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Forum: Pentax K-1 03-17-2018, 01:26 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By kenspo
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Apocalyptica live in Oslo, Norway this evening. Taken with the D-FA* 70-200mm F/2.8 :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-14-2018, 03:02 AM  
K3 sample shots ... post here !
Posted By rayallen
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Wynyard Station, one of Sydney's busiest stations, has been refurbished. The very old wooden escalators were replaced with new ones but the old escalators were not sent to landfill but were repurposed as an art installation and attached to the ceiling.
The effect is quite stunning.

_IMG2211 by Ray Allen, on Flickr

_IMG2209 by Ray Allen, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-13-2018, 12:35 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By awscreo
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Caught this in the corner of my eye when I was driving up the mountains last weekend, had to stop and search for an opening to shoot it. It was on another mountain opposite to the road. I was happy I had my Tamron 70-200 with me so I can get this image.

Tamron 70-200 2.8

Forum: Pentax K-1 12-20-2016, 04:29 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By stubyles
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First outing with K28/3.5 (X-posted)




Ancient Sunset by Stuart Byles, on Flickr



Blue Stone by Stuart Byles, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-22-2016, 09:25 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By mattb123
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I took this while my gas pumped during my drive through the San Luis valley on my way to Taos last weekend.
K-1 & Tamron 28-75
IMGP0230-Edit by Matt Burt, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-23-2016, 01:23 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By eaglem
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Found on the Web........................

Forum: Pentax K-1 12-22-2016, 10:00 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By K-amps
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IMGP3262- 700p by K-Amps, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-04-2016, 02:21 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By gray2102
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30 sec. @ f5... 24mm The light is from the moon. I took this shot a little after 11pm.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-04-2016, 09:45 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Dr Orloff
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Very pleased to have taken the plunge and can join this thread. Very impressed with this camera. My Ltds finally make sense. Early start at 31mm:



Forum: Lens Clubs 09-23-2016, 07:57 AM  
The F Club!
Posted By Superprog
Replies: 940
Views: 203,475
IMGP7032r by D.W. R, on Flickr
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 09-01-2016, 02:15 AM  
Weekly Challenge Challenge #362 Symmetries
Posted By Arjay Bee
Replies: 32
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Mantis
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-27-2016, 08:29 PM  
My report from CP+ 2016
Posted By JPT
Replies: 161
Views: 19,514
I went to CP+ on Saturday, so here is a report my visit. You can already see pictures of what was exhibited on other threads and websites, so I won’t waste my time repeating that. I’ll focus on my impressions and things I was told personally at the booths.

CP+ 2016
The show was bigger than in previous years. It was still in the Pacifico Yokohama exhibition centre, but they separated the photo exhibitions into a hall at the end of the remarkable new ship terminal pier in Yokohama. The building has this really complex undulating wooden decking, and even when you are in the hall, the floor just rises up like the side of a valley to meet the ceiling. Even in the absence of any exhibition, it’s worth a visit if you're in Yokohama with an interest in modern architecture.



The Ricoh booth
It was very busy compared to previous years. Of course, there's good reason for that.
- There was very little focus on APS-C models, 645 or Q. The focus was all on the K-1 and Ricoh compacts (Theta, WG and GR).
- I tried the latest version of the VR app for the Theta. I was pretty impressed by the speed of the head tracking and the way that you could select images by looking at little photo spheres that appeared to be floating in front of you.
- They had a counter with the WG-M2. I don’t know much about this kind of camera, but it seemed a bit smaller and better made than the existing one.
- I complained last year about the lack of variety in the photography shown at Ricoh - there was too much landscape and not much else. This year there was a better variety, perhaps because the target for the K-1 is broader than the 645z. They had some large prints from the K-1 taken with the limited primes. Note that the incredibly vibrant and detailed image that Barney Britton is looking at 2:20 in this DPR video was taken with an FA43 f5.0 and showed no weakness in the corners close up. I was peering at it as closely as he was for a while.
CP+ 2016: Pentax K-1 past and present: Digital Photography Review
There was another print of similar size taken with an FA31 at f4.0 which was also very good. I think people are worrying too much about the performance of old lenses.
- They have finally made a new lens catalogue, and I picked one up. The FA 31/35/43/50/77 are still in the catalogue. It’s available from their website.
(Direct link to a 15mb file) http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/japan/support/catalog/pdf/lenses_accessories.pdf



K-1
I had to wait in line to get to see the K-1, but fortunately, I was free to look at the camera for a while with the help of a very enthusiastic Ricoh rep. The DFA 28-105 was attached. Basically, it is a very impressive camera.
- Everything about the handling of the camera feels just as you’d expect from a Pentax. The new dial system on top is very easy to use. The screen may be complicated behind, but that isn't a concern for the user. It is really easy to just pull out and position it as you want, and it feels more natural than the swing-out type. The lighting is also cool. Actually, the camera didn’t feel much bigger than a K-3 to me. The shutter sound was perhaps a bit louder than a K-3, but not a horrible clattery sound.
- Pixel shift is really good. I was able to take pictures of the exhibition floor handheld, with the camera applying the pixel shift resolution enhancement to the parts that weren’t moving, while detecting the people and using the image from a single shot for those parts of the image. The rep confirmed that the SR is still active while the pixel shift is working. He said that it should be good for handheld shooting in a lot of situations as long as you keep to a relatively high shutter speed.
- I asked about the sensor and ISO performance. According to the rep, the K-1 is at ISO 12,800 like the K-5 IIs is at 3200. The base ISO is 100 and Ricoh does not offer ISO expansion. It is exactly the same part as in the D810, but Nikon uses the sensor outside the manufacturer’s recommended ISO range, while Ricoh won’t do that. The reason why the K-1 is about one stop cleaner (he had images to show this) than the D810 is Ricoh’s improved “engine”.

Third-party lenses
- I had renewed interest in the Tamron stand, because there is a chance that the lenses they have could be released as Pentax lenses. I thought the 85mm f1.8 was a nice product. It seems to have plenty of subject isolation while still being small and light. I asked whether Tamron would make these in Pentax mount and the response what they are “calculating”, which I interpret to mean they are considering whether they could make money on it.
- At Sigma, I tried to ask how they decide whether to release lenses in K-mount, and pointed out that they had released the 35mm f1.4 in K-mount while Pentax had a number of 35mm lenses, but they haven’t released the wide angles that are missing in the Pentax line-up. The rep I spoke to just said that there were no immediate plans to release the new lenses in K-mount. On the subject of the 50-100 f1.8, I tried that out on a Sigma SD1 DSLR. It is huge, but not quite as heavy as I’d feared. The focusing was horrible, but I’m not sure if that’s a lens thing or the body. I was left rather unimpressed with the fast zooms. They don’t actually zoom much, so they seem to me like an awkward compromise between the convenience of a zoom and the quality of a prime.
- I asked Cosina and Kenko-Tokina about K-mount, but unfortunately they seem to have no interest at the moment.

Other Brands
I had a quick look at the other booths, but I have limited interest in the big cameras. I’m considering other brands for a small camera to take with me on business trips.
- Sigma Quattro - I looked at this, because it is somewhat similar in concept to the K-01. It looks like a very serious camera. It’s bigger than I thought, but that is probably for the best given how huge Sigma lenses are. As usual, the prints from Foveon looked excellent.
- Nikon DL compacts - I wanted to try these but I would have had to queue for a long time, so I gave up. I’m quite interested in the wide one. I was able to see some large prints from the cameras that satisfied me that they are very capable. I’d be even more interested if I could get one that handled like a GR.
- Canon G7X Mark II - Something about the way this feels was a lot nicer than the mark one. It’s really dense and has nice controls. It’s on my shortlist when the price comes down.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 12-16-2015, 03:02 AM  
Seeking advice for trip to Japan, Osaka Kyoto and Tokyo
Posted By silver_dragon
Replies: 10
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Melbourne was nice and hot today. I was working all day in the sun all day, so my brain isnt functioning 100% so ill try to rattle off a few bullet points. I've been to japan twice, in September last year (tail end of summer) and April this year for cherry blossom season.

- In my experience with Osaka there wasn't a hell of alot to do. Check out the aquarium, its essentially the same as Melbourne and Sydneys aquariums but with a whale shark (did i mention whale shark? it is awsome!) and the giant Japanese salamander. The name of the area eludes me where the CBD is, the river running right through the centre of it is a great night time photo opportunity. Check out Dendon Town which is an entire street dedicated to electronics, anime etc. Make sure to have a wander through Joshin Super Kids store which is like a giant adult toy and hobby store. Go and have a beer after an evening of photos at Irish Murphy's Pub, Dan the guy the owns it is a pretty cool guy, He lived in melbourne for a few years.

-If you get a chance, jump on the shinkansen for around an hour and check out Himeji for a few hours during the day. Himeji castle is one of few remaining castles that wasnt bombed in WW2. Absolutely fantastic photo opportunity

-Kyoto is such a beautiful city. One day wont be enough, I spent six days there to check out everything. Grab the tourist map at Kyoto station and go nuts, The Fushimi Inari Taisha (bamboo forest) and golden temple are must see's. Public transport isnt as convenient as Osaka and Tokyo so you will find yourself catching alot of buses. Grab a daily bus pass for 500 yen

Hope this helps a little bit, I'll add more as I think about it. Either way you'll have a blast and good luck shaking the Japan addiction :P

Cheers,

stefan
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 12-16-2015, 03:23 AM  
Seeking advice for trip to Japan, Osaka Kyoto and Tokyo
Posted By JPT
Replies: 10
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I don't know much about Osaka, but in Tokyo there are quite a few observation decks where you can get a good view of the city. It looks best as the sun goes down.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Shinjuku - Free; indoors so you have to shoot through glass; I was stopped from using a tripod ; in the west so a good view to the east

Mori Tower Sky Deck , Roppongi - Charge to get in; outdoors so you don't have to shoot through glass; I don't know about tripods but I guess not, because they make you put your bags in a locker before you go up

Tokyo Sky Tree, Sumida - Charge; through glass; no idea about tripods; at 450mm by far the highest; in the east, which means there is a very cool view towards the city centre but not so interesting in other directions

Tokyo Tower, Shiba - Charge; through glass; similar vantage point to Mori Tower; a bit dilapidated

Bunkyo Civic Centre, Kasuga/Suidobashi - Free; through glass; people were using tripods unchallenged when I was there; cool view to the west it's clear enough to see Mt. Fuji because it appears through a gap in the skyscrapers of Shinjuku

So I recommend Mori Tower if you don't mind paying and Bunkyo Civic Centre.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-11-2015, 03:57 PM  
The Sony α7r (ILCE-7r) pictures thread
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 1,214
Views: 179,573

Twin Reflection by jenkwang, on Flickr
A7K+CV12/5.6
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-04-2015, 02:38 PM  
Game Single in October 2015
Posted By Tsuken
Replies: 524
Views: 23,290
W00t!! I'm in! - with the plastic fantastic (which indeed it seems so far to be).

Happy birthday to me 8)
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-02-2015, 07:52 AM  
The M Club!
Posted By jcdoss
Replies: 7,943
Views: 1,149,549
Here's three from the past month Singling with the Pentax-M 35/2


Scenes from the Train by Jason Doss, on Flickr


The Grand Canyon by Jason Doss, on Flickr


Sunrise on Sept 25th by Jason Doss, on Flickr
Forum: Ricoh GR 06-20-2015, 05:56 AM  
two years with the Ricoh GR
Posted By pipo01
Replies: 39
Views: 11,598
Hi,

I've discovered this forum almost two years ago and found some helpful information, which lead to buying a Ricoh GR. I used the camera quite a lot and thought I could share my impression and some photos.

What I like about the camera:
  • Its image quality. There are enough tests available that prove it. But I am still surprised about the quality of the GR-images. (Besides the GR I own a Nikon D7100 with some good lenses, but I wouldn't call the quality significantly superior.)

  • Its size and weight. Since I have the GR I made most of my good photos with it, and not with the Nikon. The reason for this is simple: The GR was in my pocket with me and the Nikon wasn't, because I preferred to leave it at home with all the heavy lenses. The GR doesn't feel any bigger than a smartphone in my pocket.

  • Its handling. The access to all the functions I use is very easy. The manual focus is really nice to have for me. For its size, the ergonomics are very good.

  • Its sturdiness. I use the camera a lot for outdoor activities and I don't care too much about its protection. It got a little wet and dirty on a few occasions but with a shutter count of 14000 it still works like on day one.

What I don't like:
  • The sensor-dust. It's no big issue, as the two dust spots on my sensor are easy to remove in lightroom. And as mentioned above, I'm not the user, who carries the camera in an safety case and only uses it in good weather.

  • Besides that, I wouldn't ask for any improvement. (Of course a 24MP sensor and a lens with better edge sharpness at f2.8 would be nice, but it's nothing I really miss.)

So If the camera stopped working today I'd immediately buy it again.


Here are 10 of my favourite pictures I took with GR:

sunrise bettelwurf by Philipp Medicus, auf Flickr


sunset above the clouds by Philipp Medicus, auf Flickr

foggy forrest from above by Philipp Medicus, auf Flickr

jump! by Philipp Medicus, auf Flickr

treeshadowsnow by Philipp Medicus, auf Flickr

autumn morning by Philipp Medicus, auf Flickr

landing by Philipp Medicus, auf Flickr

ground fog by Philipp Medicus, auf Flickr

railways 2 by Philipp Medicus, auf Flickr

growing salad - aerial view by Philipp Medicus, auf Flickr


Cheers,

P.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 04-03-2015, 01:38 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly challenge #320 - Lost in gadget
Posted By StephenHampshire
Replies: 29
Views: 2,655
Lost.... no way out


Trapped by Arle Images, on Flickr
Forum: Photographic Technique 10-24-2014, 08:11 AM  
Sports photography - single images
Posted By mattb123
Replies: 526
Views: 81,804
Park skating at our city skate park (which is really nice).
IMGP2570 by MattB.net, on Flickr

IMGP0670-Edit by MattB.net, on Flickr
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 12-01-2014, 03:59 PM  
Weekly Challenge POTW #341 23 Nov - Dec 06 2014
Posted By dave kitson
Replies: 37
Views: 3,984
Went walking on Saturday, very misty...







dave k
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-22-2014, 03:31 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By WPRESTO
Replies: 32,575
Views: 1,547,278
I spy someone peering out of a big fake toothy fish. That's pretty specific.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-11-2014, 02:31 PM  
Some Full-frame shots & thoughts
Posted By TOUGEFC
Replies: 5,567
Views: 635,443
The newest member of my wolf pack







Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-05-2014, 03:43 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 19,598
Views: 1,341,089
Sunrise.

Sunrise by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-01-2014, 06:59 AM  
Just Black and White-ur B/W Monochrome photos here
Posted By LeRolls
Replies: 19,598
Views: 1,341,089
Wall-E B&W- by C Rankin, on Flickr
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