adorama)
-$250 Canon Mail-in Rebate
-$50 free photo paper value

$9.99 total cost after Rebates and free paper, $59.99 out of pocket
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-07-2018, 06:20 AM  
K-1 and wireless off camera TTL help!
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 39
Views: 2,249
If you want P-TTL off-camera, but not HSS, there is the Yongnuo YN585EX Speedlite for Pentax. You can trigger it optically with your 540 in P-TTL mode, but not the other way around.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-03-2018, 08:20 PM  
Canon PRO-100 Printer $9.99 After Rebate + Freebies ($59 out of pocket)
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 6
Views: 1,579
Take a look at the B&H ad for the printer. It has a link to the rebate form you can download. This rebate cycle started on June 1st, so perhaps Adorama hasn't gotten around to showing it yet.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-03-2018, 06:37 PM  
Canon PRO-100 Printer $9.99 After Rebate + Freebies ($59 out of pocket)
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 6
Views: 1,579
Thanks, Adam.
I don't need another one of these printers, but I'm thinking about it. For those $60 out-of-pocket, you get a full set of ink cartridges worth $125 and paper worth $50. And, the print head goes for around $100 on ebay.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-03-2018, 03:56 PM  
Canon PRO-100 Printer $9.99 After Rebate + Freebies ($59 out of pocket)
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 6
Views: 1,579
The Pro-100 now is down to $309.99 before the rebate, so a net of $59.99. That's at either B&H or Adorama. With B&H you'll see the price in your cart. I believe B&H set this pricing for their OPTIC2018 Imaging Conference and Adorama matched the price. The conference runs until June 6th, so I guess that's when this special pricing will end, but who knows. Get one while you can, you won't be disappointed. These printers come with standard sized ink cartridges, but they're big and heavy.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-03-2018, 10:05 AM  
Canon PRO-100 Printer $9.99 After Rebate + Freebies ($59 out of pocket)
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 6
Views: 1,579
Adorama has the PRO-100 on sale now for $59.99 after rebate. It's selling for $309.99 and comes with 50 sheets of 13x19" Luster photo paper which qualifies you for a $250 rebate. Don't know how long the sale will last so you might want to move fast to take advantage of the deal. B&H has a similar deal for $319.99, but you won't see that price until you add the printer to your cart. No special code needed for either store. If you also subtract the value of the paper ($50.00) from the deal, the printer is $9.99.

Canon PRO 100 PIXMA Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo 6228B002 (B&H)
Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer 6228B002 (Adorama)

Regular price: $369.99
-$60 Coupon Code BHOPTIC18 (apply at checkout at B&H only, auto-applied at Adorama)
-$250 Canon Mail-in Rebate
-$50 free photo paper value

$9.99 total cost after Rebates and free paper, $59.99 out of pocket
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-02-2018, 01:31 PM  
Pixma Pro 100 Printer - $19 deal is back!
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 47
Views: 4,945
Madbrain, PC inks meet my personal needs. No question about it. Longevity in my view though is part of the quality issue and while I can control how a print is displayed, I certainly wouldn't use them in a commercial endeavor or where there was some expectancy of permanence on the part of the recipient. Hang a print in a sun drenched room and things likely will be heading south in relatively short order. With all that said, I doubt I could tell the difference between a PC ink print and an OEM one. They look that good and you can save lots of money.
While on the subject of saving money, Canon has been running a rebate program continuously for the PRO-100 for a number of years now. You get a $250 American Express gift card when you purchase the printer and 50 sheets of 13x19 paper (which the retailers typically provide for free), The current selling price for the printer is $369.99, So with the rebate, the net cost is $119.99. For that, you get paper worth $50.00 and a set of ink cartridges worth $125, plus you get a new printer and print head. The current Canon rebate period runs through the month of June and given their past practices they likely will have a new rebate program in July, etc.. So, you can buy number of these printers and get the rebate as long as you buy them during different rebate cycles. You should read the fine print on the rebate form just to be sure as things do change. The American Express card is as good as cash in most places. Your bank might give you cash for it. You can even do you grocery shopping at Walmart with one. American Express begins to charge a small monthly fee if you don't spend the full value of the card within a certain period of time -- six months comes to mind, but again read the fine print.

Also, during special events like some photography expos, some retailers like Adorama and B&H, throw in an extra rebate of $50.00 so you save even more. The Christmas season/Black Friday is another period when extra discounts may be possible.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-02-2018, 05:55 AM  
Pixma Pro 100 Printer - $19 deal is back!
Posted By T Evergreen
Replies: 47
Views: 4,945
I don't think third-party inks equate to high-quality printing, especially when longevity comes into play, but Precision Color inks provide a good match color wise for OEM inks, so using Canon's ICC profiles are no problem. Nevertheless, if someone requires high-quality prints, they'd be foolish to say the least if they used third-party inks.
I hate to mention it on PF, but over on the DP Reviews forum there are many PRO-100 users, some of whom are quite knowledgeable regarding refilling and using PC inks. Also, there have been plenty of discussions there on print fading with third-party inks, along with ways to minimize those shortcomings.
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