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01-22-2013, 10:29 PM   #1
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Howdy from The Republic O' Tejas!

Long time film user here, now thinking of adding a digital body to my gear.

Currently have two LX and a few other bodies and a small to medium fortune in glass, although the majority of my shots are done w/ my 100mm macro lense and my 500mm telephoto.

Any suggestions as to a DSLR that'll work best w/ K-mount manual focus lenses for nature photography?

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Hi Terry, welcome to the forums. Enjoy all the free and friendly advice!

I recently got a K-30, and the focus peaking feature in live view makes using my old lenses a pleasure.
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I have K-10, K-20 and K-7. Any of these would work. Depends on how much to spend. Used K-10 for $300 at Keh Camera would be a good starter intro to digital, or to go all the way you could spend maybe $600-900 for a K-5. The old glass fits all of them. Good luck. Look forward to your nature posts.
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Thanks, folks! Will look into those models.

Here's a pic done w/ my daughter's Nikon Coolpix:



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Welcome!
Same Terry Allan Hall from harmony central acoustic guitar forum??
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Same Terry Allan Hall from harmony central acoustic guitar forum??
Guilty.
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Welcome! I have to agree with altopiet that the focus peaking of the K30 makes using manual focus lenses very pleasurable. If you don't mind using the screen rather than the OVF then it's a great feature.
The K-01 is unusual and not a DSLR (it's a mirrorless) but it might also be worth a look. (For the price ($315 body only,) it's hard to beat.) It also has focus peaking.

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Welcome! I have to agree with altopiet that the focus peaking of the K30 makes using manual focus lenses very pleasurable. If you don't mind using the screen rather than the OVF then it's a great feature.
The K-01 is unusual and not a DSLR (it's a mirrorless) but it might also be worth a look. (For the price ($315 body only,) it's hard to beat.) It also has focus peaking.
Cool...will look into that one, too!

Anyone have an opinion on the Pentax *ist DS?
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I have a K-01 and it is a lot of camera for the money. I really do not miss the optical finder. Works great with my old glass and really does well with video...better than other Pentax models. I also have an ist DS. It is a great camera for use with old glass. You have to make sure that the e dial is not gummed up before purchasing a well used body. This is a very common problem with the older pentax dslrs.
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