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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Two Lens Kit for a K1 MkII
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 22
Views: 758
The issue here is the ultra wide end. As far as modern zooms go the DFA 15-30 covers that but its relatively big and heavy (if you are used carrying small primes around say).
The DFA 24-70 maybe a compromise option, but its not particularly small or light itself.

One option is the DFA28-105 (capable lens although not fast) and 2 primes to get a fast lens. I say 2 because it sounds like you want something wide as well.

At the moment (it changes from time to time), I am mostly carrying around FA*24 (for my widest), FA 43 and FA 77. Its a pretty small and relatively light kit. Sometimes I take a cheap (and light!) Sigma 70-300 instead of the 77 - all depends on what I'm shooting. Also sometimes take the A 50 f1.2 instead of the FA 43.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 07-21-2021, 02:12 PM  
I bought a k1, which I want more.
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 22
Views: 843
I love the FA 31 but the FA 43 is also a great focal length on the K-1! Very general purpose (more so than the FA31 for my uses).
I have the FA43 on my K-1 the most of all my lenses.
As others have said the DFA28-105, is also a very handy lens (particularly when traveling or in bad weather).

Oh and I have recently been spending time with a A50 f1.2 on my K-1 and enjoying it. I think 43mm is more versatile than 50mm but the creative potential of the f1.2 is fun and image quality from f1.4 impressive (certainly much better than my FA 50 f1.4 at f1.4).
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-07-2021, 03:58 PM  
New But Old
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 9
Views: 231
Welcome from NZ!

You got an incredible deal for that gear! Enjoy!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-07-2021, 03:56 PM  
K-70 user starting to shoot video
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 10
Views: 287
Welcome from NZ!

While some reviewers consider Pentax to not be the best brand for video, there are quite a few members that shoot video successfully on Pentax here and I'm sure they will have plenty of tips!
Forum: General Photography 07-07-2021, 03:52 PM  
Truly great photos....
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 32
Views: 942
I'm probably too picky on some things. Especially when I think about the number of photos that I really like the composition and / or action that I have discarded because I missed focus!
I probably should sit on those longer.

That photo is a very good shot, obviously, but nothing being in focus does drive a part of me wild for some reason. Maybe I need to evolve more!
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 07-07-2021, 03:01 PM  
Original K1 - sometimes needs battery pulled out
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 12
Views: 606
You may well be a heavier user than me (as I'm at best a weekend warrior) but my K-1 is still working just fine and so far no issues that have needed repair.

The only (single) glitch I can recall happening was on a shoot, the back screen back light stopped working (if you looked carefully in the sun the LCD was still functioning). Switching off and on did not help. Fortunately viewfinder was fine and I could continue shooting. Later in the day I found if I took the battery out for a minute, it started working again. I don't believe it was an accidental setting (as no settings were lost after removing battery) and I had not been changing any settings anyway. That was about 6 months ago and have not seen it since. I was using a genuine Pentax battery that day (although I do use after market batteries as well).

You have probably updated to the latest firmware I'm guessing. I'm also have a hardware / software background and I think it is still be possible it could be a hardware fault (possibly a bad connection, like ground, between assemblies). Although if it is hardware, it might be difficult to diagnose unless happening frequently.
I'm not sure what repair facilities are like in the UK, I'm sure a UK member will be able to comment on options.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-02-2021, 05:25 PM  
Old newbie with new K70...
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 26
Views: 715
Welcome from NZ!
Enjoy your photography journey. One thing is for sure, for all photographers there is always still loads to learn!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-02-2021, 03:27 PM  
DPReview posts HD Pentax 43mm F1.9 Limited sample gallery
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 28
Views: 1,400
I found the bokeh on my SMC 43 to be much better than some review sites had led me to believe. Certainly the 43s bokeh significantly better than the DA40 I have (which is often pretty nervous looking), which seems to be often left out in comparative reviews. One of its biggest strength though is its such a useful focal length on FF.

Yeah I will forgo upgrading my 43 or 77 but on the other hand the improvements on the 31 are more noticeable to me (flare significantly improved and to me the night scenes are better for it). So wouldn't mind an HD 31 - not that I'm going to rush out and buy one at the moment,
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 07-02-2021, 03:13 PM  
1950 undeveloped film: buyed on flea market for 3usd
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 6
Views: 507
Nice one!
It like receiving a time capsule. I also enjoy looking at old photos.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-01-2021, 04:21 PM  
Giveaway: HD Pentax-FA 31/43/77mm | Enter here once per day until July 31st
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 2,761
Views: 47,006
Its good way to motivate us into spending more time in the forums.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-01-2021, 04:19 PM  
Getting back into it after long child induced Hiatus
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 15
Views: 423
Welcome from NZ.
As to what lens beyond that, I say you need to spent some time taking shots to figure out what focal lens and capabilities of lenses you desire. Certainly you have good coverage from 16 - 85, but maybe some day a longer and / or shorter focal length calls your name. Or perhaps a fast 70 - 85 portrait lens. Or perhaps a macro. Or maybe that Limited lens with imaging pixie dust. Or....
Certainly different lenses can give you different capabilities but be warned they call it LBA (lens buying addiction) and most of us seem to suffer from it. I certainly have more lenses than I need (mostly older manual lenses that I still enjoy playing with) and keep threatening to sell some but rarely do.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-01-2021, 04:11 PM  
NY Newbie Going Pentax
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 29
Views: 738
Welcome from NZ!

A K-70 + 20-40, sounds like a great start.
Its good to follow your own instinct as to what you like to see in photos (as you should aim to take photos that please you), but if you get the chance you try the camera in your hands to see if it feels like a tool you want to use.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 07-01-2021, 04:05 PM  
To Grip or not to Grip? Thats my question
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 36
Views: 1,063
+1 - me too.

I think the grip would help a bit but not as much as for smaller camera bodies.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-01-2021, 04:02 PM  
Polarizer Filter = More Vivid Colors?
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 41
Views: 1,915
Polarizers are a useful tool to have. They can certainly enhance "clarity" and contrast where there are a lot of reflections going on. However there are many cases where I tend to avoid using polarizers, including:
1. Photos of landscapes with blue sky in them. With polarizers you tend to end up with very uneven looking blue skies which can be tricky to fix in post
2. Low light / handheld. You lose a lot of light with a polarizer (although some are better than others) and so end up with slower shutter speeds or higher ISO
3. Faster shooting scenarios (where there isn't time to adjust the polarizer and may end up with a worse image because of it)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-01-2021, 03:31 PM  
Funny pics during your travels!
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 35
Views: 1,378
This thread is a great idea! I'm embarrassed to say I'm struggling to find even one decent quality shot! Apparent I took a few on my old mobile (poor quality) but thats about it! I need to up my game.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-01-2021, 03:18 PM  
Curious question - do Pentax have an internal battery?
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 14
Views: 788
Me realising that I have been storing my K-5 without a battery in it for a couple of years (fully expecting to use but not using it since K-1) :-(
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-01-2021, 03:13 PM  
DPReview posts HD Pentax 77mm F1.8 Limited sample gallery
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 29
Views: 1,635
To be fair I don't think they ever seek to take award winning photos, more representative shots.
Sure more shots with 3D pop would be nice but realistically it takes a while with the 77 to consistently get those (or maybe its just it take me a while to learn a lens!). Ideally they would give it to someone with some 77 experience but thats probably not a realistic approach for every brand and lens they test.

I think the shots show some glimpses of the nice rendering but the dreaded PF shows up clearly too, which I'm sure will feature in conclusions!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-28-2021, 09:46 PM  
Giveaway: HD Pentax-FA 31/43/77mm | Enter here once per day until July 31st
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 2,761
Views: 47,006
Great competition
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-28-2021, 08:41 PM  
Scientific and Macrophotography
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 17
Views: 536
Welcome from NZ!
Certainly there some interesting threads on macro photography that you might like.
Forum: Visitors' Center 06-28-2021, 03:57 PM  
thin haze cleaning advice
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 18
Views: 2,083
I think that usually its not worth fixing haze (which can be caused by a number of things), except where:
* The lens sufficiently valuable - then it might be worth fixing
* You are able to do it your self (not something I recommend unless you have relevant experience).

On the other hand if the lens is cheap and the haze is very light, then the lens can still be used as is (signficant haze will most likely flare more and lose contrast)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-28-2021, 03:46 PM  
K-3 iii Image Quality(Camera Decision).
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 23
Views: 1,601
Until the full review comes out, a good place to start are user reviews:
Pentax K-3 III - Pentax K-mount DSLRs - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications

Its certainly well liked camera and reports of IQ I have heard so far, put it well ahead of the K-3 K-3 II.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-28-2021, 03:41 PM  
Ahoy! Looking to get back to digital photography again.
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 8
Views: 285
Welcome from NZ!
The K-01 is great little camera as long as you live without an Optical View Finder. I take mine when traveling very light (works great with the small DA limited lenses)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-28-2021, 03:38 PM  
Hello there!
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 15
Views: 316
Welcome from NZ!
46 years is showing real commitment to Pentax! I'm only about 12 years with Pentax but did start shooting with a Canon SLR about 35 years ago.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-28-2021, 03:32 PM  
New Pentax owner in NE Illinois
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 37
Views: 1,060
Another welcome from NZ!

I got started in a similar ways to you - I started, in earnest, with a brand new Canon AE-1 Program. That camera lasted me a long time and certainly had a lot of rolls of film through it (in the end shutter started squeaking but it still exposed images fine!).
Then got to experience digital photography with a Fujifilm MX-700, and made do with 1.3 MP for a while! Now (after a K-x, K-5 and K-01) I have a K-1 with 36MP.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 06-28-2021, 03:15 PM  
Pentax K-3 III First Impressions
Posted By kiwi_jono
Replies: 36
Views: 2,637
It looks like they have done a great job positioning the K-3iii as a viable alternative to going FF.
I love my K-1 (and not going to let it go!) but if I wasn't already FF, I would be considering the K-3iii as, for me, a lighter weight system is definitely a big plus.
Pity about not having a tilt screen. Prior to going to K-1, I would have said tilt screen is not important to me but now I really love it on the K-1.
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