As a youngster growing up with a black and white photo Box Brownie camera how I wish I’d had one of today’s great Pentax range. How I long to recall those memories and images now that I am a little older.
For every camera is a time machine and portal to the past, a view that is there only for one infinitesimal moment in time, never to be seen again. What would any of us give as photographers to capture images at the historical landing of the Pilgrim Fathers or at the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
My Pentax *ist-DL is the reason I'm a Pentaxian and bitten with the photobug. I wanted to upgrade my point and shoot to shoot the mountains and trains that I loved. I always liked taking pictures, but the *ist-DL was the perfect starter camera. Before I was just a snapshot shooter, the Pentax helped turn me into a photographer.
Hi guys, As you can see from the title, the item which I chose is the well reputed smc Pentax-FA 31mm Limited prime offered by Pentax. Here is a picture of my copy
With photography so many things need to come together to make a good picture, however if I had to somehow identify one significant factor (in my experience) it would be the use of this lens. At first it was a struggle accepting/justifying such an expensive purchase entirely for a hobby. I had used the Pentax SMC FA 35 F2 before and I thought, how much better could this lens really be? $600 better? Come on, really? Even when I first got it, I was a bit disappointed with it's sharpness wide open. People had been calling it "razor sharp" so I guess I had my expectations set a bit too high. But, oh boy, I couldn't have been more wrong. Ever since I got it, and started using it in the field, my picture taking experience has been completely transformed. I use it for 3 main purposes, so I will discuss each one briefly below.
Hello, I'm Guillermo also known as memo90061 in these forums.
Olympus E-520, the camera that got me into photography
Photography has always been attractive to me. I remember when I was young I would see my dad take pictures of my family. He would set up the flash, umbrellas, and all the equipment. I think that's why I'm interested in photography. When I was in middle school and high school I would look at magazines just to look at the pictures. Once I finally got internet I spent hours on Flickr looking at the pictures. As a beginner I didn't know much, but would look at pictures I liked and try to learn from them. I then decided to buy a DSLR, but didn't have much money. The Olympus E-520 seemed good for the price, and I bought it.
I got my first ever DSLR camera after two years of grinding my teeth over the fact I couldn't afford one. My mom happened to get a small win at the lottery and just randomly slipped in the conversation that she wanted to buy me the camera I wanted since I had been pining over it for such a long time. I had started learning photography with just a small compact camera. I hated it because of the lack of settings & the bad quality of images.
I was so happy for the new camera I took hundreds of photos per day and was so eager to learn I took a week off school after getting the camera. I wanted to dedicate my time for reading the manual (how many people actually do this, read the manual...?). Well I also got better at it quite fast and it wasn't too long till I had a feeling that I had to get a lens with a bit more distance to focus on. A friend of mine was selling an older manual Pentax K-mount lens, that was 200mm. I didn't understand enough to know anything about prime lenses (I had only used a zoom before). Well at first I was disappointed, but then I realized I just had to find the right situations to use the lens.
A long weekend is over and all memory cards are full with pictures. But now the most time consuming work just begins. After sorting all photos there is a list of RAW- files which is much too long to be fun. For processing of hundreds of megapixels I have been using UFRaw due to a good alternative under Linux. It is hard work opening every single RAW file and tweaking the controls until being satisfied. Before the next RAW file can be done, the actual File hast to be saved. The RAW-volution started when I read about the young but yet very powerful program darktable.
This blog post is about the K1000 which was given to me by my Dad. In terms of the impact it had on my photography - well it kicked off my interest in it. Up till that point I took holiday snaps, (coincidentally with a Pentax Optio) and that was it. Every thing that is said about the K1000 being the student's camera it true - and I think I will always be looking for the simple combination of bright viewfinder, mechanical feel, and intuitive metering.