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08-24-2013, 04:25 AM   #1
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G'day from Central Vic, Australia

Hi all.

For the last 10 years or so, I have been using a Fuji S7000 bridge digital camera. It produces reasonable photos, but it just isn't the same as an SLR. Prior to buying the Fuji, I used to use a Pentax K2 film SLR and I still have it and my lenses.
I recently decided that it would be good to get back into photography (as opposed to just taking holiday snaps) and wondered if Pentax made digital SLRs which would take my old 1970s lenses. This forum was one of the places I visited and discovered that my lenses would in fact work on a modern DSLR.

After looking through a heap of threads I decided on a K5-II with the 18-135 WR lens. They are ordered and hopefully should arrive next week sometime. One of my old lenses is an SMC Pentax F1.2 50mm which I'm looking forward to playing with on the K5. The very narrow depth of field and great optical quality used to produce some interesting shots on film and slides, so hopefully it will do the same on the new body.

Anyway, thanks to everyone who's brains I anonymously picked!

08-24-2013, 05:27 AM   #2
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Welcome!
Bendigo is a lovely regional city in a great area. I worked a couple of locums there in the late 90's. I look forward to seeing your output from the 50/1.2

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Welcome,
Great camera you have decided on, I got mine in March and love it.
I'm also looking forward to see your pictures with the 50 f1.2.
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Welcome aboard! You've certainly picked an excellent camera for your old glass. And the 18-135 is a good allrounder.

Enjoy your comeback into photography!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Sandy Hancock Quote
Welcome!
Bendigo is a lovely regional city in a great area. I worked a couple of locums there in the late 90's. I look forward to seeing your output from the 50/1.2
The Adelaide Hills is a lovely area too. My daughter is a Phd student at Adelaide Uni and lives in North Adelaide, so we get over your way fairly regularly.
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I'm assuming as there is no aperture activation lever on the new bodies, that the old manual lens will just stop down as you turn the aperture ring rather than doing it when the shutter is released (or the preview button is pressed) as it did on my old K2. So what I see through the viewfinder will be representative of what the shot will look like (depth of field). I also assume the camera will work in either aperture priority or manual mode.

Can anyone confirm this, or do I have it wrong?
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You'll find a comprehensive walk through of the use of vintage lenses here:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-beginners-corner-q/110658-using-ma...x-dslrs-f.html

Only preset type lenses need to be stopped down before shutter actuation.
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Thanks mate!

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Welcome to PF and bonjour from France ... enjoy the K-5ii and hope to see an image or two soon from your 50/1.2 ... J
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QuoteOriginally posted by Merts Quote
thanks to everyone who's brains I anonymously picked!
Welcome to the forum, I hope I was excluded from your selection cos I would do you no good whatsoever.
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