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12-17-2015, 01:36 PM   #1
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Greetings From IL

Hi All,

I have been scoping the forum for a while now. I am a storm chaser and a hobbyist photographer. Currently, I have a Nikon L840 and I got it a few months ago and while it is nice for what it is, it's extremely limited and those limits hurt the quality of the image and the overall flexibility of the camera suffer.

Tomorrow I am 75% sure I am going to be purchasing a Pentax K-50. My best friend has a K-30 and loves it. I know it's more on the entry level side from what I have read but with tweaking of the settings is a much better camera than what it appears at only 16MP compared to the 20 plus of others with overall better image quality of others.

The biggest thing for me is if the store I am going to price matches B&H Photo and will sell me the camera - kit lens and the 300 mm lens that B&H sells for I believe $549.

At any rate, I look forward to enjoying the site.

Thanks, Zac.

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QuoteOriginally posted by TimelessPreservation Quote
I am a storm chaser and a hobbyist photographer
Welcome to the forum, do you combine the two activities? if so please post some of the dramatic images you must have.
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Welcome to the forum! Looking forward to seeing some of your images.
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Yes, I do. I used to just do it and never really thought about photography. Never thought I would ever be great at it. When I am out, I am more focused on the science and safety. Issuing warnings and storm tracking. Now I have a Facebook page for my storm chasing and then also have a page to share my (non storm related photography).

I am going to post some storm images I took with my iPhone prior to the camera I have now because I purchased it after tornado season.

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This set was from a chase that I did in July. This storm actual produced two small EF-1 tornadoes.
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This was captured when I was on my way home from work in August. No tornadoes in this cell cluster but interesting cloud formations and a rain wrapped hail core.
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Welcome from NE IL!
I'm a bug-chaser myself.

The K50 is a good choice. Consider the 18-135WR as a good WR standard zoom. It's a pleasure to use.

Also, remember if you shoot in RAW format you can err on the underexposed side and that 16MP sensor will record LOTS of good data which you can recover in post-processing.

Oh, and buy a good backup drive since you're going to be collecting a lot of images!
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