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04-10-2017, 03:37 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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By way of introduction. . .

Greetings, fellow Pentaxians.

I have been a forum lurker for about 6 months, as I fretfully pondered and eventually executed a complete switch from Canon system to Pentax K-1, and was also considering various lens options. Now that I’ve been up and running with Pentax system for a few months, I decided it was time to “jump in” to the fray. Probably like many here, I first became interested in photography during high-school, and after acquiring a Pentax ME Super (yeah, I’m old, I guess), began taking photos for the school yearbook and developing/printing B&W images in school darkroom. I then acquired a Bronica ETRs system (still got it – worth ~1/10’th of what I paid!) for doing some professional work during college years, taking portraits, group pictures, weddings, but after beginning an engineering career, I (to my great shame!) let my photography interests go dormant until about 2005 when I acquired the original Canon Rebel and started shooting scenic landscapes from around the US, but concentrating especially on rural areas in ND and WI, including a special fondness abandoned homesteads.

I have graduated through various levels of gear in the Canon line, ending with a 3Ti, prior to my recent upgrade (Dec 2016) to a Pentax K-1, after which I sold ALL my Canon gear and began building (rebuilding) a Pentax lens collection. My (partial list) of current Pentax-mount lenses includes a Rokinon 14mm, Pentax FA 20-35 (just acquired from Japan Ebay), Pentax FA 43mm limited (also just acquired via Ebay), Pentax 50mm (f1.7 and 2), Pentax DFA 28-105 ("kit" lens, but a good one!), Pentax M 200mm, Pentax FA 100 macro (WOW!), a couple telescopes (Meade 1250mm and 2000mm) that I use with camera at prime focus for some astro and even terrestrial shooting, and finally a Pentax FA 100-300 f4.7 zoom which I feel is grossly underrated - I acquired one for “rough and tumble” backpacking for all of $70 and it has blown me away – I will post a review with some pics later. Maybe I just got one with pixie dust inside, but compared to the Sigma APO 100-300 I used on my Canon, it is “no contest”. I love its light weight too - a lens which makes it "into the bag" is far more likely to deliver the pic's, and I like to travel LIGHT (usually with max 3-4 lenses).

My “modus operandi” is to strap my LowePro sling bag (highly recommended) on my back, jump on my Yamaha FJR1300 motorcycle at around sunset, and randomly ride the country back-roads in search of magic golden-hour lighting of picturesque local/rural scenes.

Most of my existing portfolio was shot with a Canon T3i system, but more recent images (from Dec 2016 onward) are acquired with Pentax K-1 full-frame DSLR. I’ve found the K-1 to have astounding dynamic range and low-light capabilities and looks forward to stretching my work in that direction, including night scenes, astro-scenics, and long exposure methods.

If you made it this far, sorry for the “text wall”, and looking forward to being a more active forum member! And a SINCERE THANK YOU to all the contributors who have made for many many hours of interesting reading/research that facilitated my "return home" to Pentax!


P.S. - A "selfie" below is taken with the K-1 and the 14mm Rokinon (30 sec exposure) at outskirts of local city (skyglow in background).

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04-10-2017, 04:00 PM - 1 Like   #2
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Welcome the the forum Peter.
Lovely selfie!
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Good to have you here. By the way, to be considered "old" you have to have started with an S series or earlier Pentax.
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Welcome, very nice selfie, love the composition and sky colors . Looking forward to seeing those midwestern pictures and that review of the 100-300. Have fun.

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Great introduction Peter, and welcome to the forum!
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Hi from Australia Peter. Welcome to the Pentax forums and the joys of Pentax equipment. Good to have you aboard.
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Welcome, very nice selfie, love the composition and sky colors . Looking forward to seeing those midwestern pictures and that review of the 100-300. Have fun.
Review posted! SMC Pentax-FA 100-300mm F4.7-5.8 Reviews - FA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
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Welcome to the forum, fine intro I've known you for years now.

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Welcome to the club! You're off to a great start.
I like my FA100 f2.8, it's a great performer.

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