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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-21-2014, 08:04 AM  
What Matters: Why the Camera Industry is in The Dumper And What Can be Done About It
Posted By Parry
Replies: 200
Views: 10,958
Good post old boy, it's this awful McWorld we now inhabit.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-21-2014, 07:20 AM  
If you could have but one Limited............
Posted By Parry
Replies: 149
Views: 11,431
Or I'm just giving good advice.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-21-2014, 07:04 AM  
What Matters: Why the Camera Industry is in The Dumper And What Can be Done About It
Posted By Parry
Replies: 200
Views: 10,958
No just cut out all the junk and improve QC on the smaller volumes. Consolidate to high quality.

If the market's shrinking it's shrinking to pro's and extremely keen amateurs.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-21-2014, 06:38 AM  
What Matters: Why the Camera Industry is in The Dumper And What Can be Done About It
Posted By Parry
Replies: 200
Views: 10,958
The answer is probably reduce product lines and production volumes to just the good stuff.

Move to mirrorless as it's cheaper to manufacture than SLR.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-21-2014, 05:21 AM  
If you could have but one Limited............
Posted By Parry
Replies: 149
Views: 11,431
Okay I'll just say this. If any of you do buy a 31 Ltd I'd advise you to:

1. Wait for the refreshed HD revision to be issued as that will drive down the price of the old model anyway and;

2. Get it from a store with a good returns policy.

I'm just thinking of you folks here.
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-21-2014, 05:07 AM  
K3 AF speed - the cake is a lie??
Posted By Parry
Replies: 47
Views: 5,771
The adapter needs work, be it genuine or copy.

All mine move about.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-20-2014, 05:55 PM  
Storing your lenses
Posted By Parry
Replies: 20
Views: 4,104
Ziploc bags with silica gel sachets, inside neoprene lens cases.

Have considered a vacuum packer.
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-20-2014, 05:40 PM  
K3 AF speed - the cake is a lie??
Posted By Parry
Replies: 47
Views: 5,771
Screw drive AF is faster and more accurate but for me the K-3 is best for manual focus, old M42's, focus peaking is great.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-20-2014, 11:04 AM  
What Matters: Why the Camera Industry is in The Dumper And What Can be Done About It
Posted By Parry
Replies: 200
Views: 10,958
Get away from the old Bayer sensor and make M4/3 's and APS-C sensors that are:

1. Three times better in low light;

2. Resolve reds better;

3. That use electronic shutters rather than these old mechanical clunkers.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-20-2014, 01:01 AM  
Photography Numbness
Posted By Parry
Replies: 53
Views: 4,259
I got so bored of it recently I considered selling up and going back to a point and shoot. Find I use my camera phone more and more for work, can't be bothered with hauling heavy gear about.

The only thing that's kept my interest is using old M42 manual focus primes. I find these produce much better work, cheaper and way more fun.

Would never consider laying out lots of money again on AF lenses as I rarely shoot events or action.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-20-2014, 12:30 AM  
Nikon Asked to Halt All D600 Sales in China After Scathing Nationally Televised Expos
Posted By Parry
Replies: 32
Views: 2,419
If you have the K3 you could just use screw drive instead.

If you're having the third SDM failure now it will just fail again. Good money after bad.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-20-2014, 12:12 AM  
K2D - new FF from Pentax.
Posted By Parry
Replies: 65
Views: 12,769
Film lenses, suffering, yeah tell me about.

Loads of third party full frame lenses available for the K mount right now.

When you consider how many E mount lenses are available even now, with no third party AF available, didn't stop Sony.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-20-2014, 12:03 AM  
Drone / UAV videography
Posted By Parry
Replies: 15
Views: 3,168
DJI Vision 2 uses a superior camera to the GP3 Black. You can also flatten the image with the Adobe lens profile.

It takes better video than your K-5.

I can see you incurring a lot of unnecessary expense here, being disappointed and picking up bits of K-5 around a half mile radius.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-19-2014, 06:36 PM  
Drone / UAV videography
Posted By Parry
Replies: 15
Views: 3,168
The camera on the vision 2 is superb. You don't need to lift a DSLR unto the sky.

A friend has one. Even has the adobe lens profiles for it.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-19-2014, 06:07 PM  
Drone / UAV videography
Posted By Parry
Replies: 15
Views: 3,168
DJI Phantom Vision 2.

It's all you need.

The bigger optacopters to lift DSLR's are silly money and look tricky.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-19-2014, 04:46 AM  
I'm terrified... 31mm comparisons
Posted By Parry
Replies: 196
Views: 21,644
I'm comparing a 50 quid lens with a thousand quid one.

Had non Pentax fanboy people look at it, all say it's a dog.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-19-2014, 04:16 AM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By Parry
Replies: 10,359
Views: 1,687,376
Thank you Digitalis!
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-18-2014, 07:23 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By Parry
Replies: 10,359
Views: 1,687,376
So is this normal?
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-18-2014, 04:30 PM  
Flucard Server disconnect
Posted By Parry
Replies: 22
Views: 2,572
I had to "Disable automatic network switch" on the Galaxy Note 3. After that no issues.

---------- Post added 19-03-14 at 06:36 ----------

Also disable composition correction in live view otherwise you'll not see the live view image on your remote device.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-18-2014, 03:29 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By Parry
Replies: 10,359
Views: 1,687,376
Hard as I try, mine just doesn't. I mean it really does disappoint me time after time.

I think it's partly why I use the old M42's in manual focus so much these days, Jupiters, Helios and CZJ's, Meyer's and wotnot.

---------- Post added 19-03-14 at 05:35 ----------

Right so second question(s) . . . where can I get this thing seen to in the UK?

Is it a matter of realigning the elements and bolting the thing back together?

Has anyone else had these issues and had them resolved by a lens technician?


Because something clearly ain't right with this.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-18-2014, 02:59 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By Parry
Replies: 10,359
Views: 1,687,376
I still get the PF with the 77 but no where near as bad as the 31. This is the 77 wide open, with a lot of post . . .




Now I've never got anywhere near the same performance out of the 31, by a wide margin. I'd go so far as to compare my 31 to my first kit lens (WR 17-55) in many respects. Okay, in some situations I can get the thing to perform, but it's unreasonably tough to do so and most of the work is done in post.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-18-2014, 02:41 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By Parry
Replies: 10,359
Views: 1,687,376
This is what I'm finding. It is possible to drag a decent image out of the 31 wide open, but oh my my is it a lot of aggravation. In mediocre light I find it near impossible.

The thing is, the 77 Ltd is simply golden, it really is and I'm surprised at the really quite stark difference between the 77 and the 31, I'm talking wide open now.

Ferocious toothache "beyond root canal" doesn't help whilst pondering this matter, nor listening to the dogs gob going round and round at the same time which really winds me up.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-18-2014, 02:26 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By Parry
Replies: 10,359
Views: 1,687,376
Okay, yes, but that much?

If others are getting this amount of PF wide open in relatively high contrast situations please let me know.

I'm starting to think . . . two cogs turning now . . .

1. High contrast

2. Wide open

3. At or near infinity

Equals . . . not very good resolution at all and dire PF.

If so, that's just a limitation of the design and I can live with that. A frank discussion about this would be handy.

I also find it hopeless in low light. Could be me. May spend this weekend testing the be'jesus out of the thing and then make a decision.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-18-2014, 02:09 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By Parry
Replies: 10,359
Views: 1,687,376
I will. I need to get to the bottom of this, because I ain't putting up with a duff lens at this price. Thing is I get this for a majority of the 31mm shots and it takes so much to deal with in post.

If this is normal behavior for this lens wide open I'll accept that.

Just interested in other FA31 owners experiences.

(PS: This is not intended to stir trouble. This has been bothering me for a while as it is the most expensive lens I have).
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-18-2014, 01:38 PM  
The FA Limited Club
Posted By Parry
Replies: 10,359
Views: 1,687,376
Please end my pain with this 31mm Ltd thing. I just don't understand what is going on here.

This is at f/1.8, ISO 100, 1/6400 sec, handheld K-3 spot focus, no post-processing . . .



crop . . .



How come it's this bad, but under other circumstances can produce this following a lot of post-processing (LR5) . . .

K-5IIs, ISO 80, 1/80 sec, f/1.8 handheld.



---------- Post added 19-03-14 at 04:00 ----------

Do you lot have to post-process the granny out of this thing too?

I need to know, really.
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