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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 4 Days Ago  
55-300 PLM and... Help me spend my money?!?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 56
Views: 1,448
Yes, the K-3 did get a firmware update to make it compatible with the PLM. I did the update and bought the 55-300 PLM and the lens works perfectly on the K-3. I also have a K-5 and unfortunately that body did not get a firmware update for the PLM.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-11-2018, 01:53 PM  
Been mighty quiet around here, aside from the GR...
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 51
Views: 1,653
I agree! there is nothing wrong or terribly obsolete with my K-3 so I can definitely hold off on dropping $1,000 + just to have the latest and greatest. FYI, the PLM is a really nice lens. Once I got it and started using it on my K-3 it felt like a huge upgrade.
Forum: Pentax K-70 10-11-2018, 01:38 PM  
K70 aperture block?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 14
Views: 591
I have the 55-300 PLM which I bought 3 years ago. Since the PLM technology is very new, I bought an extended warranty with it. So far, no problems, the lens works perfectly. I have not heard of anyone else having unusual reliability issues with this lens
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-09-2018, 06:14 PM  
Comparable lens
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 10
Views: 484
I have never heard of a Pentax DA zoom lens that zooms in and out when you press the shutter button down halfway. You may be confusing the zoom ring (larger) and the smaller focus ring. I do not have the DA 18-135 but I do have the DA 16-85 which I believe works the same.
1. Zoom ring is the large ring on the lens which is turned manually to zoom from 18mm to 135mm. As you turn it the inner barrel will move outward as you zoom from wide-angle to telephoto.
2. focus ring which is the smaller ring in manual focus will inner focus the internal elements in and out within the lens as it is turned manually but the lens inner tube will not move in or out. In autofocus the in lens motor will autofocus by moving the elements within the lens but the lens inner tube will not move in or out during focusing.
Some lenses, such as DA Limited primes, do not have inner focus and the inner tube will move in and out as the lens is focused.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-08-2018, 05:56 AM  
My Lenses & Next?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 30
Views: 895
I agree! The 16-85 and 55-300 PLM are game changers for me. My preference was always primes and I still use my DA 21 & 40 Limiteds and my DA*300 but I find myself using the two zooms and the DA 15 limited far more often. These three are my do everything kit. With all of the lenses I have with my K-3 the 16-85 alone gets used about 75% of the time versus 25% for everything else. I had the SMC version of the 55-300 which I sold and replaced with the HD version which I still have but rarely use since I bought the PLM version when it first came out. The better build quality and light years better autofocus make it definitely worth it.
Forum: General Photography 09-28-2018, 04:54 PM  
Updated US Ricoh Authorized Dealers
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 15
Views: 1,027
Wow, I hate to see this retailer gone. Fortunately buying binoculars is a once and done purchase unlike photo gear. B&H also carries binoculars so if I am looking for something new I will check them.
Forum: General Photography 09-26-2018, 12:04 PM  
Recommendations for Yellowstone Landscape photography
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 26
Views: 671
When I went two years ago I brought with my K-3; DA 15 Limited, DA 17-70 and HD DA 55-300. Now I have replaced the DA 17-70 with the DA 16-85 and the 55-300 is now the PLM version. I would say when I go back, which I will do, I will bring the 16-85 which will be for about 80% of what I would photograph in Yellowstone, The 15 Limited will be for situations where a really wide angle or light weight is needed. No surprise here, you will see wildlife and when we were able to photograph bears and bison I would not feel safe doing it with the 16-85. I would rather have a safer distance and the 55-300 PLM on the camera. If you have these two zooms or equivalent they should cover nearly everything.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-22-2018, 06:46 AM  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 1,321
Views: 76,421
I have family in Cincy which is near Indiana. People from Indiana are called hoosiers. I wonder if that is what they meant.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-21-2018, 05:14 PM  
Thematic The Yard Birds Thread
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 1,321
Views: 76,421
Absolutely your wife did not disrupt mother nature and all of us who enjoy hummingbirds give her a great big thank you. A hummingbirds normal habitat is not Walmart and when a bird, or any creature is in a dangerous place outside their normal habitat a rescue is justified. It is the same as the many times on a busy road I had to stop and help a turtle get across safely. In the case of birds I applaud your wife for successfully helping the little hummer. Where I live in Delaware we have a bird rescue that covers our tri-state region of Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland who are licensed wildlife rehabilitators who can step in when it is beyond what support I can provide.

---------- Post added 09-21-18 at 08:21 PM ----------


Thanks for providing this information. This corroborates the information we have from our Delmarva Ornithological Society which also calls this to be an irruption year and I should see here in Delaware many birds that we do not see every year including pine siskin, purple finches, redpoll and crossbills. My feeders and camera will be ready for their arrival. Right now my yard is overrun with mourning doves and flocks of grackles.
Forum: General Photography 09-19-2018, 10:22 AM  
Updated US Ricoh Authorized Dealers
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 15
Views: 1,027
We always had a representative from Adorama; Helen Oster monitoring this forum. She often stepped in when someone had a complaint issue of any sort and got things straightened out. About three years ago I had a problem issue with a HD DA 40 Limited that I bought from Adorama. The problem occurred after the original warranty expired but was within the extended warranty period I bought with the lens. I had a communication issue between the warranty provided and Precision holding up the repair. After Helen stepped in the lens got quickly repaired under warranty. So, even though it was not really an issue with Adorama, they helped me get the issue resolved. Hopefully, Helen is still on board or if she retired from our forum, some from Adorama stepped in.

---------- Post added 09-19-18 at 01:38 PM ----------



Since you mention binoculars I would highly recommend Eagle Optics. The customer service I received from them was about the best of anything I have ever called in for a support issue. I called them for a replacement rain caps on a 9 year old pair of Vortex Viper binoculars. All I requested was part number for which ones on the website were the correct replacement for my binoculars that I needed to order. They sent them immediately out to me at no charge. Its not often that that happens. When I decided to buy a second pair for my wife there was no shopping around. I knew exactly who to buy from.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-18-2018, 06:01 AM  
Has anyone used both the DA 16-85 and DFA 28-105?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 6
Views: 515
Sorry, I cannot give you a comparison between these two zooms since I do not have the DFA 28-105. I will be very interested in seeing what responses you get. I was on the fence a year and a half ago trying to decide between getting a DFA 28-105 or the 16-85 as my workhorse zoom on my K-3. Unfortunately my budget was for a used lens and there were no used copies of the 28-105 in my budget available. I was leaning toward the 28-105 based on it being FF in case I decide to upgrade in the near future. I did find a like new used 16-85, bought it, and have been using it for the last 18 months. I am very happy with the 16-85, it is solid, sharp and very versatile, everything I wanted in a workhorse zoom.
I am curious what primes you have that are sharper than the 16-85 and if you are comparing in crop mode. Comparing the 16-85 to the primes that I have: DA 21, 40 and 70 limiteds and F 28 f2.8 and FA 50 f1.7 I find the only one that I can really say is sharper is the DA 70 Limited and not by much. Regarding the 28-105, from what I have seen the reviews on it are really positive so I am sure it would be a great choice. I would think on my K-3 it would easily be as good, possibly better, than the 16-85.
Good luck with your choice
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-13-2018, 05:02 PM  
5 Pentax DSLRs- My 7yr Old Daughter Picks Only One
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 28
Views: 1,535
Wow, she knows her stuff. Are you planning to visit NYC anytime? She would probably love B&H
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-12-2018, 10:55 AM  
Autofocus issue with DA 17-70
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 24
Views: 565
Wow, you got a really good deal on it. Currently the DA 17-70 at B&H is $496 USD and is available as a special order. By the way I will be visiting Quebec City in the first week in October as part of a tour of three Canadian cities, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City, so you might just see me out there photographing the sights with my K-3, but no 17-70.. I will be bringing the 16-85 and also packing the 21 and 40 limiteds in case I want to walk around light.
Update: I took a look at MacBain website. They do have the 17-70 listed as $299 CDN. They do ship to the US but I cannot tell what other taxes and fees there may be. Thanks for this info. I will look into new purchase vs. fixing mine.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-12-2018, 05:57 AM  
Autofocus issue with DA 17-70
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 24
Views: 565
Did precision charge more than the price they quoted on their website? I checked their website and they quote a flat $212 to repair the DA 17-70. I would imagine mine would need the same repair as yours. On mine the SDM is dead. If the repair is $212, I would go ahead and repair mine but if the cost runs up much higher, then it remains a paperweight.
I have seen some responses here regarding comparison of the 17-70 to the 16-85. I have not done a comparison head to head on my K-3 but my overall feeling having used both for years is: The 17-70 may be better at pseudo macro and seems to be able to get closer than the 16-85 and the constant f4.0 is an advantage. Aside from that the 16-85 is better in every other respect. Ultimately since I bought both of them I would like to have both of them available and working.
Hopefully for you and I, and everyone else who has this repair done, we get a better SDM motor installed.

---------- Post added 09-12-18 at 09:08 AM ----------


The German website photo zone.de (now optical limits) tested with the 17-70 and the 16-85 and liked both of them. It was not, however, a head to head comparison. As far as I have seen, and my own experience the optical performance of both is very good. My subjective impression is that the 16-85 is slightly sharper, especially 50mm and up, but both were really good.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-09-2018, 05:26 PM  
Size comparison
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 14
Views: 987
Thanks for providing this comparison showing all 4 cameras side by side. When I went digital, my basic cover all bases kit was a K 10D with the DA 17-70 SDM. Going from film cameras the K10D combo did not seem overly large but in later years I felt that I wanted something smaller. Now I have replaced that combo with a K-3 and the DA 16-85 as my do it all combo, but also have the DA limiteds when I want to travel lighter. I have given my K10D to my son and he is currently using it. As I get older I am finding that I am gravitating to carrying a smaller kit and looking at the K-1 with the 24-70 it looks like it may be a bit too large for me. Your picture helps a lot. I may travel up to NYC before the year end and handle a K-1, but for now, I am completely satisfied with my K-3 which ergonomically seems just right for me.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-06-2018, 04:19 PM  
What's the Fastest Lens You Own?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 78
Views: 2,719
My fastest lens is actually two versions. I have am M 50mm f1.7 and FA 50mm f1.7. I have never seen the need to buy a faster lens both seem fast enough for my needs
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-03-2018, 04:44 PM  
Tamron 90mm macro vs Pentax 100mm macro WR
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 9
Views: 688
I can't speak for the Tamron since I have never had one or evaluated one in hand. I have the DFA 100 WR macro and it is one of my favorite primes. It has everything I could want including very compact and light with superb build quality, WR and super sharp. You should not be disappointed with this lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-02-2018, 08:31 AM  
Been away for awhile....best lens for high school marching band photos?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 19
Views: 1,104
Nice combo you got, enjoy it. I little tip with the 55-300 that I use with my K-3. Don't zoom all the way out to 300mm. I stop at about 280mm which is just short of 300mm The difference in what you see is minimal but the maximum aperture is 5.6 (or maybe 5.8) rather than f 6.3. This makes a difference if you are shooting in poor light or on overcast days.
Forum: General Photography 08-27-2018, 09:40 AM  
Do you always carry a camera? What? Cell phones don't count
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 65
Views: 1,715
For me it is my K-3 or K-5 fitted with either my DA 16-85 zoom or when I need to be really compact my DA 21 and 40 Limiteds. I also have my iPhone with me and use it mainly for a quick video or a shot that would make a good wallpaper background on the phone. If I know there may be a good photo op, I want to have one of my DSLR's with me. If I know there are real photo opportunities then additional lenses, depending on the specific trip come along, especially the 55-300 PLM.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 08-23-2018, 05:27 PM  
Thematic Spiders
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 736
Views: 43,127
Wow! really like that bright green color. Looks like a crab spider. How big (or small) is it?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-23-2018, 05:02 PM  
Lens Musings
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 42
Views: 1,347
My recommendation would be the 16-85 and a 15 Limited. Alternatively the 18-135 and as an alternative to the 15 Limited could be the 21 Limited. If you go for a new Limited it would be the HD version. If you consider used you could find either SMC of HD versions. I also really like the 55-300 PLM. My default do all travel light kit is the 16-85 and the 55-300 PLM along with one or two small primes such as 15, 21 and 40 Limiteds
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-23-2018, 05:35 AM  
DA*55 Auto Focus Sound?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 30
Views: 740
Level of battery charge does not matter, at least as far as I observed with my in lens motor lenses. If there is enough battery life to take pictures, my 16-85, 55-300 PLM, DA* 200 & 300 all autofocus just fine. Putting in a fresh charged battery (I have spares) did not help when the DA 17-70 was getting sluggish before it died.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-23-2018, 05:21 AM  
Request for advice on what lenses to bring on trip to Canada
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 43
Views: 1,207
Oops, it looks like my math was a little off when I said 45 years ago. I went in 1976 and one clear memory of the date was going to a Montreal Expos game in the olympic stadium after the 1976 olympics ended and it became their home stadium. What I am really hoping to see is some of the beautiful old architecture in both Montreal and Quebec City. Back then I was a few years after college graduation and it was a delayed graduation present after I got my first real job, this time it is a post retirement present. I did not have much in the way of photographic equipment back then. This time, I am a lot better prepared.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-22-2018, 04:27 PM  
Request for advice on what lenses to bring on trip to Canada
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 43
Views: 1,207
Thank You all for your very helpful responses and especially to our Canadian Pentaxians who have given me much insight on the three cities we will be visiting. The information everyone provided was exactly what I was hoping to get. Some specifics on the trip.
The trip will be September 30 through October 6th. We will be traveling by motor coach from Delaware to Montreal where the trip will begin. I've been to Montreal and Quebec City about 45 years ago so things may have changed and I do remember both were great places to visit but I do not recall specific details from the last trip.
My photography on this trip will be overall memories of the trip including cityscapes, scenery and anything nature that may come along. If the leaves are changing by then I will also be photographing the fall colors.
My lens choices for the trip have been narrowed down to the two zooms: DA 16-85 and 55-300 PLM and the SMC DA 21 Limited. Possibly I will add the SMC DA 35 Limited for its compact size, relative fast aperture and in case macro opportunities come up or the HD DA 40.
This should be a great trip and I am looking forward to it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-22-2018, 05:27 AM  
DA*55 Auto Focus Sound?
Posted By jddwoods
Replies: 30
Views: 740
I do not have a DA*55 but I checked my DA* 200 (5 years old) and DA*300 (1 year old) and both have a similar slight squeak sound. It is only audible when I try autofocus in quiet indoor settings, where I do not use these lenses. When used outdoors, I cannot hear the squeak. There have been other posts regarding squeaky SDM so I think this may be just a common characteristic of certain SDM lenses. The DA* 200 and 300 never had any SDM problems. On the other hand my DA 17-70 SDM never squeaked but it was always difficult to get it going when the lens was first used. The motor on this lens eventually died after sitting unused for 3 weeks. I would be more concerned about a sluggish SDM motor than one, like yours that responds instantly but makes a slight squeak.
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