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Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-14-2018, 07:33 AM  
Pentax 1200mm FUNGUS! for $5099
Posted By pacu
Replies: 13
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I would continue to use it and assemble a custom dry box for storage. Make the most of it for as long as possible. I don't think you will be able to sell it unless someone needs spare parts for repairing another lens.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-07-2018, 01:05 AM  
Pacu's entry for #136 Flowers up Close'
Posted By pacu
Replies: 5
Views: 165
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-05-2017, 05:19 AM  
Pacu's entry for #136 Flowers up Close'
Posted By pacu
Replies: 5
Views: 165
Taken with a Ricoh GR II.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-02-2017, 02:00 AM  
'Red Sky in the Morning'
Posted By pacu
Replies: 17
Views: 399
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-22-2016, 03:52 PM  
HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mmF4.5-6.3ED PLM WR RE
Posted By pacu
Replies: 659
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After all these years we can only speculate, SDM is well in the past now, like high-end DA * lenses. For some time DFA lenses will be the priority.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-22-2016, 02:38 PM  
HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mmF4.5-6.3ED PLM WR RE
Posted By pacu
Replies: 659
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True, not a Pentax only issue, but the limited lenses should have tighter tolerances (they are prime also not zoom lenses except one). Lemons are a part of life, but something has to be done to improve the quality of premium lines.

Sigma uses their Foveon sensor for measurements or so they say... the thing is premium lenses are expected to be perfect, I know tranportation has a lot to do with the end user experience both in lenses and in hard disk drivers. The packaging of lenses is not adequete for all manufactorers in my view.

The LensRental "OLAF" is something that service centers should have, the cost of equipent has skyrocketed and people's expectations along with the prices.

FUD is part of reviewing and Pentax has suffered a lot, during the digital period and the movement of production lines outside of Japan.

I am sure that not all SDM lenses were problematic but the whole issue influenced my purchases to an extent. Nikon had a lot of problems lately but the brand name is still going strong.

For me IBIS is the reason I chose Pentax for digital and I will stick to the brand, it makes more sense economically.
But I will aknowledge that sometimes the grass is greener on the other side. And sometimes is greener on our side. :lol:
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-22-2016, 12:34 AM  
HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mmF4.5-6.3ED PLM WR RE
Posted By pacu
Replies: 659
Views: 69,905
High quality components.

Yet some batches of Pentax lenses have issues with quality control, de-centering.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-16-2016, 02:15 AM  
Is the DFA 150-450mm lens overpriced or unappealing in your opinion?
Posted By pacu
Replies: 283
Views: 21,042
The real question. Why we compare apples to oranges?

When a refresh of the 60-250 f/4 is coming out? Only a DFA 70-200 f/4 ?

We gotta know. :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-14-2016, 07:17 AM  
Is the DFA 150-450mm lens overpriced or unappealing in your opinion?
Posted By pacu
Replies: 283
Views: 21,042
On principle you are right.

In practice even a broken analog watch shows the correct hour two times a day, on the matter of max magnification on a tight budget they come close enough to the truth in this case.



That been said I would love to have money and space to burn and get a K-1 with a 150-450mm this day.

I am sure I would get even more weird looks than I get with a 55-300 and a K-30 but who cares. :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-14-2016, 06:52 AM  
Is the DFA 150-450mm lens overpriced or unappealing in your opinion?
Posted By pacu
Replies: 283
Views: 21,042
After 300mm equivalent IBIS becomes a problem for me, it takes some effort to aim properly at medium short distances because of the lack of optical stabilization. :D I don't think Pentax is the best option for birders.

Aside from the Canon 400mm f/5.6 which remain the best buck for bang lens in this category, you can have access to rented super telephoto lenses way easier by going with a Nikon or Canon.

With this in mind I find it a little difficult to see Pentax introducing longer lenses than the 150-450mm, the Pentax 560mm is a bit of an oddity.

---------- Post added 10-14-16 at 04:56 PM ----------



The thing is you have to take into account the technique needed for longer than 300mm focal length. Some lenses are too much actually for most people to handle. So they have a point when they talk about real world situations.

With an APS-c camera I would not dream to use something more than a 400mm without a tripod.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-05-2016, 08:57 AM  
Is the DFA 150-450mm lens overpriced or unappealing in your opinion?
Posted By pacu
Replies: 283
Views: 21,042
Is DFA 150-450 overpriced? Or the Sigma 150-600 Sports compared to contemporary?

The build quality ain't the same for contemporary nor the level of optical corrections. Is it good enough? Sure.


Sigma S 150-600 mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM review - Image resolution - LensTip.com

Sigma C 150-600 mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM review - Image resolution - LensTip.com

They are not the same lens.




I would prefer a Pentax K-3 II with DFA 150-450 to a D500 with a 150-600 contemporary. I am sure it is comperarable, and good enough.

Also APS-C is good enough, as micro 4/3 when you use sensible apertures. In low light not as much though. :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-04-2016, 09:33 AM  
Is the DFA 150-450mm lens overpriced or unappealing in your opinion?
Posted By pacu
Replies: 283
Views: 21,042
The burden of proving something goes the claimer.

I can give you some links about the things I claimed. Can you do the same?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-03-2016, 01:10 PM  
Is the DFA 150-450mm lens overpriced or unappealing in your opinion?
Posted By pacu
Replies: 283
Views: 21,042
I am sure if Pentax intoduced something like the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens at around 7000$ (like the canon), people would still compare it to the Sigma 150-600 contemporary, because... Pentax. :D

On a more serious note, I saw the lenstip review of the Sigma 150-600 sports versus contemporary and it is significantly better and 50% heavier. Probably Sigma Sports version is more lens for the money than Pentax 150-450, I am not so sure about the contemporary version. It looks kind of average.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-03-2016, 07:29 AM  
Is the DFA 150-450mm lens overpriced or unappealing in your opinion?
Posted By pacu
Replies: 283
Views: 21,042
I would like to see a comparison between the 600mm zoom lenses and the 450mm Pentax, on the same target at different distances. Nikon D810 has the same sensor as Pentax K-1 so we can have a fair comparison.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-17-2015, 12:07 AM  
DxOMark measures K-3II
Posted By pacu
Replies: 185
Views: 27,285
The 33mm vs 24mm on the smaller side of the picture is what makes the difference.

It's a 37.5% difference besides the aesthetics of the 4/3 aspect ratio and a more usable ratio for vertical photos. Your mileage may vary here.

For me is more meaningful difference than the difference of 35mm and aps-c which is just a differnce in size. My 2cents.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-15-2015, 05:19 PM  
DxOMark measures K-3II
Posted By pacu
Replies: 185
Views: 27,285
I do not think that Nikon users are in the same buyers class as the people buing 645Z.

First most of them don't get the 4:3 aspect ratio.

Second traditionally the 35mm is a convenience thing, without the shooting discipline required they will not realise the added value the 645Z has over D810.
Forum: General Photography 12-13-2015, 04:48 PM  
UK citizens may soon need licenses to photograph some stuff they already own
Posted By pacu
Replies: 19
Views: 1,813
Next thing they will do is a campaign to ban cameras usage by the unwashed masses. :D
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-10-2015, 02:01 PM  
The Angry Cyclist
Posted By pacu
Replies: 3
Views: 350
Great photo, bad cycling technic...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-10-2015, 02:13 AM  
Pentax K-1 (tentative) exhibited in Salon de la Photo from Paris
Posted By pacu
Replies: 519
Views: 65,787
With the assumption of a working quality control , propably anything Pentax will bring out will be better than Nikon D810. :D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-03-2015, 02:29 AM  
Just wondering...about Pentax
Posted By pacu
Replies: 29
Views: 2,809
Or you could have spent far less and bought only a sony rx-100 which is more than most people need.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-01-2015, 03:24 PM  
IR version of 645Z released [in Japan]
Posted By pacu
Replies: 29
Views: 4,576
Now I feel envious. :lol: But the DFA 100mm macro will be my only love. Its cheaper that way. :D
I had no luck with infra red so far, so I will stick with visible range.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-01-2015, 12:03 AM  
IR version of 645Z released [in Japan]
Posted By pacu
Replies: 29
Views: 4,576
UVIR lenses can be very expensive thats actually the main problem from what I know, unless someone is really good with DIY and modify lenses. Coatings influence a lot ultra violet, for a flower aficionado, photos of flowers in infrared (which I did try) and ultra violet can be very interesting.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-29-2015, 09:04 PM  
Pentax K-1 (tentative) exhibited in Salon de la Photo from Paris
Posted By pacu
Replies: 519
Views: 65,787
If it ain't broke don't fix it, still sounds true. Why people want to throw away decades of evolution in camera ergonomics ? Just use a go pro, smartphone or whatever floats your boat.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-29-2015, 03:32 AM  
IR version of 645Z released [in Japan]
Posted By pacu
Replies: 29
Views: 4,576
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-28-2015, 03:35 PM  
IR version of 645Z released [in Japan]
Posted By pacu
Replies: 29
Views: 4,576
If I remember correctly also in the past a Fujifilm camera with infrared and ultra violet capability was sold only under special order.
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