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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-06-2010, 05:51 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 5,944
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We seem to have to alot of Pentaxians from NZ and AUS represented well on the forum.
I think it to do with the whole underdog mentality here.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-13-2013, 09:46 PM  
Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 Coming for Pentax!
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 1,185
Views: 181,632
If it does and at that price ALOT more people are going to be looking at Pentax professionally. And I may have to grab one with a nice new crop body B)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-29-2013, 08:30 PM  
Consumer DSLR dead soon?
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 51
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I think DSLRS have to get ALOT smarter- what sets them apart to me is customizibillity and ultimate control.
Give me MORE processing power and the ability to take modes in/out via an app like interface with the computer.
It needs to be able to download to the cloud AND/OR wirelessly to my computer. I also want to control my camera via my phone INCLUDING FL on zoom lenses. This is the kind of things that will bring DSLRS back into the fold.
Make things modular so I can have a small camera or a large powerful one when I need it, thats have the point of removable lenses, picking the best one for the job.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-13-2013, 04:14 AM  
Pics of ugly things...
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 131
Views: 18,826
Soooo tempted to send a pic of my bum.... but the thread isn't listed NSFW! :D

And where are the pictures of Canons? ;p
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-28-2013, 05:12 AM  
New HD DA Limited lenses
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 820
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All I see is a bunch of silver lenses I want to buy for my Black K01 B)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-11-2013, 06:37 PM  
Newbie - Wedding Lens setup? (on a budget)
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 18
Views: 3,048
Totally agree with what has been said so far in regards to two bodies - lenses and backups. I will give you a few cheaper options that you can go with in the meantime.
Bodies Kx/K7 + K5 (Kx/K7 use with the wider lenses, the K5 is used for its better AF for those tricky long shots such as throwing the bouquet.
Lenses, Tamron 28-75, Sigma 70-200 2.8, you can get both 2nd hand but get the Sigma for its fast and Silent HSM focusing where the Tamron is the ultimate portrait range. Take backup 18-55/55-200 kit lenses or a 18-250 just in case of emergency.
Two half decent flashes such as a Metz 50 AF or greater, make sure they have swivel heads. HEAPS of Batteries (also why a Kx is handy as it uses AAs)
Also make sure you have a good system for holding your cameras as it makes it much less hassle to change between them and not worry about drops etc.
Finally get a small softbox for direct flash as often you can't always have a perfect ceiling to bounce off.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-25-2013, 03:51 AM  
Rumors about a new Ricoh GXR camera surface online
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 70
Views: 17,078
I would be 100% ok with a FF M-mount, just have a full function K mount adapter for it and we're good to go!
A great system to use all kinds of lenses on and if you do want to use some excellent AF lenses you can use Pentax!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-07-2013, 07:46 PM  
New to me K-7: happily upgraded, anybody else still using their K-7?
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 49
Views: 5,300
To add to the ISO talk, since I 'got over' not using a flash, my K7 now has NO weaknesses! ;P
I set my auto ISO to 400 and let rip!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-04-2013, 03:50 PM  
New to me K-7: happily upgraded, anybody else still using their K-7?
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 49
Views: 5,300
I still rock my K7 and its still my #1 despite grabbing a K01 recently. I will probably hold onto it for life now as it is my first SLR (digital or otherwise) so is part of the family!
It will still be a long time till I out perform the camera and more likely to grab a new body just for the two body aspect than anything.
The thing with Pentax cameras is there are so many small but fantastic features that just make life easier but if asked you couldn't list them and definitely won't find in a marketing brochure.
And finally the evolutionary approach across the bodies evident since your K100 and probably more so with the Km and K10 Have kept whats great and not messed with what works too much and finesse new features into the design while keeping the price point competitive.
Forum: Pentax K-01 06-19-2013, 12:49 AM  
My new K-01 my impressions
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 5
Views: 1,351
Well I've had my new K-01 a week so thought I would put down some impressions.

Physical size/ ergonomics-
I love the feel weight, feels solid reminisant of my other Pentax cameras HOWEVER It is damn hard to handle one handed with no neck strap so I got a hand strap today. This improved handling immeasurably however now it is impossible for me to depress the shutter with my index finger (due to the upward rather than angled shutter button) so it thumb press or untill I can mod the hand strap to a different fit.

This caught me by suprise, MF is not quite as easy as I thought via Focus Peaking, sure it helps but I reckon about on par with using the OVF on my K7.
Also I tested the AF on the almost purpose bought FA35-70 and it was horrid! A real shame as it has a terrible MF ring and will get relagated to my K7 light portrait kit.
So then putting the big FA31 on and the AF is very responsive! I also found the Kit DAL18-55 also nippy and only a tad bigger than the 35-70 although not as long.
I can see why this camera is awesome with ltds! I can definitly see a future purchase of DA21 and DA40 for a smaller walk around set (mine came with the zoom, no 40XS)
My other lenses in order of AF success Good- Suprisingly Sigma 17-70, Not so good- DAL55-300 (expected), FA28-80 which is a bummer and no contacts for the powerzoom! Was hoping this would make a handy video lens.

Having used the Q abit I am sold on using the LCD especially for street, but where is the HDMI out? Unlike my K7 it only functions during playback which is a bummer as it lends itself to use with a larger screen/viewfinder especially video. (this has probably been mentioned before but I had forgotten)

Overall I can't complain at the price, sub $300 WITH kit lens for the perfect partner to my K7 till I can afford the next big DSLR update.
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-24-2013, 09:48 PM  
DigitalRev TV finally review Pentax!
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 98
Views: 12,281
I find these guys actually really funny and a great light hearted look on the real factors between cameras. The finiky little details are always going to be debated by those entrenced in each others camp so why bother. Kai is up himself though but most popular media personalities kind of have to be.
The bit with them taking the shot in low light cracked me up as I could see the white Nikon AF assist lamp turn on, miss, turn on, miss, lol - also to my eyes all the head to head shots looked better on the Pentax! (I must be 'one eyed').
The thing that was spot on is the spec numbers, 24MP vs 16MP / 51 AF points vs 11 AF points, we know it makes little difference (eg doesn't medium format just use 1 AF point?).
But this silly stuff sells cameras, even weight to someone who knows little, greater weight = greater quality, luckily Pentax cameras feel great but often they are behind a cabinet so there are only bullet points on a ticket and the sales person.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 04-10-2013, 09:54 PM  
It's Good to be FEARLESS! - The Heie DA* 16-50 Giveaway
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 198
Views: 41,629
Heres' my non-competition addition- anyone feel free to add if they like
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 04-03-2013, 04:23 AM  
Ideal uses for this kind of three lens kit?
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 10
Views: 1,340
I don't own ANY of them (but would like to!). This is how I would advise you use them

1. Your go everywhere outside lens due to the WR- also your widest lens good for landscape esp stopped down on a tripod. Good interior lens with flash and a good portrait range from group 30mm to tight headshot 135mm. Your best lens when you are out with others as you won't have to time to get your shots in frame.

2. Take this everywhere as it is tiny! Lower light lens to minimise ISO use. Sharp corner to corner which makes for nice landscapes and stiching together shots for panoramas. Your smallest camera lens combo for when you want to stay small suitable for an inconspicuous street shoot. Zoom with your feet! Basically use this as your body cap.

3. Use for macro (duh) whether it be insects/flowers/EBay stuff but also textures, cars, architectural detail, sculptures. Also a great lightweight tele lens for casual portraits across the street shooting, low light good for museum cases. Also the 40+100 make for a great walkaround kit if you arn't shooting wide.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-21-2013, 04:40 AM  
K-30 Body (in Black/White/Silver/Orange and Other Colors) for $479USD!
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 19
Views: 3,601
So I've noticed a correlation on cheap Pentax stuff and my bank account having no money in it....
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-23-2012, 07:42 AM  
Brand Recognition- Hi-Ho Silver!
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 6
Views: 1,183
Silver is starting to be done with Sonys' tele lenses now. I do like the green stripe though it tends to be used more for WR NON-DA* lenses.
Forum: Pentax Q 09-12-2012, 04:55 AM  
Ideas on diffusing the onboard flash of the Q?
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 28
Views: 5,115
Would do it, was hoping for something a little less, "What are you doing???" but then if that was the case I wouldn't own a Q now would I?! :P
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-03-2012, 09:20 PM  
In market for walkaround lens
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 16
Views: 2,486
I'm going to chip in ranges here to give you a sense of what can be shot with emphasis on social portraits.

Wide End
16-18 will give you a decent range for creative landscape/archetechture and large group shots.
18-24 is your range to comfortable three people in a shot across a table.
28-35 gets pretty hard to squeeze things in but can if you have the space to walk backwards. Can do about two people in a tight framing across a table. Similar framing to what one sees. Also less distortion which can be cropped abit if a tighter shot is required. Hence FA31/DA35 etc

Tele End
45-55 is a great short tele range if you want to focus on a particular subject in front of you. about a 3/4 shot of a person. Need to shoot sometime uncomfortably close for a tight headshot.
55-80 is for those beautiful tight headshots and great to get something the same size across a road as in front of you (eg Road means you can get closer).
80-135 tighter still and giving your subject more room, great for candid shots, can be cropped for unexpected wildlife shots. Also a great range for closer seats in a concert.
135-250 I call this zoo range. Basically it can never be too long. More wildlife than anything but if your kids do sports or you like to watch stadium sports this is essential.

So after all that some lenses.

18-50 F2.8 / 28-75 F2.8 - low light but bulky lenses, best quality. Suit indoor.
17-70 F4 - better speed and okish size, great quality. Suit indoor.
30-70 - Vairable aperture, small size, great quality in ideal conditions.
28-105 - slow speed slightly bulky, good quality in ideal conditions.
18-135 - variable aperture slightly bulky, great quality in bright conditions.
18-250 - variable aperture, bulky, great quality in bright conditions

My pick would be a 17-70 which I use and a 55-300- if mainly outdoor go for a 18-135 / 18-250 and maybe a prime for indoors.
Forum: General Talk 06-20-2012, 06:55 PM  
Gearheads, Unite!
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 2,041
Views: 184,177
This reminded me of a time before I was into photography.
I was hitching a ride in Taupo New Zealand when two 58' Corvettes (my favourite car) drove past in the space of 2 minutes.
I was thinking "Something is up here" and sure enough a huge procession of dozens of Corvettes came rumbling past!
It was awesome! If only HD smartphones were invented then! (it was about 1997/98 so I didn't even have a basic cell-phone yet).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-16-2012, 10:07 PM  
Pentax K-30 in Popular Photography
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 20
Views: 5,413
Another shot stating full WR with the standard DAL lens. Really wish Pentax made the WR kit the standard with the DAL a cheaper option.
Forum: General Talk 05-13-2012, 11:40 PM  
What Wouldn't You Do As A Photographer?
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 49
Views: 3,779
I object to shooting vagrants and people in third word countries for art rather than raising awareness.
Its a fine line I know but something I couldn't do unless there is something in it for the subject.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-06-2012, 04:00 PM  
G'Day from OZ
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 2
Views: 421
Welcome! Alot of Aussies here :)
Looking forward to seeing some shots from the 6x7!
Forum: Pentax K-01 05-01-2012, 01:20 AM  
I touched a K-01 and I liked it!
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 63
Views: 7,800
Sorry Katy Perry for the song rip off.........I gave one a play and colour me impressed, very compact compared with my K7 I had with me. Very tactile, pretty speedy focus too, I tried it with the Sigma 17-70 I had with me (non HSM) and was pretty quick.
Yellow looked pretty cool in person, better than shots suggest. I later saw the Black model with Silver trim and that looked awesome! :ugh:
I flipped off the 40 XS and put it on my K7 and I love that too! MF was tricky but easier than expected. I touched a Pentax Q also elsewhere but I'll post that separately.
By the way I saw the K-01 in Georges Photo, George Street Sydney for locals that are interested.
I had a wee chat to what seemed like the duty manager who admitted he didn't know much about the Pentax range and marveled at the tiny lens and feel/look. He liked it, I told him it was great for a person who wanted the IQof a higher end SLR (K5,D7000) with out the bulk and price.
I talked about how they maybe abit more appealing to have in stock now the pricing overseas was becoming equalised. He said this was great news as they were often shopped against online prices in the US often which is often why they recommended Canon more due to their price protection.
So there you go! :)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-11-2012, 12:29 AM  
This has to rank as one of the hardest jobs in photography!
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 8
Views: 1,315
I just watched Nat Geos White House 'Through the lens' Obama Administration doco and it blew me away!
His photographer Pete Souza carries a minimal of gear two bodies short and long zoom lenses flashes, maybe a backup short lens and I imagine loads of batteries and cards.
Has to hit ALL his shots, and NONE of them are deleted, they have to be unaltered by law. He has the same crazy schedule as Obama but doesn't travel in the same car so has to run in after him to get official greeting photos etc. Typical day is 13 hours but has a staff of 3 photographers and someone who manages the images. Thy output 20,000 - 80,000 shots per month.
So basically a wedding shoot every damn day!:eek: Of course a huge part of it is the relationship between him and the subjects especially the President who are just oblivious to him as they are shot all the time. I knew they had photographers but didn't realise they shot so much behind doors as well as formal engagements.

Interesting stuff.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 03-11-2012, 06:14 AM  
Caption Contest New Contest! Caption This Photo! March 9, 2012
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 20
Views: 2,725
NSFW.......... (:p)
Forum: Pentax K-01 02-17-2012, 09:17 PM  
Add on EVF?
Posted By Tonto
Replies: 45
Views: 11,018
I have a Flipbac on my K7 for waist shots and screen protection- I dont think it will do too much to shade the screen as there is no side on protection and you will need to mount upside down, so it will only aid in shots above your head.
If I got a K-01 I would get something like this:
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