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Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 11-18-2021, 06:52 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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Heads up (although not a full eclipse this time around?) things get really dim during the peak period and suddenly you donít have much light to work with.

Still need a fairly fast shutter speed too, as the damn earth keeps spinning pretty quickly.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 11-09-2021, 08:22 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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I've been going back over earlier images recently too (getting some acrylic prints made) and it's interesting to revisit these with all the subsequent years of development in Lightroom in my case. I was getting quite angry with one of my images and when I checked the details it was with the Tamron zoom. I recall that being sharp (and solid, like you could play cricket with it) but the chromatic aberration was just chronic with wild green and purple blooming on every light to dark edge.

If I'm honest, that's one of the major benefits to the two newer Pentax lenses I now own. I think the image sensors have been good enough for quite some time, and it's now (as always) down to the quality of the physical optics feeding the sensor.



All good Gary, yeah small world.
With family in the UK I have purchased nearly all of my gear from there and have been a member of PentaxUser for longer than here.

My portfolio there
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 11-01-2021, 04:40 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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Welcome on board from the north island. 📷 I too have the original K-3 and still going strong 💪
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 10-10-2021, 07:38 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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The other half of richandfleur would say that wouldn't be a surprise :lol:
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 10-10-2021, 02:10 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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Sounds like a problem with the batteries or the camera.

I love how helpful forums can be :lol:
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-30-2021, 04:47 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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Yeah anything static like a outdor scenery shot, or anywhere a tripod is used, I tend to use manual focus and often live view with punch in zoom via the rear screen.
Af for me is lacking where people are involved and where tracking is involved - in the hardest sense where the subject is coming towards me etc. Sadly that's where I want the optical viewfinder too, so a bit stuck really.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-30-2021, 01:45 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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Morning,

I'd have to sit down and have a play with this. From memory I did find some oddness when calibrating this lens. It's that annoying scenario of where do you calibrate a zoom lens for, when the focussing issues can be different/non linear across the zoom range.
Between the two of these lenses though, that's pretty much me setup for most things. I would put on one of the primes for anything needing that extra depth of field separation (which of course is then highly dependant on teh point of focus being correct).

I guess my issue with the DSLR approach is that the focus is usually bang on where it's trying to aim, but there are no smarts avialable to work out if that point makes sense. Even in autofocus, it's manual in terms of you point and hope the camera sees what you are pointing at. (Iuse centre point only, single focus mode most of the time).
Personally I've had way way too many group shots/portraits over the years, where a line of people are blurry whilst the hedge miles off in the background is in perfect focus.
A cellphone or mirrorless would detect the faces/eyes even and focus there, and you'd manually have to overide that if you actually did want to focus on the rear hedge.

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Me too :)

I found the K-3 had the focus behaviour configuration settings I needed, that were missing from the K-30 previuosly.
It kind of worked with the older screwdrive zoom.
I'm looking forward to trying this again with the new PLM.

Biggest issue previously was that whilst subject coming towards you was locked in focus, it had moved forwards again by the time the shot was actually taken.
Some settings helped with this more than others, but it was extremely common to have the kids out of focus and the back of their bike/or people running futher back behind them now in the original focus confirmation spot.
Hopeing the PLM tracks better.

The newer camera models may do this much better than my original mk i K-3 of course too.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-29-2021, 01:23 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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Great shots, very impressive.

Yes that lens focussing is silent and mental fast.

So much so that I do wonder if a large component to Pentax's comparitively poor focussing performance has been the control loop lag/delays/slack etc, coming from the mechanilcal linakge of the legacy in body motor focussing approach. Yikes what an ugly long sentance.
Traditionally I've found Pentax to nail the focus on staionary items, but often with a quick shuffle forwards and backwards to confirm the focus point. Control loop wise, has a bit of overshoot, but does settle to the right place.
That action looks pretty yuck in video but in stills works fine, though is often slower than other brands with in lens motors.

With the PLM it's damn near instant. That lens in incredibly fast and accurate and quiet with the focussing. I'm totally sold on it, and it's an experience I didn't think I'd ever have on a Pentax body.

I haven't done much tracking with it yet, usually likes of kids triathlon when they were running towards us etc, but assume it will be faster in that instance as well.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 09-24-2021, 01:08 AM  
Firmware update for shake reduktion in videomode. K-1 and KP.
Posted By richandfleur
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Yeah I see that, that’s good news.


Sadly never came to older (last 10years) hardware via firmware update.

Glad to see it back. Sadly during that time it’s now available on many other brands, so these things are no longer Pentax only special features.


Taken on K-3 recently. Hand held and stabilised in post, thought I'd share.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-23-2021, 02:30 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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Thanks everyone. Googled those two names and yeah think Iím thinking of skylarks.

Reminds me of country lanes on the west coast of The South Island.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-22-2021, 06:17 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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Hey does anyone know what type of bird you see out in paddocks/grassy hay type areas in the country?
They tend to just float up in one place, fairly high up and sing.
Skylark rings a bell but I'm not sure. From memory there can be flocks of them or just single, make a cool signing song but hard to see what they are from a distance.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 09-22-2021, 02:41 PM  
Firmware update for shake reduktion in videomode. K-1 and KP.
Posted By richandfleur
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A firmware update to offer mechanical stabilisation to K-1 and K-P never came right?


I had high hopes for this since the K-01/K-30 era 10 years ago took it away.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-21-2021, 09:49 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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Final last one ��

Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-20-2021, 08:28 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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Funny thing for me is Fleur and I have Pentax cameras only because we came here from the film world prior to digital.
From memory Fleur's dad had Pentax and my dad was Canon.

If I was starting now I could almost 100% guarantee I wouldn't have selected Pentax, mostly as I could not go somewhre and pick it up to try.
Once you've got a lens collection you're much more likely to stick to a brand, so they have me now mostly as I can't be stuffed changing, either in terms of spare money or having to relearn everything (Pentax zoom direction/muscle memory is opposite likes of Canon for example too).

Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-20-2021, 01:07 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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Loving the vibe with these guys around more. We planted the yellow flowering kōwhai tree from a seedling, so great to see it as a larger tree now attracting the Tui to it's nectar outside our lounge. Great bird song and colours.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-19-2021, 10:01 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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Skipping past the fact newer devices have come a long way past lag and a sore head...

I genuinely still don't see a significant difference between mirrorless and DSLR cameras. To me they're all what I'd refer to as serious imaging devices.
Honestly apart from a viewfinder approach there's very little between them at all, and definitely more in common than not. It's more a battle at the moment between mechanical shutter / interchangeable lens devices and cellphones/GoPro cameras etc.

Pentax isn't going to attract new buyers until they're available to purchase. It's as blunt as that to me. I can walk into a Harvey Norman or Noel Leemings etc and purchase pretty much a camera of any brand except for Pentax.
Other than dedicated camera shops, as a brand they're just not available in New Zealand. That realistically starts limiting your customers to existing (which willl deminish over time) and any new customers will play the value comparison game before purchasing something beyond their existing camera/phone.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-17-2021, 05:19 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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My thoughts are simply around the future. If the processor can see the image then all sorts of analytical aspects can be implemented. Likes of identifying a target beyond just what youíve pointed at, and applying smarts to how itís tracked.

Sensors already have phase detect focussing built in and extend across most of the sensor. Couple this with the ability to actually see and make sense of the subject matter and it becomes a very powerful combination, which is only available where the sensor is exposed the whole time.

EVFs and mirrorless arenít going away, thatís clearly the future. Weíll see less basic cameras though I think, as cell phone photo capabilities increase. Point and shoot cameras have already been heavily impacted like this.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-16-2021, 09:53 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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I nearly wrote this earlier but held back, being a biased (but still very friendly) crowd and all.

I view the D in DSLR as being for dumb, given all the smarts and analytics/ tracking etc that comes with feeding a computer a full time sensor image. This refers to the device, not the buyer!!! Overall not a popular opinion here of course 😂

I canít see DSLR (unless in mirrorless live view mode) ever achieving that level of face/eye detection and exposure adjustment and tracking etc.

Now from a purist experience where you want to get involved in all aspects of the shot (putting aside the debate of the auto exposure and shutter speed etc modes) then the DSLR still has its place.

The mirror/optical viewfinder offers a different experience but good IQ, sensor stabilisation, lens adaptability etc can be had from multiple styles and brands nowadays.

---------- Post added 09-17-21 at 04:54 PM ----------

Iíd be very worried about optical discs delaminating their plastic over time. Many CDs we had from the early days donít play anymore, if you find a player.

Heck even had a bunch of usb sticks and an sad drive die lately. Not fun.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-16-2021, 03:50 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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Ha I too have a C brand Mirrorless, it's cheap and small but has an APS-C sized sensor and it focusses insanely well compared to everything I've ever had in Pentax land. Likes of real tracking AF and exceptional face identification etc. Has a rear flippy touchscreen also, with likes of pinch to zoom and swipe to move between photos and navigate menus etc.

Image quality isn't comparable to Pentax at all (think lower Dynamic Range/blown highlights, less recoverable detail in the shadows etc) but that's not why I got it and isn't important in most of the situations that little thing comes out in.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-16-2021, 02:34 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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For unplanned candid photos of moment at birtday and the like, I much prefer a modern mirrorless camera with the smarts to nail the focus with confidence quickly.
Be that a cellphone or a mirrorless ILC, they would easily be my goto for that sort of content.
I can't see a DSLR being as repsonsive or accurate in that sitaution, and depending on the subject matter the cellphone photo may genuinely be good enough.

I pull out the pentax for the likes of a bird in the tree outside etc, where I can't get close, or a long exposure shot where having control over the exposure is required.
And possibly for a formal portrait, where I have the time to setup the camera in advance and manually set the focus etc.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-07-2021, 05:59 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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Does it fit the K-3 iii Ross?
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-07-2021, 02:49 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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Looks like the Pentax D-BG5 can take AA batteries as well?
That's an interesting feature in itself if you were travelling and couldn't guarantee a place to charge etc.

Funny how we purchase things but don't necessarily end up using them.
Honestly thougth I'd get more into using a flash than I ever have for example.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-04-2021, 04:17 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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In practise Iíd summarise that as itís more compact and the focus speed/lack of noise is insane. The image quality is really good.

Longer term it feels more plastic. Itís not the sort of thing you could hammer fence posts in with, like say the Tamron zooms, but itís a very nice piece of kit.

These two newer APS-C lenses really bring the Pentax focussing system to life. I genuinely feel the internal focus motor approach is what has held Pentax back in the focussing game for many years. There are draw backs as well as all the pros to maintaining older lens compatibility.

Whatís missing for me now is the smarts like face and eye detection/subject tracking. Thatís what puts me at a cross roads. I want the image quality/ergonomics of the Pentax combined with the smarts of say Canon/Sony around focussing abilities. Not sure Iím ever going to find that in Pentax world though.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-03-2021, 07:16 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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Yeah the K-1 and K-3 are distinctly different focussed units.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-03-2021, 05:16 PM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By richandfleur
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I'm essentially down to the K-3, 16-85 and PLM 55-300 zoom. That's my kit.
Floating in the background is the 35mm plastic and Tamron 90mm macro prime, and an old school 50mm 1.7 A, but to be honest they don't come out to play much anymore.

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