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Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 03-13-2015, 09:54 AM  
New to DSLR looking at K-50
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 93
Views: 7,712
0:52 mark is the highlight of this video. I've had to rewind several times to see it again. :D
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 03-12-2015, 06:22 AM  
New to DSLR looking at K-50
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 93
Views: 7,712
I 100% agree with this. I started out with a K-30 & 18-55mm WR kit. While the 18-55mm WR lens is solid, the 18-135mm WR is a huge improvement and that extra reach is more than worth the extra cost. I eventually sold both and bought a K-5ii w/ 18-135mm WR.

I know it's more money but I definitely recommend you spring for the 18-135mm WR lens instead of the 18-55mm. 55mm will only take you so far and as others have said, switching lenses just to get the extra reach is a pain, and using a non WR lens to boot sort of defeats the whole purpose of the versatility of the weather sealed body.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-13-2015, 09:09 AM  
K-S2+18-135WR Kit
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 17
Views: 3,173
I'm sure it will be offered as a kit at some point... Pretty much every Pentax DSLR is eventually bundled with the 18-135mm WR lens (K-3, K-5iis, K-5ii, K-50, K-30 all were sold with it at one point or another).

Personally I don't see why anyone bothers with the 18-55mm WR lens, or even the new 18-50mm collapsible. That extra reach from 50/55mm to 135mm is priceless IMO.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-12-2015, 11:29 AM  
Pentax K-S2, SMC/HD 18-50mm, WG-5 GPS, AF201FG Announced
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 78
Views: 9,733
Hey now... I said I was bummed that the K-S2 doesn't appear to support a Grip! :D
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-10-2015, 05:44 PM  
Pentax K-S2, SMC/HD 18-50mm, WG-5 GPS, AF201FG Announced
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 78
Views: 9,733
So the K-S2 does not have an option to use a Grip, is that correct? On the spec sheet it does not list any Grips as Optional accessories....
Forum: Pentax K-3 02-10-2015, 05:30 PM  
Which camera strap for K-3 ?
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 56
Views: 7,300
I use this one on my K-5ii and I love it.... It's comfortable, long enough to sling the camera diagonally across my body, and it's super quick and easy to detach if I want to tripod the camera.

OP/TECH USA 1001062 Super Classic Strap-Uni Loop

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0043WKRCW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-07-2015, 10:17 AM  
Poll: Who's sticking with APSc?
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 126
Views: 8,989
I'll be sticking with my K-5II for a while. Down the road a couple of years, i'm sure a super sweet black friday sale on a Pentax FF could entice me to make the jump.
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 02-04-2015, 07:48 PM  
Looks like leaving Pentax for Canon FF & shift lenses
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 101
Views: 7,923
How can you possibly know what the Pentax FF can do if we don't know any specs yet?

No disrespect but I have a hard time believing that Pentax would bring an FF into the fold and not have it perform as well or better than a 6D. :cool:
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-08-2015, 12:38 PM  
Pentax web store sales
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 590
Views: 48,255
Yeah my lens has been delivered, and the order on the Pentax WebStore says: "In Warehouse".

Maybe they will ship me another one in that case, and not charge me again. I accept that :)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-08-2015, 11:48 AM  
$796 K-5 IIs Body, Grip, Flash, Extended Warranty, 64GB Memory Card , Bag, Tiffen
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 27
Views: 3,893
Thanks for this. I purchased on 9/9/14 and the page archive listing from 9/8/14 shows the bundle without the rewards unfortunately..... I remember seeing 4% Rewards on the product page itself, not on the list of Pentax DSLRs. Certainly there could be different information displayed on these pages.

Either way, this site nor slickdeals nor fatwallet has the page archived showing Rewards so I am SOL on this one.

In the future I will always remember to take screen shots of any purchase that claims to have Rewards. It's sad that as a person who spends Hundreds of dollars of their own hard earned money, I have to cover my arse just to get what I THINK I am purchasing.

Also as a general rule, I feel like we as a forum should post a screen shot of any B&H or Adorama product listing when we post threads in the Price Watch section, when a deal comes with Rewards. This would help anyone who orders something and does not receive their rewards.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-08-2015, 11:28 AM  
Pentax web store sales
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 590
Views: 48,255
Yeah there were no seals within my lens packaging, and it appears in general Pentax lenses do not have any. The box was merely closed shut. The plastic bag housing the bag with the lens is a non sealed plastic bag and the lens itself inside of the black case was in a bag that was also not sealed. Sure it is entirely possible that someone else touched this lens before, but it didn't appear that way to me. The box was in pristine shape. The bags didn't have any tears or wrinkles. When I took the lens out to examine, I saw no fingerprints or marks or anything at all that looked like it'd been touched. when I packaged it back up, it sure didn't look as neat as it did when I started.

So to me, it looks and feels brand new, so really what IS the difference? I'm going to attach the lens to my camera tonight and take it for a spin... but if that goes well than I have no reason to be anything other than happy. I got this lens for $258.62 and if someone wanted one right now, they'd have to pay $446 at B&H, Adorama (or a little less than that from some scrupulous third party sellers on Amazon) , so i've got nothing to complain about.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-07-2015, 05:31 PM  
$796 K-5 IIs Body, Grip, Flash, Extended Warranty, 64GB Memory Card , Bag, Tiffen
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 27
Views: 3,893
I remember that deal, I bought one of those too.... I didn't get rewards for that one either but I also didn't even see it at the time...

I just searched slickdeals for this deal and couldn't find it.. Do you know of any other sites that might have it documented still? I would love to find some sort of proof of this...
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-07-2015, 04:29 PM  
$796 K-5 IIs Body, Grip, Flash, Extended Warranty, 64GB Memory Card , Bag, Tiffen
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 27
Views: 3,893
Like I said, I called them and spoke to customer service... They said this bundle didn't come with 4% Rewards, and claim that nobody who bought one of these bundles got them..

I know for certain it was listed on the product page when I ordered.. Whether or not it was a mistake is a separate issue...

I just wished I had taken a screen shot of the product page at the time. That's the only thing that would get them to honor it now.

Oh well... The bundle was a good price, so I won't throw a tizzy over it. It's more a point of principle for me at this point, especially since Adorama is becoming notorious for web site pricing screw ups and not really doing anything to compensate customers that end up on the wrong end of the mistakes.

I'll be giving my next purchase to B&H.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 01-07-2015, 01:58 PM  
Ruggard Triumph 35 Sling Bag: Anyone have one?
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 3
Views: 1,684
Ruggard Triumph 35 Sling Bag PGB-235B B&H Photo Video

I'm in need of a new DSLR bag. I have 2 sling bags already, but the Pentax one is too small, and the AmazonBasics Sling bag that I have is also too small for me now. I need to be able to fit K-5ii, grip, 4 lenses, and additional accessories.

I came across this one and it has really good reviews and it looks like it will fit everything I mentioned, though sometimes its hard to tell based on pictures.

I really like the Kata KT DL-3N1-22, however my biggest gripe with that bag is that the camera, when in the bag, is only protected by the padding on the flap that opens up, whereas the Ruggard opening is more on the top and thus the side pads the camera when it's in-bag (Not sure if the side of the Ruggard is any thicker than the opening flap of the Kata).

I just wanted to see if anyone owns the Ruggard and had some feedback.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-07-2015, 01:05 PM  
$796 K-5 IIs Body, Grip, Flash, Extended Warranty, 64GB Memory Card , Bag, Tiffen
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 27
Views: 3,893
I do not, I double checked the e-mail order confirmation and it did not say it. But I know 1,000% that on the product page it said 4% Rewards when I ordered this. Again, it was part of the reason I ordered one.

Also I do not recall EVER seeing Rewards mentioned in an order confirmation e-mail. I am starting to believe that this is by design, based on this experience.

---------- Post added 01-07-15 at 03:15 PM ----------

Also, just throwing this out there..... If you search Adorama's site right now, EVERY K-3 camera (bundle or body only) offers 4% Rewards. Of the 37 K-50's you can buy, 25 of them include 4% Rewards.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-07-2015, 12:46 PM  
$796 K-5 IIs Body, Grip, Flash, Extended Warranty, 64GB Memory Card , Bag, Tiffen
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 27
Views: 3,893
Did anyone else who ordered one of these bundles get their 4% rewards? I never got mine.

I just called Adorama and they said this bundle did not offer the 4% Rewards. I know for a fact that when I ordered this bundle, it said right on the page "4% Rewards". That was part of the reason I purchased this bundle.

Customer service claims that nobody who ordered this bundle received 4% rewards.

Can anyone else confirm that they either did or did not receive the rewards?

Does anyone happen to have a screen shot of this bundle when it was available for purchase, showing the 4% Rewards offering?

I told the lady on the phone that anytime I purchase from Adorama again, I will take a screen shot of the product to obtain proof of Rewards. Or that I'll just buy it from B&H Photo instead.

It's pretty shady of them to pull these types of stunts.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-07-2015, 11:22 AM  
Pentax web store sales
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 590
Views: 48,255
Received my 55-300mm WR lens today... I had order on 11/27/14. Here's what it looked like, and it appears brand new to me.. Can't imagine this was any holiday return:





Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-07-2015, 06:42 AM  
Pentax web store sales
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 590
Views: 48,255
Me as well! Shipping confirmation yesterday, and mine is supposed to arrive today actually. When I receive and inspect the lens i'll post again with feedback.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-06-2015, 07:26 AM  
Pentax web store sales
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 590
Views: 48,255
I too have the 55-300mm WR lens on order, online the status still says All backordered but I do have a pending charge to my debit card in the correct sale price amount of $258.62. Hopefully it's on its way soon.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-01-2015, 09:32 PM  
Amazon Warehouse dSLR Deals - there are some returns here....
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 5
Views: 1,485
Launch price for the K-S1 Body was $749.... It's pretty insane how fast prices of Pentax camera bodies drop.... It's nice that they get low, but I think it hurts the brand to do the price drops so quickly and drastically. Everybody on this forum pretty much knows not to buy a new Pentax body at launch because the price will drop within a few months.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-20-2014, 09:21 PM  
Pentax web store sales
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 590
Views: 48,255
I got the same e-mail today.. I also ordered the 55-300mm WR. I do find the last sentence to be interesting.... I don't know if anybody remembers the SAW movies but......... "The choice is yours."

What are we going to have to cut off our foot to get what we ordered?

To be honest, I am considering cancelling... I do want this lens and this was a great price, however considering that disaster of a transaction, and how it actually Does seem like they're waiting for Xmas returns to fulfill these orders and they seem to not want to honor their own prices, I just feel like this may not be worth it anymore.

Adorama is selling the lens right now for $346.95 + 4% Rewards + Free expedited shipping + free 3 year new leaf warranty. All things considered it's just a few bucks more than the Pentax Webstore deal. And we wouldn't have to wait 2 months to get the lens.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-20-2014, 08:44 AM  
Pentax web store sales
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 590
Views: 48,255
Ordered DA 55-300mm WR on 11/27 and order still says All Backordered. I'm glad I wasn't in a hurry to receive this.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 12-02-2014, 10:38 AM  
Pentax web store sales
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 590
Views: 48,255
I ordered a 55-300mm WR lens on 11/27 and my order says 'Pending Approval'. I did see a pending charge to my debit card in the correct sale price amount.

For the price, i'm fine with this taking a few weeks to get here. I actually didn't NEED it until the Spring anyway, so it's fine with me.

Better than paying $150 more at B&H :)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-27-2014, 08:53 PM  
B&H Black Friday Pentax Lens deals
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 30
Views: 4,556
I had to clear my cookies, go to the site again, signed up for the newsletter, clicked the link to the web store from the e-mail I got about signing up for the newsletter, then clicked the "buy it now" link for the lens, and the free shipping applied.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-27-2014, 08:26 PM  
B&H Black Friday Pentax Lens deals
Posted By shaX 07
Replies: 30
Views: 4,556
Wow awesome, thanks a lot! I just ordered one... Super stoked! Who says it doesn't pay to complain? Had I not posted this complaint and elicited your response, I may have never clicked on the Pentax webstore deals thread...
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