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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-25-2013, 01:48 PM  
K-5II Aspect Ratio
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 12
Views: 1,217
Thank you Adam & Scratchpaddy for the prompt answers. It makes sense. I often enjoy using the 1:1 Aspect Ratio on the K-01 and wish I could do the same with my K-5. Alas, I just can't find enough reasons to justify getting a K-5II!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-25-2013, 01:29 PM  
K-5II Aspect Ratio
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 12
Views: 1,217
Does the K-5II provide the option to select from several Aspect Ratios, like the K-01, or does it have a fixed Aspect Ratio like the older K-5?
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-21-2012, 10:41 AM  
Maybe You Better Loook Around....
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 55
Views: 5,766
Smart Lady. - Rupert, I can feel your pain.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-13-2012, 08:32 AM  
Buying new "everyday" lens
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 22
Views: 2,436
As with you, I had tried the 18-55mm kit lens, but was dissatisfied with the performance, so sold it. About six months ago I purchased a Tamron SP AF 28-75mm, f/2.8, and love it. To me, the deciding factor for this purchase was the lens review on PF. Tamron was giving a rebate, perhaps it is still in effect.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-12-2012, 01:47 PM  
Pentax K-01 Compact Case
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 6
Views: 3,479
I have a Golla Bag large enough to carry the K-01 with lenses & accessories, I wanted to get a protective case for my K-01, so I can carry it in the automobile console, coat pocket, etc. w/o fear of loosing the 40mm lens cap or causing damage to the camera. I found a very nice, small case at Walmart for $14.00, and thought perhaps there are others who would appreciate such a case for their new Pentax K-01. Case Logic has produced a Compact Camcorder Case (MSEC4) that will fit the K-01 almost perfectly. It comes in Black or in Dark Blue. The case has a molded protective hard shell front & back and a retractable handle system (a shoulder/neck strap is also included). Inside is a tilt-out padded camera cradle (pocket), which makes it very easy to remove or replace the camera. Over-all size is 6.3"x4.75"x3". The DCPI for the MSEC4 Compact Camcorder Case is 0008585419958 (Dark Blue) and 0008585419857 (Black). Incidentally, this case is large enough to carry the K-01 camera/DA40mm XS lens, spare battery, two or three spare memory cards and lens cleaning cloth. Also, you will find that it is less expensive if ordered on-line. Hope this helps someone.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-11-2012, 12:14 PM  
K-01 haters abound :(
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 95
Views: 8,816
To be truthful, I have smacked myself in the nose several times now with the K-01!
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-11-2012, 11:33 AM  
K-01 haters abound :(
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 95
Views: 8,816
I think I stopped worrying about the direction Pentax was going, with the K-5. What alot of ragging we had here in PF when (in addition to all else), spots were discovered in the K-5. Had I taken it all seriously at the time, I would have dumped the K-5 and gone to another brand. As it is, I returned one K-5 for spotting, and have since enjoyed using my second K-5 immensely. It is undoubtedly, the best camera I have ever owned. Within the past year I sold a K-x, and recently purchased a K-01. Sure, there are some problems and things I don't really like about the K-01, most of which I immediately aired here on PF. But for almost a week now I have been shooting every day with the K-01 and have found it to be a fun and interesting camera. In fact, while my origional plans were to use it for video and shooting wildlife with a big lens & tripod, I have had so much enjoyment just shooting the 40mm XS - handheld. (OMG) The K-01 even outshines the K-5 sometimes, in the images it produces. (Now don't go taking me to task, this is solely my impression) A full frame from Pentax would be nice, but until then, I'm just having a ball with the cameras Pentax has already provided me.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-08-2012, 11:17 AM  
K-01 images and thoughts about camera
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 11
Views: 2,080
I agree, it is relative, and I am using no test equipment, etc. It is just my impression. Perhaps I am overly sensitive, but when photographing birds or animals at close range, or using the K-5 to shoot my grandaughter's recital, etc., I always feel that I am making alot of audiable noise with the camera. I expected the K-01 to be virtually silent, and that was one of the selling points for me, it is not, and when I use the K-5 & K-01 together, they both sound about the same to me. Again, no audio test equipment used.
Over lunch I was able to get out and use the K-01 under the noon day sun. At times I had to turn the monitor brightness level up to (+) 7, but I could still see it well even with sun glare. That, of course was an origional concern of mine.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-08-2012, 08:18 AM  
K-01 images and thoughts about camera
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 11
Views: 2,080
I have had time now to charge the D-L190 battery and do some shooting around the house. I am disappointed with the noise, the K-01 seems to be nearly as noisy (sound) as the K-5, and I had been hoping for silence when shooting wildlife. The K-01 is a great camera to use when one is wearing glasses. Also, this is the first camera with a display monitor, that I have used without smearing the monitor with nose grease each time I took a shot! I find it easy to use the e-dial to magnify the playback image (up to 16 times), as this is a quick check of focus sharpness, although if you are shooting Lomograph style, this feature is not of much use. I look forward to putting on the FA100 and doing some Macro. I have not yet attached the neck strap (I usually do not use them, as I normally use a Blackrapid RS7 strap), I think any strap attached to the K-01 while tend to make it awkward to use. I have to think about this for a while, as what to do. Incidently, the e-dial on the K-01 is much easier to use than on the K-5, due to size and position.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-07-2012, 06:51 PM  
K-01 images and thoughts about camera
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 11
Views: 2,080
I totally agree that the K-01 is not as comfortable to hold as the K-5. My fingers just don't grasp it comfortably, and my poor thumb just does not know what to do. I also agree that changing the memo card is a pain and that outer flap just seems to be too doggone flimsy to be durable. These are my first impressions. It does look nicer than I expected. One problem I do see that will require some sort of near future solution is how to prevent that very small snap-in 40mm lens cap from getting lost while shooting???
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-02-2012, 08:02 AM  
Is Adorama Trustworthy?
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 60
Views: 8,494
I have purchased both new and used items from Adorama, and have never had a complaint with them. Within the past year I purchased several speed lights (new) that did not work out for me (not a problem with Adorama), and I returned them, no authorization required/questions asked.
Forum: General Talk 03-02-2012, 07:54 AM  
Married to the Brand
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 81
Views: 3,995
Since I gave up smoking (many, many years ago), I can't really say I am married to any brand. I use Windows. But that is because it was what I started out with. Use Pentax cameras, but have used others. Most of my lenses are Pentax, although a few other mfgr's have filled in gaps. I have had the same wife for over 40 years, so I guess you could say that I'm sold on her. About the only thing I consistently buy is Long's Horseradish (love Horseradish!) and that is because (a) It is 100% pure, no salt, no sugar, no preservatives and (b) it is grown, grated and sold locally.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-02-2012, 07:10 AM  
K-01 shipped!
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 55
Views: 6,464
Well Adam, it sounds as though you are going to be working over-time to get all this K-01 testing done. Just to help things along, we will be sitting here on the side lines cheering you along. YEA ADAM. RAH, RAH, RAH, SHOOT 'EM, SHOOT'EM, SHOOT'EM GOOD! YEA ADAM!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-29-2012, 09:27 AM  
Rumor: Pentax FF Sept 18-23, 2012
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 528
Views: 82,654
You nailed it Eddie. Not only is this probably the best Pentax can do just now, but more importantly, it is all they must do.
Forum: General Talk 02-29-2012, 09:11 AM  
Are You Happy?
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 54
Views: 2,820
Thanks for the enlightment Parallax. I had forgotten the sage advise from Roger Miller.
Forum: Pentax K-01 02-29-2012, 08:53 AM  
K-01s beginning to ship from the Philippines
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 18
Views: 2,379
Good news! Has anyone heard any figures of the pre-orders? I am curious.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-29-2012, 04:14 PM  
Machinery T-Bird
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 4
Views: 456
The Thunderbird did have seat belts in '58, as did the 'Vette. The shoulder strap was not then avaiable.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-20-2012, 06:28 PM  
Pentax Honeywell Spotmatic 35mm camera with Super-Takumar 55mm 1.8 Lens?
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 8
Views: 2,448
I carried a Honeywell Spotmatic in Nam for 19 months, and a couple of years after. I've never had a camera banged around and treated so badly as that one, but wet or dry it never failed and the pictures were great (well yeh, sometimes there were spots on the lens, but that just gave the photo more character).
Lots of luck with yours, it is an enjoyable camera.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-20-2012, 06:13 PM  
Mirrorless vs DSLR? What are the advantages?
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 50
Views: 12,566
Everything I have heard leads me to believe that battery life is a Con. Fewer shots per battery charge is not something I look forward to.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-20-2012, 05:58 PM  
DA* 50-135mm
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 12
Views: 1,027
My DA*50-135 has become one of my most used lenses. It is heavy, but it is a great lens in the field or for travel. It is hard to go wrong with a DA.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-26-2011, 05:11 PM  
Nature Cat portraits with macro lens
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 5
Views: 669
All nice and sharp. I like the second and third. How many cats have you?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-26-2011, 02:25 PM  
Nature Hodgson's Hawk-Cuckoo
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 33
Views: 2,635
Very nicely done. #2 is terrific. What lens were you using?
Forum: Pentax K-r 11-26-2011, 02:04 PM  
My trip to Iceland
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 10
Views: 1,220
Looks like that new lens and camera made work abit more friendly for you.
Never been, but your expressions of Iceland look like an interesting place - thanks for sharing.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-26-2011, 01:52 PM  
Portrait lens help!
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 66
Views: 7,608
My thoughts are that the FA 77mm f/1.8 (Ltd) is a very good portrait lens, maybe the best. Also the DA70 f/2.4 is another (Ltd) that does well when used for portraits.
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-26-2011, 01:46 PM  
K5 & Pentax GPS Module O-GPS1
Posted By DigiMack
Replies: 2
Views: 6,463
I would like to hear from some of the K5 owners using the Pentax GPS Module. What have been your experiences with it? Have you used it much during travel? Is it easy to use? Have you noticed any accuracy lose or other problems when using in a city? Has it been dependable? And how about battery life, is it as good as advertised? And do you still feel that it is worth the two and a-half bills a person must now lay out?
Thanks for your replies and insight.
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