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Forum: Visitors' Center 05-27-2020, 07:31 PM  
DFA 85mm 1.4 July release
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 11
Views: 1,201
Forum: Sold Items 04-27-2020, 08:44 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax HD FA* 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW Lens
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 13
Views: 2,447
Bump for a killer lens. I love mine (great for kids, nature, portraits, landscapes) and would not part with mine. If you are looking for a lens that is razor sharp wide open, that has a good heft, and need something in the short telephoto range, this is great on both FF and crop. It's an awesome compliment to the Sigma Art 35.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-30-2019, 11:50 AM  
HD FA 50mm F/1.4 SDM
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 16
Views: 1,250
I have pictures up on my flickr. Not one shot into direct sunlight (it's not the best with flaring), but it is sharp wide open.

_IMG9105 | Brian Snowden | Flickr

Brian
Forum: General Photography 10-30-2019, 10:14 AM  
What's Been Your Experience with KEH.com Lately? Mine... not so good
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 43
Views: 1,873
Looking back at my orders in the past two years with KEH, it's been only a .333 batting average. I got my FA*85 in BGN grade a few years ago that is working perfectly, but then the EX rated DFA 15-30 and the F*300 both had focusing issues, yet they looked perfect.

B&H has been awesome for selling to, but I do not recall how the last lens purchase went for me. Adorama once sent me the slower version of the 10-20, despite me ordering the faster f/3.5 version.

Usedphotopro is very good. I purchased my OG 645 from them and had zero issues. It just stinks that they have to collect taxes too. Adorama is still my go-to due to their great selection, despite the fact of their mistake.
Forum: General Photography 10-29-2019, 08:40 PM  
What's Been Your Experience with KEH.com Lately? Mine... not so good
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 43
Views: 1,873
Sadly, that's the same serial that I was sent.
Forum: General Photography 10-29-2019, 03:51 PM  
What's Been Your Experience with KEH.com Lately? Mine... not so good
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 43
Views: 1,873
Sadly I think I got the copy you had returned. I picked it up and got a few accurate shots, but then after that, no + or - AF adjustments would help. Waiting on the response from KEH.
Forum: Sold Items 10-07-2019, 10:27 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Voigtlander Nokton 58mm F1.4
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 3
Views: 816
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Voigtlander Nokton 58mm F1.4

Asking Price
450.00 USD

Item Location
Oakland CA (United States)

Item Description
Several years ago, I put an ad up seeking a Voigtlander Nokton 58mm F1.4 on PF. This lens is in the same condition as when I purchased my copy of this harder-to-find lens for Pentax from the forum member. There is light brassing in a few spots and the filter threads are not stripped and easily accept filters and hoods.

There is very little dust inside the lens. I received the lens with the original front cap and generic rear cap. I am including a metal 58mm hood, as I did not want to pay out nearly 50 dollars for the original hood. Box and papers are included, along with a small lens pouch that I received when I purchased the lens from the forum member.

I am selling this lens to free up some funds for the purchase of another lens, either the Pentax 15-30 or the Pentax 70-200. I picked up the DFA 50 f/1.4 a few months ago and that lens (used for the lens photos) might be heavy, but is sharper than any non-macro I've used wide open. This little gem had not been used in months as a result.

I am asking $450 shipped for the lens, which includes shipping and handling and PayPal fees. The lens is also available for local pickup in Oakland, CA. The lens will ship the day after payment clears.

Please feel free to ask any questions. Attached are pictures taken today while at lunch, demonstrating the sharpness, color rendition, and buttery bokeh that this lens is known for.

Thanks!

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
Continental U.S. Only

Shipping Charge
0

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
No returns unless item arrives damaged. Buyer must initiate conversation with seller regarding why the lens did not arrive in advertised condition and provide photos. Lens will be insured for the full price that the lens is purchased at by the seller.

Return postage would be the responsibility of the buyer.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 02-07-2019, 11:07 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 6x7 300mm F4.0, 6x7 200mm F4.0, 645-A 200mm F4.0
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 58
Views: 6,746
PM sent.
Forum: Sold Items 02-05-2019, 11:10 AM  
For Sale - Sold: AF160FC, FA* 85 F1.4, 24 F2.0, F 17-28 FE, 85 Soft, Q10 Type-01, K-01, MZ-6, Pink K-r
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 40
Views: 9,763
Is it possible to get the hood for the FA*85 on its own? I have the lens, just had trouble finding the original hood.
Forum: Sold Items 01-26-2019, 02:03 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: Samyang/Rokinon 135mm f2 Lens
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 3
Views: 640
KEH has one within your price range. Tax would bring it in around $375, depending on where you live.
Rokinon 135mm F/2 ED UMC Manual Focus Lens For Pentax K Mount {77} at KEH Camera Store
Forum: Sold Items 08-20-2018, 09:37 PM  
For Sale - Sold: "Now Reduced $30" - Samyang 135mm f/2 Telephoto Lens - with in $50 extras...
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 7
Views: 791
I know it's too early to bump...but this lens is what dreams are made of. It is sharp wide open and oozes smooth bokeh. Used with flash, it has a very nice 3d pop. Manual focus with the K-1 II and the K-3 is a breeze with this lens.


Oh yea, that seller is one trustworthy guy who knows his stuff too.
Forum: Sold Items 06-07-2018, 02:46 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Excellent condition Pentax FA* 85 1.4 lens
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 13
Views: 1,744
Bumping this lens! This is a hard-to-find gem that is already great on crop, but excels on FF. These are becoming harder to find and they do hardly pop up in this state with original hood for less than a $1,000.
Forum: Sold Items 05-22-2018, 02:18 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: Voigtlander Nokton 58mm F1.4
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 5
Views: 691
I'm open to around $450 as a max price, based on the avg price in the review section. I know they are hard to find.
Forum: Sold Items 05-22-2018, 10:04 AM  
Wanted - Acquired: Voigtlander Nokton 58mm F1.4
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 5
Views: 691
Still on the search.
Forum: Sold Items 05-17-2018, 12:19 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: Voigtlander Nokton 58mm F1.4
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 5
Views: 691
Still looking.
Forum: Sold Items 04-04-2018, 03:54 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: Voigtlander Nokton 58mm F1.4
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 5
Views: 691
Hi,

I'm looking to find a great copy of this lens. I'm looking to replace the DA*55 since I'm moving to completely FF lenses. I don't have any problems with manual focus.

Thanks,
Brian
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-04-2018, 03:47 PM  
Feel like I have too many lenses.
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 54
Views: 2,933
If you like longer manual focus glass, you can add a Samyang 135 f/2 to the mix, as it's a knock-out lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-04-2018, 03:43 PM  
Feel like I have too many lenses.
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 54
Views: 2,933
Well, if you needed a new home for that Voigtlander 58...I can take it off your hands.
Forum: Sold Items 04-02-2018, 11:29 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax-FA* 85mm f/1.4 for Sale
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 18
Views: 3,145
Bump for this magnificent lens. I'm surprised it is still available after seeing other people posting ads looking specifically for this gem.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-16-2018, 01:59 PM  
Macro lens
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 23
Views: 1,593
Get the DFA version if you are interested in the WR, as that'd help establish a nice WR-based batch of lenses for your kit. The lens is extremely sharp, even wide open, and produces great bokeh. The lens is compact and well-built too.

I replaced my Sigma 105 macro a few years back once the DFA had fallen to its lower price in the $400 ballpark, as it had been on my radar for a very long time.
Forum: Sold Items 01-15-2018, 10:36 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD Macro - PRICE REDUCED
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 13
Views: 1,873
Open to fair offers on this final lens.
Forum: Sold Items 01-12-2018, 01:21 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM (Art) and USB Dock - PRICE REDUCED
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 14
Views: 1,708
PM answered.
Forum: Sold Items 01-12-2018, 11:37 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM (Art) and USB Dock - PRICE REDUCED
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 14
Views: 1,708
Bump before the start of the weekend. Ready to ship this lens.
Forum: Sold Items 01-12-2018, 11:36 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Tamron 70-200mm F2.8 Di LD Macro - PRICE REDUCED
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 13
Views: 1,873
Bump before the start of the weekend. Ready to ship this lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-10-2018, 05:45 PM  
Portrait lens for K-1
Posted By mr.b.snowden
Replies: 48
Views: 4,162
Where are you located? I know the FA*85 can be hard to find and I grabbed mine from KEH on a whim, since it doesn't come up often.

For day-to-day shooting, the 77 cannot be beat, as it is small, versatile, and renders images with superb detail and wonderful bokeh. The FA*85 is more of a workhorse portrait lens and is pretty sharp wide open, but beats the 77 at f/1.8. I sold my 77 shortly after getting the FA*85. It is a bit bulkier due to the heavier glass, but isn't too big.

Oh, if you like macros, either route you go, you can slap on a Raynox 250 and get some insanely great pseudo-macro images, as that is something I did a lot of when I had the 77.
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