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Pentax KM/K2000 thread

Discussion in 'Pentax Chat' started by AlexanderSmith, Oct 19, 2014.

  1. AlexanderSmith

    AlexanderSmith New Member

    Hey, this is my first thread or post of any sort on amateur photographer so i'll dive right into it. I have a Pentax KM with the standard 18-55mm lens. Really i've got two questions here, first of all would the protector linked here:
    http://www.digitaltoyshop.co.uk/Water_Repellent_Protector_Filter_Pentax_K-m_t1540_5939
    be of any use? How does such a thing mount? Also what are the best rechargeable AA batteries (and charger for those batteries) for the camera? Assuming price isn't a concern.
    Thanks.
     
  2. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Hallo Aleaxander, welcome to the forum.

    The rest of the camera isn't watertight!
    I'd be tempted to ignore it and put the money towards some other lenses or filters. To be honest, anything calling itself "Digital toyshop" sounds more like a ... toyshop than a serious camera emporium.

    S
     
  3. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    it might protect the lens (by being screwed into the filter ring) but it might degrade the image.
    As for the best AAs Eneloops or the latest incarnation are highly regarded
     
  4. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Hallo Aleaxander, welcome to the forum.

    The rest of the camera isn't watertight!
    I'd be tempted to ignore it and put the money towards some other lenses or filters. To be honest, anything calling itself "Digital toyshop" sounds more like a ... toyshop than a serious camera emporium.

    As for batteries, I tend to like Hybrios or Eneloops, those things that come ready charged. As for a charger, I just use a cheapy Uniross thing which works well and has lasted for a long time

    S
     
  5. AlexanderSmith

    AlexanderSmith New Member

  6. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Hallo Alexander - spelt it right this time!

    I'd go for something with a bit more capacity, you'll need it!

    http://www.smallbattery.company.org.uk/sbc_en60.htm

    Or higher, 2400's or so.

    S
     
  7. AlexanderSmith

    AlexanderSmith New Member

  8. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    what I would do is get a charger that charges slowly... charging too fast tends to fry the batteries - or at least shorten their useful life
     
  9. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Another shout for eneloops or similar. I was using 7dayshop brand rated at 2800 if my memory serves.

    As for a charger, it is worth getting an intelligent one which charges each battery as required and stops rather than a simple one which can damage the batteries. These Pentaxes are very sensitive to the amount of charge so it is worth spending the extra in my opinion.
     
  10. AlexanderSmith

    AlexanderSmith New Member

    I'm interested in getting a remote release for the camera, a wireless one that's relatively tough and has good range.
    About the only one i can find is this one
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Maxsimafoto®-Remote-control-Shutter-Release/dp/B002TSURAO
    and that seems to have neither of those qualities judging from the specs and reviews.
    Any recommendations for a good remote release? The one characteristic i like about the aforementioned one is that it's very simple, has one button and that's all i need. If it can autofocus the camera even better. Again, not worried about price.
     
  11. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    If you want to do long exposures consider a button which either locks for bulb mode, or operates like a start and stop switch (what used to be known as T mode). The unit linked to doesn't do bulb apparently.

    I see the Pentax unit (O-RC1) is about £30! Ouch. I have a couple of remotes for different cameras which I bought in Japan - half the price. Rip-off Britain raises its ugly head again. :(
     
  12. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Got one of those, it works well over a shortish distance, but on the Kr and presumably on the Km, it only works from the front. Well done, Mr Pentax, very clever, great if all you want to do is take selfies.

    However, if you are prepared to spend a bit more, one of these:

    http://www.gentles.ltd.uk/gentled/auto.htm

    connected to a radio trigger:

    http://www.gentles.ltd.uk/gentled/trigger.htm or http://srb-photographic.co.uk/remote-shutter-release-for-canon-pentax-and-contax-4994-p.asp

    or: http://srb-photographic.co.uk/dslr-shutter-release-bracket-4535-p.asp and http://srb-photographic.co.uk/20ft-air-release-5013-p.asp

    works reasonably well, but is a complete arse to get everything in the right place to hit the IR receiver on the camera. You'll need a flat flash bracket and half a kilo of velcro.

    S
     
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2014
  13. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    I think you can set bulb/time on the camera, but will need to check.

    S
     
  14. Atavar

    Atavar Well-Known Member

    On the Weather Resistant filter, it looks interesting that droplets will run off the glass however unless you are planning to use your camera in the rain almost exclusively it may be of limited use and as stated another layer of glass can cause issues with image quality...

    Also, looking further down the page there is an ad for a UV filter showing what I would expect from a polarising filter...? Based on that I would be dubious about the claims made on that website page...

    For rechargeable, I have a battery draw full of Eneloop XX batteries which are rated to 2400mAh so their legs are a little longer than ge standard white Eneloops, and a TechnoLine BL700 smart charger which charges cells independently, has 3 charging levels, and a refresh feature where it will drain and charge cells repeatedly to attempt to revive them if they have got tired.
     
  15. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    If you're looking for a cable release, as opposed to a IR, here's one from amazon.ca and I'm sure there'll be a UK equivalent :)

    http://www.amazon.ca/Fotodiox-Remote-Shutter-Release-compatible/dp/B002KDS2F0

    Cheers,

    Jack
     
  16. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    I don't think there's a hole to put it in, Jack, if you see what I mean.

    There isn't on the Kr and I'm fairly sure the Km is the same.

    S
     
  17. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

    What ?? D@mn you, Steve …. now I'm going to have to go look and I've had my Kr since December 2009 (?) :eek: …. ;)

    Well, colour me embarrassed :eek: … I never realised that :eek: Mind you, I never really have been much for those long exposure time shots so I, probably, never
    really missed it.

    Cheers and thanks for the heads up, Steve :)

    Jack
     
  18. Done_rundleCams

    Done_rundleCams AP Forum Ambassador to Canada

  19. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    I only found out when I wanted to do some macro & close-up. Ended up having to sort out a stupidly complicated set-up just because Mr Pentax wanted to save a few coppers. Wouldn't be so bad if the IR receiver was on the back of the camera. Last thing I want to do [anyone wants me to do?] is take selfies.

    S
     
  20. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    The lack of wired remote was one of the reasons I chose not to upgrade to the K-r from my K100D.
     

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