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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-06-2019, 08:35 AM  
Amateur Photographers (UK) Predicts End for Pentax
Posted By Chester UK
Replies: 938
Views: 67,297
My 'nail in the coffin' comment refers to the letter in AP which must be unwelcome publicity for the brand's failure to deal responsibility with the problems suffered by customers who believed they were buying something that would live up to the brand's reputation for reliability. Surely the supply of the faulty or poorly built parts is something that Ricoh/Pentax should be discussing with the supplier of those parts? (to perhaps supply a better part free of charge as a replacement so that Ricoh/Pentax only have to bear the cost of fitting it in the camera bodies?).

The problems should not be dumped on the customers who purchased the camera bodies.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-05-2019, 09:04 AM  
Amateur Photographers (UK) Predicts End for Pentax
Posted By Chester UK
Replies: 938
Views: 67,297
The latest AP has a letter from somebody who has had the SAME problem with aperture control on TWO different Pentax bodies, both about 3-4 years after purchase and after careful use. This problem has been discussed elsewhere on the Pentax Forum, and the refusal of Pentax in the UK to consider fixing the camera bodies free of charge is one more 'nail in the coffin' of the brand. Sometimes the Pentax brand deserves criticism, or more accurately its attitude to its customers does.
I write as a man who has owned 3 Pentax cameras in the last 38 years, all reliable and ideal for my requirements (MX, K-10 and current K-5). But I'm very glad the my K-5 isn't on the list of models that this website has noted as having this fault.
Forum: Contest Voting 07-05-2019, 08:54 AM  
Wiesen-Storchschnabel
Posted By Chester UK
Replies: 31
Views: 259
Perfect lighting - this would look good as a large print.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-02-2019, 12:44 PM  
Field of Cowslips
Posted By Chester UK
Replies: 6
Views: 123
I'd love to know where this was taken.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-04-2019, 07:51 AM  
Springtime competition april 2019
Posted By Chester UK
Replies: 11
Views: 234
When I see this near my house I know that spring has finally arrived.
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-16-2019, 01:41 PM  
Should I buy a K-1?
Posted By Chester UK
Replies: 45
Views: 3,578
You only get prints up to 20 x 30 cm? Then the K5 you currently already has better definition than you need.
I've had good 40 x 60 cm prints from my K5 when using decent lenses, and some at 50 x 75 cm that look pretty good too, so you are not yet using the K5 to its full potential.

Or, if you have the funds, get a K1 and continue with your 20 x 30 cm prints whilst owning a camera body that should allow you to get decent 50 x 75 cm prints, and probably much larger, when used with a decent lens.

If you stick with 20 x 30 cm prints. I'd keep the K5 and spend the money on decent lenses.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-16-2019, 01:28 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #150 Poll (Machines in Motion - February 2019)
Posted By Chester UK
Replies: 63
Views: 4,380
Am I the only person bored with aeroplane and motorcycle pictures?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-10-2019, 08:27 AM  
Huff Puff
Posted By Chester UK
Replies: 4
Views: 118
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-04-2019, 02:36 PM  
February, 2019 photo contest, #150, is "Machines in Motion".
Posted By Chester UK
Replies: 8
Views: 158
Southern Railway 'Merchant Navy' class passenger locomotive 35006 'Peninsular & Oriental S.N. Co' built in 1941 with 'streamlined' casing which was later removed. The locomotive has now been restored to its condition after the streamline casing was removed, and currently operates on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway in England.

The locomotive was moving slowly towards me.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-09-2017, 08:17 AM  
The edge of the wood
Posted By Chester UK
Replies: 6
Views: 340
I love images like this - somebody has thought carefully about where to stand and get the exposure correct (the second only applies if manual exposure). Where was this taken?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-02-2016, 02:15 PM  
Tractor and Hopper
Posted By Chester UK
Replies: 9
Views: 492
My nomination for this month's competition.


I am glad to see manual exposure and white balance - I ignore entries made with automated settings.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-09-2016, 08:42 AM  
Krkonose, Czech Republic
Posted By Chester UK
Replies: 8
Views: 413
Perfect monochrome - was it raining when this shot was taken?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-06-2016, 01:43 PM  
Dominant Colour
Posted By Chester UK
Replies: 0
Views: 261
Dominant Colour competition
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-30-2016, 07:41 AM  
Alternate walk around lens for the K50 over the kit lens.
Posted By Chester UK
Replies: 110
Views: 7,320
I found a used Sigma 17-70 F2.8 - F4 in mint condition (like new, boxed) for 150 in the UK, compared with 330 for the current F2.8 - F4 model.
Using it on a K5 body, I have been impressed at all focal lengths, especially when used around F8 (as I would expect).
It's also light and compact, and I replaced the petal hood with a cheap folding/collapsing rubber hood to allow a deeper hood at 70mm.


If you don't want a zoom, but prefer something with a larger aperture, look for a used Sigma 30mm F1.4 - less versatile, but very good image quality.
I found perfect condition used one for 200 in the UK, compared with 300 new.


Don't rush to buy a NEW lens - I have only purchased one lens new in the last 20 years, which was a Tamron 18-250 mm bundled with a K10 body when these were sold off as discontinued models. The Sigma 17-70 is better, but obviously more limited in range.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-30-2016, 07:26 AM  
Poll: Help me decide: Tamron 17-50, Pentax DA 16-45, or Sigma 17-50 for my K-01
Posted By Chester UK
Replies: 38
Views: 7,105
Also consider the Sigma 17-70 F2.8 - F4.


I found a used one in mint condition (like new, boxed) for 150 in the UK, compared with 330 for the current F2.8 - F4 model.
Using it on a K5 body, I have been impressed at all focal lengths, especially when used around F8 (as I would expect).
It's also light and compact, and I replaced the petal hood with a cheap folding/collapsing rubber hood to allow a deeper hood at 70mm.
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-20-2016, 07:40 AM  
New K-5 firmware version 1.16
Posted By Chester UK
Replies: 121
Views: 40,580
Thank you - I have now checked the correct details for the K5 updates using the link you supplied.


Some of my original comments still apply - there are too many occurrences of 'Improved stability for general performance', and the specific hardware mentioned is not relevant for me.


So noting the problems some other members have had, I will stick with 1.01.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 04-04-2016, 01:57 PM  
News Lens Reviews: Reputation now awarded!
Posted By Chester UK
Replies: 21
Views: 9,135
I tried to upload 2 images to accompany my review (both 900 pixels maximum dimension, as per my gallery images), but could not see how to load them so that they appear with the text. Is this something being ironed out?


Chester
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-31-2016, 01:57 PM  
New K-5 firmware version 1.16
Posted By Chester UK
Replies: 121
Views: 40,580
Thank you 'woodworm' for your helpful advice - this tells me I have version 1.01 on my K5.


I have just checked all the index entries for 'menu' K5 operations manual, and none of them explain this.
Also, there are no index entries for 'firmware' or 'software'...


I have now found and used links from the Forum website to find the K5 Firmware update history on the Ricoh Pentax website
Latest K-5II/K-5IIs Firmware Update : Software Downloads | RICOH IMAGING


If this is complete, and not being aware of any problems with 'stability' (what a wonderfully vague term), I suspect I can safely stay with 1.01.
Some of the updates are to fix problems with earlier updates - I worked in computer programming for 20 years, and recognise the symptoms of 'fix and hope' whch is cheaper and quicker than 'fix and test before release'.
Forum: Pentax K-5 03-31-2016, 09:30 AM  
New K-5 firmware version 1.16
Posted By Chester UK
Replies: 121
Views: 40,580
How do I check version currently installed in K5 body purchased in July 2013?
I have searched the operating manual and either I have missed it or it's not in there.


Also, how can I get a helpful list of all the functions I will gain (or have to re-learn) by updating the software?


I am definitely one of those 'if it's not broken don't fix it people', so would have to be sure I am going to get something I need or want before doing any update. Since I don't use the video functions, and only the manual and 'TAV' exposure settings, it is possible that updates only relate to functions I do not use.
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