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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
What's the highest rated lens you own according to PF?
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 48
Views: 1,262
The highest rated lens I own is the F* 300mm, F4.5 lens which has an overall rating of 9.89 (39 reviews). Yes, I do think it measures up.
The FA 31mm Limited (9.51)(83 reviews) and FA 77mm Limited (9.73)(94 reviews) also hold up to their ratings. I really think the 77mm should be rated higher than the 300mm, but that's just opinion.

All of these came to me used, but in great shape, so, yes, I was happy with the purchase price.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-26-2019, 12:49 AM  
KP custom,DFA*85/1.4 CP+ Exhibit
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 177
Views: 15,644
That custom KP looks awesome. Looking forward hearing more about it.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 02-01-2019, 02:40 PM  
Dog Sale 2019 | Wolfe's Camera Shop | Topeka KS
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 4
Views: 634
I always loved Wolfes. They always had the nicest people and carry such a variety of things to marvel at. :)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-30-2019, 05:20 PM  
advice needed on repairing -tamron sp af 90mm f/2.8 di macro
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 7
Views: 541
I think you'll find the Pentax DFA 100 macro to be a wonderful addition. I'm certainly very happy with mine.

If your camera store has or can order it, maybe apply the credit there?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-07-2019, 12:25 PM  
K1 is giving Nikon D850 a heavy beating
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 11
Views: 1,884
I'm curious if other owners of the K1-II have seen this purple shadows effect with HDR as described in the video? At low ISO's, it seems the saturation and WB of the Mark II give a more pleasing photo. But in low-light shooting, it seems -- just from this video -- that the Original K-1 has an advantage.

Any owners with both, or having used both, care to comment?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-05-2019, 05:10 PM  
How do you protect yours?
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 42
Views: 1,714
I hate to start the filter debates, but (you know when they say that.... ;) ) in my experience, a filter is likely to supply broken glass which may damage the front element when dropped. And a sturdy lens shade is likely to crumple when dropped, absorbing some impact. So, I am not of the protective filter school. I have found the problems with reflections and other anomalies to be more trouble that it is worth.

Use lens caps on both ends (when removed from camera). Use lens hoods while shooting. Keep the camera is a dry place. Leave a lens on the camera. Only exception might be a long, heavy lens. I'd keep smaller ones on it, but always remove a premium or heavy lens. They might be prone to put pressure on the lens mount depending on how the camera is sitting while not in use. If no lens, use a body cap on the camera. Wherever it is stored should be as dust-free as you can manage. A cabinet, etc.

Change lenses with the camera body opening pointing down so that any dust and dirt stirred up by removing the lens doesn't fall inside.

Most of all, don't store it too much. Get out and use it. Practice everything. Understand all the settings. Learn what you like and don't. Practice getting your images right and learning from the wrong ones. Have fun!!!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-05-2019, 12:43 PM  
DA 40mm "tiny" screw-in cap.
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 28
Views: 1,050
Im not sure which one is being looked for. This seems to be the one for the XS lens.

NEW Pentax 27 mm front cover from JAPAN Freeshipping 4549212215292 | eBay

This is the one for the DA (non-XS) lens (hood with dedicated 30.5mm cap):

And here's a 30.5mm screw in metal cap:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-12-2018, 12:49 PM  
IQ difference between -A and DA 300MM lens
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 11
Views: 613
I was going to recommend the reviews, but of the A* also. Although being smaller, lighter, and less expensive (and not having AF), it does have some purple fringing at wider apertures and perhaps a bit less contrast, as reported by users.

SMC Pentax-A* 300mm F4 Reviews - A Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

You might want to borrow or rent a DA* 300 and try both on the same scenes to see if there is enough difference to justify spending the money.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-20-2018, 03:30 PM  
Radioaktiv Lenses
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 31
Views: 1,061
Here are results of one person's tests. Your lens is not on the list, but some of the other information may be interesting/helpful.

Radioactive Pentax Takumar lenses.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-20-2018, 02:59 PM  
Radioaktiv Lenses
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 31
Views: 1,061
The lens you are asking about was produced after thorium oxide was no longer used in lenses. Probably no one has tested it because Pentax no longer used any radioactive elements.

If you really want proof, I guess you could go to your local fire department HazMat unit and ask if they'll test the lens with one of their Geiger counters. Or buy one and do it yourself.

You have to remember that even the actually "radioactive" lenses were mounted on film cameras, in very close proximity to film for days or even months at a time. Severe radiation would have fogged the film. So, even the known thorium lenses had very low levels. So low that they didn't fog the camera's film.

It's been said that if you held one of the thorium lenses to your chest for an hour, it might be equivalent to one modern day x-ray. That's pretty low, considering an x-ray is a fraction of a second, compared to an entire hour's exposure.
Forum: General Photography 11-14-2018, 12:54 PM  
Photography Drones
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 22
Views: 1,299
Thank you for all the tips! I'm committing them to memory. ;)

---------- Post added 11-14-18 at 01:55 PM ----------

Thank you for that information. I wouldn't have thought of them being reversed.
Forum: General Photography 11-08-2018, 01:17 PM  
Photography Drones
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 22
Views: 1,299
Thanks, I guess the thing to do is buy one and see if I don't crash it. But crashing that much money worries me. :)
Forum: General Photography 11-05-2018, 02:30 PM  
Photography Drones
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 22
Views: 1,299
That's got to be my biggest question -- how to fly them? What skills are needed?

I'm interested in low-level aerials of various foreign places, especially where you cannot get back far enough on the ground to capture an entire facade or edifice. And I realize there will be all kinds laws and regulations to deal with in various countries....

But how to fly it?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-27-2018, 12:02 PM  
Are the Pentax 135mm K f2.5 and Takumar 135mm f2.5 6 element lenses =?
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 9
Views: 898
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 08-10-2018, 02:17 PM  
Guam Photography : Nikon D850 vs Pentax 645z in Studio
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 10
Views: 1,951
He lost me when they were comparing photo quality on the LCDs of the cameras.

When he went to the monitor view of the images, the Pentax images were clearly richer and fuller. In the end, it was just too boring to watch. Including all the fiddling in the video, as Norm says, is just ridiculous, especially when he kept forgetting the flash trigger and didn't know how to set it. Really? You're including that foolishness in your video?

Toooo long and boring. Edit it down to 4-5 minutes and stop the music when talking.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-09-2018, 03:32 PM  
Ouch - what happened to this 60-250?
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 4
Views: 516
For the purchase price, plus the Precision repair fee of $300-$400, it might not be a bad buy ...
Depending on what's wrong with it. Repairable or not . . .
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-05-2018, 01:59 PM  
How common is the aperture block failure, really?
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 100
Views: 8,123
My K-30 is still going strong after years.
You're just not to going hear much from people whose cameras are fine.
As far as all the surveys and estimates, etc, maybe it is around 20-30%, but that's just a wild guess, simply because the happy people don't complain, don't come online angry, etc. They're just out shooting photos. Since I ran across this, I thought I'd leave a positive comment.

Even if your camera aperture block dies, the camera still works fine for manual lenses, like M42s. There are some great ones out there, too.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-27-2018, 11:29 AM  
Unusual and fast mirror lens - Yashica Reflex Yashinon-DX f/5 500mm
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 12
Views: 1,252
There doesn't seem to be a review for that lens (unless I missed it).
Maybe you could add a couple photos and some stats to the Review section:

Miscellaneous Lenses for Pentax: Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-19-2018, 09:43 PM  
Nature Reaching out
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 16
Views: 542
Very beautiful image. So subtle in tones and colors.
We call them "Flor de Mayo" in Yucatan. I'm curious what the name is in Australia?
Forum: General Photography 03-29-2018, 08:20 PM  
New/Used Pentax DSLR Trusted Dealer
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 11
Views: 813
Wolfe's has always been a stand-up store. I can't image what I spent there before I moved away from the region. Friends would send me money to shop there for them. One of the few remaining brick & mortar stores around.

To some people, "midwest" means the industrial states like Indiana and Illinois, etc. To me, midwest means Kansas, Nebraska, etc.
Forum: General Photography 03-06-2018, 04:34 PM  
Poll: If Pentax disappears, what would it be for you?
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 80
Views: 4,157
Here's the thing that I've learned from a few recent personal experiences -- Tomorrow is not guaranteed.
So, I've become more focused on the here and now. And the people still around to enjoy and appreciate.

For some reason, that coincides with increased ire at the "Pentax is doomed!" crowd and apparently now comes the "What would you do?" crowd.
Look at current events. Does it appear any company's future is guaranteed?

"God laughs at those who make plans." Enjoy what you have or what you can buy today. Tomorrow is not promised.
Go out and take pictures. Take a few extra of the people you love.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 02-26-2018, 08:45 AM  
Black & White Rural Texas Courthouse (circa 1894) (B&W)
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 8
Views: 461
Really nice images, Alamo. I'm impressed they actually found a way to add the second access for fire safety without making it completely ugly. Pretty decent solution.

And for those offering suggestions, I appreciate hearing them too, as I like to photography buildings and never can seem to get that wonderful look I see from better photographers.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-17-2018, 07:52 PM  
My Canon to Pentax experience: Why I love Pentax, but might still leave.
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 46
Views: 5,153
re: Future of Pentax, i.e., "Pentax is doomed" . . .

I've been using Pentax digital for a dozen years. Every single year was full of "Pentax is doomed" naysayers online. In real life, people were making images. I just ignore it all.

One of our cars is 27 years old. Another is 61 years old. There are still markets for both of them and good demand too. The thing about digital is that the media doesn't vanish like film almost did for a while. (well, manufacturing dropped precipitously). One of these days, gasoline may not be available any more and then I'll really be up a creek. Or maybe I'll rip out the engines and install battery banks?

When I was using M42 lenses in the 1970s, developing my own b&w, there were magazine articles about whether Minolta or Konica or someone else would dethrone Pentax and Pentax might fall by the wayside. Like anything in life, use what you got, and let the future rest until it gets here.

If Pentax vanishes, don't you think there'll be a demand for that now unavailable, but legendary, K-1 or that great 150-450? Afficionados will always look for great gear.

Anyway, might as well worry about North Korea wiping out Seattle or Fairbanks. There are infinite worries about the future. Focus on today (except when saving for retirement - which may not come if you text and drive).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-05-2018, 08:45 AM  
Carl Zeiss Jena "Electric" M42 Lens Question
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 9
Views: 1,197
The contacts are spring-loaded and depress when mounted.
I've had no trouble using one.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 01-31-2018, 12:47 PM  
Retina, 4K and FHD in post processing RAW files ?
Posted By yucatanPentax
Replies: 5
Views: 692
That's an interesting question -- one that I hadn't thought of. Now I'm curious about the answer too.
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