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Forum: Pentax K-1 03-07-2018, 08:23 PM  
Pre-Order a Pentax K-1 II: Free Battery Grip + 1-year Forum Account Upgrade
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 21
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Any option for us Canadian types?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-07-2018, 08:18 PM  
24mm for K1
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 22
Views: 1,536
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A very good option, if you can find one. 20-35mm on full frame is a very nice range.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-03-2018, 01:10 PM  
Pentax KX, sound like a good deal for beginner?
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 59
Views: 3,554
I've never warmed to the KX, but I love the K2DMD. I'm an aperture-priority type. I've never tried a MZ-S (too expensive) but the PZ-1 is surprisingly intuitive... and a much better value than the MZ-S in my opinion. Flagship AF film body for under $100.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-03-2018, 11:57 AM  
Pentax KX, sound like a good deal for beginner?
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 59
Views: 3,554
The Pz-1 / Pz1-p has a faster shutter (1/8000) than the MZ-S (1/6000). The MZ-S also seems to share the same dreaded plastic mirror gear that is the achilles heel of the MZ / ZX series, though there are less reports of failed MZ-S cameras than the more common MZ bodies.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 01-01-2018, 08:00 PM  
Pentax KX, sound like a good deal for beginner?
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 59
Views: 3,554
I agree that the MZ/ZX series are prone to failure, but the PZ-1 and PZ1-p seem to be doing just fine.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-07-2017, 01:42 PM  
Your perfect 3 lens set for an MX
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 38
Views: 1,845
Another contrarian vote: :)

FA20-35/4
M50/1.7
Adaptal 90/2.5
Forum: Sold Items 11-22-2017, 04:53 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax 20-35mm FA SMC F 4 wide zoom Sharp!
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 6
Views: 747
Is that the OEM hood? It doesn't look like it to me. If it's not the OEM one it might vignette on full frame.
Forum: Sold Items 11-03-2017, 07:44 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax Rear Converter - A 1.4X-S
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 0
Views: 396
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax Rear Converter - A 1.4X-S

Asking Price
135.00 USD

Item Location
Langley BC (Canada)

Item Description
Up for sale is the rarely-seen Rear Converter - A 1.4X-S, or the "short" rear converter. Manual focus with the "A" contacts for aperture control. Looks like it was hardly used at all. Glass is perfect, and the lens is clear. Works correctly (tested with a FA*200/2.8 and a F50/1.7).

I will ship in a generic hard lens case (that fits a 50mm lens) in addition to sturdy packaging to be sure it gets to you in perfect shape.

Insured shipping and PayPal fees, etc, included in the price for buyers in the USA or Canada. Will ship worldwide at my discretion based on your location and feedback, etc.

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
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
included to USA or Canada

Shipping Services
Canada Post

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
EMT in equivalent Cdn funds preferred for Canadians.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-06-2017, 11:16 PM  
Lens for ME Super
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 32
Views: 1,405
The DA40 limited and the DA40XS both cover 35mm format just fine. I use the DA40XS on my MZ-7 and ZX-L film bodies regularly, along with the DA 35/2.4 (which is also a great lens on film).
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-25-2017, 08:28 AM  
my MZ5N died
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 10
Views: 710
For the price of a repair one could likely find a PZ-1 instead...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-24-2017, 10:50 PM  
K1 Lens Choice: 43mm? 28-120? Some other normal lens?
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 21
Views: 1,823
For the low prices it commands these days, I'd also try out the F50/1.7 if I were you. Great lens.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 07-24-2017, 02:01 PM  
Has your MZ-6 / MZ-L / ZX-L mirror gear failed?
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 27
Views: 2,900
I have a few that I ordered last year. I tried my hand at fixing a MZ-5n and failed. :) So as of last year they remained available.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-02-2017, 09:10 PM  
f1.8? f1.7?
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 3
Views: 926
Same for my Sigma 28/1.8. It's normal. Maybe it's really 1.7. :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-27-2017, 09:03 PM  
1958 Asahi Pentax "K"
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 16
Views: 1,253
Yep - out in the valley.

At that price, I knew it wouldn't last long, and I knew there wasn't much point in trying for it.

You should send it to Eric for a CLA if you want to use it.

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Yes, I saw that - lovely.

If that K had been black, I would have tried for it! :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-27-2017, 02:31 PM  
1958 Asahi Pentax "K"
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 16
Views: 1,253
I saw that one pop up on craigslist - glad it went to a fellow Pentaxian on the forum. The K is a svelte little thing, isn't it? I had one years ago as well.
Forum: Film Processing, Scanning, and Darkroom 06-26-2017, 09:31 PM  
How can I scan my negatives for archival purpose ?
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 32
Views: 2,000
This.

Your negs are what you archive. 100 years from now, do you think it will be easier to access a digital copy or an actual negative?

This is one reason I've made a point of photographing my kids with film every so often.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-26-2017, 08:49 PM  
DA 21 ltd replacement for K-1 ?
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 87
Views: 5,216
The DA 35/2.4 does just fine on FF. No issues.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-22-2017, 10:30 PM  
You May Only Keep One
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 83
Views: 4,713
Poker face is exactly right. It was hard - my heart rate was definitely up there!

The worst part was waiting for the reply after sending my inquiry. She phoned, and said someone was coming to look at it tomorrow, but would I want to come that night? Heck yes! I'm already out the door!



Once I was in the car and around the corner it is possible something like this may have occurred! :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-21-2017, 08:37 AM  
You May Only Keep One
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 83
Views: 4,713
Yes, they seemed a bit nervous that I might investigate the camera. I was doing my best to be casual as I examined the lens. It was a bit awkward, but I think we both went away happy with the deal. :)
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-21-2017, 07:37 AM  
You May Only Keep One
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 83
Views: 4,713
"I have a particular set of skills" - and in my case, I knew from the blurry, small photo that it was the K50/1.2 based on its relative size to the camera (it was mounted on the ME Super). I think the seller knew the camera was dead, but I obviously did not care at all. :)

Craigslist has been good to me - I also got my very nice FA20-35/4 locally for $350 (if memory serves) many years ago. That seller knew it was a good lens, but wasn't pricing it quite to where it might have been priced.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-21-2017, 12:03 AM  
You May Only Keep One
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 83
Views: 4,713
I picked up mine for $100 Canadian along with an ME Super. The camera is in need of a CLA, but I'm not complaining.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-20-2017, 03:20 PM  
300mm Prime on the Pentax KP for Wildlife and Birding???
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 13
Views: 1,503
There's a FA* 300/4.5 in the marketplace right now - amazing lens. It would be an excellent choice.
Forum: Sold Items 06-17-2017, 07:43 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA* 300mm f4.5 For Sale
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 21
Views: 2,245
I had mine out today - fantastic performance!

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They seem to be selling for more than your asking price on eB@y - maybe flip it there?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-12-2017, 11:36 PM  
Your favorite 50?
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 57
Views: 3,229
There are just so many good 50s out there, and we Pentaxians are blessed with an abundance...

When I want a MF 50, I reach for my K50/1.2. I could not justify spending market value on one, but (obsessive?) craigslist stalking netted me one for cheap. This lens is a gem.

The M50/1.7 is another fantastic lens, and an excellent value.

In m42 mount, the Fujinon EBC 50/1.4 was a favourite, followed by the S-M-C Tak 50/1.4.

For an AF 50, I have a soft spot for the F/FA 50/1.7 - excellent performance wide open.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 06-12-2017, 07:53 PM  
Has your MZ-6 / MZ-L / ZX-L mirror gear failed?
Posted By gabriel_bc
Replies: 27
Views: 2,900
If true, then the MZ-6, which was introduced in 2001, may well have some bodies with an OEM brass gear.

---------- Post added 06-12-2017 at 08:26 PM ----------



Yes, I did, thanks. I was already aware of this, though.
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