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03-15-2012, 03:15 PM   #1
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Retired professor, active curmudgeon. After many years of shooting film with Nikon gear, I went digital, still with Nikon, and sold all my film bodies. Then, curiously, over several years my photography dwindled away. Last year I started thinking about why I had lost interest and realized I loathed the user interface (and the weight) of my dslr. Using it bore little resemblance to making photographs, and the stuff weighed a ton. So I sold it all. Then I luckily stumbled into a Leica M8 with several lenses (long story): digital, but still photography the way I once enjoyed it (no zoom, no autofocus). But rangefinders don't do long lenses or macro, so I still needed something to supplement the M8. After months of research I finally realized that the K-5 is the best crop sensor dslr around. So I ordered one this morning. Soon I'll be a happy (I hope) Pentax user.

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Welcome aboard! I think you'll like the size and weight difference with the K-5 over similar performance Nikons. The additional availability of old glass is another plus. Hope you find the forum informative and friendly.
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If you liked the look and feel of your old Nikons, you'll LOVE the K5! The weight and feel are very much like a traditional 35mm SLR and the interface is wonderfully done. I teach photography to adults and get to see all of the digital cameras and the K5 & K7 are by far the best user interface so far! And the face you can use so much legacy glass is such a wonderful feature. I actually prefer it with manual focus for most shooting scenarios. Fast nature and sports are an exception.

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Good to have you here. Enjoy your K-5.
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I received my K5 with the kit lens and the 55-200. Very happy with handling and image quality. Here's the obligatory cat shot and couple of street scenes.
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