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11-01-2014, 11:40 AM   #1
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Hello world.

I've had my K-5 (used, but new to me) for 2 months now, and I'm just starting out. I picked up a couple manual lenses (SMC Pentax 50mm f1.7, and received an SMC Pentax 135mm f3.5 for free). I also have the 18-55 Kit lens, and a Promaster AF 70-300mm tele magro (1:2) to experiment with.

I definitely gravitate to the 50mm f1.7 lens. Seems to be on my camera most of the time.

So much to learn, but I plan to have fun along the way.

11-01-2014, 12:21 PM   #2
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Sounds like you have a lot of fun toys. What do you like to shoot?
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Welcome to the forums!

Is this your first dive into DSLR photography or just with the Pentax brand? Myself, I'm rather scared of manual lenses. I guess there's still too much point and shoot in me yet.

Oh, and I do like your thread topic. Reminds me to have a go at programming again.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bradshea Quote
Sounds like you have a lot of fun toys. What do you like to shoot?
I'm still trying to figure out what I like to shoot. So far, I've been trying my hand at sunsets, closeups of whatever catches my eye. I'd really like to try the astrophotography. I've been reading / researching the how to's on that recently.

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Welcome to the forums!

Is this your first dive into DSLR photography or just with the Pentax brand? Myself, I'm rather scared of manual lenses. I guess there's still too much point and shoot in me yet.

Oh, and I do like your thread topic. Reminds me to have a go at programming again.
This is my first DSLR. I'm still hit and miss with the manuals. And actually with the AF lenses as I learn. It's fun to throw out the 'Hello World' phrase, and see who catches it.

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So much to learn, but I plan to have fun along the way
Welcome aboard, that's the best starting out attitude I've read here in a long while, stay lucky.
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Welcome! And what I could add is, check out the little DA 35mm 2.4 prime from Pentax. It's IQ is like the 50mm 1.7 in a lot of ways, I think - sharp, nice and accurate colors - and the field length is even more useful as an all-purpose lens, indoors and outdoors. I think you'll love it and the price is right.
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The 50 /1.7 is definitely a versatile lens that can take you far. Welcome to the forums!
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Thank you. The DA 35mm f2.4 is definitely on my list. I'm always checking prices on that one. There should be a Surgeon General warning about the addiction to lens buying / researching.

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Welcome, you are on the right path, and manual lens you are good enough, you can do - and this is important! success!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Riggomatic Quote
I've had my K-5 (used, but new to me) for 2 months now, and I'm just starting out. I picked up a couple manual lenses (SMC Pentax 50mm f1.7, and received an SMC Pentax 135mm f3.5 for free). I also have the 18-55 Kit lens, and a Promaster AF 70-300mm tele magro (1:2) to experiment with.

I definitely gravitate to the 50mm f1.7 lens. Seems to be on my camera most of the time.

So much to learn, but I plan to have fun along the way.
Welcome! looks like you like to have fun
That 1.7/50 is a killer and if your 3.5/135 is anything like my smc Takumar than you got yourself some very capable and creative* lenses.


* Disclaimer: creativity might be limited by the photographer.
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Nice toys. Welcome.
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Welcome aboard!
It does take practice to use the fully manual lenses. It's exactly like using film, you're in control.

Having a modern lens is useful, though, it really allows you to work quickly.
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