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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-15-2014, 02:09 PM  
Why do high end cameras have such low megapixel counts?
Posted By Christine Tham
Replies: 31
Views: 4,179
Why do low end cameras have such high megapixel counts?
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-18-2014, 10:16 PM  
K-3 Mirror Flop Fix From Ricoh
Posted By danny09
Replies: 52
Views: 10,877
Some of the early K5 also exhibited the mirror flop issue. When sent in to service those, the Pentax official comments always referred to it as 'Mirror Overrun'. What bothers me is why is Pentax not able to get to the bottom of this issue in successive models. I have seen this issue in Kx, Kr, K5 all the way up until K3!
Mine hasnt exhibited the mirror flop behavior but I feel disappointed that Pentax doesnt want to fix such a fundamental problem.
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-01-2014, 09:07 AM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By WaveDancer
Replies: 928
Views: 142,003
Wow! Not a miracle, but a "Pentaxian" who obviously feels disturbed in his comfort or honour, what ever. I did somehow expect this mouthfull! And how quick and easy a super, super intelligent guy judges on people he doesn't know.... How ever I had a good laugh. The "retailer" I was refering is a good friend of mine, a professional fotographer, world-traveller, author and owner of a chain of fotoshops and they sell all brands. What I wanted to say is, if people who realy know the business and may be a little bit more, have some reservations about a brand or a particular model, then the manufactorer should get alarmed. Who knows, may be they are, may be not. I produce myself some products and I monitor very close what customers think about it, what suggestions they make or wishes they have. Of course on a billion smaller scale, but the mechanisms of maintaining, improving and marketing a product are about the same. Thank you... I will now stop for a while here.... (don't want to cause a war) but will let you know what my new equipment will be then in due time.... I'm already looking forward seeing the comments then..... LOL! (Just booked my hotelroom for the Photokina in Germany)
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-16-2014, 12:25 PM  
SLR Lounge - K3 review
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 30
Views: 5,239
The 15 limited is a special lens. Not because it's fast, but because it isn't. I just haven't seen other lenses with this resistance to flare, contrast and micro contrast. Sure, I shoot on a tripod with it, but I wouldn't argue with the results.


Before Dawn by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-15-2014, 04:54 AM  
Sony a6000 promises world's fastest AF and 11 fps subject tracking
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 51
Views: 11,317
Sony seems to have taken a page from four thirds play book by creating small, but quite slow lenses. I guess it is adequate for a kit lens, but I don't normally shoot with any lenses slower than f2.8 (other than my 55-300).
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-23-2014, 07:45 PM  
I switched to FF
Posted By normhead
Replies: 81
Views: 11,807
Or maybe the camera just sucks.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 02-02-2014, 08:10 AM  
Bias or ignorance?
Posted By Rupert
Replies: 91
Views: 8,690
What you are missing...a lot of you are missing.....this sort of thing is not about cameras, not about brands. It is about people. There are decent and reasonable people and then there are hate filled mean spirited people. Sometimes we need to watch ourselves to make sure we don't end up on the wrong side of right...I sure as hell know I do! ( I think I heard a couple of Mods in the background say...."Amen!":lol:)

Regards.....Don't ever let someone else steal your joy, it belongs to you and is up to you to protect. :)
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 01-27-2014, 11:59 PM  
Just Showing Some Love for the K-50
Posted By bsamcash
Replies: 12
Views: 1,773
Welp. I've had this little baby for about a month now, and this would usually be roughly the end of the honeymoon phase, and when the faults of the device would begin to become over-apparent. This has been, however, a joyous four weeks for my most loved hobby. I now feel that I can honestly say that this is the best camera I have used.

Now, I don't want to turn this into some arbitrary fanboy "best camera eva" post and waste your time and mine. I want to break down my personal experiences in photography and how the K-50 improves on them.

I began my interest in photography in photo class in high school around 2002. It was more or less a superficial enjoyment though as I did not care much to learn about exposure. Nevertheless, it did get me started. Jump forward to 2005, I had just finished basic training and decided that my girlfriend at the time and I need to spend some time together. We went traveling--she had a Canon Rebel XT (350D). I had never used a DSLR before then, but looking through that viewfinder did take me back. She let me use the Rebel on trips while she used a video camera. It was at the San Diego Zoo where it hit me: I love photography. Unfortunately, it would be years before I had the funds to buy a DSLR of my own, and I forgot about photography.

Jump ahead to 2008, I was walking around the local flea market with a friend when I discovered a Pentax P3 with an A 50mm f2 attached. I picked it up, tested out the shutter and aperture, and asked how much the man wanted for the set. He said $20. I noted that it was a bit beat and the lens was pretty rough focusing, and I was able to talk him down to $5! And it began.

Weekly we would go to the flea market and I would collect K-mount lenses. Even my friend got the bug and bought a K1000. We went around shooting, going through rolls and rolls of film. I was becoming obsessed. I read everything I could find on photography and exposure. I took photography classes at community college and my university. I learned the histories and the names, especially Garry Winogrand. I realized that my strength and passion was street photography. And in late 2009 I bought my first DSLR: The Pentax K-x. It was an easy decision; I had accumulated a presentable collection of great manual primes, and I would only shoot available light/flashless, so the ISO performance was a must. Plus, it was very compact, not much larger than the P3--perfect for the street.

About another year passed, and the K-r was released. I wasn't too interested as I was not feeling I was missing any features. But my good friend who shared this hobby with me was in need of an upgrade to digital. We agreed that I would sell him my K-x and I would use that money to upgrade to the K-r. Unfortunately, I was one of the unlucky ones who suffered from focusing and odd firmware issues. Still, I took many great photos with it, but I was losing the enjoyment.

It was around the end of 2011 when I remembered my love for Garry Winogrand's work and I discovered the rangefinder. To test it out, I researched and bought a Yashica Electro 35 GSN. I was speechless. This camera was pure magic. I took it everywhere and forgot I even had a DSLR. Then it escalated: The Konica Hexar! My god! I thought I had loved photography before, but I had no idea what it truly meant. It was the first time I had felt comfortable introducing myself as a street photographer, and that's how my school's art department knew me. But the momentum grew as the digital world called to me again, and in 2012 I bought a Fujifilm X100. Sure, it wasn't a true rangefinder, but then neither was the Hexar. But all this embellishing surely adds up for a full-time student. Money has to come from somewhere, so I sold the K-r and said goodbye to DSLRs. I was a rangefinder man. Or so I thought.

No, I was wrong. The honeymoon only lasted a month, and while the colors were breathtaking, the camera as a whole just had too many issues. The lens was soft, the autofocus was slow, the manual focus was nonexistent, and the menu made me feel handicapped. Moreover, parallax was proving to be too inaccurate for low-angles. I began to realize that things were getting too complicated and my obsession was making me lose focus of my hobby. On top of all this, my reckless spending was causing my to miss bills. I had to make a tough, adult decision and sold practically everything except my Yashica Electro 35 GSN, Pentax ZX-5N, that old, sentimental A 50mm f2, and a couple of rare K lenses. And that's all I had to shoot with.

That is until photo class last summer. It was a photo print based class, so I needed something digital. I had been great with money, but I didn't want to get caught up in that old camera binging trap again. Also, I had just bought my girlfriend a Nikon P7000 for her birthday so she could take the class with me. I searched ebay and found an old Pentax K100D in great condition. I thought back to the first DSLR I had ever used, the Canon Rebel XT, and I still thought those images looked great, and the K100D was even newer! So I bought it along with a used DA 35mm f2.4. I was really impressed, and I made fantastic prints. I was told that the only thing limiting me was my tool, but it was all I could afford.

Six months later Christmas came, and my girlfriend teamed up with my dad and bought me the K-50 I had been drooling over for a few months. I was so happy that I immediately bought my girlfriend a K-x. She knew of my fondness and nostalgia for the model and brand, so we were both very happy and went shooting together daily. Using the wonderful reviews and database here, I bought the F 35-70mm on the cheap, and I was no longer feeling the remorse or regrets. Just pure photography.

So, here we are today, and as I said, the K-50 has survived the honeymoon phase. The camera is truly a wonderful tool. It is quick and stealthy, and with the 35-70mm on my camera and the 35mm f2.4 on her's, we make an unbeatable street team. Also, being the studious scholar [my father thinks] I am, I have been awarded with the Sigma 30mm f1.4. I have never been happier with my favorite hobby. I have an amazing camera and some of the best lenses I have ever used. There is not one thing I can point out about the K-50 that makes it so enjoyable; it just feels right. The grip, the weight, the speed, the controls, the menus, the weather sealing are all incredible. It has a rare perfect blend of professional build, feel, and looks, with the handling and aura of an old film camera. It has the street appeal of the P3, the excitement of the Rebel XT, and image quality better than the X100!

If you have made it this far, I applaud you. But more so, I thank you for sharing in my experiences in photography with me. So if you have any experiences you would like to share, or maybe you would like to just give a shout out to that one special camera model, please post a comment.

Thanks!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-26-2014, 06:50 PM  
The Full Frame Look
Posted By bkpix
Replies: 127
Views: 9,819
What's cool to me is that her pictures sparked this thread, which is one of the longest and most coherent discussions of photographic aesthetics I've seen on a gear forum in a long time, if ever.

Really, her photos are not about the "full frame look," whatever that is. Rather, they are about having a specific vision and the skills to implement it. Whether you like her vision or not -- and I'm a little mixed myself -- she has managed to get a lot of attention online, and I do admire her ability to pull off a body of work that has a high level of technique and a clear approach and tone.

I'd love to see one of you gear/technique/PP geniuses out there deconstruct one of her photos and describe exactly how it was done. That could be a fun education for the rest of us.
Forum: Pentax K-3 10-10-2013, 09:58 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By Franky2step
Replies: 82,521
Views: 3,278,132
OMG, I cannot believe that anyone would care that much about a bloody name. Somebody call the WAAAHHHMBULANCE.... IT'S NOT PENTAX ANYMORE......GET OVER IT, oh, and OMG...it's slightly larger, I don't know if I like that, and the grip isn't the same, what am I going to do about that...what?! no Wi-Fi built in...we're screwed, Canon is killing us...after 2 years of reading all the bitching on this forum about Pentax the name itself is synonymous with WHINERS...I preordered the K-3 btw

PS I could go on and on about this but I am sure the blanks will be filled in soon enough....
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