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Forum: Pentax K-01 09-13-2013, 03:12 AM  
K-01 v1.04 Firmware Changes
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 41
Views: 12,949
I find the AF is slightly faster compared to the previous firmware.
Tested on FA* 24mm and FA 43mm.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 04-04-2013, 04:07 AM  
Pentax Australia Web Store prices
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 34
Views: 3,272
CR Kennedy is very good at price matching grey market pricing. I have quite a few past dealings with them on a few of the limited lens and Sigma lens. All were dealt promptly and shipped very quickly. You can always send them a price match request compared to BnH and they will most likely oblige.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-29-2013, 07:58 PM  
Pentax Australia 10% off Cameras, 15% off Lenses
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 15
Views: 2,831
That is such a good price!!! I wish I can get it at that price too.

If you don't like the lens, I won't mind get it off you. :)
Forum: Pentax Q 03-29-2013, 02:04 AM  
Pentax Q Firmware 1.11
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 166
Views: 20,842
Yeah. AF is so much faster now. I even find the af tracking for 01 lens usable indoor
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-10-2013, 05:34 AM  
K-01 Power switch
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 14
Views: 1,453
I had the same issue sometimes with my Yellow K01 too!
Forum: Pentax K-01 02-28-2013, 07:34 AM  
Firmware v1.03 now available
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 26
Views: 4,237
Any hidden improvements too?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-28-2013, 07:32 AM  
Widest and fastest K Mount lens?
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 24
Views: 6,835
I have a Sigma 14mm 2.8 lens which is discontinued. It is a big lens as it covers full frame. You might be able to find some in the second hand market.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 02-18-2013, 04:49 AM  
Sigma 30mm F1.4 - $289
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 84
Views: 9,413
Forum: Sold Items 02-16-2013, 07:34 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 02 Standard Zoom Lens for Pentax Q
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 5
Views: 1,011
Payment send
Forum: Pentax K-01 02-16-2013, 06:41 PM  
Build in flash will not pop up feature
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 5
Views: 1,748
Just something i discovered last night on my K01. I was trying to use my pop up flash during a dinner party, but not matter what i do, the little flash just won't pop up. Pressing the flash button repeatedly will not work. I though i need to send my unit to service now, what a bummer! :(

Then when i reached home, I took the flash shoe cover out and press the flash button again. The flash just spring to the ready position. Wow no more issue! Happy:)

Then i remembered i used a third party flash shoe cover on my K01, as i have a tendency to lose them. Putting original Pentax flash shoe cover in, and the flash will pop with the press of a button. Putting the third party flash shoe cover in, the flash will not pop. It seems to me that there are some mechanism in the flash shoe to detect an external flash is inserted, hence will prevent the build in flash from raising up. Then the generic construction of a third party flash shoe cover will makes the camera think that an external flash is being used, and disabled the in build flash.

So I have now use back the original flash shoe cover just so I can use the in build flash.

Just a discovery worth sharing i think so no one will have to go thru my little drama again. :o
Forum: Sold Items 02-16-2013, 06:49 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 02 Standard Zoom Lens for Pentax Q
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 5
Views: 1,011
pm sent
Forum: Pentax Q 11-15-2012, 09:28 PM  
Just got a Q burger with the works,
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 6
Views: 1,504
That's is such a good price!! Which oz shop did you get yours from?
Forum: Pentax Q 11-14-2012, 08:44 AM  
Q 01 prime VS Q 02 zoom image comparison
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 37
Views: 13,334
Thanks for the test. I was thinking of getting the 02 lens. Maybe I will just hold it and just get the 06 lens.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-11-2012, 08:58 PM  
Recommendations on equipment for weddings?
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 39
Views: 3,079
Since you mentioned minimum, I assume that's including cost as well?
All the gears mentioned are really good, but also come at a price.

I would get the tamron 17-50 instead of DA 16-50 and tamron 70-200 and the long Tele zoom. Both are considerably cheaper than Pentax or sigma version.

Then one or two primes that can have a fast Aperture for good dof control and a macro lens to capture all the intimate details at the wedding. Choose the focal length that suite your style for those primes.

If funds still permit, get an ultra wide lens. Sigma uwa or Pentax fish-eye lens depends on your style.
I will typically use these lenses for 1% of my wedding photos.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-11-2012, 08:40 PM  
Pentax for Weddings?
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 24
Views: 2,658
I did weddings with Pentax cameras since 2007 to 2012 using bodies from K10, K20, to K7 and K5.
Forum: Pentax K-01 11-11-2012, 05:04 PM  
K-01 first impressions
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 25
Views: 3,710
In quite dark environment my K01 will AF faster than K5 PDAF. I have recently tested them by shooting into my lens cupboard, which is fairly dark. The required setting to get a proper exposure was like ISO 6400 f2 1/10s
Forum: Pentax K-01 11-11-2012, 04:56 PM  
K-01 AF speed
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 9
Views: 2,294
From my own personal test in dark area, K01 seems to be able lock focus better and more accurately than K5 using the same lens. My K5 will just hunt and hunt for awhile and k01 would lock focus in one go. The lens I used for that test was FA* 24mm.
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-05-2012, 10:05 PM  
Australian K5 IIs
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 72
Views: 8,429
Gerry Gibbs is quite a nice camera store. I have bought some lenses from them in the past, and I would consider them as one of the better camera stores in WA.
And I know they only carry Aus stocks only.
Forum: Pentax K-5 01-08-2011, 06:59 PM  
Relevant news re malfunctioning AF under artificial light
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 752
Views: 105,792
I'm happy to report in on my K5. Serial #3965xxx as well.

Tested on all lenses, only 2 of my Sigma lenses exhibit serious FF issue in really low light level. How low? ISO 10,000 f2.8 1/40s low. (how many EV is this?)

The 2 Sigma lenses are 30mm 1.4 and 50mm 1.4. Both focuses fine in better light.

Suprisingly the DA* 16-50 actually focuses quite well under such low lighting level, better than my other DA limited.
Forum: Pentax K-5 01-08-2011, 01:23 AM  
K-5 in Australia?
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 751
Views: 89,005
I just got my K5 from Camera Electronics. Luving it!!! My 16-50mm feels like a new lens with great focus accuracy without any adjustment. Good price from Saul and I think they can post to Bridgy too.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-17-2010, 04:47 AM  
Shutter Blur: K7/K5?
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 35
Views: 12,000
I used to have shutter blur issue with my k7. As I can consistently reproduce it, it was easy to get it fixed under warranty.

Now its all good. :)
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-08-2010, 06:56 AM  
DX0 k-5 scores up
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 388
Views: 65,934
Thats amazing man! Still must resist.... :ugh:
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-08-2010, 06:54 AM  
DX0 k-5 scores up
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 388
Views: 65,934
From DxO, the only reason D7000 has a higher "Low-Light ISO" score is because they "cheated" with their ISO values.

Quotes from DXO on how they evaluate that "Low-Light ISO is then the highest ISO setting for the camera such that the SNR reaches this 30dB value while keeping a good dynamic range of 9 EVs and a color depth of 18bits."

If you go by the graphs, K5 and D7000 virtually are the same until ISO 1600, where Pentax applied some "magic" K to pull ahead.

The only real significant advantage Pentax against D7000 is actually the dynamic range from ISO400 onwards, even before the "smoothing algorithm" applied from ISO1600. Thats the most interesting part of the result, which I think Pentax's Engineers might have done something right in that department.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-06-2010, 12:10 AM  
K-x Spazz Attack
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 6
Views: 2,642
I've a Kx, and nothing like that ever happened to my cam.

I think its best to send back for warranty repair.
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-17-2010, 07:45 AM  
K5 AF Tests
Posted By mcjm78
Replies: 140
Views: 54,435
Totally agree with Raven. Different lens AF differently on the body due to construction and design.

For example, I regulary track my dog running towards me using my K-7. So far I've tried using F* 300, Tamron 70-200 and DA* 50-135, and F* gave me more consistent sharp picture of my dog running towards me than Tamron and DA*. I think its due to the faster lens focus (shorter focus throw).

I usually uses 5fps on my K-7 and focus from far to min focus distance of the lens.
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