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Forum: Visitors' Center 08-05-2017, 07:55 AM  
Trying to find out value of some old camera stuff given to me.
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 6
Views: 1,125
It's not just the fact of reduced price to sell the lot...unfortunately, grouped items seldom sell as a group...virtually no photogs want the exact same things in the kit as any other photog, and will typically have some items already. You sound like you don't want to be caught in all the monitoring etc. involved in selling this stuff an item at a time. I would just send it all off to KEH or B&H and they'll buy the entire lot. Note that they will pay about 50 cents on the dollar of current market value--wholesale. But if you value your time at double what you are paid at work, you will make several hundred dollars in "saved time revenue" by selling this way to compensate for the couple hundred dollar reduction in revenues you will receive. Selling all these items individually--photographing each item--posting--negotiating--and packing--and shipping--and insuring--and following up will be at least 40 hours of your time, probably lots more than that. If you like sitting at a computer then that may be worth it. I'd say take the low wholesale cashout!
Forum: Sold Items 05-04-2017, 04:54 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA* 28-70mm f2.8 lens, original hood/box; step-up ring; 2ND PRICE DROP
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 11
Views: 1,404
Though massive and heavy, there is no other zoom in similar range that shoots sharper field work than this one! I've sold/published dozens of images shot through it...on bright sunlit days it rocks (rather than melting like most similar 24/28-70/80 lenses). Still produces stunning color and contrast in muddy crap light too. May not be a hand holder for those with challenged wrist strength, but that's why they make tripods! (metal lens construction weighs more than plastic...worth every ounce) I formerly shot Pentax 67II and Hasselblad XPan side by side with this little gem and the sharpness of this thing is amazing. Stands right up to the medium format images. Can't figure out why this hasn't sold, especially at such a reasonable price.
Forum: Sold Items 10-18-2016, 12:33 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: Decent 82mm Circular Polarizer
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 6
Views: 242
Thanks manishved! Many of those pics were shot through the polarizer you're perhaps buying. Sent you a personal message.
Forum: Sold Items 10-18-2016, 10:35 AM  
Wanted - Acquired: Decent 82mm Circular Polarizer
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 6
Views: 242
Correction, the $300 filter was a 112mm, the 82's are much less...
Forum: Sold Items 10-17-2016, 12:02 PM  
Wanted - Acquired: Decent 82mm Circular Polarizer
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 6
Views: 242
I have a B+W Kaeseman circular polarizer in 82mm and have sold off all my 82mm lenses so the polarizer can be sold. I'll check to make certain this evening and get back to you tomorrow (no cell service or internet where I live). Note that I'll dump it below market, but it was a $300 purchase so it won't be cheap. I used it on many published medium format images...it works quite well!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 07-21-2016, 01:51 PM  
Talk to me about fine art photography... Need some advice
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 36
Views: 3,717
Visit some of the high-end galleries where quality photos are on display...see what they are doing--no big gold letter signatures and priced like art, not like ink-jet prints. From my experience, the galleries will need 40%-50% of the selling price. I've always worked on a 40% margin on sale above my costs (costs only include the value of the printing/framing/freight, not the costs of being on location, camera gear etc.). THEN you have to factor in the gallery getting half. Usually it's tough to sell any volume without connection to a serious gallery. My best single art print sale came from a restaurant but was in a display of art represented by a top gallery with a BIG reputation (and in a restaurant known to display high-end works). Also, don't expect to collect high-end art dollars without making sure each step of the process is done at the highest quality possible. Who does your printing? That's important! How is it framed? Very important. Numbered prints with a small run can command higher figures than unlimited "poster-quality" pictures. I've personally been out of the game for about 5 years due to other priorities, but the key to being taken seriously is to serious-up a bit.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-08-2016, 12:36 PM  
Who gets in-camera JPEGs they like, even if they PP RAW files at other times?
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 70
Views: 4,241
I've had dozens of JPEG images published in lots of different publications--front covers, advertising brochures, state parks pamphlets, annual photo issue art stuff included. Publications want large file size, so simply change the edited JPEG into a TIFF in Lightroom and instantly the file size is many times bigger. As an old timer, I spent decades shooting transparency film that had to be perfect as shot in camera and I still do that in the digital era...even bracket white balance at times. Frankly, LIghtroom allows darn near the same amount of editing on JPEG's as RAW. I've never had the time nor inclination to spend on RAW editing...too busy shooting images for publication! So I guess if it's good enough for editors of glossy publications, it's good enough for me! Once had a tiny 2 megapixel point and shoot image sell to an ad agency that pumped it up to 2 feet by 2 feet on the corner of a banner that was distributed to dealers nationwide. Many photogs overthink the RAW/pixels/fringing/PP issues FAR MORE than the actual business interests that purchase and publish images. I suppose if you are planning to make billboard-sized images without using the trick software available to do this, then maybe you will want to be more precise than I typically am?
(The trick software used to be called Genuine Fractals and I've forgotten the new name for it)
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 06-29-2016, 11:13 AM  
K-1 Portrait Lenses
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 21
Views: 3,255
Wish I had kept all the original info and spec sheets, press releases etc, because the 77 Ltd was designed specifically for portrait work with color rendition, bokeh and contrast all "tuned" to render fantastic skin tones, wardrobe texture etc. Back in the film days it was very noticeably different than the FA* lenses (works quite nicely for intimate landscapes too). Not many lenses of any brand get the full "portrait treatment" regarding design, coatings etc. Based on the original "pitch material" from Pentax, and the significant budget spent to design the original Limited trio, I just can't imagine any other lens even coming close.
Forum: Photographic Technique 06-09-2016, 09:54 AM  
Birds in flight photography - looking for some tips / advice
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 26
Views: 3,347
Sorry to reopen an old thread...

In addition to all the good advice already given, it all works better when you control the conditions when possible.

1. Wind can be your ally...birds often "float" going into strong winds which slows them down for you. So when it's too windy for much else, BIF may be at it's best!
2. Species that hover are far easier to shoot on the fly. Diving terns, hummingbirds, hawks on the hunt... No matter how experienced you are, it's tough to catch good shots as birds zip by at warp speed.
3. Set up so there is a non-sky background...shoot from a high vantage point or against a tall background of hills or trees. This makes exposure easier and avoids "blah" sky background. Avoiding the sky is even more important when you have a drab gray sky.
4. Utilize areas of high bird traffic. This may be around feeders for small birds or wildlife refuges for migratory species. Trying to get shots of that one cool bird is difficult compared to getting shots of many birds flying past you constantly.
5. Be very careful about pestering nesting birds...that said, many species commonly approach their nest from the same route each time which gives you the opportunity to set up along that route. This gives you a chance for "do overs" simply by waiting for the next pass through. This also keeps you along the approach route rather than right by the nest thus minimizing your impact. Be very watchful that your presence doesn't stop the birds from visiting their nest via the route you are positioned along.
Forum: Lens Sample Photo Archive 05-06-2016, 02:10 PM  
Pentax A* 200mm F4 Macro Samples
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 7
Views: 2,456
Ah, those bright greens from the A*200 Macro...sold mine to a forum member...slightly different color cast than the FA* lenses and even a bit different than other A* models. Great with both 1.4 XL and 2 XL teleconverters too, and I'm a wicked hater of teleconverters. Wouldn't trade the FA* 200 Macro for the A* but wish I still owned both!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-06-2016, 12:41 PM  
Help with F* 250-600 Trunk Case
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 8
Views: 812
Sold my big 250-600 zoom to another forum member a few years ago...case is not a travel/checked baggage type case but rather a storage and light duty case. Works great for shipping via UPS once loaded into two layers of cardboard boxes.

I'm also an FA* guy (and silver FA Limited--3 Amigos) and really enjoy the feel, fit and finish on these silver beauties, but you aren't going to be able to use the factory case as a work unit. Buddy I sold an F*600/4 to used his factory case for a few years...corner caps came off, holes punched through the "silver foil" outer skin, handle tore loose...again, the pretty factory case is a storage case, not a working unit!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-08-2013, 01:05 PM  
FA20 vs FA 20-35
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 31
Views: 3,817
Owned both and sold both after obtaining the 12-24...regret terribly the loss of those lenses and have since repurchased another 20-35 which I intend to keep indefinitely--nice video lens too. 20-35 is the best non-star lens I've ever owned. Sharpness, contrast and color are just fantastic. BTW sold the 12-24 in favor of 15 and 21 limiteds. Actually, each lens mentioned is a great performer...you would not regret owning any of them.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 07-05-2013, 10:51 PM  
Best Prime Lens?
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 41
Views: 4,755
All lenses are the best prime lenses...most, if not all of us have personal shooting cycles that tend toward one lens perspective or another. If you haven't noticed yet, you will eventually find that one lens or another in your kit will be the one that either stays on the camera for days on end or is the lens you select more often than any other...and then a month or year or decade later, your favorite "go to" prime lens is another altogether different choice.

That's why so many of us buy a few killer primes whether Limiteds, FA*'s, A's or whatever. It's not just the various shooting situations that dictate the best prime lens, but it's our own personal style and view at that given time in our photog development. After all, this sport is very much about tying our artistic bent at any given moment with our technical means to exercise art.

Sorry I didn't narrow the quest for the "perfect prime" but experience suggests that you'll want to buy more than one lens to fulfill your photographic "best" needs.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 06-02-2013, 08:37 PM  
Big Balls
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 23
Views: 4,982
I think you will prefer the double pan...I have two of the original Arca Swiss B1's and love them dearly (have 2 B2's also, but they are much bigger than you are describing and are "ball within a ball"...use them with 600/4 instead of using gimbal heads)...B1's didn't offer single or double pan and I think all were double pan? If I understand correctly, the double pan means you have a panning base in addition to panning by spinning the ball. Of course you really don't want to pan by spinning the ball but rather with a panning base. Thus you will want the double pan. The panning base control knob is the weak link of every ballhead out there. I wore one out on one of my B1's over more than 10 years of use and it was inexpensive to have it rebuilt.

Had the largest size Foba ball head for awhile back in the mid 90's...the Arca asymmetrical ball to stop creep just blew the Foba away...that's when I started building all my tripod options with Arca Swiss heads. I'm in pretty deep with Really Right Stuff and really like their gear, but can't foresee ever giving up my Arca Swiss B1 and B2 heads.

For me cost is not the issue...function is the only issue and you won't be disappointed with the Z1 double pan heads if they are even remotely as good as the original B1.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-25-2013, 07:00 PM  
The relationship between Limited FA lenses and Medium Format standards.
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 40
Views: 4,989
Could the comparison of FA Limited and Medium Format lenses have more to do with the engineering?...all mathematical comparisons aside, I believe the team of Pentax Japan lens designers of the late '90's and turn of the century created the color and IQ renditions of both the late model Pentax medium format lenses and the FA Limiteds. I still carry the 3 FA Limited lenses and also shot for a decade with the final two medium format lenses designed by pre Hoya Pentax Japan. Those guys somehow sought and created the undefinable "pixie dust" imaging that we all rave about nowadays. I think it's less a question of perspective and more a question of engineering...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-12-2013, 09:30 PM  
Are the FA Limited lens pouches genuine leather?
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 6
Views: 1,152
None of the Limited pouches have ever been real leather. I have early release models of each of the first three amigos and they are vinyl--tan/brown for the 43, green for the 77 and dark red for the 31...a step nicer than the thinner black DA Limited pouches, but not real leather.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-15-2013, 08:43 PM  
keh pentax dump
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 22
Views: 2,725
It's just marketing folks...the tally isn't even close to $600,000 and I've seen KEH hold much larger Pentax inventory. The listings don't look any different than they ever have. I've purchased from KEH many dozens of times for more than 15 years including an F*600/4 that I bought back around 1995. By all means, keep an eye on KEH for great listings of used Pentax gear, but those listings you see today are primarily gear purchased from the public not from factory refurbs or similar.

The good news is KEH finds Pentax business to be significant enough to merit an email campaign--I also received the notice and gawked the site that day.
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-14-2013, 04:07 PM  
fishing photography?
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 12
Views: 919
Beware of bright silvery fish...flash can blow them out when shooting close with a wide angle. Try shooting more shots of the successful angler looking at the fish or gear rather than smiling for the camera. The old standard "victory" photo holding the fish at arm's length toward the camera while smiling "cheese" and staring into the lens isn't often interesting or compelling.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-14-2013, 03:50 PM  
645 600mm A*. Why so many elements?
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 33
Views: 3,660
That double extending hood on the A* 600/5.6 was also used on the F*600/4 lens from the 35mm film era. Those lenses weren't unreasonably flare prone but the super deep hood pretty much eliminated any flare risks. The "captive" hood design on those big star tele's is a very nice feature in field use--never drop or loose the hood. I sold my F*600 to a buddy many years ago and he's still shooting it now.
Forum: Pentax K-5 04-11-2013, 10:14 PM  
White Balance In-Camera.
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 14
Views: 1,449
Sorry, This Situation Can't Be Batch Processed

If the color of the light varies--as when shooting at various angles to the lighting in a gym or when different light sources are involved--windows, led, tungsten and fluorescent--often mixed in varying proportions depending on where you stand in a room or which direction you point the camera--then batch processing won't work very well. For most batch processing, all the images need to have the same color to correct.

For me, indoor white balance is one of the most difficult technical "issues." One of my approaches to "fix" it is to stop attempting to perfectly match the actual conditions. I'm fairly likely to be satisfied by picking a close in-camera choice and then just running with it...looks fine on the computer screen, though clearly doesn't "color match" when comparing the colors on the camera rear screen to the actual colors in the scene.

It's an imperfect world.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 03-31-2013, 10:17 AM  
What is this ...? photo attached
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 13
Views: 1,020
flash and window glass often don't marry well.
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-27-2013, 07:49 PM  
National Geographic: Photographers shoot about 2,000 shots for every single image pub
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 37
Views: 3,556
I guess my point is that we shouldn't presume that because a Nat. Geo article requires many thousands of shots that those shots are somehow less thought out than any other pro photography situation. Nat Geo shots are commonly thought out very thoroughly and taken over several months...I guarantee they aren't holding down the shutter button to rapid fire landscape shots. For wildlife, most folks shoot some bursts...
Forum: Photographic Technique 03-25-2013, 10:18 PM  
National Geographic: Photographers shoot about 2,000 shots for every single image pub
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 37
Views: 3,556
Remember, a Nat Geo photographer may be on assignment for several months for the shoot. It's anything but willy nilly.

When it was film, the cost was not a factor...getting the perfect image was the only goal...same as now.

As for cost, with film there was no cost of computer and software and Nat Geo got the film wholesale and processed in house, moderating the costs a bit.

In that era, I commonly shot more than 10 rolls a day in wildlife rich areas. For week long trips I would carry 100 rolls, though I never shot all of it in a single trip. One day in Denali I shot 22 rolls of 35mm transparencies plus 8 rolls of medium format roll film. Got a couple decent shots that day. One was so good I printed it at 30x40 and sold a 16x20 to someone who saw the bigger version. Hard to recoup costs then and still hard to recoup costs now. Add the cost of travel and it's easy to see why so few photogs actually make pro income...
Forum: Pentax K-01 03-14-2013, 04:26 PM  
DA15LTD v. DA21LTD
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 18
Views: 1,974
Interesting viewpoint from twitch. I had the 12-24 for several years and then purchased the 15 and 21...sold the 12-24 here on the forum...just wasn't using it...always bothered by the distortion...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 03-13-2013, 11:41 AM  
Pentax K-3 and 3s scheduled to appear in April
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 296
Views: 49,713
Recycled rumor?
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