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Forum: Sold Items 11-25-2018, 02:42 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Gift Or Collectors Idea ~ Camera Clocks ~ Giving New Life To Old Broken Cameras
Posted By Nachschlag
Replies: 101
Views: 9,994
It's an awesome idea to recycle these old camera bodies to add flavor and timeliness to any home!
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-14-2018, 03:29 PM  
Is the K1 a foolish choice if you don't have any modern glass ?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 77
Views: 5,428
That depends entirely on your expectations of the glass.

There are many lenses that show their limitations when coupled with even a lowly 10MP K10D, if the images are viewed and appraised at 100% reproduction... but when reproduced at realistic sizes, and viewed at typical distances, the images look absolutely wonderful.

A seemingly-growing problem with digital photographers is to judge the quality of a lens on its ability to produce pin-sharp results with complete lack of visible aberrations when viewed at 100% reproduction. This may have some justification for a few very specific applications, but I'd argue that it's utterly unimportant for most photographers. At the very least, it's far less important than overall rendering.

But, you need to decide what's important for you - is it test chart and 100% reproduction perfection, or enjoyable rendering for normal reproduction and viewing conditions? If the latter is important to you, it really doesn't matter what camera you choose. The K-1 will give you 35mm film field-of-view, and the lenses will perform (more-or-less) as they always did, assuming you reproduce the images at the same size.
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-14-2018, 02:41 AM  
K-1 II AF-C Sports Report
Posted By Billk
Replies: 14
Views: 1,717
I think you might have played too much rugby league. Although too many headers in soccer/ Association football could produce the same inability to appreciate the poetry of AFL.

Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 06-29-2018, 10:48 AM  
K-1 Raffle: Entry thread 1, 11am UTC, June 30, 2018
Posted By Adam
Replies: 64
Views: 14,091
This thread will open at 11am UTC on June 30th. The first 50 people to post a reply (1 entry per household) will receive one raffle entry toward the K-1. The winner will be selected at the end of the day, based on the 100 entries from this thread and the other one.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-26-2018, 01:04 AM  
The Ugly Truth About Pentax AF-C (Cuteness included)
Posted By redpit
Replies: 123
Views: 6,795
I just found this thread. Great and interesting test Mike, thank you for your time and effort!

As a photographer who mostly uses AF-C I can say I totally agree with your findings. Pentax AF-C is quite capable although shooting side by side with many friends using Canonikons (I don't know anyone with Sony yet) we all know that it's not as efficient as the AF-C systems of recent action cameras from these brands. The photographer is the most important factor when we are talking about photography, but when we talk about action or sports photography where the time window for getting the shot is too short, then the man behind the camera becomes a crucial factor! :D

All these years I have found many ways to work around the AF-C restrictions of my Pentax cameras. I don't know how things (exactly) are in other brands and I don't care to be honest, as I'm pleased with my equipment! I have tested/shot cameras like the D500, D850, D750, 7DI, 7DII and 5DIV in various airshows and I have seen their advantages in some aspects. To put it simple here, a novice photographer with a D500 and a 200-500/5.6 will get three times more keepers than me with my K-1 and the DFA 150-450 and far better % of keepers as well. Does that say something? To me not really! :lol:

As time goes by everyone set his priorities, develops his style and adjusts to his equipment specifics, whether he understands that or not. I'm mainly an aviation photographer but I have long left behind the spray and pray technique. I shot small bursts of 2-3 or 3-4 pics on the special parts of a demo and save buffer and constantly reframe waiting for the next special moment (to my eyes). Next to me I hear shutters sound like machine guns and I can almost feel the heat from the XQD cards overheaitng :lol::lol:

So someone has to ask, when we all get the pictures we want what is all this fuzz about? We are talking about the most appropriate tools and the most appropriate features to make a job, in other words the tools that make it easier for the photographers to take the shot. I used to shoot with MF mirror lenses on my film cameras and later on my K-5 for so long that I have some experience that helps me get better images now with the AF equipment. If for some reason suddently all AF systems fail in an airport, I'm sure I will still get some excellent pictures on MF, even on M mode too. This is a tacit knowledge that can't be gained with the most advanced equipment and shouldn't be overlooked, especially from young photographers who think that they will get a D850 put in front of it a 500/4 and will get pictures like those they admire on the web or magazines. If you don't learn photography first and you don't practise much, you will have some random success mainly by luck.

But people look for the easy ways and tools that make things easier, especially nowadays. Does that make me an eccentric photographer that still tries to get the images he wants with an underdog like Pentax when there are companies out there offering cameras like D5, 1DX, D850, 7DII, A9 etc etc? The simple answer is no, I'm not just a stubborn guy that persists due to some kind of perversion to use Pentax and a slow camera like the K-1 for aviation photography :) I have my reasons and my style and I enjoy photography with my equipment! And most important of all I can get the pictures I always wanted to! Could things be better for me the K-1 user? Yes with a bit deeper buffer and a slightly better FPS (about 30 and 5,5FPS would be great), but I'm sure in the future I will have those features and not in the D850 price levels. Do I pay a price for not using the most advanced action cameras? Yes, more effort to get the same results under demanding conditions. An example is last year in a big airshow under bright sunlight (so ideal lighting conditions, apart from some excessive heat waves) a propeller driven plane made 2 very low passes over the runway flying at about 12-15 feet with a background of trees, so an ideal situation for some panning shots... I focused on the plane as it coming low and threw a long burst as it was passing in front of me. Even with a small aperture like f16 the airplane was OOF when it endered the busy background :eek: I had time to check that (review my pics), prefocus on the runway above which it flew during the first low pass and switch to MF. During the second pass I got a few nice photos, but not all were keepers as the plane was approaching and moving away and the distance was changing... When reviewing the photos with my pal next to me shooting D500, more than 90% of the AF-C low pass were sharp images. He got them effortless :) Why don't you buy a D500 too is the reasonable question! Because I didn't tell you the story of the same evening that we were shooting planes backlit under evening light and then we had to bring up the detail from the dark parts in PP :D Anyway, you got my point. There is NO perfect system/camera/lens! Even the D850 which has been incorporated as the perfect action (and all around) DSLR, isn't so perfect and in most cases I fail to see the IQ advantage over my K-1...

I wrote a lot, sorry I was carried away (probably because it is a rainy morning here today), but hopefully there is a point in my words to some of the fellow PF members. :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-24-2018, 01:16 PM  
Pentax 77 Ltd vs Samyang 135mm F2 for K1 (Portraits)
Posted By clackers
Replies: 34
Views: 3,650
Hi Matroxication,

The general principle is that you use the longest lens, as close to the subject, far way from the background and with the widest aperture as possible.

Group shots are problematic.

You can't step back to fit them in as normal, you will need to pose them with their heads close together (this is how engagement photography works). The head of the third person is best above or below the other two, not beside.

The photo can easily be unsatisfactory, because the ears or noses of the subjects may be out of focus, and indeed the eyes of all but one person, depending on how meticulous the pose is. Dropping the aperture to f4 or even f5.6 would be necessary, and this now defeats the purpose of the exercise.

You just shrug your shoulders and forget trying to blur a nearby background, you rotate everyone to get a background further away that you hope isn't bright and distracting.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-17-2018, 09:54 AM  
Lens Radiation Revisited. This time with the State of Arizona involved !
Posted By photoptimist
Replies: 71
Views: 4,114
Did Mr Steen say micro rems per hour, per day, per year, or what? Micro rems is a measure of accumulated dose over time. not a measure of the rate of radition. Without knowing the time frame of the rate measurement, it's impossible to gauge the relative risk. (Note: other articles about this issue and Mr Steen's 15X comment seem to be consistent with it being microrems per hour)

It's also important to note the distance to the source during measurement and during your exposure to the lenses. Readings (and exposure) from half a foot away will be four times higher than readings from one foot away. And if the 170 micro rems readings on the closed ice chest where done from 1 foot away from the lenses inside, then your exposure while being 10 feet away will be only 1.7 micro rems and staying 20 feet away would reduce exposure to only 0.4 micro rems.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-07-2018, 11:41 AM  
Nature AF-C Pentax K1 ll Test
Posted By colodion
Replies: 16
Views: 988
Hi the AF-C of the new Pentax K1 ll seems more agile than that of the classic, with uniform background has no problem, even with small birds, with the contrasted fox loses focus less than the K1.

In flirck are all the tests with the exif
Pablo Colodion | Flickr

_IMG1062p by Pablo Colodion, en Flickr

Sin título-1 by Pablo Colodion, en Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-04-2018, 01:51 AM  
K-1 II AF-C Real World Report
Posted By redpit
Replies: 20
Views: 2,309
Really appreciate the feedback Mike! Thank you very much for the detailed report.... You perfectly described airshow results that all of us that have photographed airshow know what you're talking about :lol:

I'm thinking of upgrading too, but still haven't decided what to do... I'm expecting some samples too, as I prefer viewing pictures to reading :D
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-03-2018, 12:23 PM  
K-1 II AF-C Real World Report
Posted By RGlasel
Replies: 20
Views: 2,309
Really appreciate this. Knowing this isn't your first airshow and seeing how you systematically check your photos for cause and effect gives your report a lot of credibility and is truly useful information.
Forum: Sold Items 04-25-2018, 08:00 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Gift Or Collectors Idea ~ Camera Clocks ~ Giving New Life To Old Broken Cameras
Posted By ellicottva
Replies: 101
Views: 9,994
It's an awesome idea to recycle these old camera bodies to add flavor and timeliness to any home!
Forum: Sold Items 02-21-2018, 07:31 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Gift Or Collectors Idea ~ Camera Clocks ~ Giving New Life To Old Broken Cameras
Posted By scottab
Replies: 101
Views: 9,994
Great idea, they look wonderful.
Forum: Sold Items 11-06-2017, 09:05 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Gift Or Collectors Idea ~ Camera Clocks ~ Giving New Life To Old Broken Cameras
Posted By rjpinaz
Replies: 101
Views: 9,994
Hi Mike!

Mine arrived today. Here it is on my ME Super.

Forum: Sold Items 11-06-2017, 12:53 PM  
For Sale - Sold: MX, K2's, ME, MZ-7, Program Plus, A3000, Spotmatic, Spotmatic F, S3, Praktica, D-BG3
Posted By dsmithhfx
Replies: 88
Views: 12,737
"This camera has developed the issue where the mirror doesn't always return, more so at slow shutter speeds and on rare occasion at faster shutter speeds, it is otherwise working"

I used the following method to quickly and easily fix the issue on my SP:

How to Fix a Ceased/"stuck" Mirror on a Pentax ES Spotmatic: 8 Steps
Forum: Sold Items 10-30-2017, 02:14 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Gift Or Collectors Idea ~ Camera Clocks ~ Giving New Life To Old Broken Cameras
Posted By beachgardener
Replies: 101
Views: 9,994
Nice one MM, keep 'em coming, I'll get one at some stage :)
Forum: Sold Items 10-29-2017, 08:20 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Gift Or Collectors Idea ~ Camera Clocks ~ Giving New Life To Old Broken Cameras
Posted By csa
Replies: 101
Views: 9,994
Those are really cool! They look beautiful!
Forum: Sold Items 10-29-2017, 01:56 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Gift Or Collectors Idea ~ Camera Clocks ~ Giving New Life To Old Broken Cameras
Posted By suraswami
Replies: 101
Views: 9,994
neat idea
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 01-29-2017, 11:41 AM  
News has switched to secure HTTPS
Posted By stevebrot
Replies: 61
Views: 4,883
That is the easy part. The hard part is finding and converting the URLs for all the linked images.

Forum: Sold Items 01-05-2017, 06:38 AM  
For Sale - Sold: MX, K2's, ME, MZ-7, Program Plus, A3000, Spotmatic, Spotmatic F, S3, Praktica, D-BG3
Posted By pathdoc
Replies: 88
Views: 12,737
A camera not to be sneezed at for the owner of M42 lenses who wants a film body to throw them on and isn't afraid to resort to external metering solutions, OR the enthusiast who has the tools and is looking for a camera to strip down for practice.
Forum: Sold Items 06-20-2016, 05:28 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K/M/A 1st Pty Primes 28mm, 50mm F1.7/2.0, 50mm F4.0, 135mm F3.5, 2x 200mm F4.0's
Posted By felixkh
Replies: 77
Views: 16,405
Giving a bump up for wonderful lenses.
Forum: Sold Items 02-12-2016, 09:15 AM  
For Sale - Sold: AF Lenses, F, FA, FAJ, DA, No Primes Currently, 12 Zooms, 16mm-300mm, Sigma, Tamron
Posted By UserAccessDenied
Replies: 92
Views: 31,984
wow, that 500 is a BEAUTY!

Now I just need to sell my car and... wait, then how would I come pick it up?
OK! I'll sell my house... wait, I'm renting...

shame, looks like I won't be the new owner.
I hope it goes to a good home!

I can attest to MightyMike being a fair, attentive and responsible seller on PentaxForums.
I had a great experience buying from him in the past.
Forum: Sold Items 01-28-2016, 01:27 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K/M/A 1st Pty Zooms, 28-50mm F3.5-4.5, 40-80mm, 70-210mm, 75-150mm, 85-210mm
Posted By fwcetus
Replies: 73
Views: 9,516
Someone will be very happy with this lens -- it's not only justly known as the "Stack of Primes", it's also a great match for the Pentax-F 1.7X AF Adapter, too. :)
Forum: Sold Items 01-15-2016, 10:36 AM  
For Sale - Sold: 1st Pty, M42 28, 35mm F2, 50/1.4, 55/1.8, 85 F1.8/1.9, 105/2.8, 135/3.5, 200, 300/6.3
Posted By UserAccessDenied
Replies: 82
Views: 17,456
Just received my "new to me" A135mm F2.8

Great condition as described!
Excellent packaging and shipped faster than expected!

Great seller,
Highly recommended!

Forum: Pentax Lens Articles 12-01-2015, 06:21 AM  
Venus(Laowa) 15mm F4 1:1 Macro+Shift, Review and Samples
Posted By MrA
Replies: 26
Views: 13,174
Sorry Mike, guess I missed that line! Either way, not a problem for me, was just noting for others.

I can confirm that rotating the mount works, it's as simple as removing 4 screws. However, the reverse side of the metal mount has a shallow groove cut in it for the spring which operates the shift-lock lever. If you rotate the mount, you slightly squash the spring. This didn't immediately affect its operation but perhaps might in the longer term.
Forum: Sold Items 07-26-2015, 03:14 AM  
For Sale - Sold: K/M/A 3rd Party, 1 Zoom, 5 Primes, 3 TCs, 3 Ext. Tube(s), Sigma, Vivitar, Adaptall-2
Posted By olypdd
Replies: 56
Views: 10,266
I have that Rokinon 10mm and it is a great lens. Very happy I picked one up.
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