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Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-10-2013, 08:46 AM  
Where's the LX-D Ricoh?
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 124
Views: 12,061
Strawman again, folks. Normhead is debating with an opponent of his very own creation. It doesn't reflect reality but it's convenient for his argument.

At any rate, after all these years I've discovered this cool "ignore user" feature. It's like tweaking the signal to noise ratio. Guess I never had a use for it before here in Antioch.

Not trusting one's reading comprehension to chance -- Normhead, this means I won't be able to see your reply. But feel free to continue, you weren't addressing me anyway.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-09-2013, 01:33 PM  
Where's the LX-D Ricoh?
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 124
Views: 12,061
This is becoming a bore. To anyone actually reading this insipid exchange, Normhead nicely illustrates what is called a "strawman". This is a false argument created by purposely misrepresenting or paraphrasing someone's statements. Here, Normhead portrays me as unhappy and miserable with Pentax, their gear is no good, and my posts were a call for help to the Pentax community for relief.
It's clear, however, that I said wrote none of these things. I was excited about and pre-ordered the forthcoming Nikon Df. As a long-time Pentax user, I defended the logic of buying into a new (and costly) system by reasoning that Pentax has not significantly updated their system of late and a new FF would unlikely surpass current competitor models. Nowhere (in a FF thread no less) did I say Pentax had bad cameras, etc.
Had I not written my post, I would have simply assumed the author was a Pentax user who, for whatever reason, was in the market for a retro-styled FF cam and found it. Maybe there were other like-minded folks out there, maybe Pentax was listening. Normhead assumed incorrectly and did it rudely.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-09-2013, 12:20 PM  
Where's the LX-D Ricoh?
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 124
Views: 12,061
I clearly said the Pentax system is old (I.e., flash, glass) without mentioning the components or development timeline of the Df. Regardless, since you bring it up, what difference does it make what technology was recycled in the Df? Nikon has addressed consumer market demand, however small, nostalgic, or empty headed and sheep-like (likely your high-minded verdict of such a foolish consumer) with this product.
More than Pentax has done at any rate. How many folks on this forum have clamored for a FF Pentax of flavor? If someone here celebrated a new K1 that happened to re-use Safox IX+ or Prime II would you harp on blind love and old tech? You're one of those posters who view anyone unsatisfied with the current Pentax catalog with disdain. The my-k5-can-do-anything-your-ff-can-do or it's-the-photographer-not-the-camera bleater.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-09-2013, 10:26 AM  
Where's the LX-D Ricoh?
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 124
Views: 12,061
I'm absolutely in love with the Nikon Df. I weathered the high-MP D800 craze, then the "cheap" D600 & 6D, then the latest mirrorless Sonys. But the Df? This is what I hoped Pentax would make. But they didn't and their system is sooooo old.
So I've finally jumped the gun and pre-ordered the Df. I'll start with a 50 build up the new system from there. I figure when Pentax does make a FF (it's inevitable), it's extremely unlikely to outperform, say, a 5DIII, and no way it's going to exceed the purist charm of the Df.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-08-2013, 08:19 AM  
MX1 new Camera model
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 486
Views: 50,884
Again, aside from the $100 difference, why would someone in the market for a retro-styled P&S opt for the MX-1 over the X20? The higher resolution articulating LCD, the brass plates?
The X20 has a larger sensor, viewfinder with info overlay, likely better AF, hotshoe, and more controls.

I'm not being anti-Pentax - obviously I use their gear - and the MX-1 is a nice-looking camera.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-07-2013, 03:13 PM  
MX1 new Camera model
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 486
Views: 50,884
Very nice - but if they're priced the same, the Fuji X20 looks far more impressive...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-17-2012, 07:55 PM  
Black & White Some Walker Evans from the 1930s
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 2
Views: 431
Great stuff - thanks for sharing
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-16-2012, 06:52 PM  
Nature Year 2012 in photos
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 25
Views: 1,045
Love the tree in the snow.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 12-15-2012, 02:33 PM  
FF Under Development
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 1,291
Views: 151,706
Making a K-01 FF would be asinine. No one would buy it. And the performance would be laughable with the current lenses.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 12-12-2012, 02:50 PM  
FF Under Development
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 1,291
Views: 151,706
Ash - that would be nice. I've analyzed the specs on the latest crop of FF offerings and the wonderful scenario you describe is reserved for the upper-tier pro bodies like the D4 and 1DX.
Everyone has different needs. I want a nimble, extremely responsive camera - high FPS and fast AF. I see an opportunity to get a decent sports cam on the cheap ($1.7k) with APS-C.
Until I can justify a D4 or 1DX, I hope the trend of churning out higher-performance, relatively inexpensive semi-pro APS-Cs continues. The 300s, 7D, and K7-5 were all great.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 12-12-2012, 10:23 AM  
FF Under Development
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 1,291
Views: 151,706
Regarding this Swedish forum blurb (which has been mentioned since before Photokina), I think early 2013 will be the time for APS-C to grab the limelight at the next expo. IMHO this is a good thing. Latest Canon 7DII rumors of a new 20+MP sensor, 10FPS pro body sound exciting and I'm sure Nikon won't let Canon fill this void. Personally, I would be much more willing to spend $1,700 on a highly-spec'd APS-C body (high FPS, class-leading AF, fat buffer, dual-card) than $2k on either the D600 or 6D.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 12-10-2012, 07:00 AM  
FF Under Development
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 1,291
Views: 151,706
We all know you'll keep reading this thread... :)
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 12-09-2012, 01:35 PM  
FF Under Development
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 1,291
Views: 151,706
Pentax advertising sucks. But even if Pentax came out with a FF matching the excellence of either the 800 or 5DM3 (at $2.8-3.5k), would that be enough for anyone but the diehard pentaxian? Because aside from consumer presence, they lack a compelling ecosystem of modern strobes, FF zooms, and professional services.
I'm extremely satisfied with my K5 and noisy but sharp Tamron zooms. But if I were to plunk down $3k on a body right now, I lack confidence in a large Pentax investment. IMHO they have a long way to go with a FF offering aside from simply offering a new body.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 12-03-2012, 10:02 AM  
FF Under Development
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 1,291
Views: 151,706
I've seen the pics on your site, Norm, and they're quite nice. But dismissing those seeking the latest advancements in photography as gearheads and gadget lovers is not entirely fair. Yes, photographers 20, 30, 50 years ago took great pics with their all-manual cameras and lenses.
I can speak for myself as a dance and theater photographer. Sometimes I work in near darkness and am forced to shoot from the back. Last week I did a ballet performance and the lighting was so dim the dancers looked like a bunch of silhouettes zooming around in darkness. I had ISO between 4500 - 6400 and had to boost another ~2 stops in post. Luckily, motion blur is acceptable to capture the sense of movement.

My long-winded point is that I personally could benefit from the things Falk mentioned as a photographer and not a gadget freak. Namely
- 2 card slots so I can either mirror for fault-tolerance or overflow to maintain continuity
- UHS-1 speed bus (if SD) so I can clear the buffer faster than ~20MB/s
- Better AF-C performance with 3D tracking

For now I'm staying put with my 2 K5s as the 6D and D600 aren't significantly better enough to warrant a switch. But I like what I see in these new cams.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-02-2012, 09:47 PM  
New Panasonic GH3 !
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 29
Views: 4,818
deejjjaaaa - that looks like a really well-built camera - built like a tank!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-01-2012, 10:18 PM  
Cheer up!
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 177
Views: 18,900
Finally someone "gets" it. Uncles. Chortling, condescending, preferably bald and bearded uncles. We have to prove our value to these overbearing men of distinction.
I suspect that's why so many on this forum want a FF Pentax - to placate the uncles in their lives.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-01-2012, 08:41 AM  
Cheer up!
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 177
Views: 18,900
* Edit - I see you already have a Canon 5D. Still - they're paying you - shoot with what the client wants.

If your clients want you to shoot FF (and the additional business earned would pay for itself) then why not simply purchase one of the excellent FF cameras already on the market?

If I was in your position I would have done this already. You're a businessman, not a Pentax evangelist.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-28-2012, 09:40 AM  
So what happened to the K-3 ?
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 372
Views: 39,786
This would be a big question for Pentaxians. Let's assume for the sake of discussion that the K-mount does NOT have enough clearance for a FF sensor + in-body SR.

1) Would folks here accept a Pentax FF offering without in-body SR? Would you spend $2,600 on one with not a single available Pentax-manufactured optically stabilized K-mount lens?
2) Would it be heretical for Pentax to abandon in-body SR (ignoring the 645D)? Has SR become synonymous with Pentax like weather-sealing and K-mount compatibility? Can SR be untangled?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-28-2012, 09:24 AM  
The K-mount as both strength and weakness
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 27
Views: 2,333
I still feel like looking over my shoulder to see if you're responding to the person behind me... :)

I, for one, don't want Pentax to change their mount and I don't disagree with anything you've written.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-28-2012, 09:18 AM  
The K-mount as both strength and weakness
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 27
Views: 2,333
Right, the lack of support has nothing to do with K-mount itself. I never meant to imply that. I have no problems with the K-mount. God bless the K-mount...

Voightlander, Zeiss, Tamron, and Sigma have either abandoned or limited their K-mount offerings. This may be a problem for current Pentax users. This is a problem for the K-mount.

I used to believe that in-body SR was the issue, too, but it's not. Non-stabilized versions are still made for Sony. Sigma, for example, keeps optical stabilization on their K-mount 70-200/2.8 HSM, leaving the user to decide which to disable.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-28-2012, 08:46 AM  
The K-mount as both strength and weakness
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 27
Views: 2,333
Maybe you didn't read my post. I never said anything about the mount's age or characteristics. I complained that there are dwindling 3rd party K-mount solutions.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-28-2012, 08:25 AM  
The K-mount as both strength and weakness
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 27
Views: 2,333
The biggest problem I see with the K-mount is its dwindling support among 3rd party lens makers. That, along with the aged flash line-up and technology, would be my primary reason for switching systems when my K-5 has EOL'd. FF is less of a concern.

Case in point - I have the Tamron 70-200/2.8. An optically superb lens I purchased to replace my DA* 50-135 which didn't have enough reach for dance and theatre photography. But it's noisy. A new, silent Tamron 70-200/2.8 was unveiled at Photokina but it won't be available for K-mount. I would love to spend my money on this lens. Many of the new Sigmas won't be available for the K either.

Another mentioned issue is price. With more FF models on the market, I believe APS-C shooters from CaNikon and Sony will protect their investments purchasing FF glass. That will drive the cost of APS-C glass down. I can't see how Pentax will be able to maintain their current high prices.

So your concerns are quite valid.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-11-2012, 08:08 AM  
Pentax announces official product updates!
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 227
Views: 22,485
I really wanted to see UHS-I support and a more substantial buffer on the K5 successor. No flash upgrade either.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-27-2012, 11:37 PM  
As Pentaxian, if you were to jump ship, Nikon, Canon, Sony, or?
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 215
Views: 13,187
I wouldn't simply write off the K5 because you think it has slow low light AF. Pentax AF isn't on par with high-end Canon (>=5DM3) and Nikon (>=D300s) bodies, but it's not slow. Personally, I would choose a K5 over a 7D for low-light technical work. The 7D is a fine camera but it's getting old and the price is too high IMO. Good luck.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-25-2012, 12:16 PM  
Quotes from a Sales Rep of Pentax (Japan)
Posted By MrPetkus
Replies: 45
Views: 10,442
These specs are outrageous for $1500. I'd be on the mile-long waiting list if this comes to fruition...
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