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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Hours Ago  
K-1 mark II imminent
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For a company that already has a fairly small market share, this move doesn't make sense to me.

Again, this is all rumor until we actually get to see it and compare it to the K-1, but let's say speculation is correct and it's only a marginal upgrade...

I'd assume most users would seek out a K-1 over the K-1ii for the cost savings, thus skewing the perceived market share by having new merchandise just sit on shelves.

Meanwhile, the K-3ii successor is being held up... By what?

I read somewhere that Ricoh is not focused on APS-C at the moment, which seems odd to me given the number of available lenses, and existing APS-C shooters using their products.

Yes, developing a marginal upgrade to the K-1 is much easier than a completely redesigned 3-year old APS-C camera.
This will put them on the map at upcoming showroom events and allow ads to go out proving they are still relevant; but this is just not a good move in the long run in my personal opinion.

I don't know how to explain the feeling, but it's not one I enjoy.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 2 Hours Ago  
For Your Viewing Pleasure
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Right?
I kept searching the photos for an FA* 200 Macro somewhere...
Still haven't found it. :hmm:
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 15 Hours Ago  
For Sale: K-1 shutter count 4230, Pentax HD D FA 70-200mm f/2.8, Rokinon 14mm f2.8, 50mm F2
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Forum: Pentax K-3 16 Hours Ago  
Self Timer Lamp Blinks with Remote... Why?
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I can understand that. But an option to turn it off would be nice as well.

I've had this camera for quite some time, I think it's funny I'm just discovering this!
Never had a wireless remote until this week...
Forum: Pentax K-3 16 Hours Ago  
Self Timer Lamp Blinks with Remote... Why?
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Bummer... there is nothing in the manual about it.

The only indicator lamp settings for the K-3ii are for GPS.

My three user modes are:
TAV SPEC - specific for shooting birds in flight
ASTRO - Bulb mode with astrotracer and remote mode
MACRO - Strict manual with remote mode

It would be really nice to turn that dang red flashing light off! haha

I know I'm in that user mode so I would just switch out to exit remote mode.

Oh well.
If the K-1 has access to the lamp in settings, hopefully the K-3ii successor will have this as well.



If I use a cable release shutter I don't even need to be in remote mode so there's no issue there.

But if I want to have wireless shutter, the red light will just have to be dealt with, unfortunately.


:(
Forum: Pentax K-3 18 Hours Ago  
Self Timer Lamp Blinks with Remote... Why?
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Replies: 10
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Is there a way to turn this off on the K3ii?

I understand self timer mode having the lamp, but if I'm using the remote in bulb mode with astrotracer for instance, the flashing red light is just down right obnoxious...

Self timer and remote are two different shooting modes.
Why have the lamp flash when using the remote?

Maybe I missed something in the manual?
Pg50 only states the red light will blink when in remote shooting modes, as if it's a feature?

I can't put tape over it since that's the sensor

I'm lost on this one.

...
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 1 Day Ago  
Moman Mini Tripod - Greatest $30 Purchase in Last 5 Years!
Posted By UserAccessDenied
Replies: 4
Views: 385
Thanks,

I'll definitely post a follow up review after I'm put it through some further testing.

So far I'm very impressed by the build quality for the price.

---------- Post added 02-19-18 at 07:42 AM ----------



Right, that seems like a basic physical attribute of any tripod/ballhead combination... without the ballhead you won't have much movement of the attached camera...
Not sure what they were complaining about.

---------- Post added 02-19-18 at 07:52 AM ----------



I think a lot of people here could benefit having one in their bag.

I'm probably going to purchase a second one today as backup.

Similar to shoes - when I find a pair that fits perfectly I typically buy two pairs.
When I finally wear through the first, it's likely that model has been discontinued and I want to have a backup.


I doubt I will ever "wear through" this tripod.
But it might get lost, stolen, borrowed, etc.


I could have paid double for this thing and still felt like it was a deal.
Forum: Lens Clubs 1 Day Ago  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
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Surf envy...
Water temp is 36F here and I gotta squeeze into a 5mm wetsuit to even begin thinking about the paddle out.

Those conditions looks fun!
Especially in boardshorts!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 1 Day Ago  
Moman Mini Tripod - Greatest $30 Purchase in Last 5 Years!
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Photography is an expensive hobby.

Lenses, bodies, spare batteries, memory cards, camera bags, tripods/monopods; it all adds up.

I've been looking for a travel tripod that wasn't going to break the bank, could hold more than 30lbs and had versatility, such as the ability to attach to objects for unique perspectives/opportunities while traveling.

Up to this point everything was pointing to a Joby Gorillapod. Though, reading through reviews I was left feeling weary of the Joby's reliability.

But, I stumbled across this tripod on Amazon:
Moman Mini Tripod

The listing is "fulfilled by Amazon" meaning their customer service handles any issues - this is great because their standard return policy applies to this item... I can safely try it out for a few days knowing I can get a full refund should the product not meet expectations.

I only bought the legs. I have a spare 3 legged thing ball head that will be used with this tripod when traveling.


Here are my initial impressions/observations:


Folded Length :165mm / 6.5inch
Weight: 261g / 9.2oz
Moman mini tripod review by Logan Hall, on Flickr


Max Extended Length :110mm / 3.9inch
Max Load (Tripod) :80kg / 176lb
Moman mini tripod review by Logan Hall, on Flickr


The legs have one locked position, and turning the single wheel lock can fan the legs all the way out for a flat tripod.
The locked position creates a 10" diameter between all the legs
Moman mini tripod review by Logan Hall, on Flickr


When the legs go completely flat, the diameter between all the legs is 12"


I find this measurement to be important when shopping for tripods... I want to know how much surface area is required when the tripod legs are fully extended.


I really like the design of the wheel lock:
It's a machined piece of aluminum with grooved slots where the legs can fit into, making the tripod lay completely flat.
It's difficult to see in the photo, but the red metal wheel has three grooves where the legs are tucked up inside.
Moman mini tripod review by Logan Hall, on Flickr


Did you notice the three straps in the first photo above ^ ?
This is probably one of my favorite features of this tripod...
There are two slots in each of the legs allowing you to strap the tripod to objects. I have already found a few great uses for this:


I tested it already on some table legs and honestly expected it to slide down since the legs are tapered, metal and smooth.
It held solid.
Moman mini tripod review by Logan Hall, on Flickr

Another view:
Moman mini tripod review by Logan Hall, on Flickr


Add a ballhead, a K-3ii and a 16-85?
Still holding solid... Though I was glad to test this only a few inches above some plush carpet, just in case.
Moman mini tripod review by Logan Hall, on Flickr


Another view:
I can already think of multiple scenarios where the straps will come in handy.
And honestly feel way more confident in this method of securing the tripod over the Joby design.
Moman mini tripod review by Logan Hall, on Flickr


Did you glance over the 176lb max load mentioned above ^ ?
This little tripod is seriously strong... I stepped on the tripod while bracing myself on the table top.
I weigh 195 lbs on a good day and really didn't want to push the little guy to it's limits.

If it can hold the majority of my weight, I'm sure it can handle a DSLR and any lens I would throw at it.


Here's the K-3ii and 16-85 again:
Moman mini tripod review by Logan Hall, on Flickr


But what about the K-3ii and the DA*300 with 1.4xTC attached?
Moman mini tripod review by Logan Hall, on Flickr


Ok, but you're doing a long exposure of the moon... From your table...\
Can it handle the same setup tiling back for the shot? :eek:
Moman mini tripod review by Logan Hall, on Flickr


So far I am very impressed with this little tripod:
Moman mini tripod review by Logan Hall, on Flickr


Here's a shot of the legs flattened out with the K-3ii, DA*300 and 1.4xTC
Moman mini tripod review by Logan Hall, on Flickr


And another:
Moman mini tripod review by Logan Hall, on Flickr


Already found another use for those straps!
Moman mini tripod review by Logan Hall, on Flickr


This will allow me to free up that side pocket for a water bottle on my trip!
Very excited about this:
Moman mini tripod review by Logan Hall, on Flickr


I can already tell this tripod is going to get a lot of use.


Oh one more thing...
Did you notice the two holes in each of the legs?
They're 1/4" machine threaded... Possibilities endless...
Moman mini tripod review by Logan Hall, on Flickr


I can already see this being extremely useful for macro this spring.

I also can't wait to use it with my DA*300 and 1.4xTC!
SO many times I shoot in prone and have to worry about setting my camera down in the mud/marsh/sand/etc.
I know we're all weather sealed, but keeping it off the ground is going to be nice in the long run!



Ok,
the listing does say it comes with a bag, even though the picture shows the ballhead and the legs.
I don't know if they forgot to send me the bag, or if that's only for the ballhead and legs purchased as a set... ?
I plan to inquire about this, but it has no impact on how I feel about the tripod legs themselves.

The screw on top is a 1/4"-20 thread.
The legs came with an adapter, but it is designed for the matching ballhead.
I tried the adapter in the 3LT ballhead I have and it doesn't work - the end of the adapter is flared out and the 3LT ballhead wouldn't lie flush because of this.
I did end up having another adapter on hand that worked with my 3LT ballhead, so that was okay.

Again, not a fault of the tripod legs themselves.
They assume you will purchase their ballhead I suppose. But if you didn't have a spare adapter and wanted to use your own ballhead you might need to find one.


This thing has a simple design.
It's sturdy, versatile, reliable and budget friendly.


When it comes to photography equipment, I rarely get this excited about something I spent less than $50 on!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 1 Day Ago  
Joby Gorillapod - are they worth it?
Posted By UserAccessDenied
Replies: 22
Views: 746
That is pretty cool.
Just make sure you use it in appropriate settings!
I wouldn't want law enforcement officers to mistake my camera as a rifle and "neutralize" me...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Switzerland - bring the DA*300 or leave it at home?
Posted By UserAccessDenied
Replies: 39
Views: 971
Thanks, I think this is exactly what I landed on. Just did a trial run in my new backpack and everything fits great with room for water, snacks, rain jacket and small tabletop tripod for long exposures.

Getting amped!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 3 Days Ago  
K-3 L Bracket Options
Posted By UserAccessDenied
Replies: 9
Views: 349
I went with the $20 DAL-1 Desmond L plate.

Iíll try to modify it somehow to attach a peak design anchor.
If that works I should be golden!

Thanks everyone for the input!

---------- Post added 02-16-18 at 11:19 PM ----------



I have some gea from 3LT and really am impressed by their work.
Unfortunately I would prefer one that I do not have to remove everytime I want to change batteries.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 3 Days Ago  
K-3 L Bracket Options
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Replies: 9
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I know this has been addressed in the past, but those threads are closed due to how old they are...

I'm looking for a K-3 Arca Swiss compatible L plate.
Body only, not worried about the grip.
I know there are a ton of generic options out there, and a few model specific options that run in the 150$ range.

Does an options exist where I can attach a sling point (peak design) and still have access to the battery door?
All for under $50?


Wishful thinking?

I found this: amazon.com : Desmond L Plate DAL-1 Quick Release Arca Swiss Compatible for Camera / Tripod Head : Camera L Bracket : Camera & Photo?tag=pentaxforums-20&
It would allow access to the battery door as the long end on the bottom is only 82mm; however there is no sling attachment point.

Would I be best off just buying this and drilling a hole through the side for a sling attachment?

Or are there other options that I just haven't been able to find?


All of the generic models seem to have 100mm bases which would cover the battery door when flushed up against both sides.


Maybe this is just another downside for Pentaxians?


I see tons of options for Nikon/Sony
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Switzerland - bring the DA*300 or leave it at home?
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I never check bags, it's completely doable.

You're allowed one carry on and one personal item.

Carry-on is a duffel that meets airline specs and personal item is a Thule Covert bag with camera gear and additional clothes/items.

Honestly no worse than those hard sided Rollie bags that never fit in the overhead.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Switzerland - bring the DA*300 or leave it at home?
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Great shots!!

I appreciate your input.
I agree I will not be hunting wildlife with my telephoto so thatís why I questioned the 300.
When I was in the Tetons I pulled off one shot like that layered mountains and loved it. Think thatís possible with the da100macro and 1.4xTC?
If so, thatís all I would need and the 300 could stay...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Switzerland - bring the DA*300 or leave it at home?
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:lol:
Same exact thoughts on that 150-450...

If there is no replacement for the K-3ii this year that TRULY warrants switching bodies (I'm very happy with my K-3ii), than the 150-450 was on the top of my list.


Trips like the one we're taking this summer force me to think outside my typical shooting environment.
I've usually pushing my FL as far as I can for wildlife photography.


I agree on the money spent elsewhere than photography equipment though.
There will be plenty of expenses on this trip, even if that just means going out to grab a coffee and a pastry every morning with my wife - it all adds up!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Switzerland - bring the DA*300 or leave it at home?
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Oh I think in an ideal world I'd be bringing a DA*16-50, DA*60-250, DA*300 and the TC.

That's a nice, full range and fully weather sealed kit from 16-420

If only I had about $1000 to get those two lenses!

---------- Post added 02-15-18 at 02:36 PM ----------



This very well could be the case...

Either way, I've got a few trial runs to put the 16-85 through.


If it doesn't hold up to my preference I'll likely return it and just go with my primes.

---------- Post added 02-15-18 at 02:40 PM ----------



True.
I need to make a list:

16-85 cropped vs 16-85 with TC (though I agree the lens isn't likely going to shine on the TC)

da15 vs 16mm on 16-85

difference in IQ between 100mm macro and 85mm cropped to similar FOV (100mm will obviously win here, but by how much?)

difference in IQ between 35mm macro vs 16-85 at 35mm (again, giving it to the prime here but by how much?)


I may find the 16-85 is a decent replacement for everything but the DA*300.

Or I may find that I just need to return it and keep what I've got and deal with the extra weight.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Switzerland - bring the DA*300 or leave it at home?
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I had an 18-135 and it had de-centering issues.
I got another one and I just wasn't thrilled with it.

Maybe it was 2 duds in a row?

But I moved to primes from that point on, I just picked up the 16-85 last week and it's alright, still need to play around with it a bit.


The more I think about it, the more I'm leaning towards just the 16-85 and that's it, or bringing the entire kit with me...


The thought of having an opportunity arise and not being able to shoot because I left a particular lens at home just irritates me lol
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Switzerland - bring the DA*300 or leave it at home?
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Yeah there is some testing that needs to be done for sure...

The TC with the 16-85
The DA15 vs the 16-85 at 16mm
The 16-85 compared to the DA35 and DA70.


I just bought the 16-85 used from B&H and have a few more weeks until the return period passes.


If I decide it's a good replacement I'll likely just travel with it and the DA*300


If it doesn't perform as I wish, I might just return it and go with my primes.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Switzerland - bring the DA*300 or leave it at home?
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yeah, a Nikon P900 would really be ideal but I can't drop another $400+ right now...


My wife is actually very accepting of my photography.
Our honeymoon to St.John was not at all supposed to be a "photo-centric" trip, but she planned an entire day for us that revolved around photography and we came home with some great shots and now prints hanging in our house.

She already said she can't wait to see what I can do in Switzerland (the pressure is really on now... )


But yeah, the 15 is primarily for starburst shots and night photography, plus it's small enough to not be much of an impact.

It does seem a bit redundant though since the 16-85 is only 1mm longer...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Switzerland - bring the DA*300 or leave it at home?
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ok, so now my thoughts are:

Bring:
DA15
16-85
DA*300
1.4xTC

Leave at home:
DA35macro
DA70
DFA100



That would give me wide angle, telephoto, and normal zoom range.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Switzerland - bring the DA*300 or leave it at home?
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The initial plan is to fly to Zurich and take a train to Interlaken for a few days, then travel around that area like Lauterbrunnen, Murren, Gindelwald.


Do you suggest any areas to visit?


We've never been so looking for any advice we can get, especially from someone who lives there!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Switzerland - bring the DA*300 or leave it at home?
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So the plan is to land in Zurich, train to Interlaken for a few nights, Lauterbrunnen, Murren, Grindelwald, train to Florence for a few nights, train to Rome for last few nights, fly out from Rome.

15 nights all together.

Still need to plan it out, but this is the goal!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Switzerland - bring the DA*300 or leave it at home?
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haha right, I'm leaving the flash/macro/extensions rig at home... Not expecting much macro at all, it was really just to get 140mm telephoto in a relatively compact package.

But, that might be one more thing to leave behind.

I honestly think the 16-85 will be on the camera almost the entire time, and the DA15 for starbursts/astro.



This is a once in a lifetime trip, so I just don't want to leave something behind and regret it once I'm there!


But, photography is secondary - my wife and I are taking this trip together so it's more about the experiences for us than trying to capture every moment.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Switzerland - bring the DA*300 or leave it at home?
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A week ago our plan was to travel Ireland, Italy and Barcelona.
However, that trip has been changed to Switzerland, Italy.


I was going to leave the DA*300 behind, but should Switzerland change that decision?


So far my bag will have:
DA15
16-85
DFA 100mm macro
1.4xTC
K-3ii
misc (batteries, rocket blower, lens cloths, batteries, chargers, mini tripod, etc, etc...)

Leaving home:
DA35macro
DA70
DA*300


We are not checking any luggage so I need to plan a bit.


Has anyone here been to Switzerland and if so, would you feel regret by leaving the DA*300 at home?
Or the DA35 macro/DA70 for that matter?

I figured the 16-85 I just picked up will be my workhorse...


Trip is first 2 weeks of June FYI.


Cheers!
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