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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11 Hours Ago  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 6,926
Views: 940,387
Seems that you brought quite a few cameras along. ;):)


- Craig
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 15 Hours Ago  
Shotkit Survey of 1000 Pros
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 14
Views: 430
While I found the results of the survey to be mildly interesting -- although largely irrelevant to my photographic hobby -- a couple of editorial statements by Shotkit gave me pause:

"Micro-four-sensor cameras and lenses are less expensive than other (larger) formats of sensor, which may explain the greater proportion of Olympus (~7%) and Panasonic (~4.5%) users among amateur photographers than professionals."

Really? Check out the price of the OM-1 or the OM-D E-M1X.

"In-body stabilization will always be much better in a mirrorless camera body than in a DSLR, so this was another common response (~12%) in our survey."

Shotkit probably has no data to validate their claim. Clearly, IBIS performance depends on individual camera models and lens focal lengths, so their generalization is off-base.

A significant number of survey respondents seem to favour mirrorless cameras for their smaller size or lighter weight over DSLRs. However, their preference might be misjudged when considering overall camera/lens systems. Some mirrorless lenses are anything but compact and lightweight...

Regardless, I think it's interesting to see that DSLRs still have a faithful following, despite the general impressions in the industry that might suggest otherwise.

- Craig
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 18 Hours Ago  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 6,926
Views: 940,387
Did he at least ask about your photographic interests or how you're getting along with your Pentax gear? I suspect not.

Lesson learned: Don't wear a Pentax T-shirt to a quilting show? ;)

- Craig
Forum: General Talk 1 Day Ago  
Fall in posting to Pentax Forums over the years
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 36
Views: 841
I think you make good points. I don't have any insight into the age distributions or demographics on various social media platforms or forum-like sites. However, as a retired guy (an 'older folk'), I appreciate the in-depth discussions here on PF. The forum facilitates thoughtful exchanges, and the breadth and depth of knowledge is often surprising, going beyond photography. This site also has an incredible archived, accessible knowledge base.

I seem to be developing a thicker skin, and am less inclined to counter members who I think have posted silly or incorrect things. So, my own level of activity has decreased somewhat.

How much discussion do we need on 'flippy screens'? (I usually try to keep my snark in check...)

- Craig
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Pentax, it's PLM or Die!
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 54
Views: 2,323
Your blog post includes a number of really, really good images. Well done!

Given your sadness over the departure of the FA 77 and 43, some might wonder whether you considered or tried shooting those exquisite lenses on your Fuji with an adapter. No AF, of course, but focusing manually through the XT-4's VF is quite acceptable, I imagine. I played with a Pentax-M 50/1.7 on my son's X-T3, and thought it worked fairly well. (If you already mentioned using an adapter, sorry, I missed the comment.)

- Craig
Forum: General Talk 4 Days Ago  
Fall in posting to Pentax Forums over the years
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 36
Views: 841
I usually visit PF daily for my 'social media' fix and to keep current with Pentax developments, user experiences, and tips, and to enjoy members' images. I haven't really noticed a significant drop in activity -- the 'New Posts' listing has more than enough threads to keep me busy! However, I have noticed that a number of previously-prolific members have quietly decreased, suspended, or ceased their activity.

- Craig
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-24-2022, 04:51 AM  
Pentax, it's PLM or Die!
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 54
Views: 2,323
This makes sense to me.

I have a DA* 50-135, which I converted to screwdrive after a couple of SDM failures. It's my most-used lens. The AF Fine Adjustment is spot-on, and it rarely misses a sharp focus. Most of my subjects are static, but recently I used the lens on my K-3 Mark III at a local Fall Fair. Using AF.C and medium burst mode, images of moving subjects such as horses, wagons, parade participants, and midway rides were sharp. I'm not sure that I'd buy a 50-135 PLM, assuming it would be priced > CAD $1,500 like the recent 16-50 PLM.

- Craig
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-21-2022, 03:23 PM  
Nature Very simple, but beautiful and convincing.
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 7
Views: 150
And captivating.

Well done!

- Craig
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-12-2022, 05:28 PM  
Greetings from The Netherlands
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 8
Views: 261
Hello Silvolde, and welcome from Ottawa.

I am sure that members would love to see some of your pictures of model railroads!

- Craig
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 09-12-2022, 05:51 AM  
K1 doesn't work with AA's in battery grip?
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 30
Views: 1,345
Sorry, I don't have a K-1, so I'm afraid I can't offer a definitive solution.

The Operating Manual, page 34, indicates that the "type of AA batteries to be used" may be selected in the Setup Menu 4 (Wrench/Spanner-4), Select Battery.

I don't know which type of AA battery is the default, so you may need to try several types -- alkaline, NiMH, lithium, etc.

- Craig
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-10-2022, 04:48 AM  
Photo Story The making of a bread knife
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 33
Views: 388
Double wow!

Love your workshop with all its serious machinery.

Very impressive work and workmanship. Thanks for documenting the progress.

- Craig
Forum: General Photography 09-08-2022, 06:58 AM  
Burnt out on photography?
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 24
Views: 1,477
Your post is timely for me. Just this morning I was thinking that I really should get out more with my camera. Not sure whether the pandemic has conditioned me to stay closer to home, or whether it's just a normal cyclical waning of interest.

I belong to a local camera club (Camera Club of Ottawa - founded in 1894), which holds regular friendly competitions, photo outings, and member 'challenges', all of which help to encourage members to get out and shoot. For example, our summer challenge prompted me to drive for an hour to a small, historic town for a sunrise shoot, which I really enjoyed. Our first competition will be Festivals and Celebrations, so I'll go to one or two fall fairs in the Ottawa valley region.

Our September weather brings fog on the Ottawa River, and I'm hoping (not planning, yet) to do a sunrise shoot within a 30-minute drive from home. Of course, that means waking up before sunrise and prodding myself out of bed...

I think it's true that not shooting regularly and frequently gets one out of practice. On my photo excursions, I try to remember to spend 10 minutes at the start just to re-familiarize myself with my gear, settings, and composition 'rules'. The first shots are throw-aways, usually.

- Craig
Forum: Photo Critique 09-06-2022, 06:06 PM  
Abstract need advice on this portrait
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 8
Views: 557
Hi,

I like this shot. I think you've captured the essence of this gentleman. I love the eye contact, his overall expression, and the natural placement of his hands.

I'm not an expert in portraiture, but might offer a suggestion.

A modest crop could remove some unnecessary bits while helping to bring an emphasis to his face and hands. For example -- crop the right side of the image to just where his left arm sits, leaving a narrow sliver of the back of the seat. Crop the top down to just above the cart's steering wheel.

Nicely done, IMO.

- Craig
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 08-27-2022, 03:10 PM  
Pentax K-1 II An overlooked DSLR that deserves lots of attention
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 44
Views: 2,772
I think it would have been useful if the article had provided some assessments of real-world use of the various cameras -- the descriptions are basically overviews of the principle features or specifications. Links to "full reviews" are offered for only two of the cameras, but links to B&H Photo are provided for all cameras in prominent click boxes.

Nice to see a Pentax camera in there, and no doubt, the K-1 Mk II is a great camera. I guess I'll have to make do with my little non-best, pixel-starved APS-C camera for my landscape work. :(;)

- Craig
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-26-2022, 11:06 AM  
Thematic Post your waterfalls and moving water.
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 2,223
Views: 195,390
A gentle waterfall hidden in a corner of an urban park.

This picture was taken shortly after a rainfall as the sun was peeking out from the clouds.

- Craig

Hidden Falls by c.a.m_1, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-26-2022, 06:13 AM  
What manual focus lenses are a must have
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 52
Views: 2,424
I have enjoyed using several Pentax manual-focus lenses. For example:
  • SMC Pentax 30mm f/2.8. Sort of my 'poor man's' FA 31mm Limited.

  • SMC Pentax 50mm f/1.2. I don't use it often, but the f/1.2 aperture is unique (along with the Pentax-A 50/1.2).

  • S-M-C Takumar 85mm f/1.8. This lens has the most sublime focusing action of all the lenses I've tried, almost eye watering. I don't how the designers managed to produce such an exquisite feel, but it's amazing. I get giddy when I use it. And the optics are pretty good, too.

I also have a Pentax-M 100mm f/2.8. It's a nice, compact and handy lens.

- Craig
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-26-2022, 05:56 AM  
Disassembly of my Legacy SMC Pentax 2.8 24mm Lens - HELP!
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 5
Views: 465
Hi,

Would this thread be of help?

SMC Pentax 24mm F/2.8 Disassembly - PentaxForums.com

- Craig
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-21-2022, 06:51 PM  
Nature One Amazing Cone Flower For You Fine Folks to Enjoy. :)
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 8
Views: 178
Another example of Nature's ordinary miracles. Beautiful!

- Craig
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-21-2022, 06:04 PM  
Difference * vs. Limited
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 29
Views: 1,768
Not sure if the following source is definitive, but it gives "release" dates for Pentax lenses: https://photographylife.com/lenses/brand/pentax

The following respected site indicates dates of introduction: http://kmp.pentaxians.eu/lenses/

Also, the Pentax Forums lens review section indicates production dates for each lens.

- Craig
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-20-2022, 05:17 PM  
Difference * vs. Limited
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 29
Views: 1,768
One of the DA Limited lenses is weather sealed/resistant -- the HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited DC WR. Its production started in 2013.



And, just before the A-series, there was one M* lens -- the SMC Pentax-M* 300mm F4, ca. 1981-84. It seems to be highly regarded.

- Craig
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-19-2022, 12:41 PM  
My DFA*50/1.4 is shedding parts.
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 18
Views: 1,492
If this were my lens, I think that I would first try three or four strips of thin double-sided adhesive tape, placed evenly around the circumference of the inside rim of the loose ring. The tape should be able to be pressed in place to follow the contour of the ring, and there might be sufficient grab on the body of the lens. The tape provides the option for removal of the ring if required later.

On other jobs, I've used a tape intended for securing plastic film to weather-seal house windows for winter. It holds very well. Readily available locally at building centres or Canadian Tire, etc.


- Craig
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-19-2022, 08:35 AM  
Debating the HD FA 43mm - thoughts?
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 33
Views: 1,493
Thanks, @robbiec. I remember reading some of your comments a few years ago, which, along with other users' perspectives, guided me towards the 43. I'm very happy with it.

Your sample images above demonstrate some of the 'pop' that's possible with this lens at f/4-ish.


- Craig
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-15-2022, 08:18 AM  
SATOBI approximations anyone?
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 10
Views: 1,146
For those who use DxO PhotoLab, I have found that the 'Old School' preset in the Atmospheres group gives a treatment that is similar to SATOBI, with slightly higher brightness in some colours.

I don't know whether this preset is available in the basic PhotoLab package, or in the FilmPack add-on (I have FilmPack).

- Craig
Forum: Visitors' Center 08-13-2022, 05:49 PM  
Pentax K-50 Photos are dark
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 2
Views: 181
Hi David,

Welcome to Pentax Forums!

Sorry to hear about your dark images. I assume that you're setting the exposure correctly and the camera was acting properly before.

The threads that are marked as 'sticky' in the section at the following link deal with the so-called 'aperture block failure'.

Pentax K-30 & K-50 - PentaxForums.com

- Craig
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-11-2022, 10:14 AM  
Continue with Pentax or sell the whole batch?
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 85
Views: 3,871
Hi Rob, welcome to Pentax Forums!

Your question is one that is often considered by photographers -- do I keep my current brand, or make a change? Certainly, all brands of cameras offer excellent choices, and there are plenty of options. Unfortunately, all brands can suffer from component failures. The Pentax DA 17-70 lens did have a design problem with its in-lens focus motor.

Modern Pentax cameras and lenses are very good in terms of reliability, but we hear sporadic reports of some failures once in a while.

I think that it would be difficult to recommend something without knowing your photographic interests. What sort of subjects do you tend to photograph?

You mention the weight of the K200D. With the DA 17-70 lens, the mass is about 1,200 grams. If you are thinking of a lighter, smaller kit, say in the 800-g range, the Pentax DSLRs might not be an option. For example, the K-70 + general-purpose DA 18-135mm zoom lens would come in at 1,100 g.

Some brands offer smaller and lighter systems, depending, of course, on the lens(es) that you choose. Just as an example, a relatively lightweight kit could include something like a Fujifilm X-E4 + XF 18-55mm zoom (total 675 g) or X-E4/XF 18-135mm (total 850 g). There are other possibilities, depending on your budget and weight threshold. I'm not familiar with Canon gear.

Another format of camera is based on the 'micro four-thirds' sensor. Some of these systems are relatively compact and lightweight, and feature small lenses. Image quality can be quite good, although not as good generally as the larger sensor formats such as APS-C (like the Pentax K-70) or 'full frame'.


Another possibility might be a compact camera such as the Ricoh GR III, which has a fixed lens. It's small, very well-regarded, and has excellent image quality -- it's not the usual 'point and shoot'. It wouldn't serve as a wildlife or birding camera, but could work well in urban settings, landscapes, architecture, etc. To get an idea of its versatility, take a look at:

https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1438439/42
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/161-ricoh-gr/385160-gr-iii-photos-owners.html


- Craig
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