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Forum: Pentax K-01 06-25-2012, 01:57 PM  
K-01 gets bad review in What Digital Camera
Posted By mugund
Replies: 34
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AF speed is one of the most important things in a camera after image quality
How many people in the general category are interested in a manual focus? Most people need good cameras to record their family events etc so they take some things for granted. Not all of them are photographers.
Forum: Pentax K-01 06-25-2012, 01:52 PM  
K-01 gets bad review in What Digital Camera
Posted By mugund
Replies: 34
Views: 3,673
Everybody says that K-01's AF speed is not good and bulky. Bulky part is may be in not getting the advantage of K-mount lens but AF part is a real issue. For people who like focus peak, K-01 with legacy K-mount lens is good but given majority of folks like AF and with Nex cameras giving focus peaking in addition to faster focusing will K-01 get more points? Idea is most users in the budge range stick to kit lenses, only the serious photographers go for next set of lenses and might appreciate K-01 but they might not be fond of slow AF
Comparison with XPro1, K-01 is very similar but X-pro1 builds on X100 which was a runaway success so people like compact bodies with prime lens. Given that x-pro1 lens mount is built from scratch, it might be easier to optimizes lenses based on CDAF ala EP3/ OM-D etc.
Lets not take it personal when reviewers gave bad comments, most of them gave high marks to K-5 and kx when they see the merits.
How do we get the feedback from Pentax that they are making efforts to optimize their CDAF performance for K-01? Can we use K30 as indicator?
Forum: Pentax K-01 06-18-2012, 08:46 PM  
K01 on The Online Photographer
Posted By mugund
Replies: 26
Views: 3,910
I think the perception against K-01 comes from cameras like Nex-5n or nx200 or gx1 or ep3. pentax should have released some pancake lenses that are optimized for CDAF. including continuous AF for movies so that AF speed is really on par with other mirrorless . Then I believe size would not have mattered too much. People can choose to buy newer optimized lenses for K-01 or they can choose to use their older lenses with slower AF or use manual focus using focus peaking
Most of the reviews that slam K-01 have valid point when they talk about AF speeds.
I have not handled K-01 but I take people's words about excellent handling given that I am a Pentax owner. I am in the market for a mirrorless but do not want to jump to sony or other mirrorless brands. I jumped to DSLR from sony DSC-S85 a compact with good handling, image quality back in 2004 but poor AF capabilities. I did not miss VF that much, in fact I enjoyed photography a lot using LCD to compose unusual angle shots. I use to use a simple stone with camera lens tilted up, then use LCD to see the focus square without having to crouch etc. After I bought K10D, the quality of photos increased but I miss the freedom to compose without VF. I hate it especially when I have to crouch down for different angles, thats where I want mirrorless just to get more composing freedom but I DO NOT want to go back to "mirrorless fun" handicapped by slower AF.
The TOP article talks about the fun in photography which I can entirely relate to but unlike that photographer, I am not into manual focussing that much (focus peaking might change my opinion...).
Again as posters said, negativity borderlining hate speech on both sides is bit too much given that it is just a camera and we are supposed to do it for fun
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-08-2012, 06:28 PM  
Canon 40mm Pancake: Okay, Pentax, time to wake up on lens pricing!
Posted By mugund
Replies: 136
Views: 11,402
I believe you missed the point here: This lens uses silent/ STM motor for use in a sensor capable of phase detect AF and CDAF. Potentially this means faster AF. If the image sensor has a faster readout ala olympus/ panasonic, then live view operation will be close to a EP3/ OM-1 in terms of speed. So you have a camera that can do traditional operations well AND can compete with mirrorless guys... Look at Pentax. K-01 is a good concept except that they did not take steps like faster sensor readout or lens design needed to optimize CDAF which means among mirrorless cameras it is a laggard. If K-30 has those features, then we got a video camera that can do good AF, live view camera with faster AF and traditional camera. Even though canon T4i seems like a evolution, in essence they are testing their new technologies for better mirrorless cameras. I bet they will come out with K-01 sized mirrorless except that faster AF and everybody will ignore the size issues. They took the ideas from Pentax but implemented one notch higher.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-08-2012, 04:26 PM  
Canon 40mm Pancake: Okay, Pentax, time to wake up on lens pricing!
Posted By mugund
Replies: 136
Views: 11,402
Pricing is one issue, but other major features needed are: Faster sensor readout to improve AF speed in CDAF and phase detect sensor like in nikon 1 system (for use in live view) with AF motor in 18-135mm or 18-250mm silent and fast. This will make K-mount cameras one of the best values for traditional still camera use AND best responsive liveview DSLR with lots of legacy lens support
At that point people will not complain too much about lens pricing
Forum: Pentax K-01 05-06-2012, 04:08 PM  
K-01 review at DCResource
Posted By mugund
Replies: 7
Views: 1,492
The review looks fair.... He was not happy with QC. regarding focus speed, he believes it is not in the same league as other mirrorless but it is not frustratingly slow. We had sigma DPx cameras for real slow focussing. Fuji X100 is not the fastest either
Once pentax comes out with more XS lenses like olympus EP3 came along with a faster kit zoom, it should be even
But one thing is puzzling - Now m43 had 3 gens of mirrorless, when pentax came out with the mirrorless.they should have worked out the focus speed. Given that they came late, it would have been really nice to have fast AF
Forum: Pentax K-01 05-03-2012, 06:24 PM  
K-01 News Blackout
Posted By mugund
Replies: 51
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Forum: Pentax K-01 04-03-2012, 05:56 PM  
K-01 News Blackout
Posted By mugund
Replies: 51
Views: 4,960
Michael Reichman in Luminous Landscape made a note that he usually make prodict announcements only when it has far reaching ramifications.... I guess K-01 does not fall under the category
Makes sense, for most of the enthusiasts it did not break any new ground, either in size or AF performance
But Pentax can still send him K-01 for review, he reviewed G1X,
Forum: Pentax K-01 04-03-2012, 02:07 PM  
K-01 News Blackout
Posted By mugund
Replies: 51
Views: 4,960
Its just a camera, please do not take things personally
Probably MJ is annoyed at getting multiple requests or he does not want to say anything bad at this point,
MJ is a good guy, he is reasonable. I think we just need to accept that K-01 is polarizing, some people just hate it, it does not mean anything.
First impressions count for a lot with lots of people, those people if they "hate" it, they might ignore it
Let us face the facts -
K-01 has good image quality, decent AF performance not as good as NEX/ m4/3 but still good enough
Cons are obvious - Polarizing design, when mirrorless started 3 years ago, people were excited about how portable the system is, K-01 is heavier on that count that itself might not be negative look @ sony DSC-R1, it was heavy but it was well received. It had a waistlevel VF, decent EVF etc
For image quality itself, people have access to NEX with top class Primes available in manual mode for enthusiasts who in general damn K-01
I think Pentax should have found a way to add EVF and swivel LCD ala G1X

I know you have spent lots of time with K-01, I appreciate your work but please dont take things hard....
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-08-2012, 12:18 PM  
first quick video test @ 1000mm
Posted By mugund
Replies: 11
Views: 2,680
When you change the point of interest, is it able to adjust the focus automatically or do you need to keep pressing AF button to refocus
From the videos, I am not sure there was any refocus happening, it looks continuous, are you doing MF?

Forum: Pentax K-01 02-02-2012, 03:13 PM  
K-01 be the next cult video camera?
Posted By mugund
Replies: 332
Views: 34,314
I feel the same way, the video spec with separate mic input, wind cut options etc
I wish they have a EVF available, then I can put my 18-250mm for vacation videos!
Forum: Sold Items 03-03-2011, 11:37 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 30mm f1.4 EX DC (US/CAN)
Posted By mugund
Replies: 14
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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-14-2010, 05:05 PM  
Good Portrait Lens...need help in decision
Posted By mugund
Replies: 41
Views: 5,606

QuoteOriginally posted by eddie1960 Quote

the 50-135 is on my want list, not as a [portrait lens but for events (other alternative is a 70-200 in my case)
it would be a fine addition to any kit
i recommended the wider option really because for most people a large percentage of their shooting falls in the 24-70 range and they are very good lenses for low prices (mine was less than $400 cdn), allowing perhaps a good manual focus a lens or two and still falling well below the 1000 price cap. an a 50 1.4 should be available for <150 and an A 35 f2.0 for close quarter is also a reasonable price lens if you can find one
M lenses you'll do even better being able to get the 100 macro or 100 2.8 for reasonable prices but with a little more difficulty in use

Sigma is a heavy bugger i'll admit, but it is a great lens
I haven't tried the tamron but also have not heard anything but positive reviews

Exactly, most of the indoor casual portraits need the range from atleast 30mm to 75mm. 20 to 30mm is useful in an event like birthdays where usually people corwd around cake but you still need to take pix of the birthday kid with the cake. Other than that most of the time 30mm to 70mm works fine for me
I believe 50-135mm/ 70mm to 200mm is more for stage based events or indoor sports events where physically you cannot go closer

My suggestion will be try an inexpensive zoom with a flash ( I know you hate it....) master those focal length, then you will learn which range you generally use or do it with an inexpensive prime lime DA-L35mm or SMC-F 50mm f1.7 (if you can get it cheap) or even SMC-F/FA 28mm f2.8
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-14-2010, 04:57 PM  
Are Fast Lens still necessary ?
Posted By mugund
Replies: 51
Views: 6,405
True, Pentax is oriented towards compact systems

My point is having fast lenses with high ISO capabilities creates lot more probabilities about capturing low light usable images that just good quality high ISO but slower lens or faster lens but not so good high ISO. Like what said about about DA 40 f2.8, it is very good @ f2.8 but uyou cannot go lower, atleast with a fast lens, you have that possibility to tradeoff high ISO Vs lens speed
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-14-2010, 01:09 PM  
Are Fast Lens still necessary ?
Posted By mugund
Replies: 51
Views: 6,405
Fast lens is still valuable - Especially a fast prime in the speed f1.4 to f2.0 range. With these lenses you can stop down a bit and get exceptional quality. Cameras are getting better in high ISOs but if you want the best quality it is always @ lower ISO's in terms of dynamic range etc.
Also with fast lenses combined with high ISO capable camera will allow you to stop down the lens a bit while keeping the ISO reasnably large without compromising noise performance
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-14-2010, 01:00 PM  
Good Portrait Lens...need help in decision
Posted By mugund
Replies: 41
Views: 5,606
Tamron 28-75mm is one of the best portrait zooms.... You will appreciate the F2.8 value @ 75mm Quality is very good, just make sure as soon as you get one, test it and if having any problems send it to Tamron for calibration

I recently bought 50mm F1.7 SMC-F model. Keep checking craigslist or the market place, you might get one for < $200. This is a very sharp lens and is better than tamron in places where you can move around

Tamron can be had used for around $300-$360
Sigma 24-70mm seems a good option but the tamron is also more compact/ lightweight
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-13-2010, 03:44 PM  
Flash/Shutter question - K10
Posted By mugund
Replies: 14
Views: 2,311
I had good results with AF280T in manual mode, I obtained the flash for $40. It is a TTL flash. In manual mode, it uses its own light meter and adjust the light. The flash itself contains different aperture values/ ISO values to be used after moving the mode dial to 1/180 sync mode

In the marketplace, watchout for AF360, you might get one for < $150. It is a simple PTTL flash

If you just want a substitute flash for your in camera flash AF200G < $100 and it is PTTL
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 12-07-2010, 06:12 PM  
Which books should i buy?
Posted By mugund
Replies: 9
Views: 1,956
Bryan peterson's book is very good, he talks about the real fundamentals once you grasp them, then you can get full worth of your manual/ magic lantern book. He has a new updated book for digital cameras.... Do not hesitate
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-07-2010, 04:30 PM  
Special Event Pentax Holiday Giveaway: 35mm Lens (Entries go here)
Posted By mugund
Replies: 206
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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-06-2010, 07:45 PM  
Fine Pentax Primes
Posted By mugund
Replies: 28
Views: 4,674
I recently bought Pentax F50mm 1.7 and realized that I like primes better than zooms indoor. Only thing is 50mm is slightly longer especially when you want to cover parties and with the crowd you cant move backwards, otherwise in informal gatherings 50mm works and longer I use it I am realizing that for my purposes a 30mm and 50mm will do everything indoors. Outdoor zoom is handy Initially, I was a bit sceptical about prime lens usage but when I think about it, primes are better quality and now I know my focal lengths. In your case, try a general purpose zoom for a while, everytime you use the zoom, always think on the back of your mind which focal length you like when you zoom and if you can get a cheap prime and in combination with the zoom usage and prime usage, you might be able to narrow down to what you works for you...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-06-2010, 05:02 PM  
Pentax K10D
Posted By mugund
Replies: 24
Views: 42,798
Pros Solid feel, nice colors, easy access to all controls Cons Jpegs look soft when viewed 100%, ISO beyond 640 has poor quality when viewed 100%, not good in AF-C Rating 10 Price (U.S. Dollars) 500 Years Owned 2

I can recommend this camera: Yes

Value, Features, Performance & Size
Exceptional value for money - Solid handling with semi-pro features like weather sealing, plethora of external buttons
Features - Pentax unique modes like Sv, TAv priority, in built SR, bright view finder
Performance - Very fast in operation as long as it is not fast moving

Camera Review
This is my first SLR ever... I previously owned sony DSC-S85 which is a nice camera with the ability to change metering mode/ focus using an external button, highly usable manual modes like Av, Tv and a fast 2.0 to 2.5 lens. Limitations are it is slow in operation, ISO beyond 200 very noisy and I was looking at DSLRs from Sony, Pentax and Olympus (No Nikon/ Pentax :lol:) as they had in built IS. I had my eyes on Pentax K100D Super then came the craigslist ad for K10D + kit lens for $500, I immediately lapped it up
My first impressions were this camera is one hell of a sopishiticated machine with so many options and completely strange (atleast to me coming from a prosumer camera background) ergonomics, it took me some time to get familar.
One standout is the solid feel and once I started using TAv and Sv modes, I was a very happy camper! It responded fast, I had no qualms in taking pics @ ISO1600 (as long as I do not see 100%, they are fine), I can change metering modes on the fly and I use the digital preview feature to do unusual angle shooting.

I bought WR 18-55 and the quality is very good.
Most of my pics are indoors and once I obtained Tamron 28-75mm and Pentax F-50mm f1.7, I have some many possibilities

Some of the cons - I have the Tamron 28-75mm and at large apertures indoor, I never had very sharp pix as I got outdoors wide open. performance with the 50mm was much better. I am not sure if the problem is in indoor lighting (I had seen reports where focus is upset in the presence of indoor tungsten lighting etc...) or with the lens ( I had the lens calibrated by Tamron service)

Wud've been nice if focus assist light is separate from the flash. It is very annoying having to remember opening the flash head in dark light
I with they zoom in the focus area in digital preview (with live view in newer cameras, it does not matter any more).
AF-C was useless in the few occasions I used

With a toddler running, I do not have whole lot of time to do RAW processing, there are sometimes when I wish the camera jpeg is sharp when viewed at 100% ( I changed the default options, it is better but not as good as when I processed a RAW file occasionally... Probably I need to learn batch processing so that I process all files at once )
It is not a big deal for me as I do not believe in 100% viewing but for some people it might be a big deal

Auto White balance is bad in indoor, it is a pain to do custom while balance every time

My biggest complaint is with Pentax system - They do not have fast affordable primes in the focal lengths 24mm to 30mm. Yes 35mmf2.4 is good but it is only half stop faster than my tamron and 24mm or 28mm will be very useful. (Probably 30mm or wider lens with fast apertures makes the lens big unlike the 30-50mm range I guess).

I have no complaints ( I have taken over 11000 pix) and have no plan to upgrade unless Pentax comes with form factor close to Nex cameras in the mirrorless segment.
I can recommend the camera whole heartedly
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-02-2010, 02:39 PM  
K10D shutter issue - easy to fix?
Posted By mugund
Replies: 18
Views: 4,948
A work around: Try using the AF button to focus - decouple the shutter release from the focussing
Forum: Pentax K-5 11-18-2010, 03:53 PM  
Thinking about Jumping Camps
Posted By mugund
Replies: 64
Views: 11,667
Pentax DA 17-70mm is equivalent to 26mm to 105mm in terms of focal length. I heard this lens is very nice. DA 16-45mm F4 is also veru high quality. Similarly 50-135mm is equivalent to 70-200mm 35mm focal length
You got these standard zoom lenses:
DA 17-70mm, DA16-45mm (available < $250), DA*16-50 and the kit DA18-55mm
Longer zooms are: DA 50-200m, DA 55-300mm, DA*50-135mmDA *60-250mm
You got lots of primes between the ranges DA14 to 300mm

As people say, penatx system is geared for APS-C and they have the range covered here. ALso the primes are good too...
For K-5 16-50mm and 50mm-135mm looks unbeatable
Also 16-45mm, 55-300 or 50-135mm along with one low light prime should cover you and should be very good quality
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2010, 08:55 PM  
What I want from Pentax...lens wise...
Posted By mugund
Replies: 28
Views: 4,056
I want DA24 F1.8 or DA28F1.4
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-26-2010, 01:31 PM  
P-TTL flash - is it necessary ?
Posted By mugund
Replies: 35
Views: 10,363
Af280T is very good. I used it paired with K10D and the results are very good. I set K10D dial to the sync mode, then I set the aperture I want and enter the ISO/ aperture calculation in the flash, the photos came out very well exposed. Nice thing abt this flash is it has its own sensor etc, so you do not really need to use PTTL. It can swivel also and is compact in size. I paid $40 in craigslist
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