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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 2 Days Ago  
Fuji X series club
Posted By philanker2012
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You might wish to ask that question on the various threads about the new Pentax K3 :lol:

Seriously though, I use the tilt screen a lot on my XT3 for street photography when shooting from the hip for a different perspective.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-13-2020, 03:35 AM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By philanker2012
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Another vote here for the K&F. Fuji camera and Pentax glass make a great combination. Especially with older lenses that were designed to be used with manual aperture and focus.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-03-2020, 09:41 AM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By philanker2012
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Also have an XT3 and feel the same way. My old version of Lightroom 5.7 will also not process RAF files. I have used the Adobe DNG converter which is free which will handle the RAF files and convert them to DNG as I do not wish to pay Adobe every month for the CC version of Lightroom, which has RAF support.

Having been a long time Pentax user and self confessed expert :D I thought we all had to shoot RAW all the time. But, having read this forum I have started to use the Fuji jpeg files. I started by shooting RAW plus jpeg and was impressed with the jpegs. I am now moving towards shooting jpeg only.

It`s such a flexible jpeg system on the Fuji`s, not only with the default settings but there are so many variations available, great fun to try out the different settings and recipes available on line.
Go on.....you know you want to.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-25-2020, 09:41 AM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By philanker2012
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I do like the various jpeg simulations, almost spoilt for choice of which one to use. Then there are all the in camera tweaks that can be made to each simulation. certainly is in my view a jpeg shooters camera.

Not sure if it is a feature on the XT2 but the XT3 has a setting in the bracket mode that allows you to shoot three different film simulations in one shot. Takes a bit longer while buffering but gives an instant option of for example colour or mono.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-21-2020, 08:00 AM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By philanker2012
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How did you get on with your test of the focus confirmation with manual lenses? You appear to have nailed it in the shots you have posted.


I have been using my 135 f2.8 A lens again and getting some good results some of the time with it wide open. I use focus peaking with the colour set to red. Always easy to nail the focus if there is nothing behind the subject for the lens to focus on. A bit more difficult when the subject has something close behind for example somebody stood in front of a wall. Easier if the lens is stopped down a bit.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-03-2020, 10:08 AM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By philanker2012
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Fuji XT3 with Pentax SMC A 135mm
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-01-2020, 08:06 AM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By philanker2012
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Enjoy your new purchase. Lovely to use with old Pentax lenses and all those accessible dials on the top of the camera.


I am also getting used to using JPEG with my Fuji gear as my rather old version of Lightroom does not handle Fuji raw files very well. Shock, horror I have also been using it in full A mode with Fuji lenses and the results are good.

Still a stick in the mud with my Pentax gear using raw and either AV or TAV mode.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-17-2020, 07:32 AM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By philanker2012
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Fuji XT3 with Pentax SMC A 135mm f2.8 shot at f2.8
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-07-2020, 12:25 PM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By philanker2012
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If you like manual lenses the Fuji system is a great choice with the external control dials, a real bit of nostalgia. Plenty of different adapters as well so no problem using your manual Pentax lenses.

I have only just started using manual lenses on my XT3, with an SMC A 135mm lens and using focus peaking on the Fuji I have had some good results.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-01-2020, 03:10 PM  
One or the other need help on a 55-300 zoom lens??
Posted By philanker2012
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I also have KP. Previously had the former 55-300 which had good IQ as others have noted. The non PLM is well known for focus hunting on older bodies, this is improved on the KP as it does not hunt so much and is a bit faster at locking on.

I recently traded it in against the PLM lens. The IQ is as good, maybe better. The main difference is the focus speed. It really is fast with no hunting, so PLM is the way to go every day.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-06-2019, 08:36 AM  
"Gamine-- Channeling Leslie Caron and Louise Brooks." Thank you beloved ME Super.
Posted By philanker2012
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I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax KP 02-04-2019, 01:17 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By philanker2012
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40mm DA Ltd, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 400 with in camera filter Bold Monochrome
Forum: Pentax KP 01-14-2019, 11:56 AM  
Ordered a KP
Posted By philanker2012
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Page 105 of the manuel. I have LCD display option set to C1.

Once you get used to it a quick flip of the thumb brings up the info on the screen. One flip the other way turns it off again.
Forum: Pentax KP 01-03-2019, 12:59 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By philanker2012
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Pentax HD-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR Lens

f5.8, 1/400, ISO 1600 @ 300mm


Trying out my 55-300. The focus seems much snappier on the KP and does not hunt as much as on the K5.
Forum: Pentax KP 01-04-2019, 12:47 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By philanker2012
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The faster auto focus speed is very noticeable, makes the lens much more user friendly and less irritating to use.
Forum: Pentax KP 08-27-2018, 08:14 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By philanker2012
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Pentax KP, SMC DA 35mm f2.4 AL, ISO 400, f9, 1/100
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Using the bold monochrome in camera filter shooting in Raw+JPEG, the only post editing is a fairly heavy crop.

I only recently acquired the 35 mm plastic fantastic second hand but I am very impressed with the images it produces matched with the KP.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-24-2018, 03:33 AM  
shooting in black and white
Posted By philanker2012
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Or, shoot in Raw + jpeg with the in camera jpeg set to monochrome. You will then have two files, one the original Raw in colour the other being a mono jpeg. I find this method very effective with the Bold Monochrome setting in the KP. It also allows me in Live View to see in black and white.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-03-2018, 09:34 AM  
KP Impressions
Posted By philanker2012
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Got mine a few months ago when one of the dealers in the UK had a flash sale so I could afford to buy the grip and still not pass the RRP. The grip does make it feel like a different camera and is ideal with larger lenses.

My 50-135 has been converted to screw drive (bravely did it myself) and it rocks on the KP!!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-02-2018, 10:07 AM  
Age gap
Posted By philanker2012
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saw these two sat in a bus shelter.
Forum: Pentax KP 08-29-2018, 01:48 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By philanker2012
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The picture has a slightly waxy appearance as it was a heavy crop.


I really like the deep blacks and contrasting tones this setting produces. Not easy, or I have not found it easy to reproduce PP. Another bonus is that it allows me to "see" in black and white as the preview image when chimping is the JPEG mono. Plus, if not happy with the mono if shooting in RAW + the full image file is also there for PP.

I also have a user mode set for this filter so at the turn of the dial I am shooting in black and white. The only downside is the amount of time buffering while the in camera processing takes place, so if you are a machine gun shooter this is not for you.

KP, DA* 50-135mm, f2.8, ISO 400, 1/640s The only PP was a crop.
Forum: Pentax KP 08-28-2018, 12:43 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By philanker2012
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It was part of a street performance where members of the public could take part. All of the instructions were given over the headphones as they silently marched around. I liked the way that one of them was being a nonconformist and not looking ahead like the others.

---------- Post added 08-28-18 at 01:08 PM ----------


I have been out today in London shooting street using this mode and the majority of shots I have left mono with nothing more than a crop and straightening where necessary. It has definitely changed the way I will use the KP from now on.
Forum: Pentax KP 08-26-2018, 07:30 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By philanker2012
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Pentax KP, Sigma 10-20mm, f9, ISO 400, 1/250
The annual Mod weekender rally in Brighton

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Forum: Pentax KP 08-26-2018, 08:33 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By philanker2012
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Thanks for bringing this up. I have been experimenting with this filter and also using Raw+Jpeg, it produces some lovely tones with those deep blacks. Metering as you mention can be an issue as I found with some shots with too much sky in them, but against a solid background it works well.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-05-2018, 12:31 PM  
People Umbrella ellas
Posted By philanker2012
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Caught these two ladies chimping on their mobile phone after they had been posing under a local art installation.
Forum: Pentax KP 08-21-2018, 07:58 AM  
KP in the hand vs K5?
Posted By philanker2012
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To be truthful this is the only part of my new KP that I am not 100% happy with. The grip as you suggest is not as tall as the K5 or K70, both cameras that I own. It is not just as tall but is shaped differently, even with the larger of the three grips fitted. It is more rounded which gives less for your fingers to purchase on.

I only ever use a wrist strap and with previous cameras have always found a comfortable position with the camera hanging and the weight distributed between the wrist strap and my fingers wrapped around the grip.

I have recently purchased the battery grip to make life easier when using larger lenses, the Sigma 85mm f1.4 has the weight and dimensions of a dustbin ;-)

Since fitting the battery grip I now use my wrist strap and the bottom part of the battery grip when carrying the camera as it has a similar size and shape to other K series cameras.
This is my one and only negative criticism of the KP, which I have overcome by fitting the battery grip.
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