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Another pointless thread
Posted in General Photographic Chat
...you just don't want to try and travel at the same time as me! Then you should post your travel dates on here to protect the innocent :Dperhaps I should, but that wouldn't be pointless....
Officially K-3?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Dont forget that AF performance means a lot of different things, lets wait until the detailed reviews before we cry "it's no better than a K-5II" After all, by my understanding the K-5II is already pretty quick, it just lacks the tracking capability, so a small improvement in speed backed up with more effective tracking could make for a very powerful combo.
Perhaps naive question, but who needs such fancy metering?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I use patern metering most of the time, but drop into centre weighted when I think problems will arise, because I find it easier to predict how CW will react in difficult situations. That's on a K10D though.
Another pointless thread
Posted in General Photographic Chat
I have used the tunnel several times, both passenger and car trains. It is highly efficient when it's working and the terminals are MUCH nicer than the ones for the ferry. The experience on-board the car trains can most charitably be described as short, they aren't a nice place to be, but you don't have to stay there very long. I do have a poor record at picking exactly the wrong time to try and ride the tunnel though. I've never come back from France on it without it breaking in some way. I don't think it's particularly unreliable, you just don't want to try and travel at the same time as me!
Perhaps naive question, but who needs such fancy metering?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Fingers crossed, of course none of us has yet had the chance to see how well it works in practice with real tracking subjects.
Perhaps naive question, but who needs such fancy metering?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
In the case of the K-3, the metering sensor is also used to track the subject as it moves across the field of view, feeding into the focusing system. Not metering as such, but it is using the advanced metering doohickymabob to do it.
The K5 holds its ground!
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
My mum has the short lived Pentax Optio T30 touch screen compact. It works well on a compact. I have no problem with a Touch screen being present on a DSLR as long as it is in addition to physical controls, but I wouldn't consider it a feature I would pay extra for.
Officially K-3?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I've got a Ricoh KR-5 around somewhere, seems like an appropriate choice...My first SLR was a Ricoh KR-5. I've still got it and I'll never sell it for nostalgic reasons. :)TBH I don't think I could part with mine either, I bought it when I went to uni and didn't want to risk taking my MZ-7 with me. I learned a lot with that camera.
Interesting Reading about simulated AA filter of K-3
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Good to know Smeggy, thanks
Officially K-3?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I've got a Ricoh KR-5 around somewhere, seems like an appropriate choice...
K5 / *istDs ... green button vs. ae-l
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I think the DS and DL using the AE-L button for this was essentially a work-around for the fact that those models don't have a green button, so no I don't think you can emulate this behaviour on the models which do.
Interesting Reading about simulated AA filter of K-3
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Which comes back to point I made earlier.... if its so easy to sort out in software, why would Pentax go to all this trouble of creating this new revolutionary technololgy if they could have just provided an update to PDCU??Isn't moire famously hard to get rid of in software?
Will the K5 II and original 55-300 now be discontinued?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
As has been frequently observed, K-30 and K-50 are VERY close to being the same camera in slightly different bodies, so keeping them both in the range makes no sense at all, and certainly the K-30 doesn't fall below the K-500. As for the K-r..... as you have observed, it is functionally discontinued even if not officially.
Interesting Reading about simulated AA filter of K-3
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I had written a long post in support of Smeggy, and I still think he's almost certainly right. I have just thought of another way you might be able to do this, but I really don't think it would be worth the extra processing and jiggery pokery which would be required. By far the most sensible and likely option is that Pentax have made the sensor do a little dance at high speed to introduce the same level of blur as would be caused by an optical AA filter. Therefore, we can expect the differences between having it on and off to be about the same as the difference between the K5-II and the K5-IIs, ie, not all that much really except in very specific circumstances. It WILL be nice to have the option of either in one camera body though.
K-3 Pre-production hands on at SRS!
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
They don't want images in the wild which they don't control, those they have released will have been very carefully crafted to avoid pushing the camera, whereas any of us would imediately start trying to find the limits.No they have not. Have a look at felix's link.Those pictures are either carefully considered and approved, or unofficial. Pentax/Ricoh aren't stupid.
K-3 Pre-production hands on at SRS!
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
They don't want images in the wild which they don't control, those they have released will have been very carefully crafted to avoid pushing the camera, whereas any of us would imediately start trying to find the limits.
K-3 Pre-production hands on at SRS!
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Knowing Chris, he probably would if he thought it might trigger a sale :)
K-3 Pre-production hands on at SRS!
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Unless Chris has outdone himself (I wasn't there), there aren't many opportunities to demonstrate AF tracking inside the SRS shop, and in any case the AF speed may or may not be improved in the production model with updated firmware etc
K-3 Pre-production hands on at SRS!
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
What is the point of having a demo model available to try out if you cannot actually take any pictures with it!my first thought exactly, although I suppose one can judge how it feels in the hand and how good the AF is, what the viewfinder is like etc. I guess we're still on pre-production firmware at this stage and they don't want photos taken with the pre-production model getting out into the wild.
Roadworks
Posted in Your Photos
Nice set, I particularly like #3, really emphasises the stop-go through the roadworks. As for the software SR, I'm going to guess #5 as it seems much softer than the others. i like the tipper action on #6, a shame about the distracting "wandering" light trails which I assume were workmen walking about or something.
Two Defenders
Posted in Your Photos
It says something about me that I was expecting two Land Rovers lol I like this, and I like the castle looking dark and forbidding. B&W works really well here too.
Interesting Reading about simulated AA filter of K-3
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
One reason and one reason only, to minimise moire when shooting a subject which is likely to cause it. Whats so hard to understand?
K5 Enlargement Capture
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Horses for courses, some people find PP software on computers daunting, or want to make the change in the field while they still clearly remember what they were trying to achieve. Personally, I would always do this sort of thing in RAWTherapee later, but I have been known to use the in camera development on my K10D when I want to give someone an image there and then.
CCD vs CMOS
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Sounds good to me. I have yet to enjoy ownership of a cmos based camera, I do have a K10 and a *ist dl2. Both ccds but different ones. The noise characteristics are quite different between them, giving a different feel to images where noise is present. I've never quite decided which I prefer, although the 10d noise tends to be easier to get rid of. Are we perhaps looking at something similar between the ccd and cmos bodies? Could we be drawing the line in the wrong place? This is all wild speculation of course.
CCD vs CMOS
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I couldn't be less interested in arguing with you Smeggy, if you're actually interested, I suggest you start at the wiki article on electromigration and read around from there. The longer my K10 lasts, the happier I will be, but I wouldn't bet a penny on it seeing its 20th birthday.