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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-27-2020, 05:04 AM  
Limiteds - DA 21 or DA 70 as my next lens? As a treat to myself...
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 55
Views: 2,577
Another vote for the 21!!! It is my most used Limited and I have the 15/21/35/40/70 family. For portraits to 70 is magical. If I could only keep one of these it would be the HD DA 21. It's a wide-normal on APS-C.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-23-2019, 06:39 PM  
My 15mm Ltd is gone. What to replace it with?
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 27
Views: 1,898
How about a DA* 16-50? Covers a lot of bases, is a stop faster, Weather sealed, and the colours on the DA* lenses are outstanding. I usually shoot Limitedís but just shot 2 Weddings with the DA* 16-50 on the KP. It did not disappoint and allowed me to shoot 95% of both events with a single camera and lens.
Forum: General Photography 08-19-2019, 03:35 AM  
How to be a Happy Photographer
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 34
Views: 3,303
Another way to be a happy photographer is to: ďshoot people and sometimes cut off their headsĒ least thatís what the t-shirt says: I Shoot People and Sometimes Cut Off Their Heads Photographer Unisex T Shirt: Clothing & Accessories
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-11-2019, 02:44 PM  
McBain Camera - Pentax D-FA 50mm f1.4 SDM AW HD Lens
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 3
Views: 757
Iíve had Pentax special orders through Henryís and they have been dreadfully slow (6-7 weeks). The local camera store usually get items in 3-4 weeks which is better. My last 3 Pentax purchases (all in the last few months) have been either through Camera Canada or All 3 have arrived within a week. In our highly connected world waiting a month or more is no longer an acceptable standard unless the price is one heck of a deal.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-30-2019, 04:57 AM  
Upgrade Question - Upcoming ASP-C Flagship or K1 Mk ii ?
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 43
Views: 3,865
I got tired of waiting for a new APS-C flagship as an upgrade for my K-5II. I was skeptical about the KP with itís smaller buffer and battery as well as lack of a top screen. Back in March I bought a KP and havenít looked back! Itís a significant upgrade in IQ, low light performance and AF speed. Took a couple of weeks to get used to the ergonomics. Now the K-5II is a back up only...until I purchase a second KP!
Forum: General Photography 07-15-2019, 02:58 AM  
What single thing improved your photography the most?
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 84
Views: 5,395
Selling off all my zooms in 2014 and spending 4 years shooting primes (HD DA Limitedís) only - before buying the DA* 60-250. The primes made me think more about the process, positioning, composition and visualizing what I want to capture in advance. The Limitedís also squeeze every possible bit of sharpness out of the sensor and deliver a superb drawing style.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-20-2019, 03:41 AM  
Travel Remembering Islay ...
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 15
Views: 763
Iím envious. A Laphroaig drinker here. Sounds like my dream vacation. Sadly This yearís trip will be Portugal but itís still a great photo destination.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-18-2019, 07:34 AM  
Greeting from a Canadian Apologist
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 12
Views: 598
Greetings from the rock! From Vancouver to St. John's Pentax weather sealing is essential here in the Great White (and rainy) North!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-14-2019, 03:07 AM  
Pentax KP J Limited edition released
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 138
Views: 14,998
Why not offer the grip and cover as an ďAnniversary KitĒ for existing KP owners or even just a series of custom grips for a limited time outside of Japan. Tap into the entire KP audience.
Forum: General Photography 06-14-2019, 02:50 AM  
Fullframe camera is for whom?
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 52
Views: 3,833
I have had 36Ē x 24Ē prints made by a local print shop on gallery quality canvas that were shot on my humble16 MP K-5II. These were taken with a tripod and remote. Some are slower shutter speeds, some are not. No issues with IQ, highlight and shadow details or lack of detail when viewed up close. A little work in Lightroom helps them pop. Now I have a few files shot with the KP that have also been sent in - to be printed on 36Ē x 24Ē - looking forward to seeing the printed result. 24 MP APS-C is easily capable of delivering high quality prints larger than 12Ē x 18Ē.

The key advantages of the larger sensor are low light performance and shallow depth of field. When it comes to low light performance the KP is no slouch either.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-11-2019, 03:27 AM  
K-1 size and weight question
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 29
Views: 2,989
Iím sure the K1II is awesome. I handled a K-1 a year ago and didnít find to to be much bigger tan my K-5II. That said when I upgraded a few months ago the KP was my choice. I have all 5 HD DA Ltd primes and with the KP I can only describe the match as perfection!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-26-2019, 05:06 AM  
Advice for new KP user: lenses
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 41
Views: 2,668
You already have a 35 & a 50. As others have stated the 15 will round out your current kit nicely. I have been shooting with HD DA Limitedís since 2015. Depending on travel destination my compact travel setup is either HD DA 21/40/70 or HD DA 15/35/70. Given that you have a 35mm lens the 15 is the logical choice. I started shooting Limitedís on a K-5II and recently upgraded to a KP. The KP with a Limited lens is pure joy to shoot with.
Forum: Pentax KP 05-20-2019, 05:02 AM  
K-30 to KP
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 37
Views: 2,879
I added a Peak Design clutch and used the larger grip when transitioning from the K-5II to the KP. It helped a lot especially when shooting with HD DA Limitedís. Clutch Camera Hand Strap | Peak Design Official Site
Forum: Pentax KP 05-12-2019, 02:22 PM  
Anyone using the Spiderlight holster and/or Spiderlight handstrap with a KP?
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 0
Views: 545
If so, how well does it work? What do you like about it? Anything that could be better?

The reason I ask is I'm considering ordering both items and it will be an international purchase and costly at that. It'd be ideal to hear from someone using one or both with a KP.

Thanks in Advance.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-10-2019, 02:59 AM  
K3 II vs KP
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 30
Views: 3,530
I overthought the KP as un upgrade for the past 2 years for my K-5II. When I finally pulled the trigger the improvement in IQ and AF was substantial. My concerns over buffer size and burst speed for shooting sports were unwarranted. Then I only shoot bursts of 3-5 frames at a time. The KP is an outstanding piece of kit.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-09-2019, 04:12 AM  
Rumours of HD Pentax-D FA 50-300mm f/4.5-5.6/6.3
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 97
Views: 13,402
I remember shooting sports with a SMC A 70-210 f/4 back in the early 90's. The DA* 60-250 is a HUGE improvement:D Not a lump at all!!!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-08-2019, 03:45 PM  
Rumours of HD Pentax-D FA 50-300mm f/4.5-5.6/6.3
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 97
Views: 13,402
Youíll appreciate tack sharp shots at f/4 with amazing colour!!!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-08-2019, 02:13 PM  
Flash modifiers
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 6
Views: 708
My first diffuser was a Sto-Fen which still gets used periodically. I also have coloured Sto-Fens, one for warming and another for cooling flash. These get used periodically when travelling with a light kit is important. I also use a Lastolite EZY-Box speed light 2 which is a terrific and small softbox that can be used with flash on camera. A pair of Cactus CB60ís are the workhorses Cactus CB-60W Foldable Soft Box White Reflector w/Grid 60cm - Cactus Store and you can also buy additional masks Cactus CM-60 Soft Box Mask Set - Cactus Store

The Cactus softboxes will work with AF540FGZ and Cactus flashes.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-05-2019, 12:32 PM  
Travelling with primes
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 65
Views: 4,702
I pack either a 15/35/70 combo or 21/40/70 depending on travel location. That said the 21 is my most used travel lens.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-05-2019, 12:29 PM  
Need a new camera
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 20
Views: 1,815
I was waiting for a new APS-C flagship but rolled the dice on a KP as an upgrade to my K-5II. No regrets! Fantastic ISO and image quality upgrade. Excellent AF upgrade. I bought an extra battery and that resolved my battery life concern. Prices on the KP are pretty good.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-05-2019, 04:15 AM  
Revisiting the DA* 60-250?
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 31
Views: 2,009
Iím shooting with a KP and K-5II. Most of my kit is all 5 HD DA Ltd primes and the D FA 100 Macro WR (which is really another limited as far as Iím concerned). My only zoom at the moment is the 60-250 however I have ordered a Sigma 17-50. Last year choosing between the DA* 60-250 and DA* 200 was a tough choice. The 60-250 has not disappointed and is a stack of primes with punchy colours - I selected it for flexibility. Most times I find myself using the lens at the 200mm focal length so the DA* 200 would have also been ideal. This year I considered adding the 200 to my kit for the extra stop of light but bought the KP for a little less cash and the improved ISO performance of settling the need for the wider aperture in low light. The 200 is lighter and perhaps a better match for both of your cameras. If I had a K-1 and a KP the 200 would be my choice. Good luck with your decision.
Forum: Pentax KP 04-29-2019, 02:48 AM  
Anyone Using the KP with the 300/4 lens?
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 13
Views: 1,711
Iím using the KP with the DA* 60-250 and find the AF better than it was using this lens on the K-5II. That said use the large grip. Youíll also want to add the battery grip for balance.
Forum: Pentax KP 04-21-2019, 02:09 PM  
Anyone shooting with the Sigma 17-50 f2.8 non OS on the KP?
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 8
Views: 926
Thanks for the input folks. Presently my only zoom is the DA* 60-250, everything else in the bag is. HD DA Limited prime or D FA 100 Macro WR. My walk around and landscape preferences are primes however I was looking for the zoom to shoot a few family events. I have tried a friendís DA* 16-50 in the past but want to keep cost down since purchasing a KP only 3 weeks ago.

Neutral, honest rendering is good - I prefer to adjust in post. The HD DA Limitedís are very true to life as well.
Forum: Pentax KP 04-21-2019, 06:28 AM  
Anyone shooting with the Sigma 17-50 f2.8 non OS on the KP?
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 8
Views: 926
How do you find this lens performs on the KP? How is the AF? Iím considering this lens as it is more budget friendly than the DA* 16-50.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-19-2019, 05:04 AM  
AF360FGZ ii flash unit is down for the count
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 13
Views: 1,072
I have the original AF360FGZ and have been using it periodically with heavy use each time for more than a decade - no issues. Can you please provide any tips on how I can kill it with normal use so I may obtain permission from the Chief Household Officer (my wife) to buy a new AF540FGZII? Thanks in advance for your help!!!
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