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Forum: General Photography 02-21-2018, 06:10 PM  
Canadian Pentax Retail Marketplace
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 35
Views: 1,399
McBains in Edmonton and TheCameraStore in Calgary still stock Pentax
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-21-2018, 08:05 AM  
Looks like the K-1II is Official
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 117
Views: 8,316
I won't upgrade from K1 for this but it is nice to see that Pentax is at least doing something.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-16-2017, 11:48 PM  
Abstract Nature's Light Show: Sunrise in Banff National Park
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 10
Views: 309
That is JPEG right out of camera; RAW file also looks the same.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-16-2017, 09:24 AM  
Abstract Nature's Light Show: Sunrise in Banff National Park
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 10
Views: 309
This past week I was fortunate to witness one of the best sunrises I had ever seen. Fortunately, I was at Mt Rundle in Banff National Park, Canada when this happened.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-02-2017, 06:31 PM  
Fall in Kananaskis Canada
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 13
Views: 159
This is from the Canadian Rockies west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-29-2013, 12:34 PM  
K3 and Rokinon 24mm Tilt Shift Lens
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 21
Views: 2,957
This is a lens that I have wanted for a long time. While I had the Arasat 35mm tilt shift at one time, the IQ was not to my expectations. The Rokinon 24mm has a nice focal length and allows shifting or tilting in all directions. A few days ago I visited the Rocky Mountains in Alberta to try it out. The pic is shot at f5.6 and appears quite sharp and was paired with the K3. The focus peaking on the K3 allows you to select the degree of tilt for max sharpness across the frame.

Forum: Sold Items 09-13-2017, 03:20 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax Teleconverters: F 1.7X and Tamron 2X AF
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 0
Views: 509 Marketplace Listing

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Pentax Teleconverters: F 1.7X and Tamron 2X AF

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195.00 USD

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Edmonton, Alberta (Canada)

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The F 1.7X AF lens works great for those manual focus long lenses that you want to get AF. Barely used. $195.

The Tamron 2X Pz-AF teleconverter works very well with screw drive lenses. $165.

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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-30-2017, 06:47 AM  
Financial Results:FY2018/03
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 651
Views: 43,700
Sales are way down from last year. However, it is not clear if they actually lost money in the 1st quarter or not or broke even. Not a good sign and Ricoh is not giving hints at future directions so this along with recent negative news reports is likely bleeding sales. Who wants to buy into a camera system that is on shaky ground? I have the K1 and the lenses I need to will not be helping them in near future.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 06-04-2017, 07:07 AM  
Sensor dust MX-1?
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 2
Views: 756
Hi Joe:

You will likely need to get the camera cleaned. in Canada Sun Camera is the service provider for Pentax and could give you a quote.

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-31-2017, 06:59 AM  
Eventual FA* 300mm F2.8 Update/Refresh???
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 22
Views: 1,151
Agree that a new DFA 300 f2.8 is not likely as Pentax's market share is so low that how many would purchase it; except for you?
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-26-2017, 07:15 AM  
K1 at Edmonton Judo Championship
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 8
Views: 1,047
While we know that the K1 is not at specialised sports camera due to low fps and less than top of the line AFC, nontheless, I used the K1/DFA 70-200 combo at a recent judo event.Us amateurs can have somefun too. The low capabilities of the K1 sensor are very useful as you crank up the ISO easily. I used AFS instead of AFC as I have found more success in the past. To increase fps shot in jpeg instead of RAW and sometimes used crop mode if subjects were far enough away. Regardless a fun outing. The judocontestants from Japan were amazing and won most of their matches.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-24-2017, 06:22 PM  
Tempted to switch to Canikon as risk mitigation
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 150
Views: 7,553
If you enjoy your gear why not continue. Fortunately for us, Ricoh is a huge company so there is lots of backing and photography is like a hobby to them. Trying to predict the future is challenging and so consider focussing on enjoying things right now. The K1 is a fantastic and I am would not want to give up its unique features for C or N.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-24-2017, 06:18 PM  
Advice needed for shooting indoor flower show.
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 15
Views: 978
Hi Scott:

I would suggest trying the DA 50 f1.8 as it would work well for indoor lighting. If you have a 49mm close up filter that would allow you to get some close ups also. I would try vivid as the colours should pop on the flowers.

Forum: Pentax K-1 02-12-2017, 10:04 AM  
K1/DFA 28-105: Tequila Sunrise
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 2
Views: 809
Last week was able to visit the southern Great Plains near Lethbridge, Alberta, close to where I grew up. Was fortunate to encounter some beautiful morning light. The DFA 28-105 IQ appears to be as good as the DFA 24-70 once stopped down; a very good value lens. Too bad it does not start at 24mm?
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-27-2017, 02:11 PM  
K1, Rokinon 24mm Tilt Shift: Abraham Lake Alberta
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 4
Views: 1,219
These 2 photos are from last week at Abraham Lake Alberta in the Rockies which is known for ice bubbles due to methane emissions. The ice is clear of snow due to high winds in area. The 24mm tilt/shift was shot at f11 with 3 deg of tilt. This lens appears to be best at f8-f11 which is why it was stopped down so much.
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-30-2017, 08:35 AM  
K1 Lunar New Year Celebrations: Year of the Rooster
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 3
Views: 791
These are from recent Edmonton celebrations. Taken with the K1/DFA 70-200.
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-27-2017, 06:10 PM  
K1, Rokinon 24mm Tilt Shift: Abraham Lake Alberta
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 4
Views: 1,219
Yes I used Scheimpflug principle to set focus. Using Live View, I tested tilt angles affect on focal plane and used manual focus to get focus on foreground to background. Once deg tilt was found, then used it for a series of shots and just checked focus.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-16-2017, 11:17 AM  
(k1 v k3) thoughts if you had to pick one.
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 68
Views: 4,872
You can't go wrong with either the K3 or K1. Since economics come into play, I would recommend the K3ii over K1 as it is much more affordable and has all of the K1 features like pixel shift, astrotracer and built in GPS (except for swivel screen). While I upgraded to K1, the DFA lenses are also much more expensive, so for me the K3ii hits a sweet spot for affordability and features.
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-11-2016, 07:39 AM  
K5IIs upgrade to K1 or K3II
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 21
Views: 2,556
While I moved from the K3II to the K1 and love it, if your lenses are for APSC the K3II is a mini K1 and has great IQ and the same features (except swivel screen) as the K1. If you don't need to print large, the K3II will do fine.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-25-2016, 01:04 PM  
K1/Samyang 24mm Tilt/Shift and Pixel Shift
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 3
Views: 1,573
Now that the K1 is out the Samyang Tilt Shift usefullness really shines. Using the tilt function (photo 1) you can shoot almost wide open (f4) and get a large depth of field; note that pixel shift was also done on this photo.. Also, using the shift function, you can straighten buildings as outlined in Photos 2 (without Shift) and 3 (with shift). While these are taken on a tripod, using tilt/shift lens could be done handheld (1/125 sec shutter speed), of course but no pixel shift.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-13-2016, 08:51 AM  
K1 Outdoor Macro Pixel Shift: ISO 8000
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 11
Views: 1,313
Can the K1 Pixel Shift feature be used for outdoor macro work? While we know that the Pixel Shift is not meant to be used during lots of motion, how does it work in mild windy conditions at ISO 8000? I decided to give it a try. This example was with the DFA 100 macro and Pixel Shift motion correction was turned on. The ISO was cranked up high to increase shutter speeds to help deal with the mild wind. Example below. Note the original file is too large to post so it is a small version but looks quite clean for ISO 8000.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-09-2016, 05:30 AM  
K1 Does Canadian Rodeo
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 12
Views: 1,008
During the shoot I used many settings; for those I used Focus Priority and Low Hold action in 9 point Auto
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-08-2016, 07:50 PM  
K1 Does Canadian Rodeo
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 12
Views: 1,008
Last weekend I tried the K1 out at a local rodeo. For the past 5 years I have shot rodeo action using a series of cameras including K5, K5IIs, K3, K3II and now K1. Each year I have noticed small incremental improvements in AF for each new model; since I rarely shoot rodeo, I can't say that my skill in shooting has really improved!

How did the K1 perform? Well this year the Tamron 70-200 f2.8 and the DFA 150-450 were the lenses used; with the Tamron getting most of the action since it is much lighter to handle. While this can't be proven, the K1 AF appears to be the most sophisticated of all previous Pentax bodies. Since the K1 has a few extra modes than the K3/K3II series, I didn't get to try all combinations of settings to see what works best. Once thing that was noticed was that AFC definately appears better at tracking; while the K3 series have a theoretical 8 frames/sec frame rate, because of poor tracking the actual frame rate was usually 4-5/sec; for the K1 the 6 fps rate in Crop Mode can actually be reached and utilized because of better AF tracking. The K1 was shot mainly in Crop Mode to get a higher frame rate of about 6 fps.

My conclusion is that while the K1 is not a sport camera per se, because of a more effective frame rate and better AF, it suits my needs when required as sports is one of many things that a DSLR is used for. Therefore, the K1 appears to be the best all around DSLR to date (except 645Z which are another category).

A few examples included.

Forum: Pentax Full Frame 05-20-2016, 07:20 AM  
Pixel Shift: bigger files? B&W results?
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 26
Views: 2,585
The Pixel shift does not increase the # of pixels but just takes 4 shots that are offset 1 pixel each time to allow each pixel to have true colour Red, Blue and Green on each pixel compared to normal Bayer shot, which interpolates. It is somewhat analagous to the Foeven technology. In relation to B&W the exposures are the same for all 3 shots. The increase in megapixels with pixelshift relates to there being 4 separate photos layered.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-18-2016, 07:13 AM  
K1 and External Flash Firing Delay
Posted By DDoram
Replies: 2
Views: 769
One of the first tests I did with the new K1 was test it with the AF540II flash to see if the delay in flash firing was similar to K3 and K3II. I am happy to report that the flash firing delay appears to be gone and the K1 appears to provide very good flash performance (so far).

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