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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 05-30-2016, 07:40 PM  
Nikon 6mm f2.8 fisheye
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 6
Views: 646
Hurry, only 2 days left for the deal of the century!
A listing on 'that' bidding site for a Nikon 6mm f2.8 fisheye for only $84,995 plus $295 shipping, and if that's not enough of a shock for you then you will be even more shocked to know there is one bid on it!!!

(my wife already said "NO" so that's one less person you have to outbid)

Nikon Fisheye Nikkor 6mm F2 8 AIS Lens Outfit w Box Papers New RARE Last One | eBay
Forum: General Talk 05-14-2016, 05:43 PM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 3,395
Views: 276,033
Russian Circles-Geneva, 20 minutes into the full album on youtube.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 11-04-2015, 05:37 PM  
How many film camera systems do you own?
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 117
Views: 9,113
M42 - 3, lenses - 6
Pentax K - 4, lenses - 10
Nikon - 1, lenses - 3
Minolta Hi-Matic 7Sll - 1
Rolleiflex Automat - 2
Ikoflex - 2
Mamiya 645 - 2, lenses - 5
Mamiya RB67 - 2, lenses - 2
Burke&James 4x5 - 1, lenses - 3
Ansco 8x10 Studio - 1, lens - 1

odd stuff - Kodak Brownie No. 0, Kodak 35, Holga Wide Pinhole, Ansco 620 folder, several other vintage Kodaks

(my wife hates ebay)
Forum: General Talk 10-03-2015, 06:37 PM  
What music are you currently listening to?
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 3,395
Views: 276,033
As I type this: "Transcendence" by Lindsey Stirling on Pandora followed by "Must Be The Feeling" by Nero...guess I type slow
Forum: Sold Items 01-09-2015, 10:00 PM  
For Sale - Sold: ME Super SE
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 6
Views: 745
What trades might be considered?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-03-2015, 08:59 AM  
What lens is on your camera right now?
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 287
Views: 16,256
55mm f1.8 Super-Takumar on a K5lls...mf M42 or K-mount glass 95% of the time.
70-210mm f3.5 Tamron SP on MX
50mm f2 SMC Pentax A on Super Program
50 f1.4 Super-Multi-Coated Takumar on SPll
4 currently with no lens on patiently waiting in the wings.

Non Pentax:
Lensbaby Composer on Nikon D200
Body cap on Nikon F100
80mm f4 Mamiya-Sekor Macro on Mamiya 645M
80mm f2.8 Mamiya-Sekor on Mamiya 645J

Several more with non detachable lenses...
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-11-2014, 07:18 AM  
Need help identifying Sunpak sync cord
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 7
Views: 932
The three prong plug plugs into the side of the flash and the other plugs into the pc sync port on the camera. I would include a picture but I'm at work and it's at home.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 12-11-2014, 05:48 AM  
Need help identifying Sunpak sync cord
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 7
Views: 932
Looks just like the one that fits my Sunpak 555.
Forum: Macro Photography 11-28-2014, 04:19 PM  
macro lens ok?
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 36
Views: 2,679
I use a Tamron SP 90mm f2.5 that I have owned for over 30 years. With the adaptall mount it has seen use on both my Pentax's and Nikon's. I also have the extension tube to make it 1:1, it is 1:2 without. For macro, autofocus is not needed and may be a hindrance in most cases as far as I'm concerned.

The Adaptall2 mount comes in two flavors, P/K and P/KA, both work but the KA is more desirable and also more costly and seemingly rarer. For around $200 all can be had with a little shopping around.

A very sharp classic lens well worth checking out.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-26-2014, 09:43 PM  
Nikon SB-700 flash on my K50?
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 6
Views: 815
I would venture to guess $260/$285 as long as it is in really decent shape. Go high and adjust accordingly.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-26-2014, 08:37 PM  
Nikon SB-700 flash on my K50?
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 6
Views: 815
Will most likely work but only in auto mode, camera set on manual. I've used my SB-800 on my K-5lls this way. The major downside is the locking system on the Nikon, it uses a pin to lock it to the hotshoe and of course it doesn't align with the hole on the Pentax. The flash will move around just enough so that occasionally the flash won't fire (too often in fact). I ended up using my SB-28 flash which has a knurled "nut" that tightens it to the hotshoe and sits very securely, fires every time, auto mode, camera in manual, beautiful results!

Sell it, buy a Pentax Flash, a dedicated Metz (I have one now) or even an SB-28 (auto mode/manual mode/manual camera mode)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 09-18-2014, 04:52 AM  
Thyristor?
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 9
Views: 1,200
Use a Wein Safe Sync to reduce the voltage to a safe level. I have one and it works fine with the many old flashes I have.
Wein Safe-Sync Hot Shoe to Hot Shoe (SSHSHS) 990-560 B&H Photo
Forum: Sold Items 09-15-2014, 07:38 PM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 12-24mm F4 , FA * 24 F2.0 and Metz 58 AF-1
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 14
Views: 2,681
pm sent
Forum: Sold Items 09-04-2014, 07:26 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax-M 135 f/3.5 (Final Price Reduction)
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 5
Views: 871
pm sent
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-18-2014, 04:37 PM  
Recommend a moderately priced light meter?
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 18
Views: 1,839
The Luna Pro SBC uses a 9 volt battery and has a silicon blue cell which is much better than the plain Luna Pro.
For flash also there is the Luna Pro F which measures incident and reflected as well as flash in both modes.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-18-2014, 11:19 AM  
Recommend a moderately priced light meter?
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 18
Views: 1,839
I have several meters but find that I like the Gossen Luna Pro SBC (an older model meter). Simple enough for a beginner but one that you will never outgrow. Analog not digital, somewhat large but not overly so. Prices run the gamut from low to high...check ebay.

Some info to check out: James's Light Meter Collection: Gossen Luna-Pro sbc
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-17-2014, 03:59 PM  
Need help in picking a lens, please
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 9
Views: 961
Go with the 35. Superzooms are a trade-off...convenience at the cost of quality.

Macro, btw, need not be too pricey, consider a Tamron 90 f2.5 manual focus (autofocus and macro really don't mix well). I have one that I have owned since the early 80's and used it on my Nikon's and Pentax's with a simple mount change. Nice lens with outstanding image quality! Check ebay.

Also consider reverse mounting a lens or lenses. Check out the link for more info on how to.

Reverse Lens Macro: Close Up Photography Lesson #3 -
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-13-2014, 03:50 PM  
How many lenses do you have?
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 1,503
Views: 104,909
Too many...


Not enough.
Forum: Photo Critique 03-08-2014, 08:20 PM  
People Joanna
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 6
Views: 770
The red hair and beautiful model would be enough for me to love this photo but there's more. The picture is nicely balanced by the red hair and chestnut boots. Great light really separates the similar blues and gives it depth as well as highlighting the textures. An overall very nice portrait!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-24-2014, 05:42 AM  
So how many Pentax camera bodies do you own?
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 125
Views: 7,123
Spotmatic SPll
Spotmatic F(as of 03/26/2014)
MX
Me Super
Super Program
PZ1p
K5lls


(mostly to my wife's dismay...or it may be a combination of the Canon, Nikons, Mamiyas, Minolta, Rolleiflexs, Ikoflexs, 4x5, 8x10, meters, flashes, lights, tripods, lights, stands, bags...etc.)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-23-2014, 08:21 PM  
Is the Nikon D4s ugly or is it just me?
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 35
Views: 2,876
Say what you want, I love the look of Nikons!
Forum: Pentax K-5 02-22-2014, 02:37 PM  
K5II/s sales data
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 8
Views: 1,120
My money is on the 5lls, at least that's what I bought a month ago...so that's at least one! :lol:
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 02-20-2014, 04:22 PM  
Is the Nikon D4s ugly or is it just me?
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 35
Views: 2,876
I, for one, feel that Nikons are some of the best looking cameras on the market! I own three different Nikons and find them all very visually appealing, now if we want to talk ugly have a look at Canons offerings...
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 02-07-2014, 05:51 PM  
Back to Pentax
Posted By jwd722
Replies: 4
Views: 367
Got into Pentax cameras by accident while looking to buy a Nikon years ago. At a used camera show I saw a Nikon FM2 in the case, looked good, right price and when I inquired about purchasing it I was given an old scratched 'pos' because the one in the case was a display only camera. Being upset by the ruse I ventured on to another seller and saw a Pentax MX. Better price, better condition, love at first site and it came home with me. Kismet!

I now own the MX, Super Program, ME Super, Spotmatic SPll and in a few days a K5lls when Adorama delivers it. I also have several lenses, mostly M's and A's. I had a PZ1P that I gave to my niece along with a flash and two lenses and am trying to get it back, also owned a Pentax 645 but that's long gone.

To be honest I do own a few Nikons but I also have Minolta, Rolleiflex, Ikoflex, Mamiya 645, Voigtlander, Holga, 4x5, 8x10...and way too many more. A big reason why I'm broke most of the time!

Anyway, I'm glad to be here and hope I will be welcome as well.
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