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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-02-2019, 02:57 AM  
Yellow and Blue
Posted By NickC
Replies: 11
Views: 277
Grape Hyacinths and Dandelion at Myddelton House
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-22-2015, 04:45 PM  
prime, prime, everywhere a prime...
Posted By NickC
Replies: 11,186
Views: 565,383
My walk around kit is the 15mm Ltd, 35mm f/2.8 Macro Ltd and the 70mm Ltd. The 35 is most used as it is most flexible due to being Macro and is super sharp.
15 is my second choice.
The K3 has so much latitude for cropping that I find I can get away without a longer lens.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-21-2015, 09:08 AM  
HD PENTAX-DA 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE
Posted By NickC
Replies: 167
Views: 33,168
Don't know about it's optical properties yet, hopefully good.
However as a WR backup to a prime lens kit it's a lot smaller than the current offerings so can just sit unnoticed in the bag until the weather turns inclement.
Silent DC is a bonus.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-12-2015, 07:58 AM  
HD PENTAX-DA 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE
Posted By NickC
Replies: 167
Views: 33,168
I've preordered as it looks like a great backup lens for the Limited primes. I tend to carry a WR lens in case of inclement weather as the Ltds aren't sealed. This is small enough to carry without needing to think about it. DC is the icing.
Wish the Ltds were DC and WR.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-02-2014, 04:08 AM  
Wrapped - Chicago Skyline
Posted By NickC
Replies: 14
Views: 918
Brilliant image, taken at the right time. It needs the two characters on the left to make it truly yours.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-01-2014, 04:16 PM  
Greatest Pentax lens - yet to be made!
Posted By NickC
Replies: 56
Views: 3,247
I'd like the 35 f/2.8 DA Macro to have WR and a DC motor added. That would be my perfect walkaround lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2014, 03:30 PM  
Poll: Lens Tournament Final: FA 77mm Limited vs FA 31mm Limited
Posted By NickC
Replies: 123
Views: 19,754
Sad the most relevant lenses for the current systems have been eliminated. These two definitely need updating to add quick shift focus, modern coating and built in lens hoods.
Still if I have to pick one it'll be the 31 as it is probably a bit more versatile, although not as much as the 35 Macro.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 10-22-2014, 03:00 AM  
Poll: Lens Tournament: DA 12-24mm F4 vs DA 10-17mm Fisheye
Posted By NickC
Replies: 19
Views: 4,458
I've had some great pictures from the 12-24. I've tried the 10-17 but couldn't really justify a lens that would probably only get occasional use.
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 06-02-2014, 03:11 PM  
Abstract Therfield
Posted By NickC
Replies: 3
Views: 606
Thanks both for the nominations.
I thought about the crop but decided to leave the fence and grass on the right to hold that side of the picture in. I thought it just drifted out to nothing without that.
Forum: Pentax K-3 Photo Contest 04-28-2014, 08:00 AM  
Abstract Therfield
Posted By NickC
Replies: 3
Views: 606
Farmer scarifying the fields at Therfield
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-28-2014, 07:42 AM  
Broomfield Park
Posted By NickC
Replies: 0
Views: 356
Daffodils, blue Sky, trees starting to show vibrant greens.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-18-2011, 07:37 AM  
Special Event How to enter the giveaway
Posted By NickC
Replies: 67
Views: 13,511
Thanks for the direct link, that worked. There isn't a button on the thread page, but could be because I'm using Safari on an iPad. perhaps the site isn't compatible (or vice versatile!).
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-17-2011, 04:21 PM  
Special Event How to enter the giveaway
Posted By NickC
Replies: 67
Views: 13,511
Ok, I've done the like bit but how do I create a post in the special forum? There's no new option.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-01-2009, 06:17 AM  
Is there any info about PENTAX-DA 1.4X REAR CONVERTER SDM?
Posted By NickC
Replies: 18
Views: 10,021
The image shows it with the screw drive so it should work with all AF lenses.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-20-2009, 04:41 PM  
Pentax is investigating a mirrorless system camera
Posted By NickC
Replies: 172
Views: 35,430
It's all a compromise otherwise you wouldn't have more than one lens covering the same focal length. If all lenses had to be the best optically then the kit lens would be the 16-50, with the price and weight penalties involved. If the 18-55 can be made to perform the same by using software correction I'm all for it.

The limiteds are also compromises - they don't offer the maximum possible optical performance or the fastest apertures, but are smaller and more portable because of it. If some of the IQ can be fixed in software then that's good. The alternative would be much bigfer heavier lenses, which I'd see as against their philosophy.
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-17-2009, 02:30 PM  
Poll: How do you focus?
Posted By NickC
Replies: 98
Views: 17,666
Centre and recompose, using AF button for focussing. Often use quick shift for subtle adjustments.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-15-2009, 06:04 AM  
K-7 Green Mode??
Posted By NickC
Replies: 14
Views: 2,699
Does Green mode override the decoupling of the AF from the shutter button?

This is a real moan about the K20D - I like to use the AF button for focussing and the shutter button for taking, but if I hand the camera to someone else to take a shot I have to dive into the custom menu just to reset the AF to half press on the shutter button. I think Green mode should effectively be Manufacturer defaults.

The other option would be for the user mode to have independently settable custom settings, but they seem to apply to all modes.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-14-2009, 03:49 PM  
Just to share stories on Pentax DSLR's water-resistance...
Posted By NickC
Replies: 42
Views: 18,044
My K20D with 16-50mm DA* got soaked on a rainy climb up Vesuvius but continued to work flawlessly.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-11-2009, 07:44 AM  
What film body - Cost/Performance wise
Posted By NickC
Replies: 24
Views: 5,455
I think the MZ-S is the best Pentax, although you wont get Av mode with your DA lenses. Tv works fine though.
My next favourite is the KX, but that wouldn't work at all with DA lenses.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-19-2009, 05:48 AM  
A new 50-200mm WR lens too..
Posted By NickC
Replies: 54
Views: 11,435
I think the 18-55 WR and 50-200 WR would be perfectly suited to the K7 because of their size. The 16-50 DA* is already too big on the K20D, so would swamp the K7. I regularly use the 50-200 on the K20D, so think a WR version would be a perfect match to the K7.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-18-2009, 06:22 AM  
Poll: Full frame K20D in 2009? Vote now! Yes or No.
Posted By NickC
Replies: 232
Views: 36,870
No, I'll wait for the 645D, and in the meantime take some pictures using my K20D.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-08-2008, 08:20 AM  
Is the grass greener in full-frame land?
Posted By NickC
Replies: 51
Views: 7,236
True and that's a negative point against FF when shooting Macro insects.

Not true for exposure of course.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-08-2008, 08:15 AM  
RAW + JPEG with JPEG on One Star quality
Posted By NickC
Replies: 58
Views: 11,553
When going on a trip, such as last year's trip to Egypt, I set the camera to take RAW + *** 2M JPEG. That way I've got the RAW for manipulation and printing, and the JPEGS can be quickly turned into a slide show using Pictures 2 Exe or emailed.

I can't see the point of RAW plus a full size JPEG as it's too big to email sensibly anyway. 2M is just about right for projecting or emailing.

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-08-2008, 06:41 AM  
Future laid out by Pentax -- no full-frame
Posted By NickC
Replies: 158
Views: 24,077
The Pentax DA* 50-135 f/2.8 is a more valid comparison due to the crop factor, and this weighs 27 ounces including the hood. Substantially lighter and most likely smaller (I don't know the Canon lens), and of course includes stabilisation (in the body).

I do know that I can print Super A3+ prints from my K20D and keep forgetting to sharpen in Photoshop they're so good. I don't think I need to carry any extra bulk or weight to get superb images.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-14-2008, 05:17 AM  
now this surprised me
Posted By NickC
Replies: 52
Views: 9,133
I assume from this that you haven't used the K10D or K20D, just other Pentaxes with pentaprism viewfinders. Therefore you can't comment on the OP's assertion. The K10D viewfinder is a lot better than my *istD for example.

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