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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-16-2013, 05:05 PM  
Essentially Speaking - K-5 vs K-5 II, K-5 IIs
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 22
Views: 2,149
Naah, I think it's just typical but silly supply chain issues...both Adorama and B&H have cycled through in stock and out of stock on and off over time that I saw.
Seems silly to not just let retailers print and/or submit an extended warrantee ties to a camera SN purely online, or just buy direct from a Pentax site, but - what can ya do?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-16-2013, 04:55 PM  
Essentially Speaking - K-5 vs K-5 II, K-5 IIs
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 22
Views: 2,149
It extends the factory warrantee (the extended warrantee is by Pentax, not a 3rd party) fully by 2 years, and entitles to one free checkup and cleaning during that time whether any problems occur or not.
Amusingly, B&H and Adorama seem to be 'sold out' currently (it's literally just a card, but ties to your cameras S/N), but you can find one if you look around a bit, or perhaps call either B&H or Adorama.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-16-2013, 11:28 AM  
Why are you shooting with a Pentax?
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 129
Views: 10,026
I can't pick out a single item, but a combination:
Good value vs capabilities - my K5 is still producing great pictures, no 'need' to upgrade or feel left out vs most current model cameras, and had nothing to 'worry about' at all with a K5 or even Kx/Kr at the time.

Ability to build collection slow and somewhat thrifty by using older but nice lenses - I still have a few I like quite a bit and picked up cheaply

Magnesium frame plus weatherproofing - Some people are able to keep everything they own spotless, and are seemingly afraid to get their hands dirty. I've motorcycled on and off-road across countries as well as the US, and a handful of other things that are 'potentially bad for things you own,' or at the very least, not all 'nice and gentle.' I'm the person that's wound up helping fix someone's car...when I happened to be in a suit. :-/ I don't abuse anything I own, but I know I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty, and would be quite upset to see a 1k+ camera suddenly useless from a small drop, or not be able to take a picture simply because it's storming, I'm on a small boat or raft, etc.

The only downside that has me reconsidering is the games Pentax has been playing with lens prices, and in some cases, not updating lenses.
The DA* 60-250 was OK priced when it was 1k-$1200, but now it's getting insane. Still has SDM and external zoom, without a f2.8 option in sight. Yes, I still want one and will likely be picking one up in January, but this issue extends elsewhere - Pentax isn't an 'elite' brand, so their lens prices need to come back to focusing on bang for the buck, meaning same or better performance vs competition at a lower price. Trying to be an 'elite boutique brand' with such low market share just isn't wise, IMO.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-15-2013, 08:59 PM  
Essentially Speaking - K-5 vs K-5 II, K-5 IIs
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 22
Views: 2,149
It's really not worth worrying about.
The K5 is an outstanding camera.
I'm not a pro by any means, but have taken too many 'postcard shots' to count, from action to landscapes, and some not so bad (but working on improving) portraits.

As my wife has now 'caught the bug,' I'll likely be picking up a second K5 or K5-ii body in the not too distant future. Which one is irrelevant to me, as I've yet to miss any shots due to the camera itself or it's capabilities. I am still waiting for a nice deal on a DA* 60-250, however. :)

I would go ahead and pay the $20 at B&H or Adorama for the extended warrantee, as if for no other reason, you can get a free checkup and cleaning on it as it comes up on 3 years. I'm just waiting to pick up a second body, then will be doing the same, as my K5 is coming up on 3 years now give or take a few months..

Get out and shoot, and don't worry about it, seriously.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-02-2013, 11:12 AM  
K3 or DA* 50-135
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 5
Views: 1,688
The 18-135 is a nearly perfect 'vacation lens,' IMO. It won't take the pictures the DA* series can, but it's wonderful with from dawn to dusk overall. I've taken numerous shots with it that are definite 'postcard candidates.'
We've got a Tamron 24-75 f2.8 along with a fast 50 and a few others, but the 18-135 is a great 'do almost all' for vacation type pics, even OK at some amount of action shooting.
We all have different definitions of 'good enough,' so you may want to take a look through shots posted by others with the lens, but so far, this is the one that stays on our K5 better than 50% of the time, and always for 'random trips' and vacation.
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-07-2012, 12:23 PM  
K-5 went to $1499 tonight...
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 34
Views: 3,856
You're right; I have seen ample enough warning on their site about when they will be closed, and I can certainly love with/accept that one, as it's not frequent.
I'm more annoyed with the lack of responsiveness/crediting PF with the sale made from PF links, than over an occasional shutdown, although the latter is an inconvenience.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-07-2012, 11:14 AM  
NEW Pentax Lens Roadmap 2012/2013
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 331
Views: 37,808
So, I was fairly excited about the new roadmap; it didn't solve the problems for 'everyone,' but had some interesting things to look forward to.

With the new pricing, how many actually still care about the new roadmap?

With the pricing changes (e.g. DA* 60-250 and others almost doubling in price), how many have gone from 'interested and had plans to purchase' to 'who cares'?
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-07-2012, 11:05 AM  
K-5 went to $1499 tonight...
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 34
Views: 3,856
I think I'm going to have to agree here.
After buying a lens via the PF links from B&H, I asked them to confirm PF got credit for the sale, and they told me they had no way to tell this.
Months later - I see i'm still not listed as a PF supporter. Why have an affiliate program set up with them if PF doesn't get credit, and the B&H rep says 'there's no way for them to tell' on a sale.. ???

It's also not like B&H is a 'small' operation; they could certainly hire a few people for staffing returns and basic operations through the holiday.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-07-2012, 10:42 AM  
How do you think about the lens price increase?
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 330
Views: 19,461
True; used prices are already somewhat insane in many cases (look for older Tokina ATX-Pro glass, as a good example), and the used market will also adjust upwards if this isn't sorted soon.
Maybe less so for full manual lenses, but this is likely to have an impact on most of us not making $ from our pictures. :(

It may shift some from used -> Sigma or Tokina new, but it's unlikely to be of benefit to Pentax or pushing many new Pentax sales, of lenses or bodies, IMO.

I already had a tough call of DA* 6-250 or Tamron 70-200/2.8; without changes, Pentax has made that decision for me, and possibly made me consider just not making that purchase at all, if the performance/value equation makes me consider Nikon instead. Why throw more money at what looks like (right now) a worse value proposition than it was previously?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-07-2012, 10:30 AM  
How do you think about the lens price increase?
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 330
Views: 19,461
It's pretty simple , for me as a hobbyists making no $ from my pictures.
Value/performance was part of the equation in my choosing Pentax in the first place, along with the weather-sealing.

The DA* 60-250 has nearly doubled in effective price, which for me, would turn it into an already expensive purchase but one I had planned on this year, to -> it looks like the Tamron or Sigma 70-200/2.8 will be where my money goes.

If these prices don't settle downwards, I can see a lot of people no longer buying Pentax lenses as their first choice, and I will certainly be among them.

I am not opposed to some lenses going up somewhat, nor am I opposed to somewhat leveling the playing field between online and B&M stores, but not at the current "cost" to consumers to do so.
If things do not change, I may decide to purchase nothing else but non-Pentax lenses, as well as consider making significantly fewer purchases of any K-mount lens.
When the time comes to consider another body (which may be "helped along" by pricing changes), the value/performance consideration will be much lower than it was previously for me, to stay with Pentax.

There are other options - I may stay with Pentax but never buy another Pentax lens, or very few, and primarily stick to Tamron/Sigma offerings, but it will be a much more difficult decision to stay or bail for Nikon.
I don't have a need for a huge assortment of lenses, but I feel quite already over-charged at the old prices for a lens such as the 18-135, let alone the nice but not fast (and SDM) 60-250; increasing those prices upwards has a direct result of - Pentax will not be seeing my cash and likely others on those lenses, so which are left at current pricing that we can say are not only competitive, but also worth the $ vs Sigma/Tamron, and reasonably priced enough to not simply go with used, older glass, or just move from Pentax entirely?

We'll see how it plays out in the next couple of months.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-07-2012, 10:20 AM  
Pentax Unilateral Pricing Policy
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 1,013
Views: 74,833
It's all been said at this point.

My personal reality is simple.

The DA* 60-250 has nearly doubled in effective price, which for me, would turn it into an already expensive hobby purchase, but one I had formerly planned on this year, to -> it looks like the Tamron or Sigma 70-200/2.8 will be where my money goes, if prices don't adjust in the near future.

If these prices don't settle, I can see a lot of people no longer buying Pentax lenses as their first choice, and I will certainly be among them.
When the time comes for my next body, it is far more likely that I will consider all brands, vs remaining a Pentax user without thought. Maybe it will still be Pentax for the next purchase, maybe not, but value for $ will no longer be much of a consideration.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-24-2012, 09:48 AM  
18-135mm WR Lens Review
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 39
Views: 7,264
And meanwhile, there are quotes from those owning the 17-70 that have said the 18-135 gives little or nothing up to the 17-70. ;)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-11-2012, 02:28 PM  
Adventure is yours once again. Introducing the PENTAX WG-2.
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 45
Views: 7,119
I'll wait and see.
I've got an Olympus Stylus/tough a few models back, and it's fine. I've taken it underwater and all over.
Night/flash images are awful but otherwise it does OK for what it is.
I've heard multiple stories now of Optios weather-sealing failing, with no support from Pentax/lack of standing behind the product. If that's the case, and a "waterproof/shockproof/rugged" camera simply isn't, there are very likely better P&S cameras out there.

I'd love to have an "upgrade path" for a rugged P&S for my Olympus, but until I see some confirmation that the WG2 is in fact rugged/durable/waterproof as claimed and reliable, I won't be jumping on this one.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-10-2012, 01:59 PM  
YOUR lens roadmap
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 54
Views: 4,247
A little unknown/ad-hoc depending on how finances and interests go this year.

Current:
DA 18-55WR
DA 18-135WR
A-50/1.7
A-70-210/4.0
Tokina 28-70/2.6-4.2
Tamron/Quantaray 70-300

The 18-55 serves zero purpose since buying the 18-135, which really made a huge positive difference in travel/grab camera and go outings for me.
It's mainly sticking around in case we pick up a second body for my wife.

Right now, the plans are mainly for faster lenses, a Tamron 28-75/2.8 for lower light and DOF isolation and some portraits, and we're finding we're doing some amount of stills shots, and the 50/1.7 is great but not wide enough for many things indoors. A bigger tossup is the DA* 60-250 or a Tamron or Sigma 70-200/2.8; lately leaning towards the DA*. If Sigma or Tamron released a WR 70-200 and it wasn't insanely priced, that may change.

I'm interested in seeing what the new DA* ~18-90 brings - specs, pricing, and availability. Right now it's on the 2013 roadmap, so I'll likely wind up with the Tamron 28-75/2.8 before then.
I'll be interested in the TC when it finally becomes available, depending on the pricing.
I am interested in some faster relatively wide primes, manual or AF, but in reality I'm not seeing many out there so the Tamron 28-75/2.8 and the A-50/1.7 may wind up the best I do there.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-10-2012, 01:29 PM  
DA 18-135 WR or other?
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 25
Views: 9,611
The 18-135 is a pretty good all around lens.
WR is a bonus, it focuses quietly and reasonably quickly, and at least compared to the kit 18-55 = < some other lens >, can make a huge difference as a walkaround single lens, vs needing to swap often with the 18-55 and 70-210, 70-300, 28-70 or others.

It's not fast, and I'd love it were it a constant f/4, but we were able to do a 500-1k picture weekend trip from sunup to dusk in a range of conditions (inside, outdoors city/closeups, outdoors nature/further out, outdoor portraits, etc.) without missing other lenses for > 90% of the shots. I did some crops as in some cases the 135mm just wasn't long enough, with satisfactory (to me) results. Likewise as the sun went down, I would up sticking to the shorted end of the range to keep the aperture larger, before finally swapping out for a 50/1.7 as it hit full dark.

Size-wise, it's also quite convenient, only a bit longer than the 18-55 kit lens, although obviously longer when zoomed, and definitely a more solid/hefty lens overall.

I do think it's overpriced a bit, but if you consider price difference of Adorama (bought mine from B&H but they never credited PF for the sale, so looks like no more B&H for me :-/ ) and most used prices, you're rarely seeing more than a $50 difference, so unless a stellar deal pops up, I'd just buy this one new.

I am interested in seeing when the new DA* comes out, as I think there was something like an 18-90 but not until 2013. I'm not sure it would work as a direct replacement, although it likely could replace a Tamron/Sigma 28/24-75 nicely.
If you can forego the WR and range, a Tamron 28-75/2.8 might be worth looking at, but right now, I'm intending to pick up the Tamron and have it be an addition vs replacement, with the Tamron used more for low light, portraits and indoor stills, while keeping the 18-135 as a more general purpose walkaround.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-25-2012, 11:40 AM  
How would you spend $10,000 on K-mount glass?
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 52
Views: 3,848
Good question.
I'd probably spend most of it not on lenses, but..
DA* 60-250/4.0
FA Limited 31/1.8
Sigma 24-70/2.8 HSM
Maybe FA77, DFA100, FA50/1.7 and/or DA* 200.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-20-2012, 11:42 AM  
Suggestions for next lens purchase :)
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 13
Views: 1,266
I think Rio's reply is one of the best here - 'what are you missing with what you have already?' or 'what do you wish to do better/more of?'
Wide, landscapes, action, DOF, convenience, other?
You've got a fast 50 for low light.
The A70-210/f 4.0 is a very nice lens, but no AF and not quite fast enough for lower light, but very good otherwise. (I also personally like it quite a bit for outdoor portraits)

I had a somewhat similar lens collection - kit 18-55, A70-210, A50/1.7, and a Quantaray/Tamron 7-300.
I could in general 'make do' with what I had, but the fast 50 wasn't wide enough for indoor lower light shots, so I picked up a used Tokina 28-70/2.8-4.0, sort of as a 'trial run' to see how I'd get on with a Tamron 28-75/2.8, and not bad for $15 or so. It gets me the indoor lower light wider shots that I couldn't get with the 50/1.7 or the kit lens in the meanwhile, and with better DOF/isolation at the wider end.

I realized i was doing a lot of travel shots, usually nature but also some of people, things, etc., and I was fairly frequently swapping between the kit 18-55 and the 70-210 - I had a strong preference for the 70-210 out of those two, but of course it wasn't wide enough at times, and not all shots could wait, so after a whole lot of consideration, I went with the DA 18-135, as a 'convenience' lens, and it has worked out well for me for daily, 'normal travel shooting.' I recently went on a work trip with some time in San Francisco, and shot 95% with the DA18-135 happily, only pulling out the fast 50 occasionally, and then was also reminded that I really should have brought the Tokina 28-70 along for the range and situations I found myself taking pictures in.

So, for me, I'm agreeing with Rio here - it was very nice to not have the swap back and forth that I frequently have when outside with the kit 18-55, and I got 90% of the shots I wanted, with the 18-135, as my basic, 'all around' lens, for many different scenarios with decent light, and then several 'specialty' lenses.

I now expect my longer term lens plan to add the Tamron 28-75/2.8 (or potentially the new/upcoming DA* 20-80mm if I can wait that long), and either the DA* 60-250/4.0 or a Tamron or Sigma 70-200/2.8, and a 1.4x TC. I had thought that I 'needed' the 300mm length, but the (not so bad, but PF..) 70-300 is rarely used by me at this point; the 70-210 beats it on sharpness and colors, etc.

So...'what are you missing?'

PS - if it's something at the longer end with AF, for good light, I'd agree with the others, the 55-300mm might make a good replacement for your 70-210, and it's generally agreed on to be > the 50-200.
If you don't need the longer focal range or AF vs your 70-210, then look elsewhere.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-18-2012, 10:04 AM  
NEW Pentax Lens Roadmap 2012/2013
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 331
Views: 37,808
I'm pretty happy with the lineup, although personally, I'd get the teleconverter out sooner, as it should be an already completed unit as it's been shown and teased for some time already.
A DA* 20-80mm would compete directly with the Tamron and Sigmas and be WR, let's see the pricing on it.
The DA 100-300, I'm not so sure of. It could make a nice complement to the DA 18-135, it may be a WR version of the 55-300 people have wanted, or it could be mediocre.
The DA 560 should make a good number of people happy, although it's not on my own immediate list, although the TC + DA* 60-250 may be.
The ~20-200 may be a replacement of the DA 18-135, or simply another option. I'm curious why they didn't just bring back the old 18-250 instead, so will be interested in seeing the specs and performance on it.

All in all, with the pair of UW offerings and the TC, it's not a bad attempt IMO of covering a decent range, and there's something in there for most.
Forum: Pentax K-5 02-18-2012, 09:02 AM  
Camera doesn't react
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 12
Views: 1,125
I had this happen once within the first 1000 pictures, then not again, until 2 more times around 3k-3500 pictures, both within an hour of each other. The one was apparently the battery finally running out, the other with a fresh charged battery, click the shutter and nothing happened, jumbled top LCD.

Battery removed and put back in, all's been well since, fingers crossed.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-09-2012, 08:08 AM  
Pentax Takes Over Cameras for Ricoh!
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 58
Views: 7,092
This change makes a lot of sense, as many of us were wondering how the combined/separate roadmaps would merge, change, or overlap.

Of course, things may feel quite differently inside the company as people are shuffled around or possibly feel resentment, but hopefully it's managed in a sane manner leading to products we/people want reasonably soon. :)
Forum: Pentax K-5 01-24-2012, 07:17 PM  
D7000 to K-5
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 72
Views: 12,823
Vichta - it's probably best if you start a new thread on the subject, versus putting your post in the middle of an unrelated subject - you'll likely get more visibility and thus more responses.
I'm still enjoying my K5 purchased over the summer quite a bit.
Forum: Pentax K-5 01-24-2012, 07:14 PM  
Poll: Group buy - silicone skin for K-5
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 32
Views: 8,507
Was just going to ask the same as Ron - what's the MOQ required here?

For a reasonable price, I'd be in, and especially if it covers the lens release button, as noted. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-23-2012, 12:16 PM  
Wondering if my Lens is Defective
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 19
Views: 1,790
docwrm gave a good explanation; there is no fault of the camera nor the lens, all lenses (especially zooms) have a level of compromise and distortion inherent in their construction. You can use the in-camera adjustment to simply see similar results/adjustments applied before you get the raw (or jpeg) image from the camera...just like your P&S, or you can correct for it in post processing via lens profiles or manually.

There is nothing wrong with the camera nor lens, the same things apply for other (brand and model) DSLRs and lenses as well.
Forum: Pentax K-5 01-23-2012, 11:57 AM  
Just switched to Pentax
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 54
Views: 5,785
You could have picked up a much better SMC 50mm/f1.7 for $50-$100, or possibly a used F50mm/1.7 for $200-ish.
I'd probably keep the 17-70, one 28, 35 and the 50 from the use collection for now, to see how you like those particular focal ranges and keep the best of the lot, then sell everything else off. Keep one of the 70-200s, whichever you're happier with, sell the other, until you eventually replace it with a modern 70-200/2.8, a cheap $100-$200 70-300, a not so cheap DA* 60-250 or 50-135.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-22-2012, 03:35 PM  
Wondering if my Lens is Defective
Posted By rtpguy
Replies: 19
Views: 1,790
Use the in-camera correction as stated, and take a flat piece of sandpaper and sand your SD cards edges just slightly, both issues resolved. For whatever reason, the K7/K5's card chassis/slot IS just a slight bit on the tight side, but you'll only be removing a very small amount of plastic, all will be well.
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