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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-25-2019, 03:18 PM  
Advice for new KP user: lenses
Posted By Biro
Replies: 41
Views: 1,582
I have the DA 20-40mm Limited and enjoy it very much. I think it's a must for the KP. But if the OP is going to spend much time in inner cities on his vacation, I don't think 20mm (30mm full-frame equivalent) will be nearly wide enough. So I'm with those who think the the DA 15mm Limited is a better choice.

Another lens that hasn't been mentioned is the Tamron 10-24mm, which is still available in K mount. But maybe the best deal of all is the Sigma 10-20mm, which has an f/3.5 constant aperture and costs even less than the Tamron. At B&H here in the U.S., it's available for $399 brand new.
Forum: General Talk 03-03-2019, 08:14 AM  
What is better...... Apple or PC ?
Posted By Biro
Replies: 111
Views: 3,354
Yup. And the rumor is Apple may be leaving Intel behind in terms of its desktops and laptops in a year or two. Already the company uses its own processors for its iOS mobile products - all of the iPhones, iPads, etc. So the move would make sense. I imagine Mac OS will become much more like iOS - or merge with it completely - before too long. It's already moving in that direction. My 2011 iMac is still working fine but can't use the latest Mac OS. I'm not sure whether I should wait for the new processors.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-22-2019, 09:14 AM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Biro
Replies: 730
Views: 61,681
No, the Ricoh and the Fuji have the same field of view. Both lenses are 18mm actual and 28mm effective in full-frame terms (both cameras being APS-C). And both cameras have 35mm and 50mm (effective) crop modes - which are better options now with 24mp sensors.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-22-2019, 08:59 AM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Biro
Replies: 730
Views: 61,681
I still have my GR from 2013 and still enjoy it. I'll be keeping a close eye on the serious reviews of the GR III - particularly when it comes to autofocus performance (I'm not talking about snap focus). Ricoh is promising improvements. I hope they're what many of us want. Otherwise, since I wouldn't be shooting much, if any, video with a camera like this, my money might be better spent on a Fuji XF10. $399-$449 with a 24mp Bayer sensor, better battery life and splits the difference between the GR and GR III when it comes to size and weight.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-15-2018, 10:09 PM  
Pentax KP Now or Wait?
Posted By Biro
Replies: 27
Views: 3,199
Well, I caught this deal just before midnight. At $699, I'm happy to pair the KP with my DA 20-40mm zoom and my DA Limited primes. At $899 or anything near that, I'd just wait. But who knows when we'll actually see the new APS-C flagship - if ever? This is the best way I know to support the Pentax brand short of buying a K-1, which is just not in the cards due to cost and the need for full-frame glass. Thanks for all of the feedback and advice everyone!
Forum: Pentax KP 12-08-2018, 11:29 AM  
Pentax KP Now or Wait?
Posted By Biro
Replies: 27
Views: 3,199
I haven't posted on these forums in a while. I have both a K-3 and a K-5 II -- neither of which has gotten a lot of use lately. But I've been feeling bad about my collection of DA Limited glass that has been sitting idle. I have the full collection of DA Limiteds and my shooting is very varied - everything from portraits to landscapes to architecture to sports (usually auto racing).

The short version of my question is, would a KP be better with my Limiteds than the cameras that I already have? The only other lens that I envision using on the KP would be my 20-40 Limited zoom.

Early reviews of the KP turned me off but more-recent real-world user reviews make it quite attractive. People talk about how small it is, but the dimensions are within a tenth of an inch of the K-3 in virtually every direction. It is lighter than the K-3. But noticeably so in the field?

My other option would be to use the cameras that I have and sell them off when the elusive Pentax APS-C flagship is released - assuming that ever happens. I'm not interested in the K-1 because it's a lot more money and I'd have to buy too much new glass to take full advantage of what it has to offer.

I've missed the Black Friday sales that offered the KP for under $700 but those prices will no doubt return in the months ahead.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-05-2018, 06:31 AM  
DPReview's interview with Ricoh Imaging
Posted By Biro
Replies: 212
Views: 14,693
In April of 2018, they are only now beginning development of the next APS-C flagship? I sincerely hope he misspoke.
Forum: General Photography 11-07-2017, 08:34 AM  
New Reflex Film SLR
Posted By Biro
Replies: 76
Views: 4,067
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-27-2017, 07:53 AM  
HD Pentax-DA★ 11-18mm f/2.8
Posted By Biro
Replies: 474
Views: 56,929
Wow. This thread really has really gone off the rails. Still, I'm happy that my fellow Pentaxians have these new lenses to look forward to (and squabble over). I'm sure they'll be solid pieces. But, for me, it all comes too late. When I could afford premium glass, nothing much was coming from Pentax - under either the Hoya or Ricoh umbrellas. Now, new product is beginning to show up (but not nearly fast enough). And I can't afford it anymore.

Moreover (and slightly off-topic) while the newest cameras are the best digital Pentaxes ever, they're still not truly competitive when it comes to autofocus and video. I doubt there's reason to believe the next APS-C flagship will be, either - but I'd love to be proven wrong. Personally, after decades of shooting Pentax, I'm at a critical decision point. I'll wait until the K-3II replacement comes out to make it.

In the meantime, I hope the new glass turns out to be everything Pentaxians hope it will be.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-14-2017, 10:42 PM  
Ricoh GRZ coming soon?
Posted By Biro
Replies: 85
Views: 9,072
The Casio EX-100... basically an Olympus Stylus 1 without the viewfinder. That's a good thing although I prefer having the EVF. I miss my Stylus 1... a lot.
Forum: General Talk 10-01-2017, 10:50 PM  
Any 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Users?
Posted By Biro
Replies: 2
Views: 935
Well, the decision was made. I took the 12.9-inch iPad Pro back to Best Buy and exchanged it for a 10.5-inch version. My wife gets my iPad Air 2. I think I may have indeed been onto something in terms of the larger screen being better for reading small print and editing photos.

But I don't think I was going to use either for photo editing (at least not consistently) or as a laptop replacement - another thing the 12.9-inch version would be great for (with more storage than I had).

I'm going to use it as an iPad and for that the 10.5-inch version is much better - at least for me. Even a friend of mine who is built like an NFL linebacker had the 12.9 and swapped it for the 10.5. If he thinks it's too big for general tablet use then there's got to be something to it.
Forum: General Talk 09-28-2017, 09:54 PM  
Any 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Users?
Posted By Biro
Replies: 2
Views: 935
My wife's iPad (actually my original iPad 2) is dying. I've been running an iPad Air 2 since 2015. Best Buy had the new 64gb iPad Pro 12.9-inch model on sale at a $100 discount. So I picked one up for her. I was a bit concerned about the weight, given she has some arthritis. But the weight wasn't a problem. The size was. She feels it's much to big for her. Okay, fine.

I offered to exchange it for either a 10.5-inch iPad Pro or even a base 9.7-inch iPad. She says my current iPad Air 2 (which works fine) would be enough and that I should either keep the 12.9-inch iPad or exchange it for what I want.

So my question is, is anyone here using the 12.9-inch iPad? Any thoughts? How does the size work out in real life?

I currently do all of my photo and digital editing on the my 2012 iMac (which, surprisingly, works fine after five years - thank the i7 chip and 8gb of RAM). The word is that the iPad Pro is now as powerful as Apple's MacBook Pro laptops and that photo editing is now much more feasible, especially with the larger screen real estate.

Of course, that would probably mean swapping the 64gb model for at least the 256gb model. It's funny, my iMac has a full terrabyte of storage. But, even with 10-thousand photos and 8-thousand songs in my iTunes library, I have used up only about 190gb on the hard drive.

I like the idea of a 12.9-inch screen on an iPad... but I can still do my editing on my iMac. Perhaps I should swap out the larger iPad Pro for the 10.5-inch model with more storage - just to have a better iPad - and leave it at that.

Or I could max out an iPad Pro with the 12.9-inch screen for the inevitable day when the iMac goes. Specing a new iMac an i7 chip, 16gb of ram and either a fusion drive or SSD ain't cheap these days. I can't do it for amywhere near the price I did in 2012.

Any input is welcome.
Forum: General Photography 09-19-2017, 07:59 PM  
The Greatest War Photographer You've Never Heard Of
Posted By Biro
Replies: 4
Views: 855
Forum: General Photography 08-17-2017, 09:01 PM  
How Motorsports Photographer Caught Spectacular Crash at Indy
Posted By Biro
Replies: 13
Views: 1,156
He was shooting a Canon, but...

Flashback: The story behind Dixon?s wild Indy crash
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-30-2017, 11:07 PM  
new ricoh survey
Posted By Biro
Replies: 149
Views: 11,997
Like almost everyone else, I told them they need to get serious about producing truly competitive autofocus and quality video. I also told them that the mirrorless revolution is passing them by. I wrapped up by telling them that while I still have a soft spot in my heart for Pentax, I find myself using my Pentax gear less and less often because there are more relevent alternatives for me.
Forum: General Photography 06-28-2017, 06:30 AM  
Micron to Discontinue Lexar Memory Cards
Posted By Biro
Replies: 1
Views: 694
I would have put this under News and Rumors, but it's not Pentax-specific news...

Lexar discontinued: Micron announces the end of Lexar memory cards: Digital Photography Review

Moderators, feel free to move this post if you desire.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-23-2017, 08:02 AM  
Check out the new Tamron zoom, 18-400mm anybody?
Posted By Biro
Replies: 6
Views: 2,131
Nice. But for Canon and Nikon only... as usual. We can't even get the 16-300. We shouldn't torture ourselves wondering if and when we might get this lens. We won't.
Forum: General Photography 05-18-2017, 04:55 AM  
Color Photos From Paris, 1914
Posted By Biro
Replies: 6
Views: 1,040
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-15-2017, 10:41 PM  
For each Pentaxian buying K-1 another Nikon/Canon shooter jumped ship to Pentax
Posted By Biro
Replies: 1,039
Views: 82,382
That's lovely work. I have no doubts about the quality of the K-1's output. For me, the Olympus E-M1 Mark II made sense because I already own a number of other micro four-thirds lenses. If I bought a K-1, I'd have to begin buying Pentax full-frame lenses. Since I'd require more than just one, I couldn't stretch that far financially.

Also, I plan to shoot wildlife with the Olympus. With the Leica-branded 100-400mm zoom, I have a full-frame FOV equivalent of 200-800mm. That's optical zoom before any cropping. That's the kind of focal range you need when shooting animals. And it's all in a hand-holdable package with weather resistance.

Then there's size and weight. One can't call the E-M1 line tiny within the world of micro four-thirds. But it's still smaller and lighter than equivalent full-frame or APS-C gear. A few years ago, I thought seriously about buying the Sigma 50-500mm "Bigma" for my K-5. That was one heavy package. Even the slightly smaller 150-500mm was a serious proposition in terms of size and weight.

While the K-1's full-frame sensor is certainly superior in some ways, the very latest 20mp micro four-thirds sensor surprises many people with its image quality, dynamic range, etc. So it's not like it's a bust. And I have high-res mode as well for when I want to shoot non-moving subjects. If I need to shoot video, Olympus quality is now up to competitive levels.

I will, however, keep my eye out for the new Pentax APS-C flagship. Here's hoping it'll be enough of a leap over the K-3 to make it a "must have" item. Then, if I can't swing it even after perhaps selling my K-5 and K-5IIs (I'd keep my K-3), then I'll wait until prices fall later in its product life.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-15-2017, 09:09 AM  
For each Pentaxian buying K-1 another Nikon/Canon shooter jumped ship to Pentax
Posted By Biro
Replies: 1,039
Views: 82,382
I don't dispute anything you write here. But I can tell you that for the first and last time in my life, I recently had $2000 to spend on a camera body. And I didn't buy a K-1. I bought the Olympus E-M1 Mark II. So far, I'm not disappointed. There are a lot of factors that go into a decision like this, of course. And it doesn't mean I'm selling off my Pentax gear. But I'm sure there are others like me and Pentax really needs to kick it up a notch.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-09-2017, 07:20 AM  
For each Pentaxian buying K-1 another Nikon/Canon shooter jumped ship to Pentax
Posted By Biro
Replies: 1,039
Views: 82,382
I've said it before and I'll say it again: I liked my K-01. I enjoyed it's brick-like appearance and simplified control interface. It had two fatal flaws: slow autofocus (even after firmware updates) and a rear LCD that was impossible to use in bright sunlight. Both issues are easily dealt with using current technology. So I say bring on the K-02.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-07-2017, 09:06 AM  
For each Pentaxian buying K-1 another Nikon/Canon shooter jumped ship to Pentax
Posted By Biro
Replies: 1,039
Views: 82,382
But is Pentax thriving? I wish I knew. I hope so but it seems like a Catch-22 situation. Ricoh keeps Pentax in the black by not spending too much money and moving along very slowly and cautiously when it comes to new product. But that policy also allows Pentax to fall further and further behind the competition, and forces otherwise loyal Pentaxians to seek what they want elsewhere.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-07-2017, 08:03 AM  
For each Pentaxian buying K-1 another Nikon/Canon shooter jumped ship to Pentax
Posted By Biro
Replies: 1,039
Views: 82,382
So do I. But I haven't added anything to my Pentax kit since the K-3 body. I'm happy about the K-1 for those Pentaxians who wanted a full-frame option. But I'm not one of them. I made a decision to get away from the size and weight of that kind of gear more than a decade ago. And I'm certainly not going to pay the going rate for K-1 lenses.

I'm patiently waiting to see what the new APS-C flagship will be. I suspect it will be priced at about the same point as the K-1, given the price of the KR. If that's the case, Pentax will have had to advance by leaps and bounds in terms of autofocus and video capability in order for me to even consider it. I'm not holding my breath.

In the meantime, I have my micro-four thirds and Fuji gear to sustain me. I don't think I'm alone. I'm willing to bet that many other Pentaxians have been dealing with the limitations of their kit by quietly buying into other systems. That's money that isn't being spent on Pentax.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-26-2017, 06:44 AM  
For each Pentaxian buying K-1 another Nikon/Canon shooter jumped ship to Pentax
Posted By Biro
Replies: 1,039
Views: 82,382
I've been in broadcasting for over 40 years - much of it in TV. I can tell you this: While the TV set manufacturers will try to get consumers excited about 8K video, the truth is, it will be much more useful as a production tool and in movie cinemas. I have a 4K UHD set myself and it's great. But image quality isn't a dramatic leap over 1080p - not in the way HD was a leap over the standard-definition TV picture we all grew up with. 8K? On 42-to-70-inch screens? You need more real estate to see a significant difference.

In most cinemas today, a digital projection of a movie is in 4K. And it's fine. Perhaps 8K will be usefully better on screens that large. But I don't see a problem now. Now... in terms of film and TV production, it's a whole 'nother story. 8K will allow directors to crop scenes if they aren't pleased with the framing or composition. They'll be able to experiment with different approaches while actually shooting a scene only once - which keeps production costs down. 8K will be a major advancement in terms of production.

In terms of cameras that consumers can buy, perhaps 8K capability will eventually make it into most of them. But I suspect the only people really using it will be the people who buy cameras like the Panasonic GH5 today - independent filmmakers and the like. And they'll be using very expensive cini lenses on those camera bodies. Can you picture an average oerson trying to shoot, edit and store 8K home videos on their PC? Sure, it'll be possible. But 4K storage is difficult enough already for many. And how about the processing horsepower needed to render those projects. Again, it can be done. But the average schmo probably doesn't want or can't afford the computing tools needed.
Forum: Pentax K-1 04-26-2017, 06:06 AM  
K1 catching up K3 ?
Posted By Biro
Replies: 5
Views: 1,550
Don't look for any updates in a timely manner - at least not until Verizon's purchase of Yahoo is complete. Then we'll have to learn what Verizon's plans are for Oath, the Yahoo-AOL creation that's supposed to carry on from June of this year.
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