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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 6 Days Ago  
Tamron 70-200 f2.8 unreliable in live view
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 8
Views: 473
My Tammy fails to lock focus in LV at all on my K-5. On the K-1 it actually locks focus in LV but the results are erratic.

Also does not bother me too much as if I'm using LV with it, I can just manually focus with the magnifier (which I often do anyway). Viewfinder focus is good although best accuracy is achieved with the 100 - 200 focal range.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-24-2020, 07:46 PM  
Why is it again that I need to upgrade? ISO8000 pic
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 12
Views: 1,023
Congratulations to you and your daughter!
Great images - very much history in the making.
Forum: General Photography 06-22-2020, 10:35 PM  
Really? Just One Camera and Lens?
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 37
Views: 1,571
FF 50 is certainly a reasonably general purpose lens and as its working for you then thats all that matters! Enjoy!

For me I think the one lens would have to be my FA 43 Limited on my K-1. I find the focal length very useful for me (the extra width "clicks" with me better than my 50 for what I shoot) and I love the starbursts it produces at night. Close behind would be the FA 31 which I also love.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 06-12-2020, 03:46 PM  
Ricoh should revisit K01
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 30
Views: 1,602
I have a K-1 but still occasionally, when traveling light, I take my K-01 with me and the small bumble bee never disappoints! It gets noticed too by other people where my K-5 and K-1 don't - which can be a nice conversation starter LOL. In short I'm not selling mine as I love using it.

In my view its biggest problem was it was just a bit too different (particularly styling) and got panned by most traditional reviewers. Yes it has some short comings but nothing that stops it taking great photos (or stops you enjoying for that matter).

However I think the sales feedback Pentax received (deserved or otherwise), was the camera was a failure and I'm sure the experience has contributed to their reluctance to produce more mirrorless cameras.
If / when they release a mirrorless, I think it will be quite different.
Forum: Pentax K-01 06-11-2020, 02:08 PM  
35-105mm 3.5 A lens on K-01
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 7
Views: 547
Well I have used mid sized zooms with my K-01 and certainly doable but its not what the K-01 does best.
I have a bumble bee K-01. I also have a A 35 - 105, but I think I have only used it once or twice on the K-01. Hand held its Ok but the lens weight is reaching the point where I'm nervous putting the K-01 on a tripod with it on and about the biggest I would go with the K-01 (without the lens having a tripod collar). I worry about damaging the mount (lens and tripod) or frame of the K-01 with bigger lens loads. Its a nicely built camera but not as rugged as K-5, K-3 etc.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-07-2020, 01:55 PM  
Advice asked on buying Sigma 70-300 DG APO Macro lens or using my SMC DA-L 55-300
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 15
Views: 740
Well I think its worth it personally (its pretty low risk at $69).

Maybe I was lucky by I find my Sigma 70-300 APO is surprisingly good on my K-1. Use it quite a bit. I also have a DA 55 - 300 but quite frankly I'm not very happy with it on FF - yes it covers FF over most of the range but sharpness towards the edges is not that great.

The Sigma is still relatively compact (I carry it walking quite a bit) and surprisingly decent IQ. I have had quite a few photos I like with it. Maybe I just got a good copy?

However the downside is build quality. The zoom operation is not smooth - it sticks in places. I don't expect this lens to last forever but it certainly fills a gap in my needs at the moment.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-26-2020, 05:14 AM  
My little world is now perfect (Vintage lenses on the K-1 ii)
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 21
Views: 1,495
Welcome and glad you are enjoying the experience!
While I mostly shoot with the wonderful fa limiteds, I also like my takumars. I have a 28 f3 5, 50 f1.4, 55 f1.8, 135 f3.5 and 200 f4. They are enjoyable to use for sure.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 05-22-2020, 03:17 PM  
Useful Youtube tutorials on RawTherapee post-processing
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 9
Views: 1,458
Thanks for sharing. I will have a watch for sure.
Sorry I don't have any videos for RT as to date I have just learnt from trial and lots of error! I do like RT though.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-22-2020, 03:09 PM  
Pentax 43 mm f1.9
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 22
Views: 2,266
Congratulations! The 43 is great for sure - I think there must be some bad copies out there as there as are some harsh reviews.

Mine is silver too and made in Japan (although I'm not convinced that makes any difference).

I mostly use mine on the K-1 where is a near perfect general purpose walk around focal length.
In terms of sharpness on FF, mine is pretty sharp from wide open (although lower contrast) and even the corners are not too bad (although noticeably soft if you pixel peep). Obviously it vignettes quite a bit on FF. Corners looking pretty good by f2.8 and everything is tack sharp by f5.6.
In my tests there is quite a noticeable change between f1.9 and f2 (vignetting decreases somewhat but contrast increases a lot) and so its quite common for me to use mine at f2.

I like the OOF rendering too - certainly significantly better than the DA40 IMO.

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-22-2020, 02:39 PM  
Just three lenses, your pick?
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 75
Views: 3,441
Wow thats always tough as, probably like most people, the lens I need changes by season and mood for that matter.

One of my issues is I often go walking with my gear so I would pick a set of gear thats relatively compact / light (so that I always take it with me)...
* FA 31 limited - awesome landscape lens, lovely rendering
* FA 43 limited - general purpose FL, fast enough, light,nice rendering, great starbursts when I'm night shooting (don't want to be without it)
* DFA 28-105 - relatively compact, WR, pretty good IQ, useful for longer FL landscape shots, good enough for the minimal number of portraits I do too
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 05-01-2020, 03:30 PM  
New K-1 (and Pentax) user!, new lens?
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 34
Views: 1,629
Welcome to Pentax!
I think the FA limiteds are well worth a look. I certainly love them on my K-1. Also like to play with the old Takumars and the FA Limiteds manage to share some of their character I think (wonderful build, lovely to use, and nice OOF rendering).

I have a DA 40 xs (same optically as the DA 40 limited I believe) but I'm not that impressed with it on the K-1 (I found quite a bit of vignetting and lacking corner sharpness even stopped down - maybe its just my copy) and keep it for using on my K-01. I am however impressed with the FA 43 f1.9 Limited which on FF I found to be sharper, faster and much better bokeh. The 43s corner sharpness is not perfect wide open but center sharpness is great (I find it very usable wide open) and it sharpens up across the frame pretty quickly as you stop down.
Another point about the 43 that I rarely see reported is it actually gives quite nice light stars from f5.6! See: Deserted Redcliffs waterfront at night | With the Corona vir? | Flickr. Oh and the FA 43 is still a very small lens.

I also love the FA31 and its my go to landscape lens but it does not do the nice light stars the 43 does.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-24-2020, 02:16 PM  
The Three Amigos
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 32
Views: 1,307
DOH! I miss typed - I have a DA15 of course.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-23-2020, 06:38 PM  
The Three Amigos
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 32
Views: 1,307
The DA limiteds are excellent (I have DA14, 40 and 70) but I think the designation of 3 "Amigos" or "Princesses" is reserved for FA limiteds and still quite deserving IMO.
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-23-2020, 06:32 PM  
K-5 Shutter Count-What is too much to buy used?
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 11
Views: 772
Sounds like good value if the camera is in good condition. Shutter count sounds fine but its always possible it could fail at less than 100k (anecdotally I have heard of lots of K-5 that have done more than 100K btw).

A K-5 IIs would be nice, as there are some useful improvements but of course the original K-5 is still a very capable camera.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-20-2020, 12:49 PM  
Why are Used Wide Angle Lenses so Expensive?
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 66
Views: 2,531
This is it in a nutshell.
To be fair I don't know how many UWA go to other brands but I have certainly seen a few reviewed on Sony etc.
Personally I did not have much luck with QC problems on a Samyang 14mm too (and I live in NZ so can't afford to keep trying due to shipping). Now thinking about other brands.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 04-11-2020, 01:48 PM  
Finally K1 Mark II
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 7
Views: 847
I'm sure you are going to love it! The DFA 28-105 is surprisingly good but the K-1 is also great with old lenses too. Enjoy!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-10-2020, 02:29 PM  
i'm trying to proof that 6 mpx is enough for portrait photography
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 48
Views: 1,922
6 MP is definitely good enough to take great portraits.My first digital was 1.5MP and really enjoyed using it (although could only print fairly small images). I'm sure you will have a blast.
Although that said 36MP FF, certainly has its advantages - particularly for printing very large photos, low light shooting and ability to aggressively crop in post.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-05-2020, 01:53 PM  
Struggling with new lens - not sure what’s the issue
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 13
Views: 1,061
Obviously this is the new DFA 70-210 we are talking about. Well its a little hard to tell sharpness wise as most of the shots are shot at f8 or f11 - when is the lens would be more challenged as f4. The f8 shots look a tad sharper as can be expected. Focus looks to be pretty well dialed in - there might be very slight back focus at 210 and front focus at 70mm (or was that the other way round - I forget), so a good compromise.While its not looking blisteringly sharp, being SOOC this is dependent on camera settings, but I would say its not too bad sharpness wise (would more telling at f4). I'm not seeing any obvious shutter shock affect and I'm not sure if this lens would be particularly susceptible to it.
Bokeh is Ok but not particularly buttery - how does it look at f4?

I can only suggest giving it a bit more time, maybe with a variety of subjects (as hard as that is at the moment).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-23-2020, 07:18 PM  
2020 K-mount roadmap update
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 51
Views: 6,203
The Ultra wide FF prime certainly spikes my interest. Hopefully something like a DFA 18mm f4 (ideally WR).
I'm really craving a compact FF UWA. Tried the Samyang 14 but the one I got (new) was badly decentred and not keen to try again as the supplier was saying they would not replace another, so refunded. Would be great if the new lens was smaller than the Samyang 14 too.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-20-2020, 06:29 PM  
Confession game: how many lenses do you have? Why do you keep them? Which was let go?
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 125
Views: 7,747
I'm just listing lenses I'm likely to use here (I have more that I should really sell!)...

My APS-C kit (used when traveling light):
* DA primes: 15, 40 and 70mm (these are generally what I travel with my K-01)
* DA zooms DA 18-135, DA L 55-300
* Sigma 10-20 f3.5

FF Kit (what I use most):
* FA Limiteds: 31, 43 and 77mm (love these and are nearly always in my bag and what I use most)
* DFA 28-105. I like it and often used when traveling relatively light or need WR (bad weather or on beaches etc)
* Sigma 70-300. Cheap, relatively light and decent IQ
* Sigma EX 20mm f1.8. IQ a bit patchy and lens is a bit bigger than I would like but its the only viable rectilinear FF UWA I have.
* Pentax K 17mm f4 Fisheye. Great for a bit fun and smaller enough to often carry
* Tamron SP 500 mirror. Quite often take when I need longer focal lengths as its relatively small and decent quality
* Tamron SP 70-200 f2.8. Good lens but don't often use it, due to size and weight (need to be on a mission)

My biggest hole is FF UWA. Yes I could get the DFA15-30 but I walk a lot with my gear and its just too big / heavy (not to mention expensive) for my use.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-11-2020, 01:32 PM  
Using the DFA* 50 f1.4 on the LX
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 19
Views: 1,140
Thanks for posting - it looks a surprisingly good combo! I particularly like the second and last shots. Certainly benefits from the films properties (not too much contrast / better exposure latitude).

P.S. the corners of the film frame had me doing a double take for a moment (was obviously not vignetting as that would not look like that at f1.4) - LOL.
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-06-2020, 01:01 PM  
Finally!!! Got My New (to me) K1!
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 11
Views: 1,267
Congratulations! Sounds like you having a ball!

I remember I was thrilled in the same sort ways when I got my K-1 and I still love it. Positive surprises for me (as they were not factoring in my buying decisions) were the great feel of the K-1 in my hands, the tilty screen (fantastic for awkward compositions) and even the GPS (locating where the photo was shot). My only (relatively minor) gripe is that we have yet to see a relatively compact modern Pentax UWA lens option - for me I'm otherwise happy with the FA limiteds (and DFA 28-105 for travel + WR).
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-06-2020, 12:49 PM  
What’s stopped me from getting a K1
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 131
Views: 6,600
Only you can answer if the K-1 is for you or not and it sounds like you have worked it out and looking for some validation?

Your reasoning looks fair but the only thing I would like to comment on is your comment about heft. I went from a K-5 & K-01 (which I still have) to a K-1, and I was pleasantly surprised at how the K-1 feels in my hands. For my hands its pretty much the perfect shaped grip and the weight feels just right (and not heavy like I feared too). Even size is surprisingly close to the K-5 and I don't really nice the difference. The lenses are a factor though, if you buy modern FF lenses they are big (personally I only have the DFA 28-105 which is small enough for me) but if you have (and are happy with) the older glass (FA limiteds are wonderful on the K-1), then its a relatively compact system.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-25-2020, 12:15 PM  
Sigma Lens 50mm 1.4 DG EX HSM on K-1 - cropped to APS-C
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 12
Views: 878
Personally I just leave my K-1 in FF mode as you can always crop the image later.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-23-2020, 12:33 PM  
K-1II and the new HD FA 35/2
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 8
Views: 1,108
I don't have the HD but do have the FA 35 f2. Interesting to read the comments here as I found my FA, after fine tuning AF, to be surprisingly sharp wide open - just the corners a little bit soft (come right at f2.8). Apart from bokeh (in some situations), its nearly a match for my FA 31 I more recently acquired.
Sample variation maybe?
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