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Forum: Pentax Full Frame 3 Days Ago  
Pentax K-1 mark iii
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 54
Views: 2,717
The big players have been very dependent on sales volumes. I expect they have all downsized to meet the market.
Pentax got the jump on them all in this regard.
Canon sold boatloads more low margin Rebels than anything else. I believe that as the price goes up the per unit profit also increases, but volumes are much lower. Rebels and their ilk are cash flow generators more than they are profit generators aa long as the volumes are good. They become albatrosses around the neck when volumes tank.
They would, if course, rather you bought new than picked up someone's hand me down. Ideally the customer is going to have a drawer where superceded bodies go to die.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 6,919
Views: 939,907
I have literally never seen another Pentax user in the wild. It's not something that bothers me.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 4 Days Ago  
Pentax K-1 mark iii
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 54
Views: 2,717
Late 2023 at the earliest, 60mp.

---------- Post added Sep 23rd, 2022 at 08:17 AM ----------



The race for MP has not really ended, but it has slowed down. The K1's 36mp is fine, but at some point they won't be able to get the sensor, which must be approaching 10 years old by now. Not being able to get 36mp sensors will force them to upgrade. Also, even though 36mp is fine, the industry has moved on to higher density sensors, so they will need to increase MP just to look like they are trying to stay somewhat up with the times.

---------- Post added Sep 23rd, 2022 at 08:18 AM ----------



Not likely, Pentax has indicated they are not interested in mirrorless/EVF cameras.

---------- Post added Sep 23rd, 2022 at 08:28 AM ----------



The thing is, jumping from 36mp to 42mp is a tiny jump in linear pixel density. If you look at the specs of the 42mp cameras, it's only a few hundred pixels more on the side. It's not significant enough to move present K1 users to the new camera on it's own. Other performance improvements might, but megapixels are still the big driver of upgrade camera sales.
I would like to see much faster AF, my K1 still falls behind 10 year old Canons for tracking speed, for example, but I likely wouldn't buy a new camera based on that as it isn't something I need often enough to fork over what will probably be close to $3k. The same with buffer and speeds and the like. It would be nice, but I wouldn't buy a new camera for it.
I don't know if I am in the majority on this, but judging from the number of "what does the K1 lack?" posts, I suspect I'm not far off the norm in this regard. OTOH, if they want to erode DSLR sales from what will be stagnant development from Nikon and Canon, they will need to move the bar on their cameras to compete on resolution with those manufacturers, and they are all in the 60mp range now for their upper level bodies.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 4 Days Ago  
Pentax ME: exposure problem, OVER led always on
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 6
Views: 297
The ISO and aperture cam follower resistors are prone to corrosion on all the Pentax cameras from that era.
Try this: Hold down the ISO adjuster lock and quickly rotate the ISO dial from lock to lock about 50 times. Do the same with the aperture cam lever inside the mirror box. With luck that will scrape off any corrosion that has accumulated and return the camera to normal operation.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 4 Days Ago  
Pentax M42 Bellows slide copier
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 20
Views: 747
It's a great lens, but it won't do what the OP is wanting it to do.
Forum: General Photography 5 Days Ago  
"How many PHOTOS I take vs How many I keep | Canon vs Pentax"
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 44
Views: 1,887
In this case, watch the video. Calling it motocross would be akin to calling a bunch of senior citizen mall walkers a foot race.

---------- Post added Sep 22nd, 2022 at 10:10 AM ----------



Got it. I set the focus point on the dog as it runs towards me, keep it there, and watch as the AF tries and fails to keep up, and that's the camera succeeding.

Meanwhile my friend with the EOS1 (a much more expensive camera to be sure) can do the same thing with her camera and a faster dog and get a series of tack sharp pictures.

If my Pentax is succeeding, I guess that means the Canon is failing.
I'm glad we have that straight.
Forum: General Photography 6 Days Ago  
"How many PHOTOS I take vs How many I keep | Canon vs Pentax"
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 44
Views: 1,887
I watched his video. Nothing I saw there makes me think he was pushing the cameras to the limit, and frankly, a 2% difference in keeper rate is a fluctuation, not some earth shattering number. So let's call it a draw in the scenario he chose to show, which was pretty slow moving for the most part. A softball test is not really a test. Give me a Grade 4 math test and I'll bet I can get 94% as well.
It proves nothing.
What is the keeper rate if the bikes are moving 90 towards the camera at speed, say 100KPH? That's a decent AF test, some dirt bikes riding through a forest at a few KPH, not so much.
My K1 won't keep up with my Rottweiler running towards me, and that is a dog not noted for being an especially fast runner. A K3III might do better, certainly I would hope it does, but if it will keep up with a Rottie, how about a Saluki or a Deerhound?
I was having this exact same discussion on the PDML about a decade ago, and I was staunchly defending Pentax AF. A friend in Ontario sent me a picture of one of her adult Terveruns running directly towards the camera. The Belgian Shepherd is a fast dog. We had a sibling of the one in said friend's picture. It ran circles around my Rottie, something my Pentax couldn't keep up with. Every whisker on the dog's snout was tack sharp, something I could only dream about capturing.
Her camera? Whatever Canon EOS1 that was current at the time.
The point is, anyone saying Pentax AF is as good as it gets based on a softball test is delusional.
Pentax has it's strengths, the lenses are excellent, I still believe they are, overall, the best in the business, the colour palette is better than most, the files are easy to work with, and the ergonomics are spectacular.
Let's not pretend the AF is in any way comparable to the best that is out there from the other manufacturers. Spreading that around is disinformation.

---------- Post added Sep 21st, 2022 at 10:51 AM ----------



This describes perfectly my experience shooting fencing with a Spotmatic II. Nice predictable action moving at 180 to the camera. All I had to do was make sure I pushed the button at the right time which did take some practice. Focusing wasn't part of the equation.

---------- Post added Sep 21st, 2022 at 10:55 AM ----------



My dealer joked one day as we were watching a service tech trying to move my wife's stick shift car (and failing miserably) that the stick shift is the greatest deterrent to automobile theft out there.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 6 Days Ago  
Pentax M42 Bellows slide copier
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 20
Views: 747
Adding extension brings the focus point closer and closer to the lens, increasing the magnification. The only way I was able to get close to copying the full frame of a slide with a Pentax bellows/slide copier on an APS-C rig was to use the 77LTD, and not connect the slide copier bellows to the lens.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-19-2022, 02:55 PM  
Pentax M42 Bellows slide copier
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 20
Views: 747
The problem with what you are suggesting is that the slide holder is attached to a carriage that mounts to a rail. The rail then mounts to the front of the bellows, and the short bellows on the slide copier then clips to the lens. Without the bellows, the only attachment point is the lens, which means the slide holder is being supported by cooked spaghetti. There would be no rigid attachment between the slide copier and the lens.

---------- Post added Sep 19th, 2022 at 03:56 PM ----------



You can't get the focus point right.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 09-18-2022, 05:26 PM  
The thrill of being unfaithfull for just one morning...
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 56
Views: 2,942
My first Fuji was the X-Pro1. After I figured out that I could actually trust the AF (This was when I was using a K5), I almost never used the EV-F, which was ugly in that camera anyway.
The optical viewfinder was gorgeous. My lens range in that system is 14mm to 60mm so pretty much the viewfinder was OK. I dont think I'd want to go longer than the 60mm with that viewfinder. I'm considering either an X-T4 or an X-Pro3 to upgrade my body. I ended up selling the X-Pro1, and just have X-T1 now. Sometimes I wish I'd kept the X-Pro1 instead just for the optical finder.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-18-2022, 09:04 AM  
Pentax M42 Bellows slide copier
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 20
Views: 747
Sadly no the slide duplicator has to be supported by the bellows. It's just the way it's designed.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-17-2022, 03:33 PM  
Pentax M42 Bellows slide copier
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 20
Views: 747
I've been down this path. Your best bet is to get M42 lenses.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-17-2022, 08:12 AM  
K-7 iso setting
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 2
Views: 463
The K7 is still my favourite studio camera. The megapixels are low by today's standard, but the way it handles flesh tones hasn't been matched by another camera (my opinion only).
I found the noise unacceptable above 400 ISO, but I never needed to go that high in the studio anyway.
It had a nice build and the stuff on it worked. In many regards I regret letting mine go for the K5, as it was never satisfactory because of the awful AF issues I had.
Forum: General Talk 09-16-2022, 05:01 PM  
Green & Red peppers, eh?
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 9
Views: 649
That and red peppers were green once.
It isn't easy being green.
Forum: General Talk 09-15-2022, 06:59 PM  
RV Solar Power
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 7
Views: 216
I'm looking at a "suitcase" of two 100 watt panels with a controller. It's effectively one panel the way its configured.
I'm leaning towards a lithium battery as an add on.

Thanks
Forum: General Talk 09-15-2022, 11:41 AM  
RV Solar Power
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 7
Views: 216
We just returned to sunny (well not right now) Saskatchewan after spending some quality time living in a trailer in a BC forest. One of the things I would like to do before our next trip is set up a solar array for battery charging to limit generator use.
I'm watching some youtube videos, and I think I have pretty much settled on a system, but I am wondering if anyone here has gone the same route and what you did for equipment.

We are what I would consider fairly light users. I've switched all the lights over to LED, and we don't run much for power equipment. I run the fridge on propane, we don't have any sort of "entertainment system" in the trailer. The only high drain stuff we use is the water pump (sparingly) and the furnace in the mornings for a short while if it's chilly, which it usually is until later in the morning.

We do use a toaster at breakfast time, but I am willing to use the generator to give us 120 volt power for that.

I'm looking at a Renogy 200 watt panel and the accessories required to do the hook-up to the battery. right now I am using a group 27 100AH flooded battery for power. I am willing to fork over the coin for a lithium iron phosphate battery if I need to.

The common YouTube wisdom is that I am looking at double the capacity I need, but I do camp in a forest, so sometimes full sunlight is a problem. I don't mind going heavy on the wattage to offset the lack of direct sunlight.
Has anyone else gone down this path? If so, what was your solution? Does it work well for you? What do you think of my solution?

For the curious, this is the rig I am supplying. And yes, that is a Cummins diesel in a Nissan Titan.

Forum: General Talk 09-15-2022, 09:33 AM  
Latest Marc Newson design
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 12
Views: 714
It probably shoots backwards.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-13-2022, 08:51 PM  
HD PENTAX-D FA★ 50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 5
Views: 665
It's a great lens, but be careful of the dreaded parts shedding....
Forum: General Photography 09-13-2022, 04:12 AM  
"How many PHOTOS I take vs How many I keep | Canon vs Pentax"
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 44
Views: 1,887
One of the reasons I'm able to stay with Pentax is because none of my shooting is especially camera performance oriented.
I get a kick out of seeing the defenders of Pentax AF mount disinformation campaigns saying look how good it is, or it's all the photographer, as they show a picture that has predictable action moving in a 90 angle to the camera.
And no, they never mention they had to shoot 500 pictures to get the one good one anyway.
When I was a kid I was involved in the sport of fencing and the hobby of photography. I shot perfectly good pictures of fencing with a Spotmatic II because the action , while fast, was predictable and stayed 90 to the camera. I could use that experience to say look, one can shoot fast action without AF at all because the dice were loaded in my favour.
Some of what we do really is tech dependant, and AF is still a technology where Pentax lags though my understanding is the K3III has almost caught up to Nikon from a dozen years ago.
Shooting portraits, still lifes, products and landscapes is where Pentax is strong. A Pentax in the studio is a beautiful thing. When I was shooting with a pool of photographers I always got the jobs that required the best lenses because that's where Pentax is strong.
They never sent me out to shoot basketball games though.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-12-2022, 05:43 PM  
Pentax LX mirror dings when returning
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 7
Views: 360
All three of my LXs rang. I bought my first one brand new, so I just figured it was normal.

Funny story:

I was shooting a wedding in our local Catholic cathedral using the LX. I was in the choir loft at the back of the church.
Apparently this particular church has superb acoustics.
Anyway, I was up there with my LX and 80-200/2.8 just wanting to get a couple of pictures of the sermon. I was making sure to take my few pictures while the priest was talking (he had a microphone and speaker) so as to not be disruptive.
One time I tripped the shutter just as he finished. The mirror returned at the same moment he went silent and all you could hear was my LX ringing.
It was awesome.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-12-2022, 07:38 AM  
A possibly controversial opinion:
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 38
Views: 2,527
Well, ww have a couple if people who live half a planet from each other who either both got poor versions of the 40 Ltd and excellent versions of the A35 or, more likely, got fairly normal versions of each and noted the 40 is a bit of a potato compared to the A35.
The only person making any sort of inference that all 35mm lenses are better than all 40mm lenses is you.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-11-2022, 04:41 PM  
A possibly controversial opinion:
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 38
Views: 2,527
The DA40/2.8 Ltd is, if I'm not mistaken, is a refit of the M40/2.8 into a nicer suit of clothes.
The A35/2.8 is pretty much an M35/2.8 in a tuxedo.
The 40 was designed to be a lens cap on the ME series of bodies, making a pocketable SLR camera.
It's primary design parameter was small, so everything else was compromised to a certain extent.
I don't think the 40 Ltd is much more than a novelty. It's an OK lens, but that's about it, and it's has no ergonomics. I like cradling the lens with my left hand, and the 40 gives nothing to cradle.

I have the A35/2.8 and found it to be excellent in every way. It's imaging qualities are as good as any Pentax lens in its range from what ive seen, including coming very close to the 31Ltd in rendering quality.
It's a superb lens. I'm on your side on this one.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-08-2022, 12:30 PM  
Viltrox Says Canon has Demanded They Stop Selling RF-Mount Lenses
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 113
Views: 3,687
Pentax signaled what backwards compatability meant to them in 1975 when it became relatively impossible to use the new K-mount lenses on screw mount bodies but very possible to use older screw mount lenses on K-mount bodies.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-08-2022, 11:45 AM  
Viltrox Says Canon has Demanded They Stop Selling RF-Mount Lenses
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 113
Views: 3,687
We will be losing forwards compatability fairly quickly as more K-AF4 lenses come on stream and aperture ring lenses get deleted. However, backwards compatability is where new body owners can use old lenses, that isn't likely to change.
People conflate the two issues. Backwards compatability has never been about using new lenses on old bodies.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-08-2022, 07:24 AM  
Viltrox Says Canon has Demanded They Stop Selling RF-Mount Lenses
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 113
Views: 3,687
You are comparing chickens to goats on this one, and I'm on record as having called out Canon on multiple occasions for how they treated their FD customers.
This doesn't compare in any way, shape or form to how they are treating Viltrox's customers.

---------- Post added Sep 8th, 2022 at 08:27 AM ----------



The differences are pretty major though. In the 1980s Canon screwed their FD user base. In this instance Canon isn't screwing their users, no matter how people want to spin it.

---------- Post added Sep 8th, 2022 at 08:31 AM ----------



The Maxxum mount morphed into the Sony A mount and was supported until just recently. We'll see what Sony does, but odds are they will kill it.
Minolta supported the MD mount right up until they were bought by Konica and then Konica killed it.
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