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Forum: Pentax KP 1 Day Ago  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 2,872
Views: 273,250
The KP is excellent at higher ISO values, but is there a particular reason for setting ISO 6400 for these shots?

Philip
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 1 Day Ago  
Poll: Why did you go full frame?
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 220
Views: 11,565
I thought that 35mm film became the most commonly used film size for stills photography. When cameras like Olympus Pen appeared, they could take twice as many shots on a standard cassette of 35mm film. So they were known as 'half-frame' (18mmx24mm images) compared with the more usual 'full-frame' (36mmx24mm images) of the majority of 35mm film cameras. The term and size 'full-frame' has carried forward into the digital era.

Philip
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-03-2021, 04:44 PM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 3,669
Views: 583,298
Iron footbridge in the local park. Renovated just before Christmas:



[ focal length: 36mm; aperture: f/8; camera: KP ]

Philip
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-03-2021, 05:13 AM  
Favorite Limited Lens for Landscapes?
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 51
Views: 2,363
In the DA Limited series, it would seem hard to beat the image quality of the 35mm Macro:-

HD Pentax-DA 35mm F2.8 Limited Macro Reviews - DA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

It is also a versatile "standard" focal length lens on APS-C, similar to the 50mm lenses that came with full-frame 35 mm film cameras, with the added advantage of its close-focusing capability.

As mentioned by pinholecam in Post 28, if you require a wider field of view, and your landscape shots are of subjects for which movement is not an issue, you can achieve any width (or height) by shooting overlapping shots with the same focus and exposure settings, and stitching them together to make a composite image. You might already have this capability in your imaging software; if not, there are free software applications available (e.g. Microsoft Image Composite Editor). The result is a very high resolution image.

Philip
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-02-2021, 02:31 PM  
Favorite Limited Lens for Landscapes?
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 51
Views: 2,363
It would help people to answer if you gave your sensor size - APS-C or FF?
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 01-02-2021, 12:59 PM  
New help ASAP with White balance suggestions....
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 28
Views: 770
Set the camera to save Raw + JPEG image files, and follow the advice in posts above for Exposure and White Balance. If some of the JPEGs are not as good as you hoped, the K-50 allows you to ceate new JPEGs from your Raw files in the camera, which can be fun! If you have the K-50 English Operating Manual, the instructions for processing Raw files in-camera begin on Page 198.

All the best.

Philip
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-29-2020, 12:59 PM  
K70... how reliable?
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 39
Views: 1,509
Isn't it more a case of exercising rather than training? It seems reasonable that an electro-mechanical device will keep working smoothly if regularly exercised - this certainly applies to my limbs, and my freezer has been going reliably for over 40 years!

I think that the K-70 aperture mechanism can be exercised without adding to the shutter count by setting an Fx button to be depth of field preview, and pressing it several times regularly (with an auto lens on a small aperture) when the camera is not in regular use. Would this be OK or a waste of time?

Philip
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-26-2020, 07:07 PM  
Thematic The view upward (take part, please...)
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 680
Views: 31,162
Church Tower Gargoyles



[ Pentax KP & DA 18-135 ]


Philip
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-25-2020, 05:40 AM  
Pentax K-3 Mark III - First Hands-on
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 690
Views: 46,219
You could be right, but that is not the problem. Some of us find it very easy to get down to make a connection with Mother Earth and her progeny, but then impossible to get up again. If the K-3 Mark III comes with a free remote-controlled fork lift truck, I might consider it.

Philip

Happy Christmas All!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-24-2020, 04:44 PM  
Pentax K-3 Mark III - First Hands-on
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 690
Views: 46,219
Phones have cameras but it seems what you need is a camera with a phone. Perhaps have a word with Pentax-Ricoh about including a sim-card slot in their next upgrade DSLR. ;)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-22-2020, 11:02 AM  
Pentax K-3 Mark III - First Hands-on
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 690
Views: 46,219
+1

(and plus one!)

Philip
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-21-2020, 01:41 AM  
Brightest viewfinder in APS-C
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 24
Views: 1,267
According to the reports, the next Pentax APS-C DSLR (K-3 Mark III) will have a new and noticeably brighter OVF, but would the brightness differences between existing recent Pentax pentaprism viewfinders (K-5/K-3/K-50/K-70/KP) even be descernible? Presumably the best way to get a brighter OVF view is to use lenses with the largest maximum apertures that you are able to afford? E.g. An f/2.8 lens will give a significanly brighter view than will an f/4 lens.

Philip
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-18-2020, 10:45 AM  
New to photography advice needed please?
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 29
Views: 1,353
1. If you give the town near your location (do NOT write your address), there could be a nearby PF member who might be willing to meet (Covid rules permitting), e.g., in a café, show some Pentax gear and discuss photography with you.

2. There might be a photo club near you, where you will find other local club members willing to help you.

3. Some colleges offer introductory photography courses, e.g., at our local college: a 2-hour session every week for 5 weeks.

2 and 3 got me started in photography.

Philip
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-12-2020, 10:03 AM  
Unexpected result of using a zoom lens
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 34
Views: 1,688
On the assumption that other Pentax users might also read these posts, my replies were simply trying to be helpful to anyone who is interested, so I'm sorry if part of my post was misleading.

You referred to using stitching to go wider in APS-C using "an older 28mm" lens, and you stated "of course you need to be in manual mode,* which is indeed the case for the older M Series or K Series lenses, which must be manually controlled.

I think this is a great way of capturing a wide (or tall) field of view, without having to buy (or carry) another lens.

However, I sometimes use my DA 35 Limited lens for taking a set of shots for stitching. DA lenses can be used in the semi-automatic modes (P, Sv, Tv, Av, TAv), so with any DA lens it is not essential to be in M Mode, unless you want to work that way.

So e.g. for someone like me who usually has a DA lens on the camera and uses Av Mode, it is not essential to switch to M Mode to get a set of equally exposed shots for stitching, as the AE-L button can be pressed to lock the exposure settings for the set.

Philip
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-12-2020, 03:42 AM  
Unexpected result of using a zoom lens
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 34
Views: 1,688
Note that I stated I usually use a digital AF lens, so the camera doesn't need to be in Manual Mode.

AE-L is on the button at the top right of the rear of the camera. It is "Auto Exposure - Lock". On some Pentax cameras, the same button is also AF - "Auto Focus", so to use it for AE-L, it needs assigning to that function in Camera Menu 5, Button Customisation: "AF/AE-L Button - AE-L".

In any of the semi-auto modes (P, Sv, Tv, Av, TAv), pressing the AE-L button stops the camera automatically changing the exposure settings (when you point the lens at a different part of the scene which may have different brightness), for as many shots as you wish. While exposure is locked there will be an asterisk displayed on the rear screen and in the viewfinder.

Philip
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-11-2020, 05:10 PM  
Best 2 AF lens to start your collection?
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 59
Views: 2,024
Two lenses for a good start in Pentax APS-C:

Standard prime lens: DA 35 Limited - with bonus of close focus + highest quality.
Standard zoom lens: DA 18-135 - with bonus of extra focal length & WR.

Next purchase: DA 55-300 PLM


Philip
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-11-2020, 04:37 PM  
Unexpected result of using a zoom lens
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 34
Views: 1,688
This is a good alternative to using a wide angle lens - the DA 35 Limited is often the only lens with my camera, so I use it in this way when needed. Any mode (except Green Auto) can be used - I usually set Av Mode - select optimal exposure settings and lock them with AE-L to capture the set of images.

Philip
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-29-2020, 10:55 AM  
Best Wide angles zoom for Landscapes/Architecture Photography
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 46
Views: 1,721
An alternative approach: I often go out with a Pentax DSLR and just one of Pentax's best APS-C lenses, the DA 35 Limited - flat field, almost distortion-free, good colour, and excellent resolution. I also often take pictures of old churches. When it's not possible to get back far enough to capture the whole building, I take several overlapping shots in portrait orientation, and make a composite hi-res wide-angle image in PP. (I use the free Microsoft Image Composite Editor.)

Philip

Example composite of three images:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-21-2020, 10:53 AM  
Kit for KP: quality / price
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 36
Views: 1,539
The DA Ltd primes are great on the KP with the small grip, keeping it compact and unobtrusive, e.g. for street, people, or just children shots. Your choice of 21, 40 and 70 make a good pocketable trio. If I could have only one prime for APS-C, it would be the 35 Ltd.

Philip
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-19-2020, 03:52 PM  
Pentax Aperture Block, Black Picture Problem Class Action Lawsuit
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 401
Views: 27,518
And a KP isn't just great looks - go for it !! :D

Philip
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-14-2020, 05:30 PM  
Dumb lens question
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 37
Views: 1,623
How does magnification affect the result - e.g. the same field of view on the two sensors must be magnified more from the APS-C sensor than from the FF sensor to make a 12-inch print?

Philip
Forum: Pentax KP 11-11-2020, 02:30 PM  
Convert latest shot to RAW stopped working
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 15
Views: 704
You're welcome, Steve.

All the best.
Philip
Forum: Pentax KP 11-11-2020, 01:38 AM  
Convert latest shot to RAW stopped working
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 15
Views: 704
When shooting JPEG only, the option to also save the raw data of the last image captured will be available for all the time until an action clears the buffer memory. This could be quite some time, during which the photographer can, for example, review previous images, review settings on the status screen or the info screen, set parameters for the next shot, etc. When returning to the review screen to display the last captured image, the save raw option will still be there. Some obvious actions which will clear the raw data for the last shot from the buffer memory, and therefore remove the save raw option, are:- taking another shot, auto power off, switching the camera off, or the battery running out of charge.

Philip
Forum: Pentax K-70 11-10-2020, 11:10 PM  
how would you improve the K-70?
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 89
Views: 7,248
I'm with you on this point. One feature common to the Pentax DSLR family is the neat and compact design. When used hand-held with a lens larger than hand size, the support is given mainly by the left hand holding the lens, while the right hand steadies the set-up with the built-in grip and operates the camera controls - there are very few controls on the left of a Pentax body.

But, of course, to each his own.

Philip
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-10-2020, 03:10 AM  
the limiteds do they live up to the reputation and why
Posted By MrB1
Replies: 381
Views: 41,682
I don't doubt the quality of the 31 Ltd but, in addition to its higher cost (and similarly for the other FA Ltds) and being an APS-C user, I went for the DA Ltds as I like the concept of that set - compact, light-weight, superb build and image quality. I also have the 20-40 WR but, except when the weather forecast is problematic, I still prefer to take out two or three of the DA primes - the 35 on the camera and usually the 21 and 70 in a pocket. The HD 35 Ltd is the favourite of all my lenses.

Philip
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