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Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 04-30-2014, 12:42 PM  
Travel Sri Lanka
Posted By BertH
Replies: 2
Views: 1,023
Just a picture made during a holiday in Sri Lanka where the friendly people made the difference!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-26-2014, 08:31 AM  
Why I should win a 50mm lens.
Posted By Britboy71
Replies: 1
Views: 396
I have only ever used zoom lenses, mainly for the cost saving, but also to limit the number of lenses I would have to carry round with me. (This did not end up so well as I know have a multitude of zoom lenses, up to a 50-500!) Yes I know this is in many cases a poor substitution for a dedicated fixed length lens. It was just easier to carry one or two lenses and make do. I often wondered why these other lenses were out there and am know beginning to fully understand why. I want to shoot with a depth of field so shallow that only the tip of someones nose is in focus, or that it looks like the background is made of tissue paper! Normally I shoot landscapes, sunsets of the Pacific from SoCal. It would be a great opportunity for me to test my recently acquired K3 and my skills.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-26-2014, 08:43 AM  
Ode to being a Pentaxian
Posted By travelour
Replies: 3
Views: 739
I did it! I bought it. A silver K3.
In my bag, a k1000, it’ll accompany.
For a decade, maybe more, I’ve thought of this digital leap.
But I’ve refrained and restrained. These suckers aren’t cheap.
The N-word, the C-word. They don’t follow my axiom.
A camera should be rugged yet flexible. I must be Pentaxian.

In Japan, I teach. So many photo opportunities
Kids see my M50f2. Ask why this antique’s on me.
“My camera can use it. And it’s amazing. You’ll see!”
They ooh and ah, holding it so clumsily.
I’m calm. They won’t hurt it. This baby is titanium.
And that’s one reason, I’m proud to say, I’m a Pentaxian.

I live in the countryside, near Fuji, where the rivers and forests are emerald green.
My piece of heaven, you know. I think Ansel Adams would be quite pleased.
Then there’s the castles, shrines, festivals, and more.
I want to capture everything. It’s so stimulating. Photo opportunities galore.
And so I’m ready to go digital. This is my desire within.
I will be a new age, born again, digital photographer. A Pentaxian.

And now I beg you, my friends, my photographic kin.
In my bag sits an Albinar 135 and M50f2. Each a manual focus lens,
I dream of owning wide angles, macros, telephotos, and zooms. WR if I can.
For a full set, I’d trade my “Teaching with Calvin and Hobbes.” My other sacred gem.
I’m sure I’m going insane. Madness, this is and hence,
Please grant me one little DA for now. To calm my nerves. To settle my mind.
That I may be a new age, born again, digital Pentaxian.



Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-27-2014, 09:01 AM  
Pentax K-01 Renews Passion for Photography
Posted By Pentaxaholic
Replies: 5
Views: 846
My transition from film-digital has been frustrating and challenging. My 1st dslr was Minolta's 7D pro camera (chosen because I had pro film lenses to fit). Shortly after purchase, the camera refused to recognize cards. Although under warranty,Minolta just sold technology to Sony. Repair shop said neither would acknowledge responsibility to honor warranty. I then shelved the expensive camera and bought a Sony Alpha. Shortly after warranty expired, it started shifting pictures to right and left of images were black. I got frustrated and put down the cameras for 3-4 years!

Recently, a friend asked me to teach photography locally.With borrowed equipment, I started offering free lessons to public. Shortly after I started the photography club, before I could buy another Sony Alpha, ALL of my Minolta/Sony gear was stolen (luckily my old manual pentax camera's and lenses-were stored in a different place). I almost threw in the towel, but started searching Pentax online and discovered I could use my legacy glass (YEAH) with the Pentax K-01 and DSLR's. Not having money to invest in all new gear (and reluctant to spend from past experience with faulty camera's) I decided to try the K-01. This camera makes me glad that my gear was stolen! I had never discovered the Pentax had DSLRs if it had not! The focus peaking really helps as I struggle (poor eyesight from severe neck injury in auto accident) with my manual lenses to achieve tack sharp focus.

I LOVE THE IMAGE QUALITY and the ability to push the ISO! Thanks to Ricoh, I now have a renewed ZEST for photography PROUDLY taking my "yellow brick" every where I go! My goal is to save up enough cash for a Pentax K-3 as I feel the viewfinder will really help me. (I'll be reluctant to part with the "yellow brick" though):D

---------- Post added 08-27-14 at 11:07 AM ----------

This is a macro (about 2x life size) shot of a hummingbird moth. They are very swift moving, they can pollinate a whole bush in minutes! Taken with an A series (semi manual) manual focus lens.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-27-2014, 10:33 PM  
A Chance To Win 50mm Lens
Posted By TazmanDownunder
Replies: 1
Views: 506
Hi, my name is Rob and this is the reason i would like to win a new 50mm DA Lens. I had a bad accident back in 1994 and busted my back and ruptured both achillis heels and was told i would never walk again, thanks to taking up photography 2 years ago, i'm now walking with a stick and getting better with every venture i go on taking photos. I'm on a disability pension now, so having only cheaper lens etc, i could really do with a good DA 50mm lens. I've been learning to walk again since 1994 and photography has given me a new lease on life, being 55, i need to make the most of whatever years i have left and photography makes life so much better for me.
Here is my Photo of a very tiny jumping spider ... Thanks Rob
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-01-2014, 01:40 PM  
In love in Pentax
Posted By gzub
Replies: 8
Views: 721
I always say whenever beig asked why I use pentax not canon or nikon, that pentax is something more than camera it's religion and big history going along with this brand. I have been using pentax cameras since the begining of my photographic journey. And don't really think into going for something different. At the moment I am using my third Pentax camera, first it was point and shot, simple Pentax optio, then I switched into first dslr camera k100d super and NOW I am proudly owner of K-3 :)

Here is the shot of what this great camera is capable of (image taken in Mazury, beautiful land of thousands lakes in Poland ):
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-28-2014, 01:10 PM  
50 is still a great distance
Posted By robyct96
Replies: 9
Views: 1,013
50 was "the lens" for decades: the view angle similar to the human eye, the possibility to have great apertures, portability and more.
With the crop factor of 1.5 it becomes a 75...I still think that it remains a great lens adding to the other qualities the possibility to indulge more on details and little objects that makes the photos actual and introspective.
You have also the perfect lens for portraits, and, special for me, very fast in reportage.
What else? The special "colour" of Pentax lenses obviously!!!
The attached shot was done at 55mm (the image is not cutted or reshaped): capture the moment is my preferred way, and a 50 FA 1.8 will helps very much.

Cheers

Roberto Zanusso
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-26-2014, 07:29 AM  
Ricoh WG-M1 coming?
Posted By Ayoh
Replies: 50
Views: 7,620
I don't think there will be full frame DSLR from Pentax. They are very late to a stagnant market with minimum lens support and have entrenched competition. It does not make economic sense. They also structured all marketing material regarding the 645Z around how it is better than the FF.

One option which i think would make sense is a mirrorless FF Ricoh camera. Considering how popular the Sony A7 series is, it seems like Ricoh could do what they do well with the GR and offer some competition (which Sony currently doesn't have in FF mirrorless). The other mirrorless makers are all committed to their
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-11-2014, 09:47 AM  
How to deactivate SDM and allow for screw drive autofocus with DA* 16-50mm f/2.8
Posted By pjm1
Replies: 833
Views: 230,201
No probs... summary instructions (detail below):

1. Use PKTether to set camera to Debug Mode
2. Use the memory card "boot file" trick to force the camera to open the full debug menu
3. Copy current lens config from EEPROM to memory card
4. Backup original config file on computer and make required edits in Notepad++
5. Copy new lens config from memory card to EEPROM & test lens works in screwdrive mode
6. Use PKTether to turn off debug mode
7. Tidy up memory card by removing "boot files"

So, here's the detail (a fair bit of copying & pasting from other sources, but worth having it all in the one place)...

1. Use PKTether to set camera to Debug Mode
a. Download the great PKTether tool and run the exe file (likely inside the zip file downloaded)
b. Turn your camera on and then connect your camera via USB to the computer
c. PKTether should show that the camera is now connected and the camera should show "PC-5" or similar message in the top LCD
d. Choose "Camera Debug Mode On" from the Debug mode menu
Done!

2. Use the memory card "boot file" trick to force the camera to open the full debug menu
a. Create a blank (empty) file on your computer called develop.mod
b. Create a second blank (empty) file on your computer in notepad. It should have one and only one line in it:
[OPEN_DEBUG_MENU]
I pressed return after typing the above, which meant there appeared to be two lines in my first - the first one above and a blank second one. That worked fine.
c. Save it and close notepad/notepad++ and rename to:
For K5 the file should be renamed to: 00077430.505 (these are all numbers, not 's' or 'o') - I have tested this and can confirm it works
For K5-ii the file should be renamed to: 00077680.536 (have not confirmed this as I don't have this camera)
For K5-iis the file should be renamed to: 00077681.541 (have not confirmed this as I don't have this camera)
Note: both of these files must be named exactly as listed and MUSTN'T have .txt (or any other) suffixes - be careful that Notepad and other apps sometimes automatically append them. Also be careful to check you are displaying the suffixes otherwise this just won't work.
d. Copy both of these files (the blank develop.mod and your second file containing the open_debug_menu command) to the root (top most) directory of your memory card
e. Put the memory card into your camera (while off) and turn the camera on. Some reports suggest leaving the card door open but I found it didn't matter
f. Your camera should now show the full 5 page (or so) debug menu
g. Do not touch any options except what's below - you could brick your camera, lens etc.

3. Copy current lens config from EEPROM to memory card
a. On the penultimate page of the full debug menu, you should find an option "LENS ROM CAMERA=>SD" or similar - basically copies the settings from the camera (or lens) to the SD card. This is what we want to do - to get a copy of the current and default configuration
b. Once completed, turn the camera off, take the card out and put it in your computer. You should see a new file called LENSEEP.LNS make a backup copy of this and keep it safe.

4. Backup original config file on computer and make required edits in Notepad++ (rather than simple Notepad as you need to see the row and column headings)
a. Having backed up the file, edit LENSEEP.LNS using Notepad++. You should see something like the following excerpt, which is one "block" of data. Depending on which DA* lens you have, you might have 4 or 8 of such blocks (starting at 0000, 0100, 0200, 0300 etc. etc):






Code:

";        -----------------------------------------------------------------------------"

"; 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 0A 0B 0C 0D 0E 0F"

"; -----------------------------------------------------------------------------"

":0000", "28","D6","50","8A","63","84","92","6D","71","68","68","38","03","31","93","1B"

":0010", "FF","FF","FF","F1","29","63","83","90","00","76","06","51","03","0D","00","00"

":0020", "00","00","F1","C0","00","04","28","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00"

":0030", "00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00"

":0040", "28","D6","50","9A","63","84","93","6D","69","68","68","34","03","31","8B","1B"

":0050", "FF","FF","FF","F1","29","63","83","91","00","76","06","51","03","0E","00","00"

":0060", "00","00","F1","C0","00","10","24","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00"

":0070", "00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00"

":0080", "28","D6","50","7A","63","84","92","6D","79","68","68","38","03","31","9B","1B"

":0090", "FF","FF","FF","F1","29","63","83","90","00","76","06","51","03","0D","00","00"

":00A0", "00","00","F1","C0","00","82","2C","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00"

":00B0", "00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00"

":00C0", "28","D6","50","6A","63","84","91","6D","81","68","68","38","03","31","A3","1B"

":00D0", "FF","FF","FF","F1","29","64","83","8F","00","86","06","51","03","0D","00","00"

":00E0", "00","00","F1","C0","00","86","2E","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00"

":00F0", "00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00","00"



Note: I have highlighted the entries above, which are the four data points you need to amend in that block, and each subsequent block. For each block, it is rows xx20, xx60, xxA0 and xxE0. And for each row it will be column 03 (i.e. the forth as "00" is the first column). For each block then, you have four amendments and they're all identical - changing the C0 to 80. And that's it.

For my DA*50-135 lens there were 8 blocks with four amendments in each, so that was 32 changes, all C0 to 80. I used the Insert key to switch to overwrite mode and simply overwrote the C with an 8.

b. Confirm you've made the right changes and save the file back to the memory card (I kept a copy on my computer).
c. Take the memory card out and put back in your camera, turn it on (keep the card door open if you like) - you should be back to the full debug menu

5. Copy new lens config from memory card to EEPROM & test lens works in screwdrive mode
a. On the penultimate page again, there should be another option "LENS ROM SD=>CAMERA" - basically does the opposite of step 3a and copies your new datafile back to the EEPROM inside the camera/lens. It will say "VERIFYING" and go through the rows in the LENSEEP file until it's happy.
b. Press the menu key to exit the debug menu and check autofocus works and you can hear the screwdrive operating (easy to check with my lens as the SDM was dead - so activity meant success!)
Note: if you haven't edited the file properly, you probably won't find this step working... in my case, I had followed instructions for the DA*16-50 which only has 4 blocks rather than 8 to edit... I went back to my computer and made the other 16 edits and then it worked. So don't panic and take your time.

6. Use PKTether to turn off Debug Mode
a. Leaving your camera on, connect it via USB to the computer
b. PKTether should show that the camera is now connected and the camera should show "PC-5" or similar message in the top LCD
c. Choose "Camera Debug Mode Off" from the Debug mode menu
Done!

7. Tidy up memory card by removing "boot files"
As a final step, I deleted the "boot files" from the root directory of my memory card... I didn't want to leave them lying around just in case.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-22-2014, 05:59 AM  
FA31 VS Sigma 30 1.4 Art
Posted By Mirton
Replies: 65
Views: 12,224
I've looked long and hard for a Limited 31mm f1.8 but they don't ever go below $800 on the used market. I also own the Sigma EX DC 30mm f1.4 and as previously stated for close up centered portraits shot at f2-3.5 delivers good results in terms of sharpness and bokeh (although i'm not crazy about the color rendition) I recently bought a Sigma Art 18-35mm f1.8 DC and although i'm still putting it through the paces, the first impressions are extremely positive. Some reviewers claim that the 18-35mm outperforms the Art 30mm f1.4 in sharpness and CA. Personally i'm really happy with the Sigma Art 18-35mm, I always wanted a wide angle zoom with great color rendition and bokeh and the sigma delivers in that regard. Although i never owned one it seems the Limited 31mm is a special kind of glass. I personally opted for the functionality of the zoom.

following attachment taken the first day of receiving the lens: Pentax K-5iis with Sigma Art 18-35mm f1.8, with light level adjustment, WB untouched.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-14-2014, 04:30 AM  
For landscape, 15 or 21? Judging from IQ only
Posted By Ventzy
Replies: 14
Views: 2,394
I don't have experience with 21mm, but spend some time to made test and review for 15mm. I try to present it, in different situation, may be, will be usefully for You.

review is here (lot of pictures in HD res)



Forum: Photographic Technique 05-22-2014, 08:20 AM  
Macro Our macro rigs
Posted By hangman43
Replies: 82
Views: 23,089
Here is my most recent set up
Untitled by crumlyt, on Flickr
IMGP1784 by crumlyt, on Flickr
IMGP1809 by crumlyt, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-01-2014, 07:25 AM  
Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 now available
Posted By Islejones
Replies: 10
Views: 2,915
Today the jewel arrived.
Well it's more a mountain but a jewel ;-)
Attached i have some quick shots to compare the IQ with the Tamron 28-75 2.8.
PP on all pics was only Lens profile and Daylight WB, nothing else.
The first two pics should give you an idea of the size.
Then there are 4 pics from the Sigma at 35mm (f1.8,2.8,4.0,8.0)
The other pics are from the tamron at nearly 35mm :o (f2.8,4.0,8.0)

Can't wait to take the beauty out for some real pics :cool:

For the mods:
Feel free to move the post to the correct place to be.

Any other pentax users with this lens yet?

Feel free to comment.

Islejones
Forum: Sold Items 06-11-2014, 09:05 AM  
For Sale - Sold: 3 FA Limited set
Posted By LFLee
Replies: 14
Views: 2,274
Nope. Long before they were call Amigos by the north American folks, they were always called the three princess in Asia.
Princess for their elegant, small size, and beauty.

Not sure which attributes of these lenses can be called Amigos...:fedup:

out of topic....

Nice collection by OP! I wouldn't part with them if I have collected them! this is limited of the limited lenses!
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 05-21-2014, 08:04 PM  
Night Milky Way Over Abo Unit, Salinas Pueblo Mission National Monument
Posted By TheBlindHog
Replies: 6
Views: 2,425
This is a composite image. I put the camera on a tripod and shot the foreground image about 30 minutes after sunset, at 25 seconds, ISO 100, f/4.5 at 10mm. The light is from residual sunlight and an 18% moon. I kept the camera on the tripod and shot through the night, capturing the rise of the Milky Way about 6 hours after sunset and 2 hours after moonset. The settings were 30 seconds, ISO 6400, f/4 at 10mm. I adjusted for contrast and noise and composited the two images in Photoshop.

The Abo Unit of the Salinas Pueblo Mission National Monument was built on a site settled by Spanish missionaries. The site was settled in 1581 and construction began in 1622. Construction was completed in phases and the final structure was completed in 1658. In 1673, the site was abandoned due to drought, famine, and continuous raids by Apache war parties. The site is about 50 miles (as the crow flies) from the nearest densely populated area and the light discipline is fantastic for night shooting.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-11-2014, 06:27 AM  
Food Sunny Lemon Peel
Posted By LeRolls
Replies: 11
Views: 707
Lemon Peel- by C Rankin, on Flickr

Figured why let a perfectly good lemon peel go to waste. :cool:
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-29-2014, 09:27 AM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 10,888
Views: 1,815,509
A couple of tulip photos with the FA 77 limited...

Tulips by Vincent1825, on Flickr

Tulips by Vincent1825, on Flickr

And one with the FA 31 limited.

The Ohio River by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-28-2014, 03:12 AM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 10,888
Views: 1,815,509
I think I like the color best as well.

A few for the club...

The first one is a a panorama done with about 15 photos using the FA 31 limited.


Horseshoe Bend in the Ohio River by Vincent1825, on Flickr

And a couple of photos of my kids with the FA 77.


Anna Reading by Vincent1825, on Flickr


Kicking Dandelions by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-23-2014, 12:15 PM  
Nature 3 countries in 3 seconds
Posted By Finntax
Replies: 9
Views: 702
Pictures from a hike in Malla nature reserve to see the Three-Country Cairn between Finland, Norway and Sweden, last September. A place where you can travel 3 countries in 3 seconds ;)

Lake Kuohkimajärvi / DA* 16-50 @ 16 mm, f8, 1/40 s, ISO100


Waterfall in river Kitsijoki / DA* 16-50 @ 21 mm, f11, 1 s, ISO80


Three-Country Cairn, where the boarders of Finland, Norway and Sweden meet / DA* 16-50 @ 16 mm, f8, 1/40 s, ISO100
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 03-28-2014, 05:45 PM  
Suggestion Please don't drop Tapatalk
Posted By Class A
Replies: 16
Views: 1,544
Hi Adam,

in another thread you wrote
"Tapatalk support will likely be dropped in the future as we have a robust mobile site"
Could I kindly ask you to keep supporting Tapatalk?

The mobile version of the site is great, but Tapatalk is a completely different experience. I feel the way font sizes and the layout are optimised for very small smart phone displays on Tapatalk is unsurpassed.

It would be big loss for me if I had to switch to the much slower and much less readable mobile website version.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-31-2013, 07:25 AM  
I went out for a volleyball tournament.... (33 images)
Posted By RonHendriks1966
Replies: 32
Views: 7,048
In the Netherlands there was on 29th and 30th december the Dela Trophy, a tournament for volleyball. This was the sixt time that this event was held and it is mainly a preparation tournament for some qualification. Up till now only the womens team was playing, but for this year also the Dutch national men's team was playing. Both teams in preparation for the World Cup Qualification Tournament in januari. For the men's team the French national team was invited, while for the women the team from Belgium was present. In the past teams from Cuba, China and Turkey where present for this tournament. Basicly you play against each other for a few games and one gets a cup. This year only two days (we had before events for 2, 3 or 4 days) and only playing in one venue and not a small tour around the Netherlands. The sponsor is DELA, wich is a funeral Insurance company, pays for all off it and it is very nice for the visitors, who get free T-shirts, win prices and free entrance. Both days where sold out with each day 2.800 visitors. It's a real party for Dutch Volleyball. In 2011 there where 4 days and totaling off 11.000 visitors with two larger venues and two smaller ones.

I did take images for a sportssite this time, so I also covered the men's game, but only partly, since I only needed 20 images for covering for each game.

With me I had the K-5 (only on sunday with the FA*85mm), K-01 (used with FA31mm and FA*85mm) and the K-3 (with the FA*85mm and Sigma 70-200mm). Some off the images I took with the K-01 I should have used the K-3, for instance the groupshot, where you benefit for the larger pixelamount. But I didn't because I used the Sigma, for standing further away then I would like, but not allowed to come closer and the FA*85 is just to perfect to not use. There is no time for switching lenses.

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Monday men's game:
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So is there anything to conclude with these images? Well it is clearly possible to make good sports images with the K-3 and a set off good lenses. The camera is faster in AF then the K-5 is, and you do have a bigger chance in making good images. Making excellent images still needs some input from the photographer, since the K-3 is just a picture taking machine.

The battery does deplete very fast. To my knowing I could run this event with K-5 on a single battery, but for the K-3 I changed the battery during the second game since it was giving attention to being depleted and giving just one bar left over.

The files with these iso-settings are on average about 32,5 MB witch I think is very large. This is one off the things I'm not to happy with, since I don't get 50% more image quality compared to the K-5 or even up to 90 % larger files then with the K-01!!!!!!!!!!

The postproduction on these images where very briefly. Only some minor things in LightRoom. I run on my laptop Ligthroom 4.4 and Camera RAW 7.4. No idea if that is the latest, but no updates available. I still have to update to Lightroom 5, but for now this is my tool.

The noise in the images directly from the camera doesn't look nice and I guess that jpg's straight from the camera with hi iso isn't that pleasing. To my feelings (no measurements taken) this is a step back compared to the K-5! But that was also to be expected. Cleaning up does give some nice images, but there is more work to it then for the K-5 I am used to.

When making nice images, one doesn't use these hi-iso settings, so this doesn't mean the K-3 can't make good quality images. I also did some studiowork and that does look very good.

So how good is the K-3?
Well for starters I only made so little images and I only did so little work with files in post processing that I can't compare that to the K-5, wich I made over 340k images with with different body's. In technic the K-3 is certainly better then the K-5 (I also had the K-5 II, but my main comparison is to the K-5 Silver I own).
  • The AF is faster and nicely accurate.

  • The White Balance is as crappy as always in these sports venues and I set the white balance in post processing. In most sportsvenues the light isn't even the same all around the venue.

  • The hi iso images are very noisy out off the camera.

  • Cleaning up the noise is to be done in post processing and that does work nicely, but it isn't winning from the K-5.

  • Files are huge with on average off 32,5 MB.

  • The battery does deplete much faster then in the K-5.

  • I used AF-C and 9 AF points wich I moved around the AF-area and that does work very quickly. Just handling the 4-wheel steering and the AF-points light up in your viewer so you see where you are.

  • The AF is faster and reliable, but I didn't yet do real fine tuning on the AF. With sports, large scenery's and hi-iso however that is less important, since there will always be something not in focus that you would like.

  • The processing off the files and storing off the files is much faster then on the K-5. But due to the large files some off the advantages from the PRIME III engine are lost to that extra amount off work.

  • The continues shooting I used was the fast setting, but that doesn't deliver the 8,3 fps since the refocussing takes time. However you can take more images then with the K-5 since the focusing is faster. I did no measuring on that yet. My guess on the K-5 was that with AF-C the limit with an average scene would be going around 2.8 fps or so and hte K-3 is faster then that number.

  • There is no use for the second cardslot in this work. As I expected.

  • The changing for the AF-points with the extra button and using the wheals works great. You can just snap to some other setting, like one-point AF.

  • Deleting files in the camera (pre-selecting) has one new offer. With the +/- button you can scroll and select multiple images for deleting, not possible in the K-5 and that is great.

  • Reviewing images on the screen is great. The screen is larger, but somehow I have the feeling that the K-01 still offers better previews then the K-3 does. It is a bleassing that images again turn on your screen so you can look at portrait-images on the big screen by tilting the camera.

  • I mainly used TAv this time with auto-iso settings. I would not recommend to make images above iso3200 if not nessacery! Only if you really need to. The K-5 still wins in this area.

  • I didn't took a dive into the working from the SR system, but my feeling says that it is working proparly.


Well somehow I still think that putting the 16 megapixel sensor inside the K-3 would make a better and faster camera then the 24 megapixel we now have. The PRIME III engine would have some nice playtime with the smaller files and making the K-3 really faster. For having better image quality I still would prefer a larger sensor and we all know that APS-H is my my personal preference to reach this goal!

This is me at work, photo taken by my collegue Roel Ubels, wich is an amazing photographer using the Olympus E5 (while all others are on CaNikon).

The beard is new and going away in 2014.

Greetings, Ron.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-22-2014, 04:46 PM  
Why would you buy a K-3?
Posted By crewl1
Replies: 19
Views: 2,047
There has to be a limitation that your current body can't get around, or else there has to be a feature that would provide improvements in some area of your photography needs.

If you are happy with the body you have and don't yet feel it is holding you back in any way then there is no reason to upgrade.

You would be better served in getting to know your camera and investing in lenses.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-22-2014, 08:20 PM  
Macro Dragonfly
Posted By mtux
Replies: 8
Views: 612

Dragonfly by mtux, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-20-2014, 07:46 PM  
Nature Little Snow Birds
Posted By mole
Replies: 16
Views: 2,358
Our Winter Resident birds seem unfazed by all the recent snows. Here's a female Eastern Bluebird, keeping a close eye on her stock of Privet Berry snacks.





And here are two male Eastern Bluebirds, one on a Tulip Poplar branch, the other in the midst of some snow-capped Sycamore tree seed pods.







Perhaps the bluebirds should have been watching this bird. It's a Nuthatch, checking out a Bluebird nesting box!





Yellow-Rumped Warblers are our most common winter warbler here in East Tennessee. Here are a few wintry poses...






And one pose of a Phoebe on his rather snowy perch.





Mockingbirds keep close to their berry thickets these days.





And are very aggressive in defending their winter food!





Hope you enjoyed these little glimpses of some common winter birds. Thanks so much for any comments & critique!



Forum: Pentax K-01 02-07-2014, 09:25 PM  
National Geographic sends K-01 into space
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 16
Views: 2,645
National Geographic sent some cameras into space, and captured some awesome video/photos of the Grand Canyon:















You Tube




The K-01 is immediately recognizable at 0:54. The lens looks like an M50 1.7 or 2.0, not sure because the lens is partially taped over, but f/8 is in orange, if that is a clue.

The rig also carries two Canon P&S cameras, a GoPro, plus one other camera. Presumably they all survived the crash landing. :)

I should mention, that while searching around to see if anyone else had posted this, I found this other thread from 2008:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/6-pentax-dslr-discussion/31970-pentax-k10d-space.html
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