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Forum: General Photography 04-18-2019, 10:12 PM  
Engadget on SLR vs Mirrorless
Posted By miles
Replies: 11
Views: 1,033
This video is just as interesting

You Tube

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-15-2018, 03:59 AM  
Amateur Photographers (UK) Predicts End for Pentax
Posted By miles
Replies: 955
Views: 76,557
I missed this, what else did i miss?

Looking forward to new lenses in 2019!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-17-2018, 12:41 PM  
Fun thread: If you were given $5,000 to spend...
Posted By miles
Replies: 163
Views: 5,339
Starting from scratch: K1ii, 24-70/2.8, 70-200/2.8... and FA 43 + M20 or wider....

Given that i have the K1, 24-70, the 3 amigos and a bunch of others....
I'd spend on the 15-30, 70-200 and DFA* 50.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-29-2016, 05:11 PM  
LAOWA STF 105mm F2.0 (T3.2)
Posted By miles
Replies: 70
Views: 19,537
Thank you for your reply Mistral. Not having focus confirmation or CIF on a lens with so little dof I think would be a problem in use.. However, i'd like to be proven wrong, so i'm looking forward to reading about someones experiences. But I think it would be better on a Sony A7ii...

Yikes, the size of that thing is scaaaary! I saw the announcement on the dpreview page.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-29-2016, 12:09 PM  
LAOWA STF 105mm F2.0 (T3.2)
Posted By miles
Replies: 70
Views: 19,537
In view of the K1, I've been wondering what lens i'd like between m 77 and my A* 200 macro (I know, that's terrible ;P). I currently have a Pentacon 135/2.8, known as the bokeh-monster, and i'm thinking of upgrading it. I like it a lot, but wide open, it's not like these new lenses. Bokeh is great also stopped down thanks to the 18 circular aperture blades. But it's M42 mount and I find it a pain to use... It's hard to mount and unmount, then you have to stop down to meter, open up again, focus, stop down again, shoot. Ugh.

So i'm thinking,
1. will the laowa have aperture coupling? It seems not - it's like an "M" lens, and will work like the Pentacon. The Samyang is an "A" lens, which is good news.
2. will the laowa allow focus confirmation and therefore CIF? If I recall, the Minolta stf, because of the apodization lens, did not give an AF lock.
3. How are the coatings on the laowa? The Samyang coatings seem mediocre imho.

Maybe we'll get a DFA 135/2.8 limited next year? Or a DFA* 135/1.8!!!!
Forum: Winners' Showcase 03-03-2015, 05:09 AM  
February, 2015 Third Place: Orange Full Moonrise and Lighthouse
Posted By miles
Replies: 29
Views: 2,695
I love it as well!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-03-2015, 05:06 AM  
Reflection in puddle
Posted By miles
Replies: 27
Views: 1,472
Beautiful and serene!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-03-2015, 05:05 AM  
Moonscape Contest
Posted By miles
Replies: 15
Views: 1,681
Excellent image! You planned everything well and it shows!
Nominated, of course.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-03-2015, 07:19 PM  
Corfu New Fortress
Posted By miles
Replies: 1
Views: 484
Photo taken with Pentax Q
Converted in camera to B&W Infra-Red.
Severe banding occurred in the sky, so i "fixed" that in post, keeping the same look as close as i could, minus the banding.
Forum: General Photography 12-11-2014, 09:54 AM  
Camera Store TV Give Pentax 2 Awards 2014
Posted By miles
Replies: 82
Views: 7,849
Maybe it's because of the KS1 current price vs K50 current price that makes it the worst camera of the year.....
It might drop to much muh less, like the Q, the K-01.... Donno if this weird pricing strategy is working well for them.
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-13-2013, 05:24 PM  
K-3 In-Depth Review: November 12th
Posted By miles
Replies: 93
Views: 15,782
Which mode should be used for BIFs and other moving targets?
What's the difference? Was the tracking test done in AF-C or AF-A?
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 10-28-2013, 05:25 AM  
Posted By miles
Replies: 13
Views: 1,577
IMHO (with the little birding experience i have) WR is a big deal when you're running around on beaches, sand dunes, marshes, mountain tops, forests, etc...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-07-2013, 09:41 AM  
Streets Basketball sunset
Posted By miles
Replies: 6
Views: 2,300
Photoshop material! :)

Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-07-2013, 07:41 AM  
Streets Basketball sunset
Posted By miles
Replies: 6
Views: 2,300
Yes, there were 4 or 5 people playing under each hoop, and 3-4 balls on the court.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 07-06-2013, 03:38 PM  
Ricoh GR Digital IV Giveaway: Ending 7/8/2013!
Posted By miles
Replies: 630
Views: 94,343
Basketball Sunset

Sporty subject, but "street photo"... Hope you like it!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-06-2013, 03:34 PM  
Streets Basketball sunset
Posted By miles
Replies: 6
Views: 2,300
I was with the family at the playground. Meanwhile some kids on the basketball court next to us were shooting their last hoops of the day before it got dark.

I never shoot sports, but I hope you like it! :D

Shot with Pentax K5 and smc-A 50mm f/1.2 at f/4
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-09-2013, 05:42 PM  
"Welcome to Afghanistan" in Feb '13 Amateur Photographer Magazine
Posted By miles
Replies: 42
Views: 5,468

It's heartbreaking to read of the disapproving reaction some of your fellows had to your images, of your subsequent having to take them down, and of the corruption of your hard drives... I hope you manage to recover all the data. Have an expert do it, there are powerful tools out there, but if you mess up, it's game over. Furthermore, do not try to read data from the drives over and over again, as this could result in further file corruption.

I also think your "photographic essays" are an asset to the US military from a PR perspective. I have not seen more persuasive evidence of the benefits of the US presence in Afghanistan! I also recall your numerous comments pointing out the precautions you took not to reveal any sensitive information. I hope it all goes well for you!
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 04-23-2013, 06:45 PM  
Pentax K-5 with a telescope - long distance birdwatching
Posted By miles
Replies: 13
Views: 6,765
Thank you Tom for your reply and recommendation.
Indeed the Skywatcher 80 ED is tempting, and many people use it successfully for birding: since i posted my question here, I've also found "good company" on! The video you posted is excellent. I know what you mean regarding shimmering. I can see it a little in your video, but i don't find it troublesome. But it is problem with stills, especially here in sunny Greece...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-20-2013, 05:29 PM  
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens leaked?
Posted By miles
Replies: 175
Views: 20,425
The samples are impressive!
I'm surprised they don't offer it for Pentax, as i'd like to have one - until Pentax makes a FF that is!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-14-2013, 02:20 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #79 Poll (Dreams- March, 2013)
Posted By miles
Replies: 20
Views: 9,088
May different kinds of dreams here, some nightmares too! Hard to vote for, but it made for an interesting contest!
Someone should have submitted Adam's K3 mockup from last year: the intangible dream!
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 04-13-2013, 02:18 AM  
Pentax Confirms Full-Frame Plans at CP+ Inteview
Posted By miles
Replies: 810
Views: 110,354
That would have been very nice!
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 04-06-2013, 03:27 AM  
Pentax Confirms Full-Frame Plans at CP+ Inteview
Posted By miles
Replies: 810
Views: 110,354
Such a contract would be great for Pentax. We know they can keep their end of the bargain!

Regarding the M4A1 acquisition, if i recall correctly, one could RENT a panzer tank in the heart of NY city with just a driving license! Hopefully things have changed since...
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 04-05-2013, 11:16 AM  
Pentax Confirms Full-Frame Plans at CP+ Inteview
Posted By miles
Replies: 810
Views: 110,354
So they should give us one already, and a FF lens lineup!
Enough of "we don't have the lens so we won't make the camera" and "with no camera why make the lens".
There is a new thread every day since 2002 asking for a Pentax FF system, there must be a market for it!
IMHO, the customers they are loosing are the ones with the most severe LBA. The best ones that is, from Pentax' point of view.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-31-2013, 12:58 AM  
Travel Skiing in the Austrian Alps for St. Patty's Day (24 images)
Posted By miles
Replies: 7
Views: 1,590
Excellent Heie, these are amazing! My favourites are #3, 8, 10-11, 17, 20. Looks like you had a wonderful time! :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-29-2013, 03:26 AM  
560mm review posted!
Posted By miles
Replies: 42
Views: 5,331
Thanks a lot for the review!!!!!!
How does it perform at f/6.3 and 7.1? I must say I am a little disappointed. 6000 euro is a stretch for me but doable if a save for a few months. But I would want top-quality optics for that price, sharp wide open and free of false color. Pentax speaks of telescope optics, but modern apochromatic telescopes all seem to be using fluorite (O'hara FPL-53) glass without breaking the bank, supposedly giving images without fringing or longitudinal CA. Not that fringing is that terrible a crime: most birds not being purple, simply desaturating all the purples in an image and darkening a little makes the problem go away to a big degree.
The good news is that AF is accurate, because all the IQ talk concerning super-teles is useless if focus is not spot on. That, plus WR plus rotable CPL dd up to an appealing package, but it could be better
Anyway, i've started birding this year, I'm hooked, so I've started saving so I can get something better than my manual focus Sigma 400 f/5.6 APO. I'm not sure where i'll settle though...
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