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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-25-2020, 12:52 PM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By philanker2012
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An interesting link. A very versatile range of cameras and the more I look into it the more I find.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-25-2020, 09:41 AM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By philanker2012
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I do like the various jpeg simulations, almost spoilt for choice of which one to use. Then there are all the in camera tweaks that can be made to each simulation. certainly is in my view a jpeg shooters camera.

Not sure if it is a feature on the XT2 but the XT3 has a setting in the bracket mode that allows you to shoot three different film simulations in one shot. Takes a bit longer while buffering but gives an instant option of for example colour or mono.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-25-2020, 02:28 AM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By philanker2012
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Which JPEG simulation was this? Have you found one that you prefer for colour and mono?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-21-2020, 08:00 AM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By philanker2012
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How did you get on with your test of the focus confirmation with manual lenses? You appear to have nailed it in the shots you have posted.


I have been using my 135 f2.8 A lens again and getting some good results some of the time with it wide open. I use focus peaking with the colour set to red. Always easy to nail the focus if there is nothing behind the subject for the lens to focus on. A bit more difficult when the subject has something close behind for example somebody stood in front of a wall. Easier if the lens is stopped down a bit.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-15-2020, 12:54 PM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By philanker2012
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I use focus peaking set to the colour red on the XT3, works really well.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-03-2020, 10:08 AM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By philanker2012
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Fuji XT3 with Pentax SMC A 135mm
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-01-2020, 08:06 AM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By philanker2012
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Enjoy your new purchase. Lovely to use with old Pentax lenses and all those accessible dials on the top of the camera.


I am also getting used to using JPEG with my Fuji gear as my rather old version of Lightroom does not handle Fuji raw files very well. Shock, horror I have also been using it in full A mode with Fuji lenses and the results are good.

Still a stick in the mud with my Pentax gear using raw and either AV or TAV mode.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-07-2020, 12:25 PM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By philanker2012
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If you like manual lenses the Fuji system is a great choice with the external control dials, a real bit of nostalgia. Plenty of different adapters as well so no problem using your manual Pentax lenses.

I have only just started using manual lenses on my XT3, with an SMC A 135mm lens and using focus peaking on the Fuji I have had some good results.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-17-2020, 07:32 AM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By philanker2012
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Fuji XT3 with Pentax SMC A 135mm f2.8 shot at f2.8
Forum: General Photography 07-20-2020, 08:38 AM  
Walking around or stay in one place to snapshoot on streets
Posted By philanker2012
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I do both. I will walk around to find interesting characters. If I see an interesting background I will wait until somebody passes between me and the background. It`s one of those questions that the answer is whatever works best for you and you feel most comfortable with will yield the best results.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-01-2020, 03:10 PM  
One or the other need help on a 55-300 zoom lens??
Posted By philanker2012
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I also have KP. Previously had the former 55-300 which had good IQ as others have noted. The non PLM is well known for focus hunting on older bodies, this is improved on the KP as it does not hunt so much and is a bit faster at locking on.

I recently traded it in against the PLM lens. The IQ is as good, maybe better. The main difference is the focus speed. It really is fast with no hunting, so PLM is the way to go every day.
Forum: Pentax KP 01-12-2020, 06:41 AM  
KP size - is it really smaller ?
Posted By philanker2012
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I have both, the KP feels smaller because of the grip even with the largest one fitted. It`s one helluva camera though and quite a step up from the K5 series.
Forum: Pentax KP 10-21-2019, 09:52 AM  
KP and noise reduction
Posted By philanker2012
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We have all seen the claims about the low noise high ISO capability. But, what are the best in camera settings to take full advantage of this. Am I correct in thinking that it is better to shoot JPEG to take full advantage of these settings as in camera settings are not used in RAW.
Forum: Pentax KP 10-12-2019, 04:03 AM  
Physical size of KP with the D-BG7 battery grip?
Posted By philanker2012
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With the grip fitted it certainly does feel like a completely different camera especially with the larger bulky lenses. I did baulk a bit at the price though, not aware of any cheaper versions. I am quite happy with cheaper copy grip for my K5, perhaps in time a copy will be made for the KP.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-06-2019, 08:36 AM  
"Gamine-- Channeling Leslie Caron and Louise Brooks." Thank you beloved ME Super.
Posted By philanker2012
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I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-02-2019, 08:54 AM  
Wooly bear
Posted By philanker2012
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Forum: Pentax KP 06-04-2019, 11:00 AM  
Questions for D-BG7 owners
Posted By philanker2012
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I have the grip and only use it with my larger and heavier lenses, Sigma 85mm and Pentax 50-135mm. As I only use a wrist strap I find it much easier to carry with the extra grip to wrap my fingers around. It also helps with balance with a larger heavier lens.

I do not use it with smaller lenses as I like the small design of the KP.

To me the KP is two different cameras, one without grip fitted and a totally different feel and look with grip fitted.


The grip is rather expensive though, not sure if there is a Chinese version yet. I got my KP for a bargain price so could afford the grip and still not reach the RRP for the KP. I must admit I don`t think I would have bought one otherwise.

I also use a Fuji XT20 and there is no battery grip available, not that I need one. But, there is available an extra which consists of plate that attaches to the bottom of the camera and then extends up the side of the camera with a slightly larger grip like section that surrounds the existing grip area of the camera. It blends in very well with the camera and has the same fleck effect. I would be quite happy with a version of this for the KP as I do not use the extra controls on the battery grip and I am quite happy to carry a spare battery.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-22-2019, 11:30 AM  
How do you carry for street photography?
Posted By philanker2012
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Wrist strap, camera, one lens and beat up old shoulder messenger bag without any names on it.
The messenger bag was a deliberate second hand purchase so as not to stand out. I did buy one of the foam camera bag inserts which is a perfect fit and gives the camera and lens good protection when travelling. With my KP and 40 Ltd I can also fit anything else for the day in the bag as well.
Forum: Pentax KP 02-04-2019, 01:17 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By philanker2012
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40mm DA Ltd, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 400 with in camera filter Bold Monochrome
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-31-2019, 07:18 AM  
11-18 and revamped 35mm F2 on january 31?
Posted By philanker2012
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I do like the look of the 35mm with the retro style aperture ring. All we need now is a retro looking FF camera and I will be happily transported back to pre digital days when Pentax was the leader.
Forum: Pentax KP 01-14-2019, 11:56 AM  
Ordered a KP
Posted By philanker2012
Replies: 21
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Page 105 of the manuel. I have LCD display option set to C1.

Once you get used to it a quick flip of the thumb brings up the info on the screen. One flip the other way turns it off again.
Forum: Pentax KP 01-12-2019, 09:28 AM  
Ordered a KP
Posted By philanker2012
Replies: 21
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Enjoy.

I also moved from K5iis (via K70) and no regrets. I think a lot of people over use the lack of top LCD as a reason not to buy KP. It is possible to set the function dial to control the rear screen. So, with one turn of the function dial you can have all the information and more that would be on the top LCD. With one more turn of the function dial the rear screen can be turned off, very useful. The tilt screen is very useful and I have vowed that I will never buy a camera without one.

The feel in your hand especially around the grip is different and does take some getting used to, I fitted the large grip straight away and have left it on. I also purchased the battery grip and use it all the time with my larger and heavier lenses. You will also find that the battery from your K5iis fits the battery grip which is a bonus and gives you amazing battery life when used with the KP battery fitted in the camera as well.

Image quality and low light performance is a step up as is the screw drive auto focus motor. I was often frustrated using a DA 55-300 on the K5iis because of the auto focus, but it performs much better on the KP.
Forum: Pentax KP 01-04-2019, 12:47 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By philanker2012
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The faster auto focus speed is very noticeable, makes the lens much more user friendly and less irritating to use.
Forum: Pentax KP 01-03-2019, 12:59 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By philanker2012
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Pentax HD-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR Lens

f5.8, 1/400, ISO 1600 @ 300mm


Trying out my 55-300. The focus seems much snappier on the KP and does not hunt as much as on the K5.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-24-2018, 03:33 AM  
shooting in black and white
Posted By philanker2012
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Or, shoot in Raw + jpeg with the in camera jpeg set to monochrome. You will then have two files, one the original Raw in colour the other being a mono jpeg. I find this method very effective with the Bold Monochrome setting in the KP. It also allows me in Live View to see in black and white.
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