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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-15-2019, 06:14 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #151 Poll (Landscape in Color - March 2019)
Posted By mmichalak
Replies: 61
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I don't comment frequently here, but this time I feel that I need to say all the photos are absolutely stunning... well done to everyone!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-06-2015, 01:41 PM  
What features would you like to see in K-3's successor? (No FF!)
Posted By mmichalak
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Views: 6,981
@ Kerrowdown, @Blue
I saw what you did there with your larger sensor wishes :p

Well… regardless, of what we want in the next K3, it seems it is very probable that it will have some kind of tilting screen if we judge from the current prototype in CES.

I think that would be a very welcome addition :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-23-2014, 04:14 PM  
What features would you like to see in K-3's successor? (No FF!)
Posted By mmichalak
Replies: 82
Views: 6,981
in my mind, pentax has always been a little bit of an underdog, the ones that do things slightly differently.

In the world of dslr, they gave us features that were either novel, or had been reserved for more expensive cameras: pentaprism, weather sealing, in body shake reduction, antialias filter simulation...and of course, squeezing every single bit of info out of every sensor they used.

In many ways for me, Pentax offered me more value for my money. I am curious to see what they will come up next :)

I think, if I had to pick up one or two features at the end of the day, it would be the articulated screen overall, together with whatever advances on the sensors front.

Good suggestions here by all the fellow posters. I like the PDAF/CDAF integration in the optical viewfinder, and using the SR mechanism to shift the sensor for larger captures.

Oh, well, I guess, we will just have to wait and see...:cool:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-23-2014, 03:29 AM  
What features would you like to see in K-3's successor? (No FF!)
Posted By mmichalak
Replies: 82
Views: 6,981
Pretty much what the title says...

For me, a couple of desired features would be:

---Articulating Screen
I find myself using the live view now and then on my K5ii, so this would be nice to have. I had the opportunity to use a Sony A6000 before upgrading to K5ii, and I found this to be a useful feature.


--Smaller size, lighter
I think my camera is the only "gadget" where it has actually gotten heavier, and bulkier over the years. My previous dSLR was the *istDL2, which in size/weight comparison to the K5ii, looks like a mirrorless now :lol: I understand the newer bodies are all magnesium, the sensor shifts, ISO is better, etc., but I would like to see these packaged in a lighter body.


--Better Video
I know most people do not care about video on their DLSR, but I do :)
I think 4K will not happen any time soon for Pentax, but I would at least like autofocus. Then again, with an old AF lens, you are likely to be hearing the motor of the lens in the video... But I don't know... It would be nice to have more choices re. video shooting, such as compression options.


--More megapixels, more body colours?
...because you know, more is better... Sorry, I could not resist an ill-fated humour attempt :lol:

--I would also like builtin GPS and Wifi, but I know these are not happening, since Ricoh has gone down the route of "modularising" these with out of the camera accessories.

What are the features/improvements you would like to see in a high end upcoming model?


Cheerio,
Mike
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-02-2014, 09:41 AM  
A non-scientific comparison: 35mm 2.8 macro vs. Tamron 18-250@35mm and kit 18-55@35mm
Posted By mmichalak
Replies: 22
Views: 2,388
@Na Horuk
Ha! No I definitely do not regret it...! In fact if one thing, I am now thinking when/if I should get a wide limited, but I think this will have to wait a little bit... This 35mm Ltd is very crisp and nice from end to end, and I am looking forward to taking more photos with it.

@LensBeginner
I found that the focusing is super sensitive close to infinity, sub-millimeter moves will blur things up when magnified using the live view. But with a very steady hand, or even better a tripod, it works well...

I did a little bit of more detailed reading re. macro vs. normal lenses, and I can now see what macro lenses are all about. In comparison with the other lenses I have, (kit 18-55, Tamron 18-50, FA50/1.4 and a Sigma 10-20mm), this macro lens is mostly sharp from end to end, there is very little or not at all vignetting at the corners, and the colours are more vivid, with again little fringing.

I don't discount the other lenses at all, but this one seems to be a little bit more 'special' :cool:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-02-2014, 02:49 AM  
A non-scientific comparison: 35mm 2.8 macro vs. Tamron 18-250@35mm and kit 18-55@35mm
Posted By mmichalak
Replies: 22
Views: 2,388
This weekend I had another go at the same subject with the 35mm Ltd. Slightly different weather conditions, it was more sunny. I tried different techniques as suggested by LensBeginner and here is an example of how it worked, 2.8 left vs. 4.5 right - shot with the Ltd 35mm macro



I think the trick that did it ,was moving the focus ring manually quite far out and then focusing again. I also tried the LiveView as suggested by Luftfluss, worked well too for other subjects when using a tripod; I did not have the tripod with me on this occasion, but I can see how the live view (with magnification) helps now.

So I wanted to thank everyone for posting here :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-26-2014, 01:53 AM  
A non-scientific comparison: 35mm 2.8 macro vs. Tamron 18-250@35mm and kit 18-55@35mm
Posted By mmichalak
Replies: 22
Views: 2,388
@Na Horuk
Yes, I understand that the lens are often less perfect when wide open. It's a similar story with my FA50 at 1.4 or 1.7, I rarely shoot at those apertures. I have not taken any landscape photos with the FA50 at those apertures either, so I cannot tell how it looks, I suspect it will be soft too. It's just that I had read many reviews online about how sharp this Ltd lens is, even when wide open.*MY* view is that it's not *that* sharp wide open (not judging by a single photo on this!). In DxoMark, they even go that far saying that this "red" version lens is less sharp than the "green" version, but also conclude by saying "it’s likely the lens has been optimized for future models with high pixel density sensors". Tested on a K3, it achieves a higher score it seems. But there is no way I am upgrading to a K3 for this reason :D, I got my K5ii not that long ago!!!

I would also think that with the focusing point that far away, DoF would not be that relative... But I am good with using the lens one or two apertures above 2.8 anyway.


@officiousbystander
That's a good point. This was just something I did out of curiosity to see what the sharpness on this Ltd is all about. My criterion for buying this lens was that it offers a more natural perspective than my FA50, so it's handier when shooting photos of people indoors. Also, I never had a macro or limited lens, so I wanted to give that a go.

The reason I bought the Tamron ages ago was the flexibility at all ranges, so it has been the lens that stays on the camera most of the time. I have taken some very nice photos with that lens as well. Most of the time I have been carrying the FA50 with me for portraits and shallow depth, while the Tamron is on the camera. With the upgrade to the K5ii, this combo became quite heavy; the 35Ltd is a good "compromise" for the photos I am shooting, and my hope is that I will use my camera on more occasions now.

For the record, I should also point out that in the photos I took, the Ltd has no vignetting, the colours have more contrast, and there is less flare, so it's obvious the lens has high quality optics. It's of course unfair to compare a prime to a zoom, this was just done for fun.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-25-2014, 03:42 PM  
A non-scientific comparison: 35mm 2.8 macro vs. Tamron 18-250@35mm and kit 18-55@35mm
Posted By mmichalak
Replies: 22
Views: 2,388
I was using the central point for focussing, and I believe I was pointing at the coat of arms. However, I do know from reading around, that what appears to be a tiny rectangle in the screen, actually covers a much wider area, so it could be it has not really focused there.... The thing however is that the whole photo is slightly blurred, so I am not entirely sure what happened -- there isn't much to focus behind the bridge, just grey sky...

After that test, I did not make much fuss about it, I set the aperture to 5.6 and kept shooting around with the Ltd. Some other photos I got are super sharp at 5.6.

Thanks for replying :)

---------- Post added 10-26-14 at 12:00 AM ----------

To give you an idea of the sharpness at other apertures of the Ltd, this was shot at 5.6. If you are accustomed to the British weather,;) you will notice there is quite some sun in this one (shot few mins later from the one I originally posted). Also more contrast, clearer sky, and all the buildings are basically opposite of the lens, so I guess this was an "easier" one... Although I did not shot this one at 2.8, or with the other lenses, so I don't know how these would turn out...




Here is a random crop (did not focus there), I would think it's pretty sharp...

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-25-2014, 01:33 PM  
A non-scientific comparison: 35mm 2.8 macro vs. Tamron 18-250@35mm and kit 18-55@35mm
Posted By mmichalak
Replies: 22
Views: 2,388
Hello All,

I recently bit the bullet and upgraded from *istDL2 to K5ii...and a few days ago I decided it was high time I buy a lens too :) I own the FA501.4, but sometimes I find the field of view too "restrictive" if this makes sense. When I am outside it's not a problem, I just take a few steps back, but indoors it's a problem.

Having heard about the limited lenses, I decided to buy the 35mm 2.8 macro (the newer one with the red ring). Just out of mere curiosity I wanted to see how it compares against two other lenses I own: the Tamron 18-250, and the kit lens (18-55, bought together with the DL2).

So today I went out around London and took some shots,I have included a few crops below...
Original (scaled down):
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100% crops
Tamron on the left, Ltd in the middle, Kit lens on the right:







I have to say, I am very impressed with the sharpness of the 35mm 2.8macro, as others have noted. From 4.0 to 6.7 it seems to be the sharpest. When viewing photos at 100%, it makes me wonder what the heck I have been doing all these years shooting with the Tamron, :lol: To be fair the Tamron is a handy lens when travelling...

Wide open, however, I seem to be getting mixed results, it varies from not ok to just ok :confused:Here are crops from 2.8 to 4.5 for the Ltd one:



I suspect shooting landscapes at 2.8 is not particularly clever, but it seems to be kind of similar with more close up photos. Sometimes, the photo is just blurry, other times, it seems much better. I noticed *kind of* a similar thing with my FA50 when shooting at 1.4 or 1.7, but the blurriness from the FA seems to be more pleasant than the Ltd when shooting wide open. That's just my subjective view anyway :)

Overall, I am pleased and happy with this lens, I can see it becoming my walk around lens. Not sure what to make of the wide open fuzziness, I guess, if I need to shoot at 2.8, I will just have to take some extra shots!

Thanks for reading my post :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-21-2014, 09:07 AM  
Pentax K-S1!
Posted By mmichalak
Replies: 1,867
Views: 166,716
Exactly my thoughts, it's what I posted on the other thread "Pentax K-S1 = a new GR/GXR + an adapter?"..

This would allow them for example to offer a version without the OVF, or to offer a mirrorless option.... or one trillion combinations of colours :D
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-21-2014, 08:38 AM  
Pentax K-S1 = a new GR/GXR + an adapter?
Posted By mmichalak
Replies: 27
Views: 4,035
As others noted, when I looked at this, I noticed the same thing: It seems as if the "lens holder", and the OVF/flash is simply a "cap", that you lock onto the main body. To me it seems that the body is not formed from a single piece of plastic or metal.

As others noted, there are technical difficulties with this, i.e. I would be surprised if the users themselves can simply lock on different "caps"/adapters.

But what about Ricoh/Pentax themselves? This modular design would allow them to offer, (for example), two versions: the one shown here, and another one without the OVF, making it even less bulkier (think K01 replacement too :cool:)...

So maybe the users cannot use different adapters themselves, but Pentax/Ricoh would save on resources by offering the same "main body" and a few different adapters to lock on to it.

Just a thought...;)
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