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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-27-2011, 09:18 AM  
K-3 speculation
Posted By Balog
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The K5 AF is worse than the D7000: objectively proven fact. I think it's overall performance is crappy: subjective opinion, backed up by objective fact. Still confused, or are you just trolling?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-26-2011, 09:48 PM  
K-3 speculation
Posted By Balog
Replies: 2,799
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Try reading what I wrote. I want better AF, but it was not my top priority. Why do so many people get so emotionally involved in inanimate object that they treat anyone pointing out obvious, objective, measureable, documented issues as some sort of traitor insulting them on a personal level? I said the K5's AF is not as good as the D7000's, not that your kids are ugly. There really is no need to get so pissy about something that is an objectively proven fact, nor so angry and defensive about someone pointing it out.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-26-2011, 09:46 PM  
K-3 speculation
Posted By Balog
Replies: 2,799
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No, I disagree with your post. People know Canon as a massive company that also makes cameras, just like Sony. Again, someone not agreeing with you is not prima facie evidence that they are ignorant or misunderstanding your argument.



1. "Crappy" is a subjective term, so there really is no way to argue with you about that. There is also no way to argue with the objective fact that it is measureably worse than the AF in its direct competitor the D7000, which it is more expensive than.

2. If large companies reacted to legitimate complaints about the performance of their gear by ignoring their customers I don't think that would bode well for their success.






If you had anything to contribute other than dismissal of facts, I would be happy to listen. And no one is saying that Pentax is horrible: I love my K5, as I've said repeatedly. I loved my K20 before that. But I realized it had weaknesses that the K5 does not. Realizing that and wanting better no more means that I hate my K20 than realizing my K5 has weaknesses and wanting better means I hate it.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-25-2011, 03:29 PM  
K-3 speculation
Posted By Balog
Replies: 2,799
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I refuse to have a debate about the imaginary perceptions of a hypothetical average person.





It's not the highest priority for me. If it was, I would indeed have went Nikon or Canon. However, saying it is not my first or most important concern is not the same as saying it is utterly irrelevant either. I'm frustrated by the number of people so desperate to defend their brand that they attempt to refute or diminish any criticism of it. Pointing out a flaw and saying we should not settle for less is how improvements are made.

Even if AF performance is not a top priority for you, please give me one good reason why we should merely accept that Pentax has a vastly inferior system? Why should we not want better? What is the harm in not accepting mediocrity? If you're paying $13-1400 for a camera, why should it not be the best it can be in every way?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-25-2011, 01:21 PM  
K-3 speculation
Posted By Balog
Replies: 2,799
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I'd imagine they'd say copiers or calculators, but the hypothetical knowledge of a hypothetical "average" person is hardly relevant, now is it?




No, but I do know what my camera and my lenses do, so being told "Nope, those problems don't exist! Anyone who says they do must just be ignorant and parroting second hand disinformation!" is annoying. Perhaps you don't use your camera in such a way that you have issues, or you just don't have experience with the alternatives to know that there is something better out there, or you are simply such a fanboy that you manage to ignore any data that disagrees with your pre-conceived notions.

Regardless, I have personally experienced the difference between the AF systems on the K5 and D7000 with similar lenses in identical situations, and I can attest that the K5 is objectively worse in every measureable area one could judge an AF system on. It's certainly better than the K20d I had previously, and whether it's "good" or "good enough" or even "bad" is entirely subjective. But what is not open to serious argument is whether it is better than it's direct Nikon competitor (which at least at the time we bought ours was actually cheaper than the K5).



If you accept crappy AF because "We'll, it's usually good enough" then Pentax has no real incentive to make things better, do they? There is no reason to accept (comparatively) poor performance with a little shrug. If Pentax wants to expand their marketshare, they shouldn't just ignore a legitimate concern for a significant number of consumers.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-25-2011, 10:42 AM  
K-3 speculation
Posted By Balog
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I have a K5, the autofocus is crap both in comparison to my wife's D7000 and just trying to use it in the conditions I need it.





I have, and so I do. Claiming that valid criticism of your favored system must be based on ignorance just because it is critical of your favorite system is the sign of a fanboy, not an objective observer.



You think Canon is a "primarily photo oriented company"? Out of the three dslr makers with the largest market share, only one is primarily a photo company.
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-24-2011, 02:13 PM  
No more tests! just pictures
Posted By Balog
Replies: 7,951
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Leon, those are gorgeous! What is that in the second picture, some type of jewelry?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-24-2011, 08:29 AM  
K-3 speculation
Posted By Balog
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And people forget that the point of a company is to make a profit. If higher MP count sells cameras, then I hope they stuff the largest sensor they can get their hands on into a body. Because the more $ they make overall, they more they have to spend on R&D, improving their service etc etc. That's the real problem crippling Pentax: they don't have the money from non-dslr items (like Canon/Sony etc) to sink a ton into developing better AF etc.






What matters most is whatever sells the most cameras. Because the dev time to fix all those issues you care about costs money, and if they can't grow and be competitive they'll never have the cash to give you what you want.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-23-2011, 09:41 PM  
One more prize for 645D
Posted By Balog
Replies: 5
Views: 3,146
Imagine this comment, but on a Canon forum about Pentax. Picture the frothy outrage if it was reposted here on PF. Then laugh at fanbois of all stripes.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-23-2011, 04:23 PM  
Elusive 1st portrait client and wedding inquiries...
Posted By Balog
Replies: 34
Views: 4,732
Perhaps heresy on this forum, but the big Canon forum (photography on the net, just Google "potn") has an excellent section on doing business as a photographer. And let's face it, they have a lot more people who do it for a living with their gear than we do...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-23-2011, 08:19 AM  
Why no love for the 200mm?
Posted By Balog
Replies: 21
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I'm always surprised there aren't more 200mm macros. It seems like the extra range would be highly desirable...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-23-2011, 08:18 AM  
WHY CANIKON and the Canikonitus disease
Posted By Balog
Replies: 133
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And most people don't want to pay $10k for a camera either... Even the FF Canikon's are half that.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-22-2011, 08:33 PM  
WHY CANIKON and the Canikonitus disease
Posted By Balog
Replies: 133
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I love my K5. I do, and I wouldn't switch for the world. But it is annoying when it hunts for focus in low light settings, and my wife's D7000 (with comparable fast fifty) does not. :/ I intend to get a better focus screen and a eyepiece magnifier and go MF so it's somewhat less of an issue, but I do wish Pentax would steal some Canon or Nikon engineers who developed their AF systems and shock the world with a K3 that is a class leader in AF ability.
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-22-2011, 04:22 PM  
Poll: Number of freezes since firmware 1.03
Posted By Balog
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No issues, either 1.01 (original firmware shipped) or 1.03. I format all cards in camera and swap batteries before they're dead, not sure if that's it or not.
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-21-2011, 10:04 AM  
No more tests! just pictures
Posted By Balog
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A really good friend I made in the Marines moved back to MD after we got out and I've been bitter about the place ever since. ;) You do have Charm City Cakes and a great doom metal scene though, so not all bad...
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-21-2011, 08:40 AM  
No more tests! just pictures
Posted By Balog
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Joe Penn, despite your lamentable choice of state I greatly enjoy your work, especially the ducks from a few pages back.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-20-2011, 09:02 AM  
WHY CANIKON and the Canikonitus disease
Posted By Balog
Replies: 133
Views: 17,735
Partly it's because they have some things (long fast lenses, better AF) that Pentax doesn't. Partly it's because they are ubuqitous at B&M. Partly it's because they have more advertising and marketing. Partly it's because the most visible "pro" photographers (those on the sidelines of sporting events, papparazzi, wild life photographers for magazines etc) almost always favor Canikon because of the aforementioned long fast/full frame/AF advantages, as well as the better support for people who burn through several hundred thousands shutter actuations per year. It's sort of like why chubby middle aged lawyers playing basketball with their friends often use the same expensive shoes as NBA players. Not that they need them, but the assumption is "pros are the best, therefore their equipment is the best" without regard to the intended use.

I wish Pentax had a comparable full frame professional camera (and the 645 is a $10k medium format with a far more limited lens selection so it's hardly applicable) but I'm more than happy with my K5. It's annoying finding no accessories and few used lenses at B&M stores, but overall the advantages Pentax offers suits me better than the advantages Canikon offers.

Let's not be jealous fanboys who feel the need to try to convince Canikon users they are foolish or wrong. I get enough of that from using Linux. Let's instead extol our own virtues, while acknowledging our shortcomings.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-19-2011, 10:14 AM  
Best all around lense with low Fstop
Posted By Balog
Replies: 29
Views: 6,965
Sharpness is not everything in a lens. You aren't blowing it up to poster size or selling a %100 crop to a national glossy magazine or something. The FA wide open is plenty sharp for most people's needs.


Now, hurleygirlie it seems you are rather new so please forgive me if you already know what I'm about to tell you. And I'll also recommend going to Pentax Beginner's Corner Q&A - PentaxForums.com as it's a great place to learn. All of this is my summation, which is roughly accurate but I make no claims at expertise.

Now, think of each picture (exposure) you take as having a triangle of factors: aperture (f-stop number), iso, and shutter speed. Aperture is the size of the hole that lets light onto the sensor (smaller the number, the bigger the openning), iso is how sensitive the sensor is to light (higher the number, the less light is needed to make a proper exposure), and shutter speed is obviously how long light is allowed to hit the shutter. Each of these also affects something else in the exposure, and that's what you want to concentrate on.

Aperture controls depth of field (DoF), which is what range of distance things are in focus. The larger the aperture, the shallower the DoF. So for example, let's say you're taking a picture of a dog with a long snout, facing you head on. A very small aperture (higher f stop number) might have everything from the tip of it's nose to the end of it's tail in focus. A very large aperture (lower f stop number) might only have the tip of it's nose in focus.

With iso the main concern is "noise" the little specks of random colors or grains that appear at the higher iso numbers. This greatly varies between bodies, with the K5 having the least noise at the highest iso numbers.

With shutter speed, it depends on subject matter. If the subject is not moving and the camera is on a tripod, very slow speeds can work well. But for hand held shots of moving subjects (such as candids of children) you probably want a higher shutter speed to "freeze" the action, so to speak. Of course if you use a slower shutter speed the subject will be motion blurred which can be a very artistic effect, but generally you'll want a higher speed.

So, a lot depends on the body you are using, and the lighting conditions etc. I find that indoors the advantage of a zoom (not having to move to have a closer shot) are far less than the advantages of better image quality and larger aperture afforded by the primes such as the FA 50 or DA 35 f2.4AL. Especially with the K5, I tend to use TAv (I set the aperture for the DoF I want and the shutter speed to something I can shoot by hand without blurring, then the camera sets iso so the exposure is correct) and the results have been excellent. Also remember that, especially with the higher resolution of modeern bodies and the excellent sharpness of a good prime, severely cropping a picture to correct the framing etc is a great option.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-18-2011, 09:43 PM  
Best all around lense with low Fstop
Posted By Balog
Replies: 29
Views: 6,965
I absolutely adore my FA 50mm f1.4, and highly recommend it for a lens that's both fast and versatile.
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-18-2011, 01:27 PM  
smc 50mm f1.4lense & pentax k5
Posted By Balog
Replies: 7
Views: 3,132
I bought an FA 50mm f1.4 when I got my K5, and they go together wonderfully.
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-17-2011, 12:25 PM  
This guy again... (Nikon D7000 Trumps Pentax K5 guy)
Posted By Balog
Replies: 69
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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-16-2011, 12:40 PM  
What are some "sleeper" macro lenses?
Posted By Balog
Replies: 32
Views: 6,039
Thank you, that's very helpful. I assume the Adaptall mount is like using an M42 lens and adapter, or does it have an A aperture?



Excellent shot! Is that the 1:2 version? It might be worth looking into...



Another vote for the Tamron, I'll have to keep my eyes open. :)



Well, all of this is sort of assuming I don't lose my job in June (which is currently a real possibility) but if not then $250 is possible if they are worth it. I actually like MF for this purpose, mainly because I'll be MF for macro and the older MF only lenses I assume will have nicer focus rings. But if the newer ones are optically superior I'd certainly be up for it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-16-2011, 10:15 AM  
What are some "sleeper" macro lenses?
Posted By Balog
Replies: 32
Views: 6,039
First, let me start off by saying that I realize that extension tubes/reversing rings/bellows/Raynox adapters etc are all cheaper ways to get into macro than a dedicated lens. However, I'm basically looking for a 70-100ish prime lens that'll do double duty as a portrait/macro.

So what are some lenses that excel at macro and portrait work, but for one reason or another (obscure brand, odd mount etc) aren't very pricey? When I say "not pricey" I'm thinking generally $200 or less when available. I'm happy to do a mount conversion, provided it isn't drastic and difficult surgery.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-12-2011, 12:55 PM  
The Perfect 5 Lens System
Posted By Balog
Replies: 171
Views: 24,588
Hmmm....

Sigma 8-16
FA 50/1.4
Bigma
A* 200 f4 macro

And I'm honestly not sure what after that. Probably a more reasonable sized mid-zoom.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-12-2011, 12:43 PM  
Manual focus on New cameras
Posted By Balog
Replies: 26
Views: 4,464
I love my old MF lenses, but I really have a difficult time seeing the image clearly enough. I've thought of the magnified eyepieces, but I wear glasses and most people report difficulty in using them with glasses. And split screens seem to cause issues with metering etc.

One exciting possibility is found here, which is also good for fast (<1:2) lenses. https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-k-5-forum/142241-best-screen-ever-...anon-ee-s.html
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