Pentax SLR Talk FAQ

Started May 9, 2007 | Discussions
Cideway
Cideway Veteran Member • Posts: 5,707
Pentax SLR Talk FAQ

Welcome to the Pentax SLR talk forum on DPReview, this thread was created with the intention of providing knowledge and experience from the wide and long standing user base of this forum, to new users to Pentax, Digital SLR photography, and digital photography in general as well as some helpful tips about this forums interface and quirks of this Pentax forum.

The manuals of Pentax cameras are comprehensive, but at the same time they do leave unanswered questions, first step when ever you have a problem with your camera, it is a good idea to check the manual as it does contain useful info regarding camera operations. The next step would be to use the search function as there is always a chance that some one has asked the same question before, and it may also yield results and answers that you hadn’t considered. Finally pop on and ask, it is always easiest for us if you also post an image that demonstrates the problem as well, like they say, a picture is worth a 1000 words.

There is a setting in the custom features menu that is called "Allow aperture ring" or something similar to this, you need to set this to on if you wish to use older MF/ME lenses on your D/S(2) L(2) K100/110D, K10D, Samsung GX1S/L, GX-10, to meter press the AE-L button to force a stop down meter, this only works in "M" mode or the Green button on *ist D, K10D and GX10.

http://www.pentaxuser.org is a site set up by users of this forum; it contains FAQs, the Racehorse list of frequent threads, Pentax Classifieds

If you are after lens information or any other info K mount related, I find this site to be one of the best reverences on the web: http://www.bdimitrov.de/kmp/

CR and NT tags attached to threads mean that People are asking for Critic (CR) and NT means that their is no text in their post, if there are replies to that one though, it may be worth checking out as most forget to remove the tag

LBA means Lens Buying Addiction or Lens Buying Anonymous, it is the name give to buying lenses, there is also an unofficial rule that you cannot brag about your new lens without showing the first shot taken with it.

And be sure to check out the second and third (and 10th :P) pages of the forum as most threads at the rate that the forum is going along at these days can rapidly be sent off the first page.

The spot hosted by Janneman02 has portraits of well over 300 members of this forum, and is always expanding it can be found here: http://www.pbase.com/jl2/dp_review_pentax_slr

Finally be wary of non Pentax K mount lenses the Ricoh mount which is similar to the Pentax KA mount has an extra pin that gets stuck in the AF cam, here is a thread with info about that:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1036&message=19213554

If you have any other issues try the search function, it isn't great but can be a help, or if all else fails just pop on and ask, there are many here that are more then willing to help.

Next, please do not post ongoing Auctions.

For the purposes of house keeping with this thread, rename new information as "Addendum: "

Only Bump under the reply that is called “Bump (NT)”

I am sure that I have forgotten something but I am sure that other seasoned members will be able to fill in anything missing

This thread and its previous incarnations have served as a valuable resource to many and have been created with the time and best intentions of several users. If you have any issues with either the content or measures taken to ensure the longevity of this thread, please email me, my address is in my profile, rather then clutter this information post with post about it in this thread.
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Pentax K-5 II Pentax K-3 Pentax smc DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM Pentax smc DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM +2 more
Cideway
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Usefull Links

Will be a help with the basics of photography.

http://www.photonhead.com/simcam/

http://www.dofmaster.com/dofjs.html

Some Pentax user sites.

http://pentaxuser.org/classifieds/

http://www.pdml.net/

Other Pentax related information sources

http://stans-photography.info/

http://www.taunusreiter.de/Cameras/Pentax_main.html

http://www.m-fortytwo.info/

http://www.bdimitrov.de/kmp/

http://www.nanites.co.uk/Pentax%20M%20&%20A%20Lenses%2001.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentax_K_mount

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentax

http://www.aohc.it/indexe.htm

Likes to threads from this forum that contain useful information about lenses.

A list of lenses that Users of this forum use, ranked after an informal poll

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1036&message=19370673

And info on the Zenitar 16mm f2.8 Fish-eye a cult lens on this forum

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1036&message=17658788

Finally for all you older folks that don't under stand a lot of the Abbreviations, most of them are explained here.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_slang

Last some Photography specific Abbreviations

HDR - High Dynamic Range.

DR - Dynamic Range.

DoF – Depth of field

IQ – Image Quality

PP - Post Processing

http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/index.html

http://www.photodo.com/

http://www.popphoto.com/

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 Cideway's gear list:Cideway's gear list
Pentax K-5 II Pentax K-3 Pentax smc DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM Pentax smc DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM +2 more
Cideway
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Cleaning

Sensor dust is a fact of life when it comes to DSLRing, most of the dust comes from part wear, there are various techniques that you can use to clean your camera

http://www.cleaningdigitalcameras.com/

Is a good resource that has many techniques that work, do so at your own risk though and if ever in doubt get a professional to do it for you.

No matter how tempting it is NEVER touch the mirror, if something has settled on it, it will come off the next time the mirror goes up, if it is still there after a few shots, and it is bothering you, get it professionally cleaned.

The mirror has a silver coating on its surface with no protection, if you touch it you may remove the silver.

The gunk you see through the VF is between the focus screen and prism.

Only use good quality gear to clean you cameras.

Invest in a good blower, Giottos make a good one called Rocket Blower.

To help minimise dust, just give the rear element of your lens a quick blow with your blower just to get any gunk that may have settled there off before you mount the lens.

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 Cideway's gear list:Cideway's gear list
Pentax K-5 II Pentax K-3 Pentax smc DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM Pentax smc DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM +2 more
Maxwell Smart Senior Member • Posts: 2,947
If the site search feature is down...

If the site search feature is down, you can always do an advanced search on Google for results from domain http://forums.dpreview.com

Joseph Tainter Forum Pro • Posts: 11,482
Please Add

"No, the Vivitar 14-400 is not as good as the FA 31."

Thanks,

Joe

Cideway
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Addendum: Link corrections

the Pentax user classifieds no longer exists, and the blocked URL is

w ww.pentaxforums.com
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 Cideway's gear list:Cideway's gear list
Pentax K-5 II Pentax K-3 Pentax smc DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM Pentax smc DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM +2 more
solarider Veteran Member • Posts: 4,887
Useful Links - No Longer?

Cideway wrote:
http://pentaxuser.org/
http://pentaxuser.org/classifieds/

The above links appear to be dead. I've not used the links 'til now... have we lost some good ones?

What would you suggest to replace it, http://www (dot)pentaxforums.com?

thanks,

Nic

solarider Veteran Member • Posts: 4,887
Re: Useful Links - No Longer?

Sorry for duplicating the same info cideway... had to answer a long phone call while typing it up... you beat me to it.

N

Eric C in OK
Eric C in OK Senior Member • Posts: 2,328
Yes, but ...

Joseph Tainter wrote:

"No, the Vivitar 14-400 is not as good as the FA 31."

What about the Phoenix 50-1500 F22 Mirror?

Joseph Tainter Forum Pro • Posts: 11,482
Re: Yes, but ...

Eric C in OK wrote:

Joseph Tainter wrote:

"No, the Vivitar 14-400 is not as good as the FA 31."

What about the Phoenix 50-1500 F22 Mirror?

Good one, Eric. Gave me a laugh. Thanks.

Joe

Jonson PL Veteran Member • Posts: 3,600
Re: Addendum: Link corrections

Hi Cideway,
Great work putting this thread online again.

Maybe it was erased, since we bump it. Maybe we should just attach it to our signature, for new users to easily find it.

I don’t understand why it should not be allowed to have this thread, especially in the light of the limitations in this forums structure.

It seems the pentaxuser.org site is down, and has been also when I checked a week ago. Racehorse list of frequent threads was really good, so I hope that it will be back, or can be transferred to other sites.

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Sune

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UltraWide Regular Member • Posts: 239
Re: Pentax SLR Talk FAQ
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great idea is back!!!

Cheers from Oz

wjwncpro_Ds Veteran Member • Posts: 3,984
Re: Addendum: Lance B, Katz Eye review links...
Jonson PL Veteran Member • Posts: 3,600
Re: Pentax SLR Talk FAQ

I found a listing of the Takumar lenses, a bit like the Bojidar Dimitrov site :

http://whitemetal.com/pentax/index_pentax_lenses.htm

http://www.aohc.it/lense.htm

http://www.steves-digicams.com/smp/11242002.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takumar

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Sune

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Cideway
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Bumping the thread

It appears that elements of this thread have been removed.
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Pentax SLR talk FAQ
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 Cideway's gear list:Cideway's gear list
Pentax K-5 II Pentax K-3 Pentax smc DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM Pentax smc DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM +2 more
Jonson PL Veteran Member • Posts: 3,600
Re: Bumping the thread

Cideway wrote:

It appears that elements of this thread have been removed.

Yeah, I wonder why that would happen ?

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Sune

“The K10D not only proves that Pentax belongs in the big league, it’s an all-star player.” Popular Photography & Imaging and American Photo. Jan 07

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http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1036&message=23190592

Cideway
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Re: Bumping the thread

i have no idea, may be it wasn't a good idea to have it called bump, and more then likely some one complained
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Pentax SLR talk FAQ
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1036&message=23161072

 Cideway's gear list:Cideway's gear list
Pentax K-5 II Pentax K-3 Pentax smc DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM Pentax smc DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM Sigma 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM +2 more
ahilgaz Regular Member • Posts: 333
Re: Bumping the thread

Hello Ahmed,

Ahmets use Pentax, and I think you too should be a Pentaxian and prefer the K100D over the K110D.
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ahilgaz Regular Member • Posts: 333
wrong post sorry

Sorry posted in the wrong page ignore my last post
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Jonson PL Veteran Member • Posts: 3,600
Re: Pentax SLR Talk FAQ

Jens also made this help, regarding how to search the forum :

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1036&message=21336809&changemode=1

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Sune

“The K10D not only proves that Pentax belongs in the big league, it’s an all-star player.” Popular Photography & Imaging and American Photo. Jan 07

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