garyknrd

garyknrd

Lives in Thailand
Works as a Retired
Has a website at www.birdsthatfart.com
Joined on Jan 2, 2011
About me:

Retired. Hobby, bird photography

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MrPetkus: No Pentax K mount? Either Pentax intends to rebrand this at a significant price hike (like the recent 18-270) or they'll fade into oblivion.

I hope Pentax get's it but let's face facts. Pentax is avoided like the plague by most now.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2012 at 04:35 UTC
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Donnie G: The K-5II is a nice incremental upgrade of a wonderful picture taking machine. As long as Pentax sticks to improving its current APS-C cameras and that marvelous 645D and they don't get suckered into wasting resources on doing a 35mm full frame model just to have it shot down by the big 2, like what's going to happen to Sony's A99/RX1, then they'll be alright. Stay the course Pentax. You're on the right track.

+1

Direct link | Posted on Sep 15, 2012 at 02:05 UTC
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Donnie G: The K-5II is a nice incremental upgrade of a wonderful picture taking machine. As long as Pentax sticks to improving its current APS-C cameras and that marvelous 645D and they don't get suckered into wasting resources on doing a 35mm full frame model just to have it shot down by the big 2, like what's going to happen to Sony's A99/RX1, then they'll be alright. Stay the course Pentax. You're on the right track.

Donnie you a very optimistic fellow. I shoot wildlife with the k-5's and with a 7D. Always in Hi continuous shutter. The K-5's have fallen apart. Shutter shot, buttons falling off. After 1.5 years unusable. That is not to mention they were useless for BIF and low light shooting. My 7D had never hiccuped. So inferior parts in the k-5 inferior AF in the k-5. Makes a very poor pro-summer camera. For the same price when I bought the 7D? 1500 dollars.
So your wonderful picture taking machine is a bit over stated in this area of photography. To put it mildly it is a POS. I have to have one for my big glass. But it is still the poorest designed and poorest parts ( cheapest for sure ) camera for wildlife I have ever seen period.
If the K-5ll is better I will be very surprised.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2012 at 07:22 UTC
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raimaster: interesting about AF performance in low light:

"In single AF mode the EOS 5D Mark III's AF performs very well, too, even in very low light, despite the lack of an AF-assist lamp. Rated down to EV-2, which is equivalent to moonlight, we've been constantly impressed by the ability of the 5D III's AF system to get solid focus in light where the 5D Mark II would have been completely unable to operate."
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canon-eos-5d-mark-iii/14

Pentax K-5II: The biggest difference is the latest, SAFOX X, autofocus sensor. This is designed to work in lower light than any of its rivals (down to -3EV) it will also provide greater accuracy when working with F2.8 and fast lenses.

can we say that K-5II has the same performance in low light shooting compare to 5DMKIII ? plus K-5II has an assist lamp :)

IMO this a joke. I own the K-5. Sure it will AF and confirm even in fairly good light. But the AF is not focused. It is a joke period. Pentax is so far behind in this area. My 7D walks all over the K-5 hands down. And personally I doubt there is much improvement. That advertising hype is for the fanboys so they will buy another POS. LOL

Direct link | Posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 06:22 UTC

Wow, I think I have just found my travel camera. For recording sunsets and travel locations. Amazing.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 05:16 UTC as 197th comment
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Villamarcel: I really apprecaite the constitency of Pentax with this model.
It reminds me a german company named LEICA even if the products and the market strategy is not the same. I have the impression that they take care of their customers.

LOL, it is because of the insane tax charged by the foreign country's. I live abroad most of the year and only buy when back in america. The tax is insane out of the US. If I buy from the US then ship it to another country which I have done. The tax here is additional 20-30%. If the US levied the same tax, it would be the same price in the US.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 12, 2012 at 00:02 UTC

Just out of curiosity, what does this cost? I cannot afford one but would like to know.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2012 at 23:49 UTC as 22nd comment | 3 replies
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JEROME NOLAS: Why do they still make them?

LOL, I live in Asia and travel extensively. I have never seen one in the stores here. Never been to Singapore, or Japan, but I think they have a Pentax following there. And I go to allot of the high end shops to browse. Not only that but Pentax is now disappearing from the sales shelves. This year i have seen it slip even farther. I used to see some K-r's in stores like Big Camera in Thailand.
But they are now stocking a good supply of Nikon Canon Olympus. I did see a Ricoh for the first time the other day.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2012 at 12:39 UTC

I have a K-5 and it is a POS. I am actually using a K-x now. It outlasted the K-7 which was a POS and the K-5 which was a horror story.
LOL, what a muster cluck.

Although I will buy one. Which makes me an idiot also. Good glass though.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2012 at 09:25 UTC as 44th comment

LOL, I am glad I bought a Sigma 500mm f-4.5 two years ago for Pentax mount. I have been looking at the Pentax board and they were saying 2500-4500 dollars.... I bought a used Canon 500mm f-4 L IS for 5,600 dollars, two years old and used a dozen times. Get the vaseline and Bend over Pentxians.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 11, 2012 at 08:57 UTC as 9th comment
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Gkpm: Stupidest idea I've heard all year. We carry phones already, just need cameras that communicate with them.

Absolutely no need for cameras to become phones, just more time wasted with an extra platform to setup, keeping up to date and worry about security.

You know I am 60 and just getting into this kind of stuff. I think it is kinda cool. I love the idea. Don't think it is quite there yet, but in 5 years I think this and more will be the norm.
I just got the Nexus 7 and really like it. My first tablet. And I love Jellybean OS.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 30, 2012 at 01:30 UTC
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alexeyga: Hey Pentax boys, why don't you enlighten the public what's the point in WR if all the best Pentax lenses (like 31LTD, 43LTD, 77LTD) are not WR-ed?

And why would anybody want to invest into Pentax DA* lenses that are actually WR-ed, but come with the SDM AF mechanism that is prone to failure?

This guy is nuttier than my mom's fruitcake. One of the guys that brings a knife to a baking cook off. Unfortunately uninformed as he is. It is a cult mentality. Kinda scary.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2012 at 17:17 UTC
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CameraLabTester: Pentax used to be running with Champions in the film era.

I wonder what happened...

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Pentax users please don't get upset and blow your top. Truth hurts.

It used to be a very very good brand of a camera.

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Heie2, this guy is a joke. The only camera that is not a POS is the K-x and Maybe the K-30. or the K10d. I did not own them. The others were horrible against the competition.
Fanboys like this is what gets new consumers in trouble and makes them choose the wrong brand. Fanboyism is not a good thing in my opinion. It is a physiological disorder of some kind. Stupidity is ramp-id here this guy is a prime example.
Back to the K-30. If the AF is FIXED which I doubt. And reports have pretty much confirmed it is pretty bad against the competition. Then it is a winner. That will come out in a short time. With testing.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 28, 2012 at 15:09 UTC
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Revenant: I find it rather amazing, that the announcement of this Pentax superzoom has generated more comments than the Nikon Android compact, and more than ten times as many comments as the simultaneously announced Olympus superzoom. We've seen so many of this kind of camera, from Fujifilm, Panasonic, Canon and others. What is it about this one that got people talking?

Sadly, Pentax kinda reminds me of the now defunct Kodak. It is headed down the same road IMO. A giant that has now fallen and never to return to its previous glory.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2012 at 14:52 UTC
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johnmcpherson: I cut my teeth on Kodak film. Ektacrome, Tri-X 400, Kodachrome, Kodak paper, Kodak IR film. Developing my own; color and black & white, film and paper. "It was magic."

Nothing in the digital world compares, or even comes close to the magic of those days. And I mean nothing. For those of you who have never watched a print "come up" under red light you have no idea...

There is something about film and paper. It's intangible yet it's there. They just look more real, better, or surreal if that's what you were after. I can't describe it but the artist in me knows and knows when it's missing. And, it's always missing from digital. Maybe it's the analog vs digital phenomenon; I don't know but it is real and; I miss it.

And I will miss you Kodak.

This is not the last of your problems Kodak; you are heading down a slippery slope. I doubt if you will even exists at the end of this decade.

What a shame.

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Direct link | Posted on Aug 27, 2012 at 14:42 UTC

I was hoping Ricoh would take Pentax into a more quality camera. Wait until the replacement for the k-5 comes out. But it does not look good. Ricoh is in financial trouble. I know that, but was hoping buying Pentax would help Pentax. I am not so sure now.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 23, 2012 at 12:55 UTC as 54th comment | 3 replies
On Editing on the road article (114 comments in total)

I live an photograph in Asia most of the time now. I have seen tours like this come in. I am not a tour operator. But I know all the wildlife local tour operators.

An incredible wast of money, but people pay for organized tours. Amazing.
As for the equipment. Just buy a cheap laptop with USB 3. Only if you need a new one. And a cheap backup drive. There is nothing in this article that even remotely touches on the way to travel to get and save the best photos. Except go on the tour?

Direct link | Posted on Aug 13, 2012 at 18:24 UTC as 53rd comment | 6 replies

Wow, what is the name of that martian bird in the first pic.

Direct link | Posted on Aug 8, 2012 at 02:20 UTC as 70th comment | 1 reply
On Roger Cicala investigates Canon's AF marketing claims article (89 comments in total)

Wow, the 7D is behind the new rebel...

Direct link | Posted on Aug 2, 2012 at 21:57 UTC as 24th comment
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Nmphoto: A good photographer can take a good photo with anything. All you people who think you need the best gear, get ready to hang your heads in shame.

What nonsense. I started with the cheap glass. And never was satisfied. Professional glass works. It is truly amazing. I wouldn't buy that lens for birding on a bet. I bet on a heavy crop it would be a muster cluck. And that is being kind.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 28, 2012 at 02:07 UTC
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