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    Default Al's Camera Quick Ref and Info

    This thread is a quick reference to the camera and instruction manual and is intended as a guide for those receiving the camera.
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    Default Re: A Camera's Journey.....

    This Idea is now an official Project here. I have just wrapped up the camera and some gear and packed it off to Pat. Looking at the shipping options for what I was sending it made sense tp go with the USPS priority Flat rate Medium size box. Everything fit perfect and the boxes are available at all post offices here in the USA. They can also be used for international..but thats pricey. As it is my initial hopes of doing this for around $10 didnt pan out. Shipping with $200 insurance was $16.95 ( this is the value of the gear I have sent by current Market prices) .I was initially only going to send a camera and small lens. I've since upgraded that..

    heres what I have sent
    pentax DSLR *IST DS 6.1 MP camera
    auto focus Lens SMC 18-55 mm F3.5-5.6 AL with Uv filter as a protector and its caps.
    manual focus 50 mm prime F2.0 SMC
    Nissen Bounce flash works well with the camera and AF lens
    3 each 2 GB SD cards
    1 USB SD card Reader
    Pack of lens Tissue
    small bottle of lens cleaner liquid
    1 cleaning cloth.
    Awesome rugged cushioned and protective water proof case


    also Pat .. The Camera and Flash have batteries.


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    Default Re: A Camera's Journey.....

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    Default Re: A Camera's Journey.....

    ... Please see note on the battery door of the flash..it'll send batteries flying everywhere if you don't lightly tape it shut..Electrical tape is what I use...an elastic band may work too.

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    Default Re: A Camera's Journey.....

    So there you have it everyone.

    When Pat get the camera , friday I am guessing, she can post her impressions and maybe some pics soon after.

    The manual can be found here..

    http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/engli...-pdf/istds.pdf


    One Note..
    There is a trick to using manual lens like the 50mm F2.0 I sent. Pentax cameras are backwards compatible with most their lens unlike other mfgs. But because there are no contacts for the lens to communicate with the camera on exposure you have to use whats called stop down metering.. to do so is not hard, on IST DS you set the camera dial to "M" and compose the picture. Before taking the picture theres a Button labeled AE-L press that and sets the camera to the right exposure. Take the picture. Because of this feature we can use lens that go back to the 60s with Pentax. This process is only for the smaller manual 50mm I sent the AF lens works fine in mindless mode..I mean green mode.

    lastly, when you get this system, don't compare it to what you use today. This camera was one of the first mainstream Dslrs out there and alot of technology has changed in the last decade. At the time it came out it was a pretty cool camera. Close enough to film cameras in operation and looks to make it easy for people to make the jump. Ironically though as you use it, you may realize that though our cameras have better sensors, more functions,more this and that, that really alls you need to take a good picture is not the most expensive high end technological wonder of the second... but just a camera capable of recording the moment.

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    Default Re: A Camera's Journey.....

    Some more notes to all getting this camera...


    DO NOT Mount any other flash units on the camera to try them. They may burn out the Electronics of the camera ..Only use the flash I have sent with the camera for on camera flash photography.Thanks



    WHEN SHIPPING...

    Looking at the shipping options for what I was sending it made sense to go with the USPS priority Flat rate Medium size box. Everything fit perfect and the boxes are available at all post offices here in the USA. They can also be used for international..but thats pricey. As it is my initial hopes of doing this for around $10 didnt pan out. Shipping with $200 insurance was $16.95 ( this is the value of the gear I have sent by current Market prices) .I was initially only going to send a camera and small lens. I've since upgraded that..

    Heres what I have sent ( use it as a check list when repacking)

    pentax DSLR *IST DS 6.1 MP camera
    auto focus Lens SMC 18-55 mm F3.5-5.6 AL with Uv filter as a protector and its caps.
    manual focus 50 mm prime F2.0 SMC
    Nissen Bounce flash works well with the camera and AF lens
    3 each 2 GB SD cards
    1 USB SD card Reader
    Pack of lens Tissue
    small bottle of lens cleaner liquid
    1 cleaning cloth.
    Awesome rugged cushioned and protective water proof case



    All...I think if we shoot for sending the camera out on a Monday or Tues it would be best, as that way it will arrive before the weekend, giving the receiver the weekend to play with it. Please remember to ship it as I have documented... Use a flat rate medium size box with $200 insurance. Keep the tracking information ...it will be on your USPS receipt.




    al

    Update: 02-29-16

    Hi all,
    Phil, next inline is Rick,nc0gnet0.

    Lets see if we can make this easier..so far the shipping has been a tad complicated.A couple of members have had the shipping donated to the forum and then they pay for it out of pocket themselves. Though really generous it makes it a bit confusing....so.instead here is what I suggest. The person receiving the camera pays the person shipping it by paypal.. once you receive the camera if you have fun with it and want to send something to forum...by all means please do so using the Donate link here...
    http://forum.simplydiscus.com/misc.php?do=donate

    This is completely voluntary though...the idea behind this is the camera journey. Contributions outside of shipping fees are up to you guys .

    To recap ...WHEN SHIPPING...

    Looking at the shipping options for what I was sending it made sense to go with the USPS priority Flat rate Medium size box. Everything fit perfect and the boxes are available at all post offices here in the USA. Shipping with $200 insurance was $16.95 ( this is the value of the gear I have sent by current Market prices) .

    CHECKLIST WHEN PACKING:
    pentax DSLR *IST DS 6.1 MP camera
    auto focus Lens SMC 18-55 mm F3.5-5.6 AL with Uv filter as a protector and its caps.
    manual focus 50 mm prime F2.0 SMC
    Nissen Bounce flash works well with the camera and AF lens
    3 each 2 GB SD cards
    1 USB SD card Reader
    Pack of lens Tissue
    small bottle of lens cleaner liquid
    1 cleaning cloth.
    Awesome rugged cushioned and protective water proof case



    Shoot for sending the camera out on a Monday or Tues
    it would be best, as that way it will arrive before the weekend, giving the receiver the weekend to play with it. Please remember to ship it as I have documented... Use a flat rate medium size box with $200 insurance. Keep the tracking information ...it will be on your USPS receipt.



    Also a note to the Shipper. Please CC Ricardo (rickztahone) the tracking number when you ship it and of course send the number to person receiving it...

    Last edited by rickztahone; 04-27-2016 at 09:22 PM.
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    Default Re: Al's Camera Quick Ref and Info

    Please direct questions to this thread http://forum.simplydiscus.com/showth...mera-s-Journey.
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    Default Re: A Camera's Journey.....

    So the camera arrived today in perfect condition. So first thing I do is changed the mode from auto to Aperture Priority and mounted the speed light and took this. Al, is there a way to lock the speed light to the shoebox?

    Oops, to much light.

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    then removed the speed light and went outside and took this

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    and this (my gypsy dog)

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    Default Re: A Camera's Journey.....

    Came back inside and read the manual on how to change the aperture. Changed it from F8.0 to F4.5 which is the max, mounted the speed light and took this

    Since too much light.
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    Removed the speedlight, left the aperture alone and took this. Still not quite enough light so will play a bit tonight. You can see a bit of noise in the photos. The tank is not brightly lite so the auto focus is have a hard time nailing the focus.

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    Round two with the camera. This was from Friday evening playing with the sunset and the aperture. I was making the aperture smaller with each picture. Discover a possible shadow on the lens.

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    More fish pictures. With Al's help I reduced the ISO sensitivity from 1600 to 400 and discovered the on-board flash. Fish pictures are getting better.

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