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Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 05-10-2021, 09:56 AM  
Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 AF XR Di LD Repair question
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 8
Views: 393
I've had very poor results from Amplis Photo and would not recommend them.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-10-2021, 02:16 AM  
Nature Starling in Flight (SMC Takumar 55MM F2)
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 8
Views: 435
Alfred Hitchcock would have loved that shot! Well done.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-19-2020, 06:40 PM  
Thinking of new camera, help me choose....
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 39
Views: 2,104
This.

My K-5 was getting long in the tooth, so I bought the K-3 as a 'backup' as there were no 2nd hand K-5iis available at the time I was looking. I like the K-3 just fine, but my heart still belongs to the K-5.

One of the reasons I prefer the K-5 is the smaller file size. I don't need more resolution. Not looking forward to having to upgrade my computer. And the K-5 has a wonderful dynamic range.


And, every once in a while I shoot a vertical shot on the K-3, my neanderthal brow accidentally actuates the live view button. :)

My advice: upgrade to a K-5iis now and in a few years when they're cheaper get a preowned K-1.
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 12-19-2020, 12:36 PM  
ML-60 vs. S-type for manual focus
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 6
Views: 694
I have not compared the two, but I have found the S-type from focusingscreen to work very well. Had to mess about a bit with the shims, but well worth the effort.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-17-2020, 01:25 PM  
Not a Pentax owner... Yet!
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 28
Views: 914
Sent you a P.M.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-07-2020, 12:42 PM  
Strange behavior of A 50mm 1.2 during Av mode?
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 24
Views: 1,008
If you want to shoot in Av mode, you should use the 'A' setting. If you do not use the 'A' setting, the camera will not stop down to your selected aperture--you'll be shooting wide open, and with center-weighted metering.

If you use other than 'A' setting, the you should shoot in manual, and you'll have to use the compensation.

Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 10-10-2020, 11:02 AM  
K-3 metering problems with legacy ultra wide lens - overexposed
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 18
Views: 1,579
Your 24mm is not an 'A' series lens, so when you use it on your K-3, the metering mode switches to 'center weighted' from matrix. So how it meters depends on what in the scene you have it pointed at.

When metering, position the frame so that the center of the scene contains both highlights and shadows, then re-compose and take your shot.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-07-2020, 03:56 PM  
Sensor cleaning advice needed
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 7
Views: 1,305
Well, that just sucks. Here's the article courtesy of the 'wayback machine':
The Pixel Sweeper
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-07-2020, 12:29 PM  
Sensor cleaning advice needed
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 7
Views: 1,305
I use an unsized artists brush. I give it a blast of canned air to give it electrostatic charge. Works a treat.

Eureka! - Finally a good cheap way to dry clean the sensor - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-04-2020, 05:09 PM  
Is there a market for Canon FD lenses anymore?
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 31
Views: 1,853
I've got one of these. There were 4 different varieties I believe. The one I have has a concave front element and thoriated glass. One day I intend to purchase a full frame mirrorless to be able to use it again.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-01-2020, 03:00 PM  
Pentax DA 16-50mm f/2.8 SDM $499 CDN London Drugs Open Box Special
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 5
Views: 704
I bought one. Picked it up today. The SDM was DOA. Took me 5 minutes to convert to screw drive following these instructions.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-29-2020, 03:59 PM  
Which M42 mount standard prime?
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 13
Views: 750
You might want to consider the Takumar 55mm f2. It's really a 1.8 with an artificially reduced maximum aperture. So, wide open is equivalent to a slightly stopped down 1.8 only with better bokeh due to round aperture.
Forum: General Photography 08-19-2020, 12:48 PM  
Photographer wins lawsuit
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 8
Views: 3,408
Congrats to the photographer for winning his case. But it looks like the real winner is the lawyer.
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 08-15-2020, 04:38 PM  
Not getting true color
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 16
Views: 1,695
To prevent over exposure and blown out channels when shooting flowers, try using spot metering .

Daylight white balance would help too.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 07-20-2020, 06:16 PM  
It's 2020 and my K-3 still rocks
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 83
Views: 6,947
Actually, I did buy a K-3, as a backup to my K-5. To be fair, they are both fine cameras. :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 07-20-2020, 12:08 PM  
It's 2020 and my K-3 still rocks
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 83
Views: 6,947
Its 2020 and my K-5 still rocks.
Forum: General Photography 07-10-2020, 01:48 PM  
eBay purchases from JAPAN
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 32
Views: 1,542
I had a bad experience with eBay seller madokakubota. Item significantly not as described. I would advise you to avoid this seller.
Forum: Ricoh GR 07-07-2020, 10:12 PM  
Quick Review of GRIII - With Lots of Pics
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 10
Views: 1,284
No! Leave it in. It's a great photo.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-17-2020, 04:37 PM  
K3 Prime lens advice please
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 27
Views: 1,433
There's a Tamron 90 Macro in the Marketplace. No affiliation, no endorsement, just saying . . . K-70 and various lenses - PentaxForums.com
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 05-16-2020, 10:06 PM  
Sigma warranty repairs - who to contact?
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 16
Views: 1,005
You should be OK as long as you have your sales receipt.
You could always try snail mail.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 04-19-2020, 11:52 AM  
K1 or FF mirrorless for manual lenses
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 37
Views: 3,607
What kind of stuff do you shoot?


Are you a "slow" shooter, toting about with a tripod and doing contemplative landscapes? If so, the FF mirrorless is a no brainer.


However, if you like to shoot more quickly, then futzing about with adapters may slow you down and could contribute to missed shots.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-13-2020, 03:31 PM  
Vintage landscape lens recommendations
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 37
Views: 2,925
I bought my Sigma 24mm from a company in the UK--Ffordes Photographic and would buy from them again. Pentax Fit | Ffordes Photographic
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-13-2020, 02:11 PM  
Vintage landscape lens recommendations
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 37
Views: 2,925
Keep your eye out for a Sigma 24mm 2.8. I'm very pleased with mine.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-28-2020, 05:07 PM  
Landscape First Light
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 20
Views: 577
My goodness! That must take considerable effort to adjust for daylight savings. :)
Forum: General Talk 03-27-2020, 02:12 PM  
Marketplace Decorum, or there isn't any?
Posted By johnyates
Replies: 12
Views: 716
Well yes Mike, it would. Buyer's remorse is a thing. It happens enough that there's a name for it. I appreciate your frustration, but people will be human.

Sales 101: You need to get a commitment before you accept the offer.
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