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Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-15-2014, 01:21 PM  
Camera settings with Vivitar 383
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 6
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I checked the box the flash came in and there's a sticker on it that says: Fits Pentax P-TTL cameras. I don't know if it just means it will fit ON the camera (physically), or if it will fit and work properly in P-TTL metering mode. That's because the features listed on the box (not on a sticker) say that the flash has "Auto Focus / TTL Metering". I think the guy I talked to at B&H said the flash will take advantage of the TTL on my K10D, but now I wonder. I looked at the base of the flash, as you suggested, and it has 4 pins. Three of them form a triangle of sorts, while the 4th is a bit farther away. I'd upload a picture, but I don't have any idea how to do that from my phone camera.

If, for some reason, the flash only supports TTL metering and the K10D doesn't provide it, what does that mean for using the flash? What settings should I use on the camera, and TTL or Manual mode on the flash? When I choose M mode on the flash, and then keep pushing that button a few more times, it cycles thru choices like 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16 before going back to TTL. The two pages in the Vivitar documentation about this are not a bit helpful.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-14-2014, 01:46 PM  
Final thoughts before upgrading my K10D
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 10
Views: 2,109
I had a few questions about possibly upgrading from a K10D to a K3. I hope it's OK to post them here. If not, let me know and I'll move the post.

Would I still be able to use the Promaster AF 18-200 EDO zoom lens I use on the K10D?
Would I still be able to use the original K10D lens and just buy a K3 body?
Finally, would I be able to use the Vivitar 383 flash I just got (yesterday) for the K10D, at least when using it for stills?

I have a K10D and a separate Sony digital video camera, and am thinking I can sell both and still be ahead of the game with the K3. I find I almost take more stills than video with my Sony video cam and am pretty much OK with how they turn out (I think they both take 10MP stills and the video cam can pull 6MP frames off to make stills). I just think I'd be happier with a "still-camera-you-can-use-for-video", rather than a "video-camera-you-can-use-as-a-still-camera". Thanks.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 12-14-2014, 12:32 PM  
Site Organization
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 3
Views: 1,026
I'm not necessarily new to photography or this forum, but I've only used it sporadically over the last few years because I had a grandson and have been concentrating more on videography, until recently. Like some of the other people, I would find it helpful if there was a sub-forum for the K10D. I don't know if this model was a minor one that has become an "orphan", or if not enough people own or care about it, but I'd like to see posts dedicated to it. I've tried to search on topics related to the K10D, but find them bunched together with everything else. If I knew enough about the other models, I might be able to zero in on one of the other sub-forums for info about the K10D, I guess. If you're still answering questions from this thread, what suggestions do you have to find info about the K10D? Thanks.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-14-2014, 12:09 PM  
Ok, lets try another way - Monopod for Tall Person?
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 35
Views: 3,611
I bought something called a TrekPod II some years ago and have used it as a "walking stick", monopod and tripod. I'm 6'4", so I understand having trouble finding things that are for people of slightly-above-average height. I thought I wouldn't need to worry about traveling with it, but had a situation come up in August where I regretted it. I flew from the midwest to LA to bring my son and his car back home. The plan was to hit several scenic places on the way home. I couldn't break down the TrekPod small enough to fit in my luggage for the plane trip out to LA, and the TSA would have considered it a potential weapon, so I couldn't just carry it on (yes I talked to both the airline AND the TSA to make sure).

The TrekPod extends to about 5 feet, when used as a monopod or walking stick, but about 5" less when set up as a tripod. It has a very strong magnet on the top to which you can attach a camera. They even give you a couple of the round "couplers" that you screw onto the bottom of the camera and attach to the magnet. (Note, the TrekPod has a clip to anchor the camera to the top of it, so you don't need to trust the magnet to hold the camera all by itself ). I put one adaptor on my still camera and the other on the video camera. I took the TrekPod and my video camera along on a (car) tour of the Dakotas, Montana, Yellowstone, the Tetons and Idaho a couple of years ago and was VERY glad I had it. It allowed me to raise the camera over heads, dip it (carefully) over the edge of waterfalls, and take some "selfies", since I made the trip by myself.

The major reason I got it was for it's flexibility to be used as 3 different things. The biggest benefit was how it stabilized the camera for video. It hung down far enough below the camera to act like a pendulum of sorts, and giving you a quasi pistol grip feel. That extra weight and natural resistance to moving around so much made my videos much less jumpy and easier to watch, (though I did kick it a fair amount due to it hanging down below the camera). It weighs a little less than 2 pounds, but extra heft isn't a bad thing if you plan to use it as a monopod. I just checked their website and see that they have two newer models since I bought mine. The expensive one is made of carbon fiber and costs well over 3x as much as the one I have, which is aluminum. They also have a "GoPro" version that shrinks down 4" shorter than mine, which WOULD make it small enough to fit in most luggage. It costs about double what mine did. You can save some by buying it from Amazon. Here are the specs for each type from their website:

Specifications:

Weight (including MagMount):
TrekPod Go! PRO= 30 ounces / .794 kg
TrekPod XL= 17 ounces / .48 kg
TrekPod II= 27 ounces / .765 kg

Height range in tripod mode:
TrekPod Go! PRO= 39" to 57.5" / 99 to 146 cm
TrekPod XL= 39" to 57.5" / 99 to 146 cm
TrekPod II= 43" to 57.5" / 109 cm to 146 cm

Height range in Hiking staff/monopod mode:
TrekPod Go! PRO= 42.5" to 62.5" / 106.7 cm to 158.8 cm
TrekPod XL= 42.5" to 62.5" / 106.7 cm to 158.8 cm
TrekPod II= 47" to 62.5" / 119 cm to 158.8cm

Packable size:
Go! PRO in travel case: 23" x 4" x 2.5" / 58.4 x 10.2 x 6.3 cm (longest Go! tube length ~22" / 55.9 cm)
XL in included travel case: 23" x 4" x 2.5" / 58.4 x 10.2 x 6.3 cm (longest XL tube length ~22" / 55.9 cm)
TrekPod II (disassembled): Two components, approximately 35.5" / 90 cm or less, each.

Open Leg Diameter (tripod): 22" / 56 cm


I hope that helps.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-14-2014, 10:29 AM  
Camera settings with Vivitar 383
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 6
Views: 826
From what I remember of using my old flash, (which looked almost identical to this current unit), I DID do a lot of experimentation. The camera was SUPPOSED to be automatic (Pentax ME Super), though I think I just used it as an aperture-priority camera that set the shutter based on where the user set the f-stop. Maybe that's what "automatic" meant, I can't remember now. I wasn't aware that this flash automatically followed what you set on the camera, no matter what settings you used. I mean, I knew the flash follows your settings on the camera, I just didn't know what settings to USE on the camera. Thanks for that info.

Also, thanks for the suggestion to go with manual mode. I'm still trying to wrap my brain around how to use the camera (even though it's several years old). In the olden days of film cameras, I didn't need to "worry" about ISO settings b/c you set it once and there it stayed 'til you ran out of film and put in a new roll. Also, my ME Super had much more range in aperture control because it could be set all the way down to f1.4 instead of only being able to go 3.5. I'm in my 60's now and think I'm going to need to stay above a shutter speed of 60 to minimize shake when I depress the shutter button. Also, I'm going to have a problem working with an extra wrinkle (Ev); I can tell that already. That, and the concept of "Program Line", are going to take me time to learn. Oh well, S. O. C. K. S., I guess. I'll probably just drift around the forum looking for threads that explain those concepts. Thanks again for clarifying things.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-13-2014, 02:46 PM  
Camera settings with Vivitar 383
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 6
Views: 826
I have a K10D and have limped along for 7 years using only the flash on the camera body. I just splurged & got a Vivitar 383 flashgun but I can't find anything, anywhere, in any documentation, regarding what camera setting to use with it. I've tried it on the "green rectangle" setting, as well as the Av setting. I've gotten OK results with either setting but still wonder if I'm doing it right. I'm just a casual photographer, so I don't want the flash to do anything fancy. Can anyone help?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-21-2007, 01:21 PM  
Help w/legacy glass
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 18
Views: 2,617
Oops, I guess my uncoordinated finger hit a three instead of a two. I bought the 18-200mm zoom.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-21-2007, 10:20 AM  
Lightroom v. bundled software v. Elements
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 4
Views: 2,754
I have been using Photoshop Elements and just got a new K-10D, so I have the software from Pentax that the bundle with the camera. Friends of mine are raving about Lightroom. Does anyone have any comments on the use of one over another? I don't like the editing of redeye with Elements. It's awful, actually. The ArcSoft program I got with an old Canon is the best at redeye removal of any program I've ever used. Is Lightroom better than Elements at that? How good is the bundled software? I'd appreciate any helpful comments/suggestions. Thanx.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-20-2007, 05:33 PM  
pentax lenses
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 18
Views: 2,841
Mtngal I'm still confused but just because I have been lazily taking point-n-shoot pictures for the last 5+ years. Maybe some day my brain will again be able to comprehend what used to seem fairly simple to me. I used to use a Pentax ME and it was in aperture priority mode all the time. I just composed the shot, pressed the shutter release half-way, changed the aperture (stopped down or up?) so that the shutter speed was adequate to prevent shake and blur, then pressed the shutter release the rest of the way. Occasionally, I would mess around with things to change depth of field or cause water to blur, etc. but usually I took family photos or vacation scenery. I just need to play around with the camera for a few months until I get used to it. Then maybe the verbiage everybody is using will start to make sense again. Thanks for trying to help, anyway.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-20-2007, 03:04 PM  
Help w/legacy glass
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 18
Views: 2,617
Thanks, everybody, for your answers about my attempt to use legacy glass on a new K-10D. I just bought the Tamron 18-300, so I'm good-to-go. I gave it the old college try but I'm better off using lenses made for the camera. I appreciate your help. Happy Weekend (I LIVE for this stuff)!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-20-2007, 03:01 PM  
Help w/legacy glass
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 18
Views: 2,617
Thanx, Romoman. I tried that and it doesn't work.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-20-2007, 12:45 PM  
Help w/legacy glass
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 18
Views: 2,617
Deni, how do you like the Tamron lens? I'm about to go buy one locally. Would you recommend? Thanx.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-20-2007, 12:31 PM  
Help w/legacy glass
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 18
Views: 2,617
Thanx Lowell. Do you want to take a stab at why I can't turn off the bracketing mode when using my old K mount lenses?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-20-2007, 12:04 PM  
Help w/legacy glass
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 18
Views: 2,617
egordon99 is what you suggest (M mode over Green) only for when I use the on-board flash or when taking regular pictures in the daylight? Page 210 of my manual (thanx for the suggestion, Gaelen) says either M or Av mode will work (at least I think that's what it says). I still can't figure out why the camera insists on being in bracket mode when using this old lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-20-2007, 11:22 AM  
Help w/legacy glass
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 18
Views: 2,617
Thanx for the quick reply egordon99. I tried using the aperture ring on the lens to stop down thru the range from f3.8 thru f22 but the result is always the same - overexposed. I've been thinking about the 540 flash but haven't heard many good things about it on this forum. There was another flash that said it was for the Pentax but now I can't find it. It was significantly less expensive thanb the 540.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-20-2007, 09:54 AM  
Help w/legacy glass
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 18
Views: 2,617
I have an old ME film camera, for which I have a Vivitar 70-150 f 3.8/22 close-focusing zoom and a Soligar 28mm lens. I just got a 10D with the 18-55 kit lens. I leave on Sunday for the big airshow in Oshkosh, WI (USA) and am trying to figure out how to use the zoom on my new 10D. I went into the Custom Menu and changed Using Aperture Ring to Permitted (thanx to someone's advice on this forum). I am able to use it to take pictures, as long as I manually focus it. There are a few things that happen, however, that I'm not sure how to handle and any help would be appreciated.

1) When I put on the zoom and turn the camera on, a screen pops up that says: Shake Reduction, then Focal Length, then a range of focal lengths from 8 thru 800. If I turn shake reduction off, I don't get this screen but I will likely use SR, especially with the zoom lens (I'm not as steady as I was in my 20's). To what focal length do I set this and do I need to change it everytime I change the zoom distance?
2) Using the green position on the mode button, the on-board flash completely wipes out (overexposes) anything I try to shoot. Can I fix this?
3) The camera seems to be stuck in bracketing mode. Every time I take a picture, it takes one over and one under-exposed, too. I've tried to push the buttom to change this but it seems to be locked into that mode.

There may be other problems but these are the only ones I've found, so far. I'm about to go pay full retail for a Tamron 18-200 or 18-250 auto zoom but I'd like to see if I can get the legacy glass to work, first. I get the same bracketing mode problem with the Soligor wide angle and the original 50mm Pentax lens, too.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-17-2007, 05:51 AM  
Pentax AF540FGZ Actual Performance??
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 26
Views: 5,142
Thanx for the tip. I have been on forums before and get the feeling that people don't like it when new threads are constantly started when people haven't bothered to find and read other threads that might answer the question. I guess I'm being paranoid.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-17-2007, 05:48 AM  
pentax lenses
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 18
Views: 2,841
1) After mounting the lens, go to the custom menu and set the "use aperture ring" to "allowed" After you do this once you can forget this step. The camera will remember.

Do I change this back when I switch back to the 18-50 kit lens?


2) Change the dial mode to M (for manual)

I forgot to do this part but the camera worked. What did I miss out on by forgetting this step?


EDIT 2a) Almost forgot, when prompted plug in 50mm so your camera knows the size of the lens for the anti shake. (don't have anti shake so I forget this one alot)

I never saw any kind of prompt to tell me to plug in a lens (actually, the lens was already on the camera. Was this a problem?).


4)Frame and focus your shot, then briefly press the "green" button.

I forgot this part, too. I think I'm going to have to try this again when I have more time (and am more awake).


Here's another question for you. The manual said to turn off Anti-Shake when using a tripod. I tried it both ways and it seems like leaving it on was better. Why does the manual suggest turning it off?

Thanx for all your help and patience.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2007, 06:26 AM  
pentax lenses
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 18
Views: 2,841
I'm not sure what you mean by using spot metering in "stop-down mode". I mean, you explained HOW to do it, I just don't know why to do it or what it does.

As far as having an "A" on the lenses. They are old and don't have any markings other than for aperture and focusing. I guess I'll just fiddle around with them for a while and see. I get the camera this Wednesday (FedEx permitting) but only have a few days to get it right before I go to Oshkosh for the big airshow. I need to have it figured out by then, so I may let the guy who's going with me drive while I read the manual and experiment.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-16-2007, 06:16 AM  
Pentax AF540FGZ Actual Performance??
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 26
Views: 5,142
Thanx for all the help, folks. I think I'm going to hold off on using an external flash for a while. I'm a babe-in-the-woods as far as the jargon everybody's bantering about, so I need time to digest that and ask more questions. I hope its OK to ask a lot of dumb newbie-type questions in this thread and forum. If it isn't please tell me and let me know where I should go to "bug" you cmaera-savvy people.

I know the Sunpak says it is an auto-thyristor (whatever that means) but I never trusted it in auto mode (at least I don't remember doing so. I always had to adjust the exposure, I can't remember if it was up or down anymore, becaue it was overexposing shots. On a film camera, that gets expensive. The Canon flash has a lot of red lights and such on the front of it, so I assumed it was automatic in some sense of the word (though I don't know TTL from P-TTL from E-TTL, I must admit). Even it tends to overexpose straight-on shots on my Pro-1, so I tended to fiddle with the exposure on that camera, as well. I usually changed the exposure by -1.5 to -2 (I think - or maybe it was +1.5 to +2 - I don't remember). Why can't they make truly automatic cameras and flashes that truly work together? These electronic doodads are so sophisticated nowadays, yet the "simplest" things seem to be out-of-reach.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-13-2007, 01:45 PM  
Consumer Reports and Pentax
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 50
Views: 11,125
I have subscribed to CR for a few years and often use it to look at how they rate things. I agree that they tend to value cheap over quality. I also find it odd that they seem to compare new models of equipments against models that can no longer be found on the market. If you look at their overall ratings, there is often very little difference between the top five products, so the choice becomes subjective in a hurry. I also find many of their procedures to be flawed - they'd never get away with their tests in a real scientific journal (of course, most people wouldn't be able to follow a scientific journal anyway).

I've bought a few items on CR recommendations and done well and on a few others I got burned. The most recent was a Honda lawnmower I bought a couple years ago. What a complete P. o. S. it is!!! CR raved about it like it was the second coming of you know who. In case anyone is in the market for a walk-behind lawnmower, stay as far away as you can from the top priced Honda! But I digress.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-13-2007, 01:21 PM  
autofocus vs manual (new to k10d)
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 18
Views: 3,730
I'm still waiting for my K-10D, so I'm not following 100% of this thread. However, in the olden days, when I had my Pentax ME film SLR, I used to use the wide depth of field range of the lens when at f/8 thru f/22, to keep things in focus from a few feet to infinity. Of course, this worked best outdoors and with wide angle through about 70mm telephoto but it was a great workaround to speed things up for sports, airshows, etc. Oh the things we had to do back then in the days before AF. When I get my K-10D, I'll try to use my old manual lenses from the ME to make up for the lack of versatility (and high f numbers) of the kit lens, so I won't have AF. I'm not worried, though. I hated the AF lag on the Canon (Pro-1) I'm currently using (you can tell I'm just an amateur, not a pro). I hear AF on the DSLR's is much faster, though. It'll be interesting to see if I can get used to AF and move away from my trusty old manual lenses.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-13-2007, 12:32 PM  
pentax lenses
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 18
Views: 2,841
Thanx, Kguru. I thik I spent enough money in the last two days that a new flash and lens will have to wait.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-12-2007, 09:14 PM  
pentax lenses
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 18
Views: 2,841
Thanks for the info. I was (and still am) confused by the whole rebate thing. I saw a bunch of lenses and other items on the right side of the rebate brochure but don't understand what they mean. For instance, it says that the AF-540FGZ Flash has a $50 cash back offer. Does that mean that I can get a $50 rebate if I buy one before July 31st? I think I just answered my own question but I want to be sure.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-12-2007, 09:01 PM  
Pentax AF540FGZ Actual Performance??
Posted By GridUser
Replies: 26
Views: 5,142
I hope I can get some answers about external flash, as well. I have an old Sunpak Auto 30DX Thyristor flash that I used with my first camera, a Pentax ME (ca. 1974). On the back of this flash, it says: for Nikon FE-EM and all other hot shoe mount regular cameras. It used to work with my old Pentax but wasn't automatic, so I ruined a LOT of pictures before I figured out how to use it manually. I also have a new (year old) Canon Speedlite 420 EX for a Canon Pro-1 I have.

My question is this: will either of these flashes work with my new K-10D or will I have to junk both and pay $400 for the bounce/swivel Pentax AF540? Thanks for any help/answers you can give me.
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