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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Laowa 100mm F2.8 2:1 Macro lens for k-mount
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 152
Views: 22,606
Is this manual or auto-focus? If manual, why is the K3 in the pic set to AF ?
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 10-05-2020, 02:20 PM  
Question Rant: PF on mobile browser is not fun
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 7
Views: 378
Using Chrome on iOS 14 on an iPhone 8 plus, I made the mistake of checking Pentax Forums a couple of evenings ago.

First: Although I had my phone in Dark Mode, PF just about blinded me with white page backgrounds. Well, for that matter, I have my desktop browser in "dark" mode and PF is still blazing white.

Second: Ads are gigantic in size compared to content. And repetitive. And gigantic in perceived percentage of screen real estate.

In fairness, the forums loaded pretty quickly compared to other web sites.

All in all, the experience didn't motivate me to return to PF on my phone anytime soon. If that was the desired effect, congratulations!

End rant.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-30-2020, 12:56 PM  
Pentax K-3 II successor on September 2020
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 961
Views: 82,562
Maybe *you* can't, but most people without an investment in one system or another will do exactly that. Someone looking specifically at a high end APSC DSLR will be asking:
  • Which one has faster AF?

  • Which one has the best burst performance?

  • Which has the best IQ?

  • How do they compare on price?

And heaven forbid they take "what kind of new 3rd party lenses are available" into account.

The only way to justify paying more for the Pentax is if it outperforms the current benchmarks. I have a hard time seeing that happen, since Pentax has yet to challenge Canon/Nikon on AF and burst performance in the APSC arena.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-30-2020, 08:35 AM  
Pentax K-3 II successor on September 2020
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 961
Views: 82,562
In my opinion, unless the specs greatly exceed the D500 ($1500) or 7D mk II ($1400), setting the price higher than these two established APSC flagships will be a big mistake. And by specs I mean the things that complement the APSC format - AF performance, burst speed, buffer size, and buffer clearance. Assuming image quality is equal. Aside from dedicated Pentaxians, where is the value?

Sure, Pentax has IBIS. And the K-New will have more megapixels. Are those worth $500 to a first-time DSLR buyer?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-23-2020, 11:53 AM  
How much are willing to shell out for Knew?
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 221
Views: 8,209
As others have said, how much I'd be willing to pay comes down to features.

The primary thing I shoot with my DSLR is wildlife. So I'm comparing features to other "wildlife" APS-C cameras, like the D500 and 7DmkII.
If Pentax wants D500 money (~$1500 MSRP) it'd better deliver at least D500 performance: 10fps minimum, with a buffer capable of holding at least 3 seconds of JPEG+RAW (more is better) and quick buffer clearing. I have my doubts as to whether Pentax can meet those marks - the K3ii came out after the 7DmkII but the Pentax burst performance doesn't quite get there.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-16-2020, 11:29 AM  
Pentax K-3 II successor on September 2020
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 961
Views: 82,562
Since you're crossing the K-New off your list, are you going to stay with Pentax, or will you be switching brands? What bodies are you considering that don't have this fatal flaw?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-10-2020, 09:44 AM  
Product Stories of New APS-C
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 501
Views: 40,586
Coming in 2021: Pentax + Sapporo Special Edition APSC Flagship.

Of course, then we'd have complaints it won't hold a half-pint of single-malt Japanese whisky...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-09-2020, 07:44 AM  
Product Stories of New APS-C
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 501
Views: 40,586
Hang on, I missed where they confirmed it won't make espresso. Until I hear it directly from Pentax, I'm holding out hope for coffee.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-04-2020, 07:32 AM  
Product Stories of New APS-C
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 501
Views: 40,586
Pentax isn't dumb (are they?) so I fully expect to see some sort of phone tethering, with a hotshoe attachment for your phone, so you can have a flippy screen if you want one.

At least this officially puts it to bed, so the threads will hopefully be less crowded now that all the "I won't buy it if it doesn't have a flippy screen" folks have no reason to participate further.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-26-2020, 09:07 AM  
Meet the new flagship
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 765
Views: 74,069
I'm hoping for a pleasant surprise regarding the screen. Not that they will put a flippy screen on it, or a touch screen. But they'll have some "pair to my phone" function, so you can use your phone or tablet as a secondary screen. Maybe even include a hotshoe phone mount (or sell a 100th Anniversary Pentax hotshoe phone mount for $$$$ hahaha).

Anyway, if "no flippy screen" is the worst thing about the camera, I'm guessing they did a lot of things right.

For me, I like to shoot birds. For me to buy this body (and stay with Pentax) it's about FPS and buffer size. The 7D Mk II is 6 years old now - the 2020 Pentax APSC Flagship should at least keep up with the 2014 Canon APSC Flagship.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-22-2020, 09:44 AM  
Meet the new flagship
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 765
Views: 74,069
"most advanced APS-C flagship"

Most advanced how? To me it means "better than the 7D mk II or the D500" so can we truly expect burst performance better than 10FPS, RAW buffer more than 200 frames, RAW+JPEG buffer better than 27 frames? If so, count me in.

What does "most advanced" mean to you?
Forum: General Photography 05-15-2020, 03:13 PM  
Air Show Photography
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 18
Views: 1,028
Here's a couple from Austin's mini-air-show this past Wednesday. K-50 + Sigma 170-500.

Forum: Lens Clubs 05-15-2020, 01:39 PM  
Sigma Telephoto Zoom Club
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 961
Views: 104,559
A couple from the USAF Thunderbirds' visit to Austin this week. Second one baffled me - I liked the composition but the colors were wonky. It was hazy and sun was harsh. Converted it to B&W and I like it a lot.
K-50, Sigma 170-500 at about 300mm, ISO 800, 1/2000, f/16.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-15-2020, 11:34 AM  
PC35 Photo Labs and Aperture Block repair
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 9
Views: 2,262
Reviving this thread... From the web site it sounds like they repair the solenoid rather than replacing it? Is this what they do?

Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-14-2020, 08:20 AM  
Sticky: Dark exposure problems on K-30 or K-50? Discussion Thread
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 364
Views: 72,067
I was shooting the USAF Thunderbirds yesterday with K-50, Sigma 170-500. I popped a couple of test shots in my back yard and they were dark. Then messed with some settings and fired off a long burst and the first one or two shots of the burst were dark, then they were normal. This happened during the flyover, too. The first couple of shots of each burst were dark, then they were ok.

Should I just go ahead and order the solenoid now?
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-03-2020, 10:08 AM  
Sigma Telephoto Zoom Club
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 961
Views: 104,559
Burrowing owl hanging out in a pile of construction rubble in Austin Texas. K-50 with Sigma 170-500, 1/400, f6.7, 400 ISO.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-04-2019, 10:40 AM  
New K-series DSLR under development to be exhibited
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 3,487
Views: 265,102
The bottom is still a mystery right?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-29-2019, 12:40 PM  
New zoom 70-200 F4
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 1,185
Views: 100,571
I started skimming that post, then I got to the comparison and had to stop when the author said something like "Ken Rockwell knows what he's talking about."

:-) :-)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 10-04-2019, 09:43 AM  
Pentax K-70 - October $100 rebate and lowest price to date!
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 19
Views: 2,215
I was still trying to figure out whether I need to worry about the Aperture Block Failure on K-70 before pulling the trigger...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-30-2019, 11:43 AM  
Price of new apsc flagship
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 119
Views: 7,144
This is pretty much it. I'd like to upgrade my K50 to something better suited to wildlife shooting. If the new Pentax DSLR is it, great. If not, it's time to say Hello D500.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-25-2018, 09:10 AM  
Photokina 2018 Q&A - What would you ask Ricoh?
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 307
Views: 16,706
Given the "common" aperture block failures, what steps has Ricoh/Pentax taken to improve going forward? What confidence can we have that new cameras will not face the same fate?
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 09-13-2017, 09:48 AM  
K-30 / K-50 Aperture Block Failue - Repair Solution available
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 885
Views: 167,263

No "bike enthusiast" ever used WD-40 on a chain. An "uninformed bike-owning dolt" might have. As far back as the 1970s and 1980s, bike shop mechanics (of which I was one) knew not to do this and we'd tell any bike owner that would listen not to do this. If you came into the shops where I worked and said you used WD-40 on your chain, we'd laugh at you and then help you choose something intended for that purpose.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 12-28-2016, 01:15 PM  
Survey with shutter count and aperture block or shutter failure.
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 256
Views: 35,179
I'll ask again, more directly.

Is there a way to get the raw survey results? Anonymized if necessary - I don't need email or username, just a unique respondent number.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-21-2016, 11:09 AM  
Battery type/voltage and K-50 burst rate
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 6
Views: 966
I didn't test them for total number of shots, but the generic battery was at the right voltage and produced similar-enough fps to the branded one.

All my bursts were about 35 shots (it's hard to keep count by just listening while trying to hold the phone steady to take video) and my Pentax-branded D-LI109 was the only time my camera dropped into "buffer full" mode after 30 frames. I even confirmed the number of frames when I pulled the audio. All the other batteries I tested fired off at least 35 frames at full FPS.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-14-2016, 08:10 AM  
Poll: Battery grips Pentax vs 3rd party
Posted By jswilson64
Replies: 17
Views: 2,378
I love the genuine Pentax battery grip for my K-50.

Oh, wait, they didn't make one.
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