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04-01-2013, 10:27 PM   #1
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Hello from Japan

Hello,

Just bought my K-30 18-135 kit along with the 70mm F2.4 limited and a Vivitar Series 1 70-210mm F3.5 (version 2) lens. I decided to treat myself, since I've been waiting patiently for four years to ditch my Nikon D60 (even though it's been a great workhorse the entire time!).

I really enjoy candid portraits and landscape photography, but I want to learn strobist portraits and macro as well. Next on my shopping list is a wide angle (possibly the 21mm 3.2) and a macro - maybe a Tamron SP MF 90mm.

About me: I am male, in my mid 20's, and work for uncle sam. I originally hail from Texas but ended up in Shizuoka prefecture in Japan somehow. But that's not a bad thing, as Japan has an amazing mixture of high-tech hustle-bustle elegantly mixed in with a profound respect of things long gone, but not forgotten, and never lost.

Hope to share and see some excellent pictures in the future with all of you! Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

04-02-2013, 12:33 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum and a good choice of a DSLR
I just came back from Japan and I also got the K-30, 18-135mm kit but instead of a portrait lens I bought the Tamron 10-24mm lens.
Just love the selection of Pentax gear in Japan, here in Beijing where I currently live it's not that easy finding Pentax stuff.
If you have any questions, just ask, people here are very friendly and knowledgeable.

Cheers
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Bonjour from France and welcome to PF ... Enjoy the new gear and post an image or two soon ... J
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Welcome to the forum, enjoy that new K30, there's plenty of work it can be doing in such a photogenic country as Japan.

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Yeah welcome - you lucky duck!

I'm in Japan on business now. Other than complaints about the weather today (though yesterday in Shinjuku Gyoen was pretty under the sunshine), Japan is my favorite place to be, for work and for vacationing....so much to photograph!

Enjoy!
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Tclausen,

make sure you go and do some hanami - flower viewing - while you're here during this special time. The cherry trees only bloom for a couple of weeks every year!
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Welcome! I am travelling to Japan (Fukuoka, Tokyo and Osaka/Kyoto) in 2 weeks! What things should I look out for photography wise?
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What things should I look out for photography wise?
Anything and everything, it's an amazing country, enjoy your trip.

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QuoteOriginally posted by kerrowdown Quote
Anything and everything, it's an amazing country, enjoy your trip.
+1

And also bring a lot of cash or a spouse to keep the LBA in check!
I love all the camera shops in Tokyo.
Here is a good link for you if it's your first time in Tokyo
Camera shopping in Tokyo pt. 1 – Shinjuku | Japan Camera Hunter

The site list a few good shops
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Thanks for the link ... J
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QuoteOriginally posted by Omalika Quote
Tclausen,

make sure you go and do some hanami - flower viewing - while you're here during this special time. The cherry trees only bloom for a couple of weeks every year!
You mean like this:




(Shinjuku Gyoen, on April 1. K-01....)

Despite coming to Japan often, this is the first visit that coincides with cherry blossom season.....the Friendly Airport Limousine drive from NRT to Tokyo was quite spectacular

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Welcome! I am travelling to Japan (Fukuoka, Tokyo and Osaka/Kyoto) in 2 weeks! What things should I look out for photography wise?
Just like others have said, pretty much everything is photogenic here. If you're traveling from Osaka to Tokyo (or vice versa), you'll be passing by Mt. Fuji (assuming you're taking rail or bus). Get a few snapshots of that iconic mountain, if you can!

Also, remember, there will always be more shrines, but not many are painted in gold - so pay a visit to Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto while you're at it.
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