It has come time...

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Lance B Forum Pro • Posts: 32,666
It has come time...

I have decided that it is time for me to move on from keeping much of my beautiful Pentax lenses in order to fund my Nikon lens line up, specifically the long fast glass. I am going to keep my FA prime Limiteds and the FA* zooms, but the rest is going.

This will mean that I have the best of both worlds, a small compact Pentax APS C camera complete with Limited primes (and some FA* zooms) and a Nikon FF camera and lenses. I think Thomas (Duplo) has done a similar thing and I can see why as it's a darn good set up!

It also means that I can still participate here at the best DPR forum, Pentax SLR talk.

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A Schamber Senior Member • Posts: 1,068
I saw this time coming...

Lance... it was expectable. I would have done the very same.

Promise us that you will be here as well, as you are one of the most important contributors. Enjoy that beautiful glass
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Uluru Contributing Member • Posts: 749
Let's bet

.. for fun's sake and to make this thread interesting, that in 12 months from now you won't have any Pentax gear left.

If you happen to have something still left by then, I'll buy you a pizza, a beer and a desert.
Seriously.

richardday Veteran Member • Posts: 7,972
Re: It has come time...

Lance B wrote:

I have decided that it is time for me to move on from keeping much of my beautiful Pentax lenses in order to fund my Nikon lens line up, specifically the long fast glass. I am going to keep my FA prime Limiteds and the FA* zooms, but the rest is going.

I know how you feel, I had to sell ALL of my Pentax stuff in order to fund my move, but then I wasn't a heavy prime shooter, but I do miss the DA*60-250, it's a unique and superb lens.

But I'd keep your FA20/2.8 to go with the FA Ltds, it's a super lens, always liked that one, but could never find one at a price/quality level I could afford. A 20-77mm range (31-777 is a bit limiting) and a K-"whatever" is a perfect prime setup, which is what Pentax is best at.

This will mean that I have the best of both worlds, a small compact Pentax APS C camera complete with Limited primes (and some FA* zooms) and a Nikon FF camera and lenses. I think Thomas (Duplo) has done a similar thing and I can see why as it's a darn good set up!

It also means that I can still participate here at the best DPR forum, Pentax SLR talk.

I hope I can as well, as long as I don't talk up Nikon!
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essH Contributing Member • Posts: 876
Re: It has come time...

richardday wrote:

I know how you feel, I had to sell ALL of my Pentax stuff in order to fund my move, but then I wasn't a heavy prime shooter, but I do miss the DA*60-250, it's a unique and superb lens.

Yes, I bet you do - you produced some fine shots with it. Btw, I was in SRS yesterday and spotted 2 copies of that lens still in the 2nd-hand window, where they were soon after you made the change. I'm betting one might have been yours; the other - who knows - perhaps Steve's? When you guys made the change, SRS's window had more fine Pentax lenses than I've seen in one place for a long time. Some of them have found new homes, but not all.
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tcom Veteran Member • Posts: 7,496
Re: It has come time...

Lance B wrote:

I have decided that it is time for me to move on from keeping much of my beautiful Pentax lenses in order to fund my Nikon lens line up, specifically the long fast glass. I am going to keep my FA prime Limiteds and the FA* zooms, but the rest is going.

I can fully understand your decision, especially as I am playing with such a though as well. On one hand, I would gain from a faster AF. On the other hand, I saw the problems another photographer had in the rainy weather of Saturday at the beach volley championship in Vevey last weekend. His camera stopped to respond to a few buttons.

So, faster AF or reliable camera in the rain? I do prefer the weathersealing.

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OP Lance B Forum Pro • Posts: 32,666
Re: It has come time...

richardday wrote:

Lance B wrote:

I have decided that it is time for me to move on from keeping much of my beautiful Pentax lenses in order to fund my Nikon lens line up, specifically the long fast glass. I am going to keep my FA prime Limiteds and the FA* zooms, but the rest is going.

I know how you feel, I had to sell ALL of my Pentax stuff in order to fund my move, but then I wasn't a heavy prime shooter, but I do miss the DA*60-250, it's a unique and superb lens.

Yes, I agree. The DA*60-250 is a brilliant lens and one that I will miss too.

But I'd keep your FA20/2.8 to go with the FA Ltds, it's a super lens, always liked that one, but could never find one at a price/quality level I could afford. A 20-77mm range (31-77 is a bit limiting) and a K-"whatever" is a perfect prime setup, which is what Pentax is best at.

I agree with this also.

This will mean that I have the best of both worlds, a small compact Pentax APS C camera complete with Limited primes (and some FA* zooms) and a Nikon FF camera and lenses. I think Thomas (Duplo) has done a similar thing and I can see why as it's a darn good set up!

It also means that I can still participate here at the best DPR forum, Pentax SLR talk.

I hope I can as well, as long as I don't talk up Nikon!

I have done very little of talking up Nikon and I still think Pentax does many things better.

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OP Lance B Forum Pro • Posts: 32,666
Re: I saw this time coming...

A Schamber wrote:

Lance... it was expectable. I would have done the very same.

Promise us that you will be here as well, as you are one of the most important contributors. Enjoy that beautiful glass

Thank you for your kind wishes, Alan.

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Re: Let's bet

Uluru wrote:

.. for fun's sake and to make this thread interesting, that in 12 months from now you won't have any Pentax gear left.

If you happen to have something still left by then, I'll buy you a pizza, a beer and a desert.
Seriously.

I guess we shall have to wait and see.

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Re: It has come time...

tcom wrote:

Lance B wrote:

I have decided that it is time for me to move on from keeping much of my beautiful Pentax lenses in order to fund my Nikon lens line up, specifically the long fast glass. I am going to keep my FA prime Limiteds and the FA* zooms, but the rest is going.

I can fully understand your decision, especially as I am playing with such a though as well. On one hand, I would gain from a faster AF. On the other hand, I saw the problems another photographer had in the rainy weather of Saturday at the beach volley championship in Vevey last weekend. His camera stopped to respond to a few buttons.

So, faster AF or reliable camera in the rain? I do prefer the weathersealing.

Understandable, although the D700 and 24-70 and 70-200 are weather sealed.

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tcom Veteran Member • Posts: 7,496
Re: It has come time...

Lance B wrote:

tcom wrote:

Lance B wrote:

I have decided that it is time for me to move on from keeping much of my beautiful Pentax lenses in order to fund my Nikon lens line up, specifically the long fast glass. I am going to keep my FA prime Limiteds and the FA* zooms, but the rest is going.

I can fully understand your decision, especially as I am playing with such a though as well. On one hand, I would gain from a faster AF. On the other hand, I saw the problems another photographer had in the rainy weather of Saturday at the beach volley championship in Vevey last weekend. His camera stopped to respond to a few buttons.

So, faster AF or reliable camera in the rain? I do prefer the weathersealing.

Understandable, although the D700 and 24-70 and 70-200 are weather sealed.

I do not know for the D700. The guy had a 7D and a few buttons stopped working during the rain. On the next day, the camera was fully working again.

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Ishpuini Veteran Member • Posts: 6,249
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Hi Lance!!

Lance B wrote:

I have decided that it is time for me to move on from keeping much of my beautiful Pentax lenses in order to fund my Nikon lens line up, specifically the long fast glass. I am going to keep my FA prime Limiteds and the FA* zooms, but the rest is going.

Sounds like the rational thing to do. But I see you are keeping the door ajar for a larger sensor Pentax... Hard to tell you'll ever be back here for that though...

This will mean that I have the best of both worlds, a small compact Pentax APS C camera complete with Limited primes (and some FA* zooms) and a Nikon FF camera and lenses. I think Thomas (Duplo) has done a similar thing and I can see why as it's a darn good set up!

I like to think I do the same within the Pentax system. I.e. FA and DA limiteds on the K-7 for compact and taking my time (the photography I prefer). And the DA* FA* glass on the K-7 plus grip for faster, longer (both focal length and time between battery charges) and more flexible (the only option for photography on a multiweek trip).

It also means that I can still participate here at the best DPR forum, Pentax SLR talk.

As far as I'm concerned, I'll always read your posts here and be happy to do so! And should you no longer feel welcome, you have my e-mail address!!

cya! Wim

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sfa1966 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,474
Duplicating Duplo ..

Lance B wrote:

I think Thomas (Duplo) has done a similar thing ...

I reckon that you need to go further in copying Thomas, and buy a DA21 ...

Why?

  1. You've never owned one before, so there would be a nice novelty factor;

  2. It's a great walkaround lens (yeah it's slow, but you get plenty of light down your way);

  3. It's as light as a feather (yes, I know you've said that carrying your new Nikon gear does not bother you, and you carried it up 12 mountains in the UK etc., but you won't always be so young ;-));

  4. It renders nice for those landscapes you do so well;

  5. It's not full-frame - but who cares? - you've got that aspect pretty well covered in two systems ...

Anyhow, good luck with the sale. Maybe if Pentax pull out a few stops at the upcoming trade show, you'll get a nice uplift on your pricing!
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trublubiker Junior Member • Posts: 40
Re: It has come time...

It's a small world and the internet makes it even smaller

Cheers

Kevin

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pcarfan Veteran Member • Posts: 3,948
Re: It has come time...

Sounds like an idea. Which FA* zooms do you have?, and I am curious where you are planning to sell you gear (The other forum or ebay)?
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stillman3 Contributing Member • Posts: 616
Re: It has come time...

What time tomorrow do I back the truck up to your place to pick up the lenses?

CANIKONTAXIAN Contributing Member • Posts: 629
Re: It has come time...

Inspiring Lance !

Congradulations on deciding to pull the trigger and sell off the majority of your Pentax kit inleiu of adding more Nikon goodies.

Unless Pentax is announcing some mind blowing spec cameras with newly designed full frame spec'd lenses in next month I am right behind you.

I really should have dumped my Pentax kit two years ago, but for some reason the many (((endless))) rumors of upcoming Pentax items keeps me hooked. And thus made me more & more annoyed with the "Pentax" ownership experience.

At somepoint Pentax might possibly offer full frame, Evil, newly designed lenses, but if it doesn't happen in a month I am out of here too.

Enjoy the Nikon experience, where you buy kit instead of waiting endlessly for rumors of kit to come...

Lance B wrote:

I have decided that it is time for me to move on from keeping much of my beautiful Pentax lenses in order to fund my Nikon lens line up, specifically the long fast glass. I am going to keep my FA prime Limiteds and the FA* zooms, but the rest is going.

This will mean that I have the best of both worlds, a small compact Pentax APS C camera complete with Limited primes (and some FA* zooms) and a Nikon FF camera and lenses. I think Thomas (Duplo) has done a similar thing and I can see why as it's a darn good set up!

It also means that I can still participate here at the best DPR forum, Pentax SLR talk.

pcarfan Veteran Member • Posts: 3,948
Re: It has come time...

CANIKONTAXIAN wrote:

Inspiring Lance !

Congradulations on deciding to pull the trigger and sell off the majority of your Pentax kit inleiu of adding more Nikon goodies.

Did you really mean to say 'inspiring' ?
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SanMat Senior Member • Posts: 2,861
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Good luck with that. It's understandable. Since most of my shooting doesn't need more than 300mm, I'm staying put. If I do have an absolute need for a fast gun for sports/nature shooting, I will likely be dual system as I really like how Pentax renders for everything else.

Are you sure you don't want to at least wait for Photokina to confirm Pentax does/does not have something bigger and faster coming out?

May be worth the wait, it's only next month,

Regardless - looking forward to more of your posts, Pentax or otherwise,

Pete

richardday Veteran Member • Posts: 7,972
Re: It has come time...

essH wrote:

richardday wrote:

I know how you feel, I had to sell ALL of my Pentax stuff in order to fund my move, but then I wasn't a heavy prime shooter, but I do miss the DA*60-250, it's a unique and superb lens.

Yes, I bet you do - you produced some fine shots with it. Btw, I was in SRS yesterday and spotted 2 copies of that lens still in the 2nd-hand window, where they were soon after you made the change. I'm betting one might have been yours; the other - who knows - perhaps Steve's?

Steve didn't have a 60-250, he had the 16-50 and 50-135 DA*'s plus some FA*, FA and FA Limiteds as well as DA Limiteds.

When you guys made the change, SRS's window had more fine Pentax lenses than I've seen in one place for a long time. Some of them have found new homes, but not all.

LOL! - However, I do think that there have been quite a few additions from other sources as well.

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