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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-22-2021, 07:17 PM  
AF-C of K-3III is impressive
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 670
Views: 66,619
I don't want to gang up but this guy does not appear to be an ambassador. If his conclusions are similar to the ambassadors isn't that good? If it confirms what the ambassadors were saying rather than us just having to believe the ambassadors words isn't that a good thing. It's another data point providing additional evidence of several noted improvements identified by the ambassadors.

We all have to make our own judgements on ambassador reviews, assorted Youtube reviewers, user reviews and so-called expert review sites such as DPReview. Note: I no longer think much of DPreview but they are unfortunately an influential review site.

Anyway, I am happy the mythical K3 III is in hands of actual real people now. Yay!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-16-2021, 05:50 AM  
Pentax K-3iii available for pre-order in Australia
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 366
Views: 16,965
Biggest problem with Fujifilm is the x-trans sensor. Some love it but I don't.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 04-13-2021, 10:39 PM  
Why I won't be buying a K3 iii (maybe) and why I will be (possibly).
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 22
Views: 1,363
As a fellow Melbournian good luck in your job hunt.

My job is also about to cease in a few months so I kinda know how you feel.
Forum: Pentax KP 03-11-2021, 04:22 PM  
KP,the last good value Pentax?
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 26
Views: 1,797
I don't want to turn this into a KP vs K-70 thread but with the KP you do get the much quieter shutter mechanism, much reduced risk of aperture block failure, battery grip option, more advanced AF system.

As to it's value, I think a lot of it is to do with timing. As a long lived model it is now relatively inexpensive especially since over the lifetime of the product camera's have gone up in price not down.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-06-2021, 05:02 PM  
KP on special 36% off @ Adorama
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 82
Views: 6,962
The Adorama KP with Flashpoint flash deal is stupendous value. Congrats!!!!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-04-2021, 01:01 AM  
Tanaka san - Wakashiro san online seminar about K-3 III (CP+ 2021)
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 135
Views: 14,797
If one doesn't like the accelerator unit in the new K3 III they don't have to buy it.

For me it's a non-issue if it's similar to the KP's. I for one made my own assessment when I bought the KP. I'd rather have the accelerator unit with its processing applied to the images than live with a camera I had to post-process my images for a similar result.

Each to there own but no need to devalue views of people who have no issue with having the accelerator unit. Their view is worth no less than a person who has the opposite opinion.

I repeat, if it's such a negative issue don't buy the camera.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-02-2021, 04:33 AM  
Tanaka san - Wakashiro san online seminar about K-3 III (CP+ 2021)
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 135
Views: 14,797
Not really interested in these super high iso examples but if the improvement is real at say iso 12,800 then I'd be very happy. I set auto-iso on KP go to 6,400, so one full stop on this with equal or marginally better image quality would be a real gain for me.

AF improvement;
1.05 magnification ovf; and
Improved iso

are enough for me to get this camera if the price is within range.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-21-2021, 08:41 PM  
HD 77mm f/1.8 LTD!
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 236
Views: 19,840
If some of the CA is removed this is great. The new DFA 85mm F1.4 is great but heavy and costly for lots of us. This updated HDFA 77mm is hopefully a nice update. Also shows some kind of commitment to the brand which is a background worry with the delay to the K3 III.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-17-2021, 06:44 PM  
KP on special 36% off @ Adorama
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 82
Views: 6,962
This is why I said this deal was fantastic and that inclusion of the flash should be included in the thread title!!!

By including the Flashpoint Zoom Li-on X R2 TTL Round Flash Speedlight in this deal even if you don't want to learn or use an external flash you can always sell it off.

By the way, in my opinion this is the best available flash for Pentax DSLR users. This flash opens the door to the wider Godox flash system.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-10-2020, 08:48 PM  
Godox TT 660
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 3
Views: 534

I think this is an all manual flash, so no P-TTL.

In the Godox range, for a traditional flash with P-TTL you are limited to:
  • Godox V1-P

  • Godox TT350P

It's limited but better than nothing.

Godox also have plenty of other larger lights, eg, AD200, you can use in P-TTL with the appropriate trigger, eg, XPro-P.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-07-2020, 07:21 PM  
X2T-P or XPro?
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 33
Views: 2,550
Well, I have the XPro-P.

Anyway, the problem you will have for comparisons is that most people have one or the other but not both (regards XPro-P and X2T).

I only have the XPro-P so my comments are:
  • It's pretty intuitive;

  • It's good have all five groups on screen at once;

  • Firmware is pretty easy to upgrade (I updated it last night).

Not related to the trigger but to the Godox eco-system itself, it's great having such a wide selection of possible strobes and larger lighting options combined with built-in wireless rx (dependent on model) and lithium-ion battery options.

My main negatives to the XPro-P would be:
  • 1.2V AA rechargeable batteries don't work well;

  • the circular dial could rotate with a nicer motion (the circular dial on the V1-P flash rotates much nicer).

My final comment would be that the more frequently you use it the easier it gets to use. No brainer you say but its true. Watch a good Youtube how-to video and you're good to go.

Most things on the XPro are pretty obvious in use but here are two shortcuts:
  • Reset trigger (Hold down two center buttons in top row of trigger for two seconds)

  • Switch between Zoom/Channel (long press on top left Zoom/Channel button). This is the only dual purpose button on the trigger.

There are so many reviews on Youtube that that would be an easier way to compare the triggers than ask for feedback here. I know you probably won't find a Pentax comparison using the triggers but the comparison still holds.

The XPro was generally regarded as easily the best Godox trigger up to the time it was released. I can't say anything about the X2T other than I am not tempted to buy it.

Best of luck with your decision.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-29-2020, 03:43 PM  
Godox V1/Flashpoint R2 at Adorama $140 off
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 9
Views: 1,032
I don't own but I just ordered it.

Check out this review:
Round Heads are All the Rage: Fstoppers Reviews the Godox V1 | Fstoppers

In the review if you view the picture of the umbrella you can scroll to the far left and far right to see how it projects light into an umbrella vs a fresnel head flash. The difference is very noticeable.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-29-2020, 05:52 PM  
Godox V1/Flashpoint R2 at Adorama $140 off
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 9
Views: 1,032
I own the AD200 as well. It's a great light.

We have to be thankful that Godox supports Pentax. It's definitely improved the flash and larger lighting options for us.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 08-20-2020, 03:13 PM  
Pentax K-3 II successor on September 2020
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 977
Views: 94,127
People seem to be forgetting inflation of pricing in the camera market. Prices of five years ago do not apply to the current camera market. Prices are rising for all camera makers.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-01-2020, 04:35 PM  
Hello, from an Aussie in Germany!
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 16
Views: 1,167
Welcome aboard from lock downed Melbourne.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-15-2020, 01:15 AM  
A comparison between DFA 85, FA 85 and A 85
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 47
Views: 3,320
It is clearly a step up from the Sigma HSM 85mm F1.4 in Pentax mount. I have a copy of this lens. It has CA and inconsistent AF. I can't justify the price of the new DFA 85mm but if I had the cash I would be sorely tempted.

Don't know how it compares to the Art version though.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-02-2020, 08:49 PM  
DFA 85mm f/1.4 Now on Ricoh's Website
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 623
Views: 33,215
I agree with you.

I was just trying to put things in context for some people who seem to think the price is extreme.

If the MTF charts are accurate and the AF on the K1 or K3 III (when it comes out) is good, I personally think it's a fair price. Not cheap but fair. Quality counts plus its a full frame lens as well NOT Aps-c or M43's.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-02-2020, 04:10 PM  
DFA 85mm f/1.4 Now on Ricoh's Website
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 623
Views: 33,215
People should be aware that camera and lens prices have escalated across all manufacturers. Not only Ricoh.

Look at the price of the Olympus E-M5 III. This is m43 and costs US$1,199 or over $1,500 Australian dollars.

The Fujifilm XF 50-140mm F2.8 is US$1,299 on sale or $1,700+ Australian dollars for an APS-C only lens.

You cannot compare prices from a few years back as those prices generally no longer apply. Camera and Lens manufacturers have gradually been increasing prices over the last few years.

Just these two examples illustrate to some degree the escalation in camera equipment pricing and this is for equipment for sensors smaller than full frame.

This isn't a get out of jail card for Ricoh but more to demonstrate that higher prices isn't only a Ricoh thing.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-28-2020, 10:38 PM  
HD Pentax-D FA 70-210mm f/4 ED SDM WR
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 1,461
Views: 130,571
It's a bit more than just a re-brand.

We get:
- Focus limiter;
- Pentax lens coatings (assumption);
- Pentax lens corrections (assumption);
- 100% AF compatibility (as opposed to reverse-engineered AF).

We lose:
Image stabilization.

It's a bit more than a re-brand. Maybe not much but there is still a difference.
Forum: Pentax KP 01-22-2020, 10:18 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 3,381
Views: 321,347
Elise Mertens at the Australian Open 2020. KP with Sigma 70-200mm HSM II.

---------- Post added 01-22-20 at 10:28 PM ----------

Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open 2020. KP with Sigma 70-200mm HSM II.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-28-2019, 03:06 PM  
Pentax verses Godox
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 26
Views: 2,301
You are basically comparing an old generation sensor against a new generation sensor. A better comparison would be against a K70 or KP. I think then you will find that the Pentax are definitely an equal to Fujifilm, if not better due to the X-trans sensor having a few issues. I have a K3 and a KP and high iso is like night and day in the KP's favour.

Google waxy skin and worms in landscapes and you'll find some of the negative aspects of X trans. I have an X-E1 that I bought cheap to try Fujifilm and the waxy skin at high iso is very evident. Note this is first generation Fujifilm but when the X-E2 was released apparently high iso skin photo's were even worse. If I was a landscape photographer I'd stay clear of Fujifilm while if I was into portraits I'd do some serious research on the waxy skin issue first. Certainly try them if you are interested but do the research is my advice.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-23-2019, 04:19 PM  
77mm vs Sigma 85mm
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 94
Views: 5,539
At least with the KP it has face-detect AF in Liveview. Doesn't work so well that well in AF-C but in AF-S it is actually very good and worth a try with fast lenses.

I was pleasantly surprised with how effective it is to use.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-03-2019, 05:51 PM  
Size comparizon between DA* 16-50 and DA* 11-18.
Posted By Batman_
Replies: 22
Views: 3,512
Well with the KP you can set the "new" function dial to AE and use the new 3rd command dial to change the AE mode. So you still have direct access to AE control if you want.

The Batman
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