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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 06:12 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 2,854
Views: 112,699
Who could be truly worthy of such a gift?
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-10-2014, 08:38 PM  
Win an FA 31mm Ltd: PF 3 million post giveaway!
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 2,237
Views: 128,988
Yes. Who wouldn't want to win this lens?!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-16-2013, 03:13 AM  
New K30 and Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 questions....
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 11
Views: 2,333
For action I'd set the camera to use the central focus point only and treat my subject as a target. That way, C.AF has a chance to get it right and you're putting your subject in the sharpest part of the frame.

Sometimes things move too fast for that to be reliable. If they do, put up with a low percentage of keepers or switch to manual focus (look up trap focus if you are not aware of the technique - it does involve you being able to read the game you're watching quite well). If using AF for this kind of thing, I would always use only the centre AF point.

Or you could always remortgage your house and get a Canon 1D-X, then realise you're still only getting a low percentage of keepers - you're just getting them at 14fps instead. :)
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-16-2013, 02:56 AM  
What lens you buy? Max 250 EUR
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 8
Views: 966
Here's a more off-the-wall option: If you want a walkabout lens (and because you mentioned the Zenitar 16),

how about a Samyang 14mm/2.8 which you set to shoot hyperfocally so you don't need to worry about focus.

It's also a decent video lens if you're into that sort of thing...
Forum: Sold Items 05-12-2013, 04:22 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMC DA* 50-135mm Lens
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 1
Views: 1,281
PM Sent.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 09-07-2012, 09:18 AM  
K-30 - control wheel locks up
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 10
Views: 2,007
Thanks for the replies guys, I gave SRS Microsystems a call, and they hadn't heard of a similar problem. They suggested I take the camera out at the weekend and shoot a lot but if it happens again and especially if it becomes more regular I should send it back for Pentax to take a look at. Their fear is like mine, however, if it's not happening very often then Pentax won't find it upon inspection.

I'll post here if anything further occurs.

Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 09-06-2012, 05:21 AM  
K-30 - control wheel locks up
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 10
Views: 2,007
Hi All,

It's been a while since I've been on here but I thought I'd chime in with a little question. I've recently purchased a K-30, and I have noticed a peculiar problem when doing a lot of shooting. Occasionally the control wheels will 'lock in place' in software. Physically they are fine, but the camera won't register my turning them. The first time this happened I was photographing an event and I panicked to the core of my being for about 4 seconds (I must be getting slow) then turned it off and on again. All was fine. It's happened a couple of times since, and my response has been the same.

Now, I was thinking of upgrading my other camera to a K-30 as well because - frankly - I think it's a great camera. The K200D come again with blistering high ISO performance, but I'd like to touch base with you guys first to see if there's anything peculiar going on.

Is this a known problem with the K-30 to which we can look to a firmware update fix (I don't think so, I haven't seen any other reference to it in my travels) or do I have a very marginally faulty unit?

Forum: Sold Items 04-30-2012, 07:31 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1, mint condition
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 2
Views: 1,652
PM sent...
Forum: General Talk 04-08-2010, 03:41 AM  
Hitler is not happy his SDM failed
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 26
Views: 4,413
Honestly, I think the D3 version was the funniest, some of them just don't cut it. This one is funny though. Probably should have done a Hitler as RiceHigh vid though...
Forum: General Talk 04-08-2010, 03:36 AM  
Announcing the PentaxForums Million-Post Giveaway
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 1,243
Views: 188,729
yep, I'm in. Not sure it's a 'great' idea though...lots of useless posts here we come!
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 04-01-2010, 08:57 AM  
Hey - what happened with the user tags
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 36
Views: 2,334
Nikon...hmm...I can almost taste the full-frame high ISO goodness, always wanted to give CLS a go too...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-31-2010, 11:40 AM  
Fairly negative review of the K-X
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 134
Views: 21,728
The moral of the story is 'if you look hard enough on the internet you're bound to find someone even dumber than Ken Rockwell'.
Forum: Sold Items 03-28-2010, 06:12 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA* 200mm f2.8 (Worldwide)
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 11
Views: 4,109
I wish I was in the market for this lens, good luck!
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-22-2010, 01:12 PM  
Where can I get a 645 CLA?
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 2
Views: 2,155
Hmm, good info for me. I have not needed a CLA yet, I was just in the progress of thinking about doing it and looked around. I didn't know that the original 645 was still handled by Pentax themselves...

Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-19-2010, 03:33 PM  
Where can I get a 645 CLA?
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 2
Views: 2,155
I am based in the UK and a google search has delivered no results. Who would still perform a good quality CLA? Would anyone still be in the business?
Forum: Sold Items 03-18-2010, 02:57 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA* 80-200mm f2.8 ED(IF)
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 5
Views: 6,313
Free bump for a lens I've been seriously LBAing over for a while now.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-17-2010, 04:52 PM  
Question before I fry my new K-7
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 29
Views: 4,055
EVERY thread is an SDM thread.

By the way, high ISO on my K-7 is vastly improved, well beyond K-x levels, by using Pentax brand batteries. ;)
Forum: Sold Items 03-15-2010, 09:06 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Epson Perfection V700 Photo (UK)
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 2
Views: 3,528
Had some examples pointed out to me by another member of film scanned using the V700. Their own images, that's how they know!

Film Scans - a set on Flickr

Thanks, Jeff!

PS - here's a rather in-depth review of the scanner o go with it.

EPSON V700 review
Forum: Sold Items 03-15-2010, 07:18 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Epson Perfection V700 Photo (UK)
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 2
Views: 3,528 Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Epson Perfection V700 Photo (UK)

Asking Price
275 ono

Item Location
Redditch, Birmingham, UK

Item Description
Scanner in excellent condition. Contains all original software, all film holders, power adaptor and USB lead, the unit itself is excellent/like new. It comes in the original packaging with a tatty but effective box. These units retail for at least 400 plus shipping and have a reputation for good quality and reliable working.

The film holders are plastic but still pretty good, it's the software that's great. For instance, it will scan 12 slides at a time and seperate them out into individual images for you. The same goes for negatives and it comes with film holders for 35mm, 120/220 roll film, 5x4, and a film area guide for 10x8 scanning.

It includes Photoshop Elements 5.0 (4.0 for Mac), the Epson driver/Epson Scan disk, and SilverFast SE.

I am open to reasonable offers.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?

Are you selling or trading this item?

Item Condition (Key)

Shipping Destinations
UK Only

Shipping Charge

Shipping Services
Parcelforce, please ask if you have a different preference.

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order

Return Policy & Additional Details
I am confident in the quality and condition of this unit and if you don't like what you get then just return it for a full refund (excluding shipping).

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-11-2010, 02:04 AM  
645D is here ...
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 810
Views: 160,683
It's pretty common knowledge that CCD sensors with no/weak AA filters produce far better sharpness at 100% than CMOS sensors. It's reasonable to assume that the 645D will share the same trait. It's like saying 'the next Nikon top-line model will have great high ISO capability', not known for sure but also not surprising. We're talking dog bites man here and not man bites dog.

Anyway,with all this 'buzz', looks like Pentax are going to have to hire some more Vietnamese!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-10-2010, 01:38 AM  
645D is here ...
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 810
Views: 160,683
Ken Rockwell got a couple of his specs wrong (e.g. complaining about the existance of LV on the camera? there is no LV!). He slams the sensor size, it's a standard sensor used on other machines. He slams the SD card use (well, he may have a point there), OTOH he doesn't even mention the WR and skirts over the fact that it's half the ****ing price of any of the competition.

Interesting review by Ken, but mostly for what it tells us about him rather than about the camera.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-09-2010, 12:42 AM  
645D is here ...
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 810
Views: 160,683
Indeed, ogl. I will. I just like speculating. That's why I'm here. Hell, I'm not going to buy the bloody thing. I can afford MF digital about as much as I can afford a crack addiction. I'm not techy enough to make much sense in the sensor discussion. Speculating on lenses is the only form of high available to me here :-)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-09-2010, 12:26 AM  
645D is here ...
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 810
Views: 160,683
So, soon we'll know. What interests me most, and has got little attention here, is the line-up of 'DFA 645'(?) lenses that suddenly appears with this camera. Will we be looking at another APS-C 'theoretical lens collection' for a few years or will they pull their finger out? I'm guessing, what with the slow-down on APS lenses, that we'll have three or four 645 lenses pushed out in short order...

....anyone like to make any guesses? We already have the 55/, a macro? a zoom? a WA prime? and a LS? Let's play the lens version of sticking the tail on a donkey for a change...

My thoughts...all rebadges or minor redesigns with WR as the main 'new' thing. Camera to have WR.
120/4 Macro
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-06-2010, 12:20 PM  
Pentax 28mm: Am I Dreaming?
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 41
Views: 10,183
The best way to work out is a Pentax rumour is true or not is to work out if it's

a) a reasonable idea
b) fulfilling a need in a timely manner.

If it's either of those things, you're bang out of luck. Alas, this 28/2 is a good idea and would be a timely introduction to the range. Draw your own conclusions...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-05-2010, 04:59 PM  
645D is here ...
Posted By jptreen
Replies: 810
Views: 160,683
Falc, sometimes I there any part of photo technology of which you do not have magical secret knowledge?

I mean, when something hasn't been released you're as clueless as the rest of us, but as soon as it's in the wild (I'm thinking of the K-7 as the first example that comes to mind, that AF testing you did must have been read by a huge proportion of this board!) you swiftly become the resident 'geekipedian in chief'.

Incidentally, the above is me in awe of you, not mocking you. Your posts are always useful, if regularly beyond my pay grade, technically-speaking. And they're in your second language.

*bows down*
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