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11-15-2011, 02:39 PM   #31
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Well I am currently at uni so if I do need it I'll pick it up then. Or maybe look at paintshop pro as Tim mentioned. So much amazing advice coming from you guys, really can't wait for Christmas to come around so I get my new toy

11-15-2011, 02:45 PM   #32
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QuoteOriginally posted by olliedell Quote
Thank you so much Rio! All of that was really useful, especially the part about bidding. A friend advised me to go to car boots, charity shops and markets to look for old lenses on the cheap. With an adapter is pretty much any Pentax lens going to be compatible with a K-r? One of the reasons I want one is I thought all of Pentax's lenses could be put onto a K-r with some kind of adapter.
Save up for a bit longer and just buy the DA L 55-300 off ebay. It's not much money, and it's a fantastic lens. There's a reason many people on this forum recommend it over (and over and over....) again.
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I bought 18-55 + 50-200 and now I;m looking for something faster.
What do you thing about Pentax - F 1:1.7 50mm?
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or Pentax - FA 1:1.7 50mm

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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
When you consider thenscale of landscapes having wider than the kit lens is not a necessity. Going ultra wide makes many far off things seem insignificant. I use ultra wide for architecture and interior shots. In would suggest play with the kit lens first on landscapes
Jumping in late Lowell. Sorry. When I was shooting 4x5 as my primary format, the Nikkor 210mm/5.6 was my go to lens. The bulk of my work was landscape, and I had a 90mm, and later a 65mm, but I used my very short tele more than anything else. Now, I find myself going to the somewhat close 43mm.
11-16-2011, 04:37 AM   #36
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QuoteOriginally posted by olliedell Quote
Also once I've got the camera should I also acquire photoshop?
No! (and an emphatical NO at that )

You have an awful lot to learn with having a new camera, lenses, managing your image folders on the harddrive and as you mentioned: you are pressed for a budget. The last thing you need now is to spend a lot of money on software that will need its own investment in time to get the most out of.

I would suggest starting out nice and easy (and entirely free) with either Irfanview, Google Picasa or any of the other freeware packages available to find your footing and discover what it is you want/need from a software package. I would recommend GIMP as well be it with a warning: GIMP has a confusing gazillion number of options (as does its expensive cousing Photoshop) and it is easy to get lost. Best thing is that it is extremely powerful and comes at the price of 0(zero) dollars.
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QuoteOriginally posted by newmikey Quote
No! (and an emphatical NO at that )
At least not for now. As mentioned, you have a huge amount to learn, no need to burden yourself at this point.

Take RAW as well as JPG, you can always come back to those later. Also CS6 is due next year - wait until that turns up before getting Photoshop.
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