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Forum: Lens Clubs 03-13-2018, 11:56 PM  
Takumar club
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 15,459
Views: 2,726,876
Is there a significant difference between Pentax camera bodies for Takumar (manual M42) lens use or are they basically all the same? I mean function-wise, not IQ. I know I should know this already, but all this manual lens green button thing has been a bit of a mystery to me and I have not used my manual lenses that much. Now that I am considering finally getting the K-1, I wonder if I should dedicate one of my older camera bodies (K-x, K20D, K-5) for M42 (I think I have at least the 50/4 preset Macro-Takumar, the 28/3.5 Takumar and the 50/1.4 Takumar).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-11-2018, 11:42 AM  
From Asahi man
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 314
Views: 28,822
AFAIK, asahi man works at a big camera shop in Berlin. So he most likely has more information of coming products and releases than us customers, but no real inside information. That could explain why sometimes his posts contain actual new information, while at other times the information turns out not quite accurate.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-25-2018, 09:52 AM  
CP+ 2018 Interview Question Suggestions
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 146
Views: 7,215
A few posters have already mentioned this, but how does Ricoh see the future of the GR product line?
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-24-2018, 04:19 AM  
a Full-Frame System MILC to boost Pentax market share...
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 68
Views: 6,536
I am too in the camp wishing for a Pentax FF MILC, but with K mount. I have quite a few K mount lenses and have or have had multiple Pentax DSLRs (in chronological order K20D, K100D, K-x, K-5) and I haven't been really happy with the AF of any mentioned model. Even after careful calibration the AF has been hit and miss at best. While I realize that most members here don't share my view and that using K mount would make the camera bigger than with a new mount with a shorter registration length, that's what I'd wish for. A full frame mirrorless with accurate contrast detect AF. So far I have not wanted to spend money on another phase detect AF Pentax (K-1 that is).

EDIT: AF accuracy (in addition to weight and size of course) is one of the reasons my Pentax gear have been gathering dust last years while I have been using my m43 gear.
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-02-2017, 03:01 AM  
Handled a K-1 briefly today
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 67
Views: 3,545
Hey - you there in Denmark live close to the Equator from our POV and know nothing of long winter nights. Try living and taking photographs 65 N! ;)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-24-2017, 05:20 AM  
Pentax "KP" DSLR registered in Indonesia
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 1,319
Views: 131,401
That doesn't look very small to me. Comparing to a K-5 picture it looks about the same size.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-12-2016, 12:52 PM  
Sigma announcement about K-1 lens issue
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 347
Views: 31,035
If I had a K-1 (which I currently don't), I wouldn't worry much about leaving a tiny mark on the camera body. However, I'd worry a bit about what that slight torque or tension does to the mount of the camera and the lens and also whether it affects the electric contact between the camera and the lens. But perhaps this is not a major issue, or is it?
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-07-2016, 12:15 PM  
K-1 3rd-party lens compatibility
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 169
Views: 17,760
Can you comment on the IQ and AF accuracy using this lens?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-30-2015, 11:58 AM  
Pentax FF Teaser Updated
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 496
Views: 63,055
Obviously it means the image format will be what most of the iPhone photographers and videographers have made a de facto standard: 9:16!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-07-2015, 08:41 PM  
Do we need a countdown to Oct 6th?
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 792
Views: 71,802
I did. I searched the K-3 subforum with "issue" and "problem" and nothing obvious came up. But nothing wrong with a little moral superiority, I guess.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-07-2015, 12:15 PM  
Do we need a countdown to Oct 6th?
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 792
Views: 71,802
Sorry to sidetrack this fine thread, but since I'm out of the loop: what K-3 II issue is this?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-06-2015, 08:59 PM  
Do we need a countdown to Oct 6th?
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 792
Views: 71,802
Don't shoot the messenger (asahiman). I believe he gave us accurate information, but the company just changed their plans for one reason or another. And hey, kenspo confirmed the date too!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-06-2015, 01:25 PM  
Do we need a countdown to Oct 6th?
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 792
Views: 71,802

Now that I don't really care for a FF Pentax anymore, I'm really starting to like this soap opera. Entertainment year after year with the occasional cliffhangers.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-18-2015, 05:55 AM  
Pentax FF spring 2016
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 971
Views: 88,334
This is quite amusing. After all the hype, it's once again next year.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-07-2015, 01:06 AM  
"Everything Changes" with this Announcement: June 8
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 769
Views: 93,349
Probably much ado about nothing. But one thing that might change the way photographers work is to provide a 3G/4G data connection on the camera to store all the pictures in the cloud and not be dependent on a memory card or a local wifi connection.
Forum: General Talk 03-15-2015, 11:25 PM  
Cell phone / mobile data plans in the US?
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 4
Views: 624
I guess nobody in the US uses cell phones...
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-14-2015, 05:33 AM  
Going fullframe - considerations
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 50
Views: 5,875
Funnily, now that the FF Pentax might finally really, really be coming, I'm starting seriously to consider buying a FF camera of another brand! The thing is that it's looking that when Pentax finally releases the camera (by the end of the year?), they'll position it in the market way above what I'm willing to spend. They seem to be going to compete the D810 and the 5D Mk III and the camera being the first and then only K mount FF DSLR, they'll may price it even above the mentioned cameras. That is just too rich for my blood. Especially considering that cameras like a Sony A7 can be now bought for about 1000 /$ and by the end of the year likely even less. An A7 might be just what I need to give my old Takumars a go on a FF camera.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-14-2015, 05:16 AM  
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Field Impressions & Samples
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 8
Views: 1,151
My 45 is more or less plastic. But it is a very nice and relatively cheap lens. A must to have IMO.
Forum: General Talk 03-14-2015, 12:43 AM  
Cell phone / mobile data plans in the US?
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 4
Views: 624
Hi. My question is not photography related, but I guess there are people here who have the knowledge.

My two kids are going to be exchange students in the US for the next school year 2015-2016. One will be living in Ohio, the other's state and city are still unknown. Amongst other things, I'm wondering what would be a good choice regarding cell phone and mobile data use. The kids don't really call or send traditional SMS text messages worth mentioning, but use almost 24/7 smart phone applications such as WhatsApp, Snatchat, Instagram, Spotify. I just checked what their monthly data use has been (on the current fixed monthly cost) and it has been in the range of 2-7 gigabytes. A huge amount. I think they will have to reduce that for several reasons, but listening to music and such, I think that some 1-3 gigabytes a month would be needed.

I'm also thinking if it would be wiser to bring their current non-operator locked iPhones from Europe to the US or get new ones from there. AFAIK, many operators used to use CDMA tech and not the GSM type that Europe has. I guess that still applies? And was it AT&T that uses the GSM type?

So, to conclude, what would you estimate it to cost to get a cell phone plan with 1-3 GB data per month and would it be better to bring their old phones or get new ones over there? Also, is there a big difference between the coverage of different cell operators and connection techs?
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-18-2015, 12:35 AM  
I will not buy the FF, if _____"
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 181
Views: 12,678
I guess I'll eventually buy the Pentax FF but not immediately after release. That's because they're obviously planning to make it to the technical and price level of a Nikon D8*0 and I'm more like the D6*0 price level guy. So when the price comes to that level, I'll bite.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-13-2015, 07:16 AM  
Unveiling of the Full Frame Prototype
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 912
Views: 121,548
I wonder how much extra work it would need from Ricoh to release both? Everything else the same, just two different sensors.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-11-2015, 11:49 AM  
best FF mid-range zoom?
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 49
Views: 3,123
It's interesting to see so much praise for the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 HSM lens. A have one and on my K-5 the results have been somewhat lackluster. But that may have to do with the poor accuracy of the K-5's AF. I guess I'll see what it'll be like on the FF Pentax. Eventually.

Actually tests like Photozone and Dxomark don't flatter that lens too much either. But I guess zooms and especially budget zooms rarely excel in tests.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-07-2015, 02:13 PM  
CP+ Pentax Interview - Question Suggestions
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 188
Views: 15,475
One thing I'd like to know (but of course they won't tell) is what made them decide to make a FF camera at this very time? Users have been begging for one for years and now when the economy is dragging in many parts of the world and the camera sales are diminishing, they're releasing one. it's now years (3?) since the take-over from Hoya and it is taking Ricoh nearly a year from now to release it, so even they haven't been rushing.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-06-2015, 03:34 PM  
Pentax Full-Frame, DFA* 70-200mm, DFA 150-450mm Announced
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 544
Views: 73,599
Exactly - the name will be K1D or something else. The name has not been announced and AFAIK there are no plausible rumors of the name either.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-06-2015, 09:16 AM  
FF used lenses to start with
Posted By Raffwal
Replies: 97
Views: 7,512
You have lenses like FA31 and FA77 listed in your signature and these are the two lenses you will keep?
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