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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-01-2018, 11:59 AM  
I'm Close with the K1 but??
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 31
Views: 1,717
I'm pretty happy with a micro-43 camera as the second small/video body. I have a few basic zooms for ease of use + the Lumix 14/2.5 when a tiny cam is important - but I prefer to adapt Limiteds 40+70 and a few other nice K-primes. I also have a 10-20 Sigma when superduperwide is needed. I've been using Lumix bodies for quite a while but a bargain-used Yi-M1 is on its way now that firmware 3.x is available.

I'm still using a K-50 but plan to rent a K-1 soon to check out the bulk:IQ ratio. I have plenty of old 36x24 lenses to play with :) and will definitely see how I feel about edge issues with the two DA Limiteds.
Forum: Contest Voting 11-24-2018, 09:34 PM  
foggy morning
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 5
Views: 45
Mid-morning with the DA70. I'd have to work at it to disgrace this lens, it won't let me down.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 11-21-2018, 11:39 AM  
A new pancake-ish Limited prime or a Q or a GR or... something else? Help my GAS!
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 15
Views: 914
I just bought Limiteds 40 and 70mm, not just for the k-50 but also for micro 4/3 bodies. Both of them (used) were far cheaper than the native 4/3 options such as 75/1.8 or 42.5, slightly slower but smaller even w/ adapter. I also prefer skipping the massive autocorrections that many m4:3 lenses hide behind; mostly zooms but once the slope gets slippery who can say?

I have a vivitar 24 so the DA21 can wait a bit.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-14-2018, 11:57 AM  
Will a DA 55-300mm handle PF better?
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 27
Views: 913
My copy of the tamron 70-300 was a fringing machine past about 100mm. Never saw anything like it with any copy of the 55-300 and I've owned several. AF speed is another matter.. but you pick your compromise and live with it.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-08-2018, 08:15 PM  
Hello from the snow capital of New York
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 11
Views: 296
Some day I'd love to catch a lake-effect snowstorm (just one!), a Sabres game and a Bills game. All the stuff Oregon doesn't have :)
Welcome, and enjoy whichever body wins out! It won't be hard to appreciate either one.
Forum: General Talk 11-06-2018, 09:33 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 14,862
Views: 990,137
My DA70 arrived today as part of the scheme to upgrade micro4:3 with ibIS to Limited primes. I recently missed out on a DA21, but while searching for a good deal on another copy I found an elder 10-20/4+ Sigma. I could have bid a while but for about $200 that's a decent enough price for a lightly-used one, and cheaper than a DA21 even if slower and larger. It will be a bit nose-heavy on the GX7.ii :eek: but will serve quite nicely on the K-50!

Guess the DA21 is out for the near term; the Vivitar 24/2.8 can keep its current spot.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-06-2018, 02:08 PM  
The Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC on a Full-Frame (K-1)?
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 13
Views: 2,178
Resurrecting an old thread.. :eek:

In square 1:1 mode this looks workable (I stole screenshots for 20mm and half of 18mm tests).
Could someone verify that for me? Thanks! :)

In the meantime this will work nicely for K∙50 and my 43 kit, for a decent price; how nice.
Forum: Pentax K-01 10-30-2018, 02:46 PM  
Pentax K-01 failure? No one knows it exists.
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 54
Views: 2,268
Still relevant, and still sad. I'd press Like, but it's too pathetic for any single emotion. :lol: :(:o :p :confused: :cool:
I recall watching a Canon pro totally ruin his camera shooting mist at the base of Yellowstone Falls, while filming a bit for some TV short about nature pics. I laughed sympathetically before and after his camera's demise. **

And welcome AsahiGlass! The K-1 is an amazing camera in a curious box, and a very early mirrorless camer that was caught up in both the Hoya-Ricoh transition and the energetic artist vs. engineer debate (and the dismissive "too big to be mirrorless" era, long past if you compare a K-01 to a GX8 / G9). Other than the missing viewfinder it's a great camera and a fun conversation starter, like Doc's K-5 and the K-1 film confusion.

** UPDATE - from
"I discovered Lik's photography television series on the Weather Channel, From the Edge with Peter Lik. I only managed to see about five of the 13 episodes before the season ended, but I found them engrossing. Granted, Lik has some financial and equipment advantages..."
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-30-2018, 02:26 PM  
Olympus OMD EM1X coming in January.
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 52
Views: 4,097
They must have hired a new engineer, video has not been Oly's strength up to now.
Rugged, IS inside, weak video.. hmmm why does that ring a bell? :) I think they are dooomed too.. :D
Forum: Sold Items 10-27-2018, 10:22 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Lumix GX7 with 14-42II lens and case
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 1
Views: 393
Sold body for $210, thanks all.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-25-2018, 10:07 PM  
Which lens is sharpest
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 81
Views: 4,477
Cannot afford the FA types, but for small and talented the DA40 and DA70 and their HD cousins are atop my budget list. Especially when excellent used copies are available! On a K-70 size camera they make the entire kit feel so much easier to take along everywhere.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-17-2018, 05:24 PM  
Landscape Waterfall
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 17
Views: 500
Incredible :)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-13-2018, 06:07 PM  
Back in the game, in the rainy PNW
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 5
Views: 233
Greetings from 2 hours south, traffic permitting :eek:
Great cat image.. great-cat image?
Forum: Sold Items 10-12-2018, 05:44 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Lumix GX1 LVF2 viewfinder and 8mm fisheye lens
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 3
Views: 885
Sold elsewhere, thanks for looking :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-10-2018, 06:33 PM  
Micro Four Thirds Club
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 2,549
Views: 230,266
My Three 'sons' - taken with a K-50 :) cropped & re-lighted.

A brief point in time, as one (probably two!) must go.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-08-2018, 06:31 PM  
Hello from Hood River, Oregon
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 7
Views: 298
Greetings from just below the Cowlitz/Columbia confluence!
Glad you could join us :)
Forum: Sold Items 10-07-2018, 02:43 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Lumix GX7 with 14-42II lens and case
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 1
Views: 393 Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Lumix GX7 with 14-42II lens and case

Asking Price
265.00 USD

Item Location
Longview Wash. (United States)

Item Description
I picked up a GX85 and GX7 in the space of a week, and one must go. :(

The GX7 is a 16Mpix micro4:3 camera with many excellent features and great ergonomics. The GX85 has many updated features but the GX7 is acknowledged the better for handling and ease of changing settings. It has a great touchscreen that tilts up/down, many customizable buttons and AF/MF focus switch, plus it's the first Lumix body with IS inside (not 5-axis like Pentax and more modern bodies, but still helpful and useful with manual lenses). AF system goes to -4EV and focus peaking works on bright stars!

This silver camera has a bit of wear on the bottom edge of the paint and some scuffs on the LCD's plastic perimeter. Everything appears to work great after my head-to-head tests with the GX85.

The 14-42mm II version is as good as any kit lens in the micro4:3 system, and unlike their 12-32mm kit lens this one has a focusing ring.

The 'leather'? case fits over the GX7 camera nicely and looks good, though it also has some scuffs.
I also have a 3rs-party instruction book for the GX7/GM1 cameras with some hints on camera setup plus rudimentary instructions on how to take great pictures.

Comes with 3rd-party charger and two generic batteries. The USB cable uses the same connector as Pentax; I have a cord available by request. I'm also including a basic PK-M43 adapter without aperture control - works great for lenses with aperture rings!

Price: $225 body only, $265 with 14-42mm lens

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?

Are you selling or trading this item?

Item Condition (Key)

Shipping Destinations
U.S, U.K, Canada, Australia

Shipping Charge
$10 usa, split cost elsewhere

Shipping Services
USPS Priority or 1st class Int'l

Accepted Payment Types

Return Policy & Additional Details
contact me within 14 days of receipt

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: General Talk 07-16-2018, 07:26 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 14,862
Views: 990,137
An M200/4 for $39, and an om-d E-M10b body. With either system that 200/4 will get used!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-10-2018, 05:54 AM  
A Bridge too far?...i doubt it.Nikon P1000.
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 34
Views: 2,025
It will sell, some big-tele users will be disappointed.. and hopefully more than two of them will join us! :)
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 07-04-2018, 09:04 AM  
single point af pentax KP
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 24
Views: 1,253
I was shooting baseball through chain-link fence, and it's clear that my K-50 phase AF center point is not perfectly within the VF box. Most of my shots were manual focus prefocused to the bag I expected action. I tried to test where the AF boundary was but it wasn't an ideal time to be geeky about it :)
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-02-2018, 07:52 PM  
Did you leave Adobe? Where did you go?
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 116
Views: 5,676
I won't soon join a subscription service, now satisfied with PhotoDirector x-1 (v.8 I believe).
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-02-2018, 07:48 PM  
Microsoft Edge (Win10) update in June 2018 .... computer is slow.
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 13
Views: 698
Doing well in Opera despite half my websites urging me to switch to an approved browser. ;)

Adblocker is working fine, no wonder sites are sad :p
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-01-2018, 11:39 AM  
Nature A Bottle Brush Flower I Believe.
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 8
Views: 224
I also am rediscovering the joy of manual focus, with my A50/1.7 and M100/2.8 :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-30-2018, 10:14 PM  
Nature A Bottle Brush Flower I Believe.
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 8
Views: 224
A fine bright exposure. Not sure what plant, so I'll go with your reading :)
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 06-30-2018, 08:29 PM  
Before a winner is announced...
Posted By jimr-pdx
Replies: 47
Views: 1,406
I will be camping in a remote area, internet presumably unavailable from 7-30 to 8-2.
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