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Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-25-2016, 05:29 PM  
Pentax K-1 as a wedding camera!
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 109
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@botzi - seriously awesome images man. I haven't mastered or even gotten comfortable with off-camera flash, you did a fantastic job.

To the dude who's got it in for me since I don't use MF - I'm not sure why you've fixated on that, but to each his own. What I was trying to do is add value to the forum by exhibiting my experience with the camera and seeing if we could troubleshoot the issues I'd experienced. It seems as if we have. However, I'm seriously proud of you and your career shooting manual focus with an auto winder. Please note, since this is a forum, I'm actually not being sarcastic, that's pretty badass. I do use manual focus on occasion, but don't use it typically since we're all spoiled with phase-detect on-sensor AF chips and the like.

Thanks all for helping me diagnose the issue with the card backup - I have no idea why I didn't think of that and it totally makes sense. I usually don't shoot two cards unless it's something like this, so it was the first time I'd done it. I'm going to play with the Phase Detect AF as suggested and figure out what's optimal in both normal and low light and go from there.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-24-2016, 09:06 PM  
Pentax K-1 as a wedding camera!
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 109
Views: 14,475
This is a definite possibility! I write to two cards in tandem as a backup, just to be safe. Would this really slow down write/operation speeds?
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-24-2016, 05:45 PM  
Pentax K-1 as a wedding camera!
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 109
Views: 14,475
To answer everyone's questions - yes, I had the profile corrections and noise reduction turned OFF, and I've never used the filters in this camera. I did a good amount of research in what could possibly slow the camera down in the months prior of owning it, and set them both up as such. And yes, both bodies had the firmware update. I was using only Lexar and SanDisk UHS-1 64GB memory cards and shooting in RAW (DNG).

To the user who commented about relying on AF....that's horses for courses, I guess. I see autofocus performance not as a crutch but a necessity. There are situations where the action pauses, and you can really dial things in, but there are also beautiful candids that require good AF to capture on the fly. If you'd like I can post a full resolution photo of the brides' eyes - they are both most definitely in focus - I checked (because in another, they aren't) but these files are downsized to work on the forums. It's hard to judge focus on a photo that's 1200px on the long end!

But to some degree, I do agree with those who said I shouldn't have counted on the K-1 for AF performance. I just was surprised - I'd used it for half a dozen professional shoots in the months prior and it had held up great. Not sure what I was doing wrong on the fly.

I hope that you all know I posted this not to bash Pentax or the K-1, it's a great camera. I simply wanted to provide some value to you all on how it performed in this particular situation. No discourse necessary here!
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-24-2016, 09:15 AM  
Pentax K-1 as a wedding camera!
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 109
Views: 14,475
While it certainly hasn't been mainstream at all, this year Pentax had a bit of buzz surrounding the release of a much-anticipated full-frame body. On paper, this body looked extraordinarily capable - and I had owned some Pentax gear in the past and was really impressed, but I thought it fell a bit short for professional use.

I finally justified buying one when I purchased my ticket to Burning Man this year. I needed a weather-sealed, beefy camera to brave the playa dust and after watching a guy just trash a couple Pentax bodies while deployed in Afghanistan and see them work just fine, I pulled the trigger.

The problem was, when I actually got the K-1 in hand, I loved it. I started using it for pro jobs right and left. The 77mm Limited was extraordinary for portraits, and I actually rather liked the 31mm as well. Their pro-level zooms were unwieldy, but got the job done. The AF was good, but not blazing fast.

But the files. Oh man, the files! They were as good as or better than my D810, and somehow smaller, and also natively DNG format for quicker importing. Check DxO - if this camera had a lower base ISO, it would be simply one of the best FF bodies out there right now.

So I wimped out. I bought an OM-D EM-1 kit to take to The Burn, which performed spectacularly. (you can check my Instagram for shots from The Playa if you're interested - my Insta handle is at the end of this post) I decided to get the Pentax system a "real" shot. Purchased even more kit, two of Pentax's newest flashes, a couple more lenses. Then finally, a backup body. The K-1 hadn't left me wanting for much in the professional realm, but this was mostly with slow-moving commercial/studio work, and on-location portrait stuff. I was apprehensive at using it at a wedding, but enthusiastic at the same time. I upgrade the firmware in both bodies, customized to my liking....

...and packed my bags for Mexico. This wedding in particular was on location in Playa Mujeres, Cancun. I was slated to shoot a boat trip, candids and lifestyle around the resort we were staying in, and the ceremony/reception itself.



Apologies for the random assortment of photos, but wanted to have a spectrum of different shots to display here. This is what I found about the camera.





In high dynamic range situations, this camera just crushes it. It's so easy to recover shadows (and even highlights, to an extent) and the files don't bog down my MacBook Pro like a D810 file would. I don't know why, but that's the case. On the boat, the camera was particularly awesome in broad daylight with harsh direct sunlight. However, I found myself being frustrated with the AF system, even early on the first day. It just wasn't intuitive, and didn't catch focus very quickly. Another frustration was the camera would enter "standby mode" periodically (I had it set to the longest possible delay going to sleep) and when it woke up, it would take a considerable amount of time. In a fast moving situation, this was just unacceptable and beyond annoying.





In a dark(er) hotel room, I tried my hand at using the DA* 55mm f/1.4 that I'd grown rather fond of for portraits. (I also adore the Nikon 58mm f/1.4G so this was a no-brainer to acquire). The 55mm was essentially worthless in low light. It'd hunt, miss focus, and was just too cumbersome to use. The Limited glass (31mm and 77mm) were indispensable in these situations. However, I began to notice a major annoyance that didn't strike me in slower-paced situations - even though the Limited glass is beautiful in rendering, relatively quick to focus, and all around gorgeous in general - it is 20-30 year old tech and uses the camera's screw-drive mechanism. This is infuriating when shooting quickly on-the-fly with the grip, because occasionally your hand will be against the barrel of the lens and will either hinder the AF itself or tweak the camera in your hands when you activate AF. I became excruciatingly aware of how bothersome this was early on in the wedding day.







The wedding was on the beach that day, with the sun low in the sky - forgiving shadows and beautiful tones. I was excited to be able to dual-wield two K-1's and really capture every moment as it happened.



It's a good thing I had two cameras. The K-1s proved to be subpar in their buffer size and frame rate - to the point of sheer frustration. With fast UHS-1 memory cards, writing was still slow and I'd get 4 frames before the camera locked up and wouldn't take a photo. There were one or two occasions with posed wedding guests that were just straight-up embarrassing as I switched bodies or fiddled with the camera. I blame myself here for not really exploring this prior. I guess I've just been spoiled by Nikon.



The reception continued to be frustrating, as the only lenses that seemed somewhat reliable again were the Limiteds - 31/77mm. The TTL flash performance was also strange, every 30-40 frames I'd get a totally blown out frame when the flash dumped all its power for no apparent reason. I fumbled through the reception and got decent content, but it wasn't effortless like it was with a Nikon system.





In conclusion, (and also before you rip me a new one :D) I'm dubious to recommend the K-1 for real wedding work. This was a relatively low-pressure wedding, and I'm not by trade a wedding photographer (I shoot perhaps 3-5 a year for the last half dozen years) so please take what I say with a grain of salt.





That said, it is a beautiful system that really would excel in many categories. The weathersealed body instills confidence every time you pick it up, it makes the D750 feel like a toy. The level of customization is absolutely fantastic. The dedicated dial is a godsend, especially since you can assign them on the fly. There were a few occasions where the Shake Reduction allowed me to shoot still scenes at an ISO that was just ridiculous given the light, shutter speeds of less than 1/30 of a second with sharp files (at 36mp!)

While I couldn't sing the praises of the Pentax system to anyone who, I'm not sure I'd ever count on it again for fast-paced, gotta-get-the-shot situations. I hope that this is helpful or at least amusing to anyone interested in the system.

This was my kit:

Pentax K-1 with D-BG6 (x2)
Pentax AF 360 FGZ II (x2)
Pentax 31mm f/1.8 Limited
Pentax 77mm f/1.8 Limited
Pentax DA* 55mm f/1.4
Pentax DA* 200mm f/2.8
Pentax D-FA 24-70mm f/2.8 WR
Pentax D-FA 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6 WR
Rokinon 24mm f/3.5 Tilt-Shift

Please feel free to fire me any questions you have an know that although I may seem critical, just wanted to be transparent with how everything performed.

If you'd like to follow my work or support me, I post to instagram regularly with updates on gear and travels: @kevinmsutton
Forum: Sold Items 11-01-2016, 10:05 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited MIJ (Silver)
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 1
Views: 932
to the top. Let's get this beautiful lens a new owner!
Forum: Sold Items 10-29-2016, 04:35 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-1
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 0
Views: 806
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax K-1

Asking Price
1,650.00 USD

Item Location
California (United States)

Item Description
I am totally sold on this camera. I've been using it for about 3 months now professionally and absolutely love it - so much I bought two, so I'd have a backup. This is my backup camera. However, I am needing to free up some funds for another project currently.

That said, I'm putting out a feeler for one of my K-1 bodies to subsidize the cost, since the Q is just so damn expensive. This body is absolutely flawless minus a tiny scratch next to the lens mounting ring (from a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 :hmm:) and an indentation on the serial number sticker on the bottom of the camera from a QR plate. Otherwise, it looks mint. I just checked the shutter count and it's at 7k and change.

The sale includes everything as new in the original box - strap, charger, paperwork - the whole shebang. I will add photos eventually but wanted to gauge interest first!

Please feel free to drop me a line with any questions.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
New

Shipping Destinations
North America

Shipping Charge
$30

Shipping Services
USPS, UPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order

Return Policy & Additional Details
48 after delivery to examine

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 10-28-2016, 01:58 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited MIJ (Silver)
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 1
Views: 932
Changing up some of my kit - this is my first sale here in quite a long time (I shot Nikon for years), but you may check out my feedback at FredMiranda (username ksutton) where I have over 170 positive feedbacks. Just renewed my donation here to sell.

Second is the gorgeous 77mm f/1.8 Limited, Made In Japan version, in the coveted silver finish. I absolutely love this lens but have my eye on something else. Just as awesome as everyone describes! Includes box, leather pouch, paperwork, and both caps. This lens shows no real signs of wear at all that I can see.

$750 includes shipping and PayPal fees in the CONUS.

Pentax DA* 200mm f/2.8 ED IF for sale. This lens is built like an absolute tank, and is sharp to boot. Comes in original box with paperwork, lens caps, and original hood. There's no signs of wear to speak of save for almost imperceptible scratches on the hood and some scuffing on the lens cap. I've been more than satisfied with this lens, it's excellent both on crop and the K-1. I just don't use longer focal lengths much.

$650 (SOLD)includes shipping and PayPal fees in the CONUS.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-02-2010, 07:11 AM  
Should I buy this lens ? Possible defect...
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 8
Views: 2,344
any more input? I guess I'm just worried about the blemish potentially spreading to the point where it actually affects the images.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-01-2010, 09:46 PM  
Should I buy this lens ? Possible defect...
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 8
Views: 2,344
The lens is a Nikon 180mm f/2.8. They range in price from $900 for the newest D-version to 450-500 for a pristine copy of an older (just as good) non-D version. Forum prices typically range from 430-580. This seller would accept $300 for this copy, and says its very sharp. I'm just worried about future deterioration of the lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-01-2010, 07:33 PM  
Should I buy this lens ? Possible defect...
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 8
Views: 2,344
Hello everyone, I don't post much here anymore (Nikon got me), but to be honest, I've gotten some of the most helpful responses here as opposed to the forums I now frequent.

I'm about to purchase a model of this lens, an older model, but came across a seller who fully disclosed a lens which seems to be in great functional condition, but has a small flaw on the front glass. I can't tell if its fungus, de-cementation (someone explain to me what this means, haha), lens separation, etc. I figure that many Pentax users have tons of legacy glass so someone must've seen something like this....



and closer:



Any insight is greatly appreciated!

And lastly, would you buy this lens at 70% of its typical used value? (Typically goes for $450, could probably get this for $300).
Forum: Sold Items 11-11-2009, 09:03 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home NWT
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 7
Views: 2,974
still available
Forum: Sold Items 11-03-2009, 10:07 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home NWT
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 7
Views: 2,974
still available. boxed and ready to go. going on craigslist this weekend
Forum: Sold Items 11-01-2009, 06:15 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home NWT
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 7
Views: 2,974
$65 shipped.
Forum: Sold Items 10-31-2009, 01:07 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home NWT
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 7
Views: 2,974
still available.
Forum: Sold Items 10-29-2009, 10:37 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home NWT
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 7
Views: 2,974
$10 shipping to Canada

As for your k10d, I did try out my k20d in this bag and its an awesome fit. Plus the green and black keeps to Pentax colors :D
Forum: Sold Items 10-29-2009, 09:20 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home NWT
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 7
Views: 2,974
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home NWT

Asking Price
$65 shipped


Shipping Destinations
United States

Item Description
Crumpler 5 million dollar home New With Tags!

Love these bags, I just bought this one but I'm getting the itch for backpack instead. It's the perfect size for a DSLR with lens attached, one small prime and a zoom, or a zoom and a flash unit. They look awesome and don't scream 'camera bag'.

Please note this is the 2009 model with 2 'silenced' velcro closures, and two sturdy clips. It's the Black/Gunmetal Model with green interior. I bought this here at Tempe Camera about a month ago for $85+tax.

Looking for $70 shipped and PayPal'd - I ship same day via USPS Priority Mail, so you'll get the bag in 2 days.

pics!





Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
New
Mint

Item Location
Scottsdale, AZ

Shipping Charge
none

Shipping Services
Priority Mail

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order

Return Policy & Additional Details
none

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 10-15-2009, 09:39 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 10-20mm - Mint!
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 22
Views: 3,928
Lens is SOLD
Forum: Sold Items 10-14-2009, 12:39 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 10-20mm - Mint!
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 22
Views: 3,928
I'd be willing to trade this lens for one in Canon mount ;)
Forum: Sold Items 10-13-2009, 11:23 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 10-20mm - Mint!
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 22
Views: 3,928
Thanks for everyone's insight. All I know is all the paperwork is there and the lens is mint :)

The lens is still available. First $415 in my PayPal account and I'll ship it priority mail SAME DAY, and you can have it before the weekend!

Remember if you pay via Credit Card with PayPal, you're liable for the fees. Otherwise e-check or bank transfer work fine.
Forum: Sold Items 10-12-2009, 07:38 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 10-20mm - Mint!
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 22
Views: 3,928
Here are some pictures. Receipt from Amazon dated April 2008. This lens carries a 4-year warranty and none of the paperwork is filled out so it's yours to claim. It even has the center-pinch cap instead of the stupid side-pinch cap most sigmas have.







Forum: Sold Items 10-12-2009, 03:15 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 10-20mm - Mint!
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 22
Views: 3,928
breischl, thanks for the heads up. This is the f4-5.6 version.

All PM's returned.
Forum: Sold Items 10-12-2009, 11:13 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 10-20mm - Mint!
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 22
Views: 3,928
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Sigma 10-20mm - Mint!

Asking Price
SOLD!


Item Description
Minty condition Sigma 10-20mm. Very sharp copy. I just sold my only Pentax camera body so I have no need for this. It was easily my favorite lens.

Comes with original box, paperwork, front and rear caps, hood, and Sigma EX zip-up case (these things are so cool).

Selling to help fund a new camera body.

Please don't hesitate to ask questions. You can also check my eBay feedback with the same name; buy with confidence.


Shipping Charge
$15

Shipping Services
USPS Priority Mail

Shipping Destinations
United States

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!







Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-07-2009, 09:59 AM  
Blown away by 5D mki
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 39
Views: 8,336
me too. That's one thing that always bothered me. I think the K20d is just a bit "short"....and the depth of the grip could be just a *bit* different, allowing you to manipulate the camera quickly
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-06-2009, 05:53 PM  
Am I crazy?
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 34
Views: 7,619
anyone know if there's an equivalent of the "Green Button" for Nikon or Canon users? I find this extremely helpful in almost all situations.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-05-2009, 01:44 PM  
Am I crazy?
Posted By opianstate
Replies: 34
Views: 7,619
I went to Best Buy and fondled a 50d and a D90 this afternoon, much to the dismay of the 4 salespeople who tried to help me (sell me) with the cameras, and they quickly pushed me onto the next salesperson when they realized that I was more familiar with each cameras' spec than they were. It also cracks me up that that place charges 20-25% more than any online vendor and somehow manages to be competitive.

Anyway - here's what I found: I hate the Canon UI. I just can't figure it out. Nothing makes sense, you can't get what settings you want quick enough, and its just confusing. Call me crazy, but I just had difficulty figuring out their logic behind button placement/use and menu options. However, I love the form factor of the camera. It's solid, has a good heft to it, and feels great in hand.

The Nikon has a much more intuitive user interface than the Canon IMO, and makes more sense to use. It seems like the menus are easier to navigate as well. Keep in mind I do have some experience with Nikon, but I've always thought that their UI was more manageable than Canon's. I also like the form factor of this camera, but it doesn't feel as pleasing in the hand - it's a little lighter and seems like it would get unbalanced with a heavier lens.

I'm still torn on what to do in this situation, and the user interface/Tokina options are really pushing me toward Nikon. Then again, I've grown fond of the Pentax as well, while not be as "pretty" UI-wise, it just makes more sense.

Still on the fence here. Have a ton of inquiries on my K20d body for sale too.
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