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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-13-2019, 06:18 AM  
K3 II vs KP
Posted By BillO
Replies: 30
Views: 2,488
I like your work. Nice shooting. The dog picture is 1 in a 1000 - me thinks.

The dancer is a set - up shot. I would pre-focus for that, and as you did provide enough light so I could use an aperture to give me plenty of depth of field and still retain a high shutter speed. That one is more timing than it is tracking and can be repeated if missed. I'm not taking anything away from the great picture though. It's truly awesome work.

As for an habituated back yard red squirrel, I'm sorry. You cannot compare that to real wildlife. I'm particularly blessed with red squirrels and chipmunks where I am, and compared to a truly wild beaver, they are not skittish at all. Even when you are in plain sight - like the shots below, they will gladly stick around and pose for you ad nauseam. If you're ever up in central Ontario, PM me and I'll take you on a little safari to shoot something that dosen't lounge around on your back deck railing.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-11-2019, 02:33 PM  
K3 II vs KP
Posted By BillO
Replies: 30
Views: 2,488


I shoot mainly nature and dirt bike competition. I also have a k3II and don't see it as possessing any real advances over the K3 for what I shoot. What "real advances" am I looking for?

1) Quieter (much) operation both AF and shutter. This is especially for nature. Sometimes I end up at the same place as 3 or 4 other guys (and that's the generic 'guys' not the sexist 'guys') shooting Nikon and Canon and you can hardly hear them focus or shot, then I start up my Pentax, the racket begins and silent reverie is broken. Everybody looks at me. One time a couple of years ago I drove to a provincial park, hiked in several kilometers in the dark so I could set up as the sun was just beginning to rise in order to shoot some beaver. I wait for nearly an hour then the beaver shows up to bolster it's dam. I wait for a nice shot, press the shutter release and ...CLACK! - then the beaver immediately dives for cover and is gone. Hours of driving, hiking and setting up and all I get is one shot. I focused manually so I didn't scare it off before I could get even one shot. I also used a 600/f4 with a 1.4L converter to get as much distance as possible. I was going to go out tomorrow to a new dam I have located, but now remembering that last disaster, I don't think I'll bother. Pentax users are not supposed to photograph beavers I guess.


2) Better focus tracking. Yeah, you might think SAFOX MCXXIV is really slick, but try tracking on a speeding dirt bike or a flying bird coming straight on with Pentax K3 or K3II. I'll guarantee you will not get a single in-focus shot. The guy next to you with a Canon will just about get them all. Been there, seen that. Plus you won't even hear the Canon, but the jerky whining grinding noise from your Pentax AF interspersed with random shutter explosions just might frighten the dirt bike rider. It will certainly have the bird veering off.


3) Sensor dynamic range. The right position for a shot does not always give the best light. It might end up being a bit contrasty and it sure nice to have the dynamic range to be able to do something about it later.

4) AF in video mode. This one is obvious. Personally I don't think Richo's Pentax folk give a gnat's fart about video.

Now don't get me wrong, there is a lot I do like about these cameras, but the above 4 things are a constant disappointment in the kind of shooting I do.

Man - you really have no idea how loud a Pentax is when you and a beaver are the only things up and about deep in the woods at 5:15am. It sounds more like heavy construction equipment that a camera.


These guy's don't mind though:
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-08-2019, 07:11 PM  
Pentax-FA* 24mm f2 problems
Posted By BillO
Replies: 13
Views: 874
Precisely. Those aspherical elements are deadly!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-08-2019, 05:18 PM  
K3 II vs KP
Posted By BillO
Replies: 30
Views: 2,488
Not sure, but is the KP supposed to replace the K3 II?

If not, have Pentax announced anything that a K3/K3 II user could move smoothly to, and get some real advances all without learning a whole new UI?

Sorry if it sounds like I'm uninformed, it's just that that is exactly the case.:confused:
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-21-2019, 02:52 PM  
Pentax-FA* 24mm f2 problems
Posted By BillO
Replies: 13
Views: 874
I've had this lens since it''s first availability. Mine is just great. Sharp, contrasty, great colour rendition and free of aberrations and distortions. Perhaps, since it was 'bleeding' edge technology for Pentax at the time there may have been considerable variance in the production.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-21-2019, 02:06 PM  
Lens advice
Posted By BillO
Replies: 8
Views: 643
Have you thought of using a more powerful flash and/or a higher ISO setting? As mentioned already, sample images with EXIF would be very helpful.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-21-2019, 02:02 PM  
Sigma UC-II 70-210 AF issue
Posted By BillO
Replies: 1
Views: 294
No clues, eh?

Interesting thing is that when attached to other AF bodies, they do not get the proper lens information. None of it. It is a though none of the contacts were connecting. However, that's not the case. Really odd.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-14-2019, 11:46 AM  
Sigma UC-II 70-210 AF issue
Posted By BillO
Replies: 1
Views: 294
Hi all,

I have a Sigma 70-210 UC-II lens that has an odd 'Feature'. I know the lens is not very good and this exercise is more for information than trying to get real use out of it.

So, here is the issue. On my K-3 II it focuses just fine. Quick and snappy. No issue. However, on every other AF body I have (K-3, K-7, K10D, *istD, Z-1P, PZ-1, PZ-20) it will not focus. Not that it hunts around, or that focus is not accurate, it won't even attempt to focus. Like it was a manual focus lens. Just dead. Not even a little bzzzt from the AF motor. Nada.


Anyone have any idea what the problem could be?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-04-2019, 08:26 PM  
A Pentax LX for 50$?
Posted By BillO
Replies: 10
Views: 1,102
I hope you bought this. I hope someone bought this. Every Pentax owner needs to have an LX just to know what the best camera ever made was like.

I still use my LX and it's been going strong since 1983 - that's 36 years. I had one service done on it about 15 years ago.

I consider every camera I bought after that to be disposable. My LX will be buried with me.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-14-2016, 07:45 AM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By BillO
Replies: 928
Views: 133,936
I got my K3 'fixed' 20 months ago and it has not misbehaved since.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-06-2015, 07:48 AM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By BillO
Replies: 928
Views: 133,936
I got this from them as well for many months. Then all of a sudden they said to bring it in for a re-flash. However, they never admitted to me that there was an actual problem. I was told 'Well, let's re-flash it. Maybe it got corrupted the first time' or something much to that effect. That was Ricoh USA and I had to take to a 3rd party service provider here in Canada (no Ricoh service presence in this country). I was told by the technician that did the job that there indeed was a new firmware distributed to them for the re-flash, but they were asked my Ricoh not to tell customers that it was new. He was ex-Pentax and said he hated working with Ricoh. I do not know what, if any, of this is true, or just the technician's sour-grapes rambling, but I have not had the issue since the re-flash.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-26-2015, 06:28 AM  
"Pros" talking trash about Pentax?
Posted By BillO
Replies: 321
Views: 58,107
You meet equipment geeks in every walk of life now an then. I would not say I not have met too many real pros that get into pissing contests over brand names, but the ones you do meet are hard to forget I guess.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-25-2015, 06:15 AM  
"Pros" talking trash about Pentax?
Posted By BillO
Replies: 321
Views: 58,107
Technically, a camera is only about angle of view. You only really get magnification in systems where you have two lenses like in a telescope, microscope or binoculars. In those cases the magnification is the ratio of the objective/eyepiece.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-24-2015, 07:25 AM  
"Pros" talking trash about Pentax?
Posted By BillO
Replies: 321
Views: 58,107
This has not always been true. They have had, over the years, leading and innovative flash systems. I do agree this is true about the latest PTTL units though, and I really wish they would support plain TTL again so I could go back to my good old AF500FTZ. That, at the time (straight TTL years), was second to none. They also supported in-body flash compensation in the PZ-1p. No other manufacturer ever did that AFAIK.


I suppose there are times when you need that, but to tell the truth I don;t miss it. I've shot action (off-road motorcycles) and nature and my best work is done with manual focus anyway.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-28-2015, 07:42 AM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By BillO
Replies: 928
Views: 133,936
So, here is my experience so far with Sun Camera and Ricoh (and yes, I think this is pertinent information for Canadians with this issue). I phones Sun on the 13th to discuss options as I have a tight schedule to get the camera fixed before a 4 week trip with photography as the main focus. At first they seemed not to give much of a damn about my deadline but when I asked how long it took to do the service I was told that it took less than an hour. I asked that if I drove down (4hr round trip) the following Tuesday would it be possible to have it ready for the following Thursday for me to pick up. I was told yes. So early on Tuesday the 17th, I drove the 2 hours and left the camera off with them. I was unable to return on Thursday, and indeed not until this coming Monday, so I called them Friday morning to let them know. I was told it was not done yet. When I asked when, they said maybe later next week. When I asked if it could be ready for Tuesday, I was told probably not. I told him I needed it by Tuesday afternoon as I had to board a plane on Wednesday morning for a month long trip where I needed the camera and added this was not what we had originally agreed on. They reply was either 'hmmm' or 'meh', or some other muffled grump of disinterest.

Well, truly pissed off and at the point of apoplexy, I called Ricoh. it was about 10:30 am and I spoke to a Jeff there who said he was from the customer satisfaction group. He 'sounded' very concerned and opened a case for me, gave me a tracking number and said someone would call Sun and get back to me in a couple of hours. Well, I waited until 4:45 for that call and it never came. I tried to call Ricoh back at the same number I got through on earlier, but no one picked up. I left a message and no one called back.

So, I will try Ricoh again on Monday. However, the experience so far has me feeling I am about to waste another 4 hrs of my life driving to go an pick up my unrepaired camera on Tuesday from those A-Holes at Sun. 8 hours driving and $75 in gas for absolutely nothing.

Customer satisfaction my f'n ass!
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-26-2015, 09:56 AM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By BillO
Replies: 928
Views: 133,936
I am not sure. I don't think it was the equipment, but more the people he has to deal with at Ricoh. Perhaps it's just a learning curve. Ricoh do things differently than Canon. But he did mention the transfer from Ricoh to Sun was more like a dump and run. Not much in the way of training or assistance. More like:

Sun: Sure, we'll take on Pentax service.
Ricoh: Great, but there's a problem with Pentax service.
Sun: What's the problem?
Ricoh: It's your problem. Thanks, bye.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-25-2015, 08:26 AM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By BillO
Replies: 928
Views: 133,936
I just brought mine into Sun yesterday. Has anyone sent their K3 into them for this problem and gotten it back yet? Do they do a good job?

The guy at the counter said he's not a fan of Ricoh.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-03-2014, 02:02 PM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By BillO
Replies: 928
Views: 133,936
FWIW, I can personally say that the *istD, K10D and K7 (all flagships during their debut) I have owned and all with 100K+ shutter releases have never had a problem like this. Or a lock-up.
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-27-2014, 06:17 AM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By BillO
Replies: 928
Views: 133,936
Barry, I understand where your coming from. I had a 35 year career in IT with the last 9 years as VP of development then VP of support for a major software company. All the sh!t landed on my desk.

However, your final comment is not very comforting if the thing eats itself after a couple of years.:(

It needs to be fixed even though this is only a consumer product as it's not so low in cost that it can be considered disposable. Some respect needs to be paid to the sometimes very hard earned money that individuals part with for these products.

Look at it this way. Some folks will put in hundreds of extra hours, scrimping and saving to eke together $1000 dollars for a hobby. They may go through considerable ordeals in attaining that goal. In the end though, that has all been converted to pure equity. The money. That $1000 will work as well as any other $1000 when given to a company like Richo. It wont fail, it wont mirror flap, or lock up. It will do it's job. It is incumbent on RIcho to ensure that the product they trade for that $1000 is just as functional.

A lot of companies these days seem to miss that point or ignore it in favor of their executives driving nice cars.
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-15-2014, 12:21 PM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By BillO
Replies: 928
Views: 133,936
Good points. I can see for a company like Ricoh it could a be a bit complicated.

I guess I may just be looking at this from my perspective. I own a small manufacturing firm and we are very customer centric. If a customer has a problem with one of our products within the warranty period we send a new one or offer a 100% refund. No repairs, no hassles and we pay for the return if we deem it's necessary to get the faulty item back. But we have 3 things going for us. 1) We deal directly with our end customer. 2) our initial dissatisfaction rate is less than 0.05% and 3) our products are unique. Virtually no competition, so we can price with enough margin to support our customers the way we feel is right. I'm sure that from time to time we get hit by a dishonest person trying to take advantage of us, but at a total initial rate of less than 0.05%, they are few and far between. I'd much rather have a current customer say to a potential customer that there is zero risk in dealing with us, than have them say it was a nightmare getting support.

Don't know if any of you had the opportunity to work with DEC back in their heyday. Incredible products, incredible support and incredible success in making it to being the 2nd largest computer company in the world. Then the modern-day executive types moved in and they were going to increase profits and cut expenses, so they cut back on R&D and they cut back on support, and ended up cutting their own throats. Where are they today?

I may just be too old fashioned for today's way of thinking. To me it's seeming like the phrase 'good value' has only historical significance.
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-15-2014, 07:52 AM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By BillO
Replies: 928
Views: 133,936
Of course, but it would cost Ricoh a lot more to have to ship back a product from Japan to, let's say, Brazil. Would it not be easier and cheaper for Ricoh to have it just fixed in Brazil?



Sure, but then it could be just that it was brought in another country while the person was on holiday, or away on an extended work assignment, or sent as a gift. Either way, the proof of purchase would not be local to the country and it would be deemed 'grey market'. With the case of the US and Canada, since there are no consumer cameras or lenses manufactured in either country there are no duties to be paid.

It happened to me a few years ago when was living temporarily in the US, I bought a Tokina lens there. One of the barrels came loose within the warranty period but I was back in Canada when that happened. THK Canada would not honor the warranty, even though they were just a contracted satellite of THK in the US. I did send it back to the US an they fixed it, but what a huge waste of time and effort. In that particular case, this was a one off situation where a screw came loose because it was not installed properly.

In our case here it's a widespread problem. I am just saying it would be cheaper and easier for Ricoh Japan to just admit the fault and authorize and pay for the repair locally. It would be easier and cheaper for them too.

Anyway, I don't want to get into another brawl over this You are all quite welcome to disagree with me. I just think in some cases where a company has made a large error they should be a little less petty about fixing it and take responsibility for there mistake rather than putting the onus on their faithful customers. Receipts get lost or destroyed all the time, If there any Candians on this forum, you all know what Canadian Tire receipts are like. They are intenionally designed to fade to unrecognizable in about 3 months.

Not that I have to worry about it. I bought mine at Canada's largest Pentax dealer, and unless they stiffed me with an illegal product I should be golden. That's if our designated repair center ever gets up and running. I just hope there are not too many folks left holding a useless camera after parting with their hard earned money.

Have a great father's day all you daddy's out there and may your K-3 behave!:)

---------- Post added 06-15-14 at 10:59 AM ----------



I have to hand it to them. They are going by the spirit rather than the letter of the rules. Kudos to them and I'll admit I'm a little jealous. It's nice to hear that in some small corners of the world there are companies that appreciate and respect their customers.

It's seen less and less these day's.
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-13-2014, 08:16 AM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By BillO
Replies: 928
Views: 133,936
I guess. This s a global problem though. Corporate Ricoh should stand up for their product and fund any repair, no matter where it was bought or serviced. It is still their product.

Just my opinion.
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-13-2014, 07:21 AM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By BillO
Replies: 928
Views: 133,936
Then they should be fixing all of them that get sent in for this problem.

The whole proof of purchase requirement seems like a "Well, if you lost your receipt, your out of luck" thing.

I wonder if that is really necessary since its obvious that if you have one it was bought less than a year ago..
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-13-2014, 05:42 AM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By BillO
Replies: 928
Views: 133,936
When did the K-3 originally go on sale?
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-11-2014, 10:54 AM  
K-3 failure - couldn't stop the mirror flapping up and down
Posted By BillO
Replies: 26
Views: 4,830
Complete rubbish. I asked for the equation that relates the loaded voltage with the mAh rating, and you did not give me one.

mAh is a rating of capacity and has nothing, zero, nada, niets, nichts, rien, nenio, nic, nekas, niente, ingenting to do with the voltage drop due to load, or the internal resistance.

An Energizer E91 alkaline 'AA' cell has a mAh rating of 2700 and an internal resistance of between 150 to 300 milliohms while and an Energizer E94 alkaline 'C' cell has a mAh rating of over 8000, 3 times as much as the E91, yet still has an internal resistance of 150 to 300 milliohms and will experience the same voltage drop at a given current at the E91.

Taking that a step further, the E95 'D' has a mAh rating of 20,000, nearly 7.5 times that of the E91, yet will still experience exactly the same voltage drop as the E91 given that same current draw. Why? because it has the same internal resistance of 150-300 milliohms.

Now please, stop spreading this misinformation. I am sorry you can't get this, but you are wrong and you'll do yourself a favor to face it.

E91, E93, E95

PS, this time I really am done. I obviously can't help you, and I can only hope others here do their own home work on this. It's simple stuff.
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