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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-03-2017, 07:53 AM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 579
Views: 23,974
Photography is a hobby for me, as with probably the majority of all camera users. I've been with Pentax since my first SLR in 1981, with a few compacts of various brands in between. I am probably in for one more upgrade from my K5iis in my lifetime, and with all my lenses, it'll have to be something I can use my lenses on even if I have to use an adapter.

I can see EVF and OVF co-existing for a few years to come, but it would be nice if Pentax can bring us the option of a MILC with a dedicated adapter for use with our old lenses, and perhaps even other brand lenses.

I've been contemplating getting the K-1 for a while now, but am not getting younger, and if I make my last purchase, and still want to use it in 10 years time, it would be good if it is actually smaller. I can see the positive in seeing real time exposure changes through EVF, but what I find most impressive in reports on the A9, is the focus....(tracking and all the points all over the sensor). As I get older, I want life, and my hobby to get easier, not more of a chore.

I've never tried EVF before, and am not an expert in anything "computer stuff", but have always been a "gadget man", and seeing how fast technology have come in a relatively short time, and the acceptance and use of it by a new generation, it might be possible that MILC's sales and use, will eventually surpass OVF cameras.

"Propaganda"...perhaps... (business is business), but how do the major players react to it, are they countering it with propaganda for DSLR's or are they starting to follow the MILC trend? I also think mainly new entrants into the market will probably be influenced by it (IMO), your basic DSLR user would probably only change for realistic and practical reasons.

Who knows Ricoh's plans for Pentax, but if they are satisfied with a high margin, reactionary (slow to adapt to change) path to demand, they will stay a small player, who might ensure Pentax future with a good quality product at reasonable prices and a dedicated, but probably aging and eventually declining, user base.

If I can't physically handle my DSLR anymore, and Pentax do not have an alternative, where I can use my lenses, I might be tempted to look around at other brands that caters for my needs, even if the bodies are more expensive. If I can use all my Pentax glass on such a body I might be tempted to jump ship. I love my Pentax gear, but I also try to be realistic in my approach to life. As I get older, I realize more and more that time is not to be wasted, and if I can save time doing anything and getting acceptable results the same time, why not?

I think Sony is at the forefront of change in the industry, which will probably gather steam sooner than expected, whether we like it or not. Camera manufacturers that do not adapt to changes and demands of a new generation, will probably die, or stay a small fish in the pond, like Pentax probably will do.

For those with physical problems using EVF, and as I haven't used it before, might even be one myself, don't despair, life will go on and as long as you are prepared to pay, someone will keep making OVF products:)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-15-2017, 07:02 AM  
DA 16-85: Two duds in a row or just no go with K-x?
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 12
Views: 850
My K-x and 16-45 didn't play nice at all, apparently that's a known problem, I can't remember exactly why, but no problem on my k-30 and k5iis...
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-03-2017, 06:42 AM  
Catch In Focus (Almost a great Idea) Sorry for beating a dead horse
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 68
Views: 3,419
I'm sure you've tried it. My Tak 55 1.8, Cunor 200 4.5, Cunor 400, Yashinon 50 1.7 etc must be defective, because they don't agree with your assessment;)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-02-2017, 07:23 AM  
Sony A9 Officially Announced Today
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 552
Views: 22,049
Wouldn't it be nice if Pentax can have something similar in LV:)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-02-2017, 06:46 AM  
Sony A9 Officially Announced Today
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 552
Views: 22,049
Eye AF test in dark place α9、α7RⅡ、α7
















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Forum: General Photography 06-02-2017, 05:11 AM  
Process or product?
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 50
Views: 1,731
If you all believe this, why take photographs at all?;)
Forum: General Photography 06-02-2017, 01:56 AM  
Process or product?
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 50
Views: 1,731
Why waste the time taking pictures?;)
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-01-2017, 03:44 AM  
Catch In Focus (Almost a great Idea) Sorry for beating a dead horse
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 68
Views: 3,419
Cut out shim from soda can...very thin

Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-16-2017, 11:59 PM  
Hello from Cape town south Africa
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 10
Views: 387
Hallo Hannes, Cameraworld Bellville
Camera World, Cape Town by JC P, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-16-2017, 01:34 AM  
Sony A9: is there still a future for DSLRs, and Pentax mirrorless suggestion
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 579
Views: 23,974
This pro see it as the best "wedding" camera...














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Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 03-30-2017, 01:48 AM  
K-30 / K-50 Aperture Block Failue - Repair Solution available
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 636
Views: 79,920
yes general, sir!;)
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 02-27-2017, 08:45 AM  
K-30 / K-50 Aperture Block Failue - Repair Solution available
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 636
Views: 79,920
Sorry I'm not very technically inclined, if you mean some magnetism...I lifted it from position (in the MZ-50), with just minimal resistance when pulling it away from the point you mention...
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 02-27-2017, 06:45 AM  
K-30 / K-50 Aperture Block Failue - Repair Solution available
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 636
Views: 79,920
Will try the change this coming weekend....
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 02-27-2017, 03:55 AM  
K-30 / K-50 Aperture Block Failue - Repair Solution available
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 636
Views: 79,920
Hi, I found this, in my MZ-50, which I've already stripped for other parts...The screwdriver points to where I removed it from.

I just want to make sure that it's the part that needs replacement, before starting to strip my K-30.

(Sorry about the cellphone quality)
Forum: General Talk 02-17-2017, 12:31 AM  
Online job "assessments"
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 15
Views: 1,053
Hang in there....looks like another "swamp" that needs draining
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-11-2017, 06:13 AM  
m42/manual focus tips
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 48
Views: 2,889
Thank you, an extensive thread discussing the problem, and some peoples feelings regarding it... K-30 / K-50 Aperture Block Failue - Repair Solution available - Page 25 - PentaxForums.com

I agree with your sentiments completely:)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-10-2017, 11:46 PM  
Macro Waiting for a Fly...............
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 12
Views: 350
Nice capture... nature is wonderful and beautiful:)
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 02-10-2017, 10:29 PM  
K-30 / K-50 Aperture Block Failue - Repair Solution available
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 636
Views: 79,920
Correct, I've tried it, the problem is that it starts as an intermittent problem and then gets worse over time. With my "repaired" camera currently in the "intermittent" stage, Green button metering also works correctly but at some times (intermittently) gives wildly incorrect readings, which makes sense to me, as the process involves the same parts....

Regarding what Pentax should do, well I don't expect them to replace my camera or anything else, but as it seems that other models also have the same problem, it will probably keep nagging me when I decide to buy a new camera.
As I already stated, it will probably be a Pentax again, but never again jumping just after a new model release, I'll wait till end of a camera cycle, to see what problems develop, if any, before buying.
Perhaps my expectations of today's electronics and durability, compared to my K1000, is just way to high.
Luckily I've accumulated a lot of old manual lenses over the years, to play with, and will be able to use my K-30 for a while (barring any other problems), but not for any serious work...
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 02-10-2017, 07:28 AM  
K-30 / K-50 Aperture Block Failue - Repair Solution available
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 636
Views: 79,920
First fail after 2 years, +- 12000 clicks, warranty repair "replace mirror box", taking 4 months. Second fail end 2016 +-, same symptoms, not bothering to waste time and money to send away, just to confirm what is very high probability same problem....Anybody willing to sponsor me sending it in for repair and "official" confirmation, is welcome .

K5iis bought 2014, +- 26 000 clicks, no problems...

I still use my K-30 with M42 lenses, and 2 M lenses that I've removed the aperture lever from, 1 M50/1.4 (non reversible), and I'm seriously considering doing the same to my K35/3.5..., as even green button metering useless, which all indicates to the same failure IMO
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-10-2017, 04:38 AM  
m42/manual focus tips
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 48
Views: 2,889
Sorry all, the problem is probably not fixed.

Takumar M42 lenses, do not have an aperture lever that connects with the camera, like Pentax mount lenses, old or new...

The result is that when you change your aperture, you can see the change through the viewfinder, as you use higher f stop numbers, the shutter blades close up, letting less light through, therefor the darker image in the viewfinder. Usually one would focus wide open, when what you see through the lens, is at it's brightest, and then stop down, or close the aperture to what you want, depending on the depth of field you need for your shot.

Manual lenses still have the aperture connection with the camera, and to get the correct exposure, in M mode, you press the green button, which briefly stop down (you'll see viewfinder getting darker), then return to wide open, to meter the light. When you then take the shot, the lever will open the aperture to the required setting, while the shot will be taken at the shutter speed decided on by the camera when you pressed the green button.

In the case of a faulty aperture block , I found that the green button metering process, with M lenses, was also influenced, and the correct shutter speed not set, thus the only "lens" option around the aperture block problem of the K30/50, seems to be a lens with no aperture lever connected to the camera, like Takumar etc. I even removed my Pentax M50/1.4's aperture lever, and it since then it works perfectly on the "broken" camera...

Also to be remembered, in the case of K30 (not sure about K50), is that if you go M mode with your aperture-less lenses, you don't have a light meter which will indicate when your exposure is correct or not, but you can activate your histogram and take an image or 2 and check the histogram for proper exposure...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-09-2017, 11:42 PM  
Dirt on/in viewfinder, K-5
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 10
Views: 656
It doesn't influence your image, so just ignore it. It's like driving your car with a a windscreen that is not spotless, are you going to pull over and clean it every time you hit a bug?;)
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 02-09-2017, 10:20 PM  
K-30 / K-50 Aperture Block Failue - Repair Solution available
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 636
Views: 79,920
Looking at "repaired" cameras, developing the same problem, they probably #1, and not making sure that the replacement part is at least better than the one they replace....?
The problem is that they probably will never admit it, so we'll never know, and the "perception" then is #2

"then you are saying "Pentax is evil" is a bit dramatic, don't you think?

No camera on earth is probably perfect, but your "logical" conclusion is that we not discuss problems with Pentax cameras, because you feel we "should immediately go to some other brand"

I've been with Pentax since 1981 and even after my problems with the K-30, I again bought another Pentax, and the next one will probably be Pentax again, if I can get some money somewhere....but you seem to believe I should never share my disappointment with anything regarding Pentax, just shut up and move to another brand?

This seems like building a wall of silence around the brand, not good for the future of the brand IMO
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-05-2017, 01:35 AM  
Nature On the beach
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 1
Views: 360
Nice pocket size camera...
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 02-04-2017, 06:27 AM  
K-30 / K-50 Aperture Block Failue - Repair Solution available
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 636
Views: 79,920
All my sympathies, it's very frustrating....

If I may ask, how much did you get for your K-50 "as is"?

Perhaps I should sell my K-30 and get another lens or something, as fiddling around with it every once in a while, just exacerbates my frustrations:(
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-31-2017, 09:58 PM  
Pentax in B+M store in Cape Town, South Africa
Posted By altopiet
Replies: 10
Views: 887
Mark, I think it was about R39000,00 or more or less $2880 US....as always we pay a lot more than some other parts of the world:)

At least there is availability, and we have the bloke in charge of Pentax distribution in RSA, also watching the forums...
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