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Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 10-29-2018, 06:28 PM  
For Sale: PENTAX SMC DA 17-70 mm f/4 AL(IF) SDM
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 5
Views: 703
Yes, that was my experience as well.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-10-2018, 08:05 PM  
New to photography. Help me choose a pentax.
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 69
Views: 2,553
What is your budget? Before I saw the reply from pres589 I was thinking along those lines as well. With this combination you will likely get the best pleasure and image quality per dollar spent, so this will give you a good gauge whether you will want to continue with this hobby. I think the strategy mentioned in the post is good. As I started in DSLR I bought starter lenses, but I wish I would have started with upgraded lenses. My 2 cents worth also.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-02-2018, 07:05 PM  
Small travel bag for K-5 with O-GPS attached
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 9
Views: 499
I'm with these guys also. Don't risk it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-26-2018, 06:05 PM  
Best value-for-money APSC body
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 34
Views: 2,475
K-70. K3's are not bad, however, K3 starting to feel old and K3II is missing on-board flash.
Forum: General Photography 09-26-2018, 05:56 PM  
Printing and displaying photographs
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 12
Views: 550
I got my first dslr about 9 years ago and swore I'd print up some images, maybe rotate the display or share as gifts. 30,000 shots later - haven't printed one!

Some great ideas provided by others here.
Forum: General Photography 09-26-2018, 05:44 PM  
Recommendations for Yellowstone Landscape photography
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 26
Views: 735
Much good advice already. My best advice would be similar to what you got from jddwoods, quoted here. I went right after getting a dslr, and did not have a good long lens, so the two zoom lenses of reasonable quality with 16 mm wide and 300 mm long will mostly be enough, except for when you want to capture an eagle nesting, in which case the Mt. Palomar telescope would not be long enough. I did not have an ultra-wide, but I'm thinking I would not have used it very often. I went with others (family) so that limited how much time and creativity I could put into the photos. In that case, the flexibility of good zooms will help also. I liked my photos that were not just the usual iconic places. My photos of the lodge by Old Faithful seemed be better to me than pictures of Old Faithful itself. I also like the photos including my family, so be sure to involve your group on occasion. Have fun and be amazed - Yellowstone is truly a remarkable place.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-26-2018, 05:17 PM  
100mp 44x33mm Medium Format Sensor
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 54
Views: 3,983
At the risk of sounding only slightly cynical, I can think of three people who can: Someone who must, absolutely must, own bragging rights, a marketer, and someone who wants to crop like heck. If I can think of others, I'll add to the list. If Fuji can find a 100 mp sensor, wouldn't Pentax be able to find one also? And, what about lenses?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-16-2018, 12:25 PM  
Is there a single feature that would prompt you to upgrade?
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 29
Views: 1,121
Low light high iso capability. The more the better, in the APS C line. Second, I think I'm relying on the top LCD a lot.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-15-2018, 12:59 PM  
16-50 DA* vs. Sigma 17-70 Contemporary
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 11
Views: 865
I don't have the Sigma, but do have the Pentax DA 17-70, which some say is just slightly better than the Sigma variants and some say is just slightly worse. I just HAD to try the 16-50 for supposed better IQ. I certainly like the IQ, but the IQ on the 17-70 was great to begin with. My thought is that you could get the 16-50 if you need constant f 2.8 and/or weather sealing. If you do't need that, Sigma is still good. I also have a hard time parting with great equipment. I promised that I would compare the IQ of my 17-70 and 16-50, consider the benefits of each lens, and then sell one of them. That was over 3 years ago and I still have them both. So you could buy the 16-50 and compare the IQ and features and promise to yourself that you will sell one of the lenses.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-15-2018, 12:45 PM  
5 Pentax DSLRs- My 7yr Old Daughter Picks Only One
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 28
Views: 1,637
Great to hear. The motor skills will likely continue to develop for years to come. Your approach to encourage without pushing is a good one, I think. My daughter, with my old K100d Super and a DA 40, took some photos while just hanging about the house and they were probably better than most of my attempts. You gotta wonder.....
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-14-2018, 08:21 AM  
5 Pentax DSLRs- My 7yr Old Daughter Picks Only One
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 28
Views: 1,637
Thanks for sharing. I agree! You (and she) are quite fortunate to have that much of a selection to try out. Let us know how the progression of the DSLR goes with her. Sometimes youth will see differently than adults and actually capture some compelling photos, if for no other reason than they are at a different place than we are.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-10-2018, 09:25 PM  
Why Do YOU Stay With Pentax?
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 165
Views: 7,090
Likely stay with Pentax and restructure the kit. I'd get a Kp, 15, 20-40, and 70 limiteds and stop there. My wants/needs have changed over the recent years is what is driving that change. I'd stay with Pentax for the value, performance, and familiarity. But, other tempts include Fuji and micro 4/3's. I think Pentax still wins out, however.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-11-2018, 01:59 PM  
Just got my first DSLR, a K-5! Any tips on using manual lenses?
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 38
Views: 1,078
Congrats. I have a K-5 and it is indeed fine. My initial SLR experience was with a film Pentax and I just thought the split screen for focusing was just how it would always be done. Imagine my dismay when the DSLR's i found DON'T have the split screen! So focusing manual lenses was much more difficult for me and the results were more varied. I'm told that the k-5 has live view but I have not tried it. If I was using only manual lenses, that is what I think I'd try.

I think it is wise to read the manual, and maybe some other photo texts, depending on your prior level of experience.

And be sure to have fun!
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 08-08-2018, 08:47 PM  
Is my K5-iis on life support? Or.. how many clicks will it take?
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 19
Views: 878
If you like it, hang onto it. It may last 100,000 more. Like others, why fix what isn't broke. Messing with it may not improve anything.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-04-2018, 10:44 AM  
Is the Sigma EF-610 DG Super compatible with K1?
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 8
Views: 464
I have that flash and it is safe on K-5 and K100d Super. i wish I had experience with other flashes, though, as sometimes this flash seems a little unintuitive and fiddly. I can mostly do a good job with it; my experiences with other flashes might be similar, more or less but who knows.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-04-2018, 10:38 AM  
What the Duck! D-FA* 50/1.4
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 42
Views: 2,846
I love those couple of pictures! Thanks for sharing and demonstrating the qualities of the lens. As always, however, the photographer has something to do with it also!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-31-2018, 08:23 PM  
DFA*50/1.4 First Impressions WOW!! (first images follow)
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 12
Views: 1,270
Thanks for this review, and I'm glad it is being such a positive experience for you. As for your quote, I've felt that way for quite some time. I don't have K-1 and don't know when I'll get that. I'm very happy with APS-C.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 07-30-2018, 08:02 PM  
Repairing DA* 16-50 Broken Zoom
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 11
Views: 441
Thanks greatly for the info and photos. I will not be trying a repair. My 16-50 zoom did freeze and I paid about $280 for the repair, which took just under 3 mos. total time. I have been curious about doing a lens repair, however. Some of the simpler, older lenses with fungus - I wonder if they would be easier.
Forum: General Photography 07-23-2018, 08:49 PM  
40 years of cameras
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 7
Views: 789
What do you think the next two will look like?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-15-2018, 03:13 PM  
DA 17-70 with dead SDM, Fix it or Forget it!
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 18
Views: 1,044
Also similar experience as I've had.

. Concur. I keep thinking that based on optics feedback, if Pentax had just made this lens in the same way as they made the 12-24, it would have been a GEM of a lens. That is not what they chose, however.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-13-2018, 07:20 AM  
DA 17-70 with dead SDM, Fix it or Forget it!
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 18
Views: 1,044
I have the DA 17-70 that dates to about that time. The SDM died in 2013 and I paid about your quote to have it repaired in Chandler AZ. I used it on K100d Super and K5 classic. Supposedly it was repaired with an upgraded SDM so should not have been a problem any longer. In 2014 the lens began to have focusing issues in the 50-70 mm range, but was fine and fast otherwise. I basically set it aside to try the DA* 16-50 and that is what I mostly use now. I'm debating what to do with the lens at this point. As for image quality, range, and overall use it is a great lens. I really loved it, and maybe that is why I've held onto it. I believe I have heard a few here report that their focusing issues were much better when they updated to a newer camera body, but I've not done that, obviously.

As I've considered repair, I have also noted as others have that you can buy a used lens for about the repair price, and a new one for not much more. It makes the repair question more difficult. You asked was I satisfied with the repair. Initially, definitely for about a year or a little longer. After the 50-70 mm focus issues crept back in, I was a little less satisfied.

I hope this provides a little perspective. Good luck with your decision. It is a great lens, and another way to think about is that if you spend for the repair, you may have a great lens for a long time. If it does not work out......well, there are lots of things in the photography world that cost more than $220 just to give something a try to see how it goes.
Forum: Pentax K-3 06-20-2018, 05:41 PM  
NEW K-3ii owner
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 14
Views: 1,310
I'm also a Corel user, have been for years, but I'm using a version about 3 years old and it still does what I need it to. So I can recommend it, but regrettably I don't have much comparison experience.

I tend to be in the "you get what you pay for" camp for most things, so I have to think that the support and updates for paid software would be better. But many people report they like the freebies.

I've been tempted to try Lightroom, though.

Good luck with your decision.
Forum: General Photography 06-16-2018, 06:35 PM  
Your "minimum kit" per purpose
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 49
Views: 2,301
General travel, and I most often find that I'm just using my K-5 and the DA*16-50. I elect not to go wider or longer. IQ with that combo is quite nice, IMO. WR also.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 04-22-2018, 12:19 PM  
Wow! How this takes me back in time!
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 19
Views: 1,602
Thank you for these perspectives. I should have recalled that photography today covers the ENTIRE range of possibilities. It does appear that it could be rewarding to do film processing. It is very hard for me to imagine myself using this gear and actually achieving something remotely useable, however.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 04-16-2018, 01:12 PM  
Wow! How this takes me back in time!
Posted By GlennG
Replies: 19
Views: 1,602
Who uses this type of equipment these days? I have actually thought about doing film, but decided against it. Did you notice the ad's contact information: Respond by telephone only. Do not text or email. Please call at 2 zero 8-Nine 39-2 six 32.
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