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Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 07-21-2019, 09:45 AM  
K-70 Terrible video results.
Posted By MJL
Replies: 67
Views: 8,920
Totally disagree!

Have you tried the Sony FDR-AX or Panasonic HC-VX series? They have much better auto focus, audio input/options, optional long running battery and less prone to overheat.

A few phones can shot decent 4K video, but they still do not have physical aperture or optical zoom which are important in making a smart video. They do excel in low light conditions, I admit.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-07-2019, 07:15 AM  
Barrel distortion M* 300 on A7III
Posted By MJL
Replies: 4
Views: 562
Can you find a Pentax SLR or dSLR to check with the 300?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-21-2019, 05:45 AM  
About sensors used in Cameras
Posted By MJL
Replies: 15
Views: 1,179
So, according to "business model", cheaper = better, right? As a user of Nikon, Pentax & Sony cameras, I care less about which "business model" their sensors are based on. It is more important to me that what they can render.;)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-17-2019, 06:45 AM  
Mamiya 23 with Polaroid Back
Posted By MJL
Replies: 6
Views: 642
If you are thinking about the integrated automatically eject Polaroid 600 pack film which Impossible (call Polaroid Original now) make, it will not.

That Polaroid back is only for peel-away Polaroid or Fujifilm FP type manually pull-out-to-devleop pack film. Both have been out of production now.

Like Cyperjunkie said, it is only good as a 120 film camera now.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-06-2018, 09:10 AM  
Owners of Sony a6xxx
Posted By MJL
Replies: 7
Views: 829
I love the NEX & a6XXX series and use them almost daily instead of dSLRs, BUT the battery cannot run more than 20-25 minutes of shooting and expensive.
I have to use AC adapter for shooting video or time lapse. Also, the camera heat up very quickly when shooting video and shut you down within 10 minutes.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-05-2018, 10:23 AM  
Canon F1 Behaviour
Posted By MJL
Replies: 21
Views: 2,189
I confirm the F1 predated both F3 & LX.

One of my college newspaper colleague use it. Nikon F2 was the king back then. It was big, solid, heavy and quirky. The F1 in contrary was lighter, more "user friendly" and you can add AE function, although the prism was expensive. I tried it on couple occasions and it was a joy to use. If it wasn't I almost drop his lens due to the poorly designed lens mount (an external collar), I may have gone with Canon.

Nikkor lenses were the benchmark back then. The Canon lens IQ was no match to Nikkor or even Minolta Rokkor. Those were the old days...
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-09-2018, 08:04 AM  
Canon T50 - a Professional Camera?
Posted By MJL
Replies: 4
Views: 719
Please remember Wikipedia can be pretty much written & edit by "anyone", especially when it comes to commercial or minor stuff.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-05-2018, 08:28 AM  
Rokinon 24 tilt shift $567.06 Amazon - 13 left
Posted By MJL
Replies: 35
Views: 3,058
It definitely is a combination of Amazon deal and the slow selling nature of specialized lens. I bought it in November at a huge discount at Amazon.ca and the price ran back up the following day.

My experience with this lens so far is best with full frame for the T&S effect and @ f/8. The all plastic construction pretty much confine it to be occasional use only. I feel the T&S knobs and mechanism will worn out fairly quickly with regular use.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-09-2017, 07:37 AM  
Action Cameras or 360 cameras need help
Posted By MJL
Replies: 6
Views: 922
I used a Hero 4 on a car trip with this USB cord plugged to a Samsung 9000 mA cell phone power pack and it lasted me 8+ hours. They also make a cable for Hero 3 and I think Hero 5 can be powered directly from the USB port.

GoPro Hero Solutions | Core SWX
Forum: Sold Items 03-07-2017, 10:08 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax / Metz MZ 76 Series MZ-5 Handlemount TTL and Amre 2600 case
Posted By MJL
Replies: 2
Views: 1,270
Metz flash gun is pretty much like the M1 of handheld flash - powerful, versatile & indestructible. Love them!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-14-2017, 10:42 AM  
Nikon Experiences 'Extraordinary Losses,' Will Restructure Company
Posted By MJL
Replies: 79
Views: 5,824
I bought a new Canadian D500 for ~ US $1,600 as soon as they went on sale here since Janaury. It is very fast & acurrate, although he connectivity and pixel count are so-so at that price range.
Forum: Visitors' Center 12-31-2016, 02:09 PM  
focusing screen
Posted By MJL
Replies: 5
Views: 903
I owned an istD S for a long time and I don't remember the focusing screen is user replaceable. The AF sytem on that camera simply cannot cope with any dim light (e.g. dusk to dawn outdoor) situation. It was extremly hard for me to manually focus any slow (500mm) even with Katzeye screen in a K-5.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-22-2016, 11:01 AM  
Thinking of Selling K-01 and switching to Sony Alpha 6000--thoughts?
Posted By MJL
Replies: 15
Views: 1,502
I love my A6000 for its' size, Zeiss lenses (much slower focus with them) but it has no in-body OS, weak battery and insane manual layout. It cannot replace a good dSLR system for sure.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-16-2016, 10:27 AM  
so... anyone got the dji mavic?
Posted By MJL
Replies: 19
Views: 1,459
Aero photography is what draw me into drone, but one can only trust half of what the manufacturers (including DJI) claim about their performance in battery, range, camera IQ and support service. The range and battery time are very limited unless you are in an open area and warm fine weather.

It is an expensive endeavor to pursuit, not just the parts are expensive and you can write off the entire drone easily in an accident. I lost 2 drones so far, one due to WiFi range over water and the other also due to signal lost when flying around an iron bridge. I also know people got warning from Transport Canada after thier drones "flew away" or have to pay damages caused by their drone!

The footage & photos are awesome when you got everythings right though.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-22-2016, 06:49 AM  
Sony A6500
Posted By MJL
Replies: 11
Views: 1,228
Finally, an in-body IS for the NEX camera!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-24-2016, 08:01 AM  
O n d u
Posted By MJL
Replies: 1
Views: 396
I do not have personal experience with their camera but it seems they have some teething problems. You can see the discussion between a few owners in the film photography forum which I am also a member:

My Ondu Pinhole Has Landed
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-18-2016, 12:39 PM  
Sorry, Apple: The iPhone 7 camera is not better than Samsung's Galaxy S7
Posted By MJL
Replies: 27
Views: 3,518
Time changed isn't it?

I paid Telus monthly for the last 30 years and they never give me a free phone. I bought at least 6-10 "land line" phones myself during that period.

On the contrary, cell phone companies eagerly give me a free phone every 2-3 years for the last 15 years, as long as I stay with them - AND - these phones can sing and dance literally.

Easy to decide.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-18-2016, 10:06 AM  
Sorry, Apple: The iPhone 7 camera is not better than Samsung's Galaxy S7
Posted By MJL
Replies: 27
Views: 3,518
I use a S7 for occasional still & video in addition to its' communication functions. It has the best display I have seen in a consumer grade hand held device.
Forum: Sold Items 09-06-2016, 11:58 AM  
For Sale - Sold: K-r camera body with KatzEye and extra
Posted By MJL
Replies: 9
Views: 1,899
New price!
Forum: Sold Items 08-05-2016, 02:34 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K-r camera body with KatzEye and extra
Posted By MJL
Replies: 9
Views: 1,899
Bump!
Forum: Sold Items 07-24-2016, 07:00 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Acratech GP-S ballhead
Posted By MJL
Replies: 4
Views: 1,227
Bump!
Forum: Sold Items 07-18-2016, 09:45 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K-r camera body with KatzEye and extra
Posted By MJL
Replies: 9
Views: 1,899
New price!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-18-2016, 09:15 AM  
Firmware Update For Sony A7 II
Posted By MJL
Replies: 11
Views: 1,266
$300 USD for an adapter of unknown quality from TaoBao? My search is off.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-17-2016, 04:05 PM  
Firmware Update For Sony A7 II
Posted By MJL
Replies: 11
Views: 1,266
I would love to get a "smart" auto focus adapter to use my Nikon F lenses on the A camera. I have never seen or heard such adapter. Do they exist?
Forum: Sold Items 07-11-2016, 11:02 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Acratech GP-S ballhead
Posted By MJL
Replies: 4
Views: 1,227
Astro-, macro- and timelapse photograpgy usally require precise adjustment, therefore ballhead in general doesn't fit well here. Acratech design virtues are more in weight and agility. I used this ballhead mainly on monpod for sport & performace.
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