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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-07-2017, 01:44 PM  
FA 35mm 2.0 or DA 35mm 2.8 limited
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 26
Views: 1,031
I was trying to make the same decision between these two lenses and it probably comes down, in large part, to what you want to do with it-- macros, or "snap shots"? This review of the macro lens convinced me to get the FA 35:
Pentax SMCP-DA 35mm f/2.8 Macro Limited User Review «

decisive excerpt in the review for me: "On the DA 35 Macro focus hunting goes more like “ziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiip, ziiiiiiiiiiiiiiip, ziiiiiip, ziiip-zip.” I missed a ton of snap shots with the kids while this lens oscillated back and forth the focus scale on me. Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not saying the focus isn’t accurate. As all Pentaxians apparently already know, their DSLRs do not have the fastest autofocus system. The DA 35 Macro exacerbates this problem considerably. Its deliberate focusing is an important feature for shooting critical macro shots in controlled conditions but is also the main reason why it isn’t a replacement for standard lenses for every day use."
Forum: General Talk 10-09-2017, 07:17 AM  
Has this happened to you? My wife donated my favorite (antique) radio!
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 35
Views: 4,408
So how does it sound/perform? Enjoy!
Forum: General Talk 08-01-2017, 07:52 PM  
Has this happened to you? My wife donated my favorite (antique) radio!
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 35
Views: 4,408
Hope you enjoy it. I have since moved on to the Sangean WR-22 which sounds terrific and has bluetooth connectivity. It pairs nicely with my new Amazon Echo Dot as well. But a 320 for $5! what a diamond in the rough you have found. congrats!
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-25-2017, 07:42 AM  
Pentax KP for $950 new
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 9
Views: 1,463
just saw that the KP is being offered by B&H and Adorama for $950.

Pentax KP DSLR Camera (Body Only, Black) 16018 B&H Photo Video

Pentax KP 24MP TTL Autofocus DSLR Camera, Silver

(weird thing is that the Adorama listing says "closeout" for this item)

Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 06-08-2017, 02:48 PM  
K-30 / K-50 Aperture Block Failue - Repair Solution available
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 636
Views: 79,493
Wow, that's awesome news, and lucky for you. I wonder if Ricoh will do this for everyone that complains? Or just issue a recall?
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-08-2017, 02:42 PM  
Pentax HD PENTAX-DA 55-300mm f/4.5-6.3 ED PLM WR RE Lens $402!
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 6
Views: 661
plus you get B&H's excellent customer service along with it. I might need to spring for the lens now.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-18-2017, 02:54 PM  
Fix K-50 Aperature get K-70, K-S2 or K-S1
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 12
Views: 850
Have you tried using the AA battery adapter? Some users have reported some success in making this problem go away when using AA batteries instead.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-14-2017, 01:11 PM  
Pentax IS NOT Dooooooomed
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 630
Views: 41,783
Statement on Ricoh USA website that appeared today seems to be rehash of the original press release, though cleaned up a bit and written a bit more smoothly (for example, they mention "professional photographers" as those who appreciate their Pentax and GR cameras). No new information but somehow I feel a bit more comforted by this statement than the one that appeared on the Ricoh global website.

Ricoh Statement Regarding the Future of its Camera Business
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-27-2017, 06:29 PM  
US Pentax Deal Roundup: Week of March 27, 2017
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 3
Views: 3,145
Awesome, thanks Adam!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-27-2017, 02:20 PM  
Fast(er) short to mid zoom?
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 8
Views: 828
Sigma has a new "Contemporary" model of the 17-70 that they sell for Pentax. I got one last year and love it.
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro HSM Lens for Pentax 884109 B&H
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-27-2017, 02:17 PM  
AF201 FG - anyone excited?
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 109
Views: 14,282
I've had my eye on the new Metz Mecablitz M400 -- looks really compact and swivels vertically and horizontally, and does HSS I think.

Metz mecablitz M400 Flash for Pentax Cameras MZ M400P B&H Photo
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-27-2017, 02:13 PM  
US Pentax Deal Roundup: Week of March 27, 2017
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 3
Views: 3,145
I'd like to see a deal on the DA 55-300 PLM RE model. I remember it went down to $399 for a while but now it's back up to $447. That zoom looks amazing with its fast and silent AF!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-09-2017, 02:36 PM  
Please give me reasons to buy a 35mm 2.4 (or not to)
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 36
Views: 1,736
Sigma AF 24mm f/2.8 super-wide II is sharp and will provide a nice complement to your Sigma 30mm and DA 40mm. Faster than the DA 21mm too, though harder to find-- must buy it used.
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 03-09-2017, 02:31 PM  
Getting aperture control block on my K-S2 :(
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 19
Views: 1,718
really sorry to hear it! was hoping this was fixed with the K-S2 and K-70 models, but perhaps not. I've heard good things about that $100 repair option, though. Good luck!!
Forum: Sold Items 03-09-2017, 02:29 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA 77mm F1.8 Limited (MIJ)
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 4
Views: 666
drool... as much as I love my DA 70mm, this FA has always tempted me....
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-05-2017, 07:21 AM  
Got the olympus 40-150 f/4-5.6!
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 7
Views: 495
for the price, it's very nice. it works well on my Olympus EP-5. I wish it was not a plastic lens mount but shouldn't be a problem. I did get a third party hood that seems to improve the contrast and reduce flaring but the hood is very finicky to put on and reverse, so I probably should have sprung for the official hood.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-09-2017, 03:37 PM  
Cold Feet Selling a Lens
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 18
Views: 923
I'm the same as you regarding my DA 40mm limited -- despite having a FA 43mm, I still love the compactness of the DA 40mm, fast focusing, and sharp images I get from the ultimate pancake lens. I also have trouble selling my smc-F 28mm because it's so sharp. I'll add to this list my Sigma AF 24mm f/2.8 Super-wide II -- a cult and sentimental favorite of mine. Someday I may part with all of these but as long as I can still afford to hold onto them (and find myself using them), I'll keep them around.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-07-2016, 07:56 AM  
DxO OpticsPro 9 - free
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 22
Views: 2,400
thank you!
Forum: Sold Items 12-07-2016, 07:54 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma Contemporary 17-70mm Priced Lowered ... Great Lens at a Great Price!
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 9
Views: 1,775
what an outstanding collection of glass and camera. good luck with the sale!
Forum: Pentax Compact Cameras 11-07-2016, 02:50 PM  
Was there ever a replacement made for the MX-1?
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 7
Views: 1,329
I also loved my MX-1 but sold it when I acquired a Panasonic GM-1. Larger sensor was definitely a plus, as was the compact size, touchscreen LCD, and interchangeable lenses. But I miss the awesome sharpness of the MX-1 lens and the flippy screen was great too!
Forum: Sold Items 10-25-2016, 08:44 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 50-150MM 1:2.8 II APO HSM **Price Reduced**
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 9
Views: 1,217
If you don't need the AW of the DA* zoom, the Sigma 50-150 is an excellent option. Here is a comparison between the two.

I love my 50-150mm though I don't use it nearly as much as I should. Produces such lovely images.

Good luck with the sale!
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-07-2016, 03:39 PM  
PF 10th Anniversary - Pentax K-50 1-Day Giveaway! - Entries closed, winner announced.
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 1,825
Views: 49,716
looks awesome in Red! I have used my K-50 for two years and it has performed admirably. Before that, my trusty K-x was outstanding.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-07-2016, 03:38 PM  
PF 10th Anniversary - World Pentax Day + Giveaway!
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 161
Views: 8,774
Happily celebrating 6 years of Pentax gear ownership!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-04-2016, 02:56 PM  
Tamron SP Di-II 10-24 F3.5-4.5
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 16
Views: 992
Starting to have seller's remorse about the copy I sold last month. I knew I'd miss it a bit.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-28-2016, 09:10 PM  
Hd da 16-85 wr - $229
Posted By seventysixersfan
Replies: 8
Views: 1,044
wonder if this is a price mistake. seems too low for a used copy of this lens. $329 would be more likely.
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