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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-23-2019, 06:39 PM  
My 15mm Ltd is gone. What to replace it with?
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 27
Views: 1,634
How about a DA* 16-50? Covers a lot of bases, is a stop faster, Weather sealed, and the colours on the DA* lenses are outstanding. I usually shoot Limitedís but just shot 2 Weddings with the DA* 16-50 on the KP. It did not disappoint and allowed me to shoot 95% of both events with a single camera and lens.
Forum: General Photography 08-19-2019, 03:35 AM  
How to be a Happy Photographer
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 26
Views: 1,756
Another way to be a happy photographer is to: ďshoot people and sometimes cut off their headsĒ least thatís what the t-shirt says: I Shoot People and Sometimes Cut Off Their Heads Photographer Unisex T Shirt: Clothing & Accessories
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-11-2019, 02:44 PM  
McBain Camera - Pentax D-FA 50mm f1.4 SDM AW HD Lens
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 3
Views: 535
Iíve had Pentax special orders through Henryís and they have been dreadfully slow (6-7 weeks). The local camera store usually get items in 3-4 weeks which is better. My last 3 Pentax purchases (all in the last few months) have been either through Camera Canada or All 3 have arrived within a week. In our highly connected world waiting a month or more is no longer an acceptable standard unless the price is one heck of a deal.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-30-2019, 04:57 AM  
Upgrade Question - Upcoming ASP-C Flagship or K1 Mk ii ?
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 43
Views: 3,340
I got tired of waiting for a new APS-C flagship as an upgrade for my K-5II. I was skeptical about the KP with itís smaller buffer and battery as well as lack of a top screen. Back in March I bought a KP and havenít looked back! Itís a significant upgrade in IQ, low light performance and AF speed. Took a couple of weeks to get used to the ergonomics. Now the K-5II is a back up only...until I purchase a second KP!
Forum: General Photography 07-15-2019, 02:58 AM  
What single thing improved your photography the most?
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 84
Views: 4,602
Selling off all my zooms in 2014 and spending 4 years shooting primes (HD DA Limitedís) only - before buying the DA* 60-250. The primes made me think more about the process, positioning, composition and visualizing what I want to capture in advance. The Limitedís also squeeze every possible bit of sharpness out of the sensor and deliver a superb drawing style.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-20-2019, 03:41 AM  
Travel Remembering Islay ...
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 15
Views: 576
Iím envious. A Laphroaig drinker here. Sounds like my dream vacation. Sadly This yearís trip will be Portugal but itís still a great photo destination.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-18-2019, 07:34 AM  
Greeting from a Canadian Apologist
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 12
Views: 537
Greetings from the rock! From Vancouver to St. John's Pentax weather sealing is essential here in the Great White (and rainy) North!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-14-2019, 03:07 AM  
Pentax KP J Limited edition released
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 138
Views: 13,425
Why not offer the grip and cover as an ďAnniversary KitĒ for existing KP owners or even just a series of custom grips for a limited time outside of Japan. Tap into the entire KP audience.
Forum: General Photography 06-14-2019, 02:50 AM  
Fullframe camera is for whom?
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 52
Views: 3,194
I have had 36Ē x 24Ē prints made by a local print shop on gallery quality canvas that were shot on my humble16 MP K-5II. These were taken with a tripod and remote. Some are slower shutter speeds, some are not. No issues with IQ, highlight and shadow details or lack of detail when viewed up close. A little work in Lightroom helps them pop. Now I have a few files shot with the KP that have also been sent in - to be printed on 36Ē x 24Ē - looking forward to seeing the printed result. 24 MP APS-C is easily capable of delivering high quality prints larger than 12Ē x 18Ē.

The key advantages of the larger sensor are low light performance and shallow depth of field. When it comes to low light performance the KP is no slouch either.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-11-2019, 03:27 AM  
K-1 size and weight question
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 29
Views: 2,378
Iím sure the K1II is awesome. I handled a K-1 a year ago and didnít find to to be much bigger tan my K-5II. That said when I upgraded a few months ago the KP was my choice. I have all 5 HD DA Ltd primes and with the KP I can only describe the match as perfection!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-26-2019, 05:06 AM  
Advice for new KP user: lenses
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 41
Views: 2,128
You already have a 35 & a 50. As others have stated the 15 will round out your current kit nicely. I have been shooting with HD DA Limitedís since 2015. Depending on travel destination my compact travel setup is either HD DA 21/40/70 or HD DA 15/35/70. Given that you have a 35mm lens the 15 is the logical choice. I started shooting Limitedís on a K-5II and recently upgraded to a KP. The KP with a Limited lens is pure joy to shoot with.
Forum: Pentax KP 05-20-2019, 05:02 AM  
K-30 to KP
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 37
Views: 2,335
I added a Peak Design clutch and used the larger grip when transitioning from the K-5II to the KP. It helped a lot especially when shooting with HD DA Limitedís. Clutch Camera Hand Strap | Peak Design Official Site
Forum: Pentax KP 05-12-2019, 02:22 PM  
Anyone using the Spiderlight holster and/or Spiderlight handstrap with a KP?
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 0
Views: 416
If so, how well does it work? What do you like about it? Anything that could be better?

The reason I ask is I'm considering ordering both items and it will be an international purchase and costly at that. It'd be ideal to hear from someone using one or both with a KP.

Thanks in Advance.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-10-2019, 02:59 AM  
K3 II vs KP
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 30
Views: 2,924
I overthought the KP as un upgrade for the past 2 years for my K-5II. When I finally pulled the trigger the improvement in IQ and AF was substantial. My concerns over buffer size and burst speed for shooting sports were unwarranted. Then I only shoot bursts of 3-5 frames at a time. The KP is an outstanding piece of kit.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-09-2019, 04:12 AM  
Rumours of HD Pentax-D FA 50-300mm f/4.5-5.6/6.3
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 97
Views: 12,077
I remember shooting sports with a SMC A 70-210 f/4 back in the early 90's. The DA* 60-250 is a HUGE improvement:D Not a lump at all!!!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-08-2019, 03:45 PM  
Rumours of HD Pentax-D FA 50-300mm f/4.5-5.6/6.3
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 97
Views: 12,077
Youíll appreciate tack sharp shots at f/4 with amazing colour!!!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 05-08-2019, 02:13 PM  
Flash modifiers
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 6
Views: 630
My first diffuser was a Sto-Fen which still gets used periodically. I also have coloured Sto-Fens, one for warming and another for cooling flash. These get used periodically when travelling with a light kit is important. I also use a Lastolite EZY-Box speed light 2 which is a terrific and small softbox that can be used with flash on camera. A pair of Cactus CB60ís are the workhorses Cactus CB-60W Foldable Soft Box White Reflector w/Grid 60cm - Cactus Store and you can also buy additional masks Cactus CM-60 Soft Box Mask Set - Cactus Store

The Cactus softboxes will work with AF540FGZ and Cactus flashes.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-05-2019, 12:32 PM  
Travelling with primes
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 65
Views: 3,829
I pack either a 15/35/70 combo or 21/40/70 depending on travel location. That said the 21 is my most used travel lens.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-05-2019, 12:29 PM  
Need a new camera
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 20
Views: 1,364
I was waiting for a new APS-C flagship but rolled the dice on a KP as an upgrade to my K-5II. No regrets! Fantastic ISO and image quality upgrade. Excellent AF upgrade. I bought an extra battery and that resolved my battery life concern. Prices on the KP are pretty good.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-05-2019, 04:15 AM  
Revisiting the DA* 60-250?
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 31
Views: 1,754
Iím shooting with a KP and K-5II. Most of my kit is all 5 HD DA Ltd primes and the D FA 100 Macro WR (which is really another limited as far as Iím concerned). My only zoom at the moment is the 60-250 however I have ordered a Sigma 17-50. Last year choosing between the DA* 60-250 and DA* 200 was a tough choice. The 60-250 has not disappointed and is a stack of primes with punchy colours - I selected it for flexibility. Most times I find myself using the lens at the 200mm focal length so the DA* 200 would have also been ideal. This year I considered adding the 200 to my kit for the extra stop of light but bought the KP for a little less cash and the improved ISO performance of settling the need for the wider aperture in low light. The 200 is lighter and perhaps a better match for both of your cameras. If I had a K-1 and a KP the 200 would be my choice. Good luck with your decision.
Forum: Pentax KP 04-29-2019, 02:48 AM  
Anyone Using the KP with the 300/4 lens?
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 13
Views: 1,503
Iím using the KP with the DA* 60-250 and find the AF better than it was using this lens on the K-5II. That said use the large grip. Youíll also want to add the battery grip for balance.
Forum: Pentax KP 04-21-2019, 02:09 PM  
Anyone shooting with the Sigma 17-50 f2.8 non OS on the KP?
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 8
Views: 717
Thanks for the input folks. Presently my only zoom is the DA* 60-250, everything else in the bag is. HD DA Limited prime or D FA 100 Macro WR. My walk around and landscape preferences are primes however I was looking for the zoom to shoot a few family events. I have tried a friendís DA* 16-50 in the past but want to keep cost down since purchasing a KP only 3 weeks ago.

Neutral, honest rendering is good - I prefer to adjust in post. The HD DA Limitedís are very true to life as well.
Forum: Pentax KP 04-21-2019, 06:28 AM  
Anyone shooting with the Sigma 17-50 f2.8 non OS on the KP?
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 8
Views: 717
How do you find this lens performs on the KP? How is the AF? Iím considering this lens as it is more budget friendly than the DA* 16-50.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-19-2019, 05:04 AM  
AF360FGZ ii flash unit is down for the count
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 13
Views: 872
I have the original AF360FGZ and have been using it periodically with heavy use each time for more than a decade - no issues. Can you please provide any tips on how I can kill it with normal use so I may obtain permission from the Chief Household Officer (my wife) to buy a new AF540FGZII? Thanks in advance for your help!!!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-19-2019, 04:55 AM  
Pentax, a forgotten camera brand
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 104
Views: 6,879
Pentax needs to have a presence in camera stores. Here in Canada the rep for Pentax is also the rep for Sigma, and several other lines. These reps sell whatís easy, whatís hot and what takes the least amount of effort.

Yesterday I brought my new KP into the office so a colleague could try it out. She shoots weddings for a living and works with us in the off season. This lady shoots with a pair of Canon 5D mkIIIís. Heading down south next month she didnít want to take one of the 5D beasts with her. After trying the KP with the HD DA 40, HD DA 21 and HD DA 70 she was impressed. Trying the KP in several work areas where she turned off the lights and let in only modest light from hallways or mostly closed blinds she became smitten with the KP and was blown away by the modest price. This lady plans on ordering a KP to add to her bag!

It just goes to show that putting a Pentax into non-Pentaxian hands is the best way to sell the product!
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