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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-20-2018, 04:52 PM  
Back from Alaska--some 645z lessons
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 23
Views: 1,359
I agree. Coming from SoCal - place where Pentax can only be ordered and not found, I found that finding a Pentaxian has been very rare, and didn't expect to see any on a cruise ship of ~1400 people going to Alaska.
Finding gear in places like Canada has been much more common.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-20-2018, 03:48 PM  
Back from Alaska--some 645z lessons
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 23
Views: 1,359
Alaska is a great place for outdoors photography.
I have a picture somewhere of my trip on a Princess Cruise to Alaska, and up in Tracy Arm, I had my old red Pentax K-x - in the drizzle, and took a shot of someone standing on the deck with a Pentax 645D and an octopus tripod on the rail.
After my K-x lens (Sigma 18-200) fogged up, I was floored when someone lent me their Sigma - can't remember which model it was... but it was huge, and the closest was either 50mm or 70mm (50-500mm ?! ). I was very happy, and surprised to not only see a 645D (before the 645z existed) but in the rain, and also being lent someone else's (rare to see Pentax in the wild!) lens which was probably worth 3x my old K-x.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-21-2018, 02:50 PM  
Filling a gap in a lens lineup for an Alaska trip
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 36
Views: 1,850
Alaska, depending on what time of year, and where exactly you're going can be quite damp/humid.
I took a trip a long time back with my red Pentax K-x on Princess Cruises (late June), and my lens fogged up a bit during the glacier inlets.
It did drizzle a lot (I had a cheap 18-200 Sigma).
The craziest thing happened - I was actually lent a Sigma bigma to take a few shots (there were other Pentaxians!!)
and the most unusual - in the rain, I got a shot of a Pentaxian shooting off the bow with a 645D.
Forum: General Talk 08-29-2017, 09:06 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 13,455
Views: 911,913
Pasadena camera show - a 'pristine' Pentax M zoom - 1:4.5 80-200mm - $30
This lens looks like it just came out of the original case. Not even scratches on the exterior - no dust, no haze, no nothing.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-09-2017, 07:56 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 5,310
Views: 654,900
I know the area a bit. In highschool, we had one of our highschool 'regional' Curling bonspiels in Geraldton. Took the back road from White River through Manitouwadge / Caramat over to Highway 11.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-09-2017, 05:27 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 5,310
Views: 654,900
Northern Ontario... surprised the mosquitos didn't eat you alive. That's my old stomping grounds.














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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-02-2017, 10:54 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 5,310
Views: 654,900
I saw another parent with a Pentax recently at my kids school (school play). I was shocked. I didn't think anyone in SoCal had a Pentax. I usually have to leave the country to see others.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-25-2017, 09:40 AM  
Pentax K-x - General purpose lens to buy?
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 26
Views: 1,249
Since you're looking to replace the old 18-55mm, mostly for quality reasons, I'd look to the following (based on your criteria you've listed):

- Pentax 16-85mm (a litte more expensive, but highly rated lens) this will be larger/heavier than your 18-55mm kit by far
- Pentax 18-135mm ( good general purpose lens - I have one its on my camera most of the time )
- Tamron 17-50 / Sigma 17-50 - These are great lenses - f/2.8 would be great for indoors.

As an owner of the K-x some of these lenses may be a little bulky, and you won't enjoy the benefits of WR as much.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-23-2017, 06:52 PM  
guess the cheap 2x converter.
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 7
Views: 699
Funny... I have a 'few' 2x lens extenders, and for grins - bolted them all in series with a Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 to get a decent shot of the moon.
It wasn't as bad as many would expect.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-23-2017, 06:47 PM  
Trip to Europe - which lens to purchase
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 37
Views: 2,434
Looks like it will be part of the southern Mediterranian vs. England/Scotland/Ireland/France.
- Rome, Dubrovnik Croatia, Venice, Koper Slovenia, Split Croatia, Corfu Greece, Olympia Greece and Valletta Malta

I expect a bit more direct sun there than I would in say Ireland/Scotland and even England, but some awesome cathedrals and Greek sites.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-18-2017, 02:35 PM  
Trip to Europe - which lens to purchase
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 37
Views: 2,434
It was a combination of rain/drizzle and just overall condensation. This was 'summer' (almost Canada Day), and I suspected that this might happen going from outdoors to indoors and back.
It was also a spot where I caught the rarest of things... a handheld 645D in the drizzle
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-17-2017, 03:33 PM  
Trip to Europe - which lens to purchase
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 37
Views: 2,434
I suspect that my shooting will be similar to yours - 18-135 on the camera the majority of the time, with something wide/fast for indoors. I do suspect that it can (will?) be wet around Scotland/Ireland/London.
I've had one trip with my old Sigma 18-200 on my old Pentax K-x into Alaska - and it was a mess. Lens had to 'defog' for many hours. Fortunately, someone lent me their bigma (50-500mm Sigma) :) at the glacier (rare to have another Pentax on a cruise - same one that I saw a 645D out in the same mist)
I was thinking 'a bit' about the DA15 mostly because its a great lens, and it is small and light. The K-70 does well in poor lighting, and I can bump the ISO a bit.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-16-2017, 04:40 PM  
Trip to Europe - which lens to purchase
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 37
Views: 2,434
Thanks. I've used filters in the past - typically when I end up in the forest or beach, and they're a good bang for the buck.
This trip will be more of a drag by my nose style (Cruise ship - 12 days, 9 ports) - if I can still book it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-16-2017, 04:31 PM  
Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 - First Shots
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 13
Views: 1,310
I've had the same issue - I picked up the Rokinon 85mm a couple of years ago - great lens, really sharp, smooth focus.
Downside - somewhat heavy, and at f/1.4 you had better be using a tripod, shooting still life.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-16-2017, 04:26 PM  
Trip to Europe - which lens to purchase
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 37
Views: 2,434
The main focus for the fast-wide/fast-ultrawide is for museums/castles. I think the 18-135mm will do well for most outdoor items that I plan to shoot.
I have used BorrowLenses in the past (tested the 18-135mm actually on a trip to Hawaii through them).
I do see the Sigma 10-20mm 3.5 through LensRentals which might be worth a try for the price.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-16-2017, 04:15 PM  
Trip to Europe - which lens to purchase
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 37
Views: 2,434
Its in the list..
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-16-2017, 02:42 PM  
Trip to Europe - which lens to purchase
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 37
Views: 2,434
I'm planning on heading to Europe, I have a relatively new K-70 (Xmas), and a set of decent lenses for outdoor walking, etc.
I do think that I may want to get a budget fast/wide fast/ultra-wide lens for indoors (Palace of Versailles, castles in Scotland/Ireland/England)

My current lenses include:
DA 18-135mm WR
DA 18-55 (old)
Sigma 18-200
Rokinon 85mm f/1.4
Pentax M50 f/1.4
Pentax M200 f/4
Sigma 24mm f/2.8

I'm considering:
Rokinon/Samyang 14mm f/2.8
Rokinon/Samyang 10mm f/2.8
Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5
Irix 15mm f/2.4
Pentax 12-24mm ($$)
Pentax 15mm f/4
Tamron 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5

I'm considering the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 due to cost and optics/focal length.
Forum: Pentax K-70 01-17-2017, 09:15 AM  
Reasons why I bought the K70
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 45
Views: 8,271
Similar reason for the upgrade for me. The battery eject clip broke off (little white tab), but the compartment still closes/latches and works. The other issue that I've been having is the reported aperture issue. A lot of my pictures are with the 18-135mm WR, and same with video. I've found the aperture issue to be a big enough issue to use manual lenses if I needed to take a truly reliable shot.

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I guess it really depends on a few things:
1. Use of live view will drain the battery pretty quickly - I doubt that you're using it.
2. I'd recommend one spare.

On my K-30, I was typically able to get a couple hundred shots w/o issue as long as I didn't use flash or live view.
Forum: Pentax K-70 01-13-2017, 02:07 PM  
Reasons why I bought the K70
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 45
Views: 8,271
Well... either way, I have a silver (grey) K-70 now. The lack of onboard flash (for my use - casual), was effectively the deal breaker.
K-3ii does come with better battery options, but I still have spares from my k-30.
Forum: Pentax K-70 01-12-2017, 04:14 PM  
Pentax owner dilemma
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 25
Views: 2,309
Well.. with the exception of the last bits - i.e. continuous focus and decent video, the K-70 would be a good choice. If you need something that focuses better/faster and continuously, you need a different camera system.
Forum: Pentax K-70 01-12-2017, 01:51 PM  
Reasons why I bought the K70
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 45
Views: 8,271
I had a hard choice recently between a K-70 and K-3II.
K-70 is (was) $646 - new
K-3ii was $796.
$150 wasn't going to break the bank, until I checked on some specifics.
K-3ii was 'actually' $850 from anywhere reputable (still - $200 more than K-70), still reasonable.

I ended up rationalizing that I already have the K-70 batteries (from my K-30), and I don't 'need' the k-3ii. K-70 basically has the same sensor

Lastly - and I hadn't though of this as I'm not a pro, I use the onboard flash.
Since most other important features are similar - weatherproof, WiFi in included, both are 24MP, both have the same pixel shift, I don't think I really could justify the k-3ii unless I was going to use it a lot more than I do.

As a note, I'll use it for the inauguration parade this year.
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-12-2017, 10:36 AM  
Any Regrets After Switching from Canon to K-1?
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 68
Views: 7,862
I think that pixel shift is probably one of the best things for landscape/macro/still life that exists. I'm glad that it exists on my K-70.
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-12-2017, 09:31 AM  
Any Regrets After Switching from Canon to K-1?
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 68
Views: 7,862
I made the jump to Pentax many years back (red Pentax K-x), but I didn't have any glass (came from a P&S), also have a red Pentax K-30 and now a K-70.
I have ( and will recommend) going through the rental method of try before you buy. I have rented the 18-135mm lens for a vacation, and bought one afterwards.

Pentax doesn't really carry anything in stores anymore (unless you live in NYC or another country).
Forum: Pentax K-70 12-19-2016, 01:01 PM  
Pentax K-70 and Tamron not liking each other?
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 20
Views: 2,770
What are the apertures set to ? I.E. Are both shots taken at f/5.6 ?
While I haven't used the Tamron 18-200, I do have the Pentax 18-55 and a Sigma 18-200.
The 'superzooms' such as the 18-200 typically suffer more outside of the center as they have to be able to function as both a wide (18mm), normal (55mm) and zoom (+135mm).
Even the decent Pentax 18-135mm has been critiqued on this 'issue' (Yes, I have one as well).
As a result, my 18-200mm was retired for my 18-135mm, which is my 'all in one' walkabout lens.
If/when I'm somewhat serious, I have a Sigma f/2.8 28mm, a Pentax f/1.4 M 50 (and f/1.8 DA) as well as a Rokinon f/1.4 85mm and a Pentax f/4 M 200mm.

In general, zooms with 3x or less are ideal for quality across the frame and at various focal lengths and aperture settings.
Forum: Pentax K-70 09-09-2016, 04:41 PM  
Poll: K-70 or used k-3/k-3 II?
Posted By formercanuck
Replies: 83
Views: 25,868
My thoughts (as I'm in a similar place):

For K-70
- Light(er)
- KAF-4 (if I purchase the lenses for it)
- Not yet EOL product
- Relatively inexpensive
- Hinged screen (selfie?)

For K-3ii
- Top LCD
- (More) rugged - longer shutter life
- Bigger battery - more shots
- Higher frame rate

As I'm a casual photographer, I might typically go K-70. By the time I wear out the actuator, I'd be ready for a new camera.
The only 'true' reason that I might take a K-3II over a K-70 is for battery/accessories, and a longer life actuator. The K-30 that I have doesn't have the greatest battery lifespan.
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