malcolmk

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Real Name: Malcolm Knight
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Going Pro with a K1
Posted in Pentax Digital Camera Discussion
Turned out he had not seen the cap that unscrews to reveal old technology.
Going Pro with a K1
Posted in Pentax Digital Camera Discussion
I managed to convince my cousin's son who has sold more than 100,000 images taken on his Canon 5D ii and iii that my shots were consistently technically superior to his even though I have not got his eye for a picture. So he now has two K1 bodies and a growing collection of lenses. His 'Tamron' 24-70 went faulty far sooner than it should have done but he had taken my advice and gone to SRS. He was impressed that they instantly swapped it for a new one. I don't think much of the build quality of my 24-70 either. Now he is puzzling over how to connect his studio flashes. I have a sneaking feeling he has not noticed the little slidey thing on the top. RTFM.
Happy upgrading to K-1?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I have only used my K3ii once since buying the K1 on Day One. A week or so after that purchase but didn't see the point of using it again. The K3ii is effectively binned. The PQ of the K1 can be stunning and I have not lost a single shot due to poor focus. All AF.S but very often point and shoot very quickly. It probably helps that I have four new FA lenses. The 24-70 has not got the build quaiity of a true Pentax lens.
Firmware update on K3ii
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
The COMPLETED message lingers for not even a second. Keep your eyes glued to the screen. The K1 update handles that much better. I am pleased to say that the bug in the Menu system I reported when the K3ii was first released and which Ricoh acknowledged has gone away. We shouldn't have had to wait this long for bug fixes. I've not used my K3ii since acquiring the K1. Tiny isn't it? :lol:
Damn you SDM
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Anyone else who's had a refitted motor fail recently with any tips?I had a 16-50 fail twice within the warranty period. Came to an arrangement with SRS and now use a 24-70 on a K1. Big improvement in IQ.
LX gold dust
Posted in Pentax Film SLR Cameras
So what do you think I should do with these?
KI on a building site
Posted in Your Photos
I have similar pictures from when they began demolition around the old station and later of the station itself succumbing to the wreckers and every stage of reconstruction and track laying since then. Weekday train services have been maintained throughout but the route into the station has become torturous from the north. Half mile detour for a step free route. All photos are taken from public roads although the next phase may block the best vantage point. It's only five minutes walk from home so a fairly easy job. Network Rail are documenting it on time lapse and mobile phones. Officially they have a Canon but I don't think anyone there knows how to use it.
KI on a building site
Posted in Your Photos
I have become a little obsessive about recording construction progress on the new Crossrail station which is just a few minutes walk from home. were taken over the past 48 hours with the K1 and mainly the new 24-70 lens. The web page starts with some early morning shots into the sun, but scroll down a bit for more friendly shooting conditions. They are often heavily cropped, some with deep shadows, and a few through dirty Perspex screens and often into the sun. When the Perspex is combined with the sun you can see the flare. They are also heavily compressed using PhotoShop's Save for web facility. However the point I wish to make is that the results are in my opinion a notable step up from the K3 and 16-50 DA* I had been using.
The first K-1 Image ??
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I've just been back to that building site, 10 pm, and used 12800 ISO which I have never used on any camera before. I used to regard 3200 as the maximum tolerable on a K3 and I didn't think the K1 at two stops faster was any worse. This is going to transform my frequent low light work.
The first K-1 Image ??
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I've tried Firefox and it asked me if I wanted it to open in Photoshop which it did. I don't often post here and very rarely images so maybe I was a bit sensitive. I suspect the K3 is not going to get a lot of use now.
The first K-1 Image ??
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Since I don't think any of us has posted an image yet, here's one totally untouched from this morning. K1 and 15-30mm. 47 MB!I can't view your image:( You weren't the first either.Has just come up quickly on my PC, my Chromebook and the laptop. If you don't think it is useful I'll delete it and go back to taking pictures.
The first K-1 Image ??
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Since I don't think any of us has posted an image yet, here's one totally untouched from this morning. K1 and 15-30mm. 47 MB!
K-1's are on the way...
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
mine here just having a play surprised using the 150-450 with 1.4 convert or it thinks it's got an apsc lens on:mrgreen: The 1.4x is crop only according to Ricoh. Quick tests show that my 55 f1.4 DA is very usable but the 35mm Limited Macro has some vignetting and the 14mm DA barely covers the APC circle, let alone FF.
K-1's are on the way...
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Thought I'd calibrate my lenses before taking the K1 out. Not sure I want it to get wet on its first outing anyway. It was reassuring to find that 15-30, 24-70, 7-200 and 150-450 needed no adjustments whatever. My two K3s needed quite large positive adjustments on all my lenses (15-30 and 24-70 not tested on APS-C). I like the attention to detail right down to the mount plug reverting to the original locking style. So far so very good and unlike some who don't agree, I prefer the new position of the play button, it allows one handed operation.
K-1's are on the way...
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I have successfully converted a Canon using pro (i.e. someone who derives all his income from photography) to the K1. I plucked up the courage to tell him that for the sort of photography he does a D5ii has nothing going for it and the K1 with articulated screen, more resolution, pixel shift and a much better sensor will open new horizons. It was collected with a 24-70 from SRS yesterday and he already loves it and says the AFS performance (in simple low light indoor tests) is a big improvement over the D5. (He doesn't do action stuff.) Having seen all his recent work I think the website is a little out of date, but I rather like the travel section. Why did he choose Canon? Came out of university and it was what everybody was recommended to do. At the time Pentax would have had nothing very suitable at a sensible price but all that changed yesterday.
K-1's are on the way...
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I picked mine up this morning and a 15-30 but it is hugely frustrating that I have no time even to open the box until tomorrow. There was a huge pile of K1s and lenses on Chris's desk, He told me that his first customer out of the door took three. Create a shortage, sell them on the black market! :)
K-1's are on the way...
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
For me, the K-1 is just one of the components that I am expecting to help me get better photos. I have already used the new 150-450mm and 70-200mm lenses on a K-3II for action photography. Small bit snipped of Barry's post out. Gradually, over more than a year, I've evolved all of these individual tactical thoughts into a personal strategy to make Pentax full-frame my default system, using Pentax APS-C where there are reasons not to use the full-frame system, such as burst-rate, weight, size, etc. I expect over the coming years that Pentax full-frame cameras (after the K-1) will gradually reduce my need to use an APS-C system. (And for the record, I'm buying the whole lot from SRS! I pre-ordered early, so I expect to get mine within days).Not for the first time I find myself following Barry 100%. It's odd but when I was In my teens I hankered after a camera with an interchangeable lens. Then in the 1960s I drooled over the Asahi Optical adverts in AP. I wasn't able to afford one until the late '70s, Maybe even have been 1980 and used a Corfield Periflex before that. I could never seem to afford an alternative lens for it. Now that money is not so tight and with a fair collection of lenses on the shelf I find myself hankering after two K1s so that I don't have to change the damned lens! Full circle. When the 15-30 turns up I will have the full DFA set too - well not the macro, that may have to wait for one of SRS's special offers. But if I do get to Watford tomorrow, one of Chris's spare K1s is going to be very tempting. Like Barry I can't quite see the logic of having feet in both camps, except as he says, for special requirements like burst rate. Fortunately I don't find the weight of all this clobber too much for me but I would like to find the perfect two camera bag. Wouldn't we all?
K-1's are on the way...
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I consider SRS to have been extremely generous with the P/E. I have begun to wonder if Doug made a mistake.I'm sure I heard a sound a bit like Chris getting up to go check part exchange invoices as I read that bit :lol:I was given more for the 16-50 than I have seen them go for on the classifieds here.
K-1's are on the way...
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I traded the 50-135 which was unacceptably slow to focus and got the 70-200 while it was very briefly at a reduced price. I traded my second 16-50 (long story why I had two) for the 24-70. I consider SRS to have been extremely generous with the P/E. I have begun to wonder if Doug made a mistake. I shall trade a K3, grip and hopefully flu card for the K1. The flu card must be worth next to nothing now but I was told it is no longer available so maybe it has rarity value. In November SRS suggested I should buy a 24-70 and I said I couldn't see the point of it, that's because I had no intention of going FF. Six months on I am more excited about it than any previous purchase. Ricoh must have done something right.
K-1's are on the way...
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Just spoken to SRS at 13:02. This is not actually true they have not had a delivery. Maybe later, but not yet.
K-1's are on the way...
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
[quote:3496ace15f="carmagw"]Excited and I've not even ordered one ! Look forward to some hands on feedback from you early adopters !No, I expect a load of amazing, incredible, inspirational fast action AF tracked shots, all with high ISO, extreme small DOF, pixel-shifted, astrotraced and HDR :shock:Now, where is that Auto button?!![/quote] Don't joke. I sometimes shoot alongside a Nikon 810 user. Outside, at night, I asked him what ISO he had chosen. Blank stare! Discovered that he sees no reason to stray beyond Fully Auto and JPGs.
A Ks1 in blue is available for around 205..... I am tempted..... Uh oh.....
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I take the same view as John on early adoption. I have been looking for quicker more accurate focussing ever since I swapped my *istD for a K5. I find the K3ii generally good enough in that regard for my purposes but do too much low light shooting to let the K1 pass by. A bigger sensor must gather more light and be better is my theory. I really could do with the articulating screen too. Despite my enthusiasm for Pentax I find their recent firmware policy unacceptable. I found a bug on the K3ii not present on the K3 which was acknowledged by Ricoh in June 2015 but we are still on v1.00. I've never balked at the early adopter premium either, life is too short (at my age!) to worry about saving a bit and losing a year, but my pre-order for the 70-200 has been left pending. After the $500 reduction in the USA and compared to the 150-450, 1850 seems just a little over the top to me. So for once I think I will leave it for a while. I think I'd rather buy a second K1 for that sort of money.
Lens back from repair! But ...
Posted in General Photographic Chat
It's a shame that JPS couldn't repair it, this was returned from Pentax France :shock: as JPS cannot repair the DA* 16-50mmWho told you that? Mine went to JPS twice last year under warranty. A circuit board failure according to repair note, not the motor. Maybe you are right, "JPS cannot repair the DA* 16-50". Had to get rid of mine and buy another. Should have waited for the K1 and a 24-70. :lol:
Finally! Pentax K-1 is official... Pre-order and Open Day information
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
My first impression was that the K1 was considerably bulkier than the K3 but came to believe it was largely illusory. Looking from above the smaller LCD against the larger top surface and bigger pentaprism made it look bigger than it was. It is of course bigger front to back but side by side with a K3 there wasn't enough difference to be any concern. It slipped into my smallest case as easily as the K3. Both viewfinders were impressive and any fear that the articulated screen might be a fiddle to use soon evaporated. A gently press and it slips back into position. With the 24-70 it is noticeably heavier than my K3 and 16-50 but it was still comfortable to hold. The big question for me is what to do with my K3 + K3ii combination. Will it work having a K3 and a K1 as a pair? Not sure. Would retaining the K3 and 16-50 as the everyday kit and the K1 for anything special soon see the K3 relegated to second best? And if that is going to happen I can see the APC-C stuff all going. Suck it and see I suppose but with a great deal of my work done in poor light the promise of better high ISO performance is hard to resist. (I haven't.)
For the Love of the Force - Bowlers Manchester
Posted in Your Photos
Unless S/H 16-50s are going through SRS very frequently I suspect that lens was mine. SRS took one from me on 25th November. I have no note of the serial number as I handed everything over to SRS, box, all the supplied accessories, warranty card and original purchase receipt. It still has a month left on the original warranty. Not a mark or scuff anywhere on it when I last saw it. Interesting to see how much it went for because I haven't a clue what SRS are going to give me for it. It was part of a complex deal which is not yet complete. Perhaps I should have asked but I trust SRS to always do the decent thing. I agree it was better than my 18-135 and hope it stays good for you - but I didn't need two of the things! I have five SDM lenses. Not had a motor failure yet.