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Forum: Sold Items 12-28-2012, 12:40 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Various Vintage Pentax Ads, Booklets, Manuals
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 3
Views: 900
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Item for Sale
Various Vintage Pentax Ads, Booklets, Manuals

Asking Price
40 USD

Item Location
Raleigh, NC (United States)

Item Description
Up for sale is an assorted collection of old Pentax booklets, manuals, lens guides, etc. The pictures describe what is included the best. Condition varies, but most are in excellent or good condition. Great for a Pentax collector!

Let me know if there are any questions.

Shipping only to US addresses, shipping included in price.

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
United States

Shipping Charge
Free

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
No Returns on this item.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 12-28-2012, 12:32 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Asahi Pentax K-Mount Extension Tubes
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 0
Views: 2,113
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Item for Sale
Asahi Pentax K-Mount Extension Tubes

Asking Price
80 USD

Item Location
Raleigh, NC (United States)

Item Description
Up for sale is a set of 3 Asahi Pentax Auto Extension Tubes. These are not electronic automatic exposure tubes, but do have the aperture linkage to actuate the aperture (and to transmit aperture selection indication back to older film cameras). The show a little bit of wear but are in good functional condition. The aperture level protector tabs are broken off on all of the tubes, but this hasn't affected my use of them. You just need to be careful when handling them so you don't bend the aperture lever. I am including front and rear caps to help protect the tubes when not in use.

These work great on a DSLR, you just have to shoot in full manual mode using a lens that has an aperture ring.

I'm also including a Kiron MC7 2x 7 element teleconverter (still has the elements in it) and an Auto tele-converter with the glass element removed. The auto teleconverter with the glass removed essentially gives you electronic aperture coupling extension tube. I Think the extra plastic in the teleconverter causes some unwanted reflections or glare, but you can play with it if you want.

Shipping to US addresses only, with USPS priority mail.

Let me know if you have questions.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Good

Shipping Destinations
United States

Shipping Charge
Free

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Returns accepted if buyer believes product was misrepresented by the listing. If you feel this is the case, let me know within 7 days of receipt of the item and we will work out a return. Buyer pays return shipping.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 12-28-2012, 12:18 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Beautiful, CLA'd Spotmatic F
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 2
Views: 1,166
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Item for Sale
Beautiful, CLA'd Spotmatic F

Asking Price
100 USD

Item Location
Raleigh, NC (United States)

Item Description
Up for sale is a wonderful Spotmatic F. I had it CLA'd (by Eric Hendrickson) a little over a year ago to get it in working condition, but unfortunately have not had time to play with it! Not much to say about this one, it looks beautiful. About the only part that shows wear is the battery door which has wear from being opened.

Two leather cases are also included.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Shipping only to US addresses, via USPS Priority Mail.

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
United States

Shipping Charge
10

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Returns accepted if buyer believes product was misrepresented by the listing. If you feel this is the case, let me know within 7 days of receipt of the item and we will work out a return. Buyer pays return shipping.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 12-28-2012, 12:07 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Assorted Pentax Camera Straps
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 1
Views: 749
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Item for Sale
Assorted Pentax Camera Straps

Asking Price
20 USD

Item Location
Raleigh, NC (United States)

Item Description
For sale in an assortment of Pentax camera straps from different eras. They are in various used conditions, all certainly usable. Some have plastic or metal buckle pieces, some don't. I'm also including a small bin with some extra parts shown in the picture that includes a few extra buckles.

You get what's seen in the picture. Let me know if there are any questions.

Shipping to US only, for free.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Good

Shipping Destinations
United States

Shipping Charge
Free

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
No returns on this item.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-09-2012, 07:26 AM  
FA 31 vs SMC-A 28mm F2
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 6
Views: 1,723
I have had both of these lenses for nearly 2 years. I had the A 28 first, and got a lot of good shots out of it. Eventually I found a decent deal on a used FA 31 and hopped on it.

The FA 31 is a much better lens in almost every regard:
1. Autofocus
2. Slightly better detail rendering
3. Smoother bokeh
4. Slightly faster at F1.8
5. Less color fringing, particularly at wide apertures (easier to use wide open)

However, I still have (and like) the A 28. What it has going for it:
1. A little smoother manual focus (although the FA31 is still very good for manual focus)
2. Smaller size/lighter weight (about half the FA31)
3. Looks a little more like an old school lens, if you care about that sort of thing.
4. Great optically from F2.8 and on (usable at F2 but expect some purple fringing on high contrast borders and strong out of focus highlight halos)

I did a simple test a while back with several different 28-ish lenses (A28/2, K28/3.5, 31/1.8, DA*16-50, SMC-Tak 28/3.5)...you can check out the results. It should say which lens and exposure settings in the description for each photo.

Jim Ashcraft Photography | 28mm Tests
Forum: Sold Items 04-16-2012, 05:37 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K200D w/ Grip, box, papers, etc
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 4
Views: 1,002
Bump! Someone out there must need an affordable backup camera for K-mount...
Forum: Sold Items 04-12-2012, 10:12 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K200D w/ Grip, box, papers, etc
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 4
Views: 1,002
K200D still waiting for a good home! Make me an offer if you are interested.

---------- Post added 04-13-2012 at 09:18 AM ----------

Priced dropped to $250, any takers?
Forum: Sold Items 04-11-2012, 06:12 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K200D w/ Grip, box, papers, etc
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 4
Views: 1,002
Bump with a price drop. Anyone interested?
Forum: Sold Items 04-09-2012, 07:33 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K200D w/ Grip, box, papers, etc
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 4
Views: 1,002
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax K200D w/ Grip, box, papers, etc

Asking Price
250 USD

Item Location
Raleigh, NC (United States)

Item Description
Up for sale is my first DSLR, a Pentax K200D. This camera is a great blend of image quality, compact, lightweight, weathersealing, and easy to find power sources (AA batteries). You can't find a combination like that anywhere else (K-7/5 w/ grip is the closest, but is much bulkier heavier and $$$).

I am the only owner of the camera, bought new in 2008. I upgraded to a K-7 about a year later and it has served as my backup/second camera ever since. The camera has just under 29k shutter count. I have never had any issues w/ the camera, and I suspect it will be good for many more actuations to come.

The camera is in very good condition overall. There are some small signs of use, a couple small light scratches to the rear LCD. The lens mount shows some wear (I must have loved changing lenses!)

I am including the Pentax D-BG3 battery grip that will take extra AAs to give you extra shooting time and a vertical grip. The quality isn't as nice as the K-7/5 battery grip, and it doesn't give the best portrait orientation grip. But it works great for a little extra stability for longer/heavier lenses and will give you extra power for long shoots if you need it.

See the photos for everything else that is included. I think I have everything that came in the box when it was new.









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

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Good

Shipping Destinations
United States

Shipping Charge
20 USD

Shipping Services
UPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Returns only accepted if item is not in the specified condition. Returns must be sent back within 7 days of receipt. Buyer must pay return shipping. Please contact me if you feel like you need to return an item.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 04-09-2012, 07:07 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax-F* 300mm F4.5 Lens w/ Tripod Mount, Box
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 5
Views: 2,278
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Item for Sale
Pentax-F* 300mm F4.5 Lens w/ Tripod Mount, Box

Asking Price
1000 USD

Item Location
Raleigh, NC (United States)

Item Description
I recently went in for a DA* 300/4 for it's weathersealing, and that means I need to let go of my trusty F* 300/4.5. It's sad to let it go, it's probably the smallest, lightest 300mm autofocus prime lens you'll find (screw-out hood included!). It really does make a great travel prime and has given me many fantastic images over the couple years I have owned it.

Includes:
Lens
Pentax rear cap
Third party inner pinch front cap (works great)
Tripod mount (nearly impossible to find if not bought w/ this lens)
Box (a little worn)
S/N Papers
SMC Pentax-F lens booklet

Overall, the lens is in very good condition. There is some wear to the paint, particularly where the tripod mount attaches. The glass is clean and clear, with the exceptions of a tiny pinhead size speck and a very short hairline nick in the coating. These are only visible under close inspection and have no impact on the wonderful image quality of the lens. Functionally, everything works great. AF is quite fast with my K-7, aperture functions properly.

Please send me a PM if you have any questions.

Here are some photos of the lens and other goodies to give you a better idea of the visual condition of the items.










A few images I have made with the lens:









Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Good

Shipping Destinations
United States

Shipping Charge
20 USD

Shipping Services
UPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Returns only accepted if item is not in the specified condition. Returns must be sent back within 7 days of receipt. Buyer must pay return shipping. Please contact me if you feel like you need to return an item.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 03-07-2012, 05:17 PM  
Sandisk Memory Vault ... 100 years safe ! Worth taking a look !
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 47
Views: 3,787
yes, but what good is a guarantee on items which can not be replaced? If your memory vault happens to have a fault after 10 years...they can't replace the photos. They might give you your $90 back, but that wouldn't be the same. I guess what I'm getting at is thatI would still want to have a backup of them on some other device.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-05-2012, 07:21 PM  
Tripod Ball Head Advice: "L" Brackets
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 14
Views: 3,115
L Plates are awesome, I use a Kirk L-plate for K-5/7. Improves tripod stability a lot when shooting in portrait mode since you aren't messing up the center of gravity being over the center of the tripod. I think you've made the right choice by getting one. Enjoy!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-05-2012, 07:19 PM  
Best K Mount between 24mm and 35mm f2 Wide Open
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 17
Views: 3,455
You could look for an M28/2 or A28/2. Probably about in that price range, and quite sharp wide open. However, you may get some purple/blue fringing if you miss the focus slightly. The bokeh isn't as nice as a 31 Ltd wide open, it can be quite distracting if there are lots of specular highlights out of focus. Anyways, just wanted to throw that one out there as a good possibility!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-27-2012, 05:50 PM  
Getty Images camera list
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 16
Views: 4,923
FYI: A 24 bit RGB, uncompressed 52MB TIFF equals approx 17.3 megapixels. 47.5 MB TIFF is just under 16 megapixels. Sounds like the K-5 would qualify, but they may frown upon older 10 and 14 megapixel models. (K10D, K200D, K20D, K-7...)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-21-2012, 12:35 PM  
Landscape Primes
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 57
Views: 6,481
I haven't used the M28/2.8 much, but I have used (and still own) a K28/3.5 on several occasions, and it is a really nice lens. Very good contrast and sharpness, and very low distortions. Really great for landscapes in my opinion. However, it is a little bigger and heavier than the M28, and probably a little more expensive. If you can find one at a decent price I'd opt for the K28, at least for landscapes. For general purpose, the more versatile F2.8 of the M28 might win me over.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-21-2012, 10:53 AM  
Landscape Primes
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 57
Views: 6,481
Why do you need primes? Pentax's DA* 16-50mm is a perfect landscape lens. Even weather sealed so you don't have to worry about dust or a few sprinkles! I take mine hiking/backpacking, and rarely feel the desire or need to swap out for a prime. The only downside is the weight on the camera is a little more, although you might save on total weight when considering 3 lenses to cover the same range. Just a thought!

wide when you need it...for those large objects that you can't get away from but still want to capture


normal is great...to capture the amount of a scenery you might be able to visually focus on had you been there


or short tele if you have the feeling to capture some more intimate details


I also have DA15, FA31, and FA43 (which are the approximate focal lengths of these 3 shots), but honestly it's a pain to switch lenses. Unless you are going somewhere and your sole purpose is to take landscape photos and you have plenty of time to do so, switching lenses may seem like hassle. Using one of those lenses instead of the DA* may have made any of those photos technically better (sharper, maybe less distortion...etc), but would not have change the feeling of the photos. The original lighting, composition, etc has the largest effect on a photo.

Aside from that though, to recommend a single focal length as a landscape lens would be difficult. 15mm is too wide for a lot of shots in my opinion, unless you are always in tight spaces or want dramatic perspective. 20mm is pretty good as a general purpose landscape focal length, should be wide enough for most applications but doesn't have that "super-wide" look. 28mm-31mm shots may be more natural pleasing because of the natural perspective that they offer, but I've found that the normal focal length range can be quite limiting in many landscape situations, and you may be forced to do some small panorama stitching (which has it's own set of advantages and disadvantages). Any longer focal length I would have trouble recommending because it gets too tight to capture a lot of scenes without significant stitching.

If you are willing to do small panorama stitching (4-8 photos) to capture scenes requiring wide angle of view, I would recommend a nice lens around 28mm (any of manual pentax lenses would do nicely here for cheap $$). If you don't want to hassle with panos except for the most extreme wide angle needs, I'd go for a 20mm lens (e.g. DA21Ltd)
Forum: Pentax K-01 02-14-2012, 02:58 PM  
Pentax K-01 vs Fuji X-Pro 1 vs Olympus OM-D
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 749
Views: 82,589
This would be great news, if the E-M5 has a better sensor than the GX-1. The only real hesitation I have before purchasing the E-M5 is the possible lack of DR compared to current APS-C sensors. I'd like to take it hiking/backpacking, and would most likely be doing some landscape photography with it. It would be a shame to miss out on the super DR of the K-5 just to save some weight. I'll probably wait and see, unless I get an itchy trigger finger before it gets reviewed..
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-10-2012, 06:59 AM  
New Cameras....What are Your Plans?
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 84
Views: 5,135
Trying hard to resist the call of the Olympus OM-D E-M5. Can someone convince me otherwise? All I need is a weathersealed zoom, 12/2 and 20/1.7 primes. Only wish the weathersealed kit zoom was a little more conservative on the long end of the zoom range and have a little bigger aperture. Other than that it seems to be the perfect package for quick and light adventures! Oh, and I'm curious about the battery life of the E-M5. If it's only going to be 300 shots then I might need to pass. Or carry a few extra batteries.

K-01 is interesting, but not compelling enough for me to want to upgrade. I think it will be a great camera for many people, but I generally prefer weathersealing, eye level viewfinder, and dual dials no matter what the camera is. Maybe if they make a higher level mirrorless with these features, I will be quite interested. But of course, if I have the OM-D at that time then I'd probably have to make a tough decision.

D800 is interesting, but out of my reasonable price range. Sure, I could manage to afford it, but what would I gain? A couple pounds of extra camera and a couple pounds less in the wallet. I'll sit on my pentax FF lenses and wait for Pentax to enter the game with a more compact lightweight FF solution. I'm thinking it'll happen with Ricoh in charge, not sure when though.
Forum: Pentax Q 02-07-2012, 09:05 PM  
Pentax announces Q Silver
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 26
Views: 3,218
Wow, the Q actually looks like a nice little camera with that paint job.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-07-2012, 09:03 PM  
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Hands-on Preview
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 67
Views: 6,938
Has this 16MP sensor been used on another camera yet? Just curious what we could expect as far as image quality goes? I'm currently shooting with a K-7 (which is pretty far behind the best APS-C cameras these days)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-07-2012, 08:13 PM  
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Hands-on Preview
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 67
Views: 6,938
I like it...just wish that they didn't need the accessory port (I don't like the super tall hump). But I am really digging the size, weather sealing, and accessible controls. This really appears to be a photographers m43 camera! I would reserve my thoughts on the EVF until I have used a nice one. But this little guy seem pretty tempting to me (in addition to a DSLR which has it own strengths).
Forum: Visitors' Center 02-07-2012, 03:37 PM  
Pentax K7 Firmware Updating to Version 1.11
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 2
Views: 1,738
I've been using it for a long while now...I haven't had any major issues with it. I can't even remember what it fixed, but I don't think it breaks anything. I'd go ahead and update to it.
Forum: Pentax K-01 02-01-2012, 09:29 PM  
Want to see a K-01 review early?
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 121
Views: 15,098
I'm interested...!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-31-2012, 09:48 PM  
Log on February 2nd at 13 CET Re: K-01
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 314
Views: 31,986
...same corresponding FOV? K-01 is 40mm, Q kit lens (8mm) is 43mm equivalent in FF terms. So what you are saying is that K-01 is FF, because 40mm on APS-C is really like 60mm FF FOV. So the K-01 MUST be FF to be equivalent in FOV to the Q's kit lens.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-31-2012, 08:04 PM  
Log on February 2nd at 13 CET Re: K-01
Posted By arpaagent
Replies: 314
Views: 31,986
Maybe the K-mount is uncrippled? That would certainly add some value to the camera, and I'm sure it would be easier to get all the necessary mechanics in there without the mirror assembly and supporting electronics? I doubt it, but it's just a thought.
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