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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-26-2018, 04:49 PM  
List of totally silent cameras
Posted By Tord
Replies: 17
Views: 7,550
The NEX-5N I had was almost as noisy as the K-x, but the K5 was sweet, when it came to the amount of noise it made.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-26-2018, 08:25 AM  
Leaving for Europe a week from today... Any last minute suggestions?
Posted By Tord
Replies: 48
Views: 2,838
I would definitely add the monopod and possibly leave the 35 at home (in my world, one macro is enough for a trip abroad), but bring along your fastest lens, as it might be a bit dark this time of the year. The 300, of course, the 15, of course, and possibly, the 16-85! That DA70 seems to be a nice addition, though.

Actually, I would say bring two camera bodies, first and foremost, and then the 300, and the 15 (lovely lens), plus one spare lens, say the DA70. And, I confess, I love sturdy monopods!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-24-2018, 05:27 PM  
16-50mm Da* Issues with KP body.
Posted By Tord
Replies: 5
Views: 1,069
Sounds like the SDM giving up, a normal occurrence with that otherwise lovely lens! My wife's did so, and never ever was as good as it used to be afterward!

Here in Sweden, the DA*55 WR has been withdrawn from sale after the importer had had heaps of those lenses with SDM problems.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-24-2018, 05:07 PM  
Focusing problems with Tamron 17-50/2.8
Posted By Tord
Replies: 14
Views: 1,918
To me, this feels so much the 'good' old days! Or rather, the old bad times! Till 4 years ago I was deep into Pentax cameras (still got my old K-x, and an SFX, and a lens, or two), had around 20 lenses, if I count my wife's as well. Then, one day, tired of them all and sold the K-5, K-7 and the rest off, at a huge loss.

The problem then, and now, is Pentax AF performance.

What I mean, is that it is the AF unit in the camera that is malfunctioning, the AF sensor probably moving a tiny little bit, for some reason, and therefore giving wrong signals to the focusing motor, so a lot of shots will be out of focus, for no good reason.

My wife uses mostly m43 gear now (still got a K-30!), and never ever is there an AF problem with her present m43 cameras, and I use Nikon cameras, from CX, DX, and FX, and never ever does the AF jump about, Some lenses need to have the camera AF sensor adjusted, but you do it once, and nothing ever happens with the settings, so you do it once, and forget.

Seems not to be the case with Pentax!

I loved the Pentax menu system, still do, and some of the FA lenses were just superb. FA77, that was a classy lens!

Sadly, Pentax has not yet been able to upgrade their AF system, and in my days you never used AF-C, as you knew it was a waste of time. Still is, I guess?!

And Following Focus, has that arrived yet?! Eye AF, that other brands now have, which locks on the target's eyes and never miss focus, no matter how much the target moves around, does that exist?!

Now, in the world of modern Canon, or Nikon, DSLRs things are so different from my time with Pentax. The metering systems are vastly more capable than that in a KP, to take an example.

Hopefully, Pentax will rise from the ashes, but it will not happen just yet.
Forum: Ricoh GR 10-29-2017, 12:34 AM  
Disassembling GR for sensor cleaning
Posted By Tord
Replies: 45
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Forum: Lens Clubs 08-21-2017, 12:50 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Tord
Replies: 31,434
Views: 2,923,534
Delightful shot with a really nice lens!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-16-2015, 11:14 PM  
55-300 Corner Comparison Question
Posted By Tord
Replies: 5
Views: 1,149
Sad to say it, typical of a low-cost lens, or an older lens. Reminds me of my Pentax 400/5.6.
My wife used to use hers a lot, and eventually switched to the HD version. What a difference in image quality, that little upgrade did!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-04-2015, 02:34 PM  
New and looking to get advice k50 or k3
Posted By Tord
Replies: 22
Views: 3,226
The new version of the 55-300 is the one to get! It is called HD DA55-300 (do not buy the DA55-300!), and has all the new lens coatings, and is water-proof and dust-proof!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-24-2015, 06:55 PM  
Lightroom 6 release date
Posted By Tord
Replies: 57
Views: 7,014
What are getting instead?!

I have an on/off relationship with my LR, but most of the time I keep my distance! I have tried to fall in love with Phocus, Hasselblad's free software, too. Very capable program, and, as far as i know, totally developed in-house, like Capture One.

I'll guess I'll stay with Aperture, till I can't use it any more (it isn't developed anymore, and is going to be replaced with something bought from other sources, sad to say).
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 11-29-2014, 10:14 AM  
Not even with Pentax for a year and ready to say goodbye
Posted By Tord
Replies: 80
Views: 7,939
Well, I had the oil stain problem with my K-5 (eventually it was replaced, after various quality issues), and then got the D600, and some oil issues, there, too. Nikon took care of that and I even got to speak to the technician (never happened when i had problems with my Pentax). So shutter was replaced, free of charge, and that's that! No further issues with any of my three Nikons (I still have two Pentax, but they get no use).

My wife reinvested in Pentax gear, and is now a happy K-30 owner, with the superb HD DA55-300, a perfect combination, if your into motorsport, or birds in flight . For wide shots (up to 75mm) she uses an E-M5, for really long shots she uses a Nikon V1, or V2, and a 70-300CX.

Seems to me that Nikon has some issues with their top-of-the-line DX cameras, not least if you're into wildlife photography, while the CX (aka Nikon 1 cameras) have found a devout following.

For instance: Natural Art Images: Brad Hill: Field Tests: The Nikon V1

Joe Marquez - The Smoking Camera | Nikon V1 Photographs

For me the D750 is a superb, semi-pro, full format camera, I hope one day be able to afford, but till then i mainly use Nikon 1, my D600, and Ricoh GR!

I dearly hope the Pentax / now Ricoh full format will be launched this time!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 11-29-2014, 09:16 AM  
RAW workflow and decision making - suggestions and tips wanted.
Posted By Tord
Replies: 19
Views: 1,770

I used Topaz a lot to begin with, and nothing wrong with it, but it can at times be time-consuming. I prefer to do the main job with Noiseware, and as other here have said, go lightly, better five times over than one gigantic leap. Noiseware is far speedier than Topaz DeNoise (I think I began my Topaz-life with DeNoise 2). But I have nothing against DeNoise as such, just that it takes a wee while.

Topaz comes in many variations, from stand-alone (with all the add-ons you've paid for onboard), or as an add-on package, or as single add-on, depending on your taste! Noiseware is only an add-on, as far as I'm aware, but a fast one!

I use Topaz both for LR and Aperture, that sadly has been discontinued.

The best investment, when it comes to computer speed, is installing a SSD, in addition to the original hard drive (and the backup drive). Things go so much smoother, and faster, even on my old iMac. I save pictures on the original hard drive, and back-up, occasionally, to the back-up.

Works for me!
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 11-22-2014, 10:26 PM  
Not even with Pentax for a year and ready to say goodbye
Posted By Tord
Replies: 80
Views: 7,939
Just a couple of thoughts:

Jatrax wrote:
[*]All brands have issues, so jumping to a different brand may or may not improve things

Indeed, indeed, but my worst experience was with Pentax, a couple of K-5s passed through my hands before I gave up, and the wife's DA*50-135 had SDM problems.

Most stupid problem was with an Olympus compact, that died the third day into a vacation in the US. Had to be sent to Olympus service center, in Switzerland, for a firmware update. Since then, it hasn't missed a shot (this was so long ago that you were not allowed to do firmware updates yourself).
[*]Pentax repair times have been poor, but it seems they are aware and are making changes. Whether that will be an improvement is unknown, yet.

Here Nikon has changed their routines when it comes to repairs, so they only do them themselves, thus delays and frustration!
[*]I have had k-x, k-5, two different k-5IIs, k-01 and k-3. The k-5 developed a mirror motor fault after about 40,000 images. No issues with any of the others.

My K-5 had all kinds of problems, from oil on the sensor, to dead card reader/writer. We, the wife and I, had two K-5s, and still have one K-30 and a K-x. Only my K-5 misbehaved.

Since I switched to mainly Nikon I've had dust/oil problems with my D600 (over 10,000 actuations as yet), that's all, while the K-30, and the K-x, are still in mint condition, after a few thousand actuations each.

We own five DSLR/MILC Nikons, all without any further issues, two Olympus, one Ricoh, one Canon, four Sony, and probably some more, that I've forgotten (never used). No real issues with any of them, none of them having needed service, beyond that mentioned above. A couple of batteries have died, or been replaced, free of charge, that's all.
[*]I shoot about 20,000 images per year and I would say based on that I am quite happy with service I have gotten from my Pentax gear.

We shoot quite a lot more than that, and have not had any problems with Pentax's repairs/replacement of cameras. A sad fact is that the K-3's problems with shutter flutter is well known, and not yet solved fully, as far as I'm aware.
[*]Image quality is quite similar across brands at this point and I think the determining factor should be how the camera feels and works in your hand. I have tried Canon and Nikon and they do not come close to fitting my hands as well as Pentax YMMV

Well, that is both true, and totally false, In good light, and low ISO, yes, then the differences are surprisingly small, but in more demanding situations the difference is huge!

I loved the Pentax K-5's menu system, and fast sensor, but didn't like the noise at base ISO, nor the problems I had with the rest (the K-x and the K-7 never had any isssues).

The 50-135 problem, we later learned, are well known (all lenses equipped with the SDM had/have reliability issues), and Pentax never ever did any SDM replacements for free. Our lens was used, but after repair it was never the same again. I would never trust a lens with SDM again, ever.

Nikon's DX cameras are not better than Pentax's, from an IQ point of view, nor features, but the lens selection is vast, and many of the really good lenses cheap, like the micro-NIKKOR 40/2.8. And most of these works just perfect on the Nikon 1 cameras, and on the full frames. So that's what I use: DX lenses on my Nikon 1 cameras, and on my FX, plus a couple of full frame lenses as well. We also have almost all the Nikon 1 lenses, and the F Mount adapter, cunningly called the FT1 adapter.

I love my small-ish Nikon 1 cameras, which has a crop factor of 2.7, thus a 70-300 becomes a 200-800 lens, with better DOF than a 'real' 200-800.

They have to be treated with respect in low light, so that's where my FX camera comes in. I have three DX cameras, one Pentax, one Ricoh, and one Sony. none of them will wear out, I'm afraid as they tend to get too little use (the Ricoh is new, so I can't say for sure about that, yet)!
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-10-2014, 03:18 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Tord
Replies: 31,434
Views: 2,923,534
The HD DA55-300 WR has proven to be excellent in combination with the K-30, not least excellent for BIF (Birds In Flight). Seen various explanations to this, but that camera has the same processor as the K-01 (quite a step up from the processor in a K-5), and seems to react faster than even the K-3 (I have no proof of this!).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-10-2014, 03:11 PM  
DA* 50-135 "upgrade"?
Posted By Tord
Replies: 37
Views: 2,830
My wife had the 50-135, which broke down, and never was the same again, even after repair! And eventually, it got too heavy to carry around all day! And it is front-heavy!

The Tamron 70-200/2.8 was gorgeous, and the new version with VC has got good reviews, too! Never, ever a problem with that lens. No dust, nothing! Not the same with my Sigma lenses, or my Nikons!
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 07-24-2014, 06:10 AM  
PENTAX will never have Full Frame...
Posted By Tord
Replies: 429
Views: 32,022
I often use the same lenses on various sensor sizes, mostly using FX, or CX, format sensor, where the latter is about an eighth of the former in area (crop factor 2.7).

I love the drastic difference in FOV I can attain with the very same lens, say the 80-400 VR II, or the Sigma 35/1.4, or the 85/1.8G.

I'd love a FX Pentax, but that seems to be a forlorn hope!

A cool 88° F here in southern Sweden, while up around the Polar Circle it is closer to a 92! All time high is as yet 100!

Take care,

Forum: Lens Clubs 07-11-2014, 05:19 AM  
The Pentax HD PENTAX-DA AF Rear Converter 1.4X AW (and any lens) Club
Posted By Tord
Replies: 414
Views: 72,416
Amazing selection of lenses and pictures!

Seems I'll need to persuade my wife to get this new TC, as that seems to be a great addition to her Pentax gear!

She's very happy with her new 70-300CX lens (which in 35mm terms equals a 190-800 lens)

Anyone tried it on the HD DA55-300?!

On a terribly hot day here in Sweden,

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-22-2014, 11:35 AM  
A suggestion
Posted By Tord
Replies: 0
Views: 595
Hi all,

Not that much of a Pentax user any longer, I have this idea of a Pentax/Ricoh, with SR, along the basic NEX design philosophy: a minimal, mirror-less, camera, optimised for manual lenses, with focus peeking, and the excellent Pentax menu system. With an adapter it should work with AF with Pentax lenses, and maybe there is ways of making adapters that could use Nikon lenses, and Canon, too, with functional AF, and maybe even anti-shake?!

I bet it would be a best seller, too!
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-20-2014, 10:59 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Tord
Replies: 31,434
Views: 2,923,534
Lovely shots! Superb, actually!
Forum: Pentax K-3 04-01-2014, 10:33 PM  
K3 shutter rattling when battery low
Posted By Tord
Replies: 38
Views: 6,407
My experience with Hänel batteries in Pentax cameras has never been good: It is the voltage under load that is important, first and foremost!

---------- Post added 04-02-14 at 07:40 AM ----------

To me, this sounds like the SDM lens needs more power than the K-3 can deliver, thus a voltage drop, that leads to a processor crash, as others have described it, as the old lens uses the cameras focusing motor. Have had similar problems with RC gear, where the receiver fails during flying due to voltage drop under flight conditions, when the servos are more loaded. Expensive!
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 03-08-2014, 07:00 AM  
Pentax Sweden Photowalk April 5th in Stockholm
Posted By Tord
Replies: 7
Views: 1,151
Anyone got overnight room for us, two Pentax guys from Götet?! In that case we might very well join! Just now in Thailand ...

A bit too hot for comfort here ;-)!

Forum: Lens Clubs 01-26-2014, 06:56 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Tord
Replies: 31,434
Views: 2,923,534
Fantastiska bilder, Andreas! Vilken kamera använde du?!

Fantastic shots, Andreas! Which camera did you use?!
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-05-2014, 11:03 AM  
DA 300 AF speed K3 vs K5II
Posted By Tord
Replies: 7
Views: 2,810
The focus hunting issue was one of the things that made me give up on Pentax — glad to hear that it has improved a lot — changing to Nikon turned the kettle around, so now maybe 10% is unfocused and the hunting is almost nil. How much this has to do with change of sensor size!
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-05-2014, 08:59 AM  
K-3 Problem? Redemption or Not...
Posted By Tord
Replies: 6
Views: 1,484
Even more important if the majority of the audience, like on YouTube, comes from countries where English is not always the native language!
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-05-2014, 08:39 AM  
K-3 Problem? Redemption or Not...
Posted By Tord
Replies: 6
Views: 1,484
Well, a wise man have told me, a long time ago, that NR should always be off, if you'd want maximum resolution, and you have access to much better noise reduction in software than ever 'onboard'! Only free programs like GIMP have noise reduction that could be compared to that in cameras!
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-05-2014, 04:34 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Tord
Replies: 31,434
Views: 2,923,534
Lovely shots, but fuzzy — too long shutter speed?!
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