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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-23-2020, 10:46 AM  
Which 50mm 2.8 Macro would you pick.
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 42
Views: 1,869
I have both the Pentax A 50 f/2.8 and the Vivitar 55 f/2.8 and they are two of my favorite lenses. The Pentax is smaller and lighter, for sure. But both have beautiful rendering and are fun to use. I use them for macro and also regular shooting, and can't really decide which I like better. If you don't mind manual focus (and manual aperture, for the Vivitar), they are both a great bargain. If you want more samples, some photos taken with Pentax A are here: Pentax-A 50 f2.8 macro | Flickr and with Vivitar are here :Vivitar 55mm f2.8 macro | Flickr
Forum: Sold Items 02-25-2020, 03:35 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMC DA15 f/4 Ltd
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 6
Views: 1,067
Please send me a private message -- You can click on my name in the listing and there should be an option for send a PM that way. Thanks!
Forum: Sold Items 02-25-2020, 02:35 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMC DA15 f/4 Ltd
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 6
Views: 1,067
Bump - price drop!
Forum: Sold Items 02-09-2020, 04:40 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMC DA15 f/4 Ltd
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 6
Views: 1,067
I forgot to say in the ad that the original pouch and front and back lens caps are also included.
Forum: Sold Items 01-29-2020, 03:45 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMC DA15 f/4 Ltd
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 6
Views: 1,067
bump!
Forum: Sold Items 01-25-2020, 04:47 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMC DA15 f/4 Ltd
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 6
Views: 1,067
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale - PRICE DROP
Pentax SMCP-DA15 f/4 Ltd

Asking Price
260.00 USD

Item Location
Florida (United States)

Item Description
I bought this lens on this forum a few years ago, and while it's an amazing lens, I have realized that I am just not a wide-angle shooter. This copy is in great shape with no issues. Comes with the original bag, front cap, built-in hood, and back cap (back cap may not be the same one it came with, as I switch these out while using lenses). This is the SMC, not HD version. I have attached a picture from today that shows its starburst ability. For more picture taken with this particular lens, see Pentax DA 15 f4 Ltd | Flickr. There are also many photos on this site taken with the DA 15 that show the lens's range and abilities.

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
North America

Shipping Charge
10-15 (will charge actual cost)

Shipping Services
USPS, UPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Return if not as described. Buyer pays return shipping.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-11-2020, 08:04 AM  
K-mount lenses
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 31
Views: 1,349
I love the A-35 f/2.8 -- extremely sharp and fun to use. If you're interested in zooms that cover that range, the A 24-50 and M 35-70 are also both really nice lenses.
Forum: Sold Items 01-04-2020, 08:56 PM  
For Sale - Sold: ***FIRE SALE PRICE*** Irix 15mm Blackstone
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 25
Views: 4,942
Send you a PM about the DFA100!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-06-2018, 04:23 PM  
Watching graduation
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 3
Views: 211
My oldest son's college graduation was a great place for people watching. Amidst the smartphones and screaming and waving throughout the crowd, I loved the calm feeling of this woman's hands.
Forum: Sold Items 04-29-2018, 10:32 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 AF Di Lens for Pentax K Mount
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 2
Views: 1,017
Sending you a PM
Forum: Sold Items 04-24-2018, 02:42 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-S2 Full White Body with kit lenses | 18-135 | 17-50 | 35 | 70-300
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 4
Views: 1,490
Is the Ks2 sold? Thanks!
Forum: Sold Items 01-12-2018, 07:36 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMC DA 18-135 F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 1
Views: 755
Bump!
Forum: Sold Items 01-09-2018, 05:44 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Super Program + 2 lenses + ME Super
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 2
Views: 816
The super program works- I have had film in it and it's working properly. It has batteries and the electronics work. I haven't put film or batteries in the ME super but shutter and advance lever work, camera is very clean, and everything looks good. I'm adding the ME super and vivitar lens as extras since I haven't tested them as fully but they seem functional and have no obvious flaws.
Forum: Sold Items 01-05-2018, 12:34 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Super Program + 2 lenses + ME Super
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 2
Views: 816
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Super Program + 2 lenses + ME Super

Asking Price
75.00 USD

Item Location
Florida (United States)

Item Description
Pentax Super Program film camera (also known as Super A) with SMC-A 50 f/2 lens. Camera and lens are both in good working order. They are clean, free of fungus, haze, etc., and have both been tested. If you want to try (or get back into) shooting film, the Super Program is a great choice. Batteries and strap included.

This comes with an SMC-A 50mm f/2 lens, which can be used with auto exposure modes. The lens is in great shape and also works on DSLRs. It comes with front lens cap.

Here's the forum review section summary of the camera: "The Pentax Super Program (called Pentax Super A in some markets) is a versatile A-series film SLR featuring support for P, Tv, Av, and M exposure modes. You control the shutter speed using the push buttons on the camera, and the aperture via the aperture ring. Both can be set to auto (given you have an A-series lens or newer), which then brings the camera into Program mode. With M and K lenses Av and M exposure modes are available. The Super Program was first Pentax with Program and Tv auto exposure and it also had TTL flash control, but even with the added electronics and mechanics the camera body is just about as compact as the original Pentax ME. Disregarding the Pentax LX which is in a class by itself, the Pentax Super Program is the top model among all Pentax manual focus cameras when it comes to features and specifications."

Along with the Super Program and A-50 lens, I am including another camera body and lens:
- ME Super body: this is another great film camera. I have not shot this with film but it is very clean and the shutter and winder work, so it should be ready to go. Comes with original Pentax strap, but no batteries.
- Vivitar Series One 70-210 f/3.5 lens (this is the desirable Kiron-built version 1). This is a legendary manual-focus, manual exposure zoom lens. This version has a "crippled" mount (see photo) and cannot be mounted on a DSLR as is. However, I have mounted it on a couple of film cameras and it is fine. (It is possible to cut or sand the mount in the back to fit it on a DSLR, if so desired.) Comes with front lens cap.

I'll be glad to check shipping charges to your location. I will only charge the actual shipping cost.

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
North America

Shipping Charge
15 (?)

Shipping Services
UPS, USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order

Return Policy & Additional Details
Return accepted within 14 days. Buyer pays return shipping + insurance.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 01-02-2018, 11:41 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMC DA 18-135 F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 1
Views: 755
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

PRICE DROP!

Item for Sale
Pentax SMC DA 18-135 F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR

Asking Price
NEW PRICE $180

Item Location
Gainesville, Florida (United States)

Item Description
I bought this lens new and don't use it often. I have considered selling it in the past but always decide to keep it because it's such a solid, useful lens. This lens has many virtues: the best autofocus of any pentax lens I've ever used. Very useful and flexible zoom range, good sharpness and picture quality, weather sealing. However, I have too many other lenses that cover this range, so I need to let it go. This copy is in excellent shape -- I bought it new and haven't used it much. Glass is clear, no scratches, no fungus, no haze. A little "tiny dust" as with any used lens but there's no effect on picture quality or functionality. Comes with both front and rear caps and removable tulip hood. Please let me know if you have questions!

For a few pictures taken with this lens, see Pentax SMC DA 18-135 | Flickr

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
North America

Shipping Charge
12

Shipping Services
UPS, USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order

Return Policy & Additional Details
Will accept returns within 14 days, buyer pays return shipping + insurance.

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

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Posting additional pictures in replies. Please PM me if anyone wants some better/additional ones!
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 01-01-2018, 09:18 AM  
Pentax-A 24-50 f/4
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 7
Views: 2,240
PS. I chose these samples not for their amazing quality as photographs but to show some of what this lens can do -- interesting bokeh, decent sharpness, and nice colors. I'm also impressed with the lack of purple fringing shooting skyward. Adding a couple more photos here -- color version of my dog, showing the bokeh better than the black and white version. It's unusual (compared to my other old pentax lenses) and not the bokeh I would always want, but it has its own charm I think. Also one more landscape -- a very challenging shadowy setting, which this lens handled really well. This is at least a 50% crop in low light.
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 01-01-2018, 09:09 AM  
Pentax-A 24-50 f/4
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 7
Views: 2,240
Another A-lens that does not seem to have a review. The A version of this lens seems to be much less common than the F and M versions. I have not tried either of those, but I saw a copy of this lens used and purchased it based on the good reviews on this site. I purchased it lens primarily for the wide end, and I have used it mainly for landscapes. However, it holds its own at the longer ends also and is thus a great walk-around lens covering slightly wide, normal, and slight telephoto ranges. Thus it's a very handy focal length for both digital and film. Although it doesn't have quite the same crispness as primes in this range, it's sharp enough and renders colors especially well. I do not use it very often, in part because I love my M 35-70 lens so much that it is my usual choice when I want a short telephoto. However, the A 24-50 fills a great niche and is a well-constructed, fun lens with its own character. All photos here taken with K3.
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 01-01-2018, 08:43 AM  
Pentax-A 35mm f/2.8
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 0
Views: 862
There doesn't appear to be a thread for this wonderful lens. I cannot remember where or when I purchased mine, but it is one of my favorites -- versatile, sharp, and full of character. I'd love to see other people's photos taken with this lens. All of these were taken with a K3.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 12-18-2017, 07:58 AM  
Coneflower
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 1
Views: 209
Submission for December 2017 photo contest -- a coneflower in the front garden.
Forum: Sold Items 11-24-2017, 07:58 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Bargain lot of manual lens: 50, 135, and 70-210
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 1
Views: 1,061
Donated to a friend who teaches art and photography!
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 11-13-2017, 12:50 PM  
Sweet gum leaf
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 3
Views: 248
We don't have much in the way of fall colors in North Central Florida, but we appreciate every hint of fall.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-16-2017, 06:01 AM  
Macro Pentax-A 35-105 macro function
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 5
Views: 592
Thanks! It's a wonderful lens, isn't it? I've had it for years. No idea why I haven't used it more but I'm going to change that.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-15-2017, 05:45 PM  
Macro Pentax-A 35-105 macro function
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 5
Views: 592
Went to the botanical garden today to use this lens more, especially the macro function. I'm very happy with it. Beats my FA 100 f/2.8, I think.
Forum: Sold Items 10-03-2017, 11:02 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Bargain lot of manual lens: 50, 135, and 70-210
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 1
Views: 1,061
Time to downsize! If you are interested in trying out manual focus or adding to your range, here's a cheap way to do it. I would love to sell these as a lot for $35 plus shipping, or separately. All these lenses have solid metal construction and are a pleasure to use. They are all capable of getting very nice images, on film or digital. I have tested them all recently on my K3 and they are all clean and working perfectly (except aperture on Vivitar, as noted below).

I'm attaching photos of the lenses and a sample picture taken with each. Ladder is with 50mm, pink flowers with Vivitar, and raccoon with 135mm. Also, what looks like fungus/dirt on the 135mm lens is reflections of trees overhead - glass is clean

Pentax A-50mm f/2 -- this has "A" setting (auto-aperture): $15

JC Penney 135 f2.8 -- fully manual, no "A" setting; has a nice built-in hood: $20

Vivitar 70-210 f/4.5 -- has "A" setting and also a macro function. However, its aperture is stuck wide open. I am not sure if it came this way or happened somehow when I used a Dremel (mini-sander) to reduce the size of the metal protector on the back, so it fits into digital cameras. I took a bunch of photos with it like this and didn't notice it was stuck until I removed it from the camera. It's very sharp wide open, so this did not bother me, but it may be fixable if you are handy. $10
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 09-19-2017, 10:04 AM  
Weekly Challenge Weekly Challenge #400- Abstracts with Water
Posted By alpeterson
Replies: 36
Views: 3,584
My kids jumping around in the Gulf of Mexico on a very sunny August day, at Crystal River, Florida. Taken with K3 and an old Promaster 60-300 lens, at ISO 100 and shutter at 1/20. This was the first time I had taken this lens out and I was really happy with the color rendition and the sharpness (when I wasn't trying for the blurred look...)
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