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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-28-2018, 07:03 PM  
DA*11-18/2.8 delay to 2019
Posted By DSims
Replies: 227
Views: 13,084
Their scheme is to get us to buy both, even if we weren't planning to. So we get the 50 now since we can't get the 11-18, and then we have plenty of time to prepare to lay out another big chunk of change next year for the 11-18!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-28-2018, 06:52 PM  
RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF HD PENTAX-D FA★50mm F1.4 SDM AW STAR-SERIES LENS
Posted By DSims
Replies: 927
Views: 56,345
Oh, no, it looks pretty good!

$1200, and I didn't even want a 50 ...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-28-2018, 06:18 PM  
DA*11-18/2.8 delay to 2019
Posted By DSims
Replies: 227
Views: 13,084
Oh, no. This is bigger news than the D FA * 50/1.4 release next month.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-27-2018, 11:12 PM  
Help with lens selection
Posted By DSims
Replies: 23
Views: 757
I may be the wrong one to ask, because Purple Fringing doesn’t bother me much. But you can fix it easily in Post Processing.

You might prefer a used FA*85/1.4 (which I have, as does Adam in his profile picture) or the ~85mm that is on the future roadmap. There are third-party options as well.

Personally, I think the D FA 150-450 might be the most interesting next lens for you, since it’s a well executed modern design (which seems to be your preference). In fact I t and the D FA 28-105 you have are the only two of the newer releases which really interest me, although I still favor “artistic” lenses like the FA*85 even more.
Forum: General Photography 06-27-2018, 10:26 PM  
The crap you find on Craigslist
Posted By DSims
Replies: 27
Views: 1,359
Oh no, minty is really bad - Mint anything always turns out to be in much worse condition than something “Like New” (which is often accurate) - don’t ask me why it’s this way. But if they can’t even commit to “Mint,” well ...

Coin collectors know Mint is better than Uncirculated, but for some reason Mint in any other product means “noticeably used.” It would be better if they just said “lot’s of potential!”
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 06-27-2018, 08:06 PM  
What is your Prediction??
Posted By DSims
Replies: 390
Views: 5,247
All I ever saw was 40,000 for the K-1 and 60,000 for the K-1 I.

---------- Post added 06-27-18 at 08:07 PM ----------

OK, since youíre so optimistic Iíll pick 40,265.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 06-27-2018, 04:13 PM  
What is your Prediction??
Posted By DSims
Replies: 390
Views: 5,247
Adam, since June is shorter than July or August I think 30/31, or 38,710 posts should qualify.

I predict 38,712.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-27-2018, 02:15 PM  
Nikons downward spin
Posted By DSims
Replies: 45
Views: 1,943
For Nikonís sake letís hope so, but the grounds for such optimism seem dubious. What Thom describes sounds exactly like corporations behave.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-27-2018, 01:47 PM  
Canon Pixma 100 Error Code B200
Posted By DSims
Replies: 7
Views: 396
I would suggest doing a google search on the title of your post. You will get many results.

I believe the last time my Pro-100 gave a “needs maintenance error” (after not using it for months) I simply needed to replace an ink cartridge or two. Since you’re planning on staying with the same printer model, why not invest in the ink now? Just replace the ones that are visibly, physically empty on the reservoir side, and if that doesn’t work then also replace the ones that are really, really low.

My printer now prints nice, hassle free photos again.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-27-2018, 01:34 PM  
Nikons downward spin
Posted By DSims
Replies: 45
Views: 1,943
Thanks for the link to an article with valuable insight (especially regarding how Nikon is running its business vs. how Thom does)!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-27-2018, 09:49 AM  
Best Pentax lenses
Posted By DSims
Replies: 27
Views: 1,551
Not a guess. For pure IQ DA*300 wins. Likewise for AF performance, IIRC.

Pentax has not produced the first ever TC which improves IQ!


Nevertheless, you make a good argument for the versatility of f/2.8 combined with a TC.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-26-2018, 11:11 PM  
Best Pentax lenses
Posted By DSims
Replies: 27
Views: 1,551
From both my experience with the lenses and my study of other’s shots with them, I would say no. The DA*200 is good, but the DA*300 is better. Adding a 1.4x TC to the DA*200 will slightly degrade performance further.

I would argue for either the DA*300 or the FA77 Ltd being number one.

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It’s funny - I have a complete lens kit, but only two from this list any more.

I mostly like what Pentax is doing with the new D FA releases; nevertheless, I don’t own any of the recent ones.


The F generation is my favorite, but if I could only own lenses from one generation it would be the FA series, hands down. Most of the desirable F lenses have FA replacements that are nearly as good (sometimes even better), and many of the DA lenses have FA substitutes as well - the variety of FA lenses is tremendous!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-26-2018, 05:39 PM  
Old Ideas?
Posted By DSims
Replies: 21
Views: 1,049
I attended a presentation by this professional wildlife photographer last week. She is average size and strength, yet she lugs a 500mm f/4 lens around to get shots like this:

Sandra Lee Photography | Dakotas

The backgrounds are very important to her (you may want to browse her other shots). Her Canon Digital Pro body is nearly 10 years old (Iím not kidding) but she (appropriately) insists on the fastest (widest aperture) lenses for most of her shots - a 300/2.8 and the aforementioned 500/4.


While there are photographic situations where you can take fantastic pictures with older, slower, inexpensive Pentax lenses (and you can learn about them on this forum), there are very good reasons pros want wide-aperture lenses.

You just purchased an excellent lens and camera - I suggest you take full advantage of it. I also suggest you pick up a reasonably priced 100 or 135mm lens (such as the f/2.8 models - used is fine) and see what it does for you. This experience should answer most of your questions.


You may also want to browse the Pentax Photo Gallery, selecting different lenses, and see what appeals to you. Most photos include information on the lens and camera settings used.

PENTAX : Welcome to the PENTAX Photo Gallery
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-26-2018, 04:45 PM  
Picture quality - how to get it bettet?
Posted By DSims
Replies: 36
Views: 1,945
Others here may help you with your technical problems. It’s entirely possible you need to change your camera settings, shooting technique, or even some of your equipment. For example, demanding enviroments such as sports/action/wildlife work better with certain lenses and cameras.




But I’d like to see you quickly move past these issues and focus on something else - content.

Composition is your most important photo characteristic. On top of that, you want to shoot subjects that matter to you personally.


You said you are “Frustrated,” and speculated that you may be a “miserable photographer.”

Good photography has little to do with technical quality. My best photos evoke some kind of emotional response. I physically feel a small change in my chest area when I look at them. If you’re not yet trained in classical composition, I suggest you spent some time studying the golden ratio (Fibonacci Spiral). Then spend more time in art galleries, looking mostly at paintings (rather than photos). You see, painters have one distinct advantage over us - they can make the scene look however they want. You have to position yourself - and point your lens - to compose your scene as close as you can get to what you would’ve painted (if you could).

For most of my shots, if they look good on my monitor at 50% size, that’s good enough. They don’t need to be sharp at 100%, they just need a good overall appearance. If I demanded perfect sharpness at 100% I would throw away a lot of great photos!


Getting frustrated is a sign that you have standards, and having standards means you are becoming a good photographer.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-25-2018, 07:45 PM  
The Ugly Truth About Pentax AF-C (Cuteness included)
Posted By DSims
Replies: 123
Views: 5,157
Itís a little more awkward, and sometimes I forget to use it, but it seems to work better.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-25-2018, 06:47 PM  
The Ugly Truth About Pentax AF-C (Cuteness included)
Posted By DSims
Replies: 123
Views: 5,157
It is faster than many lenses, but I’ve never used that Sigma, so I can’t compare it to that.

I often use the rear AF button, typically with AF-C.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-25-2018, 05:09 PM  
D-BG4 question
Posted By DSims
Replies: 8
Views: 424
It just makes you chuckle sometimes, doesnít it?
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-25-2018, 04:17 PM  
The Ugly Truth About Pentax AF-C (Cuteness included)
Posted By DSims
Replies: 123
Views: 5,157
Yes, my FA135/2.8 (which is perhaps the fastest) will re-adjust relatively quickly under AF-C, typically allowing me to get 3-4 good shots of an approaching athlete - although not necessarily in focus at every possible moment along the way.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-25-2018, 03:56 PM  
Even a pro with a pro camera doesn't always get it right
Posted By DSims
Replies: 25
Views: 1,524
Iíd like to add to my earlier comments. I attended a series of photography lectures this weekend. I had two separate professionals convince me that 1/1600-1/4000s is safer for action. One was a nature photographer, and the other a pet photographer (mostly dogs). Interestingly, they both use older, cropped Canon bodies - a 7D and the last 1.3x crop body Canon made. Neither one was overly concerned about noise (granted, they largely shoot outdoors in daylight).


This got me thinking. While I will continue to use 1/400-1/800s when necessary in low light, Iím going to bias my action shooting towards 1/1600-1/2500s, even when I need to increase the ISO. Iím also less anxious to upgrade my K-5 IIs, although AF performance upgrades are quite welcome.


The nature shooter had great shots. Her recent shooting was in the Badlands. Even though most of her shots appear like posed stills, she said ďyou never know when a bird is going to take flight.Ē Therefore sheís always prepared by keeping her camera on action settings. She especially likes using the 500/4 (and sometimes the 300/2.8) on the nearly-nine-year-old 1.3x crop 1D Mk IV.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-25-2018, 02:42 PM  
Camera options for 11yo with wild life interest?
Posted By DSims
Replies: 34
Views: 1,336
The superzooms make a lot of sense here.

The K-x and K-r kits make sense too (I bought my daughter a used K-r some years back).
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-25-2018, 02:36 PM  
D-BG4 question
Posted By DSims
Replies: 8
Views: 424
I should add that if you shoot a significant number of portrait shots in one session or a single event it’s worth every penny in reduced hand and arm fatigue.

Plus it makes the camera look bigger, which some people view as more “professional.”
Forum: General Photography 06-25-2018, 02:17 PM  
Is Canon Beginning To Fall Behind?
Posted By DSims
Replies: 18
Views: 1,013
Thanks, now I understand some solid reasons you wouldn’t buy Sony. I wouldn’t trust them for long term support either.

“Which car you drive” is awkward for me. It can invoke prejudice, so I regret using it in my response. I’ve seen numerous examples of wealthy people driving humble cars, humble people driving expensive cars, obnoxious people driving all kinds of cars, and even independent-thinking people with class driving Camrys and shooting Sony! ;)


But I think the customer base is relevant in this discussion. What I’m seeing is many Canon shooters, including professionals, happily using aging Canon gear. When they finally decide to upgrade they consider other types of gear. In the past I think they simply looked at new Canon lenses and bodies; now some are questioning their entire investment.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-25-2018, 01:24 PM  
The Ugly Truth About Pentax AF-C (Cuteness included)
Posted By DSims
Replies: 123
Views: 5,157
Thanks for the input, Norm. Youíre convincing me I should try It someday; I certainly appreciate compact lenses!
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-25-2018, 12:36 PM  
The Ugly Truth About Pentax AF-C (Cuteness included)
Posted By DSims
Replies: 123
Views: 5,157
Yes, smile big there because the *70-200 is expensive and a bit heavy; I have a wonderful lens kit, but Iíve never spent that much on one.


Apparently the 55-300 PLM is quite good, and I may have to try one. But Iím hesitant because of my experience with the original DA55-300. While it was very good, I eventually decided the F70-210/4-5.6 had better IQ. And since I often shot it at 300mm with relatively slow apertures, I reasoned to myself ďwhy should I get merely good shots with this lens when I could have captured the same moment in a great shot with the F*300/4.5?Ē

Nevertheless, its AF design and performance is intriguing ...
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-25-2018, 11:47 AM  
The Ugly Truth About Pentax AF-C (Cuteness included)
Posted By DSims
Replies: 123
Views: 5,157
By page 7 the AF discussion regresses into normhead wishing he were Chevy Chase! ;)
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