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Forum: Pentax Full Frame 08-13-2016, 07:13 PM  
Articulating back LCD
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 60
Views: 4,639
I believe the discussion is about the articulating rear LCD. Also I wouldn't call that complex or even a specialized shoot, it's just shooting in tight quarters with a lot of obstacles - the foldout articulating LCD back allowed me to get the shot without becoming a contortionist.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 08-11-2016, 12:07 AM  
Articulating back LCD
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 60
Views: 4,639
Hmm, I guess from your POV this is a disadvantage. Personally, I think this type of articulating screens have great advantage over the tilt only or even the very innovative articulating screen found on the K-1. Vast majority of my shots on my Panasonic G2 was through the EVF but there were few instances where the type of articulating LCD found on the KS-2 and the K-70 was absolutely essential - when the shooter cannot be behind the camera.

A few years back, I was at a public garden (greenhouse)trying to shoot macro of tropical plants. The subject flower was behind another plant and in order to fill the frame with the flower, the camera needed to be placed in between the two plants. The greenhouse had just been misted, creating that steamy tropical jungle look and feel. I mounted the G2 on my tripod with the articulating screen sitting more or less parallel to the optical axis, I stood beside the camera while moving the tripod back and forth to get the magnification I wanted, then used the gearing on my Manfrotto 410 geared head to compose. I did fool around with the articulating LCD before but this truly was the first time to really take advantage of the articulating screen.

I am not knocking the K-1's articulating LCD, indeed I hope it is featured on the next flagship APS-C, Pentax DSLR but the type of articulation found on my G2 or the KS-2 and the K-70, has some distinct advantages as well.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 08-04-2016, 02:22 PM  
Macro Lens or Extension Tubes for the lenses I already own?
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 24
Views: 1,427
Why are people chiming in with your 135 format lens' experiences in the Pentax Medium Format thread, they are all great lenses but inapplicable to a Pentax 645 camera.

@littledrawe: Pick up a Pentax-A 645 120/4.0 Macro or FA 120/4.0 (harder to find and more expensive) for 1:1 macro capability. I've used my A645 120/4.0 with my K-5 and while it's heavy (a lot heavier than 135 format macro lenses) it's really nice to shoot with, with it's long focus throw and the silky smooth focus action. As for the weight, it balances quite well even with my K-5 and I don't really notice the weight while shooting, it's only when I pick up the camera with the right hand the extra weight becomes very apparent.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-09-2016, 07:39 PM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 3,315
Views: 303,981
Thanks, I remember how the everything seemed very vivid when I shot with K10D hence this CBA for nostalgia sake.:)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-09-2016, 05:05 PM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 3,315
Views: 303,981
That loud "snick-snick" shutter sound from the K10D, I definitely did not miss that.:) I tried to sell my K10D about 3 years ago in the local CL - didn't even get a nibble at 150.00 Cad, that I decided to convert it to IR and kept it. Visiting the K10D club off and on when I log into the Forums got me thinking; if I can score a pristine, gently used one with a very low mileage (like my K10D IR) at a low price, I'd grab it - so I grabbed it!:lol: Some pictures from a local garden on my home from making the purchase:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-09-2016, 10:18 AM  
Why is this FREE Lens stuck to my K-3II........Chinon of all things ???
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 16
Views: 1,495
Hey, it could be mistaken for a Ricoh pin!:lol:
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 06-28-2016, 02:28 PM  
CLA for vintage Adaptall lens?
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 7
Views: 722
That lens is fairly easy to find on eBay at an affordable price (well below 100.00). Even the Adaptall-2 version 135/2.5 (03B) is widely available for only a bit more money.
Forum: Sold Items 06-26-2016, 10:30 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Tamron Adaptall-2 SP 80-200mm f2.8 LD BBAR MC (30A)
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 8
Views: 1,701
Ehh, since when did 63B become a macro lens?:D

Seriously folks, the SP 80-200/2.8 (30A) is a premium quality zoom lens whose optics are second to none even when compared to oem lens manufacturer's offerings. I have a copy of this lens along with Sigma 70-200/2.8 EX DG APO Macro HSM II and a Tokina AT-X 828AF PRO 80-200mm F2.8 - yes I know, LBA is very severe in me. I know I have to part company with one of the AF lens but I don't think I will ever part with the 30A.
Forum: Sold Items 05-27-2016, 11:59 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: d-bg5 Pentax battery grip
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 6
Views: 219
It's like a roulette, I've had items priced 300.00 to 500.00 come through without being taxed while my most recent purchase from Japan for 125.00 got dinged. Extra charge in international shipping, that's expected - our domestic shipping charge isn't all that cheap either.
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-27-2016, 06:17 PM  
Many People start to give away your Pentax K3 and K3II for a New Pentax K1, Why?
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 44
Views: 4,416
I remain hopeful.:)
Forum: Sold Items 05-27-2016, 05:51 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: d-bg5 Pentax battery grip
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 6
Views: 219
Unless your parcel encounters a Customs' Agent who's having a bad day, under 100.00 items still pass through without encountering GST+PST+Service Charge - most of the time.
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-27-2016, 03:21 PM  
Many People start to give away your Pentax K3 and K3II for a New Pentax K1, Why?
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 44
Views: 4,416
Who cares what the release price was, I tend to base my used equipment purchase based on the latest pricing before discontinuation. I believe the K-5 had an even higher release price than the K-3 no one was calling it a bargain when it hit 500.00 in the marketplace.
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-27-2016, 03:00 PM  
Many People start to give away your Pentax K3 and K3II for a New Pentax K1, Why?
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 44
Views: 4,416
What giveaway, there are only 4 or 5 K-3 for sale on the Marketplace at the moment and all are asking 500.00USD+ (none listed in my local CL). Considering in the last Black Friday sale a K-3, plus grip and flash was sold at 629.00 before being discontinued shortly thereafter, 500.00+ is no bargain, imo.
Forum: Photographic Technique 05-26-2016, 05:02 PM  
Macro K mount Teleconverter turned into extension tube?
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 16
Views: 1,250
The very cheap extension tubes from China are just that, cheap. They are 5 parts which are screwed together (just barely tightened) to form a long extension tube which aligns with the lens' focus hashmark - once. God help you if you start tightening the tubes tightly together, then the lens may even end up upside down. If you loosen off the screwed parts to maintain the tubes' alignment with the lens hashmark, the tubes start to wobble and no longer feels too safe to use. It's much better to get a dedicated extension tube set like the Vivitar AT-22 or exponentially more expensive AT-23 with contacts or if you have old K-mount 2x TCs, de-glass them as OP was asking. I've de-glassed 3 2x TCs and I was fortunate enough to acquire the AT-23, which came as a part of a camera bundle that I purchased a few years ago.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-25-2016, 07:17 PM  
Adaptall Mount Club (Tamron).
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 3,488
Views: 542,513
Of course if you are still shooting film, the Adaptall to M42 adapters may come in handy, but I am almost certain that I will never shoot with film ever again. I have a hankering now and then to shoot with the Pentax S but even if I do, I'll shoot with the lenses that were contemporary to the body - I believe the earliest Adaptall lenses came into being a good fifteen years after the S.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-25-2016, 03:51 PM  
Adaptall Mount Club (Tamron).
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 3,488
Views: 542,513
Hmm, I am not convinced about the usefulness of an Adaptall to M42 adapter that a PK/M or a PK/A adapter would not have in this digital age.

I have read your posts regarding the fickleness of PK/A adapters, while there are some points that were new but mostly they are experiences of any of us dedicated Adaptall lenses users have encountered at one time or another - and found ways to work around them - while shooting with these wonderful legacy lenses. Considering the age of these adapters, I am thankful that they are still all working without problems. Anyway, to minimize the fickleness of the PK/A adapters to a minimum, I have outfitted every SP lenses (with aperture ring) with PK/A adapters and the rest with PK/M adapters. And so far, this strategy seem to be working fine.:)
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-25-2016, 12:51 PM  
Adaptall Mount Club (Tamron).
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 3,488
Views: 542,513
Thanks Marcus, your website is certainly chock full of information - I'll be sure to browse through them more thoroughly at a later time. I am just curious as to how an Adaptall to M42 adapter looks like, since I'll never buy or use one - it just seem awfully redundant to use 2 different adapters to mount an Adaptall lens to a Pentax DSLR.

The pictures in your website showing the available Pentax Adaptall mounts, the generic mount seems to be showing the adapter to lens bayonet while the oem mounts are all showing adapter to camera bayonets.
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-25-2016, 10:47 AM  
Adaptall Mount Club (Tamron).
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 3,488
Views: 542,513
Can you please post pictures of the Adaptall to M42 adapter showing both sides - just curious to see what is preventing the Adaptall-2 lens' diaphragm from opening and closing? I have a generic Adaptall to PK adapter and it let's me shoot with any Adaptall and Adaptall-2 lenses in Av mode regardless of the A/M switch setting.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-20-2016, 11:00 PM  
Pentax k-50 lenses
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 19
Views: 1,175
A Tamron AF 70-300/4.0-5.6 Macro zoom lens may fit your needs. It's more prone to purple fringing but IQ wise it's slightly better than the Pentax 55-300/4.0-5.8 at 300mm and a used one should be obtainable for less than 100.00USD.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-19-2016, 09:41 PM  
Pentax K-1 Body Cover
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 3
Views: 859
Or for less than a buck on eBay.
Forum: General Talk 05-18-2016, 11:50 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 10,978
Views: 748,221
Amazingly good idea. I bought some graphite lubricant but I was leery of using it because the graphite powder can very easily end up in an unwanted area, with a pencil, it can be applied much more precisely with less mess.

Thanks!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-14-2016, 01:36 PM  
Sigma 1.4x APO EX vs Sigma 1.4x APO EX DG teleconverters - quality image comparison?
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 15
Views: 1,317
Did you find OP's "you will not help if..." gibberish acceptable as a start to a normal conversation? The OP comes across like some crown prosecutor, not at all like someone looking for advise. With so many demanding exceptions in his/her question, the OP should bloody well get the two TCs in question and compare them himself/herself!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-14-2016, 11:12 AM  
issue with K-5 iis & da 40mm xs
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 12
Views: 761
Glad it worked out for you and yes, using bare hands to straighten the bent lever is the safest way.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 05-14-2016, 10:54 AM  
Needed: comments on telephoto zoom for K-S2: DA 55-300 WR or DA* 60-250?
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 14
Views: 1,072
If you are an informal wedding shooter any lens will do but for best results, you should shoot with the fastest lens available to you (now or in the near future). WR, what is there to worry about at a wedding, you are worrying about a non-issue imo. As for the screwdrive AF noise, unless you happen to constantly change the subject distance from near infinity to minimum focus distance, it's not so noticeable as some fear. I was shooting a field hockey match with a Tokina AT-X 80-200/2.8 AF Pro - partly to test the tracking capability of my K-5 - the constantly adjustment of AF in AF-c mode was about as loud as the second hand ticking away on a cheap quartz wall clock. With the ambient noise at the match, I doubt those ticking noise bothered anyone within 2 or 3 feet away from me.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-13-2016, 11:10 PM  
issue with K-5 iis & da 40mm xs
Posted By excanonfd
Replies: 12
Views: 761
The only thing I can think of is that maybe the aperture actuating lever on the DA 40/2.8 XS is slightly bent and while your K-01 can still catch the lever to actuate the diaphragm while the K-5IIs cannot. I admit it's a long shot but try comparing the aperture actuating lever on your lenses and see if they are identical or not.
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