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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-02-2021, 04:35 AM  
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 21
Views: 229
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Winners' Showcase 12-02-2021, 04:34 AM  
November, 2021 Winner: Where do we go?
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 50
Views: 411
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-02-2021, 04:33 AM  
Crowded House
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 61
Views: 376
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-16-2021, 02:57 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #172 (My Hobby - December 2020)
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 48
Views: 4,682
Must be one of the all-time highs among monthly contests, lots of stunning images.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-16-2020, 10:57 PM  
What Pentax Values Most in Future Cameras
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 363
Views: 29,316
With the great lens line-up (considering all K-lenses) and the good layouts of menus and screens I still think it's a pity Pentax will not advance into the mirrorless sector. That is just about the only one with growth potential. The reasons are many. Among them the decline of car travel, which makes it essential to shrink your luggage and also your photo equipment.
Another is the vast selection of lenses available with adapters when you go to thinner bodies. Point in case: I own both of the bodies below, they produce images of roughly the same quality, but the one on the left takes only Pentax lenses and is hard and slow to use in manual focus, the one on the right takes every Pentax, Konica, Minolta and Konika-Minolta lens I own and it's a breeze to focus manually. Weight and bulk difference almost 2:1.
The only situations that keep me using the K-1 II from time to time is outdoor daylight photography, where the Sony EVF is not bright enough, or when AF is essential (I happen not to have any Sony FE-lenses yet).
Pentax might consider what the buyers value in future cameras. What the producers value is, frankly, less interesting.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-16-2020, 03:36 AM  
What Pentax Values Most in Future Cameras
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 363
Views: 29,316
Pretty lousy as marketing video. Much ado about nothing.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-07-2020, 02:44 AM  
DA* 60-250 focus issue
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 37
Views: 7,320
Simple workaround (for the symptoms originally described) if the lens is outwardly undamaged: Switch on live view and try to focus there. It will take a minute or two of trying, then it springs to life, and after that it works also with PDAF. And it will work right away later today and tomorrow again.

If you leave it to sit for a week you may need to repeat the procedure.

So the good news is, this is not a sign the SDM will fail anytime soon. I've used mine this way for years already.

Why does it work this way? I don't know. But it does, very consistently.
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 05-28-2020, 12:08 AM  
Reviving the K-01 for a special purpose
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 0
Views: 747
I've been using the K-01 extensively for a special purpose, that is photocopying printed matter and photographs (mostly for my own personal archive).This is actually a very large photographic segment as the world is (still) in transition from a paperbased culture to a digital. The need for such cameras in archives and libraries is great.

The K-01 is very very good at this. It's light, it has snappy AF, it has a screen where the image is visible even when the M-settings suggest an underexposure (note, your DSLR:s don't) which is very important since this kind of photography is done with remotely controlled flashes. It has the option of remote control with or without AF, a good range of options for interval shooting (very important) and lastly it has controls for image aspect ratio, image size and image quality easily and extensibly adjustable. An important feature is the possibility of applying filters in interval shooting.
DNG ooc is also a great asset.
Now, just bringing the K-01 back into production would be great. Better still:
- with an improved sensor of about 24 mp without lowpass filter.
- with improved focus peaking (see Sony A7II) for using manual lenses
- with the horizontal adjustment indicators also made able to indicate when the camera is pointing straight down
- with an articulating screen. The K-1 model is great.

What you don't need to bother with is weather sealing, tracking or otherwise fancy AF (a large part of the image needs to be covered by AF, though) or extreme miniaturization of the body.

This should be possible with your existing technology and without any hard of costly policy choices.

Yours truly
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-04-2020, 02:05 AM  
DA12-24 on Full Frame
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 60
Views: 4,318
Not arguing at all, it's a nice lens and it's unique in that it's able to produce the same angle of view on APS-C and FF. But with good quality only around 19 mm on FF. The Vivitar I mentioned does 19-35 and it can be had for dirt cheap second-hand.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-03-2020, 12:41 PM  
DA12-24 on Full Frame
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 60
Views: 4,318
I works around 19 mm, corners may get a little fuzzy. Another option is a Vivitar Series 1 19-35 mm f3,5-4,5. Doesn't look like a quality lens but it actually holds it's own against the 12-24 and has a nicer bokeh.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-31-2019, 03:11 AM  
Machinery A Litt 52
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 8
Views: 459
Sorry, didn't notice the comments right away.
No, it was not moving, but the bus from which i shot it was. So there is a small blur.
It has most likely been repainted many times since about 1942 when probably was produced.
Nazi Germany produced these Series 52 locomotives to be used in the war effort, thus the nickname. When the Germans withdraw many were left behind in Eastern Europe, plus some taken from Eastern Germany as war reparations.
Seems to have been a real juggernaut because many are still running as museum locos.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 12-30-2019, 12:04 AM  
Machinery A Litt 52
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 8
Views: 459
A "Kriegslokomotive" on the railyard of Haapsalu translation.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-02-2019, 12:12 AM  
Lofoten Mountains
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 20
Views: 1,007
White is a color. Blue is a color. Ask Krzysztof Kieślowski.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-02-2019, 12:08 AM  
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 1
Views: 165
It's in the air. Look up to see it.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-18-2019, 11:09 AM  
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 1
Views: 165
It's finally spring over the mountains of Finland. Really?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-13-2019, 08:04 AM  
Pentax-FA j 18-35 vs Tokina 19-35
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 17
Views: 5,411
The comparison is meaningful again now that there is a full-frame camera, so here's my fresh input:
– The Tokina is sharper, especially in the corners. In the dead centre, not so much difference
– The 19 mm of the Tokina actually seems to be 20 mm.
– You will get closer focus with the DA-J
– Both are rather soft at 35 mm.
– Both produce a lot of flare, and have a bluish cast.
– Neither one makes sense on APS-C. On the K-1 they make sense if you cannot for some reason (money or weight) carry along the DA 15-30 or FA 12-24.
– The build quality of the Tokina is much nicer. The DA-J is all plastic. Both are comparatively small and light.
– Focusing may need heavy correcting with the Tokina (mine needs fine adjustment -9)
Attached some comparative images - of the lenses, and the 12-24 for comparison, and one shot at 18/20 mm and f 5.6 with the DA-J (left) and the Tokina. Same scene, two months apart - sorry I can't make it simultaneously, since my DA-J is no longer operational.
Forum: Winners' Showcase 03-08-2019, 12:02 PM  
February, 2019 Third Place: Human Contrails
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 38
Views: 1,698
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-12-2018, 01:38 AM  
River artistry
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 27
Views: 1,238
Had already decided not to vote for one of the river/lake reflections when I came upon this. It's using the reflection fully to create an artistic illusion, it's simple and well composed. The only small improvement I would think of is correcting the horizon a tiny wee bit (but the edges are sensitive, I know).
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 07-06-2018, 06:36 AM  
repair of 60-250 lens
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 15
Views: 3,405
Resurrecting an old thread because I found this really valuable piece of advice on reviving an SDM lens – in minutes, at no cost. Mind you, sending the lens in for repairs don't always do the trick: been there, done that. But this did it for my 60-250:
Re: Shifted picture on portrait - what I see is not what I get: Pentax SLR Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-06-2018, 02:19 AM  
Focal length isn't always what it's said to be?
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 21
Views: 1,495
Yeah, I did some more testing on the long zooms and found that focusing on infinity evens out the field. The "focus breathing" phenomena seems to reach up to some 30 feet with these lenses.
Still, it means that if you are into for example flowers or butterflies you should reach for the 200-mm DA 200 and not for the longer zoom, which will give you a smaller magnification at it's closest distance (tested that, too). And the Tamron also appears not to be affected by the focusing distance.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-06-2018, 02:03 AM  
Focal length isn't always what it's said to be?
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 21
Views: 1,495
While pixel-peeping my lenses I've stumbled across a surprising phenomena: The field of view of certain lenses do not correspond to their stated focal lengths.
Either I have not understood the laws of physics (optics) correctly, or the focal lengths claimed do not hold.
Most recently I've noticed this comparing my DA 60-250 and my DA 200, both on the K-1. It turns out the magnification of the DA 200 is greater than of the DA 60-250 – and not only with the zoom at 200 either, but even with the zoom at 250! Judging from this, the real maximum focal length of the zoom is about 180 mm.
I also compared the two lenses to the Tamron 70-200 – and here the 200 really was identical to that of the DA 200.
I've earlier noticed the same kind of thing with the FA 28-105/3,2-4.5, which really should be a 28-88/4-5,6, if the comparisons with other lenses are anything to go by. I assumed Pentax having cut corners a bit with that lens – old, affordable – but not with the DA 60-250.
For me, my first takeaway on this is that the DA200 gives me more of a reach than the DA 60-250, somewhat surprisingly.

Any thoughts?
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 05-07-2018, 06:10 AM  
electronic shutter speed on K-1
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 12
Views: 2,756
It can also be some fun. This is what you get with handheld pixelshift and K-1 in bright daylight. An extra bonus is the cabriolet at right. It was freezing cold.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-12-2018, 12:30 PM  
Installing Digital Camera Utility with no CD drive
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 36
Views: 21,333
Actually its even easier than that. Don't need the Terminal stuff: you can create an empty file in the text editor of a Mac, name it Digital Camera Utility and save it to the Applications folder. Then find the updater and it will "update" the empty file to a working application.
Finding the updater is bewilderingly hard. I found it on the Swedish Richoh site, and there only the 5.6.1 version actually downloaded, though there were links supposed to find newer versions.
5.6.1 will open up in Yosemite. Remains to see wether it's of any use.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-12-2018, 08:58 AM  
Does P-TTL work AF-360FGZ and K1?
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 9
Views: 1,709
And if you get another Cactus trigger you should be able to put the 360 on top of that and trigger it by radio too alongside your RF60s. More reliable than optical trigger, especially in daylight.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-10-2017, 03:11 AM  
Checking Credentials
Posted By Kameraten
Replies: 23
Views: 1,278
I would like to nominate this photo
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