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Forum: Sold Items 10-27-2008, 04:42 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA*300 F4.0 lens
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 37
Views: 6,549
Is it that hard to post pictures in the thread?
Forum: Sold Items 09-29-2008, 02:41 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma EF-530 DG Super
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 1
Views: 3,629
Price dropped
Forum: Sold Items 09-21-2008, 02:25 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma EF-530 DG Super
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 1
Views: 3,629
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Sigma EF-530 DG Super

Asking Price
200 USD

Item Description
The item for sale is a Sigma 530 Super flash unit. It's the Pentax version (if that wasn't obvious). I've had it for about 6 months. It's been lightly used. It's in great shape as I treat my equipment very well. It comes with all the original materials (shown in pictures) which include the flash, box, manual, canvas case and stand. Feel free to PM me with any questions.

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

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition
Used
Like New

Item Location
California, USA

Shipping Charge
10 USD

Shipping Services
USPS

Shipping Destinations
Continental U.S. Only

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Additional Details
I only selected Continental U.S for shipping because I don't know anything about shipping over seas. I know some of you aren't a fan of that. I'll try to figure it out if I get some time.

Insurance is included in the $10 shipping charge.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 09-10-2008, 11:03 PM  
For Sale - Sold: 16-50 and 50-135 EU
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 11
Views: 2,104
I don't think you're supposed to publicly comment on others prices. That's what PMs are for.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-13-2008, 06:17 PM  
Does Pentax make these lens?
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 7
Views: 2,584
Yes, I'm pretty sure Pentax has a relationship with Tokina. Some of them seem to share the same CA problems too. As for the price difference, if you buy from Pentax then you're buying a first party lens which are always more expensive than 3rd party lenses. The new DA* lenses are weather sealed and have the silent focusing motor. The Tokina variants don't. Plus they aren't really competing with Tokina since Tokina doesn't make them in a Pentax mount, so they can sell them for whatever they want.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-09-2008, 11:12 AM  
In need of lens advice - Help me Obi-One
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 14
Views: 1,610
so you never go past f/8?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-08-2008, 11:58 AM  
In need of lens advice - Help me Obi-One
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 14
Views: 1,610
My descriptions certainly aren't all inclusive. It's a general summary to help someone who doesn't know what they need to look for in lenses to meet their needs. :rolleyes:
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-08-2008, 11:19 AM  
In need of lens advice - Help me Obi-One
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 14
Views: 1,610
Landscapes - For this usually wide is the most desireable. You'll want to stop down to f/16 or f/22 for a large depth of field (DOF) so having a fast (read: large aperture) lens isn't really too important here. Tripods can also help a lot if you don't have ideal light.

Cityscapes
- Similar to landscapes but distortions of ultra wide zooms are a lot more noticeable in buildings than in landscapes. A prime might do more for you here.

People/Portraits
- For a single person portrait you'll want something that's between 50mm and 85mm and at least f/2.8. If there's multiple people in the shot or you don't want to blur the background as much then you use a smaller aperture (f/5.6 or something like that)

Night/Low light
- Ideally for night landscape type shots you'll need a tripod. If you just try to use a fast prime then you'll end up with a shallow DOF and lots will be out of focus. If you're taking shots of people at night then I'd recommend a flash. External flashes take quite a bit of work to perfect though. You also need to understand ambient light exposure first before you can understand how it works with a flash exposure.

My set up is a 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 zoom paired with a 50mm f/1.4. This gives me most of the coverage I need for now. I also have a Sigma 530 Super flash so that I can use my zoom lens indoors and a tripod so I can shoot low light landscapes.

EDIT: What is your budget?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-04-2008, 05:14 PM  
Desperation: 77 limited or DA* 50-135?
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 15
Views: 3,705
I don't think either will be long enough for bird photography.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-01-2008, 02:06 AM  
difference between macro and zoom
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 13
Views: 7,538
A zoom lens allows you to use multiple focal lengths with one lens. For example 16-45mm. A true macro lens will allow you 1:1 magnification. 1:1 means that if you are taking a picture of something the same size as the sensor then it will fill the frame. This is achieved by allowing a smaller minimum focusing distance.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-29-2008, 10:18 PM  
Question aout the aperture stops.
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 4
Views: 1,308
I'm not exactly sure what you specifically want to know but I'll give it a shot...

Normal f-stops are 1.4, 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 11, 16, 22. Each letting in half as much light as the previous and increasing the depth of field. So this is pretty much what you have except I guess they skipped 4 because it was close to 3.5. At f/3.5 your lens is wide open letting in the most amount of light and and the shallowest depth of field.

P.S. My girl friend is from Arcata. :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-27-2008, 12:56 PM  
Any comments on my New to Pentax lenses
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 42
Views: 4,805
Wow, I'm jealous. BTW, Sigma also makes flashes for Pentax DSLRs. :D
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-23-2008, 11:19 AM  
what would you do?
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 37
Views: 3,007
YOU bought the camera for HER trip? Now she wants more? Tell her that the photographer makes the pictures great, not the camera...You must like her a lot to buy an extra camera for her...:o
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-21-2008, 12:05 PM  
K10D portrait/Wedding Lens
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 17
Views: 4,197
Do you have a budget? The 77mm limited seems to be the obvious choice.
Forum: Sold Items 01-19-2008, 03:59 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Fs: K10d $550
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 15
Views: 2,673
I just got all my rebate money this week for a rebate submitted last August. Definitely a pain. They actually screwed up a single rebate submission 3 times.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-17-2008, 03:58 PM  
No PreFlash AF-360FGZ?
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 4
Views: 1,448
I was under the impression that the pre-flash wasn't really noticeable (light travels pretty fast). I don't have this flash though, so I don't know for sure.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-13-2008, 09:49 PM  
Beginner buying K10D , need to make a budget lens decision
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 10
Views: 1,760
Are you going to be using a flash? Are you going to be taking these pictures indoors or outdoors?
Forum: Photographic Technique 01-13-2008, 06:24 PM  
Your ideas for Pentax clothing apparel
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 79
Views: 12,517
How about a Pentax necklace with a DSLR hanging off of it? That's about all I need.
Forum: Flashes, Lighting, and Studio 01-13-2008, 06:19 PM  
Pentax AF540FGZ or Sygma 530 DG ST Super?
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 17
Views: 4,542
I don't know too much about it but isn't that what the wireless triggers are for?

I have the Sigma 530 Super but haven't really used it enough to make a recommendation to you. I thought you just needed something with manual capability to do the strobist thing? Are you just looking for a second flash to expand your versatility and not a replacement for your existing flash? If that's the case then I'm sure there are cheaper solutions from other manufacturers.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-13-2008, 06:14 PM  
Are all * lenses weather sealed?
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 10
Views: 2,373
DA* you mean
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-13-2008, 06:10 PM  
Prime lens suggestions for a newbie
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 17
Views: 3,062
Is that a cropped camera? If it's not then keep that in mind before you add another prime. The 50mm f/1.4 is certainly a great deal. I got mine for $155 after rebate. I use this one mostly for portraits. The 35mm f/2 goes for about $300 new but you might be able to find a good price on a used copy. This would work better if you wanted a standard lens.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-13-2008, 06:07 PM  
Are all * lenses weather sealed?
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 10
Views: 2,373
I don't think so.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-13-2008, 05:53 PM  
Prime lens suggestions for a newbie
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 17
Views: 3,062
Kind of hard to recommend a lens w/o knowing what you plan to do with it. All you've said is budget and that you want a prime.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-13-2008, 11:16 AM  
FA 50mm f/1.4 autofocus
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 5
Views: 1,643
They want portraits and indoor sports. To me wider doesn't seem to be the way to go.

The 50mm lens will work great for portraits. That's what I use it for my self. For indoor sports it seems like you might want something a little longer. It all depends on where you'll be shooting from. If you do need something longer then take a look at the 70mm f/2.4.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 01-10-2008, 06:31 PM  
1 out of 2 (LBA)
Posted By TheWengler
Replies: 6
Views: 1,418
Yes it's a nice filter brand
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