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Canon DC320 1.07MP DVD Camcorder with 37x Optical Zoom
Canon DC320 1.07MP DVD Camcorder with 37x Optical Zoom
5 used & new from $72.62

5.0 out of 5 stars Canon DC320 dvd camcorder, May 12, 2012
After a year of use, my Canon DC320 has recorder more than 60 hours of
family events and small jobs for clients. It has been perfectly reliable
every time. The convenience of using a DVD recorder with the ability to
play back on our DVD player is just what the doctor ordered. We view the
recordings on a 42-inch screen. They appear pretty clear and the color is
rich. I'm certain that you would have to spend twice as much on a camcorder
to find a more perfectly sharp picture, or to get extra features. However,
I feel satisfied with the DC320 for what I paid.

Since the camcorders I first used 30 years ago - and I believe I have used
every format marketed in the USA - the technology has progressed amazingly!
The size reduction has allowed users to carry a camera nearly anywhere, but
the miniaturization make them more delicate - easier to break - harder to
hold on to. I have dropped and bumped this model a few times and it is none
the worse for that. I know that it can take a little abuse now, but it is
wise to be very gentle and careful with today's cameras.


SIGMA LENS 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DL Macro Super SLR Camera Lens
SIGMA LENS 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DL Macro Super SLR Camera Lens

5.0 out of 5 stars SIGMA 70-300mm F/4=5.6DL MACRO SUPER LENS, May 17, 2009
FOR GENERAL USE LENSES, THERE IS A WIDE RANGE OF OFFERINGS FROM SEVERAL LENS MAKERS THAT OPERATE ON NIKON CAMERA BODIES. IN MY EXPERIENCE AS
A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER AND CAMERA STORE OWNER TESTING AND USING AND SELLING OPTICS, I HAVE NOT FOUND A BETTER 70-300mm FOR THE PRICE OR EVEN
FOR DOUBLE THE PRICE ! IT DOES NOT HAVE IMAGE STABILIZATION, HOWEVER. I'M
A STRONG ADVOVATE OF DEPLOYING A TRIPOD WHENEVER MAKING PICTURES, MOST
CERTAINLY WITH LONGER LENSES. AT MEDIAN APERATURES (f8 OR f11) THIS LENS DELIVERED IMAGES THAT WERE PRETTY SHARP - SHARP ENOUGH TO PRODUCE FINE 11x14 AND 16x20 PRINTS. THE LENS CONTRAST AND COLOR QUALITIES OF THE LENS ARE QUITE SATISFACTORY TOO. A LONG TIME AGO, IT USED TO BE MY HABIT TO
MAKE OPTICAL TESTS USING AIR FORCE RESOLUTION CHARTS. THIS METHOD MAY GET
VERY TIME-CONSUMING. IT IS REALLY SUFFICIENT TO MAKE LENS TESTS BY MERELY
TAKING PICTURES UNDER IDEAL CONDITIONS ( GOOD LIGHT, FILM, LAB PROCESSING,
AND A ROCK-STEADY CAMERA.) THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING, AS THE OLD PROPLE
SAY. FOR MACRO WORK, THIS LENS IS ADMITTEDLY NOT THE VERY BEST, BUT THEN
"YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR" COMES INTO PLAY. THIS IS NOT TO SAY THAT IT
CAN'T MAKE PRETTY GOOD MACRO SHOTS. HOWEVER, FOR THE SERIOUS MACRO PHOTOGRAPHER, A SPECIAL PURPOSE MACRO LENS OF A FIXED LENGTH, SUCH AS THE
SIGMA 105mm/2.8 MACRO LENS WILL GIVE THE MOST PLEASING RESULTS.

GENERALLY, THIS 70-300 IS WELL WORTH THE PRICE. FINDING A USED ONE OF
THESE LENSES MAY BE A LITTLE HARD, I SEE. ONE MUST ALSO MAKE SURE THAT
USED LENSES MAY BE RETURNED IF THEY DO NOT PLEASE.

ROBERT CASELNOVA, CAS PHOTO STUDIO & CAMERA SHOP, BROOKFIELD, CONNECTICUT.


Pentax K10D 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Shake Reduction and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
Pentax K10D 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Shake Reduction and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens
Offered by Electronics Club
6 used & new from $257.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PENTAX K10D DIGITAL SLR CAMERA WITH SHAKE REDUCTION AND 18-55mm LENS., January 5, 2009
Pentax K10D 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with Shake Reduction and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens

Last year, when on assignment in Switzerland, I used several models of digital still cameras. I carried along the K10D, carefully testing the
first "shake reduction" I was ever to try.

Usually, I am a stickler for steadiness. Since my first days as a working
professional, it was always a must to employ the use of a tripod - not
only for longer exposures - but also for general shooting. Humans holding
cameras can almost never be quite as steady as a tripod or other camera stand. Think about it, our heartbeat causing pulse and cafeine shake in
our hands is nonexistent in a tripod. People do not always stand steadily
and firm.

My tests included handheld images with the shake reduction, tripodded
images without the shake reduction, and even handheld images without the
shake reduction, all cases using manual exposure settings ranging from
1/60th to 1/1000th sec., making notes as the images were casted on the
23.5x15.7mm CCD.

There is not enough room here to detail the hundreds of exposures made
during the three-days testing. Therefore, it shall suffice to say that
the K10D with its CCD-shifting shake reduction system allowed me to make
sharper pistures with three different lenses. Comparing the images made
on the tripod with those handheld using shake reduction there is not any
notable difference at 16X. Of course, one 6MP camera I tested, which did not have image-stabilization was used solely on the tripod, and images from it were as sharp as the handheld 10MP camera (not deploying shake
reduction and in similar lighting with auto-exposure.)

Other characteristics observed: The AF points on the viewfinder are red
and illuminated for easy visibility. The LCD display is large and sharp
and visible from a wide viewing angle. The DUST REMOVAL syatem is quite
effective. It actually shakes the CCD for dust removal.

The menu is not difficult to understand. The controls are splash and dust resistant and the cabinet parts and retractable seem to be nicely fitted
together.

The K10D had a good feel in my hands. The dials and buttons are all just
about exactly where they should be for ergonomic placement.

In the final analysis, the camera, in my judgement deserves five stars.

Robert Caselnova, photographer and owner of Cas Photo Studio & Camera Shop


Pentax ZX-5N 35mm SLR Camera (Body Only)
Pentax ZX-5N 35mm SLR Camera (Body Only)
3 used & new from $45.00

8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PENTAX ZX5n 35MM SLR CAMERA, September 30, 2008
Pentax ZX-5N 35mm SLR Camera (Body Only)
AS A PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER OF ABOUT 40 YEARS, I HAVE COME TO USE
LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF CAMERA MODELS, AND COULD SAY LOTS OF FAVORABLE THINGS ABOUT MANY MANY OF THEM. HAVING SEEN SO MUCH TECHNOLOGICAL
CHANGE AND IMPROVEMENT IN THE CAMERA INDUSTRY OVER SUCH A LONG TIME,
I THINK HOW REMARKABLE IT IS THAT THE PICTURE-TAKING - OR RATHER, THE
PICTURE-MAKING PROCESS HAS BECOME SO SIMPLE, COMPARED WITH THE EARLIER DAYS OF PHOTOGRAPHY - NOT TO MENTION, SO AFFORDABLE.

FROM PLATES, GLASS, TIN, AND FILM, TO THE DIGITAL IMAGING THAT IS NOW,
PHOTOGRAPHY HAS CHANGED THE WAY WE LIVE. THERE ISN'T A PRINTING PROCESS TODAY THAT DOES NOT INVOLVE THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESS. MY CAMERA COLECTION
REPRESENTS THE METHODS BY WHICH MAN HAS TAKEN PICTURES SINCE ABOUT 1850, CONSISTING OF NEALY 1600 MODELS. IN OUR STUDIO, DIGITAL IMAGING IS DONE
AS WELL AS FILM; HOWEVER, I PRIZE FILM AS BEING LONGER-LASTING AND VERY
MUCH PREFER IT WHEN SPEED IS NOT OF THE ESSENCE.

THE ZX-5n IS, AT FIRST GLANCE, AN AUTO-FOCUS, AUTOMATIC-EXPOSURE BODY,
WHICH EVEN HAS AUTOMATIC FILM SPEED SETTING, AUTOMATIC EXPOSURE-BRACKET-
ING, AUTO-FILM ADVANCE, AND AUTO-FILM REWINDING. ONE MIGHT THINK THAT
THE CAMERA IS ONLY MEANT TO TAKE CONTROL OF CREATING THE ENTIRE PHOTO.

FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO CREATE ON THEIR OWN, COMPLETE EXPOSURE CONTROL
IS PLAINLY VISIBLE, JUST ABOUT ALL OVER ITS WELL-DESIGNED BODY. THE SHUTTER SPEED CONTROL APPEARS AS AN "ANALOG' KNOB SHOWING SPEEDS FROM 2 SECONDS TO 1/2000TH OF ONE SECOND PLUS "B" AND OF COURSE THE OLD RELIABLE "A" FOR AUTOMATIC. APERATURE SELECTION IS RIGHT THERE ON ALL OF THE LENSES MADE FOR PENTAX, AS WELL AS THE "A" FOR AUTOMATIC APERATURE USERS, OF COURSE. THE MANUAL FOCUS SHARES THE SAME SWITCH AS THE AUTO-FOCUS. THE METERING ALLOWS FOR THREE CHOICES: SPOT, AVERAGE, AND MULTI-SEGMENTED MATRIX (AN UNCANNILY ACCURATE MEASUREMENT OF LIGHT THAT HAS WORKED WELL FOR ME FOR OVER 90% MY LIGHTING SITUATIONS.) THE ADVANCE HAS SINGLE AND CONTINUOUS DRIVE, SELF-TIMER, AND TWO CHOICES FOR AUTOBRACKET-
ING THREE EXPOSURES WITH ONE PRESS OF THE SHUTTER RELEASE.

IF THAT'S NOT ENOUGH, THERE IS A BUILT-IN FLASH THAT DOES A DECENT JOB FOR THOSE ROUTINE PICTURES, AND A UNIVERSAL (STANDARD) FLASH SHOE FOR
SHOE-MOUNT STROBE UNITS. I HAVE ALSO USED THE LARGER, MORE POWERFUL HANDLE-MOUNT OFF CAMERA STROBE UNITS WITH THE ZX-5n IN PROFESSIONAL
SITUATIONS WITH PERFECT RESULTS.

ONE COMMENT HERE REGARDING THE AUTO-FOCUS DESIGN USED BY PENTAX, IT IS
UNDOUBTEDLY THE FASTEST AND MOST ACCURATE TARGETING I HAVE USED. ALSO,
IT SEEMS TO DO BETTER IN SOMEWHAT LOWER LIGHT LEVELS THAN MOST OTHER
AUTO-FOCUS CAMERAS. IN MY EXPERIENCE AS A CAMERA STORE OWNER, I HAVE HAD IN MY HANDS JUST ABOUT EVERY AUTO-FOCUS CAMERA MODEL THAT HAS COME DOWN THE PIKE SINCE THE EARLY 80'S, AND CAN REALLY STATE THAT A FEW NIKON
MODELS -- NOT MOST OR ALL, SOME CANON MODELS, NO MINOLTA BODIES, NOR ANY
OTHER BRANDS HAVE COMPARED TO THE SPEED AND ACCURACY OF FOCUS ACQUISITION
OF MY TWO PENTAX ZX-5n (AND MY PENTAX MZ-S MODEL.) I NOTICED THAT PENTAX
BODIES WERE THE BEST SINCE AUTO-FOCUS FIRST APPEARED ON THE MARKET.

ALMOST FORGOT TO MENTION A COUPLE OF POINTS. THE SIZE OF THE FOCUS AREA IN THE FINDER CAN BE CHAGED WITH EASE, USING THE SWITCH I ON THE FRONT OF
THE BODY (NOT BY HAVING TO GO ON A BLIND SEARCH THROUGH SOME COMPLICATED
MENU OR OTHER.) NEXT THERE IS A DIAL IN PLAIN SIGHT ON THE TOP FOR FRONT-
LIGHT OR BACKLIGHT EXPOSING (EXPOSURE FACTOR CONTROL.) OH, ANOTHER THING,
THERE IS A DEPTH OF FIELD PREVIEW CONTROL RIGHT EXACTLY WHERE IT SHOULD
BE, IN FRONT, ON THE RIGHT.

SOMETHING SHOULD BE SAID ABOUT ERGONOMIC DESIGN. THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL
MODELS THAT SEEM TO HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY WELL THOUGHT OUT WITH REGARD TO
PROPER PLACEMENT OF OF CONTROLS. THE PENTAX ZX-5N IS ONE SUCH CAMERA. IT
BECOMES APPARENT TO JUST ABOUT ANYONE WHO HANDLES ONE.

I'M NOT DONE YET. THE EYEPIECE FEATURES A DIOPTRIC CORRECTION ADJUSTMENT
FOR USERS WHO WEAR GLASSES, ENABLING ONE TO REMOVE THE GLASSES AND TO
CLARIFY THE IMAGE IN THE FINDER WITH A SLIGHT PUSH OF A SLIDING CONTROL.
ONE CAN ALSO SEE 100% OF THE FINDER'S IMAGE BY HAVING THE EYE UP CLOSE
AND PERSONAL WITH THE EYEPIECE.

THE ISO OVERIDE ALLOWS THE PHOTOGRAPHER TO "RATE" THE FILM SPEED HIGHER
OR LOWER THAT IT IS ACTUALLY DESIGNATED FOR "PUSHING" AND "PULLING" FILM.
THIS IS ESPECIALLY HELPFUL WHEN SHOOTING BLACK & WHITE OR TRANSPARENCY
(SLIDE) FILMS.

THOSE WHO LIKE TO MAKE AN OCCASIONAL - OR FREQUENT - PANORAMIC FORMAT
PHOTOGRAPH WON'T BE LET DOWN. ALSO IN ITS PROPER LOCATION (RIGHT THUMB)
IS THE PANORAMA OR NORMAL TWO-POSITION SWITCH.

MY TWO CR-2 LITHIUM BATTERIES LAST ME AT LEAST A YEAR OR 30 TO 40 ROLLS
OF FILM. I TOOK IT TO SWITZERLAND ON ASSIGNMENT WITH FRESH BATTERIES,
USED IT TO SHOOT 32 ROLLS WITHOUT USING MY SPARE SET. THE ZX-5N WAS VERY
FAST-HANDLING, EVEN USING MY TRIPOD 90% OF THE TIME. SOMETIMES I DEPLOYED
THE QUARTZ DATE FEATURE WHEN APPROPRIATE (NOT FOR SCENIC PICTURES.) MOST
IMPORTANTLY, THEY WERE RUGGED. AS MANY TIMES AS I STOPPED SHORT IN MY
RENTAL CAR, CAUSING THE PENTAX TO SLIDE ONTO THE FLOOR OF THE VEHICLE,
NOT ONCE DID I NOTICE ANY PROBLEMS, AND I NEVER HAD TO REMOVE MY SECOND
BODY FROM ITS CASE.

FOR ANYONE WHO'D LIKE TO FIND A 35mm FILM CAMERA WITH WHICH TO TAKE UP PHOTOGRAPHY, IT IS THIS WRITER'S CONSIDERED OPINION THAT THE ZX-5N CAN
ENABLE THE BEGINNER OR THE ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHER TO DO EXTREMELY WELL.
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Blue Book of Gun Values
Blue Book of Gun Values
by S. P. Fjestad
Edition: Paperback
37 used & new from $0.18

5.0 out of 5 stars blue book of gun values, March 6, 2008
For many years (35) I have relied on this book as a guide to firearms values. It is the most complete gun guide published.
Robert Caselnova, FFL, owner Cas Firearms


Pentax SMCT 135mm f/3.5 Lens
Pentax SMCT 135mm f/3.5 Lens

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PENTAX TAKUMAR 135MM/3.5 SMCT lens., December 6, 2007
[[ASIN:B00005ABD7 Pentax SMCT 135mm f/3.5 Lens] A VERY SHARP LENS FOR ANY OF THE OLDER SCREW-MOUNT (UNIVERSAL SCREW-MOUNT) CAMERAS MADE BY PENTAX OR OTHER MAKERS WHICH WERE LICENCED TO USE THEIS MOUNT. HAVING USED ALL OF THE FIXED-LENGTH SCREW MOUNT LENSES, IT , IN MY EXPERIENCE, HAS BEEN ONE OF THE THREE MOST SHARP LENSES i HAVE USED (THE OTHERS ARE THE 35mm AND 50mm.)


Pentax Camera Strap FK for ZX-7/ZX-30
Pentax Camera Strap FK for ZX-7/ZX-30

5.0 out of 5 stars Pentax strap FK for ZX-7, ZX-30, and actually, most other Pentax single lens reflex camera bodies, for that matter., December 5, 2007
A comfortable strap made by Pentax for just about any Pentax SLR camera body. Attached easily (done it many times) it adjusts in length to any user's liking.


Tamrac 515 Compact Zoom Pack (Navy)
Tamrac 515 Compact Zoom Pack (Navy)
18 used & new from $71.75

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tamrac 515 holster case., July 30, 2007
Well padded. Compartment for accessories. Weather flap. Handle, neck strap, belt loop. Available accessories for additional carrying capacity.


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