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Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 07-07-2016, 02:55 PM  
Recommended profession glass cleaning?
Posted By pkokity
Replies: 17
Views: 1,876
Steve,
I am not talking about stockpiling messed up lenses and definitely nothing along the line of a K/M/A 50/1.4 that can be found for under $150. I am talking about lenses that were only produced for a couple of years, PK Zeisses, and 85/1.4s that can go for $1000+ (please don't nit-pick this $). At the time I posted this, there was an 85/1.4 listed for $600 that claimed to have a little fungus along the edge of one of the elements that did not affect picture quality and they posted a few pics to prove it. The other lenses available were over $1K. So I am//was contemplating if it would be worth while to buy the lens and save some money after spending $100-200 to clean it up. The 85 sold pretty quick so I did not get a chance to buy it anyway.

Instead of getting that lens, I found another very comparable lens that is claimed to be externally/mechanically excellent with the exact same issue. 'Excellent' available options seem to be $600-800. This one = $325. So, I described the situation to one of the recommended repairers and they made it sound like it should be an easy fix that would be a normal part of a CLA job. They said this particular lens is easy to service and should only cost me about $50+return shipping. For older lenses, they recommend getting a CLA done, which I would probably want to do on a 30yo lens anyway, so it is not like it is a huge additional expense.

Based off of what people have said here, and me doing some further research, I have eliminated hazed lenses from the realm of possibility so no need to educate me on haze.
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-06-2016, 06:38 PM  
Dpreview give K-1 Silver
Posted By pkokity
Replies: 236
Views: 19,294
Nice pictures, Biz. I think you should redo the sequence someone riding bike as you have, showing a little back skin like your gal does, and scribble on them in small-letters worthy of the K-1's resolution, "If you can read this, the K-1 has good enough tracking." Then, take a series of pictures for the pixel peepers to critique.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 07-06-2016, 10:33 AM  
Recommended profession glass cleaning?
Posted By pkokity
Replies: 17
Views: 1,876
Thanks for the replies. I have contacted dcshooter and Eric. Both were quick and friendly in their replies.
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-05-2016, 04:48 PM  
Dpreview give K-1 Silver
Posted By pkokity
Replies: 236
Views: 19,294
The majority sensors in all of the cameras (except Canon?) seem to be made by Sony so maybe Sony keeps the best tech/patents for itself, like backlit sensors with phase detection. It's software/interface for the A7's is where it is behind. Then, there are the obscene lens price tags.
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-05-2016, 03:10 PM  
Dpreview give K-1 Silver
Posted By pkokity
Replies: 236
Views: 19,294
I haven't read the latest review but I remember the person who did the first thoughts review said that it was the first camera in a while that made him excited and that they wish that they could have spent more time with it. Regarding the AF, they probably just upset that the focus points are all in the center/crop-frame portion of the sensor and that it doesn't have a ga-zillion focusing points. Does that sound about right?

I love my K-1. The only new glass that I bought for it is the 28-105 for general walkaround. I am buying older primes because I don't like the overly processed look of newer lenses. No regrets getting rid of a D750 and Tamron lenses to do so.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 07-04-2016, 07:21 PM  
Recommended profession glass cleaning?
Posted By pkokity
Replies: 17
Views: 1,876
Thanks for your replies.

Thanks for the referral, Bertwert.

Johnyates, I have been mostly comparing here, ebay, KEH, and craigslist.

Na Horuk, My services are in high demand with me often performing 45-50 massage hours/week. Spare time is valuable time that I would rather spend enjoying the lenses instead of hunting for them. I am not necessarily in a rush but there are a few lenses I am watching that look beautiful but have haze or fungus that "doesn't affect pictures". Some of the more coveted options are at least $400 less than their excellent/mint options. My reasoning: what if I buy them, possibly save $200 or more, and know that I helped restore some vintage glass. As you state, these are older lenses that I may eventually need to spend some money their maintenance anyway.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-04-2016, 03:31 PM  
D FA 28-105 better IQ than D FA 24-70
Posted By pkokity
Replies: 26
Views: 6,114
I took my K-1 out on a road trip with the 28-105 and two primes. I have no landscapes to contribute but here is a fun pic taken at 105/5.6.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 07-04-2016, 01:21 PM  
Recommended profession glass cleaning?
Posted By pkokity
Replies: 17
Views: 1,876
Hello,
I recently bought the K-1 and am looking to buy some vintage lenses to go with it because I prefer the look of pictures produced by them over that of the digital coating enhanced newer lenses. Unfortunately, a good percentage of the harder to find K mount lenses that are available on ebay seem to have haze and/or fungus problems, which is probably why those are still listed. There are several choices that claim that it is along the sides and does not affect image quality but, if I decide to buy any of them, I will want to take care of the fungus before it can get worse. My expertise in healing human bodies, not camera (lens) bodies, so I would rather have someone who knows what they are doing take care of it. So, who should I have do it?

I see that there is a "Precision Camera" company that is posted online but they have a horrible rating on yelp (I don't see any other sites for them). Is there any reputable companies known through folks on here?

Also, what is considered a reasonable lens cleaning fee? In my case it will be for cleaning primes.

To hopefully thwart a few critics, I understand the risk of buying a lens where fungus has etched the glass/coatings.

Sorry if this is a repetitive thread, I tried to search for it already.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-15-2016, 09:38 PM  
Poll: Expired Contest Poll VOTE NOW - Photo Contest #117 Poll (Still Life - May 2016)
Posted By pkokity
Replies: 68
Views: 7,658
My reasoning from fine arts/artistic perspective: A still life composition is usually simple and not cluttered. Whatever the subject is, the whole subject should be in the composition and it shouldn't be too macro-ey. Since we are talking about photography, it should probably look like a photo. . . unless you are challenging what "still life" means, like the (eliminated) dead bird photo had, instead of sticking to a more standard definition. To me, this eliminates 2, 3, 7, & 9. I think 1, 12, 14, and 15 are great pictures but are incomplete for setting the subject matter of a still life art piece.

The photo that I still think is the best still life photo is #13. It is beautifully done and sets a great mood. #10 is great but a tad cluttered (for my taste). #5 looks like a cropped/zoomed-in portion of a Caravaggio painting that was cropped a little too much. . . which is a huge compliment that it looks like it came from one of the 'great masters'. #8 look like it belongs in a restaurant or advertisement but I so much want to re-position the grapes.
Forum: Visitors' Center 06-09-2016, 11:34 PM  
Pentax zoom lenses vs limited, weather resistant ?
Posted By pkokity
Replies: 12
Views: 1,664
Ok, I thought that I had read in reviews that it is essentially the Tamron 70-200 but with Pentax coatings.
Forum: Visitors' Center 06-08-2016, 11:46 AM  
Pentax zoom lenses vs limited, weather resistant ?
Posted By pkokity
Replies: 12
Views: 1,664
I just got the K-1 and purchased the 28-105 figuring that it would be the best walk around lens for when prime-sharpness isn't a concern. I am familiar with the both the tamron 24-70 and 70-200 (which is what the pentax versions are) for use on a D750 (that I traded for the K-1) and they are beautiful heavy/fast lenses. However, 2 of the reviews I am seeing make it look like the 28-105 provides a more consistent/even quality of picture throughout its range/apertures when it comes to sharpness. If I remember correctly, the 24-70 is only slightly better for CA for some of its range by something like .3 pixels and slightly more distortion due to the larger range. . . not a big deal for in-camera corrections or PP. Also, the 28-105 feels like the perfect size/weight on the K-1 for walking around. It also fits beautifully on my K-5IIs having nearly the same dimensions as my Sigma 17-70 F/2.8-4 "C" lens.

So, do you really need the only added benefits of being slightly wider and F/2.8 that the 24-70 will give you for your non-prime walk around needs?

As for for the 70-200, if I remember correctly, users have complained that the Tamron version doesn't actually quite achieve 200. So, the 28-105 complimented with the beastly 150-450 would be slightly lighter and give you a lot more range for touring the world than the 24-70/70-200 combo.

. . .my .02
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-08-2016, 10:26 AM  
Adorama: K-1 "In Stock & Ready to Ship"
Posted By pkokity
Replies: 25
Views: 3,023
It probably sold out fast due to back orders. Mine was one of them. I just got it yesterday with the 77 & 28-105. It is an awesomely badazz looking & feeling camera.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-08-2016, 09:39 AM  
My first Still Life
Posted By pkokity
Replies: 18
Views: 1,138
I originally went to college for "Fine Art" so I am very familiar with the topic from an artist's perspective. For me it is between this and "The Nautilus Cup". I have to vote for this one, though, for it being a beautiful simple composition and the slight angle helping to add some depth.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-27-2016, 09:02 AM  
Diglloyd reviews DA 35, DFA 50 and DFA 100 Macro lenses on the K-1
Posted By pkokity
Replies: 19
Views: 3,703
The DA 35 is here: diglloyd: Pentax DA HD Limited 35mm f/2.8 Macro Aperture Series: Mosaic (Pentax K1 SuperRes)
The DFA 50 is here: diglloyd: Pentax 50mm f/2.8 Macro Aperture Series: Tiled Water Fountain (Pentax K1 SuperRes)
The FA 100 is in the OP link and this: diglloyd DAP - Pentax smc Pentax-D FA 100mm f/2.8 WR Macro - Aperture Series: Tiled Water Fountain (Pentax K1 SuperRes) (diglloyd.com excerpt)

These really aren't much of a review. They are just to illustrate how beautifully these work with the pixel shift technology and how he likes to use this tile/mosaic wall to challenge the 3D rendering capabilities of a camera/lens.

Here is his blog index: diglloyd - Blog Index
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-26-2016, 05:26 PM  
D FA 28-105 better IQ than D FA 24-70
Posted By pkokity
Replies: 26
Views: 6,114
My 2 cents: If you are concerned about sharpness and are a pentax lover, you probably have some of the beloved primes that cover most of the 24-70 range where a few steps forward or backward will take care of the difference. They will, also, be faster for scenarios where you want it. The 28-105, however, will compliment those primes and have more walk-ability and reach. The reviews posted, at least how I am reading them, suggest that the 28-105 is generally better for test results if you want the compliment your primes. You can probably carry it with 2 of the limiteds for about the same weight.

That being said, the 24-70 pictures are beautiful. I am familiar with the Tamron/nikon 24-70 and its abilities on a D750. Both, of which, I just traded for the K-1.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-26-2016, 04:41 PM  
Radioactive Lens Measurements
Posted By pkokity
Replies: 17
Views: 5,973
I have the 50/1.4. I had to research it a bit after seeing this. The good news is that it is alpha radiation which is stopped by as little as paper. So, a magnesium camera body. . .

And, what a radiant model you used for illustrating picture quality. hehehe
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