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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-12-2018, 02:35 PM  
K-5 iis PASM mode dial stuck locked on video green and P
Posted By dbs
Replies: 12
Views: 494
Hi Squareeyes

I barely move from av
Does the meter mode have to be moved/changed to do video?
It is on the bottom of the mode dial
just a thought or if all else fails read the manual :lol:

Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-23-2018, 05:27 AM  
don't use an iPad as a light box
Posted By photoptimist
Replies: 13
Views: 2,057
A couple of ideas:

1) Use a wider aperture so the iPad pixels are out of focus.

2) Put a plate of glass on the iPad to move the pixels further from the film plane.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-30-2018, 10:38 PM  
Question: FA 77 and moon, exposure problem
Posted By BWG
Replies: 17
Views: 1,080
When shooting the moon think of the sunny sixteen rule. It’s a face in direct sunlight, so you shoot it at f/16 and your shutter speed is one over your ISO (f/16 at 1/100th of a second). Even that may over expose a little on a full moon, but it will be close.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-14-2018, 10:12 AM  
More Limited lenses
Posted By monochrome
Replies: 210
Views: 16,438
Well OK then.
Forum: Pentax K-01 02-19-2017, 03:49 AM  
Add your best K-01 photos here
Posted By MiLKMAN
Replies: 3,592
Views: 599,487

Pentax K-01 + Sigma 35 A
Forum: Pentax KP 01-28-2017, 08:13 AM  
Why won't Pentax go full retro?
Posted By photoptimist
Replies: 160
Views: 8,223
I've got no nostalgia for retro -- those old designs with marked dials reflect the limitations faced by camera designers of old and the limited ranges of performance of old cameras. Dials with markings were fine back when primitive cameras could only do 1/1000 -> 1 sec and film typically ranged from ASA 25 to 3200.

I'd hate to have a camera with unreadable dials for 1/24000->30 sec and ISO 100 to 819,200. And controlling these dials in 1/2 or 1/3 stop increments would simply be frustrating. Then there's having to turn the dial 12 to 20 clicks to get from a normal manual setting to the "Auto" position (and having to set multiple dials to auto if one is in a shooting scenario where P mode is useful). And how would the Pentax' brilliant green button work -- little motors to spin the labelled dials???? No thanks!

I, for one, am happy to have e-dials. My only wish is that each dial could have a tiny display on top showing the dial's function and current setting. That would be the best of both worlds -- annotated controls, large type, and software control of the settings and dial functionality.

Why should Pentax copy each niche move of every other camera maker? It seems like a fool's game to go head-to-head with another camera maker just to divide a niche in a shrinking market for sophisticated cameras. Pentax makes awesome cameras for photographers who want much more sophisticated control of the image making process than old mechanical cameras were ever capable of providing.
Forum: Pentax K-01 11-04-2014, 07:01 PM  
K-01, a very misunderstood camera
Posted By Steve.Ledger
Replies: 194
Views: 25,291
Except this forum records 'Likes' :D
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-27-2013, 11:22 PM  
K-01 ii
Posted By Travis Butler
Replies: 135
Views: 25,411
I think you're mistaking what they did with the K-01. What you're describing as 'have to' is what they did with the Q, not that it's been any great sales success either. The basic issue is that any MILC design involves compromise. Pentax chose to split the compromises with two different cameras. At this point, I've used examples of several MILC systems - Micro 4/3 (Olympus E-P1, Panasonic G2 and GX1), Pentax (Q and K-01), Sony (NEX-5), and Nikon (V1) - so here's my thoughts based on that experience.

(Another caveat - I far, far prefer handheld and almost never use a tripod, unless it's a mini unit to brace against my chest. I also prefer to shoot one-handed. For me, photography is mostly about serendipity instead of setup - catching an angle, or a moment of lighting, and being ready to capture it immediately.)

The basic MILC compromise is between size and image quality. To make the camera+lens smaller, you have to make the sensor smaller, reducing image quality. And redesigning the optics system requires designing a whole new set of lenses - which can be great for a company trying to sell you more gear, but is less than ideal for the photographer who has to buy into the system. Quite aside from the higher cost, you have a real problem with lens selection unless a) the company does a really great job of cranking out lenses, or b) they can get other companies to buy into new lenses. Adapted lenses can help, but at the cost of going full manual, and usually with a fair amount of awkwardness from the adaptation (adapters that extend out beyond the thickness of the camera itself, that sort of thing).

* Sony tried to cheat by putting a large sensor in a tiny body. The problem is that this just shoved the size into the lenses, resulting in a tiny body with a huge lens attached - and because of the way they cheated with the body, that huge lens is hanging unbalanced to one side, with a relatively tiny grip to control it. When I shot with the NEX-5, the drag of the lens kept tilting the image unless I consciously kept my mind on correcting it... which distracts from actually taking pictures, at least for me. The 18-55 kit lens is pretty bad (and I'd hate to think what the 55-210 would be like), but even the Sigma 19mm and 30mm feel off-balance. The lens selection itself is still pretty limited, and from what I've read most of the ones I could even think about affording are mediocre at best. The short flange distance does make it good for adapting 35mm SLR lenses, but the length of the adapter itself just makes the balance problem worse.

* Nikon went for a smaller sensor to get smaller lenses with the One system, but I think they did a bad job of it. The lenses are smaller than Micro 4/3, but not by enough to make a significant difference in handling, at least for me. The V1 itself was actually bigger, heavier, and far less comfortable to shoot with (seriously, they think a single strip on the front is good enough for a grip?) than the GX-1 or even the E-P1. And despite some reviews that liked the IQ, in my own experience I thought it was inferior to a Fuji X10 compact - let alone Micro 4/3. I've seen some stuff on adapting lenses for it, but frankly I was disappointed enough in the camera that I haven't tried doing it.

* Micro 4/3 is, I think, the most successful *single* compromise among MILC's. It's got two companies supporting it, so there's a wide variety of bodies and lenses to choose from; the sensor is enough smaller to allow smaller bodies and lenses, without compromising too badly on image quality (and the newest sensor on the EM-5 and E-PL5 is supposed to be a near equal to the NEX's APS-C, though I haven't had a chance to play with that). The bodies I've tried have also had better ergonomics, with better-balanced lenses than the NEX series. The biggest problem I have with it is that it's expensive - the best IQ bodies and lenses are well out of my reach, and the more affordable bodies have lesser IQ.

* Pentax, as I said, decided to split the difference by making two models. They pushed size/weight about as far as it could practically go with the Q, and they pushed image quality about as far as it could go with the K-01 (DSLR sensor and native, unadapted use of DSLR lenses). The sales suggest this was a poor decision from a marketing standpoint; and I admit that from a photography standpoint, if I had to pick just one camera, it'd probably be my GX-1. But after picking up a Q in last fall's model closeout, and a fire sale K-01 a couple of weeks ago, I have to admit and even promote their advantages. The GX-1 is a well-designed camera and is fun to shoot with; but the Q is even more fun to shoot, handles almost effortlessly, and can pack a full and versatile kit into a much smaller space. And the K-01 handles better than I expected (although with some significant flaws), takes beautiful pictures, and can use cheap-but-classic glass more conveniently than the GX-1 does.

So I think calling the K-01 a 'repurposed DSLR' is unfair. It really does feel to me like they decided to make a MILC that pushes DSLR quality - hence the sensor and the native K-mount - and then tried to design the smallest camera they could around that concept. I don't think it was a complete success (I'm not fond of the grip, the rubber flap, or the green/red button placement either), but I don't think it was a lazy design. And I think the Q and the K-01 do a much better job than Nikon One and NEX, respectively - Nikon and Sony compromised too much, without enough benefit to show for it.
Forum: Pentax K-01 01-24-2013, 12:15 AM  
K-02 - I wish. Anybody want it?
Posted By Traditional
Replies: 119
Views: 13,387
Yes, a Pentax K-02 with a weather-sealed body, and overall more weather-sealed lenses, all for the k-mount, would be nice. Very nice indeed. :p
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-23-2013, 08:38 AM  
PentaxForums at CP+ 2013, Interview Question Suggestions
Posted By VoiceOfReason
Replies: 189
Views: 24,142
I'd rather see 24 myself. That would be awesome.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-23-2013, 11:16 AM  
PentaxForums at CP+ 2013, Interview Question Suggestions
Posted By zmohie
Replies: 189
Views: 24,142
Is there a k01 successor
Forum: Pentax K-01 01-23-2013, 01:13 PM  
K-02 - I wish. Anybody want it?
Posted By regor
Replies: 119
Views: 13,387
In retrospect, the K-01 could only be compared to either a Compact MILC, which it isn't or a DSLR, which it isn't either. The end conclusion was inevitable. Had the K-01 have all the performance characteristics of a good DSLR it might have stood a chance, but with the demands of CDAF and constant Live View this is just not possible at this time. So it lost on size against Compact MILCs and performance agaist DSLRs. No matter which way you look, the K-01 couldn't compare ! Had Pentax advertizing been more aggressive in promoting the advantages of a larger MILC rather than attempting to hide it with a 40XS, I have no doubt that the K-01 would have had a future. K-02 could introduce Weather Sealing, titanium shell, articulated OLED, 20Mpix on sensor P/CDAF, remote flash synch and enhanced video support and it would rock !
Forum: Pentax K-01 01-23-2013, 11:53 AM  
K-02 - I wish. Anybody want it?
Posted By Doundounba
Replies: 119
Views: 13,387
Personally, I'm very happy with my (recent, well-priced) K-01 purchase. But I do feel that Pentax made two mistakes with the K-01: it's launch price and it's launch auto-focus performance. The first was possibly caused by misjudging the worth of the "designer" label to camera buyers. The second was fixed with the latest firmware.

What I wonder is what is their production cost? To me this camera (or its replacement) should be significantly less expensive that a K-30, but it would still be a good buy in today's market at around $500-$550 with the 40XS pancake. Around $400 it's a steal, and at the sometimes-seen $300 it's crazy cheap. Of course, there are other areas of possible improvement - tilting screen please! - but what is unfortunate is that, to quote a bad publicity jingle, you don't get a second chance to make a good first impression. So if they could make a K-02 with minimal new investment and sell it at a profit around $550, then it would seem to be a relative no-brainer, IMHO. I think Pentax could try to float a K-02 by investing fairly little new money and see how the "new" camera is received by doing this:

- give the design a more retro look, while keeping the physical shape and internals almost the same;
- do one more major rev of the firmware, perhaps concentrating mostly on video features and performance;
- add a tilting LCD;
- call that the K-02, launch at $550 with the 40XS and see if it sells...

To me this camera, a *slightly* tweaked K-01 with minimal new investment would get very different reviews than the K-01 did, and that might make all the difference...

ps: As a possible extra, if they would do a new K-mount small zoom that also looks more retro (and is faster) than the current 18-55 DA L, and offer it as an option, that would help too. No need to look very far for design cues - the old Pentax-a lenses all look fantastic. And that lens would also be of benefit to the other APS-C cameras in the line-up.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-15-2013, 10:02 PM  
PentaxForums at CP+ 2013, Interview Question Suggestions
Posted By Docrwm
Replies: 189
Views: 24,142
Will Pentax increase the AF focus points and the ability to AF-C in the near future?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-16-2013, 07:40 AM  
PentaxForums at CP+ 2013, Interview Question Suggestions
Posted By Kunzite
Replies: 189
Views: 24,142
Here's my list (repeating some items)
- FF. Show them the poll result - while not representative for the entire customer base, the FF idea is quite popular with the enthusiasts.
- weather sealing everywhere. Flashes, compact primes (e.g. Limiteds)...
- SDK or open specifications for tethering/camera control. They could send it to me, and I'll make time to write an application around it :)
- "pro" lenses, with ring-type AF motors - offering reliability and speed; can we expect such products? Maybe together with the FF? :)
- what happened with the FA Limiteds, which were missing at Photokina?
- any decision regarding the K-01 type of products? Are they planning to follow it? How about the protruding lens prototype they displayed an year ago.
Thank you.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-16-2013, 07:21 AM  
PentaxForums at CP+ 2013, Interview Question Suggestions
Posted By JPT
Replies: 189
Views: 24,142
One thing I'd like clarification on is whether they see a future for K-mount mirrorless cameras. The previous comment that the K-01 was a one-off could be interpreted in a number of ways.

I agree that it's not worth persisting with questions about future releases, like full frame. They are surely not at liberty to pre-announce products on the spur of the moment. You only risk damaging your relationship with them if you push too hard.

By the way, Adam, are you coming over to to Japan for this?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-15-2013, 11:39 PM  
PentaxForums at CP+ 2013, Interview Question Suggestions
Posted By Mazhe
Replies: 189
Views: 24,142
If none are announced at CP+, can we expect some (D)FA lenses in 2013? If so, what kind of class can we expect? Will there be "normal" ones, or */limited are also planned?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-15-2013, 09:59 PM  
PentaxForums at CP+ 2013, Interview Question Suggestions
Posted By Lurch
Replies: 189
Views: 24,142
Can we get a K-01 + MX-1 lovechild?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-15-2013, 09:49 PM  
PentaxForums at CP+ 2013, Interview Question Suggestions
Posted By hcc
Replies: 189
Views: 24,142
+1. The K-01 is a true winner but it lacks a successor (or an update). It also lacks new XS lenses, which could be derived from existing Pentax pancake lenses.
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