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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 3,370
Views: 548,176
All the way to 135mm max! This is indeed an amazing lens with incredible versatility and capable of very fine quality. All that in a well-built WR body that is compact as well!

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Hmm- to the moderators, this would seem better switched to the lens section with a DA 18-135mm title for the thread.

I would be suspicious regarding this purchase. Who is the seller? Is it possible to post a photo of the box?

And welcome to the forum!
Forum: Pentax KP 1 Day Ago  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 2,458
Views: 236,010
I agree 100%. Nice shot and a very good example. As to the silver backup- good idea! No telling how long or if Pentax will continue this unique and outstanding little camera. I love the look of the silver version. I got two to make sure I will have a KP for a long time!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 2 Days Ago  
D-LI90 vs D-LI90P
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 5
Views: 792
I assume the new style will come with the K-new if it uses the same battery. I am wondering why they created this incompatibility.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Time to upgrade body - always torn between the options. Help!
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 38
Views: 1,188
These shutter count expectations are approximations. Both are very strongly-built cameras. The traditional standard for a pro-style well-built body as opposed to amateur-oriented bodies for many years was 100,000. Since the KP is designed for a pro-style compact field body, and for advanced photographers wanting a compact field body, and is not of an amateur-oriented quality and design, you will not find a SCENE setting on the mode dial. You will not be able to get automatic exposure based on specific "Scenes". The same with the K-3 series or K-5 series, and previous flagship models. This means you are expected to know or to learn how to deal with these "scenes" and their lighting challenges on your own.

You don't miss what you never had, but when using that fine Sigma 50mm macro lens for some down low macro work, for instance, you will definitely appreciate the KP's tilt-out rear screen!! Same for other tripod work when set well below eye level. There are advantages and disadvantages, but the advantages of the KP's tilt-out screen vs. the swing-out type are- 1. stronger, more solid construction and 2. can fit into smaller areas as it does not expand beyond the camera width, it stays lined up with the camera.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Pentax DA 18-50mm HD WR
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 9
Views: 647
Another exceptional shot for such a "lowly" lens. So you do have the HD version. BTW, the HD version is not normally a kit lens. The DA-L was offered at something like $40 over the bargain price of the K-S2 body at the time, so of course I took it. Same optics as the HD version, but without the HD coatings.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Wide lens for shooting insides museums and such
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 42
Views: 1,665
Congrats! I have that lens also, and it is so remarkably compact it lives in the front accessory pocket of my mid-sized belt-loop+shoulder-strap holster type camera case! A little jewel of a lens. It is a delightful lens to use and delivers very fine imaging.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Time to upgrade body - always torn between the options. Help!
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 38
Views: 1,188
As above ^^ , and, if needed, an attachable GPS module is available and not very expensive. The K-3 II has built-in GPS, but uses the space usually taken for a built-in flash so it was none.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Time to upgrade body - always torn between the options. Help!
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 38
Views: 1,188
Definitely. I've have the KP for more than a couple of years now. In addition, I have the very small but nice K-S2 bought new after the K-70 came, which is built and designed very like the K-70, although the K-70 is slightly larger. I then gave away my still nice K-r to friends. I also continue with my former flagship K-5 IIs, built much like the subsequent K-3. My KP is now my most used body, by far.

Your statements show you are very much interested in durability and reliability as well as improved performance. There is no comparison in these factors between a K-70 or K-S2 compared against a KP or a K-3. The price of a new KP is now at bargain level for what it is. I just checked B&H (if you are in the US) where I bought mine, and at $747- an outstanding price for a camera in this class. I've seen similar from them before, but then the price went back up some. They guarantee the price will not go lower for some period, as I recall, or they will refund the difference. You can even get a package with useful items thrown in for free. I got mine in silver, and it is a beauty! Looks great with black or with silver lenses. Metal construction (magnesium alloy, strong and lightweight) and controls designed far above the K-70 style. The "silver" version of the K-70 is too dark and does not match the silver lenses. Don't get me wrong, the K-70 (or the previous K-S2) both are outstanding for an entry-level DSLR. But the KP is in another class, and YES worth a couple hundred more $$. Coming from your K-r, it will mean improvements measured in miles not inches. Controls, construction, durability, reliability, image quality, features, and useful versatility. The KP can outperform the K-3 in low light-higher ISO situations, for all-around great imaging. And you'd have a new vs. used camera.

As to lenses, for now, your DA 35mm f/2.4, can provide very sharp results and has a versatile angle of view for all-around use. Your Pentax AF 50mm 1.4 is a very capable lens (great for portraits), as is your fine Sigma 50mm macro. Your DA 50-200mm can be quite good, especially at certain apertures and zoom settings. Take your time going forward as to which will be your next new lens choice to expand your focal length range. There are numerous options depending on your particular needs, that will definitely be better than your former 18-55mm kit lens.

Some of the deals bundling lenses with the KP might not be deals at all, comparing the prices of the individual items.

If you like the convenience of excellent JPEG results right out of the camera, just be sure to set "Fine Sharpening" in the Custom Image menus, especially in the most often-used "Bright" category, accessed via the "info" button. The KP's in-camera image processor is exceptional. Stay away from having the mode dial on the green "Auto" setting, as that disables many controls and adjustments. Use the "P" mode instead if you want fully automatic exposure operation.

And welcome to the forum!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 3 Days Ago  
Quality/Reliability Issues w/ DFA* 50 F1.4 & DA*50-135
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 15
Views: 758
I cannot comment by first-hand experience, since the SDM of my own copy of the DA* 50-135mm I bought new some 10 years ago has worked just fine despite often sitting for months or even years between uses (hope this continues!), I've read comments of those who've converted theirs to screw-driven saying AF speed is improved. Others, however, say not. I do know the AF of my screw-driven lenses has improved, being faster and more sure on my KP- another benefit from getting this exceptional body. Perhaps those lenses having their own motor systems are not as camera-dependent for their AF, and thus no difference can be gained from camera advancements with these lenses- that is unclear to me. But without question, it is possible to upgrade AF performance of a screw-driven lens via an upgrade in camera design. That and reliability can be an advantage.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Pentax DA 18-50mm HD WR
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 9
Views: 647
The lens description does not indicate whether this is the DA-L kit lens or the HD version. I got the DA-L kit version with a bargain deal for the outgoing K-S2, included for next to nothing over the bargain price for the body only, after the K-70 was announced. My copy performs well, in fact better than the older 18-55mm II kit lens I had, and its super-compact design makes it relegated for use when I need that aspect.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 5 Days Ago  
Quality/Reliability Issues w/ DFA* 50 F1.4 & DA*50-135
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 15
Views: 758
If you don't have a capable camera to implement screw-driven operation, I'd suggest contacting UncleVanya.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Thoughts.
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 15
Views: 1,008
You are better off getting a suitable 1.4x TC matched for the Sigma, which should work well enough. However, if you like the compact lightweight aspect of the DA 55-300mm PLM along with the compact KP design, as well as its very good AF performance, it delivers very fine results. But with this lens you'd be better off to just crop your images rather than trying with a TC. The IQ of the KP is such you can get this degree of cropping without significant IQ loss, less so than with a TC.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Suggestion for buying a beginner-to-intermediate Pentax?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 30
Views: 1,408
Another big vote in favor of trying for the KP! Even if you have to save up the money! If you land one in top shape with low use, it has a very durable metal construction build quality with WR (strong but lightweight magnesium alloy), yet is compact for its class, which should deliver many years of pleasure and great results for you. The KP will afford you major gains in image quality and in greater capability such as in low light photography, which is even superior to the K-3. Its controls and features also represent a major upgrade for you. Its tilting rear screen is great for shooting from overhead or on a tripod set at a lower position.

The KP's in-camera processor is also exceptional if you like the convenience of JPEG images right out of he camera. Just avoid having your mode dial set to the green "Auto" position, which disables many controls and adjustments. Use the "P" mode instead for fully automatic exposure, and remember to set up "Fine Sharpening" in the "Custom Image" processing menus, especially in the most often-used "Bright" category. This is easy to do, accessible via the "info" button.

Welcome to the forum! We are here for you to help in any way we can.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-04-2020, 09:44 PM  
Poll: What will the new flagship APS-C be called?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 70
Views: 4,158
I will be surprised if the final product becomes available before a successful covid 19 vaccine is announced, but maybe I am wrong. Some people are still traveling though within a reduced range. In addition, photography could serve yet more than usual as a comforting distraction during difficult times. OTOH, if announced soon after the emergence of an effective vaccine, buying such a very advanced and outstanding new camera could be seen as an attractive way to celebrate!

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I don't think it will be K-3 III. The K-3 II was named so because it is still essentially a K-3 but with upgrades- same with the K-5 II. As represented, and after taking such a lengthy period of time, the new camera will evidently be a completely new design.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-04-2020, 01:18 PM  
10 reasons I will not buy K new
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 53
Views: 2,658
I do believe we will see these improvements along with the best APS-C VF ever, including perhaps even better DR over the KP. And it should then be a double quantum leap over the K-3, otherwise why bother putting it out there? Its size I expect will be similar, so it is not designed to compete as being comparable to the compact APS-C mirrorless crowd. The KP already does that quite nicely.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-04-2020, 12:50 PM  
Why not a Titanium edition ?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 29
Views: 1,386
The silver option is to match the finish with the silver lenses, and these go way back. I am (possibly-we'll see) looking forward to the K-new silver version. It was long in coming with the KP, should have been right along, since the lenses were already there. My silver KP looks great with a silver or a black lens, but extra-great with a silver lens. Even my ancient but excellent FA* 300mm f/4.5, which typically was available in silver, is a good match and looks great on my KP.

I could never fathom why the silver version of the K-70 is of a darker tone and does not match the silver lenses at all! Yet the lenses match up well with the very old, and mostly inexpensive silver 35mm film bodies!

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Right! The magnesium-alloy concept was and is a very good step forward. Light, strong, and well-damped. (glad you didn't write "dampening"- after all, WR is included too!) And you don't find many others of this construction at the price point of a new KP, in addition to its great performance, even right out of the camera!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-03-2020, 07:21 PM  
Wide lens for shooting insides museums and such
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 42
Views: 1,665
The DA* 11-18mm f/2.8 is a good suggestion, yet it is a bulky lens. However, the K-new will undoubtedly be a game-changer as to low light performance with higher ISO settings having little or no loss of quality. This can yield results from a slower lens with low noise comparable to what you'd get from a faster lens at much lower ISO with your K-50, yet with better IQ.

I bought the Sigma 10-20mm f/3..5 and have been very happy with the quality it delivered in low light performance on my KP. The cost was a fraction of that Pentax DA* lens, yet only about 1/2 stop slower, and also 1/2 stop faster than the very good Pentax DA 12-24mm f/4. . But they are getting quite hard to find, since unfortunately Sigma evidently did not sell enough of them to continue making this model in the Pentax mount. The DA 15mm f/4 with its amazingly small size is appealing for such use, but its edge performance at wider aperture could be better.

Unfortunately, the Pentax DA 12-24mm f/4 is also discontinued. it and the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 can provide very fine performance if you can find a good used copy or a left-over new one. Very good to excellent edge-to-edge performance, and distortion in the mid focal-length area is nearly nonexistent. Lets hope Pentax will provide an updated version of the DA 12-24mm f/4 having WR and a DC motor for a more affordable WA zoom lens to be available.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-02-2020, 06:56 PM  
10 reasons I will not buy K new
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 53
Views: 2,658
Well, I have skipped quite a few new models. Never found interest in the K-7 instead getting a new left over K20D for 1/2 price with a free 5 year Pentax warranty. Eventually went on to a new K-5 and K-5 IIs, the latter for 1/2 price after the K-3 arrived. I still consider it a fine camera, and think very highly of its controls layout. Never got the K-30/K-50 style, nor the K-S1 or K01, got a deal for the little K-S2 new instead after the K-70 came. It's great in a belt pack with the little DA-L 18-50mm anytime when super-compact matters. Never got the K-3 and certainly not the K-3 II. The KP interested me right away. I like it so much I got another.

Nonetheless, over time it is still easy to accumulate too much if you never sell anything. For me, extra-fine results and useful, efficient functionality are what it should bring to interest me. It might balance even better than my K-5 IIs as my KP's alternate when I don't need the KP's less bulky and lighter advantage, and prefer a meatier body with more dedicated controls. The new VF sounds interesting for starters.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-02-2020, 03:31 PM  
10 reasons I will not buy K new
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 53
Views: 2,658
I am thoroughly delighted with mine. Its compact design concept is so unique and useful, its construction and performance so fine, I think it should be continued in the lineup along with the K-new.

I also hope the K-new's processor will be as good for delivering very fine time-saving results in right out of camera JPEGs not just RAW images. Since I often do not bother with post-process, this is for me very important.

I have the GPS unit but have never used it. I sometimes do use the built-in flash for fill and for grab shots, so I'd prefer having one over GPS, which can still be added anyway. But if K-new has none, I do have the very small and inexpensive but nice Pentax AF 201FG pocketable flash with WR and tilt. So not a total impediment for me.

Someone has said they are glad it does not have a tilting rear screen- not me. They said having that ruins the smooth appearance they like. My silver KP looks wonderful from all angles, and I think functionality rules over such minute concerns. The only reason I can think of for such an omission, is having a larger screen on a still-compact design for the type of camera means being out of room for the necessary frame. But we haven't seen the final product. I can take it without, but much prefer having the tilting screen for shooting from a lower setup, or overhead, etc. I think Pentax should continue this advantage, already established with the K-1 and KP.

I hope it will still have the power zoom contacts as using these old lenses can be fun.

Good to learn their plan is to run the new model in both black and silver to match their lens lineup. I love the look of my silver KP.

I am also in the "too may cameras" club. If I decide to get the new camera it will not be right away-it will be wait and see. Then eventually I will sell my K20D and original K-5 but keep my K-5 IIs as sort of a "beater" camera. I must get around to selling some (now un)used stuff!

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Those main concerns being successfully addressed, I agree with Sandy here!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-02-2020, 02:55 PM  
BatteryGrip/Gimbal Problem Solved!
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 3
Views: 573
This is additionally interesting.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-02-2020, 02:49 PM  
Problem with K-50
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 15
Views: 723
Absolutely. They are inexpensive and widely-sold, in addition to being easy to use. They connect via USB, and then you can already have a new folder made and named to select for your download. And welcome to the forum!
Forum: Pentax KP 08-01-2020, 09:00 PM  
CLARITY; a menu setting
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 5
Views: 421
Could be useful for certain scenes. Handy enough to try it out and see.

For JPEG images, to achieve excellent fine detail when using high-quality lenses, it is of benefit to implement "Fine Sharpening" in the Custom Image menus, accessible via the "info" button, especially in the most often-used "Bright" category. Be sure not to have your mode dial on the green auto setting, however, as this will not allow adjustments or use of many controls, and will choose whatever Custom Image category the camera deems appropriate.
Forum: Pentax KP 08-01-2020, 08:24 PM  
KP look and feel
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 18
Views: 988
I too own 2 KP bodies. Although having got used to shooting with the now-considered very meaty K20D, then for me now still current K-5 IIs, I never had any problem subsequently adjusting to the KP. My hand size is medium or medium-large... doesn't matter. I knew ahead that the grip would feel different with the KP just by looking at its design. Reminds me more of my compact film bodies. That for me was an attraction- not as bulky. So I handle as I would one of my old film bodies. Currently on one KP I have the smallest grip with a Limited lens on it, while on the other I have the larger grip with the DA* 50-135mm lens on it. Both feel just fine, as I handle accordingly.

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Yes, it would! I prefer using the battery grip with larger lenses like my Pentax FA* 300mm f/4.5 (though it is compact for what it is) for better balance when just holding on between shots. The battery grip provides a great deal more gripping area. It is even more comfortable to hold in the vertical position, even just for holding on between shooting. And the combined weight with the battery grip is only about the same as the K-3 II alone, but can provide even more battery life.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-01-2020, 07:48 PM  
What if you get a K1 in a K3 APS-C package?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 38
Views: 2,261
I think what is going on here is a misinterpretation of the information contained in the released video. The newly designed VF is NOT a "full-frame" OVF in the new APS-C body, as far as I was reading it as they spoke in Japanese. The way it came across to me, the new VF is significantly improved in terms of brightness and clarity, as well as in magnification, and in these regards comparable to an excellent FF VF. It was NOT said to provide a FF FOV. Such a thing would be a mismatch, going beyond 100% coverage.

That said, my impression also is that the new camera will present improvements significant enough to close the quality gap between APS-C and FF even more. The mighty little KP has already done a fine job of that, and this may well make that gap very small indeed! I hope the new model will also follow the KP's example in its processor for turning out great images right out of the camera.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-01-2020, 07:11 PM  
Poll: What will the new flagship APS-C be called?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 70
Views: 4,158
Whatever it winds up being, it will probably follow the Pentax tradition of nothing logical. How could they find logic in coming out with a K-3 replacing the K-5? Then a FF model named the K-1??? Why can they not employ a logical numbers and letters development series like Nikon, Canon and others? You know, just counting as in 1,2,3,4, etc. or a,b,c,d, etc?? And not start in the middle. Then they wouldn't paint themselves into a naming corner. When their reduced-size replacement for the K-20D (wow, going from K10D to K20D WAS logical for a change) they distinguished the new compact design with a new way of numbering- so why start that with K-7? Why not K-1 for it, then K-3 (the skip to avoid confusing with the old film body K-2) then K-4, then K-5, etc. So what is wrong with correcting this situation by simply filling in the unused numbers, so the upcoming model would be the K-4? If the next after will be the same model with a few upgrades, then do the same as with the K-3, make it K-4 II. If the next after will be a redesign, then go to K-6. The unique concept of the KP is distinguished by using two bold letters, But why start with a "P"? (Maybe some designer's initial?) Why not KA? or if wanting only consonants, KB? There are many ways of establishing a logical sequence.

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I too like this idea, since the new VF is apparently one of its outstanding features. Then they could logically name it K-SP1 and this concept could go on as K-SP2, on infinitum.
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