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Arninetyes

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Hello, from Southern California
« on: February 03, 2017, 06:33:13 »
I'm not new to photography or to Nikon, just new to this site. It looks like a friendly place where people communicate and share information. The last site I was on seemed populated mostly by trolls.

Anyway, I bought my first 35mm, a Yashica TL Elecro when I was 18. Decent shots were rare, and I thought it was the camera. Fast forward 15 years. The Yashica, after being carried on motorcycle, in planes, backpacks, and rowboats, finally died, so, with zero knowledge of Nikon, I bought an FM10. After talking to quite a few people, I got rid of it and its awful kit lens and picked up an old Nikon FE2 with three lenses: a 35mm f/2, a 50mm f/1.8, and a 105mm f/2.5. That was in the mid-90s. I still have the FE2, plus an F100, and my first DSLR, a D700. I've bought and sold many lenses, because I can't seem to stop admiring the equipment.

With an artist wife, I've finally learned why I hated most of my photos in the past--they were terrible, but most importantly, I now understand why.

I now pursue photography from two directions: being a gearhead at heart, I love the equipment, but to achieve the images I want, I have to continue learning about art.

It looks like this site is good for both.


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Re: Hello, from Southern California
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2017, 07:11:33 »
Welcome, from a fellow Southern Californian.

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Re: Hello, from Southern California
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2017, 10:43:41 »
Let us see your progress & share. You are most welcome to our ever growing Californian crowd!
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Re: Hello, from Southern California
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2017, 11:44:34 »
Welcome 😊 My first 35mm was a Yashica TL Electro as well ...
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Re: Hello, from Southern California
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2017, 21:17:25 »
Welcome 😊 My first 35mm was a Yashica TL Electro as well ...

Ha! So I wasn't the only one! The best thing about it was the M42 mount. When my father's Pentax died, he gave me his Super Takumar 50mm f/1.4 and 135mm f/3.5. I used them until the Yashica died and I loved on to Nikon.

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Re: Hello, from Southern California
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2017, 05:19:28 »
Indeed, some very accomplished photographers hang out here. You will enjoy this site.
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Re: Hello, from Southern California
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2017, 06:26:46 »
Welcome, from yet another SoCal member.  At some point, we'll have enough to stage our own Nikongear meetup, California Division.
Keith B., Santa Monica, CA, USA

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Re: Hello, from Southern California
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2017, 20:46:12 »
Welcome, from yet another SoCal member.  At some point, we'll have enough to stage our own Nikongear meetup, California Division.

I would look forward to seeing images from that one. While I am enamored interesting images from anywhere, there's a lot that I have not seen from my native state. Add to that the fact that even stuff that I have seen can look different when seen through other eyes. So, hurry up with the meetup already!  ;)
Carl

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Re: Hello, from Southern California
« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2017, 10:37:51 »
Welcome!

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Re: Hello, from Southern California
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2017, 21:59:26 »
Welcome to NikonGear! Enjoy ;)
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Re: Hello, from Southern California
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2017, 11:00:08 »
Hi from the UK and welcome to NG.
All the best in your rewarding journey, to artistic creativity through a lens. 
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Re: Hello, from Southern California
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2017, 18:54:46 »
Which part of Southern California are you from? It is a big and varied place. Look forward to seeing some of your work.