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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 1 Day Ago  
Commentary / short test of the new Godox AD100Pro off-camera flash
Posted By bdery
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It is. You can get a system for about the price of a single flash from the OEM. And it works.



Agreed, if the AD200 works for you, the AD100Pro is harder to justify. When you want small and powerful, the latter makes more sense.



On Pentax, I use the Metz 52 AF-1 when I want PTTL, and Godox V850 when I'm in the studio (manual system). On Sony, I've got a tiny TT350s TTL flash (and Godox master source) and the AD100Pro, which I can couple with the V850 system in manual. I haven't traveled since getting the AD100Pro of course, but I could see myself bringing the TT350 and AD100Pro together, being all set for casual and more controlled flash photography.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 2 Days Ago  
Commentary / short test of the new Godox AD100Pro off-camera flash
Posted By bdery
Replies: 4
Views: 283
I've started experimenting with Godox's new AD100Pro flash, and I thought I might as well write my comments here. It's almost structured like a review, because that's what I do ;)



The flash’s head resembles the company’s V1 hotshoe flash, but in a smaller package overall. In fact, Godox markets the AD100Pro as being the same size as a soda can. This is approximately true, the AD100Pro being a bit wider. The flash is also more powerful than its V1 sibling: the V1 packs 76W of power, while the AD100Pro offers 100W.

The AD100Pro cannot be mounted on-camera; it must be driven either via a trigger, or as an optical slave.



The flash ships in a nice hard case. The package includes a battery, USB-C charger and cable, and a lightstand swivel bracket (with a hole to mount an umbrella).



The flash is a smooth cylinder. The bottom features two standard ¼-20 screw holes for mounting (a tripod plate could be screwed there). The sides show the vents for the built-in cooling fan and a USB port.

The front is completely taken up by the circular flash head itself, along with the small modeling light.



The back is where all the controls are located. The screen has a black background with bright writing, which looks nice.

The battery can power the flash for up to 360 full-power flashes. It is nominally the same battery as for the company’s V1 flash, but the form factor is actually slightly different, even though they use the same charger.

The beam size can be adjusted from 28mm to 85mm. The shooting mode (TTL, manual, multi exposure) has a dedicated button. Access to the optical slave option is buried in menus.

There is a modeling light.

Power output can be adjusted from 1/1 to 1/256, in 1/10 steps.

In general, menus and controls are logical and easy to understand. The buttons give good feedback and the scroll wheel is a nice element.

Triggering

The AD100Pro works with Godox’s X line of 2.4GHz triggers, such as the XPro and X2T. Godox’s hotshoe flashes can also serve as masters.



With the right trigger or master flash, the AD100Pro can operate in TTL with any camera brand. This impressive feature makes it very flexible. Of course, for this to work you need to stay within Godox’s ecosystem; it is not possible to use wireless TTL otherwise.

I've been using the X2T trigger. It has a smaller screen than its XPro, less buttons for direct control and lacks TCM (TTL Converted to Manual). It also offers 5 groups instead of the XPro’s 16. On the other hand, it is smaller, offers a “dumb” hotshoe and backlit buttons.

The X2T can also be controlled via Bluetooth. Since the trigger is almost always on-camera, the usefulness of the Bluetooth control is mainly for easier adjustment of shooting parameters. Using a phone’s screen is often more comfortable, and an assistant can tune the light while the photographer is shooting.

Using the GodoxPhoto app is simple and straightforward. It works surprisingly well, without hiccups. This is a nice perk of the X2T trigger.

Accessories



Just like the Godox V1, the AD100Pro can accept a variety of accessories. Godox sell a kit (AK-R1) which includes gel filters, a bounce card, barndoors, a spherical diffuser, a snoot, a grid, w flat diffuser and gel filters. All of these accessories attach magnetically to the flash and to each other. This makes mounting and stacking very simple, I like it much better than I expected. The accessories ship in a case matching the AD100Pro’s case.

In some ways, the AD100Pro is a strange product. Less powerful than the company’s AD200Pro,close in price, the AD100Pro can be hard to understand.

The AD100Pro really makes sense for photography outside of the studio. It's about the size of many 85mm lenses, so essentially it takes up the space of one lens in your bag. It can be attached to a tripod so you don't really need a separate lightstand.

The quality of fabrication is impressive. The flash is very well made and feels durable. Nothing feels cheap.

One of the main qualities of this flash is the ease of use. Its operation is straightforward and simple. Coupled with a trigger, many photographers will rarely touch the flash apart from turning it on.

In my experience, the flash has been reliable, operating without fault or missed shots. Its fast recycle time is great, particularly with subjects who move constantly, such as children. I've been using V850 flashes from Godox for several years, and I really appreciate those fast recycle times.

The small size and cylindrical shape are really the standout features of this flash, making it easy to place in a typical camera bag.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
how to set the switches on the pentax dfa* 70-200 lens f2.8
Posted By bdery
Replies: 3
Views: 423
Indeed I would suggest reading the in-depth review.

Long story short : green labels are the default position.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Crazy?? DA 21 (SMC) vs HD 18-50mm for very small walk-around lens
Posted By bdery
Replies: 77
Views: 2,378
Based on your comments, I would turn things around and say that you got a subpar copy, and that good copies are not unique.

Have a look at samples from the image, you will see if they represent what you get with your lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
HD Pentax 31mm F1.8, 43mm F1.9 and 77mm F1.8 Limited lenses dilemma.............
Posted By bdery
Replies: 39
Views: 1,408
It's hard to answer since the lenses are not available yet.

Based on the same "upgrade" which was dont with the DA Limited several years ago, we could assume that flare will indeed be better, sharpness (perceived) better also, but those two should be marginal, since the lenses are pretty good to start with. Out-of-focus rendering would likely improve, but that part is much trickier. The FA Limited were designed specifically to tune and optimize the out-of-focus rendering, so anything which touches that is risky. It could be "different"' without being "better". And the FA Limted aree already so good, it's hard to imagine a way to really, visibly improve them.

Plus, the 31 and 43 are known for their ability to crate beautiful starbursts, and the circular apertures will cripple that.

The SP coatings are a nice perk, making the lenses easier to clean.

In my opinion, the upgrade is drive by the fact that stock for the former FA Limited lenses was probably low and they needed to resupply parts anyway, so why not apply their updated coatings? And the circular aperture might be easier to source in 2021 since everyone is doing that.

I'll wait and see, but I'm not holding my breath.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Crazy?? DA 21 (SMC) vs HD 18-50mm for very small walk-around lens
Posted By bdery
Replies: 77
Views: 2,378
Not sure what you mean by "guidance" .

You can read a detailed evaluation of the 18-50 here:

HD vs. SMC Pentax-DA 18-50mm F4-5.6 Review - Introduction | PentaxForums.com Reviews

I like the 21 better for its aperture, colours, build quality, starbursts, mirocontrast. That's not to say the 18-50 isn't good, as I wrote, the 21 is simply a better lens in my opinion.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 4 Days Ago  
Landscape Rail bridge
Posted By bdery
Replies: 6
Views: 219
The beautiful aspect, which I was not able to include in that composition, is that a river flows under it, and that to the left of me was the St-Lawrence river.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Crazy?? DA 21 (SMC) vs HD 18-50mm for very small walk-around lens
Posted By bdery
Replies: 77
Views: 2,378
For me, having tested all the lenses you mention, I'd say:

1-the SMC 18-50 is a good lens

2-The HD 18-50 is a very good lens

3-The HD 21 is an excellent lens

4-The SMC 21 is a fantastic lens

Yep, in that order. The HD 21 looses the 21's ability to create beautiful starbursts. Colours are not all that different. To me that's the main difference. Some of my favourite images ever were shot with the 21, and I've never found an equivalent lens on full frame.

The 18-50 is a very convenient lens, in good light it will serve you well. It's when light gets low, or when you want something more artistic, that a lens like the 21 shines. If you don't need those artistic qualities, then the 18-50 makes perfect sense.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 4 Days Ago  
Landscape Rail bridge
Posted By bdery
Replies: 6
Views: 219
Good eye, it is indeed the "Tracel" (with an A :) )



Thanks!



Thank you.

The sun lit the bridge like that during a whole two minutes, timing was critical (and I got lucky).
Forum: Post Your Photos! 4 Days Ago  
Landscape Rail bridge
Posted By bdery
Replies: 6
Views: 219
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Landscape Last light of the sun
Posted By bdery
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Views: 115
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Landscape Crystal ball
Posted By bdery
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Views: 113
Fun with that fast manual lens and a crystal ball.

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Forum: Lens Clubs 5 Days Ago  
Pentax Irix lens club - Show us your photos...
Posted By bdery
Replies: 354
Views: 66,367
Some images I captured last Sunday with the Irix 45mm.







Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 6 Days Ago  
A new travel tripod option
Posted By bdery
Replies: 16
Views: 1,085
That's the updated version of the T-025X. It comes with the same head also.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Update for the Pentax-Sony E LA-KE1 adapter
Posted By bdery
Replies: 10
Views: 1,541
They've told me that things would pick up after Chine New Year. They recently released a Nikon to Sony adapter, so they might pur some of their energy on this, however.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-19-2021, 08:24 AM  
Should we expect more D FA* zooms?
Posted By bdery
Replies: 58
Views: 5,153
For the PLM, that's a different technology which cannot be used in heavy lenses.

For the DFA*, you are correct, but differences are not that large.

Pentax should focus on improving AF tracking, not AF-S speed, which is pretty good to start with.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 02-19-2021, 08:22 AM  
Ricoh should revisit K01
Posted By bdery
Replies: 94
Views: 8,236
The only economically sensible path towards that, while not antagonizing Pentax DSLR lowers, would be to piggy-back on a current mirrorless system, and release a perfectly functional adapter. An open system like Sony's would be the obvious path for that, but it would quite a side-step for Pentax (or any other company for that matter). It would mean that Pentax would keep its DSLR lineup, but trade profits on body sales for profit in adapter sales.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-19-2021, 07:03 AM  
Buying the DA* 60-250 Used
Posted By bdery
Replies: 30
Views: 1,091
Agreed. It's not nearly as bad as some would have us think, but it's certainly behind the competition in tracking.

AF-S, on the other hand, can be just as fast or faster than some others. I've been testing the Tamron 20mm F2.8 on Sony, and that lens cannot keep up. It can track perfectly well, but going from infinity to about 1.5 meters is much slower than recent Pentax lenses, and coming from close to that same distance can take several seconds.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-18-2021, 06:31 AM  
New guyMikeHP
Posted By bdery
Replies: 5
Views: 230
Welcome! Indeed, Yvon Bourque's ebooks are fantastic.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-17-2021, 02:30 PM  
Buying the DA* 60-250 Used
Posted By bdery
Replies: 30
Views: 1,091
I think it's good to be wary of defects, but also the global statistics of defective lenses vs total lenses sold is certainly not as high as the internet would have us believe. People with no problems do not post ;)

You can request one with a box, and ask for confirmation that it's a "Ricoh" lens and not a "Hoya" lens. That should be a good supplementary security. And also, repairing the motor probably costs something like 200 USD, so you can factor in that risk.

The 60-250 is a fantastic lens, one that I've loved since I've owned it.
Forum: General Photography 02-16-2021, 06:58 AM  
LBA
Posted By bdery
Replies: 35
Views: 1,248
The amazing thing is that I was able to stop at 2... But the D FA21 isn't out yet ;)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 02-16-2021, 06:56 AM  
Rough country tripod
Posted By bdery
Replies: 21
Views: 1,187
Absolutely agree about the Sirui (I own the older T-025X). Also agree to check out my thread ;) The Vanguard is a worthy option.

I've mostly replaced the Sirui with the Peak Design Travel Tripod, 1 pound heavier but stronger, taller, more fun to use, but much more expensive. However, if you can live with a lower tripod it can be converted by removing some legs sections (using optional feet) and make it much lighter (and shorter). Given your price point, the Vanguard or Sirui will serve you well.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-16-2021, 06:53 AM  
Full-frame vs. cropped lenses on APS-C camera
Posted By bdery
Replies: 184
Views: 6,349
Your reasoning assumes that the FF lenses are stretched to their resolution limit and that the higher resolution requirements of a modern APS-C sensor will overwhelm them. That could be the case for a specific lens, but in general that's not true. You can verify that by reading FF lens reviews here and see how they perform on APS-C.

Plus, you are neglecting the gains of using only the center portion of a lens. It's not just the resolution, but also vignetting, chromatic aberration, spherical aberration, coma, etc.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-16-2021, 06:48 AM  
Secondary travel camera, advice needed
Posted By bdery
Replies: 37
Views: 1,466
That's why I never use the hood on the FA43 also. Defeats the purpose.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-15-2021, 06:47 AM  
Secondary travel camera, advice needed
Posted By bdery
Replies: 37
Views: 1,466
If you can afford it, the Sony A7C is probably one of the best options available for hiking. I understand where you come from, I also have a K-1 II and also find is large for hiking (although I've used it numerous times). The A7C is perfect for that.
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