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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 10
Views: 687
I have taken many shots with a DA*300 on my K-1 and a Hoya polarizing filter and never experienced anything like this. B+H polarizers are very highly rated as are the three merchants you list. I don't have an answer but in general even the best manufacturers can have rare manufacturing defects so I would suggest trying a different, high end polarizer. Perhaps you could borrow or rent one? Is it still under warranty? If so I would return it. This is simply not normal.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 12-22-2018, 05:28 AM  
Rent a K-1?
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 53
Views: 1,516
The K-1 is a superb landscape camera and it's possible that you might find you like the image quality of your K-1 shots as compared to the K-3, but I emphasize possible as I've never made the actual comparison. IOW, possibly you would find some technical benefit gain, especially in very large prints.

There is very little to lose by renting one for a week and that should answer your questions. I've never regretted changing from APS C (a Canon) for landscapes and would recommend trying the rental. Please let us know what you decide.
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-04-2018, 08:55 PM  
Famous Internet Reviewer Has Good Things To Say About Pentax K-1II
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 25
Views: 2,257
Comparing a professional race car driver with a soccer mom is not a valid comparison for this discussion. What would be analogous to an experienced amateur photographer with a professional would be an amateur racer who participates in club racing versus a professional race driver. I would hold that the amateur driver could have the necessary knowledge and expertise to do an excellent analysis and review of the race car he drives. Your soccer mom example however would be like comparing a professional photographer with someone who has just picked up a camera for the first time, or, to use the driver comparison, with someone who has just learned to drive. That is not the case with the reviewer discussed in this thread, who is described by people who know him and/or know his work as an experienced and capable camera reviewer even though he is not a professional photographer.

Our basic disagreement here is you apparently think ONLY a professional photographer is capable of an adequate camera review and I think there are individuals who don't sell photographs who can also do that.
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-03-2018, 03:24 AM  
Famous Internet Reviewer Has Good Things To Say About Pentax K-1II
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 25
Views: 2,257
This seems to be saying that only a professional photographer is qualified to review and render opinions on photography equipment. I disagree and think there are certainly photographers who don't make their living taking photographs who are qualified and have the ability to do quality reviews.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-23-2018, 04:04 AM  
Good quality telezoom on a budget
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 42
Views: 1,724
I have used the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 macro A001 on a K-1 extensively for landscapes and have been pleasantly surprised with the IQ, especially the sharpness. However, I use it only on a tripod and stopped down in the f5.6 to 11 range and can't speak to the sharpness wide open. I purchased it at the same time as the K-1 and considered it a temporary lens for use until I could afford something better. 2 1/2 years later I'm still using it extensively. I hope this helps.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-10-2018, 03:58 AM  
85mm FF comparison
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 42
Views: 1,964
Just a thought - It also would be nice to compare the lenses stopped down.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-30-2018, 03:26 AM  
K1 to K1 Mark II or not II
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 31
Views: 2,083

What processing software are you using? For my use dynamic pixel shift is the only feature of the upgrade that is appealing but I had decided not to do the upgrade because my understanding is that there is no software to process the DPS Raw files. I would be interested in any info on this. Thanks.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-03-2018, 12:38 AM  
last month to upgrade
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 37
Views: 1,664
I wonder why Ricoh limited the upgrade so it's not available after this month. I emailed them asking if the time might be extended and got a reply simply saying to watch their website for further news. Nothing yet.

I'm very conflicted and undecided on the upgrade. I use my K-1 exclusively for landscapes on a tripod with BBF and my only perceived reason to get the upgrade is for hand held PSR. There are times when the tripod isn't practical or sometimes possible so I think I would use HHPS occasionally. But, reviews seem to vary a lot on how useful HHPS is and how good the results are. Focusing speed, etc. don't matter to me.

Obviously I'm going to have to decide soon. Any opinions would be appreciated.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-20-2018, 06:17 AM  
Digital Trends Comment on Hand Held Pixel Shift
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 13
Views: 952
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-19-2018, 03:29 PM  
Digital Trends Comment on Hand Held Pixel Shift
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 13
Views: 952
Thanks for the clarifications. If it doesn't shift pixels it doesn't seem like it should be called hand held pixel shift does it? I sure had a misconception. I've been undecided about getting the upgrade. My K-1 is used exclusively for landscapes, the vast majority of the time on a tripod, but I thought the HHPS might be useful for the occasional hand held shot, especially when I'm rushed. But, after reading a lot of reviews and the info posted on this and other threads, it seems doubtful it would be worth it for me. Thanks again.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-19-2018, 12:01 PM  
Digital Trends Comment on Hand Held Pixel Shift
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 13
Views: 952
While researching reviews on hand held pixel shift in the K-1 MK II I ran across a general review of the MK II on the Digital Trends website. I know there have been two or three other threads here recently on this website's MK II reviews but I this one appears to be a different review than those. I did not look at the video version but only read the text version. The following was stated in this review:

"But one of the things Pentax users wanted after the K-1 was a handheld Pixel Shift mode, and the K-1 II offers exactly that. Well, maybe not exactly. Although the function resides inside the Pixel Shift submenu, it doesn’t do the same thing that tripod-based Pixel Shift does. Instead, it uses the photographer’s natural movement to take four slightly different images, then aligns them and stacks them. In our experience, when it worked it had a negligible effect, and often it simply didn’t work and actually reduced detail due to motion blur."

That seems to state that hand held PSR does not involve the actual shifting of pixels, which is news to me. This is not correct, is it?

I found this review to be the most negative and inaccurate review of any product I have ever read. It makes the DPR review of the K-1 that many of us disliked so much seem like a glowingly positive report! It's a total waste of time to read this one.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-13-2018, 09:05 AM  
Torn between Irix 15mm f/2.4 and Samyang 20mm f/1.8
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 18
Views: 1,258
Somehow I got the impression that the Irix is threaded for screw on filters - is this incorrect?
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-10-2018, 07:15 AM  
Lost all settings - unintended factory reset
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 11
Views: 673

Sorry to be so dense but how is that done? It certainly is a great idea.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2018, 02:18 AM  
Tammy 70-200 locked on a K-1
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 14
Views: 821
I have used the Tamron 70-200, same version as yours, on my K-1 for the past two years and never had a mounting problem of any sort. The mounting has always been very smooth, as good as any other lens I have used on the K-1. Thus no suggestions. I suspect this is a rarely encountered problem. Please let us know the outcome.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 07-12-2018, 04:17 AM  
K1 Warranty did you need it?
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 28
Views: 1,196
I've had my K-1 for two years and not one single problem. A "drops and slops" warranty, or whatever damage coverage is best called, might be a better choice than an extended warranty and are inexpensive. I did buy one of those but haven't used it either.
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-04-2018, 06:12 AM  
K1 weird histogram in LV mode
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 25
Views: 1,074
This baffles me. I routinely use LV as the last step in my procedure for shooting landscapes (on a tripod) to check focusing using image magnification and focus peaking, and lastly check the histogram which I've found useful. In many hundreds of shots I've never encountered anything like this. I certainly can't offer an explanation or solution but can only comment I think what's described above is highly anomalous. Perhaps contacting Ricoh or a repair facility is indicated?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-29-2018, 06:47 AM  
Lens recommendation for landscape photography
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 45
Views: 3,189
The description of the territory you will be shooting, "lakes, mountains, and greenlands" sounds much like the Rocky Mountains where I live and do much of my photography. When the word "landscape" is used the automatic first thought for many is wide or ultra wide angle. However, in this setting I often have the need for much longer reach. The longest of the lenses you have is apparently the 43 and I know I would almost immediately be wishing for a longer lens. Because of your weight considerations I can't advise you on exactly which longer lens(es) to take but I would want at least the 28-105, and one other longer lens if at all possible. I hope this is of some help.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 06-19-2018, 06:45 AM  
are you happy with switching to FF?
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 259
Views: 15,611
About two years ago I switched from a Canon APS-C to a F-1, both cameras used almost exclusively for landscapes. I've never regretted it for a picosecond. One of my motivations was wanting better IQ in very large prints and that has happened.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-08-2018, 05:29 AM  
Irix 15 mm - using hyper focal guides on the lens
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 6
Views: 817
What camera are you using? It isn't using hyper focal distance but my K-1 indicates a manual focus lens is in focus when the little green light (seen using the view finder) illuminates as focus is adjusted. I've found it to be reliable. Using live view focus peaking with image magnification also works well. I have the same problem with aging eyes and need all the help I can get. I don't have any any other Pentax models so don't know if any of this applies to other than the K-1.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 05-28-2018, 02:31 PM  
pentax SMC-DA 35mm f2.4 pixel shift k-1
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 7
Views: 1,173
No problems with vignetting?
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-22-2018, 04:14 PM  
White Balance Setting ..
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 7
Views: 785
I recently "discovered" CTE and began using it in some landscape photos with good results.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-17-2018, 09:14 AM  
What Is The Deal With Plastic?
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 49
Views: 2,425
As previously noted, plastics have long been considered inferior to metal in strength, resistance to beakage, etc. However, plastics are now much improved and very strong. As an example, awhile back I dropped a very heavy totally plastic bodied portable electric drill from a height of 12 feet onto concrete with no dents, cracks, or hardly even a scratch. If it had been metal I think it would have at least been dented. I personally would not turn down a lens I wanted just because it was plastic.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-02-2018, 06:05 AM  
Why I have decided not to upgrade.
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 91
Views: 6,362
I plan to upgrade for a reason you did not mention, so I can use the enhanced PSR and shoot some scenes hand held because of time pressures, etc. Currently I shoot a lot of landscapes with PSR but only on a tripod and that's my preference, but sometimes the situation doesn't allow that and hand held than allows capture of a scene I would otherwise miss. At least I hope it works out that way. The $550+ is a lot of money for someone like me on a retirees budget and will delay me getting a lens I want.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-26-2018, 06:32 AM  
K1 green mode (full auto) and semi-auto
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 10
Views: 841
Did you do this only with jpegs of with RAW files also? Would the same results happen with RAW files? Seems doubtful.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-05-2018, 06:59 AM  
Feel like I have too many lenses.
Posted By wanderer2
Replies: 54
Views: 2,228
Too many lenses? Isn't that an oxymoron? How I wish I had that problem to the degree I would even think about it!!!:D
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