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Forum: Sold Items 04-08-2010, 07:40 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA 43mm Limited "Made in Japan" (US/CAN)
Posted By CWL
Replies: 3
Views: 1,981
Sold. Will ship today.

Thank you all for asking!
Forum: Sold Items 04-07-2010, 09:03 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA 43mm Limited "Made in Japan" (US/CAN)
Posted By CWL
Replies: 3
Views: 1,981
PM replied...
Forum: Sold Items 04-07-2010, 05:38 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA* 50-135mm f2.8 (US/CAN)
Posted By CWL
Replies: 2
Views: 1,563
Price reduced.
Forum: Sold Items 04-07-2010, 05:22 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA 43mm Limited "Made in Japan" (US/CAN)
Posted By CWL
Replies: 3
Views: 1,981
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax FA 43mm Limited "Made in Japan"

Asking Price
$530

Item Location
Syracuse NY

Item Description
One of the sharpest Pentax Limited up for sale. It has been extremely well care for. Extra clean with everything that comes with the original package. In addition, a Hoya HMC UV filter is included. The lens is the "Made in Japan" version bought from B&H. The price for new in B&H is $749.98. I am asking $530 for it.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Like New

Shipping Destinations
North America

Shipping Charge
$15

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
Accept local pickup. Visit NYC twice a month. Will be in Dallas TX in May.
User pay for Paypal 3% charge if applicable.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 04-06-2010, 09:29 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA* 50-135mm f2.8 (US/CAN)
Posted By CWL
Replies: 2
Views: 1,563
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax DA* 50-135mm f2.8

Asking Price
$730

Item Location
Syracuse NY

Item Description
The item was bought from B&H and has been greatly taken care of. Comes with everything in the original package as new. It is a great lens and one of the best zoom in its range!

Asking for $730. Buyer pay for Paypal.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
Yes

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Like New

Shipping Destinations
North America

Shipping Charge
$15

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
No Return. Accept local pickup. I am visiting NYC twice a month. I am also going to Dallas TX in May. So if you are in either Syracuse, Buffalo, NYC or Dallas, you can try it out before pay.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-12-2009, 05:43 PM  
K-m white sold out in Japan
Posted By CWL
Replies: 34
Views: 5,394
I think Pentax is going a great job with km! Just like years ago when Nokia came up with the ideas of changing the boring black covers for mobile phones to something fancy. This is certainly what Pentax need, something unique in the market. Female shooters will certainly love these, light and pretty. K-m is certainly a smart move, unfortunately if it was not that Panasonic G1, it should be selling even more.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-12-2009, 05:28 PM  
PMA 2009 rumors on Pentax
Posted By CWL
Replies: 280
Views: 46,014
How about Tokina 50-135mm for $599 available both for C and N?

In terms of zoom, so far Pentax is a little behind C/N in the current lineup, no doubt. I have the 50-135mm and it is a great lens, but had used a 70-200mm VR on a D300 recently, I don't think the Pentax set can beat that in terms of IQ and speed. However to be fair, it all comes down to the price. For around $1400, the K20d+50-135mm is probably the best quality you can get for that price. You can't even buy 70-200mm 2.8 in C or N with $1400...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 01-12-2009, 03:31 PM  
PMA 2009 rumors on Pentax
Posted By CWL
Replies: 280
Views: 46,014
I think the point is that if Pentax has no plan to release a FF in 2009, there will be some existing Pentax users moving to FF, also there will be less users from other systems to consider to switch to Pentax. However, I don't think we will see a FF Pentax in 2009. There is just too much risk in FF investment, also consider the FF lens lineup. There will be a huge investment to build up the FF lens lineup in such short time like Sony. With a bad year in 2008 in Pentax (fell behind Olympus to #5 DSLR market share in Japan), and a potentially tougher year in 2009 due to the bad economy, Hoya will be more conservative in their budget. Also consider the current $23xx for D700, $2700 for 5D MKII, and even the $15xx 5D, it is really tough for Pentax to gain something in this market. Although I will consider buying one just for restoring the glory of the FA Limiteds...

Pentax should continuing in providing something unique to their system. What brought to the success of K10D was the pro-features, SR, in a low cost weatherproof body. Now they should strengthen the SR to 4 stop or above. Focus system need to be improved. It is very critique, just look at D300, it is the AF system made many C users switched to N. K30D basically needs to have some advantages over D300 (1 year old now selling at $14xx) in order to sell well, particular if it is going to be launch at around $1400.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-27-2008, 05:50 PM  
16mm vs 10mm
Posted By CWL
Replies: 12
Views: 6,550
The Sigma 10-20mm openned up a new world in photography to me. It is completely different to the 16mm you experienced in terms of perspective, creativities and photo opportunities. It is my most fav travel lens. I even used it for portrait sometimes, it is fun and very different to the standard portrait focal length. Check the Ultrawide portrait group in Flickr...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-09-2008, 07:14 PM  
wildflowers with 4 different lenses (4 lrg images)
Posted By CWL
Replies: 13
Views: 1,613
Interesting test. I can see the "3D quality" in both the 77 ltd and the 50-135. 77 is the bokeh king here. 50-135's bokeh is slightly worst than the DA*200 but it is significantly sharper. The 16-50 looks very good in all aspect. Nice work rfortson! :cool:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-03-2008, 04:54 AM  
14 f2.8 or 21 f3.2???
Posted By CWL
Replies: 25
Views: 2,821
If you are taking the 18-250mm, what is the point of bringing DA21mm? There is no speed advantage and angle is not wider. I would choose 12-24mm over 21mm. The extra weight is definitly worth it for the 12mm wide. The extra 2mm wider than the 14mm is significant. The zoom also provides flexibility while maintaining good sharpness. So I would bring 12-24 with 43, 77, or 12-24 with 18-250 plus 43 for low light indoor.

BTW, I would also bring an air blower and LENS pen. If you change lens alot in your trips, you will need to clean the sensor.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-02-2008, 09:05 PM  
Sigma 70/2.8 EX DG Macro - for kids' portraits too?
Posted By CWL
Replies: 29
Views: 4,250
Even you can reproduce the 3D quality from photoshop, how many extra time you are going to spend on postprocessing your photos? IMO, lens like FA limiteds are time savers. Producing eye catching results instantly is just a click most of the time.

Back to the topic, my current solution on macro/portrait lens is the DA* 50-135mm with the Canon 500D close-up lens on a step-up ring. It won't be a true 1:1 macro but it is at around 1:2.5 to 3 at 135mm end according to some web sites. This setting is very convienience, light weight, cost effective, and produces high image quality. I can upload some images taken by the 500D lens if you want. You can also consider the Nikon 6T. But if you are aftering 1:1 macro, probably the Sigma 70mm is the way to go. It is highly rated in many reviews including Photozone.

BTW, the DA* 50-135mm is comparable to the DA70mm in terms of sharpness and bokeh. Color of the DA* is cooler. The 70-90mm is its "sweet spot". My friend has the DA 70mm, and I can't spot the difference except the sightly warmer color, but we never did a formal testing. The FA77 is always on my envy list along with the A* 85mm, but DA*50-135mm serves me well for portrait and casual macro at the moment.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-02-2008, 08:17 PM  
new sigma 50mm F/1.4 ultrasonic
Posted By CWL
Replies: 23
Views: 3,240
The FA50 is already an excellent LENS with good focus speed, I don't really see the need to pay $300 more for the HSM. There are other options in the similar focal length. The DA* 55mm f1.4 on the Pentax roadmap looks quite promising. The FA43 Limited is slightly cheaper. If you don't might manaul focusing, the Zeiss 50mm F1.4 and Voigtlander 58mm F1.4 are at similar price or cheaper, and you know what these names mean in quality. There are also other older Pentax 50mm lenses with large aperture and high quality. So I really don't understand why Sigma would release a 50mm F1.4 for Pentax. In terms of brand name, Sigma do not have any advantage over the mensioned brands above, and the price is the same as Zeiss, being one of the most expensive...:confused:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-28-2008, 07:18 AM  
Vivitar 24mm F2.0 manual lens
Posted By CWL
Replies: 4
Views: 8,504
I finally have time to test the LENS. It is not sharp at F2, worst than FA50mm at F1.4. At F4-F8 it is quite sharp, but nothing to rave about. I have sharper results with fa50mm and fa43mm, but then price is not the same. I found even my sigma 10-20mm is sharper at 20mm F/8, but Vivitar has the speed advantage. Bokeh is quite smooth at F2. Color is ok, better then Sigma Zoom Lens I have, but not as good as the Pentax ones. The major problem I have with this Lens is that I found it difficult to manual focus at 24mm in low light situation, even I have a special viewfinder designed for better manual focusing. Things become small in the viewfinder... I have no problem manual focus at longer focal lengths. Another problem is that I bought it for the F2 wide open, but it doesn't serve me well on that apperture. Conclusion is that while it is cheap, it is not what I was looking for. The F2 is usable (marginal), but my expectation was higher. I would rather buy a f2.8 zoom, or the expansive fa31mm, or wait for the new DA* 30mm. Or perhaps, I should just get the K20D for its high ISO performance in low light. ;)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-24-2008, 07:58 PM  
Vivitar 24mm F2.0 manual lens
Posted By CWL
Replies: 4
Views: 8,504
I just received this LENS today. I got it for $44 from ebay. I think it doesn't hurt if you can find one at this price. Havn't got time to test it. I will test it on this weekend and let you know how is the quality.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-19-2008, 06:36 AM  
F50mm/1.7 vs. 43/1.9
Posted By CWL
Replies: 60
Views: 7,106
I only did few quick tests and judge by 100% photo view, so no numbers confirmation. Also it was a test in indoor low light, so the longer focal length of 50mm(=75mm) means harder to handheld perhaps? As for distortion, my eyes can't see any on the photos from 43mm, so I don't think it is a concern in practicle (at least for me)... 7mm difference in K10D ~ 11mm, not much, the difference probably just 1 or 2 steps back, but sometimes I don't have that room, for example, sitting in a restaurant.
Forum: Sold Items 02-18-2008, 07:50 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FS: Voigtlander 125mm F2.5 Macro Like New In Box
Posted By CWL
Replies: 9
Views: 2,066
PM just send.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-18-2008, 05:25 PM  
F50mm/1.7 vs. 43/1.9
Posted By CWL
Replies: 60
Views: 7,106
rparmar, I have both the Fa50 f1.4 and 43 before, then I sold the 50. Wideopen 50@1.4 is slightly worst than 43@1.9, both @2 the sharpness were almost same. However, this was just some quick test when I just bought the 43, I didn't do formal tests. But in daily use, the 43mm produced more "wow" photos to me, but probably I use it more frequently. 43 is also a better FOV for indoor. Anyway, both are the very best lenses in this focal length, you won't be disappointed for getting either one IMO. So if on tight budget, I would choose the 50mm. You can always get 43mm later when you have the budget, selling the FA50 will not lost much $$.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-17-2008, 11:32 PM  
macro choice
Posted By CWL
Replies: 13
Views: 1,810
I support GSK's suggestion on the Sigma 70mm Macro. All reviews on it are very positive, check the test on "www.slrgear.com", it beats nikkor 105 micro and tamron 90 macro in terms of sharpness... 70mm is a useful focal length on digital (at least to me). There is one on the "Marketplace" now, unfortunate, I just bought the DA* 50-135mm so my buget is gone. :(
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-17-2008, 08:19 PM  
Pentax K20 test at Popular Photography
Posted By CWL
Replies: 14
Views: 19,723
The result is not impressive at all. I wonder if the tested K20D has fault or not the final version? If you compare it's ISO performance reading with the K10D test, K20D performs worst then K10D and much worst than all the other brands, even worst than older models (E3, A700, 40D, D80, D40x, E510...etc.). ISO3200 and 6400 is unusable according to this report which is not what I read from other sites. The shadow/highline detail is low compare to other brand as well. I think one of the improvement in K20D is the dynamic range, but K10D has a rating of "very high" and K20D only has "High"? The AF speed chart has exactly the same value of K10D? I don't expect much improvement on AF, but how did they manage to get the exact same AF time on all EV in two different tests? :confused:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-17-2008, 07:03 AM  
Kiron 28 f2 and Vivitar 24 f2
Posted By CWL
Replies: 0
Views: 2,519
Hi, these two are cheap for a fast indoor lens. I find very limited information on the Internet about them. Anyone use one of them before? How is the wide open performance? I am looking for a lens to use wide open indoor. May be the DA 30mm is the one I need, but right now I can probably get one of them cheaply from ebay. Also I wonder how does FA* 24 f2 compare to the vivitar 24 f2, as the price difference can be 10x...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-17-2008, 02:31 AM  
Poll: Which would you choose? SDM Lenses or K20D
Posted By CWL
Replies: 22
Views: 5,121
If you really want a 55mm prime so badly and cannot wait for it, how about the Voigtlander 58mm f1.4 for $3xx. It is MF only but the quality looks really impressive (from Photozone report).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-16-2008, 10:25 PM  
Vivitar 24 f2 and Kiron 28 f2
Posted By CWL
Replies: 0
Views: 1,441
Hi, these two are cheap for a fast indoor lens. I find very limited information on the Internet about them. Anyone use one of them before? How is the wide open performance? I am looking for a lens to use wide open indoor. May be the DA 30mm is the one I need, but right now I can probably get one of them cheaply. Thanks.

[Oh, sorry, I post on the wrong place. Could web master please kindly put this under the lens discussion topic? Thanks]
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-16-2008, 10:01 PM  
Pentax 12-24 vs. Sigma 10-20
Posted By CWL
Replies: 7
Views: 13,802
I have the Sigma 10-20mm. The 2mm wider is significant. I have so much fun on 10mm. :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-16-2008, 09:33 PM  
Poll: Which would you choose? SDM Lenses or K20D
Posted By CWL
Replies: 22
Views: 5,121
I would go for Sigma 10-20mm for wide and the DA* 50-135mm for zoom and portrait. I have both of them and am very happy with the quality. If you use mostly the wide end and the tele end of your 18-55mm kit lens, then these two lens already covered what you need. You might still have $200+ left which you can get a new or 2nd hand FA35 f2 or wait for the new DA 30mm for low light or normal use.

Even K20D comes with higher ISO performance + improved SR, you still need to get good lenses to get good results. So get those lenses first. As for Sigma 30mm f1.4, I decided not get it after read the photozone test report. I am waiting for the new DA 30mm. FA 31mm and Zeiss 28mm f2 are very tempting, but I can't justify the cost. :(
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