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Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-10-2017, 05:52 AM  
Are Cactus working on a strobe?
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 20
Views: 836
That is welcome news if really happens!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-05-2017, 07:31 AM  
What software besides Photoshop Elements has a “Pet Eye” feature?
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 12
Views: 488
Affinity Photo is an alternative to Adobe Photoshop. Affinity Photo - Professional image editing software and it is less than $50.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-04-2017, 07:21 AM  
Conomark Annouces Trigger for Pentax TTL & HSS
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 3
Views: 570
The Chinese strobe manufacture Conomark has announced a new trigger designed to allow TTL and HSS for Pentax Cameras using their i6Tex studio strobe. The strobe is available from B&H under the name Impact Venture TTL-600 Battery-Powered Monolight. No date has been announced as to when the trigger will be available in the US.

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Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-04-2017, 03:57 AM  
Cactus set to Relase New Firmware the Cactus V6ii for Pentax
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 12
Views: 853
You will have to purchase a Cactus V6ii and load the firmware for Pentax in order to perform TTL function with the RF60. Note you will also have to up date the firmware for the RF60 too. The older V6 is not being updated.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-04-2017, 03:03 AM  
Cactus set to Relase New Firmware the Cactus V6ii for Pentax
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 12
Views: 853
You have to upgrade the firmware for the Cactus V6ii and RF60 from the Cactus website before the TTL function will work.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-03-2017, 08:14 AM  
Cactus set to Relase New Firmware the Cactus V6ii for Pentax
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 12
Views: 853
Cactus will be releasing new firmware for the Cactus V6ii for Pentax TTL with their RF60X and RF60 flashes shortly.

Personally have tested the beta software with both the RF60X and RF60 flashes. Plus tested the beta firmware using two Cactus V6ii with a Godox V860ii (N) mounted in the hot shoe of the camera Cactus V6ii and it worked flawlessly in both TTL and HSS to 1/8000 of a second.

Also tested it with a Godox AD600, AD360 and Elinchrom D-Lite 2 RX using two Cactus V6ii. One attached to the strobes with a sync cord to the strobe and the other in camera hot shoe. HSS synced to 1/8000 of the second in this mode. Of course there is no TTL in this mode, and stacking the triggers is not supported by Cactus. To control the power I carry along a Godox or Elinchrom trigger depending on the flash system in use.

Watch Cactus web site for the official release of firmware PEN.A.001, RF60 A01, RF60X A01 soon.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-10-2017, 04:52 AM  
Irix 15mm - Lens Mount
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 6
Views: 577
Probably NOT the mount on the camera...mostly the lens is decentered, and should be returned to the seller.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-30-2017, 05:46 AM  
Yet another should I buy a K-1 thread
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 27
Views: 1,521
As the X-owner of the Sony A7Rii I would strongly recommend not buying it. The image quality is very good, but there are major drawbacks to the A7Rii. First, is the battery life. There is a reason it ships with two batteries. Second is a very complicated menu system. Third is the black out of the viewfinder when shooting in the continues mode. Definitely not a sports or action camera. Fourth, highlights are clipped in still shots. Fifth, the dynamic range and noise of the A7Rii is not equal to the K-1. Sixth, the new Sony G Master lens are large and make the balance of the camera lacking, and they are expensive. Seventh is the overheating issue.

Owning a Sony A7Rii to me was like owning a boat. The two best days of ownership are when you buy it and when you sell it.

Love the K-1. Probably the best landscape camera going.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2017, 06:42 PM  
FA* 85 f1.4
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 21
Views: 1,223
I have owed it twice and still use it with the K-1 today. Probably the sharpest lens every made. IMHO is better than the new Sigma 85mm f1.4 Art Lens. Alyssa M | Eyes | D L Photographics | Flickr
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-23-2017, 04:51 AM  
K3-II + V6 II + XT32C + AD200 = HSS frustration :(
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 11
Views: 827
Godox change the sync priorities when they introduced the AD600. They are not the same as on the previous generation of Godox flashes, so the same may be true for the AD200. Never have been able to obtain HSS AD600 by stacking the Godox trigger in the hot shoe of the Cactus V6ii like I could with the AD360. The solution to obtaining HSS on the AD600 was simple. Use two Cactus V6ii. One in the hot shoe of the camera (TX Mode, Camera - Pentax and Flash - Nikon) and the other attached to the AD600 (RX and Flash set to Manual) by a sync cord. Tried ever flash setting on the Cactus transmitter, but none worked but the Nikon Flash setting. The power setting can't be controlled by the Cactus trigger and receiver, but the solution is to have your Godox trigger handy to decrease/increase your flashes power settings on the flash remotely. Try this solution on the AD200 and see if it works.

As a side note the Cactus V6ill will not pass the HSS sync though to the Godox trigger if the the firmware is above V1.1.006. Cactus has been advised of this but the have not corrected the problem to date.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-22-2017, 06:54 PM  
Sigma/ Tamron
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 16
Views: 1,139
Bottom line is that Ricoh must increase Pentax's market share. If Pentax's market share was 20% the independent lens makes would be fall all over themselves to produce lens for Pentax, but that not going to happen without a major marketing campaign by Ricoh and right now Ricoh doesn't have the financial resources to make that happen.
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-16-2017, 01:05 PM  
Tamron 70-200 for portrait
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 8
Views: 1,152
If your going to continue shooting with the K-30 go with the Pentax 50-135mm with a watchful eye on the SMD motor...they have been known to fail. If your considering up grading to a FF in the future go with the Tamron...it is a great portrait lens. The attached file was shot with the Tamron 70-200 on a K-1
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-15-2017, 07:22 PM  
Flash Advice for Macro Studio
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 5
Views: 489
Take a look at the Cactus V6ii trigger and Cactus RF60X Wireless Flash. Here is the link to the Cactus website. Cactus V6 II HSS Wireless Flash Transceiver| CACTUS
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 05-15-2017, 10:14 AM  
K1 flash modes
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 6
Views: 1,544
Pentax cameras don't have a creative flash mode. The best that I can figure out the flash relays the information to the camera rather than the other way around. My Metz 52 AF-1 has all that information in the flash it's self.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-08-2017, 04:04 AM  
645z Profoto B1 HSS working
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 24
Views: 1,682
Thanks for the update...
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-08-2017, 02:56 AM  
Godox AD360 II-N works on Pentax with Cactus V6 II
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 35
Views: 2,872
Good News, but I do have a question what firmware version were you using on the Cactus V6ii? I have encountered problems with the last three firmware updates and have had to drop back to 1.1.006.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-02-2017, 10:04 AM  
Wireless control of PTTL and HSS in Pentax. Acon R930 or Cactus V6ll?
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 26
Views: 1,378
There is a problem with the new Cactus V6ii firmware. Cactus is aware of the issue and have promised to fix it...See the attached link. Cactus V6ii Firmware Update 1.1.07 and 1.1.0.8 Problems-With HSS on Godox AD360 - PentaxForums.com

---------- Post added 05-02-2017 at 12:53 PM ----------

Firmware 1.1.009 is definitely not passing the HSS sync to a trigger mounted in the V6ii. Had to again drop back to firmware 1.1.006 to get the signal to pass through. Have contacted Cactus about the problem.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-26-2017, 05:54 PM  
HSS confusion
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 12
Views: 804
I had no success using the Godox X-1 trigger mounted in the hot shoe of the Cactus V6ii because it is specifically designed for Nikon or Canon. For HSS sync to work you will need to use the Godox X-16 transmitter mounted in the V6ii and the V6 firmware must be 1.1.06 to pass the HSS signal to the X-16 trigger...firmware 1.1.07 and 1.107 will not pass the signal to the X-18 trigger. Cactus V6ii Firmware Update 1.1.07 and 1.1.0.8 Problems-With HSS on Godox AD360 - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-21-2017, 05:20 AM  
Cactus V6ii settings for HSS
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 18
Views: 1,143
Check your firmware on the Cactus V6ii...the last two frimware updates 1.1.007 and 1.1.008 will NOT, repeat WILL NOT pass through they HSS signal to the trigger to the trigger mounted in the hot shoe of the V6ii. The solution is to drop back to firmware 1.1.006. Cactus is aware of the problem and will fix it in the next firmware update. Cactus V6ii Firmware Update 1.1.07 and 1.1.0.8 Problems-With HSS on Godox AD360 - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-31-2017, 02:03 AM  
Cactus V6ii Firmware Update 1.1.07 and 1.1.0.8 Problems-With HSS on Godox AD360
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 6
Views: 698
The Cactus folks have advised that the problem will be fixed with the next firmware update.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-28-2017, 07:11 PM  
Cactus V6ii Firmware Update 1.1.07 and 1.1.0.8 Problems-With HSS on Godox AD360
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 6
Views: 698
My normal procedure to achieve HSS sync with my K1 is to mount a Cactus V6ii in the camera hot shoe and mount a Godox X-16 in the hot shoe of the V6ii. Just up graded to the latest V6ii firmware V1.1.008. This resulted in the V6ii is no longer passing the HSS signal to Godox X-16. Prior to the update the HSS signal would pass through the V6ii to the X-16 and fire both my Godox AD360 and Elinchrom studio strobes up to 1/8000 of a second. As long as the sync speed is below !/200 of a second the signal is passed through to the X-16.

Contacted the Cactus folks and they are working on a solution. The work around until they resolve the problem is to reinstall firmware V1.1.06.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-24-2017, 02:29 PM  
"TTL Without Boundaries"
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 25
Views: 2,774
That's really exciting news, for those of us who shoot multiple camera systems. Thanks for the update.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-09-2017, 10:41 AM  
Irix 15mm f/2.4 Lightroom Lens Correction Profile!
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 6
Views: 1,883
Great! One question how do you load the new profile to Lightroom?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-09-2017, 10:40 AM  
FA*85 1.4 Auto Focus Sound on K-1: Is this normal?
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 35
Views: 1,811
Congratulation! You now have one of the most awesome lens Pentax ever made.

Your lens sounds normal to me.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-06-2017, 08:46 AM  
Flash Sync Question
Posted By fwbigd
Replies: 4
Views: 608
You will need a transmitter and receiver to fire the flash off camera, or an on camera commander flash to fire the off camera flash. I would recommend two Cactus V6ii transceivers. This will allow you to do HSS with the off camera flash. You can purchase the transceivers from either B&H or Adorama. They are approximately $95 each.
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