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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-22-2016, 06:15 AM  
Fuji X-T1 experiences
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 59
Views: 3,710
This was my issue with Fuji, I had the very compact X-A1 but the lenses were MASSIVE.

Still, nothing but nothing comes close to fuji for caucasian skin colour, they just nail it. Even the baseline colours in RAW are rendered beautifully, cannot speak highly enough.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-22-2016, 06:04 AM  
Thoughts after going Pentax > Fuji > Nikon
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 11
Views: 1,180
Yeah I defaulted to Provia, they were about perfect but still shot RAW just in case.

I prefer Lightroom to Nikon's software but regardless, colour is pretty shabby.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-22-2016, 04:12 AM  
Thoughts after going Pentax > Fuji > Nikon
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 11
Views: 1,180
Pretty much yes, but i will clarify that the Fuji AF was at least accurate which is more than I can say for Pentax where i had constant FF and BF issues from the K200 to the K10 to the K7. Actually with the K7 if was not FF and BF it was the camera/lens combo selecting targets well outside the AF point I had selected. It was like a three year old attracted to shiny things. Biggest issue with the Fuji is the only affordable lens for portraits was the 60mm but it's a macro.

The Pentax ergonomics are great, agreed 100%. I don't really know what it is but it may be the shoddy WB on the Nikon that means I am always faffing about whereas with Pentax auto WB worked so well that i'd not need to switch shooting modes too often. My default mode is to shoot in A and adjust ISO until I hit the shutter speed I can tolerate, not easy on the Nikon.

To address the messages re. modern Pentax cameras, whilst cost effective the screw drive Pentax lenses and SDM are a long way off of Nikon's mechanical refinement. Not build quality but refinement.

One last thing, FUJI absolutely nails caucasian skin tones, just nails it. Fuji's rendering in general is very, very pleasing, quite similar to Pentax with the previously mentioned wonderful greens and blues but Fuji has the slightly better skin tones. Nikon has NFI what they are doing with colour, miles behind.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-21-2016, 12:06 PM  
Thoughts after going Pentax > Fuji > Nikon
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 11
Views: 1,180
Will try to be brief but will not be easy.

I had a full pentax system and was an active member here many moons ago when i had lots of time on my hands. Had a baby son and time got the better of me, i was not using my gear other than the K7 with the 43 Limited for portraits of my boy. I was also tired of carting a DSLR around so bought a Fuji X10 for "life documentation". I loved it (still do), Pentax like colours, great sensor for it's size and soooooooooo brilliant to use as a tool. Meanwhile, after years of being agitated by Pentax's shoddy auto focus i finally grew tired of the 43mm missing it's mark, soooo much back or front focus, drove me crazy.

So, sold it all up and stripped it down to the X10 for weekends and the Fuji A-1 with 16-50mm kit lens and 60mm macro for portraits of the lad. Immediately hit a snag, without a big flash it was a nightmare and the 60mm AF was DEAD slow. A shame as the fuji, again, had utterly brilliant image quality and the photos looked like Pentax photos but you know, in bloody focus.

Sold the 60mm and kept the A-1 and kit lens as my weekend camera, deciding Fuji was a no-go for indoor portraits with uber expensive lenses and flashes. Second baby landed a few months back so decided to go DSLR again but keep it REAL simple, as in one camera and one lens. Settled on the Nikon D7100 with flash for an utterly ridiculous price, along with a Tamron 28-75 /2.8. Last month the first bioy started soccer so picked up the 70-300 VRII used for again, an utterly ridiculous price ($300 CDN).

So my impressions?

Fuji is so nice to use, very intuitive, wonderfully built and such great lenses. I MUCH prefer mirrorless than mirrored cameras but the system is hideously expensive and AF speed for moving subjects is not much better than pentax. Colour is so fantastic as well, those cyan biased blues and rich greens ala my Pentax limiteds. Alas, for indoor use with a fast lens and big flash, small cameras are awkward at best.

What about the Nikon? First the bad news, everything is arse backwards, feels totally alien and it is a very, very steep learning curve. Menu's are needlessly complicated and i still do not feel at home using the thing. A very capable device but dear me the combination of "everything is backwards' and the clumsy shooting modes still loses me.

My big issue though, is colour, it's better with the Nikkor than the Tamron but still, nothing looks right, ever. AUTO WB is utterly dreadful, i need to use custom settings in almost all lighting, the default is far too warm and far too green, very "muddy" for want of a better word. Also, to my shock, AUTO WB when using the flash is miles and miles off, i need to custom set it, with Pentax, AUTO was bang on. Super annoying.

However, in saying all that, sorry to report but the AF is so good it brings one to tears. In general it is spot on (I prefer to choose my AF point) but this last week was an eye opener. My boy playing soccer so i set the thing to AF-C, AUTO select, turned off the VR and went at it. Dear oh deary me, it tracked him like a god-damned missile. The keep rate was absurd, especially for those moments when the boy was running AT ME, it still tracked correctly. As a mechanical device, it is phenomenal, as is the 70-300 TBH.

So as usual, no one-size-fits-all but that's my 2c. Happy to answer any questions.
Forum: Sold Items 03-04-2015, 01:03 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K7 and Feebies
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 5
Views: 1,369
All gone. Feels like the end of an era for me!
Forum: Sold Items 02-05-2015, 11:19 AM  
For Sale - Sold: K7 and Feebies
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 5
Views: 1,369
Bump, make an offer guys. Last item i have left!
Forum: Sold Items 01-28-2015, 02:46 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K7 and Feebies
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 5
Views: 1,369
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
K7 and Feebies

Asking Price
270.00 USD

Item Location
Toronto (Canada)

Item Description
Pentax K7, in excellent shape with no signs of wear, 6,800 actuations. Absolutely everything works. This is the final item remaining from my system sell off listed here ... https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/24-photographic-equipment-sale/282918-sal...-300-more.html

Comes with original box, written material, cap, hot shoe, charger, one Pentax battery and one after market battery.

Freebies, feeling generous so will throw in;

- 1 black Optech comfort strap OP/TECH USA Classic Strap
- 1 Tiffen Circular Polarising Filter, 55mm

Check feedback, i don't BS anyone on quality and baby my gear.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
Buyer pays actual shipping

Shipping Services
Any

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
I will absorb paypal fees, buyer to cover all shipping and insurance costs. Canada Post price guide is here http://www.canadapost.ca/cpotools/apps/far/personal/findARate?execution=e1s1 , I would allow for about $US25 to cover shipping to US.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 01-28-2015, 08:44 AM  
For Sale - Sold: System Sell Off (will part out): 43, 77, 12-24, 100 Macro, K7, 18-250, 55-300 + more
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 18
Views: 5,151
Only the camera, 55m filter and Optech strap left. I may open a new thread for this sale.

Great dealing with all the buyers, everyone was great to work with.
Forum: Sold Items 01-26-2015, 08:31 AM  
For Sale - Sold: System Sell Off (will part out): 43, 77, 12-24, 100 Macro, K7, 18-250, 55-300 + more
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 18
Views: 5,151
Down to the camera, 18-250, filter and the freebies.

Open to offers to take the lot.
Forum: Sold Items 01-15-2015, 02:44 PM  
For Sale - Sold: System Sell Off (will part out): 43, 77, 12-24, 100 Macro, K7, 18-250, 55-300 + more
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 18
Views: 5,151
100mm macro is sold.

Check my galleries, the 18-250 is a solid copy, i can make something work for someone interested in a started body and lens if you take both. Happy to send full res RAW files of the 18-250 at various apertures and lengths so you can inspect quality.
Forum: Sold Items 01-14-2015, 01:10 PM  
For Sale - Sold: System Sell Off (will part out): 43, 77, 12-24, 100 Macro, K7, 18-250, 55-300 + more
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 18
Views: 5,151
Bump, still some items remaining.
Forum: Sold Items 12-22-2014, 03:07 PM  
For Sale - Sold: System Sell Off (will part out): 43, 77, 12-24, 100 Macro, K7, 18-250, 55-300 + more
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 18
Views: 5,151
Yep i have that software, count is 6,838.

Cheers.
Forum: Sold Items 12-22-2014, 08:33 AM  
For Sale - Sold: System Sell Off (will part out): 43, 77, 12-24, 100 Macro, K7, 18-250, 55-300 + more
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 18
Views: 5,151
Good question, absolutely no idea! How do i even check?

---------- Post added 12-22-2014 at 02:35 PM ----------

12-24mm and 43mm gone.
Forum: Sold Items 12-18-2014, 08:50 AM  
For Sale - Sold: System Sell Off (will part out): 43, 77, 12-24, 100 Macro, K7, 18-250, 55-300 + more
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 18
Views: 5,151
77 LTD is sold.

No takers on the 18-250? I have a great copy, happy to send through full res images. See gallery for tons of examples. Very good lens at that price point.

---------- Post added 12-18-2014 at 02:22 PM ----------

55-300 is sold.

---------- Post added 12-19-2014 at 04:22 PM ----------

I have an offer for the 43, 100 macro and 12-24.

It's a little less than i'd like but a local sale and less hassle.

If you're on the fence please jump in now before all three are gone.
Forum: Sold Items 12-17-2014, 09:55 AM  
For Sale - Sold: System Sell Off (will part out): 43, 77, 12-24, 100 Macro, K7, 18-250, 55-300 + more
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 18
Views: 5,151
Yes i am getting a lot of interest in the 77mm, if you're on the fence i suggest contacting me now because I will likely have a sale by end of day.
Forum: Sold Items 12-17-2014, 08:52 AM  
For Sale - Sold: System Sell Off (will part out): 43, 77, 12-24, 100 Macro, K7, 18-250, 55-300 + more
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 18
Views: 5,151
Yes. Prefer INTERAC transfer if in Canada, better for both of us as it cuts out the third man.
Forum: Sold Items 12-17-2014, 08:06 AM  
For Sale - Sold: System Sell Off (will part out): 43, 77, 12-24, 100 Macro, K7, 18-250, 55-300 + more
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 18
Views: 5,151
Thanks Mike, I am just not using the gear. Will miss the 43ltd the most, the length just gelled with me for portraits.
Forum: Sold Items 12-16-2014, 07:19 PM  
For Sale - Sold: System Sell Off (will part out): 43, 77, 12-24, 100 Macro, K7, 18-250, 55-300 + more
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 18
Views: 5,151
I was a regular contributor here some years ago but finally letting go of the system as I am just too busy to be creative :)

Please check my feedback to affirm that I am a a straight shooter, you get what I promise, no messing about. Old timers who have dealt with me, feel free to chime in with a plug ;)

In the interest of efficiency, all items are used but have been babied to within an inch of their lives and in excellent condition (9+) with no faults unless clearly stated below. All items come with original box, hood, pouch and caps unless stated below. All the actual glass is impeccable.

I do not have the time to reply to individual shipping requests, please see this link http://www.canadapost.ca/cpotools/apps/far/business/findARate?execution=e1s1 to calculate shipping to your location. I will charge nothing more than actual shipping fees. My PC is M9B 6H8.

PLEASE NOTE: I am listing in $USD as I am shipping worldwide.

Prices are reasonably firm, especially for the 43,77 and 12-24. I am open to bundles, the $2,500 above is a "take everything" price. I am open to offers from Torontonians who can meet me at either Kipling TTC or Dixie Value Mall.

Rather than list an endless stream of photos, all glass plus examples are shown in my gallery Zenfolio | Alfi Images | Images by Lens

FWIW I think the cheaper lenses are steal vs newer gear, see my gallery but the 55-300, 18-250 and 100 macro are insane for just $800.

And so it begins ...........

FA43mm Limited (black): $450 SOLD
FA77mm Limited (silver, made in JAPAN): $650 (sold)
Pentax 12-24mm (no pouch): $540 SOLD
Pentax D-FA 100mm Macro: $300 SOLD
Pentax 55-300mm (after market cap): $200 (sold)
Pentax 18-250mm (strong copy, see examples. No box or pouch): $300 SOLD

Pentax K-7 Body: $270. Comes with two batteries, charger, original box, cap, pentax strap, documentation etc etc

METZ 44 AF-1 (yes it can tilt for portrait orientation :) : $110 SOLD

Circular Polarising Filter TIFFEN 55mm: $40
Circular Polarising Filter Nikon 62mm: $50 (this is a stupid nice filter, you gotta see it) (SOLD)

Freebies:

- OPTECH neoprene strap, black OP/TECH USA Classic Strap
- MATIN Leather Camera Grip, black https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.475557492467913.114242.468860003137662&type=1 (CLAIMED)
- Corded Remote (Claimed)
- Wireless Remote (Claimed)

Payment via PAYPAL, INTERAC email transfer or cash in person.

Happy to answer questions :)

Token image or the listing looks Ghetto.

Forum: Sold Items 08-01-2013, 10:46 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 21mm (ATTN Ozzies)
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 1
Views: 739
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
DA 21mm (ATTN Ozzies)

Asking Price
$465 CAD

Item Location
Toronto (Canada)

Item Description
You know the lens, I am not keen to sell it but I just have to in order to fund a child proof camera. It's in fantastic shape, absolutely faultless. Images shown below taken with actual lens.

Check my history, I used to post and sell here often with an excellent reputation for accurate descriptions of my gear.

Australians, if international shipping is an issue I am in Sydney early September and can ship from there, will not have time to meet.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Like New

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
Buyers preference, see Canada post rates to your local. my postal code is M9B 6H8

Shipping Services
Buyers preference

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
Comes with both caps, bag and box.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-09-2012, 06:36 PM  
Need Replacement for IST DL
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 22
Views: 1,682
K10 unless you shoot a lot at really high ISO. That sensor is uber sharp.
Forum: Pentax K-5 02-09-2012, 02:34 PM  
K-5 with a Metz 44 AF-1 ... any experiences?
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 28
Views: 12,547
I have both the Metz 44 and the Pentax 360, the Pentax has more feature and the handy LCD panel but the lack of a swivel head is an absolute NIGHTMARE if you want to do portraits.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-08-2012, 01:39 PM  
bigger screen on a laptop
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 10
Views: 1,176
Laptops suck arse unless you pay huge dollars. That's why I use lenovo and dock to a proper screen.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-08-2012, 09:23 AM  
Lifting Shadows - effect on prints- anyone seen this?
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 7
Views: 1,296
It's likely way more complex than that. Ideally one needs a calibrated screen and then a profile for said printer and even then you'll still see differences. You'd also need to process everything twice, once for screen and once for prints, I find prints need to be pushed VERY hard to get them bright.

Mine always skew red and in the shadows, yellow. best i have found is Vistek, they do a good job on glossy.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 02-07-2012, 01:12 PM  
Lifting Shadows - effect on prints- anyone seen this?
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 7
Views: 1,296
I find in general prints skew dark, yellow and red as well. Shadows being particularly bad.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-14-2012, 02:05 PM  
FA limited Trio + 21mm
Posted By Alfisti
Replies: 37
Views: 4,234
I have NFI why but I use the 43 constantly, my gallery does not reflect this but for baby photos it has barely left the camera. I have the 21/43/77, I was just not using the 35 f/2 at all.
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