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Forum: Pentax K-3 III 1 Day Ago  
The ins and outs of the K-3 III AF.C system - My own experience and understandings
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 67
Views: 7,210
If you can catch her in one of her calmer moments you might give the new XS focus mode a shot. Our own Kobie just did a video demonstrating how effective it is when there's competition for a focus point, in this case the plush toy.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 1 Day Ago  
I think I am giving up, and am leaving Pentax, unless there is an effective solution
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 68
Views: 3,226
I've had several instances of soft focus when out hiking and going from birding to landscape/foliage and failing to switch over to AF.S. Shooting relatively static subjects using continuous focus is not nearly as successful. If that's what the OP is doing it would explain a lot.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 4 Days Ago  
I think I am giving up, and am leaving Pentax, unless there is an effective solution
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 68
Views: 3,226
For the portraits he's interested in I would say the DFA*50 is perhaps a bit too sharp if anything, but AF for portraits is a total non-issue in my experience.

Like Uncle Vanya says, I'm sorry you're having a lesser experience with yours but it's certainly not typical for AF problems with the K3III and DFA* lenses.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 4 Days Ago  
Focus Issues :( Particularly with screwdrive lenses.
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 29
Views: 991
You've posted this thread in the wrong subforum which may be why K3III users aren't answering. I'll move it for you.

FWIW I get exceptionally nice results, more dynamic range, better low-light performance, and faster focus lock on my K3III than on my K70. I had a KP previously that as I recall was not giving me sharper results than the K70 so I'd consider them comparable for this discussion. It's been a long time since I had the K5II so I have nothing to compare to there.

Bonus: the K3III drives the lens SDM motor with more authority and quite to my surprise resurrected a DA*55 that the SDM has died on, or so I had thought it died.
Now that said, I have found a need to fine-focus lenses on the K3III that had not been needed on previous Pentax bodies, or at least hadn't noted a need to. In my own use, the new Pentax seems less tolerant of imprecise lens calibration.
Forum: Pentax K-01 5 Days Ago  
Sigma can, why can't Pentax?
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 143
Views: 4,189
Put more in perspective the weight difference between a modern mirrorless like the Sony A7III and the Pentax K3III is roughly the weight of a Kershaw pocketknife. That's not enough to discourage me from carrying either one. :)

The whole "OMG, DSLR is so heavy" is a bit overblown, more handwringing than an actual issue. Hang a lens on it and neither size nor weight is all that different. If you simply prefer using MILC's then do so. I can see reasons why someone might, video being a primary one if it's something you do regularly. Ditching your otherwise very good and very capable and probably less expensive DSLR because of the weight doesn't seem like a good reason to me, but everyone spends their own money on what they want.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 6 Days Ago  
How well is the K-3 iii selling?
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 51
Views: 2,791
The silver doesn't age well. I preordered thinking it was metal finish and not paint. No biggie, but I would have bought black if I had a do-over.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 6 Days Ago  
Two online events scheduled for Asahi Optical's 103rd anniversary
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 83
Views: 6,409
Of note I just returned from a vacation where I carried the K3III, and with it a K-3 monochrome converted. I had expected to use the K-3 a little, but lean mostly on the K3III. It was just the opposite.

I spent nearly the entire 6 days shooting black and white, as high as the ISO 25600 shown in the Pentax video. There's just a world of difference in the fineness of the grain at those high ISO's, and in certain high contrast scenarios where color was not essential the depth and crispness of the images were definitively better than the full-color K3III. I didn't even use a filter, just straight from the sensor. Now I'm anxious to try a few of them.

So in a nutshell I ended up searching out opportunities to use the K-3 throughout my stay, much to my surprise. Taking it was an afterthought, and now I'm glad I packed it. The K3III monochrome is going to deliver notablely different imaging than the full-color version just converting to black and white as desired. For those who can swing the cost, a monochrome K3III deserves a hard look IMO even if you already own a K3III or K1.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-23-2022, 04:37 AM  
Two online events scheduled for Asahi Optical's 103rd anniversary
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 83
Views: 6,409
A monochrome camera will also give you stunningly detailed astro images.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-23-2022, 03:59 AM  
Two online events scheduled for Asahi Optical's 103rd anniversary
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 83
Views: 6,409
I've been shooting a K-3 monochrome for the past several days, and quite like the experience. Images seem to have more apparent depth depending on the subject, certainly look crisper, and any noise is more like a film grain. Oh, and ISO 25600 is very usable. It's a very different thing than simply coverting a color image to monochrome.

Had I not just purchased this camera I'd be standing in line for the K3III mono. Yup, it will still be a niche use, but without any serious competition. Leica is far too expensive, and I suspect the Pentax to come in at under $3000 (with luck well under) so a K3III version will get positive press and draw a few Canon/Nikon/Sony guys in for a closer look.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 11-22-2022, 10:47 AM  
How well is the K-3 iii selling?
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 51
Views: 2,791
Having owned the KP I find the K3III in an utterly different league in both ergonomics and customization, and definitely more appropriate for moving critters and sports. Truthfully it's not even that much larger as far as I'm concerned though the weight difference may be noticable. But the D500 is massive in comparison, larger even than your K1. I do like the 150-600 though and wish Tamron would do a K-mount for the G2 version.
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 11-22-2022, 09:28 AM  
Canon R Crop Sensor
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 4
Views: 340
I don't expect the R7 or R6 can match up with the overall imaging results of the K3III. The Pentax should have more dynamic range and better low-light performance. Focus-wise with certain subjects, perhaps a dog running free in a field or in the ubiquitous drunk bicyclist test, the Canon's probably get a somewhat better hit rate even if not perfect. In general, and certainly for most scenarios, I believe the K3III focus system will hold its own.

My K3III matches up well (and exceeds it in some areas) with the supposed king of APSC birding cameras, the D500, and I wouldn't expect lesser results if including the R6 or R7 in the comparison.

That said Biff, if you have the spare cash and don't mind taking a little loss on reselling it needed, you could take one for the team. :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 11-22-2022, 07:19 AM  
Still struggling with AF
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 31
Views: 1,500
Excellent advice Norm. I've seen fellow photogs use continuous focus on relatively static birds and not getting the results they expected, with wayward leaves or branches becoming the focus not uncommon. As you say, single-point AF-S pretty well fixes that.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-21-2022, 11:41 AM  
Amazon Warehouse - K3iii in Used-Acceptable for $1,246
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 1
Views: 263
Probably in better condition than "Used Acceptable". If I weren't camera-rich I'd absolutely be thinking about this one.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-21-2022, 09:17 AM  
Pentax 55-300PLM - Save $100 at B&H
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 0
Views: 180
B&H has the HD DA 55-300PLM as a Black Friday Special. Now just $346! This is a great lens at a great price. Very highly recommended.
Forum: Pentax K-01 11-21-2022, 07:59 AM  
Sigma can, why can't Pentax?
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 143
Views: 4,189
It's not that mirrorless takes better photos than DSLR's or that they're easier to use. They aren't. Or that they're naturally better for landscapes than a DSLR. They're not. Or better in a studio environment. Nope, not at all. There are edge cases where a mirrorless camera MIGHT get slightly improved success rates over a comparable DSLR, but how often are we needing to take photos of a weaving bicyclist? If that's you, and you don't already own a camera, then look at mirrorless bodies, used if there's a good one available.

Here's why there is the rush to mirrorless, paid articles, and proclamations of DSLR's being dinosaurs:
By getting stills photographers to move over to MILC's they can charge more for the bodies, and sell higher-priced new lenses to go with those new mounts. There are simply not many new cameras being sold anymore. It's a well-to-do older demographic that's still enthralled by actual cameras, and there's not enough of us to profit from traditional margins and make profits on volume. For enough revenue to remain viable as a business it's necessary now to sell at minimum two new lenses from that manufacturer when a new body is sold. Canon for instance wants full control over the lenses that can be mounted to their new cameras in order to do so, sending notice of patent infringement to 3rd party suppliers like Sigma to ensure it. There's so many quality used lenses that simply selling you a new camera and maybe one lens if lucky won't allow them to stay in business. A few accessories here or there won't cut it.

If you choose to fall into the marketing trap expect to pay far more for your hobby, even the batteries and memory cards, than had you stayed with DSLR's like many professionals are doing.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-21-2022, 07:28 AM  
Camera failure - Longevity
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 20
Views: 1,132
The closest all-in new, and for it's total price that's probably across all brands, would be a K-70 with the 55-300 PLM.

Even though the camera has been replaced now by the higher-priced KF there are still a few brand-new K-70's around for $576 and the lens is about $350 right now at B&H. The K-70 kit with the punch above its weight DA 18-135 and included accessories is only $826, so even adding the PLM keeps you under $1200. Bonus: You can still use your other Pentax lenses without added expense.

The Pentax PLM is a LOT faster to focus than my Nikon-branded 55-300, and I've never really had issues with the K-70's focus outside of birds in flight which took much more practice but very doable. My K3III of course handles those BiF shots far better combined with longer lenses, as does my D500, but at a significantly higher cost. I don't think that Z-50 kit would perform as well for your birding as the K-70 and PLM, and the Canon that's often recommended is the EOS 90D but that's $1200 for the body only, no lens
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 11-21-2022, 06:53 AM  
Still struggling with AF
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 31
Views: 1,500
Exactly the same as mine. :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 11-21-2022, 04:59 AM  
Still struggling with AF
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 31
Views: 1,500
I've heard a few long-time professionals recommend spot focus, they themselves largely ignoring eye-focus and zone settings on their flagship MILC's. I know for myself as long as the situation seems appropriate, BiF being an exception for me, I still use a single centerpoint and recompose as needed on all my cameras irrespective of brand.

I'm also guilty of avoiding manual focus as much as possible. Yup, I'm lazy and impatient.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 11-20-2022, 04:55 PM  
Still struggling with AF
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 31
Views: 1,500
I've noticed the same issues whether using my K3III, K-70, or Nikon D500. Rippling water makes AF far less reliable. Full-on waves are friendlier.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-19-2022, 05:55 PM  
Amazon Warehouse - HD PENTAX-D FA50mmF1.4 SDM AW in Used - Good for $599
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 11
Views: 590
I'm not at all surprised. It may really be new.
Forum: General Talk 11-19-2022, 02:22 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 25,803
Views: 1,952,413
I just added a full-spectrum conversion Nikon D7000 to my alternative cameras (K3 monochrome converted and Pentax PZ-70 film). I already had three Nikon lenses covering 16mm-600mm, so nothing else needed on that front.

I am now content.
I think.
Don't give me any ideas. :)
Forum: General Photography 11-19-2022, 10:15 AM  
Phone Camera for Wedding Photography?
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 17
Views: 619
With a smartphone? Even without I'd probably say thank you for the offer, but no thanks. I've never seen any indication weddings were his forte, something quite different from doing the type of fashion/portrait shoots he so very impressively does. Now ask me if I'd pay to go to a class he offered. :)

For other events and more casual photos I'd not hesitate for a moment to use my Pixel, even if I'd still prefer to use my DSLR's which I enjoy using more and probably get better results with depending on the need. Weddings? Absolutely ILC.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-18-2022, 03:23 PM  
Back up memory cards to a Hard disk without a computer
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 12
Views: 608
Gotcha Lowell. So not a good solution when you have a few hundred to back up. Thanks for that.

FWIW, I've long carried a little 500mb Samsung SSD and USB cable I had spare just for this purpose, but never had a need to use it. I suppose I've never had several hundred that needed to be backed up since I'm never in the field or away from home long enough. I have pulled an SD card, locked it, and put it in the multi-storage SD case I always have with me after a particularly important event, but even that's rare.

Your's seems to be a good solution for those who need it, and there may be many of us who would benefit. Thanks for the thread!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-18-2022, 11:16 AM  
Back up memory cards to a Hard disk without a computer
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 12
Views: 608
Would transferring via wifi on your smart-device then to Google Photos work (free 15GB), mitigating the need for any external hardware at all besides the smartphone you were already carrying? I haven't had the need to do so but seems like it would, particularly if you have a Google One subscription so no worries of an image being downsized.

Your solution sounds like a good one Lowell if wifi transfer isn't a usable workaround.
Forum: General Talk 11-18-2022, 10:23 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By gatorguy
Replies: 25,803
Views: 1,952,413
I received my monochrome-converted K3 from forum member Medex today. Just in time for a vacation next week! Very anxious to use it for some set ideas I have around Cedar Key, and as a second camera for an upcoming portrait shoot early next month.
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