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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11 Hours Ago  
HD DA 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 vs SMC DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL: Surprising results
Posted By Adam
Replies: 9
Views: 403
In the F8 shot, I'm seeing quite a bit of moire from the 16-85mm shot, which indicates that it is sharper. The AA filter simulator feature would help reduce that.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 19 Hours Ago  
10% off all Pentax Forums T-shirts
Posted By Adam
Replies: 0
Views: 82
Tespring (apparently now just "Spring") is running a 10% off sale on all merchandise through March 1st.

This is a great opportunity to pick up a PF T-shirts (all 2015-2020 designs are available) if you've been considering it:

Official Pentax Forums Shirts

Use the coupon code HAPPY10.

Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 1 Day Ago  
Question annoying ad popping up occasionally
Posted By Adam
Replies: 24
Views: 649
I see that these ads were introduced by Google around November. I have disabled the vignette ads for desktop users. They may still appear on mobile, but should hopefully be much less of an issue there.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 1 Day Ago  
Question annoying ad popping up occasionally
Posted By Adam
Replies: 24
Views: 649
Next time it pops up, could someone please post a screenshot? I will block the advertiser in question (hopefully it's the same one annoying everyone).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
HD Pentax 31mm F1.8, 43mm F1.9 and 77mm F1.8 Limited lenses dilemma.............
Posted By Adam
Replies: 39
Views: 1,340
This should give you a good idea of what to expect:
HD vs. SMC Pentax Limited Primes Review - Introduction | Reviews
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 3 Days Ago  
Question annoying ad popping up occasionally
Posted By Adam
Replies: 24
Views: 649
I saw it as well. It must be something that Google recently added. Will find out!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
Pentax ist DL - Looking for Advice
Posted By Adam
Replies: 34
Views: 1,262
Since you got it for free, I'd say it's definitely worth trying. However, a slightly newer body (such as the K-30) will significantly outperform it in just about all aspects with a very minimal investment, so the practical utility may be limited. Will leave it at that for now ;)

I'd stick to the Sigma lens. Many of the cooler AF lenses won't actually AF on the ist DL, but it's a great body for using all of your M42 lenses.

Here's a full list of all compatible lenses:
Pentax *ist DL - Lens Compatibility |

F, FA, DA, and D FA lenses will autofocus, unless otherwise noted.

There is no such thing as an AF chip in Pentax land, so no worries there. I recommend the genuine Pentax adapter, and I'm sure everyone else where will agree. It's a worthwhile investment (though it's also more than doubled in price over the years):
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 5 Days Ago  
HD 77mm f/1.8 LTD!
Posted By Adam
Replies: 75
Views: 3,968
$799 would be lower than the US MSRP of the SMC version ;)
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 6 Days Ago  
Question No Pentax AF 540 FGZ ll staff review ?
Posted By Adam
Replies: 2
Views: 251
AFAIK the two mark II flashes are identical in terms of features (unlike the original versions), so the same findings should apply to both, with the key difference just being the output power as noted in the review.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 6 Days Ago  
Best wide angle lens for K-30
Posted By Adam
Replies: 16
Views: 587
If you're looking for a zoom, the DA 12-24mm or DA* 11-18mm are solid choices. Ultra-wide focal lengths (10-12mm) are probably not as useful overall as something a little longer, however, so if you just want a prime I'd recommend the 15mm limited. It's a great choice in terms of image quality, and would allow you to locus more on the composition.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 6 Days Ago  
Signature not showing up
Posted By Adam
Replies: 2
Views: 194
Your signature is empty. You will need to add the banner to your signature by clicking on the "insert signature picture" link in the screenshot above (along with any other text you'd like to include).
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-20-2021, 12:29 AM  
What's the CP+ "New Product"?
Posted By Adam
Replies: 24
Views: 1,867
The site says info will be posted on the 25th. Let's see what happens!
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-17-2021, 01:52 AM  
645z Is it time for a software/firmware update? Here's my wish list...
Posted By Adam
Replies: 10
Views: 604
There are some great opportunities here. However, given that the 645Z's core firmware dates all the way back to the original K-3 days, I doubt Pentax will have the resources to keep adding features other than compatibility. I think the main development focus has already shifted to the K-3 III and future models.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-16-2021, 11:03 PM  
Should I get the 28-105 kit lens for the K-1 Mark II?
Posted By Adam
Replies: 42
Views: 1,364
The DFA 28-105mm crushes comparable film-era zooms, IMO, and is therefore worth getting as an everyday lens. It does have its limitations, however, but that's where primes come in :)
Forum: Pentax K-70 02-15-2021, 06:39 PM  
K-70 charger included?
Posted By Adam
Replies: 14
Views: 583
Yes, you do get a strap.

As for the K-70, it'll probably be replaced, but not until after the K-3 III is out. Given that it's already at the lowest retail price, I wouldn't bother waiting.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-15-2021, 12:01 PM  
Pentax Lens Tournament: Nominate your favorite lens by January 15th
Posted By Adam
Replies: 317
Views: 27,064
With over 32,000 votes submitted so far, it looks like we're slowly starting to see a front runner- but it's a very close race! Be sure to submit your votes below:

Lens Tournament Finalist Voting -

Voting will continue through the end of February, at which point we'll announce the winning lens, runners-up, and kick off the giveaway.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 02-11-2021, 10:25 PM  
Topaz Denoise - On sale for $20 off + an additional 15%
Posted By Adam
Replies: 10
Views: 675
Looks like this sale ends tomorrow!
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-11-2021, 09:06 PM  
Tethering K3 to Lightroom
Posted By Adam
Replies: 1
Views: 401
Interesting. I thought that only the K-1, K-1 II, KP, and 645Z were supported by the native tethering plugin.

And yes, you can definitely transfer files over USB regardless of actual tethering support. Have you tried using a different cable (preferably just a plain USB cable)?
Forum: Pentax K-5 02-11-2021, 12:26 PM  
Viewing liveview on smartphone
Posted By Adam
Replies: 14
Views: 705
Not many unless you find a crazy way to feed HDMI output into the phone.

Yes- with all recent bodies (2016+), you can use the Image Sync app to view live view over wi-fi. Details below:

Pentax K-S2 Review - Wi-Fi Features | Reviews
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-11-2021, 12:03 PM  
Introducing Pentax Wi-Fi & USB Tether by
Posted By Adam
Replies: 198
Views: 22,106
I'm sure it will. Let's see if it works out of the box or if there will be a new SDK.
Forum: Pentax K-70 02-08-2021, 05:17 PM  
k-70 price
Posted By Adam
Replies: 5
Views: 518
$649 has been the "full price" for a while, but it still sells for $549 at B&H, Adorama, Amazon, etc.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-07-2021, 10:59 PM  
KAF4 body mount repair
Posted By Adam
Replies: 18
Views: 913
KAF4 is a lens mount, not a body mount. It is actually simpler than any of the mounts found on Pentax DSLRs. Which camera do you have?

In most markets, retail parts are not available, so this will also depend. Basic repairs at a service center range from $200-300.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-07-2021, 04:29 PM  
KP price
Posted By Adam
Replies: 14
Views: 944
I wouldn't hold my breath for another significant price decrease. While it's certainly possible we might randomly get one, I'd expect the KP to be nearing the end of its product cycle, and it could just as well stop being available.
Forum: Pentax K-1 02-06-2021, 11:37 PM  
Lens unknown?
Posted By Adam
Replies: 4
Views: 586
I don't think the forum exif reader has been updated since that lens was released. Once it is, it should be recognized correctly.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-06-2021, 12:47 PM  
560mm now available.
Posted By Adam
Replies: 355
Views: 45,338
I think those charts (or similar) were all moved here:
Pentax-DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW Review - Sharpness | Reviews
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