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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 1 Hour Ago  
Tough choice for travel.
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 9
Views: 263
I would consider the 55-300 PLM. It checks everything you could want in a travel lens, compact, WR, great autofocus, wide zoom range and very good image quality for such a versatile zoom. You do need the latest firmware on your K-3 but that is very easy to upgrade to.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 1 Hour Ago  
Hello Stupid! Faux film is here
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 27
Views: 769
It definitely won't be me but time will tell if it succeeds in the market or not. I would doubt it has much of a chance, its main competition is smartphones, not DSLR's and I do not see smartphone users (myself included) or DSLR users (myself included) going for this.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
DA 17-70 with dead SDM, Fix it or Forget it!
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 18
Views: 645
Not worth the effort of trying to sell this one lens which has little value.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Curiostiy
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 34
Views: 917
My rarely or less frequently used lenses are:
1. F 28mm f2.8, used infrequently but when I want a prime at that focal length it is still a valuable lens.
2. DA 70 Limited, also used infrequently but when I want a prime at that focal length it is still a very valuable lens.
3. DA* 200, also used infrequently but when I want a prime at that focal length it is still a very valuable lens.
4. M 50mm f1.7 and FA 50mm f1.7, used infrequently but when I want a fast prime at that focal length (or don't mind manual focusing for the M) still a valuable lenses.
5. DA 17-70, SDM dead, replaced by DA 16-85. I am still deciding what to do with this one. Gets no use and no love. Not worth the effort of trying to sell this one lens which has little value.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
DA 17-70 with dead SDM, Fix it or Forget it!
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 18
Views: 645
I had always wished I had an inside communication track to Ricoh/Pentax to suggest they do a refresh of this lens with the PLM motor. I doubt that will ever happen but as far as the next best thing it turns out to be the DA 16-85 which in my experience is a better overall lens. last year I pondered fixing the 17-70 SDM and when I got quote from KEH and Precision. I was ready to send it to Precision, but along came a used 16-85 in Like new condition for $100 more than repairing the 17-70. I bought the 16-85 and am very happy with it, but a year later watching the 17-70 collecting dust, I gave a second thought to repairing it, hence this thread. Again, no repair, but I just can't get myself to toss it in the trash, so I will revisit the repair possibility sometime in the future. My main reason for skipping the repair is feedback that SDM failures still occur on replacement SDM motors making the repair not worth it. Even if I got it working my primary go to zoom would be the 16-85.
Forum: Pentax K-01 5 Days Ago  
Monsters on our Tomato Branches
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 13
Views: 590
Nice pictures but terrible pests. They are tomato hornworms which are the caterpillars of a large moth. They can decimate your tomato plants. You need to go over your plants very carefully and pick them off and get rid of them. Chances if you found one or two, there are more and they are hard to find when they are small. I pick them off my tomato plants and put them on my bird feeder and almost immediately the cardinals and blue jays will find them and remove them for good. I had a big problem with them last year but have not seen any this year, at least not yet. It is easy to spot their darker color droppings and if you look up from where the droppings accumulate you will inevitably find the culprit. Good luck and be sure that even if you think you got all of them you monitor your plants. They do have a way of coming back.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
What's your favourite vintage / film-era manual focus lens, and why?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 64
Views: 2,094
Oops, I missed the manual focus part. So, I change my choice to the M 50mm f1.7. Super build quality, like a limited, another that can share 49mm filters and very sharp on digital.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 5 Days Ago  
What's your favourite vintage / film-era manual focus lens, and why?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 64
Views: 2,094
My vote goes to the F 28mm f2.8. I bought it new back in 1989 and am still using it. It fits wonderfully both in overall size, filter size and build between my 21 and 40 Limiteds.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
The dreaded SDM failure topic - Nikon AF motor failure perspective
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 23
Views: 906
My 55-300 PLM is now close to three years old. The autofocus response continues to "wow" me with its speed and quietness just like it did when I first used it. I have not heard of any complaints of autofocus related issues from anyone else. I think it is safe to say that the PLM reliability is as good as DC and screw drive.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
The dreaded SDM failure topic - Nikon AF motor failure perspective
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 23
Views: 906
I have both lenses you mention in your post and I am the OP of the 17-70 fix it or forget it post. The 17-70 is one of 5; in lens quiet focus motor lenses that I have. All of the others that I have: DA 16-85, 55-300 PLM, DA*200 and DA*300 work reliably and are not prone to the same issues as older 17-70 zooms. I wish that lens could be converted. My thought is the newer Pentax lenses are far more reliable and less likely to fail due to increased complexity
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
DA 17-70 with dead SDM, Fix it or Forget it!
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 18
Views: 645
Thanks everyone for your feedback. Earlier today I put the lens on my K-5 and took s few pictures with this lens in MF mode. My conclusion is; this may be one of the worst lenses in MF mode since the focus throw is so short and the ring has absolutely no damping whatsoever. I ended up overshooting the focus point on too many shots making it just not worthwhile as a usable manual focus lens. From what I am hearing and seeing on the lens review database is that replacing the SDM is somewhat of a gamble that the fix will last. I checked KEH.com and their repair estimate is even higher that Precisions. So I am not liking the idea to gamble $220 or more plus shipping to fix it. I also doubt my lens has much residual value with a dead SDM when copies with working SDM are $260 or less. So for now, it is forget it with this lens and I will just stick with my 16-85 and primes covering 15mm to 70mm on my two cameras. Too bad, I would really like this lens if it did not have so many issues.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-13-2018, 01:25 PM  
Is the 150-450 WORTH it on crop sensor?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 23
Views: 909
I also have the DA*300 and the 1.4x TC and am very happy with this combination as a 420mm f5.6 reach for wildlife. The 150-450 is something I would love to have for wildlife but from what I have read, it is quite heavy, especially for someone like me who has hand tremors. The DA*300 with or without the TC is still hand holdable. Since I also have a DA* 200, DFA 100 macro WR and the 55-300 PLM for when I need a zoom, it is hard for me to justify the cost of the DFA 150-450, especially since I just retired and I have all of these focal lengths covered. Good luck with your decision. It is a great lens if you decide to go for it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-12-2018, 06:02 PM  
DA 17-70 with dead SDM, Fix it or Forget it!
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 18
Views: 645
Hello All

I am requesting feedback from anyone who has or had a DA 17-70 and had the SDM motor replaced. Last year the SDM on my copy died. I looked into getting it repaired but a like new DA 16-85 popped up at a price not much more than repairing the DA 17-70 and I bought it. Since then I have been using the 16-85 as my primary walk around zoom. Looking over my lenses since I have both a K-5 and a K-3 I am trying to decide of repairing the DA17-70 would be worth it. I would rather have it as a usable lens, not a paperweight. I checked precision and they gave an online quote of about $220 USD flat rate. I am thinking it may be worth it if I will get a good working lens again as a backup to the 16-85, or if my wife or son will be using the K-5 while I am using the K-3 & 16-85 combo. The scenario I do not want is to get it repaired only to have the SDM fail again. The lens would be a backup to the 16-85 which will be my primary zoom.
Has anyone had their DA 17-70 repaired and are they satisfied with the repair? Will precision put in a better SDM motor than the original? My copy dates back to 2010 and I know SDM failures were common with this lens from that time. I would hope a more robust motor would be installed.

Thanks in advance,
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-12-2018, 05:44 PM  
Any Affinity Photo Users Here?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 43
Views: 1,123
I have it and use mostly as an add in to photos on my 9 year old iMac. It does expand the capabilities of apple photos as an add in but since I do not have photoshop elements I cannot say how it compares. I do like that you can buy the programmed get free updates with no monthly fee.
Forum: General Photography 07-08-2018, 01:06 PM  
Plastic - Why so much shy-away, hatred?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 36
Views: 1,032
Last time this topic came up, I posted the following and it still represents my thoughts on this topic. With my K-5 and K-3 bodies, I have an assortment of plastic (FA 50mm f1.7, DA 16-85 and DA 55-300 PLM), Plastic and metal (F 28mm f2.8, DFA 100 macro WR) and metal ( M50 f1.7, all 5 DA Limiteds, DA* 200 and 300 primes) lenses. While the two zooms are plastic, they feel solid and well built with nothing loose or wobbly and give me no worries about them failing due to poorer quality materials and build quality. The older FA 50mm does feel "plasticky", especially compared to its M50 f1.7 counterpart, however I use the FA 50 far more than the M 50 due to what seems to be better versatility and image quality. The metal lenses just feel better but I think a lot of it is perception more than anything else especially with higher quality plastic lenses. My one concern with the plastic lenses is the durability of the filter threads. I think this is where metal has a definite advantage.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-22-2018, 10:22 AM  
Sigma 17-50 or 17-70 - Which would you choose
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 18
Views: 882
I cannot comment on the Sigma lenses but I posed this similar question about a year ago when the SDM on my DA 17-70 died and I decided to get a replacement lens rather than repair the DA 17-70. The overwhelming response I received was in favor of the HD DA 16-85 and I bought one used in like new condition for much less than either the Sigma 18-50 f2.8 or the 17-70 contemporary would have cost. After having it for a year, I am very happy with the 16-85 and highly recommend it. It is very sharp, has a good zoom range and solid build and is WR. My only complaint and it is a minor one is that it is heavy but I think the Sigma 18-50 is even larger. I have found the range from 16-85 to be more useful compared to 17-70 than the numbers would indicate. The advantage of the Sigma lenses are they are faster, the Pentax is WR which to me was a bigger advantage.
Forum: General Photography 06-21-2018, 11:04 AM  
Are you FF ready?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 69
Views: 1,769
My K-5 is still in like new condition and still takes beautiful pictures. I can't seem to justify dumping it for FF, at least not now. As for my primary camera I am also not ready to give up my K-3 either. I would love to get a K-1 but I am not sure what I would gain with it using the same FF compatible lenses as I use on my K-5 & K-3




---------- Post added 06-21-18 at 02:15 PM ----------


Hi Des, I see from our posts in the yard birds thread we have very similar interests and a similar lens collection. Do you have a K-1? I saw most of your pictures are with your K-3 which is also my primary camera. What I am wondering is; would I get better results on birds & wildlife with the same lenses on a K-1 than my current K-3? Specifically with my DA*200 and DA*300 which are FF compatible. I already know that the 1.5 X conversion on APS C is a definite advantage of sticking with APS C for birds and wildlife. Portability is also important to me.
@Normhead; If you see this, I would appreciate your thoughts on this since you have K-1 & K-3 and post some beautiful bird shots.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-21-2018, 08:05 AM  
Roberts camera and k-3 II
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 26
Views: 1,326
This is really good to hear. I have never bought anything from them or even heard of them. Next thing I shop for, I will have to check them out. Having lived most of my life in New York I always shopped B&H and Adorama and got good service from both. Next stop is Roberts website to see what they have to offer.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-20-2018, 05:21 AM  
Lens update
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 37
Views: 1,623
I agree! For convenience and great image quality the DA 16-85 and 55-300 PLM is hard to beat. I have both and am very happy with them. As far as I am aware, isn't the 18-270 a Tamron rebadge? If it is, I would think the IQ is likely to be the same with the only advantage being quiet autofocus. As far as quiet autofocus goes, the PLM is the best I have seen.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-19-2018, 02:46 PM  
Robbed of All My Gear - How to Start Over?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 29
Views: 1,560
I am very sorry to hear of your loss. It must be really frustrating. I would concur with recommendations to go for the K-P and 55-300 PLM with either the 16-85 or 18-135 depending on your budget and needs. Primes can be added whenever you want. There are many good used DA Limiteds available on this forum, B&H, Adorama or KEH. I think you would be quite happy with the K-P with the two zooms for a starting kit that covers everything you lost and may even be an upgrade over what you had.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-18-2018, 07:37 AM  
Pentax DA 55-300mm Lens
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 41
Views: 1,392
I have had every version of the 55-300 over the years. I have found that having quick shift is important with the non-PLM versions for wildlife photography since you can do a quick shift coarse focus and let autofocus finish the fine focus. This significantly reduces the screwdrive noise with this lens. This makes the DA version a better choice than the DAL version if you will be photographing birds and wildlife. An even much more significant improvement is going for the PLM version if you have a compatible camera body. It is by far the fastest and quietest focusing lens I have ever tried.
Forum: General Photography 06-18-2018, 07:27 AM  
Are you FF ready?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 69
Views: 1,769
I suppose I am FF ready as far as primes go, assuming all of the following are FF compatible: F 28mm, FA 50mm f1.7, DFA 100 macro WR, DA*200, DA*300. I have two zooms which are definitely APS C only DA 16-85 and 55-300 PLM. I also believe my DA Limiteds are not FF. My thought is that I would lose too much going to FF with my lenses so I am holding back and sticking with APS C, K-5 and K-3.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-18-2018, 07:20 AM  
Pentax Limiteds and DA primes with DC drive or PLM
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 33
Views: 1,305
I have all four of the limiteds you note in your post. Since they are so small and lightweight the screwdrive is completely unobtrusive on all of them. I actually like the compactness of the DA limiteds just as they are and along with some very compact older primes such as my F 28mm, DA 50mm f1.7 and DFA 100 macro WR form a very compact kit which all of these lenses can use the same 49mm filters. A larger heavier lens such as the DA 16-85 definitely benefits from having an in-lens quiet focusing motor which it has.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-16-2018, 05:44 AM  
The one lens that you just ended up never getting
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 59
Views: 2,033
Forever on my wish list is the DA* 60-250 zoom. I could never pull together the funds to buy a new one and never found a good used one at a good price. Over the years of wishing and wanting for a WR, quiet focusing telephoto and zoom option I found and bought used like new DA* 200 and DA* 300 primes and a new 55-300 PLM. I still yearn for a single lens option instead of three, but the three lenses I have give me everything I want including the compactness of the PLM for travel. Someday, however, I may find the 60-250, new or used at the right price and finally get it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-14-2018, 05:24 PM  
HD Pentax-DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR Lens hood part #
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 9
Views: 485
Mine also rattles slightly. Fortunately the times when I would use the hood are all outdoors where it is less noticeable than it would be in a quiet indoor setting. The hood rattle does not bother me. I would be really bothered if the inner barrel wobbled or rattled but on my copy the inner barrel is tight with no wobbles or rattles, even zoomed out to 85 mm. I do not know what would tighten it but I would not chance ruining the lens or hood just to tighten it.
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