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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-03-2021, 05:37 PM  
Need Focusing Tips with Pentax 645z
Posted By reivax
Replies: 8
Views: 588
Hello everyone,

A few months ago, I got lucky and was able to get a really great deal on a Pentax 645z camera. Little did I know the great deals would keep coming with some amazing lenses at some pretty low prices. People must have been unloading their 645z's when the new Fuji's came out and I was able to pick up my dream camera (that I honestly never thought I would be able to afford).

Now, comes the challenge. For reference, I'm coming from a Sony a7riii and I'm really impressed with how much better the image quality is (at least to my eye) on the 645z. The user experience just seems to feel more genuine with the 645z as well. I'm not sure if genuine is the right word, but I feel myself having to be more meticulous so I feel more involved with every aspect of taking a photo.

It's been a long time since I've really used a DSLR. I've been using mirrorless cameras for about half a decade now and I can tell I've gotten very used to letting the camera handle all of my autofocus needs.

I've shot with Pentax for a really long time (k-r, then k-3, then k-1) so I know af is not Pentax's strong suit. From what I can tell, the af seems to be in line with the k-5. Nothing to write home about, but also not a bad af system. I really want to master using the af on my 645z. Lately, it seems like 50% of my shots miss focus slightly. Rarely anything that completely misses, just that my target area is not the sharpest part of the frame.

I use the 645z "in-studio" for portrait photography. Sometimes on a tripod, sometimes off. Results seem to be about the same. My focus technique has been to focus on the eye and then recompose. I try to be as steady as possible when handholding. I don't believe it's an issue with the camera or lens because when it does hit focus, wow, it's beautiful how sharp and detailed the image is.

Any help and tips would be greatly appreciated.
Forum: Sold Items 04-19-2021, 11:11 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 645Z kit with 3 lenses (45-85, 35, 120macro) $3500
Posted By reivax
Replies: 9
Views: 965
Interested in selling the 45-85 separately?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-17-2019, 11:59 AM  
Pentax 67 vs 645d vs 645z with 67 Lenses
Posted By reivax
Replies: 13
Views: 1,391
My question about whether or not they would be good enough comes from reading a lot of comments on other threads about people recommending getting 645 lenses instead of 67 lenses. I really have no reference with digital medium format and only had the 67 a couple of months before it stopped working. I have no doubt I did something to make it stop working, but I don't have enough experience to know what. The only thing I can think of is that I may have removed the viewfinder without removing the lens first. I think I remember reading somewhere that you're not supposed to do that. Again, I'm not entirely sure that's what I did (don't remember doing it), but it's the only thing I can think I may have done. I tried to take care of the camera as much as possible.

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I'm debating getting a D instead of a Z because I'd like to only do manual focus. I know the Z is a much better camera, but I wonder if it's too much for what I'd like to do. I'd really like to focus on portraits and landscapes. The only thing holding me back is that the Z seems to be dropping in price pretty quickly and I don't know how good manual focus would be on the D. How was your experience with manual focus on the D?

---------- Post added 11-17-19 at 11:03 AM ----------



How's the focus peaking on the Z?

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Had not considered that. I have an a7ii that was converted to IR. I will definitely be testing out my lenses.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-16-2019, 09:49 PM  
Pentax 67 vs 645d vs 645z with 67 Lenses
Posted By reivax
Replies: 13
Views: 1,391
I can completely see how more modern 645 lenses would work better on the d or z. I'm just wondering if it would be worth getting a 645 system if I only plan on using 67 lenses (in the immediate, at least).

I guess what I'm wondering is if the 67 lenses would be good enough, or if I'd be let down by the lenses. I have a Sony a7r3 and purchased a kipon 0.7 focal reducer adapter so that I could use the 67 lenses on it. The results are fine, but nothing to get excited about. I wonder if they'd be any better on a 645 system than they are on the Sony. The resolution on the Sony is pretty close to the 645d, but the sensor size isn't.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-16-2019, 07:01 PM  
Pentax 67 vs 645d vs 645z with 67 Lenses
Posted By reivax
Replies: 13
Views: 1,391
Over the last couple of years, I've managed to get a hold of a few Pentax 67 lenses (mostly through trading other equipment I didn't use anymore). Last year, my Pentax 67 stopped taking pictures. I'm not exactly sure what is wrong with it, but it just doesn't take any pictures. I can load film, go through it, but nothing actually "records" on the film. It's been about a year since I last tested it, so I can't really remember if there is anything else going on. Since I was still in the process of learning how to use the camera, I can almost guarantee I did something to bust it.

I'm now in the process of getting the camera repaired, but I was also debating purchasing a Pentax 645d or a 645z and using the 67 lenses exclusively on either camera. I'm almost certain I'll get the 67 repaired, but the digital medium format bug is definitely there. I don't mind having to shoot fully manual, but don't know if it's really worth the money.

Does anyone have any experience with my situation? Anything I may not be considering?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-23-2018, 08:06 AM  
I'm buying a couple Godox AD200 strobes....which trigger do you recommend?
Posted By reivax
Replies: 19
Views: 4,529
Xpro trigger is definitely much better than the X1-T. Just make sure the Xpro is something you need. It could be a little bit of overkill if you're just starting out and all of the options/features can be overwhelming. The X1-T is much simpler and easier to use. I own both and use the Xpro when I need it and the X1-T when I'm not doing anything serious.
Forum: Sold Items 05-21-2018, 09:39 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Price Drop! Pentax 35-70; Helios 40 (m42); Vivitar Series 1 70-210
Posted By reivax
Replies: 9
Views: 1,966
Since the Vivitar is the last lens in this group, willing to let it go for $20 and you pick up shipping!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-18-2018, 08:52 AM  
I'm buying a couple Godox AD200 strobes....which trigger do you recommend?
Posted By reivax
Replies: 19
Views: 4,529
I purchased the Nikon version and never had any out of the ordinary issues, but I've heard of some people buying the Canon version as well.
Do you already own the V6ii's?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-17-2018, 01:45 PM  
I'm buying a couple Godox AD200 strobes....which trigger do you recommend?
Posted By reivax
Replies: 19
Views: 4,529
I was able to get high speed sync with two Cactus V6ii and an X1T. Works well. Occasional misfires, but was able to get the job done when needed. The AD200's are pretty great.
Forum: Sold Items 05-16-2018, 08:03 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Price Drop! Pentax 35-70; Helios 40 (m42); Vivitar Series 1 70-210
Posted By reivax
Replies: 9
Views: 1,966
Only two lenses left!
Forum: Sold Items 05-14-2018, 08:44 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Price Drop! Pentax 35-70; Helios 40 (m42); Vivitar Series 1 70-210
Posted By reivax
Replies: 9
Views: 1,966
Price drops on lenses.

If anyone is interested in the three remaining lenses together, willing to sell shipped for $300.

Also willing to offer combination discounts on the other lenses.
Forum: Sold Items 05-09-2018, 08:14 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Price Drop! Pentax 35-70; Helios 40 (m42); Vivitar Series 1 70-210
Posted By reivax
Replies: 9
Views: 1,966
Prices dropped on some great lenses!
Forum: Sold Items 05-06-2018, 11:54 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Price Drop! Pentax 35-70; Helios 40 (m42); Vivitar Series 1 70-210
Posted By reivax
Replies: 9
Views: 1,966
Dropped prices on some great lenses!
Forum: Sold Items 05-03-2018, 06:37 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Price Drop! Pentax 35-70; Helios 40 (m42); Vivitar Series 1 70-210
Posted By reivax
Replies: 9
Views: 1,966
Pentax 35-105 and Tokina 28-70 have been sold. All other lenses are still available.
Forum: Sold Items 05-01-2018, 10:21 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Price Drop! Pentax 35-70; Helios 40 (m42); Vivitar Series 1 70-210
Posted By reivax
Replies: 9
Views: 1,966
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax, Samyang, Helios, and Vivitar Lenses for Sale

Asking Price
1.00 USD

Item Location
California (United States)

Item Description
For sale are some great FF lenses. Hoping these can find a great new home. Thank you for looking!

All items include shipping. Insurance is not included but strongly recommended. I cannot assume responsibility for lost or stolen items if purchaser declines insurance.

Pentax 35-70 3.5-4.5 - $35 Shipped SOLD
Pentax 35-105 4-5.6 - $55 Shipped SOLD
Helios 40 (85mm 1.5) - $250 Shipped SOLD
Vivitar Series 1 70-210 - $20 and you pay for shipping! SOLD
Tokina 28-70 2.8-4.3 - $50 Shipped SOLD

Open to reasonable offers and will offer discounts on items purchased together.

Thank you and have a wonderful day!

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

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
United States

Shipping Charge
Varies

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
All Sales Final Unless Items Were Misrepresented

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 05-01-2018, 09:39 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-1; Pentax 24-70; Sigma 70-200; Sigma 85; Pentax 100; Pentax 50
Posted By reivax
Replies: 24
Views: 5,790
Pentax K-1 is sold! All that remains is the DFA 100 2.8 (Non WR)
Forum: Sold Items 04-17-2018, 08:32 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-1; Pentax 24-70; Sigma 70-200; Sigma 85; Pentax 100; Pentax 50
Posted By reivax
Replies: 24
Views: 5,790
Updated prices!

K-1 $1250
RRS L Bracket $90
DFA (non WR) 100 Macro 2.8 - $275

All prices are net to me.
Forum: Sold Items 04-10-2018, 03:27 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-1; Pentax 24-70; Sigma 70-200; Sigma 85; Pentax 100; Pentax 50
Posted By reivax
Replies: 24
Views: 5,790
Hello,

The shutter count is 12598. Thanks!
Forum: Sold Items 03-11-2018, 06:04 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-1; Pentax 24-70; Sigma 70-200; Sigma 85; Pentax 100; Pentax 50
Posted By reivax
Replies: 24
Views: 5,790
A deal I had fell through earlier today, so I figured it'd only be fair to offer others the same deal.

K-1 - $1350 with original box and accessories (net to me). Buyer pays shipping and insurance.
DFA 100 Macro (non wr) - $300 (net to me). Buyer pays shipping and insurance.

Buy both for $1600 (net to me) shipping included. Insurance optional.

Shipping international may be extra.
Forum: Sold Items 03-07-2018, 10:32 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-1; Pentax 24-70; Sigma 70-200; Sigma 85; Pentax 100; Pentax 50
Posted By reivax
Replies: 24
Views: 5,790
Prices reduced on final items to sell quickly! If anyone is interested in the K-1 and 100 Macro together, I can let them both go together for $1700 (net to me). I'll cover the shipping, but buyer pays for insurance, if wanted.
Forum: Sold Items 03-05-2018, 11:43 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-1; Pentax 24-70; Sigma 70-200; Sigma 85; Pentax 100; Pentax 50
Posted By reivax
Replies: 24
Views: 5,790
Willing to accept reasonable offers for remaining items! Thank you and have a wonderful day!
Forum: Sold Items 03-04-2018, 12:17 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-1; Pentax 24-70; Sigma 70-200; Sigma 85; Pentax 100; Pentax 50
Posted By reivax
Replies: 24
Views: 5,790
Pentax 24-70 sold!
Forum: Sold Items 02-28-2018, 02:20 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-1; Pentax 24-70; Sigma 70-200; Sigma 85; Pentax 100; Pentax 50
Posted By reivax
Replies: 24
Views: 5,790
Sigma 85 1.4 Sold! All other equipment still available.

---------- Post added 03-01-18 at 09:06 AM ----------

Updated prices!!!
Forum: Sold Items 02-26-2018, 08:55 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-1; Pentax 24-70; Sigma 70-200; Sigma 85; Pentax 100; Pentax 50
Posted By reivax
Replies: 24
Views: 5,790
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax K-1; Pentax 24-70; Sigma 70-200; Sigma 85; Pentax 100; Pentax 50

Asking Price
1.00 USD

Item Location
California (United States)

Item Description
Hello everyone, due to some medical bills, I will be parting with my K-1 kit. I would prefer to sell everything as a package, but will split up items, if needed. All items are in great condition and have been taken care of with incredible care. The Sigma's were recently cleaned and serviced by Sigma themselves. This is an incredible and complete kit that anyone would enjoy.

Prices on remaining items does not include shipping fees. I strongly recommend purchasing insurance as I cannot be responsible for shipping damage.

Total cost is package is $5000, but prices are flexible and can offer discounts on multiple items.

Individual Prices:
Pentax K-1 - $1250 (net to me) - Shutter count is 12598. SOLD
Really Right Stuff L Bracket - $90 Shipped (net to me) - SOLD
Pentax DFA 24-70 2.8 - SOLD
Pentax DFA Macro 100 2.8 - $275 (net to me)
Pentax FA 50 1.4 - $125 SOLD
Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM - SOLD
Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM - SOLD

Let me know if you have any questions and I hope these find a good home. I'll be shooting with my K-3 in the meantime, so I'll still be in the game. Have an amazing day!

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

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
United States

Shipping Charge
Varies

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
All sales final unless items were misrepresented.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-20-2018, 12:15 PM  
Strobe Storage Recommendation Needed
Posted By reivax
Replies: 7
Views: 746
Any particular foam you recommend? I think that's the part I'm having most difficulty with.
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