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Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 4 Days Ago  
New Tamron SP 35mm f1.4 -Ultimate tamron lens
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 15
Views: 879
I wrote Tamron earlier this year and they are discontinuing all K mount lenses.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-08-2019, 06:35 AM  
20% off 16x20 and 20x30 Posters at Costco until 7/31
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 0
Views: 177
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-05-2019, 05:42 AM  
KEH-20% off Featured, 10% off all else until midnight 7/5 Eastern
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 0
Views: 526
Forum: Pentax K-70 07-02-2019, 04:43 AM  
Pentax K-70 photo samples
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 251
Views: 42,779
I generally prefer live bugs but if you wanted something humorous this works pretty well.

Technically, the lighting, focus and composition are fine.
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 07-02-2019, 03:54 AM  
Fabulous service from Precision Camera
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 6
Views: 518
I sent in my K-70 which was covered under a Pentax extended warranty that I purchased.

They did the firmware upgrade and cleaning in addition to the repair in one day and shipped it out the next day!

I was away from my house when UPS tried to deliver it so I got online with UPS and changed the date for the next attempt. However, UPS dropped the ball and returned it to Precision! I called UPS and they totally admitted it was their mistake.

I called up Precision to confirm they received the camera back. While I was on the phone they confirmed they had it. They said that they would try to get it back out that day, which they did.

Kudos to Precision, awesome service.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 07-01-2019, 01:47 PM  
Ricoh/Pentax 2 year Extended Warranty - Digital Camera Body - $ 15 (Tri-State)
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 6
Views: 586
From Ricoh:

“Thank you, for contacting Ricoh Imaging.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your past, present and future support.

If it is purchase with a new camera from an authorized dealer. Yes.”
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-30-2019, 11:55 AM  
Ricoh/Pentax 2 year Extended Warranty - Digital Camera Body - $ 15 (Tri-State)
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 6
Views: 586
I just had my camera serviced under an extended warranty shown above. It was purchased in late 2017. The only difference is that I did buy my camera and warranty from the same seller-Adorama. I do notice that Tri-State is an authorized Pentax Dealer.

My service was as described-no cost for the repair and they did a full cleaning and firmware upgrade.

While I didn't see the K-70 or the K-1 (either version) on the Tri-State website they do have the KP for $797.

A quick email to Ricoh might be in order.

One thing I do remember is you had to buy it within 30 days of buying your camera, IIRC.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 06-24-2019, 04:15 PM  
Deep Lens Discounts - US Pentax Deal Roundup - Week of June 24, 2019
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 7
Views: 1,407
I don't recall the 50 1.8 being this cheap.

The Sigma 17-70 is also really well priced.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-03-2019, 03:25 PM  
Future of APS-C
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 74
Views: 2,344
Fuji really doesn’t have that good of a lens lineup.

Among their gaps:

No XX-300 zoom
No 70-200 2.8 zoom
No 17-70 zoom
No fisheye lenses
No superzooms
No primes longer than 200mm
No lenses of any sort longer than 400mm
Only two macro lenses and they are in the very narrow range of 50 and 80mm
Only two stabilized primes
Only nine stabilized zooms
No lenses from Sigma or Tamron and none are to be expected
No legacy native lenses
Limited official capability of the 1.4 teleconverter

Another issue is they have few different focal lengths for the number of lenses they have. When they complete their current roadmap in 2020 they will have nine lenses (nearly 30%) out of 31 are at 16mm/23mm/33(35)mm/56mm. Plus they have four in the kit zoom range and two zooms in the 5X-2XX range. Not a lot of variety at all there.

Plus some of their lenses are really overpriced. Optical Limits in their review described the pricing of the 18-135 as being bizarre.

Do keep in mind that from my list of deficiencies that am very clearly talking about AF lenses and actual focal length, not FF equivalents.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-03-2019, 06:43 AM  
Future of APS-C
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 74
Views: 2,344
Median US income in 2017 was $61K a year.

Household income in the United States - Wikipedia

After paying for:

Medical Care
Saving for retirement
Cellphone Service
TV service-cable and/or streaming

The overwhelming number of people simply do not have the money buy a FF camera body let alone a whole system.

APS-C is here to stay because that is simply what the vast majority can afford, if even that.

Now do I expect the continued shrinking number of models in a contracting market to continue, yes indeed.

Variety is often unprofitable. That is why GM slashed the number of brands they had and why Costco and Aldiís have such low prices.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-28-2019, 09:08 PM  
Misc Playful Prairie Dog
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 9
Views: 318
Fabulous technical and artistic merits and very whimsical.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-28-2019, 09:12 AM  
An article on the K-1MKII
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 24
Views: 2,044
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-27-2019, 08:50 AM  
15% off at LensRentals until midnight 5/29 CT
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 0
Views: 236
Must receive rental by 5/31.

Code is PARTYPARROT15 - Rent Photo > Pentax
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-26-2019, 09:53 AM  
Pentax O-GPS1 on sale are B&H and Adorama for $147
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 1
Views: 438
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-26-2019, 09:34 AM  
KEH Memorial Day dale-10% off lenses, 20% off accessories
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 0
Views: 326
Used Cameras & Lenses - Buy & Sell at KEH Camera


Good until Midnight ET 5/28
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-23-2019, 05:23 AM  
27 inch LG Monitor-$100- B&H Daily Deal 05/23/19
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 0
Views: 438
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-21-2019, 06:13 AM  
Godox XT2 announcement
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 6
Views: 1,001
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-20-2019, 09:22 AM  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 31,419
Views: 2,913,311

One of the best shots I have ever seen.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-18-2019, 07:55 AM  
K-S2 body $300, w/ 18-135 $450 - from Ricoh
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 28
Views: 3,396
It is.

They also had some pretty good deals over the holidays with the two lens and tripod K-70 kit , the K-1 MK1 with lens, the K-1 MK2 with grip and the 50-200 lens deal.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-18-2019, 07:45 AM  
K-S2 body $300, w/ 18-135 $450 - from Ricoh
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 28
Views: 3,396
If you are concerned about that issue just buy it with a credit card that extends the warranty or get the extended warranty that also gives a free cleaning and firmware update.
Forum: General Photography 04-02-2019, 03:44 PM  
An observation about DPRís timeliness of reviews
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 4
Views: 919
I made a comment that I think is very insightful.

Minolta DiMAGE V hands-on review: Digital Photography Review
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-21-2019, 02:53 AM  
03/21 B&H-Mefoto Globetrotter Tripod $50
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 1
Views: 416
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-18-2019, 08:50 AM  
10% off everything at KEH until midnight Eastern Time 03/18/19
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 0
Views: 263
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-12-2019, 06:43 AM  
eBay 15% off with App until 7PM Pacific Time 03/12/19
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 6
Views: 574
Sorry I didn’t read the exclusions.
My bad.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-12-2019, 05:49 AM  
eBay 15% off with App until 7PM Pacific Time 03/12/19
Posted By bladerunner6
Replies: 6
Views: 574

No minimum, $100 max

Not a useful coupon for buying gear but if you need a new pair of pants or a food processor it is useful.
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