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11-14-2014, 09:18 AM   #1
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I am new to Pentax, was a rabid Olympus OM-1 user prior to converting to digital photography about a decade ago. In the last several years, I have been using various compact zoom cameras and have never really been happy with the results. Manual over-rides were cumbersome and I lost many shots when the automated focusing and exposure picked something other than I wanted.
The kit I got has the 18-55 WR zoom and a 55-300 non-WR zoom. In my first several tries, I was very happy with the automatic setting, but have since been playing around with more of the manual features. I like that in manual focusing mode, the auto focus indicators show where there is good focus and I can decide which is the appropriate one for the show. The RAW button is now programmed for depth of field preview, something I expect to use a lot.
I ordered a Tokina 28mm, f/2.8, had a much earlier version on a Praktica 30-odd years ago and loved it.
That is about enough for an intro.

11-14-2014, 09:21 AM   #2
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Congratulations on your purchase! The K-50 is a fantastic camera and a no-brainer at current prices.
11-14-2014, 10:24 AM   #3
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Hi Spacedave!

I also decided to go with K50. I am new to SLR cameras and I enjoy working with my Pentax. I wonder where you got your kit because mine came with different lenses. I got both in WR and they are 18-55mm and 50-200mm. How do you like your Tokina lens? Did you test it yet?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Spacedave Quote
I am new to Pentax, was a rabid Olympus OM-1 user prior to converting to digital photography about a decade ago. In the last several years, I have been using various compact zoom cameras and have never really been happy with the results. Manual over-rides were cumbersome and I lost many shots when the automated focusing and exposure picked something other than I wanted.
The kit I got has the 18-55 WR zoom and a 55-300 non-WR zoom. In my first several tries, I was very happy with the automatic setting, but have since been playing around with more of the manual features. I like that in manual focusing mode, the auto focus indicators show where there is good focus and I can decide which is the appropriate one for the show. The RAW button is now programmed for depth of field preview, something I expect to use a lot.
I ordered a Tokina 28mm, f/2.8, had a much earlier version on a Praktica 30-odd years ago and loved it.
That is about enough for an intro.
Welcome abroad and congratulions! You have choosen the best camera was ever build at all!

Ok, I'm exxaggerating... it is just that I love my camera!

11-14-2014, 11:38 AM   #5
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I got my kit at Hunt's Photo in Melrose, MA. They had a Veteran's Day sale for that package for under $500 after rebates.
The Tokina is in shipping, anxious to get my hands on it.
11-14-2014, 11:54 AM   #6
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Welcome Spacedave! Congrats on your new K-50. I enjoy using mine.
Back in the day I had an Olympus OM-2n.
11-14-2014, 12:21 PM   #7
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WOW! You got a great deal. I paid $550 for mine and it was a floor model with 800 shutter count. I guess I didn't do a great research while hunting for mine. Please update me on the Tokina lens
11-14-2014, 01:13 PM   #8
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welcome aboard, have fun!

11-15-2014, 07:36 AM   #9
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Glad to see you picked a Pentax. I am getting back into the prime lenses myself.
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Anxiously awaiting my K-50. It looks like this one will give it's owners many great new images and experiences. Enjoy it!
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