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Forum: Pentax K-1 21 Hours Ago  
Automated focus stacking
Posted By rawr
Replies: 13
Views: 643
A good time to mention Andreas' WiFi Commander for Pentax, v1.5 of which introduces some new features which can be very useful for [focus/exposure etc] stacking automation:

WiFi Commander for PENTAX v 1.5 is online! Discover the new features! - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 4 Days Ago  
Sony A6400
Posted By rawr
Replies: 19
Views: 620
Seems to only do 3 shots/bracket. They could have done much better.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 5 Days Ago  
Sony A6400
Posted By rawr
Replies: 19
Views: 620
I wonder if Sony did anything about the over-heating problems that have been commonly reported with the A6300, and to a lesser extent with the A6500.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
WiFi Commander for PENTAX v 1.5 is online! Discover the new features!
Posted By rawr
Replies: 26
Views: 1,304
Great work Andrea on the new v1.5 features. Awesome to see focus/exposure stacking support !!

+1 for the jazzy piano music in the video.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-13-2019, 01:06 PM  
looking for opinion on which circular polarizer to get
Posted By rawr
Replies: 8
Views: 382
It does indeed, as this comprehensive three- part series of reviews by the folks at LensTip shows:

Polarizing filters test 2015 - Introduction - LensTip.com

+1 for step down rings. I have a 77mm CPL and batch of cheap step down rings that bring down as far as 49mm, if needed. Which reminds me - I need to get a 62mm step down ring for the DFA 28-105.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-13-2019, 01:09 AM  
Yongnuo Speedlite YN 460 II and Pentax KX, how to control flash wirelessly?
Posted By rawr
Replies: 25
Views: 965
Except, of course, for the YN 585ex flash, which does in fact support P-TTL.



http://www.hkyongnuo.com/e-detaily.php?ID=384
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-11-2019, 10:40 PM  
Yongnuo Speedlite YN 460 II and Pentax KX, how to control flash wirelessly?
Posted By rawr
Replies: 25
Views: 965
There are quite a few around nowadays, inc many a Metz or Pentax unit. And good Chinese ones like the Yongnuo YN585EX , Shanny SN600FGZ and Godox TT350P spring to mind, and seem to have many happy Pentax users. But it's hard to make recommendations without knowing your budget and priority feature requirements.

Off-camera P-TTL can be handled many ways, inc adding radio triggers like the Cactus v6 II or the Godox X-Pro P into your setup.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-11-2019, 04:31 PM  
Yongnuo Speedlite YN 460 II and Pentax KX, how to control flash wirelessly?
Posted By rawr
Replies: 25
Views: 965
JJC do also make a 3m version of the same cable, as do others. Pretty close to 10 ft.

But, as has been mentioned, any old wireless flash trigger/receiver pair which fit a standard ISO hot shoe should indeed work too with your manual flash.

Like these, which you can find all over the place online under various brands for about $20.

Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-11-2019, 02:04 PM  
Yongnuo Speedlite YN 460 II and Pentax KX, how to control flash wirelessly?
Posted By rawr
Replies: 25
Views: 965
The easiest solution is a hot shoe extension cable that does Pentax. Pentax makes one, but a clone like this JJC one works too:



TTL Off Camera Flash Cords maintains all on-camera functions (inc. TTL) for PENTAX Speedlite off-camera - JJC

Available on eBay and Amazon for about US$20.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-11-2019, 07:09 AM  
New product for Wireless Tethering for Pentax et al
Posted By rawr
Replies: 18
Views: 1,331
Nice device but US$339 is way too expensive.
Forum: General Talk 01-10-2019, 08:56 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By rawr
Replies: 15,158
Views: 1,013,610
Indeed. The wireless power concept is a nice move towards eliminating multiple plugs and cables and is already there to a limited extent, with some inductive phone chargers doing 15W wirelessly I see, (albeit not via WiFi). Next step: 240V 10 Amps over WiFi :) No need for wall-plugs or power-boards around the house anymore.
Forum: General Talk 01-10-2019, 06:47 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By rawr
Replies: 15,158
Views: 1,013,610
There is hope for simplification. WiFi has absorbed many a USB, Parallel port and even audio/video cable plug around home and office, not to mention many a network cable. Now it just needs to be able to transfer power ...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-10-2019, 06:22 PM  
FA 28-105 (Power Zoom version) fungus infested
Posted By rawr
Replies: 7
Views: 417
Not unthinkingly. Based on my [thankfully] limited experience of 'fungussed' lenses.

A Tokina 17mm f3.5 sitting on the shelf in front of me is a case in point. Some fungus traces on it's [tiny] rear element leaves a huge optical footprint on images, makes it unusable. But other lenses of mine with slight fungus could have a smashed UV filter on the front of them, let alone some fungus trails on the front element, and you'd hardly notice any impact on image quality. My guess is that in terms of image quality impact, much depends on the lens element size, shape, location in the optical path etc of the fungus or lens damage.
Forum: Homepage & Official Pentax News 01-10-2019, 03:58 PM  
Full Frame Coverage of DA Lenses
Posted By rawr
Replies: 11
Views: 466
The article would benefit from a link to Ricoh's K-1 'Laboratory' site, where they show images shot on the K-1 using all the current DA and FA Pentax lenses, and lots of older ones too:

PENTAX K-1 Laboratory | PENTAX K-1 Special site | RICOH IMAGING
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-10-2019, 02:55 PM  
Nippon Camera Ricoh/Pentax 2019 Interview
Posted By rawr
Replies: 800
Views: 33,311
Indeed. Any claims of focus accuracy being exclusively the issue here (vs motion blur/lens softness/UV filters used etc) would need to be supported by details of which focus points were active in the scene. Alongside which AF focusing area mode (Auto 33/ Zone Select 9/ Spot etc, in the case of a K-1) was being used. If the AF point(s) were sitting right on the target, then it would clearly be an AF accuracy fail.

But if the issue of 'AF accuracy' is understood as the ability of the AF to 'deduce' what the focus target should be in a scene, that may often be a different set of issues (and camera settings).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-10-2019, 02:24 PM  
New zoom 70-200 F4
Posted By rawr
Replies: 27
Views: 3,226
Is there a patent out for a Pentax 70-200 f4? That would be an early decider of whether it is an entirely Pentax lens, and a new design too.

A patent would need to be registered as I presume the optical design for such a new Pentax lens would be substantially different from the DFA 70-200 f2.8. It could not merely be a shrunken down DFA 70-200 f2.8. The optical design of, for example, the Nikon 70-200 f4 is clearly different from the Nikon 70-200 f2.8, ditto for the Canon f4 and f2.8 70-200's.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-09-2019, 10:26 PM  
ATTENTION MELBOURNE APS-C SHOOTERS: DFA* 50-135 cheap
Posted By rawr
Replies: 31
Views: 1,377
You mean this one? (I never realised JB had so many stores in Melb CBD).



Any other Pentax goodies on sale?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-09-2019, 09:47 PM  
FA 28-105 (Power Zoom version) fungus infested
Posted By rawr
Replies: 7
Views: 417
Very sad to see.

Is the fungus on the rear element? That's the critical part. Front element is easiest to clean up, and also less critical for image quality.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-09-2019, 02:26 PM  
Small cheap point and shoot cameras, is each iteration better?
Posted By rawr
Replies: 17
Views: 588
Very true, sadly. My RX-100 v1, which was quite expensive when new, crapped out recently, for no good reason - not even dust. Pity - it was a great little camera. Ideally I will be able to replace it with something equally as pocketable, but cheaper, more capable, and perhaps more robust.

In the meantime an A5000 I had floating around, with the tiny Sony 16-50 stabilized kit zoom attached, while not as compact, is doing an OK job as a replacement.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-13-2018, 03:39 PM  
Olympus OMD EM1X coming in January.
Posted By rawr
Replies: 115
Views: 7,122
Olympus already have a great performing sensor in their 20 MP flagship - works just as good as the APS-C 20 MP D500 and K-3, even at low-light.



I wonder if they will introduce a new sensor - or just concentrate on video and introducing 'pro' enhancements to the body.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-13-2018, 03:20 PM  
The Best Photo Editing Software
Posted By rawr
Replies: 41
Views: 1,921
By the same token, you can waste a lot of time 'playing the field', spending a lot of time and money developing superficial relationships that don't help you grow, and which offer you little when you need support.

I've been through a bit of that with photo editing software. Probably all I ever needed to do over the years was to get really proficient with Lightroom, which is very capable as both an editor and asset manager, and which I've had installed since at least v.3. But instead I've spent probably too much time and money over the years playing with other tools, chasing the perfect software - C1, DxO, Aftershot Pro, RT, the vendor software from Nikon, Pentax, Sony, you name it. It's been a distraction. To keep things simple and improve my productivity, I'm concentrating on Lightroom now.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 12-12-2018, 04:35 PM  
Sony squatting on Pentax.ca
Posted By rawr
Replies: 46
Views: 2,688
The pentax.ca operation seems rather amateurish. They need to run under their own IP address, if only to get a good SSL certificate, and not share an IP address with various other domains:



The Pentax.ca site sits within 72.38.71.232/29, which is assigned to:

CustName: SMMX Interactive
Address: 1594 Clark Blvd.
City: Milton
StateProv: ON
PostalCode: L9T-5Z5
Country: CA
RegDate: 2010-05-07
Updated: 2011-03-19

SMMX Interactive are probably the maintainers of the site for Pentax Canada.

Steven Rosic
SMMX Interactive
1594 Clark Blvd
L9T5Z5 Milton, Ontario
+1 905-829-9865
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-10-2018, 10:47 PM  
Ten Best cameras for professionals!
Posted By rawr
Replies: 7
Views: 915
If I was a professional real-estate photog in 2018, new cameras like the Matterports would probably get my vote over old-tech conventional cameras:
















You Tube



Forum: Photographic Technique 12-09-2018, 10:53 PM  
Anyone use an iPad as a larger Liveview for Focusing?
Posted By rawr
Replies: 7
Views: 485
Does it do HDMI out, or do you have to rely on WiFi and an app to see LiveView?

HDMI out is good for basic viewing/reviewing focus, and is low-tech and reliable.

While an iPad offers a nice large display, the biggest practical LiveView device display would probably be a set of DJI Goggles - they take HDMI input, and offer a display equivalent to a 216″ TV screen placed less than 10 feet away. :)
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-09-2018, 10:28 PM  
Two insignificant questions
Posted By rawr
Replies: 8
Views: 880
I do not think that type of customization can be done. It is possible to change the rotation direction of the front or rear e-dials, but not the rotation direction of the Settings dial. This inconsistency could easily be corrected in the firmware. Probably just an omission.
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