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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Hours Ago  
How does Pentax AF-C compare to other brands?
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 81
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Truth. Nikon Z6/Z7 AF is bad...however, what makes it horrendous is that the EVF has a 25ms lag and is prone to blackouts. What good is that crappy autofocus if you are viewing a scene that has already happened?

I love Nikon, but the first gen Z system is trash.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 8 Hours Ago  
How does Pentax AF-C compare to other brands?
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 81
Views: 3,680
Either way, would it really matter? A frustrated person not willing to take the time to understand and get acquainted with a system will find it far easier to blame an inanimate object.

If we take a break from the dorkdom minutia that is often found in the nether-regions of many photography forums and vlogs, we'll find many talented photographers that make it work and do so in such amazing ways.

Jay Dickman, a Nat Geo photographer, comes to mind: Jay Dickman (@jaydickmanphoto) ? Instagram photos and videos

Shoots Olympus MFT and it's clear that he doesn't get bogged down in the keyboard warrior canned assumptions regarding Olympus:
- horrible at High ISO
- MFT is dead
- poor color rendition/color science
- spotty autofocus in low light
- 'Full Frame is the best thing ever!!!!'
- 'bigger sensor = better'
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11 Hours Ago  
How does Pentax AF-C compare to other brands?
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 81
Views: 3,680
Great shots!



And that miss was probably due to the minimum focal distance of the lens.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11 Hours Ago  
need some good fast advice lens for a rainy day at the ball park
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 22
Views: 538
Interesting Topic.

Primes should technically be 'better sealed' as there are less potential points of entry for Dust/Moisture. Using a Zoom will give you more flexibility and you will not have to swap lenses as frequently.

In either case, regardless of Pentax's weather resistance, I would use a cover for both the body and lens. Covers/Sleeves/Coats (whatever you want to call them) are cheap. In my opinion, whether it's a $10 or a $50 expense, it's a good investment for peace of mind and it is one less thing to worry about.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12 Hours Ago  
How does Pentax AF-C compare to other brands?
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 81
Views: 3,680
Many AF System/Lens combinations have a tendency to struggle when the subject is moving towards the photographer. It's a consistent problem that is observed with any camera system on the marketplace.

I missed a series of a Gray Ghost (Northern Male Harrier) that was flying towards me with my D500 with a 500mm f/4 while using Group AF (which is a slightly larger array of center points). Blurry Harrier, but the birch tree (which was nowhere near the AF points) was sharp. The next run with a Female Harrier was far more successful:





Hit Rate is such a meaningless metric as it is case by case based on the:
- subject you are shooting
- how in-tune you are to the scene (your focus and reaction time)
- the conditions you are shooting in (lighting, atmospheric conditions)
- the settings on your camera
- etc.

Your camera/lens (we forget about the lens...but it is SO important to the situation) can only do so much and there really is no 'win':
- let it think too much, it may slow you down or focus elsewhere than intended
- let it think too little, it may search and search endlessly, never establishing focus (or quick to let it go)

You make a compromise of the combination you have to the setting you are in. There are good series and bad series. Sadly, you can't buy your way out of the unpredictability of photographing animals in an outdoor setting. It's part of the hobby.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
How good is Pentax AF tracking?
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 68
Views: 3,499
This photo really highlights Pentax's AF with some challenging variables:
- subject flying towards the camera
- higher contrast background
- a MOVING background that is of higher contrast

Any AF system can struggle with this scenario, but technique and a good understanding of the camera's settings always takes precedent over any 'heralded' AF tracking system (regardless of brand).

On my Nikon, I have yet to use the Auto, Dynamic (25, 72, 153), or 3D modes. It is Single Point or Group (a larger cluster of points), Back Button Focus, and the situational use of Focus Limiting/Focus Recall on the lens itself (features that are available on literally every DSLR on the market today).
Forum: Lens Clubs 2 Days Ago  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 30,831
Views: 2,808,516




Forum: Pentax K-1 2 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 23,213
Views: 1,958,406




Forum: Lens Clubs 2 Days Ago  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 30,831
Views: 2,808,516
Canon 7D? The EXIF says Nikon D7100.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 2 Days Ago  
Help! Dropped Silver KP - Flash housing cracked. Any advice?
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 23
Views: 635
Just looking at the crack, I am surprised/impressed there is no other damage to the camera.

Personally, given the cost of a new KP, I would just figure out a way to seal the crack and just enjoy the camera.

I like this route:



Loctite Clear Silicone Waterproof Sealant is a good option, just take your time in application and work in phases, allowing each layer to dry. Cover with gaffers tape and call it a day.
Forum: Lens Clubs 2 Days Ago  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 30,831
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I've tried the 1.4x TC on my 300mm f/4 PF (making it an effective 420mm f/5.6) and older 300mm f/2.8 (420mm f/4) and found that I much preferred the focusing performance of the bare lens over the extended reach when paired with the TC. TC on a base f/5.6 lens can make the combination very situational. There are not enough sunny days in the PNW for me to keep a TC around.

I was excited about the 500mm PF, but the backorder list is long and Nikon (just like with the D850) did not account for demand in their first production release. I eventually cancelled my pre-order and purchased a used 500mm f/4 on a Black Friday sale instead.

After letting go of my Pentax K-3II, I did eventually find my way back with the K-1II. I've contemplated adding either 150-450 (I've used it in the past with my K-3II) or DA 300 to my K-1II. The IQ of the K-1ii is really remarkable. Not a replacement for my D500 in a wildlife role, but definitely a compliment.
Forum: Pentax K-1 3 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 23,213
Views: 1,958,406


Forum: Pentax K-1 3 Days Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 23,213
Views: 1,958,406


Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Hd fa35/2
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 57
Views: 3,314
Thanks for the sample pics. How are you liking the lens so far? Any new impressions?
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-19-2019, 04:06 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 30,831
Views: 2,808,516
Love this!
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-19-2019, 04:04 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 23,213
Views: 1,958,406
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-19-2019, 09:32 AM  
Speculation of FF DSLR the size of KP body, is it possible?
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 36
Views: 1,698
This. The DF lacks IBIS and the articulating screen (which I am sure also factors into the overall thickness of the body).
Forum: General Photography 03-19-2019, 08:28 AM  
Animal calls for wildlife?
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 12
Views: 469
Never have, never will. I listen for their calls, I observe their behavior. Some days, I am lucky. Others, not so much. As far as I am concerned, it is their home and we are simply guests.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-17-2019, 06:19 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 30,831
Views: 2,808,516
Rode my bike out to the Columbia Slough with my D500 and 300mm. Snagged this Wood Duck in flight.



Forum: Lens Clubs 03-17-2019, 03:07 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 30,831
Views: 2,808,516
Great day today at Steigerwald Wildlife Refuge.








Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-17-2019, 02:28 PM  
so this happened today...
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 26
Views: 1,364
Snapped it quickly with my Android. I could have held it over my head to show my arm quivering/struggling to support such weight.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-16-2019, 06:04 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 30,831
Views: 2,808,516
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-16-2019, 06:01 AM  
Pixel Peeping
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 22
Views: 948
I pixel peep like crazy, but it's not on every image, just on ones where I know:
- I shot at a higher ISO
- I used a lower shutter speed (at or lower than equiv. focal length) to lower ISO
- Photographed a subject from a significant distance or over a body of water (Heat Refraction)

The image you have is sharp, but the focus is on the body. It would be good to know the settings you used:
- ISO
- Shutter
- Aperture
- Focus Mode
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-16-2019, 03:52 AM  
(Un)popular Opinion: Pentax AF Doesn't Suck
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 82
Views: 3,957
Niels Kemp comes to mind for Ricoh/Pentax. I follow him for his Street Photography and the other images he produces with the Ricoh GR. He has recently produced videos for the Pentax KP as well:















You Tube


















You Tube




Ogun Turkay, another Ricoh/Pentax ambassador, is one of my favorite Wildlife Photographers and is quite active on Instagram.
Ogun Caglayan Turkay (@ogunturkay) ? Instagram photos and videos

I think Pentax could benefit from a more community driven advocate. Ambassadors do have their brand obligations/commitments and may not cover the topics or be as transparent as others might be.

In the Nikon world, a lot of people love Moose Peterson. Personally, I find him to be rather abrasive and his contributions lean more on the side of product promotion as opposed to maximizing the system. A lot of people who shoot Nikon, eventually discover or are referred to Steve Perry.

Steve Perry - YouTube

Steve's videos are absolutely fantastic. Sure, he does his share of reviews, but they are done so with a thoughtful perspective. I've purchased a couple of his ebooks:
- Secrets to Stunning Wildlife Photography
- Secrets to the Nikon Autofocus System
where he goes in deeper detail on ways to maximize your equipment

All said, I can understand why someone would not want to put themselves out there. The internet is full of individuals hiding behind screen-names and avatars that are quick to criticize and be combative as opposed to being constructive and thoughtful. I don't think people realize the amount of time/energy it takes to create content, instead, they are quick to dole out a snide and crass remark that they would NEVER say in person.

A Pentax content contributor would need to have a thick skin to wade through all of the canned responses/assumptions that are often brought up here. Within this forum, there is moderation and numbers. On YouTube, that community support is offset by ignorance and snark.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-15-2019, 08:29 PM  
so this happened today...
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 26
Views: 1,364
Definitely! I visit the Wapato Access State Greenway from time to time.
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