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11-24-2013, 05:33 AM   #1
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High from the land down-under

Hi all from Australia.

Thanks for running this forum, admins.

I have enjoyed photography from B&W 120mm roll film days to the digital aps-c sensor types, I'm using now.
Been a long time since I've taken a film photo.

35mm type cameras I have owned and some stuff, they came with.
(there might be errors, memory is a little foggy of the earlier times)

1) Ricoh XR-1 with Rikenon 50mm f1.7all manual prime
2) Pentax SFXn with 35-70mm FA macro zoom & AF 500 FTZ flash

1) Pentax *ist DS with Sigma DC18-125mm zoom
2) Pentax K100D with Sigma DC 18-50mm zoom
3) Pentax K-r with Pentax 18-55mm zoom
4) Pentax K-3 Silver Limited Edition body

I am glad I started on a very manual 120 roll film camera, when I was a kid.
I learned a lot about exposure, DOF , estimating focus, composing a shot, etc.
The digital era has made the whole photo taking process so much more immediate and therefore, even more creative fun.

The very new K-3 has been extremely fun and a joy to use. AF is quick and accurate.
Works well with the Sigma 70-300mm OS; macro at a reasonable distance is very useful.
Sharpness, colour, contrast from the 24Mpix sensor is very good;
still life and outdoor(surf) photography has great results.

I do miss the Scene Modes, that areon the K-r. They are quick and easy to use.
K-3 Green mode is very good, though, at changing camera settings automatically,
to suit the perceived subject matter.
Green gets it right most times and much faster then I could ever hope to.

See you all round the posts.


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11-24-2013, 12:15 PM - 1 Like   #2
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Welcome from Iowa! You'll be in good company! There are many from Oz here! In fact this thread:
Show those old photos from before 1990

Read more at:
Has many posters from your country. Plus you can show off what you got from your film days!
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Welcome to the forums Mal.

Always happy to see more Aussie's here. When the Americans sleep, this place becomes our playground

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QuoteOriginally posted by Vylen Quote
When the Americans sleep, this place becomes our playground
Welcome to the forum, so when do we Europeans get a turn?

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Good day mate and welcome to the forums
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Welcome Mal, from not-so-sunny Newcastle,

11-25-2013, 02:04 AM   #7
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Thanks for the welcome,
5 already!
FYI sunny and rainy days here sam-joseph in the 'gong.
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And hello from Adelaide. There are quite a few South Ozzies lurking about here.

I also started out with an XR-1 (or a very similar Ricoh model), probably in 1978. Then graduated to a Pentax ME Super somewhere circa 1980. The Ricoh got traded to help pay for the ME Super.

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Hi Mal, Welcome to the Forum and welcome to the "K3 Silver Club" only 49 members in OZ and just under 2000 worldwide.

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