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07-19-2013, 01:01 PM   #1
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Hi, my name is Brian and I'm a photography enthusiast.
I mostly shoot reptiles, amphibians, flowers, family and landscapes.
Here are some of my sets on flickr if you want to have a look:
brianeagar's photosets on Flickr
Consider that aside from the newest 20 or so pictures in my photostream evertyhing was uploaded to my photostream in reverse cronological order starting with pictures from 2002 with a 4 MP Fuji compact. So my sets are a better way to view things.

I recently decided to make the DSLR plunge after owning several prosumer dlsr-like Fuji cameras.
I was all set to buy a Nikon D7100 when my brother in law convinced me to go the Pentax route.
This was after months of painstaking research which led me to the Nikon and only a couple of weeks before a big wildlife photography trip where I wanted my new camera.

So after pixel peeping for hours on DPreview comparing the Fuji X-e1, Nikon D7100 and the Pentax K-5ii and reviewing thousands of pictures I bought a Pentax K5ii and am in the process of slowly assembling my lens lineup. (I'll just note that the only reasons I didn't stick with fuji were limited lens selection, no weather proofing and lack of GPS support.).

It's been quite an adjustment to have to switch lenses to get the pictures I want. Especially when I am in a hurry.
This is especially hard when I am hiking and taking pictures of scenery at wide angles and animals and flowers at macro distances and family in between.
Currently I'm looking for a mid-range zoom range to help out in this regard and just can't make up my mind on a starting focal length of 17 or 24 and an ending length of 50 or 70.
I'm trying my best to learn how to be the best photographer I can be with the new tools I have.

From a lens perspective, I ultimately hope to have:
10-20 Sigma wide angle (Own)
17-70 or 17-50 or 24-70 Sigma (currently spending way too much time trying to decide)
50mm DG EX Sigma Macro (Own, We'll see if I keep after I try out the Pentax).
50mm FA Pentax Macro (waiting for this to arrive)
50-150 or 70-200 2.8 sigma for shooting the kids soccer games and wildlife from a distance.
or the cheaper zoom routes of 70-300 or 50-200 sigma lenses.

I look forward to becoming a part of this online community and learning from the vast knowledge base available here.
Here's a few of my favorite shots from my new camera:

Sigma EX DG 50mm Macro



Sigma 10-20mm



Sigma EX DG 50mm Macro



Sigma 70-300m Macro (borrowed)



Tamron 90mm Macro (returned because I couldn't stand the long distance from my subjects).
Taken at night as found:






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