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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-25-2017, 08:28 PM  
HD Pentax-DA★ 11-18mm f/2.8
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 474
Views: 45,835
This is such a very useful focal range. I take about 75% of my shots with the 15-30mm. This + DA35mm LTD + 55-300mm is all anyone could want (perhaps sprinkle in a 55mm or 70mm if you are a portrait shooter).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-12-2017, 10:31 AM  
Best way/place to sell lenses
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 8
Views: 623
For Pentax stuff, here is the best place.
For Non-Pentax, I have had good luck at fredmiranda.com, however they do require a donation (like here), to list items.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-08-2017, 03:53 PM  
K1 AF issues at a wedding...
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 146
Views: 15,435
Hmmm,..I am not sure that is a great example. The guy's face is not in focus, but his forward shoulder is :confused:
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-27-2017, 05:27 PM  
The hollywood 28mm
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 11
Views: 1,336
Awww man, I would've snatched one up real quick for that price!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-27-2017, 12:54 PM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 651
Views: 42,880
Not at all...
I definitely think there is a future market for k-1/D850/5dmk4.
Obviously there is a smartphone market.

It is the in-between market which is being under-served by camera makers. The $300-$800 market that consists of folks that want better pics than they can get from smart phones, but do not get better results with their Rebels/D3400s because they do not know how to (or don't want to spend the time to learn) fine tune their camera's jpeg engine. They do not want to spend 10/month on Adobe CC or troll thru youtube learning how to set their camera. So they get frustrated with their cheap, space consuming DSLR and it collects dust, while they go back to their smartphones to tale pictures.
I know a few people like that personally. I offer to help them, but as soon as I talk about using faster or slower apertures they have already lost interest.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-27-2017, 10:48 AM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 651
Views: 42,880
Straw man argument...
No one is arguing that camera companies should not build DSLRs.
However, they should not ignore the vast majority of the population that does not care about sensor size, cipa data, financial reports etc.
By the way, the statement "clueless smartphone users" reek of snobbery, but it is not unexpected.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-27-2017, 10:26 AM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 651
Views: 42,880
So your opinion is to not give consumers what they want, rather what they SHOULD want (SHOULD want according to the tiny population of DSLR enthusiasts).
Sounds like a recipe for 1% marketshare.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-26-2017, 11:04 PM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 651
Views: 42,880
You missed my point.
My point was that camera companies would gain customers by making it easier to get decent files out of midrange cameras. How much easier can you get by swiping left and right to change settings??
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-25-2017, 01:55 PM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 651
Views: 42,880
I am not arguing that in-camera JPEGs are not adequate for the majority of photos out there. This is the problem though:
- I want to shoot in a museum, so I have to alter the camera's WB settings, sharpening and NR settings.
- I go outside to the museums flower garden, so I have to re-change the WB settings, and reduce NR and perhaps change the sharpening, then chimp and tweek.
- After that, I go to dimly lit restaurant. Rinse, wash, repeat.

The quality of the JPEGs are fine, it is the camera's interface that makes it frustrating for a lot of first time DSLR owners. There is a reason why a lot of new DSLR owners complain that they are actually getting better results from their cell phone than their new camera.
There is no reason (besides lack of vision and resources) why a camera company could not create a user friendly, intuitive samsung galaxy/apple i-phone interface for developing RAWs.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-25-2017, 12:25 PM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 651
Views: 42,880
1) There is the cellphone crowd that are happy looking at 8" images and just want to press a single button to add a filter and share. There are billions of these people.
2) There are the new parents/kids recital/high school sports/travel photographers where a cell phone isn't cutting it and do not want to use an over sharpened, over saturated filtered. This is the group that would be best served if camera companies focused in on software development and mobile solutions. They want an easier solution than tweeking and re-tweeking the cameras JPEG engines, but dont want to come home after a long day at work and sit in front of a computer screen for processing.
3) The gear heads and the manual control guys that agonize over every pixel.

There will always be a market for the #3 group. Heck you can still by a 8x10" field camera brand new, along with sheet film, all the development chemicals and darkroom equipment.

I think the problem is that camera companies (and message board gear heads) often think that groups 1 and 2 are the same. But in reality, they are very distinct. They want better than cell phone, and better than Instagram filters. But do not have the money for a full frame camera, and do not have the patience or time to fiddle with every RAW exposure.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-25-2017, 11:07 AM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 651
Views: 42,880
Yes, and that is the problem... a simple filter, such as what is available on VSCO or instagram, gets results that are as good or almost as good as in-camera JPEGs with the swipe of a finger. With a camera, you have to create multiple JPEG profiles, with different WBs, sharpening, noise reduction etc. and it is very non-intuitive.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-25-2017, 10:54 AM  
Pentax Primes vs Fuji
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 30
Views: 2,098
I don't want to answer for the OP, but for me personally, I was in a fancy, very dim bar this weekend where the waiter makes your drinks table side. A 16 or 23mm f1.4 would've been very handy. Indoors, poorly lit environment where things move....SR/IS does not help you much there.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-25-2017, 10:13 AM  
Pentax Primes vs Fuji
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 30
Views: 2,098
Unfortunately, these are the compromises you have to make. No one system is perfect. If I had my choice, I would want a Pentax body with Fuji lenses....but that aint happening lol.
You just have invest in a system that checks MOST of your boxes.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-24-2017, 09:47 AM  
Nikon D850: New FX-format digital SLR camera coming soon.
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 301
Views: 12,810
Nope, for me that would be the 645Z.
If I had that kinda $$$, that is where I would go
Forum: Sold Items 08-17-2017, 10:34 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DFA 15-30mm f2.8 For Sale
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 2
Views: 813
Bump ;)
Forum: Sold Items 08-14-2017, 12:33 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DFA 15-30mm f2.8 For Sale
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 2
Views: 813
Bump for lower price ;)
Forum: Sold Items 08-10-2017, 04:34 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DFA 15-30mm f2.8 For Sale
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 2
Views: 813
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax DFA 15-30mm f2.8 For Sale

Asking Price
1,100.00 USD

Item Location
Long Beach, CA (United States)

Item Description
For sale is my like new Pentax DFA 15-30mm f2.8 lens, with caps, case, box and paperwork.
The lens shows barely any signs of usage and the glass is pristine.

Asking for $1,150 - Price is not firm but please no lowballs.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Like New

Shipping Destinations
North America

Shipping Charge
Included in Price

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Return lens within 7 days for full refund minus shipping costs if not as described

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 08-04-2017, 10:52 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DFA 70-200mm f2.8
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 2
Views: 922
Bump...
Price is not firm, but please be reasonable ;)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-02-2017, 11:16 AM  
Is the new DA 20-40mm a worthy alternative to the DA 21 and DA 40 ltd?
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 32
Views: 2,216
I had one for a while...it is a very pretty lens. But it is not as compact as you may think (it has almost the same exact volume as a 31mm limited).
I think it does a fine job for replacing the DA 21/35/40mm limiteds. But I did not find it a great all-in-one solution.
I acquired a 16-85mm and I was much more satisfied. Yes, it is bigger...but I needed nothing else on a recent trip to Hawaii.
Of course, ymmv.
Forum: Sold Items 08-02-2017, 09:09 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DFA 70-200mm f2.8
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 2
Views: 922
As requested, here are some pictures. I cannot see hardly any signs of usage.
Note there is still 8 months on the warranty :)

20170801_205409 by Kenneth Marks, on Flickr

20170801_205507 by Kenneth Marks, on Flickr

20170801_205551 by Kenneth Marks, on Flickr

20170801_205440 by Kenneth Marks, on Flickr
Forum: Sold Items 08-02-2017, 09:05 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Silver DA 21mm Limited
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 10
Views: 961
Sold pending payment :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-01-2017, 03:51 PM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 651
Views: 42,880
Yea, I agree...that camera is a beast in a very compact body. Pictures don't do its small size justice.
The only problem with that camera is Ricoh didn't put it in enough people's faces.

Actually, the same can be said about the K-1. The only way you can get a feel for how much more compact the K-1 is compared to the D810 is if you go to a store and handle both. The problem is almost no store carries the K-1.
Forum: Sold Items 08-01-2017, 11:10 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax-K 50mm f1.2
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 7
Views: 1,454
Price drop bump
Forum: Sold Items 08-01-2017, 11:08 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Silver DA 21mm Limited
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 10
Views: 961
Price drop bump...
Forum: Sold Items 07-29-2017, 02:36 PM  
For Sale - Sold: DFA 70-200mm f2.8
Posted By cali92rs
Replies: 2
Views: 922
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
DFA 70-200mm f2.8

Asking Price
1,400.00 USD

Item Location
Long Beach, CA (United States)

Item Description
For sale is my DFA 70-200mm f2.8, like new.
Comes with box, paperwork, caps, lens caps.
It is in like new condition. The glass is pristine and there us almost no signs of usage.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Like New

Shipping Destinations
North America

Shipping Charge
Included in price

Shipping Services
USPS, FedEc

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Return lens within 7 days if item is not as described for full refund minus shipping charge.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
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