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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-21-2018, 05:56 AM  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By JML69
Replies: 262
Views: 15,816
I was able to try both the 200-500 and 150-600 Sport at a local shop and decided on the 200-500 for size, weight, value and sharpness (I understand there were quality variations on both, but I got lucky). Now that they just released the 500 PF 5.6 and rumored to be making a 600 PF, while neither are cheap, they certainly are much less in price, size and weight than the other options out there. Just something to consider in making your decision. :confused:
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-20-2018, 04:43 AM  
K-3ii to D500... Is this the right move?
Posted By JML69
Replies: 262
Views: 15,816
I am fortunate enough to own both systems the OP is asking about. While the K-3ii and 150-450 are a very nice combination (and no I am not bashing Pentax) as I still have 4 Pentax Bodies and many, many lenses.......

The D500 and 200-500 are in many ways far superior for what He is wanting to do. Yes, the Menu on the D500 is confusing and cumbersome at first, but after spending some time using it you learn how to adapt. As far as the picture quality between the two combinations I do not really notice one being better than the other.

But what I do notice is the D500 locks focus much faster and stays on focus for moving subjects and this is something He is interested in.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-17-2018, 02:14 PM  
The M Club!
Posted By JML69
Replies: 8,630
Views: 1,287,006
After reading about how the old manual focus lenses were good for "Beginners" (me) wanting to try Astrophotography, I decided to start with the M series 35mm 2:8.

Lot's to learn on this new photography adventure......:o

K-3ii

Forum: Lens Clubs 03-19-2018, 06:07 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By JML69
Replies: 35,870
Views: 3,656,109
Been awhile since I posted due to "playing" with a D500 and 200-500, but I still have all of my Pentax gear and love the IQ it produces.

K-3II and 150-450.

Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 02-08-2018, 05:16 AM  
365
Posted By JML69
Replies: 9
Views: 597
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-01-2017, 12:40 PM  
DA 16-85 WR,show us what it can do.
Posted By JML69
Replies: 1,235
Views: 192,593
Still learning about daytime lightning technique. K-5IIS and 16/85.

Forum: Lens Clubs 08-15-2017, 01:49 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By JML69
Replies: 35,870
Views: 3,656,109
This seagull's legs are wrapped in fishing line attached to a fishing hook in it's wing, but It could still fly.

Reminds me of a song from Bad Company from the 70's......:)

K-3II & 55-300PLM

Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-14-2017, 01:59 PM  
Poll: What is your experience with Precision Camera Repair in Enfield, CT (Poll)
Posted By JML69
Replies: 103
Views: 10,097
I am just amazed at this whole process with Precision and Pentax.

Precision received my lens into their system on June 7th, they shipped it to The Factory on June 15th.

I had to show my as* today in order to speak with a Manager only to be informed that my lens "should" be shipping back to them in 2 weeks from The Factory, then they can collect payment and ship it to me. Prior to that it was no returned
e-mails or phone calls, etc. As well as the "online information system" showing diddly squat!

Bottom Line is..... a 16 Month old DFA 150-450 that was not reading the correct focal length in camera but otherwise was working just fine with Auto Focus and everything else turned out to needing a cleaning for dust inside the "weather sealed" :hmm:lens as well as a new Auto Focus system to the tune of over $900.00..........Going to seriously consider if what I love about Pentax is worth this kind of crap going forward.

I am going to go do some shots of Whiskey now, thanks for letting me vent!
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-11-2017, 01:21 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By JML69
Replies: 35,870
Views: 3,656,109
I smell BACON!!!!! :) K-3II and DA*300

Forum: Lens Clubs 07-21-2017, 06:22 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By JML69
Replies: 35,870
Views: 3,656,109
A Fishy Friday.....

K-3ii and DA* 300




Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-11-2017, 01:49 PM  
DA 16-85 WR,show us what it can do.
Posted By JML69
Replies: 1,235
Views: 192,593
First time trying to capture lightning with a K-5iis and 16-85 through the windshield of my truck. Tricky indeed to get the hang of this......

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-26-2017, 11:32 AM  
55-300 PLM question
Posted By JML69
Replies: 11
Views: 1,754
I had the same issue with this lens that was delivered yesterday. I tried cleaning the contacts, reinstalling the firmware update on my K-3ii, tried on the wife's K-50 after updating that firmware, the camera bodies were seeing the lens as the aperture was correct and it would change when zooming in and out it just would not focus either auto or manually. After arranging for a replacement I gave it the old fashioned "slap upside the head" and viola it works now. :lol:

The only thing I can think was it took some rough bumps in transit and something got out of alignment. Pretty nice upgrade from the older 55-300 offerings.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-12-2017, 11:44 AM  
DA 16-85 WR,show us what it can do.
Posted By JML69
Replies: 1,235
Views: 192,593
Picked up a used copy as it was to good of a price to walk away from, impressed so far. K-5IIs, 85mm at F8.

Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-08-2017, 11:44 AM  
Horsetail Falls - 2008
Posted By JML69
Replies: 35
Views: 2,118
Nominated, Outstanding!
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-08-2017, 11:09 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By JML69
Replies: 35,870
Views: 3,656,109
Four Females in the back yard now and the lone Male has not been seen in day's, perhaps He is "resting" before the Activities begin? :D

Anyway.....got lucky on a couple approach shots to the Feeder. K-3ii and D FA 150-450.



Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-08-2017, 09:31 AM  
Got Squirrel Shots? (In memorial of Rupert)
Posted By JML69
Replies: 2,902
Views: 266,393
I always knew living close to a Nuclear Power Plant could be a hazard, it's making the Squirrels do strange things.......:lol:



Forum: Lens Clubs 04-27-2017, 12:35 PM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By JML69
Replies: 35,870
Views: 3,656,109
Had one evening of birds that are rarely seen in my area, now they are gone as it is 96.5 degrees with a feels like of 104! The only ones left are the red wing black birds which I will sell for $0.25 a piece. :lol:

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
(Rental) K-1 and D FA 150-450


Indigo Bunting
K-3ii and D FA 150-450
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-24-2017, 06:42 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By JML69
Replies: 35,870
Views: 3,656,109
Hummingbird Moth, K-3ii and D FA 150-450.

Forum: Lens Clubs 04-24-2017, 06:39 AM  
Post your HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW pictures!
Posted By JML69
Replies: 2,549
Views: 365,390
This Lens can do Macro......

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-21-2017, 02:27 PM  
prime, prime, everywhere a prime...
Posted By JML69
Replies: 12,802
Views: 672,654
While on the "New World Record" waste of time conference call today, I played with the M 50 1:4 Macro. Balsa Wood Roses, and a bottle we found in the Islands.

I need to use my M lenses more often!



Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 04-19-2017, 02:04 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By JML69
Replies: 31,869
Views: 2,986,711
I rented a K-1 as this thread had me drooling all over my keyboard.....I decided to mount my 1.4 TC to my D FA 150-450 and do some deep crops. WOW, the resolution and tilt screen have me sold! Pentax really did right with this Camera.

Below are before and after as shot in FF mode other than the crop and resizing.

Thanks for spending my money:lol:



Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 04-19-2017, 04:40 AM  
Pentax D FA 150-450 focal length not accurate.
Posted By JML69
Replies: 3
Views: 990
Thank you for the replies dcshooter and pschlute, may need to send it in for service.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 04-18-2017, 01:04 PM  
Pentax D FA 150-450 focal length not accurate.
Posted By JML69
Replies: 3
Views: 990
When zoomed out to 450 mm the information reads 310 mm in the camera, this is on a k-3ii or k-5ii. I can back it off less than 1/16 of an inch to where the white line on the ring is now at the 0 of 450 instead of the 5 of 450 and it shows 450 mm as it should.

I have cleaned all contacts and other than being a little aggravating it does not affect quality, any ideas what could be causing this? Thought I was drinking more than normal when I noticed it last night.:lol:
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-17-2017, 08:17 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By JML69
Replies: 35,870
Views: 3,656,109
Finally caught the Male away from the feeder, also realized my foto's looked like crap because I was not sizing them properly for this site, so lets see if properly sizing them helps because its never the operators fault...:D
Forum: Lens Clubs 04-16-2017, 06:00 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By JML69
Replies: 35,870
Views: 3,656,109
Mr. and Mrs. Hummingbird yesterday.
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