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Forum: General Photography 07-10-2020, 03:01 PM  
eBay purchases from JAPAN
Posted By dborked
Replies: 32
Views: 1,403
I've bought some items from Japan without any issue, they even arrived fairly quickly though that of course may be different now with everything going on. As others have stated, of course be careful to check the seller ratings.
Forum: General Talk 05-04-2020, 03:28 PM  
Will the Postal Service, UPS, Fed Ex stop delivering?
Posted By dborked
Replies: 97
Views: 4,738
Given everything going on with their funding I wonder if they just don't have the funds to supply enough masks to all their employees which is a shame. At least where I am in PA all the carriers I've seen have been wearing masks, though I've seen some delivery drivers who don't.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-01-2020, 05:28 PM  
Between
Posted By dborked
Replies: 23
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I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: General Talk 03-25-2020, 03:16 PM  
eReader for photography books?
Posted By dborked
Replies: 17
Views: 690
I have a Kobo Clara HD and am quite fond of it. The price was very reasonable and the screen clarity/resolution is pretty nice as well. Can't say if it does anything better or worse than a Kindle as I haven't had any personal experience with a Kindle, however they do have Kobo's with larger screens with the Forma and Libra and even some water resistance which is odd, but I suppose will complement your Pentax. :lol:
Forum: General Talk 03-16-2020, 03:09 PM  
Will the Postal Service, UPS, Fed Ex stop delivering?
Posted By dborked
Replies: 97
Views: 4,738
I don't think they would stop delivering altogether as they could certainly be deemed 'essential services' (especially the Postal Service) as people rely on them for delivery of medications, food, goods related to continuation of domestic services (think auto parts, household items, etc.), and of course the fact that businesses rely on them for their business (perhaps now more than ever that people are physically going out less). There may be alterations to their schedules if they need to adopt some sort of sanitation processes for packages and mail, so perhaps things may get delayed, but likely not suspended outright.

I think we should be pretty safe! :)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-14-2015, 11:55 AM  
Wireless Flash suggestions please
Posted By dborked
Replies: 10
Views: 1,034
You could use a Cactus V6. The problem is you would have to get 2, one to mount onto the camera to act as the commander and one to mount the flash to which would be the receiver.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-02-2015, 03:13 PM  
Poll: What will the FF be like?
Posted By dborked
Replies: 52
Views: 5,591
Perhaps they will go the retro route (Fujifilm X-T1, Nikon Df) and design something akin to the MX or Super Program? Would be interesting. I doubt it though (at least initially) as that would definitely move into niche territory where as they currently need something with more mass market appeal. So we'll probably end up seeing something along the lines of the K-3 just slightly larger. And I'm perfectly fine with that :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-26-2014, 11:37 AM  
K3 vs D7100
Posted By dborked
Replies: 26
Views: 4,265
You should be just fine with basic video on the K-3. The video quality of the K-3 is really not bad at all, it's just a shame that the SR causes odd jitters in movie mode when you pan and that focus peaking disappears when you start recording. Hopefully Pentax can fix these issues with a firmware update.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-25-2014, 05:44 AM  
K3 vs D7100
Posted By dborked
Replies: 26
Views: 4,265
I've had both before and stayed with the K-3 for a couple of reasons:
  1. Ergonomics: With the K-3 having dedicated AF-L and AE-L buttons was huge. Sure, you can re-assign the AE/AF-L button on the D7100 but then you lose another custom button in order to assign that to exposure lock or focus lock. Also I appreciate having the ISO button right behind the shutter as opposed to right in front of your face when the camera is to your eye

  2. Buffer: the D7100 has a horrendous buffer, especially if you are shooting in 14 bit RAW. To go along with this, I do like having the extra speed of the K-3's 8.3 fps as opposed to the D7100's 5 fps (6 fps if you do 12 bit RAW).

  3. Aperture control in video mode. I honestly don't do that many videos but when I do it's much less of a hassle with the K-3. You can directly adjust aperture during video recording which you cannot do with the D7100 due to its lack of Powered Aperture Control. In order to change the aperture in video mode on the D7100 you have to exit out of Video mode, change the aperture, and then re-enter video mode. Very unintuitive.

  4. As other's have mentioned, In-Body Image stabilisation on the K-3 is awesome to have. It may not work so well in video mode where you need it most, but it does work quite well for stills.

  5. User modes. I prefer the implementation of User Modes in the K-3 to the D7100. I can easily change a multitude of functions including burst rate to a User Mode and easily have the camera set-up for any situation. With the D7100 you can set base settings, but then you still need to adjust the burst rate and a few other settings which don't get changed. Also, having 3 User Modes is better than just 2! (Still doesn't compete with the 5 on the K-5/k-5II though)

Now, all that being said, I did prefer a few things on the D7100, although they were mainly advantages of Nikon in general as opposed to specific advantages of the D7100.

  1. Flash system. Let's be honest, P-TTL sucks. Nikon's CLS is far better at controlling wireless flash and more consistent flash output. That being said, use some Wireless Flash triggers and some quality flash guns and the Pentax system is more than serviceable.

  2. AF-S vs SDM. The focussing system of the K-3 is awesome. Unfortunately in sports photography it can be let down by the AF speed of the lenses. Don't get me wrong, SDM is nice and quick, but my Nikon AF-S lenses always seemed to be that much quicker. Now this can easily be worked around by either pre-focussing or getting third party lenses.

There are a couple more reasons for either side but these are all of the majors ones that readily come to mind to me right now. Overall, I'd say go for the Pentax over the Nikon, but obviously I may be a bit biased :p
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-22-2014, 06:11 PM  
DSTE LI190 battery Review
Posted By dborked
Replies: 13
Views: 3,142
No that actually wasn't intentional but now that it's apparent it is pretty funny. :lol:
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 12-22-2014, 04:24 PM  
DSTE LI190 battery Review
Posted By dborked
Replies: 13
Views: 3,142
I have 2 Pentax batteries and 3 Wasabi Power batteries and they seem to be about even in terms of overall performance. I don't believe I've ever had a DSTE battery but I certainly won't be purchasing any now! Good thing you purchased them through eBay, their Buyer Protection policies are pretty swell.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-07-2014, 10:57 AM  
How do you actually use your 60-250?
Posted By dborked
Replies: 12
Views: 1,219
I usually turn the tripod foot around so that the bottom is facing upwards (when looking straight down at the camera) and then I use that as a handle to carry the lens and camera. Admittedly it's a little less comfortable on the Pentax since the tripod foot is so small and close to the lens but it worked pretty well when I had my Tamron 70-200.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-04-2014, 03:50 PM  
K3 AF Points
Posted By dborked
Replies: 6
Views: 965
Indeed my apologies, I meant when selecting them you will see the 27 and 9 points light up. Pentax's don't do multi-point illumination when focus is achieved as Nikons and Canons do.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-04-2014, 03:35 PM  
K3 AF Points
Posted By dborked
Replies: 6
Views: 965
When you use 27 (Auto) Points you will see all of them light up. When you use 9 (Auto) you will see a 9 point square which you can then move around using the directional pad. This mode is similar to the standard 27 (Auto) mode except that it obviously limits the camera to only using 9 points, from which it will use whichever point it determines is best.

When using the Select Modes (Sel-1, Sel-2, Sel-3, and Sel-4) the camera will utilize a single central point (which you are free to place anywhere) and then will use the amount of surrounding points you choose (Sel-1: Single Point, Sel-2: 9 Points, Sel-3: 25 Points, Sel-4 27 Points) to maintain focus if the subject moves off of the original point. So using these modes you will only see a Single point light up (which you can move) but the camera will use the surrounding points if the subject moves off of the original point. You will see the adjacent points light up as they are used.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-27-2014, 04:04 PM  
Do you turn your K3 off between shots?
Posted By dborked
Replies: 16
Views: 2,462
I don't but then I usually hold it with one hand down by my leg so I've never encountered any issues with any settings being changed whilst not using it. I would take jatrax's advice and just shorten the Off timer.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-27-2014, 12:40 PM  
Battery grip stuck K-3
Posted By dborked
Replies: 14
Views: 1,946
I had this happen to me before. The way I got it off was to get a small flathead screwdriver (think the kind you use for eyeglass repairs but slightly larger) and then wrap the head in cloth to protect your camera and grip. Then insert it into one of the notches on the grip's knob and push towards the left (loosen). For me I had to hold the screwdriver more parallel to the camera, not perpendicular to it. Hope this helps!
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-24-2014, 10:05 AM  
How has the K3 worked out for you?
Posted By dborked
Replies: 134
Views: 14,961
I doubt it since the 645Z has the articulating screen and is weather sealed. I suspect whatever replaces the K-3 will have the articulating screen since they've already done it with the 645Z.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-01-2014, 02:07 PM  
A couple of K3 questions
Posted By dborked
Replies: 2
Views: 1,216
Yes, you will be able to assign AF modes (except for MF) on an individual basis to each of your User modes. Secondly, the greater MegaPixel count would allow you to retain more detail when cropping since there are more pixels capturing data. The only downside may be a little more noise at higher ISO's but the K-3 has pretty good noise performance IMO.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-20-2014, 09:38 AM  
Pentax 60-250 DA* F4 Zoom Question/Issue?
Posted By dborked
Replies: 6
Views: 1,483
What jatrax is describing is knows as "focus breathing". Usually telephoto zooms will suffer from this due to the focal lengths and focus distances involved. The 60-250 does suffer from this when close focusing, so you won't get a 'true' 250mm at the long end if you are close focusing.

As for the zoom ring I'm not sure. My copy of the 60-250 is smooth (and kind of stiff) all the way throughout the zoom range.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 09-15-2014, 01:09 PM  
Need new camera for better low light video...
Posted By dborked
Replies: 41
Views: 3,485
All the cameras in the A7 line have an APS-C crop mode, just be mindful of the fact that because you are utilizing a smaller portion of the sensor your Megapixel count will decline. I believe on the A7 the crop mode reduced the megapixels to about 10MP, not sure about the A7S but it would probably be around 5-6MP. Now if you don't intend on blowing these photos up very large you should be fine (in fact you would get some excellent low light photos) just be mindful that if you plan on doing any cropping or blowing up the photos to large scale you may run into issues. But if you're only uploading them for online usage then 5-6MP is more than enough.

BTW, the Sony 10-18mm E mount lens is pretty stellar.
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-13-2014, 05:02 PM  
The K-3 and Video
Posted By dborked
Replies: 13
Views: 1,229
I just wish that they would allow focus peaking DURING recording. It would make life so much easier!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-13-2014, 04:52 AM  
Slightly underwhelmed by Pentax's rumour
Posted By dborked
Replies: 20
Views: 2,462
As people have said before, "The Best camera in the world is the one in your hands."
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-12-2014, 01:03 PM  
Pentax should consider copying the D750
Posted By dborked
Replies: 57
Views: 8,312
Well it probably wouldn't be too difficult for Pentax to accomplish. They already have a lot of those bases covered:
  • SAFOX 11 AF System is already good down to -3EV

  • Weather Sealing is obviously no problem for Pentax

  • The K-3 already has Dual SD Card slots so that shouldn't be an issue

  • Since Pentax utilizes Sony sensors, sourcing a 24 MP sensor would be easy

  • The 645Z has a tiltiing screen so obviously that wouldn't be too difficult for Pentax either


The only real challenges for Pentax would be improving their video mode (focus peaking during recording please!!!!), integrating Wi-Fi into the body, possibly the issue of stabilizing the larger sensor, and of course the lenses. Honestly, I don't think it would be difficult for Pentax to better the D750.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-12-2014, 12:52 PM  
Ricoh needs to lower Pentax flash prices!
Posted By dborked
Replies: 17
Views: 2,090
I agree completely with you. I'm not saying that they are justified in charging a premium for their flashes, simply that more than likely that is the corporate reasoning behind it. Someone in an office somewhere probably thought the extra few gaskets and marketability of WR were enough to raise the price.

Personally I find my Metz flashes to work quite nicely and I have no intentions of getting a Pentax flash until the prices become more competitive. I'd also hope that they would improve P-TTL so we can at least get some sort of Multi-Group control.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 09-12-2014, 11:00 AM  
Ricoh needs to lower Pentax flash prices!
Posted By dborked
Replies: 17
Views: 2,090
Well you also have to remember that both of the new Pentax flashes offer weather resistance which I believe are only offered on the top of the line Canon and Nikon flashes. I suppose they feel like they can charge a bit of a premium for that. I agree that they do need to drop the prices a little though.
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