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Old Aug 18, 2011, 7:51 AM   #1
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No I have not jumped ship. Back in my film days I shot Pentax exclusively (an ME Super and a K1000) until the mid 1990s when a friend offered me a Minolta 5000. From that point on I shot Pentax for fun (the important stuff) and the Minoltas (a 5000 and a 7000) when I was "working" (the occasional wedding and holiday snaps). Well, it has happened again.

A friend of mine just gave me his old Fujifilm Finepix S2 Pro (basically a Nikon N80 film camera with Fuji digital bits). The thing is ancient with very high mileage but it works. Another friend who is also heavily into Nikon offered me an outrageously good deal on an AF 80-200mm f2.8 Nikkor lens ( he has this lens plus the 70-200mm f2.8 VR plus the 70-200mm f2.8 VRII). So now I am back to two systems. Since a lens in this range for the Pentax would be far more expensive than his offer it seems that my shooting in this range will now be shared between my DA 50-200mm WR and this faster Nikon.

I haven't jumped ship. One look at the number of people online and the number of posts will show that this is a far more active group than the Nikon forum so the Pentax gear will still be my go-to unless I need the faster long glass. Thought I would report that here before someone notices the non-Pentax shots on Flickr and comes to the wrong conclusion.

BTW my signature has changed because my wife Annette has confiscated the FA 50mm f1.4, she loves it as well as the 10=17mm fisheye, and I am taking the 14mm with me to Tuktoyaktuk this year, a local photographer from there is shooting Aurora Borealis with a Nikon fisheye and I do not want to look like I am copying his work (plus the 14mm is more useful as a "normal" lens). I am not sure if the DL will be with me or not so things may change again. The Nikon gear will stay off this list for now.

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Old Aug 18, 2011, 10:30 AM   #2
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A fine old digital camera - you should have a great time with it. Isn't it great to have nice friends who help you out like this? That combo should do very nicely for a while. So you ended up losing the FA 50, but gained the 14. I would have done that - I know you love your 50, but it always seems to me that its either too long or too short for me with digital, my old ones are my least used lenses. And since weight is a big issue for you, it would make sense to leave the 10-17 home (though I would have signed over that one, it's just such a fun lens to play with).
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Harriet, the FA35mm f2 will be my "fast" lens now, it is a little more "normal" than the 50. I have a Nikon 50mm f1.8 for the Fuji so it will serve me as a great second camera. I am really trying to simplify until I get some handle on what my shooting "style" (if there even is one) actually is.
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Monza76,

Great Snag!

Do you have the battery adapter that let's you use cheaper rechargeable batteries? A friend's brother-in-law had one of these and he was pointing out to me how it was essentially a film camera with a digital back and that there were 2 sets of batteries that had to go in it. One set being really expensive, but he had an adapter that let him use cheaper rechargeable batteries.

Looking forward to your shots on Flickr!

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One look at the number of people online and the number of posts will show that this is a far more active group than the Nikon forum so the Pentax gear will still be my go-to unless I need the faster long glass.
Amen to that...I am shooting exclusively Nikon, but the Nikon forum here is mostly about technical issues/questions vs. photo sharing. Seems like the other forums post on the forums that cover subjects such as landscapes, travel, sports, etc. While I have no regrets about switching to Nikon, I miss sharing images on the Pentax forum.

BTW, I use the 70-200 f2.8 VR...it is a gem!

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Harriet, the FA35mm f2 will be my "fast" lens now, it is a little more "normal" than the 50.
I'd take that trade any day - I much prefer lenses around 35 for a normal lens. Though I think I might have stolen the DA 35 over the FA35, it might be a hair slower, but I sure liked the bokeh. Sounds like you've got a good sound plan mapped out.
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I've been a a Pentax SLR owner since 68, but became a multi system shutterbug, since around '81 when I got my Leica Rangefinder....then in '84, my Mamiya Medium Format with 3 Mamiya-Sekor lens...normal, wide angle and telephoto....

Now in the digital age I started with my Pentax DSLR system in 2007. This year I bought a Canon G 12 and Canon 430 EX 11 flash.

Welcome to the multi system club Ira.

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Congrats on getting some fine new gear Ira (new to you, anyway). I'm sure the new body and lens will serve you well. I rented the 10-17 fish eye when I visited Zion National Park back in December. I hated to send the lens back when the rental period was over, so I understand your hesitation to leave that fine lens behind when you return to Tuk.
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Congratulations on the "new" camera. Will look forward to hearing your impressions, and seeing the photos as well!
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Monza76,

Great Snag!

Do you have the battery adapter that let's you use cheaper rechargeable batteries? A friend's brother-in-law had one of these and he was pointing out to me how it was essentially a film camera with a digital back and that there were 2 sets of batteries that had to go in it. One set being really expensive, but he had an adapter that let him use cheaper rechargeable batteries.

Looking forward to your shots on Flickr!



Absolutely! <grin>
I will have to look into that.
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