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Forum: Pentax K-3 09-01-2017, 05:47 PM  
Pentax K-3 developed "mode dial failure", what's my best plan?
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 2
Views: 652
Hi all! My K-3 is 2+ years old, and last Monday it spontaneously stopped responding to changes of the mode dial, staying in manual mode at all times. Sometimes it would flicker into or out of another mode while fiddling with the knob, but it wouldn't stick, and now it is in "M" mode all the time. My warrantee is expired, naturally. Alas!

I haven't found reports of this failure with K-3s, but it has been an issue with K-1s. I tried a fresh battery, and gave it a little time to rest - no change. I don't see any advantage to tracking down the official Pentax repair channels here in the US, so I will probably just take it to my local camera repair place- they say they can get parts from Pentax. I'm not crazy about what opening it up might mean for weather-sealing, etc. but I don't see any good alternatives. Any thoughts?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 09-01-2017, 04:58 PM  
Game Single in September 2017
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 182
Views: 4,742
In with an FA 43 on a *ist DS while my K3 is being repaired (I hope!)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-28-2017, 03:26 PM  
K1 Mode Dial Failure
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 199
Views: 24,751
This appears to have happened to my K-3, now just over 2 years old. Not sure what to do with it. Ugh.
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 08-27-2017, 05:39 PM  
Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC Lens Samples
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 33
Views: 19,613
K3, northern Wisconsin, Tamarack Bog

[IMG]IMGP5077c by siebersn, on Flickr[/IMG]
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-24-2017, 05:07 AM  
F 24-50 or FA 24-90?
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 24
Views: 1,098
The only place where the 24-90 suffers compared to the 24-50 is in the build, which is slightly flimsy. Optically, I found the 24-90 to be somewhat better, although the F lens gives more of a vintage "look". Either would work well, although neither was quite as strong as the FA 20-35, which is then lens I ended up keeping (for use on aps-c). Until I got a 20-40, whole other story. In a vacuum I would prefer the 24-90.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-18-2017, 09:29 PM  
The Six-Megapixel Club
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 337
Views: 17,431
I love my *ist DS! It reminds me of my first DSLR, a K1000 super I never should have sold. I still find the 1-control-wheel interface very intuitive. Plus, I use an accessory TTL flash sometimes, no problems, and I have a Canon matte focus screen in there instead of the original. It is GREAT for manual focus, especially fast lenses. Here's one with a Tokina 90mm macro:

[IMG]IMGP9797 by siebersn, on Flickr[/IMG]
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-12-2017, 06:53 AM  
Portrait lens: 55mm f1.4, 70mm f2.4 or 77mm f1.8
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 36
Views: 3,210
I've never had a DA*55, but I am sure OP will like it. Those cosplay shots look great. But I will say that I resisted the 77 for a long time, because I had a DA70 and a Bokina 90. But eventually I caved, and now the 77 is my favorite lens. I don't get results quite as good as LeRolls, for many reasons (ha ha ha), but it is really fantastic for taking pictures of people. I also have the 43, and that does darn well when you need a wider option as well.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-07-2017, 02:01 PM  
Is the new DA 20-40mm a worthy alternative to the DA 21 and DA 40 ltd?
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 32
Views: 1,960
My DA 20-40 is best at the wide end, where it seemed to equal my DA 21. I got rid of the latter lens as a result. The DA 20-40 is not quite as good at the long end, wide open; but stopped down a few clicks it does just fine. This is similar to the DA 40 that I subsequently sold. I've mostly considered my self a prime lens person, but the DA 20-40 is on my camera most of the time, now. I do still have a few primes for when I am in the mood.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-30-2017, 09:26 PM  
What´s your lens keeping rate?
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 45
Views: 1,987
17/167, if I am doing that right. Although to be fair, I may be counting some sold bodies as lenses, as I don't distinguish in my "sold" folder. Still it is pretty clear that for a long time, buying and selling gear was my main hobby, as much as taking pictures was.
Forum: Sold Items 04-30-2017, 08:32 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F/2.8 Lens for limited use, parts or ? repair. *READ*
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 0
Views: 358
SMC Pentax-DA* 16-50mm f/2.8 lens - $150 plus $15 for shipping in US but read below

Here's a sad tale. This DA* lens is in pretty bad shape. For one, the SDM motor is dead. I sent it to KEH, but they were unable to repair it because the lens had been opened previously and they wouldn't even attempt to work on it. It sounds like the previous owner had the SDM repaired and then it failed again? It is a confusing story. In any case it is not working now.

I do not have a body on which I can convert it to screw drive. But I do have a *ist DS which can use the lens with screw drive. And on that body this lens' performance is not great. It frequently misfocuses slightly (can't adjust fine focus on a *ist) and shows some evidence of decentering. Wide open it is tricky to get a good shot. Stopped down a few clicks those issues recede and I have made some nice pictures with the lens, but I have other lenses I prefer to use. So I am offering this one for sale cheap, with the caveats that it is sold "as is" with no returns unless you find it grossly other than as described. Maybe a lens tinkerer can return it to full glory.

$15 to ship in the US, I am happy to ship to other countries but it will cost more, please ask about rates to your country. I accept PayPal, and will not mark items as a "gift" for customs purposes. Feel free to ask questions if you would like. Thanks for looking! Nick
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-28-2017, 04:42 PM  
FA43 - Favorite light to shoot in
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 4
Views: 640
All light. You'll love it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-22-2017, 06:42 AM  
28 mm vs 21 / 20-40 questions
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 15
Views: 1,072
My experience with the DA 20-40 vs. the 21 has been similar to what photogem describes. I no longer own a 21, the DA 20-40 is quite good at that range. Both are better than the FA28, in my experience.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-21-2017, 08:51 PM  
Limited Primes or 20-40?
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 21
Views: 1,761
I do use the 31, when I am aiming for the best picture I can possibly take at that approximate focal length. And it has given me some of my favorite pictures, that I would consider the best. But also at times it has given me washed out colors, in the wrong light; less DOF than I needed; or strong CA that distracted from what I wanted. All could have been prevented or avoided with better technique, true. But with the DA 20-40 I've had those issues crop up fewer times. Partly because of how I use it, partly because my uses for it are different, and maybe a little lower expectations.

The DA Limiteds do tend to produce dense color saturation, so may not be ideal for most portraiture. Still they are fine tools that can be used for most purposes, and post-processing can certainly deal with saturation. I agree that sometimes the FA limiteds are a notch above, and I won't soon be selling mine. The DA 20-40 is what stays as default on my main camera, though.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-17-2017, 08:29 PM  
Limited Primes or 20-40?
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 21
Views: 1,761
I like the images from my 20-40 as much as the ones I got with a DA21. My limited zoom is a little weaker at the long end, but really quite good short. I don't have reason to put on the 31 unless I am really going for maximum quality. And with that said, the 31 tens to be a bit more temperamental - my best shots ever are mostly with it, but I get some that I am not that happy with. I am sure it is user error, but the 20-40 seems to give more even results.

Right now I have found the 20-40 and the 77 cover almost everything I tend to shoot. But I have a bunch more, just because.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 02-11-2017, 10:30 AM  
Canon Pro Photo Printer + Paper: $79 after MIR
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 21
Views: 1,360
Yeah I got one through a similar deal, and it is great. It's huge, and takes a little experimentation to get the best results, but it makes lovely prints.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-09-2016, 08:15 AM  
Upgrade advice - trip to Borneo & impressions on the 55-300
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 12
Views: 780
I would disagree on the 15 for this trip, it's a good lens but the 18-135 is pretty darn good at the wide end. Mine has always been much weaker on the long end, and I would hate to be relying upon it for distance pictures of wildlife. The 55-300 is much stronger, at least the HD version I have. 18-135 with a teleconverter would not give great pictures at the long end, I don't think.

Like the OP I prefer primes. But for ranges I don't use much it is nice to have a zoom to cover occasional specific use - like the OP's trip. Zooms are great for travel, and the WR version would be nice in a rain forest. The older versions would serve, too, I've had nice animal shots even from the old Fa-J 75-300. There's not a huge investment to bring one of these zooms along.

So my advice would be take the 18-135, get a wr version of the 55-300, and take the 35 macro too. That's s lit of photographic possibilities in a light compact package.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 11-19-2016, 09:03 AM  
Help a teen with limited budget to choose a good camera
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 367
Views: 11,282
Each shot shown has some merits and some issues. Fairly close to a subject with a wide aperture you will only have a very small slice in focus, and I am not sure that effect works for some of these pictures. Still, keep shooting! Some famous photographer supposedly said "your worst pictures are your first 10,000".
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-12-2016, 03:54 PM  
DA 35 F2.4 ---- vs ---- SMC-F 35-70 F3.5-4.5
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 18
Views: 1,439
The 35-70 is very good close up - it has a "macro mode" at 70mm that does maybe 1:4 or 5? I think in general I prefer it at the longer end to the shorter. I haven't used the DA35/2.4 but I suspect it is slightly better.
Forum: Sold Items 10-29-2016, 02:58 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Like New FA 43mm Limited - Price Drop
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 5
Views: 829
Such a nice lens, so great for pictures of people.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-27-2016, 08:56 PM  
Adapting lenses to my *ist DS
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 11
Views: 878
Hi Dan! I have a K3, But I still use my *ist DS regularly. It is a great little camera, perfect for easing you into the digital world. Best of luck!
Forum: Sold Items 10-25-2016, 08:55 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Superb & Scarce Prime: Pentax-F 135mm f2.8 [IF] (Worldwide)
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 2
Views: 763
That's a fantastic lens. Good luck!
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 10-24-2016, 08:23 AM  
HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm f/2.8-4 Limited DC WR Samples
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 5
Views: 3,176
I am under the impression that the "lens sample photo archive" is a distinct entity from the various lens clubs.Some of the information might be redundant, even some of the pictures, but there is still a value to having an entry in the archive as it is currently organized.
Forum: Sold Items 10-24-2016, 08:16 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Vivitar 2X Macro Teleconverter (PK) and Tamron 2X TC (PKA); also M42 macro bellows
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 2
Views: 991
TCs sold, M42 bellows and extension tubes still available.
Forum: Sold Items 09-24-2016, 06:57 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA 20-40 f2.8-4
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 7
Views: 1,525
I would jump on this if I didn't already have one that I love. Good luck with the sale!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-21-2016, 01:35 PM  
Which one should I sell?
Posted By Nick Siebers
Replies: 23
Views: 1,231
I've had both. I still have a *ist DS (very similar to the K100d) and far prefer its output to the K-x I used to have. The K-x is better at high ISO, but you've got the K50 for that.
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