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06-20-2013, 08:34 AM   #1
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Thinking about switching

Hi there - Currently using Nikon D5100 & D70s. Thinking of switching to Pentax for weather resistance and a few other reasons.

Amateur, but I did win best in show out of about 300-400 entries in the only contest I've entered

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Welcome to the forum, if you need any additional advice before you purchase, there's many "unbiased" Pentax users here to help.
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Welcome to the forum, if you need any additional advice before you purchase, there's many "unbiased" Pentax users here to help.
How's this for fast -- I just bought one on the marketplace.
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How's this for fast -- I just bought one on the marketplace
Good for you, well enjoy it when it arrives, any questions just ask.

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Bonjour from France and welcome to PF ... so, what did you buy? ... hope to see some images soon, J
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QuoteOriginally posted by narual Quote
Hi there - Currently using Nikon D5100 & D70s. Thinking of switching to Pentax for weather resistance and a few other reasons.

Amateur, but I did win best in show out of about 300-400 entries in the only contest I've entered
Did you get a K-30? If so, it's going to feel very much like your D5100, with about the same image quality but the added bonus of weather sealing and a bigger grip.

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Welcome! And you seem to be sufficiently trigger happy
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Thanks, all. I purchased a K-5 with a 50-135 2.8

I can live without the 136-200mm range from my 18-200, but I'm going to need to get something for the under 50mm. Probably get the cheap starter lens and then switch to the 16-55 when I decide I can justify it. Or just get a fast, fairly wide prime (anything that's weather resistant?), and be prepared to crop. Thoughts?

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Thanks, all. I purchased a K-5 with a 50-135 2.8 ...
Congrats and hope that you like your K-5 as much as I do mine ... great gear and good luck on the lens hunt, J
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That's a great combo image quality wise! Not the fastest focusing lens but not terrible. I have had mine in torrential rain storms, freezing rain and on a splashy ocean voyage without any problems. Hope you enjoy your gear!
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Any recommendations on a cheap flash that's not fully manual and can tilt/rotate? Used or third party is fine. I have 2 overpriced Nikkon ones that I never fully utilized, so I know I probably won't need many bells and whistles for a pentax flash (and if I need it down the line I can always upgrade)
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I like my METZ 44AF-1 DIGITAL FLASH/PENTAX
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I like my METZ 32-CT-3, tons of them on Ebay.
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I like my METZ 32-CT-3, tons of them on Ebay.
that would't work with p-ttl and it doesn't rotate, does it?
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yeah, without having something that can go TTL I might as well just use my overpriced Nikon SB600 with some tape over the contacts. And maybe that's what I'll do til I need something else... I don't really use the flash that much anyway, and 90% of the time that I do, I'm just bouncing it off the ceiling or the wall, or I've got something diffusing it. Once I'm totally sold on switching maybe I'll sell them and get something more appropriate.
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