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11-02-2008, 02:49 PM   #1
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What's Up With All The Sales?

There have been a heck of a lot of great lenses -- FA77 and FA31 notable amongst them -- on sale in these forums. Is this just a sign of the (economic) times? Is Pentax losing out now to other brands? Because it cannot possibly be that people are disappointed in these marvels.

And then there's the K20D going for relative peanuts on eBay.

Just wondering if some psychic vortex is sucking up Pentax photographers. Should I be wearing that silver foil hat?

11-02-2008, 02:52 PM   #2
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I was wondering the same thing. How can it be that within a week several K20d's pop up in the marketplace?

How much longer till the 135/1.8 hits the surface? (I'll wait!)
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QuoteOriginally posted by rparmar Quote
There have been a heck of a lot of great lenses -- FA77 and FA31 notable amongst them -- on sale in these forums. Is this just a sign of the (economic) times? Is Pentax losing out now to other brands? Because it cannot possibly be that people are disappointed in these marvels.

And then there's the K20D going for relative peanuts on eBay.

Just wondering if some psychic vortex is sucking up Pentax photographers. Should I be wearing that silver foil hat?
I noticed the same and had to partake...I was able to land a mint 77 for $400 after MS cashback...can't complain about that.
11-02-2008, 03:07 PM   #4
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Greener grass?

Greener grass, surplus glass...

Many seem to be heading to the dark side. Some for the lowly D90 others for the D300 or full frame...

I have noticed my own grass underexposed with my Pttl flash on most of my Halloween shots. And OOF grass when the kids were moving with their cute little costumes on... it is frustrating to say the least.

I dont care if the grass is greener but I want it in focus and exposed properly in flash shots if my kids are standing on it....

What a love / hate thing I got going with this camera....


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I can speak for 1 FA31. My first instinct with photography is to manual adjust the focus. As my first lens, I used the 31 like this almost exclusively. I picked-up several af and mf lenses but realized how much easier it was to manually focus a native manual lens. Eventually the FA was my last AF lens, and now it sits unused. Not because its not great for what it is, but because its not great for what I do.

In the last week, I made deals on several new lenses I'll be testing and will use funds from the sale of the 31 to offset the costs.

I do also know that there are others who have waited for a Pentax FF body to use some of the greater FA lenses to their full potential and when that body again seemed at least another year away, they've taken a more direct route.
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With the $ being nearly 25% stronger against the and I should imagine it has put off a lot of users buying from the USA.
I know I dont bother looking half as much in the marketplace as I used too simply because its more cost effective to buy from my own country now.

I saw a DA*300mm there the other day for $875 which used to work out at approx 450 stirling, the same thing now is around 545.
Quite a difference.
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I've been looking at some of the insanely good prices on the gear and I did manage to snatch up a great deal on a K20 and a 16-45. Some of the prices on the high-level glass have been tempting, but I'd have to sell off yet more gear to get them and I'm not ready to do that, so I'm enjoying watching other people snatching up all that glass.

With that being said, I've been looking for a small, almost prime-size zoom to go on my K200, which lives in my purse most of the time and I managed to pick up a F35-70/3.5-4.5 for less than $40, shipped.
Pentax SMC Pentax-f zoom 1:35 - 4:5 35 -70mm - eBay (item 280280638159 end time Nov-01-08 20:14:34 PDT)
I'm looking forward to getting it and taking it for a test spin.

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Heather, the F 35-70mm is REALLY small; quite amazing, not much larger than the FA 50. It also has a very nice 1:4 close focus feature. You got a great deal and it seems to be in good shape.

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Hopefully my small wonder will be arriving either tomorrow (Thurs.) or Friday.

If I like it well enough, I may sell off the 28-75 (heavy!) and my A50/1.7 to help finance the purchase of another 43 since it'll cover the 45-75 range in a much smaller package.

Small is good.
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I bought a F 35-70mm when I first got my K10D, it cost me the equvilent of $30 and I think it is a brilliant little lens to keep in your pocket "just in case".
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QuoteOriginally posted by hwblanks Quote
Hopefully my small wonder will be arriving either tomorrow (Thurs.) or Friday.

If I like it well enough, I may sell off the 28-75 (heavy!) and my A50/1.7 to help finance the purchase of another 43 since it'll cover the 45-75 range in a much smaller package.

Small is good.
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I hate to say that was one of the reasons I didnt like the tamron as well. I do think however that the sigma is a great replacement for it .
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QuoteOriginally posted by bigben91682 Quote
I noticed the same and had to partake...I was able to land a mint 77 for $400 after MS cashback...can't complain about that.
That is one hell of a deal. And I thought I got my 77 at a great price with cashback.
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It is hard to beat the feel of a manual focus lens, isn't it?

QuoteOriginally posted by thePiRaTE!! Quote
My first instinct with photography is to manual adjust the focus. As my first lens, I used the 31 like this almost exclusively. I picked-up several af and mf lenses but realized how much easier it was to manually focus a native manual lens.
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That is one hell of a deal. And I thought I got my 77 at a great price with cashback.
Yeah, really, I got a mint 77 Ltd locally for $550 and was quite please with the deal

Nah, I'm still happy. It's a beautiful lens
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QuoteOriginally posted by Miserere Quote
Yeah, really, I got a mint 77 Ltd locally for $550 and was quite please with the deal
I paid even more. So much more, that I do not remember how much. And I am still very glad I bought it then for that price.

Because at that time my price was reasonable.
Since then I made great shots with the lens.

I would not have those pics if I would have waited 'till now. And did we foresee this crunch coming? Not me!
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