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Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-06-2014, 08:38 AM  
Metz 52 AF-1 Preflash Delay = slow to fire?
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 5
Views: 1,089
Islejones, thanks! It was the fact that I had redeye reduction set in my camera's flash settings. For some reason my old flash didn't fire the redeye reduction preflash, but the Metz does. Turning that off and voila! Problem solved.

Thanks again!!!!!!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-02-2014, 11:06 AM  
Metz 52 AF-1 Preflash Delay = slow to fire?
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 5
Views: 1,089
I'll try to disable the preflash. My actual camera doesn't delay, it's the flash unit preflash that causes it.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-02-2014, 07:34 AM  
Metz 52 AF-1 Preflash Delay = slow to fire?
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 5
Views: 1,089
Hi All,

I recently purchased a Metz 52 AF-1 flash for my Pentax K-r. I like this flash a lot except for the fact that, due to the pre-flash, there is about a 1 - 2 second delay between the time I press the shutter button to the time the picture is actually taken. On my old flash, a cheaper Polarioid PL-144AZ, there was no preflash or delay. I take a lot of photos of my kids in movement so this delay results in a lot of missed shots and such.

Is there a way to disable the preflash and not have a delay? I like the flash, but am not sure I'm going to keep a unit that doesn't allow me to take photos instantly as something is happening.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-11-2013, 09:08 PM  
Flash for K-r: Metz 44, Metz 52, or Sigma EF610?
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 8
Views: 2,670
Well, I went ahead and purchased a Metz 52 AF-1. Figured it's the one that has the features I want and I've heard great things about the quality of build in the Metz flash units.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-11-2013, 07:36 AM  
Flash for K-r: Metz 44, Metz 52, or Sigma EF610?
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 8
Views: 2,670
From what I saw on the P-TTL flash comparison website, the Vivitar has significantly more power.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-10-2013, 11:18 AM  
Flash for K-r: Metz 44, Metz 52, or Sigma EF610?
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 8
Views: 2,670
Hi All,

I recently had a Vivitar DF 383 hotshoe flash for my K-r that stopped working this weekend. I liked the flash, except for that it would periodically fire too much light in TTL mode and wash out pictures. I've read where others have this problem with tis model as well. And, of course, the fact that it stopped working last weekend (1 year and two months after purchase) has me less than happy with the quality of the unit.

I want to get a new hotshoe flash and am looking at the Metz 44 AF-1, Metz 52 AF-1, and the Sigma EF610 DG Super. The Metz 44 is $200, the Sigma is $225, and the Metz 52 is $250.

Does anyone here have any recommendations? I am a casual amateur who primarily takes pictures children, family events, etc. I liked how, when it worked well, the Vivitar provide nice even "room filling" light when bounced. I'm concerned that the Metz 44 might not have enough power for my needs, but would like opinions on this. Does it do a nice job of filling average sized family rooms with light or should I step up to the Metz 52 for $50 more?

Also, the Sigma appears to be head and shoulders above the Metz in terms of power, but is there a "downside" in either functions or build quality by going with the Sigma vs. the Metz?

Thanks!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-08-2013, 08:29 PM  
Help! Vivitar DF-383-PEN Not Working!
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 2
Views: 944
No discoloration that I can see, and no burnt smell. Everything looks like it should except it won't fire.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-08-2013, 07:20 PM  
Help! Vivitar DF-383-PEN Not Working!
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 2
Views: 944
Hey All,

Wondering if you can help me. I have a DF-383-PEN Vivitar flash that just today stopped working. Meaning, it turns on, all the buttons work, the test/ready light lights up, but it won't fire not matter what, not even if I push the test/ready button. Again, it's got power, I can hear the motor in it adjust when it starts, and all the buttons cycle through all the settings as they should... it' just not flashing.

Any ideas?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-20-2013, 12:13 PM  
35 Year Old Lenses on a 2 Year Old K-r!
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 19
Views: 2,644
Hmmm... all I know is that on both of my father's MX bodies, any lens I put on has a circle in the middle with two halves that line up when the center is in focus.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-19-2013, 08:23 PM  
35 Year Old Lenses on a 2 Year Old K-r!
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 19
Views: 2,644
I wish the K-r had a manual focus option like the MX's viewfinder, with the two half circles that align when focused. I love that option on the MX, which I do not believe was present on the K 1000 (which was the "standard issue" camera that the other photo students in the class used).
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-19-2013, 08:20 PM  
35 Year Old Lenses on a 2 Year Old K-r!
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 19
Views: 2,644
The one on the MX is an Asahi SMC Pentax 1:2.8 24mm.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-19-2013, 07:04 PM  
35 Year Old Lenses on a 2 Year Old K-r!
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 19
Views: 2,644
Here's the lenses I have (hope I get this right):

Asahi Takumar 1:2.5 135mm
Asahi SMC Pentax-M 1:2.8 40mm
Asahi SMC Pentax-M 1:1.7 50mm
Asahi SMC Pentax-M 1:2 85mm
Asahi SMC Pentax-M 1:4.5 80mm - 200mm zoom

These are the same lenses my dad used back "in the day," and the same lenses I used back in photography class in college. I enjoy being able to give these new life in the digital age, and am thrilled that Pentax maintains a system that is capable of this backward compatability!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-16-2013, 07:18 PM  
35 Year Old Lenses on a 2 Year Old K-r!
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 19
Views: 2,644
Just thought I'd share a little family Pentax heritage.

Back in the 70's and 80's, my father was very much into photography. He had his own dark room in our basement and a nice enlarger (I believe it was a Beseler but I can't recall for sure), and all his camera equipment was Pentax. Much of my childhood was spent waiting for him to focus his camera and get the f-stop and light right. :) When I went to college, he gave me one of his MX bodies and a 50mm lens for my photography class, which taught me the mixture of art and science that is manual photography. Unfortunately, my father was taken from us too early in a farming accident, so I get enjoyment out of those times when I see bits of myself in him. Just playing around with his old lenses tonight on my K-r is one of those such times. The lenses are all 25 - 35 years old and seem to work extremely well. While they may not be my first "go to" lenses for action photography or taking candid photos of the kids, I foresee them getting more use over the years.

What a fun way to marry classic photography with new technology!

Forum: Pentax K-01 04-10-2013, 04:31 PM  
I Own a Kr... Any Reason to Buy K-01?
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 11
Views: 1,149
Some place called Valleyseek online; they came up in Google shopping, along with a couple other places that were selling the kit for around the same price. Big difference (as in $100 difference) between colors though, so you have to be happy with yellow. :-)
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-10-2013, 01:25 PM  
I Own a Kr... Any Reason to Buy K-01?
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 11
Views: 1,149
Well, I just placed an order for the K-01 with the 40mm XS prime for a total of $317. I figure even if I don't want to keep the body I can probably sell it for around $200 - $250 or so and basically end up getting the lens for around $100 in the end. And if I like the body I'll just keep it as a slightly smaller alternative to my K-r.
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-10-2013, 06:13 AM  
I Own a Kr... Any Reason to Buy K-01?
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 11
Views: 1,149
How's the K-01 in low light and/or shooting moving objects (i.e., kids) vs. the K-r? Most of my shooting is done with the kids and they are rarely still, plus a lot of it is indoors.

Anyone have any thoughts on how the 40mm XS kit lens compares to Pentax's DA 35mm f/2.4?
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-09-2013, 07:08 PM  
I Own a Kr... Any Reason to Buy K-01?
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 11
Views: 1,149
I'm mainly thinking of it because I can get it with the 40mm xs lens for $400 and I was going to just buy a 35mm f2.4 lens for arounc $190. So I'm debating about just getting this for the lens and to have the extra body... but part of me feels like I'd be better off with the 35mm lens and saving my money for some other toy.
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-09-2013, 06:22 PM  
I Own a Kr... Any Reason to Buy K-01?
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 11
Views: 1,149
Just like the title says. I own a Kr... is there any reason to get a K-01? In terms of image quality, usability, etc., what does the K-01 do that the Kr doesnt?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-05-2013, 07:25 AM  
Ditch my K-r for a Canon T4i? Thoughts?
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 41
Views: 3,031
Okay, can anyone tell me if the DA 18 - 135mm 3.5 - 5.6 would be a good choice to replace my kit 18-55 and 55-300 lenses as an "all around" lens? I like the idea of the versatility of 18 - 135mm, but am concerned that image quality may not be much better than the kit lenses and/or may fall noticeably lower than what I would get with the DA 35mm 2.4 prime.

Thoughts?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-04-2013, 07:46 PM  
Ditch my K-r for a Canon T4i? Thoughts?
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 41
Views: 3,031
Thanks again everyone. I'm not really itching for a new body, but did see a great deal on the Canon bundle and just wanted to put some feelers out to see if I would be passing up something that I "had to have." Apparently not, so I'll stick with my K-r which has been a great camera now for about 2 1/2 years.

Now, the prime lens idea really does appeal to me. I'm going to look hard at the DA 35mm 2.4; seems like it might be a good all-around, versatile prime for me to get into without laying out a lot of cash.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-04-2013, 01:57 PM  
Ditch my K-r for a Canon T4i? Thoughts?
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 41
Views: 3,031
Great suggestions; thank you! I do have the manual lenses and have played with them a little, but I must not be doing something right as I can't quite get the results I'd like to see out of them right now. Plus, with the kids moving as much as they do, I'd like to have something with a fast autofocus.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-04-2013, 06:56 AM  
Ditch my K-r for a Canon T4i? Thoughts?
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 41
Views: 3,031
Mostly portraits and candid photos of family (children at the beach, etc.). 99% of my photos are of my children. :-)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-04-2013, 06:30 AM  
Ditch my K-r for a Canon T4i? Thoughts?
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 41
Views: 3,031
Yeah, I don't want to spend a ton but I want something that will give much better image quality than my kit lens. I've also read good things about the smc DA 40mm F2.8 Limited. A little pricier but I'd rather spend a couple bucks extra and be 100% happy with the purchase than spend less money and wonder if I should have gotten something else.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-04-2013, 06:19 AM  
Ditch my K-r for a Canon T4i? Thoughts?
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 41
Views: 3,031
Thank you, everyone. You've talked me out of a making an impulse purchase! Now, for the prime part, I know it doesn't belong in this section necessarily but since some of you were making suggestions, I have been looking at some prime lenses. I don't own any right now (outside of actually several very old Pentax manual focus lenses from the 80's when my father was big into photography with his MX), but would the SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL be a good "all around" prime lens to start with? I'm looking for something that would be similar to what an old 50mm lens was on the MX in terms of versatility and such.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-04-2013, 05:38 AM  
Ditch my K-r for a Canon T4i? Thoughts?
Posted By Martowski
Replies: 41
Views: 3,031
I've never owned a Canon so i can't say that favor the handling of it. The only reason I'd change is if there's some compelling reason, from an image quality perspective, to go with the T4i over the K-r. If that's not the case, then I'll stay "as is."
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