Dale Forrest Photography

Dale Forrest Photography

Joined on Nov 4, 2013

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On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)
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Dale Forrest Photography: OK, I have to chime in here. I have been shooting for over 50 years and have used almost every brand of camera throughout that time. Ironically, the pentax spotmatic (black body) with a 50mm 1.2 lens (yes, 1.2 not 1:2) was my first camera as a kid. I was 14 years old then. Since that time I have used Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Sony, Hasselblad, Sinar, and many others. My interest in the K3 is due to the fact that they came up with a work horse camera that will allow me to use my technical experience and capture the images that I choose. I gave up on Sony because of the electronic viewfinder that they use when they gave up the optical glass. When I shoot wildlife, sometimes it is before daybreak and if my eye is plastered against an electronic viewfinder, when I try to locate the subject again I am blinded by the viewfinder. (give me glass anytime). Pentax is onto something here and I am taking delivery of my new K3 tomorrow. I can't wait to get out with it this weekend.

Hi Beachmama,
You will love this camera and it will work well in your situation. The glass is the big question and depends on what type of wildlife you will be shooting. If you need the reach to shoot wildlife at a distance then you will probably not like using a heavy lens on your hike. I would suggest that you pick a zoom lens with a good range that will allow you to do all three of your types of photography that you mentioned. (wildlife, landscapes and portrait). Each one of these needs a different type of lens if you use a prime lens for example. Also, if you are new to photography, read your manual from front to back and understand everything you can about your camera. Don't just set it on auto and shoot. Experiment with different settings etc.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 03:54 UTC
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)
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Mr Darma: There was no Takumar 50mm f/1.2 lens for the Spotmatics. Pentax couldn't make a 1.2 lens until 1975 with the K mount bayonet lenses. The flange on the screw mount used by all Takumars was too small.
Of course you were only 14 then and memory sometimes plays tricks. :)

That said, this new K-3 seems to be an ace new camera....you should really enjoy it.

You're right, it was a Yashinon 55mm 1.2 M42 lens as I recall. Wish I still had that lens now.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 13, 2013 at 03:44 UTC
On Pentax K-3 preview (961 comments in total)

OK, I have to chime in here. I have been shooting for over 50 years and have used almost every brand of camera throughout that time. Ironically, the pentax spotmatic (black body) with a 50mm 1.2 lens (yes, 1.2 not 1:2) was my first camera as a kid. I was 14 years old then. Since that time I have used Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Sony, Hasselblad, Sinar, and many others. My interest in the K3 is due to the fact that they came up with a work horse camera that will allow me to use my technical experience and capture the images that I choose. I gave up on Sony because of the electronic viewfinder that they use when they gave up the optical glass. When I shoot wildlife, sometimes it is before daybreak and if my eye is plastered against an electronic viewfinder, when I try to locate the subject again I am blinded by the viewfinder. (give me glass anytime). Pentax is onto something here and I am taking delivery of my new K3 tomorrow. I can't wait to get out with it this weekend.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 4, 2013 at 04:00 UTC as 153rd comment | 4 replies
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