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Real Name: Mark Riley
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18-135 has been slaughtered by Photozone
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Hmmm. So why were ephotozine so complimentary about the same lens, as were other reviewers. Clearly, it is NOT a bad lens! Yes it was priced way too high on its release, but got mine 18 months ago for 300 nearly new. A very good lens and have had pictures published with it! I wonder sometimes if some of the reviews are done by people on another planet and used to merely using lenses costing thousands of pounds?? You will be perfectly happy with it as long as you don't expect dazzling results achieved by primes or lenses costing three times as much. it is a compromise-and a decent one-regardless of what the folks at photozone say-and who should have gone to specsavers.
18-135 has been slaughtered by Photozone
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
I agree with Smeggypants that you can pay too much attention to reviews from photographic websites. Clearly, no two reviews are ever the same-ephotozine was more than pleased with the same lens! Just base your purchase on the experience of people using this lens in real life, and look on Flickr fo some stunning photos taken with the 18-135! From the number of users who have reviewed the lens, (Amazon, Warehouse Express)I haven't seen a bad one yet! As for reliability issues, there's no guarantee that any lens will be perfect-at least the 18-135 has a 2 year warranty. I had a Signa 18-70 which developed an autofocus problem after just 1 year.THAT is poor reliability, and as for customer care it was non-existent.I am using the 86 I would have spent to repair it towards the cost of the Pentax. Not once did Sigma apologise! I'm now merely looking round for the best deal (so far 399 on e-bay and from 423 upwards elsewhere).
T Ring availability for Pentax Cameras
Posted in Troubleshooter
This relates to the topic of attachimg a telescope to a Pentax DSLR. I have to inform everyone that it appears that it is not possible to obtain a T Ring as no company seems to make them!! The one site that advertised such a ring had made a mistake in their description!! If anyone knows where I can get one I would be most grateful. The poor support/availability for accessories such as this is a major drawback of the Pentax system. Another example of this was trying for 3 months to get a set of extension tubes, which I obtained only by sheer luck! The T ring is a basic and cheap item available for other systems! Many thanks, Mark
K10 Focussing Issues
Posted in Troubleshooter
After completely reviewing the problem, it appears that I jumped to the wrong conclusion-the fault is with the DA16-50 lens. A couple of quick shots of the same subject with a 70-300 sigma (70mm) and 18-250 tamron (50mm) showed that the same picture from the Pentax DA16-50 was myopic! I don't have time now to upload the images but suffice to say that I am more than angry at having wasted so much money (which I can ill afford and worked extremely hard for!!) on this lens which I now realise has affected hundreds of pictures-the hours I've spent trying to get sharp pictures in Elements from this lens and all the time there was a fault. I will be loyal to Tamron and Sigma in future. I am forced to revert to the original 18-55 lens for now, as finances do not allow purchase of any more lenses. Mark
K10 Focussing Issues
Posted in Troubleshooter
The camera was sent for servicing mainly to have both the sensor and the focussing screen cleaned and to ensure that the camera was generally in good working order. I would have thought they would have at least checked the focussing!! I won't be wasting any more money doing this in future! The focussing hasn't been great since I had the camera in November 2007, but I assumed that this was just inefficiency of the autofocus system. However it does appear worse after servicing. Depending on the cost of this, I may well get another camera-I think I'm entitled to get sharp pictures when I've paid several hundred pounds for a camera like this, especially when its not my technique thats at fault. Perhaps a firmware update? I have tried to install one but the instructions just don't work! The file will not install. Present version is 1.0. Any advice on this would be appreciated.
K10 Focussing Issues
Posted in Troubleshooter
Cam someone explain why this camera will no longer focus properly. I have wasted a lot of time and been VERY disappointed at the accuracy of focussing-and this seems to occur with ANY lens, even the 16-50DA.Images often appear soft/blurred. This is NOT a problem with my technique or camera shake. Even manual focus is proving inaccurate-results have been awful. The dioptre adjustment is correct for my eyesight! I have just had the camera serviced so I do not want to have to send it back again at more expense! Obviously a camera which CANNOT focus is of no use. I will now have to consider ditching the K10 and try and save up for the K20 or invest in another system completely, just to get sharp pictures. Any help to remedy this would be appreciated. Meanwhile I have given up taking any pictures.