Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
11-03-2013, 11:18 AM   #31
Lens Buying Addict
monochrome's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Kirkwood (St. Louis) MO
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 19,497
Ron: Thanks for this post. Conversation and impressions carry a lot of weight and your opinion is valuable.
QuoteOriginally posted by dngr Quote
To my very inexperienced eye, it seems the HD coating produces a slightly cooler image versus the SMC/the colours, especially the reds, seem more muted with the HD
Agreed. Scroll up and down comparing the RICOH letters on the table drape.

11-03-2013, 12:11 PM   #32
New Member




Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Washington State
Posts: 15
Thanks for the nice report! I'm waiting for a full review on this site and on DPR.

I probably won't buy until the price comes down a bit, but I am very excited to get my hands on one. My current camera is the K-x. I'll probably keep my FX 43mm attached to it and see if I can afford a HD lens for the K3.

Just have to justify the expense with the spousal unit :-)

Anyway thanks again for the nice coverage.

Mort.
11-03-2013, 12:56 PM   #33
Veteran Member
hongzhibin1987's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Posts: 441
YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY 2014 Ricoh/Pentax Full Frame FTW!
11-03-2013, 06:33 PM   #34
Pentaxian
Clarkey's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Brampton, ON, Canada
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,623
QuoteOriginally posted by bdery Quote
Knew nothing or couldn't tell me anything. Who knows. He was very nice, well-informed about the various products, already a master of the K-3.



I didn't think to ask.


...snip
That's OK - there were so many goodies on the table, i'm sure you had lots to think about!

11-03-2013, 07:10 PM   #35
Pentaxian
panoguy's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington, D.C.
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 3,281
QuoteOriginally posted by bdery Quote
I forgot to mention that the new flash was excellent. Really quick recycle time, good ergonomics, not a big departure from the original version but a few nice improvements. The led felt a bit low power, but maybe the general lighting didn't do it justice.
Great report! Thanks for taking the time to tell us what you saw/ heard. This is great news about the AF-540 WR. Smaller, quieter, WR, but with the same physical controls (compare to Metz!) is wonderful to hear. Now if only the price didn't go up so much!
11-03-2013, 11:23 PM   #36
Pentaxian




Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Manila
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,191
QuoteOriginally posted by bdery Quote
I forgot to mention that the new flash was excellent. Really quick recycle time, good ergonomics, not a big departure from the original version but a few nice improvements. The led felt a bit low power, but maybe the general lighting didn't do it justice.
How fast was it? On my Metz 58 AF-2 on full power it's around 4 seconds with a fully-charged set of eneloops. If it can recycle in 2~3 seconds like my workhorse YN560, it'll be a killer....
11-04-2013, 12:19 AM   #37
Site Supporter
Cynog Ap Brychan's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Gloucester
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,090
QuoteOriginally posted by Alizarine Quote
How fast was it? On my Metz 58 AF-2 on full power it's around 4 seconds with a fully-charged set of eneloops. If it can recycle in 2~3 seconds like my workhorse YN560, it'll be a killer....
I bought the AF360 FGZ II last week. It's a really neat looking flash. On a fresh set of rechargeable batteries, the ready light comes on in two seconds or less. I don't know how its bigger brother, the AF 540 performs in this respect, though. I tried a few quick, unscientific tests like using it in complete darkness, where the LED light enabled my K-5 to focus accurately (a black dog in a dark room!), and to bouncing a few flashes off the ceiling, both with the head turned forward and backwards. Exposure seemed pretty spot-on. I will do a review when I've had a chance to really try it out.
11-04-2013, 01:37 AM   #38
Pentaxian




Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Manila
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,191
QuoteOriginally posted by Cynog Ap Brychan Quote
I bought the AF360 FGZ II last week. It's a really neat looking flash. On a fresh set of rechargeable batteries, the ready light comes on in two seconds or less. I don't know how its bigger brother, the AF 540 performs in this respect, though. I tried a few quick, unscientific tests like using it in complete darkness, where the LED light enabled my K-5 to focus accurately (a black dog in a dark room!), and to bouncing a few flashes off the ceiling, both with the head turned forward and backwards. Exposure seemed pretty spot-on. I will do a review when I've had a chance to really try it out.
thanks, will be looking forward to your review!

11-04-2013, 05:57 AM   #39
Pentaxian
bdery's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Quebec city, Canada
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 5,661
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by dngr Quote
To my very inexperienced eye, it seems the HD coating produces a slightly cooler image versus the SMC/the colours, especially the reds, seem more muted with the HD
It might be partly a matter of exposure, the rug seems a bit darker with the HD test shot. The SMC exposed at 1/20 and the HD at 1/25. I should have locked exposure in M mode but things were going pretty fast.

QuoteOriginally posted by Mortimer Quote
Anyway thanks again for the nice coverage.
A pleasure.

QuoteOriginally posted by Alizarine Quote
How fast was it? On my Metz 58 AF-2 on full power it's around 4 seconds with a fully-charged set of eneloops. If it can recycle in 2~3 seconds like my workhorse YN560, it'll be a killer....
I don't know what kind of batteries they had. The flash charged faster than 4 seconds, and even after pressing Test (full power) it was ready before 2 seconds had passed. It was faster than what I get with my 540 but the batteries might explain it, I use 1,2V hybrids.
11-04-2013, 06:12 AM   #40
Pentaxian




Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Romania
Posts: 8,428
The new flashes have faster charging times than the old ones. With NiMh batteries, it's 1.5s for the AF360 FGZ II and 3s for the AF 540FGZ II (official information from Ricoh Imaging's site).
11-04-2013, 05:47 PM   #41
Pentaxian




Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Manila
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,191
QuoteOriginally posted by bdery Quote
I don't know what kind of batteries they had. The flash charged faster than 4 seconds, and even after pressing Test (full power) it was ready before 2 seconds had passed. It was faster than what I get with my 540 but the batteries might explain it, I use 1,2V hybrids.
QuoteOriginally posted by Kunzite Quote
The new flashes have faster charging times than the old ones. With NiMh batteries, it's 1.5s for the AF360 FGZ II and 3s for the AF 540FGZ II (official information from Ricoh Imaging's site).
Thank you for the responses! Those new flashes are really starting to look good. Might get one in the near future as backup TTL flash.
11-04-2013, 06:03 PM   #42
Site Supporter




Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Auckland, New Zealand.
Posts: 328
Thanks for the reports - those high iso shots are interesting as is the info from all on the flashes.
Much appreciated!
11-04-2013, 08:21 PM   #43
Veteran Member
Fl_Gulfer's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Florida Gulf
Photos: Albums
Posts: 3,033
Thank You for the Report.
11-04-2013, 10:19 PM   #44
TZH
Senior Member
TZH's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Kuala Lumpur
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 118
Thank You for the Report.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
af, friend, lenses, nikon, pentax news, pentax rumors, people, photo, roadmap, test
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A wonderful panorama of Quebec city bdery Photographic Technique 9 11-01-2013 01:04 PM
The Guitar/Musical Instrument Photo And Discussion Thread Mike Bokeh General Talk 67 09-16-2012 10:54 AM
Interesting discussion with a Canon owner stevebrot Pentax DSLR Discussion 6 07-21-2010 10:38 AM
Cityscape Quebec city seen from the Sky bdery Post Your Photos! 17 05-19-2010 05:49 PM
Landscape A visit in the area of Low, Quebec. ramiot Post Your Photos! 3 02-11-2010 04:01 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:47 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top