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02-17-2012, 12:01 PM   #16
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That may well be true, and a good method. But folks my age used to a real viewfinder for 50 years hate using LCD screens.
It's more than being used to a real viewfinder. If you wear variable-focus eyeglasses (think bifocals) as I do, one gets a very sore neck with the constant bending back of one's head to be able to focus on the live view screen.

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My heart's racing: I have a K-5 Body kit & DA 55-300 from Adorama in my shopping cart. Income tax refund on the way. Should I pull the trigger?
Of course you should
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My heart's racing: I have a K-5 Body kit & DA 55-300 from Adorama in my shopping cart. Income tax refund on the way. Should I pull the trigger?
Yes! Why Not?
02-18-2012, 07:14 AM   #19
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And you know what I'll miss is the depth of field preview. Appreciate all the input.
No, you won't miss it. The K-5 has a very nice DOF preview function: it's integrated in the on-off switch: Just turn it from off to on, and then one notch further enables the DOF preview. When released, it springs back into the normal on-position.
You just have to be sure to set the preview mode to 'optical preview' (Menu>Record 5>Button Customization>Preview Dial), otherwise you get a digital preview on the lcd screen.

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No, you won't miss it. The K-5 has a very nice DOF preview function: it's integrated in the on-off switch: Just turn it from off to on, and then one notch further enables the DOF preview. When released, it springs back into the normal on-position.
You just have to be sure to set the preview mode to 'optical preview' (Menu>Record 5>Button Customization>Preview Dial), otherwise you get a digital preview on the lcd screen.
Yes, just saw this function at local camera store. Wanted to hold a K-5 in my hands. Will still go for the deal at Adorama.
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The deed is done. New K-5 & DA 55-300 on its way. Thanks for the encouragement, I don't know how many times I've talked myself out of getting a dslr. I'm glad I didn't settle for a bundled Canon Rebel!
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Hello, I just bought a K-5! But I am having an issue using my SMC 50mm 1.7 on it!? It's set to manual but all I see is F-- flashing in the VF and on the LV screen... please help!
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Hello, I just bought a K-5! But I am having an issue using my SMC 50mm 1.7 on it!? It's set to manual but all I see is F-- flashing in the VF and on the LV screen... please help!
One more step for manual lenses, change a menu setting:
Hit the menu button and select the "C" tab, and menu 4. Item 27 is "Using Aperture Ring" - Change this to "Permitted"

Then try the lens on manual again.

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EXCELLENT! Thank you for the quick response. I just picked this camera up after using Micro 4/3 for the past year and I must say it is a very welcomed upgrade. This Body is an absolute joy to handle.

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Hello, I just bought a K-5! But I am having an issue using my SMC 50mm 1.7 on it!? It's set to manual but all I see is F-- flashing in the VF and on the LV screen... please help!
Unless your lens is an "A" lens you should see "F--". K- and M-lenses have no electrical conytacts to communicate their aperture setting to the camera body. By the way: Did you remember to set Custom Steeing no. 27, "Using Aperture Ring" to "Permitted"? You say you have set to manual; does that include: The camera to manual mode "M"? and the focus to manual focus "MF"?
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I did have everything set to manual but did not change Aperture to permitted. That did the trick! Thanks for the response. Now how do I get one of those proud owner of signatures?

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------------------------Now how do I get one of those proud owner of signatures?

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You can find some templates here:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-dslr-discussion/67605-pentax-k-5-k...ture-tags.html
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They have some pretty good deals on lenses right now. A DA*300 F4 for $1129. Almost bought it then remembered that we are doing some flooring in the kitchen. What are my priorities???
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