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Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 02-04-2019, 01:56 PM  
For Sale: Reduced ** Sigma 30mm f/1.4
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 5
Views: 1,015
Bump for a great lens. That Sigma 30/1.4 gives me images like no other. It's a perfect normal on APS-C (45mm equivalent), let's you separate subjects from the background easily, and can literally see in the dark. Highly recommended.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 12-12-2018, 09:18 AM  
Sony squatting on Pentax.ca
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 46
Views: 2,980
Why is Sony squatting on a Pentax website?

I live in Canada. I have often gone to the Pentax Canada website by directly typing w w w . p e n t a x . c a into the URL address bar. Regardless of the actual path to the site (currently Welcome?RICOH IMAGING CANADA), this has always worked, redirecting me where I want to go.This is standard practice for big companies with international presence and nation-specific web sites.

But I just typed w w w . p e n t a x . c a and was redirected to the SONY camera site. (Cameras | Best Digital Cameras & Lenses | Sony CA)

SONY are squatting on a long-standing Pentax domain. This is not cool in two ways:

1) Ricoh / Pentax how could you let this domain lapse?!?!
2) Sony, squatting like this is very misleading. I like you FAR LESS when you pull tricks like this.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-10-2018, 09:26 AM  
Pentax KP Now or Wait?
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 27
Views: 2,617
You've got two great APS-C cameras ... but your DA Limiteds are idle.

Why is that? What do you expect the KP (or any newer camera) to have that will make you want to shoot your Limiteds?

I've handled the KP in-store, and I really like what I felt. But I was surprised by how much the KP is SIMILAR to the K-7/K-5/K3 line. The main body feel is similar, with the biggest changes being the top deck, pentaprism and the grip. Personally I really like the KP and will probably purchase one. I expect it will pair nicely with my FA Limiteds.

However, the KP is NOT magically a small mirrorless-style camera. I'd love to see the DA and FA Limiteds on a body the size of the Fuji X-T1/2/3 (which is more like a Pentax ME Super in size). But with DSLR viewfinders I don't think we will see a camera much smaller than the KP.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-14-2018, 01:24 PM  
FA Limited Colours
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 34
Views: 1,894
I have the 43mm and 77mm.

I wouldn't describe the images from these lenses as "punchy". The qualities they exhibit are subtler, and may actually not be to everyone's taste.

I would describe these lens as having a "Zeiss-like" rendering. They remind me of the results I would see from my Rollei 2.8 F with a Zeiss Planar lens.

At first glance, the images don't jump out at you. They have a moderate overall contrast, that could be mistaken for muddiness. But the images have lots of microcontrast, and hold up well to further processing to taste, adding both local and overall contrast and saturation if desired. The microcontrast also gives the appearance of quite high resolution. These lenses don't test as being razor sharp on a test chart, but the subjective impression of the photographs is that they are very detailed.

I feel that shooting with the 43mm and 77mm is best aligned with shooting on film (where you have a negative that you can interpret for prints) or in RAW (where you can also interpret the final image.)

Sounds like the Pentax KP offers a nice .JPG straight out of camera, and I'm sure you could dial in a look you like. But these lenses seem like they are best deployed as part of an overall approach to capture a flexible image that you will work with in post.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-09-2018, 09:39 AM  
46 min Interview with Ricoh's Mr. Baus (in German) from Photokina 2018
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 244
Views: 18,575
In the tradition of terrible Pentax names (*ist D anyone?) the new camera will be the Pentax 10^2 (pronounced "ten squared"). Official branding will be a 10 with a superscript 2.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-23-2018, 06:56 AM  
The real truth on the MZ-S mirror motor gear?
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 23
Views: 3,250
I've had two MZ-S and I've sold both because of fear of eventual demise of a very expensive (to me) camera.

The "melting" issue in the MZ-S rang a bell, but not for the mirror gear. The only issue I experienced was with the weather sealing rings on the big control dials. My first MZ-S became almost impossible to adjust -- a trip to the local repair shop showed that the rubber rings had melted and were jamming the works. The shop cleaned out the rubber and it worked perfectly. So long as I was OK with not having weather sealing on those dials, it was great. My second MZ-S was a bit grabby on the dials but not as bad as the first, so I didn't have it cleaned out.

Of course in the mean time I've added an MZ-5n and MZ-3 to the collection. So far the MZ-3 is still going but the MZ-5n packed it in this summer. I ordered 2 custom replacement gears in brass in case I ever decide to have one of these cameras fixed. So maybe it's time to embrace the MZ-S, knowing that I have a gear in stock if it should ever fail?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-17-2018, 06:09 AM  
Any reason *not* to use Winder on my ME Super?
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 11
Views: 583
Thanks Steve, good to know.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-16-2018, 06:35 AM  
Any reason *not* to use Winder on my ME Super?
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 11
Views: 583
Ugh. That's exactly what I feared.

I know I won't be blowing through hundreds of rolls on a winder, but who knows what kind of life my ME Super lived before me?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-15-2018, 10:42 AM  
Consider Getting an LX, and Have Some Questions
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 24
Views: 1,750
I've taken a chance on Ugly once -- it was a lens. Every other seller would have rated it "good - no caps".

BGN has always meant "lovely - looks like other cameras of the vintage that I owned and used" and Excellent was basically un-used.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-15-2018, 10:31 AM  
Any reason *not* to use Winder on my ME Super?
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 11
Views: 583
My Pentax ME Super came with a Winder ME II.

I prefer the handling of small SLRs with the small winders of the era, so I would like to use the Winder all the time.

However, I don't want to stress out the ME Super too much. These are old cameras now. With all old cameras, I am careful when manually winding, cocking shutters, etc. so as not to cause premature failure.

So the question is -- will the use of a winder on the ME Super put extra stress on the camera? Anyone have perspective on repairing these cameras? Did winder use shorten their lives, or are winders completely OK to use all the time?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-03-2018, 07:11 AM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 2,451
Views: 176,691
The parallels are accurate, differing only in how fervently Nikon and Pentax insist that the D7xxx and KP are the top of the APS-C line.

D300/s users held their breath for seven years, stamping their feet and demanding a camera. That they finally got one after seven years seems like a mini miracle and more of a good will gesture from Nikon. I would love to see sales figures for the D500 and the D750 and D610. The number of people buying a D500 have to be vanishingly small when they could buy a full frame camera for the same price or less. Especially when Best Buy has the D610 and D750 on the shelves - I've never seen a D500 there.

I think both Pentax and Nikon have been surprised that every advanced amateur didn't quietly move en masse to full frame. But for all the people loudly asking for a flagship APS-C ... how many will actually buy an 1800+ US dollar APS-C camera?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-01-2018, 07:48 AM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 2,451
Views: 176,691
Everyone asking for a Pentax K3 III reminds me of all the crying made by Nikonians waiting for a successor to the D300s. The D500 eventually came but it took SEVEN years.

It was clear that:

1) Nikon considered "serious" use of the APS-C/DX format to be dead - full frame was the real deal
2) The market agreed, as most sales were of entry-level APS-C, and pro sales moving almost entirely to full frame
3) The niche who wanted a "flagship DX" camera were small but vocal. They have real reason to want it, but they are in a really small minority, dedicated to birds-in-flight and similar small subsets of photography.

I bet Pentax sees the same thing. Now that most of the pro/serious market is served by the K1, and they offer VERY good entry level and mid-level APS cameras, the number of purchasers for a "flagship" APS-C camera has to be vanishingly small.

(My position is also coloured by having recently handled a KP. With a few tiny quibbles, this camera is "flagship quality." It clearly has 80% DNA from the K7/K5/K3 line.)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-27-2018, 06:24 AM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 2,451
Views: 176,691
[Shrug]

Nope. The K-1 and KP look great, and look like a Pentax. Line up a Spotmatic, a K2, an LX, and the very well-liked 50th Anniverary K20D. Now put the real icon of Pentax pro cameras beside them -- the Pentax 67. The K-1 and KP all look like they belong to the same family.

As for the slightly innovative controls of the K-1 and KP? Pentax also has been willing in the past to experiment with controls. They led the marketplace to the dual-control-wheel design with the P-Z1p, but that didn't stop them from continuing to explore new ideas with the MZ-S -- still one of the most elegant modern camera control setups, and perfectly suited for digital cameras. The extra dials on the K-1 and KP are in line with other Pentax innovations, and answer some of the different ideas floating around. Want a more "retro" experience with a dedicated knob for ISO or exposure comp (like a Fuji X or Nikon Df)? You've got it with the K-1 or KP. But the extra controls on the K-1 and KP are more fleixble, because the functions are selectable -- very much like the MZ-S.

I hope Pentax keeps the design language of the K-1 and KP for a long time. It's distinctive, works well, and suits both modern (control wheel) shooters and traditionalists (who like dedicated knobs.)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-25-2018, 05:39 AM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 730
Views: 58,022
Yawn.

I'm sure existing GR fans will be happy (all twelve of you.)

For everyone else, this camera is irrelevant, and has been irrelevant since the Fuji X100 (viewfinder and excellent design) and the Sony RX1 (biggest sensor in a compact camera.)

Plus the GR always looked like cheap industrial design from the mid 1990s. Seriously? Ricoh needs to do better than this.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-21-2018, 06:37 AM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 1,960
Views: 111,313
Thanks for digging up an answer. Not impressed with that choice :mad:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-20-2018, 12:24 PM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 1,960
Views: 111,313
I've only seen big announcements on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. i expected Pentax to avoid last week with the September 12 iPhone event sucking all of the air out of the room. That left this week. I'm really starting to doubt there will be anything announced this year.

That doesn't stop me from checking the Photokina update blogs right up until the stagehands have carted away the last display! :D
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 09-14-2018, 12:25 PM  
How do you scan your film?
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 50
Views: 3,633
Because film gives me a completely different look. Depending on the camera and film, that can be a wonderfully smooth gradation and seemingly limitless resolution, or it can be gritty and crunchy.

Plus -- my film results are very close to what I intended with little post-processing required. Especially when I have the pro lab do most of the work.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 09-10-2018, 10:53 AM  
How do you scan your film?
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 50
Views: 3,633
Most things I have scanned at the lab, giving me 6 megapixel JPG scans. These are perfect for web use and moderate prints.

I do also scan at home. 120 is scanned on an Epson Perfection V500. For most scans I use the Epson software - I find it handles exposure and colour balance decently without much intervention. I also have and use Vuescan, mostly for 35mm scanned by a Minolta Dimage Scan Dual IV. With glassless scanning of the film and adjustable autofocus, the scans are sharp, even if the resolution is "only" about 10 megapixel.

I agree with Steve about treating the negative as your archive.

I do scan to a big .TIFF, but can't consider the .TIFs to be "archival". They are too big and unneeded. The .TIF can be disposed of once it has been imported in Photoshop and saved to .PSD. In Photoshop I do the usual - crop, flip, exposure, dodge and burn, spotting dust, curves and tonal adjustments. When all is done, I will output a clean, finished .JPG at full quality, and possibly scaled down to 6 or 10 megapixels. Personally, I end up keeping the .PSD file and the .JPG -- but I'm not sure why. The .TIFs and .PSDs are pigs, and I have yet to go back and "reprocess" a scan. If I did, it's probably because I would have scanned it with a better scanner, and so would redo the whole process anyway.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-30-2018, 06:26 AM  
Nikon FF prices plummeting
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 9
Views: 482
Not to take my own thread off-topic, but Pentax played this masterfully with the K-1/K-1ii. By offering upgrades for all K-1's, they have kept the used price of K-1's elevated.

When the price of a used camera is close to the price of a new one, it's hard to justify buying used. So I'm sure Pentax has sold tons of K-1iis that otherwise would have been re-sales of K1's...

---------- Post added 08-30-18 at 09:29 AM ----------



Interesting and that backs up the idea that the price drop is permanent.

I did see an article a few months back about people who dig the "old skool" look of D700's buying them up for "dirt cheap" prices. I glanced at the Canadian used prices and they hadn't dropped. Clearly it was US only at that point.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-29-2018, 01:06 PM  
K-7 Appreciation - The Forefather Forgotten
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 84
Views: 7,271
I had the same issue with the K-7 I picked up, and my long-used K-5.

Cleaning the contacts meant just running the wheel back and forth, aggressively, for 30 seconds or so.

The issue might come up again a month later, but so long as I rolled the wheel back and forth before a shoot I didn't have issues.
Forum: Pentax KP 08-29-2018, 01:00 PM  
KP live view shooting experience
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 9
Views: 876
Thanks Belcik, that's very helpful.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-29-2018, 12:50 PM  
Nikon FF prices plummeting
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 9
Views: 482
Since Nikon introduced the full-frame D3 I have watched the used market for full frame. FF Nikon cameras seemed to hold their value very well, and even first gen (D3 and D700 cameras) stayed the better part of $2000 Canadian on the used market.

Since the Z series announcement, it looks like there are a whole lot of Nikon FF DSLRs for sale. I've never seen prices so low for Nikon FF. I see D700's for the same price as used Pentax K3 and KP cameras. D800s only a bit more (1200ish).

I wonder if this is a permanent markdown of the value of the older cameras versus the Z series? Or a one-time glut of the market as some people switch to the Z?
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 08-29-2018, 10:49 AM  
Pentax Giveaway "What will you do if you win?"
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 180
Views: 3,471
Use it! I've been waiting for a Pentax full frame digital camera for a long time. The only thing that has held me back is the price.
Forum: Pentax KP 08-28-2018, 01:52 PM  
KP live view shooting experience
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 9
Views: 876
Thanks
Forum: Pentax K-01 08-28-2018, 01:46 PM  
Advice of using the K-01 for cooking video
Posted By filmamigo
Replies: 16
Views: 1,224
You are already on a tripod, with most of the action happening at a (relatively) fixed distance, so no autofocus is needed. Go to manual focus, focus up on area where most of the action occurs, stop down the aperture, and you are good to go. Assuming you are aimed at a stovetop from about 6 feet distance, I would stop down to at least f/8. That will keep a range of about 4 feet in focus (i.e. 4 feet from the camera to 8 feet from the camera.) If you stop down to f/11 you will get about 6 feet of sharp area.

If you are curious to calculate what a different f/stop will give you, use a DOF calculator like this: Depth of Field (DoF) calculator | PhotoPills

If you need to shoot "inserts" or closeups where the camera and subject are at radically different distance than before, just manually focus for the inserts.

Pro video shooters never bother with auto focus. The hunting is annoying and difficult to predict. Better to focus on what you need, keep the action within the zone your focussed on, stop down to get the DOF you require, and for different angles and distances simply re-focus.
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