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03-27-2012, 11:21 AM   #1
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New K5 arrived today!!!

I also ordered the battery grip, remote, extra battery, and an extra Pearstone Compact Charger. Ordered from B&H last Wednesday. Very quick service.

Initial impressions:

- I will be about 6 months before I use the camera. It will take that long to read the manual. Film looks pretty east at this point.

- Pearstone Charger: Even though it says it is for the D-Li90 batteries. They won't fit onto it and contacts don't line up anyways. No idea what battery it is really for as all the labels I can see say it is for the D-Li90 battery. Obviously it is not. I wanted it for the ability to charge off the car 12V system. I don't even know if it is worth the hassle to return the thing as it was only $20. I may fire off an e-mail to B&H so they can check their stock. Nobody else needs to have this happen to them.

- Camera itself: Glad I got the battery grip. I was able to install some AA batteries (6) and turn on the camera. Took about 45 minutes to get it up and running as I scanned the manual to do things like format the SD card etc. I installed a Pentax manual focus 28-80mm lens on the camera and take a few pictures.

All in all pretty pleased. I see a long learning curve to learn all the functions. That will be a bit of a chore. I guess the old dog will have to learn a few new tricks.

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QuoteOriginally posted by gaweidert Quote
- Camera itself: Glad I got the battery grip. I was able to install some AA batteries (6) and turn on the camera. Took about 45 minutes to get it up and running as I scanned the manual to do things like format the SD card etc. I installed a Pentax manual focus 28-80mm lens on the camera and take a few pictures.
Yeah, the grip is a must-have as far as I'm concerned. Makes the camera much easier to hold!

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sounds like you're going from film to digital? wow, your first dslr!! I remember that day vividly... realized pretty quickly that I had a lot more to learn to get the most out of the camera congrats and good luck w/ your camera! hope you come to the same conclusion as I that the camera is pretty incredible!
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Congrats on the new camera! Don't give up on reading the manual, there is a lot of good info in there. I also agree with the grip being must have. Made the K-5 much more comfortable and vertical shots less awkward.

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