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Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 01-01-2018, 09:03 AM  
Help novice with replacing kit lens please..
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 40
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Hi Timea,
I only used once the kit DAL 18-55 and DA 50-200 ( not DAL but optically they are identical) + Pentax-F 1.7x AF teleconverter with my Pentax Kx.
It was on my trip to Melbourne in NOV2010, I was not disappointed.
Melbourne NOV2010 | Flickr
Images are jpegs straight from the camera, Kx is a very enjoyable tool, still with my Family with both kit lenses.
After a short research I upgraded my kit to used Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5 DC Macro ( non HSM) , absolutely loved it, you could practically touch the subject with the lens and image was still in focus.
I purchased two more of them ,both used, did a lot of traveling with them. Sold one, the second one did go to my niece with Pentax K-5 , the third one is permanently attached to K-30.
You can get them very well priced on the used market. Perfect for narrow old European Street and dark Churches.
Some photos taken with them:
Sigma DC 17-70 MACRO 2.8-4.5 | Flickr
Sigma DC 17-70 2.8-4.5 MACRO | Flickr
By using fast zooms you can find out what focal length is most important for you, then you can invest in good primes.
I would not recommend DA35 2.8 Macro as your first Prime.
It is very sharp and well build but focusing could be frustrating while you are trying to get something in a hurry.
This lens has very long focus run from macro to infinity.
I also have newer Sigma 17-70 2.8-4 DC Macro HSM Contemporary, AF is a bit faster and silent but optically they are very similar:
Sigma C 17-70 2.8-4 DC Macro HSM | Flickr
Auto Focusing , in the most cases, I use central single focusing spot, AF.S mode, lock the focus on the important part of the image,recompose and take the picture.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-01-2018, 02:36 PM  
Best cheap vintage ultra wide
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 30
Views: 1,112
I think the only option you have would be to find used Sigma EX 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC ( non HSM, older version).
I used to have one, purchased it used in 2011 for AU$100. I gave it to my niece after purchasing Sigma 8-16.
Some photos taken with it:
Sigma EX 10-20mm F4-5.6 DC | Flickr
It is a pretty decent lens, reasonable common and in most case, reasonably priced.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-02-2017, 10:35 PM  
How good is the 24-70 pentax lens with the aps-c cameras? I need and overall review
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 12
Views: 570
My traveling companion was (for years, you can get one for under $200 used ) Sigma DC 17-70 2.8-4.5 Macro, and now is Sigma 17-70 2.8-4 Contemporary HSM Macro.
Perfect range for traveling. You will need fast 17mm for narrow streets and inside the churches.
Forum: Pentax KP 11-18-2017, 01:22 AM  
KP Grips
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 51
Views: 2,001
more photos
Forum: Pentax KP 11-18-2017, 12:53 AM  
KP Grips
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 51
Views: 2,001
KP the large grip
Forum: Pentax KP 11-17-2017, 09:24 PM  
KP Grips
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 51
Views: 2,001
the big grip arrived from Japan, 5,500 Yen
definitely my favorite
will post some pictures
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-11-2017, 01:34 AM  
Recommended 'Cheap' 200mm or 300mm High Quality MF Lens
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 43
Views: 1,720
Tamron SP Adaptall-2 300mm F/5.6 Model 54B
there is a number of very good zooms in SP range and you can get them with PKA mounts
Tamron Adaptall-2 200mm F/3.5 Model 04B
Super multicoated Takumar 300 4 with M42 mount good but big S-M-C/Super Takumar 300mm F4 Reviews - M42 Screwmount Telephoto Primes - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
All old prime telephoto lenses are convenient, you will get full SR on any Pentax body, with PKA mounts you will get auto metering, with Pentax F 1.7x teleconverter you will get AF.
There is a number of very good old zooms very reasonable priced ( Vivitar, Tokina, Tamron Adaptal2 etc) but SR setting is much more involved as they can/do change focal length.
I also have Pentax-FA 47-5.8 100-300 Silver , very decent lens, it is AF and you can find them reasonable priced.
SMC Pentax-FA 100-300mm F4.7-5.8 Reviews - FA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
I also have DA 55-300 ( the original) very decent lens , DA-L version is optically identical ( and very well priced on the used market) but comes without the hood ( can get it from e-bay) and no quickshift - you just need to be aware about it.
kind regards
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-09-2017, 01:59 AM  
What is the most compact/light Pentax zoom lenses?
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 21
Views: 970
Forum: Pentax KP 11-07-2017, 11:58 PM  
KP Grips
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 51
Views: 2,001
yes both DA40 and XS are great on K-1, so is the DA*200
Forum: Pentax KP 11-07-2017, 08:22 PM  
KP Grips
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 51
Views: 2,001
I like hoods for various reasons, they do increase the contrast and image quality but they also protect the lenses.
Few days ago I had K-1 with DA*200 on the tripod, it was knocked off and hood is broken but camera and lens are fine.
DA*300 has the same hood so both DA* can share one.
Yes it is 27mm hood, I purchased it from eBay
DV-s Screw Mount 27mm Camcorder Lens Hood With Cap | eBay
I just tested this with K-1, all good no vignetting.
Forum: Pentax KP 11-06-2017, 07:19 PM  
KP Grips
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 51
Views: 2,001
more photos
Forum: Pentax KP 11-04-2017, 10:23 PM  
KP Grips
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 51
Views: 2,001
some more
Forum: Pentax KP 11-03-2017, 10:04 PM  
KP Grips
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 51
Views: 2,001
The medium grip arrived from Japan, much better for my fingers than the small one.
The price 4500 Yen.This is not just a piece of plastic but nevertheless it should come free with the camera.
The medium gives you similar feel as K-s1.
I might get the large one as well that should feel more closer to K-1.
Forum: Pentax KP 10-30-2017, 11:17 PM  
took KP and DA 40 limited for the first walk and...
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 9
Views: 1,086
Hi, after prolonged blower cleaning, as recommended, the sensor seems to be very pleased.
Took some test shots with DA 40, FA 43 and FA 77, no more donuts!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-14-2017, 12:08 AM  
Amateur Photographer -- Pentax QS-1 Owner
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 8
Views: 388
Welcome to the Q Family.
I have the Q ( the original) , the master of precision engineering + Q-s1.
My favourite lense are 01 and 08.
Metabones just started selling Speed Booster for Q cameras, the first version is for Nikon lenses , do not have any, not going to buy any.
The next version is going to be for K mount lenses, that would open Pandora's box.
Forum: General Talk 10-15-2017, 01:32 AM  
What is the best drill bit? (Sarcasm )
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 279
Views: 7,208
"No country for old men" pneumatic Captive Bolt Pistol that must be the ultimate hole making device.
With the right design can make round, square,triangle etc holes, whatever you can imagine, or am I simplifying the matter?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 09-28-2017, 01:11 AM  
Mac OSX 10.13
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 19
Views: 1,137
High Sierra is here.
Installed on my newer Macs:
17" mid 2010 HDD
15" mid 2012 SSD
15" mid 2016 SSD
Good news, all is working as it should.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-19-2017, 11:07 PM  
Inexpensive light meter?
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 14
Views: 826
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-01-2016, 03:05 AM  
Pentax k-x
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 20
Views: 2,246
still with my Family
great camera, very small and very capable
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 04-21-2017, 02:17 AM  
GPS destination list for Australia
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 10
Views: 368
I have tried to use GPS on My K-1 but so far no luck, always
No positioning
after calibration, do we have GPS satellites over Australia, I thought we did?
Well I live on the 5th floor in high rise apartment block , maybe I need to get out to be able to calibrate GPS?
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-01-2017, 09:24 PM  
MacBook Pro 2010 with Lightroom 5.7 problems
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 6
Views: 483
Thank You Guys!
So simple, feel rather silly now......
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 02-12-2017, 03:16 AM  
Weekly Challenge #379 Eyes
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 39
Views: 3,728
ISO3200 with Sigma 18-125 ( as far as I can remember) HSM
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 02-05-2017, 12:54 AM  
Thematic Talismans - Everyone Has Them
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 11
Views: 890
that was given to me by my late Father when I started serious traveling nearly 40 years ago, always have it with me

it was made by Ludovic Penin from Lyon ~ 170 years ago
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-29-2017, 01:29 AM  
Not Work-Safe Rainbow Reflections
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 10
Views: 582
lovely, I already liked it on your flickr pages.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-18-2017, 01:47 AM  
DA 40mm Ltd low light performance with Kx
Posted By i_trax
Replies: 42
Views: 2,158
IMGP0035 | taken with Pentax K-30 + Samyang 85mm 1.4 in a da? | Flickr
ISO 3200, I was very impressed 5 years ago but I am still impressed now, great little camera.
I really like Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5 Macro to go with K-x, you can get them used for well under $200.

---------- Post added 01-18-17 at 16:49 ----------

oops, that was not K-x that was K-30 sorry
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