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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-30-2018, 11:25 PM  
New 645z in 2018?
Posted By larkis
Replies: 83
Views: 12,902
I have both the 645D and the 645Z as well as the Sony a7R and a7R III and I still can do more with the files and trust the pentax systems over the sony's. Unfortunately the lenses besides a few are from another era and diminish the systems quality potential. A modern zoom (200 or 300), a 85mm or similar for portraits (the 150mm is to vintage now) and a higher end version of the 55m would be good. If they do come up with a 100mp crop sensor most of the current lenses won't hold up at all.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-21-2016, 02:16 PM  
Any way to get stepped/faster scrolling in 16x live view ?
Posted By larkis
Replies: 2
Views: 645
I'm not sure if there is a secret button combination to do this, but I would like to have to ability to move around the live view faster by scrolling every 8 pixels (or more). Right now scrolling around the frame is painfully slow, especially with manual focus lenses that disable the little white auto focus box. I'm sure this would be doable via a firmware update. In most scenarios I want to check focus 35% above the centre of frame, or below the centre of frame, and then quickly venture close to the bottom to confirm what edges of frame are doing.

Also, this is wishful thinking but I hope this will be doable one day on a future camera model: Split screen live view. Imagine the live view having a preset ability that would allow a 4 way split screen of a few regions of the frame. In situations where a good average of focus needs to be achieved, this would be a handy feature indeed.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-21-2016, 10:02 AM  
Fuji mirrorless medium format.
Posted By larkis
Replies: 152
Views: 12,549
Pentax still has a great product despite being super conservative as a company with some of the most garbage marketing tactics in the industry. The lenses all need to be brought up to a modern spec for sure. The new 35mm, the 90mm the 28-45mm are the benchmarks to hit at the minimum.
At the end of the day the form factor of the camera is great for shooting but horrible for lugging around if someone is doing landscape far away from a car. Something like the new Fuji can be taken into the back country for a week or more with room in the backpack for food and clothing and camping gear. For the type of shooting that I do, this is a game changer (as long as the batteries can go far). Despite all this, mirrorless cameras are not automatically better for everything than heavy SLR's, but they are better at some key things that can potentially appeal to many.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-22-2016, 12:31 PM  
New Hassie Medium Format announced where next for Pentax 645Z and successor
Posted By larkis
Replies: 49
Views: 5,854
You can take this camera high up to the mountains and still have some room in your backpack for food and gear. If you take the 645Z it's pretty much all you have in the backpack. I hope the hassy is weather sealed to the same level as the pentax. My luck with mirrorless cameras in rougher conditions has not been good.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-22-2016, 12:25 PM  
New camera profile for the 645z
Posted By larkis
Replies: 25
Views: 5,572
I see better color separation in some of my files. This could be to the saturation boost in some colors which makes things like dense foliage seem more alive. I still like some of the profiles from huelight and the ones Anders built. It seems that every profile has it's strengths and weaknesses.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-05-2016, 08:00 AM  
New camera profile for the 645z
Posted By larkis
Replies: 25
Views: 5,572
If there is anyone in the Toronto area that has a good setup to do this (the the proper test charts) I can bring both the 645D and 645Z to shoot the charts that Anders could use for (hopefully) creating a dual illuminant profile for the community.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-29-2016, 01:19 PM  
Check the pentax website new pics!
Posted By larkis
Replies: 96
Views: 9,514
One could assume that young people don't want anything like a pentax. A phone camera and a few filters that make the image look "retro" seems to be sufficient for most. The people who actually want to get into more serious photography could be reached via online video and articles. Good content is good content no matter what the delivery medium is.

Maybe pentax can pay the next teen idol to swing on a big pentax camera instead of a wrecking ball :)
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-29-2016, 07:21 AM  
Check the pentax website new pics!
Posted By larkis
Replies: 96
Views: 9,514
I have been saying this for a while about pentax. They know how to build cameras but don't seem to know how to hype them up. Pentax marketing seems to be a total disaster, both in North America and Japan. There must be some talented photographers out there that use pentax and could be used in the marketing materials. I wonder if it simply has to do with the taste of the management (or lack thereof) in terms of what kind of images are picked for the samples.

There is a 3D modelling software company which should remain unmentioned I used to be a demo artist for. The management would publish yearly magazines with the best work of it's users and pick the worst of the images for the cover. Everyone in the user community would cringe at the bad choices being made, almost if the people writing the software did not have a clue what a good 3d rendering looked like despite a bunch of them being done with their own software. It was a very baffling situation that I can see Pentax in as well.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-13-2016, 07:04 AM  
Do you fear being robbed?
Posted By larkis
Replies: 143
Views: 7,794
Good essay on some of the stuff being talked about here: The riddle of the gun
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-12-2016, 05:17 PM  
Do you fear being robbed?
Posted By larkis
Replies: 143
Views: 7,794
There is also this interesting piece of literature along the same vein: http://www.amazon.com/Street-Sword-Practical-Blade-Self-Defense/dp/1581605986
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-30-2015, 08:53 AM  
Ricoh Backlogged again with 35mm HD
Posted By larkis
Replies: 28
Views: 2,882
I got to Japan a day ago and they only had 1 of those lenses in stock at Yodobashi Camera (zero now, since I have purchased it). I can see how it could be back ordered in many other locations as well. Hopefully it's a fine performer with the new coating and all. I should be able to post some images from it after I get back to Canada.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 12-12-2015, 08:21 PM  
645Z firmware wishlist
Posted By larkis
Replies: 24
Views: 2,178
I would like them to add the ability to navigate live view faster when it's at 16x zoom. Scrolling around the image is slow, how about putting larger steps on one of the scroll wheels or some toggle ? Would be nice to be able to check the centre, corner and bottom of the frame with minimal scroll time.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-13-2015, 06:13 PM  
Two Iceland 645z test prints
Posted By larkis
Replies: 24
Views: 2,872
Yes, it's better to see some nice crisp grain up close than a mushy region without any real detail. Prints from well scanned 4x5 film demonstrate this quite well.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-13-2015, 03:27 PM  
Two Iceland 645z test prints
Posted By larkis
Replies: 24
Views: 2,872
This is hard question to answer. I think it depends on the viewing distance, how picky you are, and how sharp the lens is at resolving micro texture. The subject definitely matters. For me, 30x40 is the limit for this type of image, I can print 50x60 if it's architecture or something with a lot of smooth tonal transitions but little texture (smooth clouds, water, etc). I also like if the image holds up relatively close, about 8 inches away from my eyes. If the lens resolves real detail at 100% zoom, large prints are easy to make without that unfortunate digital up-sampled look to them.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-05-2015, 08:22 PM  
Two Iceland 645z test prints
Posted By larkis
Replies: 24
Views: 2,872
The test prints are just on epson matte heavyweight paper, a substrate I like for testing because of it's price. When I'm ready to do final prints I will most likely do them on Gahnemuehle photo rag or a similar paper. I like the Hahnemuehle range of papers, they have a subtlety to them that appeals to me. I think paper is a very personal choice, and not every paper lends itself to every image.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-03-2015, 04:51 PM  
Two Iceland 645z test prints
Posted By larkis
Replies: 24
Views: 2,872
30x40" is the image area.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-03-2015, 02:14 PM  
Two Iceland 645z test prints
Posted By larkis
Replies: 24
Views: 2,872
I have posted this to the 645z Facebook group, but posting here as well. I have not had the chance to do full size prints from the 645z until now, and comparing them to my 645D prints, I must say that the extra bit of resolution helps with fine textures in the images, not like the 645D is a slouch in this regard when properly focused. The camera profiles I have used are curtesy of torger.



Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-22-2015, 09:04 PM  
First weekend with 645z
Posted By larkis
Replies: 20
Views: 4,781
It was exposure that I adjusted (made the white whiter and the black darker). The color or white balance in this case was not tweaked.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-22-2015, 12:48 AM  
First weekend with 645z
Posted By larkis
Replies: 20
Views: 4,781
Thanks for the kind comments. Did not realize this thread had more than a couple of responses. The lens for the portrait with the dog is the 150mm 2.8 at f4. Same with the statue, which was shot at f3.2. All of them were processed with lightroom. The remaining images are the 55mm 2.8 or the 120mm macro.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-06-2015, 09:34 PM  
First weekend with 645z
Posted By larkis
Replies: 20
Views: 4,781
I decided to stick with the pentax system for a while longer, and upgraded my 645D to the Z. It arrived just in time for the weekend and I had a chance to shoot a few test images. I don't regret the purchase one bit and I'm loving the camera even more than I did the 645D. The live view and high ISO are game changers. Now I need to find some sherpas that will agree to lug this baby up to some higher altitudes.


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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-12-2015, 06:17 PM  
Pentax DA25mm Barrel movement
Posted By larkis
Replies: 32
Views: 2,407
This happened last October. The lens is no longer covered under warranty, I have been shooting with it for over 3 years. it took about 3 and a half months from the time of assessment to the time of me getting it back from repairs.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-12-2015, 01:43 PM  
Hand holding 645D?
Posted By larkis
Replies: 27
Views: 3,197
I would say that a larger camera such as the 645D or Z is more stable in my hand than a small camera like the A7r. Given identical shutter speed/iso settings, I always get superior hand held shots on cameras that take more more inertia to move. I do realize that some people don't have a very steady hand. Some of the hand held review images I have seen look very blurry to me.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-12-2015, 01:25 PM  
Pentax DA25mm Barrel movement
Posted By larkis
Replies: 32
Views: 2,407
I had this exactly problem happen to me during a flight to Nepal. Qatar airlines forced me to check the lens after I was allowed to take it on my connecting flight. Despite offering to pay them extra to let me carry the lens on board, I was given no other choice but to put the lens in a loose duffle bag wrapped around in some socks.

I'm not sure if the vibrations of the plane got to it, but upon arrival in Kathmandu the lens behaved the same way yours is. I had to send it back to Japan to get it fixed and it costed 400 dollars to do so (including shipping). I have travelled extensively with this lens without any issues until now.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-21-2014, 11:27 AM  
Do the 645D and 645z share the same battery ?
Posted By larkis
Replies: 2
Views: 927
I have a bunch of 645D batteries and I wonder if i should order new extra ones with the Z. I would rather not if the body uses the same cells.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-19-2014, 04:13 PM  
IQ comparison between the D and Z please
Posted By larkis
Replies: 28
Views: 3,367
What actually happened to the A7r is a mystery to me. Sony replaced the whole main board of the camera, which makes me think that the electronics did not put up with the cold climate. Perhaps the circuitry design on the camera is less robust due to how tight everything is. It's just a theory, and i'm not an electrical engineer. It could also have been a bad unit and it was only a matter of time until it failed.

At some point I will describe the whole ordeal with the camera (and the replacement) on my blog.
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