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K1000. Wow.
Posted in Pentax Film SLR Cameras
I just got the first film back from a K1000 which I picked up almost by accident from an Ebay auction. I was after a lens and the 1000 came with it. I thought I'd put a roll through the K1000 to make sure it works before selling it on. Well suffice to say I'm not selling it on anymore! I have fallen in love and will be selling my trusty Ricoh KR-5 instead. If anyone out there has never used a 70's K series, do yourself a favour, get your hands around one and have a go. You have never experianced full manual photography until you have used one of these babys.
getting ready to buy some new glass
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Surely what you need is a two seat chopper an a pilot to fly it while you snap away?
Pentax *istD L2 reports no battery
Posted in Troubleshooter
I am confused, when you say it "reports no batteries" what does it actually say? I have the DL2, and when it has no batteries in it, it just wont turn on. Oh and I use nothing but NiMH rechargibles in my DL2, I always used to carry a set of Lithium single use batteries as a backup, but now I just carry two sets of NiMH's. Never been without power yet.
K100D questions
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
I regularly shoot fencing matches with my DL2. The action comes in quick bursts at fencing and while it would be nice to have a bigger buffer with faster FPS, the DL2 handles it fairly well even in continuous drive RAW mode.
Looking for a new MZ-S
Posted in Pentax Film SLR Cameras
Err, I think DaveR is looking for a manual for the Timer Switch :wink:DOH! that's what comes of posting in the middle of the night I suppose :oops:
1.7 x converter with SMC Pentax-A 1:5.6 400mm
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
F5.6 is the minimum rated aperture for the AF system in Pentax bodys, so with the 1.7x AF converter the minimum rated aperture will be something like F3.5. Unlike certain other brands however, the AF circuits in Pentax cameras don't cut out completely beyond that aperture, all that happens is they become less and less effective. In good light my DL2's AF will give focus confirmation at F8 and occasionally even F11. I don't have the converter or the 400 F5.6 to check if that combo works though.
1.7 x converter with SMC Pentax-A 1:5.6 400mm
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
you lose 1.7 stops the F number is multiplied by 1.7, at this time of night my mind can't decide if that is the same thing or not
getting ready to buy some new glass
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
The 50-200 is the best tele-zoom I have ever owned. It is as sharp at 200mm as my SMC-M 200mm F4 prime. It is light and small yet feels as solid as any consumer tele-zoom ever does (and better than most!). I cannot recommend this lens enough, I have the Pentax SMC-FA 80-320, a Zeiss Jena 75-300 (actually a Sigma I think), Tamron CF 80-200 macro, Zeiss Sonar 135 prime and Pentax SMC-M 200 F4 prime. The 50-200 is comfortably better than any of the above at all focal lengths and at all apertures. It beats the 80-320 by so much that its a toss up weather I'm better off using the 320 or cropping an image from the 200 to get the same FOV.
getting ready to buy some new glass
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
I believe Pentax and Tokina worked together to create the 12-24, and the only difference is the factory they roll out of and the Pentax version has SMC. If you can find a comparitive review of the Tokina and the Sigma, that should be close enough, as from what I have heared the SMC (still the best coating system in the world IMHO) makes the Pentax version slightly better than the Tokina for colour rendition and flare resistance bit otherwise they are identical.
Looking for a new MZ-S
Posted in Pentax Film SLR Cameras
Surely if its still boxed it will come with an owners manual? I am jealous, the MZ-S is a real thing of beauty. Such a shame they never brought the MZ-D to market, but who knows, perhaps the next new model from Pentax will be a K1D and we'll finally have a pro Pentax digital body to lust after.
K10D, K100D, Pentax Book - Canada
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
Wow I wish Jessops in this country had that deal, I'd have a K100D by now for sure if they did......still come to think of it that sort of thing would probably be bad for my bank ballance overall.
PK fit other than pentax
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
There are some very nice Zeiss lenses in M42 which can be picked up pretty cheap. I have a Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35/2.4 which makes a great standard lens on my *istDL2. It's sharp as a tack (or even a tak(umar) lol) and cost me just 25 in a charity shop with a box of other "junk". M42 lenses can be mounted easily with a cheap adaptor and in many ways they actually work better than K and M series lenses with the *ist and K series of DSLRs. There are also some Zeiss jena lenses in PK, PKA and even PKAF fit but they are made under licence in japan. The AF ones are actually identical to Sigma lenses of the same era and the optical quality, while ok, is not what you'd expect from the name. I suspect the ones for PKA are actually made by Tokina, these are pretty good lenses. My Dad has a 70-300 from this set and it is very nice for an inexpencive long zoom, easily better than my SMCP-FA 80-320. You can also get Tamron Adaptall lens mounts for both PK and PKA (though the A series ones are like gold dust, being basically the only adaptall mount which works perfectly with a DSLR). Some of the Adaptall lenses are very nice, the 90mm macro for example has a good reputation (I'll let you know if its justified when mine arrives at the end of the week!)
ME super lenses on a digital SLR???
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
What I am saying is the lenses meter correctly at minimum aperture. They cannot be set to any other aperture, so the lenses are not really supported (hence "not 100% accurate" rather than just "not true"). Think K mount lens on a *istD series in Av mode, but instead of the lens never stopping down, it ALWAYS stops all the way down. Metering is correct, but only F22 (or 32, or 45 deppending on lens and zoom setting) is useable. In reallity it's not THAT useful, but it is facinating that they went to that amount of trouble to make the lenses work after a fashion even without the aperture ring. To all practical purposes the official line might as well be true, but mounting a DA lens on an M series body will result in a properly exposed photo, you'd just better be using a tripod!
The Perfect RAW converter
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
I like the Pentax lab software under windows (silkypix based?), I find it nice and easy to use while being powerful enough for my needs at the moment. Under Linux I use UFRAW, which has some excelent automatic features including an auto curves adjustment. It has no batch mode, but overall I think its my favourite.
Hi there
Posted in General Photographic Chat
Hello all, I'm new around here so I thought I'd introduce myself. I've been shooting Pentax since my Dad first let me use his MV when I was about 12 (~12 years ago), but have only started taking photography more seriously in the last 3 or 4 years. I own a wide variety of camera bodys, most picked up cheaply on Ebay, plus my pride and joy, a *istDL2 with 18-55 and 50-200 DA lenses. I generally like to take wildlife and landscape shots with the odd still life and macro thrown in for good measure. I'm an active forum member over on www.phototakers.com, but there are very few Pentax users there so I thought it was time to join somewhere I can get meaningful equipment advice as well as share some photos.
ME super lenses on a digital SLR???
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
K and M bodies don't support FAJ and DA lenses. That is the official line but according to my testing is not 100% accurate. If you examine the back of the DA lenses you will notice that they still have the actuator which should be connected to the aperture ring. It is permanently fixed in the "stop all the way down" position as if the lens had a ring and that ring was in the A position. The upshot of this is that if you mount a DA lens on an M series or earlier body, what you actually get is correct metering, always at minimum aperture (F22 or whatever). I tried this on my ME-F, it works. Yes, Pentax really are THAT mental about backward compatibility.