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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-10-2010, 11:47 PM  
Possible Complete K-5 Specs (Still rumour until the 22nd!)
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 465
Views: 110,457
Ugh... everything looks great (almost... too great, really) except for the MSRP.

If accurate, this is exactly what I was afraid of. Pentax thinks it's ready to price up with the bigger market players, which eliminates their primary market advantage: value for money. This has already happened with their lenses; the FA50/1.4 is $350+ now??

Not to say that Pentax cameras aren't great, but Nikon/Canon have such overwhelming advantages in other respects -- availability, after-market and after-purchase support, community size and prevalence -- that the price/performance advantage has really been the best vector for them to improve sales.

At $1600, there's no way I'm picking up a K-5, even with those specs. $1000, maybe. $1200, doubtful... even as an upgrade to my K-10.
Forum: Homepage & Official Pentax News 09-09-2010, 10:27 AM  
PENTAX ANNOUNCES K-r DIGITAL SLR AND NEW 35MM LENS
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 58
Views: 27,757
Unsettlingly, the pricing of the K-r makes me fear the MSRP of the K-5 will be correspondingly higher, to avoid the K-5 eating from the K-r's sales numbers.
Forum: Homepage & Official Pentax News 09-09-2010, 03:24 AM  
PENTAX ANNOUNCES K-r DIGITAL SLR AND NEW 35MM LENS
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 58
Views: 27,757
What a strange product. While the K-r sounds like a great camera, I wish they'd also announced an upgrade to the K-7. While I love my K10 dearly, its low-light performance leaves much to be desired compared to the competition, and from what I've heard/read this hasn't changed much in the K20 OR the K7.

I guess I'm just kind of impatient to see what they have in store for the enthusiast/semipro bodies.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-03-2010, 03:17 AM  
Recommendation for a friend: K7 versus Nikon D90
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 31
Views: 7,766
All right, it looks like after some more thought and some pricing on Taobao (the "Chinese eBay"), you guys may have successfully thrown a wrench in my thought process.

Aside from the straight-up price and feature comparison, the K-x brings a lot to the game that I think she'd enjoy, like extra in-camera processing (tilt-shift, colorizing, HDR, etc) that -- as far as I know -- the D90 does not.

DPR also says that despite the lack of external buttons and just one wheel, the controls are intuitive... so who am I to argue with the professionals? This would be her first DSLR anyway, so she doesn't have any developed habits there (indeed, her G10 only has one rear dial).

Pentax K-x + 18-55 kit lens: ~3550RMB -> $522 US
Sigma 18-125 f/3.5-5.6 DC OS: ~1400RMB -> $206 US (this price is so low I'm going to call shenanigans)
LaCrosse BC-900 charger: ~480RMB -> $70 US (ouch... I bought mine for $40 on Amazon)
8 Eneloop AAs: ~160RMB -> $23 US

Total: ~5590RMB -> $821 US

Even if the Sigma doubles in price, as I think it should (it's listed at Adorama at $340), that still puts it pretty close to the local price on the D90 without an extra battery... and without an extra kit lens.

I'll put the suggestion to her and see what she thinks, especially about the AF indicators. Thanks again, everyone!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-03-2010, 02:44 AM  
Recommendation for a friend: K7 versus Nikon D90
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 31
Views: 7,766
Hmm; after looking at DPR's specifications, I feel oddly like the K-x is actually a pretty god match, feature-wise, for the D90.

The K-x loses on the viewfinder, AF indicators, LCD, and a handful of other factors, but in general they seem pretty close.

They also mention the low-light performance, which is fantastic and very much suits the use case. Like kytra though, I just feel like the lack of AF indicators is a real shame... and I'll have to do some research on alternatives to the kit lens, and availability of hybrid rechargeable AAs and good chargers here in China.

Thanks everyone... the K-x looks like more and more of a contender. After taking a closer look, heck... I'm halfway tempted to get one for myself!
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-02-2010, 08:01 PM  
Any Pentaxians in Shanghai?
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 3
Views: 2,348
Thanks Adam! Didn't think to use the search... oops, heh.

Sadly it seems like none of them have been around for a month or so; ah well.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-02-2010, 07:52 PM  
Recommendation for a friend: K7 versus Nikon D90
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 31
Views: 7,766
Side note: I actually met a Pentax shooter yesterday, woo! Random chance, was at a Starbucks working on some projects and he sat down with some friends. We randomly started talking about multimedia (our profession), then photography, and finally Pentax! I actually shook his hand, I was so glad to find another Pentax shooter here :lol: Sadly neither of us had our cameras with us; I still haven't had a chance to handle a K-7.


Thanks for those points everyone! I will ask her to take a look at the K-x as well... I had no idea it used a different sensor than the K-7.

I am still leery of the short kit lens compared to the D90; I think even with a couple of lenses, she will be frustrated at a) having to lug two lenses around, and b) having to switch lenses for different situations.

The 17-70 or 18-200/250s might work, but at a cost of either cash or IQ. For about 10% more than the price of a K-x + 18-55 + 55-300, she can get a D90 with 18-105, and I don't see her often wanting more tele length than 100 or so. I've been out of the LBA game for quite a while now; are there any good lenses out now in the 18-100ish range?

The fact the K-x has no visible AF points also seems like such a weird design decision to me, and certainly something she's gotten used to... big usability ding there.

I also just kind of like having two control dials... it seems much more natural and 'connected' to me.

I got the impression that the size issue wasn't all that important to her; in fact it might be a little bit of a positive, in that her husband would be less likely to poach the camera from her hot little hands :lol:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-02-2010, 02:17 AM  
Recommendation for a friend: K7 versus Nikon D90
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 31
Views: 7,766
I kinda feel like I'm letting down the side here, but a friend of mine here in China is looking to buy a DSLR.

She was quite happy with her Canon G10, but after seeing some portraits I took with my K10d + SMC Tak 50/1.4 she decided she wanted to upgrade her equipment and her skills/knowledge.

After thinking on it for a while, I recently recommended she go and buy a Nikon D90 rather than a K7. She's in no rush to buy, and I'm still thinking on it; figured I'd ask y'all for your input as well.

Here's my reasoning (sorry for the long post):


ISO Performance:

She owns a youth hostel and a lot of her photography will be promo materials for it; food from the restaurant, guests at the bar, events at her place, and so on... mostly indoors, mostly at night.

This means low-light, something that I've noticed the Nikon sensors tend to outperform Pentax on. This may be different with the K7, I have no idea... thoughts? JPEG quality is more important, she's not the type to work with RAW... at least, not yet!


Kit lens:

She mostly shoots on the wide-normal end, portraits and indoor photography, but she will once in a while go on trips with her husband and daughter, where moderate tele range will come in useful.

The K7's kit lens is 18-55, which is just not as general-purpose as the 18-105 supplied with the D90. If she went with the K7, I'd have to either recommend she get body-only and spring for a 17-70 (still missing out on the long end) or a superzoom (drop in quality), or get the kit and a separate 55-200, which would raise the initial price by quite a lot.


Support:

EVERYONE around these parts uses either Nikon or Canon, so if she wants to borrow a lens or battery, ask for tips/tricks, and get something fixed, I get the impression it'll be much easier than with a Pentax, which would be a real boon to someone fresh to a DSLR system.

A friend dropped my K10 and cracked the body, he had to mail it halfway across the country to someone who had the parts and know-how to fix it. As far as I can tell there are only two official Pentax service centers in China, one in Shanghai and one in Beijing (she lives in neither). Places that service Canikon are a dime a dozen.


She's played with my K10 and a couple cameras that have come through her hostel by way of trigger-happy customers... a D90 among them... and her impression of the bodies is that they're all pretty much the same, she just thinks they're kinda big.

As far as size, she's looked at Micro four-thirds, she just hates that she'd be missing out on the benefits of a bigger sensor.

Anyway, if anyone has corrections to my thinking or any additional thoughts, I'd appreciate it! Thanks!
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-02-2010, 01:51 AM  
Any Pentaxians in Shanghai?
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 3
Views: 2,348
So I'm an American living in Shanghai... I've been in China off and on for a year now, and I haven't seen a single Pentax around except my K10.

Aside from being adrift in a sea of Canon/Nikon users, I'd quite like to get out and shoot with people who love to shoot; I know a couple photographers, but they're busy professionals who a) are typical young professionals in Shanghai, too busy working to play, and b) are so sick of shooting/editing after work they don't like to do it in their spare time :D

So feel free to post or PM if you're a shooter in Shanghai... to be honest I don't care what you shoot, haha, I'd just like to meet some new people to hang out, learn, and shoot with during the times I'm not busy failing to find contracts and work :lol:
Forum: Photo Critique 08-31-2010, 06:25 AM  
Night Shanghai balcony (HDR)
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 3
Views: 2,170
Thanks for the replies!

Ash, I took a look at the photo after reading your post, and I definitely see your points... realized that there really was just too much sky.

The lopsidedness I see as well, though I'm probably just less sensitive to it. Could be any number of things; didn't correct for lens distortion (shot at 14mm), and didn't check the bubble levels on my tripod, just eyeballed it.

Did some cropping and I think the result is better than the original... though I may have overdone it on the upper crop.

Forum: Photo Critique 08-31-2010, 01:10 AM  
Night Shanghai balcony (HDR)
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 3
Views: 2,170
I've been registered here for a while, but generally lurking; now I'm trying to get out taking photos more often, and since I'm not around a lot of photographers socially, well... hats off to the Internet.

This is an HDR (something I haven't done much of, but I like to try it out once in a while) off of my roommate's balcony. About 8 exposures at ISO 100 and f/8, ranging from 1/30 to 30s shutter speed.

Would appreciate any C&C at all (that little ding in the bottom left is the balcony railing... poor framing!), thanks!

Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-19-2009, 01:33 PM  
Camera Armor -- good/bad?
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 9
Views: 4,499
Hey soccerjoe,

Thanks for the offer on top of the advice. I went down to my local shop, and they had Domke wraps for $17US, and Tenba wraps for $13. The Tenba wraps were just a tiny bit thicker, but the Domke ones won out in the end; the velcro strips looked more secure.

Neither looked to be on par with the XWrap's quality and durability, but they'll do for now. Maybe I'll pick one up while I'm in Asia :D
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-19-2009, 10:20 AM  
Camera Armor -- good/bad?
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 9
Views: 4,499
Thanks for the advice, guys. The XWrap looks great, but it's kind of a bummer that ordering from the US involves some hoop-jumping. I see that Domke, OpTech, etc. make similar products, so I'll head down to the local camera shop today and see if they can recommend anything.

I'm definitely going light; this is for a long-term backpacking trip. I'll be carrying the K10D + DA*16-50... and accessories. One extra battery, charger, a few SD cards, lenspen, maybe my Ultrapod, and possibly a rocket blower... haven't decided if I'm going to take it, since the system will be weather sealed anyway.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-19-2009, 02:28 AM  
Camera Armor -- good/bad?
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 9
Views: 4,499
I've been looking for a "wrap" or "skin" for the K10D. The idea is so I can carry the K10 + DA*16-50 around in a messenger duffel or daypack without a dedicated camera bag, but still have a little extra protection against impacts/dings, etc. The best I've been able to find was the Camera Armor silicone skin. Does anyone happen to have any experience with this on the K10, or know of any similar products?

Thanks!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-07-2009, 02:34 AM  
help... second opinion on my 16-50?
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 12
Views: 2,138
Wow, I forgot about this thread for a few days, and I come back to responses, hehe.

Appears there's some curiosity about my trip, so some details: Right now my trip is going to be ~2 weeks in China in early April -- along the Great Wall -- and 2 or 3 months after that touring various places.

I'll be travelling pretty light; I'll have this pack -- yeah, it looks like an expensive pack, so that worries me a little too. Stuffed in it will be the normal semi-roughing-it essentials, along with a notepad+pen, Eee PC, and K10d. Might take my UltraPod as well, but I don't think it'll deal with that body+lens combination very well.

I'm only taking the 16-50 with me. I considered bringing the Sigma 10-20 and Tamron 90mm macro as well, but so far I think I'd rather concentrate on the journey rather than photography this time -- it's a soul-seeking kind of trip :p


Hannican:
That's great to hear, thanks. I keep hearing things to the same effect, but I'm kind of a paranoid traveler and need to be reminded often ;) There's no set plan yet, but the list of "wants" so far are: China, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan. That list will have to get trimmed down... just have to figure out which ones. Mongolia's a maybe as well. If I get really crazy, I may even give in and pop over to India for another month or two.


Kranrev and Torphoto:
The camera bag I have is a small LowePro AW -- just big enough to hold the K10D with 16-50 attached, and some extras -- SD cards, extra battery, and lenspen. I'm going to take my Canon P&S as well, so some days I'll probably have to just wrap the K10D in dirty clothes and stuff it in my pack or find somewhere secure to keep it.

When I do go out with the K10D, it'll be on a neckstrap around my neck, or strapped to my hand. When I'm chugging along a road or trail on foot, it will probably be hanging around my neck or stuffed in the pack.


rfortson:
Thanks. I'm pretty geeky, so it's tough for me not to get caught up in the numbers and constant scrutiny of my purchases. I guess the justification is, if I know my gear is good, then I have eliminated all of those variables of error. So, the poor results I get can only be blamed on me.

Or the corollary; if I can convince myself there's something wrong with my gear, then the poor results aren't my fault :lol:

The fair argument is that we deserve an "as promised" product for our hard-earned cash, but I do get carried away sometimes. Either way, I'm happy with the copy I have.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-03-2009, 04:15 AM  
help... second opinion on my 16-50?
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 12
Views: 2,138
Thanks for the help guys. I did some random shooting around town, and I've decided I'm happy with the lens' performance, except for the front focusing which is admittedly only noticeable on close-ups. I may pack it off to Pentax warranty repair, we'll see how it goes.

Now the next challenge is how to "uglify" my K10D and 16-50 for my backpacking trip to Asia so it doesn't get stolen! :lol:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-31-2008, 12:19 PM  
help... second opinion on my 16-50?
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 12
Views: 2,138
Thanks, Radu. Yeah, I tend to underexpose my shots a lot. Not sure why, I might have my LCD and monitors gained up a little too much. Good point about it affecting my perception of the vignette, that's definitely a factor.

I did the brick wall as I've seen/heard that to be a standard sharpness/lens test.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-31-2008, 02:57 AM  
help... second opinion on my 16-50?
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 12
Views: 2,138
Anybody? I know people are probably sick of these threads at this point, but I have essentially one day to decide whether I should try to exchange with B&H or if the vignetting and corners are within reasonable tolerances for this lens and I should keep it, and I'd really appreciate any opinions.

The focusing issues I can deal with, or send in to Pentax. Thanks to anyone who takes a look!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-30-2008, 02:52 PM  
help... second opinion on my 16-50?
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 12
Views: 2,138
I've been doing some testing on my new DA*16-50, and I'm a little concerned. It front-focuses a little bit, but I'm on the fence about whether or not to send it in for an exchange just based on that.

However, the vignetting seems a little excessive to me. There is vignetting visible at the wide end even at f8, and it's quite pronounced at f4 and lower. Corner softness also seems a little excessive under f4, but I'd really like a second opinion.

Thanks in advance!

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16mm f/2.8


50mm f/2.8



16mm f/4


50mm f/4



16mm f/8


50mm f/8
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-25-2008, 11:04 PM  
Specific bag recommendation
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 12
Views: 3,041
I'm slated to go backpacking along the Great Wall next year, and I figured it would be a nice excuse to pick up a 16-50 and maybe a 50-135 while I'm at it.

The problem is, my current main bag (LowePro TLZ AW) won't hold those beefy lenses in any kind of efficient way, especially considering I might want to bring my Sigma 10-20mm as well.

So if anyone has a bag recommendation for either of the two gear sets, I'd appreciate it!

K10D body
Sigma 10-20mm
DA*16-50mm
DA*50-135mm

Little accessories -- extra batteries, lenspen, wipes, blower -- can be stuffed in any nooks/crannies in the pack if necessary.

Also, I'm thinking about not having a "carry everything" photo bag at all. I'll probably have the 16-50 on the body 90% of the time, so any thoughts on just having the 50-135 and 10-20 in lens cases, and using my small LowePro Rezo AW bag for the K10+16-50?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-15-2008, 10:10 PM  
an example of why the 50-135* doesn't suck
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 214
Views: 39,302
I can't take any more of these lens porn threads :(


PS- Great shots!
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-14-2008, 03:37 PM  
Takumar club
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 17,507
Views: 3,332,962
Well, I decided to take my rarely-used SMC Tak 50/1.4 out for a spin at Balboa Park. My humble attempts:





Forum: Sold Items 10-14-2008, 01:31 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax-M 50mm/1.7
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 3
Views: 1,471
$5 price drop and a bumping we go... last bump before I try to get a buddy to eBay these puppies for me. Thanks for looking!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-03-2008, 07:47 PM  
Stupid DA★50-135mm F2.8 ED question
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 9
Views: 2,500
Not accusing you of anything, but is the switch on the lens set to MF or AF? If it's on AF, the focus ring should just spin and spin without any effect on focus. I always forget to do this on my Tamron 90mm macro... I either get an ugly grinding sound if the body's set to AF and the lens is on MF (since I'm winding the focus mechanism as well as the lens) or I spin the ring and nothing happens (body is on MF and the lens is on AF).

Kind of embarrassing :D
Forum: Sold Items 09-28-2008, 12:43 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax-M 50mm/1.7
Posted By yenemy
Replies: 3
Views: 1,471
Kicked the price down by $15, realized I'd overestimated on this one.
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