I normally use a Nikon D750, but today I decided to take out my Dad’s Pentax K5 with a 55-300mm lens. I was hoping to photograph some shoppers wearing face masks and because I am shy af, I wanted to photograph them from afar.
The Pentax K5 is a 16.3-megapixel DSLR that came out in September 2010. I don’t like the menu layout at all and there are way too many buttons on the body, but I am used to using a Nikon, so I’m bound to find it annoying. The DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR lens is pretty good and because the K5 has a cropped sensor, it gives you a 35mm equivalent focal length of 450mm. The longest lens I own is a 24-120mm, so I love using the 55-300mm because you can get really up close and personal without invading people’s privacy. The downside [for me] is that I have trouble holding it steady when it’s at the maximum zoom. Thankfully the K5 has vibration reduction built into the body which helps a lot.
I live in Nottingham and we have a large market square that’s great for people watching. Today I positioned myself on the steps of the council house building towards the rear of the square and tried to look as inconspicuous as possible. It worked well until I put my camera up to my face and extended the lens out to 300mm. Then everyone from miles around seemed to notice me! I managed to get a few shots of people wearing masks, but there weren’t that many people out and about (probably due to the current Coronavirus pandemic.)
I saw a couple of photo opportunities, but the people I wanted to photograph were too close to me and I totally chickened out. I tried to take a photo of a woman standing next to a lion statue but even from a distance she caught me photographing her! Eventually I gave up and went for a coffee.