Lives in United States American Canyon, CA, United States
Works as a software developer
Joined on Dec 4, 2006

paulkienitz's current gear

Pentax K-3
Pentax Q
HD Pentax DA AF 1.4X AW Rear Converter
maybe the best crop-format camera you could buy, at the time
great for long-distance video of birds... can't recommend for any other use... have K- and F-mount adapters
Much MUCH sharper than the old 1.7x autofocus adapter.
Pentax 02 Standard Zoom
Pentax smc DA 50mm F1.8
Pentax smc DA 55-300mm F4.0-5.8 ED
perfectly adequate given the limitations of its designed purpose
marginally better than the FA 50mm f1.4
formerly my most used lens. best consumer zoom ever, at least for its era. unfortunately it's wearing out.
Pentax smc DA* 300mm F4.0 ED (IF) SDM
Samyang 8mm F3.5 Aspherical IF MC Fisheye / Rokinon 8mm F3.5 Fisheye
the sharpest long lens I have ever touched
mine is branded as Bower, not Samyang
Other gear:
  • Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC IF Macro my main lens for anything other than wildlife

paulkienitz's wish list

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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm F5.6E PF ED VR
Pentax HD DA 560mm F5.6 ED AW
Added Aug 28, 2020
Added Jul 6, 2014
if money were no object

paulkienitz's previous gear

Canon PowerShot A60
Kodak DC240
Pentax K10D
given away
my very first digital camera... it was horrible
the camera that defined Pentax... still have this stashed away as a backup
Pentax smc FA 50mm F1.4
Pentax smc DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED
Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM
sold after I got the DA 50mm f1.8
sold when I got the DA 55-300
returned after a week... not good enough
Other gear:
  • Nikkor 180mm F/2.8 ED AI-s I used this on the Q, but the DA* 300 is far better
  • Olympus OM-2 worn out
  • Olympus OM-G I have two of these... they were selling for $40 each!
  • Pentax K1000 my first real camera in 1977... long gone
  • Sigma 135-400mm f4.5-5.6 used with K10D; sold; not very good
  • SMC Pentax 55mm f2 K1000 kit lens
  • SMC Pentax-F 100-300mm f4.5-5.6 hated it
  • SMC Pentax-M 400mm f5.6 used with K10D; sold
  • Soligor 28mm f2.8 used with K1000
  • Tokina 28-200mm f3.5-5.3 OM mount
  • Vivitar 2x Macro Focusing Teleconverter OM mount
  • Zuiko 50mm f1.8 three copies! one came with each body... still useful for macro with my K reversing ring