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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-23-2021, 09:03 AM  
Lens, filter cleaning with soap and water
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 12
Views: 3,685
I use either the Zeiss (in the packets) or fluid and Kimwipes, like these: Kimwipes 4.4x8.4 ? CineStill Film
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-16-2021, 08:04 AM  
Pentax M 35mm F2.8: stop down and sticky aperture issues?
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 5
Views: 483
Thanks for the info. I'll probably forgo repairing it (my repair bill went into the purchase of a 31mm not long ago, and was actually thinking of selling the 35mm as a result).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-15-2021, 07:27 PM  
Pentax M 35mm F2.8: stop down and sticky aperture issues?
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 5
Views: 483
I was using this lens today on a K-3ii. In M mode, using the green button would show some DOF and stopping down in the OVF, but the resultant pictures were too bright. I pushed the aperture up to F22; same result. Peering through the lens it looked like it was only partially closing the aperture on each shot, say to 5.6 or so. Taking the lens off, and stopping it down, I notice that if I open it with the lever, and then let it close down, it closes quite slowly. Like it's sticky, although it is pretty even. WAY slower than the snap back with my other M lenses.

Any fix or work around? Not sure now if I'm even getting 3.5 out of it.
Forum: Sold Items 08-19-2021, 01:03 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax Yellow Q7 with matching 02 zoom and Sliver 06 Zoom (Lower Price!)
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 8
Views: 1,798
PM sent….
Forum: Sold Items 08-15-2021, 07:08 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K3 Mark II SILVER LE
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 1
Views: 559
PM sent.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-06-2021, 11:35 AM  
Pentax lenses; determining if Av capable vs M mode
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 3
Views: 514
Doh! You're right. I must have left it in M. You can hear it stop down when the green button is pushed, so the absence of that should have alerted me that it was working the same as the others.

So sorry...my bad. Never mind,
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-06-2021, 11:07 AM  
Pentax lenses; determining if Av capable vs M mode
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 3
Views: 514
From just looking at the lenses how does one determine if it requires setting the camera in M mode, vs being able to use Av (or P)?

My SMC Pentax M 35mm f2.8 lens and SMC Pentax 28mm f3.5 only work in M. But my smc Pentax M 200mm F4 works in P/Av.

I can keep it straight by marking those, but now I'm curious about why some only work in M but not Av. None have the auto-aperture setting.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 05-13-2021, 11:28 AM  
Scanner Software Suggestions?
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 12
Views: 751
I'd take vrphoto's suggestion and use Negative Lab Pro ($99US) and the K-50 to digitize them.

I once used Vuescan, but find the interface rather ugh, although once you get some settings it's fine. And it does work with everything. But scanning is soooooo slow compared to using the camera, especially when getting things set up. Every rescan seems to take longer. And longer. And longer. I use a 100mm macro on my K-1ii and it works great for 35mm; I use an older iPad for a backlight and an old scanner neg holder held just above the iPad.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 07-21-2020, 03:28 PM  
I Came Back To The K-1 And I'm Glad I Did!
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 26
Views: 3,590
Nice discussion.

I like using different bodies about as well as I do different lenses. Sometimes even Pentax lenses on my M43 bodies (harder to go the other way). Some of the bodies are quite old (2010?) and yet they all work. In fact the differences are not nearly as great as all the blather would lead one to believe; as long as they've got a shutter button and can get the image to my computer they work great.

But I do appreciate using an optical viewfinder at times; I think Pentax is right about that. I love my EVF cameras too, but sometimes it's just a nicer experience to use it.

It reminds me of my car friends. They're all gearheads, and while they'll certainly argue one is better than another for certain things, etc, they all love them all. They'd take ANYTHING out there onto the track, even a lawnmower. I sometimes wish we had the forum equivalent of a LeMons race: you could only post pictures if the camera + lens cost say $100US or less. Force everyone back to basics.
Forum: Ask B&H Photo! 06-16-2020, 08:50 AM  
I won't ever shop with B&H again
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 6
Views: 1,863
Thank you for the apology. I'll respond when I've received a refund.
Forum: Ask B&H Photo! 06-08-2020, 08:42 AM  
I won't ever shop with B&H again
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 6
Views: 1,863
You're not silly, you just didn't note the dates. Events moved on since my original post. But yeah, if the mods want to remove it, fine with me. I can review them elsewhere.
Forum: Ask B&H Photo! 06-07-2020, 04:48 PM  
I won't ever shop with B&H again
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 6
Views: 1,863
Thanks, but I have already dealt with and corresponded with several people who work there, and aside from getting my money back the transaction is over. Bought the equipment from other sources.
Forum: Ask B&H Photo! 06-05-2020, 07:38 AM  
I won't ever shop with B&H again
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 6
Views: 1,863
I've bought lots of computer and photo equipment from B&H over the years, but a recent order has soured me on them forever. Basically they tried to rip me off, got caught, and refused to honor the sale.

I bought a used package with camera, lens, and viewfinder.

But when I received it, I discovered they'd sent an inferior viewfinder and inferior lens (probably well over $200 difference in price new).

When I pointed out the "error" in the VF, they offered a $35 credit. Way less than the original difference in price, but fine, they're hard to find.

Then I requested they send me the correct lens. They have several in stock, used, and I could send back the incorrect one. But no; the supervisor refused. He said they couldn't send a more expensive lens...despite the fact that is this EXACTLY the lens they advertised, that I bought and paid for. In other words, they refused to honor their contract even though they had the goods.

This isn't a misprint or error in price, this is an attempt to sell one thing and substitute cheaper goods. It's sleazy.

I'll off course return the whole package, and all the other items I ordered at the same time, but I'm down with them. There are other sellers that don't attempt to cheat their customers.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 05-29-2020, 01:38 PM  
Astronomik Clip-Filter for Pentax K-1
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 23
Views: 2,027
Can't say I disagree. I have converted mirrorless and they're great. Even some lens that have hot spots on other bodies don't on mine. I do have a converted K-01, but it has trouble with some lenses. Mirrorless also doesn't have the same hassles with VF, focusing, etc.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 05-28-2020, 02:49 PM  
Astronomik Clip-Filter for Pentax K-1
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 23
Views: 2,027
Ever try gels? I've mounted them in adapters I use with M43 converted cameras for fisheyes, etc, and works semi-OK. The big wides don't have the sharpness of some of my other lenses, so a decent compromise. Some tape the gel on the back of the lens, but my lens has a bit of a bulge back there. I use a K-01 too. Having a flapping mirror would of course complicate matters.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-09-2020, 10:17 AM  
Georga Pass storm
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 19
Views: 455
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-09-2020, 10:17 AM  
A morning rain with a colorful sunrise
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 7
Views: 603
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-09-2020, 10:17 AM  
Downpour on the Wet Mountains
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 14
Views: 630
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Winners' Showcase 04-09-2020, 10:16 AM  
March, 2020 Third Place: Microburst with Dust Wall
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 82
Views: 1,663
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-09-2020, 10:16 AM  
Storm over Riva
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 40
Views: 739
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-09-2020, 10:15 AM  
Splash
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 39
Views: 804
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 04-09-2020, 10:15 AM  
Stormy sunset above La Rochelle - FRANCE
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 8
Views: 271
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 03-04-2020, 09:29 AM  
Morning storm near Jensen, UT
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 12
Views: 315
Morning storm near Jensen, UT
Forum: Pentax K-01 01-21-2020, 09:29 AM  
Thanks to those who recommended this camera; got one used
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 10
Views: 1,566
Yeah, I've got that lens and it does work well.

I've also been using the 18-135mm 3.5/5.6, and that works very well. Doesn't seem to have the infrared hot spot that has been reported elsewhere at least on the K-01. The Pentax F 35-70mm 3.5 also produces good results.

As noted elsewhere, I just wish I could figure out a way to get a gel filter inside it behind the lens.
Forum: Pentax K-01 01-18-2020, 05:04 PM  
Thanks to those who recommended this camera; got one used
Posted By Oakland Rob
Replies: 10
Views: 1,566
The infrared certainly helps with that :D
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