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05-06-2017, 12:39 PM   #1
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Hello From Pacific Grove California

Greetings all, I am an amateur photographer and collector of Vintage and Antique Film Cameras including several Pentax SLRs, I am in the market for a Digital format that maximizes the potential of my MF Lens inventory. Super glad to find this resource, such a wealth of knowledge and experience here.

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Welcome! I remember Pacific Grove fondly from my time at DLI, so many beautiful places for photography!

You will get a ton of opinions, but I've used many SLR-era M42, and K mount lense on the K-5, K-30, both crop sensor/APS-C DSLRs, and the K-1 full frame camera, and they all work incredibly well. The APS-C camera add a factor of 15 to all lenses, so a 50mm gives a view like that of a 75mm. The K-1, being a full frame camera, will give you a view that is the same as an SLR, so a 50mm is a 50mm.

Whether you choose APS-C, or the K-1, you'll find that the sensors on both DSLRs show off the lenses' clarity incredibly well. If you have the budget, I recommend the K-1, but if you want to spend less, the APS-C K-3 is the current flagship, and it gets high marks from its users here on the forum. The K-5 is a great camera, I wouldn' hesitate to buy one used here at the PF marketplace of you want a low priced entry into the DSLR format.

I look forward to seeing your pictures.
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Welcome to the forum! I am well acquainted with PG. My mom lived there for several years. As a kid, I spent a couple summers there, including once living at what is now the Steinbeck museum (when it was just a house) at 222 Central.

This looks like the other time. Can't remember the address, which I am sure is buried in the family history.
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Hi from Australia, and welcome to the Pentax forums. Good to have you aboard.

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Thanks for the recommendation, I have been shooting a Canon APS-C for a few years and I think I'm leaning toward a full frame rig.
I am a hobbyist and haven't yet been able to monetize my work so it can be difficult to justify the cost (to my wife).

Looking forward to contribute to the forums, I really like the idea of weekly and regular "assignments" for the POTW, gives me a subject, rather than " hey a bird, hey a butterfly, hey the ocean"



QuoteOriginally posted by robgski Quote
Welcome! I remember Pacific Grove fondly from my time at DLI, so many beautiful places for photography!

You will get a ton of opinions, but I've used many SLR-era M42, and K mount lense on the K-5, K-30, both crop sensor/APS-C DSLRs, and the K-1 full frame camera, and they all work incredibly well. The APS-C camera add a factor of 15 to all lenses, so a 50mm gives a view like that of a 75mm. The K-1, being a full frame camera, will give you a view that is the same as an SLR, so a 50mm is a 50mm.

Whether you choose APS-C, or the K-1, you'll find that the sensors on both DSLRs show off the lenses' clarity incredibly well. If you have the budget, I recommend the K-1, but if you want to spend less, the APS-C K-3 is the current flagship, and it gets high marks from its users here on the forum. The K-5 is a great camera, I wouldn' hesitate to buy one used here at the PF marketplace of you want a low priced entry into the DSLR format.

I look forward to seeing your pictures.
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That picture looks like it could have been taken yesterday! And that Bus! So many windows This place hasn't changed too much I suppose.
Thanks for the warm welcome, looking forward to contributing



QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
Welcome to the forum! I am well acquainted with PG. My mom lived there for several years. As a kid, I spent a couple summers there, including once living at what is now the Steinbeck museum (when it was just a house) at 222 Central.

This looks like the other time. Can't remember the address, which I am sure is buried in the family history.
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Cheers! I'm quite happy to find this place!
Looking forward to sharing


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QuoteOriginally posted by Antiquarian Quote
I think I'm leaning toward a full frame rig.
Welcome to the forum, if you can swing it past the "accountant", the K1 makes for a fine FF camera with full backwards K mount lens capability.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Antiquarian Quote
Looking forward to contribute to the forums, I really like the idea of weekly and regular "assignments" for the POTW
The POTW is a good place to start. In my signature are links for the Single In, and Daily In groups. A fun loving bunch of Pentaxians.

I've rented the K-1 several times, a full frame camera is expensive to purchase. borrowlense.com has both the K-1 and K-3 for rent, you could try before you buy at very reasonable rental prices. I find that when I rent, I usually make it a point to USE the equipment as much as possible, too.
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Welcome to the forum, if you can swing it past the "accountant", the K1 makes for a fine FF camera with full backwards K mount lens capability.
And with a relatively inexpensive adaptor - buy only the Pentax branded one, the rest have flaws - you con use M42 lenses just fine. My one and only "normal" lens is a Takumar.

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And with a relatively inexpensive adaptor - buy only the Pentax branded one, the rest have flaws - you con use M42 lenses just fine.
Exactly, I have two M42 takumar, and a T-mount Kalimar mirror lens, all work well with an adapter.
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