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Forum: Pentax K-70 07-14-2020, 06:07 PM  
Upgrade to K-70 or Get a Oly E-M10 Mark II?
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 49
Views: 15,524
And I agree with you! I actually have three - yes 3 - systems these days. My "serious" cameras are a K70 and a Sony a7rii. I have a ton of Pentax glass. The new stuff goes on the K70; I mostly use the 77mm and 15mm Limiteds on it. All my old Voigtlanders and such go on the Sony. I also use the Sony for my 135mm A* f1.8 because it is a bear to manually focus on the K70. (On anything, really.) I did buy two E-Mount lenses: the Sony 85mm f1.8, and the Zeiss 18mm. Because Toys. Also, I got the Sony crazy cheap, and I was interested on how it would do against the K70, best glass against best glass. My output device is an Epson p800. Is the Sony at its best better than the K70? Yes. Can you tell without your nose touching the print? Not really. In fact, as many have said, the big advantage the Sony has is you can crop like crazy and still have plenty of detail. Is the Sony worth the difference in price? Maybe if you are using it professionally, which I don't do anymore. So in my view the K70 is the pound-for-pound winner.

Third system? I bought an Olympus OMD E-M10 (Mark I) used cheap, and stuffed it in my briefcase with the lovely tiny 45mm41.8. MUCH better than a smartphone for when I'm not schlepping the camera bag.

Cjf
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-06-2020, 02:08 PM  
MX, LX or Super Program
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 49
Views: 4,664
I shot Pentax professionally from 1979 until the late 90s. My main rig in the 80s was a set of two matched LXs - one with the standard focusing screen and the 135/1.8A*, the other with a grid screen and the 20/4 - and an MX, all three with winders. I generally had hand-loaded Tri-X in the LXs, and Kodachrome and the 80-200 on the MX. All three were tanks. I once tripped on a street in Tokyo wearing all three on straps. The LX with the 20 bounced two feet off the pavement; I caught it and finished the shoot. Made a nice dent next to the wind lever, which never effected the operation.

I still have all three - plus the ME Super I started out on. The LXs both have their electronics shot, and I cannot justify the cost of repair. The MX works same as it ever did, and it's such a sweet machine that's what I take out if I feel like shooting 35mm. Though, to be fair, if I feel like shooting film these days it tends to be my Pentax 67.

I keep the LXs because I made a living with them. If I was buying a 35mm Pentax today I'd buy the MX. Or a K1000, frankly.

Hope that helps.

Cjf
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-01-2019, 09:58 AM  
Announcing the PF "100 years in 100 days" Celebratory Giveaway & Contest Series
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 118
Views: 10,054
Great idea! And to think I've been using Pentax since I got an ME in 1979. Don't have that anymore, but still have the ME Super I got as a replacement...

Cjf
Forum: Pentax K-70 10-15-2018, 01:15 PM  
My K-70. No Problems. How about you?
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 18
Views: 2,868
Yup. Got mine about 18 months ago. Shot thousands of pix - did I mention the first grandchild? The IQ is staggering. Have an Epson SureColor 800; make 17x22 prints from K-70 shots that you can hang in a gallery.

Have tons of Pentax glass, but mostly I keep the FA 77 Limited on the K-70, and the DA 15 Limited in a pocket, and I couldn't be happier!

Cjf
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-14-2018, 04:39 PM  
Pentax 67: 200/4 v 165 2.8
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 19
Views: 3,757
Hey Tuco,

We're really saying the same thing. For example, I remember one of the earliest photo stories I shot where I got this the way I wanted. I shot a custom jeweler working on a commission. I used the 20mm to center him in the frame surrounded by his tools and a cornucopia of materials. I used an LX with a grid focusing screen to keep things laid out the way I needed. Then I switched to a second LX with my Pentax 100 Macro to show very tight views of just his fingers, tools and the work.

So I ended up getting the 200 f4; KEH had one for a fantastic price and I couldn't pass it up! Going to load up some Tri-X and see how it goes...

Cjf
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-28-2018, 11:18 AM  
Pentax 67: 200/4 v 165 2.8
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 19
Views: 3,757
Actually, I agree completely. I shoot a lot of what I call environmental portraits by getting in tight with an ultrawide: the 20/4 in my photojournalism days, and the 15/4 on my K70. So the first lens I bought for the 6x7 is the 45/4.

Cjf
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-23-2018, 03:36 PM  
Pentax 67: 200/4 v 165 2.8
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 19
Views: 3,757
Really! Don't you find the 75 kinda wide for a portrait lens? Sounds amazing; I'm off to read about it and check out the samples.

Cjf

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Ha! I'm not laughing at you, I'm laughing with you!!! I don't have 100 lenses, but I have...bags full of them. Hard to say which is more annoying; finding lenses I'd forgotten, or finding a different lens from the one I'm looking for and realizing I'd traded the latter for the former in 1987...

cjf

---------- Post added 02-23-18 at 04:40 PM ----------



Thanks! Again, this is what I'm looking for because this is the way I shoot. I tend to settle on one ultrawide and one short tele/portrait, and then use them 99 percent of the time...

Cjf
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-22-2018, 05:13 PM  
Pentax 67: 200/4 v 165 2.8
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 19
Views: 3,757
Thanks! That's exactly what I'm looking for.

Cjf

---------- Post added 02-22-18 at 06:15 PM ----------



I'm shocked at how well that 67 handles with a 45mm lens on it. Amazing balance for something so big. I'm not looking for anything long. Which ever one of these I get will be my portrait lens.

Cjf

---------- Post added 02-22-18 at 06:20 PM ----------



Again, this is what I'm looking for, and I appreciate your answer. One of the HUGE differences between the 135/1.8 and the 77 is that the 77 is small and light; the K70 is fast and precise with it. The 135 is the size and weight of a small truck. You kinda hang the K70 off of it, rather than vica versa.

The more of this I hear from all ya'll, the better the 165 sounds.

Cjf

---------- Post added 02-22-18 at 06:22 PM ----------



Hadn't really considered it, because it's more than double the price and I just don't do any flash work, which I thought was it's primary fuction.

Cjf

---------- Post added 02-22-18 at 06:23 PM ----------



Hi Phil,

Yes, the final version of the 200/4. And buy them both -- don't think I'm not considering it!

Cjf
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-21-2018, 02:55 PM  
Pentax 67: 200/4 v 165 2.8
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 19
Views: 3,757
Greetings,

I'm getting back into film and picked up a camera I've always wanted-the classic Pentax 67 MLU. Now I'm putting together a lens kit. Some background: I shot professionally as a photojournalist for years, almost always B&W, and have already happily picked up a mess of Tri-X. W00T!! Back in my pro days I carried a pair of LXs, and did almost all my shooting with the 20/4 and the 135/1.8. These days I carry a K70 and do almost all my shooting with two Limiteds: the 15/4, and the 77/1.8.

So I'm looking to put together a similar kit for the 67. I've got a 45/4 on order, but I'm a bit conflicted on the longer lens. Here's my question: for those of you who, like me, adore the 77Limited on APS-C and the 135/1.8 on 35mm, which do you like more: the longer 200/4, or the faster 165 2.8? The reviews are similar, as are the sample shots in the lens DB and user shots in this forum. I'm interested in the handling. Which is better for, say, street photography?

I'd appreciate your thoughts.

Cjf
Forum: Pentax Q 05-09-2016, 05:05 PM  
Have Q7 or QS1 but still use Original Q?
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 15
Views: 3,364
I often shoot the 08 on my Q7 and the 06 on my Q. Gives me maximum wide and maximum telephoto.

Cjf
Forum: Pentax Q 05-02-2016, 01:35 PM  
08 lens - do I need it?
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 19
Views: 2,520
Seems to me there are two separate questions here: should YOU buy it, and is it a desirable lens? The first, as everyone has pointed out, really depends on whether you're a wide-angle shooter, or not. I am; one of my two always-on-a-body lens when I shot pro was a Pentax 20/4 on an LX with a grid focusing screen. (My other LX had a regular screen and the Pentax A* 135/1.8.) If you love wide-angles, you'll love this lens.

As to the second question, IMHO this is the best Q lens. There's something about the look of its photos...I pretty much always have it on my Q7. My normal setups are the Q7 with the 08 mounted and the 06 in my pocket as my daily driver; if I'm going out to shoot specifically than I add a Q body and keep the 06 on that. Best of both worlds: the 08 is wider on the Q7 than the Q, and the 06 is longer on the Q than the Q7. I also have the 01 -- it's a great little lens, but I just don't "see" normal lenses; the 02 -- use if for birthday parties and such; and the 03, which I used to use a ton, then not so much after I got the 08. YMMV.

Cjf
Forum: Pentax Q 12-24-2015, 12:39 PM  
Pentax Q and Focal Reducer
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 23
Views: 3,328
Agreed. As I've said here before, when my daily driver was a Q I still brought out my K20D when I wanted better IQ. The K20D has stayed in the closet since I got the Q7. The Q7, especially with the 08, is better than the K20D with the kit zooms.

Cjf
Forum: Pentax Q 12-24-2015, 12:31 PM  
More thoughts on Q battery life
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 15
Views: 2,390
Truth. I've had good luck with the Wasabis. When we travel - 2 weeks in New England this fall, for example - my wife carries her Q in her purse, and I bring 2 spare batteries, an Asus Transformer and all my lenses in a little Tamrack bag. She just borrows what she wants, though she's probably 90% 02 and 10% 06. I almost always have the 08 or 06 on my Q7.

And you're right: that whole mess would fit into about a quarter of the Domke I used to carry when I was a phojo. Crap that thing was heavy: 2 LXs with motors, an MX with a motor, 20, 28, 100 macro, 135 1.8, 300, teleconverter, a dozen hand-loaded film cartridges, AA batteries, Vivitar flashes with interchangeable heads and battery grips...my back aches just thinking about that load.

Cjf
Forum: Pentax Q 11-15-2015, 02:52 PM  
More thoughts on Q battery life
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 15
Views: 2,390
Truth. What was surprising, at least to me, is that a Q with the auto-shutoff set to 1 minute would get less than a third of the shots per charge that the SAME camera does when shut off manually as soon as you're done shooting.
Forum: Pentax Q 11-15-2015, 11:11 AM  
More thoughts on Q battery life
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 15
Views: 2,390
Well, my wife almost never reviews shots. The second or so that the image comes up on the LCD is generally enough for me. The only difference in the way we were shooting is that I turned the camera off after each series of shots, and she let it got to sleep. And I got three to four times as many shots per charge than her. Just thought it was interesting.

Cjf
Forum: Pentax Q 11-14-2015, 10:25 PM  
More thoughts on Q battery life
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 15
Views: 2,390
It is. But one of the puzzling things about the Q series is how some of us get pretty good battery life while it's horrible for others. This was interesting because it's a camera I've gotten great battery life with and the same batteries. HUGE loss of battery life when letting the Q automatically go to sleep.

YMMV

Cjf
Forum: Pentax Q 11-14-2015, 04:51 PM  
More thoughts on Q battery life
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 15
Views: 2,390
Greetings,

We've had a bunch of discussions here about Q battery life, and why it's horrible for some and pretty good for others. I inadvertently performed a controlled experiment on this last month, which I thought I'd share:

My wife and I went on vacation up to New York for a family wedding, then a ramble through New England. I brought my Q7, as always, along with the 01, 02, 03, 06 and 08. My wife has one of my old original Qs and an 02. This particular Q was my backup body before I bought the Q7, so I'm quite familiar with it's battery life when I use it.

Despite the fact that I shoot probably 3 times as many photos as my wife, she needed a fresh battery daily. I used basically one battery for the wedding, and one for the rest of the trip!

So what was the difference? Here's my guess: My wife, like a lot of people, would turn the camera on, use it, and then leave it on until it shut off automatically. My habit, developed shooting as a phojo carrying three bodies, is to turn the camera on, shoot, then turn it off. It's just reflex for me. But the difference in battery life is huge.
Forum: Pentax Q 06-08-2015, 03:14 PM  
Do I buy a Q S-1 or 08 Lens?
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 31
Views: 5,051
That's the route I went. Had the original Q -- three, actually -- with the 01, 03 and 06. The 02 bored me so badly I gave two away. Then I picked up a yellow Q7 with the matching 02. What a difference! The 02 was glued to my camera body for months...until I got the 08.

This thing is a GREAT lens. Now I keep the 08 on my Q7 at all times, and the 06 in my pocket for those times when I need the reach. Highly recommended.

Cjf
Forum: Pentax Q 12-13-2014, 09:44 PM  
What can the Q10 do in RAW+?
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 17
Views: 3,213
Hi Antonio,

I had the same problem with my Q. I like to shoot RAW+ B&W -- seeing the JPEGs on the screen helps me review what I'm doing; though I process keepers later in PhotoShop from the RAW files. I got a Q7 last summer, and this is now fixed. I shoot RAW+ B&W all the time. You might want to check your firmware version; Pentax has a way of filtering upgrades to older Q models. Not sure if its happened with this feature.

Cjf
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 09:33 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 2,854
Views: 124,184
This is great! Count me in.

Cjf
Forum: Pentax Q 12-09-2014, 09:14 PM  
Unplanned benefit to the Q Series
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 15
Views: 2,697
Check out a Q7! Your 21.3mm (equivalent) 08 will suddenly be a 17.5. Can't take that lens off mine...

Oh, and nice ride!

Cjf
Forum: Pentax Q 12-08-2014, 09:35 PM  
Unplanned benefit to the Q Series
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 15
Views: 2,697
This, exactly, is why my fav rig when I was a pro was my Auto 110, not my bag full of LXs. It's exactly why I loved the Q, and now the Q7 best of all. I've never been a compact camera fan; my vision tends toward ultra-wides and, to a lesser extent, telephotos. So the vast majority of compacts have lenses covering all the focal lengths I find most boring.

So these days I carry my Q7 with the 08 -- just a stupid good lens -- with the 06 in a pocket. Makes me happy.

Cjf
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-02-2014, 04:13 PM  
Pentax at Arlington Camera Show
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 2
Views: 1,777
Hey Weevil,

Yeah, it was hard to tell which was more heartening -- the effort Pentax puts into this, or the steady stream of people at the booth. Much busier than, say, the nearby Nikon booth while I was there.

Canon was the busiest, but then they had a HUGE booth -- took up the entire back wall -- with live models you could shoot to test out gear. They do that every year here.

Cjf
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-23-2014, 12:52 PM  
Pentax at Arlington Camera Show
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 5
Views: 1,883
She's super smart and knowledgeable - she'll go from discussing lenses for the 645 with one customer to the differences between WG compact models with another. She did a great job while I was there laying out the differences for another customer between the K-S1 and the K 30, including a discussion of anti-alliasing filters. She's a great rep for Pentax.

We're quick here to point out failings with Pentax sales and marketing. We should also be quick pointing out what they do right, don't you think?

In any case, fun show and lots of Pentax gear to see. And it's free! Check it out if you're in the area.

Cjf
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-23-2014, 01:23 AM  
Pentax at Arlington Camera Show
Posted By cjfeola
Replies: 5
Views: 1,883
Went to the Arlington (Texas) Camera Show today with my daughter for the third or fourth year in a row. The booth was covered with all the latest: K-S1s in every color, Q-S1s, both Z and D 645s...

Here's a pic of the booth with the incomparable Jessica Oleksy presiding.


Yin and Yang: The great Jessica Oleksy with a 645z and a Q-S1; shot with Pentax Q7/08 Lens

The Pentax booth was a bit bigger this year, and definitely had more equipment. As in previous years, it was comparable in size to the Nikon, Fuji and Panasonic booths - just a bit bigger - and seemed to have more traffic than any of them. Also as in previous years, the Canon booth was much bigger than any other booth.

Beyond the equipment, there are classes, models available for test shots, and a big-enough crowd to jam pack the building on a rainy Texas Saturday. The show is open from 10 am to 6 pm Sunday, Nov. 23rd. Feola say check it out.
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