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Forum: Homepage & Official Pentax News 03-03-2013, 02:39 PM  
PENTAX Debuts Retro Design Camera Featuring Fast F1.8-2.5 Lens, 4X Zoom and Classical
Posted By Mike Wise
Replies: 13
Views: 2,324
I was there Saturday p.m. Got to handle the 645D and even the MX-1. They had a ton of stuff really inexpensive: K200d, K20d, K-x, K-r, K5, K-01 and most lenses except 540mm including DA* and Limiteds. Me? I bought a K5 for $512, a DA 18-135mm for $319.50 and a K-r/DA L 18-55 kit for $224.10. I was tempted to buy a 12-24. They had stacks of them for ~$625 and would have discounted my entire purchase by 10%, but I'd spent too much already (according to my wife). The cameras were NIB. The 18-135 was 'reconditioned'. FYI the sales receipt states "No warranty; no returns".
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2012, 12:08 PM  
What are your favorite SLR lenses for under $100?
Posted By Mike Wise
Replies: 135
Views: 20,585
The best lenses under $100 that I've bought in the past 3 years:

Pentax F 35-70/3.5-4.5
Pentax FA 100-300/4.7-5.8
Pentax F 50/1.7 - $20.00! Came on a MV with broken hot shoe.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-05-2012, 09:17 AM  
SMC Pentax-FA 100-300mm F4.7-5.8
Posted By Mike Wise
Replies: 12
Views: 3,674
I love my silver 100-300, even with all its quirks. I bought a 58 mm rubber collapsible screw-on lens hood for it. It works fine, but it is so wide that I have to remove it when in my bag. I now use a metal lens hood from a 200/4 Super Tak. Reverses on the lens and no vignetting. Looks kind of strange - silver lens with a black hood on a black camera, but the photos are great!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-08-2012, 10:30 AM  
What are your favorite SLR lenses for under $100?
Posted By Mike Wise
Replies: 135
Views: 20,585
Since I need my income for more important things than my photo hobby, most of my lenses were bought for under $100. Here are some of my lucky finds:
Sigma 24/2.8 mini-wide (MF) $3.00
Pentax F 50/1.7 $20.00 attached to a MG body for some reason??
Pentax F 35-70/3.5-4.5 $75.00 attached to a non-working SF-1 body
Pentax F 35-105/4-5.6 $60.00 attached to a working SF-X body - my walkabout lens together with 16-45/4
Pentax FA 100-300/4.7-5.8 $80.00 - optically incredible; mechanically plastic

There are bargains out there. You just need to be patient and look.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-26-2011, 12:40 PM  
Can we expect cheaper Macro lens from Pentax?
Posted By Mike Wise
Replies: 46
Views: 4,676
Apparently it still is made and sold new ($115) under the Phoenix brand: TelephotoConversion Lenses
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-11-2011, 10:32 AM  
Whats a good autofocus prime lens for the kx < $200?
Posted By Mike Wise
Replies: 21
Views: 4,950
I have to agree with everyone else - DA 35 2.4. I'd buy one if I didn't already own an FA 35 2.0. That being said, I recently bought an F 50 1.7 on a working P3N body with the hot shoe broken off. I think I like it better than the 35 2.0. I have no idea why an F-series lens was on an A-series camera, but I'm happy it was. Total cost? $20 (yes, $20!). Sometimes patience pays off. Please, don't hate me.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-14-2011, 04:54 PM  
Vivitar lens flange "hurt" the inside of my K20D.. Crap!
Posted By Mike Wise
Replies: 18
Views: 6,740
FYI Vivitar made 2 models of the 70-150mm Close Focus Zoom. The earlier single ring zoom/focus (I bought mine in 1980) fits on my K20d with no problems. My wife's newer 2 ring zoom will not fit without modifying the lever protector. Hmm. I wonder if the 2X Matched Multipliers are the same or different. I know that the one I got with my zoom works fine. I don't know about my wife's.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-08-2011, 03:09 PM  
Help! SMC Pentax-F 35-70mm F3.5-4.5
Posted By Mike Wise
Replies: 22
Views: 5,787
I have the same lens - one of the best F series zooms Pentax made! Check to see if it is in the macro setting. In macro mode the lens will not focus at far distances. These zooms have a stiff point that separates the macro mode from the standard mode. Just twist the zoom ring past the 70 mm mark toward the 50 mm mark.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-25-2011, 02:37 PM  
Buying lenses from Craigslist, what should I look for?
Posted By Mike Wise
Replies: 28
Views: 4,632
I bought the Sigma Super-Wide II 24/2.8 last year. It mounts and dismounts without any problem on my K20. It's an excellent lens, although a bit cool color-wise. But what can I expect for a lens that cost me $3.00 (sorry, I had to rub it in:lol:).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-21-2011, 01:04 PM  
Camera Mount
Posted By Mike Wise
Replies: 6
Views: 2,072
It might be the old Mamiya bayonet mount.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-21-2010, 09:52 PM  
Cheap/Old AF Telezoom Help
Posted By Mike Wise
Replies: 10
Views: 1,981
I can only give you my opinion of the FA 100-300 f/4.7-5.8, which I bought used. First it is extremely light weight for such a zoom. This is due to its virtually all plastic construction. The mount is plastic, but isn't loose at all. When autofocusing it grinds like a coffee grinder and slams hard at the ends of the focus range. It hunts a bit on my K20D, but the lens is far from fast, so it's best for outdoor photography ... duh! That being said I must say, in my opinion, that optically it is better than good from 100-280mm. At 280-300mm it is soft until stopped to 9.5. I rarely use it above 280mm. I bought my copy for $80, so I think that $160 is a bit more than the average price. Personally, if you don't plan to print poster size photos, the FA 100-300 is a good value. Otherwise, save up for a DA 55-300.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-17-2010, 02:19 PM  
Keeping DSLR safe at the beach
Posted By Mike Wise
Replies: 26
Views: 13,824
If I was really worried about changing lenses, I'd bring my faithful old film changing bag with me: put the camera and lenses in the bag, slip on the sleeves, and do all of the changing (and fumbling) in the bag. It's not only weather proof, but light proof! :-)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-17-2010, 02:07 PM  
vivitar 283 to k20d
Posted By Mike Wise
Replies: 14
Views: 2,984
No, these high voltage flashes didn't affect TTL cameras of the same era. Maybe some of the more recent ones but not the originals. I believe that the LX was the first Pentax camera with full TTL. I recently bought a used Vivitar 285HV ($10.00 - I couldn't pass it up). All of the 285HV are low voltage aren't they?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-16-2010, 10:13 AM  
vivitar 283 to k20d
Posted By Mike Wise
Replies: 14
Views: 2,984
I use mine with a Wein Safesync. It's an early 80s model that I used on my LX; seems to work fine on my K20d.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-21-2010, 08:50 AM  
K20 Occasional Manual Focus Off
Posted By Mike Wise
Replies: 3
Views: 1,346
I guess another possibility is that you didn't focus the lens precisely. It is, after all, manual focus. I know that some of my manual focused photos aren't perfect. I don't use any add-on for focus, like a Katz-Eye. It might help you, if you don't.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-02-2009, 11:30 AM  
Where can I find a TX mount?
Posted By Mike Wise
Replies: 41
Views: 6,083
Originally Posted by Stratman View Post

VIVITAR TX lens mount adapter Pentax PK Ricoh KAR fit - eBay (item 370282231538 end time Nov-28-09 03:00:50 PST)

Here is one on eBay, from the U K

This is NOT a Pentax mount! Vivitar used "K/AR" for Konica Auto Reflex mounts. Pentax mounts show "PK".
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-21-2009, 01:57 PM  
Where can I find a TX mount?
Posted By Mike Wise
Replies: 41
Views: 6,083
Sorry, I didn't think of doing the photo thing. It's actually very straight forward once you get the mount open. I'm no mechanical genius (can't even remember the "lefty loosy..." rule!) and had no problems at all. I'll probably put it back together whenever I sell the lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-21-2009, 01:19 PM  
Where can I find a TX mount?
Posted By Mike Wise
Replies: 41
Views: 6,083
I have both the simple M42 (no Auto/Man) and K mount TX adapters. My daughter uses the K on a 135 on a film camera. I decided to keep the M42 on a 100-300mm f/5 on my K20 because it works in both M and Av mode - after an easy modification. I had to open the TX mount (4 screws) and remove 3 screws that hold the pin. Without the pin the mount works as a manual lens. If you can work around not having the ability to switch between auto & manual, then it will work for you, too. I'd bet that a T-mount can be modified in the same way.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-07-2009, 11:54 AM  
Samsung can make lenses, even for Pentax
Posted By Mike Wise
Replies: 3
Views: 2,245
This lens looks very much like my Sears 60-300mm. Same ring textures, same fonts, made in Korea, everything. My lens was actually made by Samyang. Samyang still makes lenses for different distributors with different names. I think that this Samsung lens is actually a Samyang made lens with a Samsung nameplate.
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