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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Kit for KP: quality / price
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 36
Views: 1,134
I think the best Xmas present you could give your KP are some of the Limited lenses. A match made in heaven.

Personally I favor the 15, 20-40 and 70 as a 3 lens kit. Mainly because I don't like changing lenses much around the normal focal ranges.

But since you are used to being a prime shooter I think the KP + 21, 40 and 70 pancakes is an awesome compact kit. I don't think any other manufacturer can match that combination, not even Fuji.
Need macro? substitute the 40 for the DA 35 2.8 Limited.
Need more speed? substitute the 40 for the FA 43 or FA 31 or FA 35.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 4 Days Ago  
HD DA 1.4x teleconverter - $313.80 New at Amazon
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 4
Views: 391
I already have one, but this is a great deal!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-05-2020, 03:48 PM  
K7 - Asking for some advice - might sell it
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 23
Views: 805
I would say $125-$175 USD.

The K-7 has the Samsung sensor which didn't have great ISO performance, however it had quite nice color and an almost film like rendering in my opinion.
I'd consider keeping it.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-01-2020, 02:11 PM  
New here, camera recommendation
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 14
Views: 517
I think you can't go wrong with the K-1ii given your requirements.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-01-2020, 02:07 PM  
Hello Forum
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 18
Views: 489
Welcome Kim!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-01-2020, 02:06 PM  
Hello from Cornwall
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 13
Views: 323
Welcome, lovely part of the world you live in.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-01-2020, 12:18 PM  
Recommendations for Portrait glass?
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 43
Views: 1,430
No direct experience, but a few people have said that the the DFA 100 Macro can exhibit CA wide open.

If not too long there a lot of 135mm vintage options.
Forum: Pentax KP 11-01-2020, 11:42 AM  
KP Battery Grip Rebate BG7
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 4
Views: 306
Good deal. I think they'll shift a few of these at that price.

$229 always seemed like an odd price given the price of the body itself.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-07-2020, 07:23 PM  
Product Stories of New APS-C
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 501
Views: 41,277
Here's what I measured with my digital calipers (calibrated).

These are mount to LCD bezel dimensions, mount to LCD screen dimensions may be slightly less if screen is inset rather than flush.

K-30: 63.5
K-r: 63.6
K-5iis: 64.1
KP: 64.3
K-S2: 66.5

K-? : 61.8 (Per Pentax)
K-1: 71.5 (Per Pentax)
Forum: Pentax Q 08-04-2020, 09:53 PM  
Now you can order a Metabones K to Q Speedbooster!
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 108
Views: 6,636
I agree. Plenty of detail to work with. CA not bad at all.
As good as the 50 1.2 is, it is a vintage lens that's not designed for corner to corner sharpness on high pixel density modern cameras.

I'd say it is a good performance by the speedbooster.

Now let's get some modern glass on there and see what we an do.
How about the the DA*300. It becomes a 150mm f/2 with a 700mm equiv FOV.
Or the DA 35mm Ltd. It becomes an 18mm f/1.4 with a 80mm equiv FOV.
Or the compact 21/40/70 pancakes...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-20-2020, 09:27 PM  
Ricoh Imaging videos - new Takumichi Seo walkaround
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 28
Views: 5,191
Man, this guy can post-process his pictures in camera faster than a texting teenager.

Very interesting work-flow, almost unique. I love seeing this kind of stuff.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-12-2020, 08:22 AM  
K-5 IIs or K-70?
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 46
Views: 2,122
No one mentioned that the K-70 has the Anti-aliasing simulator. So you can switch it on when shooting fabrics and switch it off when you're not. It also has pixel shift which is great for product stills.

To be honest though unless you are doing commercial quality product photography for large printing, both would get the job done.
If you have the budget, consider the KP as well.
Forum: Pentax K-5 07-07-2020, 09:08 AM  
Mike Johnston, The Online Photographer, comes clean about his K-5
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 85
Views: 13,342
Yep, I think part of this is due to the longevity of the K-mount and having multiple series of lenses over the decades. Add on to that the use of the mount for both APS-C and FF. For an outsider to the brand I can see how it looks a little incoherent.

Pentax is quirky and sometimes eccentric. I like quirky and eccentric. I like things that are not mainstream.
There is always going to be a group of people who seek out and embrace these things.
Forum: Pentax Q 06-07-2020, 07:31 AM  
Now you can order a Metabones K to Q Speedbooster!
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 108
Views: 6,636
Now showing expected availability Aug 3 2020 !!

I added my email by hitting the 'Notify when available' button. If enough of us express interest maybe we can make this happen.

Metabones Devil Q666 Lens-Mount Adapter for Pentax K
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-03-2020, 10:36 AM  
Should I update my lenses?
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 35
Views: 1,274
oh dear, I think I know what comes next

No doubt. The OP did say they are in the mood for change. If you have the funds why not buy what you want or what takes your fancy?

Used 21s, 40s and 70s are very affordable and well suited for street shooting. Just a suggestion.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-03-2020, 09:58 AM  
PDAF Struggles with Black?
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 40
Views: 2,170
One other point here that gets missed is that the cross-type focus sensor can be bigger than the red focus point square in the view finder.

You can test this yourself at home with a piece of paper and some marker lines drawn on it.

When one goes to focus on something like a birds eye at a distance and the red focus square completely covers the birds head, it may actually focus on something higher contrast behind the birds head like a a branch.
With this realization it becomes much easier to pick places to focus on in a scene.

I've noticed this more on the KP than my K-5iis.
Forum: Pentax KP 06-03-2020, 09:49 AM  
on board flash stopped working
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 10
Views: 704
It's pretty rare for a flash to go out.

Just curious if you used flash a lot or not much at all Katfsh?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-03-2020, 09:45 AM  
Should I update my lenses?
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 35
Views: 1,274
I tend to agree with this.

However if you are in the mood to buy, then the DA Limited lenses (15, 21, 35, 40, 70, 20-40) are a real joy to shoot on APS-C cameras.
The 3 DA Limited pancake lenses 21, 40, 70, would we nice for street being so compact.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-02-2020, 12:13 PM  
First tests with the Pentax-F 1.7x TC and 60-250
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 18
Views: 981
250 x 1.7 = 425 or do I have a defective calculator? :)
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-01-2020, 09:44 PM  
PDAF Struggles with Black?
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 40
Views: 2,170
Yes, Nikon I believe. D500, D810, D850 and others. It uses the RGB metering and scene recognition sensor.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-01-2020, 01:11 PM  
Pentax DA* 300mm f4 or Sigma 100-300mm EX DG f4
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 43
Views: 2,000

For price, size, mobility, reach, pure IQ, usability I have yet to see anything better on the K mount than DA*300 ( +/- HD 1.4x TC)

If there is something better that I missed that checks all those boxes then let me know :)

Forum: Pentax K-70 05-16-2020, 01:38 PM  
Poll: Lost on Lenses K-70
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 29
Views: 1,849
55-300 PLM + the 18-55 is good to start with.

Use them a lot. You will then start to understand what you need and what is holding back your photography.

For many years I only owned the 18-55 and I got some of my best photos with that lens because I would tend to experiment more.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-13-2020, 03:06 PM  
PENTAX new product introduction video coming soon
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 286
Views: 20,133
I'm hoping and expecting a DA*16-50 II to part of this. Anything beyond that would be a bonus on the lens front.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-04-2020, 03:04 PM  
Teleconverter for Pentax SMCP-DA* 300mm f/4 ED (IF) SDM
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 16
Views: 1,062
The price of the Pentax HD 1.4x AW does seem hard to swallow for what it is. I went through the same feelings.

However having used it with the DA*200, DA*300 and DA*60-250 I can say it is worth it.

Think of it this way, with the DA*300 on crop you get 630mm full frame equivalent reach at f/5.6. All weather-sealed with seamless AF and no real loss in image quality.
They pop up on the forum for sale occasionally for around $300 or less.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-03-2020, 06:38 PM  
Is Pentax DA* 60-250 mm f/4 a good landscape MANUAL telephoto lens?
Posted By caliscouser
Replies: 17
Views: 1,083
The 60-250 is no compromises optic.

- Sharp edge to edge at any aperture and any focal length.
- Lovely bokeh
- Contrast & color
- Rendering, pop, OOF fall off.
It's AW and built like a tank. As long as you don't mind the size, weight, and SDM then it's hard to do better.

No experience with the Tamron, but I think you only get it over the 60-250 if you need 2.8 or zippier AF.

Also consider the 50-135 2.8, 55-300's, the old F 70-200 or old F 70-210.
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