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Forum: Pentax Price Watch 01-01-2015, 04:51 PM  
Lens and Shutter, (BC, CANADA) Great deals on Pentax lenses and other stuff
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 53
Views: 6,358
Thanks for the post Weevil. Ordered a Manfrotto 190XB and 486RC2 ball head for $112. Ordered Sunday, received yesterday. A nice addition to my new K-50 and 18-135WR.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 09-28-2007, 04:44 PM  
Weekly Challenge #31 - Pets
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 37
Views: 6,555
One of my earliest pictures from my K100. Still one of my favorites.



Chris
Forum: General Talk 09-21-2007, 02:06 PM  
Canadian $ at par with US $- Why aren't retail prices at par?
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 13
Views: 3,255
Jeff,

I have to agree. Unfortunately, this is happening in many industries, most notably publishing, electronis, and vehicles. I own 2 Mazdas. Mazda Canada still prices parts based on a $1.35 exchange rate. They do not seem at all interested in adjusting prices, despite a grassroots movement that has seen many owners email them and tell them everytime they order parts from the US. A story on the news this week said that more new Porsches were imported from the US last year, than Porsche Canada sold. Porsche is adjusting 2008 prices in Canada down quite a bit. I think this is the only way to affect change. Buy from the US, let your local camera store know you are doing it, and make them fight the manufacturers for more fair pricing.
Forum: General Talk 09-21-2007, 01:59 PM  
my first road rage
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 15
Views: 3,055
I rarely leave the house without the camera in a bag, just for this reason. Even if I don't intend to carry the camera bag with me when I get to where I am going, I usually put the camera and bag on the floor of the car when I am driving. Even without the bag, I put the camera on the floor in the backseat. I figure it can't fall as far if it is alreay on the floor.

I have a LowePro EX 160 that works well for storing the camera with a single lens (or 2) while in the car. Picked it up for $20. Cheap insurance. Oh ya, and I never go anywhere with the flash attached. Makes me nervous. I worry enough about whacking the flash on something when I am carrying the camera around with me while shooting!

A spare 35mm film body is probably not a bad idea if you have paid shoots coming up. They are regularly for sale in the local classifieds from $50 and up.
Forum: General Talk 09-21-2007, 01:53 PM  
Carlos Santana Sold out to Sony
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 9
Views: 1,891
Carlos Santana selling Sony, U2 selling I-Pods, Frank Sinatra selling vacuum cleaners. Music is a business. Musicians are businessmen, selling their product to whomever wants to pay for it. Whatever. I'm not going to buy a Sony Alpha because I like Carlos Santana. I'm not going to burn my Carlos Santana CD's because I like Pentax.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-21-2007, 01:49 PM  
Jax, playing hard (need pro opinions)
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 7
Views: 1,412
Cute dog! I like te photo. I think hte waterfall makes a good backdrop. While mine ae not pro eyes, I think that this photo would benefit from some cropping. The tree on the left, in particular, is distracting. I would try a crop that removes the tree, so that the watterfall fills the frame from left to right, and take out some of the foreground grass at the same time. Removing some of the grass would move Jax into the foreground of the picture, where he would anchor the photo better.

I don't have any comments on the PP. It looks good to my eye.

Chris
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-21-2007, 01:39 PM  
Hummingbird Clearwing Moth (1st posting)
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 21
Views: 2,841
Nice shots Al. I haven't seen a lot of photos from the Sigma 105. Were you using the built-in flash, or something else?

BTW, welcome to the forum.

Chris
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-18-2007, 08:04 AM  
How large have you printed from your 6mp camera?
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 20
Views: 5,814
Dave,

18x24 $2.99 at Costco for online orders. I think $4.99 in store. They also do 18x36 panoramas, instore only, $9.99. Sadly, we cannot get 20x30 from Costco in Canada. Hopefully that will change. They also print everything on Fuji Crystal Archive photographic paper, and will happily fix any problems.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 09-17-2007, 06:50 PM  
How large have you printed from your 6mp camera?
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 20
Views: 5,814
As the title says, what is the largest print you have made from your 6MP DSLR? I had the local Costco print the photo below at 18"x24" ($2.99), and was very impressed. The photo has been cropped slightly, and is actually closer to 5MP than 6. It convinced me that unless you want to print poster-size prints for close examination, or print severely cropped photos, you don't need 10MP.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-17-2007, 05:03 PM  
Death of a Traffic Cone
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 3
Views: 1,509
One from this weekends autocross event. JPEG straight out of the camera, no PP except resize.

K100D, Tamron 70-300, ISO 200, f/8.0, 1/200 sec.


The cone survived with aggressive resuscitation.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-17-2007, 09:30 AM  
Bigma Range Showing
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 10
Views: 1,216
Hmmm, I could sell that too! :lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-16-2007, 09:51 PM  
Bigma Range Showing
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 10
Views: 1,216
Thanks for the pictures Dave. Seeing the lens used at a location I am familiar with helps to visualize the range.

As for elling my first-born, since I don't have one to sell at the moment, can I borrow yours, Scott?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-16-2007, 09:42 PM  
I saw a Lake Monster today
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 7
Views: 1,281
It's a whole lot cuter than the Ogopogo, and probably friendlier too!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 09-16-2007, 09:39 PM  
Squeezing Grapes
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 2
Views: 2,746
Having 'been there, done that' the picture puts a smile on my face. People who don't make wine (or beer or cider) don't understand that making it is as much fun as drinking it!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-13-2007, 02:05 PM  
New Lens Today ...
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 29
Views: 4,120
Sunny and warm today Dave. No excuses, we want pictures!

jealous Chris
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-10-2007, 04:46 PM  
Sigma 400mm AF
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 6
Views: 3,927
Thanks for the advice guys. The lens pictured is not the actual lens I am looking at, just a pic I found online. The curent price that is being asked for it is too high, so I think I will have to wait a while and hope that I can get a price reduction if it doesn't sell.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 09-09-2007, 11:36 AM  
Sigma 400mm AF
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 6
Views: 3,927
I'm hoping someone can tell me a little bit about this lens. I have done a lot of searching, and everything I find seems to be on the APO lens. This lens does not have any APO marking on it. It looks like this:


It is a f/5.6, AF 72mm front filter, with integral hood. It is marked 'multi-coated', but has no macro or APO markings. The seller has the front cap, and a Pentax rear cap. He does not have the case (if it came with one) or manual.

Is it any good? What is it worth in good condition? Glass appears to be clean and clear, with no obvious fungus. The lens body has a few scuff marks, but is in decent shape.

Thanks in advance,

Chris
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-31-2007, 09:45 AM  
Meet the challenger... Battle of the century!
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 28
Views: 2,920
Interesting so far. Can you tell us the price of the 'wunderbar' Canon 100-400mm IS USM L compared to the 'no USM required' Tamron 70-300 XR DI.

Chris
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-28-2007, 12:23 PM  
U talking to me ?? .. Zoo Pics
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 5
Views: 1,214
Love the wolf pic Dave. Nice series.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-23-2007, 04:21 PM  
My first photos with my new k100d
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 9
Views: 1,227
Congrats on getting your camera Colleen. Either the grass is really long, or you own the shortest Border Collie ever! Have fun with the camera, I look forward to seeing more pictures.

Chris
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 08-23-2007, 11:44 AM  
Image Quality - Various Macro Lenses
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 12
Views: 2,521
The Cosina/Phoenix/Vivitar/Pentax f/3.5, despite being several hundred dollars cheaper, certainly holds its own in this test. Where it falls down, of course, is that it is only capable of 1:2 magnification without the matched adapter (Pentax version does not include the adapter). I would like to see the resolution with the adapter in place. For the money I don't think this lens can be beat. Once one gets past the build quality and the scary-noisy AF, it is a terrific find.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-22-2007, 09:23 PM  
Want to see some flowers?
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 5
Views: 1,665
Nothing to look down on here! The second photo is stunning. The 77mm is pretty fantastic for a non-macro lens. What species of rose is it?

Chris
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 08-22-2007, 09:17 PM  
Which Tripod
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 46
Views: 10,064
Hi Guys,

I have a couple of questions about the Amvona Tripods. I currently have a cheap Giottos, and a Manfrotto monopod, with 486RC2 head. Does Amvona make any tripods with a horizontal feature for the centre column? I have been interested in the Manfrotto 190Pro for this feature, but it is pricey. Second question is about the quick release plates on the Amvona heads. They look similar, but Anvona doesn't specify this.

Chris
Forum: General Talk 08-22-2007, 10:07 AM  
The life of a Press Photog
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 3
Views: 2,567
Lisa Lewis can sit on the trunk of my Miata anytime she likes!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-22-2007, 10:02 AM  
Fun with my A-50 f/1.4
Posted By silverbullet
Replies: 1
Views: 1,954
My A-50 1.4 has been under-utilized since I purchased it, so I put it on the camera for a few days, and tried to explore the possibilities of wide-open shooting. These are a couple of my favorites:

K100D f/1.4, 1/400, ISO200


K100D f/1.4, 1/25, ISO200, handheld with SR


I love the way this lens renders OOF highlights. I do find that I need more practice with MF. A new screen might be on the 'WTB' list soon.
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