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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-22-2018, 01:02 PM  
The official presentation (Ricoh) of the Pentax Mark II
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 331
Views: 29,897
Sure, but looking at the history with the k-5ii and the k-3ii, they haven't done what you expect. The k-5ii removed the moire filter and the k-3ii swapped the flash with the GPS module. The tweaks aren't significantly different from the original, and just provide a different camera option to the original. With regards to actual firmware correctable features, they do release updates and it applies to all of the applicable cameras. If you are expecting something different from Pentax, then sorry - that's just not what they do.

I'm not a Pentaxian from ages back - I got my k-x in 2012, k-3 in 2015, and probably will stick to the APS-C format for my next camera. Having seen it go from Hoya to Ricoh and seeing the solid number of improvements coming under Ricoh, I'm happy with the progress that Ricoh has dnoe without having to suffer the lack of progress under Hoya.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-22-2018, 08:08 AM  
The official presentation (Ricoh) of the Pentax Mark II
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 331
Views: 29,897
Man, it must suck to be Pentax sometimes. They bring out the k-5 and nothing for a while, and people say they are doomed. Then they bring out the k-5ii with some cool stuff while they test the waters with their lower end cameras in the k-30/k-50 range and people say they are doomed. Then they bring out the k-3 which was quite an upgrade from the k-5 in several ways, and then people were saying that Pentax is doomed because they stay in the APSC market. Then they brought out the k-3ii with minor upgrades while focusing on their internal development and people continued saying that Pentax is doomed.

Then they brought out the k-1 and people were saying that Pentax is doomed for bringing out a full frame so late and giving up on the APSC market. And now they bring out the k-1ii, basically in the same fashion that they've done for the k-5, k-3, and technically everything in between, and it's a black mark on Pentax for not innovating.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-02-2018, 05:57 PM  
What do you think are the K-3's biggest weaknesses?
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 44
Views: 3,408
Lost the eyecup after like the first week.

Wish there was a "hold" mode switch so the rear buttons do not change settings while it's bouncing against my hip.

Wish it took AA batteries via a holder without the grip.

Otherwise, I love it.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 02-02-2018, 07:19 AM  
Pentax Binocular Deal
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 14
Views: 939
That would be a pretty good deal if we could get it in the $100-110 range here. I'd pick it up.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-31-2018, 07:48 AM  
Pentax Binocular Deal
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 14
Views: 939
It's $124 on Amazon, is there a missing coupon or something for the Adorama deal?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-21-2017, 07:04 AM  
Sticky: About those WR body weather seals...User responsibility and best practice
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 36
Views: 10,095
One thing I think that should be brought up is that internal condensation due to moving from a warm to cold environment is to be expected, and is not a failing of the seals. Humidity levels inside and outside of the camera is the same regardless of seals or not - and temperature changes will condense the latent humidity.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 06-30-2017, 07:02 AM  
It's dead Jim! Need input on my K3 paperweight.
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 17
Views: 1,808
I second this test. I freaked out once thinking my k-3 was dead when I left the door open and didn't pay attention. It looks practically non-functioning in that mode.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-01-2017, 03:18 PM  
Anybody else disappointed with focus peaking?
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 91
Views: 7,977
When I had my K-01, focus peaking was pretty hard to use. I remember my friend's NEX-5N or something with adjustable peaking colours, strength, and so on, and that made it a lot easier to use - but it was sometimes overwhelming with the red.

My k-3's focus peaking is pretty solid, I can clearly see even when zoomed out where the peaking occurs. The silvery highlight of the peaking is visible, and if I rack the focus in and out a little, it makes it very clear where my focus is.

That being said, I wish they gave me adjustable colours, even if it's just 3 different colours (green, blue, and red).
Forum: Pentax KP 01-26-2017, 03:40 PM  
Thanks Ricoh
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 28
Views: 1,887
Thank you Ricoh, for keeping Pentax going ever since Pentax was supposed to be doomed like 6 years ago. Or longer, I forget.
Forum: Ricoh GR 01-17-2017, 05:18 PM  
Silly question - Exposure Scale on the GR
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 2
Views: 865
Ah, good to know that M has the exposure bar, I suppose I could change my shooting style to use M instead of TAv. Thanks!
Forum: Ricoh GR 01-17-2017, 01:12 PM  
Silly question - Exposure Scale on the GR
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 2
Views: 865
So this may be a silly question, but on my k-3 and other DSLRs, in the viewfinder, I have a little exposure scale that tells me if my scene is brighter, darker, etc. I don't know if that's the name for it, but it's something I've gotten used to using. On the GR, I can only find the option to show the histogram on my screen - and I don't like to use that for two reasons:

1) I don't know how to read it (not a big deal)
2) It takes up a ton of the screen in my opinion (bigger deal)

The alternative that I know is in the GR is that if my shutter and aperture settings cause overexposure at ISO100, it'll give me the !AE sign. This isn't a problem in the other direction because I shoot in TAv and I'll see my ISO jump, and I can adjust my shutter/aperture based on the ISO value. So my trouble is when I have a daylight scene and I'm at ISO100 and it gives me the !AE sign, and I don't know by how much I am overexposing.

When I have the scale in my k-3, I can see if I'm 3 or more stops, 2 stops, or 1 stop overexposed, and I can very quickly adjust my settings to match. On the GR, it's a little bit of a crapshoot for me if I don't have the histogram on. Does anyone have a solution for this?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-06-2017, 12:41 PM  
Thieves broke in my Van Last night.....Stole a new K-1 , other camera and bag !
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 219
Views: 17,958
Fantastic news, that GPS paid itself off!
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-06-2017, 12:15 PM  
IBIS failure at -28C temp
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 114
Views: 6,512
No, he may be making a joke, but it's just going into live view which runs the sensor continuously. Similarly if you go record a video for too long in normal or warm temps, you'll get the sensor overheat symbol. This is just taking that into a cold temp situation.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-01-2017, 08:34 AM  
Thieves broke in my Van Last night.....Stole a new K-1 , other camera and bag !
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 219
Views: 17,958
holy cow, fantastic that you have two methods of tracking in that - hope those thieves get busted!
Forum: Ask B&H Photo! 12-21-2016, 08:14 AM  
Requesting assistance in dealing with an order I did not make
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 2
Views: 679
Nevermind, this subject has been cleared up with B&H's support department. They were very helpful and understanding and I was able to resolve the issue in one call. Thanks B&H!
Forum: Ask B&H Photo! 12-20-2016, 05:42 PM  
Requesting assistance in dealing with an order I did not make
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 2
Views: 679
Hi Chuck,

I submitted an inquiry into the B&H customer service, but I was hoping you might be able to help expedite things if you see this before they do. I recently had a charge to my credit card that I did not make, and (somewhat amusingly) the person who used my card sent it to my house address. I assume they wanted to take the box from the front steps, but someone was home.

Please PM me if possible and I'll give you the details. Again, I'm just trying all avenues as quickly as possible to get this resolved. Thanks!
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-13-2016, 02:19 PM  
Thoughts on ISO
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 71
Views: 3,551
Image noise is the sensor (of film, or music recorder, or whatever) lacking enough distinct signal to differentiate from general ambient signal - in the case of a image sensor that ambient signal is the general electrical field around the sensor. Where the incoming signal is not distinct, the local ambient signal may trigger the sensor pixels to register as red, green, or blue, and create the noise. Just as if you had a microphone and you hear static from the ambient electrical fields around the signal delivery circuits within.

ISO determines how much electrical amplification is applied to the sensor. A higher ISO is a higher electrical amplification to improve sensitivity to the lower input signal. Higher electrical amplification has the side effect of having a strong electrical field around that sensor, and therefore has a better chance of triggering the sensor with noise instead of the incoming signal.

Darker parts of a scene will have noise as the incoming signal from those areas may not be strong enough to differentiate from the electrical ambient signal. If you shoot a sunlit scene with a dark shadow even at ISO 100, the electrical ambient signal on the sensor may be stronger than the few photons you receive from that region in the shadow.

Similarly, out of focus regions may generate more noise because the incoming signal is seen as indistinct by the sensor.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-12-2016, 01:05 PM  
Poll: Tamron 70-200 2.8 owners...how soft is 'too soft'?
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 19
Views: 2,222
Hopefully this can help, as I made a bunch of shots at various apertures and focal distances with the Tamron to compare to the Sigma.

Tamron 70-200 F2.8 & Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX DG HSM II | Flickr
Forum: Ricoh GR 11-21-2016, 01:24 PM  
Anyone actually use their OVF on their GR
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 3
Views: 1,346
I tried my GR out for the first time (ish) on Saturday, and I have the GV-1 OVF. After a few shots walking around with it, I sort of felt that it wasn't worth using for me. Partly because my glasses made it harder to see through the OVF, and partly because I kept having a slight tilt that would show up in the photos.

Maybe it just needs a bit more practice on my part though.
Forum: Sold Items 11-13-2016, 05:40 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Ricoh GR plus Ricoh GV-1 viewfinder
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 2
Views: 604
Sending PM
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-13-2016, 11:41 AM  
K-1 tilt screen support mechanism froze
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 53
Views: 3,548
The concern isn't so much that the camera is going to die randomly, but that the small joints in the articulation arms will react badly to any non-lubricating liquids being introduced into them. But that said, if you accept the responsibility, then that's your choice. I don't know of any coating that makes things freeze resistant. Most products in this category tend to be hydrophobic to prevent water from staying and freezing.
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-13-2016, 11:19 AM  
K-1 tilt screen support mechanism froze
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 53
Views: 3,548
I'm confused. If the concern is to unfreeze it after your shots so that you can pack the gear, why not use the hand warmer as suggested? The poles are small and unlikely to take a large amount of heat and time to unfreeze them enough to pack, and it's not like the sensor will be affected at that time.

If the concern is to keep the poles unfrozen during the shoot, that might be quite difficult. Any joints on the articulation pole could be adversely affected by an anti-moisture repellant, and to be fair when it's that cold, even anti-moisture coating may not keep snow from collecting on top and then freezing anyways.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-26-2016, 11:01 AM  
K-3 shutter shake at and around 1/100s
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 15
Views: 1,237
I think what Photolady is saying is to put it on a tripod, set it at the troublesome shutter speeds, turn off SR, use a remote or something - and then take a shot. If it's still blurry, then something is wrong with your camera.
Forum: Pentax Q 10-14-2016, 06:44 AM  
Photo sharpness do I have unrealistic expectations
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 45
Views: 3,219
Er, this is an old lens being adapted to the Q? To be fair, it might not ever be sharp. Is it a k-mount lens or a c-mount?
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 10-09-2016, 07:57 PM  
F* & FA* goodies on ebay
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 28
Views: 2,499
A lot of watchers though
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