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Forum: Pentax K-01 3 Days Ago  
Is the K-01 still worth buying in 2018? Hell yes!
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 16
Views: 806
I've had three and still keep my bumblebee. Went to a KS-2 for the flippy screen which is very useful for some of the work I do.

I plan to take the K-01 and DA15 as my only camera on holiday next month, as others have said, small, light and doesn't look as threatening as a DSLR.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-06-2018, 01:26 AM  
Cloud backup for raw files
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 11
Views: 486
From my experience it more depends on the speed of connection. Uploading many gigabytes of images may take a long time depending on where you are and available bandwidth.
I've used Google drive often to share images and it is universally available. Is 5 Tb enough? If not you can buy more. But it's not integrated with anything which may make life more difficult.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 10-03-2018, 03:49 AM  
SSD drive and Photoshop
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 25
Views: 749
I've done the SSD upgrade on my Win 7 system and there was a significant improvement in Photoshop performance partly from general OS improvement but also from the faster loading of PS program modules.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-13-2018, 06:21 AM  
5 Pentax DSLRs- My 7yr Old Daughter Picks Only One
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 28
Views: 1,532
Excellent, most comprehensible comparative test I've seen for a while - never mind the features, does it feel right in your hands.

+1 for seeing the results
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-03-2018, 09:19 AM  
Is Pentax in the need of a M/L system?
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 121
Views: 3,672
Lets start off by agreeing that Ricoh/Pentax is a small player in the market, hence limited development resources.
Based on comments in this forum if nowhere else there is a long list of glass needed to match the capabilities of existing bodies.
So the question becomes "what are you going to give up to fund development of an MILC"
My guess is that somebody in Ricoh/Pentax has already done some analysis and concluded "not yet" but they are probably watching Nikon with interest.
Whether we as individual users like it or not there is clearly a market for MILC and Nikon have sort of bet the company on it, they are in for an interesting time.
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-03-2018, 09:07 AM  
Thank you PentaxForums for an Excellent Giveaway!
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 13
Views: 612
+1 to that, and some of the "post-generating" topics were good fun as well so thanks to all
Forum: General Photography 08-31-2018, 01:28 PM  
48MP cell phone sensor, does this mean a new round of DSLRs are dying articles
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 31
Views: 834
Classic feature selling - yay look how many pixels my phone has !!!

Can it take decent pictures? well depends on the operator not the pixels but who cares when my phone has more than yours!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-30-2018, 06:34 AM  
NEW or USED gear... What's in your bag?
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 82
Views: 1,994
Mixed, I bought my K-S2 body new because I wanted some of its features but my K-5iiS and most of my lenses secondhand - usually from one forum or another.
A lifetime in the IT industry has made me wary of being close to the leading edge.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-28-2018, 11:23 AM  
Image sync?
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 13
Views: 460
If you have access to a Windows system then try http://www.wificommanderpentax.com/
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-27-2018, 08:51 AM  
Film shops around the world
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 13
Views: 464
Great idea, I'll add my local shop ASAP
Forum: General Photography 08-27-2018, 08:49 AM  
Do you always carry a camera? What? Cell phones don't count
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 65
Views: 1,691
To be honest the only camera I always have with me is my phone but if I know there will be an opportunity I usually reach for K-01 with DA15.
Back in the day it was a Rollei 35, an absolute jewel.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-27-2018, 12:02 AM  
Penta k3 issue writing to card or card issue?
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 18
Views: 528
When I had a similar problem recently I was able to recover the embedded jpg from the raw file using a piece of freeware called ERawP ... usual health warnings apply.
Not the same quality of course but it might be an image you want to keep.
Forum: General Photography 08-25-2018, 01:11 AM  
Sometimes a long lens and monopod gets in the way when your subject is too close
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 17
Views: 649
It seems that everybody working in the pit lane now has to wear safety gear such as fire suit and helmet ... mechanics, photographers, officials and drivers
Forum: General Photography 08-24-2018, 09:40 AM  
Sometimes a long lens and monopod gets in the way when your subject is too close
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 17
Views: 649
Checked the original - both Nikon
Forum: General Photography 08-24-2018, 04:45 AM  
Sometimes a long lens and monopod gets in the way when your subject is too close
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 17
Views: 649
Professional caught out a little when Fernando Alonso appeared on the pit wall - he was by far the biggest "name" at this event.
Not sure why he didn't switch cameras and I'm not sure the fingers helped the image.
But we've all been caught out with the wrong lens at the wrong time so sympathy with a guy just trying to do his job.
Forum: Photographic Technique 08-19-2018, 09:52 AM  
Ratio on wedding: Couple vs Guests
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 16
Views: 607
Based on surveying pictures from a wedding I went to recently I think it's important that every guest appears in at least one picture.
The portfolio I examined missed out a great many people which is a pity in every respect.
This incidentally involved two still camera persons and a video person who concentrated almost exclusively on the bride and groom - this may have been their brief of course.
Forum: General Photography 08-16-2018, 04:44 AM  
Gear conumdrum
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 27
Views: 912
I think this forum has much to answer for in this area.
I'm usually happy with what I've got until I see a competition winner taken with a Takigron 17-23 and I think "wow if only I had one of those I could win competitions as well"
So the next few weeks or months are taken up with finding/buying the lens and trying to use it well which keeps me going until the next time.
Then after a while the lens migrates onto the shelf as something new comes along.
That's without reading how wonderful M42/Russian/Ricoh/Cosina/??? lenses are and how some lucky person has bought a stunner from Goodwill for $5
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 08-16-2018, 04:29 AM  
We're behind for August
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 110
Views: 1,827
Since I didn't win the first two times I decided not to post any more .... ooops
Forum: General Photography 08-13-2018, 08:54 AM  
Steadify, a tripod/monopod substitute (on Kickstarter)
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 18
Views: 706
Well, I've achieved much the same result by placing the base of my monopod in my belt buckle ... net cost zero ... and it does work up to a point.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-12-2018, 07:46 AM  
Multi Battery Adapter Kit - Sony NPA-MQZ1K
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 6
Views: 364
Does this say something about how long Sony batteries last when in use?
I can get a heavy days use in "spray and pray" mode out of even the smaller DLi109 so a spare in the pocket is enough for me.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-12-2018, 05:10 AM  
RAW confusion
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 11
Views: 954
Thanks to all for their recommendations and advice.
I'm not so good with the command line as I used to be so looked around and found ERawP whose sole function is to extract the JPG file from RAW. The result is pretty good
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-11-2018, 09:01 AM  
RAW confusion
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 11
Views: 954
Thank you both and I have retired the card just in case.
Is it possible to access the embedded jpg directly? or will I just have to use what I can get from a screen dump of the viewed image?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-11-2018, 03:25 AM  
RAW confusion
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 11
Views: 954
I'm a newcomer to RAW processing and I have file which has me confused. If I open it with a viewer such as Faststone or Windows it looks OK. If I open it with an editor Photoshop/RAW Therapee/DXO it has extreme corruption as shown in the images below. I assume there is some kind of corruption but, thankfully, none of the other images taken at the same time show this.
The recent survey results show there are many RAW users in the forum so hopefully somebody can explain what's going on and maybe how I can fix the problem so I can edit the picture.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-11-2018, 02:11 AM  
Why do I collect film cameras from Asahi Opt Co?
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 22
Views: 1,210
I only have three film era Pentaxes.
An SV because this was the first Pentax I ever handled, it belonged to a friend's father, and it revealed the greater world of photography to me. It only took me 50 years to get one of my own.
An MX bought because it's what I should have bought when I bought an ME
And a Spotmatic given to me by another friend whose father had bought it new.

They all share that special Pentax DNA of handle-ability, precision and quality
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 08-09-2018, 04:58 AM  
P645 Achilles Heel
Posted By roberrl
Replies: 8
Views: 606
Don't know the details but this is surely a candidate for 3D printing ... not a quick solution for sure but given the rarity it should be a worthwhile proposition for somebody.
Of course the battery connection metal work would have to be transferred but it seems to be riveted on so not high tech.
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