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Forum: Pentax KP 07-04-2018, 04:52 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By Bethor
Replies: 2,763
Views: 262,633
First picture post for me on the forums.
Forum: General Photography 07-01-2018, 09:52 PM  
Raffle multiple cheaper cameras vs K-1?
Posted By stevebrot
Replies: 23
Views: 1,222
Risk it all? Where's the risk?

The reason why this raffle grabbed the attention of forum members is the pure extravagance. They might as well be offering a week in Iceland, airfare and lodging included.

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-09-2012, 07:53 PM  
da 16-50 - Is it only me??
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 22
Views: 3,303
I have had my 16-50 since the second batch hit the US. My first one suffered from SDM failure, and it was replaced, not repaired. The replacement lens has been perfectly reliable since then.

This lens is almost always attached to one of my bodies, starting with the K10 and on through the K5. It gets a lot of work, and overall, does a reasonable job.

My summary:

WR - Great. I have shot with it in the rain and watched my Canon 5D co-shooter put her camera away and worry about me ruining my camera and lens while I kept on shooting with no issue.

IQ - so-so. The lens is not great wide open at the 16mm end, with soft edges and a fair amount of distortion to boot. I do not shoot at the extremes with this lens, and stopped down or zoomed a bit, it performs fine. Not great, but fine. IMO one of the main reasons for a fast 2.8 zoom is not how good they are at 2.8, but how they are much better than a cheaper lens one stop down where the cheaper lens is wide open.

AF - It is quiet, but pretty slow. Every screw drive lens I own will zip to focus lock much quicker than this lens. My 50-135 is just as slow.

I have no problems with the controls, and like the quick-shift focus.

All that said, I recently bought the Sigma 17-50 f2.8 HSM, and in almost all respects, it is a better lens than the 16-50. It is sharper, shows less distortion (yes it is 1mm less wide), is just as quiet, and seems faster to focus, although I have not yet tested the two head to head in an objective AF speed test.

The Sigma is not WR, and has no quick shift, both of which are drawbacks, as is the moving focus ring and zoom ring that rotates backwards of every other zoom I own.

For me, however, the dog slow SDM focus was just wearing me down, so I went looking for alternatives and am willing to live with the drawbacks for faster AF, especially if the IQ is the same or better.

Of course, with the latest pricing from Ricoh, the Sigma was much cheaper as well, but that might not be the case where you live.

I hope to find the time to test them both head to head for IQ and AF performance in the near future, but so far, the Sigma looks to be a better value that you should definitely consider with the 16-50.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-28-2012, 03:16 PM  
The Mysteries of a Pentax Camera Strap
Posted By LaurenOE
Replies: 31
Views: 6,947
A little write up I did.

I had some time on my hands.

The little things I think about sometimes.

The Mysteries of a Pentax Camera Strap

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-05-2012, 12:45 PM  
Pentax Unilateral Pricing Policy
Posted By vanyagor
Replies: 1,013
Views: 88,545
and others,
imho you over estimate the negative impact of this new policy. it does not affect potential new customers because

1. those don't even know about Pentax yet :)
2. a random newcomer (especially if doesn't know much about photography/cameras - and that is 90% of the user base) will look at the cost of the basic kit, which was not affected by the new policy, in fact Amazon dropped again yesterday I think (back to pre-announcement figures).
3. The Tamron/Sigma option is still there. It was the best value (many thought so including the official review on this forum). So if you come to Pentax for a low value kit you still get a very well priced body + the great value Tamron (which was the best value already before the new pricing policy).
4. The limiteds are attractive, however they are quite expensive. The user base which could not afford them even before the price increase is much bigger than the number of those who can. For the first ones the situation didn't change (they would not buy limiteds before and they won't now)

For existing users:
Yes any price increase for the end user will not be well received - that's natural. However, if we drop the emotions and think better:
1. Majority of existing users do have a good Pentax kit already and were not planning to add extra lenses, only a small number of those who were willing to spend the money soon is affected
2. One way or another the prices will go down eventually. This happened before and will happen again. This will make a good number of upset users happy again. So happy that people will be actually ready to pay more than prior to the price increase. (That is how consumer psychology work on average). The emotional type who were upset the most will also cool down the quickest :) I expect the prices to drift down quite soon.
3. Positive announcements by Pentax will follow - this will make majority happy again. Many posters here have expressed the idea that if they get the good news they can accept the new higher prices.

In case prices do not go down it can mean one of the following (and in all cases, the price increase is either justified or doesn't matter):
1. Pentax and retailers do not have stock at this moment
2. There are enough customers willing to pay a higher price.
3. Pentax is dead already

What can we do as customers: Vote with our wallets!

I don't really get this talk about ditching Pentax for Full Frame. Pentax never had a Full Frame dSLR and never promised one (though now there are a few small indications there might be a Full Frame in some distant future). If you need one, you should have made the move to another brand much earlier. My approach is: get the tool (camera or lens) when you need it. If you haven't bought the Full Frame yet, maybe you don't need it that much? If you really do need a full frame, go get one now.

It's somewhat funny to see posters with a K-01 in the signature compare about MSRP prices (which have not changed btw).
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-10-2012, 03:55 AM  
Should have known this would happen with my K-x
Posted By Patajac
Replies: 12
Views: 1,679
This thread is pointless without a pic of the cluttered room.
Forum: Pentax K-5 01-24-2012, 01:10 PM  
Poll: Group buy - silicone skin for K-5
Posted By imtheguy
Replies: 32
Views: 9,656
Looks like it would at least keep the lens release button from popping off :p
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