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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-29-2021, 12:19 PM  
HD Pentax 21mm Limited Giveaway: Post here to enter the raffle! (Nov 22 - Dec 29)
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 2,957
Views: 49,090
I've joined the competition. The 21 Ltd would well match the 31mm, 43mm and 77mm.
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-29-2021, 12:15 PM  
Portrait focussing techniques.
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 55
Views: 1,788
So far, I use the spot AF and target the eye. Mostly, it works. Of course, re-composing after focussing bears the risk of losing focus. Also, through the viewfinder, you do not really see whether the camera focusses on the eye ore the eyebrow. You can only verify it after the shot. When my model wore glasses, the AF grabbed the frame as perfect target, it was not possible to focus on the eye. For portraits, there is a clear advantage of mirrorless cameras with eye-AF. They can also handle moving targets, with focus following the eye, while Pentax can handle only static portraits.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-29-2021, 11:58 AM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 23,411
Views: 2,190,539
K-1 with 5.6/400mm, f11, 1/500s
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-29-2021, 11:47 AM  
Will we ever get a 400mm f2.8 lens for sports photographers?
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 157
Views: 8,431
Of course some people would like to have a 2.8/400mm or 4.0/600mm, and some remember the times when Pentax really offered them. But since then, Pentax has become a very small manufacturer. The stop for the 560mm lens showed, that there are not enough customers, and a 4/600mm would be much more expensive. Most customers for such lenses are professionals, and Pentax is not in that segment. Nikon and Canon are, and Sony wants to enter it. I guess, Pentax came to the conclusion, that the 150-450mm lens, together with the K3M3 as an Extender, covers practically all of the amateur market.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-29-2021, 11:00 AM  
D FA 21mm F2.4 Limited reports/samples starting to appear
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 393
Views: 20,029
I am wondering whether I should buy the 21mm Ltd or the 15-30mm. I see very impressive photographs taken with 15mm, and the 21mm would be just the middle of the zoom range. On Black Friday sales, the 15-30mm came down to the 21mm, but I was undecisive yet. What could be the advantage, beside weight, of choosing the 21mm Ltd?
Forum: General Photography 12-29-2021, 05:42 AM  
Your favourite gear acquisition of 2021
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 91
Views: 3,277
Nothing big this year, I had to recover from last year, almost bought the 21mm on Black Friday sales. OK, something small: Some film rolls. I inherited (so no purchase) a 6x9 camera which I have to try out now.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-26-2021, 06:13 AM  
K-1 and KP as a duo?
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 64
Views: 3,022
The KP may be a good camera, but if you already have the K1, you should think on system level. It is certainly an advantage to have the same batteries for all your stuff. Adding an APS body to an FF equipment, is not a bad idea, I myself consider it for me, too. First, you have a back-up camera, second, a better tele-converter.

KP: D-Li109
K3: D-Li90
K1: D-Li90
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 12-25-2021, 02:02 PM  
Does the K1 Mark II still make sense to buy today? Is there an Mark III in the works?
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 134
Views: 9,368
Nobody knows the strategy of Pentax. For the APS line, they have just done something. A new K1M3 could be a FF version of the K3M3, hopefully keeping the flexible display and the GPS receiver. What will they do with the 645Z? A new model with the same sensor is impossible, currently it is just equal to the small Fuji model GFX50s. An upgrade should be about 100MP then, but do they have the lenses for that? As Fuji started its MF line only a few years ago, all of their lenses are new designs.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-27-2021, 01:53 AM  
Pentax K-70 Giveaway first snow
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 5
Views: 222
Currently I am using the K-1 as my only digital camera, and I am very happy with it in general. Only sometimes I wish more focal length, for which an APS camera could work. In the telephoto area, it could help to pick the special detail out of the scene, like the tiles in the shown photo. In the macrophoto area, it would help to keep distance by changing my 100mm lens to effectively 150mm. For macrophotos, the K-70 would be even better than the new K-3 because it has the turnable display.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-10-2021, 09:20 AM  
Why the heck Ricoh didn't include a tripod collar with the D-FA 70-210?
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 39
Views: 3,249
That is exactly the target group that does not go with a tripod - my opinion.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-18-2021, 12:50 PM  
Giveaway: HD Pentax-FA 31/43/77mm | Enter here once per day until July 31st
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 2,870
Views: 65,203
working on Sundays is forbidden, but....

BR Nuftur
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-18-2021, 12:44 PM  
I just don't understand Pentax
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 107
Views: 7,826
We must consider, that Pentax has become a very small company. They can do only one step after the next, and they still have three fields: APS, FF, and MF. FF got the very good 50mm and 85mm star lenses, APS now got the K3M3 and the appropriate 16-50mm star lens in the same year. I am pleased, as this shows that Pentax is still investing. Only the MF seems to be neglected. Perhaps they were fully occupied with the mentioned parts in APC and MF.

BR, Nuftur
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-18-2021, 12:20 PM  
Do you ever take off your CPL filter?
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 49
Views: 2,262
Is this a serious question? In all situations, where you do not want to reduce reflections, it only takes almost two stops, either in time or in aperture.

BR Nuftur
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-18-2021, 12:05 PM  
Nature Megalania
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 6
Views: 310
And - how well did the eye tracking work?

BR Nuftur
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-18-2021, 05:40 AM  
Hi all. New Pentax film user.
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 15
Views: 459
I have been using an MZ5 for many years, and after playing with my new K-1 only after I bought it, I now start again with film, at least sometimes. Its a different feeling. You have prepare more thoroughly, you cannot simply shoot and see the result and apply corrections immediately, and meanwhile exposure bracketing is also expensive.

Have fun!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-18-2021, 05:26 AM  
To hood or not to hood?
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 73
Views: 2,574
I always use a hood. Not only against the sun, it also seems that less dust falls on the lens, if you have a big hood.

BR Nuftur
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-18-2021, 05:20 AM  
Why are macro lens so sharp?
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 32
Views: 1,765
I would say macro lenses must be good, because if you do any repro with them, distortion, lack of flatness etc would become visible. And moderate apertures help to achieve that.

BR Nuftur
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-18-2021, 05:07 AM  
Introducing the HD Pentax-DA★ 16-50mm f/2.8 ED PLM AW
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 143
Views: 10,017
I am happy that this lens appears, although I will not buy it (because I use FF) as it shows, that Pentax is still investing.

BR Nuftur
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-11-2021, 05:53 AM  
Metz flash update - device not seen by the computer
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 6
Views: 1,314
Got it fixed!
The trick is, to apply the same procedure, using the same cables, just on another computer, running on the same O/S.
I'm sorry that I cannot explain it,

BR Nuftur
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-10-2021, 01:12 PM  
Metz flash update - device not seen by the computer
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 6
Views: 1,314
My computer runs with W10 and has all updates.

I have changed various cables and connectors.

I have also uninstalled the Metz SW and re-installed it, and restarted the computer.
Nothing works.

BR Nuftur
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-10-2021, 12:11 PM  
Metz flash update - device not seen by the computer
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 6
Views: 1,314

I would like to update the firmware of my Metz flashes M400 and 64 AF-1.

I have downloaded and installed the updater sw from Metz.

Unfortunately the process stops already by that the computer does not see the flashes as a USB device.
I have tried several cables already, on different ports, but nothing helps. And as long as the computer does not see the USB device, the updater also says "no compatible device found", of course.

What is the trick?

Many thanks,
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-25-2020, 05:41 AM  
IPA suitable for cleaning?
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 31
Views: 2,661

so far I thought, IPA would be a good means for cleaning lens surfaces. In the instructions for my latest lens (85mm), Pentax write to "never use any organic solvent such as thinner, alcohol, or benzine, etc. to remove dust on the lens". Is this said only to avoid that people use by mistake one of the aggressive ones, or ist IPA indeed also not usable? I believed, IPA is the ideal solvent - removing fat, not aggressive, not water, not leaving traces. I hope, I did not damage coatings in the past.

Many thanks for your opinion,
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-14-2020, 01:23 PM  
2021 Pentax Lens Tournament My favourite lens
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 0
Views: 65
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 11-22-2020, 03:43 AM  
Pentax K-70 Giveaway - November - Enter here once per day!
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 2,136
Views: 61,448
Found some interesting topics to reply at.

BR Nuftur
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-22-2020, 03:38 AM  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By Nuftur
Replies: 23,411
Views: 2,190,539
I like my 400mm lens for isolating things.
BR Nuftur
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