I found myself in same situation as you when I bought my first manual lens coincidentally it was also a 50mm 1.7. To make a manual lens work, Turn on your K-x and press the menu button go the tab marked C in the C tab you’ll nptice numbers 1-4 go to #4 under 4 youll see the number 22 press ok on 22 and and change the setting from 1 to 2 this will allow you to use the manual lens. Now try hooking up your lens and taking a few shots. If you’re a beginner I suggest finding lenses with an A setting aka automatic apeture. If you don’t know about catch in focus yet lemme know! hope this helps if this doesnt work I’ll be glad to help again
I love black and white photos. They look elegant, aged, artistic and down right cool. The K-x has a black and white feature built into it that’s rather useful. I kicked it on today and viola I was taking my first ever black and white photographs! If you’re unsure how to pull this magic trick off here’s some instruction.
Turn on your mighty K-x
Select one of the following settings on the dial “P, Sv, Tv, Av, M”
Click the INFO button
The menu will pop up and on the top left is Custom Image Bright click OK on it
Another menu will pop up, touch the ISO button which is also the right button pad until the BW is highlighted
Click OK and you’re ready to shoot in Black and White mode
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Here are a couple of thinks you can do with your K-x that may not be immediately obvious:
1. Custom setting 20.: power lamp. (off) kills the blue power light from illuminating
2. Pressing INFO button twice kills the LCD, but it comes back each time you turn the camera back on UNLESS you go to Camera settings page 4: Memory page 2, and enable the checkbox next to Shooting Info Display. Now it will stay off if it was off when the camera was last turned off. Pressing the INFO button will bring it up if you need it.
3. Pressing OK button during normal shooting brings up the Select AF point screen.
4. If you only use LIVEVIEW for macro work, Camera settings page 3 liveview. enable show grid and change the focus mode to contrast detect, so the mirror doesn’t flip each time you half press the shutter. Contast detect is (very) slow, but accurate.
Pentax users may notice something funky going on while recording video with their Pentax K-x atleast Lee Stranahan did. and he found a solution, here’s what lee had to say and the video to go along with it.
http://www.LeeStranahan.com I had two problems with my Pentax K-x - my editing software would not read the camera’s M-JPEG and exposure shifting. This video explains the solutions
When I bought my K-x one of the things I was really excited about was getting to know and use the huge assortment of classic lenses Pentax has to offer. My 1st manual lens was a Ricoh Rikennon 50mm 1:1.7 (pin removed) I bought it off craigslist from a guy who was coincidentally a Pentax Forum member. After the purchase I figured I’d get things started and take a few test shots. I twisted on the lil’ 50, powered on my K-x and brought it to focus, pressed the trigger and nothing happened. I scratched my head a took a couple more duds… I was getting pissed at this point, cursing the camera, how could this new thing not work? If you found yourself doing the same I got you covered. I researched and found the answer, got it working in no time and took just a couple seconds. Here’s what you do,
Go into your camera’s menu go to the custom area and go to page 4 #22 Using Aperture Ring and switch it from 1 to 2 and you’re ready to start firing away.
A couple years ago JPG magazine went under and as a thank you to everyone out there they opened up the archive and gave free downloads of all there back issues. Thankfully I downloaded them when they opened up the vaults and i’ll share them with you.
The K-x has had a couple firmware updates to allow better battery reading as well as adding support for 32gb and 64gb SD cards. I’ve updated to latest firmware and so far so good. Battery meter seems to be more accurate and I have yet to test a 32/64gb card on my K-x and don’t plan on it till the retail price is hovering just over $20. Below is a list of the updates and a link to download.
Changes to V1.02
Compatible with SDXC memory card.
Changes to V1.01
Added three kinds of particular effect shooting function (Pre-set 1,2 and 3) on [Cross Processing].
Added assignment of Cross Processing function to the green button.
Improved accuracy of Battery Level Indicator under specific conditions and improved stability for general performance.
How to update your K-x firmware:
=========================================== PENTAX K-x Firmware Updating to Version 1.02 =========================================== * Firmware is the software that runs inside digital cameras.
Updatable models K-x digital SLR cameras running Firmware Ver. 1.00/1.01.
How to check version Turn the power on while pressing the MENU button. The Firmware version is displayed for about 5 seconds at the center of the LCD monitor. Perform the above operation without inserting the SD/SDHC card containing Firmware in the camera.
Use AC adaptor (K-AC84) is recommended If you are using AA batteries, be sure to use fully charged AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries, full capacity of AA lithium batteries or full capacity of AA alkaline batteries and confirm that the battery level indicator is displayed gGreenh (Batteries are full) before updating.
If the camera turns off during updating due to lack of battery power, the camera will become inoperable. If this happens, a charge will be made for repairs even if within the warranty period.
1. Provide a formatted SD/SDHC memory card for the update software (with at least 32MB of available memory space). The downloaded file is self-extracting. The following files are extracted.
readme.txt : this document fwdc206b.bin : Firmware
Copy the above Firmware file [fwdc206b.bin] to the root directory in the SD/SDHC card. If your computer does not have a card slot, you can copy the firmware update file by inserting the SD/SDHC card into your camera and then connecting the camera directly to your computer.
2. Insert the AA batteries into the camera and confirm the battery level indicator is displayed gGreenh (Batteries are full)then turn the camera off. If gGreenhis not displayed, turn the camera ON and off again to activate the battery performance.
3. Insert the update SD/SDHC card (prepared in step 1) into the camera and close card cover.
4. Turn the camera power on while pressing the MENU button.
5. “NOW LOADING” appears in the LCD monitor, and will change to the “PROGRAM UPDATE”. At the bottom of the LCD monitor,
CURRENT VERSION 1.00/1.01 UPDATE VERSION 1.02
will be displayed.
6. Press the four-way controller to select “YES” and press the “OK” button.
7. “UPDATING” appears on the LCD monitor and updating starts. Please do not under any circumstances switch off the power before the update is completed. It will take approximately 90~150 seconds to complete update.
8. When update is completed, the “COMPLETE” will be displayed at the left bottom of the LCD monitor, then turn the camera off.
9. Remove the update SD/SDHC card from the camera.
10. To check the Firmware version in your camera, turn the camera on while pressing the MENU button. Check that the version displayed in the LCD monitor is “Ver.1.02” The camera automatically starts up after about 5 seconds.
(Caution) When updating is finished, the update SD/SDHC card still contains the Firmware file. If you want to use this card to take pictures, delete the Firmware file first.
I'm Vega and I run http://thecryptonline.com which is a site dedicated to underground music, film, and lifestyle. This site is an expansion of that but it's dedicated to the Pentax K-x DSLR camera. I purchased a K-x in November of 2010 and since then It's changed the way I look at photography and the way I take pictures. This is my first SLR and I'm a novice photographer so I'll be learning a lot along the way. I'll post tips and tricks about the Pentax K-x and photography as I learn it. Photographs will be taken and posted daily/regularly. I'll try my best to keep the momentum going and hopefully some new users like myself and possibly some experienced users can learn something from visiting this site.