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Forum: Pentax K-1 6 Days Ago  
K-1 with the FA*24
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 15
Views: 1,052
I recently picked up an FA* 24 and as others have said it performs well on the K-1. But when I want to go wide, I find myself reaching for my Venus Laowa 12mm Zero-D much more often than the FA*24 ... if you tend to see wide, you might want to consider something in the 12-18 range before you jump on the FA*24.

Like the OP I frequently use the 28-105 as my walkaround and other than the faster aperture I don't find that the FA* 24 gets me that much wider and the IQ is about the same as between both. I am keeping it because I have a severe case of LBA and I do like taking it out with the 31 and 77 primes as a lightweight low light kit.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-18-2019, 11:14 AM  
FA* 300 4.5 lens hood question
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 11
Views: 610
New hood arrived and it fits much better. Still a bit more fiddly than others, but it snaps in tightly in both shooting and reversed positions. In comparing the two hoods side by side, it appears that 6 or 7 of the 8 nibs were worn down so far that there was nothing left to extend beyond the side rail, and the hood just slid off. (There are eight plastic nibs -- in 4 sets of 2 -- on the inside of the hood that lock into the rails on the barrel.) A few of the nibs on the "new" one appear to be in the same condition, but there is enough left on the others to hold the hood in place, at least for now.

Hopefully this thread will help others who find a similar problem. @vonBaloney 's suggestion of finding something to build the material on the nibs back up is probably the best solution if you can't find a replacement. (And if anyone cares to try, I've got a nice looking non-working hood for sale, assuming the fleabay seller won't take it back!)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-13-2019, 08:43 AM  
FA* 300 4.5 lens hood question
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 11
Views: 610
Doesn't lock reversed hardly at all. Inspected it again last night and while the rails on the barrel seem fine it seems like some of the wheels or nibs on the inside of the hood have worn down, so there are only a few that offer purchase. Having not seen another yet can't tell for sure, but gives me hope that the replacement hood will work better when it arrives.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-12-2019, 01:49 PM  
FA* 300 4.5 lens hood question
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 11
Views: 610
Thanks Mike. That was exactly the kind of feedback I was looking for. The one i got is a lot more fidgety, but I can't figure out why.

I bit the bullet and ordered a replacement to see if works better; if not its returnable so I'm only out the shipping fee. I'll post back here after it arrives just in case someone else faces this problem in the future.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-12-2019, 09:11 AM  
FA* 300 4.5 lens hood question
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 11
Views: 610
Thanks Adam. I don't have it with me so can't post pictures at the moment, but there does not appear to be any visible damage to the lens threads or locking mechanism, which is what prompted me to ask if this is just how this hood functions. There are no springs or any other active locking mechanism, it just appears to work by lining up the grooves and turning. But unlike many other lenses and hoods with this kind of configuration that I own or have in the past, it does not lock easily into place at all. Without careful attention, it ends up off kilter or loose.

Since the original post, and with constant fiddling, I have found one connection spot where I can make it work (and marked that on both the lens barrel and the hood with a sharpie dot), but other than that it just will not lock easily or reliably in place ... not ideal when working in the field and trying to focus your attention on the subject rather than your gear.

It may just be that that's the way this one works, so hopefully some of the other owners of this lens will stumble over here and chime in with their experience. :-) Thanks.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-11-2019, 11:25 AM  
FA* 300 4.5 lens hood question
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 11
Views: 610
Whoops. I do appear to have the MH-RBC67. It has no visible markings but looks like the one on most pictures of the lens and I have no reason to believe the seller or a PO swapped it out. So, other than that, the original questions about hood operation still stand.

My mistake in referencing the wrong hood. The PH version was the one I found on ebay when I googled "MHRBC67," then overlooked that the first letter had changed, and lazily block copied from that in writing my original post. The hood (at least the one pictured on the ebay listing) looks pretty similar ... so thanks for pointing out the difference ... and for saving me $59 on a replacement hood that probably wouldn't work either!

ETA: Or perhaps the ebay seller just misidentified the hood.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pentax-PH-RBC-67mm-Silver-Metal-Lens-Hood-for-PENTA...QAAOSwKpBcu-ig
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-11-2019, 10:39 AM  
FA* 300 4.5 lens hood question
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 11
Views: 610
Hey all, just picked one of these up off fleabay for a pretty good price and trying to figure out if there is an issue with the lens hood or not (the lens itself is optically great so going to keep it regardless). The hood (a PH-RBC 67) does not snap or lock into place, and even when I can sorta get it seated it can slide up or down the barrel pretty easily. Trying to figure out if there is some trick I am missing, whether this is par for the course, or whether its worth buying a replacement to see if that works better.

It does appear to be the correct hood for the lens, with 4 slots on both barrel and hood. I cannot see anything visibly that appears to be broken, just two small plastic wheels around each opening. There are no other visible clips or clamps that I can see in the hood.

Thanks for your help.
Forum: Sold Items 05-22-2019, 02:37 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SOLD. Pentax SMC-A 400mm f5.6 telephoto. Excellent ++++
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 4
Views: 477
PM2 sent. Take a number.
Forum: Sold Items 04-17-2019, 06:46 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentas FA 135mm F/2.8
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 2
Views: 471
pm sent
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-29-2019, 02:07 PM  
Limited Lens special site
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 96
Views: 9,610
Love the limiteds. I've owned or used most of 'em at one point. The DA15 and DA21 were my go to's on the K3 and prior APS-C's; always regretted selling the 21 and getting the 20-40, as for me the notion of zoom and limited just didn't fit. Miss those since I went to the K1. I would love love love to see a 135 FA limited. That has always been one of my favorite full frame focal lengths.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-23-2019, 07:35 AM  
K1 users: what lenses do you use?
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 145
Views: 10,075
Great read, lots of interesting kits here. Been shooting with Pentax for 30+years, and have collected more lenses along the way than I know what to do with. :-)

I go wide more than long, which is what prompted me to switch to FF. My main hobby is travel photography, sprinkled in with a fair amount of long-exposure, abstracts and blur, and a bit of macro work. Mostly landscapes and cityscapes/architecture, plants and animals, and a bit of street work. Recently spent 3 weeks in Vietnam and SE Asia with this kit, which met most of my needs -- D-FA 28-105, Venus Laowa 12mm Zero-D, FA ltd. 31, FA ltd 77 and ... wait for it ... DA 55-300 WR (oh the horror!)

The D-FA 28-105 was my main walkaround lens. Compact, lightweight, and IQ that punches way above its weight. I am continually amazed by the images I get out of this.

The Venus 12 mm was the next most-used lens in the kit, wonderful image quality, tack sharp when you dial the focus in, and pretty true to its zero distortion billing when you consider its 12 mm ... 12! Love that lens.

The 31 Ltd was great for low light and night work, or just when I didn't feel like lugging the other lenses around. Love that lens too.

Did not use the 77 ltd all that much; just did not have as much call for that length, and the slow AF had me fighting with it in low light. That one will say home next time, replaced with either my FA 100 Macro or my SMC-A 135/2.8.

The 55-300 is a gem. Like the 28-105, it always impressed on the K-3 more than it should, and that carries over for the K-1. It's compact, light-weight and extended reach makes it a great addition to the travel kit. (I use it in crop factor mode on the K-1 to turn it into an 82.5-450). It's slow, for sure, but performs well stopped down to 6.3 or 7.1 at mid-high ISO (1600-8000). Sure, the 70-200 or 150-450 would perform way better, but I am just not interested in lugging beasts like those around anymore, given my penchant to go wide. Until Pentax comes out with an f/4 tele-zoom, I am more than happy to keep the 55-300 in my kit, and adding the SMC-A 135 will give me a longer faster option when I need it as well. (If it sounds like I am trying to justify the 55-300, lol I am)
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-15-2018, 08:51 AM  
Unintentional double exposures in K-1 mk II?
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 2
Views: 610
I have looked and can't find the drive mode in the EXIF data. Shooting mode (Av) shows up, but not the drive mode. They all have only a single set of exposure data (ss, f/stop) which I assume would differ or be n/a if it was a true multi exposure?

Also Custom function 20 is change AF Point Button option. Are you referring to C19 (Enable/Disable Control with lock button)?
Forum: Pentax K-1 09-14-2018, 06:20 PM  
Unintentional double exposures in K-1 mk II?
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 2
Views: 610
Has anyone had this happen to them? Multi exposures when not in multi mode.

Relatively new (<1000 actuations) K-1 mk ii I was up in Yosemite last week and about 35 of the first 40 or so pics I shot came out as multi exposures. I am 99% certain it was not in multi-exposure mode. All the rest of the shots came out fine. I did not notice this until I got back and loaded them up in Lightroom. I was on 1.0 but just updated to 1.02 so maybe that will fix it.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 05-31-2016, 09:00 AM  
How to leave feedback
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 2
Views: 729
Moderator Contact Form Message

Can't find a link to leave feedback for a buyer (Edouard) that contacted me by PM but did not post to the thread. I'm sure its staring me right in the face but I just can't find it. Can you remind me how to do it. (He's a new user with no feedback so want to do him a solid). Thx.

Thread URL: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/24-photographic-equipment-sale/314058-sal...ron-2x-tc.html
Forum: Sold Items 05-31-2016, 08:32 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA* 200, DA*50-135, M 135 3.5, DA-L 50-200, Kiron 2x TC
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 7
Views: 3,369
Going, going, almost all gone
Forum: Sold Items 05-18-2016, 09:23 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA* 200, DA*50-135, M 135 3.5, DA-L 50-200, Kiron 2x TC
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 7
Views: 3,369
bump city
Forum: Sold Items 04-18-2016, 11:49 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA* 200, DA*50-135, M 135 3.5, DA-L 50-200, Kiron 2x TC
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 7
Views: 3,369
Sent you a PM last week but in case you missed it ... yes it includes caps and hood, a good cheap basic lens for a beginner. You will eventually outgrow it, but a cheap entry point to get started. .
Forum: Sold Items 03-05-2016, 12:28 PM  
For Sale - Sold: DA* 200, DA*50-135, M 135 3.5, DA-L 50-200, Kiron 2x TC
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 7
Views: 3,369
Bumping for a price drop
Forum: Sold Items 03-01-2016, 07:11 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA* 200, DA*50-135, M 135 3.5, DA-L 50-200, Kiron 2x TC
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 7
Views: 3,369
New month, new bump
Forum: Sold Items 02-20-2016, 09:03 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA* 200, DA*50-135, M 135 3.5, DA-L 50-200, Kiron 2x TC
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 7
Views: 3,369
DA 55-300 Sold; Must be bump day.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-18-2016, 02:33 PM  
Walking Myself Back from the A7ii Cliff
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 28
Views: 2,072
At the risk of losing my Squirrel award before the cash value kicks in, I do have to say that after seeing that the size of the K-1 and lenses is about what I expected I am more convinced that, if (when?) I go FF it will be with Sony (unless something better comes along in the interim)

Pentax K-1 v Sony A7ii
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-18-2016, 10:46 AM  
Picture of K-1
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 357
Views: 62,996
Side by side pics of K-1 and K-3 (or any other camera you want) are up at camerasize.com

Compare camera dimensions side by side

Sorry if this is a dupe post
Forum: Sold Items 02-15-2016, 11:44 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA* 200, DA*50-135, M 135 3.5, DA-L 50-200, Kiron 2x TC
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 7
Views: 3,369
Clearing out some lightly used lenses from my collection.

DA* 200 SOLD
Very clean, great optics, no issues, SDM works, comes with hood, rear cap and lens pouch. Have the knocked down box (no inserts) if you want it. I really like this lens but I just don't use it enough to justify it sitting around here.

DA* 50-135 SOLD
Very clean, great optics, but SDM appears to have failed. Occasionally it will wake up, but those occasions are becoming rarer these days. Great lens if you are ok with MF or want to convert it to screw drive. Front/rear cap, lens hood and lens pouch. Also have the knocked down box on this one if you want it. Another nice piece of glass I just don't use enough to justify keeping around.

DA 55-300 SOLD
Original version (not the HD weather sealed one). Excellent condition, comes with original box, warranty card, inserts, pouch, fr/rear caps and lens hood. This is one of the great value lens in pentax lineup; great travel and walkaround companion that I liked so much I sprung for the new HD version, and letting this one go (same optics) at a discount.

SMC-M 135 3.5 SOLD
Very clean, excellent condition. Nice compact lens at a great focal length for FF or APS. Comes with the original Asahi Pentax lens cap and an aftermarket rear cap.

DA-L 50-200SOLD
The original kit lens for the K100D. Own a piece of history. Or get it to put on the camera you gave to your kid to get them interested in photography.

Kiron Match Mate 2x teleconverter for pentax $20 obo
Its a Kiron. Its cheap. But fun to play with when you want to shoot at 600mm or 800mm or 1000mm ...

All prices are + shipping at actual cost based on shipping and insurance you select.

CONUS returns in 7 days for undisclosed defects only. No returns on international shipments.

Payment by Paypal; buyer pays any paypal fees
(i.e., add 3% to price. int'l buyers must pay in USD and be responsible for any currency conversion fees)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-11-2016, 06:41 PM  
Walking Myself Back from the A7ii Cliff
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 28
Views: 2,072
Thanks for the thoughts, osv. I went with the 16-35 not because its a zoom, but because it is the best native option out there to go wide, right now. Its not all that big, and the comp on weight was to the 16-85, not the 31. Either way a7 is still going to be smaller and lighter, just not enough to seal the deal for me. Re deciding between 16-35 and 31, you are right that zoom v prime and wide v normal are apples to oranges but its apples to apples as far as what was the "best glass" I would carry for the kit I would set up -- and for me I wanted the 31 over the 16-35. (ETA - and when I add in the ability to keep using my DA ltd primes, the decision to stick with the K3 for now became even clearer). I did look at non-native options like the Tammy you suggest, but concluded (for me, at least) that if I wasn't going to use my existing pentax glass i wanted a native solution, as there are tradeoffs and added expense in using the adapters. Like I said, YMMV.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-11-2016, 04:08 PM  
Walking Myself Back from the A7ii Cliff
Posted By EstimatedEyes
Replies: 28
Views: 2,072
Y'all are missing the point. There's no "right" or "wrong" answer when you are standing on that cliff .. for me (not for you, for me) the answer today (not for all time, for today), was to ratchet it on back because (and here's the important part) I don't have a real solid reason right now to move to FF.

The K-3 is a great camera that meets all my needs, so I don't have a real NEED to go FF, I just WANT to, cuz I am a victim of marketing (and my long 35mm past). But if I am honest with myself I have yet to face a situation where the K-3 RAW file didn't have enough info to accomplish what I wanted. The only reason I could give right now to jump to FF is because I shoot wide way more than long. So one day I will switch. But that day ain't today.

You want more reasons? I got 'em.

1) Native Glass. At present, the native mount selection is not that great. So I'd be in for 2-4 years of LBA and lots of $$ -- especially when I start seeing those superwide native primes come out. But right now, as far as native glass goes, the 16-35 zeiss is the best bet -- and probably the thing that had me leaning most towards making the jump.

2) Pentax glass compatibility. Yes, I can use my FF glass on an A7ii, but that comes with a loss of utility for Pentax (no AF, ltd aperture control) versus using Canikon glass. That's not forever, just for now. (Why do you think I got that 31/1.8 FF glass?).

3) Size and weight - My original push to mirrorless was to not carry as much weight or as many lenses around. After looking at what I would (realistically) end up with, the savings in the size of my kit was not enough of a diff from the K-3 to push me to jump

4) Travel kit. The reason I was thinking of jumping now was to put a new lightweight kit together to test drive on some trips I have coming up. But after looking at the options, it came down to an A7ii with the kit 28-70/3.5-5.6 and the Zeiss 16-35, along with my Pentax 50/1.7 and either the 100/4 macro or 135/2.8 v the K-3 with the 16-85/3.5-5.6, 55-300, and 31/1.8. The thing that clinched it was the lukewarm reviews for the Sony Zeiss 28-70/4. The 18-70 kit lens I was going to end up with gets pretty good reviews, putting it about on par with the pentax 18-85 in IQ. So, for me, differences in FF v APS aside, the quality I expect from the Pentax kit given how I will use it was going to equal or better the quality I expected from Sony .\

Or, to put it another way, I decided I'd rather have the 31/1.8 than the Zeiss 16-35.

So I stepped back from the cliff.

YMMV.
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