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Forum: Pentax K-70 01-15-2018, 12:04 AM  
Perfect lens suite?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 15
Views: 754
You have a good camera and two good lenses. These are zoom lenses. Pentax is widely renown for its outstanding prime lenses, from 14 to 100 mm especially. Fabulous prime lenses include the FA Limited series (the three amigos), the DA Limited series (pancake lenses), the DA* prime lenses and D-FA prime lenses and even the older FA* prime lenses.

I would urge you to consider a few prime lenses. Prime lenses can achieve outstanding IQ for a fraction of the cost of the corresponding zoom lenses. They can be fast (e.g. FA31mm f1.8, DA*55mm f1.4, FA77mm f1.8).

Based upon your current lens lineup, I would suggest to consider among the followings: DA15mm Ltd, FA31 mm Ltd, DA*55mm, FA7nn Ltd, D-FA100mm, DA*300mm.

Yes prime lenses are not as convenient and convivial as zoom lenses, but I believe that you can improve drastically your skills with a prime lens: you need to move around more and learn to be at the right place. That was certainly my own experience and I learn a lot.

My 5 cents....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-10-2018, 04:28 PM  
Portrait lens for K-1
Posted By hcc
Replies: 48
Views: 2,065
The FA77mm is a great lens, superb for portrait. It was voted the best Pentax lens at PF. No wonder.

Highly recommended. I add that I have other great lenses, mentioned in earlier posts, like the Voigtlander 58mm, Carl Zeiss 85mm, Voigtlander 90mm, .... None are as good as the FA77mm Ltd in terms of portrait colour rendering IMHO.

Hope it may help.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-05-2018, 04:59 PM  
Pentax K-01 - Flash won't come on
Posted By hcc
Replies: 11
Views: 503
Can the flash pop up? Sometime, the flash might be sticky and not come up (ie pop up). For example, with sweat, I had this a couple of time and I gently wash with warm (lightly) soapy water the flash housing to remove any 'sticky' substance. Off course, it if best to dry afterwards the flash with aclean tissue to remove any substance and moisture, before using the camera again.

Hope this might help.
Forum: Homepage & Official Pentax News 12-24-2017, 07:42 PM  
Merry Christmas 2017
Posted By hcc
Replies: 9
Views: 324
Merry Xmas to all PF staff. Thank you for your kind greetings.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 12-19-2017, 03:12 AM  
Photo Story Fort Nepean
Posted By hcc
Replies: 17
Views: 548
Nice. Well done and thank you for sharing.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-18-2017, 07:42 PM  
How to solve K1/FF wide->short normal need (repeat question?)
Posted By hcc
Replies: 43
Views: 1,620
If focal length is the only issue, you would like to replace your K-5 + [12-24mm lens] by the K-1+ [17-34mm lens], as a naive rule of thumb. [Of course the lens rendering is another issue.] The FA20-35mm mentioned by cmohr is possibly the closest equivalent, but I would follow jatrax and for the 24-70 which is a more modern lens, working well with the K-1, if you do not want to use primes.
My 5 cents...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-16-2017, 03:09 AM  
If you do Professional work, you might need two bodies... (because of buffering)
Posted By hcc
Replies: 82
Views: 2,751
You already got some good comments. I am not a professional, but I shoot Hi-continuous burst sequences all the time, and I have done so since I move to Pentax. Pentax has some of the best buffer in its APS-C cameras like K-7, K-5 and K-3. Clearly a fast SD is required to empty as quickly as possible the camera buffer; simply the card must be faster than the output bus rate of the camera. In practice, an after some rigorous tests with my camera bodies, I selected to shoot JPEG [***] to avoid any buffering issues. With a fast card and no in-camera processing, I have been able to shoot long-sequence (> 30 sec) at 8 fps on my K-3.
I fully acknowledge that you may prefer shooting RAW. However, and as noted earlier by others, Canikon and other brand camera have the same or often worst buffering issue. IMHO, Pentax is one of the better brand with its high-end APS-C camera bodies for high-speed bursts.
My 5 cents...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-15-2017, 07:34 PM  
K 30 upgrade desired
Posted By hcc
Replies: 21
Views: 998
+1 with Adam. Good lenses are worth every penny and they do not loose value over time (like a camera body). I do not know your current lens line-up, but Pentax has outstanding prime lenses, like the FA Limited series (the three amigos), the DA Limited series (pancake lenses), and the D-FA/FA*/DA* primes. The IQ of these Pentax primes is outstanding, and often the envy from other Canikon shooters.
Do yourself a favor and go for better lenses. The K-70 with one (or two) good prime lense(s) would be a major step upwards.
My 5 cents....
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-14-2017, 04:48 AM  
Lens not connecting properly to camera
Posted By hcc
Replies: 11
Views: 549
I would suggest first to check the lens contacts, If all other lenses work on your K5ii, the issue must come from your FA50mm f1.7.

Maybe a bit more info could help: is the lens loose or hard to lock? Have you an opportunity to mount the F50mm f1.7 on another Pentax dSLR?

My 5 cents... since I do not have either a K-5/K-5ii or F50mm f1.7.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-08-2017, 04:33 PM  
Sacrilegious question
Posted By hcc
Replies: 38
Views: 1,938
The OP was after a small (and light) wildlife kit. As an user who carries his gear in bushwalking, I fully understand the point.
IMHO the AF Pentax equivalent would be K-70 + DA55-300mm or K-70 + FA*300mm f4.5. Both are small and relatively light, the DA55-300 being more flexible, and the FA*300mm better IQ.
A different approach would be to consider MF lenses and there have been some discussion above.
My 5 cents...
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-25-2017, 04:34 PM  
DA 18-270mm 18% Off
Posted By hcc
Replies: 2
Views: 895
That is a good prince IMHO. I bought the DA18-270mm to replace my defunct DA18-250mm and I like the DA18-270mm. The AF is silent and fast in the DA18-270mmm.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-24-2017, 11:33 PM  
Recommended backup body
Posted By hcc
Replies: 23
Views: 900
+1 with Adam.
A second K-3 would be the ideal setup IMHO. You could mount different lenses on both K3s, and interchange them (rather than change lenses). Using two identical bodies does reduce the risk of errors IMO.
I have to admit that my backup is my old K-7. Thankfully the setup is close to the K-3 (same body structure). But I ted to use different settings to compensate for the lower ISO (especially) and resolution of the K-7.
My 5 cents.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-19-2017, 11:31 PM  
Looking for faster auto-focus lenses
Posted By hcc
Replies: 15
Views: 1,003
The DA Limited pancake lenses are really fast focusing lenses, especially the DA40mm xs IMHO. In addiition, these are nice APS-C lenses with great IQ.

While the DA Ltd pancakes are not cheap, the DA40mm xs is a steal.

Worth to consider IMO.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-30-2017, 01:22 PM  
How 'Bad' is DAL 18-55 vs Other Options?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 67
Views: 2,387
You already ready got some sound advice. Let me share another "side of the coin".

The quality of the photographs has a lot to do with the photographer, that is the human being behind the camera, rather than the hardware. Everyone agrees but ..... I am not a professional photographer, but I use photography both for work and pleasure. When do I see some difference between lenses?

In practice, mostly in terms of the percentage of "keepers". High IQ lenses (often the more expensive ones) tend to give me a higher rate of photographs that I want to keep. I often found myself in situations when I have a to take photographs over a short period of time, under pressure or in rush. In such situations, I value a "good lens" because of the greater chance to be happy with the shots. A different situation is colour rendering. I found that I prefer some lenses over others because of the colour rendering. For example, I love the FA77 Ltd for portrait, because the shots please me more than any other lens.

To sum up, the situation is not black and white. But some lenses will fit your needs better, particularly in terms of "keeper rate".

My 5 cents....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-28-2017, 03:15 PM  
K70 Fast Prime Lens?
Posted By hcc
Replies: 35
Views: 1,198
You already received some good advice and you will get more.

I would recommend you the Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4.

The lens is metallic and very solid. It is MF with a very nice focus ring. The IQ is outstanding on par with the FA31mm IMHO. Where the VL58mm is "king" is in poor lighting conditions. Low light off course, but also smog, fogg, smoke. Similarly, in overcast situations, the VL58mm will give me very nice shots.

When I travel and want a sturdy all-around prime, the VL58mm is my choice. More generally it is my most used lens (in terms of number of shots), ahead of my workhorse the DA18-250mm/DA18-270mm. This does say a lot...

Dare to be different ...
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-27-2017, 11:31 PM  
K-30, lens 50 mm
Posted By hcc
Replies: 9
Views: 479
+1 with Adam for the DA 50mm F1.8. Great value for money. Likely your best option IMHO.

There are other high-IQ options, but typically much more expensive IMHO like:
Pentax DA*55mm f1.4
(forthcoming) DFA*50mm f1.4
Zeiss 50mm f1.4 (MF)
Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4 (MF)

The last 3 are FF and the first one is almost FF.

My 5 cents.
Forum: Visitors' Center 10-25-2017, 08:48 AM  
K7 firmware update.
Posted By hcc
Replies: 4
Views: 512
In particular, make sure that your battery is fully-charged before your start the firmware update.
Forum: Sold Items 10-21-2017, 08:25 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMC DA 10-17 Fisheye Lens
Posted By hcc
Replies: 4
Views: 535
Is it not the DA10-17mm (and not DA10-15mm as listed)? The second photo show "Pentax 10-17mm" on the ring.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-21-2017, 03:28 PM  
Lenses to take to Paris
Posted By hcc
Replies: 24
Views: 1,442
I was in Paris a couple of years ago with my wife. We had a K-7 and K-01. My wife used the K-01 with the DA18-135mm. She was very happy and did not change lenses. I used the K-7 with the DA15mm Ltd and Voigtlander Nokton 58mm f1.4. The big surprise was the DA15mm. The wide angle with little distortion was perfect for street photography. The VL58mm f1.4 works well as usual and gave great shots. But the focal length was too long and I should have taken my FA31mm Ltd in retrospect.

Read more at: Primes in Paris -

Hope that the comments may help.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-07-2017, 04:55 PM  
What lens size would one recommend for a car show with my K-X
Posted By hcc
Replies: 18
Views: 1,024
You already received some nice comment. You may need to consider if you will be indoor or outdoor. Also how much space will you have. Indoor shows are likely to be more confined.

I would say that my own selection for a car show would include:
(a) the DA10-17mm and DA15mm Ltd, the FA31mm Ltd if I am not limited in number of lenses; or
(2) the DA15mm Ltd if I have to take only one lens.

The DA15mm and DA10-17mm may appear to overlap, but they are very different lenses IMHO. The DA15mm Ltd is a Wide angle (WA) lens, with outstanding IQ. Great lens outdoor and indoor. The DA10-17mm brings the flexibility of a Fisheye lens at 10mm and a Wide angle at 17mm, plus a range of intermediate focal lenses. But I prefer the rendering of the DA15mm over the DA10-17mm at 15 mm.

Hope that the comment may help.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-03-2017, 06:26 PM  
Travel Florence, Italy
Posted By hcc
Replies: 7
Views: 313
I was there at the same spot last year in May. While you had better light conditions that I did, this is a really nice photo. Well done. And kudo to the kit lens :).
Forum: Pentax K-S1 & K-S2 10-01-2017, 02:47 PM  
K-S2 Lag with fast shooting
Posted By hcc
Replies: 11
Views: 510
+1 with Adam

If you want to shoot in Hi continuous mode, you need to remove (ie stop) any in-camera processing, incl. lens distortion correction and others. You need also to shoot JPEG preferably and have a good quality SD card, fast enough to write up rapildy your sequence on the card.

BTW I have always shot in Hi continuous mode for past 9 years. With every new camera body, I start by testing the camera and SD card for all possible settings and options, to get the fastest burst rate and the longest burst. (With my K-7 I easily obtained bursts longer than 60 s at 7 fps..)

Hope that the comment may help.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-30-2017, 09:28 PM  
Portrait help
Posted By hcc
Replies: 14
Views: 579
On portrait, the tricks are the photographer and the lens.

First whatever camera or lens, it is the photographer's skills that is most important. Know your skills, consider whether you would be more comfortable with MF or AF, what focal length would work best for you: 50mm for relatively close, 70-85mm for medium distance, longer if you wish to be further away.

Second, get the right lens. Pentax has one of the best, probably the best portrait lens: the FA77mm f1.8 Ltd. This is the best lens selected by PF users, its is regarded as the best AF prime lens "that money can buy" across all brands, and the users' reviews add more.... Simply the colour rendering of the FA77mm is outstanding especially for portrait. In addition the lens is AF, FF and fast (f1.8). The AF is particularly snappy IMHO, likely because it is small lens. Second-hand ones an be found from $500 to $700. (There is currently one on the PF marketplace for $625.)

If the FA77mm Ltd is above your budget, consider the "plastic fantastic" DA50mm f1.8. A great value for money with excellent reviews.

My 5 cents.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-26-2017, 05:19 PM  
FA 77mm limited vs 24-70 mm D FA
Posted By hcc
Replies: 43
Views: 2,744
You are comparing Apple and Orange.

The FA77mm Ltd is the best AF prime lens that one can buy: sm-02-05-02 - Luminous Landscape, across all brands. It is also the best PF lens according to Pentax Forum users. This says a lot IMHO.

The FA24-70mm will give you conveniency. Fully agreed.

I have the FA77mm and its portrait colour rendering is outstanding. The best lens for portrait among all my prime lenses, including my Zeiss, Voigtlander and Pentax lenses. Full stop.

Hope that the comment may help.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-21-2017, 05:39 AM  
images not sharp, please advice
Posted By hcc
Replies: 20
Views: 1,323
+1 with clackers on pre-focus. It will help a lot in practice.
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