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Forum: Pentax Q 2 Days Ago  
I decided to give the Q one more chance.
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 5
Views: 543
You won't be disappointed but to get the most from the 01, it would be worth looking out for a Q7 or QS1. The larger sensor makes for a big improvement in image quality even if not as cute as the original Q.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
SDM Status
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 13
Views: 650
Perhaps therein lies the clue. Although I have no scientific evidence, I have a sneaking suspicion that regular use might be a factor. The anecdotal evidence is that I have all 7 old SDM lenses, and have not ever experienced failure. When they are not in use, they are permanently mounted on various bodies, regularly switched on, and usually given a chance to spin themselves with continuous focus hunting using LV. So far, no fails to date.

There are, I'm sure, those who would say this is tosh, I've just been lucky. Well, if this superstitious practice brings me luck, so be it. They just keep on going.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Lower spec K1
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 65
Views: 2,158
Stick the sensor in the K-01 body*, replace flash with EVF, and swap fixed rear screen with simple tilting one.

Job done.


* yellow silver, black, white, and smurf of course
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-16-2017, 07:11 AM  
Difference between HD DA 40mm f/2.8 40 (red) and DA 40mm f/2.8 (green) lens
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 27
Views: 964
Well, the red one is much bigger so more lens for the buck.

More seriously, the only reason for going green are if looking for star bursts and that really only applies to the 15mm Limited - cost apart.
Forum: Contest Voting 11-16-2017, 07:07 AM  
Sticky: Poll: Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #134 Poll (The Sky - October 2017)
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 49
Views: 3,699
All good, indeed many excellent or inspirational.
I'm going for the 360, number 12. Nicely unified composition of nightsky and sea.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2017, 11:35 AM  
Pentax 16-85 vs Pentax 17-70
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 20
Views: 906
I don't have a K-70, but is seems to combine the best features of the K-3ii and the K-S2 which I do have and use with the DA 17-70, DA 16-85 and DA 18-135.

I do like the 17-70, everything at F4 is nice, but I know that one day the SDM might let me down - so far so good for me with SDM and me, but the reports are worrying. For me, WR is important so on that account the 16-85 is the better option. The 17-70 stays on an old K10D at my workplace, not getting used very often.

I did also like the 18-135 but find that the extra 2mm wide angle is more useful than the additional 50mm length that you exchange with the 18-85. When it comes to sharpness, the 18-135 is a big disappointment above 70 so it may be better to crop a 16-85 when you want enlargement.

I can't fault the 16-85, its everything I want for an all rounder, versatile, weather resistant, fast focus, silent, relatively light weight, and sharp. It will team up nicely with your K-70 to give you some very good photographs. If you can afford it, this is the lens to go for.
Forum: General Photography 10-07-2017, 09:00 AM  
One Photographer Reports That 95% Of Travel Photos Taken With Cell Phones
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 121
Views: 3,359
Maybe if cameras offered the connectedness of mobile phones, people would use them. Iphones etc are an intelligent choice if you want to instantly share your photos and holiday experiences with friends or family via social media. Our beloved Pentax dslrs just don't offer this. Sometimes I wish it was an available option.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-06-2017, 08:01 AM  
Any word on how K-1 Silver is selling?
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 13
Views: 970
I didn't buy one..... now you just need another 19,999,999 replies.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-04-2017, 11:13 AM  
K-1 or 645n
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 20
Views: 1,078
I exchanged my 645N plus A35, FA45, FA75, FA120, FA150, FA200, and FA80-160, + $1,500 for all new K-1, DFA15-30, DFA28-105 and DFA150-450. Made a nice profit on the deal so then added three new FA Limiteds (31, 43, & 77).

Never looked back since. For me it made sense to stick with just K mount which works directly on both K-3ii and K-1. Like you, I also have some old Pentax K-mount manual and autofocus lenses, and they now have a new lease of life.

The LX and MZ-S film bodies also benefit from the new FA Limiteds and some recently acquired used FA lenses. For MF film fun I did buy a very affordable TLR Ricoh Diacord. - but seem to have difficulty putting the digital cameras down to go buy some film again. Maybe that will be my retirement project!

Guess that says all that needs to be said about me and film.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-17-2017, 04:02 PM  
Need advice on portrait lenses
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 20
Views: 996
As has been mentioned above, the DA* 55 F1.4 is considered to be a very good lens for portraiture. Continuing with the F1.4 theme because it enables shallow depth of field therefore good subject isolation from background with a smooth bokeh, the FA 50mm 1.4 is worth considering. If budget is tight, consider the DA 50mm F1.8, it is sharp in the central area and excellent value for money.

Although I have these lenses, my favourites for portrait on APSC has always been the DA 70 F2.4 Limited. A better lens in this mould is the FA 77 F1.8 Limited, but it's pretty costly and I have only used it on the K-1.

I find it difficult to single out one of these lenses as a recommendation for you, partly because I don't know your budget, partly because I don't know how you like to shoot. It would be a good idea to look at the users' lens reviews in this forum where you will see good examples of what each lens is capable of.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-12-2017, 05:57 AM  
DA lenses on K-1
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 15
Views: 1,247
I find that the K-1 is better on crop mode than the K-5 because it is not restricted by the low pass filter, so I would suggest whenever possible, use the K-1, however there are other benefits to the K-5 - see below.

The 40 and 50 are also good for FF. I don't need to tell you how good the 43 and 100 are!

Lenses you have been given good advice on, and I'll add my two pence worth;

The D FA 28-105 is an economic standard zoom, relatively lightweight and first rate 'kit' lens. This might be your next lens - the image quality is very good.

I suggest some experimenting with cropping in post processing rather than in camera - you might gather more usable pixels that way.

You will have seen that the 60-250 is near perfect on the K-1, and can be made perfect with a d.i.y. modification - I believe.

Other lenses that are generally less expensive than the other new D FA Zooms which work well on the K-1 and might interest you are:

FA 31mm f/1.8 AL Limited - Recommended by Pentax
FA 35mm f/2 AL - Recommended by Pentax
DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro - Not recommended by Pentax but some vignetting although quite good
DA 35mm f/2.4 AL - Not recommended by Pentax but good
FA 50mm f/1.4 - Recommended by Pentax
D FA 50mm f/2.8 Macro - Recommended by Pentax (no personal experience with this lens)
DA* 55mm f/1.4 SDM - Not recommended by Pentax but very good with only slight vignetting
DA 70mm f/2.4 Limited - Not recommended by Pentax - slight vignetting
FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited - Recommended by Pentax
DA* 200mm f/2.8ED(IF) SDM - Recommended by Pentax
DA* 300mm f/4ED [IF] SDM - Recommended by Pentax

It's also worth looking for used FA lenses, e.g. FA 28mm F2.8 if you are looking for wide angle prime.

The K-5 has a distinct advantage in terms of frame rate and buffer, so it is often better in action sequences. It also has mechanical shake reduction in video (not sure about K-5ii) It is also more compact and light weight. I kept mine for all these reasons.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-01-2017, 03:08 PM  
"Upgrading" decision, Pentax 645Z or Nikon D850(810)
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 60
Views: 4,760
Pentax 645Z and you have chosen the best lenses for your stated purpose. The FA 150mm 2.8 has a formidable reputation as a portrait lens, the FA 120mm F4 will reveal every pimple in blood curdling detail. You may find that the price of the Z drops if Ricoh put together its (rumoured) 100MP successor, but you probably don't want to get involved in the waiting game - especially with Pentax! I have not shot MF digital, but my limited experience with the 645N and these two lenses tells me you're on the right track.

The Nikon D850 may well be an excellent all rounder, but you have a specific purpose and know that the dynamic range from a MF format camera will be all you could wish for.

I know it wont make a blind bit of difference to the quality of photographs, but exclusivity is an important factor. Clients might not be too impressed if you turned up with the same camera as their Uncle Tom or Aunt Cobly!

Good luck, whatever you decide
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 08-26-2017, 06:03 PM  
K1 vs A7?
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 28
Views: 2,620
I only have a K-1 but also a K-S2 which has some similarities with your K-70, Leumas. In terms of heft, the K-1 is more substantial. This usually gives a better experience in the process of taking photos although it will need a camera bag for long hikes. It is difficult to advise you without knowing something about your sphere of photography and which lenses you have. Worth knowing that all Pentax lenses work on the K-1, although for some of the DA lenses it is best to allow the camera to default to crop (APS-C) mode.

On of the benefits of FF is that a larger sensor allows for higher pixel count, therefore greater resolution. A.F.A.I.K, the A7 has the same pixel count as the k-70 (24mp) whereas the K-1 has 36mp. There's pixel pitch to consider, but there's no doubting which offers better image quality.

On the other hand, it must be very tempting to go FF for as little as $900, but be sure to factor in the cost of lenses.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-21-2017, 07:30 AM  
K1 LCD not turning on
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 9
Views: 518
Is it possible that you inadvertently turned off the rear screen? If so, switch on the camera and press the info button to toggle rear LCD info.

Hope it's as simple as this.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-23-2017, 01:50 PM  
Camera backpack/rucksack advice needed.
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 53
Views: 2,063
I have tried out a few back packs for my camera gear, and settled on the lightweight Kata 3N1 series - the 25 and the 35. For me the best features are the ability to access everything in the main compartments without having to remove the backpack, the ability of the backpack to be a conventional two strap back pack, or for it to be a one sided sling bag (either side) or as a crossover strap backpack. There's also a waist strap. Plenty of space for all my needs in the larger bag, but sometimes I like to travel light with the smaller bag. The dividers are versatile as with most bags, laptop slot is provided plus plenty of other pockets and a separate top compartment. Fantastic backpacks.

Since then, the brand has been taken over by Manfrotto, and the two backpacks are known as the Pro Light camera backpack 3N1-26 and 36

Couple of video ads here explain their versatility:
First the original 25 and 35 which I have

You Tube

Next the latest versions which I don't have

You Tube

I bought the 25 but before buying the 35 I did try out a Chinese imitation. It was a false economy, poorly made and with cheap material so I binned it and bought the real McCoy. Very happy with these two bags.

It might also be worth looking at Peak Design's equivalent backpacks, similar concept, but although I have their messenger and sling bags, I will be sticking with the Kata/Manfrotto back packs, they're that good.

In any event, I recommend the larger; you'll need the extra space for whatever comes next in life!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-17-2017, 08:52 AM  
Does anybody know if Pentax is going to release new cameras?
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 22
Views: 2,166
You can still buy a new K-3ii :lol:

Joking aside, in your position I would probably wait to see what the K-3ii replacement is and do a comparison - including price. Usually when the new camera is released, the predecessor drops in price, so there may well be further savings if you wait - or a better camera if your budget is big enough.

I have the K-3ii and am very happy with it, however if the replacement has bigger buffer, better video, better autofocus, tilt rear screen, the K-1 top dials, higher iso capability, then I would certainly give it consideration.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-17-2017, 08:42 AM  
Which 35mm lens? (DA 35/2.4, FA 35/2, DA 35/2.8 Macro)
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 49
Views: 2,315
The 2.4 is a fine lens, excellent value, but after I bought the 2.8 and compared images, the 2.4 is seldom put to use. The 2.0 I know not.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2017, 08:23 AM  
FA* 85 f1.4
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 21
Views: 1,223
1. I don't own this lens;
2. I have never owned it;
3. I have thought about getting it;
4. I would like it but cannot quite justify the cost;
5. I would have bought one if it were less expensive.
6. I am now interested to see the proposed D FA 85mm 1.4
7. Until then I will be very happy with the FA 77 f1.8 and the M 85 f2.0 on FF and the DA* 55 f1.4 on APS-C. :)

Thanks for your questions.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-11-2017, 03:26 PM  
which is the best 50mm k mount lens?
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 81
Views: 3,714
For different reasons I have different lenses. Factors that come into play are purpose of lens, FF or APS-C, for close up, portrait, action, landscape etc, light levels, cost, manual, or auto aperture, or auto focus and aperture, size, weather and dust resistance, build qualtiy and so on. From the FA 43 to the DA*55 I have many different standard K mount Pentax lenses and if someone asked me which was the best I'd get myself all tied up in knots. I mean, I have taken more photos with my original M 50 / 1.7, like the auto-aperture A50 / 1.7, have a soft spot for the old K 50 / 1.8, like the bokeh of the M 50 / 1.4, marvel at the WR and fast focus of the DA*55 / 1.4, get great macros with my M and A 50 / 2.8s, enjoy the smallness,sharpness and colour rendering of the FA 43 / 1.9, love the economy of the DA 50 / 1.8, am very excited to have just bought the FA 50 / 1.7, and am looking forward to the forthcoming D-FA 50 1.4 although I might not be able to afford it, and find that the A 50 / 2 makes for the perfect paperweight. For no good reason other than to mark Ricoh's acquisition of Pentax I bought a Rikenon 50 /1.4 but do admit that's just silly. Some I keep simply because we go back a long way, others I don't buy because it I am happy with what I have.

You pays your money and take your choice - you won't go wrong with a standard Pentax prime lens provided you avoid the F2.0 lenses, but think about what you want to do with it first.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-11-2017, 06:06 AM  
K1 and lenses
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 7
Views: 642
All Pentax lenses work properly on K-1. Quite a few are FF, the rest work in corp mode if you want. Usually its best to take in FF mode and crop afterwards - you will most often get a larger than aps-c frame. You can check for most lenses on K-1 by going to PENTAX K-1 Laboratory | PENTAX K-1 Special site | RICOH IMAGING
Forum: Pentax Q 07-08-2017, 05:01 PM  
Pentax Survey - help our Q!
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 14
Views: 1,280
Done, and likewise for K-02!
Forum: Pentax K-01 07-08-2017, 04:58 PM  
My K-01's
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 14
Views: 1,688
K-01s - perfect attachments for the 5 DA Limited lenses.
(Storm trooper is full spectrum, Smurf how has replacement mode dial.:o )
Looking forward to the K-02 (FF with EVF) :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-04-2017, 04:17 PM  
DA* 55mm F1.4 SDM with Fullformat?
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 8
Views: 809
lots of examples of DA* 55mm F1.4 here

All other lenses on the K-1 can also be checked out. This site is a fantastic resource from Pentax: PENTAX K-1 Laboratory | PENTAX K-1 Special site | RICOH IMAGING scroll down and you'll see what I am talking about!
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-27-2017, 06:02 PM  
K1 vs 645z & Cost
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 33
Views: 3,163
I had a 645N and 7 FA lenses, but could not afford to splash out on a 645Z, even at used prices. I traded it all in for a new K-1 and some new Pentax FF lenses. The camera shop gave a good price for the 645 gear, more than I paid for it but will still be able to turn a fair profit on it.

Photography for me is just a hobby, I don't use a studio, preferring to shoot landscape, architecture, nature and family. I'm also getting on a bit in age now, so what follows needs to be read with this context in mind.

I can't compare the Z with the K-1, but I can say I am happy using the latter because it is very portable - compare the 645 Z + 35mm or 120mm macro with the K-1 + 31mm or 100mm macro and you'll see what I mean. It also has shake reduction, plus a host of features which are not on the 645Z, like pixel shift, astro tracer, and so on.

The other issue is choice of lenses. 15 of my lenses are current FF Pentax lenses - most acquired for my K-3ii. The rest can also be used in crop mode on the K-1. There's also quite a few legacy lenses some of which are getting a new lease of life. Perhaps that's all a bit over the top, but I do enjoy working with different combinations from 15mm - 450mm on either FF or APS-C. A 645 setup, excellent as the quality of image is, could never offer that range.

If your work is professional, I am sure the higher price of 645Z and lenses is justifiable , although even then you will want to pause for thought before stumping up for any new lenses. Sadly Ricoh is also falling behind with the release of new lenses, some of the 645 FA lenses appear to not have the resolving power of the camera. Having said that, images that I have seen from the 645Z are truly outstanding.

It's difficult to give definitive advice without knowing more about your approach to photography, and your preferred subject matter. In a studio nothing will touch the 645Z especially when paired with new 645 D FA lenses. Treking up rain soaked mountains, however, may well be more suited to the K-1. Remember the 645 FA lenses are not weather resistant, are heavy, and you are more likely to need a sturdy tripod.

I'm certainly glad that I stuck with K-mount, kept my K-3ii, and bought a K-1.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-25-2017, 01:40 PM  
TOP 10 compact DSLR. So what according to you are the TOP 10 compact APS-C and FF?
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 16
Views: 1,203
Relative to other manufacturers, my top 10 compact cameras are:
1) K-1,
2) K-3ii,
3) K-S2,
4) K-50
5) K-01,
6) K-5,
7) K-r,
8) K10D,
9) K-x
10) *istD

Yea, I know, one of these is not DSLR but compact they all are,

And when I really want super compact ILC: the Q and Q-7.
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