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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-28-2019, 10:31 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #152 (Springtime - April 2019)
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 47
Views: 3,617
No. 6
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 04-08-2019, 12:10 PM  
Hello all
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 7
Views: 366
Welcome, Hans! I have the ME too, plus an LX. You won't go too wrong with the K-70!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 04-08-2019, 12:00 PM  
Long time Pentaxian getting ready to make the jump to Digital!
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 31
Views: 1,972
I'm with you on the vinyl! Welcome to the forum!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 04-08-2019, 11:56 AM  
Atlanta, GA - New Pentax K-70 User
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Welcome onboard! I'm also a K-70 user as of about 5 months ago. There is a dedicated group here in the forum for this camera, and you'll find everyone very helpful indeed!
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Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 04-08-2019, 11:49 AM  
Purchased a K-70 a couple of months ago
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 9
Views: 457
Welcome! I have the K-70 from about 5 months ago, and by coincidence, the 2 lenses you mention having had them from my old SLR days. The 50mm is a great lens and super sharp on this camera! I've also purchased a 100mm M Macro f/4 on eBay, in immaculate condition - great fun to use with fabulous manual focusing. I also have a Sigma 18-300 for a walk-around, all-day lens plus a Sigma 10-20 f/3.5 for interiors and architecture. The K-70 is my first serious DSLR and I have to say that it takes time to really understand the huge amount of available settings when you compare to an SLR. But I've got the hang of it now and i'm getting much, much better results than when I bought it, especially in manual mode. So take the time to improvise and experiment with it. Have fun!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-03-2019, 07:11 AM  
Sunrise by the beach
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 8
Views: 350
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-03-2019, 07:10 AM  
Snow in germany
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 23
Views: 227
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-03-2019, 07:10 AM  
WaterFalls
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 57
Views: 1,215
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-03-2019, 07:09 AM  
Cade's Cove Morning
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 10
Views: 170
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-03-2019, 07:07 AM  
The brightness of White Sands
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 15
Views: 242
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-03-2019, 07:06 AM  
River in the red
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 59
Views: 580
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-02-2019, 09:21 AM  
Springbeetime!
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 13
Views: 130
Got to be quick to catch these guys!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-01-2019, 12:17 PM  
Cleaning dot/dust
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 19
Views: 2,127
I've had this happen a couple of times. Go into the camera menu and lock the mirror in the 'up' position. Remove the lens. Point the camera down and using the blower, blow up into the mirror/sensor chamber being very careful not to touch the sensor. Replace the lens and take a photo of the sky (without clouds), view and enlarge as necessary on your PC and check for blobs or dust marks. I had to repeat the process a couple of times until the blower finally dislodged the dust. I never used any other cleaning materials and this method worked perfectly for me, obtaining totally clean pictures.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-19-2019, 04:19 PM  
Cactus C6 ii as Trigger for Metz Flashes? Is this possible?
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 8
Views: 1,361
Since my last reply to you (on 25th Feb. 2019) I have now purchased two V6 II's, using them in conjunction with my K-70, a Metz 52 AF-1 and Metz 44 AF-2. They only arrived yesterday but I've been at it all day and so far so good. Everything I've tried thus far works, including updating the firmware to PEN.A.005! But I haven't tried everything, as yet. So I will write a new post in a few days on the subject in the hope that it will help other Pentax, and in particular, K-70 owners.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-19-2019, 12:28 PM  
K-70 Terrible video results.
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 30
Views: 2,359
Thanks for that! My exectations aren't that high so it shouldn't be a problem! It's just that since getting the camera I've been too busy on stills and simply haven't gotten around yet to really look into it. But I will.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-25-2019, 11:49 AM  
K-70 + Metz 52 AF-1 + Cactus V6 ll - which firmware?
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 6
Views: 925
Lovely! Many thanks for your reply. They are on my shopping list!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-25-2019, 05:49 AM  
Cactus C6 ii as Trigger for Metz Flashes? Is this possible?
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 8
Views: 1,361
Many thanks for confirming that.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-24-2019, 01:39 PM  
Hi from Spain
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 7
Views: 389
Welcome aboard! ˇBienvenido! I'm down in Malaga province.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-24-2019, 01:36 PM  
Pentax K70 Not holding initial settings - date time etc
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 12
Views: 529
I have the K-70. You can save many of your user settings which are saved when you switch off the camera, see page 113 of the user's manual, or on the camera: page 5 of the 'camera (pic)' menu.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-24-2019, 01:27 PM  
Hello from Spain
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 4
Views: 322
Welcome to the forum! I'm down south, Nerja in Malaga.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-24-2019, 01:24 PM  
Hello from spain
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 7
Views: 336
Welcome to the Forum! I'm also in Spain, down near Nerja
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-24-2019, 12:17 PM  
K-70 + Metz 52 AF-1 + Cactus V6 ll - which firmware?
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 6
Views: 925
Hi! As Xmas has passed I was wondering how you got on. I'm in the same boat as you (K-70) except for the fact that I have two flashes, the one you have + a 44 AF-2, and obviously looking to acquire 2 V6 II units. Thanks!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-24-2019, 12:07 PM  
Cactus C6 ii as Trigger for Metz Flashes? Is this possible?
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 8
Views: 1,361
Do you know if the update you mention has happened yet? I currently have a Metz 52 AF-1 and a 44 AF-2 and am considering to buy two V6 II units, one on-camera, the other in RX mode. As I understand it, at present, the 52 could be mounted on top of one V6 II unit and in turn on top of the camera and I would have pass-through TTL metering, correct? And manual power and zoom on the other Metz 44 in RX mode, correct? BTW I'm using all of this on a K-70.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-23-2019, 06:56 AM  
K-70, Cactus and Metz flash combinations for real estate photography
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 18
Views: 901
Hello again, Nigel. I decided to make a staged approach with respect to what I'm going to buy. So I've just bought the Metz 52 AF-1 (to act on-camera in Master mode) in the hope that it will trigger the Metz 44 AF-2 off-camera (in slave mode). However... Using the 52 in Master mode and the 44 in Slave mode, I cannot get the 44 to work, even in test flash mode. The 52 won't trigger the 44 even when it's right in front of it (so perfect line of sight!). I have tried changing the channels through 1-4 on the 52, but to avail. The 44 in Slave mode is acting correctly insofar as the AF light is blinking to confirm that it's in slave mode and should receive the flash signal from the 52 (according to the manual). What am I doing wrong? Thanks again.

UPDATE: Since writing the above, I've managed to get the 44 (on-camera) to triger the 52 (off-camera) set to Servo Mode. And thanks to the 'learning' option on the 52, it has learnt to fire the optical flash signal from the 44 on the main flash, ignoring the pre-flash. That's very neat! But this still doesn't get away from the fact that this combination should be the other way round! The 44 isn't supposed to be a Master although yes, the 52 can work in both TX and RX. But still can't get the 52 to trigger the 44 optically.


Having got this to partially work, I do however see the limitations of optical firing, and will most certainly also have to invest in a couple of V6 II's.

FINAL UPDATE: Perhaps. I contacted Metz in Barcelona and they were very kind and helpful, but couldn’t understand my issue above regarding the 44 not firing in optical RX mode. They offered to send a free courier to collect the flash gun and have it checked out. I thanked them for this but insisted on trying the set up one more time. This I have done. And it now WORKS! No idea why it didn’t before, but nevertheless, a courier trip saved!


So here are my final conclusions: Using the Metz 52 AF-1 on-camera in MASTER mode, and the Metz 44 AF-2 in SLAVE mode, the former triggers the latter in optical mode. Disadvantage:The 44 is always on FULL power and cannot be changed. Reversing the above is better insofar as the 44 (on-camera) will trigger the 52 (in SERVO mode) and the power can be manually adjusted on the flash gun.



And another thing, when using the 44 in the first example above in RX mode, the optical flash signal from the 52 triggered it behind a brick wall and out of direct line of sight!


So now I’ve managed to get the above all working, the only improvement, in order to use the 52 on-camera in Master mode and control the flash power and zoom levels on the 44, would be to buy and use 2 x Cactus V6 II. And I’ve read on other posts here on the forum that the latest firmware updates from Cactus provide complete control of this combo, P-TTL pass-though, remote power and zoom.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-20-2019, 09:45 AM  
K-70, Cactus and Metz flash combinations for real estate photography
Posted By RobSpain
Replies: 18
Views: 901
Thanks again for that, Nigel. I want to be able to shoot both on and off camera, so I don't like that fact that the RF60X only works in manual mode when on the camera. That's why I already have one Metz and was thinking of getting another. I like their guns, and I don't need more sophistacted flash or studio options. I'm beginning to revert back to my Metz 52 AF-1 (or similar) option, and pair both Metz with either V6 or V6II units. Need to do a bit more reading/consideration before making a final decision. And thank you once again!
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