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Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-05-2019, 05:54 AM  
DSLR recommendation
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 16
Views: 657
Do yourself a favor and get one of the models with a flip screen, the time will come that it's not that easy to kneel or bend down to take some shots. I believe the KP is a good choice, that might last you a long time.
Pentax KP - Pentax K-mount DSLRs - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-05-2019, 05:12 AM  
Will the mirroless market implode in a price-war?
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 20
Views: 1,511
If that happens quite a few smaller brands will either have to amalgamate or go under. In the long run, Canon will probably be the only brand sure of its survival due to its size.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-01-2019, 04:44 AM  
Exposure difference between Live view and ovf when using m42 tak 35mm f/3.5
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 21
Views: 841
I had the same problem with my manual lenses and green button metering on my K-30, this was just after I had an aperture block repair, and I thought I'm not going to send it back but decided to assign one of the user modes to LV with a 2 stop exposure compensation, as a workaround, could never figure out why it happened, as it was a normal about 1/3 stop difference with my auto lenses...
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-23-2019, 07:29 AM  
Sony A6400
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 37
Views: 1,604
I recently took my K1000 out for a spin.

Made me think how we did it in those days, and think whether the few extra stops IBIS gives in shutter speed, is really necessary for still images. I can see it might help for video and such, but I'm not into that....
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-19-2019, 06:03 AM  
Stained Sensor Pentax K-r HELP ME PLEASE
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 9
Views: 718
Try a wet clean.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 01-18-2019, 10:04 PM  
Getting aperture control block on my K-S2 :(
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 111
Views: 8,345
If I buy a new camera, and after 5 years 750 click use it has this kind of problem, I'll be mad, especially if I'm a first-time buyer with limited investment in the system and I'll try my luck elsewhere.

If that was a car and the gearbox failed after 750km after 5 years, I'm sure nobody would have been impressed, but Pentax should not be criticized because of a problem that continued over a series of different models, with some new ones still on shelves, waiting for unsuspecting customers to fall into the trap.

The aperture failure should not have gone further than the K-30, and although other models like the K5ii/s, which I've got, by the way, are stellar products, Pentax lost my sympathy and committed support as a brand. Blame the parent companies if you want, but the reliability of Pentax is not in the same league than cameras like the K1000, which I also still use, with just one battery change since 81.

I have never had another ILC brand, so can't compare, but I stick to my original post


Who knows how many customers Pentax lost as a result of the aperture block failures
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-18-2019, 08:48 AM  
Nippon Camera Ricoh/Pentax 2019 Interview
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 887
Views: 44,314
It would be interesting to get some stats about age groups using Pentax products.

I would guess you are right with your statement.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-18-2019, 08:22 AM  
Macro Lenses Suggestions
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 73
Views: 2,833
Tamron 90mm f2.8 is doing a fine job, and quite affordable...
Forum: General Talk 01-18-2019, 05:13 AM  
Amazon suck.
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 40
Views: 1,736
I can't understand people having a go at you, I think you handled it very well, for an online chat, although while doing so you probably uttered a few words to yourself, that might have been not so civilized, which is also understandable.

I think that you gave them ample time to reconsider the "contract" of the sale, through chat.

I'm sure their rep on the line with you was not offended by it, it's his job and I'm sure he's had much tougher conversations and situations than that.

Unfortunately, stuff like this tends to happen in big companies who dominate the market, and I suspect "price mixups" like this might not always be "mistakes"
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-17-2019, 05:07 AM  
Nippon Camera Ricoh/Pentax 2019 Interview
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 887
Views: 44,314
Perhaps cabin fever;)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 01-17-2019, 04:16 AM  
Hello
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 13
Views: 492
Hi, welcome to the forums. Enjoy your time here and keep on posting photos:)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-16-2019, 07:58 AM  
Nippon Camera Ricoh/Pentax 2019 Interview
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 887
Views: 44,314
Any numbers if all ILC is taken into account?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-16-2019, 12:36 AM  
Ricoh booth at CP+
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 474
Views: 30,895
If that is the final look of the stand, with no Pentax anywhere, what would that suggest Ricoh really think of the future of the brand?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-15-2019, 11:58 PM  
Sony A6400
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 37
Views: 1,604
Just think how that would sell if it has the name "Pentax" on it;)
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 01-15-2019, 06:20 AM  
Getting aperture control block on my K-S2 :(
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 111
Views: 8,345
I don't know deep your investment in Pentax is, but if I was a first time customer and had such an experience, I would sell that lens and move to another system. Perhaps you can try and report this to Pentax and see if you can get some out of warranty repair, taking into account your low shutter count, and once it's fixed sell it and still move on, who knows how long the repair will last and if they don't use the original failed parts to do the repair.:(
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-15-2019, 06:10 AM  
Kodachrome 64 "look"
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 17
Views: 1,178
Thanks, I'll look into it...
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-15-2019, 05:16 AM  
Kodachrome 64 "look"
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 17
Views: 1,178
I do shoot RAW+, but with 13-hour workdays, 6 days a week, finding time for PP is limited. That's the reason I'm trying to find an alternative...
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-15-2019, 04:35 AM  
Kodachrome 64 "look"
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 17
Views: 1,178
Thanks, if I can just get something close to those colors, I'll be very happy:)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-15-2019, 04:24 AM  
Second hand k30
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 12
Views: 588
Perhaps Pentax aperture block failure, might also be the reason you got it so cheap....
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-15-2019, 02:00 AM  
Kodachrome 64 "look"
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 17
Views: 1,178
Hi, have anyone tried to emulate the "look" of Kodachrome 64, by changing the camera JPEG settings, and if so, how successful and what settings or changes did they make?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-11-2019, 02:19 AM  
Nippon Camera Ricoh/Pentax 2019 Interview
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 887
Views: 44,314
Is it realistic to expect them to come out with more DA lenses, or more realistic to expect more FF lenses, which can also be used on APSC, especially considering their limited resources?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-09-2019, 06:09 AM  
Nippon Camera Ricoh/Pentax 2019 Interview
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 887
Views: 44,314
Agreed, they need something at the lower end, with reasonable specifications and price,to lure new entrants into the brand....
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-09-2019, 04:51 AM  
Nippon Camera Ricoh/Pentax 2019 Interview
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 887
Views: 44,314
If they can produce anything with flip screen and performance comparable to the KP, even with a little less features, weighing less than 500g, I'll be all over it.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-08-2019, 04:16 AM  
Nippon Camera Ricoh/Pentax 2019 Interview
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 887
Views: 44,314
Would it ensure the survival of the brand if they supply lenses for other mounts, and if so why haven't they started long ago?
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 01-04-2019, 11:07 PM  
Running K-50 firmware on K-30
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 173
Views: 32,309
Thank you for making this available, I've loaded the version with the name change and so far so good.

I haven't had a chance for extensive testing, but just one point that I immediately discovered, and someone with more knowledge might chime in to say if it's possible, or if I'm dreaming:)

My K-30 had it's mirror box replaced due to the aperture motor failure, or something like that. I was never satisfied after that, as the difference in exposure between using OVF and LV, was about 1.5 stops, after this download, it seems normal, about 1/3 of a stop...
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