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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Hour Ago  
New K-series DSLR under development to be exhibited
Posted By mee
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You're making a dangerous assumption -- that everyone has a smartphone.


I will say though that is one of the aspects all brands should be chasing -- connectivity to smart devices. Namely in image sharing to social media outlets. I figured the APIs Ricoh launched a couple years ago would have gained more leverage, but I haven't really seen anything from it.

Yet no camera company should be forcing features on smart devices (beyond social media sharing). That is really really really poor design. The camera is a total package of features. If one starts breaking the features out into a smartphone or the like, then now you're relying on other hardware to get a job done. Other hardware you have little to no control over as a company. And once those apps stop being supported and/or functioning on your smartphone of the future, you're now missing camera features -- they're gone. You've increased the risk, not decreased. Keep it in body. But offer extra smartphone features on the side.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 14 Hours Ago  
New K-series DSLR under development to be exhibited
Posted By mee
Replies: 816
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Except now one is forced to buy and carry around a smart phone and ensure the battery is charged enough to use (live video streaming is a battery sucker -- video + network streaming) this app.

I'd rather it just be baked into the camera than offloading it to the customer to carry around another gadget.

If they want to incorporate those streaming features into an app as well, great. Just don't make it the mandatory singular choice.

The other issue is what happens to the app in 5 to 10 years? Will it even run on smartphones of that era? Do you end up losing that feature of the camera as a result? No, put it in the camera instead if it is a binary decision.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 15 Hours Ago  
New K-series DSLR under development to be exhibited
Posted By mee
Replies: 816
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The D500, arguably THE current action DSLR, has a flip screen. There is no reason this new Pentax could not if it shares the same field considering your argument.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 15 Hours Ago  
New K-series DSLR under development to be exhibited
Posted By mee
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It was actually the mode dial, though any top dial with the same internal design is prone to these issues (saw complaints on K-01 and K-5, and K-r too). But if you were really interested in knowing versus just blindly defending, you could have taken a search yourself. A cursory google search finds several hits. Actually google autocompletes 'k-1 mode di' into 'k-1 mode dial failure' so I guess others have been wondering too.


A few selections for your perusal:







Yes I'm championing buttons over extra dials too.


I don't need most of the extra features often that are on those extra dials. And, looking at what is fixed on them, I doubt anyone really does while out shooting either. Putting some of these features behind a few extra buttons cleans up the exterior and they can still be easily accessed with a button hold while rotating either the rear or forward dials.

I like the row of buttons on the top of Canon DSLRS behind the shutter release button -- dual function buttons that are quick and easy but don't intrude like a giant dial intrudes.

I'm not sure their malleability but with Nikon, a number of the buttons all over the body can be remapped wherever you want them. For instance, I've remapped my video record button on top as my ISO selection button. So when I am in stills mode and I hold the record button down, then turn the rear dial, it alters my ISO. Handy. I could have mapped it just about anywhere on the camera too. Very flexible.

I'd like to see a combination of those two on the Pentax... taking the best ideas from other brands and incorporating them into something even better. The other plus to this is it frees up the top to have a larger LCD viewer which I find is very beneficial on a DSLR.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
New K-series DSLR under development to be exhibited
Posted By mee
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I had the same on my K-1, but never fell in love. Looks like a wart knob disease is plaguing the camera to me. They keep popping up big and small.


In the early days of the K-1, there were a number of people complaining over the top left knob on the right side of the camera failing prematurely. I never experienced it on my copy and Ricoh apparently repaired them on warranty. But it is just another kludgey item to break.

A simple button hold while rotating the rear dial would work just as fine for rarely adjusted features, and would clean up the top a lot. Less wart kludge.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
New K-series DSLR under development to be exhibited
Posted By mee
Replies: 816
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I think too many dials could potentially slow down usage. Similar to having a screen full of desktop short cuts on your PC. It actually no longer is a short cut when you have to wade through a wall of icons to find the one you want.

Pleasing to see a "K-3"-like prototype though.. no vague, foggy images or silhouettes. Too late for me. But I can be happy for others. :)


I also think this body needs a new standard zoom lens to match it. Updated DA* 16-50 f/2.8 would be really nice. I wonder how Sigma lenses will behave with it considering Sigma seems to be getting out of the Pentax business? This with the 18-35 f/1.8 or the DC 30mm could be special.
Forum: General Talk 1 Day Ago  
Please read this about Adorama
Posted By mee
Replies: 13
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Thank you, 'pingflood' for bringing this to our attention.


I figured internally that company was a sheer mess after trying to correct a simple issue with mapping multiple lens hood images to the actual product description and having to go through multiple people (including Helen who stepped in and did her best to direct) to no avail. I even made a concise infographic with correct lens hood image and arrows pointing to the correct item description and model number. Even with that the staff in charge of this couldn't get it right.. eventually I just gave up.

That was just the tip of the iceberg from other oddities with this company I've experienced.

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I pray you will land in a better position, Helen. More jobs out there than just that one.. but what an eye opener.

Helen was a large reason I shopped at Adorama since 2013 (first purchase there was a brand new K-30 kit). She supported me on a number of occasions where other Adorama staff just couldn't get it right. It troubles me she was apparently treated so poorly internally.


I use Flashpoint branded flashes though so I still have to use them... but beyond those I cannot foresee myself buying much from this company from here on. There are other competitors that (hopefully) are doing better to their employees.

On my first job outside of high school, a meatgrinder call center job, I managed to stay sane enough to work there a full year (2nd to last of a group of 30+ that left before me; revolving door; some literally quit crying). When I realized I was emotionally damaged from the job (customers are REALLY vitriolic -- death threats, constant yelling/screaming, etc) and put in my 2 weeks notice no one seemed to care. All my coworkers were literally huddled around a PC when I announced my final shift was over and I was leaving, none even bothered to turn around or say bye. Just total ghosting. What a gut-punch. But that entire job experience further convinced me to go to college though and stick it out.. which lead to a Computer Science degree and better opportunities (despite the crazy bosses later...).

I too can empathize with her as I have had really crummy bosses too. One, first meet, and some of the first words out of his mouth "I'll break your neck as soon as look at you." Then months later he shouted in the middle of the office that "anyone who believes in Christianity would have to be a moron." lots of other 'fun' moments. It was a hostile environment. Thankfully he was removed months later though and eventually he moved out of state.

I had another boss who would tell us to do one thing on Monday, then on Tuesday get very upset for doing what he told us to do. Further, he would argue he never said those things... total narcissistic sociopathy. Eventually we all learned to get everything in email. When he would claim he never said something, we'd just show him the email. Talk about dividing by zero.

Those are just two of others... I think sociopaths and people with narcissistic tendencies are inclined to leadership positions.. HR really needs to get educated and check down on this because it will destroy business.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-03-2019, 04:32 PM  
mirrorless sales down -14.8% in units and -19.1% in value
Posted By mee
Replies: 166
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This is the situation where I live too. No dedicated camera stores, instead we have big consumer electronics stores that carry the bigger brands and models. Ironically, we also have a large rental service located roughly a mile down the main road from one of the large consumer electronics stores (actually the only that I know carries a variety of cameras)... and a decent photography scene, but no dedicated retail stores. They left around a decade ago.

Last time I went in the electronics store, I trialed all the gear available then made my choice by going online to buy. The salesman in the store wouldn't give me honest answers to questions I had (where I already knew the answer) and the sample model camera I was interested in had issues that he resolved by smacking the camera hard with his hand. haha I'll go elsewhere if this is how you handle photographic gear...
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-03-2019, 03:49 PM  
mirrorless sales down -14.8% in units and -19.1% in value
Posted By mee
Replies: 166
Views: 5,428
This is why we can't have meaningful conversations. Because you don't know how to converse with another person beyond throwing out baited statements in order to join it in an argumentative behavior and then attempting to dominate the conversation. Then, when that doesn't work, change the conversation by setting up a strawman to tear down.

But... let's rewind.

I posted a comment that mirrorless has qualities that some might favor including focusing aids in the viewfinder. You claimed focusing aids are like training wheels and posed a facetious question of, "what happens when you're ready to take off the training wheels?"

I posted you don't have to use them. luftfluss pointed out that autofocus itself is a focusing aid too.


You then changed the subject by stating that the Pentax autofocus works great, when no one had claimed otherwise in the discussion.

And then you shared a ton of snapshots of people at a casual outdoor concert in the middle of the day. People on the stage in a fixed spot and people in the audience sitting on the ground and standing in fixed spots. My comment directed at your strawman conversation change, (Well.. if you're happy taking shots of people in static positions on a stage or in an audience in the middle of the day then yeah no problems. ) was directed by precisely what you shared, Norm -- a bunch of snapshots of people in fixed settings. So, I'm not wrong. The evidence you shared proved I'm not wrong.

Then you decided to get your undies tight in a wad and double down by showing people in fixed to light motion shots playing volleyball. Either way, your shift to talking about how well the Pentax autofocus functions was not related to the discussion you, me, or luftluss were having. What does the ability of the Pentax autofocus have to do with the price of tea in China, norm? I'll answer that so you don't have to get up, the answer is nothing. nothing at all.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-03-2019, 07:53 AM  
mirrorless sales down -14.8% in units and -19.1% in value
Posted By mee
Replies: 166
Views: 5,428
Well.. if you're happy taking shots of people in static positions on a stage or in an audience in the middle of the day then yeah no problems.


If that camera system in its current state satisfies all your requirements, then why bother looking or wasting brain cells on repeatedly pondering new systems at all? Instead just use what you have and be happy, it seems to more than meet your needs.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-03-2019, 07:28 AM  
mirrorless sales down -14.8% in units and -19.1% in value
Posted By mee
Replies: 166
Views: 5,428
What do you mean? Is cruise control and automatic transmissions in cars "cars for dummies" and considered as "training wheels" too?

If you don't want those extra features you can disable them on your camera.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-03-2019, 07:19 AM  
mirrorless sales down -14.8% in units and -19.1% in value
Posted By mee
Replies: 166
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I get your point that companies are trying to resell new systems to people with decent, matured camera systems already.

However, mirrorless systems do offer more focusing aids in the viewfinder and the exposure is more easy to gauge through the view too. Plus the wall to wall focusing points could, in some cases, be beneficial. So there could be some benefits if those aspects suit you.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-02-2019, 08:31 PM  
mirrorless sales down -14.8% in units and -19.1% in value
Posted By mee
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I'm not concerned about what is trendy or sells to the masses, but what is historical and meaningful to generations beyond ours.

I doubt someone 50 or 100 years from now will really care to see a hundred tarted up shots of a famous landmark. But they might want to see how it really was without so much makeup (and yet also high resolution, high quality that people aren't getting with their smartphones -- need a dedicated camera still!).
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-02-2019, 07:54 PM  
mirrorless sales down -14.8% in units and -19.1% in value
Posted By mee
Replies: 166
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One man sees it as economic bullying being 'trumpled' (as you put it) on the world, another sees it as stemming the tide of factions rising power in the world that might do the west more harm than good long term.

Actually, the market could probably use a recession as it is overvalued in some places.. esp tech. And housing is outrageous.

There is a lot of photography out there, but how much documentation style photography? Lots of scenic places get a ton of exposure from instagram types taking artsy shots, but how many are doing ansel adams type work? And I don't mean the hyper saturated color and micro contrast stuff that is plastered everywhere, but careful shots with light (tasteful) post work?


Maybe as the popularity subsides in the consumer market, photography gets back to being photography and certain types of photography become more valued? I really like to see old photos of towns and points of interest, as well as candid shots of people out and and about and daily living. Not so much the artsy 3 flash posed stuff...
Forum: Sold Items 05-17-2019, 04:20 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA 35mm f/2.4 and 50mm f/1.8 lenses and camera flashes
Posted By mee
Replies: 5
Views: 1,224
lenses back for sale bumpppp

---------- Post added 05-17-19 at 11:11 PM ----------

Lenses SOLD!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-11-2019, 12:46 PM  
Is my new 14mm rokinon junk?
Posted By mee
Replies: 18
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Just return. That's a junk copy.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-11-2019, 11:54 AM  
Is my new 14mm rokinon junk?
Posted By mee
Replies: 18
Views: 1,167
Is this on a tripod or hand held? If hand held take you out of the math and set the camera on a sturdy tripod. If you don't have a tripod set the camera on a counter or a table.


DISABLE image stabilization
Focus in the sharpest you can get (not sure if your camera has a 100% zoom in but it if does do that -- might be double tap of the middle button in the D-pad)
Set the camera to timer mode (even 3 seconds is fine)
Gently press the shutter release button to take a shot and let the camera count down and take the shot

Review the shot

if it is still that soft, it is a garbage copy and you'll need replacement imo


Personally, I'd just return it.. there is no way that lens is supposed to normally be that soft. Even at f/8 it is unacceptable imo.
Forum: Sold Items 05-08-2019, 03:38 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA 35mm f/2.4 and 50mm f/1.8 lenses and camera flashes
Posted By mee
Replies: 5
Views: 1,224
camera flash bundle SOLD!

Lenses currently on hold/pending until next week.
Forum: Sold Items 05-07-2019, 05:18 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA 35mm f/2.4 and 50mm f/1.8 lenses and camera flashes
Posted By mee
Replies: 5
Views: 1,224
bump..

added camera flash bundle
Forum: Sold Items 05-03-2019, 07:38 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA 35mm f/2.4 and 50mm f/1.8 lenses and camera flashes
Posted By mee
Replies: 5
Views: 1,224
bump.
Forum: Sold Items 04-28-2019, 05:51 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA 35mm f/2.4 and 50mm f/1.8 lenses and camera flashes
Posted By mee
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PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax DA 35mm f/2.4 and 50mm f/1.8 lenses

Asking Price
120.00 USD for lenses
125.00 USD for flashes SOLD


Item Location
Southeast (United States)

Item Description
Up for your consideration is the lovely Pentax DA 35mm f/2.4 lens along with the equally ever so lovely Pentax DA 50 f/1.8 prime lenses.

I don't currently have a Pentax camera. I've had no issues with either lens. But, since I don't have a camera to use them on, it is time to sell them.

Currently looking to sell them together for 120 USD which includes both the Paypal fee and the UPS shipping charges. Comes with lens, front and rear lens caps (might not be OEM), paperwork, and original box.

If you're new to the world of Pentax and/or want to advance beyond the kit lens, this would be a beneficial way to step out!

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Also up for sale are a pair of flashes -- the AF540FGZ and AF360FGZ.


The 540 comes with the pouch and booklet, 360 comes bare. I bought these years ago on ebay with an untested condition. The 540 ended up having a foot that doesn't lock (the lock spins in a circle, yet in my use the flash never slid off the camera) and the 360 wouldn't zoom (which I repaired -- a gear had come out of place in the flash head). Used these for years after without issue. Selling them together for 125 USD shipped.


Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Good

Shipping Destinations
Continental U.S. Only

Shipping Charge
Included in Asking Price

Shipping Services
UPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
No returns

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-24-2019, 08:42 PM  
DxO Nik Collection $10 off through 3/26/19
Posted By mee
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This version is just bugfixes of the free version from Google. There was no alteration to the features or rendering.


I do wonder if this is the prelude to the 2019 version, which should have something more than just bug fixes offered?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-24-2019, 08:36 PM  
Lightroom Price doubled?
Posted By mee
Replies: 17
Views: 1,322
Please note the GPS section of Lightroom 6 no longer functions. FYI.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-09-2019, 08:40 PM  
Comparing costs of a FF setup
Posted By mee
Replies: 46
Views: 3,331
Was responding when you added this, sorry. I'll let it be.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-09-2019, 08:38 PM  
Comparing costs of a FF setup
Posted By mee
Replies: 46
Views: 3,331
Quite the opposite, Normhead. Your scenario doesn't even apply to the test given and you don't seem to be making the connection. And you're being dishonest with me. Because I know you don't just shoot snaps of birds from your backyard. You didn't buy a K-3 because you knew that somehow the autofocus would work at 2500 lux in the range provided with the subject approaching at 1 meter per second. You found a way to bash the Nikon and then made a story around it. Be honest.





The test didn't state that. It seems you don't understand the test results indicate. I don't have to indicate anything to you, nor would I try, just that your bias is showing to the point you're making up stories to tout it.




The D7200 is about 4 years old, normhead. IT has already been superseded by the D7500 which has the D500's metering sensor (which improves on it's tracking). So Nikon went forward with their tracking system, Pentax sadly has sort of languished lately.

But have a nice day.
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