Back into Photag w/ DSLR


Link Posted 20/03/2010 - 14:48
Was serious amateur photag back when MXs and MEs were available of-the-shelf, in EFC down South, or the one, and only one, Jessop's up North. Color enlarger the lot. Drifted away when a move meant no more darkroom, etc.

Over time I saw the *ist, and thinking of the old lenses, got fairly serious with the discount pricing of the K110D/K100D 2-lens kit, but never had the disposable at the right time.

Then a month ago I stumbled quite literally on what I initially thought, as did the camera shop it would seem, was a used 10MP K10D. It was an old school camera shop, albeit a Canikon specialist. So imagine my feelings when I got it home and looked up what a K20D really was, and reset the menu to 14.6MP! K20D in mint condition, less than 5K shutters, w/ 18-55II (not the DAL), 2 original batteries, remote, and a (hardly_worth_the_effort) instructional DVD!!! Esp. when I barely paid used K200D - that's w/ 2x 0's - pricing for it!!! Yeah! Wanna keep walking past that camera shop window now, but it's a ways away from here

A little friendly negotiation with a member here snagged me a good condition Samsung 50-200 for not too much, a trip to Costco for 1/2-price SDs, and I'm all set. (I'll manage with the old glass, and my early 283/285 and stands for the foreseeable.) Porsche tech on a VW budget, sweet

Now if the rain would just stop, I could pause from reading all these valuable articles, and get out there ...

BTW, I build websites just like the Pentax User site here, but with a few more features. Ideal for a camera club, etc.

EDITED to remove less than sign - surprised that HTML is enabled!
Last Edited by layingback on 20/03/2010 - 14:56


Link Posted 20/03/2010 - 15:23
Welcome to the forum Mark. I can't believe your luck! I also have a K20D and love it. Happy shooting and looking forward to many pics from you.


I gladly welcome C & C's. Being foggy minded they really help me learn.


Link Posted 20/03/2010 - 16:54
Mark, welcome to the forum and looking forward to reading more from you!

Pentax Photo Gallery


Link Posted 20/03/2010 - 17:56
Hi and welcome to the Forum.

K-3's, K-3II.
SMC PENTAX-DA FISH-EYE 1:3.5-4.5 10-17mm ED [IF, SMC PENTAX-DA* 1:2.8 16-50mm ED AL [IF] SDM,
SMC PENTAX-DA 1:4 15mm ED AL Limited, SMC PENTAX-DA 1:3.2 21mm AL Limited,
PENTAX-F 1:2.8 28mm, SMC PENTAX-FA 1:2 35mm AL, SMC PENTAX-FA 1:1.4 50mm, SMC PENTAX-D FA MACRO 1:2.8 100mm WR,
SMC PENTAX-DA* 1:4 300mm ED [IF] SDM, HD PENTAX-D FA 1:4.5-5.6 150-450mm ED DC AW, HD PENTAX-DA 1:5.6 560mm ED AW,
PENTAX AF160FC Auto Macro Ring Flash.


Link Posted 20/03/2010 - 18:04
Hi and Welcome to the Forum
Too Old To Die Young


Link Posted 20/03/2010 - 18:19
Hi Mark, Welcome to the forum, I look forward to seeing what you do with the Samsung lens (good deal or what )

Enjoy your camera and lenses


“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797)

Last Edited by CoDa on 20/03/2010 - 18:20


Link Posted 20/03/2010 - 18:30
Hi Mark, Welcome.
"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything." Aaron Siskind
Bodies K20D, LTL 3, K1000d
Lenses Pentax 50mm, Pentax 135mm, Tamron 70-300 macro


Link Posted 20/03/2010 - 23:14
Hi Mark,

Welcome aboard.
You will have an interesting learning curve ahead as the DSLRs have so many more controls and functions than the old film SLRs. I am sure a grounding in film will stand you in good stead.

This forum seems very good natured and friendly compared with some of the others. I am sure you will feel at home.

Kind regards,



Link Posted 20/03/2010 - 23:19
Hello and welcome!
AF - Pentax K5, Sigma 10-20/4-5.6, Tamron 17-50/2.8, Sigma 30/1.4, Sigma 70-200/2.8, Tamron 70-300/4-5.6
MF - Vivitar CF 28/2.8, Tamron AD2 90/2.5, MTO 1000/11
Stuff - Metz 58 AF1, Cactus v4, Nikon SB24, Raynox 150, Sigma 1.4x TC, Sigma 2x TC, Kenko 2x macro TC, Redsnapper 283 tripod, iMac 27”, Macbook Pro 17”, iPad, iPhone 3G
Flickr • Fluidr • PPG • Street • Portfolio site
Feel free to edit any of my posted photos! If I post a photo for critique, I want brutal honesty. If you don't like it, please say so and tell me why!


Link Posted 20/03/2010 - 23:34
Hi Mark, welcome to the forum
Regards Huw



Link Posted 21/03/2010 - 09:25
Thanks everyone. Cheers Colin!

The suns out - least-ways by UK standards it is - I'm outta here


Link Posted 21/03/2010 - 09:29
Welcome and all the best Mark.


Link Posted 22/03/2010 - 08:30
Welcome to the forum!!
Pentax K10D, *istDS
Pentax 18-55mm,50-200mm,Macro 100mm
Takumar-A 28-80mm, Sigma 170-500mm, Soligor Teleconverter x2

Finally!! Sigma 10-20mm

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.



Link Posted 25/03/2010 - 20:47
HI and welcome to the forum.
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