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Forum: Lens Clubs 3 Hours Ago  
The DA Limited Club
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 5,345
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DA 35 Limited

Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 4 Hours Ago  
Pentax SMC-A 70-210 Disassembly
Posted By ChristianRock
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I had one that came with a K1000 years ago, that just recently was given to a forum member for parts. That one already came "disassembled" - it fell apart in my hands...
basically, it separates from the middle and then you will access the front elements from within the front portion.
I didn't do much with mine as it didn't need any cleaning of the elements (they were very clean). I tried to put it together and could never really get it in the right position, so I gave up on it since I have had a great sample of this lens since 2013, which has given me many, many great pictures.

As an aside, the easiest lens I've ever had in regards to cleaning the front element was a Sigma UC 70-210 f/4-5.6. That lens was VERY sharp in the middle of the range, but I just liked the Pentax-A better. Anyway, with the Sigma, the front element was actually screwed on - you could just unscrew it! In fact, it came off the lens one time when I was changing filters!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 14 Hours Ago  
The K10D Club!
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 5,671
Views: 541,457
Just stunning! I'm amazed at how beautiful this rose looks. I'm a sucker for flower pictures and this is one of the best I've seen.
Forum: Lens Clubs 14 Hours Ago  
The Sigma Lens Club- All lenses
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 2,499
Views: 390,681
Nashville at night. Sigma 30 1.4 Art.

Forum: Lens Clubs 14 Hours Ago  
Theory on DA 35mm ltd 'greatest lens ever' (?) tag
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 768
Views: 196,597
I have had this lens for a couple of months now and have had some outings with it... and I have to say I am still learning it. My keeper rate is pretty slow - not because the lens isn't good. It's great. But I must have gotten lazy by the 50mm range where framing just comes naturally to me, and by wider angle lenses. It's hard going back to " normal". My compositions are suffering - they're either not flattering to the subject, or they're allowing for things that shouldn't be in the frame, or I'm picking the wrong lines or centering things too much... argh this is hard. But I like hard, it's challenging :)

A couple of not so great shots, but better than the other few hundred I've taken with the lens... I'll get there I guess!





Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 14 Hours Ago  
Fun with the K-S1
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 319
Views: 51,515
K-S1, Sigma 30 1.4 Art at f2, Nashville history museum

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 18 Hours Ago  
The K10D Club!
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 5,671
Views: 541,457
Hi Ralph!

I see your comment about liking autofocus better, so my suggestions would be one of two Pentax lenses - the SMC DA 50mm f/1.8 and the SMC-F 50mm f/1.7. Out of those two I chose the SMC-F lens because I think it's a sharper lens at the widest aperture and I like the rendering of the 50mm f/1.7 lenses that Pentax has made. But the DA lens is a good lens as well. They can both be found used for about 80 dollars, sometimes even less.

But if your eyes are good, there's no reason to not have the little M 50 1.7 that people here already bragged about - for 35 dollars you can have a lot of fun even if you end up using it less than the autofocus versions...

They all match very well with the K10D!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Do I need to upgrade from my K50?
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 84
Views: 3,762
So I had the best Pentax camera already and didn't know it? :lol:

Seriously, that youtube video is complete garbage.

The K-50 can take very nice pictures, but your K-70 is even nicer, faster, and better in basically every sense. Don't fret over it... enjoy and take pictures :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
SMC DA* 16-50 vs HD DA 16-85
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 24
Views: 958
Me - personally - I would probably go with the DA*16-50 because I don't mind the size (and the 16-85 isn't a small lens either anyway). Though since you have a K-5IIs, the smaller aperture of the DA 16-85mm might not be a big issue for you - and you might enjoy the longer reach.
The DA*16-50 has its issues with flare and PF at the wide end, but it does generate some pretty amazing pictures, especially at smaller apertures. And it doesn't look bad at larger apertures if you shoot more for bokeh than for edge-to-edge sharpness. Meaning, it does a great job in what it's designed for - landscapes at smaller apertures, portraits/details at larger apertures.
Mind you, I don't have either one, but I have the DA 16-45mm f4 which has a similar range compared to the DA* 16-50mm f2.8, hence my answer...

...and to be perfectly honest, I find the DA 16-85mm pictures to be very good technically, but I have yet to see "pixie dust" or anything "magical" in its rendering... and that's a completely subjective thing! Not trying to start a fight over it....
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 2 Days Ago  
Pentax K-50 photos
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 1,228
Views: 177,156
To be totally honest with you, you're probably seeing more a difference in lenses than in the cameras themselves. And a bit of the camera process, which goes both ways - I'm sure there's some that prefer how Nikon processors render the world.

If all you get is the K-50 with the 18-55mm lens, you will get a little bit of it depending on shooting conditions, as it's a good lens, but not great. When I had it sometimes it would surprise me with a great looking picture but at other times I would be a bit underwhelmed, especially compared to my primes (I think Nikkors are similar, their 18-55 is good but not great either). Better lenses give better results and some of the old glass gives outstanding clarity. Here's where the Pentax advantage kicks in - with the D5200 you can't meter old manual lenses, and the film-era/early digital (AF/AF-D) Nikkor lenses won't autofocus. You get more backwards compatibility with Pentax, if you choose to go that route, which can give you good results on a small budget.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
The K10D Club!
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 5,671
Views: 541,457
Welcome!

As you'll find out by exploring this thread, a lot of us don't look at a camera's age to judge how capable it is. We just look at the results and it does give great results :)

Nicely done starscape, looking forward to seeing more :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Limiteds - DA 21 or DA 70 as my next lens? As a treat to myself...
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 55
Views: 1,754
No plans for full frame in the near future... but if I did, I think in that range my DA 35 2.4 actually would get lovely results. I think it might be a better full frame lens than APS-C lens, in all honesty. Not that it's a bad APS-C lens...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Limiteds - DA 21 or DA 70 as my next lens? As a treat to myself...
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 55
Views: 1,754
I hadn't thought about that, but when I am ready to buy one, I'll do as you did and start with the Wanted section! Thanks for the tip :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Limiteds - DA 21 or DA 70 as my next lens? As a treat to myself...
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 55
Views: 1,754
That makes the case for the HD 21 even more compelling! I wish I could get both the 21 and the 70 right now and just be done with it :D I'm already planning my first outing with the 35 on the camera and the 21 and the 70 on each pocket... :cool:



Amazing deal! I've never seen one go for less than high 200s... and that's even rare.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Limiteds - DA 21 or DA 70 as my next lens? As a treat to myself...
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 55
Views: 1,754
Some more comments...



I see the same thing you see in the DA 70 shots! But I'm also seeing a lot of it in the HD version of the 21, not so much in the SMC version. But it could be just in my head.



Thanks for sharing your progression... very interesting read. Though I think in my case the 16-85 is not going to be an option. I've never seen a 16-85 shot that made me go "wow" or made me feel like I was immersed in the scene. Personal taste, I know...



I do like the shots I see from the SMC-A 20 2.8 a LOT. Same with the SMC-M 20 f4.
I'm interested in hearing about your experience but I have never seen an A 20 2.8 for less than 400 dollars ( and they're usually 500-600) that wasn't full of fungus and/or haze and/or balsam separation. Even the ones that have all that sell for over my budget (in the 300s). The M 20 f4 is also up there in price these days.



Mike, you make the most compelling case for the DA 21 yet :)
My previous experience with the 21 was marred, I think, by the fact that the K20D was my camera and the DA 21 is not a good match for that sensor. Thinking about this, yesterday I did a flickr search on K20D and 21mm Limited, and I don't really like any of the pictures I've seen.
I was almost decided for the 70 until I read your post... thank you!



I'm at a bit of a loss for words regarding your experience... I think you might like different things from what other people like.
Regarding the 21... I believe you when you say that you couldn't get good pictures out of it, but I know others can... and I'd like to hear your experience with the 70 if you have any, or at least know why you don't recommend it.
I do know that my DA 35 Limited is better than my DA 35 2.4 - it's obvious to me, though they are both equally as sharp. And I can't get excited about the 16-85... and it's out of my budget anyway.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Limiteds - DA 21 or DA 70 as my next lens? As a treat to myself...
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 55
Views: 1,754
I was reading all the responses last night and today and want to thank everyone for thoughtful and helpful responses! Like I expected, it does give me a lot to think about.

As I said the sale of a couple of lenses got cancelled so I'm not doing this right now but it will happen... one I think soon and then I might buy the other later this year hopefully. Hobby funds usually take a while and budget is always what limits me...

Also, I want to say that I would have more use for the 70 than just portraits. I love short tele landscapes and scenery in general, and the DA 70 seems to really excel in that regard. Just to give an example, to me the best Ansel Adams landscapes - and the ones that to me define his work - were all in the short telephoto range. His wide angle stuff doesn't even move me...

So a comment on a few posts...



And you make a very compelling case for it.
I keep seeing - your pictures are an example of it, and so are @northcoastgreg 's - a difference between the HD and SMC versions of the 21mm lens. I know you have the HD, and so does Greg - they just seem to have more of that "Limited" magic than the regular SMC version. Could be in my mind? Could be the processing?
So in that case, it would make sense to get the SMC DA 70 first (which I can afford sooner as I see them going for sometimes less than 200 but usually in the low 200s) and buy the HD 21 later when I can afford it (high 200s/early 300s for a used copy)?



Both of course :lol: But I don't do just street, I am a jack of all trades and a master of none, currently :lol:



Yes that is a great shot but imagine that taken with the DA 70 :) Or one of my 50s, or my DA 35 Limited!



I still have one lens that I have yet to ship out and the buyer's been very understanding... the issue is I don't have a scale like you and I need some packing materials. Otherwise I could do it online as you said, I've done it once before (and got the weight wrong but thankfully I went to the postal office even though I had it prepaid, so I could pay the difference and the package did not get rejected).



Ah other than a couple test shots of my Christmas tree years ago, I don't think I've ever really done sunstars purposefully... so if I can eventually afford it I think I'd love the HD version of the 21.



@Tokyoscapes had a similar thought. I can't really do that because:
  • I would miss the 16mm from the 16-45

  • The DA 35 Limited is my only 1:1 macro, and I don't think the 20-40 can really replace it. It's just magical....

  • The 16-45 has the wobble so probably not worth hardly anything (though it doesn't affect optics at all) and the DA 35 2.4 has a little scratch on the front element and the filter ring is 1/3 broken off (no I didn't do either of those things... family members who think the camera and lens could be set at the floor of the minivan...


But I will agree that the 20-40 is a lovely lens and if I could afford it I think I'd prefer it over the 21.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Limiteds - DA 21 or DA 70 as my next lens? As a treat to myself...
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 55
Views: 1,754
Actually the buyer of a couple of my lenses has told me not to ship it anymore - totally understandable since his country is in lockdown, so I will probably have some extra time to think about this...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Limiteds - DA 21 or DA 70 as my next lens? As a treat to myself...
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 55
Views: 1,754
Before I even start - I know the answer to my question is "only you can know the answer"... but I know the fine folks in this forum can think of things from a point of view that I might not be seeing. So I'll explain what I'm trying to decide...

I'm about to ship some lenses once I get out of the house (long story, I'm not sick but was a bit sick last week so I'm basically quarantine-ing myself).

So I am in a position to soon be able to spend a couple hundred dollars and changeon a new lens... and I keep telling myself that my next lens has to be the DA 21 Limited - it's easy to find it under 200 dollars these days (SMC), or the HD version can be sometimes found used in the mid-200 dollars.

That's what I thought a couple of months ago too, when I also sold some things and had some cash... and a DA 35 Limited appeared in great condition for 179 dollars shipped and I jumped on the "best lens ever" instead of the DA 21 :lol:

I don't know if I'd use the 21 that much. While I think that carrying the small wide pancake on the K-S1 would be the ultimate little street and walkaround setup, the fact is that my DA 16-45mm does such a great job, and f/4 is not that different from f/3.2. The 16-45 certainly does not lack sharpness with my 20MP sensor, even wide open (though contrast, microcontrast and color saturation improve as you stop down - they're not bad to start with).

I think I'll like the DA 21 this time around... I had it for about a couple weeks some 5 years ago but that trade ended up reversed... and I missed the DA 16-45 that I had traded for it (plus cash). This time I'm keeping the 16-45...

...but I just love the pictures of the DA 70. So am I going to end up with that instead? I don't really need the 70 either, my 50/55mm lenses are probably close enough, and my M 100 2.8 takes gorgeous pictures. Either lens would be a treat.

So considering I have...

DA 16-45
Tokina 24 2.8 (which I do like but the DA 21 would definitely be an improvement)
M 28 3.5
Sigma 30 1.4
DA 35 Limited and 35 2.4
several 50s including K 50 1.2 and K 55 f2
M 100 2.8
Takumar Bayonet 135 2.8
M 200 f4
SMC-A 70-210mm f4
Tamron 70-300 f4-5.6 LD DI

...among others, what would you do?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-25-2020, 10:05 AM  
How many 50mm lenses do you own? Favorite? What have you let go?
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 278
Views: 25,993
I do love my nifty fifties...

Currently:
SMC Pentax-M 50 1.7
- my 2nd 50 and the one I still keep even though I don't use it much. Rough cosmetic condition but the optics and handling are just perfect. And the image quality? It's to die for...
Rikenon XR 50 1.4 - currently the aperture is stuck wide open. I took many wonderful pictures with this lens, and it's very much the proof - to me - that sharpness and image quality are not synonymous. It takes f5.6 to catch up to other 50s in terms of sharpness but image quality at f2 and f2.8 is just delightful to look at, delicate and beautiful. It's also an absolute bokeh monster, nothing I have is quite like it. I hope to get it fixed some day...
Rikenon P 50 f1.4 - Renders differently from Pentax. Not as contrasty, colors not as bold. But it has what I would call an absolutely wonderful "delicate" rendering to it. For flowers and portraits, it is very complimenting. It's also a very unique look, different from everything else out there (though non-photographers would probably not notce...) Bokeh is good but I wish it was as good as the XR version.
SMC Pentax-F 50 f1.7 - I bought it so I could have an AF version of the 50 1.7 design. I don't like it quite as much as my M version but it's still an amazing lens.
SMC Pentax-M 50 f4 Macro - wonderful wide open, beautiful colors, and the Tessar design also has some of that "beautifully delicate" look I was talking about in the Rikenon P 50 1.4.
SMC Pentax 50mm f/1.2 - That is the most recent one. I can't find a flaw in it (and yes it's heavy but as they say, there's no magic in optics... you need all that glass for the results that you get). It has some fungus but I'll get it cleaned soon, I already found a place locally where they'll do it. Hopefully it won't cost much and I'll be able to get some other lenses cleaned as well.

No longer have:
SMC-M 50 f2
- my first 50! And I liked it right off the bat, though it had fungus. It came as a freebie with my first DSLR, the K20D. First I tried to open it up to see if I could clean it and I basically ruined it without getting to clean it - the aperture blades wouldn't close past f2.8 anymore. I put it on a broken A3000 for my kids to play with. it got dropped several times and was left laying in the way around the house until camera and lens were both thrown in the trash can by my wife at some point...
Sears (Rikenon) 50 1.7 - wonderful lens! Best bokeh in any 50 1.7 lens I've seen. Why did I sell it? Too many 50s.... that's the one I keep thinking about buying back.
Sears (Rikenon) 50 f2 - wonderful lens! But focus throw is too short for me.
SMC Pentax-A 50 f1.7 - I liked the look and sharpness wide open of the SMC-M 1.7 version better.
SMC Pentax-M 50 f1.7 - that came with a K1000 I bought and I sold it because it was in better shape than the one I already had. Optically I could see no difference between the two.
SMC Pentax-M 50 f1.4 - wonderful lens but I think the Rikenon P 50 1.4 and the SMC 50 f1.2 are better... too many 50s.
SMC Pentax-M 50 f4 Macro - sold it because I had two...

So, I still have 5 working ones and one that needs to get fixed... probably more than enough!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-25-2020, 09:01 AM  
Pentax 70 - 210 vs Tamron 70 - 210 | Lens Review
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 108
Views: 3,348
I do find it interesting that the lens reviewers seem to end up with bad copies... maybe they look out for them? Maybe the freebies they get to test were lenses someone else already returned?

Let me put my tinfoil hat on... :lol:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-25-2020, 09:00 AM  
Pentax 70 - 210 vs Tamron 70 - 210 | Lens Review
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 108
Views: 3,348
You're bursting my naivete bubble :lol:

Like I said I (with no experience in such things) *expected* a DFA* to have tighter tolerances and better QA, but I guess reality is different and they can be as unreliable as any lens... the experience of some people I've heard about that had expensive lenses basically fall apart in their hands seems to corroborate that.

That's it, NOW I have an excuse for not having star lenses :lol:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-25-2020, 07:42 AM  
Pentax 70 - 210 vs Tamron 70 - 210 | Lens Review
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 108
Views: 3,348
I haven't seen a lot of his videos but he does seem to have a thing for focus breathing, no? It's almost like it's the most important aspect of a lens for him and he's so proud that he reports on this while all other reviewers don't...

I find the actual experience from users like Sandy here who hinted he'd sell his DFA* 70-200 f/2.8 before the 70-210 f4, are worth more than 1,000 internet reviewers... but on top of that of course you have to take sample variation into consideration. I would expect the DFA 70-210 to have more variation than the DFA* 70-210 because a star lens should have better QA and tighter specification of components.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-24-2020, 03:08 PM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 5,671
Views: 541,457
Mine is currently at +270, so almost the limit... but yeah it's holding place. It's global, not lens specific.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-24-2020, 07:00 AM  
The K10D Club!
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 5,671
Views: 541,457
Definitely 3D. Gorgeous shot.



I definitely need to go back there and visit the film threads (so there's more than one??) - and now that there might be ponies there it's on my have-to-do list.



I thought my mind was the only one that went there but I guess it's just a guy thing :lol:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-22-2020, 03:48 PM  
Do I need to upgrade from my K50?
Posted By ChristianRock
Replies: 84
Views: 3,762
All my cameras were used and they all had that setting enabled already... except the K-S1 (but that one was in actuality a floor model, it had around 200 clicks when I bought it).

Like Norm, I set it once and forget it.
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