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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-21-2019, 07:20 AM  
Yvon Bourque, Pentax eBook Author is ill - Fundraiser & donation special
Posted By eminker
Replies: 30
Views: 3,578
Just picked up the KP and K-3 ebooks.
With the enhanced performance and functionality of the KP, I may just need to buy one.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-20-2019, 06:53 AM  
Yvon Bourque, Pentax eBook Author is ill - Fundraiser & donation special
Posted By eminker
Replies: 30
Views: 3,578
Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to Yvon and his family for a speedy and complete recovery.
Please note a donation made through Paypal to PentaxForums is on its way.

Evan Inker
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-15-2019, 01:38 PM  
Travel choice: k3 or k1?
Posted By eminker
Replies: 19
Views: 1,043
Just take the K-3 ...
Forum: General Photography 04-16-2019, 07:10 AM  
Pentaxians Yearbook 2018
Posted By eminker
Replies: 24
Views: 1,457
Wow! Thank you for sharing this lovely work.
i see a new book heading for my bookcase...
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-15-2019, 09:09 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #151 Poll (Landscape in Color - March 2019)
Posted By eminker
Replies: 61
Views: 4,574
This is NOT going to be easy. They are all fabulous.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-15-2019, 06:55 AM  
77m Filters, they ok?
Posted By eminker
Replies: 22
Views: 837
I have filters from 49mm to 82mm and no issues other than low profile filters for my Sigma 10-20mm and Sigma 17-50mm. Protective filters come off when shooting but no issues with CPL and ND filters.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 01-30-2019, 08:31 AM  
Advice for repairing tamron sp 90mm f/2.8 di macro
Posted By eminker
Replies: 8
Views: 690
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 01-29-2019, 03:39 PM  
Advice for repairing tamron sp 90mm f/2.8 di macro
Posted By eminker
Replies: 8
Views: 690
Amazon has the Tamron SP 90mm F2.8 macro Brand New for $499.00 so it seems like $400. is quite a bit of $$$ to fix a used lens you paid $200 for. Either way you are out the $50. You need to decide if you really use
the Tamron enough to replace it . If it was me, I would probably find one used on the forum (theres one available now) or at Adorama or B&H (running around $250.). Take the $50 credit and get soemthing else. Re-sell the
damaged Tamron 90mm for parts and get what you can for it. I have the Tamron 90mm and enjoy the lens but not enough to spend $400 to repair it when i can replace it used and save some $$$.

Just my $0.02 worth.... Do what works best for you.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-18-2019, 10:24 AM  
Macro Lenses Suggestions
Posted By eminker
Replies: 73
Views: 3,170
For whats its worth, the Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro is a winner in my opinion. I've been using it with my K-5, K-5iis and K-3ii with stunning results.
Only issue I have is the Sigma hood precludes using a lens cap when its in place. Other than that its extremely sharp.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-18-2019, 06:51 AM  
Leaving Pentax
Posted By eminker
Replies: 71
Views: 5,016
Ultimately whatever works best for your circumstance, is the way to go.
Best of Luck as you move forward in your endeavors.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-13-2018, 11:33 AM  
Returned...after 3 years!
Posted By eminker
Replies: 9
Views: 1,643
Welcome Home!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-20-2018, 03:04 PM  
Buy a Leftover (new) K-3ii or a KP ?
Posted By eminker
Replies: 30
Views: 1,645
I guess that would depend on what you would use the new APSC for in my opinion. If you need something with great low light High ISO ability, sharp jpegs right out of the camera, and a lighter weight body, then its the KP.
For me, I wanted the dual SDHC cards, flagship body, GPS, larger buffer and higher capacity battery, and to try out the astrotracer functionality of the K-3II.
The KP is a wonderful DSLR in its own right but I didn't like any of the grips and how it felt in my hands ultimately.
Regardless of which one you choose, you've made a very good choice.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-15-2018, 12:03 PM  
How does the K-3II feel vs. K-50 & K-70?
Posted By eminker
Replies: 14
Views: 1,235
For what its worth, I've handled the K-70, KP and K-3II when trying to make the decision where to go from my venerable K-5IIs which I love and still use.
Thanks to the folks on Pentaxforums, it made it easier to go with the K3II vs the K-70/KP. Just holding the K-3II, it feels like a camera should and IQ is pretty decent.
K-70 and KP felt "lacking" and the grips just didnt feel right.
Also K-3II 27 point SAFOX-11 AF system vs K-70 uses 11 point SAFOX-10 system with 9 cross type AF points factored in as well as GPS, Asstrotracer sold me.
Usually We are up in Alexandria/Natchitoches area around Thanksgiving week and I would have let you test drive the K-3II but this year we are staying home in NY.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-12-2018, 08:21 AM  
Need Advice On Custom Desktop Computer Build...
Posted By eminker
Replies: 52
Views: 1,806
For what its worth, I found HP Workstations look to be a good base for most of my PCs. Minimum 32GB RAM but i usually max it out at 64GB. Never settle for small desktop units (go Mid or Full Tower) as they have inadequate power supply. Video Card needs at least 2GB Ram and it should be a separate component and not on-board. Make sure your power supply is 650-700 watts minimum of power as you will need it if you start adding additional storage devices etc. I7 4 core or even I9 Ten core as CPU and Zeon CPU's tend not to be good CPUs when working with digital photo-processing and video work (I learned the hard way).
And if you can find a Windows 7 OS workstation, grab it. Windows 10 just seems too cludgy and performance in my opinion sucks.

Hope this helps.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-08-2018, 09:24 AM  
Your favorite "Landscape" lens?
Posted By eminker
Replies: 109
Views: 5,250
Thank you and love those first two photos!
I feel the same way about my old DA 16-45mm F4. Its always accompanies me on road trips. For extended reach, I go to my 50-135mm F2.8 or 60-250mm F4 when needed.
Forum: General Photography 11-07-2018, 12:24 PM  
Come back to visiting PF and suddenly I have a raging case of LBA.....
Posted By eminker
Replies: 27
Views: 974
Oh No not that one! Been dying to control my LBA as I've been hunting for that one for a while ...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-12-2018, 11:34 AM  
Coming Back to Pentax
Posted By eminker
Replies: 18
Views: 2,308
Welcome Back!
Forum: General Photography 10-12-2018, 08:35 AM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By eminker
Replies: 431
Views: 19,082
I have no words for these folks .... Craigslist is just as scary now as it was when personals section was in play.

---------- Post added 10-12-18 at 11:49 AM ----------

Please tell me I'm not seeing this correctly .....

$8700. for two filters for a Pentax 6X7

[Excellent]ASAHI PENTX FILTER 6X7 82Phi ORNGE & SKYLIGHT From Japan #160723-8 | eBay
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-12-2018, 07:38 AM  
Inserting multiple "proud owner" ribbons.
Posted By eminker
Replies: 3
Views: 678
Did the same last night with my signature block but used an online web resource to do this and it took less than 5 minutes to get it in place.
If you want the URL please let me know.
Forum: General Talk 10-11-2018, 04:26 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By eminker
Replies: 16,446
Views: 1,108,773
My latest "LBA Buy" is a Pentax A 50 f1.4 to go along with a Pentax K3-II (couldn't pass up the deal since its been discontinued and now hard to find new).
After a weekend in Upstate NY (Upper Hudson Valley) trying to shot fall foliage, I am so torn between my K-5IIs and the new K-3II. Love that K-5IIs!!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-28-2018, 07:16 AM  
24-70 alternative lens for K1
Posted By eminker
Replies: 43
Views: 3,026
I can definitely attest to the FA 24-90mm and 20-35mm working well on Pentax 5iis and K-3ii.
Pricing and availability for the FA 20-35mm F4 is another story though .....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-06-2018, 07:57 AM  
What's the Fastest Lens You Own?
Posted By eminker
Replies: 78
Views: 3,322
Pentax-A 50mm F1.4 but I would definitely liked it to be the A 50mm F1.2
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-24-2018, 08:18 AM  
Advice on wide angle lens
Posted By eminker
Replies: 31
Views: 2,066
Welcome clickity_click!

FWIW, I have the Sigma 10-20 F3.5 and Pentax 16-45 F4. Most of what I shoot is historical homes/architecture and landscapes. The Sigma 10-20 F3.5 was purchased as the Pentax 16-45mm F4 was not wide enough for smaller areas like pre-colonial and colonial rooms in 17th, and 18th Century historical sites. I have had quite a bit of luck with the Pentax 16-45mm for exteriors of homes and landscapes so both of these lenses I can recommend. My only quibble would be to get a fast F2.8 or better UWA zoom but I don't see that happening anytime soon. As Aslyfox had mentioned, it may be a prudent idea to rent before your buy so you get exactly what you need.

Best of Luck!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-09-2018, 07:09 AM  
Which lens next: Your opinions?
Posted By eminker
Replies: 29
Views: 1,691
FWIW, I would say sell the Sigma 17-50mm and consider the Pentax 50-135mm as well as one prime.
For Portraits, the Pentax FA 77mm is fabulous and/or pick up a Fast 50mm (F 50mm f1.7 used will be relatively inexpensive) if need be.
As I have not used the Pentax DA 55mm F1.4 I cannot render an opinion even though this one is on my to get list as well.
Please careful of LBA Syndrome as its hard to stop with just one .....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-23-2018, 11:14 AM  
Full Frame travel zoom
Posted By eminker
Replies: 19
Views: 1,919
I would probably opt for the DFA 28-105 and supplement it with the F 70-210 f/4-5.6. If you want wider, I can suggest Tamron SP AF 24-135mm F/3.5-5.6 AD Aspherical [IF].
Have not tried it with the K-1 but with the K-5iis and K-3 it works pretty well and its Full Frame.

Another option could be the Pentax FA 24-90mm F4 which I love on K5/K3. It really shines as reviews show it does well on Full Frame as well ....
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