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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-01-2022, 10:39 PM  
Problem with SMC M35-70 F2.8-3.5
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 5
Views: 328
Hi, could it perhaps be caused by zoom creep? I had a copy of this lens and the heavy barrel would very slowly slide if the camera/lens was oriented downwards, even by just a little. This was only an issue for longish exposures.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-13-2022, 02:53 PM  
75 bucks worth? -> Pentax SMC DA 50mm f/1.8 K-mount with uv filter'
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 29
Views: 999
Seems a reasonable price - go for it. It’s a great little prime lens, and if you need to sell it on at a later date I am sure you can at a similar price.
Forum: Pentax K-70 07-31-2022, 04:18 AM  
My first Pentax, and I love it!
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 22
Views: 1,244
Hi, I really like the photos. Thanks for sharing them. I too went with a K70 to complement my GR2. Just recently got hold a used K1 - the best thing is it gives all of my film era lenses two 'focal lengths' dependěng on the full frame or APSC sensor. In a way it expands your lens collection without spending a penny on new lenses.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 07-23-2022, 11:34 AM  
First Trip to Europe.
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 18
Views: 687
I find the electronic shutter the KP a very useful feature for silent shooting in cathedrals, churches, museums etc, so perhaps consider a quiet focusing zoom like the 16-85. It's also weather sealed for any rain you might encounter. One piece of kit I wouldn't do without, especially in the cities you may visit, is a mini tripod for nightime shots.
Forum: Ricoh GR 07-11-2022, 06:38 AM  
My Ricoh GR is dead -- will never buy Ricoh GR cameras again
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 29
Views: 1,851
My original GR died in the same way a few years back and I immediately got a GRii to replace it. Unfortunately the GRiii still costs significantly more than the first two APSC models did, so I am unlikely to replace my GRii if/when it packs up.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 06-27-2022, 02:35 PM  
Used K1 enquiry
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 10
Views: 888
Thanks, I will certainly have a look at this. Having come from the K70 and KP, I admit that I've not even looked at the manual yet. The K1 certainly shares a lot of features from my APSC cameras - I don't think my other half has noticed I've bought a new camera yet. If I keep my distance I reckon she will think its just my KP...
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 06-27-2022, 10:14 AM  
Used K1 enquiry
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 10
Views: 888
Thanks Bob.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 06-26-2022, 10:13 PM  
Used K1 enquiry
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 10
Views: 888
Thank you all for your replies. Sounds like the dial depends on the individual camera, and the shutter is operating ok (cheers grog85361). I had heard about early versions of the K1 having issues with the mode dial getting stuck in place, so just wanted to check. Cheers.
Forum: Pentax K-1 & K-1 II 06-26-2022, 02:11 PM  
Used K1 enquiry
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 10
Views: 888
I just aquired a mint condition K1 with a 6020 shutter count. It has had two previous owners, so has experienced a nice easy life. I am loving it so far. Considering the light usage this camera has had and any potential issues in this regard, I have a couple of questions that I hope owners of either K1 model could answer:

1. Should the third function dial, the far right one, be stiff to turn? I have a KP and I am able to rotate this easily with my thumb. On the K1 it's a two fingers job.

2. Shutter sound: should there be a brief motor drive sound after the shutter has actuated? Again I am comparing this to my KP, which has a more 'mechanical' sounding shutter.

Many thanks.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-12-2022, 10:39 PM  
Photo books
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 13
Views: 793
Hello. One of my favourite photo books is Modern Color by Fred Hertzog. As photography books go it is very reasonably priced, and I think his work is outstanding.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-19-2022, 06:54 AM  
From France
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 11
Views: 536
Hi. Thats a big difference in size and weight - GR and a 647z!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-19-2022, 06:51 AM  
SMC Pentax 55mm F/1.8 or Pentax-A 50mm SMC 1:1.7
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 15
Views: 1,034
The K55 1.8 is, in my opinion, optically better. As mentioned in an earlier post, it carries over the glass and coatings of even earlier Takumar lenses. The extra green button step to meter is a bit of a pain and does take away from my overall experience with this lens. The A1.8 doesn't require this, just focus and shoot in A mode.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-14-2022, 02:00 AM  
Why are old Pentax lenses so cheap?
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 96
Views: 4,692
Yep, the 35-70 is great. I love mine. Ugly though! Maybe that helps keep the price down too.
Forum: Ricoh GR 02-08-2022, 12:32 AM  
GR III Sharpness
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 23
Views: 2,064
My GRII beats all of my Pentax lenses, not just in terms of sharpness, but also aberations, flare control and overall image quality. Thats not a critisism of my Pentax lenses, the GR lens is just that good. The closest I can get to the GR 'look' on my KP is with the fairly under rated FA28mm. Any wider and I tend to use the Ricoh. The 16mp GRii sensor might hide some of the lenses faults more than the 24mp on my KP/K70, and there is obviously no comparison in terms of the flexibilty and AF performance of my DSLRs, but until it inevitably stops working, my GR2 stays in my bag as my go to wide angle 'lens'.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-25-2022, 10:55 AM  
PENTAX-DA 50mmF1.8 vs. SMC Pentax 55mm F1.8
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 14
Views: 910
I would pick the 50 1.8. I love my K55, and it certainly has superior image characteristics, but it doesn't get much use in comparison with the 1.8. Purely down to ease of use and AF, plus I am able to use the 1.8 without a hood due to the recessed front element, making it a lighter and more compact setup. I find manual focus quite enjoyable with the 1.8 too, nicely dampened for a modern lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-12-2022, 12:43 PM  
How much focus dampening is there on the DA 50mm 1.8?
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 7
Views: 457
My 50mm 1.8 has a noticeably dampened focus ring. I really like it! From what you have described your copy should be fine.
Forum: Pentax KP 12-05-2021, 09:03 PM  
To KP or not to KP?
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 83
Views: 4,515
I have both cameras. The image quality of both is more or less identical, which I actually appreciate - I can grab either with no anxiety about which is 'better'. Because of ergonomics, the K70 generally has a zoom lens mounted, and the KP a prime. One thing I like about the KP is the shutter - so much smoother and quieter than the K70.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-20-2021, 07:03 AM  
First DSLR puchase, looking for advice please.
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 94
Views: 3,339
K70 would be a brilliant choice. Plastic fantastic DA 50 & 35mm prime lenses are also great and won’t break the bank. How long before someone recommends the K3iii??
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 11-09-2021, 01:15 PM  
KP compared to K70
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 37
Views: 1,595
I have both and it is impossible to tell the difference in image quality, except occasionally at higher ISOs (6400 +) where the KP has a slight edge.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-07-2021, 11:47 AM  
50mm Recomendations
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 15
Views: 816
Cant go wrong with the DA50 1.8. On the KP it feels well balanced and lightweight. The manual focus is very pleasant to use on it too. Only con is the screwdrive focussing is a little noisy.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-31-2021, 11:52 PM  
Pentax KP: Autofocus correct often only with second attempt
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 8
Views: 837
Might it be something as simple as having ‘Release Priority’ selected in the AF-S menu? This will release the shutter even if the subject isn’t in complete focus. I have mine set to Focus Priority.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-31-2021, 12:33 PM  
Counterfeit Pentax-M lens?
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 5
Views: 733
As already mentioned, this looks like the 2nd version of the M 28 f2.8. Should be fine. In fact I found it to be slightly better than the first version on a DSLR.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-07-2021, 10:01 AM  
31 years old Pentax photographer
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 12
Views: 905
Do you still use the F 35-70? I love it despite its looks.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-15-2021, 06:51 AM  
focus speed KP vs K-70 using m42 lenses only
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 16
Views: 996
Hi, I own both and there is no difference with manual focus confirmation speed.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-08-2021, 05:27 AM  
Unusual camera/lens combination problems
Posted By Buntzbooze
Replies: 14
Views: 705
My 35mm Limited Macro is noticeably softer on my KP than on my K70 and my 16-85 zoom consistently overexposes on the K70 but not on the KP. There are so many potential variables and I’m far too lazy to explore them! I did try fine tuning the 35mm with little success. I just stick with the camera/lens combination that works best.
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