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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-27-2019, 04:32 PM  
Pretty sure this is a pair of Pentax cameras in this ad
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 6
Views: 1,233
He's definitely not shooting a K-30, based on the placement of the mode dial on the left flank of the prism housing.

Thought it was a cool find, anyway. Nice to see some Pentax use when many folks are unaware of the brand.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-27-2019, 04:08 PM  
Pretty sure this is a pair of Pentax cameras in this ad
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 6
Views: 1,233
Just saw this ad (a friend is affiliated with a local franchise of this business, I'm not advertising them or such) and I'm pretty sure the neck straps say Pentax on them for both the cameras in this video. Not enough view of the two to really tell what the bodies are, but the lens hood in the side shot of the guy in the wheelchair looks like my 50-200WR hood, but it could be any moderate length lens with a cylinder-style hood on it, I guess. Interesting, at least, to see what I think are two Pentax cameras in this little ad. Sounds like at one point he's instructing her on using the AF button on the back of the camera, as well.

https://dms.licdn.com/playback/C4E05AQH-lhKGy91JuA/3a7b3ff037394beca09c3ca84...Zi3hwJalWatYXA
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-23-2018, 10:02 AM  
K-70 Placed on Digital Rev's List of Beginner-Friendly DSLR's
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 6
Views: 1,282
This is a pattern with Pentax "entry" level DSLRs dating back at least to the K30. At that time - as now - the Pentax offering does more and offers more than the Canikony products in the same price class. To get the Pentax feature set and performance, you have to cough up more cash to other brands.

I recently tried to counsel a friend who was buying a DSLR for her daughter to consider Pentax, for a variety of reasons. The young lady wanted to take landscapes and abstracts, but not much in the way of action shots. Pretty well tailor-made for Pentax. Add to that the better availability of quality older K-mount glass at what can be phenomenal prices compared to the glass for other brands, and it seems almost elementary. Alas, my friend's daughter was locked into the idea of a Nikon, and now has an entry-level one. I'm sure she will do fine with it, but I suspect it will require an upgrade much sooner, and her lens costs will be higher.

At least she's not using a cell phone!
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-22-2018, 01:51 PM  
Help with basketball shots
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 15
Views: 846
From a clarity standpoint, if your lens has enough aperture (many of the kit lenses don't) set it a couple of stops above the largest aperture, and you will find focus easier to maintain and sharpness better.

Beyond that, I've found auto mode on my K3 to be woefully bad. When I feel like I don't want to have to think too much, or I just don't know what to use, I default to P mode. Take a couple of shots, playing with shutter speed, and check them. Once you get close, note the settings and move to shutter or aperture priority, or full manual. Heck, with Pentax, you can default into shutter or aperture priority while on the P setting by just moving the thumb wheels.

Taking test shots is a huge part of figuring out the light. Get there early and set up and shoot warm ups, and you'll see where you need to be set for the game.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-14-2018, 03:23 PM  
Ricoh holiday specials - K1MkII bundled kit: $1900
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 19
Views: 1,898
Yes - that DSLR Slingbag 2 is what I (or, now, my son) has. It's unique in look, and I am confident Pentax doesn't make a second, larger version of it. Don't get me wrong, either. It's a terrific bag, and I wish my K-3 with the battery grip fit into it better, as it is otherwise a perfect "out and about" bag for a camera and light tripod, along with three extra lenses and a host of gadgetry, batteries, chargers, and extra memory cards. It just barely fits the K-3 with the battery grip installed, with some careful forcing of the zipper, and based on that, I'm confident the K1 will be too large with the grip. It will be a pain to R&R the grip every time the camera goes in or out of the bag.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-14-2018, 08:29 AM  
Ricoh holiday specials - K1MkII bundled kit: $1900
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 19
Views: 1,898
While that is a nice bundle, I wouldn't plan on using the bag with the K1-II wearing the battery grip. My K-3 barely fits in that configuration (only because I forced it...) so I've given that bag over to my son for his continued use with the old K-30.

But that's a good bundle, otherwise, and seems like a good price.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-28-2018, 04:10 PM  
K-5 to K-3 Upgrade / Focus or SR Issue?
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 8
Views: 774
I've been struggling with my K-3 after upgrading from the K-30. I now have a K-5 as a backup body (rather than the K-30) and find the 5 is easier to shoot "in focus" for me than the 3. It's frustrating, for sure. I'm trying to remember to keep the shutter speed up and the aperture at a good spot for the various lenses I'm using. I can get things pretty good, but when I crop to full size, my edges and textures are soft, or I've got ISO up around 6400 and I start seeing noise. I'm shooting a lot of songbirds at the feeder in my back yard, so they're not moving a lot. Maybe one out of 15-20 images is good, and none are great, and that's even with the shutter speed turned up to 320 or 400 or above. I had some good shots today of a mockingbird preening himself after a bath, but it overexposed a bit on the white breast feathers, due to some direct sunlight peeping through clouds.

It's been very frustrating, to say the least, but I'm determined to figure out how to get good images with this K-3.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-18-2018, 11:18 AM  
Beginner question about shutter speed
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 14
Views: 727
Unless you've adjusted the settings, shutter speed will be controlled by the front wheel (under/in front of the shutter button) and aperture will be controlled by the rear wheel (back of the camera, near the top right). In fact, I suspect you will see a little half-wheel on the shutter and aperture setting displays on the rear screen, indicating those are the ones you turn for each respective adjustment.
Forum: Visitors' Center 10-10-2018, 04:49 PM  
K-30 aperature control issue
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 8
Views: 885
If you can't get it covered by Ricoh, I'll recommend you speak with the folks at pentaxcamerarepair.com. I had them fix my K-30 earlier this year and it's working like a champ so far. Very cost effective and quick turnaround.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-06-2018, 08:03 PM  
Any updates on the K-50 aperature block problem?
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 16
Views: 1,119
I haven't owned a K-50, but I have had a K-30 with the aperture block failure. Had mine fixed by the guy in Cali for ~$100, after picking up a K-3 as a replacement to expedite having a working camera. My son stole the K-30, and in a very generous turn of events, I was gifted a K-5 as a backup while discussing potential replacements.

The K-5 and K-3 are, in my hands, better than the K-30, which is all but equivalent to the K-50. Either of these is going to be a good step up from your K-50, in ny experience. Depending on your budget and what's available at the time (since the used market fluctuates a lot), make your call based on shutter count and condition. Something to consider is the lack of an anti-aliasing filter in the K-5iis and K-3, which makes some difference , but in reality isn't a deal breaker either way.

Alternately, you could get about $200 apiece for your lenses on the used market, and make the switch to a different system if you're really pissed at Pentax.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-02-2018, 08:39 AM  
Advice on a possible new setup
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 16
Views: 1,263
If you're going to buy a new setup, with new lenses, I'd strongly advocate for the 55-300 PLM zoom, as it is the latest iteration, not terribly expensive, and is supposed to be very sharp. I'd probably suggest you pair it with the 18-135WR, which gives some overlap, but is a spectacular utility lens.

If you really want reach, break out the coin (and maybe hire a sherpa to carry the weight) for the 150-450 or the Sigma "Bigma" which extends to 500.
Forum: General Photography 09-30-2018, 07:22 AM  
Déjà vu Photokina 2016?
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 48
Views: 2,314
I don't generally get hung up in all the behind the scenes workings of Pentax (or any other brand to which I'm loyal) as I've discovered my tastes aren't usually mainstream in terms of features and specs, but slightly outside the normal usage patterns, or at least slightly outside the patterns assumed/recognized by the planners and designers. This is across many types of technology products, as well.

With respect to Pentax introducing something new in an APS-C flagship, I sincerely hope they do, in early 2019, and I equally sincerely hope it's not a KP-based body, in terms of physical shape and layout. The technology of the KP is good, but the ergonomics of it don't work for me (and for many others, from what I'm seeing in web comments). It seems to me other Camara makers (who have historically had traditional DSLR models) aren't eschewing the traditional DSLR marketplace in favor of different designs or different ergonomics. Yes, mirrorless is a new niche, but CaNikon isn't dropping traditional DSLR body development to pursue it, to my knowledge. And while they make bodies in traditional and smaller physical sizes, they're not forgoing the traditional DSLR format shape to do so.

As an owner of the K-30 (my first DSLR), and a K-3, I get the compact body versus traditional body discussion. But the reality is, there is far less difference between the 30 and the 3 than there is between either of those and the KP, ergonomically.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-27-2018, 02:24 PM  
Options for a backup body to my K3
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 48
Views: 1,900
Thanks for your input. The point is somewhat moot now, as I have a backup body again, as described above. But to answer your use question, the backup really serves three purposes. First, as a second lens (as you surmised, with differing focal length and purpose), second as a fail safe against being without a functioning body if something happened to my K-3, and third, as a "keep in the truck" option (with a utility lens) without having to carry around my full kit every day.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-25-2018, 05:26 PM  
Options for a backup body to my K3
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 48
Views: 1,900
Just to update this thread, I wanted to swing around to the forum and let everyone know I started a new job, as a Sales Operations Manager, for a manufacturing company. Its outside my prior industry, so it should be far less volatile. It is, however, a steep learning curve. I feel as though I've been drinking from a firehose for the past few days. It will all come together, I'm sure, and I'm excited about the opportunity and the potential stability.

Thanks again to the great folks on this forum, and to the member who gifted me a beautiful (nearly new) K-5. My new job has a 45mi commute (one way) so I'll be dragging the K-5 along in case I see anything along the way which warrants photographing. Almost had a very close shot of a Red-Tailed Hawk today, but it happened awfully fast and I was doing about 70mph. He literally flew about a foot in front of my windshield! I wouldn't really try to snap that pic, but there will be other opportunities to grab some nice pics, I'm sure.

I'll try to post some along the way but right now I'm studying a lot of new material so very busy. Hope all is well with everyone here. PM me if anyone needs help finding a job. I've gotten pretty good at it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-19-2018, 03:40 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 5,530
Views: 713,973
As you gain experience with the K-1, I'd love to see a thread on your comparison/contrasting of the two systems in your use.
Forum: General Talk 09-14-2018, 12:09 PM  
Adorama untangles the knot - customer service win
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 5
Views: 618
That's a good outlook. No sense crying over spilled milk. Just mop it up and try not to let it spill again!
Forum: General Talk 09-14-2018, 05:50 AM  
Adorama untangles the knot - customer service win
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 5
Views: 618
Sometimes brothers can be difficult, huh?

The good news is, keep an eye on the forum classifieds and you can likely find him a used 18-55WR for about the same price as the used DA50.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-11-2018, 11:19 AM  
When will Pentax catch up to the other big makers?
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 383
Views: 16,326
I don't have a dog in this fight beyond wanting Pentax to keep making great DSLRs for taking still pictures. I own a 1080 video camera which makes excellent video, and weighs less than my 18-135WR lens, and fits into every camera bag I use except the single DSLR holster bag (which doesn't even hold an extra lens, much less an extra camera. But I see a lot of entrenching in this discussion and perhaps not as much reason and logic as would be appropriate.

Consider that in the business world there are really only a couple of annual revenue strategies - either you want to drive overall revenue, or overall margin. In rare instances, these can be mutual goals, but ultimately, businesses fundamentally choose one or the other, rather than both. They do it consciously or unconsciously, but they choose. In considering market share, there are a few options, as well. You can chase overall market share, or you can chase share within a segment, or you can declare you are a premium item and share is irrelavent. Examples of all of these exist. In beer, Bud light has the highest market share. It's not premium beer, and it's not expensive beer. I suspect the margins on Bud Light are about what the margins on most standard beers are, so my guess is, Bud Light (along with Miller Lite, Budweiser, Coors Light, and others) are pursuing market share as a strategy. Contrast that with some of the real craft breweries, who may have fractions of a percent of market share (where Bud Light has over 15% share of beer sold in the US), but who are building a brand aimed at a specific market segment, rather than the general population. Examples of true premium products aren't easily identified in the beer market, but think about companies like Rolls Royce, Ferrari, or Weatherby Rifles, and you see brands who are not chasing share as much as they're chasing a premium market which pays premium pricing for items which may or may not do a job better than other less premium options, but which carry an air of prestige and exclusivity.

Now, with that said, it appears Ricoh is pursuing profit margin, apparently at the expense of market share. If they can position Pentax as a premium brand, with a boutique status (which isn't far from where they are now, delays in lens and APS-C flagship body release notwithstanding), they stand a good chance of remaining solvent. Market share is holding somewhat steady, hovering in the mid-4% range for the last few years, with two anomalies in share, coinciding with the release of the K-30/K-5ii/K-5iis in 2012 when share reached 7.5%, and coinciding with the release of the K-1 and K-70 in 2016, when share reached 6.7%. What that tells me is that in years when Pentax drops a couple of very strong new camera bodies, they gain share, and in years when they drop only one quality new body, they are weaker. If I'm in the corporate office at Ricoh, this is a trend I identify pretty quickly and begin to discuss as much as possible. I'm not suggesting two bodies a year is a necessary pace, or even one I'd want to sustain, but I'd start talking about 5 bodies over 36mo as a reasonable goal. With the K-1 introduction into the FF arena, it would be pretty feasible from a thought standpoint to produce a new body in APS-C and FF every 14-16mo (not including basic updates like the K-1ii). Right now, if the new APS-C flagship rolls out in early 2019, the pace is almost on track to accomplish 5 bodies in 36mo. The only fly in that ointment is the K-1ii, which isn't a fully new body, just a refining of the K-1. If (and if is an awfully big word here) Ricoh were to introduce a new FF late next year (and I have no idea if they're really considering that or working on it or what) with 7-8fps and a buffer big enough to hold a number of shots comparable to the K-3, with the next improvement in autofocus, I suspect they could command $2500 for it, and find a number of users who would jump at the chance to try Pentax for the first time, based on image quality alone.

Now, all of what I posted above is pure conjecture, as I have neither a backchannel to Ricoh nor a crystal ball. But it's certainly feasible for Ricoh to get a head of steam under this segment of their business by catching up on the lens roadmap and releasing a new flagship APS-C body, and maintain that momentum with releases of lenses and bodies at only a slightly faster pace than the last six or seven years. With higher margins will come the opportunity to invest in a bit of advertising, which would further build the momentum. Obviously, coulda-woulda-shoulda is worth what you just paid to read it, but it is possible for Pentax to maintain a 4-6% share and be profitable, without trying to really drive a lot of share growth, just as it's possible for them to drive profitability for a time and then leverage that to trek back to north of 7.5% share. Will they? I wish I knew. I hope they don't disappear, as I really like Pentax designs and features.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-09-2018, 09:50 AM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 45,872
Views: 1,718,437
Kiva - it's the stone pit in the center of this ancient Pueblo town ruin. It is believed to have served as a meeting place for tribal discussions and decisions.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-08-2018, 09:23 AM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 45,872
Views: 1,718,437
Xeric (but it's raining way off in the mountains!)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-07-2018, 08:20 AM  
Correcting a shot that isn't level.
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 18
Views: 1,052
I agree. The feeling of speed is what I get from it.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-06-2018, 11:54 AM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 45,872
Views: 1,718,437
Sunset
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-05-2018, 08:17 PM  
Need help setting up Pentax K-50 please!!!
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 24
Views: 946
My old K-30 suffered the aperture block failure, and I shipped it off to a guy in California (pentaxcamerarepair.com) and he did a nice job repairing it. So far, several thousand actuations later, all is still well. My son is using the K-30 as his DSLR while he's in college, so I fully expect to hear about it if it fails again.

I'll caution you not to immediately accept that this is what's wrong with yours, until you test it pretty thoroughly, though, as it could be something else entirely. Make sure your lens contacts are clean on both the lens and the camera, and check it with the high speed continuous drive feature on the camera, where you hold the shutter and it just keeps snapping. If it straightens up after that, safe bet it's the aperture block. I'd say just ship it to the guy in Cali and wait a couple of weeks. It's only $120.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-05-2018, 03:28 PM  
K70 ISO problem
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 19
Views: 1,278
Yes. We are in total agreement. I previously thought you were saying the timer had to be re-engaged via the drive mode selection. Now I understand. Thank you for providing me clarity.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-05-2018, 03:06 PM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By dubyam
Replies: 45,872
Views: 1,718,437
Hot dog cooling off
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