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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-27-2020, 02:31 AM  
HD Pentax-D FA★ 85mm f/1.4 SDM AW
Posted By PePe
Replies: 1,078
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On the other hand their recent track record - the last couple of years - is pretty indisputable, isn’t it?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-22-2020, 02:35 AM  
New Pentax CP+2020 Video
Posted By PePe
Replies: 9
Views: 2,514
It is exactly this kind of back-up and marketing support the brand would need for the worldwide market It wouldnīt take much to make different language versions of this.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-02-2020, 06:45 AM  
K1/K1 II D-BG6 $146.95 at Adorama
Posted By PePe
Replies: 4
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Yes, that is a good price! More or less what the grips used to cost for the earlier flagship models.
It is a pity I already have one...
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-08-2020, 07:18 AM  
Hello from Finland
Posted By PePe
Replies: 5
Views: 280
And welcome to the forums. Good to see some more of my countrymen here. Don’t forget to join our social group Finnish Pentaxians.
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-06-2020, 03:43 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By PePe
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LUXHelsinki is an annual light festival arranged around the darkest time of the year.
Some of the landmarks of Helsinki get a rather bizarre new look for a couple of days...

The low light capabilities and DR of the K-1 come in handy!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-01-2020, 04:05 AM  
Lenses and temperature and the 70-210
Posted By PePe
Replies: 10
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After using my gear frequently outside the specified temperature range I have learnt not to take the specified temperature range too literally. In my case we are usually talking about the low end, as up here we never have temperatures above 40 C. Only occasionally in the tropic my gear has been exposed to this high temperatures.
The manufactures want to limit their liabilities by playing safe with the specifications. Excluding batteries temperatures have never caused difficulties for me. However, I know the lubricants in some earlier Sigma lenses needed to be changed for use in cold weather.
Humidity is a bit different. Condensation has been discussed here several times. In tropical conditions fungus can be a problem. Would be interesting to know whether modern sealed lenses have a better track record in this respect.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-11-2020, 01:30 PM  
What is the state of Pentax MF??
Posted By PePe
Replies: 31
Views: 2,979
The same question has crossed my mind. However, in November Philippe Farreng , Ricoh Imaging Sales Manager for Europe, clearly confirmed the companys commitment to all three product lines, APS-C, FF and MF. Therefore it would appear logical to expect a new 645 after the K-new.
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-25-2019, 04:02 AM  
Biggest enlargement from K-1 you've been happy with?
Posted By PePe
Replies: 61
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I do big prints for exhibitions, but have to say I have not reached the limit for K-1 files yet. Fairly recently I made a 1m x 1,5 m reprint from an old K-10 10 MP file for exhibition use.
This was pretty much on the limits, did take some extraordinary tweaking in Photoshop. Nevertheless the result was just fine, even for gallery use. In addition to the pixel count the maximum enlagement size depends on a number of other factors. However, with similar precautions I would imagine you could triple the picture area using a K-1 file, provided the image itself is flawless.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-15-2019, 03:32 AM  
Ricoh Imaging Diversifying the Pentax Brand via High Performance Astronomy Optics!
Posted By PePe
Replies: 14
Views: 1,573
Anything that supports and reinforces the brand is a plus, isnīt it?
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-13-2019, 01:26 PM  
Pentax K-3 vs K-1
Posted By PePe
Replies: 22
Views: 3,976
Having owned them both the pros and cons:
+ fast frame rate
+ size and weight
+ pulling power due to lens factor
- high ISO performance

+ superior image quality
+ high ISO performance, dynamic range
+ somewhat better AF
- size,weight and price

I sold my K-3 and use the K-1 exclusively now. However, once the new APS-C body is available, I will probably buy it for telephoto use.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-23-2019, 10:35 AM  
interview with Ricoh Imaging General Sales Manager for Europe
Posted By PePe
Replies: 712
Views: 38,486
OK, the Google translation is pretty good. Yes, he talks about future developments for both MF and FF lines without any hesitation. That is good news!
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-06-2019, 03:24 AM  
Post your K-1 pics with vintage glasses
Posted By PePe
Replies: 920
Views: 71,213
Here in the north days are getting shorter. Spent a while on the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia to get a glimpse of the sun :)
This one shot with Tokina 17/3,5 and K-1.
Forum: Pentax K-1 11-04-2019, 12:32 PM  
Do you like the unique design of the K-1 lcd?
Posted By PePe
Replies: 82
Views: 3,850
I like the flexibility of the articulated screen. I have not had any problems with it, not even in freezing conditions. Would love to see the design in future bodies.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-17-2019, 10:43 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By PePe
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Views: 2,753,157
A couple of shots from our Sunday afternoon ride on a historic train. All K-1 + DFA 24-70.
There sure is something special about those old trains!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-21-2019, 08:37 AM  
Extremely low temperatures : What to expect and how to counter-balance it?
Posted By PePe
Replies: 75
Views: 4,138
With the exception of batteries and humidity condensation (when returning to room temperature) the body is unlikely to cause problems. It is just as important to make sure your own gear allows you to stay outdoors long enough. Especially gloves/mittens and footwear can be critical.
When it comes to lenses, I know a couple of cases where the lubricant in Sigma zooms needed to be replaced to get the lens working in this kind of temperatures. Camera repair shops up here know what works in the winter. I have a couple of Sigma primes, which work just fine with their original lubricants. Mechanically complex zooms are more likely to be affected. My Pentax zooms have always worked fine at temperatures like this.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-06-2018, 05:58 AM  
Hello from Oslo :)
Posted By PePe
Replies: 5
Views: 435
Welcome! Good to see some more people from our northern latitudes :-)
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-27-2018, 01:45 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By PePe
Replies: 30,518
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This far north days are now rapidly getting shorter. The high season for all kinds of light festivals is here. The K-1 continues to impress with itīs low light capabilities and DR!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-29-2018, 10:02 AM  
Film gear store
Posted By PePe
Replies: 3
Views: 879
I was delighted to find a store dedicated to film SLRīs, gear, and accessories
They claim their business is growing!
A fair amount of Pentax gear there, 35 mm, MF and LF.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-07-2018, 01:04 AM  
Would the O-ME53 eye cup for my K3 be worth it (for birding).
Posted By PePe
Replies: 14
Views: 1,049
I have the magnifier on both crop and full frame bodies. The only drawback is that it somewhat limits your field of view . You need to move your eye position to see the edges. However, I still find it very usefull.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-25-2018, 08:20 AM  
K3ii or K1
Posted By PePe
Replies: 21
Views: 3,296
I have owned them both. To me the most important differences are:
- frame rate and speed. K-3 II has a much faster frame rate. If this matters for you, go for the K-3
- low light performance. Here the K-1 excells.
- Dynamic range: see above
- size and weight. K-1 is noticeably heavier. Depending on your lens choises this may or may not matter.

To me the MP number has become almost irrelevant. For my latest exhibition I had two K-3 shots (base iso) printed at 100 cm x 150 cm. With a bit of post processing they were just fine even for gallery use. If you do heavy cropping, extra MPs give you some leeway.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 04-04-2018, 02:43 PM  
Finally became a member
Posted By PePe
Replies: 7
Views: 676
Better late than never :-)
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-31-2018, 12:04 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By PePe
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Views: 2,753,157
Had lovely spring weather in Helsinki today. Spent the whole afternoon skiing on the frozen sea off the coastline.
Bright sunshine on an open icefield creates extreme contrasts. The dynamic range of the K-1 passed the test with flying colours!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-01-2018, 05:05 AM  
Ricoh wont listen to us pros anymore!
Posted By PePe
Replies: 54
Views: 7,027
Haha... Saw your post in the morning. My initial reaction was that it is another fools day release. On second thought jjust could not be sure ...
This was a good one!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-15-2018, 06:12 AM  
Flashes safe to use with Pentax KM (SLR similar to K1000)
Posted By PePe
Replies: 11
Views: 1,653
I also have a KM. Bought this one new in the 70īs, and it still works. Over the years I have used various flashes with it. Mostly Metzes, but also other brands. Never had any problems with it. I suspect if there was something unusual with the camera I would have heard about it. The Pentax flash should definitely be safe to use with the KM.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 01-17-2018, 10:55 AM  
[K-S2] ISO no lower than 200 in Auto ISO (100-x)
Posted By PePe
Replies: 4
Views: 1,006
This happens when you select any of the modes allowing the camera to make adjustments/corrections to the exposure. The reason is that the camera needs to have leeway for the adjustments. Therefore it does not allow you to start from the end of the scale.
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