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Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-23-2010, 10:33 PM  
Nikon D3000 or D5000?
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 15
Views: 10,712
Thanks. Pulled the trigger on the D90 which is the one I really wanted. Came across a little extra. I even get to keep my Pentax gear. :)
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 06-18-2010, 11:40 PM  
Nikon D3000 or D5000?
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 15
Views: 10,712
I've made the decision to go back (i'll be 39 in Sept.) to school to get my BFA in photography. I love my Pentax gear and have no intentions of getting rid of it the school will only let me use Canon or Nikon. I've decided on Nikon because that is what they are using at the school and they have tons of Nikon glass, flashes, and other accessories for student use. They have a supply kit that can be purchased that includes a D3000. I've broken down the cost of the kit with and without the camera and the difference is almost $800 US. While I have no problem with the D3000, I do have a problem paying that much for that model.

Which of these two should I choose? I've handled both and both feel fine. I've even put together packages with both at B&H and Adorama and the cost is negligible. I would prefer the D90 because it is more comfortable in my hand but it's just out of my budget.

Does anyone have any help or advice? Thank you.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-13-2010, 05:29 PM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 1,751
Views: 283,351
That stinks. I hope it pops back up.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 06-13-2010, 07:34 AM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 1,751
Views: 283,351
Are there still two lenses or did it get whittled down to the original?
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-27-2010, 08:04 AM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 1,751
Views: 283,351
Here is a link to the photos I've taken with the lens on my Flickr. I'll upload to the lens's flickr later today.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dws1117/sets/72157623950762587/
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-27-2010, 07:51 AM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 1,751
Views: 283,351
The original nifty fifty is on the way to Portugal.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-21-2010, 10:10 AM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 1,751
Views: 283,351
Should get it off by Monday. I've enjoyed my time with this lens.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-16-2010, 07:08 PM  
"I Spy" Photo Challenge
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 25,812
Views: 1,083,751
I spy trees.

Forum: Post Your Photos! 05-16-2010, 08:17 AM  
Nature Song Sparrow
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 11
Views: 1,722
Great shot! Are sure it's a song sparrow? It looks more like a female red winged blackbird. Not that is matters much. The shot does and its very well done.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-15-2010, 11:43 PM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 1,751
Views: 283,351
Cool. Thanks for filling me in. Have to admit that I hadn't kept up too much with the happenings in this thread partially because I never expected to ever see the lens. It's good the the original has resurfaced.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-15-2010, 11:33 PM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 1,751
Views: 283,351
Since I don't have the flickr info I'll post a couple of shots taken with one of the lenses just screwing around the house. Nothing fancy or special. Just having some fun.





Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-15-2010, 11:11 PM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 1,751
Views: 283,351
In post #633 legacyB4 posted a picture of a Pentax A 50mm F1.7 Serial: 1690383.

As you can see in the photo of the lens I received today the serial number is 1715706. Also note the different rear cap.

I won't do anything with the lens until I hear from either Ibam or gokenin except shoot. It's a very nice lens and I've already been having fun around the house.

P.S. I only received a lens. There were no close up filters in the package.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-15-2010, 09:28 PM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 1,751
Views: 283,351
Thanks to mi2nc the lens arrived at my door this morning. I'll be taking it our tomorrow. Could someone PM or email me with where to send it next. I love the spirit of this and want to keep it going. My plan is to send it on by Friday. I'm familiar with flickr, but need the info to upload my shots. This will be fun.
Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 05-02-2010, 07:07 PM  
Sticky: The traveling nifty 50mm
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 1,751
Views: 283,351
I'm so excited. It seems that I'll soon get to play with this lens and contribute. I never dreamed it would make it to me. :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-26-2010, 08:57 PM  
Nature Gators!!!
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 2
Views: 1,230
Thank you. The lens is my new Sigma 150-500mm. It's a keeper. I'm loving this lens.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-26-2010, 08:56 PM  
Nature A few more from Brazos Bend State Park
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 3
Views: 1,420
Thank you. Lens is a Sigma 150-500mm
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-26-2010, 08:31 PM  
Nature A few more from Brazos Bend State Park
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 3
Views: 1,420
Here are the non gator photos.



Does anyone know the species of this ibis? I can't find anything about it.








Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-26-2010, 08:29 PM  
Nature Gators!!!
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 2
Views: 1,230
Perfect weather day at Brazos Bend State Park today. Didn't get too many birds but the gators were out. Here's a few.













Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-24-2010, 10:21 PM  
Nature Little Blue Heron at Brazos Bend State Park
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 5
Views: 1,192
Thank both of you.
Jer, It's an awesome place. I've only made it out 3 times but plan to many more. Still so much to explore.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-24-2010, 03:39 PM  
Nature Little Blue Heron at Brazos Bend State Park
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 5
Views: 1,192
Took my new Sigma 150-500mm out to play and enjoyed watching this little blue heron stalk, catch, and devour a meal of crayfish.
Wayne.



Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-19-2010, 03:49 PM  
Misc First shots Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG APO HSM
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 2
Views: 2,563
Finally came in from Adorama today. My new Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG APO HSM. It is a bit heavy but not bad. The HSM is very very quiet. So quiet in fact I can't hear it. It's quick and seems accurate so far. Here are a couple of my first shots with this beast. All were hand held.

At 150mm


500mm


500mm
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-12-2010, 11:54 PM  
New lens on the way!
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 4
Views: 1,610
Yes I do, but at also at (according to listing on Adorama) almost $600 US more than the 150-500mm. While I would like the have the new bigma the boss (wife) wouldn't approve the extra funds. Maybe when Uncle Sam gives me my money back next year.
Forum: Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 03-12-2010, 10:29 PM  
New lens on the way!
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 4
Views: 1,610
I am so excited. Pulled the trigger on a Sigma 150-500mm this morning. Also picked up a Naneu Urban Gear U120 to carry it. Can UPS hurry up all ready.

U120 Backpack - Urban Camera/Laptop Bag & Travel Backpack for Amateur/Professional Photographers - UrbanGear Series | Naneu
Forum: Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 03-11-2010, 10:00 PM  
Backpack to house Sigma 150-500mm help.
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 3
Views: 2,222
As many know this in one huge lens. I need a backpack that will accommodate this plus a couple of more lenses but not break the bank. Any recommendations?
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-09-2010, 09:05 AM  
Nature What a Sunrise 2
Posted By dws1117
Replies: 16
Views: 1,913
THe colors are stunning. Gorgeous shot.
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