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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Just for fun, build a camera within USD 1300 budget
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I imagine the next Pentax APS-C flagship would fall in that MSRP. All the strengths of the K-3, with improvements as introduced
in the KP, K-1 and K-70. That would satisfy me just fine.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-09-2019, 04:18 AM  
Redcat 250mm f/4.9 - maybe
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Ideation! Without question the most cromulent word I've read in a very long time.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-06-2019, 09:58 PM  
Wish for a 4:3 or 5:4 sensor
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Circular is certainly unrealistic as long as multiple sensors are being cut from a larger wafer. How about a hexagonal sensor? Hexagons
fill the plane, more efficiently than squares or rectangles. Of course, monitors and pictures frames are not typically hexagonal so you'll
inevitably be cropping away those extra corners. 1:1, ie, square, seems the most ideal IMO. Not ever needing to rotate the camera for
a portrait seems reason enough to cut all sensors 1:1. Besides, no matter what the sensor ratio, you will find need to crop, eventually.
So why not just start square and crop as need when you want a rectangle? I always loved the square format on film and have been
pining for a digital equivalent.
Forum: General Photography 02-06-2019, 05:54 PM  
Kerplop...Kerplop... DOH!
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Replies: 28
Views: 993
Put them in a box filled with rice to absorb any internal moisture.
Forum: General Photography 02-04-2019, 11:53 AM  
An old warning about third party lenses
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Replies: 15
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Good points. Though I disagree naming names would imply the unnamed are granted official warranted status. There would be
three categories; known safe and official, (Asahi products), known unsafe, (the identified culprits), and the unknown. Identifying
a known unsafe doesn't give status to unknowns either way. Agreed that legally proving a product is unsafe would be a tricky
act, and thus generically suggesting anything un-Asahi 'might' be unsafe is the safest course of action for Asahi.
Forum: General Photography 02-04-2019, 09:09 AM  
An old warning about third party lenses
Posted By tvdtvdtvd
Replies: 15
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That's a nifty artifact from a bygone age. Blatant fear mongering without substantiation and not hint of a legal disclaimer, (aside from referencing
the warranty).

Asahi has gone as far as identifying the problem but rather than helpfully detailing which lenses and brands appear to be problematic,
they decide to flaunt the fear of no warranty support should one contemplate the heinous act of brand disloyalty.

Despite the details in the header, (To: Asahi Pentax Customers), the last paragraph suggests this letter was not sent directly to customers
but rather to retailers, who presumably were left with the task of tactfully reinforcing the dangers of using inferior gear.

In other news, 4 out of 5 dentists recommend Trident and smoking cigarettes is good for asthmatics.


(Disclaimer: I'm not bashing Asahi. I'm as loyal to their products as anyone. Variations of that letter were issued by many a company
in regard to many a problem across many a product, from cars to washing machines to cameras. One can argue until they're blue in the
face whether today's rambling legalese is any better than fire and brimstone fear mongering.)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-21-2019, 08:49 PM  
Lenses getting heavier?
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Replies: 76
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And this surprises who? I've been bellyaching for few years now about the ultra-fast, uber-corrected lens arms races that's been
happening among lens manufactures. Sure, it's fine as an option but how many people REALLY need a 20/1.4? Sadly these
behemoths have become the norm as reviews and raves are based in large part on numbers that look good on a chart.

It's nice, though ironic, to finally see press coverage acknowledging this 'issue'. I anticipate additional articles to come as more
and more journalists 'discover' this trend, (seriously, how was it not obvious even as it was occurring?), and perhaps even a few
pining for those glory days of smartly designed lenses which actually fit into your pocket and didn't require a wheeled bag to

Yes indeed we as Pentaxians can be content with our Limiteds, though it's important to note that no new Limited has been released
for some years. I do cling to the hope that compactness is still a bullet item somewhere in the design requirements for Pentax gear.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-15-2019, 04:17 PM  
Selling off gear - which goes first?
Posted By tvdtvdtvd
Replies: 15
Views: 1,076
I have boxes of stuff I 'need/should' sell, the result of serious LBA a few years back. Most of it it piddling stuff which
might earn $20 here, $50 there, so it's easy to push it off. However, I have already culled everything and know what
I will sell, someday.

First question to ask yourself: What do I actually use? Be truthful and honest. I have approximately twenty 50mm lenses but
I only use 2 or 3 with any regularity. Anything you don't use with any regularity should be fair game to sell.

Next ask: If I sell this item, will I find myself wanting? Again, be truthful and honest. I know I like having the idea of
twenty different 50mm lenses, each with its own little quirk and character, but will I really miss that Pentagon? Do I really
need K, M, A versions of 2, 1.7 & 1.4? I managed to cull my 50mm collection down to about six lenses, the rest I can
easily sell. If really pushed, I could pair down to perhaps as few as three, (one Helios, one Tak, one K-mount).

Finally ask: If I sell this item, will I be able to replace it if I need/want/regret? Be very, very honest. I know I have very
little, if anything, that is irreplaceable. The rarest thing I own is an Alpa 40/3.5 Makro-Kilar in M42 mount. Rare, worth a
few nickles, but not irreplaceable.

Use those guidelines as you go through your collection. Once you get into the right mindset, you'll be surprised how much
you can actually part with.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-14-2019, 10:11 PM  
Ricoh booth at CP+
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Replies: 192
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I would love a genuine PETAX sticker.

It's possible. The official Ricoh page for the DFA50* originally said 'PETAX'. Most surprisingly, the misspelling remained for several
days. Presumably, proof reading is of very low priority at Ricoh. Perhaps, they periodically bring in an intern to do the job and
no updates happen until the intern's next visit. :p
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-05-2019, 10:01 AM  
Pentax HD FA price jumps...
Posted By tvdtvdtvd
Replies: 23
Views: 1,471
A manufacturer's reminder that the sale price is not the new norm nor an indication of a downward trend and thus buy while the
sale is on, rather than waiting to for a sale on the sale?

That's just a guess. Strictly speaking, I'm a retailer, (I sell my artwork, and I sell mineral specimens), but I don't do sales.
I set the price and that's it. I will 'blow out' old stock every now and again with a dramatically reduced price, but I don't fiddle
with up and down pricing, seasonal sales and all that nonsense. IMO, it trains the customer to wait for the sale rather than
buying when they want it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-03-2019, 03:46 PM  
Should i let Dxomark make me down or not?
Posted By tvdtvdtvd
Replies: 43
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My images look good, (or bad), regardless of DXO scores. I am always surprised this company manages to carry so
much weight and respect. Then again, if you only take pictures of test charts then I suppose DXO may have some merit....
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-31-2018, 05:01 PM  
HELP with next lens purchase!
Posted By tvdtvdtvd
Replies: 58
Views: 1,872
I think you're on the right path. The FA77 is a phenomenal lens. It is one of my most used lenses and I doubt you would be disappointed.
Great portrait lens. Its only caveat is that it has a bit of reach on APS-C, which can be good or bad depending on how and where you're
using it.

You also definitely have a glaring lack of macro, so the DFA100 Macro would also be a fine choice. Not as versatile as the FA77, but
indespensible if you want to shoot macro. Personally, I find macro lenses a bit addictive and currently have macros in 35, 40, 50, 70,
90 & 100mm.

I'd recommend the FA77. It's a bigger bite and that gift card makes it much easier to attain. There are a plethora of good macro lenses
that can be had for $100-$200; much easier to attain at a later date on a modest budget.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 12-31-2018, 10:32 AM  
Auto 110 Prices - crazy or what?
Posted By tvdtvdtvd
Replies: 16
Views: 822
I thought the same thing when I was looking for 110 lenses four years ago. Since then I've noticed prices vary widely; they did then and they do now.
I've noticed the same with C-mount lenses as well. Obviously there is demand for both as adapted lenses on Q or m4/3, but there is also a large supply
still yet available. Be patient and reasonably price 110 lenses will surface.

I actually paid a mid to high price, ($110), in 2015 for a 110 kit with 18mm, 24mm & 50mm with aluminum presentation case. Price paid would have
been reasonable had the kit been complete but there were a few caps and accessory lenses missing. Since then I've seen similar kits priced for
anywhere between $40 and $200. I managed to followup with bargain purchases on the 70mm ($10) and 20-40mm ($25).
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 12-27-2018, 04:51 PM  
Band Arch Enemy Is slammed for dissing photog.
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Replies: 57
Views: 2,116
Oh, but the unruly mobs just >LOVE< a chance to get out their pitchforks. Their day to day lives are so dreary otherwise.

Well said, BigMack. A public tarring and feathering is hardly a civilized or just resolution, at very least not as a first, (or even early to mid), course of action.

I have no idea who this band is, nor the photographer. But this sort of public trial is all too common. The same lot who would scoff at our ancestors for actually tarring and feathering an individual are nonetheless quick to do so with modern methods.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-14-2018, 01:02 PM  
Ricoh holiday specials - K1MkII bundled kit: $1900
Posted By tvdtvdtvd
Replies: 19
Views: 1,729
The text does not specify a lens. I would not expect a lens and if one arrived I'd chalk it as a bonus. On the other hand, if
the bag showed up and it was the size shown in the photograph I'd be surprised and disappointed but nonetheless accept
it as 'represented'. Heck, considering nothing of the lens is shown except the front, the bundle could include a paper dummy
lens with a photograph of a front element on it and be as represented in the photo.

I'm still more bothered by the lack of specs. The 'bundle' could arrive sans strap, battery, warranty card, etc. None of that
is stated as being included in this bundle.

In short, not in the text, not guaranteed in the bundle. Received in addition to what's in the text, bonus.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-14-2018, 11:19 AM  
Ricoh holiday specials - K1MkII bundled kit: $1900
Posted By tvdtvdtvd
Replies: 19
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The bag is also not to scale. Does that mean there is confusion whether the bag is actually the size shown relative to the camera?

I would never take the photo as gospel, certainly not over what is actually written in text. I have bigger issue with the fact that
no specs, or link to specs, are given for camera, grip, bag, etc. Such information is de rigueur for tech equipment and to leave it
up to the buyer to track this down is beyond lazy.
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-23-2018, 10:22 AM  
D-LI90 Battery
Posted By tvdtvdtvd
Replies: 15
Views: 1,100
I have a pair of Wasabi 190 clones that I swap with my one genuine battery. The Wasabis do indeed work fine but they only hold about 2/3rd the charge of the genuine. They've been like that ever since they were new. After about four years of usage, one of the Wasabis has finally begun to
die, as the last couple charging cycles has produced perhaps 40% of the charge I get from my genuine battery.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-02-2018, 11:03 AM  
Hedging your bets, or how do I not stress about buying Pentax lenses?
Posted By tvdtvdtvd
Replies: 35
Views: 1,657
If Pentax closed shop tomorrow, the first thing I would do is buy a couple new bodies, (low shutter count = longest possible life expectancy).
Then I'd wait for the panicky folk to start selling gear and >then< scoop up all the lenses I wanted but didn't yet own.

Those DA Limiteds will continue to work with Pentax DSLRs for many years to come, regardless whether new bodies are being made.
They work, (and will continue to work), with not only APS-C but also on the FF K-1 and with an adapter on the Q system. I personally
own two DA Limiteds, (35 Macro and 15mm), and they are among my most frequently used lenses. I suggest you pick one in the
focal length you need most and give it a try. My guess is you'll love the lens and will find yourself pining for more.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-26-2018, 08:16 AM  
Can someone identify this Pentax ballhead clamp thingie? For 67?
Posted By tvdtvdtvd
Replies: 14
Views: 1,169
Or perhaps ceiling mounted, clamped to an articulated armature with a scope thingy at the end.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-26-2018, 03:16 AM  
Can someone identify this Pentax ballhead clamp thingie? For 67?
Posted By tvdtvdtvd
Replies: 14
Views: 1,169
Looks like a boom clamp of some sort. Perhaps from the medical division?
Forum: General Photography 10-24-2018, 11:03 PM  
The Future of Photography is Code
Posted By tvdtvdtvd
Replies: 68
Views: 2,821
Modern smart devices are truly a wonder. My 'old' IPhone 6 takes really great photographs which look good without any additional processing.
Color rendition, white balance, exposure, etc, are all very good to excellent, and I don't have to tweak a single setting to make that happen.
Newer smart devices have only improved in capability. Yes, I can take a better photograph with my K3, but I have to work for it. I do think it's
time the grandaddies of photography, (Pentax, Canon, Nikon, etc), put a little more R&D into the intelligent processing capabilities of their cameras.
Not as a replacement for RAW photography but as an adjunct. I do think there will be a place for 'real light' photography for many years to come
but that doesn't mean a modern DSLR can't do much better when set to full auto mode, (or even partial auto).
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-18-2018, 06:06 PM  
Welcome to Marwen
Posted By tvdtvdtvd
Replies: 9
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I very much doubt Ricoh paid for product placement for a 40+ year old, OOP camera.

Very cool indeed, but nostalgic memories for Pentax of yesterday are not in short supply. I was >REALLY< excited to
see a KP or K-1 or even a K-r, but alas....... Yes, yes, it could have been an AE-1 or F1 or even an Olympus Pen and
we may all be thankful that it wasn't, but I doubt this will really do much to bolster the current brand image.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-16-2018, 10:17 AM  
Any reason *not* to use Winder on my ME Super?
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Replies: 11
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What is not stated here is the relative amount of use these cameras were put to. If cameras with winders were, for example, 5x more
common in the repair shop than cameras without winders, how many more pictures did those winder-ed cameras take? I suspect
anyone with a winder is apt to shoot much more liberally than someone without. More shots taken, more wear on the camera, not
necessarily related to the winder itself. It is possible the winder is putting extra stress on the camera, but I suspect cameras with
winders inherently see more use, (more actuations), than cameras without.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-05-2018, 08:01 PM  
Macro 1:1, tubes vs. converter performance
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Replies: 7
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I would think the optical system would give you better working distance but perhaps reduced resolution because of the extra glass.
Extension tubes shouldn't alter the light path, so no direct drop in resolution but you will have a bit of light drop-off, (reduction in speed).

Most of my experience is simply using extensions tubes. I do have the Vivitar 90/2.5, but not its 1:1 adapter.
Forum: General Photography 10-04-2018, 12:07 AM  
What's the worst thing that happen to you when you tried to take a photo?
Posted By tvdtvdtvd
Replies: 11
Views: 766
Geology field camp, Canyonlands National Park. We camped on the Mesa. Next morning I took a look around to take some pictures,
(had a hand-me-down Yashica TL Electro at the time). Just below the top of the mesa are a series of shallow caves cut into the sandstone,
formed by water and blowing wind. As these caves get deeper the roofs eventually collapse and here and there were large slabs of
sandstone on the ground. As sandstone weathers it releases grains of sand, and loose sand on stone can be slippery.

I found a large slab of sand stone perched at a scenic spot clear of vegetation and affording a nice view. I settled down and took a
few pictures. Now as it happens the slab I was sitting on was angled slightly, (5 degrees), towards the cliff edge. When I tried to
get up from my sitting position my foot slipped and the momentum coupled with the slight angle caused me to slide on the slab. I
immediately splayed out flat but still managed to slide a couple feet before I stopped. Caught my breath, then slowly turned
around and inched my way over to the cliff edge. 400ft drop.

I never told a sole back at camp what had happened, (I was too embarrassed). Definitely the closest I've ever come to an instant death.
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