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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-05-2020, 08:50 AM  
Suggestion for buying a beginner-to-intermediate Pentax?
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 37
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Personally, I would go with a K3, even as a beginner user it is easy to use but has all of the functions that many advanced users love. I have been shooting on a K5 since it came out (workhorse of a camera, still regularly use it) but just picked up a second hand K3 from KEH for under $500 USD with only 2300 clicks on the shutter. Despite being "older" the K3 and the K5 are beasts in their own way. K3's are rated to 200k acuations on the shutter. Some other awesome features the K3 offers (and frankly I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better Pentax DSLR in terms of features until you get to the K1 or 645) is the dual SD card slots, 8.3 FPS, the 86k Pixel meter seems worlds better than the 77-Segment meter on my K5, you also get 27 AF points, better AF system than the K5 or K70, though a downside is the slightly lower dynamic range on the K3 additionally the K3 has a sizable buffer as well. The rear LCD is also much better on the K3 than the K5 or K70, 1.037m dots, and a 3:2 aspect ratio, the K70 does have a flip screen which would be nice to have but for me personally was not a deal breaker. The resolution on the K3 is just a bit higher on paper (though in actual use this is not likely to make any kind of noticeable difference.)

TL;DR my personal recommendation would be the K3 due to its ruggedness, low cost of ownership, and the ability to use it as an entry level camera with relative ease and continue using it well into being an advanced user.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-03-2020, 10:49 AM  
K3 Focusing screen options
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 5
Views: 1,057
I do have the 2x Magnifier (the flippy kind) that works well, but not when I wear glasses.
The OME-53 looks tempting since I cant see much without my glasses
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-03-2020, 10:05 AM  
K3 Focusing screen options
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 5
Views: 1,057
Looking for a possible replacement for the (new to me K3), as it seems to have the exact same screen as my beloved K5 which I despise lol

I typically use AF lenses but would like to get back to using some of my MF legacy lenses.
Wouldn't mind a split focus but looking for suggestions that would work well for both AF and MF lenses.


Thanks,
Forum: General Photography 07-31-2020, 11:35 AM  
Pentax in the Movies
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 407
Views: 111,362
Recently noticed the hit TV series "Stranger Things" has one of the main characters sporting a good 'ole Pentax K1000
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-27-2020, 03:23 PM  
Battle of the telephotos! -- 60-250 or 50-135
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 33
Views: 1,688
So, if I am following correctly, the FA* 70-200 would have an AoV (on an APSC sensor camera) of 23 degrees to 8.4 degrees and the 50-135 would retain the same AoV of 31.5 to 11.9.

The 70-200 would appear approximately the same on the APSC as a 105-300 on FF if any of this makes sense. lol

Without having access to try either of them makes getting ready to shell out some $$ a much more involved process.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-27-2020, 02:22 PM  
Battle of the telephotos! -- 60-250 or 50-135
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 33
Views: 1,688
Yes. That is a more accurate way of putting it, I was thinking more in terms of the AoV on the different focal lengths.

I am very strongly considering the 50-135 or the FA* 70-200 2.8
Since I typically am out on trails and hiking, weight is a concern, but not the biggest challenge since I travel pretty light to start with.

They have similar AoV (but on different formats) Is there a way to calculate what the AoV would be from FF to APS-C?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-27-2020, 12:16 PM  
Battle of the telephotos! -- 60-250 or 50-135
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 33
Views: 1,688
So my only thing with the FA 70-210 is that these are intended for the FF (AFAIK) which would effectively put the focal range around 105-315 that is the only thing, but I supposed that I could supplement that focal range with something else. (typically used the DA Limited 20-40, Sigma DG 50mm 1.4) Want to keep my kit as light as possible, also would prefer something a bit faster than f4 but gotta take what we can get lol.

Overall I would sacrifice a bit of speed for better IQ.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-20-2020, 12:49 PM  
Battle of the telephotos! -- 60-250 or 50-135
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 33
Views: 1,688
Edit- I'd also like to submit the Tamron sp 70-200 as a contender for HALF the price.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-20-2020, 12:37 PM  
Battle of the telephotos! -- 60-250 or 50-135
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 33
Views: 1,688
Looking to drop some money for a zoom (would prefer a prime but need to save space in my bag lol)

Currently between the Pentax DA* 60-250 f/4 or the DA* 50-135, aside from the obvious difference in focal length (both are close enough to 70-200) how would y'all rank these and which would you say is better?

These will be used for portraits and some landscape/nature applications.


Thanks! :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-13-2019, 07:26 PM  
Limited series lenses
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 25
Views: 2,396
Alright folks!

I appreciate the input, very useful!
I finally bit the bullet and ended up with the 20-40, haven't used it much yet, but the little I have used it it is fantastic!
Sharp, fast, quiet, and amazing color rendition!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-09-2019, 12:02 PM  
Limited series lenses
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 25
Views: 2,396
So, I'm in the market for another lens! My primary is a 50mm Sigma DG HSM (approx 75mm on my k5).
I prefer primes but also do a lot of street photography so I'm not looking to have a ton of stuff yo carry around.

I am mostly between the Pentax HD da limited 20-40 f2.8-4 and the Pentax HD DA 35mm f2.8 limited.

I can get each of these lenses within $10.00 price difference of each other.

What you you suggest and why?
I do a lot of landscape/nature, street, and some portrait photography.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-05-2019, 07:10 PM  
Upgrading-- Getting back into the scene
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 15
Views: 1,324
Never had a need for GPS or the dual SD slots,
however, I think this might be the smart thing to do. I may pick up a second hand K3 (they're only about $400-600 used) and hold off to see if they announce a 100th Anniversary camera, if not then I will probably pick up a KP (depending on price of K1).

Maybe for the time being just buy new glass to put in front. Just picked up a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 for about $350us; should be here tomorrow afternoon!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-04-2019, 07:46 AM  
Upgrading-- Getting back into the scene
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 15
Views: 1,324
I think I am dialing in to the K-3 II and the KP, just looking at the specs, they offer similar features.

both offer sensor shift stabilization, similar view finder, the K-3 II offers 1fps faster continuous shooting, built in GPS (not a feature I've had in the past so nothing I foresee needing).

I really like the idea of the articulating screen, but it's something I've not had for the last 12 years so not sure how useful it is to me.
Does anyone have any examples from the K-3II and the KP?

Also it looks like the KP is a bit lighter but similar in size to the K-5 (K-5 740g 131x97x73 and KP 703g 132x101x76).

I am especially interested to see if anyone has any examples of low light performance.

I am most likely to be using the Pentax DA* 55 f1.4 most of the time.

--Correction--
I will actually be using the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG that I just ordered rather than the 55 DA* as my primary lens. Assuming it looks good on the K-5 lol
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-03-2019, 09:20 PM  
Upgrading-- Getting back into the scene
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 15
Views: 1,324
That is something else I was considering, is build quality, and ergonomics (I find having a battery grip helps immensely).
I did see the KP does not have the top LCD display(?) Image quality is certainly a high priority, but I've been happy with the results of the K-5.

Is the KP the current flagship APS-C?

Thanks!
B
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-03-2019, 08:25 PM  
Upgrading-- Getting back into the scene
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 15
Views: 1,324
So after a few years of inactivity, I decided it's time to make a comeback!
Currently I have a K5 (that I love) that I've owned since new. However it's beginning to show its age (tech wise). I would love to go with a K1 but not really in my budget currently (I would rather spend the extra money on better glass). I am currently debating which is best the KP, K3 or the K70.

I like the weight and feel of the K5.

I will be using this for street/nature photography, so low light and dynamic range are important to me. But low light performance is probably the most important.

I've not been on the up and up with products for some time, so I am curious to know the major differences and which offers the best features.
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-27-2015, 11:18 AM  
Internal Image Processing on RAW?
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 8
Views: 1,429
You're right, it is 5, I haven't used it for so long I don't even remember! Haha, thank you for the correction.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-08-2015, 10:45 AM  
FF vs APS-C
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 132
Views: 11,355
I know that, but I mean, how long has 35mm film been used for motion pictures? That I have no idea.

One thing Pentax does offer in their lower, entry level cameras is customizable colours, which is neat... What if, they offered something similar to their customer base on their higher end cameras, but rather than changing the colour scheme, you get to customize the sensor, and maybe other features as well?
That being said, yes, perhaps a bit impractical, but it would cater to everyone, you have the same camera design, features, and quality, however you could get it with either a FF sensor, or an APS-C sensor, but obviously have the price go accordingly?
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-08-2015, 04:31 AM  
FF vs APS-C
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 132
Views: 11,355
Well, in that perspective, of a $200 price difference, that's what I would hope for (except I would like to see a Pentax FF for $1200 and say a... K-3 for like $700-$800) to have a flagship FF and a high end APS-C (like the K-3 for example). But make them affordable, I mean, I don't want to see Pentax be like Canon and make their flagship, top-of-the-line camera like the Canon EOS 1D C (which is like $12k) but I mean, it is probably a pretty nice camera. I have a feeling that if Pentax does release a FF it probably isn't going to be in the $1000-$1200 range. Which I feel, for the average semi-pro, or serious photographer is probably their price range. But if they didn't change the lense line up, and continued as they are now (making low-mid range APS-C dSLRS like the Kr and having a high end dSLR like the K-3 with affordable price points) would be best, but who knows if they are going to do that. My way of thinking here, we have a technology that we knows works, it's proven, and we have all had it for so long, that we all know it best, why change that up? Haha, not a big fan of change.
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-08-2015, 04:19 AM  
Internal Image Processing on RAW?
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 8
Views: 1,429
I personally have never worked with either camera, however, on the K-5 (which may be similar to the K-3) I simply set up a user profile for HDR taking photos at -1ev 0ev and +1ev

I imagine the K-3 has a similar ability, and you can tweak the EV steps to get the result you want. I think you can go more than 3 steppes too. If I remember correctly the K-5 may be able to do 5ev steppes for HDR, not sure though. The K-3 probably has a pretty similar function. Not sure if that helps or not. Someone else may be able to answer better than I.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-08-2015, 04:11 AM  
FF vs APS-C
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 132
Views: 11,355
I can understand wanting more light in the viewfinder, but in terms of low light performance, I think the K-5 does a pretty good job of that, and personally I don't think I would need anything different (as I don't typically shoot in complete darkness without a flash). But as I have read in another thread, it's merely keeping up with the Jones; Canon and Nikon have FF why doesn't Pentax? But I mean, when you look at the market, it is flooded with FF products, Canon and Nikon both have different lense lineups for FF & APS-C cameras where as Pentax lenses will work flawlessly with either format, why do we need to cloud that market even more? I think that is truly what sets Pentax apart, is the fact that maybe they don't have the latest and greatest (at least in terms of the biggest sensors) but somehow, we are always able to pull off stunning results.
And yes, with the bigger sensor, you can make bigger prints, but why is that necessary? How big of a print do people actually need, not to mention, unless you are blowing an image up like 500% or more, odds are, you probably won't see much of a difference (not sure on that, I have never really compared any FF images to APS-C images).

I mean, I understand that FF has some advantages over the APS-C sensor, but, if they do bring out a FF camera, how will that affect everything else? I don't know if anyone else shares a similar concern, but personally, I would really hate to see them come out with something, and have it mess everything up.
But case and point, I feel like a FF Pentax camera has a pretty limited market in comparison to the APS-C market? Correct me if I am wrong on any of that.

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I can understand wanting more light in the viewfinder, but in terms of low light performance, I think the K-5 does a pretty good job of that, and personally I don't think I would need anything different (as I don't typically shoot in complete darkness without a flash). But as I have read in another thread, it's merely keeping up with the Jones; Canon and Nikon have FF why doesn't Pentax? But I mean, when you look at the market, it is flooded with FF products, Canon and Nikon both have different lense lineups for FF & APS-C cameras where as Pentax lenses will work flawlessly with either format, why do we need to cloud that market even more? I think that is truly what sets Pentax apart, is the fact that maybe they don't have the latest and greatest (at least in terms of the biggest sensors) but somehow, we are always able to pull off stunning results.
And yes, with the bigger sensor, you can make bigger prints, but why is that necessary? How big of a print do people actually need, not to mention, unless you are blowing an image up like 500% or more, odds are, you probably won't see much of a difference (not sure on that, I have never really compared any FF images to APS-C images).

I mean, I understand that FF has some advantages over the APS-C sensor, but, if they do bring out a FF camera, how will that affect everything else? I don't know if anyone else shares a similar concern, but personally, I would really hate to see them come out with something, and have it mess everything up.
But case and point, I feel like a FF Pentax camera has a pretty limited market in comparison to the APS-C market? Correct me if I am wrong on any of that.



Well, as far as I know, 8mm, and 16mm film have pretty much always been motion picture film?
But I don't get how the answer of "the details are just better" objectively, because I think we can all agree, it isn't the equipment, but the photographer, and I would be willing to bet that you can very similar results out of either technology? Though, if you have any image examples of what you are referring to, that would be swell :)
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-08-2015, 03:52 AM  
FF vs APS-C
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 132
Views: 11,355
I had no idea about that with the APS-H chips, I just knew it was basically the size between a medium and a large, haha. But one thing that baffles me, is how are they not "taken seriously"? I mean, yeah, they do hold a much smaller market share than Canon and Nikon, but a few big differences are with Pentax you really get a truly outstanding piece of equipment for the price you pay (which is much lower than the others), so whilst not the "go to brand for all professionals" even if they did introduce a FF camera, they still wouldn't be. Why? Well, because they do not market their product, at least not like Canon and Nikon do (we have all seen the countless adverts for the Nikon D--- and the Canon Rebel XXX) moreover why do they need to be "taken seriously" I mean, with Canon and Nikon dSLRs you get a choice of what... Black? (You can have a Ford model 'T' in any colour as long as it is black) whereas Pentax at least has some fun with their bodies. I guess I just really understand what you mean by "taken seriously".





If I really felt like searching for what other people wanted to know, then I would not have asked the questions that I did... :rollseyes:






I understand why it is justified, but I mean, if (for the most part) people are able to o what they need to do, and have not just good, but great results with the current existing hardware, is there a great demand to go above and beyond? I guess I have never really worked with FF before (other than with film) so I can't really judge the difference to say I have a preference, however, my fear is if Pentax did begin to make FF cameras what would happen to their APC-C bodied cameras? Would it become like Canon and Nikon and the APS-C sensor cameras would become second tier, sub-par cameras like we see with Canon & Nikon? Another big concern is if that were the case, would their (presumably sub-par (by that I mean obviously not as good as they are doing now)) cameras remain the same price, or would they drop the price to make their FF cameras at least come some-what close to meeting current market price of their current cameras? I mean, isn't one of the things with Pentax the fact that their "top of the line" dSLR isn't $7,000?
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-08-2015, 01:29 AM  
FF vs APS-C
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 132
Views: 11,355
So, this may or may not have been brought up before, but I am really curious about all the hype with the FF.

Now, don't get me wrong, I know that FF has many advantages over the APS-C sensors Pentax is currently using, but my big question is this:
Why?

In terms of overall usability, what are the biggest advantages of FF over APS-C? Well, for one, yes better low light performance, and yes, higher pixel density (higher pixel sensor mean more PPI which means better resolution). But what I don't get is why that is necessary? With the current APS-C sensor, I can easily blow up an image taken with my K-5 to 64" x 48" and have virtually no distortion. Which for all practical purposes you'll probably never need to go any bigger than that... Ever.
How do you feel about the idea of a FF camera at a (likely) higher price point than what Pentax already has (I mean, c'mon, you know you bought a Pentax because you got so much more for your money over Canon and Nikon) but what if the prices were in a similar range and Canon and Nikon?

Rather than a FF sensor, what about an APS-H size sensor? Which is a size between the FF and the APS-C sensors.

Any input?
Thanks :)
Forum: Photo Critique 10-27-2014, 08:41 AM  
People Photo observations
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 10
Views: 1,217
Personally, I wouldn't care if the sky is blown out, as that isn't the focus of the image, the people are the focus of the image.

I am not sure if there is a tool to do it in Lightroom (I haven't used Lightroom in a long time) but the tool he used is likely the clone stamp tool, you can also get away with using the spot healing brush too, but you have to do tiny increments with that.
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-27-2014, 08:39 AM  
HDR & Tone mapping on portraits
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 20
Views: 2,607
I apologize Robjmitchell.... But I have no clue what that is! Is it just like a typical gel filter for for use with a flash?

I don't typically use flash for anything, never really have, since the batteries that I like using in my AF280T are so expensive (about $20 for all 4) I learned to work without it, using regular batteries, it has such a LONG recycle time.
Forum: Photo Critique 10-24-2014, 12:00 PM  
People Photo observations
Posted By Bcrary3
Replies: 10
Views: 1,217
Okay, so this was a little more difficult without having the original RAW file, but basically all I did here was add in a colour filter to warm up the image, then I added a bright/contrast layer, I left the brightness alone, and just bumped up the contrast a little, then to top it off, I just added in a colour balance filter, just to bring out the yellow tones out a hair bit more.
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