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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-12-2017, 11:15 AM  
Thinking of Making a switch away from Pentax. is it right or just gear envy?
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 119
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Canon 6D was the last Canon I owned before switching to Pentax some 4 years ago. I loved my 6D but did not like the Canon flash system. The other big advantage of owning Canon gear is access to Sigma and Tamron glass. If you decide to make the move to Canon, I would recommend the 6D and the a used Tamron 24-70 VC. I owned that lens along with my Canon system and it is a fantastic lens. For me, if I were to move away from Pentax, it would be for 4K and other video capabilities not still images. Pentax is a fantastic system when it comes to still images. Pentax 1080P (HD) video is usable too.
Forum: General Photography 10-18-2017, 08:46 PM  
To stick with Pentax or not
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 51
Views: 2,025
Reading your budget expenditure figures, I would stick with Pentax and gradually build on the system. Given that you want to do bird photography, with Pentax your choices are limited mainly to the 150-450. With Canon and Nikon you have access to excellent Sigma and Tamron long zooms for reasonable prices. If I did serious bird or sports photography, I would probably go with Nikon as their focusing system is superior to Pentax.

I am a former Canon shooter. If I had to leave Pentax, I would go to Nikon for DSLR bodies, lens selection and third party lens support. If video was important I would go to Sony mirrorless for an all-in-one solution.

As mentioned by other forum members, the switching will be costly and may even be cost prohibitive. Also remember that regardless of the brand, long lenses and long zooms are expensive and will dwarf the cost of mid-range bodies.

Pentax bodies that I have owned (K5, K3 and K1) have been very reliable. However, I have never put the kind of mileage on them that I put on my Canons (70,000 plus clicks) on a regular basis.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-16-2017, 08:45 PM  
New K-1 Owner. Help me build my lens collection:)
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 62
Views: 2,308
Welcome to the forum. You really picked a winner in the K1. It is a pro class tank of a camera.

Now that you have committed to a pro camera, you have to pick a few pro class lenses for it. I own the K1 and the FA 31/43/77 along with the 28-105 among other lenses. If I had to bring one lens with me, it would be the 28-105. However, for portrait work the 77 is unmatched. Not knowing your budget, it is hard to recommend lenses as owning a collection of pro level lenses will exceed the cost of the K1. BTW, a 50 mm lens is not long enough for portrait work. You need the FA77 or the FA 85 for portraits. It took me many years to build my collection. So take your time and pick the best lenses you can afford at any given time. Build your collection gradually unless you have the budget to buy a bunch of lenses all at once. Good luck. Let us know what you picked and how you like it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-07-2017, 02:41 PM  
Pentax 50-135 2.8 vs Tamron 70-200 f2.8
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 18
Views: 1,230
+1 on @Kozlok assessment of the lens. I own the Tamron and it is fantastic on the K3 and now on my K1. It is a little soft at 2.8 but sharpens up even a half stop from wide open. It is a fantastic lens and fast focusing. I do not own the 50-135 but tried it a few times at photo shows. To me the focusing was pretty laggy, almost slow motion. Maybe it was the lenses I tried but I did not like the slow focusing of the lens. 50-135 is quite small which is a nice plus. Overall, if I had to buy it again, I would buy the Tamron over the Pentax
Forum: General Photography 10-04-2017, 07:03 PM  
wedding lens
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 31
Views: 1,171
+1 on this one.

If I had to buy one lens it would be the Tamron 17-50 f2.8. I had one and my copy was sharp even wide open. I shot weddings for 4 years back in the mid-2000. All my lenses were f2.8 or faster. You will need fast lenses for their brighter viewing and allowing to cover low light situations. I learned that lesson the hard way.

You can pick up a Tamron 17-50 f2.8 in the used market for a song and it is a fantastic lens. Just make sure it is a sharp copy.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-04-2017, 06:49 PM  
DPReview High ISO Noise D850 vs K-1
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 29
Views: 1,686
I would agree with you on the focus in the dark advantage of the K1. However, a recent shoot with my K5IIs showed me that the K1 is far better in high ISOs (3,200 and beyond). I had the K5IIS a few years ago and let it go. I recently acquired a used one to be a back for my K1 in an upcoming wedding shoot. They are two different animals. After shooting with K1 for a year, K5IIs save times and lack of focus points and speed of focus in low light are just painful! I wish I had picked up a K3 which does not have any of the K5IIs problems. However, in good light K5IIs really shines.

On the 850 vs. K1 low to high ISO performance, I see differences but they are not massive, making K1 the better value for now. I see people pointing to the Nikon lens being better and the difference maker. That may be true but let's not knock a marvel of lens engineering, the FA77.

I was thinking of jumping ship if the 850 was markedly better as I do lots of landscapes. After looking at the studio samples, K1 with pixel shift is in the company of the big boys, way beyond 850 or any of the current high MP Sony or Canons.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 09-30-2017, 06:48 AM  
Mirrorless 4k video option for Pentax lenses
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 24
Views: 1,162
I am using a Lumix GX8 with my FA Limited lenses. The 4K quality is amazing. However, GX8 IBIS does not work with manual lenses in 4K video. So I use it on a tripod for steady video shots or borrow a friend's gimbal. If I wanted IBIS for my FA lenses, I think GH5 or Sony A6500 do support manual lenses.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-29-2017, 07:38 AM  
Body and lens upgrade suggestions
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 22
Views: 1,165
Don't forget high ISO performance. I owned the K3 and loved it. However, it was not that great past ISO 800. From what I have seen on comparisons on dpreview target test, the KP is in par with my K1 which is fantastic so much so that I can shoot ISO 6400 all day. If you do any kind of low light shooting, that is a biggies. The other plus for KP is video. I do occasional video clips and the KP is the better camera for that by far.

You have your pros and cons pretty well laid out. I am just pointing out a couple of difference that may or may not be important to you.
Forum: General Photography 09-28-2017, 08:15 AM  
Where would you go on east coast USA for fall colors ?
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 50
Views: 2,468
Last year in Maine, we stayed at a house through Air BnB with great success. We rented a room but since you have a large group, you can look into renting an entire house. Hotels, mostly national chains are a safe bet too.

Local motel type places are iffy! We stayed in one a few years ago and it was just barely ok. It looked like the owner built the place himself. It had exposed plumbing all over the place and the ceiling was so low, I could reach out and touch it (I am only 5'8"). Good luck.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-26-2017, 01:50 PM  
Body and lens upgrade suggestions
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 22
Views: 1,165
I cannot help you wth the lenses because I do not own any of them. However, I did own the K3 (K3II has the same sensor) and I did not like the high ISO quality. From what I have seen of the KP, if I had to get a APS-c Pentax body, that would be the camera I would choose.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-19-2017, 03:38 PM  
K1 B&W con-version
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 12
Views: 776
I would like to know too. If the Nikon is $7K, then a K1 must be in the same ballpark. Just a guess.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-19-2017, 03:11 PM  
K1 B&W con-version
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 12
Views: 776
Thank you for the link. I checked it out and it looks very interesting. I was always curious what it would be like to shoot in pure B&W like we used to in the film days. I like the concept of conversion until I checked out the prices... they are way out there!! Maybe one day...
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-16-2017, 03:52 PM  
Super-telephoto a pipe dream on Pentax FF?
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 29
Views: 1,581
Like you, I am totally committed to the Pentax system. I do not shoot with very long lenses but your idea is not a bad one.

Most of my pro friends shoot with Canon or Nikon. I am a former Canon shooter myself. One of my buddies has both the Nikon D7200 and the D750. I have tried both on many occasions and I drool over the speed of focusing on both bodies. I have shot with K5IIs. K3 and now a K1. I love my Pentax system and I think dollar-for-dollar they are the best value in DSLR world. However, as we know, long lenses are not plentiful for the Pentax system and the focusing speed leaves a lot to be desired. If I were to shoot weddings (I used to do it) or anything sporting related, including long lens applications, I would consider Nikon as my first choice.

If you do not mind the crop body and do not have to have a full-frame, I would go for the D7200 and the Sigma 150-600. You will get a lot of reach out of the combo.

Just me two cents.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-10-2017, 03:01 PM  
Best choice for wildlife on a crop body
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 23
Views: 1,206
+1 on Adam's and other people's recommendation. Although I do not have the lens, I have tried it at photo shows on more than one occasion. It is a fantastic lens and on a crop sensor you are approaching 700mm... that is quite a reach! Although on the heavy side, it is not that bad and the focus was pretty fast on my K3.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-10-2017, 02:53 PM  
Advice on potentially switching from Canon to Pentax
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 74
Views: 3,050
With my K1 I have lenses that almost match your selection. I have the following k-mount lenses:

Rokinon 14mm f2.8 - super sharp lens and a gem but manual focus, great for landscapes
Pentax FA 31mm Limited - one of the members of the Three Amigos family - It is lens making at its best. It is often compared to the Sigma 35 f1.4 (non art version)
Pentax FA 43 Limited - I love mine. It is a super compact and sharp lens. I have shot tons of studio product shots with it.
Pentax 28-105 - This is the latest addition to my lenses. It is my walk around lens for my K1. If I had to bring one lens, this is it.

In an ideal world the Pentax 15-30, 24-70 and the 70-200 will give you almost everything you need for landscape or any other type of photography, barring macro work.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-10-2017, 02:22 PM  
Advice on potentially switching from Canon to Pentax
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 74
Views: 3,050
Welcome to Pentaxland!.

As a former Canon shooter (last camera was 6D) I can see your points. I switched from 6D to K5iis (16mp crop sensor) after my studio shots showed comparable results. I now own the K1 graduating from K5iis to K3 and now K1. BTW, I bought the K5iis with the three amigos (Limited FA 31,43,77). The lenses were part of the reason for the switch.

The image quality of K1 is superior (DR, low light) to 6D. Although 6D was and is a great camera. Canon focus was snappier and the system is much deeper. Other than that, as an image making machine the K1 has no equal in the price range... no one comes anywhere near the value of the K1. I love my K1. The only time I might give it up is when I have the budget to jump to 645Z (probably for not much gain in quality) or a much higher MP medium format, possibly the next 645Z. I do not see that happening anytime soon. So I am maximizing my K1 and the lenses I have. Frankly, I have more machine (fire power) than I need!.

Let me know if you have any specific questions I may be able to help you with.

Boris
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-10-2017, 02:06 PM  
"Upgrading" decision, Pentax 645Z or Nikon D850(810)
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 60
Views: 4,760
Don't worry about it. No rush. We have plenty of time. I am not about to jump ship... unless Sony introduces a 70MP still camera with pro level 4K video capability for $2K!!
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-08-2017, 11:16 PM  
"Upgrading" decision, Pentax 645Z or Nikon D850(810)
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 60
Views: 4,760
Same here. I bought an MX that summer and loved it until it was stolen a year later. I left Pentax for Nikon followed by Fuji then Canon. It took me over 30 years to come back to Pentax. My MX had a lot to do with my return. Memories.... oh memories.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-08-2017, 08:48 AM  
Heading for a used K5II with 6500 shots after K30
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 27
Views: 1,466
I owned the K5IIs and sold it. I just picked up another one. It is used and I paid fraction of what I paid for the new one. It is a fantastic camera and the images are pro class.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-07-2017, 08:28 PM  
To K-1 or not to K-1
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 16
Views: 1,163
Better lenses and a back up body for sure. I shot tons of weddings with an 8MP crop sensor! 24MP is plenty. Get yourself some pro class zooms and you are good to go. I owned the Tamron 17-50 f2.8 and it was a stellar lens. Get yourself a Tamron 70-200 and put each one on a separate body and you can shoot almost all of your weddings with the combo. For wedding work I shot f2.8 or faster lenses exclusively. You have to think about a flash system too.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-06-2017, 01:38 PM  
"Upgrading" decision, Pentax 645Z or Nikon D850(810)
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 60
Views: 4,760
I am a former Canon shooter. I switched to Pentax about 4 years ago and love the quality of the images. However, when it comes to third party lens support and more importantly accessory support Pentax shooters are at a disadvantage as there are far fewer companies supporting the Pentax system.

The other gripe that I have personally with my K1 and K3 is focus speed. I shot weddings back in mid 2000's (with Canons), I have said this to my friends too that if I had to shoot weddings again, I would switch from Pentax because the keeper rates are relatively low. My go to system for that type of shooting would be Nikon hands down. I drool over focus speed and accuracy of Nikons that my buddies shoot with.

If I were you, and if you are not in a hurry, wait for the 850 to arrive and see the initial reactions and quality reports. Then make a decision. I do some studio and mostly landscapes these days so a K1 or the 645Z are perfectly suited for that type of shooting.

Your description of the type of work you do and what your requirements are, tell me that you may have outgrown the Pentax eco system. Tethering is a biggie for some studio shooters. I do not use it but if one needs it for their work then Pentax shooters have been complaining about it ever since I can remember.

It is tough because we are (at least I am) a loyal Pentaxians and want to stay with the system. But if it has serious shortcomings then it is perhaps time to go where they offer a better solution.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-04-2017, 09:02 AM  
"Upgrading" decision, Pentax 645Z or Nikon D850(810)
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 60
Views: 4,760
@Pablo Villegas, check out Mike's work. It is one of the best I have seen... and I have seen a lot. If I remember correctly the bulk of his work was done with a 645D. Can you imagine what he can do with the Z.

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+1. I agree wholeheartedly. I own the A120 and FA200. I had the FA45-85 which I (regrettably) let go. They are all excellent lenses, at least on my K1 and K3. The only thing I noticed which is a shortcoming in my opinion is that they are prone to flare. They do the job for super reasonable prices.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-04-2017, 08:53 AM  
"Upgrading" decision, Pentax 645Z or Nikon D850(810)
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 60
Views: 4,760
I appreciate the offer. Take care of work and family first. They are a lot more important. Good luck on the trip and the visits. Thanks again.

---------- Post added 09-04-17 at 08:57 AM ----------



Thank you. I will check it out. Up to now my go to place was DPReview. Now I know of another source to compare systems. Thanks again.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-03-2017, 02:10 PM  
"Upgrading" decision, Pentax 645Z or Nikon D850(810)
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 60
Views: 4,760
@Fcsnt54, thanks a bunch for the offer. What I meant was the equivalent focal length so that we are not comparing a wide shot with a long shot. An approximate similar focal length set to the same f-stop (f8-11 or so) to take the lens quality issue out of the equation somewhat. Thanks.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-03-2017, 01:29 PM  
"Upgrading" decision, Pentax 645Z or Nikon D850(810)
Posted By btnapa
Replies: 60
Views: 4,760
@texandrews, good to hear from you. Although I am committed to the Pentax platform, I like the 850 specs, especially the 4K video. We have to wait and see how the 4K aspect of the camera performs. It is really getting tougher to decide between systems. Since you have had both 645Z and K1 and have shot them at the same time, you are one of the few people on the forum who can actually comment on the quality of the two cameras first hand.

I know it is too much to ask but I would love to see 645Z and K1 images from the same subject matter, same ISO settings, similar focal length to see if they are really that different.

Thanks
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