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Old Jul 3, 2009, 5:09 PM   #1
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What is the blinking F -- in the viewfinder/lcd???

I haven't seen this before and the manual doesn't say anything about it. I have the K10D.

I found a eagles nest with 2 babies in it and the camera chose then not to work.
Really PISSED me off.

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Old Jul 3, 2009, 5:15 PM   #2
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What lens were you using? Does it have an aperture ring? Was the ring not on the "A"?

Usually you see the blinking F-- when you have a manual lens on or one that isn't set to the "A" spot (i.e., setting the aperture by the lens, not by the camera), and if you don't have the custom menu option set to allow the aperture ring (default is no). You can either set the custom menu to allow manual aperture to be set on the lens, or leave it in default mode and make sure your lens hasn't gotten accidentally knocked off the A setting (or use a lens without an aperture ring).

P.S. I use manual lenses often so I just leave the menu setting to allow the use of aperture rings.
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Old Jul 3, 2009, 5:25 PM   #3
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What is the blinking F -- in the viewfinder/lcd???

I haven't seen this before and the manual doesn't say anything about it. I have the K10D.

I found a eagles nest with 2 babies in it and the camera chose then not to work.
Really PISSED me off.

Cheers
There's lot of chance that the lens in not complete on the camera, I would check that first. Next check if the lens is in automatic mode, so that the diafragma isn't set on a specific value.

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Old Jul 3, 2009, 5:27 PM   #4
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What lens were you using? Does it have an aperture ring? Was the ring not on the "A"?

Usually you see the blinking F-- when you have a manual lens on or one that isn't set to the "A" spot (i.e., setting the aperture by the lens, not by the camera), and if you don't have the custom menu option set to allow the aperture ring (default is no). You can either set the custom menu to allow manual aperture to be set on the lens, or leave it in default mode and make sure your lens hasn't gotten accidentally knocked off the A setting (or use a lens without an aperture ring).

P.S. I use manual lenses often so I just leave the menu setting to allow the use of aperture rings.
Yep... that was it. I had accidentally moved the aperture ring when putting on the 2X converter . Put it on A and it works.

I've only had this camera for 6 weeks so I'm still learning things. This one is another one I won't forget.

Thanks for the very fast reply. Now I'll go back to that nest at 6-7pm when the lighting is better.
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Well, Harriet and Ronny beat me to it but, I was also going to say, I have one Tamron Pk/A adapter that likes to do that to me, seems I have to twist it just right to make the contacts connect. Sure sorry you missed the eagle shots, hope you have better luck this evening!
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Glad you have a second chance to shoot your eagles. There are some quirks to shooting with manual lenses, like the camera will only stop down the lens when the camera is in M mode - otherwise you are going to be shooting with the lens wide open.
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