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Forum: Sold Items 05-18-2022, 12:11 PM  
For Sale - Sold: HD D FA★ 70-200mm F2.8 - like new - mint - SOLD !!!!
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 14
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Congratulations on the sale. I have one and love it, but I may have to let it go eventually to finance something else.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-11-2022, 09:08 PM  
HD Pentax 16-50mm PLM Decision Help
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 28
Views: 1,557
I can definitely see the appeal in terms of easy access and that these two lenses would be fairly light (60% of the weight total to something like the 16-50 PLM alone, and $370 CAD cheaper than the new PLM before taxes). Not to mention size, as you say. Thanks for the feedback.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-11-2022, 05:02 AM  
HD Pentax 16-50mm PLM Decision Help
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 28
Views: 1,557
Lots of good information all around in this discussion, thank you!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-10-2022, 04:35 PM  
HD Pentax 16-50mm PLM Decision Help
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 28
Views: 1,557
That's a good point. I think I've never thought this way outside of "which zoom range do I need" so I've always had 1-2 lenses in my bag. Short and Long. I'm sure this is because I need to grow as a photographer and move my legs more and look at the scene before firing away.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-10-2022, 01:13 PM  
HD Pentax 16-50mm PLM Decision Help
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 28
Views: 1,557
Haha that makes sense though. And yes, hence my goal of having 3 or so lenses total in my life (we'll see how long THAT lasts).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-10-2022, 09:24 AM  
HD Pentax 16-50mm PLM Decision Help
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 28
Views: 1,557
When traveling, do you find yourself wishing for the 16-50 for the wide end sometimes? 4mm on the wide end can change things up a fair amount (versus just walking a certain distance to reframe one's self I would imagine).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-10-2022, 06:46 AM  
HD Pentax 16-50mm PLM Decision Help
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 28
Views: 1,557
Can't say I've ever seen one around locally in a K-mount unfortunately as originally I was thinking about this for the same FL and a 'step up' in terms of IQ etc. Thanks for the insight no less into the AF performance though that's interesting.

---------- Post added 03-10-22 at 06:48 AM ----------



It certainly is hard to say goodbye to that lens. I've traveled with it and it sure is useful. In an attempt to keep my lens count low and fund new lenses I was thinking I'd be able to get away with only having the 16-50 and 55-300 PLM for almost every scene I could come up with, selling the 18-135 in the process. You're making me ask hard questions to myself on what I value haha (which is good)!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-09-2022, 08:25 PM  
HD Pentax 16-50mm PLM Decision Help
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 28
Views: 1,557
I had read a number of reports of it having issues with being soft on one side all of a sudden or having the focus 'jump' between shots, and then others where people just love it, which is encouraging of course. Sometimes I have a hard time sifting through reviews like that.

Thank you for the recommendation and for taking the time to write to me.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-09-2022, 07:11 AM  
HD Pentax 16-50mm PLM Decision Help
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 28
Views: 1,557
The 16-85 is indeed a good suggestion/alternative, especially considering its price point too. I guess it comes down to a firm assessment of my needs versus how much I'm willing to spend on "wants". The 16-50 is drool worthy but pricy for sure (price is well deserved for the quality and materials etc don't get me wrong).

I am also painfully aware that it's easy to get caught up on fancy gear that won't make me a better photographer :-)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-09-2022, 05:21 AM  
HD Pentax 16-50mm PLM Decision Help
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 28
Views: 1,557
Sounds like they may have done some tweaking (even though the 16-50 isn't explicitly called out).

"Changes to V1.41
[Enhanced features]

Added Astrotracer Type 3. For details refer to the PDF manual.Click here

[Others]

Improved AF accuracy and stability during viewfinder shooting.
Improved stability for general performance.
* When this update is done, the contents of version 1.31 and earlier will be also updated.
* When this update is done, you will not be able to restore back to version 1.31 or earlier."


And this just made me look at the KP firmware and the latest one says it's optimized for the 16-50 PLM. Curious if we have any real world KP/16-50 users out there that have done some 'lab' tests?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-09-2022, 04:54 AM  
HD Pentax 16-50mm PLM Decision Help
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 28
Views: 1,557
This is a good point, and understandable in terms of the tech put into each one (and difference in age).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-09-2022, 03:25 AM  
HD Pentax 16-50mm PLM Decision Help
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 28
Views: 1,557
This definitely gives me a lot to think about, as I hadn't given the 20-40 much thought as I have it in my head that the wide end of the 16-50 would be useful for travel/astro etc but at what price (the long end too, but again, at what cost). I may have to see if anyone local wants to try one of my lenses and in exchange to try a 20-40 or 16-50 for an afternoon before I go and put money down on anything. Thank you for your time and thoughts.




Have considered this before, having typically been scared away by a lot of what I was reading online. I'll keep an open mind none the less as the question always comes up in my head "how much better is the new one versus the old, for the price?"


Thanks again for the responses everyone.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-08-2022, 04:54 PM  
HD Pentax 16-50mm PLM Decision Help
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 28
Views: 1,557
Thank you (all) so far for your responses.

Currently I also have an 18-135 that I'm looking to sell (help fund something new like the 16-50) to cover that other focal range.

Admittedly I find myself without a niche in what I like to photograph but the 2.8 I won't say no to when shopping around because a) I enjoy the subject separation or additional flexibility in low light and b) want to take more photos of the night sky and I figured the new 16-50 would do that nicely while still being my workhorse for traveling :)

I guess versitility is key?

In fairness, just for awareness, I bought the 70-200 because I found it used here in Canada for a price I couldn't say no to at the time, and it's been great for sports especially (or chasing the dog around lol).

The 55-300 I bought recently (again, used at a good price) is mainly going to serve me for travel and maybe even some birding with the longer reach.

Thanks again for your replies - please keep them coming as your collective knowledge really helps me put things in perspective. It's a big decision to drop that kind of money on a 'want' versus a need for me, and I'm just making sure I won't have buyers remorse.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-08-2022, 02:05 PM  
HD Pentax 16-50mm PLM Decision Help
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 28
Views: 1,557
Good day everyone,

I reside in Canada. I am not a pro. I use a KP, and have just acquired a used 55-300 PLM (cleaning it up currently before some testing).


I have been saving for a good 2 years now and have been thinking about pulling the trigger on the new 16-50 PLM as a travel lens and this should pair well with the 55-300 for a 2 lens kit for travel (weight isn't an issue and laughable compared to the DFA 70-200 that I have come to love when not on the road). This would be it for me in terms of lens ownership for a long time (no further budget).


I have a dilemma however. I've been reading through every post I can on this lens and came across a few regarding auto-focus issues (sounds to be largely with the K3-III?), specifically being inconsistent depending on the AF point being used:

ref: Can someone check the accuracy/difference of all AF points in AF-S Select - PentaxForums.com
Pentax HD DA 16-50 PLM autofocus problem - PentaxForums.com

My questions to the world of Pentax:


1) Should I wait, assuming there is some sort of early adopter issues happening with the first batch of lenses (this might be silly, as it's been quite a while now)?

2) Is it possible that these are just isolated incidents and 99% of 16-50 PLM owners aren't posting because they are outside enjoying their lenses without issues (this is certainly the case in a lot of reviews of various products, you only hear the bad stuff).



I am aware that the KP focusing system is a little different, but it's the best camera body I will own for many years to come (until it falls apart essentially), however I'll only get one shot at this in terms of my budget and sometimes Pentax gear can be a pain in Canada to order / go back and forth with a distributor on warranty claims.


Sorry for such a long post, but I appreciate you taking the time to read it and any perspective you can offer me.

Have a nice day.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 03-08-2022, 09:42 AM  
Newbie K-50 Shooter
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 11
Views: 436
Welcome!
Forum: Photo Critique 01-08-2022, 06:33 AM  
Nature Peaceful life on the rocks
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 5
Views: 475
I really like that one
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-21-2021, 06:15 AM  
Pentax 16-50 PLM 11% off Amazon Canada
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 2
Views: 574
Looks like the sale has ended
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-19-2021, 08:12 AM  
Pentax 16-50 PLM 11% off Amazon Canada
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 2
Views: 574
Hopefully I have this correct but it looks like the new 16-50 is on sale on Amazon Canada right now (11%).
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-19-2021, 04:19 AM  
Night Eclipse of the moon.
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 2
Views: 264
Nice! We were full overcast here unfortunately
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-03-2021, 02:41 PM  
New here but perhaps only temporarily
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 15
Views: 753
Nice to meet you, and good luck with your sales. Hopefully you'll find a few other Canucks around to help out ;)
Forum: Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Other Camera Brands 10-28-2021, 02:05 PM  
The Minolta AF / Sony A-mount Fan Club
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 151
Views: 5,479
First lens I ever touched, ever, was a Minolta 70-210 F4 "beer can", and taking a hummingbird photo with that as a kid hooked me onto photography. I actually just took it apart, cleaned and lubricated it and it works still!

Probably going to sell it off as I don't have anything to use it on really in the digital world but it feels like a good solid unit.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-05-2021, 07:10 PM  
HD Pentax DA * 16-50mm F2.8ED PLM AW is the second one.
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 924
Views: 87,846
And how did you score such a deal?
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-12-2021, 03:11 PM  
K-3 lll on ebay
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 8
Views: 879
Wow, if I was looking for a serious upgrade that seems like a great price
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-10-2021, 08:38 PM  
Hand forged
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 26
Views: 353
I would like to nominate this photo
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 08-19-2021, 02:06 AM  
New member from Victoria, British Columbia
Posted By STARHUNTER94
Replies: 8
Views: 533
Welcome from Ontario!
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