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Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 03-10-2018, 06:27 PM  
Is the free cleaning worth the risk?
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 6
Views: 457
I consider this is a good thing that Pentax/Ricoh offer the free cleaning service as part of the camera warranty, although I am not sure if that applies to other cameras besides DSLR. And I only found that out when I have taken my k10D camera in for repairing a broken mirror assembly (still under warranty) some years ago. I later learned that most Pentax users send their camera in for cleaning before the warranty expires. But then at that time, the Pentax repair shop was still under Pentax/Ricoh and not through 3rd party camera repair companies.
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-10-2018, 06:16 PM  
C Menu 1 - 5 Link AE and AF Point'
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 24
Views: 687
Yes, I stand corrected.. if you choose spot metering - it will only meter on the spot where you focus on (it will ignore the surrounding). That's why if you left spot metering on by default, you will get over and under exposure quite often.
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-10-2018, 06:02 PM  
C Menu 1 - 5 Link AE and AF Point'
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 24
Views: 687
That setting does not apply if you choose spot metering, it would only apply if you select Matrix metering. In which case, the metered exposure remains the same even if you change your AF point as long as your camera does not move.
Forum: General Photography 03-06-2018, 11:44 AM  
Poll: If Pentax disappears, what would it be for you?
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 80
Views: 2,502
OP, I suppose it would make sense to keep an option of remaining a Pentax user (for good). :lol:
For me, I see no reason to switch to any brand... given that it will even be enticing for people to pick up cheap premium lenses and cameras. :D:D
Forum: General Photography 03-05-2018, 07:27 PM  
1st try at Street Photography. Bad anxiety shooting people ?
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 76
Views: 1,999
Another suggestion to overcome the paranoid of taking street photos or photos of strangers is to go to automobile trade shows or street parades. You will not have any problems finding someone who is willing to pose for you. Just make sure you are ready to take the shot. :D:D

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-05-2018, 12:27 PM  
I've been Megabitten
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 41
Views: 1,697
I must have a different group of Canikon friends than yours. All of them owning 1Dx, 5D MKx and D8xx thought I have a better camera (yes, my cheap k-1)... could be the grass-is-always-greener-on-the-other-side mindset at work here. :lol:
Forum: General Photography 03-05-2018, 12:12 PM  
1st try at Street Photography. Bad anxiety shooting people ?
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 76
Views: 1,999
If you find yourself having problems taking street photos, I suggest that you go to 'friendly' places like Tokyo, Japan. Here are a few shots taken when I just bought the DA 20-40 lens and took it out for a spin. Just relax and focus on your techniques and enjoy!!

This one I was trying to take a shot of the narrow street, but I waited for the group of school teens to come into the picture to make it more interesting composition wise.

Another one, while I was framing a shot, a 'no-smoking' enforcer senior just walked passed me into my view, and I took a shot of that.

Here is a couple more...

There is no secret to it... just be yourself and do it. :lol: you may also want to act like you know what you are doing. :D If someone ask you why you take the pictures, just smile and tell them you are testing your new lens. :):)
Forum: General Photography 03-02-2018, 07:46 AM  
4 years
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 32
Views: 1,233
Congrats... Kenspo, may be at least 2 more terms.. :D:D
Forum: Pentax KP 02-28-2018, 08:44 PM  
First new glass for my KP is a DA 20-40 Limited and Im very excited !
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 29
Views: 1,121
Congrats... I am confident you will like the DA 20-40 limited lens, especially on the KP. I had this lens since 2015 on my k-3 and now often left on the k-1. I do mostly event photography and I do find this lens to be quite good as a walk-around indoor lens. Here is an example of the ones I did recently.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-27-2018, 11:11 AM  
Sony A7III with sensor stripe issues?
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 19
Views: 1,418
Thanks OP for sharing... hmmm, wonder if the sensor in Sony A7III share the same with k-1? Also, I am wondering if it is sensor issue or not.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-27-2018, 10:42 AM  
Acceleration Chip (K1mkII, KP and K70) - What's the Difference
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 16
Views: 1,389
I think I will take the same approach since I need to shoot APS-C mode at times when I can not get close to the subject (eg. stage photography). I can mount a DA long lens (eg. 50-135/2.8) on the k-1 and treat it like a k-3. The weight difference between the k-1 and k-3 is not that great. :D
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-27-2018, 07:01 AM  
Maximum ISO for flash work
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 28
Views: 733
There is no such thing as 'too high' when it comes to iso setting with flash assuming that you are keeping it within the proper exposure of the entire scene using PTTL flash. It all depends on what you want the resulting image to be in terms of flash and ambient light mix. A good example would be shooting a subject with a night scene, how much of background you want to incorporate with the subject into the image.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-25-2018, 09:31 PM  
Software Support for Pixel Shift
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 17
Views: 704
I gather you mean the software bundled with the camera, and not the Silkypix Developer Studio pro 7.0.4 version that supports pixel shift resolution images from k-1.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-23-2018, 09:11 AM  
CP+ 2018 Interview Question Suggestions
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 146
Views: 7,182
Is there any plan to come up with a DFA version of the light-weight gem 20-40/2.8-4.0 Limited lens?
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-22-2018, 08:22 PM  
Poll: K-1 upgrade circuit board or not?
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 116
Views: 4,770
I think I will wait for reviews from k-1 II users before I decide to upgrade. But I do like that Ricoh offers this upgrade option to existing k-1 owners. Who knows, may be the upgrade price may drop a little after a while. Does anyone know if the upgrade offer is available/valid for my camera bought in Japan? :)
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-19-2018, 10:11 AM  
My Canon to Pentax experience: Why I love Pentax, but might still leave.
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 46
Views: 3,348
If and when that ever happens (if Ricoh no longer makes Pentax k mount cameras) I will join you in line to scoop up the 'cheaply disposed' k-1s and k-3s and DFA, FA, DA lenses... and continue to enjoy my type of photography with my k-mount gears. By that time, I don't think I need to worry about warranty or repair; because if it breaks, I will pick up another one from fleabay or anyone who want to dump their Pentax gear. :D:D:D
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-10-2018, 05:48 PM  
A photoshoot in the theatre with K-3 II and various lenses.
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 16
Views: 1,406
Agree with UncleVanya, is there any reason that you are not using fill flash? or is it by design a style you choose to get the high-contrast effect?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-27-2017, 09:35 AM  
Request for help - corrupted SD card, suggestions to enable file recovery.
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 23
Views: 729
Sometimes, the problem may be in your card reader and not the SD card, I suggest you try using another computer/laptop to see if you experience the same problem. I am not saying that it is your case, but it is worth trying. Also, recovery software can be brand specific, that is for example, Lexar recovery software may only work on Lexar SD card, not Sandisk card and vice versa.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-22-2017, 10:06 AM  
Default Exposure Compensation for K3
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 8
Views: 811
I concur... thanks to the advancement of sensor technology (much greater dynamic range than those yester-years). If you look at the specs in sensor of the k-3 today vs say k-5, it can go as far as -3EV without much penalty in retaining the vital information. In general, I often keep it between -1 to -0.3EV on my k-3 and k-1.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-22-2017, 09:52 AM  
Outdoor lens
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 9
Views: 391
I have used the DA 20-40 ltd for the past years since I bought it on my k-3 and k-1. There is no evidence of vignetting on the k-3 (at least not from my experience) but some vignetting showing on the k-1 as expected in the longer and widest focal lengths but still manageable in post processing. I don't see much vignetting around 25mm focal length. It is light and versatile lens to use either indoor or outdoor if that the focal length range that you mostly work on. Like any other Pentax lenses, you need to ensure that the focal is spot on with proper AF fine adjustment. I have used this lens almost exclusively on my k-3, I have recently bought the 16-85, those two lenses will be my go-to lenses depending on the condition whether it is indoor or outdoor.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-20-2017, 07:36 PM  
DA 16-85 and DFA 28-105 differences and my initial assessment
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 8
Views: 803
Thanks, Norm, agree, both lenses are designed for APS-C and FF camera respectively as general purpose walk around lens. While the DA 16-85 lens have heavy vignetting issue (set to FF), the DFA 28-105 can be used on the k-3 with no apparent limitations. And it is also lighter and seems to be a tad faster at given focal lengths.

---------- Post added 12-20-2017 at 09:40 PM ----------

I agree, I like the red ring on the 16-85 lens, looks sharp. It has a smooth focusing feel and I also like the tone color coming out of it. This will be my go-to lens along with my DA 20-40 ltd for my k-3.

---------- Post added 12-20-2017 at 09:43 PM ----------

Thanks, Adam, I agree, either red or green ring looks nice on the new DC motor lens. Good to know that the 16-85 is designed straightly for APS-C with or without the baffle on the back of the lens. However, I found out that although the DA 20-40 ltd was designed for APS-C, I use it on my k-1 without much trouble in most cases.

---------- Post added 12-20-2017 at 09:45 PM ----------

Agree, when the DA 55-300 was updated with HD coating, it has a red ring; now all new lenses have the HD coatings so back to the original lens ring color scheme.

---------- Post added 12-20-2017 at 09:48 PM ----------

Thanks, I intend to use these two lenses as default for the k-1 and k-3. As for the back up or second lens, I will take the DA 20-40 ltd, FA 31, 43 or 77 depending on the needs for the k-1, DA* 16-50 and 50-135 for the k-3.

---------- Post added 12-20-2017 at 09:50 PM ----------

Thanks for your comments, I agree, the DFA 28-105 will likely my choice for outdoor shots, for indoors, the DA 20-40 gets the call for now with either k-1 or k-3. For indoor shots, I also use flash when I see the need to do it, so not a big problem.

---------- Post added 12-20-2017 at 09:53 PM ----------

Yep, absolutely agree, the higher range 16-85 zoom probably has more element and harder to design, hence the higher cost expected. Although some Can-nikon friends seem to think that FX lenses should always costs more than DX lenses.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-20-2017, 01:18 PM  
DA 16-85 and DFA 28-105 differences and my initial assessment
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 8
Views: 803
I have acquired both these two lenses within a couple of months this year. I bought the DA 16-85 in Japan as they have a brand new 'no-frill' version of the lens (same as retail except no box) for cheaper price and no tax; and then recently by shear luck (with a great price I can't resist) I bought the DFA 28-105 as well after my visit to Japan. Now, just to do a quick comparison between the two, I have noticed the differences in the following.

1) in my case, the DA 16-85 costs more than the DFA 28-105; should it be the case in general?
2) DA 16-85 has a red ring on the barrel, whereas the DFA 28-105 has the green ring. What does that mean? my thought is that 'green' stands for 'consumer' grade, 'red' stands for semi-pro grade, do you agree?
3) the DA 16-85 has the guard on the back end of the lens, whereas the DFA 28-105 has none. I suspect that "if" the guard is removed, it could be used on the k-1 without much vignetting (currently it has very obvious vignette issue), don't know if anyone agree with that.
4) the front element of DA 16-85 requires a 72mm filter whereas the DFA 28-105 takes a smaller 62mm filter (may be the reason DA 16-85 costs more to produce).
5) using both lenses on the same camera, I noticed that the maximum aperture at given focal length is more favorable on the DFA 28-105 than the DA 16-85, for example, I can set at f4.0 up to focal 38mm in the DFA but not with the DA lens.

I tested both lenses on my k-3 and k-1 and after setting the AF fine adjustments on respective camera, I have say without any hesitation that both can produced fantastic images. I would like to hear what your thoughts on those two lenses if you have either one or both of them. :)
Forum: General Photography 12-20-2017, 11:47 AM  
Shot a wedding in RAW or JPEG?
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 14
Views: 626
If you really care about the image quality of your photos, I recommend that you shoot in RAW. I shot in RAW+ before a couple of times and never even touch it.
Forum: General Talk 12-18-2017, 08:08 AM  
Are you buying a Christmas gift for yourself?
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 53
Views: 1,831
I have 3 gifts this year; one I bought which is a DA 16-85 lens for my k-3, then a k-1 as a gift from close relative (both when I was in Japan). Yesterday, I just placed an order for a DFA 28-105 at an incredible price which I can't resist (even cheaper than my DA 16-85 :lol:).
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-18-2017, 07:21 AM  
Doing a wedding- input on gear
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 31
Views: 1,255
If you have not done it before, and it is a family wedding, and the expectation is not critically high, I suggest you do it and you should do it with a lot of enthusiasm. :) Seriously I mean it, because how else can you learn how to do it if you never take the first step?

Are you comfortable using flash? It is not easy I can tell you that.
If you want to learn to use flash, I suggest you go with the newer Pentax flash either 360 or 540 version II. Both of these flashes have the front LED light and full swivel head. It will go long way if you get used to using flash for your photography in the future.
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