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08-11-2014, 12:49 AM   #1
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Hi to everyone, just introducing myself. I've been a Pentax shooter for a number of years (amateur status), 1st camera MZ 50 (film) 2nd istDL now a K20D, just taking photos of family,landscapes a bit of sport, planes at airshows and stuff like that. Only found the forum by chance and glad I'm aboard, I might get a bit of info that I'm after because unless you are shooting Canon or Nikon most photographic stores don't want to know you.

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QuoteOriginally posted by peejay193 Quote
Hi to everyone, just introducing myself. I've been a Pentax shooter for a number of years (amateur status), 1st camera MZ 50 (film) 2nd istDL now a K20D, just taking photos of family,landscapes a bit of sport, planes at airshows and stuff like that. Only found the forum by chance and glad I'm aboard, I might get a bit of info that I'm after because unless you are shooting Canon or Nikon most photographic stores don't want to know you.
Welcome. What part of this great country are you from?
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QuoteOriginally posted by peejay193 Quote
I might get a bit of info that I'm after because unless you are shooting Canon or Nikon most photographic stores don't want to know you.
This is especially true in Aus. Can you imagine just one or two brands controlling 95% of the new car market? The DSLR market in Australia is like that. It's not healthy.

Glad to have you on board.

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Welcome. What part of this great country are you from?
Hello thanks, I'm from Wollongong about 80kms south of Sydney. I have had a bit of a lull in my pursuits of photography but its picking up now as I get closer to retirement and a chance to get out and really explore this great country of ours.
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most photographic stores don't want to know you
Welcome to the forum, that's what makes us special.
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Welcome peejay

You'll find this a great resource and place to get some help

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Bonjour from France and welcome to PF, peejay193 ... Hope to see some images soon! Salut, J
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Hello, thanks for all your posts and I read with interest the different but same views on all things photographic. From what cameras you have to the different types of lenses, I have several Sigma lenses but I want to get 1 or 2 good Pentax lenses, I figure if you have the right glass your shots will be of a better quality, decisions sheesh! which one to get. Finance is an issue to a certain degree (but I will pay for a good lens). After all it's about getting that sharp crisp shot, my choices are 1 18-135mm lens + 1 55-300mm lens or the 60-250mm lens, I've also just read some reviews about the Sigma 120-400mm lens so my choice has just gone up a notch. They all appear to be good lenses so your comments would be greatly appreciated, as I said in my first post my photography is family, landscape, some nature shots and when I get the opportunity the odd air show. I've also had the fortune to travel overseas taking photos of places the wife and I really liked especially in Scotland and Ireland (wish I was back over there now) . Anyway enough of my dreams for now I will try and post some photos soon, regard Pat.
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I have the 18-135 + 55-300 combination (and a number of higher quality primes). It works pretty well. The 18-135 is surprisingly sharp in the centre with good punch colours. It's soft near the edges though, and produces chromatic aberrations there at the longer focal lengths. However, they are faults I can live with in a walk-around zoom. The 55-300 is a very compact, light and handy long zoom for travel. The colours can be more muted, but are pleasing. Bokeh is often excellent, but can also be very busy in some situations. I've had great shots from both lenses. However, clearly the (much more expensive and much larger) 60-250 will easily trump them for IQ.

Good luck with your choices.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Paul the Sunman Quote
I have the 18-135 + 55-300 combination (and a number of higher quality primes). It works pretty well. The 18-135 is surprisingly sharp in the centre with good punch colours. It's soft near the edges though, and produces chromatic aberrations there at the longer focal lengths. However, they are faults I can live with in a walk-around zoom. The 55-300 is a very compact, light and handy long zoom for travel. The colours can be more muted, but are pleasing. Bokeh is often excellent, but can also be very busy in some situations. I've had great shots from both lenses. However, clearly the (much more expensive and much larger) 60-250 will easily trump them for IQ.

Good luck with your choices.
About to get the 18-135 but very good description of the 55-300 totally agree
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