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Forum: Pentax K-1 4 Hours Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Fenwoodian
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Today I Leitax adapted 3 lenses to Pentax K mount ( Leica R 135/2.8 ; Nikkor 135mm/2.8 AIS ; and Olympus Zuiko 50/1.2 ). Below is one of the test photos I took with the Oly on my K-1. This minty lens only cost me about $300. I like its' razor thin DOF wide open. Also, its' bokeh is very creamy. Here's the Leitax instructions for adapting it to K mount if anyone's interested.

The Oly 50/1.2 lens is a tiny/lightweight lens. Good colors, a little vignetting wide open, significant green fringing wide open, and it has below average contrast wide open. It's what I'd call medium sharp - while sharper than most vintage lenses its' no where near as sharp as better modern lenses (e.g. Pentax DFA 50/1.4). But if you like thin DOF and creamy bokeh, it just might be worth putting up with its' shortcomings to get the nice bokeh.

[IMG]Bell Chimes by Dave Weber, on Flickr[/IMG]
Forum: Pentax K-3 10 Hours Ago  
Why I will buy a K-3 III
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 132
Views: 5,359
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Some of my friends who are primarily stills shooters are now including short videos of their chosen subjects in their social media and/or websites. They are finding that their customers like to see both. For example, a friend recently shot both stills and video of a nest of baby great horned owls. The stills were good, but watching the mother actually feeding the chicks in a video was terrific and I think helped sell the story behind his still photos.

So, if you are shooting stills of something that moves, having a DSLR with good video capability gives one the option to quickly switch from stills to video. Stills photographers who also need to be able to shoot good video usually don't have the budget to buy dedicated video cameras; and most would not have the interest in carrying two systems (and taking the time to continually switch over from stills to a dedicated video camera).

1080P is not at all competitive with 4K. 4K is these days what is needed to be competitive. Just because you don't ever shoot video does not negate the importance of having good 4K video in your digital camera. Cameras need to be made for everyone, not just the few, and that's why camera manufactures need to include so many features that not everyone needs. For example, I've never used GPS, catch in focus, horizon tilting, or astro photography features on my Pentax K-1 cameras. However, I understand why Pentax put them in - to sell K-1 cameras to a broader group of potential customers. So, it's OK that you don't shoot video, but realize, that state of the art video must be included in a new flagship digital camera, or the camera manufacturer will be severely restricting their potential customer base.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11 Hours Ago  
How does Pentax AF-C compare to other brands?
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 81
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Why should we even care about this ancient study? It was published in 2017, and the actual testing was likely done in 2016. The cameras they tested (many of which I've owned) are now 2 generations old (Fuji X-T1, Nikon D7200). However, it's sure nice to know that the current Pentax APS-C flagship (K3ii) held up well in it's day with these ancient competitors cameras. MEH...

Also, I don't understand their selection of cameras for this study. Some were Micro 4/3, and others were APS-C. Is that fair? Also, why no full frame cameras in this study?

If this study were done today pitting the Pentax K3ii vs competitors current APS-C / M4/3 flagship cameras (Fuji XT3, Nikon D500, Olympus M1X, etc.) , I expect the results would be very different.

Having said that... I have little doubt that the next Pentax APS-C flagship camera (released next year?) will be a huge improvement over the K3ii, and a camera body that will (for it's price range) be the next new leader of the pack..

In photography, gear tech is continually changing. It seems like every few months a new champion is crowned.
Forum: General Talk 23 Hours Ago  
Northrop and co...
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 10
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Google Adsense money has dried up. So, Northrups must think that they need to sensationalize and offer controversial click bait in an effort to recoup some of their lost ad revenue.

I never understood why Tony ( a technically a fairly sharp guy ) started putting his wife on the air a few years ago. She's a house wife and part time model, with no prior photography education or experience. Some of the things she says are off the wall, technically incorrect, and sometimes even offensive. She really hates older photographers and puts them down every chance she gets.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 3 Days Ago  
Help! Dropped Silver KP - Flash housing cracked. Any advice?
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 23
Views: 635
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Great idea, that's what I'd do. Just leave it as is. Shoot it for a few months. When you hear that the new Pentax flagship is about to be released, sell this KP camera. Even with the crack, I suspect you'd still get a decent price for it, and then you'd be replacing it with the next Pentax "Super Camera".
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 3 Days Ago  
Help! Dropped Silver KP - Flash housing cracked. Any advice?
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 23
Views: 635
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UV glue is very hard to use. I've used it before for reglueing separated optical elements. For this job, I'd probably use a high quality two part epoxy - much more forgiving than UV glue.

I've used gaffers tape on broken camera bodies before. It usually holds up for a month or two and is then easily replaced. Not sure if it comes in a silver color. Put the gaffers tape on top of the glued joint and it would be incredibly strong. Of course if you use tape, then you could no longer use the pop up flash).
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 3 Days Ago  
Help! Dropped Silver KP - Flash housing cracked. Any advice?
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 23
Views: 635
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What I do in similar situations is make a temporary fix , then watch ebay for similar items that are broken. If you are patient, you will often find a broken item for a very reasonable cost.

You might have to wait a year or more, but eventually, a cheap KP that's hopelessly broken and being sold for parts will show up.

Then, once you've obtained the needed part, replace the broken piece yourself. If you don't have a camera/lens shop like me, then maybe you can find some third party to do it for you.
Forum: Pentax K-1 3 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 23,212
Views: 1,958,406
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It was a hot one...

[IMG]Roof Collapsing On Neighbor's House by Dave Weber, on Flickr[/IMG]
Forum: Pentax K-1 3 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 23,212
Views: 1,958,406
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Looking into the neighbor's picture window this morning - just before the roof collapsed.

Lucky I didn't melt my gear...

[IMG]Neighbor's Picture Window This Morning by Dave Weber, on Flickr[/IMG]
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
K1 & 645 lenses
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 14
Views: 514
I have adapted the legendary Bronica SQ S 150mm f/3.5 lens to K mount and use it on my K-1. I like it so much that I currently own 4 such lenses. :D

This medium format lens was rated as one of the best bokeh lenses by the "father of bokeh" himself.
Forum: Pentax Q 6 Days Ago  
I Miss My Pentax Q7 Camera !!
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 8
Views: 383
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I sold my Pentax Q7 camera and 01 lens a few months back. I mainly used it for the many product shots that I make for websites and Ebay.

I now have a Panasonic micro 4/3rds camera and a couple of expensive Panasonic lenses. I thought that my new M4/3 rig would be better than the Q7 for my product shots - NOT!

The Q7 and 01 lens were sharper but most importantly, they made images with incredible depth (which is important for product photography). I'm finding that my Panny rig (with its' larger sensor) just has too thin a depth of field for my product photography (and the Panny's IQ isn't as good as the Q7s').

The grass is not always greener somewhere else folks...
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 6 Days Ago  
Upgrade editing software, but to what?
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 29
Views: 946
PS Elements will only do layer masking on 8 bit files. Not good. So, I would not recommend PS Elements if you use layers a lot.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 03-19-2019, 10:33 AM  
Help a Brit! Monument Valley, Grand Canyon trip
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 26
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I agree! If you want typical "tourist I was there photos", no need to spend much time at any one location and best to run from one location to another.

However, if you want unique, artistic, fine art images, consider focusing your entire visit to just one or two locations. Get to know them, and spend hours studying them from many vantage points.

Also, do you research ahead of time. There are excellent photo tour guide booklets you can purchase on each of these locations.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 03-19-2019, 10:12 AM  
Help a Brit! Monument Valley, Grand Canyon trip
Posted By Fenwoodian
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Views: 575
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First, be safe. Many of these sites could exposure you to dangerous falls. Not worth the risk. Last month a young lady fell 700 feet to her death at Horseshoe Bend in NW Arizona. I use special slip resistant mountaineering shoes when in these areas, you might want to to likewise.

If in the Phoenix area be sure to check out the Lost Dutchman Park and the Apache Trail. Use wide angle lenses or be prepared to stitch images together. Watch for rattlesnakes and don't touch or step on cactus plants.

I was in Arizona last week. Spring wildflowers are just starting. Given the good rains they received this winter, the spring wildflowers are expected to be spectacular.

I like Sedona better than the Grand Canyon. I find it difficult to get good photos at the Grand Canyon. However, I've always done much better at Sedona. Also, the native Sedona people are very interesting. ;)

I was at Monument Valley a few years ago. It's owned by the Indians. For a small fee you can drive your car on the main road during designated visiting hours. But if you want unique images, hire an Indian guide like I did. We went to special, off the beaten path locations before sunrise (forbidden locations and times unless with a Navaho Indian guide).

Finally, all of the places you've mentioned have been photographed millions of times. Maybe think about how you might capture images that are different from the millions of others.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-19-2019, 09:52 AM  
Recommendation for affordable 750mm+ birding lens please, thanks
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 43
Views: 1,336
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Wear camo, maybe even work from a blind. That will enable you to get closer to your subjects. From an IQ standpoint, I'll take the results from a 300mm - 400mm lens any day over a 750mm lens.

I've worked with a number of professional wildlife/bird photographers. None of them ever used a lens over 600mm. Most used EXPENSIVE (over $10,000) 400 and 500 lenses.

A quality bird image will have: every feather sharp enough to see the individual veins in it; catch light in the bird's eyes; colorful and tack-sharp eyes; AND the bird doing something extra-ordinary.

Last week I was shooting burrowing owls in Arizona USA with expert Canadian bird photographer Anthony Bucci. Check out his website, you'll learn much about bird photography.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-18-2019, 05:21 PM  
Pentax K3 III
Posted By Fenwoodian
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Views: 1,594
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Thanks for posting! Interesting, but I've never heard of this rumors website, so forgive me if I take what it says with a bit of skepticism.

What it says is light on detail, mostly just generalities that most of us would expect in any new camera. The specifics only say that various key features of this new camera will be better than any other Pentax APS-C camera that came before it. DUH....
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-18-2019, 05:12 PM  
K-70 Terrible video results.
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 24
Views: 1,510
I used to own the K-70. It does take good 1080p video if you know what you are doing. Read and re-read the manual. Then play and experiment with its' video settings. In time, you too will get good 1080p video out of it.

Don't know what your background is, or what your expectations are. If you are expecting 4K video quality out of any Pentax digital camera, you aren't going to get it and you'll be disappointed. However, as far as 1080p goes, it's certainly good enough for most amateur videographers.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-17-2019, 06:55 PM  
Thematic Brenizer Method photos
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 196
Views: 18,325
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I've formed a group in Flickr to showcase the best Brenizer photos on Flickr (just click below).

Also, here's a link to an active Facebook group on Brenizer - moderated by my friend, the famous Edd Noble himself.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-15-2019, 08:57 AM  
Weekend art show sales
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 15
Views: 575
Well said, that's been my experience too.

Also, you need to factor in the $200 - $500 USD to rent your "booth space". When factoring in all the time and related expenses, I decided to stop doing these weekend art shows (anyone want to buy a 10x10 white booth? :D ).

If you'd like to give this a try, there's a must have source book you need to buy to figure out which of the many Art Fairs make the most sense for you to participate in.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 03-13-2019, 08:12 PM  
Just speculations on mirrorless and Pentax
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 66
Views: 3,207
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I doubt that you'd find any exisiting, full-frame, K-mount lens in the top 10 (probably not even in the top 50).

Also, these "MTF busting" Sigma and Sony lenses don't cost much more that the new full frame lenses Pentax is coming out with. Do you need a high paying Art Museum job to pay for these new Pentax full frame lenses too?
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 03-13-2019, 12:19 PM  
Just speculations on mirrorless and Pentax
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 66
Views: 3,207
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These days, lenses are what might tempt me to switch systems - not camera bodies.

For example, Roger Cicala at Lens Rentals published MTF test results recently on the latest Sigma Art lenses and the new Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM lens. These MTF's are the best he's seen. I'm considering buying a Sony body just to use the new 135/1.8 on.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-04-2019, 02:53 PM  
New Pentax Cameras Make Us All Richer!
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 59
Views: 2,865
Are you serious? You obviously are not aware of the incredible new features that Pentax's competitors have come out with lately! Check out the latest bodies from Oly, Panasonic, Fuji, Sony - you'll be amazed. Better yet, try out these cameras.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-03-2019, 10:40 AM  
New Pentax Cameras Make Us All Richer!
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 59
Views: 2,865
I'm already listing much of my used gear at 50% of new price on Ebay, and it's listed with an invitation to make "offers". What I'm saying is that these days on Ebay, I can not even get offers (not even low ball offers) of much of my Pentax gear.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-03-2019, 09:09 AM  
New Pentax Cameras Make Us All Richer!
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 59
Views: 2,865
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Some of my livelihood is from buying/repairing/selling camera lenses. For each of the last 7 years I've bought and sold 5 figures worth of camera lenses.

Lately, I've found it difficult to sell K mount lenses (and most other Pentax gear too) either on Ebay or here in the Pentax Forums marketplace.

If you follow the marketplace here, I'm sure that you've noticed many ads that read "REDUCED" OR "REDUCED AGAIN". That's because Pentax gear is just not selling (unless a seller is willing to take an unsolicited low ball offer). For example, of the last 10 items I listed here I withdrew 8 of them because they would not sell.

A few years ago, after the release of the Pentax K3ii and then the Pentax K-1, Pentax gear that I was selling almost always sold (and for a fair price). But now that other camera brands are coming out with ever new cameras (and Pentax is not) Pentax gear is not selling as well and when it does sell, it's selling price is very low (e.g. K-1 sold for $800, 31 ltd lens in $400s, no offers at all on Zeiss ZK lenses).

I couldn't switch systems now without taking a huge financial loss. These days I'd take a huge hit on selling my used Pentax gear (if I could even sell it at all).

So, let's all cheer for Pentax to release some new revolutionary "super" camera bodies (e.g. K3ii and K1 - don't put K70/KP/K1ii in the "revolutionary" category) in the near future. When/if that happens, our Pentax lenses/batteries/misc-accessories will go up in value which will enable those of us with lots of Pentax gear more "options" (sell current Pentax gear and upgrade; sell current Pentax gear and switch brands).

Like it or not, until Pentax releases their next generation of cameras, many of us will be stuck with the gear we have right now (because we can't/won't invest more into lour photography hobby). Maybe that's OK with some of you, but I prefer to have options...

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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-01-2019, 07:53 PM  
Sony 135mm F/1.8 GM announced
Posted By Fenwoodian
Replies: 24
Views: 868
First, the guy in the video you linked to is NOT an experienced wildlife photographer. This guy takes a few photos of a trained hawk in flight and you trot him out as an expert?? Ha! I've watched him on the Internet for years, and consider him to be more of a comedian than a serious photographer. To my knowledge, this guy has never seriously photographed any BIF before. Please don't post this silly video and infer that I should shoot wildlife and birds like this jokester.

Sure, AF will get one more keepers, but an experienced MF photographer can close the "keeper gap" by practice. For example, I've shot hundreds of thousands of trumpeter swan photos (mostly flying) over 25 years (even guided Nat Geo photographers).

Understanding a subjects' behavior will help the MF photographer. For example, water fowl will always prefer to land and take off "into the wind", and when swans are courting before they do their beautiful "displays" they will usually bob their heads up and down. Knowing that will give the MF photographer an edge.

Sure, most casual photographers will prefer fast AF, giant buffers, and the "spray and pray" method of photography (because they don't care to master MF lenses or really get to understand their subjects). They maybe go home with 5,000 image files for a weekends shooting and hope they've captured a few keepers. Others like a more deliberate approach that involves developing a relationship with the subject.

And maybe most importantly, not all photographers can afford thousands of dollars for fast tele "AF" lenses. Often, older MF lenses cost MUCH less and will produce an IQ that's just as good as the newer/more-expensive AF lenses produce.

As a former hunter in my youth I prefered hunting deer with a recurve bow and arrow over a high powered rifle. To me it's as much about the "chase" as it is the "capture/kill". I've shot both MF and AF lenses, and I prefer MF lenses for wildlife because it forces me closer to the spirit of the animal.
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