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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Hours Ago  
Pentax-DA 18-270mm F3.5-6.3 vs Nikon 18-300mm VR f/3.5-6.3 DX AF-S G ED
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 8
Views: 176
I have the Tamron 18-270mm (the basis for the Pentax 18-270mm) for my Canon 40D. I also have the screwdrive Pentax 18-250mm. Of the two, the 18-250mm is the sharper, as reflected in the user ratings on this site. On the plus side of the the 18-270mm is the silent - but slow - focus motor, on the plus side of the 18-250mm its slightly better IQ. The choice is up to you.
Forum: Pentax KP 11-01-2022, 11:51 PM  
Has anybody tried replacing their KP LCD screen?
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 7
Views: 718
If you're that keen on a flippy screen, why not just buy a used KP to use alongside the K3iii. It's an excellent camera, and it's what I did ( though I got the KP first, the K5iis and the K3iii came later).
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 10-25-2022, 12:03 AM  
Kyushu
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 8
Views: 991
For those who wonder what the KYUSHU special image profile might look like, here are a couple of samples. Both pictures have the white balance set to Cloudy, as recommended by Brian Peterson.

The Kyushu sample looked very flat and dull on the camera's LCD, not so much on the laptop. The other has been through my personal postcard filter.

Enjoy :)
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 09-30-2022, 05:33 AM  
pseudo-KATEN Custom Image settings?
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 11
Views: 698
Sorry about the delay. We've had a few days of 100% cloud cover, due to an occluded front sweeping through, but today I managed to catch a KATEN-esque image.
There are 4 images below. The first is the Katen profile, nr. 2 is the Potrtrait profile SOOC, nr. 3 is the Portrait profile with the KATEN adjustments applied. Just for fun, I also took the Neutral profile and added the KATEN adjustments. To my (aging) eyes, numbers 1, 3,and 4 are almost indistinguishable. So maybe the KATEN magic is just a matter of the adjustments you apply to a given profile.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 09-25-2022, 01:51 AM  
pseudo-KATEN Custom Image settings?
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 11
Views: 698
Sure, I can do that, as soon as I get back to my summer cottage. Probably sometime next week.
Forum: Pentax K-3 III 09-25-2022, 12:37 AM  
pseudo-KATEN Custom Image settings?
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 11
Views: 698
As I have both the K3iii and the 15mm Ltd, I have access to the KATEN image profile. If you select the Bright profile, and add contrast, saturation and sharpness to your taste, you can get pretty close on any Pentax camera. The images below were taken with the K5iis and the 18-250mm.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-09-2022, 02:19 PM  
K10D User Seeking Replacement Advice
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 34
Views: 1,807
I'm very happy with my K5iis, so something in that range, K5ii or K5iis, would be my recommendation. Be aware that those cameras cannot use the modern KAF4 mount lenses. However, they do avoid the dreaded aperture block failure.
happy hunting!
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 08-07-2022, 11:53 PM  
Should I expect solenoid failure on a K-50
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 46
Views: 2,145
I have both a K30 and a K50, and so far none of them have failed (knock on wood). I have always used both of them with AAs, either eneloops or Energizer Lithiums. The only thing that has happened so far is that the internal battery in the K30 has failed, so I have to reset time and date every time I change the batteries; annoying but survivable. I have also installed the hacked K50 firmware on the K30, so that in the event that Pentax eventually releases a KAF4 kit lens (preferably a 16-135mm), I can keep using both in the event of eventual failure.
Would I buy or repair a K30/K50 these days? Probably not, with 'experienced' K5ii or K5iis cameras so cheap. I also have a K5iis.
My Canon 300D, bought in 2004, and my Pentax K200D, bought in 2009, are both going strong, even though the Canon, with an 18-55mm attached, took a 4 foot fall onto rocky ground in 2008.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 08-07-2022, 01:25 AM  
crowding
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 20
Views: 181
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: General Photography 07-19-2022, 09:00 AM  
Packing camera for trip
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 11
Views: 579
I use a cheap camera insert in my carry-on backpack. It has two spaces, one for the camera and one lens, the other for a second lens and my shoulder strap.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 07-19-2022, 12:36 AM  
GR III vs DSLR for travel
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 18
Views: 1,385
For an 'epic', as in 'once-in-a-lifetime' trip I would take both a DSLR and a compact camera, in my case a K50+18-135mm, my 15mm Ltd, and my Panasonic TZ100 for use primarily in urban settings. Both combinations cover the all-important 24-200mm range, and give maximum flexibility. The lack of a viewfinder on the GRIII would make that a non-starter for me. Painful experience has taught me not to consider a camera unless it has both a VF and a level gauge. YMMV, of course, and anyway, welcome to Europe, and I hope you have a great trip!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-11-2022, 08:01 PM  
Buying a faulty DA 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL DC WR, is it worth reparairing it?
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 15
Views: 711
A few years ago, while on vacation, my Pentax 18-250mm lens failed to autofocus above 70mm. I had it reapaired for 160€; they had to switch out a damaged circuit board, and no, the lens had not been subjected to any trauma. After repair, it has performed flawlessly. MPB has a copy of the 18-135mm for sale at 164€. That is an offer I would prefer over the one you are considering, but it is your choice, of course. Whatever you choose, the 18-135mm is a very versatile lens that I an very fond of.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-27-2022, 01:18 PM  
Please recommend a standard-ish APS-C lens
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 71
Views: 2,805
I have both the 20-40mm Ltd and the 16-85mm. I use the 20-40mm mostly in urban settings, and the 16-85mm when wide angles are required. Both are very fine lenses, so it comes down to your specific use cases.
Forum: Vintage Cameras and Equipment 06-04-2022, 08:54 PM  
Is there a place like "pentax forums" for nikon things?
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 4
Views: 419
Just Google 'nikon forums'. They have a website. There is a corresponding 'canon forums'. Both of them are structured much like our own forums. I think they are related. Enjoy.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-31-2022, 02:46 AM  
Africa trip discussion. Packing decisions.
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 16
Views: 1,091
That is a wealth of gear for a 6-day safari! In 2010 I was on a 5-day safari in northern Tanzania with just my K200D and my 18-250mm lens, and the only time I needed more reach was in Ngorongoro when we spotted a rhino half a mile away. You get amazingly close to the animals.
In 2015 I was on safari to the Victoria Falls and the Okavango delta, this time with the K30 and the 18-250mm, and didn't feel the need for more reach at all.
If I were to visit Kruger NP, which is definitely on my bucket list, I would take my KP+battery grip, and rustle up an 18-270mm from eBay, just for the silent focus. YMMV, of course.

I would also endorse the warnings from several others about flaunting your wealthy tourist status in the urban areas of SA.
I wish you a safe and happy trip, and look forward to seeing your photos from the trip.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-30-2022, 10:57 AM  
Finally rolling it back to SLR. Seeking answers on FA Limited lenses
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 15
Views: 973
The new lenses are upgraded with new lens coatings and other changes. However, their used department has a number of original FA Ltd. Lenses for sale. Happy hunting!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-17-2022, 01:43 AM  
Lens for roaming around Boston?
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 14
Views: 1,151
I visited Boston back in 2011, as part of a trip round New England to shoot the fall foliage. My camera/lens combo at the time was the K200D and the 18-250mm. If I were to return today my choice would probably be my KP and the 18-135mm + either the Sigma 10-20mm or the 15mm Ltd, depending on how much space I had for photo gear. Or I might limit myself to the 16-85mm.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-16-2022, 10:22 AM  
Penax User Since 1967
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 6
Views: 321
Hello from Denmark, and welcome to the forum! To the best of my knowledge, the top-tier models from Pentax do not have the aperture issue. The K5s, the K3s, the K1s and the KP are 'safe'. Only the K1ii and the K3iii are available new, the rest will be 'experienced'. Hope you find a camera and get to enjoy your lenses.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-15-2022, 11:16 AM  
Yes, I have flagship, but shooting in jpg is fine for now (for me)
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 67
Views: 2,478
I also shoot mostly jpg, and have set up the Bright image style to my preferences. You can do the same, and the process is not really all that complicated. My preference is to turn saturation and contrast up a notch, and turn sharpness all the way up. I have also turned on every kind of lens correction the camera allows. YMMV. Fortunately, Pentax provides 2 different methods for making a RAW image if the jpeg doesn't suit you. You can push the RAW button and take a RAW image for later post-processing, or you can push the Exposure Compensation button and save the data from the buffer as a RAW file. I also, on all my Pentaxes, turn the EV down -.7 to preserve the highlights. I also use central weighted metering as a good all round compromise. White Balance I usually adapt to the circumstances. As I prefer a slightly warm WB I have set them all to A+2 and M+1.
There is no chance of damaging the camera by experimenting with all these settings, so play to your heart's content, and enjoy your new camera. It's awesome!
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 05-14-2022, 12:03 PM  
Another looking for advice thread Faralon Islands, Yosemite and California Red Woods
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 12
Views: 878
My own extremely modestly successful whale-watching trips involved a K30 and an 18-135mm lens. That you need the best, fastest-focusing body/lens combination you have is a given. When I visited Yosemite with my family in the summer it was fairly packed with other tourists. We managed to visit Bridal Veil Falls, Glacier Point, Mariposa Grove and Tunnel View all in a single day before we had to drive on through Tioga Pass to Mono Lake, Bodie and Lake Tahoe. Tunnel View was a nightmare. It was packed with people standing in 6-8 rows 20-30 people deep, and when you reached the front you had maybe 20 seconds to frame and take your shots. I don't think you'll have the time or space for the deliberate kind of landscape photography the K1 is meant for. If I were to repeat the experience today I would take my K3iii, my Sigma 10-20mm, my 18-135mm, and my 55-300mm plm.
BTW SF is awesome! Happy trip and happy shooting.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-12-2022, 10:58 AM  
Photography 'Basics'
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 26
Views: 1,596
I have that wonderful book, and can certainly endorse this recommendation!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-12-2022, 10:29 AM  
Photography 'Basics'
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 26
Views: 1,596
I just checked the website, and it seems to be gone. However, if you just google 'photography tutorials free', you get several dozen other websites, and of course, there are thousands of YouTube videos, and both B&H and Adorama also produce video tutorials. There's a lot of material out there, you just have to search for it.
Happy hunting.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-12-2022, 04:53 AM  
Photography 'Basics'
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 26
Views: 1,596
On my Kindle app on my phone I have five short books from the website 'FreeDigitalPhotographyTutorials.com': 'Photography 101', 'Mastering Aperture', 'Mastering Shutterspeed', 'Mastering Exposure', 'Mastering Composition', which, as the name implies, are free, and cover the basics in an adequate fashion. Together with Clackers' Beginners Tips, I think most people would be on the way to better understand their cameras. They've certainly helped me!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-11-2022, 09:56 PM  
What is "One Stop"?
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 67
Views: 3,432
I learned back in the mists of time that the aperture is the denominator in a handy, but only approximate, formula that shows how much light actually gets through a lens from front surface to back surface. The formula reads like this: Light(L) = 1/AxA. f/1.0 gives you 100% of light passage, f/2.0 gives you 25%, f/1.4 gives you 50%. The easy (for me) way to memorise this is two lines of apertures: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64. Ansel Adams was a member of an association of photographers who called themselves F64. The second line of apertures: 1.4, 2.8, 5.6, 11, 22, 45. The formula is only approximate, as we all know know of f/0.95 lenses, and I read somewhere that for the film 'Tom Jones' back in the '70s, special lenses with f/0.7 were built.
Fun factoid: the formula means that at f/8 only about 1.6% of the light that hits the front of the lens actually gets through to the sensor.
I don't know it this helps. It helps me understand why the smallest f-numbers give the most light.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-21-2022, 01:58 AM  
DA*55/1.4 parts
Posted By allanmh
Replies: 3
Views: 647
When my 18-250mm's focus motor failed in 2015, it had to be sent to Sweden to be diagnosed, and - if possible - repaired. It took three months, and I ended up buying a second 18-250mm from KEH. So now I have two, and very happy I am with them. I think you're going to have to turn your *55mm in for repair.
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