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Forum: Pentax Price Watch 02-23-2014, 09:20 PM  
Pentax K-5 IIs for $696.95 (deal is back)
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 30
Views: 5,484
Unfortunately most Aussie retailers are still expecting outrageous amounts for the K5ii/k5ii(s).
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 02-23-2014, 06:03 PM  
Pentax K-5 IIs for $696.95 (deal is back)
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 30
Views: 5,484
Agree, Pentax AU seems to be doing nothing of late, all these greats in the US re the K5iis, mx1, Q10/7...
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-28-2013, 09:29 PM  
Pentax K-5 II: $599 at B&H - Black Friday Fire Sale!
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 186
Views: 24,894
Gave it some consideration as well, but once you factor in exchange rate + no warranty, decided against the order.

This would have been perfect if the AUD was still above parity.
Forum: Pentax K-3 11-03-2013, 07:04 PM  
Poll: Blind test: K-3 vs K-5 IIs
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 216
Views: 58,571
Two = K3
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 10-30-2013, 07:38 PM  
Q, NEX, or other?? Help me curb my CBA.
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 59
Views: 6,191
That's cool, no worries, just thought I'd share my thoughts as I have owned both the Q + K01 in the past.
The Q definitely punches above its "small sensor" weight and is pretty fun but just don't expect K01 IQ just because it's "interchangeable".
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 10-30-2013, 07:22 PM  
Q, NEX, or other?? Help me curb my CBA.
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 59
Views: 6,191
The Q7 is the latest model in the series, which has the same sensor as the Mx-1. The original Q has an even smaller sensor, pretty much the same size as you'll find in P&S. But the Q7 has only been just released and retails for like $579 paired with the slow kit lens, which is out of your budget. I'm not pushing the MX-1, just throwing it out there given you were considering the Q and had a tight budget. But like I said, the MX-1 retails for like $400, so it's not exactly within your budget either.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 10-30-2013, 07:14 PM  
Q, NEX, or other?? Help me curb my CBA.
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 59
Views: 6,191
But the sensor is better than that in the Q, and the MX-1 with its fast fixed lens will give you noticeably better IQ (similar range but faster) than the Q with the two lenses thrown in. So I'm not exactly sure why you would consider the Q and not the MX-1, unless you are planning on buying more lenses for the Q which would mean you will blow your original budget. Didn't realise you are in Aust, you'll only find the MX-1 for $250-$299 new in the US, so kinda a mute point now.
Forum: Pentax Mirrorless Cameras 10-30-2013, 06:57 PM  
Q, NEX, or other?? Help me curb my CBA.
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 59
Views: 6,191
If you thinking the Q, why not consider the MX1, faster zoom lens, more compact overall, tilt screen, better IQ... Woot was clearing them out for like $299.
Forum: Sold Items 07-20-2013, 04:32 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-01 Yellow Body Only
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 6
Views: 1,535
Bump and price drop.
Forum: Sold Items 07-15-2013, 05:47 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-01 Yellow Body Only
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 6
Views: 1,535
Bump and price drop.
Forum: Sold Items 07-13-2013, 03:10 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-01 Yellow Body Only
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 6
Views: 1,535
I would like to try to sell it locally as there are restrictions placed by Aust Post on including batteries in overseas parcels. Thanks.
Forum: Sold Items 07-12-2013, 10:58 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-01 Yellow Body Only
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 6
Views: 1,535
Thanks, it's an awesome camera, but I need something smaller.
Forum: Sold Items 07-11-2013, 07:07 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-01 Yellow Body Only
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 6
Views: 1,535
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax K-01 Yellow Body Only

Asking Price
250 AUD $240 AUD $230 AUD

Item Location
Darwin (Australia)

Item Description
Like New Pentax K-01 Body Only.

Purchased in December 2012, US model.

Shutter count was 3,500 when I checked last week, hasn't been used since.

Includes an extra genuine Olympus D-LI90 battery (so two genuine batteries in total), obviously comes with box and all other accessories per normal.

Shipping will be additional and dependent on the level of service required (i.e. insurance, registered etc)

Note: the FA43 seen in the first photo is not included, already been sold.

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

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Like New

Shipping Destinations
Australia Only

Shipping Charge
Whatever Australia Post charge

Shipping Services
Australia Post

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
No returns

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 07-01-2013, 03:20 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA43 (AIV)
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 2
Views: 1,685
Definitely looks cool on the K-01, shoots even better! :)
Forum: Sold Items 06-30-2013, 10:51 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA43 (AIV)
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 2
Views: 1,685
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax FA43 (AIV)

Asking Price
500 AUD

Item Location
Darwin (Australia)

Item Description
I'm moving to m43 so have the following item for sale:

1. Pentax FA43 (AIV) - Purchased in March 2013 from Amazon USA directly. To manage expectations, please note there's some slight play/wobble in relation to the front inner barrel, however that's how it was when I bought it and have since read this is a common occurrence for Limited lenses. Never bothered me as everything else (i.e. focus ring etc) is solid tight and it produces sharp pictures. It actually locks focus better than the 40xs that originally came with the K01 and is definitely sharper too. If you're after a lens that has no play/wobble whatsoever, look elsewhere.

For US buyers, I will include a copy of the Amazon receipt for warranty purposes, Amazon never printed my name or address on the actual receipt, so I assume you won't have any issues using it for any US warranty claims. Accordingly, there's still 9 months of warranty available for US buyers. I purchased this lens before the recent price hike, had limited use, so it's priced to sell at $AUD500 + shipping. Registered shipping via Australia Post to US should be around AUD$35.

The FA43 is open to both Australian and US buyers. Other international buyers welcomed, but please understand there's no warranty.

For Paypal add 3%.

Cheers

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

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Mint

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
Whatever Australia Post charge

Shipping Services
Australia Post

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
No Returns

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax K-01 06-19-2013, 08:40 PM  
My new K-01 my impressions
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 5
Views: 1,164
Just watch the movie Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo.
Forum: Pentax K-01 06-11-2013, 04:59 AM  
K-01 - future value over time
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 17
Views: 2,810
It would look good on the mantlepiece or as a paperweight :)
Forum: Pentax K-01 06-11-2013, 04:33 AM  
K-01 - future value over time
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 17
Views: 2,810
Just wanted to gauge peoples' thoughts on this controversial and short lived camera. Will this end up in the scrap heap (like most consumer electronics) in years to come or retain/increase in value - wishful thinking?
Forum: Pentax K-01 05-31-2013, 04:14 AM  
What lens do you use most often with the K-01 ?
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 122
Views: 15,216
Bossa, I thought you ordered the silver 31 from CRK?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-14-2013, 11:30 PM  
What are you doing CRK - Australia?
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 61
Views: 5,141
I'm not really "that" peeved in all honesty, I had plenty of chances to buy the DA21 in the past month like you said, but decided not to pull the trigger each time, so I agree, it's my fault. I guess my surprise being new to Pentax / dslr lens market in general is how prices can fluctuate so wildly without any logical rationale. The price swings are nuts.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-14-2013, 08:59 PM  
What are you doing CRK - Australia?
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 61
Views: 5,141
Exactly! The DA21 was not even on the list of recent US price increases, so got no idea why they choose it to have a 33% price rise. They must randomly draw lenses out of a hat when it comes to price rises. The DA21 is definitely not a $599 lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-14-2013, 04:30 PM  
What are you doing CRK - Australia?
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 61
Views: 5,141
Before the recent price rises, the FA31 was going for $950, FA77 - $770 and FA43 - $584.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-14-2013, 02:32 AM  
What are you doing CRK - Australia?
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 61
Views: 5,141
Knowing that it used to be $448, I definitely won't be buying it at the $599 price, a price rise of 33% is unjustifiable and definitely can't be blamed on slight currency fluctuations. Pretty poor form I say.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-13-2013, 10:14 PM  
What are you doing CRK - Australia?
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 61
Views: 5,141
My thoughts as well, thus the reason for the frustration, here I thought CRK were finally given us Aussies a good deal after being screwed for so long...knew it was too good to last.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-13-2013, 09:54 PM  
What are you doing CRK - Australia?
Posted By BigMike
Replies: 61
Views: 5,141
I'm a tad peeved as I was tossing up with buying the DA21 for a while, but with the latest price increase, I'll just buy a Ricoh GR instead.
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