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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 08-14-2017, 04:42 PM  
Bag recommendation for medium format cameras
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 18
Views: 1,073
Billingham 550 to move everything (my 6008 plus three lenses, 3 backs, 2x converter and still space to fill).
If I want to be lighter and more compact, I get the 6008, three lenses, two backs into a Billingham 307 (without the detachable grip, which doesn't suit me).
Bags are waterproof and very durable.

Don't know about the size of the P67 or the Domke.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-29-2017, 05:42 PM  
Pentax 67
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 10
Views: 562
Because Boots pay their fair amount of taxes, Amazon doesn't
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-28-2017, 05:57 PM  
AF failure - SMC Pentax-FA 645 150mm F2.8
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 6
Views: 515
Mine did not need a new part.
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-28-2017, 04:59 PM  
K-5 vs MZ-S vs LX vs PZ-1p vs ist*D vs K10D vs K20D vs K-7 vs.......
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 2
Views: 4,075
It's many years later but this post was suggested to me - probably on the basis of my search history ;)
I had the ME and KX. The KX was vastly superior in my view. It was a tank of a camera, mechanical, mirror lock-up and depth preview, and very easy to hold. The ME made decisions for you - something I didn't like. I sold my KX but sometimes regret it. I binned the ME.
It is funny now to see that the KX has the highest approval rate on the forum - even more than the LX, the camera I never had... I did own the K2 later, but preferred the KX. Never had the MX, which might have been a contender.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 06-25-2017, 09:42 PM  
AF failure - SMC Pentax-FA 645 150mm F2.8
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 6
Views: 515
I once had a 645 FA lens that stopped focussing, it had had a knock, and something inside had been misaligned. Was easily repaired by someone (whose name I don't recall, this was 4-5 years back).
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 04-20-2017, 12:57 PM  
Pentax K1 Sale
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 1
Views: 1,090
It says F1 in the title, not K1, and the actual image is of an analogue SuperA camera with 1.7/50mm A lens, a zoom lens, and one further lens (possoibly28mm), all looking like pre-aotofocus lenses.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-17-2017, 11:24 AM  
Pentax IS NOT Dooooooomed
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 630
Views: 41,875
My joy is a Rolleiflex 6008 Integral. DHW meanwhile went bust. But I still can't let the camera go, or its great lenses (50 Distagon, 80 Planar, 150 Schneider and 2x converter). Not even to buy a K-1 as I once planned. The 6008 is still my life and joy, besides two of my TLRs, MPP Microflex and Rolleiflex 2.8C.
Meanwhile, I hope Pentax still projects a different use for photography as it did with the ‘limited’ philosophy. I didn't but the K-1 for other reasons too: because I'm still hesitating about going MF (645Z), still enjoy using my TLRs, and because I'm not quite sure which continent and which profession I'l be in in 4-5 years from now. But I do have a good collection of lenses for the K-1 ready and may jump on the bandwagon, regardless of any doom-mongering. (Nikon is more likely to go under than Pentax I'd say. Less diversification as a company. And anyway, the lenses can always be used on mirrorless cameras long after the cameras are beyond their prime. The camera always has a limited run, regardless of the system.)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-14-2017, 08:54 AM  
Pentax IS NOT Dooooooomed
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 630
Views: 41,875
I'm glad that Ricoh responded immediately, but in fairness, they should be more open about their plans, because:

1. this helps their position in the market, just look at what Fuji does far more effectively in PR terms;
2. it is more in line with contemporary expectations. Secrecy isn't a marketing strength. Even Apple, known for their secrecy, use leaks and rumours. Ricoh suggest in their silence not to be committed.

I intend to plunge for a digital camera soon (apart from Merrill cameras, I've been analogue so far) but I need to know how committed Ricoh is (as I'm still impressed by Pentax lenses).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-04-2017, 01:47 PM  
Are there any FA 77 limited - full frame - reviews available ?
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 45
Views: 2,556
Just for comparison, the Sigma 2.8/70mm numbers above were tested on a FF Canon; the more equivalent test on an APS-C Canon result in numbers more comparable to those of the 1.8/77mm Pentax Limited:



Compared to the 1.8/77mm, the Sigma only outdoes the Pentax at 2.8 at the borders (it does not have 1.8 of course), from f4 onwards the Pentax betters the Sigma (even though the test does not show all apertures of the Pentax for some reason).
Still, the numbers are not truly comparable, as the sensors differ, and the far more even numbers of the Sigma still stand out. But whether the Sigma beats the Pentax given the same sensor must remain open.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-03-2017, 02:32 PM  
New lenses
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 19
Views: 1,512
I was a bit harsh, but my point remains. If you compare it to other companies, the latter designed more new lenses than Pentax did in a long time. The availability of older Pentax designs just masks that, even though you rightly point out that good designs remain in place. I do not regret that.

I had hoped that Ricoh would beef up lens design after Hoya, but the evidence suggests they did not recruit more people for this purpose.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 03-01-2017, 01:49 PM  
New lenses
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 19
Views: 1,512
Point is, only the 25mm, 28-45mm, 55mm and the widely praised 90mm are new designs, and that took a lot of time. With the 25mm apparently withdrawn. And the 55mm initially with a mixed reception (which may have improved, but initially it was claimed that the old FA 45-85mm zoom outperformed the new DFA 55mm).

That there are legacy lenses available is true, but that does not prove active development.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-01-2017, 01:18 PM  
Are there any FA 77 limited - full frame - reviews available ?
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 45
Views: 2,556
Are the Sigma numbers taken with the same sensor as the 77mm ? If not, how comparable are those data?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-28-2017, 02:22 PM  
New lenses
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 19
Views: 1,512
Hasselblad have just announced four new lenses, in addition to the two they started with:

Hasselblad announces four new XCD lenses for the X1D medium format mirrorless camera | Photo Rumors

That's more than Pentax 645 in the last six years.
Same for Fuji.
They are not necessarily better, but they are far more pro-active.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-26-2017, 09:55 AM  
How will the new DFA85 1.4 be better than the FA85?
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 39
Views: 2,090
The FA 85mm is designed for portraits, however less for landscape with infinity sharpness. So the character of the new lens may be different, assuming they will plop for overall sharpness. All this remains speculation of course, but the distinction between near and far subject sharpness is one to consider.
Then again weight. The new lens is less likely to be lighter.
Forum: General Photography 02-25-2017, 01:29 PM  
eBay "New from... Not USA" - Why do I care as long as it is a good price?
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 31
Views: 1,703
I would always want insurance and tracking. My bad experiences have only been with US sellers and one Dutch seller as it happens. My best with European (esp. Italian) sellers. I'm based in the U.K. with Dutch citizenship.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-23-2017, 12:55 PM  
What to expect from new DFA 50mm f/1.4 and DFA 85mm
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 10
Views: 1,330
I had the DP2 and 3 Merrill, and these lenses were far more than just sharp. They really rendered very nicely. I had a hard time selling them just because of the first stunning photos I took with them. (I did in the end because I'm still using my Rolleiflexes more.)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-23-2017, 12:50 PM  
Lens line up at the cp+ 2017
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 76
Views: 3,168
The performance and lens design of these two new lenses will be very interesting. The 85mm was long overdue, and to differentiate it from the 77mm, or to compete with the recent Sigma art 85mm, its performance will make for interesting testing/reading. Idem for the 50mm.
As someone else remarked, a fast 28mm would not go amiss either, although I will not need it personally.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-20-2017, 05:21 PM  
645 and CP+ 2017
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 34
Views: 2,281
I had that lens and it was very good stopped down (like equalling the 120mm) but slightly more soft wide open, as in: designed for portraits. A great lens, but nowadays, I guess more would be expected. Design a new one, I'd say, and that's not without great affection for this lens.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-20-2017, 07:02 AM  
Aperture ring FA Limited does not function on K-x
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 12
Views: 505
Ah, I was under the impression this only applied to K- and M-lenses. Always imagined A-lenses would work normally in Av-mode—which they do, just not with the aperture ring. Thanks for the clarification. It is nicer anyway to have the aperture value in the viewfinder.



Don't seem to find this option under the Green button menu item.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-20-2017, 05:28 AM  
Aperture ring FA Limited does not function on K-x
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 12
Views: 505
I recently acquired two FA lenses which I used on a K-x to test them. One is the FA 1.9/43, another Tamron AF Macro 2.8/90mm.
In Av mode, I can easily change the aperture by using the scroll wheel on the back of the camera, with the lens aperture ring on the A-setting.

But I cannot change the aperture by using the aperture ring on the lens itself, it remains full open, whatever position I take it, and the viewfinder gives no value for the aperture either. [Aperture ring is set to permitted in the menu.] This value is shown when the lens is switched to A. Not being able to use the aperture ring seems odd.
This applies to both lenses, which seem to be fine, so that I suspect that I'm either missing something, or the camera has an issue. Any ideas?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-12-2017, 08:46 PM  
Pentax-A 645 45-85mm f4.5 reviews?
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 12
Views: 1,174
I seem to remember that the A 45-85mm is optically identical to the later FA version. The latter is very good, esp. at 45 and 55, where it betters the primes.
I loved the results, but it was quite heavy for me, and I ultimately prefer primes for personal reasons (fixed lengths makes for a different way of looking).
No harm in trying, anyway, if you like it or not! Won't lose much if you don't.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-28-2017, 07:44 PM  
Thinking about buying a Pentax 645 v1, but have questions...
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 12
Views: 1,044
It's some time ago since I had one, but I never had issues with a dark viewfinder, although the 645N has a brighter one indeed. But the 645 is not bad.

The 645 felt more solid as a camera than the 645N too, but if the battery holder has issues, I would not risk it. Unless it is cleaning up, but I'd ask that to be done by the seller.

The 645 has diopter correction, but do check whether it works, I seem to remember that some copies would start to slide, i.e. it would not stay in one position even without really touching it. This can be repaired I think, but that adds cost.

The EV compensation is by full stops only (so you need to use ISO dialling instead sometimes).

Otherwise, great camera. I had one, then had a 645N for the AF, but then I fell in love with 6x6 and after leaving an entire system in the cupboard for several years, I sold it. But I still remember it fondly, and I still have a 35mm 645-A lens for the eschatological project of owning a digital 645. One day.
Forum: General Photography 01-24-2017, 08:13 PM  
The resurgence of film - Oz news article
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 15
Views: 1,237
My digital cameras, Sigma DP2M and DP3M, are amazing tools and when they shine, boy they shine, but I rarely grasp them, I enjoy the film cameras so much more, TLR and MF SLR, and as a result, these cameras yield better pictures on average. Not because the digital ones can't.
Although an old slide user (which is demanding on exposure), I never used Ektachrome in the past and I'm really looking forward to trying it out!
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-20-2017, 12:31 AM  
Fuji Medium format price announced in USA $6,499
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 47
Views: 3,549
Pentax 645Z with 150mm f/2.8 (IF) SMC FA 645 Lens Kit - JANUARY SALE

The choice is one of the DFA 35mm / DFA 55mm / FA 150mm lenses, plus the FA 75mm. So that's two excellent lenses plus the body.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-19-2017, 02:39 PM  
Fuji Medium format price announced in USA $6,499
Posted By Smolk
Replies: 47
Views: 3,549
The weight of Fuji GFX 2.8/63mm is 405 g, vs Pentax DFA 2.8/55m 416 g;
the GFX 4/120mm comes in at 980 g, vs 645-FA 4/120mm at 735 g.
Of course, the 645Z is 750 g heavier than the Fuji GF camera, but the primes slightly reduce that difference.

The zoom is different. The Fuji zoom 4/32-64mm can only be compared to the 4.5/28-45mm, and with 875 g it's much lighter than the latter's 1470 g, but the latter has in-lens Shake Reduction. There is of course the Pentax 645-FA 4.5/33-55mm zoom, at 585 g, but that is unlikely to compete optically based on what I've read here.

All in all, the Fuji system is definitely smaller and lighter, but perhaps not by that much if you add up gear. Speed of writing to disk will be important in the comparison.
The Hasselblad is the really small option, and if fast enough in processing, it would be the most attractive.

With the recent discounts for the 645Z (at least in the UK, £6,000 including two FA lenses), the Pentax system remains competitive I think.
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