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Forum: General Photography 2 Days Ago  
What are your favourite YouTube photography channels?
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 50
Views: 3,417
Sean Tucker - very personable and I like the way he delves into the photographer's mind (his) when he does a topic
Irene Rudnyk - Nice portraits and somehow an approach to editing (or presenting the editing) that I can pick up on quite easily; Also quite nice that she almost does not emphasize/talk much about equipment
Serge Ramelli - Again somehow I can pick up his editing
Mattias Burling - Prefer his toned down approach to the OTT types like Jared Polin. Also like the way he appreciates all cameras/lenses and its always about how the photographer uses it to the best of his ability
Forum: General Talk 4 Days Ago  
Is DPReview just Hopelessly Anti-Pentax?
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 20
Views: 836
I have said it quite a few times.
Just don't visit, link to the site nor participate in its forums.
Deny it any traffic and gradually its sense of credibility (esp as a camera site wrt Pentax).

There are enough good sites around to not use DPR imo.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Pentax FA*24/2 or A 20/2.8 ?
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 26
Views: 969
I had the FA*24 and I have tried the FA20/2.8 (my brother's copy actually).

I found the FA*24 to be a "sharper central and fast lens" that is better (very good in fact) for environmental type portraits that still had some isolation between subject and bkgnd.
It did ok for stopped down landscapes, but it you want edge sharpness at the pixel peeping level, then its not the best lens.
A K24/2.8 would be far smaller and do the same job (ie. landscapes ) a bit better.

FA20/2.8 (said to be optically same as the A20) is pretty nice as a landscape lens OF its vintage and size.
Its not going to beat more modern wides or physically larger ultra wides on the edge performance (and the trade offs for these will usually be cost and size).
So overall, its a good UWA especially if you also consider size/ weight/ portability.
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-14-2019, 12:01 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 25,486
Views: 2,198,636
If its referring to my photo, then its Singapore. :)
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-13-2019, 07:48 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 25,486
Views: 2,198,636

Forum: General Photography 09-12-2019, 11:13 PM  
What is the actual benefit of mirrorless?
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 151
Views: 4,668
1. Better AF accuracy
2. Better/Faster MF
3. Faster to tell exposure with the histogram
4. Can adapt many lenses
5. Can be a very small package with the right small lenses (eg. M20/4, M50/1.4, M85/2)

1. EVF/LCD gains up in dark situations
2. Needs to de-link EVF view to actual exposure for strobist work (unless using auto flash)

1. If shooting slow stuff like landscapes, no difference between DSLR LV vs MILC
2. It often also boils down to the usability / features needed for the genre of shooting and shooting style
3. Some folks can't stand EVF

I prefer to use a MILC for all my Pentax MF lenses (and non Pentax ones)
Is the MILC perfect? Of course not, Sony/Panasonic just do not implement things/features that I'd like to have (colors, interface, astrotracer, sensor moving features, etc)
I prefer my K1 for most other things.
Its just like having a film camera as well as a few digital ones as well as a handphone camera, I don't think it needs to be mutually exclusive.

Over the years, I've learned not to read too much into all these Youtube/blog personalities.
They do need to 'stir' to generate traffic and their opinions will swing whichever way the market does.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-04-2019, 12:58 AM  
Switched to FF, which lenses to change?
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 26
Views: 2,157
I think you are good to go with the prime lenses you have.
14, 35, 50mm.

If you enjoy primes more, then look for a FA28/2.8.
Maybe something longer for portraits, so the FA77ltd is really the only and best AF option readily avaliable.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-29-2019, 05:42 PM  
Why persist in using legacy manual lenses
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 141
Views: 5,821
There has been a gradual improvement in some aspects wrt M-mount lenses on A7 series of cameras, but they did not resolve the poorer edges.
A7r - the worst for legacy lenses. Blurred edges worse than the A7 and any other later models, vignetting, color casted vignetting
A7 - blur edges, color casted vignetting, sensor reflection issues
A7s and onwards - blur edges (took care of the other issues) ; In fact, the low mp count of the 7s series hides the poorer edges somewhat

The thick sensor stack affects legacy wide SLR lenses too (I've compare this ), though to a much lesser extent.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-29-2019, 02:07 AM  
Why persist in using legacy manual lenses
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 141
Views: 5,821
Do note that the Sony A7 series of cameras have a very thick filter stack and it does affect the quality on the edges even more.
I have compared my A7 with Kolari thin filter mod to my brother's un-modded A7 and there was a difference.
The interesting thing is that I find that my old K mount wides perform better on the K1 resized down to 24mp vs my modded A7.
That said, if only based on a technical standpoint on sharpness on the edges, modern wides do generally perform better.

Nothing is free though imo.
The modern wides (and in fact most of the modern tack sharp lenses) are also often larger and heavier.
In many real world uses, the edges don't contain visual elements (sky, grass, distant horizons) that need to be as sharp or that the edges have horizons which are not that clear anyway due to atmospheric haze.

The oddity to smaller lenses are the ultra wides in 14-15mm focal length.
The Laowa 14/2.8 for example is sharper all thru and smaller than the venerable A15/3.5
Quite the same can be said about the Irix 15 and Samyang 14/2.8 too.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2019, 10:20 PM  
Why persist in using legacy manual lenses
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 141
Views: 5,821
Because taking into account real world measures of weight, size, performance, tactile experience, handling, character as well as price, they punch far above their weight (and price... )

X-marks the spot by Pinholecam_01, on Flickr

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20170311-DSC02709-BW by Pinholecam_01, on Flickr

20160530-IMGP1543-BW by Pinholecam_01, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-04-2019, 11:22 PM  
PENTAX 100YEARS OF HISTORY original goods online
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 57
Views: 6,008
Last item that will appear will be the long awaited PENTAX FF Hybrid-Finder Make your Coffee AF-manual lenses super camera
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-29-2019, 06:28 PM  
Postive Pentax Youtube videos on K-1 and KP with high reach
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 9
Views: 2,520
I like Mattias Burling videos and approach to cameras.
He loves cameras for what they are, warts and all.
No bombastic OTT claims and proclamations just to generate traffic.

Its always "how I can use a camera to its strength and for what it is" rather than "I'm so good, this gear don't match up to my "pro" needs" type of appreciation of the gear, which is very much in line with my thoughts on cameras.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-28-2019, 07:14 PM  
Exploring Pentax Lenses with Richard Wilford, Manager of Garden Design, Kew Gardens,
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 9
Views: 2,240
No wonder Pentax don't sell enough cameras!

Loud headlines and over the top commentators stir "shix", create clickbaits and drive traffic (and maybe interest). :D
Sadly, I think the younger crowd also gets attracted by such gimmicks more.

Nice, video btw... :)
Forum: General Photography 07-28-2019, 07:01 PM  
Is japan the fungus capital of the world? :-)
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 16
Views: 1,136
Try Singapore.
RH Ave : 83.9% year round
100% on rainy days.
Temp : 27.8C year round.

I like buying from Japan sellers.
They are honest with the condition of the lenses.
If quality is good, its often very good
Forum: General Photography 07-24-2019, 10:09 PM  
Post Flickr Apocalypse - what are you using now?
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 31
Views: 1,342
Thanks for all the replies...
Perhaps I will try to use Google Drive for now.

On paying.
I am not much of a photographer with nothing notable, nor worthy of paying for, to keep on a paid service.
Flickr has been nothing more than a means to more easily share photos to participate in forums (with like minded folks) and share tidbits of information on camera gear and photography.
Forum: General Photography 07-23-2019, 05:51 PM  
Post Flickr Apocalypse - what are you using now?
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 31
Views: 1,342
Since the change in Flickr policy making it a paid subscription to keep more than 1000 photos, I have stopped putting up any images online.
So now, I'm trying to see what are the good alternatives some of you have moved to.

Generally, I just need a place to easily share the photos onto forums like this one.

Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 07-14-2019, 06:07 PM  
Cosina 55mm f1.2
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 10
Views: 494
Cosina/Revunon/Tomokia 55/1.2 is a fantastic lens.
Congrats on the purchase
Forum: Pentax Q 07-04-2019, 09:58 PM  
Small camera goes to a small place
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 16
Views: 2,407
:lol: Thanks.

To me, the 08 really does finish up the Q lineup (at least for most general uses).
Too bad about the bit higher prices, but I do think catering for a small market with a well made UWA zoom isn't that cheap.

Hope you will manage to get one at a good price.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-24-2019, 12:37 AM  
My old wide angles compared on Full Frame
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 4
Views: 1,466
Have to agree that most of the lenses in your list are really far better than what many have written them up to be.

My Soligor 17/4 (probably a variant of the Tokina) is the weakest of the UWA that I have.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-05-2019, 10:01 PM  
Travelling with primes
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 48
Views: 2,659
I have done it with the K30 and the Da15ltd, FA*24, FA50/2.4, FA*85/1.4 and various other combinations like 35mm, 77ltd in the place of the former lenses.
The problem might be the wide end if you are doing cityscapes and DA15ltd may not be wide enough and preferably you can add a pano head (or at least a simple fixture to give optical center for your widest lens)
Other, just be prepared to pano and hope that you don't have foreground or lines that will cause you issues with aligning the frames.

If you are mostly doing natural landscapes, then no pano is usually fine.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 04-21-2019, 10:11 PM  
Pentax Q vs Q7 - much difference?
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 19
Views: 1,857
I have both.

Without close scrutiny, which I don't bother with when using the Q series, I'd still think the Q7 is better.
1. Better AF (esp in lower light)
2. Better colors indoors.
3. Better FOV for the 01
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-15-2019, 12:18 AM  
Fro mocks Pentax
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 11
Views: 3,932
I think he's gotten worse over the years with the need to drive traffic, so he's into trolling/click-baiting a lot nowadays.
Stopped watching him...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-10-2019, 07:46 PM  
Can't Pentax make a good cheap zoom?
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 106
Views: 6,524
A few things off the top of my head.

1. EM-1 (16mp) vs ? - the 100% crop factor will be different
2. 4/3 format - less edges
3. u4/3 may be using a smaller image circle of the lens (but then again, the lens is small, so maybe not)
4. Internal software correction of u4/3 cameras.
5. Processing settings (esp contrast and sharpening)

CA performance on a lens does cost money (design, manufacture, materials), so is distortion and u43 does save a bit on these by pushing it to the software.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 04-08-2019, 10:36 PM  
K1 users: what lenses do you use?
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 150
Views: 11,915

QuoteOriginally posted by Ben-G Quote

Sorry* Fenwoodian, you also had answered to the same question in an old thread that i've just found and read now....

[29-06-17 / #16 of "New Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 lens on my Pentax K1" :
" (...)The FA77 Limited is up against one of the best Zeiss lenses there is, the Zeiss Milvus 85mm f/1.4. The 85 Milvus is the single best lens I have ever shot (the exceptional Zeiss 135/2 APO is a close second)! The Milvus 85 is much sharper than the FA77, and it's bokeh is exceptional (even Zeiss themselves call it "The King of Bokeh"). I believe most photographers who have shot both lenses would agree that the Zeiss 85 Milvus is clearly a few steps above the FA77 in just about every lens characteristic.(...)"

Sorry again,

best regards


And then the FA77ltd is AF, very small and has a different working distance to the 85mm.
Not to mention the price.

Unless one is totally an 'objective' shooter who just takes a big/heavy 135/2 or 85/1.4 out for a portrait/model session or drives to location, if the user needs to walk/hike for long periods with a range of lenses, then the 'best lens' needs to take into account encumbrance as well, and this is where the limiteds give an added benefit.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-12-2019, 07:30 AM  
How can a 1 sensor look that good?
Posted By pinholecam
Replies: 26
Views: 1,981
I think the only downside to "just getting a shiny new camera and it works w/o me putting in effort" is that when it does not give the results you'd want in some conditions, this "I'll need a newer more shiny camera" doubt will come into your mind again.

So perhaps some folks may have put it in a rather blunt way, but knowing/learning what to adjust for will carry you thru better than just relying on the gears.
My few cents....
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