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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
55-300 PLM and... Help me spend my money?!?
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 48
Views: 1,137
One with the K-S2 and 55-300 RE, which is a great lens. https://1.img-dpreview.com/files/p/E~forums/61790743/e8ff8585805444a69a1fab793459e056
Forum: Pentax Q 3 Days Ago  
Just got a Q7... can't set the front dial to the picture modes I like?!?
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 2
Views: 241
Take a pic with effects you like and then use that to set the smart effect control . . . I think.
Forum: Pentax K-70 4 Days Ago  
K70 aperture block?
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 14
Views: 568
The 55-300 PLM WR RE will never have aperture block failure because it doesn't use the aperture block for aperture control . . .
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-25-2018, 01:56 PM  
Death of K-3 LCD?
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 5
Views: 406
No longer have black screen -- the banded view has returned reliably, but still banded. I had been carrying the K-3 in its case, screen facing UP, under another camera case in a backpack. I am assuming that, the two padded cases notwithstanding, the weight of the other case impinged too heavily on the LCD and deformed it enough to damage some contacts. I don't believe it is moisture, even though this was my river-work camera.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-24-2018, 05:14 PM  
Death of K-3 LCD?
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 5
Views: 406
I take it that this is death of my K-3's LCD? I next swapped lenses, and got no screen at all, just black. The camera still takes pictures and blindly goes through menu settings. I can move by "click-feel" from single shot drive to two-second delay, for example. But I think this is toast. Any opinions or suggestions? Has anyone seen this before, or repaired it, or or seen it restore on its own? Feedback appreciated, including the obvious advice to now get a K-3ii . . .
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-21-2018, 06:10 PM  
Current K-3ii pricing - as good as it'll get?
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 33
Views: 1,397
LOL! Thanks, boriscleto and Chancellor Palpatine!
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-21-2018, 01:02 PM  
Current K-3ii pricing - as good as it'll get?
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 33
Views: 1,397
Thanks for replies, everyone! I should have mentioned that I was an early adopter of the K-3 Premium Silver, almost the day it came out, and paid more than TWICE this $829. That K-3 has been a real workhorse for me, no failures whatsoever. I can keep going with it, except that I have some starscape-over-cityscape pictures planned, which would demand the GPS -- or maybe just the external GPS module that I could get for the K-3. But that is $185, which is far enough down the road to $829 that the K-3ii seems like the better idea. BTW, any examples of stars over city skylines from anyone using K-3ii or K-1 with native astrotracer (not scope mounts on motors)? K-1 is tempting, but that starts another round of lens chasing. Maybe just the new FF wide zoom would be possible for me, for this project. Too bad the 20-40 ltd.isn't FF. I love that on K-3
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-21-2018, 08:05 AM  
Current K-3ii pricing - as good as it'll get?
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 33
Views: 1,397
Does anyone think the current $829 for a K-3ii is as low as that camera is going to go? I think I can stay with APS-C for what I do and can't start buying the K-1 FF lens line, as much as I would like too. I do want the astrotracer and pixel shift with my limited lenses. $829 for the K-3ii seems pretty good. Any thoughts? Thanks.
Forum: Sold Items 08-08-2018, 09:07 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax F* 300mm F4.5 lens
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 24
Views: 1,798
I have no idea how to mark this as sold
Forum: Sold Items 08-06-2018, 11:18 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA 135mm f2.8 lens
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 1
Views: 510
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax FA 135mm f2.8 lens

Asking Price
210.00 USD

Item Location
washington, DC (United States)

Item Description
A good copy of this full frame lens. 200mm f2.8 equivalent on aps-c.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
Other (See Listing)

Shipping Charge
20.00

Shipping Services
US Postal

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
one week to return

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 08-02-2018, 09:31 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax F* 300mm F4.5 lens
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 24
Views: 1,798
The optics. Some tiny droplets of SMC coating are visible on one internal lens element -- no effect on images, reflective but transparent.
Forum: Sold Items 08-02-2018, 11:37 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax F* 300mm F4.5 lens
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 24
Views: 1,798
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax F* 300mm F4.5 lens

Asking Price
350.00 USD

Item Location
Washington DC (United States)

Item Description
Exterior shows mileage. Includes the mounting bracket/foot.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Fair

Shipping Destinations
Continental U.S. Only

Shipping Charge
$20.00

Shipping Services
UPS, US Postal

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order

Return Policy & Additional Details
ship back within 1 week of receipt

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-02-2018, 09:41 PM  
HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE and K70 compatability
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 15
Views: 1,088
My copy really delivers. Check yours carefully and exchange if needed. But don't do w/o it.
Forum: Pentax Q 04-28-2018, 08:42 AM  
Lake Louise
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 7
Views: 1,027
SMASHING! Good work with the mighty Q-cam, as always.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-18-2018, 08:00 AM  
But Pentax is a business for the ones who would...
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 78
Views: 3,730
Good points here. Thank you.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-14-2018, 05:40 AM  
Adapting Altix lenses to Pentax K using an M42 adapter
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 6
Views: 793
It looks as tho Pentax took a design cue from that knurled focus ring, on their 20-40 Ltd., esp. the silver version.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-13-2018, 08:36 PM  
SMC 18mm 3.5
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 10
Views: 809
yes it does
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-13-2018, 07:19 PM  
SMC 18mm 3.5
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 10
Views: 809
Some lenses are just fun to own . . .
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-27-2018, 09:26 AM  
K-3 FLU Card behavior
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 3
Views: 772
Thanks. I tried all of that, except not rebooting K-3 twice (?). So here goes . . . . But I find it very strange that within the FLU card is apparently some of the same code as in Image Synch, and that the K-3 was able to use it in this crippled state.
Forum: Pentax K-3 03-27-2018, 06:52 AM  
K-3 FLU Card behavior
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 3
Views: 772
I reformatted my FLU card, as normal, and when I next tried to use it, all of the SSID, version, and other informatin fields were empty, both in the camera and in the app, and the "camera control" was not working. More strange, transfer of an image began working exactly like it does in the the Image Sync app that I use with my wi-fi on the K-S2.

Repeat: The FLU card image transfer function stopped behaving in the FLU card manner and began working in the Image Synch app manner. What could explain THAT?
Forum: Pentax Q 03-21-2018, 05:17 AM  
Pentax Q sensor cleaning swabs?
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 8
Views: 739
I've cleaned the Q/Q7 sensor shield, never the sensor behind it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-20-2018, 09:11 PM  
Would You Buy a Q
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 36
Views: 1,783
Try setting multi exposure to 30 seconds and average 4 shots. Voila, 2 minutes.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-20-2018, 07:17 PM  
Would You Buy a Q
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 36
Views: 1,783
Some say the Q-system has died. But did the Q System really die?


After all, it evolved as far as the Q7 in both a "Complete Kit" before the 08 was developed, and a "Premium Kit" after the 08 was available for the set. That's two top-line, full kits, when most camera models never get a single "premium" treatment of any sort. I bought the Complete Kit and the 08 a la carte. I still have my very small Q-bag always at the ready. It's a go-to tool.


Q7/08 is one of the most interesting lens/body combinations ever made. The idea of a 17.5mm (eq.) lens of that size is astonishing. After they produced the 08, there was no need for a prime 20mm or 24mm (eq.) prime. And the 01 "normal" was 40mm/f1.9 (eq.) on the Q7, so there was no need for a 35mm (eq.) either.


And the 06 lens? -- 70-210mm (eq.) constant f2.8! And size matters, but it this case, it is super SMALL size.


I don't feel the Q System died. I think it triumphed and lives on in the hands of those who saw how to use it. If you failed to get at least the Q7/01/06/08 set, much less either of the two premium kits, you missed a really great and unique Pentax product.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-14-2018, 08:14 PM  
HD DA 21mm Ltd Lens Not Sharp Enough, or Just My Focusing Error?
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 19
Views: 1,589
My HD 15mm Ltd is not as good as my SMC 15mm Ltd. My 21mm Ltd is not as good as my 20-40 Ltd. at 20mm..
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-04-2018, 12:06 PM  
Upgrade option for K-1 Limited-Silver Body
Posted By Marktax
Replies: 5
Views: 870
K-1 black and K-1 "Premium" (silver) are the same camera . . .
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