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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-13-2016, 11:40 PM  
Going Pro? Switch from Pentax I'm told!
Posted By Poit
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Because whenever I have said anything against Pentax there is a howl of indignation. Read through this thread. Nitpickers united!

Perhaps not your good self
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-13-2016, 11:31 PM  
Going Pro? Switch from Pentax I'm told!
Posted By Poit
Replies: 100
Views: 7,885
Oh my giddy aunt, this place should be called Pentax Defence Forum.

I give up. Enjoy your gear folks. Pentax is without a doubt the best pro gear available. All the additional lens options are superfluous, autofocus speed and accuracy is a myth, and why anyone doing paid photography work with anything but Pentax is beyond my comprehension.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-13-2016, 11:12 PM  
Going Pro? Switch from Pentax I'm told!
Posted By Poit
Replies: 100
Views: 7,885
OK, so Pentax flash is behind the competition too. Happy?

I actually disagree with you. Flash is useful and important, but given the choice most, if not all, would opt for available / natural light. Particularly in a wedding scenario.

FYI, one of the 'best portait photographs' of our age is The Afghan Girl....no flash in sight
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-13-2016, 10:50 PM  
Going Pro? Switch from Pentax I'm told!
Posted By Poit
Replies: 100
Views: 7,885
:lol::lol::lol:

True, but it gives better and more true-to-life results.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-13-2016, 09:45 PM  
What is the hole above the lens mount for ?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 6
Views: 786
That sounds like 'what is the small hole below the...' oh....never mind :D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-13-2016, 09:42 PM  
Going Pro? Switch from Pentax I'm told!
Posted By Poit
Replies: 100
Views: 7,885
Well, good for you! I'm glad you and your customers are both happy. :D So, if you were starting out and had no equipment would you go with Pentax gear? Seriously?

The OP asked for opinions, and I gave mine. Until very recently, there was no FF in the Pentax line-up, which made low-light situations (dark chapels & receptions) a stressful experience with less-than optimal results. I'm an available-light shooter, and prefer not to use flash if it all possible. So, high ISO shooting and fast, quality glass is the order of the day for me. Not to mention reliable AF...

With Pentax the K-3 is workable but not ideal. With the K-1, the glass isn't there yet, nor is the AF.

And before anyone says 'why don't you just switch brands', I will repeat myself: the OP asked for opinions. Sorry if mine spoils your day.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-13-2016, 09:16 PM  
Pentax K3 with better lenses or K1 starter kit?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 15
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If your brother is studying photography, and intends to get paid work 'soonish', then I'd get the K-1.

It's just better (except if people are paying him to shoot their budgie), and paid photographers should try to use the best gear they can.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-11-2016, 11:21 PM  
Hey PENTAX / RICOH: Are You Listening?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 73
Views: 3,101
No probs. I'm fine with civil conversations. Just the endless defensive 'you're an idiot' style comments bother me.

And yes, it might be worthwhile. That was why I suggested it in the first place. It would certainly be very exciting and a great move for whoever does it successfully. But, with your comments, maybe the investment in the ecosystem would be too great.

Yeah, I know Sony does it but that's in-house, as you say. I'm suggesting allowing independents get involved.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-11-2016, 10:21 PM  
Hey PENTAX / RICOH: Are You Listening?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 73
Views: 3,101
Oh ok. Thanks for the constructive feedback.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-11-2016, 09:59 PM  
Hey PENTAX / RICOH: Are You Listening?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 73
Views: 3,101
I'm just putting it out there...and feel free to tell me why it could never happen (no doubt people will anyway)....but what if a DSLR was enabled for third party application developers, and those developers were able to improve the performance of the camera (such as AF). Would that be a bad thing?

If it could be done, and Pentax was brave enough to do it, would that not help to resolve some 'tricky' issues without employing their own additional development staff?

That's what I was thinking when referring to 'apps'. It's also what I meant when I said Pentax cameras would 'fly off the shelf'. A world in which bright, independent developers actually improve our cameras. That would be very cool.

Dare to dream, folks. 15 years ago we were all claiming that digital would never be as good as film...
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-10-2016, 06:47 PM  
Now were talking!!!
Posted By Poit
Replies: 12
Views: 1,988
Nice to hear some new rumours!

Most of them not very surprising, except the 'new high-end full frame next year' bit. I'd have thought a new high-end APS-C was the next port of call, but I guess it's possible that Ricoh are riding the wave from the K-1's success.

As always, time will tell.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-10-2016, 05:31 PM  
Hey PENTAX / RICOH: Are You Listening?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 73
Views: 3,101
Thanks Adam. I didn't realise Pentax were already dabbling in this area. Maybe they should read all the naysayers here and cancel the competition...lol



We are largely in agreement here. So, with image quality being similar across brands, what else will attract new-comers to the DSLR game? That's Tony's point (and mine)



No, Tony's comments are not about moments.

He is talking about the up and coming generation of enthusiasts. Those kids who get a taste of photography through their smart-phone, and want to explore the world of photography through a DSLR. He is suggesting that current cameras are not user friendly to this 'new' breed (and perhaps, JUST PERHAPS, the camera companies might want to move in that direction).

I'm surprised to find myself defending Tony Northrup, but the responses here are even more blatantly ignorant and small minded than he is. It's infuriating. Once again, folks, watch the video and try to listen with an open mind.

This thread has made me realise why 'Pentaxians' have such a bad reputation. I've used Pentax gear, and only Pentax gear, since I started doing photography 20 years ago. Reading through this thread, I am now embarrassed to be associated with the term 'Pentaxian'.

I think I'll use 'photographer' from now on, and smile sheepishly if someone notices I use Pentax.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-05-2016, 10:37 PM  
Hey PENTAX / RICOH: Are You Listening?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 73
Views: 3,101
Thanks Rob. One can only hope the folk over at Pentax are a little less defensive. :D

And they aren't MY suggestions guys, they're Northrup's (which Ii happen to agree with). His arguments that many of these things will appeal to the younger generation of new enthusiasts are totally correct.

Watch the bloody video before bashing me...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-05-2016, 06:49 PM  
Hey PENTAX / RICOH: Are You Listening?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 73
Views: 3,101
Sorry, I didn't realise it had been posted before.

it can't hurt if Pentax gets some good ideas.

Someone get out of bed the wrong side today? lol
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-05-2016, 06:06 PM  
Hey PENTAX / RICOH: Are You Listening?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 73
Views: 3,101
So, I've read here several times that Pentax / Ricoh read here and listen to suggestions.

Here's a video with some great ideas (skip the background and start at 15 minutes). I don't always agree with Tony Northrup, but his thinking here makes a lot of sense.

Imagine:

- A proper touch interface;
- USB charging;
- Proper cloud connectivity;
- Wireless firmware updates;
- OPEN APPS (imagine, imagine, imagine: people develop their OWN apps for the camera...Pentax cameras would FLY off the shelf);
- Direct app connections; AND
- INVEST IN SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

Like I said, I don't always agree with Tony, but PENTAX / RICOH if you're scratching your heads, here's some great ideas to invest in for the future:
















You Tube



Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-01-2016, 04:29 PM  
Going Pro? Switch from Pentax I'm told!
Posted By Poit
Replies: 100
Views: 7,885
I have shot quite a few weddings, although none recently. If I was just starting out as a wedding shooter, I definitely would NOT go with Pentax.

My own opinion is that, for professional work, the Canon and Nikon proponents definitely have a point. The range of lenses is far better (e.g. no tilt-shift in the Pentax line-up for architectural work, which is one of your areas of focus), and Pentax AF has long been behind the competition. If you're looking for the most versatile and capable pro system today, then it's not Pentax. Sorry to all the fan-boys out there, but facts are facts.

Having said that, the Pentax system is (slowly) growing in it's capability as a pro system, and it is good value for money. If your current or future demands aren't too diverse and you're happy to wait while the system continues to grow, then you'll be fine with Pentax gear.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-23-2016, 06:39 PM  
Well, I've Had Enough
Posted By Poit
Replies: 78
Views: 6,033
Hmmmm....I bought a 16-50 in 2014 on the understanding that it had been redesigned, and SDM issues were a thing of the past. I've never had an issue with it....

Are people now suggesting that the 'modern' copies of this lens are prone to failure as well? Have people reported recent serial numbers with failures? I'm very fond of this lens, and don't want to be nervous about an impending failure.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-23-2016, 02:50 AM  
Nothing New at Photokina!??!
Posted By Poit
Replies: 723
Views: 58,311
Doesn't bother me either way, I don't think you really tell us anything of substance anyway. That's my point :D

But lots of others seem to enjoy dissecting your tid-bits, so I'm sure they would be upset.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-22-2016, 04:48 PM  
Nothing New at Photokina!??!
Posted By Poit
Replies: 723
Views: 58,311
I could have predicted that. Pentax drops a 'little surprise or two' every year.

It's like me saying: "shhhhh, you didn't hear it from me, but Pentax are developing some new cameras and lenses. I can't tell you much more because it's still very secret" :lol:

I sometimes question the vagueness of these 'insider' posts...many of them I could surmise / write from the known information
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-21-2016, 07:32 PM  
Question about Pentax as a brand
Posted By Poit
Replies: 73
Views: 5,743
Hi Roti,

Welcome to the land of Pentaxians!!! As you are no doubt aware, asking such a question on a Pentax forum is going to attract Pentax-centric responses, and mine is no different. I've only ever shot Pentax (for over 20 years now), so I can't comment on other brands.

In terms of your 'shopping list', I'm sure it's by now apparent that Pentax cameras offer all the features (and more) that you would want for your type of photography. Pentax has, over the past decade, made a name for itself as a landscape / travel photography specialist. If that's your focus, as you suggest, then it sounds like it's well suited to all your needs.

I currently shoot with K-3, and use it for weddings and landscape work. Whilst the K-3 may be a little heavier than the competition, it's as tough as nails, beautiful to use, and produces fantastic RAW images with plenty of scope for post-production. The weather sealing is a godsend both for weddings and travel. High ISO performance is great for an APS-C sensor, but still not the best for dark wedding venues.

My biggest annoyance with the Pentax system has been the lack of a Full Frame DSLR, which would handle very low-light wedding situations (receptions and dark churches) better than the K-3's APS-C sensor. I was considering a change to Nikon for that reason, but we now have the K-1 in Pentax-land so all is once again well. The K-1 will be the next addition to my kit-bag. I'll probably stick with the K-3 as a travel / landscape camera (and as a back-up wedding body), and use the K-1 as my primary wedding shooter.

In terms of what I would recommend, I would seriously consider the K-3 or K-3ii for your needs. The K-3ii has Pixel-Shift, which would be great for landscape-work, so it may be a better option for you.

Do let us know what you decide :D

Here's great video review of the K-3:
















You Tube




P.S. Many are suggesting that the new K-70 entry-level camera is better value than the K-3 / K-3ii (in some cases it has more features), but the K-70 has an articulating screen (which you said you don't want) so I took that into account when suggesting the older (but higher-range) K-3 series. You can probably get some great deals on the K-3's too.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-11-2016, 05:35 PM  
Latest Pentax Rumors
Posted By Poit
Replies: 598
Views: 45,757
I have the 35 Art as well. I didn't realise it had sold poorly for Pentax. The guys at CRK said it was a popular lens (maybe they weren't referring to K-mount, specifically).

I was hoping for a 50 Art in k-mount, but after the AF performance of the 35 Art on my K-3, I sorta lost interest in Sigma's new range
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-06-2016, 01:17 AM  
Latest Pentax Rumors
Posted By Poit
Replies: 598
Views: 45,757
Mate, I've read all your comments up to this one, and finally had to reply despite the fact that you may have posted more in the last couple of days.

I disagree that Pentax/Ricoh will turn their back on APS-C. Someone once told me that big PC companies trial their newest tech on consumer products, because it's easier to deal with complaints at that level, and iron out any issues, before introducing the tech to the business laptop/PC market.

I can see, quite clearly, that Ricoh is taking this approach. Introduce new tech at the lower end first, make sure it works and is reliable, then introduce it to the top-end. Look at pixel-shift, and the new KAF-4 mount.....

Someone else told me that Ricoh was going about their plan very sensibly. Play to your strengths and build those markets first (APS-C and 645) then move into new areas. They've delivered to that plan perfectly. They built the APS-C range to it's maximum, then turned their eye to the 645z, then attacked FF. It makes sense that, having built the largest APS-C lense range in the industry, it's time to look FF which will also be useful on APS-C.

This is the opposite approach to Canikon. Maybe Ricoh's ability in the commercial printing industry has taught them a thing or two about introducing new tech.

Either way, Ricoh are approaching this from a different angle, and I don't see them letting the APS-C market slip one little bit!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 08-28-2016, 09:13 PM  
Latest Pentax Rumors
Posted By Poit
Replies: 598
Views: 45,757
My ten cents worth, pure speculation:

1) More FF lenses (a no-brainer);
2) Maintain interest in the 645. No new body yet, but perhaps some new lenses (leaf shutter?). Pentax needs to maintain the market initiative they won with the 645z, so they would be foolish to let it sit for too long;
3) KAF4...does this indicate a new focus on video capabilities? Either way, with KAF4 they appear to be developing lens technologies (good to see), so I expect to see more developments on this front in the very near future;
4) Auto-focus. It's still not up to standard, and they are still getting slammed for it. I expect they will continue working on this (or if they aren't, they should be). The cost of developing AF further can/will be of benefit to every camera (costs are split), so it seems obvious to continue improving it. In my opinion it is now the single biggest short-coming of Pentax cameras.

As I said, pure speculation on my part, but I'm pretty sure they're looking at most if not all of the above areas as we speak / type
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-04-2016, 05:00 PM  
HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mmF4.5-6.3ED PLM WR RE
Posted By Poit
Replies: 659
Views: 65,160
The new tech in this lens is great news. Yet another indication that the Pentax line is making progress.

I'm a K-3 owner, but the introduction of KAF4 doesn't bother me in the slightest. If I could afford to upgrade my lenses every time a new one was released, then I could also afford a new body capable of using KAF4. I think by the time there are a significant number of KAF4 lenses, the camera bodies available will also have significant upgrades in AF capability. I'll upgrade my lenses AND camera body when I think the increased capability is worth the investment.

There's a hell-of-a-lot of crying going on over a relatively small issue. Progress in Pentaxland should be embraced and cheered for.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 07-12-2016, 05:13 PM  
24mp full frame K mount camera, possible?
Posted By Poit
Replies: 193
Views: 9,341
I don't know, Pentax/Ricoh are very good at keeping things quiet until just before release...spring is definitely possible without us knowing, but I doubt it.

You might be right Re a more advanced camera, but it would need a significant jump in AF to appeal to sports shooter, and I don't think that'll be achievable any time soon.

In my opinion, 2017 will be a year of lenses. The 645 line could use some leaf-shutter lenses (although I don't know if they plan any), and there will almost definitely be more FF lenses (primes and maybe a range of f4 zooms).

Perhaps even a new 645 in 2017?
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