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Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 11-24-2021, 06:58 AM  
Nikon Z6 for legacy glass?
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 108
Views: 6,530
The Z5 is currently $999 for the body and $1799 for the combo with the 24-200 and $1599 with the 24-70 F4 on Nikons site. That’s a lot of camera for the money. If you opt Z6 it’s $1599 for the body.

Z6 has a better burst rate but expensive cards (and 1). Z5 has twin SD UHS-ii slots. Z5 also charges via USB-C if you want that, it’s great for travel. The sensor on the Z6 is better at very high ISO but the Z5 sensor is better at low iso, so pick which you prefer there.

$999 is a deal tbh.
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 11-23-2021, 05:12 AM  
Smartphone camera and video progression
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 73
Views: 2,571
It's quite impressive what they can do hand held. With ILC you'll need 1/30, 1/20th or lower and ISO 51200 and higher to try and get what these smartphones can do handheld, which often causes so much noise that the ILC doesn't look any better or worse.

I pulled off the side of the road and tried the iPhone 12 under just moonlight, pitch black with just the faint outline of the mountains. Something my ILC's can't focus in. You would need to manual focus and be at an extreme high iso, like 100,000 to have a chance, in which case results would look like garbage. Not a great high detailed photo by any means, but the fact it can do this hand held is still impressive to me. None of my ILC's can do this without putting them on a tripod, which of course will get better results, but I don't bring tripods everywhere.

Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 11-12-2021, 08:04 AM  
Smartphone camera and video progression
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 73
Views: 2,571
You are completely ignoring what these phones are doing in low light. 100 dollar smartphones and any previous point and shoot simply don't and never did what these flagship phones are pulling off in software.

Never mind the HDR capabilities are vastly more advanced than any ILC on the market and deliver results in high contrast situations that require post-processing to accomplish on an ILC. This was not a capability nor is it on 100 dollar smartphones or point and shoots
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 11-12-2021, 07:14 AM  
Smartphone camera and video progression
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 73
Views: 2,571
The SOOC looked better than the RAW, probably it needs the profile due to all the tone mapping in the smart HDR. The apple proRAW files look very washed out in lightroom unless you apply the profile information that has all that for the RAW. Being how new the Pixel 6 is that may be only available for a few editors at this point.

The saturation is just a slider adjustment away from looking super close to the K-3 render. IMO the Pixel 6 and it are tough to tell apart.

I like that I can grab the phone now and not worry about image quality. It makes heading out with one lens to keep things light not a concern knowing I'll just use the iphone for the other focal lengths. It's one of the tools now instead of a severe compromise. At night I'm probably more likely to use it handheld now actually depending on how dark it is. This was never the case with traditional point and shoots. They were only "ok" during daylight, in low light total garbage.

Plus I can edit everything extremely efficiently on lightroom with that same iphone on the spot if I want to share images quickly or just edit on a tablet in bed or whatever. Love it.
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 11-11-2021, 02:38 PM  
Smartphone camera and video progression
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 73
Views: 2,571
All I’m seeing with the color difference is the RAW processing. Is there a profile yet for the pixel 6? The iphone RAWs are under saturated without the profiles.

I see very little difference other than some saturation between the pixel 6 and the k3iii in these shots.

As for 36 mp and sports, well, the K-1 would be a terrible choice amongst what’s available now for that purpose especially with the K3 iii available. Plus nobody views shots at 36 mp. 8mp max on 4k screens and very very few are viewed as large prints. So the pixel 6 has you covered for the vast majority of day to day shots. Obviously sports is still a strength of ILC.

But the smartphones are now better in handheld low light conditions than ILC cameras where you need to crank the ISO sky high to get enough shutter speed to not motion blur the image. Then destroying any advantage they had. They’re excellent in low light.

ILC is being turned into a niche purpose system for photography in general at this point. The smartphones don’t have image quality issues much anymore, rather, the photographer has creativity issues if they can’t capture compelling images with one in 2021.

There’s numerous photographers using only smartphones capturing stunning images these days. To say they’re only snapshots capable is saying you aren’t capable of the level of creativity they clearly are.

Smartphones are a totally viable photography tool in 2021. I have no qualms using my iphone in place of my Z5 or K3 in a lot of situations. The image quality difference isn’t the issue if the photo sucks. It was me.
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 11-08-2021, 11:29 AM  
Smartphone camera and video progression
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 73
Views: 2,571
I'm not at all surprised. The depth of field probably is the giveaway and the shutter speed blur. These phones have exceeded ILC cameras for handheld low light IMO. You can beat them with a tripod of course, but not handheld in really low light conditions.

Pixel 6 is looking like the king of handheld low light at the moment.

It's lightyears past the old small sensor point and shoots. Turn off computational though and it'll look like that old point and shoot. I just wish one of the camera company's would just embrace computational techniques for low light and HDR conditions.
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 11-05-2021, 02:12 PM  
Smartphone camera and video progression
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 73
Views: 2,571
The pixel 6 is looking really good! I’d love to see some shots when you guys get them. Throw in some comparisons with your ILC camera if you can. I really really wish there was a way to tether these phones to a FF camera and somehow tap into that sensor with these night modes, it would probably be unreal. I don’t care if it takes 5 minutes to process.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 11-04-2021, 12:03 PM  
Mk III Highlight Weighted Metering
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 24
Views: 1,319
I dont think either way is better. I just think it clutters up the mode dial. Its also not really a Pentax ďfeatureĒ as it would seem to be by calling it a new mode. I just laughed a little when I saw how Nikon did it being I learned everything on Pentax and thought that was a Pentax only feature.

The full range of EV is available on the Z5, what i meant was you can tailor each metering mode individually to a specific EV setting and have it saved that way. Its a time saver vs having to dial it in each time if its something you do repeatedly thats all.

Im curious how the shadow correction on the K3iii works with highlight metering. If you can preserve the highlights then have the camera raise shadows with shadow correction for JPEG shooting. Thats what I do with the D750 and Z5 if I want it done in camera and no post processing. I hope it works that way because Im also getting a K3iii to replace my K-3. The D750 is going away and Im keeping my Pentax system as I enjoy the experience with it. The Z system will be my mirrorless option. Im actually sold on Pentax becoming The DSLR brand as Canon and Nikon have gone completely to mirrorless.

So im here learning about the new features and looking forward to the K3iii.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 11-03-2021, 05:30 PM  
Oooh, I bought one.. and super quick impressions
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 22
Views: 2,002
The lock all buttons is a great feature! I bump stuff on my K-3 as well and miss it sometimes.

USB-C charging is something I love. One less thing to throw into the bag for travel, plus itís easy to use one battery and top it up in the car or via battery back like everything else.

Congrats on the new K-3iii.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 11-03-2021, 05:00 PM  
Mk III Highlight Weighted Metering
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 24
Views: 1,319
The Nikon’s D4/5/6 and 810/850 as well as 500/750/780 and the Z’s have Highlight metering. I use it all the time on the D750 and Z5. The metering system is 91k on the 750 and 180k on the 850/780 and it just states TTL on the Z5 as it works through the sensor and then viewfinder stream differently on the mirrorless cameras.

Nikon meters with some kind of scene recognition algorithm based on a database of examples. It monitors the entire frame. You can also fine tune the EV value per individual metering, like spot -1/3rd EV, center 2/3rd etc.

I have not had a chance to play with the K-3 III yet.

My K-3 and all my prior K body’s the 7/5 I typically set about a -1/3, 2/3rd underexposure to protect highlights. The highlight metering is really nice as it’s essentially tailoring that automatically and I look forward to that on the K-3 iii.

If you’re shooting JPEG you may want to give Highlight metering a test with the shadow correction enabled and see if it can pull up shadows like you would in post automatically. I don’t have highlight metering on the K-3 but on the D750 and K5 I use active D-lighting (which is basically the highlight and shadow correction Pentax has but for both) and it will pull up shadows in a good way. It’ similar to what I would do to the RAW in lightroom but letting the camera automate the process.

Does the K-3 iii have more white balance options? The K-3 had the ability to have multiple white balance corrections in one scene which I think is a unique to pentax feature.

Pentax in general seems to have more depth of options than other brands. The only thing that I think is ridiculous is TAV mode on Pentax. You have the same thing on Nikon, it’s just setting ISO to auto in M mode instead of a dedicated dial option. Two ways to do the same thing I guess.

The green button is also pretty useful if something changes fast on the Pentax body’s. Really just the overall setup on them imo is the best of all the brands.
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 11-02-2021, 12:15 PM  
Z9, will it have a mechanical shutter?
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 47
Views: 1,727
Iíd be very interested to hear what you think about it! Iím curious about the AF in comparison as well as the camera overall. I very nearly went for the R3 but the weather sealing wasnít present in the lower end Canon glass and I canít afford the L stuff.

I think itís great they got back into the game because it just means better lower priced cameraís for all of us as Sony/Canon/Nikon try to outdo each other.
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 10-31-2021, 07:29 AM  
Upcoming Nikon Z5
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 65
Views: 4,329
Yes, but there really isnít any other way to get a relative look at different lenses is there?

The charts above are off a 45mp Z7 and a K-1 at 36mp.

Unless someone adapts all these lenses to a Z body and compares them Iím not sure what other means we have. At least the MTFís are telling us with this manufacturers combo you can achieve this level of sharpness. And we can compare that.

What would you consider the best resource to be able to compare lenses across brands?
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 10-31-2021, 05:53 AM  
Upcoming Nikon Z5
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 65
Views: 4,329
I take all those MTF charts with a grain of salt. While I can zoom way in and tell a difference, for real world at the typical viewing distances on typical screens and print sizes I don’t think it matters much unless the lens is grossly incompetent around the edges and it’s very obvious. Some of my favorite lenses are my least sharp. One of them is a 40-150 telephoto on M 4/3. Definately not the sharpest but it’s’ super compact and feather light. With the OMD em2 body it’s’ a featherlight super compact telephoto setup. I’ve got a bunch of great shots with that lens and it cost something like 100 dollars.
I think most of it is probably the physics aspect of having a new mount that allows the lens to sit extremely close to the sensor plus everything was just designed in the past few years after decades of F mount lens experience and modern computing power. So it would be shocking honestly if they didn’t come out with very sharp lenses. Most of the Pentax lineup lenses were designed a decade or more ago when computing power was much worse or in some cases probably non-existent when the lens design happened.

Nikon had to design them to outperform the F mount across the board or why would you buy it. Instead you would just continue on with the F mount version and FTZ adapter.

Who knows how much impact the mirrorless AF system’s have as well because they tend to be much more accurate. No micro-adjustment options exits in the body because they don’t need them. With DSLR some lenses are always off by a small margin or sometimes needing adjustments.

As for MP count. I still have 24mp cameras and want for nothing. I like the smaller file sizes to work with and for storage as 99 percent of what I shoot is shared digitally on screens at 4k or smaller with a handful of prints at 30x20 or smaller. Other than for cropping higher megapixel count would be wasted for me.

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Here’s the 24-200 and the DFA 50 MTF from the same source, ephotozine. Obviously the super zoom is useless if you want F4 and below, but it outperforms it in the aperture range available. It’s impressive considering super zooms have long been considered the softest for glass options.
I added the 50 1.2 for reference. The 50mm 1.4 was with a K-1.


Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 10-30-2021, 07:57 PM  
Nikon z7 Pentax K-1
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 109
Views: 4,761
I never owned the limited lenses because of the lack of weather sealing and the screw drive. I have the inexpensive 35/50 plastic’s and those are pretty noisy, and a DFA 100mm macro with screw drive, also noisy.

It makes sense that the motors would have been too expensive involving a redesign.

Good to know that the noise isn’t much on the limited lenses.
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 10-30-2021, 07:48 PM  
Upcoming Nikon Z5
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 65
Views: 4,329
That was a pretty interesting article!

I should say absolute sharpness isn’t everything in a lens at all. A lot of my favorite shots are from the 16-50 2.8 (before SDM died) and it’s a pretty poor performer for lens sharpness.

I should take some shots with my K3 and Sigma 18-250 and the Z5 24-200 side by side some time. I used the K3 combo (and the Sigma 8-16) for travel for a number of years. The Z5 24-200 is like a sharper version of that with weather sealing. It’s too bad there isn’t a super zoom that’s weather sealed for Pentax.

I actually bring both with me on my motorcycle, the Z5 with 24-200 and the K-3 with the 8/16. I’ll probably eventually get the 14-30 F4 but the Sigma 8-16 and K-3 works fine. AF isn’t much of a factor on a super wide angle lens.

USB-C charging is a really nice thing on travel as well, one less thing to carry with you and you can charge the camera from a battery pack like everything else so only one battery is needed.
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 10-30-2021, 03:51 PM  
Upcoming Nikon Z5
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 65
Views: 4,329
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I know it’s hard to believe, I looked at MTF charts for a bunch of Pentax lenses and I have not seen one that outperforms it in sharpness. I’m not saying they don’t render nice images, but for absolute sharpness yes. If you see one I’m glad to change my mind.

I’m tracking the sharpest lens for Pentax is actually a Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART lens. And the 24-200 is sharper than that. And it’s sharper than the recent 28-105.

What’s the sharpest Pentax lens out there? I’m happy to admit being wrong, I just have not seem an MTF that shows a sharper lens. The Z primes are some of the sharpest lenses period so no surprise there, but the 24-200 is a super zoom.



35 1.4 mtf





Forum: General Talk 10-30-2021, 07:53 AM  
Got vaccinated today. Anyone??
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 2,406
Views: 94,861
I think the study points out just what you said, nobody’s dying from MRNA vaccines as lots of these misinformation sites claim. And that the person who gets vaccinated for covid, likely did for lots of other things and probably is more careful with their health in general. As the numbers suggest in the study.

What a lot of people, at least in the USA who are anti vaccine are not looking at is the breakdown in deaths by political affiliation. That shows the real damage of all this misinformation. Last I looked it was about 7x as many on one side dying as the other. So following misinformation has consequences that are very real for family’s on one side of the political spectrum.

As mentioned if this is a conspiracy of the CDC and United States government to sell Pfizer products, then why is the rest of the world doing the same thing? Are they that powerful to have global control over everyone? What about the other manufacturers, are they in league? China and Russia too?
It’s just way to much conspiracy to be pulled off by human beings.

The reality is it’s a global pandemic and we have vaccines that aren’t perfect but offer protection and are proven safe. We still have to see how well they hold up over the long run but that requires time and data.

As for CDC updates. They added that masks in use should be N95/FFP2/KN95 types and not cloth. But nobody seems to be paying attention there. Upgrade your masks as cloth never was very effective (it was a stop gap to prevent N95 supply depletion) and Delta makes that much more so. Just look at South Korea, heavy KN95 use and 45-65x less deaths adjusted for population than the United States. That is pretty strong evidence that proper masks work. If USA had that level of mask wearing with KN95’s (and not hanging under noses in protest) we would probably have had about 700,000 less deaths. Think about that.

If anyone should be a shining example of how to handle a pandemic it’s South Korea.

As for the USA, if I were our enemy’s I would be investing in bioweapon development with the new CRISPR and gain of function on virus’s. We are wide open vulnerable as proven by the last year and a half. And some states have banned future public health measures, playing into the advantage of a bioweapon attack. With something like MRNA vaccine it’s entirely plausible to engineer a virus and vaccine in tandem and utilize it against your enemy. It would be untraceable and create no environmental damage should you want those resources after. You could easily do this with covid as we have a large portion of the population who would refuse to get vaccinated as you ramped up the lethality of the virus in slow updated releases. Like boiling a frog.
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 10-30-2021, 07:21 AM  
Nikon z7 Pentax K-1
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 109
Views: 4,761
I agree there’s entirely too much screw drive in the Pentax K current lineup. Even my dirt cheap F mount 50 1.8 has a silent electric motor in it. The same 50 1.8 for Pentax feels 3x cheaper in build and has a ancient noisy screw drive. I have both of those lenses. I much prefer the Nikon.

I agree anyone new is going to be turned off by screw drive. They remind me of film camera’s from the 80’s. It’s an ancient way to lens focus at this point.

The entire line would have been much more attractive if they updated to silent motors then weather sealed it all. Pentax was a leader in weather sealing but they’re nothing special in that regard today.
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 10-30-2021, 06:53 AM  
Upcoming Nikon Z5
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 65
Views: 4,329
With the Z9 right up at the top now with AF you may want to wait for a Z6iii or go the mee and I would and get a Z5 and build up Z glass with the savings. We’re for sure going to get some really good updates from that Z9 tech in a few years. No concerns now whatsoever that Nikon will have AF up with the best.


BUT the Z lenses are probably the nicest lineup of any manufacturer right now, that’s why I would go Nikon. My 24-200 zoom is weather sealed and it’s very sharp for that range. Actually I don’t think theres a single Pentax lens as sharp as that zoom, never mind the primes like my 85 1.8. The Z lenses are very very good. And all but 3 (2 DX and the retro prime) are comprehensively weather sealed. So you get sealed primes with them as well. Not the case with Sony or Canon. They want you to pony up L glass or G prime money.

The Z5 is just rough with action at lower shutter speeds because of the blackout on the viewfinder. Oddly it doesn’t do this at all at 30fps in movie mode when you use 30fps at 8 mp. Probably just something to do with writing to the card and it can’t feed the viewfinder and card at the same time. It’s not made for action though so I can’t beat it up too much. The Z9 uses a dual stream so it’s no factor on that camera and I suspect that’s what we’ll see from now on out in the others as well.

Don’t get me wrong, the Z5 is a lot of camera for the money, I’m really happy with it. It’s not crippled in any way other than having 4.5 fps full size stills and the viewfinder blackout, but I think that’s an issue with all the lower end mirrorless cameras. For the money it’s well worth it. The sensor is excellent and paired with a 24-200 it’s a killer combo for travel. The weather sealing works really well too. The sensor is one of the highest dynamic range sensors available. It’s actually better than the 6 line at low ISO, where those are better at very high ISO. But I rarely use ISO above 12800 so I’d rather have the Z5 sensor.

With a little patience I think the Nikon Z will be the top system in a few years once the expeed 7 board gets into lower priced cameras. And I think you can go forth with full confidence knowing that and build Z glass up for now.

I would not be concerned for low light with the Z5 after it’s last firmware. It’s not a problem. Initially it was slower with F4 and above glass. Which happens to be what all the reviewers used with the 24-50 and 24-200, even worse at F6.3 at the telephoto ends. So it got beat up for that. It actually was fine with a F1.8 imo. But it’s much better after the update and not a factor.

As mee said be ready to see some noise and color in very dark conditions in the viewfinder and some lower frame rates if it kicks into low light mode (it’s basically taking a long exposure to “see”). Keep in mind in these conditions you can’t even see anything in the D750 viewfinder, so it’s better overall. OVF’s are a pain in the dark.

I find the EVF a huge advantage for getting your shots right the first time, rather than in post production later, it’s a massive time saver. All those little shadow and highlight adjustments are becoming a thing of the past, you just get it right the first time. No chimping, no post needed. I have the front MF ring set to EV compensation now for that purpose, and another tied to D-Lighting (it’s like highlight and shadow auto adjust), with those two on tap you get perfect exposures consistantly and no need for lightroom.

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Here’s some travel photo’s from a few weekends back. This is the Z5 and 24-200. Most of these are SOC with some I used “magic wand” on apples photo album, very streamlined way to take photo’s. You just get the look set up front in the EVF and go have fun.

These are taken middle of the day under blinding full sun, so terrible lighting conditions with a circular polarizer. This is Okeefanokee swamp in southern Georgia.
















Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 10-30-2021, 06:08 AM  
Nikon z7 Pentax K-1
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 109
Views: 4,761
Youíll probably get best of both worlds soon enough with an AF K to Z adapter. I wonít sell my Pentax glass for that reason. They already have them for E mount and there are K to E adapters but that seems a bit too much of an adapter sandwich for now. Matter of time.

I wonít be surprised at all if there are adapters for everything to Z mount in time. Itís one of the advantages they have of waiting to go last to develop a mount, now it can adapt everything.

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For sure you can, itís a new system.

F mount was terrible for weather sealing. Not the case with Z. Itís going to be (currently is too) the most comprehensive weather sealed system available once they field out the remainder of lenses over the next couple years.

If I were a new to ILC shopper today, Pentax wouldnít look good in comparison if weather sealing was a high priority, especially looking at primes. They really should seal up the limited lenses. It has been a deficiency for a while. Non sealed lenses make a sealed body pointless.

To be fair if you look at OVF ONLY options Pentax is the most weather sealed. Youíll be paying huge dollars for Canon or Nikon equivalents. Thatís why I bought it in 2009.

But taken all into consideration, Nikon Z is comprehensive. And for wildlife that Z9 and itís siblings have top level AF now and no viewfinder blackout so going into the future itís the best outdoor camera system available.
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 10-30-2021, 05:26 AM  
Nikon z7 Pentax K-1
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 109
Views: 4,761
It’ll probably come along. I wouldn’t sell the Pentax glass as it’s highly likely a AF capable adapter will exist for K to Z in time. Then you’ll have best of both worlds with OVF when you feel like it and a mirrorless body you can use with your K glass.

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I did say the full frame glass and some DX, they didn’t seal all the DX which is unfortunate. The sealing is what brought me to Pentax, I have some DA* with it and while the cheap lenses are sealed they’re noisy screw drive which feels like it’s from the 80’s. I think about half the DX glass is sealed, similar to Pentax currently. FF is far more comprehensive.

Look at the prime lens lineup. The FF line is very comprehensively sealed, more so than Pentax. Pentax also has no zoom like the 24-200 that’s sealed. ALL the Z primes are sealed. Not just a few like Pentax. Pentax has some good offerings but it’s not as good as Z for weather sealing.

Weather sealing, like I mentioned, is why I went to Pentax in 2009. But IMO Z is more comprehensive at this point in FF. DX you could still argue go with pentax if you don’t want mirrorless.

This is a big change for Nikon, F glass was not even close to as much sealing. Only the very high end. That’s how Sony and Canon are still doing things.

Weather sealing (without spending a fortune) used to be exclusive to Pentax and Olympus.

20/24/35/40/50/85/105 primes (and upcoming 400/600/800) are all weather sealed in Z mount. What does Pentax have the 55 100 WR , 200 and 300?

Actually of the entire lineup only 3 lenses don’t have weather sealing, the 16-50 and 50-250 DX and the 28 prime that was released with the retro body.
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 10-30-2021, 05:17 AM  
Z9, will it have a mechanical shutter?
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 47
Views: 1,727
More good footage of the AF system at work. I can’t wait for this to trickle down to the 6 line.
















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Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 10-29-2021, 06:02 PM  
Used APS-C from one of those "other" brands
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 16
Views: 683
I think you are right on target with the D7200 and a 150-600. You’ll have that combo which will be very competent for wildlife. Best of both worlds. Pentax and a specific combo for the telephoto, at a price that’s half of what most of them cost.

Sigma 150-600 C or the Sport if somehow it’s on sale. And Tamron 150-600 gen 1 and 2 are the lenses to look out for. The 150-600 C and Tamron Gen 1 will probably be found in your range. I own the Sigma 150-600 C and am very happy with it. I think it was $800 new on a Black Friday sale if I remember correctly, with the USB lens adapter for updates/tuning the settings. I would imagine you can find one for 500-700 and a 7200 for @450.

The Sigma 150-600 C I have is made in Japan and very good quality. It’s huge bang for the buck, maybe the most of any lens I have.
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 10-29-2021, 05:46 PM  
Nikon z7 Pentax K-1
Posted By LeeRunge
Replies: 109
Views: 4,761
Yes, Z has been all solid lenses so far, I don’t think a single one of them for full frame isn’t well sealed against water and dust either. Even the $299 40 F2 is weather sealed. I’m not sure any other lens lineup offers that right now honestly. Canon demands L glass for it. Sony has a few but high end only. Olympus did with high end glass. Nikon Z in full frame, all of it. And a bunch of the DX glass too. Best outdoor weather camera system IMO.

I think Tamron and Sigma will happen, or we can just use it with an E mount adapter so I’m not worried much.

I bought Pentax for weather sealing in 2009. Nikon Z has far surpassed it in that respect. Just look at the schematics for the weather seals on them.

Both the primes (thats the 35mm) and the non S 24-200. This is how they all are, even the budget 40mm. The Z5 is just as well sealed as the 6/7. F glass was not like this. You had to buy the high end and they were vague in respect to what was sealed in those. Z is a totally different animal for use in less than perfect weather.

Canon and Sony are sorely lacking in this area. You are forced to buy the top of the line lenses to get this. And these are the lower priced Z lenses not even the high end stuff. Well done Nikon in this respect.


Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 10-29-2021, 03:15 PM  
Z9, will it have a mechanical shutter?
Posted By LeeRunge
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I expect itís going to be exceptionally bad with the current chip/component shortages. The Z6ii was sold out for about 3-5 months after itís launch.

At any rate theyíll likely sell quite a few Z9ís at $5500 to current D850 owners and D4/5/6 owners. The R5 is @$4000 already.
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