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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-28-2019, 08:49 AM  
Lenses for Landscape and Travel with K-3ii
Posted By Basie
Replies: 26
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Hi Philipp If my 18-135 would break, I would replace it with another one, but with the combination hat you propose you will have better reach (the 2 mm at the short end is significantly wider and obviously the 300 at the long end much better than the 18-135). If I were to have only one lens, it would be the 18-135, but if you are willing to carry both of your proposed lenses on your hikes it will be a great combination. Zoom lenses are apparently inferior to the good primes, but with the lenses that you propose the quality is very good and you do not need to change lenses so often as you would with primes and I have had my fair share of problems with changing lenses when you really need to.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-28-2019, 08:45 AM  
Lenses for Landscape and Travel with K-3ii
Posted By normhead
Replies: 26
Views: 2,352
The DA 50 1.7 is the affordable lightweight option. That or the 35 2.4. I got by with an FA 50 1.7 for years, but now I'd take the 55 1.4 and the 100 macro for macro. With the 16-85 and 55-300 those cover everything. Wide angle, telephoto, low light and macro. What else could a guy possibly need?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-28-2019, 08:37 AM  
Lenses for Landscape and Travel with K-3ii
Posted By UncleVanya
Replies: 26
Views: 2,352
If the 18-135 broke and you liked it, you must have wanted wider or wanted something it didn't provide to go to the 16-85. The 16-85 is by all accounts a fantastic lens and the wide end is very good. I don't think you will regret this if you plan is to pair it with the 55-300, particularly the PLM version which has fast focusing by all accounts. The one gap might be something low light capable, you might think about that and decide if it matters or if a small tripod might be sufficient for your shot needs with the light gets dim.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-28-2019, 08:36 AM  
Lenses for Landscape and Travel with K-3ii
Posted By subsea
Replies: 26
Views: 2,352
That's exactly my travel kit. A K-3II with the 16-85 as my walkaround lens (for both landscapes and in-city) and the 55-300 PLM is for everything else (i.e. wildlife, aircraft, etc.). A light lens package with great image quality, so you don't sacrifice much compared to the primes, with the added benefit of typically not needing to lose shots due to a need to change lenses.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-28-2019, 08:13 AM  
Lenses for Landscape and Travel with K-3ii
Posted By normhead
Replies: 26
Views: 2,352
That's what I'd go with. I have a broken 55-300 PLM (great lens but it may not survive a fall from 5 feet) which I plan to replace and the 16-85 is next on the list for my wife, so I'll be buying both lenses soon. The 55-300 is already ordered. The 16-85 will take bit longer.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-30-2016, 02:23 PM  
How to choose 14mm
Posted By Adam
Replies: 5
Views: 825
You can't. Just use the closest value, so 15mm.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-23-2016, 12:26 AM  
Underwater surfing
Posted By Chris Hewgill
Replies: 10
Views: 3,466
Underwater surf photo taken with a Pentax K3 in a custom made water housing, with manual settings tweaked for light and speed. 10-17mm Pentax Lens with board just a metre away from camera
Forum: General Photography 01-26-2016, 09:08 PM  
Cool Website
Posted By Zephos
Replies: 1
Views: 866
I decided to get up before sunrise tomorrow and try to get some good phots, so I was looking for a good place to go online and came across this website:

Best places in Salt Lake County to take photos | ShotHotspot

Looks pretty cool so far.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-16-2016, 04:30 PM  
K-3 or K-3 II
Posted By Badpix
Replies: 33
Views: 4,613
I bought the K3 about 5 months ago and to be honest if I had the extra dollars and was more patient I probably bought the K3ii, because newer is better right? Although I've actually found myself using the internal flash a bit lately. I've got a YongNuo YN-560 III and I was using the IF to set off the YN-560 as a slave which was fun to play around with to get some different results. Another time I was at the park and my subject was heavily backlit and I found just using a little bit of IF I was able to light up my subject and keep the background nicely exposed, so in some instances it does have advantages. Either way I'm sure you're going to enjoy the whichever one you choose, they're both great cameras.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-12-2016, 10:32 AM  
Landscape Mysterious Loch II
Posted By Kerrowdown
Replies: 42
Views: 2,179
We Scots will make you most welcome when you get here. ;)



Thank you. :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-12-2016, 09:34 AM  
Landscape Mysterious Loch II
Posted By Kerrowdown
Replies: 42
Views: 2,179
More imagination, with Crepuscular rays... :cool:
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-10-2016, 01:24 PM  
Do you fear being robbed?
Posted By MikeD
Replies: 143
Views: 10,234
Oh come on you just wanted to show off the pics of your dog. :) He is really great looking though. Also it would be really hard to get him into your pocket :) I have a Black Russian Terrier that stands 30" at the shoulder and weighs 145 lbs. So I know what a great deterrent a big dog can be. Again thanks for sharing the pics
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-10-2016, 12:21 PM  
Do you fear being robbed?
Posted By ChrisPlatt
Replies: 143
Views: 10,234
I would never risk injury or worse over a bag of camera gear.
I'd let a determined thief have it without a fight.
Cameras can be replaced but not so life and limb.
My home insurance probably covers it anyway.

Chris
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-05-2016, 03:59 PM  
K-3 or K-3 II
Posted By bertwert
Replies: 33
Views: 4,613
SInce you have a good flash and may use GPS in future.
K-3ii is cheaper than K-3 + O-GPS1.

Get K-3ii.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-05-2016, 03:23 AM  
K-3 or K-3 II
Posted By Adam
Replies: 33
Views: 4,613
Except for what you've listed above the two cameras are virtually identical. So, if you don't need the built-in flash of the K-3 and plan to make use of the GPS, then the K-3 II would be the way to go. Pixel shifting is a nice feature to play around with, too.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-05-2016, 05:18 AM  
K-3 or K-3 II
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 33
Views: 4,613
You want a K3-ii? You'll almost certainly need a flash at some stage, and IIRC you definitely need a tripod to make best use of the pixel shift. If you already have those things, you're good to go. If not, you have to figure them into the cost of the camera.

If you are doing a lot of hiking and landscape/scenery shooting, then yes, the combination of GPS and pixel shift together would definitely be worth having. Regarding the astrophotography, I've already advised someone else not to buy for what you MIGHT want to do but buy for what you ALREADY do; however, given that you're a habitual traveller & your camera is a constant companion, you can already justify getting the K3-ii for that reason alone.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-05-2016, 07:51 AM  
K-3 or K-3 II
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 33
Views: 4,613
k-3 = internal flash
k-3II = GPS
Everything else is mostly irrelevant though pixel shift might be of some use in studio situations. So pick whether you want flash or GPS. I have both k-3 (my wife's) and k-3II. Never used the flash, always use the GPS. YMMV.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-05-2016, 09:14 AM  
K-3 or K-3 II
Posted By Ron_Man
Replies: 33
Views: 4,613
Isn't the autofocus and SR slightly better on the K-3ii as well?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-05-2016, 09:47 AM  
K-3 or K-3 II
Posted By veato
Replies: 33
Views: 4,613
I went K3-II as I have an external flash when required. That being said I've used neither the Astrotracer or Pixel-Shift functions since owning the camera! I do intend to though so it's a nice to have.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-05-2016, 10:09 AM  
K-3 or K-3 II
Posted By TheOneAndOnlyJH
Replies: 33
Views: 4,613
If you don't use the internal flash, I'd say go for the K-3 II for GPS . If I were to travel to such scenic places I would appreciate being able to look up where pictures were taken after I get home and a few years down the road when memory fails. Definitely bring at least a decent monopod if you plan to use the pixel shift (which would probably be awesome if you plan to photograph historical ruins).

You can always buy an external flash later if you find a need for it. Just an forewarning, the popular Yongnuo YN-560 manual flash (original, II , III, and IV) has a short foot and won't mount on the K-3 II due to the larger hump housing the GPS, but works perfectly fine on the K-3.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-05-2016, 10:41 AM  
K-3 or K-3 II
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 33
Views: 4,613
There is a great K-3 II for sale in the marketplace for $600. That has to be one of the best deals on here. I'd stop debating the issue and grab it :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-05-2016, 08:07 AM  
K-3 or K-3 II
Posted By BrianR
Replies: 33
Views: 4,613
From the description of your use (hardly use built in flash, would use GPS) I'm guessing you're trying to get people to justify the extra cost of the k3ii. It's hard for a 3rd party to judge if these features are worth the cost to you, but for what it's worth, you have my moral support to go for the k3ii (but not my financial support:D).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-12-2015, 03:48 AM  
LR/PS Profile Samyang/Walimex 8mm
Posted By narual
Replies: 8
Views: 2,232
I feel like I'm posting this way too often, but here it is again:

Lightroom won't do what you want. The closest match is probably the Sigma 15mm fisheye profile, and it's not very good.

Take a look at FisheyeHemi. It does a truly amazing job with the 8mm fisheye.

Image Trends - Fisheye-Hemi Plug-In - Corrects Fisheye Lens Distortion and retains Image Content Details

I just redid my original example to get rid of the watermarks and put the before/during/after shots into a single image. The middle one makes it easy to see how little of the original image you actually lose.

I didn't include LR's best attempt in that file, but I have it as a separate file, which I'll also include.

It's not a great photo. I don't use the lens indoors much (because I just haven't done much indoor photography of places rather than people lately), but it's much easier to see the improvement in an indoor shot with lots of straight lines.

Not sure if you can click through on these to full size versions. Usually I'd post on Flickr, but it seems to be offline for me.
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