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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
K70 as a K5 upgrade?
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 54
Views: 1,920
Wow! You found one single case. Great job.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
77m Filters, they ok?
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 22
Views: 620
No known issues other than having a bigger surface to get dirty (and subsequently clean) or a bit funky appearance on the lens. Maybe useful to have 77mm lenscaps to match so you're not force to unscrew/screw every time you move location.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
K70 as a K5 upgrade?
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 54
Views: 1,920
I don't have the KP having opted for the K-70 (for many other reasons) but I admire the design of the K-P. It really is quite simple, the replaceable grip system would not have been possible with a larger battery. The grips and the slimline design are part of what makes the KP a very remarkable DSLR (that and its awesome performance of course). By adding a battery-grip that will take a larger battery, the designers have catered for a much wider group of potential buyers IMHO. A stroke of genius, AFAIC.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-11-2019, 02:33 PM  
lens id question
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 12
Views: 543
I posted the same reply, then removed it thinking I must have misread the post to begin with...seems I didn't. Shows you what you get when reading a forum late at night! :o:eek::asleep:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-10-2019, 02:02 PM  
K70 as a K5 upgrade?
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 54
Views: 1,920
I went from the K-5 to the K-5 IIs to the K-70. The first upgrade was for the improved AF under artificial lighting and the lack of an AA filter and it certainly satisfied my needs. The last upgrade, even though the K-70 is considered a lower tier body model than the single-digit models was really a revelation. The improved resolution, high-iso capacity and articulated screen were a boon and the extended long exposure capability (from 30 seconds on the K-5 series to 300 seconds on the K-70) was absolutely crucial to me for shooting with a big stopper without having to use a remote. I do carry an extra pair of batteries but they are small and quick to charge as well so I don't consider that an issue. The IQ of the K-70 is more than sufficient, especially if you mostly shoot raw like I do. (even though the jpegs are nothing to sneeze at either)

I really came to love the K-70 for its bang-for-buck ratio - it performs way above its price.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-11-2019, 01:34 PM  
new member from the Netherlands
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 6
Views: 327
Je kunt nooit teveel Nederlanders op een forum hebben! Welkom.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-04-2019, 12:03 PM  
Your Pet A Day.... (post up!)
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 9,606
Views: 757,803
Noam the OES has featured here before but not yet in this kind of edit:

noam2-2019-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-28-2019, 12:47 AM  
Food Post-mortem of a K-5
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 25
Views: 828
but why the 18-55 and not a decent prime ?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-18-2019, 04:30 AM  
Which protection filter?
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 41
Views: 1,744
TANSTAAFL - define "acceptable". Who knows what you would find acceptable quality?

[EDIT]
Your profile states you own a couple of very decent lenses. Putting a $20 filter on either of them is a bit of a waste and a shame.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-06-2019, 09:49 AM  
Misc I think the dead care little if they sleep or rise again....
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 6
Views: 334
In loving memory of my son 7/15/1996 - 12/21/2018

I noticed taking the camera out and attempting to escape the heavy atmosphere of my house is therapeutic, even though I couldn't come up with anything better to shoot than the flowers on his fresh grave.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-25-2018, 08:22 AM  
Landscape Slowscapes (210 second exposures)
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 1
Views: 231
Forum: Visitors' Center 12-24-2018, 12:09 PM  
Can't review pics
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 3
Views: 300
You can always post an example of each so we can take a look at the exif info if it's something in your settings that's causing this.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-24-2018, 03:40 AM  
Landscape Just tested Irix ND1000 filter
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 1
Views: 215
My comparison is against the Haida which I already had. Unscientific first opinion is that the Irix retains image detail a bit better and has even less of a colorcast than the Haida which already was quite good to begin with. Exposures were somwhere between 20 seconds and a minute as I didn't want to close the aperture down too much to get into diffraction trouble.
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 12-16-2018, 02:09 PM  
Revuenon 55mm f1.2
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 35
Views: 16,286
If I can (and may) suggest you get a nice lenshood for yours. I used to have the Porst as well as the Revuenon, decided the latter was my weapon of choice but it started to really shine when I put a decent hood on it. It was a small change but it upped the contrast just a little and made a good lens better. I just got me one of those round metal aftermarket screw-in hoods.

Dream garden by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-15-2018, 06:39 AM  
which teleconverter to use?
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 28
Views: 1,225
Even though the 18-300mm seems pretty reasonable for an ultrazoom, it has faults which any TC will amplify such as a disturbing amount of chromatic aberration. I would not think the combo with a TC worthwhile, even if you use the Pentax HD DA 1.4x converter - there's just too much borderline stuff to let you down.

Also the long end is already f6.3 wide-open so you'd generally stop it down to f11 to allow the lens to perform at its peak. Taking 2 stops of light away from that and you're at f22-equivalent which, when combined to the faster shutterspeeds required by longer focal lengths will push your ISO through the roof. Now the K-70 does really well all the way up to ISO6400 and even a bit beyond but everything is working against you here.

Generally, zooms which straddle the "normal" FOV and go from wide to tele are already hard to properly correct optically in the design stage, you may have more luck with a 55-300mm on a 1.4 TC.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-14-2018, 01:47 PM  
Which protection filter?
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 41
Views: 1,744
Naah, don't you mea culpa me. Anyone can buy as many "protection" filters as they want for all I care. I'm just doing the math for myself. I've probably paid for half the lenses in my kit with the money not spent buying "high-quality" filters for the other half. It is devastatingly simple.

Your math is simply different due to the fact you own a retail camera store. You're probably subject to a decent amount of selection/sampling bias in that the people coming into your store are a bit different from any average population of photographers. They already have a reason to come to your store so you get to see the most awesome examples of the most extreme bad judgement or bad luck out there - and given you have been running the store for some time, you've probably seen a lot of them too, way more than the average photographer.

I'm not even accusing you of actually using those examples as a marketing/sales tool which you would actually be entitled to seeing how hard things are for b&m stores or even small online businesses. To you, selling a filter should be a sound business model on an article with a decent margin.

This filter discussion always ends badly so I'll leave it at that.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-14-2018, 09:27 AM  
Which protection filter?
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 41
Views: 1,744
Not just one or two but "a stack"? You must live a rough life...


I take back my previous mention of a "rough life". Somehow, bouncing a camera of a hotel room doorknob doesn't make that cut IMHO. To me that sounds like you are a)slinging your camera around quite carelessly and b)tend to not use a lenshood or have it on backward.

I've been shooting for over forty years, the last 15 of those digital and I haven't managed to damage a front element or dent a filter thread, ever in any of my optics past and present. Mind you, I have fallen off my bicycle once onto a slippery bridge covered with asphalt and gravel with my K-5 and the decently expensive Sigma 85mm (dubbed "the Beast" around my house). I actually landed on top of the camera which itself landed lens-side down on the gravel. Huge bummer as it left some scratches and a thin crack on the 2-part hood of the Sigma and quite a few bleeding abrasions on my knees and forearms. The lens itself was perfectly OK and continues to be one of my favorites even today.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-14-2018, 04:07 AM  
Which protection filter?
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 41
Views: 1,744
I always find it interesting how you can make almost anything look like "proof" in lab tests. Mechanical/physical impact in real life almost never takes the form of a perfect elastic collision at a 90-degree angle exactly centered at the middle of a glass surface by either a perfectly round sphere or a flat metal surface (and even less when the glass surface is supported from below with a ring about the same size as the metal ball). Let's also assume that such a situation happens 1 out of every 1000 impacts and that an impact on a front element sunken behind a protruding lenshood (because of course, we all use those 100% of the times) would only happen extremely rarely over the lifetime of a lens unless you are often using it under extreme circumstances, say 1 out of every 100000 uses of the lens.

You are more likely to win a couple of million in a lottery than have the front element of your lens nearly destroyed by "physical" impact only to have the filter save you in the nick of time.

Using a protection filter always is never a good idea. Using it sometimes to protect against sand or spray may or may not be a good idea (chances are if the sand or spray are serious enough, shooting through a piece of glass is not going to help you get a good image anyway). So simple logic would confirm that never using a protection filter may just be a very decent policy which may very rarely lead you to have to repair or replace a lens..
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-14-2018, 02:13 AM  
The Best Photo Editing Software
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 41
Views: 2,371
Pure Adobe-sponsored hogwash unworthy of the word "journalism". Cheap way to fill a webpage.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-26-2018, 08:10 AM  
Why wasn't there more fuss made about the KP's newer sensor?
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 115
Views: 5,563
Fully agree! For me the articulated LCD is a godsend for shooting architecture straight up (not possible on a KP-type screen). Either KP or K-70 type LCDs work well for macro-work and very low viewpoints (such as the image of my dog I posted a few weeks ago) but to be able to mount the camera on a tripod and shoot (near)nadir images is a big pro to me. Other than that, both cameras share enough of a featureset to make them near-identical for my kind of shooting (no sports, no flash-photography). The features the K-70 lacks in comparison ended up not being as decisive. Both cameras have Av, TAv, M and B modes and those are the ones I use 99.99% of the time and both cameras deliver near-identical results in landscape photography at low to mid-range ISO levels (100-6400) where I spend most of my effort. As I shoot exclusively in PEF, I don't really care much about what either jpeg engine does in-camera either.

As to the build-quality differences some people seem to hang onto: I've always been able to keep all of my Pentax bodies in a decent condition and have been successful in selling them on 2nd-hand for a fair price so someone else could enjoy them. I don't think I've even come close to testing the limits of sturdiness of any of those cameras. The K-70 still feels quite solid and decent to me but I have the same argument as the one I use against "protecting" lenses with a filter: the cost of the risk of replacement materializing does not justify the extra expenditure if said expenditure is not proportionate to the cost of the equipment it is supposed to protect/replace. Same argument as the one used on insurances: "don't insure against the expected and the bearable".

With other words: if both K-70 and KP do what I need them to do from a technical perspective, deliver the same image quality, better build quality can/may account for a reasonable price difference. At the time of my upgrade from the K-5 IIs some 18 months ago, the price difference between K-70 and KP was nearly 90% and therefore not justified AFAIC.


All that says that, at equal settings, that particular 24mp camera resolves more detail than that particular 16mp camera. That goes nowhere to explain or backup your statement "With 24mp, I'm willing to forego detail to get good solid NR" and we're not talking about the K-3 here either. If you're just settling for any NR the camera firmware applies either in raw or before cooking the jpeg I would assume you'd have to settle for as good a compromise as possible between NR and detail retention. If all you care about is less noise, just apply a hefty amount of gaussian blur in post - you'll end up with zero noise (and a blurry image without any details).

I'm more interested in the SNR delivered in raw by any given camera model and I'll do my own noise reduction in post if needed. Then, I can analyze the noise characteristics of any given image and trade between detail and noise as much as I care for, using processor power, memory and processing time not available at the time of shooting due to hardware limitations of the camera.

Eventually, the K-70 SNR differs only slightly from that of the KP and only in the higher ISO ranges (which I tend not to use often). But you'll just say "whatever" again so I'm unsure why I'm spending time on this discussion.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-26-2018, 07:16 AM  
Why wasn't there more fuss made about the KP's newer sensor?
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 115
Views: 5,563
I really have trouble understanding what you mean. Are you suggesting the K-5 IIs raws contain less noise and more detail than those the K-70 produces? That's not really my experience and it sounds really odd.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-26-2018, 07:06 AM  
Cityscape Sketch repost
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 4
Views: 265
Thanks for looking and commenting!

Wife:1 - Mike:0
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-26-2018, 03:47 AM  
Cityscape Sketch repost
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 4
Views: 265
I posted the original image a few weeks ago but I wanted to share a version with a bit of a sketched look to see what you think of it. My wife hates it with a vengeance so don't hold back!

DMG06950-DeRijp-ISO800-DMG06952-DeRijp-ISO800-drawing3-2018-web by Mike Bing, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-26-2018, 12:26 AM  
Why wasn't there more fuss made about the KP's newer sensor?
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 115
Views: 5,563
Wow! Surprise...


To use your own vocabulary: whatever...


That is seriously condescending, isn't it? Also, if you look at K-70 users here and on other forums, it's also very untrue. Since when do we measure how serious someone is about photography by the camera they use?

This whole thread has convinced me more than ever that a lot of people on this forum literally have no bloody idea what they're talking about on the subject of photography, whether cameras, software or results.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-25-2018, 12:01 PM  
Super excited about getting the KP!
Posted By newmikey
Replies: 26
Views: 1,436
Major earthquake stuff I'd say. The KP is truly an outstanding camera delivering near-FF image quality in a revolutionary body. It is lightyears ahead of either the K-01 or the K-30.

Congratulations and enjoy your purchase. You'll find yourself shooting in circumstances you wouldn't dream of before. Pair the thing with a decent and sharp optic - doesn't have to break the bank either (the 50mm/1.8 and 35mm/f2.4 come to mind).
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