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03/08/2011 07:36:01 PM · #1
Hi. I'm a newly registered member, and I use Pentax gear. I know, I know! Joey Lawrence's song makes a joke about us lol, but I've seen some shots on here taken with Pentax gear that are pretty awesome! (And from what I've seen of Joey's work, he is not a brand fanatic lol!)

Anyway, I'm just here to learn. I must say, I am so impressed with the work I see on this site, and am excited at the opportunity to improve my skills! Hopefully, I can also get some good shots in sometime down the road.

I am a South African of British lineage, now living in the Far East, Taiwan to be specific. I have been meddling around with photography for a few years, but life has a way of keeping one too busy for pleasure lol.

So, yeah! Hi! :)
03/08/2011 07:40:14 PM · #2
Welcome to the madhouse Garry! You are living in an area with some awesome photo ops. Looking forward to seeing your work.
03/08/2011 07:41:22 PM · #3
Great to see someone reping the Pentax brand! I am also fairly new to DPC, and to photography as a hobby as well, but I've already decided to go with Pentax and love the cameras. So, welcome to DPC, if I can say that since im so new here myself, but I can't wait to see some of your work!
03/08/2011 08:19:26 PM · #4
Welcome Pentaxian. Come and inspire us.
03/08/2011 08:21:17 PM · #5
Welcome to DPC, Garry. I'm sure you will learn a lot here. Enjoy!
03/08/2011 08:52:04 PM · #6
I started here with Pentax as well. Welcome aboard Garry!
03/08/2011 10:49:50 PM · #7
Wow - thanks for all the welcomes already! Must be a friendly bunch here! :)) And not a few Pentaxians either! Sounds good. :)
03/08/2011 11:02:42 PM · #8
I had almost bought a pentax, but at the crappy local store, the sony rep told me they were going out of business so I originally went with a Sony Alpha, but use Nikon now. The pentax photos I've seen on here have been really awesome so you will do just fine.
03/09/2011 05:21:55 AM · #9
Originally posted by monster-zero:

I had almost bought a pentax, but at the crappy local store, the sony rep told me they were going out of business


Yeah, Pentax has one of the worst marketing systems I've seen lol! Almost no hands on opportunities in stores here in Asia now, shops just don't stock their stuff. I know it's the same elsewhere in the world too. No wonder the Sony rep told you they were going under!
03/09/2011 05:44:53 AM · #10
Welcome, Garry.
It's more about imagination and work than about the brand, IMO. All the gear has abilities and limitations that we come to understand and use to our advantage. Pentax has some unique features, not the least of which is all that primo old glass out there that you can get for a song, if you don't mind going full manual.
Have fun, take good pics, score high!
03/09/2011 05:54:29 AM · #11
You should be aware that in having a Pentax, and joining DPC, you've gotten a 2-for-1 Cult entry. Look at how supportive and loving all those Pentax people are. They've even got Kool-Aid!
But that's okay- I got three for one, myself, since my Pentax is an SLR.
Welcome to the community. Ask any and all the questions you can, just try doing a forum search first :)
You'll find most everybody here is pretty useful and willing to help. Remember that voting is not the end-all-be-all that it sometimes seems and not to lose sight of the enjoyment in photography. Take photos because you should, not because you can.
The Side Challenges are a great place to jump in and get your feet wet if you're apprehensive about entering, and also a great way to learn in general. Everything is much more laid back and directed towards experimentation and learning, so it's worth considering.
03/09/2011 07:09:09 AM · #12
You poor thing. Nobody likes Pentax!
03/09/2011 08:02:05 AM · #13
Originally posted by Nobody:

You poor thing. Nobody likes Pentax!


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03/09/2011 08:38:26 AM · #14
Thanks guys - especially spiritualspatula! That side challenge thing sounds good. I'll have a look at it shortly. Life is a little high pressure right now - kinda weird time to register for a site like this at a busy time lol!

So if I mention that I also have a twenty year old Pentax SLR, and a few really old crappy no name brand lenses in Pentax mount, does that upgrade me to a 3-for-1 Cult entry status? :)))))

You all sound like a good bunch. Nobody - gotta love the name lol!!!
03/09/2011 08:40:06 PM · #15
Originally posted by garryyoung:



So if I mention that I also have a twenty year old Pentax SLR, and a few really old crappy no name brand lenses in Pentax mount, does that upgrade me to a 3-for-1 Cult entry status? :)))))



Yes, particularly if you take blurry pictures :)
If you're into film, we're doing a Film Swap currently, and there are also several other film/pinhole ongoing "events. so you can pick your poison. Film Swap
03/10/2011 03:18:16 AM · #16
Lol - thanks spiritualspatula. Blurry was my personal signature up until I went digital lol, then I figured I should justify the money spent on the kit (mainly to keep the wife happy lol!)

Unfortunately, the film camera is in pieces, and may never get back together lol! But I learned a lot while stripping it down. :)
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