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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Hours Ago  
Anyone have experience with Shocked Electronics Repair Service?
Posted By CDW
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I came across this repair service. They claim to repair Pentax, along with all the other brands, and do repairs for B&H and Adorama. Obviously not a warranty station but possibly worth considering for non-warranty work. Anyone have experience with them?

About US ? Shocked Electronics & Repairs
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-21-2019, 02:11 PM  
Why Ricoh should not let themselves be lured into the built-in obsolescence game
Posted By CDW
Replies: 28
Views: 1,872
A friend on the west coast works closely with Ricoh and seems stressed by their approach to sales, quotas and penchant for hard core number crunching. It may not bode well for the future of Pentax or the Ricoh camera brands. With dedicated camera sales being decimated world wide by smart phones, I would be surprised if we get nothing more than incremental updates and repackaging of existing models. The bean counters are apparently alive and well at Ricoh.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 02-08-2019, 12:12 AM  
An Enthusiast Mirrorless
Posted By CDW
Replies: 66
Views: 5,201
Well I'm not a surf photographer, I'm a 76 old year senior who spent many years shooting large and medium format film. Until recently I shot with a 645Z and a K1, but my video projects necessitated selling the Z. I shoot with what I need to get the shot. If the surfer photographer can get what he needs with a K3, more power to him.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 02-07-2019, 10:04 PM  
An Enthusiast Mirrorless
Posted By CDW
Replies: 66
Views: 5,201
For me, anyone asking for fast autofocus fall into the mass photographer type of photographer: not able to compose a photograph.

When you're trying to capture a shot of a whale breaching with a 600mm lens, composition takes a back seat to a sharp capture that can be cropped.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 02-07-2019, 07:06 PM  
An Enthusiast Mirrorless
Posted By CDW
Replies: 66
Views: 5,201
I doubt the D750 would be a match for either the D850 or the SONY in terms of AF performance. The SONY has nearly 700 AF points vs under 200 for the D850. Video wise (important to me) the SONY will outperform either at 1080 or 4K, although the D850 is excellent but because of the slower readouts of the larger sensor, rolling shutter effects are likely to be an issue at times. Neither of the Nikons will let me use with adapters, my favorite Pentax and Canon lenses. Nor do the Nikons have internal IS.

My opinion, FWIW, is that Pentax should not release a mirrorless unless they seriously rethink their corporate attitude towards video performance. A Pentax mirrorless with mediocre video would be ignored by both the public at large and hard core Pentax users. Like certain politicians, Pentax isn't expanding its user base and those of us who do have a need for serious video capable cameras have, for the most part, already supplemented our Pentax bodies with SONY or Panasonic.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 02-07-2019, 12:48 AM  
An Enthusiast Mirrorless
Posted By CDW
Replies: 66
Views: 5,201
I own a K1 and a SONY a7III. The SONY focus is much faster and accurate than the K1, not to mention the SONY's tracking ability. I'm happy with both cameras, they each serve purposes specific for my needs.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-04-2019, 10:05 AM  
Will the mirroless market implode in a price-war?
Posted By CDW
Replies: 20
Views: 1,909
Nothing unusual at all about the discounts in mirrorless or DSLR categories. Pentax K1II is now $1800 on Amazon. Canon and Nikon DSLRs have price drops. The range of models will likely narrow among all the brands in the future. As for the trade in schemes, nothing new here either. It's been done in the past. FWIW, the SONY a7III continues to list at $1999.00 on Amazon, holding very solid. That would indicate that it has hit the hot buttons of many buyers whereas the Nikon and Canon equivalents (in theory) really aren't equivalents in some key features and performance areas.
Forum: General Photography 01-11-2019, 11:50 PM  
Mirrorless cameras and sensors - the good, the bad and the really ugly
Posted By CDW
Replies: 32
Views: 2,084
I own a a7III (as well as a K1) and I've had absolutely no overheating problems shooting stills or 4K video. I don't shoot talking heads or do any blogging. My video clips are landscape/nature, usually no more than a minute long at the most. The video stabilization is effective but certainly not up to that of a steady cam.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 11-09-2018, 10:21 AM  
Canon starting to butcher Sony in FF mirrorless (as predicted)
Posted By CDW
Replies: 54
Views: 3,592
The first professional camcorders were from Ikegami in the 60s (two piece design) and SONY Betacam in the 80s. If you go to the following, you'll see Canon was never part of the mix early on in the professional camera field.

Professional video camera - Wikipedia
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-28-2018, 09:21 AM  
Specific lenses with K1 for trip to New Zealand
Posted By CDW
Replies: 18
Views: 1,668
Keep in mind that you will be required, at least in US airports, to now unpack all of your camera gear, place it in a tray for inspection and Xray. A real PITA.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 09-25-2018, 12:50 PM  
Pentax K-1 Video Quality - Dynamic Range/Matching with other cameras/Best Practices
Posted By CDW
Replies: 31
Views: 3,696
If you're looking to produce for viewing on standard size domestic television screens, not computer monitors, the K1 video will be embarrassingly soft. As others have posted here, low cost Panasonic cameras and particularly the GH4/5, will kill it. If you need one of the best compromises for still photography, high dynamic range video, low light capabilities, multiple CODEC options, the Sony a7III is an option.
Forum: General Photography 08-28-2018, 03:33 PM  
People using multiple systems, which is your next favorite brand after pentax?
Posted By CDW
Replies: 27
Views: 1,062
A SONY a7III, SONY and Sigma lens, adapter to use my Pentax K mount lens and a Lumix GH4, Olympus, Panasonic lens plus K mount adapter. And a Pentax K1.
Forum: General Photography 08-23-2018, 09:02 AM  
New Nikon Mirrorless
Posted By CDW
Replies: 61
Views: 2,613
Linn designs and markets more than just turntables, including streaming network players. Pentax needs to do more than produce DSLRs unless they want to be relegated to serving only hobbyists. The real issue, unfortunately, is that Ricoh can't or won't, fund the Pentax brand to bring products to market on a timely basis and provide marketing and technical support they deserve.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 08-19-2018, 12:29 PM  
Poll: What should the next Pentax Full Frame be?
Posted By CDW
Replies: 161
Views: 9,086
Third party lens companies are making mounts for SONY mirrorless and there are various adapters to mount Canon lens to SONY bodies. If Pentax developed a mirrorless system the likelihood of enlisting support from third party sources would probably be higher than it is now with the K mount. It is pretty much assumed many of the current K mount lineup is from Tamron. Certainly they could adapt some of their mirrorless lineup to work with a new Pentax mirrorless mount, if they were so inclined. Personally, as I noted previously, I'll keep my K1 as long as it's doing the job I need but it will be my last DSLR. I know I'm not the only one among Pentax, Canon and Nikon owners who are looking to mirrorless as the future.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 08-18-2018, 03:18 PM  
Poll: What should the next Pentax Full Frame be?
Posted By CDW
Replies: 161
Views: 9,086
I recently bought an A7III to augment my K1. I'm perfectly happy with my K1 for the foreseeable future. But after spending time with my SONY, I'm convinced the future is mirrorless. Several of my Canon and Nikon friends have recently switched to SONY. Where I live here in Hawaii, I see more and more tourists with Olympus and SONY gear hanging around their necks. Ricoh/Pentax will be catering to a diminishing demographic if they continue with a DSLR-only product lineup. That comment will make some here angry and defensive, but it's the truth. Pentax owners barely sustain the brand at this point. In my opinion, Pentax needs a FF mirrorless system to go along with the K1II. Upgrade the K1II to the SONY 42 meg sensor, improve video, buffer, FPS, etc. Just as SONY, and Canon and Nikon, offer both models.

Pentax has among the best ergonomics, menu systems, available. It shouldn't be rocket science to develop a mirrorless body that offers superior ruggedness and weather resistance. A mirrorless design should also include a new mount design to allow adaption of third party FF mirrorless lens. It's time to move past the K-mount.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-13-2018, 10:25 AM  
Water, Fire and Sky
Posted By CDW
Replies: 5
Views: 174
Image data is incorrect. Shot with 14mm Rokinon. 28mm indication as a result of not selecting 14mm setting when mounting the lens. Image of lava erupting from Fissure 8, river of lava illuminating the night sky and ocean entry. Big Island, Hawaii.
Forum: General Photography 08-10-2018, 02:28 PM  
How the movies get it wrong
Posted By CDW
Replies: 23
Views: 1,136
There are many who don't realize that over the air television is still available, thinking every source has to come from streaming or cable. Just one example of how clueless many people are.
Forum: General Photography 08-10-2018, 09:25 AM  
How the movies get it wrong
Posted By CDW
Replies: 23
Views: 1,136
Historical and technical accuracy has never been of much concern with Hollywood script writers.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 08-08-2018, 09:23 PM  
Any way to extend 25 minute video limit on K-50?
Posted By CDW
Replies: 6
Views: 1,129
Consider a used Panasonic GH4. It's a four year old design, quite affordable used, far better video than any Pentax, records 4K as well as 1080, and has unlimited record time.
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-07-2018, 06:46 PM  
Action K3 Settings for Kuaui Helicopter Photography
Posted By CDW
Replies: 7
Views: 599
I live in Hawaii and I've done many helicopter and fixed wing flights. 1/1000 will be marginal and some shots will likely be blurred. I always shoot auto ISO, shutter priority at least 1/2000 second.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-02-2018, 08:50 AM  
How many film cameras do you have?
Posted By CDW
Replies: 355
Views: 20,977
None. I'm not a collector or emotionally attached to cameras, cars or audio equipment. For me, they're tools.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 07-28-2018, 04:09 PM  
Pentax K-1 for video compared to other options?
Posted By CDW
Replies: 29
Views: 2,112
I would, respectfully, take issue with some of your statements. Either the Panasonic GH5 or the SONY a7III will deliver video, both 1080 and 4K that rivals professional standards. Short of professional ENG and run and gun type cameras that cost several thousand dollars or more, I know of no small affordable cameras that equal the Panasonic or SONY in delivered video quality. Both of those cameras offer multiple video recording options, have mic inputs, HDMI outputs for external recording if desired. The SONY in particular, at 24 megs full frame, delivers superb images with lower noise than a K1, or just about any other DSLR or mirrorless, for that matter, including your JVC, which likely has a much smaller sensor with inferior dynamic range and S/N performance. And Canon isn't even in the running at this point unless you get into a 5DmkIV, and it's still outperformed by any of the SONY mirrorless bodies in dynamic range and S/N. Additionally, when shooting in FF mode rather than the Super 35mm mode, the video is shot internally at 6K and down sampled to 4K. The output is superb.

It's also worth noting apps are available that allow a smart phone to provide wireless monitoring and control of both the SONY and Panasonic GH5. As for the K1, as formidable as it is as a still camera, its video capabilities are extremely limited and the actual resolution of its 1080 output is not even up to studio 720P quality, falling somewhere between that and standard def 480P.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-09-2018, 03:24 PM  
Some travel issues with Pentax lenses. Or: Will there be a 15-30mm f4. anytime "soon"
Posted By CDW
Replies: 46
Views: 3,427
I own both the a7III and a K1. They each have strengths absent from the other. For landscape, astro, high resolution images for large prints, the feature set of the K1 is superior. The a7III offers IQ that equals or rivals any other 24 meg sensored body available. It also delivers superb video as well as outstanding tracking AF for stills and video. It doesn't offer any of the astro capabilities of the K1, not even interval shooting or time lapse without an external intervalometer. For video and more casual shooting the a7III has essentially replaced my GH4.

I won't try to shame anyone regarding size and weight of travel kits, and suggest a gym membership. It's becoming more and more difficult to travel with a large assortment of lenses and a couple of bodies, now that TSA in the US is requiring camera gear to be inspected just as laptops and other electronic devices. A real PITA.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 07-06-2018, 09:19 AM  
A Bit of Praise from DPReview
Posted By CDW
Replies: 26
Views: 2,459
In terms of a solid feeling in your hand, the SONY mirrorless bodies don't come close to feeling like the K1. It's like the difference you'd feel/hear when comparing the door of a Chevrolet econobox closing vs that of a high end Lexus.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 07-05-2018, 07:19 PM  
A Bit of Praise from DPReview
Posted By CDW
Replies: 26
Views: 2,459
In the closing comments of their review of the Leica SL, the following comment:

"The SL is among the best-built cameras I've had the pleasure of using, right up there with the likes of a Nikon D5, Canon EOS-1D X II or Pentax K-1."
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