Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
02-18-2011, 05:56 PM   #1
Inactive Account

Join Date: Feb 2011
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 4
"Hello" from Northland, New Zealand.

Hi everyone, I decided to become a member as I have been doing extensive research on this site to decide about getting the new K-5. It is on order but I am still a bit nervous about the AF doing front focusing in tungsten light. The K-5 is pretty expensive here and I hope I've made the right choice. I am new to the DSLR world - I've owned a Sony DSC-H2 point and shoot for over four years now and have had quite a few shots published in our local newspaper but I am a true amateur on a serious learning curve. I have already learnt so much from all of you - I was fortunate enough to grab some great deals on some older SMC lenses and I also ordered a Tameron 17-50mm f/2.8 non-vc with my camera. Now all I want to see is the firmware fix for the AF problem and I'll gladly grab the camera.

Regards to all,

02-18-2011, 06:19 PM   #2
Veteran Member

Join Date: May 2008
Location: South Australia
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 901
Welcome, Steve. I used to tour around your way when I worked at the NZ Vocational Guidance Service in the 1970s. I was a Senior Guidance Adviser and used to visit schools, setting up pilot programs. Beautiful part of NZ. Whereabouts are you? Looking forward to seeing some photos with your new camera (and a mighty fine one it is indeed). I'm sure the Brothers and Sisters here will sort out any problems you might run into. It'll certainly be a steep learning curve but you'll get there.
You mention that your Tamron is a "non-vc." Of course, with the K5 shake reduction is built into the body, so every lens you attach to it, even older manual primes, has shake reduction (or vibration control in Nikon terminology) at any time. You can turn it on or off according to your needs. One of the first things you'll want to do is read the manual a few times - there's a lot to learn.
Looking forward to those pics. Enjoy the forum.

Last edited by Wombat; 02-18-2011 at 06:25 PM.
02-18-2011, 10:38 PM   #3
Inactive Account

Join Date: Feb 2011
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 4
Original Poster
Many thanks, I'm sure looking forward to it. I'm up past Whangarei - towards Hukerenui (in the rural areas - far from neighbours and surrounded by hills and forests). I am keen to plan a trip down to the South Island for some good opps for shots - just need to get some confidence with shooting DSLR.
02-20-2011, 01:57 PM   #4
Arpe's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: New Zealand
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 4,438
Hi Steve. Welcome along. If you're after local knowledge the place to go is here :, though you've probably already found that.

02-20-2011, 03:18 PM   #5
Veteran Member

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Auckland
Posts: 553
Welcome Steve - good to see someone else from up north. I'm originally from Kerikeri myself.

I hope you enjoy your new camera!
02-20-2011, 03:26 PM   #6
Veteran Member

Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Finland
Photos: Albums
Posts: 3,196
Welcome to the forums :-)

Waiting with the K-5 is probably the prudent thing to do, if photos where the AF has to work in lowish tungsten light are a consideration; this unfortunately includes using flash in the problematic conditions.
02-21-2011, 11:02 AM   #7
Inactive Account

Join Date: Feb 2011
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 4
Original Poster
Cheers for that - I will have a look.

02-22-2011, 05:09 AM   #8
Arjay Bee's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Warraber Island, Torres Straits, Q
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 4,614
Ex Whangarei myself - went to Kamo High School '69-73 - fourth generation Northlander.

Good to see another one here.

  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
af, camera, k-5
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Post your "Park Bench" "or "Picnic Table" images tessfully Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 2167 4 Days Ago 12:21 PM
Sports "Highside Exit" took 1st Place in DPReview "Missed It by THAT much, Part 1" Challenge MRRiley Post Your Photos! 27 02-21-2010 08:26 PM
K20d-Frame Count on w/"M" & "P" mode only? arbib Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 08-28-2009 05:47 PM
"Hunger for a DA*50-135?" or "The DA*50-135 as a bird lens!" or "Iron age birds?" Douglas_of_Sweden Post Your Photos! 4 08-13-2008 06:09 AM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:40 PM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]