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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-21-2014, 02:03 AM  
Good cheap lens for D600?
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 11
Views: 847
I think you are doing a deservice to your camera if you just slap a cheap zoom lens on it, the primes are a different story.
But you can get a Tamron 28-75 F/2.8 (yes constant aperture) for $350 or cheaper new.
If you would consider primes then your choices are suddenly limitless
Nikkor 24mm f/2.8 for around $400,
Nikkor 35mm f/2 for around $250 (or the 35mm f/1.8 DX it works on full frame and covers the whole frame for $220).
Nikkor 50mm f/1/.4D $350
Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D $400 (although the 85mm f/1.8G is much much better at $600)

The excellent Tamron 70-300 DI VC is around $450, this lens is amazing for the price check out this old thread about it: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/76-non-pentax-cameras-canon-nikon-etc/139...harp-soft.html
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-20-2014, 03:29 AM  
Is the Nikon D4s ugly or is it just me?
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 35
Views: 2,875
The Dx (D3,D4) etc, are tools not fashion accessories, so how they look is not that high in the priority list. Also, it is not "professional" it is professional, designed for sports photographers with large lenses that need to be balanced by a body that can be used in portrait or landscape positions for extended periods of time.
Forum: General Talk 10-14-2012, 06:26 PM  
Why donít you want prosperity?
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 27
Views: 1,412
Governments cant just print out money just like that, there are side effects such as hyperinflation. I suggest you read up on it. The basic gist is that printing more money lowers the value of the money, so the value of $1 becomes less the more currency is floating around. It can get to a point where the value printed on the bill is less than what the paper it is printed on, there have been a number of governments that tried this approach in the past and they all ended up bad.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-08-2012, 10:03 PM  
Poll: Have you ever broken a lens mount?
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 23
Views: 2,370
I chipped the mount of my old DAL35mm, it has a metal (Copper?) frame inside the plastic so its quite sturdy. I replaced it with a metal AF mount as per suggestions on the forums here.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-08-2012, 04:10 PM  
Sigma's New Glass & Features
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 29
Views: 1,637
I agree with the above, built in motors are reliable. I would say about as much as screw driven AF (yes they can fail too).

I purchased a 2nd hand Nikon 28-70 AF-S which was originally purchased back in 1999, it has a built in motor similar to the SDM and has not yet failed more than 10 years later. Just because Pentax has problems with their built in motor does not mean that everyone else has. Pentax has just been unlucky to produce an unreliable design. Lots of people in these forums have become paranoid with built in motors because of Pentax's issues and assume that everyone else has those problems as well. It is understandable but false.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-28-2012, 12:55 AM  
How to stop tripod plate creep?
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 31
Views: 8,038
Hi, yes I think nose-diving is the best term to call it. The plate doesn't actually rotate from the camera. Rather the camera is lifted a mm from the plate while adjusting, and so when I let go of the camera it moves down a tiny bit. Adjusting it from the base stops this (ie I adjust from the head without holding the camera) but it's very inconvenient. I take it from the reply that this cant be stopped on a ball head and a gear-head would be better? Gimbals are too big for me.

edit: also I am using arca-swiss compatible heads.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-25-2012, 05:31 PM  
How to stop tripod plate creep?
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 31
Views: 8,038
I always had this problem where after framing things, letting go of the camera causes it to creep a very small amount. At first I thought it was the tripod I was using (more specifically the ball head). However on close inspection it is not actually the ballhead the moves, but rather the camera from the QR plate. The only way I know of to stop this is to move the camera from the base (ie movie it below the plate). This stops the creep after letting go but it is quite inconvenient. Has anyone else had this problem and what ways did you solve it?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-23-2012, 09:00 AM  
The K-5, the 6D, D600 , D800 saturday morning ruminations
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 30
Views: 4,199
This article assumes lenses don't improve over time. Sensors may resolve higher then current or old lenses, but that doesn't mean future lenses would be out resolved by it. Like sensor technology, the technology that goes into lenses also improve over time. while not necessarily always true, it is generally true.

There's this myth that lower resolution = better (which runs opposite to more = better). But that's not necessarily true, the sensor on the k-r(12mp) for example is clearly inferior to that of the k-5's (16), if the lower = better argument holds true this would not be the case. The fact is there is more to sensors than just the mega pixel count.

As far as I'm concerned I don't care if they increase the megapixel count so long as the overall performance is increase. Hard drives are extremely cheap, and computers right now are ridiculously fast, if people have trouble reading big files with their computer then maybe they should consider diverting lba funds to upgrade their computer. I also wont mind a low pixel count so long as the overall performance is increased (as in the case of the current flagships).

So what would I do if I were a manufacturer? I would go with whatever the customers actually want rather than what they should want.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-23-2012, 08:46 AM  
Canon: An undeserved status
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 49
Views: 3,646
I don't think Canon gets singled out. Every brand has its fanboys, you will see people who say Pentax is the best, you will see people who say Nikon is the best and you will see people who say Canon is the best. On the other side you will see people who will find a reason why one is inferior to another. Its just the way it is and its not just cameras, see iPhone vs Android, BMW vs Mercedes, Intel vs Amd, nVidia vs ATI.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-22-2012, 06:29 AM  
D600 announced - $2099
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 316
Views: 23,764
I picked up a Nikno 28-70 f/2.8 at a garage sale recently. I looked up on ebay and they go for $500-$800 (used AUD, I'm guessing it would be the same at most other countries) and the photozone review of it gave it some excellent scores.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-22-2012, 06:14 AM  
Canon 6D - another "entry level" FF camera
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 42
Views: 6,194

The answer to this question can be found here
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-22-2012, 06:07 AM  
Canon: An undeserved status
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 49
Views: 3,646
I think you are reading that chart wrong.

The APS-H is a different sensor from full-frame it is the one used by 1D-1DMkIV. I believe the 6d uses full frame the same which is the 35mm size. Canon's shruken sensors are the APS-C ones which have a 1.6 crop factor compared to the regular 1.5 crop factor (of other manufacturers).
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-22-2012, 01:07 AM  
Canon: An undeserved status
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 49
Views: 3,646
Its called the halo effect, their top range model is one of the greats. People like the idea of being pro and being 'one someday' so even if they can never afford the 1dx they like to entertain the idea that one day they might (I've switched my dslr to nikon, but its clear atm that the 1dx is far superior to the d4). So they choose to go with canon so that they can build a system to one day use with the 1dx (or whatever the top end model will be one day). So even though their entry/mid systems aren't the best they still sell because of the halo effect. The same concept work with cars. They may not have the top range model but having a halo car adds to the level of prestige that the cars they can afford has. Even though they do not invest in a system, just having the same brand as a good model makes their not as good model seem better.

Also canon has first mover advantage, it can be expensive to switch systems so the people that had canon will buy canon now. Their friends/colleagues/acquaintances see that they have canon so they buy canon. In my opinion canon deserves its status because it understands how consumers think.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-20-2012, 07:36 PM  
Fuji Says It's Serious About Full Frame; Should Pentax Too?
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 33
Views: 2,932
I agree with the above, Fuji is making all the right moves right now. Fuji hit the spot with x-pro 1 while Pentax completely missed it with the k-01.

Pentax seems too scared to bring the fight to the big boys and is slowly leaking customers. Pentax is pursuing a self fulfilling prophecy right now. They don't want to release FF because they think they will not have a customer base for it. However, because they are not releasing an FF, all their existing customers who want an FF will switch, customers who like to think they will switch to FF in the future would not consider pentax, while they only keep the customers who are contempt with APS-C. So when they finally do release an FF camera, there will be hardly any left that want FF as most have already switched. The FF they release will have to be far superior to its current competition in order to lure people back in. The prime time to release an FF camera would have been at the start of this year because now that other manufacturers are coming out with "affordable" FF...
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-19-2012, 04:09 PM  
D600 announced - $2099
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 316
Views: 23,764
I don't have the D800 but on my camera I have noticed that AWB tends to balance 'cold' (ie blueish). I shoot raw so its just an annoyance.

And wow second only to D800/D800E. I remember someone here posted that the sensor was no good, guess he/she was wrong.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-18-2012, 07:08 PM  
Nikon 28-70 f/2.8 - Some questions if anyone else has this
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 0
Views: 773
I got this lens at a garage sale for $375, apparently its the predecessor of the current 24-70 F/2.8. And I've got to say this lens is amazing, it has an AF-S motor (which I found very surprising considering how old it is) and it takes amazing photos. The auto focus is the fastest I've ever had on any lens.

The only issue I have is the really stiff A/M-M switch which almost ripped my fingernails off when I first tried to move it, if anyone else has this lens is this normal for the switch to be that stiff? Also there is some resistance with the zoom ring at around 35-28mm?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-17-2012, 08:16 PM  
EOS 6D--11-point AF disappointing, but looks just like Nikon Multi-CAM 1000
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 11
Views: 4,646
Yep, was just looking at the drawings and not the cgi one. That's a pretty bad nerf.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-17-2012, 06:08 PM  
EOS 6D--11-point AF disappointing, but looks just like Nikon Multi-CAM 1000
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 11
Views: 4,646
When I first saw the specs I thought the 11 point system was low considering that on most comparisons across the range on average Canon has higher af point counts. On the other hand most experienced users use center + recompose (unless in superthin dof situtations), in which case the Canon stil has the best one as it seems to have diagonal ones as well (based on the diagram drawn).
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-17-2012, 06:02 PM  
Phase One announced a new 645DF+ @$6000
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 11
Views: 1,348
I wonder if it would be a full 645 rather than the cropped one which the Pentax 645D uses. If it is full 645 and body + back ends up lower than the Pentax 645D this is bad news for the Pentax 645D.
Forum: Pentax Q 09-17-2012, 06:58 AM  
Pentax Q a Failure?
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 226
Views: 27,995
I got a Q recently and I have to say that the Q has recently come into its own. When it came out it was priced a $800 which was grossly mispriced, at that price is was a definite failure. However, these days a Q can be had for $300-$350 if you shop around, so now it is a decent price and the price I feel it should have came out with. I use it as my portable camera when the DSLR is too big! It's a great min-max camera, it is small and light while IQ is acceptable, a great camera for when a full size DSLR is not appropriate. It would in no way be a DSLR replacement though, but that is fine since that is not what it should be.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-17-2012, 06:53 AM  
DPR Hands-on Nikon D600 preview
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 21
Views: 2,497
The body is the same as the D7000 which is comparable to the K-5 in terms of buttons and switches (which is similar to the D90 I used to own), in fact my only gripe is that the ISO button is in the wrong place. But yes 1/4000 is killer, I am glad I didn't wait for it.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-17-2012, 06:46 AM  
DPR Hands-on Nikon D600 preview
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 21
Views: 2,497
Have you actually seen the sample images? What makes you think that the sensors are less than their best or that you can't achieve the same results? From what I can see, the D600 suffers in having a slow max shutter speed (given this is a very bad thing) and max flash sync (however the max flash sync is still higher than Pentax's).
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-17-2012, 02:38 AM  
Canon 6D - another "entry level" FF camera
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 42
Views: 6,194
Its max shutterspeed is 1/8000 as opposed to 1/4000 of the D600, so that's something. I can't find what it's flash sync is though.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-12-2012, 09:29 PM  
D600 announced - $2099
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 316
Views: 23,764
$1500 was a bit too conservative (but would have preferred it nonetheless), I was expecting around $2000. So came fairly close. Definately getting one in 12 or so months
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-11-2012, 04:59 PM  
Will K-5II/IIs firmware work for K-5 Classic?
Posted By Verglace
Replies: 18
Views: 4,006
I doubt it, Pentax would want you to buy a new camera.
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