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View Poll Results: What was your primary camera before you bought the K-5?
K-7 11120.90%
K20D 10519.77%
K10D 6412.05%
K-x 529.79%
K-m 71.32%
K200D 387.16%
K100D series 163.01%
K110D   00%
K2000 20.38%
*ist D series 132.45%
Pentax film camera 91.69%
Pentax digital non-SLR camera   00%
Canon 285.27%
Nikon 244.52%
Olympus 183.39%
Panasonic 132.45%
Sony 61.13%
Other (please specify) 203.77%
None: the K-5 is my first-ever camera 50.94%
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03-01-2011, 10:32 AM   #46
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QuoteOriginally posted by NaClH2O Quote
You have to chop it up really fine and shove it in the small slot on the right rear of the camera.

NaCl(but it only takes Kodachrome)H2O
But I'll need a dark room for that!!!

03-01-2011, 10:52 AM   #47
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I came from a Nikon D40
03-03-2011, 02:29 PM   #48
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Olympus E-PL1. Lovely little camera. Now owned by my dad. He loves it too.
04-21-2011, 03:28 PM   #49
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An interesting poll here. It is nice to see where K-5 users came from.

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Was a K20D (that it replaced) with a K-x.
04-21-2011, 06:53 PM   #51
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Panasonic Lumix FZ-50 Super Zoom: I took many nice photos with this camera. It has a great lens and a so-so sensor. This camera now belongs to my Wife.
Kodak DX7590 Super Zoom: Actually not a bad little camera except the auto focus took forever. It got messed up when my Wife fell with it in her hand.
Canon A200 point & shoot.
Minolta XGM SLR: My main camera through the 80s and early 90s

We have had other small cameras over the years. We have a couple of Panasonic point & shoot laying about the house now, plus another (Lumix ZR3) on the way from Adorama. I like to think of the little Panasonics as my sketch pads.

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04-21-2011, 08:05 PM   #52
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K-7 before the K-5...
04-21-2011, 08:55 PM   #53
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Cameras that have been in the household over the years, remembering that both my wife & I shoot.

Ricoh KR 10 > Pentax MZ(?) 7 > Sony Mavica (stop laughing) > Casio QVR 4 (fantastic little camera) > *ist ds > *ist dl (wife) > K20D > K200D (wife) > K5.

The K200D & K20D are still going strong and are used regularly. The ds gathers dust and the dl died and went to the big Pentax graveyard in the sky.
The Casio is in a box somewhere, the Mavica long gone, but I still have a box discs (stop was a good idea at the time!!)....and nothing to play them on.

04-22-2011, 09:45 AM   #54
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before K5 . . . .

2004 Pentax *is DS 6MP DSLR
1996 Canon DC 30 3mp compact
1984 Pentax ME Super 35mm SLR
1976 FUJI Pentax Screw Thread SLR
04-22-2011, 12:30 PM   #55
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It is interesting that 2/3s of previous cameras were the K-7, K20, K10, or K200d. I was expecting to see a higher percentage coming from older cameras.
04-22-2011, 03:29 PM   #56

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I started digital with a very expensive 1.3MP Oly P&S in '99, went to a couple of Canon Elph P&S models, then a Panasonic FZ1, FZ15, and FZ30. First DSLR was a Pentax DS, followed by a K10, K20, K-7, picked up a K100DS at the Ritz closeout, and now the K-5. I haven't and won't seriously consider switching platforms. I can't see being anything but a Pentaxian until I die. . .

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A couple of MX's. First digital.

Like jumping out of a 1970's Rolls Royce into a 2011 one
04-28-2011, 07:08 AM   #58
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K-7 but moved to the K-5 pretty quickly. The sensor thing was keeping me up at night.
04-28-2011, 07:50 AM   #59
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Tracking back from the K5 I just bought, I previously used the K20D (and the Pen E-P1 as my travel camera), the K10D for a few months, the K100D, and the *istDL. Before that was a series of P&S cameras. I went digital in 1997.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bickrs Quote
Please could K200D to K7/K5 please comment on the handling and weight balance of the camera? I love my K200D and I will be keeping it, but would like an upgrade that feels at least as solid.
To my hands, the K5 feels even more solid than the K200D. The K-5 is slightly smaller and weighs slightly more than the K200D.

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