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Pentax is a Japanese camera company which produces compact digital cameras, and APS-C and medium-format digital SLRs.

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Is a fixed length macro lens better at some tasks than a non-macro lens of the same focal length?

I'm considering getting a 35mm prime lens to augment my current lenses. I'm not looking for a zoom. I can get an f2.8 macro, now, or special order an f2 non-macro lens. Both are roughly the same ...
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Metz 48 AF1 incorrect exposure on Pentax K3ii

My Dad recently upgraded his Pentax K5 to a K3ii. He has a Metz 48 AF1 flash which worked perfectly on the K5, and also on my sister's Kx. On the K3ii it wasn't exposing properly at all. It seemed ...
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Silence my Pentax k1000 [duplicate]

I just bought my first camera. A Pentax k1000. I really want to eliminate my shutter sound or just the sound of the mirror slapping. What do you suggest
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How does the sharpness of the Pentax 645Z compare to Canon 5DS R with high-end lens?

If you pair a 5DS R with a Zeiss Otus... and you pair a 645Z with any of its typical, similar lenses... Larger sensor and much more expensive body (Pentax set), vs more expensive lens. (Canon set). ...
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Is the Pentax SMC DFA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro compatibile with the Pentax K-r?

Is the Pentax smc D FA Macro 100mm f/2.8 Weather-Resistant Macro lens compatible with the K-r body, and is this going to be a good buy for sharp close up insect/nature shots etc?
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Where can I find information on the Pentax Q lenses serial protocol?

I'm searching for detailed information on the Pentax Q lenses (any, but I'm especially interested in the 5-15mm-lens) serial protocol, which controls focus/zoom/aperture. So far I have found nothing ...
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How to fire a Pentax AF 360 FGZ flash with a canon 7D camera

I have a Pentax AF 360 FGZ flash and a Canon 7D camera. Different hardware I know. But I want to be able to fire the flash, possibly using a remote trigger that would allow me to remotely take the ...
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Will a SMC Pentax-A lens work with my Pentax K → Micro Four Thirds adapter?

I am using a MFT camera and have a lens coming in soon. I have a PK -> MFT adapter. The lens is supposed to be Aperture-automatic, SMC Pentax-A 35-105mm F3.5. Now, will it work with the adapter? I ...
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Can I use a Samyang 75-300mm or a Soligor 90 - 230mm lens on a Pentax Film Camera?

I have two Pentax cameras (ME Super and a K1000). Which of these lenses will work with either or both of the cameras? Soligor 90-230mm Phoenix/Samyang 75-300mm They both fit on each of the ...
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Is the Pentax FluCard noticably slower than a typical class-10 SDHC card?

I'm interested in Pentax's wifi-capable SD card, and specifically in the Pentax-specific model, as it also allows some rudimentary camera control from a smartphone app. However, I'm concerned by this ...
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Should my collection of older Pentax lenses be a deciding factor in my first DSLR purchase?

First post on here so I'll try and put a bit of background. I'm brand new to taking "proper" photographs and want to get started in landscape photography as a hobby after seeing some great pictures ...
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How to Mount Pentax K-Mount on Canon?

I have an old Pentax 50mm 1:2 lens (from a Pentax Asahi K-1000) and a Vivitar 28mm f2.8 that I am trying to adapt to fit on my Canon Rebel t2i. I purchased two of these adapters but I cannot figure ...
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Does the Pentax K1000 have a sensor for a remote shutter release?

I have a self-portrait assignment for photography class, but the Pentax k1000 that I'm shooting with doesn't have a self timer. I have a shutter release remote that I use for my other film cameras, ...
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Does Pentax make a lens adapter to fit Olympus lenses?

I have some Olympus lenses I found at an estate sale, does Pentax make an adaptor to fit these?
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Pentax K-r: how do I turn off multiple exposure?

Multiple exposure: I know how to turn it on but how do I turn this function off? I can't seem to get lower than 2.
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What are the possible reasons my Pentax K-r malfunctions when using flash?

I have a Pentax K-r. It works fine in general. But, when I try to use flash, it doesn't take pictures anymore. The shutter will not fire. What can be the possible causes? Is there a hope to repair ...
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Why can't I set my Pentax K-5 IIs to ISO 100?

I recently got a K-5 IIs, and found that it can't be adjusted to under ISO 200. Even with expanded ISO mode, 160 is the lowest possible value. Can anyone help me out?
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Does the K1000 need a battery to trigger the flash?

The Pentax K1000 is a classic, all-manual film camera, and just about the only annoying flaw is that the meter doesn't turn off, depleting the battery over time. Even if you put the lens cap on, it's ...
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Pentax k-30: can i buy all lens not stabilized?

I'm interested to buy a Pentax K-30. I'm wondering : can I buy not stabilized optics because of body' stabilized sensor ? Is the overall image quality comparable to an optic with stabilizer (like ...
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Blurry Pictures. Lighting fine.

I recently shot some family pictures for a friend's family event (thank god I didn't get paid for this job). The location was problematic with the light - very strong late afternoon light and I don't ...
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Is high Chromatic Abberation typical with the Pentax f/1.8 50mm lens?

I recently bought a Pentax K-50 in a set with two lenses (18-55 & 50-200) as well as a 50mm fixed focal length lens. The camera is great but I am extremly disappointed in the lenses. Two out of ...
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Sigma lens mount change

I have the Sigma f2.8 focal length 24mm Super Wide 11 lens which I used on my Canon FD cameras and found to be very good. Question: Can I change the breech lock mount for a Pentax 42mm screw in ...
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Is there a budget fish-eye for Pentax Q system?

I currently use a Pentax Q camera with the standard lens and I was wondering if anyone knows of a budget fish-eye lens that will fit the Q. I know Pentax does an official fish-eye lens but it's around ...
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What does fast/normal/slow mean for Pentax auto-iso?

I'm very confused about the Pentax auto-iso implementation. What does "fast/normal/slow" mean for the Auto-iso in the menu settings? The camera in question is a K-3, but I think it applies pretty ...
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What's the difference between P mode vs. Av or Tv?

According to the Pentax K50 and K10D manuals, in P mode, if I select aperture, then program will choose a corresponding shutter speed, and if I specify shutter speed, then camera will select a ...
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How do I decide what lenses I will need for a trip to New Zealand? [closed]

I am going to visit New Zealand (both islands) and just trying to select lenses to take with me. I have Pentax K-x DSLR and following lenses: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro HSM Pentax-DA L 18-55mm ...
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What can I do about Pentax superzoom 18-270 autofocus problems?

I use a Pentax K200 and have been satisfied with the original Pentax 18-250 superzoom, for travelling, outdoors, family types of use. However the autofocus gradually failed, the motor going to and fro ...
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Fastest SD card for Pentax K-01? [duplicate]

What SD card type and brand would be the fastest and most reliable for a Pentax K-01 DSLR camera?
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Can I adapt a Sigma SLR lens made for Pentax K mount to a Nikon DSLR camera?

I now have a Nikon D3200 and the lens is not great. Can I adapt my Sigma Aspherical IF 28-300mm zoom lens, which I'm currently using on a Pentax MZ-30?
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Can I trick the Pentax K1000's meter to “turn off”?

The Pentax K1000 has a meter that is always on. The manual says the only way to keep the meter from draining the battery when not in use is to put a lens cap on it. However, the needle does not move ...
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What happens if I press the film rewind button early?

I have to press the film rewind button on the bottom of my Pentax ME Super in order to be able to rewind the film back into the canister when I'm done shooting a roll. If I accidentally press it ...
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Pentax K-30 + Metz 52 AF 1 as off-camera slave

I recently bought external flash Metz 52 AF 1 and I have Pentax K-30 camera. Wireless mode works fine, however i expected it will be possible to use ONLY Metz flash without built-in pentax flash - ...
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How do I ensure good color reproduction when photographing paintings with a mid-level DSLR?

I'm a casual photographer with an APS-C camera (Pentax K-5) and a set of proper lenses. Someone asked me if I could photograph his oil paintings for a catalog. It's a low priority job to him, he just ...
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Using old, manual focus lenses with a new Pentax DSLR

I have an old Pentax ME SUPER with three lenses, all of which have manual focus rings and no autofocus motors. Do new Pentax DSLRs have built-in focus motors that can deal with old lenses? FYI, ...
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Can I use Olympus OM lenses on a Pentax DSLR?

I have some Olypus lenses that were used with my OM20 camera that I would like to use on my Pentax K-r camera. Is this possible, and what would I need to do it?
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Can I use a Pentax lens on a Canon body?

I have a SMC Pentax-M 50mm 1:2 prime lens and a Pentax MC auto 28mm 1:2.8 from my dad. I have been looking at two film cameras lately, the Pentax MG and the Canon AE-1. If I buy the Pentax MG I know I ...
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How do focal distance reductors affect image quality?

I have a bunch of lovely old full frame K mount lenses (like the 50mm f1.2 and the 135mm f2.5) and the idea of using them in a proper mirrorless body (I have the K-01 and that's a hell of a brick) ...
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Why shot-to-shot time is much slower than the max FPS in burst mode?

I found that some cameras (in particular my Pentax K-01 and Fuji X10) have a decent burst speed (around 6fps in JPEG before it starts buffering and slows down) but when operating in single shot mode ...
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Why does the Pentax K-01 have less DR than the Pentax K-5?

I thought that the K-01 and the K-5 both sported the same sensor, but checking their specifications in Snapsort I found that their Dynamic Range is different by a little bit more than 1 EV (12.9 EV vs ...
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Are there any alternative GPS modules for the Pentax k30 than the O-GPS1?

Are there any alternative GPS modules for the Pentax k30 than the O-GPS1?
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Will old K-mount lenses have the same field of view on Pentax K01?

Will old K-mount lenses have the same field of view on Pentax K01? Or, will 50mm lens (made for 35mm film) function as a 75mm lens?
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Signal:noise ratio not really decreasing with ISO for Pentax

In SNR graphs for Pentax K-30 and Pentax K5 there is something I do not get. For ISO after 1600 the SNR doesn't really decrease. Moreover comparing with Nikon D3200, we can clearly see that until ISO ...
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Can Pentax K mount lenses be used on a 645 Reflex via an adapter?

Is it possible to use Pentax K mount lenses on a Pentax 645 via an adapter? If so, what is the name and type of adaptor required?
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How does the “E” version of Pentax's D-LI90 battery differ from the original?

In addition to the original D-LI90 battery for Pentax K-5 (and other recent cameras), B&H is now offering the D-LI90(E) for pre-order. The specs seem identical: 1860mAh, 7.2V. The only difference ...
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Which DSLR is better for an entry-level photographer (2013)? [duplicate]

On my question, I would really appreciate if you can give me pieces of advise on whether which DSLR I'm going to pick. I'm really a total beginner. Please consider the following factors: Ease of ...
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Is there a popular/canonical lens system out today?

I'm entering the world of film photography by buying a cheap Pentax K1000 and a cheap K-Mount lens. Initial research says that the K-Mounts are still in use today, but I'd like to know your opinions ...
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I'm experimenting with film and flash [duplicate]

ok i am taking a photos with a Pentax ZX-5 camera with black and white 400 film and i just got a promaster FTD 5200 flash and i dont know when and where i should use it. and what shutter and aperture ...
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Is a Pentax K1000 relevant today, and how can I get the best use of it?

I wanted to know what is the relevance of a pentax K 1000, a 35mm SLR in the present date. The one I have is almost 20 years old and I want to how can I make the most of it with respect to the film ...
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How can I import Pentax lens information into Lightroom?

I'm trying to get up to speed with Lightroom, and noticed that there are no Pentax lenses listed under the Lens Corrections menus. Is it possible to import the pentax lens information, even if I'm ...
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What is the small yellow/white “hemisphere” near the aperture scale on some Pentax lenses? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the small white plastic dome on old Pentax lenses? What is the purpose of the small yellow/white "hemisphere" near the aperture scale on some Pentax lenses? See ...