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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-01-2019, 10:25 AM  
Hd fa35/2
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 70
Views: 6,323
I like the idea of bringing out current out of production versions or the classic primes with the new HD coatings. FA28 anyone? I have the F28 which is overall a very capable lens indeed. Same goes for the wonderful FA135 F2.8. Even the current FA50 F1.4 would benefit from the new coatings, but that won't happen now that the huge, stunning but very expensive DFA* version is out. Maybe the FA50 F1.7 would be a worthy contender.
Anyway I digress. I am hoping someone can do a full on test, including a side by side comparison of both the new FA and the DA on the K-1 sooner rather than later.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-31-2019, 01:47 PM  
Hd fa35/2
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 70
Views: 6,323
I am very tempted by the HD-FA 35, as I don't have the original SMC-FA version.
However, I DO have the SMC-DA F2.4 version which I use a lot on the K-1 and rather like.
The crux of the matter, reading the comments, if the DA35 really is F2-2.1 in reality and not F2.4, would there be any point having the new lens. Yes I have various film bodies too, about 50% can control the aperture, so not a big issue.

So, I would welcome an early comparison test of the HD-FA and SMC-DA versions sooner rather than later, to see if it worth getting it.
Forum: General Photography 02-19-2019, 11:43 AM  
Martin Parr at Manchester Art Gallery
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 0
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I saw the thread about the Don McCullin exhibition, and thought I would mention to those interested, that Martin Parr also has an Exhibition on in Manchester. Well worth going to. I have been several times and admired the photographs.
Mind you, it helps that I only work around the corner.

Link to the Exhibition is here:-

Martin Parr: Return to Manchester | Manchester Art Gallery
Forum: General Photography 02-19-2019, 11:35 AM  
Don McCullin at Tate Britain, London
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 5
Views: 662
I watched the other night. Well worth seeing.
Forum: Pentax K-70 09-01-2018, 04:10 PM  
The DR of the K-70
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 4
Views: 892
To be honest, I have not found much in the differences in the Dynamic Range between the K-70, K-3 and K-3II to be honest. I don't have the KP by the way.
There are very subtle differences, but not to an extent to discount one camera over another. They all share the same Sony 24MP sensor, and all I can think of is the algorithms to suit each camera make the subtle changes in the ability to recreate the DR at various ISO's.

Having said that, I did notice a larger difference in the DR between my old K-5 and K-5IIs. The K-5 was FAR superior, which is strange......

Still K-70, K-3 and K-3II that I have there really is not much in it.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-07-2016, 08:25 AM  
PF 10th Anniversary - World Pentax Day + Giveaway!
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 161
Views: 11,662
World Pentax day and ten years of PF. Sounds like we need to party. Let's get it started.😎
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-07-2016, 08:22 AM  
PF 10th Anniversary - Pentax K-50 1-Day Giveaway! - Entries closed, winner announced.
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 1,825
Views: 73,869
Red, to match my eyes on a Sunday morning.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 06-12-2016, 11:57 AM  
Weekly Challenge K-1 Post Processing Challenge! (Dynamic Range)
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 32
Views: 6,612
Here you go. ACR and then Perfect Effects 9.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 05-19-2016, 12:40 PM  
My personal K-1 rant :lol:
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 30
Views: 3,653
I am pressing it all the time for the same reason! :lol::lol::lol:

I think I will get used to it ultimately.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-19-2016, 04:08 PM  
CP+ Interview Question Suggestions
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 127
Views: 14,054
Some minor questions relating to lenses.

1. The HD-DA 1.4x converter was announced as Full Frame capable, but now it is not? Why?
2. 85mm F1.4 like the mighty FA* version. It is on the horizon?
3. 135mm F2. A classic focal length, and would be the perfect portrait lens. Any chance?
3. Fisheye of around 15mm. Is this on the roadmap?
4. Tilt/shift. Pentax have never had this type, is it possible?
5. Finally, the FA*250-600mm F5.6 and the 600mm F4. Are they being looked into long term as D-FA* versions with weather sealing and silent motors (DC as opposed to SDM)
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-06-2015, 12:12 PM  
Just purchased a K-01
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 18
Views: 2,691
Welcome to the Brick Club. :-)
I love my K-01, it has a quirky design, but it is wonderfully original.
It loves my small primes and zooms even the 35-105 I have just bought.
The IQ is fantastic! enough said.
I have improved the handling of the camera by putting the neck strap on my (ahem) Nikon D50 instead, and replacing it with a Joby hand strap. Well worth it!
Non-photographers love the camera and think it is "really professional"
When you get used to it, it handles brilliantly, it really does.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-28-2015, 05:37 PM  
The Full Frame: What will make you buy it?
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 131
Views: 16,908
For me, and I think a number of these will be included

Enhanced AF system, At least 27 points of the K-3, hopefully more.
Full weather sealing (more of a given)
Flip tilt LCD ala KS-2
Best low light performance for the sensor chosen, either the 24MP or 36MP one.
No AA filter.
A switch or menu control to turn off the crop factor discussed for DA lenses, meaning that the DA lenses that cover the FF sensor (DA35, DA50, DA40, various DA*) can be used accordingly
Superior Flash sync, 1/180 does not cut it anymore, we need 1/250
Tethering for studio work
Wireless control from a smartphone
Good FPS for sports and nature
Magnesium body
Price less than the Nikon D750
Ability to select focus point for confirmation when using manual lenses.
Big Buffer for write speeds, even the fastest Sandisk cards take time to write on my K-5
Maybe even have dual SDXC/CF card slots.
14 bit RAW files minimum.

Apart from these, nothing mare really.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-06-2015, 03:10 PM  
Tamron 17-50 vs. FA 24-90 vs. DA 18-135
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 48
Views: 6,946
I have the Tamron 17-50m and it is useful and fast, also sharp. But there is something about it. I just don't love it as a lens. I can't put my finger on it as to why. Maybe it's colour rendition does not have that Pentax look, even with processing in CameraRAW. Maybe it is the bokeh. I just don't know. The images just look a bit flat in comparison to a Pentax Lens. Hmmm.
I have not got the 24-90, only the 24-80 in that range (which lacks good detail) but then again, the colours and that Pentax POP are there.
Have you thought about getting the tiny SMC-F 35-70mm? That is a superb lens and gives me some wonderful shots. Downside is the wide angle.
You could get a mighty 21mm Limited as well, if you can afford it to give great wide angle shots.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-06-2015, 01:43 PM  
K-3 vs K-S2 vs K-50
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 41
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I was thinking the same thing, for me it will depend on how much less the K-S2 will cost in the stores. (I am trying very much to save up for the Pentax FF next year)

In the meantime, I think there are pro's and cons for basically three bodies.

Pro's - Small body, articulated screen, built-in Wireless control
Con's - I don't know how the 20MP sensor performs yet, "only" the 11 point AF system, Plastic body, no grip option, no top plate LCD. slowest FPS

Pro's - Build, Low light is the best (unless the 20MP sensor beats it), that 16MP sensor is a legend!
Con's - older 11 point AF system, cannot compensate the AA filter

Pro's - Resolution, similar size to K-5, build, 27 point AF, fastest FPS
Con's - Low light not as good as the K-5 (IMHO), battery life not as good, but at least it is the same battery as the K-5 which is a good thing, Different grip to K-5

All of course have no AA filter and are weather sealed.

So it comes down to this.
Light weight and flexibility - K-S2
Low Light performance - K-5IIs
Resolution and best AF for moving objects - K-3

Of course, If you can afford all three, get all three :-D (Mind you the combined cost would will be less than the launch price of the Pentax FF - Ouch!)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-06-2015, 12:40 PM  
Ricoh full booth in England's Photo Show
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 18
Views: 4,454
Ditto, I have not gone to the store, or my credit card would go to meltdown.
But their service is impeccable.

For example a couple of years back was my 20 year service award at work, and you could purchase anything up to a grand. But due to a lot of hoops you have to go through regarding getting what you want is a pain!
However Chris at SRS bent over backwards to help with my choice of gift and it went smoothly.
What was it? Oh yes, the DA*300mm :D
Cannot fault SRS at all.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 02-24-2015, 01:19 PM  
2015 Pentax Forums T-Shirt Design Contest
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 367
Views: 62,684
My submission.
I would love this as a T-Shirt.....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2014, 02:02 PM  
Poll: Lens Tournament Final: FA 77mm Limited vs FA 31mm Limited
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 123
Views: 19,751
It just had to be XXmm as the greatest lens. Mind you both are considered the finest Pentax Lenses ever made. So quite right it had to be between either as the best.

I went for the 77mm
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2014, 01:58 PM  
What should I buy?
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 18
Views: 2,015
As already has been said, it depends on what you want to shoot.
Having said that you have a great three lens kit (standard zoom, tele zoom and fast prime), so if you are finding your feet with photography and want to explore all the various options I would suggest your next a short telephoto macro lens. Not only would it provide you with the ability to explore the wonderful world of macro, it will also be a great portrait lens, should you wish to go down that route. Now, the advantage of the K-mount there is a lot of wonderful macro lenses out there albeit manual only. Consider the Tamron 90mm F2.5 macro with dedicated 2x converter. They can be found for half the price of an AF Tamron macro. Others include the Pentax 100mm, Vivitar macro, Sigmas pair of 70mm and 105mm etc. If you find one at a good price then you may be able to buy that AF360 as well within your budget.
I hope this helps.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 10-20-2014, 01:23 PM  
Poll: Lens Tournament: DA* 300mm F4 vs A* 200mm F4 Macro
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 17
Views: 4,358
I have heard that the A* 200mm is superb, but as I have not used one, let alone seen one, I cannot comment on how good it is. However as I DO have the DA*300, and it is one mighty lens, I have voted for it.
Forum: Visitors' Center 09-12-2014, 12:50 PM  
MZ-50 / ZX-50 error codes
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 7
Views: 1,914
I have a (now broken cog) MZ-50. The numbers are indeed the ISO numbers. Just check that the top dial has not rotated to ISO set. It is probably as simple as that.
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-09-2012, 12:05 PM  
CNET Review
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 15
Views: 2,322
The way I see it, is that Pentax have taken their usual thinking outside the box view of the CSC market, As they did with the Q.

The K-01 has a lot going for it, and Pentax has taken the best bits from CSC, to put into their own version.
K-mount - Well Pentax have a very fine range of current and legacy lenses, which lend themselves to any camera. Why create a new mount when you have such a strong existing mount?
Unique look - Again, when you are going down the CSC route, you want to have something that stands out. Love it or hate it looks (I love it), yet meets the needs of CSC users.
Live View - This has a far better live view over the Pentax DSR's, but It had to, to rival other CSC's. Also, for Landscape togs, this will be a boon.
Video - again far better than K-5 and K-r (in useability, rather than IQ) but again CSC has that feature that is more useable than DSLR's

Having used the K-mount, it is far bigger than other CSC's
Those looks
People don't get it, and would rather have some skinny NEX that is not user friendly and has poor lenses (compared to K-primes) but at least it looks good...........
Forum: Pentax K-5 01-26-2011, 03:20 PM  
K-5 Mirror Slap? Causing Blur???
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 28
Views: 6,341
Odd that the OP is complaining of mirror slap on the K-5

If anything the mirror is smoother and better damped on my K-5 that it has ever been on my K20D, which is certainly gives a pronounced kick in the hand from the mirror.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-11-2010, 02:28 PM  
Poll: Which "conformist" FAST lens would you like Pentax to have?
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 57
Views: 13,842
As long as they are all DFA* or DFA Limited, I won't mind. They need to have the Aperture ring and be FF capable so that I can use on both Digital and Film.
But, looking at the shortfalls in the glass armory, I would like to see:-

DFA* 28mm F1.4
DFA* 135mm F2 (this could also be a DFA 135mm F2.5 Limited)
DFA* 24mm F1.4
DFA* 85mm F1.4
DFA* 400mm F4
and the DA14mm F2.8 upgraded to DA* spec.
Apart from these, and number of fast zooms would be nice (24-70, 70-200, 200-400 etc) and a 24mm tilt-shift too.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-29-2010, 02:48 PM  
Pentax *istDS
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 8
Views: 22,965
Pros Small, well made, TTL(not P-TTL) AA Batteries, pentaprism, top-plate LCD, grip Cons only 6mp(these days) no ability to have a grip, AA batteries, Rating 9 Price (U.S. Dollars) $1200 Years Owned 6 years

I can recommend this camera: Yes

Value, Features, Performance & Size
Small, yet very solid DSLR
AA Batteries (a plus and minus)
pocketable (just)
Good IQ up to ISO800

Camera Review
This was my first DSLR, bought in December 2008 for a mighty 800!
It took me in a journey of digital photography when previously I thought it would never catch on, and that film still reigned supreme. How wrong I was!
I have since got a K10D and K20D, but the DS still comes into use from time to time due to its size and conveniance.

6MP is no longer cutting edge, yet you can still get great images at up to A3 size. Also, it is not fast (only 2.7fps) but hey, this is an early DSLR. Use it for street photography and you will be really impressed (even now) with its ability to produce great images.

It is a shame that Pentax have not upgraded this model with a "true" replacement. In otherwords, one that is as small, yet packs a pentaprism, SR, AF indicator, top body LCD etc (the K100D, K-m, K-x and K-r are pentamirrors, and the K-m and K-x don't even have AF indicators.....)

Still a good DSLR to have if you can find one. :D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-27-2010, 01:28 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By offertonhatter
Replies: 6,327
Views: 824,809
A couple of years ago, I was the only pentaxian around. However over the last 18 months I can say I have seen more and more Pentax users. Not to the level of Canikon, but more nevertheless. In fact in May in Dubrovnik I saw more Pentax users than Nikon, which is saying something. Still not the level of Canon though. But, who cares? I don't, I know my camera is good, and produces images that others like. For me, it is Kudos to have something different, even though at times I get ribbed for my choice, but even then they appreciate what the Pentax can do.
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