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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-27-2018, 03:38 PM  
Which 3rd party PK lenses you treasure the most?
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 74
Views: 2,449
Sigma 10-20, I have take off the UV filter when using my polarizer, but love going wide.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-20-2018, 06:31 AM  
Why Do YOU Stay With Pentax?
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 165
Views: 6,507
I've made the investment, and TBH, I can't afford to jump to FF mirrorless nor would I recoup my investment in K mount. I would really, really like to see some of the newer Tamron and Sigma lenses, but that ship has sailed.

As it happens, I feel no need to upgrade from my K3, and I think the 16-85+55-300 WR make a decent all around hiking kit. I would probably really miss WR and SR if I went to another mount.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-22-2018, 05:53 PM  
Pentax DA 55-300mm Lens
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 41
Views: 1,590
Sadly, I've only taken out this lens once, still struggling with camera shake at the long end:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-22-2018, 05:41 PM  
The one lens that you just ended up never getting
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 107
Views: 4,562
I want a Rokinon TSL24M-P 24mm f/3.5 (tilt shift lens), however my Sigma 10-20 does well enough most most of the time, and I no longer live near quick access to canyons of buildings, so...
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 04-05-2018, 05:36 PM  
HD-DA 55-300 WR's (new) - $146.95 at B&H
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 151
Views: 13,799
Meh, I don't understand the angst over shipping delays TBH.

The lens was backordered, but I knew since the payment went through, just a matter of time, and a week or two ago, I received a notice about new shipments going out the 11th. If I wanted/needed the lens right away, I would've gotten the PLM version - it's just the better lens, but also not $146+S&H, so I'm willing to put up with late arrivals.

Also, the weather is still awful out, so I'm not exactly chomping at the bit to be outdoors ATM. Figure this lens, plus my 16-85 will make for a really nice backpacking WR combo.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-01-2018, 05:59 PM  
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 33
Views: 2,370
To be honest, I stopped at LR 5, so I don't know how it compares to LR 6/CC, but it's been able to improve contrast for me in skies.

I probably don't make as much use of all it's features as I could, as I prefer minimal PP (and can directly export to my Google or Onedrive account from LR), but for the cost, I like it. Devs are good at releasing updates too.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-24-2018, 07:15 AM  
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 33
Views: 2,370
I bought Affinity for the dehaze function more or less. It reminds me a lot of PS Elements, and I can get some more granular tweaks than from LR, I generally use it for when I have lousy mid sun.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-19-2018, 04:01 PM  
Backpacks that are airplane carry-onable?
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 25
Views: 1,514
I recently (last week) took my Lowepro Fastpack 350 as a carry-on.

I carried my K3 w/grip+attached 70-200 Tamron, 16-85, 10-20 Sigma, 13" laptop, iPad, and in the top compartment, the laptop charger, several cables, batteries, lens pen. Only thing I don't like about that bag, is the lack of a tripod strap.

The tripod I carried in my checked bag, which I never ended up using in any case. Can't imagine carrying a tripod on the plane, unless it was part of your personal item bag.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-17-2018, 05:16 PM  
DA 16-85 WR,show us what it can do.
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 869
Views: 123,490
Just got back from Arizona, quite pleased with the quality of the Gobe polarizer in the Grand Canyon and ballooning trips. As a Tigers fan, it was weird seeing Kinsler in an Angels uniform. (last pic)

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-04-2018, 09:14 AM  
Why stop Sigma & Tamron built lenses for Pentax?
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 16
Views: 2,114
The problem I see with Pentax in regards to 3rd party lenses, is that they have nothing to compete with some of them, like the 150-600 or 100-400, if they do, they're expensive, albeit nice, like the 70-200, or they rebadge a Tamron or two, possibly the new Tokina 50/1.4, and potentially charge more.

I personally don't care about the Limiteds, as I prefer zooms/don't have FF, but the Pentax market does feel like it's shifting/drying up since I bought my K100D. During that time, Sigma and Tamron had made lenses, like the 10-20, 17-50, 70-200, 50-500, and most are no longer being produced/updates. That leaves nice, but more expensive Pentax choices, but they don't offer as many focal lengths. However, if Sigma/Tamron did sell the 150-600 in K mount, I would likely never consider the 150-450, so I can see why Pentax wouldn't want the competition either.

I get where Sigma and Tamron are coming from, it wouldn't make sense to sell lenses in a mount, and lose money, but at the same time, Pentax needs to do things that will attract new customers, as they're primarily just selling to the same people already invested in the K mount.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-03-2018, 11:38 AM  
DFA*50 1.4 coming
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 3,156
Views: 265,592
Musing about price speculation, weren't the Pentax 12-24, 50-135, and various re-badged Tamron's all more expensive than the corresponding C&N mount variants from Tokina and Tamron? Something something lens coatings and WR were always the reason given as to why, although Pentax's warranties aren't not good compared to Tamron.

Not in the market for this lens, various reasons due to money, don't have FF, etc. but why so big? I know the motor has to go somewhere, but C&N, and previous Pentaxes weren't this big for a 50/'s looks like the lifted 4x4 of the camera world. The 72 mm thread is as large as my 16-85.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-02-2018, 07:45 AM  
HD-DA 55-300 WR's (new) - $146.95 at B&H
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 151
Views: 13,799
Wow, hard to pass up for about $160. I've got a couple other lenses that can reach 300 mm, but nothing WR. Between the the 55-300 and my 16-85, that's should be a decent WR kit.

Obviously would've preferred the PLM version, but that's a killer deal for a telephoto WR lens.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 02-19-2018, 11:05 AM  
Aperture block repair reliability
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 19
Views: 1,543
The aperture block in my K3 failed after about a month last summer after being repaired by Precision. The current one has been in there since September, and seems OK since.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-01-2018, 05:16 PM  
Thinking of Making a switch away from Pentax. is it right or just gear envy?
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 324
Views: 17,540
Just chiming in on the D750, my mom shoots Nikon, and recently bought a D750, grip+24-120 f/4 lens with some accessories from B&H over the holidays for a hair under $2k. That would probably just get me a K1 and grip. (not that I could afford either, but ;) :hmm: )

Pentax is getting really long in the tooth with respect to AF (for me to upgrade from my K3, I'd really want D500 level performance, don't care as much about FF TBH) and lens selection, as I'm also really jonesing for some of the updated Sigma and Tamron lenses, and Tamron is good enough for Pentax to re-brand for FF.

Pentax is probably getting better with PLM lenses over DC and SDM, but it's been a on-going thing, they improve, but then Sony/Nikon/Panny, etc leap frog way ahead.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-23-2018, 05:05 PM  
Pentax DSLR sales Japan BCN 2017 Report
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 142
Views: 15,033
Sounds too smart, probably will release another Q or 360 camera.

However with mirrorless, I would rather see them do a Sony and design something fresh from the ground up, don't see why they could do an adapter that allows some backwards compatibility, IIRC both Sony and Canon can do it. They would also need an AF for mirrorless that isn't trash, my K01 or K3 in live mode is just...:fedup:

Wouldn't mind a cheaper FF, as I can't afford a K1, and it would take an awesome APS-C dSLR (like D500 level AF) to get me to upgrade from my K3.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-19-2017, 07:14 AM  
DA 16-85 WR,show us what it can do.
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 869
Views: 123,490
Just a dusting of snow in Missoula last Saturday, the only Pentaxian in my winter landscapes photo class FWIW too.

Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-29-2017, 09:20 AM  
HD Pentax-DA★ 11-18mm f/2.8
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 474
Views: 52,571
There may be a ROM/FW preventing them from updating the K5 series, but sometimes forward compatibility can't be planned for.

My 16-85 won't AF on my K100D. At some point, technology has to move forward. Ex. screwdrive is a nice relic, but it literally sounds terrible, slow, and I'd just rather not anymore, the difference between the 16-85 and nifty 50 is just extraordinary. IMO, Pentax shouldn't be using the SDM designation on the new lenses either, DC and PLM gave a me a written notice that I have something different than the 16-50 motor for example.

I've also had the aperture block replaced twice in my K3, first time was my fault, but mechanical linkages are prone to physical damage, not just electrical failure. If Pentax can move towards a Canon-like all electrical aperture/focusing system, I'm down with that.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-21-2017, 05:01 PM  
Pentax Value
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 61
Views: 4,238
For me, Pentax's value is in their bodies, with features that only found on more expensive prosumer Canon and Nikon bodies.

WR and SR for any lens is nice. However complaining about the AF or selection of lenses is probably a broken record at this point. I used to rant about the AF on my K20 all the time here, then I bought a K3 a couple years ago, and it's night and day. If Tamron/Sigma came out with their 150-600 in K mount, I'd probably buy that, and be done with LBA and desired focal lengths. Pentax is on the right path with DC and PLM (just pretend SDM wasn't a thing), and they can keep improving AF speeds bit by bit.
Forum: Lens Clubs 10-09-2017, 08:43 AM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 3,770
Views: 801,732
Drove down to Bannack state park yesterday (it's an old mining ghost town, similar to Bodie CA, but not as hard to get to). The mix of fall colors, overcast shade, circular polarizer made PP in Lightroom almost HDR like, but I don't hate the effect, and the old wood has a strong contrast as well. Winter is coming way too soon for my liking in western Montana though, as it was snowing at higher elevations. First time I've used my Sigma in probably over a year, I forgot how much I like super wides.

Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 09-21-2017, 06:31 PM  
Poll: What is your experience with Precision Camera Repair in Enfield, CT (Poll)
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 103
Views: 7,753
I got my K3 back last week, Precision did fix it this time, replaced the aperture assembly again, took it up to the National Bison Range on Saturday, and it worked well.

It took them about a week to fix it (and a week in transit) but at this point, I'd rather not have to get it fixed again, which is poor QA/QC - Precision can only put in the parts given them, but Precision has to do the correct repair in the first place.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-23-2017, 06:54 PM  
Poll: What is your experience with Precision Camera Repair in Enfield, CT (Poll)
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 103
Views: 7,753
My first K3 repair seemed fine - replaced a broken aperture pin (the tab inside the mount), in which they replaced the whole aperture motor and mount. Repair took all of June, mostly waiting for parts.

Seemed fine for a couple weeks, and took great pics, but then it could no longer control the aperture - the camera meters, but the aperture is stuck wide open. Thought that the motor just failed, and sent the camera back for a replacement. I told them of that issue n the new invoice when I sent the camera back at the beginning of this month.

Got the camera back today, and it's having the same issue before I sent it back, so back again it will go, but I guess I will have to attach a old18-55 so that they will actually check lens function, rather than just electrical functionality...:mad:

Oh well, guess I won't have my camera in time for a trip to Yellowstone in about 3 weeks.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 07-31-2017, 04:46 PM  
Need help diagnosing a wonky K3
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 1
Views: 462
Recently got my K3 back from Precision (broken inner aperture lever, some damage to mount due to a tumble off a hotel bed with a Bigma attached). Sent the camera out at the beginning of June, received it back end of the month - they had to wait on parts.

Anyhow, they replaced the aperture motor assembly and mount, and everything seemed fine up until this weekend, although in truth, I've only used it like a handful of times since I got it back. Saturday seemed fine, took some pictures on Rainy Lake, but yesterday at Seeley Lake, the camera couldn't change aperture (stuck wide open) and the mode dial is being a bit flaky, most modes are now showing up as manual, even when set to a different setting (Av, Sv, etc), but sometimes it's correct. The camera is trying to meter at the set aperture, so everything is overexposed, and I can hear the lever trying to do something, but the DoF preview does nothing.

Since the drop and return, I've babied it, and can't think of any moisture or drops that could've fouled it up, always in a camera bag.

I don't know what to do with it, contacted Precision, as I'm hoping they have an idea and/or warranty on service repairs. Part of me thinks that if something is going to fail (the new motor), it's going to do it fairly soon, just wondering if stuck fine open is a common symptom of that type of failure
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 07-06-2017, 06:43 PM  
Positive experience with Precision
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 29
Views: 2,085
I had a good experience.

Just got my K3 back today, due to a case of rolling off a hotel bed back in March, with a Bigma attached, it broke the inner aperture lever and some damage to the mount. Fixed both of those issues, and works fine with Bigma and 16-85 (only lenses I've tried so far). They also updated it to the v1.30 FW and did a cleaning and calibration.

Took about a month to the day, most of which was spent waiting on parts. Spendy - $312.50, but cheaper than a new K3II or KP
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-30-2017, 07:22 PM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 29,982
Views: 2,654,432
National Bison Range, near Dixon, MT. - K3 and OG Sigma 50-500 mm, I find the sharpness to be lacking at ~500 mm (the western meadowlark is a bit fuzzy), but given the price, weight, etc, it's alright.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 05-30-2017, 07:01 PM  
Encryption at Precision
Posted By guinnessman
Replies: 23
Views: 1,811
I realize that I'm replying to a 2 month+ old thread, but Chrome was showing their order form as secure and using https, but just to be on the safer side, I used a Bank of America Shopsafe number when I had to fill out the form to get my K3 sent in for repair yesterday.

Just hope they have decent turnaround time, my only experience has been with Tamron, and they were good IMO.
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