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Forum: Pentax Price Watch 10-27-2016, 06:44 AM  
SMC F*300mm for Auction: No Affiliation
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 10
Views: 1,063
"buyer must pick up item", doh!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-18-2016, 06:43 AM  
Samyang announce 20mm f/1.8 in K mount
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 111
Views: 15,449
Honestly those two reviews are pretty positive. Hopefully lenstip or photozone will get hold of a copy soon.

I too am considering either the Zeiss 21 conversion or this new samyang. I don't think the Zeiss is the holy grail people sometimes claim it to be, but it is one of the best options for our system. I wouldn't be surprised if at f/2.8, this samyang showed similar enough performance to make it worthwhile.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-09-2016, 12:18 PM  
Hello from iceland
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 15
Views: 820
Lovely photos bootlec, I especially like the one of the grass roofed houses.

You mention May-September as the best time to go. I was in Alaska this June for the long sun, and while it was wonderful, I did miss out on the auroras. Sounds like early September would be a good fit for both auroras and good travel conditions.

Best wishes!
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-16-2016, 06:47 AM  
Are the 2-year Pentax extended warranties still available ?
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 59
Views: 3,493
Yeah, that's clearly what they want us to buy, it's just odd that they didn't pull/re-describe the old warranties when they released the new ones.

I talked to a Ricoh rep about it yesterday, this was the conversation:
Me: "I noticed that the authorized dealers are still selling the old warranty which by description covers the K-1. Will Ricoh still honor these while they're still in stock?"
Rep: "How much is it?"
Me: "About $20"
Rep: "Nope, that's the wrong product"
Me: "Well I've seen the new one being sold as well, but it wasn't immediately obvious when I just searched for Pentax extended warranty. By all accounts, the wording on the old warranty looks valid for the K-1."
Rep: "but it doesn't cost enough, it should be at least $100"
Me: "Cost aside, if you had a customer purchase this thinking it covered the K-1, which by its verbiage should, are you saying you wouldn't honor it?"
Rep: "no it was the wrong product"
Me: "and when the customer points out that it says it should cover the K-1?"
Rep: "maybe they can get a refund from the store they bought the warranty"

I'm not going to buy either warranty for sure, but Ricoh sure needs to work on that customer service department... Sheesh!
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-14-2016, 12:48 PM  
K-1 new firmware 1.20
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 17
Views: 2,393
Good to know, i guess the upgrade is worth it before i do all my AF tuning. Thanks!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-14-2016, 12:00 PM  
Samyang announce 20mm f/1.8 in K mount
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 111
Views: 15,449
Funny - i just marked 20mm/1.8 as the lens I'd most likely buy in Ricoh's official Pentax lens survey. If this lens performs well, I doubt I'd wait for the Pentax.

Samyang pulled it off with the phenomenal 135mm recently, so I have high hopes.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-07-2016, 10:27 PM  
Pentax K-1 new firmware suggestions
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 144
Views: 10,554
Digital preview on FX1 please? Why do I keep seeing lost useful functionality with each model?
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-04-2016, 09:09 PM  
New Pentax K-1 $1688 Authorized Dealer
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 6
Views: 2,729
You can purchase the warranty from another dealer as long as it's within 30 days. The $110 B&H warranty isn't worth it anymore in my opinion. After all, I just paid $1300 for a factory bumper to bumper warranty for 8 full years and 120,000 miles on my $33k van. That's 0.8% per year warranty after standard warranty. For the camera it's 3.25% per year after standard warranty, and I have a really good feeling chances are better for my van to fail 7 years from now than my camera in 2 years.

I'm trying to get Pentax to verify acceptance that the old $17.95 warranty will be grandfathered in, it doesn't make sense for it to be sold and not work for the K-1.

BTW, got my K-1 yesterday. Brand new, shutter count 1. Huzzah!
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-04-2016, 06:38 AM  
Pentax K-1 new firmware suggestions
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 144
Views: 10,554
The problem I expect is ambiguity on the cutoff for underexposure. Overexposure is simple, the well of the photosite saturates, so you get a count value of about 2^14-1. For underexposure, where should the cutoff be set? It can't be 0, as read and shot noise will bump it up above that, and really you aren't seeing 14 bits of image in the preview, hence why we can push the shadows so much in the raw file.

I get what you're saying, but I don't think it was helping as much as you might think, at least if you shot raw.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-01-2016, 09:03 PM  
Scottish Weather
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 21
Views: 1,078
Awesome work!
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-01-2016, 05:35 PM  
Are the 2-year Pentax extended warranties still available ?
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 59
Views: 3,493
Yeah that's what I thought. I guess I'll call Pentax to verify. Seems like these should work for the K-1 as long as they're sold.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-01-2016, 05:05 PM  
Are the 2-year Pentax extended warranties still available ?
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 59
Views: 3,493
Thanks, I wonder if Adorama even knows this? They're still selling the old one without any K-1 exclusion.

http://www.adorama.com/ipxewpr.html
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-01-2016, 04:47 PM  
Are the 2-year Pentax extended warranties still available ?
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 59
Views: 3,493
@Adam is the old $15-$20 policy still valid for the K-1? They are still available for purchase at many authorized dealers. If it's not valid, then they are all providing false advertising, class action lawsuit city!
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-31-2016, 07:40 PM  
New Pentax K-1 $1688 Authorized Dealer
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 6
Views: 2,729
This whole discussion happened before with the same seller, and the purchaser received a new copy:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/94-pentax-price-watch/325542-ebay-k1-deal-us-1-688-88-a.html

Popflash is known to do ebay specials on their merchandise. I got a new Zeiss 35/2 there years ago in the same sort of sale. It showed up new.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-31-2016, 01:54 PM  
New Pentax K-1 $1688 Authorized Dealer
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 6
Views: 2,729
They added a couple more to the available, so it's 8 sold 3 remaining now. Price ends Monday morning.

Here's the proof of authorized dealer: http://m.us.ricoh-imaging.com/files/support/Authorized_Dealer_List_10-29-14.pdf
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-31-2016, 12:37 PM  
K5IIs Vs K-1 crop : anyone tried ?
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 39
Views: 4,497
I'm getting a K-1 next week, and I already have the K-5iis, so I'll do a test for you and post the results. Anything in particular you want to see?

---------- Post added 07-31-16 at 07:40 PM ----------



Yeah I think this is a big miscommunication. My expectation is per-pixel noise is not much improved, but with the larger MP sensor, the same scene has more pixels for the processing software to filter against. I'll test this too.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-30-2016, 01:39 PM  
New Pentax K-1 $1688 Authorized Dealer
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 6
Views: 2,729
The popflash photo eBay store is selling the K-1 new at $1688 on their eBay store. Popflash is an authorized dealer and I've had good transactions with them in the past. I just purchased one. 7 sold today, 2 remaining.

Pentax K 1 DSLR Camera Body 19568 End of Month Special USA New | eBay

Forum: Lens Clubs 07-26-2016, 10:16 PM  
Voigtländer LBA - post your pics, notes and thoughts.
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 949
Views: 181,697
Thanks for the write up Les, good to hear it's working out better this go 'round. On my K-5 I'd usually like shooting it at f/2.2 or higher, but occasionally the wide open shots would pan out. Are you finding that the lens is more useful wide open, or is it just much more useful stopped down now that the DOF is narrower for similar compositions?

When I had to replace my Nokton, I went with an A50/1.2. It gives me a similar style (as expected), and I'm looking forward to trying it on a K-1 later this year.
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-26-2016, 10:05 PM  
Carl Zeiss T* ZK mounts (Distagon, Planar, Makro-Planar)
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 969
Views: 90,628
Alright ranchy, you're walking a fine line posting in both the Zeiss and Voigtlander threads with pictures from the same shoot. A fine line of Cosina assembled lenses that is... ;)

How do you feel that the color skopar held up to your Zeiss? I've gone back and forth on that lens for a while. Your results look great in both sets. Well done!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-21-2016, 05:45 PM  
LAOWA STF 105mm F2.0 (T3.2)
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 70
Views: 16,171
Nice find Class A, that's exciting indeed. Now I have to answer the question of whether this lens would provide enough utility when I already own the excellent DFA100/2.8. Of course it's a lens suited for an entirely different purpose... tempting! ;)
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-21-2016, 06:57 AM  
Carl Zeiss T* ZK mounts (Distagon, Planar, Makro-Planar)
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 969
Views: 90,628
Thanks for the report! I'm also looking into trying this with the 21/2.8. Just to be sure, when you mention sanding the mount, you are referring to the mount ring supplied by Leitax correct? Do you agree with their statement that the operation is fully reversible?

Cheers and looking forward to seeing more shots!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2016, 08:19 AM  
FIVE new lenses to be announced by Samyang.
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 30
Views: 2,701
Yes indeed! The Zeiss 2.8/21 is incredible, incredibly hard to find, and priced incredibly high.

I said "it would be nice if Samyang made a 135mm f/2" a couple years ago and they delivered with flying colors - so you never know. :)
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 07-07-2016, 10:45 PM  
My long appraisal of the K1 and how we got to it
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 25
Views: 4,046
Captured every reason why I shoot Pentax, nice work!

My wife just agreed to let me get my mid life crisis out of the way and buy a K-1 this year. Huzzah!!
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-17-2016, 07:31 AM  
Bali Reverie - A Pentax K1 real World review
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 10
Views: 3,407
Thank you for all the detailed feedback! I agree that the weakness is in the 21mm and below lenses - a DFA 20/4 refresh of the old M would be great.

The thing that gets me thinking about the DP0Q is the cost. Superb 21mm eq f/4 for $800 is not bad. That said, I suppose a cropped samyang 14 on the K-1 (or the K-3ii for that matter) with pixel shift would be in the same league. I've also got the FA 20-35/4 I could try...

Enough rambling... Thanks again!
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-15-2016, 11:23 PM  
Bali Reverie - A Pentax K1 real World review
Posted By jeffshaddix
Replies: 10
Views: 3,407
Nice work pinholecam, love the style of your review. And your sample photos are fantastic!

One question for you since I know you are also a Foveon user: I'm trying to decide between getting a Sigma DP0Q (14mm f/4 APS-C), or just settling with something like your M20/4 on the K-1 (essentially the same FOV). I'm looking for specifically landscape needs. Any thoughts? A Zeiss 21mm on a K-1 would be the ideal, but I don't have the budget.

As a follow on question, will you still be going after the Foveon look now that pixel shift is here?
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