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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-02-2017, 02:13 AM  
Any news about Pentax AF system breakthrough?
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 95
Views: 5,404
As previously stated no reason Richo couldn't instigate D500 type AF performance new lens would be required and the body would cost fractional more than D500.

Which gives us the main sticking block ... Pentax users will not invest in large enough numbers to be an economic project.

It seems they'd rather whine and shoot obsolete equipment than even invest in the ridiculously cheap incrementally upgraded bodies.!!!

Whilst that mentality exists Ricoh has no option than to follow their current path. Leveraging very creative functionality to produce cheap highly capable cameras.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 11-24-2016, 08:00 AM  
Acon R930 P-TTL radio trigger and 2 flash setup, what flash do i need.
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 30
Views: 1,926
I've used aokatec P-ttl units to successfully control 4 P-ttl flashes (each receiver can breakout for two local flashes. ) with a mix of metz and Pentax P-ttl flashes.

I also happily mix and match aokatec P-ttl with manual and auto flashes again Metz/pentax P-ttl with auto Metz 45 hammer's

As the oakatec units are just wireless optical repeaters they work perfectly with any brand flash system providing you successfully stop the non wireless transmitted flash signals reaching the flashes sensors..

Though I agree with Class A for regular remote flash control the Cactus System give more control and simpler setup of complex lighting situation than P-ttl mixed.

For simple (<=3 lights) dynamic situations P-ttl delivers better results

The Acon unit are IMO trying to fit a squarer peg into a round hole - P-ttl is time critical and designed as a light broadcast system to convert it before delivery is not going to work for anything but the simplest (1 flash) set up... Metz flashes are very time fussy with P-ttl and doesn't take much to persuade them to fire pre or post shutter time I suspect due to processing time in flash - Pentax flashes are more tolerant of late signals.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-11-2016, 10:21 AM  
Is it worth upgrading my flash?
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 6
Views: 546
What body you using it on

is it user firmware upgrade as 3rd party flashes have a history of requiring update to function with later bodies.

Personally I wouldn't touch and 3rd party offering without USB user upgrade options and a proven record of providing those updates.

Even Sigma I'd be dubious of with the 'we cant get parts anymore' excuse for older flashes/lens.

Unless it cheaper than you could get an equivalent manual flash I'd give it a miss.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-09-2016, 06:29 AM  
What next after K-3ii ?
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 27
Views: 2,662
to what purpose ?

E mount registration = 18mm
K mount = 46mm

A sensor designed for E-mount will vignette as to be unusable due to the micro lens
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-16-2016, 03:12 AM  
Sigma announcement about K-1 lens issue
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 347
Views: 29,467
Which probably led to this incompatibility

What is the diameter of the largest mount supported by Sigma in 'mount change' lens ?
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-11-2016, 09:43 AM  
Sigma announcement about K-1 lens issue
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 347
Views: 29,467
Rather the supplier you link doesn't stock many Pentax K mount lens !
or your search is very poor - which given your results I think is closer to the truth

You list show 29 from all manufacturers of which many are 645 so not K anyway

try this for a better list
PENTAX K Mount Lenses | SRS Microsystems

42 genuine OeM K mount lens
20 Sigma K mount lens

To be fair a proper filter on Adorama

Shows they stock 122 K mount lens (just a little more than your 29 :D )
Canon and Nikon have about 450 so many more but how many lens counts as enough ??
Sigma only have 66, Sony 200 and 4/3 22

Again this is what Adorama stock not what is in the retail market.

I think quite rightly Pentax/Ricoh couldn't care less is the largest reverse engineering company has burnt their fingers (again)
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-11-2016, 09:31 AM  
Sigma announcement about K-1 lens issue
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 347
Views: 29,467
Strange everyone of my Pentax lens have almost identical mount diameters that is 12 lens ranging in age over 30 years.

The largest is the da40 limited that is maybe .1mm larger than the smallest - BUt My Sigma 70-200 is 1.5mm larger that 15 times bigger !!

We generally say 10X bigger breaks it in all design considerations.

Only my non pentax lens show any serious variance

---------- Post added 11-05-16 at 05:35 PM ----------

You see that big silver bit with the screws in ? - That shouldn't exist on a PKa mount

You see the inner knurl just outside the contacts area that pretty much the limit for a standard PKa mount
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-11-2016, 08:11 AM  
Sigma announcement about K-1 lens issue
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 347
Views: 29,467
Yep you can clearly see Sigmas 'fat' mount fouling the body.

If a standard mount was fitted (that didn't extend past the body mount) no fouling would occur despite Sigma Squared body style.

Equally Sigma can re-engineer the mount to have a full 45 degree chamfer which would give about .5mm clearance.

I can see why they did this (to give additional support to heavy lens) but surely they should have wondered why Pentax never made 'fat' mounting plates ?

Having said that it certainly looks like the k1 is weird in the clearance department !
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-11-2016, 08:08 AM  
Sigma announcement about K-1 lens issue
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 347
Views: 29,467
Looking at my large barrelled lens both Sigma and Pentax the difference is obvious

1 Sigma Old = Squared end fitting to a standard Diameter PK mount
2 Pentax All = Chamfered to standard PKa mount
3 Sigma New = Squared end fitted to an extended diameter (1.5mm bigger than any Pentax mount) Pka type mount
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-11-2016, 07:38 AM  
K-1 3rd-party lens compatibility
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 169
Views: 16,972
1 OEM = first party
2 User = 2nd party
3 anyone else 3rd party

---------- Post added 11-05-16 at 03:44 PM ----------

There are many variants your last covers two

70-200/2.8 EX DG OS HSM (supposed to have mount issues on K-1)
70-200/2.8 APO EX DG OS (the last 70-200 in production not mentioned as having issues )

1 70-200/2.8 APO EX
2 70-200/2.8 APO EX DG
3 70-200/2.8 APO EX DG Macro (released as Macro HSM in all mounts but PKA)
4 70-200/2.8 EX APO DG HSM II
5 70-200/2.8 EX DG OS HSM
6 70-200/2.8 APO EX DG OS

I may be wrong on the last two as it may be box Vs lens nomenclature
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-11-2016, 07:19 AM  
Sigma announcement about K-1 lens issue
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 347
Views: 29,467
Your exmple is not relevant it about intellectual property and rights on its design. Sigma won a legal case which allows them to make oen moutn lens without cost (I believe they used clean room reverse engineering to by-pass patentable property rights)

If the 3rd parties paid licence fees they'd have design blueprints so would be able to see what the designed clearance requirements were.

It seems everybody wants something for nothing

1 3rd party doesn't want to pay for design specs
2 User want to buy cheap 3rd party glass
3 OEM is expected to carry the engineering cost of 3rd party fxck ups

Fortunately the real world has laws (both legal and moral) to protect us from such mis-allocation of blame

An example was Sigma paying Nikon 14.5$ fro Copyright infrimgment on their Reversed engineered VR

Some history
lens - Why do 3rd party lenses have compatibility issues? - Photography Stack Exchange

Also I beleive Tamron and Tokina have 'agreements' with Pentax/Ricoh hence no issue for these lens.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-11-2016, 07:06 AM  
Sigma announcement about K-1 lens issue
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 347
Views: 29,467
So because Sigma refuse to pay Pentax for the right to use their mount, Rioch should 'test' these 'non' K mount offering and change there specified design and clearances to match Sigmas Made up design !??

Ignoring Pentax lost licencing fees and Pentax's lost sales to competitors what reason have Ricoh to change their design to fit someone else's made up spec ?

I do see a flaw in your expectation :rolleyes:

If any current Pentax lenses failed to fit then maybe you'd have a point but it appears the k-1 matches Pentax K-mount design specification and so ALL Oem lenses fit without issue.

Oh and Sigma Lens do not work on all manufacturers bodies both Canon and Nikon Owners are used to having to send their Sigma lens for FW updates to be compatible with new models (that is until Sigma drop support on that lens then your stuck with a white elephant)

You pay a low price for Sigma for a reason don't expect OEM's to carry the cost of your decisions. This is Sigma's Issue and the contract between yourself and Sigma are where you need to be looking for restitution.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-21-2016, 06:13 AM  
200mm f2,8 patent
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 32
Views: 3,551
I suspect your last point is the hits the nail on the head.

The 200 probably has never sold that well (compared to the 60-250,50-135 and 300) and probably only ever had a single production run.

Given the release of a FF body there is a reasonable expectation of increased sales of this prime length.

Also bear in mind a lens patent often take 5-10 years to see a product if ever.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-17-2016, 10:29 PM  
lightroom 5.7
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 20
Views: 2,211
I think you mean 9.1.1 not 6.1.1

DNG files will open with any recent ACR version I use ACR6.7 in CS5 with my K3 (adobe supported V8.3) .

Support means having colour profile etc available in the converter .... But DNG carries camera profile data so irrelevant of the 'application support' you should be able to correctly open a DNG if your application is correctly configured.
You may need a later version to support extensions like pixel shift and a still don'y think ACR supports Pentax HDR in any version. (not supported in DNG or PEF)
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-31-2016, 03:44 AM  
K-1 AF in video mode
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 18
Views: 2,002
The NX-1 is not a dslr it has CD optimised lens (and hybrid sensor) so is not related to this discussion.

Though very expensive for what it is , it is an impressive camera 15fps , -4ev , 205 PD points etc etc

Probably the best current crop CsC but with Samsung on the label will not rival sales of the Sony CsC's
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-31-2016, 03:39 AM  
Having issues with the Tamron 1.4 Teleconverter
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 11
Views: 1,064
It depends which Sigmas your talking about

The HD converter will work well with all screw drive Sigmas but Sigma HSM reverse engineering is flaky
the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 EX OS wil not focus well with the HD converter

For the HSM Bigma you need others to respond.
Sigmas I have and tried the HD converter with

Sigma 400 Telemacro = good
Sigma Bigma EX = good
Sigma 70-200 EX = good
Sigma 70-200 EX os = unusable

IMO the HD converter is considerably better value as an in lens converter than the Pz tamron/teleplus etc it works :D
I bought my Pz 1.4 and 2.0 converters years ago and paid 32 and 8 respective about what they're worth .!
I paid 379 for my HD converter and again feel I got value.

If you want/need to drive in lens Pentax lens in AF with a converter and have full SR etc then don't throw any money on the non functional Pz legacy converters.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-29-2016, 03:29 AM  
Acon R930 multi flash setup HSS fun fact using Metz-Canon flash as second unit
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 4
Views: 792
Strobist: Rise (and Fall) of The Machines: Understanding t.5/t.1 Times

Its nothing to do with you triggers the requirements are only
1 camera able to provide flash trigger faster than 1/180
2 flash 1:1 t.5 greater than shutter period.
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-29-2016, 03:14 AM  
K-1 AF in video mode
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 18
Views: 2,002
To achieve decent AF with a Dslr lens you need phase detect AF (the ability to detect direction required to focus).

Afain all current Sony/toshiba sensor 3rd party implementations do not have hybrid AF capability therefore all Nikon/Pentax cannot focus quickly in Video mode as the sensor is CD only.

Sony use a translucent screen so do not need to remove the 'mirror' during live capture so PD is available in their dslr's and Canon have on chip hybrid AF.

So for video with full time AF (consumer IQ) Sony and Canon have the best solutions, But with Canon you need to ensure your model supports hybrid AF.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-11-2016, 04:09 AM  
Metz 48/52 AF-1 and K-3 II compatibility issues? Help!
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 14
Views: 1,370
I have 2x 48Af1's some 50 af1's and fgz360 /540 mk1's

I don't have a K3ii though.

What version of firmware have you installed on the 48 .?
Pentax: Metz

I can test against my k3 if you like but though haven't done your exact test have not seen any consistency error when bouncing.

One thought it relies on the 'bounce' being detected Does your head acknowledge it in bounce mode ? (zoom indicator vanishes bounced or comes on direct.)
Ensure when your firing your test shot it doesn't flicker into direct mode (zoom appears)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-10-2016, 07:03 AM  
P-TTL on AF540 GZII - Can you disable preflash?
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 23
Views: 1,612
Not much use if that light isn't when the shutter opens !!

What I used to use was old exposed film over the sensor this reduces light level so the pre-flash is ignored but still fires on main flash.
Can be fiddly to initial setup but once working is reliable .

Haven't seen this 'issue' in many years as most flash modern equipment is fully aware of pre flash TTL and so has proper electronic cancellation.

What century are your studio flashes from :rolleyes:
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-10-2016, 05:25 AM  
Details on the sensor in the K-1, hands-on impressions and photos
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 173
Views: 18,821
Mm? maybe you haven't heard of computers :D they can be identical processors but deliver different functions non the less .... Its called 'programming' :D

If you knew about modern ASICs you'd know that customization is built in you can define (adapt) many parameters of the chips behaviour prior to ordering.

The k5 had the same 'chip' as the d7000 but had ISO 80 due to customizing Amp gain based on testing production samples linear zones Vs DR. It also implemented on chip RAW NR that Nikon decided not to engage (probably scared of public backlash)

The D800,D810 and K1 can have identical sensors but different image outcomes based on programming of the sensors parameters and quality of ancillary support chips.

Never the less all will results in similar broad IQ as well depth is constant.

The idea they are 'different hardware' is the marketing trick not the fact they behave differently, it appears your the one whose a pawn of market speel here.!

Its also normal for identical hardware to have different product numbers based on enabled functions/parameters.

Being a tight wad I have been known to modify Intel and AMD Cpu's so they become higher grade processors :) (till they got smart and removed the customization lands off the top of the CPU :( ) (not a good idea if reliability is a concern as they have often failed the higher rating)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-08-2016, 04:22 AM  
Cactus RF60 Wireless Flash With Wireless Flash Transceiver V6 question
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 21
Views: 1,686
Or just a bigger/multiple flash :p

I personally when using P-ttl HSS just keep throwing flash units in the mix till GN required exceeds power loss.
I usually go +1 so if I need two flashes to shoot 1/1000 I use three to give me flexibility.
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-08-2016, 03:35 AM  
Right or Wrong
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 62
Views: 4,404
Because of registration distance and micro lens on the sensor you can get some awe-full CA and funny light fall off not related directly to the host lens characteristics

The results tend to be consistent so if a sensors exhibits bad habits it across all lens (normally focal length related) but some show it more than others.

The last sensor I remember having such issues was the k10d or k20d cant remember which causing excessive PF.

As the quality of the lens has no bearing on this you cant define it until tested.
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-06-2016, 01:25 PM  
Right or Wrong
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 62
Views: 4,404
A lens never deteriorates whatever material it casting the image on to.

All lens will be as good or better on a higher resolution sensor than a lower.

The only thing a 'better' lens might show is in in comparison to another where it matches a (worse) lens on a lower resolution sensor it may resolve more detail as the sensor resolution goes up whereas the poorer lens doesn't

The result is its irrelevant .... if you are using a cheap kit on your existing body its probably already limiting the sensor detail so will the same on a better sensor, If your using the 'ultimate' lens then again it makes no difference if it the 'ultimate' then you have no better option.

Nothing changes really if you want to put a two bit lens on a $2000 body then fill your boots but it will be no better than on a $200 body.

Glass is what counts and always has done, But fools will part with cash for no improvement so they can shoot FF :) rather than spend the money on quality glass and get a real gain.

All the baloney of out-resolve the lens is just that twaddle.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-01-2016, 08:23 AM  
Off Camera Flash Issue with Wireless Trigger
Posted By awaldram
Replies: 10
Views: 884
Not my cup of tea for portraiture but the high contrast key effect is well done .
Catch light are a little off, did you have the flashes to far apart.?
I usual go for clamshell for two flash head and shoulders as simple to setup and idiot proof (which is just as well fro me :) )

Think your running your WB a little hot though maybe my monitor
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