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12-19-2019, 02:19 AM   #18211
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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Consider the value in terms of wine-bottle-equivalents or perhaps months-of-Netflix-equivalents.


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It is a good wine value for one bottle or a so-so quality for a crate of wine and probably a 6 months netflix subscribtion...
Anyway it seems to be a rare beast.

12-19-2019, 02:20 AM   #18212
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
Theyíre actually a lot of fun for converting a tele lens into a spotting scope. Iíve used one on a K400/5.6 and K500/4.5 for moonspotting and critters observation (from a tripod, of course). Best done with a gimbal but a ball head works OK.
Thanks! I could use it with my Tamron SP 500 for example.
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I was confused for a moment thinking a certain kind of wine pairs well when using a certain lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by swanlefitte Quote
I was confused for a moment thinking a certain kind of wine pairs well when using a certain lens.
...And Doubled Bokeh was invented

12-19-2019, 04:03 AM   #18215
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
I have used a monocular converter, but not Pentax brand. They deliver high magnification with even a modest telephoto such as 135mm or 200mm. The FOV is very narrow and the image relatively dim = not suitable for astronomic application.. You must double-focus, adjust the unit for your eyesight, the lens focusing ring for near-far. I didn't get much use out of the one I had. Monoculars are not as satisfactory as binoculars that have the same objective lens diameter and magnification, and a telephoto lens with this device attached is a make-shift monocular. As an easy-carry spotting scope for birds, especially something like shorebirds or ducks that are visible out in the open, this will work OK.
Thanks for the feedback for the astro part. I'm wondering if it could be cool with an 1.4 lens like the 85. It is the genuine Pentax Monocular.
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Thanks for the feedback for the astro part. I'm wondering if it could be cool with an 1.4 lens like the 85. It is the genuine Pentax Monocular.
Cannot say how that combo would work. I used it on a 400mm f4 Tamron at the time of comet Hale Bopp, and found it totally unsatisfactory. 8X30 binoculars were far better.
12-19-2019, 09:47 AM   #18217
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marcus Rowland Quote
Some job lots - ordered Sunday and Monday, just odds and ends which I'm hoping will be profitable:

181 new lens caps in four sizes (47 x 52mm, 43 x 58mm, 49 x 67mm and 42 x 77mm) for £39 inc P&P, which I will be keeping about fifty for the lenses I sell and selling the rest on in much smaller lots.
Two job lots of assorted photo junk for £18 inc P&P, I've had similar lots from this seller before and they're always interesting and usually profitable. I can see a Nikon Pronea lens and a few strange bits I simply can't identify from the photos, which is usually a sign that they're either rare and valuable or total crap...
Some hoods and filters for £14 inc. P&P - I get through a lot of these and they're useful sizes.
and some lenses and a bellows unit for £33 - including a Zuiko 50/1.8, Pentax M 50/2 and Chinon 50/1.8, a slide copier, a T-mount 200mm, a Pentacon 135/2.8 (I think), and some sort of 70-210 or similar. Some faults, but I ought to come out ahead.

I'll say more as they come in.
Received the caps and filters yesterday - nothing really to say about them except that the caps were good value, the hoods and filters slightly less so but OK.

Received one of the two junk boxes and the big lens lot today:

The junk box is pretty good - A Nikon Pronea 30-60 zoom, a Kodak Advantix APS camera, a Minolta Program 3200i flash for their AF 35mm SLRs which seems to be working, the hood/cover for a Robot camera (not sure of the model), a Metz charger and two flash cables, a couple of flash extension cables, a couple of skylight filters in useful sizes, a Sigma Perfect Hood (a lie, in my opinion, they aren't especially nice) for their 24mm lens I think, a weird metal flange adapter thing I can't identify yet (I think it's for a fairly obscure British camera since the base is stamped British Made), and a broken telescope. The items I can identify will more than pay for it, about £9 including postage.

The big lens lot isn't so good, I think I'll be lucky to break even:

A small M42 bellows unit, about 5-10cm extension - working well
Tamron Adaptall 2 70-210 4-5.6 158A with FD mount and hood - good
Prinz galaxy t-mount 4.5/200, good condition
Kodak Retinar 55mm projector lens for 35mm slides, good
Olympus zuiko 1.8/50, working but has moderately bad fungus in the front element - won't know what this has done to performance until I test it.
Pentax M 2/50, mechanically good but light fungus front and rear.
Chinon 1.9/50 for PK, ditto
Pentacon Electric 2.8/135 - scratched, fungus city, and stop down is slow - binned to spares box
A broken itorex slide copier with severe fungus - binned
A Kiron 80-200 for FD - fungus city and aperture fault - binned

Not the bargain I was hoping for, but some of it is sellable.
12-19-2019, 03:11 PM   #18218
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QuoteOriginally posted by steamloco76 Quote
Big pile of parts and repair Nikon gear. A friend bought out his employers older and broken Nikon camera gear. He sold the newest stuff to B&H photo with the intention of repairing and/or selling the rest. He is traveling a lot so he asked me if I wanted to mess around with the pile of stuff.

Amongst the dozen or so battery packs and chargers (JUNK!) there are four malfunctioning D1/D1x bodies, an N90s with major film transport issues, an FM2 with MD-12 which just needed an easy fix (sold), AF Nikkor 20-35 f2.8 with damaged electrical contacts and no AF, clean glass and aperture works, two 80-200 f2.8 AF-s zooms, both have damaged electrical contacts and AF failure, one clean inside, one dusty both work on manual. A nice, clean Nikkor AiS 105 f1.8 with focus stuck tight and a whole pile of ???. Now, what do I do with this stuff?
Nikon broken/for repair sells. Got $175 out of one 80-200/2.8 and the 20-35/2.8 no functioning electronics, AF out of order. The easy fix FM2/MD12 and a tired Vivitar Series 1 70-210/3.5 brought $120. All in less than 24 hours on eBay. My Pentax GOOD stuff never sells.

Todayís acquisition, a very clean Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 300/4 from a fellow Pentax Forum Member. Nice lens. Nice price too.

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Pentax Battery Grip D-BG7 for Pentax KP

Joby Ultraplate and hand grip

Joby camera tether

have arrived
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Something on Monday. I’ll update when it arrives.
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Something on Monday. Iíll update when it arrives.
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Pentax DFA 50mm f2.8 macro.

I was a bit disappointed with my Sigma EX macro 50mm - closeup was really good but the distance shots seemed underwhelming. I was hoping for a lens to use travelling that would be both a good macro and a walkaround 50mm. The Pentax is smaller and lighter than the Sigma.

I saw this on an Australian site for $260AUD, which I think is very good value and should meet my needs. The lens arrived looking unused in original packaging. The seller had provided additional goodies - 3 filters (PL, Skylight and +2) in a Hoya folder, plus cleaning gear.

My first few shots included as examples. I think this is better than the Sigma for travelling, it is also same filter thread as the full set of DA Limited lenses so I can go with just 49mm filters and hood.

Now I have way too many 50mm lenses (7) and too many macros (4 primes), but that is what happens with LBA.

Just a side note: the two shots of the lens were taken with an Adaptall-2 28mm, PKA adapter on auto exposure. That is quite a passable closeup lens, but not really macro.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Marcus Rowland Quote
The junk box is pretty good - A Nikon Pronea 30-60 zoom, a Kodak Advantix APS camera, a Minolta Program 3200i flash for their AF 35mm SLRs which seems to be working, the hood/cover for a Robot camera (not sure of the model), a Metz charger and two flash cables, a couple of flash extension cables, a couple of skylight filters in useful sizes, a Sigma Perfect Hood (a lie, in my opinion, they aren't especially nice) for their 24mm lens I think, a weird metal flange adapter thing I can't identify yet (I think it's for a fairly obscure British camera since the base is stamped British Made), and a broken telescope. The items I can identify will more than pay for it, about £9 including postage.
Forgot to say I got the other junk box on Friday - not quite as good but OK: A hand grip / battery unit for a Mamiya camera, I think 645 but I'm not sure. An Instamatic 126 camera. A teeny flash for Yashica's AF 35mm SLR system. A coupe of M42 tubes. A G-clamp with ball joint and tripod screw (I was thinking of getting one of these so that's saved me a couple of pounds). A new-looking Canon focusing screen ED with box etc. Four or five lens caps. Some Cokin filter holder bits. A "Eumig aspheric" add-on lens, not sure what it fits but it seems to be a wide converter for a very large diameter lens. And an old lens in a brass surround that looks like it's part of a magic lantern lens. The focusing screen and hand grip will probably pay for all of it with change.
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