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05-09-2009, 08:47 AM   #1
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A little Canon first, then Pentax for good.

I started my SLR experience with a manual focus Canon body. I mostly used it at work, coupled with a Tamron 35-70 and a 70-210 Vivitar. When it was time to buy an autofocus body in the mid 90's, after searching, comparing, and long hours of hands on testing, I went with a PZ-1P and the 85mm FA f1.4. I've never looked back at any other brand, with the exception of my Olympus MjuII point and shoot (which is an exceptional P&S with a f35mm f2.8 lens). I also use a 67II and now scored a K20D at Ritz's closing sale, and found this forum to ask questions about my new DSLR.

I mostly shoot portraits and documentary subjects. I'm pretty private about the photos I take, and rarely show them anywhere online. I'm also one of the hardest photo critics around, so if I ever rate or judge something, I very well might tear it to shreds. Don't worry, I do this with my own work as well. I'm a lighting, composition, and subject matter perfectionist. Only the utmost quality shots make it into my portfolio.

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Welcome to the forums! K20D is great and I'm looking forward to upgrade to it myself

By any chance do you also have the rumored bigfoot model, K-9, supposedly made special for dog shooting?
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Welcome K-9. You'll find plenty of K20D info around here... A little unsolicited advice - try out the BG-2 battery grip for your K20D if you get a chance... you just might like it (I think my camera feels incomplete without the grip now).

BTW, do share some of your favorite work on the Post Your Photos forum - we'd love to see it. (just don't look too hard at my shots - I'm afraid I may not be as critical as you say you are ).
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Thanks for the welcome. Ironically, I don't even like dogs!

I actually just went to Ritz camera today and as they are going out of business and everything is 50-80% off right now, I was able to get the BG-2 for $43. I already had an extra battery, so I'm all set there. I never used a battery grip on any of my former SLR's, but I thought I would give it a try because my hand does somewhat awkwardly pass well beyond the bottom of the K20D without the grip. I am thinking the grip will make it more comfortable, and I was impressed with how light it feels so it won't add much more weight to the camera.

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"I started my SLR experience with a manual focus Canon body. I mostly used it at work, coupled with a Tamron 35-70 and a 70-210 Vivitar."

Wouldn't it be great if you could use those Canon FD lenses on your Pentax?

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QuoteOriginally posted by K-9 Quote
I'm also one of the hardest photo critics around, so if I ever rate or judge something, I very well might tear it to shreds.
I think that's good. Every criticism is an opportunity to learn.

Great to have you as a member. I've noticed you already generously shared some very valuable advice. Thanks!
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QuoteOriginally posted by mickeyobe Quote
"I started my SLR experience with a manual focus Canon body. I mostly used it at work, coupled with a Tamron 35-70 and a 70-210 Vivitar."

Wouldn't it be great if you could use those Canon FD lenses on your Pentax?

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Oh, I'd say the FA85mm is sharper than any of those FD lenses anyway!

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I think that's good. Every criticism is an opportunity to learn.

Great to have you as a member. I've noticed you already generously shared some very valuable advice. Thanks!
Thanks and no problem.
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I very well might tear it to shreds. Don't worry, I do this with my own work as well. I'm a lighting, composition, and subject matter perfectionist. Only the utmost quality shots make it into my portfolio.
Wow you sound just like me......Welcome~!!!

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Hi K-9, welcome to these forums!
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Thanks, Rense, and everyone else.
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