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Forum: Sold Items 07-17-2015, 02:46 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC DA 70mm F2.4 Limited (updated with pictures)
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 4
Views: 1,317
Still for sale. I'm not going to let it go for less than this; instead, I'm letting my brother borrow it until one of you bites. No sense in having it sit in the box!
Forum: Sold Items 07-17-2015, 02:42 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax Pentax HD 70mm LTD
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 3
Views: 1,041
This is is the newer "HD" version of that lens, with updated coatings and rounded aperture blades. See HD vs. SMC Pentax Limited Primes Review - What's New | PentaxForums.com Reviews for more.
Forum: Sold Items 07-07-2015, 02:08 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC DA 70mm F2.4 Limited (updated with pictures)
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 4
Views: 1,317
Such a nice lens. You know you want it. :)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-02-2015, 02:55 PM  
Pentax JPEG processing
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 16
Views: 3,316
I'm a big fan of Natural with saturation down one and contrast up one. I'm not happy with what Bright does with reds and skin tones, even with saturation reduced.

I also use Portrait, in this case with contrast reduced. (With contrast up, skin looks weird, which is contrary to the name of the setting, and I think that's even the case at its default. Much better down one.)
Forum: Sold Items 06-28-2015, 12:23 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC DA 70mm F2.4 Limited (updated with pictures)
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 4
Views: 1,317
Updated with pictures. Might consider dropping price, but really, shipping with proper insurance takes a big chunk out of it. If you're in the Boston area and can meet for exchange, let's talk. :)

---------- Post added 06-28-15 at 03:54 PM ----------

Also, on pricing: You should go with zbrueningsen's $260-shipped offer if it's still available. That's a ridiculously good deal. I'm sticking to this price, though. :)
Forum: Sold Items 05-19-2015, 06:38 AM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 15mm F4.0 ED AL Limited
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 2
Views: 850
Pending sale now. I may have priced this one too low as you are all jumping over it. :) Ah well, glad for it to go to a true Pentaxian :)
Forum: Sold Items 05-18-2015, 05:12 PM  
For Sale - Sold: DA 15mm F4.0 ED AL Limited
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 2
Views: 850
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
DA 15mm F4.0 ED AL Limited

Asking Price
350.00 USD

Item Location
Boston Area (United States)

Item Description
Glass is flawless. Body looks pretty good too I might be tempted to say "like new", but it's not quite that.

Includes front and rear caps, leather pouch, and even original box and manual. Plus an extra snap-on cap because the original screw-on metal cap is really kind of fiddly.

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
United States

Shipping Charge
$15; free if you also get the 70mm (see other listing)

Shipping Services
UPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
no returns

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 05-18-2015, 05:11 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC DA 70mm F2.4 Limited (updated with pictures)
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 4
Views: 1,317
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
SMC DA 70mm F2.4 Limited

Asking Price
300.00 USD

Item Location
Boston Area (United States)

Item Description
Glass is flawless, but the body has some minor (seriously, minor) wear. This lens has been well loved and well taken care of.

Includes front and rear caps, leather pouch, and even original box and manual.



Are you the original owner of the item being sold?

No: (Not original owner but I bought it like-new.)

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Excellent

Shipping Destinations
United States

Shipping Charge
$15 (based on recent sale and shipping of DA 15mm, this is basically splitting the cost including safe packaging + insurance.)

Shipping Services
UPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
no returns.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!




Pictures! You can see here what I mean by "minor wear" — some of the black has worn off of the lens cap and hood, very slightly. (In the image, this is turned so that's most apparent — no surprises!) As noted, glass is flawless.



Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-30-2014, 06:45 AM  
Anyone using the Godox V850?
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 77
Views: 11,491
Hmmm. My three batteries seem to still be going fine, although next time I charge I'll be more careful about keeping count to see if it's lasting as long as expected.

In any case, glad I bought from Cheetah Light — I know I can trust Edward to make things good if there's a problem. I mentioned earlier in this thread that my second flash has a kind of loose fit for the remote, and until I gaffer-taped it, it tended to pop off when bumped. I told Edward about this and he insisted I send it back in for replacement. (I didn't — the tape solution works for me. But it's nice to know that there was the option.)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-10-2014, 07:10 PM  
does anyone want to take over pttl.mattdm.org?
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,023
That would be fine, although it does currently use a lot of the wikidot features which would have to be translated.

---------- Post added 07-10-14 at 09:12 PM ----------



Thanks! I put a ridiculous amount of work into it and I'm glad it's benefited other people.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 07-09-2014, 04:27 PM  
does anyone want to take over pttl.mattdm.org?
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 9
Views: 1,023
I've put a lot of work over the years into my guide to P-TTL hot shoe flashes, but my current job does not give me the spare time. And not only are there new P-TTL flash models, there are several new options for manually-controlled flashes that still let you set the power from the camera body which I'd also like to include, in an ideal world....

Anyone interested in taking this over? (It's hosted on wikidot, by the way, so if you're familiar with that, that'd be a bonus, but it's pretty easy to learn. I've done some complicated things with templates but if you're reasonably geeky you can figure it out....)
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 06-09-2014, 07:57 PM  
I need a new flash.
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,318
And a slightly more expensive labeling, the Cheetah Light V850. If you are in the US, I think it's worth the few extra dollars for excellent customer service and US-based warranty service.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-20-2014, 07:03 AM  
Cactus RF60 Flash Review
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 164
Views: 19,539
That's definitely a killer feature of this system. Makes a lot of perfectly good but no longer popular flashes suddenly much more useful.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-19-2014, 11:23 AM  
Anyone using the Godox V850?
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 77
Views: 11,491
Update: I got a second one, and the connection is definitely looser than the first. (Hooray, budget manufacturing!) The low-profile velcro fits, but because it is still a little too thick, actually makes it worse. So, gaffer tape it is.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 04-03-2014, 03:20 PM  
Anyone using the Godox V850?
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 77
Views: 11,491
That was a worry of mine too, but I've used mine a reasonable amount with quite a bit of moving around, and haven't actually ever knocked it out. He mentions velcro being too fat, but I have some of the low-profile stuff which I plan on trying if it becomes a problem. Or for that matter, tape. Not beautiful, but...
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-04-2014, 01:12 PM  
Anyone using the Godox V850?
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 77
Views: 11,491
It could hardly be cheaper than 100$, though. Maybe it'll come in the future.
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Yeah, I wouldn't even mind if it were very close in price. I'd just like it to be compact enough that I wouldn't need to give a thought to throwing a second or third light in the camera bag. At 1 pounds with battery, the V850 isn't that. (The Nikon SB-R200 is a quarter of the weight (also with battery). It'd also be nicer to mount in creative locations, using a gorillapod or similar.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-03-2014, 02:24 PM  
Anyone using the Godox V850?
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 77
Views: 11,491
I just got mine. As I posted in another thread, I went with the Cheetah-branded version, the Cheetah Light V850. This is a little more expensive than the other versions, but you get US-based service (and I've heard that the customer service is great).

I agree with howieb that it'd be nice to have a way to go faster than dialing through all of the third-stops. It's also a little finicky to select groups it's nice that there are so many, but honestly I think I'd rather a dial with fewer numbers on it. And, it'd be kind of cool if they had a smaller version for use as accent lighting (although I know that for some people, the Cheetah Light CL-360 is the "real" flash and this is the small version). And while I'm asking for things, it'd be nice if the transmitter was low-profile like some of the others.

Other than those little things, though, I'm very impressed. Lots of power, really quick refresh time (if you are using low enough power, it'll keep up with high-speed burst mode, which is kind of fun).
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-03-2014, 11:07 AM  
Cactus RF60 Flash Review
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 164
Views: 19,539
Slight correction here: the Metz 52 AF-1 has no "A" mode. You need to go up to the flagship 58 AF-2 for that.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 03-03-2014, 09:40 AM  
Cactus RF60 Flash Review
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 164
Views: 19,539
Just a couple of notes on the Godox flash... You can also buy it as the "Cheetah Light V850" from https://www.cheetahstand.com/product-p/cl-v850-combo-a.htm. It's a little more expensive than the Godox brand ($189.95 with transmitter/receiver set), but you get US-based support and service (they say 1 day in-house turnaround). Alternately, you can also buy it more cheaply as the Neewer TT850 (about $99 from Amazon + $30 for the trigger/receiver), but as with Godox you need to send back to China for service.

Another thing that might be nice for some people is that the same trigger works with the much more powerful (and expensive) bare-bulb lithium-powered Cheetah Light CL-360. At almost $800, a little rich for my blood, but if you're interested in a more serious studio setup, that could be attractive.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-24-2014, 08:28 PM  
pentax releases firmware v1.02 for k-3
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 7
Views: 1,922
Ah, my favorite "Improved stability for general performance" — Pentax's perpetual code for "we fixed bugs we don't want to admit to".
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-27-2013, 07:56 PM  
Pentax-Ricoh Russia Answers: FF and Ricoh future
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 495
Views: 83,858
And I don't see any particular reason to expect that the Russian arm of the company is any more in the loop than the US one -- which is to say, not very. I don't know how things have changed with Ricoh, but for the past decade it's been clear that Pentax Japan holds all the engineering and design close, let alone future plans, while the regional subsidiaries are basically just distributors.

So, I'm not saying this isn't true, but I'm also taking it with a huge grain of salt.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-14-2013, 07:19 AM  
Firmware upgrade coming for ALL Pentax Cameras!?
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 29
Views: 5,483
This seems to be the general code for "fixed bugs that we don't want to admit exist". I kind of hoped that under new management they'd be more open, but oh well. At least they do fix things.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-27-2013, 12:19 PM  
Pentax wants to hear what you think?
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 376
Views: 42,400
This has been discussed at length. There are basically only two real market strategies (if you're doing something else, it's likely that what you have is actually not a strategy at all). They are: compete on cost, or compete on differentiation.

Your proposal is basically to compete on cost. This is very hard for a mass-market consumer good when there are bigger competitors. It is also roughly what Pentax attempted with the K100D and K110D. These were great little cameras, priced under $400, and easily fit an adjusted-for-the-time version of your list.

Unfortunately, this did not result in rousing success for Pentax.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-18-2013, 07:27 AM  
New battery charger D-BC90P and new battery D-LI90P - why?
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 33
Views: 12,986
I asked Pentax support and got this typical non-answer from Randall S:


The D-Li90(E) is a newer version of the original D-Li90 battery and the price
variation is probably a reflection of the increased cost to manufacturer the E
version. The specifications and performance should be the same with either
battery.


Since I specifically noted that the specifications were the same, this is basically the answer I could have gotten from a random person on the street.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-17-2013, 04:58 PM  
New battery charger D-BC90P and new battery D-LI90P - why?
Posted By mattdm
Replies: 33
Views: 12,986
Weird -- same specs as the old one.
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