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Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 03-08-2015, 12:27 PM  
Question Account deletion
Posted By misomosi
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Dear Adam (or any other site administrator),

I have sent 2 private messages to Adam requesting my account deletion which hasn't happened even after a month or so. Hopefully by posting here it will be seen.

I've sold all my Pentax related gear and have no reason to participate in the forum again.

Thanks
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-16-2015, 12:36 PM  
Verona
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 19
Views: 1,353
I just voted this photo in the final poll and really wanted to come here and congratulate you Alessandro for this photo!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-16-2015, 12:27 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #101 (Best of 2014 - January 2015)
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 153
Views: 20,594
#9 Congratulations!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-04-2015, 12:02 PM  
Impressions of the Pentax system
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 137
Views: 10,329
1. Link to the blog was not the original idea so no question about traffic
2. I don't have ads or any other means I could gain from traffic
3. If I would've wanted traffic let's say that I could've added a link to my signature, which I never did

You could have figured all of the above by yourself.

So in the end, who's the troll?

Your whole comment was about writing the words "pathetic* blog" and that * explanation. You probably took the End note very personally, which, if it's the case, I strongly support.


I'm sorry folks, those of you that were sincerely involved in the discussion - I feel it's better to completely withdraw from this discussion. Have a nice day!
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-04-2015, 07:32 AM  
Full Frame news
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 73
Views: 11,204
jonlg, see Pentax Forums - The Ultimate Resource for Everything Pentax homepage
In the meantime somebody started this thread related to the counter :D
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-04-2015, 05:35 AM  
Full Frame news
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 73
Views: 11,204
Sorry kenspo, but I'm not that much in theme: are those the lenses with cryptic "large diameter" label shown at Photokina?
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-04-2015, 12:44 AM  
Full Frame news
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 73
Views: 11,204
Anybody knows more on the homepage FFeatured countdown?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-01-2015, 12:01 PM  
Impressions of the Pentax system
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 137
Views: 10,329
I'm not suggesting Canon/Nikon or anything else. Otherwise I would have sold my K-50 already. Even in the article, I didn't say "go get a Fuji" because I can't say that until I prove myself that there is a Fuji that fits my requirements. For now, it seems there isn't any, but I'm trying to find a camera that is smaller than K5, quiet as K5, that can give me the same image quality in more or less the same prince range. But as offerings are nowdays I think it's not easy at all, if not impossible!

I would be very interested if you ever post or posted your observations on Fuji, especially because you now know both of them.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-01-2015, 11:05 AM  
Impressions of the Pentax system
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 137
Views: 10,329
@LensBeginner - I didn't include the name in the article but I said that you can modify the camera mount. But in doing so the camera loses it's WR property, so that's not for everyone ;)

---------- Post added 02-01-15 at 07:19 PM ----------

@carpents
1% of 1% of photographers is the target audience of that article. It's by design not a complete review of the system or of a camera but rather touches some issues that those 1% of 1% of photographers might encounter. I started the story with that KM + primes experience. I'm sure many readers leave it there and press CTRL+W but I expect that. I have some friends that do photography professionally including one that used a fixed Zeiss Ultron M42 on a Canon to film my wedding! People like these are interested in this kind of stuff.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-01-2015, 10:53 AM  
Impressions of the Pentax system
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 137
Views: 10,329
@audiobomber, I have edited the article and quoted you directly. Here's what I added:





QuoteQuote:

EDIT: At the suggestion of PentaxForums user audiobomber I should add that Pentax does have some WR primes (DA*55mm f1.4, D FA 100mm f2.8 macro, DA*200mm f2.8, DA*300mm f4) although they are not small in size as the DA Limiteds (DA* 55 and DA 100 are not necessarily big though). On WR primes availability from other manufacturers - a quote from the same audiobomber "there are damned few WR primes from any maker, and the ones that exist are horribly expensive"



On the ISO problem - my concern is about the principle of not being able to seamlessly adjust a this basic parameter without resorting to workarounds. Thank you for your suggestions but I already have tried all the possible ways I could control the ISO even before receiving any of the suggestions in this thread. Whenever I don't want to bother about it (say I shoot some casual photos that I don't care about very much) I put my camera in Av and have one dial assigned for it, ore use indeed the AutoISO range in a reasonable limit.

Yes, I blame myself for not being detailed enough in the original post, but how can one know how specific one has to be in order to avoid such situation?

@Nicolas06: Next time they announce weather as bad as I had today, I'll invite you for a cup of coffee at my place and you'll be grateful for not being outside and shooting. That doesn't excuse my comment targeted at some of the members that posted here though but I think it's well worth. I could very well not say anything about but some have stepped over a certain line... Allow me not to comment any further on this.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-01-2015, 10:02 AM  
Impressions of the Pentax system
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 137
Views: 10,329
Very good observations Lowell Grudge!

On using lenses from other manufacturers: I explicitly said in the article that I completely understand the fact that the company (in this case Pentax but holds true for any other) does not gain anything from designing a mount that can easily accomodate lenses from other manufacturers. But from a user perspective, compatibility with other lenses is highly desirable. Most likely, when mirrorless cameras were first designed, they had as primary goal size reduction and lens compatibility is only a side effect of the short register distance. But my main point is that it's worth knowing that you can't accommodate many lenses on Pentax. Not everybody thinks about that when they buy a camera although they might have such lenses.

On Backwards compatibility: I again said that Pentax is the best in this regard togheter with Leica at backwards compatibility with their own K Lenses. My concern is about M42 compatibility.

On SR: You are perfectly right - I shouldn't be saying anything about SR as it simply works as intended. But promising users 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 stops to the laymen, they will most likely bite it and might get disappointed when they realize what SR really is. But I still consider it much overrated in any system and it's obviously an industry trend nowadays. One seller was trying to sell me into Olympus because they has stabilization and Fuji has not... I simply asked him to give me the cameras to try the viewfinders..

Thanks for your input!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-01-2015, 07:43 AM  
Impressions of the Pentax system
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 137
Views: 10,329
Hello forum, a bit of a late intervention but because of the pathetic tone this conversation has sunk into I preferred not to step in anymore. But because I also felt that the original post wasn't detailed enough, I put up this article that explains more in-depth what I was trying to say, including things that i have not mentioned here.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-30-2015, 11:24 AM  
Just pressed Buy on Voigtlander Ultron 2/40 M42
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 11
Views: 3,591
I got it today and I'm very excited. Sharpness seems to be fantastic (as rumored), bokeh seems to be impressively good (contrary to popular knowledge I found on the web), manual focusing ring is heaven and the look is superb.

It was already dark when I received it and I took some quick shots in my yellowish relatively low-lit room (so the yellow doesn't come from wrong white balance). This weekend I'll take it out to the mountains and will post some landscapes probably. The shots below are mostly to show how it renders out-of-focus areas.

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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-29-2015, 09:06 AM  
Impressions of the Pentax system
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 137
Views: 10,329
Ok, this is clearly going where nobody wanted.

Some people really understood the underlying idea of the original post. Thanks to those who involved positively and/or pointed to the actual weaknesses of the other systems and made me rethink some things.

As for the others, keep bashing, that's what you do all day on this forum. You don't even bother to read at least the first page of a thread and come up with clever answers to misquoted and misunderstood parts of whay I said.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-29-2015, 12:51 AM  
Impressions of the Pentax system
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 137
Views: 10,329
Oh come on, I knew somebody would drop the bird!

Let's assume I want shutter speed on the rear dial and aperture on the front one, when possible:

M(auto nothing): front-Aperture, rear-Shutter (ISO from the blamed dedicated button)
AV(auto shutter): front-Aperture, rear-ISO
TV(auto aperture): front-ISO, rear Shutter

Wherever you would assign ISO in Sv or TAv its position is already inconsistent.
I hope it's clearer now.

And no, I don't think K50 should be less easy to use than K3 just because it's cheaper as you implied in your comment. That's just a stupid game companies play to piss off users and make them buy newer models. I mean, photography is all about a few minimal parameters that you need direct access to. I'm not asking as a user for dedicated buttons to turn on/off the SR, to go HDR mode, to launch a Vega rocket into the Earth's orbit. It's simple: a DSLR should allow you fast direct access to shutterspeed / aperture / iso (/ exposurecompensation?). Otherwise what's the point of having a DSLR?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-28-2015, 03:28 PM  
Impressions of the Pentax system
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 137
Views: 10,329
I actually tried this. There are a two problems though:
- In M mode you can't assign ISO changing to any dedicated button apart from the one that turns on the screen.
- Dedicating one of the two dials to the ISO in any of the automatic modes confuses the hell out of me because if in Tv it's on the front dial, in Av it should be on the rear dial in order not to mix up Aperture dial with Shutter dial in between modes. So yes, apart from M it kind of works but I find it impractical.

If any of you knows a way I can change the ISO in the same way as changing the exposure compensation, please, please let me know. This would be such an easy to do software patch if Pentax ever wanted to provide it...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-28-2015, 10:51 AM  
Impressions of the Pentax system
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 137
Views: 10,329
Interesting plot twist today - I went into a shop to try different cameras. Among those that I tried, Pentax K5 really impressed me (shutter sound, grip as a glove, and general usability). The surprise was the Fuji XE-2 EVF that I don't think I could bare!! I will try some more EVF's in the next period and also I really want to try rangefinders like X-pro1 and such.

@bdery, I don't use liveview at all - it just doesn't fit in most situations and it slows me down in a bad way.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-28-2015, 09:07 AM  
Impressions of the Pentax system
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 137
Views: 10,329
It looks like this thread went on for more than I was expecting. In any case - after all the discutions here I'm also seriously considering the K5IIs for a future upgrade if I can't find anything pocketable that is at least as good as this camera. I still have one curiosity though, does K5 come with the same focusing screen as the K-50?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-28-2015, 12:57 AM  
Impressions of the Pentax system
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 137
Views: 10,329
Many of you mentioned the Fuji video and rightfully! Sony a7 seems like the contender here as "Panalympus" have even smaller sensor than APS-C.

@lensmore49 - I'm talking about grams although the main thing I am looking for is small size such as in pocket-able. My K-50 is a small DSLR by any standards but in no way I can hide it in a pocket of my jacket even if I had the DA40 as standard lens.

@cxdoo - SR works, I can feel it too. I'm saying that by removing the mirror maybe (and the inherent vibrations from the slap) could be as useful as SR itself. It's a question of design - both designs work! but mirrorless is a much simpler design that might work as well as SR for focal lengths up to 80-100mm.

@Steve.Ledger: don't worry, I won't go Canon/Nikon. I had an entry-level Nikon D3100 that was stolen and it was a frustrating experience to use that camera. My K-50, although an entry-level camera was a huge step from that one.

Thanks for the input everyone.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-27-2015, 04:23 PM  
Impressions of the Pentax system
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 137
Views: 10,329
Regarding WR - let me put it like this: I am not saying Pentax WR is useless for everyone. It is useless for people who want to have 2-3 fast primes, that's it. Apart from that, I'm not expecting some other system to offer WR with their fast primes(that would be nice though). But no dumping Pentax WR - it is just something that I learned out in this year, after realizing that those WR lenses don't fit me.

@atomx, interesting thoughts. Comments like yours are what I'm looking for actually - the goods and bads of going mirrorless. I'm not decided for any camera yet. I just feel that the rangefinders might suit me (I have to try them first!) because they have both EVF and optical viewfinder. I'll try to find some to test, keeping in mind all you said here about EVF and usability.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-27-2015, 03:53 PM  
Impressions of the Pentax system
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 137
Views: 10,329
All weights I quoted are for camera body + battery + sd card. And I agree, for most people it's not nice to have something that feels like a toy in-hand. But that toy is so small you can carry it anywhere with little effort; that's something I can only dream of right now. Couple it with a Fuji 23mm f2 pancake (kit lens) and you have a pocketable toy. It's again subjective and also depends on many factors such as owner hand size, or finger length and so on. But I tried my long fingers on Sony a7 and on Olympuses and they feel very well in my hand.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-27-2015, 03:26 PM  
Impressions of the Pentax system
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 137
Views: 10,329
@luftfluss: My experience is based on using K-50. I wrote in the original post here and there that some issues I dislike were addressed by K5iis or K3. But even if I got the K3, it is in the same price tag as the other cameras I mentioned with the disadvantage of twice the weight for more or less the same output quality.

Now, regarding WR, I have a few manual focus primes and I realized I enjoy using them much more than zooms. Firstly because they can get fast and secondly because they can be unobtrusive and small in size. This is essential when shooting people. I hate being pointed at with a big zoom. Therefore, for people that have no problems with the zooms you mentioned Pentax WR is not just a marketing thing. But for me who would just grab the DA21, DA40 and DA70 for their small size for example, WR would be useless.

---------- Post added 01-27-15 at 11:29 PM ----------



K5iis seems to be the closest to what I'm looking for from Pentax offerings.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-27-2015, 03:06 PM  
Impressions of the Pentax system
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 137
Views: 10,329
No mirror slap, no vibrations - or at least, much less.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-27-2015, 02:42 PM  
Impressions of the Pentax system
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 137
Views: 10,329
I am using a K-50 for almost 1 year now. I took it for it's selling points: big - bright - 100% coverage viewfinder, weather resistance and attractive price for a student. Having browsed the forum for a while, especially the lens database, I have now a mixed very subjective and personal impression of the Pentax system which I'll detail below.

Things that seemed good and remain good:
+ The lens selection is really great for the most part because of the backwards compatibility with all K, M, KA, F, FA, KAF etc. lenses
+ Pentax seems to have been always concerned with system size (M lenses & cameras, DA limiteds) and great build quality (DA & FA limiteds, current DSLR build)
+ good framerate for relatively little money
+ (this is very subjective and probably not so important but) I sort of like the rectangular look of many Pentax body designs


Things that seemed good but don't seem that good now:
- The viewfinders are big and bright in most Pentax cameras. However, the included focusing screen of my K-50 is really bad for manual focusing. This means that I need to spend another good 100-120$ for a proper focusing screen like the KatzEye or from focusingscreens.com
- Pentaprism design seems attractive at first, especially with such a presumably nice viewfinder but the weight adds up. Without lens, K-50 has 650g, K-5iis has 680g and K3 has 800g. Fujifilm X-T1 has 440g, Sony Alpha 7 has 470g, Olympus OM-D E-M1 has 500g etc. Some people may not like the electronic viewfinder, I can understand that, but no matter how compact Pentax tries to get, it just can't get there without going mirrorless. I like the idea behing DA limiteds but the pentaprism somehow defeats their purpose. On top of that, the mirror slap of my K-50 is extremely noisy I think for most applications. I had problems with it at public events and bird shooting. This issue is resolved in K-5iis and K-3 but Pentax is notorious for not adopting leaf shutters, not even in its medium format cameras. Fuji has some cameras in which they had to add a speaker to simulate a shutter sound! That's how far mirrorless & leaf shutter can go.
- WR was a selling point for me. Looking at the lenses I have or sold, the only WR lens is the kit one which I don't use anymore. Also, if I wanted to invest in Pentax lenses I would probably ending up with 2-3 limited primes that are not WR anyway so why bother about WR in the first place?
- I never thought about proper video support until recently. Pentax cameras are just not right for video!
- SR is simply not as effective as it seems in theory. You can feel it, sometimes I wonder how did that 1/20 photo came out sharp. But going mirrorless with leaf shutter alone can compensate for the Pentax SR I think.
- I remember thinking of what and advantage dual rotative knobs will bring me instead of just one. Although it is great to be able to modify the aperture & shutter from their dedicated dial, my K-50 fails quite badly in terms of usability. For example, changing ISO always turns on the screen which can be especially annoying and painful for my eyes at night. Also, some useful shooting options are in the menu which is really not pleasant. I'm thinking of the nice design of X-T1 with those dedicated knobs for shutter speed/exposure compensation/ISO on top of the camera. It's a more expensive camera than mine but K-3 is in the same price tag and doesn't give me that.

I'm actually glad I did not invest alot in Pentax. I am now thinking of jumping over to either Fuji (X-T1, X100T/S) or Sony Alpha 7. I would be using any of them mostly for landscape and street photography.

Sony seems attractive because it's full frame and cheap for that matter. Fuji seems even more attractive because of size, impressively fast and qualitative lenses, little to no shutter sound and probably the most important - size. Who said that fast doesn't go well with lightweight? Fuji 23mm f1.4, 35mm f1.4, 56mm f1.2 is one heck of a set of primes. On Sony side, Zeiss lenses seem somewhat heavy.

Please don't take this too seriously, it's just subjective thoughts that arise from my shooting style and preferences most of which I developed while learning photography (as much as I could) by using my K-50. I'm curious if I share any of the pluses or minuses with anybody around here.
Forum: Pentax K-r 01-26-2015, 12:12 PM  
6 fps continuous shooting has under-exposure photos
Posted By misomosi
Replies: 5
Views: 1,662
Just a thought, maybe you were in bracketing mode?
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