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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-12-2009, 09:00 PM  
Video killed the Radio Star (digital Camera)
Posted By smokey
Replies: 47
Views: 7,048
I was getting excited when I heard a new camera was coming from Pentax. Had been holding off upgrading my K10 to the K20 waiting for the next generation. But when I found that there wasn't a whole lot of improvements (ok, there are some, but I was looking for higher MP) and included video and a $1300 price tag, They lost my sale. Hoping the next generation camera will lose the video. I already have several digital video cameras.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-24-2008, 07:03 PM  
Shooting lightning?
Posted By smokey
Replies: 33
Views: 9,102
We had a wicked lightning storm roll through here a few weeks ago. I ran outside and just stood there (dummy) and, in green mode, just started clicking away hand held. Out of a hundred or so shots, I only got a few worth keeping. Hail started shortly after and I took off inside. Ended up being one nasty storm. Lots of wind that tore up large trees and a few 'nados. Exciting!!!

Posted a few lightning shots on my flickr page.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-24-2008, 10:21 AM  
Firmware Updating to 1.30
Posted By smokey
Replies: 7
Views: 2,590
Do as Garth said.
Do not try to open in Windows it won't work.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-15-2008, 06:26 AM  
Getting f------ with certain lenses
Posted By smokey
Replies: 12
Views: 1,794
Do the lenses have the 'A' setting on the aperture ring? If not, you need to change your camera settings. Using aperture ring to Permitted in the custom settings menu.
If the lens does, then make sure it is set on 'A'.
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-16-2008, 07:03 AM  
How do you store your photo equipment at home?
Posted By smokey
Replies: 18
Views: 9,966
Been looking for a case. Is this deep enough to fit the K10D with grip?
At that price, I'm tempted to get 2. Give me a place to store my older camera equip.

Just ordered them. Tired of not having enough room in my current case.
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-16-2008, 06:52 AM  
Backdrop purchase and something amusing.
Posted By smokey
Replies: 10
Views: 3,099
I recently received a Denny's catalog. Nice!
Wouldn't mind being their stock photographer! :o
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-16-2008, 03:35 PM  
How to photograph our furry their level!
Posted By smokey
Replies: 8
Views: 2,951
I put my cat on a pedestal. Makes him feel superior. Besides that fact that he loves being in front of the camera.

Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-11-2008, 05:23 PM  
White Lighting Radio flash trigger
Posted By smokey
Replies: 0
Views: 3,255
Does anyone here use the White Lightning strobes?
Do you use or have tried the radio flash triggers?

I just purchased some White Lighting UltraZaps and was using the Wein safe sync, at least for a bit. Now it's not working. I have been successful using my Sigma flash gun to trigger the WL's. Aiming it up and behind me as to not affect the lighting. There have been several discussions here about the wein not working with the K10D (or also the DS in my case.)

The White Lighting radio flash triggers are fairly cheap compared to Pocket Wizards and other radio triggers. $80 for transmitter and receiver. But concerned about it working with my K10D. I don't have a problem with buying these dedicated triggers either as I don't foresee buying any different lights in the near future.

Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-10-2008, 05:20 AM  
Posted By smokey
Replies: 5
Views: 3,348
Found this recently on another forum.

Grey cards are a historical item these days....Originally designed to assist you in getting "correct" exposure in the full world of film, the usefulness today is mainly for swatting passing insects.

White balance reference cards they work better with digital then the old 18% gray cards.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-09-2008, 12:59 PM  
New Portrait studio?
Posted By smokey
Replies: 11
Views: 2,419
Remember, I just threw these together in my living room. I have no dedicated room yet. (Oldest turns 18 in 3 months, he he he). Kind of a bad shot. Taken with DS. K10D on tripod. Model lights on. No room to move around. Had to move the sofa and coffee table out of the way. But, it works!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-09-2008, 12:34 PM  
New Portrait studio?
Posted By smokey
Replies: 11
Views: 2,419
Just uploaded my first shots with the lights. Kids were not enthused at all. But my cat had no problem posing. Actually, I think he enjoyed it. Had to force him to get down from the stool. Cats....

Test Shots - a photoset on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-09-2008, 11:12 AM  
New Portrait studio?
Posted By smokey
Replies: 11
Views: 2,419
Just got the stuff. I bought from a friend who has sold all her Pentax camera equipment (before letting me know). She threw in a Sekonic L-328 light meter, Tamarac backpack and a Weins safesync. All this for $600. Think it's a deal? Everything is like new condition.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-09-2008, 08:44 AM  
Poll: PEF or DNG?
Posted By smokey
Replies: 60
Views: 18,970
I shot PEF on my DS. But the K10D PEF is different enough that my old PS CS will not open, and Adobe is not adding it to CS. So DNG for me now. CS likes it, so I like it.
Forum: General Talk 03-09-2008, 08:33 AM  
Free It's a lot...
Posted By smokey
Replies: 17
Views: 4,442
I'm about half way there, OK, so maybe only a third, maybe. I wonder why I keep all my boxes myself? Take up so much room.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-09-2008, 08:28 AM  
New Portrait studio?
Posted By smokey
Replies: 11
Views: 2,419
I forgot I was going to ask what you all thought this might be worth, then I'll tell how much I stole it for.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-09-2008, 08:23 AM  
New Portrait studio?
Posted By smokey
Replies: 11
Views: 2,419
I don't know if these umbrella's are 'shoot through' or not (yet). I hope the LBA has calmed down. Just had a good 'fix' (Pentax DA 50-135 f/2.8 & Sigma EX DC 18-50 f/2.8) so hopefully so. Could use some primes... cr@p... stop it, stop it stop it. :lol:

I have basically the same equipment at work (except they have a C*n). But I never have time to play, uh, I mean learn. So maybe now I can figure out this strobe lighting stuff a little better.

Now, which one of my kids can I get to be my subject? Once they discover I got these lights, they will never come back home. Hmmmmm. ;)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-08-2008, 09:49 PM  
New Portrait studio?
Posted By smokey
Replies: 11
Views: 2,419
Just purchased some new (used) equipment. Take delivery in the morning!

(2) White Lightening Ultra-Zap 1600
(2) Heavy-Duty 13' Stands
(2) Reflectors
(1) Softbox 24" x 36"
(2) 32" Umbrellas
(1) Set of Honeycomb Grids
(1) Set of Color Gels
(1) Gel Mounting Kit
(1) Set of 6 Color Gel Holders
(1) Reversible black/white Background
(1) Mottled Brown/Gold Background
(1) Mottled Med Grey Backdrop
(1) Backdrop Stand

Think that will make a decent studio? I think the backdrops are 5' x 7'. Now I gotta find the room to put them in. Use Ultra-Zaps at work, so I know the lights. Think I am gonna get me a wireless transmitter and receiver. At work I keep tripping over the cable.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-08-2008, 09:20 AM  
New firmware update
Posted By smokey
Replies: 13
Views: 3,901
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-03-2008, 04:36 PM  
Sigma 18-50 2.8 arrived
Posted By smokey
Replies: 1
Views: 1,411
Got my replacement for the Pentax 16-50 today. Nice lens. But I think they screwed up on the lens hood. There is no way this hood will fit on this lens. I can put the lens completely through the hood without it even touching. I am guessing it's a 77mm hood, not the 72 that's needed. I hope I can exchange just the hood.

Anyways, have not had a chance to take any pics yet with the new glass (and new Sigma 530 flash). But will soon.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-27-2008, 05:49 PM  
sigma for less
Posted By smokey
Replies: 11
Views: 1,705
I have only ordered once from them. Had no problems what so ever. Keep them in my bookmarks for price checking.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-25-2008, 11:37 AM  
K10D opinion needed from canon 300d (Digital Rebel) users
Posted By smokey
Replies: 21
Views: 4,358
I use the 300D at work, and K10D at home. I Prefer the K10D.

1. I have just as much problems focusing with the 300D as I do with K10D. The 300D is much faster and quieter though. But with the Pentax SDM lenses, the K10D now has it beat.

3. The controls on the K10D are much easier to use and logically placed compared to the 300D.

I also like the SD card over CF. I have bent the pins in my CF card reader before. No pins for the SD.

I had received my *ist DS the same week as the 300D at work. A co-worker (long time Nikon/Canon user/saleperson) even prefered the DS over the 300D. If that says anything.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-23-2008, 06:42 PM  
Sigma EF 530DG Super HELP
Posted By smokey
Replies: 12
Views: 3,514
So, how do you like this flash?
Glad it works wireless too.
I just ordered it andhope to have next week.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-22-2008, 06:44 AM  
Suspect DA*16-50
Posted By smokey
Replies: 8
Views: 1,658
Someone commented about starting a thread with the 'defective' serial numbers. I can contribute. B&H should be getting my return in a few days, adn I recorded the serial number for my records.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-20-2008, 07:10 PM  
Poll: Question for 16-50mm owners
Posted By smokey
Replies: 1,099
Views: 128,911
Well, I shipped mine back today. Not getting another. Going to replace it with the Sigma 18-50, which is what I was originally going to order.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-17-2008, 05:08 PM  
Poll: Question for 16-50mm owners
Posted By smokey
Replies: 1,099
Views: 128,911
Makes me wonder if I should send the K10D and the Lens to Pentax to get them 'matched' instead of returning the lens in hopes of getting one that is a bit better?
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