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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-12-2019, 05:28 AM  
How can a 1Ē sensor look that good?
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 26
Views: 2,784
I so love this site. Thank you all. I wrote that post just before going to bed last night. Woke up this morning to 17 thoughtful replies. What a fantastic resource and community.

To the poster who wrote "I don't want to pass comment on the OP....but it's about the photographer, not the camera," You are right. What all these comments reveal to me is how much knowledge you all have of these impressively complicated digital machines and all they can do. I'm not sure I'll ever achieve that level. I'm not sure I have the interest or dedication to do so. And so, it may well be that something like that SONY is a better match for me and my photo interests. (Though laying out the $1700 all at once is a daunting prospect ... though of course, I've spent at least that over time on the Pentax and various lenses). Thank you all for giving me so much to think about.

I can't post the original photos because they're not mine, but I will add just one more thing. The pictures were taken during a performance. Whether I could capture the same quality photos or not with the right lens, I'd be reluctant to use my K-70 out of concern for those sitting around me, listening to the shutter clicking throughout the performance. On top of all its other qualities, I wonder if that SONY has a silent shutter?

Again, thank you all.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-11-2019, 08:18 PM  
How can a 1Ē sensor look that good?
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 26
Views: 2,784
I just looked at a whole set of pictures taken with a Sony RX 10 IV, and I cannot believe how good they are. They are all photos of a theatre production, so lighting was tricky. And they were taken from the balcony! But the Sony has an 8.8 - 200 mm lens, f 2.4 - 4, so it lets in plenty of light. And despite that small sensor, the pictures look great.

So now Iím trying to figure out if there is a lens that I could put on my K-70, with its much larger sensor, that would allow me to get shots of a similar quality, in a similar situation. I have the 55-300 PLM, but I donít think that would do it.

I know the Sony costs significantly more than my K-70, but I still didnít expect to see such quality from a fixed lens camera.

Someone help me stop feeling like I suddenly want to sell my Pentax and all its lenses, please!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-21-2018, 06:07 PM  
Lens characteristics question
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 9
Views: 904
Thank you all for the very helpful input. I have much to learn. Which is better than having much to buy (though I have that, too :) ).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-20-2018, 02:49 PM  
Lens characteristics question
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 9
Views: 904
Thanks Adam. And the wider lenses (21 mm for ex.) mostly have narrower aperture (3.2)?

For portraits, Would I expect to see much difference in the plastic 35 mm due to its 2.4 vs. 2.8 on the Ltd. or is that not enough of a difference in aperture?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-20-2018, 02:22 PM  
Lens characteristics question
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 9
Views: 904
Looking for guidance ...

I love the results I get with DA 35 Ltd. when it comes to objects, flowers, insects, etc.

But when it comes to people, the results never seem to match the results I get with the FA 50 1.4, the new 55-300 PLM, or even an old manual Pentax 50 mm 1.7

It’s hard for me to put my finger on the difference. As everyone knows, the 35 Ltd. is amazingly sharp and the colors are great. But even when I search that lens on Flickr, for example, I see relatively few portraits. Why?

I would love a slightly wider lens for taking shots of family, kids, etc. but I don’t know enough to know why the characteristic (and that may not be the right word, but I don’t know how else to say it) of the 35 Ltd. just doesn’t seem right. Would I get similar results from other, wider Pentax primes?

Thanks for sharing your wisdom. (I shoot with a K-70, by the way).
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-10-2018, 04:52 PM  
Family Portrait
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 16
Views: 672
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-07-2018, 09:24 AM  
Would you return this lens?
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 14
Views: 1,035
Aslyfox....B&H customer service were their typically friendly and helpful selves. I explained the issue with the lens, and they took it back for a full refund without any additional questions. It's a great store (of course, the lens was still within the 30 day return period....so that helped!).

Thanks again, all....your advice was helpful.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-06-2018, 10:30 PM  
Would you return this lens?
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 14
Views: 1,035
Thank you all for the very decisive replies. Very helpful.

Lens will go back to B&H tomorrow.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-06-2018, 09:10 AM  
Would you return this lens?
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 14
Views: 1,035
About a week ago I bought the new 55-300 PLM lens, and love it so far. This morning, I happened to look through the front of the lens and noticed a dark speck. I thought perhaps it was dust in the camera, but swapped lenses and the speck was not visible.

It's only visible when I look through the front of the lens. I see nothing through the viewfinder. I've taken a couple test shots of a blank white wall and can see no spots in the images.

I'll attach below a shot taken with another camera through the front of this lens while mounted on camera. You can see the fleck of something that I'm talking about. I'll also attach a shot of blank white wall.

So if it has no impact on the images one takes, would this worry you enough to return the lens? It's still well within the 30 day return window at B&H.

Thanks for your help.
Forum: Sold Items 01-04-2018, 03:22 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA 55-300 f4 - 5.8 ED, Pentax SMC - M 135 f3.5 - FURTHER PRICE DROP
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 2
Views: 880
Bump for additional PRICE DROP - The 55-300 is a lovely lens.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-31-2017, 04:34 PM  
Question on EXIF data
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 4
Views: 1,081
Are you still having the issue? I'm still not seeing lens info. for that lens alone. Curious if you ever found a fix?

Thanks.
Forum: Sold Items 12-30-2017, 03:14 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA 55-300 f4 - 5.8 ED, Pentax SMC - M 135 f3.5 - FURTHER PRICE DROP
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 2
Views: 880
Bump for PRICE REDUCTION
Forum: Sold Items 12-26-2017, 10:40 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA 55-300 f4 - 5.8 ED, Pentax SMC - M 135 f3.5 - FURTHER PRICE DROP
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 2
Views: 880
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax DA 55-300 f4 - 5.8 ED, Pentax SMC - M 135 f3.5

Asking Price
130.00 USD

Item Location
New York (United States)

Item Description
Two Lenses both in Excellent Condition - asking (was USD 195) now $150 for the two lenses together

Pentax DA 55-300mm f4-5.8 ED - will sell separately for (was USD 165) now USD130.00
I am the original owner of this lens. Will ship with original packaging, caps, case (all shown in photo). Always treated well, glass is lean, AF functions like new. Still takes great shots. Will include one shot taken today with lens.

Pentax SMC - M 135 f3.5 - will sell separately for (was USD 55) now USD 30.00
Not the original owner of this manual lens, but glass is clean and it works beautifully.

Shipping not included. Will determine cost once buyer is located and will ship quickly by UPS.

Please contact me with any questions.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
United States

Shipping Charge
TBD

Shipping Services
UPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Only if item is not as described when received.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax K-70 12-26-2017, 06:46 AM  
Questions about Live View on K-70
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 11
Views: 2,613
Now just adding a little more information in case it's useful/interesting to anyone.

Prior to today, I'd never put the camera in the "mirror lock up" setting. I tried it today, took a shot or two, then reset it to regular single shot exposure. Since doing that, the issue I described in this post originally seems significantly improved. The shutter sound is still different in live view than when using OVF, but not as exaggerated as it used to be. No idea if there's any logic to that, or if it's just all in my imagination. Anyway, I'm happy for now :)
Forum: Pentax K-70 12-25-2017, 08:46 PM  
Questions about Live View on K-70
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 11
Views: 2,613
Thank you both. I found the following quote in a review of the K-70 on another site:

“It’s not too bad as DSLRs go, but it’s much slower autofocusing in live view than any mirrorless competitor, and personally I found it too clunky for normal use. This is compounded by the camera’s insistence on flipping the mirror down and up again to take a picture in live view, which feels about a decade out of date.”

I don’t necessarily understand it, but that mirror down and up action would seem to describe both what I’m hearing and the delay. Not sure why it’s necessary in live view. Perhaps someone out there can help me?
Forum: Pentax K-70 12-25-2017, 12:36 PM  
Questions about Live View on K-70
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 11
Views: 2,613
Hello all,

Does anyone know if the functionality of live view was changed from K-30 to K-70? This is probably not the best description of it, but it seems to function more slowly than it did on my old K-30. Almost sounds like the shutter is opening and closing a couple times, and if I'm trying to take a shot hand held, I have to hold the camera still for significantly longer than when using the OVF.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-24-2017, 08:47 PM  
DA 40 Ltd. Lens Hood
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 12
Views: 1,010
Thank you all. Helpful as always.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-24-2017, 10:23 AM  
DA 40 Ltd. Lens Hood
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 12
Views: 1,010
Hi all,

I just picked up a copy of the DA 40 2.8 ltd. Excited to start trying it out, and wondering if there's ever a reason to remove the hood. Given the lens' modest size, even with the hood attached, I'm hoping I can just leave it on all the time.

Thanks for your help.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-30-2017, 04:21 PM  
DA 35 f2.4....is there an L version?
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 5
Views: 791
Thanks all.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-30-2017, 06:17 AM  
DA 35 f2.4....is there an L version?
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 5
Views: 791
Just purchased this lens from B&H, and now I see that it is listed this way:

Pentax 35mm DA L F2.4 AL Lens

I'm familiar with the older "L" versions that were kit lenses, typically sold with a camera. But I thought there was only one version of this lens. On the Ricoh site, it is listed without the "L".

Help?

Thanks.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-30-2017, 04:52 AM  
Price drops on lenses at B&H
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 6
Views: 1,080
As of this morning, nice reductions on the following:

DA 35 F2.4
55-300 PLM
DA 50 f1.8

All discounted at b&h. Possibly others, too. Didn’t check all.

Adam, how do we support the site with purchases through B&H? (sorry, Adam, ignore the question. Was on mobile site....now that I'm on full site, I see the answer to my question is posted directly above....in a sticky!!).

Thanks.

---------- Post added 11-30-2017 at 07:26 AM ----------

And it was thanks to the price alert feature on this site that I became aware of these deals. Great feature. Highly recommend to others. Thanks PF.

Already purchased the 35, and excited for its arrival.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-26-2017, 02:44 PM  
Amazon listing DA 35 f2.4 as "discontinued by manufacturer"
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 7
Views: 1,181
No truth to this Amazon claim is there? No indication of such on the Ricoh website.

Still hoping for a holiday weekend reduction on this lens.

Thanks.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-23-2017, 09:53 AM  
Looking for faster auto-focus lenses
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 15
Views: 2,430
Thank you all for the incredibly helpful feedback. Enough information here to keep me away from Sony (for now :).

Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-20-2017, 04:59 AM  
Looking for faster auto-focus lenses
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 15
Views: 2,430
Thank you all. These are very helpful.

Iíve been playing lately with a Sony a6300 and what feels like its truly instant focus. I hope your answers will help me stave off that very other temptation. 😀
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-19-2017, 09:17 PM  
Looking for faster auto-focus lenses
Posted By anselesn
Replies: 15
Views: 2,430
Iím excited to upgrade my older model 55-300 lens to new PLM version based on the reviews Iíve been reading that speak to significantly faster AF.

And Iím wondering whether any other, newer Pentax lenses will also show significantly faster AF on my K-70.

My current lenses are:

DA 55-300 old version
DA 35 F2.8 Ltd. (older non-HD version)
FA 50 1.4
DA 18-135 WR (also older model, I think)

Thanks for your help.
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