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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Seeking advice: DFA Zooms vignetting on film SLRs
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 14
Views: 500
Not having read the review you are referring to, and not having used the 28-105, I can't comment specifically regarding that lens. However I can say that vignetting is not uncommon at all with wide angle lenses, especially at wide open apertures. You have to remember that light is traveling much further to get to the film at the corners in a wide angle lens then it is in the center. Closing the aperture is usually the solution.

I have a wonderful Vivitar 28/1.9 from the screwmount era that vignettes like crazy until I close the aperture down to about f/4. The vignetting is quite obvious on film but I can usually reduce it quite well with a bit of dodging and burning while printing. Of course if you scan your negatives then Photoshop will take care of your problem quite easily.

Is the vignetting you are referring to in this review happening at the wide end of the zoom or throughout the entire focal range of the zoom?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
50-ish macro thoughts
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 12
Views: 466
All depends on how close you think you need to be. I used the Sigma 50 Macro for a very long time on various Pentax digital and film cameras and was perfectly happy. I took my pictures at a decent distance (obviously not 1:1) and enlarged them a bit in post processing if I thought I needed to be a bit closer.Obviously a 100 will allow you to stand off a little further but for that matter something even longer gives you even more stand off room. For me, the two best purchases I ever made for macro work was not a lens, it was a ring flash and an adjustable macro focusing rail for my tripod. These two items made more difference in the quality of my macros then anything else, including lenses, that I ever bought.

I now use the Pentax 100mm Macro with weather resistance, but more for the WR then anything. I still use the Sigma macro in the house for other items because (imho) it takes better photos then my Pentax and Vivitar options. It is just a very, very good lens.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 5 Days Ago  
And you're disgruntled with Pentax??
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 38
Views: 3,126
I guess that an F6 doesn't

You'll have to pardon us old timers. It is likely we don't have any idea what we are talking about.;)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 5 Days Ago  
And you're disgruntled with Pentax??
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 38
Views: 3,126
Practice is most certainly the key. It is truly amazing how good you can get if you don't know any better.

If you really think you have it tough with the latest AF from Pentax try shooting sports with a Tele Rolleflex for a year, or any other medium format camera with a waist level viewfinder.

One; you will be absolutely amazed at how good you can get even though it seems absolutely impossible in the beginning.

Two; you will never complain about anybody's autofocus system ever again. :D

Three; by the end of the year you may find you prefer the Rolleiflex.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
People Pike Place Market at night with Maddy - Film, K1000 + 50mm 1.4
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 7
Views: 366
Very nicely done. Love that grain!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 5 Days Ago  
And you're disgruntled with Pentax??
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 38
Views: 3,126
Somehow I just can't generate any empathy for this poor Canon sufferer. It must be really rough to be saddled with some of the finest photographic equipment ever made.

Chasing the next newest thing is a sure way to be dissatisfied with what you have.
Forum: Pentax K-01 11-13-2017, 12:21 PM  
is the pentax k01 still worth buying in 2017 ?
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 24
Views: 1,028
The K-01 is just fine and most definitely worth it even now, particularly at the low prices you can buy it for.

I shoot grandkids, dogs, sports through high school level, landscapes, macros and many other types of photos with it. About the only thing I haven't tried to do with it is wildlife photography, but only because it looks a bit silly with a long telephoto attached. I strongly suspect it could do that as well if I played around with it for awhile.

It works quite well with vintage, manual focus lenses and focus peaking is certainly a nice plus if you are working off of a tripod. My old eyes combined with shaky hands make working with focus peaking handheld a real challenge so I don't even try.

My major pet peeve has to do with using only the back view screen for everything. First, strong sunlight from behind washes out the view screen. This can be handled by using a hood over the view screen but that option makes the camera more bulky.

The second problem is holding the camera steady, especially with longer focal lengths. Because you are holding the camera out in front of you it is very hard to stabilize longer lenses. The in camera lens stabilization makes this easier to do but it isn't a total cure all. I do use a tripod or monopod with this camera far more frequently then I do with my K10D or K-5iiS when using lenses longer the 90mm.

With the new firmware and short lenses (the Limited 21 is a great example) it makes an awesome street camera. The autofocus is pretty quick and you really don't need to hold it up to look through the display screen if you practice with it. It becomes a great point and shoot if you work with it for a bit. I don't own one but I think that the 15mm Limited would also be a great lens on this camera.

The image is beautiful. Most Pentax camera output is quite exceptional in my opinion. They seem to get the best out of the sensors they work with. I usually work with DNG RAW but I have had really good luck with the jpeg output as well. Just make sure you adjust your white balance (auto white is not bad but not the best) and set the saturation to Natural. Saturation can always be added later in post but IMHO it is harder to desaturate jpegs.

Like just about any camera out there you have to buy it, learn it, use it and experiment to get the best out of it. You probably won't be as as happy if you just pick it up and start shooting without understanding it. A lot of people have maligned the camera just because it isn't a DSLR instead of just accepting it for what it is and learning to use it properly.

Because of what it is there are certain types of photography it is very good at, and others that it can do but not as easily as a DSLR. With the right lens it is a terrific street camera. It does wonderful landscapes. I love it for portraits off of a tripod. I can use focus peaking that way to get accurate focus right where I want. For the same reasons it is a wonderful macro camera.

The autofocus is pretty quick, but not blazing fast. This is really no different than any other Live View camera out there in its age range. The firmware upgrade did a lot to improve this but it will never equal other Pentax DSLRs.

Live View also uses the battery more so battery life will not be as good as your K-5. Not a big deal, buy extra batteries. Charge them and carry them and you will be happy.

Now for the $10,000 question. Will it work for you? I don't know and only you can really answer this question. If you prefer working with a viewfinder, probably not. If you need blazing fast autofocus, probably not. If you want to use long telephoto lenses, probably not. If you are going to photograph college or professional sports you will probably look silly, especially if you use the yellow one. :D

Other than those things I think it is a terrific camera for the money if you are willing to learn how to use it. For the great majority of people on this forum, if they were really honest with themselves, it is probably the only camera they really need.

It really is one of the most under-rated, used, digital cameras available on the market today. For that reason it can be bought for pennies on the dollar.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-25-2017, 10:55 AM  
Ks, 1s, and 0s - My Journey from the K1000 to the K10D to the K-1 (Lots of Photos)
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 8
Views: 792
Very good post Built to Spill. It was good enough I almost went out and bought a battery grip for my K10D until I realized that I have been happy as a pig in mud all this time without it. The battery life is so good I never missed it. Guess I'll have to survive a while longer with no battery grip to weigh down my K10D.

Besides, as much as I enjoy Pentax's digital cameras I still use the K1000 and its' M 50/2 more than all of my digital cameras combined. After all these years it still "just fits."

Love the photos you included, they made the post very enjoyable. The portraits are great.

Keep up the good work.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-25-2017, 10:21 AM  
Pentax's status in "Best Camera" reviews
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 14
Views: 1,352
I suspect that there are soooo many people using Canon, Nikon and Fuji that Pentax doesn't even show up in the sales numbers. As a result there is very little motivation for any of these sites to even consider testing them. It takes time to conduct even a half ass test so most reviewers try to limit the cameras they check out to those brands where they have a chance of pulling in high hit counts.

Most of the time I don't even waste my time looking at these top camera posts, but I am convinced that Pentax has been at the top of the heap in quality and useability since the K-5 hit the shelves. But the internet does not survive on truth in reviewing, only on hit counts.

In reality, the few reviewers that seem to do a pretty decent job of telling the truth and not just regurgitating the sales literature are those where you have to pay to see their reviews. That independence allows them to take an honest look at what is available.

EDIT - and don't forget, reviewers are people just like everyone else. They are just as subject to being blown away by advertising hype as any other person in the world.
Forum: Pentax Q 09-19-2017, 06:25 PM  
Any adaptable lenses make the Q truly pocketable?
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 9
Views: 657
I frequently use the pinhole lens cap but that really doesn't qualify as a lens as most think of one. But it is certainly pocketable at that point.
Forum: Pentax Q 08-30-2017, 08:17 PM  
Q construction
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 16
Views: 1,125
I have been avoiding it but it appears that I should consider picking up a Q-S1 body based on comments made here. I'll have to do a bit of shopping around to see what i available out there.
Forum: Pentax Q 08-23-2017, 10:36 PM  
Q construction
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 16
Views: 1,125
I own the Q and the Q7 and use them interchangeably.

If I spent a lot of time exhaustively evaluating both cameras the Q may be just a smidgen better built. Since I don't, they feel the same to me when I am using them.

Likewise, if I spent a lot of time pixel peeping the images that come from both cameras I may discover that the Q7 provides a smidgen better image quality. But I rarely pixel peep anything, and we are talking about miniature cameras with miniature sensors.

I am far more interested in the fact that either camera will produce stunningly beautiful prints using a form factor that makes most DSLR cameras look like monsters.

I am pretty sure you will enjoy whichever Q you decide to buy. After all, they are the best miniature photography system available anywhere. Perhaps even the best camera system available irregardless of size.

EDIT - To clarify, "smidgen" is the scientific term for just about anything that is just barely more than the other, but very difficult to measure accurately. :D
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-11-2017, 12:18 PM  
Pentax repair by Eric Hendrickson
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 428
Views: 83,709
I have sent quite a few cameras and lenses to Eric for repair.

Not everything came back in perfect condition but he stood behind his work. That is what has always been his biggest strength in my book. No excuses just; "send it back and I'll check it out." IMHO he is a very good repair technician and an honest man.

I am very glad he has a new technician to help him and learn from him. I hope he is as good a teacher as he is a repair tech.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-21-2017, 11:54 AM  
Is Yongnuo YN560 II a proper manual flash for learning?
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 11
Views: 519
Thanks boriscleto, I did catch that. :)

But there is no reason to be worried about P-TTL if you will use the flash only with a P-30T. If one would like to save money then an inexpensive 5$ Ebay Vivitar flash will work just fine, maybe even better, on the P-30T.

I felt, and perhaps should not have, that it would be useful to know how to ensure the flash can be used between both digital and film cameras.

However, feel free to ignore the information if it is not needed.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-21-2017, 11:31 AM  
Is Yongnuo YN560 II a proper manual flash for learning?
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 11
Views: 519
Measure the flash trigger voltage of the flash you are unsure of by using a digital multimeter.

Turn the flash on and make sure it is charged. Turn your multimeter on and set it to measure dc voltage. Place the black, or negative probe, of the multi meter against the negative post of the flash. This is usually found along the edge of the shoe. Next, place the red probe against the center pin on the bottom of the flash. The multimeter will read the trigger voltage between these two locations.

If the voltage is below 10 volts then it should be fine for all Pentax digital SLR cameras. If it reads above 10 volts but below 25 volts it will be safe for Pentax K series digital cameras, but not the istD series.

All my Yongnuo flash units measure about 6 volts (my shaky hands make it difficult to hold the probes in place long enough to get a steady reading.)

All but one of my Vivitar 283 and 285 HV flashes measure about 8 volts. The other one is about 250 volts. I have put a piece of red electrical tape around it and use it only on my film cameras.

Also, be certain that the polarity of the voltage is correct. Any voltage in reverse polarity may damage your camera. If you place the black probe on the metal terminal along the side edge of the hot shoe, and the red probe on the center post at the bottom of the hot shoe, you should get a positive reading. If you meter gives you a reading with a negative sign in front of the reading then your flash trigger voltage polarity is negative and should never be used on any digital camera.

But do not take my word for it, measure your own. That way you can be sure that your own flash units are safe...or not.

EDIT - Of course, if you are buying a new Pentax flash that is shown in your camera manual as being compatible with your camera, then you can assume that it is safe.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-19-2017, 07:13 PM  
teleconverter help - which brand works with the SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm WR
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 14
Views: 632
I personally would stay away from using a TC on a zoom. The further you reach out the more light you need to see what you want to photograph. This not only applies to your autofocus system but also to your own eyes. Unless you want to pack around a very large zoom lens with the glass (and weight) needed to maintain at least a 2.8 aperture throughout the entire zoom range, then a TC is a waste of time.

The alternative options already discussed are far more likely to be satisfactory.
Forum: General Photography 07-18-2017, 12:42 AM  
Photobucket sharing
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 5
Views: 427
No kidding. I cancelled my account and am now uploading my photos through my own website.

So far this outrageous extortion is only coming through Photobucket. Other hosting websites like Flikr have not yet taken this path so they may remain an option if you can download your photos and transfer them.

There is another post around here somewhere under General Discussion or some such.

I think this is the one.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-17-2017, 04:53 PM  
From Pentax K5/Q7 to Oly EM-5 II
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 10
Views: 689
...or you can go shoot the waterfall in the moonlight...
Forum: General Photography 07-17-2017, 11:31 AM  
Photobucket Links Broken
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 7
Views: 571
Thanks for the correction wombat2go. It is certainly possible for people to digitally copy photographs online. I guess the point is, I am not giving them permission to do so. I still have legal recourse if I wish to use it.

On Photobucket (and other similar services) it is clearly a different situation. You have basically given up all legal right to anything you publicly share and you have no recourse.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-17-2017, 11:15 AM  
From Pentax K5/Q7 to Oly EM-5 II
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 10
Views: 689
I don't think that the Q system has any serious limitations beyond the fact that your wife seems to have taken it for her own. To be honest I really don't blame her since it is a fine camera.

Olympus makes some terrific cameras but it will require investment into a different system then what you now use. This is why professionals rarely change systems. The cost is really prohibitive for them and takes lots of earnings to produce a favorable return on their investment. I do think the m4/3 systems are a great idea but I am not sure they are really any more compact then some of the smaller/lighter bodies that Pentax has been producing lately. And I seriously doubt the image quality is really any better.

I recommend you stay with Pentax but move to one of their smaller and lighter APS-c cameras. But I really think you have talked yourself into an Olympus and won't really be happy until you have at least tried it.

For myself, the Q and Q7 remain one of the best investments I ever made in digital photography. I would sell my K5iiS or K10D before I sold my Q system. Maybe you should just go out and pick up another Q system for your wife and retrieve your Q7?

EDIT - ...just out of curiousity? How often do you actually shoot waterfalls using long exposures? I am curious because this has to be the first time I ever heard it used as an excuse to buy a new camera. :D
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 07-17-2017, 10:56 AM  
To Repair or Toss - That is the Question
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 12
Views: 813
The early metal monsters were built very strong and are commonly repairable.

The later plastic cameras with electronics were not as tough and parts are almost impossible to find. They have really become disposable cameras.

I love my two PZ-1p cameras but I have already had to replace one of them because of electronic glitches.

EDIT - Even many of the older metal, manual cameras are getting tougher to repair. A lot of them have been pretty much used up and worn out. Unless your technician can source NOS parts like springs, etc. any repairs may not last long.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-17-2017, 10:48 AM  
Pentax P30n Film
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 5
Views: 514
Like LincolnR says, always suspect batteries first on a P30n.

After batteries it will almost certainly be old lubricants. A CLA will be your friend here but, obviously, the cost of such service will exceed the resale value of the camera itself. If you value the camera over its replacement value then it will be worth it to you.

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2017, 02:35 PM  
Talk me out of buying the HD DA20-40?
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 23
Views: 1,485
You did ask. :D

But I cannot even begin to count the times I have completely ignored my own advice.

So feel free. ;)

EDIT - But I suspect you have used similar methods to rationalize the purchase of many of the lenses you already own. To be honest though, if you really want a very, very good walk around lens I would recommend the Pentax DA 18-135 over the 20-40. It is also weather resistant and far more flexible. I tried the 20-40 and really was not that impressed.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2017, 12:05 PM  
Talk me out of buying the HD DA20-40?
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 23
Views: 1,485

Don't buy one.

Don't even consider it.

You don't need it.

You will not notice any difference in the photographs you take with it compared to the lenses you now own.

You have been reading threads populated with posts of those people who were weak-willed and bought one.

Now they are trying to justify their own weakness by convincing you (and others) to buy one.

If they can convince you then they will feel better because it helps convince them that they actually did the right thing.

Finally, (and most importantly) are you really using your present lenses to their full potential? If so, then completely ignore everything I have already said.

There...did that help at all?

EDIT - Of course Pentax (and every other camera company) would shortly go out of business if everyone followed this advice. :D
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-16-2017, 11:59 AM  
Hello from the UK
Posted By Pioneer
Replies: 10
Views: 312
Welcome to the forum.

The Pentax 645 film cameras are terrific cameras and I am certain you will enjoy yours.

I noticed you are interested in the A 645 35mm lens. It is certainly very nice but it is also one of the more expensive A lenses, for good reason. Depending on what you like to photograph you may also want to consider the A 645 45mm lens. It is about a half stop faster, small and light, and is quite a nice lens for just about anything but architectural photography. It can usually be found for a bit less coin then the 35mm version.
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