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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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Major color banding on some photos - Pentax k1 mark ii

I have been in Kenya shooting some properties and staff portraits for 2 weeks. Everything has been working as normal until yesterday when I imported my photos from the day and discovered some major ...
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Film exposure accident.. Help!

Yesterday I was shooting in the sea and dropped my light meter in the ocean which unfortunately immediately broke! This led me to shoot two rolls of Portra 400 using my Pentax 67 TTL on board meter. ...
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Can I still use film after the film door accidentally opened?

I just loaded up my film camera (Pentax IQZoom EZY) then 2 minutes later the door popped open and I think I have ruined it. :( I attempted to wind it back up and closed the door again but since that I ...
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Lenses/camera recs for documenting art

I have an art project that I need to document and could really use some help picking a lens and possibly a camera for it. I did the documentation process a long time ago when I was applying to art ...
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Can I extract photo from multi exposure photo from a Pentax K-70?

I accidentally selected the multi exposure mode on my Pentax K-70, so all my photos are overlapping. Is there a way to extract the original photos?
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How do I tell if a lens is compatible with a given camera body?

I'm about to buy a Pentax K-x camera with a Pentax 18-55 lens for 50€. I also found a few lenses, quite cheap, but I don't know if they are compatible. What should I look for to see if they are ...
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K10D poor focus - manual or auto - with full-frame zoom lens

I'm getting very poor focus particularly at the long end of an 80-320mm tele lens that I am using with my Pentax K10D. The lens was originally bought for my 35mm Pentax SLR (maybe an MZ5 or something, ...
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Pentax 67 on a Berlebach tripod Model 8043?

I think about buying a tripod for my Pentax 67. My longest lens is 165 mm. I am considering the Berlebach Model 8043 as it is within my budget. (My budget is limited). I have read good feedback about ...
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Is the KP's built-in flash really only half as powerful as the K-7's?

Is the Pentax KP's built-in flash only half as powerful as that of the K-7?
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Can't factory reset my Pentax K-70 DSLR

So I'm pretty sure I've jacked up my camera for good and I don't know what I did wrong so I want to factory reset it, but when I go to the "Reset" option, it is grayed out. When I go to the &...
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35mm Black and White Film Artifacts

I have recently begun shooting photographs using black and white film ( Ilford ISO 50 ). My camera is a Pentax ME with automatic exposure controls and manual focus. My most recent developed photos ...
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How do I get an old microscope adaptor to work when the K-3 is asking for F-stop data?

I have fitted an old manual microscope objective mount to my Pentax K-3. It asks for the F-stop to proceed, which the lens cannot provide. I have tried all settings in the camera including manual ...
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Can I use APS-C Pentax K mount lenses on Canon EOS 90D?

I currently own seven Pentax K mount lenses which I'm very attached to and spend lot of money on. They been used with Pentax K20D, and now I'm looking to upgrade cameras. I like the idea of the new ...
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Why can't I mount a Pentax SMC 85/2.2 on a Pentax ME Super?

I just got a Pentax SMC 85/2.2, and was looking forward to using it on my Pentax ME Super. Both are supposed to have K-Mounts according to the descriptions. Unfortunately, I cannot mount the lens on ...
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Why is my Pentax LX engraved with the name of famous Japanese photographer Masaaki Nakagawa?

Any idea why my Pentax LX has a name of the famous deceased Japanese photographer Masaaki Nakagawa engraved on it? Is it some kind of limited edition?
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Film photography with flash - distorted exposures

I've just started my adventure with film photography. I recently took some photos to get a grip of my Pentax MX camera with AF280T flash. Unfortunately more than half of photos done with flash came ...
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Why buy a Pentax K1-II over Pentax K1?

I have looking for my dream DSLR with sensor shifting thus pure color along with no low pass filter. I fail to see any differences other than tripled max ISO but why buy the second gen Pentax K1? ...
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How to find a camera compatible with old Sigma lenses that were used with Pentax MZ50 SLR?

I have some lenses off my old Pentax MZ50 SLR camera, and I would like to buy a new camera body. How do I find a compatible camera?
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How to manually rewind film?

I am pretty new to the film camera game and have a Pentax Espio 115. I’m not used to all the terminology yet, so what I say may not be correct term. On my most recent film, my camera has stopped on ...
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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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