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Forum: Sold Items 12-06-2009, 08:54 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K200D, Sigma 17-70mm
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 4
Views: 5,733
Hi all, the body is now on eBay: Pentax K200D DSLR camera body - eBay

Please bid if you're interested!
Forum: Sold Items 11-19-2009, 09:44 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K200D, Sigma 17-70mm
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 4
Views: 5,733
For Sale:

Pentax K200D body - $361 USD - SOLD via eBay auction
Sigma 17-70mm - $275 - SOLD

K200D + 17-70 together - $599 - no longer available as the lens is sold

Both items purchased new by me, which was purchased here in the forum. They are used and in excellent condition. Glass on the lens is pristine.

Pentax K200D body

Less than 3,700 clicks. Included:
  • Camera body

  • White plastic lens mount cover

  • USB cable

  • Manuals (3)

  • Box

  • Software CD


Sigma 17-70

Great value and a nice step up from the kit lens.

Reviews: PentaxForums.com Third-Party Pentax Lens Review Database - 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO (AF Lens)

Included:
  • Lens

  • Hood

  • Both end caps

  • Manual

  • Warranty paperwork

  • Box

  • Capkeeper


Item Location
Minneapolis, MN USA

Shipping Charge
Buyer pays actual shipping cost. Estimate your shipping + insurance here: Postage Price Calculator. The packed Sigma weighs 1lb 13oz and the packed body weighs 3lb 6oz. They will be mailed from zip code 55406.

No charge for local pickup.

Shipping Services
USPS

Shipping Destinations
U.S, U.K, Canada, Australia

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal, Check/Money Order, Cash

3% discount for check/money order/cash. Personal checks will need to clear.

International buyers are responsible for the currency conversion and cross-border PayPal fees (3.5%). I will pay the standard domestic PayPal fees.

Please send me a private message if interested.

Body images





Lens images



Forum: Sold Items 11-07-2009, 11:29 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K200D, DA 18-55 I, DA 18-250, DA 10-17, Sigma 17-70, M42 to K adapter,
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 20
Views: 8,304
Status bump - the K200D and Sigma are still available. Discount if you buy both together.

Everything else is sold, and I'll be keeping the original post up to date.

Please PM me with any interest.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 11-02-2009, 07:32 PM  
Error Can't leave feedback for the Marketplace
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 21
Views: 1,427
I am having trouble too. Here are the steps I followed:

1. Go to https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/feedback.php?u=102
2. Click "Submit Feedback For jthommo"

Expected behavior:

- Form to leave feedback.

Actual behavior:

- Strange form that I did not recognize and which did not seem to be a feedback form (see screenshot).

This is using Firefox 3.5 on Linux. The "leave feedback" link in the sale thread had the same result.

Thanks,

Reid
Forum: General Talk 10-30-2009, 12:13 PM  
other recommended photo forums?
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 17
Views: 3,434
Thanks for all the suggestions, folks! Much appreciated.
Forum: General Talk 10-28-2009, 01:43 PM  
other recommended photo forums?
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 17
Views: 3,434
So, PentaxForums is pretty great. But, I am branching out into other brands as well.

Can any of you recommend photographer forums that focus on other brands or which are brand agnostic?

For example, nikonians.org seems reasonable but I don't like their payment model (only paying members may participate after a trial period).

Many thanks,

Reid
Forum: Sold Items 10-28-2009, 01:04 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K200D, DA 18-55 I, DA 18-250, DA 10-17, Sigma 17-70, M42 to K adapter,
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 20
Views: 8,304
It is. The sold/available list in the initial post is kept up to date. :)



I'm switching systems.

HTH,

Reid
Forum: Sold Items 10-24-2009, 08:31 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K200D, DA 18-55 I, DA 18-250, DA 10-17, Sigma 17-70, M42 to K adapter,
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 20
Views: 8,304
Per request, some photos taken with the Sigma.
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 10-24-2009, 02:51 PM  
delete unneeded marketplace thread
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 2
Views: 678
Thanks Adam! Sorry for the hassle. :)
Forum: Sold Items 10-24-2009, 02:44 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K200D, DA 18-55 I, DA 18-250, DA 10-17, Sigma 17-70, M42 to K adapter,
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 20
Views: 8,304
Sigma 17-70 images
Forum: Sold Items 10-24-2009, 02:43 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K200D, DA 18-55 I, DA 18-250, DA 10-17, Sigma 17-70, M42 to K adapter,
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 20
Views: 8,304
DA 10-17 images
Forum: Sold Items 10-24-2009, 02:42 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K200D, DA 18-55 I, DA 18-250, DA 10-17, Sigma 17-70, M42 to K adapter,
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 20
Views: 8,304
DA 18-250 images
Forum: Sold Items 10-24-2009, 02:41 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K200D, DA 18-55 I, DA 18-250, DA 10-17, Sigma 17-70, M42 to K adapter,
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 20
Views: 8,304
DA 18-55 images
Forum: Sold Items 10-24-2009, 02:40 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K200D, DA 18-55 I, DA 18-250, DA 10-17, Sigma 17-70, M42 to K adapter,
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 20
Views: 8,304
Body images
Forum: Site Suggestions and Help 10-24-2009, 02:33 PM  
delete unneeded marketplace thread
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 2
Views: 678
Hi,

I consolidated the following item for sale into a multi-item post:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/sold-items/77136-sale-sold-pentax-da-10-17mm-fisheye.html

I marked it "sold" to get it off the marketplace but that's not really correct. So if mods wish to delete it, please do (I couldn't figure out how).

Thanks,

Reid
Forum: Sold Items 10-24-2009, 02:30 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K200D, DA 18-55 I, DA 18-250, DA 10-17, Sigma 17-70, M42 to K adapter,
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 20
Views: 8,304
Summary:

Still available:
Pentax K200D body - $375 USD
Sigma 17-70mm - $275

K200D + 17-70 together - $625

Sold:
Pentax DA 18-55mm v1 - $50
Pentax DA 18-250mm - $350
Pentax DA 10-17mm - $375
M42 to K adapter - $20
O-ME53 magnifying eyecup - $30

All items purchased new by me except the 18-55, which was purchased here in the forum.

All items are used and in excellent condition. Glass on all lenses is pristine.

Pentax K200D body

Less than 3,700 clicks. Included:
  • Camera body

  • White plastic lens mount cover

  • USB cable

  • Manuals (3)

  • Box

  • Software CD


Pentax DA 18-55 v1

Cheap, and quite a nice performer for the price. Great backup lens.

Reviews: Pentax Lens Review Database - 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL

Included:
  • Lens

  • Hood

  • Both end caps

  • Serial number card

  • Warranty card

  • Box


Pentax DA 18-250

This lens has a wonderful range and has quite good IQ. The convenience of one lens and no changes is really great to have in many situations.

The key disadvantage to my eyes is vignetting. Many/most copies of this lens, including this one, suffer from falloff which is not symmetric, and tiny dark flecks in the upper-right corner can be a nuisance even when stopped down if the subject is sensitive to this (e.g. blue skies). It is easily resolved if you are prepared to crop slightly (we're talking a few dozen pixels max) or otherwise fix in post.

Reviews: Pentax Lens Review Database - 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 ED AL [IF]

Included:
  • Lens

  • Hood

  • Both end caps

  • Manual

  • Serial number card

  • Box


Pentax DA 10-17

This lens is great fun and lets get some very interesting pictures.

Reviews (average rating is 9.17, which is quite high): Pentax Lens Review Database - 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 Fish-Eye ED

Included:
  • Lens

  • Both end caps

  • Pouch

  • Box

  • Manual

  • Serial number card

  • Paperwork

  • Capkeeper


Sigma 17-70

Great value and a nice step up from the kit lens.

Reviews: PentaxForums.com Third-Party Pentax Lens Review Database - 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO (AF Lens)

Included:
  • Lens

  • Hood

  • Both end caps

  • Manual

  • Warranty paperwork

  • Box

  • Capkeeper


M42 to K adapter

Genuine Pentax adapter. Allows infinity focus. It's this thing: PentaxWebstore Mount Adapter K(35m m Screwmount to Bayonet)

O-ME53 magnifying eyecup

1.2x viewfinder magnifier. Genuine Pentax. It's this thing: PentaxWebstore Magnifying Eyepiece O-ME53

Item Location
Minneapolis, MN

Shipping Charge
Buyer pays actual shipping cost. Estimate your shipping + insurance here: Postage Price Calculator. Please only e-mail me for a shipping quote if you are serious about buying an item. No charge for local pickup.

Shipping Services
USPS

Shipping Destinations
U.S, U.K, Canada, Australia

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal, Check/Money Order, Cash

3% discount for check/money order/cash. Personal checks will need to clear.

International buyers are responsible for the currency conversion and cross-border PayPal fees (3.5%). I will pay the standard domestic PayPal fees.

Please send me a private message if interested.
Forum: Sold Items 08-29-2009, 11:57 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 18-125mm F3.5-5.6
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 5
Views: 3,482
Some photos taken with this lens.
Forum: Sold Items 08-29-2009, 11:55 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 18-125mm F3.5-5.6
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 5
Views: 3,482
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Sigma 18-125mm F3.5-5.6

Asking Price
$170 USD - SOLD - final price was $185 including shipping to Canada and all PayPal fees.

Item Description
This lens is a fine superzoom that's not quite as zoomy as the zoomiest, but it's smaller, lighter, and far cheaper. The convenience of no lens changes is often essential, and this is a great way to get that option at low cost.

Includes both end caps, hood, box, and manual. The rear cap is a little crappy but it works OK. It currently has a capkeeper mounted; I'll throw that in if you want it or remove it if you don't.

It's redundant with my DA 18-250, which is why I'm selling.

See reviews here (note that one of them is mine, so feel free to disregard it for the purposes of this sale): PentaxForums.com Third-Party Pentax Lens Review Database - 18-125mm F3.5-5.6 DC

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

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition
Used
Excellent

Item Location
Minneapolis, MN

Shipping Charge
Buyer pays shipping, probably under $10 for CONUS. Estimate your shipping cost here (parcel will be under 24oz for sure): Postage Price Calculator

Shipping Services
USPS

Shipping Destinations
U.S, U.K, Canada, Australia

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order Other (Elaborate)

Additional Details
5% discount for check/money order/cash. Personal checks will need to clear unless you have consistent great feedback here.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-08-2009, 05:54 PM  
Corrosion on a Spotmatic
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 7
Views: 2,377
Another suggestions I've read is to cool the bottom plate e.g. with ice cubes or some other method - the dissimilar metals will shrink differently, perhaps enough to get the thing off.

But if your battery compartment is corroded, I would strongly suspect that you need a CLA anyway.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-25-2009, 08:57 PM  
how to choose a spot light meter
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 3
Views: 2,024
Hm, OK. Those seem to go for $200 and up on KEH.

I guess what I am really after is, what's the space? Where do I learn about spot meters and their various merits and (importantly) their various costs?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-22-2009, 09:16 PM  
Lens for bears?
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 16
Views: 3,551
OK, here's the post-mortem.

First off, it's an amazing place to visit. The number of bears is astonishing - my wife decided to count the visible bears at an unremarkable moment and came up with 10. If you're in northern Minnesota, I strongly recommend a visit, and go from opening until they kick you out. Do take some time to just watch the bears in addition to photographing.

I ended up not even bringing the Tak -- in prior tests it was just too fiddly for my patience level on my K200D. (My Spottie is at Eric's for CLA, and I'm excited to see how it is on that.) So, I used my 18-250 and was happy with the results, though next time I'll do some things differently.

Regarding FL, 90%+ of the keeper bear pics were at 250mm, and often I wanted more. The remaining 10% were all over 70mm; I think I would have been happy with a 70-100mm minimum. I think an appropriate maximum is, the longest you can afford, :) as all the bears have different faces. (One bear cub was apparently wall-eyed.)

The zoom was nice, as the bears were at all sorts of different differences. I do not think I would have been happy fiddling with changing primes.

I did take some context shots at wide-angle, but they weren't essential and I wouldn't have missed them much.

The center is open evenings and that's when I was shooting. I struggled with shutter speed and almost everything was taken nearly wide-open (f/6.3) at ISO 1600. So fast lens would be nice and I should have taken NaClH2O's advice on the monopod.

Here's a few samples. The first three are aggressive crops at 250mm and the last is at 18mm.
Forum: Photo Critique 07-20-2009, 02:50 PM  
Too cute?
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 5
Views: 2,160
I'd say yes, just puppy cuteness. The photo doesn't do much to me: it might if we could see more emotion from the dog and/or owner, or if the body language had some sense of urgency, or the weather was awfuler.
Forum: Photo Critique 07-19-2009, 10:10 PM  
Zoo Shots
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 5
Views: 1,469
I'm not so sure on the lion -- the traditional composition is much tighter, yes, but you exacerbate resolution, focus, lens problems with such an aggressive crop.

I think you've captured the lion with superb timing in a really interesting context. For me, the composition "opportunities" for the lion are: (1) the lion is too centered and (2) the rock in the lower light is grey and boring and breaks the mood created by the green ivy. Play around with one or both opportunities. Remember you don't have to keep the same aspect ratio.

p.s. "100% crop" means that one captured pixel equals one screen pixel, i.e. a snippet of the actual size image. I think you mean that the presented images are the full ones, i.e. you haven't cropped anything out in the first posts -- right?
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-19-2009, 03:38 PM  
how to choose a spot light meter
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 3
Views: 2,024
Dear all,

I'm thinking about a spot meter. I'm having an old Spotmatic II CLA'ed. Having never shot film, it seems useful to be able to predict how specific elements of the scene will be exposed (since it's more difficult to muck with exposure in post), and I'll bet that it would be useful for educating myself as well.

What are the options? Can a reasonable spot meter be had inexpensively?

Much appreciated,

Reid
Forum: Photo Critique 07-15-2009, 04:14 PM  
Color vs. B&W
Posted By rpriedhorsky
Replies: 12
Views: 2,141
Thank you all for your thoughtful critiques!

I wonder if the B&W image could benefit from some additional TLC. Specifically, I'll try to bring something more out of the sky - perhaps this weekend I'll have time to sit down and try again. I'll post my result in this thread.
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