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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-16-2019, 08:06 PM  
Pentax K70 or KP with the 18/135 Pros & Cons
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 23
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Welcome to Pentax!

About two years ago, I moved from the Pentax K-x to the K-70 with the 18-135mm WR, and I'm very happy with this combination. I've since added the DA 50mm prime, the 55-300mm PLM, a Tamron 90mm macro, and a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle. Of these lenses, the 18-135mm WR spends the most time on my camera (by a wide margin), followed by the 55-300mm PLM. Of course, which lens I am using depends a lot on what I happen to be shooting at the time. I think the 18-135mm definitely provides a lot of versatility for outdoor photography, while the 55-300mm PLM provides longer reach and faster focusing.

On the the K-70 vs. the KP, I would suggest you read the very good, detailed reviews available on PF. The KP has a number of great features that I really like, but one suggestion I would make is if you haven't actually handled both cameras, you do so before buying either. To me, the ergonomics of the two cameras are very different. The KP has three inter-changeable grips, but even using the largest one, for my medium-large hands the grip is not comfortable. I much prefer the depth and shape of the K-70 grip. For me, the control wheels on the K-70 are perfectly positioned. Having said that, in general, the KP features (including build quality) are better than the K-70's.


Bottom line: I don't think you could go wrong with either the K-70 or KP. Good luck with your decision!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-16-2019, 12:55 AM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 2,892
Views: 471,841
Some working dog pictures from Curringa Farm in Tasmania, Australia shot with DA 18-135mm. Such a versatile lens...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-19-2019, 08:31 PM  
Choosing First DSLR
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 54
Views: 2,509
Welcome to PF, and congrats on your K-70, which is a great camera!


I use three of the lenses mentioned quite a bit in this thread: the 18-135mm WR, the Sigma 10-20mm, and the 55-300mm PLM, used on a K-70. I also have a couple of prime lenses, and the 18-55mm. The lens that spends the most time on my camera (by far) is the 18-135mm, followed by the 55-300mm. Of course, which lens you will want to use really depends on the situation and what you intend to shoot, but the 18-135mm has versatility in its favor.


My suggestion would be to get the 18-135mm first, then go out and shoot as much as you can. Wait for awhile to purchase more glass, as I'm guessing you will be better positioned to figure out what you want after learning more about your new camera and what you enjoying shooting.


Good luck and have fun!
Forum: Pentax K-70 02-15-2019, 04:13 PM  
Considering a K-70 and 18-50 (HD preferred)
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 12
Views: 933
I agree with a lot of the responses from everyone else, and will just chime in on certain items:


2. I typically shoot in warmer weather and exclusively in raw (and rarely with LV), and find I get slightly less than 400+ shots. I do find the genuine Pentax batteries to provide more shots than the after-market brand I bought.
3. The 18-135mm spends the most time on my K-70, and by a wide margin, compared to my other lenses. (Second would be the 55-300mm PLM.) Considering all factors and to maximize flexibility, I use the lens extensively when traveling. I find it's just a good, all-around "balanced" lens.
6. I have had my K-70 for just about two years, and am at around 6k shots...all good so far! (Knock on wood.)


Good luck!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-07-2019, 02:44 PM  
Time to upgrade the K10D
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 21
Views: 1,267
I have a K-70 (having upgraded from the K-x), and also looked hard at the K-P. Besides all the differences between the two cameras that the detailed review comparisons will highlight, I would strongly suggest you consider the ergonomic differences between the two. I have medium-large hands (at least measured by golf glove sizing), and found the K-P uncomfortable to hold, even with the largest of the three optional grips. As much as I prefer some of the strong selling points of the K-P, I ended up sticking with the K-70, which I enjoy tremendously. My two cents...


I'm sure you will enjoy the K-70 or K-P, so you're good either way. Best of luck with your decision!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-09-2019, 01:12 PM  
Should I have got a Pentax FA 28-105mm f3.5-5.6 ED DC WR Lens for my k-70?
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 26
Views: 1,269
I don't have the 28-105mm, so I really can't comment on that lens. I do have the 18-135mm and the K-70 (along with a variety of other pieces of glass, including WA), and I have to say that the 18-135mm spends more time on the camera than any other lens, and by a significant margin. It is very versatile, so if I'm not sure exactly what I will be shooting (when traveling, for example), it's my "go to" lens. As others have said, you might find losing 10mm on the wide side to be limiting, more so than on the long side.


In any case, enjoy your new K-70 with either lens!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-20-2018, 05:26 PM  
Which k-70 package?
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 42
Views: 2,101
I agree with everyone recommending the 18-135. I have the K-70, along with a total of five other lenses (three zooms, two primes), and the lens that spends the most time on my camera is the 18-135 due to its versatility. The lens that comes in second would be the 55-300 PLM, which I also highly recommend for its combination of reach, quick focus, IQ, form factor, and value.


I'm guessing you will end up totally loving your K-70...enjoy!
Forum: Pentax K-70 11-29-2018, 11:16 AM  
K70 - wow!!!
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 12
Views: 1,728
Congratulations on your new K-70! I got mine two years ago, and it literally has been so enjoyable that I am out shooting more than ever, which in my mind, is a pretty high compliment.


Have fun!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-28-2018, 12:54 AM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 2,892
Views: 471,841
Still warm and beautiful where these pictures were shot this past Sunday with the DA 18-135...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-13-2018, 06:53 PM  
55-300 PLM and... Help me spend my money?!?
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 56
Views: 2,305
Welcome back to Pentax!

About two years ago, I moved from the K-x to the K-70 with the 18-135mm WR, and I'm very happy with this combination. I've since added the DA 50mm prime, the 55-300mm PLM, a Tamron 90mm macro, and a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle. I also have the 18-55mm from my old K-x, but don't have much use for it.

Of these lenses, the 18-135mm WR spends the most time on my camera, followed by the 55-300mm PLM. Of course, this depends a lot on what I happen to be shooting at the time. I agree with previous comments that these two lenses to start off with would cover a very wide range of uses...definitely a lot of versatility.

One quick comment on the K-70 vs. the KP. The KP has a number of great features that I really like, but I would suggest that if you haven't actually handled both cameras, you do so before buying one. To me, the ergonomics of the two cameras are very different. The KP has changeable grips, but even using the largest one, for my medium-large hands the grip is not comfortable. I much prefer the depth and shape of the K-70 grip. Having said that, some of the KP features are better than the K-70's. For me, that's why I'd love to hear some news about a new K-3iii (or whatever it will be called).

Good luck with your decision!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-02-2018, 03:06 PM  
Advice on a possible new setup
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 16
Views: 1,262
Given your preferences, I would echo the earlier comments recommending the 55-300 PLM. I like mine a lot, as I think this lens is a great combination of focusing speed, clarity, size and weight, and cost. I also have the DA 18-135, and for general use, these two lenses pretty much have most situations covered.


Regarding the KP, if you haven't already done so, I would recommend you hold the camera first to check out its ergonomics. It comes with various interchangeable grip sizes, but for me (I have medium-large hands), even with the largest grip, it's not comfortable. I like a lot of things about the KP, but just can't get over the fact I feel clumsy with it in my hands.


Good luck!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-10-2018, 02:29 PM  
Backup Body to K-70?
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 22
Views: 979
As a fellow K-70 owner, I agree with everyone else recommending you get another K-70. If you think about a KP, I would suggest you check out its ergonomics (trying the different optional grips) before buying one, because I personally much prefer the feel of the K-70 over the KP. (Of course, it depends on what you like, as determined by your hand size.) Personally, I'm waiting for the K-3iii, which hopefully, is coming soon!
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-26-2018, 11:06 PM  
Thoughts on black and white
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 15
Views: 894
Here's a couple of grayscale pictures shot in RAW on a K-70.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-20-2018, 09:57 PM  
Options for a backup body to my K3
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 48
Views: 1,897
Wow...that's very cool and generous on the part of your Godfather! Great story, and a real tribute to the kind of folks active on PF.
Forum: General Photography 08-16-2018, 11:31 AM  
When in doubt - Ask, then Ask again......
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 16
Views: 975
Great lesson in your story! Good luck getting lots of keepers.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-10-2018, 07:15 PM  
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE - Show us what it can do, what it CAN'T!
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 329
Views: 26,685
Thank you for your kind words and encouragement! Yes, the thing that really struck me about the elephant was his sad eyes (and dried tears?).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-09-2018, 05:51 PM  
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE - Show us what it can do, what it CAN'T!
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 329
Views: 26,685
Some recent shots with a DA 55mm-300mm PLM (all at 300mm) on a K-70.
Forum: Pentax K-70 08-02-2018, 03:31 PM  
What is the maximum ISO you typically use on your K-70?
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 28
Views: 1,912
I try not to go over 3200 (ISO range 100 - 3200 set as default) on my K-70.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-27-2018, 11:59 AM  
KP, K-70, or K-3 II?
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 41
Views: 2,273
Having gone through a similar decision in terms of KP vs. K-70, I would suggest you try to hold the two cameras to get a feel for their ergonomics, if you haven't done so already. IMHO, the two cameras feel pretty different, and your preference may depend on the size of your hands.


Good luck with you decision...KP vs. K3ii vs. K-70; I'm guessing you'll be happy no matter which way you go!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-27-2018, 11:44 AM  
K70 Astro lens advice
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 14
Views: 583
I agree with those voting for the 55-300mm PLM (much faster and quieter AF compared to the old equivalent). I also have the 50mm prime and the 18-135mm, and although I'm not into astro, with those three lenses, you've got a lot of bases covered.


Congrats on the new K-70, and have fun!
Forum: General Photography 07-06-2018, 05:01 PM  
Sigma/Tamron lens recommendations
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 29
Views: 1,103
I just bought the older version of the Tamron 90mm 2.8 Di SP MACRO. Definitely still learning to use it, as I'm new to macro photography. It's a nice portrait lens, too.


I also have the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM ELD SLD, which I think is a very well built, solid lens.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-05-2018, 03:25 PM  
Hello from the PNW
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 11
Views: 506
Welcome to the Pentax Forums! You have lots of great subject matter, as the PNW is a beautiful part of the USA.


I am currently also using a K-70 (for the last 1 1/2 years, after upgrading from a K-x). I'm guessing you will find that all your research paid off, as the K-70 is a very good camera. As I have learned more about the camera, I find myself shooting almost exclusively in TAV mode with back focus enabled. Check out YouTube for some tips on how you might like to set up your camera.


Good luck, and enjoy your new K-70!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-26-2018, 12:13 AM  
What do they mean?
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 11
Views: 706
I have a K-70, and the Pentax DA 55-300 mm F4.5-6.3ED PLM WR. There are number of YouTube videos comparing the PLM in terms of AF speed and noise (sound) to the older 55-300 mm lens. I like the PLM, and have attached a couple of photos I took recently at 300 mm (450 mm FF equivalent). The chameleon was shot at 1/100 sec., f6.3, and ISO of 320. The urchins were shot at 1/400 sec., f8, and ISO of 640.

Good luck with your lens choice!
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-20-2018, 03:35 PM  
NEW K-3ii owner
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 14
Views: 1,421
Try PhotoScape. Free (if you want more advanced "pro" features, there is a charge) and easy to use. There are a number of YouTube tutorials on how to use PhotoScape, but a lot of the features are very intuitive. If you don't even want to download photo editing software, you can also try Pixlr for simple editing.


Good luck, and congrats on your new K-3ii!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-15-2018, 03:24 PM  
Should I buy K-3ii or try to like KP or ?
Posted By rickc118
Replies: 56
Views: 4,058
I went from a K-x to K-70 about 1 1/2 years ago. I was happy with my K-x, but the K-70 is a much better camera, and I enjoy using it a lot more. Regarding the K-70 versus the KP in terms of the form factor, I personally like the size and shape of the K-70 much more. I have medium/large hands, and even with the largest KP grip, it's awkward for me to handle. I actually also like the weight of the K-70, and balance when using it with my favorite lenses. In terms of build quality, both the K-3ii and KP are superior to the K-70, but I take good care of my stuff, and I haven't been disappointed by the K-70 in this regard at all. I don't see why it won't easily last 7+ years of normal use. On the other hand, if there's a great new K-3iii out there in the future, I'll probably consider an upgrade/addition when it becomes available.

Good luck with your decision!
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