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08-06-2013, 07:55 PM - 1 Like   #1
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g'day I've just retired my k1000, my new k30 arrived yesterday
first impression was I've bitten off more than I can chew
then I compared the operating manuals ?
it's pouring with rain so all I can do is walk round the house snapping and comparing
50 snaps and I love this camera
hope to share more as I learn.

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Welcome to the Forums. boy from a k1000 to a K-30 what a jump. Sounds like your are enjoying the K-30
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thanks for the welcome yeah it's a learning curve
the last photos from the k1000 were some of my best
hope I can learn quick
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Welcome aboard, just a give it a couple of days and I'm sure your love it.

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The best (and only?) way to learn is to take photos, lots of them.

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I've only had mine a few days but already love it..

Get out of program or auto mode set it on AV and you will find that the knowledge you learned on the k1000 works even better with the k30. There is also TV mode. The dials are simply replaced with wheels and settings. You can control it all.
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Hi and welcome to the forum
Glad to hear you are enjoying your K-30!
Just shoot away, one of the best way to learn a new camera.
And don't be shy to ask any questions here.
Cheers from another K-30 Noob !
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day 3 operating manual is looking decidedly dog eared already
140 snaps so far checking out scn mode
av sounds like the next best challenge

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QuoteOriginally posted by warook Quote
operating manual is looking decidedly dog eared
Wots a manual?

Just wing it.
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We need to find you a WR lens, rain doesn't stop a K-30
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thanks Colbyt set to m and spent a day in the mountains
makes sense now playing with settings lots of photos top advice
I think the lense is more wr than me thanks jimr-pdx
thanks everyone I had a great day learning
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hi guys, new hear in pentax forum. using k-30 here, so glad that i found others using the same system and model. though, using it more few months now, i still want to improve more using it. any tips there guys? I am still using the kit lens 18-55mm, not the WR version due to the high price of lens here in the philippines. any suggestion to on what type of lens to buy for upgrade and other accessories to accompany it at the later time? thanks guys.
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Next Purchase?

Hello padifooty, Welcome to the Forum!
Since you have the kit zoom, my suggestion is to first use it in a lot of different situations; Take the camera with you as often as you can and try it in different lighting situations, different subjects, scenes, take a variety of angles of the same scene, etc. In other words, experiment! I'd say take several hundred photos to start.
Then, look at the results on your PC (you will want to download a free online processing program like Picasa or Gimp) and you'll begin to notice a pattern;
There will be a many photos taken at different zoom settings (more correctly known as focal length) but you will eventually find that you 'favor' for lack of a better word, a certain focal length, for example you may find many of your 'good shots' are around 24mm. Or 35mm. or some other length. This is how you 'see' the world through that zoom. Your vision. Not that you're bound by this, of course, but you favor that length. That focal length (let's say it's around 20-24mm) is where you might start looking for your first prime lens (fixed focal length lens, like 24mm f.2.8, for example). since you already know you'll use it a lot, and the prime lens will be sharper, smaller, lighter and faster, you can use it in lower-light conditions.
Nobody can tell you what these favorite focal lengths are, you must experiment and find it for yourself. But overall, starter or kit lenses provide you with an introduction to SLR photography and you do the rest.
The single best accessory (for now) is a circular polarizing filter (CPL) for your zoom. I believe the filter size is 52mm.
Good luck!
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QuoteOriginally posted by warook Quote
thanks Colbyt set to m and spent a day in the mountains
makes sense now playing with settings lots of photos top advice
I think the lense is more wr than me thanks jimr-pdx
thanks everyone I had a great day learning

Yep. I should have said M mode. By the time I picked up my k1000 I had been using a ME Super for years just knew how to twist the dials and buttons.

Now I need to take my k30 out for a manual day and see if I like that.
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