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11-02-2016, 05:39 AM   #1
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Hello from WA state (where I actually live when I'm not working)

Thanks for the welcome. My very first real camera was actually a Ricoh that used 126 film, back when I was a starving student, and when it died, I bought a lovely Olympus Pen F, which was a very compact 35 mm 1/2 frame SLR. However, since I've been working real jobs for a living, I've been a Nikon 35 mm user for most of my life, Nikkormat, F photomic, F2A. Then when digital came along I bought a Nikon Coolpix 995, but shortly afterwards switched to the Canon digital Elph point and shoots, then back to Nikon's compact point and shoots, then to a Nikon P510 super zoom. Finally, I decided I needed to upgrade to a DSLR & bought a used Fuji Finepix S3 pro that could use my old Nikon F mount lenses, but as awesome as that camera was and still remains, for portrait photography, it's still only 6 MP (12 if you also count their s-pixels), and it's so big and clunky looking (very ergonomic, though). Anyway, I decided to join the 21st century & buy a more modern APS-C sensor DSLR and I chose the Pentax Ks2 over the Nikon D3300 due to the seemingly better build quality, WR, fully articulating LCD screen, and the double control wheels. However, that 18x50 mm retractable kit lens that cam with it eventually drove me crazy (I actually think that I was more patient than most users) & I've now bought a used SMC DA 21mm F3.2 Limited lens for it, to use as my normal prime lens. I'm still lusting after the DA 15mm F4 Limited lens, though, and also agonizing over a replacement for my kit zoom. I really want the big and sharp 16-85mm F3.5-5.6 DC, or the small and sharp 20-40 f2.8-4.0 Limited, but hesitate to spend the big bucks. Then there's the 18 -135mm F3.5-5.6 DC that's much cheaper (at least used) and a little smaller, with the longer range and much more user friendly, but probably no improvement in optical quality, over what I already have (and am not satisfied with). Yup, I'll probably fit in here just fine. If I decide to buy new, I'll try out the links to your sponsors. Black Friday, here I come.
Cheers, Matt

11-02-2016, 06:37 AM   #2
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The da 18-135 is a very good lens within its limits. The corner softness issues are overblown and it is a far nicer lens than you may think.
11-02-2016, 07:26 AM   #3
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Welcome from Kelso/Longview
The wide-short tele range has many options, at times I think the 15/21/28-105 might be my preference but it's a tough call.
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Welcome to the forums. In case you want an opinion on the Pentax 16-85, it does an excellent job, and is worth investing in if you need the aps-c range it provides and do not have your sights set on the 24-70 that will accomodate both aps-c and full frame.

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Welcome from another Washingtonian. I think you would be happy with either the 16-85 or the 18-135 depending on whether you shoot mostly wide or tele...
11-02-2016, 02:22 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forum, I have a wee inkling your gonna fit around here just fine.
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Hi Matt from Australia. Welcome to the Pentax forums. Good to have you aboard.
11-03-2016, 03:27 AM   #8
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Hello Matt, and welcome aboard - glad you could join us. Thanks for the introduction; it's always nice to learn something about our new members

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