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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-16-2020, 05:44 AM  
Lens choices
Posted By bigyinn
Replies: 27
Views: 1,319
After some deliberation, I ended picking up a Sigma 10-20 f3.5 HSM lens for a reasonable price. Not really had a proper play with it yet, but it was in excellent condition, boxed with a pouch and filter. Its a little slow to lock focus, but given its primarily for landscape work, I don't see that as a hinderance. I got it for 180, whereas the cheapest I could find a 12-24 was 289, so I hope I've made the right choice!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-05-2020, 03:36 PM  
Lens choices
Posted By bigyinn
Replies: 27
Views: 1,319
I did say secondhand and I'm after an AF lens.
Forum: Pentax KP 06-21-2019, 08:58 AM  
Posted By bigyinn
Replies: 14
Views: 1,112
I went from a K50 to a KP, mainly because I fancied a KP and there was a great deal on.
It took me a little while to get used to it and I'm still gettting the hang of it. But I'm very happy with the focusing and exposure side of things. It seems to get more things right more of the time.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 02-26-2018, 02:51 AM  
K-30 / K-50 Aperture Block Failue - Repair Solution available
Posted By bigyinn
Replies: 885
Views: 162,620
Firmware was updated when first released, I know the 55-300 has no aperture lever, so is unaffected by the aperture block issue. I meant that I just hadn't had a chance to play with it yet.

Annnywaaay, the MZ7 body turned up, but after having spent 8 on batteries for it, it wouldn't set the shutter, so I assume its got the usual MZ stripped plastic cog issue. Not to worry, as I'd bought it for spares anyway.

The good news is, that the MZ7 has TWO of the white solenoids. I suspect that the majority of MZ series have the same configuration. One for the aperture block and one for the flash raising. I chose to remove the flash one as its easier to get at. The one for the aperture block is soldered onto a ribbon cable, rather than 2 wires like on the K50, so a little harder to get to.

To get at the flash solenoid, remove the bottom plate, remove the lens mount surround, remove the film back (press the upper sprung loaded pin down to release the hinge pin and swing away from the body), remove the two side panels and then remove the top plate (carefully, as there are quite a few wires and ribbon cables in there). All the screws are visible and fairly obvious.The solenoid is located in the top plate and is held in place with one screw. Once released there is enough slack in the wires to withdraw the solenoid and de-solder the wires. I've put the MZ7 back together for now, the only difference is the flash doesnt stay down.
I'm hanging fire on fitting the replacement solenoid to my K50, as its been fine since I sanded off the horseshoe on the original green solenoid.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-29-2015, 06:19 AM  
Bad noise at 100 ISO?
Posted By bigyinn
Replies: 18
Views: 1,658
I think you're looking for a dig when there isn't one. He's merely stating he couldn't do it with a Nikon. He doesnt say, "he couldn't do it with a Nikon, because they're rubbish" does he? He's just making an observation.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 09-25-2015, 04:16 AM  
Is the K-50 a worthy upgrade for the K-r?
Posted By bigyinn
Replies: 14
Views: 1,760
I bought a K50 with the 18-55mm WR lens in March this year, cost me 360 brand new, which I still think was a bargain. (Pentax were doing a 40 cashback deal at the time)
Its a cracking camera and I really enjoy using it. The trouble is Im trying to get a few prime lenses and it could start getting expensive. I've got the DA 50mm f1.8 and it gives me smashing sharp images.
The low light response is bloody good too.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 05-21-2015, 02:14 AM  
Spotmatic D Concept - Somebody fund this please
Posted By bigyinn
Replies: 40
Views: 3,881
And what would the point of it be?
A camera is a tool to take pictures IMO. How it looks is largely irrelevant, although the ergonomics are important. I'd personally miss having a decent hand grip to wrap my fingers around.
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