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11-25-2014, 01:21 PM   #1
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Hello, a newbie here, on a pursuit of new K-5

Hello All,
I am glad to have found this site, and have already read many threads about good lenses, etc. Right now, I am slightly out of luck, looking for a new, warrantied K-5, which seems to have fallen of the planet earth...I had a good lead on pentaxwebstore, for 599$/body only, but by the time I was ready to buy, they discontinued it today:-( So although I do not have my camera yet, I am a Pentaxian at heart looking forward to grab one soon.

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It's $496 actually, and still available!

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But isn't this type different from the K-5? Actually you took my thoughts:-) I wanted to ask that question next. Whether K-5 and the other versions of K-5 are very different from each other...Thank you!
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QuoteOriginally posted by KatPal Quote
But isn't this type different from the K-5? Actually you took my thoughts:-) I wanted to ask that question next. Whether K-5 and the other versions of K-5 are very different from each other...Thank you!
You want the K5iis. It's the same as the K5 only upgraded. Better.....no anti aliasing filter so the images are a bit sharper.

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You want the K5iis. It's the same as the K5 only upgraded. Better.....no anti aliasing filter so the images are a bit sharper.
Wow, thank you Driline and Adam, you just might have made my day better...now I know I am not lost without K-5! I will post an update once I get the camera:-)
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Remember you can look for purchases used gear, too. Lenses in particular are a good choice used.
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Welcome to the forum, sounds like you've got the start you needed now to get "stuck in".
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Welcome to the forum, sounds like you've got the start you needed now to get "stuck in".
Kerrowdown, from the looks of it addiction is inevitable :-) Plus, I really love capturing everything around me, so I see myself heavilly relying on this new toy for probably ever...hehehe.

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Welcome to the forum! Enjoy your new camera!
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Love my K5. Welcome
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Hello! So I have received a camera from BH! Yay, but I only get it in 10 days for my bday:-(
Now- I found lens on Craigslist a Pentax 100 mm 2.8 Macro. Used for 250$. Does it make sense to purchase this lens even though it was originally bought in 2007? It has good reviews on here.

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Welcome! Congrats on the new camera! Can't advise you on the 100mm, though...
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Welcome! I got hooked on Pentax and moved up in a hurry through various models and now I have the K-3, which seems to be getting cheaper brand new by the day. If there is any way possible save yourself the trouble and go for the K-3! It really is the greatest! But K-5 IIs is pretty great too! Then focus on getting good glass. I've had great luck with used lenses. Good luck!
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Lenses can last a long time, so what you want to check is the going rate for the lens you are looking at and what condition it is in.
A good source is the completed listings in our marketplace, as well as the sold items on eBay.
There are a few variations of 100mm f2.8 Pentax Macro.
Do you have a picture or any other specifics about the lens, such as the complete name shown on the barrel or filter ring?
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SMC Pentax-FA 100mm F2.8 Macro Reviews - FA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
SMC Pentax-D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro Reviews - D FA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
SMC Pentax-D FA 100mm F2.8 Macro WR Reviews - D FA Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
SMC Pentax-F 100mm F2.8 Macro Reviews - F Prime Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
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The Forum has an article list up on the top menu bar, that contains a lot of information. Here is the link for lenses...There is one particular article that may help you here... Its from RioRico - who use to be extremely active here. Unfortunately he finds it hard to use both a camera and a PC now because of his eyesight woes. That said, he was a wealth of information. Here is his link about buying used lenses. The link started out as a post and turned into an article. It was written from the perspective of finding a lens in a goodwill, thrift shop or craigslist. But it does give you a good sense of what questions to ask and what to look for.Here is an article on mounts. Pentax essentially has only two mounts - the M42 screw mount used up through 1975, and the K mount - from 1975 to today, and its variants. All the variants to the K mount work on all the digital camera bodies. The second link address some of the finer points of the various lens mounts variations.
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Does it make sense to purchase this lens even though it was originally bought in 2007? It has good reviews on here.
You are essentially asking about new vs used lenses. Used lenses are an excellent source - not to be overlooked - IF they are in GOOD condition. No fungus, mold, cracks, etc. The articles above goes into more details there. I have one M42 lens built in the 60's. Its excellent. I have others from the 70's, 80's and 90's - all excellent. I have purchased used, off of evilbay, craigslist, the Forum's marketplace and used camera shops. A little care, a lot of questions, and research all go a long way. Pictures also help when dealing remotely.

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