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Forum: Sold Items 01-31-2015, 11:28 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax BG 5 grip (new)
Posted By Ray Pulley
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Forum: Pentax K-3 10-03-2014, 01:59 PM  
Holy trinity of lenses
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 146
Views: 19,767
Great lenses, those 3 Nikons, but for those that like to complain (not you) about Pentax lens pricing, it would set you back $6,278 to buy those 3 from BHPhoto right now :eek:

Ray
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-25-2014, 07:29 PM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 928
Views: 128,404
They have addressed the problem and are repairing cameras. How is that a "step in the right direction"? When you bought the camera, it came with a warranty and repairing or replacing the camera is all that Pentax owes you should you have a problem.



Ridiculous nonsense. What do you think Ricoh would have done with failed cameras that were returned, thrown them in the trash and told the owners that they were out of luck?



How many weeks or months did you play camera tester rather than returning the cameras? If you were one of the earliest to encounter this problem, your weeks/months of of playing camera troubleshooter delayed getting samples of this problem to the real Engineers and Technicians that could fix the problem.

IMO folks like you that spent months playing camera/tester/troubleshooter and encouraging others to do the same instead of promptly returning the problem cameras DELAYED getting a fix in place.

Ray
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-24-2014, 12:02 PM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 928
Views: 128,404
How many times are you going to repeat the same story?

Andy Warhol called and your 15 minutes of fame has run out.....

Ray
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-27-2014, 09:28 PM  
Flappy mirror
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 24
Views: 2,820
Ha, that's hilarious and quite fitting given the flap over this issue (sorry, I could not resist :D).

Taking it one step further, in the U.S., Richard is often shortened to Dick, so over here we are going to get Dick to fix it. :lol:

Ray
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-25-2014, 05:48 PM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 928
Views: 128,404
To quote a famous US President "There you go again" not posting because you do not have anything to add and do not have a K3, and I see that you are still "respecting" the OPs wishes.:rolleyes:

See Rupert's reply above. Maybe then you will understand......

If not, I cannot help you.

Ray
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-25-2014, 09:43 AM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 928
Views: 128,404
Obviously.

Wasn't it you that recently posted this?:

"In any case, it is time for me to respect the wishes of the OP, and stop posting in this thread, as I have no information about the problem to contribute."



Really? Care to explain (with facts and data) how posting anything here will get your camera fixed faster?

Posting here is meaningless in terms of getting your camera repaired or this problem resolved. Might I suggest that you undertake a little history lesson and do some research on this forum as well as here: Pentax SDM Firmware Petition to see how effective these online crusades have been with one very large and ongoing Pentax problem?

1232 signers on the SDM petition with forum lists and surveys going back to at least 2009. Pentax will repair your SDM lens, but they still sell the same design to this day, and they still fail. I have no hard data to know for sure, but given the age of the SDM design, the number of lenses it is installed in, and the continuing reports of failures, there has to have been thousands of SDM failures, yet that design has not been changed. I am sure that that reporting here accomplishes at least one thing: frustrated consumers get to vent and commiserate, and I understand the need for some folks to do so even if it accomplishes only that.

It was a good suggestion to use the Ricoh contact form, as the more cameras that get directly reported/returned to Ricoh, the better.

Ray
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-22-2014, 08:52 PM  
Can anybody recommend a teleconverter for a Sigma 70-200 2.8 APO DG EX (non HSM)?
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 7
Views: 1,862
There are many versions of the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 screwdrive lens, but I also have a very similar lens to yours (mine is the APO, EX non-macro, non DG).

I use the Sigma 1.4x TC behind it from about the same era. It gives me a 98-280 f4.0 and the IQ and focusing are solid. I have the box for the TC, and it is the Sigma APO Teleconverter 1.4X EX/AF

This is a listing for a similar TC (a bit older than mine, I think, as mine has that soft not quite black finish like my lens):

Sigma AF 1 4X Tele Converter for Pentax PKA | eBay

Here is another that is the APO version:

Sigma APO 1 4X EX Tele Converter Pentax Auto Focus w Caps | eBay

The price on the second one is in line with what I paid for mine and also what the APO version seems to sell for.

Maybe I am wrong, but I have always tried to match my TCs with the lens, meaning the same brand TC designed for the lens or lens series at about the same time as the lens was designed. I think this gives the best possibility of getting the best possible IQ from the combination.

Ray
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-22-2014, 06:34 AM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 928
Views: 128,404
I am sorry to hear that the repair was so badly done. Hopefully you will have better luck with your new K3.

I guess we will never know if they managed to solve the flop issue or not.

As someone who has managed electronics manufacturing operations for 30+ years, including RMAs and field return/repair, I will never understand how a completely non-functioning item leaves the repair facility. :eek: It is possible that something went astray in shipping it, but these cameras get shipped all the time, so if the repair is done right and then tested fully, it should work properly after shipping. Of course, I have never worked where we relied on 3rd parties to perform the repairs either. We do them ourselves and have all of the company resources available (Technicians, Engineering, tools, fixtures, etc...) that would also be involved in the design and build of the product.

Good luck.

Ray
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-21-2014, 07:21 PM  
Sports Images with the K-3
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 365
Views: 82,797
First of all, a disclaimer:

I do not shoot much action or sports and am not real good at it. It is fun, however, so maybe I will try and shoot a bit more in the future.

Below are 3 from the recent Amgen Tour of California that was held in Folsom, CA, but first the details:

These were shot after one in the afternoon with the sun very high overhead and quite bright. It was very hot as well.

I shot with the K3 and 2 lenses:

Sigma 70-210 f2.8 (older screw drive version)

Sigma 50-150 f2.8 HSM.

I played with various AF settings, including center point, expanded area, back button AF and half-press AF. Most around F8 or so due to the very bright conditions and very bright clothing worn by the riders. I did play with some fill-flash along the way as well. SR was off (mainly). The camera was in its highest frame rate setting, and I would normally fire off 3-5 shots as the rider passed by.

All shots were hand-held, no tripod or monopod.

These were shot during the time trial on a long straight road before the turn-around. One way was slightly downhill and therefore the riders were much faster and they arrived in this area from a crowded turn, so tracking was trickier and there was less time to acquire focus. Coming back they were on the other side of the road, moving a bit uphill, so slower, and could be seen for quite a ways away.

I apologize if these are too big, but my only other option seemed too small to be able to see much detail.

Downhill Direction


Uphill Direction


Uphill Direction - Fill Flash


My Observations:

Center point seemed to work best in this situation. I think this is because often the riders are closely followed by cars, motorcycles and many other high contrast moving objects such that the expanded area options could not easily distinguish the subject, especially when starting tracking at a distance.

Continuous focus on the K3 does not seem to be a smooth servo focus. The focus stuttered and lost lock a bit even when the rider was being tracked in a very linear path with consistent speed. Now, to be fair, my technique probably did not help as I am sure focus lock will be lost with very little camera movement when tracking the rider starting at a far distance. The HSM lens seemed a bit better in this regard than the screwdrive, but it is also smaller and lighter to hold.

The K3 acquires focus much quicker than the K5, however.

My keeper rate was not great, maybe (being generous) 60%. In this regard, and with the same lenses and photographer (me) my K5 classic did almost as well in similar situations.

My biggest problem by far was keeping focus when the rider transitioned from more or less heading at me to passing by. Since this was where I really wanted to capture an image, it was a bit of a let down, but still fun.

With the sun overhead, the faces were well shadowed, and no matter what anyone says about the K3 being as good in overall DR as the K5 per area, I did not find that to be true. The faces were quite noisy even at low or moderate ISOs.

Lastly, in this much light, I have no idea how anyone gets a very shallow DOF while still having a slow enough shutter speed to show some motion, at least on the wheels? I guess one could us a ND filter, but that has its own drawbacks.

I welcome any comments or pointers to try for my next venture into action shooting.

Ray
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-20-2014, 08:08 PM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 928
Views: 128,404
Yet you could not help but respond, and now respond again, but now it is time for you to respect the OPs wishes. Why now?

Suggest anything you want, but note that the OP could not even follow her own wishes. Not even close. She was far too enamored of the attention, it seems to me, so why should anyone else do as she asked?

Ray
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-19-2014, 06:38 PM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 928
Views: 128,404
BTW, I have no idea who you were addressing with this response, but regardless:

So, you coming back and responding for your own reasons is ok, but it is not ok for others to come back and post for their own reasons? Really? Did you really just write that? You do realize how silly that sounds, don't you?

BTW, I own a K3, so at least I have a stake in this discussion as I have spent my hard-earned money on the product being discussed rather than those who just pontificate about problems with a product they do not own and have zero experience with, good or bad.

Thanks for posting, though as posts like this just make my point even more clear.

Nothing in this thread is going to help anyone fix whatever is wrong with these cameras. How many cameras have been fixed using all of the "resources" and "information" in this thread? Zero, nada, zip, zilch. How many cameras have been fixed by returning it for warranty repair? One that we know of in this thread.

So the score is:

Internet forum posts fixed my mirror flop: 0

Returning the camera for warranty repair fixed my mirror flop: 1

Yes, this problem popping up yet again on the K3 isn't encouraging and is frustrating for those that have had it happen, I am sure. However, the best way to get this problem fixed is for cameras to be returned under warranty, or returned for credit if they have this problem. That way Pentax gets back actual cameras that exhibit the problem so they can troubleshoot the issue and find the root cause and eliminate it. Returned cameras also cost money to fix or replace, and such costs have far greater impact than anything posted here.

Ray
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 05-18-2014, 08:17 PM  
Hello from Sonoma County
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 5
Views: 487
Welcome!

I no longer live in God's country, but I am a Sonoma County native and find myself over in the area several times per month, mostly in Sebastopol where my sister and in-laws live, but other times in Petaluma where I was born, or Santa Rosa where my brother and some cousins reside.

You live in an area with an almost limitless number of photo opportunities, perhaps lacking only in gritty big city sorts of places to shoot, and of course, no snowy scenes.

Ray
Forum: Pentax K-3 05-18-2014, 02:43 PM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 928
Views: 128,404
Without any real data as to the scope of the problem, it is all but impossible to say whether this is truly a "serious" problem or not. Of course, if it happens to you, it is serious, at least to you.

Just how big is this "serious problem" anyway? 100% of all cameras sold? .1%? .01%?, .001%? There is no way to know. Do you even own a K3 or even any Pentax camera? if not, why even bother to make this comment, other than trolling that is?

It is just a camera, not life and death.

It comes with a warranty,

If it fails, send it in and get it repaired or replaced just like you would if your car breaks down or your dishwasher stops working.

Otherwise if you cannot deal with possible failure, buy another brand (like Nikon, which never has problems I hear :rolleyes:), or never buy anything because of fear that it might break.

Ray
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-15-2014, 07:48 PM  
100-300mm f/4 or 70-200 f/2.8 + 2x TC
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 10
Views: 1,104
A closer match would be:

70-200 f2.8 + 1.4X TC = 98-280mm f4.0 vs the 100-300 f4.0

I have this combination and it works pretty well. I do not have the 100-300 to compare to, but I have no complaints about IQ with this setup and it has the advantage of being a 70-200 f2.8 lens when you do not need the reach or when you need another stop.

It also costs much less money to buy the 70-200 + 1.4x TC than the 100-300 as the 100-300 is out of production and only comes up for sale once in a while. I have not seen one for sale recently for less than $1,100 - $1,200.


Ray
Forum: Pentax K-3 04-20-2014, 05:58 PM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 928
Views: 128,404
You do not seem to be getting the point, so let me try one more time:

You had a problem with your K3s.

You tested them to death and they still showed the problem.

You spoke to Pentax about it, but did not send the cameras in for service because you decided that they could not fix them because they did not know what was wrong. Just how would Pentax could tell you what was wrong with your cameras via email and over the phone I am not sure.

You returned your k3s and bought 2 K5II bodies.

You started your internet crusade, ultimately threatening Pentax that you were going to publish your diatribe if they did not respond, even though it seems that you have received a full refund for your K3s. BTW, Pentax owes you nothing at this point as you no longer own a K3.

You continued to post your story over and over and over and over and over here and at DPReview, long after you no longer had a K3.

You started this thread and asked that people simply report if they have the problem, :cool: but then you continue to break your own rules for this thread and re-hash your story even though you no longer have a K3, but others are not supposed to post anything but new reports, just you.

You order others to not respond but you keep responding to detractors here and also to those that report a problem. Since you no longer have a K3, by your own rules, you cannot report a new incident of the K3 mirror flap and therefore should not be adding anything to this thread.

No one here can fix whatever was wrong with your cameras, and anyone who has the problem can take advantage of the warranty period or return the camera just as you did. Had you simply stopped where I put the little cool smiley :cool: above, I do not think you would be seeing the reactions you have seen.

The best way for Pentax to get the message, AND be able to figure out the root cause of the problem is for cameras to be returned for service for the problem, or if the circumstances permit, back to the vendor for exchange or refund. This costs them money and at the same time gets cameras that do fail into the hands of the Engineers and Technicians who CAN figure out the root cause of the problem.

Your continued obsession with this makes you look like an internet nutjob, which we have experienced before, both here and at DPReview, and trust me, you do not want to Rabbit to be synonymous with RiceHigh and Barry Fitzgerald....

Ray
Forum: Pentax K-3 04-18-2014, 09:04 AM  
K3 Crazy Mirror Sickness (Mirror Flapping Lockup) - Report Yours Here!
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 928
Views: 128,404
Why do you keep posting to this thread with your "two cents" if you asked at the beginning of this thread for it "to just be a place to report the issue"?

Pot meet kettle.

Ray
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-29-2014, 08:13 PM  
120-400, 150-500 Sigma Outlet
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 8
Views: 2,106
Sigma has a couple of lenses for PK in the outlet store that do not come up there often:

120-400 f4.5/5.6 $749 -

120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG APO OS HSM Refurbished | Sigma Corporation of America

150-500 f5.6/6.3 OS/HSM $799 -

150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM Refurbished | Sigma Corporation of America

I have had good luck buying from the Sigma outlet store.

Ray
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-23-2014, 09:02 PM  
What is the best lens deal that you have made?
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 203
Views: 18,563
FA 50 f1.4 for $15 attached to a Pentax MF A3000 camera. I had to fix the filter threads on the lens, but it works fine to this day.

I gave the A3000 to a friend, and after replacing the missing film wind lever, it worked fine as well.

I bought 2 F 50 f1.7 lenses at different times for $40 each attached to film cameras.

These days, good deals are harder to come by as everyone checks EBay to see what the going price might be before they sell any old gear.

Ray
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-16-2014, 09:57 AM  
What Was The First Thing You Noticed About The K-3?
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 62
Views: 6,009
Ok, you only asked for the first, but here are the first 3:
  1. Fast focus lock

  2. Louder shutter than the wonderfully low K5 shutter noise

  3. Can't find stuff on the new button/menu system :confused:


My 5 is gone as well, but at some point a K5II might take its place as the DR and noise performance of the 16mp sensor is hard to let go....

Ray
Forum: Sold Items 02-08-2014, 06:27 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Tamron 90mm F2.5 Macro Lens
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 0
Views: 631
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Tamron 90mm F2.5 Macro Lens

Asking Price
225.00 USD

Item Location
Fairfield, CA (United States)

Item Description
Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.5 macro lens in PK mount Model 52E.

This lens has seen very little use since I bought it. It comes with the hard case, the original box, hood and both lens caps.

It is truly in like new condition with very little signs of use and everything functions perfectly, including the aperture blades, focus and focus limiter.

This lens is very sharp and is built more solidly than the later versions.

NOTE: The F2.5 version of this lens does sometimes suffer from a reflection off the rear glass onto the sensor in some situations. When this happens, you will see a round area in the center where the contrast is reduced. All F/2.5 versions of this lens have this problem (see the review on this site). This will most often happen with dark subjects on uniform light backgrounds in my experience. I will not accept a return for this issue

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
Depends upon Destination

Shipping Services
Buyer's Choice

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order

Return Policy & Additional Details
7 days to examine the item. Buyer pays return shipping if item is not defective.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 02-08-2014, 05:32 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K5 Classic w/Knock-off Grip
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 0
Views: 514
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax K5 Classic w/Knock-off Grip

Asking Price
450.00 USD

Item Location
Fairfield, CA (United States)

Item Description
Selling my back-up K5 body with Knock-off grip. k5 was purchased new 03/2012.
Camera is in Excellent condition, no problems with it ever.

All accessories included: original box, battery charger, manual, body cap, eye and flash cover, strap, cords, Pentax CD.

Shutter count - 5747

Top and rear LCD both have LCD glass protectors that were installed just after I bought the camera.

The knock-off grip does not have the original box.

I am open to reasonable offers, but I would rather keep it than sell it for peanuts, so please do not low-ball.

I will consider shipping to any location. Shipping price to be calculated based upon destination and buyer's preferred shipping method.

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
Depends upon Destination

Shipping Services
Buyers Choice of Method

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order

Return Policy & Additional Details
7 days Check out. Buyer pays return shipping if item is not defective.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-02-2014, 01:13 PM  
DA*16-50&DA*50-135 for event and wedding?
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 8
Views: 2,257
Here is a Sigma 50-150 f2.8 for sale on eBay:

Sigma 50 150mm F2 8 II APO EX DC HSM Lens for Pentax K Mount 0085126691561 | eBay

They come up on this board now and again as well.

Ray
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-02-2014, 12:29 PM  
DA*16-50&DA*50-135 for event and wedding?
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 8
Views: 2,257
I did some wedding work with a K5/K20 and the 16-50 and 50-135. The K20 did not AF fast enough for some of the action, so I bought the K5. It was better, but still not great. I came to the conclusion that the lenses were part of the problem.

I moved to the Sigma 17-50 f2.8 and the 50-150 f2.8 and they both are faster than the Pentax lenses on any body I have used them on, especially the 17-50. I just received a K3, and so far, with the same lens combo, AF is much faster and tracking is better than my K5. I no longer have the Pentax lenses, so I cannot do a k3 comparison.

The 50-135 was great optically, the 16-50 ok (not great at widest angle, wide open), and the WR can be useful, but SDM on these lenses was just plain slow (painfully so).

In use, the 2 Sigma lenses have proven to be good from an optical quality standpoint, with the 17-50 being better (IMO) than the 16-50, and the 50-150 being pretty close to the 50-135 with the added bonus of a bit more reach.

The Sigma 50-150 in Pentax mount is out of production, I believe, but they come up for sale now and again.

The 2 Pentax lenses are in dire need of a refresh, mainly related to the focus system. I took tens of thousands of images with my 16-50 on 4 bodies, so while they are good optical performers, they desperately need a fast and reliable silent focusing system to go along with the DA* designation (not to mention to justify the pricing).

The bottom line is that I think you will be less than happy with the two compared to your Canon/Sony experience.

Ray
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-02-2014, 12:07 PM  
Sports photography update
Posted By Ray Pulley
Replies: 25
Views: 3,029
Uhhh, check the panned shot I posted, and the heavy crop (hint: look at the tires on the crop shot and the panned shot and the track and background in the panned shot). I shot hundreds of shots that day, some with pan and blurring, others at high shutter speeds to freeze the action. Check the track and wheels on the other Indy car shots posted here. The point was that your Pentax camera can nail the focus and track well enough to get sharp images, panned or otherwise.

Of course, if it's gimmicks you want, one can always add gimmicks in PP to add various motion effects.

Ray
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