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11-17-2012, 10:20 PM   #181
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Still doing web research and questioning some good people in sales here in Vancouver, where K-30 body-only has dropped to Cdn $650-$700 now. I have 5 classic screw-mount Super Takumar primes in very very nice condition, and I've considered them to be white elephants for the past 20+ years. My idea is to maybe, maybe, maybe rejuvenate them with a K-30 and an M42 adapter. It's a question of real use, nostalgia, some passion, impulsiveness and the best things in life no longer paying much attention to me, as I'm 66 now. (Thirty years ago I was not 66.)

I have a Sony HX100v bridge camera, which I really love. My main interest is bird photography, and the HX100v (plus a couple of compacts with lesser tele) has been a delight. To buy a K-30 is a lot about logic and good sense versus being just plain silly. However, "if you still haven't grown up yet when you reach 60, you don't have to," and so I may do this silly THANG. And, to make it even sillier, I might even get one single zoom lens to go with ther body: for my birding passion, that would be a 50-300. I know I can't justify it, but, well, there you are.

What I DON'T want to end up with is disappointment that, honestly-to-goodnessly, my bridge camera does just about almost as well in terms of end-quality; or that I've overkilled myself and have weighed myself down with lenses and material bother. But I figure the really impressive HX100v photos are very close to 100 ISO, and where I go in the middle of nowhere in Costa Rica, that ISO just ain't so very available. I used to use these very same Super-Taks in Parks Canada in the 1970s to take photos that filled giant screens with razor-sharp definition; the very sharpest that Kodachrome 25 could do. Our photos were so sharp we had to wear heavy rubber gloves to sort our slides.

(cough, cough)

11-18-2012, 09:27 PM   #182
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Wow! That is what I call Creamsicle-Orange. Creamsicles still exist, but basically were an ice cream confection of the past, with that orange colour. They tasted delicious, like a combination of orange sherbet and vanilla ice cream, eaten on a stick like a Popsicle.

I love your orange Pentax!
11-18-2012, 10:47 PM   #183
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Just picked up my new K-30 (Blue) today!!
11-19-2012, 01:38 AM   #184
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I got mine on friday for NOK 4495,- (appr. USD 775,-). That is a great price in Norway.

I already have the K5, but wanted focus peaking. No focus peaking in K5II, so the choice was obvious.


11-19-2012, 06:10 AM   #185
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Opened mine a week ago. I've been working nights all this week and haven't been able to get out and play with it but, I'm excited to get out this week and put it through it's paces. Very happy to be back into the hobby.
11-19-2012, 07:13 AM   #186
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Got mine a few days ago, here in the UK it is a bargain at the moment. Got mine body only plus a free spare battery for £369.
11-19-2012, 09:39 AM   #187
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I've switched from Nikon to Pentax, starting with the K-30. I usually order from B/H, but I had tons of credit to spend with another vendor, so I used it up.
11-19-2012, 03:12 PM - 1 Like   #188
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The UPS man just brought a blue K-30 body to my door.

Sadly, I only get to play with it for a day or so (have to make sure it works properly, ya know!) before my wife puts it away until Christmas morning.

I'm going to have to break the news to my K-100D very gently...

11-20-2012, 10:09 AM   #189
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11-28-2012, 12:26 PM   #190
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Finally got M42 adapter, now I feel complete
K-30 + Tair 300/4,5 from photosniper set

Sorry for bad quality, I do not have any other good camera
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11-28-2012, 03:57 PM   #191
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
According to B&H, only a couple of pre-orders were shipped out to PF members. I hope the K-30 is in fact more popular than that! Post here if you've got one
just ordered my K-30 Monday evening. Have sold my K-10 which I used for a back up and plan on keeping my K-20 for my main camera along with my K-30. B & H price helped me decide. I am excited.
11-28-2012, 04:26 PM   #192
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I was waiting to upgrade my K7 ( I already have a K5) but when the K5II & K5IIs were announced decided to wait and got a K30 to replace the K7, I'm not disappointed.
11-28-2012, 04:31 PM   #193
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I got mine from Amazon a few weeks ago. Would have loved a blue (or even yellow or orange) one, but the kit with the 18-135 was only a little over $1000, so I got the black body. Sadly, shipping and taxes to Chile made the deal much worse, but still better than buying locally.

Sold my GX-10, and, while I miss some things (buttons! mostly, sometimes the color), I don't regret it. Also, strangely enough, my LBA has almost completely disappeared.
11-28-2012, 06:56 PM   #194
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Ordered one and I will be waiting for the UPS truck tomorrow
11-29-2012, 05:02 AM   #195
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Got mine few days ago for v.good price at jessops (£360 with 18-55WR). Now time to sell my K-R. After quick test definitely can confirm no tungsten light focusing issue, tested with DA35 f2.4. I'm going to do proper side to side comparison over the weekend.
So far I'm pleased with it. Still to afraid to test it's WR abilities

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