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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-28-2012, 01:02 PM  
Problems with D-BG4 grip for K-5/7?
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 6
Views: 1,190
Mine works on and off, though I did purchase it at the same time as my k5 a few months after it came out and used it a lot. This with my k10 having the dreaded memory card error (even though that camera i have not dropped , k5 yes..) my confidence in pentax oem equipment has gone down a bit...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-08-2012, 07:45 PM  
Keep Fa31 or swap to Fa43 + Da15
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 30
Views: 4,211
I have all 4. The 31mm is the one lens to rule them all. When mine got stolen it was my first purchase, delaying getting the K5.
I think that the 31mm and 43mm are different enough to be worthwhile owning both - but I'd get the 15mm first.
As much as I love the 77mm, It can be a little long at times. Same for the 70mm which I sold off.
I'm looking at a 15mm / 31mm / 55mm / 77mm for traveling if I had the funds and I haven't decided on a 16-50mm replacement.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-27-2011, 03:54 AM  
Opinions wanted: DA 21mm as walaround main prime
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 37
Views: 4,547
The 31mm is a great lens (my favorite and by far most used lens) however very expensive - you could get a lot of other lens instead. I think it's a great lens for street photography although a tad bit too narrow fov - "take more time" to compose your shots...

The 21mm has great IQ and rendering, distortion can easily be fixed in post in batch. But it is a little too wide so unless you're cropping a lot be careful with your composition. On the other hand it is my go to discreet lens, small, light, unobtrusive and with the wider angle easy to "shoot from the hip".

Best walkaround would be somewhere between 24-28mm which makes it the old full frame (roughly) 35-43mm in my experience.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 11-27-2011, 03:40 AM  
Extended warranty on the pentax 16-50mm
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 2
Views: 950
Well, I'm considering buying another DA16-50mm to replace the one that got stolen last year - even with possible SDM issues (though mine was perfect all around but may the person who stole it get SDM issues) and yet another FF rumor.

Especially since it's on sale for 750 at BH.

However I'd like to get some extra warranty but I don't know which is best for it ? square trade ? a more specialized outfit ?

For those who want to steer me away from the DA, I do use my K5 + 16-50mm + 50-135mm in a lot of different conditions so weather sealing is important to me. However I might get swayed by a 18-55mm WR now (less than $150) and maybe a tamron 17-50mm ($425) a little later or get from my dad the 16-45mm F4 or an old sigma 24-70 f2.8.

I am currently using primes for that focal range (15/21/31mm)
Forum: General Talk 08-28-2011, 09:48 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 10,948
Views: 746,160
it was at target in the US. They used to sell some pentax stuff online. Someone must have returned it to the store at one time or another but lately they started take a huge percentage off the list price on online return items.
Forum: General Talk 08-27-2011, 01:26 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 10,948
Views: 746,160
Online return, I got one that was essentially brand new everything was perfect.
Forum: General Talk 08-26-2011, 02:24 PM  
Any DMV Pentaxians here ?
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 6
Views: 1,119
From NoVA
Forum: General Talk 08-26-2011, 02:24 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 10,948
Views: 746,160
Pentax Sigma 50-500mm (non HSM version) for 350 + tax at target.
Forum: General Talk 08-26-2011, 02:23 PM  
Did you manage to buy an HP Touchpad this weekend?
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 9
Views: 2,467
I managed to order a 32GB off the HP site last friday night (they were out of the 16gb) and use a 30off coupon. It's on the delivery truck as I'm writing this.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-25-2011, 08:58 AM  
cheap bigma
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 27
Views: 2,906
I like the Bigma so far, that extra reach has been useful so far.
However the 100-300mm works so much better in low light conditions that I think it still has it's place in my kit (not to mention sharpness etc..)
My 50-300mm is great when I want something light or for traveling, I can just put it in my backpack "just in case" with little weight/volume penalty.

All three lens are useful to me.... decisions decisions...

Though what I really need is a 16-50mm to replace the one that got stolen ; the weatherproofing is useful to me and I like the IQ but that darn SDM issue is making me hesitate too much.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-25-2011, 08:51 AM  
cheap bigma
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 27
Views: 2,906
There seems to be two targets in my area that gets a lot of online returns.

The one with the bigma seems to get a lot of lens and cameras and until recently only discounted it down by a couple of cents. It is also located in a less affluent and busy part of the region.

The other target receives more misc electronics online returns but they usually take off 30% immediately. This target is located in a much more rich and busy place.

There is one more target that had some lens pop up as well.

Now that I think about it these are the 3 closest targets to me, which have lots of returns and lots of lens...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-25-2011, 08:45 AM  
cheap bigma
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 27
Views: 2,906
They use to sell some stuff online, mostly pentax sigma lens and the lower end bodies. But they stopped a while ago.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-23-2011, 05:57 PM  
18-200 or 18-250?
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 17
Views: 4,541
I had the sigma 18-200mm. Not worth to me though my father loves it since he now only needs to carry one lens.
I hated the IQ. I would pay the extra money.

Those extra 50mm seems very useful to me.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-23-2011, 05:41 PM  
cheap bigma
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 27
Views: 2,906
Its the non HSM version.
Funny thing happened today, I went to the same target, and they had another one.... for $350 ! Apparently someone returned it this morning.
On and off I've seen a bigma for the past 2 years at this target, as an online return but stayed at the 1000 price. Can't help but think that someone might have been "renting" one of the models and maybe returned it to get a better price (they increased the percentage off for online returns).

For the first one at least it was brand new, the $350 model looks brand new but the box is a little bit worse for wear and it's obvious from the packaging that someone took a look at it.

They also had a sigma nikon 12-24mm HSM for $290.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-02-2011, 10:58 AM  
cheap bigma
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 27
Views: 2,906
I like using the 55-300mm since it's such a small and lightweight lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-01-2011, 11:36 PM  
cheap bigma
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 27
Views: 2,906
So, I found a pentax sigma 50-500mm APO DG at a target store. It was an online return (only available online) but they kept it in store and kept selling it at their original price which was $1000.

I noticed the item for the past year then a few days ago they cut all the online return items to half their original price.

So I bought a bigma for $525 including tax. Still, I don't know if I should keep or return it.
Already have 82mm filters but on the other hand I have a 55-300mm and 100-300mm f4.

WIll test it out tomorrow.

thoughts ?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-26-2011, 04:02 PM  
Next lens after DA*16-50mm F2.8 and DA*50-135mm F2.8
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 19
Views: 3,222
I have both DA* and all the FA ltds; in the end I use the 31mm for just about everything - I use it more than any other lens.

Seems like budget isn't much of an issue so I would go with the FA31 / 100mm for a macro lens.

Of course, look at what focal length you a lot at or maybe think you want to expand to before anything else.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 06-22-2011, 10:46 PM  
Your 5 Most Used Lenses ?
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 148
Views: 15,190
1- FA31
2- 50-135mm
3- FA77
4- 55-300mm
5- sigma 10-20mm
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-19-2011, 07:49 PM  
Creative lighting system help
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 11
Views: 2,570
Hi,

I m in the process of learning more about "studio" photography and using flashes, and so I'd like to know what I should get. I already have some stands and reflectors from my dad and uncle to which I can add my photography group's equipment.

However I d like to get my own wireless triggers,

I'm looking at the cactus v5, 3 of them to start off with (PW looks mighty expensive)

I have a 3.5mm to 2.5mm adapter somewhere, though I m not sure if I still have a PC flash sync cord and should buy a backup if I do anyway (best place to get it ?).

a light meter, maybe a used seikonic ?

I have the K5, k10 and Kx available to me.
For flashes, the pentax 360, metz 58, 2 sony f36am, a minolta 5600HS

thanks
Forum: Pentax K-r 03-10-2011, 05:02 AM  
What 300mm Zoom Lens should I get?
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 34
Views: 6,499
In addition to the 55-300mm being optically superior, the extra reach has always been useful to me.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 03-09-2011, 04:24 PM  
Great Falls, MD - Blue Heron Rookery!!!
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 9
Views: 5,095
Went last saturday,lots of herons, unfortunately it was overcast and it started drizzling a little.
It seemed that they stayed on their island or went towards the VA side, I had only 1 heron go back and forth once on the MD side. I missed taking a pic of the eagle since I was leaving ...

First time I went somewhere photographing specifically for birds outside of traveling.
My pics looks nowhere as sharp but thats understandable from a 100-300mm zoom.
Forum: Pentax K-r 03-09-2011, 04:16 PM  
What 300mm Zoom Lens should I get?
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 34
Views: 6,499
Another vote for the 55-300mm.

I also have the sigma 100-300mm f4 and I still take the pentax out as often considering how small and lightweight it is.
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 03-01-2011, 09:45 PM  
Great Falls, MD - Blue Heron Rookery!!!
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 9
Views: 5,095
thanks ! looks like I ll have to brave traffic though...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-11-2010, 12:11 PM  
15% off all DSLRs at Newegg today only !
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 29
Views: 5,748
Received mine yesterday ! 1 day early too !
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-05-2010, 02:17 PM  
15% of Pentax DSLRs today at Newegg (K5 $1450)
Posted By davidvcd
Replies: 4
Views: 2,114
K-5 back in stock , could nt resist and bought it $1455 shipped (other shipping options are useless when ordering friday especially this late in the day...) with $21.75 cash back.

bought it at past 5pm eastern time, so I a little surprised it went through.


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