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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By microlight
Replies: 6,304
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What will you be using instead, Allen?
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 1 Day Ago  
Hi from Portsmouth
Posted By microlight
Replies: 7
Views: 162
Another welcome from (north) Hampshire!
Forum: Pentax K-3 2 Days Ago  
It's 2020 and my K-3 still rocks
Posted By microlight
Replies: 41
Views: 1,894
Enjoy the K-3II - its a brilliant camera.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Just bought a *ist DS
Posted By microlight
Replies: 11
Views: 523
I agree with Cthulhugan - apart from a brief unsuccessful flirtation with rechargeables in my *ist DS, I stuck with CR-V3 lithiums, which lasted months.
Forum: Pentax K-3 6 Days Ago  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By microlight
Replies: 79,985
Views: 3,108,718
Go out a-tootin' in your Chelsea Tractor (as we call 'em in the UK)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 6 Days Ago  
Hello from Chalcida
Posted By microlight
Replies: 13
Views: 309
Greetings from the south of England!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-03-2020, 10:55 AM  
Meet the new flagship
Posted By microlight
Replies: 765
Views: 68,508
I think the sports/action label possibly just comes from the assumption that there is no flippy screen. Interesting, as I recall a K-3II (no flippy screen) review when the camera was launched which referred to it as the perfect APS-C field camera! 😜
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-01-2020, 11:54 PM  
Hi from North Carolina
Posted By microlight
Replies: 18
Views: 502
No, it was the Switzerland Inn. Would you recommend the Big Lynn over it? Maybe next time.

Son number one is in Mooresville and he's not even remotely interested in photography. Son number two however has my old K-5, and bought a DA35/f2.8 Limited Macro for it when he was in Japan a couple of years ago. Stellar lens.

Son number three has son number two's old K-m (K2000?) and kit lens! But prefers to take photos of his food with his iPhone...
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-31-2020, 12:54 AM  
Hi from North Carolina
Posted By microlight
Replies: 18
Views: 502
Hi Kevin, welcome from the UK. My son and his family live north of Charlotte (Mooresville) and we were due to visit in September - but not at the moment, unfortunately. Last time we were there we stayed in Little Switzerland, watching the sun go down as the fireflies rose from the grass in front of the cabins...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-30-2020, 10:39 AM  
Meet the new flagship
Posted By microlight
Replies: 765
Views: 68,508
I can fantasise, can't I? 😜
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-30-2020, 01:20 AM  
Meet the new flagship
Posted By microlight
Replies: 765
Views: 68,508
I don't necessarily agree that a tilt screen is necessary for landscapes; I haven't had an issue without one. One thing that I have sometimes found though is that when using live view, the image lacks contrast on the screen due to the brightness of the sunshine. (Yes! Sunshine in the UK!) What I am keen to see is how the Knew's new OVF compares to something like the MX!
Forum: General Photography 07-27-2020, 01:19 AM  
References To Landscape Photography ?
Posted By microlight
Replies: 19
Views: 837
Hehe, well said!
Forum: General Photography 07-27-2020, 12:28 AM  
References To Landscape Photography ?
Posted By microlight
Replies: 19
Views: 837
I feel your pain, Kevin; the Good Mrs Micro has a much better artistic 'eye' for a photo than I do, so I often struggle with composition. That kind of vision is innate rather than learned, darnit! 😂

There looks to be more detail in the sky in your photo that could be brought out in ACR, before opening in PS? I love a good cloudy sky!
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-27-2020, 12:13 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By microlight
Replies: 79,985
Views: 3,108,718
Looks like F1 is returning to the Nurburgring later this year as part of the much-changed 2020 season.

I was there to watch a day of DTM racing about ten years ago.

In the days when my youngest son was car-mad.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 07-26-2020, 01:19 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By microlight
Replies: 17,023
Views: 1,184,913
S'funny, don't have any wandering across mine ...

Although I did have little visitors wandering across my MX focussing screen back in the day! 😂
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-22-2020, 03:38 AM  
Meet the new flagship
Posted By microlight
Replies: 765
Views: 68,508
I like the prism cover shape; without the forward bulge of current and past models. Silver? I don't know - maybe if it was a chromed brass top rather than paint, hang the extra weight!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-22-2020, 01:01 AM  
Making Myself Known (finally)
Posted By microlight
Replies: 10
Views: 395
Hi Mike, welcome from the south of England!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-21-2020, 11:39 AM  
Back to Pentax
Posted By microlight
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Welcome! Ask away, that's what we're here for.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-21-2020, 05:16 AM  
SMC Pentax-A 70-210mm F4
Posted By microlight
Replies: 5
Views: 545
Hello Mark, welcome! I've had one of these for a long time, although I haven't used it for quite a while. As far as I know (and I'm sure others will chip in), constant aperture only really means that the maximum aperture doesn't change throughout the zoom range, in contrast to a variable aperture zoom like the DA55-300PLM, which is f4.5 at the short end and f6.3 at the long end. Once you stop down a little then the constant aperture 'advantage' disappears since f8 is f8 regardless of maximum aperture. Practical use? Slightly more light gathering power at max zoom range, but tend to be bigger and heavier as a consequence. In normal shooting, you probably wouldn't see a difference between this lens and the 80-200 M lens, except that the latter is slightly smaller and lighter.


If you use digital as well as film, one place where it's easy to tell the difference between constant and variable aperture zoom is if you're using video - for example with my DA20-40 (variable) wide open on the K-3II then the exposure changes slightly as you change zoom level, but not with the 16-45 which is a constant aperture.
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-20-2020, 07:29 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By microlight
Replies: 79,985
Views: 3,108,718
What's ... that ... roaring noise? Oh no - poor Tokyo!
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 07-20-2020, 07:26 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By microlight
Replies: 17,023
Views: 1,184,913
GUB - sorry for the confusion, the 1957 Asahi Pentax is commonly referred to as the 'AP' but it has no other markings on it except the serial number. As Asahi didn't market directly in the USA, the cameras were imported via Sears under the name Tower 26. The only difference was the top plate which said 'Tower 26' on the prism front rather than 'Asahi Pentax', with no AOCO logo. (I think that the name was a play on the 'Sears Tower', in Chicago.) The 1958 S and then the K models had 'S' and 'K' next to the serial on the top plate; I have an S with the Tak 55/f2.2 and a K with the 55/f1.8 zebra lens. Only four thousand-odd S models were made and I don't think it was available as a Tower in the US due to this, but the K became the Tower 29 in the US. Hope this helps!
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 07-20-2020, 03:56 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By microlight
Replies: 17,023
Views: 1,184,913
Great catch! I also have a similarly minty one (see pic) on a beautiful condition 1957 AP. According to the interwebs and translated from French, '...a very specific objective, since it is of the Heliar-type formula, which makes it the only standard lens for 24x36 with the Heliar formula, and the fastest Heliar of all formats. It was sold as a "high-end" kit with the Asahiflex [M37] and was later taken up in M42 mount.' 'A very special bokeh, probably due to the Heliar formula. The resistance to flare is relatively good for an optic of around 55 years old [written in 2013], sufficiently closed it does not fear sun through the branches. The colour rendering is good. At full opening, the sharpness is quite correct, from f4 it is very good. Even closed at f8, the 12 slats allow to keep a nice round opening.' 'It is a very interesting objective, by its bokeh and its generous diaphragm in strips. It is discreet by its size (but a chrome lens does not go unnoticed).'
Forum: Pentax K-3 07-20-2020, 01:33 AM  
It's 2020 and my K-3 still rocks
Posted By microlight
Replies: 41
Views: 1,894
Welcome!

In addition, the K-3II has Astrotracer, pixel-shift, improved AF.C tracking algorithms and shake reduction panning detection.

Handling-wise, identical.
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-16-2020, 11:24 AM  
Pixel Shifted Images
Posted By microlight
Replies: 1,364
Views: 163,282
Gorgeous, Vincent. Just lovely.
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-16-2020, 12:18 AM  
Pixel Shifted Images
Posted By microlight
Replies: 1,364
Views: 163,282
Lots of pop in that one, Greg. Great shot.
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