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Forum: Pentax K-01 09-26-2014, 01:36 PM  
K-01, a very misunderstood camera
Posted By valarie
Replies: 194
Views: 27,815
All great comments about handeling The K-01. No "RIGHT WAY". This camera makes you think. I use a "fake"poloroid method, with manual lenses. Frame shot, press green buton for exposure, adjust ISO, and Apature on lens for light level. make shure your shutter speed is were you want it. If not, adjust wheel set to shutter speed needed. Frame again, focus, using focus peaking (works great on macro), Take another reading with the green button. With the camera on AWB snap a "poloroid". Look at it, and figure out what need to change. Ajust frame configuration, ajust light value with the shutter, or apature, or ISO. Take a manual white balance off a white card! Still not realistic? Buy a 4x4 color corection gell pack, and tweek the manual white balance by putting color correction gells in front of the lens during a manual white balance. Blue makes it warmer, excetra. AWB is amazing, but renders all color casts the same.
Forum: Pentax K-01 09-12-2014, 01:25 PM  
K-01, a very misunderstood camera
Posted By valarie
Replies: 194
Views: 27,815
I find the K-01 great for apature priority, manual shutter speed, and manual focus. If you can see the screen enough to frame , with focus peaking you can nail focus at the oddest angles (if that is what you are going for)-thats "hardcore".
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 03-31-2014, 07:37 PM  
Sticky: Dear Pentax
Posted By valarie
Replies: 1,330
Views: 404,240
Yes, in pro. hands, that pay 30g for a full sized Hi -def -camera, the articulating screen is used for white balance confirmation, and put back in its holster! It is not used fot shooting! Do you think Pentax is going to extend this amount of trust to prosumers? I do not think so, nor do I think they should!
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-21-2014, 03:14 PM  
The M Club!
Posted By valarie
Replies: 8,873
Views: 1,358,577
Great colors. Classic, almoast crome looking. Glad I have so many M lenses, after viewing this thread.

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Does anyone have compartive info on the 85 f2 m.

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Great photo. Evetything works! congratulations!

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This photo gives me great confidence with my M 50mm 1,4 lenses, as I has never used them on a digital camera before. Thank you!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-21-2014, 02:12 PM  
Abstract Zoo Sunday
Posted By valarie
Replies: 1
Views: 553
Cables, fencing, and anything man made unfortunately ruin "wild" animal shots. JMHO. Great lens, have 2, an A, and K. Goodluck trying to frame out the unnatual landscape.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-21-2014, 01:21 PM  
Shaky Tree
Posted By valarie
Replies: 1
Views: 582
Nice use of negative space, and creating a mood, without obvious technical manipulation.
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 03-21-2014, 07:42 AM  
Sony A7 and A7r Officially Announced (Full frame supporting K-mount adapter!)
Posted By valarie
Replies: 152
Views: 21,465
thanks for the photos,
Agreed, that it would be as thick as the K-01, but I am not shure if that is more a function of in - camera shake reduction, than the K-mount. The LX took the K-mount. In -camera shake reductuon is a very marketable capability. I would guess half the Cannon Top or the line FF users are Videographers, that also take stills, for documetrys, and the other half take stills, with cannon zooms. The first half would love in camera shake reduction, as they use manual lenses from every maker, exept Pentax, becouse of the long dof lever. A Pro level ff- K-02, at a good price with all the video capabilities, would give Pentax a large user base with variety manual lens users. Thanks for the photo, it shows how pentax could make it work with "lens stabalization, with all lenses", wich is what these "filmmakers" want, with interchaingable viewfinders. They will be blown away, like I was, when I bought a K-01, for stills with manual lenses. Pentax lenses, being problematic with other brand bodies will not have that problem, and off label lenses, with an adaptors on the ff- K-02,(pentax could make a huge line of them) will not have a shake problem, like the Sony. The K-01 will have to be professionalized, with suggetions I made before (plus focus peaking). Also, a modular, interchingable, electronic viewfinder, that could be located where the reconfigured flash, hot shue area is, it need not be cheezy, but like a digital LX modular system. It could have graduated magnification attachments, and be pluged in on the side (via optional cable), for off camera use. It could be the modern equivlent of an interchaingabe view-finder, with waist level, and magnified options.It could even be taken off camera for wierd angles. Look at all that room, without a flash! Hot shue and flash encasement will need to be moved around, to put the interchaingable viewfinder in back(hot shue could be on top of the basic viewfinder). Motor drive option could also be made available. But the size need not be bigger than the existing K-01, without viewfinder, but most will want one, or two. The quality of manufacture will have to increase. Its our only hope oby wan.
Forum: Non-Pentax: Canon, Nikon, Sony, etc. 03-18-2014, 06:33 PM  
Sony A7 and A7r Officially Announced (Full frame supporting K-mount adapter!)
Posted By valarie
Replies: 152
Views: 21,465
Agreed, Pentax could refine the K-01, copying sonys FF chip, and video section, and decripple the k-mount,for ease of apature/ shutter speed manipulation for exposure. Then go where sony does not. In -camera shake reduction, start @25 ISO, Articulate the screen like sony, but save money on no view finder, and no flash, but have a quiet Pentax shutter.Headphone jack. Perhaps have a modular acsessory viewfinder that can be connected to the hot shoe, like a tiny T.V. Concentrate on superior build, and not letting Pentax lens owners get away. Can be done. Sony stole the pentax playbook, and made a small elegent camera, FF to boot! Pentax tried to get back to this asthetic, but to late, now many pentax owners want a big Cannon/Nikon rip off look. The difference being most Cannon FF owners use lights, but most new Pentax owners use software. Prosumer is a harsh place to be with that beutiful Sony on the loose, wich takes Pentax lenses with an adapter. Cannon, could not take Pentax lenses, keeping many Pentax- Light-wrighters (photo-graphers) away. Thank god Pentax can counter it, as I have sugested. We will see.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-14-2014, 10:28 AM  
K-01, a very misunderstood camera
Posted By valarie
Replies: 194
Views: 27,815
Should get one, today in full sun the screen was washed out, and I was using the "sunny 16" rule, fully manual for two shots. I could not see how they turned out, so I took one more with the green button. When I got home, I was able to see the camera exposed shot was overexposed, and the "sunny 16" shots were dead on. A hood would have healped for focus, even though in full sun, you always know the exposure, as long as your subject is also in full sun.
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-12-2014, 07:25 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By valarie
Replies: 37,398
Views: 3,948,312
Wow!!! did you have to crop that shot?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-10-2014, 09:45 AM  
Best lenses for K-01 -- low light
Posted By valarie
Replies: 25
Views: 3,623
The 1.2,s are expensive, but you could get an M-1.4 50mm for around (condition depending) $100- $150. But you have to use the green button, without a light meter. With a meter, set the iso, on meter, and camera, set the shutter speed, for birds, I would say at least 125th sec.Then adjust the meter for 125th sec., and set the apature manually on the lens to what the meter tells you. This way, you can set the exposure, and forget it. Otherwise an A- 1.4 50mm, should not be to much more(2x?) than the M, and will expose through the camera, so you do not have to buy a meter or mess with the green button. Stick to f2 at most for 1.4 lenses. You should at least put high watt bulbs in your lamps,and buy a cheap bucket lamp with a ceramic base for high watt bulbs, and a clamp to bounce of the ceiling, as a prievious posters sugested.Also with all this mixed light, you might want to manually white balace, where the birds are, off a white card. You need more light, not faster lenses.
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 03-09-2014, 08:16 AM  
Sticky: Dear Pentax
Posted By valarie
Replies: 1,330
Views: 404,240
Pentax managed this in the diminutive LX.

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Ageree, on cable release, and was startled there was none when I bought my K-01,
my silky smooth minolta short mechanical cable release, and my 3 footer became obsolete (in the digital world) overnight.

As for the articulating screen, I think it would be prone to breakage, the same reason pro 35mm (D)SLR,s never had on board flashes. Just a guess, why they may never do it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-08-2014, 09:26 AM  
Best lenses for K-01 -- low light
Posted By valarie
Replies: 25
Views: 3,623
Ditto- focusing is a snap with this camera- the 50mm K, or A, f1.2 would be my choice, as they are sharper than a 1.4, at 1.4, and sharp wide open. Use focus peaking, and a hand meter with K, and M lenses to nail exposure. You could also pump up the light levels by bouncing a 1k 3,200k off white fome core, Now you are taking it to the next level, and will need 2 heavy stands, Large piece fome core, alligator clamp, to hold the fome core in the virtical position, and a lowell DP 1k. No need for HMI's, unless you want to balance for daylight. You could just put a blue jell on the DP fot the same reason. Had 3 Amazons (or my girlfriend at the time did), so I assume they will be on a movable stand. Good luck!
Forum: Pentax K-01 02-24-2014, 03:09 PM  
K-01, a very misunderstood camera
Posted By valarie
Replies: 194
Views: 27,815
As an LX user for 25 years, I find the design of the K-01, as close to understated as they have come to the LX in the digital world. To each his own I guess. I bought it for it unique capabilities with vintage glass. The design was a bonus.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-24-2014, 01:35 AM  
How to push the Pentax Full-Frame Idea and get that FF out faster...
Posted By valarie
Replies: 1,493
Views: 178,706
All the more reason to give Pentax glass users a reason to stay with Pentax.
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-22-2014, 08:04 AM  
F* & FA* club!
Posted By valarie
Replies: 881
Views: 200,481
I'll take a shot at how pinhole got that effect. Short telephoto (to limit angle of view,and magnify highlights) + mirror in the background, reflecting refracted light from a "disco ball", or "shandelier", notice how the edges of the "bokeh"(highlights) are sharp, and not round, as they would be if the camera was wide open, or the subject, was farther away from the mirror, which is also sharp enough to see the sharp edges of the apature blades, creating a "fox bokeh" effect. The creamy colors are at a greater distance than the "disco ball", and are true bokeh. Notice the Angle of the Shot, Up, and to the Side, to eliminate any unwanted elements that were also in front of the mirror (like the photographer,and foot traffic).You can see the light sourses in the subjects eyes, as she is looking up to the ceiling utilizing what looks like a florescent on the ceiling, that gave her a nice soft Key/Fill, and the multiple pinpoints, which may have been the light(s) creating the highlights in the mirror. Without lighting, this shot nessesitated her looking up at the light sourse, as to avoid top lighting, and "racoon eyes". Otherwise pinhole would have had to light it, with a soft box (chamera), and a cutter to keep the key off the mirror, she would not have needed to look up, as pinhole, would not have been limited to using the ceiling light as the Key light.
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-17-2014, 09:26 PM  
F* & FA* club!
Posted By valarie
Replies: 881
Views: 200,481
Thank You builttospill!
Forum: Lens Clubs 02-17-2014, 05:27 PM  
F* & FA* club!
Posted By valarie
Replies: 881
Views: 200,481
Dear FA owners, I have moastly K, M and A glass, some very rare pieces included, all imaculate, all Prime. I just bought a used K-01, witch the A- 50mm f2.8 macro 1/2 lives on, for maximum versatility.
My question is, I own a f-100mm Macro,my only auto focus lens, semingly very rare,very sharp, brown in color, but I love the versatility of my A-50mm 2.8 1/2 macro, and keep it on my new K-01 50% of the time. I saw an FA-50 Macro 2.8 and was impressed with its quality, and 1/1 focusing ability, and apature and focusing ring. Does anyone know what a floor model should go for, I thought $450. steep, so I ask you, despite having ample macro ability and many 50mm lenses, this looked like the perfect kit lens for my K-01, but $450 for the floor model, is that reasonable? Please Advise! Thank you!
Forum: Pentax K-01 02-06-2014, 10:07 PM  
Pentax K-01 vs Fuji X-Pro 1 vs Olympus OM-D
Posted By valarie
Replies: 749
Views: 98,858
I do not dispute it, just telling what the sales team at Ritz told me. Despite the size of the sensor target area,reletive to the size of the lens target area, this is navel lint picking when you are deprived a good focusing ring, and apature ring. I love this camera, expecially with A lenses. When I first got the K-01,used, on pentax forums, I started with the only auto focus lens I have, a 100mm f-macro, very sharp, but pathetic the way it grinded in and out of focus. Even though the camera is set to manual focus, the lame focusing ring is locked still. A lot to learn. nparson13 wrote my guide book, with his K-01, Manual-Focus, and the green Button. Good luck to all you classic lens lovers, you will need it!
Forum: Pentax K-01 02-04-2014, 01:16 PM  
Pentax K-01 vs Fuji X-Pro 1 vs Olympus OM-D
Posted By valarie
Replies: 749
Views: 98,858
I am that old fogie, that waited years to find the right pentax body for my extensive pentax manual lenses, from a 15mm k-mount, to a 300mmA*. Why did I wait, and not get a second hand K-5? Versatiliy, and focus peaking, combined with the best video section pentax has come out with. After years of looking through the bright viwfinders of LX's, I did not find the viwfinders on the current digital cameras so compelling,that they could not be sacrificed. I am used to focus peaking from the Beta-Cam, the broadcast standard, pre-digital. Basicaly a very small black and white LCD magnified through an eye piece, with contrast, and focus peaking ajustments to healp with the only option for motion picture cameras, manual -focus. The K-01 while still, a pain to go totally manual with, unlike the cannon.It is at least possible,and at least has a limited but profesional quality video section, wile still taking supurb stills, as the K-5. If it were not for this camera, I may have sold the store and went to cannon,whos users use manual glass from every maker, exept pentax, becouse the lenses go to deep in the body. This is an incentive for pentax, an acidental proprietory lens system, that forced me to stay with a pentax body! Now all that great glass hass been given a new life, and I do not miss the viewfinder, its liberating, to not have to get contacts to shoot. The focusing ring, are not good on the new lenses, an important feature for video, as is an apature ring, so as to always have the same DOF, throughout. Some hollywood DP,s, keep the same apature stop, even when they change lenses. I cant wait for the K-02 with weather sealing, amd a fully manual function. When I bought a card, at Rits camera, I took a look at the 35mm DA lens, and I am sorry, but it feels cheap, and not professional like my 35mm m- F2. It does not even cover the whole area of the 35mm frame, so forget about the advantage of using just the sweet spot in the middle of the lens, like a ff lens does. When you can take a meter reading, then set the apature, and shutter speed to exactly what combo you want- easily, it will be a no brainner for old school, and beginers alike, that are taught, and are used to, the do it all before you take the picture, not after approach. This aproach is still taught in photography class. The rest is nice, and cool, and I see advantages to some of the advances, like floating ASA, but how about the basics.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-01-2014, 01:10 PM  
PentaxForums.com February Daily Giveaway: Win a 35mm, 40mm, or 50mm lens!
Posted By valarie
Replies: 410
Views: 37,204
Agreed, otherwise it is a giveaway to the mega-posting darlings.
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 01-18-2014, 10:07 AM  
Sticky: Dear Pentax
Posted By valarie
Replies: 1,330
Views: 404,240
You can also Jell the lights, or use a filter. You dont even need a colour meter anymore, Just a thought. I only want to be able to use my manual lenses in full manual mode, take a reading with a hand held light meter, and set the apature, and shutter speed accordingly. I hate apature priority, even though it was revelutionary when it came out. I dont even care how big the sensor is anymore.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 12-14-2013, 01:26 AM  
How to push the Pentax Full-Frame Idea and get that FF out faster...
Posted By valarie
Replies: 1,493
Views: 178,706
Hey all, Pentax needs a two prong attack, one FF D-LX, FF, it could be a simple digital back with focus peaking, or somthing on those lines, bring back the metal, for a FF stillls camera, and the apature! and DOF preview. Mabey offer an Updated FF On LX lines, no video, add shake reduction, and for vidiographers, a upscale K-01. with all that is has with more, like sturdier build, whether sealing, and headphone jack. FF, not nessisary, but full manual control is, as well as, full High Def, in 60p, and 24p, and 25p. Cannon sells half their cameras to videoographers, that never use auto focus, as a machine doed not know how to rack focus. Cannon video-ographers use all 3rd party lenses manual lenses, but Pentax! The best manual focus lenses. This is an openining to pentax to make a pro level L-X2, for use as a manual focus,video supremo camera, to complement the stills oriented D-LX. JMOP
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-15-2012, 08:02 PM  
Pentax/Ricoh: De-cripple the K-mount! PETITION
Posted By valarie
Replies: 502
Views: 66,727
@Claviuis For the same reason all film camera lenses are all manual. It gives you the maximum amount of control, DOF, Focus, Dead lock exposure, and consistent settings,and results, if you want to shoot at f4 all day at 60fps, or whatever. It Is a great way to get a quick, dead on exposure, if you are shooting stills outside in full sun, without a meter,or the one in the camera making the final decisions is accurate, you will still want a hand meter to nail the important part of the frames exposure Every photographer should own hand meter, and nail the exposure, regardless of what the camera says.
P.S. Ever wonder why they still pay a camera assistant $1000.00 a day to make sure the aperture is correct, and all the frame rates are set,and shutter speed, all manual. And focus is still measured by a measuring tape. And manually focused. Why the old technology with the most expensive film gear? Consistency, and control.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-11-2012, 05:28 PM  
Pentax/Ricoh: De-cripple the K-mount! PETITION
Posted By valarie
Replies: 502
Views: 66,727
Is this is a Pentax promotion, trade in your M lenses for A's. Im in! Otherwise, they must recognize their most loyal customers, as can easily be acertained, by the love and dedication for the quality, look, and feel of all (zooms not counted) pre- auto-focus lenses. A year or two ago, when I first went to B&H, and the salesman, told me he was not sure if I could use my M lenses, with the Pentax flagship at the time, or if I would want to deal with the hassle, said I should bring an M lens in, and we could play around with it. He did show me a K-mount 200mm pentax 2.8, new. It was super fine, and felt like their old lenses, solid, and packed with glass. He mentioned that Pentax does not support a system, like they did with the LX anymore, but then they put out a piece of glass, that puts the rest to shame,once in a wile.
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