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Forum: Pentax K-5 08-08-2012, 05:34 PM  
K5 discontinued in Japan
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 20
Views: 3,651
Even Fry's is selling the K5 for $799.00 and they mostly sell Nikon/Canon ...You hardly ever see much Pentax gear there.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-28-2012, 07:57 PM  
Help! Old Film guy-new K-5-headed to Alaska
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 20
Views: 1,934
A few quick things come to mind,

1) Take the time to update the firmware to the current version if you have not done so already. Be sure to have a fully charged battery while doing this.
Downloads & Literature - PENTAX Imaging USA

2) Be sure the auto horizon correction feature is set to off. For some reason on most of the K5's it is off by 2 or 3 degrees and will give you slanted pictures.
I learned this the hard way. The info is on page 140 of the users manual on how to turn it on or off.

3) Read up on your lenses to learn their strong and weak points.
Pentax SMC DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR - Lab Test / Review
Pentax SMC DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED - Review / Test Report

And last but not least....If you see a bear cub stay far far away or mama bear may want to come by and tear your head off.
With a 300mm lens no need to get too close. ;)

Have a great trip! :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-27-2012, 09:44 PM  
CMOS Laser Damage
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 10
Views: 2,924
My thoughts exactly! ...I had never heard of this before accidentally coming across it on you tube. I love going to concerts and I sometimes smuggle in my little 16MP pocket camera to try to get some shots and take some video of the shows. Now I know to turn the thing off if there are lasers around...I'd rather not fry the little thing much less my K5. ;)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-25-2012, 06:52 PM  
CMOS Laser Damage
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 10
Views: 2,924
Has anyone ever had a Laser damage the sensor on their DSLR.... Is the damage permanent or is it just temporary?

Here is a video of a poor guy with a 5D getting zapped!!! :eek::eek::eek:

You Tube

one with a Fuji too.:(
Moby laser show kills digital camera! - YouTube
Forum: Photo Critique 06-25-2012, 06:23 PM  
Landscape Sunset in LBC - HDR
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 2
Views: 662
It looks like you may be getting some Chromatic aberration in your top photo. I can see a red strip down the edge of the buildings in the upper right hand corner.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-22-2012, 05:58 PM  
What's the fastest SDHC card the K5 can take advantage of?
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 5
Views: 5,281
This is probably the Fastest card...but it will only operate in Class 10 mode in the K5. It is only a smidgen faster than the regular extreme cards in class 10 mode and is more than twice the price.
SanDisk 32GB ExtremePRO SDHC Memory Card, 95MB Read Speed SDSDXPA-032G-A75

You can get two of these for less than the price of one of those.
SanDisk 32GB, Class 10 Extreme SDHC Memory Cards 2-Pack SDSDX2-032G-X46
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-21-2012, 08:01 PM  
Awful purple fringing? [K5+FA77]
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 17
Views: 3,686
Here is a good Purple Fringe Monster. I was experimenting with the aperture settings with my K5+DA 40 ltd. and this happened wide open at F2.8...This was just before sunset as it was setting to the left.

EDIT: I think PF knocks down the file size quite a bit. This was knocked down from 6.86MB to 322KB. On the larger file the PF is horrendous.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-14-2012, 08:29 PM  
Considering Switching to Pentax
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 47
Views: 5,556
Here is a possibility. This Sigma lens is fast and I have heard that you can turn off SR on the K5 body and just use the IS built into the lens.
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM for Pentax 589109 B&H
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-14-2012, 07:53 PM  
K-3 speculation
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 2,799
Views: 402,683
YEA!!!...You will have to buy a GPS dongle to keep track of your WiFi dongle!!! :lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-12-2012, 07:43 PM  
B+W XS-Pro Digital filter easily scratched--MRC nano coating problem?
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 1
Views: 3,637
I just bought two B+W XS-Pro MRC Nano Circular polarizers from B+H. Both filters looked like they had a different coating on it. The coating on the 49mm was jacked up right out of the box and was sent back for replacement. The coating on the 49mm looked like it had a purple hue when it was held up to the sunlight and the coating on the 52mm looked to be grayish when held up to the sunlight. I'm not sure what the cause of the difference in colors to be. I would have thought both filters should look the same so I'm wondering if they changed something in the manufacturing process. What color is your filter when you hold it up to the sunlight, purple? I'm worried about scratching the filters.

The "purple" coating on the 49mm looked rubbed off by the mounting ring and had a tiny mark/scratch on the front side that could not be cleaned off. The "grey' 52mm on the other hand could have the haze wiped off the filter with no ill effects and seems to be O.K.... I'm trying to be extra careful with it...I even take off the lens hood when I turn the filter or put the lens cap on.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-12-2012, 06:45 PM  
K-3 speculation
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 2,799
Views: 402,683
Winder, jmg257, ...This is how they are doing WiFi on the Nikon D3200. They are using an optional plug in dongle that contains the WiFi electronics.
It also lets you perform some cool tricks like remote live view with your smartphone. pretty cool stuff. :)

Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter 27081 B&H Photo Video
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-08-2012, 10:08 PM  
K-3 speculation
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 2,799
Views: 402,683
They do have Wifi on new DSLR's here is one by Samsung and I think even Nikon has some too.
20.3 Megapixel Compact System Camera EV-NX20ZZBSBUS ? Digital Cameras
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-31-2012, 09:38 PM  
Pentax Spain teaser: announcement June 1?
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 77
Views: 16,078
The June 1st announcement is about the new B.S. resistant line of lenses. The new lenses will feature a small blue BSR designation on the front of the lens instead of the small blue WR marking. This will give enough time for folks attending the running of the bulls in Pamplona next month to snap them up.:lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-31-2012, 08:40 PM  
Buying a K5 - but with 18-135mm lens kit? Or an 18-55 + 50-200mm lens kit?
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 12
Views: 9,333
You can get the K-30 with the DA 18-135 WR for $1200 from B&H if it fits your needs.
Pentax K30 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens Kit (Black) 15635
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-29-2012, 05:41 PM  
K-3 speculation
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 2,799
Views: 402,683
I agree with the smelly part. One time I was with a big group of friends camping in the Sierra's and we had several bears come into our campground.
It was our own fault though, when we were cleaning up late at night one girl thought it would be easy to get rid of the bacon grease by pouring it into
the embers of our fire. OOOOPPSS!!! ....well at least I know how to get those up close and personal BEAR photos now!!! :lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-28-2012, 09:44 PM  
K-3 speculation
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 2,799
Views: 402,683
Are those the nasty birds that like to hop up on a sheep's back and dig there beak deep into the sheep's hide and make a bloody mess. Then they sit around and watch the sheep bleed to death. :eek::eek::eek:
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-25-2012, 05:41 PM  
K-5 / 18-135 WR?... Really?
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 13
Views: 2,382
Some people say they take their cameras all apart when they store them with the lens and body separated. Perhaps if you are going to store your camera with a lens on it be sure to make it one that is not WR. That may let the camera breath a little better over time with barometric pressure and humidity changes.

Also you may try getting some desiccant packs to put inside a sealed camera bag. I always save the ones that come with the stuff I buy.
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-24-2012, 09:22 PM  
K5.... me, too!
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 33
Views: 3,210
Be sure to update to firmware version 1.13
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-24-2012, 07:30 PM  
K5 vs K30?
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 135
Views: 95,476
From what I was reading in the K5 Manual it says that when you enable the HDMI output the 3" LCD screen is disabled and the LCD display is redirected through the HDMI cable to the monitor. I'm not totally certain if this is only for playback or if you can actually use the monitor while shooting video. If it allows you to use an external monitor while shooting video then that would work great in a studio like setting.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-23-2012, 09:06 PM  
Why no kit with the 18-55 WR?
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 125
Views: 10,666
Look before you leap!!!. All you have to do is call up B&H on their toll free number (800.606.6969) before you order and confirm what price and what items you are getting. Very simple!!! I'm sure they will clear up all this ad confusion very quickly. No reason to lose any sleep over it.

Why troll on and on about this forever. Pentax is probably just trying to get rid of all those old DAL lenses and give a lower price point for some of their "NEW" customers that don't want to spend a fortune on a DSLR.

B&H is offering many interesting combos with this K30.
pentax K30

I think the best deal is the one with the 18-135 WR combo, with the lens at a $180.00 discount. But it is $1200 so it may make it rather
expensive for the "Entry Level" beginner.
Pentax K30 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens Kit (Black) 15635
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-23-2012, 07:40 PM  
K5 vs K30?
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 135
Views: 95,476
From reading the K5 manual you have a choice of either using Composite Video out or HDMI out. If I understand this correctly composite video output is only 480i. So If your shooting HD video in 720P or 1080P you will have to use the HDMI output to get the proper display on your monitor.

There is also a USB port so you can transfer your files directly to your computer.
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-23-2012, 07:01 PM  
K5 vs K30?
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 135
Views: 95,476
I would like to add #19) The K5 makes for an excellent defensive weapon. You could really knock someone out with the K5...not so sure you could put someone in the hospital with a K30. Something to keep in the back of your mind on your next ghettography journey. :lol::lol::lol:
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-23-2012, 06:37 PM  
K-30 vs. the Nikon D3200
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 83
Views: 37,800
I recently read someplace that the D5100 line will be discontinued due to poor sales, too close in specs to the cheaper D3100.
So this new D3200 is the replacement for both the D3100 and the D5100.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-20-2012, 02:44 PM  
K30, K5n, K3 and maybe full-frame at Photokina...
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 638
Views: 93,533
Plus they don't have Aston Kutcher saying "Come on ladies touch my Megapixels":lol::lol::lol:
Digital Cameras, Ashton COOLPIX, DSLR Cameras |
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-19-2012, 05:55 PM  
K5 and 300mm?
Posted By SuperK5
Replies: 18
Views: 2,331
Anybody use this guy on the K-5...heard it got some kind of award and it's only $200.00

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Lens for Pentax AF AF017P700
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