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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 8 Hours Ago  
Possible reasons for AF error with DFA 28-105 ?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 7
Views: 849
This problem reported from multiple users is troubling. DC motors of Pentax lenses have generally been very reliable. I got mine new a couple of years ago at a bargain price in a pre-packaged Pentax kit with my new K-1 II. It has been working fine and I hope this continues, as it has become a favorite go-to lens.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10 Hours Ago  
Quick Shift focus not working with K-1 and Pentax-D FA HD 24-70 f/2.8?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 21
Views: 375
I wonder if the camera will work fine with quick-shift with other lenses.?
Forum: Pentax KP 1 Day Ago  
Pentax now selling wooden grips for the KP
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 14
Views: 999
I quite agree! And. again, it seems obvious that the KP is the only DSLR that can make the compact APS-C mirrorless crowd sweat a bit!

As to the custom alternate grips compared to the standard grips, I could not make such a choice without actually trying one out. Compared with most DSLR designs, the main departure by the KP's grip, especially the largest of the supplied grips, is the lack of a finger notch. Although this notch can make for a more secure feel in handling, such as in raising the camera up to the eye, etc. doing this over a long period of time can put some stress on the inside of the middle finger in the notch, especially when using a weighty lens. In comparing handling with my K-5 IIs body, I find this body more secure feeling, but the KP with its largest grip to be less stressful in this regard. When using a very weighty lens, I prefer to use the battery grip with the KP, and even with the K-5, to provide a greater gripping surface that is not so reliant on the finger notch, and to balance better with the camera. But all hands are not equal!
Forum: Pentax KP 1 Day Ago  
Birds Night Out
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 6
Views: 851
The newest version of that lens is the DA HD 55-300mm f/4.5-6.3 WR PLM. It has a new optical design and has a quiet, very fast AF motor, which is best for capturing fast action. There were several previous versions, all with basically the same optical design. I have the one immediately prior to the PLM version, The DA HD 55-300mm f/4-5.8 WR which has updated HD coatings to improve the imaging performance, along with WR weather sealing. Like the others before it, the camera's screw-driven technology supplies AF which emits some noise. I've had and used this lens with other camera bodies, but have noticed improved AF speed and sureness when having it on my KP, compared with having it on the other cameras. An unexpected pleasant surprise!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 1 Day Ago  
Budget auto focus 50mm and 28mm crop sensor lenses
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 20
Views: 782
That lens is a very good performer and will provide the same image size as a 50mm lens on a FF DSLR or on a 35mm film camera. As long as you are satisfied with the aperture of this lens being f/2.4 as wide open. The only other factor is, this lens is designed specifically for APS-C size sensors and not suitable for use with a FF body, where there would likely be noticeable vignetting (darkness around the outer area of the image).

The FA 35mm f/2 is a FF design, and can thus be used with either type of camera.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 Days Ago  
What is the best choice between the D-FA21mm vs D-FA15-30mm shooting @21mm only?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 16
Views: 810
I love my DFA 21mm on my K-1 II. I believe either lens is very capable of fine imaging. If shooting only 21mm, The much more compact, lightweight but beautifully-made prime lens is wonderful to handle and balances beautifully on the K-1 II. Much more unobtrusive than the DFA 15-30mmm. But for doing what zoom lenses are best at doing: framing your shot the way you want it from a stationary position, the DFA 15-30mm will deliver that need.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 2 Days Ago  
what's old may become new again
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 55
Views: 1,892
Well, there's no valid way to compare audio with camera equipment. Phono has nothing at all to do with photo. These are two different worlds. A DSLR VF is just as valid today as it ever was, for the reason of getting accurately close to the visual reality, which is what you are looking at through a good OVF. The new technology in the EVF has its uses and is valid for such uses, but has a long way to go for presenting a guaranteed accurate visualization of the reality being seen through it. And some people do encounter eye strain with prolonged use of it.

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They are chasing a myth. It comes from those who use high-level equipment for vinyl, a very high-grade phono cartridge into a high-grade phono section of the preamp, but then they compare that to a less than optimum digital system and maybe a CD mastering not done to best standards. To get the best from both technologies, one has to be using high-quality equipment and optimum setups with both.

When this is done, digital wins hands down. The most obvious aspects it lacks are the distortion-causing mechanical aspects inherent in any vinyl reproducing turntable/phono system, not to mention the pops and clicks. Pre-recored tape is much better, but falls short for background noise, and both fall short for dynamic range, compared to a good digital setup with well-engendered CDs.

I've been a serious music-listener for many decades, and have high-level setups in the above reproducing types. I also know numerous experienced people who concur with my observations. One is Brian Ventura, recently-retired Assistant Principal Oboe of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He also played with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, even in a recording with them and Leonard Bernstein. He has known of this superiority in high-level digital equipment for years when set up to show its best potential. In this case, it is the more modern technology that is more accurate in presenting reality.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 4 Days Ago  
what's old may become new again
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 55
Views: 1,892
My goodness! All this about being lightweight, controls floating before the eyes, etc. When Pentax designed a more svelte DSLR to compare with the svelteness of APS-C mirrorless, so many complained its reduced right-hand grip as not being bulky enough for "good ergonomics"!! Many wanted something of the "right size" to hold in the hand with dedicated controls with good feel and touch. I am the "touchy-feely" type myself, not controls "floating before my eyes" type. For me, the KP has been fine to satisfy this while also being more compact and with high quality. For others, they have made it clear, they wanted something BIGGER, not smaller! Something they can GRIP solidly. So they waited and got it. I do not believe the DSLR is being threatened by phones in any significant way.

There's nothing new about "most people" wanting a smaller, simpler-to-operate camera. This was so way back with film cameras, like the old small-box brownie and later even smaller p/s cameras. "Most people" would shy away from the more expensive big SLR cameras. Today's phones have replaced those p/s cameras of yore, not DSLR cameras. As to "most people" preferring their lightweight phones fitting in their pocket or purse- nothing new.

As to mirrorless, I just received a very nice little catalogue from B&H- "Popular Photo Gear". Lots of cameras and lots of lenses by different brands like Sony, Canon, Olympus, Fuji, Panasonic, and Nikon. All models shown are mirrorless, except a Nikon advertisement on the back which includes their top DSLR, the D850. The D850 is listed for $500 off on special, now "only" $2,500! The top mirrorless Z models are the Z7 II (now $2,600!) and Z9, which has the battery grip built on and is humungous in size. I believe it is even larger than the Pentax K-1 II with its battery grip, and offered at $5,500!! Both of these models apparently use the same sensor as the D850. A while back, someone here posted a video by that "Wha's-up" guy who often runs imaging tests of lenses and cameras, who ran tests of the 45mp Nikon D850 against the 36mp Pentax K-1 II and demonstrated the Pentax model to be capable of superior imaging over the Nikon, beyond a doubt. The Pentax K-1 II is now offered at $1,800 and with a free battery grip and other accessories!!

Prices of models by other makes were really up there also. And the prices of lenses! And the sizes of lenses! Not to forget, what we wind up carrying and holding is a camera and lens combo!

When I saw all that was being presented, did it cause me to drool over all this mirrorless gear? Quite the opposite- it made me appreciate my K-1 II and KP, my fine lenses, as well as my other Pentax and Pentax-related equipment, even more!! And I am very appreciative of the great prices I got it all for!

I think the point made of mirrorless having fewer moving parts and being less expensive to make, therefore bringing in greater profits, is indeed true. This whole shift is about making lots of money.

If Pentax decided to eventually come out with a FF mirrorless model about the size and design of the KP, that could take the DFA and FA lenses, I might even decide to put up with the artificial VF (EVF) instead of the real thing in order to use it (maybe). But I do not feel any shortcoming of performance from my equipment, not even AF performance. It operates just fine for my needs.

I have very rarely used it for video, then only short clips. It was fine for that. I have a video cam for more extensive shooting, and sometimes I am using my DSLR to shoot stills while having my video cam running on a tripod.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 6 Days Ago  
Pentax variable aperture Zoom Lenses and their open aperture characteristics
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 4
Views: 576
Indeed, the DA 18-135mm can keep to f/3.5-4.5 all the way out to about 70mm. Pretty good range! The DA 55-300mm PLM also has a good range. My DA HD 55-300mm WR lens can keep to f/4-4.5 all the way out to about 200mm, which can be seen as only about one stop off those big, expensive 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses- not bad! Both certainly do match well with the DA HD 20-40mm Ltd lens, for a fine kit. Then also having the DA HD 15mm Ltd tucked away makes the kit even better!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 6 Days Ago  
what's old may become new again
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 55
Views: 1,892
Apparently, you have a strong interest in photojournalism with plenty of environmental or social context. Nothing wrong with that. That being of utmost importance to you, as reflective of our changing world can be very interesting. I do this kind of thing quite often, including event photography.

For me, however, whether or not within this, examining the individual is also very interesting. Individuality and uniqueness, whether solitary or shown standing out from the environment, is also an important part of reality. But then, I have numerous fascinations, even sometimes macro or semi-macro subject matter, all of which makes this hobby that much more expensive!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 6 Days Ago  
what's old may become new again
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 55
Views: 1,892
This is a good response to CristiC. To augment this response, what is being portrayed for future "photography" is actually an enhanced P/S system. And indeed very much like "smart" phones of today. It can and does do what P/S does too well- take over our individual control and specific choices, thus ultimately reducing our skills and artistic expression.. Technology can be a good thing in making our control and choices easier to effectuate, but too much tech management of imaging weakens our minds and eventually reduces our own capabilities in taking away control. It can become a crutch, as well as imposing limitations, according to what it "thinks" are the "right" choices, according to what it "thinks" it "sees". All that automatiion can be good for quickly and efficiently producing what we are after under challenging circumstances, but I still very often choose to override the automation (Pentax Hyper System), or to shoot in Manual mode.

---------- Post added 11-30-22 at 06:05 PM ----------



Well, Pentax DID produce a high-quality DSLR that has compared very favorably with high-quality APS-C mirrorless models in terms of weight and size, when outfitted with comparable lenses. And with superior controls and features. It was named the KP. Unfortunately, this concept has been abandoned by Pentax. Pentax has been lacking in all-important marketing aspects for a long time. The K-S2 is even smaller and lighter, except at its right side with the bulging right-hand grip. As to size and weight, even high-end mirrorless designs that are FF cannot match a good compact 35mm film SLR camera, even one with a top-notch VF and a built-in flash. Digital cameras are inherently heavier than the 35mm film counterparts. Lots more electronics packed into them.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-29-2022, 05:45 PM  
what's old may become new again
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 55
Views: 1,892
These are the primary factors, in addition to less moving parts and less cost to manufacture. So most people interested in getting into possibilities offered by photography beyond the capabilities of their phones, will turn to mirrorless for the above reasons. The Pentax KP has been the best example of a full-featured DSLR designed appropriately to go up against high-level APS-C mirrorless offerings, and with better controls and useful features. But its video capabilities, along with so few lenses available for this usage, have been a drawback. The hope has been that these video shortcomings, along with LV AF performance, would be fixed in a KP II, and also the appearance of a DA HD 18-50mm WR RE PLM lens.

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Agreed. And some people do not like prolonged viewing of electronic screens.

---------- Post added 11-29-22 at 06:07 PM ----------



Ha Ha! Yeah, I remember seeing all that taking place and thinking the obvious- Is the convenience factor that meaningful, and with the obviously sub-standard quality of the new digital that much of a draw for not needing to bother with film such a big draw? Why, the ridiculous prices for this new, inferior digital gear would pay for an enormous amount of film + processing for years to come! it was a long time before I got my first 6mp Pentax DSLR, which still to me was just acceptable. It was not until the K200D, where I finally put 35mm film shooting on the back burner (but not yet gone), after a long enough period where I could get a new one at a good price.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-29-2022, 03:37 PM  
Lens hood for Tokina 19-35mm..
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 7
Views: 240
If push comes to shove, you could probably find a 20mm coverage screw-on hood maybe from B&H pretty cheap. Or a 30mm coverage hood if you are using APS-C. Of course, it would need be for 77mm filter threads, if I remember that Tokina lens correctly.
Forum: Pentax KP 11-29-2022, 03:24 PM  
Post Your Best KP Shots
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 4,082
Views: 400,047
Great shots! Congrats on getting that close to the bee with the DA 35mm macro Ltd!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-29-2022, 03:10 PM  
Continuous autofocus for video [K1-II]
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 3
Views: 347
What about the DA 55-300mm PLM in crop mode? The DA* 16-50mm PLM in crop mode would be rather expensive, and there might eventually be a DA HD 18-50mm WR RE PLM replacement.
Forum: Pentax K-70 & KF 11-28-2022, 06:03 PM  
Pentax KF Solenoid
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 12
Views: 916
The KF is now posted, specs and all, on the B&H website including price for pre-order. Of course the specs do not get into parts such as the solenoid, but it goes without saying that though it is obviously not a KP type of camera, the solenoid, if there is one in this new model, will be the revised version! Beyond a doubt!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-28-2022, 05:36 PM  
Please help me kick these ideas around in my head.
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 52
Views: 1,561
You are very welcome. Great decision! You now have one very outstanding camera! If you at least sometimes wish to shoot highest-quality JPEGs right out of the camera, for great results some adjustments will be needed in the Custom Image processing menus. But first be sure the mode dial is NOT set to the green "auto" position. This mode should be avoided anyway, as it disables most controls and does not allow access to most adjustments, so the camera will automatically make all decisions, including all adjustments. It is mainly for handing the camera to a novice for them to take a few shots with yourself included, so they will not inadvertently touch some button or or other that will make a change that might ruin the photo. For fully automatic setting of both shutter speed and aperture (and ISO too if you wish), use the "P" mode which does allow access to everything- and in a special way, such as the exclusive Pentax Hyper System.

On the K-1 II there is a direct link for access to these Custom Image menus, via the button to the right of the ok button. Then the 4 buttons surrounding "ok" will be for navigation, to select the category, and make adjustments. You get access into the category's menu to make adjustments via the info button. The most commonly-used Custom Image processing is the "Bright" category for most scenes. I have made sharpening adjustments in this "Bright" category, as well as in the "Natural", "Vibrant", and "Landscape" categories. This way, If I am dealing with a more high contrast scene or I am after a more natural skin tone for a people shot (portrait), I will use the "natural" mode, but if the people are older and their aging skin would not benefit from results that are too revealing, I use the "Portrait" mode where I leave Sharpening alone.

Pentax DSLR cameras in general come with the base sharpening on the conservative side displayed as "normal", particularly with upper-level camera models- presumably to allow more leeway for editing adjustments. So JPEG images tend to come out somewhat soft. Once you bring up the menu of the category, tab down to Sharpening. You will notice in the "Bright" category Sharpening level is already up by +1 shown in green meaning "normal" for this category. Now, increase this level up by +1 more, so now the total level is +2. Then, using the camera's thumb dial, you can implement "Fine Sharpening" which will improve fine detail in your images. Then hit ok and you are done. Go to other categories for the same adjustments when convenient. Some of these categories are not up by +1 as default, so you can simply increase those up by +2 more to get the same level of sharpening, before also implementing "Fine Sharpening" for them as well.

Happy shooting, and please do let us know how you are getting on with your new equipment!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-27-2022, 09:03 PM  
K-r Upgrade Options
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 14
Views: 487
You are certainly welcome. Just be sure to keep in mind with those wonderful Limited lenses being so compact, the AF is of straight-forward design and not internal focusing, so although the front element does not move during focus (good for rotationally adjustable filter types), the focus collar does move during AF, so remember to keep your fingers to the back of the lens only, in order to keep them off the focusing rings during AF!

It seems your thinking is logical.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-27-2022, 05:31 PM  
Need a 24mm prime lens. Any recommendations?
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 26
Views: 965
The Sigma 24mm f/1.8 EX DG was formulated during the film era, and I've had mine ever since, now for use on my DSLRs. This one has a good following.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-27-2022, 04:53 PM  
tested five glasses on "ultra wide - close ups" and the results were WEIRD !!!
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 26
Views: 1,021
I cannot comment on the post-processing, as I nearly always shoot best-quality JPEG images, and find I rarely need any post-tweaking of these. However, the performance of these lenses in terms of the areas of concern (vignetting and linear distortion) is not at all surprising. For example, the DA* lens at 16mm, like virtually all zoom lenses going from WA to the tele range, will exhibit very high distortion at the short end, especially when that is so extreme as 16mm extra- WA, as well as in vignetting. Your DA 15mm Ltd will beat the socks off of it regarding distortion but has some vignetting wide open, no doubt some compromise being necessary for its remarkably small size to be possible, and such a wide expanse covered by the 15mm FL. The DA 35mm Ltd is a macro lens no faster than /2.8 and should definitely provide edge-to-edge fine performance wth low vignetting even wide open. The DA 70mm Ltd is also known for fine edge-to-edge performance, and at f/2.8 maximum aperture, and a good lack of vignetting. No surprises.
Forum: Pentax K-70 & KF 11-27-2022, 04:13 PM  
Pentax KF Solenoid
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 12
Views: 916
Well, we really have little to no information regarding the new KF model. The name does not indicate an updated K-70. That would be a K-80. I mean, we had a K-30 and a K-50. For a change, counting forward. The K-S2 was somewhat different in that it was meant to replace the K-S1 as a very compact body, which it did do so, remaining very compact while introducing the articling screen and with 2-wheel operation, etc.

So the K-70 became the K-50's successor but incorporating the K-S2 in the process, while not being quite as compact.

What gets me rather suspicious is the naming of the new model- just 2 capital letters.... like the KP was. Therefore, are we to find out, the KF is meant to be the KP's successor, a KP with a bulky right-hand grip? A compact metal body, with available battery grip? Mid-price, while continuing the K-70? In naming, Pentax has had as a regular practice, a tendency to go backwards. K-7 to K-5 to K-3. All similar in body style, all with the K and hyphenated single digit, and of course going backwards.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-27-2022, 03:00 PM  
K-r Upgrade Options
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 14
Views: 487
Here is another twist to consider- put the money for now in the lenses mentioned. The lenses would not be as much taken together as would a new camera with them- so perhaps go further into the new lens idea while keeping your K-r for the time being. Now having some very high quality low cost lenses in mind, how about additionally getting one or two great lenses, since not buying a new camera at this time?

Two favorites of mine and many others are being offered by B&H that would be out-of-this world for imaging quality and are now at unheard of bargain prices- the HD FA 77mm f/1.8 Limited, and the HD DA 15mm f/4 Limited. The first one is a very sharp lens and stunning in its imaging characteristics. It is amazingly small for a lens of this focal length and aperture, yet of top build quality. It has a built-in pull-out lens hood. Now on sale at $170 off! This is a "cyber Monday" sale and will end tomorrow. Despite its smallness, this is a FF lens so it can be used for both FF and APS-C. It is usually nearly $800, and is rarely discounted. Now offered at $630!

It is sharp even wide open at f/1.8 aperture! I've had this lens for many years and would not want to be without it. I got another one this time having the improved HD coatings, so now I have one for my K-1 II FF camera and a silver one for my KP! I love this lens for many uses. For example, I get marvelous results from it doing flower shots, or flower/bug shots, or other such imaging. In addition to its sharpness comes wonderful bokeh (smooth background) and 3-D effect. This lens is also great for getting excellent candid shots at gatherings of friends and family, due to its smallness not attracting attention. Great for portraits from more distance. Wonderful for action or low light/higher ISO use, and with its fast f/1.8 aperture you'll not need to boost ISO as high. If you feel adventurous, and like the idea, you might consider getting a silver one, as I have for my silver KP. I happen to like smaller lenses in silver. For example, I bought the DA 20-40mm Ltd in silver a year or so before having any silver DSLR bodies, but then had a perfect match already when I got my silver KP. Very classy. To me, it also looked fine on a black body. I'm thinking Pentax might issue the new KF in both black and in a silver finish matching their silver lenses, as was the case with the KP. The silver KP looks great with black lenses as well.

Then the HD DA 15mm f/4 is also incredibly small for a lens of such wide angle- truly amazing. It also has a pull-out lens hood. It is so small it lives in the front accessory zippered pocket of my holster-type camera case, carrying my KP camera, with a strip of bubble wrap as extra protection. I hardly know it is there, yet readily handy when I need to go extra-wide. Marvelous imaging. There is a brand new black one offered at $100 off, $447 instead of $547.

These lenses are fully usable with your K-r. Then some time later, after the KF has been out for a while with the price settled down, and your charge account has fully recovered, you can get this new camera with that DA 18-135mm zoom lens, and you will really be in great shape to continue your photographic adventures, while having saved a ton of money.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-27-2022, 01:37 PM  
Which to sell: K3 or K5iis
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 10
Views: 609
Well, the K-3 was your main tool for wildlife. Now I presume that task is being addressed more successfully, and much else as well, by your new K-3 III. So what now to keep as a backup- maybe whichever is most useful for your active need! And which to sell? Maybe important is which would bring you the most in selling to be put towards your K- 3III purchase!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-26-2022, 03:10 PM  
K-r Upgrade Options
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 14
Views: 487
I agree- the DA-L 50-200mm is not one of the well-regarded performers. I'd say sell it for cheap and other than the very fast-AF PLM version, the previous HD DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 is still available new and right now on sale at B&H for only $297! I've had this one a long while and it is a great performer for fine sharpness. You can evaluate it by googling its full name or the full name of the PLM model (not sure that the K-r works with the PLM model) to find a lab report by ephotozine. Their report of the PLM model also contains a link for the prior report on the HD DA WR model. They find the edge-of-frame performance holds up slightly better at the longer telephoto zoom end (where the edges tend to become less important), the more central area was found better with the previous HD DA WR model, especially in the shorter part of the zoom range where edges were fine and central area outstanding. They give the PLM extra points for the fast AF, but then did find for outstanding optical performance with the previous HD DA 55-300mm WR lens. Both of these lenses are fine performers, and far better than your DA-L 50-200mm.

You could get that excellent HD DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 WR super telephoto zoom lens for the bargain price, and get the two fast-aperture prime lenses, both at bargain prices, and just keep your K-r for now and wait for the further development regarding the KF. Being that it is already announced, it should not be all that long for it to appear, and then to start rolling towards a lower price. I used to have a K-r. I got some nice shots out of it. As photogem has indicated regarding this model, to reduce the chance of power supply problems, be sure to only use a Pentax brand battery in it.

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Yep, but now offered on the B&H sale brand new for only $97! Plastic body, but exceptional glass! I would also recommend to spring 8 bucks for the accessory hood that screws on (but carefully, not too tight!). The 35mm Limited macro has its own built-in pull-out hood, of course. OpticaLimits testing did not like this Limited lens's bokeh (lack of smoothness of background blur, except with macro shots which were ok), while that of the much cheaper DA 35mm f/2.4 was found to be ok.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-26-2022, 04:11 AM  
K-r Upgrade Options
Posted By mikesbike
Replies: 14
Views: 487
I'm with those who recommend the DA 18-135mm DC WR zoom lens. WR means it has weather resistant seals. Unlike your K-r, the newer cameras you mention have WR bodies, but they are not actively WR unless having a WR lens mounted. This lens can deliver high quality imaging, with a build quality far better than the DA 18-55mm, and its autofocus (AF) is also far better- fast, quiet, and accurate. The DA 20-40mm DC WR Ltd is a very fine lens, and offers a larger f/2.8 aperture at the 20mm end, and its built is in accordance with being a Limited- but its zoom range is also limited. I have both of these lenses and enjoy them both. The 20-40 Limited is great as a high-quality compact zoom when taken with a kit consisting of the DA 15mm and DA 70mm Limiteds for a very compact trio. These days, a good zoom lens can provide nearly as good imaging as a good prime lens, but a good prime lens is still at the top imaging level. The DA 35mm f/2.8 macro Limited is a fine prime lens, and quite expensive due to its high-level Limited build and the fact of being a true macro lens, capable of very close closeup imaging.

Other than the macro factor, the inexpensive DA 35mm f/2.4 plastic fantastic lens is very surprising in turning in lab results every bit as good as its expensive cousin, the DA 35mm Limited! I have no idea where you live, but here in the US, B&H has some great sale prices going on, and some packages include some very useful free items. The K-70 is one of the Pentax models in the past being prone to developing aperture control failure due to a faulty solenoid part. It has been reported, the later batches of the K-70 have come with a revised solenoid part which is unlikely to develop this problem. B&H of New York is a high-volume dealer, so their stock is no doubt of the later batch K-70 type. They also have a fabulous deal going for the K-70 pre-packaged by Pentax including the DA 18-135mm lens, similar to that on Amazon. For around the cost of that DA 35mm Ltd + the K-70 or KF, you could get that pre-packaged combo and also the DA 35mm f/2.4 plus the DA 50mm f/1.8 prime lenses. I have bought most of my stuff from B&H for years. I've found them to be good to work with and reliable. I think they are closed Friday afternoon and Saturdays, but open Sundays.

Or you could wait for the new KF to appear, since you already have a working camera. I would think that to be a reasonable idea. No doubt at all it will be made with the new revised solenoid. And no doubt there will be some other improvements as well. New camera models are usually introduced at a higher price, which will drift downwards after a year or thereabouts. Eventually, it will also most likely be offered with theDA 18-135mm lens pre-packaged together. I waited about that long before buying my new Pentax KP.

The DA 50mm f/1.8 prime lens is a great focal length for portraits and more. That large f/1.8 aperture lets in a lot more light. This aperture also allows more control over depth-of-field (DOF) for reducing it far more than zoom lenses can, thus blurring the background more in order to make a subject stand out more from it. This large aperture is also good for action or low light hand-held shots. The f/1.8 aperture will provide some 8x the shutter speed over your DA 18-55mm's f/5.6 maximum aperture at 50mm, under the same lighting at the same ISO setting.
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