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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-03-2019, 11:58 PM  
New Year, and hope PENTAX/Ricoh will have a good year.
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 28
Views: 2,002
I know everyone shooting style (and especially distance from subject) is different. I like to shoot wide open so Sigma 35 at 1.4 to 2.0 is where I like to shoot. Because this gave me a Medium-Format-kinda-like shot that I like. When I say I missed shots I meant i missed shot in this situation, not f8 with a wide angle lens. 🙂

I only have the cheap Sony 50 1.8 now and shooting wide open and up close it nailed focus most of the time. It's just ridiculous. I hated Sony as a company but this piece of technology is undeniably great. I wish the A7 is a camera from Pentax, because Pentax can probably make it more photographer friendly. I really like Pentax but the Sony A7RIII has reached a price point where it has all the things I want from Pentax and more, and also opened up many fast lenses that can be adopted (at this point of my photography journey I know what focal lengths I wanted so Sony ridiculous lens price doesn't affect me).

I do hope Pentax come up with something really great, it's the company that I really like - but at this point my son can't wait. He keeps growing and running 😂

Thank you everyone who reply this thread politely - I felt like I betrayed Pentax when start using Sony. 😂 I really hope I can continue to shoot with both systems, as long as I can.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-03-2019, 06:37 PM  
New Year, and hope PENTAX/Ricoh will have a good year.
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 28
Views: 2,002
In 2009 I got my first DSLR, K200D.
along with many lenses after that.
and continue with K5, K5IIs, and two years ago, K1.
In the mean time I also caught the bug of film photography, so LX, two PENTAX 67II, two PENTAX 67, and PENTAX 645N, with many lenses.
I also got a Ricoh Theta V last year.

I enjoyed photography and learned along the way.

I thought about getting a 645z, but GFX look much more appealing.
I thought about sending in my K1 to make it a K1mII, but thinking I probably won't gain much.

After many considerations, I just got myself a A7RIII this Thanksgiving.
The focus speed and eye focus feature alone is crazy. like it's not even fair.

My baby turn 1 yo. and running around.
My Pentax K1 + Sigma 35 missed shot 90% of the time.
A7RIII nailed eye focus 95% of the time.

I don't know what's the purpose of this post.
I don't know. I really like PENTAX.

I will continue to enjoy my Pentax film gears and continue to shoot my K1 while I transition to Sony A.

I certainly looking forward to also get a MF in future, and I hope Pentax have something similar to a GFX 50R in near future and I can support Pentax again.

I hope we continue to enjoy photography, with whatever gear we use.

and hope Pentax/Ricoh all the best and come out with something that storm the photography world.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-26-2019, 10:00 PM  
K1 shutter not responsively in manual focus mode?
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 26
Views: 2,499
yeah, not in single shot mode. I usually shot in multiple shot - high mode (not sure officially how it was named :D ).
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-24-2019, 10:20 PM  
K1 shutter not responsively in manual focus mode?
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 26
Views: 2,499
Thank you !

I did have Catch in Focus enabled and likely bump the AF/MF switch to AF. I will do some verification - but searching for Catch In Focus function on K1 help me understand where my issue likely come from.

Much appreciate!

Again, big thank you to everyone who response and help diagnose my issue. :)
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-24-2019, 07:16 AM  
K1 shutter not responsively in manual focus mode?
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 26
Views: 2,499
Hi, attached a manual focus lens - Voigt 58 on my K1.
while in shooting session, it sometime not releasing shutter when pressed - I did check and see it is not busy writing data into SD card.
it's very frustrating to miss the moment I want to hit the shutter.

It shouldn't matter, but I did the following:
-changed the 'shutter release priority' in both Auto focus mode to "release priority" instead of "focus priority"
-switch to MF dial on the side of K1.

I am not even using LV.

Any idea? I haven't use Manual Focus lens for a while, did I missed to change some settings?

Thanks in Advance.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-10-2019, 11:42 AM  
Should I buy this 6 x 7?
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 10
Views: 939
Just a battery issue. These camera build like a tank.... Just don't touch the shutter curtain, don't remove the prism without removing the lens first (aperture chain), and battery, they need battery to operate.
Forum: Maintenance and Repair Articles 03-29-2018, 07:41 AM  
What is this Pentax 67 part called and where do I get one?
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 5
Views: 1,646
very difficult to find Pentax 67 eyepiece and expensive, fortunately, you can search for Nikon F100 eyepiece, they fit Pentax 67 prism eyepiece.
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 03-29-2018, 07:21 AM  
Theta V Bluetooth + selfie stick blue tooth button
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 12
Views: 4,127
I emailed Ricoh support regarding the Theta V selfie stick, that cost $49.95 (Ricoh THETA V Selfie Stick 95490 B&H Photo Video), how to connect to the bluetooth remote button.

A day later a guy name Bruce (if I remember correctly) call me from Tucker, GA (phone number: 770-493-2100), said the bluetooth remote button is NOT WORKING. what? :eek: Ricoh is selling something for $49.95 for something they know is not working? :fedup::fedup:

He said the engineers told him that the feature is there "for future", and yes, there is no user manual at all for this selfie stick. I can't believe this is their response. At least put this in the product description? something like "bluetooth remote button reserved for future development". My goodness... it is third generations product and can't believe this happen.
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 03-19-2018, 12:33 PM  
Theta V Bluetooth + selfie stick blue tooth button
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 12
Views: 4,127
Thanks Adam!

The Bluetooth can't pair with my phone, but somehow after turning off the wifi on the Theta v (wifi button), the app shows it is connected via Bluetooth and I can click shutter on my phone to trigger shutter on the Theta, even though it never pair with my phone. Weird. But this is not very useful, as I will have to turn on the camera - turn off wifi to use this. I manage to connect the camera with the LAN configuration. But the connection is not stable, as the app crash after few minutes. So now the only reliable connection is via wifi.

I haven't figure out how to connect the #thetav selfie stick button, this thing sold for $49 (adorama, newegg, BHphotos) and yet there is no documentation. lol

Which App do you use to connect to Theta V, if I may ask? I download the "Ricoh Theta" App, it can't find the camera even though I am connect to it via wifi.
Only using the "Ricoh Theta S" app, I am able to connect to it . Again, weird. :(

Ricoh really need to step up, this doesn't look like a complete product. :(:(:(
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 03-19-2018, 09:45 AM  
Theta V Bluetooth + selfie stick blue tooth button
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 12
Views: 4,127
Got my Theta V along with the Theta V selfie stick that comes with a remote button (a very happy surprise!).

However, have trouble getting my phone (Pixel 2 XL) to pair with the Theta V via Bluetooth.

1. Turn on wifi, turn on Theta V bluetooth, Theta V didn't show up in my phone.
2. Turn on wifi, turn on Theta V bluetooth, turn off wifi, the device show up as it's serial number, tried to connect, failed.

I have tried restart my phone, repeat the process, restart Theta V, to no available (have the latest firmware).

I was able to pair with the Selfie stick remote button via bluetooth, connect phone to the Theta V via wifi, press remote shutter, nothing happen. lol

There is no documentation on how to connect the bluetooth remote shutter button at all. :lol::lol::lol:
(and can't find the selfie stick info on Ricoh Web, except it say on the Theta V page, use xxxx coupon to get free selfie stick with Theta V order).

Any help?

(oh man... I thought Theta V is like the 3rd generation product and should be very mature and easy to use, but boy! :lol::lol:)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-16-2018, 02:14 PM  
Need help choosing between Pentax D-FA 15-30mm and Pentax 31mm Ltd
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 22
Views: 2,242
you will be getting photos that you like to keep with 31mm. The 15-30mm is generally too wide (gopro like wide) for the things you listed.
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 03-12-2018, 12:11 PM  
Sample Theta v file download?
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 7
Views: 3,033
Very much appreciated Adam! I ordered one when ebay have a 20% off site wide last week. :)

would be great if PF made theta of samples files available for people to play around.

I really think the Theta line (along with Ricoh GR, Pentax 645 line) is one of the more competitive product in the Ricoh/Pentax company - really should put more effort into it and dominate this segment! Action cameras market is saturated, but 360 action cam still have room to grow. Make raw file available via firmware upgrade, and in the next generation:
1. Increase picture MP;
2. make it water-proof to 30m without casing;
3. allow adding micro-SD card;
4. 4K 120p (4K in 360 is smaller than non-360).

The open SDK is a really nice direction! I am glad Ricoh see this as the future to go - if they open up SDK for other cameras, will really open up many possibilities (see Canon's unofficial magic lantern).
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 03-09-2018, 08:56 AM  
Sample Theta v file download?
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 7
Views: 3,033
I would like to play around with Theta V video and photo file - without processed to play around with the desktop app and android app, and look at the quality.

I can't seem find them anywhere?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-08-2018, 04:56 PM  
I wish this would be the next Pentax
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 20
Views: 2,773
sorry, this is too ugly. lol I am glad the K1 looks like it's current look. :D
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 03-08-2018, 03:44 PM  
couple questions about Theta v
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 4
Views: 997
That is pretty good. Thanks again!

Just found out the Xiao Mi 360 camera can actually do raw file, though I preferred Theta's form factor. will have to do more comparison.
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 03-07-2018, 08:56 PM  
couple questions about Theta v
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 4
Views: 997
Thanks Adam! regarding the last (or my first) question - what is the "FPS" of Theta v, like how many shots can you continue to click the shutter button?
GoPro Hero 5 took like 3-4 seconds before I can take another shot (picture, raw), which I think is a major problem.
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360 Cameras 03-07-2018, 03:49 PM  
couple questions about Theta v
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 4
Views: 997
I am getting more and more interested in Theta v - the quality seem to be improved to the point that it is more fun than owning a GoPro.

Few questions that I can't find answer reading reviews:
1. what is the cycling time from shot to shot for photo (the time needed in between two shots)?
2. what are the software available (desktop version) to edit the 360 photo?
3. is there a way/plan that Ricoh will add .DNG raw file version for photos (as SDK is available)?
4. beside pressing the shutter button and using the phone app (via bluetooth) to control the shutter, is there a dedicated remote control ?
5. how log does the battery last? will a fresh charge fill up the 19GB storage space shooting 4K video?
6. Is there a way to retrieve the files easily? It doesn't seem very convenient if you are traveling and need to clear the space out.

Forum: Ricoh GR 03-07-2018, 11:38 AM  
Is the GR.RICOH Facebook page official?
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 2
Views: 1,118
it is.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-06-2018, 08:06 PM  
Anyone go all medium format and regret it?
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 31
Views: 3,786
The Z is smaller than film MF, you will not be satisfied.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-06-2018, 12:58 PM  
Theta V bundles on Amazon
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 1
Views: 1,444

recently caught the theta v bug and wanted to get one, too bad don't see much discount now. :(

Thanks for posting. So $375 for Theta V and $99 for the housing is the target to hit. :)
Forum: General Photography 03-06-2018, 12:02 PM  
Poll: If Pentax disappears, what would it be for you?
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 80
Views: 5,759
will sell all lenses without aperture lenses and keep those with aperture ring. Go Sony.

But hope they continue to survive.

I think, for digital cameras, Pentax 645z, Ricoh GR, will always have a place in photography world.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-05-2018, 08:45 PM  
Ricoh GR III rumour......
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 15
Views: 5,081
GRIII needs to have WR, and use the old (and thus cheap) A7 FF, 24MP to make a splash.
I will get it.

If it is still APSC, I really don't know what else they can add to make it attractive to GR user.

I have GR1v, and have enough of APSC cameras. In 2018, price of FF should have come down already.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-26-2018, 12:43 PM  
Again, Sigma 105mm f1.4 lens not in K-mount
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 39
Views: 2,935
Couple weeks ago, Sigma new 14-24 f2.8 will not be available in K-mount.

Now the new 105mm f1.4 lens not in K-mount, again!

Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 02-23-2018, 08:53 PM  
So, I'm supposed to send my camera to these people...? (Precision Camera)
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 23
Views: 2,553
way too many negative experiences seen on PF to send them the camera for upgrade.

can it be done in Japan?
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 02-23-2018, 03:28 PM  
Poll: K-1 upgrade circuit board or not?
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 120
Views: 10,608
If grip is not what you want, selling K1 and buying K1II is not a good choice.

1. Sell it at $1500? you still need to come up with near $500 to get K1II.
(more importantly, why would anyone want a K1II at $1500 when they can get K1II at 1999)

2. Sell it below $1500, you have to come out more money than $550 to get K1II.

What will be the price point you think you can sell your K1 to make it "worth"? :confused::confused::confused:
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