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Forum: Pentax K-1 12-10-2017, 02:59 AM  
Meike MK320 with K-1 or K-5
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Hi, did you ever get an answer on your question? I'm looking at the flash as part of a solution for both my Pentax K-3 and my Sony NEX. Someone on the most well-known gear website has confirmed that the Meike will work on the Ricoh GR, which I also own and would like a flash for, but only in manual mode obviously (which is fine). I'd like to think that it could also work manually on Pentax, but I've found that nothing can be taken for granted when trying to figure out compatibility in the world of flashes!
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 03-29-2015, 01:40 AM  
The Full Frame: What will make you buy it?
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An absolutely massive, bright viewfinder. i take all of the things in the original poster's list as all but givens. There will be something that will distinguish this camera head and shoulders above others in its class, or even among all FFs. My hope is that it's a VF that takes us back to the glorious days of the ME Super etc.

Someone totted up the expected cost of forthcoming Pentax pro zooms. Going that way holds no attraction for me. My other system is Nikon: a D3, D600 and their pro 2.8 zooms. It's hard to see how I would be ever to fully switch to Pentax for what Nikon gives me: the knowledge that however a demanding job I might go on, I'm always going to come back with the goods because the Nikons can do it all and with minimum fuss. There's also a plentiful second-hand market for Nikon-compatible gear so the above strategy could be achieved quite cheaply if you were starting out, today. There's a penalty to be paid for the Nikon set up and that, of course, is weight and size.

Enter Pentax: the only zoom I have or will have is the 60-250 (excellent). At the moment, I can take this with two or three FA Ltd primes, two K-5s and the Ricoh GR with the wide angle adapter in a small side bag and have amazing IQ with a small footprint. My intention is to take that IQ to the next level with the FF and have a K-3 and k-5iis in the bag for a x1.5 factor.

For people who would prefer a Pentax bag of f2.8 zooms over Canikon, I guessing they just love the ergonomics of Pentax that much more, or just like something a bit unusual (which I respect!)
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-08-2015, 03:29 AM  
What's the first lens you would mount on your new FF Pentax DSLR?
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Well, it was one of those situations where I woke up to read the announcement of the FF and I thought 'If I could have one more prime in addition to my 31mm, 50mm and 77mm what focal length/aperture would I have?'. I thought a 135mm f1.8. At that point I had no idea such a Pentax lenses existed. Later that day I was in London and popped into a backstreet 2nd hand shop and looked in the Pentax cabinet and there it was, just short of £800/€1,1000. I make a quick inspection-it was in mint condition. I stepped outside, did a quick search on reviews etc. and discovered it was ultra-rare, ultra-good and ultra-expensive for a 1980s manual lens. I realised this was my one chance to own it before it was snapped up so despite really not being able to afford it, I put it on my credit card! :o

I will do a review at some point but in brief, it's an excellent lens. It's possible to get excellent resolution and sharpness at f2 and of course, lovely background separation and bokeh even on my K-5 but you have to be careful with purple fringing. I'll see how it performs on the forthcoming FF and decide whether I need to keep it. If not, I will sell it on this forum.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-06-2015, 01:52 PM  
What's the first lens you would mount on your new FF Pentax DSLR?
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I would put on the SMC 135mm A* f1.8 that I stumbled on yesterday in a shop (the day of the FF announcement). And I would take a photo of my wife and son walking down a country lane, wide open, in early morning light like we had to today in Cheshire, England. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-18-2011, 07:01 AM  
Experience of Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f3.5 on Pentax?
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Thanks for this contribution. Someone on the forum emailed me recently asking if I'd bought the ZF 18mm and my opinion of it.

This was my reply. Hope it's useful to someone, painful as it is for me!

"Thanks for dropping me a line.Unfortunately you're bring up painful memories for me because not 3 weeks after finally pulling the trigger on a new 18mm Zeiss I lost the SOFAB in the street in London! £1,000 wasted.

What I can tell you from my brief time with it is that all round it's very good: good contrast,resolution,sharpness good in the corners,no significant abberations in everyday use though I'm told it has some.I used it on my K-5. One downside (apart from the lack of AF which is a given) is that the lens diameter at exit extends below the base of the camera and it us heavy-therefore better suited to putting on the camera for that scene that requires it rather than a walkaround lens.

It's not as good as the FA Limiteds but then it's a more challenging design. If I see one at a knock-down price I MIGHT get it again but it would be with much knots in stomach and grumbling,given what happened!

Hope this is helpful.

Regards.

Niall"
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-10-2011, 12:41 AM  
Experience of Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f3.5 on Pentax?
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You're the only person I know of who owns this lens in the Pentax mount - would dearly like to hear from you on your impressions, even deeply unscientific ones! Especially if you can give a sense of comparison to certain other Pentax Limiteds for quality.

Thanks in advance!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-09-2011, 12:50 AM  
Experience of Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f3.5 on Pentax?
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Re: the Zenitar I'm not looking for a fish-eye and 16mm is too near the DA15mm Limited I just sold on this forum. The 21mm Zeiss is amazing but not quite wide enough and costs even more than the Zeiss 18mm (though I confess I'd love to own it.) :P
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-08-2011, 02:42 PM  
Experience of Zeiss Distagon T* 18mm f3.5 on Pentax?
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I know this lens in the ZK mount is discontinued by Zeiss, probably because they realised there was no prospect of a full-frame digital Pentax which removed the biggest segment of the likely market.

I've been toying with the idea of getting it for my K-7 because I want a 28mm equivalent high-quality prime. All the reviews I've read of the lens have been on FF cameras
(opinions on the optical quality of the lens are mixed).

Has anyone used the 18mm f3.5 on a K-7, K20D or a K-5? Would love to hear some opinions as I'm worried I may be spending a lot of green on something that doesn't deliver for a purpose it wasn't intended.

The alternative I'm considering is the Ricoh GRX with 28mm module though that comes with its own issues like sensor obsolescence and high cost. Anyhoos, I digress...:lol:

Thanks!

Niall
Forum: Sold Items 02-07-2011, 12:39 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 15mm F4 Limited (Worldwide)
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Hi Jim

Shipping would be £19 International Signed For. This is trackable within the UK only, you have to sign for on receipt and compensation is only to £250. For something more secure with higher compensation let me know and I'll quote you but it could be a lot more. Paypal would probably suit best.

Thanks,

Niall
Forum: Sold Items 02-05-2011, 02:54 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 15mm F4 Limited (Worldwide)
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PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
DA 15mm F4 Limited

Asking Price
GB£420

Item Location
Manchester, United Kingdom

Item Description
Photos here: In Box Photo Gallery by Niall O'Shea at pbase.com
I bought this new from SRS Microsystems ? Pentax, Nikon and Olympus Digital Cameras, Camera Accessories and Lenses last November 12 months (can provide copy of the receipt). Optically it is in mint condition with the body in excellent condition, there being a barely noticeable wearing of the paint in a few millimetres of the knurled focus ring and the lens cap having tarnished a bit (as you can see in the photo). It comes with the box (which has had the barcode removed from the bottom to avail of the cashback offer), pouch, lens caps back and front and all paperwork. Photos of the lens also in the attached zip file (pentaxforums not only not let you edit a listed item but you can't even use the same photos when you've withdrawn an item in order to re-post it!!:mad:)

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
Contact me.

Shipping Services
Recorded dispatch

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Will accept returns for full refund if item not as described at my sole discretion.

When I say I ship worldwide there are exceptions - I will not post to countries that have a poor record for parcels getting through, fraud etc.

The buyer will be responsible for any customs and excise charges sending to their jurisdiction might incur. I will mark as a gift if you tell me to.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
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