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Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-15-2019, 12:10 PM  
Original kit lens for the Pentax SF1n (1989)?
Posted By bobore
Replies: 24
Views: 1,152
The SMC Pentax 35-70mm and SMC 1.7mm lenses were made in Japan.

The budget Takumar zoom may not have been, which would also have kept the cost down - but I don't recall for sure.

The SF-1n was a pleasure to use - super comfortable camera.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-12-2018, 11:21 AM  
Anyone else miss the K200D?
Posted By bobore
Replies: 909
Views: 152,361
For some reason, on the earlier Pentax Corp model, I had to set the rear display lighting to a higher level to achieve the same brightness, when compared to the later Hoya Corp version.

Otherwise, it's the exact same camera in looks, feel, and operation.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-11-2018, 07:37 PM  
Anyone else miss the K200D?
Posted By bobore
Replies: 909
Views: 152,361
Hmm - I've got two near-mint K200d bodies that I still use, but I've always left them set on ISO 800.

Will have to play around with ISO 1600 for birds in low light.

Interestingly, one of the bodies is badged Pentax Corp, while the other hopped over into the Hoya Corp era.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-01-2017, 04:00 PM  
Anyone else miss the K200D?
Posted By bobore
Replies: 909
Views: 152,361
Still shooting with my two K200d bodies regularly.

On one, I use the battery grip without the batteries installed, just to get that sweet-spot balance with a long lens + teleconverter attached. In addition to the extra weight of a second set of batteries, I found that having two power sources occasionally caused the camera to not release the shutter properly.

On the other body, I have a 28-300 Tamron mounted without the grip, for a more compact, grab & go all-purpose setup.

Still a wonderful & relevant camera body.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-01-2017, 01:19 AM  
Screw on Lens Caps?
Posted By bobore
Replies: 31
Views: 2,057
Starting buying metal Japanese screw-on lens caps back in the '80s, and they're all I use.

Like the way they feel, look, and protect.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-07-2017, 12:40 PM  
'Popular Photography' magazine and PopPhoto.com to close after nearly 80 years
Posted By bobore
Replies: 56
Views: 4,026
I would always first turn to Keppler's articles, both in MP & PP.

Was pleased when his first personal dslr purchase was a Pentax!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-04-2016, 10:18 AM  
Pentax k-x
Posted By bobore
Replies: 20
Views: 2,909
The Kx & K200d (two of each), share duties as my main cameras.

The Kx, coupled with a Tamron 28-300xr lens, is my grab & go setup. Very small & comfy.

Even though the one you were looking at has sold, it seems to come up fairly often on the used market.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-22-2016, 01:10 AM  
Reliability of pentax DSLRs?
Posted By bobore
Replies: 70
Views: 7,658
I started shooting with Pentax cameras in 1986, and it's the only brand I've ever owned.

-Have owned a boatload of manual focus Pentax film bodies.
-Have owned a boatload of autofocus Pentax film bodies.
-Have owned nine Pentax dslr bodies (currently own four).

Out of all these camera bodies, only one malfunction (onboard flash unit on a SF film camera).

Let's just say I have a high degree of confidence in the reliability of Pentax cameras!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-17-2016, 01:54 AM  
What to do with an *ist DS and a K20D?
Posted By bobore
Replies: 35
Views: 2,586
Earlier today I sold both my K100d & K100d Super (with standard zooms) to a store that sells frequently to beginning photographers. They've been sitting around unused for a long time & it was kinda nice to thin the herd, and also know that someone will be enjoying them.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-22-2016, 11:27 AM  
IF Lenses on a K200D or K-x
Posted By bobore
Replies: 3
Views: 575
Absolutely no problem.

I have a number of IF lenses that work perfectly with both the K200d and the K-x.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-20-2016, 11:35 AM  
JC PENNY 80-200mm 3.9 Lens
Posted By bobore
Replies: 6
Views: 944
When I first noticed these lenses in JC Penny stores, it was around 1986, and some were "A" mount lenses made in Japan. My strong assumption was that Cosina was the manufacturer. Cosina badged lenses were also available in other stores at the time, and they were very well made lenses. If I recall correctly, Tokina was another active manufacturer at the time for in-house and rebadged brands.

Sometime later, lenses sold in Penny's stores switched to being manufactured in Korea.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-17-2016, 10:39 AM  
Promaster (Tamron) 18-200 a good deal?
Posted By bobore
Replies: 6
Views: 916
I have two Promaster by Tamron lenses, and have been very pleased with them. They are identical to their Tamron siblings, so there's plenty of information available about the 18-200 if you'd like to research user reviews.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-28-2016, 02:04 AM  
K10D or K200D?
Posted By bobore
Replies: 21
Views: 2,449
Just in case you decide the K10 isn't to your liking, I love the K200d & think you might, too.

Coming from the film era, the Super Program w/MEII winder was my favorite. With autofocus film, it was the PZ1p. Much of my satisfaction stemmed from the ergonomics of both cameras, especially with a longer lens attached.

After going through the *istL, K100d, and K100d Super (still have both K100s), in 2009 I purchased a K200d new, and recently purchased another used. Although I also have two newer K-x bodies, the K200d remains as the most comfortable camera I've ever held, especially when needing a long lens.

The K200d is very good up to ISO 800, and is rock solid reliable. Menus are similar to the K100d, but even more intuitive, imho. And I love it's use of AA batteries. I have the optional grip, but the camera is so darn comfortable, I typically go without it unless I want another set of batteries at the ready.

The different look of the K-x CMOS sensor is nice to have (as well as the camera's higher ISO capability), but the older CCD as found in the K200d is a real winner.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-14-2016, 12:04 AM  
Pentax k-x 2009 vs Canon 100d 2013
Posted By bobore
Replies: 3
Views: 1,135
The KX is a pleasure to use. Bought one new in 2009, and recently bought another one used as a backup.

With a Tamron 28-300 attached, it's a very compact & comfortable outfit.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-10-2016, 01:20 AM  
Whoa! Reconsidering use of UV filters...
Posted By bobore
Replies: 45
Views: 5,601
Hoya HMC filters (Japan) for me on every lens.

I'd much rather be exposing a filter to humanity & necessary cleaning.

Single coated Tiffen-USA filters are junk, imho.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-04-2016, 01:22 AM  
PORTLAND OREGON k 50 HELP
Posted By bobore
Replies: 9
Views: 1,036
Another recommendation for Advance Camera in Beaverton.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 04-23-2016, 12:26 PM  
Can anyone please identify this camera?
Posted By bobore
Replies: 14
Views: 1,352
I had the first version of the P3 that came before the "n" model. A nice & very sturdy camera, but somewhat limited in features. I'd highly recommend going for the Super Program which was released a few years prior.

The Super Program will give you full control, including shutter priority. Mounted to the ME-II winder, it becomes very comfortable to hold with long lenses (and the winder is a rather trim little unit).

The Super Program with the ME-II winder was my very favorite manual focus film Pentax out of many. It also supports TTL flash, and becomes highly flexible with the 280T flash unit.

You seriously can't go wrong with a Super Program if you find a clean one.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-22-2016, 02:37 AM  
K100D - a good back up camera?
Posted By bobore
Replies: 20
Views: 1,789
I leave my K100d in the car, paired to an older Sigma 28-200 lens.

Always at the ready, with no worries if it gets dropped or forgotten on the beach. Years ago, my daughter took it to the Galapagos Islands with a Tamron 70-300 lens, and came back with hundreds of beautiful shots.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-07-2016, 09:31 AM  
Deal of the Century? Or at least the hour!!!
Posted By bobore
Replies: 17
Views: 1,880
Actually no. Many Promasters were made by Tamron.

I currently have a 28-105, and a 28-200. They are exact duplicates of Tamron models, except for badging & sometimes the rubber grips. Spectrum 7 models are their high end products & very good quality.

Quantaray was the Ritz store brand, and they were made by Sigma.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-01-2016, 01:58 AM  
What's the closest DSLR to a K1000?
Posted By bobore
Replies: 48
Views: 7,203
I recall Herbert Keppler referring to the K100d as the digital K1000.

The 6.1 mp Sony-CCD sensor has been praised by many as having qualities which render film-like exposures. It has a top LCD, is ultra reliable, very comfortable to hold, and will take AA batteries.

I have the original version & the Super model which followed. They just keep on ticking!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-26-2016, 03:25 AM  
Sigma 28-80mm zoom
Posted By bobore
Replies: 7
Views: 798
I have one with a plastic lens mount - and previously had one with a metal mount, which I gave to my daughter because she's harder on equipment than me.

Great macro & overall sharpness!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-17-2016, 10:04 AM  
New K50 & new user camera not working
Posted By bobore
Replies: 18
Views: 2,330
You're within warranty, so contact them asap & send it back. No need to mess with it since you have the return option. It might be wise to do a straight return & refund now, relax a bit, and do further research.

Personally, I ordered a K-50 and sent it back without pulling it out of the box (had been looking for a second WR body to go with my K200d). My concern was the numerous postings I discovered (after ordering) related to an aperture-control-mechanism failure that has occurred frequently on this camera and it's earlier sibling, the K-30.

I later found a used like-new K-200d. These cameras are a bit old school now, but they take great pictures and are absolute tanks. You simply can't break them unless you throw them on the ground & stomp on 'em!

Not saying you should by a K200d, but just pointing out that there are many pathways to explore.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-16-2016, 09:25 AM  
Sharpest super zoom lens?
Posted By bobore
Replies: 77
Views: 8,683
Hoya HMC filters on every lens.

Would feel naked without 'em!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-13-2016, 11:53 AM  
why is it so hard?
Posted By bobore
Replies: 66
Views: 5,108
First thing I do with a new camera is switch to single center point AF.

Lock in focus & recompose if need be - Love it!
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 03-09-2016, 09:26 AM  
K-30 Aperture connection/metering problem
Posted By bobore
Replies: 3
Views: 1,121
There have been many threads about this issue occurring in both the K30 & K50.

Unfortunately, it has kept me from buying either of these models.
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