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02-28-2015, 07:19 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Back in the saddle after a long time gone

Been lurking for a few weeks here and figured it's time to become part of the community.

Back in the day I was a dedicated K1000 guy, buddying up with a either a Minolta and a Canon friend at least once a week for photo shoots throughout the Central Florida area. My Minolta friend moved off after a couple of years and my Canon friend got married and lost interest. I suppose I did the same, getting married, starting a couple of businesses and having kids. Making time for it just wasn't a priority. Then came a recent bout with cancer and I realized I had stopped doing some of the things I had enjoyed most and how much I missed them. One is photography.

So here I am with a new K-50, learning the ropes all over again and thoroughly enjoying it!! I think I've reassembled a pretty good selection of beginner lenses while keeping the investment reasonable:

The stock kit 18-55WR (not impressed but it's waterproof)
A pristine Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6
A near perfect leftover Pentax F 35-70 3.5-4.5
barely-used Pentax 21mm F3.2 Limited
A leftover Kenko 2x APK Teleplus

... and a really hard-to-find and well-regarded lens I'll mention next week if everything works out.

Total out-of-pocket so far for the lenses (except the kit lens) is less than $400 so I consider myself really fortunate. Someone is smiling on me after a few months I'd just as soon forget about.

So I'm really looking forward to learning it all again with the help of you knowledgeable folks here. I've really picked up a lot of good advise before even joining and hope it won't be too long before I can contribute back to your forum.


02-28-2015, 09:08 PM   #2
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You've been through it, all right. Welcome back to Pentax! Hmmm a mystery lens..we love those!
02-28-2015, 09:28 PM   #3
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The K50 is a dream to use. I came back to the fold with my K100D Super and then life got in the way, got back in because of the K50.
02-28-2015, 09:35 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forums, Gatorguy!

Would I be mistaken in thinking you might be near the Gainesville area? I spent over a decade there and try to get back whenever I can. There are some amazing parks around that area. I've probably taken thousands of pictures in Paynes Prairie alone.

I look forward to seeing your work (and to seeing this mystery lens!).


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QuoteOriginally posted by gatorguy Quote
Back in the saddle after a long time gone
Welcome to the forum, on the plus side you get to enjoy the discovery of photography all over again.
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Welcome back, prodigal son ...

Now chastened and illuminated You will be a most valuable member here ...
03-03-2015, 08:59 AM   #7
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Well that lens buy didn't work out. Unfortunately it was not in the condition it was represented to be and wasn't even the lens she said it was anyway. Dang it
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Welcome to the forum... I don't know everything, but collectively, some one here knows almost everything... you just have to ask.
( go Buckeyes).

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Welcome to the forum. It is a fun place (just don't get Norm started on crop cameras versus full frame)...
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Welcome!. I to bought a K-50 after being away from photography for a long time.
The K-50 is a nice camera to get started with.

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