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06-26-2014, 07:38 PM   #1
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Hi I am looking to pick up my first DSLR and after a long look at what is out there I have come back to Pentax. I have used K1000 for years. love how solid the camera is. I have a number of lens that fit the k1000 will they mount to K30 or will I need an adaptor?

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Your lenses will work just fine with the K-30. No adapter is needed, but you do have to stop-down meter:

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QuoteOriginally posted by christineart Quote
Hi I am looking to pick up my first DSLR and after a long look at what is out there I have come back to Pentax. I have used K1000 for years. love how solid the camera is. I have a number of lens that fit the k1000 will they mount to K30 or will I need an adaptor?
Good move
Awesome how all the K-mount lenses slap straight on there and gain a new life !
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That is fantastic. Thanks for the fast reply. I have not yet desided yet on the camera body yet. Thanking on the K 5, K 30, K 50. They all are very close in capabilities. I read some place pentax may becomeing out with a new model in a few weeks. Any thougts?

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A new model? Maybe in the K30/50 range but not a flagship. The K30 and K50 have focus peaking, which can help you use the manual lenses. K5 series does not, but are very good cameras.
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The only adapter you need is if you have any screwmount lenses. If you were using these on your K1000 then you should already have the adapter. In which case the adapter works on the K-30.
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My lens are all standard bayenet type. I was an old school girl.
I love the Pentax DSLR Comparison page. was also looking at the K5II/s and K3 bit out of my price range but have better color depth.

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You said that the K5 is lacking the focus peeking is that true for the K5 II S I found a near new kit for $650 thinking it may be a good deal. but the focus peeking is a must for the camera I gt.
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QuoteOriginally posted by christineart Quote
My lens are all standard bayenet type. I was an old school girl.
I love the Pentax DSLR Comparison page. was also looking at the K5II/s and K3 bit out of my price range but have better color depth.
Hello and welcome to PF. I used to shoot with a K1000 and found switching to the Pentax dslrs easier than The Nikon and M4/3 bodies. I am sure you would enjoy the experience.

Have you considered the K5? There would still be some new copies sitting around out there at discounted prices. It still has the same controls and layout as the k5ii/s but you may have to sacrifice some low light performance (? Not so sure about this but other forum members would know better than me)
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QuoteOriginally posted by christineart Quote
You said that the K5 is lacking the focus peeking is that true for the K5 II S I found a near new kit for $650 thinking it may be a good deal. but the focus peeking is a must for the camera I gt.
see if you can get them in your hands to see how they feel to you.
The 30 and 50 are lighter and very nice. They have a much louder shutter than the K5/3 in case you're shooting in churches or something
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Well now I am a proud owner of the Pentax K5 IIs found it. Now being a K1000 user I need to learn how to use it. I could not find anything on the focus peeking for it. TER-OR was saying the K5 type lacked the function.
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None of the K5 series has focus peaking. It does have Catch-in-Focus, though, and with practice this works very well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by christineart Quote
Well now I am a proud owner of the Pentax K5 IIs found it. Now being a K1000 user I need to learn how to use it. I could not find anything on the focus peeking for it. TER-OR was saying the K5 type lacked the function.
Having my k5iis for a while now, I could not find focus peaking in live view. What the engineers have designed to aid in focusing in live view is to magnify the area that you set the focus on when you press the shutter half way.


What I usually do in live mode is to set use the center focus point, confirm the focus via magnification, re-compose the shot (if necessary) and then fire the shutter release.


Hope that helps!
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Just to be clear, the focus peaking is only really useful with manual lenses. Autofocus can use it - but doesn't really need it.
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