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08-04-2013, 11:55 AM   #1
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Previously entrenched in the world of Nikon and Panasonic took a gamble on the K5 11. First impressions are very positive.

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Excellent. I've never shot anything but Pentax (as far as SLR/DSLR is concerned), but then I've only had 3 cameras with an interchangeable lens.
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I've only ever shot Pentax SLR's, I've used a Nikon once, and hated it. I'm sure all of us are interested in hearing from someone coming from the other side of the fence, so do share your experiences!

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QuoteOriginally posted by jwoodc Quote
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Welcome aboard, use all three brands as all have their own merits at different times.
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A lot to learn yet but first impressions are that all the important controls just fall to hand so easily. Would like to have anyone's views on the 18-55 and 50-200 kit lenses or if I should invest in something else as a good all round lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jwoodc Quote
views on the 18-55 and 50-200 kit lenses
For an all around 'kit' lens take a look at the 18-135mm. I slander it by calling it a kit lens as it is by no means a throw away to go with the camera. Better in IQ than either the 18-55 or the 50-200, WR and with DC silent drive motor. You lose the range on the far end but don't have to change lenses as much. Pair it with a 55-300 eventually and you have a great kit in two lenses from 18 to 300mm.
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Thank you for the advice. Much appreciated.

08-06-2013, 09:33 AM   #9
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Welcome Pentaxville

I did a lot of general research here and other websites and just bought a Tammy 18-250/3.5-6.3 (from what I read tamron overall and generally slightly beat out equivalent Sigma). It's also easier on the budget vs the newer Tamron18-270 which is also highly rated.

So I'm curious, what are your impressions about main differences/similarities, likes/dislikes??
*I'm all ears
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This morning I picked up my Nikon D600 with 24-70 lens fitted. It weighs a ton compared to the K5 11. Whereas the Pnasonic GH3 just feels a little bit too small for my hands. I have just added a battery grip to the K5 11 and it fits my hands so much better with all the important controls in just the right place. Have just been trying out the 18-135 as recommended by Jatrax for some close shots of butterflies. Need some more time playing with this lens but I am very pleased with the results so far.
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The lens works really nicely for insects at around 70 to 100mm. Very good. Not a real match for my FA100 macro - but it's not a dedicated lens.
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I was shooting at 135 mm most of the time but will try a session at the focal lengths you suggest and see if I can get a bit closer to the subject.
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