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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 13 Hours Ago  
The K10D Club!
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 4,855
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Nice and sharp!

I found the DA 18-55mm a nice 20-50mm lens. I had the DA AL II non-WR that came with the K20D. I sold it with the K20D so I never got to use it with the K10D. Maybe I should look into one, since I don't have any WR lenses and I have two WR bodies (K10D and K-50)...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 13 Hours Ago  
"Flagship" Pentax APS-C body - available NOW...
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 12
Views: 739
Hear, hear!

As II've said recently in the K10D Club thread, there is no such thing as an obsolete camera. If it takes beautiful pictures that you can use for your size prints, and you know how to get it to work for your shooting situation, then it's a good camera. If you try to use a camera to do something it wasn't designed for, then you're just using the wrong tool.

There's plenty of good uses for the ol'K10D.

Cheers for CCD sensors!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Return of the Super-A
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 3
Views: 407
Please make sure to post some pictures once they get developed!

I'm looking at my P30T here on my desk thinking I need to do the same thing... I'd been meaning to get a roll through it using nothing but my DA 35 2.4 in Program mode.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 1 Day Ago  
K50 shutter problem
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 12
Views: 360
I am hoping it's not a case of water or humidity damage to the main board. There was a thread about that happening to a Pentax KP recently I think.

My K-50 will do something similar, which is the reason it was given to me at no cost by another forum member who was basically going to bin it... But it only seems to do it when using AF lenses, and only when the humidity is pretty high. Then the shutter will open sometimes right after a picture is taken, and stay open until I press the shutter again. Since I basically got it as a backup, and as a WR body that I can take to places like the beach instead of my K-S1 which has no seals, I don't mind it at all, I'm glad to have something that works most of the time and that can be a backup or alternative to my K-S1. (I also have a K10D but that's mostly for my own fun and amusement since I love that CCD sensor, not for family related activities).

Which brings up the point that when traveling with a consumer grade camera like the K-50, which is not as sturdy as a K3 or another more pro/pro-sumer oriented body, I would always take a backup body with me.

If you don't want to invest a lot, I would say a used K-5II or K-5IIs which go for about 170-250 dollars depending on the condition, would be a great replacement. Otherwise, a K-3 or K-1 would be an even better upgrade. As much as the KP seems to be a great camera with great IQ and AF, I would not trust it as my only body, but if you got something like a KP and then a K-5II as a backup, that might work too.
Forum: General Photography 2 Days Ago  
What is the actual benefit of mirrorless?
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 105
Views: 3,049
It's all hype. It's like saying automatic transmission cars are the new thing and manual transmission cars are dinossaurs. When everything else (including the engine) is basically the same.

Mirrorless have the potential to be smaller and have a smaller flange distance - both things can be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on the type of lenses that you want to use.

Mirrorless are usually lighter, the pentaprism does weigh quite a bit.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
The K10D Club!
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 4,855
Views: 466,064
I think your marketing department needs a do-over.... :lol:



ok maybe that's not it, either... :lol:
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 2 Days Ago  
The Squirrel Mafia's new & improved RawTherapee thread!
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 41
Views: 4,479
I would just like to say that while the 5.7 upgrade doesn't seem like it brings a whole lot, in my not-so-fast laptop, loading and processing seems a bit faster. To me that is a very welcome improvement :)
Still going over it but it seems nice and stable, hundreds of bug fixes as they said, makes for a smooth performance.
Thanks for the heads up TSM!
Forum: Lens Clubs 2 Days Ago  
The Ricoh Rikenon K-Mount Lenses Club
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 146
Views: 25,014
I think you can tell from the coatings that they are SMC... beautiful flower too, by the way!



Now that's not nearly as bad as the reviews make it seem! Quite good in fact. But the bokeh in that first shot, oh my, that messes with one's head a little bit :lol:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
The K10D Club!
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 4,855
Views: 466,064
Ray, you make this "outdated" equipment(*) (K10D, Tamron 70-300) truly sing!



(*)Of course there is no such thing as outdated equipment. It's either good or it isn't, it either works or it doesn't. The fact that one can say it's outdated and people take it as fact, is just a sign that the marketing departments of the camera manufacturers are doing their job properly...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
The K10D Club!
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 4,855
Views: 466,064
Dave, it sounds like we are brothers from a different mother :lol:

I also took to be quite fondly of the K-S1. Especially considering how small the thing is... and you are right, the colors are a bit more pastel but there are some colors (like pink) that I haven't seen a better rendering anywhere (of course the sister K-S2 would be the exact same). But compared to other CMOS cameras I've had, the K-S1 does have that slightly more "delicate" rendering, the same way the K10D does. It's more of a natural representation of the scene rather than a "bolder" interpretation - my K50 in particular makes images that aren't as "natural" looking, especially in the transition between colors. But that can be used as an effect as well...

Still, the K10D in my opinion has it all... what I call the "delicate rendering" for lack of a better way of expressing myself, the beautiful colors, a good amount of dynamic range to play with at ISO 100 (I've said this before, but it was such an improvement over my K20D, even though it was going back one generation of cameras and one generation of sensors, in theory!). The K10D is like going back to a more simple, stress-free style of shooting. And I always like to mention, no shutter shock with the K10D! If mine finally bites the dust I'll get another (though it's been behaving better lately, the electronic gremlins and the buttons "pressing themselves" issue that came up last year seem to have reduced a bit... though it still happens)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC HSM ?
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 13
Views: 683
The Sigma 10-20mm does seem like a great deal right now, it's not even worth looking at used copies when they are selling for 329 new! The DA 12-24 is also a fine lens capable of great pictures, and the new DA*11-18mm f/2.8 is supposed to be a gem!

But I think the OP is looking for a more general-purpose lens, a wide-to-short-tele fast zoom.

Regarding the Pentax DA*16-50mm f/2.8... I think you mention it's expensive and has a high chance of SDM fail. But it's expensive if you buy a new copy - and new copies, from what I gather, have a redesigned SDM motor and are not as likely to fail. If you buy an older used one that has a high chance to fail, you're looking at 300-400 dollars in the used market, at which point the lens becomes a good deal for what it is. And for that price you can get one that has been converted to screw-drive AF - a bit noisy yes, but reportedly the AF is faster, and is very unlikely to fail. So it is an alternative. There's pros and cons of it vs. the Sigma 17-50:
-Sigma a bit better optically but Pentax (to my eyes and to a few people here in the forums) better colors and overall rendering
-Pentax is WR, Sigma isn't
-Neither is very flare resistant, Tamron 17-50 is better in this regard - but Tamron has its own shortcomings, such as build quality not being what you'd expect from a pro-oriented 17-50 2.8 lens. But optically it's a fine lens and cheapest of the bunch.

Luckily, this forum has done a nice comparison of all 3 so hopefully that can make the OP's decision easier: Pentax 16-50 vs Sigma 17-50 vs Tamron 17-50mm - Review Announcements | PentaxForums.com

Lastly, a couple of dark horsse, including the lens that I use... the older DA 16-45mm f/4 (I have that) and the DA 17-70mm f/4. Either one of these lenses can be had for very cheap (and there's still new copies of the DA 17-70 around for under 200 dollars!). Used, either one can be had for close to and sometimes under 100 dollars. The reason I went for the DA 16-45 is because I liked the rendering a bit more (most people prefer the DA 17-70 though in that regard, but the truth is either one can take nice images). Also, the DA 17-70 can't be converted to screw drive like the DA* 16-50 can - so if the motor fails, the lens is basically lost. So these would not be the most popular choices in this day and age, and copies of the DA 16-45 and DA 17-70 can be bad or decentered (like any other lens, including the f/2.8 zooms we talked about). But if you find a good copy they can do a good job, and the upside is that they'll be lighter to carry around in hikes and nature walks than the f/2.8 counterparts. I just thought I'd mention them :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
Finally confirmation from Sigma
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 89
Views: 5,107
Do you own any of these lenses? I'm happy with my Sigma 30 1.4 Art in terms of optics and I seem to read about plenty of people here happy with them, particularly the 35 1.4 Art and the 17-70 C. A lot of fans of the 17-50 2.8 in here as well.

I think it's a loss but if I didn't have my 30 1.4 Art I'd be using my DA 35 2.4 more and be more than happy. Though it's nice to have f1.4 to play with, which is the reason why I bought it and the reason I use a lens that feels 10x heavier than my Plastic Fantastic...

K-1 owners have the HD FA 35mm f2 and the DFA*50 1.4 as alternatives to the Sigma 35 1.4 and 50 1.4 Art lenses.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 3 Days Ago  
street photographer with the GRIII
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 5
Views: 213
Welcome! Feel free to share your work, I look forward to seeing your pictures!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Left the game a year ago - What's the news about Pentax products ?
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 46
Views: 2,379
I don't think you understood me at all... not mad at all. You were baffled at some of the responses you got but you never considered how you might have come across to some people. So I just said it in a slightly (or very :lol:) exaggerated way, and perhaps it was not as humorous as I intended to, but I made sure the three laughing faces were there to make sure people knew it was intended as being light-hearted.

I'll repeat myself... it's just gear, use what you need to get the job done. Cheers.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 3 Days Ago  
Back to film...
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 7
Views: 208
Why is a hot shoe cover needed? Cosmetics? Mine are always stored away...
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 3 Days Ago  
Weekly Challenge Caption contest thru Sept 17 2019
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 7
Views: 340
...and I shall call him... Mini-me!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC HSM ?
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 13
Views: 683
Well that's easy then. Any good Raw developer will have a profile for this lens.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 4 Days Ago  
Finally confirmation from Sigma
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 89
Views: 5,107
Are you saying Ricoh has made the decision to discontinue all Pentax products?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Left the game a year ago - What's the news about Pentax products ?
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 46
Views: 2,379
Well if you don't have any funds to buy anything non-Fuji related...... and you create a thread asking about Pentax releases in the last year (which I'd think you would know there weren't any in terms of new bodies, Ricoh only releases when they have something really meaningful to release) - which it was already sort of understood from the first post, that you would have no intention of buying anyway... And to top it off you explain in detail why you left Pentax.... then I think you shouldn't really be surprised if people get a bit defensive.

"Hi ex, I'm here with my new girlfriend, just to come and see what you look like these days... oh my, you haven't changed a bit :sigh:... oh and let me tell you how awesome my new girlfriend is, and why I left you for her" :lol::lol::lol:

I mean I don't take things that seriously, and I'm just joking about it... it's all just gear, who cares, if you need it for your work you get the best tool that you can afford for that particular type of job, it's as simple as that...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC HSM ?
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 13
Views: 683
All wide angles have a bit of distortion. Zoom more so than primes (there are exceptions).
Usually easy to correct in post.
If you shoot jpeg, get a Pentax lens instead of the Sigma and get the in-camera correction.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Left the game a year ago - What's the news about Pentax products ?
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 46
Views: 2,379
Selling your K3 for the K1 would at least offset the cost. You can find used ones starting at about 1000 dollars in the US.
The K1 is still the same great camera it was a year ago ;)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-06-2019, 09:38 AM  
Greetings from the Netherlands - part 1
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 8
Views: 297
Welcome! So let's see where part II leads us, I guess you're still with Pentax if you're here, or maybe you're back with Pentax?
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-06-2019, 09:34 AM  
Newbie intro
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 12
Views: 308
Welcome Keith, thanks for sharing the story, it seems like we have some things in common, my wife won't believe anything I say even if I do have proof :lol:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-04-2019, 12:22 PM  
Why persist in using legacy manual lenses
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 141
Views: 5,635
And here's some straight out of camera JPEGs, from oldest to newest Pentax camera, using manual lenses of course :)

K10D and Vivitar 24 2.8 (to really bring the point across that there hasn't been anything wrong with the Pentax JPEG engine in a long time ;) )
Pink Hibiscus by ChristianRock, on Flickr

K20D with SMC 55mm f2 (K series)
ivy by ChristianRock, on Flickr

K-50 with Tokina 19-35mm f/3.5-4.5 (ok this is an AF lens but it's a legacy film lens, and there was an earlier manual focus version...)
IMGP5815 by ChristianRock, on Flickr

K-S1 with SMC-A 70-210mm f/4
My neighbor's first sunflower by ChristianRock, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-04-2019, 12:09 PM  
Why persist in using legacy manual lenses
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 141
Views: 5,635
I'd like to say that you all inspire me, these have been some of the best posts I've read anywhere :)



Yes... and the interesting thing is, none of the ultra-fast AF guys make fun of the other guys with a Leica or with a Zeiss Otus... just because it's expensive doesn't mean the owner is a better photographer.



I've been following your pictures for quite a while and I'm always amazed at what you come up with. But let me quote this one thing again:



And that makes all the difference in the world, and I think it shows in the quality of your pictures as well.



And indeed there is absolutely no joy in the game of "my lens MTF charts are better than your lens MTF charts" or "my camera specs are superior to your camera specs" that gets implied in so many conversations elsewhere.
If it brings one joy in taking pictures, then why not persist :)



Now I'm not at Dave (Pepperberry)'s level, even if I do now own the camera he learned a lot of his trade with :) But I have to say that the Pentax JPEG engine isn't nearly as bad as people make it out to be. Especially from the K-3 on, I find it quite good (the K-S1 having a similar JPEG engine to the K-3, so I'm very familiar with that - and I see it got even better in the K-1/K-70/KP generation). Things I've learned:
. The Natural setting can take PP well and you can take the picture in different directions
. I like the Portrait setting a lot because there's frequently people in my pictures. It's a bit more "alive" than the Natural setting and skin tones are well represented, usually.
. The Reversal Film inspires me.
. The Monochrome is excellent. Maybe here's an area where Pentax benefited from Ricoh, Ricoh being of course the street photography legend and street photography is still very focused on black and white.
. The Muted Colors setting is surprisingly good, especially at night. I recommend it to everyone to try this setting for night photography.

You just have to remember that with JPEG photography, like with slide film, you have to remember to expose well, even if it means that you might pass on some shots because the dynamic range is just too large. NAH-don't pass on it! With the exposure button (+/-), you can immediately save the RAW file and use it up later :cool: :lol:

Lonve live manual lenses. Long live the OVF. Long live Pentax. (I should put that as my new signature...)
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