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Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-30-2015, 09:58 PM  
PF Black Friday Special - Unlimited Attachments, PM Attachments, and Pentax eBook!
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 55
Views: 6,020
I upgraded my account a couple of weeks ago, but like the others I hopped on this, too. Thanks for locking in the $49/yr. subscription price, Adam! This is great for people on fixed incomes and otherwise limited budgets. You rock for doing this. :)
Forum: Sold Items 11-20-2015, 02:47 PM  
For Sale - Sold: O-FC1 Flucard
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 2
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PM sent.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-06-2015, 04:17 PM  
Hello from South Carolina!
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 4
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Hi and welcome, fellow Palmetto Stater! Enjoy yourself on the forum. There's a lot of good info and good people here!
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 10-03-2015, 08:13 PM  
K-3 for $649 w/ free DA 50mm and flash (Black Friday)
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 260
Views: 23,389
I pulled the trigger and got the special. Finally upgrading from the K-10D. My previous attempt at upgrading over 2 years ago was short-lived when a drug addicted relative stole the K-5 that I bought. They're back on the straight and narrow and I forgave them. So, all's well that ends well. :)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 02-26-2014, 09:22 PM  
K3(Body Only) at From Amazon itself $1059
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 45
Views: 5,511
I will definitely report back, and the price probably will come down more by April. I was going to buy the K-5 IIs for $700, but then the K-3's price dropped so close to $1K that I had to give it serious thought. I feel that for what you get with the K-3, though, that anywhere near $1K or lower is a steal.

---------- Post added 02-27-14 at 12:10 AM ----------


Feb 22, 2014.


I'm lucky that my desktop PC is already equipped to handle large image files. I built it (myself) to be able to do pro video editing, handling the huge video files from my Canon XF100 and the Adobe Production Premium CS6 suite I had to buy when I started film school in fall 2012. So, I have multiple large capacity internal hard drives, 16gb RAM, 8 core AMD processor with water cooling, plus case fans, an external hard drive, and Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive/OneDrive online storage accounts. Plus, I back up to DVDs and have a Blu-Ray player/burner that can burn double layer DVDs as well. So, I'm good on that front already. :)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 02-26-2014, 05:55 PM  
K3(Body Only) at From Amazon itself $1059
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 45
Views: 5,511
I was a day too late to jump on the $1,007 price from Another Deal Site (fulfilled by Amazon), but I still ended up with a good deal. Another Deal Site's price went up to $1,149, IIRC. But, then, Amazon's own price went down to $1,063. So, I called Amazon to see if they would give me the $1,007 price. They wouldn't, but they did come down to $1,034. I asked the rep if I saw a lower current price than $1,034 would they match it. She said yes. So, I bought the K-3.

Then, not even 5 minutes later, I randomly saw the K-3 being sold by another third party for $1,019. I called Amazon right back. They kept their word and adjusted the price.

I got my K-3 for $1,019. It'll be here tomorrow.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 02-19-2014, 10:10 AM  
K-5IIs $697 at Adorama (special price)
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 46
Views: 4,230
Thanks for the head's up! I called them and they honored the sale price for me, as well. Now, to hunt down a used lens that will do it justice.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 02-18-2014, 05:53 PM  
K-5IIs $697 at Adorama (special price)
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 46
Views: 4,230
I just need it to stay where it is for a couple of more days. Hopefully it will since it's a private sale available only to those who have the direct link to the page. A direct deposit is on its way to me, and I'm looking to replace my K-5 (and the 40mm Ltd lens that was on it) that was stolen by my druggie cousin.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-14-2014, 04:15 AM  
M42 Equivalent to FA 77 Ltd?
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 6
Views: 1,041
I think I'll just stick with the lenses I have for now. If I need to do a portrait I have an M 1.4/50 and an M 1.7/50. My other lenses are fine for the type of photography I usually do. Thanks.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-14-2014, 12:16 AM  
M42 Equivalent to FA 77 Ltd?
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 6
Views: 1,041
I can't afford a FA 77 Ltd, but I love the pics it takes. Is there an M42 lens that equals, or comes close to, the "quality" of the FA 77 Ltd? Thanks.

ETA: Recommendations for M42 equivalents of other FA and DA limited lenses are welcome, too!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-20-2013, 05:54 PM  
Why are you shooting with a Pentax?
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 129
Views: 10,043
I started out shooting DSLR with Pentax because I got lucky on price. I took up photography as a hobby when I became disabled and needed something to do before I climbed the walls. So, I bought an advanced P&S "bridge" camera and fell in love with photography. When I developed enough skill to justify the upgrade to DSLR (a little over a year), I did my research and was going to buy a Sony. But, when I went into the camera store, the sales guy told me they were going out of business (Ritz, 2009) and offered me a brand new in box Pentax K10D body for $250! I bought a Quantaray lens that turned out to have unanimously bad reviews when I researched it that night. So, I ordered the DA 18-55 AL from a legit online merchant for $99 and returned the Quantaray in the meantime. When I got the 18-55, what actually was in the box was its just released replacement, the AL II. :D

What has kept me with Pentax is 3 things: 1) Finding out that every lens ever made for a Pentax camera, film or digital, would work (some w/ adapter, but still); and 2) Older, "vintage", glass in excellent condition was easy and cheap to come by if I was willing to learn to shoot manual, which I was and did; and 3) I'm a geek, I like being different from everyone else.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-20-2013, 05:05 PM  
Purchase Advice Needed
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 15
Views: 1,146
I decided to wait. Anything I want or need to do I can do with my K10D. It's perfectly fine. I've had it since 2009 and I don't think it even has 10,000 actuations on it. Thanks for replying! :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-19-2013, 12:14 PM  
Purchase Advice Needed
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 15
Views: 1,146
The police have some kind of tie-in to the databases of all the pawn shops in the city. If my camera was pawned it would automatically be flagged when the serial number was put in the pawn shop's system. The theft happened a few months ago (I'm just still angry) and so far nothing from the pawn shops. :(
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-18-2013, 10:04 PM  
Purchase Advice Needed
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 15
Views: 1,146
I thought about it, but decided to keep it as a backup because people keep offering me money to do photo shoots, LOL. When my health stabilizes I'm going to start taking them up on the offers. Thank you for replying.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-18-2013, 09:49 PM  
Purchase Advice Needed
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 15
Views: 1,146
I'm going to avoid busting my budget and going into debt. I think I can replace my K-5 with a new K-30 or a used, in excellent or better condition, K-50 without going into debt. I'll buy from some place like KEH, Adorama, B&H, et al most likely. Thanks for replying.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-18-2013, 09:20 PM  
Purchase Advice Needed
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 15
Views: 1,146
I know you're right. I've told myself the same thing about the K10D a bunch of times, and I didn't even think about the paying twice for the same crime (thanks). But, I'm really having a hard time. And, it doesn't help that I want to throw myself in the floor like a 5 year old and have a hissy fit of epic proportions. :o Thank you.

I'll look more into the K-30. I actually do have the money, but a new K-5/K-5 II would cut into my "cushion" more than I would feel comfy with. I maybe should have been more clear, even if the ultimate outcome is the same. Thank you.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-18-2013, 08:38 PM  
Purchase Advice Needed
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 15
Views: 1,146
Seasons Greetings, all!

My K-5 (with my 40mm Limited lens on it) was stolen out of my apartment by a relative I tried to help. Stupid them tried to deny it even though they were the only other person here (this is your brain on drugs - I didn't know they were using). Stupid me didn't have renter's insurance (I do now!). Yes, a police report was filed.

I want to replace my K-5 even if I have to go a little in debt to do it. Just on GP (general principle) if nothing else, to send the message that they didn't "stop no show". A part of me feels like I'm being petty. The larger part of me feels justified. The devil on my shoulder wants me to drop kick them in the throat and then do that Bruce Lee foot twist thing. Seriously. But, of course, violence is not a valid option. I just cut them out of my life completely.

As you see, I'm conflicted. Should I go into minor debt to replace my K-5 with another one or a K-5 II? I totally can't afford a K-3. A K-30, K-50, or K-500 would be taking a step backwards, I feel like. Do I need the K-5/K5 II? No. I have a perfectly fine K10D. But, I didn't need the K-5 when I bought it almost a year ago, either. I bought it because I could and because I wanted more megapixels so I could get bigger prints.

Does it matter that I don't do any photography these days because I've been constantly sick all year (I have lupus)? Not to me. I feel violated and I want to feel un-violated (sorry about the grammar), and I want to shove it in my relative's face that I was able to replace what they took. I'm just being honest, guys. I'm usually level-headed, especially when it comes to money matters. I'm also usually thrifty; one of my aunts told me I could squeeze the brown off a penny. Everyone else agrees. :lol: That's why I feel justified even though the idea of going into debt to replace my K-5 makes me somewhat uneasy, even if it's only a couple/few hundred dollars.

I need more brains on this than mine. I'm not asking family or friends because they're offended for me too, especially since it's a family member who did it. It's personal, and they may not (probably won't) be as rational as you guys. Thanks in advance. Please don't flame me.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-26-2013, 02:18 AM  
Help! Asked to Shoot a Wedding
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 23
Views: 1,808
EXACTLY what I was thinking. Finally, someone gets what I've been repeating throughout this entire thread. I don't have any clue as to why almost everybody else had such a hard time understanding what I meant. You obviously got it, so I know I wasn't speaking/typing gibberish. Shoot, I was starting to feel like I was in an episode of The Twilight Zone or had woken up speaking an alien language nobody but me understood. :lol:

My personality type is INTJ, so trust me when I say every couple will be very well aware of what I can and cannot do for them, and what they will be able to get for their money. We will ALL be on the same page before any contract is signed. I might even video the contract signing session where everything is read off by me, verbally affirmed by them, initialed by them, and then signed by us all.

Thanks for your help and ideas! I have some research to do over the next couple of days so I can give my cousin a price quote to pass on to the couple. If they agree to the price, then I'll meet with them, personally. But, no need for that until I know they can afford whatever (reasonable, but not cheap) quote I come up with.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-26-2013, 12:19 AM  
Help! Asked to Shoot a Wedding
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 23
Views: 1,808
I'm going to say this and then I'm done with this entire thread. People are reading and focusing on what they want to and not what I've actually been saying. The whole point of this thread was for me to get some ideas for a bare bones wedding package for a SPECIFIC wedding that I was asked to do yesterday. I need to give them an answer - either way - in a couple of days. THEY told me that they were not looking for anything but some good and decent wedding photos, because THEY KNEW they didn't have much money to work with and that was all they could afford to pay for.

I came here to get a quote for that specific situation.

I then added that IF... IF... and again, IF... I was ABLE to accommodate this couple and everything went well, I would CONSIDER doing what I did for them for other couples in the same situation.

I never said that I wanted to definitely start a photog business doing low budget wedding photography. I merely saw that there could POSSIBLY be an opportunity to make some money on the side doing this when it was needed. I'm happy. Cash-strapped couples are happy.

There was nothing more to it than that.

Most of you all are the ones who started assuming things and giving me answers to questions I never asked, etc. I go out of my way to clearly say/ask what I mean, so I do get irritated when people just spout off answers without considering or fully understanding what I'm asking OR start giving me advice for things I never asked about. I would rather get no help than have that happen.

Have a good night. The End.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-25-2013, 11:25 PM  
Help! Asked to Shoot a Wedding
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 23
Views: 1,808
Okay, so people give me non-answers and when I point that out I'm arguing with them? I just want answers to the question I asked. If nobody wants to actually do that, they should not have replied. I would NOT have been offended if nobody responded. I would have just gone elsewhere to find the info I was looking for. That's what I'm going to have to do anyway.

No, I won't be anticipating any action at any weddings I do. If it's not on the shot list for the package they bought, it doesn't get shot. The end. If they want a traditional shoot, they need to pay traditional shoot money. You can't expect champagne if all you can afford is kool-aid. You want champagne? Save up longer and pay for champagne.

As I said in an earlier post, no wedding photogs will touch these ultra low budget couples. But, I think they should have better pics than what drunk Uncle Bubba will produce with his 3MP Kodak EasyShare. I'm not offering what the experienced wedding photogs offer as far as choices in shoots or even experience. But I sure as heck can best Uncle Bubba and give these couples something they won't be ashamed to hang on their wall and show people.

No, I don't want to be a wedding photographer, especially in the traditional sense. I admit that this is more of an opportunistic venture, but that's the basis of business! See a need, if you can fill it, fill it. I won't be "full service", but I can give these couples SOME of the "must have" wedding shots to commemorate their special day. If something off the wall happens, with the proliferation of good cell phone cameras, you can bet more than one guest will catch it if I miss it by going to the bathroom. :S

The cold reality of the situation is that if what I'm willing to do is all they can afford, then that has to be enough. And, whether you all want to believe it or not, for many of the people I'm talking about that IS enough. If no other photogs in my area want to do these shoots, I'll do them. I live in a small city in the Deep South where most of the residents don't get paid much. The wedding photogs here focus on the middle and upper class. I'm sure there are some lower economic folks who save until they can afford one of these photogs, but some people can't or don't do that. That is a demographic that is NOT being served. They are priced out and iced out. If they find their way to me, why shouldn't I do it?

The legal and insurance side of things will be in place before I do ANYTHING for money.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-25-2013, 10:41 PM  
Help! Asked to Shoot a Wedding
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 23
Views: 1,808
I can deal with people just fine. What I have low patience for is people answering questions I didn't ask. Why is it so hard to just answer the doggone question that was asked? Why is it so hard to ASK for clarification if you're not sure what someone meant? Why make assumptions about X,Y, or Z and then give answers based on those assumptions - which, again, doesn't actually answer the question asked? But, after reading useless response after response, I'm wrong for saying "Hey, please answer the question I asked or just don't reply"? Seriously? Whatever.

People with a total wedding budget of less than $5,000 do have humble expectations. You don't think they already browsed websites and called wedding photogs and found out nobody will touch them with a ten foot pole? As I stated, I've seen some of the pics that were taken by "pro" photogs who "lowered" themselves to do an ultra low budget shoot. The quality of their work WAS different - no fancy filter effects, etc. They corrected for color, clarity and exposure and cropped, and that was it. That is a difference from what they show on their sites and in their portfolios and that difference in EFFORT is 100% due to the Time/Value ratio of money, which in this context inherently involves issues of class -- because do you think well off people have total wedding budgets of less than $5K? Now, if you think what I just described doesn't happen, I have some ocean-front property in Arizona to sell you.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-25-2013, 10:12 PM  
Help! Asked to Shoot a Wedding
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 23
Views: 1,808
I made it plain that in my area the couples I'm talking about are not being served at all. Nobody will touch them. So, as far as I'm concerned, other photographers can't complain or gripe about competition, etc. There is NO COMPETITION in the niche I'm talking about. These people aren't underserved - they're not being served at all. They are priced out and iced out. How is my stepping up to do what nobody else wants to do a threat? That is petty if I ever heard it. And, yes, there is an undercurrent of classicism in this line of thinking. If there wasn't, these couples would have other options besides the ONE PERSON WHO DOESN'T WANT TO DO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY AND HAS REFUSED ALL PAST REQUESTS.

I'm not yelling, but people are seeming to read and focus on only what they want to focus on, not what I've actually been saying.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-25-2013, 10:06 PM  
Help! Asked to Shoot a Wedding
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 23
Views: 1,808
I wasn't trying to be smart , but since you seem to want to go there this is all I'm going to say and then my exchange with you is over. That wasn't the important part to me, and THAT'S what matters. If you aren't willing to answer the question, then please just quit responding. You're wasting my time and yours. Have a nice night.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-25-2013, 10:02 PM  
Help! Asked to Shoot a Wedding
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 23
Views: 1,808
I don't want to be a wedding photographer. I'm just thinking of trying to fill an ultra low budget niche that nobody else in my area wants to touch. I don't mind having set prices for 2-3 wedding package options that are set in stone. I'd be doing this part-time, as requested. I just want to make extra money while providing a much needed service. Win-win for everyone.

I just really can't believe the amount of negativity I'm getting in SOME of these replies. I really wish I hadn't even asked for advice and just did what I was going to do.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 06-25-2013, 09:53 PM  
Help! Asked to Shoot a Wedding
Posted By NiftyFifty
Replies: 23
Views: 1,808
Thank you. My time and the PP and albums, etc is the biggest thing for me. I don't need to rent any equipment and because we're talking very small weddings I don't need an assistant. I never said I'd be inexpensive. My price will be reasonable (there's a difference), and if that's too much for some people then it's unfortunate, but I'm not the photographer for them. I think if I set their expectations at the first meeting, and reinforce them in the contract, that things will be okay.

I may have to "deconstruct" their mental image from what their financial reality says, but if they really want their day commemorated with more than snapshots they'll get with the program because the truth of the matter is is that if they could afford it, they'd be booking someone else. They can't, so they're not, so they can't expect to get what they'd get if they paid $2,000+ dollars. If they walk, it's no skin off my nose because #1) I really don't even want to do wedding photography, period and #2) I don't NEED these people's money. I believe I mentioned in my initial post that doing photography for money was going to be part-time.

I'm even only considering this because there is a need where I live and NOBODY is meeting it. I think couples with low budgets should have the option of more than Uncle Bubba whipping out the P&S. There is an undercurrent of classicism that I'm detecting in the wedding photo industry. I don't like it.
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