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Forum: Pentax Full Frame 4 Days Ago  
F series AF lenses
Posted By vector
Replies: 16
Views: 925
I have and regularly use the F 28mm f2.8 and the F 50mm f1.7. I like the look and they work great on my K1. The 28 is the sharpest corner to corner 28mm I have. I like the look of the F lenses but I find a lot of modern designs pretty boring and lacking character or personality. For example I feel like no one has produced a less attractive looking set of lenses than the new Nikon Z stuff... This is where the Pentax Limiteds really standout as beautifully crafted gems. The F line is distinctive. I had a sony shooter watching me at Banff this summer with my F 28mm on the K1 and he eventually had to come and ask me what lens that was as he had never seen anything like it. :)
Forum: Ricoh GR 5 Days Ago  
Commentary on the new GR3x
Posted By vector
Replies: 12
Views: 894
Yeah, at 28mm equiv I wasn't interested, at 40mm this is now on my radar. I've wanted something truly pocketable like this for a while but I would be endlessly frustrated at 28mm. I most frequently shoot 35mm and 50mm so this would work for me.
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-16-2021, 08:27 AM  
The Tammy Club!
Posted By vector
Replies: 2,854
Views: 531,030
It really is. It is literally flooded with camera toting tourists year round who come from all over the world to see it. It's the reason the city of Calgary can support places like The Camera Store and those stores can do things like TCSTV YouTube channel and now DPReview TV is shot here. There is a large and vibrant photography community here thanks places like Banff.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-15-2021, 08:25 AM  
K-70 upgrade - K-1 Mark II or K-3 mark III?
Posted By vector
Replies: 33
Views: 1,337
I'll throw out there that I agree with Norm on your high iso requirement. I know a lot of people want good high iso performance, sometimes it's the only way to get a shot, but after 800 apsc or 1600 ff the image quality is compromised. This is regardless of format or brand, new or old tech. The images work for scaled down web viewing or small prints but that's about it. If that's all you want then great. Otherwise you have to learn how to get the shot with lower iso, which means tripods, lighting, astro tracer, etc... There are ways to do all of it. In my original comment here it sounded like you had done your research and a K1 was the camera you wanted, and you had the budget, but following this thread it seems you aren't very sure what you want, just that you have to replace what you lost. So in that case I would recommend sticking with APSC and improving your skills. Like many people who bought a K1 I also spent a small fortune updating my lens collection after that purchase. I am glad I did, and I enjoy the camera. My photography doesn't necessarily warrant that level of gear but I am fortunate I could afford to blow that money. APSC has a lower barrier to entry and more options for used (at least in Pentax). If you have the budget for a K1, you can probably swing the small increase to get the best on offer, the K3iii. But anything from a K3, K3ii, K70, KP, K3iii will do to replace your K70 and get you going again. Add an o-gps unit so you can use the astrotracer and get those star shots at lower iso, or get an older used model and spend the difference on a tracking mount to really do awesome astro shots. If you really want to up your game, get a used K3ii with the the gps built in, then spend the difference on a DA*300f4+TC for those wildlife shots. You have tons of options. Oh, and get a tripod so you can shoot at lower iso.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-13-2021, 10:19 AM  
K-70 upgrade - K-1 Mark II or K-3 mark III?
Posted By vector
Replies: 33
Views: 1,337
If you have the budget for it, go for it. Add the DFA 28-105mm to replace the damaged 18-135 and you are good to go. Maybe one of the many affordable AF 50s for convenience... The DA 55-300 almost has FF coverage - there is spot in the middle of the range where the corners vignette really bad but otherwise ok. The 100mm macro is fine and of course the 55mm f2 will be fine. The Rokinon 10mm can be used in APSC mode or trade it for a 14mm. I think the DA 35mm macro can work without the hood or something like that... will have to look it up. I love my K1 and while I still shoot my K3, I pretty much always prefer my K1 for handling. It is heavier and bigger though, and if you do go 400mm+ for birds or critters, then you might miss the resolution of 24mp apsc, but I still prefer the K1 for everything else.

---------- Post added 09-13-21 at 11:34 AM ----------

Update: I missed part of your question though - will the K1 blow your mind? Is it worth it? For me it was worth it. The raw image files are nicer to work with and having 36mp is really nice. As much as I like it, it is often difficult to impossible to tell apart the end result photos from my K1 and K3 below iso 1600. For me it is down to my really preferring the handling of the K1 and preferring the classic 35mm field of view from my lenses. APSC cameras produce stunning results just like full frame. Is the difference mind blowing - no, but it is noticeable in certain shooting scenarios. Photographer vision and skill makes more difference.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 09-09-2021, 12:16 PM  
Is anyone else excited about greater than 30 second manual exposures?
Posted By vector
Replies: 18
Views: 948
**gasp** Amazing! I had no idea it could do that :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 09-09-2021, 08:47 AM  
Is anyone else excited about greater than 30 second manual exposures?
Posted By vector
Replies: 18
Views: 948
Seems to me that should be easy to roll out in a K1 firmware update, but I won't hold my breathe. Nice feature that I would use if I had a K3iii.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-08-2021, 01:41 PM  
Crop Focus Mode in K1 ll
Posted By vector
Replies: 16
Views: 635
This is where it gets interesting though, the K3/K3ii use the same 24mp sensor with no accelerator. The K3iii has a new 26mp sensor with the accelerator. At low iso I can't see a difference, but at 1600+ iso there is a big difference with the accelerator. So it really depends on how you shoot. If you are a low light shooter then it will matter, plus if you need action, tracking, broader coverage then the K3iii easily wins, even over a K1ii. If you shoot landscapes or just mainly in good light, then yeah the difference is minimal. Between my K5 and K3 I get better images from the K3 until the noise goes up. I don't have the K5ii though so my K5 still has the low pass filter that is gone from the K5ii and K3 - which makes them just a bit sharper. If you don't crop a lot then yeah the difference is really minimal. I use my K3 mainly with for super telephoto, like birds, where they are tiny in the frame and even a good shot gets cropped. In that scenario the resolution advantage is very noticeable and the 24mp sensor easily wins. That use case may not be applicable to you, only you can know that.
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-07-2021, 10:37 PM  
The Tammy Club!
Posted By vector
Replies: 2,854
Views: 531,030
Some shots from Sulphur Mountain in Banff, Alberta, Canada
Pentax K1 with Tamron 28-75mm





Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-07-2021, 10:31 PM  
DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Posted By vector
Replies: 4,161
Views: 659,121
Some shots with the DA 18-135mm on the K1. Went for a hike in the rain and it was my only WR lens I had with me. Works pretty well.







Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 09-07-2021, 10:18 PM  
Pentax F 28mm f/2.8 samples
Posted By vector
Replies: 12
Views: 6,134
Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada
K1 with Pentax-F 28mm at F11
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-07-2021, 10:13 PM  
HD Pentax-D FA* 1:1.4 50mm SDM AW
Posted By vector
Replies: 248
Views: 42,323
This is a classic overdone shot, but seriously how could I resist? They put the boats out like that on purpose - because it looks amazing.

Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada



---------- Post added 09-07-21 at 11:21 PM ----------

Highway 1A between Banff and Lake Louise.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-07-2021, 09:01 PM  
Crop Focus Mode in K1 ll
Posted By vector
Replies: 16
Views: 635
I have used my DA15, DA21, DA18-135 on my K1 in crop mode. The resolution is about equal to the K5 (slightly lower) and the image quality is good. For handling I prefer my K1 over my K5 or K3 despite the extra weight. The viewfinder puts a thick black outline around the apsc frame. Some find it distracting, I really don't mind it. I don't use my K1 for birds with my DA*300+1.4TC because the extra resolution from the 24mpix K3 really makes a difference there with cropping. But for more general shots of people and landscapes its fine.

Here are some recent examples where I went on a hike in the rain and my only WR lens available was the DA18-135. Higher resolution would be nice but totally not necessary for some snaps on a hike. This is Johnston Canyon in the Banff National Park from a few weeks ago.



Forum: General Photography 09-06-2021, 09:01 AM  
is it just me or am I among a group who feels the same
Posted By vector
Replies: 63
Views: 1,943
I find the back of the camera does not do proper justice to the raw image waiting to be processed. I am often worried the shot won't be as good as I had hoped until I see it in Lightroom. But yes I have many times gone back to old photos and found some I skipped over on initial review and never finished them. The image used for my profile pic is one such photo. I was still not very good at post processing and the exposure for that shot was really dark. I guess I dismissed it as not recoverable, but after some PP experience I was pretty happy to rediscover it and find out how much latitude there is in an underexposed K5 raw file.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-05-2021, 10:35 AM  
How does the PENTAX 50MM F/1.8 SMC DA compare to vintage SMC-M 50mm?
Posted By vector
Replies: 14
Views: 700
The DA50mm f1.8 is very similar to the older 50mm f1.7 lenses but with good modern coatings and AF. It is sharp wide open but as a DA lens it does not have perfect full frame coverage where the corners are pretty weak. That being said I have used it full frame on my K1 and been quite happy. APSC coverage is very good. I like the nice light weight plastic build and it makes some beautiful images.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 09-04-2021, 05:11 PM  
New K1 Mark II. I think I've gone too far.
Posted By vector
Replies: 89
Views: 3,342
If we're counting film cameras and non pentax...
Spotmatic, ME Super, A3000, P30T x 2, plus the 6 Pentax digitals and a fujifilm X-T1 so there's a dozen.

Planning on a K1ii coming out so savings my pennies for that instead of a K3iii.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 09-04-2021, 02:44 PM  
New K1 Mark II. I think I've gone too far.
Posted By vector
Replies: 89
Views: 3,342
Welcome to the club. K100D, K5 x 3, K3, K1. Though one of the K5's is dead (bricked during a firmware update because of low battery) so maybe I can only count 5. But which ones would I get rid of? Maybe the K5's but it's hardly worth it financially and they still work great and I can put them in my kids hands without worrying of they get dropped or bumped or something... I use the K1 and K3 regularly and the K100D is my nostalgia camera plus my ticket to SDM conversion if ever needed.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-03-2021, 08:56 PM  
SMC Pentax-A* 300mm F4 vs DA* 300mm f4?
Posted By vector
Replies: 15
Views: 1,174
I don't know, I bought a DA*300 this year and I don't have any other 300mm lenses to compare to but I can say with 100% certainty that the so called slow SDM AF on that lens is faster and more accurate than my manual focusing attempts with the same lens. From my own comparisons before buying my DA*300 it looks to me like the F* FA* and DA* all have very similar and excellent image quality and all work well on the HDDA 1.4TC. So you have to decide if warranty, weather sealing, and the latest coatings are worth it. In my opinion the SDM is not a problem amd the size and weight of the lens is easy to carry for hours on a K3 or a K1 and balances nicely for handheld shooting with or without the 1.4TC.

In regard to the DA*300 vs K3III I feel like the new AF system is lost on your A*300 and as you mentioned birds in flight are not really an option or at least not easy. Personally I would opt for the DA*300 first. At up to ISO800 the images are still really clean and nice on a K3 and for static shots the AF combined with the SDM drive on a K3 is still very good. I have read reports that the tracking performance of the DA*300+1.4TC is much improved on a K3III but since you don't do a lot of BIF shots now maybe that can wait until you get a K3III some time down the road. Really only you can decide though, what is most important.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-03-2021, 10:56 AM  
Rokinon??
Posted By vector
Replies: 11
Views: 715
As an owner of a Samyang 35mm F1.4 I can say that I really like it. I may have got lucky as I had no QC issues with mine. It is sharp wide open and with AF fine tuning you can use an apply to all setting when you have this lens on the camera so that focus confirmation works. But... and there are a few... It is large, manual focus is still not as precise as a tuned up AF lens can be, you make some compromises with metering and flash due to being just an A lens, and in the end I bought a Pentax HD FA 35mm F2. If you are taking your time and shooting static scenes it can be very nice but for everyday stuff it wasn't cutting it for me. Now with the HD FA 35 I almost never touch the Samyang. The Pentax is less than half the size and weight, it is AF, and it is sharp enough wide open that I am happy. I think the only reason I hang on to the Samyang is that I also have a Fujifilm X-T1 and the Samyang is great on there. It gives focus peaking in the EVF and doesn't have the same metering and flash compromises with a manual lens.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 09-02-2021, 05:12 PM  
New (to me) NOS K3 Silver!
Posted By vector
Replies: 8
Views: 514
Cool! I found the K3 to be a nice improvement in AF over the K5 and better in most ways. I still use mine along side my K1.
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-02-2021, 11:31 AM  
HD Pentax-D FA* 1:1.4 50mm SDM AW
Posted By vector
Replies: 248
Views: 42,323
I don't do a lot of portraits. When I do they are mainly of my kids. Back to school is a big deal and here are the results of adding the DFA*50 to my kit this year. These are all wide open using HSS to a small octabox with a Godox TT600. My biggest concern was with AF accuracy and consistency wide open vs my older screw drive lenses, and while there are still the challenges of shooting with such narrow depth of field, this lens definitely delivered. Most of my shots were bang on. Then of course the wide open sharpness is just fantastic.






Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-26-2021, 05:49 PM  
Which lenses are hated by pixel peepers but loved by Pentaxians?
Posted By vector
Replies: 42
Views: 3,148
I haven't really had any problem with my DA15. The DA18-135 drives me nuts with weak corners and telephoto, plus the variable aperture can be disappointing. But I am too often surprised when reviewing my library in lightroom to find a nice shot was taken with that lens and not something better. This summer I used it on my K1 because it was my only weather sealed zoom and it was raining out. It did quite well and for the snaps on a hike I didn't really miss the full 36mp resolution. The Da50-200 has been a hard one to love but again I have some great shots with it. I hear lots of gripes about the clinical DA35 but in my experience after adding the HDFA35 which is generally well liked, other than build the 2 are almost indistinguishable. I'll add another plug for the FA50 1.4 though. I have a lot of awesome shots from a lens that I think a lot of people cited as a reason to jump to other brands to get wide open sharpness at that focal length.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 08-21-2021, 02:44 PM  
K-3 III - what is "deep learning with learning promises" in AF-system?
Posted By vector
Replies: 39
Views: 2,240
At a high level they create computer program to analyze images and then feed it tons of images of a certain type, say a bird in flight. This is used to train the software to recognize the shape of a bird in flight. Once the software is trained it can be used in a camera to recognize a shape rather than just detecting contrast. This is often referred to as artificial intelligence or deep learning, but it's really just someone writing some capable software and tweaking it to recognize patterns.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-21-2021, 10:03 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By vector
Replies: 6,648
Views: 890,374
Spent the week walking around Banff and Lake Louise taking note of the various cameras. Most people are just using cell phones but there were a lot of more serious cameras. The most common were the little Sony A6xxx MILC with kit lenses. Next was Canon Rebel DSLR with kit lenses. 3rd was probably Sony A7 series followed closely by Canon FF DSLRs. Both these seemed to have various 24-70mm lenses and often tamron or sigma. I only noticed one Nikon FF and no Fujifilm except for an Instax. Walking around with my K1 I thought I would be the only Pentax wielding photographer until the last day when I ran into a gentleman carrying a K70 with the 18-135mm. Was kind of surprised by the lack of presence of both Nikon and Fuji.
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-15-2021, 03:49 PM  
35mm Lens Club - all you need is 35mm...
Posted By vector
Replies: 354
Views: 30,706
When packing up for a trip I always worry that 35mm isn't wide enough and I should get something wider, until I get there and see through the view finder that 35mm is just right. Still my favorite landscape focal length.

Cascade Mountain from Two Jack Lake in Banff National Park
Pentax K1 with HD FA 35mm f2
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