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Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-28-2019, 07:49 AM  
K-70 Terrible video results.
Posted By reh321
Replies: 67
Views: 8,447
and 35mm film was originally developed for movies - "real photographers" used medium format or larger non-sproketed film - but I never got around to getting a Pentax film camera with movie capability.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-31-2016, 11:35 PM  
Landscape After Sunset
Posted By CherryForest
Replies: 9
Views: 703
Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) just after Sunset. Tahkuna Lighthouse and Memorial for Children of M/S Estonia (biggest ship accident in Baltic Sea in peace-time).
8 vertical frames in panorama.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 04-24-2016, 02:30 AM  
Wait for it,.....
Posted By PiDicus Rex
Replies: 0
Views: 1,221
So we screened two of the films I shot on Cion with Pentax SMC lenses today.

And there was a crew present to do the interviews,.... The 'live stream' coverage was done on an android tablet, so it's a bit blotchy.

Can you see what I snuck in to the foreground on the table?

Forum: Pentax K-70 06-08-2016, 10:50 PM  
Initial thoughts about the Pentax K-70
Posted By richandfleur
Replies: 63
Views: 10,980
Has real SR returned after going missing for all these years?
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 04-06-2016, 09:05 AM  
Video noob seeking help
Posted By PiDicus Rex
Replies: 20
Views: 1,805
Yeah, Nah, don't worry about overheating a Pentax while shooting video.
I've only recently seen what the Temp Warning symbol looks like, for the first time after owning the K-01 for three years.
It took being in direct sunlight on a 39deg Celcius day (IIRC, about 105 degrees F) for it to happen.
I've recorded bands for up to an hour in a hit, just hitting the button to start a new file every 19 minutes, and never saw the temp warning.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-04-2016, 01:42 PM  
K-1 Manual
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 161
Views: 22,099
In a surprising twist (!) I'm going to jump to kadajawi's defence here... He's a K-5 user (and a mostly happy one), but since that model was released, the subsequent Pentax models haven't fitted his specific requirements. I think I now realise that he's not criticising those models, or Ricoh, as widely as it originally seemed. He's just frustrated that his specific requirements aren't being met. Personally, I never expect all of my requirements to be met fully, and I'm happy to accept a compromise that does most of what I'd like really well - but kadajawi has very specific requirements and expectations which - sadly - I feel will be difficult to satisfy fully, right now, with Pentax or any other brand.
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-31-2016, 11:33 PM  
K-1 Manual
Posted By marq
Replies: 161
Views: 22,099
It seems like Pentaxians are starting to get polarized between the Stills camp and the Video camp.

I use both, have used various different cameras, and still continue to support Pentax because it has the, how shall we say, potential, no, actual capability of providing excellent results in both sectors, despite Ricoh saying they are not pushing for the best video featured camera. That is why you hear Pentaxian video enthusiasts comment on this subject, because they know the K-1 has, with a few upgrades, what it takes to be that perfect Hybrid DSLR. Mentioning in the manual that using an external microphone will facilitate shooting video without picking up camera noises is pretty much setting up a firmware update to enable mechanical SR in movie mode. There might however be a cost consideration in developing the software tweak to do this at the K-1s competetive (US) pricepoint.

So let me make a suggestion here. For those of us who really care about these particular pro video features, perhaps Ricoh could introduce them in a paid firmware update option. That way we get what we would need, and the fee would offset the development cost of enabling them, leaving normal bug fix updates to remain free for the stills users.

Please don't quarrel guys, you like stills, we like video too, we all love Pentax. And don't disrespect the engineers who have worked so hard to make this one of the finest cameras on the market today.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-12-2016, 10:00 AM  
Our Newest K3 Vide for GRAZIA Magazine
Posted By benjikan
Replies: 6
Views: 1,152
Actress Marie-Ange Casta sister of Laetitia Casta Shot for GRAZIA Magazine and all done with the K3 and Pentax DA* 200MM f/2.8 shot at 2.8

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-23-2016, 06:24 PM  
CP+ Interview Question Suggestions
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 127
Views: 13,853
I read the paragraph in the interview on the Special Site where the product manager describes talking to a user in Germany and having an Epiphany! about making the FF.

I would be interested to hear a natural conversation about their understanding of 'Pentaxian' - that group of users who stubbornly cling to the K-mount against all rational judgement - and those jumpers who nevertheless hedged their bets and held on the their FA Limiteds - Who do they think we are? Why do they think we do it? What is our role in the future? How do they build out the brand with us as the foundation?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-19-2016, 01:00 PM  
CP+ Interview Question Suggestions
Posted By marq
Replies: 127
Views: 13,853
The K-1 is the only FF DSLR with 5-axis image stabilisation, so it would make the ideal camera for hybrid photo & video professionals. Why then hasn't mechanical SR in movie mode been enabled, like it was in the K-5, and like it is in the Sony A7sII and the Olympus OM-D EM-1 and 5? Will it still be possible for you to unlock this feature upon launch time?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-19-2016, 09:33 PM  
CP+ Interview Question Suggestions
Posted By solar1
Replies: 127
Views: 13,853
Dear Pentax/Ricoh,

Q: What is it about a True RAW Histogram that makes it so difficult for camera makers to implement?
Photographers have been begging camera companies about this for some time. what can Pentax do to remedy this? This would really stir up the photographic community.

Q: Can Pentax make a second version of the K1 DSLR with very high quaility EVF and keep the K mount/mirror as is? A lot of shooters would like the terrific choice :-) EVF can add many other functions that can't be done otherwise.

Thank you very kindly and sincerely.

Forum: General Talk 11-13-2015, 10:39 AM  
VW what do you think
Posted By philbaum
Replies: 155
Views: 8,254
Okay, i'm a bit cynical about all this noise about VW's faux pas. And i'll tell you why. We're a 2 car family, my wife has a Honda Fit and i have the VW Jetta Sportwagon. The Fit has excellent mileage and can get 40mpg on the highway, maybe a bit less. Its an under 3000lb car. My VW jetta TDI (diesel) weighs about 3300 lbs, but gets even better mileage. When brand new, was getting 47 mpg on the highway, but lately with 16,000 miles on it, i'm getting 50mpg on it. My last car was a 1995 Chevy Van that, if lucky, got almost 20mpg on the road.

When i pull up to an American intersection, most of the cars are heavier and tower above mine. So if a government is worried about the production of greenhouse gases and global warming - which they absolutely should be, what enables the production of such large heavy vehicles that consume gas like there was no tomorrow. Well, fleet rules is the loophole. At least in the USA, car manufacturers are allowed to build monstrosity cars and trucks using loopholes that establish some mileage performance rule based on an entire fleet of cars. Not sure if trucks are excused entirely but it seems probable.

So sure, lets punish VW and all their small import vehicles that get such great mileage, and lets go on and produce all these luxury vehicles and huge trucks that waddle down the road with single occupancy and no-loads - that can hardly pass a gas station without stopping.

I understand the need for heavy farm vehicles and folks that need load carrying vehicles as part of income producing job, but really, the number of heavy vehicles today seems far out of whack with the practical needs of society. What an absolute waste of petroleum, and one of these days we will pay the price. Well we are now, we always have gotten a ton of rain in the Pacific Northwest and this year, almost nothing in rain all year until the last month or so. Scary weather shifts are happening out there but still the oil industry is saying "not to worry - global warming doesn't exist". Yeah, right :-( And the inconvenience of our weather is a minor problem compared to the storms experienced in the midwest and the east coast. And California with its 6 year drought.
Forum: General Talk 11-10-2015, 10:08 AM  
VW what do you think
Posted By Rupert
Replies: 155
Views: 8,254
Yep, it happens!:( But.....the fines here for no insurance start at $500. and they most often impound your vehicle. Not a value minded decision for most people!

Inspections here are yearly and easy enough to pass if you keep your vehicle in decent condition. I keep all my vehicles in good condition, but recently an inspection caught me off guard. My tires looked fine, deep tread and little wear. They told me they failed and took me over to show me why. I had just driven through some white chalky dirt and it brought out the huge cracks in between the tread. All four tires...and I had just driven on the Interstate for a few hours a few day earlier at highway speeds. Fortunately, the weather was not too hot so they held.......

Sometimes they catch a bad light or a worn wiper, all for the good. Brakes are checked too.....all in all it does make some difference in the overall safety of travel.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-01-2015, 07:46 PM  
Why are you shooting with a Pentax?
Posted By y0chang
Replies: 129
Views: 11,667
I bought pentax because i always felt canikon purposely removed features on their bodies. I always felt the canikon engineers were beholden to the bean counters. I felt that pentax engineers had limitations but they did their best to give you the best camera they could because they love photography and wanted you to love photography too.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 09-20-2015, 05:36 PM  
First attempt at DSLR video (K50)
Posted By PiDicus Rex
Replies: 29
Views: 2,954
He He He,.... I got accepted in to Aja's #TryCion program, have the Cion camera till the 30th, and shooting on my SMC Primes, thanks to getting out in the shed with Dad and whipping up an adapter plate,... Image quality is everything with the Cion, as it is with all cameras at that price point - you can't use any sort of hard mounted microphone, as it picks up every sound from the body, including the continual buzz of the sensor / processor fan.
In the rare occasion that cameras in this price range have an onboard mic, the manufacturers just put a note in the instructions to say it's there for convenience, and not for sound quality.

Oh/And,... classic Pentax glass looks amazing in 4K video.
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-19-2015, 07:35 PM  
K3 HDR for Real Estate
Posted By wombat2go
Replies: 21
Views: 3,670
Hi Pete,
Here it looks like the gamma (mid level contrast) is quite a lot wrong.
For example the brickwork on the first photo, and the shadows above the chair on the second.
On the second image, our eyes don't see downlight reflections like those at top of archway ??
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-18-2015, 02:51 PM  
What could be 'different' about Pentax FF?
Posted By neostyles
Replies: 863
Views: 77,329
What about batteries? Pentax could innovate here? In addition to the standard size battaries about extra big battaries for the grip that say offer twice as much power?? It would add to the weight sure but for those shooting a time lapse or something it would really help out. What about weather sealed batteries? Seems kinda minor sure but if someone is out in the field and its raining they can do their battary switch out in the open. What about a metering mode where you could go in and tell the camera meter for this specific part of the scene? Would help pros get the shot and there hasnt been much innovation here imo. For over a decade its been the choice of rhe same 3. metering modes. The iphone came out in 2007 and it lets you just expose for a certain part of the scene just by tapping the screen. There could be a new shadow/highlight metering mode where it lets you adjust the balance of highlights and shadows that it exposes for. just an idea.

EDIT: even better allow us to charge via usb. There are a ton of high capacity usb power banks for people to choose from.
Forum: General Talk 09-15-2015, 07:51 PM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By wtlwdwgn
Replies: 2,096
Views: 130,409
Back in Wiesbaden a fellow airman bought a Allard chassis, installed a Buick V-8, and covered it in an old split window VW body. The Merc drivers went nuts when that little bug came up behind them and flashed its lights! :D :D :D
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-21-2015, 01:41 AM  
K-5 firmware suggestion
Posted By dragunr1
Replies: 12
Views: 2,104
Because to me the double function selection - af point selection and drive/flash/wb/profiles is annoying. Because I'd like to be able to switch back to af selection without removing my eye from the visor, without having to press ok for 3/4 of a second or so, without having to remember, after choosing a wb, to press ok 3/4 of a second just to make sure I'm in af selection mode again. It's not fluid enough. I've had a Sony a700 and a Canon 40d and the separate joystick for af selection was, on both, a very useful tool. If the k5 doesn't have one, why not solve it through firmware? Like Nikon d7000 or so? Like the ks-2? It's not like it would hurt the firmware... I've always gone for a newer version of the firmware - except for a Panasonic g1, where I could not agree with their decision of supporting only original batteries. And I can honestly say that on the Sony the improvements were important.

So, the answer is why not? Why not improve my camera through firmware, in a way that makes my shooting more fluent? They've made it for another of their cameras, so it's possible. The "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" rule of thumb has no place here, only in your decision not to adopt a such newer firmware version (that will never come out, for sure).
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-01-2015, 09:41 AM  
Pentax in the Movies
Posted By Not a Number
Replies: 357
Views: 105,417
Possible spoiler alert! If you have not seen the Season 10 "Columbo" episode "Death Wins the Jackpot" do not read on!

With the Columbo series - most of the time we witness the murder - so we usually know who the murderer is - we don't always know exactly who was killed or how it was done. The joy of this series is watch Peter Falk as Columbo - discover and follow clues that tell him that a murder was committed, who and how it was done. It is also entertaining to watch the perpetrators match wits with Columbo and try to throw him off the trail.

The victim is the only winner in the Calfornia Lottery jackpot of $30.5 million by correctly picking all 5 numbers. A problem is that he and his wife are getting divorced which is not yet final. He doesn't want to split the money with his wife. He goes to his favorite rich upscale jewellery store owning uncle who proposes to pretend he (the uncle) is the winning ticket holder and after the divorce was final give the winnings to his "favorite" nephew for a percentage. We learned earlier however the "rich" uncle is facing bankruptcy. When the uncle learns the whereabouts of the letter of agreement over the deal, the uncle drowns his nephew in a bathtub staging it to look like a slip and fall accident. The uncle had arranged a costume party as his alibi, setting his nephew's watch ahead so it would appear that the uncle was at the party at the time of death. Columbo has to establish the death was not accidental and then who had motive, means and opportunity for the murder.

The winning lotto numbers are 4-5-8-11-16.
Forum: General Talk 08-02-2015, 11:13 PM  
UH, OH, Don't Like This. No Thanks Microsoft!!!!
Posted By PDL
Replies: 61
Views: 4,713
So you quote a site that is run by the Kremlin and the authors name is OllieGarkey? Really? I mean REALLY? - just what other FUD sites do you follow? Any black helicopters flying around your "perimeter"?

Most of the Microsoft "spying" that you allude to was during the Windows 10 beta process. The more intrusive stuff is easily turned off and by the way, you don't suspect Apple, Google, Twitter, Facebook, Flicker etc. are not doing the same thing? You should read their EUA's a bit more closely.

The Elitist - formerly known as PDL
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-24-2015, 08:54 AM  
Sony BSI APS-C Sensors
Posted By reduno
Replies: 47
Views: 8,605
Yes, you are correct. Sony does have the capability but the camera is not cheap. It is certainly doable but not as simple as placing two chips next to each other. The killer to high bandwidth is usually the capacitance of the connecting traces, which is why modern logic chips are running with lower and lower supply voltages (so they don't need to switch as much charge).

To achieve a longer connection requires the use of a controlled impedance line, with matched driver and receiver terminations (similar to the distribution of cable TV signals on a smaller scale). These could be built into the chips and the flex circuit designed to match the impedance. Every connection (solder joint) then becomes a potential miss-match in the transmission line that can degrade the signal.

It is certainly not insurmountable but requires careful design and potentially special chip designs.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 07-12-2015, 11:34 AM  
a cheap ff is what pentax should do
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 218
Views: 16,245
What I meant by 'do for them what they did for Canon' is just what you are suggesting they hire away engineers to do (which might not be as easy as it sounds what with NDA's and 'Garden Period' Agreements) - but on a licensed basis. Anything necessary such as NDA's and the like could certainly be stated in the 'For Hire' contract.
Forum: General Talk 07-09-2015, 03:45 AM  
Your vehicle: what do you have, why do you like it, and what do you not like?
Posted By hoopsontoast
Replies: 2,096
Views: 130,409
My daily, a 1993 Toyota Celica ST182.

Its a standard 2.0L Twin Cam ST182 (UK/euro model) but with the ST185 Bonnet and aftermarket alloys both fitted by the previous owner. I believe it also has the Japanese/import spec front bumper and fog lights.

Celica B&W by Robert Seymour, on Flickr

What I like:
- Quite practical for a 2-door coupe, big boot and fold down rear seats.
- Good mix of speed/overtaking ability and MPG (UK) ~32mpg average and more recently around 35mpg
- Reliable (so far) - all the electrics still work and feels good considering its ~20yrs old and 100k miles+
- Great value
- Excellent PAS, great feel and relatively heavy compared to modern cars.
- Nice size, feels smaller than it looks, when driving.
- You can fit two adults in the back, just.
- Pop up Headlights
- Sounds great at full pelt, even with stock exhaust.
- Happily does my ~40mile round commute every day sitting in traffic, open roads etc
- Cloth seats with very good back/bolster support and nice driver focused interior layout

What I don't like
- Not much at all.
- Could be more comfortable over rough roads but its still pretty good for a sporty car, especially for its age.
- Torque Steer, ~160bph in a front wheel car from the '90s is never going to be that great, only really noticeable in low gears and accelerating hard.
- Could have a bit more torque, being a N/A twin-cam all the power is up the top end.
- Gets very hot inside the cabin in the sun, like a greenhouse and right now the air-con is not working.

Previous car history was a mix of classic Triumphs (Dolomite Sprint, 1850HL, TR7 and Acclaim) then a Rover 100 (Metro) so the Celica feels light years ahead!
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 06-26-2015, 06:26 PM  
a cheap ff is what pentax should do
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 218
Views: 16,245
And I called 'LX D' for the FF name a long time ago:)

Yep, and it was used as a student camera for two reasons: it was cheap and almost indestructible. And is fondly remembered by many. But it was not used because of a lack of features, it was used because students could not break it and it was cheap. And it could be cheap only beacuse of a lack of features. Mythologizing it is fine, it was a wonderful first photographic experience for many but it was still just a cheap, solid camera that was made in such a huge quantity that parts and service were easily available and schools could buy them in job lots.
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