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01-14-2016, 11:45 AM   #1
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Hello from snowy Syracuse

Hi all, finally getting around to posting something after having a lot of my questions answered over the last few months by looking through old threads here. Many of those questions came in November and December while I was doing lens shopping for my daughter, who is the primary photographer in the family. She'd had point-and-shoot cameras for several years but in 2013 I bought her a Ricoh XR-10 on eBay for $15 to use in photography class. Last Christmas her big gift was a K-50, bought with the two kit lenses, but she discovered very quickly that she preferred to shoot with the old manual lenses that came with the Ricoh. In fact, she never took the second lens out of the box until I reminded her that she had it, last week.

Over the last year I gradually added a few more lenses, and then for this Christmas went slightly overboard! She now has an assortment of classic K and M42 mount lenses like the Takumar 50mm f/1.4, Helios 44-2, Jupiter 37A and a bunch of others; mostly prime from 28 to 400mm, along with a handful of interesting zoom lenses like a Samyang 18-28mm and a Vivitar 85-205 f/3.8 (which weighs more than her camera). We also jumped into macro photography with a nice old Lentar bellows and matching lens, and I salvaged some objectives from a broken microscope and bought an adapter to play with them.

In the meantime I started using her camera to test some of the lenses, and got the bug myself. So I picked up an old K-x for not very much money and started taking my own pictures. I'm learning a lot every day, frustrating at times but it's all good in the end. Yesterday was the unpleasant experience of finding lots of interesting shots after our lake effect snow storm and having the metering screwed up by too-bright snow, so everything came out a stop or two underexposed. Tomorrow it will probably be something else, but at least I will try not to repeat too many mistakes...

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Welcome from the snowy 'burbs of Syracuse.

I don't know if you are aware, but there are several photography meetups in the Syracuse area. Good people in both of them...

CNY Photographers (Cicero, NY) - Meetup

Syracuse Photographers Association (Syracuse, NY) - Meetup

If you're on Facebook there are several CNY photography groups as well.

Amateur photographers of Central N.Y. is probably the most active.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/167744426708188/

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Hi owens-bill. Welcome aboard the forum. I'm glad that you caught the " bug " and enjoy your camera. Looking forward to seeing some photographs soon.

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QuoteOriginally posted by owens-bill Quote
she discovered very quickly that she preferred to shoot with the old manual lenses
Welcome and just tell your daughter she's not alone with her preferred lens type choices.
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Welcome from the snowy 'burbs of Syracuse.

I don't know if you are aware, but there are several photography meetups in the Syracuse area. Good people in both of them...

CNY Photographers (Cicero, NY) - Meetup

Syracuse Photographers Association (Syracuse, NY) - Meetup

If you're on Facebook there are several CNY photography groups as well.

Amateur photographers of Central N.Y. is probably the most active.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/167744426708188/
Norm Schillawski of CNY Photographers lives a few doors down the street, but unfortunately I have another activity on Monday nights that conflicts with their monthly meeting. I'll take a look at the other Meetup group though, it sounds like their meetings might be at different times each month? And I just joined the Facebook group, thanks!

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QuoteOriginally posted by owens-bill Quote
Norm Schillawski of CNY Photographers lives a few doors down the street, but unfortunately I have another activity on Monday nights that conflicts with their monthly meeting. I'll take a look at the other Meetup group though, it sounds like their meetings might be at different times each month? And I just joined the Facebook group, thanks!
Syracuse Photographers don't really have a monthly meeting, though the organizer likes to have social gatherings during the winter. Both groups do fairly regular photo shoots though. I'm going to try to organize a few more shoots for CNY Photographers this year.
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Welcome aboard. Snow is tricky stuff. Meters want to turn it into an 18% grey card. In the olden days I reverted to the sunny 16 rule as a guide. The number of Pentaxians in western NY is increasing. I live just south of Rochester.
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