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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 2 Days Ago  
Samyang 14mm decentering?
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 9
Views: 435
Yes, and you can even sort of understand their stance if the manufacturer is continually going to say that de-centered copies are "within spec" which I'm sure they are according to them or it wouldn't be so common. (Other Samyang lenses don't have gross QC problems so we can only assume that they are all within acceptable range for them, just not for us.)

I did see somewhere that fixing it yourself itself isn't super-difficult (but not so easy as the infinite ring adjustment), so you could always just accept a so-so copy and then try to fix it. But if you just want to keep swapping copies, then I'd swap retailers as well and hopefully you can get at least one replacement (if you need it) before they tell you the same thing. (And remember this lens comes in several brand names, so you could mix it up which one you buy.) It took me 3 or 4 times to get a good copy, although I have yet to put it on a full-frame so I'm hoping the outer edges that I can't see on my APS-C bodies are still sharp. It is kinda ridiculous to have to go through this at all, but such are the choices.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 3 Days Ago  
EX Condition Pentax 100mm F/3.5 SMC FA Macro for $119 on KEH
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 3
Views: 333
You can find the generic version of that (Promaster, etc) for less than that often (half that sometimes). $119 seems about right if you want to pay for the Pentax name.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 3 Days Ago  
Wierd Samyang 14mm F2.8 ED AS IF UMC problem
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 5
Views: 433
Unmount/mount if you haven't -- mine fits a bit tight, maybe mismounted somehow? Also try other lenses and make sure your body hasn't gone wonky or you have moved the eyepiece adjustment. If it is the lens, the ring is usually mis-calibrated from the factory -- maybe it was loose and just moved. Fairly easy adjustment if that's the case.
Forum: Pentax K-01 3 Days Ago  
DC/SDM issue
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 10
Views: 497
What lenses specifically? Certain Sigma lenses might need a firmware update to work properly. Pentax lenses ought to work though.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-12-2018, 09:49 AM  
Takumar 500mm versus SMC varient versus DFA 150-450
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 13
Views: 361
Yeah, I would think that zoom is way better than that old prime, although from what I've seen the Tak is better than I thought it would be. Still, the reason that "primes are better" is because in general primes are sharper & faster. But with 50ish years of technological improvement on the Tak, I would expect the modern zoom to blow it away.
Forum: General Photography 04-11-2018, 07:59 PM  
Need help identifying Yashika Electro 35 Gold Mecanica and Kit
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 6
Views: 438
Take a look at this page -- scroll down about 80% and there is actually a diagram of the case with the stuff in it.

(Yashica Electro G Variations and Accessories)
Forum: General Talk 04-07-2018, 09:22 PM  
I'll never have to buy AA batteries again!!!
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 11
Views: 406
I will always give it back to a small retailer/individual or in a too much change type of situation. With Amazon, no way I'm sending the batteries back (not without some compensation just for the hassle at the very least) but I might alert them to the error. (And certainly they've screwed me over a few times too -- sometimes accidents are the only justice you can get.) And as far as getting a worker in trouble, are they more or less likely to get in trouble if you alert them or not? I have no idea, or if it makes no difference. That would actually be the main thing that might STOP me from telling them -- that some warehouse worker is going to get in trouble for it because I brought it to their attention. (Slim but real possibility.) Of course it could actually be a robot or programming error -- they do much of the picking. Anyway, I certainly would hold no negative judgements towards anybody else no matter what they decided to do about it, and wouldn't regard keeping the merch as stealing in any form.
Forum: General Talk 04-07-2018, 03:55 PM  
I'll never have to buy AA batteries again!!!
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 11
Views: 406
I've had that happen (but not to that degree) a couple of times. Usually it seems like I got someone else's similar (but larger) order, and I can only assume they got mine. Was there paperwork in the box for your order?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-06-2018, 02:09 PM  
Sigma 24mm f/2.8 AF Super Wide II
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 12
Views: 756
I have had the manual version in both the new and old (gummy) outer coating. The gummy one I asked Sigma about (any way to get a replacement dof ring that I can read?) and they said no but they took it as trade-in to get a substantial discount on a brand new 70mm macro. Then I found another better copy of the super wide II.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-06-2018, 01:46 PM  
Sigma 24mm f/2.8 AF Super Wide II
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 12
Views: 756
Don't think it is rare, but a good copy of the lens should be quite sharp. They do tend to have some lateral CA, quite correctable. Some have complained about decentering -- check your corners. I think optically they are all the same, but the older ones have a rubberized surface that tends to wear off over time, along with the printing on them. This is common to many older Sigmas. (If it is jet black rather than slightly gray, those wear better.) I have the manual focus version, I use it all the time.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-03-2018, 01:16 PM  
Kenlock 35mm 3.5
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 13
Views: 410
correct
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-03-2018, 10:42 AM  
Kenlock 35mm 3.5
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 13
Views: 410
Does it have a normal click-stop aperture? Focus scale with depth-of-field marks? Aperture pin on any kind? Might be a bellows lens or enlarger lens or some other specialty thing. Does seem to be missing a back end. Or does one of those rings actually unscrew to reveal a mount underneath? (A few times when I thought I had something with parts missing it turned out it had parts added.)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-02-2018, 08:03 AM  
Manual focus K (or KA) zoom lenses with non-rotating front elements?
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 13
Views: 459
The M 70-150/4 also definitely rotates.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-02-2018, 07:46 AM  
Manual focus K (or KA) zoom lenses with non-rotating front elements?
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 13
Views: 459
Anything with internal focusing shouldn't have a rotating front element, right? Which on a zoom also often means that there is "focus breathing" and so your zoom range will actually vary depending on the focus point (e.g. won't be a long as it says unless focused at infinity). The Sigma model is IF (if I'm looking at the right model), so that may be a good candidate.
Forum: Sold Items 04-02-2018, 07:35 AM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC PENTAX 1:2/35 K35/2 (Aperture Lever Removed)
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 9
Views: 534
Basically gives you the same functionality as an m42 lens -- I actually prefer it. I've done this (reversibly) on some of my manual K-mounts on purpose so I can use Av mode instead of M all the time. In fact I just bought a Super Tak 35/2 otherwise I'd be mighty interested in this.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-01-2018, 08:12 PM  
Anyone ever heard of Andoer magnifying eye piece?
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 4
Views: 415
Yep. I think you find 1.51x way too much though so the 1.2x is preferable to that. I've never tried the Pentax one, but I tried the 1.22x Tenpa before I got this and decided I wanted more, but not that much more...
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-01-2018, 07:23 PM  
Anyone ever heard of Andoer magnifying eye piece?
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 4
Views: 415
I think 1.51x is too much -- I use a 1.35x on my k-5 and already it can be hard to see all the corners at once. Mine is a KPS brand -- doesn't seem to be around anymore, but ones branded SMDV look like the same thing, and supposedly universal fit. I'm thinking mine was Pentax-specific, I'll have to check the packaging I have around somewhere.

EDIT:
Nope: it was a universal fit. Looks to be exactly the same as this one:

https://www.amazon.com/SMDV-Magnifying-Universal-Eyepiece-E01/dp/B00V8IU7MO/...1.35x+eyepiece

I like it anyway -- had it for years and I even have an unopened one for a body I haven't bought yet...
Forum: Pentax Q 03-31-2018, 06:49 AM  
Focus adjust on the Pentax 07 shield lens
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 24
Views: 948
Yeah, sources say normal range is from .3m to about 2m. Last week I was waiting for my 08 wide to come from Japan, and went on Amazon to buy the third-party hood for it and I saw that this thing was only $27 so I bought it on a whim. Now I'm going to end up with two of them. Geez...
Forum: Pentax Q 03-31-2018, 06:41 AM  
Focus adjust on the Pentax 07 shield lens
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 24
Views: 948
Is it hard to keep it straight? Although now I'm thinking if you put in in there slightly cock-eyed that might be interesting to get more of a tilt-shift effect.

So how close DOES it focus now? The 07 can be gotten for less that $30 these days -- I could get another one so I could have one altered, one non-altered. I like the close ability, but I like this idea also. I'm surprised it doesn't focus to infinity already, or maybe it is actually supposed to? I thought it would have fixed focused at hyperfocal distance. (I just got mine a week ago, have only tried it indoors.)
Forum: Pentax Q 03-30-2018, 07:27 PM  
Focus adjust on the Pentax 07 shield lens
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 24
Views: 948
Can you elaborate on the taking it apart part?
Forum: Accessory and Memory Articles 03-29-2018, 02:20 PM  
The right type of M42-to-K-mount adaptor
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 30
Views: 37,732
Like I say in my earlier posts in this thread, if it ain't the real one, take that spring off immediately and never look back. If you aren't sure whether it is genuine even after it is in your hands, take the spring off and put it on a body -- the real one will be pretty loose and move around, the fake ones will stay in there pretty firmly even without a spring. (If it is the real one, put the spring back on.) In practical usage, real ones go on the body and stay there, fake ones go on the lens (sans spring) and stay there.
Forum: Accessory and Memory Articles 03-29-2018, 01:34 PM  
The right type of M42-to-K-mount adaptor
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 30
Views: 37,732
I wouldn't necessarily question their honesty, just their level of knowledge. The average seller doesn't even know if it is "genuine" or not (or even know what that is supposed to mean). If they aren't in the distinctive Pentax green envelope with original paperwork, you can only definitively tell by mounting it and knowing what the difference ought to be. And [most of the] knockoffs are useful too (some just don't work at all, mount the lens upside-down, etc, but most are fine) -- I use "fakes" more often than the real ones, but they should be much cheaper.
Forum: Accessory and Memory Articles 03-29-2018, 01:16 PM  
The right type of M42-to-K-mount adaptor
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 30
Views: 37,732
That one pictured is not. A real one wouldn't say "m42" or "k/m" on it -- and "Japan" would be on the bottom. (None of which would be a guarantee that it is genuine, but anyway.) Some of newer genuine ones actually say Philippines on the bottom instead of Japan. (Vietnam might be a possibility also.) The real ones have a thinner font and are actually engraved on there. (Again, which can all be copied.) If it comes in that green envelope, probably real...
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-21-2018, 08:50 PM  
1 trigger, 2 Cameras, 3 flashes is it posable???
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 9
Views: 439
Yeah, one camera is likely to lag behind in shutter response -- better chance if the cameras are same model and better still if you are only using electronic shutter. If all/most of the illumination is going to be from the flashes, you could use use a very slow shutter (or even bulb) and fire the cameras separately prior to firing the flashes to guarantee they both have an open shutter.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-21-2018, 11:11 AM  
Would You Buy a Q
Posted By vonBaloney
Replies: 36
Views: 1,327
Complete is one thing, but once they stop making bodies & lenses the system slowly dies. (Which is why I want to have an backups.) Cameras don't last like they used to.
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