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10-25-2008, 09:17 AM   #1
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Some bad news...


Some of my last few shots with the K20D + Tamron 70-200:

If you're wondering why these were my 'last' shots - well, here's part of an email
I received from Eric - Uber-Pentax camera repair-guy:

If it was under water for less than 3 seconds, we may be able to do something.
If it was under longer, it will never be quite right again no matter what we do.
But thanks to the Marketplace (selling), and Prodigital2000, and the strong
USD/Canadian $ ratio, a new K20D is on it's way.

Now, I just need to find a 70-200 that's in stock.

Lesson: don't set your camera down in an un-braked stroller after you take your
son out to feed the ducks. Especially when said stroller is 3 feet from 3'' drop
into lake. And the stroller roles very, very well. Note to self: don't do that again.

10-25-2008, 09:24 AM   #2
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Well, that about least you have enough good glass to sell to recoup some of if not all of your losses.
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very sorry to hear.

accidents happen and we become wiser for them... sometimes.

It takes a lot out of you when things like this happens.

All I can say and hope for is good luck with the replacements

Hope to see that your back on track soon

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Bummer Jay. You must also be commended that you held on to your son as the stroller did its swan dive!

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Well at least your son wasnt in the stroller instead of the camera.
The camera can be replaced.
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So sorry to hear. And Tammy is toast as well... No insurance on the camera and lens (homeowner's will usually cover)? Bummer.

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QuoteOriginally posted by thePiRaTE!! Quote
You must also be commended that you held on to your son as the stroller did its swan dive!
I'm sure it wasn't an easy choice.

Sorry to hear that, Jay. Happily, prodigital has some silly prices on K20Ds lately, so at least you didn't have to spend $1400.

I didn't know Eric also fixed digital cameras. My K10D is on its way to Pentax Colorado so I'm left with my SuperProgram as my main camera. Maybe it's time for us to go old-school for a few days, what do you say, Jay?
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Hi Jsherman,
Thats a bit of bad luck.

...but! perhaps you could enquire if Pentax have a flotation device as an option..


You're also probably very relieved it was only the camera that ended up in the drink.

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It must be the week for K20D accidents. As always some great photos Jay, just rotten luck they became farewell photos. Look forward to seeing the results from your new cam & lens
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Yikes! Hope you find another combo that's as good as the one you had. And glad the little guy wasn't the one who went in.
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Jay .... nooooo way ... and you were gifted with such a beautiful cop of the Tamron as well.

I'd rather a camera take a dive into a lake than my child though ... so you really were lucky it was the camera that took a dip in retrospect.

I'd be spewing about the gear though ... hopefully you can find another 70-200mm ... they are still really thin on the ground at the moment.
10-25-2008, 03:07 PM   #12
Damn Brit

That really sucks Jay, I'm sorry man.
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Jeeez! I was just going to shut down the system for the night but thought to check the forum first. Nightmare city on the way! Sorry for the loss...........
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Thanks for all the condolences, appreciate it.

I guess I'm not sweating it too much. If they had been stolen, or someone else
had dumped them in the water, Id be tearing my hair out, but since it was my
own damn fault... well, live and learn. Its only stuff. When I was walking home,
I carried the little guy (wet stroller) and pretty much just put things in
perspective - if I lost every material item I had, everything, but still had my wife,
child and extended family - I'd be extremely happy.

As it stood, I had planned to sell the stuff I sold anyway, I was just going to put
the money towards some other purchase, maybe one of the new DA or limiteds.
As it stands now, I'm selling to make up ground - something people do all the
time, and usually for much more serious purposes, with higher stakes.

I started the M-Club thread to remind myself that gear means... very little, in the
end. 'Seeing' the photograph in front of you, and enjoying the results, and
sharing - these things are gear-independent.

So, I don't get the DA 30 or DA* 55 anytime soon, but so what - My K 55, Super
Tak 55, Viv 28, etc, etc - will always be able to do 95% of the job of any new
lens. I know that. Just need to remind myself sometimes by throwing stuff into a
lake. Try it sometime.

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I'm sorry for the loss of your equipment, and overjoyed that your terrific curly haired bundle of joy was not in the stroller. You're right -- stuff can be replaced, but kids can't.

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