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DA* 50-135 focus issue
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Quick update: the French repair people, PM2S, are fixing it for the equivalent of £180. I think that's money reasonably well spent if the repair holds up for a while. Thanks again for your advice.
DA* 50-135 focus issue
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Many thanks, chaps. Off to the repair shop it goes.
DA* 50-135 focus issue
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Is the problem with AF at low light? It's been a problem with my lenses and the lens hunts (not limited to DA* glass either). If SDM works on other occasions it doesn't sound like the SDM motor but maybe the sensitivity of the AF sensor... Battery maybe?Light level made no difference. What I can't understand is why it would hunt only at maximum zoom or thereabouts. Knock it back a few millimetres and it would work normally. I made sure to test it with full batteries. My old Peugeot 307 did the same as your VW. Luckily, the problems disappeared when it spontaneously combusted in a car park :D
DA* 50-135 focus issue
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Thanks, Peter. I'll try your system for a while and keep my fingers crossed.
DA* 50-135 focus issue
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Hi, folks. I'm in a bit of a quandary over my DA* 50-135. It started failing to lock focus at 135mm or slightly below, although it was fine at other FLs. This seems to relate to an SDM issue and I was getting ready to post it to Pentax repair in France (where I live) when the problem disappeared. I've been testing it for a week now and focus locks properly and quickly at all FLs. Admittedly, I hadn't been using the lens much but the same problem cropped up a year ago when it saw regular action at least once a week. I'm concerned (and fairly confident) the problem will return when I'm relying on the lens later this year at some music gigs. It strikes me there's no point sending it in for repair while it's working properly. I suppose I could describe the problem and hope for the best, but this wouldn't be ideal. Any advice on the best way forward? I looked into switching it to screw drive but all the information on the net was quite old and some of the required software doesn't seem to be available from a reliable source any more. I'd appreciate any wisdom you can offer.
External mic puzzle with K70
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Thanks for your thoughts, Rob. I think I'll leave it alone until I can contact Pentax directly, although the answer will probably be "Follow the instructions". Oddly, the microphone came with an extra cable to connect smartphones, tablets and Macs. The jack has four contacts, like the K70 remote shutter release. Beats me.
External mic puzzle with K70
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Hi, guys. I'm hoping to get some advice from any of you who are into video. I'd never bothered with the video function on my K70 but took a short clip at a music gig and was quite impressed. Bought a relatively cheap mono shotgun mic to explore things a bit further but now read in the K70 manual: "A monaural microphone cannot be used with this camera." I find this odd because the mic is fitted with a stereo plug and I assume it just sends the same mono signal to both input channels. I would try it it anyway but the manual warns that using a microphone outside of spec could "cause the camera to malfunction". Don't want that. Any comments? Thanks in advance.
Problem with X5
Posted in Pentax Digital Camera Discussion
I recommended a Pentax X5 bridge camera to a friend a few years ago and it hasn't exactly been smooth sailing. It wouldn't turn on after a month of light use and was repaired under warranty. Since then, he has had it repaired twice for focus issues. Now, it won't turn on, even with a new battery. I feel a bit responsible for his woes and wonder if there's any obvious way forward. He emailed me today and plans to scrap it. If anyone needs an X5 for parts/repair, I sure he'd be happy to let you have it for the postage cost. He lives near Edinburgh. While I'm here, I'd like to thank forum members for recommending a DA* 50-135 for gig photography. It works a treat. My latest quest is to find a bag to carry my K-70 with fitted DA 16-45 plus the aforementioned 50-135. My present array of bags are either too big or too small and I want something as small as possible to do the job. Any suggestions would be welcome. Cheers.
Lens for music gigs
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Many thanks for all the tips. Fascinating. I've ordered a DA* 50-135 and my DA 16-45 is pretty good at the wide stuff, although a 35 1.4 would be fantastic. I'd like to give a thumbs-up to the dodge/burn tool in Affinity Photo. It does a great job of handling exposure problems with patchy lighting.
Lens for music gigs
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
i use a 35 mm f1.4 ( takes it in itís stride very well) but recently did a blues night in a local bar with the full frame FA 70-200 2.8 but you cannot be agile with it - itís like a RPGL and wasnít as at home in the very low light as the 35mm f1.4Yes, I think a 70-200 2.8 would be too much of a beast for what I want. Your 35mm must give you some great shots in a bar scenario.
Lens for music gigs
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
The 50-135mm DA* would seem to be ideal for what you need.I've been thinking the same thing, Paul. SRS has a couple of "excellent +" used ones and I'm very tempted. I'll send you the bill!
Lens for music gigs
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Thanks, Don. Think I'll have to up my budget. A fast zoom seems almost indispensable for quick framing changes. Oddly (or not), I used to work for a Winnipeg-based company when I lived in Canada.
Lens for music gigs
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
I recently moved to France and have been suckered into photographing the local hotel's weekly music gigs in the garden. "Gig photography" is alien territory for me but several PU members are obviously masters and I'm hoping for a little advice. My results have been pretty good so far and I knock out a few A4 prints every week for display. But it's becoming obvious that I need another lens. My DA 16-45 and DA 50 1.8 both produce excellent images on my new K70 but I really need something with a longer reach, although I can get as close to the "stage" as I want. Something like a 70-200 2.8 would be ideal, I suspect, but I really don't want to spend that sort of money. My DA 55-300 is probably a little slow, even at high ISOs. My only payment is a free hotel room so I can have a few pints and a meal on the house, so I want to keep the cost as low as possible while producing good results. Any guidance would be much appreciated.
Xmas cards
Posted in General Photographic Chat
I've used card stock from Photo Paper Direct for years, when I can be bothered, and have been impressed with the results. It could be cheaper to go to someone like Vistaprint but I prefer to do it myself. This one works well if you want a glossy finish on the outside: . They offer many other finishes and sizes, and all the ones I've tried produce top-quality results. Gwyn is quite right: the biggest challenge is coming up with the right photo.
Pricing advice needed
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
If it as problems then the aperture ring will feel gritty when turned. The volume of the click is irrelevant.Thanks. That's reassuring.
Pricing advice needed
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Thanks, Jonathan. The aperture ring on the 50mm works perfectly but clicks more loudly than the one on the 28mm. I'll mention this in the ad in case it's relevant.
Pricing advice needed
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Thanks, Stu.
Pricing advice needed
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Personally, I'd pay probably £60 max for the 28mm and less for a 50mm 1.7Many thanks. That's more than I thought. I'll probably stick them in the classifieds when I have a chance to take some pix.
Pricing advice needed
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
A bunch of people with LBA are probably the wrong ones to ask for objective pricing advice, but here goes. I want to find a new home a couple of SMC-A lenses Ė a 50mm 1.7 and a 28mm 2.8. I just don't use them. Both are in excellent condition, with no marks, smooth focusing, clean aperture blades and crystal-clear glass. I couldn't find any in the classifieds and eBay prices are all over the place. Any suggestions?
How do you store your images?
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
There seems to be growiing interest in transferring digital files directly to film. The basic technology's been around for years in the printing industry. And I read somewhere that at least one major library or museum is photographing its archive prints on to film. Sounds like film is the new digital, although I've yet to produce an image anyone will want to see in 200 years.
PC advice Needed
Posted in General Photographic Chat
Apologies Ė can't find a way to edit the above post on my tablet. The program at the root of the mystery is Iolo System Checkup, not System Mechanic, although I've used both.
PC advice Needed
Posted in General Photographic Chat
I tried several of these "clean-up" utilities over the years, with mixed results. Oddly, I'm now receiving daily emails from System Mechanic telling me my subscription will lapse unless I renew my payment details before August 30 2014. Haven't used it in years and no sign of direct debits. Mystery.
How to post images new!
Posted in Your Photos
Time certainly flies!
How to post images new!
Posted in Your Photos
Thought I'd give the new system a try with a photo stored on my Android tablet. It must have taken half an hour to find the bloody thing in the labyrinthine file structure. (Note to self: stick to my steam-powered PC in future.) Anyhow, it seems to have worked, so full marks for the new set-up.
Photoshop photography Plan £69.99 for 12mths!
Posted in Leads to Deals
Guys, thank you for your suggestion. Do these editors provide CMYK editor?Like Jak, I think it would be helpful if you could tell us what you want to achieve. However, the Affinity website does say this: "Work in any colour space RGB, CMYK, LAB, Greyscale. End-to-end CMYK workflow with ICC colour management, and 32-bit per channel editing."