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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-05-2014, 07:32 PM  
Sharpest Pentax lens in your bag?
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 110
Views: 9,381
DA Ltd 70mm. Probably most of the shots I've taken where I've wowed myself have come with the 70.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 09-07-2012, 08:58 AM  
Hello from Virginia
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 11
Views: 420
Charlottesville here. Welcome, KitLense!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-03-2012, 07:33 PM  
Lens prices and our channel strategy in the U.S. - Ned Responses
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 716
Views: 47,639
I don't wholly disagree with you, but my experience with another kind of product has been a bit different. I used to work full-time in firearms retail, and two things factor heavily in what sells: magazines (periodicals) and momentum (popularity). I can't count the number of times I had a customer who was basically a blank slate come in not really knowing what they wanted, but knowing what they had read in a magazine. So many times, I would show them a CZ-75, and they always said wow, that feels great in the hand, but I've never heard of CZ. I'd tell them how much I loved CZs myself, and what nice, inherently accurate pistols they were, and at the same price as a much cheaper to produce polymer-framed pistol. I tell them how they were a prized curiosity in America before the end of the Cold War because they were made in Czechoslovakia, and how they share a design feature with one of the world's most accurate pistols, the SIG P210 (which costs about $2,500 in the States). Then they'd buy something else. Not that they'd buy something worse (we don't sell crap), but I always tell them how important it is for the pistol to feel good in the hand. The CZ is a dream to hold and shoot. Alas, brand recognition counts for a lot more than the sales clerk's opinion. It doesn't matter that they came in to pick my brain and they're hanging on my every word. Of course, there is more to it than just brand recognition. There's also the the availability of spare parts, armorers to install them, holsters and other accessories, and so on. Manufacturers like Glock and SIG Sauer have a huge lead (and nearly all of the police contracts in the US). If Pentax wants to grow, it's a Herculean task. They need to buy ads in the popular magazines, because most magazines, whether they admit it or not, cover products more when the companies buy advertising. They need to get cameras in the hands of pros. They need brand recognition that right now, they simply don't have. It might be an impossible task, and destroying the only market niche you've got in a futile attempt to grow may be the beginning of the end. I hope not, because I love bucking the trends and finding a great product at a great price that suits my needs. Until something else really wows me (like the D800 would but for the huge price it and a couple of top lenses would command), Pentax is that brand.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-14-2012, 07:59 PM  
Pentax Unilateral Pricing Policy
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 1,013
Views: 74,675
This. I realized it a few nights ago. It's not about US customers at all, it's about US sellers causing distortions in other markets. Between the weakened dollar and our relatively free markets leading to price competition, this was a great place to buy, even after shipping and import duties. I think there was probably a better way to put the kibosh on it, but maybe this was the fastest. You could speculate that Pentax has completely written off the few US DSLR customers it has to preserve its stronger sales elsewhere. If that's what they've actually done, it may well make business sense, and I guess I can't blame them. Before the internet you actually had to visit a place to buy from their market. That's the past now, and specialty goods manufacturers don't know how to deal with it yet. As a result, I think antitrust law is far from done evolving.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-09-2012, 08:40 AM  
Pentax Unilateral Pricing Policy
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 1,013
Views: 74,675
Ammunition. Both gold and ammunition, however, are affected by something other than basic principles of price and demand. SLRs are too, of course, though not the same thing as gold and ammo. For users like those of us on this board, it's not fear of future legislation or governmental instability, but sunk costs and the transactions costs of changing systems. Because of those costs, our tolerance for pain is unusually high. I'm sure they know that.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-07-2012, 08:31 PM  
Ned response to price increase?
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 389
Views: 33,385
If they have a plan in which they think they can grab a bigger market share, then we may indeed be considered collateral damage, and at an acceptable level. That would be unfortunate, but business is business. Interestingly, and it has been pointed out, it's not like Ricoh's plan is some unprecedented and horrible thing; the leading makers do the exact same thing and they succeed. Maybe I should pay closer attention to the Nikons in BJ's (a warehouse store like Costco) to see how they're pricing them. It never occurred to me that there's no significant discounting on their products. To us, Ricoh's pricing policy is "horrible," even if not unprecedented. Again, I really hope the "let's wait and see" camp is right. I like my camera, love my lenses, and nothing about the competition excites me. I really do want to buy more in the future, but if I can't price shop online, I might as well drive the 2-3 hours to a camera shop, ask dumb questions for three hours, then finally say 'sorry, I already know what I'm here to buy, I was just getting my additional $750 worth from your knowledgeable sales staff.' That's silly, but if I don't do it, I'm getting nothing for the extra $750 the lens now costs from Amazon. I wouldn't buy a new one at all, but would instead keep an eye out for a used one being offered at the "old" used price. It would be a long wait and my loss of use for that period, but business is business, and for that price hike and no added value, they would have lost the sale.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-07-2012, 08:05 PM  
Ned response to price increase?
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 389
Views: 33,385
The problem seems to be that in photography, the approach to getting new customers and the one to keeping existing customers isn't the same. Consider something like audio receivers. If I have a Denon now and it's getting long in the tooth, my next receiver doesn't have to be a Denon. I might walk into a store and come out with another brand that impressed me. If I liked my Denon then it's got an advantage when I begin my search for a new unit, but I am in a way, a new customer. Photography equipment is different, or at least it is for enthusiasts. Once you buy into a system, something really drastic would have to happen for you to decide that you're going to replace your K20d with a d7000. And therein lies the problem. We have Pentax. We like Pentax. A good B&M hires people who are into the product, who know what the customer needs, and can help the customer get the right thing. We, however, don't need to be "sold" on Pentax or any other brand of camera, we just want the body or lens at the best price. Now there is no "best price," there's one price. Maybe the answer is some kind of loyalty program, which acts as a sort of quasi-competitive price for people who already know what they want because they're already invested in the brand. Just a thought.

I have enough time in firearms retail to know that there are different kinds of customers. Some need their hands held, they don't know what they want, and they value the help a knowledgeable salesman can provide. That's the kind of shop I worked in. In firearms sales, you can save money by going to gun shows, and I understand and expect that customers who already know the product can go there to save $50. My "knowledge on tap" was of no value to them. Pentax has in effect said there will only be one sales model, and it's geared toward people who need their hands held. That's why we're feeling alienated at the moment, and rightfully so. A good B&M store doesn't need to compete with the internet, though their prices need to be at least reasonably close. I realize that's not easy. With firearms, there are in the US certain laws that reduce competition (primarily the Gun Control Act of 1968). With other products, competition can be brutal. It should be. I recognize that this is difficult for specialty products where, in the absence of a sophisticated buyer, there must be a sophisticated seller. If you've ever been to Best Buy, you know that the great majority of their sales clerks add no value to your experience. They're usually too young and there's too wide a range of products for them to really know much about any of them. A good B&M might try to fix this themselves by offering a loyalty program, but there simply aren't enough stores selling Pentax. Some of us live hours from the nearest Pentax on display, so something to appease the existing customers will have to come from Pentax itself. I hope they realize this and reveal something wonderful soon.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-01-2012, 11:16 AM  
Pentax Unilateral Pricing Policy
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 1,013
Views: 74,675
Wow. I just logged onto my B&H account and figured there must be some kind of mistake when I saw the DA* 16-50mm at $1,499. After checking a few other sites, I knew something bad was going on. I knew I'd find the answer here! I understand what Ricoh is trying to, perhaps risking the loss of some customers now to get into brick-and-mortars for the long run, and all I can say is that I hope it works out for them. I still think Pentax is the brand for me, but I can't help but find my loyalty starting to waver a bit. Pentax's system has features that make it special and unique, particularly the compact Limited lenses. It's a perfect package for my habits. I mostly shoot while traveling (which isn't too often) and around the house.

Like a lot of members, I was excited by this morning's announcement, and the K-3 joke was a bit much. I mean, not like I was ready to jump out the window after realizing it was a joke, but I had started to think about how I was going to raise the money to buy one. What a letdown.

I guess what has me doubting today is that there's more to a camera brand than technical specifications. Stability matters. We've been through a lot. We've wondered whether Pentax would survive. We've dealt with the inability to find accessories in a Canon/Nikon world. We've dealt with the condescending looks and comments from people about our 'toys'. Price for the feature set was something we had over the other makers. Now we'll still have great features like in-body stabilization and the compact lenses, but the price advantage may be gone. I'm curious to see what happens with prices, but unless they're really close to what they were a week ago, I don't think I'll ever buy another lens. I still pine for the K-5, and I'd love to have it for my vacation in three weeks. Today it's $979. If I could afford it, I'd order it immediately. Would I order it in four months, when I've got some money saved, for $1,099? No way. Actually, if the used value of some of my lenses just jumped, it tends to push me toward abandoning the brand.

Maybe it seems like good business to try to get into stores like Best Buy, and I still hear people who I otherwise think are pretty bright talking about buying some piece of consumer electronics at Best Buy, but things WILL change. They are changing. You can only sell a TV for $1199+tax while Amazon sells it for $799 out the door for so long. People reaching adulthood now are plugged in and networked. The invisible hand is really empowered now to do its thing, and the only things that stand in its way are governments and companies stupid enough to employ MAP pricing. Trying to get a piece of a dying model by forcing the model of the future to raise its prices is a cheap stunt that is pennywise and pound-foolish.

I like buying new 'big boy toys'. I can't do it if the makers poke me in the eye. You can't just raise prices to help out bad stores in a dying business model. Now it's time to take a much harder look at what the other makers have to offer, and I'm doubly sad. I love Pentax, but I need them to want me as a customer.

ETA: It would be interesting to see this litigated. Since Leegin Creative Leather Products, it's a legal practice in the U.S., but what's interesting is that here, Adorama, Amazon and B&H arguably have a lot more market power than Pentax's photo division. In other words, those three retailers could have thrown Pentax's RPM letter in the garbage, and Pentax would not have dropped them. This smacks of collusion on the retailer side. While a case against Pentax would fail, one against the largest camera retailers might not.

PS: is "Unilateral Pricing" the real name of the scheme? If so, it's kind of humorous for them to actually employ a term that sounds more like a price imposed by a government that centrally controls the economy (without critical pricing information), rather than one found in a putative market.
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-02-2011, 08:06 PM  
$100 price cut AND $300 instante rebate!
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 49
Views: 6,743
Actually there is something to this announcement that I think has been overlooked. By running an "instant rebate," the K-5 will now appear in people's search results at the true selling price. Typically (I think,) when a product is subject to MAP, it won't show in results if the MSRP is above the customer's upper price limit. In other words, if you say "show me DSLRs under $1400," the K-5 wouldn't show up, even if the e-tailer actually sells it for say, $1274.95. For the potential buyer (like me), it's a decent savings, even if it's not the $400 than Pentax claims. $75 is $75, and $1199 has been a magic number ever since the D7000 came out at that MSRP. I'll finally be able to say "for the same price as that Nikon, I can get a better camera." That's what Pentax's reputation is supposed to be, isn't it, a superior value for customers who do more than just follow the crowd?

Pentax gets two things out of this promo: the marketing gimmick (saving "$400") and more importantly, their camera will finally appear in searches for DSLRs under $1200...just like the D7000. For "maximizers" (people who exhaustively research products before buying, particularly with electronics) looking for their first DSLR, product awareness is the first step. WIthout it, they won't even put the K-5 in their comparison charts on review sites. Announcing the K-5 at $1599 and then seeing the D7000 come out at $1199 had to be demoralizing. They took a lot of hits for the price, and people like me sat on the sidelines. With electronics, there's no catching up, you just have to hope for better luck with the next model. Despite that, hopefully they'll see a little boost from this, and maybe a few more people will learn about and buy this excellent camera. The silver lining in the cloud is that those people will discover it long after the sensor stain issue has come and gone! Had the K-5 debuted at $1199, it might have fared poorly because of that issue. ("Why would I not buy the Nikon? It's the same price, and isn't defective...")
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-02-2011, 07:43 PM  
Another "What Should I Do?" Upgrade Thread
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 8
Views: 1,678
"The price of the Pentax K-5 has been reduced to $1199 at trusted retailers thanks to Pentax's new $300 instant rebate. This is currently the MSRP, so there will be no more 'click to view price' links for the time-being!" - Adam

It's amazing how powerful a psychological effect $74 and a promotion have. Suddenly we're at a price that looks right to me, and I'm not sure I'll be waiting much longer. :D Thanks to all of you who offered your advice.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-30-2011, 09:32 PM  
Another "What Should I Do?" Upgrade Thread
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 8
Views: 1,678
Since June '09, I my K20d has been my sole DSLR, and I have been thrilled with its performance. I decided the K-7 didn't offer enough to make me "need" it, but I cannot say the same about the K-5. Like many Pentaxians (I suspect,) I thought we would see the K-5's price drop, but the point at which it settled to date is above what I could afford. In my younger, single days I would have just said "charge it!", but of course, the economics of married life don't have the same rules. :lol: Even the arrival of our first child didn't convince mama that we need the best gear capturing those early achievements. I'm not quite sure why the price of "man toys" seem to have one too many zeroes at the end for wives to accept, but life is what it is.

Regardless, I recognize that the K-5 represents a sufficiently advanced camera that I do, indeed, need it. The high-ISO performance is key, because I really enjoy shooting without a flash. I have built a small but beloved set of lenses and have no plan to leave Pentax, regardless of rumors or facts about the future of the company. Their cameras and lenses suit my needs, and I'm happy. This week, however, my dear K20 (along with the battery grip and FA 31mm) suffered a fall. It was only about 18" from a table to the brick in front of my fireplace, but the camera and grip took the brunt of the fall. A piece of the camera's body broke off, but it seems to be functioning fine. I was able to tape the piece back on for now, which is good because without it, I can see a circuit board within. The grip's switch now doesn't have the positive "click" into the on position, so I guess the detent is stuck. It, too seems to be working fine. The lens got a scuff on the cap but seems to be unscathed. It has fallen twice and keeps on producing beautiful images. It is my most frequently used lens, and my second favorite after the DA 70mm.

This traumatic event (more so for me than the camera), however, made me realize that my K20 rig should finally, as soon as possible, be relegated to backup status with an eye toward replacing that as well. Ultimately, I would like to have two bodies, and my next purchase will almost certainly be a K-5. I know a new body is on the way, and unless it is also an earth-shattering advance, I'll likely keep my plan of buying last year's body after the next one is announced. I didn't think I'd have to wait for the K-3 to find a K-5 at a price I liked. Truth be told, I have no interest in switching to Nikon, but the price of the D7000 still makes me compare it to the K-5. It still makes me wonder "what would that and a FF body cost compared to two K-5s (or a -5 and a -3)?" Our compact Limited lenses and body-based SR still make Pentax my brand, and I doubt anything short of Pentax going away and those bodies being greatly surpassed will sway me to switch. Maybe if I had gone the zoom route rather than prime I'd feel differently, but the Limited primes are special to me. This is all a long way of asking, what should I do? Suddenly, my camera is a "scratch and dent" setup, but it works. I am saddened that the 31mm, the jewel of the lineup has taken a beating, but gear doesn't take good photos sitting in the safe.

I'm in no rush to buy another body. But with a new model on the way from Pentax, should I:

1. Look for a used K-5 here, right away. I know they're not too common, but they do pop up from time to time.
2. Look for a used K-5 here, once people start to sell them to finance their K-3 purchase (always seems like a great time to buy used bodies and lenses!)
3. Buy a new K-5 right away (if the price won't drop, but that seems improbable once the new body comes out) and sell the K20d/BG4 to help fund it, at whatever I can get for a "well-used" setup.
4. Wait to see what the K-3 offers, and at what price

I have no need to have the latest and greatest, especially since the K-5 is such an advance over the K20d. I must admit, I don't know what's rumored to be included in the K-3, I haven't been keeping up and have found that following rumors is kind of pointless anyway. After all, that's how I got to this point without a K-5 (due to the conventional wisdom that it would drop more than it has).

I won't worry about what would serve as my backup body, since my K20 seems fine, albeit a bit uglier than when I first got it. I'd be happier for years to come if the K-5 wasn't said to be so darn good in low light and if I hadn't been so careless as to let my camera fall. One option I didn't mention was to send the camera and grip in to see if I could get the body part replaced and the grip switch replaced. It probably wouldn't be cost effective, but it would make me feel like my K20 is ready for a much longer life. It has <10,000 clicks, so unless it starts to show performance issues, it's just a matter of cosmetics. Of course, I have owned my car since 2002, have 182,000 miles on it, it looks like hell, and I can't imagine ever wanting to buy a new one. :D Oddly though, having a camera that is reliable and high-performing is lot more important than a reliable car. I can't think of a "make or break" day for my car since I drove three hours to take the bar exam. Fortunately, I only had to take the exam once, but if something had gone wrong with my car, another exam would follow about six months later. Baby only takes his first steps once. Thanks for your thoughts.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 08-13-2011, 09:36 PM  
Do you use the in camera color settings? why or why not?
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 13
Views: 2,792
I agree about shooting RAW since storage is so cheap now. I've been at this for a couple of years now, and I still don't know much about PP. One thing I do, however, is adjust the WB. I know someday I'll learn to do more with my shots in PP, and someday I'll go back to really get the most out of my best, most treasured shots. I'd hate to not have the RAW available.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-13-2011, 05:04 AM  
K-5: $1339 @ b&h
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 7
Views: 2,103
This is great news. After looking at some recent low-light shots with the K20d, I found myself longing for the ability to use a higher ISO. So the K-5 itch is back, but I'm still waiting for a price that says "buy me". I don't know what it is, but I'll know it when I see it.
Forum: Sold Items 04-02-2011, 05:40 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax Fish-Eye DA 10-17mm, Pentax DA* 50-135mm, Tamron 28-75mm
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 28
Views: 10,682
pm sent
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 12-28-2010, 03:12 PM  
Recommend a hosting/printing site?
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 0
Views: 1,632
I'm looking for a new place to park my photos and where I can order, at the least, prints. Ideally I'd also be able to get products from time to time, such as albums and cards. After using Smugmug for over a year now, I received bad service, a bad product, and I am done with them. That's the bottom line, so if you don't care about the details, you can stop reading here and reply with a recommendation if you have one. Thanks!

I like their site, and in the past, I have ordered simple prints ranging from 3x5 to 10x15 with no issue. This year we had our first baby, so suddenly I found myself in the market for things I would never have otherwise bought. Like many new parents, we decided to make those Christmas cards with a family photo. Big mistake. I ordered them on December 16th. I know this is late to order a custom product but I knew that I could get them in the nick of time. And if they arrived at our recipients' homes on the 26th or 27th, I was ready to accept the blame.

Smugmug says they ship in 1-2 business days, but that it occasionally it takes an additional day for "some photo gifts and wrapped or mounted prints." Knowing that I would have to hurry to get them to people by Christmas, I paid additional for faster shipping and figured I could at least get timely to them people in the area where mail takes only 1 or 2 days. Around the 22nd I started to check the porch to see if they had arrived. On the 23rd I got an email telling my my order had shipped that day. :mad: A week is not 1-3 days.

I wrote to them to complain and they offered to refund my shipping or the whole order if I sent them back. Their explanation was simply that they were busy. They never issued any warnings before I ordered or after to say that holiday volume could mean delays. This is our first child, and of course I'd rather get them to people late, so I figured I'd accept the shipping rather than return them.

Today they arrived. Excitedly, I opened the box. The cards feature a family photo, a photo of baby's face, and a photo of something with his name on it. The latter two shots were cropped in half. I had very carefully zoomed and positioned those photos. There was obviously no QC at all. In an instant, I was done with them. As soon as I have a new hosting site selected and set up, I will cancel my account with them. And it figures, I just sent $20 to the guy who designed the Smugmug plugin for Lightroom.

So...what site do you all use, and do you have any stories to share, good or bad? Thanks in advance. This is a huge letdown. :(
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-11-2010, 05:27 PM  
K-5 presentation on Pentax japanese site
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 12
Views: 4,399
"We're sorry; this item can not be shipped outside Japan"
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-19-2010, 05:48 AM  
First pictures of K-r
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 253
Views: 39,297
Anybody want an early test drive? I found one for sale on Craigslist for Long Island, NY. I haven't lived there in years, but I think there is a major camera store in the town where the seller claims to be. They're selling it for $675, and no photos are attached to the ad. How is it possible that someone has one to sell? Perhaps it is someone who received one to test for a photo magazine?

(Disclaimer: The seller is not me. This isn't an ad.)

Update:

I emailed the seller asking whether it's $675 for a body only or with a kit lens, what the shutter actuation count is, and how they can be selling something that isn't even available yet. Here's the response I got:

The K-r will come with a 18-55 mm IS lens. I am not positive about the shutter actuation, but if you are still interested I will look it up on the box. I do have this camera. I found the description online when I searched about my camera. It is a great camera. I took such good care of it because photography is something I love and if you are trying to get into it, this is the camera.


The original ad was mostly text from Pentax, but still sounded legitimate. Upon further review, maybe Hicksville, NY is somewhere in the Lagos metropolitan area.
Forum: Sold Items 08-27-2010, 11:27 PM  
For Sale - Sold: D-BG2 battery grip for k10d/k20d (Worldwide)
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 2
Views: 1,808
PM Sent
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-17-2010, 01:44 PM  
Manfrotto Rebate - Anyone Else Have a Problem?
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 5
Views: 3,289
I sent in my rebate request back for $50 off the purchase of a carbon fiber tripod and head in January, and finally today realized it's been a while. So, I went to the "rebate zone" to check on it, and had to call. They claim they never received it, but invited me to make a "second request" using the copies I kept of everything. Of course, they said they're not responsible for lost mail and can't promise my second request will be honored. Despite all the criticism lobbed at the USPS these days, lost mail isn't usually a problem. And when the recipient gets to keep $50 for every envelope that gets "lost"...well, this just seems a bit too convenient. Has anyone else experienced this?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-10-2010, 06:50 PM  
K-Mount 2 Lens "keeper"?
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 5
Views: 1,771
That's it! Thanks! :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-10-2010, 03:07 PM  
K-Mount 2 Lens "keeper"?
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 5
Views: 1,771
Somewhere here I saw someone had posted a picture of a "puck" that is basically a double female mount that replaces the back lens cap on two lenses. Maybe my search-fu is weak, but I can't find it anywhere here in the forums. Part of the problem is I don't even know what it's technically called, and the other part is that I think someone just happened to post a picture of it in an unrelated thread, prompting others to say "hey, what's that thing?"

Does anyone know what I'm talking about and have the name of this product? I remember someone saying it was kind of pricey. However, I think it would be very useful for carrying two DA Limiteds without taking up a lot of space in the bag. Thanks!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-10-2010, 03:00 PM  
the FA 31mm rattles a bit
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 9
Views: 1,506
Mine does, too. I exchanged one because the rattle was excessive. Even slightly rocking the lens caused it to make a "tick-tock" sound. It had arrived with a smashed corner on the original box (not the shipping box) and it was evident it was dropped at some point. My second arrived perfect, but still exhibits a slight rattle which I figure is normal.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-10-2010, 02:49 PM  
Vacations and P&S cameras
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 13
Views: 1,370
That's my strategy now. I'm willing to be a bit less selective if we're somewhere where there's nowhere to run because it's some place remote or nowhere to hide because they're also foreign tourists. It sounds like the Panasonics are respected. Some of the features missing from P&Ss generally aren't really relevant to the use I have in mind. I'm more of a "things" shooter, so most shots of people are to appease, ahem, my other half, which is the same reason I wouldn't be carrying a tripod on vacation. Even hand-holding in the daytime, I found my picture-taking to slow us down quite a bit on our last trip, though in most cases it was because I was a novice, chimping shots. Thanks!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-05-2010, 03:31 PM  
Vacations and P&S cameras
Posted By Glarus
Replies: 13
Views: 1,370
I guess this isn't a "beginner's question" per se, but being a beginner, I'm going to mostly stay in the kiddie pool for now. I'm one of those people who is very reluctant to hand over my camera or anything else in a public place to someone I don't know. On our last overseas trip, I only permitted strangers to take our picture with the K20d when there wasn't anywhere to run and I had decided I could almost certainly catch them anyway. :lol: On top of it, I forgot that most people get confused by a camera with an LCD screen but no image. So, wanting to limit our risk on trips while not missing out on shots of "us," I figure a P&S in the bag is a good idea.

I assume brand loyalty isn't particularly important, save perhaps for favoring models that take SD cards. I also assume that paying for bells and whistles isn't necessary since virtually everything you take with it will be "Us at the ", unless something goes horribly wrong with the primary.

So, do you all have one for those travel moments when you need to ask, "excuse me, could you take our picture?" If so, which one?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 02-20-2010, 11:22 PM  
WANTED: STRONG OPINIONS as to which camera I should buy?
Posted By Glarus
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You've already been told in another thread that you reach "Pentaxian" status after 1,000 posts. You have 22. Your plan is to post 978 more worthless (and horribly misspelled) comments on threads that died five months ago? :hmm: I'm new to this board, but I was posting on Usenet before you were born. Try lurking for a while. You'll learn a lot and when you're ready to start posting, you'll find it's a lot easier to get your hands on the keyboard when they're not impeded by a foot in your mouth.
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