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Forum: Pentax K-1 02-22-2016, 12:35 AM  
Pentax K-1 "Thank you" Thread
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 104
Views: 8,269
Well done Ricoh! Thanks for a enabling me to buy my first FF camera with the right feature set and at the right price point. Can't wait to mount my FA77 on it!
Forum: Winners' Showcase 01-04-2016, 12:10 AM  
December, 2015 Winner: Seassonal
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 89
Views: 5,880
Outstanding!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-09-2015, 02:33 AM  
CP+ Pentax Interview - Question Suggestions
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 188
Views: 16,020
Adam, the main problem with what you are proposing is that the exposure will get somewhat random, especially that 4 corners plus two bands on either side of the image will be black (that's ~30% of your image). If you shoot in crop mode, choosing your crop type (regular APS-C, portrait APS-C, or Square as I proposed) before you release the shutter, it would give you many benefits including the following:
  • The camera will know exactly what part of the sensor to care about in terms of exposure, but also data processing (think time-saving, memory allocation and buffer fill optimization, battery saving, etc).

  • Your chances of taking better composed pictures increase because you will have to actually think about your composition properly and will be able to visualize it right off the bat (rather than making it an after-thought process).

  • In portrait APS-C crop mode you'll read the info in your viewfinder or on the screen easily since the text will be horizontal

  • In portrait APS-C crop mode your flash will illuminate your subject from the direction you want, and will be easier to bounce (especially if it doesn't have a swivel head like the 1st generation AF 360FGZ)

  • In square crop mode you'll effectively use 63% more sensor area (20.4^2 instead of 16^2)

  • In square crop mode your crop factor will be effectively 1.18 (24/20.4) instead of 1.5 (24/16). Your perspective control will be easier for scenes and subjects that have 1:1 aspect ratios. Your "35mm equivalent" focal length will be much closer to the lens' actual focal length because you'll multiply it by 1.18 instead of 1.5.

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-06-2015, 08:54 PM  
CP+ Pentax Interview - Question Suggestions
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 188
Views: 16,020
Adam, I would like to suggest a rather unique feature to Ricoh for their upcoming FF camera. It regards a DA lens mounted on an FF sensor and how you can create two cropped shooting modes in addition to the regular cropped mode that would make great use of the available sensor area. Please take a look at the following sketch and let me know whether you think this is worth mentioning to Ricoh. Imagine being able to jump to any of the 3 cropped modes illustrated on the right while looking through the viewfinder or at the rear screen by simply pressing a button or turning a wheel. I don't think any of the current camera makers has this simple feature on offer.

Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 07:32 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 2,854
Views: 89,126
Here's my reply. Thanks Adam!
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-02-2014, 02:34 PM  
Win an FA 31mm Ltd: PF 3 million post giveaway!
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 2,237
Views: 110,564
I just heard somebody calling me. Was that you dear 31?
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 10-22-2014, 07:17 PM  
Three new colour combos for the KS-1
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 95
Views: 7,904
Not only this is bad Photoshop, but Ricoh can actually get sued for false advertising. Shame on Ricoh for not being able to actually take a picture of a woman holding a K-S1. For a camera company, this is truly sad...
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 02-07-2014, 05:42 PM  
Get k-50 or wait for k-60?
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 61
Views: 9,434
All this being said, to be fair Nikon has a DX 35/1.8 for $200 (Canon doesn't have anything close to that in terms of price). So Pentax should have tried to at least match or surpass Nikon in the standard lens realm. I think of it as a case of missed opportunity...

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That's one hell of a deal!
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 02-07-2014, 05:33 PM  
Get k-50 or wait for k-60?
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 61
Views: 9,434
Very simple reason: cost. This way Pentax made an affordable 35 available to beginners. For anybody with a more flexible budget, the FA 35/2 from film era is still available. Need something even faster with superior optics and have an even larger budget? You have the FA 31/1.8 Limited (which gives you a 46.5mm FF equivalent, which is a pretty darn good standard lens on APS-C if you ask me).
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 02-07-2014, 04:23 PM  
Get k-50 or wait for k-60?
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 61
Views: 9,434
The 35/2.4 is not fast enough. 35 is a good focal length (almost equivalent to a 50 in FF) but should have been made at least at f/2 or f/1.8. I'd pick the 50/1.8 any day over the 35/2.4, but that's just my personal taste. This being said, the 35/2.4 is a prime candidate for being your 3rd lens once you get comfortable with your camera, but that largely depends on how your photography adventure and interests evolve.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 02-07-2014, 04:13 PM  
Get k-50 or wait for k-60?
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 61
Views: 9,434
Yes, I definitely would.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 02-06-2014, 05:14 PM  
Get k-50 or wait for k-60?
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 61
Views: 9,434
Beyond the equipment you use to take your pictures, they will then be only as good as the medium that displays them. At some point you will need a good monitor if you don't already have one. Monitor with good colors means one that shows your photos in their full glory and accurate colors. It defeats the purpose of taking 16MP pictures and then watching them on a tiny phone screen or a cheap desktop or laptop monitor that might show your colors completely off (too cold, too warm, too purple, too green,...). I have a top of the line Dell laptop (>$3000). Its monitor is plain awful. I can't get the calibration right for the life of me, the colors are too cold, the viewing angle too small, black depth ridiculous, you get the picture! I also have a Dell Ultrasharp monitor on my desk: excellent! It brings my pictures to life in in every way, color, resolution, depth, etc., built by the same company! It's like comparing a NIssan Versa to a Porsche 911! Both are cars, have 4 wheels, drive from point A to point B alright. Driving experience? Night and day.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 02-06-2014, 04:35 PM  
Get k-50 or wait for k-60?
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 61
Views: 9,434
Yes, that is what you want. Also at that price, it's a steal, a no-brainer... I have 9 lenses, but the two that I use 80% of the time are my 18-135 and my nifty fifty
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 02-06-2014, 01:10 AM  
Get k-50 or wait for k-60?
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 61
Views: 9,434
BTW, get the 18-135. I have all three (18-55, 50-200, 18-135) I never use the 18-55, I very rarely use the 50-200 since I found a 100-300 on eBay for $37. I use the 18-135 all the time as my walkaround zoom. Advantages? Usable range in ONE lens, fast and quiet DC motor, quickshift, hood, WR, not having to constantly change lens, better color rendition than 18-55, superior construction/craftsmanship, well-balanced in hand, etc.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 02-06-2014, 12:56 AM  
Get k-50 or wait for k-60?
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 61
Views: 9,434
Fast means large aperture, that is small f number. The smaller the f number, the larger the aperture, the more light-gathering capability, meaning you can take pictures at faster shutter speeds and/or lower ISOs (which means less digital noise). Beyond the ability of taking good pix in low light situations, a side benefit of a large aperture is that you get very shallow depth of field, which will allow you to take nice portrait pictures. Your subject will be in focus and everything behind (or in front) will be out of focus, i.e. blurry. A beginner can easily impress his friends and family with a fast 50 more than with anything else. Why 50? On an APS-C sensor, 50mm gives you roughly the equivalent of a 75mm on a full-frame camera. Why is that important? Because the 70-100mm range in FF equivalent is where you get good perspective for portrait shots. Anything shorter and the nose starts to be too large. Anything longer and the face starts to be too wide and somewhat flat. I'm oversimplifying a little, but that's some of the reasons. That's why on FF the portrait lens of choice is often the 85mm f/1.4 and why Pentax's pro portrait lens in APS-C is the 55mm f/1.4 (which is an 82.5mm FF equivalent).
Forum: Visitors' Center 02-04-2014, 10:03 PM  
Beginner
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 16
Views: 1,577
The K-30 is not just a good choice, it is an absolutely fantastic choice! I've been using it for the past 18 months and I have loved every second of it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-04-2014, 09:29 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 5,331
Views: 661,436
Think of Operating Systems. 7.7% of computers in the world run OS X. 1.6% run Linux. The rest is Windows. What does that say about the quality or benefits of each OS? Now apply that to cameras. Also, remember Apple came back from the brink of extinction and reinvented itself through innovative ways beyond its personal computers and OS. I tend to think Pentax has the potential to do the same in the right hands because it has the right photographic DNA. Will it happen or will Pentax go extinct? Only time will tell...
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 02-04-2014, 09:13 PM  
Bias or ignorance?
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 91
Views: 7,674
I agree with this. You could have asked whether the instructor had actually tested all lenses from all other brands.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-04-2014, 09:03 PM  
The best $X you ever spent...
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 76
Views: 5,239
Over $1000: K-30 18-135 kit
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-04-2014, 09:02 PM  
The best $X you ever spent...
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 76
Views: 5,239
$601-750: My first Pentax, a K-x dual lens kit.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-04-2014, 09:01 PM  
The best $X you ever spent...
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 76
Views: 5,239
$401-600: smc DA 15 f/4 Limited
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-04-2014, 09:00 PM  
The best $X you ever spent...
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 76
Views: 5,239
$151-250: Pentax-F 50mm f/1.7
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-04-2014, 08:59 PM  
The best $X you ever spent...
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 76
Views: 5,239
Under $100: $37 for a Pentax-F 100-300 zoom. The lens quality is nothing to write home about but at $37 a 300mm lens is unbeatable.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-04-2014, 08:53 PM  
Help me spend some money!
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 40
Views: 1,721
IR remote is another idea
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-04-2014, 08:51 PM  
Help me spend some money!
Posted By donfenix
Replies: 40
Views: 1,721
Oh and get also a lens pen
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