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Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-04-2020, 11:50 AM  
16-50 2.8 focus ring stuck
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 3
Views: 648
Thanks, Iím crossing my fingers itís an easy fix
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-03-2020, 01:39 PM  
16-50 2.8 focus ring stuck
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 3
Views: 648
Hey everyone,

A seal seems to have come loose inside my lens and jammed up the focusing ring.
Has anyone ever had something like this happen to them and if so, how much was the repair?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-03-2015, 07:53 PM  
Travel Bonzai riding.
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 8
Views: 868
I totally see it, great picture!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 06-03-2015, 07:16 PM  
Night Trifecta
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 3
Views: 871
After arriving at the cabin at about one thirty on a Saturday morning after a long day at work, and having just finished unpacking the car I looked out over the lake to see the Milky Way and very faintly the northern lights. Promising my wife I just wanted to take one picture, I grabbed my camera and my tripod and ran down to the beach. The one picture I took was a combination of twelve thirty second exposures stitched together :o but I'd say I'm right on a technicality. The shooting star was a lucky accident, there was actually a second one right through the Milky Way, but it got lost somewhere in all the layers.

I did learn a couple of lessons with this picture, which was my second attempt at the Milky Way and my second attempt at a DIY panorama.

1. Don't go overboard with the ballhead. It can have some really weird effects, especially with wide angles. I wound up with a wonkily curved horizon and ludicrous distortion. Next time I'll try figure out some kind of slider maybe.

2. Turn the lights off in the house. Duh.

3. Auto panorama isn't as easy as it sounds.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-01-2015, 05:56 PM  
Macro Evarcha proszynskii
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 4
Views: 847
Evarcha proszynskii by hpstoogie, on Flickr

Evarcha proszynskii by hpstoogie, on Flickr

This is, without a doubt, my favourite species of jumping spider I've ever found. They're fairly subdued looking, with the exception of their brilliant green eyes. This little guy was only about 5mm long.


I'm still getting to know the 100mm WR, I love the extra working distance over the 50mm, but the lack of an aperture ring on it is making me wish for a set of extension tubes with contacts.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-12-2015, 02:43 AM  
HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6ED DC AW
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 1,426
Views: 240,001
60-250 is a crop lens
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-03-2015, 02:07 PM  
K-3 Durability Test
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 14
Views: 2,151
I'm in no way suggesting that anyone else does this, and I'd obviously never do it myself, but I wouldn't say this is any more or less stupid than what Digital Rev did to the Canon 7D. It's good to see though what kinds of situations the camera can handle, in that if it survives being thrown into a pile of mud, dropped in a puddle, rolled in a sandbox, and rinsed off under a tap it will probably do just fine if I take it out in the rain. It's hard to determine the limitations of a system if you never exceed them.
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-30-2015, 05:53 PM  
K-3 Durability Test
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 14
Views: 2,151
I stumbled across this video of these guys chucking their K3 around. That weather sealing!

















You Tube



Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-30-2015, 04:20 PM  
Tamron 70-200 with K3
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 25
Views: 2,718
I find that the Tamron 70-200 focuses very quickly and accurately on the K3, much quicker than it does on the K5. It also hunts a heck of a lot less.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-30-2015, 04:07 PM  
Re: DA* 16-50 SDM Updated Reliability
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 24
Views: 3,178
I've had my 16-50 for about six months now, and it's still going strong. I used to have the Tamron, which was admittedly a little sharper, but the 16-50 is better in literally (almost) every other way. Colors, contrast, build quality, focusing accuracy, not to mention the WR. I was a little dismayed the first time I snapped an image with it and zoomed in to 100% in that I couldn't see pores and tiny hairs as clearly as I could with the Tamron, but I've since come to realize that there's a heck of a lot more to image quality than straight sharpness.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-09-2015, 02:21 AM  
DA*16-50 vs DA 20-40 WR
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 22
Views: 7,728
I own the 16-50, and have tried the 20-40, and I'd take the DA* for the constant aperture alone (it's a real pain when you've got to change settings every time you zoom in). Additionally, the 16-50 is longer, wider, apparently better sealed, and isn't really that much bigger. The 16-50 does fringe a lot, but if you can stop down a bit that cleans up pretty quick, and if you can't it's fixable in post. It isn't wonderfully sharp wide open, but sharpness isn't everything, and other than that the lens takes amazing images. Once you stop it down to f4 or so you'll have to soften up your portraits a bit to hide all those pores. That being said, the 20-40 looks great, is a bit more inconspicuous, comes in silver (if you want to negate said stealth advantage) and has a DC motor rather than SDM (though the SDM issues have apparently been fixed now). Overall though, I'd say the 16-50 is the more versatile lens.
Forum: Pentax K-3 01-08-2015, 11:34 PM  
Hmmmm... A bit disappointed
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 45
Views: 6,897
I went through the same thing when I upgraded from a k-5ii to my k-3. Try putting it on a tripod and you'll see that it's not the camera, it's just a bit more difficult to shoot hand held, maybe due to the higher pixel count. Motion blur seems to show up more, but it does force you to use better technique
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 06:53 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 2,854
Views: 112,740
Fingers crossed!
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-10-2014, 02:19 PM  
Win an FA 31mm Ltd: PF 3 million post giveaway!
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 2,237
Views: 129,014
I'd love to win it, fingers crossed!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-17-2014, 06:26 PM  
Squeaky 16-50
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 2
Views: 627
It's not loud or anything, but you can definitely hear it. Holding the camera as far away from myself as physically possible, it's not super noticeable but it's there.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-17-2014, 05:44 PM  
Squeaky 16-50
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 2
Views: 627
I just purchased this lens, and I've noticed that it makes this really high pitched squealing noise when you focus. You can hear it in the video with the internal mic, and also with a mounted shotgun mic. It's a brand new lens, does it need to be broken in a bit, or is this noise abnormal?

www.youtube.com/v/bsmBnHrPEdI
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-23-2013, 11:17 PM  
Macro Sneaking up.......
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 15
Views: 1,100
Brilliant shot!
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-23-2013, 02:25 PM  
*Macro* lens club
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 4,128
Views: 557,627
arsn.r3d, I love the frog pictures! Is that the guy from the vancouver aquarium? He's very photogenic :D
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-23-2013, 01:19 PM  
Mirror Flop on the K-r - Plus additional strange issue
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 11
Views: 1,963
I heard back about my camera today, apparently replacing the main circuit block and diaphram is the course of action. The last time I sent it in for this problem they repaired and adjusted the mirror mechanism and focusing screen. Hopefully this time it works!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-20-2013, 06:08 PM  
Mirror Flop on the K-r - Plus additional strange issue
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 11
Views: 1,963
For me, it happens when using any M series lens, in live view or not, and also happens in live view only with some more modern lenses (specifically the FA 50mm f/2.8 macro). All my lenses have intact aperture levers.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-15-2013, 01:58 PM  
Mirror Flop on the K-r - Plus additional strange issue
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 11
Views: 1,963
Thanks everyone,

I've sent my camera in to Ricoh Imaging for testing. They also asked me to send them the lens I was experiencing the issue with, as they said it might be an issue with the lens, and not the camera body. I've experienced the problem with several different lenses though, so unless they're all defective, I'm inclined to think the issue lies with the camera.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-01-2013, 11:41 PM  
Mirror Flop on the K-r - Plus additional strange issue
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 11
Views: 1,963
Ok, now it's started doing something even stranger...

Pentax K r problem - YouTube

I focus, take a picture, the mirror flops, and I'm out of focus. You can't really see it that well in the video, but the image in the viewfinder actually wobbles around... Is this associated with the mirror flop, or is it some other problem completely?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-01-2013, 11:38 PM  
Mirror Flop on the K-r - Plus additional strange issue
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 11
Views: 1,963
Thanks :)

Ouch, that's a lot of time spent without your camera, I thought I was hard done by having to send mine in three times.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-01-2013, 07:56 PM  
Mirror Flop on the K-r - Plus additional strange issue
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 11
Views: 1,963
I just got my camera back from pentax a month or so ago, I sent it in for them to fix the mirror flop issues I'd been having. Originally, I would only get the floppy mirror when using live view, but now it's started doing it even with live view off.

Here's a video I took last night. (sorry about the terrible quality)

Pentax K r Mirror Flop - YouTube

I've not really noticed many problems with my modern lenses, but every time I try to use my M 50mm f/1.4 it takes one or two normal shots, and then starts flopping around like a fish out of water, eventually getting stuck, and requiring me to remove the battery in order to unstick it. Unfortunately, it's even worse now than it was before I sent it in.

I've heard that cleaning the lens contacts can help, but the M series lens doesn't have any. My battery wasn't fully charged at the time, which I've also heard can cause mirror flop. (I've got a AA battery holder on the way, so we'll see if that fixes it. It's a bit of a pain to have to buy the adapter and use only AA's if I'm going to be shooting with my older lenses if it does, though.)

For those of you that have had mirror flop issues, does this look the same as what happened to you, and how did you fix it, if not by the methods mentioned above? Also, has anyone had theirs 'repaired' by Pentax, only to have it start acting up again, or did mine just slip through the proverbial cracks? I'm debating the merits of sending it in again if they have a poor track record of fixing it and using AA's works.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-17-2013, 01:47 PM  
Macro Crabspider studie
Posted By Stoogie
Replies: 6
Views: 710
Nice series, I especially like the pose in the second shot.
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