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05-10-2015, 12:21 PM   #1
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Hello from Fife

Hi all,

Most of my photography in the past, using Pentax ME Supers then P30T's. I like to photograph wildlife and scenery, primarily birdlife. I mostly shot on slide film.

I was really slow changing over to digital, of which I have a lot to learn. In fact there was quite a few years gap where I got by on a small compact Panasonic TZ7, but a few years ago my son and daughter treated me to a K-r with 18-50 and 50-200 kit lenses and the K-r has been my dslr tool since. I also use a Finepix SL1000 bridge camera for a lot of general "happy snappy" use.

However, I have a lot of PK manual lenses (some PKA) which shows my age, which I like to use in manual mode on the K-r. I put a split-screen focus in the K-r which I found helps a lot.

Anyway, I'm glad I have signed up.

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Welcome to the forum Ron! Looking forward to seeing some of your images.
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Many thanks for the welcome. It will take me a little while to find my way about this site.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ron617 Quote
However, I have a lot of PK manual lenses (some PKA) which shows my age, which I like to use in manual mode
Welcome to the forum, is must be a Scottish thing, all us older glass manual men.

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I thought it was a Western Washington thing - I'm about an hour from Fife, near Tacoma - but I suspect your coastline and Puget Sound have a tad different look!
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welcome aboard....love my k-r! split focusing is very tempting! bet it's awesome!
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I'm about an hour from Fife
Aye I'm only an hour and half away, but maybe not the same one...
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Thanks lads, your welcomes are all very much appreciated. Yes MY Fife is the Scottish one, although all the others across the globe will be descendants of it!

Kerrowd I just love the Highlands and west coast of Scotland. You are very lucky to be where you are, wherever that is up north!

Aaron, when I got my K-r I had difficulty getting sharp focusing when using my old PK manual telephoto lenses on it. I used to hate the old split-screens on my old ME Supers and P30T's because unless it was really bright, half the split screen image blackened out, making focusing tricky. However, I saw this as the only way that I knew to improve things so I bought a cheap Chinese" focusing screen via ebay and inserted it in my camera. It has proved to be a big improvement for me. If/whenever I get another Pentax dslr camera I will budget for getting a more professional split screen put in it. The fact I can only use my old lenses on manual mode is not a drawback for me. I mostly used my old film cameras in that mode anyway. My mind thinks old style camera use. I have a lot of problems trying to understand digital terms and often ignore them.

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I have posted an album of some of the photos I took during a recent visit to The Bass Rock (Firth of Forth, Scotland), showing some of the bird life there.
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Welcome aboard! I had a split-screen in my K10 but haven't installed one in the K5. It is fun to use these cameras in manual.
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You are very lucky to be where you are
I am very lucky... to be where I am on the shores of Loch Ness.
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I am very lucky... to be where I am on the shores of Loch Ness.
The prime location for photoshopped pictures..............Lol!
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ok neat....nice that the screen worked for you in that fashion......I love using the old crappy glass I have acquired (on the cheap) and the pics I get with them.....the tinkering with settings is fun/challenging for me and when I choose something close to a good exposure to begin with is rewarding( like I am learning or know stuff!)
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ok neat....nice that the screen worked for you in that fashion......I love using the old crappy glass I have acquired (on the cheap) and the pics I get with them.....the tinkering with settings is fun/challenging for me and when I choose something close to a good exposure to begin with is rewarding( like I am learning or know stuff!)
You sound very similar to myself. I like playing around with archaic glass, the stuff that I couldn't buy back in the early 80s but which can be bought relatively cheaply today.As long as you get fun out of it...what the heck!
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