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Forum: Lens Clubs 10-21-2017, 04:06 AM  
DA* Club
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 4,804
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Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-27-2017, 01:25 AM  
Australia - Pentax Web Store 15% off store-wide
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 24
Views: 1,332
Take this K-1 Silver Edition Premium Pack Then, for AU$2999 it's a real steal....

Ricoh Imaging | Pentax K-1 Silver Edition ?Premium Pack? Inc: ONA Presidio, 64GB Extreme SD
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-11-2017, 02:39 AM  
DCxpert 20% off ebay Spring deal
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 3
Views: 543
dcxpert | eBay Stores

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By using or attempting to use the redemption code for this offer, you agree to accept and be bound by these terms and conditions.
This offer commences at 16.00 (AEST) on 10 September 2017 and ends at 23.59 (AEST) on 20 September 2017 (ďOffer PeriodĒ).
The offer entitles you to 20% off the purchase price (excluding postage) at Participating Stores on eBay.com.au during the Offer Period, for up to 3 transactions and up to a maximum discount of $1000 per transaction.
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---------- Post added 09-11-2017 at 07:48 PM ----------

Just checked their Pentax stock, not many interesting stuff....no camera bodies for sure, but they do have the Sigma 35MM Art...Hmmmmmmm
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-08-2017, 07:03 AM  
Heading for a used K5II with 6500 shots after K30
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 27
Views: 1,455
I shoot K-5IIs and K-30 regularly(even after getting a K-1), in terms of sensor performance there is a difference but not a huge one, K-5IIs has no AA filter which is good for a little bit more sharpness but the AA filter in K-30 is pretty weak as well. The real difference is K-30 does 12bit RAW when K-5IIs does 14bit, so I can push my K-5IIs file a bit further in Lightroom. The other real difference is low light AF performance, K-5II/IIs is sooooooo much better in this regard, I replaced my original K-5 with it and never look back, my K-30 work very well with my manual lenses because of focus peaking and IMO a more convenient placed green button. Ergonomic wise, it's personal preference, I actually like the K-30 grip more, but with grip K-5IIs is very good for longer shoots and/or larger lenses.

In your situation, K-5II would be an upgrade for your AF lenses in low light, a downgrade for your manual lenses(no focus peaking). High ISO performance will not be much difference I am afraid.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 08-27-2017, 12:55 AM  
For Sale: Sigma APO 170-500mm for Pentax K-mount
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 0
Views: 582
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Sigma APO 170-500mm for Pentax K-mount

Asking Price
350.00 AUD

Item Location
Sydney (Australia)

Item Description
Up for sale is a used Sigma APO 170-500mm for Pentax K-mount. Itís one of the first version of the Sigma super telephoto zoom lenses all the way back in the early days of auto focus.

Condition is very good for its age, body and lens hood shows some sign of use, nothing unusual for a lens this age, glass is clean and clear with some dust particle inside, again very common for lens this age. It doesnít have a zoom lock so yes there is zoom creep. Lens hood doesnít fully click into place anymore but I use a tiny piece of tape to increase friction so the hood would stay in place. Comes with front and rear cap and lens hood, and original hard carrying case.

Bought it a couple of years ago to try out super telephoto but didnít quite get into it, used a handful of times then itís been stored in my drybox unused. I finally started a stock take today and letting go of some of the gear that had not been used.

Asking AUD$350 for the lens. Very inexpensive way to get into super telephoto, especially in Pentax mount.

Inspection welcome, I am in Ryde area of Sydney, would prefer face to face transaction but would consider posting.

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

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Good

Shipping Destinations
Australia Only

Shipping Charge
Contact me for postage

Shipping Services
AustPost

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
Prefer face to face transaction.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 08-27-2017, 12:36 AM  
For Sale: Tamron SP AF28-75mm f2.8 XR Di
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 1
Views: 433
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Tamron SP AF28-75mm f2.8 XR Di

Asking Price
250.00 AUD

Item Location
Sydney (Australia)

Item Description
Up for sale is a used Tamron SP AF28-75mm f2.8 XR Di LD ASPHERICAL(IF) MACRO for Pentax K mount.

Itís in excellent condition, comes with everything in the retail box, lens hood, front and rear caps. Body in excellent condition with minimal scratch and wear, glass is clean and clear, aperture blade are snappy and free of oil, aperture ring click into place correctly.

Nothing wrong with it, I just prefer the Sigma which goes wider to 24mm.

Asking AUD$250 for the lens.

Inspection welcome, I am in Ryde area of Sydney, would prefer face to face transaction but would consider posting.

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
Australia Only

Shipping Charge
Contact me for postage

Shipping Services
AustPost

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
Would prefer face to face transaction

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 08-27-2017, 12:22 AM  
For Sale: Pentax SMC-F 50 f1.7
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 0
Views: 258
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax SMC-F 50 f1.7

Asking Price
170.00 AUD

Item Location
Sydney (Australia)

Item Description
Up for sale is a used Pentax SMC-F 50 f1.7, itís very sharp, sharper than even the more expensive FA 50 f1.4, this particular one is in very good used condition, usual sign of use for lens this age, previous owner had carved a series of numbers on the metal lens mount, it doesnít seem to affect mounting or dismounting of lens in any way, Iíve used it on all my bodies with no issue. Comes with generic front and rear caps.

Only selling because I was given another one in slightly better condition.

Asking AUD$170 for the lens

Inspection welcome, I am in Ryde area of Sydney, would prefer face to face transaction but would consider posting.

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
Australia Only

Shipping Charge
Contact me for postage

Shipping Services
AusPost

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
Prefer face to face transaction to avoid dispute

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 08-27-2017, 12:07 AM  
For Sale: Used Pentax K-30 with DA 16-45 f4 for sale
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 0
Views: 424
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Used Pentax K-30 with DA 16-45 f4 for sale

Asking Price
350.00 AUD

Item Location
Sydney (Australia)

Item Description
Up for sale is my gently used Pentax K-30 and DA 16-45 f4, I am the original owner of the lens and 2nd owner of the body, shutter count for the camera is 18,950( about 8,700 when I got it from the original owner).

This K-30 was bought used as a backup for my K-5IIs and surprisingly captured some of my favorite images, mainly because of the focus peaking that work so well with my manual lenses. I was going to let it go when I got my K-3 so I can use one set of battery charger but discovered that K-3 has a horrible shutter lag when using P-TTL flash so I hesitated. I also tried Sony A7 for my manual lens collection so this camera has been used very sparsely since then. I finally started a stock take today and letting go of some of the gear that had not been used.

In very good used condition, fully functional, rear LCD has got a cover on. Body show very little scratches, no dent. Comes with box and most of the accessories in the retail box like strap, paperwork and cables, missing hot shoe cover and body cap. Also comes with 3 batteries, one original Pentax and 2 ACME branded ones, I will also include 2 AA battery adaptors(uses 4 AA batteries and last quite a bit longer than the stock battery) and a Sony 32GB SDHC card. Only thing I would note is that the little plastic tab that holds battery in place had become brittle and broke maybe 2 years ago, but the battery door still closes and I have no issue using battery or AA battery holder whatsoever.

DA 16-45 f4 was an impulse buy off eBay to compare with Tamron 17-50 f2.8, I prefer the Tamron so this one had not seen much use at all. Fully boxed with all accessories, glass is clean and clear, apart from scratches on the lens hood body is in excellent condition. Itís nice and sharp (better than your run of the mill kit lens but not quite DA* quality), goes to 16mm and constant f4 throughout the range.

Asking AUD$230 for the body and AUD$170 for the lens, if you want them as a combo I can let them go for AUD$350 total.

Inspection welcome, I am in Ryde area of Sydney, would prefer face to face transaction but would consider posting.

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
Australia Only

Shipping Charge
Contact me for postage

Shipping Services
AustPost

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
Would accept return only if the items are faulty or different from listing

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 07-17-2017, 03:51 AM  
k1 or switch systems?
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 56
Views: 2,645
Interesting, I haven't read through all the replies yet, but looking at the 1st page, the picture of the girl in white dress seems back focus by quite a bit, I used to use K-5/K-5IIs and Tamron 70-200 quite a bit and I would say auto focus system in the original K-5 was really letting the side down, I've got a lot more satisfying result after I finally got fed up and bought a K-5IIs to replace it. I actually shot my friend's wedding and his daughter's christening in very dimly lit church with the same combo using much much higher ISO like 3200 and still got acceptable results.

I'll provide you with some example of K-5IIs and Tamron 70-200 at similar settings


Colour of music - Green by Eric C, on Flickr

200MM, f4. ISO800, 1/250th


Colour of music - Blue by Eric C, on Flickr

200MM, f4.5. ISO800, 1/200th


IMGP5364 by Eric C, on Flickr

87MM, f4.5, ISO3200, 1/80th


For portrait and stuff, flash would help tremendously, in the end, photography is all about the light. learn to use (manual) bounce flash(P-TTL for bounce is just not reliable) and off camera flash and you will find your shots improve dramatically. Check out online resource like strobist.com on flickr (http://strobist.blogspot.com.au/)and youtube(I quite like Zack Arias' old one light tutorial but I think they have all but disappeared from the internet), it really helps
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-04-2017, 03:42 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 13,131
Views: 1,132,549
Different shade of pink from Winter Magic Festival 2017 DFA* 70-200


Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival 2017 by Eric C, on Flickr


Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival 2017 by Eric C, on Flickr


Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival 2017 by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-03-2017, 05:49 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 13,131
Views: 1,132,549
There is always a colour theme for the Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival in Katoomba, this year it's Green


Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival 2017 by Eric C, on Flickr



Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival 2017 by Eric C, on Flickr



Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival 2017 by Eric C, on Flickr


Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival 2017 by Eric C, on Flickr


Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival 2017 by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-1 07-02-2017, 05:04 AM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 13,131
Views: 1,132,549
A few steampunk photo using K-1 and DFA* 70-200 at the Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival in Katoomba


Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival 2017 by Eric C, on Flickr


Blue Mountains Winter Magic Festival 2017 by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Sold Items 05-16-2017, 06:14 AM  
For Sale - Sold: HD Pentax-D FA 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 ED DC WR
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 1
Views: 736
Message sent, please check
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-14-2017, 05:56 AM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 36,678
Views: 1,254,617
Carousel


The Entrance Historic Carousel 4 by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-14-2017, 05:49 AM  
Show me a Sign! Billboards,sign,bus ads,shop signs go here!
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 4,031
Views: 303,112
Fun place


The Entrance Historic Carousel 1 by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-14-2017, 05:46 AM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 36,678
Views: 1,254,617
Airplane


wings over Illawarra 2016 by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-14-2017, 05:37 AM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 25,809
Views: 1,083,160
I spy uniform police officer


C015680-R1-04-5A by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 05-13-2017, 06:51 PM  
Buying cameras in Japan
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 18
Views: 1,553
Check JapanCameraHunter's blog, he's done a 2 part blog post about the camera shops(new and used) in Tokyo, it's a few years old now but when I was there late 2015 a lot of the major ones were still there.
Forum: Pentax K-1 05-06-2017, 04:05 PM  
Post your K-1 pictures!
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 13,131
Views: 1,132,549
Sigma 85 1.4


Environmental portrait by Eric C, on Flickr


Autumn colours by Eric C, on Flickr

DFA* 70-200 f2.8 @ 200mm f3.5


There is a first time for every thing by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-03-2017, 03:07 AM  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 36,678
Views: 1,254,617
Z for Zombie


Sydney Zombie Walk 2014 by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Lens Clubs 05-01-2017, 01:50 AM  
Sigma 30mm/1.4 Lens Club
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 43
Views: 8,463
This thread had not seen a lot of love lately, thought I'd add a few shots I took with this lens, I intended to use this lens as my sole large aperture prime for a trip later this year so the following are just test shots for the condition, wide open f1.4


The Entrance Historic Carousel 1 by Eric C, on Flickr


The Entrance Historic Carousel 2 by Eric C, on Flickr


The Entrance Historic Carousel 3 by Eric C, on Flickr


The Entrance Historic Carousel 4 by Eric C, on Flickr
Forum: Sold Items 04-10-2017, 04:03 AM  
For Sale - Sold: FA* 24mm; Kooka Ext. Tube
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 15
Views: 3,038
PM sent RE Sigma 30 f1.4 and postage.
Forum: Sold Items 04-09-2017, 03:18 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Voigtlander Bessa R3m film RF camera w/ ColorSkopar 35mm & Industar-61 52mm
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 12
Views: 881
Free bump from R3A owner :)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-21-2017, 12:02 AM  
Aussie Pentaxians - Pentax KP for $1200AUD
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 10
Views: 819
I didn't took up the K-P offer but did buy a Sigma lens via Teds, they called up Monday telling me that they don't have that lens in stock and will have to order from the supplier(CRK), ETA early April... Price was good for the lens I wanted so I kept the order, but I can't say I am completely satisfy with their way of doing things...
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 03-19-2017, 01:22 AM  
Aussie Pentaxians - Pentax KP for $1200AUD
Posted By elpolodiablo
Replies: 10
Views: 819
Had I not got 4 Pentax K bodies ranging from K-30 to K-1 I would've gotten K-70, it's probably THE bang for your buck Pentax K body right now, and the swivel screen/wifi remote control should be perfect for my solo trips. Alas I rarely got the chance to do long trip nowadays and I stupidly started building a Nikon system for sports so upgrade of the Pentax K bodies will have to wait....
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