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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-26-2011, 11:49 AM  
just switched to sony
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 35
Views: 6,958
No, the A580 uses the same sensor as the K5.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-02-2011, 08:30 PM  
Anyone gone from Sony to Pentax?
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 24
Views: 4,987
Interestingly enough, I made the move from Pentax to Sony this year (K-x all the way to the a900!)

To me, in the Canonikon world, Sony and Pentax seem to have the most similar ideology. Keeping the ergonomics great and in-body stabilization. I think you won't be disappointed with a move to Pentax, except that you may miss the benefits of FF.
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-04-2010, 09:36 PM  
Made friends with some professional photographers here in Tokyo...
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 13
Views: 2,658
Yeah, that's what I'd prefer too. I'm just passing on the experience of the photogs here on the forum, even if it is less than ideal.
Forum: Photographic Technique 11-04-2010, 08:56 PM  
Made friends with some professional photographers here in Tokyo...
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 13
Views: 2,658
...and they gave me an interesting inside scoop on the trade. There were 4 pro photogs out with myself and some of my friends, who are just amateurs. Most all engaged in different forms of photography to pay the bills: portraits, product photography, agencies, etc.

For the most part, the pros used Canon/Nikon, but they all remarked on the great handling and the lenses of Pentax -- so that made me happy!

I know we all love Pentax for its ergonomics and the small size bodies, coupled with the premium compact primes, which the pros likewise admired. Yet, they also told me an interesting, albeit quite unfortunate tendency in the industry.

The tendency being that their clients, who are usually editors, publishers, etc will pick the photog with the biggest cam, the biggest lens, and the most megapixels. Sometimes, these pros were saying that when they meet a potential client, they'd go out and rent a Nikon D3X just to make a favorable impression of "whoa, huge cam, he must be really pro" on the client.

So in that sense, in the pro world (at least from their experience), while smaller cam bodies like Pentax are great for us and we know the quality is up to par, we cannot control how they are outwardly perceived by the clients. And sadly, it seems that there is a strong tendency to equate larger cams with pros, even though in an ideal world, the pictures should speak for themselves.

Now, I'm sort of anticipating that there will be a deluge of responses going, "well, I've been a pro for 50 years and I shoot exclusively with Pentax" and I won't disagree with that. I'm also not saying that Pentax can't be used for professional purposes.

All I'm expressing here is what I heard from the pro photog friends that I hang out with and their experiences from their clients. :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-31-2010, 03:03 AM  
K-5 enters Japanese sales rankings
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 65
Views: 16,787
I'm not sure how this ranking works, but the K-5 has been out in Japan for several weeks now, whereas the D7000 only came out 3 days ago. I figure this probably is why the D7000 is only just starting to pick up.
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-23-2010, 07:19 PM  
K-5: Yes, but does it tether?
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 48
Views: 11,306
I voted for a lens roadmap because I figured that may be the only way to figure out what direction Pentax is headed (and whether to abandon them or stay with them)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-18-2010, 10:09 AM  
FA Ltd will be discontinued and FF never comes
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 22
Views: 8,726
Not saying the rumor is true or not, but it was refuted by Customer Service reps. Not to knock on Customer Service reps, but they're not usually the holders of roadmap and/or privileged information.

I know that people think that just because it was answered by Customer Service reps in Japan that it means something more...but well, Customer service is still Customer service whichever country it is.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-17-2010, 06:42 PM  
Should I stay with Pentax or not?
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 29
Views: 4,391
I spent about a week with both a Canon 550D (T2i) and the K-x. Ultimately, I chose the K-x because I really liked the ergonomics and the price was cheaper.

But, that being said, my experience with the two cams are similar to those posted above. The K-x delivers better low light quality pics, but the AF is just really poor compared to what the T2i offered. K-x AF is slow, noisy, and indecisive -- meaning, the lens will zoom in, zoom a little back out, then zoom a little back in, before it finally focuses. The 550D on the other hand, just zoomed right in and locked on focus in one go.

I presume the Nikon D3100 might also be a good choice for a beginner cam, but I havent read much up on it. Generally, Nikon leads the pack when it comes to AF though.

So in general, with Pentax you get good IQ in low light, in-body SR, but poor AF (at least in the previous generation, K-r, K-5 probably different).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-14-2010, 06:36 AM  
Pentax marketing machine alive? Pentax magazine add!!!
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 25
Views: 9,910
I think the ad looks so old fashioned......just my opinion.

Actually, it's the exact same look as their K20D/K200 ads.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-13-2010, 12:55 AM  
Pros Using Pentax
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 52
Views: 17,191
Very interesting post. May I ask if you've had any troubles with Pentax's flash system or shooting in low light?

I ask this because I heard that Pentax often gets criticism about being non-pro due to their unreliable flash system, no FF (for low light, I guess), as well as the lack of support.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-10-2010, 05:05 PM  
A question on body materials (magnesium alloy, polycarbonate, etc)
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 14
Views: 10,003
Very interesting! So from your response, I gather that the advantage of magnesium is that it can allow for thinner cam bodies and less EMI? At the same time, the advantage of polycarbonate is that it offers more durability and a lower cost?

In that sense, it seems that our perceptions are actually wrong when we criticize the polycarbonate bodies as being less durable than those that use magnesium alloy, right?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-10-2010, 05:01 PM  
A question on body materials (magnesium alloy, polycarbonate, etc)
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 14
Views: 10,003
Thanks for that. I fixed the question :hmm:
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-10-2010, 11:32 AM  
A question on body materials (magnesium alloy, polycarbonate, etc)
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 14
Views: 10,003
In these forums and those of Canon/Nikon users, we often praise the cams using magnesium alloy and criticize those cams that use polycarbonate.

I really don't have any clue, but is this criticism really warranted? I ask this because I am not a materials engineer, and for all I know, perhaps polycarbonate offers the same (or better) qualities of magnesium alloy at a lower cost. The downside being that we are all accustomed to thinking that plastic is inferior/worse than metal or alloys, so cam manufacturers need to play to this thought in their camera segmentation.

So I wonder whenever people criticize those plastic bodies, is it just a "feel" thing or are they actually aware of factual material engineering qualities that make polycarbonate worse than magnesium alloy for cameras?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-08-2010, 06:27 AM  
I think HOYA just whipped butt - discuss
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 54
Views: 12,686
agreed
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-05-2010, 06:18 PM  
Overall Disappointment with Pentax
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 57
Views: 10,752
I would almost recommend going with a P&S camera if you like shooting JPGs and dislike doing any post-processing. As others have stated here, I think the type of person who buys a DSLR is also most likely the kind of person who wants to learn post-processing and maybe even favor shooting RAW for more control.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-04-2010, 07:51 AM  
Going from K-7 to Canon 7D
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 120
Views: 21,054
While I can understand your claim about the K-x holding its own against the 7D, to say that it holds its own against a full frame D700, for example? Either the folks youre going with are really poor users of their cams, or it's just way too much exaggeration...
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-03-2010, 06:51 PM  
What bothers me about Pentax and the new K5
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 81
Views: 15,332
I don't know whether my story is typical or not, but I was one of those new to DSLR guys that was thinking of a Canikon, but went with the wonderful feeling K-x. That being said, I have pushed myself in photography, even to the point where I was given offers to do some real work with it. Due to that, I'm now caught with exactly what you expressed: the fact that Pentax currently lacks any pro-support whether it be their flash system or even being able to rent out equipment on the fly.

So, as much as I might love the K-5 and as good as a camera it may turn out being, I feel like I might have to switch out to Canikon if I wanted to take things more pro. I bought into the Pentax family and now I feel kind of trapped.

In case this incites a bunch of "hey, but Im pro and I use pentax" responses, I get the feeling that yes, pro with Pentax with possible, but probably far less troublesome with a Canikon system.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-01-2010, 11:15 PM  
New K5 shots
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 80
Views: 16,929
Oh yeah, totally forgot that there was a Pentax event today. Maybe I'll go check it out tomorrow
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-26-2010, 05:34 PM  
I sent an email to Pentax Japan
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 108
Views: 18,309
I commend the effort, but I think the customer service reps that are answering those web form emails aren't exactly high up enough in the ladder to be "in the know" or even if they did know this information, they wouldnt be allowed to state so.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-22-2010, 03:52 PM  
K5 official first look video from Pentax, CO, USA
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 27
Views: 7,008
Man, I can't believe the global Nikon offices cant even pronounce "Nikon" correctly.

Just to set the record straight, for those of you who aren't in Japan or don't speak Japanese, the correct pronunciation is "Nee-kon" rather than "Nai-kon"

;)

Watch this old Japanese commercial and fast-forward to 1:19 where they say Nikon. Ironically, the bartender pronounces it wrong, too, so maybe it's ok after all! haha
















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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-21-2010, 06:33 PM  
Any good reason to "upgrade" from K2000 to K-x?
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 26
Views: 4,977
I don't have the K2000, so I can't really compare, but I do have the K-x. While the high ISO ability of the K-x might be better, the K-x still retains the problem of trying to focus in low light situations.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-20-2010, 05:01 PM  
In-Body SR vs. In-Lens SR Pros and Cons?
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 32
Views: 7,869
When I was looking to jump into DLSRs, one of the really huge things that attracted me to buy my K-x (and well, jump into the Pentax family) is the in-body SR feature.

That being said, are there any cons to having it in the body, as opposed to the lens? I figure that Canon/Nikon have a vast amount of resources available and they've gone and put it in their lenses instead. Do you think this was purely a business strategy to sell lenses at higher margins? Or are there actual technical benefits of an in-lens SR system vs. an in-body SR system?

Like, is there any kind of trade-off like this: Pentax has in-body SR, so all their lenses can benefit, but its SR isn't as effective as an in-lens SR system?

Thanks!
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-20-2010, 04:51 PM  
Official Pentax K-5 bashing thread.
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 191
Views: 27,431
The only things that I think Pentax sucks at are, at this point, is their poor marketing over information discrepancies and those awful (in my opinion) wobbly videos done in their Pentax Colorado offices.

Reading Falk's blog and the Pentax officials don't even know what some of the bullet points in their press release means without calling Japan? That's just poor preparation.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-20-2010, 09:04 AM  
Pentax K-5 Officially Announced
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 533
Views: 166,711
you'd think that they could afford a tripod for the video camera in the Pentax Colorado offices...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-20-2010, 03:19 AM  
Pentax K-5 to be announced in 2 days!
Posted By uchinakuri
Replies: 116
Views: 25,884
Are they actually going to announce it abroad before Japan? Coz in Japan, Monday is pretty much over. Also, today is/was a national holiday, so I doubt theyd do any major press release.
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