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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 1 Day Ago  
Lens recommendation for landscape photography
Posted By VAV
Replies: 18
Views: 651
Also trekking the Kashmir Great Lakes this August.

Still mulling over my options but so far I have been planning to take my K1 with 28-105. I have a DA 15 that will be helpful to some extent. Alternatives are DA 12-24 (in the 18-24 range I think) or the Samyang/Rokinons. An alternative and much lighter package would be my K5 + DA 15 + 18-250.

Have a good trip!

Arvind
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-10-2018, 06:07 AM  
FF mode - DA15 - crop factors & crop sizes
Posted By VAV
Replies: 21
Views: 2,444
I don't doubt the quality of the 15-35. The Tamron 15-35 has been very favorably compared to the well-known Nikon 14-24 here:

Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Review - Photography Life

A review of the Wonderpana filter system for this lens is also here:
FotodioX WonderPana FreeArc Filter System Review - Photography Life

Quality apart, it is the cost and weight that gives me pause. The 15-35 for Pentax is priced almost 1.5 times the price (here in India) of the Tamron 15-35 for Nikon/Canon. I suppose this is partly due to high import duties and partly due to Pentax pricing / additional coatings etc. And there is the additional cost of the 150mm filter system. I do wish Pentax came up with a good full-frame 16-35 f/4 or 17-35 f/2.8 like Nikon.

---------- Post added 05-10-2018 at 09:10 AM ----------


Agree with you on the cost. The 15-35 and the other three Pentax DFAs are all very expensive in India compared to their Nikon/Canon Tamron equivalents and are also similar in cost to the Nikon branded ones (despite Pentax not needing vibration control in the lens).

---------- Post added 05-10-2018 at 09:12 AM ----------


I share your concerns on the alternatives! Hope Pentax provides a more filter friendly/lower cost alternative soon. I can't wait to try my K1 with the DA 15.[COLOR="Silver"]
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-10-2018, 01:35 AM  
FF mode - DA15 - crop factors & crop sizes
Posted By VAV
Replies: 21
Views: 2,444
Many thanks acoufap - excellent information clearly explained with photos. My K1 is on the way and I have a DA 15 that I want to use. Your post certainly helps till I figure out a better wide angle alternative (other than the Pentax 15-35).

Thanks.
Arvind
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-30-2018, 12:36 AM  
SDM on new lenses
Posted By VAV
Replies: 39
Views: 1,777
That is not very encouraging...need to decide if it is worth the risk for me.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-06-2018, 06:37 PM  
SDM on new lenses
Posted By VAV
Replies: 39
Views: 1,777
Thanks all for your kind responses.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-06-2018, 06:25 AM  
SDM on new lenses
Posted By VAV
Replies: 39
Views: 1,777
Hello All!

K5 user here and I had a bad experience with SDM on my 16-50 - even after getting it repaired under warranty.
I am considering the full frame K1 and related lens. I am concerned about the SDM failing on the FF lens (15-30, 24-70). Any comments on SDM issues on these new FF lens? I am in India and the Pentax support here is even less than what I saw in the US so I need to be very cautious before investing further into the system.

I see that there is a newer 'DC' focus mechanism on the 70-200 and the 150-450 - is this a case of Pentax finally admitting to SDM issues?

Thanks,
Arvind.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-28-2010, 03:31 AM  
Poll: Looking for thoughts: Prime setup for upcoming trip (poll)
Posted By VAV
Replies: 25
Views: 4,777
My choice: 3 DA limited lens: 15-40-70

They are extremely compact and suit 'my' focal length preferences.
DA 15 for the wide angle. I had a DA14 2.8 but sold it in favor of the Da15 as I liked the compactness.
DA 40 for slightly longer than normal. I have an FA 35 - excellent lens- but found it wider than I preferred. The DA 40 gives me great color and also has a slightly tight view that I like more than the wider F35.

I rarely feel like going over DA 70 (if shooting prime). I do have a Tamron 18-250 just in case i need that very long shot.

Enjoy your trip and the photography!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-26-2010, 07:49 AM  
Rearranging my kit(s)
Posted By VAV
Replies: 34
Views: 7,480
Thanks - we seem to be on the same page here. I have gone the same route as you have - Nikon primes (50 1.4D, 180 2.8D) and Tamron zooms (17-35, 28-75, 28-300 vr). I am looking for the full frame Nikon equivalent of my Pentax DALtd 70mm (a wonderful lens!) - that would be the 105 VR 2.8... I sometimes feel 85 is too short on the full frame. Only wish the 105VR came at f2 or f1.8.

Regards
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-19-2010, 01:11 PM  
Rearranging my kit(s)
Posted By VAV
Replies: 34
Views: 7,480
I had to make a similar decision and sold most of my pentax kit except the four DA Ltds, FA35, Tamron 18-250, VL 125. I am without any Pentax body now since I also sold my Pentax 200D (I can wait for the next body).

My Nikon kit: D700, Tamron 17-35, 28-75, 28-300 (VR), Nikon 50 1.4, 180 2.8. The only thing I miss is a fast prime lens in the 80-105 focal range.

I heard too many reports of the Nikon zooms being great quality but too heavy to be carrying around all day! For my amateur shooting, I am quite happy with the Tamrons.

I am waiting for a Higher end Pentax body with a k-x like sensor so I can start using my Pentax DA Limited primes!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-12-2010, 11:06 AM  
Early review of Sony NEX-3 EVIL camera
Posted By VAV
Replies: 27
Views: 9,376
The camera has a mirrorless low light handheld mode that works very well. I saw a demo of a compact Sony with the same technology and the results were impressive in a dark room. So, low light High ISO should be very good but may work for only still life as this mode uses multiple exposures and then combines them.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-21-2010, 01:11 PM  
Sharpest Lens you own?
Posted By VAV
Replies: 176
Views: 26,544
VL 125 + FA 35 in my case.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 04-16-2010, 11:07 AM  
3rd Annual East Coast Gathering!
Posted By VAV
Replies: 225
Views: 30,234
Thanks Mike, I will watch out for more details.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 04-10-2010, 12:17 PM  
3rd Annual East Coast Gathering!
Posted By VAV
Replies: 225
Views: 30,234
This sounds interesting but I have never been to one of these events before and have many questions. How many days and what is the itenerary? Where do people stay? Thanks.
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 04-07-2010, 12:51 PM  
cataloguing software in 2010
Posted By VAV
Replies: 38
Views: 9,246
I found the following to be an informative site reviewing many of the DAM software currently available (The DAMRoundup - Photo Management Software Reviews and News). The link below is to the idimager review from the same website:

The DAMRoundup - Photo Management Software Reviews and News Idimager
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 02-16-2010, 02:37 PM  
New York/Central Park Zoo Meet-up Feb 17-20th
Posted By VAV
Replies: 13
Views: 2,142
Would have loved to join but cant make it - busiest time of the year at work. Hope you guys have a good time.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-20-2010, 11:52 AM  
People Recent portraits
Posted By VAV
Replies: 17
Views: 2,621
Very nice portraits!

# 2 - the eyes seem to be slightly overdone
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-15-2010, 12:33 PM  
Horusbennu Tripods
Posted By VAV
Replies: 27
Views: 21,911
I bought one off e-bay. Havent taken it out to the field yet but seems compact, well built and light. Did not have any issues when i used it indoors with my Pentax k200 pointing out of the balcony with a 70-200 lens. It folds down to around 17 inches and fits in a back pack which was the main reason I bought it. The head has three knobs to control tension/direction and also seemed good value for the price I paid (around US$250).
Forum: Post Your Photos! 01-06-2010, 05:47 PM  
Architecture Project 52 #1/52 2010
Posted By VAV
Replies: 5
Views: 1,137
Good idea to capture all the landmarks in your city on a weekly basis- goodluck with your project! I am looking forward to your series.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 01-06-2010, 09:13 AM  
Pentax Forums Logo redesign?
Posted By VAV
Replies: 18
Views: 1,442
The trend of responses so far seems to indicate I may be in the minority :)
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 01-05-2010, 10:06 AM  
Pentax Forums Logo redesign?
Posted By VAV
Replies: 18
Views: 1,442
Any chance of redesigning the forum logo? :) I keep thinking it could be more ... elegant? I dont have any specific suggestions though.
Forum: General Talk 12-23-2009, 10:04 AM  
How wired are You ?
Posted By VAV
Replies: 48
Views: 8,623
Andi , RML, thanks. I need to drag myself out (in this weather) and take it to a repair shop / recycling center - it has been dead for a couple of years now and I keep putting this off - just adds to the clutter in the house.

Andi - thanks for the suggestion regarding erasing data. I was under the impression that I could get away with reformatting the hard disk. I will google how i should erase the hard disk.

Best wishes,
Forum: General Talk 12-22-2009, 11:09 AM  
How wired are You ?
Posted By VAV
Replies: 48
Views: 8,623
LOL.

(i) I think i need to reformat / erase the hard disk (ii) in NYC I am not sure if it is allowed to dump laptops in the bin... i need to find a recycling spot
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 12-21-2009, 10:05 AM  
Chasseur d'Images KX Review
Posted By VAV
Replies: 7
Views: 3,933
Can one compose an off-center image in the absence of AF point selector? What did people do before the time of selectable AF points?
Forum: General Talk 12-21-2009, 09:54 AM  
How wired are You ?
Posted By VAV
Replies: 48
Views: 8,623
Desktop -1
Laptop -1
Smart phones - 2

Had a Dell PDA that I stopped using - too much hassle to carry around a pda and a cell phone.

A dead laptop that I havent gotten around to disposing off (how do i do that?)
Forum: General Talk 12-18-2009, 02:30 PM  
Camera clubs
Posted By VAV
Replies: 16
Views: 4,637
Thank you all. I think i would enjoy the camaraderie and sharing of ideas than competititions. I will visit and see how it goes.
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