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Forum: Sold Items 05-02-2010, 07:16 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax AF200T Flash (CONUS)
Posted By Presto
Replies: 1
Views: 2,942
If I have too much on this let me know. I'm very willing to take offers. I wasn't sure how much they go for. I really just want this to go to someone who will make use of it.
Forum: Sold Items 04-29-2010, 06:59 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax AF200T Flash (CONUS)
Posted By Presto
Replies: 1
Views: 2,942
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax AF200T Flash

Asking Price
30 USD

Item Location
Jacksonville, AL

Item Description
This is a flash that was purchased by a relative becuase it said Pentax, and they knew that's what I shoot. I have no real use for it at this time, but I thought someone else may be able to use it. It had some corrosion on the battery contacts, but I cleaned them with a non-ammonia metal cleaner, and they look ok. They are a little pitted, but they worked fine. I installed batteries, and the flash powered up and worked great on my K20D. I'm not sure how they are supposed to work, but the metering seemed to be good. The housing on the flash looks like a new one. The case is also included and looks great. If you want any more pictures of anything, just let me know. The only thing that I ask is that you don't make fun of my wrinkled bedsheet backdrop! It's all that I had handy.

I prefer Paypal, but will accept Postal money order or personal check. I will wait for them to clear before shipping. I'll also add insurance if you request it.

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
Continental U.S. Only

Shipping Charge
4 USD

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order

Return Policy & Additional Details
Return is allowed only if item is not as described.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-21-2010, 05:37 AM  
Macro Todays Friends...
Posted By Presto
Replies: 18
Views: 6,191
Amazing shots! I can't believe how they pose for you!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-21-2010, 05:34 AM  
Macro My Old Seiko Chronograph
Posted By Presto
Replies: 9
Views: 1,869
That's the reason I wear an automatic watch. No batteries to replace. I have to admit that I have always been facinated by mechanical movements as well. Watches in general have always drawn me. I can't figure out how to get a nice picture of any of mine, though. I guess the ones I have are not photogenic. I'll have to get another one to try!
Forum: Sold Items 06-18-2009, 09:01 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K20D, 3685 actuations
Posted By Presto
Replies: 3
Views: 1,429
PM on it's way!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-25-2009, 05:35 PM  
Would I be crazy to sell my DA* 50-135 for a FA 77mm ?
Posted By Presto
Replies: 25
Views: 4,910
I have both lenses, and would really hate to give up either one. The 77 is just amazing when it's in its element. It does take a while to get used to its little quirks. When you get one of those pictures that just makes your jaw drop from it, it all seems worth it. On the other hand, it doesn't do everything well. I kind of doubt that it will suit your needs for the ball games and similar circumstances. For portraits and contrasty/colorful nature scenes, nothing beats the 77. For me, though, the 50-135 is the go to lens. It is almost indestinquishable from the 77 on most shots. It is, by far, the sharpest zoom that I have ever used. I think part of your sharpness problem could be from using the longer focal lengths. You 50mm will be sharper from most handheld shots becuase 50mm is as long as it gets, and it is a faster lens to start with. From a tripod, and both lenses at f:2.8, I couldn't tell that the FA 50 was any sharper. For me, the 50-135 just offers better day to day flexibility, and still has far better than average IQ. The 77 just has something extra on certain shots.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-18-2009, 09:49 AM  
Any News on What Battery the K-7 Will Use ?
Posted By Presto
Replies: 55
Views: 7,644
I don't know about these batteries, but in the RC world, we like to balance charge our lithium cells to prevent over-discharging any single cell. For this type of charging you have to have a single common (negative) contact for the entire pack and a positive contact for each cell. This allows you to monitor and charge each cell individually. I know cameras use a more stable Litium-ion chemistry for their cells, instead of the more volatile lithium-polymer, but the basics principles still apply. If one cell in the pack should get pulled down significantly below the others, it could become overdischarged and fail, or when recharging cause the others to become overcharged. An overcharged cell in a Lithium pack can possibly cause catastrophic failure. Not likely, but it could.

As far as getting pack info from the third contact, it isn't likely. The only real way to get more information from a pack is to monitor the current, and you aren't going to get that from another single contact. More likely, a Hall sensor would be in the camera body to measure current. In Lithium cells you can fairly accurately estimate percentage of capacity remaining by keeping track of power drawn from the pack.

This being said, I am no electrical engineer, so someone may very well prove me wrong. I would be happy to know that I am!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-17-2009, 04:58 PM  
Yes or No
Posted By Presto
Replies: 17
Views: 2,339
I like the color better of the first conversion, but I like the contrast of the second conversion. I think you could use the burn tool on the first conversion just a bit and get the contrast and keep the nice warmth that it has. Just my opinion, which is worth about what you are paying for it.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-13-2009, 03:06 PM  
What sort of UV filter?
Posted By Presto
Replies: 6
Views: 2,447
A good multi-coated filter does help a lot with flare. I think that a good hood helps at least as much as the coating. As for myslef; I always get the coated ones. I'm more inclined to actually use them if I know that they are not going to cause a problem. Another thing is that a lens is only as good as the worst piece of glass in it. That includes the filter.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-12-2009, 06:52 AM  
What gear will I need?
Posted By Presto
Replies: 33
Views: 5,030
It sounds like I am in basically the same boat as the OP in this situation. My baby sister is getting married this summer, and I am shooting the ceremony and reception. I have no experience in shooting weddings as of yet, but I did get many months of prior notice of the event, so I have had lots of time for research and preparing my gear. I have spent untold hours on this forum, gleaning information about wedding photography. For what its worth, here are a few of the tips I have found.

Beg/Borrow/Steal an extra body.
Take extra memory cards. Don't delete anything from the cards.
Have someone dump your cards onto a laptop when you fill them.
Get the flash bracket.
Don't skimp on the flash.
Charge all the batteries you have, and take them with you. Don't forget lots of batteries for the flash.
A tripod is mostly useless unless you have the spare body.
Never chimp your shots. Worry about your bad ones at home. Don't delete them, they may save your bacon.
Use fast primes if you are indoors.
Have a plan and get into position early to minimize distracting movements. It isn't your show.
Find out if it is acceptable to the preacher/bride/etc. to use a flash during the ceremony.
Remember you are only hassling electrons, not wasting film, so take a ton of pictures.
Take some cold water, and a fresh shirt.

There are a lot of other tips. Since I have had the time, and you may not, I thought I might save you a few hours. I have made a checklist of them, but I don't have it with me right now. These are just the ones that I remember off the top of my head. I think the best piece of advice that I received was that they don't expect too much from me, so I should not get too wound up about the whole thing. I'll take better pictures if I don't. It was also suggested that I only take pictures at the beginning of the reception. After the first part, everyone just wants to have fun without a camera in their faces. Since we are family, we should join the celebration at some point, too. Right? Have fun!
Forum: General Talk 05-03-2009, 06:16 AM  
Photography Request
Posted By Presto
Replies: 3
Views: 1,624
:lol: I almost split a seam!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-23-2009, 06:50 AM  
135mm Takumar Bayonet Ain't So Bad
Posted By Presto
Replies: 17
Views: 4,237
I picked one up in the Marketplace a while back for a song. I think it's great for portraits when you don't want to show every eyelash, earhair, wrinkle, etc. I have heard some complaints from subjects on this matter when they see the unprocessed shots from one of my other lenses. I also like that this lens seems to make slightly cooler looking shots. That may just be my perception, though. Besides, a full manual lens is just fun to use on a new over automated DSLR these days. I think I just enjoy the irony of using something so old and simple with something so new and technologically advanced.
Forum: General Talk 04-22-2009, 05:53 AM  
Share your good deals!!
Posted By Presto
Replies: 36
Views: 4,848
Most of my gear has been aquired in this manner. I got my K20d brand new for $550. The 50-135mm came in looking brand new for $520. I used the "make an offer" function to get my 43mm Limited for $300. Right now, I'm waiting on the mail man to deliver my $450 77mm limited. I should also mention the $5 SMC 50 F/2 from a local pawn shop. It was rattling so the owner dropped the price from $20. I bought it to mainly have a lens to take apart ( I love to see what's inside things). When I opened it up, the front set of elements had come unscrewed was the only problem. It's now taking great shots.
Forum: General Talk 04-20-2009, 08:12 PM  
Redneck Playstation
Posted By Presto
Replies: 2
Views: 1,529
I am ashamed to say that this has occupied my time for about five rounds. Don't look at my location. The secret source of rednecks might be revealed....... Oh, you already knew that?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-01-2009, 11:00 AM  
It seens 90% of the time, my camera photographs watches..
Posted By Presto
Replies: 16
Views: 2,815
Our interestes are very similar. I don't photograph my watches much, but I love seeing pictures of them. You have some very nice pieces, there. There is nothing like a machine that precise and complex running off of nothing besides human power. I have found that watch lovers tend to do very well at product shots. It makes me want every one that I see!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-01-2009, 04:05 AM  
Engagement Photos
Posted By Presto
Replies: 7
Views: 4,005
Thanks for the feedback Urmas. Like I said before, though, I had that one afternoon that they were both free. It was a nasty, rainy, dark day. I had some other settings selected, but they were basically inaccessible that day because of the weather. I also know what you mean about the light. I didn't have a flashgun at the time, but have since purchased a Metz 58 for situations like this. I was having trouble that day keeping both of them dry enough to make decent photos. Most were taken under trees, or other natural "umbrellas". As a matter of fact I did get a couple of interesting shots of them while they were holding an umbrella. I'll try to post a few more pictures. I also can't take full credit for the poses. They are the perfect people to photograph. They naturally fall into nice poses with very little input, or real posing from me.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-31-2009, 01:05 PM  
Engagement Photos
Posted By Presto
Replies: 7
Views: 4,005
I have mentioned before the fact that my baby sister will be getting married this summer, and that I'm more or less the second shooter for the ceremony and reception. She has another amteur photographer who has more experience as the main photographer. She surprised me the other day by asking when we are going to take some engagement photos! Since she lives several states away, we have to work around when we get to shoot. The only time that she and her fiance had free the last time she was in the area, was a nasty rainy day. So, we braved the weather and got outside for some informal type shots. I am posting a few of them here. I hope you guys have some ideas about how to make them better, or some encouragement for this new shutterbug.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-22-2009, 08:15 AM  
Lens for isolating subject
Posted By Presto
Replies: 5
Views: 2,739
It should also be mentioned that a small DOF can also work against you. If you are trying for shots of moving targets, or similar, a small "miss" on focus can wreck your entire shot. A stationary target is not as much of a problem, becuase you have time to check and really nail the focus.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-19-2009, 07:26 PM  
prodigital or not? that is the question :)
Posted By Presto
Replies: 8
Views: 2,028
I ordered my K20d and 43mm limited from them, and have had no problems. The 43mm did come packaged exactly as you described, but looked as if UPS had been extraordinarily careful with it! The camera came very adequately packaged in a brown cardboard box with pleanty of space filled with air bags.

Just to put the packaging into perspective, however, I need to also mention my experience with Amazon. My 16-50mm DA* came from them. It was put into a cardboard box with one small air bag. The outter box looked as if it had gotten the normal UPS treatment (used as a soccer ball). It had pleanty of room to bang around in there, but came through without a scratch. I was a little upset when I opened the box, but the inside box and lens were still perfect. I just wanted to tell this to illustrate that you can't even depend on the big names all of the time.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-11-2009, 03:38 PM  
Da* 11-17?
Posted By Presto
Replies: 9
Views: 1,565
First off, I want to say that I have no real information on the subject. This is simply supposition.

I have not heard anything about a 11-17, but Tokina has an 11-16 lens for Ni* and Can*. Considering the affiliation of Pentax and Tokina, and the Tokina lenses with DA* counterparts that are currently available, it is not implausible that a DA* version of this lens could come about.

Like I said, though. I have no information other than my own observation.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-08-2009, 02:40 PM  
Where should I buy the 16 50
Posted By Presto
Replies: 5
Views: 1,482
When I was looking for one, I kept an eye on Amazon's price. For some reason, they will drop the price on a big ticket item for an hour or so sometimes. It won't be advertised. It will simply drop for a little while. I checked on the price one morning, and noticed that it had dropped ten dollars. I kept refreshing, and they dropped it another ten dollars every few minutes. I finally picked mine up at a discount of fifty dollars. Within a few minutes, it had gone back up to the previous price. I am not saying they will do it again, but if you have the time to wait, it might save you some money.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-05-2009, 08:27 PM  
Eneloop batteries and chargers
Posted By Presto
Replies: 11
Views: 4,865
Eneloop cells are some of the most durable on the market. Charging them in any charger made for NiMh cells should be fine if charged at a rate of 1C or less. 1C being 1xcapacity. Eneloop AA cells have a capacity of 2000mah, or 2 amp hours. That means you can charge them at 2 amps. As a matter of fact, if you charge any nickle based cell slower or faster than this, the cell's life can be shortened. Another thing you want to keep a close eye on is the temperature of the cells. If they get much above 100 degrees farenheit, they should be taken off the charger. There should also be no problem with charging them in series, either. The only reason you shouldn't charge them in series is if they have not been discharged together. Even then, the damage you will cause them is very minimal, as they will basically self balance. Truly the worst thing that can happen while charging them in series, is one cell goes bad. However, if one Eneloop cell goes bad, then the whole set is usually old and should be replaced anyway. Most of the time they won't simply konk out on you. Typically, the whole set will gradually loose usuable capacity.

I don't know if it is evident or not, but I have been an R/C car nut for several years. Eneloop cells are desirable in the R/C community for especially durable radio and receiver cells. If you want to know the ins and outs of charging these things you could run a search on some R/C sites like rcgroups.com, rcuniverse.com, or rctech.net. Those guys really know battery technology, and the fine nuances of getting the most out of your cells.

By the way, if you want to see some really picky charging procedures, check out lithium polymer cells. They are a less stable, but more power dense version of the lithium ion rechargable cells that we use in our cameras. Over the past couple of years they have become the choice in power sources for R/C vehicles.

Sorry if I am rambling. I was just excited to find a subject that I feel a bit qualified to talk about! :D
Forum: General Talk 03-05-2009, 06:48 PM  
Decent sunglasses?
Posted By Presto
Replies: 17
Views: 8,585
Ah, the sunny south. Good shades are a must down here. Anyway, I have been wearing Serengeti shades for the past two years (one pair has lasted that long, a record for me), and love them. I don't have a perscription in them, but I know that they do Rx's. I have talked to several people who have them, and they have the same opinion that I do about them. Another good thing about them, is they have them in the optometry section at Wal-mart around here. The only problem I have with mine is the finish on the wire frames is beginning to peel off. It doesn't affect how the glasses work, but I just thought I should mention it. I am rough on glasses, though. Just my opinion, which is worth almost what I charge for it! :lol:
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-02-2009, 04:34 PM  
Desiccants--what to get
Posted By Presto
Replies: 14
Views: 2,754
Do you have a dedicated cabinet or something similarly sealed off where you store your camera? If so, go to Cabela's or some similar sporting goods place and look at dehumidifiers for gun safes. They work better for long term storage than any dessicant, or other dehumidifiers. They also have more durable silica containers than the little packs you can get if you are looking for something a little more high class. I also know that among gun owners, the "Golden Rod" dehumidifier is among the best you can get. You can search for it a Cabela's. Gun nuts know how to protect against moisture.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-01-2009, 04:36 PM  
K20D help
Posted By Presto
Replies: 4
Views: 1,341
You can shake the sensor a couple of times using the dust removal feature of the camera. If that doesn't work, you can get a rocket blower to dust the sensor with. They don't cost much, but it will be worth it to get one in the long run.

By the way, a lot of cameras do come with a bit of dust on the sensor. I'm not sure if it's leftover from the manufacturing process or not, but it does happen.
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