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Forum: Lens Clubs 01-03-2021, 04:51 PM  
Post your HD PENTAX-D FA 150-450mm F4.5-5.6 ED DC AW pictures!
Posted By david94903
Replies: 2,439
Views: 345,876
Nice capture. Love the DOF and the contrasting sharpness of the hawk.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-03-2021, 04:45 PM  
TriLens: does anybody use it?
Posted By david94903
Replies: 18
Views: 1,064
If only I could add a fourth lens... LOL!!!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-19-2020, 04:21 PM  
Thinking of new camera, help me choose....
Posted By david94903
Replies: 39
Views: 1,672
I moved from the K20d to the K5 to the K3 to the K-1. Truthfully, as great as the K3 is, I could have stayed with my K5 and been perfectly happy. The K5 series had sole. The K3 is a technically excellent body but to me was lacking in the sole category. That upgrade didn't feel significant for my shooting style, I was always a little disappointed on my return on investment. That being said, I've clicked a bijillion shutter actuations on my K3 and it still good as new. And the results are great.

However, the jump the the K3 to the K-1 was earth earth shattering (okay, that's probably a little over the top but...). The K-1 felt like my upgrade to the K5, but a bit more on steroids. The K-1 is amazing. The K-1 has that Pentax sole. It changed a lot about the way I shot, all for the better. The dynamic range difference alone is worth the price of admission. And it challenged me to be better. For me the return on investment value was there and immediate. Yes, I had to upgrade my kit to have more full frame lenses over time, and I had to leave behind a few old DA favorites, but I got to also dust off a few of my old M, F and FA lenses that really shine on the K-1. At the end of the day, upgrading to the K-1 was well worth it for me.

Ask yourself what it is you need, or want. Make a list. Does your current kit satisfy those needs and wants? If so, I'd stay with what you have. But if your current kit doesn't, I suggest looking to the K-1 if you are truly looking for more and not just more of what you have already.
Forum: Pentax K-3 12-19-2020, 04:00 PM  
K3 and K7 battery
Posted By david94903
Replies: 5
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Forum: Ricoh GR 12-10-2020, 09:20 PM  
a flash for the GRIII
Posted By david94903
Replies: 7
Views: 574
The LightPix Labs FlashQ Q20II is great. Can use on camera and off camera. The flash head charges via USB, the flash uses regular AA batteries or can be charged via USB if rechargeable batteries are used.

LightPix Labs FlashQ Q20II (Black) 634158732287 B&H Photo Video
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 12-08-2020, 01:04 AM  
Has Pentax ever decided to...
Posted By david94903
Replies: 105
Views: 4,155
This is a great point.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 12-07-2020, 06:07 PM  
Precision Camera Aperture Block Failure Repair
Posted By david94903
Replies: 13
Views: 667
Before sending to Precision, I'd recommend calling Phototronic first and talking to Mike about your aperture block issue and see if he works on that model. I'm not going to tell you how much he charges, not my place, but let me just say his repair cost was reasonable enough that I decided it was worth the money to repair my eight year old K-30. With my experience of what Precision charges for an item out of warranty, I wouldn't even consider the repair the item. I'll leave it at that.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 12-04-2020, 06:59 PM  
Precision repair for my DFA 150-450
Posted By david94903
Replies: 35
Views: 1,719
I called him after you'd recommended him. Thank you for that. He was quite familiar with the issue needless to say, and was very confident he could repair it. The aperture block subject just came up in random conversation, so that was a big bonus to learn about.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-04-2020, 06:56 PM  
Thoughts on how to get rid of all this GAS
Posted By david94903
Replies: 46
Views: 2,126
Yes! All of this.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 12-04-2020, 06:52 PM  
Precision repair for my DFA 150-450
Posted By david94903
Replies: 35
Views: 1,719
Mike at Phototronic has my D-FA 150-450 right now. Mine did the separation thing.

Mike also has a repair solution for the dreaded aperture block issue for the K-30 (and possibly other models) for a very reasonable cost. So I sent him my wife's K-30 to be repaired too. If you're interested in knowing how Mike fixes the aperture block issue (and it's not replacing the solenoid), give him a call. As his website says, he does like to talk cameras.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-04-2020, 06:21 PM  
Auto tracking question
Posted By david94903
Replies: 1
Views: 1,094
You can do it that way but you'll have no idea what one of those 27 points is going to pick up. Guaranteed it won't be what you were shoot at thought. I use Auto Tracking and Continuous Focus when shooting birds in flight. And I use the Select 9 option. Better chance of at least targeting the right subject.

I don't think I've ever used the 27 point focus point option. No control there.

Maybe the camera in the Youtube video was set to AUTO program mode. Never use that either so I can't honestly say when you'd have that happen.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-29-2020, 10:42 PM  
Lenses you'd love to see refreshed
Posted By david94903
Replies: 55
Views: 1,758
I'll second this one. Especially if they can retain the compact size of the original lens. I'm not loving the size of new mc-manssion style lenses that seem all the rage (I have a few new D-FA's in my lens harem, love them but hate the bulk).

---------- Post added 11-29-20 at 09:46 PM ----------

The FA-28 is a sweet little lens. It's not a Limited but it holds its own for most part. It's smaller than the 31 but larger than the 43.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-27-2020, 10:08 PM  
Has Pentax ever decided to...
Posted By david94903
Replies: 105
Views: 4,155
Profit indeed. I remember when Kodak first came out with their disposable camera in the 80's, with plastic lenses. Not nearly as sophisticated as today's disposable Fuji's. When my wife and I got married, we'd bought a few dozen of them and put them on the tables at the reception, so guests could take photos of the wedding. Who knew what camera revolution was just over the horizon with cell phones less than a decade later.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-27-2020, 05:55 PM  
Has Pentax ever decided to...
Posted By david94903
Replies: 105
Views: 4,155
It wouldn't make any sense financially. They would be competing against an existing inventory of millions of analog cameras on the market, most going for pennies of their original cost. And the variety of features and functions of these bodies are is huge, from a fully manual K1000 to to an almost "DLSR" PZ-1, just to reference two ends of the Pentax spectrum, not to mention every other camera maker out there.

On the flip side, I see the toy Holga's out there that many of the younger generation buying them for the novelty of film. I don't know if that novelty holds up in the long run or if it's just a passing phase as the next generation of photographers moves on to their cell phones.

Also, when you're talking analog photography, you're really talking film. And nothing is ever going to be cheaper than a disposable camera. And I can't see any camera manufacture, who is not already in the film business, ever looking to go back. : Fujifilm QuickSnap Flash 400 Disposable 35mm Camera (Pack of 2) : Camera & Photo?tag=pentaxforums-20&
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-27-2020, 12:33 PM  
Probably the best example of Pentax Pixel Shifting with the K1
Posted By david94903
Replies: 14
Views: 1,142
Great article. Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-20-2020, 07:23 PM  
Am I nuts for wanting manual focus primes?
Posted By david94903
Replies: 114
Views: 5,538
Nope, I think you're just fine. I have a number of manual focus lenses that I love using. And if I'm shooting macro with my AF lens, I put the camera on MF mode. I often use Live View with manual focus, which almost always will give me a sharper image that using AF. Plus I enjoy the MF workflow when shooting in the field.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 10-14-2020, 11:02 AM  
DFA 150-450mm needs repair
Posted By david94903
Replies: 117
Views: 13,940
I finally got around to sending my D-FA150-450 to Mike at per Aslyfox's recommendation. After talking with Mike, I'm confident he can make the repair, or at worst, just make it a fixed 450mm lens.

Also, found out that he is familiar with the aperture block issue that many Pentax cameras suffer, and had a relatively inexpensive repair for that too (he said he doesn't actually replace the solenoid, but has a work around that fixes the issue). So I sent him my aperture blocked K-30 too. Getting everything fixed.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-24-2020, 12:29 PM  
Macro Lenses.
Posted By david94903
Replies: 26
Views: 1,716
For insects, I usually like to have some working distance, so I'd recommend a 100mm lens minimum for your workflow.

This lens is my current "go to" macro lens. It is fantastic.

SMC Pentax-D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR Reviews - D FA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

I used this lens for decades before it got dropped. Another fantastic lens.

SMC Pentax-FA 100mm F2.8 Macro Reviews - FA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

I'll get the lens when I win the lottery. I can dream.

SMC Pentax-FA* 200mm F4 Macro ED [IF] Reviews - FA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

If you're looking for a longer reach than 100mm, I can recommend this non Pentax lens. There is one for sale in the Marketplace right now.

Irix 150mm F2.8 Macro 1:1 Lens Reviews - Miscellaneous Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database

You can't go wrong with any of the options above. The lens you need is really based on what your workflow requires.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 09-20-2020, 01:12 PM  
DFA 150-450mm needs repair
Posted By david94903
Replies: 117
Views: 13,940
Thanks for the information. From what I can tell for other's experiences with Precision, they weren't exactly fast either, so I can work with slow. Plus I'm happy to give my business to a small shop. And it's also good to know that you're lens repair has lasted.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 09-20-2020, 12:51 PM  
DFA 150-450mm needs repair
Posted By david94903
Replies: 117
Views: 13,940
Having followed this thread over the years in anticipation of this event (like waiting for the other shoe to drop), I'm am sad report the lens barrel separation of my D-FA 150-450. I purchased my lens in July 2016 (serial number 4409156), and up until today, it has performed flawlessly. I had a sense this might be coming, as over the last few months the zoom was getting noticeably looser. I've always treated my lens with kid gloves, and never carried it in the down position with the lens zoomed to 450. So today, as I was zooming, the lens barrel just started to freely rotate. And that was that. Thankfully nothing fell to the ground, so the only damage is the lens barrel separation.

Given that my lens is long out of warranty, and my experience with "Pentax Authorized" repair centers has not been stellar (I have no direct experience with Precision but CRIS managed to not repair another lens twice before finally getting it right, and then it failed again two months out of warranty) I am inclined to go with Phototronic. I will be calling them tomorrow morning.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-09-2020, 06:44 PM  
Silvery Moon
Posted By david94903
Replies: 75
Views: 822
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-07-2020, 11:04 AM  
Disappointing ricoh gr iii image quality
Posted By david94903
Replies: 29
Views: 3,056
And what was the problem that was solved?
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 09-03-2020, 12:46 PM  
good Pentax Photographer?
Posted By david94903
Replies: 15
Views: 1,693
Great video. Thanks for sharing. And great Flickr and Instagram photos too.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-31-2020, 10:39 PM  
Posted By david94903
Replies: 18
Views: 1,688
Nah... the only stupid question is the one not asked. Besides, we do love to speculate and build expectations.

The 150-450 is my most used lens. And I can't recommend it enough. It's expensive and its a beast. And, for me, it is totally worth every penny. I used it on my K3 before moving to the K1. If you want fast FPS for birdinng, get yourself a Sony A9. A buddy of mine bought one. Why??? I don't know but it's insanely fast, and insanely expensive, with an equally insanely expensive 100-400 lens. And it takes nice pictures. Almost as nice as my K1. Maybe. That choice of staying or going is personal; will be up to you, your needs, your workflow. My K3 shoots more FPS than my K1. But my K1 is more than sufficient to satisfy most of my BIF needs. I don't shoot for a living, so my livelihood is not dependent on FPS.

Isn't that the truth.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-31-2020, 09:23 PM  
Posted By david94903
Replies: 18
Views: 1,688
Excellently stated! You've covered it brilliantly, LOL!
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