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Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-01-2018, 12:22 PM  
Hello from ankara,turkey
Posted By Basie
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Hallo SHERIF57

Welcome to a friendly and knowledgeable forum. Enjoy and do psot some pictures as well
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-31-2018, 12:03 PM  
Banding ?
Posted By Basie
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plus 1 with digitalis

That thingy really gets easily misplaced and to use duck tape or something is not the ideal what with the sticky residue. Any other good tips for covering without the original cover?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-12-2018, 08:25 AM  
Orchid in Balck and White
Posted By Basie
Replies: 23
Views: 317
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-12-2018, 08:25 AM  
Spiral
Posted By Basie
Replies: 32
Views: 408
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 01-12-2018, 08:24 AM  
Dandelion
Posted By Basie
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Views: 362
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-22-2017, 07:38 AM  
DA*300, what a Star!
Posted By Basie
Replies: 17
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The DA*300 F4 is a gem on the K5. Really sharp and focusing is great within the Pentax limitations. By far my favorite and best lens. I have mine for several yearsnow and no SDM motor problems, but the SDM contacts on the lens has broken off, rendering the lens nearly useless, but it is a small easily replaceable part. It just takes more than 6 weeks to get in in my neck of the woods. The contacts is the same for all SDM lenses, but the longer lens with some leverage might have helped its earlier failure.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-19-2017, 01:25 PM  
Somewhat new here just looking around more or less.
Posted By Basie
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Welcome from Namibia to this very friendly forum. Flaming wars very rare and quickly extinguished and Pentax forums is my only social media as well
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-19-2017, 01:23 PM  
Hello Everyone
Posted By Basie
Replies: 6
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Welcome and you obviously have a great wife, buying you K1000 which would last much longer than a ring. You will find the settings very logical and easy and this forum very helpful
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-04-2017, 12:59 PM  
Macro Tick in a droplet
Posted By Basie
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Views: 493
Very well done. Quite creepy though
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 09-20-2017, 09:20 AM  
weird dark spots
Posted By Basie
Replies: 17
Views: 856
If you are using the lens on small aperture the dust would be more visible. Might be why you do not see in on the other lenses. It is highly improbable to come from the lens itself
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-17-2017, 01:15 AM  
DFA 100 Macro WR Autofocus Failure
Posted By Basie
Replies: 7
Views: 614
Oops. Now i know. I don't have a DFA 100 Macro 100mm ( yet ) and I answered the SDM story. Should have checked

Cheers
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-15-2017, 06:38 AM  
DFA 100 Macro WR Autofocus Failure
Posted By Basie
Replies: 7
Views: 614
Hi bigoak Have you tired it on another camera body as well. There was quite a few reports of the SDM contacts on the lens base coming loose. They are the two innermost electrical contacts and are identical. Mine bent and could not make contact any more. I straightened it and it word well until it bent again and broke off. I am waiting for a new SDM contact module to have it working again
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-12-2017, 01:46 PM  
Focus issue
Posted By Basie
Replies: 12
Views: 1,134
I have been using the 18-135 with a K5 and tried to focus with live view on bright stars and trial and error, but it was an exercise in frustration. I could not reliably find the stars on live view and on zooming in the stars and noise worked together to cause even more confusion. I have not tried the ' focus during daylight on infinity and taping the lens ' method, but it robs you of using the lens during the best part of the day and the throw is so short on the focusing ring that it would go out of of whack easily. I settled on using an manual focus 50mm F2 Pentax lens on infinity stop and it worked fine, but without the wide angle of the 18mm. If your really serious and need the wide angle ( don't we all?), I would go for a manual focus like the Samyang 16 or 14 mm, but it seems that you need to calibrate the focusing as well

Good luck
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-31-2017, 02:19 PM  
Pentax K1000 vs Ricoh KR-5 Super
Posted By Basie
Replies: 21
Views: 1,176
THe Ricoh was sold as a cheaper alternative to Pentax. I have both and the Ricoh is deceptively well built and tough. Not a softy camera Difficult choice. I would keep both!
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-31-2017, 02:16 PM  
Hey guys! Hope we get along :)
Posted By Basie
Replies: 9
Views: 329
Hi Mario

A very warm welcome to you. It is a great forum with lots of well informed people. Lots of very ompressive shots on your website
Forum: Lens Clubs 08-27-2017, 11:29 AM  
The 300mm plus lens Club discuss your long lenses.
Posted By Basie
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An update. The contact now has broken off cleanly and now I have a manual focus lens on a K5, which is not a manual focus star. The focus confirmation does not work either. I removed the offending contact module and it small and I am sure easily replaced. I am sure that it is not an isolated problem. To send a lens from here for repairs is next to impossible ( we have to export, pay tax, import, pay tax and then try to claim back. It has never worked before ) I I am trying to get the offending part from a South African outfit, but no luck yet. Anyone knows where it can be found?
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-10-2017, 02:29 AM  
Pentax Film User, Looking To Move Into Digital
Posted By Basie
Replies: 7
Views: 443
Pentax DSLRs are great. If you use APSC, you will find manual focus ( with older lenses ) quite challenging and then a camera with focus peaking would be useful. It would be a pity if you cannot use your old lenses properly.

I changed to DSLR from K1000 never looked back. Only problems is focus and sensor dust, but can be managed

Welcome here
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-10-2017, 01:15 AM  
'S as in Surreal'
Posted By Basie
Replies: 16
Views: 643
a real S Even the right side up
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-10-2017, 01:14 AM  
Curved train
Posted By Basie
Replies: 6
Views: 329
Nominate
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-10-2017, 01:13 AM  
serpentine
Posted By Basie
Replies: 6
Views: 350
Great long lens landscape as well!

Nominated
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-10-2017, 01:13 AM  
Sorro...
Posted By Basie
Replies: 15
Views: 758
Great shot I assume it was at Etosha. Have you used machine gun mode? Or pressed it at the right time?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-10-2017, 01:11 AM  
S-Glacier
Posted By Basie
Replies: 4
Views: 182
Nominated
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-18-2017, 02:53 AM  
K70 and LR4
Posted By Basie
Replies: 3
Views: 446
Thanks a lot. Will give it a go then. The lenses I have is on the LR4 profile. Will see if I really needs the camera profile well. Other wise it will be me and google
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 06-17-2017, 12:47 PM  
K70 and LR4
Posted By Basie
Replies: 3
Views: 446
Hi

I have a K5 and the DNG files works perfectly with LR4. I plan to get a k70, but will I need to get a newer LR or will it work just as transparently? I other words is the new cameras DNG files the same as he old ones? To get a subscription in our currency will be just too much and if I have to I will buy a standalone LR6, but LR4 is still very fine with me.

Thanks
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 06-16-2017, 11:57 AM  
Hello from the UK
Posted By Basie
Replies: 5
Views: 207
Hi tbelf

A very warm welcome to the friendly forum. Do post some shots from the FA 43
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