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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 5 Hours Ago  
Announcing the PF "100 years in 100 days" Celebratory Giveaway & Contest Series
Posted By kiwi_jono
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Looks great!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
K1 from K50
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 9
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It really depends on what lenses you have. If they are fullframe then probably will be better - even some of the older Pentax K and M lenses perform pretty well on the K-1 and many are capable of resolving the full 36MP resolution (especially stopped down). If you only have APS-C lenses then you won't get most of the benefit of the K-1.

In addition the low light (high ISO) capability of the K-1 is pretty impressive (especially if you scale image from K-1 down to K-3 size and compare) - again if you are using a full frame capable lens.
Forum: Pentax K-70 09-15-2019, 10:56 PM  
To Filter or Not to Filter
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 13
Views: 659
Personally most of my lenses don't have a filter (except when I actually need a polariser or ND filter of course).
Exceptions are lenses I use on film and a couple that don't have hoods that provide any amount of protection. I find a good hood can help with reducing potential damage to the front element but nothing can guarantee protection.

There is an argument for using them for protecting all lens and I think people should go with whatever they they are comfortable with - if the potential for damage outweighs the potential IQ impact for you then go for it!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-04-2019, 01:25 PM  
I got a K-1
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 14
Views: 1,018
You are unlikely to go wrong with that deal!

Its a great camera and I'm sure you will enjoy it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-26-2019, 06:19 PM  
What is your favorite prime?
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 47
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My current favourite is the FA31 f1.8 Limited - love the colours and rendering (yet still in a relatively compact package). However that said my most used prime at the moment is the FA 43 f1.8 Limited as its such a general purpose focal length for me on the K-1.
Runners up is a bit more difficult as I still have a soft spot for the FA35 f2 (slightly more useful focal length for me, very compact and performance not much worse than the FA31) and I now have a FA 77 f1.8 (its lovely, apart from some fringing, but don't use that focal length as often).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-16-2019, 02:14 PM  
In Praise of the 43mm F1.9 Ltd
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 12
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Nice photos and I'm also a fan of the FA43.
As background over the last year I had the opportunity to buy a FA 31 and FA 77 at pretty good prices. Have been loving them too. And then I saw a FA43 at a good price and as an after though bought it. Part of the appeal of these limiteds for me is their small size (which in turn means they go with me whenever I am carrying the K-1) - not to mention they are pleasure to use!

I have been quite surprised by how much I am using the FA43. For me I think its the combination of a focal length (which turned out to be pretty general purpose for a lot of what I do), unobtrusive size and pretty good colours and rendering. So while I think the IQ and rendering is somewhat better on the 31 and 77 (in their own ways), I have been using the FA43 more.
Forum: Pentax K-01 08-14-2019, 01:41 PM  
K 01 coming soon, advice sought
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 22
Views: 1,301
Absolutely depends on what you shoot but its a great (undervalued IMO) little camera. Its weaker anti-aliasing filter result in pretty crisp photos and it does a great job with auto exposure. Its only real issue is a lack of a viewfinder but its not the end of world and I have learnt to work around it.

Personally my K-01 goes with me when I'm travelling light and this means the DA40, DA15 and DA70 go with it. The DA limiteds in general are a good match size wise and IQ for the camera IMO.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-10-2019, 04:06 PM  
John Bradford reviews K-1
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 13
Views: 1,428
Wow that mirrors my own K-1 thoughts pretty much exactly (except I rarely shoot video and so can't really compare that to other cameras I have used).

While I would like to have a small and light FF camera (although I still find the K-01 meets my needs for travelling light), the usability & feature set versus cost of the K-1 out weighs the current competition for me.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-10-2019, 03:49 PM  
Here's another review of the K1mkII
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 4
Views: 1,008
Great review - his pros and cons are honest and fair.

For me I like the feel of the K-1 in my hands (heft and all) BUT when I'm travelling light its the K-01 that comes along.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-09-2019, 02:33 PM  
New K1 ii User
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 7
Views: 792
Nice photos from the get go!

You have a nice setup now. I really like my DFA 28-105, as its a very useful and capable lens for sure. I now also have the 3 amigos, which I love, and was surprised by how much I use the FA43 on the K-1 - for me at least its a near perfect general purpose focal length (would be a great candidate for RIcoh to release an updated version of).

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-09-2019, 03:16 AM  
Top LCD Panel
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 13
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I realise a lot people really like the top LCD but personally I rarely use the top LCD. However that said, even for me, its certainly nice to have.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-08-2019, 03:43 PM  
Dropped on concrete and fixed!
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 16
Views: 837
Well done!
I dropped one camera and lens onto concrete about 6 years ago. It was a K-x complete with DAL 55-300 which fell out of a camera bag side flap (which I thought was closed). I was very lucky and both survived just fine (small cosmetic blemishes only). Used the K-x for over a year before selling (full disclosure of its condition) and still use the DAL 55-300.

My event resulted in more psychological damage than physical it would seem and still quite paranoid about zipping up my camera bags!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-31-2019, 11:09 PM  
Poorly Rated Lenses.....Yet "WE" still like them ?
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 42
Views: 2,374
Absolutely. While it gets pretty good reviews on PF, the FA 43 f1.9 Limited gets pretty poor reviews for what it is on at least and, and have seen it criticised elsewhere too.

Mainly due to its corner sharpness and comes with comments to the effect "no good for landscape work".

However thats not been my experience. I find it to a near perfect general purpose focal length on the K-1, love the size and weight of it, relatively good speed and nice rendering. Yes corners could be sharper wide open but they are not that bad (at least on my copy anyway).
Forum: General Photography 07-28-2019, 02:13 PM  
Is japan the fungus capital of the world? :-)
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 16
Views: 1,136
Thats not been my experience but then I have only bought 3 lenses (with no fungus) from Japan.

On the other hand I seem to have had a bad run buying lenses from Auckland (NZ) - 3 out of 4 had some fungus. And reluctant to buy from there now.

I think it all comes down to the average humidity at a location but also how well the lenses are cared for and stored. I have seen lenses from here in Christchurch (generally low humidity year round) absolutely peppered with fungus because they had been stored on the bottom shelf in a garage.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-08-2019, 02:12 PM  
Is the 43mm really that bad? (APS-C)
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 28
Views: 1,959
No it doesn't suck, but for APS-C it is somewhat over shadowed by the excellent DA40 which has tiny size, and uniformly sharp (but the FA43 has the better bokeh to my eyes and is obviously about a stop faster). Build on both are excellent.

I got a second hand FA43 a couple of months back for my K-1 and I'm loving it. Finding my copy performs pretty well and use it quite a bit around f2. Maybe I got a good copy but I'm happy with the sharpness of mine. The focal length on FF is just perfect for me (much more versatile than 50mm for my uses - being a compromise between wide and normal).

Also fairly recently I finally got good second hand deals on a FA 31 & FA 77. Wonderful lenses, with useful focal lengths and important for me: nice small sizes. The 77 has lovely bokeh but does purple fringe sometimes. I particularly like the performance of the FA 31.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-07-2019, 01:55 PM  
Old lenses are calling...
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 78
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Backward support of the old lenses is where Pentax shines the brightest IMO.

There are so many options for you. Even though I now have the 3 queens (well worth it on FF IMO), I still occasionally use an M42 Super Takumar 50 f1.4, just because I like the character of the bokeh.

As previously stated a fast 50 on FF is a good starting point but generally pick a focal length you like or are missing.
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-05-2019, 04:32 PM  
"Return" to Pentax with k1.
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 13
Views: 1,217
Congradulations- a bargain indeed!

For me the k-1 strikes a nice Ballance between size and quality. I certainly often carry mine (with the 3 "small" limiteds which are great on the k-1), except when travelling very light.

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-16-2019, 01:59 PM  
Impossible to get good sharpness żis it the camera, lenses, focus, me...?
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 40
Views: 2,269
The first shot was with an aperture of f8 (which should be fine for sharpness if there is no motion blur), but the subsequent shots were at f18 and above which will not resolve as sharply due to diffraction. In general for best sharpness (with those lenses you have that is) you probably want to be around f8 (or maybe f11). Also the later images are shot at quite low shutter speeds which may result in blur due to camera moving (unless they were shot on a tripod?).

That said I don't see anything wrong with the photos at that size. It depends what in the image you were intending to be in focus? Keep in mind with much a bigger sensor than a mobile phone, you are dealing with shallower depth of field - which can also be a strength as it gives you more control of the image you capture. To maximise depth of field then you probably would want to shoot at or around f11 (f16 max) and either shoot on a tripod or set the ISO high enough to get a higher shutter speed high to avoid blur from the camera moving (at say 28mm you would ideally want say 1/60 or faster for hand held)

Getting a DSLR can be a bit of a learning curve but there is great potential to create much better photos (and have a lot of creative fun). There are lots of great resources online, for example to get a sense for depth of field have a play with a simulator like:
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-14-2019, 02:50 PM  
My K-1 II arrived and I am back.
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 13
Views: 1,592
Welcome back!
Despite some reviewers criticisms of the FA43 limited, I find it a fantastic match to the K-1 and I have it on my camera most of the time at the moment. Also the 31 and 77 limiteds are wonderful matches too (except for the occasional bit of CA / fringing). Certainly I'm happy with my setup, with only one minor bit of LBA desire - a compact ultra wide prime. FA20s are hard to come by it would seem (pity Pentax never came out with a Limited UWA) and my current (second hand) UWAs I have are bit bulky and so so IQ.
Forum: General Photography 06-14-2019, 03:30 AM  
Fullframe camera is for whom?
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 52
Views: 2,965
That price is pretty good, if the K-1 is great shape.
Weight is a consideration but personally I like the weight of mine. As for size it is just perfect for me (fits my hands so much better than the K-5 did) BUT I would not be so happy with mine with bigger lenses as I would be less likely to travel around with it. I started using mine with FA28, FA 35 f2, FA 50 f1.4 lens and it makes for quite a travel (and carry around) friendly system. However I now have the three FA queens and I'm very happy with my K-1 system. Its almost totally cured me of LBA (if only I could get a nice compact prime around 20mm that is).
I can't speak for the PLM 55-300 but my DAL 55-300 performs quite well from 100 - 300mm.

If you get the chance try a K-1 out and see what you think of it - only you can decide if its worth it!
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-11-2019, 04:39 PM  
Does K-1 in crop mode match K5?
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 17
Views: 1,487
Agree with this. I have both also and really impressed with the K-1 - features, IQ and ergonomics.
If you were coming from a K-5 IIs (no anti aliasing filter) then the difference would be closer but the K-1 still has may positives IMO.
Main disadvantages going to K-1 is cost, a little extra system size (although for me I'm using Limited lenses anyway so difference minimal for me) + weight and frame rate slower (not that bothers me at all).
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-11-2019, 12:53 PM  
K-1 size and weight question
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 29
Views: 2,176
As everyone else is saying - its a little bigger (than K-5 / K-3) but not that noticeable and definitely more comfortable to use. Weight increase is noticeable but still good and personally I prefer it for the feel.
The capability of the K-1 is impressive especially compared to my K-5 in terms of ergonomics, features and performance (well except for frame rate which I don't care about).
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-08-2019, 03:58 PM  
Nikon recommendation: sell! sell! sell!
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 85
Views: 4,754
Currently APS-C / FF cameras are offering:
* Great control of what and how you are capturing (fast lenses, range of focal lengths etc)
* Photographer oriented ergonomics (not to be underestimated)
* Leading Image Quality (including resolution, high ISO, colour accuracy)

And thats enough for a chunk of the customer base. BUT I do think they are missing some potential with interacting with other modern technology. I think mirrorless is a bit of side show at the moment (it has its pluses and minuses but no doubt will find its way into more and more cameras over time - but perhaps for different reasons).
I think interacting with other devices might be more important. For example I love my K1 but have been quite disappointed with the mobile app (which I can't even get to go at the moment - but not trying too hard as the app seemed to have stagnated anyway). So clearly this is area is not a big focus but it should be IMO. I'm like most, and love to play with new technology toys and its certainly an advantage to be able to use my new "X" phone to be able to interact with my camera in a meaningful way. I can think of quite a few ways the mobile processing power could potentially add value to the camera - but in some ways It doesn't even really matter that its not a feature you use a lot, as its still something you might like to show off to your friends (which in turn sells itself). A lot of mobile phone features are more toys really but it still helps sell them.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-27-2019, 12:59 PM  
Two Questions about the K-1 II
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 12
Views: 1,096
Those limiteds are a fantastic match for the K-1 / K-1 II. Really love mine and can happily carry them around where ever I go - something I personally would be reluctant to do with bigger lenses (even the DFA* 50 is probably a bit big for me).

I own a K-1 but I don't think you can go wrong with a K-1 II either from what I have seen from comparing test shots.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-24-2019, 03:58 PM  
Three Primes
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 19
Views: 1,264
Its going to depend on the photographer and what they like to shoot, of course.

For me, I now have my dream set of princesses (for K-1): FA 31 Limited, FA 43 Limited, and FA 77 Limited. While I sometimes supplement them with a lens, they do 80% of what I want (and to be fair 95% of what I really need). The one extra is often something around 20mm (currently using a Sigma 20mm f1.8 but don't often take it as its just too bulky and just adequate optically) - would love to have a relatively compact 21 limited for FF (the FA20 is hard to come by and now expensive in NZ)! Often pop in my kit a Pentax 17mm f4 fisheye as its quite fun and so compact!

For travelling lite with APS-C (K-01), I take a DA15, DA40 xs and DA70, which does a good job for me. Given that I really love the FA31 on FF, I'm sure I would like the DA21 on APS-C, so I guess thats on my dream list.
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