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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-02-2020, 09:45 AM  
HD Pentax-D FA 70-210mm f/4 ED SDM WR
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 1,461
Views: 123,409
This looks to be a nice and welcome lens to the line-up... I donít care who developed it, I am glad to see Pentax creating new glass to support full frame! I am anxiously awaiting the much anticipated DFA * 85 and the rumored wide angle DFA * as well. This new 70-210 certainly isnít cheap as I would prefer it in about the 800 USD range vs 1,000 plus. But hey, they gotta make money to develop new stuff...

If anything it makes the DFA * 70-200 look like a good value when sold for 1,600 USD.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-01-2019, 05:52 PM  
"Bridge" cameras - so good are they actually?
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 15
Views: 1,155
I have shot some pretty good shots with my Sony Cyber-shot HX99, in fact I went on a business trip to Boston earlier this year... I had several nice shots with that even my iPhone 11 Pro Max wouldnít have taken. The HX99 is nice because it is pocketable and shots 4K video as well but has a nice zoom range too.

I am debating when I go to San Francisco on business in November if I am taking my KP and 20-40 or am just saying good enough with the HX99 and my iPhone.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-17-2019, 09:39 PM  
Yet another advice thread :-)
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 22
Views: 1,450
I second this... My pa has one, not a bad lens for the coin. Seriously punches well above itís weight.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-17-2019, 09:20 PM  
Upgrading to K-70 or KP
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 31
Views: 2,936
Awesome choice. The KP is an awesome camera. As I have said before, if I needed to sell most of my kit the last body to go would be my KP. (Yes, I would give up my K1-II and K3-II before the KP)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-17-2019, 09:09 PM  
KP function question
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 13
Views: 1,125
Honestly, the top LCD is nice to have BUT not enough of a reason not to consider the awesome KP.

I have a K1-II, KP and K3-II which I like all of them BUT for different reasons.

For the price to dollar ratio even after over one and a half years on the market the KP is a supremely capable crop camera. Truthfully more camera than most people will ever need, capable of amazing images from the 24 megapixel sensor crop sensor. (Which gives you two to three stops of better ISO for low light over my K3-II)

Many people would be surprised, if I experienced a hardship and needed to sell my equipment the body I would keep is my KP. Not because the K1-II and full frame arenít awesome BUT for the bulk of my photography a capable somewhat compact crop camera serves my needs. Is the K1-II even better, you bet... Is it more than I need, likely and can I truly use ďallĒ of it, nope...

Given what is on your list, I recommend the KP as it has the best low light performance and pairs awesome with a 20-40 or 16-85 or some of the awesome primes from the Limited line.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-23-2019, 10:20 AM  
"My kit it's enough!" Say it: "My kit it's enough!" Another case of lba!
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 76
Views: 4,917
You have got most everything covered... If I were to make a suggestion it would be a DA * 300 F4 for telephoto, it blows the 55-300 away at 300mm. I can spend with the best of them!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-18-2019, 09:03 PM  
Pentax * lenses do they live up to the reputation and why
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 84
Views: 10,113
I have had the pleasure of using/owning the following...

DA * 55mm - yes awesome lens worthy of the Star name... Handed up/down to my pa for all he has done for me when the DFA * 50mm arrived. I consider myself a nice son! It is awesome for his pair of K3-IIís. In my dads kit...

DA * 300mm - oh heck yes... World class lens that has delivered time and time again it truly is a Star. It has performed awesome even for wildlife for me. I have yet to exercise it well on FF, but I am looking forward to it. In my kit...

DFA * 50mm - might be my favorite piece of glass ever... Turns the K1-II into a world beating camera/lens combo. This combo takes on the best from Sony, Canon and Nikon and lives up to the Star series name. In my kit...

DFA * 70-200 - lives up to the Star series as well... Sharp across the frame wide open, quick focusing and built like a tank. Again lives up to the best from Sony, Canon or Nikon when mounted on crop or the K1-II. In my kit...

FA * 400 - what an awesome lens, that I have had the pleasure of using a few times. My pa over the years has gotten some incredible photos both film (PZ1-p/ZX-5n) and digital with his K10D/K100D and now his pair of K3-IIís... It is one lens I truly lust after in his kit. If Pentax ever does a prime DFA * 400, I will be all over it! In my dads kit...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-18-2019, 08:50 PM  
Hd fa35/2
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 70
Views: 6,486
Six blades is not ideal... However for the price, I can live with the compromise... I think the HD coating will improve an already good lens. I will sure share my thoughts!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-13-2019, 08:01 PM  
Hd fa35/2
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 70
Views: 6,486
Sounds good Bruce, I will sure let everyone know what I think!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-12-2019, 06:22 PM  
Hd fa35/2
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 70
Views: 6,486
I got mine pre-ordered and it will hold me over till the new DFA* wide angle. I will sure post my thoughts once I get it on my K1-II.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-10-2019, 11:03 PM  
New DFA* 50mm f/1.4 (kinda, mostly...yeah, it is!)
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 12
Views: 1,607
And Clackers I am glad they started with the fast 50...

Truly a class leading 50 from an optics and build quality perspective.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-10-2019, 10:53 PM  
K1 users: what lenses do you use?
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 197
Views: 20,106
In my K1-II/FF kit I have...

Rokinon 12mm Fisheye - great fisheye

Pentax DFA HD 28-105mm - phenomenal every day lens

Pentax FA HD 35mm - looking forward to a faster wide angle on pre-order

Pentax DFA* HD 50mm - truly a world class lens

Pentax DFA* HD 70-200mm - nearly as magnificent as the DFA * 50

Pentax DA* SMC 300 - awesome in FF mode for JPEGís

On my radar is the upcoming DFA* HD 85mm and eventually the wide angle DFA* lens that is a ways out. I am also game for a nice DFA* 400mm F5.6 someday... I have resisted the DFA 150-450 due to size! I am in no rush but a FF TC would be nice as well. Granted I donít have a FF kit that some of the folks on PF do but I got most everything covered.

In your case I think a DFA 28-105 is a good idea if you want an awesome walk around zoom. For a more standard view the DFA* 50 is hard to beat as well... Or maybe a telephoto is what you need the DFA* 70-200 is a gem too.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-07-2019, 05:52 PM  
Revamped lenses? Yep but with at least WR and rounded iris!
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 42
Views: 3,046
Yes my understanding was the PLM 55-300 HD is a radically different animal than the Screw Drive 55-300 HD... The screw drive model with WR and HD coating along with a re-skin is the same model they were selling 10 years ago. However, several years ago they updated it with a new ďbodyĒ and HD coating... The PLM version came since with a new optical formula along with indexing (believe they call it that) like a couple years ago.

I should know I have the screw drive HD verison that came out like five years ago... It was because at the time I had a notion of a budget getting into this hobby. Opps, broke that rule!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-07-2019, 05:46 PM  
HD FA35 f/2 vs FA35 f/2 - hybrid aspherical vs ground glass aspherical element?
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 45
Views: 4,151
All true... I am completely agree and am looking forward to adding it to my collection yet in 2019. For now the FA 35 HD will have to tie my over!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-03-2019, 12:52 PM  
New DFA* 50mm f/1.4 (kinda, mostly...yeah, it is!)
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 12
Views: 1,607
Glad to hear this and that you are enjoying the DFA 50 * via the Tokina 50 Opera on your Nikon system. This lens which was glued to my K1-II for the first several months is something to behold... I am back with the 28-105 on it but will likely swap it out. Pentax proved they still ďgotĒ it as a world class optical company with this piece of glass. In fact I have taken some awesome natural light portraits with it and anxiously await the upcoming DFA 85 *. Again thanks for the post and glad you are enjoying the world class DFA 50 *.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-03-2019, 11:00 AM  
Pentax FA 35mm f/2 flare resistance and performance on full frame?
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 45
Views: 4,002
I wish I could say... I donít own any of those pieces of glass yet... My FA 35 HD F2 is on preorder for my K1-II.

On the slightly wide side of the DFA 15-30, I have a 12mm Rokinon fisheye which is an awesome UWA/fisheye for the price... Yes it is manual focus but for what I invested in it along with focus confirmation/itís intended usage for me it is good. I too do not want monster glass if it isnít F1.4 or F2.8 telephoto stuff or like F4/F5.6 for super telephoto. This is the reason even with big sales I have avoided the tempting DFA 15-30 or even the more lust worthy DFA 150-450. I would prefer a slightly faster prime like my DA 300 * which is nice even on FF but if a DFA 400 F5.6 * ever appeared it would have my attention/ be bought. Ricoh also has one more FF super telephoto on the road map I am waiting for. In the meantime I am capped at 300mm on FF with my DA 300 * shooting JPEGís as Pentax/Ricoh reccommends... Or I whip out one of my extremely capable crop bodies the K3-II or KP and say 450mm equivalence is just fine.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-03-2019, 10:44 AM  
Revamped lenses? Yep but with at least WR and rounded iris!
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 42
Views: 3,046
I agree with so many other people in this thread... As long as this didnít take away from DFA 85 * and 70-200 F4 dev too much... I have wanted an FF compatible autofocus wider end prime since I got my mits on my K1-II. This will do fine until they do a DFA 35 * or other smaller than the DFA 15-30 primes. When paired with my Rokinon 12mm Fisheye although manual focus I will have some moderately fast wide FF glass for which I am happy about.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-31-2019, 09:15 PM  
11-18 and revamped 35mm F2 on january 31?
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 1,044
Views: 79,528
Amen to this!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-31-2019, 09:06 PM  
Revamped lenses? Yep but with at least WR and rounded iris!
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 42
Views: 3,046
As I have mentioned in other threads... It is relatively fast and not too big... I am awaiting for the D FA * wide angle but for the next few years this will be great. My pre-order is in and I canít wait to try it on my K1 II.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-31-2019, 08:55 PM  
Pentax FA 35mm f/2 flare resistance and performance on full frame?
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 45
Views: 4,002
Glad to know it is good on a K1/K1 II. I have now pre-ordered!

400 bucks and it gives me a relatively fast wider angle than my D FA 50 and is even smaller... Sign me up... Looks like it has improved plastic/build quality to boot.

Still anxiously waiting on the D FA 85 later this year! Also anxiously awaiting the other single focus prime on the road map.

I think this minor update is a nice surprise despite what the DPR haters have to say.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-30-2019, 09:44 PM  
11-18 and revamped 35mm F2 on january 31?
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 1,044
Views: 79,528
Now knowing the HD 35mm FA F2 is real... I am going to have to put my money where my mouth is and give my K1 II another fast, excellent prime... I am still game for the DFA 85 this year... I also have my eye on the other wide angle they have road mapped for a million years from now to go with my fisheye 12mm Rokinon.

Will be preordering at 400 bucks, this is a good value... Plus will be lighter on the K1 II when I want a fast prime!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-29-2019, 09:20 PM  
11-18 and revamped 35mm F2 on january 31?
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 1,044
Views: 79,528
Sign me up for the new (ish) 35... My K1 needs a fast wiser angle prime aside of the DFA 50.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-12-2019, 10:15 PM  
Small cheap point and shoot cameras, is each iteration better?
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 17
Views: 1,257
This too was a product I considered when I got my HX99... The Sony was 150 bucks more but also shot 4K and had a little extra resolution. I really took a good look at my latest test batch, on my 5K iMac (unforgiving) and was really impressed what a 1/2.3 sensor in decent lighting can deliver. I canít wait to use it on a trip to Boston in a couple days. It is all I am taking... As much as I wanted to take the KP and 20-40 it isnít gonna happen.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-08-2019, 07:13 PM  
Small cheap point and shoot cameras, is each iteration better?
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 17
Views: 1,257
Well I have bought a few 1/2.3 sensor compacts over the years... The cheap ones under $200 dollars really wonít be that different and donít seem to have changed much in the past five years... The megapixel race on compacts slowed down a bit after 2010 or thereabouts.

If you are buying one for some zoom that is understandable but many wonít even take as good of photos as your phone. You do get optical zoom but many times donít even get full 1080p video...

Honestly, I bought a compact the other week it has a 1/2.3 sensor but it wasnít cheap and handles RAW to boot. So obviously that is a very different scenario... I think the Sony DSC HX99 I got, handily out does my iPhone X. Has nice zoom range and shoots killer 4K video despite the small sensor size. From what I have seen punches above its weight. It is no crop or full frame killer but will give me better photos than my phone and easily fit in my pocket and cost less than half my last Pentax branded lens. I can live with that... In fact it is going to Boston on a work trip next week with me.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-31-2018, 11:27 PM  
Very Pleased With My HD Pentax - D FA 1:1.4 50mm SDM AW
Posted By gm4life
Replies: 9
Views: 1,568
Simply stunning images. Awesome, I love mine as well...
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