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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-21-2020, 02:54 PM  
Sony A7 autofocus
Posted By CapitanXeon
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I'm getting a 7D Mark II to test how i go with it, and seems that the AF menu is as convoluted as it gets, so i'll need to refresh everything i know about it anyway!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-17-2020, 06:19 AM  
Sony A7 autofocus
Posted By CapitanXeon
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My calibrating process is a bit different than this, beginning by the target, where i usually use AF adjusting targets, but i make sure that PDAF and CDAF go to the same place, which they do.

Considering what you asked me, i'm kinda in the process of switching, already sold some lenses and my K-70, but still;

Pentax K-5 and Pentax K-70 couldn't realiable focus a face or even a whole static car while on a tripod with either a Tamron 90mm Macro or a Tamron 17-50mm, both 2.8.
Pentax K-5 and Pentax K-m couldn't reliably focus ANYTHING with either a Pentax 35mm or the Tamron 17-50mm
CDAF works wonders on those cases, but when shooting moving subjects like cars going +200Km/h, CDAF isn't an option in the K-5, specially for lenses with a long throw like the 90mm.

As far as i'm concerned, the K-m doesn't have AF adjustment, so i can't do nothing there
On the K-5, focus adjustments will work in front of the thingy used for calibration, out of there, randomness applies.

For moving subjects i use AF-C, for static subjects i use AF-S. Both modes can and will lock focus onto something that isn't in focus and won't snap into focus if i don't defocus the image first,.
Always use center point. Might be bad, but i got used to shoot like this because 99% of the time my subject is in the center so it wouldn't make much of a difference, except if the center point is somehow damaged (?)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-15-2020, 07:05 PM  
Sony A7 autofocus
Posted By CapitanXeon
Replies: 36
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I haven't implied this and i hope i didn't sound like it, but i thought that recovering shadows was much harder from a K-3 than from a K-5, that's all. I don't want to go back to my K-m /K-2000 days.

I haven't looked specifically into FF because i wanted a FF or because the pop culture, in fact i bought a Canon 7D Mark II (Crop sensor that seemed to have everything i needed) and had to return it to the shop because the battery was so toast it wouldn't charge.

I just want to make the right decision, and currently i find that a Canon with two L series lenses, or some equivalent on another brand, has the potential to stop bugging me, and with less money as well. I've not been able to find any second hand fast lenses on shops in my country that could be part of a pack like i want to do with Canon, or some equivalent on another brand, for a reasonable price, until the point i could snag a body, a battery grip, a genuine battery and a lens for the Canon for the price of a second hand 70-200 f/2.8.

For the reviews, i consistently don't care of what a single review says when my K-m, my K-5 and my already sold brand new K-70 can't focus properly at random with different lenses that all they have in common is a fast aperture.

As you should be able to understand, i don't want to spend that kind of money on a system that consistently shows me that is unable to focus properly at those apertures, and i'd rather have two systems or switch altogether.


And i hate this feeling, because all i know about photography, is because of those three Pentax cameras, of which the K-5 has already 70.000+ shots.


---------- Post added 12-15-20 at 07:13 PM ----------




I don't know, might be a me issue, but a piece of equipment that, when combined body and lens, was +2000 on its day, should NOT come with this kind of "yeah you won't be able to focus forever because the this is misaligned beyond user ability to fix it" when specifically using expensive equipment. As said, slower lenses will focus perfectly, and i have had a great time with my 18-135, but i've yet to have any f/2.8 lens that can focus reliably on any of my three cameras, even when set to AF.S on a tripod when taking the pictures to sell the K-70.

I love Pentax unique features like quick shift, but time passes and to me starts to look as a workaround like "yeah you'll need this A LOT". And i get it, i've had my ocasional miss as well with the 18-135, but one thing is that, and another is consistent misses when shooting a product that go away if i completely defocus the thing and start over. I could assume i haven't tuned the thing properly, but this behavior says otherwise, because it will snap in focus when it feels like it.

Whatever it is, and as i said, despite what reviews say, i take my own experience with my own equipment as the most truthful representation of my own experience with the system, and today it is that i can't rely on AF with fast lenses. Portraits will fail, product photography will fail, and overall, make for a bad time.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-15-2020, 12:15 PM  
Sony A7 autofocus
Posted By CapitanXeon
Replies: 36
Views: 1,246
I currently own a K-5 and focusing with fast lenses (2.8 or wider) will frequently result in unfocused pictures, even with the 35mm pentax, even with the 90mm Tamron, even with the 17-50 Tamron, and no amount of microadjusting can fix that, while slower lenses pretty much always work. I've also read that the K-3 has somewhat worse handling regarding shadows compared to the K-5, and as far as i know, the same focusing performance. I don't find odd looking at a 2013 camera when i'm already with a camera released on 2010 and having enough performance, except the AF system failing on the worst moments.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-15-2020, 10:12 AM  
Sony A7 autofocus
Posted By CapitanXeon
Replies: 36
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oof. i was planning on getting better lenses anyway, if i only considered a body replacement i'd think about it.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-15-2020, 09:52 AM  
Sony A7 autofocus
Posted By CapitanXeon
Replies: 36
Views: 1,246
Thanks! I'll look into it that's for sure

I saw the monster adapter, but currently has no pricing so i'm on a standby there
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-15-2020, 07:10 AM  
Sony A7 autofocus
Posted By CapitanXeon
Replies: 36
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yeah, i'm not someone that looks for the latest and the greatest, but if the 2013 EVF is going to give me a harder time than a 2010 OVF, OVF will be becasue i'm not going to be able to afford nothing newer. Also didn't factor the lenses cost, which i've been looking around and it's steep for sure!
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-15-2020, 06:03 AM  
Pentax KP Giveaway - Enter here once per day until December 26th!
Posted By CapitanXeon
Replies: 1,644
Views: 27,453
Whatever happens, here am I!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-15-2020, 06:02 AM  
Pentax Lens Tournament: Nominate your favorite lens by January 15th
Posted By CapitanXeon
Replies: 240
Views: 20,165
Well that's important, i really hope we can get at least a list of what's presented. There's literally hundreds and hundreds of lenses than could be if we don't have a list!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-15-2020, 06:00 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By CapitanXeon
Replies: 6,483
Views: 844,890
[...]but they ride on a healthy margin, that's mainly used to offset R&D.

I think i've tried to be fair, don't you think?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-15-2020, 05:59 AM  
Sony A7 autofocus
Posted By CapitanXeon
Replies: 36
Views: 1,246
Based on what i'm reading, i'm better starting from the A7 II and that comes at a price. I will look around to see what i can get for A7 prices and A7 II prices, as well as equivalent cameras. I don't have a real need of jumping to full frame, and i think it would actually be an issue to me because i generally sit too far from what i want to shoot, so the jump to FF would be negatively impacting. I think i should see what the K3 III does, but last i heard was it's going to cost ~2500$ so yeah, not happening anytime soon

I thought Sony was the gold standard for EVF, i've been surprised about the "meh-iness" of the A7 EVF!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-14-2020, 05:47 PM  
Pentax K-3 Mark III (R03010) - Additional pictures
Posted By CapitanXeon
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I know this is stupid and would probably go unnoticed for most people

But the mix of fonts everywhere on the camera would drive me crazy, even if i stopped caring after some time!!

Anyhow, the silver edition is gorgeous!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-14-2020, 05:39 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By CapitanXeon
Replies: 6,483
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While i know iPhones have been steadily rising manufacturing costs, last i've seen is this:
As per the report (via Nikkei), the iPhone 12 Bill of Materials (BoM) comes to $373 while that of iPhone 12 Pro is $406

Of course there's still some labor involved, but they ride on a healthy margin, that's mainly used to offset R&D. 5G on Qualcomm has seemingly been a cost driver upwards, while cameras should increase cost just for the fact we have so many of them on every phone.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-14-2020, 05:36 PM  
Sony A7 autofocus
Posted By CapitanXeon
Replies: 36
Views: 1,246
Hi everyone!

I'm looking into switching systems or maybe just have both Pentax and another one, and i'm super aware that what i need the most (excluding image quality, which one can take for granted nowadays) is a good autofocus, while a fast burst rate with a deep buffer will be largely appreciated.

I've looked into the original Sony A7 and heard people say its AF was mediocre at best, and that it has a really noticeable shutter lag. This last part would be dreadful as my needs pivot onto a pure sports use.

Is it as bad as people make it sound like?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-14-2020, 05:30 PM  
Pentax Lens Tournament: Nominate your favorite lens by January 15th
Posted By CapitanXeon
Replies: 240
Views: 20,165
Thank you to both. I was sure something was up to my reading abilities here but i wanted to be sure :lol::lol:

I'll look into my favourite pictures, probably i can get up to something.

Cheers!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-14-2020, 12:47 PM  
Pentax Lens Tournament: Nominate your favorite lens by January 15th
Posted By CapitanXeon
Replies: 240
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I might be wrong, and please correct me if i'm wrong, but

"In this stage, each member can nominate one lens. You can only nominate a lens that you own (or previously owned). All Pentax-branded lenses (regardless of mount) as well as third-party lenses (K-mount only) are eligible."

So, if someone hasn't owned any particularly good lens that could make it into the competition -we all know an 18-55 isn't going to make the cut-, is automatically out of the chance of getting one, and someone with one particularly good lens -say the 77mm- has the chance of owning a duplicate of it?

This is fundamentally flawed if i understood it right. As said, i might be VERY wrong so please correct me if so.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-19-2020, 03:55 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By CapitanXeon
Replies: 6,483
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No surprise being 90Hz the minimum acceptable (and not by everyone) and 120Hz the supposed acceptable point for everyone on Virtual Reality. But without the plus of going down because of it...:lol:
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-18-2020, 02:55 PM  
Bad lens or atmospheric distortion or? 55-300 plm
Posted By CapitanXeon
Replies: 18
Views: 1,112
I've certainly seen that effect with my naked eye on hot days, you might be seeing water evaporating.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-16-2020, 04:11 PM  
Pentax K-5 replacement - 3 possible cameras
Posted By CapitanXeon
Replies: 26
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That surely conforts me, all things said. Nontheless, i will say my first impressions with the K-70, and i'm still open at people indications about it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-16-2020, 03:44 PM  
Pentax K-5 replacement - 3 possible cameras
Posted By CapitanXeon
Replies: 26
Views: 1,552
I'm not a camera repair shop by any means, but i've worked my way into a K-m a fair bit of times, and i'm quite confident in the fact i can replace the solenoid for the proper one *when* it fails.

I just took the decision after talking it a bit with some friends and my girlfriend and got the 399€, brand new, K-70. It should last a good while, and the solenoid repair doesn't seem very dificult with the proper tools, which i'm confident i have as i have tons of precision screwdrivers and soldering tools, which pretty much seems all it's needed. I also have my very old and kind of broken Pentax K-m that, as far as i understand, has a white solenoid. Not the best option, but being realistic, i'd rather spend around a half of what i'd spend for around the same "usefulness" for me -don't forget that i'm replacing my camera as it's broken, not that it's short for me, much to learn yet

EDIT:

I know that just for the part of the aperture solenoid, having bought a K-70 might sound like a bad idea. But at the end, it looks like a repair i can do by myself as i could completely work around the absolutely disastrous supply system on the K-m, as well as work around every single problem that my car usually has, like rust on some classical spots or cold solder joints on the throttle body -Micra owner things-.

As a DIY someone i want to believe this is something i can carry on when the moment arrives, and won't be as hurtful as the fact that the shutter box on my K-5 will soon die, as i'm completely not able to replace that. I admit i wasn't 100% aware of this issue when i pushed the "buy" button, and i will face the consequences when the moment arrives, being this directed at every one of you that told me to either buy a K3 or a KP as a little bit of apology -sorry y'all-, but all things considered, price has been an important factor.

Anyhow, it will not make me unable to sleep, so i'm not going to stress myself out over this too much, specially being a brand new body that has seen no use. I have the tools and, suposedly, the white solenoid, so i will hope that it doesn't fail too soon, and when it does, let it be a weekend project as it was the K-m battery grip.

Thank you everybody about letting me see that, despite large diferences on some specific parts of all those cameras, inside the 24MP tier and for my exact use i won't be seeing much of a difference on what each camera can do.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-16-2020, 10:51 AM  
Pentax K-5 replacement - 3 possible cameras
Posted By CapitanXeon
Replies: 26
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I mean, i kinda thought that the price point was a dead giveaway, but i wanted to know how well each camera works in every regard, prices apart, kinda like we assumed all cameras cost the same. If at 400€ i'm going to get a buttload of noise and an useless autofocus worse than the K-m i first had, i'm completely prepared to spend more, but if the K-70 will work on *my* key areas as well as a KP, there's no point on spending more.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-16-2020, 10:31 AM  
Pentax K-5 replacement - 3 possible cameras
Posted By CapitanXeon
Replies: 26
Views: 1,552
I've looked around, specially with the aslyfox addition of the comparison tool (didn't know that feature).

I can get a KP new for 749, which isn't too much over the 400€ that the deal K-70 would set me back if i were to upgrade anyway. I doubt that any camera that's better than the K-5 will hamper me, but that something to consider, yes.
Whatever i do, i really want to be sure that if i replace my camera, it's going to be an upgrade while i'm at it, and if the K-3 is worse than the K-5 with noise (something isn't always a non issue with the K-5), i'm definetely not going there. Don't know about the K3 II tho.

As for the accelerator chip, reading here one would think that the accelerator chip would work well for me, as i won't be extremely dependant on seeing small details -say uh, that random bug stuck in your car that would get removed in pp anyway- but i'd probably need a cleaner image shooting with a tele on dark situations, for example.

I will think this a bit more through. At the end, the current situation is allowing my body to rest, as well as my camera :lol: and having fewer expenses also helps a bit. I might delay this until the corona is over, until the body is over, or until the K-new comes out, which should also get the prices down a bit on second hand gear. Also, if the K-new came somehow near the price of the KP, that would be a significant way to either get a cheaper KP or get a K-new. (Has been any rumor on its price point tho? realistically i would expect it to be between the KP and the K1)

If it dies maybe i think about selling it for parts or repair to offset the cost of a newer body too.

My current choices are

-Spend right now on the K-70 and have both bodies until the k-5 dies
-Wait some months and save for a KP
-Wait some more months until the K-new launch, hoping the K-5 doesn't die, and buy a cheaper KP/K-new
-Wait some more months until the K-new launch, hoping the K-5 doesn't die, secure a contract with pentax in the meantime, and get a k-new for free :lol:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-16-2020, 09:35 AM  
Pentax K-5 replacement - 3 possible cameras
Posted By CapitanXeon
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Indeed, i'm going to edit that point on the K-3, as it slipped through. Thanks a lot for pointing it out.
Thing is, i'm looking around and i've spotted a brand new K-70 for 399 from a guy that seemingly bought four for a project that never came to life, and probably he's dangling for money. I wouldn't doubt on recovering 1600 back so i totally get what he's doing. And, if it's a scam -unlikely from a seller with 459 sells from 2005-, Paypal has me covered, so...i'm not really really really worried at that.

For what you say, the only one K5IIs that seems to be around EU on eBay is 627, while a K3 runs for 459 and the K5II sets me back 384, all of them used. At 399 brand new, the K-70 looks at me like a sensible buy.
For my part, i couldn't care less about the built in flash, but when you are on a stance car meet with cars touching the ground with the whole underside of the car instead of the wheels, sometimes you end up like an & trying to get the composition right, so the articulated screen would definetely be handy for me. At the end, the K-1 demonstrated that a movable screen shouldn't be weak!



I'm quite aware of that, as even replacing very bad lenses on the K-5 for better models has made me aware that better tools will only enhance your work as long as you know how to use them. If it makes taking pictures more exigent, i'm all in to improve!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-16-2020, 09:06 AM  
Pentax K-5 replacement - 3 possible cameras
Posted By CapitanXeon
Replies: 26
Views: 1,552
Nice to have a point of reference!

On my instance;

-I already had to buy a grip for the K-5 as my pinky would hit the lens release button at all times, which after some hours can get bothersome. About disabling switches, the absolutey one i'd like to know about is the combined power/stills/video button, which i think can be an issue coming from a K-5.

-As my K-5 isn't dead yet, i will probably figure out a way to test endurance on a real environment without ending dead on my tracks. Also that time, joined with the corona full stop, will allow me to buy batteries at a slower rate.

-Not a wildlife photographer, but i've had to chase a car at night while running on two wheels. Probably will come handy with my not-at-all 18-135mm lens. Cars go brr very fast!

-After all the complains i've heard about bad autofocus on the K-5 on that matter, i've never had an issue chasing a car on track with it. Except when i bump someone's head with a 55-300, but that's a different issue :lol:

-I'm hoping to get the user manual with the camera, but even if i don't, i have enough time in my hands to try the camera and, definetely, to look at the K-70 Pentax Forums manual if available.

-Uhm...i did lose the remote for my K-5 so i've been resorting to the temporizer. I might get accomodated to having a "limited" IR ability, but i definetely have my phone with me at all times. Does WiFi let you see pictures in the camera though?

-I have the MiniHDMI cable for my K-5, if it's the same cable i'm covered, but if i'm not, it's not a high priority issue at this current time. That'd be more a video-guy issue if i'm not mistaken?

All i'm getting is that, doesn't matter which camera i get, it will probably be, at least, better than the K-5, something that conforts me to be honest at the thinking that i would be spending a rough sum of money anyway if i decided to send mine for repairs.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-16-2020, 07:45 AM  
Pentax K-5 replacement - 3 possible cameras
Posted By CapitanXeon
Replies: 26
Views: 1,552
Hi folks!

This is something i've been thinking about in the past

I currently have a very trusty Pentax K-5, which apart from the pink pixels on video (that i don't even use), has been an absolute performer.

Now, currently sitting at around 68000 shots, looks like it's nearing its EOL as the noises in the shitter box, although esporadic, have been a bit more frequent. I know there's still life left in it, but i'm not confident it will reach 100k actuations, so i'm already thinking on getting a second body to be prepared when this one dies.

I have three possible models hovering my head, which are the following:

Pentax KP
I'm not interested in jumping into the full frame boat yet, and even if i wanted, most of my lenses are APS-C so i'd have the same resolution in a K1 that i have in a K5.
Also, we don't K-new specs (not that i could afford it anyway) so currently the KP is the absolute best camera i would buy into the Pentax ecosystem.

Pros:
-24MP
-Up to 819200 ISO (usable images under 6400 make me happy, which is what the K5 delivers me)
-7 FPS (same as K5)
-Pixel shift
-UHS I support
-Bendy screen
-Software AA filter

Cons:
-Extremely short battery life (or that's what some say, i'd need your help here, i've been able to get 1300 shots out of a single K5 genuine battery while it's rated at half)
-No top LCD (can't say if it's an issue with a main screen pointing up?)
-Unless i get an extreme deal, probably not affording it
- max speed at "only" 1/6000 - i've seen myself shooting rather frequently at 1/8000 for some reason, mostly on extremely sunny days, i might have to spend a while looking into ND filters
-8 RAW Buffer

Neutral:
Wifi and smartphone control, nice to haves, but absolutely don't care about it - been sending pictures of my screen from racetracks with great results for the matter :lol:

Pentax K-70
This is one model that has caught my attention, as i could afford it and spec-wise looks like it can do almost everything the KP can do

Pros:
-24MP
-Up to 102400 ISO (again, while it works well under 6400, i'm completely fine)
-Pixel shift
-UHS-I support
-Bendy screen
-Software AA filter
-i might be able to afford it

Cons:
-Again, short battery life that could be mis-stated or somehow exaggerated on my camera
-No top LCD, but again, does it matter with an articulated screen?
-11 RAW Buffer -i don't know if it got bumped up with an update though

Neutral:
6FPS, slower than the K-5 but not by a margin i would care much
Wifi and smartphone control, nice to haves, but absolutely don't care about it - been sending pictures of my screen from racetracks with great results for the matter :lol:

Pentax K-3
While a bit older, the K-3 still has the "flagship carisma" from when it came out (i think?) and therefore the prices i've seen are a bit higher. Still:

Pros:
-24MP
-Articulated screen
-8 FPS
-24 RAW Buffer
-No AA filter

Cons:
51200 ISO -not a con per se, but not an upgrade in any way that we can see on a spec sheet
Fixed screen
Seemingly the best of the three regarding battery life, but not quite there with the K-5

My take

This has been get a bit tiring the last days, as there's so much i can't really tell from cameras from a specsheet, so maybe a KP has the greatest ISO range but can't handle the noise since too soon or things like that, so here's where i need your help. Money and specs get me pointing to the Pentax K-70 as it looks the best option, even with an 11 RAW buffer that, even being slower and shallower than the K-5 one, should be enough as i don't really recall bursts over 2 seconds anyway and 1.83s of burst shooting seems about right to me.

Battery life is a real concern to me though, so i'd like to hear real experiences about those numbers, My shooting consists almost in its entirety on car meets, track days and drift sessions, the reason i'd ideally want a rather fast camera (both on burst speed and through-the-roof-ISO capabilities mean). I've been able to go through that on a single K-5 battery, ending of course with a depleted indicator and spare energy for at most 100 more shots, i consider that stellar and i wouldn't mind having to use two batteries if those are going to last around the same, but 3 to 4 batteries on a single day -with the money that means- would hurt a little. I was this ****er tho.

Just as a punch list:

- 24 MP seems to be mandatory on this case, so i'll take 24MP
- Rather long battery life, even if not quite as good as K-5, but not ourtight a quarter of it
- Same or better ISO performance than the K-5
- I'd like a wiggly screen too but it can be sacrificed if the K-3 turns out to be much better (K-3 II prices around here are hovering the KP prices so i left it off the question)

Sorry for this extremely long post of mine, i hope i can redeem myself answering long posts too :o:lol:
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