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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-02-2017, 02:30 AM  
K-3II broke down, need to buy new camera in Kanazawa or Kyoto
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 22
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Thanks!

I agree with you on the prices thing. Indeed, Japan isn't expensive compared to Belgium where I live. However it is compared to most destinations I normally holiday to. Last year e.g. we were in Nicaragua. We're spending 4 weeks here, and since both the wife and I are foodies and like to stay in special places from time to time, it does get more expensive than our regular 4 weeks at home in Belgium...

Grtz, Wim
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-01-2017, 04:41 PM  
K-3II broke down, need to buy new camera in Kanazawa or Kyoto
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 22
Views: 1,051
Indeed I thought about that for a while, but the control layout seems too different. I already struggled with the subtle differences between the K-5 and K-3, so I didn't keep the K-5 as a second body either. I'm not a two body person anyway, always preferring to add an extra lens instead. I am a many lens person...[emoji6]

Btw, the K-3II has 'healed' in the mean time. [emoji3]

Tx, Wim



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Japanese food *is* great indeed!!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-01-2017, 05:33 AM  
K-3II broke down, need to buy new camera in Kanazawa or Kyoto
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 22
Views: 1,051
Ok, I seem to have overreacted somewhat... The miracle has happened.

After all signs seemed to indicate a defunct camera, and before leaving this morning for Kyoto, I checked the K-3II once more. The menu flashed two times and the top LCD blinked a bit, but after one off/on flick things stabilized. It seems having rested a day or two was all the camera needed to heal. Very human I would say...

I walked around with it all day in Kyoto and it continued working like nothing had ever happened at all... All modes, all buttons, all lenses, no problem.

So... No shopping in Kyoto. Shame because I had started to look forward to some of the KP's features, and the K-3II felt a bit old the first half hour after its resurrection... Kudos to Pentax for having made a camera that can take a beating like that and survive... I am in Kyoto for a few days, so I'll see how it goes, but I expect to be able to wait for the K-3II successor after all...

OTOH, Japan not being a cheap place, having 1K more credit on my card is not a bad thing either...

Regardless, thanks to everyone for your support!!!

Wim
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-31-2017, 02:12 AM  
K-3II broke down, need to buy new camera in Kanazawa or Kyoto
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 22
Views: 1,051
Thanks for that tip! I just checked on their website and I find all Pentax DSLRs are listed as 'inventory remaining' rather than 'in stock now', except for the K-1 limited silver edition which is 'in stock now'. Any idea what they may mean?

Well... Guess I'll find out tomorrow early afternoon. I just had a great day in Kanazawa btw. I had forgotten how much fun my Q-S1 could be as a walk around camera. Still longing for a DSLR of course...

To be continued,

Wim
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-30-2017, 12:34 AM  
K-3II broke down, need to buy new camera in Kanazawa or Kyoto
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 22
Views: 1,051
Thanks to all.

Update: After intense drying, the viewfinder indicators became visible as normal again, but the buzzing sound and badly shaken images remained. I decided to use the camera regardless since some images (very fast shutter speeds mainly) were still ok. Today, after a dozen images, the camera shook heavily for one shaken image after which I retook the image without the buzzing sound which very sharp (normal) result. I became hopeful for a second, but this image turned out to be the last, since now the camera will not be switched on again, only showing a message that it powers down automatically to prevent overheating... RIP

Btw lenses (I had the DA*16-50 on) are fine.

For the rest of today and tomorrow I used and will use my phone (a very decent Google Pixel XL) and Q-S1 + 01. Not perfect, but I'm happy to have the backup.

Wednesday I will go shopping in Kyoto for a KP, possibly with the battery grip so I could still use my 4 spare D-LI90 batteries. If the grip fits the bag that is, otherwise I'll probably get a spare D-LI109 battery instead.

I'll miss the top LCD, and will forego some astrophotography I had planned... But I'm looking forward to the improved low light IQ and the rear LCD to explore different angles.

To be continued...

Greetings from a train somewhere between Takayama and Kanazawa,

Wim
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-29-2017, 01:48 AM  
K-3II broke down, need to buy new camera in Kanazawa or Kyoto
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 22
Views: 1,051
I did turn SR off altogether indeed. To no avail.

I don't have the camera in rice yet, but I'm drying it out right now. I'm still hoping a little bit... But I would rather be prepared for the worst.

Thanks for the tips on stores. I did check out BIC camera. No K-3II in stock at any of the stores, but maybe online yes. I'll go to the Kyoto JR station store on Wednesday and see if they can ship it to the store.

I just realized that if I want to continue swapping out my 4 batteries, that a K-3II is the only option amongst APS-C cameras that still uses the larger batteries...

Tx all again!!

Wim
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-29-2017, 12:12 AM  
K-3II broke down, need to buy new camera in Kanazawa or Kyoto
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 22
Views: 1,051
Hello all,

I'm posting this right after my K-3II started behaving strangely in the beginning of my Japan trip. I hiked all day through the rain, which shouldn't be a problem as I have done this many times before. However this time, after changing lenses inside a warm cabin, the camera started making a loud buzzing noise at every exposure and some images come out badly shaken. Not all, just some. I first thought an SR problem, but switching off SR doesn't make a difference... Also a bit later, the green readings inside the viewfinder started becoming very faint.

Needless to say I'm close to panicking. I fear some condensation got into the camera when changing lenses, which messed up the electronics. Well the camera still takes ok images at times, but it's more miss than hit. I fear the end is near... Unless someone can put my mind at rest with a magic solution?

I'm in the Japanese Alps right now and we're going to Kanazawa next, Kyoto after that. Can anyone point me to a camera store in either city that would carry Pentax? I'll be happy if I could get me any entry level Pentax DSLR to make it through the rest of the trip (almost 3 weeks to go), though preferably a K-3II or KP of course...

On a side note, I am counting myself lucky to be in Japan. Last year I was in Nicaragua, which would have left me without a DSLR for the entire trip. Now I hope to have get by on my phone camera (wide angle) and Q-S1 with prime 01 for standard for just a few days before getting me a new DSLR... Fingers crossed...

Thanks in advance for any help!!

Wim

PS: shame the K-3II successor isn't out yet. Timing would have been perfect for a replacement... [emoji57]
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-17-2017, 01:27 AM  
Someone here who's still using the oldest sigma 70-200 (APO EX (1999)) ?
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 12
Views: 662
FWIW, a little word of "warning" concerning the Sigma EX APO 70-200/2.8.

Many years ago, before the DA* zooms were introduced, this was one of the few f/2.8 tele zooms available for Pentax. Many users had it, and several forum members came to realize it didn't perform well wide open or even at f/4. It turned out to exhibit front focus on one end and back focus on the other on many copies. The issue was taken up with Sigma (and Pentax I think), but to no avail. There was even a survey conducted on the forums (dpr or here, I don't remember) which had multiple users do the same focus tests, with very consistent results showing BF and FF at similar focal lengths. A report was presented to the manufacturers without apparent result. I remember the late Richard Day organizing this.

Do note that these issues were noted on *istD series cameras and possibly on the K10D. I sold my copy after purchasing the DA*50-135, so I didn't use it on more recent bodies, and hence I cannot comment the 70-200's performance on these. I did hear from some users that more recent bodies didn't show the problem. I cannot judge whether this is correct or not, esp given the fact that some who participated in the survey initially claimed not to be affected, only to find out the contrary after conducting the tests. It is possible of course that Pentax tweaked its AF in later bodies to deal with this issue.

That said, I enjoyed the lens when I had it, esp once I knew I had to stop it down at all times. This did make it a very heavy f/5.6 lens in practice though...

hth, Wim
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-02-2017, 12:30 AM  
Which standard prime to get for my K3?
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 66
Views: 2,183
I didn't notice this in mine, no. I didn't do any scientific testing, but I would say that the DA20-40 outperforms the DA21/3.2 (first generation non-HD) wide open.

Wim
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-28-2017, 06:08 AM  
Which standard prime to get for my K3?
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 66
Views: 2,183
During the first year of my photography training we were required to use 35mm only (in my case the FA35/2). And I agree with you: 35mm always felt too strict to me as a standard field-of-view on APS-C. Once the ban was lifted for the next three years of the course, I replaced it with the FA31/1.8, which made a world of difference. I used mostly that lens and a 24mm for my standard FoV photography.

However, more recently, the DA20-40 has taken the place as a preferred walk around standard lens. Obviously this is not a fixed focal length lens, but somehow, to me, it feels like one. Probably due to its limited zoom range, and its short and long ends not really being short or long. It feels like a 30mm lens with some framing flexibility. I've since become a huge fan of this lens!

hth, Wim
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-26-2017, 06:10 AM  
How To: Convert SDM to ScrewDrive + Video
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 82
Views: 9,718
Follow-up on my conversion last month.

Both DA*16-50 and DA*50-135 have been focusing as never before. Such a joy not to have to wake them. There's a bit more noise now, but still not much compared with some screw drive only oldies.

Changing the firmware doesn't seem to change AF behaviour alone however. I first thought it was a coincidence, but I checked other DA zooms and they still work as I remember the DA*s working before. This could be specifically related to my using Lightroom, but I notice two things are different for DA*16-50 or DA*50-135 images since the hack:
- Focal length now registers with digits after the comma for the hacked lenses. This used to be rounded to the unit, and it still is as such for my other Pentax zooms. Doesn't make any difference, but it's just strange.
- More annoying: the lens corrections no longer immediately recognize the lens. With pre-hacked DA* zooms and other Pentax glass checking "Enable Profile Corrections" would be enough to engage the corrections, as the software would ID the correct profile immediately. For both hacked lenses, however, I need to explicitly select Pentax in the Make dropdown now before it will automatically select the proper profile. Fortunately no manual selection of the Model necessary. So one step (and a few mouse manipulations) extra.

Well, I would rather do a few extra clicks in post processing (and take care to synchronize the setting over multiple files within the same shoot more often) and have accurate and fast AF in the field, than have to use MF and miss focus a few (rare but still) times as I experienced those three weeks on my last trip. so I'm still happy to have done the conversion!

Just a note I thought interesting to add. Not sure others have noticed this? I didn't read about it in this thread, or did I miss it? It is a long thread...

hth, Wim
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-25-2017, 02:44 AM  
HD 20-40 or HD 21 & HD 35 macro
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 33
Views: 1,795
I have been using two kits of lenses for many years. Albeit always on one camera body (APS-C only)...

1) A DA* kit including the DA*16-50/2.8 and the DA*50-135/2.8 as a base, complemented with UWA zoom (sig 8-16) and/or longer tele (FA*300/4.5 or DFA150-450 more recenty) depending on the need. This set is mostly for longer travel (where I might encounter dusty and wet circumstances) and important-to-get-the-shot photography where I won't have time to switch lenses. Basically situations where my preferred kit is not an option.
2) My preferred kit: fixed focal length lenses. This set used to consist of 5 limiteds, i.e. DA15, DA21, FA31, FA43 and FA77. Those covered all my general purpose needs. However after many years the set started evolving more recently. One element is the appearance of the excellent Samyangs, esp the 16/2 and OTOH the DA20-40. I got that one as a WR backup lens in the prime kit, but since adding it, my habits have changed considerably. Main victims are the two DA limiteds. I started leaving the DA21 at home first, and after getting the Samyang 16/2, use of the DA15 also dropped... I still take the FA limiteds though.

Recently I also purchased a DA35/2.8 macro (my B&M store was selling an as-good-as-new demo copy at an excellent price). I use this quite a lot, but mainly when visiting gardens or parks (which I do frequently). As a standard prime however its FOV is slightly too tight for my personal taste, but YMMV. I prefer the FA31's FOV. The DA20-40's centering around 30mm (when it is physically shortest) is actually just about perfect for me.

Comparing DA21+DA35 to DA20-40... I think I would take the DA20-40 in 80% of situations. Even in the above use case of gardens and parks, I would rather complement the DA35 macro with the DA20-40 than take the DA21. My DA21 only remains in my bag for situations where I might want a street photography lens and need my setup to be as small as possible... A rare case...

hth, Wim
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-21-2017, 07:19 AM  
How To: Convert SDM to ScrewDrive + Video
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 82
Views: 9,718
Tx for this video! I've just successfully converted both my 10yo DA* zooms over the week-end. It took me under 30min to do both my DA*16-50 and DA*50-135.

Both had failed in November 2016, but it took me this long to get round to the conversion because I have a K-3II which cannot be used for the conversion. I finally got a friend to borrow me his K-5, which was all I required...

Looking forward to getting at least another 10 years out my DA* zooms without AF worries...

Tx again for the ground work to all involved!

Wim
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-21-2017, 03:26 AM  
Which lenses to take to Japan
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 27
Views: 1,185
Good to know tx!!


We are indeed planning to go there on a day trip from Tokyo. Haven't planned spending a night there though, but we might reconsider.


Indeed, that's what I always do: leave the lenses I won't use in the hotel room or put them protected in my main luggage. However, I need to be able pack it all in the camera bag for the flights. I've known luggage to go (temporarily) lost in airports too many times, and don't want to risk losing camera gear.
I will probably take my 3LT Leo tripod for the purpose of night photography. I'm also packing some ND filters for daytime long exposures BTW.


I've had very different reports on the usefulness of Google Maps in Japan. I'm used to downloading off-line maps of areas I travel to, but it seems for Japan it would come in Japanese script only, which I do not read... Adding off-line translation might help indeed.
Thanks for the offer, not sure we'll be in Tokyo on a week-end though. Will update...


Seems a fun subject indeed. If we're in the area, I'll make sure to go and have a look! tx!

Tx for your tips!
Wim
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-20-2017, 11:54 PM  
Which lenses to take to Japan
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 27
Views: 1,185
Update to the screw drive conversion. I did both the 16-50 and 50-135 using a K-5 body (tx Pentaxke for your help in providing the camera!!). It worked like a charm. I think I had both lenses' screw drive AF working in under half an hour. A bit more noise, but at least I'm done with MF on these... Never minded MF on fixed focal lengths, but on zooms that's two rings to turn, which is one ring too many for fast photography.

Wim
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-10-2017, 07:31 AM  
Which lenses to take to Japan
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 27
Views: 1,185
True. I never found it particularly small until I saw what others carried for 300mm on a wildlife photography workshop, and even more when I purchased the DFA150-450... Now it almost feels like a pancake... :D

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One can only hope...:o


I managed MF on both in Nicaragua, with only a handful of miss focused images, but AF would be great. I'll contact you soon... Tx!!

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Unfortunately both my 16-50 and 50-135 started squeaking and requiring an ever longer wake-up protocol about 3 years ago, so had them both serviced, which bought me 2 more years of functioning SDM. Until last November in Nicaragua, first day out and both refused AF for the entire 3 week trip, except for the 50-135 briefly reviving the very last day. Since I'm used to using manual focus I managed allright, but would have preferred otherwise... Still, I'm converting them both. BTW, both lenses are celebrating their 10th year in my possession as I write (I received them half August 2007)...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-10-2017, 06:04 AM  
Which lenses to take to Japan
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 27
Views: 1,185
I love shooting primes as well. Actually, this is the reason why I love the DA20-40 so much. I see it as a 30mm prime with some framing flexibility, not so much as a zoom. ;) However, the risk of rain is the most important reason for the two DA*'s; both of which have been tried and tested in soaking wet circumstances.


I agree shooting style is the most important decision factor for lenses. For all subject matter except wildlife... Hence my main question relating to the FA*300/4.5.

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I can see why a trip to the USA would see much use for a 300mm. Any trip I would undertake to Northern America would be very wildlife oriented. Thing is I'm not so sure about Japan. I'm not much of a fan of extreme tele except for wildlife. But having tested the capacity of the bag I will be taking, I'm inclined to take the FA*300/4.5 regardless.

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Ok, ok, Having testing the capacity of my bag, I'll take the FA*300/4.5. ;)


I knew you would. Let's hope I'll find the opportunities for those long exposures.


Well, the Sigma 8-16 will be great for interiors at least. Also, I generally include some panoramic street views in my photo books (8:3 ratio), and the 8-16 allows me to capture these in one go. But the Samyang 10/2.8 would do as well of course, and it lets in more light (astro: who knows there might be an opportunity?). It is slightly larger and heavier though... The DA10-17 is for carefully selected effect shots. Last time I used it, I took it to Myanmar three years ago and only shot 2 or 3 images with it, but all were among my favourites of the trip. Think I *will* go for the 10/2.8 and the DA10-17...


Good point. I see I will need some more thinking to decide which prime will take the last spot in the bag...

Tx again all!!

Wim
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-10-2017, 12:14 AM  
Which lenses to take to Japan
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 27
Views: 1,185
Hey Marc, indeed, I expect the 16-50 range to cover most of my shots. Which is why I'll probably take it to avoid changing lenses too much in the bustle and hustle of Japan city life.


Most of the time I manage with the FA*300, albeit that I do crop significantly. Fortunately the K-3II's 24MP amply allows for that. Actually, the FA*300 got me some great bird shots in Nicaragua last November. Still not sure I'm willing to take it for a handful of shots though.


Hmm, that's the choice I make most of the time, i.e. 20-40 plus a wider prime (mostly the Samyang 16/2). For UWA I prefer the Samyang 10/2.8. However, the DA*16-50/2.8 is better sealed against the elements and covers a wider angle, which I have found practical on long travel. Also, it has a 77mm filter size, which is the size of all my filters. Since I intend to do quite a bit of long exposures, that's an important point too. Unfortunately the Sigma 8-16 doesn't take filters, so I would need to add the Samyang 16/2 to have the 16mm FoV with filters (=my favourite FoV).


You would be surprised. I tested yesterday when I was cleaning lenses for an upcoming weekend trip. The Everyday Backpack 20L (still my pre-production review sample looking as new as ever after about 10 months of daily use) easily takes the FA*300/4.5, Sigma 8-16 and DA*50-135/2.8 (in that order bottom up), leaving enough room along the latter two to hold the K-3II with the DA*16-50/2.8. That leaves the entire top compartment free. With the camera out of the bag I could even add two lenses in the space thus freed up (those lenses could be in an expanded top during transfers). So that brings the DA10-17 and the DA35/2.8 macro back into the picture, even with the FA*300 in the bag...

Tx for your thoughts!

Wim
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-08-2017, 11:35 PM  
Which lenses to take to Japan
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 27
Views: 1,185
Good suggestion! The DA21+FA43 is indeed a duo that I've used before as a compact standard set. Both are typically lenses that I throw into my bag to fill the last remaining space... :D

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As I wrote before: too many lenses already. But I've said that many times and ended up adding glass anyway. :o

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I love wildlife, esp since that can make a nice change in a series of pictures that would otherwise be too much of the same. Even a sparrow in a temple yard can be very refreshing. But perhaps a TC on the DA*50-135 can get me close enough for birds used to having people around.


Good idea, but I love the 50-135 too much to leave it at home.


Another vote for the DA21 then... To think that I don't use it that much anymore since I got the DA20-40. In fact that purchase turned the DA21 from my favourite street photography lens to my least used limited...

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Indeed, I was thinking the same. Esp since Pentax always said the Q was a success in Japan more than in the rest of the world. If I find the time...

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I know. But it's also fun to take out a prime lens and look for angles and compositions. We do travel on our own, so we're only limited in time by the schedule we impose upon ourselves.


Yes I do... :) Actually, I've been photographing for so long that I look around with a "photographic" eye, even when I do not have a camera on me. I know both lenses well enough to know instantly which one would suit me best. Also, changing lenses is something I do fairly quick (I shoot primes most of the time, except on multi-week trips). But I see your point!

Tx all!!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-08-2017, 04:25 AM  
Which lenses to take to Japan
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 27
Views: 1,185
LOL! That would have been true enough for me as well a few years ago. However, there's little to nothing missing in my current lens collection... :o

I might check out some glass for my Q though, if any can be found... For now I only have the 01 standard prime.

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Great kit!! I was actually considering an all prime kit at some point. On the wide end my three wide Samyangs would be great (10/2.8, 16/2 & 24/1.4), complemented by the three FA ltds and the Samyang 135/2 for the tele work. However, I might have to act quick in some of the crowded places, so I've reluctantly decided on zooms after all... The primes will remain my preferred kit for short "local" trips in Europe.


Doesn't seem to be similar to what I will be shooting. We will see some dance performances, but in relatively small venues where the DA*50-135 should suffice IMHO.


I see what you mean. Both lenses are very different to me though. For eye level photography I prefer a rectilinear UWA, and the Sigma is very nice optically. BTW, I tend to avoid the extreme wide end because distortions get too extreme for my taste most of the time.

The fact that I'm considering taking the DA10-17 may sound strange when I tell you I'm not much of a fan of the fisheye effect. OTOH, fisheye looks much more natural to me when shooting 90 up or down and I can imagine doing some straight-up photography in Tokyo. Another application might be the modern art and architecture on Naoshima.

Tx for your thoughts!!

Wim

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You're right, our current planning does seem very full, but we're in Japan for about 3,5 weeks.


That's what I was considering the DA10-17 for. The DA35/2.8 could indeed double for a compact standard, for which the FA50/2.8's FoV is a bit too strict. Actually, I often take my camera with me for an evening stroll, and having just a prime on the camera makes for a more comfortable setup hanging onto my shoulder. I do prefer my standard prime a tad wider (around 24mm). My favourite lens at that FL is the Samyang 24/1.4, but that's a tank... I might dig up my DA21/3.2 and throw that in the bag as well though.
Come to think of it: DA10-17 + DA21 + DA35 macro should still take less space than the FA*300/4.5...


We're giving the snow monkeys a miss. Couldn't fit that into that planning of ours... :o From what I've seen, I'm sure 200mm might suffice to get good shots, though 300mm could yield some really great close-ups.

Tx!!

Wim
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-08-2017, 12:06 AM  
Which lenses to take to Japan
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 27
Views: 1,185
Hello all,

I'm looking for some help to determine which of my lenses to take on a 3 week trip to Japan. I generally have a good idea what to take on my trips, but for Japan I'm not sure.

First the trip. We're going in October/November, and it's our first time to Japan, so we'll be doing some of the highlights, which includes a lot of cities, i.e. Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima. However, we'll also try to include as much nature as possible. On one hand the famous gardens of Kanazawa, Okayama and Takamatsu, and on the other hand a few excursions to more rural areas such as Kamikochi (Japanese Alps), Koyasan, Sandankyo (near Hiroshima), Kibi plain, Naoshima... Well that should be enough to give you an idea.

Lenses (APS-C): without going into detail what I could take, most will be determined by the decision whether long glass might be useful or not on this trip. I have both the DFA150-450 and the FA*300. The former is reserved for dedicated wildlife trips, i.e. not this trip for which it would be overkill. The FA*300 doesn't take that much space however, so I'm considering taking this one along. My question is whether I will have use for it? What is the chance of seeing wildlife on this trip (that includes birds in the gardens) that would require 300mm?

Thing is, if the FA*300 can stay at home, this will free some space in the bag for a prime or two... I'm thinking the DA35/2.8 macro or the FA50/2.8 macro (for flowers and plant details in the gardens), or perhaps my DA10-17 fisheye for a different point-of-view from time to time.

Thanks in advance for your pointers!!

grtz, Wim

PS: standard kit will probably consist of Sigma 8-16, DA*16-50 & DA*50-135.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-24-2017, 04:57 AM  
28mm Shift lens focus issue
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 4
Views: 630
Sorry for digging up this old thread, but I'm having the same issue with my K28 Shift. I had never noticed this in the old days when I still used it (on a low res 6MP body, which could explain why I didn't). But I took it out recently and found out about it doesn't focus to infinity. :-( Did anyone find out more in the mean time about adjusting infinity focus on this lens?

Tx!! Wim
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 07-12-2017, 11:58 PM  
K-3ii marked as discontinued
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 660
Views: 65,936
Well, the K-3II body design is still an evolution of the K-7 that was introduced over 8 years ago in May 2009. Perhaps it might look a bit dated to newcomers to the brand?

Wim
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-01-2017, 05:00 AM  
What's your favorite focal length?
Posted By Ishpuini
Replies: 36
Views: 1,424
That would be 16mm on APS-C, and that used to be 24mm in my film days. Not much has changed over the last 25 years... :D

It started with a manual Vivitar 24/2.8 on my SFXn, then the DA16-45/4 on my *istDS, followed by a long series of lenses with this focal length as most used mm: DA*16-50/2.8, DA15/4 (more or less), Sig 8-16 and most recently the Samyang 16/2. I'm not counting the Zenitar 16 FE.

Strangely my current favourite standard zoom has become the DA20-40, which doesn't include 16mm. OTOH, this 20-40 means I always carry a +/- 16mm prime (the DA15 or the Samy16), which I didn't before. Perhaps that's one of the reasons why I like the DA20-40 so much as well?

Wim
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-12-2017, 03:28 AM  
Which is better 135/2.5 or 135/3.5 ?
Posted By Ishpuini
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There is some confusion concerning 135mm f/2.5 lenses. There is a Takumar and a SMC version, the latter being the one with the excellent reputation, not the Takumar.

Almost 10 years ago I spent some time investigating 135mm lenses, and ended up getting the SMC 135/2.5. It is clearly superior to the M135/3.5, which is also SMC. The Takumar 135/2.5, however, has inferior coating, and partly therefore is inferior to both the f/2.5 and f/3.5 SMC's.

Now, if you're looking for a manual focus 135mm lens, IMHO, your best choice is not found with Pentax but with Samyang. Samyang's 135/2 outperforms all of the above at a very reasonable price, and with a larger maximum aperture at f/2 it also offers more possibilities. I'm thinking Astro, shallower DoF, ...

hth, Wim
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