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Forum: Pentax KP 07-28-2018, 10:03 AM  
battery life for Pentax KP
Posted By f22
Replies: 52
Views: 4,583
I like the KP for what it does well, and I don't dwell on what it doesn't do as well. And as all camera have their shortcomings, battery life isn't considered excellent in a KP, but depending on how you prefer to operate it, YMMV. So what is so difficult about carrying an extra charged battery (or two) around in pocket? Any camera using LV and flash (especially at full power) will have reduced shot capacity, you can't find any camera where that will not be true.

Number of shots isn't my top criteria for a camera, many other things are way more important. I love the high ISO performance of that sensor, and the fast AF compared to other Pentax bodies I have. The extra $45 for a battery isn't a reason to discount the KP, because in so many ways it is a terrific camera. Or you can spend an extra $1000 for a camera that will give you 20% more shots of battery life, versus spending $45 for 100% more shots.

I took it to Rome and Venice and shot over 3500 photos with NO flash and 5 battery recharge cycles in 5 days. Except for 4 shots, that had a 128,000 ISO, the amount of noise in the other 3500 pictures was nonexistent. Had I paid attention to the ISO on those 4 shots, I would have maybe used fill flash on them, my mistake.

I will say, I tend to use OVF about 80% of the time and LV for the other 20% of shots where i'm holding the camera above me or away from my eye, on a monopod with my camera app.
Forum: Pentax KP 07-28-2018, 09:43 AM  
Best wired shutter release for KP
Posted By f22
Replies: 20
Views: 1,336
JJC MA-PK1 Two stage release button remote Control PENTAX CS-310 For Pentax K70 on Amazon. Been using it on my KP since June 16, 2017 @ 18:27 Eastern Time :-)
K-70 and KP both use the CS-310 Pentax and this generic one works great. Here's a link.

amazon.com : JJC MA-PK1 Two stage release button remote Control PENTAX CS-310 For Pentax K70 : Camera & Photo?tag=pentaxforums-20&
Forum: Pentax KP 12-31-2017, 02:56 PM  
KP and 18-135 WR
Posted By f22
Replies: 5
Views: 1,633
My favorite walking around lens. Very good edge-to-edge sharpness at just about any aperture/distance combinations, and the color saturation is excellent. For the price and convenience of not having to swap from normal to tele, it is a solid all-rounder.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-19-2017, 07:24 AM  
Torn with KP :)
Posted By f22
Replies: 44
Views: 4,851
You obviously need to buy the optional Pentax KP Wrist Splint for only $385...
Forum: Pentax K-70 12-19-2017, 07:19 AM  
Completely freezes when viewing images
Posted By f22
Replies: 8
Views: 873
As other have said, sounds like the SD card. Try removing it and placing it in a SD card reader on your PC, and see if it also has problems accessing the photos. Try a different card, take a few test photos and see if advancing, reversing the viewing causes the lock up too. Always format an SD card with the camera and not on a PC, as the manufacturer advises.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-09-2017, 08:49 AM  
Question on KP Electronic Shutter and Live View
Posted By f22
Replies: 5
Views: 1,063
I find the ES less useful because when in use it it automatically disables Shake Reduction and Flash. But when you need quiet, then use a tripod, and it's less of an issue.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-09-2017, 08:43 AM  
took KP and DA 40 limited for the first walk and...
Posted By f22
Replies: 9
Views: 1,707
Looks like it was a dust particle, but looks like it moved around because of your cropping? The particle looks identical in all 3 shots just in different places. The smaller the aperture the more obvious these specs look.

In general, a prolonged blow job makes most everything very pleased. :eek:
Forum: Pentax KP 12-09-2017, 08:37 AM  
AV Bracketed Shooting Mode
Posted By f22
Replies: 4
Views: 790
Absolutely using this. I set my U4 for this and the U5 for Motion bracketing (3 consecutive exposures at different speeds). For the Aperture Bracketing I chose 0.7 EV and did some experiment shots. I think that works well for outdoor shots. I would probably recommend 0.3 for flash or lower lit scenes.

This is a very handy feature especially for portraiture, and landscape. If you set your scene exposure to the Av you want and then take the other 2 at smaller f stops (smaller DoF) I can later choose in PP which shot gives me the best result. It also is nice for macro work with a tele lens (or my 18-135 set to 135mm).

The Motion Bracketing is handy for action photography. I set these to be in order of speed -fastest, faster, fast so that I don't wind up with my subject exiting the focus. I also suggest using AF.C if your subject is moving toward or away from you, with this. I usually get at least 2 of the 3 compositions centered with the subject. It's good for controlling how much blur you want, or if you're panning, how much your background blurs.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-07-2017, 03:50 AM  
Thoughts on use of digital filters in post processing
Posted By f22
Replies: 24
Views: 1,518
For certain subjects, like landscapes, it can help take a blasÚ scene and maybe make it a little more artistic. But as others have said, I'd rather rely on a well composed, natural, shot out of the camera than a lot of PP trickery.
Forum: Pentax KP 07-04-2017, 08:41 AM  
KP manual release ???
Posted By f22
Replies: 5
Views: 777
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-04-2017, 07:29 AM  
Replace K50 with what?
Posted By f22
Replies: 17
Views: 1,659
KP. I have a K-50 but the KP is so much more in IQ, ISO, and features. The K3-ii was my second choice, but I wanted the better high-ISO performance of the KP.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-25-2017, 06:49 AM  
For each Pentaxian buying K-1 another Nikon/Canon shooter jumped ship to Pentax
Posted By f22
Replies: 1,039
Views: 80,508
No question that choices are not only nice for consumers, but necessary to be competitive. The Canon/Nikon lines get way more review coverage and Pentax (or other companies) are forced to be producing the same amount of lens choices or face condemnation by the reviewers who are juuuuust a bit biased toward the Canon/Nikon lines. So its like you said about giving people enough choice and also the reality of how the marketplace forces the "15 model's" too.

The only point I was making with my example was, if you have 2 lenses both with constant f/2.8 from 27-70 and 70-200, you have great bokeh, fast, quick focusing lenses for many needs with just 2 lenses. And without spending more money to get lenses inside that focal range that only outperform slightly to those 2. Hey there are plenty of folks that have dozens of lenses, that's their choice. I prefer to carry one walk around lens, so I try to pick something versatile like a 27-70 or even my 18-135.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-24-2017, 07:21 AM  
For each Pentaxian buying K-1 another Nikon/Canon shooter jumped ship to Pentax
Posted By f22
Replies: 1,039
Views: 80,508
That's true what you say about the lenses, and also true for all companies like Sony especially, Looking at the newer D FA lenses for the K-1, I could be quite happy with just the 24-70 mm f/2.8 and the 70-200 mm f/2.8. The IQ, fast aperture, performance, etc seem to address a great many shooting situations and styles. It's not like I need 15 different lenses with a lot of overlap to be satisfied. I didn't have that with film cameras, and it helped me learn to take better photographs with fewer lenses around my neck. Digital format made allows me even more creative capability (higher ISO, high noise reduction, CA correction, etc) than what the film camera's could address. Add PP software to the mix and it removed even more obstacles.

I'm not saying it wouldn't be nice to have more choices from Sigma or Tamron though that helped bring down the price. They actually make some of the lenses for Pentax, so there must be some non-compete clause in there?

I agree that there will always be a group of consumers that are proud of how much more they paid for something than whether they got the best value. I prefer to be the latter, and that is the appeal Pentax has for me. It has the features I need most for a reasonable price that get the job done. A lot of what I read on the forum is folks wanting the camera to automate something for the user instead of learning how to use existing functionality to achieve the result. Pentax is great at prioritizing the functions that will give you creative improvements without driving the cost of the product into the Nikon-Canon-Sony league, where they know they can't win sales.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-24-2017, 06:13 AM  
AF Frustration - seriously considering buying a Canon DSLR
Posted By f22
Replies: 99
Views: 7,019
It probably is losing subject acquisition with the enhanced magnufication of the TC, due to the fast moving subject, and then gets confused by the sky background. It's going to require some practice, learning what works, and getting in a position where you can pan with the subject's path so the spot focus stays trained on the subject. I wouldn't proclaim this a Pentax-specific problem or the lens shortcoming. It's sort of inherit with longer focal length lens in general and taking pics of fast moving, far-away object's. Seems like you've already seen improved focus lock without the TC.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-23-2017, 08:06 AM  
AF Frustration - seriously considering buying a Canon DSLR
Posted By f22
Replies: 99
Views: 7,019
You mentioned you also were using a teleconverter....might be impacting the AF?
As others mentioned, pre-focusing it at infinity often solves hunting on my long lenses. Those seem to be my "more hunting" lenses. And usually when I'm using the sky as a background. I use Center Spot Focusing and that seems to help the hunting problem.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-23-2017, 07:50 AM  
K-1 LCD Screen
Posted By f22
Replies: 30
Views: 2,518
The World's Most Interesting Man would say, "I don't often use Live View, but when I do I use a fully articulated LCD screen".
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-22-2017, 07:41 AM  
For each Pentaxian buying K-1 another Nikon/Canon shooter jumped ship to Pentax
Posted By f22
Replies: 1,039
Views: 80,508
People are loyal to brands, when brands are loyal to them. Nothing alienates customers faster than having a sizeable legacy investment in gear, compatible only with that brand, and feeling that the company has turned those into worthless paperweights. Pentax has been very good about backwards compatibility. Many of their lens are natively compatible with new bodies, although they may not support all the modern functions. But at least they are usable and preserve your investment.

I'm satisfied that Pentax is creating affordable and great performing models like the K-1 and KP that pack a lot of important features into them. They represent great performance when compared to the competitors. When you compare what you get in say the K-1 to the equivalent FF models in Nikon, Canon and Sony, to get that incrementally better or enhanced functionality or performance, you often have to spend 2-3X's more to get that.
Forum: Pentax KP 06-16-2017, 06:26 PM  
Sensor spots not blowing off
Posted By f22
Replies: 18
Views: 1,621
Unfortunately some of my pictures did have spots which is what started my post. The sensor got cleaned.
Forum: Pentax KP 06-16-2017, 03:36 AM  
Sensor spots not blowing off
Posted By f22
Replies: 18
Views: 1,621
I sometimes do shoot at f/22 but the reason I mentioned that is that when trying to find spots on sensor, the method is to take low ISO pics of solid background at f/22 or higher at 50mm or higher. Its easier to detect them under those conditions. I only posted this in case others start to have similar spots. It's probably a one-off. But being a new model, sometimes little quirks immerge with a percentage of them, kind of like the aperture block occurring in some K-30/50's.

I personally don't feel I'm hand steady enough to attempt any sensor cleaning, especially on an in-warranty, 3-month old camera. I had excellent service from Precision Camera under the Pentax warranty. So I agree with you about the risk of DIY cleaning especially in my case. I'd rather just take pictures. Love the KP!!!
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-15-2017, 11:55 AM  
Extended 3 year Warranty on Pentax ILC > $1K
Posted By f22
Replies: 2
Views: 738
Guess they forgot a 7 when they typed the price. Still, Adorama has the same thing but $110. Even at $77.95 it's a nice discount. Thanks stevebrot.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-15-2017, 11:49 AM  
Pentax Extended Warranty for Advanced ILC (K-1) at B&H for $7.95!
Posted By f22
Replies: 6
Views: 797
Got one too this morning. Adorama has the same offer for $110 so I'm happy to have grabbed that offer when it was $7.95. Thank you Retzius!
Forum: Pentax KP 06-15-2017, 07:02 AM  
Sensor spots not blowing off
Posted By f22
Replies: 18
Views: 1,621
Time will tell Mark, I planned to shoot this weekend and will do some bracketed shots to see if the shutter is indeed the source. But there is no rush, I just purchased the 3 year extended warranty for 8 bucks this morning from B&H.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-15-2017, 06:48 AM  
Extended 3 year Warranty on Pentax ILC > $1K
Posted By f22
Replies: 2
Views: 738
If you have a Pentax Interchangeable Lens Camera, that cost more than $1,000, and is still under warranty, this is an extended warranty to 3 years (2 more years after the first) for only $7.95 + Shipping. Normally $70.

Pentax Extended Warranty for Advanced ADVWARRANTY-ADVILC B&H
Forum: Pentax KP 06-14-2017, 06:35 AM  
Sensor spots not blowing off
Posted By f22
Replies: 18
Views: 1,621
Just an update, I received my KP back from Precision Camera and they cleaned the sensor. All spots are gone. Very fast service and positive experience from the service performed. I took several test shots at 135 mm, f/40 ISO 100, manual focus, and at 200% magnification there are no discernible spots on the sensor. They did a quality cleaning job. I guess time will tell if the spots reappear once I start taking more pictures and rack up the shutter actuations.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-10-2017, 04:43 AM  
ISO - what do you REALLY use?
Posted By f22
Replies: 85
Views: 5,516
I use Auto ISO on my K-50 and I had the same opinion as you of the usability of certain ISO limits on that camera (capping at 1600...). However, since acquiring the new KP, I still use Auto ISO but now operate with 100-12800 for the same results that I used to use 100-1600 on my K-50. At 25,600 to 51,200, I get acceptable results, and above that the shots are pretty noisy. Still - that is a tremendous improvement. But that's not all, the KP renders color and detail with my same lens much better than the K-50 could. I did not want to abandon the investment I had in APS-C lens, so the KP has given me all the tool I need to get high quality results in APS-C format. I took many shots with ISO 6400 and 12,800 in Rome and Venice in ambient lit churches, and except for maybe 3 shots out of over 1200, there was some noise in them. So yeah, I am happy and satisfied with the KP.
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