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Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-09-2013, 04:43 PM  
How many people use editing software?
Posted By Coelli
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Awesome, thanks; I've been using Photoshop for processing RAW files since I already know it pretty well from using it at work for several years. And since CS2 is free, all the better. :) I'll keep using it until I find I need something with cataloging (or just catalog separately). Thanks again!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-08-2013, 05:54 PM  
How many people use editing software?
Posted By Coelli
Replies: 64
Views: 5,668
Bumping this thread up after almost a month. :)

My K30 came with Silkypix, but I haven't installed it yet because my DVD drive doesn't open and won't until I get into my computer's case and move it to a different bay. So I've been using Photoshop CS2 which is free as of the beginning of the year.

How does Lightroom compare to Photoshop and Silkypix? Does Lightroom offer advantages to the novice user, or is it really geared more toward the advanced user?

Thanks!
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-08-2013, 10:32 AM  
Newbie question - Asahi Pentax SMC 50mm f/2 vs 1:1.7
Posted By Coelli
Replies: 9
Views: 5,939
Cool, thanks, you guys are right - I should just keep playing with both of them and see for myself. I'm really, really trying not to wind up with a ton of lenses I don't use since I tend to be a collector and packrat, and that could get very expensive very fast. I like the older manual lenses so far though. They feel good and I like the fine control (with autofocus I feel kind of out of control). They're heavier (the Owen 135 is a little brick), but they don't feel flimsy like the kit lens does or the freebie Sigma 28-80mm AF lens an eBay seller threw in (not that I wasn't grateful she did!).

Still, last night I inventoried everything on the kitchen table and my boyfriend's eyes boggled a little at how many lenses managed to just magically show up so far... :)
Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-07-2013, 09:57 PM  
Newbie question - Asahi Pentax SMC 50mm f/2 vs 1:1.7
Posted By Coelli
Replies: 9
Views: 5,939
Thanks for all the input :) As it happens, dogs are one of my most frequently captured subjects (I have 3 dogs... oh, and some kids).

I took this yesterday with the f/2 at the dog park.



Mr. Growley HATES the K30 (probably because of the spot meter and shutter sound) but the fact that I was able to get this shot of him was worth the price of the f/2 right there. ;)

I'll play around with the 1.7 and see which one I like better.. maybe I will keep both.. though I am afraid, knowing me, of winding up with stacks of lenses!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-07-2013, 06:29 PM  
Pets Sleepyhead
Posted By Coelli
Replies: 0
Views: 308
Still figuring this out. Glad I have such a cooperative subject.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 10-07-2013, 06:25 PM  
Pets Mr. Barley von Soda, my favorite model
Posted By Coelli
Replies: 1
Views: 389
Brand new to DSLRs and playing around in the back yard - Barley is always very cooperative in posing for me.

Forum: Troubleshooting and Beginner Help 10-07-2013, 06:11 PM  
Newbie question - Asahi Pentax SMC 50mm f/2 vs 1:1.7
Posted By Coelli
Replies: 9
Views: 5,939
Hi,

I am sure this will seem like a silly question, but I'm pretty new to D/SLRs and am still trying to wrap my head around how everything interacts with everything else - aperture, shutter speed, ISO, etc.

I have a K30 (just the 18-55mm DAL kit) and picked up a few lenses on eBay, including a Pentax SMC 50mm f/2. I really like it and have gotten what to me are great photos with good bokeh, and I thought it would likely be the lens that stayed on my camera the most.

Then earlier today I was at my local thrift store and apparently a Pentax user had donated some of their old kit. I made the mistake of buying a Vivitar 28-200mm lens that I thought would fit but doesn't (it's a PK-R and has a flange that doesn't let it seat correctly), and an ME that had a Pentax/Asahi SMC 50mm 1:1.7 on it. I bought it just for that lens. :)

My question is, what is the functional difference between the two SMC 50mm lenses? I understand that the aperture is wider; so am I better off with this lens, or does it depend on what I'm shooting? Is there enough of a difference that I should keep both 50mm lenses?

My plan now is to put the Vivitar on the ME and put it up on eBay to cover the cost of the 50mm lens. If there's no advantage to keeping the 50mm f/2, I would add that in too.

Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated. Thanks! :)

Meghan
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-06-2013, 11:42 AM  
Greetings from Los Angeles
Posted By Coelli
Replies: 9
Views: 567
Unfortunately I have an art class in Westminster in the morning and then something in Burbank that evening so I can't make it this time - but I'd definitely be interested in future events! :)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-06-2013, 11:37 AM  
Greetings from Los Angeles
Posted By Coelli
Replies: 9
Views: 567
Thank you! I will! :)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-06-2013, 11:36 AM  
Greetings from Los Angeles
Posted By Coelli
Replies: 9
Views: 567
I did sort of figure this out - I'm still trying to understand aperture settings, but I got some good pictures (well, to my unpracticed eye) from the 28mm and 50mm yesterday afternoon. :)

That was one of the deciding factors in going with Pentax; the opportunity to use so many lenses!

I hope these images aren't too big -

Toyo 28mm 2.8 and my favorite model (he's a pro):




Pentax 50mm f/2
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 10-05-2013, 05:14 PM  
Greetings from Los Angeles
Posted By Coelli
Replies: 9
Views: 567
Hi, I am mostly posting here because I have to make one post before posting a lens review. :)

I recently bought a K30. This is my second DSLR but as I bought the first (an original Rebel) from a friend a few years after it released, and never had time to learn how to use it, it gathered dust. And every time I'd start to look into buying a more current camera, I'd get overwhelmed and suffer from analysis paralysis. Finally this time around I came across the K30 and it had so much going for it I decided to go for it (my other top contenders were the T3i and the Nikon D3200).

Anyway, I have picked up a few lenses on eBay - 3 primes (Toyo Optics 28mm 2.8, Pentax 50mm f/2, Owen Automatic 135mm 2.8, all manual), and a Sigma DG 70-300 mm F/4.0-5.6 DG AF. Also waiting on a set of macro filter/lenses. I will be mostly photographing, well, everything; we have dogs, cats, children, praying mantises (pets - hence the need for macro), a garden, classic vehicles, wildlife (I'm hoping the Sigma can catch some of our local hawks), and so on.

Still wrapping my head around how all of the various settings work together and figured I'd choose the above as my "learning lenses" and spring for better glass once I have a better feel for what I need. :)
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