malfis

Status: Member
Join Date: 9th January 2012
Last Login: 8th February 2023 - 09:07
Real Name: Malcolm Fisher
Website: No Website
Occupation: Retired
Interests: Golf and Photography.

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SRS Sale
Posted in Leads to Deals
It looks as if SRS still are showing the following reduced prices (until Sept 7th): DA* 16-50 f2.8 549 DA* 50-135 f2.8 699 DA* 60-250 f4 849 DA* 300 f4 699 I thought originally they were due to finish on Bank Holiday Monday. Hope it helps someone.
WTB - D-BG5 Battery Grip (K3)
Posted in Classified Adverts
Thanks to Marat I have now ordered a grip. Thanks to everyone who replied to my post. 👍
WTB - D-BG5 Battery Grip (K3)
Posted in Classified Adverts
Thanks for the info. but I can buy new from Microglobe at 124.99.
WTB - D-BG5 Battery Grip (K3)
Posted in Classified Adverts
Does anyone have a sensibly priced one to sell?
Flucard non-compatibility
Posted in Troubleshooter
I have a Flucard in a K5II, and an HTC One M8 running Android 5.0.1. Remote capture works for me. Other than your camera being a K3, what else is different?Hi John, You must be a witch doctor. Since seeing your post I have been able to connect. I gave up earlier in the evening because, after I had made many unsuccessful attempts, a Ricoh employee told me during an online chat that I would not have any success with later versions of Android. I really don't know what to say - but thank you, ATB, Malcolm :D
Flucard non-compatibility
Posted in Troubleshooter
That's disappointing. I'm afraid that poor compatibility and inconsistency is the name of the game with all the different mobile OS systems. I've got a Windows phone, any chance it might work with that ? I think the consensus generally is that people hope the flu-card solution will be dropped ASAP and replaced with internal WIFI .... Surely the electronics required now are tiny ...... ?Agreed, it would seem only a matter of time before Pentax must surely go with internal wi-fi. The cost cannot be prohibitive as it is now quite common in comparatively inexpensive cameras. It also seems to be ridiculous that the Flucard will work with some versions of The Android operating system, but not the latest versions - Pentax getting left behind again?
Flucard non-compatibility
Posted in Troubleshooter
I'm just a little disappointed today. I need to use the remote function of my K3 tomorrow evening, and I have a new mobile phone - HTC One. My recently discarded iPhone 5s, current iPad and iMac all pick up the Pentax Flucard network, but guess what - the latest version of the Android operating system is not compatible. Not happy - will have to lug around an iPad rather than a mobile phone! :(
To repair or not to repair? DA* 16-50.
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
I understood the motors had been upgraded, but all this happened so long ago.....the problem was only with early lenses and hasn't been a problem for several years. Unfortunately, things take a long time to be forgotten on the web.Hmmm.... I wonder if the problem is restricted to older SDM lenses. I had mine repaired in 2013 at a cost of 180 and without much subsequent use it has died again. Johnson's offered to fix it for a reduced cost of 120 but it seems that might be the price others have paid anyway so no big favour there. The reality is there have been far too many accounts of SDM failure but Pentax doesn't seem to care. Good job they don't make cars. From my own searches I can see many people are still looking for solutions. I don't use mine for video so hacking the firmware to convert it to use the camera's noisier screw drive was a far cheaper and, I suspect, more reliable option. It wasn't easy following the different guides available but I am grateful to those who took the trouble to publish how you do it. Is it worth repairing the DA* 16-50? Maybe if you want to sell it but why would you? It's a great lens and the screw drive focuses just as fast in my view.My situation may be of interest. In the last two weeks I have bought a used DA* 16-50. It was supplied new earlier this year by a Pentax official retailer, and had the SDM replaced in July. I was able to do a deal from a private individual who was unable to sell it on eBay at a price of 340 - I thought it was worth taking a chance. I have both the original sale and Johnsons repair invoices. It appears to be working perfectly - so fingers crossed !!
SRS Bank Holiday Lens and Camera Offers
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Some cracking deals. I bought a 1.4 convertor from SRS a few days ago, wish I'd waited !! :(
For Sale: HD PENTAX DA 15mm F4 Limited
Posted in Classified Adverts
You have a PM.
Lens Swap - DA 15mm Limited wanted.
Posted in Classified Adverts
John, thanks a lot.
Lens Swap - DA 15mm Limited wanted.
Posted in Classified Adverts
As I now have a DA* 16-85 I will have no use for a couple of lenses. 1. SMC DA 40mm f2.8 in totally pristine, immaculate condition, with caps, pouch, box etc. 2. The legendary FA 50mm f1.7 in very good condition. No dust etc., complete with caps but no box. Anyone fancy a trade?My post needs amending! The lens I have is a DA* 16-50mm f2.8 (not 16-85). More importantly - my DA 40mm f2.8 Is a Limited version. Sorry for any confusion, and if my initial post could be amended it would be good!
Lens Swap - DA 15mm Limited wanted.
Posted in Classified Adverts
As I now have a DA* 16-50 I will have no use for a couple of lenses. 1. SMC DA 40mm f2.8 Limited in totally pristine, immaculate condition, with caps, pouch, box etc. 2. The legendary FA 50mm f1.7 in very good condition. No dust etc., complete with caps but no box. Anyone fancy a trade?
Help with choice of convertor.
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Thank you all for your comments. I actually spotted the SRS deal on the HD 1.4 rear convertor a couple of hours ago and placed the order. Confirmation received that it's on it's way! 👍😊
Help with choice of convertor.
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Good heavens - how prompt are those replies! Thank you very much for the comments, the consensus certainly seems to be the new 1.4 is the one to go for - so that is what I will do. Sorry I won't be taking up the offers in the posts.
LTD: Almost new DA*300 at T4 Witney
Posted in Leads to Deals
I knew I shouldn't have looked at your post! Drove down to Witney today, and am now the proud owner of the aforementioned lens. Thanks for the heads up! :)
Help with choice of convertor.
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Your advice from your experience would be much appreciated. I've taken the plunge and bought a DA* 300mm lens to try to improve my results at bird photography. It seems that convertor would be helpful, but I don't know what I should buy. Should I stick to Pentax? If so, should it be the 'new' HD1.4, or are some of the older ones just as good? Thank you in anticipation.
FS: Pentax Flucard
Posted in Classified Adverts
Thanks Don, received intact and now in use.
FS: Pentax Flucard
Posted in Classified Adverts
..................and paid for!
FS: Pentax Flucard
Posted in Classified Adverts
PM sent.
K3 not saving changes to custom settings.
Posted in Troubleshooter
Sorted! Much appreciated - has saved me a lot of anguish!!
K3 not saving changes to custom settings.
Posted in Troubleshooter
Can anyone help, please? I have a brand new K3. I turn off the camera after making changes to items in the custom setting menu, when I turn it back on again the changes made are no longer there and they have all reverted to the default setting - any ideas? Many thanks, Malcolm
FS - Pentax DA 55-300mm f4-5.8 ED - Mint and unused.
Posted in Classified Adverts
PM's received. Still available.
FS - Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 - Mint
Posted in Classified Adverts
*******LENS NOW SOLD******** Despatch on Christmas Eve. Thanks to 7avensis7 for a painless transaction. 👍👍
FS - Pentax DA 35mm f2.8 macro
Posted in Classified Adverts
*****NOW SOLD****** Sold to mrfrosty - great chap to deal with, thank you. ☺️👍