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Forum: Pentax Price Watch 04-18-2013, 09:49 AM  
Lightroom 4 US $99
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 13
Views: 1,038
Thanks! Just pulled the trigger.

- Andrew
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 04-02-2013, 12:02 PM  
What's up with Henry's and their "price match?" (Rant)
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 14
Views: 4,669
Just got mine from Quebec, made it here in 1 day ;)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-31-2013, 07:58 AM  
Sigma EF-610 DG Super In Canada at Lozeau for $199
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 6
Views: 949
Different flash... that's the "ST" version while the one I linked to is the "Super" version. The lowest price I can find (B And H, Amazon etc) is $225 USD.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-31-2013, 07:51 AM  
What's up with Henry's and their "price match?" (Rant)
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 14
Views: 4,669
I've spent thousands at their store over the years so I have no problem paying my bit to keep local businesses up and running. However, as most of you said, their word wasn't honoured here - I was careful to check their policy before walking into the store.

I think monochrome was right about the salesman who couldn't be bothered to work a product when they were receiving little to no commission.

However, from a business standpoint, losing a longtime customer and the thousands of dollars from future sales was a short-sighted error. I get the "we lose money so I won't sell it" argument but he didn't even come back with a counter-offer. He just said "I'm not interested in making that sale". I was prepared to pay their cost but that offer never made the table. All he had to do was look up my name and he would have realized I wasn't some "Joe" that was simply price-matching - but he blew it.

...And its not the first time. They come up with every excuse under the sun to exempt themselves from any match I've brought to them.

Maybe its just the Barrie location? Could be worth the drive to Newmarket lol
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-31-2013, 07:33 AM  
Sigma EF-610 DG Super In Canada at Lozeau for $199
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 6
Views: 949
The price made my decision for me lol
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-30-2013, 03:08 PM  
What's up with Henry's and their "price match?" (Rant)
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 14
Views: 4,669
I've e-mailed their head-office with no resolution. Most recently I posted on their Facebook page and they responded with a typical "What happened?" but Its too late, they already lost the sale and a customer.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 03-30-2013, 12:45 PM  
What's up with Henry's and their "price match?" (Rant)
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 14
Views: 4,669
I rarely purchase anything from these guys (Barrie, ON) due to their non-competitive prices but today they became completely useless to me, even with their Price-Match "guarantee".

I walked in with a brick-and-mortar ad for a Sigma 610 Flash. I read their policy carefully and knew I qualified for their price-match option. But the salesman turned me down flat saying "I'm not interested in trying to match that, I don't want the sale that badly".

I have played the price-match game with all sorts of retailers, The Brick, Future Shop etc and they have all played along - gaining my future business. But Henry's? Not so much. I've actually been turned down each and everytime I've asked them to price-match so I am no longer willing to spend my time walking in there. So much for trying to support local business (chain).
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-30-2013, 12:31 PM  
Sigma EF-610 DG Super In Canada at Lozeau for $199
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 6
Views: 949
Just purchased one for myself, I don't know what the turn-around time is and have never purchased anything from them before.

https://www.lozeau.com/en-CA/products/lighting/handheld-flashes/sigma-ef-610...er-for-pentax/

The sale ends March 31st.

Good luck!
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-24-2013, 03:53 PM  
Anybody tried DotTune AF finetuning?
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 16
Views: 4,987
Looks good to me. I just tried it on my Sigma 70-200 and realized I had dialed-in too much compensation previously. Sure enough, using the new setting works marvelously.
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-21-2012, 02:35 PM  
Kudos to Pentax Canada! (for fixing my lens release button)
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 2
Views: 1,232
So I finally sent in my K5 to have the Lens release button fixed... Pentax Canada had it back to me 1 week after they received it... Kudos Pentax Canada!

:)

- Andrew
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-06-2012, 09:58 AM  
Landscape Supermoon 2012
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 4
Views: 1,064
Why thank you ;)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-05-2012, 07:56 PM  
Landscape Supermoon 2012
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 4
Views: 1,064
My stab at the 2012 Supermoon.
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-24-2012, 04:39 AM  
K-5 & Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX OS HSM
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 98
Views: 37,149
I like a very big hood and front element, I think it makes me look more professional lol. Unfortunately the used prices seem a little high right now with Pentax's recent price gouge so I'll keep my ear to the ground and see what comes up. It'll be one of the two and I think either will be a pearl in my collection. Thanks for the info!
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-23-2012, 04:33 AM  
K-5 & Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX OS HSM
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 98
Views: 37,149
I've been eyeballing the 50-135 or Sigma 50-150 as a "comprehensive outfit"... how do you like the 50-135 as a compliment to the 17-50?
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-22-2012, 10:21 AM  
K-5 & Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8 EX OS HSM
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 98
Views: 37,149
I absolutely love my k5/Sigma 17-50 combo. I replaced my Tammy 28-75/2.8 with it recently due to the wide end and the HSM since I'm doing weddings this summer. Its sharp from wide open, fairly fast focusing and built well. In Lightroom 3.x the lens is not recognized. Its a large lens on the front of a K5, but I LOVE that... The larger the lens the cooler you look lol.

- Andrew
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-18-2012, 07:13 AM  
Take the pledge - No new Pentax lens purchases
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 356
Views: 22,427
I don't know how Pentax's pricing strategy is a good thing for them... sure they get their stuff in a few large-box retailers now but who's going to pay these prices? They SHOULD have lowered the MSRP at the same time, which should have gotten their product out there and lessened the blow to us. I bought into Pentax because of value. Back when I bought into the brand, Canon and Nikon would have been bigger contenders if the pricing was closer like it is now. They're only screwing themselves in the long run.

Pledge accepted.
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-17-2012, 04:38 PM  
Need Some Pointers on Filters for Landscapes
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 6
Views: 1,188
I use the Cokin P .3 .6 and .9 ND Grad Filters - they're "ok" but don't you dare point them straight at the sun unless you like buggering your photos lol.

I believe its this one : Amazon.com: Cokin Neutral Density Graduated FH-121L-121M-121S Filter Kit - H250 With LensPen Klear Pen: Camera & Photo (minus the lens pen)

Also, a circular polarizer is great for saturating colours, darkening skies and seeing through reflections on streams.

- Andrew
Forum: Sold Items 04-15-2012, 09:32 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Tamron 28-75/2.8
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 2
Views: 1,633
Pm's replied
Forum: Sold Items 04-14-2012, 09:48 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Tamron 28-75/2.8
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 2
Views: 1,633
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Tamron 28-75/2.8

Asking Price
299

Item Location
Barrie, Ontario (Canada)

Item Description
For Sale or Trade: Tamron SP AF Aspherical XR Di LD (IF) 28-75/2.8 (please let me know if I missed any letters)

Its in "Good" condition, a little dust behind the glass but doesn't show in pictures.

Full disclaimer: I had the filter thread repaired. I purchased it from Henry's a few years back with a slight crack in the filter-thread piece but recently had it repaired by the local camera repair shop. They did a very good job and I can't see where he did the repair. In addition I had him replace the missing trim ring at the front of the lens (the one hiding the screws). You can see in the photo how it looks - definitely not stock and you can see the marks where he ground it down - but from a few feet away you can't tell.

It comes with front and rear caps, I do not have original packaging.

Optically this lens is great - it was my go-to lens for years but I replaced it with a Sigma 17-50 HSM because I am doing weddings and I wanted to eliminate the sound of the screw-drive focus.

Willing to trade for a Pentax DA 55-300

Asking price is $299 plus shipping and paypal fees. I also accept email Interac.



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

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling or Trading

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Good

Shipping Destinations
North America

Shipping Charge
Actual

Shipping Services
Canada Post

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
Return if lens not as described.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: General Talk 04-05-2012, 02:32 PM  
Poll: Staying with Pentax or jumping ship?
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 324
Views: 23,922
I love my K5, its an amazing camera - so I will stay with Pentax for the body. Unfortunately Pentax has priced itself out of the market for lenses so I will be purchasing Sigma mostly from now on, or if the used prices on Pentax glass stays reasonable, I will be purchasing more used.

If the next body comes out with this outlandish price increase attached to it then I have absolutely no reason to stick around.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-01-2012, 05:17 PM  
Lightroom 4... Um....
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 15
Views: 2,585
4.1 RC fixes the the external editing issue, however, for me it seems even more laggy than 4.0
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 04-01-2012, 08:11 AM  
Lightroom 4... Um....
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 15
Views: 2,585
Whoops. LR 4.1 RC - almost completely unusable on my system. Constant hangs (for about 20 to 30 seconds), failure to redraw at 1:1, failure to draw adjustment brush etc.

I'm glad its working for you guys, but its completely useless to me right now. I'm going back to 3.6 for now.
Forum: Photo Critique 03-31-2012, 05:06 PM  
People Maternity shots - critique appreciated
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 4
Views: 1,548
Hi guys. Today was my first Maternity shoot and here are the first four processed...

Using my Pentax K-5 with Sigma 17-50/2.8 HSM OS and FA 50/1.5.

I would appreciate any feedback, critique, and suggestions.

- Andrew
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-28-2012, 01:15 PM  
Sigma 17-50mm - $75 rebate thru 3/31
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 6
Views: 887
I just bought one of those (locally, used) and from my informal testing its a really great lens. Surprisingly its sharper than my Tamron 28-75 and the build quality is much higher. The silent HSM is really ... um... silent and focusing is very quick. No complaints thus far ;)

I think its a steal at that price.

- Andrew
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-16-2012, 07:35 AM  
Landscape Image chosen for exhibition.
Posted By AndrewShirley
Replies: 6
Views: 807
I love it, very moody. Congratulations and good luck ;)
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