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Forum: Pentax K-3 10-24-2018, 06:12 PM  
The K-3 line will continue!
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 928
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Yup. One piece of news, 60 pages of speculation. Wake me when something happens.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-13-2018, 06:43 PM  
The K-3 line will continue!
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 928
Views: 80,409
There is news in this thread somewhere? Could have fooled me.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-01-2018, 07:14 PM  
August Pentax K-1 II Giveaway: Raffle Thread 1, 05:00 UTC, September 2, 2018
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 108
Views: 5,052
Test...
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-25-2018, 05:16 PM  
The K-3 line will continue!
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 928
Views: 80,409
As others say, dry humor like that doesn't come across well in text. But let's return to our regularly scheduled game of predicting with no real information what is coming from Ricoh. It's far more entertaining. :D
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-24-2018, 10:46 PM  
The K-3 line will continue!
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 928
Views: 80,409
You are trying to be funny, right? If so, don't quit your day job to do standup, as they say. It's surely common knowledge that "Junior" here refers only to the number of posts.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-22-2018, 06:41 AM  
The K-3 line will continue!
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 928
Views: 80,409
Kids? I wish. Is that photo in your avatar really you? If so, I got thirty years on you, at least.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-18-2018, 04:30 PM  
The K-3 line will continue!
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 928
Views: 80,409
Oh, now I get the "caustic" reference. I'm a little slow on the uptake, I guess. :D
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-18-2018, 06:34 AM  
The K-3 line will continue!
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 928
Views: 80,409
According to the Urban Dictionary KPH can stand for Konichis Per Hour, and "is a term (relating to Kilometers Per Hour, where faster is generally better) used to describe events and/or objects that add fun, entertainment or a positive spin to a gathering of friends/relatives/homies." I don't know about the homies part but my K-3II has definitely added to my fun.


So, no caustic comeback here. :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-17-2018, 10:18 PM  
Flu Card and tethered shooting on K3
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 16
Views: 1,722
If the card were half its current price I would try it, problems, bugs and all.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-17-2018, 10:14 PM  
GPS Calibrations problems K3II
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 42
Views: 5,824
I have found that giving it extra iterations of rotations in the three axes can usually get me a successful fine calibration, even when I am quite sure I have rotated more than 180 degrees in all axes on the first iterations. I have also found that trying to do a fine calibration near a car or with a cellphone in my pocket usually doesn't work at all.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-17-2018, 10:07 PM  
The distracting rear LCD.
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 15
Views: 1,147
While doing astrophotography on a tripod using ASTROTRACER, when I need to look through the optical viewfinder to compose a shot without the distraction of the LCD, which I have already reduced in brightness to the minimum and selected a "reddish" color scheme, I momentarily turn the power switch to the optical preview position. It's easier than trying to half-press the shutter and there is no danger of accidentally triggering an exposure. I don't turn the LCD off entirely because I do need to use live view at times for focusing.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-17-2018, 09:46 PM  
K-3 needed accessories for astro, time-lapses & landscapes
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 12
Views: 1,620
For astrophotography (AP) with lenses on a tripod, the best accessory for a K-3 is the O-GPS1 in order to use ASTROTRACER (built in to the K-3II and K-1/II models). It really does work (although the required fine calibration can be tricky). Here is one recent example, using a 200mm lens. If you have that you won't need an external intervalometer for exposures up to the limit determined by the lens focal length (up to 5 minutes).

For astrophotography through a telescope, an external intervalometer will be required for any exposure over 30 seconds, which will generally be required for deep-sky objects. (Lunar and/or planetary, OTOH, will use very short exposures.) But thIs will be by far the least expensive accessory you will need for that if you count the telescope, its mount, and an auto guiding set-up as "accessories." You will spend a lot more than the camera on all of that (I certainly did) and it will take you a while to get up to speed with it. It's another world of hurt. AP through lenses using ASTROTRACER is child's play in comparison.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-17-2018, 09:24 PM  
Articulating screen for K-3ii
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 7
Views: 995
For tripod-mounted applications where either the camera is very low (e.g. ground level) or it is pointing up very high (e.g. astrophotography), I use this new-fangled device called a compact mirror (invented around 1908). I realize that this will not work for everyone or every situation, but it works for me. Reading menus can be problematical but fortunately mirror-image text is not a problem for me. I can read it almost as easily as normal text, and the more you know your camera the less of a problem that is in any case.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-17-2018, 09:13 PM  
NEW K-3ii owner
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 14
Views: 1,428
Re image processing software, I think that Picture Window Pro is pretty good, especially for the money. As in, free. The developer, Digital Light and Color has discontinued further development and is offering the last version, 7.0, for free. How appropriate to use discontinued software on a discontinued camera. Get it while you still can.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-17-2018, 08:53 PM  
The K-3 line will continue!
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 928
Views: 80,409
It's been so long since the K-3II was introduced, which after all was an update model, and now five or six months since it was discontinued, I'm sure the new top-of-the-line APS-C model will have an entirely new name, not just a K-X number (which would have to be an even number now in the unlikely event they do that). I'm surprised there isn't already a pool to guess it. But I do like K-π.

Of course, maybe Ricoh won't ever release a replacement. Owners of the KP seem to be pretty happy with that model, which has perhaps unintentionally been plugging that hole in the line-up. Personally, it wasn't the camera for me - I chose the discontinued K-3II instead - but I don't think my needs were typical (e.g., built-in AstroTracer functionality was a big draw for me but won't be for most people). I know Ricoh has said they are working on a K-3II replacement, but in the end it's a business decision. If sales of the KP and K-1II are good enough, they may decide not to do it and instead divert whatever development they were doing on it elsewhere. I worked on product development (design engineering) for 35 years and saw that happen multiple times.

PS. Perhaps I should have put my asbestos suit on before typing that last comment in a thread entitled "The K-3 line will continue!"!
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-15-2018, 08:43 PM  
Pentax K3 ii intervalometer stops
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 9
Views: 1,619
Distortion corrections don't seem to add all that much time to an image save that a four second gap wouldn't handle. OTOH, for star trails he might want to use the raw images, which AFAIK aren't affected by lens corrections of any sort. So there would be little point in keeping them on.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-15-2018, 08:33 PM  
NEW K-3ii owner
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 14
Views: 1,428
Good to know that the K-3II is still available from some retailers. I too bought it after it was officially discontinued. I chose it over the current K-70 and KP models and I don't regret my choice in the least.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-15-2018, 08:30 PM  
The K-3 line will continue!
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 928
Views: 80,409
I find it interesting that everyone is using K-3III as a working name for the K-3II successor. But has Pentax ever used a "III" on a model name before? I do find it interesting that Pentax's retrograde, single-digit, odd-integer numbering scheme for their prosumer models has backed them into a numerical corner, so to speak. Now that we're at "1" no odd numbers are left. It's perhaps why the "KP" has the name it has.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-15-2018, 07:51 PM  
Night Newest Milky Way photo
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 19
Views: 961
Superb. Love the way the tracks head off toward the Milky Way. It's a bit of a walk so we better get started! :D
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-17-2018, 06:58 PM  
New K-3II
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 24
Views: 1,963
Re the FluCard, I initially wanted to buy one for my new K-3II as well. But the various reviews I read on-line and the relatively high price dissuaded me. "Flawless" is not a word I would associate with its operation based on the majority of reviews. Nevertheless, if I saw one for half the current price I would give it a try.
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-17-2018, 06:14 PM  
Pentax K-3 ii as a beginner camera?
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 17
Views: 2,727
FWIW I bought a K-3II in March as my very first DSLR. I bought it knowing that it had been discontinued the month before. In fact, I had been on the fence about it and hearing that it was discontinued made my mind up to buy it while old stock was still available at distributors. (But you can still get one at many places even today.)

I was sure I wanted a Pentax (I started in photography 43 years ago with a K1000) primarily because of the in-body stabilization and my collection of decent Pentax primes, but I dithered between the K-70 and the K-3II. (A K-1 was too expensive for my budget and the KP didn't appeal to me.) Was the K-70's image accelerator chip, on-sensor PDAF pixels and articulating screen (not to mention substantially lower price) worth more to me than the K-3II's built-in GPS (and hence Astrotracer functionality without need of an O-GPS1 accessory), top LCD and magnesium-alloy body? Would the lack of piezo-based sensor cleaning on the K-70 be more problematical to me than the lack of built-in flash on the K-3II? According to reviews video is about the same on both cameras: "usable" but nothing to write home about. Both cameras have weather sealing.

My primary use for a DSLR is astrophotography, with a secondary use as a landscape camera. Incidental use might be capturing the grandchildren in motion (haven't tried yet), although the Pentax AF-C might prove challenging for that without practice. I don't need a DSLR for video. I wanted Astrotracer for certain. I'm sure I would have been satisfied with a K-70 (with an O-GPS1 accessory); it's a lot of camera for the money. But I'm glad I spent more and bought the K-3II. (I actually bought it with the 18 - 135 kit lens, since carrying around and continuously swapping primes isn't something I want to do except for specific tasks, including astrophotography.)

Regarding lenses, for astrophotography the Rockinon 14mm f/2.8 and the Samyang 135mm f/2 seem to get a lot of love. In between those focal lengths and longer you can do well with SMC M or A lenses on the used market. I have several (28mm, 50mm, 100mm, 135mm and 200mm) and they perform well with mininal stop-down (one stop in most cases).

BTW, for astrophotography decent response to the Hydrogen alpha emission line (deep red) is important for many nebulae. As you can see by the various astrophotos posted to the Pentax forums, recent models are quite decent in that regard to the point where I feel they don't _need_ to be modified (which removes the camera's IR filter and optionally replaces it with one with a flatter, wider passband).
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-12-2018, 07:01 PM  
The K-3 line will continue!
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 928
Views: 80,409
I didn't say built-in flash. I said camera-mounted flash and I meant exactly that. That's what a Speedlight is. But thanks for confirming what I've always seen at weddings, too. And also note my mention of bouncing off the ceiling. Can't do that with a built-in, right?
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-11-2018, 10:01 PM  
The K-3 line will continue!
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 928
Views: 80,409
Try that at a wedding. Obviously, there are scenarios, and quite common ones, where a camera-mounted flash is the only workable option. And saying "always" ignores the possibility of bouncing the flash off a ceiling if it's not too high (indoor only, of course).
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-07-2018, 12:46 PM  
K-1II review... Opportunity to get banned on DPR
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 428
Views: 26,916
Another indication of the review's stellar attention to detail:


Note that this comes from the page of the review concerning _video_ performance. Unless I'm very much mistaken the IBIS system on recent Pentax DSLRs doesn't function during video recording. In that mode the shake reduction is electronic only. How could the reviewers not know that?
Forum: Pentax K-3 04-24-2018, 10:09 AM  
The K-3 line will continue!
Posted By Lew Dite
Replies: 928
Views: 80,409
4K TV sales growing, with 20% U.S. market share in sight (early 2017)
https://www.grandviewresearch.com/press-release/global-4k-tv-market (projections as of June 2017)

But as I said it's not about how many people actually need it or could use it. Rather, it's about checking off a box on a spec sheet, especially to reviewers who will, mark my words, mercilessly slam a new camera today that is missing it. Heck, it's even expected (and usually delivered) in smarlphones today.

Re "accepting a claim," I offered an opinion. As such acceptance is not necessary.
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