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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 18 Hours Ago  
Ricoh WG-7
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 27
Views: 816
Cool!
And I still haven't used my WG-6, which I bought for my planned trip to the Galapagos Islands last November. Obviously COVID scuppered all that :(
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 18 Hours Ago  
Pentax HD-DA 55-300 failing focussing motor
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 10
Views: 330
Hi Ian, and welcome to Pentax Forums!

First of all, can I assume you are talking about the PLM RE version of this lens? As the earlier versions are all screw drive, I guess you must be.

I'm astonished they don't have access to spare parts for what is a fairly recent model. If I send a lens to CR Kennedy for repair in Australia, they will occasionally send it on to Japan if they lack the specialised equipment. Surely your mob could do the same....
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 1 Day Ago  
Game Single in June 2021
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 132
Views: 3,683
Raf was rather taken with my Mezzaluna. I have also just had a request for another one to go to a friend in Oxfordshire. It will be a busy couple of weeks, which might distract me from breaking out the FA* 24/2.0 for Single In July.

On the other hand, there will be no shortage of things to photograph :D
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Game Single in June 2021
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 132
Views: 3,683
The DA*55 is a very good performer on the K-1 - in fact, I enjoy it more on full frame than I do on crop.
Go for it!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Days Ago  
Game Single in June 2021
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 132
Views: 3,683
How does one gasp in Spanish?

"HOLY TOLEDO!" perhaps??
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Days Ago  
Game Single in June 2021
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 132
Views: 3,683
....but I'm still finding some to time to get into the shed. Joan suggested I make a proper paring knife and a pizza cutter, and as we know, She Must Be Obeyed.

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 6 Days Ago  
Game Single in June 2021
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 132
Views: 3,683
I'm just waiting with baited breath to hear that your knife has arrived. It's been in Helsinki since Saturday :)

And speaking of items in the mail...
Peter, I promise I'll get onto yours this weekend; it's been a hectic week....
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 6 Days Ago  
Pentax MX film issues
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 6
Views: 411
I suspect the tracks, in which the horizontal shutter mechanism moves, are sticky. Find a qualified camera technician and get your lovely MX serviced.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 06-08-2021, 02:13 AM  
The joy of Pentax and the K1ii
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 20
Views: 1,137
Great images Ben.

Pentax, and the K-1 Mark II specifically, will do me.
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 06-02-2021, 04:49 PM  
GRIII with massive hands
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 8
Views: 569
I'm 6'3" with reasonably big hands, and just pinch my GRIII between thumb and middle finger, with the sling around my wrist.

I say embrace the tiny size!
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-02-2021, 04:25 AM  
Game Single in June 2021
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 132
Views: 3,683
Thanks Dave. Done! :)
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-02-2021, 12:39 AM  
Game Single in June 2021
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 132
Views: 3,683
I have shots for the 1st and 2nd, but I just can't get motivated to participate.

I think I'm over it. In fact, If I'm going to be honest with myself, I have been for many months. Does anyone want to take over my admin role in the Flickr group?
Forum: General Talk 05-31-2021, 03:38 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 22,762
Views: 1,678,299
1) is the correct answer. Good steel isn't cheap, and my heat treating kiln is the single most expensive item in my workshop. I pay quite a bit of attention to edge geometry as well.

I have owned a few El Cheapo knives in my time, and they never held an edge well at all. So far (and I've only been doing this for about 18 months) my knives cut better, and are easier to keep sharp, than my Wüsthof Trident knives, and are very much the equal to my two fancy Japanese knives.

And they are prettier, and customised to the recipient's personal requirements, so I guess 2) is also correct ;)

But most of all, they are a joy to make. While the day job lasts (probably another ten years), I'm not doing this for a living (yet!).
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-30-2021, 03:43 AM  
Leica Lens Club
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 542
Views: 119,942
After years of two essentially identical Lens Clubs running in parallel, they have been merged.

Knock yourselves out, Leicaphiles!
Forum: General Talk 05-30-2021, 02:20 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 22,762
Views: 1,678,299
Two 11 layer billets of 1095 and 15N20 ( a total of about 1kg of steel), each forged down to a third of their thickness, then stacked together to make 22 layers. That was again squished to about 10mm thickness and cut into four and re-stacked to make an 88 layer billet. I then forged that down to a huge, long billet about 450mm long, 50mm wide and 4mm thick.

Two slices of that, with a thin layer of 15N20 in between, and a layer of wrought iron (recycled from an antique wagon wheel) on each side, makes 179.

It's still a work in progress, but after many more hours of forging, grinding, etching and handle fitting, it's the bottom of the two knives pictured here in this impromptu iPhone image:
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-29-2021, 05:37 AM  
Game Single in June 2021
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 132
Views: 3,683
I have a handful of third party lenses that cover niches Pentax doesn't.

Samyang 12/2.8 Fisheye - fast, well corrected full fame fisheye
Loawa 12/2.8 D-Dreamer Zero-D - super-wide full frame rectilinear
Lomography Lomogon 32/2.5 Art - all-brass retro fun
Sigma 35/1.4 Art - currently the only wide angle which can properly compliment the two DFA* 50 and 85
Lomography Daguerreotype Achromat 62/2.9 - a modern take on one of the first ever photographic lenses

Then there's the Schneider-Kreuznach Cinelux-Ultra 125/2.0 for the 645

In total, that's less than 10% of my lenses....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-28-2021, 08:46 PM  
Raffled D FA* 50mm f1.4 has found a home!!
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 22
Views: 1,056
It is a wonderful lens. Enjoy!
Forum: General Talk 05-28-2021, 05:17 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 22,762
Views: 1,678,299
My latest acquisition is an antique fly press, to facilitate my Damascus billet development. I just picked it up this afternoon; at a weight of about 200kg, picking it up was no small task ;)

My current work in progress is 179 layers of steel. I wish I had this press before I started it....
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-27-2021, 06:56 AM  
Buying a Pentax 645Z in 2021
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 69
Views: 2,870
You're triggering some serious seller's remorse, but I'm delighted it has gone to a good home :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-27-2021, 04:13 AM  
Is 60-250 really full-frame?
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 39
Views: 1,760
The DFA*70-200 is awesome (I have it), but a landscape lens has to be something you're willing to carry.....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-27-2021, 03:58 AM  
Is 60-250 really full-frame?
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 39
Views: 1,760
I haven't been to the Grand Canyon, but the DFA70-210 works for landscapes too

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-27-2021, 03:41 AM  
Is 60-250 really full-frame?
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 39
Views: 1,760
Suggesting the DFA70-210 is physically longer than than the DA*60-250 is hilarious. While it may be true at the short end, the former has an internal zoom design, while the latter extends a mile at the long end. It is also heavier, chunkier, and infinitely slower focussing (if it focusses at all).

As far as effective focal length goes, unless you are at near-infinity the DFA70-210 may in fact feel longer. For me, focus breathing matters.

I know the DA*60-250 has its fans, but I've have two copies of it (still have the second) and just can't love it on crop, let alone full frame. I don't need no steenkin' tripod collar - just get the 70-210 :)
Forum: General Talk 05-26-2021, 05:52 PM  
Trail Hiking / Walking Shoes?
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 33
Views: 856
Fit is vastly more important than brand. Try lots and go for what fits.

The Merrell range works perfectly for me. I prefer their lighter "barefoot" style shoes over their stiffer hiking boots though - even for quite rough tracks.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-26-2021, 05:33 PM  
Game Single in June 2021
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 132
Views: 3,683
Tempted with a macro month. I haven't dusted off the DFA 100 WR for quite a while. And it will play very nicely with the K-3 iii

The DFA 150-450 might be just a bit much for my current level of motivation ;)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-26-2021, 04:17 PM  
AF full-frame ultrawide lens that takes threaded filters ?
Posted By Sandy Hancock
Replies: 51
Views: 1,784
FA 20/2.8 takes 67mm filters
FA 20-35/4.0 takes 58mm filters

Both are nice, compact lenses.

If you want all the modern bells and whistles, the DA* 11-18/2.8 covers full frame reasonably at the "long" end, and takes 82mm filters.
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