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Forum: Pentax K-1 10-17-2017, 07:19 PM  
What do you use the function dial for?
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 21
Views: 1,104
Mostly SR on/ off, sometimes crop mode.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-14-2017, 09:27 PM  
Poll: What is the most important feature in a camera?
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 49
Views: 1,947
Camera has to 1) fit my hands and have controls I can easily manipulate, and 2) have a viewfinder with specs good enough my odd eyes can use with no/ minimal issues.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-17-2017, 09:44 PM  
I'm quite insufficient for my K-1..... and I know it!
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 34
Views: 2,088
Add me to the list. I look at the wonderful images posted here, then at my snapshots, and decide not to post much. But the K-1 and the FA Limiteds are such wonderful pieces of kit to hold and use. :D
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-24-2017, 10:05 PM  
Now that we have FF, why so little interest in the 135 FL?
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 38
Views: 2,391
135mm is one of my favorites. I hate having to haul around a zoom to cover that focal length. I'd love a modern 135/2 or 2.8
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-20-2016, 06:19 AM  
Fuji mirrorless medium format.
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 152
Views: 11,564
Anyone wondering about the actual size of the new Fuji, DPR has their first hands-on look posted from the booth. Looks to be about the size of a 135FF DSLR, maybe slightly larger. They quickly noticed and commented on the weight (light for a DMF).
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-21-2016, 03:52 PM  
K-1 camera porn
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 161
Views: 25,993
Nice looking camera. Even with ugly background, dust, finger smudge on lens barrel, and poor lighting. :D

Feels wonderful in my hands. And the viewfinder is much better to my eyes than the old K-5 I used to have. Looking forward to getting a handful of lenses and learning this thing.

Forum: Pentax K-1 04-30-2016, 10:20 PM  
Those with K1's M's Taks, K's and A's
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 14
Views: 1,598
Looks good - as I think it will with the other manual focus legacy glass. :cool:
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-11-2016, 11:43 AM  
What are you most looking forward to?
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 38
Views: 2,457
Better viewfinder. Using the FA Limiteds at 31, 43 and 77mm. Looking forward to trying the astrothingy.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 04-07-2016, 06:18 AM  
Pics of K-1 24-70,70-200 with other cameras
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 26
Views: 4,155
Thanks for the link!

Aw Yeah. Looks wonderful with the three amigos. :D
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-20-2016, 10:01 AM  
Viciousness in the forums right now
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 24
Views: 2,496
As Gavin mentioned - not just here.

And not just photo forums. Seems to be all over the web anymore.

A lot of them out there. IMHO some have become that way through their own long-term use (decades) of a system.

One of the more "polite" disparaging phrases I've heard thrown at those of us who aren't anchored into one system forever is "once a switcher, always a switcher". It is inconceivable in their minds that someone might not have massive amounts of money tied up in one system's expensive glass, and might move to a camera and lens combo that will do better for certain tasks. Canon (or Nikon or Sony or Fuji or Pentax) is always their answer for whatever camera might best fit your needs.
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-17-2016, 07:29 AM  
Is the K1 really for the average amateur photographer?
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 94
Views: 8,916
As for the question "Is the K1 really for the average amateur photographer?"

Why not?

If you are a pro, buy whatever gear is necessary to meet your client's expectations.

If you are an amateur or hobbyist, buy whatever gear meets your needs/ wants/ desires and whatever budgetary restraints are in your comfort zone.
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-17-2016, 07:24 AM  
Is the K1 really for the average amateur photographer?
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 94
Views: 8,916
Why is that?

Some, like myself, are hobbyists. Most of my images are "meh", with an occasional decent shot or three.

I enjoy the activity of photography. I don't shoot because I think I'm a pro, or to impress people. I shoot because it is one of the few activities I can still enjoy, and it helps with stress reduction and relaxation.

I use what equipment I can afford that meets my physical requirements first, and my "wants" second. Instead of spending lots of money on expensive watches, or cars, or a collection of guitars I cannot play... I spend money on camera gear.

And I know I am not the only one out there in this category.

Life is too short. Get enjoyment when and where you can.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-13-2015, 08:39 AM  
645d for enthusiast?
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 11
Views: 1,580
Hi Alex!

No experience with Canon digital gear, and still new to the 645D, so I cannot really address your first three questions. As a hobbyist returning to Pentax (again), I have an opinion on the fourth.

Why not? As mentioned above, enthusiasts/ hobbyists and the like spend similar money on full-frame/ flagship bodies/ top-notch glass. No reason why you should be excluded from using a 645D if you can afford to do so.

I don't know about you, but in my case the joy of photography extends to the gear. For me, photography isn't just about the image - it's also about enjoying a hobby that has proven to be a major source of relaxation and stress relief, and part of that enjoyment comes from using gear that I find fun during use. The 645D ticks that box. There are some other reasons I went 645D instead of something like a D810, but the enjoyment factor is my most prominent reason for gear choices these days.

I recently took advantage of the Adorama close-out deal and picked up the 645D + 55/2.8 kit. Still thinking about lenses for later down the road. Like you, my primary use for the kit will be landscape, so I'll be following this thread to read members' responses to your first three questions.

Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-14-2015, 03:27 PM  
New Pentax 645D: Free 55mm!
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 8
Views: 1,373
Well, my plan for re-shuffling gear went out the window with this deal. Need to re-do the plan now. :lol:
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-12-2013, 09:44 AM  
Nikon Df Retro style Dslr
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 45
Views: 4,194
Whether or not the Df will be a success is still to be seen, IMHO.

I see two main groups of people buying the camera. First group is buying the camera regardless, either pre-order or waiting for prices to drop - because they want the D4 sensor but not at D4 pricing, they like the looks, they want the new shiny, etc... Second group are the people like me, who like the thought of the Df for whatever reason, but need a hands-on to determine if it is right enough to spend the money on it. This group will wait until the body is actually out where they can hold it, operate the controls, mount a manual focus lens, and look through the viewfinder to see how well the body plays with manual focus.

One thing is for certain - Nikon has created a stir with the Df. The amount of discussion on forums across the intertubes is large.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-11-2013, 04:29 PM  
Buy 25mm DA now or wait for new wide zoom?
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 22
Views: 3,007
OP - no thoughts for you as the 35A is my widest lens as well. I'd love one of the 25 primes or a wide zoom, but it's going to take some time to generate the cash. :(

645 system lenses.

Pentax 645 Wide-Angle Primes - Lens Reviews and Specifications - SLR and Interchangeable Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-11-2013, 08:52 AM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 11,477
Views: 1,874,727
Beautiful work everyone. I'm almost ashamed to be posting anything in here. :o

Having more time these days to get the camera out and learn more about it and the lenses. Absolutely wonderful files to work with IMHO.

Poor Planning - I had a good idea we would have some colorful sky/ clouds at sunset, but got distracted experimenting with the 150/2.8 and 2x teleconverter... and noticed the time too late to make it to the one spot in town where we can see the western horizon. So this is a grab snapshot from the backyard - a suburban sunset, if you will. Taken with the FA 150/2.8

Moonshot - Also taken with the FA 150/2.8, I tried this with the 2x TC but found getting critical focus a bit difficult - focus throw is a bit tiny for my klutzy fingers. Much easier for me with the A-series lenses. 1024x768 100% crop out of the image.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-10-2013, 11:39 PM  
645D questions...I know, I should read the manual...
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 4
Views: 1,010
1) Cycle the power switch ON > OFF > ON, shutter release half-press, or press the Playback, MENU or INFO buttons

2) No idea.

3) Not that I remember seeing.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-07-2013, 08:07 AM  
645D vs. A7R
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 109
Views: 18,044
I never have really understood these arguments anyways. Different formats have some different features/ properties between them - those differences may or may not be an issue, or may be a benefit. Claiming one is the same or as good as another is silly IMHO. And why question/ criticize what others shoot? It's their choice, their money.

IMHO... If you're a pro - use what you need to use to satisfy client expectations. If you're an amateur or hobbyist - shoot what you can afford/ want. Either way, be happy others are spending money on camera gear - keeps the manufacturers in business and making new gear, and kinda keeps prices a bit in-check. As a hobbyist, I'm happy we have so many choices and so many people enjoy the activity. :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-05-2013, 07:09 AM  
Why does it seem like everyone is bashing the Nikon Df?
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 53
Views: 4,686
One of the reasons some people are so disappointed is this...

Nikon went to the trouble of designing a modern camera that operates much like the old manual focus film cameras. Nikon added the fold-able meter coupling lever back onto the camera so it can mount all Nikkors. Then Nikon installs a dinky .7x magnification 15mm eye-point viewfinder with a fixed focus screen more suited to an AF camera. A focus screen that is not interchangeable if reviewers and their spec sheet are correct, so you can't even look to a third party for a split-prism screen. No new focus aid like focus peaking. Just the "focus confirmation", which so many of us find isn't exactly the most accurate method when trying to focus a mf lens.

The number of people I have seen on multiple forums who were quite excited about this release, and then just immediately lost interest because of this one issue is significant - I think Nikon has lost a large number of almost guaranteed sales just because they failed to put in a higher magnification, higher eye-point OVF either with better focusing aids or the ability to accept a different focusing screen.

Some will still buy the camera. But I don't think sales are going to be anywhere near what they should have been for this concept.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-04-2013, 09:14 PM  
Nikon DF: Size Comparison
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 40
Views: 3,830
1. nvm I was incorrect
2. Design cue from the older Nikon film SLRs.
3. Supposedly "getting back to basics" of photography. Still images, not video. (My guess, but fits with the teaser videos.)
4. Made in Japan instead of Thailand or one of their other factories. Looks like a fairly high degree of detailed work with machined metal parts on the top plate, so higher production costs. Probably expected to sell much less than other models, so higher production costs. (My guesses.)
5. There are people who prefer manual control of basic camera functions via dials and switches - not buttons, command dials and menus. There are people who prefer using manual focus lenses, and some have older Nikkors, and this camera is supposed to be "better" for working with those lenses. No video, for those who have no need/ desire for video functionality in a stills camera. A less-expensive camera body with the D4 sensor. Some will buy it strictly because of the retro looks. (All my guesses/ opinions.)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-04-2013, 08:29 PM  
Another new nikon FF?
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 194
Views: 10,506
I thought it was on the right, went back and looked. There is an "i" button on the bottom left, and an "info" button next to the live view button on the right. Hmm... maybe it is customizable? Or different functions depending shooting mode?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-04-2013, 08:54 AM  
Who will get the Nikon 'FM2' like FF???
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 36
Views: 3,048
As one who has too many Luddite genes for my own good... I love using the old manual cameras and lenses. But my inner geek loves the digital age. It's like Nikon picked my brains and merged the two. :lol:

Still awaiting the official specs, size comparisons, viewfinder info, pricing, and a chance to hands-on. If the VF is big and bright and plays well with mf lenses... I might be selling off some gear.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-04-2013, 08:43 AM  
Nikon DF: Size Comparison
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 40
Views: 3,830
Yup - hence the "could" in the be for me portion of the statement... luxury pricing, and I'm out. :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-04-2013, 07:58 AM  
Nikon DF: Size Comparison
Posted By Pentikonian
Replies: 40
Views: 3,830
This appeals to my inner Luddite - controls from a manual camera like I love using so much, but still a modern digital camera. But I can see how not everyone is going to like this...

Still need to see official specs, size comparisons, how the VF and camera works with mf lenses, and a personal hands-on. If the performance is good, the VF is big and bright, and mf lenses are easy to focus... it could be for me.
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