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Forum: Pentax K-1 06-05-2017, 07:41 PM  
K-1 tracking AF
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 15
Views: 1,821
I had a pleasant surprise when I first used my k-1. I was using the DA* 200mm + 1.4x converter, so the examples below are heavily cropped. I simply used single point, AF-C, and fast frame rate. Of course, the camera lost focus when the bird starting coming towards me, which is probably a weakness, but it seems to do parallel shooting fairly well.







Forum: Pentax K-1 12-24-2016, 04:00 PM  
Focus point very tough to see, may change camera
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 23
Views: 1,544
Is the single AF point smaller on the K-1 than the K5II? I ask because I've read this criticism before, even from the not to be named, but whose initials are dpr. Yet, I never had a problem with the K5 in this regard (subtracting my own mistakes). The disappearing AF point could actually be cast as an advantage because its disappearance is another indicator of being in focus. I can understand somewhat it may be hampering if using select AF point. Still, one should pretty much know where they are in relation to the point to be focused on. I guess constant illumination might help a little bit, but really, is it that big a deal? How did photography ever make it this far without the help of modern, technological camera razzle dazzle.

There, now I sound like a grumpy, old man.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-27-2016, 11:20 AM  
To prime 200mm or zoom to 200mm?
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 20
Views: 1,740
I like your choice. I like your reasoning. And, I like your photos.
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-08-2016, 08:55 PM  
Been banned from DPReview
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 133
Views: 11,014
That sounds compelling to me.

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What was your name in the dpr forum?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-30-2016, 11:33 AM  
K1 Mode Dial Failure
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 215
Views: 27,441
Point noted.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-30-2016, 10:55 AM  
K1 Mode Dial Failure
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 215
Views: 27,441
Well, as a matter of fact, I do use Pentax professionally (in the sense that I shoot weddings, real estate, & other stuff for money). And, I have had my go arounds with Ricoh's service, several times in fact. I bought a third camera when one of mine was in the shop. I learned from conversations with Ricoh representatives that they tend to see forum bashers as being sometimes hysterical, projecting the sky is falling scenarios that are statistically incorrect.

I submit that:
- Expressing emotional agitation for warranty/repair issues is not helpful.
- It is especially unseemly for a professional, who should have his butt covered in the event of equipment failure. It so happens he has adequate equipment to shoot both his real estate gigs and his weddings without the need to rent a K1. But, who would have known that based on his histronics? No wonder Ricoh suggested that maybe he should buy another camera. And, why I assumed he had no back up. He wasn't acting like a professional.
- My suggestion is that a more rational critique of Ricoh service will be far more effective, and is, in fact, an expression of solidarity with Pentax shooters. To quote another poster on this thread: "Relax, Ari."
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-30-2016, 08:24 AM  
K1 Mode Dial Failure
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 215
Views: 27,441
Here is where we differ: "but this is quite ridiculous that they are not just replacing the bodies" From your opening comments.
That is a ridiculous expectation for a warranty repair issue. Your whole thread has been overly emotional, dare I say shrill? Such intense agitation, based on a faulty premise, is really not helpful. Yes, Ricoh needs to up its game when it comes to repair service. Yes, we need to continue to apply pressure on them in hopes that this will come about. But, please do so in a rational way so your complaints will seem credible. Initially, they were not.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-28-2016, 08:18 PM  
K1 Mode Dial Failure
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 215
Views: 27,441
Could you please point to where in this thread you said you have a backup? It still escapes me. However, I think I was wrong to make that assumption. I should have asked. So, I apologize. But, I still don't understand the intensity of your agitation. Expecting a new camera instead of having yours fixed seems unrealistic. You were very fortunate that Ricoh resolved your issue the way you wanted it to. You want special consideration because you are a pro. People are always trying to make Ricoh/Pentax into something it is not. First they wanted FF, then mirror-less FF's, and now they want Ricoh to be a professional brand, with all the services, lenses, accessories, service networks, etc, it takes to cater to professional photographers. As far as I can discern, this has never been Pentax's intention. So by all means shoot with Pentax cameras, but understand that depending on them as a professional exposes you to some risks and disadvantages not associated with the professional brands.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-28-2016, 08:13 AM  
K1 Mode Dial Failure
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 215
Views: 27,441
He labeled himself a pro. Says he does 15 real estate shoots a week, and apparently some weddings. That's pro enough in my books. People contract with him to show up with a camera and pay him for it. I appreciate his position, but if he only has one camera, he is operating on a high wire, and that is not smart. Still, I too, think Ricoh's US repair operation is deplorable.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-28-2016, 07:30 AM  
K1 Mode Dial Failure
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 215
Views: 27,441
Look, I appreciate your consternation, and I'm glad for your resolution, but I have to same something here. You are quite articulate about what another business (Ricoh) should and should not do. But, your own MO is highly questionable. You are a pro, and you only have one camera? That's not very smart. It doesn't take a full frame camera to shoot real estate. You could pick up a K5 or K3 for not much money and have a back up. And, you rented "a" camera to shoot a wedding? Last weekend, one of my two cameras that I use malfunctioned during a wedding. I would never show up at a wedding with only one camera. Yet, you feel perfectly fine showing up with a rented camera that according to you may be prone to a malfunction. ???
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-21-2015, 07:12 PM  
Do I "need" the 300mm for our Galapagos Islands trip?
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 56
Views: 4,011
Whew! Sounds like way too much equipment to me. You will be wondering which camera to use and the opportunity could escape. If it were me, I would take two camera bodies and my best four lenses, along with the teleconverter. Then make do with what you have. It will be plenty sufficient.
Forum: General Photography 11-07-2015, 10:08 AM  
I don't see the value of rating value in reviews.
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 9
Views: 1,099
1. It is the most subject part of the review.
2. The reader knows the price, and thus has a more accurate interpretation of value (to the reader).
3. Unlike the other components in a review, the value rating will change based on price fluctuations. So, reviews with scores will invariably be outdated.
4. More times than not, value ratings lower the scores of items reviewed. No problem with lower scores, but I would prefer they were based on actual technical and functional analysis, rather than mercurial, subjective values.
Forum: General Photography 10-09-2015, 09:45 AM  
My first wedding, the lesson learned.
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 49
Views: 3,603
That is clearly either an ignorant statement, or a disingenuous one, and reveals something very telling about the photographer. She is not really that interested in providing the clients with her best work. The link below is from one of my online mentors blog regarding this subject. His work is amazing. Enough said.

http://neilvn.com/tangents/raw-vs-jpg-the-final-discussion/
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 10-08-2015, 07:51 PM  
Why is Ricoh even bothering with a FF?
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 157
Views: 12,018
I can appreciate your thinking, but I don't believe Pentax is a reinvent the wheel kind of company. I think they try to cherry pick some of the best aspects of camera technology, and put that in cameras at a price point that makes them a very good value. Pentax cameras have many advantages over the Canikon models, including price, and that has made them an attractive alternative. They are a pleasure to use (ergonomically), have excellent image quality, are compact in both camera body and lenses, and have features not available in similarly priced cameras. In short, Pentax cameras are very usable, and appeal to photographers as a less expensive alternative for image producing tools. An FF will increase the range of possibilities, inviting more professional photographer participation, which will increase marketing exposure. Once the FF is launched, I suspect that a mirror-less FF will follow. Given the excellent quality of Pentax cameras, it is hard not to be excited/curious as to what their FF will offer. I already own the tres amigo lenses 31mm, 43mm. & 77mm. I am itching to see how they perform on Pentax FF DSLR.
Forum: General Photography 10-07-2015, 08:53 AM  
My first wedding, the lesson learned.
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 49
Views: 3,603
I usually start with the 31mm and 77mm. The 31mm pretty much stays on camera the whole time. I pull out the 21mm (or15mm when it's working correctly) for wider angled shots as needed. I use the 100mm for some telephoto and macro work. The 200mm when space allows. For receptions, I exchange the 77mm for the 70mm because it focuses much faster. As I anticipated when I purchased the 31mm, the 43mm doesn't get used that much except when that focal length is needed. I would use it more at receptions, but it doesn't focus that quickly in those circumstances. I have considered getting the 40mm again. I like the contrasty, photo quality of the DA primes when using flash at receptions. If I ever get my hands on a Pentax FF, I'm sure the 43mm will come back into more significant play.
Forum: General Photography 10-07-2015, 08:15 AM  
My first wedding, the lesson learned.
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 49
Views: 3,603
Just so you know, I shoot weddings with two K5iis's and prime lenses. I don't understand your problems with focusing. Maybe something else focuses faster, but the k5ii works well enough for me, especially in very low light. Using flash is another story. I use only manual, off camera flash because I don't trust the pTTL. Being forced to learn manual flash was actually very good for me, but I'm looking forward to having that luxury on my next camera.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-22-2015, 06:56 AM  
So with the FF postponed to early next year.....
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 35
Views: 3,313
Sorry, I missed that. Sarcasm is good.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-21-2015, 05:57 PM  
So with the FF postponed to early next year.....
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 35
Views: 3,313
Sounds like semantics to me postponed / delayed. Why are you so sensitive as to call the use of one word "abusive?" We may not have known the specific target date, but I give you a quote from the authors of this very own forum: "Ricoh Imaging also stated in a press release that a Pentax full-frame will hit the market by the end of the year." Do you have an original interpretation for the meaning: "hit the market?"
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-21-2015, 05:41 PM  
Wedding Photographer needed
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 2
Views: 873
If you are on FB, check for a local wedding photography group.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-01-2015, 08:05 AM  
dropped camera, now get F--- aperture
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 18
Views: 1,718
Same thing happened to me. I was covered by New Leaf drops warranty. They sent it to Precision. Came back and it would not focused. Returned to New Leaf who sent to Precision. This was weeks ago. Still no fixed camera. I really do not think much of Precision repair (not my only dealing with them.)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-02-2015, 10:47 AM  
Used DA*200mm lens prices falling
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 50
Views: 4,393
I love the DA* 200mm lens. It had been on my "to get someday" list, but after I bought it, I wondered why I had waited so long.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-17-2015, 10:51 AM  
FA 31mm F1.8 vs Sigma 35mm F1.4
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 18
Views: 2,605
I'm going to encourage you to buy the Sigma because I would like to keep open the option of purchasing Sigma lenses in the K mount. As an owner of the excellent FA 31mm lens, it is hard to fathom a significant increase in performance by the Sigma. It may test a little higher, but will that be noticeable in real life? There comes a point when excellent/outstanding is enough and then it is the photographers job to match the equipment. ;)
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-11-2015, 07:55 AM  
K5 II/s pictures seem sharper than K3
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 22
Views: 3,647
You are not crazy for your perception. And it seems counter intuitive when people tell you not to believe your eyes because ----- etc. I decided to go with the KIIs based on image quality. To my eyes, it is at least as good, and perhaps better than the K3. There is no doubt the K3 is an improved camera, but since IQ, and at that time, price was my prime criteria, I thought I would skip the K3 and see what comes out next. Like the FF that many of us have been waiting for. There should be a noticeable difference in IQ with an FF.

---------- Post added 06-11-2015 at 10:03 AM ----------

Processed, but still?

Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-11-2015, 07:39 AM  
Is the camera market saturated?
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 33
Views: 2,239
Hmmm. Guess we are reading/hearing two different news reports.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-09-2015, 04:48 PM  
Love that -3EV focusing capability
Posted By skyoftexas
Replies: 10
Views: 1,052
I can relate. When I first starting shooting weddings, I realized that I was going to have to make peace with flash photography. Now, I see advantages to using (some) flash in many other situations that I would not normally, such as being outside in harsh, contrasty sunlight in which either the eye sockets are black, or the photos are washed out from over exposure.
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