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12-31-2006, 03:08 PM   #1
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Almost a Pentax user...

Hello,

Iím new here but Iím glad to have found this site; itís reassuring to see a forum site dedicated to a specific camera brand...my thanks to the owner/admin/moderators.

Well, Iím no experienced photographer by any means so please donít expect much. I do have a good eye for composition, or so Iím told, and taking photographs is something Iíve enjoyed doing since I was young. Iím just returning to photography (Iíve been physically disabled recently and need a cane to get about) so please bear with my amateur status.

I have never owned a Pentax and the only digital camera experience I have is with a Sony Cybershot (sold over 5 years ago, donít even remember the model) and a Nikon Coolpix 5600 that I purchased for my wife in September 2005. The Nikon works well enough for shots on sunny days and fairly well for some close-ups but personally, Iíve wanted more.

So, for weeks Iíve researched mainly Nikon and Pentax digital SLRís and I narrowed my choices down to the D40, D50 or the K110D. After comparing these three I realized that the Pentax K110D seemed (to me, at least) to be a (better) combination of the D40 and D50 from Nikon. Anyway, I made my decision and ordered the Pentax online (yesterday) and I should have it in hand by this Wednesday. Iím really excited about it.

To make a long story short (too late, I know) I purchased several other items, simply to build a ďstarter kitĒ for myself since I know Iíll immediately need more than just the camera. Below is a list of the items Iíve purchased; if thereís anything anyone can recommend adding to my kit, aside from obviously getting an external flash and better lenses (thatís a given, right?), please let me know (I already own a decent tripod, so thatís taken care of). Thank you.

Pentax K110D Digital SLR Body w/18-55mm Lens

Pentax SLR Holster Bag

Pentax Wide Camera Strap (found on eBay)

Tiffen 52mm Photo Essentials Filter Kit

Giottos Optical Cleaning Kit

Sandisk SD 2.0GB Memory Card

Energizer 15 Minute Charger w/4 AA Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries

Energizer AA Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries (4-pack, bought 2)

AA Battery Case (found on eBay, holds 8 AA batteries)

Lowepro SlingShot 100 AW Camera Bag

GCI Outdoor Quik-E-Seat (from REI.com)

Well, I think thatís everything. I didn't have a ton of money to buy the best of what's available but I think what's here is a good start.

12-31-2006, 03:34 PM   #2
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Cavan Welcome aboard. But I think your title here should be Pentax Owner/almost. It's good to see you enjoy the hobby and I think we all will want to see your shots. Post em anytime and I'm sure you will get all kinds of ways to do it better Don't take it personal but you have to understand the criticisms or praise given here is to ones opinions and only done to help in many cases to make the shot better. It doesn't for any reason mean your shots aren't good. Please keep posting and enjoy your self and your hobby.

Good Shooting.
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12-31-2006, 04:17 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by Photo Tramp Quote
Cavan Welcome aboard. But I think your title here should be Pentax Owner/almost. It's good to see you enjoy the hobby and I think we all will want to see your shots. Post em anytime and I'm sure you will get all kinds of ways to do it better Don't take it personal but you have to understand the criticisms or praise given here is to ones opinions and only done to help in many cases to make the shot better. It doesn't for any reason mean your shots aren't good. Please keep posting and enjoy your self and your hobby.
Well said. Always feeling scared of offending people in the forum...
12-31-2006, 04:20 PM   #4
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QuoteOriginally posted by Photo Tramp Quote
It's good to see you enjoy the hobby and I think we all will want to see your shots. Post em anytime and I'm sure you will get all kinds of ways to do it better Don't take it personal but you have to understand the criticisms or praise given here is to ones opinions and only done to help in many cases to make the shot better. It doesn't for any reason mean your shots aren't good.
Thanks, David. I appreciate that.

Is it Wednesday yet?

12-31-2006, 05:53 PM   #5
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Cavan,

Look for "Magic Lantern Guides - Pentax K100D/K110D" by Joe Farace, Published by Lark Books - an excellent publication that has really helped me with the K100D. My daughter has the K110D and is getting a copy.

I just moved fron *istDS2 to K100D after having used my daughters K110D and I am sure you will be very happy.

Best of luck.

Mike
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Welcome.

I think you're going to start sharing some outstanding images and experiences. Here's something to add to your kit. Get a LensPen! I just got one, and it works really well. It goes everywhere my DS goes now, and I don't worry about dust or smudges on the lens. A UV filter comes in handy too at times.

Anyway, Pentax offers mostly outstanding lenses, and some very well thought out cameras with useful and innovative features. The DA 18-55 (kit lens) is the current cheapest offering, but it's still very good. I find it has been extreemely helpful in teaching me the pros and cons of zoom lenses, and keep in mind that even the most "advanced" photographers will make great use of this lens or anything else for that matter. I think you're going to really enjoy the experience, but beware of LBA. Don't just start buying lenses, learn as much about them as you can all the time. The internet is a great resource!

I think if I had gone the Canon or Nikon route I would have just bought what was available and "affordable" without knowing anything about it, and then I'd probably have felt a little bit jibbed after learning more. That's just me though.
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Label me a Pentax OWNER!!

Mike Pearson,

Thanks for the tip; I ordered the last copy Amazon.com had in stock. I can't wait to get the guide, it looks like a great read!

Lipo,

Thanks for the tip on the Lenspen; I just purchased one on eBay. Hopefully, it will be a long time before I need to use it!



And now, to go familiarize myself with my new Pentax K110D...yes, it's finally here!!
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hello and welcome!

looking forward to your input,

cheers

randy

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