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Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 03-27-2012, 05:09 PM  
K-5 US Price drop - $999!
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 28
Views: 3,566
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-30-2011, 04:25 PM  
Sigma 120-400mm DG OS HSM for Pentax - anyone tried it yet?
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 107
Views: 29,058
47th St Photo
It's a store in New York
Forum: Sold Items 08-04-2010, 03:55 PM  
For Sale - Sold: PENTAX SMC 400-600mm F8-12 (Worldwide)
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 6
Views: 6,098
Were those samples taken handheld or on tripod etc?
Forum: Sold Items 06-02-2010, 07:51 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax SMC 10-17mm Fisheye LNIB
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 3
Views: 2,284
PayPal sent
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-14-2009, 04:19 PM  
General purpose zoom lens about 25-100 mm
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 14
Views: 2,936
Pentax 28-105
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-19-2009, 08:27 PM  
DA* 16-50mm or Sigma 18-50mm F2.8
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 11
Views: 2,421
I went with the Sigma for many of the reasons Ben mentions.

However I just bought the Pentax. Now I'll lose money selling the Sigma. If you even think the Pentax is nice, get it or you lose out buying the Sigma, selling it, then buying the Pentax. I just learned that. PM me with an offer on the Sigma if you want to go that route (out for a week, with the Pentax, so don't expect a quick response).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-16-2009, 06:06 PM  
Pentax 16-50 2.8 mm at Ritz..Help!
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 17
Views: 4,882
Thanks for the post. I ordered through Amazon (Ritz) on 10-13 $611 + shipping. I have order confirmation but it has not shipped yet.
Forum: Sold Items 08-16-2009, 07:55 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K7 and Pentax 55-300mm lens
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 5
Views: 2,172
money sent via Paypal
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 07-03-2009, 09:24 AM  
a camera bag for k10d and 3 lenses ?
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 25
Views: 5,636
I use the Lowepro Off Road Camera Beltpack but just had a case of sticker shock.

You might want to try either Lowepro Off Trail 1 or Lowepro Off Trail 2.

I usually change one side case to a water bottle case.
Forum: Sold Items 05-13-2009, 04:21 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax Remote Control F brand New
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 5
Views: 1,767
If it's available, I'll buy it. Send an email to my user name at
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-31-2008, 01:04 PM  
Mirror Lenses...
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 61
Views: 22,567
Old FD mirror lens - new digital life?
A brief comparision of photos from a Sigma 600/f8 mirror lens and cropped photos from Cannon 55-200 and 70-200 lens. The conclusion was that cropping the 200mm photo to get about the same field of view as the 600mm mirror lens gives better results.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-23-2008, 06:14 PM  
Need advice on a couple of lenses for my new K10D please...
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 14
Views: 2,884
It sounds like you are doing outdoor shots in decent light.

16-45 f4 wide for lake shots, street performers at normal distances.

14 or 12-20 if you want wider

Others said the 55-300 but the 18-250 would also be good fo a general lens (although I rarely use mine).

If you have night shots of street performers you need something faster like the 35 f2. You might be too close fo the 50 f1.4.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-05-2008, 06:09 PM  
Which bag to buy?
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 2
Views: 3,400
A belt bag like the LowePro Off Road is great. The bag itself is nice size and the two side pouches can be taken off or left on as you need.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-21-2008, 05:36 PM  
What Default Settings To Use On The k200d/k20d
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 5
Views: 2,337
My K10 and K20 both shoot dark. I shoot RAW so data is not lost. To make PP easier I look at the histogram of the first shot of a scene and adjust eV (always up). The few times the red highlights blown flashes, I drop the eV and reshoot. Then check the histogram again.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-16-2008, 05:35 PM  
18% Grey Micro Cloth
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 4
Views: 2,526
I shoot RAW and don't worry about exposure. I do use a Crown Royal bag or a Texas flag patch so I can compare colors during PP.

I can see the use for an 18 grey cloth. The camera has trouble with buildings with lots of white marble.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-29-2008, 05:56 PM  
First DSLR, Pentax suggestions
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 31
Views: 6,438
You stated USD so I guess you are not in the US. If you are in the US or Canada buy a used K10D. The prism viewfinder is nice. It should be around $500US. People are selling because they are upgrading not because the camera is bad. Don't be afraid because it is used.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-12-2008, 11:13 AM  
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 20
Views: 10,671
When I was looking at web cams I found that to get low light you used CCD. CMOS was not as good but was cheaper.

Samsung appaently found a way to get decent results from the cheaper CMOS sensor.
Forum: Photographic Technique 07-21-2008, 07:14 PM  
How do you sell your Pentax stuff
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 10
Views: 2,582
I bought a K20D so I have a K10D body aand some lenses from my LBA.

I don't want to just put it on ebay. I want to give people a good deal. Do you set a price and offer a discount for college ID (easy to fake).

There is no real difference between the back of my closet and trash can. My LBA is not for profit. I just don't want to sell it cheap to some one to re-sell on ebay.

Please give me some ideas.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-10-2008, 05:26 PM  
Teleconverter vs Zoom & Crop?
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 23
Views: 6,028
You say you like the super zoom so you don't have to change lenses.

You will have to take off the lens to use a TC. Forget about using the TC with your super zoom.

Your basic choices are:

) get a 200mm and a TC and always use tem together to get more reach than your super zoom. Or just buy a longer lens without the need for a TC.

) get a 300 or 400 and a TC. Use the lens both with anxd without the TC to get two lens lengths.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-29-2008, 04:46 PM  
K10D/K20D + Non Pentax 2.8 Lenses
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 34
Views: 8,225
I use the Sigma 18-50 f2.8 and Sigma 14 f2.8. I did buy the Pentax 50-135 f2.8.

I am happy with the 18-50 but the 14 is big and of limited use with my type shooting (which would apply to the Pentax 14 and is not a Sigma flaw.)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-13-2008, 06:45 PM  
DA 40mm pancake or FA 50mm 1.4 ?
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 38
Views: 7,060
You are missing the point of LBA. The two lenses have different uses. The correct question is which to buy first. The 50/f1.4 is great for low light. I always carry it but rarely use it. From your comments you will use the 40mm more. When the light is low you will either reach for the 50mm or miss the shot. It is your choice.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-04-2008, 10:01 AM  
Wide lens for interiors suggestions, please
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 14
Views: 3,849
There is also the Sigma 14/f2.8 which is a rectalinear lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-31-2008, 03:54 PM  
Best "standard zoom" upgrade?
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 28
Views: 4,313
Buy a used Pentax 16-45. You can get them for close to $325 as people switch to the 16-50. Then buy a 50/f1.4 for very low light. Sell your kit lens. Your will then have a nice set up within your budget.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-21-2008, 05:22 PM  
Need Lens Advice Please
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 12
Views: 2,218
The 21 would give you a better picture at 21mm focal length than the kit lens but would not help for the rest of your focal length range.

The 16-45 or *16-50 will give you better pictures across the full range of your kit lens plus wider, down to 16mm, pictures. The improvement may not be as good at 21mm than the 21 lens but the improvement across the zoom range plus the wider 16mm end for landscapes make either of these zooms a better choice for your type shooting. Wait until later to get the 21.

The above advice assumes you are keeping the kit lens with the 21. If you are dumping the kit lens and going strictly with primes then your 21, 43, 105 would be a nice start.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-31-2008, 06:04 PM  
Comments on the SMC Pentax-FA 28-105mm F4-5.6 [IF]?
Posted By 713alan
Replies: 18
Views: 13,471
I have a similar Pentax lens (J series 28-105). This is a great focal length range.
1) Christmas, inside a normal size house: wide enough to show several kids openning presents, long enough to zoom in on a face.
2) From a car: wide enough for road side scenes and landscape.

You will like this lens.
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