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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-04-2018, 07:39 AM  
The one lens that you just ended up never getting
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 107
Views: 4,558
A bit late to the thread... But it wasn't easy. I've ended up buying most lenses I always dreamed about.

But here's a few (not one unfortunately) that I wanted at a certain point, but never ended up getting (I might still though... ;-))
- Lensbaby: several of their subsequent offerings. I always decided not to because they are too much of a specialty effect lens. There was always something more practical to spend my budget on.
- Q system: the standard zoom (02). I got the 01 with my Q, and I regularly found myself wanting to have some zoom. In the end I always found an alternative composition and was happy about the result. the few times that I decided to bite the bullet, either I couldn't find one available at a reasonable price, or (when in Japan recently) had to make spending choices (again) that preferred another product (the DFA100/2.8).
- Some of the Laowa macros: I got the 60mm and like it but don't use it much because it's very specialized. I would like the 15/4 macro/shift, and the 25/2.8 2.5-5x and 24mm probe are very tempting as well. But I have so many lenses around 15/16mm (couldn't justify taking both the Samyang 16/2 that I love!! and this one along) and the other two are just so specialized (again).
- Irix: all of their lenses are tempting, but too much double with my existing kit...

Need I go on? Thing is, I used to suffer serious LBA, and I'm currently still in the phase that I need to fight the urge constantly... But I'm doing good arent' I? ;-)

Wim
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-03-2018, 08:03 AM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 367
Views: 19,735
Tx Thibs! Now I remember that you had one indeed. Somewhere in the back of my mind I did always know it must have been a great tool from seeing who liked it, but for some strange reason (human nature?) I never considered it for myself... I'll keep your offer in mind, though it's very busy times the next few months, so by the time I have time to do some street photography, we'll probably be in the next year, and who knows... the GR III might already be available. ;-)

grtz, Wim
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-03-2018, 05:31 AM  
Loupedeck
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 7
Views: 869
I just tried this out last Saturday at Photokina 2018. I had been looking at it for some time and decided to take the opportunity of being at Photokina to test it live. I had a very nice demo and hands-on and could ask all possible questions. Loupedeck is constantly improving their software as Adobe expands its plug-in API, and, even as it is much more complete than earlier versions, there are still some improvements they are working on exposing through the software (with Adobe?), or so I'm told.

Anyway I liked it very much, and it seems a relatively future proof product by now. They had a 10% off coupon at Photokina for the duration of the show, so I took them up on that and ordered me one. I'm waiting for it now and should have it by the end of the week...

tbc, Wim
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-02-2018, 06:13 AM  
Miscellaneous development at Ricoh Imaging
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 97
Views: 9,469
Well, it could explain why the DA*11-18/2.8 was nowhere to be seen at Photokina 2018, after the earlier prototype being available to try out (except for pictures) at the 2018 Brussels Imaging Days (and other venues?)... At Photokina they were very tight lipped about the lens (or simply didn't know anything) when I asked about it. Other than "confirming" it would be for 2019 that is.

This lens often reminds me of the DA*60-250/4, which got delayed frequently and had its features changed significantly between the first prototype shown and the final product. I'm just hoping the DA*11-18/2.8 will be faster to market...

Wim
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-01-2018, 08:03 AM  
A new Kickstarter campaign for Peak Design : travel bag
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 23
Views: 974
Well, I went to Photokina last Saturday and I visited the Peak Design people. I met up with one of their permanent staff who walked me through the whole Travel range.

I must admit I was impressed with the system. The main bag is really well made, with excellent access and it looks nice and carries well. It *is* big and relatively heavy though, and that's without any inserts loaded. I love the way the bag can expand and the way the straps can be tucked away (better than in my Manfrotto/Kata 3N1 35 PL). The camera cubes are excellent and the new dividers really shine (best ever)! The packing inserts are really well made as well and very light weight. And of course, as usual, Peak Design selected some great materials to make the bags out of.

I cannot see myself buy into the entire system just yet, since my current travel needs do not really require a system this large that would allow for both camera gear and all other stuff in the same bag. I *never* check in my camera gear when flying, and I carry too much other stuff for a bag containing all to remain within carry-on limitations. Also, regardless of the excellent build of the camera cubes, I do not see myself take out and use any of the three camera cubes as a separate bag. These *could* probably be used as excellent shoulder bags, but that's not my thing (I regularly hike on relatively difficult terrain)... OTOH, I don't think they come with their own straps (could be wrong), and I'm also not sure Peak Design's otherwise excellent camera straps would be sufficient to carry a heavily loaded medium or large cube (the small one would probably be OK)...

*However*, upon returning home, I did pre-order the Tech Pouch immediately! This can be inserted into any bag of course, and as such it will be going with me on every trip. It is so practical for all the small stuff and cables and... that I tend to carry around. And... come to think of it, it could even nicely fit the GR III that I hope to own in the near future (love at first sight that!).

And... I will be keeping an eye on all future additions to the line that might bring it more within my personal needs. I do like what they are doing here!

Wim
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-01-2018, 06:44 AM  
Ricoh GR III
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 367
Views: 19,735
Strange thing I never looked at the GR before last Saturday, when I handled the GR II at Photokina. Previous years, I guess Pentax always kept me distracted by new stuff that was more directly interesting to me. Not so this year, so I got to notice the GR II and III...

Boy, what a revelation!!

I have always loved my Q and Q-S1, but regretted the little 01 lens has a slightly too narrow FoV for me to use it even more than I do. And although the Q-S1's IQ was always within expectations, it was so only just... In short, without realizing it, the GR III is the very real answer to what I was hoping Pentax would resurrect the Q series to become in a probably nonexistent future...

Well, I added the GR III to the top of my 2019 shopping list!!

Wim
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-01-2018, 06:28 AM  
Irix Dragonfly 150mm Macro
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 97
Views: 5,424
I visited the Irix booth at Photokina on Saturday and chatted to one of the guys there. The 150 is one nicely build piece of kit!! There's a few reasons I might add it to my bag.

It seems the sealing is pretty tight and Irix are very confident it should protect the lens against most elements.

Compared to my Sigma EX180/3.5: It's not that different in terms of FoV and the difference in working distance is much less than the nominative 46cm closest focus distance of the Sigma compared to the 35cm of the Irix. The Irix having a considerably shorter body and a shorter hood makes up for a lot of the 11cm difference. And of course its smaller size makes the Irix easier to put in a bag along with other stuff. The tripod mount on the Irix will be Arca Swiss, whereas the Sigma's tripod mount requires an additional plate so extra bulk and an extra screw that might come loose.

Compared to my DFA100/2.8: Without the hood, unexpectedly both lenses are about equal length when focused at 1:1. With the hood the DFA100 is noticeably shorter since its hood attaches to the fixed part of the lens body. The 50mm difference does make for a more important difference in FoV, esp when using for non macro subjects.

In short, I feel the Irix 150mm can complement the DFA100/2.8 whereas it is much more of a competitor to the 180mm.

Of course the Irix 150 is MF, but for that purpose the lens has a beautiful focusing ring! Contrary to most other MF offerings (I'm thinking Samyang and Laowa specifically), Irix lenses are chipped and they provide focal length information to the camera. At least the 11mm and 15mm do. The pre-production copy of the 150mm I tried at Photokina didn't yet, but I was assured that the final production copies will. To me that's a clear advantage to the Samyang 100/2.8 macro or the Laowa macros that I tried so far. I forget to adjust the focal length on start-up of my camera all too often, which is a problem on shoots where I use more than one MF that doesn't pass the info to the body.

Another advantage to me is the filter size, which is 77mm. This happens to be the filter size of most of my filters, the main lenses I use filters on being my DA*16-50/2.8 and the Samyangs that all share the same filter size.

I wasn't counting on it, but I might be persuaded to put my Sigma EX180/3.5 into the retirement home and start a new relationship with this Irix instead.

Wim
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 09-24-2018, 11:51 PM  
Photokina 2018 Q&A - What would you ask Ricoh?
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 307
Views: 10,920
1) I would like to get some more information on the "Make the most of your PENTAX camera!" article series they recently started. More specifically on the following statement:
Can they list a more exhaustive list of camera where this 30% applies? Personally I would like to know about the K-3II.

2) What about the Q system. (Cannot help it, but I still love it...)

3) Evolution of sensors. Where do they see this go, and what is their strategy? APS-C (max 24MP?) vs FF...

Tx!!!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-24-2018, 06:00 AM  
Irix Dragonfly 150mm Macro
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 97
Views: 5,424
The Sigma EX180/3.5 is (was) IF as well. IF explains part of the bulk...

Wim
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-24-2018, 05:17 AM  
Which 3rd party PK lenses you treasure the most?
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 74
Views: 2,406
Right now my favourite 3rd party must be the Samyang 16/2. Most used 3rd party is probably the Sigma EX180/3.5 macro, but the Samyang is catching up fast.

Before the advent of the Samyangs, my most used 3rd party lenses were all Sigma I think (both of them), the second one being the 8-16. However, I always had a lot of other options for UWA (Zenitar 16, DA10-17, DA15/4), but only one for long macro. And since I to travel rain forest destinations quite frequently, where a 180mm macro can really shine, the Sigma EX180 has always and will always keep its dedicated place in my bag. Until I get my hands on a FA*200/4 macro that is (=probably never)...

The Samyang 16/2 has changed the wide angle story considerably. It enabled me to push my DA*16-50/2.8 out of the bag from time to time, replacing it by the DA20-40 I like much more. 16mm being a favourite FoV of mine on APS-C, the Samyang 16/2 often spends extended periods of time on my camera. This however may change soon again when the DA*11-18/2.8 becomes available...

Wim
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-24-2018, 02:20 AM  
Irix Dragonfly 150mm Macro
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 97
Views: 5,424
That's a nice set of features!! Shame it's more than twice as heavy as the DFA100/2.8, but I'm going to try it out for sure!

Wim
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-21-2018, 07:23 AM  
Make the Most of Your Pentax Camera: a Series of Articles Provided by Ricoh
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 39
Views: 2,994
We could always try asking someone at Photokina next week. I would try (and will) at the booth, but I think none of the personnel will have the correct knowledge/information. The behind the screens interview that PF will(?) conduct might be a better place to ask this question.

Wim
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-19-2018, 11:28 AM  
Irix Dragonfly 150mm Macro
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 97
Views: 5,424
Between my DFA100/2.8 and my Sigma EX180/3.5 I don't really need a 150mm macro, but I might be tempted if the max aperture would be interesting and if they would offer a WR package. Perhaps they might go beyond 1:1, that might be something too, esp given the working distance at 150mm.

Irix is a planned stop on my photokina itinerary anyway, so I'm hoping I'll have it in my hands soon, regardless what it is...

Wim
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-17-2018, 02:25 AM  
Irix 15mm or 10-17mm?
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 19
Views: 603
I would find it impossible to let either one go, rectilinear and fisheye are just so different. Not just in the results, but also in the subject matter that they are useful for IMHO.

But I understand yours is a financial(?) issue as well. In that case I would keep the DA10-17. You can always defish the images if you want to have a rectilinear result. Lightroom even does that automatically once you activate its lens profile. Adding fisheye distortion to the Irix images is possible too of course, but the DA10-17 will give you some zoom the Irix won't. You might want to check whether the defished images from the DA10-17 live up to your IQ expectations first.

Wim
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-14-2018, 05:13 AM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 1,960
Views: 101,592
In all honesty, if Ricoh/Pentax were to announce something that would be considered major for most forum members, it would be completely drowned by the announcements from the other brands that we already know. Ricoh's announcement would go by practically unnoticed. If they had wanted it to be noticed they should have announced before the big ones IMHO. Hence CP+ seems more likely.

Not that I mind. If they have functioning copies of already announced but not yet released products (I'm thinking DA*11-18 & DFA*85), I will be more than happy to try these out at the oasis of calm that will be the Ricoh booth...


Wim
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-13-2018, 11:33 PM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 1,960
Views: 101,592
Might get buried in the rest of this thread, but Ricoh Germany has published their Photokina event program on their site: Photokina Programm 2018 - RICOH IMAGING DEUTSCHLAND GmbH

Wim
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-13-2018, 11:19 PM  
A new Kickstarter campaign for Peak Design : travel bag
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 23
Views: 974
On a side note: I am intrigued by the Tech Pouch that's part of the system... Might get that to insert in the top compartment of my current biggest bag (Manfrotto 3N1 35 PL) to deal with the clutter of cables and various accessories.

Wim
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-13-2018, 07:32 AM  
Camera bag replacement suggestions.
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 27
Views: 1,237
FYI, Kata was purchased by Manfrotto, and they continue to produce some of the Kata bags. I just went and had a look at their offering on their site and I think your bag might be part of the current "Advanced" series of shoulder bags. It might be the same as the A7? Have a look. If you found your bag the perfect bag for you, why not get the same bag again. Well... with the yellow Kata colours replaced by the red and grey of Manfrotto of course...

Actually, among my many bags (Lowepro, Peak Design, Thinktank), I have another ex-Kata bag made by Manfrotto (the 3N1 35 PL), and I actually find the Manfrotto version slightly better made...

hth, Wim

PS: my most used shoulder bags are the Peak Design Everyday Messenger 15 and the Thinktank Retrospective 5. I especially like the Thinktank Retrospective series as traditional shoulder bags, though I find the design looks better for smaller sizes. Thinktank has just released an update to the series that I'm looking forward to trying out... The Peak Design is great too, but it takes a bit of getting used to, and it seems the design is of the hate-it-or-love-it kind. I'm with the love-it BTW.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-13-2018, 05:28 AM  
A new Kickstarter campaign for Peak Design : travel bag
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 23
Views: 974
I cannot really say why I don't like bags with removable inserts (which doesn't include removable dividers!).

Part of it is bulk. I find most implementations add a lot of bulk to enable large enough inserts that can be used independently. For the purpose of a smaller bag for short outings, I generally put a second compact bag in my main luggage. That adds bulk too, but at least I'm not carrying it when walking with the backpack on longer outings. The small bag will contain all my non essential accessories (cables and so), that will alternate between bags depending on which I take out. Not exactly the same approach, nor the same use case, I know...


Another element is shape. The total shape needs to complement inserts that add up to the total internal volume without too much space wasted, i.e. very square and rectangular, which results in less elegant overall shape. I think that's even more important to me as I find most modular systems are not particularly good looking. I realize that many people wouldn't care about that one bit...


But it's more than that. But as I wrote, I'm ready to be surprised and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on one of these!


BTW, I'm a huge fan of Peak Design's Everyday Backpack!! I actually wrote an extensive review on the 20L version, that was published on this very site. More than one year down the road I still use the backpack on a daily basis, and I love it. It's still as good as new, despite my treatment of it. No other backpack ever looked like that after even a few months use in my hands... :o

Wim
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-13-2018, 03:34 AM  
A new Kickstarter campaign for Peak Design : travel bag
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 23
Views: 974
I love their stuff, but somehow I cannot warm to this new line. Probably because I don't like bags with inserts? Anyway, I'm going to Photokina and will certainly check out this new bag there. Perhaps I'll change my mind. I hope I will! :-D

Wim
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-11-2018, 04:28 AM  
Make the Most of Your Pentax Camera: a Series of Articles Provided by Ricoh
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 39
Views: 2,994
Same here. First time I read about this. Was this common knowledge before this article was published?

I've been using Select mode for ever since it was available. Sometimes I was indeed missing AF using the center AF point, and putting it down to user error. I had always understood that selecting the AF point was a better way to have accurate AF than the focus and recompose using the central AF point was. Suppose I have to review my habits in view of this new knowledge? Will have to do some tests I think...


Wim
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-10-2018, 02:30 AM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 1,960
Views: 101,592
There's a good chance sth GR related will be announced IMHO. Esp since the events Ricoh will organize during Photokina seem to be very GR centered. See the first two banners on https://www.ricoh-imaging.de/ and the detail on the GR meet and greet here: https://www.ricoh-imaging.de/de/news-GRmany-meet-greet.html

Strange nobody seems to have picked this up (unless I missed the post).


Wim
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-08-2018, 05:45 AM  
K3ii replacement
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 2,057
Views: 128,946
That's what I always do as an ICT project manager. The first x2 is to take into account all extra work programmers tend not to think about. Times two is pretty standard here (actually I generally consider the coding to represent 45%, not 50% of total work). The second multiplication is contingency, i.e. the budget to cover all risks, which is determined by the risk level of the environment you work in. Standard at 10% for well known environments, but many many times that if there's lots of uncertainty. Still, estimation is not exact science, it's an art... [emoji6]

Wim
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-04-2018, 06:24 AM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 1,960
Views: 101,592
I hope you're correct on this. In my experience over the last decade or so, Photokinas with lots of "groundbreaking" novelties have always been too crowded to have a decent conversation at the booth. The other years with less noticeable novelties were much more enjoyable. This year I'm hoping the Canikon booths will draw all the visitors, so I can have some quality time at the Ricoh booth!! :D

Wim
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-02-2018, 06:01 AM  
August Pentax K-1 II Giveaway: Raffle Thread 2, 13:00 UTC, September 2, 2018
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 80
Views: 2,008
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