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Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
Need advice for a shoot
Posted By hcc
Replies: 13
Views: 402
What will you shoot? If t is a landscape, a tripod will do the trick. Set the aperture to f8, possibly set the ISO to a low value (800 or less). If you shot a moving target, you may need a flash, but the light intensity decay exponentially with distance from the flash. For portrait shooting, a flash is likely a good option.
My 5 cents.
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 2 Days Ago  
Pentax hd da21mm lens
Posted By hcc
Replies: 1
Views: 191
Great Shot. The DA Limited are well-liked by PF members. I have the DA15mm Ltd and I love it. A lot of members said good things of the DA21mm Ltd.
Thank you for sharing.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 2 Days Ago  
Stitching panoramas of 645Z images
Posted By hcc
Replies: 18
Views: 514
I used an older version of Panorama Maker and it required a lot (LOT) of memory. Nowadays I use Hugin and I can recommend it. It is a freeware: Hugin - Panorama photo stitcher.

Hope that it may help.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-06-2018, 03:21 AM  
K7 Night sky photography
Posted By hcc
Replies: 4
Views: 406
I have a K-7 and night photography is possible. As Mcgregni hinted, the battery might be suspicious. How many shots can you do normally How cold is it a night time? The battery life can be as much as 50% lower in cold temperatures.

BTW do you use Liveview or the OVF? Personally I use the OVF and always switch off the LCD screen to save battery.

Hope that these comments may help you....
Forum: General Photography 10-04-2018, 02:57 PM  
What rig to carry 2 APS-C DSLR's
Posted By hcc
Replies: 12
Views: 502
When I carry 2 camera bodies with me (ie on me), it is often to swap gear/lens quickly without swaping lenses. Less hazardous manipulation (lens swapping) and faster change of gear. So, I typically plan ahead: one body with one lens. Sometimes, I decide to mount a zoom lens on one body and a prime lens on the second body. Other times I may have one prime lens on each body. Again it needs some planning ahead but I value the IQ of primes and their lighter weight (especially when I carry two bodies and walk with them).

In a couple of recent trips, I used my K-7 with a fast prime (FA31 mm) and a zoom (DA10-17mm) on my K-3. This enables me to cover from 10 to 31 mm, well-suited to the tight environment and the need for wide lenses. In another trip, I mounted my VL58mm f1.4 on the K-7 and a DA18-270mm on the K-3. It worked very well for some outdoor shoots.

Hope that the comment may help.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-03-2018, 12:48 AM  
Good SD card
Posted By hcc
Replies: 17
Views: 744
+1. Fully support.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-24-2018, 11:52 PM  
Photokina 2018 Q&A - What would you ask Ricoh?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 307
Views: 11,013
+1. When is the next APS-C flagship due?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-21-2018, 09:37 AM  
Which 3rd party PK lenses you treasure the most?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 74
Views: 2,490
The Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4. Built like a tank, outstanding IQ, an exceptional lens.
The VL58mm is FF, MF, fast and very reliable.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-16-2018, 06:09 PM  
Irix 15mm or 10-17mm?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 19
Views: 609
You already received a lot of good advice. I will share another "take" of the question.

The DA 10-17 is AF, a zoom, wide-angle at 17 mm and fisheye at 10 mm. The Iris 15m mm is MF, prime, wide.You are comparing apples and oranges IMO.

An alternative worth to consider IMHO is the DA15mm Ltd. It is a winner on the K-3 and I read posts suggesting good results on the K-1. The lighter weight and the AF might make a difference....

My 5 cents....
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-09-2018, 02:53 PM  
Pentax Lens assistance - seeking a lens around 400mm
Posted By hcc
Replies: 14
Views: 474
An affordable option could be the DA55-300mm. It is not 400mm but it is very cheap and very well regarded.

I had another take: I bought a FA*300mm f4.5. And I use sometimes a TC for longer reach (600mm with TC 2x). I chose the FA*300mm over the DA*300 f4, for its lighter weight: it is easier to use handheld and it is a really nice lens IMHO.

My 5 cents on two alternatives to the 150-450mm lens.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-09-2018, 12:24 AM  
Thematic 58mm Lens
Posted By hcc
Replies: 18
Views: 643
Another 58mm is the Voigtlander Nokton 58,, f1.4. I love mine and I wrote short story:

FA31mm f1.8 vs VL Nokton 58mm f1.4 - PentaxForums.com

An outstanding lens IMHO and a true 58mm :).
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-07-2018, 07:11 PM  
Help! Advice on Super Wide Angle Lens for K-30
Posted By hcc
Replies: 15
Views: 445
DA15mm Ltd. For landscape, it is genuine outstanding.

An interesting lens is the DA10-17mm: fisheye at 10 mm, wide at 17mm.


I have both, and I have uses for both. But the DA15mm is simply the most outstanding and most used.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-07-2018, 03:14 PM  
Portrait, now, which lens?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 34
Views: 1,306
FA7mm f1.8 Ltd.

No argument. The coulour rendering of portrait is outstanding.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-06-2018, 09:29 PM  
Stealthy street portrait lens
Posted By hcc
Replies: 36
Views: 1,382
The smallest lens physically: DA40mm xs

DA15mm for a small nifty wide lens for street shooting.

My 5 cents..
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-01-2018, 02:01 AM  
BRAND NEW A 50mm f1.2!
Posted By hcc
Replies: 33
Views: 2,068
Agree wtih previous posts. Too pricy and nearly 3 times the market value IMHO.
Forum: General Photography 08-01-2018, 10:06 PM  
Introductory Camera Suggestions
Posted By hcc
Replies: 24
Views: 780
Why not an used in good condition K-01? The boxy shape, large display screen could be good, while the sensor IQ is still competitive (same sensor as K-5).


My wife wanted a 'good' camera and I bought her a K-01. She is happy with the Iq, even is she is not using all the time, I added a neoprene Cover (from optech) to giver her confidence in carrying the camera.

My 5 cents.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-23-2018, 05:32 PM  
Right Time to Upgrade?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 27
Views: 1,285
I will comment from my own perspective as a K-3 user awaiting to upgrade.

The step from a K-3ii to K-1/K-1ii is a major move, from APS-C to FF. This will change of lot of things because your images will not be cropped anymore. Further you have only 2 FF lenses, and will need to invest in FF lenses.

There is no doubt that the K-1 is great value for a FF camera. But APS-C is there to stay and there will be a K-3iii or equivalent next year.

It is not a simple decision and I hope that the comment may help.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-23-2018, 03:14 PM  
Best of 2016 Fort Lalatte on a frosty morning
Posted By hcc
Replies: 5
Views: 469
Yes, it was very frosty... and beautiful. The frost wa most unusual as the Fort Lalatte is surrounded by seawater, namely the English Channel, which remains relatively warm in winter (warmer than the air temperature).

Thank you for commenting.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-22-2018, 06:32 PM  
Hello looking for some Pentax DSLR advice
Posted By hcc
Replies: 28
Views: 1,037
The K-3 is a more sturdy body. 16,000 actuations are nothing IMO. The lens are different, with the Sigma 17-50mm being a higher grade lens than the DA18-55mm. But lenses can always be purchased later.

I would go for the K-3.My 5 cents.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-21-2018, 01:28 PM  
K3II AF Question
Posted By hcc
Replies: 16
Views: 1,055
+1. The AF will be crap if the AF assist lamp is masked by your hand or something else.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-20-2018, 12:36 AM  
Lens update
Posted By hcc
Replies: 39
Views: 1,913
I had a DA18-250mm that I replaced by a DA18-270mm. I am a prime lens shooter mostly, but I value highly the convenience of the DA18-2XX mm. I have also a DA18-135mm, mostly because of its WR feature.


The DA18-270mm is, like the DA18-250mm, the perfect all-around lens in my opinion. It is small, compact, relatively light weight and very versatile. I loved my DA18-250mm and I love my DA18-270mm. I considered alternatives like the Sigma 18-250mm and Sigma 18-300mm. In each case, the weight and size was an issue for me. I often bushwalk with my camera and lens, and I want something light to carry. In addiition, the Sigma 18-300mm was pricier than the DA18-270mm at the time of my purchase.


If I compare side-by-side the DA18-250mm and DA18-270mm, I am very impressed by the AF of the DA18-270mm, its speed, reasonable accuracy and it is almost silent. IMHO, the AF is a major improvement over the DA18-250mm.

Similarly I have the DA18-135mm. Both my wife and I use love the DA18-135mm. But the DA18-270mm is more versatile in my opinion.

In summary, I would rate this lens as an excellent all-around zoom lens. My main criticism is the lack of WR. Off course the IQ of DA18-270mm is well below that of most prime lenses. But that is not the point because one should compare apples and apples, and oranges and oranges.

Hope that the comment will help.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-15-2018, 05:34 PM  
The one lens that you just ended up never getting
Posted By hcc
Replies: 107
Views: 4,569
My one lens dream is the Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 180mm f/4 SL with Pentax K-mount. LBA, LBA, LBA...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-10-2018, 10:37 PM  
Poll: You have 2 lenses, primes or zooms?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 80
Views: 3,238
One of each. My first-purchased lens was the DA18-250mm and my second-purchased lens was the Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4:one zoom AF and one prime MF.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-09-2018, 01:47 PM  
Fast 50 delimma, old school f1.2 versus DA f1.4
Posted By hcc
Replies: 46
Views: 1,937
You already received good advice. Let me share a different perspective since AF is not your priority.

I have three fast 50s: Pentax FA50mm f1.7, Pentax A50mm f1.2 and Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4. Of these, I rarely use the FA50mm f1.7, because the other two have much better IQ. The A50mm f1.2 is an excellent lens, but the VL50mm f1.4 is my preferred one. The VL 58 mm f1.4 is a metallic lens, built like a tank, with great IQ and outstanding results. It is an amazing lens, particularly in poor lighting conditions. Not just low light, but also smoke, fogg, smogg.... I shared a few experiences at:

FA31mm f1.8 vs VL Nokton 58mm f1.4 - PentaxForums.com

I rate my copy of the VL58mm f1.4 as being very very close to the FA31mm Ltd and FA77mm Ltd lenses in terms of IQ. The VL58mm is my most used prime lens when I travel, because it can cope with many different conditions: not just light conditions, but also weather conditions. The lens is not officially WR, but is is built like and perform like a WR lens IMO. If i have to take one prime (only) for a trip, it will be the VL58mm f1.4.

I can highly recommend the VL58mm f1.4 if you want great rendering and fast lens at 50mm.
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-05-2018, 03:43 PM  
In camera v on lens stabilisation
Posted By hcc
Replies: 9
Views: 1,002
A few years ago, slrgear.com tested in-camera versus in-lens stabilisation, with an Olympus E520. The systematic tests were very interesting in my opinion, and the main conclusion was: there is not much differences between the two.


Personally, I prefer in-camera stabilisation, because most lenses with image stabilisation are heavy. And I like small light-weight lenses, especially when I carry my camera system during bushwalking.

My 5 cents.
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