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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-05-2020, 10:45 PM  
I Need Help
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 87
Views: 3,798
I just got a used 20-40.

The reviews re:sharpness are correct, the edges, and near edges are not as sharp as the center. It's not for the pixel peeper.

Focus speed is so-so and quiet.

The reviews re: rendering and colors are also absolutely correct, they're absolutely GORGEOUS! They're just beautiful! They're quite different from the limited primes, colors are a wee bit more vibrant, brighter.

I wish that I had gotten this sooner, and I don't have any plans of letting go of my prime Limiteds either.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-03-2020, 02:26 AM  
Confession game: how many lenses do you have? Why do you keep them? Which was let go?
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 140
Views: 13,475
Photography is not a source of income for me. I’m a financial engineer, I craft financial arrangements: bonds, pseudo-capital arrangements— a non-repetitive, mentally-taxing, but definitely boring job, even if I like it.

I need to do something beyond premiums and discount rates after work, and photography (or probably more like collecting lenses) becomes a hobby for me, it keeps my mind off from the 8 to 6 routine, and refreshes me. Even when I’m just staring at these beautiful pieces of glasses, or just mounting and shooting mostly uninteresting objects/subjects, funny, but they give me some peace, never mind if I have very limited time when I can actually use them extensively. But the fact that simply owning them can give ME some peace and happiness is a sound reason enough, IMO, to justify my “LBA”.

PS: [I also play, err, collect chess books and chess boards]

PS #2: I’m not really fond of superzooms. :P
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-01-2020, 08:13 AM  
Confession game: how many lenses do you have? Why do you keep them? Which was let go?
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 140
Views: 13,475

1. FA 31/1.8
2. FA 43/1.9
3. FA 77/1.8

1. SMC DA*55/1.4
2. SMC DA*60-250/4

1. SMC DA 15/4
2. HD DA 21/3.2
3. HD DA 35/2.8
4. SMC DA 40/2.8
5. SMC DA 70/2.4
6. SMC DFA 100/2.8 (Macro)

K series
1. K 28/3.5
2. K 50/1.2
3. K 55/1.8

1. SMC DA 18-135/3.5-5.6
2. SMC F70-210/4-5.6
3. SMC HD DA 10-17/3.5-4.5

F/FA series
1. FA 20/2.8
2. FA 50/2.8 (Macro)
3. F 70-210/4-5.6

M series
1. M 28/2
2. M 50/4 (Macro)

Kit and Plastics
1. DAL 35/2.4
2. DAL 55-300/4-5.8

1. Helios 58/2


1. Q01 8.5/1.9
2. Q02 5-15 /2.8-4.5
3. Q03 3.2/5.6
4. Q06 15-45/2.8
5. Q07 11/9
6. Q08 3.8-5.9/3.7-4

And the X-mounts:

1. 16/1.4 -3
2. 23/1.4 -2
3. 35/1.4 -1
4. 56/1.2 -4
5. 80/2.8 -5

And the cameras: K3, K30, Q7, Q, GR and Fujifilm XT20.

Worse thing is, someone’s offering a DA 20-40 which I’m trying to resist.
Forum: General Talk 04-12-2018, 06:16 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 24,059
Views: 1,832,466
Got this for $1.50 :)

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-12-2018, 05:59 AM  
Thinning the herd
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 12
Views: 1,400
/End Thread. :lol:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-12-2018, 05:57 AM  
Curious about Pentax lens lineup.
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 22
Views: 1,766
These Limiteds are small and if you’ll judge them based on the prevailing “internet” standards, they’re too “flawed” to be of any use. But in my humble opinion, yes, they’re not perfect, but one thing they do have that comes with their flaws: character.
Forum: General Photography 04-06-2018, 08:59 AM  
Camera Brand Culture Shock (Pentax to Sony).
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 18
Views: 2,548
And not just in camera or laptop. I bought their top of the line BT noise cancelling headset for $400 last Christmas. Yup, itís not that expensive, but itís not cheap either. MDR1000X. While I personally feel that their noise cancelling technology tops Boseís famed noise cancelling, after three months Iím beginning to regret the decision, as Iím now experiencing first hand how fragile Sonyís plastics are. And the support? Theyíre actually blaming their customers, as if we want to be hassled arguing or claiming warranty with them. As for me, hopefully Iím done with anything Sony by this time. Iíve learned my lessons now. This is not the first time, the first one is with a mobile phone. With a little help from 3M adhesive tape, this headset will be a constant reminder never to buy anything Sony again. The technology and superiority in features are there. Great. The quality? not so much. The support? non-existent.
Forum: Pentax Q 04-01-2018, 04:30 PM  
Focus adjust on the Pentax 07 shield lens
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 33
Views: 5,924
I think I'm going to buy another one. Somehow, now I begin to understand why Pentax fixed the "sharp" focus to around 4 to 6 feet. Still, 07-infinity is still too good to pass up especially at current prices.
Forum: Pentax Q 03-31-2018, 06:59 AM  
Focus adjust on the Pentax 07 shield lens
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 33
Views: 5,924
I’m using a “de-glassed” 49 mm UV filter for the 08 as a cheap “hood”. I tried adding another ring, but it already exhibits vignetting at the corners on the second. Two $30 lens ain’t that bad ;)
Forum: Pentax Q 03-31-2018, 06:42 AM  
Focus adjust on the Pentax 07 shield lens
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 33
Views: 5,924
Hi, can you confirm what’s the focus range of your 07 now? 5 ft(?) to infinity?

Forum: Pentax Q 03-31-2018, 12:05 AM  
Focus adjust on the Pentax 07 shield lens
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 33
Views: 5,924
now, off to buy a new lens! liked and much appreciated!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-21-2018, 08:15 AM  
Would You Buy a Q
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 36
Views: 3,093
Thanks! This is a very smart tip!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-09-2018, 08:40 PM  
SDM on new lenses
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 39
Views: 3,567
Bought 2016 from BH. Most likely post 2012 production :(
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-09-2018, 08:27 AM  
GR relaunch in April?
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 125
Views: 17,987
The GR’s raison d’eitre are in no particular order,
1. That amazingly sharp sweet lens,
2. Infinitely Customizable controls
3. Wonderful JPEG engine
4. Deceptively perfect ergonomics

All in a pocketable size.

It’s almost hard to improve on such a product, it’s too easy to love. (Even specks of dust do. ��)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-07-2018, 06:26 AM  
aps-c portrait primes: 43 Limited or DA*55?
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 37
Views: 4,035
The 55 is much easier to work with, much more consistent esp. with bokeh. The 43 is tricky.

But my most favorite shots (maybe technically not perfect) have been taken by the 43. Coincidence?

Offtopic: My DA55’s SDM failed, but I’m giving it a second chance (it’s that good) so I’m having it repaired. The 43’s screw driven AF on the other hand, might just outlive me.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-07-2018, 06:22 AM  
SDM on new lenses
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 39
Views: 3,567
The SDM of DA*55 failed me past the warranty before the second anniversary. I had it sent to Japan last Feb 22 for SDM motor replacement. I’m still waiting for it to come back. It’s too good not to be repaired.

Hopefully, it will last longer.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 03-16-2016, 07:56 AM  
what would you like to see in new K-3 firmware
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 50
Views: 4,851
I'm not sure if this has been asked before, but is there a difference between the K3II and the K3 hardware such that it is impossible for the K3 to have pixel shift via a firmware? If there's none, then this is just a matter of product differentiation, no?
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 03-16-2016, 02:52 AM  
The next Q model sensor
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 43
Views: 13,675
Yup, faster AF will be very much welcome. At the cost of a few millimeters, I'd also want a tilting LCD and a small 6mm Prime would be most welcome.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-13-2016, 03:58 AM  
77mm F1.8 limited on FF
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 49
Views: 5,727
Now, I've got to look for Galliano. I'm a sucker for vanilla, and I always enjoy "chasing" vanilla flavour in my taste buds.

Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-12-2016, 08:30 PM  
77mm F1.8 limited on FF
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 49
Views: 5,727
I used a thin parchment paper to map out our oven temperature, aside from putting six (yes, six!) thermometer in there just to find the hot spots.

Drinking coffee is such a therapeutic "activity". I can easily lose two hours, making myself a brew.

My experiment lately is doing a perfect cocktail of coffee and Stolichnaya. I'm more or less, happy I've figured the correct mix with Bailey's for my taste.
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 03-11-2016, 07:52 AM  
K3 IQ vs KS2 IQ
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 18
Views: 4,490
The K3 is a camera that has to be held in order to appreciate its near perfect ergonomics, which may be essential to a more relaxed shooting. It is still small, yet solid, has the nice heft, and the tactility of the keys is perfect. Even when tied up, say, to a heavy lens, like the 60-250, the K3 is a very comfortable camera.

I can compare this against my K30 and the diminutive Kx, and I daresay that the K3 is in a different league.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-10-2016, 08:25 AM  
Topaz Denoise Coupon - $30 off
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 8
Views: 2,077
Got one!

Thanks Adam! Thanks dcshooter.

Indeed, much easier than doing it in LR, and it barely destroys details!
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-09-2016, 09:41 AM  
K3 vs Sony Handycam
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 103
Views: 7,460
I've a funny feeling that this thread will go down this route, in this order:

1) A funny repartees ridiculing the comparison
2) A mention of Sony
3) Thread will be moved to "non-Pentax Section" because of the word "Sony"
4) Even funnier exchanges
5) Thread will be moved to Lounge Area because it has become grossly non-photo related
6) Another volley of attacks vs. Pentax' video
7) Mods swoop down for a stern warning
8) Participants ignore
9) Mods lock the thread :lol:

Of course, #9 can come in anytime. :D
Forum: Video and Pentax HDSLRs 03-09-2016, 09:30 AM  
K3 vs Sony Handycam
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 103
Views: 7,460
This topic is very confusing!

So, which tastes better? A Rover or a burger? ;)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-08-2016, 08:50 PM  
Changing Directions..... 'sorta.
Posted By drypenn
Replies: 8
Views: 1,204
I used to buy anything that's been offered to me, and my collection ballooned to almost 40 lenses at one point, many have overlapping focal lengths. I know that 40 is still quite a "manageable" number compared to what most of you have, (but try telling that to wife). My goal then was to try anything I can lay my hands on. But picking a lens/lenses to bring has become a chore, so I have decided to trim down my stash into almost half. I kept a few of the best manual primes (K50/1.2, K55/1.8, K28/3.5, M28/2 among others) and disposed the rest, although I still regret selling the specific A50/1.7 I've had.

I still have a lot of overlaps, but I've settled on lenses with unique renditions. I'm now preparing for the FF, and likely see myself getting the 15-30 with the K1 (or K1 Mk II). I am still in the lookout for a K28/2, and an FA*85 but I'm prepared to accept that with the advent of K1, the FA*85 and K28/2's prices will further rise to impractical levels.
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