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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-04-2017, 08:13 PM  
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 or SMC Pentax M 85mm f/2?
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 63
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I doubt if re-cementing is so trivial to fix.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-01-2017, 01:59 AM  
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 or SMC Pentax M 85mm f/2?
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 63
Views: 3,054
Some more reports from a quick google search here, you'll rarely find this issue reported with other vintage pentax lenses.

SMC M 85/2 cement separation - fixable? - PentaxForums.com
What happened to my M85/f2? - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-19-2017, 11:49 PM  
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 or SMC Pentax M 85mm f/2?
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 63
Views: 3,054
Samyang is a beautiful lens. M85 is small but has bad CA and also prone to element separation. See if you can get hold of K85, much smaller than Samyang, and reasonably well controlled CA, sharp, though not 1.4.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-05-2017, 10:33 AM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 579
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Yep. just like film and digital! let's see where it heads to.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-05-2017, 05:55 AM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 579
Views: 23,990
well, arguable but what to say :) isn't it unfair that only one sided talk about praising of OVF and DSLR allowed? In such circumstances, no discussion can take place - you find EVF unpleasant, I find OVF obsolete, difference of opinion but that's what the platform is for. I didn't make any personal remarks, but then my post is reported to mods and deleted which only had comparison (funny that someone finding technical comparison offending). So I am done with this topic.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-03-2017, 11:14 AM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 579
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It's not about what I love, it's about what helps me make better pictures. Like many of you, I loved OVF for over 25 years but when I found a better alternative, I moved.



well, that's a very old argument for old EVF, you certainly didn't see how amazing A7r2/A9 EVF is, have you? And people don't realize that if scene in EVF clips, likely will clip in final output too - so you get feedback right on time instead getting surprises later. Photographers eye better get used to what the final output would be instead of what it is perceived by OVF. And of course, EVF helps Photographers eye much better with right focus, DoF preview , focus magnification. Regarding lag, agree but it's not even noticeable for general photography, maybe for sports photographer or panning which I am not into. And for a bit of disadvantage, I can't ignore the advantages EVF offers over OVF.

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so? do I have to praise DSLR, just because it's in DSLR forum? Would love to see if you come up with logical arguments to stay on topics then getting personal.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-03-2017, 10:49 AM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 579
Views: 23,990
You have right to disagree but no rights to be rude or tell me what to do. I also don't need to remind you about the topic of discussion which is " Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion"
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-03-2017, 06:13 AM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 579
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what I said is that using SLR design in DSLR was a stop gap arrangement, please do not twist my words.



Can your optical TTL viewer do?
- Focus magnification
- Focus peaking
- live histogram
- view in dark (low light)

Attempt by Sony is not boresome, it's just awesome.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-03-2017, 04:53 AM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 579
Views: 23,990
I doubt that photoptimist!. DSLR was just a stop gap arrangement, putting a new age digital image capture sensor in an age old mirror based film camera technology which is so prone to focusing error because of two separate path light takes. It was a brilliant thing to be done with film as film was a passive medium, blocking light and had no assisting role in viewing. Moreover, it worked with film as film is more forgiving to focus misalignment than digital sensor.

For digital, the natural approach was to use the same sensor for capturing and viewing both, also to make use of it for feature like zoom-in to be sure the everything is being capture the way it is (like some of the MF camera did). However, it could not achieved then due to the limitation of liveview and EVF technology. Today, things have improved tremendously, all image sensors are capable of live viewing, and EVF has evolved from early day to what we see in Sony A7R2/A9. So now there is no reason to continue to use same old DSLR technology.

Being an owner of EVF based cameras from Sony NEX6 to A7r2, I would say, I would never go back to OVF. My in-focus rate have been improved even when shooting at f1.4, without fiddling with focusing screens and shims etc, never witnessed health issues (I don't to panning though where such issues where reported). Also let's remember that we are talking about the future, so even these technologies have any limitations, they will improve onward.

Just like any stop gap technologies, DSLR may still survive a few more years but is it a future? definitely not.

[On a side note, can you guess how many percentage of novice DSLR users uses LCD to compose than OVF? you will be surprised, it's quite a large number.]
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-30-2017, 06:12 AM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 579
Views: 23,990
oh that I still stand by, DSLR is a dead, well almost :)

it's not SOny cameras, every cameras sale has been dropped, but among that shrinking market, what will stay is mirrorless. like it or not :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-30-2017, 04:12 AM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 579
Views: 23,990
I only said it's shrinking :)



I also maintained both DSLR and mirrorless for sometime, but now only the mirrorless because of compact size and EVF. EVF consistently gave me reliable results in terms of focus accuracy so no going back to OVF and so to DSLR.

Still love shooting with SLR though (ME Super) but that's a different story. EVF pairs more naturally with digital photography. The EVF technology was limited earlier to justify OVF use in DSLR. But now it has reached to the point that digital photography is best complimented with EVF only.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-30-2017, 01:56 AM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 579
Views: 23,990
Yes and no. Yes if you only see absolute number. No, if you see the trend and ratio between DSLR/mirrorless sale which has reduced drastically, approaching one from a large number and won't be long before mirrorless overtakes.



DSLR market is now mostly driven from a few loyalist and those who never owned a serious camera before & often end up buying DSLR just because that's what only thing they heard of serious cameras. Often people come to me to seek advice on their first camera purchase and sometime all they want to hear is Nikon/Canon. So if I ask them to go Sony mirrorless route, they are often surprised by the suggestion - this is not what they wanted to hear and most of them end buying Nikon/Canon. Reason, that's what they saw their friend and family shooting with it and that's where they want their first serious investment going. Do we call them market mover, yes, that's mostly working in DSLR favour for now but not for long.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-30-2017, 01:01 AM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 579
Views: 23,990
It's going to be a viscous circle, DSLR user base will continue to shrink and so is the profit margin, to the point that camera manufacturers have to raise price to sustain making DSLR for the smaller user base. And this will further shrink the DSLR user base.

We like it or not, DSLR is dead, more and more pro's moving towards mirrorless - and for now the best choice is Sony mirrorless. Any manufacturer who want to stay in market have to take mirrorless route.

Pentax is no exception, even that requires changing mount - Sony exactly did that, moving from A to E mount.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 06-24-2017, 07:46 AM  
Will there be any MX-2 ?
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 10
Views: 799
Absolutely, and being a XZ-1 owner which is having the same phenomenal lens, I wish that lens could get company of a better sensor.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 06-23-2017, 10:51 PM  
Will there be any MX-2 ?
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 10
Views: 799
Just wondering, Will there be any MX-2 ?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-13-2017, 02:03 AM  
Samy 85 vs 135mm
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 11
Views: 641
I prefer 135mm on FF and 85mm on APS-C.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-12-2017, 09:06 AM  
Vivitar 135 f/2.8 close focusing - wide open performance
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 9
Views: 476
Thanks all of you for responding. Turned out that seller gave incorrect description - when he sent me more pictures, found it to be Vivitar 90mm f2.8 1:1 macro so I just decided to pass it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-11-2017, 11:06 AM  
Vivitar 135 f/2.8 close focusing - wide open performance
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 9
Views: 476
True, I read the reviews, thanks. Was mainly interested in knowing how well it compares with K135 wide open.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-11-2017, 10:54 AM  
Vivitar 135 f/2.8 close focusing - wide open performance
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 9
Views: 476
Any idea how this lens compares to our legendary K135/2.5 wide open. Some of the reviews (robin, hinman) praised it for macro work but at the same time mentioned it to be a slightly soft wide open.

It's available in local ebay and I am tempted to pick it up for close focusing ability but already have couple of 135 including K135.

Thanks
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-01-2017, 10:56 AM  
rumored Pentax mirrorless camera - something between K1000 and K-01
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 480
Views: 40,490
+1, I also hope for the same.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-18-2016, 10:36 PM  
Suggestions for a pocketable camera
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 13
Views: 683
Thanks all of you for suggestions.



Thanks Adam, did little bit more research after your comment, mark III makes more sense with faster and wider lens and EVF.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-16-2016, 12:02 AM  
Suggestions for a pocketable camera
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 13
Views: 683
I have been shooting more and more with mobiles lately than the cameras and been happy with kind of shots I am getting - for example, here is a picture taken with iphone. Hence I am thinking to pickup a small pocketable camera - and not too expensive. Was thinking of RX100 (first revision - quite cheap now a days) but looking forward to other suggestions too. Looking for something that fits in a jeans pocket.

Thanks in advance.




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Forum: Pentax K-3 08-25-2016, 01:28 AM  
K3 II Pixel Shift Landscape Shot
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 30
Views: 2,549
nice shot. by any chance possible to see larger version and some 100% crop, curious about pixelshift in landscape scenes.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-09-2016, 09:30 PM  
Sony a5000 + Sigma 19mm F2.8 DN vs Ricoh GR?
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 7
Views: 930
I would prefer A5000 based on my experience, will be more flexible. Btw, you might want to consider A5100 though as personally I was let down by A5000 LCD.

I have nex 5n+Sigma 19mm and I briefly owned GR and now Sigma dp1m. In my experience, GR lens is sharper than Sigma 19mm but difference is not as significant as difference between 19-DP1m or GR-DP1m. Hence I kept 5n+19mm for casual use, dp1m for daytime use and let go GR.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-28-2016, 10:09 PM  
Ziess 1.8/55mm Sony shots
Posted By yusuf
Replies: 11
Views: 817
I use it with A7 and it's indeed a beautiful lens, some of my pics with it (not all) here https://www.facebook.com/frozenents/

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