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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-03-2019, 10:05 AM  
New Pentax Cameras Make Us All Richer!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 59
Views: 2,766
And I'm not looking to do it again. I was in Oly in the aughts, then Sony FF and an NEX7 into 2015/6, overlapping with my purchase of a Z in 2014, just a couple of months after it came out.

Each time was somewhat painful, although I used my gear for trade-ins. Even if Pentax goes under (unlikely, I think), I won't be swapping out again. Way too satisfied with what I now have in Pentax across FF and medium format. So, no worries about prices dropping, or slow sales for me.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-28-2019, 05:27 PM  
Travelling with MF - how much kit do you carry?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 13
Views: 707
that's the most frightening thing I have read on these forums...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-23-2019, 07:13 AM  
Ricoh Theta Z1
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 78
Views: 5,493
A lot of goodness can come out of those 1" sensors as Sony has shown. Please, please have this thing made compatible with the dslr cameras as was demonstrated several years ago: a demonstration showed a Theta riding on top of the flash shoe, and high res still images could be embedded into the Theta capture in some way, so that you could have zoomable and discreet details of the scene. This would be a killer real estate app, and I could use it in one or 2 aspects of my museum documentation work----potential killer app there too.
















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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-30-2019, 07:03 AM  
Tmax, Tri-x or Ilford HP5?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 57
Views: 2,040
It's this: https://www.amazon.com/Practical-Zone-System-Digital-Photography/dp/02408075...em+photography

After Adams it's a classic. It has been updated recently for digital. Looks like there are some others with promise as well.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-11-2019, 03:20 PM  
K1 users: what lenses do you use?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 77
Views: 3,905
Well, I have quite an assortment, now. That wasn't intended, as the K1 (now upgraded) was purchased as a backup camera for my Z, and for UWA situations. But I have grown my system to be fully independent, although I use the cameras in tandem now for professional work. For my personal artwork I have only been using the Z, and for family I have only been using the K1U2 (what I call it now). So here's my rundown:

Irix Blackstone 15, purchased for the UWA work for interiors. Low distortion, excellent lens. Purchased new.

Pentax 15-30, purchased because it was on sale at the lowest price ever, new. Same reason as above, with a bit more flexibility. Haven't needed to use it much yet.

Pentax FA 20, purchased for reasons as above, and because sometimes really 20 is as wide as you want to go in a museum---even if the Irix doesn't distort much barrel wise, there's still that s-t-r-e-t-c-h at the edges---very bad for art objects. Also, for a lens this wide it is very petite! Very nice lens, underrated IMO.

Pentax 24-70, same reasons for purchase as the 15-30, also new, and a "one lens" solution if that is necessary. Useful for the odd event I have to shoot. Very good lens.

Pentax 28-105 WR. Light, small, useful, fantastic walk around lens, and weather resistant. Tremendous value. Much better than it has any right to be for the price. Some reports of shutter shake/shock exacerbated in this lens, I haven't seen it myself.

Several Pentax 28's----got 2 of them for my previous A7R, an M and a K, the K is better but larger. Might sell them though, now that I have the other options. Have always liked the 28 focal length, personally. Also have the 28 shift. Keeping that one.

Pentax 31 limited. Just got a great deal on a used one, so I snapped it up. Wasn't going to buy one due to their high cost, even used. Quite interesting focal length.

Pentax FA 35 f2. Had this before the 31. Excellent value lens.

Pentax A 50 f1.4. Have this for bokeh, infrequently used because what I do mostly requires deep dof. But these are very nice lenses and available cheap. And when you need bokeh....

Pentax FA 50 macro...for macro when it is required for work. Excellent lens, excellent value.

Pentax 77 limited. Another great deal I got used, and one of the very best lenses in the Pentax line. For portraits, bokeh, and isolation needs at work.

Pentax 100 macro WR. Again, for macro when required, and short tele or long portrait, isolation. And it is excellent, so small, fast-ish, and weather resistant. Another excellent lens, and excellent value.

From the list above you can see what my shooting involves. I rarely if ever do tele. For that I have several of the 645 lenses, including the A* 300, which I can use with an adapter on my K1U2. I also have the tele converters for the 645 lenses, which then also work with the adapter.

This is a very great thing about the Pentax system, and it gets short shrift or is forgotten entirely, even by Pentaxians!----the ability to go vertically from 6x7, through 645, to FF and then APSC with downwardly and a few upwardly compatible lenses, and it's all backwardly compatible as well, plus the flashes work across all formats, along with several other accessories. Canon and Nikon brag (somewhat rightly) about their systems, but no one else in the industry can do Pentax's trick. And for overall value, no one beats Pentax (although in medium format Fuji is definitely in the race, now, although there is no back catalogue of used lenses, and won't be for years).

IMO, Pentax has the best total system any manufacturer has ever assembled.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-19-2019, 07:06 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 13,123
Views: 2,166,148
That's a great shot, Mike. But I am certain you already knew that. The reflection ringed by the rocks is perfect, and although I'm not a "moment" sort of guy, the perfect moment for the clouds. The light and shade contrast is excellent. Hard to bring something new to such an iconic subject!

I often think if people "shooting" their cameras at Half Dome were actually shooting projectiles, all we'd have would be gravel now.

Kudos for you effort and work, and excellent taste.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-11-2019, 04:17 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 13,123
Views: 2,166,148
!!! You have a house??? I thought you were a nomad...
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 02-02-2019, 08:21 AM  
Customer rationale..
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 3
Views: 696
Well, I found that out with my Nex 7 andA7R. At the time I also had an A850----much more comfortable to use, and I don't have huge hands.

My first serious camera was a Rollei 35LED---sweet little thing but it hardly had much in the way of knobs, rings, or buttons to manipulate, and the ones it did have could be fiddly. All this weight/size business is a bit quizzical. My experiences backpacking and portaging on canoe trips is that what makes as much difference as the weight is the way it is carried. A crappy strap is going to be uncomfortable over time no matter what. Thus it pays to spend extra time getting a good one (for you).


I lucked into a fantastic strap for my 645Z, and I can carry that all day easily without any discomfort. Bags are the same, although if it's a single shoulder model just being unbalanced takes its toll---I do a hybrid commute that involves 5-8 miles walking a day plus a train ride, and a heavy messenger bag can be wearing.

But for ergonomics, cameras can be easily too small, and it's better if they are a bit too big than a bit too small, IMO.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-30-2019, 06:51 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 13,123
Views: 2,166,148
Yes---so glad I got mine right away in 2014. But at least now you have one, so congrats and enjoy it as I do mine---immensely. Although the impulse for me to get it was a bit complicated but very much related to professional needs, it's one of my favorite cameras to use I've ever had---just really love using it.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-20-2019, 07:35 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 13,123
Views: 2,166,148
Very fine B&W image, exposure and contrast wise. I tried to get out recently when we had the snow, but things didn't work out that morning.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-07-2019, 08:05 PM  
News on the Pentax 645 front---Japanese magazine interview
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 19
Views: 2,253
As reported in Pentax Rumors

There's a list of stuff from an interview by Pentax with Nippon Camera magazine. The 645 highlights are these:

New Pentax 645 medium format camera is currently under consideration.
Ricoh has no plans to kill the 645 camera line.
645 lenses development is also still ongoing, but full-frame K-mount lenses have priority.

Some here will find their ways to accentuate the negative here. I will say that considering how tight lipped Pentax is, this is very positive news.


So, take it the way you want to. I welcome Japanese speakers' takes on the actual article, if they can find it.

EDIT: Just saw that this was posted in the news and rumors forum here 4 days ago. I missed it, so maybe all of you did too.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-15-2019, 04:34 PM  
Pentax K-1 Travel Tripod
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 20
Views: 1,122
Congrats. Yes, but...
BANG. You just blew it up. You'll need to start looking at used gear.

Astro may require a bit more solidity than other pursuits because of the exposure times---I'd check in with some astro-nauts (Ha! See what I did there?)

I've got a Feisol 3441, but they are over $400 now, new. I have a big Leofoto---NOT a travel tripod!---but I have been impressed by its construction. They make a comparable(to the Feisol) travel tripod for about $325---with head. Probably closer to your budget w/o head. You could look at Oben as well.
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-02-2019, 09:23 AM  
Recommendations for 20mm or so
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 57
Views: 2,939
Based on a somewhat quick look, your copy of the K is looking pretty good...the FA slightly disappointing by comparison.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-19-2018, 01:22 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 13,123
Views: 2,166,148
Boris---another lovely shot. Your images have a serene, quiet quality that is reminding me of some early color photography done in Europe and Russia. Is this intended?
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-22-2018, 10:00 AM  
K-1 upgrade delay
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 129
Views: 7,118
So, based on this letter, I'd say the silver lining here is the "unforeseen overwhelming success of the Pentax K1 Upgrade Service worldwide". I hope that makes the people in Japan sit up and take notice. One thing I am thinking is that for a small company, this could be an interesting avenue for renewal of products. Clearly the negative experiences of some folks here speak to the need to manage this much better next time, but I remain hopeful that this could be an innovative way to design cameras, modularly, such that work like this can be done quickly and efficiently.

After all, do you really want to have to learn a whole new body every time you change cameras? For me, that's the least pleasant thing about upgrades...
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-10-2018, 06:54 PM  
Pentax 645z gallery
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 34
Views: 4,286
Excellent images. Now I will keep closer watch on your website.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-29-2018, 06:32 AM  
K-1 upgrade delay
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 129
Views: 7,118
When I sent mine in they had parts, but then quickly didn't, so I had to wait for a while. I think there's been a bit o' demand.


Seems consistent with pretty much everything we've seen from Pentax for some years now: 2014, underestimated demand for the 645Z; 2016, underestimated demand for the K1; 2018, underestimated demand for the 50 f1.4, and underestimated demand for the K1-K1mkII circuit boards; 2018, Ricoh announces an overdue refresh of the GR; 2018, gives a conservative and quiet (yet overall positive) interview at Photokina about the near future.

I'm detecting a pattern. I think it's a conservative company that is concerned about over-reaching in a tightening market, because I think the downside of that is maybe more significant to a small company/division than any possible upside. Yet they are apparently profitable in their niche.


No doom and gloom from me, although I wish I was multi-billionaire and could buy the company or become a partner with Ricoh and do a few things....
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-28-2018, 06:23 AM  
PhotoPlus Expo 2018
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 70
Views: 8,434
Well, here's my speculation:

In the near and medium future, which is all anybody can really talk about, I believe that Pentax will remain more or less the company they are today. Cautious, somewhat conservative, making products that are actually very, very good ; if you don't count video, which clearly Pentax isn't that interested in---except in Theta. More on that in a moment.

Obviously they can make a really good camera body. I am very well satisfied with my Z and my now upgraded K1. I guess it's not a mkII, so maybe a U2?

I am well satisfied with all of my Pentax lenses, although the 645 45 needs a refresh, as well as the 33-55 which I don't have. But it is obvious here also that they can design good lenses.


I am quite satisfied with my Pentax flashes. And other accessories. I wish they did more with radio triggers.

And I can hardly complain about Pentax's price points!!!! Good gawd. Yes the medium format lenses are pricey, but not inordinately so all things properly considered.


I am pretty darn certain that there's nothing in my Pentax gear that is really holding back my photography except tethering. This would be very handy to me in some situations, but it's not a deal buster at all. So, the significant problems with all of my photography have to do with me. Everyone else can speak for themselves.

I think the Pentax people in Japan see things as I do. That is why I don't anticipate some big surprise or change from Pentax. Seems to me they have shown us for years who they are, with no duplicity. How you feel about that should govern whether Pentax is the right fit for you. Expecting them to suddenly be different than they are seems odd to me. In fact , the way Pentax is different is appealing to me. I am only frustrated that they can't seem to get out of the starting blocks with their marketing in general and outreach to existing users.

The wild card to me is what Ricoh has been up to with the Theta. That device's tech has many applications, commercial and consumer, and that seems to me the logical working platform for R&D into computational photography, the latest and in many ways most interesting area. As has been explained elsewhere, we are reaching some limits with what can be done with sensors and optics alone. The phone people hit this wall first for obvious reasons, but that bell has begun to toll for full size cameras as well, the new 100-150mp medium format sensors notwithstanding. And we may well begin seeing the newest tech in the APSC realm, although the new ubiquity of FF (think back about 10-12 years and consider how remarkable this is!) perhaps means it will happen there.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-22-2018, 12:21 PM  
K-1 upgrade delay
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 129
Views: 7,118
Exactly my sentiments, clickclick. I'm glad I did it.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 10-17-2018, 12:31 PM  
Question Revised forum policy , just a suggestion
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 34
Views: 1,159
This is not what's being proposed or discussed here, as far as I can see. But I can tell you as a forums admin elsewhere that they can be quickly be derailed and/or poisoned by incivility and/or baiting/trolling. And incivility doesn't only mean name calling.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 10-17-2018, 07:20 PM  
Question Revised forum policy , just a suggestion
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 34
Views: 1,159
Sorry, monochrome. I was referring to the original outreach by the moderators, not the somewhat unwieldy and confusing suggestion by Amegalo.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 10-17-2018, 08:18 AM  
Question Revised forum policy , just a suggestion
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 34
Views: 1,159
While I think that dismissive and/or demeaning comments indeed need to be checked (I run The LightZone Project website with several others, and we are extremely strict about this...), I also believe that there really are only a handful of problem people from what I can see on the medium format, K1, and full frame forums, plus a couple of others I visit infrequently. I also must question the idea that it's the responders who are most at fault, and not the instigators. To whit:


My suggestion is for the mods to reach out to these individuals directly, and, if necessary, read them the riot act. In particular we seem on these forums to have a few individuals who are consistently negative about Ricoh, Pentax and its/their products, in addition to the doom and gloom group. I go out of my way to be judicious in my responses, but I have to say several of these consistently negative people are getting very tiresome. Only one ever seems to add anything substantive to the discussions, even though these examples themselves can be tendentious, sometimes at best. It's often so bad more than a few of us wonder why they have Pentax gear at all, and why they are here. This continual confrontation on their parts hardly makes this a more pleasant or productive place.

Deal with these very few individuals---I think it's only several, really, and it will go far to cleaning things up. Why give them a pass and blame the responders?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-28-2018, 07:03 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 13,123
Views: 2,166,148
Terrific image---and I'm not even that that keen on images like these. But this one transcends the typical attractive urban shot. It's really pretty perfect. Kudos.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 07-14-2018, 11:46 AM  
Poll: What should the next Pentax Full Frame be?
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 161
Views: 7,914
Well, I came to Pentax from Sony, A7R. Great camera, but...mirrorless really isn't the second coming. It's nice for some things, and you trim your weight and size down a bit, but that comes with its own problems, such as cramped ergonomics and lens-body imbalances (although this last has improved a bit). For me, the K1 series is about as compact as is completely comfortable strictly from the standpoint of usage. The Z is better. And while there are times when the current crop of EVF's are handy, most of the time the OVF is still better---and I liked the A7R's EVF! I'd rather see Pentax concentrate on their niche---they are not going to be the # 1,2, or 3 company. But they could be a very healthy 4. Just work on improving what they have, AFAIC.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-06-2018, 09:22 AM  
K-1 upgrade delay
Posted By texandrews
Replies: 129
Views: 7,118
First, let me credit Pentax for the whole idea. Let me also credit Precision (and all the other repair facilities doing these upgrades around the world) for dealing with what has turned out to be a difficult situation. To whit:

Once again Pentax has apparently woefully underestimated demand---not the first time as I've said elsewhere. This has put undue pressure on Precision, at least, as they've had to not only deal with the demand, but do so while not having all the parts! And from my experience successfully upgrading---part of which I did just to encourage Pentax in what I think is a bold and unprecedentedly user-friendly move---I also know that Precision had at least one personnel change this summer. Finally add to that two related things: first, a lack of clarity and a lot of back and forth about the effectiveness of the upgrade, with some naysayers dominating the conversation for a couple of months until some upgraders and new K1mkII purchasers started weighing in with their positive comments. This led probably led to a lot of delay on the part of some fence sitters, and pushing a lot of the upgrades to the second half of the upgrade period, putting yet more pressure on Precision. I think Precision did the right thing all along by advising folks whether or not to send in their cameras based on supplies of parts. You really can't ask for more, IMO.


So, my recap is that this was a splendid idea that was hit by a perfect storm of problems, but in the end is working out for the best for those who have decided to upgrade. I hope it is judged in the end as a success by all involved, customers, Precision, and Pentax, and that lessons were learned, and that they try it again! Please start with the 645Z!
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