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03-15-2013, 08:57 AM   #1
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Finally pulled the trigger!

Well, I sold my Canon kit two days ago and pulled the trigger on a Pentax kit on Amazon this morning! K-5, 55-80 and a 55-300, memory, case, monopod, tripod (which I'll give away because I doubt it'll be better than my current one), and a whole bunch of other stuff for $1,050USD and change.

I'm pretty darn stoked for it to come in and for me to give that shutter some exercise!

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Congrat and enjoy your new camera combo!! I guess you mean 18-55 DA lens not 55-80; are those DAL or just DA or DA WR? If those are WR lens, you are doing real good for this deal.
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They will be DA L. The 55-300 doesn't even have a WR version...
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Congratulations! Great deal on a good kit setup. The 55-300 is an excellent lens IMHO.

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Congratulations! Great deal on a good kit setup. The 55-300 is an excellent lens IMHO.
Thank you!

My 2nd most used lens was my Sigma 70-300, so I think the 55-300 will be outstanding for my use.
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Thank you!

My 2nd most used lens was my Sigma 70-300, so I think the 55-300 will be outstanding for my use.
By all accounts the 55-300 is clearly superior to the 70-300. I've found that with adequate light it produces excellent images. I hope you enjoy your new setup.
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K5 is nice

Wow, I received my K5 one day earlier than expected. I was very excited... opened the box, pull the manual out, battery charger, etc, I waited long 5 hours for battery to charge (it seemed to take forever) and I started playing with my brand new K5... it's cool. I am coming from a Kx... big upgrade, it's cool how the lcd displays changes from landscape to vertical, nice, even my wife likes it. Still trying to talk her into letting me keep the 18-135mm lens Still don't know if I will keep the lens (haven't touch it yet to keep me away from evil thoughts) but I like how the K5 looks with the DA 40mm ltd, very compact. Now I am thinking in buying a grip for it. This seems like a camera I will keep for years to come. Anyway... still haven't upgrade the firmware. Any thoughts anybody?
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Nice. I'm waiting for my camera too. It's supposed to arrive on Tuesday.

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Now I am thinking in buying a grip for it. This seems like a camera I will keep for years to come. Anyway... still haven't upgrade the firmware. Any thoughts anybody?
Don't buy a grip (unless you have a very specific need for one, the standard battery is good for over 1,000 shots), do keep the 18-135 (it's a very versatile lens), and do upgrade the firmware (lots of improvements). Have fun with your new camera
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Anyway... still haven't upgrade the firmware. Any thoughts
You should not hesitate to upgrade the firmware. Many users have reported improvements, especially with focusing.
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My new (first generation) K-5 arrived just a couple of days ago. I'm trying to find a good -printed- guidebook for it, because as expected the manual leaves much to be desired.
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My new (first generation) K-5 arrived just a couple of days ago. I'm trying to find a good -printed- guidebook for it, because as expected the manual leaves much to be desired.
Pentax K-5 e-book, available for all PDF reading devices. (Free sample partial download) - AlettA Photographic

I like his stuff.
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Well, mine came in a couple days ago, I finally had a chance to process a couple photos from it. I love the DNG file handling in Photoshop: much smoother than Canon's files (I don't even remember what those extensions were or care to look it up at the moment). I just need to shoot with it enough that the controls become second nature. These extra two stops of range are making it difficult for me to compose -- just gotta keep going!

EDIT: Figured I would give you all a sample. Here's from today's hike.
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Go for the grip if you find the camera a bit small for your hands. It adds a lot more surface area to grab onto and gives you more shot capacity. If it gets in the way, just take it off.
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I think I will just get extra batteries, the K5 body just feels right, not sure now I will like the extra weight that the grip will add. Last night I was playing with the liveview and noticed strange noises coming from it. I guess I will not be using that too much. Also very annoying when I want to take the SD card out the camera, it does get stuck in some spot. I know is normal for something new to have a few glitches that will go away with time I hope. Last night I updated the firmware too, Although I don't think I will notice any difference since I just got the camera 2 days ago. Thanks to all for the responses. I really appreciate to have a forum like this one
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