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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 6 Days Ago  
Nikon - Not Really About Cameras Anymore
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 15
Views: 637
Interesting article. Reminds me of Hitachi. They used to make consumer electronics. Now they're doing heavy duty industrial work. Kind of like General Electric in the states. Many other companies that are feeling a pinch in their current/former sector are doing something similar.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-11-2018, 10:30 AM  
Will we see Eye-AF on Pentax cameras anytime soon
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 49
Views: 1,418
Not having a manual transmission is a 110% deal breaker for me. No manual, no sale. :D

This is why I will never own lots of luxury cars, SUVs, & even a lot of sports cars like the Nissan GTR. No clutch pedal & no shifter = less engaging for me. I've been wanting to get a Chevrolet SS sedan with a 6-speed manual, Cadillac ATS-V, or a CTS-V, but man! They are very hard to come by. It's really hard to find one with a 6-speed manual.

I also use Linux. Hahahaaha! :p
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-11-2018, 08:54 AM  
Nikon Mirrorless Specs
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 45
Views: 1,212
Interesting. They're talking about ergonomics (something that Sony kind of lacks) & they're gonna implement a 5-axis IBIS system. I wonder how Sony & Canon are going to counter attack. Competition is good. :D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-10-2018, 12:04 PM  
Is KP a worthy “upgrade” from K3?
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 27
Views: 1,432
Like already stated, the KP does have some pluses, but you'll probably get some more GAS when the K-3II replacement comes out. That might happen sometime next year, but there's no official date for that yet. The only thing we know for sure is that Ricoh is currently working on it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-10-2018, 10:58 AM  
Replacement for damaged K3, a used K3 or K-70?
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 32
Views: 882
Yes. Same battery.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-10-2018, 06:41 AM  
Replacement for damaged K3, a used K3 or K-70?
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 32
Views: 882
I don't know if one can still get this, but there was an additional $25 off code over at imaging resource a while back.

$25 off $250+ for IR readers, no strings, no expiration!

^ That's the link. It would be $714. :D

The only area where the K-70 trumps the K-3II is the image quality. The flippy screen can also come in handy at times, but for everything else, the K-3II performs better.
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-06-2018, 08:15 AM  
The K-3 line will continue!
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 725
Views: 57,611
^ I have a feeling that the K-3II replacement is going to be worth the wait. The AF performance will more than likely be better than the KP's AF performance & it will probably get the same 5-axis IBIS with 5 stops of effectiveness or even better. The dual card slots will probably take faster cards & write faster to both cards at the same time. The IQ should be as good as the KP's IQ. It could potentially pull some former Pentaxians back in & maybe even bring a few new users with it. I don't know. Maybe I'm being optimistic here. :p

The upcoming DA* 11-18mm f/2.8 lens will probably feel very good on that camera. :D
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-05-2018, 09:02 AM  
The Squirrel Mafia's RawTherapee thread. Now with 50% more excellence & win!
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 503
Views: 53,725
^ You're welcome. My main reason for doing this is so that I can shoot worry free up to ISO 12800 with my K-50 bodies. Obviously I try to shoot the lowest ISO possible, but I know that I can still get a usable image at ISO 12800 if I end up shooting that high. Since this is my main RAW developing program, I keep playing with it whenever I have a chance. I also use DxO on occasion, but RawTherapee is pretty much the one that I use almost all the time.

But yeah! The developers have been going non-stop on this project. Their tireless efforts allow us to have this really good RAW developing program for free! :D
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-05-2018, 08:30 AM  
The Squirrel Mafia's RawTherapee thread. Now with 50% more excellence & win!
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 503
Views: 53,725
UPDATE!

I'm uploading a new batch of experimental PP3 files. I've been playing with settings to get sharper images without getting so many artifacts. Good stuff!

You'll need to have the latest version of RawTherapee. See this post on how to get the latest version. Try them out! :cool:
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-05-2018, 06:35 AM  
K-3 II $708.65 at Amazon
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 28
Views: 1,486
Very good deal. Only 6 left.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-03-2018, 08:17 AM  
Silver Pentax K-3II body for $739 at Adorama.
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 24
Views: 1,034
Ha! I know the feeling. My wife keeps me in check 'cause I would probably be in a lot of debt or always broke if she wasn't around. I have too many hobbies. :p

On the plus side, whenever the deal is good, she has no problem spending a bit of money if it's worth it. She'd let me buy this camera if I wanted to, but I'm dead set on holding out for that K-3II replacement 'cause if I buy this camera now, there's a big probability that she will remind me that I just got a new camera with a, "Do you really need it or want it", type of question, preventing me from getting the K-3II replacement or getting a different camera for the next few years. Hahaha! :D
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-02-2018, 03:13 PM  
Silver Pentax K-3II body for $739 at Adorama.
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 24
Views: 1,034
At the price it's being offered for, it's probably the best "bang for the buck" Pentax camera available at the moment.

The K-70 is a bit cheaper & has slightly better image quality as the ISO climbs, but it doesn't have the build & speed of the K-3II. The KP has better IQ & 5-axis IBIS, but it still lacks some flagship features of the K-3II like dual SD card slots, 1/8000 shutter speed, larger buffer, 200,000 shutter life, & some other things. It also costs about $160 more. Both the K-70 & KP are very good cameras, but a silver K-3II for only $739? It's a no brainer. :p
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-02-2018, 08:36 AM  
Silver Pentax K-3II body for $739 at Adorama.
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 24
Views: 1,034
^ Yes. These are brand spanking new. It seems like they only have 8 of them. There were only 500 units produced worldwide. They're still selling the black one for $829, but it seems like they are no longer offering it with the grip.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-30-2018, 08:43 AM  
Silver Pentax K-3II body for $739 at Adorama.
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 24
Views: 1,034
Second body. Someone's K-3/3II broke. Someone wanting to get a good cheap camera. I don't know. It either case, it's pretty cheap.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-29-2018, 07:53 PM  
Silver Pentax K-3II body for $739 at Adorama.
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 24
Views: 1,034
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-28-2018, 12:10 PM  
How time flies (sensors, RAW and IQ)
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 7
Views: 482
I get a kick out of the RAW files that my old 10MP CCD Sony A200 DSLR put out. The ISO 100 files were magical. Everything after that started degrading rapidly, though. Images were good to ISO 400 & decent at ISO 800. They were pretty much useless from ISO 1600 & above. I really loved the ISO 100 images. They had a charm that my K-50 RAW files don't have at the same ISO.

The upside with the K-50 is that ISO 100 is almost as good as ISO 100 on that old Sony camera & the rest of the ISO range slowly degrades in quality. I can get usable images at ISO 12800 with the K-50. I think ISO 12800 on my K-50 is far more usable than ISO 1600 on my old Sony A200. That's pretty impressive if you think about it. :D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-27-2018, 07:25 PM  
Should I buy K-3ii or try to like KP or ?
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 54
Views: 2,923
^ I don't know, but I have a feeling that the screen might end up being kind of similar to the one used on the K-1. Seems more "tougher" than the one on the K-70.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-27-2018, 01:21 PM  
HD DA*11-18/2.8 patent was filed by Ricoh in Japan.
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 64
Views: 4,781
I'll get this lens once the K-3II replacement comes out. It's probably going to be a lot nicer than my old Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 that I had for my Sony A200.
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-27-2018, 08:03 AM  
The K-3 line will continue!
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 725
Views: 57,611
The KP's ergonomics & other missing flagship features were the deal breaker for me. I've already played around with one & it didn't do nothing for me. There's nothing wrong with it. It's a great camera with slightly better AF, IBIS, & much better IQ for its intended crowd, but I'm not the intended crowd. Heck, I'll even take a K-70 over the KP. I'd rather do a mirrorless camera instead if I was looking at something similar to the KP.

I much prefer the build, speed, feel, & heft of the K-3II. The K-3II feels perfect in my hands. More perfect than the K-50 & the Nikon D7200 that I use at times. My guess is that the K-3II replacement will have far more excellence & win in every respect. :cool:
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 06-27-2018, 06:45 AM  
What is your Prediction??
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 385
Views: 4,265
I'll say that we'll at least get to 40,000.
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-26-2018, 07:18 AM  
The K-3 line will continue!
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 725
Views: 57,611
For those of us living in the USA, the remaining supply of K-3II cameras is running out. It looks like B&H has completely sold them out & has marked it as discontinued. You can still get a new K-3II with a free grip for $829 from Adorama, but who knows how many they have left. Amazon still has some for $829, but they're not offering the grip.

Hopefully my K-50 bodies last until the K-3II replacement is out. Hahaha! :p We'll see what the future holds. :D
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 06-26-2018, 06:46 AM  
K50 Sensor Stuck in 16 to the left. Sensor shakes when attempting to correct
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 7
Views: 353
You can always try a factory restore, but more than likely, the camera is toast. :(
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-25-2018, 12:46 PM  
Help me think... K3ii or KP or M43 or...
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 37
Views: 1,309
I highly doubt you will find a KP at $500 or less used. The next best thing would be a K-70. High ISO IQ is a bit better than the K-3/3II. The only feature it doesn't have is the ultrasonic dust remover. It's still the same old sensor shake dust removal. I'm pretty sure you can score a K-70 for about +-$450 used.

You might also be lucky enough to find a used K-3II body for about $500. I usually see them in the +-$650 range.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-25-2018, 10:58 AM  
K3ii or K1
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 20
Views: 802
Well, one thing is for sure. It seems like the K-3II supply is starting to dry up in the USA. It looks like B&H doesn't carry it anymore. It's still selling at Adorama, but who knows for how long.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-16-2018, 09:09 PM  
Did you leave Adobe? Where did you go?
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 116
Views: 4,247
I've pretty much gone RawTherapee all the way. On rare occasions, I will use DxO. I'm one of those few that doesn't like programs with DAM. Too many hassles for me. I just want to convert a few RAW images on occasion & not let some program build an incredibly large database that might eventually get corrupted.
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