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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-01-2019, 08:02 PM  
For a beginner, is the price premium of 16-85 lens over the 18-135 worth paying for
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 49
Views: 2,096
I have never used the Pentax 16-85 but I used to use the equivalent Nikon 16-85 which is nearly identical in size and weight plus it has the same filter size. Based on that experience, I'd definitely go for the 18-135 for now. It is more compact, lighter, takes smaller filters and it has a versatile focal range to explore what style of photography you prefer over the long run.

True, 16mm IS noticeably wider (24mm vs 27mm) but still not super wide. If later you decide you would like to go wider, buy a dedicated wide angle lens like the Pentax DA 12-24mm or Pentax DA 15mm lens using the money you saved by buying the 18-135 instead of the 16-85. Both the Pentax DA 12-24mm and 15mm lens produce beautiful images.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-30-2018, 02:09 AM  
How do you ~safely~ store your D-LI90 batteries ?
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 102
Views: 5,983
I use the covers from Nikon DSLR batteries as they fit the Pentax LI90 battery perfectly. My Nikon batteries just sit at home so its not an issue leaving them uncovered.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-29-2018, 09:43 PM  
And people wonder why DSLR sales are declining...
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 154
Views: 5,831
This sums it up perfectly. Every add on adds more complexity, shorter battery life and expense.

And for those who do need those extra features there are DLSRS that have it. The goal of having ONE device that does it all seems pointless to me. You end up making too many compromises.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-26-2018, 02:15 AM  
Pentax Australia Boxing Day sale has started - 15% off
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 18
Views: 712
I should have mentioned that. Yes, the bags are on CR Kenndey's general website, not the Pentax website.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-25-2018, 07:16 AM  
Pentax Australia Boxing Day sale has started - 15% off
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 18
Views: 712
Pentax Australia also has 40% of Lowepro bags if you are after a new bag. They are way below BHPHoto at the moment so definitely worth a look.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-25-2018, 06:59 AM  
Upgrading: K3 or?
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 23
Views: 1,511
I have both the K-3 and K50 and prefer the K-3 for the better built quality, top LCD, better AF focus, and it's sheer rugged reliability but the K-50 really has beautiful images with a very special color tonal quality to the images that is hard to match. Was it the same sensor as the K-5? It is very close to the way Fuji film and the legendary Fujifilm S3 Pro camera used to look, so in terms of IMAGE quality I don't think the K-3 is necessarily an upgrade but in terms of the other factors I have mentioned it certainly it.

You also have to really think about what you prefer to do in terms of carrying around a camera. The K-50 (and K-70) are super light and small. The K-3 is still small but quite a bit heavier. The K-1 is a lot heavier again. If that is ok than fine but something to keep in mind. I don't have any experience with the KP so can't comment on that camera.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-05-2018, 09:52 AM  
The End of the DSLR?
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 255
Views: 12,556
Actually it is shame that Fuji exited the DSLR market as their sensors are fantastic.

I had a Fuji S3 Pro DSLR and a Fuji S5 Pro DSLR that produced beautiful JPEGs straight out the camera. Indeed, what made me switch to Pentax was that it was the closest I could get to that beautiful 'Fuji-look' tonal quality.

However, while the current Fuji mirror-less cameras produce beautiful images, In terms of functionality and actual use i just prefer DSLRs. There always seems to be a micro-second moment of delay when shooting mirror-less that I find so frustrating. I also just don't like using EVFs compared to using OVFs.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-28-2018, 09:19 AM  
Specific lenses with K1 for trip to New Zealand
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 18
Views: 1,277
I just did a two week trip in New Zealand back in July. I had a Pentax K-3 so not full frame but the equivalent range lenses to what you are suggesting. If you have a child to look after you need to travel light. My suggestion is the wide angle and the 28-105. That will easily cover 99% of your needs. In Milford Sound I did use a 300mm lens for close up shots of the snow-covered mountains but I don't think that is essential.

Unless you specially want to do macro photography i wouldn't take the Pentax 100mm WR macro lens. The range is already covered by the 28-105. Having said that, I enjoyed taken close up shots of plants and wished I had it with me.

The 77mm range is already covered by the 28-105 so unless you like the particular rendering of the 77mm lens I would leave that at home.

Given that you are carrying a separate video camera (why not use the K1?) I would only take two lenses at the most but if you do take a third make it the 100 WR as that can double up as a nice portrait lens.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 09-23-2018, 06:48 PM  
Damage to Pentax K-3 body
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 22
Views: 1,523
I decided to live with it after reading all the replies. A repair may make it worse and the damage is only cosmetic. It is right on the edge so it does not affect the WR seal over the SD cad compartment and the door still seals properly.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-22-2018, 05:19 AM  
Using iphone as a field monitor on K-3
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 15
Views: 2,170
Thank you. I will have a look at that.

While I could just google field monitors I wanted a recommendation as there are so many out there.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-22-2018, 02:57 AM  
Why Do YOU Stay With Pentax?
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 165
Views: 7,449
I used Nikon cameras from my film days and still regularly use them but in 2005 I bought a Fuji S3 Pro and then later a S5 Pro. Both these cameras are based on Nikon bodies but with Fuji's magic sensor and processing. The color tonal quality of those cameras are the closest I could get to Fuji film like Velvia and it has a beautiful ephemeral quality about it that Nikon never seemed to have been able to reproduce with the funny exception of their base model D40 which produces beautiful color images.

The Pentax cameras I have used (K200, K7, K50, K3) are the closest I can find to that beautiful Fuji film like tonal color image quality and that is why I have stuck with Pentax.

I found later Nikon cameras that I used always had a sort of clinical image quality. Maybe if I spent a lot of time in Photoshop I could reproduce what I was looking for with the Nikon cameras I have used but that is way beyond my skill level. The Nikon D700 comes close OOC but it is a very big and heavy camera so you have to be pretty dedicated to carry that around everyday, good as it is. Mind you, I haven't used the current Nikon models to compare and from what I can see online, the D500 produces beautiful images.

Then of course is the added bonus of the fantastic built quality and the wide range of standard options in the higher level Pentax cameras and even in the consumer models. The only downside of owning Pentax is that they obviously don't have the service support that the larger companies have and repairs usually take a long time in Australia.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-22-2018, 12:24 AM  
Using iphone as a field monitor on K-3
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 15
Views: 2,170
Of course! Can you recommend any particular field monitor?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-21-2018, 12:00 PM  
FA 20-35 unobtanium ....Not sure what to expect from Promaster 19-35 alternative lens
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 24
Views: 1,299
I have the Soligor version of the Cosina 19-35 lens in Nikon mount. Obviously I can't comment on its performance on Pentax but on my FF Nikon D700 it gives really nice results. Much better than you would expect from a 20+ year old consumer grade lens. As for the DA 12-24 that is a beautiful lens. The color rendition is very nice and its nice and sharp on most settings.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-21-2018, 11:45 AM  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 261
Views: 7,768
Life is not a dress rehearsal so why not?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-20-2018, 08:11 PM  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 261
Views: 7,768
The D500 definitely looks like a very nice camera. I don't think you could go wrong with that choice for your intended purpose. I shoot both Pentax (K3 mostly) and Nikon (FF D700) and both are great cameras in their own way. Even discounting the fanboy factor, I have yet to see a negative review of the D500.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-20-2018, 08:00 PM  
are you happy with switching to FF?
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 273
Views: 17,409
I like the concept too but for ISO they could have just had a separate top button like Nikon has on its FF bodies. To me the layout looks awkward. Anyway, each body is a compromise I guess as we all have our individual preferences. I jump between using Pentax and Nikon systems and the lay out on each body has their own pluses and minuses.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-19-2018, 09:14 PM  
are you happy with switching to FF?
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 273
Views: 17,409
How about the reduced top LCD screen? Is that OK to use?

It seems very crowded on that side of the camera with two top dials and top screen.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-19-2018, 08:16 PM  
Using iphone as a field monitor on K-3
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 15
Views: 2,170
Would any tablet with a mini HDMI work?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-19-2018, 07:22 PM  
A Bridge too far?...i doubt it.Nikon P1000.
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 34
Views: 2,141
Watchers of late night infomercials.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-19-2018, 06:41 PM  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 261
Views: 7,768
Thanks for the tips Dan, I will give it a shot.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-19-2018, 03:41 AM  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 261
Views: 7,768
There is a very good review here that discusses Nikon D500 for the purposes of wildlife photography. While not a direct comparison with Pentax, looking at their other reviews these guys love Pentax so I guess that may be in the back of their minds.
















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PS Dan, great images. Wish I could get my shots that sharp.

---------- Post added 09-19-18 at 03:51 AM ----------

Another nice Nikon D500 review here from a wildlife photographer's perspective that focuses particularly on BIF, including suggested settings for BIF:
















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All in all, it looks like a very nice camera. Having shot Nikon for many years (but not the D500), I generally prefer Pentax tonal quality and colors but it seems like a great choice for BIF.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-17-2018, 07:56 PM  
72mm CPL recommendation for 16-85mm?
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 13
Views: 675
Logic says that you will need a thin CPL filter on a WA lens otherwise it will vignette but even standard size CPL filters vary in depth size so that is not always the case, althogh the safer option is to get a thin one.

I have a standard size INCA brand CPL (from Germany) in 77mm and which, on my Pentax 12-24 lens only vignettes at 12 mm. Once at 15mm it is fine. The quality is also excellent and it does not have any color cast which sometimes can be an issue. I bought that cheap second hand.

Filters is one area where you can really save money busing second hand. After all, they don't wear out and any scratches will be obvious.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-10-2018, 08:17 PM  
K-1 - The Best, Most Useful Starter lens
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 45
Views: 3,990
That is very frustrating having bought such nice gear.

I really don't have enough technical knowledge to make any helpful comments but the picture of the bike rider you posted seems fine in terms of focus so that would suggest that the lens is OK. If the lens was the problem it would affect all the photos.

Maybe a relatively low-cost option to see if the camera is the problem would be to buy a known sharp lens like the Pentax A 50 1.8 and see if you still have the same problem. That is always going to be a nice lens to have in your collection anyway.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-08-2018, 08:31 PM  
K-1 - The Best, Most Useful Starter lens
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 45
Views: 3,990
Bit late for the OP as he has already bought the Pentax 28-105 but there is a very good article outlining some K1 lens options here for those with the same question:

Pentax Full Frame Lens Buyers Guide | The Don's Photo Weblog
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-08-2018, 07:37 PM  
Just Jane
Posted By Theov39
Replies: 38
Views: 485
I would like to nominate this photo
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