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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-01-2016, 07:02 PM  
Suggestions? - Nikon F Mount and My K-50
Posted By SolarCat
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The seller has volunteered to accept a return due to the mistake, even though the post states no returns. So returning is actually an option.

I am going to sleep on it, but I will probably take steps to return it tomorrow. Thanks for the input!

Still disappointing. It was a beautiful lens.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 07-24-2015, 07:26 PM  
Thematic Cats!
Posted By SolarCat
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Peaches, grudging model for my camera experiments, and one of the sweetest and yet brattiest cats I've ever met - depending on whether or not she feels she's receiving enough attention.
Forum: Weekly Photo Challenges 07-24-2015, 07:53 PM  
Picture of the Week #369 July 13 - July 26 2015
Posted By SolarCat
Replies: 18
Views: 4,695
My test pictures, in the garden yesterday after unboxing the K-50. Needless to say I only let it get to 20% charge before I had to use it. :)

These strawberries didn't last long after I got the picture I wanted.

My orange tree - so young, and so stubborn. I keep wondering if I should remove the baby oranges, but everything I've read says that orange trees are smarter than lemons and limes, and will drop fruit it can't handle. So we'll see?

My equally stubborn peach tree. This poor branch was broken most of the way off the tree in a freak storm last month, but it keeps growing peaches. I can't safely prune it off until the electric company finally removes their wires...

And the two sets of flowers... I'm drawing a blank at what they are called.
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-24-2015, 07:04 PM  
Hello and Many Thanks
Posted By SolarCat
Replies: 3
Views: 538
I have always loved photography, and always wanted a really nice SRL, and finally built up the courage to take the plunge with a beautifully refurbished black-and-white Pentax K-50 body. My research said it was an awesome camera (as long as I don't intend to do video!), and very well built. It arrived yesterday, and I know I made the right decision - although so much to learn! But I will master this. :) (And now I can delete most of the "photography" apps on my phone and clear up some space. :lol:)

This forum has actually played a large role in my pursuing this. Since I am keeping a fairly tight budget at the moment (I am renovating the house), and good camera lenses are pricey and frequently specialized, I decided the best course of action for me would be to pick up a good camera body, collect an assortment of fairly inexpensive lenses, and figure out what I like doing most with my camera - and then pick up the good weather resistant lenses that will let me do more of that. This has meant that I've been learning some of the more advanced camera features already, like how to enable the aperture ring (and eventually, how to properly use the aperture ring), but it's been exciting. The information on this forum and site has been very useful in that regard. There's a ton of knowledge here, and it's been really great for my confidence in pursuing this.

Currently I own these three lenses:
Pentax SMCP-FA 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Silver)
AUTO CHINON K mount 50mm F1.9 Prime Lens for PENTAX PK
Pentax SMC - M f1:2 50mm Prime Lens

And these two are on their way in the mail:
JC Penney 135 mm 2.8 Lens Pentax K Mount
Pentax DA L 50-200mm f/4-5.6 WR <-- My one "expensive" purchase, but still at a discount!

I know I'm making it a bit harder on myself going this route, but it lets me explore the hobby while still putting most of my funds into the house, and it will make me learn faster (which is never a bad thing), so I'm happy. :) And I am so glad I stopped waiting and just bought it.
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