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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 12-22-2009, 04:51 PM  
Poll: Why did you buy a Pentax DSLR?
Posted By TomB
Replies: 362
Views: 62,523
Have had low end Pentax gear all my life. Went shopping for a DSLR, and was quite unimpressed with the fit and finish of the Nikon in my price range. In the end, as I was looking quite unenthused, salesman said "Well, we do have a Pentax as well....." Ended up with an Ist DL, one of the all time great DSLRs in my opinion. And pretty soon there were additional lenses and then a K10D and now, I'm a lifer.

Drive a Samsung now because after I destroyed my K10D, I found that there were none for sale in the UK. A helpful chap on the phone said "Look, I've got a Samsung...." so I went for it. Did not want to pay all that extra cash for the new K20D at that moment.
Forum: General Talk 12-18-2009, 12:07 PM  
How wired are You ?
Posted By TomB
Replies: 48
Views: 10,199
I often feel just like Daacon, who started this thread. Two people and two cats live here, surrounded by humming boxes and glowing LCD screens. At this time, we think there are:

6 workish PCs, ranging from a new Core Duo speedster to a Pentium 150. OS range from DOS through to Vista 64 bit. WIndoze 95/98 and ME excluded, all the rest live here. They all have a job to do that suits their abilities!

1 Vista media center PC to display pictures and play music in living (non-work!) area.

1 XP laptop

3 HP desktop inkjets

1 DJ800 42" wide printer

1 HP B9180 Photo Printer

Wireless and wired networks

And in storage: a spare Pentium 200, a spare P III, and a treasured IBM 8088 based Compag Luggable

And there are always a few forgotten boxes and mobos and hard drives hiding in corners.....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-16-2009, 10:44 PM  
What is your lens use percentage?
Posted By TomB
Replies: 39
Views: 6,210
DA 60-250mm F4ED[IF] SDM 60%
DA 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 AL 40%

Seems every time I take the 60-250 off, I'm putting it back on again in 3 minutes....
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-12-2009, 02:22 PM  
Filters: What's in your arsenal?
Posted By TomB
Replies: 33
Views: 6,013
We are of the "get it right in the camera and reduce Photoshop time" school.

UV on everything because I like to be able to clean my lens without worrying about perfection. I am not a perfect person. Sometimes my lens rag could even have grit on it. The horror!

Circ Polarizers for everything because we love the ability to control water and vegetation reflections and reduce ambient light in some sky conditions. Really like the Hoya ultra thin HD digitals.

Soft edge Kokin grad density set. Just learning how to use. Only have the 77 mm holder, have to get the 67 ASAP.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-12-2009, 10:47 AM  
Teleconverter for DA 60-250mm?
Posted By TomB
Replies: 10
Views: 2,950
Yes, I was thinking that might be the case!

I tried asking for Pentax - got same boring answer - it will not work with that lens. I was/am starting to wonder if they were well informed or simply if the lens was newer than their compatibility tables.

And all the rest of you - thanks for the info! I may try the Kenko, if I can find it here in The Great White North. I want more zoom for bird pictures in Scotland next spring.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-10-2009, 10:54 AM  
Teleconverter for DA 60-250mm?
Posted By TomB
Replies: 10
Views: 2,950
I have been trying for a week to locate a teleconverter suitable for use with a DA 60-250mm F4ED[IF] SDM lens. Online and phone shopping, as we do not live near any camera stores.

All vendors have said "No" so far. Has anyone had success using a t-c with this lens?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-09-2009, 10:28 AM  
Compatibility question
Posted By TomB
Replies: 4
Views: 1,997
I already own the new Pentax 60-250 mm, and it is a fabulous lens. A real game changer.

I have been trying for days to find a compatible teleconverter, zilch success. Did you encounter anything on compatibility with the 60-250 in your digging?
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