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04-26-2012, 08:51 AM   #16
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The better the sensor and the better the resolution, the better a good lens is needed to achieve maximum results. The K5 has an excellent sensor.
The other problems, may or may not be out of the ordinary...hard to say without actually using your particular camera. A DSLR is more complicated in use than a P&S, and results depend on many factors...not least of all the abilities of the shooter to understand those factors. This may be why I often get better results from my little X10 than from my K5......I guess you might say the X10 is smarter than I am.....

There is a lot of work in getting good results, and it takes a lot of time and practice, some good equipment and dedication. The K5 is a superb camera, fully capable for any shooter of any degree of knowledge.....but it comes with a price...both in terms of time learning, and lens cost.

If you are dedicated, the K5 would be the best choice out there....I have no doubt about that whatsoever given the current prices and models available.

The lens prices? This is a tricky area, and for a new shooter might indeed cause some consideration in the purchase of a new body before you get heavily invested. The direction of Ricoh is not at all clear, and this could be a problem in the future if you are needing to get a lens collection started. Frankly, I have no idea where Ricoh is headed either with bodies or lenses....and I haven't seen anyone else that does either.
This may not matter if you can pick out what you need in the future and if it is affordable and available now, then there really isn't a problem. As for the K5.....I stick with the idea that it is a steal for the price.......even the original price!

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Looking at the photos and then the 100% enlargements you can read signs "ranch house" for example that are hardly even visible in the picture and there's no fringing or aberrations at even at full 100% pixel peeping.
I'd say that lens / sensor combination is absolutely amazing.

PS. Please tell me where I may buy a full set of limited primes for $500-600??? I paid more than that for just one.
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I meant that the limited prime prices went up about $200 each, so I'd be spending $600 more (200x3) on a whole set than I would would've a month ago.
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You don't need to get all of them in one bang. Get one, use it for few months, get a feel for it, work on your composition etc... there's a lot of learning to do for you with SLR. One lens will keep you occupied for long time and it will allow lots of creativity you have never thought of. Look at the photos taken by the lens of choice and see what others have done with it and build it.

Also next step is to start taking photos in RAW to take full capabilities of camera and learning how to post process them. That's another few months right there. Once you got that, you can get another lens. I got most of them in the lenses I wanted over 6 months, got half of them 2nd hand and I'm very happy with them, but then I've used dslr for a lot longer not to mention primes and I knew exactly what I was after. I'm pretty sure it's going to take you a lot longer to figure out which primes you want.

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I decided I'll keep the camera, maybe I'll send it to get the horizon calibrated. I'm just going to get a 55-300 right now (the plastic lens mount on the 55-300 DA-L scares me, but the price difference is almost double, so I'm gonna get the cheaper one I think) and then I'll have 18-300 covered with basic lenses. Then I can see what focal lengths I feel most comfortable with, and start buying primes.

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QuoteOriginally posted by SenorBeef Quote
I decided I'll keep the camera, maybe I'll send it to get the horizon calibrated. I'm just going to get a 55-300 right now (the plastic lens mount on the 55-300 DA-L scares me, but the price difference is almost double, so I'm gonna get the cheaper one I think) and then I'll have 18-300 covered with basic lenses. Then I can see what focal lengths I feel most comfortable with, and start buying primes.

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A wise decision, primes are not the easiest to live with. I;ve been using SLR's since 1972, and DSLRs for the past 4 years primes and zooms. But I bought the DA-L 35mm F2,4 and sold it because I didn't like the focal length! Using a tool like "focus plot" to analyse what focal lengths you actually use will really help you after a few months of shooting. You might also consider the DA 16-45 which gives you a wider perspective and has deent IQ too, Anyway best wishes from Pentaxians here and on DP Review too - where your posts have sparjed a fair debate!
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Okay, that's fine. When I tried out other DSLRs in stores I didn't recall there being the same effect, so I was wondering if something was wrong.
No, you are correct. The k-5's default screen has a 'dirty' rough look to it that is not present in other DSLRs. It can be annoying but doesn't really affect anything.

My horizontal level is a tiny bit off. It's a useless feature anyway unless you're hanging upside down from something.

The lens price increase affected me in the same way. Bang/buck was killed and I'm a little uncertain about the future.
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No, you are correct. The k-5's default screen has a 'dirty' rough look to it that is not present in other DSLRs. It can be annoying but doesn't really affect anything.
I think your mistaken just checked
Nikon d7000, canon eos100, Minolta 5000, mamyia family, praktika mtl3, Pentax mz50, Pentax mz60, Pentax kx, Pentax K5

All have exactly the same gound glass look but the film camera have the prism centres (optional screen for k5)

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