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09-17-2012, 09:25 PM   #1
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Howdy from Brisbane!

Hi All,

Just got converted to the Pentax system after playing with a friend's k-5. Now the wait for a tax return begins to get myself a k-5!

I currently shoot a Canon 300D with a 100mm f/2.8L Macro and I've only been doing it for 6 months but I'm loving it! I'm only a hobby shooter but you never know where a hobby leads.

First Attempt at Night Photography (mixture of 18 - 55mm Canon kit lens and the impressive 50mm f/1.8 Takumar; still getting used to it)

Birds (Using the macro - it's the only telephoto lens I have with no converter)

Nature (Handheld Macro with the above lens)

Not the sharpest image shooter but I do think I'm starting to really nail composition but heck, it's fun learning!

Really fell in love with the metal bodies of the Pentax lenses and the well thought out layout of the camera body. Really surprised the bigger companies haven't done it yet.

What really impressed me with the pentax system is the forums and how friendly everyone is. The 'worst' argument I've seen here is people admitting they're wrong and getting on with life; I've never seen that in the Canon forums.

Anyway I'm looking forward to learning more from everyone and chipping in when I can.


09-17-2012, 10:00 PM   #2
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Howdy too you from another near Brisbanite. You will love the K-5. I don't want to part with mine, even with the new announcements. If you like macros there are quite a few of us on here. Check the photo sharing forum it is amazing what some people are getting. A good macro lens for the Pentax, is the older model Sigma 105 f2.8. the newer one isn't in a Pentax mount yet. Or the Pentax macros. I have a FA 100 f2.8, but the newer DA 100 is weather resistant and should be as good or better.

Enjoy and maybe will see you round the ridges sometime.
09-17-2012, 10:13 PM   #3
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Cheers for the tips with the macro lenses AussieTrev. I have seen some mind blowing macro photos on this forum and hope to get photo sharpness sorted out. Definitely want to explore other types of photography and is a possibility with pentax lenses; it's much more of a reality compared to Canon's ($) gear but it's quite a bit of fun trying to do macros.

It's the reason why I want the classic; no point paying a few extra hundred bucks for what seems to be a minor difference that won't be missed if you have the classic. The classic are going for around the $850 mark at the moment vs around $1.2k ish depending what you choose.

Likewise I may see ya round the place!

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