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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-04-2019, 07:34 PM  
(Un)popular Opinion: Pentax AF Doesn't Suck
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 198
Views: 10,751
Meant to type XF23mm f2.

But yeah, I didn't have my K-x with me to compare. However, I know how K-x behaves in similar situations.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-04-2019, 05:14 PM  
(Un)popular Opinion: Pentax AF Doesn't Suck
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 198
Views: 10,751
Fuji X-T20 felt the same way in my hands. My K-x has a much more assuring feel, no matter how much plastic went into it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-04-2019, 02:14 PM  
(Un)popular Opinion: Pentax AF Doesn't Suck
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 198
Views: 10,751
Dear Pentaxians,

Last Friday, while I was on my way to get my watch repaired, I noticed a local photo/video gear store and decided to walk in. First of all, I was quite surprised to see a brick&mortar store of this size in the age of online shopping. However, not to my surprise, they didn't carry any Pentax gear. So, I decided to take a look at the Fuji X stuff, just to see if the grass is really greener out there. I took an X-T20 for a spin around the store. Admittedly, I didn't spend nearly enough time with X-T20 to reach a clear judgement on its full capabilities, but here is what happened:

The store manager put a XF 27mm f2.8 prime on it, because I told them I like small lenses. Then, I set the camera to ISO400 and started shooting around the well-lit store. After trying to shoot some close-ups of objects without much background contrast, this is the first sentence that came out of my mouth: "Man, this thing hunts like a pack of wolves!". Frankly, I was expecting a night and day difference from Fuji compared to my K-x in auto-focusing. I didn't check what setting the camera was at, but Fuji had a hard time deciding which points to focus on in the frame. In a similar situation, set at AF.S and center point, my K-x would lock on pretty decisively and quickly too with a DA21.

All in all, I wasn't impressed with Fuji's ability to auto-focus at all with the aforementioned lens. Focusing speed didn't change much with a higher quality lens (XF23 f1.8), but it was dead silent, which I liked a lot.

Cheers,

Brofessor.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-21-2019, 12:49 PM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 730
Views: 61,902
I think not releasing a K-mount camera has something to do with releasing GRIII, that would be why I brought it up in a GRIII thread. Angry? Don't know what makes you think that. It is simply an "Oh well" situation for me honestly. I was waiting on spending money on a new K-mount APS-C, I will spend it on KP instead now. Oh well :)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-20-2019, 04:22 PM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 730
Views: 61,902
Are we avoiding what many are really interested in? A flagship APS-C. Does this GR3 announcement mean we are not getting it this time either?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-20-2019, 03:49 PM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 730
Views: 61,902
I meant: Is this the only new device announcement (no K-mount device announcement) in CP+? If that's the case, my reaction is "yikes". I am aware GR-III is not ILC.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-20-2019, 02:33 PM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 730
Views: 61,902
So, no K-mount then? Yikes.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-13-2019, 01:59 PM  
CP+ interview question suggestions
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 129
Views: 8,072
Does Pentax share the same negative sentiment some other manufacturers have on the future of the consumer camera market? If so, what is Ricoh's strategy to adapt to changing market circumstances?
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-08-2019, 02:56 PM  
Is a used K3 worth it?
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 36
Views: 2,919
I was very close to pulling the trigger on one of the KPs that showed recently on the marketplace. I am just too curious to see what's in store at CP+ at the of this month to make a purchase right now. Who knows, may be that K3ii replacement will finally come. Or, may be they will give us a k70ii. I have to see it first, then spend my money ;)
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-08-2019, 02:45 PM  
Is a used K3 worth it?
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 36
Views: 2,919
Amen!
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 02-07-2019, 03:43 PM  
An Enthusiast Mirrorless
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 66
Views: 3,937
I think what he is trying to say is that, holding the skill constant, Sony has a more advanced AF system. A skilled photographer will always find ways to make best use of any AF system.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 02-07-2019, 09:48 AM  
An Enthusiast Mirrorless
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 66
Views: 3,937
Interesting viewpoints. It is hard to tell if pentax users would like an enthusiast grade MILC but don't think they will get one (for obvious reasons) or don't want one to begin with, because they think it is going to hurt the dslr side of the things. I guess it is fair to say that most pentax users (including myself) don't see an added benefit of a high grade MILC (sorry K-01) because we already have relatively compact DSLRs that can produce great images (i.e. KP). On the other hand, as a consumer, I wish I could get great still images AND great AF tracking for videos in the same package that will allow me to use my current lenses.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 02-06-2019, 07:40 PM  
An Enthusiast Mirrorless
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 66
Views: 3,937
What are the chances of Pentax announcing an enthusiast level mirrorless this year? Something that can compete with the likes of Sony A6xxx or Fuji XT series. Something that can rival a K70 in IQ. I would buy something like that. Wouldn't you?
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-06-2019, 07:25 PM  
Is a used K3 worth it?
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 36
Views: 2,919
What lens was on for that sparrow(?) shot? It is very sharp, but some chromatic aberrations on the edges of the white feathers.
Forum: Pentax K-70 02-06-2019, 11:20 AM  
OK - So I got my K-70 so now.....
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 66
Views: 3,459
Yeah, that price is ridiculously good for that lens. The only downside is the size.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-05-2019, 03:52 PM  
Is a used K3 worth it?
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 36
Views: 2,919
I see. Thank you for correcting my mistake. So, does that make K70 have a more reliable autofocus in low light?
Forum: Pentax K-70 02-05-2019, 10:26 AM  
OK - So I got my K-70 so now.....
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 66
Views: 3,459
Hey, congrats on the K70. I am trying to decide if K70 would work me as well. I am currently using a K-x just like you used to do. How does K70s autofocus compare to K-x, especially in low light? I have been frustrated by K-x autofocus on many occasions and want to upgrade to something that has significantly better autofocus.
As for lens suggestions, I'd like to add a wide angle lens to your list, such as DA21 or DA15 limiteds. I am using DA21 with my K-x, and boy does it create beautiful images.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-05-2019, 09:54 AM  
Is a used K3 worth it?
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 36
Views: 2,919
K70 would be great option if it wasn't using the same autofocus sensor as my K-x, which had its fair share of frustrating moments.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-04-2019, 03:03 PM  
Is a used K3 worth it?
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 36
Views: 2,919
I recently acquired a DA21mm limited and DAL 35mm lenses. I prefer to stay in the Pentax ecosystem.
Forum: Sold Items 02-04-2019, 06:10 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-3II Body
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 4
Views: 675
It says in the description. 6880 clicks.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-02-2019, 12:06 PM  
Is a used K3 worth it?
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 36
Views: 2,919
Flip screen...Haven't taken that into account, but I see your point. Will keep hunting for a K-p I guess. Or see what's in store at CP+. Thanks for your inputs.
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-02-2019, 10:50 AM  
Is a used K3 worth it?
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 36
Views: 2,919
I should have probably mentioned a little about my intentions. I mostly do street photography, as I live in a metropolitan area. Occasionally, I would do landscape. I don't shoot a lot of fast-action stuff and not into video either. I can get very good pictures from K-x in well-lit environments, but auto focus is a gamble, which sometimes frustrates me a lot, especially in low-light. Priority for me in a new body is top-notch image quality and decent auto-focus. I think all these point in the direction of a K-p, but I don't think that camera is worth $800 right now, not when you can buy a D7200 body for $700. On the other hand, <$500 for a K3, with better battery and similar image quality seems like a good deal. Does anyone have an experience with the KEH return policy?
Thanks!
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-02-2019, 10:04 AM  
Is a used K3 worth it?
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 36
Views: 2,919
So I have been using a K-x for a long time now (8 years?). I have been eyeing a K-p, but haven't been totally convinced that it's worth the $800 price tag (hard to find used ones). Now, I have found two used K3 bodies:

Used Pentax K-3 DSLR Camera (Body Only) 15530 B&H Photo Video
Pentax K-3 Digital SLR Camera Body, Black {24 M/P} at KEH Camera

Two questions here:
1) Is a well-used K3 body worth $490?
2) Which condition is better: BH 9 or KEH Ex+?

Thanks!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-06-2019, 09:49 PM  
Introduction
Posted By brofessor
Replies: 7
Views: 347
Dear Pentaxians,

I am an avid user of a K-x and planning on upgrading soon to a Kp or a new apsc body they might release in 2019. I enjoy photographing landscapes, portraits and streets. Have been investing in some decent glass recently and my K-x feels revived from its slumber. Happy to be a part of this community.

NC
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