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02-18-2009, 09:57 AM   #1
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Hello from Toronto (and also Taichung)

I was a Pentax film user until a few years ago.

My past equipment included PZ1p, Tokina ATX28-70/2.8, FA300/4.5, Tokina ATX400/5.6, which was sold off a long time ago, the first time I moved to Taiwan. (I'm back-and-forth several times a year now.)

I kept a Super Program, M20/4, A24/2.8, A50/1.4, FA50/1.4, A1.4xTC-S, Tamron Adaptall 70-200/4.

My typical kit was 20, 24, 50, 50*1.4, and sometimes 70-200/4, it all fit into a waist-pack.

My favorite focal length on film were 24 and 50, with the 24mm lens being my always-on lens.

When Pentax introduced APS-C bodies, it was a crushing blow to my acquired lens system, in regards to the wide-angle prime-lens habit. I eventually got an advanced compact (Richoh GX8 equiv. 28-85mm (equiv.22.5mm with the 0.8x converter.) to satisfy my needs. It's also nice for carry-on luggage!)

Occasionally, I would un-box my hibernating SMC primes and get wistful and then start to reacquaint myself with the Pentax DSLR line, but after the portability of a compact camera, it was hard to justify a relatively big, heavy body that required a relatively big, slow and expensive lens to get wide. Oh, where was the APS-C equivalent of a small, fast wide like a 24/2.8 or 28/2.8 (i.e. 16, 17 or 18/2,8)?

But finally, with the introduction of the tiny and light K-m and the supposed arrival of the DA15/4, it's starting to look interesting. Also, the apparent quality of newest and very small DAL18-55 kit lens is intriguing. And it's hard to argue with the price.

Thus, a revised Pentax system makes some kind of sense again: {15, 20, 50, 50*1.4}mm or {15, 24, 50, 50*1.4}mm or {15, 28~55, 50*1.4}mm.

(The DA21 is also interesting but it is a bit slow and narrow, and I already have the M20 and will have the DAL18-55 which cover the same range. Hoping for a DA17/2.8 one day!)

Lurking here recently doing research on the newer products (and older ones, that's the great thing about Pentax...was very close to going Four-Thirds with Olympus, but no cheap old lens market to play around in.)

Then saw the photos posted in the "M-club" section ( just blew me away and were a huge inspiration to get back into it and to register for this forum.

So, it's time to rejoin the fray. I'm just about to pull the trigger on buying the K-m.


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Welcome, Dave!
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Hi Dave, welcome to this forum!
02-22-2009, 10:49 AM   #4
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Thanks guys, nice to be here!


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Welcome from another Torontonian.

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a shout out from yet another Toronto pentaxian

hope you enjoy the forum, dave!
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i think out of any city in the world, toronto has the most participants on PF

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Welcome to the forum!

It would be nice to see more images out of your photo stock!
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Ya, there really seems to be a heavy representation of Torontonian* here in PF!

Any thoughts why? Great marketing by Pentax Canada? Strong local Pentax community?

For me, it was all down to frugality. When I was a student, I needed a body with TTL flash metering and a fast flash-sync. The cheapest I could find was a Super Program (used). It all started there...


*and including Greater Southern Ontario
02-24-2009, 07:23 PM   #10
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Welcome to the forum Dave, I sense LBA coming on.

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