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FS : Pentax FA*300 and Kenko x1.5
Posted in Classified Adverts
Very very rare for the DA* 300mm motor to fail (infact I have never heard of one failing before) ..... Well I posted on PU about the SDM in my DA*300 failing 2-3 months back ... and it failed again, after being repaired, last weekend. Makes a strong case for the FA* !
FS Sigma 50-150/2.8
Posted in Classified Adverts
Having disposed of my K5 and Q I now have no more Pentax cameras until the price of the K5IIs drops to a price I want to pay (or Pentax bring out a FF camera) ! Therefore I am disposing of most of my remaining lenses (keeping 5 though) and in fact sold 6 lenses yesterday to add to the other 15 I've sold already. However I know that people in PU are often looking out for this lens so I thought I'd offer it there rather than dispose of it over here. I'm not prepared to take a hit on it though so no lo-ball offers which will be ignored. Note that I live in Shanghai so that the DHL/UPS whatever cost must be added (I guess around US$50 but have to confirm the price if there is any interest) and I can describe the lens on the Customs Dec. as NCV (no commercial value) or with a nominal value or returned after repair. China Post can be unpredictable (but reliable) and can take a week or a month, so I'm ignoring that cheaper post option. This lens has been a workhorse for me over the past two years, it has gone everywhere with me and shot everything from Street to Rugby. Fast, near silent, HSM AF, good low light capability via the bright f2.8, IMHO a better lens than Pentax' 50-135 but it doesn't have WR. And of course Sigma no longer make this in PK mount so there are very limited quantities available that go quickly. Condition. Glass : A One slight mark, that may be coating only, however I didn't even notice it until yesterday - has no effect at all on photographs. You do have to look hard to find it - I may even be unable to photograph it ! Body : A I can find one slight mark on the rubber grip if I look hard ! Virtually undetectable. Hood : B shows a number of marks, but there are no cracks, and is sometimes a right %&$*& to get off as it sticks and needs some elbow grease ! Includes Sigma caps (top & bottom). No Sigma padded bag unless I happen to find it, it seems to have grown legs. Includes original box and paperwork (in English). I can post photos later and will throw in some goodies too, a Spiderpod and other Pentax bits and pieces (copy IR remote and things like that) I no longer use and are worthless to me but would bump the value considerably for the right person. If you wanted it professionally serviced before dispatch then add GBP25 to your offer. Servicing is very professional and relatively cheap over here. I'm asking for offers (via PM) rather than state a price because if the offer (and P&P) doesn't meet the price I can get here then of course there is no point. If there is any one interested just let me know - I'll leave this up for a week or two before selling the lens here. I have bought and sold lenses on both PU and Pentax Forums and have only positive feedback. N.B. I also have a Tamron 1.4X Pz-AF MC4 ( the good one !) for sale. Same as above applies. In As New condition. Perfect in fact. Boxed. Open to Offers.
Sublime > Ridiculous (a camera + a lens both fail within 5 mins) > Sublime
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
A 4 day birding trip to the amazing area of the huge Poyang Lake in Jiangxi Province, China, to see Oriental Cranes (90-95% of the world population winter here), Hooded Cranes, Common Cranes, White Naped Cranes and Oriental Storks went from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again. All target birds achieved (and 95-100 species in total, I'm still counting and IDing) but on Day 2 (when still shooting alone before my friends arrived that night) we (meaning with my taxi driver) had a puncture in the dark on the causeway, got stuck in mud on the massive mudflats, had my D800 refuse to recognise the Sigma 500mm, and Zeiss 21mm - my landscape lens, after a few shots on Day 2, then found the SDM on my backup, the Pentax DA*300 on a K5, had decided to surrender again leaving me with a 300 that wouldn't even MF focus and was stuck at infinity, the AFA x1.7 saved the day allowing AF shots at infinity and the next day at least the lens had started to permit MF again and that saved the trip - but have you ever had TWO lenses (or in this case a camera and a lens) break down within minutes of each other ? Never mind on the same day, same trip/holiday, same week or month even !! My taxi driver (Thurs/Fri) was great and really got into birding once he saw what it was all about. His enthusiasm for this new found hobby inspired by this crazy foreigner, saw us stuck in mud on the mudflats though, when he decided he could ignore the advice of the nature reserve manager and get us closer in the taxi than I could on foot ! Surreal stuff to see the bright green and yellow taxi trapped in the middle of that vast expanse of mud, water and short tufted grass! I've a shot of us stuck in the mud I'll upload later. It was lucky that it snowed in the Nanchang/Poyang Lake area last week because that encouraged my driver to buy himself a set of snow chains (well two - or his front tyres ) and that is what extracted us from this face-pack smooth mud, nothing else would have done as pure muscle was never going to be enough A sad note was we found a 10M high illegal net set up to catch birds. We tore it down and freed the birds that were still alive - however I've no doubt it'll be up again next week. All in all though it was an exhausting (up at 05.30 every day and birding for 12 hours before driving back to the hotel each evening) but very satisfying trip, topped off by a 1.5 flight delay back to Shanghai !
Okay.. enough lurking.. :)
Posted in Just Joined?
Two years, and this is my first post. So, hello from Minahasa -that's a tiny part of Celebes/Sulawesi island in the Indonesian Archipelago. Only days after I got my first pentax, a K100Ds, I joined this site. Time passes, I've been through a few bodies more: K10D, K20D, K-x, and K-r. Two years later I have K5. My life will never be the same again :DAmazing location - never mind landscapes .. let's see your bird and U/W shots ! Welcome !
My first Prime for DSLR - DA 50mm, 35mm or ?
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
Sigma 30/1.4 - very tidy :)Hope so just ordered one :)Excellent lens.
My first Prime for DSLR - DA 50mm, 35mm or ?
Posted in Lenses for Pentax Cameras
The standard lens is the 35mm f/2.4, which is both inexpensive and excellent. There are lots of variations possible, 50mm being popular but actually a short telephoto. 40mm is of course also either a long standard or short telephoto, depending on your point of view. What John said above. On my FF camera I've found that a 35mm is by far my favourite lens - and that equates to the 21mm in Pentaxland. An excellent all rounder for everything from people, places and landscapes. With the K5 the 15mm (22.5 on FF) and 77mm (115.5 on FF) are the ones that go everywhere with me though the Sigma 30 is my 'normal' lens. BTW - download 'Photome' and follow the instructions to let it check your image folders - it'll tell you which FL you shoot at most.
TriggerTrap iPhone App
Posted in Your Photos
Will that trigger lightening? I bloody hope not ! That would fry the electrics !
In the garden
Posted in Your Photos
#1 and #4 are superb and up to your usual level Alan. If these are what the DA300 is capable of then I need one in my life... These shots are great man!!!The DA300* is a 'must have' lens for anyone in the Pentax world that needs a slightly longer lens than a 135/150mm. The WR is superb and IQ top notch .... but for birding it is a touch on the short side unless you can get close and the AF isn't the fastest (but good enough for most shots, every camera misses some).
TriggerTrap iPhone App
Posted in Your Photos
Excellent shot Hullman. By coincidence I downloaded the iPhone app (free) last night but haven't had a chance to try it yet (I was thinking of using it as a 'bird trap' and setting up a camera close to my target birds) so it's great to hear it works well. All the major cameras have dongles for them - go the the Triggertrap website to find yours.
First impressions of Luma Labs Cinch strap
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
Looks like an excellent design - an improvement on the Black Rapid.
WTB: Sigma 100-300 f4
Posted in Classified Adverts
As has been mentioned if you need the zoom range then the 60-250 is a superb lens. Otherwise the DA*300 is even better.
DPR count the votes.
Posted in General Photographic Chat
This unequivocally proves it: DPR has slightly more Oly fanboys than it has Nikon fanboys than it has Canon fanboys.Damian McGillicuddy (who changed systems and now shoots with the OM-D) ........ a professional photographer decorated five times as the best in the UK : "Olympus sent me an OM-D even though I had no intention of changing kit. But I opened the parcel and it had some nice shiny thing in it, so I got magpie syndrome and took it out." "I didn't actually want it to work when I first saw it, 'cos it sort of dismantled my professional beliefs. But then I started using it and thought, 'It is rather good isn't it?' and, almost begrudgingly, it won me over".
How are 'you' getting on with the K-5 IIs?
Posted in Pentax Digital SLRs
An interesting debate (having just read through it all). However for some the reason to upgrade to a K5II(s) isn't much to do with any perceived increase in IQ under identical conditions and more to resolve specific issues (AF and low light). To some (e.g. birders) any improved AF alone would be worth the difference in price between the K5 and K5II(s).
BEHIND THE LENS ​
Posted in General Photographic Chat
You just someone to admit that it feels as good as, or better than sex don't you!errrrr that would be a resounding no ! I think you are doing it wrong ;) Lasts a damn sight longer though !
A set of Goldcrests
Posted in Your Photos
Lovely set Gary !
Camera bag, which one please?
Posted in General Photographic Chat
..... alternatively there is a range of bags called "Courser" - CamerWorld have then on their web site.Another well known Chinese brand that make bags similar to those from Domke and Billingham, plus a lot more (at very low prices) !
Camera bag, which one please?
Posted in General Photographic Chat
What do Chinese bags look like please?Like all the bags from those name brands above ! They can copy anything - and usually add useful bits and pieces, they are quite inventive and of course most camera bags are made in China anyway (LowePro etc.) ! Check EBay for : Fancier, Benro, Winer & Jenova which are the most well known (most have their own websites - Google them and check them out) though all are low cost, and usually well made, options. I have a huge bag from Aerfeis that I use on working sports assignments, zips apart (which are not the highest quality but have never broken) it is as good (or more thoughtfully designed) than many of the top brands - and it cost me US$50 compared to the similar bags from Tamrac, Vanguard etc. costing US$250-300 (so if the zips break after a couple of years just buy a new one and count the $$$ you;ve still saved) ! Nest is a high quality, high class HK brand that makes excellent camera bags, tripods, gimbals etc. and isn't well known outside certain countries in Asia. Tamrac have the worst clasps in the business BTW - I have a Tamrac bag I love but won't use because of the clasp hassle, don't look when you are inserting the clasp and possibly one of the prongs will slip down the side of the clasp and lodge there - and it's a sod to get them out again, incredibly stupid design.
Camera bag, which one please?
Posted in General Photographic Chat
Any one on the look out for a camera to nick, and knows his gear, is going to spot a LowePro / Nat Geo / Billingham / Kawa / Tamrac / Vanguard etc. from a mile away. One of the Chinese bags could throw them, and they are generally really good. Otherwise if totally paranoid then go for a normal backback from the market and buy and cut the foam to fit your gear and the bag. However do note that BBA (bag buying addiction) is one of the most well known forms of addiction amongst togs (CBA, LBA, GBA and BBA being the main forms of the illness).
Here's a question for those moist over a Pentax FF
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
But for general hobby photography the original question remains, which forgive me if I've missed it, has not being answered yet? ... How will a FF camera improve the standard of your photography over what you can get from a K-5 or K30?I answered Smeggy but you probably missed it ;)
Here's a question for those moist over a Pentax FF
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
Obviously on a Pentax forum people will submit reasons why a FF is not for them / why FF has no advantage over APSC (which is rather narrow minded)I don't think people are being narrow minded. I think it's simply that if they did see a need for a FF frame camera they would not be on a Pentax forum. All it means is that a decision has been made, and they are here.You couldn't be more wrong John and I've seen you trying to sell this line before. It's certainly not that black & white by a long chalk. People buy a camera for many reasons and most that buy APS-C maybe don't imagine (or look that far down the road) or see the need at the time of purchase, for a FF camera. The many that then decide a FF is for them don't suddenly stop using their APS-C or frequenting forums that they have enjoyed for years (at least that is my experience on PF and other forums where many have dual systems or continue to retain a soft spot for Pentax even if they have moved on.
Here's a question for those moist over a Pentax FF
Posted in General Digital Photography chat
Obviously on a Pentax forum people will submit reasons why a FF is not for them / why FF has no advantage over APSC (which is rather narrow minded) - however the number of Pentax switchers (to Canon/Nikon) simply for FF suggests there is a (relatively) large market for a Pentax FF (as has been amply stated and debated many times on all Pentax forums). Since adding the D800 to the K5 I've noticed these advantages : Low DoF without the expense of very fast lenses Superb resolution enables incredible cropping with the Sigma 500 shooting birds and simply stunning with the Zeiss ZF 2 lenses (35 & 21). Very wide FoV without as much distortion. Lower noise at higher ISO settings. Media photos can be submitted to a wider audience as some outlets, ridiculously, will only accept Canon/Nikon. Wider range of lenses (enabled me to buy the Sigma 500 which I looked for here for over a year without success, when buying the Nikon I bought it the same day)which the camera can extract the best from. There is still easily enough room for both systems in my bag :D The K5 series offers other advantages - it just depends on exactly what, and where, you are shooting.
Pleasant Surprise Today
Posted in General Photographic Chat
That's wonderful Chris - well done indeed ! Yet again, with a very good camera & lens in hand, the skill of the tog is the over-riding factor in the quality of the final product.
Frost!
Posted in Your Photos
Superb Mandarin Duck shot Matt (frost shots are not too bad as well) ;)