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08-26-2013, 04:26 PM   #1
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(Nearly) Feature-Complete Starter Kit

my idea was to wait with an introductory post until i have everything a beginner could possibly need, an all-round-kit. unfortunately, i ran out of money.

tl;dr beginner lists everything he bought and tells a heart-throbbing story

the only camera i ever owned was a cheap, blue, all-plastic fix-focus, received in a magazine promotion. i occasionally wasted some pictures (or films) trying to take pictures of the sky or lightning, but never was interested in photography. never knew someone who was, either. my then gf had the usual series of cheap p&s and then someday decided she wanted a proper camera. i was sent to select one and chose the K-r, as it was the best available and because Pentax was the smallest brand. after seeing the pictures even i could take with a dslr, using anything else seemed like such a waste.
being deprived of the K-r i read something about the K-30. i basically knew immediately that i wanted one. in white. (wasn't allowed to buy the K-r in white.) then i was distracted for some time and only revisited the idea a few months later. i needed a new hobby and suddenly photography seemed like the perfect choice. problem was, i couldn't afford the camera. unfortunately by then, my mind had been made up. so i looked at loans, found it interesting, told my parents about it. my parents, hmm. didn't my father once own a real camera? oh yes he did. my older brother took it many years ago. but, alas, it still exists and he does not need it. so two days later, my dad hands me an MX, in, so far as i can tell, perfect working order. came with a Tokina 35-105 and a "Pentax 10 Million" commemorative strap. bought from a neighbor sometime around 1985 for 500 deutschmarks (which is like a gazillion dollars in todays money). so, come next monday i'm gonna buy some 35mm film and learn photography the hard way while i save up the cash to buy a dslr. nice.
the very next day, my father calls: "you at home?" sure, why? then he brings me a white K-50 with the 18-135 WR. never looked back, take photos practically everday, take the camera everywhere. and every day, i look at the pictures i took and smile.

the list:

*denotes items purchased new

*Pentax K-50 + *Pentax DA 18-135 3.5-5.6 1060$

Exakta MC 80-200, 4.5-5.6 27$
Pallas Magenta AD 28mm, 2.8 40$
Pentax-M SMC 50mm, 1.7 55$
Pentax FA 80-320 109$
Kenko Extension Tubes "For P/AF" 12,20,36mm 26,50$

*Lowepro Toploader Zoom 45 AW 33$
*Lowepro Event Messenger 150 73$

*Manfrotto 055XPROB 199$
Dörr HB36 Tripod Head 52$

*SanDisk Extreme SDHC 16GB Class 10/UHS-1 "45MB/s*" 24$
*Battery Holder (Chinese Knock-Off) 7$
*4x Sanyo "Superlattice Alloy EVO" Ni-MH 2700 24$
*uWinKa Remote 5$

*Body Cap (1 Lens Rear Cap incl.) 2,50$
49mm Lens Hood 3$
*62mm Lens Cap 5$
*62mm Lens Hood 7$
*2x Lens Rear Cap 10$
*2x Battery Carrying Case 2$

total: 1,759 USD

Missing:
2x Carrying Strap
Lens Hood for FA 80-320
Rectangular Lens Hood for M50/1.7 (?)
ND Filter
Macro Lens
Fish-Eye/Ultra-Wide-Angle Lens
Mirror Lens

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08-26-2013, 05:20 PM   #2
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Welcome! Hang onto that MX; it's one of the all-time favorite Pentax film cameras. Congrats on the new kit and new hobby.
08-27-2013, 07:36 AM   #3
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Welcome, and thanks for the nice intro! I agree with baro-nite, the MX is a great camera. As is the K-50 - you got yourself a serious "beginner's" kit there!

Enjoy!
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Sounds like you're off to a running start!

08-28-2013, 12:25 AM   #5
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Welcome to PF and bonjour from France ... great start and looking forward to the posts of your future images ... J
08-28-2013, 01:08 PM   #6
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ms.Information Quote
unfortunately, i ran out of money.
Welcome, once you get full blown LBA it doesn't much the situation any easier.
08-28-2013, 01:42 PM   #7
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You already have a more than nice starter kit. I'm kinda jealous
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