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11-20-2011, 09:21 PM   #1
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Toe into the Water

I began using an Ashai Pentax in Germany in 1965. Loved the Super-Takumar lenses. I traveled with the SLR and a 135/3.5 close to my body everywhere. Still remember autumn leaves on a rainy evening near Neumagen on the Mosel; rain had newly-fallen red and yellow leaves still in the trees, covering the roadway and glowing in the headlights. The actual photo is long lost, but the image remains strong in my mind.

The camera body died a few years later, but I kept three wonderful lenses: 1:2/35, 3.5/135, and 6.5/300. Recently I bought a K-x DSLR with 18-55 lens, and added a 2.8/105 lens.

Most of my shooting takes place at the Chicago Botanic Garden these days. I'm still getting used to using real lenses rather than the 10X point-and-shoot I've been using for a few years. Lots to learn all over, but the skills are beginning to return.

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11-20-2011, 09:42 PM   #2
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Very nice, it doesn't look like you have lost many steps while shooting 10X p&s. Darn, someone who started shooting Pentax before I did, Spotmatic in 69. Thanks for sharing. Cliff
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Welcome! It seems there are a bunch of stories like yours around these parts. I hope you still use those old lenses on your K-x. Thanks for the nice images!
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Nice shots, David, and welcome to the forum.

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