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Forum: General Photography 04-25-2016, 04:34 PM  
Solving AF Problems - 8 Common Autofocus Problems - And Their Solutions
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 17
Views: 4,112
I had the pentax ist dl and the pentax kr before i purchased the k3.. The speed of the k3 put the other two cameras to shame however i hit focus with the ist dl at twice the rate that i did with the k3. This is a typical shot i was getting; i would have everything set for another person to simply frame the middle of the shot and click the shutter. group points, single points it didnt seem to matter the cameras keeper rate was just terrible. Having said that it didnt perform in many different scenarios, sports i can understand i used to shoot skateboarding and snowboarding and you need fast lenses and a fast tracking system I do not come to expect this from a pentax camera. I used the k3 for landscape shots and infinity focus shots and it was out of focus half of the time as well. What got me to sell the camera is the focus points would lock in for lets say a group shot of people standing still and it would be out at f4.0-5.6, fast shutter speed and decent lighting.... shooting anything faster would make the photos completely useless..There is room for the argument that I as a photographer dont utilize the k3 properly or I dont use the autofocus system properly? But i hit shots in manual focus or used the back button AF with single point to try to get a better accuracy rate. I gave this camera a lot of extra time to figure it out.. my friends canon 5d mark II autofocus points light up nice and bright with autofocus conformation and that may be a great feature in the k1. Lets just hope the points it lights up are actually in focus.

This photo was 400, f8.0. 1/80. Sigma 50mm hsm used. I had same problems with 5 lenses including the pentax 35mm 2.4

I handed the camera to my sister she took 10 shots i told her move the centre focus point around to get it to focus to the back fence and back on me so it would readjust. It hit focus 4/10 times (I would have manual focused but its hard to see in the viewfinder for anyone not used to the k3 and i wasnt taking the picture)... THE SUBJECTS ARENT MOVING! How can it possibly miss this badly. Anyways before everyone destroys me for ripping on the k3 I dont feel bad I finally separated from the k3 and I will await the k1 reviews hoping for a hands on and perhaps a happy purchase. I love the brand and the kr and the ist dl I wouldnt change for the world, best cameras I have owned.. The k3 took great photos but DAMN the focus was a major problem for me.
Forum: General Photography 04-25-2016, 12:57 PM  
Solving AF Problems - 8 Common Autofocus Problems - And Their Solutions
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 17
Views: 4,112
I sold my pentax k3 and 5 lenses because the autofocus system was so poor, kept 50mm 1.4 prime for pentax mount may buy the k1 if the auto focus system is up to par or may switch brands completely. The k3 hunted so much and i would hand the camera off to somebody with group focus on and auto aperture, 7/10 shots would be slightly out of focus. The last year i had the camera i found myself using manual focus 90% of the time, which is also tough with newer lenses because the throw is so short/tight. Single point auto focus worked some of the time but Pentax is extremely far behind the competition on the subject of auto focus speed and accuracy IMHO.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-28-2016, 01:37 PM  
Henry's K-1 demo day
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 11
Views: 1,545
Too bad it isnt at any other henrys location, the henrys stores in kitchener and the two stores in London dont carry a single piece of Pentax Gear.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-18-2016, 05:28 PM  
People Playing the Violin
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 1
Views: 385
Haven't played with my lighting enough to really be confident with this type of photography. Angles and lighting take some practice, ended up with a few half decent shots. Big fixed glass on the k3 = crisp sharp photos:)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-18-2016, 05:14 PM  
Why Pentax makes you tick ..
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 57
Views: 4,314
Everytime I hate on the camera brand, I look at some of the photos that I get from my k3 and im blown away at the color accuracy and sharpness. Raw images from the k3 are so good that I have nothing negative to say... which is strange because its so easy to nitpick the things other companies do alot better.. end of the day its a camera, and the camera does everything i want a camera to do.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-05-2016, 08:07 PM  
Nikon D5 and D500
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 130
Views: 9,718
The k3 isnt new anymore you cant compare the k3 with the d500 anymore, I paid 1400 for the k3 when it came out. thats 600 bucks less than the d500... For 10fps + 153 points for extra $600 thats a WHOLE lot more camera.
Its going to be very interesting what ricoh does now that the bar is set this high. I like the way cameras are going! Curious to see if the full frame even comes close performance wise with the d500. I expect the bigger sensor to stand up image quality wise but 153 points? I cant see pentax using even half that. :(
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-05-2016, 03:15 PM  
Nikon d500 APSC
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 2
Views: 1,518
Nikons new camera 153 auto focus points and 10fps!? And 4k!?

Here at last: Nikon announces D500: Digital Photography Review

10fps with 200+ RAW buffer :confused:

They pack all this into one camera for 1999.00.

Is this the new standard? I own the k3 which is a great camera, similar mega pixels, but damn 153 auto focus points. I would argue the auto focus on the k3 is its weakest problem.

Pentax better keep up if this is the way cameras are going in 2016! Full frame or apsc! :(
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-08-2015, 06:13 PM  
Pentax FF Teaser Updated
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 496
Views: 65,617
There has to be more focus points and more accurate points then the k3 . From my experience the damn canon rebel focus's more accurately in low light...:mad:

If pentax competes with nikon and canon on autofocus and brings the viewfinder back of the k1000... oh man we could have a beauty of a camera.:lol:

Looks like the sensor is going to be the 36mp thats the rumor its seems.

I would still buy FF if it was less mp and it had the other features mentioned. (autofocus that works, tracking, brighter viewfinder, 9+ fps).

I could live without touchscreen or even video... The video thing is funny because pentax seems to use the same video software as a cell phone thats 5 years old haha. I want to see them come out with 1080p but I wouldnt hold my breathe on that.

Whats the price of the things mentioned! 36mp FF, 51+ sensor points (15+ sensor cross type) (fast tracking/processing), Split screen viewfinder, 100% view pentaprism, pixel shift, hdr, bigger flash cards, solid battery w grip.
3000USD? O/U :cool:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-08-2015, 01:33 PM  
Got my Pentax HD Pentax DA 15mm f/4 ED AL Limited Lens (Silver) today!
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 23
Views: 1,765
Its tomorrow lets some some photos! lol :d
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-08-2015, 10:43 AM  
Landscape My White Friday in Yosemite
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 25
Views: 1,655
Nice shots! the last one is my fav!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-08-2015, 10:36 AM  
Night First Snow
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 8
Views: 708
Love snow photos! Great shot.. hate shooting in the cold tho lol :lol:
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-02-2015, 01:42 PM  
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 3
Views: 565
Nice shot! nominated
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-02-2015, 01:41 PM  
jonny blur
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 21
Views: 1,083
Great shot! Nominated
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-02-2015, 01:41 PM  
Lucy the labs cannon ball
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 20
Views: 1,506
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-02-2015, 01:39 PM  
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 1
Views: 269
Forum: Winners' Showcase 12-02-2015, 01:39 PM  
November, 2015 Winner: Buckle Up!
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 26
Views: 1,912
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-02-2015, 01:37 PM  
CP Rail Christmas Train
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 4
Views: 438
December 1, 2015

CP Train in London, Ontario
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-02-2015, 01:30 PM  
Streets Holiday train 2015
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 2
Views: 417
Thank you! I shot in raw then used lightroom to make some spot hightlights and inverted color filters!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-01-2015, 10:21 PM  
Machinery C-17 Fly Away - DA*300mm + 1.4X HD TC
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 11
Views: 902
These shots are awesome! Extremely clear.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-01-2015, 10:08 PM  
Streets Holiday train 2015
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 2
Views: 417
Two photos of the CP holiday train in London :) Merry Christmas!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-23-2015, 12:35 PM  
Some FF news
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 436
Views: 55,252
Split focus would be so great. If you shoot everyday you can probably do without it, but when you dont, or its dark the split focus helps so much! Im excited!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-12-2015, 05:24 PM  
DFA 24-70mm to be launched soon
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 328
Views: 37,024
So excited! Havent tried either lens yet but cant wait!
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-12-2015, 01:56 PM  
pulled the trigger
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 25
Views: 1,848
Congrats! Cant wait to see some pictures!:)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-05-2015, 09:14 PM  
Poll: Landscape misty fall morning
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 3
Views: 409
Photos arent too bad I feel bad clicking not so. If you maybe shot the first one lower and kept it on 1/3 right or left of the frame instead of the middle? And maybe the second shot put the camera about a foot off the ground like Kwuynh said. Or use a wider lens, the scenery is really nice in the second shot!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-02-2015, 08:59 PM  
Pets Pups in the bush
Posted By harrisonww
Replies: 1
Views: 397
Super warm weather in ontario this week! Hope for short winter!:lol:
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