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02-04-2014, 07:15 PM   #1
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New K-5 user

I'm not new to the forum but I'm new to the K-5. I'll be hanging out in this forum now!
I returned my defective K-3 with the 18-135 kit lens back to Amazon and did some thinking and decided that I didn't need a K-3 or the 18-135 lens.
I picked up a K-5 body only with 108 shutter clicks for $500. and I feel I got a great bargain. I have put the extra $1000 towards some quality lenses instead.
I am very impressed with the K-5 as I was with the K-3 - which in unquestionably a superior camera but having really good lenses are probably more important IMO.

I've been looking through the K-5 photo section and frankly I'm blown away by the excellent photos & the capabilities of this camera.
...Now if I can only find some spare time to go out & take some photos....work keeps getting in the way

02-04-2014, 07:22 PM   #2
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Yes, the K-5 is more than adequate for most purposes.
02-04-2014, 07:37 PM   #3
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02-04-2014, 07:53 PM   #4
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You won't be disappointed with the K-5.

02-04-2014, 09:41 PM   #5
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Welcome. I love my K-5 - its capable of taking stunning photos and is very rugged.

I recently got an 18-135 (even though my most used lens is the wonderful FA 35 f2) and I was pleasantly surprised. Its a great all rounder and I am finding its relatively compact size (for a zoom that is) and WR very useful.

I'm curious though - what was defective with the K-3?
02-04-2014, 09:54 PM   #6
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I can understand where you are coming from
I was so happy about the K-3 announcement, since it dropped prices in Japan. Combining that with the brutal drop of the Japanese Yen over the last year, I got my K-5IIs for 526, new.

So far I don't regret it!
02-04-2014, 10:08 PM   #7
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I can't get enough of the sweet-16 sensor, as shown by the K-5 K-01 and K-5ii in my possession enjoy the Classic model!
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Haha, sweet-16, I like that

02-05-2014, 06:57 AM   #9
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QuoteOriginally posted by kiwi_jono Quote
that is) and WR very useful.

I'm curious though - what was defective with the K-3?
USB 3.0 connectivity issues to the computers. It would randomly disconnect from the computer and then the K-3 would lock up. I'd have to take the battery out to get it started again. I'm sure that I had a defective camera but it was an excellent camera other than that.
However, weighing the costs of the K-3 vs the K-5 right now, I felt that the K-5 was a too compelling a bargain. Other than better movie capabilities (which I don't use) and a slightly better AF of the K-3 and of course the 24MP, there really is not that much of a difference between the two IMO. And the K-5 has ISO 80 vs. the K-3's ISO 100...
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I have been very happy with my K5 too. I moved back to Pentax after buying and selling a Canon 5DII with a bunch of L series lenses. I love the Pentax because all my old film lenses work just fine. As far as picture quality goes, it is great.
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Welcome to the K5 club. I like the 18-135 as it seems well-suited to getting outdoors and getting some shots. I may have to get the WR 55-300, as I will not use the non-WR lens if it looks like it might rain while out walkies - and that's when the rare migratory birds all play Disney birds with me....
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