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09-22-2015, 09:06 AM   #1
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Hello from Beamsville, Ontario, Canada

Hi everyone!

I am new to this website. Also new to DSLR photography and Pentax. Why Pentax? I am an avid researcher when it comes to big purchases, and I came to realize that the cost of the camera is just part of the equation. So, after looking at the options, I really liked what Pentax was offering in their cameras at all budgets, and the fact that there are so many great M42 and K-Mount lenses out there sealed the deal. I purchased a K-50, including the 18-135 WR kit lens, and it is probably one of my least-used lenses since I have acquired some old Pentax lenses. I already have several older prime lenses from Takumar to "A" series, which have taken some really nice shots.

I'm using Lightzone right now for post-processing. I have lots to learn but getting comfortable using it.

This website is an incredibly valuable resource and I have to say it inspires me to view the pictures others are taking, and read the many insightful posts and helpful tips and tricks. The lens reviews are a big help when shopping on ebay. In June I found myself in a auction barn in Pennsylvania, where I came across a Pentax M 50mm F1.7, a Pentax M 35-70mm and an 8 element SMC Takumar 50mm F1.4 for cheap. A quick look at the website confirmed that they were all good lenses and I snapped them up.

One of the best purchases so far is I bought the O-ME53 magnifying eyecup which is a big help for me at 51 years of age. Started needing reading glasses a few years ago....dang.

Finally, I have also *sadly* learned what LBA is, and so far I have not been able to find a cure. However, I've drawn a line in the sand on this. The first time I rob a bank to pay for a new lens, I'll admit I have a problem.


09-22-2015, 09:17 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum Les! Quite a few of us have LBA too! Looking forward to seeing some of your images,
09-22-2015, 09:38 AM   #3
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Welcome aboard, I see mistress LBA has already got her hooks into you...
09-23-2015, 04:38 AM   #4
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Little Red Wagon,

Here are some pictures I took this past Sunday with my new Pentax-A 35-105. They have been post-processed in Lightzone - a little sharpening and upped the saturation and vibrancy a bit.

I think I had it at F3.5 for this shot, and it was somewhere near the beginning of the macro range.

I think this was one stop down (F4?), pretty close to full wide angle (35mm focal length).

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Bonjour from France and welcome to PF !

Hope to see some more images soon. Salut, J

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