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Old Jan 6, 2007, 6:25 PM   #11
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I even carry one in my photobag all the time They're rubber, so it fits in the front compartment next to my batteries. Very handy tool idd
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Old Jan 7, 2007, 3:20 AM   #12
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another thin dof picture. an awesome creme brulee at ruth's chris steakhouse.

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Old Jan 7, 2007, 6:21 AM   #13
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mmmmmm....

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Old Jan 7, 2007, 9:00 AM   #14
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Looks great, but the last time I was at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse it cost me just over $200US for two people.

Food was great, but a bit pricey!

That said, I have a reservation there in SF this Tuesday for dinner, since the food is very good as well as the presentation.

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Old Jan 7, 2007, 4:42 PM   #15
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yeah, $9 usd for a side of french fries really gives you a perspective on how much everything else is going to be..

i got the filet mignon, but i tried the ribeye and it was notably a lot better. (couldn't get the porterhouse.. $80+ ouch!)
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Old Jan 7, 2007, 4:50 PM   #16
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Love the Coke and Dinosaur shots! Great pickup, congrats
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Old Jan 8, 2007, 7:41 AM   #17
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Love the Coke and Dinosaur shots! Great pickup, congrats
Me too. The DOF is so small that the Coke logo almost appears to be photoshopped on. Cool.
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Old Apr 17, 2007, 9:41 AM   #18
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The other lenses were:

Pentax M 28mm 2.8
Pentax M 50mm 2.0
Pentax M 135mm 3.5

All came with cases.

Also included in the package was a bag for everything, a Pentax flash and a lense I can't find any info on - Profile Zoom 35-70mm 1:3.5 - 4.5

I'll sell the M50 2.0 as I now have the A50 and also an M50 1.7 that I'll keep just for macros.
Well I just collected all of the above, (my brother was holding onto it all for me in the UK) and wow! I already thought I got a good deal for the price because the package included the A50 1.4, but the other lenses are in immaculate condition with instructions and warranty cards!
I would say they were brand new, but the recipts say they were bought at least 20yrs ago.
They all came in hard leather cases and are obviously very well looked after.
Very pleased

Now I just have to figure out how to use the AF200S flash with my DL, anyone used this combo before? I'll have a search in a mo.
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Old Apr 17, 2007, 1:54 PM   #19
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nadnerb wrote: Now I just have to figure out how to use the AF200S flash with my DL, anyone used this combo before? I'll have a search in a mo.
Hi nadnerb,

The AF200S is a "dedicated auto" flash, which means your DL should recognize when the flash is attached and turned on, and will automatically synch (set the shutter speed to 1/180 or longer). It has a guide # of 20 (at ISO 100, in meters) so at the DL's native ISO of 200, it should be good for most normal stuff, and should even have some significant reach at higher ISOs and wider apertures. It should also show you a charging indicator in the viewfinder (lightning bolt that flashes while the unit is charging, and is steady once it's charged).

The auto thyristor flashes control the amount of light the flash gives off with a sensor mounted on the front of the flash unit. This one has two power settings, 1/4 and full. Depending on distance from the subject, or the effect you want to create, you first set the power on the flash unit, then set the slider on the back of the flash to the ISO speed. The sliders will indicate the aperture that you need to use for the power setting that you've chosen (usually there are two different colored pointers). Once you set your lens aperture, you should be able to shoot within the ranges covered by the appropriately colored pointers without having to reset anthing on the camera. Auto thyristor flashes usually take some experimentation to find the best settings, but they are pretty predictable once you get used to them. I still use the "Auto" setting on my P-TTL flashes quite a bit when it's appropriate.

I have an AF200T which I use for macro shooting (or at least that the rationalization that I used when I bought it :-) -- wanted the smallest, lightest, TTL capable flash available) It's basically the same, but with the added feature of TTL communication with an appropriate camera. It works in this mode with the D or DS, but can only be used with the other Pentax DSLRs in auto mode like yours. It's definitely significantly more powerful than your built in flash, but it's very small and light compared to the more feature packed (read: bigger and more expensive) flashes available. It's basic, but sometimes that's all that's needed.

You can download a copy of the manual (not a very good quality one, but useable) from the Pentaximaging site. You have to go to Support, then choose Cameras, then Accessories and go. All the flashes that Pentax ever made have manuals available for download there.

Have fun with your "new" lenses and flash -- looks like you did very well.

Scott

PS: Pentax recently announced that they are planning on releasing a P-TTL flash (the AF200 FGZ?) based on the 200 series flashes. Hopefully it will be able to be used as a master/commander to control the wireless remote use of the AF360FGZ or AF540 FGZ.
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Wow, thanks for the information, that's very useful!
I'll have to get a second set of batteries and experiment with the flash.
Thanks again
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