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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-26-2019, 09:49 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By trevinon
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I started way back in my precollege years with a borrowed Spotmatic (probably the original one). Later in college I was part of the few students in the photography club using another borrowed Canon rangefinder. I won several contests with it (there were few of us so probably some of the prices were by default).

Then, after starting to work, the first camera I bought was the Spotmatic F (stolen). Then I bought an ME with a f/1.4 prime that I still use (the lens, not the body which was used until it expired on me). In my early married years I bought an assortment of film point & shoots (Canon) and some digital cameras (Nikon 950 and Canon Ixus 50).

But when I had the chance, I got a hold on a K-x (shelf retired) and my current K-3. In retrospective, I was using other brands different to Pentax out of necessity. But my heart has always been for Pentax.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-23-2018, 07:57 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By trevinon
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Ah! A Spotmatic F! Mine was stolen many years ago. Don't make me cry, please.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 06-11-2018, 06:31 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By trevinon
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With your comment you reminded me about my two analogue Pentax SLRs. They were first a Spotmatic F and after it was stolen, an ME (not Super). Both were fitted with their respective f/1.4 lenses. The ME I still have but it's broken (something in the electronics side). But the lens is fantastic. I have used it in my K-x and my K-3 with great results.

Enjoy,


Norberto
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-22-2017, 05:38 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By trevinon
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You should have done that. I always regret not reaching out.
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-09-2017, 08:03 AM  
A very unhappy half birthday
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-09-2017, 08:03 AM  
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High Density
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-09-2017, 08:02 AM  
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 10-09-2017, 08:02 AM  
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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-30-2017, 08:12 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By trevinon
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Ricoh in the screen behind the speaker.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-27-2017, 06:43 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By trevinon
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Yesterday, while visiting the Castillo de Chapultepec in Mexico City, I met a girl sporting a Pentax camera. Her camera seemed to be an older film camera with a pointy pentaprism all black. Meeting another Pentax user in the wild, where I move is very uncommon.

Norberto
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-27-2017, 06:42 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By trevinon
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Yesterday, while visiting the Castillo de Chapultepec in Mexico City, I met a girl sporting a Pentax camera. Her camera seemed to be an older film camera with a pointy pentaprism all black. Meeting another Pentax user in the wild, where I move is very uncommon.

Norberto
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-05-2017, 05:46 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By trevinon
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Here in Mexico, the Liverpool department store offers Pentax brand eguipment. But I sadly see that the physical units in display (K-50 black and red) are just gathering dust. No publicity, no special prices. Heck, the CaNikons have their own displays and cabinets while the Pentax is jumbled with other photography parafernalia. I have also lectured the sales persons about the outstanding features and history of the brand, several times to no avail. Actually, I wouldn't go so far as to say they are actually selling the CaNikons any better either, since my focus is only Pentax when I visit the store.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-28-2017, 08:14 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By trevinon
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Last week I spent some days in South Padre Island, TX. Almost everybody was snapping with cell phones, one nondescript point-and-shoot, and a young woman carrying a DSLR covered by a hat. I wondered if she was ashamed of her camera or was only convering it against the sea spray of the breaking waves in the beach. Besides this, I was proudly sporting my WR Pentax K-3. ;-)

Cheers


Norberto
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 11-02-2016, 10:19 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By trevinon
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I do proud myself of my K-3 and the Pentax brand, and wish to let whoever wants to know how good this camera/brand is, that there are other great brands out there besides CaNikon. On the other hand, any kind of DSLR camera will attract thieves no matter what brand you use. They might be disilusioned afterwards but the impulse to steal no matter what brand you carry will be there.

This are my 2 cents.


Norberto
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-31-2016, 04:08 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By trevinon
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I actually relay on my Moto X 3rd Gen on my business travels. If it were vacations I use my Pentax. The Moto X takes amazing photos. The people that have seen them fully agree with me. Some of them know that I have a K-3 which takes excellent photos that I have shown them too but still are greatly impressed with the quality of the photos taken with this phone. I believe there is space for both options in my life.


Norberto
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-26-2016, 09:20 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By trevinon
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Last week I attended a trade show in Chicago. Saw the customary crowd of CaNikons in a fair amount and a lot of cell phones-as-camera examples, but no single Pentax both during the show and during my outings in the city. I didn't bring mine either but used my cell phone camera instead. No need to risk my treasure.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-23-2016, 06:06 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By trevinon
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Yeah! I know the feeling. ;)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 05-09-2016, 12:00 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By trevinon
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Hey grhazelton,
I tend to think the same. Well, that was until I got my hands on a Moto X Pure. Man! This smartphone really takes good shots, even using its onboard flash. I am a K-3 user and I like my camera (actually, I bought both at the same time from Amazon), but this phone really shoots. Give it a try.


Norberto
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-02-2016, 07:48 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By trevinon
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My first sighting of another Pentaxian in the wild, just a moment ago! A fellow K-3 user. This happened at a christian youth activity in a small tourist town named Tapalpa, in the Mexican state of Jalisco.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-29-2016, 02:12 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By trevinon
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I should have clarified: "nobody in the printing industry (mostly young guys) do not know what Pentax is. They do not register that this is a brand. Chances are you should be able to print it.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-28-2016, 09:43 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By trevinon
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┐How is this possible if nobody knows the brand? ;-)

Norberto
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-12-2016, 07:40 AM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By trevinon
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I agree. It is nice to go and daydream at the stores, and... Fortunately for me, Ricoh has been doing their promotional homework enlisting different store chains in my country (Mexico) where I can see and touch some Pentax products, stores such as Liverpool, Fabricas de Francia or Sanborns for instance. And I believe other known chains are now starting to offer Pentax branded products.

But I would never buy from them, though. Their expectations of profit are way high. For instance, my recently purchased K-3 was offered at Liverpool store at a whopping price of roughly US$1680 whereas Amazon (US) had it at US$890. I understand we pay much more in import duties but not that much. I am quite happy with my K-3 and have found results with it are very good!


Norberto
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-11-2016, 01:52 PM  
Are we really THAT rare?
Posted By trevinon
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Hi tim60,
I am sorry you have had bad experiences buying online. Personally, I have bought a K-x, a K-3 (both new), a Metz flash, a Pentax K-x (a second one), a SMC f/1.4 lens and a Tamron lens (all used) without being able to touch any of the goods prior to the purchase or without any prior experience with these goods, only good faith. This is also true for different and asorted goods that I have bought during the past five years at Amazon and eBay.

For the photographic gear I did my research, and from what I have read here, most other people do the same. The benefit is usually a better value proposition that buying at Brick & Mortar shops. But yes, there is risk in buying this way (I have been burned once or twice). And actually, Pentaxforums Marketplace has been good to me 100%. I really do not care to see and touch. The Pentax brand is solid and trustworthy so it is only a matter of reading what users have to say about the model I am interested in. That is how I decided for the gear I have.

Do your research, research also your potential supplier, and go for it! Have a great day.



Norberto
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