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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 12-03-2014, 10:03 PM  
Tell the truth D750/810 owners
Posted By Blitz_
Replies: 129
Views: 11,159
See my post in the previous thread about the D750. I've written my initial impressions coming from a D600 AND K5. D810 is sublime, absolutely maniacal IQ - ISO 64 has an absurd amount of detail and dynamic range. There are talk from shooters that its really close to 15EV dynamic range with today's RAW software. Then again, 36MP is whopping. sRAW is nice, but there are compromises to be made from shooting it. I've always preferred Nikon's JPEG engine to Pentax's as well. If you're a wildlife shooter then perhaps stay with APS-C. With the D810 you have 1.2 and 1.5 crop modes though and you still retain a huge amount of resolution. Brilliantly large OVF and a WIDE AF point spread too. The D750, has an updated AF system. Faster FPS burst rate and more manageable 24MP files. It too, is also built like a tank. Sure, the K5 I had was awesome, but the D750 is built just as well. Improved gaskets and seals over the D600 and it feels extremely robust and rugged. By going FF you gain higher dynamic range, greater RAW flexibility, higher color-bit depth, low iso detail retention and noise control. I shoot travel, photojournalism and street so my needs are perhaps different from yours. I like K5 but the D750 is in another league - night and day. It will be a cult camera no doubt, but really, it's up to the photographer to really get the most of out it. The DPreview video is a good primer for what it's capable of. Underexpose by 4-5 stops and then push up to a clean looking file full of clean detail? Not a problem.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-15-2010, 05:06 AM  
Interview with Pro Pentax Photographer, Kerrick James
Posted By Miserere
Replies: 12
Views: 5,212
An interview with landscape, travel and adventure photography pro, Kerrick James. I attended one of his seminars a couple weeks ago and he graciously agreed to an interview for Enticing the Light.


Shedding Light on Kerrick James | Enticing the Light


Peter Zack and I thought it would be interesting to learn more about a professional photographer who's made a living shooting Pentax cameras throughout his 20+ year career.

We Hope you enjoy it :)

...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-11-2010, 08:36 AM  
Who is Rice Low and what is his problem?
Posted By causey
Replies: 18
Views: 7,111
It's his day-to-day job. And this, IMO, is the best way of dealing with him:















You Tube



Forum: Photographic Technique 10-24-2010, 02:33 PM  
Webcams: sometimes the lowest quality cameras can take the best pictures
Posted By Cannikin
Replies: 2
Views: 2,596
It's all just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

The past couple of months, I've taken up regularly checking the still webcams in the Cascades, particularly at Mount Rainier, because the images they capture really are fascinating just from being where they are, taking a photo every few minutes. Here's a few samples among the huge collection I've saved.













It really goes to show that all the latest super hi-res, DxO tested, pixel peeper approved, FF cameras do not take great pictures if they're not there to take them. As is often said, the most important part of photography is to "be there". ;)

As a side note, I find it fascinating how fast the weather can change up in the mountains. Here's a shot from 2 days ago:



and this is what it looks like today:

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-28-2010, 02:54 PM  
Pentax K-5 Hands-on preview
Posted By falconeye
Replies: 87
Views: 27,493
Ok, I know it has been posted elsewhere already. However, now I completed the accompanying blog article too and provide both links:
The Photokina 2010 has just closed its doors and I am compiling my findings regarding Pentax into this article. I posted my first impressions a week ago.

The most exciting part (besides trying out the 645D) certainly was to find out about the new K-5 camera. I gathered a lot of material from various sources and wrote a full Pentax K-5 hands-on preview report. A short blog article turned out to be the wrong format and therefore, I posted it on my website. Here you go:

-> Pentax K-5 hands-on preview

Don't miss the exciting news. Moreover, I tried to answer as many questions I received as possible in the report and to skip as much redundant info as possible too.




However, a small number of questions didn't fit the K-5 context so I have been putting them into my blog article. Questions covered:
  • DA 35mm f/2.4

  • DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6

  • Teleconverters

  • Post Photokina Pentax strategy (as I guess it)

My Summary and verdict about what I've seen at Photokina 2010:
  • K-5: Very solid and satisfying performance. (as known so far)

  • Hoya Pentax: In good shape but tight on resources. Communication skills leave some room for improvement.

Enjoy! :)
Forum: Sold Items 08-18-2010, 11:55 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax Gear Blowout ! (Canada/USA) (Worldwide)
Posted By Cam Traviss
Replies: 9
Views: 2,179
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax Gear Blowout ! (Canada/USA)

Asking Price
0.00

Item Location
Vancouver BC

Item Description
Cleaning out my vast Pentax Holdings, found a few odds and sods that have to go.

1. Pentax BG2 Grip for K10D/K20D- Perfect shape, comes with 2 batteries (1 Pentax/1 3rd party). This is the authentic Pentax Grip. 80.00 Shipped.

2. Pentax AF360 Flash- Perfect shape. Never used by me outside, I'm not really a flash Guy. 110.00 Shipped. SOLD

3. Pentax LX Body with FA-1 Finder- This camera is in User condition. Noticeable marks on the finish. Viewfinder has some dust and dirt. Meter works, and camera fires at all speeds. But really, this camera needs a CLA. Consider it a Parts/Project camera. No strap Lugs. 120.00 shipped. SOLD

4. Pentax MX body-This camera is in User condition. Noticeable marks on the finish. Viewfinder has some dust and dirt. Meter works, and camera fires at all speeds. But really, this camera needs a CLA. Consider it a Parts/Project camera. No strap lugs. 35.00 shipped.

5. Pentax 40mm f2.8 M series Lens- This is the manual focus, older version, and not the autofocus version. User condition, I'd call it KEH Bgn grade. Cosmetically pretty good, blades snappy. But there are some marks on the lens elements. Don't think they affect picture quality but it's important to mention.
50.00 shipped. Comes with 2 caps (not original).

6. Zenitar 16mm Fisheye for Pentax- Surprisingly nice images from this lens. Cosmetically very good. There are some marks on the outer element, they've always been there, a testament to Russion QC. They never affected images though. This is a manual focus lens. Focusing is OK, the barrel doeesn't turn as smoothly as Pentax lenses (again, Russian QC), but the lens focuses correctly. Comes with pouch and 2 caps. It comes with just the clear filter which is installed. I lost the other small filters. 50.00 shipped.
This Lens is a K-Mount Lens. SOLD

7. Pentax K20 D User Manual
- Authentic manual, good shape, a couple of scratches on the cover (thanks cat) . 15.00 shipped.
I'm gonna round up some photos, so if you see anything interesting, drop me a PM and an e-mail address and I'll send some photos along.

Canada/USA only, Paypal only. Thanks!

Cheers

Cam

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Good

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
0.00

Shipping Services
Canada Post

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
All sales final, no returns

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Lens Clubs 07-04-2008, 08:17 PM  
Soviet lenses club
Posted By Voe
Replies: 3,860
Views: 921,820
We have threads/clubs for lenses like M, K, Zeiss so I was thinking why not have a special thread for old Soviet and new Russian lenses?

In this posting I would like to start with a close to 50 years old lens based on Carl Zeiss Flektogon optical diagram. Mir-1 is a 37mm f/2.8 lens and was designed to better the Zeiss Flektogon which according Wikipedia the first element in this lens was a disperser meniscus to reduce vignette effects when photographing with an open diaphragm. Obviously the lens was a big success as it won the Grand Prix award at the 1958 Expo in Brussels, which should have been very odd for a communist country to receive considering the Cold War.

I acquired this lens from eBay for $20USD which is about 10 times cheaper than what you would pay for a second hand Zeiss Flektogon 35mm f/2.8.
As you can see the lens has seen a lot of use, but the glass is in mint condition.






So here are some of the photos taken with Mir-1 which shows the character of this lens.
Most of these photos are taken handheld. For some of them I used whatever I can find to stabilize the camera.

Mir-1 goes to Sydney:

Landing was rough.



Sydney Centre Point Tower



Monorail at Darling Harbor. Mir-1 is so prone to flare that it causes headache to some people. :)







Maritime Museum







And the cherry of the cake the stitched pano. I used one of the poles (like the white poles on the right) to stabilize the camera



My observations are:
1. It is a lens with a very interesting character.
2. It has problems with flare, which a small hood would easily fix.
3. The lens is sharp enough even wide open and much better than a modern Mir-1B.

My conclusion is that it is definitely a keeper.

Thanks.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-08-2009, 02:03 PM  
:cool: Lets see those ''film'' shots
Posted By jgredline
Replies: 19,892
Views: 2,460,934
Hi folks...Since our film community is small here, I thought it would be a great idea to have a thread on images that show the beauty of film...Does it have to be a Pentax? ''No'', lets make it about photography...I and others, I am sure, would like to see what different films put out, so film type would be a help if you know. Now lets see those film shots.

Canon AE-1 with 200 provia film.
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