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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-28-2018, 09:34 AM  
My K-3 died. What now?
Posted By Outis
Replies: 15
Views: 795
From what other users had reported with similar problems, the cost of a repair was something in the $300-500 rage, which is more than I want to spend on a camera that's worth about that much. But I could send it in and get it looked at, at least.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-27-2018, 12:51 PM  
My K-3 died. What now?
Posted By Outis
Replies: 15
Views: 795
Hello, everyone! Here's another "help me choose a new camera body" thread.

One of my two K-3 bodies died recently, and I need to replace it with...something. I've been incredibly happy with my K-3's, and ordinarily I would have just gone ahead and bought whatever the newest high-end APS-C body was, but the K-3 ii has been discontinued, I can't find any used K-3 ii bodies from the usual venues I'd buy from, and so now I have some decisions to make.

I do mostly landscape photography, the non-casual sort: camp, get up at 5 AM to catch the sunrise, do a bunch of PP, push the sensor to its limits, that sort of thing. Besides that, I do some studio portrait photography.

The way I see it, my options are:

Used K-1: This is pretty much everything I'd hope for, but it's a lot more than I'd like to spend, I'm not sure about the weight, and I don't currently own any weather-sealed FF lenses, and I don't have the budget to buy any.

KP, K-5: Great cameras, but I'm serious enough about what I'm doing that I feel I really need the dual SD card slots for redundancy.

K-70: All of the above disadvantages, plus, given the sort of accidents I've had, I *really* need extra-rugged body.

GR: The idea of seeing the world through a take-everywhere 18mm lens is pretty appealing, but, honestly, it's not a major use case for me to be doing serious photography in places where I can't lug around a big bag of gear.

And, for reference, here's my list of lenses:
APS-C: 8mm Rokinon, 18-55, 20-40, 15, 21, 40, 55-300
Full-frame: 14mm Rokinon, 31mm, K 55mm 1.8, 77mm, M 100mm macro

Anyway, what are your thoughts?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-26-2018, 10:26 AM  
My K-3 won't turn on
Posted By Outis
Replies: 4
Views: 544
Pointing me to that thread was immensely helpful. Thank you so much!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-24-2018, 07:54 PM  
My K-3 won't turn on
Posted By Outis
Replies: 4
Views: 544
I'm guessing that's probably not it, because it turned on in the morning and refused to turn on just a few hours later. But yeah, that's still a great thought and definitely worth trying.

Thanks! Merry Christmas to you, too!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-24-2018, 07:39 PM  
My K-3 won't turn on
Posted By Outis
Replies: 4
Views: 544
Hi! My K-3 body (probably 5 years old at this point, 20-30,000 shutter count) stopped working today-- it won't turn on. I tried the obvious and used a different battery that I knew was charged, tried with and without memory cards and lens, in different camera modes, etc., and nothing worked.

Is there anything else I should try, or is it time to move on?

Thanks!
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 12-24-2018, 07:34 PM  
For Sale: K-3ii with 18-135mm and Tamron 17-50 or other lenses; battery grip, flash & FLU Card
Posted By Outis
Replies: 3
Views: 1,177
Hi! Would you consider selling just the K-3 ii body?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-29-2018, 09:10 PM  
Landscape Cliche Iceland Pictures - just had to take them being a first time tourist :)
Posted By Outis
Replies: 20
Views: 836
Thanks for stepping in to say exactly what I was going to say!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-06-2018, 09:20 PM  
Lenses for Yosemite, San Francisco, Pacific highway trip by a Brit!!
Posted By Outis
Replies: 43
Views: 2,148
FWIW, I'm in the middle of a similar trip. So far, I'd estimate my lens usage to be about 60% 20-40mm Limtied, 25% 77mm Limited, and the rest divided between the 15mm Limited and the 8mm Samyang fisheye. The 55-300 comes out occasionally for wildlife. In the past I've used the 15mm Limited way more, but I seem to be on a telephoto kick at the moment.
Forum: General Talk 02-22-2018, 02:34 AM  
Im done with PentaxForums
Posted By Outis
Replies: 82
Views: 4,302
What's this referring to?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-12-2018, 07:30 AM  
From Asahi man
Posted By Outis
Replies: 314
Views: 32,408
Is asahi man actually a reliable source? I remember a few years back he was saying that the FA Limiteds were going to be discontinued... and they're still here...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-27-2017, 07:31 AM  
Looking for lens recommendations for trip to USA National Parks
Posted By Outis
Replies: 62
Views: 4,558
I made such a trip about a year and a half ago. I took my 14mm Rokinon, my 15mm Limited, my 20-40mm Limited, my 77mm Limited, and my 55-300 ED WR, and maybe some other primes, I don't remember. In practice, I just used the 15, the 20-40, and the 55-300. There was so much going on that I had to minimize lens changes.
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-31-2017, 06:04 AM  
Are You Expressing Your Creativity or Just Pressing Buttons?
Posted By Outis
Replies: 27
Views: 1,866
I don't think there's a conflict between just pushing buttons and expressing my creativity. In the field, I take every shot I think might turn out well. Most of the artistic decisions for me come in editing/postprocessing.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-22-2017, 05:42 AM  
PENTAX K-1 Limited Silver released
Posted By Outis
Replies: 325
Views: 35,044
Get a new wife, one who shoots Pentax.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 07-30-2017, 05:20 AM  
K-S2 kit worth it?
Posted By Outis
Replies: 11
Views: 1,035
Yeah, the K-S2 is great, and I think you'd be really happy with the 18-135. It's a nice lens-- even though I have some really swanky gear, I still borrow it off my dad sometimes!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-25-2017, 01:31 PM  
Vignetting at 40mm for my HD20-40mm lens normal?
Posted By Outis
Replies: 3
Views: 606
Yep! Normal, as far as I can tell from my thousands of pictures with that lens so far. It's worse wide open, and gets better when you stop down. I found that the vignetting was easily cleaned up in post.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-19-2017, 08:02 PM  
Dedicated to the lovers of bicycles
Posted By Outis
Replies: 1,752
Views: 186,069
I only now took a look at this thread, and wow are there a lot of good photos in it! Props to everyone!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-14-2017, 08:50 AM  
Hello From Texas
Posted By Outis
Replies: 7
Views: 337
Welcome from a fellow Texan! We're glad to have you here!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-13-2017, 07:42 PM  
Pets Whom the gods would destroy, they first give Airedales
Posted By Outis
Replies: 9
Views: 684
This is a great example of a photograph that has technical things wrong with it, but is great art in spite of (or because of?) it. Thanks for sharing!
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-10-2017, 08:52 PM  
K-1 on Austin, TX Craigslist
Posted By Outis
Replies: 3
Views: 806
Man. It's a great deal and I'm in the right place but I'm not in the market!
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 05-10-2017, 07:17 PM  
Parakeet for Pentax
Posted By Outis
Replies: 2
Views: 1,068
My parakeet, Gracie, loves playing with my camera. She thinks it's the world's best bird toy-- it's got straps and buttons and dials that you can tug at, some shiny surfaces where you can see your reflection, AND it makes all these fun grindy/beepy sounds. I tried to make a video of her playing with my camera, but of course she had other plans...
















You Tube



Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-29-2017, 06:07 AM  
PetaPixel: A Photo Contest Owner Won His Own Contest, and Pitchforks Came Out
Posted By Outis
Replies: 8
Views: 1,167
It was inappropriate for him to compete in the first place-- contests should be a way to give back to the organization's supporters, not line the pockets of the organization's leaders. It's a serious conflict of interest, and even if they take steps to avoid that, it's still incredibly tacky.

---------- Post added 04-29-17 at 09:08 AM ----------

See, that I don't have a problem with-- from what I understand, being a moderator here is a volunteer position.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-28-2017, 06:40 PM  
Pentax 20-40mm f2.8-4
Posted By Outis
Replies: 17
Views: 1,731
Yes! I love that lens-- it's sharp, I love the styling, I love the small size and shape, and I almost never miss having a larger maximum aperture. It and the 15mm Limited are the main things that are keeping me from wanting a K-1. I wish they'd make more lenses like this for full-frame.
Forum: General Photography 04-25-2017, 08:03 AM  
Landscape Painting Tips for Photographers
Posted By Outis
Replies: 1
Views: 749
I recently found two blogs about landscape painting that have a lot of applicability to the artistic side of landscape photography:

Lori McNee

Stapleton Kearns

These two blogs kept me occupied for a full week while I was laid up after getting out of the hospital, so there's a lot of stuff there-- design, color theory, art history, and detailed discussions of what makes good paintings good and bad paintings bad. It'll take me a while to absorb everything I read, but I've already started to apply their knowledge to my photography, and it's made a world of difference in my work. I highly recommend them!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-22-2017, 10:10 AM  
Thematic Cheer me up! Post your photos!
Posted By Outis
Replies: 56
Views: 2,992
Thanks everyone! I really enjoyed seeing your photos and reading your posts. I'm happy to report that I'm out of the hospital, and I'm recovering well! Maybe at some point I'll post the photos of the view out my hospital room, which was amazing...
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-14-2017, 02:05 PM  
Sony moves to #2 in US Full Frame Market/Sales
Posted By Outis
Replies: 93
Views: 4,594
We're all doooomed :P
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