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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-13-2016, 11:58 AM  
Hiking in Chili: which lenses should I bring along with my K-1?
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 36
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Thanks guys for all the suggestions, I have made up my mind, especially since I have packed by backpack and know what kind of wight I am going to lug around ;-). With great remorse I will leave the DA*300 at home, but it is just too big and too heavy. Instead I have purchased the new DA HD 55-300 PLM that really suprised me with the image quality. It is not a DA*300, but it is pretty decent for such a lightweight lens. The 24-70 will be in the bag as well, as my workhorse, the HD rear converter, the FA 77 Ltd (cannot leave that one behind) and an Irix 15 mm Firefly.

It is still somewhat heavy, but it will cover my needs more than adequatly and I can leave some lenses behind when I am going to hike for a couple of days.

Meanwhile my K-1 has been repaired under warranty (a broken CCD messed up the autofocus on all shots...), so I am all set for a hell of a trip! Hope to show you guys some nice shots when I am back.
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-13-2016, 11:46 AM  
Did you have to fine adjust the focus on your K-1?
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 41
Views: 6,441
I certainly have a good dealer, it is just a small shop with the owner helping you, makes everything much more personal, which I highly appreciate! Today I got a call from the owner, my K-1 is back from Pentax and the CCD sensor is replaced, the original one was not functioning properly. He will conduct now some tests to assess the sharpness before I am allowed to pick it up ;-).

I am so happy with this outcome!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-09-2016, 02:43 AM  
Hiking in Chili: which lenses should I bring along with my K-1?
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 36
Views: 2,976
Ok, so I have take the plunge and ordered a DA 55-300 WR PLM HD and so on ;-). Bottom line: it is not a DA*300, but it does provide me with quality I need and the autofocus (the only real drawback on the DA*300 in my opinion), is actually faster! I am really amazed what this cheap zoom lens can do, even in FF mode! I have even tried it with the HD TC 1.4 and although that is not a good combination in the Netherlands in winter (not enough light), it will perform well in bright Chilean summer I suppose.

So, now I have the following travelling kit in mind: K-1 with 24-70, DA 55-300, HD TC 1.4, Irix 15 mm for astro and landscapes and maybe the FA 77. But I am still debating on the FA 77, It is small and light, so it will not be a heavy burden and I just love that lens. On the other hand the 24-70 is not terrible at 70 mm either, is WR and is more flexible...
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-09-2016, 02:12 AM  
Did you have to fine adjust the focus on your K-1?
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 41
Views: 6,441
I have been doing several tests, but in the end decided to sent the K-1 for calibration. I was not getting the pictures I got from my K-5 IIs, which I expected to be at least the case. The amount of keepers was so low, I started to doubt my skills and became frustrated that I could not get a single worthwhile shot, while there is a thread here that has the most amazing shots. My shots were out of focus and even with SR turned on and 1/160 shutter time, I would get motion blur shooting with the 24-70...

The good news is, that my Pentax dealer is tremendously good, so I have handed in my Pentax K-1 and received another K-1 so I would not be without a camera! And this K-1 is a complete different experience! I get tack sharp photo's, even on my first outing when I did not even bother to calibrate my lenses on the K-1. Seagulls scaled to 100% are almost as sharp as the image I would get from my K-5 IIs!! I am loving this camera!

So now I hope that my own K-1 will return from Pentax and behave just like this one does!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-17-2016, 09:14 AM  
Hiking in Chili: which lenses should I bring along with my K-1?
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 36
Views: 2,976
Thanks, indeed I am not a native English speaker and yes it is spelled 'Chili' in Dutch, can't seem to change the title of the thread, so keep those cheap jokes coming. I dare you all to switch to Dutch so I can have some fun too ;).

But besides the jokes, some really good suggestions which I really appreciate a lot. I perhaps have to decide what my focus will be: wildlife or landscape. The DA 300 is quite a heavy beast, but I do love to photograph birds and other wildlife and for that purpose the 1.4 converter with the FA 77 will be way too short. On the other hand I can limit myself by leaving the DA 12-24 at home and stick to 24 mm of the DFA 24-70. But that does not necessarily lighten up my kit that much as the 12-24 is only 430 g. And there is no cheap (zoom) alternative for the DA 300 available that comes to my mind, or is there?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-16-2016, 01:59 PM  
Hiking in Chili: which lenses should I bring along with my K-1?
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 36
Views: 2,976
From December 17th I will be travelling in Chile for four weeks. Most time will be spend in Santiago, the carratera austral (highway through the Andes going south to Patagonia), and a week hiking in Torres del Paine national park.

Of course I hope to take a lot of beautiful photographs with my K1, but that puts me also in bit of a dilemma while choosing lenses:
- DA 12-24: for architecture in Santiago and landscapes. On the K1 you can use 18-24 mm
- DFA 24-70: workhorse, this lens will definitely be in my camera bag
- FA 77 Ltd: it is my favourite prime and perhaps even my favourite lens, but the DFA 24-70 covers almost the same focal length
- DA 300: for capturing wildlife
- HD TC 1.4: for extension of the DA 300

I can take all lenses, but than my bag is full and heavy, which is not perfect for hiking, as I will also have to carry my tent, sleeping mattress/bag, cooking stuff, etc. So I am thinking to leave the 12-24 and the 77 at home.

What do you think? Any tips of alternatives?
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-15-2016, 09:21 AM  
K1 AF tracking capability with unwanted elements
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 7
Views: 1,308
What were your AF settings? I am still struggling with BIF, so far I have not found the ideal AF settings...

Might the lens also be of an influence? I am shooting with the DA* 300 with occassionaly the DA HD 1.4 TC attached, and that combo did not work well on the K-5IIs with moving subjects (a lot of hunting and the unability to focus on smaller subjects in the distance), but it seems to struggle on the K-1 as well.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-11-2016, 04:13 AM  
Did you have to fine adjust the focus on your K-1?
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 41
Views: 6,441
It took a while to receive the Spyder Lenscal, but finally I was able to test my lenses last weekend in a more standardized way:

- DA* 300: +5
- DFA 24-70: +10
- FA 77 LTD: +10

Although it still worries me a bit that I am on the end of the fine tuning scale for two of my most used lenses, I think I will leave it like it is. Thanks to the perfect service of my Pentax dealer in the Netherlands, I have been able to swap the DFA 24-70 for a new copy that I could get right within the fine tune scale. Main reason for not sending the camera in for calibration is the fact that we do not have a service point in the Netherlands, so all cameras are send to a third party in Belgium and if they cannot fix the problem, it is being send to Pentax France. Nobody dares to guess how long this would take, but according to my dealer it would rather be several weeks than several days.

But I am confident that it is just an PDAF autofocus issue, as the camera focusses perfect with all lenses in LiveView.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-21-2016, 11:23 PM  
Did you have to fine adjust the focus on your K-1?
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 41
Views: 6,441
That is true and I completely agree with you, but now I have a lens (DFA 24-70) that I cannot get calibrated just the way I want, because I am at the max of the fine tune adjustment in the camera. I do not mind that I have to calibrate, I am very happy that I am able to fine tune :o.

However, I am expecting a Spyder lenscal to be delivered next week, so than I am more confident about my set-up and I will re-test all lenses and also test them on my K-5 IIs. Yesterday I just tested the lenses on a chart that I printed and folded, which is a bit less reproducible.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-21-2016, 04:47 AM  
Did you have to fine adjust the focus on your K-1?
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 41
Views: 6,441
Ok, so I tested more lenses on the K-1 and these are the results:

DFA 24-70: +10 and I am not totally happy with the result, seems that there is a difference between 24 mm and 70 mm, so the deviation seems not consistent...
FA 77: +10
DA* 300: +5
DA* 300 and 1.4 TC: +5; the camera actually regards this as a separate lens, so you can calibrate it, pretty neat!
DA 12-24: +10

So this is not very reassuring for me, especially as I am not totally happy about the 24-70 focus accuracy with the +10 adjustment...
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-21-2016, 12:00 AM  
Pentax 1.4 converter on the 70-200 with K1
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 7
Views: 1,799
I have the same experience with the DA* 300 and 1.4 TC in FF mode, the corners are a bit darker at the edges, but it is perfectly usable.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-19-2016, 10:38 AM  
Did you have to fine adjust the focus on your K-1?
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 41
Views: 6,441
Thanks a lot for all your experiences and thoughts! It seems very logical that tolerances can balance each other out or reinforce each other and that this effect is more pronounced when the depth of field is smaller. I hope it is just the lens, I do not want to part with the K-1 to get it calibrated, we have no distributor in the Netherlands if I recall correctly, so calibrating the camera at Pentax would take probably quite some time...

The K-1 is a very nice piece of equipment, I just love the colours it produces and the white balance and metering has improved vastly over the K-5 IIs. If I can assure that the autofocus works as supposed to, I am absolutely confident that I have found my photographic dream machine for the next years!

---------- Post added 19-09-16 at 19:39 ----------



Ah, so you had a big adjustment on your DFA 24-70 as well? What about your other lenses?
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-19-2016, 07:52 AM  
Did you have to fine adjust the focus on your K-1?
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 41
Views: 6,441
Thanks for the replies, with the K-5 IIs I also did not have to adjust the focus, not even with the DA 300 with the HD 1.4 converter on the camera or the FA 77. So that is why I am a bit surprised and wondering if it is the new lens (DFA 24-70) or the new camera. But you are right, I need to test the AF with my trusted lenses as well, but for that I will print calibration charts and take time to do it right this weekend.

What I have done so far is camera on a tripod, with a remote trigger to fire with a 2 sec delay. Is it necessary to do the calibration under artificial light? Or is normal daylight sufficient?
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-19-2016, 07:28 AM  
Did you have to fine adjust the focus on your K-1?
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 41
Views: 6,441
I am shooting with the Pentax K-1 for one month now, coming from a Pentax K-5 IIs. It has been a mixed journey so far which probably has to do a lot with my own learning curve in mastering a full frame camera. But there are some other things that do not seem to be caused by my learning curve of this specific camera and one of them is the autofocus system.

I have noticed that when reviewing my photo's, there are surprisingly few photo's that are in focus. First I thought it was due too the shallow depth of field and hence my learning curve, but today I did some experiments on a tripod with newspaper and I found out that with f2.8 - f5.6/ISO 100, the autofocus system shows quite pronounced backfocus with the DFA 24-70. When I focus this lens manually in Liveview using focus peaking, it is a very sharp lens. But when I am using the viewfinder, the autofocus if often way off.

So I have used the auto focus fine tune option of the K-1, but had to go all the way to +10 to get the focus aligned with the centre focuspoint (I was using spot AF). Somehow it does not feel right to have such a major adjustment on a new lens and camera.

I will do some more testing coming weekend, also with other lenses, but what are your opinions and did you have to adjust your autofocus like this? And would this be a lens or a camera problem?
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-10-2016, 03:19 AM  
Focus Peaking
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 18
Views: 5,456
Thanks! But this is done manually after focussing, I thought there was also a setting where the magnification is automatically activated when the shutter is pressed halfway. But perhaps I am misstaken.

The reason I ask, is because of the narrow field of depth when I use my old manual lenses. Focus peaking is great, but when the subject is further away, it is still hard to see when focus is correct.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-09-2016, 01:28 PM  
Focus Peaking
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 18
Views: 5,456
Could someone explain me how I turn on the magnification in combination with focus peaking? I have looked for Thijs option everywhere in the menu's, but to my frustration I cannot find it :o

Thanks!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-22-2015, 12:35 AM  
K-3II to be announced soon
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 802
Views: 85,767
I am mostly a reader here and do not comment that often, but now I feel the urge to respond. Why? Because of all the complaining people who apparantly live in a fairy world where an upgrade/facelift of an existing product leads to a whole different camera. given the chassis that Pentax already have and continue to use, that is simply impossible. We all know that space is limited in such a top level DSLR, so if you want to add stuff, sometimes you have to get rid of something else.


Remember the announcement of K5-II/IIs? People were not too excited about just an updated AF (just more light sensitive, nothing else remember?) and the option to ditch the filter, but it turned out to be a fabulous camera that earned his spot next to the much appraised and beloved K-5. This time we might get:
- an improved sensor
- improved AF
- pixelshift enhancing resolution
- improved stabilisation (3.5 -> 4.5 stops)
- GPS with astrotracer


And people are complaining that the onboard flash has gone? Really? This is a major upgrade in almost all areas! If anything it will encourage customers to buy an external flash (which does not necessarily have to be expensive) and discover how nice it is to take pictures with a proper flash. I agree that wifi instead of Flu card is still something to be desired, but I am sure that will be fixed in the new chassis of the successor of the K-3II, because than they can really start from scratch and create space to fit new components. We might even get the onboard flash back ;-). Furthermore it is just ridiculous that people ditch a camera before they have even seen one single shot made with it, it is not all about the specifications people, it is about the end result: a nice photograph. If you do not need these improvements be happy, it will save you money, but I for one am very happy that Pentax really makes an effort and does that so much earlier than many anticipated.


So could we please stop complaining and just wait for the full and official specs tomorrow? Please?


My two cents is that the K3 will continue to be sold with the K3II.
Forum: Pentax Q 07-24-2013, 12:59 PM  
Lovin the Q tremendously!
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 18
Views: 2,456
Yes please, there is review that states that the release of K-mount lenses is a bit awkward and fiddly. Would love to read your experiences with this adapter!

I would mainly use it to use the DA* 300, which is probably only usable full open. But perhaps it will hook me like the Q and make me mount my old Takumar glass as well :-)
Forum: Pentax Q 07-24-2013, 12:52 PM  
Just joined the Qrowd
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 18
Views: 2,171
Just use the same procedure as you would use for the firmware of the Q itself: take an empty formatted SD card, copy the new firmware on the card and insert the card in the Q with fully charged battery and the 01 or 02 lens mounted Go to the menu and scroll left to the fourth tab. Scroll down to info firmware, and select it. It will show the current firmware version of the Q and the attached lens. You can than select the firmware of the lens and choose to update it. That is all, it only takes few seconds!
Forum: Pentax Q 07-24-2013, 11:19 AM  
Lovin the Q tremendously!
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 18
Views: 2,456
Cheers!
Forum: Pentax Q 07-24-2013, 10:43 AM  
Lovin the Q tremendously!
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 18
Views: 2,456
Where did you find the adapter? If I search in the Fotodiox webshop I can not find an adapter for Q to K. If I use the search function of eBay, I can not find the adapter either...
Forum: Pentax Q 07-24-2013, 03:11 AM  
Just joined the Qrowd
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 18
Views: 2,171
Welcome! Which lenses do you have? I have just received my Q with 01 Prime and 02 Zoom and loving it already.

Enjoy!
Forum: Pentax Q 07-24-2013, 03:06 AM  
Lovin the Q tremendously!
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 18
Views: 2,456
Thanks for the suggestion, all firmwares are updated, also of the two lenses. Just struggling now with the strap (I think the included strap is a bit big for the Q, it draws too much attention) and with finding a neat camerabag to carry the Q with lenses. Most camerabags with room for multiple lenses are way too big for the Q ;-).

Last night I have collected the Q, the two lenses with hoods, an additional battery and the charger in one bag and that was unbelievably light and compact! Now I am eyeballing to a nice Q/K adapter to mount my DA* 300 on the Q and experiment a little with birding. But considering the cost, I will probably need to save some money first :-(
Forum: Pentax Q 07-23-2013, 12:23 PM  
Lovin the Q tremendously!
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 18
Views: 2,456
Hi all, just picked up Q with prime and 02 zoom lens to accompany me on my bicycle travels, as my K-5 with the right collection of lenses is just too heavy to carry around whil travelling on bike.

First impression: damn, that Q is small! Forget photo's you will have to see it in the flesh to appreciate the size. Than comes the hard part: waiting for the battery to be fully charged in order to update both the firmware of the Q and the lenses. Update went swift without any problem and after that I could take it out to the garden for first spin. And what aan impression did that made, the prime is wide open already impressively sharp and the zoom did not dissapoint either!

Yes, the Q is not low light monster like the K-5, so it is best kept at base iso for most circumstances. But I am astonished what kind of quality they managed to extract from such small sensor, it is really incredible how much detail is captured. Futhermore the build quality of both the Q and the lenses are impressive, with the lenses built with tight tolerances. Better built than most DA and DAL lenses.

The bold monochrome setting is brilliant, it is amazing how easy street photography becomes, even though it is possibly one of my least developed talents within photography. And it is so small that it easy to walk around with and take pictures without being noticed. Although I think about changing the strap, I feel it draws quite some attention. Also I am wondering what kind of camera bag you guys use to store the Q and the lenses. Because the lens does not retract, my collection of p&s bags are too small...

The only thing I did not figure out yet, is how to persuade Lightroom 4.4 to recognize both lenses...

But in short: loving the Q and I am convinced that you need to experience this camera before you will appreciate it!
Forum: Pentax Q 07-22-2013, 12:23 AM  
Difference betw Q and Q10 after firmware updates
Posted By Lampo
Replies: 8
Views: 1,957
Thanks everyone for this usefull feedback, I was already leaning towards the Q, as I am travelling on a bicycle with my girlfriend and the K5 with lenses is just way to heavy for that purpose. So I wanted something as sturdy as the K5, but than smaller and lighter. Seems like the Q is the best candidate. I will go to the store this afternoon and see if I can pick one up!
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