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Forum: Pentax K-1 1 Day Ago  
Which lens on a budget?
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 25
Views: 581
I'm going to go against the grain. On a restricted budget, you will be better off in APS-C. If you have $2,400, a K-1 and 28-105 is fine, but I'd still rather have 2,400 in APS-C gear. Even better is $1k in gear, and spend the other $1400 on a photo-centric trip. If your budget it approaching $5k, the K1 makes tons of sense. Maybe upgrade your lens kit first, then upgrade to the K1?

Yes, Full Frame offers some advantages. Some disadvantages too.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
No cheap chinese flanged M42 adapters?
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 12
Views: 398
Most of us use the non-flanged ones and just jam the pin in with a small piece of plastic. There are articles in here somewhere.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
Anyone know of a good cheap chinese m42 adapter?
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 5
Views: 348
I use the fotodiox ones. I also remove the springs and latches. On some lenses they will have a light leak because of the cutouts for the spring. I fill those cutouts with epoxy and file smooth. My final advice is I leave the adapter on the lens, and over tighten it slightly on the lens so it doesn’t come off when focusing.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-14-2017, 09:10 PM  
Pentax-DA 15mm F4 distortion vs Pentax HD Pentax DA 21mm f/3.2
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 34
Views: 1,301
Buy your lenses used here on the forums, save enough to also get bot the 15 and 21. For both the 21 and 15, get the green ring SMC versions and not the red ring HD version. The older SMC has nicer sunbursts.

IMO, get the 15. Exceptionally unique. Here is a 700 page thread on the joys of the 15mm: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/122-lens-clubs/86234-15mm-limited-contro...-club-712.html
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-12-2017, 10:36 PM  
My beloved 16-85 failure!
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 24
Views: 976
There do seem to be a rash of 16-85 failures lately. Looks like many of them are due to no locktite on some of the internal screws.
As a possible solution for your trip, the 18-135 is fine, and seems to be a champion of durability. Buy it used, sell it for what you paid for it when you get the 16-85 repaired.

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Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-11-2017, 08:07 AM  
Introduction from a recovering canon user
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 14
Views: 402
If you like the Tak50, try the older 8-element version. Won’t work on Canon because the mirror hits the rear element. It’s a bit nicer than the 7 element version. I’m also a big fan of the Zeiss Pancolar 50/1.8. Mine is the older Zebra version. Quite nice.

And you get shake reduction built in with these.

One more thing, join the “Single in November” or “Daily in November” games. Such fun groups of people to share you love of Pentax with.

Welcome!!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-07-2017, 05:58 AM  
'Rendering' question of FA 43 Limited
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 30
Views: 1,465
Buy one used, sell it for the same price if you don’t like it. I love mine, but it’s more about colors than anything else. It’s just beautiful.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-06-2017, 05:19 AM  
Pentax DA 35mm f/2.4 on a k1?
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 28
Views: 992
Used FA31 isn’t too expensive.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 10-31-2017, 04:39 AM  
PhotoPlus Special: K-1 w/ free battery grip!
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 11
Views: 3,598
It's not inflation, just the market realities of a popular product. They sell every K1 they make, so as demand exceeds supply, prices rise.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-25-2017, 06:18 AM  
HD Pentax-DA★ 11-18mm f/2.8
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 474
Views: 39,436
We are DOOOOOMED tm
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-24-2017, 07:51 PM  
Pentax 16-50 f2.8 woes
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 7
Views: 510
If I'm at 3' or so at less than f4, with a small target, I always use live view to focus. Only reliable method I know. The other choice is to change drive mode to high and fire off 10-15 shots. One will be in focus.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-19-2017, 07:43 PM  
Question on repairs to DA 17-70 SDM motors and 16-85 reliability
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 17
Views: 776
If you don't need WR, the old screwdrive Sigma 17-70 is a great alternative
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 10-19-2017, 06:26 AM  
K S2 Fashing Red
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 4
Views: 295
That is the display telling you where the image is over exposed. You can turn that function off if you don't like it. It's useful to help you set exposure. This will not show red in a print or on your computer.

Auto isn't perfect. Sometimes you need to expose up or down. Read the book Understanding Exposure by Bryan Petersen to learn how to get off auto and take control of your images. After you read that book you will know what you did and how to fix it. Sorry there isn't an easy answer.
Forum: General Photography 10-18-2017, 03:48 AM  
To stick with Pentax or not
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 51
Views: 2,035
I've shot with Canon and Nikon in the consumer range. They felt like junk compared to my K30. The way I bash my
camera around they'd be cracked in a week. I also need WR. Some people are fine in Canon or Nikon land. Not for me.

The aperture repair is easier than a phone screen and if you mess up, pay to have it fixed.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-17-2017, 04:24 AM  
New K-1 Owner. Help me build my lens collection:)
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 62
Views: 2,310
My 43 takes my breath away. I'm feeling ambivalent about the 31. :(
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-17-2017, 04:22 AM  
New K-1 Owner. Help me build my lens collection:)
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 62
Views: 2,310
If this is your first DSLR, spend time learning about photography. Read Understanding Exposure by Bryan Petersen. Or take a class. Otherwise you are probably better off with a point and shoot. This is much more important than buying lenses.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 10-15-2017, 04:00 AM  
35mm 2.8 limited gear
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 4
Views: 460
You want to disassemble the two gears from each other? They look to be pressed onto the shaft.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-13-2017, 09:20 PM  
New member - K3 bound and needing advice!
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 59
Views: 1,359
On a tight budget, with your intended use, I'd get the K3 used, a used 18-135, and a used 55-300. The 18-135 is better than the 18-55, and much better than the 18-50. The 16-85 is better yet, but is very rare used, so likely much dearer.
K3 used: 600
18-135 used: 225
55-300 WR used: 325

That's 1150, and will get you around just fine, If you want add the DA50/1.8 $150 (used) and D FA 100 WR ($500) for macro/bees, etc., and all-in you have an 1800 kit. Spend the last 200 on a nice bag.

It's basically the same kit Normhead recommended, but get the 18-135 used and the 55-300 WR used. The ones I recommend used are all quite common, and all very durable. I'm surprised this isn't what Norm recommended, he's quite a fan of the 18-135.

More importantly, get the book "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Petersen. It will teach you all the ins and outs of exposure.
Forum: General Talk 10-11-2017, 08:35 PM  
What is the best drill bit? (Sarcasm )
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 269
Views: 5,859
OMG, this might be the funniest thing you have written. I had to comment; been laughing until I stopped.
Forum: General Talk 10-10-2017, 09:29 PM  
What is the best drill bit? (Sarcasm )
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 269
Views: 5,859
Your question is incomplete. Do you want a zoom bit, or a prime bit? Do you need your bit to be WR? Your drill isn't WR without a WR bit, you know. Some third party bits don't focus properly on the hole, so avoid those. Over on Ken Drillwell's drilling site, I learned that pros only use a single zoom drill bit that goes from 1/4 to 5/16. A pro never needs to drill a hole larger than 5/16. If you think you do, you're fooling yourself. Some people think they need high speed drills that go to f 1.4, but you should only use f5.6 drills, because that's what pros use, and they know how to drill, believe it. If you are using screw driver bits in your drill, you have the wrong tool. Just use the pro zoom drill bit, and drill the screws out completely. That's what pros do.

This comment is how I feed my family. Please use my links whenever you need drill bits.

(am I in the spirit of the sarcasm?)
Forum: Pentax K-70 10-10-2017, 08:32 PM  
Recommendation of a WR macro lens for the K-70?
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 13
Views: 854
If it must be WR, the D FA 100 WR is your one and only choice. Lucky for you it's an amazing lens, and it's often available used here on the marketplace for a reasonable price. For me, I didn't need WR, and I settled on the Sigma 70mm Macro. Another absolutely stunning lens, but I wanted 70mm to double as a portrait lens. Ended up with the FA77 anyway. Sigh, I've got a bad case of LBA. Seems you've started down the same road.
Forum: General Talk 10-07-2017, 09:45 PM  
We humans will make anything a race !!
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 17
Views: 732
That was mind-boggling how fast they went up. I can't even get out of bed that fast.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-07-2017, 07:04 PM  
Pentax video: is it really that lousy?
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 23
Views: 1,359
I think it more depends how much PP you plan on doing. Straight OOC, Pentax video is fine. If you really need to push and pull the file, less compressed files have more info to work with.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-07-2017, 07:34 AM  
Pentax 50-135 2.8 vs Tamron 70-200 f2.8
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 18
Views: 1,235
Do you need the extra reach of the 200? Do you mind the extra 360g in your bag? Do you need silent focus? Do you want the better Macro-ish properties of the Tamron? Are you scared of SDM failure? Do you need WR?

Answer those, and your lens is chosen. Both take amazing photos. I chose the Tamron. It is loud (loudest focusing lens I have), and it is heavy. I like it because it has a 1:3 magnification, and goes to 200.

The Tamron is a quite glowy and soft at 200/2.8. Any other focal length or even a little stopped down at 200, everything is perfect.

If I shot events more, I'd pick the DA*50-135. I don't often need more than 135 indoors, and the Tamron really is quite heavy.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-05-2017, 05:13 AM  
master Pentax technician interview (no, the other one)
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 15
Views: 1,248
On another note, your writing style is fantastic. I've been transfixed for a couple of days reading all your entries, and I'm not one to be easily swayed by a turn of phrase.
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