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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-09-2019, 10:31 AM  
Upgrade from K20D
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 10
Views: 444
I compared the two cameras and decided to go for the K-70 because I did not like the grips for the KP and am did not feel that the higher number of AF points, faster shutter speed, higher iso, and slightly faster f.p.s. merited the cost difference. In comparison with the K-3ii I can confirm that the K-70 sensor is better at high iso but this is not important for my preferred photography which comprises landscape, architecture and sometimes portrait. In terms of form, ergonomics and functionality, the K-3 or K3ii would be a closer match to the K20D, although these are only available used now.

In terms of value for money, the K-70 is a steal in the UK. I wanted a compact and fairly straightforward DSLR to compliment the heavier and more complex K-1, so the K-70 was what I was looking for.

Your own criteria may well differ from mine, and you might prefer the form factor of the KP - it's a matter of personal taste - and your budget.

Maybe also worth considering that whatever you would save on the K-70 body might be spent on a good lens to improve image quality.
Forum: General Photography 02-21-2019, 05:52 PM  
LBA, GAS, do you have it and does it make sense?
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 110
Views: 3,098
Yes I do. My remedy is to go out and take some nice photos with the gear that I already have. :)

It doesn't always work, especially if I spend too much time online, :confused:
Forum: Ricoh GR 02-17-2019, 05:56 PM  
Sean Tucker about his GR II
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 5
Views: 1,084
Thanks for the head's up. He's an interesting guy, takes excellent photos. Just ordered his book!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-13-2019, 06:22 AM  
DA* 55 1.4 SDM Problem
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 31
Views: 1,279
I have the 7 original SDM lenses, all bought used, all parked on K-01s, all fired up weekly and focus given a turn or two, I also use them to take photographs of course, and to date no SDM or any other form of failure.

I have no idea why they keep working, but they always fail to disappoint.

Maybe some day one of them will fail, and if it does, I'll be sure to post the news here.

R.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-21-2019, 05:10 PM  
Lenses getting heavier?
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 76
Views: 3,188
There are two current Pentax full frame 50mm F1.4 lenses available to us. The 220g version was launched in 1991, the 955g version was launched in 2018. In their own way both are lovely lenses which are capable or taking excellent or outstanding photographs depending on which one is attached to the camera. Guess that backs up the article's findings.

On the other hand, if travelling light is top priority, the 2012 DA 50mm F1.8 is a mere at 122g, and still a very good lens.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-18-2019, 03:56 AM  
Leaving Pentax
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 71
Views: 4,529
Thanks for the OP, as a professional photographer it is important that your work is not compromised by the tools you use. Your explanation made perfect sense to me.

I am not a professional photographer, for me it is just a very amateur hobby, i'm only into it for the enjoyment it gives me.

Were I far younger than I am, I would be looking at Fujifilm or Sony and trying to keep up with their latest offerings, and would have long since sold my Pentax gear.

But I'm an oldie now and I'm far too heavily invested in Pentax and too long in the tooth to switch brands and start again. My favourite subjects are landscape, architecture, and my family and I'm massively enjoying what Pentax have to offer. Over the years I have gathered plenty of Pentax legacy lenses, most recently the A 85mm f1.4 and I get a lot of fun using these older lenses, the wide angle A series in particular.

Because the rate at which Pentax release new lenses is so slow, I have been able to purchase all the ones I wanted (and that's most of them!). Most recently I was lucky enough to get my hands on a Black Friday D FA* 50/1.4, the only lens I purchased in 2018. I limit myself to Pentax lenses and I am very happy with what I have.

Now, if I had switched to Fuji and/or Sony, or alternatively Cannon or Nikon, I would be broke, have way too much gear, and would be hankering after their latest and greatest new offerings. For me it would be very frustrating.

I know this is a perverse argument for sticking with Pentax, but it works for me and I am very happy with the limited range of Pentax gear that they offer.

PS. Sometimes that Pentax gear can be just a little bulky, so I am having an affair with the Ricoh GR which is always in my pocket or manbag. Their equally glacial rate of Ricoh releasing GR cameras also works well for me, so I'm looking forward to the GRiii.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 12-03-2018, 06:59 PM  
Planning to buy K1 or K1II. what to do with lenses?)
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 12
Views: 1,021
I had a K-5 and now a K-1 with various lenses, all of which are Pentax. The lens I use most often is the least expensive of the new Zoom lenses, the HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR Resolution on this lens is as good as the more expensive f2.8 24-70. The trade of is that it is a slower lens, so not so good for portrait etc when bokeh is a consideration. It's not as wide, but does have longer reach. Importantly it is far more portable, and perhaps that is why I use it so much. I also hear that Pentax are going to release a 70-200/4.0 which should be complimentary to the 28-105

My first new primes were the two you refer to, 35/2.4 and 50/1.8 - they are excellent value for money and quite pocketable.

If you're on a budget, there are so many legacy primes that you could snap up. The manual focus A series and autofocus FA series are my favourites, the former being quite affordable. I particularly like the A 20mm and A 28mm.

Importantly you can use all your DA lenses on the K-1 with crop mode. A few, like the DA 40 and DA70 more or less give full frame coverage.

If you want a really sharp standard lens, the D FA 50mm f2.8 macro is worth a look at. If you want a good portrait lens, the DA* 55mm f1.4 SDM is a really good with only minimal vignetting when wide open which can easily be corrected in post processing. You can see sample photos of these and most other new and legacy lenses on the Pentax K-1Laboratory. Here's a good example of what the DA* 55/1.4 is capable of It's an expensive lens new, but used they are good value for money. It's nicer to use than the FA 50/1.4 and is WR if that's important to you.

My advice in a nutshell is that you pair the K-1 (which is far less expensive than the K-1ii) with a HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR and work with the lenses you have first. Then if you want more or better primes, consider used lenses as a way to buy better for less $$$. Good luck.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-19-2018, 03:49 PM  
Just bought a K-1. Do I sell my K-3 or K-3ii? Advice sought.
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 26
Views: 1,423
After getting the K-1, I decided to keep the K-3ii for shooting distant subjects, faster fps and better buffering, lighter and more compact, and because it works best with various DA lenses that I intend to keep. For wildlife, it pairs well with the D FA 150-450 or other telephoto lenses and is better for cropping distant subjects than the K-1. It's also sometimes interesting to use D FA lenses on the K-3. As has been mentioned, with your K-3 you have the added advantage of the flash. With these two cameras, you're well covered and will get the best of FF and APS-C.

You can probably tell that I am expert at justifying not parting with Pentax gear. It almost broke my heart to part exchange a K-5 for a K-5ii.
Forum: Pentax K-01 10-31-2018, 04:05 AM  
Pentax K-01 failure? No one knows it exists.
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 58
Views: 3,186
Marketing in the EU (UK still in it!) is similar to that in the US, but at least there are a handful of good stores that stock Pentax, although the number is diminishing. Hoping that Ricoh EU will improve their marketing.

I too really do like the K-01, and hope that Ricoh release a FF version with EVF, tilt screen, reduced distance flange with detachable K mount adapter (incorporating aperture ring?). Start with one or two kit zoom lenses and we'll happily continue with all the lovely K mount primes and zooms that we already have. I've been posting to this effect for years, but recognise that I am in a tiny minority, not least with respect to the beautiful K-01 design aesthetics (not the ergonomics).

Ain't going to happen though!
Forum: General Photography 10-30-2018, 05:01 PM  
Small size "always with me camera" - any tips?
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 22
Views: 1,912
Another recommendation for the GR or GRii with clip on optical viewfinder. There are two viewfinders; I bought the larger GV1 first but didn't take to it so bought the neat little GV2 which is perfect for me. The camera is a delight to use, only one hand required! Except when I take out a dslr, I always have the GR with me. Always. Looking forward to the GRiii which I suspect will have an optional electronic viewfinder available.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-25-2018, 04:55 PM  
Which lens is sharpest
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 81
Views: 5,205
I thought the DA 35mm F2.4 and DA 50mm F1.8 were sharp until I bought the DA Limiteds (15mm F4, 21mm F3.2, 35mm F2.8 macro, 40mm F2.8 & 70mm F2.4).
I thought the DA Limiteds were sharp until I bought the FA Limiteds (31mm F1.8, 77mm F1.8 and to a lesser extent the 43mm F1.9).
Also recommend the DA* 55mm F1.4 for portraits on APS-C (k-70), but I know that the D FA* 50 will by far surpass the lot for sharpness across the frame.

Regarding zoom lenses, you should try out the DA 16-85mm and D FA 28-105mm. Both of these are relatively affordable, sharp for the price, and so much better than the DA 18-135mm.
However, if you can handle the weight and cost, the D FA 15-30mm F2.8 and D FA* 70-200mm F2.8 are very sharp, especially the latter. As a rule of thumb, * lenses are all of good optical quality but some people have had SDM issues with the DA* lenses (not me though).

To get the most our of your current lenses, minimise use of filters if you can and certainly avoid UV or Skylight filters. A tripod is important, and use live view with focus peaking if possible. When taking landscapes I use live view or mirror lock up and then set the timer to a minimum 2 seconds, or even 12 seconds if using a telephoto lens. As recommended, lenses should be tuned to the body with micro focus adjustments. Stop the lens down rather than shoot wide open and try to not exceed F11 to avoid diffraction. If your photographing something truly static try using pixel shift (with a tripod).

If, after following the above, your photographs are still not sharp, then you need to make an appointment with an optician. It might save you a pretty penny on lenses.

I hope you find what you're looking for.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-24-2018, 02:14 PM  
Pentax 645N - First lens ?
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 24
Views: 1,103
The focusing screen on the 645N doesnt have frenzel or split prism to aid focusing, and won't accept the screen from the older 645 which has. So to be sure of focus, I would advise the autofocus FA 75mm f2.8. Alternatives which will cost more are the 35mm for wide angle (landscape?) and the 150 which is a fantastic portrait lens. Skip the 45mm, it's just not that good a lens, but if your into macro, the 120mm is fantastic.
Forum: Pentax K-70 10-12-2018, 12:35 PM  
My K-70. No Problems. How about you?
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 18
Views: 1,715
Traded in my K-S2 for the K-70, such a good decision, such good value for money. Poor old K-3ii not being used so much because the image quality on the K-70 is better at high iso and it's a lighter camera to lug around.

The K-70 works well with the DA 16-85, but when travelling light, a couple of DA Limiteds go nicely with it.

Yea, the K-70 rocks!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-11-2018, 05:16 AM  
New to photography. Help me choose a pentax.
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 68
Views: 2,972
K-70 is my recommendation. I exchanged my K-S2 for this, and haven't looked back - despite similarities, its a far better camera especially for low light situations, and so easy to master. They can be purchased used occasionally on ebay for quite low prices if you are prepared to wait. It is the best value for buck current Pentax by a long way.

I still have my K-5 (for it's fast buffer) and K-3ii (for it's extensive functionality), but these are seldom used now. (Partly because I also use a K-1)

As others have pointed out, lens choice has to be factored in, and this is where the cost escalates if image quality is important. Some inexpensive lenses are quite good value for money: 18-55, 18-135, 50/1.8 and 35/2.4, but soon you'll want the 16-85 or 17-70 and DA Limiteds which are lovely. With these quality lenses you will get the most out of your camera - technically. And there are lots of lovely manual focus lenses available for a snip - I recommend the auto aperture A series.

That said, if you enjoy photography you will be happy with whichever Pentax you choose. Good hunting.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-11-2018, 05:00 AM  
Been mighty quiet around here, aside from the GR...
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 51
Views: 2,113
The few products that Ricoh have released are indeed interesting, but so few! I have never known development progress at such a slow pace. Even the Theta which Ricoh now puts so much store in has been leapfrogged by the














You Tube



(who they?) Perhaps being such a large organisation they lack agility in development, perhaps being primarily in the paper copy industry, they are focusing on this side of business and inevitably consolidating. I really don't know, but I do worry because, for simplicity's sake I only buy Pentax/Ricoh products.

Looking at the positives, my bank balance is much healthier!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-11-2018, 04:41 AM  
My "ultimate" 150mm filter holder solution (3D printable)
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 6
Views: 731
Good design, it appears that all issues have been addressed. This item will be very useful in particular for landscape photography with the 15-30.

The information on the Thinkverse link is very comprehensive.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-13-2018, 06:38 AM  
Ricoh Keenai service to be closed
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 15
Views: 2,485
Although Ricoh state that we would receive a notification email with a refund application form on Sept 04, I have not received one. Contacted them today so hopefully I'll get a response.

I do sympathise Marc, downloading so many files by the end of November will be a challenge. Thank goodness I have a backup on my hard drive for raw files, and kept my jpegs on Flickr. I'm now exporting all my raw files to Dropbox.

Anyone else having communication issues with Keenai?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-05-2018, 03:34 PM  
Ricoh Keenai service to be closed
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 15
Views: 2,485
Thanks for that information Mr Hendriks, but I must have missed it. Good prediction, wish it made me feel better, but it doesn't.

Are there any sites that you can predict lasting more than a few years? Flickr, 500pix, smugmug, dropbox?

---------- Post added 09-05-18 at 03:43 PM ----------



I do keep backup on remote drives, but of course, drives do eventually fail and based on past experience the technology will eventually become outdated, nevertheless, keeping discs off site is a good idea.

I do have a good number of old family photos, many over 100 years old and I do value them, so perhaps the answer lies in printing the keepers or creating photo books of them. You're correct, I am thinking about what I eventually leave to my heirs.

---------- Post added 09-05-18 at 04:04 PM ----------



That's a well researched article and offers some good advice, thanks for posting the link.

It's ironic, isn't it, that their previous recomendation (CrashPlan for Home) closed the service, just as Keenai are doing.

I guess all this is making me think that I should be more methodical with my external drives, and continue to use Flickr for Jpegs - Hopefully it's in safe hands with Smugmug, but of course there's no guarantee of that. As I write this, I am backing up my RAW files to Dropbox, so we'll see how that goes.

Looking ahead, I realise that I should print more, either individual photographs or photo-books. I should also be more courageous about dumping raw and jpeg files which are of little value. No matter how technology moves on, I think books and photos will always be accessible. The task now I guess is to research the longevity of various printing processes and inks!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-05-2018, 11:56 AM  
Ricoh Keenai service to be closed
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 15
Views: 2,485
The connection is this: Ricoh own Keenai and Pentax, and that was enough for me to buy a three year subscription and then upload all my raw files from my Ricoh cameras GR and Theta and for my Pentax slrs. Storage of RAW files was one of their selling features, but part of my thinking was brand loyalty - misguided I know.

You can imagine how long the upload process took (months), but I presumed that Ricoh would look after its customers. Not so, after the end of November this year, they will delete our accounts and access to our files. If I want a refund for undelivered service, I have to apply for it.

Ricoh launched Keenai, which they advertised as an ‘elegant and effortless service – keeping memories safe and organized.’ Well, my 7,000 plus raw files are no longer safe. Of course the marketing was non existent, so it didn't develop a decent customer base. File size limitations excluded pixel shift file sizes which was ironic, and customer support was merely a gesture.

Of course, few people here will have been using Keenai, however it does not bode well for Pentax if this is what Ricoh does with companies which it acquires - and their customers. That's the connection Mr Hendriks

Rant over.

I'd welcome any suggestions for an alternative backup service for RAW files on the internet. (my jpgs are with Flickr).
Forum: Pentax Q 09-04-2018, 05:30 PM  
Replacement for my Q?
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 24
Views: 1,487
Good question, but I'm afraid I don't have an answer to it.

If only Pentax had ditched the pop up flash and added a pop up evf. I would use an evf for almost every shot, the flash I hardly ever use, and it could have been added as a tiny clip on flash instead. But no, Ricoh/Pentax, gave us the K-01, MX-1, Q, Q10, Q7, Q-S1 GR and GRii every single one without a built in pop up or even clip on electronic viewfinder. I do have the clip on ovf for the Q but it's a waste of time with anything other than the standard lens, wrecks the otherwise compact design, and it's not all that accurate at framing the shot, especially on the Q-7 or Q-S1. The smaller GV-2 however, does a decent job on the GR but also destroys its neat form factor.

Clearly the sun never shines in Japan and no one there uses reading glasses for close up viewing.:hmm:

Apologies for the negativity, I otherwise do like, and when conditions permit, use most of the cameras listed above, but it can be very frustrating!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-27-2018, 03:51 PM  
Increasing weight of Pentax lenses
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 19
Views: 862
I solved the weight problem of the 24-70 with the 28-105, although not so wide and fast, it is sharper and lighter.

Yes, the 70-200/2.8 is a heavy beast, so I use a good backpack when hiking. Fortunately there is a F4 version on the Pentax lens roadmap, but in the meantimethe 60-250 much is more manageable and OK on FF.

Wide angle is a problem, the 15-30/2.8 is no feather weight. If I am travelling long distances, sometimes I take the old A series 20 or 24 with me, they are really nice to use. I also have the F 17-28 which is miniscule in comparison to the 15-30 but lacks the latter's contrast and sharpness..

Of course, as I am sure is appreciated, lenses are heavier because the market demands much higher preformance, therefore more glass, than with old lenses designed for 35mm film. A comparison with the FA 50 1.4 or even the DA* 55/1.4 and the new D FA* 50/1.4 illustrates this perfectly. Perfection comes with it's own problems; I guess we just have to make compromises somewhere.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 08-20-2018, 09:39 AM  
Grii, xf10, griii
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 15
Views: 2,177
If you want pocketable and would be happy with a fixed prime lens, the Ricoh GR and GRII has much to commend it, 16 mp aps-c sensor and a sharp 28mm equivalent lens. With a small optical viewfinder attached, it's a good alternative to carrying a DSLR around all day. True one handed operation makes it much preferable to any cell phone camera.

I have decided waiting for the next Ricoh release, be that Pentax camera, lens or Ricoh GR is not a good policy. You can always trade up if a new GR III eventually arrives.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-17-2018, 01:43 AM  
HD DA 40/2.8 video review - what do You wanna see?
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 9
Views: 608
Sounds like a good idea. I understand that the optical design is similar to the old SMC Pentax M 40mm 2.8, and that it the HD DA 40/2.8 Limited covers full frame quite successfully. It would be worth mentioning this in the review and if you can get your hands on a K-1 or K-1ii. It would be interesting to compare the wide angle this gives on full frame camera in comparison to effective focal length of 60mm on the crop sensor K-3.
Forum: Pentax Q 07-11-2018, 09:59 AM  
Ordered a new Pentax #08 lens for a good price.
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 12
Views: 1,178
The 08 is a fine lens, especially if coupled with the larger sensor Q-S1 and Q-7 when it gives a wider angle of 17.5mm - 27mm equivalent rather than the 21mm - 22.5mm on the Q and Q10.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-16-2018, 03:05 PM  
The one lens that you just ended up never getting
Posted By ronniemac
Replies: 107
Views: 5,103
I think it will always be the D-FA 24-70 f2.8. The D-FA 28-105 is just too good to justify buying a bigger and seemingly softer lens in that range.

D FA 15-30 takes care of the wider end, and the FA Limiteds give me shallower depth of field when I want it.
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