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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-13-2011, 03:22 PM  
K5 or K7 for baseball?
Posted By bfo
Replies: 21
Views: 4,159
You absolutely need a new lens...:p
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-31-2011, 03:38 AM  
Canon 7D vs Pentax K-5: A comparison
Posted By bfo
Replies: 125
Views: 26,292
From the comparison: ...."Ergonomics are essentially a draw and, as always, really boil down to the user's preference."....

How then do you get a Ergonomics score of 7 for the 7D vs. 9 for the K-5?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-29-2011, 04:29 AM  
Masters Degree Survey @
Posted By bfo
Replies: 33
Views: 7,547
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-28-2011, 02:37 PM  
Masters Degree Survey @
Posted By bfo
Replies: 33
Views: 7,547
+1, for $ 5000 I also got the K-5.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-12-2011, 02:29 PM  
Sports Lens
Posted By bfo
Replies: 4
Views: 3,412
Forum: Pentax K-5 02-22-2011, 05:08 AM  
Relevant news re malfunctioning AF under artificial light
Posted By bfo
Replies: 752
Views: 106,176

looking forward to get some real insight to the K5 FF issue
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-20-2011, 03:29 PM  
The I Can't Be Happy With My Camera Club
Posted By bfo
Replies: 170
Views: 25,238
Yes. Altough i don't think these early versions is Sonic Driven. Just motors. May be a problem with the spark plugs.:lol:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-20-2011, 02:22 PM  
The I Can't Be Happy With My Camera Club
Posted By bfo
Replies: 170
Views: 25,238
Neither will mine. Not my M 200/4 either. Probably the whole M-series is affected. :eek:
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-08-2010, 03:46 PM  
Real photos (not test shots) showing the "string of pearls" stains?
Posted By bfo
Replies: 69
Views: 18,369
Are you absolutely sure that's not birds?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-17-2010, 12:23 PM  
I have changed my mind!
Posted By bfo
Replies: 56
Views: 7,245
The K-7 is very capable, and up to ISO 1600-2000, there really isn't much of a problem.
If youre shooting a lot of dripping water, and splashes you really should consider a weather sealed body (k-7/5).
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-17-2010, 03:35 AM  
I have changed my mind!
Posted By bfo
Replies: 56
Views: 7,245
Without knowing your needs, it's kind of difficult giving any specific advice, but I'll try anyway.

You look set on the K-x, so I'll try to give some advice on lenses/kits.

First: The second offer above does not include 3 lenses. It includes some (probably really crappy) converters wich (extremely simplified) will make the included 18-55 mm lens:
With wide angle converter: 9-28mm
With telecoverter: 36-110mm
this will however come at the cost of seriously shitty image quality.
In short: don't go there.

I think you shold consider something like this:

Pentax K-x Digital SLR with 18-55mm and 55-300mm Zoom 15801 B&H

the 18-55mm lens is the same as in the offers you have already looked into on ebay, wheras the 55-300mm is a really good quality telezoom. Most serious retaliers price this at approx. $ 350. It's quality is generally regarded as better than i.e. the 50-200mm.

Then try to find out what focal lenghts you like, and buy primes according to that. If you are to go seriously into macro, you will need dedicated lenses, like this:
Pentax smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro Lens 21910 B&H Photo

or this

Pentax SMCP-DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited Series Autofocus 21730

Good luck!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-11-2010, 02:04 PM  
Choosing the K-r or K7
Posted By bfo
Replies: 10
Views: 5,133
The K-7 is a very capable camera. The K-5 is the same body and features as the K-7, but with improved sensor (better high ISO, better DR etc) and AF. The K-5 is also ~ twice the price of the K-7.
The K-x vs. the new K-r is much of the same.
The K-x/K-r vs K-7: K-x/r better sensor, but not as good as K-5. ~ same AF-performance. Less features and contol possibilities on the K-x/r. K-7 has much better build quality (and ergonomics), and is weather sealed.
K-7/K-x was intoduced last year, and are "old". But rest assured, they have not become worse cameras because a new generation has been introduced. A lot of great photos are still beeing shot with cameras far older than the K7/x...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-11-2010, 01:39 PM  
Any ideas why pentax does not make a 50mm 1.2 anymore?
Posted By bfo
Replies: 24
Views: 3,852
This is easy. Pentax aimes to make money.
They don't think it will generate any income. Same as why a bunch of other lenses are discontinued/not updatet to AF.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-04-2010, 05:37 AM  
Visible autofocus on new Pentax
Posted By bfo
Replies: 14
Views: 2,081
I think the K-x is the only model without visible AF-confirmation.

The marketplace on this forum is a good place to find used equipment.
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-28-2010, 04:58 AM  
The K-5 takes a shower
Posted By bfo
Replies: 24
Views: 7,058
This is a piece of the Norwegian newspaper VG's test of the K-7:

(Used google translate, sorry for the poor english...)

"...The compact and robust housing of magnesium and steel, Pentax has crammed in so many features that few will ever have used all. Among other video at 720p HD resolution. The camera that is smaller than the Olympus E-30, Canon EOS 50D or Nikon D90, is sealed at the front and edges and can withstand rain, snow and temperatures down to -10 degrees. Something we obviously tested. The camera was mounted on the Pentax DA 18-55mm zoom WR with a rubber gasket that seals the bayonet mount. Then the camera turned on and left out in the downpour for half an hour. Then it was placed in a -18 degree freezer for 48 hours.

It drenched camera froze to ice, of course, and nothing seemed when it was pulled out of the freezer 48 hours later. But after five minutes' thawing lit LCD screen and the camera focused on when the release was affected. Shutter and mirror needed for a few minutes before the camera worked flawlessly. Since it was taken several hundred pictures with Pentax-one without a single small problem....."

The temperatures refer to Celsisus.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-05-2010, 01:33 AM  
Looking for owner reviews on the K-7, performance, reliability, use
Posted By bfo
Replies: 42
Views: 6,324
The main complaints will depend on your current gear. If you come from a P&S camera (as I did) there's precious little to complain about in any way. Sure, some other brands offer better AF, and the high ISO of the K-7 isn't top notch. But I can't really see any better offer if ruggedness and weather sealing is high priority. At least not unless you plan to pay a lot more. As far as I know no other brand offer affordable WR lenses.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-05-2010, 01:26 AM  
Looking for owner reviews on the K-7, performance, reliability, use
Posted By bfo
Replies: 42
Views: 6,324
Yes, I'm in Norway. First: I'm not very advanced as a photographer. My setup:

Body: K-7
Lenses: Kit 18-55mm WR and 50-200 WR for outdoors. Tamron 28-75 mm f2.8 for indoors and when you know the weather woun't be a problem. Also have a M 50mm f1.7 and a M 200mm f4. Dont reallys use them much, but the 50mm is very good for non moving subjects (especially in low light/indoors) Manual focus is a pain in the ass if you plan to shoot anything moving (like kids....)

Optically the kit lenses are OK, but would love to have the DA* 60-250mm f4. Rather expensive tough, and also big and heavy to carry around. At least if your first priority is fishing.....

Wil try to upload a few photos later.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-30-2010, 12:50 AM  
Looking for owner reviews on the K-7, performance, reliability, use
Posted By bfo
Replies: 42
Views: 6,324
I do a lot of flyfishing and hunting. Never afraid to bring the K-7 along.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-28-2010, 01:01 PM  
The K-5 has the DR to match!
Posted By bfo
Replies: 49
Views: 14,570
What is the price in sweden? do you have a link?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-25-2010, 08:05 AM  
My Relationship with Pentax a Very Long Goodbye
Posted By bfo
Replies: 114
Views: 27,658
Well said!
And as a forum member I would take much more care when reading Ben's posts if he was sponsored.. As it is now, we know we get his honest opinion on things.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-22-2010, 03:09 AM  
K-5 already below D7000 in Norway
Posted By bfo
Replies: 30
Views: 13,263
That means USD 1325, K-5 body only (as Norwegian price includes 25% VAT). Norway is generally one of the most expensive countries there is. :hmm:

Or maybe a :D for those of you not living in Norway...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-20-2010, 02:14 PM  
K-5 and pricing the market
Posted By bfo
Replies: 110
Views: 21,881
First street prices in Norway suggest that the K-5 is approx.
- $100 more than Nikon D7000.
- $150 more than Canon 60D
- same price as Canon 7D

As far as I can remember, the K-5 is priced about $100 more than the K-7 compared at release.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-20-2010, 06:22 AM  
What Time/Country is Announcement !
Posted By bfo
Replies: 21
Views: 4,303
Tokyo, the 20th of September, HOYA CORPORATION PENTAX Imaging Systems Division is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX K-5 lens-interchangeable digital SLR camera. Encased in a compact but solid, functional body, this new model comes equipped with a host of advanced photographic tools for the easy creation of diversified visual expressions, while demonstrating much higher standards of image quality, data processing speed and operability than previous models.

Developed using the highly acclaimed PENTAX K-7 (introduced to the market in June 2009) as its base, the K-5 inherits the exceptional reliability, user-friendly operation, array of advanced features and compact, lightweight body of its predecessor, yet it is more resourceful and flexible in photographic expression. Coupling a new high-speed, low-noise CMOS image sensor with the high-performance PRIME II imaging engine, it produces super-high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels, even when shooting in the continuous shooting mode at a maximum speed of approximately seven images per second. It also offers an extra-wide sensitivity range between ISO 80 and ISO 51200 (when expanded via a custom function) and Full HD-proportion movie recording at 1920 x 1080 pixels to expand the boundaries of high-quality visual presentation. Adding other improvements and refinements — such as a much-faster autofocusing speed, an upgraded HDR (High Dynamic Range) function now usable in handheld shooting, and better operability through an overall review of the design and shape of all components — the K-5 is designed to be more functional and maneuverable in every detail, and more capable of responding to the discriminating demands of advanced amateurs than previous models.
Major Features
1. High-resolution, low-noise, true-to-life image reproduction
The K-5 incorporates a newly designed CMOS image sensor with a wide image-sensitive area measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm. It assures high-speed image data readout much faster than that of previous sensors. By coupling this image sensor — equivalent in performance and data processing speed to the image sensor incorporated in the PENTAX 645D medium-format digital camera — with the reliable PRIME (PENTAX Real Image Engine) II imaging engine, the K-5 produces super-high-resolution, rich-gradation digital images with 16.28 effective megapixels, while suppressing annoying digital noise to a minimum. The K-5 also offers a wide sensitivity range between ISO 100 and ISO 12800. This range can be intentionally expanded by the user from ISO 80 to ISO 51200 via a custom function to accommodate applications intended for more creative expressions, such as open-aperture shooting using a large-aperture lens, and indoor and nighttime shooting with incident light only.
2. High-speed continuous shooting at approximately seven images per second
The K-5’s high-speed continuous shooting mode records as many as 22 images (in the JPEG recording format) in a single sequence at a maximum speed of seven images per second, allowing the photographer to preserve sharp, crisp images of active, fast-moving subjects — such as sports players, stage performers and wildlife — with great ease.
3. Responsive, high-precision AF system
The K-5 features a new-generation, wide-frame SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors positioned in the middle). This sophisticated AF system has completely redesigned optics, and factors the light source at the time of shooting into its calculations to improve the accuracy of autofocus operation. It also offers a choice of shutter-release options — between focus priority and release priority in the AF.S (single) advance mode, or between focus priority and speed priority in the AF.C (continuous) advance mode — to make the photographer better equipped for varying photographic requirements. The K-5 is also equipped with a spotbeam projector to assist the AF system in poorly lit locations.
4. Compact, solid, functional camera body
Despite its compact dimensions, the K-5 is built to be exceptionally solid and durable, with a body of sturdy yet lightweight magnesium alloy, and a chassis of highly-rigid stainless steel. Thanks to the inclusion of 77 special seals in the body, it also boasts a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction, assuring reliable operation even under harsh environment and at temperatures as low as -10C. It also features a reliable shutter unit that provides a top shutter speed of 1/8000 second and the outstanding durability to withstand as many as 100,000 shutter releases. Despite all these features, the K-5 still offers an extremely compact, functional body, because PENTAX has applied all its years of experience and expertise in camera downsizing that it accumulated since the earliest days of film-format SLR cameras.
5. Bright, clear optical viewfinder with 100% field of view
The K-5 features a pentaprism finder with a nearly 100% field of view and at 0.92-times magnification (with a 50mm F1.4 lens at infinity) to provide a better view of the image field and improve the accuracy and speed of focusing and image composition. It also comes with the renowned Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen to assist the photographer with manual-focus operation. The K-5’s bright, clear viewfinder assures greater visibility in outdoor shooting — especially when using a telephoto lens — allowing the photographer to better concentrate on the subject and image composition.
6. Effortless Live View shooting
Thanks to a new image sensor and a more sophisticated algorithm, the K-5’s Contrast AF mode assures better performance and greater focusing speed than before during Live View shooting. With the addition of a Golden Section display, the K-5 offers a choice of three different grid patterns to facilitate image composition.
7. PENTAX-original SR mechanism with user-assisting options
The K-5 features the PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, which effectively compensates the adverse effect of camera shake by 2.5 to 4 shutter steps, to produce sharp, blur-free images. This innovative mechanism works with almost all PENTAX interchangeable lenses — even those designed for film-format cameras.* Thanks to the SR mechanism’s flexible design, which tilts the image sensor unit in all directions, the K-5 offers several useful features to assist the photographer during shooting. These include an auto level compensation function to assure high-precision framing and effortless adjustment of horizontal alignment, and an image-composition fine-adjustment function to automatically compensate for the camera’s inclination during handheld shooting — vertically, horizontally, and in the direction of rotation.
* Lenses compatible with this mechanism: PENTAX K-, KA-, KAF-, KAF2- and KAF3-mount lenses; screw-mounted lenses (with an adapter); and 645- and 67-system lenses (with an adapter). Some functions may not be available with certain lenses.
8. Recording of Full HD-proportion movies (1920 x 1080 pixels, 25 frames per second)
The K-5 captures beautiful, true-to-life movie clips in 16:9 Full HD proportions (1920 x 1080 pixels) at a frame rate of 25 frames per second.** This extends many of the benefits of high-quality SLR photography to the world of movie shooting: For instance, you can reduce the depth of field to make a subject stand out, or use different interchangeable lenses to create distinctive visual effects. The K-5 also provides greater possibilities in visual presentation in movies***, especially through the application of custom images and digital filters.
** Movie recording may be terminated when a memory card with a low transfer rate is used in the K-5.
***The number of frames may vary when in certain image processing modes.
9. Innovative image-processing functions to produce distinctive photographic expressions
(1) Custom image function for distinctive finishing touches
The K-5 features the custom image function, which allows users to easily select the desired finishing touch for a particular image, in order to more faithfully express their creative intention or emphasize the prevailing atmosphere. The K-5 offers a choice of nine custom image modes, including Bleach Bypass, which is designed to create a dramatic visual effect used in motion pictures. In addition to the conventional Sharpness and Fine Sharpness modes, the K-5 also offers a new Extra Sharpness mode, which is designed to place extra emphasis on the outline of even the most minute details of the image to enhance its resolution.
(2) Versatile digital filter function
The K-5’s digital filter function allows the user to process recorded images in a variety of creative ways and produce highly individualized visual expressions — without requiring a computer. The user not only has a choice of 18 different filters, including the newly added Sketch and Posterization, but can also apply different filters one after another to a single image to create more inventive visual effects.
(3) Cross process mode with three options
The K-5 features the unique cross process mode, in which the camera automatically shifts photographic parameters for each exposure to create eye-catching images with unique, dramatic colors — just like pictures treated with the cross process**** in film photography. In addition to Random, where the results are unpredictable until the image has been processed, the user also has two other options: Preset, with three different sets of preset parameters; and Favorite, with user-selected parameters.
**** A film development technique that uses unconventional film development to create a distinctive finish with dramatic, stylized colors.
(4) HDR (High Dynamic Range) function
The K-5 features the HDR (high dynamic range) function to create one composite image with an extra-wide gradation range from three images with different exposures, without requiring a computer. It offers a choice of auto, standard and expanded (at three levels) modes to accommodate different creative intentions. Thanks to the addition of an automatic composition correction function, the user can now take advantage of this creative tool even with handheld shooting.
10. Other features
① Electronic level function, with a newly added tilt confirmation tool
② Extended-exposure NR (Noise Reduction) function, with a choice of Auto, On and Off modes
③ High-sensitivity NR (Noise Reduction) function, with a camera-dependent Auto mode and a user-adjustable reduction strength preset for each ISO setting
④ RAW/Fx button, for single-action switching of image file format, as well as for assignment and instant recall of a specific function
⑤ Large, easy-to-view 3.0-inch wide-view color LCD monitor with 921,000 dots
⑥ 77-segment multi-pattern metering system for extra-accurate light measurement
⑦ DR II (Dust Removal II) mechanism, to shake dust off the CMOS image sensor as effectively as any other dust removal device
⑧ Long battery life, for recording of 1,100 images with full recharge*****
⑨ User-friendly Hyper control system, to flexibly and accurately respond to the photographer’s creative intentions
⑩ Dynamic-range expansion function, to compensate for both whitewashed (overexposed) and black-out (underexposed) areas
⑪ Automatic compensation of distortion and lateral chromatic aberration (available only with DA-,DFA- and FA Limited-series lenses)
⑫ CTE mode, to automatically adjust the white-balance level to emphasize primary colors of sunset scenes
⑬ Attachment of copyright credits on recorded images
⑭ D-BG4 Battery Grip (optional) for extra power supply with an exclusive rechargeable lithium-ion battery or six AA-size batteries
⑮ Color-specific control buttons/dials for easy recognition and quick access, based on the universal color design
PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4 software package, including a RAW-data processing and browser application (based on the popular SILKYPIX RAW-data processing engine developed by Ichikawa Soft Laboratory) and a browser application

***** Under testing conditions prescribed by PENTAX, when using a rechargeable D-LI90 lithium-ion battery with no flash discharges.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-11-2010, 01:53 PM  
Could you please try this for me with k7
Posted By bfo
Replies: 16
Views: 4,783
Yes, I'm shooting at infinity. ISO 100 and 18mm (With 18-55mm WR). Daylight/overcast so not very bright, but rather good light. I guess focusing at infinity in low light will be difficult, as AF assist light will not help much...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-10-2010, 01:22 AM  
Possible Complete K-5 Specs (Still rumour until the 22nd!)
Posted By bfo
Replies: 465
Views: 110,778
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