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Forum: Sold Items 05-30-2016, 09:32 AM  
Wanted - Acquired: Very cheap Pentax DSLR in good shape
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 0
Views: 324
Looking for a camera for my brother in law. Something along the lines of an *ist DS or K100D in good shape and fully functional. If you have something, let me know. Thanks! - Bob :-)
Forum: Pentax Q 10-02-2015, 05:11 AM  
My dad wants a small telephoto lens for his Q7 on his walks
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 23
Views: 2,625
I use an m39 Russian Industar 61 LD model 55mm f2.8 on my Q with very good results. Its cheap, small, and looks like it was made for the Q. Also, there's no fringing at all which is a rarity. It's also pretty sharp stopped down a couple of notches. F8 is the sweet spot.
Forum: Pentax Q 05-25-2015, 08:11 AM  
Best bang for the buck long 300mm tele for Q?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 82
Views: 12,591
You might try KEH. You gotta have some patience with eBay. It's real hit or miss.
Forum: Pentax Q 05-24-2015, 09:13 AM  
Best bang for the buck long 300mm tele for Q?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 82
Views: 12,591
It is... $40-$50 is the usual going rate for one. Only caveat is it's manual all the way unless you have the pricey Adaptall PK-A adapter.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-23-2015, 02:28 PM  
Tamron 18-200 versus Pentax 18-250
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 11
Views: 2,032
I have the Tamron (Promaster branded) 18-200 and have been quite happy with it for a walkaround superzoom. Got these with it:

Forum: Pentax Q 05-23-2015, 02:18 PM  
Best bang for the buck long 300mm tele for Q?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 82
Views: 12,591
The Tamron 23A is the "bang for the buck" king of the tele zooms, as far as I'm concerned. It's roughly equal in IQ to the Pentax DA 55-300 at a fraction of the cost. Plus, it has a really useful macro mode. I have the DA 55-300 and still use the Tamron from time to time.
Forum: Pentax Q 05-23-2015, 02:10 PM  
It Only Took Me 40 Some Odd Years But...
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 12
Views: 1,636
He should buy a used one. They're practically giving 'em away. FWIW, I think you have every right to be ticked off.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-20-2015, 10:12 AM  
Looking at this Dolica tripod as a backup
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 18
Views: 1,485
Just to clarify, you're talking about the same one I linked to in the first post for $46.90?
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 05-19-2015, 05:40 PM  
Carrying SLRs and DSLRs by tripod sockets?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 16
Views: 1,721
I've been using BR clone straps for 5 years with no problems yet. These, actually: Black Single Shoulder Sling Belt Strap for DSLR Digital SLR Camera Quick Rapid | eBay
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 05-19-2015, 05:12 PM  
Looking at this Dolica tripod as a backup
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 18
Views: 1,485
Howdy all.

I'm looking at the following Dolica tripod as a slightly lighter and cheaper alternative when I don't want to take my more expensive Manfrotto/FLM Centerball combo. Is it a good deal? Here it is:

I would be using a Bogen 3028 head on it rather than the one that comes on it. A used Bogen tripod would be great, but the ones I've spotted lately are either really banged up with issues, or more money than the Dolica.

Is there a better cheap and decent option for a tripod? I just need the legs.

Bob :-)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 04-24-2015, 05:19 PM  
Black Rapid Straps - Anyone use them?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 38
Views: 3,572
I've been using BR $20 knockoffs for several years with no trouble. I once had the chance to compare it directly with an actual BR strap, and was hard pressed to spot any difference.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-16-2015, 10:14 AM  
Fisheye recommendations?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 22
Views: 1,862
Another vote for the Pentax DA 10-17. It's versatile and has great IQ. It's one of my favorite lenses.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 03-31-2015, 10:19 AM  
Waddya mean by too much noise?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 27
Views: 2,696
The *ist DS is a nice camera, as long as you keep the ISO down. The K-x has a lot less noise at higher ISOs, double the resolution of the *ist DS, and is available for $150 used. I'm still using the K-x and am quite happy with it. That said, if you can afford it, the K-5 is even better.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-01-2015, 03:21 PM  
Tips on using flash?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 20
Views: 1,906
LOL... I am at the bottom of that particular curve. :-P

---------- Post added 03-01-2015 at 04:22 PM ----------

To the best of my knowledge, all of the 433Ds work with Pentax, but it's mostly technique and diffusion of flash that get the job done. There are other flashes that would work as well as the Sunpaks.
Forum: Photographic Technique 02-27-2015, 09:35 AM  
Tips on using flash?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 20
Views: 1,906
Buying a separate bounce flash is the way to go. And you don't have to spend a lot. I have several old Sunpak 433D flash units I bought for $6 to $30 each. Learn how to use them properly and it won't look like you used a flash.

All of these were done with cheap Sunpaks, $6 umbrella diffusers and cheap PT-04 radio triggers.There's a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, you'll like using flash.

Just be careful if you buy an older flash. Some of them have a high trigger voltage that can fry your camera. Here's a trigger voltage chart. You'll want to keep it under 24 volts for Pentax. I play it safe and go with 12 volts and under.

Good luck & have fun!
Bob :-)
Forum: Pentax Q 02-27-2015, 09:16 AM  
Ol Harold Shoots the Nakomis General Store
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 12
Views: 1,585
Neato! :-)
Forum: Pentax Q 02-15-2015, 07:47 AM  
Given up on old Q- is Q7/Q-S1 much improved?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 39
Views: 6,847
Those are awesome! :-)
Forum: Pentax Q 02-14-2015, 07:49 AM  
NIKON 500/8 Mirror, Pentax Q, Q7
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 6
Views: 1,569
Those look pretty darn good! :-)
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 02-07-2015, 06:30 PM  
makeup artist tripled my work flow.
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 41
Views: 3,644
On one hand, I don't envy the turd-polishing you've had to deal with... but on the other, it is nice to see Tammy Faye Bakker's makeup person has found work.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-07-2015, 09:25 AM  
Poll: Will you still buy crop glass?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 86
Views: 5,057
LOL... True 'nuf.

I have about 15 lenses, only two of which is a "DA". (The DA 10-17 fisheye zoom & 55-300 tele zoom) so it's not a problem for me. It's also not a problem for me because I probably won't be buying a FF Pentax unless I hit the lotto or something.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-06-2015, 03:07 PM  
K-S2 is Coming
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 855
Views: 94,888
Looks like they fixed everything that made the first one kind of a dud. (Crappy grip, weird mode ring on the back instead of a dial on top, odd control wheel, disco light show) This one's a nice looking camera, and everything is laid out like a camera should be. Nice job, Pentax! :-)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-25-2015, 06:27 PM  
Best camera source!
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 36
Views: 2,898
No, you hit the nail on the head. I was empathizing with the customer support side, because I've seen it a lot. I wasn't referring to your case, because I don't know the specifics, and that's fine. You very well may have had a lousy customer service person. I was just saying I think if a person acts like an unreasonable jerk, they should expect to be treated like one. Those who think it's acceptable to scream at and verbally abuse someone just doing their job just because they can get away with it, should be loaded into a cannon and fired into the sun.

Everything we do affects the people around us. We need to think about that before we open our mouths and let the toxic stupid fall out.

On the topic of the OP's question, I've bought stuff from KEH, Adorama, Henry's, and B&H, and never had a problem that wasn't corrected promptly and courteously.

Bobbo... :-)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-23-2015, 11:42 AM  
Am I making the right choice?
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 130
Views: 8,752
I wouldn't want to shoot a wedding for those people anyway, because they are morons, and morons cause problems. I think she should keep shooting with Pentax, because it's a good idiot filter.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-23-2015, 11:38 AM  
Best camera source!
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 36
Views: 2,898
I wouldn't be. My wife works in customer service. I think it's a miracle she hasn't blown a gasket at some of the genuinely horrible people on the other end of the line. They don't want help. They just want to yell at someone, and doing it on the phone won't result in a punch in the mouth. Try dealing with that 8 hours every day and see if you don't feel like climbing up a belltower with an AK-47.

Even if you think there are a lot of douchebags in the world, being a customer service rep will educate you as to how many there really are.
Forum: Sold Items 01-13-2015, 09:06 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DAL 55-300 w/hood & caps: Great Shape - REDUCED $159 shipped
Posted By GibbyTheMole
Replies: 14
Views: 1,303
Seconded... Best affordable AF tele zoom out there, IMO. IQ on my copy is superb from about 100mm out to 300mm.
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