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04-27-2013, 11:18 AM - 1 Like   #1
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Hi from New Orleans

I am glad to join this forum. I am from New Orleans. I own two old 35 mm Pentax cameras, and I am considering purchasing Pentax K-5 II.

04-27-2013, 12:24 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, you will enjoy the K-5 II or K-5 IIs which ever you get.

I was in New Orleans back in February 2007 for Mardi Gras, truly an amazing place, well worth the visit.
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Don't overlook the K-5, which is substaintially less expensive.
That said, if you do macro work the K-5IIs would be hard to resist.

New Orleans is great, I don't get to visit as often as I'd like.

04-29-2013, 07:57 AM   #5
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Hi, guys,

Thank you for the welcome messages. I am going to get K-5II WITH low pass filter. I need to decide between two prime lenses 40/2.8 and 43/1.9.

Another question - some reviews say that K-5II requires a lot of test shots with flash. What exactly does this mean? Built-in flash? External flash?

I am planning a trip to Vegas in the first days of May, so I need to make my decision very quick, so that I can go there with Pentax rather than with my old Nikon D90. Nikon is fine but I am sick with its back focus problem.

In terms of the lenses - I am old school guy and I prefer primes. DX 35 mm is supposed to be a normal lens for crop sensors but I do not like how it renders people proportions: elongated faces even if I shoot from a safe distance of 1-2 meters. Full body pictures produce short legs etc.

I used two primes with D90 - 35/2 and 50/1.8. The 50/1.8 did not give me that trouble that I just described above, but it was just a little bit more on tele side.

So, I am hoping that 40/2.8 or 43/1.9 with give me something close to view that my old film Pentax with 50/1.4 used to produce.

I do not like wide angle lenses - maybe because the Internet is flooded with pictures taken with cell phones.

The only other lens that I consider would be 77/2.8 portrait lens. I guess, it would be used in about 20% of my shots.

Again, I would appreciate any advice on the following:

1. a good standard prime lens 40/2.8 vs 43/1.9

2. what's the deal with the flash and which flash to buy (within $300.00 limit)

Thank you for your advices.


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04-29-2013, 09:30 AM   #6
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The pancake 77 is a tempting lens. Generally speaking the 43 has better IQ than the 40 pancake, but the 40 is less expensive and pretty cool. The plastic DA35 is very inexpensive, and probably worth having if you prefer primes.

I find myself using the flash less frequently as I get more and more comfortable with shooting higher ISO. Typically when I shoot with or without the flash I prefer the non-flash pictures. I have a Pentax 360 flash, so it can bounce up, not to the side. You can also make or buy a diffuser. For the pop-up flash, the Gary Fong puffer works really well.

IMHO, a DSLR with a good wide-angle lens produces markedly different pictures than P&S or cellphone images. For instance, I really enjoyed the Sigma 8-16 when I rented it, and probably will buy it in a year or so. My "standard" short prime has become the Sigma 28mm f1.8 macro. Yes, it's a bit distorted, but Lightroom de-fishes it very nicely.

The only other advice is a good weather-resistant lens will give you tremendous flexibility and comfort. The DA 18-135 has served me well so far.
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Welcome to the forums.

If you have the funds, go with the 43/1.9 ... Limited glass is a whole new world

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