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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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Pentax K-5: Is it worth using the Premium JPEG quality setting?

Similar: How do I choose which resolution (megapixel) and compression (normal, fine, superfine) to shoot in? The Pentax K-5 has a JPEG quality setting called "Premium", denoted by four stars, which ...
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Is there a firmware hack which enables AVCHD recording in video mode on Pentax K-5?

The Pentax K-5 supports only recording video in the MPEG format. Does a firmware update or hack exist that would allow recording in AVCHD? Are there software hacks for the Pentax DSLRs at all? ...
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What's the difference between vertical and horizontal shutters?

I've always thought that shutters were composed of two vertical curtains that moved along the sensor in order to expose it (at least for most DSLRs). Recently I've bought a Pentax K1000 that ...
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What do Pentax, Sony, and Olympus DSLRs offer that differs from Canon and Nikon?

We have a question and answers outlining the significant differences between the "big two" DSLR brands. I'm interested in the other DSLR makers, and how the cameras they make compare in terms of ...
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What type of filters should I get for high sunny conditions?

I'm planning a trip in Sri Lanka and Maldives Islands next month. In such sunny conditions, I would like to buy filters for a Pentax K20-D, to be able to take pictures of the sea, the beach, etc. (but ...
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Can a Pentax K-5 record more than 4 GB of video with an SDXC card?

When using an SDHC card, the Pentax K-5 can only record up to 4 GB of video in a single clip. This is said to be because SDHC cards use the FAT32 file system, which has a 4 GB maximum file size. At ...
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What might cause stuck focus on a manual lens?

So, today I dropped my ME Super. When I picked it up I realized that the focus ring of the 50mm f2 lens attached didnt turn. My question is, what could cause this? Could it be that the threads inside ...
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How can I compare the MTF results on Photozone from the Pentax SMC DA* 300mm with similar lenses from Canon and Nikon?

I have been researching the Pentax SMC DA* 300mm f/4 ED [IF] SDM as a possible wildlife lens to use with my K-5. There are only a limited number of reviews of the lens from reputable sources and even ...
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Are there any pro wildlife photographers using the Pentax DA* 300mm?

Are there any pro wildlife photographers using the Pentax DA★ 300mm? I have spent a week searching for anyone who is using Pentax kit in wildlife photography and who is getting paid for their work.
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Good value, fast, budget lens for a Pentax DSLR?

I'm looking to get a good, and reasonably fast lens for my K200d. I'm mostly looking at zooms because I only have the kit (which I find just too slow for most of my shooting) and a nice Sigma 70-300 ...
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Why is AF performance different in automatic and selective mode?

How often do you use AF in selective (SEL) mode? The reason why I'm asking is that I've noticed that on a Pentax body (K10D and K-5) the AF is a lot more accurate when in AUTO mode than in SEL mode. ...
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Is Pentax AF360 same as Jessops 360AFD?

I've got a Jessops 360AFD flash and I'm looking for a diffuser for it (the original one is broken). I have been led to believe it is the same as a Pentax AF360. Is this the case? Or have I had ...
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What's the small white plastic dome on old Pentax lenses?

My old Pentax lenses have a small white dome between the aperture ring and the focus ring. See the photo below: The clear white dome calls to mind the larger white plastic domes used in light ...
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What are the differences between E-TTL, i-TTL, and P-TTL?

Canon, Nikon and Pentax each have their own TTL flash metering systems, respectively E-TTL, i-TTL, and P-TTL. They all use a weak preflash that is metered and used to calculate flash power level ...
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Why do some professional cameras have dual memory card slots?

I have noticed that some cameras such as the Nikon D300s, Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, or Pentax 645D have dual memory card slots. What is the purpose of having multiple memory card slots and why would you ...
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Cons of using a manual flash on-camera as well?

Can we use a manual mode flash (specifically the Lumopro LP 160) On-Camera as well ? What are the cons of this ? The only one I can think of is no TTL support. Note : I will be using this with a ...
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Are there any radio flash triggers capable of P-TTL?

All the popular radio TTL flash triggers, like PocketWizard or RadioPopper, seem to be only available in Nikon and Canon flavors. Are there any models capable of transmitting Pentax P-TTL data?
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How should I set up a flash bracket for Pentax?

I have a Pentax K-r and a Metz mecablitz 50 AF-1 digital flash unit, and I've been having problems with red-eye. As a result, I'm considering getting a flash bracket. I am aware that I can simply ...
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Do I really need a fast 50mm lens?

Everyone I speak to says that a 50mm lens is the best and beats them all as an all-rounder. I was wondering whether to get myself a decent, fast 50mm as well. However I'm still not 100% sure whether I ...
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How much difference is there between the Pentax DA 55-300 and FA 80-320?

I currently have a Pentax FA 80-320, and it's very nice to have a long zoom available. Lately, I've been considering "updating" to the DA 55-300. I also have the DA 50-200, so the lower end of the ...
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Does autofocus work with the Pentax K10D and Tamron 18-250mm?

Hallo; does autofocus actually work with the Pentax K10D and Tamron 18-250mm? If so,how good/fast is it?
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Which prime lens for Pentax?

My girlfriend is buying a Pentax K-5 (I already have a Pentax DSLR so we thought it made sense for us to be able to share lenses), and she's not sure about which lens to get with it, so I've been ...
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Why is dark-frame subtraction on my Pentax camera shorter than the exposure time?

When my Pentax K-r applies long exposure noise reduction (dark-frame subtraction), the processing time required for this operation is less than the exposure time. For example, my camera may perform ...
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Why am I getting poor AF results with my Pentax K10D?

I've been using Pentax K10D for a while and I'm a bit frustrated with performance of auto focus on that camera. Very often the images are not sharp enough despite taken in with decent lens (e.g. ...
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What's the difference between PEF and DNG RAW formats?

I just recently purchased a Pentax K-r. It has two formats to shoot raw with, PEF and DNG. Are there advantages or disadvantages with using one over the other?
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Can I use aperture ring of Pentax FA lens in aperture priority mode?

I'm considering getting an FA Limited lens for my Pentax DSLR. The FA series has an aperture ring with an "A" setting for control by camera bodies that support it. Can I instead use the aperture ring ...
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How do the Pentax 18-55mm and 18-135mm compare in image quality?

I've been reading a lot about the Pentax DA 18-135mm lens and its performance compared to other lenses. I've heard that this lens is very soft at 135mm regardless of aperture. However, I've also ...
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What extension tube options are there for the Pentax system?

From the reading I have done on extension tubes, I understand that some are just 'dumb' tubes while others have electronics that may allow for metering and autofocus to still work. Further, from this ...
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Is there an enhanced third-party firmware for Pentax SLR cameras?

I am wondering whether there is a kit for making software improvements to the Pentax K-x camera. What I'm after is something akin to the CHDK, which is a firmware enhancement for many Canon ...
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What is the difference between the two Pentax 50-200mm DA lenses?

Pentax offers two DA zoom lenses with a 50-200mm range: smc PENTAX DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED WR smc PENTAX DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED The only obvious difference I see between them is that one is weather ...
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Why is my Pentax K-x producing artifacts and color banding?

my Pentax K-x is acting up :( In low light scenarios I got heavy color banding and 'strange' image artifacts. You can find an example here: http://imgur.com/v0lzP I took it at ISO 400 and the color ...
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Nikon D7000 vs Pentax K-5 vs some other camera - which do you recommend?

I have used my first camera (Sony A-300) for 2 years already. It is okay but I want something new and better, and have a budget of between 1200 and 1300 euros. A couple months ago I talked to a local ...
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What's the recommended off camera flash setup for Canon and Sunpak flash combination?

I'm new to off-camera flash photography, and this question confirmed my guess that you don't have to have off-camera flashes of the same brand; but I need a bit more info. I've got a Canon 40D, ...
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Extension tube set elements

My extension tube set (Soligor for Pentax AF + P/KA) was not working correctly on my DSLR, so I checked the tubes, and found an interesting difference. It has three tubes (12mm, 20mm, 36mm). This is ...
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Creating Proper Exposure with a Pentax PZ10

Not long ago, my Pentax K1000 was damaged and I upgraded to the Pentax PZ10 (both film cameras). I feel lost with trying to get the right exposure on the PZ10; with the K1000 I used a third-party ...
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How should I chose a manual focusing screen for my Pentax K10D?

I am considering buying a split focusing screen, replacing the original one. I would like to use some split/microprism screen to ease the focusing of the manual lenses. I own both kit lenses (18-55, ...
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Pentax to Canon Adapter

My dad has an old Sears KS-2 + 50mm f/1.7, which from a bit of research seems to use a Pentax K-mount. I've looked around a bit and found a Pentax to Canon adapter, which says it supports ...
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Should I invest in a high-end body or better lenses?

I've got a good-old Pentax K100D body with a kit 18-55 and a couple of 50mm manual focus primes. I'm trying to get back into photography, but slow (and some times lack of) focusing does not give me ...
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What Pentax macro lens do you recommend for outdoor activities?

I am a Pentax K20D owner, and now I'd like to buy my first macro lens. Candidates I consider are: Pentax-D FA 100 mm F2.8 Macro 365 g, 560 €. Pentax-D FA 100 mm F2.8 Macro WR weather-resistant, 340 ...
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Upgrade advice pentax to canon + which canon 50D/60D or 7D

So I have a Pentax K20D/18 - 250 tamron which was the unexpected result of a court case with a shop over broken K100 Super 2 years back. While I love the camera itself I've become frustrated with it's ...
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Is there a Canon equivalent of the Nikon D3100? If so, what is it?

I am looking to buy an Entry level DSLR, and had decided on Canon system due to lens availability with friends, and general popularity amongst my peer group here. I am planning on general ...
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Can you achieve the Depth of Field effect with the Pentax X90?

I was flicking through some photos on flickr and started thinking that I wanted to achieve a particular effect - after a bit research I found that what I was appreciating was Depth of Field. Subject ...
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Do you have advice for buying my first lens after kit 18-55mm (sub-$300)?

I’m looking to buy my first lens beyond the kit 18-55mm for my Pentax K-x. As a student my budget limits me to around a sub $300 offering. I am new to photography, and so I have a hard time answering ...
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What flash options are there for the Pentax system?

I am a relative newcomer to the photography world and am slowly building up a set of gear based around my Pentax K-x. Next on my list of priorities is a flash. As I have virtually no experience in ...
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Is it possible to mount Pentax lenses on Sony NEX with an adapter?

I wonder whether it would be possible to mount Pentax lenses on a Sony NEX, using an adapter. Are such adapters already available? Would it be possible to have automatic focus?
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Can I use old Pentax lenses on newer Pentax DSLRs?

Can I use old Pentax lenses from the film days on the newer Pentax DSLRs? Are there any caveats or exceptions? Are adapters or modifications needed?