Mannesty

Status: Member
Join Date: 17th February 2005
Last Login: 1st July 2022 - 06:08
Real Name: Peter Smith
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Occupation: Retired
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K1 ii Shake reduction.
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Self Timer, Remote Control, or Mirror Lockup Shooting will turn off SR unless you change the option 21 'Auto SR Off' in the C3 Menu.
Opinions invited . . .
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
Thank you all so much for your comments last year, I thought I would update you all with my decision. I have a large collection of quality Pentax lenses, ten in all, a mix of primes and zooms. I also have 3 Sigma EX DG lenses, the 180mm f3.5Macro, 70-200 f2.8 , and the 150-500mm. I rarely used my Pentax Limited primes except for the 100mm macro lens and always preferred to attach a zoom lens to whichever body I took out. The lenses that got the most use was my DA12-24mm and DA*16-50mm. I don't even use the Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens I bought specially to cover the events of a local car racing club which I did for 5 years but they are now defunct. I tried using the DA* 60-250mm f4 lens for that but it just wasn't up to the dark winter lighting conditions at the track in Cartagena. So, I bought a used Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mk1 kit with their 14-42mm and 40-150mm (approx. 28-84mm and 80-300mm FF equiv.) lenses to try out their system and I get on very well with it. Yes, the menus have no comparison with Pentax, but after a little time I got used to it. I particularly like the focus bracketing and focus stacking in-camera which I have always hoped that Pentax would add to their firmware, but they haven't. I have decided to invest in the new OM-1 body + 12-40mm f2.8 lens as a kit which includes a second battery, 5-year warranty, and a substantial saving on the 12-40mm lens. I will add their 60mm f2.8 macro soon, and a 40-150mm f2.8, and one of their wide-angle zooms later. For now, I am keeping one of my K-3II bodies, my three Sigma EX DG lenses, the two DA-L kit lenses, and my MX-1. The rest have gone to MPB.com for evaluation, but their initial quote realized enough money to fund the OM-1 + 12-40mm and the 60mm macro lens. If I am happy with the results from the 60mm Macro lens, my Sigma 180mm f3.5 APO DG (non OS) lens will be available if anybody here is looking for one. Do take into account any possible post Brexit import duty if you live in UK though. The new Olympus kit has been shipped and should arrive with me today. If I do end up selling all of my Pentax DSLR gear, Ill keep the MX-1 so I can still hang around here.
Upgrading from KS-2 --> which one?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I'd go for a K-3 or K-3 II over a K70. I think the K30, K50, and K70 models have all suffered with aperture block failure.
Why do you send the competitions alway a day after the finish?
Posted in General Photographic Chat
Not management, but, It's probably their way of getting back at you for always getting in first with the new year's firework display.
82mm ND/Polarizing filter
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
Here's one https://tinyurl.com/3aasa7vf
original pentax kp battery
Posted in Classified Adverts
was not aware of thatI posted one last week and ebay and amazon sells Single battery all the time Interesting Are you aware that batteries not connected to or posted with the device it is intended to power are prohibited in UK and international post? https://www.postoffice.co.uk/mail/what-can-i-sendAmazon usually use Couriers to deliver their items so rules may differ.
Pentax K3 sports/action photography
Posted in Pentax Digital Camera Discussion
There is no substitute for good technique. Excellent shot, well done.
Unknown tree, need help
Posted in Your Photos
Tulip trees are Magnolias, yours looks like one of the Acer family to me.
Topaz Denoise - lethargic
Posted in General Photographic Chat
Does your computer exceed the minimum specification requirements for Topaz products? Modern graphics apps nowadays need a high-end GPU and plenty of RAM. When you have the right machine, Topaz Denoise AI is arguably the best product available of its type.
Servicing/Cleaning for Pentax film cameras
Posted in Pentax Film SLR Cameras
Try http://asahiphoto.co.uk/
Manual for Pentax MX
Posted in Pentax Film SLR Cameras
Password is "Pentax" http://pentax-manuals.com/manuals/mf/pentax_mx_manual_s.pdf
Opinions invited . . .
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
"they seem to end up looking over sharp yet no real sharpening done to them, i also see this on Olly forum images."Thanks for sharing your experience. I ran a local camera club for a few years and one member had an OM-D camera, I don't know which model. All the images he posted always looked over-sharpened to me. You may have just convinced me to stick with what I have. Thanks.
Opinions invited . . .
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
I wonder why you are getting rid of some really nice lightweight primes and keeping the heavier zooms? Good point, but . . . I'm just not using the primes; I much prefer the ability to frame a shot with a zoom lens rather than cropping in post. I did a weekend trip to Valencia a few years ago and took only one body and the DA 12-24mm 1:4 lens. When I got back and looked at the images, I wondered why I'd spent so much money on all the other glass I have. That one lens was all I would need for most of our city breaks. The primes I have are an A 28mm 1:2.8 (I use it reversed sometimes for macro), M 50mm 1:1.7 (never used), DA* SDM 55mm (never used very much), and the three FA Limited lenses 31, 43, and 77mm. I've used them so rarely and having decided against going full frame, I no longer need them. Whether I can actually bring myself to sell them . . . time will tell.
Opinions invited . . .
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
Hi Mannesty , Have you taken into consideration, the camera bag or camera backpackThanks for your comment. I'm well sorted on the bag front thanks. I have 2 x Tamrac Expedition 7X bags, 1 with my Macro kit, the other is in storage. I also have a Lowepro Vertex 100AW, which I love, and a Lowepro Fastpack 350 for around town. All of them back packs with waste belt and chest straps. I have 2 other shoulder bags and a slingshot bag for storage, I can't stand all that weight on one shoulder anymore, even If I carry just one body and lens. I know there are lighter bags available, but I'm happy with those that I have.
Charger
Posted in Classified Adverts
Ebay or Amazon would be my first choice. I have 4 x D-BC90 chargers and whilst I rarely use more than 2 at a time I still need all of them to sell with the cameras that they belong to. You might be lucky here if someone has had a catastrophic kit failure or had their gear stolen, but otherwise I'd try Ebay or Amazon.
Opinions invited . . .
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
OK, I appreciate your comments. Firstly, I have never considered myself to be 'Old'. Instead, I acknowledge the fact that my body's condition will not allow me to enjoy certain aspects of my lifestyle as I once did. EG, today I stepped up onto my terrace after getting my washing in and my knee gave way sending me sprawling, but unhurt, across the terrace. If I were thirty-five going on fifteen I'd have laughed it off but there comes a time when we must face reality. Yes, the OM-D E-M1X is heavy, but I mentioned I liked the specs, not that I was considering buying one. The E-M1 Mark I, II, or II would suffice from a spec point of view. Quite honestly, I don't think Pentax has a future if it refuses to include the technologies that other manufacturers have implemented. EG: The OM-D E-M1 when launched did not have focus bracketing or focus stacking ability. Those functions were added later in firmware updates. None of the Pentax cameras I have ever owned has had new features, other than enabling new lenses to work, added in firmware. Bug fixes, yes, new features, no. Why not? I love my Pentax gear but the company that produces it has blinkered vision and creates cameras that they like to make, not what their consumers want. The K-3 Mk III is a case in point. Why the hell did the think a camera without even a tilting screen would be popular? No thanks. time to move on I think.
Opinions invited . . .
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
. . . I'm considering changing to Micro 4/3rds (MFT) kit. Why shouldn't I, can you talk me out of it? I've used Pentax kit exclusively since the 80's, I have a collection of 5 DSLR bodies (K20D, K-5, K-5 II, and 2 X K-3 II all with grips or L-Bracket) and more lenses than I ever use ranging from 12-24mm, to 150-500mm with no gaps in between + the trio of FA Limiteds, 31, 43, and 77mm. Frankly, I don't use most of them any more. Now . . . I'm 72 years young next birthday, my knees and hips are playing up, I have 3 damaged vertebrae in my lower back, and my Pentax gear seems to get heavier the longer I keep it. I've recently looked at Olympus and Panasonic MFT kit and quite like the specs of the Olympus OM-D EM1X and some Pro lenses as I'm more a stills 'tog tan vlogger, which is the direction Panasonic seems to be going. I would always keep my K-3 II's and the lenses I use regularly (DA 12-24, DA* 16-50, 50-135, 60-250, Sigma 150-500mm, and my Macro lenses). All the primes will go though, I just don't use them. So, why shouldn't I switch to MFT, or try it at least?
FS: SMC Pentax-F 135mm F2.8 [IF]
Posted in Classified Adverts
How are things Peter?Very good thanks Peter, hope you and yours are well. In all honesty, I really don't miss my old FA 135mm lens, but can't help having a bit of fun when it's mentioned. I have very few primes now as my ability and enthusiasm to carry a bag full of them around with me has diminished somewhat in later years. I much prefer the versatility of zooms, and I have the DA* 50-135mm, Sigma 70-200mm, and the DA* 60-250 covering the 135mm focal length and I'm more than happy with the results from all three. My walkabout bag nowadays contains only DA 12-24 1:4, DA* 16-50 1:2.8, and DA* 60-250mm 1:4, D-FA 100mm 1:2.8 macro lenses, one body, a National Geographic (made by Manfrotto) carbon fibre travel tripod, spare batteries, memory cards and not much else, yet I'm constantly thinking of ways to lighten the load :roll: I've picked up a couple of K-3 II's from here over the last several months and looking forward to having some quality time with them in the very near future. They are quite an improvement over my K-5 II which was my most recent body before these. I don't have the desire to splash out 2K+ on new kit anymore, happy to pick up other's cast-offs at a fraction of their new price. Keep safe and well amigo. Sincere apologies to Lennybloke, didn't mean to hijack your for sale thread.
FS: SMC Pentax-F 135mm F2.8 [IF]
Posted in Classified Adverts
If only I didn't have the FA version...Grrrrr . . . :lol:
Short Oval Racing With The K3 III & D-FA* 70-200
Posted in Your Photos
Excellent set, well done. I used to do a lot of photography for a local short track oval racing club and I used my K-5 II together with a Sigma 70-200mm 1:2.8 which had its IS set to mode 2, (Panning) Question: Would the K-3 III's SR Panning mode have been any use in this situation? I just read that it is meant for slow moving objects, but at the same time, depending on your camera to subject distance, you could be panning quite slowly.
Pentax K3 & K3II
Posted in Classified Adverts
I sent you a PM.
AF160FC Ring Flash: In need of adaptor!
Posted in Flash Photography
The AF-160 to D-FA 100mm Macro lens adapter does not attach to the 49mm filter thread, it attaches in the same way as the lens hood.
New Firmware for Pentax cameras.
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Credit though for publishing an update for a camera of that age [K-5].They haven't, this update is for K-3 II and newer. The K-5 is unaffected.
K-70 LCD Display
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
This is for a K-50 but it might help:- https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/151-pentax-k-30-k-50/231840-turning-off-k-50-k-30-lcd-display.html This is K-70 related:- https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/193-pentax-k-70/346090-k-70-status-screen-display.html