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Forum: Pentax K-3 04-08-2015, 04:08 AM  
Is K3 AF more accurate than K5II
Posted By twitch
Replies: 28
Views: 3,065
This was exactly my experience too. Terrible accuracy from the K-3 with seemingly daily changes required in AF adjustment amounts. No such problem with my K-5.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-18-2015, 02:59 PM  
Final thoughts (promise!) about portrait lens.
Posted By twitch
Replies: 29
Views: 1,813
I recommended a combo of 77 & 60-250 because they have exceptional IQ, are clearly differentiated in speed and purpose, and with very complementary shooting envelops. The 50-135 and 70 are too similar and the 70 is too slow for a prime of that length.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-17-2015, 05:35 PM  
Final thoughts (promise!) about portrait lens.
Posted By twitch
Replies: 29
Views: 1,813
After owning both those lenses, I would buy the FA77 instead and latter get the DA*60-250 if you needed a zoom.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-15-2015, 11:42 AM  
K3 AF Micro Adjustment Problems
Posted By twitch
Replies: 23
Views: 4,842
My k-3 had the same behavior you describe. Drove me crazy, none of my lenses would focus consistantly. I sent it back to Pentax to fix under warranty but they simply returned it and told me it was "within spec". This is why I'm shooting with a K-5 now, hope you have better luck than me.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-14-2015, 10:23 PM  
Is it just me?
Posted By twitch
Replies: 31
Views: 2,934
Your k-3 dimensions aren't right. It's not a lot bigger or heavier, but it was enough to be noticeable in the hand to me.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-13-2015, 02:24 PM  
Is a K-3 with a full frame sensor enough for you?
Posted By twitch
Replies: 58
Views: 5,093
I want a flippy screen, wifi and a FF sensor.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-11-2015, 03:48 PM  
K3 or Fuji X-T1 for a better shooting experience for me?
Posted By twitch
Replies: 33
Views: 5,991
We have similair priorities I think.

I would look at the new Pentax K-S2 which is small and has good AF and obviously fits your existing glass. Otherwise I think the X-T1 is a good choice, but their lenses are at least as big as pentax limiteds and get ready to shell out a lot of money.

The other interesting camera for you would be the Samsung NX500; good video, small body, APSC, and reasonably priced lenses albeit limited options.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-11-2015, 03:19 PM  
K3 or Fuji X-T1 for a better shooting experience for me?
Posted By twitch
Replies: 33
Views: 5,991
You need to figure out, or share with us:
1) what IQ is acceptable to you, m4/3, APSC or FF?
2) how important is weight? Do smaller cameras or mirrorless hold a great appeal due to their size?
3) how important is video?

I think that will help narrow the options.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-11-2015, 03:13 PM  
Is the DFA 150-450mm lens overpriced or unappealing in your opinion?
Posted By twitch
Replies: 283
Views: 19,416
The Canon 100-400mm V2, and the Nikon 80-400 V2 both have extremely fast AF. Combined with their capable bodies and top notch optics, they made formidable outdoor sports lenses. The question is whether the Pentax combination will match it in Optical AND AF speed. They are certainly asking top dollar. When you pitch your product price-wise against the big boys then you'd better be at least as good.


The problem for the Pentax 150-450 / full frame combination is not only competition from the Canon/Nikon FF's, it's from their own amazingly capable DA*60-250. The 60-250 is astonishingly sharp, it's possibly the best zoom lens ever made by Pentax. I have a K-5c and DA*60-250, so to get an improvement from this combination I would have to go FF and spend over $5,000 AUD (Pentax FF body plus the 150-450), which is not something I'm prepared to do, not this week anyway ;)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-11-2015, 03:36 AM  
Post your Sony RX100 Pictures Here
Posted By twitch
Replies: 405
Views: 62,402
Even after 2 1/2 years, my Mk1 is still my favourite travel camera















Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-11-2015, 01:51 AM  
Telephoto lens help
Posted By twitch
Replies: 20
Views: 1,540
The Pentax 55-300 would probably be your best bet, as a kit it is usually not much more expensive over a 50-200 but the quality and reach improvement is worth it for most people.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-10-2015, 10:38 PM  
So I have 2 kids in high school
Posted By twitch
Replies: 16
Views: 1,445
If you are happy with your K-3 then I'd sell your K-5 while it's still worth something.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-09-2015, 07:22 PM  
Pentax K-S2, SMC/HD 18-50mm, WG-5 GPS, AF201FG Announced
Posted By twitch
Replies: 78
Views: 9,150
I like the K-S2 more than a K-3. Lighter weight, WiFi and swivel screen are big advantages.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-08-2015, 10:59 PM  
Fujifilm X-T1
Posted By twitch
Replies: 14
Views: 1,751
I'm with Tuco, that fuji has the same strengths and weaknesses as a Pentax, so although it looks nice on the surface it's not a good companion system for pentax shooters. AF and video sucks on both :(
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-07-2015, 09:59 PM  
best FF mid-range zoom?
Posted By twitch
Replies: 49
Views: 3,033
Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 HSM and the FA*28-70 2.8 would be the best normal zooms, closely followed by the Tamron 28-75.

None of them are as good as the pro Canon or Nikon normal zooms though. I'd expect Pentax to release a DFA 24-70 f/2.8 in the next 12 to 18 months, expect it to cost $2,000 or so.
Forum: Photo Critique 02-05-2015, 10:34 PM  
People I believe I finally got it...
Posted By twitch
Replies: 4
Views: 671
I like #4 a lot, it's a photo journalist type image. I disagree with cropping though, that's what makes it interesting compared to #1 and #5 for instance.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-05-2015, 08:35 PM  
Is it just me?
Posted By twitch
Replies: 31
Views: 2,934
I jumped from a K-5 to a K-3. I found the AF of the K-3 drove me crazy; BF, FF, totally inconsistent, it was all over the place. I simply couldn't trust it and it let me down in a few important photo situations. It also was bigger and heavier in the hand than my K-5. Eventually I sold the K-3 and went back to the K-5... happy as a clam now. :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-05-2015, 05:50 PM  
Advice Wanted: Pentax 70mm f/2.4 or the SMCP-FA 77mm f/1.8 or ? for BEST PORTRAITS?
Posted By twitch
Replies: 85
Views: 8,433
I owned the DA70 and FA77 at the same time. The DA70 is very good but the FA77 is simply better in every way that matters. Better IQ, sharper, better bokeh, faster, has an aperture ring and is FF compatible.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-05-2015, 02:18 PM  
HD PENTAX-D FA ★ 70-200mm F2.8 at 5th February?
Posted By twitch
Replies: 1,414
Views: 164,658
Both will be internally focusing.

The 70-200 will also be internally zooming, but the 150-450 will protrude during zooming.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-04-2015, 06:07 PM  
HD PENTAX-D FA ★ 70-200mm F2.8 at 5th February?
Posted By twitch
Replies: 1,414
Views: 164,658
Better start doing those arm curls to cope with the new 70-200. The Pentax is 1.76kg without hood or collar, and a full 2kg with both :eek:

By comparison:
Canon: 1.49kg
Nikon: 1.54kg
Sony: 1.3kg
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-26-2014, 12:49 AM  
v1.10 firmware messed up my AF even more
Posted By twitch
Replies: 10
Views: 1,396
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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 03-20-2014, 02:19 AM  
Post your Sony RX100 Pictures Here
Posted By twitch
Replies: 405
Views: 62,402
Love this one, fantastic!!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-06-2014, 09:24 PM  
Hello from the other side of the world
Posted By twitch
Replies: 18
Views: 1,134
Hi and welcome. Pentax Australia were very quick in repairing my 50-135 SDM, it took them only about 1 week. Maybe I was just lucky but I was impressed!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-09-2014, 07:30 PM  
Post your Sony RX100 Pictures Here
Posted By twitch
Replies: 405
Views: 62,402
Great shots and love your post processing
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-09-2014, 07:30 PM  
Post your Sony RX100 Pictures Here
Posted By twitch
Replies: 405
Views: 62,402
Really nice shots, and great use of the bounce flash.
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