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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-16-2014, 02:29 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 2,054
Views: 178,606
All shot with the Olympus E-P5, a simply stellar camera. And the 45mm lens, my staple.





Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-02-2014, 07:49 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 2,054
Views: 178,606
Elastic Sleep


pod bay doors


Maynooth University
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-11-2014, 04:33 PM  
35 and 43 Limiteds
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 17
Views: 1,638
The 35 is a good lens. The 43 is THE lens. Guess which I sold.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-27-2014, 02:38 PM  
Best editing software for a beginner
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 42
Views: 4,025
Since when does Lightroom mean you stop using folders? I use both. But 10,000 numbered files in folders mean little to me unless I have previews, tags, filters, and searches available as well.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-22-2014, 01:34 PM  
Not Work-Safe Miss
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 20
Views: 1,550
Not at all like my lens tests.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-22-2014, 01:34 PM  
Best editing software for a beginner
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 42
Views: 4,025
Just get Lightroom. Because eventually you will realise that organising your photos is even more important than editing them.

Then, later, get Google Nik plugins.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-14-2014, 08:28 AM  
Vivitar Lens Club - share the beauty
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 739
Views: 136,115
Vivitar Series 1 105mm. A brilliant optic.

Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-14-2014, 08:24 AM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 2,054
Views: 178,606
Might I respectfully suggest that that is plenty of shots from our Indian correspondent. You could set up your own thread for these? Or pick the best one or two only to represent a set, like the rest of us do?

---------- Post added 2014-03-14 at 03:25 PM ----------

five things found on the ground...



(for the other four you can check out Flickr)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-14-2014, 08:16 AM  
FA LIMITED will be updated soon
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 342
Views: 48,715
Since I didn't even mention Ricoh I am amazed you might interpret me as blaming them for everything.

Neither am I asking for the return of something old since I have myself moved on to something new. The problem now is the same problem that has haunted the Pentax brand since, well, forever. They are too slow to move with the times. (Remember auto-focus? Pretty well killed Pentax.)

I am sorry if you feel misrepresented by the fact I didn't quote your entire post. I was trained to only quote the relevant bits, and continue to teach my students the same. In any case, I was only agreeing with you, but somehow that didn't make the right impression. Oh well. Internets. :confused:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-11-2014, 02:38 PM  
FA LIMITED will be updated soon
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 342
Views: 48,715
Add me to the list. I only dropped by because a friend told me about the new FA Limiteds and I figured I'd read about them. But is there anything exciting to read? A Limited 105mm? A Limited 28mm? New designs to reduce the horrible FA77 purple fringing? No. New red rings. A new coating.



Yep. Anyone still with Pentax is doing so out of inertia or investment in a system. Pentax used to be a value proposition with smaller cameras, IBIS, and great "affordable" primes. Now lens prices are double, other brands have smaller units, and even stabilisation. The FA Limiteds are the gems in the Pentax lens range, but the company fired the designer and chose never to repeat their incredible rendering. Slow DA Limiteds is all. (They are decent lenses, don't get me wrong, but every brand has decent lenses.)

They won't even uncripple the mount for feck's sake. Even Nikon did that! And my 50/1.2 works better on my Olympus than on any Pentax camera.



Indeed. A very sad waste of a brand and some good engineers.



More so Olympus and Panasonic and Fuji. They all produce the small, effective, technologically advanced, and simply cool cameras Pentax should be making. But never will.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-06-2014, 09:42 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 2,054
Views: 178,606
E-P5 with Olympus 45mm.



With adapted Vivitar Series 1 105mm.

Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-21-2014, 05:50 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 2,054
Views: 178,606
E-P5 with 45/1.8



---------- Post added 2014-02-22 at 12:51 AM ----------

E-PL2 with 45/1.8

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-31-2013, 05:32 AM  
Filters -- any of these worth a bean?
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 8
Views: 1,170
What Ron said.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-31-2013, 05:30 AM  
Decisions, descisions, Pentax to Sony
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 26
Views: 2,211
The full-frame Sony units will be the way to go. Though I would sit tight and see how this develops. Though you haven't said what shortcomings you are trying to overcome.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-31-2013, 05:23 AM  
m43 and cropfactor question
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 10
Views: 1,017
If you are always using the same camera system, you do not need to care about crop factor. If you have an MFT system, simply buy the 14mm, 20mm, and 45mm prime lenses and you can cover almost all situations for a minimal outlay of money. You can't go wrong with these lenses. Then just enjoy shooting!

If, like many of us, you use multiple systems with different sensor sizes, and you switch lenses between them, then it helps to get the concept of equivalency straight. That is why I wrote Equivalence of Camera Systems.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-31-2013, 05:18 AM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 2,054
Views: 178,606
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-31-2013, 05:17 AM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 2,054
Views: 178,606

missing teeth by robinparmar, on Flickr
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-31-2013, 05:10 AM  
What do you think of Sony's new a7 and a7r?
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 104
Views: 8,500
Thanks for your support (and that from others), which I only now read since, like you, I stay away from the forums except for rare occasions. I used to be a constant contributor (over 8000 posts!) but the tone has changed a lot. I now find it quite poisonous.

I have little time for fanaticism of any stripe. I sang the praises of Pentax, bought several of their cameras, plus a fortune of lenses. Converted many people to Pentax since, for an inexpensive SLR, they were a bargain. Some might well have taken me for a fanboy, since I was certainly enthusiastic! The difference is that I was not blind to Pentax faults, few of which ever seemed to get fixed. (Crippled mount, ahem.)

I even posted about how a camera without a mirror might be a darned good idea.

After using a mirrorless camera (Olympus E-P1) there was no looking back. It was obvious this was the way forward, though I waited until the viewfinders sealed the deal. The experience is so much nicer: all the information in the EVF, ability to zoom for focus, etc. These are not glossy marketing features; they help me take better photos and enjoy myself more in the process. The main advantage of Pentax (size, weight, lens quality, SR) are doubled in Olympus MFT.

Plus I could continue to use my excellent Pentax lenses. Though now the large ecosystem of glass has removed the need.

In the intervening years Pentax have largely sat still, with only incremental improvements and quite a few price increases. The latest Limited lens releases show that Ricoh is happy to continue this trend. The brand has little to offer over the competition at this point. Those pushing forward into new territory (Sony included) illustrate this by contrast.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 11-02-2013, 04:30 AM  
What do you think of Sony's new a7 and a7r?
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 104
Views: 8,500
Very rarely do I read this forum, full as it is with Pentax apologists, instead of photographers who happen to use Pentax gear. And rarer still do I bother commenting. But this thread is simply ridiculous.

Sony has stepped up to the plate and released a full-frame camera cheaper and more portable than all the others, with compatibility with lenses from all major systems, video features that Pentax are unlikely to ever match (this is the Sony legacy, after all), weather-sealing, excellent usability (from all reports), focus peaking, thorough interface customisation, Wi-Fi and smart phone communication, and tethering.

And all some people can do is moan. The envy is thick in the air.

Yes, many people do not require the superior quality of full-frame over APS-C. That would be me too, most of the time. In fact I am generally quite content with my five MFT cameras. I don't pretend they take better pictures than a larger sensor, however. I am not so ignorant as to dismiss larger sensors as irrelevant or useless, merely because a minority of people can appreciate or need them.

Yes, some people might prefer to have the camera focus for them, even with off-brand lenses. These people might be happy to know that, besides A and E-mount, Canon EF lenses will auto-focus and communicate fully to the Sony bodies with the correct Metabones adapter. This is unlikely to be the case for our lovely Pentax FF lenses, because Pentax has never sold but a fraction of the big boys. But perhaps lobbying Metabones might help?

Yes, some people might wish to use lenses designed for a completely different camera system (Leica M for rangefinder) with absolutely no compromises. But... well, that would be gravy.

Yes, some of us might prefer IBIS. In fact this is the one important feature missing from this camera, though I don't think anyone has mentioned it!

Despite all possible limitations, the Sony A7 and A7R are going to find many takers, no doubt. I will be keeping an eye on this system as a less expensive way into architectural photography. There are many other applications!

Photographers look at what a system can do, and see if it matches their needs. Fanboys look at what a system cannot do and then roast it if it doesn't have the correct emblem on the housing. (Or explain away the deficiency, if it does.)

Many of the same Pentaxians who deride this system would be drooling if it had the name Pentax on it.

Pretty sad.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-12-2013, 03:52 PM  
New processor for Pentax K-3
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 214
Views: 55,500
I have time to kill so I'll reply to this bait post.



Actually, most of the lenses are darned cheap for the quality. Much better price-performance ratio than Pentax, to give one pertinent example. 14 / 45 is my daily combo. Quality at a complete bargain price. And the DOF is plenty thin for any practical use. Without optical compromise, since every MFT lens I have used looks just fine wide open. (Unlike, say, the Pentax 50/1.2 which I also use, but only wide open when I need a gimmick.)




The EM-1 is slightly larger, yes. But not the other models. They are far smaller than any DSLR. So now we have our choice of four body sizes with different controls and configuration options (grips etc.). Is more choice a bad thing?

On your other point, one would have to go to 135 for a significant improvement in sensor size. No such camera is anywhere near as full-featured and compact.



FUD.



Buy what you need. No compulsion to upgrade. The number of new models only means I got a complete bargain in older bodies.



I use a trigger and remote flash for any serious work. As does everyone else I imagine. Never found an on-board flash I liked.



I don't like the control placement on the EM5 and so didn't buy it. The E-P5 looks good to me, so I will buy it in a year. Choice: a good thing.

But I would never go back to an optical VF after the ease of use and fluid photographic control of an EVF. I have wonky eyes but the quality even in the previous generation screens looks good to me. I was as sceptical as the next guy. But honestly, DSLR viewfinders always sucked compared to film cameras. Good riddance.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-12-2013, 10:43 AM  
lens testers say quality drops above f11
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 9
Views: 1,499
It is sometimes better to have part of your image in focus and slightly less sharp, than it is to have that part fuzzy due to lost focus.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-12-2013, 10:42 AM  
neutral density filters
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 3
Views: 933
Nothing to add to Tuco's good practical advice but...

...maybe you just need a reflector?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-12-2013, 10:38 AM  
Nature Bees and bumblebees
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 2
Views: 409
Nice stuff! And with two cracking lenses!

(Though looking a bit underexposed.)
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 08-12-2013, 10:36 AM  
Going to maui. What to look for?
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 1
Views: 700
I'd take sun cream and an appetite for seafood! ;-)

Also: ND filters, perhaps.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-12-2013, 10:35 AM  
should I believe the score
Posted By rparmar
Replies: 23
Views: 1,747
Indeed, that is the main factor. I too like a longer focal length.

But in terms of optics I find the FA43 to have more dimensional imaging, less purple fringing (the FA77 is a monster for this), and more appealing sharpness. Not that these factors should trump the very practical matter of field of view.
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