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01-22-2014, 08:37 PM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by dansamy Quote
This isn't about your "best deal". We have a best deals thread...somewhere. This is about stuff you bought, new or used, that is still commonly available & was worth its price. No ultra rare stuff that you stumbled across an uninformed seller & "stole it".
If you're referring to my post, it was from a craiglist listing. The seller was a retired pentax shooter who knew exactly how much everything was going for but decided to sell everything as a package for a simple price. He explained to me that he tried selling it on ebay for the real market value but no one bought it. After talking in person and seeing his (massive) house I got the impression he was very well off and he said he simply wanted to get rid of the equipment gathering dust on his shelf. In fact he threw in the K1000 + sears lens for free after I bought the first kit.

Nothing was "stolen" here.

01-22-2014, 08:47 PM   #32
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No. Not just you! Just pointing out that I'm looking for your ordinary, everyday stuff that you bought & when you started using it thought, "Wow! That was money well spent!"

I'm not looking for the stuff that had a single production run, got discontinued & folks fight over it on eBay, but you found a NOS box at your local thrift store.

I think a lot of "A" lenses are pretty ubiquitous because some folks will never get brave enough to venture off AF.
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*Under $100 - $5 for the entrance fee into Pfeiffer beach resulting in capturing the best landscape I've ever made to date. But I'm working on it...

*$151-250 - Manfrotto/Bogen 3021 legs. Bought it sometime in the mid to late 80s and it's still going strong. Although I'm replacing it with a carbon fiber RRS as soon as I can.

*$251-400 - Lenses for my 645D - the 75mm (insanely sharp); 120mm Macro - as perfect of a macro lens as has been made.

*$401-600 - Canon T-90. Hands down, without question the best electronic, manual focus 35mm SLR ever made. I bought it new for $549 in 1986 and sold it for $550 in 1999. Basically I used it for 13 years for free. I don't know of any other Japanese camera that actually appreciated in value.

*$601-750 - FD 85 f/1.2L This lens allowed me to capture images that would have otherwise gone uncaptured.

*Over $1000 - Pentax 645D. It's paid for itself in film & processing costs alone. The camera has more than 4,000 actuations, which equates to more than $12,000 in film, processing and scanning costs. Not to mention how much I can do with it compared to film. It's allowed me to be free with my picture taking since I never have to worry about running out of "film" or wasting money on less-than-serious images. It's fundamentally changed the way I take pictures which in my mind is priceless.
01-23-2014, 04:01 PM   #34
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$601-750 - K30

under $100 - Where do I start...Vivitar 200mm m42 lens, about $35, lasted around 3 years and went belly up finally.
Lentar 135mm m42 lens, still in use ~ $25
Vivitar flash free (they sent me the wrong item, never did find the 28-80 lens I actually bought and let me keep the flash, refunded my $22)
A series 50mm Pentax lens, with A 3000 film body, $30
28mm Pentax lens with MV body $20
3 or 4 ME and ME Super cameras with usually 50mm Pentax lenses, up to 5 bucks at yard sales

That's the short list...

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The best thing I ever bought that was exceptional value was under $100. I bought it at Value Village for $39.99. It's a Sigma 400mm f 5 6. It's very special to me as I figured the only way I would be able to afford a lens at that focal length would be used and likely not locally. It does suffer a little PF but I've had loads of fun with it.
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01-25-2014, 10:11 AM   #37
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kameko Quote
Over $1000 - lift kit and bigger tires for my jeep to take me off the beaten path on photo adventures. I know that doesn't fall in the categories suggested, but having a vehicle to travel places specifically for photography adventures has been one of my best purchases/upgrades.
Excellent! Getting there is a huge part of photography. I've always said that if you want to take photos that nobody else is taking, do what nobody else does. That would certainly include going where not many people can go. So...in this vein...and in the $100-200 range...I would add my Eureka Alpine Meadows tent. It was around $120 when I bought it and it has survived near tornadic conditions. It has allowed me to be out on location from pre-spring to post-fall. I've had it for a couple of decades and it's still doing well. It didn't get old...I did. LOL
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QuoteOriginally posted by TaoMaas Quote
.I would add my Eureka Alpine Meadows tent. It was around $120 when I bought it and it has survived near tornadic conditions.
I would agree! I think I bought my 2-person Alpine Meadows nearly 30 years ago. I was on a tight budget at the time, but decided to get the best I could possibly afford. That tent has never let me down, and never needed a repair!

- Craig

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Under 100 - M50 F1.4 (18 dollars)
Under 100 - renamed copy of Nat Geo camera bag that holds K5 and 4 other lenses (15 dollars)
Under 200 - Da40 F2.8 XS the absolute pancake (150 dollars)
Over the top - all the cash I have joyfully squandered during over 50 years of photography
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Maybe not the best bang for the buck. But the kids and their friends loved to karaoke or rock-band and have 4 live mics, at the same time.>
Pyle Pro PDWM4300 4-Mic VHF Wireless Rack Mount PDWM4300 B&H
>100$
edit: absolutely the most bang for the buck, come to think of it.
01-25-2014, 08:10 PM   #41
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Going by the rules, the original Sigma APO 70-200EX non DG not macro.

Bought it when I got my *istD, and now 10 years later, even on my K5 it still out resolves the sensor. Even getting it new, it was money well spent.
01-26-2014, 04:41 AM   #42
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QuoteOriginally posted by c.a.m Quote
I would agree! I think I bought my 2-person Alpine Meadows nearly 30 years ago. I was on a tight budget at the time, but decided to get the best I could possibly afford. That tent has never let me down, and never needed a repair!

- Craig
GREAT tents! I went for the 4-person because I'm old and need more room to put on my pants in the morning.
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*Under 100 - a Manfrotto tripodbelt that I converted into a Rapid kinda carrying belt: C-strap 1/6 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
*151-250 - Dakine Sequence photo backpack
*251-400 - DA 35mm F2.8 LTD
*401-600 - My secondhand DA* 16-50
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Bargain purchases

Under $50 ($25): Pentax-M 50 mm f 1.7 This lens does not cease to please.
Under $100 ($45): Helios 44-4-K 58mm f 2.0 Runner-up in this category: Yongnuo YN560-II Speedlite ($65)
Under $250 ($249): Yellow K-01 body Inexpensive way to get K-5 IQ
$251-$400 ($375): Minty MZ-S with Pentax 24-90 mm f 3.5-4.5 & strobe bracket, and the 24-90 has proved to be a fantastic lens
$601-750 ($649): K-5ii from B&H An even better way to get K-5 IQ
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QuoteOriginally posted by Joel B Quote
Vasectomy...
I don't think the OP had that type of equipment in mind.
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