Lives in United States San Diego, CA, United States
Works as a Consultant
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Joined on Feb 24, 2001
About me:

My Ratings: (#/5) --- I guess the system lost my recent update ;-(
Pentax K20D
Pentax *ist DS
Pentax LX
Pentax ZX-5

Pentax DA15 F/14 (5/5) *****
Pentax FA20-35/F4 (4/5) **** (my KIT lens ;-)
Pentax FA43 F/1.9 LTD (5/5) *****
Pentax DA70 F/2.4 LTD (4/5) ****
Pentax FA* 300 F/4.5 (5/5) *****
Pentax FA* 80-200/2.8 (4.9/5) ***** (it's very heavy ;-)
Pentax A* 200/4 Macro (6/5) ***** (simply the BEST)

with the LX: Pentax A 50/1.2 (5/5) *****

Other Lenses: (ALL are to be sold now)
Pentax FA28-70/F4 (3/5) works well with ZX-5
Pentax FA50 F/1.4 (4/5) ****
Pentax A-100 F/4 Macro (4/5) ****
Pentax A-400 F/5.6
Pentax M40 F/2.8 (3.5/5)
Tamron AF 1.4x

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  • Hi, I'm also a long time Pentax user (more than 20 years), as well as m4/3 user in the last 5 years. I've been considering Fuji for a while as well. To put it in perspective, I bought a Fuji lens...
  • I'm also thinking about getting a new body. You can find XE-1 for as little as $350 on eBay.  Unfortunately, there are so many other options ;-) Ricoh GR, the Sigma Merrills, GX7, EM5, a6000 ... if...
  • Replied in Love mine
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