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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11 Hours Ago  
Thematic Post Your Cloudscapes
Posted By Na Horuk
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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 2 Days Ago  
Another film SLR revival project pops up.
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 23
Views: 452
Oh btw, does anyone know if that cheap Kmount Vivitar SLR is still available? How about we change its production to have a little better materials, slap on some fake leather, and sell it at 20x markup? :D
Add a PentaxForums logo on it and I'm interested!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 2 Days Ago  
Another film SLR revival project pops up.
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 23
Views: 452
This! I could totally see it as a fun novelty, if it were priced lower than a DSLR. But at that price you can get a sweet DSLR, or a top older SLR fully cleaned, repaired
Forum: Pentax KP 3 Days Ago  
Torn with KP :)
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 16
Views: 577
Pentax K-30 vs. Pentax KP vs. Pentax K-S2 - Pentax Camera Comparison - PentaxForums.com

I am surprised there would be strain, since the KP is about the same weight. Could it be something else, like handling cameras in different ways, or doing work before handling the camera? Or maybe you need to adjust your handholding, if the camera is differently shaped. And I agree, the KP look amazing, and has some nice features as well!
Forum: Lens Clubs 3 Days Ago  
DA35 f2.4 - the Plastic Fantastic club
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 978
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A BW shot processed in RawTherapee


Erfurt cathedral
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Samyang 85mm f1.4 for weddings
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 18
Views: 777
Haha sorry. Then just get the Samyang 85mm!

Reason I was on board with the Tamron 90mm is that I was considering the Samyang 85mm some years ago, but decided to buy Pentax DFA 100mm instead. I don't regret that choice, but I do not take portraits or do weddings.
Seems like you know what you want, so go for it. The Samyang is not super expensive, so you can still sell it at a minimal loss if its really not for you. You can check the user reviews and the Samyang lens club thread to see samples with that lens
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 3 Days Ago  
Got the Pentax K-1 limited Silver Edition & Sigma Art Lens
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Wow, what a combo! Looks amazing!
Welcome and enjoy! Feel free to post photos in the photo forum or thematic photo threads
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
To FA* 24/2 or not?
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 46
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I don't think we can tell you that. If you have the budget, buy one and you can sell it used with a minimal loss, in case you find you never use it. I think 555euro is a bit expensive, though. You can get an older manual 24mm at much lower cost if you want to just do a test with its FoV. The image quality (sharpness, starbursts) won't be the same, but FoV will be. Go on a couple walks with just that focal length and see how much you like it

The lens looks very appealing especially because it is FF and we don't know when Pentax will even announce a 24mm FF prime.
I think you should make a list by bullet points and then compare it to alternatives like Samyang 24mm, Pentax A 24mm,.. Pentax DA 15mm (known for nice rendering, thought its not FF)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 4 Days Ago  
Thematic Show your texture, pattern, repetition, shape etc. shots here!
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 1,291
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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Samyang 85mm f1.4 for weddings
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 18
Views: 777
That's actually a really interesting idea.
Lack of AF and difficult, shallow DoF might be tough for weddings, where time is of the essence. A macro lens, even an older Pentax 100mm macro can solve this. Macro lenses dont usually have super fast AF, but at least they have AF. And they are known for very sharp photos. If you focus in the macro range, the DoF becomes very shallow; but you cant fill the whole frame with just the brides eyes..
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-16-2017, 12:49 PM  
Difference between HD DA 40mm f/2.8 40 (red) and DA 40mm f/2.8 (green) lens
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 27
Views: 969
That looks like an amazing price! You'll get a great, super compact lens with snappy AF and amazing Pentax colours, contrasts. The "limited" lenses have a special character
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-16-2017, 12:40 PM  
Samyang 85mm f1.4 for weddings
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 18
Views: 777
Do a test. Try 85mm, 135mm, 200mm at f2.8. There should still be plenty of bokeh

Oh and btw, Pentax announced an 85mm prime, but it will take some time before it comes out. The Samyang is readily available and very affordable with great IQ, but it has MF. And MF is difficult with such shallow DoF. So if you are willing to practice with MF lenses, go for it! If you want the comfort of AF.. well, maybe you can use CiF. If you buy the Samyang used you can sell it at a minimal cost if you don't like it
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 11-16-2017, 10:25 AM  
Thinking about a Pentax mirrorless.....
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 9
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Whether a lens fits a camera depends on mount. Generally, each camera brand has its own mount (actually, more than one).
Pentax has Kmount for the DSLRs (APSC, FF; for example K-S1, K-70, K-1) and the only Kmount mirrorless camera is the K-01. I like it, I have been using it for years. But it is fairly old technology with some specifics. Modern mirrorless from Sony, Fuji, Oly seem to be much faster. The K-01 image quality is great, but its AF and bust rate are fairly slow. IF those things are important to you, then it might not be the camera for you.
Pentax also has Q series of cameras, which are much smaller and are Q mount. These are also mirrorless. They can take Kmount lenses with adapter.
Most small mirrorless cameras can use an adapter for various other brand lenses, but there might be limitations (for example, no AF at all).

Ultimately, I would recommend you get a K-S1. It is not expensive, it is a full DSLR, with a good viewfinder. Its mirrorless mode is probably the same as the K-01, but the K-S1 is newer technology. And the camera is still super compact, one of the smallest DSLRs ever made with that sensor size. You can check Pentax cameras here (user reviews and in depth forum reviews): https://www.pentaxforums.com/camerareviews/pentax-k-mount-dslrs-c1.html

Fuji has some great lenses btw, but they tend to cost a lot. But if you want the top notch Pentax lenses, they are not super cheap, either.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-16-2017, 06:03 AM  
Difference between HD DA 40mm f/2.8 40 (red) and DA 40mm f/2.8 (green) lens
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 27
Views: 969
This might help:
HD vs. SMC Pentax Limited Primes Review - Introduction | PentaxForums.com Reviews

HD has newer lens coatings, which should improve IQ a little, especially contrast and flare resistance.
Some SMC DA limited lenses have special starburst, which are no longer the same on the HD DA limited versions because of the different aperture blades (smoother bokeh, but less distinct starburst diffraction spikes), but this is mostly relevant to the wide angle like 15mm and 21mm.
If you are on a budget, get DA 40mm XS. If you want the top option, get the HD (red ring) version. Or look for used lenses at Keh.com, ebay, PF marketplace for the best deal on one of the Pentax 40mm primes and get that one

I have DA 40mm XS and its optics are good, but the 27mm filter thread and lack of lens hood can be annoying sometimes. It has, as far as we know, the same optics as the SMC DA, but with rounded blades.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-15-2017, 03:29 AM  
Pentax-DA 15mm F4 distortion vs Pentax HD Pentax DA 21mm f/3.2
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 34
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That sounds like a great kit, very close to what I have. My first Pentax prime was DA 35mm f2.4, and the DFA 100mm is an amazing telephoto, very versatile (can be used for portraits, product photography, macro,..). But instead of DA 15mm I have Samyang 14mm (was much, much more affordable than the 15mm at that time). Not very long ago I got a used SMC DA 21mm and it is starting to replace my DA 35mm (now often choose to carry DA 40mm XS instead of 35mm, as its lighter and further from 21mm)
The great thing about Pentax is you can use lenses from the 80s and 90s and they still work on your new camera. Many of those old lenses have great character and good sharpness. Some of my lenses are even older, like Helios 44-2.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-14-2017, 04:41 PM  
Pentax-DA 15mm F4 distortion vs Pentax HD Pentax DA 21mm f/3.2
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 34
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What primes do you already have? I enjoy the DA 21mm very much, wonderful colours and contrasts, very compact, and good sharp rendering of details. The main downsides are its aperture and distortion. The aperture is not a big problem, at least for me, because most of the time I use the lens between f5.6 an f8 anyway (for DoF). Distortion is a bit of a problem, though. Definitely not a portrait lens imo. But it depends how you angle the lens. If the camera is level and parallel to the subject the distortion is not that annoying, but if you angle it, then the distortion is visible on straight lines. But overall a great lens.

Btw, I think both of these lenses have their own threads on the forum and lot of user reviews. I doubt either lens will disappoint you, just get the FoV that you don't have yet. 15mm is really wide, very very wide. 21mm is wide, but manageable and has a bigger range of uses
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-14-2017, 04:32 AM  
How to squeeze the best from the 18-55 kit lens?
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 11
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I think that lens is sharpest around 35mm and f8. Doing good PP can help, like increasing contrasts, adjusting hues, adding sharpening. Using the lens hood, low ISO, having a steady hand are also big factors in overall image quality. Finding good light is important as well.
But overall its really difficult to quantify why one lens is better than another. Sure, there are sharpness and CA and flare resistance, but there is more to it than that. The DA 21mm limited gives such amazing colours, contrasts, something the kit lens never did for me. If you shoot raw and are good at PP, you can bring the kit lens closer, but its easier if you start with a better lens.

So I think the tips above are already pretty good.

Oh, and interesting you mention trying different copies. Some years ago we had a thread where someone tested a lot of these kit lenses and found big differences between copies. The best one was actually pretty good, but some were terrible. I guess part of the reason why its affordable is that there is less precision during manufacture and QC
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-12-2017, 10:37 PM  
My beloved 16-85 failure!
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 24
Views: 975
Most repair shops give you a quote on how much it would cost and how long it would take after they take a look at it. Then you can decide to pay the repairs or to just pay the "diagnosis" fee and they send it right back. Maybe there are some local repair shops that can fix it without slow shipping?
Or think about buying another used copy, taking it for the trip, and then selling one of the lenses when you get back (with appropriate warnings of course).
Or you can rent one just for the trip? Its a versatile lens, so it might make sense to just get another copy, but maybe this time with extended warranty, if possible

That, or (temporarily) buy a Tamron 17-50mm f2.8. Very affordable, but better than the kit lens with fast aperture. There are other options like the Pentax 16-45mm or Pentax, Tamron, Sigma 17-70mm. If you buy a used lens, you can sell it a couple months later with minimal cost to you. But none of them have the range of the 16-85mm, which really seems like a quality lens in many respects. The 18-55mm is not an amazing lens, but using it at f8 around 24-40mm its quite acceptable, especially if you shoot raw and do some PP. And remember the old adage: "The best lens is the one you have!"

Too bad about the problem, hope you get it sorted
Forum: Visitors' Center 11-12-2017, 05:17 PM  
.PEF to .RAW
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 9
Views: 461
Pef is the Pentax container for raw data. Raw data is always in some container, like Pef, Dng, Nef, Cr2.. Depends on camera brand. Dng is the most "universal" one. Raw files are good for global edits like adjusting brightness and contrast, and some small edits like removing dust spots or red eye. For bigger changes and edits you need to export the raw file into uncompressed Tiff and then edit that in Photoshop or Gimp.

Here is a list of things you should try to fix your problem:
a) You can try to update Photoshop's Camera Raw (This is the part of the software that actually opens raw files). Over time, new updates to this expand its compatibility with more cameras. There are lists that tell you which cameras an update is compatible with. Newer one contains more compatibilities
b) You can use Adobe DNG converter tool (free tool, should be able to turn pef into dng)
c) You can update the firmware of your K-x to the latest one (this has some improvements and expands compatibility). Many threads and posts about how to do this, even youtube video.
d) You can use SilkyPix or Lightroom or RawTherapee (free) or any other raw software. Most of them can open Pef files. You can check their specifications online.
You can then export the raw into Tiff files for more in depth editing in Photoshop. Remember that Lightroom, SilkyPix, RawTherapee already do a fine job Post processing raw files, so you don't really need Photoshop unless you want to do big edits, like adding or removing things from the photo

The workflow should be: 1) Open dng or pef and do global post processing in raw software
2) Export as tiff and do specific edits in Photoshop
3) Export as jpeg for sharing or online publishing. Most print shops can print from tiff files, but tiff files are too big to send via email and can not be opened on just any computer, as they need specific software
Forum: Pentax K-01 11-11-2017, 11:36 AM  
is the pentax k01 still worth buying in 2017 ?
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 24
Views: 1,028
I think that a used K-S1 is so affordable that it might not make sense to go with K-01. Technology keeps improving
I like my K-01 and still use it a lot. It has a good sensor, but the camera is old and I don't think 250euro for body only is a "great" deal, unless it is in pristine condition and you really appreciate it for what it is.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-09-2017, 12:38 PM  
Laowa 12 mm K-mount problem
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 7
Views: 426
Maybe you can upload a photo of the mount?
If the edges are jagged and not machined well, you can try using a fine grit sand paper (200, 400?). But you have to be very careful not to go too far with it. And sanding might remove protective coatings that some mounts have (not sure about the Laowa one, I don't have a Laowa lens). You can try sending it back for a return if its within warranty, but you might get an exact same lens back. Not a lot of people on this form have a Laowa lens yet. The 12mm seems like a really cool lens, so try to make it work
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-09-2017, 08:49 AM  
What is the most compact/light Pentax zoom lenses?
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 21
Views: 842
Nothing wrong with getting a WR lens even if your camera is not WR. Maybe you have more than one camera, or will get a WR camera some day. And the lens itself might still be more resistant to environmental effects. If its a good lens, its a good lens; no need to avoid it because it has a feature you might not use it. Budget is another issue..

That F zoom has decent reviews: https://www.pentaxforums.com/lensreviews/SMC-Pentax-F-35-70mm-F3.5-4.5-Macro-Zoom-Lens.html
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-09-2017, 08:43 AM  
Laowa 12 mm K-mount problem
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 7
Views: 426
You mean the focus ring? Or the lens mount?

Many new lenses have a sharp mount and it scrapes a little when mounted. Usually this goes away after a couple months of use. The mount should be tight, and when the lens is new, it is a little tighter than it needs to be. But I don't have that lens, so I don't know how your lens is mounting. Make sure the camera and lens mount are clean and free of damage or grime.
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-09-2017, 03:40 AM  
Fw 1.43
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 20
Views: 1,793
But what if it includes other, hidden updates? :eek:
;)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-09-2017, 03:31 AM  
What is the most compact/light Pentax zoom lenses?
Posted By Na Horuk
Replies: 21
Views: 842
I just go with compact primes instead ;) DA 21mm, DA 40mm XS. add DA 70mm or one of the older 85mm and you have a really nice kit.
If I were thinking of using zoom lenses, I would definitely go for the DA 20-40mm, it seems like a great lens
I use DA 21mm, M 28mm, DA 40mm, DA 35mm, DFA 100mm and Samyang 14mm on my K-01. I usually carry only three of these at a time. Makes for a versatile and fun kit and its not too heavy for hikes or travel
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