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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
k-70 grip
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 16
Views: 526
The K70 is generally bigger and heavier. I'd say push through, you will get used to it, and there are so many other benefits to the newer body: Dual controls, WR, a real pentaprism, flippy screen.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
All three FA Limiteds to be updated + K-1 Mark II J-Limited 01
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 341
Views: 17,862
And here is where you and I disagree; I find the 43 the easiest to love, and the 31 quite the opposite. I prefer the Sigma 30/1.4 for the kind of things I use a fast 30 for. Agree wholeheartedly the 31 is better in general, but for me, the Sigma 30 does what I need it to do better than the 31: Indoor portraits of family and friends.

My most-likely path forward will be to keep the 43 I have, sell the 31 outright, and maybe upgrade the 77 to the HD; but then again, my 77 is a beautiful, early silver MIJ, so I probably won't do that, either.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Lens change
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 28
Views: 921
Carry just the 16-85, and enjoy what photos you can take with it, and don’t fret the photos you didn’t take because you left the other lens at home. I would also pocket a small fast prime for dark places, but not necessary.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 02-20-2021, 03:51 PM  
Best wide angle lens for K-30
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 16
Views: 592
My advice, whichever lens you choose, buy it used, here on the forums for a fair price. Use it for a few months, sell it here on the forums, buy something else, repeat until you find "the one" that you just love to shoot photos with. I have a lot of the options, and I prefer each of them for something different. I have: The Sigma 8-16 and 10-20 f3.5, the Pentax 10-17 fisheye, the 15mm Limited. If I could only keep one, it would be the 15 limited; second would be the fisheye, followed by the Sigmas. I briefly tried the 12-24, but the copy I got wasn't very good and had been abused, so I sent it back.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-09-2021, 12:13 PM  
Finally got the classic Limited
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 26
Views: 1,143
I have what I think it a reasonable minimum set of limiteds: 15/21/31/35/43/77. Substitute the 40 and 70 if you wish, but I like the 43 a little better (sold my 40), and started with the 77, so no reason to try the 70.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-02-2021, 01:24 PM  
Time for a new camera? or lens?
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 16
Views: 1,020
If you can comfortably afford it, I would advise upgrading bodies even if nothing is wrong with your current one. Anything newer is going to be WR, a real Pentaprism and have two control wheels; all game changers for me. The K-70 is the low-cost new option; the KP is not much more and a "better" camera in many ways.

A used K5 would seem like a huge upgrade, though, as would a used K3, provided you can get one in good shape. I'd avoid a K30/K50 just because of the prevalence of the aperture block problem. A used KS2 might be a good buy if you can find a nice one for cheap.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-02-2021, 09:38 AM  
Second hand K1
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 15
Views: 1,201
If you are that severely money limited, I don't think a new camera is your best photography-related purchase.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-02-2021, 08:49 AM  
New to photography
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 27
Views: 767
Almost every interchangeable lens camera system on the market today takes excellent photos. Each has different tradeoffs, and you won't know which system is perfect FOR YOU until you become more experienced with photography and know more what you want. The primary advantages of Pentax over other brands is a wide-range of weather resistant lenses/cameras, and overall more toughness in the bodies. Another advantage at the lower-price tier, Pentax cameras have Pentaprism instead of pentamirror (better view finder) and better controls than lower-spec cameras from Nikon or Canon. The primary disadvantages of Pentax are focus tracking of moving subjects isn't great, and less support from third-party lens manufacturers.

My advice is to get a Pentax K-70 with 18-135 lens and shoot only that for awhile to see what it does and doesn't do for you, or if you even really enjoy photography as a hobby. There are equivalent setups from every manufacturer, and they are all pretty good for around the same money. Just pick one and don't have any regrets, plan on shooting for a year, and then reassess your needs and change systems, or add on lenses or whatever is right for you.
Forum: General Photography 01-29-2021, 07:54 AM  
Reciprocal rule and crop sensors
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 28
Views: 1,021
I don't think your hands are as shaky as you seem to think they are. That's quite excellent!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-27-2021, 11:56 AM  
My 18-50 is gone. Which WR lens to replace it?
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 35
Views: 1,744
The 16-85 is more front-heavy than the 18-135. The 16-85 is better optically; I'd say slightly in the center, and moderately at the edges/corners. The images seem to have a bit more pop outside (better contrast?); probably the coatings.

I've gotten a lot of images I love from the 18-135. I like the 16-85 better. 16 is a nice FL for wide vistas and exaggerated close-ups, 85 is long enough to get it done most of the time; and I usually have the 55-300 along for when it's not. I've also thought about adding the 20-40 into my collection; for when I'm travelling with a super wide (Sigma 8-16 or 10-20), and the 55-300. It would be a good in-between choice with those two along. For me, though, I use 16-20 and 40-85 more than I use 20-40.

A solution to the "front heavy" problem is to change to a Black Rapid style strap. You can even get the version that connects to your regular day pack for hiking. I'll never go back to a camera around my neck.
Forum: General Photography 01-25-2021, 08:45 AM  
135mm full time
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 23
Views: 1,112
As to question B: There is a lot of debate between fixed-length (prime) lenses and zooms. Certainly modern zooms are much better than the old zooms, but prime lenses are, too. I think it depends more on the specific lenses in question now. The very best primes are better than the very best zooms, but the best zooms are better than the mediocre primes. If you are stopped down to f8, the differences are smaller. Wide open, the primes show more difference.

Then there is the fact that prime lenses are usually available with much larger apertures than zooms.

In the end, just pick a lens, and go shooting. I have both zooms and primes, and choose based on mood more than anything. For travel, a good zoom with a wide zoom range is what I like. Closer to home, I shoot primes a lot.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-18-2021, 02:07 PM  
Pentax D FA 100/2,8 WR instead of FA 135/2,8 and 70/2/4?
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 17
Views: 1,037
I think it's important to assess WHY you aren't using them more? What are you using instead? Why are you choosing that?

Also, maybe try doing a "single in" challenge with these lenses where you shoot with only these for a full month, and shooting every single day. There's a social group here at the forum dedicated to the Single In challenge. It's a fun way to really get to know a lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-18-2021, 07:28 AM  
Lens advice for kx or k50
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 33
Views: 1,494
The most budget friendly is the screwdrive version of the Sigma 17-70. If you want to spend a little more, and get more long end, WR and a silent focusing motor, the Pentax 18-135 is the logical choice.

These are both wonderful lenses. The Sigma is a little sharper, and focuses much closer, but the Pentax has nicer colors and better flare resistance. If you buy used for a fair price, buy both and resell whichever you like less. I kept both and use them differently.

The Pentax 16-85 is a little better than either of these, but it is a lot more money and bigger as well.

As an alternative the Sigma 17-50/2.8 or Pentax 16-50/2.8 get you a larger aperture, and these are available used for very reasonable prices now and then.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-14-2021, 08:14 PM  
What Are Your Experiences with 28mm Lenses?
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 119
Views: 5,362
I've got a really low-end 28mm f2.8 from the brand "Formula 5" that has terrible bokeh, not overly sharp, and for some reason I've always liked it.

IMGP6722.jpg by Kozlok1, on Flickr

IMGP9354.jpg by Kozlok1, on Flickr
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 01-12-2021, 06:36 PM  
For Sale: Sigma Art 18-35 F1.8 DC, Sigma 10-20 F3.5 EX DC, Pentax 55-300 F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 7
Views: 1,497
This is literally my travel kit that I take most places.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-06-2021, 08:31 AM  
[New Product Story Vol.8] Aperture coupler is (sorta) back!
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 209
Views: 13,065
I certainly appreciated it; for some reason I've never seen this, and have been looking for a way to correct the EXIF for my Sigma 8-16!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-05-2021, 12:54 PM  
Difference between 35mm macros
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 12
Views: 1,019
This article here on the Forums goes into rather a lot of detail:

HD vs. SMC Pentax Limited Primes Review - Introduction | Reviews
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-10-2020, 08:22 PM  
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art vs. SMCP-FA 43mm
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 26
Views: 1,173
I went the other way, and I think I sold you my 40mm Limited if I recall correctly. The FA43 is a goofy lens, and it has a unique character, and I loved it more than the precise nature of the 40.
Forum: General Photography 12-08-2020, 03:14 PM  
Question for the Engineers: HSM non-Pentax to Pentax? More of a mind game
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 13
Views: 562
As an engineer, I CAN do almost anything like that. It would be more expensive for someone who was not Sigma to do it, since reverse engineering all of the control protocols would be the longest, most expensive part, and Sigma already knows all of that.

Most companies burden engineering cost at somewhere between $200 and $300 per hour. Say it would take 80 hours of engineering time for Sigma to do it, someone would have to buy ~ $20,000 worth of that service just to break even. If I did it, I'd want about 3X that many hours, so if you write me a $60,000 check, I would accomplish what you wish.

This answers the question why companies don't do things that seem like they would be easy to do; even small investments in manpower actually end up being very large outlays in money.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-02-2020, 04:31 PM  
Get ready for a Pentax KP giveaway in December! (this is not the raffle thread)
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 240
Views: 9,857
I never entered in December just because I already have a relatively new K-70 and don't need another, so thought it best to keep the opportunities open for others. I'll be entering this month.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-02-2020, 03:12 PM  
question from potential new KP owner
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 11
Views: 832
If you only want the tilt screen sometimes, Adorama has the K-70 for $350 right now. I'd go that route, and then save up for the K3III as your main camera. You get a lot of camera for your money at that price.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-02-2020, 12:57 PM  
Pentax k-70 successor
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 60
Views: 2,571
This is true, but would it sound good in an advertisement? New K-90, just like the K-70 except without a lousy aperture motor!

K-70/K-S2/K-30 owners will just wait until their current camera dies before replacing, but a new-to-market camera needs some reason to get people with perfectly functioning cameras to upgrade. The megapixel war is petering out, ISO sensitivity isn't getting better very quickly, and I can't imagine a compelling feature that would make me upgrade. Dual card slots, focus tracking, bigger batteries and larger viewfinders will be flagship-only features, so I don't think relevant to a K-70 replacement (but may get me to finally spring for a flagship). I only upgraded from K-S2 to K-70 because I scratched (very small) the sensor and cracked the flash housing, and the cost isn't a big problem for me. Otherwise, I could have limped along with my K-S2 for a few more years. I honestly don't notice much improvement in my shots day-to-day. Yes, high-ISO is better, and that is something nice, but will it be much better in the next-gen?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-01-2020, 09:53 PM  
Pentax k-70 successor
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 60
Views: 2,571
Not sure what else someone might want in a K70-2? It’s probably the best bang-for-the-buck camera out there.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-20-2020, 07:41 AM  
Should I buy this lens?
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 24
Views: 1,389
What lens is this? Did I miss that in the discussion?
Forum: Pentax KP 10-08-2020, 05:29 PM  
Dilemma lens match for KP: HD Limited OR Full frame ???
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 37
Views: 2,417
It seems you have two questions, an upgrade to your 18-55, and a different question about a prime lens, unless I don't understand your question properly.

For upgrading the 18-55, there are several choices, it's up to you. The 18-135 is an upgrade, for sure. Especially in the 18-55 range, it's pretty nice. There are several used in the marketplace for very reasonable prices. But if you want even better, the 16-85 is even better. The biggest improvement over the 18-135 will be overall sharpness, but especially at the edges and corners. More important in landscape than portrait.

However, if your budget was very tight, and you did not need WR, I would choose the Sigma 17-70 DC. The first, screw-driven version. I quite like mine; and still use it frequently even though I own the 16-85. Given your stated need for "product photos" the 17-70 Sigma has an extremely useful, near-macro mode. The photos are also quite sharp. Used, they are very inexpensive (~120 USD). They are not WR, so that's the main benefit of the 16-85. Also the 16-85 has a proper silent motor. But anyway, if you want to try the Sigma, I suggest it highly. Get this one: Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC Macro Lens Reviews - Sigma Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
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