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09-15-2011, 08:23 PM   #736
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Australian price is now acceptable.

Just set aside a K-5 body + Sigma 17-70/F2.8-F4.5 + an extra year's warranty for $1454 (no delivery charge – I'll pick it up tomorrow from Digital Camera Warehouse's Annerley shop).

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K-5 Aus price was acceptable 6 months ago
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QuoteOriginally posted by TOUGEFC Quote
K-5 Aus price was acceptable 6 months ago
Yeah - now its cheap!
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I bought a K5 on Thursday for $1349 from Paxtons. 200 free digital prints, 2 year warranty and a course on how to use a DSLR.

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QuoteOriginally posted by goddo31 Quote
Guys, I thought I might do a quick first impressions of the K-5 post, from a user coming from the K200D. I've had the K-5 for 2 weeks now and have taken about 500 shots.

K-5 first impressions
- Nicely built body, noticeably more solid and heavier than the K200D
- The extra controls compared to K200D are great
- Learning curve coming from K200D (and I assume other older Pentax DLSRs) is noticeable but fairly minor. The menu layouts are logical.

K-5 impressions after 2 weeks intermittent use
- K-5 focuses extremely fast and accurate (compared to K200D) - excellent!
- Metering is reliable and seems to be improved slightly compared to K200D
- Yes, the low noise performance is very, very impressive. Even from 400-1600ISO from my gut feeling
- Extended DR especially at ISO80 is more noticeable than I would have thought! Seemed very handy for sunset shots
- I for one love the colour profile of the 16MP sensor
- Sharpness seems great as you would expect. The resolution boost from 10MP appears to deliver a large amount more detail.
- The difference in cropping room is quite noticeable!
- Amazingly quiet shutter/mirror
- Liveview is quite handy for critical focus on static objects with MF lenses
- 7fps is really fast, probably even too fast IMO!

I think part of it is general familiarisation with the camera, but IMO the K-5 does seem to demand better technique to get critically sharp shots compared to the 10MP K200D. Please keep in mind that I am still learning this when I show you my examples

1. After sunset at ISO80



2. Rough BIF with 60-250 lens, cropped significantly*



3. Again, cropped significantly*



Full size cropped image available* here
*Note that it's ISO800, shot in RAW with no NR adjustments done in PP (I think, 98% sure!)

4. Mess around shot with DA35 f/2.8 limited


Wow, those photos are so clear. I too have a K200D and just purchased my K5 on Thursday. I haven't even used it yet as I haven't a memory card.
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I got my K-5 from Digital Camera Warehouse Sydney ,lens kit 18-135 + ext. warranty + memory card (16Gb pro) less than AUS $2000,-. Bought yesterday so still reading manual.
Need battery grip...see link BATTERY GRIP D-BG4 FOR PENTAX K7 D-LI90 + BATTERY X2 | eBay....
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QuoteOriginally posted by molko Quote
Wow, those photos are so clear. I too have a K200D and just purchased my K5 on Thursday. I haven't even used it yet as I haven't a memory card.
Thanks What about the memory card from your K200D?
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I'm keeping both cameras for now, K200D for the beach so needed a new memory card.

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Thread bump!

Ordered a K5 body and an O-GPS1 from JBhifi, after a little haggling and using a gift card I've had forever, I ended up snagging both for $1270 Just need to wait for CRK to pull their finger out and get more stock.

Pity the memory cards in AU are HUGELY overpriced. 16GB sandisk extreme sdhc is $129 at JB or.... $28 if you buy a couple from B&H. Same deal with batteries and grips. Next stop B&H!
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Congrats mate! Let us know how the O-GPS goes, I want to get one soon
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QuoteOriginally posted by TOUGEFC Quote
Congrats mate! Let us know how the O-GPS goes, I want to get one soon
I've a couple of weeks off come november and plan to get down to Melbourne (via the snowies, vic highlands), so hopefully I can find a nice spot in the middle of nowhere to test it out
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FYI, a staff member at jb hifi told me today that she could sell me a K-5 body for $1080. that's basically as cheap as i've seen grey imports once you include postage. very good chance i will buy one tomorrow.
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QuoteOriginally posted by saladin Quote
a staff member at jb hifi told me today that she could sell me a K-5 body for $1080.
It's certainly a good price, but not amazing. Other non-grey retailers also have it for about $1150 - eg DCW, digidirect etc.
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Now I wish the 18-135 would come down in price as well! The Australian price for that is ridiculous!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Munki Quote
Now I wish the 18-135 would come down in price as well! The Australian price for that is ridiculous!
That's why the one I ordered yesterday is currently in a UPS plane between Louisville (ups hub) and Honolulu bound for Sydney .
Ordered in the early hours of Friday and it will be in Sydney on Saturday afternoon (amazing) but the UPS man wont deliver it until Monday

21977 Pentax SMCP-DA 18mm - 135mm f/3.5-5.6 AL (IF) DC WR (Weather Resistant) Autofocus Zoom Lens for Digital SLRs.

429 USD + about 60 delivery (no tax or gst if you keep your total shipment under A$1000)




QuoteOriginally posted by saladin Quote
FYI, a staff member at jb hifi told me today that she could sell me a K-5 body for $1080. that's basically as cheap as i've seen grey imports once you include postage. very good chance i will buy one tomorrow.
The JB hifi website advertises a lot of DSLRs as "direct import" in the fine print it does explain that it is grey import with no manufacturer warranty (JB provides the warranty) - i guess like a Mack warranty.
http://www.jbhifi.com.au/photo/digital-cameras/direct-import/

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