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Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 04-18-2013, 02:03 PM  
New Optio? WG-3?
Posted By gernerttl
Replies: 19
Views: 6,996
These were some macros I took this morning. Enjoy!
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 04-08-2013, 07:22 AM  
New WG-III at a Maroon 5 Concert
Posted By MrThallid
Replies: 7
Views: 2,434
not likely what the camera was designed for, but I did not want to take my Pentax Kx. I took 30 - 40 pictures. I hated maybe 3 and loved 9 enough to PP them... Below should be the original and the PP image scaled to 25% to save space.

Any fault you find in the photos is likely my inexperience with the camera and not a fault of the camera. I opened it Saturday morning with just enough time to charge the battery before heading out. Having said that, C&C quite welcome on both technique, composition, and PP'ing.
Forum: Maintenance and Repair Articles 03-22-2012, 05:04 PM  
Sticky: Pentax Lens Disassembly Database
Posted By Chaos_Realm
Replies: 193
Views: 179,369
Hi all,
I have recently been on the hunt for dis-assembly guides for the purpose of dust removal etc. They seem to be turning up in various places across the forum, so I plan on creating a list of all the Pentax lens disassembly posts here. I will categorise each lens like they are in the 'lens database' and you should be able to see which lenses have a guide and which do not. If I come across multiple guides then I will list them all under that lens so there is coverage or alternative explanations. And hopefully with your help we will be able to put together a substantial resource for the DIYer's here, although I do realize some lenses will never have an owner brave enough to strip down themselves due to the shear value. I know this will take quite some time but I think it will be worth it. I have restricted time at this point but I want to get the ball rolling. So here is what we have:

NB: Currently this tread is only for Pentax K-Mount & M42 Screw-mount lenses. Maybe once this has developed a bit I might look at introducing other pentax Mounts and or third party lenses and permitting time (and success of this resource) a cleaning guide with tips on tools and techniques. I am trying not to bite off more than I can chew for the moment so we will just stick with lenses listed below.

Digital Era K-mount Lenses Film Era K-Mount Lenses
  • FA Prime Lenses

  • FA Zoom Lenses
    • SMC FA 20-35mm F4 AL

    • SMC FA 24-90mm F3.5-4.5 AL [IF]

    • SMC FA* 28-70mm F2.8 AL

    • SMC FA 28-70mm F4 AL

    • SMC FA 28-80mm F3.5-4.7

    • SMC FA 28-80mm F3.5-5.6

    • SMC FA 28-80mm F3.5-5.6 AL

    • SMC FA 28-90mm F3.5-5.6

    • SMC FA 28-105mm F3.2-4.5 AL [IF]

    • SMC FA 28-105mm F4-5.6

    • SMC FA 28-105mm F4-5.6 [IF]

    • SMC FA 28-200mm F3.8-5.6 AL [IF]

    • SMC FA 35-80mm F4-5.6

    • SMC FA 70-200mm F4-5.6

    • SMC FA* 80-200mm F2.8 ED [IF]

    • SMC FA 80-200 F4.7-5.6

    • SMC FA 80-320 F4.5-5.6

    • SMC FA 100-300mm F4.5-5.6

    • SMC FA 100-300mm F4.7-5.8

    • SMC FA* 250-600mm F5.6 ED [IF]

  • FA J Zoom Lenses
    • SMC FA J 18-35mm F4-5.6

    • SMC FA J 28-80mm F3.5-5.6 AL

    • SMC FA J 75-300mm F4.5-5.8 AL

  • F Prime Lenses
    • SMC F 28mm F2.8

    • SMC F 50mm F1.4

    • SMC F 50mm F1.7

    • SMC F 50mm F2.8 Macro

    • SMC F 85mm F2.8 Soft

    • SMC F 100mm F2.8 Macro

    • SMC F 135mm F2.8 [IF]

    • SMC F* 300mm F4.5 ED [IF]

    • SMC F* 600mm F4 ED [IF]

  • F Zoom Lenses

  • A Prime Lenses

  • A Zoom Lenses
    • SMC A 24-50mm F4

    • SMC A 28-80mm F3.5-4.5

    • SMC A 28-135mm F4

    • SMC A 35-70mm F3.5-4.5

    • SMC A 35-70mm F4

    • SMC A 35-80mm F4-5.6

    • SMC A 35-105mm F3.5

    • SMC A 35-135mm F3.5-4.5

    • SMC A 35-210mm F3.5-4.5

    • SMC A 70-210mm F4

    • SMC A 80-200mm F4.7-5.6

  • M Prime Lenses

  • M Zoom Lenses
    • SMC M 24-35mm F3.5

    • SMC M 24-50mm F4

    • SMC M 28-50mm F3.5-4.5

    • SMC M 35-70mm F2.8-3.5

    • SMC M 40-80mm F2.8-4

    • SMC M 75-150mm F4

    • SMC M 80-200mm F4.5

  • K Prime Lenses

  • K Zoom Lenses
    • SMC K 28-50mm F3.5-4.5

    • SMC K 45-125mm F4

    • SMC K 80-200mm F4.5

    • SMC K 85-210mm F3.5

    • SMC K 85-210mm F4.5

    • SMC K 135-600mm F6.7

    • SMC K Reflex 400-600mm F8-12

  • Non SMC Prime Lenses
    • Takumar A 28mm F2.8

    • Takumar 28mm F2.8 Bayonet

    • Takumar 135mm F2.5 Bayonet

    • Takumar 135mm F2.8 Bayonet

  • Non SMC Zoom Lenses
    • Pentax A 28-80mm F3.5-4.5

    • Pentax F 28-80mm F3.5-4.5

    • Takumar A 28-80mm F3.5-4.5

    • Takumar F 28-80mm F3.5-4.5

    • SMC Pentax AF 35-70mm F2.8

    • Pentax A 70-200mm F4

    • Takumar A 70-200mm F4-5.6

    • Takumar F 70-200mm F4-5.6

    • Takumar F 70-210mm F4-5.6

    • Takumar A 70-210mm F4-5.6

    • Takumar 80-200mm F4.5 Bayonet

M42 Screw Mount Lenses
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-16-2013, 02:12 PM  
Vote for our K-30 giveaway winners! (ended)
Posted By Adam
Replies: 9
Views: 4,930
The time has come for us to determine the winners of our Pentax K-30 giveaway! The winners will be announced next weekend.

All you need to do is read, comment on, and rate your favorite articles! We'll determine the winners based on the ratings, and then ship out the K-30 and WG-2 to our winners!

All the articles submitted are found here:
Influential Photo Gear - Homepage Blog
Favorite Photos - Homepage Blog

Full listing of "influential gear" photos:
All "favorite photos" entries:

For background information on his giveaway, please visit this post:
The PentaxForums "2 million post" Giveaway - Pentax Camera News & Rumors -
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-18-2012, 01:41 AM  
Cheer up!
Posted By gazonk
Replies: 177
Views: 22,024
I know it's a bit depressing that there's no FF even under glass at Photokina, and that the 645D II didn't show up either (but hey, the new Leica S hasn't got a new sensor either, we probably have to wait a little longer). But if you could just relax a little bit and have a closer look at the actual new products from Pentax, what's not to like? The K30 has just been out for a short while and has really impressed reviewers, and apparently also sells well. The K-5 II may seem very boring to us gear heads, but hey, it's one of the best cameras in the known universe made even better! In many ways the K-5 II is a better camera than the Canon 6D and even the D600. They probably can't compete at all with the silk-smooth low noise shutter/mirror of the K-5 II, the build quality is probably not quite the same, the max shutter speed is lower, for HDR geeks the K-5 is much better with 5-frame bracketing... the list goes on! (And of course the price is much lower)

What about the complaints about the Prime II in the K-5 II? I simply think that Prime M probably can't do 14 bit RAW, and of course it would be silly to introduce a K-5 II with less DR than K-5. The K-5 is the right camera if you want no compromises in still image IQ (I use my K-5 @ ISO 80 most of the time, it's just amazing how much you can do with those RAW files), the K30 is better for video. I see one bad decision from Pentax here, though: The K30 should have had a microphone jack.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 07-29-2012, 08:38 PM  
Any Rugged P+S cameras with RAW?
Posted By Internetpilot
Replies: 17
Views: 4,184
I just bought one and have been messing with it for a week. I really like this camera. Awesome camera for a rugged P&S. Usually you have to sacrifice a lot more photography features and quality for the ruggedness.

Yes, it has both shadow/highlight correction, but in testing them I couldn't see where they did all that well. Since I was trying it with both of them set to "on" it may have been cancelling each other out, so to speak??? Not really sure. I find that when I have the quality setting at the highest, IQ boost turned on, sharpness and contrast bumped up, and the mode set to "P", it takes pictures and video better than any other P&S I've owned. My old Pentax wireless remote operates it, too. I think they now sell a waterproof version of that remote for the WG series for not too much $. The now typical P&S features of face, smile, and blink detection are very new to me, but I'm finding them very useful. I took a self-portrait group shot the other day, and rather than use the remote or timer-run technique, I just told everyone not to smile until we all were ready. 1-2-3 "smile" and the camera saw the smiles and took the pic. This might not be such a "WOW" thing for some of you, but it definitely was for me.

It offers 1080p/30fps video, which is very nice, but it also has a 720p/60fps video mode, which would be pretty cool stuff on a bike. It also has a configurable time lapse setting that then converts your stills into a video, and it even has a lo-res 60fps video function that designed for smooth slow-motion playback, which you also might find useful on your bike.

The LEDs around the lens could be used as a marker/visibility light, but it doesn't project far enough to use a true headlight.

I bought mostly to serve as my fishing camera, but after using it for a week I'm thinking I'll use it for more than that. I'll probably be leaving the K-X kit at home (or at least back at whatever home-base I'm operating out of on vacation, etc.), and just take this little beastie with me instead. It would be nice to go light for a change.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-11-2010, 02:30 AM  
Photokina 2010, Pentax and the full frame mystery
Posted By falconeye
Replies: 727
Views: 124,366
I see this as follows:
  1. Pentax decided to keep its foot in the enthusiast market which is a good thing.

  2. They had to decide whether to go after the 5D2 or 7D market. According to the BCN stat I linked in my article, in 2010H1, the (older) 5D2 had half the unit sales of the (newer and cheaper) 7D.

  3. For Photokina 2010's K-5, they obviously decided to go after the 7D market share (probably with somewhat better low ISO performance). I can't criticise that decision (*).

My point is that the year is close where the reverse decision is the better one. One could ask that Pentax does both but I'm not sure they have the resources.

(*) Only critics: 7D excels in the AF department. It may have been too tough for Pentax engineering to meet this challenge. Then, it could have been better to go after the 5D2 market instead. We'll see. A great AF module from Pentax would be ... great, of course.
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