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Forum: Sold Items 09-12-2022, 06:09 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Near Mint Black MX w/ orig. SMC Pentax-M50/1.4
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 6
Views: 612
Wow! That is a gorgeous MX, Not surprised about the seals, though... time takes its toll.
Forum: Photographic Equipment for Sale 07-16-2022, 03:42 PM  
For Sale: Pentax: 1.7x adapter, A100 macro 2.8; Sigma: 400 tele macro, Kenko 1.5x TC
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 34
Views: 4,266
I had the 180mm Sigma for my APS-C SD1 and it was stellar, with a comfortable working distance for a true macro. Great for jumpy bugs and just as nice for portraits (with a bit of post-softening). Did not know they made it in K-mount...
Forum: Sold Items 04-13-2022, 09:02 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Olympus Pro 12-100 f:4 zoom lens
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 1
Views: 413
Do you have any photos shot with this lens you can post?
Forum: Sold Items 12-11-2021, 03:24 PM  
For Sale - Sold: SMC Pentax-FA* 250-600mm F5.6 ED [IF]
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 27
Views: 3,117
Oh, I want it all right, but buying something this big, heavy and expensive from overseas would necessitate a flight across the pond. That's rather expensive over the holiday season, on top of the spirit of "buying for others."
Forum: Sold Items 11-15-2021, 01:21 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax DA* 60-250 modified for FF
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 30
Views: 2,924
Converted for FF = you removed the rear baffle? (Yes, I could google it on this forum, but...)
Forum: Sold Items 10-15-2021, 11:18 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Sirui K-30X Ballhead, with plate and accessories, excellent condition
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 3
Views: 717
FYI; this is a great head, as good as gear many $100's more. I reviewed its slightly larger sibling here.
Forum: Sold Items 07-29-2021, 02:40 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Sigma 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM K Mount
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 2
Views: 490
Sure enough, I already PM'd...
Forum: Sold Items 07-19-2021, 02:26 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Aiming for new users: 200mm, 100mm macro, 55mm, 35mm macro, Sigma 17-50mm, macro tube
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 8
Views: 1,560
Probably the best lens for new Pentax folks. Sharp, versatile, and delightful rendering. A masterpiece in a small package!

Props to NoCo Pentaxian for spreading the glass to new users.
Forum: Sold Items 05-11-2021, 05:14 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-3 Mark III Silver Premium Kit
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 5
Views: 769
Wow. I think you're the first to sell one here, Mike. ;)
Forum: Sold Items 04-07-2021, 05:03 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Laowa 105mm f/2 STF (Smooth Trans Focus)
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 3
Views: 837
Hmmm.... Maybe I should hold onto it until it becomes "collectible." :D
Forum: Sold Items 04-05-2021, 02:18 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Laowa 105mm f/2 STF (Smooth Trans Focus)
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 3
Views: 837
Still for sale! Get your STF goodness here...
Forum: Sold Items 03-29-2021, 11:59 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-5 IIs Body
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 4
Views: 725
Probably still has that "new camera" smell... :D
Forum: Sold Items 03-28-2021, 11:13 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Laowa 105mm f/2 STF (Smooth Trans Focus)
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 3
Views: 837 Marketplace Listing

Item for Sale
Laowa 105mm f/2 STF (Smooth Trans Focus)

Asking Price
300.00 USD

Item Location
Washington, D.C. (United States)

Item Description
The Laowa 105mm f/2 (T3.2) STF lens is an entirely manual (aperture & focus) portrait lens with "smooth trans focus." Venus Optics calls this 105mm short telephoto lens the Bokeh Dreamer because the lens provides a silky smooth Bokeh. This is achieved through a unique STF (Smooth Trans Focus) optical design which incorporates an apodization (APD) element next to the aperture which resembles the function of an ND filter. It gradually reduces the amount of light transmitted towards the periphery to produce a soft, natural and beautifully diffused out-of-focus rendition.

This full-frame, K-mount portrait lens has only been used twice, and includes the original caps, hood, box, papers, etc. as if it was a new lens. Optics are perfect, and everything from the apertures (plural) to the healthy focus ring are smooth and direct.

Of course, it is manual focus, and manual aperture. The lens has two aperture rings: The traditional one from F2 to F22 (9 blades), and a second one controlling the peripheral trans focus effect with T-stop values from T3.2 to T8 (14 blades). Like preset lenses and other optical oddities, this takes some getting used to, but the lens is extremely sharp and of course can have smooth bokeh at all apertures.

Are you the original owner of the item being sold?

Are you selling or trading this item?

Item Condition (Key)

Shipping Destinations
U.S, U.K, Canada, Australia

Shipping Charge
Included to US, +$15 to Canada, others ask

Shipping Services
US Post (tracked + insured)

Accepted Payment Types

Return Policy & Additional Details
Returns only accepted if damaged in transit and insurance claimed.

Please send me a private message if interested in the item!
Forum: Sold Items 01-27-2021, 06:10 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax FA 43mm F1.9 Limited
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 2
Views: 564
Payment sent...
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 01-27-2021, 07:11 AM  
Holding them again
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 21
Views: 2,102
Welcome back! (I've also been absent for a long while.)

Looks like you need more toys on your desk if you're to trying stay distracted... ;)
Forum: Sold Items 12-14-2020, 02:39 PM  
For Sale - Sold: K-3 w/extras, DA* 300 f4, HD 35 macro Limited, Sigma 17-50 f2.8, Pentax 12-24
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 8
Views: 2,536
FYI folks - John (startnl8) is a reliable seller and does a great job of packing the very nice gear to get to you. I'm a satisfied customer!
Forum: Sold Items 12-09-2020, 05:49 PM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax K-3 (body only - 119K shutter count) with O-ME53 magnified viewer
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 8
Views: 1,560
Only 119,000 shutter actuations? You've barely begun to love that camera!
Mine is at 271,354 as of this past weekend...
Forum: Sold Items 11-30-2020, 04:49 PM  
For Sale - Sold: *Sold* "Three Princesses" SMC FA 31, 43, 77 Limited (silver, MIJ)
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 6
Views: 1,707
Wow. I had this set years ago (and all the multi-colored bags, too), and it took me ages to put them all together. Then I sold them as a set because Pentax would never release a full-frame DSLR to use them on... ha!
Forum: Pentax Price Watch 11-24-2020, 12:31 PM  
HD DA 1.4x teleconverter - $313.80 New at Amazon
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 4
Views: 896
I recently rented the DA 1.4x converter (along with other stuff) from and it has the least degradation of any teleconverter of the many I've used (including older Pentax refconverters, the 1.7x AF, and the more recent Tamron and Sigma ones).

So, I ordered one of the gray market ones from Amazon UK. If it isn't perfect, I can return it to Amazon US for free, and that price is a fantastic deal for something I'd be considering for a long while. :D
Forum: Sold Items 11-19-2020, 04:31 PM  
For Sale - Sold: -Sigma DG Macro 70mm f2.8. -Very Good condition
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 4
Views: 875
Probably my most-used macro and product photo lens. Actually prefer it over the FA77 Ltd.
Good luck, I'm not selling mine!
Forum: Pentax K-3 & K-3 II 11-09-2020, 06:09 PM  
Anyone planning to grow old with their K3?
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 192
Views: 22,233
I went from the K10D to K20D to K-5 to the first K-3 in Canada way back when... then I stopped. Now I have two K-3's and they're just fine for me. They always work, and I don't need more. (I tried the K-1 but found it too big, too heavy, and it made my telephotos seem short. ;) )
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 11-06-2020, 06:36 PM  
There's going to be a Pentax J Limited online event soon
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 315
Views: 35,299
Watching live now. Not quite as unusual as the KP-J, but that's a nice looking K-1 with the half-wood grip and "over the top" prism cover... (like a joke to them!)
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 05-23-2020, 05:31 AM  
Mike Johnston, The Online Photographer, comes clean about his K-5
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 85
Views: 15,211
Hey Norm!

Wife and kids are good, and staying healthy and away from others for now. Hope the same for you and yours! Heading to Boundary Waters/Quetico this summer (if things don't change radically), so I'll think of you while looking for moose. ;)

Meanwhile, let's not pick on what was said back in 2012... who knew there'd be a FF Pentax DSLR, or that they'd continue making APS-C cameras and lenses, or that the Limiteds would get zoom models, or that Pentax wasn't doomed, etc., etc. We all have 20/20 hindsight...

(BTW, I think these are my first posts in a very long time, but the K-3 is still my main camera!)
Forum: Pentax K-5 & K-5 II 05-22-2020, 05:59 PM  
Mike Johnston, The Online Photographer, comes clean about his K-5
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 85
Views: 15,211
And nearly 8 years later, this thread is name checked on TOP by Mike Johnston himself (under "Pentax, an old friend"):
The Online Photographer: The Viewfinder of the New Pentax

Glad I made your morning, Mike! (Also, Zombie-thread... "brains! Brains!! Braaaaiiinns!") :D
Forum: Sold Items 12-03-2019, 06:05 PM  
For Sale - Sold: FA77 Limited- Silver, MIJ, very low serial
Posted By panoguy
Replies: 19
Views: 4,480
Years ago, I sold all 3 of my silver MIJ FF Limiteds as a set. This listing brought back a pang of loss, but then I looked at your albums for each lens (thinking they were shots of the lenses themselves) and realized you did more with them than I ever could. Alas, your talent is preventing me from buying them again, since I won't ever be as good as the previous owner.
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