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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-26-2020, 12:46 AM  
DA* 2.8/16-50 Front Wobble
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 17
Views: 1,049
Thanks for the response. Photopoint is the one I'm considering at the moment as well. Warranty is long gone, the lens is almost a decade old. I dont see this repair being any less than 500€ and I'm uncertain how well they know about fixing these lenses, but as they are licenced, then they kinda have to be I guess :) .
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-25-2020, 11:32 PM  
DA* 2.8/16-50 Front Wobble
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 17
Views: 1,049
Why is this not talked about more? This is the first and only topic I've found about this subject. My 60-250 after some use (rougher woods use I guess) is unable to produce a sharp image at full length, it comes out disorted when at 100%. I can play with the tip a little (lol), and if the position is juuuuuuuust right get a kind-of decent image, but thats after like 10 or 20 tries. The wobble is 1-1,5mm at most, and kind-of tilts more to one side. I'm very tempted to take it apart and see whats inside, but I'm not sure that I would not make it worse. Don't really have any good services here (The Most Eastern of Europe) to take it in to.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-09-2018, 11:47 PM  
Looking for replacement for Fa77 Limited, just buy another one?
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 16
Views: 1,659
The DA*55 should be on that list as well. It surprised me how good a lens can be. I never liked the 50-55mm length until I got the DA*55. Having said all that - I feel like one can't ever go wrong with the 77ltd as a portrait lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-06-2018, 09:58 PM  
aps-c portrait primes: 43 Limited or DA*55?
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 37
Views: 3,621
Went to a bog hike with -15C this weekend for some nature-time with our company. Didn't think that I would use the DA*55 at all, but kind-of forgot to take it out of the bag (thought I'd use the 60-250 instead).
Glad I did forget, I got some very very good portraits and on top of that, this tiny little fellow popped out.

I quickly threw the HD1.4x on the DA*55 without thinking and it delivered!! SDM was fast and silent enough to get this guy in focus event with the TC.



I was kinda in the same spot as you. I thought over 43 55 77 and even the 31. All of these are very different lenses, but in the end, I'm totally happy with my decision.
I never want to take the DA*55 off the camera. If I *have to* change the lens, I always find myself thinking, would I be able to use the 55 for that shot instead so I wouldn't have to take it off :D.

PS. I have no experience with the 43 tho.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-09-2018, 04:13 AM  
Next Prime Lens to buy
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 85
Views: 5,193
You kind of made the post Purely Pentax when defining it "Primes for a Pentax DSLR"? I mean ... what did you expect the recommendations would be :D
There's no denying that (Ltd) Primes are the bread and butter of Pentax. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-08-2018, 02:54 AM  
Need help with 150-450 focusing issue
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 41
Views: 2,829
I have/had this same issue with the K3-II + DA*60-250 and the 1.4TC when focusing near infinity this summer. Tested now again in the winter and everything seemed to be fine. But last summer I noticed I could not for the life of me, get things that are far away to focus properly (airplanes, birds flying high etc). Everything 100ft and in is perfectly in focus. Sadly I can't tell much more about this because I haven't had much chance to use this combo. I just recalled one day that I could not get a rabbit on a clear field to get in focus, and I have never had this issue before.
To this day I do not know what it is and whether I'm just imagining things. Will wait for the weather to get better and do some proper testing again.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-07-2018, 11:36 PM  
Next Prime Lens to buy
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 85
Views: 5,193
Have had some time with the DA*55 now (pretty much polar-winter still here, so only terribly low light/flash photos) and even in utterly horrible lighting, it is nearly impossible to take bad photos with it. I would recommend highly. Haven't tried the 35mm macro though, but I really like the focal length with my DA(L)35 f2.4 on the crop sensor for walk-around photography and short portraits. Only thing I cant imagine with the 1:1 macro on the 35mm is the short focal distance needed. It's pretty hard to get near enough to macro-wildlife with the 90mm+1.4tc for me :D. This is only from wildlife point-of-view, I guess.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-02-2018, 09:56 AM  
FA31. Is it worth it. (Rant about LBA)
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 64
Views: 5,794
So... just got the DA*55 and boy, am I very happy with it so far. Extreme low light shooting, and focus is precise and fast. And the rendering... WOW! It has got some special x-factor composed into every image I can tell you that.
The limiteds will have to wait in my case, but for now I'm certain I've got the lens that I desired. The OOF areas are a dream even in low light!

A quick sample I took as one of the first testing images (got some of my best shots yet of my 11m son, but I have a thing with not wanting to post pictures of him to the internet) :



This thread has been so helpful for me, I appreciate everyone's help!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-30-2017, 10:38 AM  
Between the 15 and 70
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 61
Views: 4,070
Can't go wrong with the DA35/2.4. Excellent for its price.
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 12-30-2017, 10:17 AM  
Pentax DA* 60-250
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 49
Views: 15,791
Morning sun as background:

K3II + HD1.4 + DA*60-250 @238mm
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 12-30-2017, 10:14 AM  
Pentax DA 12-24 f/4 AL ED IF Samples
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 172
Views: 48,740
Saw the sun coming out for a second during the "polar winter". Classic morning bog shot.

DA12-24 @15mm f9 + Cokin gradient.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-30-2017, 10:03 AM  
FA31. Is it worth it. (Rant about LBA)
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 64
Views: 5,794
Called the 31mm guy, he did not take my call, so had some time to go through my gear a little bit.
So played with different focal lengths a little and found out (like many here also noted out) that the 31 would not give me that much extra ( and I really really like the DA35) and not planning going FF any time soon.

So long story short... I did something completely insane and ordered the DA*55. New, but at a very good bargain. Will take a few days till it gets here.

I'm hoping the DA*55 would compliment my DA*60-250 on the shorter side.
Why not the DA50 you ask? I'm hoping the DA*55 will have some of the 9 blade pixie-dust, I guess.

I do hope I did the right call. The SDM and all-weather ruggedness are huge arguments as well for me when comparing with the limiteds.

---------- Post added 12-30-2017 at 07:03 PM ----------

Called the 31mm guy, he did not take my call, so had some time to go through my gear a little bit.
So played with different focal lengths a little and found out (like many here also noted out) that the 31 would not give me that much extra ( and I really really like the DA35) and not planning going FF any time soon.

So long story short... I did something completely insane and ordered the DA*55. New, but at a very good bargain. Will take a few days till it gets here.

I'm hoping the DA*55 would compliment my DA*60-250 on the shorter side.
Why not the DA50 you ask? I'm hoping the DA*55 will have some of the 9 blade pixie-dust, I guess.

I do hope I did the right call. The SDM and all-weather ruggedness are huge arguments as well for me when comparing with the limiteds.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-20-2017, 11:53 PM  
FA31. Is it worth it. (Rant about LBA)
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 64
Views: 5,794
Basically when I was buying the DA[L]35mm, I had already the FA35-70 (that actually is a pretty good lens itself) and a Mir-24 35 mm f/ 2. I very rarely shot the FA35-70 @35mm and I found that the Mir was hard to use.
I didn't really know that I would even use the DA35, but as the local shop had some major sales and my boy was about to be born, I figured why not (it was like 100 NEW).

Now all of a sudden, I'm using the 35mm range most of the time.
So this absolutely checks out, that the lens defines your focal usage, not the actual focal length itself.

My sigma 400mm f5.6 was rendered absolutely pointless (even though it got me the best photo I have ever taken, a good time to show it off I guess :) ) for wildlife the day I got the 60-250 (and added the HD1,4x later), despite the focal length difference.



I guess that is normal photographic evolution. I don't see it that way, that I'm duplicating the focal length, instead I'm evolving to another level.
But still haven't decided tho. I'll probably call the guy in the weekend and see in what condition the lens is.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-20-2017, 12:54 AM  
FA31. Is it worth it. (Rant about LBA)
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 64
Views: 5,794
I see your point and I do agree with your thoughts. I bought the M50 1.7 for the purpose of seeing what the fast-fifty is like, but it always felt a tack too long for me. The 3*mm seems perfect, hence why the FA31 "addiction". And to add to it, most of my photos are done in extremely low light, so the longer focal length would require even more light. Having said that, it's possible the 31mm will be to short in the future, when the boy is running around all over the place.

I guess where I'm thinking that if I like the DAL35 as much as I do, then I probably would like the FA31 even more, if that makes any sense?
Yeah, the more logical approach when looking at my gear, would be the FA77, but that is off my reach sadly.



This is another thing I have in mind, that I would like the 31 to compliment the DA12-24 with my landscape addiction. Great shot!

Thanks all for the great answers so far, gives a lot of different perspectives :). Glad I started the discussion.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-20-2017, 12:11 AM  
FA31. Is it worth it. (Rant about LBA)
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 64
Views: 5,794
Yeah, that's quite important for me, as my gear is already on the heavy side. Don't need another 60-250 sized beast to drag around for hours hiking.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-19-2017, 11:54 PM  
FA31. Is it worth it. (Rant about LBA)
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 64
Views: 5,794
Wow, thanks for the fast replies.
Yeah, I fear this is opening a whole new world of LBA (LIMITED buying addiction).
I have indeed the fear of the FA31 being just the beginning. The FA77 seems amazing, but lucky for me, I can't get my hands on it where I live :) (And for now, the 60-250 is doing well in this range for me, but who knows, could be the DAL incident all over again, amiright ;)).

Grr, I think this means I'll have to make the call. It will probably be a matter of time, till I need the K-1, right? Do love the K3-II tho.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-19-2017, 10:59 PM  
FA31. Is it worth it. (Rant about LBA)
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 64
Views: 5,794
Hi all.
I'm a 100% amateur, mainly started on nature photos, but after having a kid, I needed some fast light AF stuff, so decided the DAL35, a'ka the "Plastic fantastic" would do the job.
The DAL35 is absolutely fantastic and I love it ... but ...

... all of a sudden I found myself creeping for the Sigma 18-35 F1.8. After doing some research about the 18-35, naturally, I found out that what I actually NEED is the FA31.
For a few days now I can't get the thought of FA31 out of my head, and to make things worse, I just found one, practically new, for sale for 500 (600$).

The wife doesn't mind, I can afford it, but do I need it? I have never made a $ with my photography (although shoot some volunteer stuff once in a while), I can't imagine anything being better than the DAL35.

My fears are:
* I will never use the DAL35 again. (god, it's fantastic!)
* I can't tell the difference.
* It's just a bad case of LBA

What would you do?
Thanks! :)
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-13-2014, 11:12 PM  
3 Million Post Giveaway: Confirm your entry!
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 2,854
Views: 112,527
Good luck!
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 12-09-2014, 10:21 PM  
Win an FA 31mm Ltd: PF 3 million post giveaway!
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 2,237
Views: 128,889
Come on, Lady luck :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-24-2011, 08:47 AM  
K5 Sigma 10-20 and what?
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 15
Views: 4,387
I second the 18-135
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-24-2011, 07:01 AM  
DA 12-24MM F4.0 ED AL (IF) vs DA 14 mm F2.8 EDIF
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 12
Views: 4,216
The 12-24/4 is a superb wide-angle lens. Sharp full open and minimal disortions. If landscape is what you're after, then 12-24 is the right choice, imo. The the 14mm is faster, so better indoor in low light. I'd go for the 12-24 if size and speed are no issue. If size IS a issue, the best bet would be the 15mm limited.
Forum: Lens Clubs 01-17-2011, 03:50 PM  
The Kit Lens Club!
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 2,947
Views: 518,918


k20d ISO 100 f14 @18mm

more from this great lens (the 1st edition!) @ foto.materjal.net | Maastikud
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-08-2010, 03:22 AM  
Am I doing it wrong or..
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 15
Views: 3,135
Seems to be as sharp it should be @ f2... a 100% crop of the "boss" or "disortion" would help.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-07-2010, 03:51 PM  
DA* 16-50mm F2.8, show us what it can do.
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 378
Views: 99,435


Just love this lens...:)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-07-2010, 10:54 AM  
Sticky: Pentax Photo Gallery (PPG) entries
Posted By r3nx
Replies: 6,192
Views: 900,755
Got my k20d yesterday and went for a short trip in a train station near-by.



love that k20d, used 200% D-Range ISO and a little help with the sky in CS4
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