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Pentax FF First Look?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I know it is about the image quality but the styling is just awful. Not what we expect from Pentax who in recent times have some cutting edge styling. Is this just a pre-production version?
New 16-85mm wr
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
This isn't a lens that I would rush out to buy. My Sigma 18-125 covers practically all of the range and has a similar speed. I might consider it if image quality turns out to be an improvement
Da* lenses
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
I have a Sigma 18 - 125 which is okay and was a superzoom in its time. It's a great general purpose lens and does better up close than I thought it would. I saw the 60-250 in Park Cameras and became intersted. F4 thoughout its range, looks and feels so well made. After saving up I bought it and have never been disapointed. The focusing is faster and quieter than anything I've had before. It's great for sport especially with a monopod to take some of the weight. I think the image quality is good. It's just a bit short for wildlife but the new teleconvertor will make it 84 - 350 F 5.6 which would give a lot of flexibility. I now want a quality "standard zoom" to replace the sigma. The 17 -70 F4 looks good but many people do't seem to rate it.
Backpack recommendation please
Posted in General Photographic Chat
The Amazon Basics camera bag is awsome for the money. Plus it is less likely to get nicked. There are several in the range.
What Brand of Tripod Do U Use Now?
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
I have 2 Velbon Sherpas with PH-157Q plus 4 quick release shoes for changing between cameras, lenses, video and telescope. I wanted the quick release plus a good height for using the telescope. Both have been reliable. The latest gets down much lower but has more plastic bits in it.
Thinking of a upgrade
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I upgraded from the Kr to the K30. I love the viewfinder as it covers the whole frame. You don't get any extra bits that you miss in the viewfinder of the Kr. I also find that the K30 is much better at capturing the highlights.
Which file to keep
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
I think it depends on what camera you have. If it is one of the later cameras that uses DNG as the raw file I would always save that. With the RAW PEF I always saved the PEF + jpeg. One great advantage of DNG is that Adobe Camera RAW will open the file and does not need to be kept up to date for more recent cameras. This is important if you are using earlier editions of Photoshop. As well as saving a back up on my portable hard drive of the RAW file I export a jpeg to my Samsung Tablet's micro SD card using lightroom to reduce the longest edge to about the resolution of the tablet.
At last 1.4 Teleconvertor
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
DP review is saying it will be here in March 2014 http://www.dpreview.com/news/2014/02/05/ricoh-announces-hd-pentax-da-af-1-4x-aw-rear-converter?utm_campaign=internal-link&utm_source=news-list&utm_medium=text&ref=title_0_14
Pentax HD Pentax 1.4x Teleconverter
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Must be better than the third party one that I bought which is pretty rubbishy. Most of the functions don't work!!! Would make my 60-250 f4 a 84-400 f5.6. If the auto focus works it would be great
K3 + DA* 60-250mm
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
I have the 60-250 F4 and also use it for sport. I have seen it said that it is slow focusing, but I have never had a problem. The image quality is fantastic as you can see from the images.
K30 Remote cable release thingy ?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I have a cheap cable release from E-bay. Works very well. I also have the IR remote by Trust. Also works well
K30 - SD card size
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Lancer - as Vic says, make sure you get a fast card. Class 10 is good, or if you can get it, Class 16. Sandisk is quite a reputable brand, so you should be safe there too. Consider however, that if the average file size of each JPEG is about 5Mb, you should comfortably fit 200 shots per Gb onto a card. The downside to using a 32 0r a 64 Gb card is that you stand to lose 6,500 (32Gb) or 13,000 (64Gb) JPEGS if the card develops a fault, and the files are irrecoverable! That said, make your file back-ups as often as possible.Quite right. Good 8GB or 16 GB cards hold several hundred RAW files and many more JPEGs. I use 4GB or 8GB with my Kx and 16 GB with my K30 for RAW. It's a good idea to put a full card into a case that has a sticky label on it so that you can write some details as to what the card holds.
Maybe light at the end of the tunnel?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I'm not bothered about how many megapixels my cameras have or how close they are stuffed on the sensor. All I'm interested in is image quality and all my cameras (K-x, K-5, K-5IIs) are capable of producing stunning results, even in poor light. That's good enough for me:DAnd that is the bottom line. Even my old *ist DL did a pretty good job
Maybe light at the end of the tunnel?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Stuffing pixels closer together is a recipe for more noise, hence the desire for full frame sensors.Yet the K-5 stuffed 16MP into the same area as the previous 12MP of the K20D and improved noise by just under 3 stops. What people do forget is to double the output quality you need to quadruple the pixels.btw - how would you define "double the output quality"? What measurement?If you wish to print at 600 dpi insted of 300 dpi, print a picture 16x20 instead of 8x10 or double the image height or width on the screen. That said Printing to A3 instead of A4 at the same resolution only requires double the pixels as A3 is twice the area of A4 not twice as tall.
Maybe light at the end of the tunnel?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Stuffing pixels closer together is a recipe for more noise, hence the desire for full frame sensors. What people do forget is to double the output quality you need to quadruple the pixels.
k-30 .dng k5II .pef
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Could DNG have the added benefit in that you wouldn't need the specific camera RAW to use programmes such as Lightroom? For example the K5 is not supported in LR3 but DNG is.
Printing
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
Staples will print large format on the premises. I have had printed A1 posters by them which is only 841 mm tall but they use paper rolls that should be able to do 1000mm
PSE & Lightroom
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
Having used PSE, PS5 & LR4 I would pick LR4 for photos every time for RAW. You do need to revert to PS for graphics and removing dust and objects as LR has a basic editor for those functions. If you shoot JPEG then PSE is a great option and also enables you to add graphic and text. PS is great for the ultimate in image manipulation but is not good for cataloging as Bridge is in my view quite basic.
K30 battery life "heads up"
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I use Ni-MH AA's mostly but they certainly do not like the cold. I am not aware of any other cameras that gives the options for batteries that Pentax give. A real plus point in Pentax's favour.
Replacement for *istD
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I have K-x, *ist DL & K30 bodies. The *ist DL was great but K-x offered more. More pixels & features. The K-x is okay but has a tendancy to clip ther highlights. By comparisonon the upgrade to the K30 is a big leap. The 100% image in the viewfinder is a big plus and the overall picture quality makes this upgrade so much more worthwhlie. The only thing I feel is a negative with the K30 is the build quality which I feel is very plasticy.
RAW images Adobe ACR vs. Capture One 7
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
You are right the difference is really marked
A question for K30 users
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I have a Kx and have upgraded to the K30. I'm very pleased. The K30 has a better dynamic range and is much better with getting highlight details than my Kx. It also has a lot more features and the menus are much more intuative. The 100% view in the viewfinder is a big improvement. My only negative would be it doen't feel quite as solid
Eye piece blanking
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Blu tack for me.I would be worried that Blu Tac might damage the Anti Reflection coating on the eye peice
Video Capture - Pentax or ??
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I'm not a lover of SLR's for video. Whilst my pentax Kx & K30 will shoot video, handling, playback adaptability are not as good as the 180 Panasonic HD 1080 I bought for my daughter. The flexibility of an angled screen on the video camera just gives so much more.
if you had to sell either a DA*60-250 or FA* 80-200.......
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Not had the 80-200mm but have had the FA 200mm (currently have the 60-250mm and Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 OS) and I personally would keep the 60-250mm. As you say it is superb wide open and the extra mm at both ends can really make all the difference. I also think the K-5 is good enough to make the f2.8/f4 less important than it used to be. I really do rate the 60-250mm, it's my favourite Pentax lens.I agree. The 60-250 is a great lens. I use it for local footie matches and it is so much betteer that any other lens I have used.