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Forum: Pentax K-3 03-21-2019, 04:26 PM  
Pentax K3 Value?
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 5
Views: 1,032
Thanks. Will definitely list it in the marketplace here... just trying to figure out a fair price and not list it too high and be that guy. lol. Just saw prices fairly all over the map.
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-21-2019, 12:05 PM  
Pentax K3 Value?
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 5
Views: 1,032
So very very close to pulling trigger on a Sony a7iii at a very good price but need to be able to recoup some costs.

I have a very gently used Pentax K3 with a 5,399 shutter count. Original box.
Did not come with a kit lens as I bought body only. Do have an old K100d that used as backup backup.

Have a 18-55 kit lens, a 50mm 1.8, and a Sigma 30mm 1.4 EX. Primarily shot the primes.

So trying to get a value for either the camera or camera with lenses.

Also forgot, do have a K3 grip with extra battery. Non-Pentax brand but work flawlessly.
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-20-2019, 09:39 AM  
Can I Do This?
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 11
Views: 1,063
I don't understand... what are you trying to accomplish with using the built in b&w filter versus doing it right in Lightroom?
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-20-2019, 09:38 AM  
Why I will buy a K-3 III
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 207
Views: 9,287
Oh believe me, you are preaching to the choir.

I love the Pentax color science and for stills it is an amazing camera. The AFc I can work around.

When it comes to video though that is a big let down, primarily from the formats and focusing. AutoFocus in video is completely slow and unreliable.

There are a few members who suggested buying a video camera.... WELL... for most people that "video camera" is a Sony Mirrorless camera and the best video cameras under $3k are essentially all Sony mirrorless cameras, A7sii, a7iii... and now the a6400.

I did actually play with the a6300 and a6500 for a bit but ended up returning them... overheating issues on 4k and the color science did not do it and were too big issues to deal with.

Right now, the overheating issues are solved and the color science has changed. And amazing AF is just really calling the name.

The big thing is... if you look at the consumer trends of who buys cameras... video is more and more a requirement. Yes, Pentax can be the best still camera... but soon they will find themselves making the best Fax machine in an "all in one" world.

Have not tried the others but the Pentax K3 is only okay with 1080p and only on a tripod with great glass. There is not even 1080 60p.... all things that other competing cameras from Nikon and Canon had.

No one is asking Pentax to pack Sony a6400 video into their bodies but it should at least be usable with the times.

Reason why Sony and Canon are doing well right now is that they are "quite good" all around with their main models. As such, they can afford to release great niche products like the A9, A7sii, etc.

The kicker is... improving video would be fairly easy... the sensor and glass are doing the hard work.
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-19-2019, 10:11 PM  
So, final cut, or LR premier or not either of those.
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 37
Views: 3,350
Vegas Pro for me.
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-19-2019, 08:09 PM  
Why I will buy a K-3 III
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 207
Views: 9,287
But here is the thing... Competitors already do all of that stuff.

Sony and Canon autofocus is light years ahead of Pentax and so are most other competitors.

Video is not really adequate... the quality is of course all about the glass but it would not be too expensive, if anything at all to capture in modern formats. Camera already does a lot great.. i.e. comes with a headphone jack... but lack of 60p.

K3iii would need 4k.... if an iPhone has it, no reason Pentax can't.

It's not about the cost... it means losing people to competitors as video becomes more important.

For instance, I do video and stills... I do not want to carry three cameras... photo, video + action.
VERY close to selling my K3 and glass and replacing with Sony A6400.
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-19-2019, 05:44 PM  
Why I will buy a K-3 III
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 207
Views: 9,287
No issues with image quality on K3.... but big improvements would be...

1. Wifi.
2. AF/AFC
3. Video (there is zero reason you have to give up completely to Nikon/Canon/Sony)
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-19-2019, 05:40 PM  
Pentax Flucard - Capture video?
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 6
Views: 663
Yes, that is what I do for the most part now... but I love bokeh and shooting with Sigma 30mm 1.4.... even with focus peeking when it gets sunny outside, easy to miss.

shooting at around f3.2 with a good ND filter video comes out great... Just needed to remember to turn the shake reduction off as that completely killed video.
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-19-2019, 04:48 PM  
Pentax Flucard - Capture video?
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 6
Views: 663
That's my alternative... the issue is that if I am filming self and let's say I am 10 feet away or so, would be tough to see how I look on the monitor, whether in focus or not.

The image quality is good, but the auto focus in video cannot be trusted. =)

I suppose I can get a LONG hdmi cable. lol.... or dump it for a Sony where I can trust the auto focus.... which I don't want to do since already invested in the Pentax ecosystem.
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-19-2019, 02:50 PM  
Pentax Flucard - Capture video?
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 6
Views: 663
So I was interested in getting Flucard to make it easier to capture video... er more specifically to make sure I am in focus if recording self.

Anyone who has the card... if you switch the camera to video capture mode... on the mobile app/device, will it show you the preview?

Or does it preview/control only in photo mode?

Thanks!
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-27-2016, 08:42 PM  
Ugh I broke it
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 80
Views: 9,344
If anything, this should be a reason to get the separate GPS unit on top rather than built in. This way, $100 replacement versus $300 +.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 08-24-2016, 01:16 AM  
I was spotting aircraft and was spotted by the local news paper
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 15
Views: 2,264
hehe, very cool story. Great photo of you.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-24-2016, 01:14 AM  
Prepairing images for drugstore-printing: howto?
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 15
Views: 1,740
My advice... don't.

Had the same prints done both at my local camera store's lab (they sent away for next day pick up), a few CVS, and my wife found a place online that did canvas prints and regular prints.

The stuff done online and from the lab were far better than the stuff at the local drug stores, and even cheaper too. $.19 for a 4x6 vs $.29 here at CVS.

More than that, it is about the competence of the people doing prints. I requested CVS to do a few 8x10s... came in, picked up... paid, looked at envelope... the prints were skewed lightly towards red. the 4x6 had a roller mark through them, and same for 8x10.

I showed it to the tech, and he looked at me like nothing was wrong with the prints. Asked them to reprint... he changed out the dye/films for printer... reprinted... this time colors were better but the 8x10 had almost like dust artifacts throughout the images. Asked to reprint again... he tried to mess with the machine but after 30 mins I just got tired and had them return the money.

It's like passport photos.... you can get them done at CVS by a $8 per hour employee who also rings the register and stocks shelves, or you can get them done for the same price at a camera store by a competent photographer.

At the end of the day, I would rather support the local camera store who will remember me and value my business than a CVS or a Costco who will not miss you if you print any images or not.


Tip... I used to work as an HP sales and marketing rep. If you want to print images... go to Staples or Best Buy and see if there is rep, they will be happy to print your images on their machines to see if you like them. You can also put them on a USB and just print yourself, buy some photo paper if you want or bring some. Most managers would not mind if you print a few.

Over the years I acquired stacks of 4x6 photos I printed on HP printers as demos, and most of those reps are fare more into photography and imaging than drug store reps.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-22-2016, 12:39 AM  
Pentax K-1 does Motocross (MX) racing
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 30
Views: 5,359
a few terrific shots.... quite a few with fuzzy focus, but the keepers are worth it.

Glad someone asked the vignetting question, not a fan of it, but different strokes for different folks. =)

Glad you are enjoying your camera.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-21-2016, 09:53 PM  
Lack of joy stick or quick controller.
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 85
Views: 5,042
I would rather have a continuous AFS that actually works beyond the speed of people walking. =P
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-21-2016, 08:14 PM  
Samyang 14/2.8 soft wide open?
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 18
Views: 2,095
Had the same issue. Bought on Amazon. Got the lens, and for the price paid was rather disappointed.

Just returned the lens and called it a day.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-21-2016, 08:11 PM  
Sigma Fast 30ishes (35/1.4A, 30/1.4A, 18-35/1.8A)
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 12
Views: 995
just picked up a used EX DC 30 f/1.4 and quite happy with it, at least indoors and the few outdoor shots that I took. There was actually a good article published comparing the old EX to the Art, and the EX came out ahead in a number of categories.

https://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2013/04/sigma-30mm-f1-4-dc-hsm-vs-sigma-30mm-f1-4-ex-dc/
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-21-2016, 12:46 AM  
Pets Miley is Bokehlicious
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 2
Views: 463
Was playing around at home with a new to me Sigma 30mm EX DC f1.4 lens. Even though my regular go to was the DA 50mm f1.8, the bokey and dof on this 1.4 is just insane.

Lens is sharp all around and looking forward to more uses.

Just made b&w in photoshop.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-20-2016, 06:24 PM  
Newbie Lens Recommendations
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 28
Views: 1,778
Sorry was typing on the phone.

I meant how many of those people buying Canon and Nikon DSLRs actually need such an auto focus system? you know, with more focus points than you need and the ability to shoot god knows how many frames per second until your card fills up.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-19-2016, 05:57 PM  
Newbie Lens Recommendations
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 28
Views: 1,778
How many of those dslr owners actually need that AFS system?

Even if half.... That is a ton of people buying because Pentax is not Canon or Nikon, much like Sigma and Tamron are not Pentax in many people's eyes. Just saying. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-19-2016, 05:06 PM  
Newbie Lens Recommendations
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 28
Views: 1,778
People are brand snobs. Pentax guys buy Pentax for perceived value, at twice the price.

If it were not true.... Half of the Nikon and canon shooters would be buying Pentax as our cameras are FAR better values. ;)
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-18-2016, 08:17 AM  
Ugh I broke it
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 80
Views: 9,344
You know I am kind of surprised a prOfessional camera cracks from a fall.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-16-2016, 12:40 AM  
Travel Finnish Military Winter Training (40 images!)
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 43
Views: 21,058
love the photos you selected for B&W
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-15-2016, 03:53 AM  
First K-1 photos from a hiking trip
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 12
Views: 1,034
Were those processed or out of camera?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-10-2016, 06:37 PM  
Travel Terra-cotta army
Posted By Maksim
Replies: 13
Views: 741
stunning
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