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Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 13 Hours Ago  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By Class A
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What do you mean?

Mathematically, the difference is 1.17 stops (for Pentax APS-C; it is 1.36 stops for Canon APS-C).
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 13 Hours Ago  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By Class A
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Wow, those colours and the "3D" effect is second to none. In particular the structure in the second one seems to jump out of the screen!
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 13 Hours Ago  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By Class A
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I have the K 55/1.8 and it is one of my favourite lenses. Beautiful rendering. I don't use it enough because it's a manual focus lens, but optically, I think it is absolutely great.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 13 Hours Ago  
Lightroom "Classic"
Posted By Class A
Replies: 125
Views: 3,676
For some of the questions, the answers are already known:


LR 6 (the stand-alone version) will not receive further updates (fact).

Lightroom Classic will receive updates but how smart a name choice is "... Classic" to instil confidence that this isn't a product on the road to extinction?

With sales for serious cameras declining, I'd expect the bean counters at Adobe to pull the plug on "Lightroom Classic" some day. They just stated that running LR6 in parallel to LR CC is "no longer economically viable" for them. If the new "LR CC" takes off, I'd expect Adobe to try and force everyone to it so that they cannot only charge rent for the software but also for the storage space.


You will have to migrate to a subscription-based version of LR (fact).

You won't be able to import LR6 catalogs into LR Classic but you will be able to export all the editing information in your LR6 catalogs to XMP files and import those into LR Classic. This is not equivalent to just converting the catalogs, as some aspects (e.g., virtual copies) will not transfer. Various workarounds (such as storing snapshots for your virtual copies) may make the transfer more complete, though.


Not while users believe they are gaining with a subscription-based scheme (personal opinion).
I accept that it works for some, but don't think that it works as well as many think it does for them.

Knowing Adobe, I do not think that they'll revert their decision to kill the perpetual licence scheme (personal opinion). I wouldn't rely on customers voting with their wallets right now, as they haven't done that when the whole subscription-based saga started.



There is no need for panicking, that's for sure. :)

However, I'd think a bit about how long I'd want to add to legacy catalogs instead of investing my future work into a different tool that will still be available with a perpetual licences in the future.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 1 Day Ago  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By Class A
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The K-1 is an exception.

They haven't reduced the price, on the contrary, the price rose after a while.

I agree with you that the "high first, lower later" approach is bad. Having said that, the "incredibly low first" strategy did not help Ricoh with DPReview either. Instead of acknowledging the incredible value-for-money proposition of the K-1, the "experts" at DPReview couldn't get over the fact that the K-1 wasn't designed to be a sports camera.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 1 Day Ago  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By Class A
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Note that all lenses perform better stopped down and the downside of stropping down (loss of resolution due to diffraction) won't appear before ~f/11 or higher for most lenses.

This is an advantage of FF: For the same picture, you need to stop the lens down, nudging it to better performance.

I hear you on the "can't shoot wide open anymore" aspect, but all lenses I know don't offer their best bokeh wide open. Yes, you avoid any trace of shutter blades, but typically the bokeh is weird wide open. The worst offender I know of is the FA 50/1.4. Its bokeh near wide-open is very funky (not to mention that it hardly offers any sharpness at f/1.4 either).

So, AFAIC, shooting with an FF camera only has advantages with respect to stopping down. There may be a few situations where shutter blades may become visible and you could avoid that by shooting wide open, but in that case with the K-1 you can switch the focal length (choose a wider lens, according to the crop factor 1.5) and switch to APS-C mode. Then you can take your wide open shot again. :)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 1 Day Ago  
Pentax K-5iis+Cactus V6II+Viltrox JY680CH=HSS success
Posted By Class A
Replies: 29
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Very nice sets, Raymond!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 1 Day Ago  
Lightroom "Classic"
Posted By Class A
Replies: 125
Views: 3,676
Trust Adobe to make a mess with the naming of the new product. They have already been pathetically referring to "Lightroom" as "Photoshop Lightroom" just to cash in on the widely known "Photoshop" name.

Now they are apparently trying to use the popular "Lightroom" moniker to push a new online photo storage service which has some editing capabilities. BTW, you'll get 20GB of storage. For getting up to 1TB of storage, you'll have to pay $20/month ($19.99/month to be accurate).

Now why did they not just call the new service "Lightroom Mobile" or similar and leave the old name alone? That would have been a lot less confusing. Think about it, their current move is analogous to introducing "Lightroom 1.0" as "Photoshop" and renaming the real Photoshop to "Photoshop Classic". Perhaps they are believing that by stealing the name verbatim from Lightroom, they get a maximum adoption rate for their new online service (which isn't that new, BTW, Adobe tried very similar things with "Carousal" and "Revel" before. They'll just keep pushing it at us till it sticks).

Using a lame name like "Lightroom Classic" signals that Adobe does not intend to put much effort into it in the future. For now they are stating that the product will continue but they said that about keeping the stand-alone version alive as well. Arguably "indefinitely" does not mean "forever", but if Adobe had wanted to avoid that interpretation, they could have used a less ambiguous phrasing.

The statement about "additional testing needed for perpetual licenses" no longer being "economically viable" is pure BS. Any software engineer knows that with a decent versioning control system, you can have variants like "CC" vs "stand-alone" for free. Such statements are an insult to the public and demonstrate that Adobe will lie into your face.

For those arguing that subscriptions are so much better for customers: Why do you think Adobe is killing stand-alone versions then? Adobe is forcing everyone into the subscription-based model because they make more money like that. If the stand-alone versions were more expensive for the customer over the long run, Adobe would keep them in order to get more money out of this customers. This simple fact tells anyone who is trying to work out that subscription is the cheaper route that they are not doing their math correctly. Businesses may be a different story, but the average enthusiast does not need updates that frequently. That's the reason why Adobe came up with the subscription-based model in the first place.

BTW, once Adobe has everyone converted to a subscription-based scheme, guess what will happen next? If you have trouble guessing it, here are the explanations Adobe will use: "Partially account for inflation. Reflect the increased value subscribers receive through the much extended portfolio of products. Allow the development of new world-class features, etc.".

There is the temptation to ride the LR6/LR-Classic avenue as long as possible, but my advice would be to switch now. This way, any effort you put into organising and processing your images will have a chance of being a long-term future investment. With LR6 you know that it will come to an end and with LR-Classic, the writing seems to be on the wall.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 10-14-2017, 08:30 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By Class A
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That's my view as well.

There isn't any intrinsically bad about capturing a moment that is 100% OK to witness as long as one does it with one's own eyes. I think anything we find objectionable about a voyeur or similar has to do with what is going on in their head. Whether there is a camera involved or not, shouldn't really matter.


I wish that had been clear from the article. Thanks a lot for the clarification.


Exactly.

Perhaps this is just the media trying to get attention but I don't understand why any of the legal debate should be about photography at all.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 10-14-2017, 06:26 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By Class A
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I don't quite understand who was allegedly "offended" or "insulted" by the guy taking the pics. If he sold them to indecent sites then this becomes another matter, but if he snapped the pics just for his private use you may want to call him a perv but whom would he "offend" or "insult"?
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-14-2017, 12:46 AM  
DXO mark tests the Pentax K-1
Posted By Class A
Replies: 135
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As usual, these days, DPReview just regurgitated news from somebody else.

The original news came from PetaPixel.

Hot on the heels of the anomaly (almost two years after it happened...), DPReview now started their own "investigation" by contacting DxO. It would be funny, if it weren't so sad.

The actual explanation by DxO ("too busy to finish the review") is a joke and a half as well. They could have told us that a long time ago. Trust DPReview to take the statement at face value and argue the explanation dispels any conspiracy theories. Oh, boy...
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 10-13-2017, 06:38 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By Class A
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Correct.



The K-1 recognises panning and stabilises accordingly.

Other models may perform this trick as well, I just happen to know it about the K-1.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 10-08-2017, 06:38 AM  
Flash yongnuo per k3 dubbi
Posted By Class A
Replies: 3
Views: 488
Not losing TTL via radio may get tricky with a third-party product like the YN 585EX.

An Acon trigger may work and Cactus are about to release a P-TTL capable firmware for their V6II trigger.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-06-2017, 06:27 AM  
Disappointing lenses with good reputations
Posted By Class A
Replies: 61
Views: 3,628
I'm not going to make friends with this, but I've yet to find a copy of the FA* 24/2 that does produce pretty terrible images towards the corners even when stopped down.

I believe this lens was very popular during film days because its high contrast suggests acuity, which however, is not backed up by resolution. I guess for smallish prints, the lens could produce stunning results, but nowadays it just takes a click to zoom in and see the gross lack of performance. I have trouble imagining how one can produce any large prints of images made with this lens without seeing issues when examining the print up close.

I'm usually the first to disagree when people state that lenses from the film era are not fit for digital high resolution sensors -- the good ones still work very nicely, perhaps apart from PF which one does not expect at this level from more modern designs anymore -- but it seems the FA* 24/2 is a lens that worked well for small prints in the film era but isn't a stellar performer on today's sensors anymore.

Perhaps I just need to find a good copy...

N.B., the pentaxforums lens reviews pretty much all give this lens very high scores, but
  1. this could be a case of systematic overrating (it happens), and

  2. many describe softness near wide open; not sure why I'd pay the going rate for a lens that starts becoming useful at f/4 and even then has issues near the edges/corners.

I'd love to own a good copy of this lens, but sadly it seems more wise to choose the Pentax 15-30/2.8 instead.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-06-2017, 06:14 AM  
Disappointing lenses with good reputations
Posted By Class A
Replies: 61
Views: 3,628
I respect your sensitivity regarding distortion but the Photozone review of the FA 43/1.9 Limited states
"Typical for standard/normal lenses the Pentax FA 43mm exhibits only a minor degree of barrel distortion (0.65%) - this is nothing to worry about. "
It certainly never bothered me. If it would bother anyone, such mild and well-behaved distortion can be very easily removed, say with Capture One even already during import.

The FA 43/1.9 Limited is such a gem of a lens, it seems a shame to dismiss it on the basis of a little bit of barrel distortion.
It certainly isn't strong near wide open in the corners, but has a lot of character in that range and gets crazy sharp quickly.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-03-2017, 02:01 AM  
Alternative choice for Ricoh Image Sync App - Pentax Photo Sync
Posted By Class A
Replies: 110
Views: 6,054
How did they make it so slow?

I don't think there is a lot you can do to make it fast, right?
So I'm wondering why they didn't achieve the same speed...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-30-2017, 05:10 AM  
Sigma 100-300 autofocus problem
Posted By Class A
Replies: 42
Views: 4,664
I only read the lens EEPROM ("LENS ROM") containing the AF microdadjust data with my K100D.

I'm not sure whether the K100D supports reading the lens' firmware.

In this older post you can see a screen of the debug menu of the K7 which clearly seems to support a lens firmware update (for the lens CPU). I don't know if it also supports reading the lens firmware.

Hope you'll find someone who may help you with any further steps. It would probably not be a bad idea to post to the "Deactivate SDM" thread as posters in there will typically have experience using the debug/service menu.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-29-2017, 10:57 PM  
Sigma 100-300 autofocus problem
Posted By Class A
Replies: 42
Views: 4,664
Shouldn't it be possible to read the firmware from an updated copy of the lens?

Isn't it the case that some Pentax cameras support reading the lens' firmware and writing it to an SD card?
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 09-28-2017, 11:54 PM  
For Sale: Pentax FA43 1.9 Limited
Posted By Class A
Replies: 5
Views: 879
Great lens with a lot of character.

Love it on my K-1.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 09-28-2017, 03:38 AM  
For Sale: SMC 50mm 1.2
Posted By Class A
Replies: 16
Views: 2,253
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 09-27-2017, 09:11 AM  
For Sale: SMC 50mm 1.2
Posted By Class A
Replies: 16
Views: 2,253
The panorama looks very nice. Was it stitched from multiple shots? What aperture did you use?

I've sent you a PM as well. :)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-27-2017, 08:59 AM  
Pentax Cable Release Splitter
Posted By Class A
Replies: 16
Views: 565
They all are (V5, V6, V6II). You just need a cable (3.5mm stereo to 2.5mm stereo <- cheap) to connect them to the camera.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 09-27-2017, 08:21 AM  
For Sale: SMC 50mm 1.2
Posted By Class A
Replies: 16
Views: 2,253
I'm interested in the FA* 24/2.0.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-26-2017, 06:36 AM  
Pentax Cable Release Splitter
Posted By Class A
Replies: 16
Views: 565
If you use a Cactus LV5 as the laser trigger, it could trigger two Cactus V5 receivers (one for each camera) directly via radio.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-22-2017, 05:42 AM  
Alternative choice for Ricoh Image Sync App - Pentax Photo Sync
Posted By Class A
Replies: 110
Views: 6,054
Sadly it only works for iOS 10.0 or higher.
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