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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Would You Buy a Q
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 36
Views: 1,069
If you are looking for better image quality, the Q7 or Q-S1 would be the ones to go for, although the original Q is beautifully built. I have a lot of fun with mine and it is a very capable camera. Best lenses are 01, 06, and 08. 02 is useful.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-04-2018, 10:28 AM  
The K-3 line will continue!
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 361
Views: 24,660
If it is taking longer than they expected, hopefully this is a consequence of Ricoh developing significant improvements where these are most needed.

Given that they have already developed good technologies for the K-3 ii, K-1, K-70, KP, and K-1ii which can easily be imported into the K-3iii (articulating rear screen, dynamic pixel shift, high level iso noise reduction, third wheel, wi-fi tethering, better SR, etc.) let's hope the new camera will make big strides in enlarged autofocus points coverage, joystick or touch screen for focus select, improved autofocus tracking, higher f.p.s. rate, much larger buffer, quicker buffer download, and a serious attempt at video with 4k at 60 f.p.s. non interlaced, mechanical shake reduction and better focus options in video. Most of us won't need all these improvements, but I suspect most of us would want some of them. Personally I want it all, but note that I am not asking for more pixels! 24MP is enough for aps-c.

That is not to say I am unhappy with what I have in the K-1, K-3ii, and K-70, but to shell out for a new top end aps-c camera - things have to improve on what is already provided.

Hope the interview confirmed future prospects for GR and Q (yes, I know it's 'missing in action' :( but it's development is finished, let's give it a good send off). :asleep:
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 03-03-2018, 08:21 AM  
Pentax Optio X ?
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 5
Views: 283
Weird, isn't it. I couldn't resist picking one up from Ebay. It can be put to a variety of uses, recording conversation, as desktop computer camera, perfect selfies and, wait for it, photography!

Nice little moment from Pentax history.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-26-2018, 04:09 PM  
Which AF SLR to buy
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 20
Views: 896
+2 for the PZ-1p, or just the near identical PZ-1. They are fantastic cameras and offer some useful innovative features when combined with the FA power zoom lenses.

The only difference of consequence is how the PZ-1p crops the aspect ratio to panorama, not of any significant value but fashionable at the time.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-04-2018, 01:03 PM  
Tele Zooms for The K3 and K5
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 9
Views: 489
Although I do agree with the comments above, I'll add a shout for the SMC DA* 60-250mm F4 ED [IF] SDM. Relative to the 150-450 and 70-200 it is affordable and not as heavy.

If cost and weight are not considerations however, I would highly recommend the D FA 150-450 for planes in flight.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-03-2018, 07:43 PM  
What's a good backpack for K1 + notebook?
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 16
Views: 898
I use Peak Design's Messenger bag quite a lot, rather than a back pack, it can take a laptop and is very versatile. Their Back Pack is also worth a look if it is a backpack you want. These have been reviewed on this forum.
I also use the Kata 3-N-1 backpacks (large and small) because lenses seem to be more snug in them. The larger takes laptops. These are very versatile offering side access and a clever strap arrangement. They were taken over by Manfrotto who have altered the design, and in my view made it unnecessarily complicated.
There's still a lot to be said for the simple Pentax K shoulder bag, which can take a tablet or small laptop and works well with the K-1 and D-FA 28-105 plus primes - often it's all I want, nice and simple. It's only available use now, pity.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-28-2018, 11:51 AM  
Filters do you use them & which ones and why & when???
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 35
Views: 1,051
Polarising, ND and Graduated filters have their uses even if effects can, to an extent, be overcome both by camera and PP.

The issue of protection is covered above - my preference is to just use the hood unless I am in a sand storm - I have heard of lenses being dropped and the front element being damaged by shards of filter glass - but my take on protective filters is that they somewhat negate the high quality of glass and coatings which Pentax put in their lenses.

UV filters are unnecessary because, unlike film, the sensor is not effected by UV light, unless of course I am shooting with film.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-24-2018, 03:17 PM  
K-S2 vs K70
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 18
Views: 1,149
I upgraded from K-S2 to K-70 for the numerous benefits it offers whilst retaining broadly the same neat form and first rate ergonomics. Of particular value was the distinctly lower noise levels than with the K-S2 which was immediately apparent. Other benefits are mentioned above, e.g. dynamic range, better grip, pixel shift, and higher resolution through increase in pixel count. I have kept my K-3ii, really like having gps for landscape, but now that I have the K-70 which does produce better images and have just bought a Pentax GPS unit, the K-3ii looks like it's going to have a far more laid back existence.

In short, I found the upgrade from K-S2 to K-70 significant and worth while. It was made easier by SRS over here in the UK, who offered an excellent part-exchange transaction.
Forum: General Photography 01-22-2018, 05:45 PM  
Pentax vs .... a different take on things.
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 64
Views: 3,359
I've had a look by typing Pentax K-1, and I do agree - there are heaps of photos that have nothing to recommend them. When I viewed, I noticed most were uploaded by just one person.

Maybe some people just use Flickr to store images as a form of backup or perhaps just to share with f & f. I do this, but I restrict access to specific individuals.

Looking at photos in Pentax groups always shows up some nice work - as suggested above.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-18-2018, 05:47 PM  
Sdm opinion
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 13
Views: 771
I've said it before and, to keep things in perspective, I'll say it again.

I have the magnificent seven original SDM lenses, and not a hint of failure on a single one of them.

Nothing to do with my habit of parking them on cameras to give them a frequent spin, of course.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-13-2018, 08:34 PM  
Fiscal dilemma
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 17
Views: 981
Sad to hear yet another aperture failure on the K-30.

Lot's of K-5's around for under 250, same sensor as K-30 or K-50 but a better camera by far.
Forum: Pentax Q 01-08-2018, 05:33 PM  
Any of the toy lenses worth getting?
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 20
Views: 1,248
Oddly, the 04 is the only Q lens I don't have, but judging from comments above, I probably ought to find one.

Normally I settle for the 08 for wide, and the 06 for portrait to long distance, with the 01 otherwise parked on the Q7 body. These three are, in my experience, the highest quality Q lenses, and they are leave me wanting nothing (except the sadly missed macro lens).
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-25-2017, 05:15 PM  
Convince me to buy a K-3
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 24
Views: 1,747

If the K-3/3ii replacement is released next year you will have more options, and then lower prices for the K-3 and K-3ii.

Until then, you have an excellent camera with the K-5.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-24-2017, 05:55 PM  
KP viewfinder completely dark
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 7
Views: 591
You view through either the rear 'live view' screen (image taken via sensor) or the viewfinder (image seen via pentaprism). It's not possible to do both simultaneously because the mirror has to raise to enable the sensor to see the view. Press the live view button to return to viewing through pentaprism and viewfinder.

Hope it's nothing more serious.

PS Monochrome posted when I was still typing - looks like we are thinking along the same lines.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 12-20-2017, 12:00 PM  
Pentax 24-70 vs 28-105
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 27
Views: 8,682
The 28-105 lives on my K-1, I am happy with this lens because it gives good photographs and relative to all other D FA zooms, is light as a feather. (which is to say the others are indeed heavy). I have always been tempted by the 24-70, but it's so difficult to justify the extra cost for the advantages that f2.8 offers; shutter speed and softer bokeh. For the extra dosh, I would be looking for other advantages, perhaps even better sharpness wide open and less vignetting and barrel distortion.

Its not a well kept secret that the 24-70 is derived from a Tamron lens, and I was interested to see that in June this year Tamron launched the G2 version of their SP 24-70mm F2.8 Di VC USD. Logically perhaps a Pentax version of this will eventually replace the current model - it seems to offer more accurate and faster focus, improved coatings, better build and a different lens stabilization configuration (not required in Pentax), but as far as I can gather the optical formula remains the same.

It would be interesting to know if any of our non Pentax colleagues have upgraded to the G2, and if so, how these two compare. If the G2 is a noticeable improvement, then I will be happy to wait until it is dressed up in Pentax attire, and for the foreseeable future carry on enjoying the amazing D FA 28-105.
Forum: General Photography 12-09-2017, 05:16 PM  
The Archetype of the Manual 35mm Film Camera in popular culture
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 23
Views: 1,200
The MX and Spotmatic F are nice enough, but its probably best to firstly decide whether you want to go for bayonet or screw mount. If the former then look no further back than the K series. The K1000 is popular with students, but lacks dof preview plus some other nice touches. Taking your last two criteria to heart - and all the rest - there are only four manual focus cameras you need to consider:
  1. KX; modes M B, with aperture window, 1/60 sync, match needle exp, black or silver, affordable: This if you want manual exposure only.

  2. K2; modes Av M B no aperture window, 1/125 sync, match needle exp, black or silver, affordable: This if you want manual and Av exposure.

  3. K2 DMD; modes Av M B with aperture window, 1/125 sync, match needle exp, black only, quite expensive and hard to find: This if you're a collector.

  4. and the lovely LX; modes Av M X B with aperture window, higher spec, e.g. 1/75 sec flash sync, LED + needle exp, 1/2000 shutter speed, WR, interchangable viewfinders, etc, black only, price quite high but good value for money i.m.o. This if you want the best.

The K series are similar sized to the Spotmatic, the LX is slightly smaller, and all are distinctly larger than the your MX.

There are other nice cameras out there, but I tend to limit myself to Pentax. My favourite manual focus ones from the many I have are the three Xs: KX, MX, and LX. Taking your criteria to heart, and for the sake of simplicity, I would plumb for the KX (although my alter ego wispers, "LX - you know you want it!).

Hope you find what you're looking for.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-08-2017, 03:37 PM  
Sacrilegious question
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 38
Views: 2,115
'But I've been thinking about wildlife and I've seen some recommendations for a relatively inexpensive lighter handheld combo'.

If long range nature is your thing and you want to travel light, Pentax K-70 + Pentax DA* 300 / F4 + Pentax-DA 1.4x AW AF Rear Converter - this based on my experience with that combo and K-1, K-3ii, and D FA 150-450.

The K-70 has a better sensor than the K-3ii, greater pixel density than the K-1 so is better for long range shooting. The DA* 300 with DA1.4x will give you greater reach than the 400 5.6 and can also be used as a straight 300 F4.

The setup I suggest is relative light 688g+1070g+126g = 1884g whereas the K-1+150-450 weighs in at 1010g+2000g = 3010g (NB factoring in lens equivalence they effectively have the same reach).

Of course, all these Pentax options give you WR, and perhaps most importantly, if you stick with Pentax the new kit will be fully interchangeable with your existing K-1, the 300 being a FF lens.

Between us, I think we should have talked you down, but of course this is a Pentax forum.

I personally stick with the one brand for simplicity's sake.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-01-2017, 08:59 AM  
What is the best Macro lens for my Pentax k-30
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 25
Views: 1,024
My experience with various Pentax macro lenses is positive. If you're on a budget, consider a used Pentax A 100mm f2.8 - auto or manual aperture and manual focus, perfect for macro! I find autofocus frequently hunts on all my autofocus macro lenses - another reason to use manual focus.

If funds are available and you photograph in challenging environments, the D FA is a good option because of its resistance to moisture and dust ingress. It's also beautifully made.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-01-2017, 08:45 AM  
Does the DA 50 1.8 have focusing problems?
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 12
Views: 527
It is true to say that screw drive is noisy compared with SDM or DC focus mechanisms, but contrary to the review, the lens takes sharp photographs and is excellent value for a 50mm prime. To allow for factory tolerances, Pentax provides a fine adjustment feature in its cameras enabling users to tune their particular lens to the body they use.

To get a noticeably better lens in this range consider the SMC Pentax-DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM. It has silent and fast autofocus, is weather resistant, better for low light, comes with a lens hood, and is a wonderful piece of optical engineering. For APS-C it is a fine portrait lens, and for FF it does well as a standard prime (slight vignetting can be removed in PP) For all this you have to pay a much higher price!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-01-2017, 08:31 AM  
Pentax brochures
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 9
Views: 873
Thanks for the link. All current cameras are there except the K-3ii.

Probably because it's replacement is in the pipeline. The K-3ii is, for me, a fantastic camera.
Forum: Pentax Q 11-20-2017, 02:40 PM  
I decided to give the Q one more chance.
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 5
Views: 1,134
You won't be disappointed but to get the most from the 01, it would be worth looking out for a Q7 or QS1. The larger sensor makes for a big improvement in image quality even if not as cute as the original Q.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-17-2017, 05:52 PM  
SDM Status
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 11
Views: 795
Perhaps therein lies the clue. Although I have no scientific evidence, I have a sneaking suspicion that regular use might be a factor. The anecdotal evidence is that I have all 7 old SDM lenses, and have not ever experienced failure. When they are not in use, they are permanently mounted on various bodies, regularly switched on, and usually given a chance to spin themselves with continuous focus hunting using LV. So far, no fails to date.

There are, I'm sure, those who would say this is tosh, I've just been lucky. Well, if this superstitious practice brings me luck, so be it. They just keep on going.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-16-2017, 03:12 PM  
Lower spec K1
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 115
Views: 5,087
Stick the sensor in the K-01 body*, replace flash with EVF, and swap fixed rear screen with simple tilting one.

Job done.


* yellow silver, black, white, and smurf of course
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-16-2017, 07:11 AM  
Difference between HD DA 40mm f/2.8 40 (red) and DA 40mm f/2.8 (green) lens
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 27
Views: 1,274
Well, the red one is much bigger so more lens for the buck.

More seriously, the only reason for going green are if looking for star bursts and that really only applies to the 15mm Limited - cost apart.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-16-2017, 07:07 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #134 Poll (The Sky - October 2017)
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 49
Views: 4,710
All good, indeed many excellent or inspirational.
I'm going for the 360, number 12. Nicely unified composition of nightsky and sea.
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