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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 3 Days Ago  
How to repair an FA* 24mm
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 7
Views: 381
That is my current approach, and as I said I am fairly satisfied with the lens under these circumstances.
I just asked here in case someone had experienced a similar issue, but so far I guess not.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
How to repair an FA* 24mm
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 7
Views: 381
Dear friends,
I got a very good deal (too good to pass) on a well-used FA*24mm.
So far I like the output of the lens and it works well in AF mode despite quite a bit of dust in the rear group.

However, I have a problem with the focusing ring when in "Manual" position:
Each time I reach the end of the focus scale there is a very soft stop (much lighter than on any DA lens I know; in fact it is only barey noticeable) and then it is really difficult to get the focus ring to "engage" again and drag the focus back within the scale. More often than not, I need to play with the clutch mechanism and/or squeeze the barrel quite hard while turning back. I'm not sure if that is clear?
For instance, focusing out, I will inadvertently go further than infinity with the ring; the scale and actual focus stay at infinity; and then turning back left, nothing happens and the lens stays stuck at infinity until I manage to re-engage it again. The same can happen at the close end of the scale.
Note that, as long as I stay within the scale, I have usually no issues at all. And AF has no problem at all either.

Does that ring a bell with anyone? Is that a common issue on FA*s with their "elaborate" mechanism? Is there a known fix?
Thanks :)
Forum: General Photography 5 Days Ago  
Ebay prices gone bananas - what are the alternatives?
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 24
Views: 959
I buy basically all my stuff used.
I don't know about Sweden, but here in France there are several generalist "classifieds" type websites, the most famous is called I check that with a standard "Pentax" keyword search on a regular basis.
There is also (the EU site is based in Germany I think). And also most large camera gear distributors have their own "used" section in their e-shops.
As you said, the marketplace here is also very good. Sometimes even importing from US and adding transport and VAT is still cheaper than buying in EU (that was the case for my 28-105, I have still not fould a better price yet months later).
But don't discard Ebay entirely, I have been getting some very good deals (even very recently, 200€ for a FA*24mm, domestically). For the "big stuff" (bodies, lenses), just focus on the auctions, rather than buy-it-now. Sometimes it works!
The key is to be patient, and to avoid being afraid of letting go of a potentially good deal. Inevitably good deals pop up here and there if you can wait :)
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 01-14-2022, 05:32 AM  
For Sale: Pentax original "F/FA-style" front cap, 67mm
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 0
Views: 285 Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax original "F/FA-style" front cap, 67mm

Asking Price
9.00 EUR

Item Location
Bourgoin Jallieu (France)

Item Description
This is a vintage item now (90's). Good condition, despite slight marks of use on the plastic. Springs work as intended.
Diameter 67mm, ideal for completing your Pentax FA 20mm, FA* 24mm, FA* 85mm, FA* 200mm, FA* 300mm, FA* 28-70mm, FA 24-90mm, FAJ 18-35mm...
Any question please feel free to ask.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?

Are you selling or trading this item?

Item Condition (Key)

Shipping Destinations

Shipping Charge
to FR: included in price; abroad: please enquire

Shipping Services
La Poste/public postal services

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
No returns please, this is pretty straightforward!

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-11-2022, 12:43 AM  
Advice Needed: K-70 or K-3 II
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 15
Views: 635
Hi, I can't comment first hand on the K-70, never used one. It seems a fine camera but reliability is lower than on higher-tier bodies, the solenoid failure seems to be a real and widespread issue.
I used to have and love a K-3II, and can really vouch for that body. If you don't miss the onboard flash, there is nothing not to like IMO. My main arguments for getting this body were:

The GPS especially was new in that generation, although I can't say I "need" it, I still like to have all my shots geotagged and be able to find back a nice off-path location years later (or the reverse: find all pictures taken in a certain area easily).
I can add that it is really rugged and comfortable to use, and takes D-LI90 batteries same as your K-5II.
You can see my conclusion is clear ;) The only thing I think you may miss from the K-70 is the flippy screen (which for me doesn't matter, but might be important to you).

Now, take a step back: do you really need to upgrade? What are you looking to improve? Because the K-5II is still a fine camera today... The K-3II is faster and has higher resolution, but I did not find my pictures to be improved from the switch. If I had not "lost" my K-5 back in 2017, I probably would have skipped the K-3II generation and gone straight to K-1 :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-08-2022, 09:38 AM  
Oops, I did it again
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 16
Views: 793
Alright, lens received today! :):):)
Looks like there was no real catch, apparently I just got lucky.
The hood and both original caps were included, glass is clean, the lens is functional and in correct condition, save for a few minor issues: 1) obviously comes from a smoking environment (smells and sticks); 2) a little "dust party" is going on in the rear group; 3) the silver plate surrounding the focus scale window is loose/unglued on one side; and 4) the focus ring in "manual mode" is tricky (it seems when I turn right, it always move towards infinity as intended, but turning left, if I don't squeeze it enough with my hand, it will not move the focus scale at all; is that a known/common issue?)
All these are not preventing me from using the lens comfortably in AF mode :)
There is wear on the paint but less than in many other units I saw being sold at higher prices.

Other design choices that annoy me already: the color, obviously (but why, Pentax, why???); the hood attaching mechanism that is much more complex than usual (sometimes less is more, Pentax!); the "FA-style" 67mm front cap that is really hard to remove without detaching the hood (itself not easy to manoeuver....); the AF/MF mechanism (tbh I would have preferred the "basic FA style" where you simply disengage the AF on the body, again, less can be more).

On the positive side, the size and weight make for a nice balance with my K-1, the all-metal body feels sturdy and durable; AF is quick (not sure about reliability yet); F2 is nice indoor and bokeh looks pretty.
I can't comment yet on image quality, I'll need more time to get familiar with it and probably post a comparison with the A 24!

So, all in all, I think I'll survive :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-06-2022, 07:08 AM  
Oops, I did it again
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 16
Views: 793
Yes, it does not looks pristine (scratches on the silver as always) but all accessories are present :)

I'm actually getting fairly excited about it (funny, it's the first time I have this peak excitement after purchase instead of before) and I'll make sure to report back here when I receive it!
Interesting to hear about your 20-35 experience, it goes against the general consensus that led me to believe this could be "the" wide angle to rule them all. Anyway, I won't be getting one very soon now :)
If that FA*24 gives satisfaction it could be my wide for years to come!

---------- Post added 06-01-22 at 15:10 ----------

Enjoy :) I'll do "wide-angle spring" in the meantime...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-06-2022, 02:03 AM  
Oops, I did it again
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 16
Views: 793
Right now I need to be strong and tell myself it's all going to be OK in the end... thanks for your kind words :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-06-2022, 01:03 AM  
Oops, I did it again
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 16
Views: 793
So I guess it's a common issue on this forum... I'm just here to confess that I bought a lens by accident, again.
This time, as I was looking for a wide-angle option cheaper than the DFA21 that I didn't win despite my dedication, I was acutally thinking of a FA 20-35 but they are few in good condition.
And I stumbled on a FA* 24mm at 199, with no bidders. I bid only up the starting price, a few hours before closure, thinking for sure someone would get this one at close to 300. But, what happened? I got the email from Ebay that my purchase was confirmed :lol:
Oops, sorry :confused: Well I'm not taking a big risk anyway at this price, I'll test it against my current A 24 and resell the one like least (even the less costly option should go for close to 200).
Forum: Contest Voting 01-03-2022, 02:46 AM  
2021 photo contest December
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 16
Views: 128
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Contest Voting 01-03-2022, 02:46 AM  
And all was lost in snowy murk ...
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 66
Views: 327
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Contest Voting 01-03-2022, 02:44 AM  
Frosty and the Reindeer, Performing Rum Balls and Bokeh Balls
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 19
Views: 140
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Sold Items 01-03-2022, 01:26 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax-FA 28-70mm f4
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 3
Views: 689
Happy New Year to all viewers :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-23-2021, 03:39 AM  
Birthday lens :D
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 44
Views: 1,524
I second that suggestion 100% :)
Only one problem, you might miss the imperfections you're looking for.
The 55* and 70 Ltd are both lovely options as well, with your setup I would actually favour the 70 as a very sound second choice.
The 18-135 is nice, it's a practical and convenient tool, but IMO does not have that "birthday/pleasure" touch!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-21-2021, 04:01 AM  
Testing the K&F Concept magnetic Black Diffusion filters
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 7
Views: 620
I didn't even know these were a thing; I like the idea of playing with filters on principle but I find that in practice, I have trouble thinking of using even a simple circular polariser :)
Anyway, thanks for the informative post!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-21-2021, 03:56 AM  
Getting Into Photography
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 20
Views: 601
Welcome to the forums, very nice story to read.
I hope you can soon find a nicely-used K-70 to complete your kit :)
A suggestion: depending on your priorities (and budget), you might also look for a used K-5IIs or K-3, these higher-tier bodies are older but maybe more reliable and offering some additional perks! Check out the reviews here...
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-20-2021, 11:47 PM  
hello all
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 10
Views: 257
Hello and welcome to the Forums :)
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 12-20-2021, 09:50 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 33,557
Views: 3,286,856
That is a well-named lake :)
Hypnotic shot!
Forum: Sold Items 12-20-2021, 12:07 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax-A 100mm f2.8
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 2
Views: 566
Sale pending (to Christian)
Forum: Sold Items 12-20-2021, 12:07 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax-FA 28-70mm f4
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 3
Views: 689
Here's a bump
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-20-2021, 12:06 AM  
HD Pentax 21mm Limited Giveaway: Post here to enter the raffle! (Nov 22 - Dec 29)
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 2,957
Views: 40,313
And... cut
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-20-2021, 12:05 AM  
To those who don't think the K-70 will improve your photography...
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 52
Views: 1,968
Ahah exact same situation here :)
A K-70 as backup body/lighter kit would be 'nice to have', but isn't likely to improve my photography (in fact, probably nothing that can be bought will ;))
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-20-2021, 12:03 AM  
Underwater photography?
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 8
Views: 465
My only experience with underwater photography is with an Olympus TG-4 point and shoot, bought used for €120.
That's nice and fun for 'casual underwater', such as kayaking, beach activities etc. Probably not fit for diving, and the image quality of course cannot compare to that from a DSLR...
As you already have a GoPro, I'd suggest experimenting with that first without buying any additional gear (it is waterproof isn't it?); then see where you are limited and what more do you need :)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-19-2021, 11:57 PM  
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 12
Views: 285
Hi and welcome to the forums. What world would that be?
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 12-17-2021, 08:52 AM  
Howdy, y'all
Posted By victordeamorin
Replies: 17
Views: 392
Hello and welcome from France :)
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