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  1. Thread: Pentax q

    by jimr-pdx
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    I hear ya

    Yes the "serious" part is the catch. Research must have implied that "casual" camera owners would be willing to make this worth a go, with potentially a few serious folks with spare cash joining in....
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    you didn't mention stabilization..

    While the Canon and Nikon ranks are filling with lenses that can stabilize images for you, consider that Pentax, Olympus and Sony have that feature inside the camera body. They all are reasonably...
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    wow - no threads here in a while?!?

    No k-r praise or FF/BF slams? No K-5 shouts to the heavens? Curious. :confused:

    I've been on the Alpha forum 'til recently, when I returned to my '80s roots (no mullet, just Pentax SLRs!). I...
  4. poll: if you had $2k and a week to spend it..

    What would you get? In some cases you already got it of course.. but feel free to chime in anyway.

    A850 body Three A700 bodies! A700 and CZ/G lenses A550 and lenses nothing but lenses


    The...
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    Too cloudy in western Oregon, and mostly hi ones...

    Too cloudy in western Oregon, and mostly hi ones so central Oregon (also mighty black on that map!) won't do well either. Ah well, it's the price we pay for living here: a few glorious months with...
  6. My wife politely asked me to crop a vacation...

    My wife politely asked me to crop a vacation shot, where she was sitting in the corner of the frame shot with the 14mm. Wide-angle lenses and flattering portraits are indeed not companions! :o
  7. I was on M for a family dinner in a dim Mexican...

    I was on M for a family dinner in a dim Mexican cantina. One margararita too many I guess, forgot to reset - the price one pays for a great meal with a fun family! :) Places like that are ideal for...
  8. And I never said you said it was bad.. I just...

    And I never said you said it was bad.. I just wonder if you used it at all, it's so fresh :) but I know you did, and with your big tele-zooms you definitely moved on. We'll just see what critters...
  9. trying out new old lenses (Don's Tamron + 100-200)

    #1 - Don's Tamron 70-300 LD 1:2 'macro' zoom. Geez Don, did you ever give it a try? All wrapped up in its original plastic, boxed with papers intact.. other than sporting a UV filter and Alpha...
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    Thanks Don! Glad I kept the balance on that fine...

    Thanks Don! Glad I kept the balance on that fine line between persuasive and annoying :). It will be nice to go beyond 210mm without a TC attached, I'll test out a few lenses at 200mm f/8 to see...
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    It's sounds like you have your threshold of maybe...

    It's sounds like you have your threshold of maybe both x grams and $y, which the Tokina meets but the Sony doesn't. Had I the cash I might have jumped on one of the 2 Tokinas that were on auction a...
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    Research will tell you this is an amazing lens;...

    Research will tell you this is an amazing lens; for me that's sufficient research :) but apparently not for you. Balancing an amazing lens vs. its cost (in weight, or gold, or other lenses...
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    Yes, this thread has probably absorbed several...

    Yes, this thread has probably absorbed several other possible threads - anything for a free lens! :) It's been fun, though occasionally a bit rough, going through the pros and cons of shopping --...
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    OOO, sorting shots?!? I'll have to try that :)...

    OOO, sorting shots?!? I'll have to try that :) maybe some weekend I'll really use tags to mark lenses, people & places. Maybe.
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    You do indeed sound at a stalemate, Don. Perhaps...

    You do indeed sound at a stalemate, Don. Perhaps you should indeed stand pat with the other two. From outside it seems that one of those two must go, and once the floodgates are open why not swap...
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    I just 'screwed up' and won an elderly Minolta...

    I just 'screwed up' and won an elderly Minolta 100-200 for under $60. Why did I do that when I have a really nice 70-210/3.5-4.5? Saving ~50g of weight for one, something Don understands :cool: --...
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    Sigma stuff

    I did a lot of reading before going with the 17-70, especially with regard to gear stripping & other durability issues. The 70-300 was clearly one with issues, as was the 18-50/2.8 that I...
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    Facts will only confuse you Don - the only way to...

    Facts will only confuse you Don - the only way to be really sure is to pay for it, hold it, and pretend to test it against the others. Then regardless of the results, you already own it - so skew...
  19. Thread: Hvl-f20am

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    I'm not a big-time flash user, but liked the...

    I'm not a big-time flash user, but liked the ideal of a little external bounce flash. I too thought $130 a bit steep, but decided that $39 was worth a try. I now have a Rokinon d20af from...
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    If I could afford the 70400, and could attach a...

    If I could afford the 70400, and could attach a helium balloon to the tripod socket to take the weight down a notch, I'd be all over it. As it stands my budget will keep me in APSc land for a while...
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    Thankfully, that was tough - picking a special...

    Thankfully, that was tough - picking a special shot out of so many from the past 16 months with my A200. In the end, I have to pick the most unlikely shot, which I never could have captured with any...
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    K-x colors: clever or corny?

    Another one jumps in the Panasonic color pool. Boy, full-size SLRs look hideous in red, even worse than the mini-4:3* - but the navy blue isn't (quite) so bad. If Pentax had actually used a...
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    OK, OK - I'll keep s.o.b. as my label for the...

    OK, OK - I'll keep s.o.b. as my label for the State Office Building adjacent to my workplace. I mean no disrespect to the revered original, and the 3.5-4.5 is good enough to stand on its own. Hope...
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    I had wondered if they discontinued the Minolta...

    I had wondered if they discontinued the Minolta mount around the time between original and II versions - thanks for explaining that. Not many reviews on that lens in any source, but the auction-site...
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    I believe Don should purchase the SONY AF...

    I believe Don should purchase the SONY AF 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM lens to replace his Tokina AT-X 840 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 and TAMRON SP AF 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di LD lens for the following reasons:

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