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Forum: Pentax K-1 08-19-2017, 08:39 PM  
Astrotracer's giving me problems, help!
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 12
Views: 906
Got it, at last! I want to make some wide-angle time exposures during totality, with stable stars. Here I come, Nebraska!
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-19-2017, 11:02 AM  
Astrotracer's giving me problems, help!
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 12
Views: 906
So many steps involved-- There's much more info here than in the manual, thanks for that. I've changed to Bulb Mode 2 and set up an ASTRO set as User 3, so that should simplify things. Does the IS need to be disabled for tripod shots? I didn't last night, and the terrestrial elements of my photos were very sharp out to 30 sec., so I think the camera knows best there.The detail about keeping the LCD tucked in is odd, not at all obvious and likely to be a problem. I guess the GPS antenna is in the screen assembly?
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-17-2017, 11:13 PM  
Astrotracer's giving me problems, help!
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 12
Views: 906
Certain upcoming events have me finally trying out the Astrotracer function of my K-1. So far, it isn't working. I'm getting short star trails at 15 sec, long ones at 30, so I'm sure it isn't working.

The manual specifies using Bulb mode, but when I do that, the shutter closes as soon as I lift my finger. Does this require a wireless remote release? I'm certainly not going to find an air-bulb pressure hose to do it. Why shouldn't it be accessible in Manual?
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-01-2017, 12:05 PM  
Sigma 12-24mm EX DG (Refurb) at Adorama for $249.95
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 43
Views: 2,977
That's an EXCELLENT lens. I paid double for my sued one, but it's paid for itself through real estate work. It has less barrel distortion than other UWA zooms. There's light falloff at the corners, but it's quite correctable. Any improvement on this comes at a hefty cost in price or weight.
Forum: Sold Items 03-13-2017, 07:30 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FUJI X-Pro 1 camera body with grip
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 5
Views: 672
FYI- Novoflex sells a high-quality adaptor to fit Pentax K mount lenses to Fuji X, too. Even P 645 lenses can be adapted to it.
Forum: Sold Items 03-13-2017, 06:05 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FUJI X-Pro 1 camera body with grip
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 5
Views: 672
I used a Fuji 18-55 kit lens and a Zeiss Touit 12/2.8. I plan to keep these lenses to use in the future with a different Fuji X body, but I recommend either one. I do have aNikon adaptor I would sell, but you can find those all over the web. The Fuji system is very adaptable too old lenses in manual use.
Forum: Sold Items 03-13-2017, 01:17 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA* 16-50 F2.8 lens, converted to screwdrive
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 1
Views: 534
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax DA* 16-50 F2.8 lens, converted to screwdrive

Asking Price
300.00 USD

Item Location
Denver (United States)

Item Description
Help! I need to raise $500 to pay PayPal Credit to finish off the K-1 I bought six months ago, and avoid paying interest.

This is the Pentax fast zoom for APS-C cameras, of course. It's been converted to screwdrive by a friendly PF member, and I've used it with excellent results since. With this lens, you'll never worry about SDM motor failure, because that's already happened, and the fix is in. It focused almost instantly on my K5, and quietly, too.

I find no flaws with the physical condition. Sold with a hood and caps. I'll take photos tomorrow and post them. You should be pleased, and I guarantee that.

I'm listing several pieces of gear for sale to get past this financial deadline, and once I reach my target I'll take down the unsold items. I'd be happy to keep this lens and use it for squares and crops on the K-1, but I need the money now, so act promptly. This is the best price I'm aware of for this item, here or on eBay.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
$15 within continental US

Shipping Services
UPS, USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Returns accepted for full refund of purchase price within two weeks of receipt. Item must be in as-shipped condition.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 03-13-2017, 01:03 AM  
For Sale - Sold: FUJI X-Pro 1 camera body with grip
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 5
Views: 672
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
FUJI X-Pro 1 camera body with grip

Asking Price
350.00 USD

Item Location
Denver (United States)

Item Description
Selling my trusty X-Pro 1 to help fund my K-1 purchase. This is a wonderful camera that's never given me any problems, just excellent images. The Fuji's IQ is indistinguishable from K-1 images printed on apple's large-format wall calendars, although the FF Pentax has a bit more detail captured in larger magnifications. The Fuji JPG palette tends towards rich color and strong sharpening, but all can be adjusted to taste.

I'll post pix of it tomorrow. Time is of the essence, with a Pay Pal Credit payment due in three days! My asking price is at the bottom of the range bottom of recent eBay sold listings, so this is a deal. Five years ago this was a $1200 camera! Also includes a charger and battery. The camera shows minor wear, with some paint loss at corners, but no signs of impact or damage. The rear LCD has many light scratches that are visible under reflected light, but these don't show when reviewing images. If you put a protective glass cover like the GGS over the screen, the scratches will disappear entirely.

The X-Pro 1 makes a great compliment to a Pentax DSLR because it's so very different. It's better for portraits and manual focus lenses, I believe. With this camera's unique hybrid viewfinder you get the advantages of an EVF, but also the advantages of an optical view. Try it, you might like it.



Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
free in continental US

Shipping Services
USPS, UPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Returns accepted for full refund of purchase price within two weeks of receipt. Item must be in as-shipped condition.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 03-08-2017, 08:56 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Tamron SP 14mm f2.8 AF for Pentax
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 4
Views: 668
It autofocuses better than the Sanyang, I can tell you that.
Forum: Sold Items 03-03-2017, 05:31 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA* 50-135 f2.8 zoom lens, converted to screwdrive.
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 5
Views: 684
Thanks for the interest, with many responses. Sale is pending now, and I'll inform the others when it's settled.
Forum: Sold Items 03-03-2017, 11:30 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA* 50-135 f2.8 zoom lens, converted to screwdrive.
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 5
Views: 684
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax DA* 50-135 f2.8 zoom lens, converted to screwdrive.

Asking Price
350.00 USD

Item Location
Wheat Ridge, CO (United States)

Item Description
Why wait and worry about the common plague of SDM motor failure? With this lens, you're immune to that. It's been converted to fast, reliable screwdrive operation. It works perfectly on my K-1 and K5IIs, and should work great on your Pentax DSLR.

The reputation of this lens speaks for itself. It's a perfect portrait lens, and it's sharpness makes your landscape photos sing. Check the reviews here on PF.

This copy is pristine. It looks like new. There are no dings, scrapes or scratches on the body, and no marks or dust on the glass. Sold with original lens hood and rear cap, and a good-fitting but non-OEM (Sigma) front cap. Help me pay for my K-1, and give your own camera the best short telezoom available. BTW- this lens fills the square crop frame of the K-1 perfectly, with no vignetting!

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
$15 in USA

Shipping Services
UPS, USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Returns accepted for full refund (less shipping) within two weeks of receipt. Item must be in as-shipped condition.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 03-03-2017, 11:15 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Tamron SP 14mm f2.8 AF for Pentax
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 4
Views: 668
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Tamron SP 14mm f2.8 AF for Pentax

Asking Price
330.00 USD

Item Location
Wheat RIdge, CO (United States)

Item Description
Here's a rare ultrawide prime lens for your full-frame or crop-sensored Pentax DSLR. It works very well with my K-1, but I've chosen to keep a UWA zoom instead. There are no marks, scuffs or scratches on this lens. The glass surfaces are unmarked. No haze or fungus inside the lens. Rated 9 on the Pentax Forums lens database, and I have no reason to dispute that. It's built "like a tank," with plenty of metal parts. The autofocus works well, and you can switch to manual focus by pulling the focus collar back.

Sample photos from this lens are available upon request. Sold with the original Tamron leather case/bag and a rear cap.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Like New

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
$15 in USA

Shipping Services
USPS, UPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Return accepted for full refund (less shipping) within two weeks of receipt. Item must be in as-shopped condition.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 02-22-2017, 11:06 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Tokina ATX PRO 28-70/ 2.8 zoom lens for Pentax
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 2
Views: 959
Sold.
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-12-2016, 09:53 AM  
Pentax K1 affordable standard zoom
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 56
Views: 5,239
I have one of these Tokinas for sale in the Marketplace now.
Forum: Sold Items 12-08-2016, 11:24 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Tokina ATX PRO 28-70/ 2.8 zoom lens for Pentax
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 2
Views: 959
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Tokina ATX PRO 28-70/ 2.8 zoom lens for Pentax

Asking Price
275.00 USD

Item Location
Denver, CO (United States)

Item Description
Here's a very clean autofocus lens for your Pentax K-1. It's the least expensive way to achieve those most sought-after of specs: f 2.8, all the way from 28 to 70. This is the lens that marks you as a "PRO"- it says so right on the lens! But never mind that. Just enjoy the pro-build, Tokina-style. Feel the cool touch of metal beneath your fingers. Wish you'd remembered to bring the monopod. Relish in the big, bright view of a full frame viewfinder illuminated by f2.8!

Anyhow, this is a superb copy. It looks and feels like brand new. It ought to outlive us all. The only possible issue is that the focus ring is a bit inconsistent. It's supposed to shift from AF to MF by moving the focusing ring back and forth, but it sometimes locks up and resists the shift until it's refocusd on infinity. I recommend using the camera controls to change focus mode, or use back button focus instead.

I'm including the original lens hood, a rear cap and Tiffen Skylight 1A filter in lieu of a front cap. As always, I guarantee your satisfaction.

This lens has become pretty rare. I'm not aware of another on sale at this moment. This one is priced a little below the most recent eBay sale.

Check the last photo for a vision of what you want to see next- camera not included,

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Mint

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
$10 in USA, international buyers pay actual cost

Shipping Services
USPS, UPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order

Return Policy & Additional Details
Return for full refund if not satisfied, no returns after 14 days of delivery.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax K-1 12-08-2016, 01:12 PM  
Pentax K1 affordable standard zoom
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 56
Views: 5,239
Buying the K-1 was a budgetary stretch for me, so I needed to find affordable lenses for it. The real money was spent on the long and short ends, with a Sigma 12-24 ($500) and a DA*300/4 ($800). There are no cheap substitutes for those extreme lenses that don't give up major performance issues like AF and WR. With that money spent, I was fortunate to find two excellent midrange solutions.

The Pentax-F 24-50/4 is my one-lns walkaround solution. It's as small as a fast fifty, and it adds little perceptible weight to my two-pound camera body. There's a slight veiling and loss of contrast when wide open, but the lens is 9/10 sharp in the center and not far behind in the corners. The images crop beautifully, in camera or out, so I use this like a 24-50-75 tri-focal lens. The F 24-50 is rare, but I've searched the Earth and accumulated three (two will soon be sold).

Then there's the Pentax-F 35-70/4, already praised here. It's an odd, ugly lump of gray plastic decorated in red, green, light blue and yellow markings that once must have been fashionable somewhere. It's available cheaply as a body cap on many old film cameras. I hate to admit this, because I want 24mm available to me at all times, but the 35-70 is even sharper and more consistent at all apertures. Maybe I should spray paint it silver and pretend it's a Limited. Limited in zoom range, yes, but once again, the K-1 converts it to a 35-70-105 triplet.

These lenses aren't as versatile and full-featured as DA*zooms, but they're capable of a lot. For me, they feel and handle more like prime lenses, extended.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-29-2016, 12:55 PM  
While I'm waiting for a Black Friday sale...
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 11
Views: 909
If you like square format, the 50-135 works just fine in 1:1.
Forum: Pentax K-70 10-27-2016, 10:50 AM  
Weight and noise questions
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 16
Views: 2,164
... if the false color, blocked shadows and whitewashed highlights of the EVF don't want you to gouge out your eyeballs, sure.

My other camera is an X-Pro1, which allows me the choice of realistic color and true DR through the OVF, or greater precision and more gadgets with the hybrid EVF. I usually hang a Zeiss Touit 12 onto it, giving a high-quality, small, affordable ultrawide option that I can't find within the Pentax catalog. Add the common XF 18-55, which is cheap as chips now, and you have a highly portable 18-82mm outfit that complements the K-'s midrange and long lenses.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-27-2016, 09:29 AM  
K1 Crop Mode...Why You Should Love It!
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 56
Views: 8,095
If I'm taking photos one at a time, what do I care about frame rate and buffer?

The emphatic, my-way-or-the-highway pronouncements I'm seeing here are pretty silly. For some of us, photography is an art form where we seek novel answers to common questions... not a technical project that has a single, technically perfect solution.

---------- Post added 10-27-16 at 10:31 AM ----------



I feel your (hand, arm, wrist) pain. That's why I'm avoiding fast zooms and choosing among the smaller lenses. My K-1 with Pentax-F 24-50/4 is approximately the same weight as a K-5 with DA 16-50/2.8.

---------- Post added 10-27-16 at 10:37 AM ----------



How many Pentax users in the USA are working PJs? Not many, I would wager. They'd be ostracized by the rest of the press pool, unable to swap lenses with their co-workers, looked down upon because their camera's shutter wasn't loud enough to disrupt every event they cover. And today's PJs are responsible for video output too, so they'd surely choose a Canikon instead.

For decades, photojournalists have set the standard for pro photographers. But they're a dying breed- in my city of two million, there probably aren't two dozen full-time still-photo PJ jobs. I would encourage other Pentaxians to look at their own needs, and choose their lenses accordingly.
Forum: Pentax K-1 10-25-2016, 11:20 PM  
Squares Club: let's talk 1:1, shall we?
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 7
Views: 887
The K-1 is a gift that keeps on giving. The Photokina announcement of new firmware bought an answer to the wishes I've expressed here since the K-1 was a rumor. Why not use a VF overlay to visually indicate different format shapes? Going all the way back to my first adjustable printing easel, I've never been limited by standard aspect ratios. Growing up in the Late 8x10 Brovira Era, the 4:5 proportion just looks like "art" to me, while the standard 2:3 DSLR format looks clunky. It's not really wide like a panorama, but held vertically it's too long for me to sustain a composition. So I've usually been squaring off my digital images; they just look better that way.

The new 1:1 Crop option reminds me how happy I was with my old twin-ens Rolleiflex. Square is such an powerful format. It's so symmetrical and focused on one central point that any asymmetry you place within it creates tension and dynamism. In a portrait, the nod of a head becomes a sweeping gesture. The usual Rule of Thirds is suspended, but placing three objects with a square has an implicit power of its own.

Yes, you can go home and crop a full 2:3 image to square. I've been doing that for years, but isn't it better to see the composition within the square before exposure, when key decisions like viewpoint and focus are set in stone.

I'd love to see how others are using the square format with their K-1s. On my last few artsy walks with mine, I've been spinning the third control dial, set to CROP, to see how a scene looks in FF, 1:1 and even crop. I've taken about an equal number of rectangles and squares, and usually liked the square better. Here's one example shot with the 43 Limited, no DR, just normal LR shadow lifting. An uncropped FF version is also presented for your consideration. I think it's a nice photo, but the square seems more concise and powerful.

What do you think? Is it hip to see square?
Forum: Pentax K-70 10-17-2016, 02:50 PM  
Weight and noise questions
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 16
Views: 2,164
I'd actually suggest a K-5IIs if the OP wants a quiet Pentax at a reasonable price. Mine was whisper-quiet, and the noise was quite pleasant; smooth, like fine German scissors.

I do wish Pentax offered a lightweight body. Bring on the carbon fiber!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-13-2016, 10:52 PM  
Filter windows for DA* zoom hoods
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 12
Views: 699
Owning three lenses with those hood windows, the first thing I did was remove each and store them in safe place. Since the openings face downwards, I think it unlikely that sun glare or rain will penetrate them there.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-13-2016, 10:18 PM  
DFA 24-70 versus primes
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 47
Views: 4,670
Good news! Cropped to the 1:1 shape, the DA* 50-135 fills that square with sharp, fully illuminated corners. Try it! It's like the Tele-Rolleiflex I always wanted.

---------- Post added 10-13-16 at 11:40 PM ----------



- That's a pretty bombastic claim. Do you have any experience using "inferior" lenses on the K-1, and photos to show how lousy the results were? Or are you making an abstract ideological appeal for "only the best"? Who deputized you into the Lens Police?

As it happens, I have about seven years of full frame DSLR use, utilizing first-generation AF lenses. Beginning in 2009, I did pro work with a Sony a850 and several well-chosen Minolta Maxxum lenses. These were beloved and cherished by a-mount fans, who gave them pet names like "the "Beercan" and the "Secret Handshake." Newer Sony and Zeiss lenses were costly, bulky and slow in arrival. Sound familiar?

Today, I'm one of the fortunate few with a K-1. I've used it with a dozen F and FA lenses, along with some Tamrons. All but one gave me very impressive results. I'm happy with my photos, and I don't lust after newer, faster lenses. When Pentax adds high-ISOs and SR to the camera, that makes the old lenses work better, not worse. That's my experience, anyhow.

As for your first rhetorical question, I would stop down either 50mm lens to get more in focus. DOF is pretty slim at FF, don't you know...

---------- Post added 10-13-16 at 11:47 PM ----------

Here's my midrange zoom solution- the Pentax-F 24-50/4. It fills the role of three primes, and is the same size and weight as a fast 50mm. Wide open, it's a little hazy at 100% examination, but that clears up and it's quite sharp at f5.6. Unless you're devoted to bokeh, you'll be stopping down further. Narrow DOF is the toughest challenge I've faced in the FF transition.

Although I have to admit, the two copies of the Pentax-F 35-70/4 are prime-sharp at every aperture. And it's cheap as a filter for the DFA zoom.

I'm not a total cheapskate. At either extreme, I have costlier lenses like the DA*300 and the Sigma 12-24. But in the middle focal ranges, the options abound. It's not that hard to build a sharp lens if you don't also demand it be fast and have a wide range.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-13-2016, 09:05 PM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 370
Views: 31,875
Last weekend on the Dallas Divide near Telluride, Colorado, the fall color was fading... the light was hazy and wrong... many of my K-1 images were spoiled after I accidentally selected Multi-Exposure. And when it was almost time to head back home, all this came together. By then, I was using my Fuji X-Pro1 with its standard kit 18-55 lens. With one barely-used control dial and few modes and features, it just works.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 10-12-2016, 07:51 PM  
New Forum: Squares
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 2
Views: 395
It's not exactly a lens, and maybe this belongs in the Full Frame forum, but I expect the K-1's 1:1 crop will catch on and spread among future models. I'm certainly enjoying mine. Only two months after buying the camera, it's gained one of my favorite features. My third function dial is now set to Crop, and I use it often to find a composition that's not coming together in the standard format.

So-- any interest in a Squares club?
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