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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 07:31 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By photocat
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I confirm I'll happily take a 31 for free please!
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-09-2014, 05:24 PM  
Win an FA 31mm Ltd: PF 3 million post giveaway!
Posted By photocat
Replies: 2,237
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Sweet! Sign me up too :)
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-12-2013, 06:28 PM  
MX-1 first impression
Posted By photocat
Replies: 16
Views: 5,271
There is love out there for this nice little camera...it just keeps getting overshadowed by everyone who is too busy comparing spec sheets ;)
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-07-2013, 06:33 PM  
Sticky: Pentax MX-1 In-Depth Review
Posted By photocat
Replies: 98
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$100 more but if I wanted an interchangeable lens camera, I wouldn't be looking for a p&s or vice versa.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-05-2013, 06:52 PM  
Some quick snaps with the new MX-1 Camera
Posted By photocat
Replies: 30
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The MX-1 has a ND filter choice in the menu if that is what you mean. Not a "real" ND filter of course. Haven't tried it out but then, the sun has been a rare commodity around here recently too.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-05-2013, 06:50 PM  
MX-1 First Impressions
Posted By photocat
Replies: 70
Views: 10,680
Thanks Mr. Newt! I hadn't thought about the K-01 as a backup camera. That makes total sense. I'm nowhere close to being a pro shooter so I have no need for a backup which is why that never occurred to me! I love cameras, so if I have multiples, they have to serve different purposes :)
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-05-2013, 05:38 AM  
MX-1 First Impressions
Posted By photocat
Replies: 70
Views: 10,680
Not to derail this too much but I'm genuinely curious as to what the K-01 offers over the K-5? And when do you prefer the K-01 over the K-5, in what situations?

I have the K-5 and I can't figure out why I'd ever choose it over the K-5 in any given circumstance. It isn't much smaller or lighter. It doesn't have the viewfinder (of which the mx-1 is being raked over the coals for not having either?!) and I'd still have to fiddle with either a big zoom or a fixed lens if I didn't want to bring multiple lenses.

Just really curious. I have nothing against the K-01 at all, just never quite understood when it would be a preferred choice over the full monty :) (K-5)
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-04-2013, 06:06 PM  
MX-1 First Impressions
Posted By photocat
Replies: 70
Views: 10,680
You know I always wondered the reverse. Why spend the money on a K-01 when you can get the K-5? They are more comparable in size/wt and then there is the whole interchangeable lens thing. Most people who want / need p&s or bridge cams usually don't want the hassle of carrying around and changing lenses.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-04-2013, 06:00 PM  
MX-1 First Impressions
Posted By photocat
Replies: 70
Views: 10,680
Hey ZD -- if that is the only thing stopping you, you should definitely give it a whirl and see for yourself. I shoot RAW too and yes it takes a couple of seconds when I hit the "chimp" key ;) It really isn't a huge deal. That said, I've never been a rapid fire shooter with my p&s (and rarely with my K-5).
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-04-2013, 05:49 PM  
Sticky: Pentax MX-1 In-Depth Review
Posted By photocat
Replies: 98
Views: 79,898
I say this as an Oly XZ-1 owner. The camera took very nice photos. The menu system of the XZ-1 was horrible and confusing and there was little ease of use with that camera. The MX-1 menu system is a breeze - very easy to use and remember. The Oly XZ-1 was lens heavy and not very well balanced in the hand and has the same lack of compactness as many of these enthusiast p&s cameras. The MX-1 is very well balanced. The Oly XZ-1 lasted me 20 months of fairly light use before completely dieing on me ... time will tell on the MX-1. The Oly-X2 is $100 more than the MX-1.

Unlike many, I speak from experience as a MX-1 owner and not just from looking a spec sheet. There are many things that look great on paper and don't meet expectation and vice versa. And I have had the MX-1 now for a couple of weeks and have posted a few pics but quite honestly, I don't post many photos to forums regardless of how long I've had the camera.

For what it is worth, I'm quite enjoying the camera and it fits my purpose beautifully (a competent p&s when I don't want to lug around the dslr / lenses).

sue
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 02-25-2013, 05:39 AM  
A case for MX-1 ?
Posted By photocat
Replies: 5
Views: 3,921
Hi Tim,

I don't know if there is a specific case designed for the MX-1 as I could not find one either (not even on the Pentax site). I guess they are waiting to see how well it sells? Anyway, I got the Crumpler Pleasure Dome (small) and it fits perfectly.

sue
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 02-22-2013, 05:49 PM  
MX-1 First Impressions
Posted By photocat
Replies: 70
Views: 10,680
I definitely get what you are saying about the "unresponsiveness" I guess for me though I wouldn't even label the 2 seconds it takes to write to the card as "unresponsive." Having it instant would be the ideal, agreed, but a couple of seconds for the type of shooting I do, is really no big deal for me all things considered.

I have (had?) the Oly XZ-1. I would say the lenses are indeed in the same league, same ballpark, same team ;) The MX-1 body actually balances the lens much better than slimmer Oly body (in my opinion). My Oly only lasting 20 months of fairly light use however detracts greatly from its appeal -- well at least to me. For fun I brought out my Fuji F31 which had a a good 3 years or more of heavy use, including an unprotected trip to Niagara Falls and it still works great. Hope to say the same about the MX-1 in a few years too - time will tell!
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 02-22-2013, 04:10 PM  
MX-1 First Impressions
Posted By photocat
Replies: 70
Views: 10,680
Thanks Kiwibird! I hope to have some more time with it this weekend and will report back :)

Thanks for the link zdwagner. I'm not sure a pc mag is the best source of camera reviews but that is subjective.

"Very soft edge at widest angle" - I don't know, I'll have to go back and see if I agree with that. I shot several at the widest angle and nothing jumped out at me but then again as I mentioned earlier, I'm not exactly a pixel peeper so I don't scrutinize to that level unless it is really noticeable.

"Heavy Distortion when shooting Raw" -- I don't even know what that really means. I was quite pleased with my RAW images and didn't see any distortion.

"Unresponsive for a few seconds" - sort of. You can continue taking photos with no delay. The unresponsiveness comes when you go back to "chimp" and see the image on the lcd. For quite literally 1 second (maybe 2 seconds max) you will see "image being recorded" message then the photo shows on the lcd. Are we really a society who cannot wait 1-2 seconds? If this was a high-end dslr being used for sporting / professional use, absolutely get it. But this is a p&s, I can manage to wait 1 to 2 seconds. If that is the only fault with this camera, personally I'd be thrilled with that.

"No hot shoe / EVF" -- I would never use a hot shoe for flash or evf on a p&s so lack of these features was of no concern to me whatsoever. Of course for others who like those capabilities, it is something to factor into the decision making process.

I plan to spend more time with the camera this weekend, though our rainy forecast doesn't give me much hope. My initial impressions still hold true and love the camera. But being fair, if I do find issue with it as I use it more, I will definitely bring that up here as well.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 02-20-2013, 07:41 PM  
MX-1 First Impressions
Posted By photocat
Replies: 70
Views: 10,680
Not sure how to really make a 100% crop in LR but I cropped the daisy photo from the RAW file, no adjustments, resized for uploading here. The dof is very shallow but for my not so perfect eyes, the very center is acceptably sharp, of course YMMV!

Edit: Still looks a wee bit sharper on my computer than when uploaded here. Again, probably my error. Not a big difference but a bit.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 02-20-2013, 07:12 PM  
MX-1 First Impressions
Posted By photocat
Replies: 70
Views: 10,680
Hi zdwagner -- For the daisy shot I applied one filter (a warm color one, can't remember now the name) in Nik and compressed the raw file to this size jpeg. For the lily (2nd shot) I applied one filter in LR3 (punch) and compressed to jpeg. They look plenty sharp, especially the last one, for me. I had moved the flowers to the floor by our sliding glass door. It was cloudy and snowy so the light was even but not very bright and I was squatting while hand holding the camera -- i.e. not exactly tripod/remote steady one would normally take for tack-sharp macros.

All that said, I believe the photographer plays a big part in getting really tack sharp photos and I was just playing around with the camera. So factoring in a p&s camera, lighting, and my lack of photo technique (and not much post processing either), I think these came out pretty well and more than satisfies my needs. I'm sure a better photographer could get much more impressive shots.

I will post more as I'm able. Sadly no time this week (gotta keep the day job to pay the bills) but perhaps this weekend!

sue
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 02-19-2013, 06:19 PM  
MX-1 First Impressions
Posted By photocat
Replies: 70
Views: 10,680
I'll throw in my .02 cents for what it is worth :)

Personally, I love the camera. Is it perfect? No, I have yet to find a camera that is at any price point (if one exists though, please someone tell me!). The nod to the past is nice but is just that in my opinion, a nod. I don't find fault with it because it isn't the spitting image of the MX. At this time, I don't really care about the ability to tilt the LCD though I'm told it will come in handy (this is the first camera I've had that has this feature, so time will tell). Certainly not a deal breaker either way. I haven't experienced any erratic issues with the zoom switch. And the ability to tilt the pop up flash? Well let's just say that never occurred to me to even be a feature to look for in a p&s (heck even my k-5 doesn't offer that in its pop up flash) and that just sounds like something very likely to break. A nice to have maybe but again not a deal breaker.

The size and handling are far better than I had imagined. My biggest fear was getting something too heavy and brick-like which some folks have expressed. I'm a petite female and find the size and handling superb - not too heavy or brick-like at all. It is very comfortable and very well balanced.

Most importantly for me is the usability. The menu just makes sense. I spent a couple of hours with it and can easily navigate and apply the settings I want. I had my Oly XZ-1 for a year and a half and barely took it out out of auto mode b/c the menu system didn't resonate with me and I could never remember how to get to what I needed quickly and without trial and error. My Oly XZ-1 also officially bit the dust the day after my MX-1 arrived. The sporadic LCD problems turned into a completely dead LCD/camera. First camera I've ever had to completely die on me. At least it made me feel significantly less guilty in buying the MX-1.

So far I'm very impressed with the MX-1. While I'm not a pixel peeper, I think given its specs it performs very well and is quite user friendly.

sue
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 02-12-2013, 06:04 PM  
MX-1 Field Test Video
Posted By photocat
Replies: 21
Views: 3,032
That was a great video! Thank you - so great in fact I now have a MX-1 on the way (Amazon (U.S) has it for $461 -- I'm sure it is a brief price drop as one of the third party vendors has it for that price, so I figured I grab it before it bounces back up)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-27-2012, 05:09 PM  
Optech Sling Strap
Posted By photocat
Replies: 26
Views: 5,251
Agree completely. I'm not sure why they didn't somehow make that removable or an option (I don't even own a battery grip).
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-25-2012, 05:01 PM  
Poll: To Strap or Not To Strap
Posted By photocat
Replies: 30
Views: 4,258
My camera doesn't "live" in a bag - I only use a bag for transporting or when I'm out with the camera (otherwise my camera "lives" on a table for easy access). I've never had any damage from the Op-tech straps at all and I'm not particularly careful with it. I have absolutely no issue or concern with the quick release opening from the weight, ever - while I guess it is theoretically possible, I really don't see how it would happen.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-22-2012, 05:51 PM  
Poll: To Strap or Not To Strap
Posted By photocat
Replies: 30
Views: 4,258
Op-Tech wrist strap 99% of the time. If I'm out for a long day of shooting, black rapid sling strap - although I just purchased the Op-Tech version sling strap which doesn't require use of the tripod mount. I just click off the wrist strap and click on the sling strap -- very, very handy though I have yet to use it outside of trying it on :)

sue
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-06-2011, 05:37 PM  
Image editing for Macs
Posted By photocat
Replies: 24
Views: 3,356
Lightroom 3 :)

I do have Photoshop Elements as well but it isn't very intuitive and I haven't had the time to try to figure it out or take a class (I have a couple books that go unread). Best way to determine what is right for you is to do a trial. All the ones that charge you money offer a 30 day free trial I believe. You'll quickly learn which ones you like and don't after a few days of using them.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-14-2011, 06:15 PM  
Your Favorite Cheap Accessory
Posted By photocat
Replies: 47
Views: 9,547
LOL - yes indeed - I do it all the time!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-11-2011, 04:59 AM  
Solar charger
Posted By photocat
Replies: 16
Views: 5,341
I just picked up this one but I haven't even had a chance to test it out. If it works as advertised, it will be quite an awesome little thing to have handy.

Amazon.com: PowerFilm USB + AA Solar Panel Charger: Patio, Lawn & Garden
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-09-2011, 02:49 PM  
Camera bag frustration
Posted By photocat
Replies: 20
Views: 5,957
Have you looked at the Lowepro Passport Sling? The padded portion for the camera gear would be too small for everything you want to take. It is removable though. If you added to or changed the inside padding, that may work for you.

Amazon.com: Lowepro Passport Sling Camera Bag (Black): Electronics
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-08-2011, 06:52 PM  
Your Favorite Cheap Accessory
Posted By photocat
Replies: 47
Views: 9,547
My $8.95 Op/Tech wrist strap as I hate neck straps.

6701062 Op/Tech SLR Wrist Strap, 11" Long - Black
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