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Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-27-2014, 02:12 AM  
Know anyone who died waiting for Pentax FF?
Posted By justinr
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Personally I detest FB and am not too keen on the word 'keeper' either, it suggests a rather casual approach to shooting, but that's probably just old world snobbery. :)

Now I would fully agree that a well exposed negative is an object worthy of veneration in its own right. For a short while I did some LF work and each neg was as precious as diamond to me (if nobody else) but now 95% of my work is on a commercial basis so digital is an absolute no brainer. The FF I have now is kicking out shots with an image quality far exceeding that of a MF and a decent flatbed scanner, I can say that as I use some of my old film shots for one of the mags I contribute to and there is just no comparison, the D3 is far superior.

What it boils down to is that 120 film costs around $2 to produce and scan each frame on a 6X4.5 basis* That's the starting point for cost comparison and it is up to each individual to decide which way they want to go according to their budget and intended use. Shooting film is a different experience to digital and a good exercise in its own right. I am also still firmly of the opinion that digital cannot do decent B&W for that is a separate craft altogether.

*Based on 6x4.5, scanned by the lab (resolution unspecified) and are UK prices converted to dollars, so there is some leeway in there.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-26-2014, 10:07 AM  
Know anyone who died waiting for Pentax FF?
Posted By justinr
Replies: 79
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Until that is you work out the cost of buying, developing and scanning film to a decent resolution. I recently did the sums for another place and it worked out at just over $2 per MF frame, and that was not drum scanning which you really need for the best results. A new Nikon D800 works out at about the same as 1,500 shots on 120 and it will produce images just as good. My 12mp D3 certainly does better than the Bronicas I used to run. Even if you spent $10,000 on an entry level dMF system it would still pay for itself within 5,000 shots.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-26-2014, 05:49 AM  
Know anyone who died waiting for Pentax FF?
Posted By justinr
Replies: 79
Views: 7,187
Well I didn't die but I got so pee'd off with Pentax flashing their knickers but not delivering the goods that I swapped over to Nikon anyway. Why am I here then? Because I was/am a great Pentax fan and would loved to have stayed loyal but time moves on and they didn't. I just pop back every now and then to see if it's time to regret my hastiness: not yet I see.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-17-2014, 06:32 AM  
FF possible
Posted By justinr
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A. Are they putting effort into developing a FF camera?

B. If you don't understand the benefit of FF then try it, and if you still don't understand then there's no need for you to move on.

C. When you look beyond the enthusiast market then that select few becomes the vast majority.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-16-2014, 11:46 AM  
I switched to FF
Posted By justinr
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Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-15-2014, 02:11 PM  
K2D - new FF from Pentax.
Posted By justinr
Replies: 65
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It's not the mountain as such but the association with rugged outdoorness and pinnacles and professionalism (even though it may not be a pro camera). It's a good name but it could also work against it in projecting an aura of difficulty or complexity that is otherwise undeserved.

---------- Post added 02-15-2014 at 02:13 PM ----------



No, that's far too kind. Lets tie them to the chair and force them to view an endless loop of the crappy TV adverts they insist on confronting the rest of us with!
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-15-2014, 02:00 PM  
I switched to FF
Posted By justinr
Replies: 81
Views: 11,702
The K5 was a great little camera for what it was and it's low light level performance was superb for it's position in the market, but the D3 takes it to another level and it reliably gets the shots, I can trust it to do its stuff and I need that faith in it.

The picture of the seed drill below was taken a darkened hall (not sure why, but I wasn't organising the event) with a spot on to this star exhibit. As much as I admire the K5 there was no way that it would have held the picture together so well.

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And yes I have taken rock bands with the K5 -

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We can argue about the pro's and cons of the respective cameras all night but all I can suggest is that you try it, and then you really will understand. Its worth noting that the top picture was taken on a camera with 'only' 12mp.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-08-2014, 04:28 AM  
I switched to FF
Posted By justinr
Replies: 81
Views: 11,702
I had a reader of this thread PM me the other day to which I replied but I'm not at all sure that he got it as my sent box remains empty. I can be contacted via my website if the system isn't working P.

Inkplusimages home page
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-07-2014, 02:06 AM  
I switched to FF
Posted By justinr
Replies: 81
Views: 11,702
Thank you ennacac, and to be honest it's not the first time that less than considered responses have been posted against those who are thought to have stepped out of the box to comment upon Pentax from a less than slavishly devout angle.

What I find frustrating is that the company is capable of doing so much more than it does now but they seem almost scared of challenging the current hegemony in the market. My first digital was the ist and what a brilliant little camera that was for its size and cost, yet even then Pentax didn't really go anywhere with their range so I bought into Canon but soon concluded they were better at selling cameras than making them. Back then to the K10 followed by the K5 but the K3 was little more than an update it seems and Pentax didn't seem at all interested in looking after their dealers here.

The D3 has many advantages, the chief of which is that it has a large comfort zone, it's not easily flummoxed by weird or poor lighting and holds the image together well in tricky conditions. I'm not a pro photographer as such but most of my photography is done on a pro basis so I need something that can be relied upon to get it right first time and without fuss. Maybe the K3 does this as competently as the Nikon, alas, Pentax didn't seem at all interested in letting me find out.

Here's a sequence taken with the K5 - www.inkplusimages.com
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-06-2014, 03:37 PM  
I switched to FF
Posted By justinr
Replies: 81
Views: 11,702
Yep, that's right.

Except it isn't of course. Who said anything about a D3X or spending 8K? Come to that if you are not interested in FF then why does my post bother you anyway.

Have a nice day!:)
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-06-2014, 12:37 PM  
I switched to FF
Posted By justinr
Replies: 81
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I to did the dirty deed and switched to FF, I hated having to trade the K5 in as it was a quite excellent camera but times moves on and much to my dismay Pentax haven't.

I now have a Nikon D3 and the image quality I am now working with has once more leapt forward. The Nikon is as easy to use as the K5, easier is some respects, but neither matches the straightforward simplicity of the K10's menu. 12mp FF can indeed be better than 16mp half frame but we all know that pixel count is not the whole story.

So, to those who will get all small minded and insist that I am some sort of deluded troll let me assure you that I had waited long enough for the company to stop messing about and go FF, I even seriously contemplated hanging on a bit longer by upgrading to the K3 but the dealer over here told me he couldn't get a wholesale price from Pentax for that model that was any lower than online prices in the UK. If they are going to mess the dealers about as much as the customers then good riddance, that clinched it for me.

It's a shame, but there you go, and I smile a little as I see various people here try and keep the Pentax FF torch alight. You'll learn my friends, you'll learn.

BTW, I still have the ESII which I keep promising myself I'll use again!
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 10-08-2013, 09:57 AM  
We are really tire to wait for Pentax FF.
Posted By justinr
Replies: 92
Views: 11,898
Would you say the lens situation is why Pentax haven't brought out FF? I can well imagine they might have the camera all ready for production but its gathering dust on a shelf somewhere because the investment in lens development is simply too big a step to take.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 10-08-2013, 08:45 AM  
Poll: Pentax! :) Nikon? :(
Posted By justinr
Replies: 37
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Aye, a little bit of honesty would go an awful long way.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 10-08-2013, 06:22 AM  
Poll: Pentax! :) Nikon? :(
Posted By justinr
Replies: 37
Views: 5,061
I'm a little surprised that this thread hasn't been closed down yet as being too negative or whatever other excuse is drummed up.

Whatever, the K3 is still not the full frame that Pentax need to get out on the street if they want to be considered real contenders in the high end dSLR market. Perhaps they don't , which is fair enough, it's their train set after all, but it would be encouraging to hear of substantial progress rather than vague rumour when it comes to a FF model. Hiding behind the K3 launch is no substitute for actually getting one to the market, if that's what they want to do, we can't go hanging on for ever!
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 10-05-2013, 03:19 AM  
We are really tire to wait for Pentax FF.
Posted By justinr
Replies: 92
Views: 11,898
I'd agree, although there will be a bit of noise visible in the darker regions, the K5 was very good at this sort of thing but others have caught up.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 10-05-2013, 03:15 AM  
We are really tire to wait for Pentax FF.
Posted By justinr
Replies: 92
Views: 11,898
Inverse square law is the answer to that one. A flash may light the subject but kill the background or other features you may want to retain, such as a candle flame in the foreground.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-04-2013, 09:46 AM  
Running into a brick wall
Posted By justinr
Replies: 22
Views: 2,343
Careful you don't trip over, that's a rather deep tint of rose you appear to be wearing in your glasses.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-04-2013, 09:43 AM  
Running into a brick wall
Posted By justinr
Replies: 22
Views: 2,343
That sir, is the most wonderful summary of exactly how I see it.

Thank you for making my day. :lol:
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-04-2013, 09:24 AM  
Running into a brick wall
Posted By justinr
Replies: 22
Views: 2,343
That is not the case at all, I would very much like to stay with Pentax, and may be for a while yet. If you are so world weary then try taking a break from it.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-04-2013, 09:21 AM  
Running into a brick wall
Posted By justinr
Replies: 22
Views: 2,343
Thank you for the sensible reply.

I'm no fan of Canon, bin there, dun that and got out, so I have taken little notice of what they have or have not been up to. What has prompted my musings is the image quality that I have seen associated with FF Nikons. As far as dSLR's are concerned I think they are setting the bar at the moment and I need to get closer than the K5 can take me, and there is also the question of lens choice and quality.

I used to shoot weddings on Bronicas and the K5 will produce better images than the old MF film, but that on its own is not good enough nowdays.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-04-2013, 09:10 AM  
Running into a brick wall
Posted By justinr
Replies: 22
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Troll is a grossly overused word in the online world, indicative of the users prejudices and own personal agenda as much of the victims intentions, I tend to ignore it nowdays.

Anyway, I will admit to not realising that the release of the K3 is imminent, but when exactly?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-04-2013, 09:07 AM  
Running into a brick wall
Posted By justinr
Replies: 22
Views: 2,343
Quite so, but I have a certain amount invested in Pentax and it seems that I am going to have to throw that away along with any notion I had of sticking with a brand I had come to like for its colours, low light level performance and compactness.

I, in turn, am rather puzzled as to why you should accuse me of self aggrandisement, This is a Pentax forum where Pentax enthusiasts come to talk about the cameras. My post is an expression of leaving the general community of Pentax users in sorrow, but I guess there is a cultural divide somewhere here and you obviously think otherwise. Anyway, Isn't such a denouncement an expression of self importance itself?
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-04-2013, 08:31 AM  
Running into a brick wall
Posted By justinr
Replies: 22
Views: 2,343
Nearly three years ago I bought a K5 thinking that the company was going to go somewhere with their cameras and lenses. I had this rather weird idea that they would rise to the challenge of the big two and that their name would become a serious alternative as suggested by posters here and one or two other sources. But what has happened since?

Err.....!


Yes there have been one or two updates to the camera but where is the full frame model range or even a serious replacement for an ageing design? The K3 may or may not be that camera, who knows, and therein lies my problem. I need to move on from where I am at and at the moment it will mean going Nikon or nowhere (I have no interest in Canon). As much as I love the K5 (despite the mirror flop issues) I just feel that more is expected by my existing and potential customers and Pentax have withdrawn from the race leaving me with my nose flat against that wall. Judging by the complete lack of interest from dealers in taking my kit in PX for a Nikon outfit I really don't think I'm the only one so discomforted.

I fear my next post may well be in the Buy/Sell section.

(not sure that I posted this in the right section)
Forum: Pentax K-5 07-31-2013, 04:22 AM  
Pentax k5 problem with fully charged battery?
Posted By justinr
Replies: 11
Views: 3,760
I have the original Pentax unit and three cheapies, although it's two now as one wouldn't hold its charge. When you have an event to cover you need to start with a fully charged battery rather than start messing about with with them half way through.
Forum: Pentax K-5 07-30-2013, 09:52 PM  
Pentax k5 problem with fully charged battery?
Posted By justinr
Replies: 11
Views: 3,760
I've had this problem for a while now and it is slowly getting worse, in fact it makes the camera virtually unusable at times, but it's not just the fresh battery but also ambient temperature that seems to cause it, a warm battery is akin to a fresh battery I guess. Will Pentax repair a 2+ year old camera with this issue? Are they going to replace it with a new model anytime soon? It's a great camera otherwise but I need to sort either it, or it's replacement.
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