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Forum: Pentax Q 08-13-2017, 09:17 AM  
Time Lapse - AEL?
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 4
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That's not possible in the situation I'm looking at. I will be busy and not able to babysit the camera while it's shooting the sequence.

I found that my Sony A7 does actually have this feature, it's called exposure tracking, with low, medium and high settings to specify how quickly it can alter the exposure. However, I was hoping to have my Q7 on the tripod and the A7 in my hand during this event.
Forum: Pentax Q 08-13-2017, 08:11 AM  
Time Lapse - AEL?
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 4
Views: 565
Shooting a morning sunrise scene with interval shooting on my Q7. . . Apparently it only sets the exposure automatically for the first shot, then locks it there for the entire sequence. I understand why this would be desirable most of the time, but it really was bad for the sunrise, as everything pretty soon became blown out! Is there any kind of setting where I can change this behavior and get it to adapt (even partially) as the light level changes?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-14-2017, 07:48 AM  
Pentax Q macro lens coming
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 118
Views: 15,092
If they make it, I'm ready with cash in hand.
Forum: General Photography 05-07-2017, 04:51 AM  
Where are the Pentax People?
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 79
Views: 3,904
Should Ricoh fight to get Pentax gear into those retailers at a time when brick-and-mortar stores are being massacred by online shopping? The world has moved on, and Ricoh/Pentax (and the camera industry at large) must adapt.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-01-2017, 05:59 AM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 579
Views: 23,996
You may be right. I don't know if it's a naturally conservative mindset or if they're too stingy to pay for R&D, or a combination of the two. It would be nice to see some other company step up with a full-frame mirrorless camera and compete head-to-head with Sony. Because, you know, the A7 series does have some annoying quirks and rough edges -- more on the software side rather than the hardware.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-30-2017, 07:42 PM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 579
Views: 23,996
Yes, the unfairness of that comparison did escape me. I still don't really see it. The K-S2 has an excellent optical viewfinder. The one in the K-1 is bigger (because full-frame), but otherwise should work much the same AFAIK. There was nothing to lead me to believe I would have a much better experience with manual-focus lenses on it. And I certainly didn't spend anywhere near "a couple grand" on my used A7 found on fleaBay.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-30-2017, 05:29 PM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 579
Views: 23,996
I tested both the A7 and a K-S2 with manual lenses. Sure, I could get focus in the K-S2, but my speed and confidence with the A7 was far better. And it's simply more pleasant to use that way.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-30-2017, 01:26 PM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 579
Views: 23,996
uhh?? No, I don't typically shoot wide open. Most lenses get into some softness and vignetting when they are wide open. (Which might be just fine for portraits, but I don't shoot portraits!)

However, the shutter on the A7 does go to 1/8000th, as compared with 1/1000th on the old Ricoh SLR. That means when I'm outdoors in the sun, I can be at F5.6 or F4 instead of F11, and no faffing around with ND filters. The result, to my eyes, looks rather like medium format film. I like it.

At the other extreme, in dim light I can go to ISO 6400 and it still looks pretty clean for my uses.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-29-2017, 02:38 PM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 579
Views: 23,996
Well, I don't have a K-1, haven't even handled one. . .

Two things happened that made the K-1 much less interesting to me. First, KatzEye Optics closed up shop shortly before the K-1 was introduced. Then we found out that the K-1 focusing screen can't be swapped out anyhow. Manual focus without a split-prism and micro-prism focusing screen is just too problematic. I loved the huge, bright viewfinder and split-prism focusing in my old Ricoh XR7 35mm SLR, but there's no Pentax DSLR that can replicate that.

Meanwhile, I've found that manual focusing on the Sony A7, with focus peaking and magnification in the EVF, is even better than the XR7. And as an added bonus, I can adapt lenses far and wide beyond Pentax-K and M42.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-28-2017, 08:41 AM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 579
Views: 23,996
Yes, I remember the film-vs-digital flame wars, before everyone figured out that digital was going to dominate, and that film wasn't going away, and that there's no reason why we can't use both. Seems kind of silly in retrospect!

It really is unusual for any technology, especially one that becomes widespread for a time, to ever be "killed" off completely. You'd have to search far and wide for an example, I think. And it may be the same with DSLRs. They may not disappear completely, but they may be reduced to a niche. . . like film, or TLRs, or vinyl records, or safety razors, or fountain pens, etc.

You just might be amazed at how many companies are producing fountain pens and bottled ink these days. It's a healthy business. At the same time, it's nothing like it was in the 1920s-1950s when fountain pens were the dominant writing instruments, and it's obviously never going to be like that again.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-28-2017, 08:06 AM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 579
Views: 23,996
But these are cameras. TLRs killed 4X5 press cameras, and then 35mm SLRs killed TLRs. And then digital killed film. And then smartphones killed digital compacts.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-28-2017, 07:58 AM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 579
Views: 23,996
Have you tried lowering the camera from your eye for a moment? :)



The speed and responsiveness of my Olympus E-M5 was very easy to get used to. And although I rarely find a need for burst shooting or much low-light shooting, one time I went to an anvil shoot in the wee morning hours (for Armistice Day), and machine-gunning away (at 9 FPS) with the E-M5 got the shots I wanted.



I am a technology freak too, and I favor audio CDs, electric cars and EVFs.

I can't help feeling that mirrorless cameras are gradually going to win out. Also, I would love to see some full-frame mirrorless competitor to Sony. I basically got my Sony A7 so I could use "vintage" Pentax lenses, much better than using them on any Pentax DSLR.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-19-2017, 03:34 PM  
Sony A9 Officially Announced Today
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 552
Views: 22,081
OK, I'll say it. EVFs generally are great. And Sony's EVFs are great. Pentax's EVF allergy has been a source of irritation to me for a while now. IMHO, exposure preview is the killer feature of EVFs. Who wouldn't want to see the image that their camera is going to actually capture?

However... It was always a case of pros and cons. EVFs were better at some things, OVFs were better at others. Now we're being told that the Sony A9's EVF is higher resolution and substantially brighter than the ones in the A7 series, plus there's no blackout. If we can take that at face value, then there's no longer much reason for anybody to prefer an OVF. The pentaprism becomes obsolescent.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-23-2017, 05:36 AM  
What is Jpeg Quality ?
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 15
Views: 1,108
It is indeed. As a heavy LR user, I really needed that.

Some cameras output crazy huge JPEG files that are effectively lossless. For example, they have settings like NORMAL, FINE, SUPERFINE, and if you set it to super then the files become enormous. And yet, the only possible way to see any difference between fine and super is by taking a shot that's all noise and then pixel-peeping it. Super can capture the noise accurately, pixel-for-pixel, but for any other kind of subject matter it's indistinguishable.

It's been rumored that some cameras are designed to produce huge JPEGs simply because people now associate bigger = better, so the superfine option would be a way to appease that belief, even though it has little-if-any practical value.

I'm a believer in JPEGmini. I've been habitually exporting images from Lightroom at 85% -- which, according to the article I just looked at, that's the second-highest level on LR's 12-step scale. Then I've been running them through JPEGmini. It cuts them down to sometimes half the size, while the visual change is very minimal. I've tried pixel-peeping the files, and sometimes it's just barely possible to pick out some difference at that level. (Maybe I should just export at 100%, if I'm going to use JPEGmini on them anyhow.)
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-17-2017, 05:08 PM  
ULTRA wide lenses (only FF equiv 12mm or lower)
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 37
Views: 2,998
I did a test of this once. . . With the gear that I had available at the time, the results came out very similar. I was surprised by that, but it seemed like digital correction and optical correction (with lens elements to make it rectilinear) did the same things to the image, and with the same shortcomings. The practical difference is that the rectilinear lens was huge and heavy! The fisheye gave me a small, lightweight, inexpensive lens that could perform double-duty, since I could choose to de-fish or not. But of course, I didn't get to see a rectilinear view when composing and shooting. I just had to imagine how it would come out if I de-fished it.

As for "an even wider angle of view than any rectilinear lens". . . Do you know that Voigtlander now make a 10mm rectilinear lens for Sony E-mount? Yes, with full frame coverage. Seems like black magic to me.
Forum: General Photography 03-17-2017, 04:54 PM  
Google reduces JPEG file size by 35%
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 21
Views: 1,526
uhhh... I've been using AAC (also known as MP4 or M4A) for years now. I haven't ever transcoded my existing MP3 files -- there's nothing to be gained from that -- but everything new is AAC. From where I sit, MP3 is obsolescent.
Forum: General Photography 03-17-2017, 01:22 PM  
Google reduces JPEG file size by 35%
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 21
Views: 1,526
I'll be looking forward to an update for JPEGmini. (Which I've already found quite useful, BTW.)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-16-2017, 05:31 PM  
pentax m-e mirrorless camera with aps-c sensor coming??
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 216
Views: 22,249
When I first began using adapted lenses on my Sony A7, I thought at first that the A/M switch would be a wonderful thing, allowing me to flip the aperture wide open for focusing, then stopped down to take the image -- mimicking the way an SLR or DSLR works. What I soon discovered is that it's possible, but it's really not all that useful. Very occasionally I'll find a situation where I want critical focus, and I'll open up the iris for that, but the vast majority of the time it's no benefit. With focus peaking and magnification in the EVF, focusing stopped-down is not only easy and accurate, but it's arguably better because you have full-time DoF preview as well.

I have two M42 adapters, one with the flange to keep the iris stopped down, and one without. The one without a flange allows the A/M switch on the lens to work, but I've ended up using the flanged adapter (the Novoflex) most of the time. That's one less switch for me to keep track of and possibly have mis-set when I snap off a shot.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-16-2017, 01:16 PM  
pentax m-e mirrorless camera with aps-c sensor coming??
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 216
Views: 22,249
Same here. All the lenses I have for my A7 are either K-mount or M42. (I'm tempted by the new Voigtlander E-mount lenses, tho!) And I would love to see some camera maker -- any of them, really -- produce a mirrorless full-frame competitor to Sony.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-15-2017, 07:51 PM  
pentax m-e mirrorless camera with aps-c sensor coming??
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 216
Views: 22,249
My big concern here is, how many lens mounts can Pentax support? I mean, Q-mount and APS-C K-mount and Full Frame K-mount and 645 mount. . . and then add yet another? The Q system has already languished for a long time while Pentax are busy with other things.
Forum: Pentax Q 03-12-2017, 10:54 AM  
Got some advice for my inbound Q10?
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 52
Views: 2,338
I had a Samyang 8.5mm (if I recall right) fisheye for my E-M5 and loved it to death. Fantastic lens.

The 03 isn't that. It is, however, cheap and tiny and weighs nearly nothing, and there's not much reason not to have it.
Forum: Pentax Q 03-11-2017, 10:45 PM  
Why isn't the Q (and all other Q bodies) more popular?
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 62
Views: 3,453
I think you're just making my point for me. It's a less versatile kit. Where are your zooms? Where's your 200mm equivalent reach? And yet, your bag will still come out bigger and heavier than my Q7 Premium Kit bag. I find that these comparisons generally work out that way. The M4/3 advocate compromises this, cuts back on that, and eventually manages to come up with a kit that's only about double the volume and weight of the Q's bag, and then holds it up and pronounces victory. "M4/3 is better! I've proven it!"

I love M4/3. I still have my E-M5, though it's in need of repair. If I was only going to have one system, I think it would be M4/3. I feel like it's the best all-purpose compromise of size and weight, image quality, responsiveness, versatility. . . and the lens catalog is excellent. However, I'm not limited to one system. I can have both my Q7 and my Sony A7, and I think they complement one another well. And I can easily stuff the A7 and three or four lenses into my Ona Bowery bag, which is not that big as camera bags go. (It's not nearly as small as the Q7 bag, but it's not big.) So, does that prove that Full Frame is the best, and M4/3 is doooooomed?? (I think the "M4/3 is doomed" subject comes up on DPR about as often as "DSLRs are doomed" and "compact cameras are doomed" and "the industry is doomed", etc. They're a cheerful bunch.)
Forum: Pentax Q 03-11-2017, 09:44 PM  
Got some advice for my inbound Q10?
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 52
Views: 2,338
Incidentally, the Fujifilm NP-50 battery is the same thing, fully interchangeable with the Q. It's used in the Fujifilm REAL 3D W3 and the XF1, among others. I find the W3 in particular makes a nifty adjunct to the Q.
Forum: Pentax Q 03-11-2017, 01:32 PM  
Got some advice for my inbound Q10?
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 52
Views: 2,338
I'd also clarify that these work in different ways. I believe shadow Correction is a jpeg processing function that has no effect on your raw files. Because I habitually shoot raw, I never use it. Highlight Correction, on the other hand, actually reduces the exposure and then gains up the image to compensate, so it does work when shooting raw -- and is highly useful on sunny days. (Or you can just leave it on AUTO, which doesn't seem to cause any problems that I've noticed.)
Forum: Pentax Q 03-10-2017, 02:29 PM  
Why isn't the Q (and all other Q bodies) more popular?
Posted By Tony Belding
Replies: 62
Views: 3,453
Here's the Q's advantage over M4/3:



Q7 body and five (5!) lenses, with hoods, spare battery and a couple of filters in a tiny bag that weighs nearly nothing.
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