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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-17-2019, 01:28 AM  
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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-01-2019, 03:20 AM  
My Report from CP+ 2019
Posted By JPT
Replies: 233
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This year I was able to go to CP+ on the Friday rather than the Saturday. I was hoping that a weekday would make it easier to get around and see things. It was, but still got busy after midday. The nature of the crowd is a bit different on the Friday. There seemed to be more pros, industry people and elderly people. On the other hand there were fewer couples and casual visitors in general. I guess it is what you would expect of a weekday.

The Ricoh Imaging Booth
The Ricoh booth was the same size and position as the previous year, but the layout was different. The space was divided into three zones with the GR at the front, Theta in the middle and Pentax at the back. There stage area and a small gallery behind it. Overall there was quite a lot to see. Youve probably seen the revised roadmaps and 85mm mock-up already. The 85mm had a black plastic disk where the glass should be, but a staff member told me this is normal procedure because they dont want people spying on the optical formula. The booth was busy the whole time I was there.

The first thing I did was to queue up for a bit and try out the GR III. As a user of the very first GR Digital model, Im very happy about the smaller dimensions than the GR II. Because it has more weight in it, it has a better feeling of solidity. There is still a huge amount of customisation available. The touch screen is very responsive, and I was pleased to find that you can use the screen one handed with your thumb without too much difficulty - no need to adjust your grip. One aspect I had not heard mentioned before was manual focus. I found this easier and more intuitive now, because the circular wheel around the D-pad can be used for this purpose. Its still a bit fiddly, but better than up/down buttons. Overall the GR III was every bit as good as Id hoped for and Im going to buy one.

KP Custom Model
So far the coverage of this seems completely to have missed the point. These two guys are proposing the idea of a kind of a sub-brand offering bespoke customisation. The KP they are showing is just an illustration of this idea. Theyve even made up a logo for the brand. They are experimenting with the kind of tweaks and tuning that car/bike enthusiasts do to soup up their machines. They realize these will never be mass produced as mainstream cameras, but they are trying to gauge interest. That KP in his hand has a cool replacement mount made of some shiny grey carbon material. It was quite interesting. They were very keen to speak English to me, and seemed to love the fact I was still using a K-01.

Theta Z1
While the whole booth was busy, this part seemed to be busiest, perhaps because it was so small. They had small explanatory presentations and some deconstructed Z1s. Its really impressive how they use prisms to package so small. The little OLED screen looks cool too. Id like to see one on a K-mount camera in future.

Pentax 100-year Anniversary
Given that most of the recent releases have been Ricoh products, Pentax was a bit overshadowed by the GR II and the Z1 this time, but they did have reasonable amount of space, with a counter to try out the new lenses. A number of the presentations focused on Pentax and the new lenses in particular. There was also promotion for Pentax 100. Between presentations they were showing was a nice video on the screen with people holding a selection of Pentax cameras over the years. The images changing timed to drum beats. It was bright and cheerful and I hope they make it available online soon. They said they are not planning a specific anniversary model. Their new models will be forward looking, not commemorative. For the celebrations, there will be events around the world in the months leading up to the actual date in November.

Other manufacturers
I looked round all the other manufacturers. The tone of their stands were much the same as previous years (bland corporate), and they are all pretty much the same as each other. Now that all the companies are primarily pushing mirrorless mounts, it feels like they are coming out with near-identical systems. The only thing that differentiates them is FPS, bitrates and so on. The galleries show that all of these cameras are capable of taking fantastic images to be displayed at any reasonable size. So what sets anyone apart now? It seems to me that Ricoh/Pentax is really the only company that is making cameras that feel different to use. As Pentaxians, I think its time to stop wishing that Pentax would emulate the other makers and appreciate Ricoh/Pentax for its own strengths.

From my own perspective it was quite a good CP+. Im totally positive about the changes to the GR III. Also a new standard zoom for APS-C is something I would potentially be very interested in, so I'm glad it was added to the roadmap. And most of all, I think both Ricoh and Pentax remain unique brands that I can happily associate with.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-18-2019, 01:54 PM  
.. I've gone and done it!
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 6
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I've had the wonderful K-5 IIs for number of years, gotten new in a great deal when the K-3 came out. Since I got them essentially at half price due to old-model closeouts, I already had the K-5 with the AA filter and added the IIs. I also already had the little K-r as my lightweight shooter, and after getting the IIs, eventually replaced the K-r with a new K-S2 in another great closeout deal. When a good price drop occurred, I finally bought the KP.

So my trio now is- 1. smallest: K-S2, 2. the most advanced compact: KP+battry grip, 3.Flagships with full-featured controls layout: K-5, K-5 IIs + battery grip. The KP is a wonderful camera with marvelous IQ, but the still excellent image quality, and control features, along with buffer depth, battery strength and battery options with the grip, make the K-5 IIs still an awesome camera, and one I turn to when its advantages are needed. I am gratified to find it is still so well-respected by others.
Forum: Photo Critique 01-15-2019, 01:27 AM  
Landscape Winter Gray
Posted By edri
Replies: 9
Views: 627

Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-17-2019, 09:13 PM  
Nature A heron eating
Posted By Joule1991
Replies: 2
Views: 281
This is a rufescent tiger heron, in Venezuela we call them "pjaro vaco"; it's incredible how some animal names vary between languages!
I took this picture in one of the parks of my city, while some birds roam freely, it isn't their natural environment. Still, I think it felt right at home! It was eating (whatever it is that it was eating) really close to two vultures that also candidly posed to my camera :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-14-2019, 08:29 PM  
.. I've gone and done it!
Posted By Rush2112
Replies: 6
Views: 1,494
I finally posted an article on my site about my all time favorite digital cameras. Only seven made it to the list, of hundreds (with one honorary mention). Pentax made it to the list, which is why I'm sharing with you guys!

Hope all is well guys, been a while since I posted!

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-17-2019, 02:08 PM  
Leaving Pentax
Posted By D4rknezz
Replies: 71
Views: 4,549
Some 8 years ago, after being told by one of the important member of a local PPO that upgrading my silly k5 would be the first thing i should do on my road to professional wedding photography, i bought a D800E. Later on, to marry that one decision with another, i also bought a Canon 5K Mark 2. So i've been shooting with those two cameras during my professional outings.

I bought a K1 just for the heck of it, but i didn't really use it much. As with any labour of love turning professional work, i am getting tired of my work. I was not getting better, i was not improving, the 2 systems i carry to my wedding jobs gives me tons of headache in post later. Nikon's images are easily the sharpest, but the raw was lifeless, flat, uninspiring. Canon's images are a bit more reddish, the primes i have for it gives great result....but it looks like every other wedding photographer's work out there.

Then i saw my old work - and realized i was better then. i was better when the photos were labour of love. When the camera was imperfect, but i was pushed to produce...*I* made pictures that was decidedly, mine, and not the camera. I dug out the K1, and now its my main camera in weddings. I wield Canon as my second camera. My assistant uses the Nikon. I don't have great lenses for the K1, but thats okay. I spent the money and got myself some great manual lenses. Yeap, old manual a wedding. With their imperfections, glare, colour cast, weird depth of field.

The result speaks for itself.
In every wedding, the Canon gets the most keeper, with images ready to go right after crop. The Nikon comes second with raw images needing teasing so that the colour is more warm, and the highlights and shadows more pronounced. The pentax? With its manual lenses and inability of the old lenses to trigger ttl wirelessly...i get quite a lot less keepers. But each of them I treasure - these are pictures that i feel, has more personality.

Soo...maybe see you later :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-02-2018, 11:32 AM  
Pentax birding
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 22
Views: 1,829
My long lens (and most used birding lens) is the Sigma 150-500. but I also use the Super Tak 200mm (bayonet)
IMGP2024 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

the smc PENTAX-FA MACRO 100mm F3.5
IMGP8981 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

and even a Rokinon 8mm fisheye

IMGP8491 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-01-2018, 06:45 AM  
Pentax birding
Posted By normhead
Replies: 22
Views: 1,829
You have a camera, you use the camera. It may not be the best camera for what you do sometimes, but most of us don't want to buy the best camera for what we do for everything we do.

My wild birds file 79 images, one image per bird. A sort of lifer collection.
Wild-Birds | Flickr

And if you really have some time.... 327 feeder creatures.
Feeder_Creatures | Flickr

A camera really doesn't care what you use it for.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-01-2018, 05:19 AM  
Pentax birding
Posted By photolady95
Replies: 22
Views: 1,829
My first bird in flight taken with a K100D. The Red-Tailed Hawk. And I have many more taken with my Pentax cameras, because that's mainly what i shoot, birds, big or small, it doesn't matter how big they are, their every one shot with a Pentax camera. So don't tell me you can't shoot birds with Pentax. The gentleman who's link is in the first post, has proved that beyond a doubt, and his excellent shots are amazing.

But don't sell the rest of short.

red tailed hawk by photolady1995, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-01-2018, 01:37 AM  
Pentax birding
Posted By kypfer
Replies: 22
Views: 1,829
Juvenile Peregrine Falcon and Marsh Harrier with my K-70 from a local bird hide just a couple of weeks ago.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-30-2018, 08:44 PM  
Pentax birding
Posted By gifthorse
Replies: 22
Views: 1,829
If only someone had warned me before I bought Pentax. I could have saved myself sooooo much disappointment!
Bald eagle by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP9706 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Costa's hummingbird by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP3708 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

Great horned owl by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP8866 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr

IMGP5760 by Miles Shaylor, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-30-2018, 06:20 PM  
Pentax birding
Posted By photolady95
Replies: 22
Views: 1,829
Or this one didn't know I was using a Pentax:

Adult non breeding Snowy Egret by photolady1995, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-30-2018, 10:28 AM  
Pentax birding
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 22
Views: 1,829
Some images from the photographer Svein Rune Djuve watched here:
Sparrowhawk by Svein Rune Djuve - Photo 232702399 / 500px

And not without a squirrel: Untitled by Svein Rune Djuve - Photo 35144176 / 500px :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-30-2018, 06:18 PM  
Pentax birding
Posted By jcsnyc
Replies: 22
Views: 1,829
I think we are okay as long as no one tells the birds!!!

This one was too young to know!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-01-2018, 12:17 PM  
Machinery Brad Wursten - stunt pilot
Posted By dwalt
Replies: 3
Views: 272
I saw Brad Wursten at a number of air shows in the past year so here are some shots...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-01-2018, 12:43 PM  
Misc Rabbit Rabbit 2018 November 1
Posted By Kelvin 5500
Replies: 3
Views: 233
Rabbit, rabbit! Bringing you good luck throughout November, 2018.

Here's Farmer Glenn Linsenbardt at The Las Vegas Farm holding Bunny So Big.



Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-01-2018, 12:49 PM  
Abstract Chicago Botanic Garden
Posted By Horse Puckies
Replies: 3
Views: 679
Mid week morning event in late fall on a cold day is how.
Forum: Pentax KP 03-20-2017, 08:01 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By bobmaxja
Replies: 1,105
Views: 116,719
It's include(3 grips) in North America.
Forum: Pentax KP 03-17-2017, 08:32 AM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By Mario150
Replies: 1,105
Views: 116,719
ISO 6400 handheld, DA 35mm wide open at f2.4,
Loving my new KP!!!
By the river by Mario-150, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-29-2018, 04:18 PM  
Abstract Chicago Botanic Garden
Posted By Horse Puckies
Replies: 3
Views: 679
Everyone should own this prime.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-19-2018, 01:27 AM  
Macro Very tiny
Posted By photolady95
Replies: 14
Views: 360
If I'd known what that was, I wouldn't have clicked on your photo link. ewww! I dislike spiders. This one looks too much like it wants to jump right out of the photo and land on me. :( LOL

Good catch though EM.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-26-2018, 08:37 AM  
People Pure Joy
Posted By ThomSirveaux
Replies: 9
Views: 309
On a recent trip to visit family in Oregon, I was able to capture this moment of pure joy from my daughter

Should I have bumped the aperture up a little higher?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-26-2018, 06:05 AM  
Architecture City hall on the new Ektachrome
Posted By jnd
Replies: 1
Views: 246
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-25-2018, 12:57 PM  
KP or K1 Mark II?
Posted By cport
Replies: 35
Views: 2,418
I would not buy any of them for shooting basketball - K-1 seems to be too slow, KP is not fast either but the buffer size seems to be too limiting. I would rather wait for K-3II successor ...

... and buy 50-135/2,8
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