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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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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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Pentax ME every other roll is blank, is this one too?

Every other roll I’ve used on my Pentax ME this year has come out blank. Current situation is I got to 36 but no resistance to signify roll is finished. Instead, I am able to keep taking pictures and ...
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My film accidentally rewound with 7 photos and has been set back to 0?

I was at a party and someone who didn't know how to use the camera slightly opened the back film door. It only opened slightly and i shut it instantly and it was at night so I suppose only a bit of ...
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Pentax K1000 settings question

I have a Pentax K1000 and 400 film that I’ll be using with it. I wanted to take some photos of my newborn in the hospital and was curious of the recommended settings I should use. Really want these ...
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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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Are kit lens from Pentax and Fujifilm also considered inferior?

You may consider it Gear Acquisition Syndrome but I have made my mind to go with: Pentax K-1 Mark II or III (in future), and Fujifilm X-H2S My first preference is Fuji X-H2S though, as of now, it is ...
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White dots top corner of every photo

Recently got scans back and noticed a small white dot in the top corner of every photograph. The exposure otherwise seemed to be ok. I shot it with my Pentax 67 and used Kentmere 400. It was developed ...
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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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Is Pentax still the only company offering an Astrotracer-like feature?

Pentax cameras have, rather early on, offered a mode that makes use of GPS data and the moveable sensor to compensate for star trailing, which makes longer exposures of starry skies possible. Pentax ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 do focal reducers 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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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What would cause a Pentax SDM lens to stop autofocusing, and what can I do?

I've read many reports that the SDM autofocus motor in some Pentax lenses may stop working after several months or years of use. Why does this happen, and is there anything I can do to prevent ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...