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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-23-2019, 09:47 AM  
Need advice for choosing a 35 mm film camera
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 37
Views: 1,463
I have two sugge stions and I know this might be inappropriate for Pentax lovers but...
1. Since you also have Nikon glass - as I do - I suggest getting a Nikon f100 or f4 (slim model), if you cannot get a reasonable price on an LX. I have two of each and have no issues with either. They are extremely reliable - although my favorite Nikon is the F3 HP. (I do believe the Pentax 20mm is superior to the Nikon 20mm lenses, as is/are the 50-55mm lenses. Cannot say anything about comparing the other Pentax lenses to Nikon equivalents.
2. Get a good, used enlarger that fits the 6x7, 6x9 format. I like Beselers and Omegas. The Durst model you have is not in the same league - I had the same one decades ago. My guess, due to the high expenses of film, paper, and chemicals in Europe, that used enlargers are even cheaper in Europe than the already quite cheap prices here in the U.S. now. Note, some pro grade, Durst enlargers are great too!
3. Buy and LX and/or Pentax 645 from reputable sellers here on Pentax Forums and/or take a trip to the U.S. or England where the used markets are both more flush with good used gear and - from what I have observed - less expensive. This should probably be recommendation number One...
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-01-2019, 04:35 PM  
Photo contest
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 19
Views: 451
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Ricoh GR 02-23-2019, 09:42 AM  
GR III - now available for sale at popular stores...
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 3
Views: 1,074
Points well taken, especially if the autofocus is good and fast, if it has the KP sensor and processor (or similiar!), and a new wide angle adapter is in fact forthcoming...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-23-2019, 09:19 AM  
ZX-L toast? (locked up mirror)
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 5
Views: 469
I had mine replaced with a metal version two years ago. Got one of the last ones available - only got one, but put in an order for several- and paid a pretty handsome repair cost, to boot. My Pentax repair guy asked me for the supplier, but had to tell him that no more were available. If you can somehow locate a metal gear, and love your camera, that is the only way to roll...
...Unless you can do the repair yourself and do not mind doing so on an ongoing basis. Some of my plastic mirror camera have lasted a lot longer than others. Have seen several Youtube videos, to show how the repair is done, but that was years ago.
Forum: Ricoh GR 02-22-2019, 09:47 AM  
GR III - now available for sale at popular stores...
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 3
Views: 1,074
The Ricoh GR III is now available for sale for $899 which I guess is a fair price given the Fuji X100F costs a whopping $1300. Many will prefer the 28mm FF equivalent lens, some will not. I am interested to see if the wide-angle attachment from the older GRs work on this, because I love the world at 21mm...
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-16-2019, 09:18 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #149 Poll (Contrasting Colors - January 2019)
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 39
Views: 3,855
three and six are exceptional photos on this theme!
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-02-2019, 12:29 PM  
Is a used K3 worth it?
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 36
Views: 3,276
Your welcome. Here is a beach/street scene that I shot with a flip-screen fuji recently - and used like a twin lens reflex camera:
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-02-2019, 11:33 AM  
Is a used K3 worth it?
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 36
Views: 3,276
For street photography, I would always choose a camera with a flip screen. Cannot say how much better a KP, K70, or K3 is with moving street subjects in low light autofocuses, but would bet on a KP over a K3 and K70, and wait for a used one to surface. Flip screen is also very useful for low-to-the-ground shots with wide angle lenses in landscape photography...
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-02-2019, 10:31 AM  
Is a used K3 worth it?
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 36
Views: 3,276
First of all, a K3 is a different animal than a KP. It is larger, uses a longer-lasting battery, has two card slots, probably not as good autofocus, but others may differ on this opinion. KP is newer, has better/newer - lower noise sensor, smaller, smaller buffer, lighter, has a newer autofocus system, flip-up screen, etc. Therefore, which camera is better depends on what you shoot and which features are more meaningful for you. If you like a bigger, slightly heavier camera, do not like adding a grip, shoot mostly posed people, travel, and landscapes often on a tripod, there is a strong case to be made for the K3. In deciding between KEH and B&H, I would choose KEH for their 180 warranty vs. 90 Day warranty with B&H. That said, I would do a shutter count - a good indication of actual use -as soon as the camera came in and would probably only keep the camera, if the count was less than 40-50K. Google this topic for more information. You could also order both and send one back after visual inspection, shutter count review, and an overall test of function - something I have done in the past myself. Lastly, I have seen KP sell for a little more than $500 on both Pentax forums and Ebay. Here is a link of actual shutter life results for the K3: https://www.olegkikin.com/shutterlife/pentax_k_3.htm In any case, good luck...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-16-2019, 09:28 AM  
Nippon Camera Ricoh/Pentax 2019 Interview
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 887
Views: 48,286
Just about any way you look at it, unless Pentax comes out with some new pro and enthusiast cameras and expands their lens line up soon, their percentage of sales of any and all market share stats will continue to decline. My sense is, go upscale: Pentax KIII,645ZII, and K3III/K2. Upcoming lenses in the "announced" roadmap already point in this direction...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-12-2019, 04:14 PM  
Manual Astro Prime - Wide-ish and Fast?
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 33
Views: 1,421
Too bad!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-12-2019, 09:31 AM  
Landscape Milky Way over Picket Post Mountain, Arizona Territory
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 10
Views: 1,045
Thanks for the additional background information. Curious what you would have improved with a black frame? Also, love to see your final image with the elaborate composite you were working on, and first mentioned in the history and your methodology.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-12-2019, 09:19 AM  
Manual Astro Prime - Wide-ish and Fast?
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 33
Views: 1,421
Looks like the Tokina 14-20mm f2 might provide the best of all worlds for your endeavors. Just read a glowing review of this lens wide open.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-11-2019, 02:12 PM  
Manual Astro Prime - Wide-ish and Fast?
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 33
Views: 1,421
Reading through these links, 16mm for aps-c is the narrowest recommended focal length for your aps-c Pentax (24mm equivalent for FF) unless you plan on doing a great deal of stitching and many shots. Personally, I rather crop a little rather than stitch a whole lot. You did say you wanted a prime and not a zoom? I forgot to mention the excellent 16mm Samyang at f2, but I still do not consider that wide enough and not too far off 18mm. Maybe you can rent some zooms and primes to help you find what you are looking for. Lastly, the 15-30mm Pentax is very big, heavy, and really made for FF cameras. Also, 24mm and 35mm lenses would only be on a list for full-frame shooting and not for your aps-c Pentax. As always, there are exceptions to the rule, so I am just pointing out general guidelines - as do your links...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-11-2019, 12:21 PM  
Manual Astro Prime - Wide-ish and Fast?
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 33
Views: 1,421
I do not know any astro-photographers that shoot at 18mm and above, but others may prove me wrong...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-11-2019, 10:57 AM  
Manual Astro Prime - Wide-ish and Fast?
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 33
Views: 1,421
Plus one for a good copy of Samyang/Rokinon 14mm or 10mm. f2.8 is good enough when field is much wider than 18mm on a Sigma or Pentax zoom...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-11-2019, 10:54 AM  
Landscape Milky Way over Picket Post Mountain, Arizona Territory
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 10
Views: 1,045
Great image and great composition, especially compared to your original post with the Sigma 18-35mm...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-09-2019, 03:28 PM  
Nippon Camera Ricoh/Pentax 2019 Interview
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 887
Views: 48,286
Not a zoom and, therefore, less flexibility. Also, I made it clear that I am not an astro-photographer, so the bigger f-stop is a much less desirable feature for me....
(never fun exchanging lenses in damp, wet, cold, and severe condition!)

---------- Post added 01-09-19 at 02:33 PM ----------


Yes, thanks for pointing that out. I have plenty of quality equipment now, but I am always looking ahead at at new tech that can improve my vision.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-09-2019, 10:27 AM  
Nippon Camera Ricoh/Pentax 2019 Interview
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 887
Views: 48,286
Very simple- if you compare the Sigma, Tamron, or Nikon 10-20mm's or 10-24mm lenses, they are half, or less, the weight of the Pentax/Tamron 15-30mm and Sigma/Nikon 14-24mm, with primes like 12mm, 14mm, 15mm being one quarter to one third the weight of these monster zooms. This is much more than the 200-300 grams you save on the aps-c bodies vs. FF. Of course, the weight you are willing to carry for travel is subjective. APS-C is light enough for me, especially with the very lightweight, Pentax 55-300mm taking the place of the many FF 80-400mm or 100-400mm lenses - which I consider my second most important lens. And, no I am not Xmeda, and I will probably buy the 11-18mm with a Pentax K3II replacement, if and when it becomes available - as previously stated - within the next few years, although a tempting Nikon Z6/Z7 successor with the newly announced for pre-order 14-30mm WR lens might my needs better (and maybe sooner and be just as light), since I am not an astro-photographer. As many have commented about Ricoh's glacial efforts- you snooze you loose...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-09-2019, 08:53 AM  
Nippon Camera Ricoh/Pentax 2019 Interview
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 887
Views: 48,286
Although I agree with you on most points, including having a universal and FF compatible 12-24mm, the 11-18mm is only intended as a aps-c lens. Either or both of these would replace the 10 year old 12-24mm, non-WR lens from days long gone. As I have said many times before, Ricoh/Pentax have missed the boat for endearing themselves to the low travel weight, landscape crowd by having no WR or Star lens wider than 16mm for aps-c. It is simply no good having a sealed cameras without sealed lenses to accompany them. This why I stopped buying Pentax with the K5IIs (wisely), and will only jump onboard again when there is both a K3II replacement and the 11-18mm that are actually available for purchase. IMO, Ricoh/Pentax has neglected their aps-c buyers for quite a while now. Having three to five iterations of 18-55/50mm and 55-300mm lenses just doesn't cut it, when you need a new, expanded, and improved 12-24mm zoom, 10mm, 12mm, or 14mm prime...
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-14-2018, 03:00 PM  
Grand Lens Test 13A: APPROVED. The real DA645 28-45 ED AW SR is in the house
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 20
Views: 1,438
You can find all flange distances on Wikipedia under camera flange distance. It is the same as Mamiya 645 mount.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-14-2018, 08:24 AM  
Grand Lens Test 13A: APPROVED. The real DA645 28-45 ED AW SR is in the house
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 20
Views: 1,438
Thanks Mark, will try, but his Ebay advertisement specifically excludes the United States for some reason?

Cheers,

Peter
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-13-2018, 05:26 PM  
Grand Lens Test 13A: APPROVED. The real DA645 28-45 ED AW SR is in the house
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 20
Views: 1,438
Dear Mark,

Thank you very much for this detailed response. Unfortunately, the seller does not ship to the U.S.A., but I will write him to see if I can change his mind or find someone in the States to do the mod.

Peter
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-13-2018, 01:37 PM  
Grand Lens Test 13A: APPROVED. The real DA645 28-45 ED AW SR is in the house
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 20
Views: 1,438
Who/how was the conversion done, since the flange distance is very much shorter for the Samyang- either in Canon or Nikon mount- shift to Mamiya lens mount?

Many thanks,

Peter
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-10-2018, 06:32 PM  
Grand Lens Test 13A: APPROVED. The real DA645 28-45 ED AW SR is in the house
Posted By mtgmansf
Replies: 20
Views: 1,438
I stand corrected. I must have been thinking about the 25mm. Unfortunately, 28mm is only about 24mm on the 645z, which is not wide enough for many of us...
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