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Forum: General Photography 10-01-2021, 09:30 AM  
I'd like to purchase a film body for display - suggestions please
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 51
Views: 1,325
If you buy a 110, pretty sure you could use those lenses on the Q with an adapter. You'll be shooting wide open, but you could do it.

If you do get a K1000, make it an original made in Japan model.

Keep an eye on eBay for an LX. I scored a fully functional one with winder for $150. Every now and then, you can find a good deal under the radar.

Patience will be key to finding good prices. I think people often overlook some nice models. I turned up a K2 for about $40 and a KX for about $55. People are so focused on the K1000, they are over priced compared to some of the other cameras out there. You'll find cameras like the ME Super are dirt cheap.
Forum: General Photography 09-30-2021, 07:29 PM  
I'd like to purchase a film body for display - suggestions please
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 51
Views: 1,325
First, you can't stop with one. Having a little collection is too much fun to pass, and you'll find you can get some nice stuff at good prices with some diligence. The K1000 is one to have, but they are overpriced. You still need one at some point, but it can wait. I've been mulling this over, and an MX just keeps coming to the top of my list. It would be a neat first one to start your collection with. A Spotmatic is iconic and should be next to the K1000. It's too easy to recommend several others, so I'll stop with these three. ;)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-18-2021, 09:04 AM  
55-300 PLM vs 60-250 DA* for plane spotting
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 17
Views: 1,185
Two thoughts. Is what you're seeing actually atmospheric issues, e.g. haze, heat etc., or do you have a bad copy of the PLM? I have both lenses, and I find my PLM to be just fine at the long end. So much so, I rarely grab my 60-250. I really use that on my K-1 II (I've done the baffle modification), and the PLM on my K-3 II. I know people talk about the 300 end of the PLM to not be as good as backed off a bit, but I've not really experienced that. Perhaps I have an exceptional copy.
Forum: Ricoh GR 09-17-2021, 06:47 PM  
Cicada Husk
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 5
Views: 495
Very nicely done, and makes me want a GR III even more. ;)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-15-2021, 07:24 PM  
Richness of Pentax images
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 20
Views: 1,435
I think you mostly answered your own question. If you're just changing the lens, then your seeing a difference in optics and coatings. I think my Sigma lenses are cooler than my Pentax lenses. The sensor and how the files are generated by the camera certainly has impact too. I'm going to guess that the different manufacturers have developed target color profiles. I feel like the way a camera renders red is often talked about in reviews.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-15-2021, 06:12 PM  
K-70 upgrade - K-1 Mark II or K-3 mark III?
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 33
Views: 1,640
I have a K-1 II and a K-3 II, so the K-3 III should compare even better. You initially mention wanting to shoot more bird, pet and night shots. The first two squarely put you into the K-3 III category. I like my K-1 II very much, but it's FPS and buffer is poor compared to the K-3 II, and it's focusing speed is no better. By all accounts, the AF in the K-3 III is far beyond anything Pentax has offered, and it's faster in general. Regarding the night angle, the K-1 platform is great for astro, but the purists will prefer the original K-1 over the mk II due to the accelerator chip. Much has been posted I will not try to summarize here. However, by all I've read, the new K-3 III does a pretty darn good job with higher ISO performance, and probably rivals the K-1 II. By some accounts, it may even be "better." I think the biggest pain here is having to buy the external GPS to have the astro tracer work. That is probably the price of that new viewfinder, which is pretty fantastic by all accounts. I've honestly found that the K-1 doesn't lend itself to traveling as much as the smaller format either. It's not just the body, it's all the bigger and heavier full frame lenses. As already mentioned, you'll need to pick up the 150-450 to have the same FOV as the 55-300 PLM you have. I have both those lenses by the way, and they're both great, but guess what? When I go walk the dog, the K-3 II and 55-300PLM, 20-40 ltd and 15 ltd (or the 16-50) fits into a small holster bag. There's no way I'm hauling around the K-1 II and my 150-450 and 24-70. And if I want super long telephoto and am not concerned about lugging it, the 150-450 is the ticket on the K-3 II. I honestly don't use it much on my K-1 II. I think coming from the K-70, I'd say stick with the APS-C format, and if you want to do full frame, add that later as it's own thing versus as an upgrade path from your K-70.
Forum: General Photography 09-09-2021, 05:06 PM  
Poll: How large does everyone here print?
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 33
Views: 1,040
Another 13x19 Canon Pixma Pro 100 user.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-06-2021, 03:49 PM  
Pentax Q 02 standard zoom; zoom ring stuck
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 4
Views: 304
Try pointing the lens up or down while working the zoom ring, and see if it frees up. My 16-85 had a failure where position affected its ability to zoom.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-31-2021, 04:54 PM  
What's your favorite wide-angle prime lens for a K-1?
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 37
Views: 2,093
I'll also agree the DFA 15-30 is a really sweet lens. For an even wider perspective, I like my Irix 11mm quite a bit too. It is more limited in use though. It's so wide, you've got to be in the mood for that perspective. If you are though, it's hard to beat, especially for the price. I'd also look at the Laowa. I have not been hands-on with them, but they get very good reviews.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-29-2021, 07:11 PM  
Restoring an old Spiratone 400mm f6.3
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 12
Views: 716
Yep. My mistake. I was thinking the threads were on the other side. :(
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-29-2021, 08:38 AM  
Restoring an old Spiratone 400mm f6.3
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 12
Views: 716
Looks like you've had some fun - nice! You might want to check out one of these thread repair tools. You need to be careful not to distort the area opposite of the original damage, but I've had some success using them by rotating into the damaged area and slowly working the metal back out:

amazon.com: Neewer Camera Lens Vise Repair Tool for Lens and Filter, Ring Adjustment Range 27mm to 130mm, Steel Construction : Electronics?tag=pentaxforums-20&
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 08-21-2021, 08:47 AM  
Pentax K-3 III, smartphone and geotagging
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 12
Views: 1,099
How does it affect battery life on the phone side?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-16-2021, 05:13 PM  
Lens Acquisition Syndrome is active: DA 20-40mm Limited what to do, what to do ?
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 47
Views: 2,648
I wondered about the 20-40 for many years and thought why? Such a short range. Why bother? Then I finally bought one, and love it. Don't you also have the 15 Limited? (if not, get it) I now find the 16-50 often stays home, and the 15, 20-40, and 55-300 PLM is my go to walk about kit.

I don't understand the 11-18 versus 20-40. They don't overlap. You need both if you want wide angle to less wide angle zooming. The 11-18 is on my long term buy list, but can't do it at the moment. I'd happily add it to the kit, but I wouldn't give up on the 20-40 in the process.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 08-16-2021, 05:06 PM  
DPReview's Best Cameras around $2000 -- K-3 Mark III in the list
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 25
Views: 1,759
Didn't they same the same thing with the K-1 versus D800?......
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 08-16-2021, 05:03 PM  
Is Pentax done in Medium Format?
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 27
Views: 1,999
I am not a 645 user, but this intrigues me. Can you say more? Your history is very good.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-12-2021, 05:35 PM  
My Frankenstein DA 15
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 17
Views: 1,453
Neat adventure. I've had a couple lenses I sent to Precision in turn sent to Japan, and they both came back in great shape. I'd say you couldn't ask for a better outcome. Enjoy!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-11-2021, 01:20 PM  
Best filters for landscape photography
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 9
Views: 855
Nice write up. Thank you.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-06-2021, 08:45 AM  
PL filter to 150-450
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 11
Views: 615
I have a B+W CPL for my 150-450, and I've never had a problem with it.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-04-2021, 10:44 AM  
Old Wooden Tripod - Identity?
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 31
Views: 1,114
If you decide to go for modifying this, before drilling, make sure you use a center punch to give the drill bit a spot to start. Otherwise, it will try to walk on you, and getting the hole properly centered will be near impossible.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Klein-Tools-4-1-2-in-x-5-16-in-Center-Punch-66311/206377456

As you add up the cost of tools, it may be worth seeing if you have a local machine shop that could knock this out. I would think it would be a pretty cheap thing to do.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-04-2021, 10:40 AM  
Old Wooden Tripod - Identity?
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 31
Views: 1,114
The center post on my Sirui is about 1 1/4" diameter. The picture looks like the center of this tripod is in that ball park, however, measuring it to be sure would not be a bad idea. Then using this or something similar to mount on top would make it about identical to my Sirui:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1382166-REG/sirui_kp59kit_kp_59_mount...981&


I agree with @Wasp on making sure this does not have some value before modifying it.


I would also note that beyond making it a fun project, it may be far more practical to invest in a nice modern tripod.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-03-2021, 07:35 PM  
Old Wooden Tripod - Identity?
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 31
Views: 1,114
Yep, that tap would be correct, and the screw you linked would work too. You'll also need to get a handle for it. Much easier to turn it evenly with a handle than trying to do it with a wrench. I would also recommend getting a smaller bit, perhaps half the diameter, to drill a pilot hole. The hardest part will be drilling the hole perpendicular, but be careful, and you'll be fine. For both the drilling and tapping, use a light weight oil They make special cutting fluids, but for what you're doing, you could use a household oil like 3 and 1. Automatic transmission fluid would work too. You'll want to drill it, clean up the metal bits, and then tap it. You work the tap in slowly going in a little, backing it out, back in. You'll feel it cutting. Clean it as you go. I'm sure there are some good YouTube videos on tapping things. It's not hard, and a good thing to know how to do.

edit - I see wadge22 and I are typing at the same time - think you're on your way. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-03-2021, 06:41 PM  
Appalling quality (sample variation) of Samyang 14mm f/2.8 lenses
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 12
Views: 770
Sweet lens. Have one sitting next to my keyboard as I type this. Yep, good primes are great. ;)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-03-2021, 04:34 PM  
Old Wooden Tripod - Identity?
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 31
Views: 1,114
It looks like that center post is solid. Just tap it and fit a stud that you then screw the ballhead onto.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-03-2021, 04:27 PM  
Asahi Pentax Auto extension tubes on a modern lens question
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 10
Views: 427
Keep an eye on eBay for some extension tubes by Jessops with contacts. Every now and then a set will appear. I had a saved search set to email me when they showed up. It's not often, but they do appear.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-03-2021, 04:20 PM  
Appalling quality (sample variation) of Samyang 14mm f/2.8 lenses
Posted By clickclick
Replies: 12
Views: 770
I didn't mean you should get a 15-30. Only meant owning one is why I haven't bought the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm. I've looked at the Samyang many times thinking a nice light weight 14mm prime would be nice to have, even though I have the 15-30 already. I'm quite interested in how this works out. I also have a daughter who has a KP and is getting into astro-photography. She has absconded (with my blessings) with my SMC 14, and snagging a Samyang/Rokinon replacement is tempting. Then the question will be be who gets the Samyang - based on the tests here at PF, a good copy is probably better than the SMC 14. :)
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