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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-11-2022, 03:30 AM  
Ricoh-imaging.eu to be replaced by brand-oriented sites
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 68
Views: 5,382
That's correct Ricoh is a copier company here and the last place you'd look for cameras, lenses, binoculars or any other optical equipment. On its own PENTAX may stand a better chance than RICOH, I don't care as long as they keep going, I have 3 cameras, the K200D, K7 and K70 with no problems, on the other hand I would not buy a lens with an SDM motor once an item gains a bad reputation its better to dump it and replace it with a new publicised product.

Thinking back to Zeiss's 1936 Contax which should have wiped the floor with Leica because of its specification but its shutter was faulty they kept trying to fix it, the Contax is gone but Leica kept under Leitz management until fairly recently soldiered on to this day even if it is a niche market.

Maybe with its decision not to go mirrorless is an indication that Pentax is trying to develop a niche market of its own, who knows ?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-10-2022, 01:22 AM  
Landscape Pixel Shifted image, K3 III + HD DA 16-85 mm ED @ 35 mm FL and f/11 on tripod.
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 7
Views: 224
There is always going to be some movement in the water and the trees so I think its not surprising the pixel shifting has done its best on the still items.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-10-2022, 01:04 AM  
Nature Still raining
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 4
Views: 148
Patience, patience gets a shot like that, I have no patience, well done.

Its summer here, a heatwave up to 27deg C is forecast - not quite what you're used to, in the winter in the Burren so they say, rain 4 or 5 days out of 7 is not uncommon.
Forum: General Photography 07-27-2022, 01:43 AM  
Having Fun Once again with Photography
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 22
Views: 1,744
I thought Pentax was going down the wrong road when they announced they were concentrating on a new prism finder for the K3 iii and not moving to mirrorless, then of course I bought a Fuji X-E1 body - second hand naturally - to try out assorted lenses I have bought over time and which would not readily adapt to either my Pentax film or digital cameras.

I have been using it mostly with old Leica screw mount lenses of various makes, lenses from my Olympus film days and a couple of long forgotten Exakta lenses but it all came back to two things, firstly no Image Stabilisation, I was surprised at how much the image shook in the viewfinder, I never had that trouble with my unstabilised film cameras, it improved slightly when I bought a genuine Chinese grip for it, and secondly the image itself, I could never really warm to the electronic image so as a comparison I went through every film camera on the shelf behind me, from those with old genuine prisms to the cheap mirror prism type and finally to the optical types from that in a Werra 1, bought new before time began at the enormous cost of 18 in London to, curses, 12 in a shop window in Dublin the same year, to a Leica IIIg to a Canon L2 rangefinder in which I think the viewfinder is better than that in the Leica, is that heresy, and finally back to that in the K70 which I think has the most beautiful finder of them all.

True the Fuji X-E1 is at least 10 years old and I supposed electronic viewfinders have advanced considerably since then but its not the same as those where you can feal you're just looking through a window into the view itself, maybe my description of the effect is not that good, however I now think that Pentax is right in that the prism finder is better than the electronic though this might be going against market forces which seem to be edging Pentax further into the sidelines and out of the realm of 3rd party markets where lens makers no longer seem to be catering to the Pentax mount, possibly making it a niche maker for the appreciative, somewhat like Leica though hopefully not at its prices.

By the way I have been told, by the powers that be, that I absolutely do not need another camera so I'm afraid I will not be stepping up to the K3 iii and will not actually see that finder and definitely, very definitely not up to the K-I ii.

Kind regards to all.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-22-2022, 05:55 AM  
What does AL stand for?
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 8
Views: 879
I have never really taken much notice of all the features expressed in a Len's description as most of them are obvious but the one that's puzzling me is AL I suspect it means an aspheric element is hidden away somewhere in the works but if so its rather hiding its attributes, at least to me, if you look at some other makes aspheric is donated by ASPH in big letters on the bezel which even to me is obvious, as is APO neither of which I don't think I've ever seen on a Pentax lens.

Knowing that Pentax caught most of their competition at the time on the hop by proudly displaying Super-Multi-Coated etc on the bezels of the Takumar lenses one would have thought doing something similar on todays lenses wouldn't be a bad idea.

So AL?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-26-2022, 01:29 AM  
Alone, All Alone
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 14
Views: 1,017
I might have got this wrong but to me, apart from additional electronics, the only real advantage in mirrorless is the reduction in body weight and size, you can't really do that much with lenses because an APS-C lens still has to cover an APS-C sensor, likewise a Full Frame lens still has to cover a full frame sensor so the lens size for whichever format is going to remain pretty much the same so Pentax's decision to stick with DSLR's seems reasonable as it leaves access to all their previous glass for all their users something they made sure to do when they changed mounts back in the 70's.

Of course you're going to have to redesign all your lenses if you switched to mirrorless as the focal plane to lens flange distance would be different while the throat size should be more or less the same which would be an enormous undertaking.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-25-2022, 01:55 AM  
Alone, All Alone
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 14
Views: 1,017
I thought I'd treat myself to a new lens so naturally I read the reviews, but then maybe not that one, so what's this one like, umm! maybe not and this one has an sdm motor so not that one either.

So what have the independent makers got to offer, well not very much in Pentax mount, they seem to be deserting us one by one.

Is it because Pentaxians are so loyal they don't buy any other makes, probably not, nearly everyone has a Sigma or Tamron somewhere in their collection.

Is it that there are so few Pentaxians out there that the sales are so small its not worth tooling up for their mount ?

Is it because Pentax is not moving to mirrorless ?

Is it because the market as a whole is moving to mirrorless and the money is in mirrorless lenses ?

Why oh why are we being deserted. ?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-25-2022, 01:39 AM  
My Vintage Pentax Lenses that I use regularly
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 24
Views: 1,702
I though I had quite a lot of these until I saw other lists, all these below were bought long ago.

K 17mm F4.0 2nd version
M 28mm F2.8
M 35mm F2.8
M 50mm F4.0 macro
A 50mm F1.7
M 50mm F1.4
M 85mm F2.0
M 100mm F2.8 not macro
M 135mm F3.5
M 150mm F3.5 very sharp lens
M 200mm F4.0

M 35 - 70
M 40 - 80 not as bad as people say

Super Takumar 28mm F3.5
Super Takumar 35mm F3.5
Super Takumar 55mm F2.0
Super Takumar 55mm F1.8
Super Takumar 135mm F3.5
Super Multi Coated Takumar 200mm F4.0

There are some lenses like the M120 which don't show up very often and would need some tracking down.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-19-2022, 04:48 AM  
On the K7
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 9
Views: 1,273
I suppose if you think about it, when Pentax changed to the K mount back in 1976, they hardly expected those using Takumar's to rush out and equip themselves with a complete new range of K mount lenses all at once, so it would be logical for them to expect that the M42 lens adapter would stay on the new K mount body for quite some time, so turning a seldom used K7 etc., into a dedicated m42 mount camera is rather like going back to the future.

Thanks for your comments.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-18-2022, 05:56 AM  
On the K7
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 9
Views: 1,273
If you look at DA converters it says that the the K200D is not supported, possibly it may need a CMOS sensor to work ?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-18-2022, 01:50 AM  
On the K7
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 9
Views: 1,273
I was and still am perfectly happy with my K200D, in my opinion it was and is one of the best cameras Pentax ever produced, so there was I happily soldiering along and Pentax ruined the whole thing by bringing out their 1.4x teleconverter which I rather wanted and which would not work on the K200D.

On a whim I bought a second hand K7, without of course reading any of the reviews, but it was the cheapest camera that you could fit the 1.4x converter to, of course for one reason or another I never bought the converter.

I was not of course happy with this camera but after a couple of years I got the hang of it and could produce quite respectable images, especially if you didn't go above ISO 800, well I thought so anyway, of course I could have read the manual but who reads manuals, I decided to "improve" it and bought a genuine Chinese battery grip off e-bay for 19 which, though not water resistant, works quite well for vertical shots and for keeping the spare battery.

Still not happy and using the K200D rather more than the K7 I eventually splashed out and bought the K70, a really, really nice camera with images in my eyes about as good as those from the K200D, I don't pixel peep, I'm convinced, rightly or wrongly that its the CCD sensor in the K200D which is responsible for those great images, so there am I with the K7 all alone sitting in a gadget bag and going nowhere. I could trade it in of course but you never know it might come in handy some day and the second hand prices for cameras are low.

By now of course I have a couple of Takumar lenses and faced with the dilemma of permanently fitting an M42 adapter to the lenses which I know would ruin them or taking the adapter on and off whichever camera I was using which I don't like doing as I'm sure at some point it will jamb when I need to get it off. Also looking at the prices Takumar's are going for on e-bay these days you wouldn't want to do anything to them to lower their value.

I have welded a couple of cheap adapters with Loctite thread locker to some other M42 lenses I have, for instance a Helios M44-2 where somehow or other I got two copies (one for 3) and it does work, I took the spring catch off the adapter before doing so and nothing has fallen off the camera yet.

Well if there is the possibility of the adapter going to jamb on, in my mind anyway, and taking it on and off is something I don't like, I thought I may as well leave it permanently on so the K7 is now entering a new phase in its career and the Takumar's are coming out more often.

Well it makes sense to me anyway and herself says my brane isn't bigger than a fly's.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-08-2022, 05:00 AM  
Acute LBA
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 7
Views: 721
After reviewing my thoughts on mirrorless cameras I have come to the following conclusion.

Using film cameras for years, with of course no built in image stabilisation, I assumed that I would have no problem in using the Fuji X-E1 which does not have any image stabilisation, I think I'm wrong, whether its old age or becoming too accustomed to the image stabilisation in our Pentax bodies I'm fairly sure that lack of image stabilisation for hand held photography could well be part of the cause of my problems in getting sharp images so I have ordered a body grip for the fuji, if that doesn't work back to the tripod.

So using m42 lenses on digital, well I have an elderly K7 which doesn't see the light of day that often so I'm thinking of permanently converting it to M42 by fitting a Kood adapter' which I have had for years, and which has a flange which takes care of the pin, so no more worries of taking the adapter off. I'll just bundle it up with my Takumar's and off I go.

Thanks for the input.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-06-2022, 01:57 AM  
Acute LBA
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 7
Views: 721
For a person suffering from acute LBA the Pentax K mount has several disadvantages particularly when you have lenses from previously owned film cameras such as Exa/Exakta and Olympus OM, yes you can enter the field of miniature engineering and cobble up something that would make them fit and usable in manual mode but probably not if you want to continue using them with film, well not for a person used to using big hammers anyway.

I am not that fond of using m42 to k mount adapters on my K mount digital cameras just in case I can't get them back off and of course to glue a K adapter onto an m42 lens you would have to remove the spring catch just in case it jammed it permanently onto the camera, and then of course if the focussing ring was it stiff it could decide to come off altogether, after 50 something years in construction I believe in Murphy's law - if it can go wrong it will. (O'Toole's Law says Murphy was an optimist).

So after a lot of thought I decided to purchase (shock-horror) a mirrorless camera which, with adapters, opens up a whole new field of expenditure.

I went for the Fuji X mount and purchased an X-E1 from around 2012, It's an APS-C format to keep the view I was used to from my Pentax DSLR's, its quite nicely made actually and it seems that there isn't a lens mount out there that somebody hasn't made an adapter for it.

I noticed Pentax's film trailer some time ago for the prism in the new K3 III and thought it was rather over the top, now I'm not so sure, having played around with the finders in my film and digital cameras, the latest is the K70, for comparison, I find the electronic finder in the X-E1 rather difficult to use, granted it's 10 years old and they probably have advanced considerably since then and I do know it has all the aids for accurate focussing but to get a really sharp image I find you really need to use a tripod, something I hate, as the vibration of your hands becomes very noticeable, but you can really get nice images if you do and you can have tremendous fun with all those lenses you have to smuggle into the house.

I imagine if you used Fuji's own auto focusing lenses you would do a lot better hand held but they are in a different price range to me.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-23-2022, 02:09 AM  
Too many lenses
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 102
Views: 4,142
Frame your statement, put it on your wall and look at it when you get to 80.

Photography should be fun, not an endurance test.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-21-2022, 02:41 AM  
Did Brexit change VAT policy on cameras/lenses between the UK and the Euro zone?
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 29
Views: 1,756
The UK leaving the EU was very annoying, before the referendum photographic goods from any part of the world sailed through customs unnoticed as soon as the referendum happened our government realised the tax implications and started recruiting enthusiastic tax inspectors, and if you import anything from the UK, US or Japan you get caught for VAT on the goods and shipping, plus import duty if over a certain value which I can't remember and a collection fee by the goods carrier.

So effectively closing down non EU sellers on e-bay unless you're willing to pay the taxes.

Amazon is slightly different, if you buy from their UK branch you pay taxes, switch to their German branch which has an English page and you don't.

The second hand seller of photographic equipment MPB which has branches in the UK and US realised the problem and opened a branch in Germany, in Berlin I think so avoiding taxes and they are not alone in doing so.

The EU has, for example, very strict food regulations and I understand the paperwork involved in importing food into the EU from outside the EU is apparently a nightmare, because the UK has seemingly decided to abandon EU food regulations and make up their own this has caused umpteen products which normally flowed into and out of the UK either not to flow at all or to be subject to severe inspection delays and so the saga drags on.

One of my daughters lives in Germany working for a firm that has branches in the UK and has become increasingly unpopular trying to explain to UK colleagues why their goods are not getting through EU customs, the full effect of Brexit seems to be only gradually being realised in the UK.

I discovered, by accident, that EU lorry drivers are paid mostly by the Kilometre and therefore do not want to drive from the EU to the UK as they don't get paid for sitting in inspection queues, before Brexit lorries from Ireland, again for example, drove across England to the nearest port serving their final destination now if for some reason they have to accompany the lorry and can't leave a container to be picked up on the other side they get to spend around 18 hours of glorious sea sickness going someplace else which may be a good deal further away from their destination than previously.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-20-2022, 07:05 AM  
Too many lenses
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 102
Views: 4,142
I don't like changing lenses in the field either but I'd do it rather than carry the weight of two cameras, my usual strategy is to pick a lens for the day bearing in mind where I'm going and it it's right its right it not its sad.

In the early days the perils of sensor dust were emphasised, so don't change your lenses, but this doesn't seem to be so much of a problem lately.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-19-2022, 10:01 AM  
CP+2022 is going ahead, but Ricoh will not exhibit
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 37
Views: 3,086
I am just wondering if these factors have anything to do with the decision to non attend.

1. Pentax's poor record in marketing which must have damaged their sales. Ricoh Imaging's advertising department has a rake of interesting videos, all in Japanese on YouTube, on the K3 Mkiii, very few have English subtitles, this is surprising, one would have thought that the English speaking world, never mind all the other languages would form a part of their sales area they would not wish to loose. I admit that I know nothing about how these videos are made but I would have thought it should not be that expensive to either dub over or provide sub-titles. As it stands I think other makes are ahead in the marketing race, would this be a cause of embarrassment to Ricoh.

2. Over the last few years, possibly caused by the rise of mirrorless cameras, Sigma,Tamron and Zeiss at least have all ceased to provide K mount lenses, one wonders is this due to the loyalty of Pentax users to the brand thus reducing sales of independent makers so that it may be uneconomic for them to compete or is their some deeper unknown mystery between Ricoh and Independents which caused them to stop. I certainly wouldn't like to turn up at an exhibition and start explaining how this happened to curious would be customers.

3. Has the move to mirrorless cameras by other makers made Ricoh's stand to keep the K mount and the prism viewfinder made the brand seem obsolete to the younger market who expect everything to be electronic. Personally I find a prism viewfinder way better than electronic ones but that might be my age.

4. I find it surprising that Ricoh to my knowledge has never made a point of how much they value their loyalty to customers by keeping the K mount over the years and when they did change they made provision so that earlier customers could successfully migrate their existing lenses to the new mount. I think the only other company that did this was Leica though I think Nikon has made some attempt at allowing older lenses to be used on modern cameras.

5. Its quite possible of course that Covid may have caused items under development to be delayed and they have no new items to be exhibited, also increasing Covid numbers will affect attendance and or put their employees at risk so without anything to show they may have calculated that non appearance may be less damaging than appearance with an empty stand.

It's all rather like " do they know that we know that they know that ..................."
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-19-2022, 07:01 AM  
Too many lenses, it's annoying
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 48
Views: 1,997
The problem is you'll never get what you paid for the lens in the first place even if you bought it second hand, so you hang onto it just in case it might come in handy rather than suffer the financial loss.

Stupid thinking I suppose but there you are - caught - they are of course beautiful objects, most of them anyway and they do look great on the shelf(s) and quite impressive for friends and relations who have no idea whether they are good, bad or indifferent.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-19-2022, 03:19 AM  
Too many lenses
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 102
Views: 4,142
I don't think its the need to have every lens possible that causes LBA but the curiosity to see how one lens matches up with another.

My addiction to primes was the doctrine that they were always going to be better than zooms as they were easier to design having less elements, were smaller and therefore less conspicuous and you didn't get everybody looking at you, however with the advent of the camera phone of course nobody really takes notice of anybody photographing anything as everybody is now a photographer. The other reasons for looking at Classic primes was of course the wide apertures they offered in comparison to the small maximum aperture of zooms, particularly when trying to separate foreground and background and the fact that it was necessary to stay at the slowest speed possible on earlier sensors to avoid grain.

Unless its my imagination I think short zooms such as the 20 - 40 have decreased in size compared to those of a few years ago.

By the way I think I bought the Pentacon Version of a Lydth from Martin42 on e-bay years ago.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-17-2022, 05:09 AM  
Japanese Videos
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 3
Views: 780
Sorry for the late reply, this is just one of many














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if it fails do a search for Ricoh Immaging
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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-17-2022, 04:48 AM  
Too many lenses
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 102
Views: 4,142
Well us old fogies had what is the same problem we have these days, x into y doesn't go, around this time If I remember correctly I was earning UK 17 weekly, hopefully if I get the uploading correct are a few pages from Wallace Heatons 1965-1966 Blue Book, they were a chain of about 7 shops and were eventually taken over by, I think, Dixons, I could not afford the Pentax of the time and had to settle for an EXA IIb with a 50mm Domiplan UK 39, it worked and actually still does but its a bit big and awkward to handle, from that I progresses to a Yashica 35J or J35 screw mount which came with a 50mm F2 Yashinon which I am fairly sure was made by Tomioka, you had to cock the shutter and it closed down when you pressed the shutter, lovely lens still works fine.

---------- Post added 01-17-2022 at 12:02 PM ----------



Apart from picking up the wrong bag in your hurry to get to wherever you're going you'll be hit with "what do you want all these bags for, cluttering up the house, tidy them up" at least I would, based on 52 years experience.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-16-2022, 02:32 AM  
Japanese Videos
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 3
Views: 780
Everybody probably knows this but of course I didn't.

A couple of days ago I stumbled across a series of videos produced by Ricoh extolling the virtues of the K3 iii, presented by Japanese photographers none of whom I have ever heard of but they do seem to know what they are doing.

Unfortunately they are all in Japanese as one would expect but some do have English subtitles if you remember to turn them on, with or without subtitles I found them interesting, anybody who knows Pentax should be able to get a pretty good idea of what they are talking about and the accompanying photography of each presenter, well most of them anyway, is worth looking at.

I have been thinking myself for sometime that there is a lot to be said for simple photography with just the 50mm lens and one chap seems to exclusively use both versions of the 31mm, which converted to APS-C is approximately 46mm pretty much 50mm.

Enjoy
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-16-2022, 02:02 AM  
Too many lenses
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 102
Views: 4,142
I am quite surprised that my bit of boredom generated so much interest.

I remember reading years ago that Pentax alone had made over 35 million lenses and I forgot to include those made in 37mm mount for the Asahiflex of which there are 50, 58, 83, 100, 135 and 500mm available somewhere, then of course if we throw in lenses by independent makers the tally is enormous and of course they have to be acquired just to see how the optics compare don't ya know.

Coming from the film world in 2008 where the fastest film I ever used was 400ISO and you were stuck with whatever film you had in the camera and migrating to the K200D with a much wider and changeable film speed. However everybody at that time recommending that you kept ISO speed as low as possible because of noise with the sensors I was horrified at the slow speed of digital lenses which was when I started at poking around for faster lenses, now of course sensors have improved so grain is not really an issue and strangely enough there also seems to be no real issue with dust on the sensor which there was back then.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-15-2022, 09:25 AM  
Too many lenses
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 102
Views: 4,142
Gloomy with threatening rain so I came up with this bit of nonsense.

Considering only prime lenses made for the 35mm format, over the years Pentax has made, in Screw Mount, lenses with the following focal lengths:

15, 17, 18, 20, 24, 28, 35, 50, 55, 58, 83, 85, 100, 105, 120, 135, 150, 200, 300, 400, 500 and 1000mm, many available with different apertures and some also came in various body incarnations.

moving on now to those for the K mount we have:

15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 28, 30, 31, 35, 40, 43, 50, 55, 70, 77, 85, 100, 120, 135, 150, 200, 300, 400, 560, 600, 1200 and 2000mm, again many come with an assortment of apertures, and in various incarnations.

I suppose somewhere out there in the vastness of the internet there might be a collector who has one of every lens Pentax has ever made, so which one does he/she put in their gadget bag for their afternoon walk and do they combine it with the appropriate camera for which it was made.

Perhaps we could narrow down the choice for APS-C with the DA21, 35 or 40 and 70mm which would make a nice lightweight set though there would have to be one or two extras for the specialist photographer.

For years most of us got by with the single 50/55mm lens that came with their camera, you could probably still do it if you really put your mind to it.
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 01-14-2022, 04:28 AM  
Who else would like to see a retro Pentax camera ?
Posted By PenPusher
Replies: 78
Views: 3,829
Back in Christmas 1964 my then girlfriend gave me a copy of Theo Scheerer's book the Leica and the Leica System (covers M2 and M3) and then more or less immediately gave me the bullet as they say in this part of the world. After reading it I always wanted a Leica, not the flibbertigibbet electronic ones but a proper film job but I knew in my heart and soul that an SLR was what I really needed, there were too many restrictions on the Leica and I figured that it was more of a street photographers weapon. So I looked longingly at the Pentax of the time but it was well out of my reach and settled for an Exa IIb being the only SLR I could afford, it could probably win the prize for the loudest shutter of all time.

This morning YouTube presented me, I have no idea why, with a load of advertising videos on the K3/3 and associated lenses, Japanese viewers must be able to read the sub-titles much faster than I can but I was intrigued with the references to the brilliance of the viewfinder on which I had seen a Japanese photographer extolling its virtues several years ago and rather overdoing it I thought.

Now I like film, I suppose its my age but I thought a retro camera based on the K3/3 would be an excellent job, as Leica has found out there are quite a few people ready to fork out considerable sums of money on a camera with just a viewfinder, lever advance, shutter speed and no autofocus, which is really all you need if you have any experience at all, Leica do do one with an exposure meter as well. Of course I have no idea if the video participants were reading from scripts or not but as far as I could make out they all seemed very pleased with the viewfinder and content to use manual focus for at least part of the time thus opening up the world of relatively cheap Classic Lenses which I was surprised to discover were what Pentax's original film lenses are now called, at least in Japan.

I was surprised however that the K3/3's sensor size more or less remains at that of the K70 and hasn't been wacked up to match that of some of its competitors, apart from the viewfinder I found the K3/3's most interesting feature was the ability to include the aperture data of Classic Lenses in the EXIF report rather than Just K or M lens as with previous models. I thought the custom feature interesting but I don't see wildlife hanging around until you get the desired settings worked out unless you have a specificities user setting for the expected lighting conditions.

I think I would really love a K3/3 but having been more or less confined to barracks as they say for the last two years or so and with no sign of the disease letting up I could't really find an excuse to buy one, or at least one that would get it past the she who must be obeyed.
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