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Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 6 Hours Ago  
Your favourite accessories
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 26
Views: 1,013
My favorite accessory is the adapter ring that I use to fit my K mount lenses on my Samsung NX1 bodies. :)
Forum: Lens Clubs 7 Hours Ago  
300mm plus Lens Club: discuss your long lenses
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 35,142
Views: 3,560,170
SMC Pentax A 400mm f/5.6 with 12mm extension tube, mounted on Samsung NX1 via an adapter.

Forum: General Photography 8 Hours Ago  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 2,278
Views: 96,079
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 8 Hours Ago  
The Bokeh Club
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 20,645
Views: 1,867,265
Samsung NX1 with Samyang 85mm f/1.4


Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 9 Hours Ago  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 54,877
Views: 2,345,278
Night moves.

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 13 Hours Ago  
What mount is this?
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 9
Views: 393
Indeed they are, but you have to look carefully. :lol:

Any lens with those can only be Nikon F mount.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 1 Day Ago  
Buying from US and shipping to Australia
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 20
Views: 610
The things is: the manufacturer or importer could refuse to repair grey market gear, even with payment on offer. They could also refuse to supply spares to independent repair shops to do repairs with.
Forum: Photographic Industry and Professionals 1 Day Ago  
Buying from US and shipping to Australia
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 20
Views: 610
I can sympathize because I feel your pain. In South Africa the situation is worse. Pentax dealers are few and far in between. They carry little or no stock and everything is special order. The HQ of the distributor (who also handles Fujifilm as far as I can tell) is housed in a non-descript brick building in a light industrial area. I checked the address out on Google Maps. Prices are double way more than what you would pay if you do a personal import, even with shipping costs. Whether they will even work on such an import if it breaks, I do not know.

By contrast, Canon and Nikon have plenty of dealers. The entry level crop frame DSLR and mirrorless models are even stocked by department stores. Their HQ buildings are modern glass and chrome. I drive past both of them occasionally. Their prices are fairly closely matched to overseas ones, so a personal import is not worth it.

By way of example, a K1 II currently works out about USD2900 at a shop in Johannesburg. B&H lists it for USD1800. The markup is about 60%. For a Canon EOS RP, it is USD1280 versus USD1000 (about 30%). Do keep in mind that VAT is 15% needs to be worked out of the numbers but I am too lazy busy to do it right now. The Canon is in stock. As for the Pentax I have no idea how long it will take This situation means that Pentax sales are low, so there is no used market in Pentax bodies.

Being a Pentaxian in South Africa is not easy. :(
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 1 Day Ago  
Cheap lens but what mount?
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 16
Views: 550
You might have the wrong rear cap for it. Nikon F mount and Pentax K mount are vaguely similar. You can sorta, kinda, sometimes mount the one lens on the other body. Not recommended but the same caveat applies to the caps.
Forum: General Photography 3 Days Ago  
Interesting gear seen on Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 105
Views: 5,055
Here is another 28mm shift lens that happens to be on sale. These things seem to be quite common, hehe.

Used Pentax 28mm f3.5 SMC Shift Lens 28/3.5 K-Mount in 'Fair' condition

For something that is very rare, how about a Takumar 100mm f/2?

Used Asahi Pentax 100mm f2 Takumar Lens 100/2 M42 Mount RARE in 'Good' condition
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Thematic Low Key photography
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 147
Views: 9,642
CPC Phase 2 80-200mm

Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 3 Days Ago  
Alphabet Race (a very quick game)
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 54,877
Views: 2,345,278
Dog.

Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 3 Days Ago  
For Sale: Pentax SMC K 15 f3.5 AL reduced price
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 9
Views: 1,763
I looked up the ZAR SGD exchange rate and will have to pass on this one. Very cool, though. I believe thes are very rare. Good luck with sale! :)
Forum: General Photography 3 Days Ago  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 2,278
Views: 96,079
According to the seller, this is all you need to get started as a professional photographer. When you think you have seen it all... :fedup:





Kodak Camera | Worcester | Gumtree Classifieds South Africa | 889149229
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 3 Days Ago  
Canon RF 800 mm for $ 1250 Cdn. ! Will this be a hit...or what ?
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 34
Views: 1,194
From Ken Rockwell's review:



Canon RF 600mm f/11 Review
Forum: General Photography 4 Days Ago  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 2,278
Views: 96,079
According to the seller, this is what "well taken care of" looks like. I am not so sure.



Asahi Pentax binoculars for sale R599 | Gordon's Bay | Gumtree Classifieds South Africa | 889026999

---------- Post added 2021-02-22 at 17:31 ----------

A twin lens Samsung NX30 kit for USD600. Someone is going to be disappointed about a lack of response...


Samsung smart camera NX300 , 18-55mm/50-200mm kit +bag | Other | Gumtree Classifieds South Africa | 892183429
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 5 Days Ago  
Canon RF 800 mm for $ 1250 Cdn. ! Will this be a hit...or what ?
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 34
Views: 1,194
Do keep in mind that this lens works with those new-fangled mirrorless wonders. An aperture of f/11 is really not a problem. The viewfinder screen just goes lighter to compensate for the relatively dark image from the lens. Also, those mirrorless wonders have the latest in sensor technology - high ISO is not a problem either. :rolleyes:
Forum: General Talk 5 Days Ago  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 22,070
Views: 1,595,314
Not an acquisition, more of a re-acquaintance. I was looking for something in the safe when I noticed a hair dryer box and wondered why it was there. Inside was not a hairdryer, but my trusty Pentax AF400T. Its status had been "misplaced" for quite some time. :o
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-19-2021, 12:05 PM  
K3III Delayed... indefinitely
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 509
Views: 28,357
Forum: Pentax KP 02-19-2021, 11:59 AM  
New KP
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 28
Views: 1,083
Desperate times call for desperate measures. :lol:
Forum: Pentax Film SLR Discussion 02-19-2021, 11:04 AM  
Gear P0rn - post it if you got it.
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 7,677
Views: 968,504
Everything SMC Pentax that I found around the house:

Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-19-2021, 03:03 AM  
Sony has discontinued the 50MP MF sensor
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 50
Views: 1,945
I find myself wondering how much research and development would be needed to bring out a 645Z II. It is probably not just a matter of changing the sensor and leaving the rest as is. With double the resolution, the CPU needs to crunch more data. To do it in a reasonable time, more power is called for. Writing out this new volume of data also means new and improved buffering, card interface etc. Any new camera these days must do 4K video, even if it is not really relevant.

How willing Ricoh is to spend the money, time will tell. I am not holding my breath. The entry level medium format market used to be Pentax territory. Fujifilm may have it cornered already. Even Hasselblad has moved down market in recent times. There might be room for both mirrorless and SLR models in the segment, but the 645Z is falling behind. With the relaxed pace of the K3 III rollout in mind, I wouldn't be surprised to see the 645Z go quietly into the night.
Forum: General Photography 02-19-2021, 02:45 AM  
The worst of Craigslist/Shopgoodwill/eBay etc.
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 2,278
Views: 96,079
EXELLENT*CANON EF 75-300MM14-56 III15M49ft

From the truly clueless:
  • type in every number and letter you can see on the lens

  • do not skip any numbers or letters

  • do skip those irrelevant full stops and colons

  • job done

Lenses - EXELLENT*CANON EF 75-300MM14-56 III15M49ft for sale in Port Elizabeth (ID:504057717)
Forum: General Photography 02-18-2021, 01:30 PM  
LBA
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 35
Views: 1,236
Towards the end of last year I picked up a Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 for a good price. It works very well on my K200D but I now find myself wondering why I have it. LBA is real, after all... :(

Perhaps I need a KP body to make it shine. ;)
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 02-17-2021, 01:00 PM  
The CCD Sensor Cult. I mean Club...
Posted By Wasp
Replies: 503
Views: 35,440
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 on Pentax K200D

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