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Forum: Sold Items 06-23-2015, 06:04 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA L 18-50mm WR Retractable lens MINT
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 3
Views: 1,048
PM sent.
Forum: Sold Items 11-18-2014, 03:15 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax HD DA 70mm f2.4
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 6
Views: 1,180
PM sent.

Mike
Forum: Sold Items 11-11-2014, 11:50 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-3, Pentax 18-135 WR
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 9
Views: 2,893
Just sent PM.
Forum: Pentax K-01 11-21-2013, 10:26 PM  
K-01 Mode Dial problem
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 114
Views: 23,291
Happened to me too last week. I used a dab of super glue to glue it back in place. This is on my wife's K-01, which has not seen much use -- fewer than 3000 shutter actuations. I have not had a problem with my white K-01, which has seen much more use. Whatever the case, it's poor workmanship -- I was surprised to see all the plastic under the aluminum dial.

Mike
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-30-2013, 11:02 PM  
Problem with External Flash
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 21
Views: 5,291
Original poster here. I emailed Pentax and they responded that they do not test or warrant their cameras for use with third-party external flash units. They are unwilling to help. They cautioned that using any third-party flash could damage the camera (any Pentax DSLR) and advised using a Wein SafeSync hotshoe adapter with third party flashes. Not very helpful! It would be nice to know why it works fine on the K-x but not at all on the K-01.

"We do not test our cameras for compatibility with third-party flashes so we cannot tell you what might be the problem when you try using the Bell & Howell flash on the K-01. This flash may not be compatible with the camera, or it may only work in manual mode. We do recommend that if you do try to use it on the camera (or any PENTAX camera), you use a Wein SafeSync hotshoe adapter with it to protect the camera."


Not very helpful! It would be nice to know why it works fine on the K-x but not at all on the K-01.
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-22-2013, 04:06 PM  
Problem with External Flash
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 21
Views: 5,291
West Penn wrote: "Mike, I have a Rokinon D980AFZ-PK, which is identical to the Bell & Howell and others except in name. It exhibits the same characteristics as as you describe (strobe firing) when on the K-01, but does seem to work in manual mode. The flash works fine in P-TTL mode with the Pentax K-x and K20D."

Interesting. I guess I should try the latest firmware update (I'm still on the first update) and see if that makes a difference. I wonder why the flash exhibits different behaviors of these two cameras? I suppose I should also email Pentax support and see what they say. In case you're wondering, I'm a real estate agent and take a lot of interior photos of homes. The K-01 is much superior to the K-x in terms of auto white balance. It would be nice to use just one camera when taking interior photos both with and without flash.

Mike
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-21-2013, 01:55 PM  
Problem with External Flash
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 21
Views: 5,291
The flash unit works in all modes with the K-x. I just mounted it again onto the K-01, where it only works in manual mode. (I had not tried it in manual mode before.) When I try it in any other mode on the K-01, it either does not fire at all or goes into a strobe mode after the shutter has fired.

Mike
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-21-2013, 12:47 PM  
Problem with External Flash
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 21
Views: 5,291
I have a Bell & Howell external flash (model Z680AF-P) I use frequently with my K-x. But it does not work when mounted on my K-01 -- it either will not fire when the shutter is pressed or it goes into a delayed strobe mode. Is this flash unit incompatible with the K-01, or is there a special setting I need to use?

Mike
Forum: Pentax K-01 10-15-2012, 09:36 PM  
K-01 firmware update 1.01
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 87
Views: 19,241
Just wanted to add my voice to the chorus: the new firmware version substantially improves camera performance. For instance, focus is quite snappy now with the 18-55mm kit lens (with version 1.0, focusing with this lens was noticeably balky). It is quite an improvement, a real step up from the "live view" implementations of most dslrs. It feels on par with the performance of current generation, high-end point-and-shoot cameras. Kudos to Pentax.

Mike
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-29-2011, 07:00 PM  
Is it worth upgrading from kit lens to Tamron 17-50?
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 15
Views: 5,493
Thank you all for your replies -- I guess I'll have to open my wallet and buy myself a Christmas present!

Mike
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-29-2011, 01:17 PM  
Is it worth upgrading from kit lens to Tamron 17-50?
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 15
Views: 5,493
I own a nice copy of the SMC Pentax DA 18-55 F3.5-5.6 AL II kit lens. I like the size and weight and am generally happy with the performance of the lens. Would I see a marked increase in the quality of my photos (sharpness, bokeh, color rendering) if I were to upgrade to Tamron's AF 17-50mm F2.8 XR LD Aspherical IF SP lens?

In your opinion, would this be a worthwhile upgrade?

Mike
Forum: Sold Items 11-24-2011, 07:31 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA 21mm
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 2
Views: 992
Sent private message.

Mike
Forum: Sold Items 11-23-2011, 04:58 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax k-x two lens kit, Sigma 17-70, Tamron 28-75, Pentax FA 50 1.4
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 6
Views: 1,765
PM sent regarding the Sigma 17-70
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-10-2011, 06:25 PM  
Sigma 24mm Super-Wide vs. Sigma 24mm Super-Wide II
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 5
Views: 3,200
Thank you for your replies. It's curious there is no information out there about the plain old Super-Wide, the one you have identified as lacking the "A" position on the aperture ring. Are the optics the same?

Looking at the two versions from the side, the markings on the aperture ring appear to be exactly the same. Both versions have an "A" mark. A noticeable difference is the pattern on the rubber focus ring, which is kind of slanted on the Super-Wide II.

Does anyone have any experience shooting with the older lens?

Mike
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-09-2011, 04:44 PM  
Sigma 24mm Super-Wide vs. Sigma 24mm Super-Wide II
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 5
Views: 3,200
Can anyone explain the difference between these two lenses?

Here's a link to a Super-Wide that was sold recently on e-bay:

eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices

And here's a link to a Super-Wide II that is currently listed on e-bay:

Sigma 24mm f/2.8 Super Wide II 1:4 Macro A Mount Lens Pentax KA/K7/PKA/K10D | eBay

Anybody have experience using both these lenses? There are many reviews here of the Super-Wide II (in the lens database), but no mention of the plain old Super-Wide.

Mike
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-13-2011, 11:42 AM  
Hoya HMC Wide Auto 24mm Lens
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 10
Views: 14,435
Nick, I was hoping to stumble upon something like that, but the search feature on this forum didn't come up with anything.

Mike
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-12-2011, 10:58 AM  
Hoya HMC Wide Auto 24mm Lens
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 10
Views: 14,435
Axl, thanks for the info. I was intrigued by the size of the Hoya -- it looked well built and is compact. But there is very little info on the net . . . which in itself probably says a lot. I'll look for something else. The days of great prices on Pentax lenses are long gone.

Mike
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-11-2011, 10:59 PM  
Hoya HMC Wide Auto 24mm Lens
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 10
Views: 14,435
Anyone have any experience with this lens or any other Hoya branded manual focus lenses? I'm curious about the quality.

Mike
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-20-2010, 07:52 PM  
AA battery life
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 54
Views: 11,632
Your best choice, in my opinion, is to take two sets of of Energizer Ultimate lithium batteries. These will easily give you a minimum of 2000 exposures (1,000 each set), assuming you use your flash 1/3 of the time. These batteries are very reliable and perform well even in extreme cold. I have a new K-x, and have logged 1858 exposures on one set of AA lithiums so far; that set is still going strong.

Mike
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-07-2010, 09:01 PM  
Is this as good of a deal as I think?
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 32
Views: 4,630
Yes, it is best to call and verify that this is not gray market and comes with Pentax's U.S. warranty (assuming you are here in the U.S.)

Mike
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-07-2010, 08:45 PM  
Is this as good of a deal as I think?
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 32
Views: 4,630
Butterfly is a decent on-line retailer -- I have purchased from them a few times and always received good service. That price sounds about right. Check this link out for a recent pricing survey:

Pentax K-x stock status and availability matrix - 1001 Noisy Cameras


As others have commented, the 55-300 zoom is considered by most to be a much better lens than the 50-200 zoom. Since the Christmas sale madness, K-x kit prices have increased, but you can still find the two lens kit (with 55-300 zoom) for under $700. I recently purchased this kit from Tri-State Camera & Video for a total cost of $684. (The same package had been going for as low as $650 earlier in the year.)

Mike
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-30-2010, 06:20 PM  
K7 - Blurry Pictures caused by Shake Reduction
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 28
Views: 9,029
I don't see automatic horizon correction as an option on any of the K-x menu screens. Nor do I see "electronic level."

Mike
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-30-2010, 05:40 PM  
K7 - Blurry Pictures caused by Shake Reduction
Posted By Mike M.
Replies: 28
Views: 9,029
What are you referring to when you use the term "automatic horizontal correction"? There is no such selection in the "lens correction" menu or in the "shake reduction" menu. There is a selection for "distortion dorrection" in the lens correction menu. Are you suggesting that "distortion correction" should not be used when "shake reduction" is turned on?

Mike
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