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Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-01-2009, 03:37 PM  
Digitalis has made a purchase...
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 27
Views: 6,353
Congrats! You have purchased one of the best lenses ever made! You will never regret it - unless you change to another brand of camera. :o
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-01-2009, 03:23 PM  
K10d Back focusing
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 2
Views: 2,354
My problem with backfocusing on the K10D was solved in about 13 days by Pentax. I sent my body in - less the strap, battery, memory, and any other detachable things. They fixed it and returned it to me in less than two weeks.

I realize that there is a "Debug Mode" firmware update available, but some might feel better sending it in to Pentax for alignment.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-04-2008, 05:50 PM  
Poll: One lens, one focal length. Forever.
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 54
Views: 8,671
31 Ltd for me. Best lens Pentax ever made!
Forum: Photographic Technique 12-04-2008, 05:29 PM  
Crescent Moon, Venus, Jupiter tonight!
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 38
Views: 9,447
I may as well put a photo up too...

Forum: General Talk 11-26-2008, 06:05 PM  
Mr.President
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 27
Views: 4,731


Thanks for saying what a lot of us are afraid to speak out about.

I wish the new president the best, but not at the cost of our constitutional rights and liberties. It is bad enough under a "conservative", republican president. We do need to change something, but it doesn't look like we are heading in the right direction. With the bailouts of the wealthy, increased corporate welfare, and massively increasing US debt - it is going to take more than change or hope! We need a complete replacement of our Congress.

<\rant warning>
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-12-2008, 06:19 AM  
Moonscape attempt
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 11
Views: 1,610
Beautiful shot Heather! I like it!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-09-2008, 07:12 PM  
Fungus Nightmare!! - How to store photo equipment??
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 23
Views: 15,837
My suggestion is to do what I have done with great results. I use a large Pelican waterproof case. Inside I put all my camera gear along with a Eva-Dry de-humidifier unit. The Eva-Dry is about 4 X 5 X 1 inches and contains silica gel and a heater unit. It has a visible indicator to show when to "recharge" the silica gel. You can renew or "recharge" the silica gel by plugging in the Eva-Dry to a 120V outlet. It will be like new again and ready to absorb moisture again in a few hours. Keep the case with the de-humidifier closed when you are not using the equipment. The water proof feature of Pelican brand cases, also makes it air tight too.

My 2 cents worth...
Forum: Sold Items 11-06-2008, 04:45 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC EX
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 7
Views: 2,955
I just wanted to endorse this lens before this thread is closed.

I have this lens and I can highly recommend it. The FA31 Ltd is much better, but for an inexpensive, fast, sharp lens - this is a great lens. The only problem is with the corner sharpness, otherwise it is as sharp at a tack - even wide open!

My $0.02 worth...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-03-2008, 06:27 PM  
About Fa 43mm ltd
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 430
Views: 88,578
In my humble opinion, I think that the 43 is better than the 50/x.x. Sorry if some folks do not agree, but I am entitled to my opinion. I had the 31, 43, and 77 - which are some of the best lenses ever made. Not by my standards, but by Canon and Nikon owners who lust after the Pentax trio. If the Pentax trio could be converted and retain autofocus in the other two formats - they would bring twice the price. I guarantee ya, or my name isn't TomInJax!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-03-2008, 06:14 PM  
Thank God for Pentax.
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 26
Views: 5,245
I just left Pentax for the darkside, and I will tell you from my experience that the price of N lenses are about 2X what Pentax lenses cost. If you want to move to another brand (N or C) then you had better have a good reason - and it won't be quality glass. Pentax has some of the best glass in the world: 31, 43, and 77 Ltd for example.

I left for the darkside for a specific reason. If you like Pentax bodies, you will not gain a thing by moving to another brand!
Forum: Sold Items 11-03-2008, 05:54 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: Pentax FA31/1.8 Limited AL
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 11
Views: 4,326
Wow! That is (was) my favorite lens! That is a fantastic price for a lens worth about $1000 !!!

Oh well. By the way - since my switch to the dark side, the closest thing that I can find is a Sigma 30/1.4. It isn't as good as the 31, but it will have to do. :(
Forum: Sold Items 10-31-2008, 07:43 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA*300 F4.0 lens
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 37
Views: 8,027
I think that this lens has sold. Kent should close the thread...
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-31-2008, 07:19 PM  
Wife came by my office on her way to work
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 8
Views: 1,180
I love it! I am NOT going to share a photo of myself dressed up for Halloween! I am not brave enough! Ha ha ha!

You and your wife look fantastic Ed!
Forum: Sold Items 10-30-2008, 07:31 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA*300 F4.0 lens
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 37
Views: 8,027
I probably shouldn't say this, but that photo was taken using the DA*300/4, using a 1.4x Kenko teleconverter too! That should prove how razor sharp the lens is! It will definitely out resolve the ability of the K20D!

It is an amazing lens! I cannot understand why someone hasn't purchased it yet. It is weather and dust proof, so it is perfect for sports and wildlife photography.

--Tom
Forum: Sold Items 10-29-2008, 03:45 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA*300 F4.0 lens
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 37
Views: 8,027
Here is a photo taken with the same lens when I had it. It is the quietest focus, relatively lightweight, and super sharp:

Forum: Sold Items 10-27-2008, 06:47 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA*300 F4.0 lens
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 37
Views: 8,027
Here is a picture:

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-26-2008, 01:49 PM  
Nikon D700 VS PENTAX
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 138
Views: 27,422
I like the way you think! Ha ha ha! I WISH! :lol: :lol: :lol:
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-25-2008, 07:07 PM  
Nikon D700 VS PENTAX
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 138
Views: 27,422
Ya, and technology marches on...

But, back to the present...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-25-2008, 04:33 PM  
Nikon D700 VS PENTAX
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 138
Views: 27,422
Yes, you are right! I just did the opposite. I sold a K20D, DA14/2.8, FA31/1.8 Ltd, DA16-45/4, DA*50-135/2.8, F50/1.7, A50/2.8 macro, DA*300/4 and got a Nikon D300, 16-85/3.5-5.6 VR, 70-200/2.8 VR, and a 1.7X Tele-Extender. Why, why, why would someone let go of such perfect glass and get so little? Because it isn't the glass with Pentax. Pentax has some of the best lenses in the world right now! The problem is with the focus and low light performance.

I am not putting Pentax down. I love the lenses. But I lost a lot of shots on an expensive vacation in Alaska two months ago, because the camera couldn't focus.

If you don't need fast focus, you are much better off with Pentax. If you don't mind manual focus, you are much better off with Pentax. Why? The glass! Pure and simple, the glass is some of the best!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-25-2008, 03:55 PM  
New body, new lens!
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 10
Views: 1,130
I agree Ed! The 16-45 and K20D are one of the best combinations.

My 16-45 was on the camera most of the time! You cannot beat it: lightweight, sharp, and an excellent medium zoom range! Sure it is a stop less than the legendary 16-50, but you don't have the weight or the alignment issue.

Congrats Heather! You will love both of these gems!
Forum: Sold Items 10-25-2008, 11:39 AM  
For Sale - Sold: FA31mm f/1.8 Limited with pouch, box, and caps
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 13
Views: 2,940
I will be checking in once in a while.

Thanks everyone!
Forum: Sold Items 10-25-2008, 09:50 AM  
For Sale - Sold: FA31mm f/1.8 Limited with pouch, box, and caps
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 13
Views: 2,940
:lol: :lol: :lol:

It's a N!
Forum: Sold Items 10-25-2008, 04:36 AM  
For Sale - Sold: FA31mm f/1.8 Limited with pouch, box, and caps
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 13
Views: 2,940
Sold, pending payment!!

Thanks everyone!!
Forum: Sold Items 10-24-2008, 06:03 PM  
For Sale - Sold: The Last of my Pentax kit...
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 6
Views: 2,197
I never had the 540. It did fit the 360. Check the specs and if the size of the 540 and 360 is about the same where the flash head is, then yes.
Forum: Sold Items 10-24-2008, 05:52 PM  
For Sale - Sold: The Last of my Pentax kit...
Posted By TomInJax
Replies: 6
Views: 2,197
50/50? I don't know. Sorry!

--Tom
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