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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Hours Ago  
Standard 50-58mm comparison : 18 lenses tested
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 3
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LOL :lol: You must have clicked on one of the "full aperture" shots :p
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Hours Ago  
How many lens clubs could you legitimately post in?
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 9
Views: 140
The difficulty can be deciding which clubs to post in if your lens fits in several, as you don't really want to be cross-posting the same image five times in one day...
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 3 Hours Ago  
Basic Photo Software
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 6
Views: 168
I'd heartily recommend "digiKam", which is available for Windows, Linux and Mac. As an open source application, it won't cost you one red cent unless you choose to donate at some point (which, hopefully, you will if you find it useful). Its real power is in photo library management, but it includes a pretty decent, easy-to-use raw conversion and photo editing tool... certainly more than capable of handling the basic requirements you mention, and much more.

I use it for photo management alongside Darktable and RawTherapee for raw processing.

You can download it here:

digiKam - Download
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Hours Ago  
Pentax K-70 Giveaway - November - Enter here once per day!
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 2,124
Views: 39,519
I'm in for the final time... 30 days, 29 hits, one miss. If my keeper rate for photography was that good, I'd be well pleased :lol:

Wishing everyone the very best of luck in the draw. I'd love to win the camera, of course, but so long as it goes to someone who appreciates and uses it, I'll be equally happy :)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 4 Hours Ago  
NewLife...
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 5
Views: 128
Welcome to the forums, Roland, and congratulations on realising your dream with the K-1II. Enjoy the camera, your photography and these forums in good health :)
Forum: General Photography 5 Hours Ago  
Mirrorless Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 107
Views: 3,024
Whilst I don't agree on every one of your points, Jonathan, yours is a very thoughtful and constructive post that proves we can express different views and opinions, even criticisms of our chosen brand, without resorting to inflammatory and emotional diatribe... I do enjoy discussions like this :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 8 Hours Ago  
K-3III vs K-1II, APS-C vs full frame, which is "best" & price relevance - my thoughts
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 115
Views: 3,230
Putting aside the explanations you and Ian kindly provided - which I promise I'll come back to (having just made a big mug of strong, freshly ground, calculation-busting coffee :lol:) - this sounds like the same difference I notice when using the same less-than-stellar lens on my Samsung GX-10 vs the K-3. The GX-10's 10MP sensor is more forgiving of the lens... which is due to the bigger photosites / lower density, yes?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 9 Hours Ago  
K-3III vs K-1II, APS-C vs full frame, which is "best" & price relevance - my thoughts
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 115
Views: 3,230
Thanks, both, for your explanations. I haven't had enough coffee this morning to get my head around this, but I'll try again later on :o :lol:

Probably the best thing I could do is to take some test shots with both my 24MP APS-C K-3 and 24MP full frame Sony A7 MkII using the same sharp lens. That way, even if I continue to be confused by the explanations (which is a distinct possibility :p), I should at least see the difference.
Forum: General Talk 19 Hours Ago  
How to use a roundabout (also called a traffic circle)
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 146
Views: 2,760
That probably depends on which side you "dress" ;)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 20 Hours Ago  
K-3III vs K-1II, APS-C vs full frame, which is "best" & price relevance - my thoughts
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 115
Views: 3,230
To be clear, though, this isn't because of format... it's due to the sensor's pixel density - agreed? For any lens (full frame or APS-C) the 24MP APS-C sensor in a K-3 is more demanding of performance than a 36MP full frame sensor (for the same portion of the image circle)... but if the same lens fitted to a K-1 and K-5, it should resolve in much the same way, as their sensors have very similar pixel density...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 22 Hours Ago  
[New video Oct 27] New information about upcoming APS-C flagship model
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 1,229
Views: 72,870
It is... but it is what it is :o

We know enough about the camera for folks to make a reasonably educated decision as to whether it should suit their needs in key areas, and whether it might be worth waiting for. If they don't think it'll meet their needs, they have the three choices I already mentioned... KP, K-1(/II) or switch brands. If they're not sure but aren't prepared to wait any longer and/or have some pressing need for a new camera (because their current one has failed, for example), the same three choices apply.

Even though I won't be an early adopter, I'm as keen as anyone here for the new camera's firm release date and detailed specifications to be announced... but it'll happen when it happens...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 22 Hours Ago  
[New video Oct 27] New information about upcoming APS-C flagship model
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 1,229
Views: 72,870
I get why some folks must have a flippy screen. I also get why some folks must have GPS. I even get why a few must have both. For them, assuming they're absolutely certain they must have one or both features - regardless of how good the K-3III is in other areas - the choices are simple; either the APS-C KP or full frame K-1 / K-1II. Each offers different benefits and different limitations. There's another choice, of course, and that is to switch to a different brand's system that offers what they want. Three options, each very clear, and no need for further debate... am I wrong?

For those who feel like they might be prepared to compromise on the flippy screen and GPS if image quality, performance and user experience are first rate, I'd advise holding off on any knee-jerk moves. Wait until the K-3III is released and see what it's capable of. I suspect it's going to be one very special camera... but we won't know, and we can't start comparing it fairly to other brand offerings, until it has been released and reviewed...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Pentax K-70 Giveaway - November - Enter here once per day!
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 2,124
Views: 39,519
I'm in for the 29th... Good luck, folks :)
Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
Mirrorless Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 107
Views: 3,024
I've lost track of how this discussion even started, and since it's starting to feel more like an argument now, I'll step out. You and I get on quite well in the forums, and I'd rather not argue...
Forum: General Talk 1 Day Ago  
Darth Vader ( original actor ) has passed
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 2
Views: 121
I met him when I was a young lad, appearing on a kids TV show in 1980 (or thereabouts). He was ever such a nice chap. Sad to hear he's gone, but 85 is a decent innings, all things considered.

As well as playing Darth Vader, he was the UK's "Green Cross Code" man, appearing in a long-running series of national public service broadcasts teaching kids to take precautions when crossing roads...
Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
Mirrorless Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 107
Views: 3,024
No, there's at least you and me! :lol: ... and, I suspect, plenty of others. Having said that, I can see where "better" AF and clever stuff like eye recognition has applications for folks who are more demanding than me... and even I would like better AF tracking performance (or perhaps make that easier AF tracking) at times. Still, I'm perfectly happy with what I've got.

One thing I do like about mirrorless is that lens AF fine tuning isn't necessary, as the PDAF points are built into the sensor... though, as we've seen, that can lead to artefacts in extreme circumstances. Since this isn't practical with a DSLR due to the mirror being in the way during composition and focusing, I'd really like to see an assisted / automated AF fine tuning capability in future Pentax DSLRs. Nikon already has it...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
[New video Oct 27] New information about upcoming APS-C flagship model
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 1,229
Views: 72,870
With respect, that's an opinion rather than a statement of fact. You (and, indeed, the rest of us here) don't know what how much Ricoh spent in R&D, what the unit cost of manufacture is, how many they expect to sell over the product's projected life, and the average price it needs to sell at in order to be sufficiently profitable for the company.

If you're saying that without GPS and built-in flash in the K-3III, you wouldn't be able to justify paying that much for it in relation to your own wants and needs, that's fine... but you can't say whether the price is justified for the company, nor indeed for the rest of us who shoot Pentax APS-C.



This has already been discussed at great length HERE. The K-1 isn't "better" because it's full frame. It's different. The benefits of one format over another vary by individual user and use case. With Pentax, the only camera I'm personally interested in buying is a high-end APS-C model, because that's what best suits me. It has nothing to do with being cheaper than full frame...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
K-3III vs K-1II, APS-C vs full frame, which is "best" & price relevance - my thoughts
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 115
Views: 3,230
I'd imagine that in DSLRs, the physically larger mirror in a full frame model also impacts the frame rate. I don't know that for certain, but it would seem logical...
Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
Mirrorless Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 107
Views: 3,024
I could make excuses, but the simple fact is I was confusing the Lumix "S" line with the mount name :p Thanks, Pete ;)
Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
Mirrorless Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 107
Views: 3,024
Is it truly your contention that Sony, Nikon and Canon had little R&D to perform in creating their mirrorless cameras, simply because they no longer required a mirror - and perhaps, then, Panasonic had even less to do since they already had no mirror and simply changed the mount from micro 4/3 to L? You and I both know there's way, way more to it than that. The work involved in designing, prototyping and productionising those mirrorless platforms - even without the lenses - would make our eyes water.

Of course, having completed development of the first generation cameras, subsequent models arguably require somewhat less work since they build on what's already there... but even Sony's A7 MkII incorporated hugely significant internal and external changes over the original A7. They didn't just replace a couple of outdated components and stick a fresh new badge on it.

With respect, I think you grossly under-estimate how much R&D is required for even the smallest improvements, let alone a completely new system (whether mirrorless or DSLR)...
Forum: General Photography 1 Day Ago  
Mirrorless Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 107
Views: 3,024
With respect, I don't really buy that. The amount of R&D required for Nikon and Canon to release a mirrorless platform consisting of multiple cameras and lenses is very significant indeed. I'm only guessing, but I imagine it will take a long time for any reduction in the costs of manufacture to pay back that R&D.



My Sony A99-based Hasselblad HV is an SLT camera. It works superbly, but there's no getting around the fact that a translucent mirror design results in some loss of light to both the sensor and viewfinder :o
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Pentax K-3 Mark III (R03010) - Additional pictures
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 330
Views: 21,909
It may be a matter of production cost, but I tend to think not. The K-3III doesn't exactly look like a camera where Ricoh has cut many (any?) corners in order to save money. I suspect, instead, it may be a conscious design decision to couple GPS functionality from an accessory unit or smartphone. I'm leaning towards the latter... especially given the Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. Such a connection would likely result in much less drain on the battery than in-camera GPS. It's all conjecture, of course, until the camera is released or one of the product videos addresses the matter specifically...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Pentax K-70 Giveaway - November - Enter here once per day!
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 2,124
Views: 39,519
A quiet day for me on the forums... Wasn't sure I would make five-post-minimum quota, but last-minute discussions about smoked fish and bad driving saved the day (no word of a lie :p)...

I'm in for the 28th! Good luck to all :)
Forum: General Talk 1 Day Ago  
How to use a roundabout (also called a traffic circle)
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 146
Views: 2,760
I've driven in Belgium a few times many years ago, where "don't yield" seems to be the rule for every situation :lol: I've never seen so many damaged cars on the road simultaneously :p
Forum: General Talk 1 Day Ago  
Post your favourite meal recipes!
Posted By BigMackCam
Replies: 46
Views: 2,353
That sounds great. I've never made a fish pie before, but I like eating them, so this is another one for my list! :D

Incidentally, if you have an Aldi nearby, I recommend trying their fresh smoked basa fillets as a cheaper and equally-tasty alternative to smoked haddock. They're beautifully prepared, and properly smoked over hickory (no "smoked flavour" added). If I have one criticism, it's that they've added the very common but completely unnecessary yellow food colouring. Other than that, it's fantastic. I made a very easy and tasty chowder the other day with smoked basa, potato, onion, red bell pepper, sweetcorn, vegetable stock and the milk from poaching the fish (with a little mixed cornflour and cold water added for thickening)...

EDIT: I replied before reading your last post bove, where you mention smoked basa :o Oh well, great minds think alike :lol:
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