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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
New K-series DSLR under development to be exhibited
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 913
Views: 72,362
I seriously doubt that the notch on lower right of that screen is anything other than an adjunct to repair or replacement. There's no room in behind that screen for any tilt mechanism to fit. The sensor mounting/stabilization plate is only a few millimeters in front of that screen.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 4 Days Ago  
New K-series DSLR under development to be exhibited
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 913
Views: 72,362
IR port on back side and green button on back, not top, are top-of-class features. ISO on top, not on 4-way, is also a top-of-class feature. K-7/5/3 styling with third top dial. Beautiful. This will be very worth the wait. And a joystick! Super!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-01-2019, 09:45 PM  
2019 Pentax Forums T-shirt Contest!
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 50
Views: 3,236
Plain white, like the camera body introductions . . .
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-10-2019, 05:31 AM  
PROBLEM WITH NEW 55-300 mm f/4.5-6.3 PLM lens
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 13
Views: 949
Mine is starting to intermittently fail to focus. Any similar experience?
Forum: Pentax Q 06-01-2019, 06:50 PM  
Two Q's went cruising............
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 15
Views: 1,194
Always impressive Q-work. Thanks. Mark
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-18-2019, 04:51 PM  
any hints of memorial day deals?
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 9
Views: 839
Thanks. Alas, I need the KP because of AB failure of my K-S2. Won't buy another of those . . .
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-18-2019, 07:16 AM  
any hints of memorial day deals?
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 9
Views: 839
I'm thinking (hoping) that pushing stocks of KP's to get ready for a new APS-C might be imminent . . .
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-14-2019, 06:07 AM  
ND filter or Stacked interval Composite
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 18
Views: 1,231
2 is the stack, clearly indicated by the repetitive boat wake. The objective of getting the falling water to smooth into the white fluffy look is achieved identically in both cases, but the ND shot does better justice to the river below because it did not fully smooth out the turbulence, which remains dramatic.

I use a combination of a polarizer, maybe on top of an ND 2 or 4, and fewer multiple exposures than 30 -- say, 7 or 8 1/8th-second exposures. The hardest thing with white water is not blowing out the whites, which often means shadow boosting in post.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-24-2019, 02:02 PM  
De-centering test on new DA*11-18 f2.8 lens.
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 7
Views: 882
Looks very good to me.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-22-2019, 09:29 AM  
Pentax, a forgotten camera brand
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 104
Views: 6,178
I promote Pentax as much as I can over at DPR under name drummercam. A couple of posts active now. Go chime in!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-21-2019, 06:47 AM  
Pentax Remote Control F
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 14
Views: 894
Yes, it is prone to getting lost, but I've had mine for years. Put some brightly colored tape stripes on it. It helps me spot mine quickly.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 04-21-2019, 06:27 AM  
Pentax Q vs Q7 - much difference?
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 19
Views: 1,869
Depends perhaps on the goodness of the Q deal you found, but Q7/S1 are unarguably better in IQ. They are only available used, though, at $300+.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-19-2019, 07:18 AM  
Pentax, a forgotten camera brand
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 104
Views: 6,178
The other brands, most clearly Canon and Nikon, sell a lot of "album fillers" for the masses -- revenue-generating models like the endless variety of Canon Rebels. Pentax hasn't done that nearly as much, but instead makes hit records: K-5, K-3, K-1, some being image quality-dominant, like the clearly dominant K-5 class, and the K-1, their first full frame, yet knocking the ball completely out of the park. Models that some might refer to as album filler, like the K-01 or K-S1, are instead better thought of as innovative design experiments demonstrating the heritage of Pentax attempting new firsts, whether in design (K-S1) or new photographic capability. See their unparalleled timeline of "firsts":
  • 1952: The first Japanese SLR (Asahiflex)[1]

  • 1954: The world's first instant return mirror system (Asahiflex II)[1]

  • 1957: The first time a pentaprism has been utilized in the viewfinder of a single lens reflex (SLR) camera (Asahi Pentax)[1]

  • 1964: The world's first through-the-lens (TTL) metering system (Spotmatic)[1]

  • 1966: Asahi is the world's first camera manufacturer to produce one million SLRs (after only in 14 years of manufacturing)[1]

  • 1967: Opening of the first camera museum in Japan owned by a camera manufacturer located at Nishiazabu, Tokyo(Moved to Mashiko plant in 1993)[2]

  • 1971: The world's first SLR camera with a TTL automatic-exposure control. This camera was the Pentax ES[3]

  • 1971: The world's first Super Multi-Coated lenses (Takumar lens series)[4]

  • 1976: The world's first light meter is invented by Pentax (in conjunction with Nippon electronics) and used by many brands afterwards.[5][6]

  • 1976: The smallest and lightest SLR camera (Pentax MX and ME)[4]

  • 1979: The world's first camera to incorporate the concept of push-button shutter speed control. This camera was the Pentax ME Super[4]

  • 1980: The world's first through-the-lens autofocus camera. This camera was the Pentax ME F[4]

  • 1981: The first camera manufacturer to reach the production milestone of 10 million SLR cameras (Asahi Optical)[4]

  • 1984: The world's first multi-mode medium format camera. This camera was the Pentax 645[3]

  • 1987: The first 35mm SLR camera to feature a built-in TTL auto flash (SF-1)[3]

  • 1991: The world's first weather-resistant zoom compact camera is launched. That camera was the "PENTAX ZOOM 90WR"[7]

  • 1995: The world's smallest autofocus SLR camera designed based on the concept of "intuitive operation" is launched. That camera was the PENTAX MZ-5[7]

  • 1997: The world's first autofocus medium format SLR camera. That camera was the Pentax 645N[3]

  • 2008: The world's smallest digital SLR camera equipped with an image sensor equivalent to the APS-C size format is launched. That camera was the PENTAX K-m[7]

  • 2010: The world's first to introduce a digital medium format SLR camera. That camera was the Pentax 645D[3]

  • 2011: The world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera (ILC) in a body significantly smaller than every other digital ILC body available on the market. That camera was the Pentax Q[3]

  • 2012: The world's first medium format DSLR without IR cut filter especially for research, archival, and law enforcement use. This camera was the 645D IR[8]

  • 2012: The first mirrorless camera to natively support a SLR lens lineup. This camera was the K-01[9]

  • 2014: The world's first to achieve a score above 100 at DxO. The camera was the 645Z with a 101 DxO score[10]

  • 2016: Pentax was the first to introduce a weather resistant and backside illuminated flexible tilt type LCD monitor with their first professional full frame DSLR. This camera was the Pentax K-1.

Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-17-2019, 06:26 AM  
Pentax Remote Control F
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 14
Views: 894
I've changed my F battery before. Easy to do. But a camera must have a remote control infrared receiver port. The Pentax KP does not, probably because it was displaced by the interchangeable grips. But that is only on the front side. The much more useful infrared port is on the backs of the premium cameras like the K-3, and, surprisingly, all of the Pentax Q cameras. The backside infrared port is much more useful for triggering your camera on tripod without touching it and risking camera shake. The front infrared port seems to be designed only for getting into a picture yourself and tripping the shutter from the front side. I hope BOTH infrared receivers are revived on the K-3 replacement, and not abandoned altogether in favor of presumed phone app shooting. Fiddling with a phone app just to trip the shutter is ridiculous except in cases where you need to see the image from a distance.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-09-2019, 07:50 PM  
Pentax-FA* 24mm f2 problems
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 13
Views: 937
I love that lens.
Forum: Pentax K-70 04-08-2019, 05:48 PM  
Questions about HDR, Clarity, Anti Aliasing Simulator
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 4
Views: 1,022
HDR auto align works, and even has something mysterious going on. Three frames are triggered, yet movement can go undetected. (I have some interesting examples that I can't find right now to post).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-08-2019, 01:25 PM  
Landscape lens for Glacier National Park
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 20
Views: 1,284
Yes. The 15 Ltd. is it. Don't hesitate. It's great, eq. to a 24mm, and you will want that at Glacier.
Forum: Pentax KP 03-29-2019, 07:11 PM  
B&H KP price $796 ends midnight 3/31/19
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 6
Views: 638
B&H KP price $796 ends midnight 3/31/19

Pentax KP DSLR Camera Body with Accessory Kit (Black) B&H Photo
Forum: Pentax Q 03-27-2019, 07:18 PM  
QS1 wide lens options
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 12
Views: 803
the 08 is the wide angle zoom for Q. Worth every penny of its price. the 07 is the "lens cap" lens.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-26-2019, 01:30 AM  
Flucard pro K-3/iOS image transfer troubleshooting
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 8
Views: 539
I'm having trouble with the o-fc1/K3/iPhone xs also. Doesn't work. I was also under the impression that Pentax/Ricoh bought Eye-Fi, but that card also no longer works, either.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-19-2019, 07:56 AM  
K-7 Appreciation - The Forefather Forgotten
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 101
Views: 10,714
Agreed!
Forum: Pentax Q 03-16-2019, 04:55 AM  
Nobody told me the Q was so much fun!
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 18
Views: 1,472
The best new product Pentax could release would be an upgraded Q7 kit with the 01, 06, and 08 lenses, and possibly an updated 02 lens if they wanted to revisit that design. Include the hoods and the small polarizer that was in the previous Q7 kits.
Forum: Pentax KP 03-15-2019, 11:14 AM  
Any KP's with Aperture Block Failure?
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 11
Views: 998
Thank you! Good to know. With my lens investment, I have to stay with Pentax. No choice but the KP. Mark
Forum: Pentax KP 03-15-2019, 10:41 AM  
Any KP's with Aperture Block Failure?
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 11
Views: 998
I'm fairly angry that after aperture block fails in K-30 and K-50 -- maybe K-S1 also -- that the K-S2 continued to use the same defective "green" mechanism from China. My K-S2 failed more than a year ago. Did the KP use the same defective aperture mechanism? With no K-3iii any reasonable time soon, I've no choice but the KP. Don't want this defect again.
Forum: Pentax Q 03-12-2019, 08:28 AM  
Pentax Q 01 prime focus issue
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 7
Views: 811
Being small, the Q lenses are pretty fragile. They need to be well cared for. I broke an 02 zoom with a drop.
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