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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-24-2018, 02:52 PM  
Would you purchase DXO software now after their bankruptcy?
Posted By npc
Replies: 110
Views: 7,978
I've upgraded to DxO Photolab (from a much older version) sometime after the news about bankruptcy. It currently supports all the gear I have and with the rate Pentax releases new stuff I think I'll be fine with the current version for at least few years even if DxO goes out of business meanwhile (or Pentax for that matter).
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-09-2018, 11:28 AM  
Autofocus any (incl. manual) PK lens with Sony A7II
Posted By npc
Replies: 14
Views: 3,569
Mine is still fine and focuses reliably. I have it since it came out but I only use it from time to time (on a7rii) but I've seen people complain on other forums that theirs developed a mechanical problem after several months of heavy use and some other problems like it drains the battery for some if left on the camera, etc.
I'd suggest to check the lengthy thread about this adapter on fredmiranda before investing into one.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-08-2017, 11:49 AM  
SILKYPIX software
Posted By npc
Replies: 14
Views: 1,701
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-05-2017, 08:35 PM  
IQ Comparison: 16-85 HD VS 20-40 Limited
Posted By npc
Replies: 5
Views: 2,193
I still have both and my 20-40 is slightly better in most of it's range - but only visible when pixel peeping (real images, not charts). After i bought the 16-85 i use it most of the time as the range is much more useful
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-25-2017, 05:13 AM  
Final score - Pentax 84, Sony 82. So WE'RE TIED??!!?!
Posted By npc
Replies: 116
Views: 11,520
seems most people don't realize the dpr score and gold/silver award labels have nothing to do with this article, but are just automatically pulled and displayed from the review database.
their scores are only somewhat meaningful compared to the state of the market when the review was released
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-21-2017, 01:08 PM  
Which versatile lens?
Posted By npc
Replies: 22
Views: 2,022
I was wondering the same thing ...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-21-2017, 01:00 PM  
K-3II or KP which one????
Posted By npc
Replies: 53
Views: 6,278
I'd choose K-3 II ... nothing beats the true flagship K7/K5/K3 style body. Let's hope K-3 II was not the last model to have these ergonomics and features set.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-23-2017, 09:38 AM  
Buy or Wait - Too Many Choices
Posted By npc
Replies: 24
Views: 2,347
If I were you I would get right now a K-3II or K-70 depending on what fits best your feature preferences and price range. Sony has not released any new APS-C sensor since the 24mix that is already an all current Pentax APS-C offerings so chances are that even if they release a new camera later this year it sill will be the same sensor.
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-01-2017, 04:44 PM  
Replacement focusing screens now available for K-1
Posted By npc
Replies: 60
Views: 14,128
K-1 focusing screen is attached pretty much the same way like it is for example in K-5 ... it is actually little bit easier to remove. My K-1 came with couple of dust spots so I've removed it to blow them off and then attached it back.
The overlay is somewhere behind it, I did not had to mess with it at all.
I expect replacement focusing screens will work just fine if they are not much thicker than the original one.
If they now have the S-type for K-1 I'm going to give it a try
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-13-2017, 10:34 AM  
Will Ricoh Make A "FULL FRAME GR" Camera In The Near Future?
Posted By npc
Replies: 88
Views: 15,065
Probably not with the 36mpix sony sensor due to its color casts problems with short register wide angle lenses. Although, since it is a fixed lens camera anyway, they might just add a color correction profile it in the camera firmware ...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-13-2017, 01:39 AM  
Wish me luck - I just purchased my exceedingly rare "dream lens"
Posted By npc
Replies: 45
Views: 5,479
If you are extremely masochistic and lucky - you might be able to take the lens block out and stick it somehow inside K-1 in LV mode as it essentially does Mirror Lock Up.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-10-2017, 03:44 PM  
DFA 28-105 - worth the purchase?
Posted By npc
Replies: 60
Views: 6,015
The copy I tired and returned was a very good 35-70mm f8+ lens, rest of the range was weaker, probably OK for a walkaround lens so for that purpose It's a good option for the price. Although why anyone would "walkaround" with a ~ $2500, 1.5kg bulky camera/lens package is still a little bit of a mystery to me.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-02-2017, 10:26 AM  
MC MIR-20M 3.5/20 - blue corner flare on full frame. Any ideas?
Posted By npc
Replies: 8
Views: 1,761
No, it was not like the typical A7R color shift you can get with rangefinder wides, which usually comes with some extra vignetting in the corners as well. In this case the corners were actually brighter than the rest of the frame with that kind of pattern like it was produced by flare.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-01-2017, 07:21 PM  
MC MIR-20M 3.5/20 - blue corner flare on full frame. Any ideas?
Posted By npc
Replies: 8
Views: 1,761
I had the non-mc version once ... had way worse flare in the corners than this (on a7r) . I even thought initially I might have a light leak on the adapter or something with internal reflections but I just got rid of the lens and did not investigate.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-31-2017, 10:42 AM  
FA 35 F2 AL v D-FA 50 F2.8 Macro
Posted By npc
Replies: 20
Views: 2,095
The FA35 is OK, but not as uniformly sharp across the frame as the FA50 macro. The sigma art 35 1.4 and even Samyang/Rokinon 35 1.4 are closer to FA50 macro as far as sharpness is concerned, but both are quite huge.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-30-2017, 09:53 AM  
Seven months before the successor of the K3II?
Posted By npc
Replies: 418
Views: 67,622
Also uses old AF technology (safox 11) not the latest AF technology known to exist from Ricoh (safox 12) or better
Forum: Pentax KP 01-29-2017, 09:43 PM  
Why won't Pentax go full retro?
Posted By npc
Replies: 160
Views: 9,711
Assuming X-T1 way of doing things, for TAv you just have to set the ISO dial to "A". If you also want in general to control the shutter from the front dial instead from the top one - I think the way to do it is to set the top one to "T"
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-29-2017, 08:35 PM  
Pentax KP Officially Announced, New Forum!
Posted By npc
Replies: 409
Views: 35,537
There are quite a few cameras that are more compact and have optional grips. But it is unusual for a non-flagship Pentax DSLR to have one
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 01-29-2017, 08:07 PM  
Pentax-A 35-105 Zoom repair
Posted By npc
Replies: 11
Views: 1,804
You should be able at least to get it to work as a "K" lens if the lever is cut
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-28-2017, 05:56 AM  
DFA 50mm Macro Question
Posted By npc
Replies: 8
Views: 889
it is for manual focusing - makes turning the focus ring little stiffer.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-28-2017, 05:35 AM  
Incredible corner softness of my Pentax A 28mm f2.8
Posted By npc
Replies: 20
Views: 1,825
looks like this to me too
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-27-2017, 03:24 PM  
Pentax KP - High ISO Samples
Posted By npc
Replies: 350
Views: 54,356
maybe In LV you can, or switch it off and use the force.
Forum: Pentax KP 01-26-2017, 09:32 AM  
Why I won't buy a KP.
Posted By npc
Replies: 113
Views: 10,680
Mostly because the battery is not D-LI90
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-26-2017, 09:00 AM  
Pentax KP Officially Announced, New Forum!
Posted By npc
Replies: 409
Views: 35,537
"Extract Edge" looks like one of the focus peaking modes that were available on the Ricoh GXR
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-07-2017, 05:12 AM  
HD D-FA28-105mm still has old style front cap?
Posted By npc
Replies: 15
Views: 1,796
For those still wondering - the original cap for 28-105 (O-LC62) is the same style as for example the 18-135 lens cap on the picture ... the 16 85 (O-LC72) is ... well kind of different cosmetically as can be seen (logo, etc) but I'm not sure I've noticed any practical difference, except that it is 72mm vs 62mm so the "holes" are bigger, and it is more easy to use if you have big fingers
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