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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-08-2019, 06:06 PM  
Camera recommendation, please
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 26
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KP for now, but I am very much looking forward to the K3II replacement in 2020...

Though I will probably keep the KP for it's small size.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-12-2019, 10:34 AM  
New information about new flagship's selling date
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 1,408
Views: 79,710
I know I have come full circle on that. After a few years shooting pretty exclusively on mirrorless, I now prefer a DSLR. The things I lost with the dslr were worth more to me than the things I gained with mirrorless.

Another thing that's interesting is that a dslr has the mirrorless functions built into the rear lcd with live view when I want to use something like exposure preview, but a mirrorless camera does not have an optical viewfinder for when I want that.
Forum: General Photography 11-08-2019, 03:11 PM  
1971 Cambridge ad
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 31
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That, and black cameras were less likely to be seen in a reflection too.

The white lenses has to do with Canon and their fluoride lens elements. The fluoride elements were very sensitive to temperature changes and so Canon made the lenses white to help with them heating up. Of course if there is no fluoride elements in the lenses, it's just cosmetic these days.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-26-2019, 12:33 PM  
Tony and Chelsea do it again...
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 55
Views: 2,528
He's sure rolling in the dough though... not sure how or why. Probably inherited.

Scoring a home run aint such a big deal when your born on third base! Unlike some of us who were born miles from the stadium! I'm just thrilled that at 56 years old I got a seat behind the score board on the 4th level to watch the game...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-25-2019, 08:54 AM  
Thomas Heaton Pentax lens kit...
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 75
Views: 3,082
I had a K1 around 2016 I think. It's a long story, but we bought a house in Idaho and every time I bought a FF camera something stupid would happen financially and money got tight. (And I mean like a week after I bought it!) The idea of not making a mortgage payment was not a happy one! The place we have in Oregon doesn't have a mortgage, so I finally thought it was safe to try FF again. :)

I see FF as my film era medium format camera. Big, heavy and expensive, but IQ that's easy on the eyes. It's a nice to have thing, not a need to have thing these days. For all my social work I've been using M43 and it's been great.

---------- Post added 10-25-19 at 09:06 AM ----------

Hi Greg, I really like your work!

I agree the 28-105 is a great lens. Sharp and portable. And the weight savings can be passed down to the 15-30.

On the 15-30 what have you done for filtration? I could go for the 15-30/28-105, but the hassle of PL and ND filters is whats holding me back and why I'm going to try the Rokinon 20mm and/or the Pentax 12-24.

I think I can wait and see what happens with the 70-200 F4. I have the 55-300 HD WR and I can always use crop for my tele shots, a solid 20mm with filters is much more of a priority for my style of shooting...

_ETM4541 FLICKr by Edward Thomas, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-01-2019, 09:40 AM  
Thomas Heaton Pentax lens kit...
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 75
Views: 3,082
I do find it interesting that the new kids who are really good at putting a video together seem to be accepted as brilliant landscape photographers. I can name a few but I won't. I think Thomas is actually a pretty decent photographer, and his video skills are really great. he does put the time and effort in I have to give him that. I only used his kit as an example because it's what i would shoot if I was shooting Canon, though maybe not the 24-70 2.8, the F4 would probably be my choice there.

When I shot Mt Hood from Lost lake on a Hasselblad with 80mm and AGFA APX 25 developed in Rodinol 1:25 for 10 minutes, Thomas was probably 5 years old... Dang. It prints Gallery quality to 20x20 inches. The scan kinda sucks, but there it is. :)

Flickr 2019 by Edward Thomas, on Flickr

---------- Post added 11-01-19 at 09:43 AM ----------

That day it was a "target rich environment..." I got about 3 others as well.

_ETM4591 PBASE by Edward Thomas, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-24-2019, 01:45 PM  
New zoom 70-200 F4
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 1,122
Views: 84,391
Anytime they want to sell me a 70-200 F4 SDM WR I'm ready to give them my money... Should only be a few years now to wait... :)
Forum: General Photography 10-17-2019, 02:22 PM  
So is FLickr the place or somewhere else these days?
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 32
Views: 900

And yes, 1000 is a lot of images. Probably more than Ansel Adams is famous for if you think about it. It's not all the ones you shoot, it's the ones you show that count. :)

I'm going to start adding to Flickr and see where how it goes...
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-17-2015, 10:24 AM  
Is the K-5 II the poor man's Leica ?
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 25
Views: 5,564
I have walked the streets shooting an M3, M6 and Leica lenses. I have walked the streets shooting The k5 (K5IIs and K3, too) and shooting the K series Pentax with LTD primes feels more like shooting an M3 Leica than does anything made by Canon or Nikon.

I've also done the same with a Fuji XE-2, X-Pro 1 and XT-1 and those felt more like walking around with a Canon G-12...

Just my impressions of my experiences, make of them what you will. (And don't read too much into them either. :) )
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-01-2015, 07:45 PM  
Pixel shift may actually be a winner...
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 62
Views: 8,040

Shot today with K3II and Tamron 17-50 2.8. I shot this a few weeks ago with a Canon 6D and 24-70 F4.0 L IS. I printed them both 12x18 and the k3II shot is miles ahead. I ordered a 16x48 and it's going to be interesting to compare that to the 6D one I got a few weeks ago.

Interesting to note what really struck me was the ease of shooting pixel shift/mirror up/IR remote. The Canon would give me fits using the IR remote and it didn't work with mirror lock up or some such nonsense. I know I was always scratching my head wondering what settings worked with what other settings. The Pentax just does what I want it to do without giving me any lip.

The AA filter on the 6D is very noticeable after shooting Pentax non AA cameras for the past few years. And pixel shift just leaves it in the dust FF or not.

Makes me wonder what the FF Pentax might be like WITH pixel shift... things are getting interesting.

Another thing about pixel shift, your lens only has to be 24mp sharp, not 50mp sharp, yet it gives you 45mp output. think about it. :)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-14-2017, 11:59 AM  
48 hour K-3 II deal at Adorama!
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 28
Views: 3,126
I'd rather have the little flash than the GPS. I find myself taking the K5IIs instead a lot just because of it. Other than setting the time, I've never used the GPS...

This shot would not have been made without the onboard flash as an example:

Forum: Pentax K-3 12-23-2016, 03:49 PM  
If you were allowed only one lens for the K3....
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 75
Views: 5,434
Sorry... I really should. It's my go to lightweight weather sealed tele. 55-200 it's as good as a Canon F4 L IS and from 200-300 it's usable with good technique, like all 300mm's. So there's a 1 sentence review! :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-13-2016, 10:55 PM  
If you were allowed only one lens for the K3....
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 75
Views: 5,434
One lens for a K3 would be the HD 21mm LTD.

Or the HD 20-40 WR if I thought I'd be in the rain.

Or the HD 15, 18-55 WR (or 20-40)and HD 55-300 WR if I had more than 1 lens. :)

Personally for a big trip it would be the HD15mm, HD 21, HD 35 and HD 55-300 WR with a K3II for the GPS for me...

One lens, really? :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-14-2016, 04:27 PM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By Qwntm
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Foggy afternoon.

K3II, 18-55 WR
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-10-2016, 12:26 AM  
Pentax Professional Services
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 6
Views: 1,246
Once upon a time a few years back I signed up with Pentax Professional Services and it was great to have Joe Virgil a phone call away if I needed anything. He helped me out quite a few times with the typical pro problems that crop up from time to time. I haven't had the need to call him in a few years, and with all the changes to the company, I'm not even sure he is still available...

Is there any kind of Pro Service Program available from Ricoh? And if not, any plans to implement such a program in the future? Even just a person with some ability to directly deal with issues for pros (like Joe) would be great.

Forum: Pentax K-3 12-06-2016, 09:16 PM  
pentax K3 firmware 1.30
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 36
Views: 3,586
Sigma lenses do sometimes require an update of the firmware to make them function with new FW or Cameras. My 10mm Sigma fisheye didn't focus at all with the new K3. it always didn't play nice with the SR on with my K5II, but the k3 made me want to pursue it further.

Long story short, sent it back to Sigma and they installed new firmware and the lens is 100% now on all my cameras. Took about 10 days from when I mailed it off until I got it back and no charge for the FW or the return shipping. I did pay for the shipping to them. Sigma has some of the best service in the business (in the USA,) and I would assume they are good in other countries as well, so don't hesitate to get in contact with them. Good luck.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-30-2016, 09:39 PM  
Ricoh Financial results - FY2017/03
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 373
Views: 38,828
Look at that spike when Nikon released the D3/D300/D700 in 2007/2008. WOW!

They nailed what the market wanted and have not been able to repeat that since... They have not released a compelling total camera package since, and forget about 3 in row...

Canon with a $3500 5D4 is in the same sinking boat.

If Ricoh/Pentax can execute the lenses soon, (6 months,) the K1 will sell even better.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-15-2016, 10:34 PM  
K1 AF issues at a wedding...
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 146
Views: 18,601
So I was eager to try my new K1 at todays wedding and found much to my dismay that the AF was struggling. I switched from center zone to spot AF, and turned SR off too. Nothing I could do would make it perform at the same level as my K3II or even my K5IIs. After the initial realization that it was hesitating and missing shots, which I had not really expected, I started A:B'ing the cameras under the same conditions and settings to see which was doing what. The K3II and K5IIs were much faster at acquiring focus and taking the shot under the same conditions. The k1 hesitated enough to make it not preferable in those conditions for this kind of work. So far...

Not only does it seem to hesitate by waking up for a 1/2 second, it also seems to take 1/2 -2 seconds to acquire focus after that 3 seconds is a long time to wait for a camera to take a shot at a wedding. And this is of course made more painful when you have 2 other lesser and older cameras that have no lag in under the same conditions. I keep wondering if I have something not set right?

I was really surprised because in most all other ways the k1 AF seems to be smoother and more sophisticated than either the K3II or K5iis. I really never expected it to gag on lower light AF subjects.

It is also fully possible that I didn't have something set right, I know the k3II and K5IIs pretty intimately and have spent a few years really dialing those cameras in. But everything I did with the K1 should have worked.

The K1 had the Pentax 24-70 and the K3II had the Tamron 17-50 2.8 and the K5IIs had the Pentax 18-55 F3.5-5.6. (The K5IIs was MUCH faster at acquiring and taking the shot than the K1 was even with a MUCH slower lens attached as was the K3II with the Tammy 2.8.)

So as of now, the K1 is relegated to the formals only (until I figure this out) and the K3II and K5IIs gets the low light reception and candid's duty.

Also, and I have not looked in the manual yet :) , what's up with no flash in live view? What's the bloody point of having a tilt screen at a wedding if you can't use your flash for dancing shots with the camera held over your head?

So the formals were stunning in all their 36mp glory, but the rest of the shooting was not any better and in some ways worse than my K3II and K5IIs. But I am still researching these issues...

(For those who don't know me, I have been shooting weddings professionally for 30 years and this is about the 7500th wedding I've shot, so please factor that into understanding these comments. :) )
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-24-2016, 02:13 PM  
K1 AF issues at a wedding...
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 146
Views: 18,601
I would never expect a Pentax AF system to be comparable to Canon or Nikon's best and brightest.

To be clear, and the reason for the post, was the K1 Af not performing to at least the standard of the K3II (or even the K5IIs) in the same conditions at the same event.

So far I am putting it down to the learning curve of the new machine and it's idiosyncrasies. It's an anomaly with a data point of 1. But something I am keeping my eye on. :)

---------- Post added 10-24-16 at 03:22 PM ----------

So what are you really saying?

Where did I say "I had tremendous difficulty shooting a professional wedding with my K1?"

I had three shots that I missed out of 1500 because of the AF, none of which included the bride in any of them.

How exactly would you test a new camera out before taking it to a wedding for the minor anomaly that it takes 3 seconds to wake up instead of 1/2 a second like my k3II and K5iis?

If you want to play "dump on the pro," at least make some claims based upon reality. Thanks. :)
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-17-2016, 11:49 AM  
K1 AF issues at a wedding...
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 146
Views: 18,601
I think I figured out the AF delay.

I had the K1 set to "Auto Power Off: 1 Minute." Which usually is no big deal because when you are using the camera it usually stays on while you are using it. But at a wedding there are times when you stand around for 5 minutes or more without touching the camera between shots. If the camera "Auto's Off" it there is a delay while it is restarting and the AF has a lag time. If the camera is awake, the AF is pretty much instant even in dim light.

So next wedding, Auto Power Off will be set to "Off" and we'll see how we go.

This might also account for the poster who said his birding shots had slow AF. If your waiting around for the birds to show up, the camera could power off.

I'm still testing all this but it seems to be the reason for my issue so far...
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-05-2016, 10:56 PM  
Pentax K-1 landscape photography review
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 26
Views: 4,333
EXCELLENT review!! You hit all the important issues and added nothing superfluous.

I would only comment that did variance testing on the Tamron 24-70 along with the Canon and Nikon and the Tamron had the biggest sample variation. It is very possible your 24-70 is a not great copy, especially when you say it required -10 AF adjustment. You may want to see if Pentax could try to make it better, but it depends on the distributor in your country.

I just got the Pentax 24-70 and it seems to be a decent copy in my initial testing. I am optimistic. :)

(If you ever need a contact or guide in the Pacific NW of the USA, (particularly Oregon hot spots) shoot me a message!)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-02-2016, 11:03 PM  
K-1 price hike
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 163
Views: 24,930
Amazon doesn't seem to raise their prices on the weekend when B&H and Adorama go up. I fully expect the price to match at Amazon after a few days though, so smart move.

I was going to go 31/43/77 for my new K1, but considering that the January prices are a thing of the past, I am going to go FA 50mm 1.4 for now and wait and see what the pentax wide and fast aperture medium are going to be next year. In the meantime I will "make do" with the 28-105, 50mm and all my aps-c gear. :)

---------- Post added 10-03-16 at 12:11 AM ----------

Yea, even at $2K USD, it's a serious competitor to the D810, and not even sure if the 5D4 is in the same ballpark. It's an $800 bargain compared to a D810 right now. That 36mp sensor in a real DSLR for $2k is a steal. And on top of that it even has worthy AF and a few other perks.

The price increase sucks, but the K1 is still a winner, and I was HIGHLY skeptical of it when I first heard about the camera.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-25-2016, 12:49 AM  
Upgrade from K-5IIs Question
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 25
Views: 2,208
Well, if you want it and you have the money, go for it. There is no wrong decision if you just want it because you want it.

I would dearly LOVE to buy a K1 and the three Ltd's for wedding work, but the market I'm in is slow as creeping death, and right now money is a bit tight. So just because I want it is not enough to make the sacrifice.

Now do I need it? I personally don't and I'm not sure anyone really does for wedding work. If you can't shoot a professional $1500 wedding with a K5II and some good lenses, you just can't shoot and need to work on that first. Case in point: we did just that today. I shot the K3II and the wife shot the K5IIs and 1000 photos later it looks great and the bride will be well pleased. All the work on our website is crop camera from the past 15 years and a lot of that work was with sub 10mp crop cameras.

One major point: I have stopped using the 2.8 zooms mostly with the k5/k3 and now shoot a lot of my wedding work with the 21mm, 35mm and 70mm ltds. They're not even remotely fast lenses but they are very sharp, have lovely color and weigh almost nothing on a K5/k3 body. The fact is that a K1 with a 24-70 zoom on it is 4+ pounds. There is no way I'm carrying that and lifting it to my face 650 times in a day. That's just the way it is. I'd go the additional pound for the K1 and 31mm or 43mm or 77, but even if I had the money the zooms are out for me. If you are under 30 years old it may not be an issue... :)

To answer your questions more directly:

1.) We never really shoot over iso 800 and use flash/fill flash about 95% of the time.

2.) I've never missed a walking down the isle shot with a manual focus film camera or any AF camera I've ever used. Not sure why it's so hard for everyone else. Maybe more helpful is my wife has no issues with the K5II and those shots with the AF. We also have NEVER used AF-c at a wedding, EVER. Not even sure why anyone would.

3.) As for dual card slots, I personally have never had an issue using one. (Shooting weddings exclusively digital since 2005) I do like that the K3II has 2, but only because I write raw to 1 and jpeg to the other. On the K5II we use we just write raws. No big deal really either way.

Again, if it turns you on and you have the money do it, love it, and don't look back.

If you need to justify it because you don't have the money, forget it. The benefits in no way justify the cost for weddings. At least in my opinion. You would get way more bang for the buck going for a K3II, particularly if you can snag one at a sale price like $729 in a few months during the annual Holiday Pentax blow out. :) We plan on upgrading the wife's K5IIs this Holiday season with another k3II on sale. (But if our money situation turns around she gets my K3II and I'm getting a K1. :) )

---------- Post added 09-25-16 at 01:54 AM ----------

We are getting that question asked a lot. Our answer is "do you like our display albums and prints?" They say "yes" and we say "none of them were shot with FF." The discussion goes on from there, but every bride that has asked that question has booked us...

One bride said a photographer she met with made a big deal about how her work was all FF, and the bride told us she thought that photographer's work looked like crap and she booked us.

All the expensive gear in the world won't make up for not knowing what you're doing.

---------- Post added 09-25-16 at 01:55 AM ----------

LOL, That's funny!
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-25-2016, 11:00 PM  
31/43/77 sure, what about 20mm?
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 17
Views: 2,236
It's more the weight and size rather than the filters. I'd rather just have a really really really great 20mm that uses 77mm or smaller filters. To do stuff like this with FF instead of at 12-14mm on a crop (though I didn't use a filter for either of these LOL):

But I do know that you can do this with a really wide lens on a FF, I think I shot this at 14mm with the Nikkor 14-24 on a D700:

But filters are more important to me now then they were then with a wide, I have and want to use my 10 stop ND filter mostly for that look with some B&W.
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-21-2016, 03:26 PM  
When/what k3ll replacement ?
Posted By Qwntm
Replies: 38
Views: 5,001
I agree with you. If you know what you're doing, all the AF systems can help you get what you want. And there's not that much of a big deal between all the brands. (If you don't know what you're doing, then a really really top notch af system can seem like pure magic!)

The only real point though, is that better is always better, and there is unquestionably room for improvement in the Pentax line up. So let's all hope it gets better because it can, not because it really has to. :)

(Hey want to switch countries for a while? I always wanted to photograph Norway, and our political system is total crap right now.... Idaho/Oregon is one of the nicest parts, so it's not a terrible deal for you... :) )
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