Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 
Log in or register to remove ads.

Showing results 1 to 25 of 105 Search:
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 05-05-2016, 01:53 AM  
Have anyone tried cheap FF lenses on the K1?
Posted By weijen
Replies: 114
Views: 16,407
Hey, I noticed everyone's talking about pairing the K1 with the famed FA31, FA43 FA77 etc. I'm just curious how the camera will perform with the cheap 28-80ish zooms from the 80s and 90s like the F35-70, FA28-70 and so on. Who knows there may be gems out there? Or would you consider it a disgrace to mount those lenses to that super high end K1? :lol:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-28-2015, 07:39 PM  
How is the FA 50mm f1.4 for manual focus?
Posted By weijen
Replies: 7
Views: 1,223
I guess I'll have to try out the focus ring myself to see if it will work for me. Is the aperture ring clicky enough? I have some F and FA zoom lenses and the aperture ring is rather plasticky and doesn't rotate that smoothly. Is that the same case for the FA50?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-27-2015, 07:33 PM  
How is the FA 50mm f1.4 for manual focus?
Posted By weijen
Replies: 7
Views: 1,223
I have a chance to buy the said lens for a good price. So I'm thinking of getting this as my one and only 50mm prime and thus, retiring my bunch of 50mm lenses. I alreadyhave a Ricoh 50mm f1.7 and Pentax-A 50mm f2.0. I'm also thinking of letting go my Helios 44K 58mm f2 so I can consolidate my lens collection. I've got all the Pentax systems, digital, AF and MF film. So I'm wondering if the FA 50mm 1.4 is practical on MF bodies? Any experience on this?
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 05-12-2015, 10:25 PM  
Is the KS-2 a quantum leap from the K-r?
Posted By weijen
Replies: 9
Views: 2,207
As long as it's more reliable than the K-r in terms of autofocus and the flipping mirror issue, I guess I'm in. Thanks everyone!
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 05-12-2015, 10:19 PM  
What about a manual focus FF?
Posted By weijen
Replies: 79
Views: 7,125
Dear pinholecam, you opened a can of worms when you brought up the A7. Now clean up the mess :lol:
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 05-12-2015, 01:37 AM  
What about a manual focus FF?
Posted By weijen
Replies: 79
Views: 7,125
I might stand corrected when I have a chance to encounter the Sony A7.

But the point of this wishful thinking thread is just to say how cool a dedicated MF DSLR would be. Not another OVF vs EVF thread. I guess we have seen plenty of that. :) It might be something some people want, but not economical enough for manufacturers to produce.

And while we're still at it, I'll have a MF DSLR that looks like a scaled down 645 (The original boxy one) in my dreams tonight. It's my dream and I don't care what anyone is going to say about it :lol:
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 05-11-2015, 06:35 PM  
What about a manual focus FF?
Posted By weijen
Replies: 79
Views: 7,125
It would be totally different experience to use a manual lens on a proper manual focus body. First, the viewfinder is bigger and brighter because the half mirror AF sensor saps light and there's a proper focusing aid on the focus screen. Anyone who has used a MF lens on a MF film body and on a AF DSLR body can attest to that. No matter how advanced the camera, manual focusing on an electronic screen will never be as enjoyable as optical focusing through the lens.

Let's face the reality: the Pentax M 50mm f1.7 will never be the everyday lens it once was. No one will have it slapped on their DSLR full time for a vacation or a family event. Honestly, I only mate mine with my DSLR for the occasional "wow, it's very sharp!" test shots. Otherwise, I'll mainly use it on my Super Program where it feels more at home.

On another note, just compare the thickness of the user manual of the MX and the K-x ;D





Does advanced electronics really make our lives easier?

There's a certain satisfaction to see with one's own eyes in the viewfinder when the image comes perfectly in focus and the metering is spot on (with some human wisdom). The purpose manual focus camera is not about taking 100 pictures of the same thing at one time. Does a Leica guy goes machine gun mode? I think not. It's about the simple joys of photography: Compose, focus, meter, click! (from the user manual of a MF camera)
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 05-10-2015, 06:55 PM  
What about a manual focus FF?
Posted By weijen
Replies: 79
Views: 7,125
I would love a manual focus DSLR with a proper aperture sensor, and a split focus screen with a nice, huge prism.

Forget all those funky exposure and metering modes. All I need is the shutter speed dial, and an A mode. Oh, and I can also live without the LCD screen.

I wonder, am I alone? :lol:
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 05-10-2015, 06:47 PM  
Is the KS-2 a quantum leap from the K-r?
Posted By weijen
Replies: 9
Views: 2,207
Hi, I'm thinking to upgrade from the K-r. I love my K-r. It's fun and cheerful and it produces beautiful images, however my unit is plagued with a sticky mirror mechanism and the autofocus accuracy should have been a lot better. These are the very two reasons I'm let down by my K-r.

Will the KS-2 be a good upgrade with respect to these issues, and is the shutter sound quieter? If there are anyone of you who upgraded from the K-r, please share what did you notice better or different with the KS-2.

Regards :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-21-2015, 12:54 AM  
Film x-ray scanner
Posted By weijen
Replies: 10
Views: 1,282
Speaking from experience, on one of my travel, I had my film in my hand luggage and it went through a total of six scans through various domestic and international airports throughout Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. The pictures turned out fine. I used ISO200-400 colour print film. I won't really worry about it ;)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-01-2015, 01:46 AM  
AE lock
Posted By weijen
Replies: 31
Views: 4,822
A real man only use dials, not some puny push buttons :lol:
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-30-2015, 12:17 AM  
AE lock
Posted By weijen
Replies: 31
Views: 4,822
I feel the AE lock is a whole lot more convenient than dialing in EV compensations. In most classic cameras like the Super Program which use, the EV dial is cumbersome at best. Actually the P30T performed much better with the AE lock when deciding between the shadows or the highlight. Just point, lock, and shoot!

The principles of using AE-L is ahem.. actually not so different from going fully M.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-25-2015, 08:41 PM  
Is it worth saving F 35-70....have two with issues.
Posted By weijen
Replies: 11
Views: 1,332
Great job! I hope you took pictures along the way so you can share with us here.:)
Forum: Lens Clubs 03-23-2015, 08:50 PM  
Pentax Lenses on FF Club
Posted By weijen
Replies: 1,004
Views: 186,378
Kodak BW400CN with the surprise, surprise.... DAL 18-55mm!









It vignettes at the wide end but it's acceptable from 24mm and all gone by 35mm. I think it's alter ego would be FA35-55mm f4.5-5.6.

The lens is lovely with film. It's contrast and sharpness beats the crap out of any 28-80 zoom lenses!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-23-2015, 08:09 PM  
Is it worth saving F 35-70....have two with issues.
Posted By weijen
Replies: 11
Views: 1,332
From the looks of it, the fungus is very superficial. The fungus may look terminal, but I'm sure it did not eat into the glass yet. The haze looking layer is probably just moisture buildup. It's harmless to the glass. I've dealt with worse. The rear-most element can be easily removed. A wash and wipe is all it needs.

The front elements will pop out when you unscrew the retaining clip. There are there elements in the front group. In my case, it was not very tight and I managed to unscrew with just my fingernails. The rear element can be unscrewed by hand if I'm not mistaken. If I remember correctly, there are a total of seven elements in this lens. This is quite an easy lens to disassemble and reassemble.

Speaking from my own experience, the F 35-70 has a joined element somewhere in the center. If there is fungus growth is in between the binding compound of the joined element, then the lens is unusable. It will ghost at the slightest of direct lighting. If that's the case, list lens up on ebay as "parts or not working" with a description of "sold-as-is-i-don't-know-a-damn-thing-about-it" :D

Someone might want the lens for the little aperture click bearing :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-15-2015, 11:37 PM  
Questions about Pentax SFX
Posted By weijen
Replies: 21
Views: 3,971
I feel that my SFXn isn't a lot louder than my K-r actually. On the plus side, you are almost guaranteed of eye contact for you next shot.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-12-2015, 08:13 PM  
Questions about Pentax SFX
Posted By weijen
Replies: 21
Views: 3,971















You Tube




"Ke-tak-zzzt! ke-tak-zzzt!"

The metal clank sound is the best part. It's still more silent than a manual wind camera on a motor drive though.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-10-2015, 12:32 AM  
Questions about Pentax SFX
Posted By weijen
Replies: 21
Views: 3,971
As a SFXn user I'd like to add my 2 cents:

The SFX uses 2CR5, not CR2 batteries. However, it is possible to use 2 CR123 batteries as a substitute for 2CR5. I have done it and wrote about it in this forum. CR123s are much cheaper too. My SFXn sucks battery juice evern when it is off. Get the batteries out whenever you are not shooting. Once, I put a fresh battery in my SFXn and forgot about it. It drained out by itself in a few weeks.

The AA battery adapter adds bulk and weight, since AAs are heavier than 2CR5s. And the performance of the SFX kinds of sucks with rechargable NiMH AAs. So it's a fair trade off between the two.

There is a built in diopter. Get an external one if it does not work for you. The SFXn slot fits regular size Pentax diopters and cups , but not the SFX. It's smaller. (I have both the SFX and SFXn :) )

The SFX has a really great viewfinder which works great for manual focus lenses as well. One can actually see what's in focus. Beats the crap out of any modern AF bodies. I won't go deep into lens recommendation here since it has been covered by others. Any 28-80-ish lens will work great, since film is not about pixel peeping. Just try to get one with a shorter throw like the Sigma 28-80 3.5-5.6 AF, because the AF is rather slow.

The thing I love most about this camera is that it is huge, ugly and noisy. Totally oozing with that 80's look that's sure to turn heads!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 03-04-2015, 11:57 PM  
Did I just kill an LX?
Posted By weijen
Replies: 3
Views: 1,475
Hi, I've never handled an LX. One day I saw one at a huge camera fair going on. I picked it up, pulled the film advance and triggered the shutter. It was cool. I then advanced the film again. On the second time, the film advance lever got stuck at maximum stroke and the shutter could not trip because the stroke was incomplete. The film advance lever was then loose, moves around but it can't do anything.

Did I kill the LX or there's something I missed?
Forum: Pentax Q 11-11-2014, 12:06 AM  
How do you release the robot arm flash?
Posted By weijen
Replies: 11
Views: 2,073
For my original Q, the flash release mechanism is undampened. It just springs up quite violently and I would always slow it down with my finger because it feels like something might break! I'm sure the Pentax engineers has calculated all the force and impact to the flash unit during the motion during the design, so I think it's just me. Do you damp the mechanism or just let it spring open on it's own?
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 10-19-2014, 11:20 PM  
Problem with inbuilt flash in auto mode
Posted By weijen
Replies: 9
Views: 1,906
Speaking from my experience from the K-r, Pentax DSLRs automode flash algorithm is programmed to preserve as much ambient light as possbile. This would mean slow shutter speeds down to 1/8 or 1/4 if it's dark, even with the flash on. That's what causes blurry pics when you don't mean it. In Av mode with flash, the shutter speed goes down to a minimum of 1/30, which is fast enough to avoid blurry pics if your subjects are fairly still. Use sport mode and see if it helps. Since my K-r does not have an X mode (max flash sync speed), my method is to turn set my Tv mode to 1/125. I'll just turn to Tv mode for action flash shots.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-18-2014, 08:37 PM  
Is there a half case for the Super Program
Posted By weijen
Replies: 9
Views: 2,226
Just wondering if Pentax ever made half cases for the Super Program.. And I also noticed there is one for the ME/ME Super. The dimensions of the ME seems pretty close to the Super Program. If I get the ME case, would it fit the Super Program?
Forum: Pentax Q 08-13-2014, 08:56 PM  
How to identify C mount lenses?
Posted By weijen
Replies: 6
Views: 2,761
If that is the case, would it be right to say most CCTV lenses are CS? I had two CCTVs with zoom lenses in my office. When I swapped their lenses, neither could focus. I suspect one is a C while the other is a CS. The mounts seem identical and there is no telling on the lenses themselves if they are C or CS. Really kind of frustrating :lol:
Forum: Pentax Q 08-06-2014, 12:12 AM  
How to identify C mount lenses?
Posted By weijen
Replies: 6
Views: 2,761
Hi, I'm thinking of getting a CCTV lens to play with my Q. The problem is that CCTV lenses come in C and CS mount and it is never explicitly mentioned on the lens itself. Online CCTV lens sellers rarely state if they are selling a C or CS mount lens. To make things worse, some don't even know what they're selling. Is there any way of telling apart a C from a CS mount lens by just visual inspection?

Thanks!
Forum: General Photography 07-22-2014, 11:45 PM  
Confession of a camera addict
Posted By weijen
Replies: 6
Views: 1,047
The only pictures I take these days are my wife and kids. Occasionally mom and pop too. I guess I could live with the Fujifilm X100 as my only camera ;)

And perhaps my Q too as a backup
..
and my Super Program just in case I want to shoot film
..
and a couple of primes for the film camera maybe?
..
oh wait, I don't have any zoom. I'll have to get the XG-1 as well..
..
The XG-1's small sensor is not good enough for low light! I'll need to get an MX-1 to compliment it!
..

I see another bloody vicious cycle coming!
Search took 0.01 seconds | Showing results 1 to 25 of 105

 
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:47 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top