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With a second-hand just received K-S2 (panic buying after the K-70 shutter died totally far from home) and the collapsible kit 18-50. Not an easy camera to master and a bit finicky. But does seem to be able to photo a nice landscape when the light is right. The photo has, of course, passed (slightly) through a computer.
The focusing of the K-S2 seems a little capricious. Has anyone else out there the same impression?
28/06/2021 - 12:13Grodgeman
CategoryLandscape / Travel
Shutter Speed1/160
Aperturef/11.0
LensN/A
ISO100
Focal Length39mm
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prsjnb

Link Posted 28/06/2021 - 14:09
Composition is remarkable in that the eye finds something of interest to dwell on and appreciate in every part of the image. The foreground and background are rich in detail and tonality and delineated wonderfully by the downward slope of the ramp leading from lighthouse to the sea and moored boats. I could go on, and too often do, so I'll just stop there and summarise by saying that your creation truly 'floats my boat'.

leep

Link Posted 28/06/2021 - 14:42
Nice. A familiar location from which you show and have shown many 'moods '. Pleased you got another pentax!

Grodgeman

Link Posted 28/06/2021 - 15:01
Chers Amis! Thanks for the commentaries. I was, in fact, simply testing the K-S2 which seems, betimes, to have a little problem choosing how to focus in poorer light and faced with weaker contrast. This picture came out decently.
As for the Pentax (sixth body), the failure of the K-70 shutter has made a very big dent in my confidence in the brand, but I have too many lenses to change. The internet tells me the culpable part is really a bad manufacturing choice. A cheap little solenoid which does achieve rather frequent failure quite well. Planned obsolescence for what is otherwise a tank? Dommage!

Trampas

Link Posted 28/06/2021 - 20:44
A nice peaceful looking landscape. Sorry to hear about your K70 giving up, I hope mine doesn’t follow suit anytime soon.
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go4IT

Link Posted 29/06/2021 - 12:00
prsjnb wrote:
Composition is remarkable in that the eye finds something of interest to dwell on and appreciate in every part of the image. The foreground and background are rich in detail and tonality and delineated wonderfully by the downward slope of the ramp leading from lighthouse to the sea and moored boats. I could go on, and too often do, so I'll just stop there and summarise by saying that your creation truly 'floats my boat'.

This comment accords with my view. Like.

I had the K-S2 and was happy with the focussing throughout its short life...the same shutter failure occurred recently at the count of 49K, which shocked me, especially when I learned how expensive it was to fix, for such a little part that Pentax has known for years is unreliable. I also understand the K-70, which we both own, uses the same frigging part. I parked my K-S2. A great little camera bit the dust, or rather is collecting it now.

Nigelk

Link Posted 29/06/2021 - 16:49
I also have a K-S2 which I use in preference to my K5II. A few months ago the focusing did seem a little hit and miss and more hesitant for a brief period, I would describe it now as back to its normal reliable self. I can only guess that some dirt or dust was in the wrong place and interfering a little with the auto focus. I do just use single focus point, can't stand cameras deciding what to focus on in a scene, that's my job! I'd call the autofocus good.
Is it the aperture failure you are both referring to rather than shutter failure? It's the only ongoing problem I know of. The camera bodies can still be used with lenses equipped with a manual aperture ring and KAF4 mount lenses I believe. There is only one KAF4 dedicated aps-c lens the 55-300 plm, there are two or three full frame lenses also I think. My understanding is the bodies are not completely useless and perhaps more KAF4 lenses will be released. This problem has been continuing over quite a few generations of camera now and Pentax should be ashamed of themselves. I'll just hope that my little old K-S2 keeps going.
Oh the reason I'm here, nice image Mr Grodgeman

Grodgeman

Link Posted 30/06/2021 - 06:56
Nigelk wrote:
I also have a K-S2 which I use in preference to my K5II. A few months ago the focusing did seem a little hit and miss and more hesitant for a brief period, I would describe it now as back to its normal reliable self. I can only guess that some dirt or dust was in the wrong place and interfering a little with the auto focus. I do just use single focus point, can't stand cameras deciding what to focus on in a scene, that's my job! I'd call the autofocus good.
Is it the aperture failure you are both referring to rather than shutter failure? It's the only ongoing problem I know of. The camera bodies can still be used with lenses equipped with a manual aperture ring and KAF4 mount lenses I believe. There is only one KAF4 dedicated aps-c lens the 55-300 plm, there are two or three full frame lenses also I think. My understanding is the bodies are not completely useless and perhaps more KAF4 lenses will be released. This problem has been continuing over quite a few generations of camera now and Pentax should be ashamed of themselves. I'll just hope that my little old K-S2 keeps going.
Oh the reason I'm here, nice image Mr Grodgeman

Thanks a mill for the comments. There is a difference between aperture and shutter. Or should be. My K-70 began showing darker pictures, but now there is nothing. Just a totally black rectangle. I’m not sure that there is a clear-cut distinction in digital cameras. In the K-70 the guilty solenoid raises the mirror - or does not. The lens diaphragm controls the light. Which makes it a wonky shutter problem… It was all clear-cut in my dormant Leica. But now… Cheers.
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