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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-27-2021, 02:55 PM  
55-300 PLM issue, any help appreciated
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 11
Views: 748
That does not sound normal for this lens. Mine does not make any similar sounds like that you describe. On mine the focus motor is barely audible only indoors in a totally quiet room and there are no other sounds from the lens that I can detect. I would consider returning it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-19-2021, 04:06 PM  
SDM failure
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 29
Views: 1,515
I recall seeing this too on this forum a few years ago. My DA 17-70 and DA* 300 were both purchased after 2012.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-19-2021, 04:01 PM  
SDM failure
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 29
Views: 1,515
I have 3 SDM lenses:
oldest: DA* 200, SDM may need a few seconds to wake up if lens has been sitting around for more than 2 months, but then works fine.
DA 17-70, SDM worked for about 4 years then died. I have tried all the wakeup/exercise options on this lens but nothing worked.
newest: DA*300, no SDM problem, works fine.

My other two silent focus lenses are DA 16-85 and 55-300 PLM and the autofocus is perfect on both, but they are not SDM.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-10-2021, 02:23 PM  
Heavy Duty Strap Recommendation
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 25
Views: 1,375
I bought two of them. One is the 1.0 inch with swivels and the other is the 1.5 inch version with swivels. Once you attach the parts with the swivels on the camera you can instantly swap the wider strap (for heaver lenses) with the narrower lighter strap when lightweight with smaller lenses such as the limiteds is desired.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 01-01-2021, 07:37 AM  
PENTAX K-8 ? K-1 Mark II successor... What will it be/look like?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 76
Views: 4,459
I am 100% in agreement!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-28-2020, 03:31 PM  
DFA 70-210 F4 vs DA 55-300 PLM on KP replace Tamron 70-200 F2.8
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 14
Views: 1,305
Agree! The autofocus of all of my other lenses which include the DA* 200 and DA* 300 and even the DA 16-85 are nowhere near as fast focussing as the PLM. This is the perfect lens for outdoor shooting it is also reasonably compact as well especially when retracted.The PLM autofocus is not only extremely quick but it is also extremely quiet. Take a look and listen to the in depth review of the lens on this forum for a demonstration of the autofocus.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-12-2020, 05:20 PM  
Totally unscientific and lazy - flower with DA16-85, FA50/1.4, K50/1.2, DFA100WR
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 14
Views: 768
Im sure you will really like it! I have both the DFA 100 macro WR which is my gold standard for sharpness on my K-3. Looking at what I get with my 16-85, my eyes cannot see where the zoom is any less sharp than what I get with the macro.True I can only give a subjective assessment rather than a true comparison. But I am impressed with results I get with it. It far outperforms the 18-55 WR and DA 17-70 which I previously used.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-30-2020, 05:52 PM  
Lenses you'd love to see refreshed
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 55
Views: 1,833
I would really like to see the now discontinued DA 12-24 refreshed with either PLM or DC autofocus. Would be nice if the lens was also WR. The DA* 11-18 is too big and too expensive for me and I am sure others who feel the same.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-27-2020, 09:07 AM  
Best Wide angles zoom for Landscapes/Architecture Photography
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 46
Views: 1,813
Between the DA 17-70 and the DA 16-85 I would steer clear of the 17-70 and head straight to the 16-85 which is wider and a much better lens without potential for SDM autofocus issues. Going for wider than that there are DA 14 and DA 15 Limited prime and the 12-24 and DA* 11-18 zooms. Also the fisheye. I have the 15 Limited and for my purposes I think I have my wide angle needs covered with the 15 Limited and the 16-85. Too bad the 12-24 is discontinued, if I wanted a wider option in the future this is the lens I would want. Right now the DA* 11-18 is too far above my budget to consider.
Forum: General Photography 11-25-2020, 09:37 AM  
Reducing the GAS: How I'm improving my Photography
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 43
Views: 1,522
I have been using the Mac version for the last few years. So far I have been using it as an add in to the existing photos app on my Mac computers and it integrates very nicely. Mostly I use it for editing photos and use the photos app for creating my albums. I like Affinity very much. It is very easy to learn and use. I hope you enjoy using it.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-16-2020, 06:53 AM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #170 (Insects - October 2020)
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 54
Views: 3,934
They are all great but #12 really stands out as the winner in my view. I know how hard it is to photograph hummingbirds, they are really fast.
Forum: General Photography 11-01-2020, 08:03 AM  
Winter Inspiration Ideas
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 41
Views: 1,449
Actually as a person who enjoys bird and nature photography fall and winter present a host of new opportunities. True many colorful birds such as Indigo Buntings, Scarlet Tanagers, Hummingbirds are gone and the Goldfinches have molted their colorful plumage. Other colorful birds, however, such as Cardinals, Bluebirds woodpeckers and Blue Jays are still around and still colorful, especially so against the bare open or snow covered background. I also visit nearby Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge where wintering ducks with the males in their most colorful plumage and wintering snow geese and Tundra swans gather for the winter. Photography is better now than in summer where much is hidden behind thick greenery. Also the chill of winter is more than offset by the absence of mosquitoes, biting flies and ticks.
My suggestion is get out and explore, there is much to see.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2020, 10:32 AM  
Best zoom lens for candids
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 28
Views: 1,134
I would think either the 16-85 (sharper) or the 18-135 (less expensive and wider zoom range) would serve you well. Both give quick and quiet autofocus. I have the 16-85 and am very pleased with it.
Forum: General Photography 09-10-2020, 10:40 AM  
Any Pentaxian's experience with Optics Planet?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 7
Views: 778
I took a look at their website. Their selection of Pentax cameras and lenses is very limited and much higher priced than B&H and Adorama. If you are looking at Pentax binoculars or spotting scopes you should also check B&H and Adorama as they stock these also and are likely to have better pricing and they are reputable.
I never bought anything from them. All of my Pentax cameras and lenses were bought from B&H, Adorama and KEH.com. My binoculars were purchased from eagle optics which, unfortunately is no longer in business. Optics Planet seems to be more geared to gun and gun/hunting accessories.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-22-2020, 09:27 AM  
Water proofing or protection
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 15
Views: 874
You can check B&H website for underwater protective cases. If anyone would have it, it would be B&H. Given your statement regarding a rollover in a kayak you may want to investigate that the case/protection would either float or be tethered to you. If it sinks fast in deep water then all is lost.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-22-2020, 09:16 AM  
What should/will be the kit lens for K-new?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 19
Views: 1,207
Seeing how B&H has been selling the K-P, I would think they would sell the K-New in 4 configurations:
1. Body only
2. with 16-85
3. with 20-40 Limited
4. with 18-135
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-04-2020, 07:09 AM  
Is it normal for needing 50-135 lens repaired twice?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 21
Views: 1,397
Actually the 17-70 has one of the highest incidences of SDM failure and also it cannot be converted to screw drive. Mine failed a few years ago and I would like to get it fixed but I have seen too many reports of repeat SDM failures after new SDM motors were installed. I would go for the fix if I could have confidence the new motor would be more reliable.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-27-2020, 09:06 AM  
Pentax SDM issues (like everyone else)
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 46
Views: 3,025
Unfortunately two SDM versions; DA 17-70 and DA* 55 are SDM only and cannot be converted. I will bite the bullet and send my 17-70 to either Precision or KEH and get the motor replaced. Hopefully the new motor will be a more durable design than the old one. Had it been convertible to screw drive I definitely would have gone that route.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-04-2020, 07:42 AM  
Transfer Non Digital Lens to Digital Cam??
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 23
Views: 1,437
I think that song was by Loudon Wainwright if I am not mistaken. I remember the song but not 100% sure on the artist. It received limited airplay on some radio stations in the early 1970's
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-04-2020, 07:24 AM  
Sticky: An important message from the moderators
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 323
Views: 41,914
Thank You for this very relevant observation. Unfortunately it can be just one disparaging term to describe someone that can turn an otherwise inoffensive thread into an unfortunate negative interaction. These are very difficult times for all of us. Photography is my one escape for peaceful enjoyment from these troubled times. Let's enjoy our photography gear and the helpful advice we can all give one another. I hope that we all learned something valuable from this thread.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-20-2020, 07:08 AM  
HD DA 55-300PLM + HD Pentax-DA 1.4x AW AF Rear Converter vs DFA 150-450
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 75
Views: 3,171
Very similar observation for me on my K-3. I did find there was some resolution loss with the TC such that it was no better than cropped images of the lens without the TC. Since I have a DA* 300, I just use that lens with the TC where there is no loss in resolution that I can see. My telephoto kit is the PLM for 55-almost 300mm which keeps the max aperture below the 6.3 and the DA* for 300mm and 420mm
Forum: General Photography 06-17-2020, 12:27 PM  
Four Favorite Lenses
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 21
Views: 2,924
My four favorites on my K-3:
DA 16-85
DA 55-300 PLM
DFA 100 macro WR (for shooting birds and distant wildlife DA*300 with 1.4 TC)
SMC DA 15 Limited
Forum: General Photography 06-10-2020, 02:04 PM  
What is your everyday lens ?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 73
Views: 3,118
On my K-3 I have two everyday lenses:
1. DA 21 Limited when I want to travel light and do not have need for telephoto or wider angle. An example would be a city street lens.
2. HD DA 16-85 when I need more range options and am not carrying my camera in crowded places.
I also have an older DA 17-70 f4.0 but the SDM motor died on it and I still haven't decided what to do with it. The problem with this lens is the focus throw is very short making it unusable as a manual focus lens and the repair of the SDM motor is almost as much as buying a used one. In addition, the 16-85 is sharper, better built, WR and has a very reliable autofocus.
One other lens that I keep in my bag almost at all times is the 55-300 PLM, as others have said it is compact versatile and has super fast quiet autofocus.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-23-2020, 07:16 AM  
Just three lenses, your pick?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 75
Views: 4,172
From what I already have on my K-3:
SMC 15 Limited
DA 16-85
DA 55-300 PLM

Wishlist Kit
K-New
DA* 11-18
Keep DA 16-85 or possibly upgrade to new DA* 16-50
DA 55-300 PLM
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-17-2020, 05:35 PM  
Lens suggestions for bird photography
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 59
Views: 3,533
I also got into bird photography, my kit is K-3, 55-300 PLM, and DA*300 with 1.4x TC. It took years to acquire all of the pieces. My recommendation would be to upgrade the camera first to a more modern body, used or new, depending on your budget and get the 55-300 PLM. The super fast and quiet autofocus makes this particularly useful. As your budget and interests expand then you can consider additional lenses but beyond 300 mm things start getting expensive and heavy. I haven't tried the TC with my 55-300 PLM but if I get good results in bright daylight conditions this would be a nice lightweight up to 420 mm combination.
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