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05-30-2011, 07:20 PM - 1 Like   #1
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K-5 D3 Encounter

Hi all, I traveling around outback Oz with K-5, K20D, caravan and trusty old SUV.

In the Tibooburra (Google it) store having breckie with K-5 beside me and an "older" gentleman, a retired botanist, walked over and said " I see you use Pentax" Turned out that he had also just bought a K-5. Didn't know much about it and had the two Sigma kit lens. We chatted for a while; he was a closeup fan and mentioned a device called Raynox, worth looking into. I pointed him in the direction of some decent glass. He bought the K-5 because he thought it was the best on offer at the time. The odds of finding one K-5 in Tibooburra would be extremely high let alone two.

A few days later at a home stay in Innamincka (Google again) an ex pro photographer arrived. We were sitting around the campfire that evening, me with K-5 and 31mm and he with D3 and 24-70 f2.8 (large). He was quite impressed with the 31mm, "didn't know that Pentax made that class of lens"! Anyway we compared noise at ISO 6400 and there wasn't much if any difference, at least on the LCDs. Later his wife turns up and I asked her if she enjoyed photography. "Oh yes, I use Johns backup D3 !". Turns out he travels with a large range of fast Nikon glass and now shoots for himself.

I have been dithering about a measly old DA 15mm Ltd for months so promptly got on the net and ordered one as a balm for my ego.

Couple of shots attached from around Tibooburra. The road train is why you get right off the road and let them through in either direction. Some are 55 yards long.

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Beautiful shots David. The K-5 never ceases to amaze...
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Crisp images there David.
The 15 is a special little lens.
The D3 is a hunk of camera isn't it...
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The D3 is a hunk of camera isn't it...
With a 24-70 f2.8 attached, bloody huge. I didn't have the grip on my K-5, it looked like a toy

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But your images wouldn't look terribly worse for wear comparatively...
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Yeah, those road trains are scary, especially if you're on a motorbike.
Nice bit of country. I can just hear the thunderous silence in your first shot. Nice going.
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I use a Nikon D3s - an updated D3, and with any of the nikkor zoom lenses that camera is easily three times the size of my Pentax K7 + FA31mm and people complain that the FA31 is big... Also I did get the DA15, it is a great counterpart to the FA31mm f/1.8.
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Nice pictures and great story for the coming years to remember.

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