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11-16-2007, 12:37 PM   #1
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$1K lens & $2K body in SLR

A blog post from an amateur looking for cheap & quality

$1K lens & $2K body in SLR - Hin's Tech Corner

I think a bit different than others and it does not mean that I am
better. Just that I may be a person with lots of emotions and I love
history of cameras and hence having film cameras around is a great
blessing and a wonderful thing for me. As you can tell, I love cheap
and quality together. A wishful thinking one may say. And while the
rest are after the $1k lens and $2k camera body, I lust for the $11
lens and $20 camera. How can that be possible? Look no further but my
recent purchase:

1. $11 albinar 28mm f/2.8 Macro vs Pentax FA 31

2. $20 pentax pz-10 vs Canon 5D

Of course there is no comparison from the ridiculous pair that I make
up in the analogy above. I like to think of the positives as my
amateur skills can't justify to have expensive equipments that I
can't afford. And I heard from others that there are photog business
required to take certain photo in film such as those for a large
poster and b&w. I may not know the reason in detail but if the 'pro'
need to use film for a good reason, there is no reason we abandon the
thought of film cameras like the camera manufacturers. And
manufacturers are mostly after money as 1st priority in business.
Films are hopefully to stay for many good reasons and it can only
benefit customers for quality, diversity, history and passion into
photo taking.

My recent venture into ebay for $81.50 get me 2 SLR bodies with 3
lens, 1 2x tele converters, 2 UV and 2 Polarizer filters:

For a total of $81.50 not including shipment costs in 2 ebay

1. Pentax pz-10
2. Pentax pz-20
3. Sigma 75-300
4. Pentax 28-80 (power zoom switch broken)

5. Pentax 28-80 (a good one)
6. Rokunar 2x tele converter

7. 2 uv and 2 polarizer filters


11-16-2007, 03:31 PM   #2
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Apart from the Albinar, also let me know how the teleconverter works out for you.
11-16-2007, 06:08 PM   #3
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I just remind myself that a camera is nothing but a light-tight box. It just exposes the film emulsion. That's it.

And my favorite lens may be my $800 FA31, but my sharpest, fastest, best-made, and best-focusing is my $20 Super-Takumar 50/1.4. Easily on par with any Leica lens costing 100 times as much -- and I grew up shooting with a Leica.
11-17-2007, 12:33 AM   #4

Howdy Hin

QuoteOriginally posted by Finn Quote
I just remind myself that a camera is nothing but a light-tight box. It just exposes the film emulsion. That's it.

but my sharpest, fastest, best-made, and best-focusing is my $20 Super-Takumar 50/1.4.
I second the super tak 50/1.4..... Mine was 30 dollars though.

howdy hin... my computer has been dead so I have been gone for a week...H

11-17-2007, 01:11 PM   #5
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about a year ago sitting reading a magazine and had an article on a photographer who'd been shooting about 30 odd years, I didn't know him (but thats not saying much) and they showed some of his pics, which were really nice. what I remember is his "favourite camera" - any with a shutter

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