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Forum: Pentax Q 12-04-2017, 09:52 PM  
Q Sitting on my shelf.
Posted By Spock
Replies: 19
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I highly recommend this product:
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Forum: Pentax Q 11-14-2016, 08:48 PM  
Posted By Spock
Replies: 7
Views: 1,310
Taken with Q7, DA200 F2.8, Rear Converter-A 1.4xS, Adaptor Q for K
1/500, F5.6, ISO 100
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 04-26-2016, 09:33 PM  
K2D - new FF from Pentax.
Posted By Spock
Replies: 65
Views: 12,144
I just came upon this thread - well there is a FF now - the K1! :P
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-14-2014, 09:47 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By Spock
Replies: 2,854
Views: 89,939
You have to be in it to win it!
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-10-2014, 08:33 PM  
Win an FA 31mm Ltd: PF 3 million post giveaway!
Posted By Spock
Replies: 2,237
Views: 111,275
This lens would be a good replacement for my much loved A28/2.0!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-26-2012, 10:01 PM  
K-5 Silver Special Edition w. Silver 40mm XS Lens
Posted By Spock
Replies: 90
Views: 16,925
How can the grip be exchanged? (It looks like an integral part of the body.) What is actually the difference in the grip anyway apart from the mouldings for the finger grips?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-23-2012, 03:46 AM  
Thank you Pentax K10 and K7
Posted By Spock
Replies: 34
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The only reason 'Full Frame' still exists in the digital age is because a lot of Canon and Nikon professional photographers have such big investments in pre-digital full frame lenses.

Pentax never really had a great selection of professional film (full frame) autofocus lenses and has pretty much replaced most of them with modern DA lenses - so there is no real need for Pentax to ever produce a 'full frame' camera. The R&D money would be better spent on a larger APS lens line up.

I don't really understand why anyone would need a full frame Pentax SLR today. The only (old) lenses that would perform better on such a camera would be wide angle primes or zooms - and there are new wide angle zooms and prime lenses that fulfil those roles perfectly well.

Perhaps someone can explain why they need a full frame camera because I just don't get it?

(And as regards to OP's 'goodbye Pentax' post: I can't see how the existance of a full frame would have enabled the OP to stay with Pentax as he suggested, as the Nikon/Canon long glass he now has access to would still have been incompatible).
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-23-2012, 03:33 AM  
K-5 US Price drop - $999!
Posted By Spock
Replies: 28
Views: 3,066
There are good local deals to be had on camera gear. Australian based DWI online camera store is selling K5 bodies for AU$862 (and that is including GST I believe).

I would have bought from them if they had the silver K5 - but they don't - so I just placed an order with B&H.
Forum: Visitors' Center 09-27-2011, 06:58 PM  
Best UVFilters
Posted By Spock
Replies: 60
Views: 6,720
Hoods are definitely great protection. Plus when using lens hoods there's no need to use a lens cap - even when the camera is in its bag - makes for quicker access to the camera.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-22-2011, 07:28 PM  
Is the DA 16-45mm a worthwhile upgrade (landscapes)
Posted By Spock
Replies: 24
Views: 5,177
I used to have a 16-45 and it was optically a very good lens - no doubt better than the 18-55 (which I also owned - a WR version).

My only issue with it was that it extended when zoomed in to wide angle which made the built in flash ineffective and generally got 'in your face' with close ups.

I sold it in favour of a 12-24 and 28-105. Later I found I rarely needed to go wider than I did with the 16-45 (so I didn't keep the 12-24) but I did find the 28-105 more useful for photographing people even though its IQ was not as good as the 16-45.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-22-2011, 07:05 PM  
Black & White Life and Death: Ravens
Posted By Spock
Replies: 3
Views: 800

(not the same bird I hope?!)
Forum: Visitors' Center 09-22-2011, 06:54 PM  
Best UVFilters
Posted By Spock
Replies: 60
Views: 6,720
What's all this about uv filters protecting lenses from being smashed front first into gravel?!
I doubt any filter manufacturer has ever claimed that their products were bulletproof!

And I certainly haven't! When I say I use filters to prevent damage I don't mean against broken glass. The worst that happened to me was a curious (or perhaps just hungry) ostrich pecking my front element and putting a permanent scuff on my hoya pro-1 filter. I was quite annoyed as it wasn't a cheap filter but at the same time pleased that my lens was undamaged.

In my opinion a filter is useful to prevent dust, salt spray, fingermarks, etc. getting on a lens and then, by extension, hopefully preventing cleaning marks, scuffs & scratches - but that's all.

If people want to hit their lenses with hammers or hurl them to the ground then no filter is going to prevent damage occurring.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-21-2011, 09:39 PM  
K200D Review (New)
Posted By Spock
Replies: 10
Views: 2,638
Yes, AA compatibility is something I've always liked.

I have a K10 but in some ways I would have preferred a K200. Only thing I don't like about the K200 is the lack of a pentaprism viewfinder otherwise it would be a match for the K10 and yet lighter and more compact.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-21-2011, 08:03 PM  
K200D Review (New)
Posted By Spock
Replies: 10
Views: 2,638
Good review.

One thing though: a used K7 isn't the only weathersealed alternative in that price range - a K10 can often be found for even cheaper than a K200 and a K20 is not much more.
Forum: Visitors' Center 09-20-2011, 10:15 PM  
Best UVFilters
Posted By Spock
Replies: 60
Views: 6,720
First you say that modern lens front elements are virtually indestructible then you say they can be scratched by a broken filter. Sounds like you are contradicting yourself.

Also, you seem fixated on breakage of the front element rather than scratching or scuffing - which is my major concern - and which happens all too often to lenses. The fact that some people are not pedantic enough to notice minor wear or damage is neither here nor there.

(btw - re: the comment about how come there are so many lenses on ebay described as 'mint glass'? IMHO, it's because many lenses just sit in cupboards unused for decades - or if they were used, they had filters on them!)

I have replaced quite a few filters over the years that got scuffed or scratched; if I hadn't had the protective filters (which I consider a disposable/replaceable item), my lenses would have been irreparably damaged.

Yes, insurance may be an option, but with insurance, there is always an excess and a loss of 'no claim bonus'. Anyway, how do you replace a lens like a A28/2 which only comes up for sale every few years? (if you're lucky).
Forum: General Talk 09-19-2011, 08:47 PM  
Australia's Foreign minister fights to get Vegemite on plane
Posted By Spock
Replies: 68
Views: 4,622
The trick with vegemite is to have it on toast (or biscuits) with butter and to spead it thinly! I agree that spead thickly it would taste like poison!
Forum: Visitors' Center 09-19-2011, 08:16 PM  
Best UVFilters
Posted By Spock
Replies: 60
Views: 6,720
Yes, uv filters are cheap insurance for lenses. ;)

As for degrading image quality, I've tried with and without filters and can't see it being a problem myself.

If it was was really, really important to capture an image as perfectly as possible, or if flare was really an issue, you could always remove the filter.
Forum: Pentax Q 09-19-2011, 12:11 AM  
Q vs K-7 - take the test!
Posted By Spock
Replies: 19
Views: 4,986
For a fair comparison you should have taken the same pic with both cameras.
Forum: Pentax Q 09-18-2011, 03:41 AM  
Q Mini Review - Hoping for a Q2
Posted By Spock
Replies: 38
Views: 8,371
Sensor aside, I question what the purpose is for interchangable lenses when the ones on offer don't really offer much advantage over the zooms in most point and shoots.

The prime lens would have been interesting if it was a f1.0 and the zoom would have been useful if it was a constant F2.0 but they're not. As it stands, all that we have is a zoom that, for the range, is no faster than the zoom in my 2004 point and shoot. And the prime is not fast enough to offer any real advantage over the built-in zooms in many other point & shoots. As for the toy lenses - they really are just toys - just a waste of money.

The Q is a great, looking, well built camera but the Q system as it stands is not particularly attractive. Maybe if and when more serious lenses come out it will be more appealing to serious photographers looking for a compact system - but not now sadly.
Forum: Visitors' Center 09-18-2011, 03:14 AM  
Best UVFilters
Posted By Spock
Replies: 60
Views: 6,720

I don't know what filter you're using but all I can say is that using Hoya's Super HMC coated uv filters (12 layers on both sides) I have never had a flare even 1/10 as bad as in this example.

Here is a test that gives a result more like what I'd expect using a premium rather than budget filter. While there is difference with or without the hoya super HMC filter in the images below, it's minor enough not be be of concern:

Without filter

With filter
Forum: Pentax Q 09-16-2011, 12:26 AM  
Q Mini Review - Hoping for a Q2
Posted By Spock
Replies: 38
Views: 8,371
At the end of the day, the Q is a point and shoot camera. There is no reason to expect it to give better pictures than any other similarly sized pocket camera.

The attraction of the Q lies not in image quality (for people like me at any rate) but in the fun of being able to change lenses and use it like a DSLR. If it was really as good as a DSLR then people would stop buying K5s tomorrow.

It is a shame that it doesn't have a bit larger sensor though.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-15-2011, 07:17 AM  
Nature Astro shot of moon (1000MM)
Posted By Spock
Replies: 12
Views: 1,398
Very impressive!

How hard was it to nail the focus?

Was that taken with a K20D?
Forum: Visitors' Center 09-13-2011, 12:12 AM  
Best UVFilters
Posted By Spock
Replies: 60
Views: 6,720
True, but in all practicality, I've done a few experiments with and without filters and never seen any image degradation from using a (quality) filter in all practicality. The only issue I noticed is a perhaps bit of extra lens flare with bright light sources in night shots.

I have bought and sold a lot of lenses and there is no doubt that front element damage reduces lens values markedly. Try convincing a potential buyer that a scratch, scuff, or 'cleaning mark' won't affect image quality or the value of a lens!
Forum: Pentax Q 09-12-2011, 11:45 PM  
Pentax Q in the Flesh
Posted By Spock
Replies: 1,308
Views: 187,937
Apologies if this has been discussed (I don't have the time to read 87 pages!) but what are these 'toy' lenses?

I like the idea of a compact interchangeable lens camera but not if the lenses don't match up to normal Pentax image quality standards.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-11-2011, 11:57 PM  
Poll: NEED HELP! Best Wide-to-Telephoto All-Around Zoom? (Like 18/28mm-200/300mm) or wait?
Posted By Spock
Replies: 12
Views: 2,362
I know it's not exactly what you asked for, but why not consider a DA18-135?
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