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08-06-2016, 07:57 PM - 2 Likes   #16
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Welcome to PF Emma. You haven't just bought a camera, you have bought into a system. PF is definitely one of the assets of the system.

Plenty of good advice in this thread already. I'd agree with the suggestions that you try the zoom for a while to work out what focal lengths and styles of shooting suit you best, and then look for specialty lenses that will fill those needs. It will also help you plan your kit as a whole - with most of us it just grows like topsy, and we have to make difficult decisions later about how to rationalize. (Or we don't - see the signature lines around here!)

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I also didn't realize the potential of focal lengths <18mm, I'll definitely be on the look out for those!
You mean 8-16, 10-20, 12-24, 10-17 fisheye, 15-30, 16-45, 16-50, 16-85 zooms, or maybe 8, 10, 14, 15 or 16mm primes? Read up before jumping in.

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Currently looking into macro photography set up and a good tripod, head, rails, flash, lens etc. really adds up.
It can be done cheaply. Even without a specialist macro lens (although no-one regrets buying a macro lens ;-) )
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/54-pentax-lens-articles/152336-cheap-macr...lose-work.html

People have been getting good results from the cheap Sunpak ring flash:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/125-flashes-lighting-studio/290423-do-i-n...ing-flash.html
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/177-macro-photography/327250-squash-bees.html

You might want to get a decent tripod anyway. People can help with getting value there. You might want to try for a while on the cheap before committing to macro rails and the like.

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Though some times beautiful review pictures makes me wonder how much of it is skill and how much of it is the lens
As I see it, skill matters more than gear. But good gear helps you get the most from your skills.

Enjoy the photographic journey, Emma.


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08-07-2016, 05:03 AM   #17
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Welcome, buying lenses is a national sport around here, that's your only warning that it could well become expensive for you.
Welcome aboard. Do not be led astray by Kerrowdown's parochial thinking. Buying lenses is an international sport around here.
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Welcome, and congratulations on your K3!
Thank you Carol!

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DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do
Amazing thread!! I totally underestimated the potential of this lens Though one issue I have been having with some flower photography is the vignetting. I even used a lens hood so I wonder what caused it.
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Though one issue I have been having with some flower photography is the vignetting. I even used a lens hood so I wonder what caused it.
If you post an example, Emma, someone might be able to identify the problem.

There have been some reports of vignetting with the 18-135 when it is used for close focus at around 100mm, and also when used at 18mm: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/277113-pent...ear-100mm.html


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