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06-23-2012, 07:56 AM   #16
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The K5 is a superb camera and you can't go wrong buying it. The lens prices shot up but have now mostly returned to the prices they were before they were raised !

06-27-2012, 05:14 AM   #17
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I researched every camera below $2k and it finally came down to the K-5 or the Canon 7D. I got the K-5 based on the body being all metal and the better weather sealing. I don't regret it a bit. And it was less expensive.
06-27-2012, 09:53 AM   #18
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QuoteOriginally posted by Frogfish Quote
The lens prices shot up but have now mostly returned to the prices they were before they were raised !
Someone forgot to tell B&H about the price drop.

On 4/30/2012 I bought a DA* 50-135 from B&H for $849.95 (Thanks for the heads up PF!). Today that lens lists for $1599.95 @ B&H. I wanted a DFA100 Macro WR which is currently $849 @ B&H, up from about $620. I also wanted a DA* 60-250 which is currently $1999.95 @ B&H, up from about $1200.

My LBA is still well under control here.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JimDickinson Quote
Someone forgot to tell B&H about the price drop.

On 4/30/2012 I bought a DA* 50-135 from B&H for $849.95 (Thanks for the heads up PF!). Today that lens lists for $1599.95 @ B&H. I wanted a DFA100 Macro WR which is currently $849 @ B&H, up from about $620. I also wanted a DA* 60-250 which is currently $1999.95 @ B&H, up from about $1200.

My LBA is still well under control here.
Actually, B&H is the vendor who had the price drop. Sadly, it was short-lived.

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QuoteOriginally posted by luftfluss Quote
Actually, B&H is the vendor who had the price drop. Sadly, it was short-lived.
Ah thanks LF. I knew I had seen it somewhere and it wasn't senility

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OMG. That was my first reaction when I opened the box and put together the components. K-5, DA 15-135 WR lens and the OEM grip is a killer combination. The shutter is so silent. Can't wait to go on my hiking trip this weekend and enjoy this beauty.

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Thanks so much everyone for your kind and encouraging words. I have ZERO regrets now and I am so glad I made this purchase. Thank You!!
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I shoot digital on a shoestring. I couldn't do that if it wasn't for Pentax and it's backward compatibility with generations of lenses. I do have a few newer digital lenses, but all of them were bought used or traded for and cost me less than $65. The backbone of my kit are my legacy lenses. Pentax, Vivitar, Chinon, Tamron, Sigma, there are more brands than I can remember out there that are compatible with my film and digital SLR's. All I need is a $30 adapter and I've got M42 as well as K mount lenses at my disposal. Yeah, the newer digital lenses are beyond my wallet at present and with prices going up even buying digital lenses used will not be all that easy for me. But you know what? I can still shoot regardless, still add MF and older digital lenses to my collection if I want and I can still do it for a lot less than I can with a Canon or a Nikon DSLR. It's a fact that I could not do what I have done, have the kit that I have if I wasn't into Pentax. I've got nothing against the other brands, like some others, but Pentax is MY brand for several good reasons. Pentax took me from amateur to working photographer. I have no regrets. Quite the contrary. That little word under my name? Pentaxian? That's me, that's true, and I couldn't be prouder to say so.
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I would say go enjoy your new camera (if you haven't already). Realistically, how many lenses were you planning to buy in the near future? Why care about the price of lenses you personally aren't planning to buy? By the time you do get ready to buy more lenses a lot of things could change.

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Like everyone has said here... You made an awesome decision going with the K-5.. I have had mine for about 2 weeks now, and just love it! I upgraded from a k-x/k-r... In my current line up only the DA 40mm was bought new... All the others I have bought here in the marketplace. Great prices and good quality...

just this past 3 months.. I have acquired 3 limiteds and 1 d-fa 100 WR... of course selling off my tamron gear and the 2 bodies...

LBA & CBA can be a horrible disease.... but it is one that I really enjoy!
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Sometimes I think the problem with Pentax being 'value for money' is that it also attracts too many 'value for money' people.
They nit-pick over everything and nothing seems to be better than their first entrant to digital DSLRs (be these *istD; K10; K20) which they did not know better and were more accepting.


The K5 is excellent. I've used mine for almost 3 yrs now (3yrs by early Oct)
Its not perfect, but its by far the best one from Pentax that I've used so far (K100D; K7, dabbled a bit with Kx, before this)
IMO, realistically, for the general user and for all intents of normal usage including doing large prints, the K5 is at the threshold of quality (noise, DR, megapix, features) that I think will be hard to displace even with newer APS-C cameras.
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It's interesting to see people on Nikon forums getting extremely excited (esp. in landscape photography and the necessity to blend) over the improved DR of the D800.

BTW the DR is 14.4 EV compared to the 14.1 of the K5

Yes I know there are a multitude of other advantages to the D800 but that made me smile.
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I just have a quick questions. When I turn ON my K-5, it makes a sound. Like a screeching sound, for a second. Is that normal?

Thanks again for all your replies. A proud Pentaxian with ZERO regrets.
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How loud is the screech? Is it the ultrasonic dust removal?
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How loud is the screech? Is it the ultrasonic dust removal?
Nothing really loud. Just a small click sound for a second. Should it be silent while you are turning it ON?
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QuoteOriginally posted by iamarunr Quote
Nothing really loud. Just a small click sound for a second. Should it be silent while you are turning it ON?
thats normal, all is well
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