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Forum: Pentax K-5 03-30-2013, 02:25 PM  
K-5 II vs. K-5 IIs Sharpness Comparison
Posted By dickymastelero
Replies: 103
Views: 21,685
Always wanted a K-5IIs for a back up for my K-5 but settled with the K-5II. I've tested both the K-5II and IIs and I really like the sharpness of the K-5IIs, hands down for image quality. The reason I settled for the K-5II is not because its $100 cheaper but for preference of what I shoot. I shot a lot of portraits of people, events and Landscapes with my K-5 and already very happy with the excellent results I get from it, mentioning that all my lenses are Pentax Prime lenses (fixed focal and zoom lenses).

The only feature that the K-5 lacks is better AF in low light which the K-5II/IIs steps in with a -3EV sensitivity in AF compare to -1EV with the K-5, and also with less AA filter with the IIs. Otherwise the K-5 is an excellent camera.

Why K5-II not K5-IIs?. Answer is the removal of the AA filter, removing the AA filter is a good way of making pictures sharper and crispier but also there's consequences to it also, Moire' and False Color are the common problems people encounter when using sensors without AA filter. AA filters are there for a reason as soon as they start producing digital cameras manufacturers know about the problems encountered with sensors without AA filter.

Yes, you can fix this problems with softwares but you have to ask yourself do you really have to spend time in fixing your shots(and If you don't have the know-how) when this problems occur, I do some post proccessing as well cause I shot with RAW pictures only but I make sure that I get the results I wanted the time I shot the pictures so all I have to do is convert it to JPEGS. If time is spent tuning up your K-5 and K-5II you will definitely appreciate the picture quality it produce, and also good lenses are used.

K-5II/s is definitely better in lowlight Autofocusing (big improvement). Will look at getting a camera without AA filter in the future as soon as they fix all the bugs and introduce a better processor.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-03-2013, 03:39 PM  
New Firmware For K-01, K-30, K-5, K-5 II, K-5 IIs, K-r
Posted By dickymastelero
Replies: 63
Views: 16,470
Yes, just like I posted you can tell the difference in speed especially if you are watching the DOF scale on your lens (if equipped). Any twiks they did on the firmware upgrade doesn't mean its just exclusive to HD 560mm this is meant more for the camera bodies software to compensate for issues on using the HD 560mm. Lens. If the past firmware of the bodies didn't function well (stability, cdaf, etc.) then all Pentax made is to tune it up better. Remember the HD 560 mm. have a arpeture of f5.6, this is not a fast zoom lens, with this type of lens you want a more stabilize and more lower (sensitive) EV's on your AF, an extra numbers on the firmware would make a big difference after all a lot of guys have tethered their cameras already including me. Pentax could have realize a lot of issues on their new lens that's why the have a sudden release of the firmware before the lens went out to market. If this is true then Pentax made a good job in keeping customers happy and their quality up to standards. Thanks again Pentax.
Please remember my observation is based on my K-5 an on DA and DA* lenses.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-03-2013, 10:51 AM  
New Firmware For K-01, K-30, K-5, K-5 II, K-5 IIs, K-r
Posted By dickymastelero
Replies: 63
Views: 16,470
You have to make sure you play around in Putting the Lens to out of focus and then hit the trigger to put it backf to focus you'll see the change In speed.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-01-2013, 06:35 PM  
New Firmware For K-01, K-30, K-5, K-5 II, K-5 IIs, K-r
Posted By dickymastelero
Replies: 63
Views: 16,470
Downloaded new firmware ver. 1.14 on my Pentax K-5, I did some testing on my 16-50mm f2.8 DA* and 50-135mm f2.8 DA* before and atfter downloading new firmware. There is a big difference in speed of autofocus on this lens and also with other Prime Lens. On DA* lenses the SDM's really focus faster than usual, seems like twice the speed now and you can hear the motor move more audibly. I've did some tethering on my AF adjustment last time and now with a faster AF speed the sharpness is really bang on.

The testing I did is low light night time lampshade lit living room setup, I don't know really how the upgrade affects the kit lenses or other slow lenses but definitely it made a change for fast lenses especially those with SDMs. I hope others will test their fast lenses in this new upgrade and put input in this progress with Pentax. I probably not bother buying a K5-IIs anymore, Thanks Pentax
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-23-2012, 07:53 PM  
Metz 15 MS 1 Digital Flash
Posted By dickymastelero
Replies: 1
Views: 938
Have one, make sure camera is in wireless mode and Metz is set to pentax wireless mode ALL CHANNEL. Go thru the Metz manual, make sure you follow instruction on setup properly. If clamp is removed and flash fires you are on slave mode in your Metz.
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-07-2012, 08:12 PM  
LCD Hood or Shade?
Posted By dickymastelero
Replies: 29
Views: 11,968
I mentioned magnetism on LCD screens because one of my smartphones got magnetized. I have a HTC Desire smartphone that was magnetize by a small button on the leather belt holster I kept it in time to time. I have post some pictures for you to see, I have to install a SCREEN FILTER APPS to be able to see the screen properly, the normal state of the whole screen(magnetized) right now is full of purple pigments.:

1. This is its normal state right now - magnetized and full of purple pigments, pictures are unviewable.






This is with the Android Screen Filter Apps - turns it back to normal but dims the display to 50%.



You can clearly see the difference, K-01 has modern LCD and so as my smartphone. Cheers.
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-07-2012, 06:50 PM  
LCD Hood or Shade?
Posted By dickymastelero
Replies: 29
Views: 11,968
It won't block the sunlight a 100% but it saves you from using your other hand from covering the LCD. You have a 40mm xs and that will be no worries coz that will focus with no problem even you close your eyes, if your using a old lens and always fighting to focus it manually then this can be a hassle.

I've tried older manual focus lens on my K20D, K-X and K-5, I got rid of all those old lenses even they create good pictures - I bought all newer AF lenses, mostly primes the best Pentax have. The reason for this is I want to benefit the best of the AF system the newer Pentax cameras can offer with AF lenses, don't get me wrong that using manual lens is bad but its 2 steps ahead of getting used to using new technology.

I find that using newer Pentax AF lenses such as the DA, DA-L, FA, and D-FA with K-01 is no problem with picture quality once it's properly setup, as faster lens (lower F number) really makes the AF speed faster. Using aftermarket lenses like Sigma or Tamron is a issue to coz those lenses mostly need to be calibrated with the AF system, which unfortunately not a feature of K-01.

Keep shooting with all your lenses then check it at your computer, see who has the most consistent result then keep using those lens with your K-01 and those are the lenses made for your K-01. Cheers.
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-07-2012, 05:55 PM  
LCD Hood or Shade?
Posted By dickymastelero
Replies: 29
Views: 11,968
Did some testing on some Loupes or options I can find in the local stores, I picked the Zacuto Z-finder, Hoodman Loupe ansd SWIVI External Monitor for testing for K-5 and K-01.
Findings:

1. Zacuto Z-finder - #1 on the list but if installed to the K-5 it interferes with the optical viewfinder especially with the Pentax magnifier, will work with the K-01 but to expensive to buy for only one Camera unit. $350 Cdn. no buy.

2. Hoodman Loupe - Available with a 3x magnifier on the Crane Kit, hotshoe unusable with crane kit, ugly kit when installed. $260 Cdn. no buy.

3. SWIVI 5" External Monitor - Good concept, will be able to save battery life of your camera coz your using external monitor, wide view. Downside is a little big for K-01 and unreliable quality, lots of complain with the product. The product we tested is brand new and its faulty already. $350 Cdn. no buy.

Gave up but as I passed by the shelves I've seen the Delkin 3' Pop up Shade, for $20 I'll give it a try. I was very satisfied upon installing it, serves the purpose - don't block 100% of sunlight but useful - I always shoot with the K-5 outdoors and this is only a backup. The sun shade also serves as a very reliable protection for the LCD when storing the camera, and also no need for extra room in your bag. SHADE IS ALSO REMOVABLE.

Saved a lot of money, I will just keep the money for a nice lens or a K-03 which has a viewfinder installed. Enjoy shooting with your K-01 and cheers.

Forum: Pentax K-01 04-07-2012, 04:59 PM  
K-01 Viewfinder?
Posted By dickymastelero
Replies: 30
Views: 14,224
Did some testing on some Loupes or options I can find in the local stores, I picked the Zacuto Z-finder, Hoodman Loupe ansd SWIVI External Monitor for testing for K-5 and K-01.
Findings:

1. Zacuto Z-finder - #1 on the list but if installed to the K-5 it interferes with the optical viewfinder especially with the Pentax magnifier, will work with the K-01 but to expensive to buy for only one Camera unit. $350 Cdn. no buy.

2. Hoodman Loupe - Available with a 3x magnifier on the Crane Kit, hotshoe unusable with crane kit, ugly kit when installed. $260 Cdn. no buy.

3. SWIVI 5" External Monitor - Good concept, will be able to save battery life of your camera coz your using external monitor, wide view. Downside is a little big for K-01 and unreliable quality, lots of complain with the product. The product we tested is brand new and its faulty already. $350 Cdn. no buy.

Gave up but as I passed by the shelves I've seen the Delkin 3' Pop up Shade, for $20 I'll give it a try. I was very satisfied upon installing it, serves the purpose - don't block 100% of sunlight but useful - I always shoot with the K-5 outdoors and this is only a backup. The sun shade also serves as a very reliable protection for the LCD when storing the camera, and also no need for extra room in your bag. SHADE IS ALSO REMOVABLE.

Saved a lot of money, I will just keep the money for a nice lens or a K-03 which has a viewfinder installed. Enjoy shooting with your K-01 and cheers.

Forum: Pentax K-01 04-03-2012, 07:07 PM  
LCD Hood or Shade?
Posted By dickymastelero
Replies: 29
Views: 11,968
Just reading your article about viewfinders for K-01, I do like the features of Meike MK-VF-100 LCDVF magnets do really no harm to media card and cameras but they're known to magnetize LCD Screens. Magnets can reverse the polarity on screens - even TV screens and the damaged is irreversable. You can look up articles of this in the Internet, happens alot to smartphones if the holster case they put it in got a magnetic clip or if you put it close to a magnetic source. Just a word of caution, Meike won't cover your warranty. Cheers.
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-01-2012, 12:17 PM  
Post your K-01 Lens AF speed here
Posted By dickymastelero
Replies: 41
Views: 8,571
The DA 50-135mm 2.8 has a Quickshift AF built in to the lens if you have one of this lens you don't have to turn your switch to manual to turn the ring, you can use this to bring your lens to as close to focus first so to keep it from not cycling to slow when you lock your AF with the shutter button. For the Tamron 70-200mm 2.8 - again if you have on of this lens it could be annnoying to do a manual focus on this one so I decided to really not to use this lens with my K-01 and stay with my Pentax lenses with Quckshifts which really helps. No complains with my K-01 as far as using my prime Pentax lenses.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-31-2012, 10:10 PM  
Post your K-01 Lens AF speed here
Posted By dickymastelero
Replies: 41
Views: 8,571
Results for Lenses Tested on my K-01

35mm F2.4 - Good, reasonably fast cycle, Decent lighting condition
14mm F2.8 - Good, reasonably fast cycle,
FA 50mm 1.4 - Good, reasonably fast cycle, Decent lighting condition
DA*50-135mm 2.8 - Slow (but reasonable for CDAF), well lit condition
Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 - Slow (but reasonable for CDAF), well lit condition

Observations are done according the parameters I posted on my thread - I went to customize the AF/ AE-L Button and change its setting to ENABLE AF2 and set AE-L with AF locked to "on" (C Custom Setting 1).

For the DA* 55-135mm 2.8 you can get fast AF results if you made made adjustments to your Quickshift AF ring first before locking the AF. For the Tamron 70-200mm you can also make manual adjustment with the lens first but it takes a lot of hassle to move the dials to manual focus first.

I've used most of my lens either Genuine or aftermarket prime lens on my K-5 and I always check their accuracy using Lenscal Calibration Tool, for anybody who have done this we know that this is a big disadvantage for K-01 not to be able to calibrate lenses manually. Almost all my DA prime lenses calibrates bang-on with my K-5 except for Sigma's and Tamron's.

K-01 is built under the platform of K-5 and assume that it's firmware primarily recognizes data from genuine pentax lenses rather than the aftermarkets. The K-01 is not meant to be as advanced as like the K-5, its more as lined up with the K-x but mirrorless and I really don't expect much on it but for the purpose on just to be able to use my prime pentax lens on one of the best mirrorless reviewed recently makes me a proud owner of this camera.

My advise is use your best pentax lens with it and enjoy the quality of image it produces. Cheers.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-31-2012, 04:44 PM  
Post your K-01 Lens AF speed here
Posted By dickymastelero
Replies: 41
Views: 8,571
Just started testing a variaty of Pentax DA Primes on my K-01. Tested a DA*50-135mm 2.8, 35mm F2.4. 14mm F2.8 and also FA 50mm 1.4. Lenses exhibit excellent results both in raw and jpeg modes. Autofocus seems to be slow in most tele-lens (also tested it with a Tamron 70-200mm F2.8) but still resoanable - common for cameras when you focus on live view. I did some adjustments on the menu and it seems to speed up its focus ability, I went to customize the AF/ AE-L Button and change its setting to ENABLE AF2 and set AE-L with AF locked to "on" (C Custom Setting 1). This changes made a difference on my lenses, its seems that the contrast shows right away as the camera sets its exposure values and makes AF locks easier - the AF focus relies primarily with contrast in this K-01. Hopefully you guys can give this suggestion a shot and hope you can also post your replies and results. Thanks.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-14-2011, 04:53 AM  
Sigma lenses and Pentax body marriage
Posted By dickymastelero
Replies: 20
Views: 3,407
Yes, you finally got it tuned to the right adjustments. All of my Sigma Lenses are all set to -10, want to tell you this but its better you get the experience to set it up. Happy shooting.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-13-2011, 08:02 PM  
Sigma lenses and Pentax body marriage
Posted By dickymastelero
Replies: 20
Views: 3,407
Been using Sigma, Tamron and variety of Pentax lenses in my K20D, from Prime to Zoom lens including Macros and fisheyes. Every lens I have been individually set at my cameras AF adjustment (apply one setting). Aftermarket lenses have their own ID's that the K20D remembers every time you install it (this ID's doesn't show in exif also), once you set it in the camera your setting shouldn't change. Adjusting the FF and BF is very tricky, my Sigma lens is set always on the negative adjustments.

Please check this link AF adjustment test chart to help with the Pentax K20D Custom Setting No.34 - Digital Cameras - Zimbio
I've used this charts and find it very helpful, it gets you close to where you want your focus to be. Focusing is a preference, a lot or most of the lenses are softer wide open and sharper after 2 stops down, you cannot expect everything in your lens to be sharp. THERE IS NO PERFECT LENS, EVEN THE ONE THEY HAVE ON SATTELITES.

Be patient in doing your AF adjustments and take notes of your adjustment as well in case you erase it. Hope this helps.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-26-2011, 05:31 PM  
Hi! Greetings from Edmonton, Canada
Posted By dickymastelero
Replies: 2
Views: 428
Always been reading the forum since I got my Pentax gears last Christmas. Looking forward to share and read more in the forum. I got different hobbies that keeps me occupied at most time, will post pictures of it one day. Cheers.:rolleyes:
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