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Pentax Kit lenses have not let me down, but the test is

So far my kit lenses from Pentax have not let me down but they were really put to the test when I was asked at the last-minute by a friend of a friend to take some photographs of their teenagers going to Prom. Now I was really in a fluster from photographing crashing waves and the great Sussex landscapes to photographing teenagers.
This could only mean one thing, I would do my best. The morning meant scouring the net, flicking through magazines to be armed with a few ideas and the time had arrived where I was carrying my kit to the front door for a couple of hours work.
I could not have had a more friendly welcome and I was so nervous. I suppose in situations like this as it was so last-minute you do your best and compete with all of the parents and friends vying to take their photographs for family albums, Facebook and twitter. The teenagers themselves were asking Mum or Dad as they got passed their son’s or daughter’s mobile phone to take pictures and pass the phones back so the images could be quickly sent out to all of the friends on the social networks.
This was a real learning curve for me and I must say it was enjoyable and refreshing to try to produce some images that would be liked, so from 73 images taken, 52 made the grade. With the job in the bag, I look back seeing huge room for personal development and I hope the opportunity to gain more experience.

These images are released by kind permission from those concerned.


There are 6 comments on this post
  1. June 29, 2012, 1:29 pm

    Great images and you obviously overcame the nerves! I have an old Pentax prime lens 50mm and although you have to adjust the camera for it to work the results are great, like everything it just takes practice …….Im now off to practice!!!!

    • June 30, 2012, 9:37 am

      Hope you have fun! I am also looking at prime lenses at the moment with a view to getting 50mm f!.7. I look forward to seeing some of your images

  2. June 29, 2012, 3:27 am

    You did a wonderful job, these photos are superb ! It must be so stressfull, I don’t think I would accept this kind of proposition if someone asked me. On the other hand, it must be such a great experience, and if you try to only do your best the pressure must be lesser.
    I just ordered the Pentax 50mm F1.8, I can’t wait to try it ! And I have a Pentax K5.

    • June 29, 2012, 8:11 am

      thanks very much for you comment but I do feel that I have so much to learn but it is encouraging to know that I am going in the right direction. It is great to know that their are other Pentax users out there, as Pentax is often a forgotten brand. Personally I have found the body of the K7 solid and I am looking at some of the prime lenses now, as the kit lenses have a tendency to be a little soft but still enjoyable to use, but “needs must”. It would be great to know how you get on with the 50mm 1.8. Once again thanks for the encouragement, it really is appreciated.

      • June 29, 2012, 11:18 pm

        When I receive the lense (in july) and take a few shots, I’ll let you know how the lense performs 🙂

      • June 30, 2012, 9:31 am

        Happy shooting and I look forward to seeing the results

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