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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-19-2019, 03:22 PM  
K1 & K3 Plunger type shutter release
Posted By Darley
Replies: 12
Views: 1,131
Plunger-type shutter releases do not exist for digital cameras. They are for film cameras and they screw into the shutter release button. You can buy a simple wired remote with lock to keep the shutter open and, as mentioned already, Canon versions will work if you can't find a Pentax one. I bought a Canon wired remote for about 2 on fleabay and it works fine.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-17-2015, 06:45 PM  
Dslr Recommendation
Posted By Darley
Replies: 43
Views: 3,107
I wouldn't take any notice of sensor ratings because they do not represent real-word situations. There are many variables to consider when trying to assess IQ, such as the lens and the operator! I used to look at dxo but their ratings and my assessment of IQ never matched. For example the K200D has a very low rating compared to the K-x, but in comparing images from these two cameras side-by-side I ascertained that the K200D produced much better pictures. Photography is an art, not a science.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-17-2015, 06:10 PM  
Pentax K-x Display stopped functioning
Posted By Darley
Replies: 2
Views: 1,131
Get a glass fibre contact cleaner pen for the terminals. Also make sure to use high capacity batteries - e.g. 2500 mAh.
Forum: General Photography 11-17-2015, 06:05 PM  
Affordable FF?
Posted By Darley
Replies: 16
Views: 1,932
Well you can buy a used Canon 5D for about 250 / $380 which is cheap enough. Sensors are expensive to make and there aren't the economies of scale with FF because there will never be the demand, bearing in mind the lenses are much larger and more expensive too. Ordinary people (not like us) are increasingly looking for compactness and carryability (made-up word) rather than IQ.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-17-2015, 05:53 PM  
K200D M and Sv mode problem...
Posted By Darley
Replies: 5
Views: 872
The K200D is a well-made camera but getting on in years. It sounds like it might be terminally ill. If you're competent, maybe you could take it apart. Warning: discharge the flash capacitor first! They go quite cheaply on ebay, maybe you could find a spares/repair camera with a different fault and make a good one out of the two?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-17-2015, 05:46 PM  
Camera decisions
Posted By Darley
Replies: 6
Views: 1,236
Buy the cheaper K50 and invest in a good, fast lens. Don't ask me which one, though :)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-17-2015, 05:39 PM  
[Recommendation] Looking for a new lens
Posted By Darley
Replies: 12
Views: 996
The cheap Tamrons and the n18-55 kit lens are remarkably good value and quite sharp, but for a bit more character and DOF control in your shots I'd go for a prime. You've got all focal lengths covered already, and a prime will make you think more about what you're shooting. Personally I love old manual primes which cost peanuts, but if you want AF and have the cash, look at the 35mm f/2.8. I'd avoid the 35mm f/2.4 as it's no better than the kit 18-55. If on a budget look at the 50mm f/1.8.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-17-2015, 05:33 PM  
Dslr Recommendation
Posted By Darley
Replies: 43
Views: 3,107
I've not used either but I have a K30 which is basically a K50. It's a great camera, for sure, but I've read some glowing reviews of the K-S2 which has an extra 4MP and no AA filter (for more detail). Therefore I would think seriously about the K-S2.

As for the lens, well the K-S2 kit 18-55 is not great, so I'd be looking for a body-only. Then maybe look at a Sigma 17-70, a used one if funds are low. I know that doesn't answer your question really, but it might be worth considering options other than the two you mentioned. I'd always go for used lenses on fleabay, and experiment with some old manual ones too. I've not used the Tamron but for the price you could buy the older Pentax 18-55 WR and another lens. All depends on what you want to shoot.

Good luck and enjoy your photography :)
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-02-2015, 05:44 PM  
Mt Irvine over Meysan Lake in the Eastern Sierras
Posted By Darley
Replies: 4
Views: 735
nominate
Forum: Winners' Showcase 04-02-2015, 05:44 PM  
March, 2015 Third Place: Castle Mirrored in the Mist
Posted By Darley
Replies: 28
Views: 2,934
nominate
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-02-2015, 05:43 PM  
Duckling
Posted By Darley
Replies: 1
Views: 285
nominate
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-11-2014, 01:58 PM  
What is this mount please?
Posted By Darley
Replies: 12
Views: 1,530
Oh I was around in the 60s, just about. I have forgotten more than I know, not having picked up a manual lens until a couple of years back after a break from photography and then starting with digitals about 13 years ago. Too desensitized by modern cameras that do it all for you. They knew how to make stuff back then - not like your modern plastic junk ;)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-11-2014, 10:44 AM  
What is this mount please?
Posted By Darley
Replies: 12
Views: 1,530
Thanks both of you, dunno why I never heard of this before! Maybe i just forgot - I am getting old ;)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-11-2014, 10:32 AM  
What is this mount please?
Posted By Darley
Replies: 12
Views: 1,530
Ah interesting replies all, thanks for that. Yes it must be an H mount (hence the lens number) 47mm screw.

Still curious about the twin aperture rings. One seems to lock the minimum (say f22) while the other can then be moved to maximum (f3.5) temporarily and then back to the desired aperture without having to look at the numbers- presumably to aid focusing?

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-11-2014, 09:22 AM  
What is this mount please?
Posted By Darley
Replies: 12
Views: 1,530
This is a Hanimex 135mm f/3.5 which came with a M42 adapter. I'm curious to know what the lens mount is - it's threaded (obviously) and measures about 46mm across. The only thing I can come up with is a Miranda mount but can anybody give a positive ID and tell me if there are any adapters that I could use on a DSLR rather than using another adapter on the M42 one already fitted.

I will review this lens later with more pics First impressions are it's extremely well made and sharp. It also has two aperture rings - which is new to me!


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Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 12-04-2013, 11:39 AM  
Auto Chinon MC 50mm f/1.7
Posted By Darley
Replies: 17
Views: 4,346
Finally got one direct from Ricoh in Germany - turns out to be cheaper than any shop I could find. Definitely a good investment, it also extends the eyepiece by quite a bit and makes it a lot easier for me as I wear glasses. Thanks for the tip ;)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-24-2013, 11:47 AM  
Pentax *ist DL and fall foliage
Posted By Darley
Replies: 6
Views: 1,061
I actually just needed the money, but having got into the Pentax system with all the (cheap) lenses available I'm hooked. And yes the K200D has a certain charm - despite it's faults, like I can never get the SD card out, or I'm looking at the wrong screen, or its old fashioned technology and illogical button/menu arrangement. It's built like a tank too, which is just as well as I'm forever dropping stuff in muddy fields or woods ;)
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-24-2013, 10:39 AM  
Expired Theme Contest #87 - November, 2013 (Negative Space)
Posted By Darley
Replies: 5
Views: 2,624
Thanks Penguin :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-24-2013, 06:27 AM  
cleaning a recessed rear element
Posted By Darley
Replies: 4
Views: 1,265
I use cotton buds (Q Tips) with a LITTLE isopropanol which should evaporate without leaving streaks - streaks generally mean there is something oily or greasy on the lens.You can also buy precision foam rubber swabs designed for cleaning delicate electronic components. If there are still streaks, try a dry cotton bud or wrap a small piece of microfibre cloth around one and wipe gently with that.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-24-2013, 06:21 AM  
Expired Theme Contest #87 - November, 2013 (Negative Space)
Posted By Darley
Replies: 5
Views: 2,624
Can somebody explain 'Negative Space' to me please ;)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-24-2013, 06:15 AM  
Pentax *ist DL and fall foliage
Posted By Darley
Replies: 6
Views: 1,061
Cameras, printers and monitors all need to be calibrated to display the same colours, and monitors in particular tend to vary widely in their displays so a picture may look much brighter and more colourful on one than on another. You could try adjusting the colour settings for your printer, and make sure you have the paper settings correct as the printer will compensate for different types of paper leading to huge differences in the amount of ink laid down.


BTW I sold my 18MP CMOS Canon 600D and bought a Pentax K200D 10MP CCD and I prefer the images from the Pentax. The only significant difference is in the size of the images - more MP means more detail and more scope for cropping. If you're happy with the *ist I'd keep it ;)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-24-2013, 05:58 AM  
K7 Won't keep date
Posted By Darley
Replies: 2
Views: 864
I don't know the specifics of the K7 but cameras have an internal battery or capacitor to maintain settings when the main batteries are not in the camera and when these are drained the clock will need to be reset every time you take the main batteries out. Sometimes they drain if the camera is left without main batteries for too long. I've seen fixes for other makes that involve connecting the camera to a mains power source for a few hours.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-22-2013, 05:08 PM  
Duh
Posted By Darley
Replies: 7
Views: 842
I think if it works fine without all the parts, obviously the original design was deeply flawed.
Forum: Photo Critique 11-21-2013, 07:50 PM  
People A shoot with my daughter and boyfriend.
Posted By Darley
Replies: 18
Views: 1,759
I was going to mention that but I just assumed it was a Pennsylvania thing ;)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-21-2013, 07:31 PM  
Duh
Posted By Darley
Replies: 7
Views: 842
I don't have time for it either, I should be taking photos not worrying about specks of dust! But I just couldn't let it go ...
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