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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Purchased a Pentax K7 as a second body to my Pentax KP
Posted By hcc
Replies: 10
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I have a K-3, K-01 and K-7. The K-7 is my second preferred body: rugged and excellent handling

At low ISO 9100-200), with a good-quality prime lens, the K-7 continue to deliver very nice photographs IMHO. Even compared to my K-3.

Enjoy your K-7!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Prime or (better) Zoom - Wide Angle for K-70
Posted By hcc
Replies: 26
Views: 1,036
I shoot with APS-C bodies and I use the DA15mm Ltd and DA10-17mm.

The DA10-17mm offers some flexibility, as a fisheye at 10mm and a wide angle at 15-17mm. I like it for very tight situations, incl. indoor architecture.

But the DA15mm Ltd is on another level. Great IQ, Small, very solid. A gem IMHO. I found the DA15mm much more polyvalent, for indoor as well as outdoor. When I bought it, I did not believe that I would love this lens, use it so much and regard it as one of my best lenses. But it is true. Many other PF members talk very highly about the DA15mm Ltd and for very good reasons.

Hope that the advice may help.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-01-2020, 09:52 PM  
Is the Pentax D FA Macro 100mm WR the best macro option out there for my K1?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 22
Views: 1,267
I am biased and I do not have the DFA Macro 100 WR. The Pentax lens has definitely a very high reputation in this Forum and I will not speak badly about it.
But .. I would argue that the 'best' macro is the Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 125mm f/2.5 SL. I own one and I use it. Most impressive and other owner of the VL125mm seem agree with a rating of 10/10 in the user reviews out of 11 reviews: Voigtlander Macro APO-Lanthar 125mm f2.5 Lens Reviews - Voigtlander Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database. The negative: the price and its rare avalability in the marketplace.
My 5 cents...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-01-2020, 06:33 PM  
Noise reduction - different camera body or better software?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 26
Views: 1,044
Personally, I never do any PP in-camera. I prefer to PP incl. noise removal in computer. Partly because I shoot in sequences at (Hi) fps and do not want the camera to hang up during PP.
I personally like the noise removal by Noiseware, a small but quite good software. (I have no vested interest.) There are other good softwares around,
My 5 cents.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-29-2020, 04:20 PM  
Recording Video: signal chain
Posted By hcc
Replies: 6
Views: 448
A good external mic is a must IMO. I do shoot outdoor sounds with my K-3 and I use a Rode Videomic Pro (i.e. a small shotgun). I am happy of the combo for my work, including down a sound frequency analysis (I am most interested in the 10-100 Hz range).
Note sure if the comment could help.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 06-27-2020, 02:44 PM  
lens lock?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 3
Views: 520
@swanlefitte pointed you to the perfect thread:
Pentax Lens 18-250 Smc. Lock button jamed -

I just tried it. My 18-250 locked up 3 years ago and I was unaware of the trick. I gently overturn the rubber cover of the lens, using a smooth non-sharp spatule (a stapler remover in my case). I found the screw - It is not at the location of lock. I used a tiny watch screw driver - I had to use a magnifying glass to help me find the right tool and to lock back the screw. My DA18-250mm is back in business (alongside my DA18-270mm.)

Great, neat and simple trick.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-26-2020, 08:40 PM  
Long Time Pentax User, New Member
Posted By hcc
Replies: 7
Views: 316
Welcome to the Forum. You be happy with you K-3ii. A great camera IMHO with very little issues.
I have both a K-7 and K-3. While I continue to shoot with my K-7 at low-ISO (and a good prime), the K-3 works wonder at high ISO IMO.
Welcome to a great forum..
Forum: General Photography 06-22-2020, 02:58 PM  
Really? Just One Camera and Lens?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 37
Views: 1,571
Great pictures. Very nice.

+1 with one camera one lens.
My favourite combo is my K-3 with the Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4. I use it possibly close to 40% of my shots.
Forum: General Photography 06-16-2020, 10:40 PM  
Four Favorite Lenses
Posted By hcc
Replies: 21
Views: 1,456
All right, let go. I shoot APS-C (K-7, K3 mostly). If I had to take only 4 lenses, I would take 2 Pentax and 2 Voigtlander lenses.
My 4 favourite lenses are in this particular order (from most to slightly less favourite):
Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4
Pentax FA77 f1.8 Ltd
DA 15mm Ltd
Voigtlander APO-Lanthar 125mm f/2.5 (*)

(*) I use more my Pentax FA31mm f1.8 Ltd, which could be my fifth favourite lens. But the thread is on Four favourite lenses and the VL 125mm is so so special for macro.
Forum: General Photography 06-14-2020, 07:59 PM  
What is your other camera ?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 49
Views: 1,692
I have my Pentax K-3 as primary body and my older Pentax K-7 as secondary body. I love the combo that enables to share batteries and lenses between the two systems.

Whenever I can, I like to bring the two cameras with different lenses, often primes. Thus I do not need to swap lenses, I simply swap (camera+lens) system, much more quickly. And yes, some would argue that the K-7 may be outdated; but at low ISO with a great IQ lens (like a VL58mm or one of the three amigos), the K-7 is still a winner!!!

My 5 cents....
Forum: Pentax KP 06-13-2020, 03:34 AM  
Pentax KP Zoom Lenses
Posted By hcc
Replies: 9
Views: 613
+1 with Sandy for the DA 55-300 PLM WR RE for shooting swimming meets outdoor. Indoor, it will be likely a bit slow and you would have to push upwards the ISO. In both cases, you are unlikely to need longer than 300mm focal length fro a swim meet in Oz. (I did shoot my children at swim meets. I used mostly the DA18-250mm outdoor.)

My 5 cents.
Forum: Pentax KP 06-11-2020, 12:58 PM  
Photos taken with my first Limited Lens
Posted By hcc
Replies: 6
Views: 593
Very nice shots. I love the contrast in the 2nd one, between the bright green foreground and dark clouds in the background. Well done.
The DA15mm Ltd is an exceptional lens. It is part of the DA Limited pancake series (DA15, DA21, DA40, DA70). Their nimble size and great IQ are superb assets, for APS-C. The other Limited series is the FA Limited series (FA31, FA43, FA77), or the three amigos. They are legends across all brands of cameras, and often the envy of Canikon and others shooters.

If you love to shoot with prime lenses, you will have to consider the FA Ltd , because they complement nicely the DA Ltd IMHO.
Thank you to share your nice shots.
Forum: General Photography 06-09-2020, 07:34 PM  
What is your everyday lens ?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 73
Views: 2,442
Tough question and you will get many answers.
My everyday lens is the one that I feel to use. I am a prime lens shooter and I tend to take the lens that I feel right. Today, my Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4 is my all day lens. Last Saturday, it was my DA15mm Ltd. I would say that my 'all day' lens has a focal length between 15mm and 77 mm, generally. (I use a APS-C camera.). Below or above this focal length range, I use more specialised lenses that I would not call my every day lens.
I fully appreciate that it may not help you directly, but these primes are my every day lenses...
My 5 cents.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-08-2020, 08:53 PM  
Hello from Taiwan
Posted By hcc
Replies: 4
Views: 266
Welcome to the Forum.
I visited Taiwan a few times:
Cueifong Lake, Taiping Mountain (Taiwan) -
Taiwan's coastline -
Mudstorn badlands in Taiwan -
Wind storm over Penghu islands -
The people are very friendly and I enjoyed my visits. But I never met a fellow Pentax user.....
Look forward to see your posts and shots.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-08-2020, 05:43 PM  
Landscape lens question
Posted By hcc
Replies: 24
Views: 1,223
I have the DA15mm Ltd and DA10-17mm as wide lenses, and I use APS-C (K-3, K-01, K-7). I love the DA15mm Ltd for many applications. It is definitely wide enough IMHO for outdoor landscape. (For indoor, 15mm is often too long and I tend to favor the DA10-17mm.)
Honestly, the DA15mm Ltd is a lens in its own (league). F4 is fast enough sunset and sunrise with that short focal length. (I tend to like fast lenses, but the DA15 mm is possibly the main exception.)

My 5 cents.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-07-2020, 10:18 PM  
Light zoom for hiking
Posted By hcc
Replies: 13
Views: 812
+1 for the DA18-135mm. You already got great advice IMHO.
I tend to prefer myself the DA18-270mm because of the longer reach, but I bought the DA18-135mm for my wife. She prefer the lightweight zoom lens DA18-135mm. I use also the DA18-135mm when I need WR, and the IQ is good IMHO for a zoom. PS: I am a prime shooter with a strong bias for primes :).
My 5 cents...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-04-2020, 10:48 PM  
APS-C Macro Lens
Posted By hcc
Replies: 41
Views: 1,895
Great shot, Des. I love the wallaby :).

Back to the OP. You already received great advice. As a Pentax lens, the Pentax DFA 100mm (several versions) is a very solid choice, albeit a bit pricy. The Tamron 90mm and Sigma 105mm are two other options.
When price is an issue, you may consider a 2nd hand purchase, from trusted sources, like PF marketplace,, B&H (2nd hand) and Adorama (2n hand)
On another hand, when the lens price is not an issue or you want to make a strategic investment, the best macro lens IMO is the Voigtlander APO Lanthar 125mm f2. Rare, expensive, but superb / astonishing / outstanding IQ - I speak from experience as i have one, and it outshines all my other lenses for macro shots.

My 5 cents, hoping that it may help ...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-03-2020, 02:35 PM  
Vivitar 75-205 mm zoom or 135 mm lens?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 9
Views: 455
Zoom and Prime. It is like Apple and Orange. I am a prime shooter and I favor shooting with prime lenses because it makes me a better photographer IMHO. In addition, a prime lens is most often much better IQ than a zoom lens for the same cost.
My 5 cents...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-17-2020, 06:05 PM  
Is the K7 worth recommending?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 31
Views: 1,432
I would agree with most above comments but ... I own both a K-7, K-01 and K-3. At low ISO (ISO100-200) and with a decent prime lens, the K-7 remains a winning tool! I continue to use my K-7 for daylight shooting with a prime, like FA31mm, FA77mm, Voigtlander Nokton 58mm, and I continue to be impressed.
Off course, for low light, the K-7 lags... again with some nuances. The K-7 with a fast prime like the Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4 can rival with my K-3 with a superzoom (DA18-250mm)!
So, I would not discard a low shutter count good condition K-7, if you are willing to pair it with a prime lens.
Go the K-7 .....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-17-2020, 06:01 PM  
K3 Prime lens advice please
Posted By hcc
Replies: 27
Views: 1,102
+1 for a macro-lens around the 90-150 mm focal length range.
The Pentax DFA 100mm (several version) is a solid choice, albeit a bit pricy. The Tamron 90mm and Sigma 105mm are two other options.
If price is an issue, consider a 2nd hand purchase, from trusted sources, like PF marketplace,, BH (2nd hand) and Adorama (2n hand)
On another hand, if price is not an issue, the best macro lens IMO is the Vouigtlander APO Lanthar 125mm f2. Rare, expensive, but superb / astonishing IQ (and I speak from experience as i have one).
My 5 cents...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-16-2020, 09:55 PM  
Lens suggestions for bird photography
Posted By hcc
Replies: 59
Views: 2,929
+1 for the FA*300 mm f4.5.
The lens is relatively small, smaller and lighter than the DA*300mm f4. This has been a big decision point for me and I purchased 2nd and the FA^300mm f4.5, without regret. Excellent IQ, and easy to use handheld. Work will with TC.
My 5 cents...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-15-2020, 09:08 PM  
What is the ideal price for a Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 28-85?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 6
Views: 695
It also depends upon the condition of the lens :).
Forum: General Photography 05-13-2020, 11:29 PM  
Show Us Your Work From Home Workspace!
Posted By hcc
Replies: 4
Views: 1,531
Nice home working environment IMHO. Great setting for your office.
I love the B&W plate and look forward to see the same shot today, when you can do it.
Thank for sharing.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-12-2020, 05:35 PM  
Hi from Brisbane, Australia
Posted By hcc
Replies: 12
Views: 462
Welcome to the forum. There are many active Aussie PF members and many more less active (like myself :)).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-08-2020, 11:51 PM  
Pentax vs Leica lenses
Posted By hcc
Replies: 26
Views: 1,574
On famous prime lenses, I can recommend the following reading:

The Best (Autofocus) [Prime] Lenses Money Can Buy
sm-02-05-02 - Luminous Landscape

Across all brands, incl. Nikon, Canon, Zeiss, Pentax, Leica, "all things considered, the 77mm may be the best lens". Yes, the Pentax FA77mm Ltd...

Food for thoughts.
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