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Forum: General Photography 09-19-2017, 07:59 PM  
The Greatest War Photographer You've Never Heard Of
Posted By Biro
Replies: 4
Views: 664
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-07-2017, 11:34 AM  
So...this is interesting
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 8
Views: 948
That's by design. Specifically engineered for use in countries south of the equator. ;) :D
Forum: Pentax K-5 05-31-2017, 07:55 PM  
More awful autofocus
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 36
Views: 3,176
Last shot - nice instep (kick) pass. He's totally focused on his circle of control. Good coaching there.
Forum: General Photography 12-30-2016, 06:35 AM  
Portugal in February
Posted By ant11sam
Replies: 14
Views: 761
All the above and plus:

- all about 50 kms from Lisbon - Sesimbra, Setubal, Santarem (you'll find some buildings from XIII century)

- and if... if your around in 28th there's a "holiday" called 'Carnaval' with plenty of street parades in many cities like Loures, Torres Vedras (near Lisbon) or Ovar near Porto.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2016, 01:46 PM  
60-250mm/f4 to cover all needs between 100-250mm?? Opinions/advice welcome
Posted By gda13
Replies: 34
Views: 3,492
I have to admit, this more than any other lens choice has given me the most pause for thought. I am not much of a telephoto user since I mostly shoot landscapes, travel photos, closeups, macros and some environmental portraits of family. This then is what has probably been the source of my indecisiveness in this range. A bit of background first on what I've used.

1) Da*200mm on K-3: Loved this lens and regretfully sold it a bit back before getting my K-1. The size, image quality and handling were great, but its locked in at 200mm of course and I felt the need at that time to go a little longer so I picked up the Da*300 to replace it.

2) Da*300mm on K-3 and K-1: This is a fantastic lens in most regards but again your locked in but now at 300mm. Even though I am primarily a prime shooter (this is what I personally like so I'm not debating the merits of prime vs zoom)...for anything above 100mm I think I would like a more variable one lens solution since I shoot that range the least.

3) Sigma APO 100-300mm/f4 on K-1: This is a highly regarded zoom and I recently acquired one and although it is quite is massive. I am mostly a mobile shooter which is an important factor to consider, I do use tripods and have an assortment of them from small to quite large however when out and about I typically would bring a CF travel size one to use for landscapes, macros etc.

Here is what appeals to me about the 60-250mm: It is a very highly regarded lens by most who use it and I've seen wonderful examples of its capabilities here on PF over the years. Its relatively small and compact for its range 81X168mm at 1120g which is not too far off from the 200mm's 83X134mm at 825g and smaller than the 300mm's 83X184mm although 50g heavier. But it is significantly smaller than the Sigma 100-300mm's length of 226.5mm and weight of 1440g!

I should mention that even though the DFA 70-200 is probably most ideal for FF I am neither interested in spending that amount of $ for a lens I won't use very much nor in its size and weight. That being said I am no longer using a K-3 but I would be interested in making the modification to the 60-250mm that reduces the FF vignetting at the long end should I end up going this route.

What I would be using a telephoto lens for: As I mentioned I am currently not a birder nor do I do any wildlife shooting in general...although sometimes when hiking about if an opportunity presents itself I may. Primarily I would be using the telephoto for landscapes (where I would like to add interesting compression characteristics to an image), closeups (mostly flowers, insects such as dragonflies/butterflies) with a unique look, and yes sometimes other subject matter where more reach might be needed and for whatever reason I cannot zoom with my feet.

I would greatly appreciate anyone's thoughts on this especially those of you who have and love this lens or have used this lens but no longer do for some reason. Do any of you use this lens exclusively as your one telephoto and if so do you find that it is enough on its own? Have you decided to add other teles or are you considering adding other teles and if so what do you think the 60-250 is lacking that require the use of other lenses to supplement your kit? Or finally, perhaps a two lens 200/300mm solution would best suit my needs?

Thanks in advance!
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-09-2016, 07:51 AM  
Pixel Shift = Noise Terminator
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 10
Views: 1,390
Someone in the know needs to write "DSLR Signal Processing for Dummies." I would happily read it, and popcorn futures would hit a new high.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-24-2016, 08:00 PM  
K-1 FF Pixel Shift--Disrupting the Status Quo?
Posted By Dave L
Replies: 125
Views: 10,929
But flash doesn't help in keeping four successive shots identical to each other, which PS demands!
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-23-2016, 12:46 PM  
My thoughts on the K-1
Posted By normhead
Replies: 49
Views: 5,551
Pentax is a conservative company... when asked about EVF, they were quite clear.. it's not there yet. Just because it's good enough for many Sony users, doesn't mean Pentax is going to adopt it, until it meets their standards, whatever those are. Over time, I've been pretty happy with Pentaax's standards, so, no way I'm going to tell them to change. I do find it interesting that they are keeping an eye on it. I also find it interesting that they find what is out there to date, inadequate. That's like me. What a coincidence.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-22-2016, 09:45 AM  
K-1 FF Pixel Shift--Disrupting the Status Quo?
Posted By normhead
Replies: 125
Views: 10,929
The Pixel Shift on the FF is supposed to be more advanced than the pixels shift on the K-3II, and you'd expect that given that the K-3II was the first commercial use of the technology. And the main thing with pixel shift, is not that it gives you a useable image every time, but you will always get virtually the same images as all the other 36 MP images, but you have chance to sometimes get something much better than any other 36 MP camera. You aren'g going to do worse than a D810, but you might do a heck of a lot better.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-22-2016, 09:59 AM  
K-1 FF Pixel Shift--Disrupting the Status Quo?
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 125
Views: 10,929
All I can say is wow. Would I use this, no, but somebody, somewhere can and will. It's a relatively small game, but the K-1 is a game changer. There are things you can do with it that can't be done with other cameras on the market, at an attractive price point and even if there are flaws with the K-1, it gives Pentax bona fide cred with a market that obsesses over technology.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-04-2016, 04:13 PM  
SMC Pentax-DA 16-45mm F4 ?????
Posted By kh1234567890
Replies: 28
Views: 1,909
I find mine optically very good, useable right down to f4 with only a touch of softness in the corners. Mine is very sharp at all focal lengths. What lets it down is the mechanical design - if you are not careful you'll end up with wobbly lens barrel.

Flickriver: kh1234567890's photos tagged with smcpda1645mmf40edal
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-09-2015, 09:55 AM  
How will the new FF compare to the Nikon D810????
Posted By aleonx3
Replies: 63
Views: 6,873
After reading all the comments and OP's responses, I am somewhat amiss by the OP's question (comparable to D810 on AF functionality). Granted that the k-5 is the least AF feature wise compared to similar competitor's models, but using the camera mostly for landscape photography really lost me. If the OP is more interested in shooting events performance, I can understand that snappy and responsive AF is important if not critical for this type of photography. I have to admit that the k-5 is not a great performer (sometimes problematic in low light) in that regard, but the k-3 has made up lots of grounds for that.

Not trying to be disrespectful, we understand the camera's AF system is important (ever since the introduction of K10D) and it has been lagging behind its competitors for years, but here we all choose Pentax knowing the shortcomings of AF simply because of the other features such as IBIS, menu system and camera ergonomics and backward compatibility with legacy (film) lenses. I agree that both Nikon and Canon offers many high quality and expensive lenses for their system, but are they suitable for my style of shooting and photography? for me, it is not (YMMV of course). And I am perfectly happy with Pentax even if it lags behind D810... I still prefer Pentax ergonomics...
Forum: General Photography 09-18-2015, 07:25 PM  
Pentaxian proverb
Posted By Rupert
Replies: 1
Views: 722
You know, I have heard a lifetime of proverbs, some wonderful in their wisdom, but the only one I can ever recall is one Otis once told me.......not sure where he got it, but I can't seem to forget it like I do all the others?

"Confucius say: Woman who fly airplane upside down...have crack up." :lol:

Otis has hundreds more but I can't recall them, probably best I can't!:D

Forum: Pentax K-3 09-05-2015, 12:17 PM  
Soccer photography with the K-3 II
Posted By bwDraco
Replies: 9
Views: 2,092
More shots from today:

The AF tracking accuracy is excellent as long as the camera can maintain a lock on a target (which it does very well). Getting a lock in the first place, however, is a bit tricky, considering how unpredictably these student-athletes are moving. In any case, the autofocus system is much more reliable than what I've experienced on the K-5.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-24-2015, 08:48 PM  
who is genuinely excited at the K-3ii and the built in GPS
Posted By 6BQ5
Replies: 31
Views: 2,635
Wow!! I think I'm more excited to read about your 50th wedding anniversary than some feature in a camera. Congrats!!
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 05-14-2015, 01:13 AM  
Pentax Full Frame DSLR Camera to be Announced in November
Posted By Hattifnatt
Replies: 139
Views: 16,167

Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-07-2015, 02:38 AM  
Collapsing Japanese camera market!
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 155
Views: 11,294
They have all stopped buying new gear until they see the Pentax Full Frame.
Everything will be OK.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 04-07-2015, 05:32 AM  
Back button AE-L and AF
Posted By ruggiex
Replies: 24
Views: 4,584
Due to lack of separate AE and AF buttons, I would make it an AF only button and use exposure compensation. A bit more manual work but becomes second nature pretty quickly imo.
Forum: General Photography 03-12-2015, 08:01 PM  
Top Images from Down-under (Australia)
Posted By TomTom
Replies: 2
Views: 694
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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-27-2015, 04:17 PM  
Sticky On/Off switch
Posted By Fosforito
Replies: 3
Views: 977
Hahah gracias!
The worst part is that only a few bottles were champagne, the rest was cider! :/
Forum: Pentax K-5 02-26-2015, 11:26 AM  
Report from a Pentax photojournalist
Posted By JinDesu
Replies: 34
Views: 3,805
I believe the k-3 has 25 cross type focusing points out of the 27 focusing points it has. Only the two side focus points are not cross type. The center 3 vertical focusing points are F2.8 while the rest are F5.6 I believe.

I hope Ricoh notices you as you have some fantastic work, some great comments, and some great suggestions!
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 02-13-2015, 05:59 AM  
This in the know - anyone aware of plans for small mirrorless?
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 35
Views: 6,988
If you love your DA limiteds and want a small APS-C package to go with it, get a K-S1 (or a K-S2 if you want more bells and whistles). It's as good as it's going to get.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-13-2015, 01:21 AM  
Please meet the FF camera from Pentax
Posted By ZeljkoS
Replies: 24
Views: 2,945
Seems like patent is related to re-arranged mirror drive mechanism to achieve smaller size and reducing vibration/slap, increase speed of rotation (frame performance). Seems like they devised a new way or moving the mirror. That is, if I'm understanding all this correctly...

This is not K-3, as the patent document mentions inclined top display, and you can clearly see that the prism box is much bigger than on K-3
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-03-2015, 07:48 AM  
HD PENTAX-D FA ★ 70-200mm F2.8 at 5th February?
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 1,414
Views: 166,347
The new premium Pentax lenses will be EXPENSIVE. No matter what you think you're willing to pay.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-04-2015, 05:10 AM  
Ring numbers meaning of Pentax-A 50mm lens
Posted By Kerrowdown
Replies: 17
Views: 2,102
Not at all... you were mislead by me, I forget that many folk don't know me or my "Ladies" and indeed why should they, but my newest "modern" lenses are all SMC Pentax-A series, circa early 80's through to early 90's. :)

Please forgive my ignorance in my reply. :o
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