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11-12-2013, 08:30 PM   #1
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20 years ago I was a new photographer with a Nikon FE. I worked at a camera store and soaked up information until a hobby was born. I used Fujichrome Velvia as my choice of film. Eventally it got expensive to shoot and I found work and life in general very consuming. About 5 years ago I purchased a small point and shoot hoping to re-energize my love of photography. I have upgraded twice with the latest a Fuji HS-50 super bridge camera. It performs very good, having 100's of very good photo's. But the low image quality when at full zoom.(1000mm) has led me to a search of DSLR's. I choose The K-30 for 2 reasons.1: Price of Kit with 35-135 wr lense. 2:Being weather proof is a nice feature that could be benifical with me living in Utah. So here I am looking for advise on how to achieve exellant photo quality with my new equipment.

11-13-2013, 02:26 AM   #2
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Welcome welcome!
The K-30 w/ 18-135mm WR lens is a great intro to the DSLR world
Just ask any question that come up during your re learning period when using your new camera and I am sure you soon will be taking good pictures with your K-30
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the 18-135 will prove itself useful in the weather - and let you bring your camera anywhere - enjoy it!
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Welcome aboard! Where did you purchase your K30 w/ 18-135mm lens from? I'm curious because you're the second new poster in the last day to say they've found a great price on that kit....

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20 years ago I was a new photographer with a Nikon FE. I worked at a camera store and soaked up information until a hobby was born. I used Fujichrome Velvia as my choice of film. Eventally it got expensive to shoot and I found work and life in general very consuming. About 5 years ago I purchased a small point and shoot hoping to re-energize my love of photography. I have upgraded twice with the latest a Fuji HS-50 super bridge camera. It performs very good, having 100's of very good photo's. But the low image quality when at full zoom.(1000mm) has led me to a search of DSLR's. I choose The K-30 for 2 reasons.1: Price of Kit with 35-135 wr lense. 2:Being weather proof is a nice feature that could be benifical with me living in Utah. So here I am looking for advise on how to achieve exellant photo quality with my new equipment.
Welcome! I'm new too!
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Wish I got a K-5/18-135 deal. At least I got a good camera deal tho!
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QuoteOriginally posted by awesome 63 Quote
So here I am looking for advise on how to achieve excellent photo quality with my new equipment.
Welcome to the forum, best advice I can think of is to get out there taking pictures and enjoying your photography.
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well I have been out there taking some photo's. here is a few.

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Dare I say "awesome" colours in the second image, well seen and taken.
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I have the K-30 and 18-135 and it is a great combination. I agree about the nice colors, have fun learning the camera and taking great photos. Where were these photos taken? If you have not read the forum review of the K-30 and recommended settings, it might be useful. The info is good, and recommended settings a good start. Great depth of info here on the Forum, too.
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Welcome to PF and bonjour from France ... enjoy the forum and your K-30 ... please post us another image or two soon ... Salut, J
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I purchased a tamron 70-300Di for my k-30 and I am experiencing not so good picture quality. not very sharp is my biggest concern. Is this a reliable lense or do I need to continue too shoot with it and hope I find a solution..
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QuoteOriginally posted by awesome 63 Quote
I purchased a tamron 70-300Di for my k-30 and I am experiencing not so good picture quality. not very sharp is my biggest concern. Is this a reliable lense or do I need to continue too shoot with it and hope I find a solution..
It's a pretty cheap lens, and many reviews say it isn't particularly sharp, especially towards the 300mm end of the range.
Tamron 70-300mm F4-5.6 AF Di LD Macro Lens Reviews - Tamron Lenses - Pentax Lens Review Database


If you are shooting handheld anywhere near the maximum focal length you will need a fairly fast shutter speed to eliminate blur from shake too.
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