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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-02-2010, 02:00 AM  
Neck Strap Issue Has Struck My K-7
Posted By nakey
Replies: 12
Views: 2,862
Sup Guys? :D

For the record, my baby's on about 52K shots (near double when the strap lug fell off). I haven't heard the nut rattle. i don't think the issues my baby's having has anything to do with the lug not being there (battery and freezing issues from using 3rd party batteries, a few stuck pixels, half it's shutter life in just over a year)

However, i did almost drop it last weekend... i'm hoping this strap lug problem isn't an issue on the K-5..
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-02-2010, 02:31 PM  
540FGZ Stuck Pin Revisited
Posted By nakey
Replies: 13
Views: 3,731
imma gonna throw this one out for the Engineers...

I didn't have a Pin locking problem on my (now long gone) AF540FGZ. Far from it...

In fact, when i had the lever locked, pin (in theory) down onto my K200D (at the time) being held above my head on a monopod, it seems the pin didn't engage... And slid off and hit me in the head....

the K200D-540FGZ connection, at least for me, failed miserably in the months before it's death.. it would slide off enough to engage TTL (non-preflash) mode on the flash, which caused over exposure on the K200D.

It's why i've replaced it with a Metz 48 (which is now kinda faulty for different reasons), a Nikon SB26 and a YN460II...
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-08-2010, 11:45 AM  
645D Review 7th June
Posted By nakey
Replies: 9
Views: 5,562
And when i had that bundle of sex in my hands at PMA Melbourne on saturday, it was set to ISO1000...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-08-2010, 01:06 AM  
PMA Australia speaks of a 21MP Pentax!
Posted By nakey
Replies: 269
Views: 44,858
Whilst i don't mind some sigma lenses, i do agree. pairing the 18-125, 18-50DC and 55-200DC wasn't a bright decision.. if only i knew back in 05 when i got my *ist DS

(in retrospec, the 18-125 isn't bad, if only the barrel distortions wern't so pronounced on it at wide as my Tammy 18-200)

Still funny that one of the CRK reps go "it's good value compared to the Hassy", then i turn the corner and they're trying to flog the hassy as good value :lol:

Oh man, is the 645D sexy or what... and they had the Kore Ja Nai Roboto K-X there too...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-07-2010, 09:09 PM  
PMA Australia speaks of a 21MP Pentax!
Posted By nakey
Replies: 269
Views: 44,858
another perspective from another PMA attendee...



i remember hearing that too... hmm...



i remember hearing that too.. i'm wondering if you're the guy who was waiting with me when someone took out their (pink) canon P&S to take a shot of it..

I'm the one with the handgrip and missing strap lug on my K7


that's not what i heard...

High 13K - low 14K, but for the KIT!!!

Also, first 2 shipments to Australia are either sold out, or will be...

Kinda ironic though that CRK were also selling it's direct competition on the other side of their booth (H4D-40 for slightly under AU20K)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-27-2010, 09:18 AM  
Poll: How long will you wait for a Pentax FF?
Posted By nakey
Replies: 74
Views: 10,533
Paraphraising Ben...


This should actually be one of the options.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-25-2010, 11:29 PM  
Will the 67 to 645 adapter make a comeback?
Posted By nakey
Replies: 27
Views: 5,480
Sure, it's listed on the English Pentax Japan's Website. But why stop there? Why not buy one from Pentax Japan's webshop?

23,625 Yen

EDIT: no, i don't believe Pentax Japan's Webshop ships overseas....
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-18-2010, 06:34 AM  
K-x sightings!
Posted By nakey
Replies: 29
Views: 4,505
Am i just lucky, or are there really a dearth of K-xs out there?

Last sunday, at the 11th Annual Japan Festival in Box Hill, Victoria


Black with F70-210


Red with Red DA-L kit


White with some FA lens (looks FA LTD to me)

yeah, some of them aren't clear, but most are rushed shots...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-14-2010, 05:01 AM  
Pentax Rainbow K-x
Posted By nakey
Replies: 90
Views: 18,179
Maybe you should seriously think about it.

Let's be realistic here. you're not going to see a rainbow tower records or Kore Ja Nai Roboto in the shops. that the 100 colour option is Japanese only shows why they're marketing it only to them. It'll sell to them and them only. Yes, there's more colours available for the US market, but that's only because people have been asking about them.

What Pentax Japan do with their colour scheme is only important to me because it will promote people buying pentax, which means more money for R&D, which mean more money for them to roll out the good stuff.

And you really want a super-tele, the FA*600mm F4 is still available, albeit on special order... Why bother spending R&D when they have a great 600mm already for those who do want it...

If someone picking some weird colour is making you question the professionality of a company, maybe you should switch.. Cause clearly, having a black K-x is far more professional choice than others out there.. like the K7...



I'm 26, and i do that anyway...


EDIT: with my own money, yeah I'd get black too. But given a camera, I'll shoot with anything. it should be about the picture, not what takes it...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-13-2010, 05:13 AM  
Pentax Rainbow K-x
Posted By nakey
Replies: 90
Views: 18,179
OMG! *head blows*

THAT'S FREAKING BRILLIANT!! FRUiTs and the Harajuku bound aren't the type to carry a "serious black" camera.

I can see a shiro-loli carrying a white K-x. How about a 2 tone, silver and black K-x, in leather eveready case, with a DA LTD? perfect for EGA! something bright pink for an ama-loli perhaps?

Sure, it's a small market, but like this and the Kore Ja Nai roboto one, it's all Japanese.

Localised Marketing. a red/white/blue K-x for Americans. Green and Gold for the Aussies. Maybe one in Hatsune Miku colours like the JR bulletrain (though i like Project Diva colours better =3)

and, if none of them suits you, you still can get it in black....
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-13-2010, 04:48 AM  
K-x sightings!
Posted By nakey
Replies: 29
Views: 4,505
I'm yet to finish processing my Zombie Shuffle pics, but...



K-x, taken by my K7
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-09-2010, 08:20 AM  
Silly Question
Posted By nakey
Replies: 32
Views: 7,836
one $5 9LED one in my EDC bag (when i find a nice cheap holster, i'll start carrying it on my belt). i generally carry a $15 1W LED one if i know i'll need more power.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-03-2010, 06:34 PM  
Pentax High ISO Gallery - post here
Posted By nakey
Replies: 1,383
Views: 291,714
First set was ISO3200

Second one was ISO1600
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-02-2010, 12:17 PM  
Pentax High ISO Gallery - post here
Posted By nakey
Replies: 1,383
Views: 291,714
Pentax K7 + Tamron 18-200 + Metz 48 firing at 1/8 power + LR3 Beta 2







Pentax K7 + Sigma 18-125 + Metz firing at 1/8 power bounced + LR3 Beta 2 pushed almost one stop

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-02-2010, 09:08 AM  
Ads that Pentax should run...
Posted By nakey
Replies: 83
Views: 16,397
I feel the need to fix this lack of image in my previous post.. so...



Had to redo the image. didn't have my original one.

while i'm at it...

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-01-2010, 04:17 AM  
Pentax strategy
Posted By nakey
Replies: 30
Views: 5,908
Because clearly a DA lens designed in the 1990s would make total sense

As has been said before, there's been no new FA lens since 03. it would be foolish to kepp R&D money on a format they don't intend to take up in the future. all the properly new lenses, whether they're codeveloped with Tokina or Pentax's own designs, are all DAs.



I hate car analogies. I hate them as much as i do Paedophiles, White Supremacists, Pauline Hanson, Canon Australia, Mac/Linux fanboys, and the XD card. But if i may...

Take the Ford Focus. your standard base model (DA) is simple and utilitarian. Spend a little bit more and you get to the higher spec mode (DA LTDs) with all the mod cons like a metal body or 6 CD surround sound stereo with satnav. then there's a Focus XR5/ST (DA*). Feels totally different in it's handling and performance.

At the end of the day, all 3 models are the same Focus. Just different spec levels.

It's also kinda well known that the current ford Focus is based on the Mazda 3 (FA) not surprising when they're all part of the one big company (Pentax)

And back to cameras, the D-FAs are only rebodied FA macro lenses with a more advanced SMC coat that helps enhance their performance on digital bodies. Just like the change from D-FA to D-FA WR, it's not a significant engineering change, not compared to making a whole new lens like the DA*60-250...



because the chances of the R&D staff in 1980 being exactly the same as the one in 1990, 2000 and 2010 is really high...



They're perfectly consistent based on what lens generation they are. all the Ks look the same. All the Ms look the same. Same for the As, A*s, Fs, FAs, FA LTDs, FA*s. DAs, DA-Ls, DA LTDs, DA WRs, and DA*s. the only except is the D-FAs where the newer D-DA WR looks more like an LTD rather than D-FA.



Again, i ask you. how useful is the DA35's smaller image circle and lack of aperture ring on a K1000? you're also forgetting that the 31LTD's F1.8 is 1 1/3 stop faster than the DA35 macro's F2.8. that is quite a bit of light. and in Film, that extra light is important especially since high ISO films are very grainy, and you can't change your ISO unless you change your film.

on a personal note: there are plenty of instances where i find the FA50mm too long. if i wanted 35mm F2.8, i'd be using my Tamron 17-50 F2.8, and where i'd want the 31LTD, the F2.8 is far too slow either because of bokeh or lack of light. I want the 31LTD because it suites my shooting where the DA35 Macro doesn't. the DA35mm Macro suits my shooting where the 31LTD doesn't.



Gaps based on who's opinion? where i see gaps in the Pentax line, i either see them filled wonderfully by a third party (EG: Sigma's orgasmic 70-200 F2.8 DG HSM and the new CZ based Hartblei super-rotator T/S lenses), or unfilled on any mount (EG: Small, affordable, lightweight, weathersealed superzoom on Crop. the only lens that comes even remotely close is Canon's 28-300L which is neither small, lightweight, or cheap). the spread of currently available primes from 14 mm up to 300mm is well sorted.



When Canon shooters are willing to disassemble and modify FA31mm LTDs and A50mm F1.2s to put onto their 5Ds, and when Pentax LTD primes have the reputation of excellence that is unmatched by any save some of the cosina made VL & CZ primes, i don't think we need to make them any more seducing or attractive.

IF i see gaps in the Pentax system, it ain't their bodies OR lenses...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-30-2010, 01:08 PM  
Pentax strategy
Posted By nakey
Replies: 30
Views: 5,908
The longest telephoto, by custom order only, is still the Pentax FA* 600mm F4 ED(IF).

whilst i'm here preparing for a Zombie Shuffle...



how are they isolated? They're all K-mount derivatives. it's one thing to say the new FA645 55mm SDM won't fit on a K7, but there's nothing stopping you from mounting any of the K-mount lenses on a current Crop KAF3 camera



It would be pretty silly to have 2 teams tasked to develop the D-FA and FA line, given that there hasn't been a new FA design since the FA31mm LTD in 03, and the D-FA 100mm Macro WR is (as far as my research says) the same optical formula as in the non-WR D-FA macro, as well as the FA macro and F macro.

Again, they're not isolated and if anything, the majority of FA lenses were developed well before Pentax even thought of the MZ-D, whilst most of the DA lenses were developed after the release of the *ist D in 03.

there's also the note that a lot of Pentax's Digital lenses were co-developed with another company, saving R&D resources. In one case, the DA18-250, Pentax took an existing Tamron lens and rebadged and recased it.



will the FA31LTD do Macro? will the DA31 work without vignetting on my Film K1000. Can i afford either when the FA35 F2 is a nice cheap in-between step..



Will the DA40 work fine on my K1000?



and other gaps would be introduced if pentax were to consolidate as per your suggestion.


You don't. others do. I would if i could afford some more lenses since i want a wide angle close focusing lens like the DA35LTD for some of my hobbies.


all of which are too look for my macro usage.


... on the assumption that the ONLY thing you're using a D-FA 100mm for is Macro...

the D-FA 100mm is the right size for my portraiture and has nice bokeh imo, but far far too long for my macro work. shame i didn't pick one up when i was in japan...



Same with Full Frame discussions. Doesn't mean they're not stupid, banal, and from people who really need to drop K-mount and go to Canon or Nikon...

Yes, i took out "good reason" for a "good reason"


Sand. Rain. Seasalt, Tomato and Barbeque sauce. Fake blood. I've seen Canons and Nikons die in the same usage i put my K200D and K7 though. And i've seen people not take their cameras in similar situations.



there's no doubting that the current lenses won't last as long as, say, an M lens (hell, my Tamron 18-200's falling apart...), but i would want it to fall apart later, given the abuse i give my cameras and lenses and the conditions that it goes through, rather than some similarly priced DSLR or lenses that isn't build as strongly.



Where is the assumption that having WR adds significantly to the cost? to get K7 kind of sealing with Canon or Nikon, you're looking no less than the 1D and D3 series. On it's own, the 18-55WR and 50-200WR aren't significantly more expensive. Sure, the DA*s are fairly expensive as Pentax lenses go, but they're no more expensive than equivalent Canon Ls and Nikon pro lenses.

Don't make the assumption that WR isn't anybody's requirement. It was one of mine, and one of the reason i stayed with a K200D and instead of moving to the 450D & D60. It's the reason i stayed with the K7 instead of moving to a D90 or 50D



Admittedly, Pentax's SDM implementation in-lens leaves a lot to be desired. But the contacts are already there (they are old Power Zoom contacts). why not use them for something?

however, the problem did exist. the speed of the screwdrive AF, pre K20/200D generation, wasn't exactly brilliant. It was also noisy. Sure, the SDM isn't Canon L USM silent, but it was a damn sight better than anything on screwdrive.

a full move to SDM can't happen as Pentax's DA LTD pancake lenses don't have the physical space to have one. If pentax can implement a ring type USM motor like in Canon's USM or Nikon's AF-S, then SDM on K-mount becomes decidely more appealing. My friends with Sigma HSM lenses on their Pentax DSLRs dont' seem to complain....

you're also saying this as if no other company has ever had to decide on whether to put AF motors in the body or lens...



So? 2 good, well segmented bodies isn't a bad thing...



with 4, yes, FOUR, in the entry level bracket. all varying so little that video and price point is the segmentation.



i count 7 (D3000, D5000, D90, D300s. D700, D3S, D3X) and Again, all so close that they overlap.



*points to the 645D* It's a high end market that Canon or Nikon don't have campers high-end enough to compete in.

Realistically, the high end market is small. 5-9% or so. Sure, everyone with a Digital Rebel wants an FF, but how many are actually going to pony up the funds to do so.

for a company so small with such a small sales percentage, there are events i go to that have more Pentaxes than FF cameras from the 3 FF makers combined. and invariably, unless they're pros, if it starts to pour they'll be the first ones under cover protecting their FF bodies..
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-15-2010, 06:08 AM  
K7 Strap lug problem
Posted By nakey
Replies: 23
Views: 5,223
there is a nut. i can see it, but it doesn't rattle
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-14-2010, 05:52 AM  
K7 Strap lug problem
Posted By nakey
Replies: 23
Views: 5,223
bought in august. so yeah, still under warranty. i'll give them a call Thursday about it



thread on lug hasn't been stripped. nut isn't behind the hole anymore so i cant' thread it back in.



last time i did that, i killed a *ist DS....



i can't hear the nut rattling inside. seems fine to shoot with.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-13-2010, 07:11 AM  
K7 Strap lug problem
Posted By nakey
Replies: 23
Views: 5,223
nope, though it looks like someone on another forum i posted this on does that.

I put normal keyrings on mine, and put the hook on the triangle rings so that i can remove and replace straps at will. All my cameras (K200D, K7, K1000, Nikon FM10) have that.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-13-2010, 06:54 AM  
K7 Strap lug problem
Posted By nakey
Replies: 23
Views: 5,223
so.. uh... has anyone else had this problem?



Don't know how it happened tbh. took photos at a beach, all fine. the week after (easter monday), took it out of my bag to take photos, it rattled a bit, then came off :(

Would love to send it in to Pentax australia/CR Kennedy, but i'm still unemployed, i still don't trust them to repair it properly (IE: look at my K200D :() and i'll need it at a convention this weekend

apart from the shutter count (27.6K), it doesn't really get abused. the straps shouldn't have torqued it out anyway. firstly cause i can't see a strap applying too much force to it, and secondly because my strap has turnbuckles to stop the strap twisting



(yup, that's the bit that came out of that hole... inb4"that's what she said")

right lug still feels solid.. but i'm a little skeptical... and i cant' find my Fastenr for my R-strap
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-13-2010, 06:31 AM  
Pentax Abandoned K200D Users...
Posted By nakey
Replies: 112
Views: 16,243
i wouldn't mind a copy of the firmware.. i'm wondering if my problems with my own, dropped and subsequently repaired, K200D, could be fixed with a reflash of the firmware..

it seems to have trouble focusing under 70mm with any lens except my K7's 18-55WR... and apart from being well out of warranty (and me being poor), i don't exactly trust CRK....


Otherwise, i can't see the need for updated firmware either..
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 09-19-2009, 06:59 AM  
K7 video and Memory cards, or how to fix a 720P problem
Posted By nakey
Replies: 53
Views: 16,359
yes,cause we're all made of money... :hmm:

i got the K7 on a tax return. it's either hope my tax return can give me a good enough pentax body (which happened), replace my broken K200D with a secondhand Nikon and 1 lens (a far cheaper option than anything from pentax, even secondhand), or stop shooting altogether.

Fact is, if the K7 didn't do video, the Ultra IIs would be fast enough for me. but it does, and i intend to use it. there should be no reason an Ultra II card can't record for more than 4 minutes on 720P when it does absolutely perfectly fine on 1024P.

i'can't spending quarter of the RRP of the K7 (for the record, i got mine for AU1705, but RRP is AU$2000) on the amount of 16GB Extreme IIIs i need. i don't have that kind of money. i also don't intend to skip lunch, dinner or rent to get it either.



Mac, 16GB extreme III, high speed reader, see comment about money....

EDIT:


see, that's weird. 1024P is perfectly fine for my ultra IIs. it's just 720P. I get the temp warning after a while, but i've had the camera stop recording 720P without showing the temp warning.



same. but i kinda need a little more space than 1 8GB extreme III



unfortunately, some pirates v ninja fights and para para dances take longer than 5 minutes... crazy cosplayers...

Again, if the K7 didn't do video, i wouldn't be asking this question, and i'm perfectly fine with the slower speed of the Ultra IIs for normal still shooting. I know someone else on another forum that's having the same problems as i'm having.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 09-19-2009, 12:47 AM  
K7 video and Memory cards, or how to fix a 720P problem
Posted By nakey
Replies: 53
Views: 16,359
what's people's recommendation for cheap memory cards for good video? or am i asking the impossible?

i've got some Sandisk Ultra II cards, the 15mb/sec ones, and while they're fine at 1536x1024, they won't record more than about 4 minutes on 720P.

anyone got any ideas?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-17-2009, 02:03 AM  
Wow - K-x has 20 body colors and 5 grips colors in Japan!
Posted By nakey
Replies: 109
Views: 28,968
i'm still not buying one unless it's in hello kitty pink and dripping in swarovsky crystals...
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