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Forum: Pentax Q 05-30-2021, 08:17 PM  
QS-1 for vlogging
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 8
Views: 1,413
Small sensor will give you great DOF with no need to have the camera refocus. No mic input, of course.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 05-24-2021, 10:31 PM  
Pentax Q vs Q7 - much difference?
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 44
Views: 12,343
Is there any danger of the permanent internal clock battery eventually leaking or damaging the camera in any way? Can it be easily removed in case of any risk?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-17-2021, 10:03 AM  
Peak Design capture clip WARNING!
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 70
Views: 4,460
Imperfect design of the PD clip. But the back lower left corner scuff indicates why the fixed screen is better than a weak articulated design. You could have lost the screen. Instead you scuffed the magalloy chassis.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-07-2021, 05:47 AM  
Just received my Pentax DA HD 20-40mm f2.8-4.0 Limited DC WR lens. NICE!
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 13
Views: 850
K-3iii & 20-40
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-06-2021, 08:13 PM  
Where are the k3iii reviews?
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 44
Views: 4,050
I have one. I've pixel peeped, looked at NR, operated it through the Image Synch app, shot pixel shift, learned the menu system, etc. I'm just not pretending to be a "reviewer," and open boxing is pretty meaningless. Having said that, I am also aware of how manufacturer bias, limited familiarity, and the desire to project droll "comedy" can affect even "professional" reviews. Reviews can help, but not if they take themselves more seriously than they take the camera. (Telling me "professionally" that the pebble-grain rubber zoom grip on a lens is "ouchy" under the fingertips or that a camera is "heavy for its size" is pretty far useless. I'd rather watch an unboxing.) I'm expecting dust-up over the RAW NR, but I'm seeing no problems at any practical level. Ultimately, one makes up one's own mind. The death of brick and mortar stores has made this more difficult.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 05-02-2021, 06:28 PM  
K3 Mark 3 Screen Protection
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 73
Views: 6,494
ZLMC Ricoh GR III screen protector, 9H hardness 0.3mm ultra-thin tempered glass screen protector fits K-3III. I suggest screen protection right out of the box, before you need to wipe it clean later, which can be difficult sometimes. Apply a screen protection glass immediately.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-29-2021, 09:59 AM  
K-3 III - Photons to Photos sensor DR measurements
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 154
Views: 9,061
Pentax engineers are not fresh out of school -- correct! Can't wait for the other forum to, oh, so knowingly, bash the baking.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-29-2021, 05:44 AM  
K-3 III - Photons to Photos sensor DR measurements
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 154
Views: 9,061
The over-rated "baked-in" criticism will probably be the chief point of attack against the camera in the other forum's review. They used it before.
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-28-2021, 09:45 AM  
K-01 new owner
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 20
Views: 2,185
In bright daylight outdoors it is difficult to see the screen. In my view it's an interiors camera -- restaurants, parties, other indoor events -- ideally with the DA21mm Ltd or 20-40mm Ltd. (slightly wider and faster at f2,8). 40mm XS (or Ltd.) is a little tight.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-27-2021, 06:07 PM  
Ricoh is sending out emails
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 52
Views: 5,329
With very few brick & mortar stores any longer, getting a camera made with in-hand ergonomic feel and intuitive user interface in mind seems difficult. Anyone with a k-7/5/3 variant knows this will be an elegant tool. Those cams are older, and many are indeed being replaced by users who got their money's worth. K-3III is an update in many ways from those, it feels familiar, maybe better, so it will sell well to those users. To newcomers unfamiliar with the Pentax top-tier APS-C form, lack of local shelf product is a problem.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-24-2021, 11:55 AM  
DA 70 Ltd stiff focus ring
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 7
Views: 473
I dropped mine onto concrete and created the stiff focus at the near end. Otherwise, no damage and IQ is unchanged. I'm not sure exactly what happened with the movement of the focusing group in the lens. I can turn it by hand to shortest focus, but AF will no longer get it there. I'd try to fix it if I had a disassembly guide.
Forum: Ricoh GR 04-23-2021, 06:55 AM  
GW-4 Rear Cap
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 7
Views: 556
You are correct! It needs reverse thread. I didn't think that fully through.
Forum: Ricoh GR 04-23-2021, 05:23 AM  
GW-4 Rear Cap
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 7
Views: 556
The Pentax Limited 15mm comes with a threaded cap. If you have that, replace it with a regular clip on cap and move the threaded one to the GR-III wide lens group.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-22-2021, 12:08 PM  
two vintage 28mm but different
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 13
Views: 685
The M in SMC-M stands for "miniature" owing to an era at Asahi Optical Co. (Pentax) when they undertook to make cameras and lenses more compact. All of the lens elements and formulas were redesigned as between SMC's and SMC-M's at the same focal lengths and speeds, making the lenses smaller. Rendering characteristics are thus necessarily different.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 04-21-2021, 08:28 PM  
Problematic customer service from Precision Camera
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 80
Views: 8,851
Same new member first post "horrible customer service" over on "the other forum" ... now is deleted from "the other forum", within the past half-hour, Wednesday evening . . . . very curious.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 04-21-2021, 07:34 PM  
Problematic customer service from Precision Camera
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 80
Views: 8,851
Same new member first post over on "the other forum" ...
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-21-2021, 06:20 AM  
3rd party K-S2 Batteries
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 30
Views: 1,460
Watson and Wasabi. Maybe I'm just having bad luck.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-20-2021, 06:45 PM  
3rd party K-S2 Batteries
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 30
Views: 1,460
I have found NO decent 3rd party batteries. They really are a scam trade.
Forum: Video Recording and Processing 04-20-2021, 08:09 AM  
JordonDucks CroPPY video about Pentax video.
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 123
Views: 8,835
Has anyone seen an editorial correction to the "crappy" video based on this information?
Forum: Video Recording and Processing 04-17-2021, 02:21 PM  
JordonDucks CroPPY video about Pentax video.
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 123
Views: 8,835
Correct, unfortunately.
Forum: Video Recording and Processing 04-15-2021, 04:46 PM  
JordonDucks CroPPY video about Pentax video.
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 123
Views: 8,835
Astounding. Thanks, PiDicus Rex, for posting this clarifying information -- a reminder, in your case, because you HAD posted the information before -- on how to shoot video properly with a K-01, if that's what one simply MUST do. I had mentioned that the DPRTV thing was very unprofessional, and now I'm simply shocked at it. Crappy. The latter versions of K-01 firmware have been available all along, with v.1.5 still available today.
Forum: Video Recording and Processing 04-12-2021, 12:50 PM  
JordonDucks CroPPY video about Pentax video.
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 123
Views: 8,835
It's clear that, regardless of how it started, it ultimately was presented in an unprofessional way.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-06-2021, 07:31 PM  
Will you buy the k3 Mark 3?
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 452
Views: 24,378
Not only "will I," but "I have" . . . .
Forum: Video Recording and Processing 04-05-2021, 11:18 AM  
JordonDucks CroPPY video about Pentax video.
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 123
Views: 8,835
I don't think I've ever seen less useful information (and almost as little of what counts as "content" these days) from Kai than this latest one. Everyone is rehashing what is already discernible, for some time, from Ricoh/Pentax itself. I guess he's eventually going to go out and shoot with that K-3III and tell us again it's not mirrorless?

And I certainly would not feel "embarrassed" about saying anything about that unprofessional DPR TV piece, which worked way too hard to be amusingly droll.
Forum: Video Recording and Processing 04-03-2021, 09:46 AM  
JordonDucks CroPPY video about Pentax video.
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 123
Views: 8,835
Your explanation, then, begs that the proposition and conclusion should have been more professional: "If you want to do video with an older, non-video camera, this set of approaches and equipment are what you will need." And not "Pentax K-01 is a crappy camera." DPR even made the lede image and thumbnail a scowl at the camera, when it should have been something like the array of adjunct equipment needed. The entire episode was unprofessionally handled.
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