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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-10-2017, 03:11 AM  
Checking Credentials
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 23
Views: 440
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-08-2017, 11:21 PM  
DA* 60-250 mod for FF
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 272
Views: 42,118
And thats for sure not Swedish discourse. Did you have a gulp of punsch before you wrote it?

To the point: It's not necessary to grind away more than the corners. And if there's a lesson to be learned from the (harmless) esthetic misfiguration above it would be not to use a machine tool at all but a simple hand file, with which it's easy to work inside the tube. The metal is in not exceptionally tough.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-08-2017, 09:02 AM  
DA* 60-250 mod for FF
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 272
Views: 42,118
You don't have to separate the glued parts (tube and baffle) and you don't have to remove more than the corners. Probably you don't even have to remove the two screws holding the SDM-contacts, at least not while taking the things apart since it's lifted off together with the other black parts anyway. Time spent 30 minutes including washing and drying the parts.
Mine looks like this after modification, works fine although my naughty dremel chuck chew away a piece of the aperture lever protection in the process.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-02-2016, 11:09 AM  
P-TTL on AF540 GZII - Can you disable preflash?
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 23
Views: 1,617
I would go for manual mode. I assume the 645D behaves like other Pentaxes so when you set it to M you can set the AF540 to M too, and then you can regulate it's output to whatever fraction is needed to trigger your slaves. Then there will be no pre-flash.
With the camera in M you might want also to set the flash sync on-camera to second curtain. That way you will be able to set shutter and aperture to what the ambient light suggests just by pressing the green button. And you might want to modify the way the green button works with M so that it for example works like aperture priority. I think you'll find that option in the menus.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-01-2015, 10:38 AM  
Pentax k3 III
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 213
Views: 38,430
Would be more convincing if the spelling was ...professional
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-04-2015, 01:18 AM  
DA 14mm - $300 Off
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 12
Views: 2,517
The aperture gives it a bokeh you don't get with the alternatives. Plus, the AF works.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-10-2015, 11:58 PM  
DA* 60-250 focus issue
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 32
Views: 4,863
My lens eventually needed servicing at a repair shop, they changed the assembly with the tabs for 70 euros. But of course the new assembly is hardly any better than the old one. If you see your small tab is just starting to move, you might try to get a small drop of some suitable glue under it and let it dry with some pressure applied.

Worse, but most likely unrelated: After just an hour of use the whole SDM in my lens failed and had to be fixed, for another 300+ euros.
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-23-2015, 10:18 AM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 928
Views: 122,110
Let me put this way: since I myself got a very faulty K-3 only three months ago I don't think the risk is non-existent. Thus it makes sense to look for alternatives. Yes, there are some other differences between models, which can be discussed elsewhere.
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-23-2015, 09:37 AM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 928
Views: 122,110
I don't think we know the likeliness of getting a faulty camera in NYC or elsewhere. But you might consider the K-S2 which has a few very useful features (flip screen, wifi) lacking from the K-3, and a more sensible pixel count. Seems the specs of the K-3 beats it only when it comes to focusing points and choices.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 02-15-2015, 12:55 PM  
In-camera sharpening adjust question
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 11
Views: 1,846
There can be a reason for keeping some sharpening on even if you process only RAWs: without some sharpening all your pictures will look misfocused on the camera screen and you will not be able to tell when you hit or miss.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-14-2015, 02:16 AM  
Lens Maps Updated
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 248
Views: 36,916
Surprises me too since this seems like a zoom range tailored for 35 mm film. I've used this lens only on digitals and it's optics really are a mixed bag. With the K-5's the performance seemed so poor I mostly left it sitting on the shelf, but now again with the K-3 somehow it seems better. Semi-serious testing always showed it to be sharper than the comparable Sigma 28-105, but there is a softness combined with a very cold color rendition that introduced color noise – until the K-3, that is.
Small, reasonably fast, a great range and size for a walkaraound lens. And affordable. Not a bad buy if you find one.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-11-2015, 11:42 AM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 928
Views: 122,110
To pinbalwyz:

Before repairs my K-3 really felt unreliable in a very erratic way, starting with missing the occasional exposure. But after repairs it feels quite different, doing what it's expected to. I don't think all the K-3:s are flawed. I certainly hope not.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-01-2015, 01:54 PM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 928
Views: 122,110
Got a K-3 Limited which exhibited small problems like empty frames from Day 1 getting successively worse – excessive shutter noise, no live view – so I sent it in for repair after a week. According to the repair shop the front housing assy was replaced, that's the whole mirror drive unit. It took only a couple of days and now everything seems to be fine. Warranty covered, of course.
The s/n 25785XX was within the range of suspects.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-05-2015, 12:08 PM  
News at CES 2015?
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 887
Views: 138,054
Thanks. Then I can pass this one up.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-05-2015, 12:02 PM  
News at CES 2015?
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 887
Views: 138,054
It looks like a DSLR but I wouldn't be surprised to read it's a MILC. The button layout resembles the K-01, the hump on top is lower than the prism bulges I see on K-5 and K-3. Why, this could be the long awaited K-01 replacement with all the obvious shortcomings of that model corrected.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-20-2014, 11:18 PM  
Pentax Raw options
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 15
Views: 1,872
I believe I'm correct in reading the OP:s question as concering the choice between PEF and DNG on camera. Likewise that DNG files from Pentax do contain a JPEG preview.
We agree in preferring DNG as output over PEF.
I still have not found any advantage to using PEF or all the other proprietary RAW formats out there. The life of users would be much easier if more manufacturers supported DNG.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-20-2014, 07:33 AM  
Pentax Raw options
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 15
Views: 1,872
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-20-2014, 01:20 AM  
Pentax Raw options
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 15
Views: 1,872
Well, actually DNG does include a full-size jpeg preview made with the settings you specify for jpeg on the camera. Probably your software just hasn't been set to use it.

Secondly, storing the editing information in sidecar files or in a unified database is an option in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), not a feature of the raw files.

DNG is, because of it's universal compatibility, the only thing that keeps me still hanging on to Pentax.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-19-2014, 11:49 PM  
DA* 60-250 focus issue
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 32
Views: 4,863
One more experience with this lens, rather unsettling: The first of the two small tabs powering the SDM got loose and bent over while changing lens, see picture. What's bothering to me is that it turned out that this tab is a very weak construction in the first place, and it's bound to get loose at some point when confronted with the contacts on the body.
The lens is out of warranty but very little used. Do all the other SDM lenses have these same lousy contacts? If I were a sports or bird enthusiast this lens would not have lasted a month.
BTW Swissidoodle, how did you go about modifying your 50-135 for screw drive?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-21-2014, 10:16 AM  
Batteries for K-2
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 12
Views: 1,753
Here at least is one example, listing both K2 and K-2 just to be sure:

Batteri digitalkameror Pentax D-LI109
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-13-2014, 01:46 PM  
Sigma 50-150 HSM II - Not 5iis compatible?
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 20
Views: 2,361
They do work together EXCEPT you cannot use contrast focus in live view. This also means you cannot use the Sigma 50-150 on a K-01 for example, not with AF anyway. I know – I've tried. But if you don't need that the 50-150 is a quite nice lens.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 03-10-2014, 12:05 AM  
Setting up my first darkroom
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 8
Views: 1,179
If you are new to chemical photomaking I woldn't start off with materials of dubious quality, like old chemicals and papers or a bulb that really is nothing like what you should have. It's just likely to make the enterprise a disappointment.

Old fixer may work ok. Vinegar will work instead of stop. You need distilled water only for the last rinse, and probably not even there.

There are air-evac bottles that allow you to squeeze out the air. You can make do with normal soft plastic bottles if you don't find those. They are in any case better than wine bottles.

A 13 watt LED will give you way too much light, and probably the wrong wavelength. If all your prints turn out greyish that's a possible cause. And remember, when handling film you should be in complete darkness.

I don't know the specifics of a Krokus 66 but if you want to continue making prints you should have an enlarger with color filters to make it possible to adjust the contrast of the prints. Ilford Multigrade seems to be sold still.
Forum: Pentax K-01 02-25-2014, 06:28 AM  
My K-01 Firmware "1.04" Wish List - Add yours too ?
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 105
Views: 11,233
One of the hidden but very nice features of the K-01 is the very fast bursts possible by using bracketing and flash faster than any Pentax DSLR (haven't tried the K-3). It gives you three exposures much faster than even burst mode Hi. This is very useful for example when trying to catch people with their eyes open (and probably mouth shut) during interviews.

But combining bracketing and manual flash output does not work the camera simply locks up completely when you press the shutter, and can only be called back to order by removing the battery.
This happens with all of my flashes (see below). The 360FGZ may work for a while, but at least as soon as the camera has been asleep or shut off, is reactivated and you try to take a picture (or really, three) the lock-up occurs.
With TTL flash exposure this doesn't happen. However there are sometimes good reasons for using manual control.

This behavior has been replicated with different K-01 bodies, different lenses and different flashes. It doesn't occur on the K-5IIs either.

A case for a new FW update, which could include some other goodies as well.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-25-2014, 06:02 AM  
Pentax service in Finland
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 44
Views: 5,139
So how did the travel story of my K-01 end?
Embarrassing for me in that the Kameraservice found the reason for my trouble was most likely a user error: the AF-MF switch was probably in an in-between position, and there the screwdrive-AF does not work but the lens motor focusing does. So they found nothing wrong with the body.
Their communication and service skills where quite good, except I didn't get a tracking code for the camera when it was on it's way back.
But the point of my lament remains: The service being in Sweden instead of next door means many more days waiting just for the transport. In this case at least nine days more - enough to force me to buy a backup body in the meantime.
Far-away service can be a solution only if you don't need the equipment daily, or you can afford to have a backup for everything. The people having to use top-of-the-line equipment only will look elswhere.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-25-2014, 01:07 AM  
Super low ISO??
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 30
Views: 2,664
... are numerous.
1. You have to carry them along all the time, just in case
2. You've got to have a number of them, to fit the lenses you need
3. You've probably got to have many densities which multiplies the number of filters needed
4. You get 2-4 extra glass surfaces, collecting dust and giving reflections
5. The reduced light transmission hampers both AF and manual focus. This is especially bothersome when you try to shoot using flashes and wide aperture but have rather weak ambient light, like in a studio or an outdoor night scene. If you use an ND8 filter you will not see very much through your optical viewfinder.
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