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Forum: Pentax K-1 05-14-2017, 04:33 PM  
How high do you push the ISO on your K1?
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 24
Views: 2,764
I've been surprised how good the images are at high ISO - only tried up to 20000 so far.

Here are a few of examples - processed in Lightroom with a little luminance reduction (I take the Luminance slider to about 30) and some minor cropping. The grain looks quite reasonable before that. I took a test shot at 204800 once - not pretty, but usable as a record shot

These are at ISO 10000:

Alley walk


Croft Lane - drain

These are at ISO 20000 - the first ones are from a music gig with LED lights


Evan and the Hammond!


Erica and friend


Erica and the dancers

And this one was in almost total darkness through a hole in the hoarding at a demolition site - not as good as the music gigs but it was a first attempt

Ruin and demolition

Chris on Flickr

So you can see that it really is very usable. I haven't tried above 20000 yet - that might be a series that needs proper testing with one subject and lots of shots.

Good luck with it
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-02-2017, 02:36 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 13,060
Views: 1,125,575
Thanks Rob.

The last one was Postal Lane behind the old GPO (now restaurants/cafes) - loved the signs
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-01-2017, 03:27 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 13,060
Views: 1,125,575
I had my first serious play with the D-FA 15-30mm f2.8 and am very impressed with the sharpness and handling on the K-1
Here are a few images
Shot tower 2 by Chris, on Flickr
Shot tower 1 by Chris, on Flickr
Stepping out by Chris, on Flickr
Beware of cars by Chris, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-11-2017, 07:28 PM  
WARNING - K1 in Pain - Not for the fainted heart !
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 31
Views: 3,787
I feel your pain! :( And with the cost of K1 and that lens it's more than an ouch moment!

My K5 and Sigma 28-70mm had a fall like that a few years ago - getting off a plane the camera bag slipped off my shoulder and fell about 1 metre onto the stairs. It bent the AF screw & lens mount in the camera, the AF helicoid (it's a rail and stud arrangement) on the lens, the aperture coupling and the lens bayonet (the combo weighs about 2kg).

The camera needed some love from Pentax - and came back no worse for wear (and no cost!). The lens needed serious attention from my camera repair tech. That got fixed. The lens had the helicoid skip off it's rail again recently - but there were no drops I was aware of.

Insurance wouldn't cover it - the cost of repair was less than the insurance excess.

The camera repair tech suggested that I ensure the lens is carried with the focus at infinity and no zoom to keep the helicoid at minimum

Moral of story - don't drop it! Heavy camera gear and gravity don't mix well

Hope you and your K1 are back together soon. I think a little TLC from the Pentax techs will sort it
Forum: Pentax K-1 03-28-2017, 04:11 PM  
What QR plate are you using with the K1?
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 13
Views: 1,023
The Peak Design ProPlate (PROplate Tripod Plate | Peak Design)- let's me use it with either ARCA or Manfrotto and attach my tripod, monopod as well as the Peak Design Slide and Clutch too. Used it on my K5 and my K-1 with no problems
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-24-2017, 05:17 AM  
Premium hot shoe cover for K-1
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 22
Views: 2,218
I was in my favourite local camera shop today (collecting a lens that needed repair) and was given this Premium Hot Shoe cover for my K-1. Haven't seen one before, but it's solid metal and well machined.


Pentax K-1 Premium Hot Shoe Cover


Looks pretty good on the camera


Pentax K- 1 with Premium Hot Shoe Cover on Pentax K-1


Thanks to Tom at Twin City Camera House on Grenfell Street, Adelaide.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-18-2017, 01:14 AM  
Vintage AF long zooms by Sigma
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 6
Views: 654
I can second the Sigma 100-300 f4 - and yes it wasn't cheap. Handles and balances well on the K-1. AF is fast for a screw drive too - better than on my K5

Here are a couple of images from it with my K-1 taken a couple of weeks ago at Chinese New Year
Ladies in Red by Chris, on Flickr
Dressed up 4 by Chris, on Flickr

(see this Flickr album for more Chinese New Year 2017 | Flickr)

I've also got the Sigma 120-400mm. That works reasonably well too, but I think the Sigma 100-300 balances better.
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-23-2017, 03:32 AM  
I'm loving this camera
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 6
Views: 1,257
Ok - so everyone has said how much they love this camera.

I got to seriously use it last week wandering around a food market then going to a live music gig with LED lights.
What's more, I used my old Sigma 28-70mm f2.8 DF only. So not a current generation lens, and screw drive, and it's been in the wars (dropped it and had it fixed a couple of years ago)
  1. AF was snappy and mostly spot on (some errors when I was in AF33 vs AF9 - that is just me learning I suspect)

  2. low light was no challenge to the AF or the exposure - no more than 1/2 a stop off most of the time. I used it the night before in near total darkness at my camera club and it didn't even struggle!

  3. that change to FF from APS-C has made the lens much more usable as a walk around - wide to short tele, with great DOF change - got to get used to f2.8 really being shallow!

  4. Noise at high ISO is no drama (I shot up to 6400 ISO at the music gig, and 12800 at the camera club) - it really is easy to deal with in Lightroom. And the pixel size is so small you don't really see it


I can see why everyone is in raptures - it is a beast (and the pair together are a heavy combo BTW)

Here are some shots from those two shoots:

Poh


Weight


Lollipop Lollipop......


Blue song


Bassman singing

Chris, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-01-2017, 07:08 PM  
AF infinity focus with DA70mm limited on K1
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 9
Views: 890
Thanks for the advice Adam and Swanlefitte. I'll try that out. Will try and AF adjust and report back
It seems to work ok in live view.
Forum: Pentax K-1 01-01-2017, 05:29 PM  
AF infinity focus with DA70mm limited on K1
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 9
Views: 890
I have a nice shiny new K1 and am loving it - fast, intuitive (coming from a K5), buttons good, lots of useful options.

However, I've noticed an odd behavior with the DA70mm limited (both in FF and Crop mode) - for normal focus within a few metres its fine (using either 33 or 9 point focus). But at infinity or near infinity it won't lock on. Plays up with spot focus too at infinity.

It works ok with my FF lenses (FA50mm f1.4, Sigma 28-70mm f2.8, Tamron 90mm f2.8, ) ok. Seems ok with my DA15mm limited

Does anyone else have this experience?
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-01-2016, 11:02 PM  
Price rise
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 12
Views: 1,524
Not sure about a price rise - in Oz this weekend Digital Camera Warehouse have the K1 for AU$2658. I took that web page in to my local Camera House and they got Kennedy's to match it for them - so K1 is on it's way. One happy little black duck!
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-20-2016, 01:06 AM  
Pentax K1 passes Australia by?
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 39
Views: 3,939
The word from the bricks and mortar stores in Adelaide (and I think I know the one Kevin means with the binoculars etc) is that CRK don't seem interested in working with them, so they don't stock Pentax.
Looks like they are trying to push all Pentax dSLR purchasers to their website and shut all others out. They also suggested that Canikon are almost as unresponsive. Seems that holding a camera in your hand before you buy is a thing of the past.

Chris
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-31-2013, 08:24 AM  
Sigma 10-20/4-5,6 EX DC ?
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 11
Views: 2,607
I've had this lens since 2008 and love it, although sometimes I'd like a little more reach. It certainly seems sharp enough to me - and I've printed some 16x20" images from it with no problems at all.

One thing I like to do is exploits hyperfocal distance - makes for some dramatic shots.

You need to watch any filters you attach - at the 10mm end they need to have very thin mounts to avoid vignetting.

There are plenty of opinions about it in the lens review database, and you can see what it can do on Flickr (Flickr: The Sigma 10-20mm Pool) and other sites

Good luck with your research
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-09-2013, 09:05 PM  
Taken for Granted
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 9
Views: 1,175
That's not a lot of storage in real terms - I have a NAS (2 x 1TB mirror RAID) that my images and music live on. No where near full - even with a bunch of software/document/system backups as well. From memory I've used about 35% for images.

Think about it - 1TB is 1048576 megabytes or about 41943 image files (if 25MB). You'd have to shoot about 110 images per day every day for a whole year to fill that up. That's a lot of images. Do you shoot that much?

If you use the shot gun approach to shooting that could be a problem. But HDD prices have dropped again, and you can build a 2TB (2 x 2TB drives) mirrored RAID NAS for under $400 and that gives you 83000 images. Or go the whole hog and build a 12TB system. Cheap insurance for an amateur. Pros will need more storage of course.

As for RAW shooting, I've been shooting RAW since my K200D purchase in September 2008 - and have most of them (except the true duds). With my K5 I use a bit more storage - but not that much.

If you use an application like Lightroom you can roll back to the original image with no loss of data. With new process functions in each version you can even go back and tweak images further.

Just my two bits......
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-22-2013, 10:40 PM  
Lens mount wobble (rotation) on K5
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 3
Views: 1,203
Thanks Adam
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-21-2013, 08:13 PM  
Lens mount wobble (rotation) on K5
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 3
Views: 1,203
I just bought a Sigma 120-400mm lens, and noticed that when the lens is mounted the lens body rotates a little on my K5 - as if the mount was loose.

Not sure if this is the lens or the camera. Tried my Sigma 28-70mm DF (also heavy, but not like the 120-400) as well and I can feel a similar thing, but not as obvious. I haven't tried any other lenses yet. Maybe its because the 120-400 is such a heavy large diameter lens.

My old Canon T70 used to do something like this until I tightened the screws holding the bayonet on the camera body.
Could this be the same sort of problem? Has anyone else experience this? Am I being paranoid? :(
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-02-2012, 04:57 AM  
Pentax K-30 at Vanbar (Melbourne)
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 2
Views: 1,028
Been watching the Australian web sites for K-30 prices and found the K-30 at
Haven't found many others....

Cheers

Chris ;)
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 05-23-2012, 08:45 PM  
Pre-Order Your K-30 for $849 or save $180 on the 18-135mm WR!
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 36
Views: 6,681
Not sure if anyone has posted this yet (apologies if its a repeat), but I found a re-tweet on the Pentax Australia web site dated 22-May-2012 at 16:44 and the link to DigiDirect

The price quoted is AUD$899 including DAL18-55 lens

Looks like my K200D has a successor!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-04-2012, 05:17 PM  
Using Pentax DSLR with Canon FD Lenses -- Is It Possible?
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 27
Views: 11,231
This has been discussed many times before - and the results are variable. You can see people have used all sorts of lenses. The downside is variations in quality.

Have a look at this thread: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/96625-canon-fd...tml#post983862

As an aside (and off topic to a certain extent) I've managed to mount a Canon FD auto bellows to my K200D with a K to Tmount adapter + Tmount to FD adapter. Works ok - just need better glass in front. I'm thinking of microscope objectives or enlarger lenses.

Cheers
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-25-2012, 12:27 AM  
Pentax Shutter Count...up!!!!
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 308
Views: 54,886
Just to add to the database - this little beast keeps chugging along! No where near the number of shutter releases of some people.....;)

K200D
  • Manufacture date: 2008-03-24

  • Purchase date: 2008-09-23

  • Shutter count: 11646


Condition:
  • Body - excellent condition (dust rather than wear/scratches) - and the dust sealing has saved me more than once

  • Sensor - a couple of hot pixels (mapped out) and dust that needs to be cleaned professionally at some stage soon

  • Batteries - Eneloops - almost perfect, though sometimes it says the battery is low, but off/on cycle clears that

  • Other issues - almost none except the double mirror flip with reversing rings/T mounts/extension tubes (a shorting issue I've read)


Our relationship continues :lol:

Cheers
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-08-2012, 03:46 PM  
Venting........
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 32
Views: 2,414
And here is the point which many of you make in a round about way - the key word is PHOTOGRAPHER!

I've come to the conclusion that a lot of so called photography forums are actual camera equipment forums. Its a bit like art collectors vs artisans - one collects, one creates. As an example, my photography club - we welcome everyone and don't care what they shoot with - its all about the image! A lot of other clubs are camera clubs that collect equipment.

So shoot with what you want - ignore the collectors and enjoy creating good images.

Cheers
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-30-2012, 11:43 PM  
K200D Reality Check
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 48
Views: 4,561
Yep - still have the K200D I purchased new when it was the best value entry level dSLR around - easily trumping those other brands.

As everyone else has pointed out, its tough, water resistant, has that top LCD (perfect in a bright Aussie summer), great ergonomics, uses AA batteries and produces excellent images.

Yes, it has limitations - high ISO noise (fix that in LR with luminance/colour NR), a double mirror slap when my reversing ring/extension tubes/bellows is mounted (don't know why), and AF hunting and noise in low contrast situations. But if you know your limitations you can allow for them :D

To put it in more perspective, I compete regularly in my photography club and get high scores against high end Canikon users - so its not the camera that's a limitation!

I've looked at the K-5 longingly, but can't justify it when the old K200D fills 90% of my needs. Good glass is the better investment.

So keep your trusty K200D - and enjoy it :p
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-21-2011, 04:20 PM  
What is your favorite book on photography?
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 37
Views: 3,819
The Photographer's Eye should be read first (lots of concepts and how we see things) - The Photographer's Mind extends one of the ideas from the first book - intent - and examines what makes a great photograph. Both are well worth reading (and re-reading).

Cheers
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-20-2011, 11:59 PM  
What is your favorite book on photography?
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 37
Views: 3,819
Michael Freeman's The Photographer's Eye and The Photographer's Mind - two books by a great photographer that look at composition once you've got beyond the technical (which people like Bryan Petersen cover really well)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-17-2011, 06:23 AM  
K200d corrupting images?
Posted By MoiVous
Replies: 7
Views: 2,538
Interesting - my daughter experienced this fault on her Kx with an 8GB Class 10 SD (Silicon Power) card and firmware 1.01 (I think), and it could be reproduced fairly easily shooting only JPEGs (just point and shoot without thinking - not quite high burst mode).

My K200D with latest firmware (1.01) behaved perfectly with the same card and shooting action - but shooting RAW (I always shoot RAW).

We switched her to RAW and her Kx behaved.

Is it related to the JPEG engine as well? Is there a more recent Kx firmware upgrade?

Cheers
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