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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-20-2020, 04:57 AM  
New Flagship from Pentax??
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 25
Views: 2,332
Of course. Most AA batteries available in 2089 are nuclear powered. No problem.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-15-2020, 08:13 AM  
New Flagship from Pentax??
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 25
Views: 2,332
In 2089 it will be very important for new cameras to have fixed LCD screens. I mean, we can live with articulating screens, but think of all the advantages you're missing out on without a fixed screen.
Forum: Sold Items 07-30-2020, 11:51 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 35mm Ltd
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 7
Views: 1,267
Lens is still available, feel free to PM.
Forum: Sold Items 07-29-2020, 11:20 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 35mm Ltd
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 7
Views: 1,267
Bump!
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 07-29-2020, 11:18 AM  
Wishing for a GXR ii - as a Pentax Mirrorless
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 10
Views: 3,820
An updated APS-C module with the "50mm macro" optics and a newer sensor would more than satisfy me. Or from another direction, a pocketable GR-style camera with a collapsible version of that lens. After all, the A12 28mm module has the lens from the GR and GR II. It would be delightful for the interchange to go both ways. I'm shooting the GXR/A12 50 macro and GR II side-by-side these days.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 07-29-2020, 11:13 AM  
Looking to buy a GXR - what should I know?
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 2
Views: 631
I wouldn't suggest turning down an S10 module if you see one for cheap. Very versatile and much better image quality than you might expect from the small sensor. With an optional petal hood makes the GXR a very pocketable and convenient camera.

That said the 50mm macro module is my favorite lens I've ever owned. No dust issues so far, and I drag it around in nasty field conditions multiple times a week (11,500 frames in the last year and counting!). You get used to the quirky and never quick focus behavior and that makes it easier to work with.
Forum: Sold Items 07-23-2020, 04:19 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 35mm Ltd
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 7
Views: 1,267
10-17mm sold, 35mm Ltd still available.
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-20-2020, 09:05 AM  
Macro Are there any other microscope enthusiasts here?
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 29
Views: 1,036
That little "hitchhiker cocoon" is fascinating! What an interesting find.

I spend a lot of time looking through microscopes- a Fisher compound scope and a Leica 8-35x stereomicroscope, both hand-me-downs that were dumpster-dived at some university years ago, but invaluable to me for the work I do which sometimes involves needing to identify mosses, grasses, etc. I find aiming an SLR with a macro lens through the eyepiece works well enough for my occasional microscopy needs but the dedicated photography you're doing is absolutely gorgeous on a whole different level. Really enjoyed your whole post.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-20-2020, 08:02 AM  
What Pentax Values Most in Future Cameras
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 363
Views: 24,557
Thanks for sharing so much about how the subject relates to your personal feelings and experience. Hopefully future cameras will innovate features that allow them to serve your preferences and my preferences just as well, since we both like and use Pentax cameras, even though we have different goals and purposes and different experiences that result.

I've never understood why, when someone (or multiple people) in camera forum discussions share "this is a feature that would be helpful for me," there's always someone to say "you're wrong, because it doesn't matter to me."

(also, goods may be cheaper in the states, especially for folks at one end of our intense economic disparity curve, but generally outside the major urban areas depressed wages, high rents and the lack of social safety nets and extreme cost-spirals associated with simple things like minor health issues makes a lot of us very conservative about our spending, even if we're popularly depicted as engaged in an orgy of frivolous consumption. My camera usage is mostly part of my work, rather than a hobby, which is mostly in the conventionally-underfunded nonprofit sector but at least it's work that's still available right now! Thousands of frames per month that provide valuable ecological data but will never, ever be printed or viewed larger than screen size. As far as churning through a factory job to save up some money, I've been there too, but we went from 12 regional factories to just one in the last decade, and then coronavirus hit. I'll stick with my current work and its economic compromises)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-20-2020, 03:56 AM  
What Pentax Values Most in Future Cameras
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 363
Views: 24,557
Cheap is relative. Computing and storage compete for the same funds I could be spending on Pentax cameras and lenses, right? Pentax doesn't make desktop computers. On the other hand, for those who shoot a lot of frames and will reproduce most of them in smaller digital formats, RAW detail may be forever but it can also be unnecessary for most shooting. I went back to lower-res sensors intentionally, but these aging cameras won't last forever. It's a good thing when we have features that support different people's different use cases!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-19-2020, 02:08 PM  
What Pentax Values Most in Future Cameras
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 363
Views: 24,557
[having skipped the rest of this comment thread]

It's very satisfying to hear a vision like this instead of the same old "become #1 in DSLR/mirrorless market share within the next year" sort of market aggression that's been conventional for camera companies to throw around for the last couple decades.

Pentax/Ricoh has a market and intends to serve it sustainably. Anyone who's paid attention to Ricoh's product strategy over the past several decades should not find that surprising. A company needs to turn a profit to survive, that doesn't mean it needs skyrocketing (and usually unsustainable) growth. "Pentax is doomed" people are usually confused on that point.

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It would be great if as pixel densities keep going up more camera manufacturers would start offering something like a "binned raw" option. A smaller file with probably-higher per-pixel quality at the cost of some resolution and maybe slower write times, with the option to take advantage of full sensor resolution when desired? Sign me up. 10mp is easily sufficient for 95% of what I shoot even when that's the native resolution. On the other hand even 24mp RAW files are a royal pain to deal with when you're making a few hundred on a typical day. Canon's sRAW is along those lines, haven't played with a Canon since the 40D on which sRAW were about 2mp, but the files were actually very usable. The articles I've seen picking apart the ~5mp sRAW files from their ~20mp models from a few years back show actually very good results for the resulting filesizes (not so much the mRAW options), I imagine even better results could be had from higher-res sensors.
Forum: General Talk 07-14-2020, 03:58 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 20,562
Views: 1,464,857
Glad you like the camera I sent you! Let me know if you have any issues with AF accuracy and need pointers on how to adjust it. I had an adjustment set that seemed to work well for that 18-55, a 10-17 and a 35-70 I was using on it.
Forum: Sold Items 07-13-2020, 05:26 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 35mm Ltd
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 7
Views: 1,267
Price drop.
Forum: Ricoh GR 07-08-2020, 12:20 PM  
Quick Review of GRIII - With Lots of Pics
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 10
Views: 831
Thanks! Seems to me that with the III's 24mp sensor, the macro mode can be even more versatile either cropping in post or with the 35/50mm crop modes- I understand they're about 15 and 7.5mp in output, respectively? Something tells me I'll have to try this camera out someday (not least of which your beautiful images in this thread). I really do think Ricoh's modern lenses have a distinctive rendering across the range I've tried and seen samples from, the GXR units being the others.
Forum: Ricoh GR 07-08-2020, 10:56 AM  
Quick Review of GRIII - With Lots of Pics
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 10
Views: 831
Thanks for the review, sounds like it continues all the strong points of the other Ricoh products I've used in the past.

The main reason I've never considered this series was that I assumed they would have poor close-focusing abilities, so I'm intrigued by the macro focusing mode you mention. Would you mind sharing a little more about just how close it can get? I shoot a lot of photos in the magnification range from 1:4 (the DA kit lens gets to about 1:3) and 1:2, less often all the way down to 1:1.
Forum: Sold Items 07-07-2020, 06:41 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 35mm Ltd
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 7
Views: 1,267
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
DA 35mm f2.8 Ltd Macro

Asking Price
235.00 USD

Item Location
Fredonia (United States)

Item Description

UPDATE 10-17mm sold, 35 Ltd still available

Both lenses are in good working order with clean glass, both with some cosmetic blemishes as shown in the photos (especially the caps). One tiny speck of internal dust is observable in the front element of the 10-17mm. I have not been able to get it to show in any photos.

Asking $235 each, shipped. Send a PM if you're interested. 10-17mm includes a soft case that may or may not have originally come with the lens, I can't remember.

Erik

IMGP0775 by rootshaveapulse, on Flickr

IMGP0768 by rootshaveapulse, on Flickr

More photos here: Lens Sale | Flickr

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling or Trading

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Good

Shipping Destinations
North America

Shipping Charge
NY

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Return in 7 days if not as described

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 07-03-2020, 08:04 AM  
Point and Shoot Competition #147 - Not Exactly a Tree
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 21
Views: 1,343
Ok! Time to conclude this contest! I should in the future avoid winning any contests during fieldwork season as obviously I'm insufficiently attendant to the forums here.

I appreciate all the interesting entries to the odd theme I proposed. Plenty of ways to interpret the idea, none of them wrong. The entries encompass former trees, attempted trees, pseudotrees, the voids within trees, trees adapted to other uses even as they remain standing, trees abstracted by lighting and composition, and translations of conceptual form to unrelated objects and spaces.

Within this group, the entry that stood out to me most was kwb's image of the guitars. There are two layers of abstraction here: the objects portrayed (the guitars) are made of trees, of course. But composed as the image is, resembling the view you'd have looking upward in a grove of trees, they're recast as their former selves towering overhead. The element of chance in the way the image was made also gives it something a little "different" in concept.

Congrats kwb! May you run a tighter contest in July than I did in June!

Thank you Jacquot, MiguelATF, Barondla, kwb, Bart, and Titia for your participation and intriguing entries. Not a single image was straightforward or boring; all evoked some sense of story or process to be explored and wondered at, which is exactly what I hoped would be the case.

Erik
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 07-01-2020, 09:26 AM  
Point and Shoot Competition #147 - Not Exactly a Tree
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 21
Views: 1,343
Since I've been in the woods the last three days and won't be home until this evening to pick a winner, consider this an opportunity for any and all late entries!
Forum: General Talk 06-23-2020, 04:15 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 20,562
Views: 1,464,857
Speaking of "normals," I just acquired a DA 35mm f2.8 macro Ltd for my K-5. I have been really very excited about this lens, given all the great things I've read about it, and it seemed a natural choice given that I've been loving the 33mm f2.5 macro optic on the Ricoh GXR A12 "50mm" module for the last year or so.

A few thousand frames later, I'm actually a little disappointed. I mean, it's just fine. But I want all you normal-lens connoisseurs to know- that Ricoh lens is a gem. It draws a more pleasing image than any other lens I've ever owned, and I have owned some nice ones. If some other company licensed it and released it for some other APS-C mirrorless mount, I'd have to switch. But, I knew I needed to switch back to an interchangeable-lens system, so the DA 35 Ltd will have to do for now. I might actually try out the D-FA 50mm macro at some point if a good deal pops up, as images suggest it has a touch more character in its rendering.

Full disclosure: I do have that unit for sale in the marketplace. But I am not posting this to make a sale. I'm posting this because there's hardly a thing written on the whole internet about that lens and I want you all to know that someday, sometime you run across one of these going for cheap, you have not experienced the full proper gamut of quality "normal" primes until you've tried that 33mm f2.5 Ricoh. I'll at least hold off on posting a full "botanist's review of the Ricoh GXR system" until after it sells so it doesn't seem like I'm just writing an ad.

The fact that I am selling it after all does attest to the fact that the DA 35 Ltd is doing its job competently and I can't fault its output even if I'm not entirely in love with it either.

Now that I'm done bellyaching, a few frames from my new DA 35 Ltd, since I haven't taken any photos of the lens itself.

Luna Moth, Fredonia College Lodge by rootshaveapulse, on Flickr
Penstemon hirsutus, Niagara Gorge by rootshaveapulse, on Flickr
Dolomedes scriptus on Carex torta, Fredonia by rootshaveapulse, on Flickr
Juglans nigra by rootshaveapulse, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 06-12-2020, 02:08 PM  
Point and Shoot Competition #147 - Not Exactly a Tree
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 21
Views: 1,343
Jacquot, I'm intrigued- any hints as to the conceptual connection to "tree?"

Miguel, that is a very strong composition. I note the little bowl- do you gather the nuts?
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 06-06-2020, 04:48 AM  
Point and Shoot Competition #147 - Not Exactly a Tree
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 21
Views: 1,343
This Month's Point & Shoot Competition- "Not Exactly a Tree." What does that mean? Well, I find myself taking a lot of direct, literal photographs of trees for both my work and interests. So for this competition, I want to see any and every other way you could approach the subject (or even concept or word) of a "tree." Abstract it, find a strange new angle, use a tree to creatively modify or frame some other subject, give me a coat tree, your office phone tree, whatever. Anything but a direct photo of a tree. There's room for all kinds of interpretations!

Rules are the same as last month:

Always have fun!

Cameras:
ALL CAMERA BRANDS ARE ALLOWED.
Camera should be compact, and let's say fit in a pocket of some garment you own or have owned at some time, and some pockets are bigger than others! I'm not getting out a tape measure...
Digital cameras with sensors smaller than or equal to 1" are allowed. However, for interchangeable lens cameras, no "adopted" lenses are allowed.
All non-interchangeable lens cameras regardless of the sensor size and medium (digital or film) are allowed.
Interchangeable lens cameras with sensors larger than 1" are not allowed regardless of the size.
Mobile phones, tablets and any 110 film cameras are allowed regardless of the size.
Entries will close on May 31, 2020 midnight PDT.
Maximum image dimensions are 1024x768 (ish) pixels.
List camera brand and model with entry for all to see, and exposure data would be nice.
No restrictions on when the entries were taken.
Contest winner determines the rules, selects theme, sets closing date and judges the next competition.
Enter up to three images, however you may change your entries as many times as you like up to the contest closing date/time.

Most of all, have a good time with it!

I'll post some examples of my own soon- posting this as I cram in some breakfast before running out the door as I'm in the middle of a three-day marathon of guiding another photographer/filmmaker around one of my local wilderness areas for the purpose of documenting some special trees. Can you tell I like trees?

Read more at: Point and Shoot Competition #146 - a Closer Look - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 06-05-2020, 05:21 AM  
Point and Shoot Competition #146 - a Closer Look
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 47
Views: 2,744
Wow! It's an honor to be picked as the winner of this month's competition! Lots of good entries here. I was especially partial to Jacquot's entry abstracting the stems of Phragmites (a plant I often do battle with at work) and Bart's composition of that fungus.

I'll do my best to come up with a theme today and put up the thread when I get back in the evening.

Erik
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-29-2020, 07:13 AM  
Messing around with the F35-70mm
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 24
Views: 919
Critical for me over that 18-50, though (and why I also still have an 18-55 instead of 18-50): much better maximum magnification in the "macro" mode. Still not "true macro" but generally adequate for what I'm usually shooting, and I'm probably using the F 35-70 in that "macro" mode for more than half of what I shoot with it.

As for flare, I haven't noticed much issue, and I shoot into backlighting a lot. The coatings are good. I use it with a screw-on hood that was originally intended for the Olympus OM 100mm f2.8 (works nice on fast 50s, too), I'm sure it would vignette corners on full-frame but for APS-C it works great.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-28-2020, 03:21 PM  
Messing around with the F35-70mm
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 24
Views: 919
I'd have to agree that Richard's experience sounds nothing like my F 35-70 and very much like the FA 35-80 I used a long time ago... either way, it's no DFA 100mm macro WR but I'd put the F 35-70 over the current WR kit lenses in overall build quality (it just feels a bit tougher, even if the plastics and rubber aren't as nice) and it certainly blows them away optically (not that they're bad for what they are!). My copy is starting to accumulate "battle scars" and is missing at least one part that turned out to be nonessential. I've had it on the marketplace a couple times with no bites, and now it's probably too damaged (cosmetically) to sell anyways... so it just keeps hanging around and making nice photos. Woe is me!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-15-2020, 03:25 PM  
New APS-C is
Posted By er1kksen
Replies: 1,045
Views: 69,612
That's the problem. Normal expression of hopes and preferences is interpreted as a single-minded attempt to "find fault", and then blamed for "negativity." There is more nuance than that. We don't all have to form little clubs of "complainers" who supposedly can't see the good in a camera and "true believers" who blow up over "it would be nice if-."

I mean, that's conversation on the internet, of course. I don't recall that folks were this jacked up about things here a decade ago but maybe that's why I take such long breaks from the "news and rumors" forums.
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