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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-13-2010, 10:15 AM  
SDHC durability?
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 6
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For what its worth, I accidentally put a Sandisk Extreme III through the washer and dryer and it came out unscaythed :)
Forum: Sold Items 04-24-2010, 08:32 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMC-FA 35mm f/2 AL *NEW* (US)
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 2
Views: 1,725
Ok here are a few pictures per request of one of the forum members here.Also I forgot to mention I've been an ebayer since 1999 with a 100% positive feedback score.My member name there if you want to check it out is 'strobcom' Thanks again.



Forum: Sold Items 04-23-2010, 11:50 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMC-FA 35mm f/2 AL *NEW* (US)
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 2
Views: 1,725
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax SMC-FA 35mm f/2 AL *NEW*

Asking Price
395.00 + shipping

Item Location
Orange County, CA

Item Description
Im selling my Pentax SMC-FA 35mm f/2 AL lens.It is brand new in the box and has never been mounted.I bought it new from B&H right before they were discontinued, and never got around to using it.I've sold off both my K20D and K10D (to a member here), and am now using the Canon 5DmkII, so I need some glass for it, and will be selling some other Pentax lenses here as well (I'm keeping my Taks) If you need some pics just PM me and I'll snap off what ever angles you want, but again its brand new, and I only pulled it out of the box once when I received it for inspection (Its perfect, not one flaw)

Thanks for looking............................................Chris

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

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
New
Mint

Shipping Destinations
United States

Shipping Charge
17.00

Shipping Services
UPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order

Return Policy & Additional Details
I will accept personal checks, but they will have to clear first before I send it out.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-14-2010, 07:21 PM  
Pentax K-x or Canon 550D?
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 92
Views: 46,530
Well I've had my T2i for a week now, and with the battery grip filled with 2 batteries and the 70-200mm f/4 IS on it, it does not feel chinzy at all.It is just tiny and light.In fact today I pulled out my gripped K20D for the first time in a week and it feels like a frickin boat anchor :lol: The K20D is definitely a better built camera by far, heck it even feels better than my old 5D did.It is now my backup to the T2i until the 1Ds mkIII successor comes out.I bought the Rayqual Japan M42 and K adapters for the Canon and so far every one of my PK lenses and Takumars work great on it, and live view focusing is a dream.I never dreamed I would ever buy a Rebel, but they've come a long way since the 350D (that DID feel very chinzy to me)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-10-2010, 02:31 PM  
Polaroid?
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 20
Views: 3,762
Me.I'd gladly pay for Polaroid Type 55 if they brought it back.Pentax dslr's can't touch that stuff in a 4x5.

Shen-Hao 4x5, Nikkor W 150mm, Polaroid Type 55


Shen-Hao 4x5, Nikkor W 150mm, Polaroid Type 55
Forum: Sold Items 04-09-2010, 11:43 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K10D Body and Grip LNIB (US)
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 7
Views: 2,276
Sale Pending
Forum: Sold Items 04-08-2010, 08:34 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K10D Body and Grip LNIB (US)
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 7
Views: 2,276
Thanks Sodbuster!
Forum: Sold Items 04-07-2010, 09:20 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K10D Body and Grip LNIB (US)
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 7
Views: 2,276
Still availabe
Forum: Sold Items 04-04-2010, 06:48 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K10D Body and Grip LNIB (US)
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 7
Views: 2,276
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax K10D Body and Grip LNIB

Asking Price
400.00 + Shipping

Item Location
Orange County, Calif. USA

Item Description
I'm selling my mint as new Pentax K10D body and Pentax D-BG2 Grip. I bought these new a couple years ago and only used them for one photo shoot here in my home studio. The camera has only 454, shutter actuation's (clicks). Both body and grip are immaculate, absolutely as new with no scratches, smudges, dings, or finger prints, and have absolutely no operational issues. I am also including an extra manual focus split screen that I never installed,.a Pentax OME-53 magnifying eyepiece,an extra genuine Pentax battery, Pentax remote, genuine Pentax upgraded body cap, and Magic Lantern Guide K10D book.It has sat ever since in my humidity controlled, smoke free, pet free studio. The camera body and grip will each come in their own original factory boxes with all the original accessories and documents, and will be packed securely in peanut foam for shipping.My ebay ID is 'strobcom' and I have a 100% positive feedback rating which you can look up over there.If you wish to discuss the transaction by phone, PM me and I'll send you my phone number.

Thanks..........................Chris




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
United States

Shipping Charge
UPS to your zip code

Shipping Services
UPS

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

Return Policy & Additional Details
Personal check is fine, but will need to clear before shipping

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-02-2010, 11:32 AM  
Kx high ISO wins against Canon 550D / T2i
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 15
Views: 8,633
Good points and I stand corrected.With newer technology on the horizon like quantum film, it will be interesting to see where this all goes.One thing I have noticed in my own travels down the higher MP road is diffraction limiting effects the higher the pixel count goes, but since I'm mostly stitching these days its not really much of a problem anymore.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-01-2010, 08:10 PM  
Kx high ISO wins against Canon 550D / T2i
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 15
Views: 8,633
Obviously in an A3 print no one will be the wiser.I'll admit I'm a pixel peeper, and when I get my 8x10 negative drum scans back from West Coast a grain peeper :D Now my wife on the other hand is not and could care less.When I showed her the screen grabs on my 24" Eizo Coloredge monitor, and said pick out the side that shows better detail, she nailed it instantly.In a print I seriously doubt it.

Its so close these days when it comes to the smaller prints like A3, its almost moot point imho which camera you shoot if your like me and always use base iso.Below is a screen grab I did for fun comparing the 5DmkII and G10 at base iso, uprezzing the G10 to match the mkII.I then printed them out at 12x15 on A3/SuperB Harman Gloss FB AI via my 4800, and no one could tell the difference :lol:

I'm keeping the K20D, selling the K10D, and trying out the 550D to use strictly on a Nodal Ninja 5 pano head.If it doesn't work out no worries, ship it back.I almost sprang for a 5DmkII, but if I'm going to carry around that weight I figure I'll just carry the 4x5 which is no heavier, and has much better image quality when scanned on a Tango.

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-01-2010, 06:12 PM  
Kx high ISO wins against Canon 550D / T2i
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 15
Views: 8,633
No doubt the K-X is a killer at high iso's.I'm selling my K10, have a k20D, a 550D on order, and may get a K-X with the K10D money.However comparing the K-X and 550D at base iso (which is what I have always, and will continue to shoot with small sensor dslr's) to my eyes the 550D takes the K-X for detail.Not a landslide victory, but very evident none the less.These screen grabs show the two cameras at base iso.The first three from IR, and the last two from DPR.





Forum: General Talk 04-01-2010, 01:48 PM  
April Fools Joke (Hack?)
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 22
Views: 3,426
And now I've been turned into 'Doesn't actually own a Pentax' This is April fools joke right?Last I checked my K10D and K20D were still sitting in my Pelican case.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-01-2010, 01:40 PM  
Kx high ISO wins against Canon 550D / T2i
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 15
Views: 8,633
12mp vs. 18mp on an APS-C sensor, I would hope the K-X comes out ahead :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-30-2010, 01:05 PM  
Pentax K20D vs. Canon 550D
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 16
Views: 9,030
Did you read my post and how I use these cameras?Camera never leaves base iso, manual focus is always used, a tripod is always used, 2 sec. self timer is always on.The only thing I ever touch is one dial to adjust aperature, so ergonomics is moot point.I also currently own a G10 and have owned the 20D and 5D.I never had a problem with any of em because in this style of shooting ergonomics is again just moot point.




Why don't bother?Have you used both cameras?Some of my large format peers say don't bother with a dslr period, but when I ask have you tried multi frame mosaics with exposure and focus blending with a dslr, almost none have.I could see don't bother if the image quality was inferior, but after pixel peeping test files from both IR and DPreview, it doesn't seem the image quality is inferior at all compared to my K20D.Of course my own personal test will verify this next week when the Rebel arrives, I still have my K20D.Probably one of the most well known mosaic imagers, Max Lyons Max Lyons Image Gallery, uses Rebels and doesn't seem to have any problems, so again I'm not sure why the "don't bother" for still imaging?



I also considered a GF1, EP-1, K-X, NX10, and even the Leica M9.There are too many choices these days :confused:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-30-2010, 12:24 PM  
Pentax K20D vs. Canon 550D
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 16
Views: 9,030
How?I couldn't figure it out with the K-X I played with at my local Sammy's.Then I read the DPeview review and read this

"Live view can be zoomed 2, 4 or 6 times (8 and 10 times magnification is available in manual focus mode). At the greatest setting the magnification is good enough for manual focusing but not very clear. Also note that the magnification area cannot be moved to the extreme edges and corners of the frame."

I need those edges
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-29-2010, 06:04 PM  
Pentax K20D vs. Canon 550D
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 16
Views: 9,030
Thats some very good advice, and advice I would probably give someone starting out, or relatively new to photography :) Myself, I put bacon on the table with that big view camera above, and a 4x5, and thats not going to change.I've been doing it this way for 30+ years :) Color for me is not an issue as I'm a fine art b&w photographer.DSLR wise I started with a D70, then went with a Canon 5D when they first came out, but was not satisfied with the output compared to my drum scanned 4x5 and 8x10 film.So I sold off all the dslr gear and continued with my large format film.

A year later Pentax came out with the K20D at less than half of what I paid for the 5D, and on an emotional whim I bought it thinking I could use the live view like a mini ground glass.Well things were feeling better, but I new the only way I could get the files I needed was to start stitching.Well the problem with that is if you want to do intimate landscape/closer fine art work, you need more dof, not less, and the only way to achieve this is with focus blending, shooting anywhere from 10-20 manually focused shots per image.I use Helicon software for focus blending now and it works quite well.

Using this technique with stitching in Autopano Giga has resulted in files that now compete with my Tango drum scans, but the whole process is more time consuming than just setting up the 8x10, applying a tilt, and running the neg through a Jobo.However, a little camera can go places obviously an 8x10 can't.I've tried using the viewfinder on the K20, but after a while my neck gets sore, and its a pain taking my glasses on and off.With my G10 I've been able to do some successful stitches using my technique with its LCD and magnified MF mode.Neck doesn't get sore, glasses stay on :) But I need the reach of a 200mm or 300mm for a lot of stuff I want to do, so a dslr with a good live view implementation seems in order.

I almost bought the K-X, it would have been perfect for this, but the deal killer was you can't move the zoom area like you can on the Canons.So I'm going to give the 550D a try, and if it doesn't work out I won't loose as much in resale as its a brand new eos, and everyone thinks eos cameras are best, even though we better.Right tool for the right job eh :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-29-2010, 04:23 PM  
Pentax K20D vs. Canon 550D
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 16
Views: 9,030
Nahhh.......nostalgic is my Nikon F2 or 1955 Calumet C-! :)

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-29-2010, 12:54 PM  
Pentax K20D vs. Canon 550D
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 16
Views: 9,030
Well I did it.Just ordered me a T1i, PK-EF adapter, and M42-EF adapter.So I guess look for my K10 and K20 with grips in the for sale section.They are still both as new, and I know I'm going to take a big hit, especially with the K20 as I bought it when they were still over 1k. :(
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-29-2010, 11:36 AM  
Pentax K20D vs. Canon 550D
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 16
Views: 9,030
I have the G10.I actually considered at one point abandoning dslr's altogether and just stitching with the G10, but I need more reach than it can offer.I have toyed with the idea of a GF1 as well, I know I could use all my Pentax glass with it, but from what I've read you really need to process raw with it to get the quality, and when your shooting 15-20 increments of focus per shot, 4-16 shots per image, that can be up to 320 raw images you have to process before you even begin focus blending and stitching, yikes!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-29-2010, 11:05 AM  
Pentax K20D vs. Canon 550D
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 16
Views: 9,030
Hi all,

Well its been about 2 years now I've had the K20D, and about a year with the K10D (bought it after the K20D) Owning also a Canon G10, I've decided I like working with live view much more than a viewfinder. Maybe because I'm so use to working with view cameras (which are still my staple formats, 4x5 and 8x10) I really have not used my Pentax dslr's that much, and when I do, its always off a tripod, at base iso, with manual focus, and usually on a Nodal Ninja 5 pano head for stitching multiple frames.

So the bottom line for me is absolute image quality and being able to soley use live view for composing and fine focusing.Build quality, weather proof, camera heft, finish, and auto functions are not important to me. Has anyone who has a K20D had a chance to use or compare a 550D?I looked at IR's comparator, but don't trust them when it seems they couldn't get the K20D focused properly on their still life shots.

Also it seems I can still use my Taks with an M42 to EF adapter, how about using my Pentax M's via a PK to EF adapter, is that possible?

Thanks.......................................Chris
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-29-2010, 10:45 AM  
Pentax K-x or Canon 550D?
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 92
Views: 46,530
But can't you use the legacy Pentax and M42 glass on the Canon Rebels?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-30-2009, 09:16 AM  
Pentax Firmware Hack site
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 433
Views: 166,619
So in layman terms, what kind of things would one be able to do with hacked firmware on the K20/10D?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-20-2009, 09:28 AM  
Why Abandon Canon/Nikon for Pentax k-7
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 111
Views: 16,022
None of the above.If money were no object I'd buy a Heidelberg Tango drum scanner for my 8x10 :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-09-2009, 09:39 PM  
K7 vs D90
Posted By cloudswimmer
Replies: 69
Views: 26,473
Hey if ya gots the dough, its off to the camera shop ya go :D
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