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06-27-2021, 12:43 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Old newbie with new K70...

I work around boats and use a Lumix FZ300 set to "auto everything" for work, but as luck would have it I needed to buy a decent camera for a marine photography course I'm taking next month at the Wooden Boat School in Maine. Digital is new to me, I have a Canon T70 and a couple of lenses (circa 1985) sitting in my closet. I have old habits, like using the viewfinder exclusively - checking results when I get home - still, it feels like instant gratification to me. I liked the K70's weatherproofing, I liked that you can do a lot of things manually but could just set it to auto and go have some fun. It's been about two weeks now and I have been having fun - aside from learning that fire ants don't necessarily like you getting down in the dirt with them to get a good angle on that dragon fly! Anyhow, I thought the kit 18 -135 would suffice, and I am happy with, but I couldn't help myself, that 20-40 just called to me. Then I saw a used Tamron 70 - 300 for $64 and couldn't help myself! I haven't really played with that yet, well, honestly I haven't figured it out yet, but it's mounted, and auto focus works noisily away, I think that will be a separate thread. And then there's that astrotracer feature I want to try out...well, one thing at a time. Anyhow, it's a bit like going back to the future and I am enjoying the ride!

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Hello and welcome to the forum. The K-70 and 18-135mm on it's own is a good start and with the 70-300 you are really set. The 20-40 is a fine lens of course (I don't own it), I would use these extensively before going to astro work (that can be a time stealer), anthow enjoy!.
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Welcome to the Forums. I love my verious Pentax cameras but I also use a Lumix FZ200 when I am out working. Lacks the weatherproofing of the FZ300 but still takes a good enough pic (and I got it hardly used for $80 Australian!). I look forward to seeing what you can produce with the K70.
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Welcome, you are going to love that 20-40, great lens

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Welcome to the forum from another K70 shooter. I think the K70 is a great camera, I've only had it for about 18 months but it is easy to operate and with 24 MP gives some nice resolution in the pics. Look forward to seeing some of your work.
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The K-70 has been a great camera for me. Fits like a glove in my hand, it’s durable, and that flippy screen is your friend for those odd angle shots. I found the 18-135mm pairs perfectly with it so I’m curious how you like it versus the 20-40. I’ve held off getting the latter because I’ve been pretty happy with the images from the 18-135 in that range. But I definitely get the temptation!
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Welcome to the forums!

It sounds like you have a great set of kit, and I think I speak for everyone when I say that we can't wait for you to share some pics with the community!
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Welcome to the forum! I have both the 18-135 and the 20-40. The 18-135 is a lens I appreciate having when I need the convenience, but the 20-40 is one I actually enjoy using.
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Reading the comments here about the 20 - 40, and reviewing some information, I think I'd like to have that little gem, too. Looks like a very versatile yet limiting lens.
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Welcome, I just purchased the k70 as well and wanted to go the 20 40 route but couldn’t pass up on a used set up with an 18-135. Once I have some time under my belt I will definitely pick up a limited.
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Welcome from NZ!
Enjoy your photography journey. One thing is for sure, for all photographers there is always still loads to learn!
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QuoteOriginally posted by kiwi_jono Quote
Welcome from NZ!
Enjoy your photography journey. One thing is for sure, for all photographers there is always still loads to learn!
So very true, photography is like life, always more to learn.
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