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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-16-2010, 09:20 AM  
What To Get as My FIRST Macro Lens?
Posted By jensm
Replies: 64
Views: 7,991
And get a Pentax M100/4 or M50/4 for practically no money. AF doesn't matter much when shooting macro anyway, and optically they're both great. Also, it'll let you find out if you really like macro shooting with practically no investment.


/jens
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 04-04-2010, 08:05 AM  
Notes on converting to Nikon
Posted By jensm
Replies: 57
Views: 11,973
Hi, OP here,

Having spent some more time with the d300, I've got some more impressions to share.

Metering - The tendency to underexpose by a stop sometimes annoyed me on the K10d, but the tendency of the d300 to overexpose by -1 stop in matrix metering is just horrible. Whenever there's skin tones in direct sunlight, you will get blown highlights if using matrix metering without dialing in -0-7 or -1 stop exp. comp. Massively annoying, I've lost countless shots to that

Base iso "cleanliness" - K10d still comes out on top. But on the other hand, when exposed properly iso 3200 shots on the d300 can be usable.

UI - still prefer the k10d. Chaning auto iso settings on the d300 needs deep menu navigation.

And the AF is still so much better - but only with the right lenses. I managed to get a Tokina 50-135 (optically identical to the da*), and with that, AF tracking is nothing to write home about. I did try out a Sigma 50-150 which was impressive in that regard. AF in low light is still great with all lenses I've tried.

Also, the poster comparing sized - there's nothing pocketable about a d300, not even with the 35 or 50. And there's nothing comparable to the limiteds.
Forum: Sold Items 03-10-2010, 11:41 AM  
For Sale - Sold: [Worldwide] [in EU] K 85mm/1.8
Posted By jensm
Replies: 6
Views: 2,147
Sale pending...
Forum: Sold Items 03-08-2010, 12:48 PM  
For Sale - Sold: [Worldwide] [in EU] K 24mm/2.8
Posted By jensm
Replies: 2
Views: 1,496
Sale pending..
Forum: Sold Items 03-08-2010, 10:09 AM  
For Sale - Sold: [Worldwide] [in EU] K 85mm/1.8
Posted By jensm
Replies: 6
Views: 2,147
Try as you will, but you know you'll surrender in the end...
Forum: Sold Items 03-07-2010, 01:23 PM  
For Sale - Sold: [Worldwide] [in EU] K 24mm/2.8
Posted By jensm
Replies: 2
Views: 1,496
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
[in EU] K 24/2.8

Asking Price
EUR 125

Item Location
Denmark

Item Description
SMC K 24/2.8

Not a common lens. Fast, small, wide. Very sharp and contrasty, also wide open. Beautiful bokeh and with K series build quality.

Condition:
  • Glass is perfect, has always been used with a U/V filter

  • No scratches or cleaning marks

  • No dust inside (none that I can see)

  • Clean and snappy aperture

  • Very good condition on the outside.


What comes with it
  • Original leather case

  • Original front and rear caps

  • U/V filter


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

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
Please ask

Shipping Services
Danish Postal Service

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
Will accept return within a week (buyer pays shipment) if lens is not as desribed.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 03-07-2010, 12:58 PM  
For Sale - Sold: [Worldwide] [in EU] K 85mm/1.8
Posted By jensm
Replies: 6
Views: 2,147
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
[EU, ships W/W] K 85/1.8

Asking Price
EUR 300

Item Location
Denmark

Item Description
SMC (K) 85/1.8... I don't think this needs much of an introduction, so I'll get straight to it:

Condition:
  • Glass is perfect. Has always had a filter on it. No cleaning marks, scratches

  • No fungus

  • No visible dust inside

  • Aperture is clean and snappy

  • Very little signs of use on the outside - you have to look for it.


What's in the package:
  • Lens

  • Hoya U/V filter

  • Original front and rear cap

  • Original leather case

  • Original lens hood

  • Warm and fuzzy feeling, knowing that you've got one of the best 85s ever made


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

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
Please ask

Shipping Services
Danish Postal Service

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
Bank transfer or PayPal.
Will accept return within a week if the lens is not as described (buyer pays return shipping).

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 02-04-2010, 04:44 AM  
For Sale - Sold: [EU] Pentax system, K10d, lenses (DA, DA Limited, DA*, F, M, K, Tak), flash
Posted By jensm
Replies: 24
Views: 7,747
M 100/4 macro left - comon, you know you want it!
Forum: Sold Items 02-01-2010, 05:42 AM  
For Sale - Sold: [EU] Pentax system, K10d, lenses (DA, DA Limited, DA*, F, M, K, Tak), flash
Posted By jensm
Replies: 24
Views: 7,747
200/2.5 sold.
Forum: Sold Items 01-31-2010, 02:14 PM  
For Sale - Sold: [EU] Pentax system, K10d, lenses (DA, DA Limited, DA*, F, M, K, Tak), flash
Posted By jensm
Replies: 24
Views: 7,747
Sale pending on K10d.

No love for the K200?

/Jens
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-30-2010, 10:22 AM  
Notes on converting to Nikon
Posted By jensm
Replies: 57
Views: 11,973
I've shot a lot more today using the AF-D 80-200. AF is inaccurate at 200 mm up close, but aside from that it's a brilliant lens, very sharp at 2.8. Even though it's screw driven, tracking works just great.

I really like the Nikon setup, though I still miss the DA 70

/Jens
Forum: Sold Items 01-27-2010, 04:54 AM  
For Sale - Sold: [EU] Pentax system, K10d, lenses (DA, DA Limited, DA*, F, M, K, Tak), flash
Posted By jensm
Replies: 24
Views: 7,747
50/4 Macro sold.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-26-2010, 03:05 AM  
Notes on converting to Nikon
Posted By jensm
Replies: 57
Views: 11,973
I haven't run through a full battery yet. I know, in-body SR would be nice, but as another poster said, the vast majority of technically bad shots that I got with my Pentax gear was OOF. That's solved now. Also, the Nikon gives me 1-2 stops better high iso performance which helps a little.

Agree on the forum - there's a nice vibe to the Pentax community :-)

/Jens
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-26-2010, 03:03 AM  
Notes on converting to Nikon
Posted By jensm
Replies: 57
Views: 11,973
Hi

I am actually thinking about getting the Tokina for Nikon. For now, I got the Nikon 80-200, but the 50-135 is sweet. Agreed on the DA40 - it gave images a certain pop that's hard to reproduce.

/Jens
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-25-2010, 12:11 PM  
Notes on converting to Nikon
Posted By jensm
Replies: 57
Views: 11,973
Hi

I'm in the process of selling off my Pentax system and buying into Nikon. Let me say that I've really loved my K system, and if I could afford having them both, I would.

Here's what I'm replacing
  • K10D w/ kit lens -> Nikon d300. Cost -300

  • DA 40 -> Nikon 35/1.8 Cost +30

  • DA70 + SMC tak 85/1.8 -> Nikon 85/1.8 AF. Cost +350

  • Metz 48 -> metz 48. Cost -50

  • DA 50-135 -> Nikon 80-200 2.8 AF-D. Cost +250

  • Tamron 28-75/2.8 -> Sigma 18-50/2.8. Cost +87


Also, I've got a few other Pentax items which I'm not directly replacing, which means that so far the switch is paying for some dental work I need done.

Of course I'm letting go of some really nice glass and settling for a smaller setup, but who knows, I've been told there's something called NAS (Nikon Acquisition Syndrome), their LBA equivalent.

So far, here's what I like
  • AF! (I knew, that's why I changed, but it's just beyond comparison). I can focus track a 4 your old running around in the garden at dusk with the 85 at 1.8 - something I absolutely could not do with the MF SMC tak or any pentax AF lens.

  • Shutter blackout is unbelievably short. Bang!

  • Affordable second hand quality glass. Compare the 550 for an 80-200 2.8 ("two ring", not the cheapest model) to the price on an FA* 80-200, or the 280 for an AF 85/1.8 to the price of a Tak or K 85/1.8 which is MF, or even the 50-135 in Nikon mount (Tokina) which sells for less than 400, to the cost of the Pentax version.



Here's what I don't like
  • There's nothing like the DA limiteds.

Forum: Sold Items 01-25-2010, 08:13 AM  
For Sale - Sold: [EU] Pentax system, K10d, lenses (DA, DA Limited, DA*, F, M, K, Tak), flash
Posted By jensm
Replies: 24
Views: 7,747
Prices reduced on remaining items!
Forum: Sold Items 01-23-2010, 07:20 AM  
For Sale - Sold: [EU] Pentax system, K10d, lenses (DA, DA Limited, DA*, F, M, K, Tak), flash
Posted By jensm
Replies: 24
Views: 7,747
Now with pics of the K200
Forum: Sold Items 01-21-2010, 02:47 PM  
For Sale - Sold: [EU] Pentax system, K10d, lenses (DA, DA Limited, DA*, F, M, K, Tak), flash
Posted By jensm
Replies: 24
Views: 7,747
Pics added!
Forum: Sold Items 01-19-2010, 08:25 AM  
For Sale - Sold: [EU] Pentax system, K10d, lenses (DA, DA Limited, DA*, F, M, K, Tak), flash
Posted By jensm
Replies: 24
Views: 7,747
Still a lot of goodies here - how about a 200/2.5?
Forum: Sold Items 01-14-2010, 07:39 AM  
For Sale - Sold: [EU] Pentax system, K10d, lenses (DA, DA Limited, DA*, F, M, K, Tak), flash
Posted By jensm
Replies: 24
Views: 7,747
Hi

I'll see if I can get to do it for the remaining items tonight.

/Jens
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-13-2010, 01:33 PM  
AF tracking w/ Canon 7D video & stills
Posted By jensm
Replies: 33
Views: 9,495
I'm strongly considering the 7D. I may end up with dual systems, just for some Pentax MF glass.

/Jens
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-13-2010, 01:32 PM  
AF tracking w/ Canon 7D video & stills
Posted By jensm
Replies: 33
Views: 9,495
It's a really great shot, but it's not that difficult in terms of AF tracking, as the DOF is so deep.

/Jens
Forum: Sold Items 01-13-2010, 01:16 PM  
For Sale - Sold: [EU] Pentax system, K10d, lenses (DA, DA Limited, DA*, F, M, K, Tak), flash
Posted By jensm
Replies: 24
Views: 7,747
Haven't decided yet, but small kids and the video in this thread is currently pulling towards Canon:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/off-brand-canon-nikon-etc-camera-talk/847...eo-stills.html

/Jens
Forum: Sold Items 01-13-2010, 08:28 AM  
For Sale - Sold: [EU] Pentax system, K10d, lenses (DA, DA Limited, DA*, F, M, K, Tak), flash
Posted By jensm
Replies: 24
Views: 7,747
I'm selling off my Pentax system. It's in Denmark, EU and I will ship anywhere.

Details including condition on request. I'll see if I can get to take som pics over the weekend.


Sold: Sigma 10-20 4-5.6 Almost like new, original box, papers, etc EUR 275
Sold: SMC tak 85/1,8, Very good condition. This one hurts the most... EUR 250
Sold: Metz 48 AF 1. Battery door broken, only an issue when changing batteries, door stays in position. EUR 150.
Sold: Pentax DA 40 Two tiny wear marks, original box, papers etc. EUR 250
Sold: Pentax DA 50-135 Like new, original box, papers, etc. Less than 1 year old, EUR 800
Sold: Pentax DA 70/2.4 Like new, original box, papers, etc EUR 375
Sold: Pentax F 50/1,7 Edit: upon close inspection I'll upgrade to "very good condition" EUR 175
Sold: Tamron 28-75/2.8 Almost like new, edit: NO original box, papers, etc. EUR 250
Sold: Pentax K 135/2.5. Battered on the outside, but optically and mechanically great. Filter thread damaged. (The right version, not the "Takumar Bayonet"). EUR 75
Sold: Pentax M 50/4 macro, Very good condition EUR 60. This is the epitome of whaht's great about the Pentax system: so sharp it will cut your eyes, beautifully built, fits in a pocket, costs next to nothing. Took most of the shots below with this at 5.6.
Sold: Pentax K 200/2.5 Visible signs of use on the outside, but optically perfect. For those in the know, this is one great prime, not to be compared with the K300/4. Sharp at F2.5. EUR 325.
Sold: K10D incl 18-55 Incl. original box. EUR 300
Split focusing screen from focusingscreen.com, the one based on Nikon K3 screen. EUR 50.
Gone to eekbay Pentax DA 18-250 Edit: Very good condition (small scratches on lens hood). Original box, papers, etc, EUR 275
Sold: Pentax M 100/4 macro. Very good condition, EUR100
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 01-13-2010, 07:22 AM  
AF tracking w/ Canon 7D video & stills
Posted By jensm
Replies: 33
Views: 9,495
I am so close to selling my Pentax system with 7 AF lenses + some MF stuff and getting a 7D. I've always preached "spending it on the lenses", but after this weekend's attempt at tracking familiy sleigh rides with a k10D, I'm ripe.
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