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Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 6 Days Ago  
For Sale: Pentax DA 18-135 lens, $150 shipped in US
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 0
Views: 293
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Item for Sale
Pentax DA 18-135 lens, $150 shipped in US

Asking Price
150.00 USD

Item Location
Denver (United States)

Item Description
This is a lens I acquired with a camera purchase. Having several zooms in this general range, I'm letting it go. No damage anywhere, and clean glass. Sold with hood and front and rear caps.

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

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Like New

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
free in US, actual cost elsewhere

Shipping Services
UsPS, UPS, Fed Ex

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Returns for refund within 10 days of reciept.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Product Suggestions and Feedback 06-10-2019, 09:40 PM  
Best wide-angle lens for K-1?
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 26
Views: 1,178
As a real estate photographer, I've kept looking for the best UVA zoom in the K mount. The new DA* 11-18 is outstanding. I've been testing it for a few weeks, and it's impressively sharp and flare resistant. I plan to send it back, though- I don't need the speed or the corner-to-corner sharpness in my RE work, and I'd hesitate to haul its weight on a hike or a trip. The cost is a big factor, too. Used at 15mm on the K-1, it's the best wide zoom I've used yet. The only flaw that bothers me is barrel distortion. It's simple distortion to fix, but it's an issue.

My hate of barrel distortion is why I always come back to my Sigma EX 12-24 zoom. It's supremely slow, reaching only f4.5 at its widest. It's sharp enough, though no match for the new DA*. Flare can be a problem in long HDR exposures. But this old Sigma has almost no barrel distortion, even at its widest. These old lenses are bulky, but not heavy. They change hands for well under $500. They'd be useless for astro, and bokeh is hard to come by. But it's another choice, probably the best one for me.
Forum: Sold Items 06-09-2019, 09:45 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-5 camera body w/ charger
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 1
Views: 1,220
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Item for Sale
PRICE DROP -- Pentax K-5 camera body w/ charger

Asking Price
175.00 USD

Item Location
Denver, CO (United States)

Item Description
Here's a fine specimen of the K-5 -- the first Pentax DSLR with image quality competitive with the major makers. I used this as a second body for awhile, until I stepped up to the K-3. It works perfectly, and it shows almost no signs of wear. Except for a few light scuffs on the rear screen, visible only against reflections, it's like a new camera. Current shutter count shows 8225 exposures made.

Sold with body cap, battery and charger.

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
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
free within US, actual cost elsewhere

Shipping Services
USPS, UPS, Fed Ex

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
I guarantee your satisfaction. Returns accepted for refund if you notify me within seven days of delivery. Returns must be complete and in as-shipped condition.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 06-05-2019, 09:29 PM  
For Sale: Ricoh GW-3 (21mm fov) Wide Angle Conversion Lens
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 8
Views: 821
I don't know who you sent the Pm to, but I haven't received anything. Is this lens sold?
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 06-01-2019, 08:07 PM  
For Sale: Ricoh GW-3 (21mm fov) Wide Angle Conversion Lens
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 8
Views: 821
Still available?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 05-15-2019, 09:46 PM  
11-18 and revamped 35mm F2 on january 31?
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 995
Views: 65,527
It will be great to have a profile on this lens. It arrived today, and my initial tests show excellent geometry until 11-12mm, where simple barrel rears its rounded head. Not as bad as the Sigma 10-20, but worse than my trusty Sigma EX 12-24.
Forum: Sold Items 05-11-2019, 09:27 PM  
For Sale - Sold: REDUCED: Pentax k5IIs with much more...
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 9
Views: 2,367
Still available?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-10-2019, 11:33 AM  
HD PENTAX-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 review?
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 26
Views: 1,841
I do- that's the biggest reason I'm using Pentax for this work. AFAIK, it's their exclusive feature. It's not capable of as much correction as a shift lens, or even the LR slider, but it's wonderful for setting the proportions of ceiling and floor in an on-the-level composition.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-10-2019, 08:53 AM  
HD PENTAX-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 review?
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 26
Views: 1,841
Everybody does RE photography differently, but a 24mm is far too tight for me and my market. Many of my homes are small, with small rooms. A 24 would depict a corner of a room, or one wall. But I'm expected to get all of a secondary bathroom in one shot. Or show how the kitchen and family room flow together in an open floor plan. I've gotten plenty of praise from clients for these, and nobody's ever said that any shot was too wide. We also do spherical panoramas, so the overall style of our site is broad and immersive.

T/S lenses are handy once in awhile. I have a simple shift adapter to mount my Sigma 12-24 on a Fuji mirrorless. It works well, because the Sigma has a manual aperture ring. But I don't need it often, because LR's Vertical slider does the job.

Architectural photography is quite different from RE photography. I've heard about them spending two hours retouching a single photo, and billing over $300 for it. I'm at the other end of the market. I need to do several houses a day, delivering a hundred stills or more. Dealing with manual lenses and frequent lens changes isn't an option. It's productivity I need, not perfectionism. Thanks for your advice, though.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-09-2019, 08:37 PM  
HD PENTAX-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 review?
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 26
Views: 1,841
Great, that's all good news. Low linear distortion is so important when so many of your photos have a doorway or a window placed along the edge. I really like my Sigma 12-24; it only rarely needs a small fix in this situation, but it's showing flare problems with my HDR work. See those purple blobs below the lights?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-09-2019, 03:53 PM  
HD PENTAX-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 review?
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 26
Views: 1,841
Simple purple fringes are fine, they can be batch-corrected. How about the lens flares, and how's the barrel distortion?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-09-2019, 03:00 PM  
HD PENTAX-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 review?
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 26
Views: 1,841
A prime lens is too limiting. RE photogs debate focal lengths endlessly. Some scenes and rooms need the widest lens, but many don't. Front shots, backyard views and community features demand longer focal lengths. My current system is ideal: with the K-1's crop facilities, I can cover 12-35mm with one lens. I can't wait and crop everything later, it takes too much time. Among the new brands of ultrawides, I haven't seen reviews reporting good flare and linear distortion resistance in the same lens.

My problem with the Sigma EX isn't common purple fringing. Instead, I'm getting fuzzy blobs at the edges of bright window frames and around bright lights. Working with flash, they were such a small part of the exposure that they didn't show. Once I'm making 2-sec HDR exposures, they sneak in.

Thanks for taking an interest in this, Mr. Admin.
Forum: Sold Items 05-08-2019, 11:08 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K-3 body and D-BG5 grip - Price Reduced
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 4
Views: 963
Is this still available?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-08-2019, 10:09 PM  
HD PENTAX-DA* 11-18mm F2.8 review?
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 26
Views: 1,841
Hey, admin, how about some preliminary results? Simply posting a range of images of a grid would be useful to me, since I'm concerned about linear distortion. How long would it take to snap a few photos of the sun, for my fellow foes of flare? Look at what DPR, parceling out reviews as first impressions, user experience, samples, etc.

I just bought this lens tonight, without benefit of any online reviews except user reports here and B&H's puff piece. I hope it works, because I don't see many alternatives. My real estate company has switched to all-HDR products. HDR seems to magnify every imperfection of lenses (and lighting!). I'm finding that my trusty ol' Sigma 12-24 EX has a hidden weakness: purple blobs at the edges of bright windows, and other unpredictable places. This new 11-18 looks to be Pentax's best for this work. How about including a few HDR samples with every ultrawide you test?
Forum: Sold Items 03-14-2019, 07:27 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Ricoh GRII camera with wide adapter lens and lens hood
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 1
Views: 585
SOLD for $550.
Forum: Sold Items 02-24-2019, 05:02 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Ricoh GRII camera with wide adapter lens and lens hood
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 1
Views: 585
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Item for Sale
Ricoh GRII camera with wide adapter lens and lens hood

Asking Price
600.00 USD

Item Location
Denver, Colorado (United States)

Item Description
Here's my trusty Ricoh GRII camera. It's in excellent condition with no marks of wear. It's been kept in a camera case, never a dusty pocket. Included is the lens hood and adapter, plus the accessory that makes this a system-- Ricoh's 21mm wide lens converter. It's the best conversion lens I've ever used, with edge-to-edge sharpness to match this wee camera's legendary sensor. (I've never seen dust on my sensor.) Includes the factory optical viewfinder that matches the 21mm lens. Since the camera crops beautifully from 28 mm to 35 and 47mm, this is a wide-to normal system that fits in a jacket pocket! Nothing I'm aware of fits so much capability into such a small space, while offering full manual controls.

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

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
U.S, U.K, Canada, Australia

Shipping Charge
Free in US, $25 elsewhere

Shipping Services
USPS, UPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Return for refund accepted within one week of delivery. Item must be returned in as-shipped condition.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-17-2018, 03:59 AM  
Common E-Dial settings seem backwards to me
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 24
Views: 1,090
To pass a restless night, I was just tinkering with my beloved K-1. It's just back from service, with all settings returned to defaults. One of those defaults always bothered me, so it was first priority to reset.

Every two-dial camera I've ever bought comes with the front dial set to control the shutter in Manual Mode, and the rear dial setting the aperture. That seems utterly contrary to me, since the aperture sits several inches in front of the shutter. How did this custom get started? Is there any practical reason for it? Do you reset yours the logical way, as I do?
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-23-2018, 10:53 PM  
New Pentax DSLR: Evidence at Adorama!
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 347
Views: 18,873
Forum: Ricoh GR 07-28-2018, 05:00 PM  
Shots fired! The XF10, Fujifilm's GR competitor
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 8
Views: 1,769
Viewfinder? Nope.
Hot shoe? No, also.
Two control dials? No, what's that mean?
Add-on wide lens? No way.

Except for all that, this looks like a winner! And it probably will, because so few people even know Ricoh makes cameras...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-19-2018, 10:11 AM  
FA 20-35 or F 24-50....Which should I get ?
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 30
Views: 1,721
The F 24-50 is a great bargain at about $150 used. I stocked up on these before the K-1 came, thinking they would become more valuable and popular, but that didn't happen. I was very happy using mine. There was a slight loss of contrast wide open, but it's sharp one stop down. It's small, though a little heavy. My ideal would be a 24-85/4, but that's not made, so ...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-13-2018, 10:46 PM  
K-1 Mark II!
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 875
Views: 104,487
That's a nice turn of phrase, but watch your words. Law.com defines what I think you were trying to say: "malice aforethought
n. 1) the conscious intent to cause death or great bodily harm to another person before a person commits the crime. Such malice is a required element to prove first degree murder. 2) a general evil and depraved state of mind in which the person is unconcerned for the lives of others. "

Let's not go accusing Pentax of that!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-21-2018, 12:35 AM  
Vivitar 285HV Zoom Thyristor on Pentax K-50
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 5
Views: 567
My advice is, don't bother. These Vivitars, despite being very popular, are actually miserable to use, with poor ergonomics. In film days, we needed to select an anticipated distance range for the subject, choosing a color code on the side dial, and then set the front dial to that color. EVERY other 3rd party flash, from Metz to Rollei to Sunpak, had a better control interface. Even today, working Strobist-style (non-dedicated flash, chimp and adjust) is much easier done with one of the cheap new Chinese flashes. My Youngyu flash has large, easy to read buttons and controls, and it benefits from 30 years electronic progress since the Vivitars ruled the Earth.

The best and safest use for your old Vivitar would be to attach a slave trigger and use it for remote lighting, as a second flash.
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-19-2017, 08:39 PM  
Astrotracer's giving me problems, help!
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 12
Views: 1,973
Got it, at last! I want to make some wide-angle time exposures during totality, with stable stars. Here I come, Nebraska!
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-19-2017, 11:02 AM  
Astrotracer's giving me problems, help!
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 12
Views: 1,973
So many steps involved-- There's much more info here than in the manual, thanks for that. I've changed to Bulb Mode 2 and set up an ASTRO set as User 3, so that should simplify things. Does the IS need to be disabled for tripod shots? I didn't last night, and the terrestrial elements of my photos were very sharp out to 30 sec., so I think the camera knows best there.The detail about keeping the LCD tucked in is odd, not at all obvious and likely to be a problem. I guess the GPS antenna is in the screen assembly?
Forum: Pentax K-1 08-17-2017, 11:13 PM  
Astrotracer's giving me problems, help!
Posted By Wheatridger
Replies: 12
Views: 1,973
Certain upcoming events have me finally trying out the Astrotracer function of my K-1. So far, it isn't working. I'm getting short star trails at 15 sec, long ones at 30, so I'm sure it isn't working.

The manual specifies using Bulb mode, but when I do that, the shutter closes as soon as I lift my finger. Does this require a wireless remote release? I'm certainly not going to find an air-bulb pressure hose to do it. Why shouldn't it be accessible in Manual?
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