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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Hour Ago  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By pepperberry farm
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honeysuckle by Pepperberry Farm, on Flickr

sumac leaves by Pepperberry Farm, on Flickr


both at f1.2
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 9 Hours Ago  
DFA 24-70 bokeh weirdness
Posted By Paul the Sunman
Replies: 4
Views: 326
Just to be sure: you don't have any filters attached, do you?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12 Hours Ago  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 11,465
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Rikenon XR 50 1.4, lens is stuck wide open... one day I'm going to have it fixed even though it is not worth the cost of fixing it. But I like this lens a lot and have a lot of history with it...
Monkey by ChristianRock, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 17 Hours Ago  
Upgrade from 645D to 645Z now or better wait until next 645 is out?
Posted By rdenney
Replies: 16
Views: 738
It's really easy to get lost in the speculation of what will or won't happen. Here's what I know, and this is profoundly true for all the medium-format digital camera makers: If the cameras don't sell well enough, they will be discontinued. This is true no matter what they say. Fuji has been more than willing to exercise that option in the past, both with cameras and with film. Hasselblad was actually a holdout, as was Leica, but both have repositioned themselves as making what look to me like fetish items for the very wealthy amateur. Fuji and Pentax are both targeting more of a pro market, but let's face it, the bulk of both will be sold to amateurs who are perhaps not as well-heeled as those targeted by H and L.

The problem with digital is the same as the problem with desktop computers back in the 80's. The technology has this appearance of moving so fast that we can become paralyzed. But now only gamers worry about technology in home PC's--most just buy something and it works.

We see a camera like the 645z and we think it's grossly out of date simply because it happens to be four years old. This is insanity. I just upgraded my Canon 5D--made in 2005, to a Canon 5DII, made in 2009. Yes, newer cameras do more stuff, maybe, but I have shot weddings on that 5D without it ever once making me sorry I had it. I upgraded simply because I had run into a situation where I needed a bit more resolution.

Digital cameras will not have that longevity, of course. Battery technologies are the worst of it, I think. How long will I be able to get Canon BP511 batteries for the old 5D (the 5DII uses different batteries, about which I was not that happy, to be honest). But Canon is still making them all available, despite being somewhat undercut by the third-party industry. Another aspect of sustainability is the availability in the secondary market of stuff that attaches to it. Here, Pentax rules the earth, unless you want to adapt stuff. Zillions of 645 lenses were made back when 645 was the standard portable commercial format. These lenses are all quite competent, and in return for not being absolutely state of the art, they are cheap and easy to get. Hasselblad lenses can be adapted to the Hasselblad X1, I suppose, and there are possibly adaptations that can be made with the Fuji. In the case of the Hasselblad, one does not get the same level of integrate one gets from a Pentax FA lens from the 90's. Even the modern autofocus versions of most Pentax lenses are cheap by medium-format standards. What this means is that 20 years from now, if I can get batteries, and if I have a computer that can read the files, I can still make photographs as good as the ones I can make today.

Do I really care if Pentax never has a successor? No.

Back not that long ago, 4x5 camera equipment was either targeted to amateurs and cheap, or targeted to professionals and expensive. I owned a Calumet 4x5 camera that was in the former category. It was perfectly competent, but it was unpleasant to use. Also, it would not let me use the short lenses I wanted to use. So, I bought a Cambo SC--also targeted to amateurs, though of much newer and more modular design. I made photos with that for about 15 years. Then, about 15 years ago, pros were suddenly abandoning high-end large-format cameras. So, I bought a Sinar F, and then upgraded that to an F2 (for very specific reasons, by the way). That camera was a joy to use compared to the Cambo. I paid less in the early 2000's for that Sinar than I paid in the 80's for that Cambo, buying both pre-owned. A few weeks ago, I came across a Sinar P--their high-end model from the early 70's--for less than what I paid for the F. I bought it mostly because it was so modularly interchangeable with my F2 that it could seemless integrate into my photography. Every lens I have bought for large format has been old, or at least pre-owned, until the market tanked and I could get newer stuff for cheap. So, the question for me is: Is Sinar a long-term company supporting 4x5 large format film photography? NO. It has been done with film for many years, and their current (eye-wateringly expensive) camera is targeted to digital backs. But owning a Sinar is sustainable for many years to come--there are lots of them, and lots of the things they need will continue to be traded back and forth by their owners.

The 645z is a great camera. At some point, it will no longer be the best camera, but it will always be a great camera. For its foreseeable lifespan, there will be batteries, memory cards, and lenses that can be easily obtained. For its foreseeable lifespan, software will support it, even if it's not Pentax software. Even if Pentax abandons the 645 market altogether, the 645z will still be a great camera, and photographers will mourn its passing.

My Pentax 67's are at greater risk than the 645z--I depend on a now-old Nikon scanner to scan the negatives. If that fails, I may be figuring it out with the 645z and the 120mm Macro. But for now those cameras are decades old and still completely usable as intended. And they still make great photos.

So, my advice is the same it was in the 80's for computers: Buy a current model late in its model cycle to get the best prices (or buy used), and then use it. I didn't get the 645z until this year. I'm glad that doesn't invalidate the photos I made last year.

Rick "digital cameras are not throwaway cameras just because there are technological improvements" Denney
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 13 Hours Ago  
Development update regarding the HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By JPT
Replies: 300
Views: 17,790
I tried the lens at CP+, and it was fast, smooth and quiet on the K-1 mark 2. However, it was not particularly faster than other brand lenses.

Immediately after, I tried the Tokina 50mm f1.4 on a Canon 5D mark 4. Judging by the weight, design and feel of both lenses, Iím pretty convinced that they are the same inside. The Tokina was very fast and decisive. I think the Canon body was the difference.

My conclusion is that the Pentax is most likely still constrained by the body. If you trust Pentax to improve AF in future bodies, I think this lens will be ready. But on the other hand, we are likely to see merely ďgood for a PentaxĒ performance at first, as evidenced by the video.

Thatís just my impression based on a few minutes with it in early March. Itís likely to have been optimized since then.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 17 Hours Ago  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By taks
Replies: 11,465
Views: 1,132,727
few more with the DA50
pine by Taka 550, on Flickr


poppy by Taka 550, on Flickr


maple by Taka 550, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Build quality of various 100mm f2.8 AF lenses
Posted By UncleVanya
Replies: 24
Views: 677
? So do the A, F, FA, and non-WR D FA versions.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 1 Day Ago  
Pets Meet Beth
Posted By rod_grant
Replies: 10
Views: 204
KD, I have been using the word couth for a long time, solely as the antonym of uncouth.
Now I know it can be a real word!! (I should have googled it before, eh?)
Thank you.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 1 Day Ago  
Landscape Flinders Ranges
Posted By Mallee Boy
Replies: 6
Views: 160
a small snapshot of The Flinders Ranges in nthn South Australia....gateway to the famed " outback ".

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A much photographed tree with more of the Flinders in the background. This is about a 2 hour drive from where the above shot is taken.

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A Big Red. In this posture, about the size of an average male....in his aggressive stance...well over 7 feet tall.

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Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-13-2018, 06:33 AM  
Travel From Alps to Ocean - a cycling/photography log
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 38
Views: 1,473

20180412-IMGP4777 by jenkwang, on Flickr
K1+FA31ltd ; Lake Benmore
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By CharLac
Replies: 11,465
Views: 1,132,727
One from the weekend in Algonquin Park...rainy day; boo hoo
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By zzeitg
Replies: 11,465
Views: 1,132,727
DFA 150-450









Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
Development update regarding the HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By Kunzite
Replies: 300
Views: 17,790
It's quite fast:















You Tube



Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By fraktalas
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Sakura bokeh with Spiratone 20mm f/2.8
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
Development update regarding the HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By Kunzite
Replies: 300
Views: 17,790
I will borrow a foreign saying: haters gonna hate.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
Development update regarding the HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By repaap
Replies: 300
Views: 17,790
Iím sure that MJKoski is just quite normal Finnish guy (not sure thou). we have this saying: pessimist wont be disapointed.

Also even if we say out loud that negative side, it wonít necessarily mean that we dont think of good side too.

the thing is that I just couple of days ago went to one shop who has pentax for sale. I asked if I could look some objectives. Sales man said that we do not have any on display anymore. Now it is only olympus, but you can order from our webshop. . . usually most things are left on the shelves, and they will at the end sell them in big sale, to get rid of them. (some might even wait untill this moment ;)

especially expensive lenses

That is the situation. Also there are only 5,7 million inhabitants at Finland, most pros uses Canon, Nikon Sony and some has gone for M4/3 because of the size.

hobbyist people uses phones, drones, and cheap mirrorless, or Sony or Fujifilm. Pana.....you know this thing. these can be easily bought from anywhere. There was even one shop at Mikkeli who had Pentax...not for years anymore.

But this is time for new era. I suppose. Ricoh want to put Pentax up there with these new * lenses. How many will put the money on the counter. we need more ambassadors like Kenspo.

Premium line needs to be visible, more, and then some to get on the line with most wanted ones.

Then buyer wont think that it is too expensive. ;)
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 3 Days Ago  
Antarctica kit
Posted By gofour3
Replies: 46
Views: 1,275
You will find on zodiac shore landings that you could be amongst thousands of penguins and very close to them as well. So something in the 50mm-100mm range would be a good choice for that scenario. When you are on-board the ship taking pictures, that's when the longer lenses come in handy for sightings of birds, whales, seals and icebergs. The wide angles come in handy for landscape shots from either the ship or on land and also if you want to get a bunch of penguins in one shot. (Family photos :))

Also bring some silicon gel packs for when you come back on the ship, the temperature change from the colder outside into the warm ship may cause condensation on your gear. I left leave my gear in the camera bag with the gel packs for an hour or so after coming on-board, to adjust to the warmer ship. Also bring some sort of photo gloves when shooting. The ideal solutions is a lighter pair of photo gloves worn under a regular heavy pair of water proof ones, (Take off the heavy gloves only when shooting.) You can also get sprayed while on the zodiacs, so you will need to make plans to keep yourself and gear dry.

Phil.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Okay...so 85mm?
Posted By pepperberry farm
Replies: 15
Views: 656
or even a Helios 44K-4; K-mount, so no need for the M42 adapter...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By FreeSpirit9
Replies: 11,465
Views: 1,132,727
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
Development update regarding the HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By Kunzite
Replies: 300
Views: 17,790
You're a poor man, if you think that being able to save $1500 makes one rich.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
Development update regarding the HD PENTAX-D FA★50mmF1.4 SDM AW
Posted By Kunzite
Replies: 300
Views: 17,790
BS. The lens is less expensive than a K-1 body, or a D FA* 70-200, or a D FA 150-450. We're buying those.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By Hattifnatt
Replies: 11,465
Views: 1,132,727
Time to break the flower loop!

A couple and a seagull (FA 77).


Seagull by Hattifnattar, on Flickr


Couple Under Umbrella by Hattifnattar, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By DW58
Replies: 11,465
Views: 1,132,727
HD DA 35mm Macro.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By Cabessius
Replies: 11,465
Views: 1,132,727
Helios 44M-6

HELIOS 44M-6 by AH AP, en Flickr
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
dpr's K-1 II messed up review message now expanded by another confession
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 20
Views: 1,565
It should be noted that dpr's text hint where they documented that they will re-shoot the images seems to have been expanded by one important paragraph now:
To improve the degree of comparability between our results from the K-1 Mark II and the original K-1, we plan to re-shoot both cameras using a FA 77mm F1.8 Limited lens. This reshoot will use the same JPEG color mode as used on the original K-1.We will, of course, re-visit the image quality commentary in our review as soon as we've been able to do this.

We must also note that, through a rare processing error, our ISO 12800 Raw image needed to be re-processed and uploaded in place of the original image.
That confession is in direct contradiction of the response of the responsible author / staff given first.

Read post #13 here: Weird stuff - changing files over time - PentaxForums.com when user silversalts asked about this exact thing happening and got a flat denial as answer.

There were defensive reader comments later on that certainly it would be unthinkable that dpr would swap the data files silently and then openly deny it if it actually happened.

Well. Not unthinkable but fact. Gives an impression on how credible some posts are.

Thanks to whomever at dpr to confess this silent file swapping now. That is much bigger than just admitting the lens choice was poor. Admitting it is actually showing some professionalism.
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