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Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-22-2013, 04:47 PM  
Nature Bugs, Birds, Things & Other Stuff
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 4
Views: 530
Glad you like! I was going to call it "Do you want flies with that?" but thought better of it :-)



Thank you! I'm nowhere near mastering it, but I'm sure having fun trying! :-D



Definitely, it's an absolute blast, really love using it and it's a pleasure to experiment with :-)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-21-2013, 03:23 PM  
Nature Bugs, Birds, Things & Other Stuff
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 4
Views: 530
A few shots from my wandering about this afternoon/evening with the 55-300mm.

End of week 3 owning the K-5II! :-)

Hope you enjoy - any critique welcome!

Full Set Here: Bugs, Birds, Things & Other Stuff - a set on Flickr


Black Fly by Silent Skies, on Flickr


Rainbow Flower by Silent Skies, on Flickr


Moorhen chick 2 by Silent Skies, on Flickr


IMGP4452 by Silent Skies, on Flickr


Hoverfly by Silent Skies, on Flickr


bug on petal by Silent Skies, on Flickr


caterpillar by Silent Skies, on Flickr


fly 2 by Silent Skies, on Flickr
Forum: General Talk 07-20-2013, 01:47 PM  
I Left My Camera Bag on a Train...
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 40
Views: 6,271
Oh wow, good point! Can you imagine that?! You get to the train's destination, only to find that your camera kit has been destroyed in a controlled explosion! :-O
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-20-2013, 11:00 AM  
Nature 18-135mm WR - Bugs+
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 12
Views: 625
Wow, what a fantastically positive story! :-D Things do just come together perfectly like that once in a blue moon (if you'll excuse the pun ;-)) and isn't it just wonderful when they do! Great pic, am sure you will me holding onto that one in your collection!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-20-2013, 10:27 AM  
Nature 18-135mm WR - Bugs+
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 12
Views: 625
Really happy you enjoyed them Rupert! It is a great lens - if they made an 18-300 with the same IQ and build quality, it would be the only lens I'd need most of the time!... except maybe a macro and fish-eye... and a super telephoto prime... and a short prime... and maybe a... who am I kidding, one lens is NEVER enough! hihi! :-)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-20-2013, 10:15 AM  
Nature 18-135mm WR - Bugs+
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 12
Views: 625
Thanks Chalie! I'm glad that you like my snaps :-)

Wonderful Avatar picture by the way! What perfect timing!
Forum: General Talk 07-20-2013, 08:59 AM  
I Left My Camera Bag on a Train...
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 40
Views: 6,271
Well written - a true horror story, with a happy, heartwarming ending.

I would have been completely distraught - I've never had the best of luck and I would never have seen my camera again, I'm sure. Rather oddly perhaps, I have a panic/rape alarm rigged to my bag via a cord that is attached to my clothing, so if it gets left behind, I'd know straight away with ear-piercing certainty!

Thanks for sharing!

Jenn
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-20-2013, 08:39 AM  
Nature 18-135mm WR - Bugs+
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 12
Views: 625
I'm glad you like! The 18-135 is a great lens, really versatile, well made and a joy to use - it doesn't quite have the range that I would like, but that's what I have my non WR 55-300mm for.
I've only had this camera since the end of June, so I'm sure it won't take you long to get some really nice snaps and I'm sure you are producing some great stuff already! :-D

Kind Regards

Jenn
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-20-2013, 07:19 AM  
Nature 18-135mm WR - Bugs+
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 12
Views: 625
Thank you Susan, glad you liked them! :-D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-20-2013, 12:09 AM  
Nature 18-135mm WR - Bugs+
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 12
Views: 625
Thanks for looking, glad you like! :-D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-19-2013, 04:53 PM  
Nature 18-135mm WR - Bugs+
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 12
Views: 625
A few snaps with the 18-135mm WR - some cropped and slightly enhanced for composition and detail.

Hope you like! :-)

Jenn

Full Set Here: 18-135mm WR - a set on Flickr


thistle 2 by Silent Skies, on Flickr


spider 2 by Silent Skies, on Flickr


moth by Silent Skies, on Flickr


IMGP3884 by Silent Skies, on Flickr


IMGP3864 by Silent Skies, on Flickr


IMGP3811 by Silent Skies, on Flickr


hover flower 2 by Silent Skies, on Flickr


frog by Silent Skies, on Flickr


fly by Silent Skies, on Flickr


Bluebottle 3 by Silent Skies, on Flickr


bee flower by Silent Skies, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-19-2013, 11:12 AM  
Nature Walkabout in Ellesmere Park with 50mm 1.7
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 14
Views: 730
Thanks for looking, Paul! :-)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-19-2013, 09:20 AM  
Nature Walkabout in Ellesmere Park with 50mm 1.7
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 14
Views: 730
Thanks Dave! Sure is a keeper, it's a lovely lens! :-)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-18-2013, 10:23 PM  
Nature Walkabout in Ellesmere Park with 50mm 1.7
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 14
Views: 730
I hope whatever I do it will be enjoyed by other people! :-D
Thanks for looking and commenting Fries
Jenn x
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-18-2013, 09:05 AM  
Nature Walkabout in Ellesmere Park with 50mm 1.7
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 14
Views: 730
Yup, it's the Pentax M Asahi 50mm 1.7
Glad you liked and thanks for taking the time to comment! :-)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-18-2013, 06:38 AM  
Nature Walkabout in Ellesmere Park with 50mm 1.7
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 14
Views: 730
Glad you like, Susan! :-)

The lens was a steal! I had just lost out on an auction for the same lens, which ended at about 32 including postage, as I'd forgotten to stick in a high limit - found this straight after and put in a best offer for 26, which was accepted :-)

Can't wait to experiment with it more!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-17-2013, 11:49 PM  
Nature Walkabout in Ellesmere Park with 50mm 1.7
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 14
Views: 730
The bokeh on this lens is absolutely fantastic! It can be a little tough sometimes to get the focus just right on subjects that are a few meters away, but when you hit the sweet spot, it's really really nice :-)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-17-2013, 01:43 PM  
Nature Walkabout in Ellesmere Park with 50mm 1.7
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 14
Views: 730
Thanks! :-) That's my fav one, too - I love those little hoverflies, they are so cute :-)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-17-2013, 12:51 PM  
Nature Walkabout in Ellesmere Park with 50mm 1.7
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 14
Views: 730
Hope you like! I'm still getting used to this lens, which I received yesterday (was only 26... bargain!) :-)


IMGP3552 by Silent Skies, on Flickr


IMGP3542 by Silent Skies, on Flickr


IMGP3470 by Silent Skies, on Flickr


IMGP3440 by Silent Skies, on Flickr


IMGP3437 by Silent Skies, on Flickr


hoverfly 3 by Silent Skies, on Flickr


diddy yellow flowers by Silent Skies, on Flickr


beetle by Silent Skies, on Flickr


bee 3 by Silent Skies, on Flickr


bee 2 by Silent Skies, on Flickr
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-17-2013, 07:06 AM  
Hi! I am finally one of the family! :-)
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 27
Views: 1,053
Thanks for the welcome, J! :-)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-17-2013, 07:05 AM  
Hi! I am finally one of the family! :-)
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 27
Views: 1,053
I worked in an Optometrists, selling cameras, telescopes and Swarovski & Leica binos and spotting scopes about 6 or 7 years ago now - the Sigma lenses we had were remarkably good then, I really enjoyed using them, but they were very plasticy, which is likely why they felt so comparably light to me. We did sell a lot less of them than the manufacturer lenses, but the EX zooms (I think that's what they were) sold fairly well overall. My memory is hazy though, I did drink a lot back then ;-)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-17-2013, 05:10 AM  
Hi! I am finally one of the family! :-)
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 27
Views: 1,053
Re the macro lens - I think a great lens can often be let down by a photographer who can't quite utilize it to it's full potential. I've no doubt that all the lenses mentioned above could produce great photos in the right hands, so for me at least, it would come down to a mix of affordability, ruggedness (build quality) and resale value. If a really cheap lens can do a reasonable job it would certainly be a starting point, if only for experimentation before investing in a more robust unit.

When I used to sell cameras in Glasgow, we sold Sigma lenses alongside the body brands and they were very good, but the less expensive units did often feel a little fragile and alarmingly light at times. The optical quality was generally excellent and gave very similar IQ to more expensive manufacturer lenses.

I would certainly consider a used Sigma, as a stepping stone (who knows, might even stick to it!) but I do prefer the solid build quality of the all metal Pentax lenses on the whole.

Thanks both for your points :-)
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-17-2013, 05:03 AM  
Hi! I am finally one of the family! :-)
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 27
Views: 1,053
Glad you like, Christian! It is a fantastic camera, really wonderful - I hope you will get one and love it, too! :-D
Forum: Welcomes and Introductions 07-16-2013, 10:36 AM  
Hi! I am finally one of the family! :-)
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 27
Views: 1,053
Thanks for the advice!

I will need to save for a while, or be lucky enough to find a cheap second hand one, but if it's worth it, it's worth it! :-)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 07-16-2013, 10:16 AM  
Abstract Denticollis linearis
Posted By Jennasis
Replies: 15
Views: 994
Yes, this approach works well for me too, most of the time :-) I am going to try and get some high DOF shots with the new manual 50mm 1.7 I just got in the post (26 off ebay and in really good condition!) - I just took some shots of the bees in the garden, set it to closest focus and snapped away, rather impressed, though will take some time getting used to the DOF at 1.7 as the area of focus is so tiny.
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