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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 18 Hours Ago  
My top ten favorite lenses and the honorable mentions
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 30
Views: 1,122
I think we all know the DA15 isn't clinically sharp. Even at F11 the edges fail to catch up. My Sigma 8-16 is definitely sharper in the corners, but the 15 is the world flare champion:




Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
My top ten favorite lenses and the honorable mentions
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 30
Views: 1,122
My top ten list is just a list alternating between the DA15 and FA77.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
Why do my night photos look pastel
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 19
Views: 733
Nothing wrong with these a bit of post-processing won't fix. This is a 5 minute job in lightroom. Just pushed the sliders around a bit in the Tone section to flatten it out a bit, then dropped saturation and vibrance. You can spend a little more time and dial it in more how you like it. Sorry about watermarking it with my name...it's an automatic thing from my Lightroom publish, and I'll just delete this after you've had a chance to see it.

Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 3 Days Ago  
" UP UP AND AWAY IN [ THE ] BEAUTIFUL BALLOON " Photo OP in Albuquerque
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 3
Views: 350
It is a wonderful event.

Bring a WIIIIIIDE lens. Preferably a fisheye.

KS2_1104.jpg by Kozlok1, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-16-2019, 08:34 AM  
Ideas needed for broken screw on Pentax Spotmatic
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 20
Views: 658
I’ve used screw extractors of every sort many times. The Vampliers beat them all every time. They have a concave set of teeth that really grab well. Unless there’s not any length of the shaft to grab, then I’d drill a hole and use the old fashioned extractor. You’ll need a left handed extractor though.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-16-2019, 07:58 AM  
Ideas needed for broken screw on Pentax Spotmatic
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 20
Views: 658
Vampliers. A tool with a stupid name but they are awesome at this. Once you own a pair you will use them constantly.

Vampire Professional Tools International VMPVT-001-7LN Vampliers 7LN, 7.5" Long Nose - - amazon.com?tag=pentaxforums-20&


Also, you may have a left handed screw there. It’s that way on an old Canon I took apart. Look carefully or ask someone who’s done this before proceeding.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-15-2019, 10:40 AM  
K-1 vs 645D Image Comparison Test in Rocky Mountain National Park
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 15
Views: 1,107
Thank you, nice work all around. One thing to note is that BigMackCam has a Lightroom preset that mimics CCD colors for a CMOS camera. You can download that HERE. I have that preset and use it frequently. It will close a lot of the difference in those images. The K-1 images also look like if you used Lightroom's dehaze function by just a tiny bit, it would add some of that same pop. But I agree with you, the CCD images have a wonderful look to them. The advantages of CMOS really only show up at higher ISO settings.





You could start a free Flickr account, post the full-sized shots on Flickr, and then use the BBCode paste function to display them here, then we could just click on the photos to be taken to the full sized versions on Flickr.

PM me if you want to do that and need some help. It's actually quite easy.

I've pasted one of my Flickr photos here so you can see how it works, just click on the image, and you'll be taken to my Flickr page.

ZOOM.... (EXPLORED) by Kozlok1, on Flickr

---------- Post added 09-15-19 at 11:59 AM ----------

As an example, I took the last shot on the bottom (the K-1 version), and applied BigMackCam's CCD profile, and added about +7 dehaze. It would be even closer if I'd added about +5 or so to Saturation. Here's what it looks like:

Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 09-15-2019, 10:27 AM  
For Sale: Zenit Mir 1:3.5 20mm
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 4
Views: 572
I'd get it, but my cabinet is full, and I've just acquired the Takumar 35mm/2.3, the 55-300 PLM and the Sigma 18-35, and haven't spent any time with any of the three...Unlike you, my time exploring M42 is nowhere near at an end.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-15-2019, 09:02 AM  
Hello again! I am a re-born Pentaxian!
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 14
Views: 357
First of all, welcome back!

I'm assuming you mean the 18-50 compact lens? The 16-50 is the large DA* f2.8 lens. The 18-50 is the small, significantly less expensive compact lens. Personally, I found that lens to be a nice one, but I don't mind the weight of the much larger 16-50, so I sold the 18-50 and kept the 16-50. I'd say the 18-50 takes better photos than the 18-135 you had, but of course has significantly less zoom range. If you find you are missing out on the telephoto end, the 55-300 in any of its versions is a nice addition to the 18-50. The oldest DA versions of that lens are actually quite inexpensive on the used market.

Some of my shots with the compact 18-50:


KS2_2296.jpg by kozlok2, on Flickr

KS2_2295.jpg by kozlok2, on Flickr

KS2_2291.jpg by kozlok2, on Flickr

KS2_2289.jpg by kozlok2, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-14-2019, 07:27 AM  
Traveling with DA* 50-135 or 55-300 PLM?
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 13
Views: 651
I've drug my 55-300 all over the place, almost never use it. If I know I need telephoto, I figure out a way to take the Tamron 70-200. I've thought about getting the 50-135, but like you, I'm afraid it would just stay home because it's too heavy. Especially now that I've added the Sigma 18-35/1.8 to my bag, it's gotten very heavy already.

My two favorites with the 55-300 (HD/WR)
KS2_9902.jpg by Kozlok1, on Flickr

KS2_2867.jpg by Kozlok1, on Flickr
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-13-2019, 09:36 PM  
Safely remove glue from lens bezel?
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 10
Views: 423
My daughter is in the movie business. The do this kind of thing to hide the brands on objects appearing in scenes. They usually use gaffer tape, but that looks like epoxy based on a casual look. Probably permanent if so. If it’s a less invasive substance, try poking at it with an X-acto blade.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-13-2019, 06:42 AM  
Wanted: An effective writing pen
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 21
Views: 699
The problem with paint or a label is something coming off and getting all over inside your SD slot. I wouldn’t do either of those.

Another choice would be to only remove one at a time, load them onto your computer, then put them back.
Forum: Pentax K-70 09-12-2019, 08:16 PM  
K-70 vs K-S2 at 6400 and 12800?
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 7
Views: 509
Hadn't even thought of that. Looking at the Studio Scene comparison on DPR, I'd say it's about a stop and a half for RAW files. ISO 12800 RAW on the K-70 is better than 6400 on the K-S2, but not quite as good as 3200 on the K-S2.

That's the worst answer for me. If it were 2 full stops, this would be a no-brainer. But with it being a stop and a half, and the "half" looks to be NR from the accelerator, which I can replicate in lightroom, that means it's probably a real 1 stop improvement. I suppose if I could pick one up cheap, I could keep the K-S2 as a good-light backup body.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 09-12-2019, 07:15 PM  
Wanted: An effective writing pen
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 21
Views: 699
Or buy different brand cards for each camera. A Sony for one, Samsung for the other, etc.
Forum: Pentax K-70 09-12-2019, 07:03 PM  
K-70 vs K-S2 at 6400 and 12800?
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 7
Views: 509
I read the PF review of the K-70, and they have great comparison images of K-70 vs K-S2 at ISO 51200, but I find that ISO useless in both cases. What I'd really like to see is an ISO 3200, 6400 and 12800 comparison, in lighting conditions that would typically call for these ISO settings.

Has anyone seen this as a direct comparison; same lens, same subject, same lighting?

I'm trying to decide if upgrading to a K-70 makes any sense at all. I'm quite happy with my K-S2 until ISO climbs to 6400 or higher. Those are usable as snapshots, but not really what I'd call great. I'd like to see about 1 1/2 stops better to make me feel that I'd gotten my money's worth.

I've recently acquired a Sigma 18-35, and I'm also hopeful that the handling would be better with the better grip of the K-70.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-12-2019, 06:35 PM  
"Ricoh/Pentax has no plans to announce a new camera this fall"
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 472
Views: 22,249
I was looking at film cameras in the database, and saw phrases like “in production for 15 years”. I think we are just returning to normal.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-09-2019, 04:55 AM  
Upcoming Paris trip
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 3
Views: 193
Are you looking to buy lenses in Paris? Paris is one of the most expensive cities in the world, not where I’d go to buy anything I could get at home.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-08-2019, 05:52 PM  
Super-Tak 35mm f/3.5 - 1st & 2nd versions?
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 4
Views: 463
I'm guessing no one will know. I'd take a stab that making it go to f22 increased cost in some way. Maybe just some little stupid thing, but somehow that was costing them money.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-08-2019, 05:35 PM  
DA 17-70mm - $192
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 9
Views: 1,020
Most reviewers seem quite pleased with the image quality. The only negative thing people say is that the SDM is failure-prone. I'd hope the latest copies of this lens were much better in that department, but Ricoh has been silent on when, and if, anything was improved.

I've not had any experience with the Pentax 17-70, but I would point out that the various Sigma 17-70s are quite nice, and available used very cheaply, and do not have an SDM failure reputation. There are V1s on the auction site under $100, and a bunch under $150.
Forum: Ricoh GR 09-08-2019, 03:43 PM  
As my Ricoh GR is in its last breaths, a "thank you for the awesome journey" post
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 10
Views: 976
Thank you for sharing
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-06-2019, 11:27 AM  
New or Used DA zoom lens for K3II camera
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 13
Views: 665
Please be more specific about what you don't like about that lens' focusing ability. In order of preference for zoom lenses, I would pick the Pentax 16-85, the Sigma 17-70, the Pentax 18-135. The 18-135 is the most versatile, the 16-85 has the best image quality. If you don't want a silent focus motor at all, and insist on screw drive, the V1 Sigma 17-70 is quite nice, and quite cheap used. This one: Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC Macro Lens Reviews - Sigma Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database

If you want to take the next step up in IQ, with still less versatility, the Sigma 17-50/2.8 is available quite cheaply these days. I wouldn't recommend the 16-50 Pentax for you because the SDM is unreliable. I use the 16-50 and live with that risk because I insist on WR, so that's a choice, too.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-04-2019, 04:33 AM  
How do you decide what lens to use . . . . ???
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 46
Views: 1,600
I don’t sell many! And I chose based on my mood. I do like the Single-In challenge where you take one shot every day for a month with one lens. Those months I tend to only shoot that lens.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-01-2019, 11:43 AM  
Will Pentax ever be able to get a stellar review of it's focusing speed?
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 41
Views: 2,519
A different perspective: For my purposes, Pentax autofocus is generally great. I do have a few really amazing shots, in that perfect moment, with amazing light, that missed focus, so end up unusable. From what I gather, Sony's autofocus system set on AFC would have nailed most of those shots and I'd have had a few real winners. This alone has not tempted me to change systems (there are negatives to each system, after all), but it has come very close.

So if Pentax had an amazing AFC system, I'd have just a few extra great shots. However, a great AFC system would garner a much better set of reviews, which would make the brand more popular, giving Ricoh more money to spend on R&D, resulting in better cameras, better lenses, more choices, and a more certain future. That's what I really care about, getting Pentax noticed so we can expand the Pentax empire and keep them in business for another 100 years.
Forum: Sold Items 08-31-2019, 11:14 AM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC Pentax K 28mm f/3.5 lens, with case and caps -- Excellent Condition
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 2
Views: 527
PM sent with offer.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-26-2019, 08:29 PM  
What is your favorite prime?
Posted By Kozlok
Replies: 47
Views: 2,527
For me, it's a tie between the 15mm and 43mm. Those two are all I go out with quite often.
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