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02-07-2011, 04:27 PM   #1
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New K5 and lens

I just got my new K5 and also received my first lens which is a Pentax A 35-105
zoom. I got the camera from B&H and the lens from Keh.
The lens was rated ex+ and looks brand new. I am switching from a Canon 5D and several L lenses. I retired from shooting weddings part time and wanted a lightweight outfit and really like the build and features of the K5. I also love the
fact that I can use these older manual focus lenses. I also ordered the Katzeye
focusing screen which should arrive in a week. Coming later this week is a 77mm lens which I also ordered. Will post some photos when I get more proficient with this camera. Haven't checked for stains yet but will try later this evening

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Won't you miss something wider?
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Apparently, the 'good' k5 lot starts with SN 39xxxxx so if you have one of those, you should be good to go. The A 35-105, considered to be the 'Prime' zoom is quite a nice lens. I don't know how it all measures up to a full frame camera with L glass but I think you'll enjoy it.

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That's definitely a great lens- maybe not wide enough on digital, but certainly very sharp!


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02-07-2011, 06:25 PM   #5
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I will eventually get a wider lens but I will be shooting mostly portraits and
some sports of my grandchildren.
Checked it for stains and there appear to be none
The serial number is in the 390000 series
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I did check the lens out tonight and it is indeed very sharp. I am very pleased with
the cameras ability to achieve a good focus.
I do have one question about an Pentax A lens.
When I shoot in aperture priority it ask me for a focal length. I am not sure what to
put in when I am going to be zooming in and out for various photos. What would be your recommendation when shooting and zooming in and out
thanks
Jim

by the way this forum is a great resource for someone like me who is just
getting their first Pentax digital. The L glass is great but I really enjoy being able
to use the old manual focus lenses that are available
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For the SR input focal length, with a manual zoom, I typically go for the middle of the range unless I'm specifically using a certain focal length.

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Isn't the reason for putting that in for the shake reduction mechanism to optimize it's effect?

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