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Forum: Lens Clubs 02-02-2018, 01:53 PM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 3,836
Views: 884,614
Gotta love the close-focus capabilities of this lens ...

(K3 + Sigma 10-20 f/3.5)

IMGP2312 by Richard, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-10-2017, 09:19 PM  
Please help..! I got scammed, need to fix the lens...
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 21
Views: 2,618
I have filed an eBay claim for a lens that was represented as clean but when it arrived had significant fungus. The seller did not want to pay for shipping back to him and would not refund the shipping to me. After filing the claim, eBay reviewed and contacted the seller. Shortly after eBay got involved, I received pre-paid shipping label from the seller and upon receipt of the lens the seller refunded the full amount + the original shipping. eBay does not play when it comes to sellers misrepresenting their items. Go ahead and file a claim.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-10-2017, 09:07 AM  
Upgrading from K1000
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 30
Views: 3,753
Another vote for the MX. Smaller and lighter with a wonderfully big and bright viewfinder!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 10-04-2017, 01:57 PM  
master Pentax technician interview (no, the other one)
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 15
Views: 2,497
Very entertaining and well written!!
Forum: Sold Items 10-01-2017, 07:53 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SPIRATONE 500mm f/8 MINITEL Mirror Lens with Hood
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 3
Views: 1,328
As the owner of one of these, I can state that it is a nice and sharp mirror lens. If I did not already have one, I would snatch this one up!!

(BTW -- I paid 3x this for mine with case.)

A few shots ...

Spiratone Minitel 500/8 (Mirror) | Flickr
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-27-2017, 09:32 PM  
The poor old much maligned Takumar Bayonet group.
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 23
Views: 2,452
Surprising results. The Tak bayonet's maligned reputation appears to be undeserved!
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-21-2017, 09:19 PM  
SIGMA 10-20mm CLUB
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 3,836
Views: 884,614
A couple w/ my Sigma 10-20 f/3.5...

(I really have to get out and shoot this lens more!!)

DSC01279 by Richard, on Flickr

IMGP6838-1BW by Richard, on Flickr
Forum: Sold Items 09-21-2017, 04:46 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax ME, ME super, P50, SF7, Z-10, Z-70, and lenses
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 2
Views: 875
There are no prices. Or am I just overlooking them?
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-19-2017, 01:55 PM  
Spot the matic. Which one is different?
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 15
Views: 1,417
^^^ Ditto
Forum: Photographic Technique 09-13-2017, 04:52 PM  
Macro Adaptall noob: Tamron 90mm 52BB w/o dedicated 1:1 converter or tube. Hints and tips?
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 6
Views: 1,143
I have the 52BB and it is a fabulous lens. Finding the 1:1 macro tube is extremely difficult and when found, crazy expensive. I would suggest just getting the Tamron 01-F 2x converter (readily found / relatively cheap) and removing the glass. It has been reported that the specs on a de-glassed 01-F is identical to the native macro extension tube and renders 1:1 macro. That's what I did and it works quite well.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-07-2017, 11:34 AM  
So...this is interesting
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 8
Views: 1,281
That's by design. Specifically engineered for use in countries south of the equator. ;) :D
Forum: Repairs and Warranty Service 09-04-2017, 10:31 PM  
SMC 40mm f/2.8 Limited barrel misaligned
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 5
Views: 992
Reach out to Brian (dcshooter) on this forum. He does lens repairs and can likely provide an estimate. He has done excellent work for many on this forum.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 09-04-2017, 10:23 PM  
Prices for the MX
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 49
Views: 4,136
The MX has a more sensitive and wider range light meter (1-19 EV) while the KM's meter is not quite as sensitive (3-18 EV). Being the owner of an MX, I can state that the View Finder is WONDERFUL -- both large and bright!! While I do not own a KM, I can state that the VF of the MX is nicer than the KM's KX and K2 siblings (which I do own). It is wonderfully light and compact (the size of an ME/ME Super). If one can afford an MX -- it would definitely be the way to go -- IMHO.
Forum: General Photography 08-30-2017, 07:28 PM  
So recently i have come into possession of some old cameras...
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 14
Views: 1,541
Auzzie --

My apologies if my offer to 'take it off your hands' (buy it) offended you. It was certainly not my intent and I certainly can see how my post could certainly come across as highly insensitive given the circumstances.

The camera pictured is a lovely camera. It looks like a variation of the Kodak Vigilant Six-16/20 cameras which were quite popular in the late 30's to mid 40's. It appears to be a decedent of the Stuttgart Kodak Duo 620, which was a highly regarded camera in its time (mid 1930's) with the Duo II being touted as Emila Earnhardt's favorite camera. Your camera was obviously cherished and well cared for. Cosmetically it looks wonderful for its age and the bellows appear to be supple and in nice condition. The fact that the manual and case are with it and also in such wonderful condition, further validates that it was a treasured piece of equipment. Information on the SPECIAL is a bit sparse, but hopefully someone can provide more info.

Good luck!
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-30-2017, 05:35 AM  
Lens for ME Super
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 32
Views: 2,073
The DA 40XS, while small, is a APS-C lens with a smaller image circle then the full-frame 35mm film plane. It also has no aperture setting ring. The Pentax-M 40/2.8 is the way to go.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-27-2017, 10:15 AM  
*Used* K1000 w/ 50-1.4 advertised for ~$1600 in local camera store
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 23
Views: 1,711
According to the site, all used equipment must be purchased at the store. No online sales on these, it seems. I guess one can check the condition when they are at the store to purchase an over-priced used piece of equipment advertised online with a picture that does not reflect the actual equipment. Why even bother to list the used gear on the website? :confused:
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-25-2017, 09:48 AM  
*Used* K1000 w/ 50-1.4 advertised for ~$1600 in local camera store
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 23
Views: 1,711
It seems the K1000 with 50/1.7 is on sale -- it's only $295.00!! ;)

Used Cameras - Downtown Camera

And there's a KM (KX is pictured) for the bargain price of $550!! :eek:

USED PENTAX KM WITH 55 F1.8 - Downtown Camera

I'm all for giving brick and mortar camera shops business, but someone REALLY needs to do some market pricing comparisons and proofing before they post these listings up.
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-25-2017, 08:07 AM  
*Used* K1000 w/ 50-1.4 advertised for ~$1600 in local camera store
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 23
Views: 1,711
Or an LX ... :eek:
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 08-25-2017, 07:57 AM  
*Used* K1000 w/ 50-1.4 advertised for ~$1600 in local camera store
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 23
Views: 1,711
Maybe it's the very limited edition Silver K-1.000 ...

BTW -- I'll sell mine that is in equally nice condition for 1/2 of that amount. PM if interested. ;)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-23-2017, 07:49 AM  
HU Pentax FA 600mm f/4 on eBay
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 8
Views: 1,844
Wow. An absolutely gorgeous lens!!!
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 08-20-2017, 10:23 PM  
K1's popping up on PF Marketplace
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 77
Views: 5,876
I will not be lured back into this one. No way! Uh-uh! Nope... :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-20-2017, 10:22 PM  
Like new Super Macro Tak!
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 19
Views: 1,309
Very nice, indeed!!!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-16-2017, 10:06 AM  
Feels Sooooo Good !
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 15
Views: 1,925
I cannot part with any of my gear, yet. I guess that makes me a masochist.
Forum: Pentax Q 08-14-2017, 11:51 AM  
The Q-S1 is discontinued
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 11
Views: 2,006
OMG!! I guess it's off to Sony, then. ;)
Forum: Post-Processing Articles 08-11-2017, 06:14 PM  
Get "that CCD look" with the K-3 / K-3II and Lightroom
Posted By ripper2860
Replies: 119
Views: 27,111
Worked fabulously. Thanks!!!!
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