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Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 5 Days Ago  
For Sale: Reduced & free shipping: K-5 with grip, F35/2, DA*16-50, Sigma 24/2.8
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 32
Views: 5,113
PM sent for Tamron 17-50

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Another PM sent re: Tamron 17-50

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Payment sent for Tamron 17-50. Thanks! :-)
Forum: Sold Items 08-28-2019, 06:22 AM  
Wanted - Acquired: Pentax K-01 body w/ batt. & charger
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 2
Views: 181
PM replied to. Thanks! :-)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-27-2019, 03:46 PM  
Can you recommend a good "budget" tripod?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 28
Views: 1,432
I would look for a used Bogen-Manfrotto. They're solid and bulletproof, in my experience, though a bit on the heavy side.
Forum: Sold Items 08-27-2019, 11:59 AM  
Wanted - Acquired: Pentax K-01 body w/ batt. & charger
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 2
Views: 181
I'm looking for a good clean K-01 body with charger and battery at a good price. Thanks! :-)
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-25-2019, 02:09 AM  
K5 questions & mirror flop
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 12
Views: 625
Thanks very much for the input! I may go on the hunt for a nice used K-5 or K-5 II. :-)
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-24-2019, 06:42 AM  
K5 questions & mirror flop
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 12
Views: 625
Hi there.

Thinking about picking up a used K-5 body as an upgrade to my K-x. Just a few questions, tho:

1) How much better is the low light image quality at high ISO than the K-x?

2) Is the autofocusing better/faster?

3) How common is the mirror flop issue with the K5?

4) Does the K5-II also suffer from mirror flop?

I had considered the K30/K50, but the seemingly common occurrence of the aperture block failure has put me off that idea.

Thanks! :-)
Forum: Sold Items 05-30-2016, 09:32 AM  
Wanted - Acquired: Very cheap Pentax DSLR in good shape
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 0
Views: 388
Looking for a camera for my brother in law. Something along the lines of an *ist DS or K100D in good shape and fully functional. If you have something, let me know. Thanks! - Bob :-)
Forum: Pentax Q 10-02-2015, 05:11 AM  
My dad wants a small telephoto lens for his Q7 on his walks
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 23
Views: 2,837
I use an m39 Russian Industar 61 LD model 55mm f2.8 on my Q with very good results. Its cheap, small, and looks like it was made for the Q. Also, there's no fringing at all which is a rarity. It's also pretty sharp stopped down a couple of notches. F8 is the sweet spot.
Forum: Pentax Q 05-25-2015, 08:11 AM  
Best bang for the buck long 300mm tele for Q?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 82
Views: 14,065
You might try KEH. You gotta have some patience with eBay. It's real hit or miss.
Forum: Pentax Q 05-24-2015, 09:13 AM  
Best bang for the buck long 300mm tele for Q?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 82
Views: 14,065
It is... $40-$50 is the usual going rate for one. Only caveat is it's manual all the way unless you have the pricey Adaptall PK-A adapter.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-23-2015, 02:28 PM  
Tamron 18-200 versus Pentax 18-250
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 11
Views: 2,469
I have the Tamron (Promaster branded) 18-200 and have been quite happy with it for a walkaround superzoom. Got these with it:







Forum: Pentax Q 05-23-2015, 02:18 PM  
Best bang for the buck long 300mm tele for Q?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 82
Views: 14,065
The Tamron 23A is the "bang for the buck" king of the tele zooms, as far as I'm concerned. It's roughly equal in IQ to the Pentax DA 55-300 at a fraction of the cost. Plus, it has a really useful macro mode. I have the DA 55-300 and still use the Tamron from time to time.
Forum: Pentax Q 05-23-2015, 02:10 PM  
It Only Took Me 40 Some Odd Years But...
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 12
Views: 1,749
He should buy a used one. They're practically giving 'em away. FWIW, I think you have every right to be ticked off.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-20-2015, 10:12 AM  
Looking at this Dolica tripod as a backup
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 18
Views: 1,630
Just to clarify, you're talking about the same one I linked to in the first post for $46.90?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-19-2015, 05:40 PM  
Carrying SLRs and DSLRs by tripod sockets?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 16
Views: 1,845
I've been using BR clone straps for 5 years with no problems yet. These, actually: Black Single Shoulder Sling Belt Strap for DSLR Digital SLR Camera Quick Rapid | eBay
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-19-2015, 05:12 PM  
Looking at this Dolica tripod as a backup
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 18
Views: 1,630
Howdy all.

I'm looking at the following Dolica tripod as a slightly lighter and cheaper alternative when I don't want to take my more expensive Manfrotto/FLM Centerball combo. Is it a good deal? Here it is:

http://www.amazon.com/Dolica-AX620B100-62-Inch-Proline-Tripod/dp/B001D60LG8/...eywords=dolica

I would be using a Bogen 3028 head on it rather than the one that comes on it. A used Bogen tripod would be great, but the ones I've spotted lately are either really banged up with issues, or more money than the Dolica.

Is there a better cheap and decent option for a tripod? I just need the legs.

Cheers,
Bob :-)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-24-2015, 05:19 PM  
Black Rapid Straps - Anyone use them?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 38
Views: 3,846
I've been using BR $20 knockoffs for several years with no trouble. I once had the chance to compare it directly with an actual BR strap, and was hard pressed to spot any difference.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-16-2015, 10:14 AM  
Fisheye recommendations?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 22
Views: 2,021
Another vote for the Pentax DA 10-17. It's versatile and has great IQ. It's one of my favorite lenses.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-31-2015, 10:19 AM  
Waddya mean by too much noise?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 27
Views: 2,884
The *ist DS is a nice camera, as long as you keep the ISO down. The K-x has a lot less noise at higher ISOs, double the resolution of the *ist DS, and is available for $150 used. I'm still using the K-x and am quite happy with it. That said, if you can afford it, the K-5 is even better.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-01-2015, 03:21 PM  
Tips on using flash?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 20
Views: 2,076
LOL... I am at the bottom of that particular curve. :-P

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To the best of my knowledge, all of the 433Ds work with Pentax, but it's mostly technique and diffusion of flash that get the job done. There are other flashes that would work as well as the Sunpaks.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-27-2015, 09:35 AM  
Tips on using flash?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 20
Views: 2,076
Buying a separate bounce flash is the way to go. And you don't have to spend a lot. I have several old Sunpak 433D flash units I bought for $6 to $30 each. Learn how to use them properly and it won't look like you used a flash.





All of these were done with cheap Sunpaks, $6 umbrella diffusers and cheap PT-04 radio triggers.There's a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, you'll like using flash.

Just be careful if you buy an older flash. Some of them have a high trigger voltage that can fry your camera. Here's a trigger voltage chart. You'll want to keep it under 24 volts for Pentax. I play it safe and go with 12 volts and under.

Good luck & have fun!
Bob :-)
Forum: Pentax Q 02-27-2015, 09:16 AM  
Ol Harold Shoots the Nakomis General Store
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 12
Views: 1,706
Neato! :-)
Forum: Pentax Q 02-15-2015, 07:47 AM  
Given up on old Q- is Q7/Q-S1 much improved?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 39
Views: 7,437
Those are awesome! :-)
Forum: Pentax Q 02-14-2015, 07:49 AM  
NIKON 500/8 Mirror, Pentax Q, Q7
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 6
Views: 1,671
Those look pretty darn good! :-)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-07-2015, 06:30 PM  
makeup artist tripled my work flow.
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 41
Views: 3,945
On one hand, I don't envy the turd-polishing you've had to deal with... but on the other, it is nice to see Tammy Faye Bakker's makeup person has found work.
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