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Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 11 Hours Ago  
Question New title designations!
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 56
Views: 873
Fun idea Adam

- Concur with others re: white letters on Yellow bar (loyal supporter)
- what does the trophy designate? If stars points are reduced so 5 fit under the banner, I suggest dismiss the trophy (major eye attractor)
Forum: General Talk 12 Hours Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 10,802
Views: 733,710
M40/2.8 + M100/2.8. (Maybe + M35/2.8, which was a gift). Selling M28/2. K lenses will work just fine on an MX.

I have way too many lenses I never use.
Forum: General Talk 13 Hours Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 10,802
Views: 733,710
TYVM! The 2.8 is no slouch. This one will be fun also.

Iím selling all but the K lenses and the Macros (and two Mís for the MX) in my manual collection.
Forum: General Talk 14 Hours Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 10,802
Views: 733,710
Nearing my goal.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 14 Hours Ago  
Question New title designations!
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 56
Views: 873
The silver and gold Ďmedalsí indicate the number of Likes received. Mouseover displays the actual number.
Forum: Pentax KP 1 Day Ago  
KP users - do some tests, help Bill Claff
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 1
Views: 162
I’m in (offered anyway).
Forum: Sold Items 1 Day Ago  
For Sale - Sold: PENTAX K24/3.5 incl. original lens hood & caps
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 1
Views: 183
PM sent
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 1 Day Ago  
The next desktop/AIO for editing/workflow
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 16
Views: 432
Last winter I looked very hard at a 27” iMac. You really need to avoid small Fusion Drives and just use the biggest flash drive you can afford, plus 2xx Tb external drives. It gets up to $3,400 with AppleCare, software and sales tax (local Apple Store) very fast.

I bought a Dell XPS 3910 Tower custom built w/ 3.4 GHz i7, 16Gb, 512Gb flash drive, 2Tb SATA; 2Tb external backup, very nice nVidia GeForce 2Gb graphics card, wireless keyboard / mouse / 3.1 channel speakers, WIN10 64 Pro, MS Office Pro and more connections than I can count. 2x USB 3.0 + 2x USB 2.0 on the front + 4x USB 3.0 on the back (Apple has none on the front - try sticking your SD card in the back of your monitor -you’ll hate it)), multi-card slot reader on the front. Bluetooth, WiFi a/c and a 27” LG 4K monitor for $2,199 shipped, no tax. Blazing fast, my existing software all installed, my printers, scanners and other peripherals all installed, wired network server connected perfectly and the OS is familiar. There was a three evening learning curve to tweak settings and it just runs.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
D-FA* 85mm f1.4 also coming
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 1,296
Views: 92,930
That was the heyday of the *istD and K10D homeruns. I didn’t count them, but most of the SMC DA Limiteds and DA zooms were issued in that period. The DA*s were 2007 and 2008, during the K20D.

If the K-3 replacement is more than incremental from KP and K-70 and the tech appears in another new body (not unprecedented) this could be fun for those who stayed around.

The global economic recovery is accelerating, and Pentax has been sensitive to that in the past.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
D-FA* 85mm f1.4 also coming
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 1,296
Views: 92,930
The next 18 months could be similar to 2004-2006 in terms of new camera and lens introductions.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
D-FA* 85mm f1.4 also coming
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 1,296
Views: 92,930
The only roadmapped DA lens is the wide-angle zoom.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Pentax Value
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 53
Views: 1,993
I do understand the frustration with the AF for those who shoot bursts to capture action. I’ve shot with my son’s 7D and nice lenses. The lock is a little faster than my KP. The frame rate is no higher than my KP. He has more captures to choose from when shooting Sports, but his burst shot images of smiling babies, for instance, are no better than mine shooting single, AF.S with similar lenses.

I have no doubt Nikon’s 51 point AF sensor outperforms the K-3 AF sensor; both are 2013 cameras. The K-3 replacement should have significantly better AF performance with better lenses than the 16-50, so his observations, given the lenses he has, are correct at this time.

IMO the notion that K-70 with DA Limiteds is the only true value Pentax kit is absurd.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 1 Day Ago  
What is a good camera bag for K-1 and three lenses?
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 27
Views: 1,770
[EDIT]: I now have two F3-X bags. I carry -
  1. K-1 | all three FA Limiteds and D FA24~70 with a padded insert and 540FGZ

  2. KP | all five DA Limiteds and D FA28~105 without a padded insert and 360FGZ

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
D-FA* 85mm f1.4 also coming
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 1,296
Views: 92,930
So D FA*50/1.4 under glass in late October and formal announcement / release date announcement in November = 'this year'. Perhaps the same happens for the 85 in January, with formal announcement at CP+.

And I still think there's something coming that no one is talking about.
Forum: General Talk 2 Days Ago  
What is the best drill bit? (Sarcasm )
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 269
Views: 5,061
No one understands poor Bart. In the end he always makes the right bit choice.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 2 Days Ago  
LBA
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 42
Views: 1,312
Forum: General Talk 2 Days Ago  
What is the best drill bit? (Sarcasm )
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 269
Views: 5,061
In Missouri each school district votes it’s own tax rate. We’ve chosen to pay more school tax to support the extras so our children can select the best drill bits for their needs. People who don’t care about drill bits don’t want want to pay the extra tax, so they don’t live here, which is backward thinking - the high school district rating keeps our home values up.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Pentax Value
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 53
Views: 1,993
The original reply to the OP’s post is on topic, and somewhat interesting; Pentax was probably not the proper choice to meet his objectives in the first place. The tone of the subsequent replies is unfortunately whiny and dismissive. The ongoing conversation afterward smacks of pot shots on the way out the door, and illustrates why off and on I’ve Ignored the poster.

Why do people who have jumped ship keep coming back to PF anyway?

The SDM issues of the DA*16~50/2.8 is a legitimate gripe, but should he generalize to the entire DA* Line? Has he shot with every one of them? Are they all that slow? I don't understand the AF speed fetish anyway.

The canard about paying more for a Pentax rebadge of a Tamron lens w/o the ILIS has been beaten to death. Apparently they’re the same optical formula, assembled by Tamron to Pentax spec with Pentax materials. They’re not the same lenses, but you can buy the Tamron if you want, right? Same goes for the other Tokina versions of Pentax lenses.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Pentax Value
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 53
Views: 1,993
@starbase218. Hope you enjoy your new gear. Don’t know what makes you think I want to read about it though.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
D-FA* 85mm f1.4 also coming
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 1,296
Views: 92,930
Sigma backward engineers it’s mounts. They don’t license. Why would Pentax partner with the them? They get nothing.

In many cases a jointly-developed lens allows partners each to gain a different benefit - say, one learns a design technique and the other gains manufacturing space otherwise not available. Actually selling lenses is incidental to the agreement.

Zeiss ended the 70s agreement with Pentax after one lens, which I own, and fairly quickly updated the design.

Some people won’t admit what they don’t know and try to bluff their way through, but I don’t have to read it.
Forum: General Talk 2 Days Ago  
What is the best drill bit? (Sarcasm )
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 269
Views: 5,061
It was America in the late 60s. Girls took sewing, cooking and home economics. My grandmother taught me ‘needle-crafts’; my mother taught me to cook, and to wash my own clothes.

My daughter-in-law is a tenured Family and Consumer Sciences teacher in the same High School I graduated from 45 years ago. The only differences are the classes are no longer compulsory, they are Co-Educational and there is State-sanctioned competition between schools in Cooking* just like ball sports.**


* it is somewhat similar to the cable television competitive cooking shows
** all the musical arts also compete statewide - Orchestra, Chorus, Band, collectively and individually, voices and instruments.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
D-FA* 85mm f1.4 also coming
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 1,296
Views: 92,930
So many misappropriations of history . . .

The number of Pentax outright rebrands is quite small. Nearly all of the DA consumer lenses are in-house designs; as written, the * and Limited (8 in all); the 645 designs. The recent Tamron zoom re-badges with coating and MF upgrades and no in-lens stabilization are the exception.

Every lens manufacturer aside from Leica (which eschewed coatings altogether) licensed SMC. Pentax lived on the license revenue for three decades. When patents expired and fees ended the company contracted to the point of being break-up bait.

And Leica suddenly decided coating lenses was a good idea.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
K-1 battery grip - does it fix the shutter shock issues with the DFA 28-105?
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 13
Views: 563
FWIW The 24-70 has helped reduce SS for me. Can’t answer for the Grip.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
D-FA* 85mm f1.4 also coming
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 1,296
Views: 92,930
Probably not. But you could ask about the drill bits. ;)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
D-FA* 85mm f1.4 also coming
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 1,296
Views: 92,930
Donít bet on that. They might not even know*


* Does Pentax even have reps any more or are they all contract Brand brokers.
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