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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 05-31-2019, 03:43 PM  
Pentax D-6x7 series
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 14
Views: 594
I would think the newer designs like the M*300/4 ED IF which I loved...and the frighteningly sharp 100/4 Macro should both be part of any modern system. Both those lenses came out just after the 67II and have not only newer design, but also newer coatings. The newer lenses seemed to produce vibrant colors much better than the previous versions. Gawd I miss shooting Velvia transparencies through these two lenses--and blowing them into 30x40 Ilfochromes...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-25-2019, 04:58 PM  
I've lost the tripod foot to my 70-200 how can I get another?
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 45
Views: 1,583
Best bet is to sell the lens with missing tripod foot--with full disclosure. Buy a fresh lens and NEVER remove the tripod foot. Easy for me to say as a "tripod only" shooter (OK monopod every few years)...The tripod foot is a bit obtrusive on that lens, but if it can be handheld without removing the foot, then that may be an option to avoid risk of loss.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-25-2019, 04:22 PM  
Pentax 600mm: F* vs FA*
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 12
Views: 897
I've owned both F* and FA* 600's...optics and performance are identical. Both have better minimum focus distance than Canon or Nikon 600's from that era. Both have that dreamy color cast the F* and FA* lenses are famous for. Both do work better with a filter in the drop-in drawer and both are factory recommended to use the stock PF filter (was that 145mm?).

Cosmetically the FA* has rounded edges/corners and is smoother to the hand.

F* has a doubled hood that extends so far it requires an extra county to hold it...jk. The FA* single extension hood was easier for me in the field. Both lenses have hoods that are permanently attached so you can't drop it and watch it bounce down the hillside.

Both lenses are autofocus with push/pull instant switching from manual to autofocus and back without touching switches on the lens or camera.

The dedicated polarizer on it's own drop-in for the FA* was something I found hidden in a warehouse (back when we could search the then Colorado Pentax warehouse digitally). So I've owned the FA* polarizer...by then the F* had been sold to a buddy who didn't care if I could find a polarizer, but I suspect there is not a drop in polarizer for the F*. Don't think I ever shot a single frame through the polarizer with this lens though it worked great on the FA*250-600 when I was playing heavy landscape extraction games.

The F* finish is a touch tougher than the silver FA* but if you don't take care, either 16 pound lens will scratch against sharp metal objects.

Both lenses have a focus limiter that when you read the instructions you'll be scared to even try to use...so I never used the focus limit system on either lens.

Both lenses are nicely damped for manual focusing and I used both about 95% of the time in manual mode...I'm just not an autofocus person...more picky than the camera about focus point.

Both lenses have similar hard case/trunk for storage, both have similar tripod feet, both have slip-on lens cover to serve as the lens cap.

You can't go wrong with either lens. I've had many images published from both lenses. Everything from large wildlife to tiny birds in flight to outdoor enthusiasts practicing their craft. The issue with these lenses is not which is more expensive or better. The issue is if you get lucky enough to find one, you best quit quibbling about pricing and buy it now! You may not find another for several years! And they hold value really well. I bought the FA* new in the mid '90's and when I sold it last spring to another forum member my cost averaged out to $27 per year to own the lens. When you buy one used, it likely will hold very close to your purchase price until you decide to sell it someday, so your cost to own this lens is 0$ FREE! So go buy it immediately no matter which version!
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-30-2018, 05:53 PM  
Can someone identify this Pentax ballhead clamp thingie? For 67?
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 14
Views: 1,215
If you haven't played around with RAM gear yet it's time! Many major manufacturers now offer RAM products...Garmin, several boat manufacturers, CanAm ATV's etc. Very functional with ball sizes up to 2" for really heavy items. I use 'em for my heavy sonar/GPS units in my boat and sometimes for camera gear and flash set ups.


The RAM story is a great "guy makes good on idea" story. I met the developer/owner of RAM at his first public showing--the Seattle Boat Show about 20 years ago. The product was called Round-A-Mount which over the years was shortened to RAM. If you start looking at the full line-up, it seems there's nothing under 25 pounds that can't be RAM'ed. Better build quality than any of the other copycats I've ever played with.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 11-30-2018, 05:34 PM  
Hard case in car, smaller case for field
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 16
Views: 964
You may find that the smallish Peli cases work great in the field--they set down in dirt or dewy grass much better than canvas/cloth bags. They kick around on the floor of my boat or in the back of a truck without having to fret. Carried by the handle they are like a briefcase and work well for up to a mile of walking. I have half a dozen different sizes, but somehow always have a 1450 (I think) with either bodies and lenses or with flash accessories stashed in my vehicle. I commonly carry my tripod with mounted largish lens (with tripod foot) on camera with a Peli for lens changes. For a bunch of tiny limited lenses, the Pentax sling bag has served me very well for longer hikes when conditions merit. I've experimented with various soft shoulder bags and vests and other options. In the end, for field work it's hard to beat the Peli cases and I typically just carry a Peli or two. In the film era I carried different color Peli cases for medium format and 35 mm. Grab the gray or grab the black and know exactly what you are getting.


For security, I use cable locks like bicycle locks, gun locks or longer cables with padlocks to be able to leave gear cabled to seat frames, pickup tie downs etc. The handles of the Pelican cases are big enough to accommodate most cable systems I've tried. Sure a real criminal can just hacksaw the handle off, but most real criminals aren't prowling cars. In "legal" states, just leave half a joint sticking out of the ashtray and the dopey car prowlers won't even notice your camera gear!
Forum: Sold Items 06-11-2018, 09:45 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA* 200/4 Macro--Still Available--Lower Price!
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 33
Views: 3,010
Thanks for the kind words Wheatfield! Actually the lens is newer than that. First released in early 2001 and sold through 2004 with new old stock still selling up through about '07 ish in Canada anyway.

My current probable buyer is also Canadian. Should know by mid-day Wednesday if this sale will work. If not the line waiting for this lens is getting pretty long. Apparently $3500 is the trigger figure for selling this lens?
Forum: Sold Items 06-11-2018, 01:37 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA* 200/4 Macro--Still Available--Lower Price!
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 33
Views: 3,010
Sale Pending (again)
Forum: Sold Items 06-10-2018, 09:31 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA* 200/4 Macro--Still Available--Lower Price!
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 33
Views: 3,010


---------- Post added 06-10-18 at 12:09 PM ----------

sale fell through due to issues getting it into China

Next!
Forum: Sold Items 06-08-2018, 07:19 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA* 200/4 Macro--Still Available--Lower Price!
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 33
Views: 3,010
bump with lower price

---------- Post added 06-09-18 at 05:05 PM ----------

bump.
Forum: Sold Items 06-06-2018, 07:21 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA* 200/4 Macro--Still Available--Lower Price!
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 33
Views: 3,010
Shot with a K5 set on JPEG which means very little post processing. I've never made a RAW image...and have had perhaps 800 images sold/published (in print media--I don't count web stuff). I choose old-school instead...every image shot from a tripod at the lowest ISO setting the camera can produce and I bracket white balance when it's tricky. Usually use mirror lock up and 2 sec. delay to take my vibes out of it. I never shoot mid-day or in full sun. I play it as if shooting picky slide film and throw away anything that isn't nearly perfect as shot. I don't "rescue" missed images. A miss is a miss for me. Of course, I understand virtually nobody on a photo forum does it my way, but I don't mind that.
Forum: Sold Items 06-05-2018, 02:38 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA* 200/4 Macro--Still Available--Lower Price!
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 33
Views: 3,010
OK, a couple shots...Tachenid Fly to show depth of field without stacking and super rare Kelseya Uniflora blooms to show great front bokeh as well as the legendary rear bokeh this lens produces. Both images have previously been published in different years of the annual photo issue of Montana Outdoors (very competitive publication to get in due to the National Parks and seven bizillion photogs submitting their life-experience photos).
Forum: Sold Items 06-05-2018, 02:18 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA* 200/4 Macro--Still Available--Lower Price!
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 33
Views: 3,010
Anyone can buy it and play hard for a year or two and then sell it off...the risk is low due to the never-going-away residual value.

I haven't shot through it in 2 years so it just sits in the safe in a hard Pelican case. BTW, though I made frequent trips to Alaska and Northwest Territories back when I was shooting semi-professionally, I never flew this lens on those trips. In fact, this lens may have never flown (can't recall). For the far North, I generally used FA* 80-200 with a Canon 77mm 500D close-up adapter for macro with 35mm gear. I have to admit, most of my high-end arctic macro work was on 67 with the unfreakin' believable 100/4 macro for that format--and Velvia film of course.
Forum: Sold Items 06-05-2018, 10:34 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA* 200/4 Macro--Still Available--Lower Price!
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 33
Views: 3,010
bump.
Forum: Sold Items 06-03-2018, 12:20 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA* 200/4 Macro--Still Available--Lower Price!
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 33
Views: 3,010
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax FA* 200/4 Macro

Asking Price
3,500.00 USD

Item Location
Montana (United States)

Item Description
How many years since the last one posted on this forum?

The time to buy an ultra-rare item is when you see it--well, here it is!

This lens is in impressive condition. Even the mount shows almost no brassing. Aperture lever/shroud and tripod foot are the only two spots with obvious wear (visible in images). Glass is perfect and coatings do not show cleaning/rub marks. Lens has lived in very low humidity (so risk of future "growth" inside is VERY low). All systems operate as new--focus limiter; push-pull auto/manual focus shift; tripod collar; distance scale & window; reversible hood; polarizer window; nine snappy aperture blades.

Fine-toothed-comb will find a couple barely visible marks in silver finish. Please zoom in to see if you can find any!

Found a copy of this lens on ebay this morning for $4300 with wicked fungus, big scratches and missing polarizer door so my lens is not priced outside the market.

Includes original box, manual, heavy-duty soft case with strap, front and rear caps.

This lens has produced dozens of published images of everything from bugs, to flowers, to fish hatchlings, to ice crystals...many sold/published images were shot within view of my home!

Original Pentax press release from Sept. 19, 2000 said of the optical formula:

Incorporating two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) lens elements, an abnormal-dispersion lens element as well as a high-refraction lens element, the lens is designed to provide professional and advanced amateur photographers with extremely high-resolution macro images with minimal aberrations.

Be aware that I commonly spend a couple days a week afield with no cell service or computer access, so be patient with me please.

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

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Like New

Shipping Destinations
Worldwide

Shipping Charge
free to continental U.S. By Quote for International

Shipping Services
USPS for domestic, likely UPS for international

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal

Return Policy & Additional Details
10 day return policy. Buyer pays return postage, insurance and fees if applicable.

International buyers must contact me for specifics. I have issues with exporter's license etc. that we have to work through.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!

---------- Post added 06-04-18 at 12:44 PM ----------

Yes, I'm hearing the collective gasp at the price, but my lens is in better shape and more complete with original materials than anything else hitting the market this year. Thanks for the fairly reasonable offers so far. But I'm going to wait a few days before starting to backpedal.

You know you want this lens...make your K1 really sing!
Forum: Sold Items 05-28-2018, 09:22 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-01 Mirrorless
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 9
Views: 1,050
Thanks for the kind words Scorpio.

Sale Pending
Forum: Sold Items 05-26-2018, 04:16 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-01 Mirrorless
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 9
Views: 1,050
I don't own any newer lenses...I'm an FA* geek so I've never tried the newer autofocus with it. Maybe somebody can tell us?

---------- Post added 05-26-18 at 05:21 PM ----------

The K-01 review on this forum indicates that it does work with both old screw drive and new SDM/DC focusing...
Forum: Sold Items 05-26-2018, 07:02 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-01 Mirrorless
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 9
Views: 1,050
back to the top...
Forum: Sold Items 05-15-2018, 04:38 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-01 Mirrorless
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 9
Views: 1,050
bump.
Forum: Sold Items 05-13-2018, 10:35 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-01 Mirrorless
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 9
Views: 1,050
bump.
Forum: Sold Items 05-10-2018, 12:04 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-01 Mirrorless
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 9
Views: 1,050
PentaxForums.com Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Pentax K-01 Mirrorless

Asking Price
215.00 USD

Item Location
Montana (United States)

Item Description
What a fun camera!

If I hadn't nicked the rear screen with a few dust-sized marks this would be sold as mint condition. No visible wear whatsoever. Shutter count just over 4400.

Includes a Hoodman LCD shade, box, charger, strap, synch cord, and instruction book.

Found that it worked well in situations others may not try...big macro and big supertele's worked surprisingly well. Smaller walkaround lenses package nicely with this camera.

I purchased this from Adam the week before the big price drop...timing!

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?
No

Are you selling or trading this item?
Selling

Item Condition (Key)
Used
Like New

Shipping Destinations
North America

Shipping Charge
free to Conus

Shipping Services
USPS

Accepted Payment Types
PayPal Check/Money Order

Return Policy & Additional Details
10 day return policy if unhappy for any reason. Buyer pays return shipping with insurance and tracking.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-27-2018, 08:46 PM  
Low-Light I'm ready to give up...
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 29
Views: 2,113
Most of us try to avoid admitting this, but just because we have some nice photo gear doesn't mean we are capable of pro level work in all styles of photography. When I started to get passably good at macro and other outdoor photography, people started asking/expecting me to do senior pics etc. Fact is, I tried a few senior pics for dear friends and it was quickly obvious that their mothers could do better work with a disposable film camera than I could do with several thousand dollars worth of gear. Turn me loose on a close-up of a flower bud and I'm the bomb. Have me work with your family on portrait work and it was clear that most 6-year-olds are better at portrait work through a phone than I am through an FA Limited lens. Basically, every member of this forum is held in high regard by their family who presumes that because we own pro quality gear we can do pro quality work of ANY type. FALSE! Each of us has a strength and a type of photography that we are good or even great at. Other styles of photography, we may have no skills whatsoever. That's me and portraits. I now tell people, "If your kid was an elk I could do front cover quality work. But your kid isn't an elk and my ability to take a photo of him is very limited!" Honestly, I've sold many dozens of publication quality images of people in action doing outdoor activities. It may count as portrait work, but it really isn't due to my poor skills at controlling lighting etc. We all need to "fess up" to our families that we aren't all portrait photogs.
Forum: Photographic Technique 04-27-2018, 11:15 AM  
Low-Light I'm ready to give up...
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 29
Views: 2,113
Shooting from the bleachers...darn, without permission to shoot from a decent vantage point--big strike against you.
Shooting from long range with no long range telephoto--another big strike against you (see that dot in the upper left...that's my son).
Trying to crop out more than half the frame on high ISO indoor shooting--three strikes, you're out!

Might as well shoot a couple "whole room" shots with your phone and leave the DSLR home...no matter which brand. And I'm not being mean or cynical...

If this was a one-time shoot, and a type of shooting circumstance you don't aspire to master, I'd forget trying more of this type of image. Move on with your life and have fun with your camera! While I was having dozens of images published annually, I still paid for the "package photos" available at graduation type events. Those photogs are set up in the right places with appropriate lenses and lighting/color balance for the distances involved and you'll seldom "grab shot" your way to anything close to what they are selling. Buy the images!

If you intend to do graduation/school program type shoots as part of your regular routine, then follow all the suggestions others gave and start the learning curve. Figure by year 2 you'll be getting print-worthy images. By year 3-5 you may get a publication quality image or two. There is no more difficult type of photography than mixed lighting, indoor, no freedom to change perspective, live-action, grab shot, one prime lens from a distance, no light management (flash), photography. Anybody who pulls that off is doing very impressive work!

It can be done, but not without lots of effort. I take the lazy way out and shoot the types of circumstances I enjoy shooting and do passable work shooting. Event photog I am not! Are you sure "event photog" is something you aspire to? If so, get crackin'!
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-23-2018, 03:28 PM  
Adventures in de-yellowing (Pentax 67 SMC 104mm 2.4)
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 49
Views: 3,748
So you are recommending that I take my black light down from where it lights my Jimi Hendrix poster? I'll go with yellow lenses...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-22-2018, 08:44 AM  
FA43 lore question
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 50
Views: 2,470
Maybe we should start a sweat shop in a third world nation just to make counterfeit colored pouches? And while we're at it we could make some knock-off replacement metal lens caps for the entire Limited line-up. Even if we sold 'em for half the current retail price from Ricoh, those lens caps could generate a several thousand percent profit margin! If we use cheap "fake" felt and low quality paint, well, we could do even better...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 04-21-2018, 02:59 PM  
FA43 lore question
Posted By Ron Boggs
Replies: 50
Views: 2,470
Funny you would mention how they look in the bag Monochrome...When my Limiteds were new, I had a large Pelican case with all my black slip-cover A* and FA* lenses...but the three amigos had their own little line of color that smiled out at me whenever I opened the case.

I've since put the colored pouches in hermetically sealed archival storage bins to hold on to them for a couple more decades until the value of the colored pouches--empty--exceeds the value of the lenses. That's how the market for collectibles works, right?
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