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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-13-2012, 08:30 PM  
Thematic Street Photography (No, Not THAT Street Photography) - Share Your Shots of the Roads
Posted By Julie
Replies: 4,128
Views: 281,285
Ooo, that first one is gorgeous; love the colors. :)

Fall on the Farm by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr

IMGP6864 by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr
Do bike roads count?

17 by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr

13 by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr
Forum: Sold Items 03-26-2012, 09:14 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FA* 200mm F/4 Macro
Posted By Julie
Replies: 4
Views: 4,410 Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
FA* 200mm F/4 Macro

Asking Price

Item Location
Illinois (United States)

Item Description
Yes, this is the wonderful and rare FA* 200 F/4 Macro. ;)
Having owned it, I now understand why it is any macro photographer's dream. The beautiful image quality and scarcity make this a very sought-after lens that you don't just come across everyday.

This copy of the lens is in exceptionally good condition. The silver paint, (which is known to scratch very easily) looks almost new- only visible scratches on this one is right above the aperture ring setting mark and another one to the right of it. (see 3rd picture)
There is also some very light wear around the tripod mount. (see 4th picture). Other than that, the outside of the lens is spotless!
The interior of the lens is a little tricky to photograph well, but it is clean, the only thing I could find is a single dust particle toward the center of the lens, right under the first glass.

Regarding the AF, I think I speak on behalf of all the FA* 200's- like expected from a macro lens, the AF does often "search" when it is a very close macro in poor lighting condition. With better lighting, the AF's performance gets better and it is quite quick and accurate with subjects that aren't in macro range. And believe me, you will love the way this lens isolates your subject from the background, it turns the background all soft and dreamy while your subject is beautifully and sharply focused.

It comes with its original lens booklet, case, front cap, metal rear cap, hood, and a Pentax SMC 67mm UV filter. And of course, free bragging rights are included. :D

I was looking for a fair asking price, but haven't been able to find any recent sales of the lens anywhere. Most recent I could find have been from 1-2 years ago, in which the lens went in the high $3000's. I will consider a best offer if there are no takers for the asking price.

My honest reasons for selling them are that I don't use them very often and I don't feel that my amateur skills will ever be able to catch up to what this lens is really capable of achieving. Even though they are amazing lens, I would be willing to sacrifice them and in turn purchase something, such as the DA* 50-135 2.8, that I would feel much more comfortable with. :)

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?

Are you selling or trading this item?

Item Condition (Key)

Shipping Destinations
North America

Shipping Charge
Free to US

Shipping Services

Accepted Payment Types

Return Policy & Additional Details
7 days money-back if you are not satisfied.
Lens must be returned back to me in the exact condition it was sent out in.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!

And here are some amateur sample photos.... :o
Shot at 6 MP resolution on K-5.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-28-2013, 12:40 AM  
People Blue Eyes
Posted By Julie
Replies: 11
Views: 857

Eyes by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr

Probably the single photo that I've done that has taken the most amount of time... the subject did not have dark skin; it was a ton of acrylic paint and make up. ;)

Looks fine to you guys?
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-30-2013, 05:38 PM  
Icey Gaze
Posted By Julie
Replies: 0
Views: 516

Eyes by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-06-2013, 09:54 PM  
Nature Resurrecting some old images - Angry Birds!
Posted By Julie
Replies: 4
Views: 1,528
So, I came across some long-lost photos from about a year ago when I was still very much a noob to photography and didn't know what I was doing (thankfully, I was using a good lens, so that saved me :D).
Anyway, the JPEGS were pretty ugly... so, a little Photoshop magic and here they are.
I thought you guys might enjoy some of their funny poses.

"Hellllllp, I'm slllllipping!"

1 by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr

"Come at me, bro!"

2 by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr

"What the heck is going on up there?!"

3 by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr


4 by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr

"Yeah, you wanna fight?"

6 by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr

"Well, I'm outta here!"

7 by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-01 01-29-2013, 10:03 PM  
Add your best K-01 photos here
Posted By Julie
Replies: 3,729
Views: 715,667

still by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr
A rather successful lighting attempt, I would say. :)
Forum: Photo Critique 10-31-2014, 08:33 PM  
Misc The Great Gatsby Still-Life Scene
Posted By Julie
Replies: 8
Views: 1,608
Long time no see, PF members! I've been pretty inactive for the last year or two... photography has been put off on the back burner... :(

Here's a new photo I'd like to share and get some opinions on.. see if I've still got it. ;)

K-01, DA 40 Limited, processed in Lightroom 4.

Great Gatsby by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr

For those that aren't familiar with the book, one of the central themes is getting lost and caught-up in a materialistic world. The eyes are a dominant symbol, meant to represent the dullness, the emptiness, and corruptness of America's shift in values... towards consumeristic / materialistic.

Hopefully they'll be more to come... thinking of doing a themed series with other books and works of literature.

"I told her she might fool me but she couldn’t fool God. I took her to the window" – with an effort he got up and walked to the rear window and leaned with his face pressed against it – "and I said ‘God knows what you’ve been doing, everything you’ve been doing. You may fool me, but you can’t fool God!’"

Standing behind him, Michaelis saw with a shock that he was looking at the eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg, which had just emerged, pale and enormous, from the dissolving night.

"God sees everything," repeated Wilson.

...Wilson stood there a long time, his face close to the window pane, nodding into the twilight."
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-11-2014, 04:37 PM  
Nature Amidst the Pine Cones
Posted By Julie
Replies: 11
Views: 805
Beautiful! Rich colors and gorgeous textures. Love it! :)
Forum: General Talk 02-17-2014, 05:26 PM  
I think I have the best response to the most common question about my nose piercing.
Posted By Julie
Replies: 24
Views: 2,797
Soo... did it hurt?

I had triple lobes done the old-fashioned way and it did hurt... a lot (because I'm a sissy and have a super-low pain tolerance level ;)).
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-01-2014, 05:43 PM  
One of the benefits of Pentax?
Posted By Julie
Replies: 19
Views: 2,793
That's the best color combo, imo.

Clever Pentax, very clever... I see what they were going for with that one...

Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 02-01-2014, 12:16 PM  
K-50 Image Colors
Posted By Julie
Replies: 11
Views: 1,739
No problem! Playing around with the settings is the best way to learn.

You should also check to make see if maybe you've accidentally changed some settings that are yielding these results. Go to the INFO button and then the top two on the left should be CUSTOM IMAGE and DIGITAL FILTER. Make sure you have those off or on natural settings if you don't want any of the effects affecting your photos.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-12-2013, 07:50 PM  
Thematic Share Your Pictures of Toys
Posted By Julie
Replies: 35
Views: 3,522
I like that first shot of yours; nice bright colors. :)

Here are some more toys...

Trashed by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr

Symmetry 12/50 by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-01-2014, 10:21 PM  
Diamond in the rough...
Posted By Julie
Replies: 9
Views: 1,192
As long as you like the results, that's all that really matters. :)

I had the A 70-210 f/4, a heavy beast with terrible zoom creep, but it was great! I only sold it when I upgraded to a DA* 50-135, but I kinda regretted it and kinda still do...
Some of my very first images were taken with it...

Into the Wild by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr

Catcher in the Rye by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 01-31-2014, 11:42 PM  
One of the benefits of Pentax?
Posted By Julie
Replies: 19
Views: 2,793
Especially if you've got some crazy-colored K-x or K-50 that makes it look like some Fisher Price children's toy... chances decrease another 9646168%.:D

Definitely a great selling point to use against CaNikon.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-01-2014, 05:11 PM  
AE-L help ?
Posted By Julie
Replies: 12
Views: 1,036
AE-L is helpful to use in manual mode; it allows you to lock in your exposure as you change the shutter/aperture.
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 02-01-2014, 10:34 AM  
a beautiful mistake
Posted By Julie
Replies: 27
Views: 3,316
I really like it!
Even if I TRIED, I probably couldn't get a photo of a bird that nice. :p
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-29-2013, 07:21 PM  
Abstract That time of year... again...
Posted By Julie
Replies: 6
Views: 545
Happy (almost) holidays from my photographic family to yours...

Merry (Almost) Christmas by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr

and a "snowman" made from some old rolls of film and a film canister...

"Film"man by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 11-11-2013, 10:06 PM  
Game Single in November 2013
Posted By Julie
Replies: 473
Views: 27,315
You're in my thoughts, Bruce. Here are a few for you...

Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 10-30-2013, 02:29 PM  
Received my K-3 today
Posted By Julie
Replies: 97
Views: 18,148
We need photos of the camera/taken with the camera, otherwise, we don't believe you.

You must just be trolling and toying with us. ;)
Forum: Pentax K-01 10-24-2013, 09:15 PM  
Add your best K-01 photos here
Posted By Julie
Replies: 3,729
Views: 715,667

IMGP6541 by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr

This ones just a test shot... I'm going to play around some more with silverware this weekend...

spoonz by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-13-2013, 07:29 PM  
Options for a small, fixed-lens camera w/ hot-shoe?
Posted By Julie
Replies: 17
Views: 2,051
Thanks for the options, guys! I'm not in a super hurry right now, but I'll keep my eyes peeled should some good deals spring up locally or on the forums.

I love the look of the Fuji X10, that Panasonic and Samsung look nice and sleek as well, and a Q would be nice to have, but I don't think I want another interchangeable lens camera nor one with a fixed length lens.
Forum: Pentax K-01 08-12-2013, 07:37 PM  
Pics of K-01 with D-FA 100mm or Tamron 90mm F/2.8?
Posted By Julie
Replies: 21
Views: 4,857
I've got the Tammy 90 f/2.8, will grab some shots of it + K-01 in a few minutes.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-22-2013, 06:30 PM  
FA 43 1.9 keep or sell?
Posted By Julie
Replies: 8
Views: 1,167
Get out there and shoot with it; don't ask us! ;)

If you like it and you got it at a good price, keep it and enjoy it.
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 07-14-2013, 11:09 PM  
K-30 focusing and lens mount newbie questions
Posted By Julie
Replies: 5
Views: 3,169
1- do i have to worry about focusing motor being on the lens or not? I know that in Canon or Nikon entry level cameras you need a motor in the lens, otherwhise the camera will not autofocus. Is this is the same for Pentax K-30?
Nope, you don't have to worry about buying special lenses with built-in focusing motors. If the lens is advertised as a Pentax autofocus lens, it will work fine on your K-30 without any problems.
2- what do i need to look for in a lens to be able to autofocus?
As in what to look for when buying a lens? Usually it will be mentioned in a description if the lens is an AF lens or a manual lens if you are buying it from on online store. If not mentioned, you can always contact the seller to double-check. For Pentax-branded lenses, lenses in the Pentax K, M, and A series will all be manual and lenses marked Pentax F, FA, DA, DA*, DFA will be AF lenses.
3- What does the K-30 have to autofocus? I think I read screw? what does this mean in when compared to whatever canon and Nikon use (if they have something different)? Pentax DSLRs have AF built into the bodies. Older Pentax AF lenses from the F, FA series have screw-drive auto focus, a few DA lenses have screw drive, but a few "higher end" ones have SDM focusing, which is quieter than screw-drive lenses and goes through the electrical contacts rather than screw drive. DA* lenses have SDM focusing. (I don't know about Canon/Nikon, sorry)
4- I Know that K-30 has K mount lenses, However, I know that you can use older lenses as well.
......a) what lenses can I use? K? what else?
......b) What can/can't I do with the lenses mentioned in a). autofocus? aperture?
This is a helpful page ---> Pentax K-Mount Lenses Explained: The differences between various Pentax lens series
Also, this page takes you to the lens reviews and gives a basic little description of the lens series on the left side:
Pentax Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

Oh, and welcome to the K-30 club! :)
Forum: Pentax K-30 & K-50 04-11-2013, 10:48 PM  
Post Your K-30 Photos Here
Posted By Julie
Replies: 2,734
Views: 509,916
The more I use this camera, the more I love it. And I know I've said this before, but just the fact that its blue makes it 1000x cooler. :cool:

Spring Sweetness 1 by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr

Extreme crop from another image from today

Spring Sweetness 2 by ptaxlmtd, on Flickr
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