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Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 09-16-2022, 11:40 AM  
For Sale: Moving out of Pentax. Camera, lenses and flashes.
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 4
Views: 1,728
Hi, Looking for the 201 flash to import to India.
Forum: Sold Items 09-16-2022, 11:38 AM  
For Sale - Sold: REDUCED - Pentax Legacy F/FA Lenses including 50mm F1.7, 80-320mm, Power Zooms, etc.
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 5
Views: 712
Hi, I am looking for zoom lenses to take bird pictures on my K1 Mark ii. I am located in India so can pay shipping charges. The below looks interesting

Pentax FA 80-320mm F4.5-5.6
Pentax FA 100-300mm F4.7-5.8
Pentax FA 100-300mm F4.5-5.6 Power Zoom

Could you kindly DM me the prices of these?
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 09-16-2022, 11:37 AM  
For Sale: Pentax: 1.7x adapter, A100 macro 2.8; Sigma: 400 tele macro, Kenko 1.5x TC
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 27
Views: 3,173
Hi, I am looking to purchase the 400mm Sigma lens from India (can pay shipping) . Kindly DM me
Forum: Sold Items 09-16-2022, 11:35 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Price REDUCED - Lenses for Pentax: Rokinon, Lensbaby, Zenitar, Peleng, Vivitar, etc.
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 4
Views: 616
Hi, I am looking to purchase the vivitar 600-1000mm telephoto lens, and the 16mm wide angle lens. Could you kindly DM me?
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 09-16-2022, 11:31 AM  
For Sale: Tamron AF Tele-Macro 1:2 LD 70-300mm F4-5.6 (Kmount)
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 3
Views: 212
Will this work on my full-frame K1 Mark ii? If yes I'd be interested. Trying to buy from India though (I can pay shipping)
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 11-11-2021, 06:19 AM  
Smartphone camera and video progression
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 74
Views: 3,156
Those pictures don't look as good as my pixel 2 XL from 2017! They look overprocessed and HDRy! I am underwhelmed by the Pixel 6 camera atm.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-11-2021, 06:17 AM  
16-50 PLM Behind the scenes video
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 4
Views: 845
Is it just me or the portraits by this photographer are just underwhelming?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-10-2021, 11:50 PM  
KP or K-70
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 30
Views: 1,963
You know you want the KP, who would want to use the plastic body K-70 with the Kp around. However, in marriage, you take what your wife gives you :p If she likes something you own, I recommend giving it to her readily so you can get brownie points that you can then use for other times you screw up or even cash it in for a second camera purchase down the line. If she is happy you will be happy :p On the flip side, if she is unhappy you can be kind of sure you will be :D At least in my experience loving women will try to get what you think they should not have, merely to prove a point :p Her desirability of the KP could be inversely proportional to how much you dont want her to have it, and thats out of love for you. Weird, eh? Finer points - sometimes they will hate the fact that you are judging whats right for them, as it is an indirect statement that your photography is more important than hers. They hate that kind of an assumption even if it could be true. They also hate selfishness as a general rule, so I recommend having none of it at all.

The thing is, my wife often keeps the best of things for herself when its something she likes more than me. I find it so cute that she is that comfortable with me. When its something I like more than her, she readily gives me the better of the two. If for instance, we order a chocolate brownie, she will just chug down 70% of it without concern, since she really loves it while for me its just a "oh, thats nice" kind of dish. However, if its a burger, she by herself will feed me generous bites of hers since I love burgers so much. So it goes both ways.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-10-2021, 11:36 PM  
Is it time to ditch the SD card concept?
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 121
Views: 6,723
I think you are mistaken if you think the need for a buffer will be eliminated when we have internal sd cards. The technology is the same - inside or outside. If you want internal storage comparable to the buffer read/write speeds in a camera, then you'd have to shell out a LOT of money. Storage is exponentially expensive in relation to speed. An internal sd card would not eliminate need for a buffer. I remember nikon D500 has a slot with extra fast ssd storage, which almost writes as fast as buffer and those cards are hugely expensive. You will shell out the same extra money for internal ssd that is equally fast.


An internal sd card is simply a cost cutting and space saving measure as a physical port has more bill of materials, and expensive in terms of space and money to engineer. This is popular in smartphones where space is a premium.

I don't think the camera companies are sticking to sd because they always have, its just that it is a more practical solution. It offers a lot of advantages namely:

1. No matter the high level of reliability of ssd storage, some of those cameras will have early memory failure. Reliability is a statistical concept, it doesn't mean that more reliable storage would not fail for anyone - merely for a lesser number of people. However, if you do happen to be one of those people, replacing internal storage requires sending camera back to the company. Service centers are not equally available in all countries. I would hate to be in India (where i live), and have my new DSLR purchase rendered useless because service center here does not do on-board repairs. YOu will simply be told "motherboard replacement needed, XXX dollars. A whole board replaced due to one tiny fault in one component. SD card however, means I simply swap the bad one out at my home and continue using my DSLR.

2. Need to connect the camera to the computer via cable. All ports have lifetimes. They get loose, contacts get oxidized, etc. A typical dslr lasts much longer than a drone or a smartphone - over 20 years in some cases without faults. Having a connector as a point of failure, coupled with the unremovable memory, I would really not buy a DSLR without sd card if there are alternatives. In-fact, I want 2 sd card slots so my images are copied onto 2 removable media.


I would recommend not to confuse correlation with causation. Yes, SOME smartphones and drones have gone for internal storage where size, space, weight, cost are a constraint. DSLRs, these don't apply as much. These internal storage may be fast, no doubt, but it was not achieved with moving the ssd inside. It was likely achieved by putting faster memory on-board. The same could be done externally.

As a general rule, modular is better than integrated. Unfortunately electronics industry (which used to be highly modular) has moved away from that basic design principle, and we have the ignored, unmitigated problem of horrendous amount of electronic waste. How many phones have their entire motherboards replaced due to a failure of one diode? What would be replacing an IC is now replacing the whole board, which costs as much as the phone. Or iPhone repairs on newer models cameras? How many people without apple care plus would like to afford 70% of the cost of a new phone, for failure of one tiny component that could be easily replaced if the phone was of modular design? These companies are committing a crime - wasting earth's resources like they don't care. We just keep replacing electronics that could be repaired easily if designed right. Apple was the first to move to internal storage on iphones, and the company is in general notorious for blocking any attempts at independant repairs in as many ways as legally possible. Faulty iphones are not repaired even at the company - they are sent to a shredder where only a fraction of the materials can be recovered at a huge premium of resources - namely energy. Only metals are recovered that way, rather than fully usable, functional circuit parts that could be put on a different phone that came for repair.


Unfortunately, repair is such a laughable term these days for most consumer electronics, that we don't even think about it as our right anymore. I am all but thankful DSLR companies have stuck to what customers want, instead of pushing this overhead onto us for their bottom line.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-02-2021, 12:40 AM  
Game Single in November 2021
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 181
Views: 6,701
I'll be in with my K-1 ii and Tamron SP-AF Di 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro Lens. Excited to see what it can do, this being my first real macro lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-27-2021, 05:56 PM  
Thoroughly Checking a Lens
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 13
Views: 1,334
The key concern right now I have is that the packaging box was badly pressed on one corner. This must mean that some load or impact was on the lens during shipment, at least enough to squish the coardboard corner completely. The lens was in a protective pouch. I cannot tell if this had any impact on the lens. Test shots look fine, I'll use it more and find out I guess. Always something or the other when buying used :/ Quite a hassle. But in any case, happy with my purchase. USD 220 for what seems to be a completely unused lens seems like a good deal to me going off of ebay prices. Seller is also nice and responsive towards everything.

Lets see!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-27-2021, 05:43 PM  
Questions about the Tamron SP-AF Di 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 7
Views: 673
Focus peaking works but the auto-fire shutter when in focus feature doesn't work in MF mode. The camera needs to be in autofocus mode for that feature to work. It is convenient as I can take many images quickly with that method, rather than risking camera shake between focussing and firing the shutter.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 10-27-2021, 06:33 AM  
Game Single in October 2021
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 206
Views: 7,305
All this people trying to break the camera makes me really scared. I love my K- ii and cannot afford a replacement. I would hate it if someone broke it. Damn. Street photography worries I had were real. I'll just stick to shooting during travel and in the home or on the terrace.

I'm TINY, tiny and chubby and almost always smiling. I cannot for the love of god try to intimidate someone off my case.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-27-2021, 05:56 AM  
Questions about the Tamron SP-AF Di 90mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 7
Views: 673
So I have been playing with my recent purchase, and thought a few quirks warranted your thoughts:
1. The lens has a typical AF when using the K-1 viewfinder. I can hear the "whirring" as the barrel goes in and out to focus, no problem. However, in live-view, the focussing is super slow. The mechanism really takes its time to focus. Sometimes, it hunts all the way and then comes back quite fast to the point where it had found focus. its very smooth, but very slow. Is this normal? The slower focus in live-view for this lens, versus viewfinder?
2. I need to put the camera in manual, AND lens in manual for full manual operation. What happens if I leave it in AF in the camera, and use the lens in manual mode? I ask because having the camera in AF mode is the only way to get focus peaking. But I feel quite a bit of resistance from the camera unless I flip the K1 switch to MF. Seems like the internal autofocus, screw drive, is engaging in AF mode. Is it harmful for the lens to over-ride the resistance and use focus peaking?
3. The focus ring is quite smooth, not as much resistance as my K-1 28-105. Is this normal too? I don't see any focus creep in shots (will confirm second time as well) but it seems the resistance from focussing ring is quite less.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-26-2021, 11:56 PM  
Thoroughly Checking a Lens
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 13
Views: 1,334
I just procured a Tamron SP-AF Di 90mm f/2.8 macro lens from ebay for my Pentax K-1 for 160 GBP (220 USD) + 29 GBP (39 USD) Shipping. Excited to be owning my first macro lens! The reason I went with this was owner claimed that the lens was "as-new, very mildly used and he is selling because he can no longer use DSLRs". So far the lens seems great. I see 0 marks optically anywhere in the lens except a tiiiny spot on the outside of the rear element (has no imact on images even at small apertures, maybe it'll go away on using cleaning solution. Cant tell what it is though, its not dust or fungus or dirt). Front element and middle elements are clean. No marks or scuffs anywhere on the lens. The caps and pouches have 0 dust. There are no signs of usage at all. Every corner or edge is clean. Very clearly this lens was sitting in some shelf in its box, or taken very good care of by the owner. I also took some images and they look pin sharp. Quite surprised how sharp this lens is - think it gives my 28-105 WR a run for the money!


However, I would like to be sure. To the experienced buyers of used camera equipment - how do you check a lens THOROUGHLY for its condition to find any flaws whatsoever? Is there some checklist for mechanical and optical checks? What about things like focus creep, front or back focussing issues, etc?

I just want to cover all bases and not have anything to luck.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 10-22-2021, 08:30 AM  
Smartphone camera and video progression
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 74
Views: 3,156
Hi ThorSanchez

Might I know what is the use case for a DSLR for you? What is it that your DSLR can do but not the phone? Just curious.

Also I dont know if I am right but isnt GR3 waterproof? Underwater shooting is one area where point and shoots still thrive.


Best
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-21-2021, 02:27 AM  
I just had a dream about Pentax
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 9
Views: 865
You know in your heart, some things are just close to it :) Like Pentax K-1 ii for example! Even two years after owning it, this thing brings me absolute joy. I sometimes just look at it feeling "content". Yes, every camera takes great pictures. I have taken many pictures on my Pixel 2 also that I cherish.


But as a Pentax customer, I am delighted. Something to cherish in a product and about a brand. The delight stems from just how dependable the camera is. And what a fun experience taking pictures is. It makes me "want" to take more pictures. And thats awesome!
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 10-20-2021, 06:34 PM  
Smartphone camera and video progression
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 74
Views: 3,156
Well said. That’s exactly right.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-20-2021, 01:54 AM  
I just had a dream about Pentax
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 9
Views: 865
As an owner of K-1 ii I grab literally every opportunity to shoot literally anything inside the house (including showers, broken eggs, thumbtacks or oildrops). I use it on every trip I can as well. Its just that much fun to use. Having taken part in the Single In Challenge, I am spending at least some time every day with my camera. And spend even more time lurking on the pentaxforums.


So last night I was getting my shot of the day just before I hit the bed (around 2 AM). In the night, I had a detailed dream, so vivid I could swear it was real. I was in a train, traveling with my Pentax gear, and another photographer was shooting out of the window in the next berth. I asked what he uses, he said something from the Canon EOS R series. He hands me the camera, and I was just feeling it and feeling weird at how it felt somewhat imbalanced and somehow, ergonomically "weird" (no hate, it was just a feeling and that too in a dream you know). The experience was so real however, that I was having to hold it tighter and use friction so it doesn't slip, somewhat like trying to hold a pizza slice, something thats not quite as claspable. I told him, hey, I have the K-1 from Pentax, you should check it out. I hand him the camera, and immediately his eyes light up as he feels how solid it feels in hand. And then I was like you know, it takes great images too. He takes a shot inside a moving train, and he is like, wait, how did that not shake at 1/60? I told him its got 6 axis shake reduction, X Y Z AND roll pitch and yaw (don't know if its correct, should be 5 axis no? Eh well, dreams a dream). He was like WHAAAA and I was like yeah. And they make solid lenses too, removing and giving him my 28-105 lens as he held it in his hand, felt the pleasing and "just right" weight of it. We both marvelled at the high ISO performance. Showed him how customizable the camera is, how the menus just make "sense" (not like Canon which gives its own terminologies for many standard technologies such as metering modes). He said he will obviously still use his Canon, its a great camera. I was like of course, they all make excellent cameras no doubt. He was however very amused and impressed by what all Pentax had gotten right, a brand he never had paid too much attention to before. He was like you have a lovely camera. I said yup, SO proud of it and love it very very much.

We both were wide smiles. Went on our separate ways after discussing photography a little bit. Then I woke up. I am almost sad that the conversation was not real, but I felt so happy at the end of it anyway!


Btw, I woke up smiling like an idiot when the house maid showed up (she has keys), she was like, looking very happy today. I said yup, had one of the best conversations ever ;)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-15-2021, 06:37 PM  
FF vs. APSC
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 182
Views: 7,875
Can you point out some objective available way to quantify color rendition of one lens versus other? On the forums it is often mentioned limited lenses have ‘pixie dust’ in them. It is to indicate that people love the image renderings with this lens. So what openly available literature defines which lens, A vs B, has an objectively better color rendering and by how much?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-13-2021, 04:45 PM  
Best affordable heavy manual lenses on a Pentax K1
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 31
Views: 1,622
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-13-2021, 01:25 PM  
Best affordable heavy manual lenses on a Pentax K1
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 31
Views: 1,622
Kiron 70-210mm f4 Telephoto Zoom Manual Macro Lens. Pentax K/KA Mount. | eBay

What are your thoughts on this? Macro likely to he good?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-13-2021, 04:44 AM  
Best affordable heavy manual lenses on a Pentax K1
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 31
Views: 1,622
They do, I noticed that. I am unable to predict what impact this has on the resulting image, and the seller also says ‘no impact on images’. Confused for sure!

---------- Post added 10-13-21 at 04:46 AM ----------



Oooof lens is amazing but also expensive :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-13-2021, 04:18 AM  
Pentax K1 and APS-C lenses
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 8
Views: 755
If you use 1:1 mode, it will almost fully cover the usable pixels. The center crop on K1 is designed to be usable with all DA lenses, so likely it has the center APS-C Dimensions which happens to have 16MP resolution. If the K1 was 50MP, you'd have around 24mp of an aps-c in that dimension.


It doesn't matter to be honest. Just shoot with your 55-300 and crop later in post. Ignore the vignetting you'll get used to it soon.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-13-2021, 03:13 AM  
Best affordable heavy manual lenses on a Pentax K1
Posted By brainwave
Replies: 31
Views: 1,622
I found this deal [Near MINT] Pentax SMC Pentax-FA 100mm F/2.8 Macro lens K mount From JAPAN | eBay

Is it a good price for this product?
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