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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-21-2017, 06:59 AM  
Please recommend an olympus mirrorless for my wife
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 22
Views: 1,706
I love the E-P5, which has the 5-axis stabilization from the E-M5 plus a tilt screen. It also shares a battery with the E-M5/E-M1, etc, so you can fit it nicely into a multi-camera system once you realize how good it is. The only downside is shutter shock, which can be tuned-out using anti-shock mode.

The E-PL5, E-PL6, E-PL7 are also solid choices, but only offer 3-axis stabilization and aren't built as nicely (though probably slightly lighter). Some of these can flip the screen for selfies.

I wouldn't get too caught up in the details. Olympus releases new bodies on a schedule rather than based on features. Anything newer than 2012 should be fine if you like the ergonomics. For the most part the sensors are the same, and the menus are convoluted-yet-powerful on even the cheap bodies, and they all focus fast when using a newer lens.

The Panasonic-Leica 15mm looks to be great, though I haven't used it and I don't like WA.

Any of the cheap 1.8 primes should be considered, though I don't personally like the Olympus 17/1.8. The Sigma 60/2.8 is a shockingly good lens, too. I can't recommend any standard zoom, the only wide-to-tele zoom that I've liked is the Olympus 12-40/2.8, which is big and heavy. Many people like the old Panasonic 14-45 though.

I've mixed Olympus and Panasonic bodies/lenses for years without problems. I wouldn't feel constrained to use only one brand.
Forum: Sold Items 04-22-2017, 09:10 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax Q7, Yellow, with 01, 02, and 06 lenses
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 1
Views: 895
Bump :)
Forum: Sold Items 04-15-2017, 12:49 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax Q7, Yellow, with 01, 02, and 06 lenses
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 1
Views: 895 Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax Q7, Yellow, with 01, 02, and 06 lenses

Asking Price
350.00 USD

Item Location
Portland Oregon (United States)

Item Description
Yellow Pentax Q7 with 01, 02, and 06 lenses.

Includes charger and USB cable.

Works great, takes nice photos.

Shutter count less than 3000.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?

Are you selling or trading this item?

Item Condition (Key)

Shipping Destinations
United States

Shipping Charge

Shipping Services

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order

Return Policy & Additional Details
No returns

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-29-2017, 07:06 PM  
New K10D owner
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 6
Views: 517
That's a fine camera, I hope you like it as much as I do.

Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-17-2017, 08:00 PM  
composing in 4:3 easier than 3:2
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 17
Views: 1,568
I agree.

I consider 43 to be a 4:3 version of an APS-C sensor because it is close in size to an APS-C sensor with the sides removed to make what is, in my opinion, a better aspect ratio. Reducing the diagonal this way also lets the lenses get faster and smaller with better usage of an image circle.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-31-2017, 02:29 PM  
Photographing the K7 sensor up close
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 19
Views: 1,849
If this is still setup, could you please search for the cause of the vertical line in the middle of the K-7 sensor?

I've read a theory that the K-7 sensor is made from two sensor modules joined in the middle.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 01-31-2017, 01:25 PM  
SMC 14 mm - broken filter tread
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 12
Views: 935
How do these screws become loose? I've used a lot of lenses and haven't ever seen those screws come loose.

What is the likelihood that whatever caused the loose screws doesn't also mean that the seller is hiding something?
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 01-31-2017, 10:19 AM  
SMC 14 mm - broken filter tread
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 12
Views: 935
Personally, I'd pass on this lens unless I had the chance to try it myself and it was very cheap.

The reason I'd pass is that filter damage typically results from dropping the lens onto something hard. A shock like this can damage alignment, which can ruin pictures.

Of course, it could be something else entirely and maybe the optics are great. That's why you test it personally and pay careful attention to your results.

I imagine that a Pentax repair facility can replace the filter threads and realign the lens for a fee of, I'd guess, $100-$150. So then lens would have to be cheap enough that repair is economically feasible, plus factor in 2 months of wait time to ship the lens, wait in queue, and get it back.

Here's a question for you: if the lens is perfect and repair is cheap and the seller is trustworthy, then why is he selling it?
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 01-04-2017, 01:11 PM  
Pentax K-01 ON/OFF switch NOK
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 1
Views: 781
This isn't guaranteed to work, but it's the first thing I'd do: Spray with electronic contact cleaner, toggle repeatedly, spray again, toggle repeatedly again.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-14-2016, 09:29 AM  
Tamron SP AF 70-200 F/2.8 FF Lens $599.99 - Authorized Dealer
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 6
Views: 4,379
I had this lens for another system. Its a real nice lens, and would be even better on a Pentax with SR. Great buy!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-14-2016, 03:34 PM  
30 minute recording limit
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 5
Views: 1,215
A Panasonic GF2 is cheap and can be hacked for higher video quality without a 30 minute limit.

GH2 video quality is a bit better, but depending on your needs the GF2 is fairly capable and can be found for $40-$60. For example: Panasonic Lumix DMC GF2 12 1 MP Digital Camera White Body Only | eBay
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-17-2016, 12:25 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 3,823
Views: 400,307
A few recents.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-07-2015, 07:39 PM  
Canon 250 mp ASPH sensor.
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 6
Views: 1,076
Looks like a 35mm on that using APS-H, which is approx. 45mm equivalent. So 18km is pretty far away to read text, even if the text is the size of an airplane.

Just a guess based on the photo.

Personally, I'd rather have a sensor that performs better in low light than one that kills my disk drive.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-18-2015, 08:00 PM  
Pentax is going to lose me because of 4K
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 110
Views: 7,531
Choosing a system capable of shooting better video than Pentax is a perfectly good reason to switch.

Using a 4K capable camera to shoot video is a perfectly reasonable thing to do.

Best of luck with your switch. I concurrently shot many systems, including Pentax, Olympus, Panasonic, Canon, Nikon, and some Sony. In the end I chose Olympus+Panasonic and I haven't looked back. All of these cameras are amazingly capable for shooting still images, but Panasonic (and in some circumstances Sony) shoots video at a higher level. And you'll appreciate the difference.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-24-2015, 08:47 AM  
Considering an Olympus M-10
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 14
Views: 1,459
The E-M10 is great. Personally, I have an E-M5, which adds the super-useful 5-axis IBIS and can be found used for $300 every day. Throw in an Olympus 45/1.8 and you've got an amazing kit.

Lots of folk on the internet make a big deal that 4/3 is smaller than APS-C, but I see it as merely a 4/3 crop rather than 3/2. Which is a confusing way to say that the cameras are good. The lenses are good, too.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-22-2015, 05:16 AM  
Picked up a 5D classic
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 13
Views: 1,168
Great camera. It takes better photos than its specs would suggest.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-16-2015, 05:29 AM  
Confused about the AV jack on my 1000d
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 2
Views: 707
Page 3 of the manual call this the "Video Cable VC-100".

Ebay has a bunch of these cables for fair prices. Just search for "Video Cable VC-100" and you'll see the results.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-19-2015, 06:42 PM  
Contender for the Best GoPro Video of 2014?
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 1
Views: 867
That was fun, I watched it with my kids and we had a great time. Thanks!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-20-2014, 08:12 PM  
$1600 CAD m4/3 kit?
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 10
Views: 1,406

The E-M1 adds PDAF to the E-M5, but other than that you can probably just use the E-M5 if you already know you like it.

Panasonic cameras take much better videos than Olympus. The GH3 is nice, overall, but lacks 5-axis IBIS and has a weird viewfinder that I don't like. The GH4 does 4K, but it costs a lot more. You can get an LX7 for $399 here in the states:
Panasonic Lumix DMC GX7 16 0 MP Mirrorless Digital Camera Body Black | eBay

Each of the GH3, GH4, and LX7 have a sensor similar to the E-M5, but also lack IBIS.

As always, the Olympus 45mm is perhaps the finest lens I've ever shot. Add a Panasonic 20/1.7 and call it a day. Get a used E-M5 or that GX7 and you'll have $800 leftover to buy a guitar or something.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-13-2014, 06:27 PM  
How important at the Changes In the A7II?
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 8
Views: 1,151
5-axis IBIS is amazing. I haven't used the A7II IBIS, but judging from Olympus 5-axis I'm sure you'll be happy.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-28-2014, 05:57 PM  
I-R interview w/Sigma's Kazuto Yamaki
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 1
Views: 689
Manufacturers can't just make a lens and hope it sells.

Sigma's lenses don't offer anything to a 4/3 user. 19/2.8??? Not when there are great 14/2.5, 15/1.7, 17/1.8, and 20/1.7 options. 30/2.8? Not when there is the 42.5/1.4, 45/1.8, and 25/1.4. 60/2.8? Not when there is already a 60/2.8, as well 75/1.8. Also, all of these lenses are bigger than necessary because they cover APS-C.

Sigma's 4/3 products don't sell well because they didn't make a single interesting 4/3 lens.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-19-2014, 11:13 AM  
please persuade me not to buy this bundle...
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 37
Views: 2,191
I'd buy it and sell-off what you don't need.

Approximate resale values:
gh2; $380
14-140; $300
100-300; $400
14 2.5; $160
20 1.7; $240
oly: 45 1.8; $230
Total = $1710

Subtract 10% for paypal and shipping and you are left with $1687, which puts $687 in your pocket today.

From a purely economic point of view, you should buy the kit. However, this isn't a "nice" thing to do for a variety of reasons, for example you are acting as a middle man to take profit from the seller and charge more to the buyer without really adding value. You can decide if that means anything to you.

But you might find that you like the 43 system. The GH2 is a great video camera. If you don't take video, then sell the GH2 and get something with a modern sensor, such as E-PM2, E-PL5, E-PL7, E-M5, E-M10, E-M1, E-P5, GH3, GH4, GX-7, GM1, or the like. Any modern sensor will give you nearly-APS-C quality, IMO.

A lot of people make a big deal comparing 4/3 to APS-C, but I think of it more as a change in aspect ratio. APS-C is wider, but 4/3 is pretty much a 4:3 cutout of the APS-C 3:2. See this picture to illustrate the difference:

I quite often prefer 4:3 anyway, so when you crop APS-C you end up with nearly 4/3. The sides don't matter much to me. I personally find that the difference in headroom compared to APS-C isn't that big. There is a difference, but it isn't an obstacle in most cases. The formats are very similar.

Use the O45/1.8 and you'll get better DOF control than most lenses can provide on APS-C. Plus the O45 costs $230, peanuts compared to equivalent lenses. The O45 also focuses extremely quickly, 99% accurately, and has very high IQ. Throw in the 20/1.7 and you have a competent system that costs very little.

Other systems can offer more, but nothing comes close for value. And the "more" you get with other systems tends to be fractionally better with significant tradeoffs in price, weight, size, and loss of focus accuracy.

So I'd suggest you buy it, keep the O45, keep the P20, sell off the rest, and buy a more modern sensor. An E-M5 can be bought for $400 lightly used and is a crazy bargain with good EVF, extremely good 5-Axis IBIS, WR, fast AF, very good sensitivity, etc. etc.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-14-2014, 12:50 PM  
Casio Exilim
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 8
Views: 767
Friend had a Casio Elixim back in 2004. He swore by that camera. Pretty bright guy, too, he probably had many reasons to like it.

I've never tried one.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-20-2014, 12:50 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 3,823
Views: 400,307
The Panasonic 14-45mm is well regarded and pretty small, though it is no longer available new. You should be able to find a nice one for about $175 or less, used.

I really like the Panasonic 45-150mm zoom for longer stuff. It is small and actually renders pretty well, for what it is.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-11-2014, 05:33 PM  
Canon seeing the impossible...
Posted By Aegon
Replies: 26
Views: 2,114
Canon cameras are not hype.

But they haven't gotten better since 2007, either. Everybody else has.
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