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Forum: Pentax Full Frame 18 Hours Ago  
a Full-Frame System MILC to boost Pentax market share...
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 68
Views: 5,621
Pixel Shift works for most real world situations any more. Just use a software that supports motion correction like (free) Raw Therapee. The benefit is significant for landscape photos.

Country Road and Tree



Horses at Dawn



Waterfall

Forum: Lens Clubs 19 Hours Ago  
HD Pentax D FA 1:2.8 15-30mm ED SDM WR lens club!
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 300
Views: 35,379
Country Road and Tree



Horses at Dawn

Forum: Pentax K-1 19 Hours Ago  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 14,806
Views: 1,289,591
A couple of pixel shift shots with the DFA 15-30

Country Road and Tree



Horses at Dawn

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 20 Hours Ago  
The official presentation (Ricoh) of the Pentax Mark II
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 197
Views: 13,214
I still view Pentax cameras as excellent photographic tools. From the K5 to K3 II, Pentax added GPS, astro tracer, went from one to two card slots, bumped number of auto focus points from 11 to 27, increased speed of operation considerably, and yes, they did add pixel shift and add a number of little tweaks. If you use a K3 II you have a hard time going back to a K5 due to its slowness of operation.

I use pixel shift all the time and supports is fine. I use RAW Therapee which is free to develop my images and they are excellent -- enough better than standard files that I am willing to go through an extra (painless) step to get them.

It may be that Pentax isn't the camera company for you. They don't have the money given to them to churn out all of the models and lenses that Sony and Fuji have, but that doesn't mean that they aren't turning out good cameras that are excellent in practice. To me, the K-1 is a D810 lite. 95 percent of the specifications of the D810 (with pixel shift, in body stabilization and astro tracer thrown in for good measure), but for a thousand less. I'm expecting good things this year from Pentax and in the mean time, I continue to enjoy shooting my K-1 -- yes, with lots of pixel shift images. :)

(pixel shift shot with DFA 15-30)

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 21 Hours Ago  
The official presentation (Ricoh) of the Pentax Mark II
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 197
Views: 13,214
It won't be pixel shift in the way we typically use the term. It will just be combining four images and using some sort of algorithm to match them up and hopefully increase resolution and decrease noise. My guess is that it will do better at the latter than the former, but I could be wrong. I shoot handheld multiple exposures periodically and HDR software lines them up an combines them. I suppose this will be the same sort of thing except that the exposures should be exactly the same.

I still will go with old fashioned pixel shift for most situations.
Forum: Pentax K-1 21 Hours Ago  
K1 Mk ii. Is Pentax marketing as dead as Tony Northrup says?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 48
Views: 2,415
There are two separate issues. One is whether the K1 II has a purpose and is beneficial to the Pentax ecosystem. I would say for that, it does and that it reaffirms a commitment to the K mount and improves an already good camera. They still need lenses and there are clearly other projects they are working on, but from the appearance of things, this is going to give an extra stop of high iso performance to an already excellent camera. That could put the K1 II into medium format territory with regard to high iso performance.

The second issue is marketing. It is nothing new to say that Pentax doesn't market very well. I understand not buying billboards or TV ads, but I'm still not sure why they can't use social media better, have a you tube channel. Even stuff like the Pentax Photo Gallery has been sort of half heartedly paid attention to -- either ditch it or make it something worthwhile.

As for Tony Northup, he will talk about anything that will get clicks for his stream, but I can't say his review of the K-1 was particularly positive. He certainly isn't the one I would go to for input on Pentax's future any more than I would look at Thom Hogan's blog for the future of Fuji cameras.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 21 Hours Ago  
DFA*50 1.4 coming
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 2,933
Views: 225,102
I'm not sure if you are serious, but I don't see any evidence of collaberation between Pentax and Tokina for years. Judging a lens based on size and the fact that it has a certain style of aperture doesn't mean anything. The question is what the optical formula of the Tokina is and that's exactly what we don't know right now.

Even if the lenses were optically the same, they could have very difference in performance due to the fact that Tokina backward engineers their lenses onto other mounts, has different coatings, and probably has different lens motors. ;)
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Looks like the K-1II is Official
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 117
Views: 7,725
The interesting thing is that (at least according to DXO Mark), in order to get the faster read out speed, the D850 does worse at high iso. It isn't a huge different but the sports iso for the D850 is 2600 and for the K-1 is 3200. That gap may/should widen with the accelerator chip on the K-1.

In the end, Pentax is doubling down on their decision not to face Nikon directly. They aren't going to make a 8 frame per second full frame camera, at least not at present. My guess is the end of next year you will see a K-1 sequel come out, probably with the A7r II sensor, which would allow faster frame rates and more advanced video options. Even then, they won't be trying to get into the sports market.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 1 Day Ago  
Now smartphones are in decline.
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 16
Views: 409
Smart phones aren't in decline, although sales of new models might be. It's an entirely different thing. People are just making their phones last longer and not seeing a reason to upgrade as often.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
The official presentation (Ricoh) of the Pentax Mark II
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 197
Views: 13,214
To put it in perspective, it is less than the cost of an entry level camera. It doesn't mean you should do it, although I don't think the upgrade deal lasts forever. At the same time, if you think it adds real benefits, it makes a whole lot of sense.

(Photography can be a pretty expensive hobby, but not more so than a lot of other hobbies out there)...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
Ricoh announces an upgrade service for current PENTAX K-1 consumers
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 181
Views: 8,539
I have a hard time assessing a camera that isn't in the hands of the end users yet -- negatively or positively. My tendency is to be positive and certainly I don't see any negative here -- people can buy it or not depending on their funds and whether they like what they see from it. As Monochrome says, it definitely shows a commitment to Pentaxians. You can argue about how much of an update a camera like the 6D II was over the 6D or the D810 over the D800, but what you definitely did not see Canon and Nikon doing was offering to upgrade their users from one to other for 500 dollars. That is a step above simple firmware upgrades and the sort of thing that isn't expected in today's marketplace.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
The official presentation (Ricoh) of the Pentax Mark II
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 197
Views: 13,214
I'm sure the 6D to 6D II improvements are significant, but I could also see some folks in the Canon camp being less than excited by them. I just don't see a reason to be really negative about a newly released camera. Particularly when we don't know what the real world differences will be.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
The official presentation (Ricoh) of the Pentax Mark II
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 197
Views: 13,214
I don't think you read my follow up comment. I am glad for new gear, regardless on if it is targeted at me or not. I don't know if I will purchase a K1 II, but I'm glad if Pentax is releasing new gear. I couldn't afford a Pentax version of a 1Dx, but I can afford to upgrade my K-1 if I so choose. But I said in my follow up post that I would be happy if Pentax released a 4K, 20 frames per second monster too -- even if I personally am not interested in those features.

Honestly, it isn't though the Canon 6D to 6D II was a huge step up. Yes, there was some movement in auto focus, but the sensor remained the same (or a little worse) and I don't think Canon threw in 4K video either. You get what you pay for and this is a one hundred dollar "improvement" to stimulate sales. Anything more would be a lot more pricey. It doesn't say they shouldn't do it, but probably other projects are more important at present.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
The official presentation (Ricoh) of the Pentax Mark II
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 197
Views: 13,214
I guess I would add that if Pentax released an A9 killer camera with 20 frames per second 4K video and priced it at 3500 dollars, I would both be excited (to see what others could do with such a beast) and completely uninterested (not for me). I know they won't released such a camera, but I'm still glad when new products come out for K mount -- whether or not they are "revolutionary."
Forum: Pentax K-1 2 Days Ago  
Just tried out the K-1
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 27
Views: 1,928
f stops are f stops and focal length is focal length and iso is iso. If 85mm f4, 1/150 sec, and iso 200 give you a good exposure on a K-1, it will do the same on a K3 -- but it won't give you the same picture. And if you back up enough with the K3 that your 85 is giving you the same framing it will still be really different. The only way to get a similar framing/depth of field is to shoot with a shorter lens on APS-C 55mm and to open the aperture to f2.8 and set the iso to 100.

Typically, you will see a one stop difference between APS-C and full frame when it comes to noise control and dynamic range, meaning that shooting iso 800 on a K-1 will look like iso 400 on a K5. This allows you to stop down on your full frame camera, if you need to for adequate depth of field without a penalty.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
Looks like the K-1II is Official
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 117
Views: 7,725
The K-1 couldn't do 9 fps or 4K without a new sensor. Regardless of whether you need that kind of frame rate, that wasn't in the cards for this year. This is a 100 dollar refresh where Pentax has put some things they were working on with other cameras (accelerator chip, improved pixel shift options) into the K-1. Clearly at the 2 year mark, sales of the K-1 had decreased somewhat and they thought they could do this to generate some more until they were ready to put out the next-gen full frame camera (maybe end of 2019?).

I will say that for still photography, the K1 and K1 II still offer image quality that is top notch. The D850 may generate more images per second, but as far as high iso image quality, astro photography, and landscape photography, the K1 is a better tool. The D850 is better for sports, but it also feels like a bit of overkill for that too.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
The official presentation (Ricoh) of the Pentax Mark II
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 197
Views: 13,214
I don't understand the angst in these threads. Pentax is releasing an upgraded version of the K-1. It will offer better low light/high iso images and more options with pixel shift. It will also have an extra 'I' next to the first 'I' on the K-1. Maybe it will have some improved auto focus algorithms on tracking.

In addition, Pentax will upgrade the cameras of those who already own K-1s (for a fee).

If these improvements don't do anything for you then that's fine. You've saved quite a bit of money. On the other hand, you can't really knock people who are, say, excited by better high iso on a camera that is already good at it and even more pleased that they can upgrade their current camera, rather than selling it and purchasing new.

Will I upgrade? I'm not honestly sure. I do shoot a lot of pixel shift and it isn't unusual that I'm shooting my kid's activities at iso 6400. Even if I don't upgrade, I have no reason to attack the improvements in the updated camera. Just because a piece of gear isn't something that fits my style of shooting doesn't mean that Pentax shouldn't release it. Unfortunately, it feels as though a lot of folks approach these discussions thinking that Pentax should design a camera specifically for them, leaving off the features they don't want/need and including the things they do and pricing it where they want. Only then, will Pentax be successful...

With fans like these, who needs enemies?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 2 Days Ago  
Ricoh announces an upgrade service for current PENTAX K-1 consumers
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 181
Views: 8,539
It looks like a good deal to me. If you have a brand new (or relatively new) K-1, you probably should just sell it and buy a K1 II if you want to upgrade. On the other hand, if you have a two year old camera with 50,000 images taken with it, odds are you aren't going to get 1400 dollars out of it and it would be cheaper to upgrade.

For those who are unsure if there is benefit to such an upgrade, the best thing is to wait and see how the images from the K1 IIs look and see if the new features will benefit their shooting style. If you never shoot pixel shift and never shoot iso over 200, you may have just saved yourself quite a bit of money.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
Pentax K3ii officially discontinued
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 501
Views: 29,526
Pixel shift does reduce noise -- quite a bit and motion correction algorithms take care of moving objects in the screen, but it is still somewhat limited in its usefulness from that standpoint.

As far as your comments about noise reduction. The question to me isn't whether the accelerator chip effects the overall signal. The question is if the Pentax solution (a) does a better job at noise reduction than 95 percent of us could do with software available to us (in my case it does) and (b) whether the signal reduction is noticeable? This second question is not asking if signal is effected, but whether you see blotchiness, over smoothing of images or any of the tell tale signs that noise reduction is in play. Personally, I don't see it and the results are excellent, but I can understand if just the idea of any noise reduction occurring in the background upsets you.
Forum: General Talk 3 Days Ago  
Im done with PentaxForums
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 82
Views: 2,496
I'd really be sorry to see you go, Paul. I've appreciated your perspective in the past. At the same time, it does wear on you that no matter what news comes out, it can always be spun negatively by those who wish to do so.

Probably the best thing is to use cameras for their intended purpose (taking photos) and spend more time in the photo threads and less in new and rumors. I know I spend too much time there (although I try not to be too inflammatory in my posts).

Good luck and see you back when you decide to come back (you know you can't stay away forever)...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
Looks like the K-1II is Official
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 117
Views: 7,725
I suppose. The Tamron lenses are very nice lenses. Those are two of the line up of full frame lenses that Pentax currently offers. Honestly, I don't know of any crown jewel lenses that are normal zooms anyway. They tend to be fine, well used lenses, but looking at the (completely Pentax designed and produced) DA *16-50, which is their normal for APS-C, you can only do so much with that range. The primes are where it is at and as those come out, hopefully there are some stand out lenses among them.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
Looks like the K-1II is Official
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 117
Views: 7,725
I don't think it is quite that way. First of all, this isn't a specs monster like the A9 or D5. It is a tweak of an existing camera that is already pretty nice -- I'm sure they hope a small investment will give at least moderate return with regard to new camera sales in the end.

The glass is definitely coming -- there is a road map with lenses on it. The question is how quickly other primes follow the DFA 50's release. Hopefully faster now that they've figured out the drive mechanism, which apparently was the hold up. At the same time, there are nice lenses available now -- FA limiteds, DFA zooms, 100 macro, 200/300 primes. I, personally don't quite feel high and dry or in the dark.

A Sliver of Moon by Vincent1825, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
SR II on K-1 MKII will offer Dynamic (handheld) Pixel Shift Resolution
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 84
Views: 6,934
It won't do the same thing. I have had these arguments with Canon/Nikon shooters. They say that you can take 10 photos hand held and use software in post to produce "super resolution" images. My guess is that this technique is just going to be used in-camera with the K-1 II. I do remain skeptical about how well it works in real world applications. To me, the traditional pixel shift is more useful and will be my go-to when I have a tripod with me.

A Practical Guide to Creating Superresolution Photos with Photoshop
Forum: General Talk 3 Days Ago  
dcshooter?
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 10
Views: 514
I'm not a moderator, but I do remember him getting pretty personal in attacks on a couple of threads. The Forum has to remain a friendly place, even when we have disagreements...
Forum: General Talk 3 Days Ago  
Trials and Tribulations in seeking to buy a newer or even new car.
Posted By Rondec
Replies: 47
Views: 770
The Internet is a bad place to assess the reliability of a particular brand of vehicle. The people who post tend to be those who got a lemon and are pretty disgruntled --either with the company or with the dealer that sold them the care or both.

Most new cars do come with a longer power train warranty and a shorter warranty that covers everything from bumper to bumper. I think Buick covers power train for 70,000 miles and the electrical systems and everything else for 50,000 miles, for example. My experience has been good with those sorts of warranties. After market warranties aren't so great, usually have some sort of deductible and lots of exclusions.

Good luck, hope you find something that fits your needs.
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