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Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-21-2016, 10:51 AM  
It's Here!
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 83
Views: 6,198
Yes, because the Canon and Nikon bodies are rarely weather-sealed with metal frames in the same price range that the Pentaxes are. You'd be spending far more to get tbe same specs and WR. Additionally, good luck finding WR or AW lenses for those same brands at all. Especially rare for less than a few thousand dollars. You can find many WR Pentax lenses for less than 500-600.

Fuji, Sony, and Olympus are mirrorless, we aren't talking about them so it's not relevant to this conversation.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-20-2016, 02:52 PM  
It's Here!
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 83
Views: 6,198
Don't post stupid things and nobody will make fun of you. If you have nothing to add perhaps you should start shopping for that D4 you think you can get for the cost of a K1.

I'd rather have the K1 anyway given my investment in glass and preference for a small weather-sealed body. Plus I love the brand.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-18-2016, 07:58 AM  
Abstract Photos from Southwest Florida
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 1
Views: 353
Just a few quick photos from walking around on our vacation in Florida. I actually shot the sunsets with daylight WB, which had a nice effect. More to come once we drive across to Miami!

Sunset from the Wyvern Hotel in Punta Gorda:
Wyvern Hotel, Punta Gorda by Sean Sweeney, on Flickr

Sunset from Islandwalk in Venice:
Venice BeachSunset by Sean Sweeney, on Flickr

Great Blue Heron from Islandwalk in Venice:
Great Blue Heron by Sean Sweeney, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-18-2016, 07:46 AM  
It's Here!
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 83
Views: 6,198
Does anyone actually plug their camera into a USB port anymore to download photos? I pull the SD card every time and used to do the same with CF cards. I'm talking 10 years of this behavior. I feel like people bitching about this need to get a grip, the camera is phenomenal and aggressively priced, but you're complaining about a f*$&ing USB port?

This kind of crap is what keeps me away from these forums. Take your camera and go shoot.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-13-2015, 04:37 PM  
Lenseep data specification
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 14
Views: 1,252
Wibbly,

Would you be willing to email me those eeprom files in a .zip? I'd love to try a few out on my old 16-50. I would host it on my web server for others here to download as well. I'll PM you regarding this with my email address.

Thanks!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-13-2015, 04:31 PM  
i'm an idiot, need an original lenseep.lns for 16-50
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 25
Views: 2,819
The IT nerd in me got the best of me. As a test I backed up my lensROM and flashed a random copy from the database. I can't tell any difference in focus calibration at 16, 35, or 50mm regardless of the F-stop still requires the exact same +9/+10. The behavior seems identical. I may switch it back or just leave it this way for now, as it doesn't seem to make a bit of difference. I'd love to talk to a Pentax tech about how these things are calibrated at the factory service centers, how the programming is performed, etc.

I live close to Precision, I should figure out what bar those guys go to after work :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 09-11-2015, 05:32 PM  
Picture taken "lack of light"
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 16
Views: 2,394
For what it's worth, I've used Precision Camera multiple times and they've done great work. The receptionist wasn't super friendly, but whatever. They're also 5 minutes from my house, so it was very convenient for me. Despite that bias, the quality of work was truly excellent.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 09-11-2015, 05:15 PM  
1st attempt with HDR function
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 13
Views: 1,691
I agree. I'd put it on a tripod, SR off, and manually set the shutter speed and ISO. You'll get significantly better results. I've shot them handheld as a test, but in bright daylight so the shutter speed was fast.
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-11-2015, 04:42 PM  
AF Micro-Adjustment Confusion
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 4
Views: 1,133
Good info, thank you!
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-11-2015, 08:17 AM  
AF Micro-Adjustment Confusion
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 4
Views: 1,133
Thanks jatrax, at least I know I'm not the only one who sees this type of behavior.

FWIW I must say, I've really liked using this K-50. I'm a bit of a snob and have always owned "prosumer" DSLRs, but now I wonder if I haven't wasted a bit of $$$ over the years :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-11-2015, 07:52 AM  
Any reports of mirror flap on the K3 II?
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 30
Views: 4,049
Bingo. Send it back.
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-11-2015, 07:05 AM  
AF Micro-Adjustment Confusion
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 4
Views: 1,133
Maybe someone can shed some light on this for me. On my K3, I need varying levels of adjustment for all of my lenses. I use a SpyderLensCal to calibrate. +5 on my 18-135, +2 on my 35 Limited, 0 on my 55-300, -2 on my 50 1.4, and +10 (!!) on my 16-50. My K7 requires very similar levels of adjustment. Until recently, I just accepted this as sample variation with the lens manufacturing process.

My dilemma is that I recently discovered that each of these lenses miraculously works perfectly without ANY AF adjustment on my mother's K50. How is this even possible? Does this indicate a problem with my K3 and K7? Or with her K50? Is it voodoo?

I just don't get it. I understand sample variation between bodies, but I would expect a similar spread between the lenses regardless of the body. i.e. how can my 55-300 and 16-50 have an 8-10 point spread between each other on my other bodies but neither requires any adjustment on the K50?

Any insight you can share would be tremendously helpful.

Thanks!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-11-2015, 05:40 AM  
Sports Historic Day @ Lime Rock Park
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 6
Views: 599
Thanks everyone!

jbondo - I'll definitely try these in B&W.

Sailor - you should definitely check it out, it's a beautiful track and surrounding area.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-08-2015, 06:15 AM  
Sports Historic Day @ Lime Rock Park
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 6
Views: 599
I was at Lime Rock Park in CT yesterday to watch the vintage races and thought I'd share some photos. I tried to slow down the shutter speed and get some motion blur, but my technique could use some work - given how bright it was and how fast the cars were moving, it was hard to get them perfectly in focus while blurring the track. As such, the keeper rate was low ;)

Here they are:

Porsche 911 by Sean Sweeney, on Flickr

Datsuns by Sean Sweeney, on Flickr

Porsche 911 by Sean Sweeney, on Flickr

Lotus Elan by Sean Sweeney, on Flickr

Lotus Elan by Sean Sweeney, on Flickr

Jaguar by Sean Sweeney, on Flickr

Ferrari 328 GTS by Sean Sweeney, on Flickr

Bugatti by Sean Sweeney, on Flickr

MG by Sean Sweeney, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2015, 01:45 PM  
DA 16-85 WR,show us what it can do.
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 778
Views: 110,177
Beautiful shots, everyone!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2015, 12:59 PM  
HD Pentax 16-85 - QA Issues?
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 20
Views: 3,810
Interesting, my focus problem was the opposite (trouble focusing zoomed in and close up), but I had a clearly loose element. Odd that it wasn't going to a full 16mm though.

Mine was more than just a little soft - you could see it when it was "zoomed to fit" on my MacBook Air, which is only like 10-15% magnification, and it affected the treeline, skyline foliage in my shots. That's a tough call, but I'd probably keep it if the softness isn't noticeable until way zoomed in and it isn't affecting my photo style. For me, shooting mostly landscapes, that top right is usually the area of the sky in both portrait and landscape orientations and wouldn't be a HUGE deal.



As am I. The biggest bummer for me is that my first copy, despite the jumping image and resulting focus issue, was optically PERFECT. Now I'm addicted and hunting for another with proper build quality. It was VERY sharp, even wide open, except for the extreme corners and that was at least uniform.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2015, 11:19 AM  
HD Pentax 16-85 - QA Issues?
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 20
Views: 3,810
That it does. I like the lens a lot, in theory, as a hiking companion given the WR and range. Given the number of glowing reviews, I plan to wait some time for this run of lenses to clear from inventory (or buy one at B&H that I can actually try ON the body next time I'm in NYC) and then re-purchase. I would have really liked to have it with me on my trip to California this week, but c'est la vie.

My buddies refer to something that we call "Sweeney Luck", which is that I traditionally have terrible luck with cars. Apparently that has spread to lenses as well :lol: Luckily everything else is unaffected *knocks on wood*
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-28-2015, 05:30 AM  
HD Pentax 16-85 - QA Issues?
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 20
Views: 3,810
I'm sorry, that's a bummer. Which repair center, CRIS or Precision Camera? Precision is about 5 minutes from here.
Forum: Sold Items 08-27-2015, 10:58 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-5 IIs body & Pentax-DA* 16-50 screwdrive DA K5 IIs
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 3
Views: 1,855
Sent PM re: 16-50.

---------- Post added 08-27-15 at 02:31 PM ----------

Payment sent for the lens!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-27-2015, 09:54 AM  
HD Pentax 16-85 - QA Issues?
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 20
Views: 3,810
So to update you, the third copy was bad too. It had an alignment issue that made the left-hand side of the frame very soft, and the corner sharpness wide-open was actually quite a bit worse than my 18-135.

I was really disappointed with the shots I got with it down at the beach a couple of weeks ago (Stonington Borough, CT - beautiful place!) when I was there with my fiancee. I got a little crazy and started doing tests back-to-back on a tripod to be sure I wasn't losing my mind. I just asked for an RMA and I'm going to re-evaluate what I want. I'm thinking that maybe WR isn't as important as I thought, and I'll just use the 18-135 when I'm out in the woods. I just would have liked to keep the extra 2mm on the wide end :(
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-21-2015, 06:31 AM  
My first Pentax
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 38
Views: 3,118
"The Three Amigos" I think someone called them. Great stuff, but pricey.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-21-2015, 05:35 AM  
My first Pentax
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 38
Views: 3,118
Congrats, you'll love them! The only other lenses I would say you really "need" are fast 35mm and 50mm primes for shooting indoors. I have the 35mm 2.8 limited Macro and the 50mm 1.4 for those purposes. While I occasionally wish the 35 was a 1.8 when I need to jack the ISO speed, I have gotten a lot of use out of the macro feature so no complaints here!
Forum: Ask B&H Photo! 08-19-2015, 03:36 PM  
K3 II Stock - Clean Serial Numbers Yet?
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 2
Views: 775
Excellent, thank you.
Forum: Ask B&H Photo! 08-18-2015, 04:32 PM  
K3 II Stock - Clean Serial Numbers Yet?
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 2
Views: 775
Good Evening,

I was just writing to inquire if the stock of K3 II's has been cleared yet and refilled with units of the known good serial range. I haven't seen an update in the threads here in a couple of weeks.

Thanks!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-14-2015, 09:24 AM  
Landscape Rising Tide.
Posted By sweendiggs
Replies: 16
Views: 1,201
These are gorgeous, thanks for sharing!
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