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Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 03-02-2018, 03:30 AM  
Is the K-S2 discontinued?
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 35
Views: 3,999
The last (and only) firmware update was V1.2 way back in July(ish) 2016. :eek:
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-17-2016, 02:12 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #122 Poll (Landscape in Monochrome - October 2016)
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 73
Views: 7,335
Changed my mind a few times, but have finally voted.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-15-2016, 03:51 PM  
Pentax PC/MAC Software info
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 3
Views: 820
I've posted previously about the issues I have with the Pentax DCU, see

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/58-troubleshooting-beginner-help/310692-p...-problems.html

It's a cut down version of Silkypix. I tried the trial version of Silkpix DS6 and had the same issues, at that stage it did not say compatible with windows 10, the new version DS7 does. But I still have problems with the pentax DCU - version 5.6.2.

I'm still using Fastone, but this does have it's issues - but not in the PC performance stakes.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-13-2016, 05:33 AM  
Sticky: Abstract How to upload / link photos - BEGINNERS START HERE
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 192
Views: 193,902
Why no .dng support?

If you convert an image from .dng to .jpg it loses sharpness - using Fastone anyway.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-04-2016, 04:49 AM  
Continuous shooting - Hi or Low?
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 12
Views: 1,560
Thanks to those that responded to the question - nothing to do with buffering! ;)

However I do understand that buffering will come into play at some time but I use a Transcend 64GB Ultimate SDXC Class 10 UHS-I 600x Memory Card and - for the number of fast rate shots I take (<8) - have not had any problems with buffering.

I do have my camera set to focus priority on all settings and I'm going to give it a go on the lower continuous shooting speed as well. I'll let you know if I think I see any difference. :)

Thanks again all.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-03-2016, 04:50 PM  
Continuous shooting - Hi or Low?
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 12
Views: 1,560
Hi there, I've a K-S2 camera but this may be relevant for our other models.

I'm wondering if the difference in the continuous shooting rates between High and Low will have any difference on continuous focusing capability i.e. would the slower frame rate mean that the camera could focus better during shooting?

Any thoughts, or even better have there been any tests on this subject?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-03-2016, 02:36 AM  
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE - No reviews
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 9
Views: 1,641
Just to end this post, I've bought the lens and have posted my first impressions on this forum here:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/328778-opinions-55-300-re.html
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-02-2016, 09:45 AM  
Opinions on the 55-300 RE...
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 89
Views: 10,836
Received this lens today and thought I'd post some size comparison pics.

Top view of lens mounted onto K-S2 body, end view, fully extended. Lens size comparison: SMC Pentax-DA L 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE; SMC Pentax-DA L 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR; SMC Pentax-D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR; HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE and SMC Pentax-FA 80-320mm F4.5-5.6

---------- Post added 02-11-16 at 10:50 ----------

My first impressions are that it is a lot 'stiffer' in construction than the 18-50 and 50-200 DA-L lenses and the 80-320 lens. In fact it feels similar in quality to the 100mm macro.

The other immediate impact is how eerily quiet it is! Especially compared to the 80-320 lens that is very loud (but quick). I'll post some photos once I've played with it a bit.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2016, 08:58 AM  
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE - No reviews
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 9
Views: 1,641
Thanks all for the response to my questions and the examples provided.

I hope the full (PF) review is good as I've just bought one. :cool:

If OK it will replace my SMC Pentax-DA L 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR and SMC Pentax-FA 80-320mm F4.5-5.6

Here's hoping.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-29-2016, 08:10 AM  
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE - No reviews
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 9
Views: 1,641
Thank you for that!

I did do a search but nothing came up, strange.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-29-2016, 07:19 AM  
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE - No reviews
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 9
Views: 1,641
Has anyone bought this lens?

This has been out for a while now and yet I can find no reviews here or anywhere else (UK/USA/elsewhere) so I'm personally wary of purchasing it in case it does not perform.

As a first of its kind I would have thought that the various photo magazines or serious forums (including this one) would have tested it by now.

What gives?
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 08-02-2016, 08:35 AM  
Survey with shutter count and aperture block or shutter failure.
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 256
Views: 32,301
K-S2
Manufactured Feb 2015, Bought October 2015, shutter count 4189.
No Problems.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 05-15-2016, 03:26 PM  
Full circle: from KS-2 to K-S2
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 8
Views: 1,479
Good story and photo. Thanks.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 05-15-2016, 10:36 AM  
K-S2 photos Mercury Transet and sunspot
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 2
Views: 941
Nice one!
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 04-11-2016, 03:23 PM  
Astrotracer on K-S2
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 13
Views: 4,517
With the 1.11 firmware it all works as it should on my K-S2. I've just got to get my focusing better with more practice - when we have a clear night.

It's a great bit of kit.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 04-11-2016, 03:19 PM  
Couple of questions about k-s2
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 8
Views: 1,291
Re the screen, we're just back from Vietnam - much more sunshine/bright light there than here in the UK. Though I usually use the viewfinder I used the screen a few times and it was plenty bright enough on its middle setting. In the UK I have the screen on -1 from the middle setting.

My heaviest and largest lens is the Pentax 80-320. It's fine, I hold the lens in my fingers with the palm of my hand under the camera.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-19-2016, 06:13 PM  
How to place the lens, mount side up or glass side up ?
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 24
Views: 2,181
Ho hum, I've always kept my lenses mount side down - in my carry bag. No reason why, just seemed to be sensible.

Thinking about it, it would be better to have them lens side down, then it's just pick up, remove rear cap and mount - rather than pick up, rotate, remove rear cap and mount.

Decisions decisions. :confused:
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 03-16-2016, 09:42 AM  
Image Sync - no live view
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 45
Views: 8,626
Yes - that's since the update. It works fine as long as the camera is set to a single exposure.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 03-16-2016, 02:45 AM  
Image Sync - no live view
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 45
Views: 8,626
Another tip (Sony Xperia Z5 and K-S2).

LV will not work (though you can take photos and view what's on the camera) if the camera is set to multi-exposure.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-28-2016, 04:10 PM  
Lens fine focus adjustment - interesting result
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 10
Views: 1,563
Thanks all for the responses. I don't think that I'm much the wiser though. :lol:
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-27-2016, 10:00 AM  
Lens fine focus adjustment - interesting result
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 10
Views: 1,563
And to get back to my original post - can anyone assist further with that and my reply to those who originally responded?
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-26-2016, 06:55 PM  
Lens fine focus adjustment - interesting result
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 10
Views: 1,563
Thanks for the responses all.

I do understand the difference in the focusing methods and had always thought that PD would be more accurate (better?) than CD, but steve you seem to say that is not the case? So now based upon the above comments I'm more confused. :(

aleonx3 notes that Simply, viewfinder focusing uses PDAF whereas LV uses CDAF mechanism, they are different units/components in the camera. AF fine adjustment in the camera applies to PDAF only IMHO. and steve you confirm that. OK, if that is the case I definitely do not (from my testing) need to adjust the fine focus of any of my lenses - when using the viewfinder.

However, in your (steves) response you comment that CDAF (LV) has more precision than PDAF. So again from my testing at least two of my lenses would need adjustment, but this adjustment cannot be done - sort of confirmed that when I adjusted the lenses on day 1 I could not get any change in the focusing using LV. so if it has more precision, but cannot be adjusted if out what's the point?

I suppose apart from trying to get a general understanding of what is happening, I'm also trying to confirm whether using LV for Macro photography is the best, or whether I should just use LV to compose the shot and then switch to the viewfinder/PD?
Forum: Sold Items 02-26-2016, 10:10 AM  
For Sale - Expired: smc Pentax-FA 80-320mm 1:4.5-5.6 (Silver) (Full Frame) FINAL Price Drop!
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 33
Views: 4,225
A free bump as having recently bought one of these (also silver) I can say that I'm enjoying it quite a lot. It's reasonably light for the focal length, even my wife likes it. :)

Regrettably I could not afford the 55-300.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-26-2016, 09:48 AM  
Lens fine focus adjustment - interesting result
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 10
Views: 1,563
As per the heading, I thought that Id have a look at the fine focus of my lenses, not particularly out of any concern but because I just wanted to try it and see if there was anything unexpected well there was, but not what I was thinking about.

My equipment is a K-S2 with SMC DA-L f4-5.6 18-50mm DC WR, SMC DA-L f4-5.6 50-200mm ED WR, SMC D-FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR and a SMC FA 4.5-5.6 80-320. I used test charts from Yvon Bourque, all tests were done at the widest aperture and minimum focal distance (plus 100mm or so) using spot focusing. Tripod and 2sec delay used. I took several shots with each lens.

Day 1. Daylight in a bright room. I used Live View as I thought that would be easiest. On review mode it is set up with a 4x magnification and I thought that would give me a good start to check the focusing.
18-50 test, quick focusing, result marginal back focus, adjusted to plus 1.
50-200 test, quick focusing, result spot on.
80-320 test, a bit of lens hunting before focusing, result large front focus. Adjusted to minus 7 and could not get it to focus. Put back to zero and could not get it to focus even when it lit green (focus indicator) the chart was completely out of focus. I tried increasing the focal length to no avail. Then I tried turning Live View off and viewfinder focusing instant focus success.
At this stage I was getting fed up so stopped testing and reset the adjusted lenses back to zero.

Day 2. Daylight in a bright room. I only used Live View (LV) to set up the lens to test chart alignment. Then switched to viewfinder focusing.
18-50 test, instant focusing, result spot on.
50-200 test, instant focusing, result spot on.
80-320 test, instant focusing, result spot on.
100 macro test, instant focusing, result spot on.

Other than the results suggesting that all my lenses are focusing fine, there are two things of interest to me here, Live View v Viewfinder results and Macro focusing.
1. You can see that there were differences between the LV and Viewfinder results, why?
2. I use Live View for macro photography, its easy to view at all camera positions and using the zoom feature you can see exactly what is in focus. But now Im wondering if LV is not correctly showing what is in focus which is odd as LV has good reviews on the K-S2

Any thoughts?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-21-2016, 03:27 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #113 Poll (Composite - January 2016)
Posted By whyhaveone
Replies: 110
Views: 10,316
So many fantastic photos! In fact I think that they are all great even though a couple are a bit disturbing! :o

Voted but not saying which one. :)
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