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Forum: Pentax K-1 1 Day Ago  
MIke Johnson Says About K-1
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 20
Views: 1,263
Imagine introducing Pentax to one of your friends who is becoming interested in photography. You are asked about your kit...

Friend: You use Pentax? I don’t know that brand - is it new?
You: No, not really, Pentax has been around for decades.
F: You seem to have a rather large collection of lenses. Impressive. Quiet voice: Does your wife know you have this many?
Y: I’ve acquired them since my early days with film. Pentax has made millions of them.
F: Are they modern?
Y: Some are; others are from the 1950s. Several of these were first made in the 1990s. But all of them work on my K-1 and K-3.
F: Tell me about them.
Y: Well, here are my most recent zoom lenses – they’re made especially for the ‘full frame’ K-1, but I like them on my K-3 also.
F: They’re called “D-FA” lenses – what does the gold ‘star’ mean?
Y: Oh, that’s Pentax’s new series. They are big, heavy, and really, really good. The optics are amazing.
F: And this one – it says “D-FA” but no star. I guess it’s a telephoto zoom, right? Why no star?
Y: I’m not sure. Optics are not as good, I guess.
F: And what about this other one – it only says “DA.” Is this an older model, before the D-FA?
Y: You can still buy the DAs new. They’re made especially for ‘crop sensor’ cameras.
F: So you need to buy separate lenses for your K-1 and K-3?
Y: Not really. All of the lenses will work on the K-3. But only some of them work well on the K-1.
F: So this one – a DA... DA 300, I see... it’s only for your K-3?
Y: No, it works perfectly on the K-1 also.
F: But you said the DA lenses were made for the smaller camera – the crop one.
Y: Indeed. But the 300 is great on the big camera, too.
F: So, some DAs are only for the crop camera, but others are also good on the K-1?
Y: Sort of. The K-1 has a ‘crop mode’, so I can use all of the DAs.
F: Seems complicated. I like this one though – it’s beautiful.
Y: Me too. The FA 31 Limited is a jewel.
F: Limited? You mean they only produced a small batch?
Y: I think they’re still produced. You can still buy them new.
F: Are there other ‘limiteds’?
Y: Oh yes... Here’s a great little 15mm.
F: DA Limited? Not just “DA?” Seems smaller than your FA Limited.
Y: Yeah.
F: So, let me get this straight... Pentax has DAs, DA Limiteds, D-FAs, FAs, FA Limiteds. Some with ‘stars’, some without. Some DAs are for the small camera, other DAs will work on the K-1. And Limiteds are widely available. Hmmm.
F: Why does this one have a different thing on the back?
Y: That’s a screw mount.
F: Screw-what?
Y: You screw it into the camera rather than twisting like a bayonet mount.
F: But I thought your cameras only take the bayonet thingy...
Y: You see this little metal ring – it’s called a mount adapter. Pentax designed it to allow you to use these really old lenses on the new cameras. These Takumars are wonderful.
F: Tak-u-mar? Not Pentax?
Y: That’s correct. The Takumar series was made from the 1950s until the mid-70s.
F: And you still use them, these Tak-a-murs?
Y: Tak-u-mar. Oh yes. I love this little Auto-Tak.
F: Auto focus?
Y: No, the aperture stops down with a push of this little button.
F: This one doesn’t say “Auto.” It’s Super...Multi...Coated. No button. Must be another series.
F: I think I’ll be taking pictures outdoors. Are any of these lenses waterproof like your camera?
Y: Want a beer?
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 3 Days Ago  
A horrible customer service odyssey.
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 41
Views: 1,401
I think that this line of defence would be essential for Ricoh Imaging. Their refusal to repair the camera should not be accepted on the basis of their claim that the camera shows sign of 'humidity' or moisture damage. Even if moisture damage (I assume corrosion) is actually present, Ricoh Imaging need to show evidence that the indicated moisture damage is/was the most probable cause of the original fault. The complainant could rightfully claim that Ricoh Imaging has not demonstrated defensible evidence of the probable failure modes of the camera model that relate the said moisture damage to the issue. Demand to see their Failure Mode, Effects and Criticality Analysis for this camera (Failure mode, effects, and criticality analysis - Wikipedia).

For comparison, if this issue occurred to a camera owner in Canada, the Ricoh Imaging North America warranty provisions state:

"3. This warranty does not cover finishes or batteries, nor does it cover damages resulting from accident, misuse, abuse, dirt, water, battery leakage, tampering, servicing performed or attempted by unauthorized service agencies."

It does not state that any internal water damage is cause for the warranty to be nullified.

- Craig
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 3 Days Ago  
Ricoh Imaging Square Shinjuku
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 6
Views: 642
Thank you @kwb for giving us a glimpse into the Ricoh Imaging Square! Seems that you had a fun visit.

Yes, as @UncleVanya says, it does look cluttered. But maybe this is just the quirky, understated (Ricoh) Pentax way. The two last images suggest something like a yard sale or garage sale or boot sale - stuff piled on some portable tables sporting various colours of price tags. Nestled in between the flagship K-1 and some GR material are the trays of Pentax-green pouches for sale (lens caps, adapters, filters?). However, there are plenty of items on display, and that's the important thing in my opinion.

Is that the new D-FA* 50/1.4 I see in the second image - price 210,000 yen? (Just kidding).
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 4 Days Ago  
new member needing advice!
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 16
Views: 622
There was a recent thread on a battery stuck in a K-50. Might give you some ideas.

Battery wrongly stuck in Pentax K-50 -
Forum: Post Your Photos! 5 Days Ago  
Misc OK, What's the Joke?
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 17
Views: 472
Hey, I hate to say it, but that's an early winter scene I would expect to see way up here in the frozen north! We've had only a light dusting of snow, and none on the ground at the moment. :D

- Craig
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-03-2017, 04:01 PM  
This must be a very special Pentax HD D FA 15-30mm F2.8 ED SDM WR Lens on Ebay
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 12
Views: 739
This seems to be the first demonstration of a new principle - Schrödinger's Lens-Buying Paradox. The out-of-stock lens exists and it doesn't exist. Depending on it's state, the out-of-stock lens might be available for purchase until it is observed in an on-line advertisement; then it ceases to be available. ;)

- Craig
Forum: General Talk 11-26-2017, 12:26 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 11,168
Views: 759,669
I had to look this brand up - I had a vision of some sort of imaging device on the pan, connected by WiFi, that tells you when your food is ready to turn. ;)

Seriously, though - your post has given me an great option to replace a couple of my "no-stick" pans of French manufacture. The Scanpan line seems very well made.

- Craig
Forum: Pentax KP 11-22-2017, 02:30 PM  
Moving from K5 to KP after a microwave event :)
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 21
Views: 1,430
Could tell them that it was a runaway mirror flap!
Forum: Pentax KP 11-22-2017, 12:52 PM  
Moving from K5 to KP after a microwave event :)
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 21
Views: 1,430
Ahh, man, that's bad news. And the lenses, too. Hope the new KP serves you well!

Well, welcome to Pentax Forums. Sorry you had to introduce yourself with a disheartening story.

On the other hand, there seems to be some positives:
- It looks like you have experience in cooking your images. I guess you don't need any post-processing software.
- You could send the camera to Ricoh as a contribution to their environmental testing program.
- You could give your kids the lens elements and they could experiment with magnifiers in the sun.
(Just kidding).

Welcome again.

- Craig
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-14-2017, 05:05 PM  
Thinking of Making a switch away from Pentax. is it right or just gear envy?
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 160
Views: 5,668
I have had problems with my DA* 50-135 SDM (repaired four times). In my opinion, any lens that needs to 'wake up' after sitting for a while is cause for concern and should be avoided.


- Craig
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-10-2017, 05:30 PM  
contemplating a purchase of da300..
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 59
Views: 2,181
You might call me a 'casual birder'. I'll catch some shots of relatively static birds when I'm hiking on trails and through the bush.

I've used a DA* 300 for several years, earlier on a K-5 II and currently a K-3 II. It's a superb lens that almost guarantees to give me good results. I do crop a bit on my K-3 images and am pleased with the results.

Edit: Other features include a relatively close minimum focus distance (140 cm); weather seals; excellent performance wide open at f/4; and manageable weight (1 kg).

Here are several examples.

(Well, not a bird)

K32_4424_White-Tailed Deer by c.a.m_1, on Flickr

K5212528_Hairy Woodpecker by c.a.m_1, on Flickr

Mink. Heavily cropped.

K52_9537_Mink in den by c.a.m_1, on Flickr

K52_4905_v1_nuthatch by c.a.m_1, on Flickr

K52_1764_Pileated Woodpecker 1 by c.a.m_1, on Flickr
Forum: General Talk 11-08-2017, 02:25 PM  
Boeing airliners - have you collected the set?
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 29
Views: 881
I'm missing the 717. I might have flown on a 720 (Eastern Airlines) but I'm not sure. I've flown on all the others, not counting variants.

My favourite is the 747, definitely Queen of the skies IMO.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-08-2017, 10:29 AM  
What happened to this lens fa* 250-600
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 56
Views: 4,832
Would this usual minor wear affect the image quality? ;):)
Forum: General Photography 11-07-2017, 07:32 AM  
AI Turns Unrecognizable Pixelated Photos Into Crystal-Clear Images
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 12
Views: 617
I guess it doesn't work on blurry cat pictures. ;)

Seriously, I think we'll be amazed at the image processing capability of this and other schemes that might be ready in five to ten years.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 11-07-2017, 05:20 AM  
Observations from Salon de la Photo 2017, Montreal: Pentax and others
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 3
Views: 619
Glad that you could attend! I wonder if the show was well attended overall.

Interesting observation. I got the impression that the Sony booth was very busy, and so was the Fuji area. The Olympus booth was quiet when I was there. I wouldn't draw any conclusions about the relative popularity of these brands, as I was there for only an hour and a half near closing time.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 11-05-2017, 05:50 PM  
Observations from Salon de la Photo 2017, Montreal: Pentax and others
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 3
Views: 619
I had an opportunity to visit this year’s Salon de la Photo (The Photo Show) in Laval, a city in the Montreal metropolitan area. Featuring approximately 30 exhibitors during 3-5 November, the show is relatively small in comparison to other expositions, but large enough to allow a visitor to check out the various brands. One of the major retailers in the province of Québec – Gosselin Photo – had a retail space with a number of special promotions. An interesting display of terrific printed photographs and several learning sessions rounded out the expo.

See the Show’s website at: The Photo Show 2017 | Quebec & Laval | Salon de la Photo
My main intent was to get first-hand qualitative impressions of several cameras and lenses. I am not seriously considering new equipment, but sometimes it’s fun to play and ponder the greener grass.

In their compact booth, Ricoh Imaging displayed the K-1, K-3 II, KP, K-70, as well as a range of lenses including the current full-frame zooms, the DA Limiteds, and several DA* lenses. The booth was fairly quiet when I attended late in the afternoon, so I had a comfortable time playing with the K-1 (I have a K-3 II). As I was finishing our conversation, the representative wanted me to try the HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm PLM lens, to see what I thought of its autofocus speed. He was also keen to describe his experiences with the Astrotracer function, and showed me several great images he took of the night sky (stars and aurora borealis, using 3-minute exposures). I didn’t ask any questions about future Pentax equipment or business plans.

I also tried several Fuji cameras, including the new X-E3 and others in the ‘X’ line, as well as several Olympus models. I passed over the Sony exhibit because it was crowded.

While I didn’t intend this brief report to be a complete review of the show and the gear I tried, I would offer several observations or opinions:
  • Ok, I’m a weakling. I think the combination of the K-1 and D FA* 70-200mm exceeds my comfortable hand-carry weight threshold. I wouldn’t have a problem supporting the lens for individual shots – the lens affords a sturdy grasp – but I think I would tire during an extended photo outing. I’d advise prospective buyers to try out the lens and camera, if possible, if you have any concerns about the weight.

  • But not that weak. The K-1 and battery grip combination (without lens) was not heavy for me – it’s not significantly heavier than my K-3 II and grip combo. I’d be fine with the smaller lenses.

  • Hey, this is easy. I was able to set up and use the K-1 immediately; its interface is familiar and friendly to this K-3 II user. I was able to decipher any new features quickly.

  • The KP is a ‘sweet’ little camera; it’s compact and attractive. The user interface seems well designed. However, its largest bolt-on grip seemed too shallow for me when I tried the DA* 300mm lens – I prefer the slightly deeper finger grip of my K-3 II.

  • Fast, did you say fast? The autofocus speed of the HD DA 55-300 PLM lens is almost unbelievably fast. Wow.

  • Winter operation of small mirrorless cameras. Some of the control dials and small buttons on the Fuji and Olympus cameras might challenge glove-wearing users in winter. I didn’t try with gloves on, but I left with a general impression that my Pentax camera is better suited to cold-weather operation.

I approached the two people in the PhotoLife booth to compliment them on their fine magazine. PhotoLife, which is published in Canada six times a year, features content on photographers and their works; style and technique; and social aspects of photography. Printed on high-quality paper, it’s an attractive magazine that provides hours of quality reading and re-reading. As it turned out, one of the reps is the Editor-in-Chief; he was happy to describe the challenges and hard work involved in producing the publication. I had never met a Chief Editor before, so this was a fun encounter.

Finally, KEH Camera was there to buy used gear. They seemed fairly busy, with a number of prospective sellers waiting for offers, I guess.

So, you may be wondering what goodies I picked up at the show. Not much. I bought two boxes of ‘iCloth’ cleaning wipes from Gosselin (my stock was getting low), and got two free magazines and a couple of free Nikon microfibre cloths.

Edit: I will also mention that I was alerted to this show by an email from KEH (I'm on their mailing list). Funny that I became aware of a nearby expo through an email from a firm in Georgia USA, some 2,000 km away!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-26-2017, 11:22 AM  
HD Pentax-DA★ 11-18mm f/2.8
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 474
Views: 41,259
I'm not put off by the 'limited' number of new lenses, the long development timeline, the availability timing, or the absence of a new Pentax APS-C camera.

While Ricoh Imaging develops their products for sale, I'll make do what I did yesterday: hurry home from work, grab my antique K-3 II, mount my screw-driven DA* 50-135, and spend a blissful hour catching the last fading sun rays on colours in the trees on a local trail. Several nice 'keepers' = happiness.

I'll consider new gear when it becomes available. Until then, I'll enjoy what I've got.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-23-2017, 04:27 PM  
Landscape K-1 does Northern Lights
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 31
Views: 983
Awesome. Just awesome.

- Craig
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 10-23-2017, 04:13 PM  
Question New title designations!
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 86
Views: 2,719
The style does add some 'splash' to the pages. On the other hand, I tend to prefer the quieter existing text-based indications of 'status', posts and likes. The information is there, but doesn't scream.

I like the quiet, simple, unassuming style of the PF site - it's well matched to the nature of the content and discussions. Maybe make the icons more subtle and in the background. Otherwise, I'd like my star to be a huge, pulsating, glowing super-nova, with additional artwork from @BrianR. :lol:

I'm waiting for some members to change their personal avatars to a block of 20 gold and silver stars. ;)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-20-2017, 12:07 PM  
D-FA* 85mm f1.4 also coming
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 1,445
Views: 109,137
Oh man, that's funny. Well done. I had forgotten about that one.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-19-2017, 08:45 AM  
D-FA* 85mm f1.4 also coming
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 1,445
Views: 109,137
@cyberjunkie, while I tend to agree with some of your thoughts, one of your statements hits the crux of the matter:

The issue is, how is 'top' defined? 'Top' or 'best' depends on numerous characteristics and trade-offs in lens design:
- focal length or range
- optical qualities (e.g., resolution, sharpness, abberations)
- physical size and mass
- auto-focus action and audible noise
- cost and price to consumer

Consider the example of the Pentax DA 18-135mm. It's not the very 'best' lens across all optical characteristics, but it is relatively small and lightweight, has a useful focal range, focuses well, and it's reasonably affordable.

What characteristics do you use when defining "top"? I would argue that no lens is at the top of all characteristics.

- Craig
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-18-2017, 03:03 PM  
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 42
Views: 1,549
Mine is buried in a sub-sub-sub-sub folder marked "Water heater technical specs"
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-18-2017, 09:49 AM  
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 42
Views: 1,549
Spouse or partner seeing ALL of your lenses in one place at the same time.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-14-2017, 08:23 AM  
D-FA* 85mm f1.4 also coming
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 1,445
Views: 109,137
The member must have insider information. That's it, I'm outa here. ;)
Forum: General Talk 10-14-2017, 08:16 AM  
What is the best drill bit? (Sarcasm )
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 269
Views: 6,129
I haven't used the larger formats, but I'd recommend going with a Brushless Interchangeable Bit Corded (BIBC) system. The brushless units are blowing brushed format out of the dust and sweeping the floor with them.
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