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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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04-29-2011, 03:09 AM   #61
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Just moved from Nikon, which I used for pro purposes. Going back over the years before that it was Olympus E1 - Canon EOS 1 -1V film and 1D digital/ Contax and those wonderful Zeiss lenses, Bronica SQA, Pentax 645- Pentax MX - Nikkormat FT------ Kodak when I was a kid, can't remember what it was called but it had two apertures.
Retirement with the K5 beckons

12-01-2011, 06:25 AM   #62
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Nikon D40x > Pentax K-x > Pentax K-r > Pentax K5! I am so stoked about getting the K5... The good thing is that it should actually keep me calm for a while... I've been on an almost yearly upgrade cycle (ridiculous I know) I swore to my wife this would be it for quite some time, Pentax 645D is a little out of our price range.
12-01-2011, 07:01 AM   #63
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Its a shame that the route to the K5D could not be plotted.

Mine was

Ricoh XR-2s & Pentax KX -> Pentax PZ-1 -> *istD -> K10D -> K7D -> K5D

Note that I still actually have all of them, and except for the KX and XR-2s, have shot with every one of them in the last year, and all the digitals in the last month.
12-01-2011, 07:11 AM   #64
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Woho, the adorama $999.95 deal finally sealed the deal. Proud owner of K5. What shall I do with my old K200D~

12-01-2011, 08:09 AM   #65
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I have been shooting with a Nikon D90 and a Fuji X100. I also own an Olympus E-620 with some good lenses, but I have not been using it recently. I owned a K100D and a K10D, which I sold here, along with lenses, a few years ago.

About a year ago, I decided that I wanted to choose one interchangeable lens system to move forward with. The options I've been considering are FT, mFT, Nikon, and Pentax. Less DR and poorer high-ISO IQ took FT and mFT out of consideration. Also, Olympus is not producing new FT bodies.

In the end, I decided to go with Pentax and a K-5, rather than with Nikon and a D7000, but not because the system is superior in every way to Nikon. There are tradeoffs with either, but all factors taken together, I believe that a Pentax system will better meet my needs and fit with my type of shooting. So, my Nikon and Olympus kits are going on the market.

12-01-2011, 08:28 AM   #66
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Film SLRs (Minolta and Nikon) in the 70s & 80s then P&S's (mostly Sony until my current Panasonic) then about 16 months ago I bought my K-x. Then I got a great deal on a K-r. And now I have a K-5 on the way.
12-01-2011, 10:35 AM   #67
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started with k100d, k10d, k-7 and now k-5. I also have the d70 with a few inexpensive glasses.. however, don't use much though.

Even though the k-7 and k-5 are very similar ergonomically, I just noticed that there are many changes in the k-5 menus (new items and some item-lists moved).
12-01-2011, 11:56 AM   #68
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K10D > Nikon D90 > D7000 > Nikon D300s which I still have and now the K5 for a smaller walk around camera I'm still struggling with the menu setup compared to the Nikon

12-01-2011, 01:52 PM   #69
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R.I.P. Contax

Contax 167mt and RTS II Q, There are not many Contaxians, but it was (sadly) are fantastic camera/lens. The K5 reminds a little bit of what could be a Contax, mainly the heft.
12-01-2011, 02:00 PM   #70
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I went from Kodak Instamatic to Pentax with a Program A/Program Plus 1985.

My first digital was an *istDS 2005.

I continued with a K20D 2008, but was never completely happy with that camera. A bit too large and the high ISO performance was not on par with the DS.
Was a bit dissapointed over the reviews of the K7 (high ISO performance downgraded again), so I jumped that in spite of my urge for a smaller replacement for the K20D.

The K5 seemed to be what I had been waiting for, so I bought it in June this year and sold the K20D.
I'm ever so happy with the K5 and it's newly installed EE-s matte screen, it's the perfect camera. And my little lovely *istDS is still a beloved friend.
12-01-2011, 02:53 PM   #71
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Here's my complete history: DS2, K10D, K20D, K-7, then the K-5

Sort of tempted by the 1dx but I think for the sake of sanity I won't be getting one

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12-02-2011, 03:42 PM   #72
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I came from K20d+K200d which I still have, and I intend to keep the K200d as long as possible.
12-02-2011, 04:19 PM   #73
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I started in januari 2009 with K20D and sold it in favor off the K-7 and got that in july 2009. In 2010 I had a Samsung G-LX1 wich is a *IstD-L2 cloon for 6 weeks or so. Nice camera. Bought the K-5 in november and sold my K-7 in december 2010 to get a second K-5. The first K-5 returned for the stains and got a K-5 Silver back. Bought a K100D Super this summer and used that for a few weeks. Sold my oldest K-5 to replace it with a new K-5 to start with a fresh shuttercount. I take a lot of pictures.
12-02-2011, 04:29 PM   #74
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Started with K10D in 2007, switched to K-X in 2009 then just a couple weeks ago to K-5
12-02-2011, 05:47 PM   #75
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Proud owner of K5. What shall I do with my old K200D~
I suggest keeping it as a backup.

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