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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-29-2010, 02:15 PM  
Memory card error
Posted By yotam
Replies: 10
Views: 3,833
Sorry, I was just trying to help. Didn't mean to offend in any way...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-29-2010, 08:00 AM  
Memory card error
Posted By yotam
Replies: 10
Views: 3,833
Hi photolady, I just thought that the term "SD" might be confusing as SDHC is an SD card in a sense... We meant to the same solution, I just wanted to emphasize that the update cannot be done with an SDHC card... :rolleyes:
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-29-2010, 07:18 AM  
Memory card error
Posted By yotam
Replies: 10
Views: 3,833
I think that you cannot update the firmware using the new (SDHC) card as the camera cannot read it while on version 1.00. Grab some old SD card (low capacity) and use it to do the upgrade. Then you will be able to use the new card.

Yotam
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-25-2010, 02:14 PM  
Bracketing: other than EV
Posted By yotam
Replies: 9
Views: 2,446
Yes, it will either vary the aperture value or the ISO level (or both). Shutter speed will remain the same for all bracketed shots.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-25-2010, 11:13 AM  
software upgrade
Posted By yotam
Replies: 6
Views: 2,292
I don't remember the exact duration for my K-x update but it was a about a minute or two
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-25-2010, 10:58 AM  
software upgrade
Posted By yotam
Replies: 6
Views: 2,292
See this page:
Software Downloads : Support & Service : PENTAX

In general you should:
- prepare a formatted SD card
- download the compressed update file and extract it
- copy the fwdc156b.bin file into the card using a card reader or by connecting the camera to the computer
- turn off the camera and make sure its batteries are full
- put the card into the camera
- turn on the camera while pressing the MENU button. select "yes" when asked to confirm the update
- wait patiently until the process is finished (DO NOT INTERRUPT IT / TURN OFF THE CAMERA)

That's it...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-25-2010, 06:30 AM  
K-x exposure question
Posted By yotam
Replies: 13
Views: 2,923
Thanks Adwb for the detailed answer!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-25-2010, 01:33 AM  
Bracketing: other than EV
Posted By yotam
Replies: 9
Views: 2,446
It's the same with the K-x
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-24-2010, 03:45 AM  
Two questions about K-x
Posted By yotam
Replies: 37
Views: 7,471
Hi Mikheil,

Although it was already answered, just to illustrate it:
I have two new sets of eneloops and three sets of GP 2700mAh - one of them is two months old and was rarely in use. I charged all of them and went to an outdoor trip. The eneloops lasted much longer (I think about five days each set) than the new GP set (that lasted for only two days).
I think that the main reason is that the eneloops almost don't self discharge while the GPs do. As I used the GPs only after two weeks, they were probably only half charged or so.

BUT - don't buy eneloop charger - it takes forever to charge! I use my GP 8 hours NiMH charger.

As for the color issue I can't help. My black K-x seems to be built pretty well. Much better than my previous "DSLR-like" P&S - Canon S3. As a new K-x owner (first DSLR) I can tell you it's a great choice. Probably the best.

However, as I see you are not located in the US, I would advice you think about this issue: I don't live in the US as well, and I found it a bit of a problem to find Pentax accessories in my country. The local importer does not import the whole variety of Pentax accessories and most shops do not sell or service Pentax at all. The importing company has a great service so it is not that bad but you can't find accessories on the street (and not all ebay sellers ship to here).
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-23-2010, 01:59 AM  
K-x exposure question
Posted By yotam
Replies: 13
Views: 2,923
Thanks for all the answers! You guys are so helpful! :)


My friends say it is a lot, I don't really care... ;)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-22-2010, 07:17 AM  
K-x exposure question
Posted By yotam
Replies: 13
Views: 2,923
thanks for the answers!
I will read about the metering issue and try to use spot metering instead of center-weighted. I don't really understand this topic yet...
I actually shot some of the pictures on the RAW+JPG mode (it takes so much memory so I did that only when I predicted a very nice result). Though, I haven't looked at them as for web publishing I was pretty satisfied from the JPGs.
BTW, is there a reason to prefer DNG over PEF besides Adobe compatibility? I shot on PEF as it was the default...

HDR/bracketing is not a real option for me as I don't travel with a tripod.

I just don't remember this happened so often when I used a P&S. Probably this is one of the things I have to learn now with a DSLR, or maybe it is just an issue of metering (in my P&S there was only spot metering AF and I used to point it to the shadowed areas when focusing to get them exposed correctly - maybe I misused the center-weighted).
It was also surprising that the simple "shadows" adjustment in Aperture improved the images so much without HDR - why wouldn't the camera itself do it...?

tomtor - what is DR mode?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-21-2010, 10:02 AM  
K-x exposure question
Posted By yotam
Replies: 13
Views: 2,923
Hello fellow pentaxians,
I got back from my amazing first trip with my K-x. In general I'm very happy with the results. I was a bit over-enthusiastic of my new camera and shot about 1400 pictures in two weeks...

I've got a question: almost all the time I was shooting on 'P' mode with center-weighted AF. Sometimes playing with the EV button.
When going over the photos in Aperture I found myself too often using the "shadows" slider to brighten closer darker areas. See these examples (before using the 'shadows' tool):
Picasa Web Albums - Yotam - Pyrenees 2010...
Picasa Web Albums - Yotam - Pyrenees 2010...

Another issue I had during the trip was that when shooting in the outdoors the K-x LCD screen looked too dark, caused me to think that my photos are underexposed (when looking after shooting, didn't use live view). I then started to shoot with +1EV almost all the time and only when I got some time to review my photos (after a day or two) I realized most of them are overexposed... Until the end of the trip it was sometimes hard to decide the correct exposure, so I found myself sometimes using the bracketing tool for these hard-to-decide scenes - so when I got home I chose the best exposure photo from each shot (HDRing them is not an option as I didn't use a tripod). Any tips on how to overcome this issue?

BTW. one day during the trip I saw another pentax owner and was really excited after meeting so many Canon/Nikon photographers... :)

Thanks,
Yotam
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-02-2010, 12:00 AM  
A question for enthusiastic photographers
Posted By yotam
Replies: 12
Views: 2,554
thanks to all of you
as I did not have the time to look for the suggested equipment for this trip, I'll take the suggestion to try not to drop it :)

I'm leaving to the airport in a hour. When I come back I'll get some better strap for the next trips...

thanks a lot for your tips!!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-31-2010, 11:32 AM  
A question for enthusiastic photographers
Posted By yotam
Replies: 12
Views: 2,554
I beleive many of you share the same feeling I've got about photography - I like taking photos that "catch the moment". I don't like to open a tripod for every shot and then take a few moments to calibrate the exposure. I travel a lot and like to carry the camera with me, ready to shoot.

I've got a problem, though: Until a week ago, I had a point&shoot camera - Canon S3, which was pretty good p&s but also relatively heavy and expensive. Though, a few weeks after buying it I realized it is going to spend much more time outside its protective case. After having it for about four years, it became a joke between friends on how much my camera have suffered throughout the time. It fell. It got wet. It lost the shooting modes wheel's sticker. But it worked just like it did when it got out of the box.

Now I have a dual lens K-x kit. I am about to travel (hike) with it in less than 48 hours. I have two concerns: 1. it will get damaged 2. I will miss great shots because I will keep it in its bag all the time because of (1).

So after writing too much the question is - how do you balance between these two issues?

Thanks,
Yotam
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-25-2010, 10:39 AM  
Eneloop charger with GP baterries
Posted By yotam
Replies: 9
Views: 5,492
I figured that out today. Maybe I'll take my GP charger (not a fast charger but seems to be faster than the Eneloop one) with me to my trip. I'll test that on the next few days and decide...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-24-2010, 10:54 PM  
Eneloop charger with GP baterries
Posted By yotam
Replies: 9
Views: 5,492
:lol: I don't know what is the chemical reaction of the Kikkoman leftovers when blended with some other brand...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-24-2010, 11:09 AM  
Eneloop charger with GP baterries
Posted By yotam
Replies: 9
Views: 5,492
thanks, haven't thought of reading the website after finding these warnings in the charger's manual...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-24-2010, 10:03 AM  
Eneloop charger with GP baterries
Posted By yotam
Replies: 9
Views: 5,492
Hi,

I an afraid this question was asked million times already but I couldn't find a clear answer when searching the forum:
Following the many recommendations here on Sanyo's Eneloops I just bought a charger and eight eneloops (eneloop charger with four + four pack). Then I thought it might have been redundant to get this charger as I already have three sets of 4 GP 2700mAh NiMH, and a GP NiMH charger.

As I already opened the charger I will not return it but I wanted to ask if it's OK to use it on GP batteries (or the opposite). I don't want to travel with two chargers...

Of course, on the Sanyo charger it's written "for Sanyo NiMH batteries only" and on GP charger it's written "for GP NiMH baterries only" :)

Anyone have tried that and didn't explode?

Thanks!
Yotam
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-22-2010, 11:40 PM  
Should I buy a UV filter?
Posted By yotam
Replies: 23
Views: 7,422
Seeing this horrible picture and reading your post makes me want some sort of protection for my lenses... (I am going to slip on some loose rocks, I know that...)
If it's not a UV filter - is there anything else?
Can you recommend on some model/series/brand?

Thanks!
Yotam
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-19-2010, 11:33 PM  
Should I buy a UV filter?
Posted By yotam
Replies: 23
Views: 7,422
Thanks imtheguy, I hope I will get some nice shots. I don't have the time to practice before that travel so these gonna be my very first shots with my first DSLR...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-19-2010, 11:31 PM  
K-x bracketing and HDR limitations...
Posted By yotam
Replies: 4
Views: 2,635
I wasn't aware of that. It makes it even worse...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-19-2010, 02:32 PM  
K-x bracketing and HDR limitations...
Posted By yotam
Replies: 4
Views: 2,635
I'm a newbie as well but as the timer issue was discussed in a previous thread I opened a few days ago I can tell you that from what I understand there's no real solution other than a tripod and a remote.
As someone recommended me there, I went to the K-x firmware suggestions thread and found many requests to be able to use the 2sec self timer when shooting HDR and also a request to add more bracketing steps (five instead of three). I added a request to enable the 2sec self timer when shooting on auto bracketing mode. Maybe someone is listening...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-19-2010, 01:55 PM  
K-x Firmware wishlist
Posted By yotam
Replies: 101
Views: 26,798
Dear Pentax firmware engineers,

In addition to 5 steps bracketing and 2sec self timer with HDR i would suggest enabling the 2 sec timer with bracketing mode as well, as it has the same problem as HDR shooting. The mirror flip really shakes the camera...

Thanks!
Yotam
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-19-2010, 01:40 PM  
Should I buy a UV filter?
Posted By yotam
Replies: 23
Views: 7,422
thanks guys, I guess I don't need a UV filter. I'll get a hood and maybe a polarizer...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-19-2010, 01:35 PM  
K-x HDR Shooting
Posted By yotam
Replies: 12
Views: 3,595
I didn't know there is one and that it's possible to do that. Will do.
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