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Forum: Pentax K-70 09-19-2018, 04:15 PM  
Strange behaviour from my K-70...aperture block?
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 22
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The camera has been sent for repairs. The guy at the store figured it was indeed aperture block failure. Although he was quite familiar with the issue, this was the first K-70 he has had to send in for repair.

Also, I learned today Pentax camera warranty is 2 years here in Canada. Repair only has 6 month warranty.
Forum: Pentax K-70 09-18-2018, 05:32 PM  
Strange behaviour from my K-70...aperture block?
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 22
Views: 1,774
Update: I got up this morning and tried camera with kit zoom. I took a dozen photos, all very dark/black. Plenty of light, iso cranked. I swapped for manual lens and left for work. I took ~100 photos in the field. Worked great. This evening I tried the kit zoom again and the camera seems to be working fine. Safe to say the aperature motor failure is intermittent, if that is what is going on.

Good news is that I purchased the camera on Sept. 27, 2017 so it is still under warranty. I'm taking it to the local camera shop where I bought it tomorrow. Will let you know what they say.
Forum: Pentax K-70 09-18-2018, 02:14 AM  
Strange behaviour from my K-70...aperture block?
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 22
Views: 1,774
Thanks. After reading this, unfortunately it seems my K-70 aperture motor is failing.

The first few shots are dark, then it wakes up. Same settings. It must be headed to permanent failure soon. Wow, this is very disappointing. I've owned this camera for exactly one year. I love it, but I expected much better reliability. Will let you know how it goes with warranty.
Forum: Pentax K-70 09-17-2018, 04:27 PM  
Strange behaviour from my K-70...aperture block?
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 22
Views: 1,774
I hope so. I did buy it from local camera store. I doubt I will be able to replicate the issue for them though. Hopefully they take my word.
Forum: Pentax K-70 09-17-2018, 04:20 PM  
Strange behaviour from my K-70...aperture block?
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 22
Views: 1,774
I thought my K-70 was toast tonight! Maybe it still is! Took it out of the bag for a few shots of a rainbow and it was displaying all signs of aperture block failure. No amount of resetting or removing battery helped. The photos were all black unless I cranked up exposure and even then still very dark. Yes, I tried a variety of modes and photographing a variety of subjects with varying lighting. Metering, complete garbage. I swapped the lens for an old manual K to do further testing. Photos were fine but I was setting aperture manually. I put the kit lens back on and now everything seems to be working fine again. However, now that I think back I would say that one out of every 20 or 30 photos for the past few months was black or severely underexposed. I chalked it up to poor metering or bad settings but thinking back I think it was probably aperature block failure. Has anyone ever heard of this as being an intermittent issue. Any advice? Not sure what I should do. I think my camera warranty expired just a few days ago!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-01-2018, 03:44 AM  
Major Image Sync app update in July
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 57
Views: 4,939
Thanks for the update. I will wait rather than tinker.
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 08-29-2018, 07:18 PM  
Limited A-Series Manual focus lenses
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 48
Views: 1,441
You make some really good points. Given its size, it would never be on my short list. Am I to assume the bulk translates to superior optics?



---------- Post added 08-29-18 at 10:20 PM ----------

And YES! Sign me up for 28mm f2.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-29-2018, 02:25 PM  
Major Image Sync app update in July
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 57
Views: 4,939
I'm not off to a great start. Can't connect my Samsung phone to my k70. Correct network/password...spins for eternity. Reset everything and still no luck.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-29-2018, 02:01 PM  
Major Image Sync app update in July
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 57
Views: 4,939
Great! Thanks for the update.
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 08-29-2018, 11:37 AM  
Limited A-Series Manual focus lenses
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 48
Views: 1,441
Why? Is it a redundant lens? Honest question. A top quality, fast, normal lens for FF body seems like a no-brainer to me. I only own crop cameras so it doesn't appeal to me but if I had a K1...
Forum: General Photography 08-28-2018, 11:46 PM  
How fast is your PC - and should I upgrade mine now Ihave a K3-ii?
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 29
Views: 1,363
I just built a new 2nd gen Ryzen rig with 16GB RAM and M2 SSD. Couldn't be happier.

GPU prices are falling but still overpriced.
Forum: General Photography 08-28-2018, 11:41 PM  
Do you always carry a camera? What? Cell phones don't count
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 70
Views: 2,485
Not always but usually K70 with 18-135 and a few primes. I've been considering a pancake 35mm for reducing kit size while mtn biking and long hikes.
Forum: General Photography 08-28-2018, 11:33 PM  
Featured in Feature Shoot Magazine!
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 23
Views: 649
Great photos! Congratulations.
Forum: General Photography 08-28-2018, 11:30 PM  
People using multiple systems, which is your next favorite brand after pentax?
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 27
Views: 881
Sony NEX5n with K adapter.
Forum: Photo Critique 08-26-2018, 06:20 PM  
Black & White Long Exposure Seascape
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 8
Views: 276
I like the first one, better composition to my eye. Cropped to square would be my preference.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-25-2018, 12:47 PM  
What's your favourite vintage / film-era manual focus lens, and why?
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 147
Views: 8,982
Yes I agree. The K colours are magical. I just picked up a K 200mm. Same great colours.
Forum: General Photography 08-17-2018, 02:13 AM  
How do you get out of a slump
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 78
Views: 1,944
Haha! I'm leaving it open to interpretation.



---------- Post added 08-17-18 at 05:17 AM ----------

Another idea might be to shoot some landscapes with a normal prime. Stitch to maximize FOV.
Forum: General Photography 08-16-2018, 01:29 PM  
How do you get out of a slump
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 78
Views: 1,944
Time to take a trip.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-12-2018, 01:49 AM  
The one lens that you just ended up never getting
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 107
Views: 4,996
New: FA 31/1.8
Vintage: K 28/2

As others have said, too expensive.

At the other extreme, I just bought a K 200mm for a song. Strange (awesome) that some really great lenses are so cheap. The K 55/1.8 is another good example.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-31-2018, 04:47 PM  
Telephoto prime or zoom?
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 24
Views: 866
Thank you, Normhead! Very helpful run-down. Amazing photos, too!



---------- Post added 07-31-18 at 07:48 PM ----------

Good plan.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-31-2018, 01:11 PM  
Telephoto prime or zoom?
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 24
Views: 866
Thanks for the heads up, but no definately not going to be earning a living at this and not looking to spend thousands of dollars. A versatile zoom would probably meet my needs better than a very high end 500mm. Just looking to get some fun wildlife shots while doing geology field work.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-30-2018, 02:05 PM  
What's your favourite vintage / film-era manual focus lens, and why?
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 147
Views: 8,982
Man...this makes me want the K 28/3.5! Stunning photos. Was there a lot of PP to get those colours to pop?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-29-2018, 04:12 AM  
What is the most compact/light Pentax zoom lenses?
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 22
Views: 1,677
I would pick a 35mm or 40mm prime over the 18-50 zoom any day of the week. I actually use a K 55/1.8 mounted on a Sony NEX for messing around more than I'd like to admit. Sony has excellent focus peaking.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-28-2018, 05:03 PM  
Telephoto prime or zoom?
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 24
Views: 866
Thanks for sharing photos folks. Nice! Good points being made for zoom. I'm definitely leaning that way. I agree, a 200mm+ prime does seem kind of limiting.

And yes, I have read a few reviews. The prime lenses generally score better than the zooms in terms of IQ, but it's likely a compromise worth making. After all, I get plenty of joy out of my 18-135 and it's far from perfect.

Thanks for taking the time to respond.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-28-2018, 01:55 PM  
Telephoto prime or zoom?
Posted By drumhead
Replies: 24
Views: 866
Yes but those qualities come from the thing behind the camera, not the lens! ;)
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