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06-21-2008, 09:39 AM   #1
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I'm insane

I went into the local camera store, as I needed a lens cap. While there I look through their used stuff. There it was: a KX in beautiful shape, 50/1.7 lens, case, and manual in truly good shape. All it was missing is the neck strap - the lens cap had a keeper too, something I've never had before. And it so happens I have an extra Pentax strap at home, just sitting there doing nothing.

But that's not why I'm insane. Here's why: I left the manual at the store and went next door to CVS to do some shopping. The store called my wife to tell her I'd bought a camera and left the manual.

I learnt that when I ran back to the store to pick up the manual. Oh, and the wife's fine with it.

That's right, I bought me a KX today.

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That's not Insane, That's called Lucky Enough to tell the tale after your wife found out about the camera

Have fun with it.
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There is nothing insane about it. Quite logical in fact. You had this perfectly good Pentax neck strap at home and needed a camera to attach to it.

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thanks guys... OK so how's this: I play with my Pentaxes and their dog, Mr. Fuji:





Kay-dee, who is a K100D and she's wearing a 70mm 2.4 Limited.
Alfie, who is a ZX-10, he's a lightweight autofocus specialist. He's wearing a 43mm 1.9 Limited.
Mr. Program, he's the robot. He's a Program Plus and he has on a Tamron SP 90mm 2.5 Macro.
KX, she's a KX and she brings real class to the whole team. She's got her SMC-M 50mm 1.7 on.
Spottie, he's the old timer, a SP1000 Spotmatic. He's got a Super Takumar 50mm 1.4 on.





The reason the last one looks strange is that Mr. Program, who's the robot, has the power to send out mind-rays through the atmosphere.

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that little photographic story was quite amusing and made my day, I especially like 'Spottie' the old timer.
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Nice little family you've got there!
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Thanks for the support folks.

Now I'm able to tell all: the true insanity is that I left the M 35mm lens that came with, unbought.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
I went into the local camera store, as I needed a lens cap. ...
See, that's where you went wrong. My husband no longer lets me buy lens caps, or go into pawn shops. I also think that eBay has been blocked.

(just kidding - he is a dutiful enabler even if he is a bit of a snob.)

I had a ZX-10 back in the day and could never understand why the pictures were always so soft compared to ones I took with my K-1000. It never even occurred to my little teenage brain that maybe it was because it had a terrible, terrible lens strapped to the front. It should be very nice with the 43/1.9. It was lost in a terrible case tripod meets asphalt and I think about picking another one up super cheap but it just doesn't fit a niche anymore.

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Hope to have first photos soon - I'm caught in the no man's land of 3-4 frames left on the roll, so it's not worth bringing to work (especially since I have most of a roll in the refoamed Fuji with the new lens on it...) but Soon. Have had the Tamron 90mm on it as well as the 50/1.7.

In my estimation this is one beautiful camera.
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Hey, if you see a good deal...go for it

It's funny how "just looking" can get you into so much trouble
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
Hope to have first photos soon - I'm caught in the no man's land of 3-4 frames left on the roll, so it's not worth bringing to work (especially since I have most of a roll in the refoamed Fuji with the new lens on it...) but Soon.
There's no rule that says you can only have one camera at work. I usually have three and sometimes four.
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There's no rule that says you can only have one camera at work. I usually have three and sometimes four.
True enough, only my bag and its weight limits me... However, I finished both rolls yesterday, the first through the KX and the first to test my re-sealing job on the ST605...

So how large a sachel do you carry!?
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Not very large at all, actually. I'm not big on dividers so I can fit quite a bit into it.

Currently it holds:

K100D
Spotmatic ESII
AF200T flash
S-M-C Takumar 28/3.5
SMC Takumar 50/1.4
S-M-C Takumar 105/2.8
S-M-C Takumar 135/3.5
Super Takumar 200/4 (and metal hood)
Extension tubes

And some various small odds and ends stuffed here and there. I just use it to make a general move from A to B and almost never use it for walking-around type shooting. That's what God made pants pockets for.
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LOL there ya go - the reason why I buy shorts with the big cargo pockets and all.

Actually, I recently had to change my work bag from a backpack to a shoulder bag, which is far less handy for the cameras. I'd turned an ordinary backpack into a bag that would carry a couple of cameras - especially if one was a folding one, three - and an extra lens or so, together with work essentials (book to read on the train, blackberry, cell phone, train ticket, ID badge...) I simply took out the stuffing from an old camera bag and put it in the backpack. Fits nicely, cushions well (I also took out all but 1 divider).
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