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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Hours Ago  
HD FA35 or FA43 limited. Am I crazy that I like FA35 samples better?
Posted By mikesbike
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Definitely. When you need a fast lens, you need it. Then the FA 35mm has a greater FOV angle compared to the FA 43mm, making it more versatile, along with fine border performance wide open. Then a fine 50mm for the portrait range.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Hours Ago  
Camera recommendation, please
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 22
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I agree, the silver one is gorgeous, and image quality is outstanding.

However, I don't consider the battery grip to be that expensive at $198 compared to about $220 for that of the K-5/3/or3II. And you are in no way limited to the largest standard grip, it is just as that it is the standard grip that properly joins onto the body of the battery grip to make it as one continuous handle. The battery grip is basically for the purposes given above. Upon removal, you can choose whichever of the 3 grips that come with the camera. If you do not require or want the advantages the battery grip affords, fine. But it is nice to have that option, and at a combined weight of a K-3II alone.
Forum: Pentax KP 4 Hours Ago  
Getting the most out of my KP for landscape photography.
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 24
Views: 573
I agree, this is a great all-around zoom lens, with fine landscape performance in the most often used FL range of 18-50mm, far better than the 18-55mm kit lens, if you can swing it financially. It is also very fine over an even greater FL range, since you'd be stopping down to f/8-11 anyway. It has WR, and its AF is quiet, exceptionally accurate and fast. It is also amazingly compact for its zoom range, in keeping with the KP's compact design.

But for WA, I would sure snag that Sigma lens- quite a deal at the price offered.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 19 Hours Ago  
Camera recommendation, please
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 22
Views: 680
I seem to recall recently reading a post that the KP's buffer, though smaller, clears faster. The K-3 II has 2 card slots to the KP's single card slot, but it also has no built-in flash, trading that for a built-in GPS. With the KP one can add the optional GPS unit as desired. Both are very well built, of pro quality, with magnesium alloy and weather-resistant (WR) construction. The KP's low light/higher ISO performance is definitely superior.

The KP is slimmer and lighter of weight, in keeping with its design goals- a compact, lighter but pro grade body attractive for field work, a marvelous matchup with the outstanding compact Limited lenses, and a DSLR alternative to mirrorless designs, as well as a high-quality APS-C 2nd body for K-1 (FF) owners. As part of achieving that, the battery is of the smaller type to reduce size and weight of the camera. It therefore does not have the continuous shooting capacity of a K-5/K-3/K-3II before the battery runs low. But the battery is so small it is easy to carry a spare or two.

However, the KP is of an unusually modular design with its various grips to accommodate various needs- different hand sizes, working with different lenses, etc. including the optional battery grip. It can be expanded or contracted according to ones needs. With the battery grip installed, gripping surface is greatly increased, which can ease the discomfort of carrying the camera and lens around for a lengthy period. It also has duplicate controls for prolonged vertical shooting. The weight with the battery grip installed is about the same as the K-3 II with no battery grip, yet will then provide far longer battery life than will the K-3II alone. It also comes either in the usual black or in a very attractive silver/black two-tone finish. Large stores like B&H have had very good prices lately, very reasonable for a camera of the class like the KP.

If one desires the bulkier style of the K-3 II, a replacement is in the works, expected to appear probably in the earlier part of next year. A prototype has already been shown. It will no doubt include the performance advantages of the KP with yet more on-body dedicated controls, larger buffer, 2 card slots, and top LCD screen that the larger body allows room for. It will probably be introduced at somewhere around $1,300-$1,500 USD judging by historical figures for previous flagships.
Forum: Pentax KP 1 Day Ago  
Getting the most out of my KP for landscape photography.
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 24
Views: 573
Sell your DA-L 18-55mm and get a DA 18-55mm WR model, then get the older but still very good DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 WR lens. Without a WR lens your camera's WR body is not WR. Your would have a very capable outfit.

If you need wider angle, I can recommend with enthusiasm the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, which provides a great wide angle FL range, and is very well made, although not WR. Its constant f/3.5 capability all the way through is pretty fast for grabbing low light shots hand held or with a moving subject. B&H has a great price for such a fine lens.
Forum: Pentax KP 1 Day Ago  
Old FA lenses
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 6
Views: 237
Yes, to be sure they look amazingly good! In fact, I'll bet they've never looked better in their lives! I agree- a very nice budget combo. But what do you have for the wide-angle range?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
HD FA35 or FA43 limited. Am I crazy that I like FA35 samples better?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 31
Views: 1,002
I've had my FA 35mm f/2 and my FA 43mm f/1.9 for many years. I love them both, but loved them more with my film bodies (FF). The FA 35mm does perform better as to bokeh than the FA 43mm LTD. It also is better wide open, and better at the frame edges at wider apertures. From what I've seen, the HD version looks to be a bit improved as to build quality, as well as optical. On APS-C, the 35mm lens is closer to normal perspective.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Purchase dilemma - KP or new APS-C flagship?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 77
Views: 2,234
Yes, this is possibility. But some stores offer a 30 day price guarantee, and would refund the difference of a lower price within that time.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Price aside, Pentax-D FA* 50mm f1.4 or Pentax-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 43
Views: 1,452
Depends on what one is looking for. A wide angle to get the wide angle, or consistent quality across the frame. The FA 31mm f/1.8 remains one of the best wide angle fast lenses for FF use. Not as wide as some, but still a wide angle lens, and having excellent rendering properties and exceptionally fine performance edge-to-edge.

All that in a relatively compact but superbly-built body.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Front focusing under artifical lighting - HD FA35/2 on K-3
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 12
Views: 456
Mike, since c.a.m found no difference with his K-3 II, maybe it would be a good idea to run that latest firmware update. Sometimes there are hidden "other" updates therein.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Pentax DA 10-17 fisheye comparison vs Canon
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 9
Views: 520
There was a FF Pentax fisheye zoom lens made for 35mm film use long before the current DA 10-17mm model designed for APS-C digital. This was the Pentax "F" 17-28mm f/3.5-4.5 which features a 180 o diagonal FOV on a FF body. No doubt a very good copy could be found on the used market. These zoom lenses are not fully fisheye, that is they produce images that fill the frame. Compared with a fisheye prime lens, they of course offer greater flexibility in framing and the degree of fisheye distortion varies with the FL used. You cannot directly compare with normal lenses when it comes to its stated focal length. Setting the same FL with the fisheye zoom lens will produce a wider FOV than the same FL on an ordinary lens.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Purchase dilemma - KP or new APS-C flagship?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 77
Views: 2,234
I hear you to some degree regarding the "modern" DSLR design as a K-5, K-3, K-1, etc. although even with those an alternate choice for 2-tone silver/black would appeal to many.

But the KP is indeed a retro design. Just look up the Pentax AF 35mm film bodies from the 1990's, specifically the ZX-5n (US number) or MZ-5n, which came exclusively or primarily in silver/black. The similarity in design between it and the KP is obvious. And those film models, the ZX/MZ series were more compact AF designs conceived as a throwback to the classic MF bodies.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Pentax 100 Y. is over. Now what?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 79
Views: 1,952
We wait patiently. Just as we did for the first Pentax FF- the K-1. It is taking so long these days, and the market has been diminishing, because we have reached a point of diminishing returns. I am still admiring results delivered from my K-5 IIs, even though having the KP for over 2 years.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Jumping back into Pentax - KP, K1, or switch to another brand?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 55
Views: 1,694
The K-5IIs and the K-3 both have WR construction and are fine cameras. Although having 2 bodies much after the K-5 IIs- the K-S2 (amateur-oriented predecessor of the K-70) and now the KP, I still sometimes use the K-5 IIs and still think very highly of it. It has no AA filter for better fine detail in images. This is what the "s" means, and is the last ne of the K-5 series. As with all subsequent models, the K-3 also has no AA filter but also as a switchable filter simulator in case there is a problem with moire, which is almost never. When it does occur, it is usually in subject matter having a repeating pattern. An AA filter OTOH simply smooths out the scene to reduce the visibility of this effect and is always there.

The advantages of the KP are numerous, but first and foremost is its lower light/higher ISO performance, which is close to that of a top-notch FF body, as is its image quality. To give you an idea, go to the Imaging Resource comparometer (Google that to find it), where you can select 2 cameras for comparing the same image taken with each. To get a discontinued model, you have to select "all cameras" at the top of the column. But the K-3 I believe is still in the current listings. The K-3II is more current, but is essentially the same for this test. So just scroll down to select the Pentax K-3 or K-3II in one side and the Pentax KP in the other. Now in each column, scroll down to the still life scene with cloth pieces, bottles, etc, down further to ISO 6400. Click on that to open, and then click on it again to get the maximum blowup in each. Now you can move around to different parts of the scene. Check the figures and the lettering on the bottles for clarity, including the "fiddler", the Greek figure, and the lettering on the Samuel Smith bottle, then look at the shadowed areas on the rear wall between that bottle and the first dark paint brush and cup next to the circular numerical scale. This area best reveals the degree of noise in shadows. This noise also will impact overall image quality, but more so in most other models compared to the KP.

These are simply JPEG images right out of the camera at default settings, with the cameras' own processor. But it gives an idea of comparative potential results.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Jumping back into Pentax - KP, K1, or switch to another brand?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 55
Views: 1,694
I agree with this^ as I've found my older DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 WR lens to be exceptional with the KP! I've had mine for years, and now it sells for bargain prices too.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Jumping back into Pentax - KP, K1, or switch to another brand?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 55
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I agree. In time you could acquire the DA 70mm Limited, which is what Sandy says and more. Great edge-to-edge resolution right from open aperture. Wonderful rendering. It is amazingly small, unobtrusive, and like the KP can be had in brushed silver finish. I have this combo and it is a beauty- a real gem to go with its exceptional performance. The K-1 is over 2lb body only, a bit off-putting for some uses, but the KP is amazingly compact for such performance and build quality. Great for many uses including street shooting.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Jumping back into Pentax - KP, K1, or switch to another brand?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 55
Views: 1,694
Addendum: your Pentax FA 50mm f/1.4 lens would do nicely for portraits with the KP. The F 35-70mm is a nice little lens, but would offer no wide angle on an APS-C body. Instead, I would recommend a Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM for its aperture speed and very fine imaging quality. Or for a huge zoom range with very good quality, the amazingly compact Pentax DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 DC WR lens. Very well built, very fast, quiet, accurate AF, and from 18-70mm it is f/3.5-4.5 with very good quality. Its WR means it has weather resistant construction to go with that of the KP's body. A fine lens for travel also, and a very good value for such a useful wide zoom range lens.

Your older film era manual lenses can still be used. What modern features would be available on a modern camera depends on which lenses these are.

You'd have a very capable system, excellent quality, and not spend an arm and a leg.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Jumping back into Pentax - KP, K1, or switch to another brand?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 55
Views: 1,694
With a budget of only $1,200 and apparently no lenses, I think a top-notch APS-C setup is the way to go. In recent years, the imaging advantages of FF have been closed to a much narrower gap than before, and you'd get a lot more capability for your money. For instance, a 50mm lens with APS-C is much more useful for portraits than it would be with FF. There's even a current "plastic fantastic" 50mm f/1.8 for very little cost. However, I've had an old Pentax "F" 50mm f/1.7 since it was new, some 30 years, fully AF and compatible in every way with current bodies, and I still think very highly of it. FF glass, of course, and is exceptionally good even at wide open aperture. I'm sure it can be found in fine condition used at low cost. With FF you'd need the FA 77mm Limited to approximate or supersede that usefulness (which I also have). There's a huge price difference here.

You could currently nail a new KP, a very well-built, and fine-performing body, with a design especially good for travel also, and a few very fine lenses at very good prices right now, if you are here in the US. Just speculating, but it is possible that a slight further price drop might appear after the holiday season is over. I think some stores. like B&H for example, do guarantee a current price to be no lower for 30 days or so, that they would refund the difference, but best to check.

Even if later you are in a better position to also acquire a FF body, the KP is still good as a 2nd alternate body. You'd also then be in a better position to know if that need is necessary.

As to other brands, no doubt they too offer very satisfactory equipment, but it is hard to beat Pentax for high quality and excellent features for the price.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Purchase dilemma - KP or new APS-C flagship?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 77
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Yes, the lighter color can be more visible as a reflected object when shooting through a glass surface. So can one's eyeglasses, a person with lighter complexion vs. one of dark skin, etc. I sometimes shoot roller hockey events through a glass panel, and there are a number of sources around and behind creating reflections, the camera being the least problem. My face and hands are bigger reflections. One rink has large windows at one end which create reflections behind me on the protective glass panel I am shooting through. Even cars parked outside are in the image. So shooting at an angle to reduce these reflections is the only real solution.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Purchase dilemma - KP or new APS-C flagship?
Posted By mikesbike
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Not a problem. I have my smallest DSLR, the K-S2 in black, also my more full-size K-5 IIs in black. The silver KP's finish is of the more brushed, subtle non-reflective style. I've never seen any reflections emit from it.

Not likely to draw special attention. I've not seen people around me paying attention any more than with my other cameras. Not to forget the silver version has a lot of black surface as well. But of course anything all black can be drawn back into the shadows to the greatest degree for "stealth", yet many "stealth" animals have two-tone bright and dark coats.

I think it is a big bulky camera with a big bulky lens that tends to draw attention regardless of color.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Purchase dilemma - KP or new APS-C flagship?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 77
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I absolutely agree. The DA 21mm LTD is a great lens with a FL that is very versatile as a walk-around prime lens used for general photography. In silver it would be especially beautiful with your KP. But these DA Limited primes tend to hover around the $500 USD mark here in the US if bought new. One important question- are your Pentax 18-55mm and 50-200mm of the WR type having the green trim? The Limited primes are not of WR construction. I don't know about purchasing in Canada from US suppliers, only that there is a difference in currency value, and maybe more for shipping.

OTOH, right now the DA 20-40mm f/2.8-4 LTD is not generally being run at any special price and going for around $800 USD, but I have sometimes seen some special sale prices come up for the DA LTDs, including this zoom lens. It features a superb build, quiet, fast AF instead of the noisier screw-driven AF of the other Limiteds, and it has WR construction. It is a vey fine lens, a bit less zoom range, but a faster aperture than your kit lens, able to produce twice the shutter speed wide open under the same lighting and ISO. It is very compact, a perfect companion to your KP, comes in silver, its balance and size seemingly designed with the KP in mind!

If you google this lens, check the Amazon listing, find the one for the silver model, which will be offered by 3rd party sellers. I bought mine through Amazon, from BigBoxSuperstore, and got a great deal way back then. It turned out fine. It also makes for a fine matchup with the DA* 50-135mm f/2.8 if you should ever get one.

For low budget but high quality imaging prime lenses, there are the plastic fantastics, the DA 50mm f/1.8 and 35mm f/2.4, both very sharp lenses. The 50mm f/1.8 would be very good for portraits and for low light work. Black lenses look great on a silver KP too!

One more recommendation, for low light/fast action at closer distance or for landscape, etc. the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC HSM is a very well-built pro-style constant fast aperture lens. Very sharp with quiet, fast AF with the KP. Remarkably low field curvature. It can provide 4x the shutter speed of your kit lens! Bulkier, of course, than the DA Limited 20-40mm, no WR, but a very fine lens, and there are some excellent deals around for it. I have this lens as well, bought this past year. When needing f/2.8 capability, it is also excellent with the DA* 50-135mm.

The far greater quality from the KP at higher ISO ratings causes all your lenses to effectively become as faster-aperture lenses, as you can increase ISO more without degrading your images, compared with the K-7.

I think you will find you've made a mistake not getting an extra battery, whether or not you get the battery grip. They are small and easy to carry, and to pop in when your battery runs low. I think you might be impressed with having the battery grip. I suspect your excellent DA* 300mm f/4 serves you very well for long range sports and other needs. I have a likewise excellent FA* 300mm f/4.5 with which I employ the battery grip. The combined weight with the grip on the KP is about the same as a K-3 II without a battery grip, yet it will then be capable of far more battery shooting life than the K-3 or the K-1. The balance is better especially when just handling the camera when not shooting.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Purchase dilemma - KP or new APS-C flagship?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 77
Views: 2,234
Great! You'll be even more excited when you see it in person! I bought mine in silver in 2017 during a special price run at B&H. It is one beautiful camera!

If you often shoot JPEG images, you will find the KP's processor to produce exceptional results right out of the camera. Just be sure for one thing don't use your mode dial set on the green "auto" mode. Instead, use the "P" mode for fully automatic exposure in situations where there's constantly changing lighting. With the Pentax Hyper System, you can then override the camera's choices and set either aperture or shutter speed as you wish just by making your selection via the front or rear e-diales, then return to full Program with just a touch of the green button. Then be sure to set up "Fine Sharpening" in the Custom Image menus, which can be accessed via the info button, upon which the 4 buttons around the ok button will then be for navigation. Especially important in the most often used "Bright" category. This will provide maximum fine detail clarity in your images. Important!

Its AF is very good indeed! But of course the lens counts also.

I just use the shutter button half-press to achieve and to hold AF, so I have the AE-L button set for its labeled use. When shooting in the Manual mode, just as with your K-7, you can use the green button to instantly set a meter-centered exposure, then if you wish a different aperture or shutter speed, hit the AE-L button before selecting what you want, and the other will follow along automatically, preserving your exposure value. Very fast and efficient, and also a very fast way to take spot meter readings around a scene.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-01-2019, 03:47 PM  
I did it, bought the KP finally. So...the extended warranty.
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 52
Views: 1,440
Yeah, as luftfluss says, they used to be very reasonable, which is why I usually went for it.

BTW, I love your username- no doubt meaning a background of aristocratic origin- :lol:

---------- Post added 12-01-19 at 03:55 PM ----------



Congrats to you also! A different animal to be sure, but I love mine! I welcomed the optional quality silver finish- looks great! I'm sure you'll enjoy its capabilities.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-01-2019, 02:40 PM  
I did it, bought the KP finally. So...the extended warranty.
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 52
Views: 1,440
I have two of them as well! So I certainly understand. Congratulations! I was so taken with my first one, when the next price special came along I went for another body- that's been more than a year now, and I am glad I did so! I now have two silver beauties, and some additional silver Limited gems to go on them, which perform as terrifically as they look. I keep different grips on each as an added convenience.

Those in addition to my little K-S2, and my stalwart, still fine K-5 IIs which are used as backup or alternates as the situation indicates.

I agree that an extended warranty is worth getting, especially if the cost is low.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-01-2019, 07:15 AM  
Is it possible to disable the green button?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 12
Views: 1,151
For me, the green button is essential for the Pentax Hyper System, which I often use. In "P" mode which I use in constantly changing lighting, I can instantly change either the shutter speed or the aperture to my preference just by using the e-dials to select what I want, which instantly switches operation to Av or Tv, then when the subject or conditions warrant I can just hit the green button to instantly switch back to full "P" mode. (Hyper Program)

When shooting in Manual mode, I can use the green button to instantly set a meter-centered exposure then go from there if I wish a different shutter speed or aperture. After hitting the green button, if I want a different aperture or shutter speed, I first hit the AE-L button to freeze exposure, then select the different aperture or shutter speed and the other will follow along, preserving the exposure value. Amazingly fast and efficient. It is also amazingly fast and efficient for taking spot meter readings around a scene in Manual mode as well. (Hyper Manual)
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