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Forum: Pentax KP 06-14-2019, 02:30 AM  
KP and 31mm/1.8
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 7
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I'm not sure. I thought it might mean town centre but I really don't know and would have to ask a Scot. There are a number of pubs called that though.
Forum: Pentax KP 06-13-2019, 12:36 AM  
KP and 31mm/1.8
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 7
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Yes, Arbroath is a gem and well worth a visit. Unfortunately it is a little off the beaten track so not somewhere one would just pass by. With the beautiful weather and this highly photogenic place it would have been hard to miss some great shots and almost any camera would have captured great images. Nonetheless I'm delighted with the size and quality of files which comes out of this combination; particularly the colours. Final results are achievable with the minimum of processing.

On the basis of the good experience with the 31mm, I've ordered, but have not yet received, a 77mm Limited to add to the system. It was advertised as mint so hope it lives up to the description when it arrives :)
Forum: Pentax KP 06-08-2019, 02:31 AM  
KP and 31mm/1.8
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 7
Views: 789
I was lucky to have to work in Scotland this past week and came across the delightful fishing village of Arbroath. For those interested in the KP/31mm/1.8 LTD combo there are some more pictures viewable here: Vincent Van Walt - Arbroath

The files are very detailed and the colours just wonderful. B&W converts well also.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-03-2019, 02:53 AM  
Can I call myself a Pentaxian now?
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 13
Views: 615
And I suppose I owe you some pictures while I'm still solvent.

KP and 50/1.4 and 31/1.8 go to a Spanish wedding :)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-31-2019, 04:43 AM  
Can I call myself a Pentaxian now?
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 13
Views: 615
I'd best start saving because I'm running out of camera gear to sell :)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-31-2019, 03:51 AM  
Can I call myself a Pentaxian now?
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 13
Views: 615
Hahaha. Let me at least give my credit card a rest for a while please not least because I haven't been paid yet for the items I sold to get this far :)


<> :( I guess that might make me a Richonian which doesn't sound as good.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-31-2019, 12:20 AM  
Can I call myself a Pentaxian now?
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 13
Views: 615
Yes I am very lucky Jeff. Taking the 50/1.4 to a wedding this week-end but on the KP as having to fly there so I can do with minimising on the weight. It will give me the extra reach as well. I'll post something on my return :). Never used this lens before so am super excited!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-30-2019, 11:12 PM  
Can I call myself a Pentaxian now?
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 13
Views: 615
Very pleased to have this trilogy :)
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-29-2019, 12:18 AM  
An article on the K-1MKII
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 24
Views: 2,097
It is easy to be seduced by mirrorless which has a great many advantages and the same goes for the newest technology which is just amazing.


But when looking dispassionately at a system, simply as a tool for making photographs, then there are other considerations. A photographer called Sean Reid who reviews many cameras and lenses (on his paid site) says that occasionally, as he tests something, he forgets the camera he is using because it becomes a part of him and this has to do with the sum of all the components of the system: how the image is viewed, the ergonomics, the haptics, the quality and colour of the files and so on. It is because of him that I recently purchased a KP followed rapidly by a K1-II.

Pentax cameras are not the most up to date and lack many of the features of newer iterations. In that respect it is difficult to make a case for them based on specifications, but as a tool for making photographs they get an awful lot right. It is obvious that Ricoh/Pentax employs some very good engineers who understand the photographer and succeed in giving him or her a very competent image making machine. It is equally obvious that their marketing team finds it hard to convey the strengths of the brand so it can achieve a higher level of recognition.

Aside from the Ricoh GR, I am new to Pentax but now wish that I had come across them before because it would have saved me a lot of money and frustration in getting used to a variety of other systems each of which had their own peculiarity. As such I understand well the author of the article who has tripped over many brands before arriving to the conclusion that the Pentax K1is a very suitable and competent camera which will suit his needs better than other systems.
Forum: General Photography 05-26-2019, 12:28 AM  
Northrup on DSLRs, Mirrorless and especially Lens Mounts
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 31
Views: 1,896
This is so true and an argument frequently set aside or perhaps not realised or appreciated because the focus is mostly on resolution at pixel peeping level. Realism seems to be ignored.
Forum: General Photography 05-25-2019, 11:36 PM  
Northrup on DSLRs, Mirrorless and especially Lens Mounts
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 31
Views: 1,896
I can only speak for myself but I'm one of those that has moved back to DSLR in the form of a KP. I bought this camera for a specific purpose. I travel a lot and I'm often in countries with very bright light. Conversely I also like to photograph street at night. The intention was to use this second system when my primary camera, a Hasselblad X1D, was too challenging because of its general slow-ness, relatively poor EVF and general unsuitability for the aforementioned type of photography.

Now there is no question that the Hasselblad produces some magnificent files with amazing resolution and colour but even after only one week with the KP I've realised again how good an OVF is as a means of viewing and framing a shot. I know that there are now many cameras with EVFs several grades better than that of the X1D but still the OVF seems to suit my eyes and how I can see the image before I take the shot.


Then there are the ergonomics and the haptics. I'd forgotten how important they are and the KP has got all the buttons, of the right size, in the right place and the fingers just fall naturally on where you want and need them to be.

And so, to cut a long story short, I've decided to sell the Hassy (at some loss) and replace it with another DSLR in the form of the K1-II paired with a 15-30/2.8 and a 54/1.4. Impulsive? Perhaps a little but I am willing to forego some of the resolution and file quality of the Hasselblad for a system that just feels better in the hand. As a tool for making photographs the Pentaxes just seems better for me than the Hasselblad.

To now have the two Pentaxes, KP and K1, also means that the menus and buttons are almost identical and this is a huge advantages when switching cameras.

I cannot pretend that my motivation to revert to DSLR will necessarily confirm a trend that would suggest that the future is not in mirrorless, but for me, and perhaps some others, it is not too far fetched to suggest that an individual's taste is sometimes better aligned with a DSLR and that therefore, some, like me, will switch back from mirrorless.
Forum: Pentax KP 05-23-2019, 05:55 AM  
Lens noise on KP?
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 34
Views: 942
Thanks Sandy!
Forum: Pentax KP 05-23-2019, 04:43 AM  
Lens noise on KP?
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 34
Views: 942
And all working well, despite the noise on startup :)

The lens, at 1.8 has a depth of field which is just about right and not too shallow, colours and oof areas are well rendered and resolution is also very good.
Forum: Pentax KP 05-23-2019, 01:26 AM  
Lens noise on KP?
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 34
Views: 942
Hi Jonathan. I really do not think it is the camera. Without lens, the only (quite faint) noise that can be heard is likely to be from the sensor shake.
Forum: Pentax KP 05-23-2019, 12:14 AM  
Lens noise on KP?
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 34
Views: 942
Thanks Mikesbike. Yes I was very lucky to find this lens in mint condition and for half the price of a new one. I'm partial to older lenses which seem to render in a way that some modern lenses cannot.

I do like to use jpegs when I can and as this camera is mainly intended as a supplement to my other system (Hasselblad x1D) for street and portraiture and poor light, jpegs will mostly be quite sufficient so I'd love to get some pointers from you. So far I've not opened a page of the manual but just trying to get accustomed to the feel of the camera and the rendering of the lens. The additional dials and multitude of custom settings is a little overwhelming but no doubt I'll slowly get there. I found in the past that it can take months before being able to "read and write" with a new camera.

From the little I've experienced, I'm finding the colours great and they also convert well to B&W (with a rather attractive grainy-ness) which I often use for portraits. The type of work that very much interests me is people at their jobs and here are a couple of examples. As you can see, lighting can be a challenge. (These are taken with Nikon and Fuji resp). These are the types of scenes I'm intending to use the KP for.
Forum: Pentax KP 05-22-2019, 06:52 AM  
Lens noise on KP?
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 34
Views: 942
Maybe because it is a relatively old style lens? From what I've read, 2001? In terms of technology a definite dinosaur (which is why I chose it as some of the newer lenses are a little too clinical for my taste). Also, my copy is silver and perhaps that makes a difference as well?
Forum: Pentax KP 05-22-2019, 05:44 AM  
Lens noise on KP?
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 34
Views: 942
Iris moving video attached
Forum: Pentax KP 05-22-2019, 04:56 AM  
Lens noise on KP?
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 34
Views: 942
Yayyy, phew, I thought I was hearing things and at my age that is not a good sign! haha
Forum: Pentax KP 05-22-2019, 04:54 AM  
Lens noise on KP?
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 34
Views: 942
Thanks everyone :)

So what I think: On power on, the shake reduction system vibrates the sensor to clear the dust (user selectable). This creates a very low pitch of a very short duration; on my KP almost inaudible. The lens gear motor then engages, closes the iris, opens it and then the camera is ready for use. It seems that this is common to all lenses. My copy is perhaps unusually loud.


I've made a note to ignore it from now :)
Forum: Pentax KP 05-22-2019, 04:30 AM  
Lens noise on KP?
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 34
Views: 942
But I can see the iris closing and opening and I think that is what makes the noise which is quite loud and unambiguous. Have tried holding the lens and same noise. Does the iris move on your 31?
Forum: Pentax KP 05-22-2019, 04:13 AM  
Lens noise on KP?
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 34
Views: 942
Haha, I did this and yes there is a very quiet little squeak from the sensor but that is not the noise I'm referring to.
Forum: Pentax KP 05-22-2019, 03:44 AM  
Lens noise on KP?
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 34
Views: 942
No, this is definitely from the lens which only does it once at startup. I think it is probably the way this lens works in combination with the KP. The noise seems to be when the iris closes then re-opens. To add to the discussion, this is what the supplier writes:

"I believe this to be a normal occurrence withthe KP there are lots of online forums suggesting that this is common but doesnot affect the performance or quality of the lens/images."

Indeed the quality of the images does not seem to be affected.
Forum: Pentax KP 05-22-2019, 03:10 AM  
Lens noise on KP?
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 34
Views: 942
Sorry, wrong format, now as .avi
Forum: Pentax KP 05-22-2019, 03:02 AM  
Lens noise on KP?
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 34
Views: 942
Thanks for the replies so far. Attached is a recording of the noise.
Forum: Pentax KP 05-22-2019, 12:00 AM  
Lens noise on KP?
Posted By vdubois
Replies: 34
Views: 942
Many thanks!
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