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Forum: Pentax K-3 III 7 Hours Ago  
K-3iii a/f improvement with latest firmware
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 9
Views: 662
The "spot" also seems to be genuinely smaller, though exactly how they implemented that in a firmware update I'm not sure possibly the capability had always been there and just not ready for release until now?
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 16 Hours Ago  
K-3iii a/f improvement with latest firmware
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 9
Views: 662
Seems to be just one very small one … it really does seem to be very precise!
In my experience, "Auto" for birds in flight is fine against a clear sky or with a relatively close subject, but put a hunting Harrier at 50-100yds against a cluttered background of buildings and vegetation, or a gull or similar against a background of rippling water or waves and there's just too much "distraction" for the a/f to manage to maintain interest in the prime subject unless it's relatively big in the viewfinder … then all you've got to do is keep it there whilst it's bouncing around on the wind!. Things can improve with a wider-aperture lens, my 70-200mm f/2.8 + 2x (effectively 400mm f/5.6) can improve subject tracking, but the loss of "reach" from my "bigma" is often just too much to be acceptable (for me).
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 20 Hours Ago  
K-3iii a/f improvement with latest firmware
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 9
Views: 662
The setting wasn't changed, I already had it set to Focus Priority, but it was never as critical as it appears to be now much better :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 21 Hours Ago  
K-3iii a/f improvement with latest firmware
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 9
Views: 662
I don't think it's my imagination, but my K-3iii seems to be much more critical about what is or isn't in focus since the latest update.
When using AF-C, Pentax points out in the Operating Manual that the shutter can be released even if the subject isn't in focus OK, fine, I've learnt to live with that and keep my eye on the green hexagon in the viewfinder, but still, inevitably, got the few total misses with birds in flight.
This afternoon, in overcast grey dismal conditions, the shutter usually refused to release unless the bird (or the background) was in focus no halfway guess no focus, no release!
This was still using AF-C, but in conjunction with the new "extra small" central focussing spot well impressed :)
Forum: Pentax KP 22 Hours Ago  
focusing problem after firmware update
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 3
Views: 371
The latest KP firmware, v1.31, is some 17 months old now.
I noticed an apparent improvement in general tracking and performance when I updated then, no problems at all, but my K-3iii "superseded" it shortly afterwards and it's been used relatively lightly since, but still no issues.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 1 Day Ago  
K-5 buttons sticking
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 4
Views: 264
Graphite is conductive not what you want to be introducing into an electrical environment!
When you write "sticking", do you mean physically stiff to depress and return, as though some sugary substance may have been spilt on it, or intermittent contact?
If the former, with a "weather-sealed" camera like the K-5, careful application of some soapy water, with the camera held upside down so the water doesn't flow into the body, maybe sufficient.
If you've got intermittent electrical contact, with a "sealed" body, application of any cleaning substance shouldn't reach the contacts, so you'll need a partial disassembly to either reach the contacts to clean them or replace the switch assembly.
Good luck :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Fake DA40XS to be recognized as a DA40 limited
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 10
Views: 614
Bear in mind that if the lens "imitates" a Limited in one respect it's likely to be interpreted as such by firmware/software when applying lens corrections, profiles and so on, which may not be as advantageous as one might like ;)
Forum: Pentax KP 3 Days Ago  
Still worth buying
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 11
Views: 708
The KP is still worth getting if you can find one at a price that suits you.
Superior to the K-70/KF in most respects, (not that there's anything "wrong" with the K-70), it sits comfortably between the KF and the K-3iii and has a few tricks that the K-3iii can't manage ;)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 4 Days Ago  
Pentax K70 Street photography settings
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 11
Views: 442
An f/1.8 shouldn't be "slow" on a K-70 … the K-70 may not be the fastest car in the race but it's no slouch.
Just wondering if the OP is using LiveView rather than the optical viewfinder?
When using autofocus the camera will focus on what it's pointed at, so if the subject is relatively small and not centred in the frame it's quite likely to be out of focus.
As suggested above, a wider-angle lens, such as a 28mm, set to a smallish aperture for depth of field, will cover most situations in good light, especially if you're working "from the hip" rather than bringing the camera to the eye, though I'd suggest an "A" lens rather than an "M" lens to give use of the various auto-exposure modes, if not a Pentax then a Tamron Adaptall-2 (with appropriate mount) will prove very acceptable!
Good luck :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Fake DA40XS to be recognized as a DA40 limited
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 10
Views: 614
DCU will only handle images (JPG, DNG or PEF) straight from the camera.
Most third-party editing software will "mess with the EXIF", which DCU recognises as a "foreign" file so, although it'll view it, it won't process it.
Good luck :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Fake DA40XS to be recognized as a DA40 limited
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 10
Views: 614
They don't "have to be" DNG … the effects don't exist until the image has been processed in-camera, so will only be apparent in a JPG.
They're on the Ricoh website … see Function Expand Firmware | PENTAX K-3 Mark III | RICOH IMAGING for the latest FUYUNO Custom Image, dig around through the previous updates for the earlier Custom Images.
As I wrote … I don't claim this is a "perfect solution" … but it's close ;)
See also the discussion here https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/210-pentax-k-3-iii/446910-pseudo-katen-c...-settings.html
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Fake DA40XS to be recognized as a DA40 limited
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 10
Views: 614
An alternative "trick" I've tried, with reasonable success, is to download one of the published images that have been taken using the new Custom Images, load the image into DCU and do Save Parameter from the Laboratory section.
These parameters can then be reloaded into other images ;)
I'm not suggesting it's a perfect solution, but to my uncritical eye it's a very good substitute :)
Forum: Pentax K-01 4 Days Ago  
Sigma can, why can't Pentax?
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 143
Views: 4,176
You can suggest them by all means my vari-vision lenses cost around 300 a right pain in the neck when used for a subject at arms length and still don't help when the sun's out ;)
Forum: General Talk 4 Days Ago  
On-line purchasing and Deliveries
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 11
Views: 263
It's all down to cost cutting, economising or making a bigger profit … depending on how cynical you're feeling ;)
If the couriers can encourage the end user to "spread the load" they can (hopefully) deliver everything, using the same staff levels as usual, thereby saving on all sorts of profit-eating overheads like overtime and/or wages for extra staff, if they can find them!
It also gives them the get-out of "you should have posted it earlier" if they don't get it delivered!
Nevertheless, a "Grumpy Old Manitude" is perfectly valid if you, like myself, are from an age when the customer really did matter :)
Forum: Pentax K-01 4 Days Ago  
Sigma can, why can't Pentax?
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 143
Views: 4,176
My K-01 weighs 480gm., body only.
My K70 weighs 630gm that extra 6oz at the end of outstretched arms can get uncomfortable after a while, especially with anything bigger than a 40mm XS fitted.
Fortunately the K-70 has an OVF so I can use it comfortably with any lens fitted and when the sun is out ;)
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 5 Days Ago  
What started you on the path of GAS?
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 39
Views: 1,156
A common symptom for me is not to specifically "need" a certain lens or type of lens, but moreso seeing a lens (or other piece of gear) at a "sensible" price and trying to figure out what good it might do me ;)
Then there's the "silver would look so much nicer than black" concept (or vice versa) or the "that might be useful one day" scenario ;)
For me, the nett result is probably having far more gear than I'm ever likely to "need", but having the satisfaction of being able to cope with almost any photographic scenario (if I happen to be carrying the appropriate equipment at the time!)
Forum: Pentax KP 5 Days Ago  
Pentax now selling wooden grips for the KP
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 14
Views: 971
I'm quite happy with the small standard grip on my KP, having made what proved to be a mistake and tried using the larger of the three for about a year, so I'll not be expressing any interest in these, but it's good to know the KP hasn't been totally forgotten ;)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 6 Days Ago  
what's old may become new again
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 55
Views: 1,875
It's all a fashionista thing!
You need to compare like with like.
Turntables and LPs are very visual, people recognise the machinery as something "retro" and may well appreciate the artwork on a 12" sleeve it also all looks very "cool" when set in an appropriately decorated environment ;)
Very few people, except for those like us "in the know", would recognise the difference between a Pentax KX and a Pentax K-x, or indeed, a Fujifilm X-T4 ;)
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 11-28-2022, 03:42 PM  
Half-frame Pentax Spotmatic SP1000, any info on these cameras?
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 10
Views: 475
Just make an extra hole in the rear cover, covered with a piece of red filter, to line up with the numbers on the paper backing.
There's three rows of numbers on the paper backing, one each for 8-on, 12-on and 16-on align your new hole with the 16-on numbers and away you go ;)
FWIW, it's the same row of numbers that are used if you cut a roll of 120 down for use in an 828 camera bin there, dun that as well see kodak classics - mischa koning ;)
Forum: Film SLRs and Compact Film Cameras 11-28-2022, 10:11 AM  
Half-frame Pentax Spotmatic SP1000, any info on these cameras?
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 10
Views: 475
I remember doing something similar to an old Zeiss Netter 12-on-120 when I was at college, converted it to 16-on so's I could get more exposures on a roll of film :)
Forum: Pentax K-70 & KF 11-28-2022, 02:39 AM  
Pentax KF Solenoid
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 12
Views: 909
The specs, as published by Ricoh, are available here for the KF Specifications | PENTAX KF | RICOH IMAGING and here for the K-70 Specifications | PENTAX K-70 | RICOH IMAGING
There really does appear to be very little difference!
Forum: Pentax KP 11-28-2022, 01:37 AM  
Poll: KP eBook...Worth It?
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 7
Views: 483
If you're asking … it was one or two of the Digital Filters that can be applied to a previously taken image, ('Extract Color' was one, if I remember correctly), that I simply couldn't get my head around and I was given a step-by-step how-to by a forum member.
It's all second nature now and I use the feature regularly (except on the K-3iii which doesn't include all of them!)
Yes, I know "it can all be done in post", but I find them a useful on-site preview tool ;)


A local church, straight from the K-5, using the 'Water Color' filter with the colours turned off ;) :-


Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-27-2022, 04:27 PM  
Need a 24mm prime lens. Any recommendations?
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 26
Views: 961
Another vote for the Tamron probably the best 3rd-party lens of it's type at the time :)
Forum: Pentax KP 11-27-2022, 10:06 AM  
Poll: KP eBook...Worth It?
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 7
Views: 483
I made a similar enquiry some while ago about one specific obscure feature, either on the K-70 or the KP, and was informed that the e-book was no more forthcoming than the Pentax-supplied Operating Manual … ie. "suck it and see".
Needless to say, I didn't "invest" ;)
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 11-27-2022, 10:02 AM  
PC Socket Plug
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 10
Views: 343
I'd put a touch of silicon grease or similar on the thread. That should help eliminate the "stiction" whilst not allowing the plug to be so loose as to fall out.
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