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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-28-2016, 01:32 AM  
Custom belt loop on Pentax soft cases
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 6
Views: 870
Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I guess I'd be better off buying a new pouches than modifying my existing Pentax ones.

I checked ThinkTank and Lowepro. Pretty pricey... Are there any cheaper brands that fit the bill?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-28-2016, 01:18 AM  
Multiple filter size problem
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 23
Views: 1,988
Thanks Theov39.

One popular view is that once the filter breaks its shards will scratch the front element of the lens. What was your experience in this regard?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-27-2016, 02:10 AM  
Custom belt loop on Pentax soft cases
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 6
Views: 870
Hi,

I have the following Pentax pouches: S70-70 (I think), S80-120 (holds DFA 100mm macro) and S120-160 (holds DA* 200mm).

S70-70 has a belt loop. It comes real handy to carry one of the 21mm limited or 35mm plastic fantastic lenses holstered on the belt while the other is on the camera. I have grown to like this hands-free and back-free way of carrying stuff. Last week I carried the AFZ-360II flash in an earlier-purchased Targus case on the belt. Despite the looks, I don't mind carrying two such cases on each side (left and right) of the waist belt. Eventually I might also opt for a similar / clip-on setup to rest the camera and give some respite to my neck.

I was wondering if it is a good idea to go to a local fabricator and get a similar belt loop done for the above mentioned S80-120 and S120-160 cases... maybe two loops for additional weight bearing and pivot support for the one carrying the 200mm.

Has anyone done this mini customization? Does anyone have any views on this one way or the other?

Regards,
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-22-2016, 11:13 PM  
Screen protector recommendation for K-3 II
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 25
Views: 3,442
Thanks @JimJohnson

Are you saying that the LCD glass of K3 will be able to hold its own against an occasional rub against the belt buckle and other such "non-violent" scruffs?
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-19-2016, 08:38 PM  
Screen protector recommendation for K-3 II
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 25
Views: 3,442
Thanks @bigdavephoto! That's all the confirmation I needed. Going for it!
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-19-2016, 07:06 PM  
Screen protector recommendation for K-3 II
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 25
Views: 3,442
Thank you @bigdavephoto. That was very helpful!

Quick Q: what is the diff between the a. touch & feel and b. reflective look of the screen with and without the protector?
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-19-2016, 12:13 AM  
Screen protector recommendation for K-3 II
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 25
Views: 3,442
Folks,

I understand that this is a slightly older thread... but looks like the ACMAXX product (currently) only carries a single rear LCD protector and does not include the top LCD protector. Can someone kindly give a link that carries BOTH the rear and the top LCD protectors for K-3 II?

Many Thanks!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-16-2016, 10:12 AM  
Multiple filter size problem
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 23
Views: 1,988
Thanks everyone for your very helpful advice.

I have come to the following conclusion. Will appreciate if I can get some reviews of the same.

1. Buy CPL for each of my filter sizes and leave it on during day time and especially if the loss of light is acceptable. Reason: a CPL may come into use at any time onE is photographing in sunlight. I know a better idea is to buy a CPL for every LENS, but for now I will keep it to every FILTER SIZE.
2. Buy ND 3 and ND 6 filters for only landscape and portrait FLs. I see absolutely no reason why one would mount one of these on a birding lens - unless that is being used for portraits.
3. Buy the best quality filters possible. Swaying towards Breakthrough Photography's X4 filters... BUT with the above ideology I would have spent almost same amount as what an FA 31 costs!!! Something deep inside me is shouting, "This is STUPID!"
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-11-2016, 08:45 AM  
Multiple filter size problem
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 23
Views: 1,988
Thank you everyone for some tremendous advice! As is usual for such discussions, there are conflicting viewpoints and I have gone over all the posts a few times to understand them and also assess which side / flavor to lean towards myself.

While I take the call, there is something else that I can use your help on: what are some of the good mid-range brands (eg Hoya) / brand-classes (eg HD) for filters? I understand that there are some very expensive brands out there and no doubt the optical quality will be world class, however as a starting point I really want to err on the conservative side. Once I understand filters (especially usefulness of filters at specific FLs), I will feel comfortable spending more money on better / best brands.

Your suggestions on this will be really helpful as I have already spent (unsuccessfully) a considerable amount of time scouring the internet (including PF) to find some good information on conservative first-time buys. (Alex645: I like your car / tire analogy and ardently wish that this car came with the tires... after having spent a good amount of time on deciding on the car, it is becoming desperately time-consuming and confusing selecting the tires :-) )
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-07-2016, 10:05 PM  
Multiple filter size problem
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 23
Views: 1,988
Folks,

I am new to Pentax and am currently buying lenses that I have shortlisted for my style of shooting. Just discovered that the lenses have the following filter sizes:
1. 49mm (2 lenses)
2. 58mm
3. 62mm
4. 77mm

:(


Now how do I buy filters? One for each size? Or should I just buy one size (which one?) and then have step up / step down filter thread adapters? What is the time - tested way?

BTW I was thinking of the following filters:
1. The ubiquitous UV filter... to protect the lens from accidental touching etc
2. Polarizing filter
3. A couple of grades of neutral density filter

Other than 1 above, I see no reason to buy multiple sizes of 2, 3.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-07-2016, 08:56 PM  
Accessories for K3 II?
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 16
Views: 2,697
Thanks for the advice on the fill in, ring flashes.

Can someone help out regarding:
1. Memory cards suited for K3 II fast burst & resolution,
2. K3 II has no Wifi / Bluetooth... is this really a pain in a modern setup / lifestyle? What are the options (eg wifi memory card)?
3. Bag (please see my lens choices for different situations in the earlier post)
4. Harness: Looked up sling strap as suggested by TER-OR. But this way isn't the camera placed in a easy-to-bump-into-things position? Unable to understand how this setup is safe...

Thanks folks!
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-04-2016, 12:01 AM  
Accessories for K3 II?
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 16
Views: 2,697
Thanks for the tips folks!

Based on your advice, I have some more specific questions. Appreciate your advice on the same:

  1. I have a small Nikon flash that I will use for now… I only intend to use flash more as a fill-in as most of my photography is out doors. Besides I do not understand studio / flash photography a whole lot.I was half-dreaming about PENTAX AF 540FGZ II but given the price, I doubt I will really use it to justify the purchase.

  2. Ring flash: any good brands that you can recommend? Would go for one if available used or not very expensive.

  3. Some suggestions on the memory card(s) please…

  4. Does anyone have experience with wifi memory card? In which situations is it beneficial to have wifi - only when we want to copy pictures directly from the camera to the phone or are there other benefits as well?

  5. Carrying harness… I believe this is the cross type shoulder harness that is being talked about? Can someone recommend a good brand? I think I will buy two - one for my binoculars too.

  6. I was thinking of Lowepro Slingshot Edge 250 AW for the longest time... but suddenly have started to think that it might be too compact for my needs... Any suggestions on the next bigger but still convenient bag?
    1. If I am going to the city I will only have 21mm, 55mm and maybe the 100mm with me.

    2. But If I am going traveling with family then in addition to these I will also have 18-135.

    3. For nature / birding I will more or less only carry 200mm and 100mm (macro) along with the TCs.

    4. For astrophotography will be 14mm, 55mm (due to sharpness) and one off the 100mm / 200mm (again depending upon sharpness and what I want to capture).


BTW, I just started a WANTED thread for the gear I want to buy: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/37-wanted-items/331119-wanted-mint-like-n...-18-135mm.html
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-02-2016, 07:41 PM  
Accessories for K3 II?
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 16
Views: 2,697
Folks,

If one is new to the Pentax system and buying K3-II, then what accessories would you suggest - definite haves vs good to have?

Thanks!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-11-2016, 12:08 AM  
Help me refine / critique my kit choice...
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 16
Views: 2,111
@Lowell: I have been using my Nikon D40, 35mm F/1.8, 18 - 55 kit and 55 to 200 for some years. Most of my photography so far has been related to family, traveling and bird / wildlife. Never really did any "street photography". But I liked the slightly wider than normal but not ultrawide FL of 21 and thought that is one lens I can have with me as I develop my interest in this kind of photography. Of course I can start this even now with D40 and 35mm... thanks to your post, it started me thinking about it...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-08-2016, 08:21 PM  
Pentax lens timeline table
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 10
Views: 1,597
Excellent compilation. Can you er... extend it to the next 6 - 12 months based on formal press releases / speculation? :-)
Forum: Sold Items 08-08-2016, 08:00 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax HD PENTAX-DA AF REAR CONVERTER 1.4X AW
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 3
Views: 1,191
PM sent.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-07-2016, 12:11 AM  
Help me refine / critique my kit choice...
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 16
Views: 2,111
@Lowell: Thanks for the details. I would love to see your walk around street photos with 24mm on film/FF to get an idea...

Once I shoot a lot of pictures with the mentioned kit, I will then have an idea of whether I want to go wider or longer (or both!). Most likely it will be longer as that suits my birding / wildlife interests more.

@Des: Thanks for the wonderful links. Indeed @Norm's posts have greatly influenced my initial kit choice.

LBA sirens? No chance! I've got a powerful weapon called "wife" :-)

@Nicolas06: Thanks. Happy to see that our views are similar on the subject - though I must say that your's come with considerable experience.

On 200mm update: I read a post on PF and saw something on the internet indicating that Pentax has filed a patent on the new 200mm in the works. Are you referring to the same? And are you also suggesting that it can take a few years from this stage to the actual production release?!! I was thinking later this year :-||
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-04-2016, 09:41 PM  
Help me refine / critique my kit choice...
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 16
Views: 2,111
Thank you everyone for your advice and comments. A special thank you to @TER-OR, @UncleVanya, @Imp and @Des for taking the time to give detailed advice.

I have decided to stay with my initial choices for now with the addition of DA 21 ltd for street photography. Besides I just love the colors that it produces!

Weight is one of the reasons why I am not going longer than DA* 200mm (with TC 1.4x) for now. I will also budget and buy 31 ltd (or successor) at a later point in time. Those manual focus lenses available (mostly) for cheap are very tempting... but for now I will just clinch my fists and stay with this set. Even though I have not started to buy yet, I can feel the tug of LBA... :-)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-02-2016, 10:29 AM  
Help me refine / critique my kit choice...
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 16
Views: 2,111
After spending a few weeks understanding the Pentax system and having had a good amount of help from Pentaxians I have prepared a draft kit choice. Can you please help me refine it or just critique it?
  1. Camera: K3ii or successor

  2. Travel zoom: Pentax DA 18-135mm WR
    • Reason: Very good IQ, light, WR, DC motor. Will pick up a 14 or 15mm Pentax prime later...

    • Alternates considered:
      • Pentax and Sigma 2.8 zooms in the ~ 17 - 50: short FL and heavy

      • Pentax 16 - 85: Not much improvement in IQ, Don't shoot the wide end that much. Extra telephoto reach of 18-135 seems to suit travel / pick-up-and-run needs more.



  3. One good portrait lens: Pentax DA* 55mm F1.4 WR

  4. One good macro lens and also that serves as a lead up to the next higher FLs: Pentax DFA 100mm F2.8 WR

  5. Walk around (read light) birding and other fauna: Pentax DA* 200 WR or successor

  6. Teleconverter: Pentax TC 1.4x. Also considering F 1.7x AF but don't quite understand the limitations...


In addition to commenting on the above, can you also let me know the following:
  1. Is anything related to the above on Pentax's roadmap? If I can wait a bit to get an upgraded item then I'd rather do that...

  2. I really wanted an APSC normal prime. 31ish mm is closer to my view than a 35mm. However Pentax 31 is expensive and Sigma 30 1.4 Art is big and heavy... any other suggestions?

  3. What is special about the 20ish mm FL on APSC? I have heard this FL being talked about as the ~"Rangefinder view for street photography".

  4. Any excellent optics but significantly cheaper manual lens options that will add usable value to my kit?

  5. I love birding... any long FL manual lens choices that are usable for birding or are otherwise an excellent value? I am talking 300mm and up.

Thanks for your help in advance...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-31-2016, 01:53 AM  
To prime 200mm or zoom to 200mm?
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 20
Views: 2,788
Thanks @VoiceOfReason, @cdurfor, @shaolen, @biz-engineer, @Venom3300, @bassek, @D1N0, @Driline, @goatsNDonkey.

Special thanks to @normhead, @skyclad666, @LowellGoudge. That was some very SOLID piece of practical advice.

Took me a while to digest all that information and even longer to relook at the type of bird photography I actually do vs the equipment I am willing to invest at the moment and CARRY in the field. Wonder if it is not such a bad idea to hire a caddy / sherpa to help with the heavy lenses...!

Heart says: buy the biggest lens I can convince myself (and wife :-) ) to buy. Brain asks: will you actually take it out for a few hours of low-planning outings?

Here is what I am currently gravitating towards: DA* 200mm (but the new updated one that is due for release) with TC 1.4x. Probably also ƒ1.7x AF adapter. Thanks @normhead.
Reason:
1. Most of my birding happens during either early morning sojourns into the countryside or on family outings. Will enjoy a lighter setup a lot more. Besides a 200mm may be just right for occasional wildlife safaris / treks. Even if I fall a little short on this setup, this FL will not be a total waste as it is still usable for other activities. Perhaps go longer FL later. @LowellGoudge has a dream setup!
2. Agree with @skyclad666: I was constantly shooting at 200mm on my current 55-200mm consumer Nikon setup. So the zoom is something that I may not miss direly. The TC should take care of some of the limited reach of 200mm.
3. Relying on the crop-factor and the possibility of cropping a 24MP image to get tighter final pictures.

A couple of questions:
1. Is the SDM motor in the DA* 200mm and 300mm lenses from before or after the time Pentax acknowledged and fixed the SDM issue?
2. Where can I get some good information on strengths / limitations of ƒ1.7x AF adapter on (say) DA* 200. Specifically what will TC 1.4x be able to achieve that this converter will not? A couple of lines on focus limiting purpose (on this lens) and general mechanism also please…
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-27-2016, 04:34 AM  
To prime 200mm or zoom to 200mm?
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 20
Views: 2,788
I am a newcomer to the Pentax system and since I am an avid birder / wildlife enthusiast, I figured it is best that I first focus on fast telephoto lenses - for that is what I will take the camera out on most occasions. Decision on which other (~non-telephoto) lenses to buy (and whether prime or zoom) can be taken next after considering the remaining budget.

Two Pentax lenses that fit the bill are
HD Pentax-D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 ED DC AW and SMC Pentax-DA* 200mm F2.8 ED [IF] SDM. Both are rated excellent and though my current interests are in APSC, it is an added advantage that both these lenses will be up to the task if/when I move to FF.

I have unsuccessfully searched the internet (and PF) for comparisons between these two lenses. Can someone pitch in on the following questions:
  1. While the zoom is new (better coatings, DC motor and AW sealing) and also F2.8, as a thumb rule it is considered that primes are better optically. Is this true between these two lenses also? All the reviews of the zoom lens give glowing feedback on the zoom’s optical characteristics, hence the specific question. Details will be helpful.

  2. Other than the advantage of lesser weight (and cost), is there any other advantage in getting the prime?

  3. One of the main reasons I am not considering SMC Pentax-DA* 300mm F4 ED [IF] SDM is because of the availability of teleconverter HD Pentax-DA 1.4x AW AF Rear Converter. I have the following specific questions:
    1. Will it support both the prime and the zoom with the max aperture getting restricted to F4?

    2. The teleconverter is rated for Screw and SDM motors. However the zoom has DC motor. Is there anything I should be concerned about here?

    3. Is there any other reason I should consider SMC Pentax-DA* 300mm F4 ED [IF] SDM instead of the combination of either 200mm (prime / zoom) with the teleconverter?


Thanks for your time!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-26-2016, 06:14 AM  
Introduction and help needed with Pentax system
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Thanks @pjv. You are right about the wider usage of WR. I had not considered these cases. I guess this will also help against any fine dust entering the lens after years of usage.

Thanks for the welcome @Kerrowdown.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-25-2016, 07:48 PM  
Introduction and help needed with Pentax system
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Thanks for your detailed answers @gmans. Especially on the Sigma 2.8 telephoto zoom and your shoutout to K-01. What a great concept... K mount rules! On K3II: since my friend will be coming to India only in Nov / Dec timeframe I feel I should hold on at least till Photokina :-)

Looking forward to a few more comments / suggestions from Pentaxians.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-25-2016, 10:25 AM  
Introduction and help needed with Pentax system
Posted By AmaZing
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Hello everyone,

I am a photography enthusiast from India. My passion for photography started seeing my dad and uncles with their range finders / Yashikas and Minoltas etc decades ago.

Aside from using a point and shoot film camera early on I seriously started photography in the digital era. My first camera was a Canon PowerShot A95 which I bought after considerable research. In addition to the usual Auto mode it had P, Av, Tv and M modes. Even with the obvious limitations I learnt the basics of photography quite fast and thoroughly enjoyed taking pictures with it. The articulating screen was a big plus. The first 2 years of my daughter’s life were captured by this camera and a Panasonic video recorder.

Along the way I also bought John Hedgecoe’s “the new manual of Photography”. A phenomenal book! Saddened to read on these forums that John has passed on.

Feeling the need for more control I then started looking out for DSLRs. I read up reviews on the internet and was especially influenced by a gentleman whose website now comes up in the first search page for anything Nikon / Canon. I bought a D40 with 18-55 kit lens – how I wish I had bought a D90 instead! And how I wish I had never seen that website either… it influenced my decisions on the lenses as well… bought a 35mm F1.8 (which was a good decision) and 55-200mm F4-5.6. The latter does a lot of focus hunting and is sometimes very frustrating to use. Also bought Canon S90 which I have not used much… handling is not in the same league as A95 though it does offer more controls.

The biggest issue with D40 (aside from the 6MP resolution!) is the Dynamic Range. It is painfully narrow. Even though I learnt to work with it, with time my frustration grew and after my last trip to the mountains, I decided to buy a better camera. I naturally started looking out within the Nikon lineup. Seriously considered D500 and then started weighing the pros and cons against D7200… and one of the reviews had a link to Pentax (K3II I believe). Totally on a whim and thanks to my good fortune I followed that link…

What a breath of fresh air… In the last few weeks I have studied all I could find on Pentax and the philosophy of Pentax photography – especially on these forums (which by the way have one of the most knowledgeable AND friendly folks I have seen on ANY photography / non-photography forum) – and hardly any “fanboys”!

It is now that I realize that what I really ~dislike about D40 is not it’s technical limitations, but it’s bland persona. I was never “called” to pick it up and take pictures. Consequently, I have enjoyed it much less than the my earlier and even more basic A95. Sure I have taken some good pictures with it, but the joy was just not there. A couple of days ago at a party I got to see / handle Nikon D3x00 and D5x00… more of the same on the ergonomics / handling front.

So here I am now looking to enter the Pentax universe… perhaps 10 years late… but then again more capable of appreciating a system designed for photographers.

Thank you if you have read my rather long introduction so far… I do have some questions where I can use some practical advice.

Briefly, what sort of a photographer am I: love the act of taking photographs, the moment itself, composing, selecting the right aperture (D40’s ISO was not generous), the mood etc. Never used any digital tools… except the occasional white balance adjustment. Lots of family pictures. Naturalist and birder. From here on I expect to spend more time on the photographs that I have actually taken, learn digital tools and also print my pictures.

Questions:
  1. Given my affinity for bird photography, I’d start with Pentax’s APSC cameras. Leaning towards K3II but then the big question… what if the successor is launched in a few month’s time? Being in India I need to rely on someone coming from US to bring the equipment. Perhaps wait till Photokina 2016?

  2. If K3II, then what is a good flash to buy: a. for simple carry along use, b. to trigger other flashes in a more elaborate setup.

  3. Lenses… it was after reading up on pentaxforums that I realized how by using a zoom to only aid in composing a shot I had slowly forgotten to consider the effect on DOF due to the changed FL and how the changed FL will now decrease the max aperture (in my lenses). For the last few days I have been photographing by taping my 18-55mm at 31mm position and then interchanging with the 35mm F1.8 prime. There is so much to learn and enjoy. Now for the questions on lenses:
    1. I am inclined on having a (fast) prime kit to begin with. I am not a pixel peeper and think of sharpness as just one attribute of a good photograph. However after having gone through many reviews and many more comments, I admit that I am quite befuddled :-). Need help / clarity. My preference:
      1. One normal prime (inclining more towards 31mm as I find 35mm a little to tight… but then again is the question of Assembled in Vietnam and the price…),

      2. One medium telephoto 50 / 55mm

      3. ~77mm

      4. 200mm or 300mm


    2. Given that so far I have shot mostly with zooms, should I buy at least one zoom – if for nothing else then at least to take along on family outings? Which one?

    3. Would love to have weather sealing but so far I have never really shot in the rain or anything… don’t want to get myself wet :) So not sure how much of the WR feature I will really exploit. Comments?

    4. Bird photographers: how do you differentiate between shooting with a telephoto zoom vs a telephoto prime. Is it enough to have a good fast telephoto prime along with TC 1.4x or are there occasions where the zoom is missed? Not too hung up on Pentax’s lagging-the-competition AF-C. Birds In Flight is not a top priority.

    5. Would love to start taking my camera with me on my weekend sojourns in the city… the bazaar etc. Just hope to get used to the substantial increase in weight between my current setup and the new one!


Thanks for reading my long and elaborate first post. Looking forward to your comments and help.
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