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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 5 Hours Ago  
So much Ricoh love for K series. What about 645?
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 2
Views: 246
Soon.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 5 Hours Ago  
DFA*50 1.4 coming
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 2,933
Views: 225,102
Interesting quote from September 2008.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11 Hours Ago  
The official presentation (Ricoh) of the Pentax Mark II
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 197
Views: 13,214
I knew that from your first post. Those worried more about what gear to buy instead of the image quality rarely stick around. Good luck with your new Nikon.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12 Hours Ago  
The official presentation (Ricoh) of the Pentax Mark II
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 197
Views: 13,214
I do to, and I don't live with it. What exactly are you looking for? Pentax glass or third party support? If you have the budget to buy the modern Pentax glass then what is missing? If you feel you need third party support then sadly Pentax is not for you. You should probably buy the Nikon D850.

Here is some reading material for you:
PENTAX Lens Technology / Lenses / Products | RICOH IMAGING
http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/japan/products/lens/images/K_Mount_Lens.pdf
5 Reasons to choose PENTAX?RICOH IMAGING CANADA
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 13 Hours Ago  
The official presentation (Ricoh) of the Pentax Mark II
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 197
Views: 13,214
I disagree.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 13 Hours Ago  
The official presentation (Ricoh) of the Pentax Mark II
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 197
Views: 13,214
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 13 Hours Ago  
Hello from bramula808
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 9
Views: 172
Welcome, your dad was a fixture here and still missed.

Ask away, I'm sure someone will be able to help.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 14 Hours Ago  
SLR Lounge- Noise comparison shot K-1 vs K-1mkII @ISO 12800 - good improvement
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 29
Views: 1,495
Agree. 819,200 sounds great on a spec sheet. But what the camera does at 1600 is far more important to me.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 14 Hours Ago  
Focus confirmation with mf lens
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 17
Views: 380
Menu>Camera>5>Button Customization
AF Button>AF2

This separates the focusing function from the shutter function. I greatly prefer it, though it takes a little practice if you are used to focusing with the shutter button. When using a tripod especially because you may want to focus once and then take multiple images without changing the focus. Focus on the shutter button makes that difficult as the camera will try to re-focus.

For manual lenses you can leave the camera in AF and press and hold the rear AF button while turning the focusing ring until you get the confirmation beep. Be aware that the focusing confirmation beep is close but not always precise so do not trust it 100% when fine focusing is needed.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 15 Hours Ago  
Focus confirmation with mf lens
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 17
Views: 380
You may want to set up the camera for rear button AF. I find it works much better than the half press of the shutter button when working with manual lenses.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
The official presentation (Ricoh) of the Pentax Mark II
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 197
Views: 13,214
I might be wrong as I don't use AF tracking much. But it always seemed to me that the camera was fine obtaining a focus, but just a little too slow so that the subject had already moved. Others have posted the same that the feeling was that the Pentax AF was accurate, it just lacked the processing power to do so fast enough. Maybe the accelerator chip is Pentax's answer to that?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 1 Day Ago  
Giving up on repairing K-70. Thinking of going to K-1 but not the K-1 Mark II
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 12
Views: 479
The 18-135 and the 55-300 are best on APS-C cameras like the K-70. The DFA 100mm macro however, is fully FF compatible.

I'm not not sure why you would not want to exercise the provisions of the warranty you bought. If nothing else it would give you a backup body to the new K-70.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
K3 vs K3 ii for wildlife
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 32
Views: 1,005
One advantage of the K-3II over the K-3 is the built in GPS. For my purposes GPS is essential to be able to locate the site of a photograph. YMMV of course.

As to AF, there was a significant improvement in the K-3 models over the K-5 models. Will it stand up to a modern Nikon in the tracking area? Probably not. Will it work well enough to get good photographs? Yes, though you may have to practice a bit and also set up the options properly for tracking which sadly are not documented well.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Pentax K3ii officially discontinued
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 501
Views: 29,526
It is wonderful that we have so many choices these days. I am a little confused though, if you want a K-3 replacement why not just buy the newest Nikon DSLR, like the D7500? Going mirrorless seems to be quite a change though I suppose you could continue to use your lens investment with an adapter.

Oh, well at least we have choices. Best of luck to you.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 1 Day Ago  
Totally lost understanding the new Lenses......
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 20
Views: 961
You have an excellent set of lenses there! The only gap is at the wide end. Keep in mind that on the K-3II (or any APS-C sensor camera) you need about a 14mm lens to provide the same field of view as you were used to on your film camera with your 20mm FA 20-35.

So my recommendation would be to look at one of the DA zoom lenses for general use. Such as the DA 16-85 or the DA 18-135. Either will cover that range for you. However, if you find the FA 20-35 is wide enough for you on the K-3II then don't bother, I think you are good.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Why Ricoh only announced K1 update service in North America and Asia, but not in Euro
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 17
Views: 1,057
What are these 'facts'? are you allowed to post them on the internet? ;)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Why Ricoh only announced K1 update service in North America and Asia, but not in Euro
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 17
Views: 1,057
Its the internet?
Forum: Pentax K-1 1 Day Ago  
So, I'm supposed to send my camera to these people...? (Precision Camera)
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 23
Views: 816
I am definitely not going to be the FIRST person to send my K-1 to them. Hopefully they have improved since my last experience and I'll give them the benefit of the doubt. Especially since we have no choice. But I'll let others be the guinea pigs.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 1 Day Ago  
Giving up on repairing K-70. Thinking of going to K-1 but not the K-1 Mark II
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 12
Views: 479
I agree with the above. Whether you buy a K-1 or not has nothing to do with the K-70. Get it repaired or replaced under your protection plan. Worst case they weasel out, best case they replace with new camera.

If you go with a K-1 you would still have the K-70. You paid money for that protection plan, use it.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
Looks like the K-1II is Official
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 117
Views: 7,725
Well I'll be. There is a video switch there. I looked all over that darned camera for it and came up with nothing. It sure doesn't stick out much.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
CP+ 2018 Interview Question Suggestions
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 82
Views: 2,955
Is the accelerator chip going to be leveraged to improve AF tracking?
What is the dynamic range of the K-1 mkII and does Pentax think they can improve this in the future?
Many of the accessories like extension tubes are difficult to find for Pentax, would Pentax consider bringing things like that to market?
The current 1.4x TC is for APS-C, how can the user base let Pentax know that a FF version is needed?
With the Pentax naming convention now down to K-1 where is Pentax going to go now?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
Looks like the K-1II is Official
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 117
Views: 7,725
It is? You're kidding right? Where is the switch for that? :)

Seriously, I was out taking night cityscape shots last month and thought I should try a video of this scene. After at least 5 minutes of looking for the video switch on the K-1 I just gave up. Anyway, that's how much I care about video. It was the first time since I bought it I even looked for a video switch.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
DFA*50 1.4 coming
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 2,933
Views: 225,102
Imagine buying a K1000 in 1976 and then waiting impatiently for 21 years for the replacement camera. 20 months? That's nothing.

Development cycles are slowing rapidly. This is a rapidly declining market, there is not the money or the customers to develop things as fast as in other industries. No new lenses? There is a sound business or engineering reason for that. Or would you rather they rush something to market that is sub-par and fails in the market? Pentax is very small, they cannot afford any failures.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
Looks like the K-1II is Official
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 117
Views: 7,725
Pentax IS NOT Canon/Nikon. I suspect most of the anguish we see on this forum is caused by people expecting Pentax to produce a Canon or Nikon body with a Pentax badge. And usually at half the price. Pentax does their own thing. If the feature set they provide fits a particular person's needs then they should buy a Pentax. If they need something that another brand is better at they should buy that brand. Trying to make Pentax into Canon or Nikon is not going to work.

Pentax works for me. If it didn't I would have already bought a different brand camera and moved on, not hang out here whining for something that is already available elsewhere.

The K-1 "knocks the socks off" of any brand for it's intended purpose, which is a landscape, astro-photography field camera. That is the niche it was designed to be best at. Show me anyone who handles those functions better at the K-1 price point. But don't try making it into a 10fps sport shooter. Not going to happen. And I wouldn't want it anyway. Don't try to make it into a video camera. Not going to happen. And I wouldn't want it anyway.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
DFA*50 1.4 coming
Posted By jatrax
Replies: 2,933
Views: 225,102
"year of the primes" never came from Pentax. Only from a certain internet rumor source who is correct about 50% of the time. Perhaps we should pay more attention to what Pentax says than anonymous internet posters.

Remember: Those who know are not talking, those who talk do not know.
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