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Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 22 Hours Ago  
Most used lens for Landscapes?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 32
Views: 1,050
On my K-3iii, the D-FA21mm f2.4 is my main lens for landscape now. On a FF K-1, the F31mm f1.8 would be the corresponding lens. I have both and the FA31mm can be strongly recommended IMHO.
Hope that the comment may help.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-19-2022, 02:49 AM  
Pentax K3 mode dial - not doing what it is pointing at..!
Posted By hcc
Replies: 7
Views: 489
+1 for the factory reset.

Take off the battery for 24 h. Recharge the battery fully. (If you could, check the battery hold its voltage, because this could be another source of issues.) After 24 h, re-insert the battery and restart the camera.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-17-2022, 05:13 PM  
G'day from Australia
Posted By hcc
Replies: 19
Views: 401
Welcome. There are a bunch of Aussies in this very friendly and helpful forum.
We look forward to read your contributions and see your shots.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-17-2022, 03:21 AM  
K-7 iso setting
Posted By hcc
Replies: 2
Views: 463
Glad that you found the issue.
The K-7 is a great camera IMO and still give great shots at low ISO, especially when paired with a good fast prime lens. I continue to use my K-7 as a 2nd backup, and I nearly always use it with a prime, like FA31mm f1.8, FA77mm f1.8 or Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4.
While many people complained about the less-than-adequate performances at high ISO (i..e above ISO 800), the camera has a superb body (re-sued with the K-5, K-5ii, K-3, K-3ii and even K-3iii) and a nice optical viewfinder. The ergonomy was outstanding IMHO.
Enjoy your K-7....
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 09-16-2022, 06:59 PM  
Sony Tough SD HSii Cards - Quick Review
Posted By hcc
Replies: 13
Views: 589
Likely K-3iii as per the forum name.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-13-2022, 03:22 PM  
The D-FA21mm controls my mind
Posted By hcc
Replies: 9
Views: 1,195
No need to apology :). The lens review was great and "spot on" IMHO.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-13-2022, 02:46 PM  
Voigtländer lenses with Pentax K1 Mark II
Posted By hcc
Replies: 12
Views: 898
Voigtlander lenses with K-mount can be obtained 2nd hand from the Forum market place and the Bay, as well as a number of Japanese (and Korean) sellers. Some lenses (e.g. Nokton 58mm) have two versions. The version II is preferable IMHO.

I have three Voigtlander lenses: 58mm, 90 mm and 125mm. The Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4 is my favorite lens in many poor-light situations, while the Voigtlander 125mm f2.5 is the best macro lenses that I ever used. Honestly, both lenses are fabulous and well worth their prices. BTW both VL 58mm and 125mm are FF and would work great on the K-1.

I cannot comment on the other Voigtlander (eg 40 mm), but most Voigtlander lenses have a great reputation.

Hope that the comment may help.

---------- Post added 09-14-22 at 08:21 AM ----------

+1 +1 +1
The D-FA21mm f2.4 is absolutely astonishing IMO:
The D-FA21mm controls my mind -

I use mine on APS-C camera body (K-3iii), and it would work as well on FF camera bodies (K-1, K-1iii).
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-10-2022, 03:05 PM  
Un petit bonjour de la France
Posted By hcc
Replies: 13
Views: 371
Nice shots. Where did you take the photos? They remind me of Bretagne Sud and Golfe du Morbihan, but there are many beautiful coastlines in France.
Look forward to see more photos.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-06-2022, 02:51 PM  
K3 MKIII Vibration on Start and cannot take photos except in live view
Posted By hcc
Replies: 22
Views: 1,219
Sorry to hear your problem.
Another suggestion: try to reset all parameters of the camera settings. If this does not work out, then do a hard camera reset: remove the battery for 24 h minimum, charge 100% the battery, and after more than 24 h (preferably 48 h), re-insert the battery and restart the camera.
Hope that this might help....
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-05-2022, 05:08 PM  
Bulging D-L109 Battery - Replace with real Pentax or is Brand X OK?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 40
Views: 1,619
I continue to use Pentax battery of my K-7 after more than 12 years and it continue to retain "juice" longer than 3rd party batteries. My rant: I found that 3rd battery batteries (I have two) tends to stop very suddenly, without warning, compared to the Pentax original batteries.
My 5 cents...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-04-2022, 01:41 PM  
DA 16-85 AF issues
Posted By hcc
Replies: 13
Views: 751
Sorry to hear your trouble.
Could any settings inadvertently been input (in the camera body) caused this? Is it worth to consider a camera body reset?
Hope that you can resolve it before being back to Oz...
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 07-31-2022, 04:54 PM  
Sharing my love for the GR!
Posted By hcc
Replies: 9
Views: 1,335
Nice shots. I love the 1st and last ones, really.
Thank you for sharing.
And welcome to the Forum, where we look forward for your contributions, posts and more photos.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-30-2022, 05:23 PM  
Pentax Lens Recommendations For Close-Up Portraiture.
Posted By hcc
Replies: 36
Views: 1,522
For portrait, the FA77mm f1.8 Ltd is a fantastic lens. I own a K-7, K-3 and K-3ii, and I continue to use the K-7 with high-grade lens like the FA77mm.
The FA7mm is much loved in this Forum and was once called the "best (autofocus) lens that money can buy" across all brands : sm-02-05-02 - Luminous Landscape.
There is no doubt that newer dSLR outperforms the K-7, and that the K-7 is not great at high ISO (ISO 800 and above) IMHO. But, at low ISO, I continue to love the K-7 rendering, especially with the FA77mm.
I hope that the comment may help
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-22-2022, 05:53 PM  
G'Day from Oz
Posted By hcc
Replies: 11
Views: 305
Welcome to the Forum
There are many active Aussies here.
Look forward for your contributions to the Forum.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 07-04-2022, 11:41 PM  
Pentax k-50 - issue with Pentax 18-250 lens
Posted By hcc
Replies: 9
Views: 678
Could this be the dreaded "Pentax Lens 18-250 Lock jammed" with the lens stucked at 18mm?
In the affirmative, there is a simple fix that anyone can do with a small screwdriver IMHO. (Even me, I am a handy person and I repaired my DA18-250mm.) See the thread: Pentax Lens 18-250 Smc. Lock button jamed - Page 2 - This thread should be a "Sticky" one in relation to the DA18-250mm IMHO.
Hope that this could help others....
Forum: Pentax K-70 07-04-2022, 07:02 AM  
What lens - zoom around 300mm
Posted By hcc
Replies: 31
Views: 1,523
I noted that one need for the OP is being "portable", in addition to FF.
I will suggest a solution consisting of the Pentax FA*300mm f4.5 and a TC (e.g 1.4). The FA*300mm f4.5 is a great FF 300 mm lens, relatively light and easily handled by hand. When I use it, I often bring my HD DA TC1.4x. This gives me two focal lengths (300 mm and 420mm) with great IQ and light weight. I am very happy with the combo.
I appreciate that the Pentax HD DA TC1.4x is not FF, and other PF members might suggest alternative FF TC.
I hope that the suggestion may help.
Forum: Pentax KP 07-02-2022, 09:37 AM  
Mint KP issue - Over $500 instant quote for Precision Camera, before any info...
Posted By hcc
Replies: 25
Views: 1,466
I am sorry to hear your issues. I believe that Used Cameras, Lenses & Gear For Sale | Buy & Sell at KEH Camera can also provide some camera services: KEH Online Camera Repair | Digital and Film Camera Repairs at KEH Camera. I did not use them for repairs, but I read good comment in this forum.
Hope that the comment may help.
Forum: Video Recording and Processing 06-30-2022, 12:28 AM  
Beech martens filmed with K-3 III
Posted By hcc
Replies: 5
Views: 1,016

I genuinely believe that the FA77mm Ltd works nicely with the K-3iii {The D-FA21mm controls my mind -}.

Thank you for sharing
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-28-2022, 04:50 AM  
The D-FA21mm controls my mind
Posted By hcc
Replies: 9
Views: 1,195
On the D-FA21mm f2.4 Ltd...

There have been many threads on the DA15mm f4 Ltd lens, including title like "The DA15mm controls my mind". Having the DA15mm Ltd myself, as well as the DA10-17mm (fisheye), and now the D-FA21mm f2.4 Ltd, I would now argue that "the D-FA21mm controls my mind". Why and how?

I recently purchased both a K-3iii and a D-FA21mm f2.4 Ltd. The first purchase was a no-brainer because my K-3 was now 8 years old. Still a good camera body IMHO but .... The second purchase was a LBA, in part linked to the in-depth review here at PF :) {}.

For the past 4-5 weeks, I have been travelling in Europe with my new K-3iii, my new D-FA21mm Ltd, my older FA77mm f1.8 Ltd and my 'old reliable' DA18-250mm as an all-round lens. And I shot over 2,000 shots. Let me first summarise a few key points from this experience when I have shot a lot of actions (incl. surfers) and landscape (sunny, rany, windy).

+The DA18-250mm is under-performing with the K-3iii. Or I should say the K-3iii over-perform the DA18-250mm. Not completely surprising IMO, but I did not expect by so much.

+ The FA77mm Ltd was my reference lens from the start. It is fabulous for portrait, as well as landscape. It was once called "The Best (Autofocus) Lenses Money Can Buy" {}. Here, no disappointment. The FA77mm Ltd performs very nicely on the K-3iii. I used it mostly for landscape incl. at sunset and sunrise: outstanding! The FA77mm Ltd is not the sharpest lens but its rendering is truly outstanding incl. with the K-3iii.

+ The D-FA21mm was a stunner with the K-3iii. Beyond my expectations. I cannot believe that nearly 50% of my shots were taken with D-FA21mm. And for the past 2 weeks, the D-FA21mm has been nearly always on the K-3iii.

When I prepared my lenses for this trip, I planned that I would use the DA18-250mm for 50% of time, the FA77mm Ltd for 35% and the D-FA21mm for the rest. I was wrong! So wrong! My usage was been the D-FA21mm for 50% of shots, the FA77mm Ltd for 40% of time and the DA18-250mm for the rest.

More I found that the combo D-FA21mm and FA77mm Lts is a superb combo on the K-3iii. Some would argue that a 17-70mm zoom lens would be more convenient. No! I would not compromise and I think that the D-FA21mm/FA77mm Ltd is the perfect combo on the K-3iii, for what I am shooting right now.

Off course, nothing is perfect. The weather in Europe is generally nice and I had very little fogg/smoke/smogg. Under such tricky conditions, I would still prefer to use my trusted Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4: "extra-ordinary (IMHO) in poor lighting conditions" {}.

In summary: "the D-FA21mm controls my mind". No doubt right now. It becomes my favorite prime lens for now!
Forum: Pentax K-70 06-26-2022, 01:16 AM  
K-70 Monitor Screen Fault
Posted By hcc
Replies: 6
Views: 394
For a hard reset, remove the battery for 24 h, charge the battery to full. and restart the camera 24 h later.
There is also a way to reset the setting using the LCD screen, but this would be of no use in this situation.
How old is your K-70? Still under warranty?

Hope that the above suggestion may help
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-25-2022, 01:38 AM  
Pentax K-7, can you go wrong?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 32
Views: 1,746
The K-7 is still a nice camera at low ISO, paired with a good fast prime lens IMO. It is now my 3rd body and I will still love the colour and rendering of the K-7 at low ISO (up to 400 ISO, but better at 100 ISO), especially with my FA31 mm Ltd f1.8, FA77 Ltd f1.8 and Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4.
I love the body of the K-7. And the OF.

My K-3iii and K-3 are better overall, but at low ISO the K-7 holds its ground IMHO.
Hope that the comment may help.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-15-2022, 12:06 AM  
New guy from Sydney Australia !
Posted By hcc
Replies: 8
Views: 516
Welcome to the Forum. There are many Aussies here :).
We look forward to read your contributions and see your shots.
Forum: Ricoh Theta 360° Cameras 05-21-2022, 10:46 PM  
Theta SC2 photography with a drone
Posted By hcc
Replies: 3
Views: 2,329
Amazing that 3D printing can do to help getting the right mount.
Thank you for sharing.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-18-2022, 05:00 PM  
My Vintage Pentax Lenses that I use regularly
Posted By hcc
Replies: 24
Views: 1,694
Am I correct that these lenses are M-42 mount? Which adapter do you use?

Your 2nd and 4th photos are outstanding. Thank you for sharing these, as well as your experience with these oldies but goodies lenses.
Forum: General Photography 05-10-2022, 07:41 PM  
My picture on the cover of a magazine
Posted By hcc
Replies: 17
Views: 1,194
Congrats. Very well done.
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