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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-27-2018, 05:37 PM  
Good: New roadmap, new lens
Posted By PPPPPP42
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Something that makes me wonder is the long delay on the 70-300 cheap zoom. I assumed it was going to be the typical Pentax seal coat job on the current sub par tamron offering or equivalent.
If it’s taking this long it’s either going to be better than that which would be nice or whoever is modifying the lenses for them makes them wait until the big names get served and then bothers to work on Pentax.

I actually need a decent cheap 70-300 far more than I need a fast high end 70-200. I would prefer to get it from Pentax for the weather seals.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-22-2018, 10:43 AM  
Pre-Order a Pentax K-1 II: Free Battery Grip + 1-year Forum Account Upgrade
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 21
Views: 5,052
They seem to be doing this deal on many Pentax bodies on a semi regular basis. I get the impression most people don’t buy them otherwise.
Now if either b&h or Adorama wanted to get ahead of the other they should offer the 3 year extended warranty free as an option instead of the grip.

I actually will have to wait until the last minute to order mine because I want the extended warranty on such an expensive camera and it starts from date of purchase, not date of delivery in several months. I think the regular warranty works the same so everyone will be getting a 10 month warranty instead when they preorder
Unless maybe they don’t bill it until it ships. Something worth checking on.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-21-2018, 04:31 PM  
Looks like the K-1II is Official
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 117
Views: 9,105
Preorders are already up at board sponsor, putting my visa where my mouth is on this one.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-21-2018, 12:30 PM  
Sub-$100 Lens Wish List
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 58
Views: 2,108
I skipped some posts so I may be repeating stuff.

Better to have one good lens than every lens on that list. Buying cheap is just a waste of money unless you get a kick out of trying sub par quality lenses.

Having come from film I still have some stuff that I kept for use with my old film cameras, but I consider green button metering to be an utter waste of time since there just aren’t any lenses made before automatic aperture that are worth the effort when compared to new stuff.
Even if you want all manual control an A series lens will allow you to meter normally and use the front and rear dials for aperture and shutter speed.

I do use my k135 f2.5 on my DSLR for astrophotography because its a good focal length, is fast and most importantly has unusually low distortion out to the edges for a lens from that era. But you really don’t meter when doing astrophotography.

I love manual focus but have gotten away from it on DSLR as well as time goes on. The types of focus screens and the worthlessly small view through an apsc viewfinder just isn’t made for it.

If you truly want to go cheap I would suggest the Pentax A35-105 f3.5 since it does that whole range well plus it’s reasonbly fast and has a way to shift to macro focus distance through its whole range.

Any variable aperture zoom made before the da series is junk, don’t bother. Some after that are pretty good but way out of your price range. I only tolerate my crappy FA series variable aperture zoom because it goes to 320mm and I haven’t saved up enough to replace it yet.

The only way to get over 210mm in any quality is to spend a lot.

The A24-50 f4 and the A70-210 f4 are a good combo for cheap, expect decent quality with some tolerable purple fringing common to that era.
To those I would add the A50 1.7 for speed and a 100mm macro for close.

Edit: the fa28-70 f4 also qualifies as decent cheap in my book if you want autofocus or shake reduction with a zoom. It was my main lens on my k5 until getting replaced with a dfa 24-70 f2.8
Just a reminder, shake reduction is kinda crappy on a manual focus zoom because you tell it one focal length and then you go and change it when you zoom making the sr less than perfect even with a middle number chosen.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-20-2018, 08:20 PM  
My Canon to Pentax experience: Why I love Pentax, but might still leave.
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 46
Views: 4,631
I worried myself about the future of Pentax but for reasons already stated I eventually stopped worrying. I still use my k5 and it’s never had an issue in like 50k shutter count so I’m not too worried that I won’t get my years out of the k-1 II I will soon buy and I can always get another second hand if it breaks.
I would actually be more worried about Nikon than Pentax disappearing since as I understand it they don’t have the diversification of a company like canon or like Ricoh backing them to deal with their quickly shrinking market share.
As soon as they shrink small enough to be unable to provide the same level of pro services that canon does I think that will be the start of a rapid crash for them.
I would expect canon will absorb the majority of their pro shooters at that point and Pentax may very well pick up many of the amateur and semi pro shooters as the equivalent canon equipment costs a fortune compared to Pentax.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-20-2018, 07:44 PM  
Too much noise on K-1
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 50
Views: 6,887
I’m viewing it on an iPad so it could just be me but it looks kinda fuzzy. I assume there wasn’t a tripod set up in the restaurant and 1/25 is getting into the really steady hands only range for hand holding it, so maybe an effect of the shake reduction. Not 100% sure on the depth of field at f5.6 either. Stuff outside seems as in focus as anything which is odd even for 24mm.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-17-2018, 09:07 AM  
Question re. close-ups with the A-200mm f2.8 (greeen star) lens
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 18
Views: 1,004
There are several copies of the lens you wanted on ebay, one of which is under 2k and from a reputable Japanese camera store in excellent condition.

Also for really tiny close macro I use the A35-105 F3.5 (cheap, common and good quality) attached to this which always seems to sell for under $30 but is a huge pain to find, especially the A version.:

It is a 2x teleconverter but the guts come out as a simple finger twist bayonet mount making it a fairly long extension tube which also has A contacts so you can control shutter and aperture with front and rear dials which I consider essential.

When you set the A35-105 into its built in macro setting you then use the lens zoom ring as a "focus" which basically shifts your depth of field closer and farther from a few feet as I recall to actually inside the front lens element (I can focus on stuff touching the glass. You can adjust the actual zoom and the size of the depth of field by physically moving closer and farther away. The focus ring on the lens does basically nothing at that point as the focus range it adjusts becomes almost imperceptibly tiny.

This picture is a dime touching the glass on the lens:
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-14-2018, 09:08 PM  
Pentax MX severe battery drain
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 3
Views: 769
Unscrew the bottom cover and I believe you can actually see the mechanism that moves and makes contact to essentially turn the camera on and off in the way mentioned above. As I recall the thin parts slowly flex over time and get bent out of shape. You should hopefully be able to figure out what its supposed to be doing by looking at it.
I had that sort of problem with my MX when I first got it used but it had some other issues so I ended up sending it off to Eric for refurbishment anyways. Very nice camera once its sorted out though you have to have strong fingers for the shutter speed dial due to its design.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-14-2018, 08:44 PM  
K20D viewfinder glass?
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 4
Views: 464
You would have to pull one out of a junk K20D parts camera off ebay or something. Not sure on that specific part of the camera but in general DSLR's are an absolute nightmare to work on because of how they come apart and how many parts there are tangled together. If you couldn't fix it yourself its definitely junk.

I used to have a brick (K20D) and loved it, until I got my used K5, then I gave the K20D to a friend interested in photography for free along with a kit lens the next day.
Even the old (going on ancient) original K5 which can be had for almost nothing used now is ridiculously far ahead of the K20D. The two critical things I loved the best were that the K5 does high ISO so much cleaner that ISO 1600 on the K5 looked like ISO 400 on the K20D, and the extra external controls like the ISO button on the K5.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-14-2018, 08:04 PM  
Ready to buy first full frame camera - would appreciate some advice
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 40
Views: 2,031
In photography a starter camera isn't easier to use, just crappier in quality and features. So money aside there is zero reason to start with anything but the best, don't use what you don't understand yet, but it will be there for when you do.
Coming from Pentax film cameras APSC isn't even on the table for my next camera body and the only reason I'm not already using a K1 is because I was deliberately waiting for its successor to either:
A. Knock the price way down on the 1st model when its released, or
B. Fix all the shortcomings of the first model.

The K1 is an excellent camera but definitely wait for either a better price or a better camera when the 2nd version comes out.

As far as lenses I bought the DFA 24-70 F2.8 and I can tell you it will rarely be off my camera. The quality and speed are really all you need unless you are making huge prints or doing something way different than the shooting I do. Its not a star lens and has its shortcomings but I picked it up for $999 on sale which I feel is the right price for it wheras a star lens would be more like $1500 at least for the same range and aperture, and under most circumstances (by far) show little to no difference outside of a technical lens review.
Just the weather sealing would be enough to make me stick with name brand Pentax lenses on my $2000, needs to stay dry inside at all costs, camera body

You keep your lenses when you replace your camera body for a newer model, and a cheap lens make the best camera in the world worth crap. You MUST buy right the first time for lenses or you are wasting your money on stuff you will absolutely replace.

So to summarize:
K-1 purchase right now - No
APSC or lesser model - Absolutely No.
Kit lens or any cheaper substitute for lenses - No
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-14-2018, 07:43 PM  
Pentax K-1 Mark II DSLR camera detailed specifications leaked
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 389
Views: 35,731
My thoughts.

I'm holding any critical judgement until i see the final release specs from an official source.

Even with the unverified details already being discussed, the way I see it they are soon to release the real K-1 and named it the K-1 II just to differentiate it from the beta model they are currently testing on the public. I guessed as much and chose not to buy the first model for that reason.

I do hope they don't make the jump to 42mp until they have everything file processing and transfer related sped way up, the extra file size from a newer sensor would make it an absolute pig for the people already complaining that its not a photo mini gun.

And AF, always better faster AF, because the damn equipment just isn't made for manual focus anymore. My old MF film lenses really show their age on a camera like the K-1 and that still doesn't cover the lack of proper focus screen needed for full time MF.

It feels like modern cars to me, if you force people to only buy cars with automatic transmissions, power everything, traction control and ABS, the crap better work perfectly or people who actually know how to drive (a sadly dying breed) come unhinged.
Forum: General Photography 02-12-2018, 07:57 PM  
Are You Guy's Borrowing Funds....
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 34
Views: 2,056
Once you eliminate collecting which is as much a mental disorder as hoarding, hobbies suddenly get much cheaper.
Consolidation of equipment from a pile of vintage and cheaper crap to higher end new stuff saves money in the long run as well.
Never sell from one hobby to fund another unless you are absolutely sure you are done with it forever, you almost always lose money if you get back into it later.

I am slowly cutting all my camera crap down to a K1 II and a few high end DFA zooms.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 12-17-2017, 11:18 AM  
Pentax's next FF mega hit camera.
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 93
Views: 7,948
Actually I would rather see a K-1 II (or drop the baffling double number designation and call it the K-1a) rather than a K-2 (or whatever) full frame come out sooner rather than later. The camera really only needs a few tweaks and updates like maybe a few years newer processor plopped in it to help compensate for processing intensive image corrections before it writes the image to the card.
That would allow them to essentially reuse everything and just put faster chips and tweaked software into the current assembly line. Some of the external control choices are a bit odd to me as well but having not owned one yet (definitely soon though) I can't say how I would feel about them long term, and again that's mostly just button labeling and software since the locations are fine.
EDIT: Larger top LCD would be lovely as I use that more than the viewfinder displays or back screen (which I leave off) when changing settings, and that would require major design changes to move controls, so something to add to the next full redesigned model.

I do hear some noise about it being slightly behind on video features, but its neither a gopro (which are much cheaper and do an amazing amount) nor a proper interchangeable lens digital video camera so its not really worth a lot of effort to pack in those features unless its mostly just software.

I really don't want a higher MP sensor as unless you are crop crazy and need the pixel density its just numbers for marketing purposes, the raw file sizes are already getting so stupid huge that I am going to have to pick up a second hard drive.

P.S. I despise EVF mostly for battery reasons, running a screen and a sensor full time is not very efficient.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 12-17-2017, 08:48 AM  
Another "which lens for the K-1?" thread
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 23
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I am in the same boat as you, getting either a K-1 or the lenses that are good enough to really use it, but couldn't afford both.

Lenses last and a body without lenses is fairly well useless, so I made the choice to put off the K-1 until its on a better sale by itself when the replacement comes out (probably in a year or so) and buy the DFA24-70 F2.8 since I know that focal range from the film days almost never came off my camera except to switch to the long zoom. I can use that lens on my current K5 until the body switch happens, but most of my current lens pile would be somewhat sub par when used full frame on the K-1.

The quality and speed of that lens are enough to make the FA31 unnecessary unless you are very good and taking certain specific sorts of shots. Zooms aren't what they were back in the day, a high end fast zoom is all the quality you need for 90% of pictures.
I don't even notice the weight of fast heavy glass even after a full day of trekking around, though some more delicate shooters do complain about the weight as a negative.

In the end I bought the DFA24-70 F2.8 first (just now actually) because at this moment its $300 off and unless it breaks I won't ever need to replace it or look for for something better.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-17-2017, 07:15 AM  
US - Further Pentax price drops & lowest prices of the year!
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 6
Views: 2,090
With the Christmas discount that's $300 off a DFA24-70 F2.8. Sold.
My credit card hates you Adam, but I don't. :)
I needed better glass before I pick up a K-1 when its replacement finally comes out anyways.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-01-2017, 07:03 PM  
Any significant improvement in mid ISO quality since K5?
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 22
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I am confused, in those 5 shots I would say the K5 shot was clearly the best because its the only one that captured detail instead of erasing it as was mentioned.
Any camera can process out all the noise if it goes far enough, but that's the opposite of what I want as I am essentially taking a picture of noise when doing astrophotography and always end up working exclusively with the raws.


I am mainly interested in the cameras abilities to create as clean a raw as possible and not its ability to clean up its mess.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-30-2017, 07:29 AM  
Any significant improvement in mid ISO quality since K5?
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 22
Views: 1,892
I know when I got my used K5 to replace my K20D the differences in image quality in the 800 to 3200 ISO range were really impressive to the point of 800 on the K20D looking like 1600 or 3200 on the K5.
But I think the K5 was a big jump specifically in that area more than previous newer models.

I know the Pentax cameras go to ISO 100000008 now but all useless gimicky numbers aside whats the quality improvement in the normal range.


I am using the upper middle ISO range on my K5 for astrophotography with an OGPS1 and pixelation and noise are really bad to have in the shots, especially if I want to crop on a specific object. I know there are some software solutions that actually work on these pictures without knocking out stars as noise, but its better to just start with a cleaner image.


I am basically trying to decide if I should replace my K5. Already have a K-1 in the future plans simply for FOV since I am too much a film era shooter, but if its way better ISO wise maybe I should push the upgrade date up. As I understand it just having the larger sensor would improve low light sensitivity for various reasons.
Forum: Sold Items 03-06-2017, 05:42 PM  
For Sale - Sold: CLA'd Super Program, A50 1.4 Lens, AF280T Flash & camera case.
Posted By PPPPPP42
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PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
CLA'd Super Program, A50 1.4 Lens, AF280T Flash & camera case.

Asking Price
100.00 USD

Item Location
Rice Lake (United States)

Item Description
This is a set all designed by Pentax to work perfectly together that I bought from another board member awhile back.
The camera has been CLA'd and I believe when I bought this one the previous owner sent along an invoice from Eric, but I don't seem to have it anymore.

Overall everything is in good working condition and the camera has new batteries. The lens has a filter on it so the glass is in good shape.
Not breaking these up to sell as I don't want to get rid of them piecemeal.

Comes with the original Leather case and strap, caps and the manuals for the flash and camera body.

$100 Shipped.

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Selling

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Sold fully functional but as is unless something is totally misrepresented.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-26-2016, 01:56 PM  
Pentax for beginner
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 23
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Unless the goal is to deliberately buy a camera body to use just for now while saving up for a better one like a K1 later, the question of what a beginner would use is irrelevant.
Buy once and grow into the advanced features as you need them rather than replacing the whole body when you want to learn them.

The extra external buttons on a high end body are the number one absolute must have feature that would prevent me from ever getting a budget body.
I had no idea how critical an actual ISO button was to me until I replaced my K20D with a K5.

If you want to go super cheap pick up a used K5IIs, you get everything the current high end stuff has with a sensor that still does more than what is probably required unless you are making massive prints. I still haven't outgrown my original K5 though I desperately want a K1 since I started with film and despise the tiny FOV I have now, but that's a whole nother thread.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-28-2016, 08:39 PM  
I really would love a DFA 24-135 f/4 WR. Too bad it doesn't exist.
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 26
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It would be big, heavy and expensive.
Its just too big a range to cover in a fixed aperture (even F4) without the physical size getting up there and to keep the quality up across that range would make it expensive too.

There was an A28-135 F4 but it weighed 820 grams and in August 1985 cost $299 which was more than $100 over the cost of any other zoom, and only $20 less than the A*85 F1.4 and A135 F1.8 higher end primes. There was a macro function in that lens that would be omitted in a new lens, but the new lens would have the weight and size of the AF mechanism added so I would imagine that would be something of a wash for comparison.

The only stuff in the FA range that was even close was either cheap crap variable apertures or was only 28-70 F4 so I have no idea what something like that would really weigh or cost.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-28-2016, 05:32 PM  
Buying used FF lenses. What options ?
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 13
Views: 1,008
Indeed, if you want cheap the A50 1.7 can be had for pocket change and still give prime quality results. Plus its an A series so its just like a modern lens in every function except having to manually focus.
The A100 F2.8 is more in the focal range you were looking at, and I just checked, you can find them on Ebay for $220 shipped in good shape right this second (hopefully similar on that side of the pond).

If you want to avoid new prices but don't mind focusing I would recommend sticking with A series primes. I own a number of good K and M series lenses for use on my film cameras, but they are just too putzy to work with on a DSLR (green button metering annoys me). Though I do use my K135 F2.5 for astro work on the DSLR since its got the best edge sharpness and lack of distortion of anything in that range.

You must have one hell of a long view to be using a 100mm for landscape work even with the K-1's FOV.
Forum: General Photography 08-26-2016, 05:37 PM  
Has PentaxForums changed since the K-1?
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 155
Views: 7,043
Go back to shooting film, they tend to be a fairly laid back bunch in their hidey hole of a sub forum (technically a few sub forums) and despite the many opinions things stay pretty mellow.
Maybe its because once you take pointless crap like sensor resolution and auto anything out of the equation you are left with nothing but the skill and creativity of the photographer to discuss.

Imagine that, a photography forum about photographs. Blows the mind.

Plus with film if you run into an uppity Canikon user with a $3000 digital FF in the field you can just take your film body by the neck strap and crack them upside the head with it and keep on shooting with it to display the superior build quality of a Pentax.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-18-2016, 02:27 PM  
K-Mount Film SLR Suggestions?
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 92
Views: 7,531
Having used the super program for many years I can tell you that its only weaknesses are a shutter button half press and button on the side of the lens mount area for turning the light on (and also displaying exposure info like the half press) that both have a tendency to oxidize up on the contacts and get fiddly. If both buttons work reliably with only a light press and the light seals on the body are still good they last a long time.
They are small, light, super easy to hold in one hand and have a view finder that is like a bay window with a bright extremely responsive screen. It actually has the 1/2000 shutter speed that most of the mechanical bodies don't due to the type of steel shutter curtain used which is SUPER handy for using 400 ISO film on bright sunny days for more versatility all around in variable lighting or for just stopping motion that much better.
It also has the old school all metal, drop it down the stairs durability that the later plastic fantastic cameras did away with. The film winder lever is also a super short stroke (less than 90 degrees as I recall) so its much more usable than the older long throw manual winder bodies.
The 2 buttons on top to control shutter speed in manual modes are worlds easier than the clunky dial the MX I now use has, you can hold the camera with one hand and use the same hand to adjust it with one finger.

I only stopped using my Super Program because I started shooting all manual and with that body you can only adjust exposure by full stops in manual mode even though the auto system can do it by 1/3 stops. A stupid oversight that has always pissed me off on an otherwise near perfect body. Not the end of the world though as most film can be rounded to the nearest full stop and still be developed perfectly correct.
Otherwise wonderful camera and they 280T flash I have that works in full ttl auto with it and the A lenses is dirt cheap and capable.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-17-2016, 08:25 PM  
Are the 2-year Pentax extended warranties still available ?
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 59
Views: 3,971
I have found the best Pentax warranty is buying a used camera that's a few years old and was originally manufactured at least 6 months after initial release. They all seem to either be crap very quickly or last forever, which would suggest quality control rather than design issues are more common.

I think if I were buying new I would be willing to buy a K-1 on black Friday and just stick with the 1 year warranty since most QC bugs show up by then if you really use the crap out of it.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-17-2016, 12:55 PM  
Machinery Train in snow.
Posted By PPPPPP42
Replies: 5
Views: 544
If it looks like its turning its probably because the cabs on those models are much wider than the main body with the engine inside. The weather sort of hides that so it may look confusing. Here is another picture of it (not mine).
CN 3026
I was somewhat surprised that the snow showed up, but they were slowly falling really fat flakes (its been alternating between rain and snow somewhat in the past week) and the train was oncoming so I shot it from farther away with a longer lens which seems to have kept it reasonably free from motion blur despite the much too slow shutter speed. I didn't really fiddle with the settings since I heard the train horn when I was in the area and just rushed to a known position by the tracks and shot on P without overriding anything. I had no idea it was apparently at ISO 100 on a dark overcast snowy day until I looked at the exif data and then just scratched my head as to how it possibly could have worked out.
Actually I just realized I can't seem to view that data from this post like I swear you used to be able to with having manually added it, it was: ISO 100, F4.5, 1/200th, at 140mm which is wide open on the FA80-320. With the lighting and the way those trains blow through there at high speed plus the falling snow those settings totally should have produced a mess of flare and motion blur, especially on a lens I got for $30 as I recall. I think maybe the storm turns most of the defects into artistic effects.
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