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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-05-2014, 09:16 AM  
What upgrades?
Posted By Callist
Replies: 19
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You have a good point about the net cost over x amount of time, I'll take this into consideration. You also mentioned the Tamron 70-300 is this the Macro version as I was out taking macro shots today with the 18-55 kit lens (well... at least what I could manage anyway) and I had a feeling that I would want a good zoomable macro lens; any suggestions for this? Thanks.

I enjoy taking pictures of all forms of subjects but I do enjoy Macro (better from a distance, hence zoom) and indoor/landscape (the 35mm).
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-03-2014, 11:06 AM  
What upgrades?
Posted By Callist
Replies: 19
Views: 1,622
Thank you for the response and it was not rude at all! :) I want to invest a lot into some mid lenses (looking at the 35mm limited as a start) in the future but my prior mentioned fears stopped me and set me looking at the 35mm standard as a way to feed my hunger for a better than kit lens. (Then the whole Pentax as a company worry - which your comments have eased a bit).

The 35mm DAL does look like it would provide a little more fun over the 18-55 kit though. Again, thank you for your post.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-03-2014, 10:39 AM  
What upgrades?
Posted By Callist
Replies: 19
Views: 1,622
Thank you for the posts and information; it was enlightening. Lens wise which brands or specific models would you recommend?

I understand it's down to preference of the shooter themselves with the focal length etc but is there any lenses which just stand out? My thought were to get a small tele 20-70mm kind of focal or similar, a 35mm and a 50-300mm, any suggestions (as you can probably tell I don't have much experience in this department).

Also, was I correct with my first statement and the K-r that 33mm would be around 50mm due to the 1.5x sensor?

Thanks for your fast responses and your time.

---------- Post added 07-03-14 at 10:42 AM ----------



I was actually looking at this as it caught my eye as well as the 35mm. I'm still trying to work out the crop sensor to focal length thing out.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 07-03-2014, 10:01 AM  
What upgrades?
Posted By Callist
Replies: 19
Views: 1,622
I have a K-r which was my first ever (and currently only) DSLR. I have the kit lenses 18-55 and 50-200 but currently looking for an upgrade path.

This is a Pentax forum and some would say I should expect a biased opinion but is the brand Pentax worth staying in at the moment with the way the company has a record of being sold and bought - will Pentax stay strong?

If I stay on the Pentax path what would be a good upgrade for the kit lenses? I seem to take shots mainly around the 35-50mm mark. Am I right in assuming for the K-r that due to the 1.5x sensor ~33mm would be around 50mm give or take or have I not understood the sensor size theory correctly?

Would the 35mm prime lens (not Limited) be a reasonable upgrade for a lens or pointless?

I guess my main worry is that with a Nikon/Sony/Canon I would have more lens options and more options within the middle quality/price range opposed to Pentax's no middle range (or so it appears). I really want to make sure the camera path is future proof.

I still have a lot to learn so I apologise in advance for any ignorance.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-13-2012, 03:15 AM  
Mark on mirror
Posted By Callist
Replies: 13
Views: 1,402
Thanks a lot! Your info was very insightful and I very much appreciate it :)

I think I may have a go at cleaning the mirror from that mark. I will take great care in pressure as not to agitate any of the mechanisms.

Again, thank you.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-12-2012, 02:59 PM  
Mark on mirror
Posted By Callist
Replies: 13
Views: 1,402
How easy is it to clean with the swab and fluid? Is there any particular fluid/swab I should get? I don't want to buy something from eBay and find out if damages my camera.

Great advice, thanks.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-12-2012, 02:42 AM  
Mark on mirror
Posted By Callist
Replies: 13
Views: 1,402
Thanks for the replies guys. It is not noticeable at all in the viewfinder (even when trying to find issues). I will definitely leave it alone from now on. I have purchased a rocket air blower to just blow just out (only when excessive on the sensor).

Thanks a lot guys - really appreciate it.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-11-2012, 11:53 AM  
Mark on mirror
Posted By Callist
Replies: 13
Views: 1,402
Would anyone know? :)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-10-2012, 01:22 PM  
Mark on mirror
Posted By Callist
Replies: 13
Views: 1,402
I understand that and I can believe it too :) but the main concern for me is whether the reddish mark on the mirror will cause future issues or if it can be cleaned etc etc.

Cheers.
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-10-2012, 02:50 AM  
Mark on mirror
Posted By Callist
Replies: 13
Views: 1,402
Thanks for the responses guys. I am definitely not going to be playing around with it any more.. I think the AF is working correctly (is there any good way to check? or is it a matter of just try to take different shots), I am more concerned about how the camera will function now (it seems to be okay though).
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 01-09-2012, 03:52 PM  
Mark on mirror
Posted By Callist
Replies: 13
Views: 1,402
Hi,

This is the first DSLR camera I have ever owned and I attempted to remove a bit of dust from the mirror with a cotton wool bud (I now know this is not the best method and have purchased an air blower rocket). The mark is a strange red'ish smear? possibly as if some of my skin oil(?) made contact with the bud and then the mirror. The mark is on the lower right and is only about 1-2mm in size. The AutoFocus seems to work fine and I know this wont effect the pictures.. I am just wondering what is this mark and is there any long term damage etc?

Thank you.
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