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Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 2 Days Ago  
Green blurry images
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 4
Views: 363
As said, the greenish tint is a wrong WB setting. Set it on auto or use one of the preset.

For the blurry pictures, there can be many reasons. First, the old FA 28-200 isn't exactly the sharpest lens on earth, so don't expect the pictures to as sharp as ones taken with prime or modern zoom lenses. Secondly, the combination of FL, speed and aperture aren't always the best for sharpest. In picture #2, the 1/80 speed is a bit slow for a non perfectly still subject at a FL of 113mm. SR only works with your movement, it can't do nothing for the subject movement... Picture #3 was taken with an aperture of F/18, way too small to get a really sharp picture.

On picture #1 and #3, it looks a bit foggy. So I'm wondering if there wasn't some condensation on or inside the lens...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-02-2021, 11:15 AM  
Will you buy the k3 Mark 3?
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 364
Views: 12,967
No, not at this price.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-28-2021, 06:54 AM  
Will it make sense for Pentax to come up with a new 67 model?
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 27
Views: 1,370
Although a few ones can sell here and there for a good price, it’s a long way before justifying the industrial production of thousands of units.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-25-2021, 07:05 AM  
SR and zoom lens what do you set SR for ?
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 10
Views: 522
I second this. Itís better to have no SR at all than a suboptimal one which could make thing worse.
Forum: Pentax KP 03-11-2021, 09:27 AM  
electronic shutter benefits?
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 17
Views: 743
The 12-bits is only a matter of data bandwidth and processing speed. There’s no doubt that in the future, and sooner than later, both will improve enough that 14 bits uncompressed will not be too much to be processed fast enough.
Forum: Pentax KP 03-11-2021, 05:59 AM  
electronic shutter benefits?
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 17
Views: 743
It’s completely silent. Which can be quite useful under some situations.

FPS is only limited by sensor reading speed and processing power. This is what allows the crazy FPS in recent mirrorless cameras, which will become standard in a few years while the high end will improve even more. The DSLR are more or less stuck at the 10 FPS limit.
Forum: General Photography 03-08-2021, 10:20 AM  
Is there a future for DSLR (outside old duffers like me?)
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 94
Views: 3,346
DSLR will still be thre for many years, mostly due to the large established users base. But don't expect much more than what is available right now. Canon already have said that they have stopped working on new EF products, but will continue to support existing ones as long as there's enough demand. For Nikon, although nothing official was published, it's quite obvious that all their efforts are now on the Z line. Pentax still is dedicated to DSLR, but it's not clear for how long it will make sense economicaly for them to do it as they already seem to struggle a lot to maintain the K mount.

So, the DSLR might not be "dead" but rather in a sort of technological dead end. There isn't much that can be done to improve the current cameras while keeping them economically viable. Today, the more significant advances are related to software and need real time image analysis (like eye focus, on sensor AF...) to work at their best, which require to remove the mirror to read the image data directly from the sensor.

Right now, although it still make sense for someone already invested in DSLR to keep their gear, it also doesn't make much sense for most people (and particularly newcomers) to invest a lot of money in a DSLR system. DSLR will just become a niche, if they aren't already, somewhat like film camera or telemeters. There will always be people wanting them, but their days as a mainstream technology are behind.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-25-2020, 09:04 AM  
IPA suitable for cleaning?
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 31
Views: 2,287
Can’t tell for the lens, but using too much IPA yourself can definitely make your pictures worst!
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 11-16-2020, 08:42 AM  
AF Fine Adjustment "Apply all" an exercise in futility (K-50)
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 24
Views: 1,202
Have considered the issue might be with the lens and not the camera? What if you try with other lenses?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-06-2020, 04:53 PM  
Infinity adjustment on Pentax-F 50mm f/1.7
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 9
Views: 611
I may be wrong, but I think it’s perfectly normal for autofocus lenses to go slightly beyond infinity.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-21-2020, 04:29 PM  
When stores are closing -- Gosselin Photo to open a new store in Montreal, Nov 2020
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 3
Views: 833
It's a surprising and rather bold move. I used to go to their Quebec store when they carried Pentax gear. Now, I only go there once every few months, mostly to get prints. But they still sometime have used Pentax gear, often at good price, so it's still worth to look at the used section of their website from time to time.

Anyway, I wish them good luck!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-07-2020, 02:56 PM  
Help With P-TTL Cord For Pentax
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 43
Views: 2,186
You can easily check the cable with a multimeter.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-18-2020, 05:41 AM  
Shipments of SLRs and mirrorless cameras in 2019
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 71
Views: 3,832
This raises the question of what is the minimum number of units needed to make it wortwhile to continue for a manufacturer. I guess that below some level the manufacturer has to raise the price to compensate the low number up to the point where most people will find it too costly... Or, more simply, the amount of money they can make on such a low number become too meaningless relative to the trouble of maintaining the production.

It's also quite interesting to see that despite all the noise, fanfare and fireworks around the Canon and Nikon mirrorless launches their DSLRs still make, by far, the bulk of their sales. It seems that costly mirrorless FF cameras aren't the hot sellers many peoples want us to believe... The Nikon Z numbers are really underwhelming for something supposed to be the future and the savior of the company.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-24-2020, 04:14 PM  
newbie with a question
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 12
Views: 631
It depends on your budget. But I guess you don’t want to spend a lot on gear. Your best bet is probably to get a used DA 55-300. They’re easy to find and quite affordable. Once you have it, you might might find you’ll want to sell the 80-210 because there’s nothing you can do with it that can’t be done as well or better with the 55-300.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-05-2020, 04:13 PM  
Problem with K-50
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 15
Views: 996
BTW, unless the noise is really bothering you it's better to leave the setting active. It's way less troublesome to have some noise when the camera is turned on than to have dust appearing on the pictures.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-05-2020, 01:40 PM  
Problem with K-50
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 15
Views: 996
Sorry, the exact term isn't Sensor but "Dust Removal", in the same menu.




You can then select the system to activate when the camera turns on or off or both.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-03-2020, 12:24 PM  
Problem with K-50
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 15
Views: 996
As mentioned above, the noise can be the sensor automatic cleaning feature which is quite noisy on the k-50. By default it will clean the sensor every time the camera is turned on. To clean the sensor, the camera rapidly shakes it, giving a unusual noise which can be described as grinding noise.
You can go in the camera menu and deactivate this feature and check if the noise is still there. If you don’t hear it when the feature is off it will confirm that what you heard was the sensor cleaning and perfectly normal.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-03-2020, 08:44 AM  
Wide lens for shooting insides museums and such
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 43
Views: 2,492
There’s plenty of choice for wider than 35mm.
On the cheap side, the good old 18-55 is good enough to bring back some memories, particularly if used mostly at its widest end. Very affordable and easy to find.
If you’re unsure of which FL you really want or need, it could also be a cheap way to try different ones before deciding if you need an UWA lens or if a more usual WA (around 16-18mm) would be enough.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-03-2020, 08:34 AM  
Problem with K-50
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 15
Views: 996
BTW, if you have a laptop there’s a good chance it already has a slot to read SD cards. So you might not even need to buy a card reader!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-02-2020, 09:24 AM  
Problem with K-50
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 15
Views: 996
The noise might be the sensor cleaning system doing its job. It's easy to check by disabling the sensor cleaning in the menus. If the noise goes away, it means it's that and perfectly normal. It's then yours to decide if you want to keep it on or off. Although the noise isn't a big problem compared to a dirty sensor...

To download pictures it's usually better to use a card reader. Is the camera turned on when you try transfering the pictures ?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-30-2020, 05:45 PM  
Fill Flash question
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 18
Views: 1,213
Yes, I live in Quebec City. Glad you liked the city! Many people visit it as one-day trip while visiting Montreal but, yes, this is a bit short to really explore the city. But it's always possible to come back for a few days and get a better feel of the city and suroundng area!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-29-2020, 05:59 PM  
Fill Flash question
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 18
Views: 1,213
Yes, in bright sunlight a reflector usually works quite well.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-29-2020, 02:37 PM  
Fill Flash question
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 18
Views: 1,213
Fill flash simply means a flash to fill shadows. Now, your issue is that the picture will be overexposed even without flash... If you want to use f1.4 in sunlight, you need either ND filter to make the shutter speed drop to 1/180 (sync speed or lower) or a dedicated flash with High Speed Sync (HSS) which will allow shutter speed faster than 1/180.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-26-2020, 05:30 PM  
Pentax SDM issues (like everyone else)
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 46
Views: 3,103
This is the knot of the issue. The parts needed for the repair are very hard (like almost impossbile) to find. Only authorised repair centers have access to them. The repair itself isn't that difficult and certainly not outside what any half decent shop could do. but since they can get the parts, there isn't much they can do about it...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-24-2020, 06:07 AM  
Why you donít really want a hybrid viewfinder
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 36
Views: 4,908
This is also how I imagine a hybrid system. The OVF is backed up by data from a sensor. Which will allow additional features now expected in a modern camera. IMHO, if Pentax wants to stick with OVF they will not have much choice but to go this way. Because, even today , it will be difficult to convince many people to spend a fair amount of money on a camera without what is now considered basic features, like a decent eye-focus or at least some face detect right through the finder.
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