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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 do Pentax and Sigma 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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Is it worth using Pentax's 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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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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Which prime lens for Pentax APS-C?

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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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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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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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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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 af-...
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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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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?
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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'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 meters, ...
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How can I use Pentax lenses on a Lumix FZ18?

I have 3 very nice old Telephoto lenses for an old Pentax K1000 that doesn't work good anymore, color is shot. So my wife has a new Panasonic Lumix FZ18 camera and we thought we would try to get the ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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Halo in pictures taken with HDR

I have a Pentax K-S2 and whenever I use the A-HDR (advanced HDR) mode, the pictures come out with this strange halo around the edges of objects. Is this normal? .
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Are the contacts on different extension tubes in Soligor Pentax AF set supposed to be different?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do I tell if my camera has film in it?

I recently acquired a Pentax ME that has been sitting on a shelf for at least twenty years. It may or may not have a partially-exposed roll of Kodak Gold 100 film in it. How can I tell for certain, ...
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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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Pentax DA L 55-300mm lens very soft--is it broken?

There seems to be a problem with my DA L 55-300mm lens, with very soft output at or near the telephoto end: Wide-open test shot Pentax K-5 with Pentax DA L 55-300mm @ 300mm. Av, 1/320s f/5.8 ISO 125....
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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 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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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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