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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-04-2022, 03:46 AM  
Broken 560mm lens. Dream too
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 31
Views: 2,285
Thanks. My tech guy charged $10 (INR 800) to fix it. Since AF was working even in broken state, he just had to put it back together and screw the barrels shut.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-04-2022, 02:28 AM  
Broken 560mm lens. Dream too
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 31
Views: 2,285
News update.

The lens is fixed and functional. Yet to take it out for birding but sample shots of nearby trees and plants are just fine as before.
Forum: Lens Clubs 12-13-2021, 10:24 AM  
DA560 lens club - Let's see some photos!
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 297
Views: 52,157
Very interesting design there. Though I feel it will be difficult to carry it by holding the tripod foot only, right? Not much space to squeeze the fingers between barrel and foot. it looks like it.
I did think about the same and felt that the design of the 250-600 lens foot is better than the original for 560
Forum: Lens Clubs 11-30-2021, 12:06 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 37,749
Views: 3,969,377
Some birds from my desert trip (before the unfortunate accident with 560mm lens)

Variable Wheatear


Isabelline Wheatear


Collared Dove
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-29-2021, 01:00 AM  
Pentax Meeting on Nov 27: K-3 III evolution (firmware and model variants)
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 257
Views: 12,398
I don't own a K3iii but from what I have read, I would love a new model with larger buffer for sure.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-28-2021, 07:51 AM  
Broken 560mm lens. Dream too
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 31
Views: 2,285
I hope not. Before the technician took the lens, I could just hold the pieces and I was able to do Autofocus and take pics 😀

---------- Post added 28-11-21 at 08:24 PM ----------



I took off the tripod foot before giving to the technician. There is no way one can flip it reverse. The screws are like that. I did talk to a friend who can machine a foot that is more like the FA250-600 (triangular one). Didnít get time to do that with the covid situation
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-25-2021, 04:29 AM  
Broken 560mm lens. Dream too
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 31
Views: 2,285
Though I love the 560 images, the ergonomics is a compromise. My long barrel makes the hand holding a strain. So, a monopod at least is a must.
If I am buying now, I will go for 150-450 or totally skip the Pentax offering.
Time and again I have seen the images from 560 out shines my friends' gear. (200-500, 150-600, ...) and many times as good as 500/4 (Canon)
If you are fine with Pentax, then go for the 560 as this is one serious birding lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-24-2021, 11:19 AM  
Broken 560mm lens. Dream too
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 31
Views: 2,285
I think the arca swiss plate (i had a 170mm plate on my lens) had come loose. This is the 1st time it happened (loosening of plate).
Typically I put the lens strap around my neck. On that day, I forgot to do that :(
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-23-2021, 10:26 PM  
Broken 560mm lens. Dream too
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 31
Views: 2,285
It was with great expectation that me and some friends planned for a trip to the state of Rajasthan in India. To a place called Desert National Park. The target is to photograph Great Indian Bustard (GIB) in wild. I carry the 560mm lens mounted to my K3 and mounted to a ball head on my monopod. I was walking towards to shoot a vulture on a fence, when suddenly I felt the monopod become very light followed by a pop sound. My heart broke when I saw my favourite lens lying in two pieces. Some how the mount got loose from the head and fell from a height of about 2 feet on to the soft desert soil/sand. I quickly picked them up blew away the sand sticking to the barrel and stored it away until I returned home.
Though my wish to see GIB was satisfied, I couldn't put the 560 to use to get some nice shots.

The lens was acquired new in 2018 locally. Over a period of time, the barrel started having some flex. Like, when you pick up the lens with the tripod mount, there is very slight movement of the barrel between the different segments.
On returning home, I could see some screws were loose and were rattling inside the barrel. I hope these screws didn't scratch the elements during transportation.
I also noticed that these screws had small discoloured end. I think, only this small part of a small screw was holding the barrel segments together.
Attached the pictures.

I am going to talk to my local camera mechanic to see if he can fix it. Else I need to send the lens to Mumbai (a few hours flight from my place - Chennai).
Wish me luck.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-11-2021, 07:08 AM  
Eating stars
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 20
Views: 322
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-11-2021, 07:08 AM  
New Holland Honey Eater
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 34
Views: 294
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-11-2021, 07:07 AM  
Need a Hug?
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 32
Views: 309
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Winners' Showcase 11-11-2021, 07:07 AM  
October, 2021 Winner: Black Backed Kingfisher with Prey
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 68
Views: 754
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-10-2021, 09:18 PM  
From India
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 19
Views: 450
Welcome Ranganathan. I am from India too. In Chennai. Happy to hear another Indian Pentaxian
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-01-2021, 05:41 AM  
'If looks could kill .....'
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 41
Views: 481
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Winners' Showcase 11-01-2021, 05:40 AM  
October, 2021 Runner-up: Eagle at the Beach
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 92
Views: 779
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-31-2021, 07:52 AM  
White-eyed buzzard on the hunt
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 5
Views: 73
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-26-2021, 02:27 AM  
k-1 debug mode
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 17
Views: 1,523
Hello Andy. Were you able to find answer for your question?
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-19-2021, 08:01 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 37,749
Views: 3,969,377
Some grassland birds this time
Pentax K70 + DA560

Zitting cisticola (Classic split pose)


Eurasian Hoopoe
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-17-2021, 08:28 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 37,749
Views: 3,969,377
Great catch this Ken. Super dramatic.
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-16-2021, 10:28 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 37,749
Views: 3,969,377
Wader season started in India also. Like in Singapore @pentaxians
Pentax K70+DA560

Curlew Sandpiper



Ruddy Turnstones
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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-16-2021, 06:59 AM  
New telephoto lens design patent
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 360
Views: 26,611
Yes :)
But if they want that range, they can do a Tamron rebadge. The G2 version should be good offering.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-15-2021, 09:31 PM  
New telephoto lens design patent
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 360
Views: 26,611
That 150-600 would be nice if it is similar in size/weight of the current 150-450
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-07-2021, 07:45 AM  
DA560 lens club - Let's see some photos!
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 297
Views: 52,157
Glad to read redpit message. I have 560 and was hoping that the K3iii should be able to maximise the capabilities of this lens.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 07-20-2021, 08:13 PM  
The Darktable Users Coterie
Posted By siva.ss.kumar
Replies: 274
Views: 29,542
I always use the Control-E shortcut from darktable to export the image. No need to go to lighttable mode. Of course this is for the single image which is being edited
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