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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-14-2010, 03:38 AM  
Pentax Abandoned K200D Users...
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 112
Views: 17,711
I couldn't sell her! I'm just too attached to the poor thing! I must take her out more now that I decided to keep her.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-12-2010, 03:55 AM  
Pentax Abandoned K200D Users...
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 112
Views: 17,711
I feel as if Pentax abandoned all of us K200D adopters. No firmware updates and a teeny product lifetime. You haven't been able to buy the K200D new for months now. I feel like I bought a product expecting support and updates and instead Pentax just dumped us.

I am currently selling, what I feel is my outdated K200D in favor of another system from another manufacturer who may give us the support we deserve.

Anyone else feel this way about their K200D?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-28-2009, 10:57 AM  
Cheap long lens
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 29
Views: 7,451
Thanks guys! I know those shots have been done a thousand times before but I still feel great about them! Can't wait to get out to Miami International Airport and snap some shots of planes, and then there's the Air and Sea Show in 2010, can't wait for that.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-26-2009, 04:50 PM  
Cheap long lens
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 29
Views: 7,451
Here are a few of my best shots! All of these were shot with the DA 55-300mm throughout my 3-day trip in Captiva Island, Florida. I must say that I am EXTREMELY impressed with the capabilities of this lens. It's sharp, it's got great contrast, and it has amazing reach. For $350 this lens is a great value, I'd venture to say that this lens rivals more expensive lenses in the $600-$800 range minus the fast speed. I can't wait to go out and shoot some airplanes and other stuff here around Miami.

Enjoy! :lol:











Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-23-2009, 10:48 AM  
Cheap long lens
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 29
Views: 7,451
Yeah, me neither, I just had to switch the number of posts per page option to 25.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-22-2009, 07:14 AM  
K200D firmaware update
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 11
Views: 2,700
Yeh, I'd love to see a firmware update with some of the aforementioned bug fixes and updates.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-22-2009, 07:02 AM  
Cheap long lens
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 29
Views: 7,451
I can't wait to try out the lens on some wildlife and airplanes!

Now...all I need is a decent tripod, cept' those cost a ton. :o
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-21-2009, 04:16 PM  
Cheap long lens
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 29
Views: 7,451
Just wanna update you guys, I went ahead and ordered the DA 55-300mm from Amazon.com for $354 one-day shipped, I'll get it on Thursday just before my weekend vacation which is great!

I sold my old laptop on eBay and was able to put together the funds to order it! I'll post my best shots next week! :lol:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2009, 10:37 AM  
DCR-150 Macro
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 135
Views: 17,504
I have a DCR-250 and it works quite well attached to my DA 18-55 II lens, although the the latter mentioned lens does not have the zoom needed to really produce stunning macros. I'm sure if I had a longer lens it would work a lot better with the DCR-250.

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-16-2009, 06:16 AM  
Cheap long lens
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 29
Views: 7,451
Hmm, I guess I'll push for the 55-300mm then...let's see how much I can sell my old laptop on eBay for.

Thanks for the all the advice, I'd definitely be willing to put up $350 for the 55-300 if it's going to be a good improvement over any of the <$200 Sigma's and Tammy's.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-15-2009, 10:58 AM  
Cheap long lens
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 29
Views: 7,451
I've had my K200D for over a year now and feel that I am ready to invest in a telephoto lens for plane spotting and other uses. I'm a bit lost and there seem to be so many options out there like the Pentax DA 50-200 and 55-300 as well as alternatives from Sigma and Tamron. My budget is about $250 but not yet set in stone, obviously I'm not going to get a fast lens for that price but I do want something decent.

The 50-200 is $180 but I feel like it might be a bit short, thee 55-300 looks a bit more reasonable but is quite a bit more expensive. Any suggestions?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-29-2008, 05:13 AM  
So I'm Getting a Pentax K200D!
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 36
Views: 7,347
A quick check of Reseller Ratings told me not to buy from Abe's of Maine.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-05-2008, 06:44 PM  
bright vs. natural: another comparison
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 22
Views: 5,142
I prefer natural, since right now I am predominantly shooting JPEG's I shoot with the natural image tone, that way I can tweak the JPEG's in CS3 to my liking knowing that they have not been over processed in camera like bright mode sometimes does.

P.S. I'll get around to shoot RAW someday, once I figure out a reasonable workflow.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 06-04-2008, 03:48 AM  
PENTAX DA 17-70mm f/4 AL [IF] SDM Lens Announced
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 106
Views: 18,413
Well SDM is an improvement over screw drive systems and it's something relatively new that Pentax has implemented.

Anyways you can always get the Sigma 17-70.

SDM is the way to go, Pentax also stated in an FAQ that all DA* lenses will have a screw drive mechanism in addition to SDM.

Pentax said that it would not have been worth it to add both SDM and screw drive to the DA 17-70mm.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-03-2008, 06:21 PM  
Why a K200D? (over Nikon, Olympus Canon ...)
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 59
Views: 6,732
Hehe, I made that mistake a year ago by buying a Fujifilm S9600, it was a good camera, but I outgrew it very quickly.

Actually, good thing that I got it because if not I would have had a K100D right now instead of a K200D.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-03-2008, 03:48 AM  
bought a K200D and grip - what lens should I ....
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 5
Views: 1,637
Have a look at the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 or you can wait around for the Pentax 17-70mm f/4.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-01-2008, 05:49 PM  
Real Filters vs. Software
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 19
Views: 3,356
Basically, I apply all filters digitally except a UV filter which I have on my lenses for protection.

Especially warming or cooling filters, they are easily applied in PS.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-01-2008, 05:47 PM  
HELP! how do you break the link?
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 27
Views: 5,928
If they've copied the image and hosted it on their site then there is not much that you can do.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-31-2008, 07:17 AM  
k200d from amazon
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 24
Views: 5,046
I ordered my K200D directly from Amazon about two weeks ago and even though the AL II lens is not specified in the product description, I did in fact receive the AL II lens.

You can be assured that if you order directly from Amazon that you will get the AL II lens.

I asked the same question before ordering mine and received the same answer that if you order directly from Amazon you will get the AL II lens.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-29-2008, 12:45 PM  
Pentax K200D Video Tour
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 5
Views: 2,397
thanks for all the positive input, I'm glad it helped some of you out!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-29-2008, 03:43 AM  
Pentax K200D Video Tour
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 5
Views: 2,397
So I did a brief video tour of the features and functions found in the K200D. I know the video has some bugs and I'm not a very good tour guide in some cases but I hope this helps potential DSLR buyers in making their buying decision.

YouTube - Pentax K200D Video Tour
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-25-2008, 08:11 PM  
Is this something ISO 100 + K200D can help with?
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 21
Views: 2,865
If you had a K200D I'd tell you to turn on the expanded dynamic range function. :p
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-22-2008, 12:39 PM  
Will Pentax Follow Canon's Rebate?
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 30
Views: 4,752
Aww shucks, I ordered my K200D on May 6th.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-21-2008, 03:40 AM  
K200D long photo write delay bug?
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 9
Views: 2,319
Turn Off Long Exposure Noise Reduction in the Custom menu.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-19-2008, 01:47 PM  
K200d First Impressions and Snaps
Posted By usapatriot
Replies: 1
Views: 2,076
Glad you like the K200D, I got mine about two weeks ago and I absolutely love it, it is an excellent camera.
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