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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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What to do with my collection of old third-party Pentax zooms with Canon camera?

I just dug 4 lenses out of the closet with my old film Pentax. I have the following: Quantaray 35-80mm f4-5.6 Quantaray 70-210mm f4-5.5 Albinar Macro Zoom 80-200mm f3.9 Promaster AF 100-400mm f4.5-6....
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Washed out, low contrast pictures on 35mm

I've been shooting film for a while on a Pentax K-1000. I usually use Portra 400, I always develop at the same lab and I always refrigerate my film, but recently I got back a batch of pictures that ...
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How to enter Debug Mode on a Pentax DSLR?

Pentax DSLR cameras, like the K20D, K-7, K-5, K-3, K-1, other others, have a service mode, also called Debug Mode, that requires special steps to access. In that mode, some hidden settings can be ...
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Pentax Astrotracer: Lens error on wide angle lenses?

I recently did some tests with the Pentax Astrotracer1 system. To do so, I shot Orion (which was in a SSW direction and around 30° above the horizon on that night) and its surroundings at 180s ...
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Is the Pentax 18-135 kit lens different from the “same” lens available separately?

Should I go with the Pentax k70 with 18-135 kit lens or get the body only and buy the Pentax 18-135 separately? Are the lenses the same or is the kit lens of lower quality?
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Why have all negatives been exposed to one frame?

I recently shot a roll of kodak 200 (36 exposures) and got them developed on the high street and all 36 shots have been exposed onto one frame, shown on the attached image; all other 35 frames are ...
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Pentax DSLR stopped accepting manual lenses

I've upgraded K-S1 camera firmware to latest version, played with some settings and reset them to defaults. For some reasons, manual (K) lenses aren't accepted anymore. Modern auto-focus lenses work ...
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Shooting in RAW Format [closed]

I have a Pentax K100D Super and am just learning to shoot in RAW Format so far all my photos have come out very white lacking in colour particularly of water and surf
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How can I remove the Timer lever on a Pentax ME Super?

I'd like to carefully remove the Timer lever on my Pentax ME Super to give it a new skin. I have not been able to find help online. Someone suggested I use very small pliers, but that seems ...
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How to use Pentax A3000 in dim lighting?

My Pentax A3000 doesn't have shutter speed control, only ISO and a few modes, B (bulb), 60 for flash, program, and aperture. I keep it on program, but what should I do if I want to shoot in darker ...
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Pentax K-x with kit lenses problem producing sharp photos [duplicate]

Hey guys I have recently dug out old Pentax K-X with kit lenses, but I noticed I struggle with sharpness of the photos. No matter what settings I try I get my photos blurry when I crop it to make ...
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Fujifilm X-T20 vs Pentax K-3 II. Am I missing any significant differences?

After many years of shooting pics with my phone, I have finally decided to step up my game and buy a decent camera. After a lot of research, and considering my budget and my ability to take pictures, ...
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Is a sticking mirror latch lever a likely cause of a winding issue on a Pentax ME Super? What else could it be?

I've recently added a Pentax ME Super to my (ever growing) SLR collection. This one appears to have had minimal use, but it has an issue with the advance lever which I think I know the cause of, but ...
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Why are my photographs on Kodak Portra 400 coming out hazy and gray? Am I getting the exposure wrong?

I'm pretty new to film photography and photography in general. I've been taking my cameras (Canon A-1 or Pentax ME super, portra 400 film) with me to most places and trying to gain as much experience ...
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I dropped my pentax 67 (not 6x7) and the shutter won't fire — how can I determine what's wrong?

I dropped it and now it will not fire. How can I diagnose the problem myself? And, once I have figured that out, how can I learn to fix it?
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Can dust or humidity affect the shift mechanism of a sensor stabilised camera?

Sony and Pentax, and probably others, use a shift mechanism in the sensor (movable sensor) for image stabilization. While I see many benefits with this approach, how are these sensors protected ...
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Pentax lens focus ring snapping

I have a Pentax DA 35mm lens that was stored in the camera bag for a while. When trying to use it today, I noticed that the focus ring motion is not smooth. It is "snapping" at specific intervals, 3 ...
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Why must my Pentax ME Super be set to 125x when changing film?

In the instruction manual for the Pentax ME Super it says to set the shutter speed to 125x before unloading film and while reloading film. Is there a reason for this? I accidentally loaded film ...
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Can I use a KAF lens on a modern Pentax DSLR?

I have a Pentax K50. Looking at a new lens which is advertised as being for Pentax KAF cameras. Will it work on my camera?
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How can I adapt Minolta Maxxum lens to Pentax K mount body

I have several Minolta Maxxum lenses and I would like to use them on a Pentax K mount DSLR body. I have looked all over and have not been able to find an adapter so I believe one just doesnt exist. ...
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Universal solution for wide focus length DSLR camera in 2017

Please help me to find the right solution for my needs. I'm looking for a high quality camera, it should be modern, capable to record high-quality videos in FullHD (4K not needed at all). In the ...
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Can I use lenses for a Pentax K1000 manual camera on a new Pentax DSLR? [duplicate]

I have several lenses for my old Pentax K1000 35 MM camera. I want to get a SLR body can I use these lenses on a Pentax DSLR? If so what model? I do not want to go to the expense of buying a new ...
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Is an inexpensive used Pentax lens worth buying for mounting on a Canon Rebel T5i? [duplicate]

I have found an smc Pentax-A 25-135mm f/4 at a local thrift, for $60. Everything seems to be working great, and it's without scratches. Is this a great deal, or not so much? Is this a good lens? I ...
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What are my upgrade options from a Pentax K50?

I currently own a Pentax K50 DSLR. It works ok but sometimes it lacks focus precision, plus it's really an entry level and after 3 years and thousands of pictures taken I'd like to upgrade a bit. I ...
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Small haul of Pentax gear, what have I got here?

Following up on my previous post, I have inherited a collection of Pentax gear from my dad but am not really sure exactly what I've got - I doubt any of it is very exciting but is it worth following ...
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Can 35mm film be developed if it's been ripped out of canister?

I am a total beginner and my Pentax K 1000 has jammed a few times. Being the noob I am I ripped the film from the canister. I have the film rolls but the film itself is not in the canister. Can I ...
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Tokina SZ-X SLR 28-200mm Lens to Nikon D3300 [duplicate]

I'm sure these kinds of questions are asked all the time but is it possible to mount an old SLR lens like this on a newer DLSR camera? The Tokina lens is made for a Pentax K1000 and I have a Nikon ...
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Differences between Pentax K, Q, and “Lithium-Ion” SLR bodies?

This may be a total noob question... My dad had a decent Pentax 35mm SLR (I forget the model but it had AF etc. and was moderately fancy for the time) with a couple of good lenses. I believe I can ...
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Pentax K1000 View Finder Circles [duplicate]

I'm new to film photography and I have the Pentax k 1000 when I look through the view finder I see two circles one small one in the center surrounded by another larger circle... what do these ...
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Nikon F mount lens to K mount lens [duplicate]

So, there was a deal the other day to buy a 1.2 35mm lens or something like that, however the manufacturer of the lens was Pentax. Now they use a K mount and my nikon d3300 uses a F mount. Does ...
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Why is it difficult to find camera color profiles?

I'm trying to understand color profiles by reading this answer, and it seems to me that it's very useful to have a color profile for all my devices (camera, computer screen, printer). Most raw ...
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Bendy distortion of straight lines in infinite mirror

I was in one of those mirror mazes where they have massive mirrors in a maze structure. However, these mirrors were lined with LED light strips, which were straight, because they were on the edge of ...
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Why is f-stop number 8 in orange on my lens?

I have an old Takumar SMC 28mm lens. On the aperture ring, the marker for f/8 is in orange. Is there any special reason for this? Is it just to mark the middle? Or is it just for style? https://www....
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Pentax K1000 Hotshoe Broken

I have a Pentax K1000 that I've been using for a while with a Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite via the hotshoe. However, for whatever reason the flash has now stopped firing when the shutter closes. I'...
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How do I turn on autofocus with a Pentax K-S2?

I bought the Pentax K-S2. In first use with an SMC Pentax-FA 80-320 mm 1:4.5-5.6 lens, I wanted to use AF mode, but this not available in the camera menus. When I enter the menu, in AF settings, the ...
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Will a Pentax K-1 charge a battery in the camera? [duplicate]

If I plug in the Pentax K-1 to a wall socket using the adapter, will it charge the battery if I leave the "on/off" switch "off"? And will it still charge the battery if I leave it "on", just at a ...
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What header string can I use for PEF identification for file recovery?

I use Linux for handling my pictures. I lost a disk that contains a lot of Pentax PEF files and JPEG files. I was able to recover the JPEG files with the tool foremost. It can be configured to recover ...
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Is there an external intervalometer for Pentax cameras?

I would like to take HDR time lapse photos on my Pentax K-50. That means I want to take a set of three bracketed exposures, then another three exposures 10 seconds later, and so on. As far as I can ...
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What exactly are highlight and shadow correction on Pentax DSLRs?

My Pentax K-50 has features called "highlight correction" and "shadow correction". The manual makes the following claims about these features (on page 150): Expands the dynamic range and enables a ...
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Strategy for quickly turing off exposure bracketing on Pentax cameras

My camera is the Pentax K-50 but I imagine this will be similar for other Pentax DSLRs. My workflow for shooting usually goes like this: first take a test shot, then view it with the "bright/dark ...
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K-50 controls keep freezing up

I have a Pentax K-50 that seems to be exhibiting a problem, but I'm not sure if it's just something I'm doing wrong. While using the camera, I sometimes find that it won't let me change the aperture ...
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How to enable exposure bracketing on the Pentax K-50 while also selecting the focus point

On the Pentax K-50, one activates exposure bracketing by pressing right on the four-way controller, then selecting exposure bracketing from a small menu. The problem is that I quite often have the ...
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Is the Pentax DA 35mm F2.4 AL a good choice for street and night photography?

I've recently bought a Pentax K-50 and I'm looking to move beyond the 18-55mm kit lens. I'm a beginner hobbyist and my main aim is to take beautiful photos of Tokyo, where I live. So mostly street ...
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How can I use a external non-TTL flash with Pentax K70?

I'm trying to use a YONGNUO YN660 flash with Pentax K70. When I connect the flash, I set the flash in the settings on "Flash on", but it seems like the camera doesn't understand that an external flash ...
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Can my copy of this lens (Pentax DA 18-135) have problems?

I'm struggling with this lens since quite a bit, and I'm not able to understand if the lens have problems or I'm expecting too much. Surely it has a problem: it's never consistent. I've got shots ...
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Does being a Macro lens but on a shorter focal length affect taking a tight portrait photo?

I want to do some beauty portraits. Some of my shots will be from waist up, some of them will be tighter. For example just the face and nothing else in the frame OR a little going back to get the ...
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Why does my Pentax Optio E30 create a new folder and reset numbering each time I turn it on?

I have Pentax Optio E30 for 8 years. After counting to 9999 it started to act weird. While before it saved images in numeric order into one "100pentx" folder, now it creates a new folder every time I ...
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What are the options for an ultra-wide angle rectilinear lens adapted for Sony Full Frame?

I shoot with the Sony Alpha line predominately and currently have a 24mm Quantary Aspherical that I use on it but want to get something wider, ultra-wide. I'm not sure what to get though. I have ...
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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 ...