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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 14 Hours Ago  
K-1 and KP latest firmware
Posted By Adam
Replies: 10
Views: 495
Yes.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 15 Hours Ago  
K-1 and KP latest firmware
Posted By Adam
Replies: 10
Views: 495
I don't believe crop bodies needed an update for the new lens. 1.10 is the newest for the KP.
Forum: Pentax K-3 15 Hours Ago  
Pentax Flucard - Capture video?
Posted By Adam
Replies: 6
Views: 155
I believe the flucard is for stills only, but not 100% sure.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 17 Hours Ago  
K-1 and KP latest firmware
Posted By Adam
Replies: 10
Views: 495
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 21 Hours Ago  
Recommendation for affordable 750mm+ birding lens please, thanks
Posted By Adam
Replies: 40
Views: 932
Have you looked at the K 500mm F4.5? It's really sharp, even with the 1.4x-L teleconverter. The only caveat is that it has pretty noticeable fringing.
Forum: Pentax K-3 1 Day Ago  
Can I Do This?
Posted By Adam
Replies: 8
Views: 447
Yes. All raw files are color, so just set your jpegs to monochrome and you'll have both. The only way to see both versions in-camera would be to manually apply different development settings in playback mode, however.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 1 Day Ago  
k1 shutter replacement cost ?
Posted By Adam
Replies: 12
Views: 419
The standard repair quote, from Precision, for a K-1 is currently $353.00. The actual cost may vary, but will likely not end up being substantially lower than the quoted figure.

Therefore, my recommendation would be to return the camera and get another one with less mileage. Who knows what will fail next after the shutter...
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 1 Day Ago  
What's a good place to get a film SLR serviced?
Posted By Adam
Replies: 4
Views: 200
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 1 Day Ago  
Call for Moderators & Call for Homepage Writers
Posted By Adam
Replies: 3
Views: 1,196
We seek to cover all parts of the globe as evenly as possible, so we're looking for a few folks everywhere.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 1 Day Ago  
Mitakon 85mm - 30% off on Amazon ($97.99 brand new)
Posted By Adam
Replies: 2
Views: 299
With the following coupon code (automatically applied but only viewable in cart), the price of the Mitakon 85mm F2 dips to just $97.99!

Save 30% on select product(s) with promo code 3038JVXF on amazon

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Forum: Pentax Price Watch 1 Day Ago  
US Pentax Deal Roundup - Week of March 18, 2019
Posted By Adam
Replies: 0
Views: 505
Welcome to this week's roundup of the best US Pentax deals!

First off, today only, we have something special over at KEH:

10% off used Photography Gear - Buy & Sell at KEH Camera
Coupon code: PARTY3E

B&H is also running an amazing SD card deal, also today only:
Today only - Sandisk Extreme 128Gb - $12 off, $28 total - PentaxForums.com

Below you'll find other items which are currently on sale, with the lowest prices of the year highlighted. As always, the most current deals can be found in the deal finder.



Cameras



Ricoh Theta V
6% Off / $22 Below Average
Year's price range: $329 - $396
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Pentax KP Body
5% Off / $38 Below Average

Year's price range: $697 - $900
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Pentax KP Body (Silver)
5% Off / $39 Below Average

Year's price range: $697 - $900
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K-mount Lenses


HD DA 18-50mm F4-5.6 WR RE
20% Off / $44 Below Average

Year's price range: $147 - $297
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DA 40mm F2.8 XS
14% Off / $24 Below Average

Year's price range: $149 - $200
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DA 50mm F1.8
13% Off / $14 Below Average

Year's price range: $97 - $117
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DA 17-70mm F4
9% Off / $31 Below Average

Year's price range: $267 - $438
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DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 WR
5% Off / $9 Below Average

Year's price range: $170 - $197
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HD D FA* 50mm F1.4 SDM AW
5% Off / $56 Below Average

Year's price range: $997 - $1197
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Third-Party


Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro HSM
31% Off / $146 Below Average

Year's price range: $319 - $549
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Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro HSM C
19% Off / $82 Below Average

Year's price range: $359 - $449
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Samyang 16mm F2 ED AS UMC CS
18% Off / $67 Below Average

Year's price range: $299 - $379
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Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A
10% Off / $48 Below Average

Year's price range: $412 - $499
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Lensbaby Velvet 85mm F1.8
8% Off / $37 Below Average

Year's price range: $450 - $500
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Sigma 500mm F4.5 EX DG APO
8% Off / $556 Below Average

Year's price range: $6792 - $8200
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Rokinon 8mm F3.5 Fisheye CS
7% Off / $14 Below Average

Year's price range: $179 - $270
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Samyang 100mm F2.8 ED AS UMC Macro
7% Off / $28 Below Average

Year's price range: $399 - $455
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Irix 15mm F2.4 Firefly
6% Off / $24 Below Average

Year's price range: $399 - $425
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Rokinon 10mm F2.8 ED AS NCS CS
5% Off / $18 Below Average

Year's price range: $309 - $600
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Rokinon 135mm F2.0 ED UMC
5% Off / $21 Below Average

Year's price range: $384 - $469
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Samyang 10mm F2.8 ED AS NCS CS
5% Off / $17 Below Average

Year's price range: $299 - $429
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645 Lenses


D FA 645 90mm F2.8 Macro
39% Off / $1297 Below Average

Year's price range: $2000 - $3997
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Forum: Pentax Price Watch 1 Day Ago  
Today only - Sandisk Extreme 128Gb - $12 off, $27.99 total
Posted By Adam
Replies: 2
Views: 354
A fantastic price on the most trusted brand in memory, with optimal speeds with all current Pentax DSLRs:

SanDisk 128GB Extreme UHS-I SDXC Memory Card SDSDXV5-128G-ANCIN

Today only at B&H - $27.99 (reg. $39.99).


Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 1 Day Ago  
SD Cards for K1.....
Posted By Adam
Replies: 8
Views: 357
I would say yes. The 128Gb extreme pros are now cheaper than ever, and even if you don't fill them up all the way each time, it's nice to have the extra space IMO.
Forum: Pentax KP 2 Days Ago  
Pink Sun
Posted By Adam
Replies: 16
Views: 405
Are you using pixel shift?
Forum: Pentax KP 2 Days Ago  
Pink Sun
Posted By Adam
Replies: 16
Views: 405
The most direct solution would be to get a bigger lens hood or use your hand to shield part of the sunlight. Otherwise, try adjusting the frame to reduce the visible flare, or use a lens with better flare tolerance (e.g. a prime instead of a zoom, a longer lens, HD instead of SMC coating, or a star lens with aerobright coating).
Forum: General Photography 2 Days Ago  
An interesting fact about 31mm limited!
Posted By Adam
Replies: 12
Views: 832
There is inevitably going to be some rounding in the exposure values that are displayed in an autoexposure mode. Given the 1/3 stop difference between f1.8 and f2.0, it's conceivable that the displayed shutter speed doesn't change even if it was in fact adjusted accordingly (i.e. steplessly) under the hood.


If you compare f1.8 and f2.0 under various ambient EV conditions you should eventually see a discernible difference in the reported shutter speed, however.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
AF-C on the PZ-1
Posted By Adam
Replies: 6
Views: 316
In AF-C mode, focus does not need to be confirmed for the shutter to release. That is for AF-S only (at least on legacy bodies) AFAIK.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Sigma 500mm F4.5 EX DG APO
Posted By Adam
Replies: 19
Views: 748
Another Pentax-specific issue in this space is (a) the excellent availability of second-hand / manual focus lenses, and (b) the budget-oriented nature of many of our users. These can both severely hurt the sales of new, premium products.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Sigma 500mm F4.5 EX DG APO
Posted By Adam
Replies: 19
Views: 748
For reference, only 6.75%, on average, of all APS-C photos posted on the forum in the past 5 years were taken at 500mm or longer. While not insignificant, this is a fairly low figure. Combine that with the popularity of Pentax in general and this might be the reason.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 3 Days Ago  
Call for Moderators & Call for Homepage Writers
Posted By Adam
Replies: 3
Views: 1,196
As our community continues to grow and evolve, we're looking for additional users to help out with forum moderation and homepage content. The key responsibilities of each role are listed below:

Forum Moderator
  • monitor the forum for spam

  • communicate with members to clarify rules and policies

  • enforce rules of the forum

  • respond to user reports & appeals

  • work with the rest of the team to discuss and resolve issues as they arise

  • all moderators are forum-wide (not section-specific)

Homepage Writer
  • write blog posts, articles, tutorials, or mini gear reviews on the forum homepage

  • announce deals, site events, etc.

  • open to topics of your choice (no time-specific assignments)

  • possibility of free loaner equipment (US only) and paid in-depth reviews

Both moderators and homepage writers are volunteers and are unpaid. Moderators enjoy automatic Site Supporter perks for the duration of their appointment and all donations are converted to Loyal Site Supporter level. Homepage writers will receive Site Supporter status after publishing at least one article. In addition, we will soon start hosting regular giveaways (of cameras, lenses, software, etc.) exclusively for our staff members.

If you're interested in joining the team, please fill out the form below. Before applying, please be aware that moderating the forums requires a considerable time commitment and additional discipline to separate regular forum participation from moderating duties.

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I or one of our existing moderators will be in touch with you via PM. Thanks for looking!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Sigma 500mm F4.5 EX DG APO
Posted By Adam
Replies: 19
Views: 748
I do believe it's been discontinued. There are still some listed on Amazon, albeit at a premium over what the lens cost prior to discontinuation.

I think that there's quite simply not enough demand for Pentax telephoto lenses for Sigma to justify continuing these types of lenses for Pentax. Sigma isn't even releasing their modern Art lenses in the K-mount anymore, so this comes as no surprise.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
Suggest a zoom lens.....
Posted By Adam
Replies: 14
Views: 499
I second the recommendation of the A 35-105mm. IMO it's the best manual focus walkaround zoom as far as versatility vs image quality goes.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 3 Days Ago  
Sticky: Contest Rules, Procedures, & How to Submit
Posted By Adam
Replies: 275
Views: 143,227
You don't need to register since you already have an account. Here is this month's poll. The voting options are at the top of the page:

VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #150 Poll (Machines in Motion - February 2019) - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Pentax K-3 4 Days Ago  
A Lenses
Posted By Adam
Replies: 22
Views: 679
A lot of people miss the aperture ring, or simply like the way it works. Obsolete doesn't mean useless, it just means there is a universally-recognized better way of accomplishing the same thing (i.e. electronically instead of mechanically). Hard to argue that IMO :) Same reason modern phones stopped having a bunch of buttons.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
K-30 compatability
Posted By Adam
Replies: 4
Views: 390
It is not fully compatible. The lens will autofocus, but the aperture will be fixed at wide open.

There is one workaround which I don't recommend: you can (at your own risk) use a hack to install the K-50 firmware on a K-30, which would allow the camera to recognize the lens, assuming the latest K-50 firmware has been made available in this manner.
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