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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Choosing a camera opinion(s)
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 45
Views: 1,267
If your looking for the best image quality out of those 3 bodies, the K-70 is it. It's a bit better than the K-5IIs & K-3II. The K-70 is basically an updated K-5IIs, but without the "pro" build. It has the same autofocus system that the K-5IIs has, plus some other newer features.

The K-5IIs is a slightly older camera, but pretty much the camera that a lot of Pentax users measure other Pentax cameras to. The only downside is no future KAF4 support. The K-3II is the fastest performing APS-C camera & it's built like a tank. There's a supposed K-3II replacement due sometime next year which should have all the features that the K-3II has, plus improvements, but it's probably going to be pricey.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Worth waiting for the K-3II Successor?
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 75
Views: 5,537
I'm on the same page. If nothing comes out before November of 2018 or if they release an APS-C flagship with AF performance that is still years behind the competition, I'll be moving on. More than likely I'll be joining the m43 camp. Although I prefer Panasonic bodies, there's a bigger possibility that I'll end up with an Olympus OMD E-M1 Mark II body if I end up joining the m43 movement. I'd be able to borrow my dad's PRO lenses. :p
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Worth waiting for the K-3II Successor?
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 75
Views: 5,537
I've been looking all over the interwebs & no sign of anything. Including Japanese sites.

A lot of people are expecting it to be released next year. Some think that it might be released around the time of the Pentax DA* 11-18mm f/2.8 release, but you never know with Ricoh/Pentax. I guess we'll see what happens then.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-04-2017, 08:33 AM  
k-50 temporary image failure after startup
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 7
Views: 307
It looks harder than it actually is, but it's not reallt that hard.

The only thing is that everything is really small so trying to solder the wires onto the new part & back to the camera is the hardest part.

This thread helped me out.
















You Tube




^ That video gave me a general idea on how to make sure the screws went back to their proper holes. The fix presented there is a temporary fix, though. Since the camera is already open, might as well replace the part.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-04-2017, 08:15 AM  
k-50 temporary image failure after startup
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 7
Views: 307
^ No worries. One of my K-50 bodies started having that issue & I just went ahead & ordered a used OEM replacement from eBay. It's a little bit pricier at $39, but it's the one that was used by Pentax a few years ago. There are other ones floating around for about $10 to $30, but they look to be the exact same "green" failing part that probably the bean counters at Hoya decided to use on the K-30 & K-50 & kept using it on the K-S1 & K-S2.

I spent about 3 hours & a slightly burnt finger to fix my K-50 body, but I've already shot more than 5,000 trouble free shots since then. :p
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-04-2017, 07:55 AM  
k-50 temporary image failure after startup
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 7
Views: 307
Pentax K-30 & K-50 - PentaxForums.com

^ Go to this section of the forum & look at all the "aperture" & "dark exposure" threads.

The aperture motor in your K-50 is on its way out. There are many "fixes", but the only permanent fix is to replace the entire aperture motor asembly with a proven OEM one that was used by Pentax a few years ago. The "white" one, not the Chinese manufactured "green" one.

If you don't want to fix it, use completely manual aperture lenses and/or the only new KAF4 Pentax HD 55-300mm PLM lens with the latest K-50 firmware. More KAF4 lenses will eventually come, some day......
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-30-2017, 08:37 AM  
Price drops on lenses at B&H
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 6
Views: 513
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-28-2017, 07:39 AM  
Oh well....no K3iii announced
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 20
Views: 2,036
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-27-2017, 12:51 PM  
K-3II body for $829.99 or with grip for $836.95 at B&H.
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 3
Views: 360
^ Maybe, but just yesterday the K-3II was selling for $840 & $846.95.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-27-2017, 12:18 PM  
Jump from K3II to KP?
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 20
Views: 1,369
^ That's a better proposition. The upcoming APS-C flagship might be released sometime next year. It will probably be worth the wait & if not, the KP should be cheaper by the end of next year.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-27-2017, 11:49 AM  
K-3II body for $829.99 or with grip for $836.95 at B&H.
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 3
Views: 360
For those of you that have been thinking about getting a K-3II, as of right now (2017-11-27), the body is currently $829.99 (USA) at B&H & for an extra $6.96 (USA) you can get the K-3II with the grip for only $836.95 (USA) at B&H. That's a pretty decent deal. Getting the K-3II with the grip for an extra $6.96 (USA) is a no brainer.

I don't know for how long this price is going to last or if it's going to go even lower.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 11-24-2017, 11:31 AM  
Pentax K-50 photos
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 990
Views: 127,912
Some other photos taken in Japan.

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6
10mm / ƒ/4 / 1/25s / ISO 1000
Train Station


Pentax DA-L 50-200mm
50mm / ƒ/6.3 / 1/80s / ISO 2000

Bic Camera sign in front of Nagoya Train Station


Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6
18mm / ƒ/5.6 / 1/40s / ISO 10000

Nagoya Castle Residence


Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6
10mm / ƒ/4 / 1/25s / ISO 3200

Nagoya Castle Stairway
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-23-2017, 01:02 PM  
Buffer Write Speed Question Best Memory Card Settings
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 5
Views: 352
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-20-2017, 09:28 AM  
Dual IS
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 9
Views: 604
Ricoh/Pentax would have to release stabilized lenses that will work with IBIS. I don't think Pentax has ever released an OEM stabilized lens, but I could be wrong about that. Even if they have released a stabilized lens in the past, it's currently turn off IBIS or turn off lens stabilization & more than likely future bodies are not going to implement software to use IBIS & lens stabilization at the same time either.

They could probably do it, but I highly doubt this will ever happen at all. As it is, they can't seem to release enough lenses for the full frame crowd that desperately wants more lenses. It would be neat a neat feature to have & it would be a feature that no other DSLR makers currently have.

Panasonic, Olympus, & it seems like Sony as well are the only manufacturer's doing it. It seems like a mirrorless only feature for now & probably for an extremely long time, if not forever. :p
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-17-2017, 12:01 PM  
The Squirrel Mafia's RawTherapee thread. Now with 50% more excellence & win!
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 420
Views: 41,042
^ Thanks. It's a fine line between trying to reduce noise & keeping the fine detail intact as the ISO starts to climb. I use these for my K-50 RAW files. I feel comfortable shooting up to ISO 12800 & will use ISO 25600 in a pinch.

I pretty much turn everything at ISO 12800 & beyond to black & white using the Ilford Delta 400 HaldCLUT most of the time. The images look pretty darn good up to ISO 25600 when doing that. They have some nice grain that gives the image some character. Reminds me of old ISO 800-1600 film.

I use DxO on occasion as well. The output of these PP3 files mimic some of the settings that I use in DxO. Some weird demosaicing artifacts start to appear at ISO 6400 in DxO for my camera that I don't see in RawTherapee, but the images still look very good.


As for Darktable, it's been a struggle to get anything decent out of it. I'm almost at the point of giving up. :confused:
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-16-2017, 09:29 AM  
The Squirrel Mafia's RawTherapee thread. Now with 50% more excellence & win!
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 420
Views: 41,042
UPDATE!

I've attached a set of updated PP3 files. I revised the tone curve to be a bit more on the natural side, instead of being a bit too punchy. I also changed some other NR settings & junk. There are still some older PP3 files attached to this thread if you want to compare them.

I've been trying to toy around with Darktable lately, but I still can't quite match the results that I get out of RawTherapee. :confused: I'll be experimenting with it for a while & if I can figure it out, I might eventually start a Darktable thread.

Well, give these new PP3 files a whirl & see what you think. :cool:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-15-2017, 09:36 AM  
And yet.... ONE more post about aperture lock-up!
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 4
Views: 600
^ That seems to be the main cause of it. If it stays idle for many weeks, the aperture motor starts getting stuck.

Funny thing is that my black K-50 had about +-28,000 shots when it started having that dark exposure issue & it has been used at least once a week since I got it in late January 2015. It would do it randomly as I was out shooting. Sometimes in the middle of a few bursts, a few images would come out dark. My wife's red K-50 has about +-25,000 shots & no issues so far.

Despite that potential aperture motor issue in the K-50 cameras, I still they are pretty great cameras overall, but I wouldn't recommend anyone to go out & get one at this point in time. It just sucks that they cheaped out on that part. It would have been around the time of the Hoya ownership. My guess is that the accounting side had a say in it & the engineers were probably forced to go along with it. :rolleyes:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-15-2017, 07:41 AM  
And yet.... ONE more post about aperture lock-up!
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 4
Views: 600
my fix of the K-30 aperture problem without disassembly: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

^ Try this fix too.

One of my K-50 bodies started acting up & I just went straight to the operating table with it by replacing the green aperture assembly with an OEM white one. It has been trouble free for the last +-5,000 shots so far. :D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-10-2017, 06:28 PM  
Sports WRC Rally Catalunya 2017
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 7
Views: 262
Nice. I wish that the WRC would come to the USA.
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 11-09-2017, 09:15 AM  
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC Lens Samples
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 34
Views: 20,112
Took a picture of the ferris wheel at the Sunshine Sakae in Nagoya, Japan. Processed in RawTherapee with a Kodak Portra 800 film simulation.

20mm / /5.6 / 1/50s / ISO 8000

Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 11-09-2017, 09:12 AM  
Pentax K-50 photos
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 990
Views: 127,912
^ Lovely! :D
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-08-2017, 11:11 AM  
The Squirrel Mafia's RawTherapee thread. Now with 50% more excellence & win!
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 420
Views: 41,042
^ It could be the way the tifs were saved. That's my only guess.

I only use RawTherapee for straight from the camera RAW files & nothing else. I use GIMP for tif, jpeg, & other similar image files.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-08-2017, 07:50 AM  
Any News?
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 115
Views: 9,865
Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds DC-G9KBODY

^ Only $1,700. It's basically a D500, 7D Mark II, & A9 fighter. It's a bit of overkill for me, but it looks rather impressive.

I'm still waiting for that APS-C flagship. Hopefully Ricoh takes a further leap with it than what the K-5II/IIs to the K-3 was.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-08-2017, 07:44 AM  
Panasonic G9 a Pentaxsonic?
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 27
Views: 846
Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds DC-G9KBODY

^ Even Panasonic's contrast detection AF can run circles around Pentax's AF system all while being upside down & blindfolded & only for $1,700. On paper this seems as competent as the D500, 7DII, A9, & other "pro" bodies, but with insane stabilization to boot.

With everyone else making leaps & bounds progress in AF technology, I wonder what Ricoh will do with the upcoming APS-C flagship.

This camera is a bit of overkill for me, but still impressive none the less. It's basically aimed at still shooters. Panasonic has had my attention & now they're getting it even more.

I'm still waiting for that pentax APS-C flagship. I don't need all that extra hype that this camera has, but I do want a much better & more competent AF system. Hopefully Ricoh delivers something good.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 11-07-2017, 02:42 PM  
Options for failing aperture motor on K-30, dark/black photos
Posted By The Squirrel Mafia
Replies: 6
Views: 502
^ Try that fix & see if it works for now.

I feel your pain. It's very annoying when a camera works perfectly fine one day & then it's uselesss the next day.

It doesn't seem to matter what fix is employed, though. All the simple fixes of firing shutters, playing with the aperture, using different batteries, & so forth & so on eventually lead to a failed aperture motor. There is another one where you have to disassemble the camera & file the plunger a bit. This one requires the most amount of effort & also seems to fail. If you do end up deciding to open the camera, do yourself a favor. Get a complete OEM replacement part & replace the failing unit. It's the only way to permanently fix the camera.

There are some other cheap $10 replacement parts out there, but they look like the exact same one that has already failed in the camera. It's a green colored one. I believe that Ricoh will use this same replacement part again which will lead to a 50/50 chance of having the same issue again.

There is an OEM replacement on eBay that goes for $39. That one is white colored. Yes. It's a little pricey & it comes out of a used camera, but it will definitely fix your camera. If you have some tiny screwdrivers & you have a soldering iron, you'll be good to go. Just need about +-3 hours & some patience to fix it. Follow the instructions in this thread & you're good to go. I had to replace that part on one of my K-50 bodies & I've already shot about 5,000 trouble free images since then. The bean counters at Hoya screwed this camera over. It seems like a chunk of K-30/50/S1/S2 cameras will eventually fail 'cause they were all screwed with the same part. :mad:
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