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07-10-2011, 12:11 AM   #1
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Wow, it really is all you are saying !

Hey all,

Had my first chance today to hold a K5. Amazing ! The weight feels just right, the size is perfect and it feels like a solid peice of pro gear. I tried holding the D7000 as well, it was a little larger and felt solid, but ergonomically didn't feel right for me, buttons felt positioned in the wrong places for my hands. yet, when I held the K5 it fit like a glove, your hands seem to automatically designed to sit where they are comfortable and all the buttons are where you feel they should be. So needless to say I came home and ordered one !

Was interesting the sales guy was trying his hardest to steer me to the D7000, explaining the specials available with nikon gear, bag and tripod included etc. For me, the K5 felt like a well designed camera and impressive to say the least in the build quality.


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Cheers, can't wait to get it !

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Welcome aboard. Now, what lenses have you looked at.......

07-10-2011, 06:28 AM   #5
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In hearty agreement!

I took my new K-5 out yesterday. The ergonomics are great! Got about 475 shots yesterday with my 18-200 Tamron. I had a couple of problems; but I'm not going to toss the K-5 out. I think there's a learning curve, just as I had with the
K10D. My latter images were shot in plain old Aperture priority, with varying ASAs up to 3200 and no problems. They look great on the LCD (my computer is different, the images print truer to the LCD than monitor). Focus problems; at widest angle I often got no AF confirmation light/beep but I also got that with the K10D and this lens however very few shots appeared out of focus and the blurry images probably were due to slow shutter speeds of performers dancing, etc. I blazed away during some scenes, no problems with the buffer, etc. The camera did its job!

My problem, and it was operator error; I started in TAv. I failed to make adjustments as needed, and shot like I was in Green Zone Program. Overexposures, blown highlights (shots taken in shade were much better). I've enabled the D-Range settings now to avoid blowing the highlights and +1 for Shadow Compensation. If not needed, they can be switched back easily.

Today, I want to go out with the 10-17, 18-55 and 50-200 DAs, shooting Program, and Shutter Priority (maybe a little metered Manual).

Unlike the K10D, I'm not sure that adjusting Sharpness or Saturation (I shot in Bright Mode, didn't change that default) is needed. I'm happy as they appeared
straight out the camera.

Again, I'm not tossing it out! I want to know what makes it tick, and what will make it sing.

Good one, Pentax.
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Enjoy your camera! It is a blessing to have a new K-5 by your side isn't it?

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I'm sure the Nikon is a nice camera but was there Ever any doubt about the K5?

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Congratulations on a great will love it!
It is ashamed that so many camera shops push towards Nikon or Canon....that is what money from those two can do....the bonuses to the salespeople are just too good for them to pass up. In hard times, I can understand this, but there are a ton of Canon or Nikon shooters that would be shooting the Pentax K5 if they had only been given a chance to try a Pentax.

I loved my previous Pentax cameras, they were fantastic, although a little short in a few areas, but still delivered most of my needs. The just blows you away! No comparison, it is a true Game you will soon discover.

Best Regards!

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Yesterday, I went into Best Buy (an electronic store in U.S.) after a long time. There was a D7000 on display. This was the first time I saw one. The grip was thin and weirdly shaped. Buttons were flimsy, and the paint on the buttons looked like it would come off in a minute.
K-5 body is in a whole different league.



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