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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 05-06-2017, 07:57 PM  
Pentax/Ricoh and Billingham bags
Posted By Tanzer
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I found this video showing Pentax and Ricoh products prominently displayed among expensive Billingham bags in South Korea. There are Thetas, a K-1, a 645Z (at 0:58 and 1:12), and even a few Q's right at the very end.















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It's a bit surprising to me (as an American) to see Ricoh in such high-end department store displays. A few years ago, we had the WG's and K-50's at Target discount department stores in the US. Looks like someone's been climbing the social ladder ...

Although it was shot in South Korea, the video is posted on Billingham's home YouTube channel. In fact it is only one of two videos on their channel as of this posting. Maybe this will improve Ricoh's exposure and image outside of Asia! :lol:

I'm sure Marc Newson would be jealous!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-31-2016, 06:05 PM  
Why do companies remove In-lens Image Stabilization in k-mount version of lenses?
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 38
Views: 2,379
Like Sony, Panasonic also now has dual IS in the GX85/GX80, combining OIS with IBIS. It is incredibly effective across all focal lengths. It is just as effective for stills as it is for video.

So yes, it can be done.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-01-2016, 01:08 PM  
First try at doing video on the K-1
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 6
Views: 875
That's the electronic shake reduction in play. The camera takes a mild crop of the image, and tries to stabilize the majority of the scene, which in this case is the engine, but then the background shifts around. Another tell-tale sign is the rolling shutter "jello cam" effect you can see in the engine -- if it were stable, then you wouldn't see it wobble. Probably best to have SR off in this circumstance.

Looks like a fun show!
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 07-30-2016, 06:36 PM  
Cicada caught emerging from its shell - MX-1 macro timelapse
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 7
Views: 1,196
Great video, thanks for sharing! I think the MX-1 is great for macro, but I have not used the timelapse feature.

Sorry, did you mean the total elapsed time shown in the video was 8 minutes, or 1-1/2 hours?
Forum: General Photography 06-01-2016, 07:05 AM  
A Philosophic Question
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 43
Views: 1,989
I probably would have taken a shot anyways just because pixels are cheap and reusable. Then I might at least remember the moment.

But either way, even if you have the "right" lens with you, that doesn't guarantee you will get the shot every time. Sometimes the camera is in your bag when a fleeting moment occurs. Or there's a solar eclipse on a rainy day. You can't win them all. Just keep walking along and waiting for opportunity to meet preparedness.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-26-2016, 05:53 PM  
Oh boy, did I mess up
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 13
Views: 1,358
Serves ya right, ya flipper! That is like a drug pusher getting hooked on his own supply.
Forum: General Photography 05-26-2016, 05:41 PM  
What photography Rule-Of-Thumb have you quit (or you are trying to quit) following?
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 60
Views: 3,706
I'm not trying to be pedantic, but wanted to point out that for small-sensor cameras, and the smaller focal lengths that typically go along with them, the saying should probably be more like "f/5.6 and be there," or "f/4 and be there". That will produce good depth-of-field, while avoiding diffraction. The diffraction limit is based on properties of visible light, and doesn't care about equivalence, whereas the f-stop depends on the actual focal length of the lens. This is why small-sensor cameras often incorporate built-in ND filters to handle bright conditions. Stopping down to f/16 or maybe f/32 (just pulling out numbers) can be fine on medium format, but not on a Pentax Q. In other words, f/32 on a typical medium format lens is not too small, but f/32 on a typical Q lens would be really tiny and cause diffraction problems.

I'm really not trying to be pedantic! I love the underlying concept of "f/8 and be there". :)
Forum: General Photography 05-25-2016, 03:05 PM  
What photography Rule-Of-Thumb have you quit (or you are trying to quit) following?
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 60
Views: 3,706
I used to think that if "the best camera is the one that you have with you," then "I'll just carry the best DLSR (K-3) that I have, everywhere."

But I have come to realize how uncomfortable people can get when they see a big camera. So I am trying to force myself to carry one of my smaller cameras (Q, MX-1, etc), and put up with the loss of IQ in favor of a more relaxed shooting environment.

In other words, "the best pictures happen when people (subjects, bystanders, or security guards) are not annoyed by a big scary camera." I have absolutely no interest in becoming a street photographer, but sometimes, it helps to think like one. It's not about what I'm willing to carry, it's about what I can get away with carrying.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-17-2016, 01:46 PM  
Pentaxians
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 56
Views: 4,279
It's a joke! I've watched almost every TCSTV episode and Chris Niccolls is very fair to Pentax. Actually I would even dare say he is something of a Pentax and Ricoh fan, although not a "fanboy" by any means, as his criticisms are pretty fair assessments, IMO.

Jordan Drake is a PF member here and occasionally posts.

I'm sure they are reading this now and the irony of this thread is not lost on them.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-16-2016, 06:01 AM  
How is the Pentax K-1 Video?
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 8
Views: 1,055
Just do a quick search in YouTube for "rolling shutter", as it is also known. It mostly affects video, due to the way most CMOS sensors are electronically read. Like purple fringing, once you see it, it is hard not to notice it.

It is less common in stills due to the way mechanical shutters work, but can be seen in stills of very fast moving things like propeller blades. Again, just search in Google and you will find plenty of still images.

Edit: See this article on Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolling_shutter
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-12-2016, 05:01 AM  
SOLIGOR 60-300mm P/K A R Mount
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 4
Views: 692
Yes, if the pin is rounded, it should be safe on your K-5.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-11-2016, 05:42 PM  
SOLIGOR 60-300mm P/K A R Mount
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 4
Views: 692
That looks like one of the newer Ricoh pins with a rounded head, in which case it should be perfectly safe. The troublesome pins are the ones that are cylindrical, with a flat tip.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-11-2016, 07:59 AM  
Wondering If Pentax Is Missing The Boat
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 123
Views: 8,324
On Sunday, I was using a new kitchen gadget, one of those vegetable slicer mandolin things, and I cut off a tiny little part of the very tip of my pinky. Just a little corner of skin, fortunately. The skin is a bit thick there, near the corner of my fingernail, kind of where one might develop a hangnail anyhow. It hardly bled and is healing fine.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-04-2016, 07:51 AM  
Cactus RF60 Not Working in Hotshoe
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 10
Views: 656
Yes, I can fire my RF60, using the hotshoe on my K-5 and my K-3.

You can test the RF60 easily, by shorting the center pin on the bottom of its hotshoe, to the ground pin (look at the side of the hotshoe), using a bent paper clip. It's safe, you won't get shocked or anything. If the RF60 fires, then you know the basic trigger circuitry in the RF60 is working.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-03-2016, 06:41 AM  
Samyang goes autofocus!
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 28
Views: 2,734
I'm guessing this is a focus-by-wire implementation, like most (all?) E-mount lenses. Whereas probably (and hopefully) a K-mount implementation would be mechanically coupled. I'd go for that, even if it didn't have a quick-shift clutch mechanism.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-26-2016, 11:42 AM  
K-50 automatic flash
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 10
Views: 680
I recognize that everyone's preferences are different, but like Steve, I so much prefer the manual control of knowing that the flash is not going to suddenly pop up and wash out the photo. When the onboard flash is in use, you would probably want to compose your shot differently, e.g., move people so that they are at a similar distance and hence evenly lit. It just a little different from shooting in natural light.

I set up my Q so that its flash will not fire in the "down" position. (The Q's flash is not covered in the down position, and can be fired both up and down, depending on menu settings.) This gives me direct control over the flash, and assures that I won't get any nasty surprises. It's wonderful that they actually have a menu option for this.

Last weekend I attended my nephew's high school musical, and to my horror, out of the corner of my eye, I saw my dad raise his point-and-shoot camera ... but fortunately, he remembered to disable the flash! Surprised he figured out how to do that. I'm thinking back to so many events, including some sporting events, where flash photography was prohibited, but people either forgot to turn off their flashes, or simply don't know how to.

Just my thoughts, not trying to say the OP is wrong for their own preferences.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-22-2016, 07:06 PM  
Wondering If Pentax Is Missing The Boat
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 123
Views: 8,324
I think your point is that Pentax products are fine but their marketing seems almost non-existent, relative to other brands. I would agree with that.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 04-13-2016, 03:47 PM  
Adorama Lowepro Deals through 4/20 (as low as $6.99)
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 8
Views: 1,018
Glad to help.

I like that Lowepro puts the label on all their bags. I've had some that I like, and some not so much. The fact they put the model names on the bags is helpful either way. ;)

Regarding the padding, I always seem to wind up with more padded dividers than I need in my overall bag collection, so I put those on the bottom for extra padding. So obviously the answer here is to buy another bag ....
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 04-13-2016, 10:44 AM  
Adorama Lowepro Deals through 4/20 (as low as $6.99)
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 8
Views: 1,018
I recognize this bag from my local big box store, and the Adorama picture looks correct.

Does yours say "Edit 110" on the rear label? Here are a couple images borrowed off of Google Images. I'm guessing yours might be an Edit 100, or maybe an Apex model ...
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-08-2016, 08:47 PM  
What settings on K3 for flash in daylight?
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 9
Views: 1,372
I should have explained that the P-TTL flash will tend to automatically compensate somewhat if your manual shutter/aperture combination is off a little bit (i.e., with some heavy shadows or just generally underexposed overall). This is why I think it is sometimes easier than shooting full manual without a flash. Give it a try! Good luck!
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-08-2016, 06:04 PM  
What settings on K3 for flash in daylight?
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 9
Views: 1,372
I would probably go manual on the body, with the shutter at or close to 1/180, and leave the flash in P-TTL to balance the shadows. It is a simple matter to tweak the shutter speed to adjust the ambient, while adjust your flash exposure compensation to get the desired amount of fill. The combination of M and P-TTL is easier than it sounds - it's kind of like shooting in a semi-manual (semi-automatic?) mode.

I'm not a manual exposure fanatic by any means, in fact I mostly shoot in P mode. But somehow the combination of a Pentax body and P-TTL just doesn't produce consistent results. The camera can't decide whether the ambient light or the flash is the key light.
Forum: General Photography 04-07-2016, 12:49 PM  
1 inch sensors in my future?
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 10
Views: 1,407
Wow, maybe I should go out and shoot more telephoto. :)

This reminds me that I have a Pentax X90 superzoom with a similar range. It only comes out when I really need it but the zoom is fun to have. Even though it is a older sensor, I've taken some pretty decent close-ups of my niece and nephew in their community theater performances. I don't think I would have had better luck using the K-3 or K-5 with the DFA 100 and cropping. Of course the x90 is not a compact camera, just a fun lightweight thing to have around.

I'm inspired seeing other people's telephoto shots, but somehow I rarely find myself creating my own inspirational images. I suppose there are plenty of other areas of photography that I have also failed to master. :)
Forum: General Photography 04-07-2016, 07:24 AM  
1 inch sensors in my future?
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 10
Views: 1,407
If I recall correctly, the EVF on the ZS100 was okay - not particularly large or sharp, but certainly workable. I can't compare them directly since they are not both in front of me, but I would say the same things about the viewfinder on my GH4 - not great, but serviceable.

The EVF on the Sony is definitely bigger and sharper than either the ZS100 or GH4, but like you, I don't like the pop-up mechanism, especially how you need to pop it up and pull it out. It's a bit wiggly, and whether it is going to break or not, it feels gimicky and inconsistent with the otherwise solid body.

I know what you mean about the LX100 being too big. It is just a little too big to fit in pants pockets, like the MX-1. I love that camera but always have to carry it in a nerdy belt pouch or small shoulder bag, and then might as well carry a larger camera, which I do. So the MX-1 is relegated to situations where I anticipate that people will be intimidated by seeing a DSLR lens pointed at them. If it could fit in my pocket, it would be an awesome travel camera. But I am getting off-topic.

Personally I wish the ZS100 had a slightly shorter zoom with brighter aperture but that's just my preference, as I don't shoot much telephoto.

Good luck! Let us know how it compares to the ZS50. My father still uses an ancient TZ3.
Forum: General Photography 04-06-2016, 02:55 PM  
1 inch sensors in my future?
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 10
Views: 1,407
I played around with the ZS100 at my local Best Buy, just for kicks, and I'll say the user interface is very good, just like other Panasonic cameras like my GH4. Unlike their LX100 "flagship" compact, the ZS100 brings back the touch screen, which is a major strength for Panasonic. The LCD also tilts, unlike the LX100.

The only thing I don't like about the ZS100 is that one headline feature, 4k video, comes at a huge 1.5x crop, meaning the widest equivalent focal length is 37mm, rather than 25mm. 4k video might not matter to you -- I'm just mentioning this because some other review sites seemed to gloss over this. For now I am going to wait and see how the Nikon DL series cameras are. Um, actually I got laid off from my job so I'll be waiting around for a long time before I buy any new toys.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-04-2016, 09:44 PM  
What cheap old (too ugly to call vintage) tripod's great if all ya want is STURDY?
Posted By Tanzer
Replies: 11
Views: 1,350
I have an old Velbon video tripod. It was built in the mid 1980's, and is super sturdy, even with the center column jacked up. It has a nice crank mechanism to raise/lower the column. The fluid head still works great after all these years. It works better than my Benro S4 head.

Because I grew up using this tripod, I tend to prefer video setups. They're obviously good for video use. But even for stills, when I do use a tripod, it is usually for a group of people or a landscape, and I find that I never need to shoot in portrait orientation from the tripod. I have a small ball head tripod but when the situation calls for something sturdy, I bring out the Velbon.

One problem with old tripods is that they have all different proprietary mounting plates. That is not so much of a problem these days because you can get Arca-Swiss compatible shoes and plates relatively cheaply.
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