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Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-07-2016, 08:34 AM  
PF 10th Anniversary - Pentax K-50 1-Day Giveaway! - Entries closed, winner announced.
Posted By drabina
Replies: 1,826
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Does it come in orange? :-)
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-15-2014, 06:16 AM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By drabina
Replies: 2,854
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Confirming! Hope it is not too late.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-11-2014, 10:08 AM  
Win an FA 31mm Ltd: PF 3 million post giveaway!
Posted By drabina
Replies: 2,237
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I am in!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-13-2013, 05:38 AM  
Is K-30 AF good for fast moving subjects?
Posted By drabina
Replies: 6
Views: 1,426
Thanks for all the replies.

I guess if K-30 can't focus during movies, that puts it out of the consideration. Is K-50 able to focus during recording?

AF for stills (sports, kids) is very important.

Video is not top priority for me but I would at least like to have 720 with AF during recording. Since I am going to be carrying DSLR around, I do not want any extra gear for movies in case I want to record something.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-12-2013, 01:30 PM  
Is K-30 AF good for fast moving subjects?
Posted By drabina
Replies: 6
Views: 1,426
I used to be a Pentax user. A while ago I was inquiring here about K-01 as a comeback camera but was put off by no AF option during video recording. Now, that's long gone so I am looking at K-30. What's holding me back though is my experience with AF on Pentax bodies. As much I like Pentax brand, I couldn't stand my K10D slow AF. When I jumped ship and replaced the K10D with Nikon D60 I was wow'ed by the fast AF. But that camera is gone as well.

So I am considering Pentax again. What I would like to know is, are there any parents shooting K-30 that are happy with the AF performance for chasing your kids at the playground. I need good camera with fast AF for sport shoots and low light photography. Mostly using primes or fast fixed focal lenses.

Thanks.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-15-2013, 08:10 AM  
Does Pentax offer lenses with built-in motor?
Posted By drabina
Replies: 13
Views: 1,315
Thanks for replies. The 55 f/1.4 is nice but too big. I am trying to put together a setup with small to medium size DSLR body and a small 35mm or 55mm prime lens. Sigma has the 50mm f/1.4 but while nice and bright, the price is $200 more than the f/1.8 lens.

Why built-in motor? I guess I got spoiled. I used to have Pentax setup before but the AF was too slow and unable to keep up with my kids. I have switched to Nikon (D60 with AF-S lenses) and liked the camera a lot (quiet and fast AF). I no longer have the Nikon and since I want to get back into DSLRs, I thought of Pentax. I just do not really want the screw drive type AF.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-15-2013, 07:48 AM  
Does Pentax offer lenses with built-in motor?
Posted By drabina
Replies: 13
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I have checked the current offerings in 50mm and 35mm from Pentax and I do not see any DC or SDM lenses. Does Pentax offer any 50mm or 35mm primes with built-in motor?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-15-2013, 06:45 AM  
Does Pentax offer lenses with built-in motor?
Posted By drabina
Replies: 13
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Cool. Now, I just need to unload some audio gear to make funds for the new camera purchase. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-15-2013, 06:40 AM  
Does Pentax offer lenses with built-in motor?
Posted By drabina
Replies: 13
Views: 1,315
Thank you!

I guess the K30 camera is compatible with the SDM and DC lenses and can drive them?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-15-2013, 06:31 AM  
Does Pentax offer lenses with built-in motor?
Posted By drabina
Replies: 13
Views: 1,315
I really tried to search but the whole lineup of k-mount lenses while offers great backwards compatibility, it is sort of confusing. I am trying to determine if Pentax offers lenses with built-in motors (equivalent of Nikon's AF-S or Canon's USM). I am mostly interested in 50mm prime with built in motor as opposed to screw drive type system.

Thanks.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-11-2013, 11:13 AM  
Looking for a camera - need an input from Pentax users
Posted By drabina
Replies: 9
Views: 941
Hmm? No AF during movie recording may be a deal breaker here. My small P&S does offer focusing during movie but I do not want to carry two cameras.

The new MX-1 looks promising. If I read correctly that "The AV/AE-Lock button sets autofocus in movie mode, and locks exposure in still mode.", it should have AF ability during movie recording.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-10-2013, 09:09 PM  
Looking for a camera - need an input from Pentax users
Posted By drabina
Replies: 9
Views: 941
The P&S I have is Nikon P300 which has pretty fast lens f/1.8 but that's only at the wide angle. It goes to f/4.9 at the other end. While f/1.8 is nice, I rarely use it because of the focal length it is available with. I rather have fast 50mm lens on APS-C sensor that will give me nice combination for portrait type shots.

As to the movie mode, it is a requirement but does not have to be perfect. What's not so good about K-01 movie mode?

Thanks for all the replies.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-10-2013, 01:49 PM  
Looking for a camera - need an input from Pentax users
Posted By drabina
Replies: 9
Views: 941
Thanks for replying Adam.

I am not printing my photos. They are usually viewed on TV or a laptop so honestly, I do not want to deal with RAW and post processing. JPEGs are fine.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-10-2013, 01:42 PM  
Looking for a camera - need an input from Pentax users
Posted By drabina
Replies: 9
Views: 941
I would like to buy a camera that would be a good system for low light situations. I have P&S which I like but sometimes I miss my now sold DSLR. I was thinking of getting a body, putting a prime lens on it (f/1.4 or so) and keep that for when I need fast lens. I have read good reviews about K-01 but I am curious if there are any (read: better) alternatives. What I need in the camera is movie mode and ability to accept fast prime lens. No need to have huge lens compatibility as I am not planning on changing lenses. Also, smaller is better which is why I am looking at the K-01. Also, since I have P&S I would like to get body with larger sensor (APS-C).

Any recommendations?
Forum: Sold Items 12-22-2009, 05:46 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FREE Battery Charger
Posted By drabina
Replies: 4
Views: 1,704
Charger was claimed and I have received reply rom Nowhere Matt.

Have a Happy Holidays!
Forum: Sold Items 12-22-2009, 02:31 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FREE Battery Charger
Posted By drabina
Replies: 4
Views: 1,704
Sent PM to Nowhere Matt asking for shipping address.
Forum: Sold Items 07-22-2009, 07:33 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FREE Pentax Books
Posted By drabina
Replies: 10
Views: 1,771
Magic Lantern book goes to woof. Thanks.

All books are now gone.
Forum: Sold Items 07-22-2009, 07:20 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FREE Pentax Books
Posted By drabina
Replies: 10
Views: 1,771
I still have the Magic Lantern book. Two people who were interested in the book never replied to my messages. Next PM with mailing address within US gets the book.
Forum: Sold Items 07-16-2009, 02:58 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FREE Pentax Books
Posted By drabina
Replies: 10
Views: 1,771
This is "drabina".

I went with the order I got PM messages since that what the ad says to do :-)

Yvon book goes to jjdgti.

Magic Lantern I am holding for pspentax. He's overseas so we need to work on the shipping.

I will update the post when the books are definitely gone.

Thanks for the interest.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 06-23-2009, 07:42 PM  
Question Is there a way to list free item in the Marketplace?
Posted By drabina
Replies: 4
Views: 864
I used to visit this forum a lot when I had Pentax camera. I think I have about 500 posts so I am not Pentaxian. Also I have not made a donation because I sold my Pentax gear more than half a year ago.

Anyway, I came back to the forum because I have one or two Pentax items left that I wanted to post for free in the Marketplace. Unfortunately, I can't because of the new rules. So is there a way to bypass the new rules for free items?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-19-2009, 12:35 PM  
What mode you mostly shoot your K10d in?
Posted By drabina
Replies: 53
Views: 6,460
Av mode though for casual snapshots I usually set it to P.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-17-2009, 06:38 AM  
DSLR advice from one of those "other" photo forums (also, Pentax and low-light)
Posted By drabina
Replies: 38
Views: 7,093
I think used K10D or new K20D have all the features you need except decent low light performance. None of those cameras have built-in AF assist light and you will see that when lighting is poor AF will hunt. I was told that new KM is way better than K20D or K10D when it comes to low light focusing but I have not played with this camera.

Anyway, if you can live with that, second-hand K10D or new K20D would be far better choices than pretty much anything else within your budget.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 02-12-2009, 12:12 PM  
News Special Giveaway: 16Gb SD card for 500,000-post milestone!
Posted By drabina
Replies: 273
Views: 13,481
That's an idea but in the original package, shipping cost depending on location would probably be close to half of the card's price.
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-30-2009, 10:59 AM  
Display
Posted By drabina
Replies: 5
Views: 1,995
Live view is not available in istDL2. The only way to look at the subject is thru the viewfinder.

You will need to upgrade your camera to one that supports live view.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-16-2009, 06:30 AM  
(Probably) about to buy a K200D/K10D....
Posted By drabina
Replies: 6
Views: 1,617
I will second what Toshi said. AF is not a very strong point for Pentax. I found it slow in less than ideal lighting conditions. The kit lens on the other hand is very good. I doubt you can match its IQ with anything else that costs $100. Used lens will be even cheaper because you can get one for about $60.
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