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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-25-2017, 11:23 PM  
W90 Shutter button Problem
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 2
Views: 281
Conclusion I guess...
I took it over to the pentax repair center today took it out to show them the problem and it was working completely fine. Could this have been caused by the heated water at the waterpark? Their regular pools were all heated and they even had some warmer "hot tub" temperature pools that were in the 37-39 degree Celsius range
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-25-2017, 04:08 PM  
W90 Shutter button Problem
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 2
Views: 281
As an update..sometimes when I turn on the camera. None of the buttons will work except the shutter button.. pushing it and it takes a picture, I can take two pictures (with flash, but I have flash turned off) then it stops working. This tells me the button isn't physically broken as the shutter button does cause a picture to be taken. Turn it off and on again and then the other buttons are all back to normal, but the shutter can't take a picture.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-25-2017, 04:57 AM  
W90 Shutter button Problem
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 2
Views: 281
So I hadn't used this in awhile. Finally had a family trip to the waterpark coming up. Ordered a fresh battery as it had been a couple years, and charged it up. Got to the waterpark, everything was fine. Got about 78 pictures off ,and then suddenly.. I couldn't take a picture. I could turn it on, every button seemed to work. But couldn't focus and take a picture. Shortly after the battery seemed to die.

I got home, charged the battery a bit, and the camera turns back on, However, I still can't take a picture. I can go into settings (did a reset) change all the modes, and do basically everything except active the shutter. Any thoughts on what's going on? Anyway to fix it? This is well out of warranty now..but it's a good little camera.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-21-2015, 08:27 AM  
Help me find a good ring flash/light
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 17
Views: 3,916
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-19-2014, 12:56 AM  
Pentax K-M any hope?
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 4
Views: 798
Nope, my camera is 1.11 and latest is 1.11 for the K-M.
So no luck there. I tried an air blower around the dial. there seemed to be some momentary relief.. maybe that part just needs a cleaning. But I'm more worried about the battery showing yellow so fast on brand new batteries.

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The only two main symptons are sketchy button and battery showing odd power readings. If that fixes the battery and maybe I can get the dial cleaned at the service center (if that's the problem) it might be fine.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-18-2014, 10:39 PM  
Pentax K-M any hope?
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 4
Views: 798
My father finally retired and decided to come over to Korea to visit me. Last year I upgraded from my K-m To my K-30 but kept the K-M body. It's been sitting for about a year, but was fine when I had last used it. I dusted it off, and it seemed okay.

However after putting some energizer lithiums in it (the silver ones, kind I always used before) I noticed that with 4 fresh out of the pack batteries, after one picture, it went from green to yellow power.

Also the dial on the back (for zooming in to pictures or setting things like aperture, etc) seems really sketchy. A single click does nothing, several clicks in one direction will get it to move, but sometimes it moves higher or lower.

For example I clicked it over, and it went 1/350 1/500 1/350 (while still moving the wheel in the same direction) bounced back and forth a couple times and sometimes just sat there on 1/350.

I reset the settings on the camera. didn't help.

Anything I can do here, or is it toast? Can it be saved with a servicing? I think I'm not far form the pentax service center here in Korea.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-16-2013, 05:40 PM  
AF160 repair
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 3
Views: 1,359
I damaged my AF160 on my last shoot. My own fault. I needed an overhead light for a film noir shoot, and had my AF160 (because it was small) taped into a light fixture with a wireless trigger. Worked surprising well.

However, we got shooting and distracted. We do rentals at our studio and someone had rented a room and needed the boom light, so we had to suddenly shoot our shots with that first and I had totally forgotten about the flash. Well the tape decided to let go after..hmm. quite a while, good 20 minutes or so, and the flash and trigger came crashing down on the desk. Luckily it was a short distance, maybe 3 feet or so.It was enough to damage the hot shoe mount.
The trigger seems fine.

But the mount bent, and the pins don't properly stick out. The flash does seem to still fire and charge just fine. So I was thinking that if I could open it up,maybe I could get everything sitting just right and it would be fine.

I took out the 2 small screws on the bottom, and can't see any other visible screws, but it won't seem to open. I hope I don't have to take the flash chart off the back off to get it to open.

Anyone ever taken one of these apart?

I realize it's a cheap old flash, but it's been in the family probably around 30 years, maybe longer. So I'd like to fix it if I can.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-12-2013, 05:55 PM  
Kingston/Sandisk Ultra/Transcend
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 4
Views: 1,420
I'm going to grab a much bigger memory card (only got a bunch of 4GB cards right now)
and they've got the 16GB for a decent price here in Korea. 32GB are quite expensive starting at $50-$60, I can get like 4 of these cards for one of those.

These are all Class10 16GB cards, any reason I should be picking one of these brands over the other?
I do have a sandisk Ultra II 4GB card that I use as a backup card and never had issues with it, but it isn't a main card.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-21-2013, 04:18 AM  
sRGB not the same
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 2
Views: 735
Not yet.. I was just working on an image (for the last hour) and went to open it in a plugin..but for some reason the plugin crashed..it just wouldn't load

Now, CS6 is sitting there spinning, and even though I have closed the plugin, it won't respond.. I think it thinks its still in the plugin.
I don't know if it'll autosave my image if I force it closed or not.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-21-2013, 03:30 AM  
sRGB not the same
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 2
Views: 735
I'm using identical color profiles in camera raw 7.1 as I am using in photoshop cs6

However, I'm noticing that after the files are opened in photoshop, there is a definite change in the color. It appears brighter, and some shadows which appear fine in camera raw are muddy (I guess) in photoshop.

I've verified both applications are set to :
sRGB IEC61966-2.1

It's set to preserve the embedded profile. I can't seem to find anything that would account for this brightening, but it's kind of annoying. Any ideas?

[edit]
Found this setting:
"compensate for scene-referred profiles"

Which seems to have been the culprit.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-01-2013, 06:09 AM  
Gobo not working as intended.
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 5
Views: 866
ah-ha. That did it. The instructions were translated, and they weren't clear about that part. I didn't realize one of them went on the back. Now I have nicely formed black bars. Thanks!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-01-2013, 03:39 AM  
Gobo not working as intended.
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 5
Views: 866
I think this is an issue with bar width. I don't know how they got 7 bars like that in their gobo. His flash must be much taller than mine. It doesn't really seem it. I had a second test gobo, and this one I cut just two strips into with a bar width of 0.7cm, where as my other one ranges from 0.4-0.5. I still don't thinkt his is working as intended. I might be able to cut this to get about 4 bars on it, but I'd like to get a few more..unless I flared the end of my snoot in order to put one large enough to put something that big on it.. but I don't feel like the bars they have on their example are really around 0.7 cm.. it's fairly big. Bars and space are the same on that, so you'd be looking at around 9cm for the end of the snoot and I've only got 5 cm on mine. Could it be the material? I've got mine made out of cereal cardboard, where his gobo looks like it's made from construction paper.. I could try something much thinner.


Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-01-2013, 03:26 AM  
Gobo not working as intended.
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 5
Views: 866
105 doesn't help, much fainter. Here is a comparison at 105 and 24
105:

24:


But still not remotely like the definition and depth in the guide
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-01-2013, 02:17 AM  
Gobo not working as intended.
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 5
Views: 866
I was working on recreating this shutter effect
Use A Telescopic Snoot For Film Noir Effects | DIYPhotography.net

I have built a telescopic snoot that can get quite long (about 34cm) and put a grate on the end, like suggested in the picture. However, I find the bars just don't remotely get anywhere near as much definition as they do in the photo, including the example photo, which I doubt the edited.

I'm using my yongnuo 560II on 24mm zoom at 1/8 power. f5.6 iso 100 1/180 shutter

I just did another quick test at 1/20 shutter speed (turning off the lights) and found that the bars were slightly better, but still not like in the photo.
those samples are showing some exceptional definition on those horizontal bars.

the bars are pretty thick, probably even a little thicker than the ones in the sample, I have only 4 spaces instead of 7.
as you can see on a mostly white background.. they really don't show up that much (straight from camera, no editing)


Thoughts?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-03-2013, 03:27 AM  
Rembrant studio radio set
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 0
Views: 564
I've got this studio I rent from time to time, the guy has a lot of equipment included, several softboxes, backgrounds, concept rooms, etc.
He's got all his lights set up on a system that has the name "Rembrandt" on it. I don't know if this is a Korean brand, but after using my apeture triggers for the last few times, I just decided to give it a go with my yongou in slave mode.

Worked like champ. It's a very small trigger, but the receivers are all big boxes. They take a normal electrical plug in and on the other end they have a plug to run out to the studio light and then one to run to the sync port. It's a difficult company name to search, just wondering if anyone knew anything about them. Had no sync issues and they fired every time.

Obviously not much use with just flashes,unless they also sell receivers for that, but in terms of studio gear, 5 stars with pentax.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-03-2013, 03:17 AM  
storing a light stand
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 3
Views: 657
It's the Fomex v303, it definitely sounds like a spring when I pull up the pole and let it fall slack.
Studio Flash Lighting, Continuous Lights, Flash Accessories Item, Softbox, Radio Slave, Studio Umbrella, Fomex - Photography Equipment

This product page (now that I've found an english one) indicates it's spring cushioned.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-02-2013, 09:18 PM  
storing a light stand
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 3
Views: 657
Just got a new lightstand, the kind with springs inside. So if it falls the springs will cushion the impact and perhaps save some equipment. When I received it, it came in a compressed state. So that all the various sections were fulling retracted and the spring was tight. Upon loosening things, the bars shot out a bit. My question is, when I store it generally, should I compress it and store the springs tight, or should I lock them so that the springs are extended?
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-03-2013, 05:07 PM  
Is manual focus that big a disadvantage for action?
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 22
Views: 2,709
I shoot a lot of hockey and agree. Unless I'm going to mount a camera and point it just at the net (which one photographer at the games does), trying to pre-focus doesn't work as the action happens everywhere. I find that auto-focus in this case generally isn't bad except when they are slamming into the boards in front of me. It sometimes gets confused at the fast approaching guys and craps out, refusing to lock.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-03-2013, 05:43 AM  
It's Good to be FEARLESS! - The Heie DA* 16-50 Giveaway
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 198
Views: 39,246
I can't see what is perplexing about telling people their images and submissions are fine and then after stringing them along for a month after the contest closes turning around and telling them it's not fine. It's extremely perplexing. I can't possibly imagine what would make people upset about that scenario at all..It will forever remain a great unsolvable mystery.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 07-02-2013, 03:43 AM  
Ricoh GR Digital IV Giveaway: Ending 7/8/2013!
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 630
Views: 72,727
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-02-2013, 03:40 AM  
Not Work-Safe Purple wind
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 0
Views: 340
recent studio work. This seems to be getting butchered by the forum.. I'm noticing some serious mudiness in the purple which isn't present in my local copy.

http://www.adorama.com/IPXK30BK18.html
http://www.adorama.com/TM2875PXAF.html
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-19-2013, 07:02 PM  
500px Time to move on?
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 4
Views: 1,248
I think with 500px it had a certain feel and expectation but this change really affects the overall feel of the site. it had a more professional feel to it, people could sell quality prints, build move portfolios, and general random image hosting was basically out of it. not like photo bucket. it wasn't a generic image holder. but with this I think you will see it flooded with every single snap that someone tosses a filter on and uploads. it cheapens the brand which wasn't what I paid for.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-19-2013, 05:46 PM  
500px Time to move on?
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 4
Views: 1,248
500px's latest move is to add functionality to allow direct uploading from instagram and start heavily promoting smartphone photography on their site. I absolutely regret buying a year's worth of service there as it comes across as a huge shift in the community direction.

Sure they went out and trolled around for a couple of people using DSLR mount attachments for their iphone and who spent hours and hours editing a smartphone photo to get it remotely passable to help promote the content, but you know it's going to be nothing more than people snapping and upload with zero thought or effort.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-19-2013, 05:42 PM  
BREAKING NEWS: Flickr Just Gave Everyone One Free Terabyte of Space!
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 85
Views: 5,868
Facebook does this and I hate it. At some point it would only load a few then have a "load more" button, which was fine, but then they got rid of that and it just loads more pictures making it really annoying to read comments or things like that.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-08-2013, 01:53 AM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By crossmr
Replies: 10,430
Views: 1,027,431
f2.8
Tamron 28-75 @ 75mm
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