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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-01-2016, 05:13 AM  
Pentax 28-105mm f/3.5-5.6: HD D-FA any reviews yet?
Posted By Robbod
Replies: 40
Views: 6,772
I have the Tamron re-badge (FA 28-105 F4-5.6 IF) on my K1 and previously used it as a back up lens for weddings and occasionally as a weekend shooter. It's a capable piece of kit and surprisingly good edge to edge for what it is. Using it on the K1 over the weekend, I achieved some quite good sharpness and detail. No doubt the new D FA will be a step up...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-15-2014, 09:48 AM  
Tamron 17-50 very underwhelming
Posted By Robbod
Replies: 39
Views: 4,177
I have the Sigma 17-50 f2.8 and also the FA 28-105 4-5.6(IF) silver. Initially used the 28-105 on the Kx, now have a K5IIs with some 'better' grade lenses.

Regarding the 17-50 which will be similar to the Tammy...... a stunning lens with faster aperture and one of my favourites.

As for the 28-105 ..... a budget sleeper, with pretty impressive sharpness throughout the range and across the frame, not quite in the same league as the 17-50, but in terms of what you say.... a $45 lens(?) compared to a several hundred dollar lens........ it's very capable and makes the 18-55 look pretty silly for all round usability.

I still look back on shots taken with the kx / 28-105 combo and surprise myself. It's also FF, so i'm definitely not getting rid of it and anybody finding a cheap good one would be well advised to snap it up for a spare.

We on forums, are so engaged in ultimate lens sharpness discussions, while many artists and pro's just go and create compositions. So while I enjoy my 17-50, your original point stands, that you could be very happy retaining your old FA, other than the focal length differences and save the money for other things...... perhaps a wide angle zoom like a 10-17, 8-16 or 12-24 etc
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 07-31-2014, 10:38 AM  
Poll: Photokina 2014 - FF
Posted By Robbod
Replies: 797
Views: 92,121
Agreed, certainly a better way to go. The same source earlier hinted at prototypes up and running, so the wait continues. Most likely the market and their ability to compete effectively and profitably is the big dictator. I'm sure a few more will jump ship in the meantime and Pentax have figured that may well be the case.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 07-28-2014, 07:50 AM  
A noob with a FF opinion.
Posted By Robbod
Replies: 242
Views: 20,128
I'm pretty much in agreement with the OP's original post.

The marching on of technology in sensors has slowed a bit now and the aps-c now produces quality from FF not that long ago apart from some low light capabilities. I shot a wedding recently with the K5IIs .....(and Kx for that matter) bouncing around to as high as 6400, which after a little clean up produced very acceptable images. It was up to me to get the composition right and after that, the bride n groom very very happy. I had exceeded their expectations. Blown up on their huge TV screen at home, the images appeared even better to me and the grain that appeared was actually really nice, especially the monochrome versions. Did I need FF...... not really.

However, I think the marketing and sale of all this is being driven by the companies themselves. Whoever needs a 50 or 70X bridge camera ? how many megapixels do we really need ? how small do cameras need to get ? They are driving themselves and each other to producing the newest technology, while it's not completely driven by end user as much as the need to be the top company, producing new models all the time ending in hopefully more sales. So yes we do demand more, because they are producing it. The companies produce the need, we get sucked in to wanting more. Pentax have marched to their own drum for a while, but the elusive FF may yet come because the Sony sensor may be cheap enough for them to produce on the coat tails of Sony and Nikon. Most of us don't NEED one, but at say 2k..... hey why not, then throw on all our FF K mounts. They produced the object, we desire it with the perception of a need.

Hence now, more Full frame entry level and bigger sensors in smaller cameras whilst logical, is something we now expect because Sony just did it, Nikon responded with another version, Canon may be rumoured etc etc etc ad infinitum. It's not a necessity for most of us, just we expect it because they believe the more FF sensor's they produce will bring the unit price down and then soon FF sensored camera's will become very normal for the average user. (nothing to do with their ability) There may be some long term sense to Canon's way of doing things.... they're still #1.

I met a guy recently who had a 5D mk3 to shoot his wife and daughter horse riding. He had not much idea of what he was doing but could obviously afford it. Here he was with 6/7k worth of gear and me with my K5IIs and Sigma.....

So all we are worried about is a small margin of improvement, when as the OP suggests, the reality is the total % of world wide target audience won't ever print or even then to something of reasonable size or often. We are the perfect consumers. However, regardless, when or if a k-mount FF arrives and it becomes a worthwhile purchase over and above a K3 (which will satisfy most professional requirements).... I too may part with the $$$$

---------- Post added 07-28-14 at 11:02 PM ----------

............ and further, I bet i could take a nice shot in the right setting with my Nokia 1020 and blow up a very decent sized nice print and fool many. I already have with it's output.

A member of another forum just posted shots at 51,200 iso with his K5II and a Canon 6D. Both very usable, blown up large in monochrome, he actually preferred the rendering and grain of the K5 image, whilst admittedly the 6D certainly was a fair bit cleaner.

Use the right focal length lens and aperture of a f1.4 or similar and the DOF is very narrow. Some aps-c lenses even give a nice 3D effect anyhow. My k5IIs and Sigma 50 f1.4 in low much more do I need, perhaps use a flash ???? Doh !!!

I have much studied what I need in relation to FF plus the paid work i'm starting to do and the reality is at $1200 Aussie dollars, the K3 just makes too much sense for me to argue with. Dual card slots, AF, write speed etc very Canonesque in its capability and 24mp to crop to my hearts content.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-27-2014, 08:38 AM  
Pentax XG-1 (X-5 successor)
Posted By Robbod
Replies: 96
Views: 18,347
Not sure what some people don't understand...... you don't actually have to compete with all the specs, bells, whistles, megapixels, offer RAW, etc etc etc, it's not meant to be a great bridge camera. If you think outside the very small square that pervades these forums, they have provided an OEM product to the market, probably built in Thailand at about $80 cost per unit or less, has the name Pentax on the front, offers point and shoot, takes an image good enough to post on Facebook, Instagram or the likes, never going to be blown up, has some sort of big zoom to show an attempt at keeping pace, probably going to be sold as a cheap bundle with an SD card, mini pod, bag and 10 free coffee's at starbucks to boot !!!
So long as you have an offering in this market, on the shelf alongside your DSLR's and is a brand awareness tool, that if it breaks even at say 5k units, then it's done it's job.
It's not meant to satisfy people here, it looks and possibly feels like a serious camera just like the X5 did. My work colleague bought one, the weight, feel, zoom and tilting LCD made everyone at work go OOOoooh AAaaaaahh, with comments like, oh, do Pentax still make camera's ?? They don't spend time measurebating and arguing over minute differences camera to camera or brand to brand, just want Auto Program mode, a shutter button and think it's going to give them good enough results........ easy and very clever marketing tool. I certainly wouldnt want to pay 1k for one either, but the capability they offer, especially with some of the bigger sensors now is very compelling for many people.
Just remember, that one of these can still, in the hands of a competent photographer take a very creative and excellent photo........ just won't give you the bragging rights with a big trophy of the latest snob gadget around your neck.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-22-2014, 09:15 AM  
Pentax XG-1 (X-5 successor)
Posted By Robbod
Replies: 96
Views: 18,347
Every single non forum geek person i've seen with camera's just want to point a fully automatic camera at the subject and want the best result possible with minimal fuss. The Pentax picture menu system is very simplistic and suits that very large audience. Together with colours this is a match made in heaven. We all know that the biggest % of DSLR purchasers stick with program mode and the kit lenses, this tells a rather obvious story about the mass audience. Hence the bridge camera's with simple controls and a decent price are a winner.
It amuses me when these camera's become so advanced that most people just shake their heads about the capabilities, because they don't want to undergo another university degree on how to operate yet another electronic gadget. A huge amount of people, even those intelligent enough to learn, can't be bothered with learning yet another smart phone, remote control, computer system, car audio, bluetooth menu............ it's overkill, so these camera's definitely have a place. These people are also not going to bother going on forums to compare, just want a plain english, thumbs up, saying, .....point zoom, shoot and check the pictures if you want another effect. I think Pentax are well aware of what it's potential mass audience want.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-22-2014, 04:10 AM  
Pentax XG-1 (X-5 successor)
Posted By Robbod
Replies: 96
Views: 18,347
Absolutely Uluru, the X5 sold well here in Australia through Auspost, looks a million bucks, good zoom and is fully automatic, which 99% of that market want...... brand name awareness is the name of the game here.
Forum: Sold Items 03-11-2014, 03:04 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sold
Posted By Robbod
Replies: 25
Views: 4,707
Let me know if it's still available to pick up in Victoria? next week ...or you've had a better offer. My mobile is 0447838967. In Brisbane right now and flying to Melbourne on Friday.
Regards Rob
Forum: Sold Items 03-10-2014, 06:50 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sold
Posted By Robbod
Replies: 25
Views: 4,707
where do you Live?
is it Doreen? Which is in Melbourne.....i may be near there next week.
Forum: Sold Items 03-09-2014, 10:01 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sold
Posted By Robbod
Replies: 25
Views: 4,707
I'm in W.A. in the mines and heading over to Brisbane and Melbourne next few days, then back to Perth. Keeping an eye on the K-01 for a back up to my K5IIs for weddings time lapse style work and perhaps some video. Same batteries as the K5?? I'll let you know shortly, cheers Rob
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-04-2014, 12:59 PM  
I switched to FF
Posted By Robbod
Replies: 81
Views: 12,313
I have been through the whole process recently of looking at whether FF was necessary. I looked at several wedding photographers I admire, whom I knew shot with the 5D. I think the FF ability to isolate DOF is great, but not something I can't overcome with fast glass. I have the 50-135 and a Sigma 17-50 both at f2.8, which seems as fast as necessary, but a stray 50mm f1.4 Sigma came my way if I need better. I use the K5IIs and it can focus and shoot at a black hole in a dark universe....darn it's good, but rarely would i need it. There is such a closing up of abilities with sensors now that unless your shooting BIG prints, then there's little to be gained from FF.
What really matters is my abilities, getting a nice composition, sharp image etc. I think as many people who are so keen to go FF from APS-C, such people are keen to go DSLR from compact or smart phone, thinking they'll get better images straight away, but on your average smartphone or tablet or laptop screen or even a 16x20 print you'll be hard pressed to tell much difference, let alone any prospective client or a friend. ( my Nokia 1020 is insanely good for a smartphone!!)
I suspect that FF will become a more standard and much cheaper alternative soon, once Pentax gets in on the act along with the rest, but at the moment it's me who needs to vastly improve and I know the recent crop of Pentax DSLR's are more than adequate with good glass to WOW anyone, even a magazine once the image is right. I have shot two weddings recently in the background for an alternative viewpoint and frankly, the professionals using FF produced several very average results.
What really matters is taking what you've got, getting out there, taking photos and pushing your abilities to improve your craft, but hey, this is a Brand forum full of camera Lover's........and if you've got the money, go ahead, knock yourself out ;)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-30-2012, 07:05 PM  
Pentax X-5
Posted By Robbod
Replies: 162
Views: 26,043
I too re kindled my photography into digital with the Fuji s7000, which was a pretty good bridge cam. Very good macro, sensational monochrome, reasonable zoom, RAW, but just a few blown highlights, and poor low light performance.
I bought an x90 last year(as an alternative to the Kx): Great zoom range, not so many blown highlights, awesome macro function, (flash performance is very good in macro as well). Has a movie function and does a good time lapse. The noise once you go above 6-800iso is bad and it has an auto iso function on start up, which likes going higher far too quick for my liking, plus poor battery performance. If you get familiar and know what your doing, can be a fun and handy piece of kit.

The X5, looks better IMO and if that is at least as good IQ as the Q, then its going to be a winner at that price.It seems to have a multi shot layering system for low noise, low light shooting which I think is a first for Pentax? As Pentax seem to be going back to a few more retail stores, then this is a no brainer for the market presence/image and a handy piece of kit for the hobbyist/tourist shooter.

For those happy with a laptop size image(and slightly larger), with no requirement to change lenses, bit of wildlife and macro at the flick of a button instead of a lens change, then its a great option. I have seen a few people who have created amazing images using these types of cameras, deciding they didnt need the expense or snob value of DSLR's to enjoy photography. You might loose DOF creativity and some other control, but carefuly crafted shots and even great sports images have been taken. I think its well done to Pentax, it introduces a few more strings to their bow, is a marketing tool and market share booster.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-03-2012, 08:11 AM  
Why do you shoot Pentax?
Posted By Robbod
Replies: 51
Views: 6,241
I entered the film era watching my Dad processing his own b&w. I was given a Praktika Nova 35mm slr, super basic and fully manual with no light meter), followed that with my own Canon Ae1 & program.

Family and lack of $$$ got in the way of serious photography for many years until my first digital, which was the Fuji s7000. Brilliant little camera, reminiscent of the feel and materials used to build the Kx. The s7000 clipped highlights, but awesome macro and stunning monochrome.(yes the EVF was so bad, no point being there !!) I used Live view exclusively and so, can't be bothered with the moaning about the K=01.

I wanted a Kx, but Pentax importer in NZ was hopeless and Caniksony all had the monopoly. I ended up settling for a Canon 450D, which I liked the feel and AF, but the results and feature set werent a match for the Kx.

I enjoy a fair bit of low light shooting, plus superior dynamic range,built in HDR, filters etc were calling me still. I ended up getting one on Ebay and sold the 450d.

I like the way Pentax gets so much out of the same sensor used by Sony themselves and even against the Nikon. The clean high iso shots at 1600, the colours from jpeg, dynamic range, use of old legacy glass, solid feel, built in SR, WR capability, Kx still capable of keeping up with entry level cams.

Maybe also i like under dogs, love prime lenses, someone willing to challenge the staus quo.

Give me any camera and I'll take photo's.................but Pentax suits my purposes right now, they take a lot of beating in the Low and mid range APS-C level.
Forum: Sold Items 07-27-2012, 09:13 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Super-Takumar 35mm F2.0, 50mm F1.4, 135mm F3.5, 300mm F4
Posted By Robbod
Replies: 194
Views: 35,997
Hi Mike,

Just moved to this forum recently. I gather your the same as in Dpr? i right in seeing the 100 macro is still for sale ?

I read the review on this, how does it compare with more recent versions ?, (which obviously sell much higher), it looks like a bargain buy to me.

Can you ship to Australia if need be? Have you had international interest before and is the process easy for money transfer ?

Thanks Rob
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 07-24-2012, 08:13 AM  
x90 Av mode problem
Posted By Robbod
Replies: 9
Views: 1,995
Wow.........I just joined the Forum and mainly use my Kx, but I bought an x90 about a year ago..............its not even listed in the camera reviews

Is the X70 and X90 like "those whom we do not speak of "???............................admittedly the image quality is not great, but it does have some excellent characteristics, like its Macro mode and flash which seems to work well, plus a great zoom length. I find that it automatically chooses auto ISO and will readily swap to 800 or above, where it really suffers.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-24-2012, 07:04 AM  
Pentax To Announce the K-3 Full Frame DSLR At Photokina
Posted By Robbod
Replies: 662
Views: 114,874
I think the FF discussion has been so thrashed out, that its gone quiet and people are sick of it. People have now just resigned themselves to ...let's wait and see.......either way, the next step up from the K5 will be good, regardless of APS-C or FF. Pentax now have a habit of producing very good DSLR's because they need to be at least as good as the rest to stay afloat against the big boys. I can only hope they stay true to their core values and bring us another leap in IQ, for stills photographers.
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