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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 5 Days Ago  
APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM and Pentax K70
Posted By jaq1967
Replies: 4
Views: 451
I have both the Pentax K50 and the K70. When I noted this problem on K70 I immediately tested the lens on the K50. The lens worked perfectly. As it should. No issues with the HSM. The lens isn't compatible with the K70.

I'm waiting on Sigma to respond to an email. Will see if they say anything. I'll be well upset if they say they don't support Pentax anymore.



---------- Post added 07-12-2019 at 09:22 AM ----------

A response from Sigma:

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Morning Jacques,

*Sorry to hear you have an issue with your Sigma lens.

*Please go to*https://www.sigma-imaging-uk.com/repairs-support/*and follow the instructions for sending it to us for a firmware update that should resolve the issue.* We will do this for £14.99 to cover the return postage.

*Turn around time is about 1 week and we will contact you once received.

*Kind Regards

*Chris

SIGMA IMAGING UK LTD
13 Little Mundells
Welwyn Garden City
Herts
AL7 1EW

*********************

I guess that is fair enough? [emoji106]
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 6 Days Ago  
TLA's ... ?
Posted By dbs
Replies: 55
Views: 1,160
Hi

Maybe but not everyone here is a millenial..so acronyms are a pain.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 06-28-2019, 10:26 PM  
Pentax K-1 arrived today
Posted By barondla
Replies: 17
Views: 1,049
K-1 arrived today. Timing couldn't have been better. Yesterday was the first day, in a month, that the road to the house wasn't flooded. Today was also my only day off for a week. PentaxForums member hongzhibin1987 is great to deal with. The camera is in mint shape. Thanks man.

I've shot Pentax dslr's since the *ist DS. Always use cameras before reading the ib, to see how easy it is for students and others to use. My last dslr was a K-7. Thanks Pentax for not changing every basic control on every model. Had camera up and running in no time. Except none of my memory cards worked. Finally figured out it was set for 2 cards. I had only inserted one card (in jpeg slot) and tried to shoot Raw.

Was worried about the size increase. Well, It is bigger than the Q and smaller than the Pentax 6X7. Noticeably bigger and heavier than K-01 and K-7, but more comfortable than either to hold. The K-1 will be fine. The AF is amazing vs those two cameras.

Haven't looked yet. What is the most current firmware for the K-1?

Now a couple of images. Flowers with Pentax 200 macro. Building at night with Pentax 77 Limited.
Thanks for looking and for all the help,
barondla
Forum: Pentax K-01 06-21-2019, 10:50 AM  
Great Minds Think Alike
Posted By Not a Number
Replies: 10
Views: 1,120
Twins separated at birth.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-15-2019, 06:45 AM  
Laowa 24mm Macro Probe
Posted By Not a Number
Replies: 2
Views: 966
This lens has generated some interest however the specialized nature and price tag seems to be limiting factors in its acquisition. I'm interested in the lens but would rather spend the funds upgrading my camera body and buying a few other lenses first.

Certainly a nice feature is the waterproof sleeve with built-in LEDs.

Previous discussion:
Laowa 24mm f/14 Relay 2x macro lens for $1? - PentaxForums.com
Weird and Fascinating lens - another interesting idea from Laowa. - PentaxForums.com
Laowa 24mm microscope lens - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-15-2019, 05:09 AM  
pentax Kp with HD 16-85mm lens
Posted By steve_k
Replies: 10
Views: 815
There are several things that could of happened to your lens. There is a very good chance that your lens worked when it left the factory. It could of been damaged during shipping or when stocked at the retailer you purchased it from. So before bashing a brand new product I would suggest doing what any reasonable person would do. Return it for replacement. If they give you a problem doing that. Then you have a reason to start bashing them.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-15-2019, 03:04 AM  
pentax Kp with HD 16-85mm lens
Posted By Adam
Replies: 10
Views: 815
Could you elaborate? Why not just get it replaced? This is something that most customers never experience, and the reason that there's a warranty.
Forum: Pentax K-1 06-10-2019, 11:12 PM  
K-1 size and weight question
Posted By MarkJerling
Replies: 29
Views: 1,782
It's noticeably heavier than the K5 which is not unlike the K10, but it does not feel that much heavier than the K5. I use my K-1 with the battery grip all the time as I find that, as with the K5, my right hand 'rests' nicely against the battery grip / body right side, and that makes the K-1 very comfortable to hold in one hand while controlling and holding the lens with the left hand. So much so, that I never remove the battery grip.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-04-2019, 09:33 AM  
Lenses: what has demand and what has not - facts
Posted By normhead
Replies: 49
Views: 2,438
4 zooms sold for every prime.....
Why does this not surprise me?

My own collection.

3 telephoto zooms, 3 ultra wide zooms, 4 standard zooms - 10 zooms
4 macro primes- 3 standard primes, 1 ultra wide prime, 2 telephoto primes.

Despite constantly having to defend the use of zooms. I'm actually 50/50 zoom vs. prime and way above average in prime ownership, where as those who argue they have to have all primes are out on some kind of extreme edge.

I have two variable aperture telephoto zooms and 1 constant aperture telephoto.
Standard zooms, 3 variable aperture, 1 constant aperture.

I have 1 wide angle prime

Ultra wide angle zooms 3 variable aperture.


Looking at the numbers, I'm a prime extremist. The all prime users are the lunatic fringe.

Just kidding:D

Don't skewer me. :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-04-2019, 05:39 AM  
Lenses: what has demand and what has not - facts
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 49
Views: 2,438
CIPA has some interesting facts on lens sales. The demand (quantity) in 2018 for lenses had clear favorites:

48% of demand go into standard zooms (28-105, 24-70 ...)
28% superzooms and telezooms (70-200, 150-450 ...)
19% all types of primes (that means zooms outsell primes 4:1 and it also menas that every single focal length prime is a niche with probably 0-1%)
3% wide zooms (15-30 ...)
2% special purpose (macro, tilt/shift, cine, soft focus ...)

Over time there is little change. The only shifts are:
a) more primes
b) less telezooms
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-05-2019, 02:51 AM  
Which one to keep? smc pentax-m 1.4 50mm, smc pentax-m 1.7 50mm or tsmc Tak f2 55mm
Posted By pepperberry farm
Replies: 39
Views: 2,238
I've never understood the entire "I can't keep them all" thing - why not?

you've already paid for them, they don't require feeding or veterinary care...

keep all three and look for more!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-30-2019, 07:40 PM  
Make of this what you will!
Posted By david94903
Replies: 61
Views: 4,824
I agree. And I think the real reason the smart phone sales are slumping has more to do with the way they're marketed and sold these days, especially in the US. Long gone are the days of the "free" phone from service providers, or a small fee to upgrade to a smart phone. The new model is the monthly payment plan (a current model iPhone through my carrier is $45 a month for 24 months, that's $1010 without tax, insurance, etc! And even a cheaper phone at half that rate is still a lot of money), which adds up quickly. I think people are finally realizing they're paying way too much for a portable entertainment device. I'm a heavy smart phone user for work and life, and even I'm not willing to shell out big bucks (or Euros, or Yen or...) for overpriced tech. Both my kids, children of the smartphone era, have dialed back their devices from the "must have latest and greatest" iPhone or Android (now that they are responsible to fit the bill for their phones) to refurbished LG's that cost them about $25 out of pocket. I don't see smart phones going away but I think the current business model has run it's course.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-27-2019, 09:27 AM  
Portraits with the Pentax DFA* 50mm F1.4 at Japan-Day, Düsseldorf, Germany
Posted By beholder3
Replies: 5
Views: 1,037
Tried some portraits at last weekend's Japan-Day. The event draws tons of cosplayers from all over Germany and most of the time we get good weather, too.
As cosplayers are quite open to being photographed I grabbed the opportunity.
I continue to like the lens' rendering and it is really good for this type of subjects.


Maybe you like some of them. :)


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Japan-Tag 2019 039 by Karl Knipser, auf Flickr

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Japan-Tag 2019 032 by Karl Knipser, auf Flickr

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Japan-Tag 2019 122 by Karl Knipser, auf Flickr

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Japan-Tag 2019 035 by Karl Knipser, auf Flickr

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Japan-Tag 2019 011 by Karl Knipser, auf Flickr

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Japan-Tag 2019 049 by Karl Knipser, auf Flickr

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Japan-Tag 2019 150 by Karl Knipser, auf Flickr

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Japan-Tag 2019 137 by Karl Knipser, auf Flickr

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Japan-Tag 2019 141 by Karl Knipser, auf Flickr

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Japan-Tag 2019 124 by Karl Knipser, auf Flickr

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Japan-Tag 2019 128 by Karl Knipser, auf Flickr

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Japan-Tag 2019 063 by Karl Knipser, auf Flickr

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Japan-Tag 2019 054 by Karl Knipser, auf Flickr

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Japan-Tag 2019 081 by Karl Knipser, auf Flickr

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Japan-Tag 2019 084 by Karl Knipser, auf Flickr

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Japan-Tag 2019 094 by Karl Knipser, auf Flickr

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Japan-Tag 2019 051 by Karl Knipser, auf Flickr

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Japan-Tag 2019 041 by Karl Knipser, auf Flickr

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Japan-Tag 2019 069 by Karl Knipser, auf Flickr
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-23-2019, 04:16 PM  
Yvon Bourque, Pentax eBook Author is ill - Fundraiser & donation special
Posted By Adam
Replies: 30
Views: 3,967
I'm happy to announce that we've raised just shy of $1000, which means Yvon has now reached his donation goal and the surgery will proceed as planned. On his behalf, I'd like to thank everyone who donated directly or purchased an ebook. Bear in mind that any future sales will benefit Yvon as well. I trust he will share an update with the community in due time!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-19-2019, 02:21 PM  
Yvon Bourque, Pentax eBook Author is ill - Fundraiser & donation special
Posted By clackers
Replies: 30
Views: 3,967
I've already bought the books of his I need (since they actually tell you how to use your camera, unlike a manufacturer's manual which is just a reference) so I'm going to donate by PayPal.

You can tell (even in writing, and in a second language) that he's pragmatic, an assister of people and a proud Pentaxian, so we should do anything we can to help him in his battle.

Lots of love to you, Yvon!
Forum: General Photography 05-07-2019, 06:44 AM  
Local Canadian source for JIS screwdrivers - Canadian Tire
Posted By c.a.m
Replies: 10
Views: 563
For those Canadians looking for JIS screwdrivers:

Canadian Tire carries a "specialty precision electronics bit set, 66 piece", which includes small slotted bits and four JIS bits, among other useful bits.

Mastercraft Specialty Precision Electronics Bit Set, 66-pc | Canadian Tire

The usual price is less than CAD $40, and sometimes the kit is on sale at half price.

I don't own the set myself, so I can't comment on its quality. It's branded 'Mastercraft'.



- Craig
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-04-2019, 04:23 PM  
Max SD memory card capacity?
Posted By Adam
Replies: 5
Views: 836
There is no limit beyond the 2Tb theoretical maximum for SDXC cards, which has not yet been reached in production cards (but undoubtedly will soon). As for the card to get, check out this comprehensive guide:


Comprehensive SD Card Guide for Photographers - Articles and Tips | PentaxForums.com

TLDR you can't go wrong with any sandisk extreme card, and it will deliver optimal performance with all the current Pentax bodies. Lifetime warranty is another plus as they will replace faulty cards for you if you keep your receipts.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-30-2019, 07:48 PM  
Unpopular Opinions From Current Industry Professionals
Posted By clackers
Replies: 79
Views: 3,714
"I asked people in the industry what their unpopular photograph opinions are, and I got a lot of interesting answers. And some controversial ones …"

What Is Your Unpopular Photography Opinion? Here Are 29 From Industry Pros | Fstoppers
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-28-2019, 11:19 AM  
Cheap kit to get started with Macro photography
Posted By Wheatfield
Replies: 37
Views: 1,606
I found with bellows that a #1 extension tube of the back allows them to clear the prism extension. I use bellows quite extensively. Somewhere around I also have a helical extension tube which is a really nice piece of field equipment.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-26-2019, 04:21 PM  
Is this Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 Art for Pentax defective?
Posted By VoiceOfReason
Replies: 9
Views: 721
I own one and it is dead quiet and very well dampened. Sharp as a tack and silent focusing too.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-22-2019, 09:05 AM  
Slideshow Software
Posted By emalvick
Replies: 22
Views: 1,025
I would second the Pro-show software as it has a lot of features and is dedicated to the task while allowing you to publish to places like YouTube, DVD, etc.

Alternatively, besides the options above, PowerPoint can do well if you already have Microsoft Office (not sure how many people do anymore, but it is standard for my office job) and I would assume that any other Office Alternative could do it through its presentation software.
Forum: General Photography 04-20-2019, 02:07 PM  
A printed book in English on Pentax K-1 and K3
Posted By SharkyCA
Replies: 4
Views: 726
You could always download the E-book and take it to a printer?
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-19-2019, 12:18 PM  
AF360FGZ ii flash unit is down for the count
Posted By CarlJF
Replies: 13
Views: 766
Yes, unless needing WR, Metz are really good units. For a bit more money than the repair, it's possible to get a 52 AF-1 which will offer significantlymore power than the 360.

Another option would be the YN585. Yes, it's cheap, but it's possible to get a pair for the price of the repair... And so far, people on the forum having them seem happy with their purchase.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-19-2019, 05:04 AM  
AF360FGZ ii flash unit is down for the count
Posted By Saltwater Images
Replies: 13
Views: 766
I have the original AF360FGZ and have been using it periodically with heavy use each time for more than a decade - no issues. Can you please provide any tips on how I can kill it with normal use so I may obtain permission from the Chief Household Officer (my wife) to buy a new AF540FGZII? Thanks in advance for your help!!!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-19-2019, 07:04 AM  
Pentax, a forgotten camera brand
Posted By normhead
Replies: 104
Views: 5,316
What's affordable for one isn't affordable for others. Pentax no longer desires to be the "affordable" brand. When I look at flickr, and I see there are more Pentax shooters than Rebel Ti6 shooters, I wonder, why would you waste resources on entry level cameras in this market if you can sell more high end cameras?

As I noted when the K-1 came out. Pentax is focussed on quality, not the kind of rock bottom lenses that are "affordable". They aren't going to put a lot of effort into "bottom of the barrel" low margin product. I bought my FA-J 18-35 new in box, years after production ended. Cheap and dirty didn't sell.

After all these years, I've sent back more Sigma lenses than I've kept and as many failed as I have. Maybe they area good idea for light users who mostly want lens to keep in the closet for the odd time they need it. I haven't found them to be every day lenses, and 1/3 of the ones I've purchased have been so substandard new right out of the box I sent them back.

Of my 6 Sigma purchases 4 are now trash, or were trash as delivered. I've never had to return a single Pentax lens.
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