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Forum: Pentax K-1 11-22-2020, 10:47 AM  
Pixel Shifted Images
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 1,405
Views: 170,986
I'd love to see one or two mushroom photos with and without pixel shift, side by side...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-20-2020, 07:33 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 6,446
Views: 836,012
I know that DSLR sales have been falling for years now, but I suspect that they will bottom out soon and even rise again as younger people yearn for something more than their smartphones can do, camera-wise. Unfortunately, Pentax doesn't seem to get the exposure that Canon/Nikon/Fuji/Sony get, but maybe there's a way that Pentax could get more prominent placement in searches for cameras online (whether regular search-engine searches like Google or shopping searches like at Amazon, B&H, etc.)... Pentax needs to get noticed by the younger generations...
Forum: Pentax KP 11-17-2020, 03:50 PM  
If you had to choose....
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 17
Views: 1,038
I had this decision to make and chose the K-3 II twice (mint/used copies from Japan/eBay) over buying the KP.
I bought the black edition first and the sliver edition after that as a back-up, since I liked the K-3 II so much.
I actually did keep looking at the KP -- mainly via threads and reviews here at Pentax Forums.
For me the issues were that the K-3 II is really a flagship camera and the KP is not, in terms of top-end features;
the K-3 II has dual card slots, built-in GPS and Autotracer, much better battery life, battery/charger/cable-release
that can be used with my K10D and forthcoming K-1 and with each other (two K-3 II cameras). The KP has
different batteries/chargers/cable releases), which I feel is a big mistake by Pentax. My K10D, D800, and iPhone
have built-in flash, so I just don't need that in every camera that I own because I do different things with different
cameras (K-3 II is for landscape, sky, flora/fauna, and astrophotography more than for portraits of people).
And not having yet owned a camera with an articulating/tilting screen, I don't have that "requirement" to alter
my choices yet, as I only vaguely know what I'm missing. :)

Knowing that I'm going full-frame with Pentax this next year (eagerly so with my fabulous photos taken with
my D800), I'm assuming that my two K-3 II bodies will be my last-ever APS-C cameras -- though I am looking
carefully and with great interest at the forthcoming K-3 III. If I get another APS-C camera, it'll surely be the K-3 III.
But at this point, I am more likely to go for a 645Z (my dream camera) than another APS-C camera.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-17-2020, 07:50 AM  
K-1 Mirror Lock Up
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 17
Views: 742
Yes, my need for mirror lock-up is astrophotography primarily, where I need tiny star images to be razor sharp.
Is there a way to manually invoke electronic shutter without using mechanical shutter?
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-15-2020, 07:12 PM  
Anyone planning to grow old with their K3?
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 141
Views: 11,493
I went straight from a K10D to a K-3 II. I liked the black K-3 II so much that I bought a second K-3 II (a silver edition). My next camera will be a K-1 II/III. If I win the lottery, I'll get a 645Z for sure. But I still have all my Pentax cameras purchased over four decades (my first one being a K1000), and I don't see ever selling them (giving some away to relatives/friends is a possibility).
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-15-2020, 05:28 PM  
K-1 Mirror Lock Up
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 17
Views: 742
I wonder why Pentax didn't retain a separate mirror-lockup button/switch like they had on the LX and 6x7 film cameras... It seems like an often-enough-used feature by serious (D)SLR photographers to keep as a separate switch without having to go into menus....
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-15-2020, 03:14 PM  
Poll: Why did you go full frame?
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 189
Views: 10,143
This is an interesting thread to me, and as a relatively newcomer to Pentax Forums, I just stumbled across this thread this weekend. I'll pitch in without owning a Pentax FF DSLR yet because I have been planning to buy one for a while and will do so in 2021 most likely (though I'm waiting to see if there will be any announcement in the coming 6-10 months by Pentax of a forthcoming K-1 III model; if not, I'll be getting the K-1 II, for reasons I'll describe below).

I've been a Pentax SLR owner for four full decades, starting with my K1000. I bought both an LX and PZ-1 in the following couple of decades (both flagship cameras in their era), and very slowly added more K-mount lenses with time. I subscribed to several photography print magazines a couple of decades ago and would eagerly follow the advances in film cameras (via their reviews) as well as the emergence of digital cameras. DSLRs were pretty crappy in the early days, and there was much talk in the magazines about how it would be a while before they could truly rival resolution of film cameras, and so I waited. To the chagrin of my wife, I still have a freezer with TMax P3200, Tri-X, and Kodak technical pan film for astrophotography -- for those of you who know such things. But because I had started with the K1000 at a time when money was scarce, I never felt a desire to leave Pentax as I slowly amassed more lenses, and I used Pentax for my family photos and my travel photos as well as my astrophotography. Back in the 1990s, I got experience renting multiple Pentax 6x7 cameras and doing black-and-white medium-format photography, and I spent a lot of time in the darkroom from my high-school days onwards (up until a couple of decades ago). I only felt the temptation to make one little stray away from Pentax in the SLR department a couple of decades ago when I got a tremendous offer that I couldn't refuse -- a really low price on a mint Nikon F4 camera (with digital databack that prints photo stats on film) with a 35-70mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens. But I vowed it was just for fun and that I'd not invest much more in Nikon (indeed, I only have three F-mount lenses bought to this day, and the other two are a Tokina and a Vivitar Series 1) because of my investment in, and great fondness for, my Pentax equipment. (Indeed, I personally have always felt sheepish about having ever bought Nikon, but ...)

I finally got my first digital camera (not counting a crappy digital camera in an early flip phone) in 2007 -- the K10D, a 10-Mpx camera. I bought the K10D primarily for astrophotography (something I've done heavily since my early teen years), and it proved to be somewhat disappointing for various reasons (small sensor, poor pixel size) but overall it's a fabulous camera given the context of 2007.
I bought the K10D chiefly because there was no FF digital SLR made by Pentax, as we all know, for the first decade of their digital cameras. After buying the K10D chielfly for astrophotography, the iPhone came out, making it just so much easier to do personal photography of the family, travels, etc., with a camera in my pocket. I had long stopped my photography-magazine subscriptions and hadn't gotten into any online forums. But I'd take my K10D on road trips with me (I pretty much stopped taking SLRs on plane trips after Sept. 11, with all the crackdowns on carry-on stuff including demanding that they x-ray even high-ASA film). All along I was seeing great astrophotographs posted by amateur astronomers with DSLRs (a large percentage using Canons, a company that has pitched dedicated cameras for astrophotography, even), and I started to want to try more of that again. Some more work with the K10D showed me that it simply was not up to the task. So I ended up getting off eBay mint copies of the K-3 II and the Nikon D800 after a bunch of research (the latter because of those F4 full-frame F-mount lenses sitting idle because I wasn't using the F4 for astrophotography much). I have been eyeing the K-1 for some time, but its cost put me off (I've never spent more than $900 USD for a camera), and I thought that a used/mint D800 (with only about 1400 shutter actuations) at less than half the cost of a new K-1 II would whet my appetite for FF digital and confirm for me that the K-1 is the right thing, even at the price of a new one. My foray into medium-format film photography in the 1990s was an exciting experiment that has never left my interest, and I've also been looking for a long time at the 645D and 645Z -- but cost always dampens my desire to plunge for one of those.

Anyway, Pentax Forums has encouraged me to continue in my plans to buy a new K-1 within the next year or so. Over four decades, I have amassed two dozen K-mount lenses (about 3/4 Pentax-brand, with about a half-dozen non-Pentax lenses), and all of them except for two (DA 12-24mm and HD-DA 20-40mm Ltd.) are FF lenses. So I get frustrated that my FA* 24-mm f/2 lens and my smc-A 15mm f/3.5 lens aren't all that wide-angle on my K-3 II and K10D cameras, and I long (as many here did) for the ability to get those wide angles again on their FF film-era lenses. The forthcoming K-3 III looks very enticing to me, but I think that it's time to get a Pentax FF camera for me (my D800 camera certainly confirms that for me) and not invest any more in APS-C camera bodies with their smaller sensors. I'm ready to invest in a new K-1 II now in the next year, but am patient enough to wait to see if a K-1 III is a possibility; if so, I may wait for that (even if it's into 2022 because I can imagine a larger sensor and better image quality, faster buffering, etc. -- as we are seeing in the K-3 III). But if there's to be no new K-1 III by 2022, I'll happily be buying the K-1 II and I know that it'll become my primary camera.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-13-2020, 08:03 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 6,446
Views: 836,012
Many photographers spend lots of time in the hot summer sun with their cameras, and it is interesting that camera makers haven't offered lighter colors (like white). Reading this made me recall one of the ongoing "surprises" (to me) among even flagship DSLR cameras made by Pentax, Nikon, etc., that their manufacturer-stated operating ranges tend to be from around freezing to around 110-120 deg F -- even for supposedly "robust" weather-sealed cameras. I just don't understand the limited operating temperature ranges. The stated operating temperature ranges for all my old Pentax film cameras is much wider, going down to quite a bit (tens of degrees) below freezing (32 deg F). The color black doesn't affect this significant narrowing of the recommended ambient-termperature ranges.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-01-2020, 11:13 AM  
Astrophotography
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 1,219
Views: 284,888
Was this shot at f/11? Where in Norway was this taken?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-26-2020, 08:26 PM  
[New video Oct 27] New information about upcoming APS-C flagship model
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 1,262
Views: 76,873
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-26-2020, 08:17 PM  
Poll: What will the new flagship APS-C be called?
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 78
Views: 5,625
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-26-2020, 08:44 AM  
Lack of GPS
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 22
Views: 1,174
I wasn't confusing the two technologies. I'm saying that if you have a weaker *receiver*, you may not be able to receive those satellite signals as well. My conjecture is that camera GPS satellite receivers are likely to be much smaller than those in cars, and thus not as able to receive weaker signals as cars can.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-23-2020, 10:26 AM  
Lack of GPS
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 22
Views: 1,174
I'm wondering how good the GPS receiver is in the camera. My car has an excellent GPS receiver that has worked flawlessly (showing my location accurately on the built-in screen map) even when I've been far from cellphone signals in deep, remote, wilderness mountain valleys -- but my car has a lot more room to host a better receiver than does a DSLR. I would think that size and quality of receiver matters when in remote locations like that.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-19-2020, 11:09 PM  
Will Pentax bring a new camera to replace the K1 Mrk II?
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 8
Views: 1,358
I am waiting to see how 2021 plays out before buying the most recent K-1 version new; if they announce a new FF camera in 2021, I may wait for that even if into 2022 (especially if it has more pixels = smaller pixels and a faster processor/buffering). I'm eager to get my first Pentax FF DLSR, but I'm content for now with my two K-3 II bodies and my 36-Mpx D800 (though the Nikon continually frustrates me with features that it's missing or not well-configured in comparison to my Pentax DSLRs). If the K-1 II vanishes before a successor, there will not be a FF Pentax successor, I wouldn't think; I would think that they'd time it with a short overlap (though Pentax did not allow overlap between manufacture of the last dual-card APS-C camera and the next one). In my opinion, what makes a truly top-tier camera manufacturer is whether they make FF (and/or medium-format) cameras or not; it's what separates the men from the boys, so to speak, and I think that Ricoh understands this (as well as understanding that spin-offs from their DSLR-branch R&D can help the rest of the company from technology developments packing so much amazing stuff into such a compact body, even if Pentax doesn't generate lots of revenue).
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-19-2020, 10:51 PM  
Next Pentax FF body
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 54
Views: 4,315
I think that this could come full-circle, as you say in your first sentence: Many more people are doing photography today because of their smartphone cameras than were doing photography 15 years ago, and many more people are taking lots more photos than they were 15 years ago, because of good smartphone cameras that have improved in their capabilities. With so many millions of people taking more photos today with smartphones than they were taking 15 years ago, there's a good chance that a small percentage of the younger people will continue to want to move up to better cameras (whether DSLR or mirrorless) in the coming years. Ironically, smartphones could keep some camera companies in business if even a small percentage of these mirrorless-smartphone photographers decide to try DSLRs. And some of these will get interested enough to buy FF cameras after getting into interchangeable-lens cameras, as time goes by.

As for what Pentax could do in a new FF camera, I think that there are really two key obvious ways to improve: more pixels (i.e., smaller pixels) and better buffering speeds. As explained in one analysis, it would take a 156-Mpx sensor to equal the resolution of the best film in a 35-mm camera (I STILL SHOOT FILM - The Real Resolution of Film vs. Digital). But more pixels means you need faster processors and better buffering. It's hard to imagine any two things that would be more important to improve upon in any FF camera such as the K-1 II (which already is a fabulous camera). (Yes, you could say "improve the video capabilities", but I argue that the video in current Pentax cameras is plenty fine for shooting YouTube videos and pretty much anything most people would want to do; if you want more than Pentax can do with video, buy a dedicated Sony video camera.)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-16-2020, 03:21 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 6,446
Views: 836,012
I was reading through this very very long thread, as I'm relatively new to this forum, and I came across this message from a couple years ago. It made me think about how I got into Pentax precisely because they were being sold in a local department store my first year after college, and I couldn't afford a more expensive SLR than the K1000, but I knew from having played with my Mom's old 1950s-era Kodak rangefinder camera with split-level focusing screen that I wanted to try an SLR with interchangeable lenses. (Oh, and I bought a second K1000 for my girlfriend, who got into photography because of my use of my K1000, and we dabbled extensively with rental Pentax 6x7 cameras with medium-format film, developing a fair amount of b&w film in the darkroom -- again because, well, Pentax). I bought a few cheap lenses back then in the 1980s for my K1000 for my travel photography and my astrophotography, and then I progressed to the PZ-1 and the LX. The PZ-1 was also displayed at one of my local department stores and at camera stores, and I bought it again for that reason. I think that I bought the LX from either a dedicated camera store in person in the Boston area (possibly Hunt's) or from B&H (after I started subscribing to monthly photo magazines including Shutterbug and Popular Photography). I do not know if I'd get into Pentax if I was in a similar situation today and graduating now from college and getting my first full-time job with some more money to spend -- both because of smartphone cameras (and the different mentality/focus of young adults today) and because Pentax just isn't really visible to most people except online (and then you have to stumble onto it).

So, I'm naturally curious as to how many forum members here got into Pentax cameras because -- like me -- they were exposed to them in stores, vs. knowing or meeting somebody with Pentax cameras, vs. just reading about them, vs. having them come up in a search online of cameras to potentially buy. And another question that occurs to me, as I read this particular thread here, is whether there have been any routine (or even sporadic) Pentax conferences -- on a regional, national, or international level -- that enthusiasts have attended (and can attend -- after Covid19 has run its course).
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-15-2020, 05:00 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 6,446
Views: 836,012
I found this analysis that suggests that a fine 35-mm film will give the same resolution as about 156 Mpx in a digital full-frame camera:
I STILL SHOOT FILM - The Real Resolution of Film vs. Digital
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-15-2020, 07:28 AM  
K-1 mark ii purchase
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 26
Views: 1,870
I am planning to buy a new K-1, but am debating on waiting until a possible updated "Mark III" version comes out in the next year or so.
Meanwhile, I have a few questions for K-1 owners here after reading owner reviews of both the K-1 and the K-1 II here at Pentax Forums:

1) “shutter shock” was mentioned by one reviewer, who commented that there's a vibration that is noticeable on many of his images (presumably due to the mirror movement affecting the sensor). As I've not heard this much on this Forum or elsewhere, I'm curious as to what other K-1 owners think of this claim.

2) I know that you can set up the second SD card slot to start storing photos once the first card is full, but what happens with video after card 1 is full in the middle of shooting? I'm assuming that the video will just stop, and you have to start shooting the video again (which will then automatically go to the second card), because you'd have to start a new file? I presume that this is in contrast to the next step down from video, which would be continuous-frame shooting, in which it would just continue shooting onto the second card.

3) At least one or two reviews commented on resolution with old film-camera-era lenses, saying that there's a noticeable difference in the old lenses not being very good at the digital resolution of 24- and 36-Mpx sensors. One person actually noted that at best, shooting film is like shooting 8 Mpx in digital, in terms of resolution (I'd like to see a reliable reference for this claim, if anybody knows one). Do others here share this claim of the older Pentax lenses not being very good for fine details in DSLR imaging (especially in the K-1 with 36 Mpx), compared to the new D-FA lenses?

4) One K-1 reviewer mentioned that the port for the cable release was not well designed, and that he has a problem with his cable falling out of the port. From the diagram in the owner manual, it seems that the K-1 port is in the same location as in my K-3 II (and I don't have problems with my cable release falling out). Any other experiences with this in the K-1? Also, it is not stated anywhere here (Pentax Forums) or in the K-1 manual, but is the CS-205 the correct cable release for the K-1? I learned the hard way that the CS-310 cable switch does not work for my K10D or K-3 II cameras (the CS-205 does), and I understand that the CS-310 only works for the K70 and the KP cameras, but that Pentax decided to go back to the CS-205 for the K-1. But I'd like a confirmation of this from K-1 owners.

5) buffering time that is considered too long — where is it noticeable (other than continuous fast shooting)? How long does it take to buffer a 1/125-sec RAW photo vs. JPEG? how about longer exposures like 10 or 30 sec, or 2 min?

6) I would not have remotely guessed from the owner's manual on the topic of "Composition Adjust" that you can splice photos together to simulate medium format, but one reviewer wrote that he can splice four photos in two minutes, presumably referring to processing (buffering) time? Here are his exact words: "In a matter of 2 minutes and 4 shots, flawlessly stitched to post - you can simulate a 46MP, medium-format-ish sensor. Simply shifting the sensor to the 4 corners allows you to cover about 26% more area with a wider FOV and higher resolution from a single perspective with 0 parallax errors or other issues, besides possible vignetting." I see that there are numerous threads here at Pentax Forums on "Composition Adjust", but not one of them talks about simulating a 46-Mpx medium-format sensor like this. I'd be interested in hearing about any other experiences like this.

Thanks!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-14-2020, 02:56 PM  
Challenging the APS-C Flagship Series
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 217
Views: 9,087
Indeed, the smartphone makers seem to be improving their cameras at a much more rapid level than are the DSLR makers. My 2017 iPhone SE has an amazing 12-Mpx camera, and with downloaded free apps I can shoot decent videos, shoot RAW, control exposure time and ISO, control the area in the field that I want focused or properly exposed, set exposure delays, and employ all sorts of filter effects. Current Android smartphones have even more features built in their cameras (than do iPhones) without the need to resort to second-party apps. Of course, this doesn't address my needs for much better image quality, interchangeable lenses, good zoom lenses, and all the other controls in my DSLRs. But for 99% of the photographing public now, smartphone cameras are all they'll ever need. My understanding from their website material is that Ricoh/Pentax is expressly focusing on future Pentax products to be aimed at their current Pentax customers (and people who will take up Pentax via connection with these existing Pentax owners or just via research on the web), without great expectations that they'll be expanding their customer base to people who aren't in these categories; it's sort of like a Tesla approach -- no advertising, and let the products speak for themselves. My hunch is that R&D on their Pentax DSLRs produces spin-off technology that Ricoh can use in their other manufacturing business that brings in much more money, and hence keeping Pentax going (even if at a net loss in camera/lens sales) is an overall plus for the parent company.

As LeeRunge above (in this thread) asked about what others do with their Pentax images, and I do not really use my iPhone for any Pentax images; I keep my iPhone for iPhone images only. So I don't need wifi with my DSLRs, though I can understand why some people would like that option and why camera makers would make the option available. Personally, I just take out my SD card and plop it into my device to load it into my desktop or laptop computers for viewing on a larger screen than a smartphone can offer. And I only use processing software for my astrophotos -- which often need stacking to bring out fainter details -- but not for any of my non-astronomy photographs (I simply don't have the time or patience, nor do my normal non-astronomy photos usually need any processing for my purposes). This is one reason why I like my DSLRs -- because they produce better everyday images than my iPhone can that really don't need processing. I, for one, am simply happy that Pentax is still making DSLRs and still doing R&D to develop more DSLRs -- for us. Whether they are able to still do this in 5 or 10 years is unknown, of course. My 13-year-old K10D is still going strong with nothing having broken or failed on me; I don't have illusions that my DSLRs will last as long as my still-working K1000 and LX cameras, but I do have confidence that they'll still be working just fine in 2030 and perhaps even 2040.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-13-2020, 09:00 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 6,524
Views: 626,942
comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) taken on 2020 July 16 with a Pentax K10D camera + Pentax FA 50-mm f/1.4 lens at ISO 1600 and f/8, 10-s exposure on tripod; unprocessed image, but I note that one loses a LOT of detail in the posted astrophotos like this, vs. the original image.

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-13-2020, 07:29 AM  
need advise on a good cheap lens for nature pictures.
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 24
Views: 1,406
I don't have the f/4.5-5.6 version, but I have the F 100-300mm f/4.7-5.8 version (which is supposed to be somewhat better, as per reviews at this forum).
Nonetheless, below is a close-up crop screenshot of a photo that I took a couple months ago of a red-tailed hawk with my K10D camera and that lens at 300mm and f/5.8, hand-held. It is an excellent lens optically, despite its plasticky looks and feel, for a long-range zoom. In the original image, I can see lots of detail in the beak and feathers, even though I missed perfect focus by just a bit (the bird flew away before I had time to get a tripod out).

I also have one of the early Vivitar 1 series 70-210mm lenses, and it also has relatively sharp optics and a much better build than the 100-300mm lens (though zoom creep is bad), and as a zoom lens it is much easier to zoom quickly and easier to manual focus than is the F 100-300mm lens -- although its reach at 210mm is not so far.



Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-12-2020, 07:24 PM  
Challenging the APS-C Flagship Series
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 217
Views: 9,087
If you read all four "volumes" of the design postings at the Ricoh/Pentax website cited above, by Shigeru Wakashiro (who is "in charge of the planning and development of new PENTAX digital SLR camera products"), you'll see that there is a great emphasis on the newly designed viewfinder with "high-refraction glass material, in order to develop a new viewfinder with improved viewing performance" (Vol. 1) that also has an eye sensor to turn off the LCD screen automatically when you get near the eyepiece (Vol. 2). Volume 2 also makes big mention of moving the eyepiece 3 mm further outward (compared to the K-3 II) so that the nose isn't pressed so much into the back of the camera -- again emphasizing use of the viewfinder and not the LCD screen with LiveView. In the installment titled "Volume 3", Wakashiro writes "We believe in boosting the excitement and pleasure of capturing images through the use of an optical viewfinder — we want you to directly observe, experience and feel the actual light streaming through the viewfinder". This is in addition to what was discussed about this article above in this forum thread (namely, the bit about saving space in the camera body), and it is all about continuing the theme that the Pentax DSLR philosophy (at least in this particular camera, but really in general) is different from its competitors in this regard -- as I see it very clearly spelled out by Wakashiro on behalf of his company. Volume 4 is about ergonomics of the new camera, and he writes "The joystick positioned on the camera’s back panel is the focus point lever", though he's rather vague about this "joystick"; yet, the idea is about the "joy" of photography, and a video screen is clearly seen in the Pentax design philosophy as not contributing to the "joy" of taking photographs, whereas looking through the viewfinder does give the emotional element of "joy", in their thinking of what photographers like about their cameras (over Sony or Canon or Nikon or Fuji, etc.). They design buttons and dials so that you don't have to use the LCD screen if you don't want to; you can keep your eye looking through the viewfinder and make changes on the fly by the well-designed layout of buttons/dials around the camera body. I like my Pentax cameras to function well without needing to resort to the large rear LCD screen very often. I tend to turn off my rear LCD screen and leave it off all the time, as I really don't need it except to review photos that I've just taken, or the more rare times when I need to access/change a menu option that isn't already set the way that I want it in one of my user modes.

This is all about a DSLR not being overly computerized and video-ized -- about it not being so focused on a video screen (and, by default, a touchscreen). The clear Pentax design philosophy in place now and in place for a hundred years is on the use of the viewfinder first and foremost, and there is a clear refrain from emphasizing the digital LCD screen -- like it or not (and I do like it). I have not seen any Pentax mention that the APS-C K-new will have a touchscreen; I'd like to be pointed to such news if it has been announced. I, for one, do not want a touchscreen in my DSLR and will not use it if there; I don't need another digital screen in my life to smudge up and be dependent upon (though I can understand that people with bad eyes might be aided by that). I abhor the touchscreens in cars, and vastly prefer buttons and dials that I can access and turn without looking (i.e., handling controls by feel where I don't have to take my eyes off the road). The only place that I really like touchscreens is on my iPhones, simply because they are small and it's more logical there than anywhere else in the world. I don't yet have a camera with a tilt screen, but I know that it might come in handy when I'm doing tripod work (and only then, really). I do understand the rationale for people thinking that touchscreens and tilt screens are important to bring in (especially younger) non-Pentax people to buying Pentax cameras for the first time in today's world, but clearly Ricoh/Pentax feels that this is not so important, and I, for one, and quite happy with what they have produced in the last 10-15 years in DSLRs.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-10-2020, 11:43 AM  
New Pentax KP vs. used Nikon D800
Posted By cometguy
Replies: 60
Views: 3,004
Yeah, I was wondering about that... Makes a lot of sense. But not enough for me to go buying more Nikon lenses. :)

---------- Post added 10-10-20 at 11:48 AM ----------



You make lots of good arguments for the KP. I suppose that the Prime IV processor means that it takes less time to buffer images and put onto SD cards? I'll say this about the large LCD screens on the back of DSLRs: I don't much care for them except to quickly view the image that I just took. I generally keep them turned off when I'm photographing except to look at photos taken. Most adjustments in menus are done when I'm not photographing but rather fiddling with the camera when sitting at home, and I look at the exposure data/numbers through the view finder most of the time (or using the top-side LCD screen if I'm using a tripod).
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-09-2020, 01:15 PM  
Challenging the APS-C Flagship Series
Posted By cometguy
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Yes, I understand, and I'm eager to get the K-1 II and check out its tilt screen, which will be my first such experience. When I know that I may need a fill-in flash, I'll just grab my K10D, which still makes fine photos for most purposes despite its 10-Mpx sensor (and considering that most of my need for a fill-in flash will be more informal photos, anyway). I just wouldn't put either fill-in flash or tilt screen as a priority over things like dual-card slots (i.e., better storage capacity) or a better sensor or longer battery life or GPS/Astrotracer, etc. Every photographer has his/her personal priorities, and it's good to have choices.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-09-2020, 12:42 PM  
New Pentax KP vs. used Nikon D800
Posted By cometguy
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I have not had this problem with my 13-year-old K10D, I'm happy to say. But it stands to reason that all DSLRs will have problems as the years go buy, just like our aging computers and smartphones (and automobiles with computer electronics) do -- compared to the film-era cameras, where sticky mirrors were the main thing giving problems over decades (and I've never even experienced that). My K1000 camera from ca. 1981 and my LX camera from the 1990s still work as well as the day they were bought new. Thankfully, my other Pentax cameras do, as well, but I would not count on any of my DSLRs lasting more than 10-15 years without problems concerning the computer/digital components. It's hard to beat my LX for utility, which can operate fully mechanically with no battery; it's the ultimate camera to go out for weeks on the Appalachian Trail.
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