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Forum: Pentax K-1 03-20-2019, 06:29 AM  
K-1 One File Push Format Bug?
Posted By Not a Number
Replies: 22
Views: 1,129
If it takes so much to explain what you want to do no wonder it hasn't been implemented. K.I.S.S.

Yeah, I write software for a living :D
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-20-2019, 02:25 AM  
K-1 One File Push Format Bug?
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 22
Views: 1,129
No. I really don't. I only care about forum traffic from a qualitative viewpoint.
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-13-2019, 06:08 PM  
K-1 Upgrade Concern
Posted By DW58
Replies: 27
Views: 2,323
There probably is no one on this planet more technologically challenged than yours truly. I'm over 60 years old and the last 15 years I spent farming. First DSLR I bought was the K-50 in 2015. DECEMBER of 2015. Bought my first "smart" phone two years ago. A MOTOROLA!!! My K -1 upgrade went smoothly. You can do this.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-03-2019, 06:09 PM  
Love / Hate with the HD D FA50/1.4
Posted By robbiec
Replies: 26
Views: 1,752
I'm a fan, don't mistake the title but I'm finding I'm hating it for portraiture, it just resolves too much detail even at f/1.4! Case in point, we had a couple of models in my local photoclub last Tuesday, a 60 something gentleman and a 20 something woman. Now either he had a seriously close shave that afternoon that distorted the result but I can make out more hairs on her face :)

I have seen that the 'experts' on the interweb demand more and more sharpness across the frame but if this carries on I can see Pentax dusting off the designs for the 85 Soft series and creating a whole new lens design dynamic.

I'd expect this and want this from a macro but a standard lens?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-12-2019, 07:35 AM  
Binoculars as part of wildlife photography kit
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 30
Views: 2,282
I am very much into birding and along with my camera gear, I carry my binoculars with me along with my K-3 and birding lenses. The advice given here is excellent. and reflects the route I took when I got into birding. I started by joining local birding walks and trying the binoculars that my birding companions were using. Also I read reviews of binoculars on various birding and optics sites along with Audubon's website. What I found is that for birding an 8 by 32 or 8 by 42 is the sweet spot for birding. Magnification higher than 10x not only is difficult to hold for all but the steadiest hand but also the field of view is too narrow that when a bird is spotted you often miss it since while you are scanning through your glass to get a fix on it, it flies away and you miss it. Birds don't usually sit still for you while you are searching through your binoculars, so a wide field of view is important.
Price wise I found that mid price binoculars offer the best value. The build quality is far superior to cheaper binoculars and the optics can be close enough to very expensive glass that many would not notice the difference. In USD, mid price binoculars would be those in the $400 to $600 price range. There are very good Pentax binoculars in this price range, along with the Vortex Viper HD binoculars. I ended up getting the Vortex Viper HD 8X when I found them on sale for a good price. I really find them perfect for my birding needs, good magnification, good build quality, compact and a wide field of view. I'm 66 years old and have parkinson's disease so I do not have a steady hand but can still handle these binoculars fairly easily. Good luck and I hope you find what best suits your needs
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-11-2019, 11:12 PM  
Binoculars as part of wildlife photography kit
Posted By murrelet
Replies: 30
Views: 2,282
I used to be a hardcore birder back in the day. Some things to consider, in no particular order:

Exit pupil: this is the amount of light that hits your eye. Calculated by taking the diameter of the objective lens and dividing by the magnification factor. So a 8X40 bino has an exit pupil of 5 mm, meaning a 5 mm diameter circle of light is hitting your eye. Bigger is better, but really comes into play at dawn and dusk or when you're chasing after birds hidden in the brush in shadow when the light is dim. Binos with larger objectives are going to be more expensive, generally.

A magnification of 8X or 10X is generally good for birding. 8X gives a wider field of view, so better for scanning. 10X gives you more reach but you'll need a steadier hand since it also magnifies vibration.

Weight. Just like cameras, the best binos are the ones you'll carry with you in the field. An optically superior bino is useless if it's heavy and stays at home.

Roof or porro prism. Porro prisms are the classic bino design. Roof prisms are the "two tubes" design. Roof prisms are generally more expensive by a factor of 2 or more. But, the design lends the optics to be housed in waterproof casings (focusing is internal).

And if you wear glasses, eye relief is an important factor. Longer is better. Eye relief is how far your eyeball can be to see the entire field of view through the eyepiece.

As with any kind of gear, set a price point you want to be at. Then see what you can get at that price point, and adjust up or down. As for brands, Pentax has always been a great value brand (good bang for your buck, just like with their cameras). Swarovski, Leica, and Zeiss are the premium brands, and to a lesser extent, Nikon. Vortex and Celestron are good value brands.

Oh... another piece of advice. Go to a birding outing with your local Audubon Society. Birders are friendly folks. Doesn't matter if you show up without a pair of binos. Chances are someone has a spare pair. Plus, they will let you look through their main pair so you can try before you buy.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-10-2019, 02:34 AM  
HD Pentax-DA★ 11-18mm f/2.8 - some local indoors pre-series test shots
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 59
Views: 11,759
Yes, way too early. I would suggest that "sharp decline in resolution" is indistinguishable from normal depth of field as the subject retreats from the focal plane.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-18-2019, 08:18 AM  
Leaving Pentax
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 71
Views: 5,773
Folks, I believe this thread has gone about as far as it can without descending into argument. In any case, I think there has been a good balance of views presented.

Thread now closed.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-18-2019, 07:37 AM  
Leaving Pentax
Posted By normhead
Replies: 71
Views: 5,773
And quit telling others why their choices aren't good enough for you.
That's just rude.
If it's good enough for them, that's all that matters to them. You're personal circumstances are of value only to yourself, as are your opinions based on them. Now if you want to talk about how to best use your Pentax equipment, that's what we're here for.

If we wanted to know about Pentax's limitations we'd just go to Donkey Pee Review.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-18-2019, 07:16 AM  
Leaving Pentax
Posted By normhead
Replies: 71
Views: 5,773
Honestly, these threads boil down to.. I'm so good I can't work with Pentax gear anymore. The only reason you Pentax users can is you haven't reached your potential as photographers like I have.

The funny thing to me in this thread is, talking about the type of shooting many are talking about, from reading and Winder's advice, the Sony A9 is the best for what he wants. LeRoll's company has also bought him a Sony. I suspect he's going from one bad choice to another. But hey, it's not up to me. What I don't get is why this guy thinks commenting on my choice is up to him. Does he honestly think I'm so dumb I don't understand the limitations of my gear and he has to explain it all to me?

With all due respect, this type of post is arrogant, and uncalled for, and most likely just a huge ego trip on the part of the OP. Coming to the club house saying "Look at my shiny new toy, and by the way, I'm not hanging out with you guys any more. I'm too good for you."

Close the door on the way out please. I am unaffected.

My only question for the OP is "Do you understand how much further ahead you'd be, if you were smart enough to anticipate your future direction and start with Nikon gear instead of buying gear inappropriate to the direction of you development? "

After all, smarter choice at the beginning would have made both his participation in the forum and this self-centred post unnecessary. Most of the criticism here aimed at Pentax should have been highlighting his own poor choices. Pentax hasn't changed that much as company over the years. They are what they are. I would sum up his post saying "I bought into a value brand but I really wanted some pretty high end performance. Silly me." But that would be way to honest, easier to highlight all Pentax's limitations and blame it all on them.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-18-2019, 04:44 AM  
Leaving Pentax
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 71
Views: 5,773
Well said.

The problem I have with threads like these - "I'm leaving Pentax, and this is why" - is that they always receive a number of supportive "bandwagon" responses from several other disgruntled users, who actually form only a very small portion of the user base, but their combined discontent is concentrated into the thread. The potential influence this can have on less-experienced photographers, who may form premature negative opinions from what they read online rather than making their own minds up through extensive use of their gear, is troubling. And then those learned opinions get passed on to equally susceptible folks. I realise that's not the OP's intention here, but it's an unfortunate side effect nonetheless.

If there are any newer Pentax users reading this particular thread, or any future leaver threads, I'd implore you to keep an open mind. Don't be influenced by dissatisfied current or former Pentax owners, and learn what works for you by getting out there and using your camera, then make up your own mind. All equipment (regardless of brand) has limitations, but those limitations typically only affect a relatively small proportion of the user base with extremely high expectations or specific use cases. For the rest of us, any of the brands offers cameras and lenses that are more than capable of doing what we need - but some skill is required from the photographer too...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-18-2019, 04:19 AM  
Leaving Pentax
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 71
Views: 5,773
These sorts of threads end up being a bit of a Rorschach ink blot. Those who are frustrated with Pentax or who have already left see validation in their concerns. Those who currently use Pentax and haven't had issues say "What's the big deal, my camera works great!" And then there are always the folks who show up to say, "We didn't need no stinkin' auto focus in the 60s and look at how our photos turned out!" (from what I've seen, many of them were blurry and focus wasn't always perfect, but still).

Shoot with gear that makes you happy and doesn't frustrate you. Pentax as a brand works for me, clearly it doesn't work for everyone. The D850 is a very nice camera and has a number of features that the K-1 doesn't have. Pentax will probably release another full frame in the next year and perhaps it will match up better against the D850.

I will say that I haven't had issues with auto focus with the DFA zooms and they don't exactly have noisy auto focus. Further, if you are shooting groups at 77mm and f2.8 you are going to have blurry folks in the group -- that's just a factor of depth of field and will be just as true with an A9 or D850. You just have to stop down to f5.6 minimum on full frame at the sort of focal length for group photos. Finally, if I am taking portraits at really wide apertures, I use live view focusing a lot and it does boost accuracy.

There are a number of things mentioned about lenses. I have shot with the DFA *70-200, DFA 15-30 and 24-70 as well as the FA 135 f2.8, DFA 100 macro WR, and FA 31 and 77 limiteds. Probably of those, the weakest is the 24-70. I use it a lot due to the focal lengths it encompasses, but it isn't great at f2.8. The rest of them are excellent to stellar. Oddly, the 135 is probably the fastest focusing of all of those lenses.
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-17-2019, 12:56 PM  
From a k-1 user real world impressions about the k-1 II
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 90
Views: 7,821
Well, I haven't bought the K1 II for showing others the difference in 800x600 pixels images. I bought the K1 II for myself. First impression is good. Ideally I would post comparisons, although I'm starting to fatigue with online stuff. Time to log out and go outdoor for some time.
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-17-2019, 06:58 AM  
From a k-1 user real world impressions about the k-1 II
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 90
Views: 7,821
Received a K-1 II today, performed some quick tests to check that the camera is working fine. I can also say that it's very refined camera. The images render even better than the K-1, no issue with shutter shock (as opposed to what I can see on my K-1). And hand held pixel shift works great, images are gorgeous. What I can see if more like that Ricoh said when they released the Pentax K-1 II, and I don't see the negative things related to criticism of the reviews and all the fuzz reported here. To me the K-1 II, as far as my experience with it, is a very fine camera, I'm very happy with this new purchase.
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-17-2019, 07:27 AM  
From a k-1 user real world impressions about the k-1 II
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 90
Views: 7,821
From what I can see with the copy of K1 and K1II I have, the images I get with the K1 Mk II are like the K-1 image but a bit better: more microconstrast, less noise. And the K1 mk II is a bit faster to operate compared to K1 for some of image processing options such as skin tones and clarity.
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-17-2019, 11:11 AM  
From a k-1 user real world impressions about the k-1 II
Posted By biz-engineer
Replies: 90
Views: 7,821
What I'm referring above is an increase of image rendering when looking at the entire image (no pixel peeping). Loss of sharpness of K1 II over K1 is a lab thing, I don't see it practically when shooting hand held.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-17-2019, 03:48 PM  
Leaving Pentax
Posted By normhead
Replies: 71
Views: 5,773
All I can say is your shooting isn't like mine, so neither are your conclusions. This kind of post has been shared so many times I'm tired of reading it. I've heard the same kinds of posts from Canon shooters, Nikon shooters etc leaving their brands to come to Pentax as well. People come people go. It seems for everyone that leaves a new person comes to fill the void. It's not about what Pentax has to do. You don't know what Pentax has to do. It's about what you have to do. Nice of you to explain your position. But it makes not a tad of difference to me.

You buy the tool you need for the job you do. That in itself says almost nothing about anything. If you have claw hammer in your tool box and a job requires you to buy a framing hammer, do you tell all the people who have claw hammers why it doesn't suit your purpose anymore? I seriously don't understand what posts like this are supposed to accomplish. Hope it made you feel better. It did nothing for me.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-10-2019, 08:01 PM  
Pentax not for shooting kids
Posted By clackers
Replies: 28
Views: 2,407
I think mothers and fathers have collectively less photographic skill than people who shoot sports.

It's not as easy as just buying a camera and long lens and make a living from it, the guys doing the job now are actually better than us.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-10-2019, 02:26 PM  
Pentax not for shooting kids
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 28
Views: 2,407
I think you certainly can take photos of kids doing things that are active with Pentax cameras.

These are a few photos from last month when we got a bunch of snow.

Snow Brings Joy

Snow Brings Joy by Vincent1825, on Flickr

Down the Hill

Down the Hill by Vincent1825, on Flickr

Back Up Again.

Back Up Again by Vincent1825, on Flickr

I think the things I tend to do are to shoot TAv using a wide aperture and a fast enough shutter speed (1/400) and let the camera keep track of the iso. AF-C on recent cameras is pretty decent as long as you are using a newer lens -- one of the DFA lenses or DC motor driven lenses. Try to lock on before the action as the camera does a lot better if you are already prefocused and then use back button focusing and shutter button just take photos.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-10-2019, 02:12 PM  
Pentax not for shooting kids
Posted By sutherland
Replies: 28
Views: 2,407
This idea of a as not being sufficient at AF usually is a canned response from someone who either:
- has not handled the camera
- didn't take the time to get acquainted with the camera (the most common)
- didn't use the right focusing mode
- didn't use the right technique

Usually when people talk about AF, you have to make sure you identify one of the following:
- AF Acquisition
- AF Tracking

The reason being, you may find situations where a camera (depending on the skills of the photographer AND their familiarity of the camera/lens combination) fails to excel at both tasks.

Let me give you my take on the D500, which is heralded as having 'great AF'.
- AF Tracking? I do not use it. I will never use it. When I press down on my shutter, it's set to release (meaning, I don't want the Camera to tell me when I can and can't take a picture). I follow the same method with AF Tracking, I do not trust the camera to successfully track a subject when it is my 'AF Point covered' viewfinder.
- AF Acquisition? I value more than FPS, Buffer, and in some cases ISO. Can I get to the target? How fast can I get to the target? If I lose target, how soon can I get it back?

When I shoot with the D500, I use its fast Focus Acquisition to get to the target then I use BBF to hold that center point on that target. So long as that focus point is on the target, the camera will track it.

EVERY camera has a curve. EVERY camera requires technique. When I moved from the K-3II to the D500, the only thing I immediately encountered was MORE missed shots to sift through (10 FPS). I spent a lot of time just 'target' practicing and getting acquainted with the camera. IN FACT, I do this with EVERY lens. 300mm f/2.8 w/ D500? Practice. 500mm f/4? Practice. 200-500 f/5.6? Practice. The list goes on and on.

The K-1 II is fine. Having used the K-3II, it also is fine (just like the D500 is fine). Depending on the lens, you will find performance to vary.
- mount the K-1 with an old Screw Drive lens, may be slower
- mount the K-1 with a new PLM lens, will be faster

The same applies for the D500. Mount a AIS lens on the D500 and it will be slow. Again, combination matters.

When it comes to shooting, it's important to give your lens as much handicap as possible. Meaning, understand that if your Camera tends to hunt (AF is slow), maybe its because:
- your target is well into the Minimum Focal Distance (of course it's going to hunt)
- if you are shooting a target that is over 6m out, why are you making your lens travel from 0 to infinity when you can limit the focal distance

I think Back Button Focusing gives the photographer so much more control over their camera and capturing a scene. Holding focus is a massive advantage.

In regard to this: 'On small face newbord or small kids I get with 77 limited nose, ear etc', you may want to limit your focal points. Every Dynamic Focusing Zone gives priority to what is closest or presents the most contrast. Perhaps try a single point or make the SEL focus region smaller to concentrate on the eye.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-10-2019, 01:20 PM  
Pentax not for shooting kids
Posted By StiffLegged
Replies: 28
Views: 2,407
To be fair (not something DPReview are famed for) they don't say a K1ii is not for photographing active kids. I have active kids and have even photographed them with my creaky old K7 - successfully! I'm pretty sure you can take unsuccessful photos of kids with any modern camera, just as older cameras have successfully recorded kids for decades.

What reviews rarely emphasise is it's the photographer who makes the picture, not the gear. Go ahead and photograph your kids – you'll soon find it's not only possible, but rewarding.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-03-2019, 03:39 PM  
K-1 Freezing Up and Not Shooting
Posted By Bob 256
Replies: 34
Views: 1,651
One other thing can cause this - if you accidentally bump the directional pad on the back, the camera can be placed in delayed shutter mode. Then, when you press the shutter button, nothing happens (screen on back goes black) until the 2s or 12s timer times out (making you think the camera has frozen-up). Turning the camera off and back on clears it, but it should do the same thing again on the next exposure, until you take it out of shutter-delay mode.

If this is the case for you, use menu item C3 line 20 to put the camera in selectable AF point mode and click the small 4-star button above the directional pad so the controller chooses the AF point rather than timer, remote control....etc (another click of that 4-star button will return you to the timer...etc. select mode). That way, accidentally bumping the directional-pad will only change the AF point.

It only took me a couple of days to find this foible when I first got my K-1 and I was dumbfounded as to what was going on until I figured it out.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 12-23-2018, 03:53 PM  
Rent a K-1?
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 55
Views: 2,812
If the love of photography is dependent on your camera, I would humbly suggest it's already dead.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-27-2018, 07:56 AM  
A week with the K-1
Posted By arv
Replies: 22
Views: 1,734
Introduce William Eggleston,
You might be inspired :).
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-13-2018, 06:46 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By pentaxfall
Replies: 25,934
Views: 2,237,095
Pentax K1 & Pentax 150-450mm

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