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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 04-30-2019, 08:58 PM  
Which AF Microadjustment do you use, by camera and lens ?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 18
Views: 1,040
This thread is giving me PTSD. As much as I loved my Pentax cameras, this is one aspect of DSLR's I do NOT miss now that I've mostly transitioned to m43 and Sony.

I could deal with adjusting lenses on my own cameras, but I was always afraid that when I sold a lens, the new buyer would complain about front/back focus issues. And if they filed a complaint with eBay and/or PayPal, you would probably be forced to take a perfectly good lens back, and paying the return-shipping in the deal. I actually ran into this with a Sigma 100-300mm f4 that I sold. The original owner had used it without issues, and I had used it for years with great results on two bodies. But my buyer claimed focus adjustment issues. After I was forced to take it back, I resold it and my new buyer was delighted with the lens.

Anyway, didn't mean to rant, and I still miss a lot of things about my Pentax cameras. I just wish they had found a way to be successful in mirrorless.
Forum: Sold Items 03-09-2019, 12:17 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 HSM-II APO EX DC lens for Pentax w/ Extended Warranty
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 3
Views: 655
Sold!
Forum: Sold Items 03-04-2019, 04:32 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 100-300/4 APO EX DG
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 13
Views: 1,366
You need to have a flickr account to view the gallery?

I just get the following error page:

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It appears you don’t have permission to view this album.
Forum: Sold Items 02-17-2019, 10:29 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 HSM-II APO EX DC lens for Pentax w/ Extended Warranty
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 3
Views: 655
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Sigma 50-150mm F2.8 II APO EX DC lens for Pentax w/extended warranty

Asking Price
399.00 USD

Item Location
Indianapolis, IN (United States)

Item Description
I have switched to Sony, so I regretfully I must part with one of my favorite K-mount lenses, the Sigma 50-150mm F2.8. Parting with this lens is rather painful, since Sony currently does not have a similar lens, and certainly nothing near this price. This has been an extremely convenient lens for my daughters' performing arts such as ballet and gymnastics. It's an almost ideal combination of size, range, and speed for indoor activities. This lens is Made in Japan, and is very similar to the Pentax 50-135mm f/2.8 in size and image quality, but with faster autofocus and a little more reach.

I purchased the lens new from B&H in December of 2010 for $749. As a high-end "EX" lens it had a 4-year manufacturer's warranty from Sigma, which I supplemented with a 7-year Mack Camera extended warranty, so it is covered through 2021! The Mack Camera warranty is transferable with a $20 fee, and more information can be found here:


The lens comes in its original box with all accessories and paperwork. I will also include the original B&H receipt as well as paperwork for the Mack Camera warranty.

The lens is priced to sell since my girls have recitals coming up soon and I need to raise cash for a pricey Sony telephoto!

As with all the DSLR lenses I have sold, I will not accept returns for focus-calibration issues. I've used the lens with great results on two Pentax bodies, so I know the lens is good. I only add this disclaimer because there are some people who do not understand the potential lens/body calibration issues inherent in DSLR cameras, and that lenses sometimes need calibrated to certain bodies.

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
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
$15 in Continental US - Ask for other

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
I can also accept Zelle / Chase QuickPay

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 02-17-2019, 09:05 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Metz Mecablitz 48 AF-1 flash for Pentax P-TTL capable
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 2
Views: 388
Sold! Thank you!
Forum: Sold Items 02-17-2019, 05:45 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Metz Mecablitz 48 AF-1 flash for Pentax P-TTL capable
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 2
Views: 388
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Metz Mecablitz 48 AF-1 flash for Pentax P-TTL capable

Asking Price
60.00 USD

Item Location
Indianapolis, IN (United States)

Item Description
I bough this flash a couple years ago because it seemed to have the best features and performance for the price. Shortly after, I started switching to Sony, so the flash has seen little use. It is in good working condition and comes with the original box and manual.

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

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Good

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
Free in Continental US, Ask for other

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
I can also accept Zelle payments

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 02-10-2019, 07:15 AM  
Possible to trigger Metz 48 AF-1 optically?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 6
Views: 489
I recently bought a used Metz 48 AF-1 and I want to use it in a studio setting as an off-camera, manually-set dumb flash that is triggered optically when other flashes go off, but I can't figure it out. I have no trouble doing this with my YN560-II. Anybody know if this is possible?

Thanks!
Forum: Pentax K-70 12-18-2018, 11:25 AM  
Worth upgrading from K200D?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 18
Views: 1,269
The K-30/K-50 is an amazing camera, and would be miles above the k200d in most ways, but the aperture control block issue is certainly something to consider if shopping used.

I was still loving my old K-30 up until about a year ago when it started suffering from the issue. Now if I haven't used it for a while, I will have to fire off several black or nearly-black shots before it works normally. The death of my K-30 is kind of what gave me my last push to transition completely to mirrorless.

In fairness to my K-30 though, the shutter count was probably somewhere around 60,000 when it started acting up. Hard to complain about that kind of longevity from a camera that competed in the budget DSLR segment. My K-30's crystal-white finish, BTW, still looks almost like new and has held up marvelously. I was sad when they went away from the glossy/metallic finishes and lost some of the sharp and aggressive edges for the K-50 refresh.
Forum: Pentax K-70 12-17-2018, 09:16 PM  
Worth upgrading from K200D?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 18
Views: 1,269
Sensors have improved quite a bit since your 200D was released. Even my tiny Panasonic LX10 with a 1" sensor scores higher than the K200D on the DxOMark sensor tests. The short answer is yes, the K-70 would be a big upgrade from your K200D.
Forum: Sold Items 12-08-2018, 07:11 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX portrait/telephoto lens for Pentax K-mount
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 2
Views: 503
Thanks! I was hoping to keep this lens for use on a K-1, but I ended going in a different direction.

I think you're right about the lens, as I've already gotten a couple nibbles!

---------- Post added 12-08-18 at 09:35 PM ----------

The lens has been sold and will soon be on its way to a tropical climate! Thank you to those who showed interest.
Forum: Sold Items 12-08-2018, 03:18 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX portrait/telephoto lens for Pentax K-mount
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 2
Views: 503
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX portrait/telephoto lens for Pentax K-mount

Asking Price
490.00 USD

Item Location
Indianapolis, IN (United States)

Item Description
Now that I've transitioned over to m43 and Sony, I am now reluctantly selling my all-time favorite lens, the Sigma 85mm f/1.4. This lens has always amazed me with its sharpness and with the gorgeous pictures it produces. I am the original owner, and it will come in its original box with all its accessories. This is a terrific FF compatible lens that is no longer being made for Pentax.

I'm asking $490 shipped, and I believe I'm pricing it below market value, as I'm hoping for a quick sell so that I can use the money to buy a camera as Christmas present for my 12-yoa daughter who has recently started to show an interest in photography. To that end, I may be open to trades for a good beginner camera body. I want something with a viewfinder and good manual controls, such as an Olympus OMD or Panasonic GX series.

Scroll down for sample images captured using this lens.









Sample images
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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
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
Free shipping in US, Ask for international

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order Other (Elaborate)

Return Policy & Additional Details
I can also accept Chase QuickPay / Zelle

Please note that I do not accept returns for focus calibration issues. I can tell you that this lens worked perfectly on my K-30 without any calibration adjustment needed, but every camera body is unique in that regard. I only add this disclaimer because there are some people who do not understand the potential lens/body calibration issues inherent in DSLR cameras, and that lenses sometimes need calibrated to certain bodies.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 10-17-2018, 08:46 AM  
K-mount at K-mart.
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 30
Views: 1,763
I'm not sure jumping onto a sinking ship would be the best branding move, lol.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-12-2018, 03:56 AM  
What is it? Mystery item...old Leica lens adapter viewfinder thing...
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 8
Views: 497
Thanks for the help guys...mystery solved!
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-11-2018, 06:55 PM  
What is it? Mystery item...old Leica lens adapter viewfinder thing...
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 8
Views: 497
I came across this at a local auction house and I couldn't find another one like it online. It seems to be some kind of lens adapter...anybody know anything about it? I've been trying to Google it for the last 15 minutes, but no luck so far.:eek: The collective of Pentaxian wisdom on here has never let me down though! :lol: My best guess is that it's some kind of microscope or telescope adapter??





Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-15-2018, 07:08 AM  
Been away for awhile....best lens for high school marching band photos?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 19
Views: 1,461
I would probably either go with a 70-200mm f/2.8 or the Sigma 100-300mm f4 (if you can find one). That 300mm lens will let you get tight shots of individual members, and on a modern DSLR the f4 should be fast enough in most decently lit night venues.

If you want something smaller, the Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 is also a very good alternative to the Pentax 50-135mm f/2.8. It has a little more reach, as well as silent HSM autofocus.
Forum: Sold Items 05-08-2018, 04:31 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DFA 70-200mm lens (price reduced 1300 -> 1200)
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 2
Views: 805
Here ya go, fixed it for you. I would hate to give PETA another reason to sue a photographer!

Good luck on selling a great lens!

Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 05-08-2018, 04:25 PM  
Pentax-FA* 85mm F1.4 - Lens hood + lens cap = awkward?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 13
Views: 1,361
I still say down with lens caps! :lol:
Forum: Sold Items 04-07-2018, 06:16 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Micro 4/3 lenses: Lumix 14-140, Oly 9mm fisheye
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 6
Views: 914
That 9mm fisheye "body cap lens" is one of my favorite m43 lenses. Literally the size of a body cap, but takes nice pictures with a fantastic field of view that is super wide but not so fishy. And the image quality is surprisingly good for such a small, cheap lens.

Here's a couple shots I took with mine at a local historic ice cream parlor last week (click for full-size):



Forum: Sold Items 03-18-2018, 05:08 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Panasonic G6
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 3
Views: 607
Just FYI, I don't think anybody is able to see your pictures. It may have to do with the fact that they're linked from an expired listing?
Forum: Sold Items 02-12-2018, 10:23 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 17-70 f2.8-4.5 DC Macro Lens - K-Mount - Price Lowered
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 5
Views: 1,071
I gather that the previous buyer had some issue with the lens?

This is why I hate selling DSLR lenses. Due to the way the autofocus systems work on DSLR's, it's common for a lens to need adjustment before it works properly on a different body. And some people are unable, or unwilling, to adjust the focus themselves, and they want to blame the lens.

Good luck on your sale. I would be interested in using this lens as a replacement for my Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 that died, but I'm moving more and more towards my mirrorless system these days, partly because of the body/lens calibration issue inherent to DSLRs.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-22-2017, 02:44 AM  
Note to self: Clean sensor next time before shooting eclipse at f/32
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 10
Views: 1,048
At my monitor at home, the eclipse is visible in both photos. But here at work, where the monitor is probably set too bright, it's not visible in the first photo, and barely visible in the second. Maybe I should dial it down a bit more.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-21-2017, 06:36 PM  
Note to self: Clean sensor next time before shooting eclipse at f/32
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 10
Views: 1,048
Yeah, at first I was disappointed that clouds were periodically passing over the sun during the event, but when I saw some of the dramatic images I changed my mind. Without the clouds, you would basically just get a sliver of crescent with the rest of the frame black.

For reference, the pictures were captured with my Sigma 100-300mm f4 attached to my Panasonic GX-7 with a K-mount adapter and set at 300mm, so I guess it was 600mm equiv. I had not planned to take any pictures of the eclipse, but at the last minute, near peak eclipse, I caved in and quickly brought my gear out to the front lawn to see what I could do.

I used a combination of the manual aperture on the Sigma and a variable ND filter to regulate the sun's rays. My aperture varied from f/32 all the way to f/4 depending on cloud cover (or lack thereof) and depending on how much I dialed my ND filter in. I was a bit worried about damaging my sensor, since I was using a mirrorless camera, but everything seems to be okay.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-21-2017, 12:28 PM  
Note to self: Clean sensor next time before shooting eclipse at f/32
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 10
Views: 1,048
Lol, a kind sentiment, but I know a dirty sensor when I see one! It really wasn't too bad though. I'm just now going through my pics. Here's my favorite so far:



A bit overexposed perhaps in the area of the sun, but I like the effect with the clouds. Maybe I can reprocess it with a graduated filter to expose the left side more, to even things out.

---------- Post added 08-21-17 at 04:16 PM ----------

Here it is with the left side brightened and the exposure on the sun dialed down a bit:

Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-21-2017, 12:00 PM  
Note to self: Clean sensor next time before shooting eclipse at f/32
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 10
Views: 1,048
I think the title says it all! I still got some pretty decent pics, just had to clone out a few dust spots. Next time I'll be ready!
Forum: General Photography 08-17-2017, 04:37 AM  
Is your car a public or private place?
Posted By Edgar_in_Indy
Replies: 65
Views: 2,954
As with most things, YMMV.

I've found that police in large departments are often over-worked and spread too thinly, so in order to accommodate the call volume, they will not devote much time or attention to non-major incidents, and will tend to sweep things under the rug when they can. So then you get the kinds of situations you were describing where it seems like they just don't give a damn. And in the larger cities they often have to work in areas where police are not liked by many of the residents, and I imagine that over time that can effect the way an officer relates to the public.

Also, in larger departments you will have police who specialize, so that the regular road units do not work everything. So there are specialized DUI units, specialized Domestic Violence units, specialized Drug units etc. So the average cop on the street in a large city might not be extremely knowledgeable in all areas of the law since the specialized units will usually step in and take over those types of investigations.

On the flip side of the coin, small town departments will often not spend a lot on on-going and specialized training, and their salaries are usually lower so they do not always attract the "cream of the crop". And due to the lower-number of incidents, they will not have a lot of experience handling certain types of situations.

In medium-sized towns/departments I think you will tend to get the best police service. The department is large enough that they have quality training regimens, and the city budget is large enough to pay a decent wage to attract good employees. And the police force is usually not spread so thinly that officers are forced to cut corners. And the officers will tend to work all kinds of calls, so they will have a broad range of experience. I think the medium-sized department officers will also tend to be more personable, since they are not usually working in such dangerous/hostile environments like big city cops.

Maybe I'm biased since I come from a medium-sized department, but these have been my observations.
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