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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-18-2018, 05:03 PM  
D-FA* 85mm f1.4 also coming
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 1,820
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I would like to do it for you, but shipping from the US to Canada is expensive. I designed the baffle and can print as many as needed. The flat rate for shipping anything to Canada is 35 US Dollars. I think that is ridiculous when I can ship the same thing from Michigan to California for 7 US Dollars.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-17-2018, 07:51 PM  
D-FA* 85mm f1.4 also coming
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 1,820
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My modified 60-260 is a full frame lens. It does not vingette anymore than my Tamron 70-200. It vignettes less than my DFA 28-105. Optically the 60-250 is perfect. If they could open the baffle up and upgrade the SDM motor the lens would be a perfect 10. Modifying the 60-250 is not difficult. It requires removing six screws and using super glue.

K-1 and modified DA*60-250 @ 60mm F4 wide open.

K-1 DA 60-250 60mm F-4.dng_1_2017 by Michael, on Flickr

As for the DFA*85 that is a lens we really need. An updated wide angle prime is a must. The monstrous 15-30 is just not for everyone. I would love to see something along the line of a DFA*20-35 f4 myself.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-15-2018, 05:40 PM  
Interval Shooting
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 11
Views: 536
Interval has different modes, composite, average, and additive. You want to use composite if you are trying to add mutiple exposures together to simulate a long exposure.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-15-2018, 05:36 PM  
RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF HD PENTAX-D FA★50mm F1.4 SDM AW STAR-SERIES LENS
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 927
Views: 56,514
That is interesting to know. I'm not complaining about the DA*55. Just stating my experience with my copy. My Rokinon 85 1.4 is the same way. I actually try and use the wide open soft glow to my advantage. The DFA 85 is the one I'm waiting to see. From what I've seen with the DFA 50 I will not be disappointed.
Forum: Sold Items 08-14-2018, 02:45 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FREE D-LI90 battery with wasabi charger, Pentax remote control and a flash diffuser
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 13
Views: 644
Thanks again for the generous offer. I have the K-01, K3, and K-1 that all use the same battery. I'm always switching batteries out. I may have to go through my stuff. I have lots of stuff I never use.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-14-2018, 02:40 PM  
RICOH ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF HD PENTAX-D FA★50mm F1.4 SDM AW STAR-SERIES LENS
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 927
Views: 56,514
Thank you for the comparison. My copy of the DA 55 does not get really sharp until about f2.2. From f2.8 on it is very sharp. I typically shoot between f2.8-f6.3 with it. On my copy f6.3 seems to be the "sweet" spot. That new DFA 50 sure looks amazing. I'm holding out for the DFA85.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-14-2018, 02:20 PM  
New body or keep K5iis?
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 38
Views: 1,326
It is the ergonomics of the K-1. The button layout and Menus just seem more natural. The articulating screen is a godsend to my poor old aching back. I would probably really enjoy a KP but my K3 has served me well. The K-1 is the camera I've been waiting 10 years for. Also I rarely need the grip on the K-1. It balances well with most lenses. I can use my 60-250 on the K-1 without the grip. The 60-250 gets really unbalanced on the K3 when zoomed all the way out to 250mm. However nothing can really beat the K3 and DA*50-135 for size and IQ.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-14-2018, 02:57 AM  
DPReview manages to do a negative review of the DFA*50
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 265
Views: 13,797
First off, DPReview is full of fan boys and hacks. I have not read a single review in years. They are bought and paid for.

Anyone who says the DA*55 does not work on the K-1 in FF mode has never properly used it.

Rouge River Dam_1_2017.jpg by Michael, on Flickr

I'm excited and thrilled to see new FF primes finally coming out. I will be more excited when the new DFA* 85 comes out.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-13-2018, 05:52 PM  
New body or keep K5iis?
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 38
Views: 1,326
For what it is worth, I use my K-1 way more than my K3. I have problems with all the extra weight but the ergonomics on the K-1 are just so much better than the K3. What keeps my K3 going is the 16-85, DA*50-135, and the DA Limiteds. If I had to chose one it would be the K-1
Forum: Sold Items 08-12-2018, 04:15 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FREE D-LI90 battery with wasabi charger, Pentax remote control and a flash diffuser
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 13
Views: 644
I could definitely use the battery and remote. I have enough chargers already.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-11-2018, 02:21 PM  
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 or SMC Pentax M 85mm f/2?
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 75
Views: 6,125
I have the Rokinon 85mm and it is plenty sharp for me even wide open.

On the K-1wide open. The one thing I do not like about this lens is the minimum focus distance.

Cabin Creek_1_2017.jpg by Michael, on Flickr
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-11-2018, 07:51 AM  
The official K-1 to K-1 Mark II Upgrade Feedback Thread
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 161
Views: 9,737
At this point Richoh should extend the time frame due to their poor planning. I know I would not send my camera in until they actually have the parts. Although it seems they are continually running out of them. So even if they have the parts when you send it, by the time they get the camera they could be out again.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-10-2018, 05:31 PM  
Pentax K10D strange noise?
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 5
Views: 299
Perfectly normal. The K10D makes a fairly loud sound when the sensor moves for dust removal. The other noise is just the capacitors. You can turn off the dust removal at start up off but it is not recommended.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 08-09-2018, 03:20 AM  
Wide angle lenses
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 73
Views: 3,864
Oh yeah I forgot about those. I actually remember trying to find a M20 F4 back years ago. I never did get one. I settled on the 24-50. I liked that one because of the A setting which was very handy my Super Program. I used that Super Program right up till I got my K10D.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 08-08-2018, 06:21 PM  
Wide angle lenses
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 73
Views: 3,864
In the film days I can only think of three lenses that were UWA's. The K15, A20/FA20, and the FA20-35. In those days the 15 and 20mm primes were way out of my price range. They still are today. Many people were talking about the DFA 15-30, which starts out as a UWA. Making a FF lens below 24mm is very difficult and they are not cheap. The widest lens I had back then was an A24-50. I really liked that lens. Now I have a FA 20-35.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-08-2018, 07:45 AM  
Question on new Lenses
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 52
Views: 1,794
At times I think the Tamron 90 is sharper than my DFA 100 WR, but it really is close between the two. I use the DFA 100 WR simply because of the reduced size and weight. Plus the WR and quick shift are definitely a plus. The Tamron has the focus limiter which I miss. Plus with the apeture ring on the Tamron can use extension tubes. Something I really have no interest in anymore. I have seen those Tamron 90's sell for around 200 US Dollars. One other thing with the Tamron is that the front element is so far recessed the use of the hood is essentially unnecessary like the FA 50 macro.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-08-2018, 04:36 AM  
Question on new Lenses
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 52
Views: 1,794
Macro work is an entirely different aspect of photography. Different techniques and different rules. With macro as magnification goes up so does the importance of proper technique. Once you reach full 1:1 life size reproduction forget about shake reduction. Use a tripod or a very high speed shutter. You want use a small apeture say f11 for maximum depth of field. Sometimes I will even use f16-f22. A more complex way is to take mutiple shots a focused at different levels and stack them in software. This is known as focus stacking. If you are looking at an affordable way to get into macro I would suggest the Raynox Raynox DCR-250 reviews - Pentax Camera Accessory Review Database many people love them. A good dedicated macro is nice way to go. The Tamron 90mm macro is an excellent lens and seems to sell for way less than it is worth. I like to use a flash but you need to use one that will be able to utilize high speed sync (HSS) or a shutter speed above 1/180s. I use a Pentax AF540FGZII but they are not cheap. Getting enough light will always be a struggle with macro. I have a portable LED light that I will use to help illuminate my subject. Another way is to use a light box. In macro work focus is critical. On inanimate subjects manual focus in Liveview with magnification is recommended.

Your DA 10-17 is capable of pseudo macro work. It has an extremely close minimum focus distance. This was shot with a K3, DA 10-17, an LED light off the right, and an on board flash with a diffuser. The camera was a small mini tripod.


Motar & Pestle by Michael, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-08-2018, 04:13 AM  
Can anyone identify this lens ? Ricoh ? 400mm 5.6 ?
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 18
Views: 865
Ron if you are ever looking for some long lenses I have quite a few. I really can not use them anymore due to health issues. I really should sell some stuff but I'm lazy :lol:.
Forum: Pentax K-3 08-07-2018, 06:45 PM  
New K-3 owner looking for tips
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 12
Views: 814
Welcome to the forums. I would start by doing a factory reset. This will give you a fresh start. Then I would run through every button and dial to make sure they function properly. Mainly check the 4 way controller and OK button. Then check the Liveview button to see if Liveview mode works, this button can get lodged out of place. Then the Green button, FX button on the front. Make sure both the front and rear dials are functioning properly. Check the battery and SD card doors for any damage. Make sure the cover for the grip is on the bottom of the camera. With the cover off there is direct access to the inner workings of the camera. Once you get your lenses test all autofocus functions. Make sure the camera is reading apeture correctly. If possible set the lens to f11 and take a photo of a clear blue sky. Check the image over at a 1:1 crop for any issues with the sensor such as hot spots or dead pixels. If you do not have the latest firmware update it.

A good start for settings can be found here Pentax K-3 Review - Recommended Settings | PentaxForums.com Reviews .

You can find reviews here and download manuals Pentax K-3 - Pentax K-mount DSLRs - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications .

The latest K3 firmware update can be found here Pentax K-3 Firmware v1.40 Released - Firmware Updates | PentaxForums.com .

The firmware update guide can be found here Pentax Firmware Update Guide - Tutorial Videos | PentaxForums.com .

Congratulations on your new to you camera. I have been buying from Adorama for 30 years. In that time I have only returned two things, both were super easy returns. One was a mislabeled lens and another was a lens with a sticky aperture.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-07-2018, 03:20 PM  
HD PENTAX-D FA* 50mm F1,4 SDM AW beats Sigma 50mm F1,4 DG HSM Art in review
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 47
Views: 5,471
This makes me excited for the DFA 85. That is one lens I would consider buying.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-07-2018, 02:41 PM  
Tamron 17-50 2.8 vs Pentax DA 16-85 3.5-5.6
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 45
Views: 1,918
I have never figured it out either. The DA*16-50 is definitely the weakest of all the DA* lenses. It really is unfortunate because it produces wonder colour rendering and contrast. Honestly I bet there are 18-135's that have better borders. My copy of the 18-135 is not too good between 18-24mm. However it is excellent on the long end. If they ever decide to update the DA* lenses the 16-50 should definitely be first. As for the other DA* lenses just update the motors. If they could make a new version of the 16-50 that matches the IQ of the 28-105 I would buy it instantly. I would not even care if it was constant apeture.

I think this shot shows it well. The tree in the center is so sharp that you can see the individual birds. The corners, especially on the right, well.... For what this lens cost new those birds should better. Fortunately I did not pay that for mine. That shot is at f9, on a tripod using live view and manual focus.


Tree Of Life.jpg by Michael, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-07-2018, 02:32 PM  
Best Portrait Lens? Budget: $600
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 74
Views: 2,261
For portraits I could recommend the DA*55, DA70 Limited(overlooked at times it seems), and the DA* 50-135. The DA*50-135 is simply one of the best lenses I own. The used prices right now are an extreme bargain. The lens has no focal lengths were it is weakest. It is sharp right through the entire range. The DA*55 was designed to compete with 85 1.4 on full frame. The classic portrait focal length. I love my DA*55 and use it on my K-1 all time. Since you are not looking at the K-1 the DA 70 may be a better way to go. Much, much cheaper and a fantastic lens. All of the FA Limiteds are highly regarded and for good reason. However with that high recognition comes high prices. I have the Tamron 70-200 but that is twice the size of the 50-135 and a bit long on the narrow end for indoor portraits on ASP-C.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-07-2018, 02:19 PM  
Question on new Lenses
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 52
Views: 1,794
To replace the 10-17 you have several options. The Sigma 8-16, Pentax 12-24, Sigma 12-24, Tamron 12-24, and the Sigma 10-20 (two versions). You can find reviews and comparisons here DA 12-24mm vs Sigma and Tamron 10-24mm Comparison Review - Introduction | PentaxForums.com Reviews and here Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 vs F4.0-5.6 Review - Introduction | PentaxForums.com Reviews .

The Sigma 8-16 will get you shots no other lens can. It however is very unforgiving of poor composition, especially below 10mm. Also no pentax body will read a focal length below 10mm. The Sigma 12-24 does very well on ASP-C bodies since it covers the full frame image circle. I find it delivers less distortion than my 8-16. However the 8-16 is more compact and has silent focus, so I usually end up with that. Like the 10-17, the 8-16 has no provision for filters on the front. There is a slot on the rear element for gel filters. I have never owned the Pentax 12-24 but it is a very highly regarded lens. I sold my Sigma 10-20 when I purchased my 8-16. The Sigma 10-20 is definitely worth considering. Member Kengoh uses one on his K-1 and just amazes me with his images. The 10-20 has two versions, one with screwdrive and a 77mm filter and the other with an in lens motor and 82mm filter.

All of the DA Limiteds are still in production. The have been upgraded to HD versions with newer coatings and rounded apeture blades. The SMC versions were discontinued. All my versions are the SMC versions. The DA 15 is the only Limited that is an ultra wide angle. It offers unparalleled flare resistance. The DA 15 is one of the few lenses I can just point directly at the sun and not worry. The DA21 has better borders but there is a huge difference between 15mm and 21mm on ASP-C. I will admit I use the 21 more than the 15 but there are times when the 15 is the only lens that will get the shot. There also is the DA 14 2.8. This is an often overlooked lens. I never owned one but I know others who love it. It is fairly large with a 77mm front element. The DA 14 is also still in production.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-07-2018, 01:25 PM  
Tamron 17-50 2.8 vs Pentax DA 16-85 3.5-5.6
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 45
Views: 1,918
My 16-50 has better center sharpness than my 16-85. However the 16-85 has better borders. There are times when f2.8 is definitely handy. I had a copy of the Sigma 17-50 but I preferred the color rendering of the 16-50. I primarily use the16-85 now. My 16-50 took a fall so it is not in the best shape. If I had to pick one I would get the 16-85. Unless you really need the constant f2.8 apeture the 16-85 is the way to go. Used 16-50's are going for cheaper than the 16-85 though. I did a comparison between the 16-50, 16-85, 18-135, and 28-105. The clear winner for me was the DFA28-105, that little lens just blows me away. Next was the 16-50, 16-85, and the 18-135. In the real world, stopped down, all these lens will produce excellent shots. The 16-50 and 16-85 were about tied. However for a one in all walkaround lens the 18-135 can not be beat. I typically will take my K3, the 16-85, 55-300, and sometimes the 10-17. With those I am covered for about anything and the weight does not break my back.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-07-2018, 01:08 PM  
60-250mm Autocus action isn't smooth
Posted By Scorpio71GR
Replies: 14
Views: 510
Seems fairly normal to me. My copy will briefly hesitate during a long focus throw. The SDM motors were never known for their lighting speed. My old Tamron 70-200 2.8 blows the my 60-250 away in focus speed. But I like the 60-250 too much to care. Between the two lenses, the 60-250 is always the one I grab first.
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