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Forum: Pentax K-1 04-03-2018, 12:32 PM  
Pentax K1 Mark II review
Posted By Huy
Replies: 52
Views: 11,420
Last photo in the gallery: "DFA 24-70 / 1 / 400s to f / 5.0, ISO 320 - Photo taken without looking"

That's a new cool feature! :D
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-03-2017, 09:38 AM  
Anyone planning to grow old with their K3?
Posted By Huy
Replies: 141
Views: 11,462
I'm planning to keep the K-3 as long as possible (3 years, only less than 5000 clicks)
I will look for a replacement camera when 1) My K-50 dies + 2) A new Pentax camera (+ lens) with a big leap in AF system.

Even then, I bet the K-3 is still a great camera.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-25-2017, 12:44 PM  
Pentax KP - Specifications
Posted By Huy
Replies: 666
Views: 84,223
Has anybody posted it?

Pentax KP is now on Amazon

Where's the deep grip?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-19-2017, 11:25 AM  
K-1 autofocus?
Posted By Huy
Replies: 10
Views: 1,144
Looks like you need to perform focus adjustment for your camera+lens combo.

Focus using viewfinder use PDAF, therefore it's possible your camera+lens is back-focus or front-focus as shown in the Select pics.
Live View use CDAF therefore not affected. Therefore the candidate pics are always in focus perfectly.

You can refer to the manual to perform focus adjustment. I don't have the K-1 so that I can't give you the details, but I bet other members will chip in soon :)
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-17-2017, 10:36 AM  
Fujifilm GFX started with... 645z file?
Posted By Huy
Replies: 97
Views: 9,101
I have several questions:

1) What is the raw file format Fujifilm took from 645z? is it DNG or PEF?
2) What is the format of the processed file coming out of image X engine?
3) If the processed image is JPEG. Does it mean a lot to raw shooters?

- Thank you.
Forum: Sold Items 01-11-2017, 12:28 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax Flash, AF360FGZII, Weather Resistant, Leaked Battery = Damaged
Posted By Huy
Replies: 7
Views: 1,284
Is it still available?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-06-2017, 12:03 PM  
Why Pentax ?
Posted By Huy
Replies: 69
Views: 7,560
I go with Pentax for the price and compactness.

I mainly shoot studio portrait and some landscape with a K-3 + DA* 50-135 combo.

Just a fun comparison (I don't intent to insult any mirrorless shooter).

K-3 body: weight: 800 g, price: $800 (the price I actually bought)
DA* 5-135 : weight: 765 g, price: $1046 (current at B&H, I believe the market price is around $800)
Combo: weight: 1565 g, price: $1846

Equivalent mirrorless system: Fujifilm X-T2 + Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Lens

Fujifilm X-T2 body: weight: 507 g, price: $1599
Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8: weight: 995 g, price: $1599
Combo: weight: 1502 g, price: $ 3198

Fujifilm Camera+Lens may have superior AF system, but I found the Pentax AF is sufficient. I believe the low light focus capability is just as good as Pentax (correct me if I'm wrong)

The X-T2 sensor size is 23.6 x 15.6 mm, the K-3 sensor size is 23.5 x 15.6 mm. I believe the image quality is pretty much equal.

The DA* 50-135 can be neck-to-neck with any similar lens in term of sharpness.

To me, I just cannot justify to pay $1352 more for a 63 g less system.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-30-2016, 09:43 AM  
Today's the Day - My K-3 II arrives!
Posted By Huy
Replies: 14
Views: 1,140
Congrats! It's an awesome camera. The K-3's low light focus ability alone just blew me away. K-3 ii is even a greater camera.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-21-2016, 10:55 PM  
Do any of you shoot on a tripod with SR on?
Posted By Huy
Replies: 71
Views: 4,555
I usually use 2 sec timer when shooting with the tripod. But I forgot to do it 2 days ago :(
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-15-2016, 09:46 AM  
Portrait Lenses for APS-C?
Posted By Huy
Replies: 58
Views: 6,236
The range 50-135 mm as of DA* 50-135mm? It covers the equivalent 70-200mm full frame.
Forum: General Photography 10-19-2016, 10:45 AM  
A wonderful coincidence
Posted By Huy
Replies: 5
Views: 1,161
More human can afford a computer than squirrels!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-13-2016, 01:38 PM  
Your exposure mode preference for P-TTL flash?
Posted By Huy
Replies: 54
Views: 4,735
Try it if you have a chance. It's pretty easy, especially if your flash is in P-TTL.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 08-13-2016, 09:45 AM  
Your exposure mode preference for P-TTL flash?
Posted By Huy
Replies: 54
Views: 4,735
Put the camera in Manual mode and only set the flash in P-TTL works best for me. Just make sure the camera is under exposed by from 1 to 3 stops by setting low ISO, stopping down or speeding up. The flash will be able to compensate automatically.

It's also good if you bounce the flash too. I almost always bounce the flash off the ceiling or a white wall if possible to make the light softer.

However, keep in mind the subject distance and the maximum GN of your flash though. If the subject is far away, you may consider increasing ISO.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-11-2016, 05:42 PM  
Pentax AF360FGZ II broken hot shoe. Advice for buying replacement parts.
Posted By Huy
Replies: 7
Views: 2,535
The hot shoe replacement part arrived today. It was very well packed. It looks exactly like the original even though didn't come with the box. Took me less than 3 mins to install. Now my flash is as good as new.
Thank you
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-08-2016, 01:28 PM  
Pentax AF360FGZ II broken hot shoe. Advice for buying replacement parts.
Posted By Huy
Replies: 7
Views: 2,535
Already ordered one from Thank you everyone!
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-07-2016, 03:02 PM  
Pentax AF360FGZ II broken hot shoe. Advice for buying replacement parts.
Posted By Huy
Replies: 7
Views: 2,535
Thank you very much, MikeSF and seanix for the promptly answers. I'll try it. Hopefully I'll update this thread with the good news.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-07-2016, 09:07 AM  
Pentax AF360FGZ II broken hot shoe. Advice for buying replacement parts.
Posted By Huy
Replies: 7
Views: 2,535
My Pentax AF360FGZ II flash was literally broken by itself at the hot shoe mount when I stored it on its flash stand with no battery inside. The only weight on the hot shoe mount was the weight of the flash itself.

I bought it from B&H. Unfortunately it was out of warranty period.

I always use my gears very carefully and I haven't banged or dropped the flash anywhere to my knowledge. I'd used it only in a couple of events and portrait sessions.

The cracks look as if the hot shoe mount failed due to fatigue plastic.

I'm not going to send it to Precision Camera Repair since they quote a flat rate of $166.50.

Since the hot shoe was broken to many pieces around the screw holes. I don't think I can glue all the pieces together with my skill.

I'm not the only one having this experience. A user reported similar issue on B&H user reviews for Pentax AF360FGZ II.

Has anyone had any experience buying replacement parts? please advice.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-13-2016, 12:36 PM  
Wasabi batteries (resolved)
Posted By Huy
Replies: 29
Views: 1,739
I have the same issue with swollen Washabi batteries on my K-50 too. Now I'm opting for 4xAA eneloop + knockoff AA adapter.
Forum: General Photography 06-13-2016, 12:39 PM  
SD cards can survive a lot...
Posted By Huy
Replies: 5
Views: 1,010
That's why we giving away a SanDisk Extreme Pro 64Gb SDXC Card instead of a microSD version! Be safe, people :)
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-02-2016, 09:37 PM  
DA* 50-135 + Kenko 1.4X TC - an FF beauty on K-1!
Posted By Huy
Replies: 8
Views: 3,317
Thank you very much for sharing. This is a very good news for my DA* 50-135mm.

How much more vignetting is the combo DA* 50-135mm + Pentax 1.4x rear converter?
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-31-2016, 10:09 AM  
K-3 high ISO performance - how meaningful is it.
Posted By Huy
Replies: 28
Views: 3,564
.. as long as you're not looking at 100% zoom :)

Great write up and pics. Thanks for sharing your experience.

The K-3 is still a venerable machine, even when K-1 is already here.
Forum: General Photography 05-29-2016, 07:05 AM  
This is TOTALLY how you're supposed to hold a camera!
Posted By Huy
Replies: 35
Views: 2,728
You can hold the camera any way you want as long as you're not taking pictures.
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-18-2016, 09:05 PM  
K-3 Auto Focus Tracking
Posted By Huy
Replies: 11
Views: 2,422
Thanks for sharing. I too have K-3 + 50-135mm but I never tried AF tracking before.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-12-2016, 08:11 AM  
How does the K1 deal with high temperatures?
Posted By Huy
Replies: 6
Views: 1,194
Same here!
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-02-2016, 02:13 PM  
My first day with the K-1
Posted By Huy
Replies: 12
Views: 2,335
Thank you Tjompen1968 for the pics.

Do the dark corners become worse without the 1.4x TC? What about stopping down, let say, to f 8?
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