Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Showing results 1 to 25 of 300 Search:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 22 Minutes Ago  
Abstract Almost but not quite
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 2
Views: 38
"It" :p
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Hour Ago  
What's a good long-range lens for a Pentax K100D Super?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 12
Views: 206
On that specific point, as has already been mentioned in an earlier response - and just to remind the OP - the latest PLM lenses aren't fully compatible with his K100D Super, due to the electronic aperture control...
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 2 Hours Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 215
Views: 3,233
I guess it depends on your definition of "pro level". I've always considered the K-3 and K-3II to be "pro level" in terms of build quality, feature set and image quality, whilst accepting that they were never market leading for AF.C and video.

If the K-3II replacement offers equal to, or better than, KP performance at high ISO (with any raw NR switchable on/off), noticeably improved AF.C, an articulating screen and dual cards, whilst retaining or improving on the flagship build quality, weather resistance and functional feature set, that would - IMHO - be a worthy successor to the K-3II.

I don't think there will be anything to "wow" you if you're expecting or hoping for significantly more than this. But maybe there'll be a few pleasant surprises :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 2 Hours Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 215
Views: 3,233
I think the K-3II replacement will be just that - a replacement, an evolution of what the K-3II offered, aimed at general APS-C shooters wanting a high end all-rounder - the same people who, in Nikon circles, might choose a D7500. I very much doubt it'll be a specialist camera, as the D500 might be (and was originally) perceived. That's one reason why I think the release price ought to be around the $1,300 mark, settling down to a slightly lower street price a few months after launch...
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 3 Hours Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 215
Views: 3,233
Agreed, Mark. I wouldn't expect a launch price above $1,500, and even that would be a bold move. I reckon your $1,200 - $1,300 estimate is about right.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Hours Ago  
What's a good long-range lens for a Pentax K100D Super?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 12
Views: 206
^^^ What Paul said.

The non-PLM DA 55-300 (in its various incarnations) is a great lens. Stopped down, it's not a million miles off the far more expensive DA*60-250 in terms of centre sharpness. Quite a remarkable little lens, for very little money.

Welcome to the forums :)
Forum: Pentax K-1 15 Hours Ago  
Does Pentax K-Mount DA 18-270mm work well with Pentax K-1 Mark II
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 8
Views: 292
I agree with this 100%. Having said that, the old Tamron 28-300 isn't a bad lens at all, if you consider the wide-to-very-telephoto range. Stopped down a bit, it's actually capable of quite decent results. It won't compete with newer lenses like the DFA28-105 Adam mentioned, nor any really modern zoom or prime, for that matter. But it's not as bad as some might have us believe. I have both the older and newer versions in Sony A-mount, and they're really quite useful. One just has to have realistic expectations :o
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 16 Hours Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 215
Views: 3,233
We may not all agree here 100% of the time (or even 80%... 50%... anyone? :p), but the above is about the most realistic summary any of us could offer...
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 17 Hours Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 215
Views: 3,233
We've been meaning to ask you for a billing address...

:lol:
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 18 Hours Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 215
Views: 3,233
Ha ha :D

Thanks for the level-headed intervention, Mark. Much appreciated :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 18 Hours Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 215
Views: 3,233
Dan & biz-engineer - whilst there is useful content in the posts from both of you, I am going to ask you both (and any others involved in your discussion) to either let this go now, or end the directly or indirectly negative comments towards each other. However courteously they may be presented, it's not the tone we want on these forums. Please see my recent post to all members regarding that. Thank you :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 18 Hours Ago  
Why Do YOU Stay With Pentax?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 145
Views: 4,606
I hear you with regard to cash back promotions. Those are a good idea. Same with demo days, though Ricoh Imaging's clear lack of desire to carry out strong marketing makes it unlikely that we'll ever see those kind of activities. The last such Pentax demo day I attended was back in 2013 or 2014, at Jessops in the West End of London...

Having said that, there are regular discounts on a variety of Pentax equipment throughout the year from all of the big dealers. It's been some years since I paid full street price for Pentax gear. The last item I bought was the DA*60-250, from SRS... I paid 200 less than the current best street / online price, and 500 less than SRS or Wex are selling it for today. When I bought my K-3II (again, if I remember correctly, through SRS), I paid less than they were typically selling for used, and close to the best price I've ever seen it before it was finally discontinued a couple of years later.

All of the bigger Pentax dealers get their chance to offer lower prices on selected products at different times of the year, so I'm assuming the schedule is managed in conjunction with Ricoh. So, whilst there may not be cash-back promotions, there's incentive to buy products - just in a different form.

As for online vs high street buying... The last time I bought a major photographic product in a shop was late 2014. I picked up a FujiFilm XF-1 compact for a ridiculously-low 109 from Currys. Everything I've bought since has been online... including my Hasselblad HV + Sony Zeiss 24-70/2.8, which came from B&H in New York :p
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 19 Hours Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 215
Views: 3,233
As I've alluded to in the Guidelines for New Members, recently added to the forum rules, it's important to remember that - unlike some other popular forums - this is a brand-specific enthusiast website, where the majority of members - new and old - are primarily interested in enjoying discussion about Pentax and related matters.

We have the Non-Pentax Cameras forum as a means of keeping the majority of non-Pentax content separate from the main forums, but that doesn't segregate members. We all have access to every forum, regardless of the brands we favour.

It would be nice if we could all discuss any brand, our curiosities, interests and intentions without being defensive or taking offence. Yet it's incumbent on each member to consider the dynamics and diverse membership of these forums and understand that the overwhelming preference here is for Pentax equipment - to prepare them for the inevitable push-back they will almost-certainly receive (understandable on a brand specific site, I'm afraid) and in consideration of the majority. That aside, all of us here have a responsibility to remain courteous and friendly to each other.

This isn't a poke at the OP (as I'm sure he knows). I mention it to clarify what should be obvious to our established members, whatever their brand interests, and for the benefit of newer members feeling their way around :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Why Do YOU Stay With Pentax?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 145
Views: 4,606
We've touched on the high street vs online shopping subject many times here. There are those who like to visit a shop and those who prefer online shopping. I don't have any reference data to suggest a majority preference for one or the other, but I'd be quite surprised if most prefer to visit their local outlet these days, given the shift in retail buying habits. Personally, I like online shopping, but I can see why some people prefer to try out equipment first...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Why Do YOU Stay With Pentax?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 145
Views: 4,606
There is, however, a positive element to this; to wit, the larger remaining suppliers - SRS, Wex etc. - have even more of the overall demand to share between them, which is no doubt welcome in the current market...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 1 Day Ago  
Macro I had made a date .........
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 9
Views: 157
Lovely work as always, Heinrich! Really excellent shots :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
K3ii replacement
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 1,420
Views: 94,303
They're certainly in the game, or we wouldn't see new products coming to market - and there has been a slow but steady series of releases... KP, K-1, K-1II, DFA*50/1.4 etc.

As to whether they're interested in staying competitive, I think their game is different than it used to be. I don't believe they have any intention of trying to compete directly with Nikon, Canon, Sony etc., nor carrying the business risks associated with that in the current ILC market. I believe they're content to serve the existing user base with quality products, and attract more customers than they lose, whilst keeping investment and risk relatively low compared to the bigger manufacturers.

I've used the analogy of the "Morgan Motor Company" in the past. It doesn't try to compete with Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Toyota etc. and it would be a mistake to compare it with those big manufacturers. Instead, it does its own thing, and does it well. It has a strong, loyal and slowly-growing owner base. Still, some people will sell their Morgan cars and never buy another. That's OK.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 1 Day Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 215
Views: 3,233
Yes, agreed. In fact, I'd take it just a little further still... For me personally, I'd be happy (in fact, I am happy) to accept versatility that's limited to my current needs, and even accept shooting within those limitations if I should ever risk wanting more, if the quality of the cameras and lenses is good, and - importantly for me - fits within my available and projected budget. Much as I love my photography and gear, it's not the only thing in my life, and I have limited funds :o
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 1 Day Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 215
Views: 3,233
I agree with much of your post, Norm... However:



... I don't see anything warped about someone choosing a system that covers all the bases they might need. Sure, they might not exercise that versatility... most probably won't. And in that sense, it may be an unnecessary consideration. But I can see the attraction, even though it's not something you or I are particularly bothered about.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
f stop conversion
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 15
Views: 490
No, me neither, Norm :D Nor have I considered the tiny differences in light from the minor t-stop differences. They're both equally relevant or irrelevant depending on our use cases, I guess.

We have a notion of what 50mm @ f/2 will provide in terms of depth of field at any given distance, and that has become a standard we work with. We kind of expect one 50mm f/2 lens to have the same depth of field as another 50mm f/2 lens. Of course, it's rarely exactly the same, I'm sure, because of minor differences in focal length and aperture size. There may be (probably is) even more to it that I'm not aware of. Still, assuming identical focal length and aperture size between two lenses, the depth of field should be the same, right? And it's a whole lot easier for stills photography folks to compare various lenses labelled "50mm f1:2" than "50mm T/2.2" vs "50mm T/2.1" vs "50mm T/2.4" (or however they're labelled)...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
f stop conversion
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 15
Views: 490
It wouldn't provide consistent results in terms of depth of field, though. Admittedly, the differences would be quite small, but I guess that's the choice - quote f-stop for accurate depth of field, or t-stop for accurate exposure. Neither measurement works for both simultaneously. To represent the whole story, lens manufacturers would need to quote both f-stop and t-stop.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
f stop conversion
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 15
Views: 490
What everyone has told you so far is correct, but let me add a little more colour.

If you use the 43mm f/1.9 lens on a full frame camera such as the K-1, you'll get the same field of view as you'd expect on film, and - obviously - a maximum aperture of f/1.9, which will result in a certain depth of field at any given distance.

If you put the same lens on an APS-C camera like your K-3II, it's still a 43mm lens with f/1.9 aperture. Nothing has changed. However... the APS-C sensor captures less of the projected image circle from the lens. It has a crop factor of 1.5x compared to a full frame sensor or 35mm film. As a result, you will get the same field of view and depth of field as a 64.5mm (43mm x 1.5) lens at f/2.8 (f/1.9 x 1.5) shot on a full frame camera at the same distance. But that's merely an illustration to describe the field of view and depth of field. In reality, nothing has changed with the lens. It's still a 43mm f/1.9 lens - but the field of view is cropped.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 1 Day Ago  
Hello
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 7
Views: 161
Hello, Kim, and welcome to the forums from another Brit :D

I'm sure more than a few members here have benefited from your manuals. Great to have you with us :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 1 Day Ago  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 215
Views: 3,233
That's a great idea. With the small amount of BIF photography I've tried, my single biggest issue is tracking to keep the bird(s) in frame - even, to some extent, with larger birds such as seagulls.

Can I ask, when you're shooting BIF, how much of the frame do you try to fill - i.e. how much space do you leave around the bird to allow for movement while tracking?

Apologies to the OP for slightly side-tracking the thread :o
Forum: Pentax K-01 1 Day Ago  
K-01 with HD DA 20-40mm lens?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 27
Views: 710
That's a stunner. I love the composition... Actually, I love everything about that shot. Nice work :)
Search took 0.05 seconds | Showing results 1 to 25 of 300

 
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:16 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top