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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-24-2021, 08:23 PM  
Three new cameras under development?
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 266
Views: 19,882
K-1iii is the next logical move.
And yes 645Z is still the best medium format in town which they will enrich.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-28-2020, 10:11 AM  
After market D-LI90 batteries with charger
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,890
My Wasabis went dead last month and was looking for replacements. I have dstes too that went bad also. I am going to try these. I usually prefer buying cheap batteries and replacing them more frequently than spent on 1 OEM. Batteries degenerate with age and each charge/discharge cycle. So I prefer cheap but more fresh often than older and durable but with degraded performance.
I also like the fact that it comes with a dual charger.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-27-2020, 07:21 PM  
After market D-LI90 batteries with charger
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,890
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-22-2020, 08:24 AM  
HD Pentax DA * 16-50mm F2.8ED PLM AW is the second one.
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 924
Views: 87,551
I have 2 DA*s and I like Pentax's rendering so much it is just not easy to justify switching over to a Sigma tbh.

Ricoh is changing as far as I can see. They are showing up more often than before with their product updates and roadmaps and progress.
Pre-order pricing is a marketing strategy to get a bunch of people in to have the lens sell well in the short/long run. It is a 24-70FF equivalent so most pentax da* fan base will want to own it at $896 almost sooner than later.
Pentax marketing if they are reading this should utilize this standard and very successful marketing practice. I hope their marketing department is changing and moving into these successful and proven strategies.
DA*s aren't for people who are seeking equivalents in other brands for the obvious reasons. But they are for people who are already sold on to the DA* standards and IQ. I do not believe Sigma/Tamron customers should think of switching out unless they are convinced. For a lot of people price remains a priority (including me) but their * lenses are best in class. I expect no less on this DA* either.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-22-2020, 06:08 AM  
HD Pentax DA * 16-50mm F2.8ED PLM AW is the second one.
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 924
Views: 87,551
$1296 at launch.
Pentax should offer a pre-order discount of $400 to get a superb headstart into the sale of this lens. $896 and I will jump in on a pre-order.
Forum: Pentax K-r 09-05-2020, 01:59 PM  
Looking to purchase a Pentax K-r in 2020
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,675
Wow. This is a nice camera. I still use my K-X and the photos I have captured in the past, with the kit lenses, are amazing. The kit lenses are no slouch (not fast for low light) but stellar for daylight photogs.
Trusty motor driven focus and AA batteries for that price. Sure is a fun purchase.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-14-2020, 09:51 PM  
New APS-C is
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 1,045
Views: 83,273

Their promised video.

---------- Post added 05-15-20 at 12:52 AM ----------

No no no. Don't get me wrong. Just like the superb K-1 viewfinder is what I meant.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-14-2020, 09:46 PM  
HD Pentax DA * 16-50mm F2.8ED PLM AW is the second one.
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 924
Views: 87,551

Their official video.

---------- Post added 05-15-20 at 12:49 AM ----------

Agree a 100%.
With FA* 24 and 85 in my bag. I don't need either. But I know I will spend on that D-FA*85. Will put my FA* on sale once I get the D-FA*. D-FA 21 is equally tempting. but will be next in line for the upgrade for me.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-14-2020, 09:22 PM  
New APS-C is
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 1,045
Views: 83,273
I rarely ever use the articulating screen on the K-1 unless I am doing a macro shot laying the camera and myself down on the bare floor. Yes it is very helpful then. But prefer the optical viewfinder almost always otherwise.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-14-2020, 09:01 PM  
D FA 21 Limited is one of the three.
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 1,748
Views: 141,288
Did seem like it was f4. And I will be totally ok with that.
Imagine an equivalent of DA15/f4 on a full frame. Goose bumps.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-14-2020, 08:57 PM  
New APS-C is
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 1,045
Views: 83,273
1.05x magnification on the optical viewfinder just like a K-1. Slicker Pentaprism or whatever, Joystick design is different little bit. Viewfinder has a sensor to brighten or darken something.. A new battery grip. Better subject tracking..
No other info. :-(
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-14-2020, 08:39 PM  
HD Pentax DA * 16-50mm F2.8ED PLM AW is the second one.
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 924
Views: 87,551
WOW. This is a nice update to the much SDM riddled 16-50. And redesigned optical construction.
I only wish they will get to the DA* 50-135 soon.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-14-2020, 08:38 PM  
D FA 21 Limited is one of the three.
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 1,748
Views: 141,288
Much needed wide angle prime for the K-1. And its a limited series. So we all know what to expect.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-24-2020, 11:58 AM  
Jun Hirakawa retiring in 2019
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 10
Views: 3,053
Well.. now not surprised how stellar this lens is on all brands. Most people say it is better than their brand name counter parts. Love my copy too and my brand counter part is Pentax. LOL.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-10-2020, 12:33 PM  
Ricoh Site: DA*50-135 Refurbished
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 4
Views: 1,223
This is a good deal indeed. Like the fact that it is refurbished so the SDM motor may be a good version than the most riddled copies out there. I got one from KEH for this price with Tax. If I did not already have one I would get this DA* 50-135 in a heart beat. I adore this lens despite its temperamental SDM on my copy.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 01-20-2020, 05:31 PM  
K-1II hotshoe mount broken
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 36
Views: 2,383
It did happen to my K-5ii once and flash was mounted and was hit by someone walking by when the flash was mounted... The metal housing of the show popped off with the flash that was a bit loose (very minor play if at all) to begin with. Had to send it for repair.
In your case it seems the camera went into a lot of stress on top of the hot shoe (got squished against an edge of a seat or the passenger bar in trains or the latches of an over head bin without you noticing it).
It is not easy to break it the way it is seen in the picture. It probably succumbed to a lot of pressure..
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-12-2019, 11:20 AM  
Are the Focal brand name lenses any good?
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 33
Views: 3,914
I have that 28mm and it surprises me at times for being an off brand. Dont know about other focal lengths or zooms. But that 28 is good.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-02-2019, 06:01 PM  
KEH - "Buy More, Save More" - Cyber Monday Only
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 2
Views: 682
KEH has been very un-attractive with their
1. Pricing on the used items.
2. Discounts they offer on sale events
3. Sales tax on the items (this pretty much kills it for me)
4. Equipment Ratings for the price.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-26-2019, 12:32 PM  
EVFs and Eye Strain
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 22
Views: 3,415
This is true 100%. Eyestrain from an incident light (usually from the LED) are much harsh than a passive light into an OVF. I have had several image retention issues with EVFs and hate to use them. I know I am getting old but this will sooner or later cause trouble.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 11-08-2019, 11:44 PM  
I have a K1 mkii but I saw a K1
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 47
Views: 3,801
Back up is one thought.
I always have had pairs with 16-50 n 50-135 on my k-5iis
and 24-70 and 70-200 on k-1s mounted and ready to fire.
Second body is the way to go if it does not burn a hole. And an exact same or close is also highly recommend.. that means a k-3 is not a backup for k-1ii. A k-1 or a k-1ii is. So go for it.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 11-01-2019, 08:18 AM  
Brand new K1 with a moving part inside it
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 44
Views: 3,311
The sensor is floating when the camera is powered up. Think magnetic levitation... When there is no battery or no power to the camera there is no levitation of the sensor that happens when SR kicks in and hence the sensor infrastructure is loosely laying in the body. Don't believe this is an issue. All IBIS cameras more or less exhibit this behavior.
There is a way to Turn the SR off and turn it back on. Try taking pictures in both modes.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-15-2019, 09:09 AM  
Improvements to the DA limited primes
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 64
Views: 3,993
To achieve an f2.8 or better on this wide an angled lens the size of the front element and the contributing elements won't remain the same and it will loose its charm as an almost pancake lens..
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-11-2019, 11:20 AM  
Help me pick a printer....
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 18
Views: 1,266
Printing photos or documents?

Canon Pro 100 is the best value for money when it goes on sale with a rebate if you need a photo printer. IF you need one for document printings.. there are a few that show up under $50 with started cartridges that last about a few hundred pages if not 1 thousand.
Forum: General Photography 10-11-2019, 11:16 AM  
Things I was taking for granted
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 20
Views: 1,472
This... exactly this...

and then I start wondering what people are doing with so many focus points in their cameras when you really need one that does it fast and accurate. I am almost always using the Center Point or the one at the 3rd 99% of the times. yeah never Auto and never let the camera decide what to get in focus.

What am I missing? How do people really put to use 100 focus points to get good pictures when most of the times just one good cross type is enough. What am I doing wrong here? I find it way easier to get something in focus using center point and recompose than anything else.....
Really curious to know how having a zillion focus points is better than a handful of meaningful cross types. I really need to unlearn the technique that I am currently using cos they may be obsolete.
Forum: General Photography 10-08-2019, 10:05 PM  
Interior Designer with a $12Million Budget wants a free print for the wall......
Posted By shardulm
Replies: 30
Views: 1,910
"They love your work too..."

Hyuk Hyuk..
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