Hello, my name is Phil, 62 years old, retired USAF (Msgt) + recently retired from University of Tennessee at Knoxville, my home town and current home. I'm a picture taker, there is a Olympus OM-10, Minolta SR-T101, 102, lenses, piles of filters and such in the closet somewhere. In the past few years I've accumulated four Ultrazooms, Olympus C725UZ; Panasonic DMC-FZ7, 15 & 18. While considering replacement with an up to date Ultrazoom, I developed the delusion that the smaller sensor, speed and anything other than ISO100 resulting in crap, rather than my ineptness, were hampering my efforts.
Counseling and medication having no effect, a friend with a Pentax penchant fueling my delusions, after considering several makes and models, eyes bloody from staring at reviews, mind turned to specification soup, I ordered a K-r package with the 55-300. Along with in body anti-shake and high ISO performance, the K-r seemed the most appropriate selection for a, for the most part push button, picture taker. Within a couple of days, I realized I wanted to get from there to there without changing lens, so a Tamron, 18-200 is on the way. I'm pretty well set as long as I don't develop some delusion that the cheap lenses are hampering my efforts, for which I'm hoping there is medication being on a fixed income.
If anyone is exceedingly bored and wishes to be more so, a bit about some things I like to do and the depths of my ineptitude, including my first efforts with the K-r are on display here. http://philngoodpictureplace.shutterfly.com/
Hi Phil, welcome to Pentaxforums. Hope you enjoy your Pentax K-r. There are lots of info about Pentax, lenses and photography in general, in the forums. Feel free to participate, and enjoy the company!
Welcome aboard, no good medicine for any of those ailments, but at least you can rest assured you are not alone as many of us here suffer as greatly as you do. Looking forward to seeing some of your photos