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02-14-2011, 04:48 PM   #16
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Shifting from film to digital is not too difficult
I had a heck of a time. Actually, I may be exaggerating a little bit....and I'm very self critical. I was good with film. I had (still have) my K1000 and a Nikon F50 (gave it away) for a long time. I thought I was pretty slick. When I bought my first DSLR (FinePix S2 Pro) I wouldn't show anyone my pictures for about three months! It was very frustrating but, unlike film, I was able to bang off thousands of frames every week. It took me a while to get back to where I was with 35mm but now I can say that I'm in a different league. *BIG smile* CHEEESE! Much more confident and technically proficient!

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Welcome from another retired K7 shooter. You're in for a treat in terms of image quality and a challenge in terms of all the choices you'll have before you compared with the K1000. That 50mm f1.4 isn't too humble, especially if it's the Pentax M or A series. Makes an excellent macro lens on the K7 with a reverse ring or a macro converter. The great thing about the K7 is you can use any Pentax lens ever made, plus a squillion third party ones and they'll all work, with shake reduction an' all. Get to know your local junk shops, pawn shops, second-hand shops, local markets - there's bargains to be had! (though don't let me dissuade you from a nice, shiny new toy if you so desire. One of the great things about being retired is you have so many choices).
I understand your comment about not feeling "useful", but hey, you've done your bit - now you can kick off your shoes and be a full-time photographer. How's that?
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Wombat, Dame Edna must be a very adventurous soul, with the wombat botty stuff going on. (I hope I didn't just say something bad). Thanks for the advice about kicking off my shoes. That attitude helps. My new camera and lens just arrived 3 days ago. I snapped a few shots, and I can't wait to really learn about the camera. The new lens I settled on is a Pentax D FA 50mm 2.8 macro since the majority of my pics are of flowers and insects. Landscapes are mostly on vacation. I can't seem to find my 50mm 1.4 that was on my K1000. I have a Canon 50mm 1.4 ssc FD mount that came with a batch of lenses I got off an internet auction recently. I think I will most likely resell the Canon lenses and get a Pentax mount lens. I have never used adapters. Do you think it is worthwhile to try an adapter on that lens, or should I sell it? On another topic, I had a 11 year old boy visit yesterday while I was getting the K7 up and running. I put a roll of film in the K1000 and showed him how to use the long lens that was on it. He had a blast. I loved seeing someone who had never even seen a manual camera be delighted with it.
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Gashog, I absolutely hated my first digital camera. I had to buy one when they first came out. It was so new and so difficult that it was many Years later when it finally started to make sense. I think I only broke through to understanding the camera when my computing skills hit a certain level. Now the dials are more intuitive and the features are more in tune with our needs. I have been very frustrated by the lack of control over the picture outcome with my earlier point and shoot digitals. I hope that I can find some artistic control again. With the P&S, I pretty much had to go with the statistical chance that I would get a good picture if I just shot enough....

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Hi ejbpesca, I can't say that I won't go back to point and shoot, but the lower end ones that I have been using just didn't do anything more than record family outings well. I am sure that I could have spent more on a P&S and had one that did a great job, but I am looking forward to trying to work with the different lenses for a while. Do you have some pics to put up? I will have to reread the instructions and post some.
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I have posted one photo on another thread to demo a problem I was having with my x90. Since then I have had better results with practice and I've gotten back a Canon DSLR from my daughter that is doing a great job for me.

The lil x90 takes some real getting used to. I find it more complicated than a dslr and due to that "super zoom" holding it still is imperative.

I've posted some pics on my "sky drive." I bet my Flickr pics are deleted since I've not been there in a year. I'll try to post some here once I downsize them for transmission. I have been shooting in Large fine then cropping half the photo away in order to not have to use the zoom so much. When that thing is 26x I think the vibes of the Earth shake it.

Here's one of me at Mt. St. Helens last summer taken with my Canon Rebel 300D. Did it with the timer.

I have hundreds of flower pics and the macro on the Pentax is proving to be as good or better than my previous cameras.
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EJB, Beautiful! The first pic of your self portrait is stunning. I know what you mean about the earth's vibrations. I have an Olympus P&S with an 18x lens that I gave to my husband. Apparently the earth doesn't vibrate as much with him. I spent too much time trying to get a good pic with it.

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