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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-16-2011, 08:23 PM  
Pentax Lens Prices
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 17
Views: 2,468
I agree with a lot of the reasons already posted. The most obvious thing that popped into my mind was 'normal' inflation. On top of this, I expect (though I have done no research and thus have no evidence to support this) is the growth in the number of Pentax (D)SLR owners. This would surely have an impact on the prices of out-of-production lenses.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-14-2011, 06:40 PM  
DA Limited's in Silver
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 86
Views: 11,992
Great, thanks all. Found a few more on Flickr too - I don't know why I didn't think of doing a search on there earlier.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-13-2011, 07:34 PM  
DA Limited's in Silver
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 86
Views: 11,992
I have a fairly simple (lens porn) request that hopefully someone out there can help me out with. I have seen plenty of shots of silver lenses (DA & FA) on silver bodies, however I have never seen an image of a silver lens on a black body but would love to see how it looks. I have had a pretty extensive search of this site, google images and other pentax sites without success. Could someone post some images of silver limited lenses on an all black body please?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-12-2011, 04:43 AM  
new smc PENTAX-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6ED AL [IF] WR DC
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 227
Views: 67,345
I'm getting more confused. SDM is a trademark designation for lenses driven by a supersonic motor and you say that Pentax has no ultrasonic motors, yet the K-5 manual talks about "DA lenses with an ultrasonic motor".

Don't both "supersonic" and "ultrasonic" just refer to soundwaves with a frequency above the human hearing range? So SDM lenses, driven by supersonic motors are by definition driven by ultrasonic motors, surely?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-12-2011, 12:11 AM  
new smc PENTAX-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6ED AL [IF] WR DC
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 227
Views: 67,345
So I got into a bit of a discussion (in the marketplace section of all places) about DC versus SDM. It probably wasn't the best place to be debating the difference so I thought I'd ask some more questions about the differences here instead.

So it is my understanding that the trademark for the SDM designation for lenses refers to lenses driven with a supersonic motor. And the DC in the name of the DA 18-135mm lens refers to a direct current motor.

Yet Pentax, in the media release about the DA 18-135mm describes the lens as:
"3. Extra-smooth SDM autofocus operation
A DC motor built into the lens’ AF (autofocus) unit assures extra-smooth autofocus operation."

There seems to be plenty of instances of SDM being interpreted as being short for silent drive motor yet I have never seen any evidence of Pentax (Hoya) using the SDM with this meaning - only their name for ultrasonic lenses.

Yet Pentax (in the media release about the DA 18-135mm) has clearly linked the DC motor to the SDM autofocus system. I haven't pulled apart the lens, but it seems to me that most of the evidence suggests that the direct current motor is a conventional DC micro-motor, although I note that Falk Lumo suggested that it was a "new, faster ultrasonic focus motor". Can someone definitively say that it is a conventional DC micro-motor? And if so, why are Pentax using SDM for a non ultrasonic AF lens? Have they broaden their definition of what SDM refers to?
Forum: Sold Items 06-11-2011, 05:50 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR lens (AUS)
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 13
Views: 3,032
Well, I think you better let Pentax know that they're spreading misinformation:

3. Extra-smooth SDM autofocus operation
A DC motor built into the lens’ AF (autofocus) unit assures extra-smooth autofocus operation.

Source: smc PENTAX-DA18-135mmF3.5-5.6ED AL[IF] DC WR A high-zoom-ratio standard zoom lens, designed exclusively for PENTAX digital SLR cameras

---------- Post added 12-06-11 at 11:00 AM ----------

Oh shoot, even this site states that it has "a DC motor for the SDM focusing system".
Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR Reviews - DA Series Zooms - Pentax Lens Reviews & Pentax Lens Database
Forum: Sold Items 06-10-2011, 08:07 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR lens (AUS)
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 13
Views: 3,032
Yeah, it has a new DC motor for its SDM autofocus.

---------- Post added 11-06-11 at 01:30 PM ----------

Anyway, a terrific lens (already have a copy) - very versatile. Good luck with the sale!
Forum: Sold Items 06-10-2011, 06:24 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR lens (AUS)
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 13
Views: 3,032
Are you sure about that?
Forum: Sold Items 05-25-2011, 02:09 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DFA 100mm f/2.8 WR macro (AUS) (AUS)
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 7
Views: 2,889
Hmm... very tempted. I'll PM you if I succumb to LBA.
Forum: Pentax K-5 01-13-2011, 04:59 PM  
K-5 in Australia?
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 751
Views: 78,993
The free shipping definitely was a pre-xmas deal.
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-25-2010, 02:58 PM  
K-5 in Australia?
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 751
Views: 78,993
I had a kit on order too. I'd spent a lot of time on the phone with the retailer and CRK in the lead up to Christmas. The kit price I was paying was about $600 more than the body only price. I was getting desperate to get a K-5 so I was asking what price they could do for the body only plus the DA 18-135mm (because the official kits do come in the one box). They wanted to charge me $789 for the lens. In the end I decided to just get the body here and get the lens from Adorama for < AU$600 (and ordered a few other things at the same time). CR Kennedy weren't interested in price matching the grey import and neither the retailer nor CRK were interested in helping out a customer who had been waiting > 1month for a K-5 & DA 18-135mm kit by offering a price for both items individually at close to the kit price.
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-21-2010, 11:11 PM  
K-5 in Australia?
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 751
Views: 78,993
I'm starting to get a little disgruntled now. I had ordered a K-5 & DA 18-135mm kit which was originally due on the 4th. Four days later I got an email saying that they were now due on the 22nd. Yesterday I was told that they were still due today (22nd), didn't hear anything by mid-afternoon so gave them a call to check it was still worth coming in to pick up the kit tomorrow. No stock and no new ETA. I can understand there's a shortage here in Australia but the lack of communication was starting to tick me off.

I called CRK to see if they had an idea on when to expect the kits - they weren't sure but told me that the DA 18-135mm lenses had arrived and they could ship them overnight if I had a store to order from. So I called me retailer of choice back asking to get a price if I ordered a K-5 body (which they have in stock) and a DA 18-135mm lens as separate items rather than the kit. Their response, "we don't have the DA 18-135mm in our system so we can't give you a price". And when I asked if they could call CRK to get a price so that I could most likely order them as separate items they said that they couldn't help. How messed up is that? So frustrating!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-14-2010, 10:54 PM  
Poll: Which Wide Angle - YOU Choose
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 66
Views: 8,523
I too voted for the DA 14mm with my $. It is so often overlooked in discussions about UWA lenses. It was such a difficult decision between it, the DA 12-24mm and the DA 15mm. I chose it for its max aperture and close focus (which can make for some interesting shots). I liked the extra versatility of FL of the DA 12-24mm and it looked to be a comparable performer sharpness wise. The DA 15mm was also very tempting largely because of its size. I'm really happy with the DA 14mm but I'd love to have all three. If I had to pick one from the list above, it would probably be the 12-24mm but I haven't voted for it because I'd still stick with the DA 14mm (if it were an option in this pole).
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-14-2010, 09:24 PM  
Focus Screen on K-x
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 8
Views: 2,179
It is changeable, and user-changeable too. I put a Katzeye screen into my K-x. It was a little fiddly but if I can do it just about anyone can. I recommend the Katzeye but if I had my time over I'd go with one of the cheaper options probably. The Katzeye is good, but debatable if it was worth the extra dosh.
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-08-2010, 05:50 PM  
K-5 in Australia?
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 751
Views: 78,993
So all gone now?
Forum: Pentax K-5 12-02-2010, 02:54 PM  
K-5 in Australia?
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 751
Views: 78,993
Someone just said so on another forum... but I won't bother linking to it because I'm pretty sure you know who it was, eh WerTicus?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-23-2010, 06:01 PM  
Pentax Sling Bag vs. small primes = whoops!
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 8
Views: 3,296
Yeah, that is one sexy case with the DA Limiteds in it!
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 08-09-2010, 06:05 AM  
P52-3-1 Architecture - Old
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 36
Views: 5,991
I forgot to mark the start of the new year of Project 52 into my calendar and so only realised today that I had missed it. So while this was only taken today (9th August in Australia), I figured I'd post it anyway for those that are interested. I hope this will be the closest I come to missing a week this year.

As I only had today to get a shot I wasn't able to scout around as much as I would have liked but this is the building I am currently working in. Not exceptionally old but then there aren't many truly old buildings in Brisbane. It certainly isn't what I would describe as modern architecture so hopefully everyone is willing to accept it as old architecture.

The shot was taken with a K-x with M-50mm f/1.7 at ISO 800, f/1.7 and 1/40s exposure.


Forum: Photographic Technique 07-04-2010, 10:12 PM  
Do you carry around your camera.....
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 73
Views: 11,373
I love it!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-04-2010, 06:27 PM  
Kx flash recommendations...
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 9
Views: 2,409
A very handy website. I too have the Metz 48 for the same reasons. I think it's a pretty good unit, especially for the price. While the UI isn't what I'd call intuitive, it's too bad at all and the manual is clear and easily understood (I remember reading somewhere that the Sigma flash manuals weren't always the easiest to understand).
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 07-01-2010, 05:14 PM  
P52 year 3
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 8
Views: 3,282
After starting in week 44 of project 52-2, I had intended to participate the rest of project 52-2 but was then without a camera for a few weeks and by the time it came back it was the middle of university exams (and was pretty busy at work). But that hasn't diminished my enthusiasm to participate in Project 52-3 - I'm really looking forward to it!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-15-2010, 08:42 PM  
Kx Back Focus???
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 12
Views: 2,250
There is an AF adjustment in the debug menu. A google search will find you the instructions. As rawr said though, I think it is a global adjustment (affects every lens). However, Pentax are able to adjust AF for individual lenses - I just had my K-x and FA 31mm AF adjusted because of a back focus issue.

(yay, post 100 for me!)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-15-2010, 02:11 PM  
How often has waiting for the SR confimation icon resulted in missed shots?
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 38
Views: 4,302
I've never missed a shot waiting for the SR. If waiting for the SR means I'm going to miss the shot, then I'll just take it. Undoubtedly I have had some shots which weren't as sharp as they could have been because I didn't wait for the SR.

In shooting sports generally you're going to be using a fast enough shutter that it won't be a problem.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-08-2010, 02:14 PM  
K-x and AF adjust???
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 3
Views: 2,145
Oh yeah, I forgot about the second part of the question. No, the K-x can't correct for distortion and CA with FA Limiteds.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-08-2010, 02:05 PM  
Best geotagging device on the market now.
Posted By GingerBeer
Replies: 40
Views: 11,422
I went with the Gisteq PhotoTrackr Lite. It is still on its way to Australia but I'll update with some comments once I've used it a bit.

I had been using a GPS tracking program on my Blackberry Bold and the Geosetter software. It all worked fine but the GPS was a severe drain on the Blackberry's batteries. Not a major problem day-to-day but for things like weekend camping trips, particularly when I need to use the GPS navigation to get home, it wasn't ideal.
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