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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-05-2018, 07:02 PM  
Are the K-3 ii days counted?
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 36
Views: 2,430
What you tell him is that the K3 or K3ll are both quality cameras that he can use to get great pictures. If he already likes your K3 there is no reason to not get one for himself, and perhaps for a good value. Camera gear is not like a computer operating system that becomes obsolete or unsupported. Speaking strictly digital there are many Forum members still using older models like DL, DS,K10,K7,K5 etc.... If it's not about money or the latest "tech" , if its about ergonomics and such, the K3 is a solid choice.If it\s about something else like being an early adopter then a Z7, EOS-R, or a7rlll await...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-05-2018, 09:57 AM  
Lens No.K8570492
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 8
Views: 773
You could probably, eventually, track down the true maker of this lens. It has enough unique features ( "made in Japan", AP-KR, silver aperture button...etc) to narrow the field but it hardly seems worth the effort. This is a typical example of a 135mm ,of which a plethora existed in the time frame (likely the '80s) many using the same or similar lens formulas.The large dept stores of the era (Sears,JCPenny,K Mart etc) all sourced multiple suppliers which often changed year to year.The only way to evaluate the lens is by the shots it produces - not its factory of origin.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-04-2018, 07:30 PM  
HELP with lenses - Pentax HD D FA* 70-200mm f2.8 ED DC AW
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 11
Views: 971
I can speak to the 18-270, I own one and shoot with it often. This is a fine lens and very versatile especially for the type of photography you shoot (people & events) it's an all in one lens that will handle most situations.You'll find the review here SMC Pentax-DA 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 ED SDM Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database . Personally I've found the sharpness is better than what the review would indicate.Hope this helps good luck with your choice.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-04-2018, 07:12 PM  
Super Rare Pentax Takumar 100mm F2?
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 22
Views: 1,952
It's a shame that this beautiful lens, at that price, will probably end up out to pasture, collecting dust on a collectors shelf. Personally I love shooting my older Takumars ...
Forum: Pentax K-70 05-30-2018, 07:14 PM  
Your K-70 shutter count to date?
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 3
Views: 1,447
I don't have a K 70 but I've taken at least 40,000 shots since mid July 2017, I like photography ;)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-03-2018, 11:04 AM  
2x KAX Teleplus with K3
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 6
Views: 948
longbo, sadly you are correct the Pentax 1.4 is too expensive, however there are alternatives. I have both the Quantaray 2XAF, and Tamron F 1.4X Pz-AF MC4. They look virtually identical so Quantaray (the old 'house brand' of Ritz & Wolf camera stores) likely sourced Tamron as the manufacturer. Each have the old Power Zoom contacts so they work with all the modern SDM lenses and the other contacts pass along all the EXIF data including focal length. As far as using them I greatly prefer the Tamron does not reach as far but the results are excellent the Quant 2X clearly has image degradation as most 2X teleconverters suffer.Both of these are available across the web at much better prices than the Pentax 1.4.I highly recommend the Tamron 1.4 it gives you AF and makes your 55-300 an 80-420 and very usable.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-16-2018, 07:58 PM  
sears 135 mm mc Auto f 2.8 pentax k mount picture IQ and optical quality and results
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 5
Views: 1,182
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-01-2017, 02:57 PM  
Samyang 100500 mm f5.6-7.1??
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 29
Views: 4,925
Hi Steve,
I have this lens. It was the first lens I bought and used for birding.I found mine used at a local Camera shop that did n't do much Pentax business so they had it marked for $60.To tell the truth it is/was a decent lens.It's not spectacular and it's not a fast lens.It is best used in good sunlight.For the naysayers above I got some pretty good shots with it.It's big and heavy,best used with a tripod or monopod no doubt, but it will do the job and do it cheaply.A lot of times here on the forum some people just don't understand not everyone can spend a lot.Samyang has made some pretty good lenses thru the years but it was n't until relatively recently that they became accepted and in some cases desired.Like luftfluss above I've mostly retired it's regular use as I saved and upgraded thru the years.I use the Bigma 50-500 now for similar shots and yes that is a better lens but it cost ALOT more.If you understand its limitations for the price I would recommend the Samyang lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2017, 07:53 PM  
Pentax 16-85 vs Pentax 17-70
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 19
Views: 2,865
The simple answer to me, is no the 16-85 is not more than twice as good as the 17-70.The AF on the 16-85 is clearly better but the 17-70 is a good lens.If the budget is a concern the 17-70 is a pretty good deal at that price.Also it depends on what resources are available to you in Croatia, is Pentax a widely available or supported brand there? If it were my choice I'd stick with the 17-70 and save the difference for your next lens purchase, depending on your tastes an ultra-wide or perhaps a superzoom...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-27-2017, 11:55 AM  
Analog Film versus Digital Photography
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 68
Views: 6,614
I'll never knock new computer designed lens, constructed with modern materials and various coatings, but old lenses can achieve beautiful results. Echoing this is the current trend of several companies to resurrect several "old" designs that in some cases were designed in the 1930's and selling new versions at boutique prices and extolling the virtues of a time tested piece...Many companies have recycled the same optical formulas even as they changed the cosmetic look or add electronics to new lenses. If a lens is well maintained there is no reason to believe it can't perform admirably. All lenses have limitations of some sort,some fewer than others but a vintage lens can produce top results indistinguishable from there modern counter parts.
Forum: General Photography 07-20-2017, 09:44 PM  
Question about manners
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 39
Views: 2,515
It kind of depends on a lot of things. Ultimately the "client" can use the pictures unattributed as they see fit unless there are contractual limitations.If there is no limitation they don't need to credit anyone and why would they need permission to alter them in some way ? In the advertising world companies regularly alter pictures to achieve the product message they desire.You're visions might not be the same but really once you give them to her they're hers, just because you don't like her style or editing abilities does not mean you can tell her how to use them.You don't give enough information about the shoot or if there was any contract of any kind ,absent one why would you expect to retain control once you release them.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-11-2017, 08:50 AM  
a dumass newbie question -- pretty basic
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 29
Views: 1,913
This is purely a matter of using the right tool for the right job.There are plenty of places a 500mm prime lens is the right tool, there are equally a number of places where it is not.Sometimes you need a hammer,sometimes you need a screw driver.It sounds like you'd best be served by a super zoom.I often use the Sigma 50-500 which is superb.Newbie's like yourself often get fooled because a number of "average" 500mm are available cheaply compared to the more quality long zooms but unless you're into the types of shots that they excel at it becomes a paper weight on the shelf that you seldom take out.No lens works for everyshot but for photographers like wildlife specialists or sports shooters they might not be able to do the job without the big expensive 500mm.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-30-2017, 12:59 PM  
not camera related - help sought
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 16
Views: 1,677
You might try putting a backing on it.Use a mounting board equiped with adhesive and then carefully use a rubber roller to attach and flatten it. Put some kind of covering over the picture when you roll it, like parchment paper. Go slow and be patient to assure that you get no air bubbles underneath. If it was folded and the print is cracked you should seek a professional restorer service.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-18-2017, 07:38 AM  
Sigma 50-500mm F4-F6.3 APO EG DG and newer Pentax Cameras
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 9
Views: 1,312
I have the same version as you and it works splendidly on my K3. I have loaned it to my friend and it also works on his K3ii. I truly enjoy this lens and it can take some spectacular photos.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-07-2017, 03:17 PM  
Righty Ho the K-30 is up and running NOW how about a 500mm Lens
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 17
Views: 1,478
Colin, that is not an AF 500mm lens, it is an old generic 500mm Pre-set (Quantaray, Kimunor, Five Star, etc.) 500mm F8 Lens Reviews - Miscellaneous Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
like these.I own a couple of these and they are useful under certain conditions but they are not stellar by any stretch also the price is a bit high for something like this. If you move from the kit lens to this you'll undoubtedly will be disappointed with the results. I also don't understand why you want to make such a big jump. I'd suggest the next lens should be a DA 55-300. You should be able to find one pretty easily for a good price and you'll be more pleased with the results.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-19-2017, 02:55 PM  
Sigma 170-500mm 5-6.7 APO First Pictures
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 12
Views: 1,751
The 170-500 is a different beast. I have the 50 -500 and my best friend has the 170-500 so I've used both. There is definitely a learning curve to using these lenses especially hand held. My advice is to use a monopod, tripod or some other support when possible it will make a big difference.Using it hand held, try to shoot fast, even faster than the typical 1/focal length formula. These lenses can be gems under the right conditions, especially in good light.Also you will find a tendency toward softness if you shoot wide open ,F8 is a good place to be.Looking at your shots I really don't think it was atmospheric effects from the pond.I think you need to work on you steadiness and hand holding abilities with this lens. When I first got mine I too was disappointed with earlier shots but the more I worked on my technique and settings the better they have become. You just can't think of it like you would other smaller zooms.
Forum: Pentax K-3 04-06-2017, 09:49 PM  
Body Cap Cover For Pentax SLR Cameras
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 10
Views: 1,919
Your only alternative if you really prefer to use a screw mount body cap would be to pair a K mount to m42 adapter with an m42 body cap.Both B&H and Adorama (and probably Amazon) still sell the m42 body caps cheaply (sub $5) ,Adapters can run from $10 (Fotodiox) all the way up to $90 (genuine pentax). So you could get it done for under $20. The Fotodiox would be more than sufficient to just hold a body cap in storage.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-31-2017, 10:04 AM  
Now I am starting to worried.
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 52
Views: 5,468
Pentax was almost a joke under the Hoya ownership. Frequent product delays, lack of new products. The development of a FF model was entirely derailed. Pentax may not be growing as fast we like but they continue to develop and roll out new cameras and lenses, many of which are bang for the buck competitors in the marketplace. While many of their competitors like Canon, Nikon and Sony are struggling during a difficult time in the changing camera market place, Pentax seems to be modestly successful. Rapid expansion or aggressive product introduction would n't serve the brand well at this time. I'm quite happy with the Ricoh ownership and how they are shepherding the brand for sustainability. We've had relatively few quality control issues (unlike Nikon) and we have seen nothing like Nikon's cancelling of an entire camera line (DL) .Don't worry, be happy, that we have a viable brand heading into the future.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-25-2017, 08:55 AM  
So goodwill sold my dad a lens without a front element for nearly full price
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 18
Views: 1,975
To be fair the workers at Goodwill stores are not camera or lens specialists. Neither are the members on shopgoodwill. Nobody forced you or your father to buy this lens. He described it as mint to you and you did n't notice anything amiss until after you mounted it on your k-01.Really? You want to blame Goodwill for your lack of knowledge? You want a refund because you did n't know what to expect? I've had many purchases on shopgoodwill and goodwill stores,and been impressed with them most of the time, but I do my research on what I'm buying. If you ask the people at shopgoodwill they will try to answer questions or add photos to the listing, there customer service option is excellent. My expectation buying from a thrift store is not the same as when I deal with B&H or Adorama. Somehow you lost 30 bucks and it's their fault because they sold you a lens that was n't a mint copy of a lens that sells for $170 at B&H? Be bummed but don't blame them for your mistake, move on.
Forum: Pentax K-70 03-19-2017, 01:25 PM  
K-70 maximum card size?
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 8
Views: 4,482
The K70 accepts SDXC memory cards.The 128 will work just fine as will even larger cards (but they are very expensive 256,512, & 1TB) .You might also consider that the larger the card sometimes they become more complicated to work with in the computer. 128 is a good choice.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-16-2017, 06:37 AM  
Broken filter thread
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 3
Views: 660
You don't exactly say how its broken (bent?stripped?) but it's unlikely you'll be able to get the replacement part. It also seems it will be costly to get it fixed ( versus the value of the lens) so you might try gently and carefully gluing another thread on the front perhaps from a step ring or an old or broken filter (minus glass).It would be a cheap and easy fix.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-08-2017, 04:28 PM  
Questions Pentax 3/21 Exposure Meter
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 5
Views: 1,336
Thanks UncleVanya that's boat loads of information, it's much appreciated. I'm still wondering if it would be of any use nowadays or if it's something I should put in the Marketplace for collectors of these accessories.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-08-2017, 01:22 PM  
Questions Pentax 3/21 Exposure Meter
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 5
Views: 1,336
Hi folks, I've looked around the forums and the web and I cannot seem to find out much about this meter.Do any of you have more specific knowledge of it? When it was made? It's uses. Does it have any use for a modern digital photographer? It needs new batteries but is otherwise in remarkable shape. Does it have any value? Anything you could tell me would be appreciated.Thank you.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-01-2017, 09:34 PM  
Lens help
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 10
Views: 753
Also check to see if you have enabled the shutter with lenses not set in the "A" position or without an A setting I believe it is #22 in the custom menu.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-15-2017, 03:49 PM  
Vintage AF long zooms by Sigma
Posted By Cardinal15
Replies: 6
Views: 917
I too thought the Bigma (50-500) was out of my price range but I found one here on the market place and bought it for a very reasonable price. It was the first generation but as usual with lenses of this type its been very well cared for. It performs wonderfully and has proven to be very versatile. I have n't used it with a K1 (yet) but on my K3 the images across the board have exceeded my expectations. You're correct in that it's biggest negative is the size and weight but a friend of mind owns the 150-500 and the differences seemed minimal, the extra reach certainly offsets that. Also with a conventional neck strap this would be a burden to carry but I switched to a Rapid style sling strap and it is very easy to use and carry and not a burden at all. As with any of these super zoom lenses it takes a bit of getting used to and a learning curve to get great pictures but once you do you should be pleased.I recommend using a mono pod when convenient, it can help I highly recommend the Bigma and enjoyed using the 150-500 as well. The AF on both was fast and accurate it will hunt a bit in difficult lighting situations but I find that rare.Once you own one your perspective will change.Prior to the Bigma I used the Pentax A 400mm prime, which creates beautiful shots, for my long work ( I like birding and such) but since I got the Bigma I've found its versatility far more useful. I hope this gives some insight from a regular user.
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