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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-17-2017, 10:13 AM  
Lower spec K1
Posted By geomez
Replies: 66
Views: 2,213
1. People don't want a less capable camera, they want to pay less for the camera. They want it to be cheap and easy to use, but also want it to be feature packed.

2. Size and number of features are not correlative.

2. Many people equate less with ease. Less buttons and knobs = easier camera. Less features = easier camera. Less screens = easier camera. The people that believe this generally haven't used both basic and advanced cameras and are misinformed. The K-1 is as easy to use an a smartphone camera if you want it to be. Smartphone has fully auto mode where you press the shutter button and it's done. K-1 has the same thing.
Comparing the K-1 to a K-70, or even a Canon 6D, the same basic concept runs true. The only thing a K-70 or a 6D will gain you (weight aside) is that you pay less for it. The K-1 can do all the things the those cheaper cameras can do but EASIER and FASTER, because flagship cameras usually have more buttons, knobs, switches, and screens, and they're usually placed in more accessible, and easier to use places. So even novice photographers that may want to change the camera's ISO, can do so quicker and more intuitively on the K-1 vs a K-70 or 6D. So more expensive cameras, especially in the Pentax line up are not more complicated. They don't require more knowledge to use. You use the parts of the camera that you know, and as you learn more, you realize that it's easier to put your knowledge into action on a K-1. And if you get to the point where you want an Astrotracer, or Pixel Shift, or Composition Adjustment, it's already there.



I'm with Norm on this one.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-16-2017, 02:47 PM  
Lower spec K1
Posted By geomez
Replies: 66
Views: 2,213
Winner!
My biggest problem with all of Pentax's APS-C bodies is the lack of an OLED overlay in the viewfinder. K-1 has it. Nearly ever DSLR on the market save for Canikon's cheapest have had them for years. It's so much better to know where your focus point is set without having to move it or use AF and it's also useful to know which focus mode you're in. It's the only feature that's keeping me from upgrading my APSC Pentax body.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-02-2017, 09:36 PM  
Sticky: Theme Contest #135 - November, 2017 (Fall Colors)
Posted By geomez
Replies: 6
Views: 2,098
Always a difficult challenge for us that live in the Southwest US.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-02-2017, 09:32 PM  
UWA upgrade - help me decide :)
Posted By geomez
Replies: 7
Views: 584
I've had:

Sigma 10-20 3.5
Vivitar 13 2.8
Samyang 14 2.8
Samyang 16 2.8
DA 15 ltd


I currently have:

Venus Laowa 12 2.8
Venus Laowa 15 2.8 shift macro
D FA 15-30
DA 10-17 fisheye

My faves for APS-C are DA 15 LTD and Sigma 10-20 3.5. The DA 15 is compact and well made and has good IQ and killer starbursts. The Sigma 10-20 3.5 is plastic, silent focusing, removable and reversible hood, and threaded, plus good IQ.

My faves for K-1 are D FA 15-30 and the Laowa 15. The D-FA 15-30 is a beast, but it's WR. IT's not threaded, and if you want filters you'll need 150mm filters and a special filter holder. The Laowa 15 is fast, compact, all metal, removable and reversible hood, and threaded. As a plus it does 1:1 macro and has a basic shift function, which will straighten out converging lines when shooting architecture. The downsides are it's completely manual and the it has lots of distortion.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 10-31-2017, 04:47 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge 404--Neon on Black
Posted By geomez
Replies: 26
Views: 1,257
Mine too! :D
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 10-31-2017, 09:41 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge 404--Neon on Black
Posted By geomez
Replies: 26
Views: 1,257
Forum: Sold Items 10-30-2017, 11:00 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Ricoh Theta + New Ricoh Ballistic Case
Posted By geomez
Replies: 1
Views: 286
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Ricoh Theta + New Ricoh Ballistic Case

Asking Price
110.00 USD

Item Location
Prescott, AZ (United States)

Item Description
Ricoh Theta + New Ricoh Ballistic Case
Free Shipping CONUS

$110


What you get


Ricoh Theta
Original box
Original Quick start guide
Original data/charging cable

New Ricoh PC-1 Case ($25 value)
Original box



Condition

Glass is in perfect condition. All buttons, lights, and flaps are in perfect, working order. Body is in good condition. There is a slight discoloration on the white part of the soft plastic body. It is very light and only noticeable close up (see pic). The case is in new, never used condition. ($25 value)



Why I'm selling it

Bought it. Like it. Got hooked on 360 images. Upgraded to a new Theta. New Theta came with PC-1 case, but I did not need it.



About the camera and case

What cam I say other than 360 is the super awesome wave of the future. Super fun. Like a point and shoot with two fisheye lenses. You can use the images stitched in 2D, or in an immersive, interactive, 3D environment.

The case has a ballistic nylon exterior and a soft interior. It's rigid and seems strong. It has a belt clip and a magnetic enclosure.


This camera is very well rated among Pentax forum members with an overall 8.0 out of 10 rating.

Ricoh Theta - Ricoh Compact Digital Cameras - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications




Shipping

Shipping to the continental United States is free. For international shipping info, please PM me.



Payment


is my preferred method of payment. It offers the same protections and convenience as PayPal but they charge sellers (me) far less in processing fees.

is acceptable. I pay the processing fees.



About me


I have bought and sold many items successfully on the forum and ebay with the feedback to prove it. If you have any questions or requests, please ask.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
North America

Shipping Charge
Included

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
Returns accepted seven days upon receipt.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 10-30-2017, 11:11 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Bower 14mm f2.8, Full Frame Ultra-wide Lens
Posted By geomez
Replies: 0
Views: 287
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Bower 14mm f2.8, Full Frame Ultra-wide Lens

Asking Price
250.00 USD

Item Location
Prescott, AZ (United States)

Item Description
Bower 14mm f2.8
Free Shipping CONUS

$250

What you get

Bower 14mm 2.8
Original Bower front cap
Asahi Pentax rear cap


Condition

Glass, and aperture are great. No marks, no haze, no fungus, no oil. The mount and contact points look perfect.
Mechanically the lens is 100%. The focus ring moves smoothly, just as it should, and the ring rubber shows no wear. Body is in very good shape. There a few silver markings between the focus markings on the lens barrel. The previous owner used the lens for academic endeavors. He made precise focus measurements and marked them on the lens. The marks don't effect the lens in any way other than aesthetically. They are visible in the attached pictures.

I have tested this lens for decentering using the method explained in the tutorial linked below. This lens shows no sign of decentering. I'll send you pictures from the test upon request.
How to Check Your Lens for Decentering - Articles and Tips | PentaxForums.com



Why I'm selling it

Last summer I went on a 5 month RV trip across the USA. I wanted a full frame, fast, ultra-wide lens for my K-1. Now that the trip is over, and I've settled down in a new town, I'm selling it.



About the lens


Full Frame Compatible. K-1 Compatible!

I ended up only taking a handful of pictures with this lens.
Here's a pic that I took with the lens...



This lens is very well rated among Pentax forum members with an overall 8.9 out of 10 rating.

Samyang 14mm F2.8 ED AS IF UMC Lens Reviews - Samyang Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database


Lastly, Pentax Forums staff rated this lens higher than the Pentax DA 14mm 2.8 in their in-depth comparison.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/reviews/pentax-da-14mm-f28/introduction.html?src=lrdb

(This lens is a rebranded Samyang 14mm 2.8)



Shipping

Shipping to the continental United States is free. For international shipping info, please PM me.



Payment


is my preferred method of payment. It offers the same protections and convenience as PayPal but they charge sellers (me) far less in processing fees.

is acceptable. I pay the processing fees.



About me


I have bought and sold many items successfully on the forum and ebay with the feedback to prove it. If you have any questions or requests, please ask.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
North America

Shipping Charge
Included

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
Returns accepted within seven days upon receipt.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 10-26-2017, 08:43 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Price Drop Red/Gun Metal QS-1 + Black 02 Lens + Leather bag MINT
Posted By geomez
Replies: 2
Views: 684
Price Drop Bump
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 10-25-2017, 10:40 PM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge 403 - Spontaneous shots
Posted By geomez
Replies: 25
Views: 1,045
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 10-25-2017, 01:27 AM  
Sony does pixel shift in a7R III
Posted By geomez
Replies: 37
Views: 1,970
Beast for sure. It's been what, a year since the last version and this one blows it out of the water.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 10-24-2017, 11:06 PM  
Weekly Challenge Picture of the Week (POTW) # 476 - 17 -31 October 2017
Posted By geomez
Replies: 15
Views: 792
From Saturday

Forum: Sold Items 10-10-2017, 10:29 PM  
For Sale - Sold: *Price Drop* Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Posted By geomez
Replies: 4
Views: 772
Can I please bump?
Forum: Sold Items 10-09-2017, 01:28 PM  
For Sale - Sold: *Price Drop* Rokinon 16mm F2 Ultra-wide Angle Lens
Posted By geomez
Replies: 5
Views: 744
price drop bump
Forum: Sold Items 10-09-2017, 01:26 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Price Drop Red/Gun Metal QS-1 + Black 02 Lens + Leather bag MINT
Posted By geomez
Replies: 2
Views: 684
Price drop
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 10-06-2017, 01:37 PM  
Weekly Challenge Winners Weekly Challenge #401 Reflections with Water
Posted By geomez
Replies: 9
Views: 472
Congrats winners!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-04-2017, 03:16 PM  
DPReview High ISO Noise D850 vs K-1
Posted By geomez
Replies: 29
Views: 1,691
Why do you think that?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-04-2017, 03:14 PM  
DPReview High ISO Noise D850 vs K-1
Posted By geomez
Replies: 29
Views: 1,691
D850 looks sharper to me in RAW
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-03-2017, 10:48 PM  
K-1 L Bracket
Posted By geomez
Replies: 22
Views: 1,763
I have the Kirk L bracket. I purchased it before I'd ever seen the RRS one. The Kirk works masterfully. I'm jealous of the RRS one because the side is thinner. Idk if it effects stability. I'm hoping it does so I can feel more justified in owning the thicker one. All I know is that being tempted to pay full price for the RRS one just to have a few millimeters shaved off when I have a perfectly useful one already is unhealthy.
Forum: Sold Items 10-03-2017, 12:49 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Price Drop Red/Gun Metal QS-1 + Black 02 Lens + Leather bag MINT
Posted By geomez
Replies: 2
Views: 684
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Red/Gun Metal QS-1 + Black 02 Lens + Leather bag MINT

Asking Price
$229.00 USD

Item Location
Prescott, AZ (United States)

Item Description
Pentax QS-1 + 02 lens + Leather Bag
Free Shipping CONUS

$280
$250
$229


What you get

Pentax QS-1
Pentax 02 zoom lens
Pentax Optio leather bag
Original battery
Original battery charger
Original body cap
Original front lens cap
Original rear lens cap
Original box
Original Manual
Original Pentax software CD



Condition

QS-1

Shutter count: 61
Mint condition. Like new. Body is like new. Mechanically like new. Only used a couple of times. Installed rear screen protector before first use.

02 Lens

Mint. Like new in every way.

Pentax leather bag

Mint. Like new.



Why I'm selling it

I had a black Q-S1 and a series of lenses I kept in a black leather Pentax Optio bag. On a trip across the USA it was stolen. I purchased this QS-1 kit and the bag as a replacement. About a month later, I found my stolen QS-1 for sale on eBay. I purchased it, not because I wanted it back, but because my SD card full of pictures from my trip was included. Upon receiving my original camera, I boxed this one up and now it's for sale.



About the camera

I have two main things to say about this camera...

1. It's fine as hell. IMO the best QS-1 color combo. I just checked B&H and Adorama and both are sold out of this camera in any color.
Amazon has one (quantity) QS-1 in this color, body only for $451.72. eBay has one (quantity) QS-1 in this color for sale, with a 02 lens for $490. So this is currently super rare and mine is super cheap!

2. REACH! QS-1 plus a Q to K adapter will increase your lenses reach (35mm equivalent) by 4.5x. Also the sensor is 50% larger than on the Q and Q10.

Here's an article on the Q's reach...
The "reach" of the Q - images - PentaxForums.com

Here's forum member's examples of Q reach...
The "reach" of the Q - images - PentaxForums.com



Shipping

Shipping to the continental United States is free. For international shipping info, please PM me.



Payment


is my preferred method of payment. It offers the same protections and convenience as PayPal but they charge sellers (me) far less in processing fees.

is acceptable. I pay the processing fees.



About me


I have bought and sold many items successfully on the forum and ebay with the feedback to prove it. If you have any questions or requests, please ask.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Mint

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
Free (CONUS)

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
Returns accepted within 7 days of receipt if not as described.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 10-02-2017, 09:30 AM  
For Sale - Sold: *Price Drop* Rokinon 16mm F2 Ultra-wide Angle Lens
Posted By geomez
Replies: 5
Views: 744
bumpp
Forum: Sold Items 10-02-2017, 09:28 AM  
For Sale - Sold: *Price Drop* Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Posted By geomez
Replies: 4
Views: 772
Price Drop bump!

---------- Post added 10-09-17 at 01:29 PM ----------

bumper

---------- Post added 10-09-17 at 01:30 PM ----------

bump??
Forum: Sold Items 09-28-2017, 09:33 AM  
For Sale - Sold: *Price Drop* Rokinon 16mm F2 Ultra-wide Angle Lens
Posted By geomez
Replies: 5
Views: 744
price drop bump
Forum: Sold Items 09-28-2017, 09:30 AM  
For Sale - Sold: *Price Drop* Sigma 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM
Posted By geomez
Replies: 4
Views: 772
Drrrop
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-28-2017, 09:17 AM  
Is this a sign of lens damage?
Posted By geomez
Replies: 9
Views: 701
It's difficult to pose this question and to do any tests because I do not own the lens. It is a lens that I sold a couple weeks ago. It is a Samyang 14mm. I'd owned it for about a year and it hand no problems of any kind when I was the owner. I never noticed softness in the image. I test shot the lens tripod mounted facing a flatish object at F11 before I sold it to make sure no elements were misaligned. It passed the test.

The buyer of the lens is telling me about the softness of the images. I requested to see test shots. Also the box looks like it had been through hell and and some of the air bags I used as packing materials were popped.

My question here is to find out what you think about whether damage from shipping can result in a mechanically and aesthetically pristine lens with image softness across the board. It's not something that I've ever experienced in my years of buying and selling lenses nor is is something that I've read about happening like that. Have any of you heard of or experienced this?
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