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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-07-2018, 06:33 PM  
Between the Moon and New York City.
Posted By pcake
Replies: 23
Views: 955
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Winners' Showcase 03-07-2018, 06:32 PM  
February, 2018 Third Place: Bomber's Moon
Posted By pcake
Replies: 62
Views: 2,515
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-08-2018, 11:05 AM  
Reaching out for light
Posted By pcake
Replies: 1
Views: 245
beauitful work with the light
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 06-07-2017, 09:07 PM  
SquareTrade Experience?
Posted By pcake
Replies: 3
Views: 959
i've had several positive experiences with squaretrade. they fixed my ipod, which i sent on a monday and received back a week later. they refunded me for a blender that died, and their repair people figured out that the "scratch" on the sensor of my used panasonic G3 from B&H was only hardened gunk and cleaned it and sent it back within two weeks from my dropoff to receiving. i had tried wet cleaning myself but it didn't move, and samy's repair guy said it was a scratch, so i was happy to discover that all it needed was a professional cleaning. btw, i'm in the u.s., so shipping didn't take that long.
Forum: Pentax KP 03-09-2017, 11:59 PM  
TCSTV Review of the KP
Posted By pcake
Replies: 47
Views: 6,023
barely lukewarm.

i like the TCVS reviews, but they don't always mirror my experience with a particular camera. i figure i'm going to rent the KP and the PLM lens next month and i expect to have fun with it. i can't rent the K-70, which i really wanted to do, but i did rent the K-S2 which was pretty nice.
Forum: Pentax KP 02-25-2017, 04:01 AM  
Why I won't buy a KP.
Posted By pcake
Replies: 113
Views: 10,889
reorganization? i think they should start with organization and work their way up from there :D
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-24-2017, 08:03 AM  
IBIS question
Posted By pcake
Replies: 7
Views: 1,097
i didn't know that, but it does make sense. thanks!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-23-2017, 01:05 AM  
IBIS question
Posted By pcake
Replies: 7
Views: 1,097
good to know. thanks for your quick responses :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-23-2017, 12:23 AM  
K-S2 vs K-70 - $100 difference or a lot more?
Posted By pcake
Replies: 14
Views: 3,937
size comparison between the KS2 and the K70 - you can switch to view from the top and back - specs are listed below the camera shots.
Compare camera dimensions side by side
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-23-2017, 12:17 AM  
IBIS question
Posted By pcake
Replies: 7
Views: 1,097
most of my cameras have been panasonics, sony e mount cameras and canons, so the stabilization is in the lens, not the camera. i did have an olympus epm2 for a bit, and the stabilization, while not amazing, was pretty handy, but i used it for smaller and closer subjects. i rented a KS2, and through the viewfinder, things seemed pretty wobbly at 200mm on a sigma 55-200mm lens, but things got a lot less shaky when i engaged the lens stabilization. but it's possible the KS2 doesn't have great stabilization or i didn't set something in the menu.

so to my question. when shooting say birds in flight or other distant objects using a camera with IBIS - say the K70 - is the view in the viewfinder stabilized or not stabilized?

thanks!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-23-2017, 12:11 AM  
What do they mean when they say Shake Reduction adds4 stops of performance?
Posted By pcake
Replies: 36
Views: 3,333
one can hope.

i have shaky hands but was able to shoot keepers on my a6000 at 1/10 probably 95% or better of the time. without stabilization, i'm lucky to get half the shots at 1/40th, so stabilization can make a huge difference.
Forum: Pentax K-70 02-23-2017, 12:01 AM  
Major problem with K-70
Posted By pcake
Replies: 32
Views: 9,847
are they showing that they've received your camera?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-15-2017, 06:22 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #125 Poll (Sunrise/Sunset - January 2017)
Posted By pcake
Replies: 61
Views: 7,571
6 and 12 are my favorites... hard to decide between all of them, really.
Forum: Pentax KP 02-10-2017, 12:00 AM  
Why I WILL buy a KP!
Posted By pcake
Replies: 60
Views: 9,412
i prefer manuals on my computer as they're highly searchable, and you can always bring one along on your phone or print the pages you need.
Forum: Pentax KP 02-08-2017, 10:30 PM  
KP Operating manual
Posted By pcake
Replies: 4
Views: 893
thanks - i couldn't find it a couple days ago.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-08-2017, 02:51 PM  
San Diego Sunset at Fishing Pier in OB
Posted By pcake
Replies: 5
Views: 438
i, too, like the comp. nominated.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-08-2017, 02:51 PM  
sunrise on the river
Posted By pcake
Replies: 16
Views: 1,104
mysterious and beautiful. nominated.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-08-2017, 02:50 PM  
'Grand Marais Michigan Sunrise'
Posted By pcake
Replies: 16
Views: 807
nominated.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-08-2017, 02:49 PM  
An Evening Walk
Posted By pcake
Replies: 2
Views: 291
beautiful and evocative. nominated.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-08-2017, 02:49 PM  
Blowhole at Sunset
Posted By pcake
Replies: 7
Views: 428
gorgeous pic - nominated.
Forum: General Photography 02-07-2017, 11:46 PM  
Excellent Series Found on Netflix.
Posted By pcake
Replies: 13
Views: 1,823
we watched every one last week. wonderful show, just awesome! we'd watch more of them, for sure.

no surprise about canon everywhere since canon au is the production company.
Forum: Pentax KP 02-07-2017, 11:19 PM  
Why I WILL buy a KP!
Posted By pcake
Replies: 60
Views: 9,412
i'm thinking likely - will rent one in a month or two and see how it feels. the only high ISO pics i've seen looked REALLY great (thanks, pihe !), and if ricoh really did improve autofocus and stabilization as claimed, that would be a big win for me. love the pentax OVFs, and another big plus it has 2 dials. i would have rather had a fully articulated screen, but i can live with a tilting screen - i had one for a couple years on my a6000.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 02-05-2017, 02:39 AM  
I rented a K-S2 and have some questions
Posted By pcake
Replies: 11
Views: 1,245
thanks for the pics!

btw, the 35mm 2.4 is an intriguing lens to me.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 02-04-2017, 12:25 PM  
I rented a K-S2 and have some questions
Posted By pcake
Replies: 11
Views: 1,245
i'm 5' 3" with small hands, and for me the problem with the grip is it's fat at the end and naturally directs my finger away from the shutter button. my husband's K20D and the canon T6s have grips that taper toward the end, and they are much more comfortable. oddly i didn't feel like the K-S2 was going to fall but the way i'm gripping it seems to be affecting my shooting stability.

how are you liking your K-S2 so far and what lens/lenses are you using with it?

i've been having lots of fun playing with the camera, going through all the settings and modes and playing around in manual, and i like the large viewfinder. my husband hates the green light around the shutter button *LOL* but he's a street photographer, so he likes every camera to be very unobtrusive.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 02-04-2017, 02:23 AM  
I rented a K-S2 and have some questions
Posted By pcake
Replies: 11
Views: 1,245
thanks - the only time i use auto is to test it when i try a new camera. i've never found that auto gets me the best shutter speed, aperture and ISO for my preferences.

i've been up for almost 24 hours, so my mind is a blur, and the menu says RAW+DNG instead of RAW+JPG. now i see that it will say RAW+ and the raw format rather than RAW+JPG like other cameras i've used.

SR is on. i went through the entire menu with the manual, which i don't usually do, but pentax is so different than the canons, panasonics and other cameras i've used, i thought it would be best to get to know it via the manual since i only have it for a few days. and yes, the softness could be the larger image or the lens, but i'm also trying to find a good way to hold the camera. the grip is not a good fit for me combined with the location of the shutter button, but it's such a cool camera that i'll keep experimenting.

btw, you're both quite correct. the PDF version of the manual broke off halfway through the pinch thing, and since i wasn't reading about the app, i didn't notice the part above it.

thanks again for your replies!
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