New to Pentax


Link Posted 09/03/2009 - 13:25
Hi All

Last year I finally purchaced my K10. What a camera!

Only problem is, I'm in need of some one toone or group tuition. I've read the books and seen the film but i would greatly appreciate some help on going to manual mode settings. I've experimented but get a bit frustrated when light changes etc.. turn this and press that and HOPE!

Does anyone know of classes or tuition in the Devon area? I live nr Exmouth but searching the net has been next to useless. I'm more than willing to pay for tuition if anyone can help. There's a lot of pictures out there just waiting to get on my SD card.
Thanking you in advance


Link Posted 09/03/2009 - 13:36
Hi and welcome to the forum, would you please fill in your location details in your profile when you have a moment, Ta!!

Steve Chasey

Link Posted 09/03/2009 - 13:37
Hi Andy - welcome to the forum.

Some FE colleges run photography classes - usually aimed at composition and appreciation techniques for portrait or landscape. Exeter Uni might - look for Lifelong Learning or simular headings. Changes in FE funding has reduced the number of "fun" adult classes sadly.

There are local Pentax user groups scattered around the country - may be possible to link up with the nearest group if you can - or even consider joining the local camera club.

In the Pack - Gripped K5 (SE),K7 & K20, Gripped MZ-S(SE)& MZ-S,DA10-17, DA12-24, DA14, DA*16-50, 50-135, 60-250 & 300mm; FA31mm/43mm/77mm Ltds; Sigma 8-16, 135-400 & 150-500
Half Backs: K10+BG,DA16-45, DA50-200
Backs: LXs,Super As and lots of A, M & K lenses
Impact Subs: 28mm Shift, K 135-600 (the Banahan of Pentax zooms ), 400-600 Reflex


Link Posted 09/03/2009 - 14:03
Hi Both

Hope I've done this right? I was looking for the 'post reply' tag at the bottom.

Thank you for the info and I look forward to this site.


Link Posted 09/03/2009 - 14:05
Just an after thought but anyone interested in starting up a local help group?
You've already got one member... ME!


Link Posted 09/03/2009 - 14:10
Hi Andy, welcome to the forum.

The basics of photography are the same whatever camera you use so I'd suggest your local camera club or college would be a good place to start. Don't worry if everyone else has a Nikon or Canon or whatever, your K10D will be just as capable.
Joining the Q


Link Posted 09/03/2009 - 14:35
Hi Andy and welcome to the forum.
Just ask and loads of members will reply


Link Posted 09/03/2009 - 14:42
Hi Andy,

I am in Plymouth and also have a small studio. If I was a bit closer I would be happy to lend you a guiding hand.. I am not a teacher by no means but I do have a lot of experience with K10 and the ist DL so showing you the basic principles shouldn't be too difficult..

I am on about visiting the exe estuary a few times in the near future so perhaps if we met up I could help..

*EDIT* There are a couple of good clubs around you and as someone says don't get intimidated with the canon and nikon crowd.. It's quite often I pan them in club competitions.
Pentax K7 and K5 and several black tubey things with magnifying glass in that twist around and move in and out - to be honest I am not sure exactly what I have. Will list the proper names one day..
Last Edited by PeteWelshPhotography on 09/03/2009 - 14:45


Link Posted 09/03/2009 - 15:21
Hello Andy, welcome to the forum.
By joining and reading this forum I am sure you will gain lot of knowledge.


Link Posted 09/03/2009 - 16:13
Welcome Andy,
This really is a superb forum. Helpful and supportive people all round. Ask away and use the search to find other posts to get your answers.
By the way I didn't use manual mode for at least 5 months owning the camera, whilst I got more familiar with it.
But that said some very useful pointers on here helped me.
Press Green button and camera sets the shutter/aperture combination. Want to adjust either of them and keep the exposure, press the * button then adjust. Want to change the ISO? Hold down the OK and roll away. If the light changes do the same again. Feel free to PM me, I'm no expert but like you I think the K10D is a cracking camera and you will see some results on my flickr link in my signature.
K10D - Pentax 18-55mm kit - Pentax DA 55-300mm - Pentax FA 50mm 1.4
MX - Pentax-M 50mm 1.7, Pentax-M 28mm 2.8, Pentax-M 100mm 2.8
My Flickr Photostream

Father Ted

Link Posted 09/03/2009 - 16:45
Hi Andy!

As others have said...ask away, the knowledge on this site is amazing. I make regular use of it.

(And no-one has laughed at my daft questions yet )
Getting there! Thanks to you guys

Pentax K10d, *istDL, Kit lens ( 18-55mm ), 50mm f1.7 lens, Tamron 70-300mm lens, Prinzflex 70-162 manual lens, Various old flashes.


Link Posted 09/03/2009 - 18:34
Hello and welcome
Kind regards,
Michal R. Hoffmann
K20D, DA 16-45mm, A 50mm F/1:1.4, DA 55-300mm; flash Pentax AF240Z
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