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Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 12-22-2017, 02:09 PM  
DA Star 16-50 power zoom contacts
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 2
Views: 499
I need to replace the contacts for my DA Star 16-50....anyone know where I can locate the power zoom contact piece?
Forum: Sold Items 07-09-2017, 05:46 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-S2
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 11
Views: 1,571
DO you still have this camera available
Forum: Pentax K-01 01-13-2015, 10:03 AM  
Praise in Vanity Fair for the K-01
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 9
Views: 1,638
...and let's not forget, I still feel the K-01 is the best Pentax for shooting video. Being able to use whatever mode you are in - and the settings - for shooting video is better than the K-3, which only uses a preset mode when you start shooting video. The K-3 is good for video, but I still think the K-01 is better.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-01-2014, 09:48 PM  
Mode Dial Problem
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 5
Views: 1,203
sounds like it is aligned incorrectly - I would send it in for warranty work, or return it outright
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-01-2014, 09:46 PM  
Landscape Looking Up
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 18
Views: 1,225
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-10-2014, 10:05 AM  
New K-3 sometimes won't autofocus on start up.
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 9
Views: 1,251
It may be the 16-50 communicating with the K-3.

Question - Do you have the camera in AF-S, AF-C, or AF-A mode?

I too have a 16-50 and K-3. The lens works great on my K10, K-01, and Kx, but not on the K-3. It will not focus sometimes, or it will hunt, but never lock on, and in anything but AF-C, will not fire. My guess is either the lens is decentered to a point, or the K-3's firmware is not compatible with the version of my 16-50 (one of the first years, and never had an SMC fail issue).

I don't have an issue with any other lens. Also, it seems to be gone, or reduced in LV mode.

I have a feeling I will need to send the setup into CRIS to get everything fixed, just have tried to determine if it is something else before I call Support.....
Forum: Pentax K-01 10-10-2014, 09:55 AM  
will the smc FA 50mm F1.4 work for a k-01
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 8
Views: 1,256
Get the K-01 and you will have no worries (other than rain). I have both cameras, and right now I am fighting the K-3 on two fronts. On one, relevant to you, I just find the audio recording capabilities inferior to the K-01, as I get distortion on heavy bass items, like marching bands that I don't get with my K-01.

I got the K-3 in January originally, and due to my favoring the K-01's video capabilities, promptly sold it (for the same price). I bought again due to the great deals, but the video is still feeling lacking. If you are looking at AF and weathersealing, then get the K-3, but if those are not a concern, I think the K-01 is best bang for the buck....

May I recommend another lens the FA 1.4 as well. I have that, as well as the F 1.7 and A 1.4. The FA is the softest wide open, and I need to put it to 2 to match the sharpness of the F at 1.7.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-08-2014, 08:16 AM  
Pentax FLUCARD 16GB O-FC1 out of sales
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 3
Views: 852
Well since I just ordered a K-3 bundle with FLU, and its all shipped, heading my way, my guess is that the European warehouses didn't stock enough of them, or that they were all diverted to the US to help with the bundle sales.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-02-2014, 01:28 PM  
Used K-7 or K-500 ?
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 19
Views: 1,550
If you cannot float getting a deal on the K-5II(s) models (or get a clean K5), then I vote for a K-500, for the simple reason that whatever you may save on money, or think you are getting on top LCD, is lost when you take into account the sensor differences between the two. That 16mp Sony sensor is so much better than the Samsung sensor in the K7.

The K-500 has a front control wheel. This makes controlling the K-500 as easy as the K-7. I went from using a K10 primarily to a K-01 and a Kx because I needed video. Those other two do not have a top LCD, and I really never missed the lack of readout, I did however miss the front control wheel a lot.

Most information you would have on the top LCD can also be found in the viewfinder, as well as on the back screen.

Other than that, while the K-500 has a smaller battery, does not have a mic port, and cannot get a battery grip, all pluses for the K-7. But for still pictures, HD video, and every other measurable aspect, in my opinion, put the K-500 as the better buy. I have been watching eBay for K7s (to have that model, as well as for some time-lapse projects) and the camera is going for above $250 used. To buy a used camera, or spend $150 more for a new camera - its simple to me.

Or get the first gen K-5. The AF may not be as fast, and it uses a cruddy codec for recording video, but the K5 would give you the metal/weathersealed body, and do so for well under $500.
Forum: Sold Items 03-02-2014, 10:00 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA* 55mm/f1.4 lens
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 10
Views: 1,610
That is tempting, from your experience, how is the sharpness wide open?
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 02-25-2014, 07:14 AM  
Monday 2/24 - win a Pentax 50mm lens!
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 178
Views: 14,700
I find it very odd that I had two likes taken away, knocking me out from having a raffle entry.....I think something fishy was happening with this contest...
Forum: Visitors' Center 02-24-2014, 05:14 PM  
memory card error
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 3
Views: 556
read the firmware instructions.....typically drop the file on the root of the sd card.....With older models you need to hold down a button during startup of the camera to have the firmware file recognized
Forum: Visitors' Center 02-24-2014, 04:51 PM  
UV filters - digital Cameras
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 28
Views: 2,871
I use an UV filter to protect the lens from scratches, or in a fall - and a polarizing filter works great....
Forum: Visitors' Center 02-24-2014, 04:46 PM  
K-30 Pictures not transferring to Macbook
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 2
Views: 777
One thing may be issues with iPhoto and image transfer - turn those off as the default
Forum: Visitors' Center 02-24-2014, 04:41 PM  
K10D LCD Replacement
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 5
Views: 2,202
For he OP - it would be cheaper and easier to find a replacement camera - DSLR are kind of tricky taking apart. Lucky for you, if the top lcd is working, then you can set your settings, and maybe get a remote trigger and use it as a time-lapse camera.

For the other poster, it sounds like you have not synced the shutter speed with the flash. Do you have it in PTTL? What is your shutter speed? Is the camera reading the flash? It may fire, but it may not be giving the data. first simple check, press the light button for the top LCD - does the flash light up?
Forum: Visitors' Center 02-24-2014, 04:37 PM  
Rz18 won't stay on
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 5
Views: 862
I know on an old S40 of mine, it would shut down immediately due to a short, saying the battery was depleted. The fix for that was to push on the lens, back into the body, to push the connection back - it worked.

One common problem with cameras with extending lenses is the stripping of the gears , or channels for the lens to move. I got a LS1000 which had this, and the only solution was to switch out the lens.

Does it seem to extend the lens. If nothing happens, maybe the lens is jammed - push and wobble the lens during startup.
Forum: Visitors' Center 02-24-2014, 04:34 PM  
Repair Broken Mount
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 4
Views: 1,154
It is super easy to repair, but getting the part may be the issue. I replaced one by using the metal mount form a broken lens (metal and plastic mounts both have the same screw holes, and are interchangeable).

You need to be careful of the springs that hold the contacts for the lens, they can go flying, and if you were fixing a lens with an aperture ring, there may be some issues. But a small screwdriver is all you need.
Forum: Visitors' Center 02-24-2014, 04:30 PM  
Lens compatibility on K-50
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 7
Views: 5,490
Watch out for KR - which has a second pin utilized for Ricoh cameras. Also, some Sears branded lenses do have problems.....

Over than that, smooth sailing
Forum: Visitors' Center 02-24-2014, 04:28 PM  
Macros not on SD card
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 2
Views: 672
Take the SD card out of the camera, and then try to view a picture on the camera - do you see them? If so, there is some bizarre thing where the camera is saving to the internal memory, not the card....look to see if there is a setting you can change...
Forum: Visitors' Center 02-24-2014, 04:26 PM  
Transfer images using USB
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 1
Views: 702
You would need some other device to do this - there is no way to just connect an HD to your camera and copy them off
Forum: Visitors' Center 02-24-2014, 04:24 PM  
WG-1 issue
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 4
Views: 1,980
If these are very new, I would send them back to the place you bought them, or send them to Pentax and ask for a replacement....that just shouldn't happen, but there are always a lemon or two....
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-24-2014, 04:04 PM  
Long time user first time poster
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 4
Views: 328
Ahh the K5II - one o a group of cameras sporting the 16mp will be known as the silver age of sensors because that was the one that did everything we wanted from a sensor.....
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 02-24-2014, 03:59 PM  
Sure would like to win :)
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 7
Views: 608
You better like me then Manishved

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BTW - this is where people should go to get liked
Forum: Visitors' Center 02-24-2014, 03:58 PM  
K-7 giving memory card full error
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 4
Views: 1,177
1. Always carry a second card - You never know when one might be full, or fail (although I had one grey market card fail of the 10 cards I own).
2. Offload photos and reformat cards regularly - fragmentation is more of a problem than on your computer
3. Update the firmware - in your case, get a new card, place the firmware on that. Make sure your battery is charged.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 02-24-2014, 03:52 PM  
A Semi-professional Pentax Mirrorless...Please?
Posted By Daedbird
Replies: 65
Views: 12,247
Simple solution - place the mini-HDMI (or Thunderbolt/Displayport) under hotshoe, allow for an EVF (which connects through mini-HDMI or other) or monitor to handle LiveView, then watch the sales take off.....
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