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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Yay! Ricoh Imaging will announce a new camera this month or next month! (Nokishita)
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 105
Views: 6,486
a 645C would be another FF possibility - and a big statement in more than one way.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-27-2018, 06:43 AM  
Capture One for Fuji Medium Format
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 6
Views: 375
Capture One will now support a competitor to the PhaseOne system, namely the Fuji GFX. It is the first rival medium format camera system to be supported - Pentax 645 has always been sidelined. Perhaps this is an opportunity to get the software for the 645Z too - it would be a real bonus.
Apologies if this has already been posted before - I did not find it in that case.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-20-2018, 05:43 PM  
Stripes on negatives
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 17
Views: 909
If you cannot see it on the negatives anywhere, it must be due to scanning. I read that an uneven or unstable position of a Screen Cezanne scanner can have such effects, don't know about the Fuji.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-17-2018, 03:17 PM  
Question about 645?
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 16
Views: 794
I usually shoot 6x6, mainly Rolleiflex 6008 i wit 2-3 lenses. But it's heavy, so sometimes I go for a 6x6 TLR (Rolleiflex 2.8C or Microflex).
More rarely, I like using a rangefinder (DeMaria LaPierre Telka III).

I have 35mm film but apart from less weight I find I'd rather use the larger format.

The only digital camera I have is my iPhone 8+, but I do plan on buying a Pentax K-1 one day. Already have the lightweight primes. That would be for convenience and weight.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-08-2018, 09:33 AM  
Is Medium Format Worth It?
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 20
Views: 2,279
One more thing: the ratio of 6x7, 6x6 and 6x4.5 is rather different than that of 35mm, and can be an inspirational change. I find these formats preferable to 2:3, which I only occasionally prefer (depending on subject).
All these cameras are old now, so do figure in TLC by a professional. The Pentax 645N is not difficult to master and has a built-in lightmeter and can be serviced.
The gear is heavier, and you may use a tripod sooner, too. That does not apply to a TLR (apart from Mamiya), which is very easy to use handheld (it has no mirror movement). Slow, for sure, because it will not have a lightmeter, but rewarding. And people on the street like TLRs, I always get positive comments which I never get for any other camera I use. But it takes a bit of time to get used to the flipped mirror perspective.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 08-14-2017, 04:42 PM  
Bag recommendation for medium format cameras
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 17
Views: 2,307
Billingham 550 to move everything (my 6008 plus three lenses, 3 backs, 2x converter and still space to fill).
If I want to be lighter and more compact, I get the 6008, three lenses, two backs into a Billingham 307 (without the detachable grip, which doesn't suit me).
Bags are waterproof and very durable.

Don't know about the size of the P67 or the Domke.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-29-2017, 05:42 PM  
Pentax 67
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 9
Views: 696
Because Boots pay their fair amount of taxes, Amazon doesn't
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-28-2017, 05:57 PM  
AF failure - SMC Pentax-FA 645 150mm F2.8
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 6
Views: 699
Mine did not need a new part.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-28-2017, 04:59 PM  
K-5 vs MZ-S vs LX vs PZ-1p vs ist*D vs K10D vs K20D vs K-7 vs.......
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 2
Views: 4,835
It's many years later but this post was suggested to me - probably on the basis of my search history ;)
I had the ME and KX. The KX was vastly superior in my view. It was a tank of a camera, mechanical, mirror lock-up and depth preview, and very easy to hold. The ME made decisions for you - something I didn't like. I sold my KX but sometimes regret it. I binned the ME.
It is funny now to see that the KX has the highest approval rate on the forum - even more than the LX, the camera I never had... I did own the K2 later, but preferred the KX. Never had the MX, which might have been a contender.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-25-2017, 09:42 PM  
AF failure - SMC Pentax-FA 645 150mm F2.8
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 6
Views: 699
I once had a 645 FA lens that stopped focussing, it had had a knock, and something inside had been misaligned. Was easily repaired by someone (whose name I don't recall, this was 4-5 years back).
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 04-20-2017, 12:57 PM  
Pentax K1 Sale
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 1
Views: 1,253
It says F1 in the title, not K1, and the actual image is of an analogue SuperA camera with 1.7/50mm A lens, a zoom lens, and one further lens (possoibly28mm), all looking like pre-aotofocus lenses.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-04-2017, 01:47 PM  
Are there any FA 77 limited - full frame - reviews available ?
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 45
Views: 3,093
Just for comparison, the Sigma 2.8/70mm numbers above were tested on a FF Canon; the more equivalent test on an APS-C Canon result in numbers more comparable to those of the 1.8/77mm Pentax Limited:



Compared to the 1.8/77mm, the Sigma only outdoes the Pentax at 2.8 at the borders (it does not have 1.8 of course), from f4 onwards the Pentax betters the Sigma (even though the test does not show all apertures of the Pentax for some reason).
Still, the numbers are not truly comparable, as the sensors differ, and the far more even numbers of the Sigma still stand out. But whether the Sigma beats the Pentax given the same sensor must remain open.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-03-2017, 02:32 PM  
New lenses
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 18
Views: 1,712
I was a bit harsh, but my point remains. If you compare it to other companies, the latter designed more new lenses than Pentax did in a long time. The availability of older Pentax designs just masks that, even though you rightly point out that good designs remain in place. I do not regret that.

I had hoped that Ricoh would beef up lens design after Hoya, but the evidence suggests they did not recruit more people for this purpose.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-01-2017, 01:49 PM  
New lenses
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 18
Views: 1,712
Point is, only the 25mm, 28-45mm, 55mm and the widely praised 90mm are new designs, and that took a lot of time. With the 25mm apparently withdrawn. And the 55mm initially with a mixed reception (which may have improved, but initially it was claimed that the old FA 45-85mm zoom outperformed the new DFA 55mm).

That there are legacy lenses available is true, but that does not prove active development.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-01-2017, 01:18 PM  
Are there any FA 77 limited - full frame - reviews available ?
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 45
Views: 3,093
Are the Sigma numbers taken with the same sensor as the 77mm ? If not, how comparable are those data?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-28-2017, 02:22 PM  
New lenses
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 18
Views: 1,712
Hasselblad have just announced four new lenses, in addition to the two they started with:

Hasselblad announces four new XCD lenses for the X1D medium format mirrorless camera | Photo Rumors

That's more than Pentax 645 in the last six years.
Same for Fuji.
They are not necessarily better, but they are far more pro-active.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-26-2017, 09:55 AM  
How will the new DFA85 1.4 be better than the FA85?
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 39
Views: 2,542
The FA 85mm is designed for portraits, however less for landscape with infinity sharpness. So the character of the new lens may be different, assuming they will plop for overall sharpness. All this remains speculation of course, but the distinction between near and far subject sharpness is one to consider.
Then again weight. The new lens is less likely to be lighter.
Forum: General Photography 02-25-2017, 01:29 PM  
eBay "New from... Not USA" - Why do I care as long as it is a good price?
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 31
Views: 1,995
I would always want insurance and tracking. My bad experiences have only been with US sellers and one Dutch seller as it happens. My best with European (esp. Italian) sellers. I'm based in the U.K. with Dutch citizenship.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-23-2017, 12:55 PM  
What to expect from new DFA 50mm f/1.4 and DFA 85mm
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 10
Views: 2,227
I had the DP2 and 3 Merrill, and these lenses were far more than just sharp. They really rendered very nicely. I had a hard time selling them just because of the first stunning photos I took with them. (I did in the end because I'm still using my Rolleiflexes more.)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-23-2017, 12:50 PM  
Lens line up at the cp+ 2017
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 76
Views: 3,843
The performance and lens design of these two new lenses will be very interesting. The 85mm was long overdue, and to differentiate it from the 77mm, or to compete with the recent Sigma art 85mm, its performance will make for interesting testing/reading. Idem for the 50mm.
As someone else remarked, a fast 28mm would not go amiss either, although I will not need it personally.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-20-2017, 05:21 PM  
645 and CP+ 2017
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 31
Views: 2,523
I had that lens and it was very good stopped down (like equalling the 120mm) but slightly more soft wide open, as in: designed for portraits. A great lens, but nowadays, I guess more would be expected. Design a new one, I'd say, and that's not without great affection for this lens.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-20-2017, 07:02 AM  
Aperture ring FA Limited does not function on K-x
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 12
Views: 604
Ah, I was under the impression this only applied to K- and M-lenses. Always imagined A-lenses would work normally in Av-mode—which they do, just not with the aperture ring. Thanks for the clarification. It is nicer anyway to have the aperture value in the viewfinder.



Don't seem to find this option under the Green button menu item.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-20-2017, 05:28 AM  
Aperture ring FA Limited does not function on K-x
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 12
Views: 604
I recently acquired two FA lenses which I used on a K-x to test them. One is the FA 1.9/43, another Tamron AF Macro 2.8/90mm.
In Av mode, I can easily change the aperture by using the scroll wheel on the back of the camera, with the lens aperture ring on the A-setting.

But I cannot change the aperture by using the aperture ring on the lens itself, it remains full open, whatever position I take it, and the viewfinder gives no value for the aperture either. [Aperture ring is set to permitted in the menu.] This value is shown when the lens is switched to A. Not being able to use the aperture ring seems odd.
This applies to both lenses, which seem to be fine, so that I suspect that I'm either missing something, or the camera has an issue. Any ideas?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-12-2017, 08:46 PM  
Pentax-A 645 45-85mm f4.5 reviews?
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 12
Views: 1,720
I seem to remember that the A 45-85mm is optically identical to the later FA version. The latter is very good, esp. at 45 and 55, where it betters the primes.
I loved the results, but it was quite heavy for me, and I ultimately prefer primes for personal reasons (fixed lengths makes for a different way of looking).
No harm in trying, anyway, if you like it or not! Won't lose much if you don't.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-28-2017, 07:44 PM  
Thinking about buying a Pentax 645 v1, but have questions...
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 12
Views: 1,245
It's some time ago since I had one, but I never had issues with a dark viewfinder, although the 645N has a brighter one indeed. But the 645 is not bad.

The 645 felt more solid as a camera than the 645N too, but if the battery holder has issues, I would not risk it. Unless it is cleaning up, but I'd ask that to be done by the seller.

The 645 has diopter correction, but do check whether it works, I seem to remember that some copies would start to slide, i.e. it would not stay in one position even without really touching it. This can be repaired I think, but that adds cost.

The EV compensation is by full stops only (so you need to use ISO dialling instead sometimes).

Otherwise, great camera. I had one, then had a 645N for the AF, but then I fell in love with 6x6 and after leaving an entire system in the cupboard for several years, I sold it. But I still remember it fondly, and I still have a 35mm 645-A lens for the eschatological project of owning a digital 645. One day.
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