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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-13-2017, 06:59 PM  
How many lenses do you have?
Posted By Driline
Replies: 1,503
Views: 105,520
I had the M 50mm F1.4. It was a great lens. Cheap at $50 and so much fun to use. Keep that one :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-13-2017, 09:25 AM  
How many lenses do you have?
Posted By Driline
Replies: 1,503
Views: 105,520
I bought the Fuji X-T1. Love it. No regrets. I even had some of the best Pentax lenses money could buy including the FA 31 and F*300.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-13-2017, 08:08 AM  
How many lenses do you have?
Posted By Driline
Replies: 1,503
Views: 105,520
Pentax: 0 Sold everything off to fund a Fuji system

Fuji: 4

Fuji 14mm 2.8
Fuji 35mm 1.4
Fuji 90mm 2.0
Fuji 50-230 4.5-6.7
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-10-2017, 07:15 PM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By Driline
Replies: 370
Views: 31,891
Beautifully sharp pictures from Fuji's "cheap kit lens". I've got one myself and just can't believe how sharp and contrasty this hidden gem is.
Forum: General Photography 09-09-2017, 07:31 AM  
Why black-out logos?
Posted By Driline
Replies: 28
Views: 1,440
My camera is so unique and expensive, I don't want you to know what I have.

I do the opposite. I cut out Leica labels from magazines and glue them on my Kodak instamatic 110. People get sooooo jealous it makes me feel superior to them and stokes my ego :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-05-2017, 06:21 PM  
Buying Advice
Posted By Driline
Replies: 6
Views: 464
Ummmm.....that's exactly what I did :) I've been very happy with Fuji. . I sold all my Pentax gear. About $4,000 worth. No regrets. Good luck with your decision. I'm sure you'll make the right choice for YOU. Remember it's all about YOU, not what others have done including me.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-05-2017, 05:08 AM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By Driline
Replies: 370
Views: 31,891
I sold my 27mm for the 35 1.4 , a much better lens IMHO. Get the 27mm if you want to go stealth mode for street shooting. It's such a compact and sharp lens you can easily fit both it and the camera in a large pocket ( I had the XT-1). Other than that I found it a bit too clinical,but sharp, and preferred the pixie dust of the 35mm 1.4.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-04-2017, 01:33 PM  
300/ 4 A* vs. 300/ 4.5 F*
Posted By Driline
Replies: 21
Views: 1,040
If you want the best lens Pentax has ever made then buy the F*300. All others pale in comparison. Even the FA 31. End of Story. Plus the off white color will give you "Street Cred".

Untitled by frankweiser, on Flickr
Forum: General Photography 09-02-2017, 08:13 AM  
Need recommendation on sharing photos
Posted By Driline
Replies: 26
Views: 888
Flickr. Don't use photo bucket. They charge $400 a year to post your photo's for third party websites like this. I moved to flickr along time ago and don't even bother with my photo bucket account anymore. It can just sit there and rot for all i care.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-30-2017, 03:42 PM  
Sigma vs Pentax
Posted By Driline
Replies: 19
Views: 880
That's funny....I feel the exact opposite LOL. I quite like the Fuji handling and menu design over the Pentax :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 08-02-2017, 08:33 PM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By Driline
Replies: 370
Views: 31,891
Or switch 100% to Fuji like I did :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-23-2017, 01:42 PM  
FA*300/f2.8 vs DA*300/f4
Posted By Driline
Replies: 15
Views: 1,236
Your Tamron F2.8 is spectacular. I do wish however that you also owned an F*300 so you could compare. I ended up selling my F*300 for a mere $650, but it was the finest Pentax lens I ever owned.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-23-2017, 12:20 PM  
FA*300/f2.8 vs DA*300/f4
Posted By Driline
Replies: 15
Views: 1,236
I question whether the F*300 f4.5 is perhaps a better lens than the FA*300 f2.8 for less than half the price?
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 07-20-2017, 04:59 AM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By Driline
Replies: 370
Views: 31,891
Wife and kids = money/responsibility. I would not finance even at 0% a camera under those circumstances. With that being said, I did move away from Pentax and sold ALL my gear to acquire Fuji. Why? Because it is so much smaller and easier to carry, and frankly you don't have to work as hard to get a great picture. I owned almost all the great Pentax glass. From the FA 31 to the F*300 along with many of the DA* lenses. I also had the DA 21. The tipping point for me is when I purchased a Used Fuji X-T1 with a 27mm pancake lens and compared it to my K-3 and FA 31. There simply was no comparison as far as IQ, flesh tone, sharpness and rendering. I was sold. But I purchased my Fuji-XT1 used for $550 and also bought a used Fuji 27mm for $275. I've since added a 90mm F2.0, 35mm 1.4, 14mm 2.8 and a 50-230 zoom but that was over a few months time.

Your current Pentax gear is still good stuff. It's just a bit more bulky :)
Forum: Sold Items 07-18-2017, 04:09 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax F*300 4.5 w/tripod collar mount
Posted By Driline
Replies: 20
Views: 2,754
I can't believe this lens is still here. I sold mine a few months ago. It was gone in a week!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-11-2017, 08:48 AM  
Cave window
Posted By Driline
Replies: 14
Views: 502
Beautiful. Looks like a window to our primordial past.....
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 07-11-2017, 08:45 AM  
Lovely S-curve
Posted By Driline
Replies: 9
Views: 700
Now that's what I'm talking about. Finally someone who gets what S curve is all about :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-30-2017, 02:21 PM  
Decisions, Decisions
Posted By Driline
Replies: 40
Views: 1,613
Here's one with the DA*50-135 Can it do sports action? Oh yes it can....

Untitled by frankweiser, on Flickr

And here's one with the FA 100 2.8 Macro. Undoubtedly one of the finest lenses Pentax ever made. It's got a suburb 3D quality about it.
I challenge any other lens to beat this kind of image quality.

Untitled by frankweiser, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-30-2017, 11:20 AM  
Decisions, Decisions
Posted By Driline
Replies: 40
Views: 1,613
Save yourself $400 and buy a used DA*50-135 like I did. It is not worth $879.95 at BH. I had 0 problems with SDM and it was in excellent condition and very sharp. Buy a used FA 100 2.8 for $275 and you can still walk away with a few hundred dollars in your pocket :)

2 fantastic lenses for under $800.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-20-2017, 05:55 AM  
F* / FA* 300 4.5 - price check?
Posted By Driline
Replies: 27
Views: 1,421
Prices for the F*300 are falling rapidly. Unfortunately for me I sold my F*300 with foot in very good condition for $640. I paid $975 for it only a few years ago so it was over a $300 dollar loss for me. Even now there are several F*300 lenses in excellent condition listed on eBay in the $600 dollar range. I'm not sure what's going on but it does not bode well for Pentax if their top legacy glass does not hold their value.

The F* 300 is without a doubt Pentax's finest piece of glass ever made. Even better than the FA 31.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-04-2017, 08:28 PM  
Looking for a Camera Bag for K-1 and 15-30, 24-70, and 70-200
Posted By Driline
Replies: 11
Views: 812
Try looking at the Billingham f/Stop 1.4

This shows it with the K-3 but I believe the K-1 will work too.
















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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-04-2017, 05:57 PM  
Longer and sharper lens than DA-L 50-200...?
Posted By Driline
Replies: 225
Views: 9,219
Because what you should really get is a used F*300 for ~$700. They have really come down in price and offer pixie dust galore. I know because I had one before I sold out to Fuji. Damn you Fuji :fedup:
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-29-2017, 06:22 AM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By Driline
Replies: 370
Views: 31,891
That's not a good deal. That's a GREAT deal. The 18-55 alone is worth $350 to $400 on the used market. The X-T1 is worth anywhere from $450 to $550. So yea, you're getting $900 worth of gear for $650. It would be dumb to pass that up.

And since you're from Iowa it's a well known fact that Iowans are waaaaayyyy smarter than any other state so go for it :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-26-2017, 06:09 PM  
Fuji X series club
Posted By Driline
Replies: 370
Views: 31,891
Fuji 50-230....As sharp as my F*300 was, but does not quite have the Pentax "Pixie" dust. But for a $200 lens vs. $1,000 I can't complain too much.....

DSCF7475 by frankweiser, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-26-2017, 10:49 AM  
Pentax Pricing
Posted By Driline
Replies: 23
Views: 1,741
If you're paying $850 for a used K-3 then you're getting screwed. I just sold my K-3 a few months ago in excellent condition for $450 on eBay.
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