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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-05-2019, 05:19 AM  
Fire Away!!
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 9
Views: 119
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-03-2019, 06:05 PM  
Fire Away!!
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 9
Views: 119
Photo was taken during a World War II re-enactment segment of a tank show in Oshawa, Ontario Canada.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-14-2018, 05:14 AM  
K3,KP,K1 firmware update
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 147
Views: 14,533
Updated my K-3 and I noticed one of my AF issue has been fixed. I have a DA 16-45 which was bought used a few years back and at 16mm (only at 16mm) the focus lock is kind of iffy..it won't focus lock on the subject 50% of the time. After the K-3 update the focus now locks perfectly at 16mm all the time. I thought it was just a one-time thing but it wasn't. I kept switching the lens between my updated K-3 and my old K200D and the focus lock issue is still happening with the K200D. I guess that's what 'Improved stability for general performance' is all about.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 06-30-2018, 04:00 AM  
K-1 Raffle: Entry thread 1, 11am UTC, June 30, 2018
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 64
Views: 13,404
My entry.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-29-2018, 07:48 AM  
Pentax K-1 Triple Giveaway....Must Read !
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 105
Views: 3,996
where will the raffle thread come out??

Is it here?
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Forum: Pentax K-3 06-26-2018, 06:45 PM  
Anyone planning to grow old with their K3?
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 117
Views: 8,198
If anyone is planning to grow old with their beloved K-3 i think it's a good idea to invest in the BG-5 battery grip because it accepts AA batteries. Li-Ion batteries have limited life span so your K-3 will just become a brick if your battery dies and the Li-Ion battery designed for it is no longer in production.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-07-2018, 07:57 PM  
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE - Show us what it can do, what it CAN'T!
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 289
Views: 21,475
All photos at 300mm wide open. still very sharp in my opinion.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-14-2018, 04:55 PM  
What happens when you have your K-1 upgraded
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 26
Views: 2,630
I wonder what kind of warranty does one get after the upgrade...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-14-2016, 02:26 PM  
Missing in-store display
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 18
Views: 1,543
The Pentax wall display at my local Henry’s store has been replaced by Fuji. Fuji has done an excellent job with their X series cameras and I think they’ve already overtaken Pentax. It’s so disappointing to see almost none Ricoh/Pentax marketing presence in retail and dwindling brand recognition over the years. It’s been five years since Ricoh bought Pentax and we have yet to see any improvement in terms of Pentax marketing.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-25-2016, 07:35 PM  
Sigma 18-300 vs Pentax 55-300
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 16
Views: 4,246
I agree with you. I'm just looking for one step up or two without breaking the bank.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-25-2016, 06:59 PM  
Sigma 18-300 vs Pentax 55-300
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 16
Views: 4,246
Thanks to all who replied. I actually have the DA 55-300 and I'm contemplating of upgrading to one that is sharper at 300mm(or longer) at wide aperture. I shoot mostly airshows and motorsports so subject isolation is rather important. I find my copy soft at f/5.8 and have to step down to f/8 or even f/11 to get the sharpness that i wanted and had to settle at higher ISO in the process. I'm hoping to find an affordable alternative and i think the Sigma 18-300 might be a good option. Another peeve i find in the 55-300 is its focus tracking capability. I use a K-3 btw. When a subject is locked and and fast approaching the lens will sometimes go berserk trying to re-focus by focusing all the way to infinity and back thus losing the opportunity. Not sure if the Sigma has this same issue.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-25-2016, 10:59 AM  
Sigma 18-300 vs Pentax 55-300
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 16
Views: 4,246
Hi, I'm wondering how the Sigma 18-300 Contemporary performs in terms of sharpness specially at the long end 300mm versus the Pentax DA 55-300. Does anyone have both to compare?

Thanks
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-18-2016, 06:20 AM  
Father's Day gift ideas from Ricoh
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 5
Views: 1,203
Ricoh/Pentax products are very rare in retail shops even in large cities.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-17-2016, 08:51 PM  
Father's Day gift ideas from Ricoh
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 5
Views: 1,203
I also got this in email from Ricoh today June 17 which is two days away from father's day. Don't they think it's too late for this kind of email blast? Ricoh marketing people should know better.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 02-09-2016, 04:25 PM  
Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 $533
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 13
Views: 1,759
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-28-2015, 04:38 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 5,414
Views: 693,114
I've just spent the past nine days in Vegas and Grand Canyon. I think this has been my first vacation without seeing a single Pentax :(. It's a sea of Canikons with kit lenses and countless selfie sticks. Mirrorless (mostly Sony) are the next popular majority specially among Asians.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-07-2015, 08:16 PM  
Tamron 70-200 + Vivitar 1.4X TC
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 2
Views: 757
any advice out there?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-16-2015, 10:54 AM  
Tamron 70-200 + Vivitar 1.4X TC
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 2
Views: 757
Hi, I'm wondering if this combination is compatible with each other.

Tamron 70-200 2.8 + Vivitar 1.4X TC Series 1

Any advice is highly appreciated.

thanks
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-16-2015, 10:43 AM  
DCU 5 slow saving JPG
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 1
Views: 821
Hi, I find the latest DCU5 (v.5.4.1) very slow in saving JPG files from my K-3. It's taking about 30~40 seconds to save each file. I also have Corel Paintshop Pro which can save JPG files in less than 5 seconds at maximum quality.

Is this normal? Is anyone experiencing the same?

I have the 64-bit version installed on my laptop with Core i3, 6GB memory and Win7 64-bit version.

Any advice is appreciated.


thanks
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-13-2015, 08:31 PM  
Composition Adjustment/Sensor Shift...are you using it?
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 96
Views: 19,971
i tried to make this feature work on the K-3 last time (see my April 13 post) but it didn't work.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-11-2015, 07:23 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 5,414
Views: 693,114
Just got a copy of Henry's latest flyer in the mail today. Henry's is a reputable camera store here in Canada with over 30 stores and the 12-page flyer is about Dads and Grads promotion. Every top camera manufacturer you name has something featured in the flyer except for one. Guess who is missing **again?

**missing in previous years' Dads and Grads promotion as well
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-13-2015, 04:03 PM  
Composition Adjustment/Sensor Shift...are you using it?
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 96
Views: 19,971
Thanks for all the responses. However, I'm still not getting it. The photo below shows what I'm getting on the LCD screen as soon as I finished an adjustment and took the first shot. Notice the rectangular box with arrows to the left of the battery icon. At this point the camera is still in the composition adjustment mode. Now when i try to adjust for the second shot by pressing any of the four-way directional button the K-3 displays the function on the button pressed instead of adjusting the composition. i.e. LEFT button shows the WB options, UP button shows the drive mode. How can I do the adjustment at this point?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-12-2015, 05:55 PM  
Composition Adjustment/Sensor Shift...are you using it?
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 96
Views: 19,971
How does this work on the K-3? After shifting and taking a photo, the shifting options don't re-appear so i couldn't take succeeding shots.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-25-2014, 04:17 AM  
K-3 Prestige Edition $999.99
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 1
Views: 817
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-16-2014, 05:44 PM  
DA 18-135 missing green ring
Posted By mazinger
Replies: 1
Views: 714
hi, i've just received my order for a DA 18-135 and i noticed the green ring near the tip of the lens is missing. i don't think it affects performance but has anybody experienced the same?
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