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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-14-2018, 09:55 AM  
K30 replacement; what would you do?
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 35
Views: 1,561
Thanks. I used the shutter count and manufactured date tool on the forum. 190 shutter count and supposedly manufactured 2016-01-05. The K3 from Roberts Camera seems brand new in an old box..

Thanks for the advise everyone! I've only taken a few test shots with my rokinon 85, 40mm xs, and sigma 17-50, but so far I'm happy.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-13-2018, 09:46 PM  
K30 replacement; what would you do?
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 35
Views: 1,561
Thank you for the advise about problematic power buttons. I ordered a ďused - mint conditionĒ K3 from Roberts Camera on ebay that arrives tomorrow. Iíll be sure to check the serial no. and shutter count. Do you know what a ďlow serial numberĒ would be?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-11-2018, 06:40 PM  
K30 replacement; what would you do?
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 35
Views: 1,561
These are all good opinions. Regarding budget, Iím with edom31.. hard to justify thousand(s) on a hobby, especially one I had walked away from for awhile. Even the KP at $900 is probably more than I really want to spend.

Iím leaning towards a used K3. From things Iím reading Iíd expect to notice some advantages over the K30. Is it right to assume a little more room to push the RAW images given 14bit, and possibly better auto focus and metering?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-11-2018, 06:07 PM  
K30 replacement; what would you do?
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 35
Views: 1,561
Most frequently used:
Sigma 17-50mm f2.8 (my go to walk around)
Rokinon 85mm f1.4
Pentax-da xs 40mm f2.8
Vivitar series 1 105mm macro

Rarely use:
Pentax 18-135mm WR
Some old Pentax-M primes
Pentax 18-55 kit
Tamron 70-300mm 4-5.6
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-11-2018, 05:38 PM  
K30 replacement; what would you do?
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 35
Views: 1,561
Short:
broken k-30, what should I buy? :)

Background info:
Iíve had my k30 for quite some time. Iíve honestly gotten out of photography for the last couple years, but am experiencing a renewed interest. My opinion of my k30 over the years: very happy with what I get with better glass (photos from my rokinon 85mm f1.4 make me smile), but Iím not super impressed with auto focus, point and shoot capabilities when I hand my camera to someone else to take our familyís photos (usually with my sigma 17-50mm f2.8). I got spoiled using a friendís D750 that I love, but itís more than I really want to spend, especially since I have all Pentax gear. That said, I think you can hand that thing and the 24-70 tamron to a monkey and get impresssive shots.

Back to the problem at hand: my k30 has the solenoid/aperature control problem so most photos are completely dark. My manual control rokinon is usable but nothing with auto aperture works.

Need advice making a decision on what to do next.

Options:

1. file my solenoid magnet and hope it works for a short while
2. buy a used, ex condition k3 for under $500
3. hold out for a sale on a k1 and still spend 2-3x that
4. [likely unpopular vote] sell everything and buy something else (mirrorless sony or ff nikon)

Thanks in advance for the opinions!
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 04-14-2015, 10:15 AM  
K-01 auction dump from Roberts Camera
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 22
Views: 3,364
Love the 40mm xs. I'm interested to see how cheaply they go.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-30-2014, 01:34 PM  
Samyang 10mm vs 14mm
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 6
Views: 7,129
I'm interested in a fast wide angle primarily for landscapes and astrophotography. The review on Pentax forums indicates the 10mm is sharpest at f4.5 (slow for astrophotography). I have read great things about the 14mm. I'd prefer the ultra wide as I already own the sigma 17-50, but I'm torn as there aren't a lot of reviews of it yet. Anyone want to give their opinion on the two lenses?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-30-2014, 01:31 PM  
Can a lens be both SHARP and bokeh-liscious?
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 42
Views: 4,285
Rokinon (samyang, etc) 85mm f1.4. I love the look and it's crazy sharp wide open IMO if you nail the focus.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-11-2014, 10:42 AM  
K-5 IIs: $596 at Adorama
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 6
Views: 1,204
The price and what's included keeps fluctuating on both B&H and Adorama. This morning, Adorama had the package (body+grip+64gb+4% rewards+free 2 day ship), but now their deal does not include the extra goodies. However, B&H's listing now includes the grid and memory card for the $596 price, but does not include 4% rewards. Act now, or keep your eye on both sites if you're interested.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-04-2014, 12:49 PM  
Telescope recommendation
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 2
Views: 670
Does anyone have any experience or recommendation on beginner astrophotography telescopes that I could use with my k mount cameras? Thanks!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 09-01-2014, 01:23 PM  
Complementary Colors submission: jellyfish
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 12
Views: 697
complementary colors submission: jellyfish
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-21-2014, 07:41 PM  
Mold spot on lens
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 6
Views: 973
I'm interested in the fa 24 currently offered in the marketplace for $380. Listing mentions a spec of mold or mildew. What's everyone's thoughts on that? Should I expect it to get worse over time? What's it cost to get it cleaned? How does something like that affect pictures?

Thanks for any advice. Less than $400 seems like a steal for the fa 24.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-16-2013, 05:53 PM  
Spot on SMC coating
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 6
Views: 700
Thanks for everyones feedback. Its a pentax-fa 24mm. KEH has them in excellent condition for about $650. So $500 is a lot to me, but slightly discounted for current used price.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-16-2013, 03:06 PM  
Spot on SMC coating
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 6
Views: 700
I'm looking at a used lens online that says it has a spot on the SMC coating. The seller claims it doesn't affect pictures. Is this something I should be concerned with? It's a relatively expensive lens (for me).. about $500.

Thanks!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-21-2013, 07:45 PM  
darkness
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 0
Views: 265
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-13-2013, 06:51 PM  
Pentax 35mm for $150 and 50mm for $120. Other lenses too.
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 377
Views: 31,300
oh man decisions decisions. i'm liking my 40mm xs a lot, but it's a little slow for low light, and a little close for "walk around". the 35 is only a tad faster and little wider. the 50 is fast enough, but a little tight for me liking. so do I get both, or neither (wife votes neither) :)
Forum: Sold Items 08-05-2013, 09:42 AM  
For Sale - Sold: White K-01 body -- like new
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 3
Views: 1,195
Still available

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Forum: Sold Items 08-05-2013, 09:38 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Lowepro Flipside 200
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 3
Views: 3,179
Monday bump

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Forum: Sold Items 07-31-2013, 10:05 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Lowepro Flipside 200
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 3
Views: 3,179
Wednesday bump

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Forum: Sold Items 07-31-2013, 10:04 AM  
For Sale - Sold: White K-01 body -- like new
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 3
Views: 1,195
Wednesday bump

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Forum: Sold Items 07-31-2013, 09:58 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 ED AL [IF]
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 5
Views: 1,206
Sold

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Forum: Sold Items 07-29-2013, 05:23 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 ED AL [IF]
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 5
Views: 1,206
monday bump
Forum: Sold Items 07-28-2013, 01:18 PM  
For Sale - Sold: White K-01 body -- like new
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 3
Views: 1,195
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
White K-01 body -- like new

Asking Price
240 USD

Item Location
Georgia (United States)

Item Description
Selling my white K-01 body in like new condition. Includes original everything: box, charger, battery, manuals, body cap and strap. ~1200 shutter count.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Like New

Shipping Destinations
United States

Shipping Charge
actual charges (~$10)

Shipping Services
usps

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
7 days; shipping non-refundable

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 07-27-2013, 03:26 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Lowepro Flipside 200
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 3
Views: 3,179
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Lowepro Flipside 200

Asking Price
40 USD

Item Location
Georgia (United States)

Item Description
Excellent condition Lowepro Flipside 200 (Blue). Great backpack. I'm selling because I need something that also holds my laptop.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
United States

Shipping Charge
15.00

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
7 days; shipping fees non-refundable

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 07-26-2013, 02:46 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 ED AL [IF]
Posted By kevingt01
Replies: 5
Views: 1,206
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