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Forum: Pentax K-01 11-06-2018, 09:05 PM  
Is the K-01 still worth buying in 2018? Hell yes!
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 20
Views: 1,537
I was always interested in the K01, and earlier this year I got a chance to get one, purchased a black one with only around 4000 clicks in it.
Turns out I really dig this little camera, it is just a fun camera especially for walk around. I have it in a bag with older manual lenses due to the fact that the AF pretty much sucks. I keep this camera in my car for emergency photos for the times oi don't have my DSLR a on me, with never get rid of it.....
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 10-09-2018, 07:27 PM  
Zzzzzzzzzzt, Zzzzzzzzzzt with the 55-300
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 24
Views: 1,289
I've enjoyed reading through this thread, have picked up on some tips and tricks as well. Now I can't wait until the next Air Show here in Vegas (Aviation Nation at Nellie AFB) this year I will be sporting my K3 with DFA 150-450, gonna be a blast using this combo....
Forum: Sold Items 09-25-2018, 04:55 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DFA 150-450mm
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 4
Views: 457
Get it! you wont regret it, I love mine....
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-08-2018, 04:22 PM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 59,835
Views: 2,036,282
Yup Vegas.....and not THAT pawnshop.
I've driven by that pawnshop and they always have a big line to get in, plus I hear they charge

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Sounds Iike you got a good deal, how many tons is it, mine is a 4 ton package rooftop unit (so it needed a crane, more $$$) and it is both gas and electric.
Ya it really sucked the last two months in this heat but we adjusted, the upstairs unit was working great though so we were comfortable at night.
I actually got a good price for Vegas, seeing as most folks are averaging $10000 for a 4 ton rooftop package unit, however I work construction and have connections .....
Forum: Pentax K-3 09-08-2018, 07:05 AM  
why I won't buy a k3 (Warning: Satire Thread)
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 59,835
Views: 2,036,282
Hey you are not alone, My main unit that cools the lower portion (4ton) of my house took a dump on us about 6 weeks ago and here I am trying to survive through it in Las Vegas and the temps at the time of breakdown were 115 degrees. we managed though.
the home warranty company is crap, in fact they were the ones who replaced the compressor about ten months ago and I had to pay 1200 bux out of pocket, and the damn thing lasted only ten months, now they want another $600 from me to replace it under the part warranty. I am so sick of this old unit. An HVAC guy informed me that just changing the compressor out never works, it works of in moderate temps, but when the temps jump up, they end up giving out, which is exactly what happened to me.
I had to wait to get a loan, but finally today they will be replacing the complete unit, gonna cost $5250. but on the upside I was able to get a loan for a little more and it made it possible to purchase my DFA 150-450mm lens for $1k, so things actually worked out for the good in the long run.
now that the temps are cooler here in Vegas I really wont have much of a chance to try the new unit out in extreme temps.
On another note; I know this is originally "why I wont buy a K3" thread.......there is a sweet, low shutter count, K3,w/grip in mint condition sitting in the pawn shop just creaming out to me to buy it, however I am waiting for the price to come down a bit further and then I will pounce on it with a ridiculous offer.....
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-07-2018, 08:27 PM  
Silver Edition K3 Pawn Shop Deal In Vegas
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 16
Views: 977
Hmmmmmm........ I think you are on to something...
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 09-04-2018, 08:41 PM  
Silver Edition K3 Pawn Shop Deal In Vegas
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 16
Views: 977
haven't found one yet....
Forum: Pentax Forums Giveaways 09-01-2018, 10:00 PM  
August Pentax K-1 II Giveaway: Raffle Thread 1, 05:00 UTC, September 2, 2018
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 108
Views: 4,144
Ok, count me in!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-31-2018, 05:10 PM  
"The Beasty" now has its own case!
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 3
Views: 610
Yep......I couldn't get out and take any pics with my new DFA150-450 that I got for a killer deal, so I gave it its own safe space. It is so huge it gets its own case to itself......

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Forum: General Talk 08-31-2018, 04:29 PM  
Who wants a K-1? (the get us over the line thread)
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 950
Views: 11,121
Yup we made it!
Forum: Pentax K-01 08-31-2018, 04:04 PM  
Add your best K-01 photos here
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 3,585
Views: 588,371
Does anyone know if a K01 works with a DFA 150-450 attached to it?( Or in this case the camera attached to the lens��)
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-31-2018, 03:21 PM  
HD 150-450 Smoking Deal at B&H~
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 39
Views: 1,321
one thing I learned about the rural pawn shops is they have hidden treasures, I visited every one that I came across and gave them my card. Told them to call me if they just want to get rid of a bunch of lenses/cameras they can't sell. And it wasn't long before I got a call one day saying they have a box of lenses and old cameras they no longer wanted. When I got there they handed the box to me, I spotted an A 50 f1.7 that looked in ok shape and what looked like a cool old antique camera, I offered ten bucks and walked out with the box in tow. Once I got home I started going through it, it had like four old lenses that weren't worth much, one of them was a nice Canon zoom, but when I picked up the Pentax 50, I couldn't believe my eyes, this thing is in mint condition! Then I discovered an old German Ikonta camera made back in the thirties in mint condition, I did some research and discovered it is worth $300-$400. I still have it on my shelf. Also in the box was a Pentax Program Plus, ZX-30, and a ZX-7 all in working condition.
So.....yeah you can find killer deals especially if you are patient and persistent. Since I have moved back to Vegas, I have constantly dropped into all the pawn shops here and have discovered many a deal.
Forum: General Talk 08-30-2018, 07:58 PM  
What changes would you make to your lens collection if you won the K-1?
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 42
Views: 893
Well seeing as I just got my DFA 150-450mm lens on a killer deal, I for sure will be looking forward to using it on the K1. However I will have my older M and A primes to use on it, also have some nice old Vivitar lenses as well. Will buy a 100mm macro wr though. Then I will just figure out what other lenses I want and save up for them. Will hang on to my K3 too in order to utilize the lenses I have
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-30-2018, 06:15 PM  
HD 150-450 Smoking Deal at B&H~
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 39
Views: 1,321
That's a nice deal, I would have jumped on it basically because I was obsessing over getting one. But however I spotted this little beauty (I named it Beasty) at a pawn shop here in Vegas about six months ago priced at $1800. So I waited patiently because I knew Pentax users never visit these stores, I watched the price drop to $1460, and then come last Monday I popped in and noticed they dropped the price to$1260, the sales man said that the lens has been in there for about a year and no one looks at it. I tried it out on a K3 that was accompanying it on the shelf and it checks out in prestine like new condition. So I went home( because I didn't want them to know I really wanted the lens) and mulled over making them an offer, finally I called them and offered $1000 out the door(they eat taxes so they had to refigure the price to $929 so it would come out to $1000) they didn't hesitate on taking the deal. One hour later I'm heading home with this fine chunck of glass in my hands.
Now you all know what I'm doing this weekend....
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Forum: General Talk 08-30-2018, 05:47 PM  
What Do Fellow Pentaxians Do For A Living?
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 171
Views: 10,247
Did 4 years in Air Force in AMMO, spent the four years trying not to blow myself up while delivering huge fireworks to the flight line.
When I got out I followed in my father's footsteps and became a union Pipe fitter/Plumber......still doing it...
In my free time I have been spending my time exposing my Pentax sensors to light.
I have been shooting Pentax since a wee age of 13, and have been intrigued with these little light collecting boxes all my life....
About 8 years ago I got a little digital design degree and since then I have been working on both my graphics design and photography skills (basically a mix of both)
Now that I'm 53 and may still have another ten years of pipefitting left in me, I am getting my skillz up so I am in good position to do my passion of photography and graphic design in my golden years
Forum: General Talk 08-28-2018, 08:13 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 14,547
Views: 973,014
Ya, if it was a K3ii I would have got it myself...
Forum: General Talk 08-28-2018, 04:19 AM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 14,547
Views: 973,014
if you are contemplating having me do it, I gotta inform you it is only a K3, however it is still a very capable camera. one in this condition I really recommend for anyone.
but I would be more than happy to help you out...
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-28-2018, 04:12 AM  
Silver Edition K3 Pawn Shop Deal In Vegas
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 16
Views: 977
They all initially push the prices up, you DO need to know what it is that you are looking for and know the product, also patience is a virtue with these places, just keep in mind that rarely a pentax shooter ever goes into these places so there really wont be any interest in pentax items. I have yet to buy a piece of crap from them here in Vegas. the pawn shops here in Vegas move so much stuff at high volumn that they hate it when something has sat on the shelves long enough to grow grass under them, when that time comes, they are willing to make a deal in order to move the item in order to make room for other stuff, they like to keep the inventory refreshed in order to have folks keep interest in goin in there in the first place.
any where else I rarely ever went into pawn shops, and when i did it was to drop off my business card and tell them to call me if they end up with some old box of old lenses and cameras that they just want to give away, that paid off one day in Georgia and I ended up with a box of old lenses and an old german camera all totalling up to over $500 value, got the whole box for $10
I have learned over the years that these pawn shops are sometimes a treasure trove of camera/lens gear....
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 08-28-2018, 04:03 AM  
Photokina, Ricoh has Confirmed
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 1,960
Views: 105,446
I call them lens cases :p
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-27-2018, 07:05 PM  
Will DFA 150-450mm lens work on a K5?
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 3
Views: 576
Ya about that.....I read the manual on those buttons, don't think I will ever use those anyways, if I do, it will be on the K3. I don't really understand them and the instructions are a bit vague.....
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-27-2018, 06:51 PM  
Silver Edition K3 Pawn Shop Deal In Vegas
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 16
Views: 977
Oooops....I was gonna say to just pm me for address. However it is the Super Pawn shop at 1100 W Sunset Rd, Henderson NV 89014 lol.

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Too funny! I'm almost positive it is the same guy that owned my sweet new lens. It all was sitting together in the glass case.

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Yep....it sure would be, lol thanks for the catch Adam
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-27-2018, 06:43 PM  
Will DFA 150-450mm lens work on a K5?
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 3
Views: 576
I just picked up a mint condition DFA 150-450mm lens for a grand out the door at one of my local pawn shops after patiently waiting and watching it for five months. It works great on my K3 but want to know if it will work on my K5, it is up do date on firmware.
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 08-27-2018, 06:35 PM  
Silver Edition K3 Pawn Shop Deal In Vegas
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 16
Views: 977
This thread is for folks that live in Vegas or even visiting Vegas. I come the pawn shops here and have amassed quite few killer deals, for example I managed to "steal" a DFA 150-450mm lens for $1000 out the door(they ate the taxes, so $923.79 before taxes!), and it is in mint condition.
They also have a K3 silver Edition in stock and it includes a matching grip! When this camera was first spotted by me five months ago, they had a $860 price tag on it, now it's going for $660. The sales person says it has been there for almost a year and no one really ever looks at it. Today when I bought my lens I brought a battery and SD card and gave it a good once over and took a pic or two to check how many clicks it has, turns out it only has around 4700 clicks. This camera is in mint condition with only some minor scratches on the bottom of it, it's manufacturing date is like Nov 2013. I am willing to bet they would take $500 or less for it. I really don't need another APSC body but if it is still there in three months, I will go and offer a ridiculous cheap amount for it. So if anyone is interested and is a good haggler then this is the deal for you, get down there and talk with them. Oh! And they also have a mint condition K200d with 18-55 lens for $200. Good luck!��

Edit: this is located at Super Pawn at 1100 W Sunset Rd, Henderson NV 89014
Forum: General Talk 08-27-2018, 05:37 PM  
Your latest acquisition
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 14,547
Views: 973,014
Alright folks I have been watching this lens over the last six months in the local pawn shop here in Vegas, folks here sell?pawn all kinds of things to support their gambling habits and I am laying in waiting to pounce on such deals. I normally spot the item, find out how long it has sat in the shop, and then I make a ridiculous offer.
I spotted this mint condition DFA 150-450mm lens six months ago and as you all can see in the pic, the price sticker was originally set at $1800, three months went by and they dropped it to $1460, and I held out even at that good deal, then here it is three months later and I went into the shop and they just lowered the price to $1260! I did a total thorough investigation and verified that it worked perfectly. I then went home and pondered over what I was going to offer for it. I then called them up and made the offer of $1000 out the door(they eat the taxes), they didnt hesitate and accepted the offer! so here I am with a (new to me) lens that I have been jonesing over since it was released.
the guy at the shop said no one ever even came and looked at the lens, he did mention that they have a Pentax shooter that comes by every so often and buys all the old lenses, and that he just glanced at this lens and gave it no more thought.
It is a great thing that Pentaxians are few and far between, because I bet if this was a Canikony lens, it wouldn't have lasted long.
They also have a silver edition K3 with battery grip for sale too(probably got it from the same person that sold them my new lens) with low shutter count that started out at $860, and now it is down to $660. I really dont need a new body (saving up for K1ii) but if it is still there in three months, I am going in and offer them some ridiculous price for it, so I still may end up with it one day, I just really wanted this lens. it is in brand new condition and even has a nice uv filter on it that was used to protect the lens. I took a few shots with it and this lens amazes me.....now I cant wait for the Air Show to come up.

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Forum: General Photography 08-27-2018, 09:20 AM  
Do you always carry a camera? What? Cell phones don't count
Posted By BirdDude007
Replies: 70
Views: 2,045
I have finally recently picked up a K01, so I packed it into a small bag with DA18-135mm, A28mm,A50mm/1.4, and Vivitar autotele 35mm/2.5 lenses, also sometimes I will throw in my Pentax M135/3.5 lens too. It all fits into a tiny bag, and I always have it with me when I'm not specifically out shooting, at which times I have my K3 and K5 with my DA* zooms
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