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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-13-2018, 10:53 PM  
Will we see Eye-AF on Pentax cameras anytime soon
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 51
Views: 2,490
Having used eye af for a while now all I can say is that it‘s a revelation. Hope that Pentax finds a way to implement it into their cameras.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-27-2018, 01:33 PM  
Pentax K-1ii VS Sony A7iii (Am I switching to the dark side?)
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 91
Views: 8,564
I‘ve just switched after 12 years of Pentax. The A7III is a huge step forward (even though not flawless).
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-16-2018, 09:12 AM  
Will we see Eye-AF on Pentax cameras anytime soon
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 51
Views: 2,490
Yes, that's what I meant. I always do select where to put focus to. However, I'm more or less restricted to the center (and more or less closely around it). Will it be expanded (as it is possible in Liveview) for the optical viewfinder also someday or is this not/hardly possible for an OVF camera/DSLR?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-16-2018, 08:49 AM  
Will we see Eye-AF on Pentax cameras anytime soon
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 51
Views: 2,490
Okay guys, one last attempt to save my Pentax soul... hope you can do it ;)

I just got the Sony A7 III today. Well, I don't particularly like the EVF (from an "optical" point of view ;)). However, I like it's functions.
As you can see here (Some travel issues with Pentax lenses. Or: Will there be a 15-30mm f4. anytime "soon" - Page 3 - PentaxForums.com) I just took two pictures, (one K-1, One Sony). What I like/love about the Sony is that you have so many focus points you can freely choose from. You all know that we are kind of restricted to the center when it comes to Pentax. I assume it would have been hard for me to compose the "Sony picture" with a K-1 without risking lose the point I focused at (the eyes), since I would have to pivot and this isn't the best thing to do, I suppose.

Here are my questions:

- Will we see (from a technical point of view) a much wider area to choose focus points from or is this technically impossible to do for a DSLR? If I remember correctly also Nikons and Canons mostly have there focus points stuck to the center of the viewfinder...

- Shifting focus via touchscreen is a nice thing. Am I right when I say it's possible for Pentax to do this even on a DSLR?

Thanks for all your expertise.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2018, 08:43 AM  
Some travel issues with Pentax lenses. Or: Will there be a 15-30mm f4. anytime "soon"
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 46
Views: 3,172
Actually I cannot confirm this (pictures being flat etc.). I really like the Sony pictures I saw. Remind me a lot of Pentax. In contrast, even though lots of people are euphoric about Fuji and its colors, I've never been the biggest fan of them.
However, I liked the Sony colors from the beginning.

A very quick shot.

1) Sony A7 III FE85 1.8
2) Pentax K-1 FA77 1.8

Unfortunately not form the same angle etc. Sony was closer. Also, Pentax (well, no EVF) was underexposed. So I made it brighter by raising exposure in Apple Foto (normal Capture One is my program, but don't know why but it wouldn't import/display Sony RAWs, so I used Apple Photo as a quick replacement).

Sony lenses are really great. Sharp and very lovely bokeh. However, still I have to give the FA77 1.8 credit. Being from the film era, it kind of excels on the K-1.

What's your take?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-12-2018, 11:42 AM  
Will we see Eye-AF on Pentax cameras anytime soon
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 51
Views: 2,490
Where do you use them? We'll see.
Will also test the FA77 1.8 on K-1 vs. the FE85 1.8 on the Sony A7 III.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-12-2018, 09:53 AM  
Will we see Eye-AF on Pentax cameras anytime soon
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 51
Views: 2,490
Alright, today I ordered a Sony A7 III. I love Pentax and still I hope that I won't like the EVF ;)

But you have to give them credit for this model. It's fabulous what they did to the AF. It can also remember faces, so you can save them after having taken one picture of them before so the camera will recognize the face and always focus on this face even when other people are on the scene.

I saw a video where they tested how good eye focus works when the person is far way. It still works lots of meters away from the camera even in ultra wide angle. This is stunning. Also, it recognizes the eye that's closer to the lens, since normally you want to have this one in focus.

More to come. I also ordered a FE85 1.8. Let's see how it is. I love my Limited 77 1.8.
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-11-2018, 11:29 AM  
Who of you uses Automatic 33 (AF) on the K-1 (and for which purpose)?
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 4
Views: 667
As someone who has always shifted the focus to the subject through the viewfinder and as someone who has sometimes been struggling to catch a scene (e.g. when doing street photography) I wonder whether the AF33 automatic would be a useable option/improvement under certain circumstances.

So I'm curious whether there are people who use this kind of autofocusing, letting the camera decide what to focus on? If you use it how and when?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-11-2018, 07:44 AM  
Will we see Eye-AF on Pentax cameras anytime soon
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 51
Views: 2,490
Thanks for all your answers. Seems pretty clear that we won't see it on a Pentax. :(

Well, what's the use of discussing whether you REALLY need something or not... in Germany the majority says no-one needs an automatic gearbox. Basically they are right since you can shift manually. If I'm not mistaken most Americans have cars with automatic gearboxes. So do I. Why not, if it helps and makes thinks more convenient. It's the result that matters. If you have seen how unbelievable good it works, you know that you might miss a lot of shots when you don't have it, since it's so accurate and quick.
I did miss some shots using my K-1/K-3/K-5/K-10. But still I got a lot of good shots :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-10-2018, 01:38 PM  
Will we see Eye-AF on Pentax cameras anytime soon
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 51
Views: 2,490
like on the Sony A7 III or is it technically not possible to implement it on a DSLR when focusing through the viewfinder?

I fell in love with this feature. However, I try everything to justify staying with Pentax cameras, so maybe there's a chance to see this implemented on Pentax DSLR as well?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-10-2018, 01:05 AM  
Some travel issues with Pentax lenses. Or: Will there be a 15-30mm f4. anytime "soon"
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 46
Views: 3,172
First, let me say thank you very much for all the insightful and helpful feedback you provided! I really appreciate this! Normally I use to reply to every single answer I get but in this case it will take me hours I guess ;).

So I try to summarize the thoughts that came up while reading all your valuable answers. Hopefully I don't miss too many of your points...

Maybe it's also useful to provide the "frame" for my pondering. I'm going back to Georgia (not US ;)) at the end of July and I really hope that I can continue my little report on this country that keeps fascinating me. Since my wife and a friend will also join me (both of them don't shoot), it's not only about photography. Still I hope to have enough time to take the pictures I want to take.
If you want to get an idea of this frame, just scroll through the pages here (just look at my postings (user: zeitlos)

Georgien (Kaukasus): Reise nach Eurasien - einige Eindrücke. ? Pentaxians

In case you are interested in the facts I provide in addition to the picture, maybe google translator function can help you.

In the following I will try to address some of the points you've made.

First, the majority of the pictures in this "blog" are taken with a Pentax APS-C camera using the 16-50mm 2.8 most of the time. I also had my 50-135mm 2.8 with me and some additional lenses like the three FA Limiteds for example. Weight was never an issue. Indeed, after some month with my K-1 I really considered going back to APS-C. However, the grip of the Pentax KP would never (not even with the largest one) fit my needs... unfortunately. Plus: SDM-issues with the to DA* lenses mentioned would bother me too much. A few month later I have decided that I won't go back to APS-C. Maybe it's stupid, since I really never missed something but currently I can't imagine to downgrade in terms of the sensor.

For this upcoming trip I bought a Lowepro Tactic 450AW to bring all the gear I need (or rather think I might need ;)) to Georgia.
Currently, the Tactic 450 will carry the K-1, a K-30 backup, a 28-105, 15-30, FA 43 Limited, FA 77 Limited, Tamron 70-200 2.8.

Besides I also have the following lenses
Samyang 20mm 1.8 (bought it a few month ago for ultra wide angle, however, I rather prefer zooms and I'm not really good at ultra wide angle shots...)
Pentax 24-70mm 2.8 (I took it once to a vacation in America (San Francisco/California etc.) but hardly ever used it. It's too bulky for me. Too heavy and too big diameter. I can't enjoy it while walking around. Also too heavy on the shoulder using a PeakDesign Strap on longer walks => so decided to not take it on vacation/photo trips anymore. Will use it deliberately when I have to shoot something like a family party or so when light conditions require f2.8...)
Pentax FA35 2.0 (sold my FA31 1.8 a few month ago for it since I hardly ever used it...)
Pentax DA* 200 2.8
Pentax F 135 2.8 (once considered it as a replacement for the Tamron 70-200, however, it's not as flexible as I need it in the situations where I use the Tamron I suppose => events; and my Tamron is an excellent copy, bloody sharp at f2.8 already)
Pentax M100 2.8
Pentax M50 2.8

This brings me to the next aspect. I roughly calculated how much I'd get for my equipment if sold, which would be about 5500 Euro. So this would enable a transition to Sony I guess.
I also did the math and calculated weight to compare both (actually three) systems:

Olympus M1 II + 12-24 f2.8 + 7-14 2.8 + 35-100 2.8 => 1750 g
Pentax K-1 + 28-105 + 15-30 + Tamron 70-200 => 3350 g
Sony A7 III + 24-105 f4 / 28-75 2.8 + 16-35 f4 + 70-200 f4 => 2500 g


In figures this 850 grams might not be worth all the trouble. But when I first held a A7 III with an 24-105mm f4 lens attached to it in my hands yesterday, I was astonished who perfect this combination is with respect to its weight/balance. That's what I was used to when shooting APS-C with my Pentax K-5/3... In addition, it would bring some advantages that one can't deny (focusing points actually covering the whole viewfinder, perfectly working eye-focus... => btw. will we ever see something like that in a Pentax? Is it possible to have it in a DSLR as well (focusing through the VF)?

Then again, Pentax wants to introduce a 70-200 f4. If it's around 850 g I'd loose 450g again so the Pentax gear would be something like 2900 g.
This raises the question if it's worth all the "trouble" switching systems then. When I can manage to replace my 15-30mm in a sensible way (best with a 15-30 f4) I will probably even match the Sony system in weight (but still miss some of it's advantages => when I read the comment of the user here that has both systems I had to draw the conclusion that actually I'm not really benefiting form the advantages the Pentax brings along since I don't need its higher resolution...). Btw. Thanks for the idea of using an APS-C wide angle lens instead. I appreciate the suggestion. However, I'm sure that I would find myself frustrated in the end since I won't be capable enough to manage it properly... :(

As you can see from my calculation. I've also thought about MfT, however, I'm not interested in losing image quality in low light conditions since when traveling I cannot always (or hardly ever ;)) influence those conditions.

Hm, I will read all your comments again. Maybe I'll be able to make a final decision anytime soon. It's interesting to see that I'm not the only one to suffer from the same shortcomings...

Thank you very much again for your contributions! I highly appreciate it and I'm sure I won't be the only one benefiting from your comments.

Edit: In addition to my Lowepro Tactic 450AW a few days ago I just bought a Tamrac Expedition 3. I wanted to have a small backpack where I can put my 70-200 and 15-30mm (plus maybe the FA77 1.8) inside since I've tried a should bag for that purpose finding that it's way to heavy to carry it around. It also enables me to include my Rollei Carbon Traveler tripod. (See pictures). I also have the PeakDesign Capture but I'm still struggling to use it with the Tamron 70-200mm 2.8 / Pentax 15-30mm 2.8 => to heavy/lagre.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-09-2018, 02:47 PM  
Some travel issues with Pentax lenses. Or: Will there be a 15-30mm f4. anytime "soon"
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 46
Views: 3,172
I'm currently seriously thinking about abandoning my Pentax system and buying a Sony A7 III instead. The main reasons for this consideration is that I really am kind of tired of traveling with big lenses. Just bought a 15-30mm Pentax to cover the ultra wide angle range my 28-105mm can't cover. I'm convinced that this is an excellent lens, however, for traveling and constantly carrying it together with the Tamron 70-200mm 2.8 all day long becomes more and more a burden for me.

I know that Pentax is about to introduce a shorter/lighter 70-200mm (f4) lens, which I appreciate. However, I would also like to see a trimmed version of the 15-30mm 2.8. Especially in wide angle, I don't really need f2.8. So a 15-30mm (or so) f4 would be a vital improvement which might hold me back from switching since my backpack could finally lose some weight.

Anyone out there who has read/heard something that hints into this direction? I see no reason why they should spare out this lens since all their competitors have a lighter ultra wide angle zoom within their product line.

Carrying a K-1 and an attached 70-200mm 2.8 or also the Pentax 15-30mm 2.8 via a PeakDesing camera strap isn't that much fun.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-19-2018, 03:22 PM  
Is my FA35 2.0 as sharp as it should?
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 35
Views: 1,978
@mike: My K-1 should be back by Wednesday. So more results coming up.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-18-2018, 06:35 AM  
Is my FA35 2.0 as sharp as it should?
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 35
Views: 1,978
Thanks again for your valuable advise. Took some first "real world shots" today (with my K-30).
Think it's okay. Developed in Capture One Pro 11/CE4. What would you say? A keeper?

Pentax FA 35mm / F2.0 - Lens Club* ? Pentaxians


Btw. Also ordered a poster for focus testing. So an appropriate 2-D test will follow up.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-15-2018, 12:36 AM  
Is my FA35 2.0 as sharp as it should?
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 35
Views: 1,978
Alright, am I jumping to conclusions when I say that my copy seems to have a problem or at least doesn't meet demands as far as I can expect a certain image quality from it?

I will do some more testing but actually I assume that it's rather soft. Next question would be if one (service) could do something against it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-14-2018, 02:05 PM  
Is my FA35 2.0 as sharp as it should?
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 35
Views: 1,978
No problem, Steve. I appreciate your comments!


Stefan

---------- Post added 02-14-2018 at 10:06 PM ----------



Yes, everything K-30. FA35 and FA43 Limited.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-14-2018, 12:44 PM  
Is my FA35 2.0 as sharp as it should?
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 35
Views: 1,978
Thanks Steve! Seems as if I have to adjust again.

However, what's puzzling. Why does the FA43 deliver under same conditions with same settings?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-14-2018, 10:27 AM  
Is my FA35 2.0 as sharp as it should?
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 35
Views: 1,978
This time you seem to be as baffled as I am ;) :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-14-2018, 03:25 AM  
Is my FA35 2.0 as sharp as it should?
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 35
Views: 1,978
Thank you all very much for your answers! I really appreciate your support and willingness to share your expertise with me.

So I took a tripod today and followed the instructions given her, shot a series of pictures from F2.0 - F 3.5.
Uploaded the RAW-Files again to my Dropbox.

The first shot is shot using live view, the second one the viewfinder.

I'm a little bit disillusioned... I knew that the FA35 2.0 isn't a FA31 1.8 Limited. But from my jugement I'd say it starts to be (really) sharp (at the center) from f3.2 on. (maybe f2.8). As someone has mentioned (interesting point of view) maybe it's not that important to focus on sharpness first and foremost. However, when using a prime I'd expect some kind of sharpness.
You guys seem to struggle as well how to judge it. Some say it's good, others view it as rather lagging behind...

Btw. I'd say that both versions (liveview/viewfinder) look pretty much the same. Would you agree with my conclusion when I say that this indicates that there's no really back or front focus? Rather a soft copy? Have to see whether focus adjustment can make things better.

Well, maybe you'll disagree completely and say that it's sharp.

Pictures are located here again (look for the newer ones) Dropbox - FA35 2.0

What's your take on the new ones?

Thank you in advance for all your efforts!

P.S. Again, focus on the right eye (objet's left eye)

---------- Post added 02-14-2018 at 11:41 AM ----------

For comparison. My FA43 1.9 Limited:

Dropbox - FA43 1.9
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-13-2018, 10:00 AM  
Is my FA35 2.0 as sharp as it should?
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 35
Views: 1,978
Thank you all for your helpful and elaborated feedback! I really appreciate it!

As you've assumed correctly I haven't applied "scientific" standards, just shot without using a tripod. However, sometimes this also works with other lenses ;). I hardly ever miss a shot for example using my FA43 1.9
But you're right, to be sure I should use a tripod, the live view etc. I will get back with some more shots when this is done. Unfortunately my K-1 isn't here again so I could only use my K-30 to do some testing. Does this make sense? But center sharpness of the lens should also be testable when using a APS-C cam, right?

Actually some of my lenses are softer or lack contrast wide open. But stoping them down (often by just one stop) improves the image quality and sharpness significantly. My copy of the FA35 however needs to be stopped down quite a few stops to get really sharp in the center (at least judging from the view shots shown here in this thread). That's what really surprised me.

@Adam: Thanks for your comment as well! Yes, I shouldn't expect same image quality from the FA35 in comparison to the FA31. But at least, I wanna get as close as possible ;).

The reason I sold the FA31 wasn't it's image quality. I really liked it a lot (Lausbub ? Scallywag | the-living-years | Flickr).

But I hardly used it on APS-C. And I found out that when traveling (that's where 95% of my photos are made) I prefer to leave it at home since I'm afraid of damaging it on the journey... ;) So the FA35 came in handy due to its lower price tag ;).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-13-2018, 08:14 AM  
Is my FA35 2.0 as sharp as it should?
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 35
Views: 1,978
Just bought a FA35 2.0 after selling my FA31 1.8 Limited. Now I'm not really sure about its results. While I really like the way it renders, I'm not 100% sure about the sharpness of my copy. Would you help me judge my copy in terms of sharpness? Maybe some of you also have a FA35 2.0 and are able to say a few words about the performance of my copy.

Took some pictures from f2.0 - f3.5 etc. to see if it's spot on and sharp. Focus was on the right eye (from my perspective).
Would you say it's okay?

Uploaded the pics on my dropbox:

Dropbox - FA35 2.0

Would be very happy if you could help me judge my copy. I appreciate your support.

Pictures taken in RAW, just exported from C1 using the JPEG-Format
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-06-2018, 12:46 PM  
Pentax DA* 60-250 vs. Tamron 70-200 on FF (K1) – which one would you pick?
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 31
Views: 3,925
Here in Germany, I asked some repair and assembly shops for cameras whether they can do it. Only one (so far) has said yes and successfully done it before. Well, not exactly from Germany but close (Austria). 140,- euro plus around 35 Euro for shipping. Makes about 175 Euro. Makes me think whether I should do it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-05-2018, 12:11 PM  
Pentax DA* 60-250 vs. Tamron 70-200 on FF (K1) – which one would you pick?
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 31
Views: 3,925
Thanks again for commenting. I'm having a hard time currently. My K-1 is for repair so I can only try the 60-250 on my K-30.
Initially after receiving it I was more or less sure that I wouldn't keep it since it's not that much smaller (nor lighter) than my Tamron 70-200. Well, it has advantages in my camera bag, but I will find a solution for the Tamron to fit in equally well.
However, shooting the 60-250 taught me that it's a Pentax. I like it's colors, the way it renders the background. Okay, just some first shots but well I like what I see.

Pentax DA* 60-250mm / F4,0 IF SDM - Lens Club* ? Pentaxians


Now I'm in a quandary... don't want to keep both, need to clear my head in order to be able to get clean shots... ;) However, my Tamron 2.8 is REALLY GOOD at 2.8. and having the chance to shoot at 2.8 instead of 4.0 sometimes makes the difference...

I would have to spend an additional 140,- euro (plus shipping costs) to modify the Pentax 60-250 for FF...

Hm, not easy! :(
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-29-2018, 02:04 PM  
Pentax DA* 60-250 vs. Tamron 70-200 on FF (K1) – which one would you pick?
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 31
Views: 3,925
Thanks! Interesting.

But the 60-250 + teleconverter has never really been an option for me. Anyways, I just bought a used copy of the 60-250mm today (well, now I'm waiting for it to arrive). I quite confident that I'm gonna be satisfied with it.
I'll keep my Tamron 70-200mm since I got a very good copy, sharp from early on (that means already at f2.8). However, when I'm traveling the 28-105mm plus 60-250mm will be my number one choice. I think, this will do.

I will also take my F135mm 2.8 along, in case I need to shoot under low light conditions. Also the FA35 2.0 and the Limited FA77 1.8.
Besides I will have the Samyang 20mm f1.8 as well, so I think that I'm gonna be set for a lot of different situations. What I already like about the Pentax 60-250 is that it seems to fit perfectly into my Loewepro Protactic 450.

I really hope that I will enjoy the combo 28-105 + 60-250 for traveling since I will leave my Pentax 24-70 2.8 and the Tamron 70-200mm 2.8 at home!

Travelling photography is what I like most (e.g. here: Georgien (Kaukasus): Reise nach Eurasien - einige Eindrücke. ? Pentaxians) and what I mostly (90%) use my equipment for. When I went to the 1 1/2 years ago I realized that I didn't really enjoy my K-1 with the Pentax 24-70mm since it was to bulky for me. Hardly took any pictures. Hopefully this will change. Hopefully I won't regret going for the 28-105 and 60-250mm...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-28-2018, 02:56 AM  
Pentax DA* 60-250 vs. Tamron 70-200 on FF (K1) – which one would you pick?
Posted By zeitlos
Replies: 31
Views: 3,925
I've made up my mind: it won't be the 50-135 plus teleconverter.
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