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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 3 Days Ago  
DxO finally published the 645z review....
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 24
Views: 1,084
Yes its good that they have finally released the review!

The DXO measurements are just part of the the story, of course, but the K-1 graphs actually stack up pretty well against the 645Z (but the extra resolution obviously gives the Z an advantage).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
mold? in old takumar lens case
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 11
Views: 400
Maybe its not mould - possibly adhesive from case (I seem to remember seeing something similar on one of my cases). Does it smell musty (not that that is definitive)? Might want to post a photo and someone with more experience might be able to comment.

In any case UV kills mould (could leave in direct sunlight for a decent time if you don't have a UV lamp). I'm sure there are probably anit-fungal cleaners than could be used carefully too.

Its true that, if it is fungus, then yes there will be spores although its just a mater of how many as the spores will be everywhere anyway - they just need the right conditions to grow (dark and damp).
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
B&H 2017 DSLR buying guide suggests Pentax
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 2
Views: 683
Its good to see the KP seeing some press as its a very good APS-C proposition - especially with its high ISO capability!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Old lenses and modern senstivities
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 16
Views: 1,101
Thanks for post and enjoy sample shots too.

While I have enjoyed using MF lenses (especially Takumars) for a few years, I have in recent years taken to using AF more that MF - not sure why (maybe my eye sight is not as good?).
Recently quite a few larger better lenses (for example Sigma Art, latest announced DFA* 50 & 85 etc etc) have been released. These lenses have more complex designs which will certainly perform better but at the expense of size.
If all you are interested in is IQ and you have the budget then thats perfectly fine but for me I like a balance between IQ and size (portability). While the build is lacking compared to the lovely Takumar lenses (BTW I'm particularly fond of my SMC 55 f1.8 Takumar), the FA 28, FA 35, FA 50 (and FA 20 which I don't have sadly) lenses all strike a great IQ to size ratio while still having AF. Theres plenty of fun to be had with these lenses on the K-1 and they don't take up much room in the camera bag.

That all said I wanted a WR capable lens and just ended up getting a DFA 28-105 and I must admit that I'm really impressed with the IQ - don't know if I just got a good copy but, except for the slow aperture and somewhat higher distortion, it performs similarly to the FA primes and in some areas (such as CA) better. For a FF zoom it is also relatively compact. It won't replace the primes but certainly a very capable tool, especially for a simplified travelling kit. Happy with the colours too.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-10-2017, 09:11 PM  
In praise of a cheap third party battery.
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 10
Views: 424
Well done on conserving battery so well! I certainly have never managed to clock up those sort of numbers on a charge but its great to know its possible if you get caught out (thanks for the tips).

I have nothing but a positive experience with my after market batteries too. They perform well. Have used them for years on my K-5 and K-01.
I must admit I have avoided using them in my K-1 though until the K-1 is out of its warranty period.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-30-2017, 10:31 PM  
Picked up my K-1 today
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 15
Views: 844
I'm sure you will enjoy the K-1. The size, ergonomics and weight of the K-1 suit me perfectly. Its not too small, not too large - just right!

Very happy with the performance and I certainly don't think its got a noisy shutter - its seems fairly quiet to me and sounds quite nice too.
Forum: Pentax K-01 10-23-2017, 12:51 PM  
My Pentax K-01
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 10
Views: 751
Nice shot.

When I got the K-1, I knew either my K-01 or my K-5 would have to go... while I love the K-5, I just put it up for sale.
The K-01 may not have a viewfinder but it is relatively compact, takes all the K mount lenses, delivers good IQ and looks kind of cool (not boring anyway).
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-18-2017, 02:48 PM  
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 42
Views: 1,492
Cure for LBA? I kind of hope not as I quite enjoy buying and trying out new lenses (its get me out taking photos!) - but then its easy for me to say this as my rate of acquisition is relatively low due to having a family and an enforced budget!

So if its not killing you financially - enjoy it!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-18-2017, 01:19 PM  
Manual focus lenses with infinity focus issues - anyone else encountering them?
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 8
Views: 489
Great suggestion Phil - I'm surprised I did not think to check!

I just tried my 17mm fisheye and K 28 (already adjusted) on my ME Super. I just used the split screen focusing aid but I'm pretty confident thats spot on...
  • The 17mm is definitely focussing short of infinity.

  • The K28 is spot on right (and remember I have adjusted that already)

So I'm concluding that the lenses were indeed out and its not so much the differences in camera (although I do see some small differences between the DSLRs).
My guess is that on film, you would not notice the error for the often closer subjects and typical small print sizes (like 5 x 7). However on deeper landscapes with bigger prints, it would have been apparent but perhaps written off as murky day or a limitation of the lens. On K-1 photos its noticable viewing full screen on my monitor (but then thats a lot bigger than a 5 x 7).

So I just have to get on with it and tweak it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-17-2017, 11:47 PM  
Manual focus lenses with infinity focus issues - anyone else encountering them?
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 8
Views: 489
Thanks Dan.
I have seen similar problems with cheaper M42 adaptors but I'm guessing that you know about that and its not the case for you.

---------- Post added 10-18-2017 at 07:49 PM ----------

Thanks for letting me know.
You may well be right and I suspect that with increased use of plastics that perhaps mechanical tolerances are bit wider than they used to be - hence modern lenses being capable of focusing past infinity to allow for errors.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-17-2017, 09:56 PM  
Manual focus lenses with infinity focus issues - anyone else encountering them?
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 8
Views: 489
I recently acquired a lovely SMC K 17 f4 fisheye which works well on my K-1 (review to come) except it does not make it to infinity focus With the lens set on infinity, actual in focus point is about 6m away.
I'm planning to adjust this lens (have done so with a K 28 f3.5 with the same problem recently and it made a big difference to how it performed) and then had one of those moments... "what if something in my K-1 is out of spec?". So I whipped out my K-5 and K-01 and tested those to find:
  • Can't reach infinity with K-5 (but not quite as bad as K-1)

  • The K-01 is very close to infinity focus but still a tiny bit out

So clearly there is some variations in mount tolerances between cameras (as there is in lenses themselves) but most likely my K-1 is not the problem.
This is 3rd lens I have experienced problems with:
  • Samyang 8mm fisheye - but then this lens is well known for this problem and relatively easy to adjust

  • SMC K 28 f3.5. Definitely short of infinity on K-1 and is likely the reason why I was a little dissapointed with it on the K-5

  • SMC K 17mm f4 fisheye as mentioned

So I'm assuming there must be other photographers using these older manual lenses that run in to these sort of problems - or have I just been a bit unlucky?
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-11-2017, 01:10 PM  
Fro...such a helpless dork...
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 17
Views: 1,155
Thanks for posting. I must admit I had not watched his videos before but have started now and I'm enjoying what I'm seeing.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 09-29-2017, 03:16 PM  
Question for K-01 users
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 9
Views: 775
I don't think there is any way to reassign the metering / green button functionality unfortunately. All I can say is that you do get used to it after a while though although I agree its not ideal.

The K-01 is definitely more compact that the K-5 but not hugely so. Enough to make it easily fit in very small bags and for me to take the K-01 along for "just in case" shots. Best I can describe is the K-01 is much less "lumpy".

Heres is a visual comparison: Compare camera dimensions side by side
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-29-2017, 12:42 AM  
So, I'm officially a Pentaxian...
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 75
Views: 3,077
Well my first DSLR was a K-x and I was thrilled with it - so I'm sure you will enjoy the KS2 which should be much more capable!

I started with SLR too.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-23-2017, 12:32 AM  
Macro Lynx Spider @ 2:1
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 9
Views: 620
But the results are worth it!
Well done.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-22-2017, 09:21 PM  
Macro 2 to 1 Macro
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 8
Views: 576
Those are quite impressive! Looks great.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-20-2017, 01:55 PM  
F lenses on K-1
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 12
Views: 1,229
Well all those lenses will work fine of course. The F28 and F50 will probably perform pretty well (I have the FA counter parts and they are good) on the K-1. The 50 will be particularly useful, if my experience is anything to go by.

The AT-X will also work fine and as long as you are not expecting great sharpness wide open will be a useful walk around lens. That said I have the original AT-X PRO 28-70 f2.6-2.8 (which is said to be the best of these AT-X pro lenses) and I'm a bit disappointed with it on the K-1. Its probably that the likes of the FA35 f2 (performs superbly on the K-1) has spoilt me but I have had the AT-X out on a couple of outings and I'm not wowed by the sharpness or look of the images. Strangely I liked the AT-X better on the K-5.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-11-2017, 03:42 PM  
DA lenses on K-1
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 15
Views: 1,217
I went from a K-5 to the K-1 and I could not be more thrilled. Apart from cost, its a better camera all around (even small gain in size & weight I quite like from a handling perspective - certainly my hand fits the K-1 better).
That said I had a few FF capable lenses already (including FA35 f2, FA50 f1.4, FA100 f2.8 and Tamron 70-200 f2.8). I was missing something wide but the DA 15-30 is way beyond my remaining budget, so ended up getting a cheap Sigma Ex 20 f1.8 (which is not a perfect lens but fills the gap sufficiently for now).

You might find your DA40 is not too bad on FF. I have a 40 XS that seems to work pretty well on the K-1. Also I have heard people saying that the DA50 is very usable on the K-1.
Unfortunately I can confirm that the DA15 does not cover much more than APS-C. Also the DA 18-135 is definitely unhappy on FF.

As far as using K-1 in APS-C mode goes, its would be pretty comparable image quality to a K5IIs I believe. I have used my K-1 with a Sigma 10-20 f3.5 in crop mode and it does a fine job (possibly slightly better than my K-5 due to no anti-aliasing filter but not hugely so) - it just doesn't "wow" like full frame lenses.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-08-2017, 02:59 PM  
All I can say is WOW!!!!!!!!
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 11
Views: 1,247
Sounds like my reaction when I got my K-1 10 months ago. I'm still thrilled with it and looking for any excuse to take it on an outing. A massive step up from my K-5 for sure.
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-04-2017, 11:58 PM  
Image Stabilization, how many people use it predominantly most of the time?
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 108
Views: 3,325
Basically on all the time for me. I don't turn it off manually but effectively it is automatically turned off when on when working on a tripod (on tripod I use self timer or remote modes which automatically turn it off).
The only time I have ever turned it off is when using a wired shutter release which doesn't automatically turn off SR.
Personally I have never seen any adverse effect leaving it on and it has certainly saved shots many times.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-03-2017, 07:29 PM  
Full Frame Wide Angle Lens List--20mm and Under
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 82
Views: 3,264
I have a Sigma 20mm f1.8 EX DG Aspherical which is Ok (my copy). It would be very good if top right wasn't very soft at wider apertures (uneven or poor corner is a common problem with these lens unfortunately) - that said its in my bag most of the time.
For close up its brilliant and for landscape its good if its stopped down to say f11

Anyway mentioned it because its a pretty cheap option (and if you are lucky to get a very good copy excellent by some reports).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-29-2017, 01:16 AM  
Pentax FA 35 f2 vs Sigma 35 Art 1.4
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 19
Views: 1,196
FWIW, a while ago I updated my FA35 f2 December 7, 2013 review for the K-1 . I should have just added a new review as its a different game on the K-1. They are not the greatest shots out there but might give you an idea:
At f2: Old cash register | Jonathan Wilson | Flickr
At f2: Ford V8 | Jonathan Wilson | Flickr
At f5.6: Curio Bay beach surf | Jonathan Wilson | Flickr
At f16: Motorway fun | Not ideal conditions last night as there was ? | Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2017, 09:24 PM  
Pentax FA 35 f2 vs Sigma 35 Art 1.4
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 19
Views: 1,196
As others have said, the Sigma generally has the better IQ but the FA35 f2 is still a great little lens and the pick for value for money. If I had the budget for Sigma 35 Art, I might be tempted but then I would also be tempted by the FA31 as I like the relative compactness.

Just one more thing to weigh in on though, is that most reviews of the FA35 are on APS-C and, I have found the FA35 significantly better on the K-1 that on APS-C (such as K-5). I find the bokeh in normal field use is much more to my taste on the K-1 than the K-5. This surprised me but probably it has to do with me needing closer focus distances for same framing over APS-C.

Do post an update as to what you end up getting and how you like it.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-26-2017, 10:34 PM  
Pentax K-1
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 5
Views: 726
Welcome - I'm sure you probably really enjoy your K-1. I'm certainly loving mine.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-24-2017, 01:34 PM  
Lenses that set Pentax apart of the competition
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 60
Views: 3,659
The limiteds are great candidates for sure and generally compactness is a Pentax benefit.

But one of the big benefits of Pentax for me are the lenses that are not in production! With Pentax you can easily carry on using them. Just yesterday I was enjoying the character of a Super Takumar 50 f1.4 on the K-1 - I have a A50 and FA50 f1.4 but the Takumar still has some qualities to offer.
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