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Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-02-2019, 09:50 AM  
3 Lensbaby Lenses - All 75% Off!
Posted By grahame
Replies: 53
Views: 2,831
Mistake happens. Its good if they can honor the price, its OK if they don't want to.
It bothers me that they even do not want to to send an email to notify the cancelation and at least say sorry.

Like I said, I bought other optic parts for the lens. Luckily I found it myself that the order was canceled, so I can contact seller to cancel my purchase -- but that eBay seller will have to relist it.

It is a bad business.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-27-2018, 07:26 AM  
Pentax K-1 & D-BG6 Grip $1,490.69
Posted By reduno
Replies: 8
Views: 630
Just noticed that Optics Planet has the Pentax K-1 and D-BG6 grip as a bundled package for $1,674.93. Today (Nov 27th), you can also apply their Black Friday / Cyber Monday code "BFCYBER" and get an additional 11% off, taking the price down to $1,490.69:
Pentax K-1 DSLR Camera, 36.4 Megapixel, 19568 Color: Black, W/ Bundle | 12% Off w/ Free S&H
I have not had any experience with this seller but they appear to be on the Ricoh Imaging authorized dealer list:
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-16-2017, 10:22 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #126 Poll (Benches - February 2017)
Posted By BATMON
Replies: 51
Views: 6,098
Number 15
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-16-2017, 08:34 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #126 Poll (Benches - February 2017)
Posted By Pknot
Replies: 51
Views: 6,098
# 7 is the most ironic, #8 is very pretty, but my fave is #15 because of the symmetry between bridge and bench.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 04-28-2016, 10:43 AM  
Pentax K1 delivered! Pictures with lenses.
Posted By edo
Replies: 33
Views: 19,692
28th april 2016. K1 delivered in FRANCE!

You did it!

The dream is finally reality. Come on Canikon, the battle just begins!

I fear until the last minute that the delivery would be delayed, but I guess my order was finely handled.e

I just went to my local photo shop who were kind enough to call me to say the K1 arrived even though it was 17h30...
Well, the battery is charging and it's already evening. I guess tomorrow is a good shooting day for sure!

Handling is very nice. It's a chunky grip in hand, but secure and stable. Look small from afar, but when you hold it, it's a nice little brick.

I still need to set the options. Will report later! Here are some pics OF the K1 with a small sample of the lenses that await to be tested.

Forum: Pentax Full Frame 04-15-2016, 07:11 AM  
The High ISO Scam?
Posted By Rupert
Replies: 111
Views: 10,800
Look closer...he may not be "at" the feeder, he may be in it!
IMGP8987-800 by James Williams, on Flickr

I have galleries full of squirrels, but I don't think any of them are at ISO 100...most are at or well above 800.

If it takes ISO 2000 to get the shot, then I am happy to have it!
IMGP9215-800 by James Williams, on Flickr

While I would prefer the lower ISO it is usually not possible in the heavy shade of the woods here and so I take what I can get. There is a difference between compromise of technical quality and compromise of aesthetic quality. I find many fantastic photos that are technically inferior but aesthetically excellent.
Obviously, there are different trains of thought, with many believing that technical perfection rules......but in fact, it seldom does.

Thanks for feeding the squirrels, no matter your motive, they appreciate it! :D

Forum: Lens Clubs 04-01-2016, 10:34 AM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By simon_199
Replies: 3,227
Views: 572,274
Yes, that's the place, some halls were really pretty impressive in size.

This is the Olympic stadium built in '72, with (not so) Fishy eyes as always :lol:

Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-14-2016, 02:44 PM  
K-1 So What Is Full Frame Going To Provide Over A Crop Frame DSLR
Posted By jsherman999
Replies: 312
Views: 21,307
An absolutely perfect example of using the 'screen' tab to draw the exact wrong conclusion - that the K5 (or any same-gen aps-c camera, not to pick on the K5) 'beats' or matches the FF 5DS or D750 :)

Here's the 'print' tab, showing actual normalized output from each camera:

(Let's have a sanity-check show of hands - how many folks think that the K5 beats the D750 or 5DS FF (or Pentax K-1) cameras in noise performance? Clackers? Screen tab up there! He even has a micro 4/3 camera matching FF 5DS! What say you? ;)


---------- Post added 03-14-16 at 04:41 PM ----------

It has, huh?

Are you under the impression you 'debunked' it when you told Dr Bob Newman (sensorgen owner) he was full of crap on dpreview and got yourself banned there because the admins couldn't believe anyone posting such idiotic, baseless statements was doing anything but trolling? :)

And we see how you're using the screen tab to 'prove' your m/43 OMD matches the FF 5DS. That's very illuminating on a number of levels. ;) ;)

BTW, here's the 5DIII vs. your OMD-EM5, both at ISO 6400, without even size-normalization (ie the 5DII image is magnified more which will show more noise in comparison - displayed at the same size, the difference would be even greater.)

I think the 5DS should perform even better than the 5DIII.

Forum: Pentax K-1 03-10-2016, 12:47 AM  
Details on the sensor in the K-1, hands-on impressions and photos
Posted By clackers
Replies: 173
Views: 20,976
You know, people around here after the grim Hoya years are celebrating very important product releases, that in recent times have included the 645Z, the wonderfully priced K3-II, K-1 and the availability of excellent FF lenses (that you have dismissed as simply being Tamrons).

They've got party hats on, bouncing to the music, kissing the person next to them ... and you're sitting at home grumbling.
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-26-2015, 08:52 PM  
Takumar club
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 16,305
Views: 2,992,484
Adding some Takumar shots here :

Super Takumar 135/3.5

20151113-DSC079450-BW-1 by jenkwang, on Flickr

Raleigh MV8 by jenkwang, on Flickr

20151115-DSC08039-1 by jenkwang, on Flickr

---------- Post added 11-27-2015 at 11:54 AM ----------

Takumar 58/2

20150531-DSC03401-BW-2400 by jenkwang, on Flickr

20150531-DSC03397-2400-1 by jenkwang, on Flickr

20150531-DSC03452 by jenkwang, on Flickr

---------- Post added 11-27-2015 at 11:57 AM ----------

Takumar 100/2

20150328-DSC00772-2400 by jenkwang, on Flickr

Gazing Jayley by jenkwang, on Flickr

20150329-DSC01119-1 by jenkwang, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-22-2015, 03:05 PM  
Sharpness with the 55-300mm lens
Posted By csa
Replies: 31
Views: 3,436
That is gorgeous!
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-24-2015, 04:56 AM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Replies: 3,227
Views: 572,274
Good application of fish-eye.
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-24-2015, 05:13 PM  
DA zoom club
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 2,086
Views: 298,341
I agree, it is just too handy and compact not to have.

Fredrick Meijer Gardens-2015-21.jpg by scorpio71gr, on Flickr

Forum: Lens Clubs 08-23-2015, 09:19 PM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By mattb123
Replies: 3,227
Views: 572,274
Wow, really nice!
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-23-2015, 12:34 PM  
DA zoom club
Posted By Arizona Dave
Replies: 2,086
Views: 298,341
I left the gigantic DA*60-250 at home and brought the little DA 55-300 on a recent trip to Cincinnati. I love this lens.

Forum: Lens Clubs 08-22-2015, 12:49 PM  
DA zoom club
Posted By Mike.P
Replies: 2,086
Views: 298,341
K-5IIs and 55-300mm HD

Black Cats Bournemouth by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr

Red Arrows Bournemouth by Mike.Pursey, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-22-2015, 09:41 PM  
Fisheye Fever Club -- Flaunt your fisheye photos!
Posted By Arizona Dave
Replies: 3,227
Views: 572,274
Multnomah Falls w/ the 8mm

---------- Post added 08-22-15 at 09:43 PM ----------

Crater Lake K5 IIs and 8mm Samyang
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-14-2015, 10:21 AM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By atupdate
Replies: 3,774
Views: 818,656
Nicely spotted and the B&W conversion works very well with this subject.

Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-10-2015, 03:52 AM  
Monitor Calibration Issue
Posted By Kerrowdown
Replies: 10
Views: 1,599
No your not alone, I'm reading your posts... but I can't offer anything constructive as I'm not as obviously as technical as you (I'm just a simple soul) and I use an iMac with a x-rite i1 Display Pro for my calibration needs. :)

But good to hear you got it sorted in the end, well done. :cool:
Forum: Homepage & Official Pentax News 11-20-2014, 11:20 AM  
Pentax K-3 + Grip Now Just $796
Posted By PF Staff
Replies: 3
Views: 607
An early special on the Pentax K-3: get it for $796.

Read more on the PF homepage...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-27-2014, 06:31 PM  
70mm f2.4limited or samyang 85mm f1.4 for portraits?
Posted By zbrueningsen
Replies: 67
Views: 7,654
That is dreamy!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-20-2013, 06:13 PM  
50mm 1.4 vs. 43mm 1.9 for portraits
Posted By Billk
Replies: 16
Views: 5,182
Very good suggestions from Ikarus - and lovely shots too!

I'm thinking about getting a Voigtlander 40mm F2 (which does macro) if I can get the readies together before they all disappear. Unfortunately Voigtlander and Zeiss (both manufactured by Cosina) have ceased production of K mount lenses.

I definitely need AF for most of what I do but I think MF lenses with really good optics - like Voigtlander and Zeiss - can produce really special results on those occasions where there is the time to do manual focusing. I do very little landscape but can imagine some of the really sharp MF lenses that are available being the bomb for it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-27-2013, 02:41 PM  
K-x owners.... still happy?
Posted By Nokturner
Replies: 26
Views: 3,308
K-x is still king :-) It does everything I want. Day, night, bird, flying birds, astro, macro, you name it. Fast and very accurate autofocus, more than 98 % (fact is, I have never seen autofocus miss, when missed focus - handling error, or targets K-x isn't built to cope with). Only thing is slight missfocus in yellowish tungsten light - yeah, here I have seen autofocus miss notoriously, but K-x is not built to handle this kind of light in phase detect. Contrast focus works well also in tungsten and is a sufficient work around for me.

Small, versatile and reliable. Only superlatives :-) Got two K-x:es, will use them up to the last shuttercount. Hopefully next camera will be a Pentax FF of the same caliber as K-x, but in FF-territory.

Below: K-x timelapsing stars at night in -20 degrees Celsius. DIY infrared remote, chemical heatpads around lens to avoid frost on front lens.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-13-2013, 05:52 AM  
K-5 IIs moire: found!
Posted By Digitalis
Replies: 56
Views: 7,559
yes, when you use the K5IIs is a chance you will encounter moire - and it is easily dealt with by either using the lens at its widest aperture or by stopping the lens down past the diffraction limit. Sometimes just by holding the camera at a different angle can eliminate it - problem solved. The point is that when the lens is stopped down to the diffraction limit you don't have a bayer AA adding even more blur to the image, so a K5IIs image at f/16 will have recorded finer levels acutance than an image taken with the regular K5II at f/16 that has a bayer AA filter. Sharpening an image doesn't recover lost detail - it can only make the detail that is there in the image easier to see. With a filterless camera you are given a choice to maximise detail, or you can carefully reduce it to avoid moire and that is why I bought my K5IIs* - just because a camera has a Bayer AA filter in it doesn't in any way suggest that it is immune to moire - I have examples of moire in images taken by the Pentax K-7, and that camera has a rather strong filter.

* Being an owner of a Leica M8, M9,Leica Monochrom, Nikon D800E, Pentax 645D and having had extensive experience in working with the Leica S2, Phase One and Leaf Medium Format Digital backs - all of which as standard do not have Bayer AA filters (unless requested) I have considerable experience with working with cameras that do not have Bayer AA filters and I am pleased that pentax has given us that freedom of choice that we have with the K5II/K5IIs.
Forum: Pentax K-01 01-07-2013, 05:30 PM  
Can I get onscreen exposure preview?
Posted By MrSkelter
Replies: 50
Views: 5,434
You could be right but aperture and shutterspeed affect the image in very predictable ways. The screen doesn't have to be perfect, it just needs to provide a visual indication of what's happening. I.e. double the shutter speed, halve the amount of light. Double the aperture, four times more light hits the sensor.

In fact this is already happening. When we set the camera to blow-out, or record a dark frame, the K-01 is calculating what a balanced exposure would look like and then showing us the screen and histogram which fit. I'm simply asking that they calculate what we've set, not what the camera thinks is ideal. As the K-01 does this with any lens fitted today, there's no reason I can see it wouldn't show a 'real' exposure for any lens present either.The math on the total amount of light is trivial.
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