Newbie with DSLR and soon to be an owner of a K-R when it arrives...

Paul Stenquist pnstenquist at comcast.net
Thu Feb 10 21:24:32 EST 2011


On Feb 10, 2011, at 6:22 PM, Larry Colen wrote:

> 
> On Feb 10, 2011, at 1:28 PM, Jeffery Johnson wrote:
> 
>> Howdy..
>> My new first time DSLR, the K-R, is still in Knoxville and due to the lovely
>> snow we had yesterday afternoon/evening it is delayed. (It took me an hour
>> and a half to get home and needless to say I did not even attempt to go into
>> work today.) It was supposed to be here this evening but now it may not
>> arrive until tomorrow or worse not tell Monday. With the camera I also went
>> ahead and got a remote and two 52mm filters for the 18-55mm kit lens as I
>> already have two 58mm filters that will work with the 55-300mm kit lens.
>> This coming week I am going to get an adapter so I can use AA batteries and
>> a second li-on battery. 
> 
> Congratulations.  You have what you need to get a good start.
> 
>> 
>> Down the road when our monies are not so tight and once I am comfortable
>> with the K-R and DSLR photography I would not mind getting a couple of extra
>> lenses. The following list is a few lenses I have come across that I find of
>> interest and they are not listed in any order of importance. Perhaps someone
>> on the list has a spare one of these lenses they could donate to a newbie or
>> keep an eye out at local flea markets, yard sales and the like. Just keep in
>> mind if by chance you do come across a lens listed I truly cannot afford an
>> arm and a leg for a lens.
>> 
>> Super-Takumar 55mm f=1:2/55 lens
>> Pentax 50mm f/1.7 SMC-M
>> Pentax KA f2.8 28mm lens
>> SMC Pentax 100mm F4 Macro
>> SMC PENTAX-FA 1:2.8 50mm MACRO
>> SMC Pentax 30mm F2.8
>> SMC Pentax-A 50mm 1.7
> 
> I wouldn't worry too much just yet about which lenses that you need, spend some time getting to know your camera and what sort of photography you like to do, and that'll give you a better idea of what lenses you really need.  On the other hand, a lot of people have old Pentax film cameras, with lenses, lying around in their closets.  Ask around, there's a good chance that friends and family have old gear that they'd be happy to give to you.
> 
>> Also at some point down the road going to look into an TTL flash but to be
>> honest I am not certain which one to get that I can afford so it is rather
>> low on the list of items.
>> 
> 
> The good news is that the metering on the K-r is good enough that TTL flash is actually useful.  The bad news is that the AF540 is damn near useless as a manual flash.  Keep your eyes open for cheap manual flashes, but watch the trigger voltage and make sure it isn't so high that it'll fry your camera.

TTL flashes don't work on the K-r, or any of the other recent Pentax DSLRs. The AF540 is a good flash. It's P-TTL, which is the Pentax auto format. Why would you want to use it in manual mode. 
Paul
> 
>> I also would like to ask "When is Spring and when will it finally get here?"
> 
> Yeah, our weather keeps teasing us in the high 60's but just won't break into the 70s.  Though I'm certain that once I shake this cold and can spend time outside, the rains will return in full force.
> 
>> I am so so tired of snow and to a degree the cold but more so the snow, ice
>> and bad roads. Oh and some good books or perhaps good websites for us DSLR
>> newbies.
> 
> My favorite photo book is "Light, Science and Magic".
> 
>> 
>> Thanks,
>> Jeffery Johnson
>> (If this is the third time you see this please ignore I am sorry as I did
>> not see previous messages make it to the list.)
> 
> Only post I've seen so far.   
> 
> Congratulations again on it.  I spent a couple of weeks testing one out and they are excellent little cameras. I love my K-x, and the K-r has many much needed improvements over the K-x.
> 
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