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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 Hour Ago  
Help, my thumb has a mind of its own
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:p :p :p
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 4 Hours Ago  
An important message from the moderators
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+1 really like this idea!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 1 Day Ago  
KS-2 astrophotography, long exposures
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Astro Tracer !
Buy a O-GPS1 !
GPS UNIT O-GPS1 | RICOH IMAGING
Forum: General Photography 3 Days Ago  
Do you know where your camera body cap is ?
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 31
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Photography is a real tactile hobby and I enjoy handling and looking over my equipment as much as I do taking pictures.
When returning from a photo trip, I set up my main kit on a display area - including putting body caps on the cameras!
I really enjoy the Pentax branded k-mount body caps that have the little white dot at the top.
These caps lock into place like a bayonet lens. It doesn't fall off like the newer plug-type caps.
Forum: General Photography 4 Days Ago  
Just Chatting
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 18
Views: 813
I have held the KP at photographic trade shows and in-store. Even the largest grip doesn't fit my hand well.
My K-S2/K-5 even have a slightly too small size for my hand. My pinky falls off all the time.
However, I love the look of the KP design and it's stats are pretty impressive.
I've never held one with the battery grip though.. maybe that would help indeed.
Forum: General Photography 4 Days Ago  
Just Chatting
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 18
Views: 813
A semi-unfortunate untold twist to my story is that I have ‘moved up’ in the world and moved from the field into the office. So, there is much less (none) work related photography going on in the office.
However, when I was in the field, a main purpose for needing a tele 1:1 macro was documenting plant parts, specifically grasses (inflorescence looking at different florets, awns, glumes, etc. and collars looking at ligules and auricles, etc.) It wasn’t artsy work. However, I miss the field but working in the office has allowed me to work close to home with a consistent schedule which allowed me to start my young family.


I, for one, welcome our new automation overlords! Haha :P


I used to try to collect every lens I could. I’d end up with multiples of the same focal lengths. I ended up developing a favourite and neglecting the others. I decided that instead of housing so many lenses (the wife also encouraged this decision) that I would sell the lesser used models that were redundant in focal length or aperture coverage. Some of these sales hurt. Specifically my S-M-C collection (28, 35, 50, 55, 100, 200, 300) and more recently I sold a FA 35mm f/2 when I purchased it’s replacement DA 35mm f/2.8 LTD. Although these sales might have hurt, I didn’t use them enough. And their sales funded other lenses that spark even more joy (ex: DA* 11-18mm). Thanks for sharing!


My Dad wasn’t a big photographer. He owns a Canon AE-1 that I remember playing with as a young kid. It was my Mom with her bridge Canon that really encouraged me to research photography :)


Very impressive goals! I’ve put a couple rolls of film through my film bodies, but never developed a single one haha! I’m really an addict for chimping so I like how you're using a K-50 with your film era glass. I definitely see the appeal that you described however the K series are beautiful lenses!


I severely wish I had started doing this. I guess there’s no better time than right now, but the record would be missing soooo much I’ve owned so much gear haha. Maybe one day I’ll try to write it all out.


Thanks for sharing aslyfox! Looks like I joined the forums near the same time as you!
You have a unique writing style which presents itself in an easy to digest and fun to read format. I enjoy reading your comments throughout the forums – thanks for sharing the knowledge that you sought!
Did you keep your K-3 and K-3ii or did you sell them when you won the KP?

Thanks all for chatting!
Forum: General Photography 5 Days Ago  
Just Chatting
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 18
Views: 813
Hello, my name is Stephen and I like to talk about Pentax cameras:

My parents, I must give credit, started me in this awesome hobby. As a university graduation present, I was offered an entry-level camera of my choice. My mom is an extremely active birder (Canon SX60 HS) and shoots mainly for her Facebook groups. Although not nearly as tech-oriented as myself (hates even changing lenses), my mom pushed me to get a bridge Canon as well. Being completely na´ve to photography, and perhaps as a welcome distraction from finishing my studies, I started researching different camera makes and models and found that Pentax much more closely fit what I had in mind for a camera.

I studied in Environmental Science including post-grad concentrating on river management. I was in the field often, and my stuff got wet. Therefore, a new camera must be weather resistant. This statement alone strongly disfavored most (all?) other major camera brands. For both Canon and Nikon, you would have had to afford their mid-tier, enthusiast-grade gear to get the weather sealing. As a poor student at the time, these options seemed more cost-prohibitive. And speaking of cost-prohibitive, mirrorless (cough Sony cough) options seemed absolutely absurd.

In addition to weather-sealing, Pentax offered in their entry-level camera (2015; Pentax K-S2 vs. Canon T6i), what other companies withhold until you upgrade into much more expensive models such as pentaprisms instead of pentamirrors, dual-control wheels, faster max shutter speed, wider viewfinder coverage, and more AE bracketing stops. On top of that, Pentax offered in-body stabilization, no anti-aliasing (simulated if you wanted it), and astrotracer capabilities - all in a smaller, tougher-built, more affordable package. It was an obvious choice.

And how cool is the K-Mount, amirite?
You can grab any K-Mount lens since 1975 and it will work on any modern Pentax body just fine thanks to The Green Button. And with a relatively inexpensive adapter, you open your options to the entire catalogue of vintage M42 screw-mount lenses. To boot, all these lenses are now stabilized thanks to Pentax using in-body stabilization. I’m thinking that I could not only purchase one or two autofocus and weather resistant lenses for work, but I could also expand my kit with more affordable used gear as a hobby.

Before I even graduated, without any camera body to use, I started buying lenses through my local Value Village (thrift store) and Kijiji (online buy & sell). In no time, I had myself a neat Super-Multi-Coated Takumar kit in addition to a couple M series K-mount lenses. I eventually found a *ist DS to use even before the K-S2 arriving after graduation. From there, I’ve really fell down the rabbit hole of photography. I’ve owned LOTS of cameras and lenses and I am constantly buying/repairing/selling used gear to be able to afford gear that I want to keep in my main kit.

Here’s my main kit now:

Cameras:
Pentax K-S2
Pentax K-5

Zooms:
HD Pentax DA* 11-18mm f/2.8 ED DC AW
smc Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL[IF] DC WR
HD Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE

Primes:
Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG Aspherical Macro
smc Pentax DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited
smc Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4
smc Pentax D FA 100mm f/2.8 Macro WR

Vintage:
Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 50mm f/1.4
Pentacon 50mm f/1.8
Industar-50-2 50mm f/3.5
Helios-44-2 58mm f/2


Lastly, I’d like to talk about my plans moving forward. Numbered, if anyone would like to chat or comment!

Cameras:
1) I am very excited for the new Pentax flagship APS-C. I really feel like I’ve outpaced my cameras and I am very eager for something new with the latest tech that Pentax has to offer. Both the K-Next and battery grip will probably get a pre-order outta me.


Zooms:
2) I just purchased the DA* 11-18mm f/2.8 (absolutely love it) which allowed me to sell off two lenses out of my main kit (10-20mm & 13mm f/2.8). I have a small real estate photography side-gig and this lens is the go-to. I cannot wait to use it for astrophotography too. This lens will be in my kit for life.

3) My 18-135mm walk-around lens is very nervous to hear that a 16-50mm f/2.8 PLM is around the corner…

4) The PLM/WR/RE combo on the 55-300mm is a dream for hiking and birding. Maybe one day I’ll afford something faster/longer for birding but categorically those lenses are just so expensive.


Primes:
5) The Sigma 24mm was purchased at an outrageous deal - one of my best finds. This lens is not frequently used in my kit. However, it’s substantially wider than my 35mm and f/1.8 is going to be pretty hard for a zoom lens to beat out. It has a really short distance to infinity, so it’s a brilliant lens to use for street photography. Also, the focal length is nice to get some background context to a macro-focused subject. I think I would use a lighter 10mm prime more, or maybe the Sigma 4.5mm f/2.8 fisheye. But the DA* 11-18mm dominates this category, even beats most primes.

6) Although this lens is the ‘smc’ version and not the ‘HD’ version (missing coatings & rounded blades), the 35mm Limited is one of my favourite lenses. The Limited series is about the heart and expression of a photograph, not necessarily striving to be clinically precise like the * series. However, the 35mm Limited Macro does both! I absolutely love this lens for taking group portraits and flower/plants macro photography. If it were WR, it’d be used much more.

7) I’ve been using the 50mm f/1.4 for single-person portraits. I have an 1.5 year old daughter and this lens has so much character and creates these warm, dreamy portraits of her – just love it. I had owned the F series 50mm f/1.7 and the FA f/1.4 beat it out of my main kit. The f/1.7 may have been ever so slightly sharper (and had a nicely recessed front element) but I kept the f/1.4 for the extra stoppage and that character!

8) The 100mm WR was one of my first lenses I ever bought and the first one brand-new. I had it on my doorstep a few days before the K-S2 even arrived. Working in Environmental Science, we often have to document plants and insects which require a semi-telephoto 1:1 macro. Starting out, the DA-L 18-50mm RE/WR kit lens and the 100 WR were my only lenses in my work kit.


Vintage:
9) As mentioned before, I’ve owned LOTS of vintage gear. But I’ve sold them off to afford more modern glass that I might use more often. I’ve decided however, to keep a small M42 vintage collection of favourites around the 50mm mark. The Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 50mm f/1.4 represents the sole survivor of a large S-M-C kit. What a gorgeous, premium-feeling lens.

10) The Pentacon was an early find as well and I used it a bunch with it’s aperture stop-down button feature along with using Av mode. Centre sharp and full of wonderful character.

11) I bought this little Industar curiosity for it’s interesting Cyrillic writing and impressively small size. The focus throw is way too long for this lens, and it’s not really sharp, but the vintage looking contrast and saturation this lens produces generates some creative photos.

12) The famous Helios 44-2 for some swirly bokeh! Even on my APS-C cameras, I get amazing swirl from this lens when focused just right. Love doing dreamy portraits in the park among the trees!


What next?
13) The K-Next and battery grip is the next one for sure. I yearn for more megapixels, PixelShift, noise-reduction accelerator chip, 14-bit RAW files, faster burst rates with deeper buffer, dual card slots, more focus points, better focus tracking, built-in GPS, better (bigger) hand grip, third control wheel, latest shake reduction tech, and I am sure there is going to be much more!

14) I have a gap in my primes lineup between the 50mm and 100mm. Although the new 85mm would be freakin’ awesome, it’s really expensive. I think the FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited is a likely candidate for the next purchase.

15) Something with a faster aperture in the longer telephoto focal lengths. Maybe the DA* 200 or DA* 300 or both one day, but the stories about the SDM motors being sluggish has made me avoid those lenses. I would like to have a faster aperture tele to use indoors when my daughter is in school and doing plays or presentations. Was also thinking maybe the FA* 80-200 f/2.8 could fit this bill...

16) I think an S-M-C Tak 85mm f/1.8 or a Jupiter 9 85mm f/2 may find their way into my vintage kit one day.

Thanks for reading and I hope to hear your comments – I love to talk about Pentax cameras!

All the best,
Stephen
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-26-2020, 02:01 PM  
Pentax K-1 Which lens to zoom up the night sky?
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 12
Views: 654
Putting a teleconverter on a slow lens will only make it slower and have harder time to capture enough light to exposure a decent looking image.
Getting a fast lens above 300mm is very expensive...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-26-2020, 01:54 PM  
Is the D FA* 50/1.4 a Pentax/ Ricoh design or a Tokina design?
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 60
Views: 2,506
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-26-2020, 01:48 PM  
Pentax K-1 Which lens to zoom up the night sky?
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 12
Views: 654
The Pentax-DA* 300mm F4 ED [IF] SDM covers a full frame image circle, no? Even though it's designated as a DA, it's compatible with the full-frame K-1 (I think).
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-25-2020, 10:33 AM  
Olympus will sell their Imaging business to Japan Industrial Partners
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 185
Views: 7,514
idk much about anything, but it would seem to me that one of these companies is doing much better at runnin a business than the other...
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-24-2020, 09:58 AM  
Olympus will sell their Imaging business to Japan Industrial Partners
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 185
Views: 7,514
not sure...

but Nokishita Camera just posted:

"Olympus' unpublished digital camera "IM021" is registered with the Russian certification body. It should be a mirrorless camera with multiple lens kits."

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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-18-2020, 01:26 PM  
K50 body acting weird, time to upgrade camera body... Considering KP vs Sony A7 ii
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 20
Views: 917
I would probably buy a K-70 if I was forced to today.
The KP hand grip (even the largest grip) doesn't fit my hand very well.
I'm holding out for the new aps-c flagship to be released this year.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-18-2020, 09:29 AM  
Release of Two Monopod Stands and a Stand Weight for Ricoh Theta
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 4
Views: 718
Waterproof casing and 3D microphone released for the flagship Z1, please!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-17-2020, 02:23 PM  
A question for 12-24 owners
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 28
Views: 1,320
I adore my DA* 11-18
It's a tad heavy compared to other that you might carry daily, but I don't mind it's very worth it
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360░ Cameras 06-17-2020, 09:24 AM  
There will be new Z1 accessories, right?
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 1
Views: 543
Hi all,

I'm surprised to learn that the Theta waterproof casing (TW-1) and 3D microphone (TA-1) are not compatible with the flagship model Theta Z1.

Any speculation of these sort of accessories being released in the future?
How hard could it really be to make a larger version of the V's waterproof casing for the Z1?
I know the Z1 doesn't have a 3.5mm jack, but you can transmit audio through the USB-C port on the Z1, I'm pretty sure.

These are just yet-to-be-released accessories, right?

Thanks!
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-15-2020, 01:07 PM  
D-FA 85mm f/1.4 now available at McBain Camera
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 17
Views: 1,315
$2500 cad ~ $1840 usd
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-15-2020, 10:30 AM  
D-FA 85mm f/1.4 now available at McBain Camera
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 17
Views: 1,315
https://www.mcbaincamera.com/productdetail.php?mcbain_id=0271280

$2500 - available for special orders in Alberta, Canada.
Forum: General Photography 06-15-2020, 10:07 AM  
What is your other camera ?
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 49
Views: 1,625
That's a main reason I wanted a Theta for a 360 degree. It felt more like part of the family haha
but also those dual 1-inch sensors.. and RAW support..
Forum: General Photography 06-15-2020, 06:16 AM  
It is time now for Pentax
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 13
Views: 1,024
It's crazy to flip through old National Geographics in used book stores - the old Pentax ads are awesome!
And I've seen Japanese Pentax commercials from way back too..
Too bad they let the marketing side go
Forum: General Photography 06-15-2020, 06:09 AM  
What is your other camera ?
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 49
Views: 1,625
recently purchased a back-ordered Ricoh Theta Z1
should be here in 2-3 weeks
interested in adding 360 degree shots to my real estate portfolio
will be interested in getting milk way shots with this guy too
seems like a very fun and capable camera
Forum: General Photography 06-14-2020, 06:21 PM  
It is time now for Pentax
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 13
Views: 1,024
the new plm and redesigned sdm motors are pretty darn fast.
sounds like the new aps-c is going to have a new AF module as well!
Forum: General Photography 06-10-2020, 06:33 PM  
What is your everyday lens ?
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 73
Views: 2,395
Since I bought the 11-18mm that lens hasn't left my camera.

But usually my go-to is either my 18-135 or my 55-300 PLM.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-10-2020, 10:26 AM  
PENTAX DFA70-300 SR patent public
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 99
Views: 6,535
As the dudes at my local camera store will tell ya: "There's no free lunch!"
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-09-2020, 02:50 PM  
PENTAX DFA70-300 SR patent public
Posted By FozzFoster
Replies: 99
Views: 6,535















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