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Forum: Pentax Price Watch 04-27-2012, 06:18 PM  
DA* 55mm 1:1.4 and 12-24 1:4
Posted By soppy
Replies: 4
Views: 788
Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. It's from a friend of mine in our photo club so I'm not too worried,
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 04-27-2012, 05:45 PM  
DA* 55mm 1:1.4 and 12-24 1:4
Posted By soppy
Replies: 4
Views: 788
I have an opportunity to buy both of these lenses for $350 and $400 respectively. I'm pretty confidant this is a great deal, just wanted to make sure they aren't suddenly bombing on the used market due to the price increases and people abandoning the brand. Thanks for the help!
Forum: Sold Items 04-08-2012, 11:22 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Broken Canon g2, charger, batt and leather case
Posted By soppy
Replies: 9
Views: 777
Or send it to Canon and buy a new lens or body on the Loyalty program, if you have a Canon system that is. Sending any camera in nets you 20% off...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-09-2012, 08:46 AM  
28-35mm Fast, Cheap Lens
Posted By soppy
Replies: 11
Views: 1,936
The price doesn't need to be cheap, I was just hoping it would be. Since that seems less possible, are there good more expensive options?

The 50mm is a good idea, I do have a 50mm 1:1.7, but if I got one that was quicker I might be able to make it work. Is the SIgma 30mm 1:1.4 a great lens?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-08-2012, 11:00 PM  
28-35mm Fast, Cheap Lens
Posted By soppy
Replies: 11
Views: 1,936
Yeah I figured, if I had full frame it'd be simple enough to get the desired result. Ultimately I'm looking to acheive something like this:

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That is, somewhat wide angle but really shallow depth of field. These were done on a D700, with 50 year old 50mm 1:1.2 lenses. I figured 35mm 1:1.2 was about as close as I would get to that.

For the record, I do have the Tamron 28-75 1:2.8, so I don't see a ton of benefit in a 28mm 1:2.8. For this one it would need to achieve the desired effect, otherwise it would just be redundant.

On the other hand, I realize that these are FF and it will be difficult to get that DoF, I just love the large amount of "context" in the photos with such a singular subject.

Lastly, I may just need to practice more on my 28-75, I've only had it a month after all...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-08-2012, 07:26 PM  
28-35mm Fast, Cheap Lens
Posted By soppy
Replies: 11
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Around $100 or so. No autofocus at this price point I would assume...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 02-08-2012, 06:51 PM  
28-35mm Fast, Cheap Lens
Posted By soppy
Replies: 11
Views: 1,936
I'm looking for a 35mm (or slightly wider) that is really cheap and has nice bokeh (not distracting). I don't care how old or what brand it is, cheap is ideal. If I can trade my 50mm 1:1.7 for it, that'd be best. I'm really wanting it to be as quick as possible (1:1.2 or 1:1.4). If that doesn't exist cheap, I'd still like to know about it. Thanks!
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 12-13-2011, 08:36 PM  
Comparison Shots of Tamron 28-75 f/2.8 to the Pentax 18-55 Kit Lens
Posted By soppy
Replies: 1
Views: 1,212
I'm hoping to see the same scene shot with both lenses to compare CA and sharpness, etc. Can anyone point me in the right direction, or maybe even shoot a few shots for me? I'd really appreciate. Thanks guys!
Forum: Pentax Full Frame 10-28-2011, 12:37 PM  
Pentax Full Frame - An official statement from Pentax (they listened!)
Posted By soppy
Replies: 3,121
Views: 306,517
As a Marketing student, Pentax simply needs to up their exposure. I had an interview for a photographer position and the lady asked what I use, I responded "Pentax" to which she answered "What is that and how does it compare to Canon and Nikon?". Pentax really needs to up their exposure so their brand is a household name, like it is in Europe and Asia.

Next, they need to sell Pentax as an experience. People these days aren't always looking for features and benefits, but to belong to a group. Look at Apple for instance. This is not to say you can get by without having those features, but you need to sell the product as an experience. When you use Canon or Nikon, you know it's what the pro's use. Pentax just doesn't have that association. Pentax could either take this one of two ways. One, they market themselves as the "pro" brand like Canon or Nikon, or two, they find another niche to market to. Given Canon and Nikon's saturation of the market, I think 2 would be the better option. Then they could expand from whatever that niche is to provide tools for the professional as well. Pentax could make a limited run top of the line APS-C, and market it heavily as the "ultimate camera" (5Dx?) that only a select few are privileged to use. Price it high, and have the K-5 and K-R waiting for those who can't get a hold of one. The trick would be to market it as Pentax's return to the SLR market, and how they are going to change the playing field.

All this is just typed as I think it, really just my thoughts on what they could do. Given that their marketing department is non-existent, none of this will likely happen.
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-26-2011, 06:10 AM  
Tripod and Head Combo under $500
Posted By soppy
Replies: 12
Views: 1,679
Thanks, but they aren't in my kit yet. They're just the biggest things I plan to have and want my setup to be somewhat "futureproof".

I will look for something in the 10-15lb rangs for the legs then (given you should usually half manufacturer specs...)
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-26-2011, 05:31 AM  
Tripod and Head Combo under $500
Posted By soppy
Replies: 12
Views: 1,679
Perhaps I am overestimating my weight then? I'll have to see what it all actually weighs and go from there...
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-25-2011, 08:48 PM  
Tripod and Head Combo under $500
Posted By soppy
Replies: 12
Views: 1,679
I am ultimately looking for a travel set I believe. I don't want a monster of a tripod that I'll question whether or not to even take and I don't do studio work. Most times I want a tripod, I have traveled to get there, am walking around, or am on a trail of some sort, so a beast is not in the cards. I realize I lose some stability, but a mostly stable tripod is better than one you leave at home because you don't want to carry it. That said, I am not looking for some ultra lightweight, compact setup either, mostly just something in between the two. I would like it to hold a K5+Grip as well as the FA* 80-200 or Sigma's 100-300 (around 25lbs total). If it is a bit over budget, that's fine. It was just a ballpark figure to give you all a starting point.

I am not shorter than average (about 6'), I just know center columns are worse for vibrations, and I don't see using one (I don't do much macro). I would ideally like something that can get really low to the ground, I do car shots and that would be a really useful feature. If there's a hook on the bottom for a rock bag, that's a plus given that it will be a lighter tripod.

Are there major differences between the Acratech GP and GPS? The only thing I can gather is one has a smaller baseplate... After looking at reviews, I think my heart is set on one of the Acratech ballheads. They seem even better than RRS...
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 10-25-2011, 04:19 PM  
Tripod and Head Combo under $500
Posted By soppy
Replies: 12
Views: 1,679
I am trying to figure out how I want to do this. I really love the design of the Acratech ballheads, though they are expensive as anything. I was thinking with going for this one:
Acratech GP-s Ballhead::Ballheads::Acratech

Then just grabbing a $100 set of aluminum legs. The ballhead will last me forever, but I will likely upgrade the legs at some point in the distant future. I could also go a more balanced route, but then I would likely replace both in the future, and I have heard cheaper ballheads can be a pain.

So any thoughts or recommendations on legs? I prefer a smaller number of leg sections, no center column, but a still good height. Lack of center column is more important than fewer leg sections. I plan on putting the legs and head on a backpack with the rest of my kit FWIW. Also, any ideas on where to get an Arca Swiss plate for the K5 with a grip?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-25-2011, 02:44 PM  
FA* Info
Posted By soppy
Replies: 28
Views: 1,671
Actually that's the exact one I was looking at. It seems like a great deal seeing as many are going for over $1000 (that one is $877 US).
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-25-2011, 08:26 AM  
FA* Info
Posted By soppy
Replies: 28
Views: 1,671
Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for the help as well, it's certainly making this decision easier. :)
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-25-2011, 08:25 AM  
FA* Info
Posted By soppy
Replies: 28
Views: 1,671
How is the autofocus on the Tamron 28-70? I am starting to think that may be a more viable (Read: cheaper) option for a college student. If the IQ is on par (or better in sharpness) with the FA*, then I may go that route and upgrade later if I feel like it's necessary. Noise wise, is the Tamron comparable to the FA* when autofocusing? I am also interested in low light autofocusing and overall autofocus speed compared to the FA*.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-24-2011, 02:35 PM  
FA* Info
Posted By soppy
Replies: 28
Views: 1,671
Pretty close! Now that I know about AF speed as well, that'd be a major selling point too, but I wasn't aware of that till this thread.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-24-2011, 02:33 PM  
FA* Info
Posted By soppy
Replies: 28
Views: 1,671
They just seem to be better more reliable lenses in my research. SDM doesn't give me much confidence, and the reviews of the DA* 16-50 aren't inspiring given how much money it costs. I already am having trouble finding time to send my K5 back to have the sensor fixed, I don't want to deal with that on a lens. I also believe I use the focal range on the FA lenses more than the DA range (my only complaint it that 28 may not be wide enough, though I think I can adapt, I will want to use a 12-24 for the really wide stuff anyway). The fact that they are full frame attracts me since I won't lose edge sharpness on APS-C and will also have lenses that translate to FF should Pentax ever take that route.

The idea to completely cover from 28-200 at 2.8 with all Pentax glass appeals greatly to me, which the DA* cannot do. I only wish the FA* were quieter, weather sealed, and (in a perfect world) lighter/smaller. Honestly, if there was a DA* line from 24-200 that was 2.8, I'd probably go that route. It is particularly the 16-50 that is disappointing to me, I thought I wanted it for a long time, then after doing more research realized it wasn't as awesome as the 50-135. The 50-135 also feels just a little short to me, would've been nice to bring it up to 200mm... Overall, it is the zoom ranges that appeal to me most I believe, coupled with the great optics the FA* line has.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-24-2011, 01:27 PM  
Help Me Figure Out My Kit
Posted By soppy
Replies: 2
Views: 641
A little bump...

I'm really just looking for opinions and ideas on potential kits...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-24-2011, 01:26 PM  
FA* Info
Posted By soppy
Replies: 28
Views: 1,671
I would really like to know more about the FA* lineup of glass, specifically related to the FA* 28-70 f/2.8 and the 80-200 f/2.8. Particularly these few questions:

How loud is the autofocus compared to the kit lens or the 40mm Ltd?

How quick does the focus lock relative to SDM or the 40mm Ltd?

I know they aren't weather proof, but can they take a little light rain (my 40mm was fine, just kept it pointed down)?

Are these the best optical quality possible for this range in a zoom?

Are there any quirks to look for when buying these lenses?

Thanks so much guys, I'll post more questions if I think of any.
Forum: Sold Items 10-24-2011, 05:45 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA 15mm f/4.0 Limited
Posted By soppy
Replies: 2
Views: 870
Would you be interested in a trade for the DA 40mm?
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-23-2011, 07:21 PM  
Help Me Figure Out My Kit
Posted By soppy
Replies: 2
Views: 641
Ok, so the more I think about it, the more I realize I am building the beginning of my fast glass kit and what lens I choose next will sort of decide how I build my final kit. I'm not sure if I want to go with a DA* set of (maybe 10-20), 16-50, 50-135, 200/300, 1.4x TC kit, or a (mostly) FA* set of 12-24, 28-70, 80-200, 1.4x TC kit. I know I prefer to stick to Pentax glass, they have a lot of good offerings, and if you aren't here for the glass, why stay with Pentax?

Pros of the DA*
weather sealed
silent
lighter
less expensive individually
no need for uv filters because of SP coating

Cons:
lack full frame
slightly slower AF
not as wide as the FA* kit (I feel like a 12-24 would be redundant, but maybe the 10-20 would be ok here...)

Pros of FA*:
optically outstanding
fast AF
FF for future-proof flexibility
appreciating in value
less expensive in terms of the whole kit

Cons:
lack WR (which matters in Florida)
no quiet AF
are big and heavy

I really really want high resolution on the wide end and I hate taking landscapes or group shots and finding massive purple fringing/ghosting at points of high contrast like I currently do. I need 2.8 through the main range, but could probably deal with f/4 to get a little more reach on the 300mm, I do want 2.8 from 50-135 though, I feel like the 60-250 would be too slow. Ultimately, my focal length usages lean towards the FA* setup, but I really wish they were WR, SDM, and lighter (to be an idealist (: ). I do events where SDM would be nice, perhaps the FA* aren't as bad as I'm imagining (I have a $100 Tamron 75-300 that draws stares when it focuses at the moment)? I will admit I don't know a lot about the FA* line, but would love more knowledge. Anyway, what would be your recommendation for me?

Note: I know the Ltds are great, and I plan to pick up the FA 31, and 77 (maybe the 43 just to round it out), but this is more for event and paid work where I like the flexibility of the zooms. Also, all of this would be acquired over a few years, though I wish I could grab them all now lol. Also, I love creamy bokeh, though that doesn't seem to be terribly different between these two series.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-23-2011, 05:41 PM  
Best "Standard" Zoom
Posted By soppy
Replies: 12
Views: 3,883
I am hoping to pick up a 12-24 when they become available to supplement the 28-70 (whichever I choose) to cover the wider end. If that isn't for a while I don't mind using the kit lens to cover the wider end for a little bit.

Are there any issues in particular to watch out for with either the Tamron or the FA*?

I think I am also kind of liking the idea of having a mostly FF kit, just in case Pentax does jump on the bandwagon. I would hate to have to buy all new lenses just to have a FF camera... Although hat does mean bigger, more expensive glass... Trade offs...
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-23-2011, 02:16 PM  
Best "Standard" Zoom
Posted By soppy
Replies: 12
Views: 3,883
Thanks for your comments hcc, but I wasn't entirely referring to the quality shots the lens makes when I said "pro" quality, as we all know, it's the photographer that "makes" the shot. There is a distinct difference in build quality between something like a DA* and something like the kit lens. Also, durability, reliability, and overall optical quality vary from lens to lens, otherwise nobody would pay for more expensive glass.

I understand what you are trying to say, but I look at lenses as an investment and want the absolute best I can afford, which is why I am asking about this. I am not new to photography and hoping to improve my work by simply spending more on glass. Most of my current work is done on the kit lens, however I am increasingly finding myself in situations where that isn't enough (need more light, etc.), so I am looking to upgrade.

Perhaps the Tamron is the best option, but I just want to clear up that I am not expecting the lens to make me "pro", I was simply referring to the build and optical quality of the lens in regards to QC, reliability, and longevity of the lens.

On a side not, I have the opportunity to buy a FA* 28-70 for just under $900. Is that a good deal?

Note: I didn't intend to sound harsh, mean, abrasive or condescending or anything with what I said above, so please don't take it that way, I was just explaining my position and what I meant earlier.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 10-23-2011, 12:17 PM  
Best "Standard" Zoom
Posted By soppy
Replies: 12
Views: 3,883
Thanks Adam, I looked at that and that was what brought this question up in the first place. I was set on the 16-50 until I read that review... Thanks though.

Interested observer, I am looking into the Tamron 28-70 right now. The link you sent also has a link to a FA* 28-70, does anyone know anything about that lens (price, quality, etc?). I feel like with the Tamron it'd be difficult to get a pro quality lens for $400... But that could just be my opinion.
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