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05-30-2013, 08:10 PM - 1 Like   #76
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Hello Stewart,
You comments will be forwarded onto the Pentax R&D department.
Thanks for the kind words!

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05-30-2013, 08:35 PM   #77
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Na Horuk: Burst mode will have to be mentioned, but I'm not 100% sure there's much room for improvement when shooting Raw or Raw+Jpeg.
IIRC, the onboard ram buffer is 128Mbytes, that's about 5 shots worth when shooting Raw+Jpeg. I put my K-01 in burst mode and held the button down last night, and noted that after 5 shots, the rate of taking photos dramatically slowed.
I surmise that that is where the buffer filled, and it was waiting to write data out to the SD card before taking the next shot, rather then loosing data.
Swapping to Raw only, I got 9 shots before the slowdown.
I'm hoping to pick up a faster card this weekend - this was with a Sandisk Class6 8Gb card - will have to see if there's a performance change with Class 10 or perhaps support for UHS cards.

Mutters: yes, SR post,.. I think you'd have seen my post on that subject by now, and my own test.
I don't think the cropping is significant enough to be concerned with, and it's certainly no more then one would get used to on a 7D or Alpha.

Slow auto-focus during video, especially if it's much slower then the AF before taking a still, is probably more to do with reduction of noise in the audio track, as a motor in the body or lens whizzing back and forth at high speed would certainly be heard. Once focus is hit before recording, a slow AF system should still be able to track most people moving in a frame, up to a point where your starting to record sports.
For home videos of birthdays and the like, sure AF in video is okay.
But for any sort of video or short film use, nothing beats the speed of a professional Focus Puller.
I know it'll sound harsh, but you will get better quality video by practicing manual focus, then you will by relying on AF.
05-31-2013, 02:05 AM   #78
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QuoteOriginally posted by PiDicus Rex Quote
Na Horuk: Burst mode will have to be mentioned, but I'm not 100% sure there's much room for improvement when shooting Raw or Raw+Jpeg.
Sure, but right now you can't even select burst mode HI if you shoot raw. Sometimes I might want it, even if I only get 4-6 shots before slowdown. It should be at least as fast as bracketing (without exposure changing, of course).
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I just cycled back to Jpeg only, Burst on Hi, and it only got 5 shots before slowing down too.

I'm really beginning to think that for both Hi speed burst mode in Raw, and for the higher data rate in video, we might need to accept limitations on what brands of SD cards we can use. Burst Mode more so, as at 40 to 50Mbits/sec, the buffer would hold a little over 2 seconds of video.

Now I get it, I'll edit the list

08-12-2013, 07:26 AM   #80
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Added some new suggestions based on more recent conversation threads, including removing the artificial sensor crop that creates space to float the image for the video mode SR, and more ISO numbers - there were times while shooting a short film this past weekend when I really needed to drop below 100 ISO, 60 or 80 would have been really nice.

But I should probably go spend more money and get some Cokin ND filters and a 55mm mounting ring....
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- Selectable focus peaking colors
- Selectable focus peaking sensitivities

firmware update for all Pentax cameras with focus peaking.
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QuoteOriginally posted by PiDicus Rex Quote
Most of this will make sense to Videographers and Film Makers,..
Feel free to add suggestions, with any luck the Pentax engineers will have a read and take up the challenge.

Edit: So lets see if editing the post works, and I'll try list everyone's suggestions here.
I'm splitting them in to Photo, Video and General categories.

(Yes, I'm that self interested,...)

- Clean Feed HDMI output during recording - for use with external recorders like the Atamos with it's own LCD.

- 48, 96, 144 and 192 shutter speeds - the multiples of 48 for when shooting video at 24fps.

- 60, 120, 240, 480 etc - Shutter speeds for 30fps video.

- Options to choose higher MP4 bit rates - matching the 40 plus mbit/sec of the Canon's will make mixing footage in edits easy.

- Option to choose a Constant Bit Rate, at 30, 40 or 50 mbit/sec if the CPU can handle it.

- Option to 'click on, click off' the exposure preview when using manual lenses - this would mean not having to record on camera if the HDMI can be enabled. (Especially as the firmware already supports switching off the power saving options)

- Option to swap Focus Peaking colour.

- Option to bump the audio sampling rate up to 44.1 or 48kHz

- Audio Level Meters in the OSD

- Option to set Log curves to sensor data - Adding a 'Custom' user defined setting instead of editing a preset.

- Option to be able to fix or turn off the auto ramping of the ISO when iris set to f-stop instead of 'A'

- Support of ExFat formatted cards and file sizes. - No file size limits when recording.

- Split File Recording - Automatically start a new recording when the maximum file size is reached on FAT32 SD Cards.

- Cinema DNG Raw Compressed video ?
( That's just so I won't have to buy a BMD Pocket Cine camera and MFT to K-Mount adapter. )

- "Film" profile that records all of the sensor dynamic range in to the video file, instead of just the REC 709 standard dynamic range.

- No sensor cropping when SR is set OFF in video mode, so the whole width of the sensor is used.


- The ability to assign a custom button to "set focal length" so I can use my manual zooms more easily

- The ability to use the red button to meter my manual lenses.

- Allow internal flash to master for external P-ttl slave flashes

- Sensor tilt-shift using the shake reducer

- Leave lenses fully open during focusing, both A and M focusing

- Bracketing with remote

- 5 shot bracketing

- Support for Tethered Shooting in Adobe Lightroom.


- WYSIWYG Preview Mode. i.e. the LCD image shows what the exposure is.

- Option to adjust EV when MANUAL and AUTO ISO are in use together

- Lower ISO numbers in both Photo and Video modes.

- More ISO settings between the current numbers - 60/80/120/160/240/320/480/640/960/1280/1920/2400/2560

- Ability to set Auto Ranges at the low end of the ISO range.

- Option for the histogram to display the predicted exposure result. (particularly useful when the lens is wide open for focus peaking)

- Support of GPS unit O-GPS1, specifically support for "Simple Nav" and "Astrotracer" products.

- Ability to assign Red and Green button to 'Next' or 'Previous' image during Playback mode, to navigate without exiting 'Zoom'.

- Option to switch green button to red and red to green. Make any function assignable to either.

- Option to assign Focus Magnification to the Red/Green buttons

- More options with non-A lenses so we don't need to put tape on the lens contacts.

- General improvements to Autofocus performance.

- Ability to turn on or off single items in the On Screen Display

- Ability to activate Only Bright or Only Dark area display, and to be able to change the colour used for each.

And that's about it, I think I've edited in everyone's suggestions so far.

My personal experience is just getting better.,
I expected I'd get good photo's from my brand spanking new K-01, and so far the video is good, Rolling Shutter Skew on tripod is no better or worse then any other DSLR. It's got the potential to be, well, close to perfect, especially if the data rate could be lifted.
I can't praise the Pentax engineers enough, having had a P30n for the last 22 years, and getting a value-priced K-01 to use classic manual lenses on short films and music videos.

One extra note,.. Video Time Remaining Countdown,... YES YES YES THANKYOU !
I can't tell you how much of a big step up from 'other' DSLR brands that it, which just offer a number counting down to zero with no reference to space or time.
Ditto for the same display in playback.
Oh please Pentax, listen us!!
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long exposure shoot solving intervalometer problem pls

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Wish list for firmware upgrades to K-01 or next mirrorless:

1 Optionally disable contacts so that SMC-M lenses will stop down as designed. Partially unmounting the lens or taping over the contacts might work, but we shouldn't have to do that. The camera was advertised as working with legacy lenses and it should perform as advertised.

2 Make auto-bracketing available when camera is set on two-second delay. Some of us want to have bracketed photos when using a tripod just as we do when hand-holding the camera. I know I can use infrared for this purpose, but I still think it would be a nice feature for the two-second delay.

3 Make turning on and off Focus Peaking a Green Button option when camera is being used in autofocus mode. I normally use the Green Button that way in manual focus, and I miss that feature when the camera is set on autofocus.

4 Give the Red Button some other optional uses, for those of us who aren't especially interested in video recording. For example, if the Green Button is used for turning on and off Focus Peaking, the Red Button could be used to check depth of field. Or vice versa.

5 Give us user-definable levels of sensitivity for Focus Peaking. Currently it is much too broad. I am not encouraged to see that everything in the photo is in focus or almost in focus or not too far out of focus. What I want to see is the point of maximum focus, period. Let me work out the rest of it based on what I believe to be the depth of field at a given f-stop.

P.S., as an aside, like those magnets with colorful pictures on their faces, Marc Newson should stick to refrigerators. If you give us a mirrorless camera with ergonomics like the K-5, I'll buy it even at its exorbitant introductory price. I don't really care whether or not it's cute or looks handsome sitting on a shelf.
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Fully customizable green and red buttons would be great. And shouldn't be too hard to do. Is it? I'd like to use the red one for zooming in the LCD, instead of having to reach for the OK button.
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Firmware 1.04 was only an update for the new HD lenses and the new flashes.
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Ron, what do you mean by "was"? Seems like the tense is wrong, as I don't see the update on the Ricoh firmware page for the K-01, for example....

[EDIT:] I see. It's on a Russian site and not on the official .jp site or the Canadian site. Weird.

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09-12-2013, 12:10 AM   #88
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Latest K-01 Firmware Update : Software Downloads | RICOH IMAGING

Changes to V1.04
  • Optimized contrast AF when using HD PENTAX-DA Limited series lenses.
  • Improved stability for general performance.

*Contents of [Version 1.03] and earlier version will be also updated.

soooo.... 1.05 wishlist thread?
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Started a new thread to discuss what I find. Happy so far with the big fix.
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Just a Bump so people can see the Edits to the original post.

If you shoot mainly photos, let us all know which changes you've noted.

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