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12-21-2013, 01:10 PM   #1
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better manual for K5?

Has anyone found more usefull reference material for the K5? other than the collection of indexes and cross referrences Pentax calls a manual? It really should be called the " K5 technical index/cross- reference of at least 10,000+ possible setting combinations".

12-21-2013, 01:16 PM   #2
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There might be a Magic Lantern Series for the K-5. I had one or two for previous cameras. They are written in a slightly more comprehensible version of English, and expound a little on the settings. They also have some pictures, including B&W about white balance :-)
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My K5 did come with about 400 page manual. U not have that? I did read that manual few times and i was pretty happy with that manual. This forum is very valuable help also if using pentax cameras.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SpecialK Quote
There might be a Magic Lantern Series for the K-5. I had one or two for previous cameras.
I think the K-7 was the last Magic Lantern for a Pentax.

Yvon Bourque has written an E-book. http://www.ebooks4cameras.com/Pentax-K-5-K-5II-K-5II-e-e-book-K-5.htm

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I've had to read the manual a few times (in sections, not all at once) and tinker a lot before I decided on my ideal settings. I prefer not to use the multiple custom settings as I forget what the settings actually are.

From time to time I might make a small adjustment. I keep a pdf of the manual on my phone if I need to refer to it.
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Sadly modern manuals only tell you what is there, not why or what it is for. Very few people posses the articulate skills of instruction to do this now. Whatever personality trait benefits technology, is not in helpful in communication it appears.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Joojoo2010 Quote
My K5 did come with about 400 page manual. U not have that?
That is what OP is referring to
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QuoteOriginally posted by Action Jackson Quote
I've had to read the manual a few times (in sections, not all at once) and tinker a lot before I decided on my ideal settings. I prefer not to use the multiple custom settings as I forget what the settings actually are.

From time to time I might make a small adjustment. I keep a pdf of the manual on my phone if I need to refer to it.
I too keep the PDF Manual on my phone + ipad. Find it pretty useful but not brilliant like Yvon Bourques ebook + the Magic Lantern Guides for the K20D - both of which I bought.
I have since sold the K20D and bought the awesome K-5 + 18-135 WR for a steal from Henrys of Toronto.

Jackson Sir, request please share your K-5 Settings with us. Or if you have kept a record of it say in word file please email it to biping at gmail dot com.
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I too keep the PDF Manual on my phone + ipad. Find it pretty useful but not brilliant like Yvon Bourques ebook + the Magic Lantern Guides for the K20D - both of which I bought.
I have since sold the K20D and bought the awesome K-5 + 18-135 WR for a steal from Henrys of Toronto.

Jackson Sir, request please share your K-5 Settings with us. Or if you have kept a record of it say in word file please email it to biping at gmail dot com.
Regards.
got my new K-5 thru buydig.com for 699 delivered on 12/28/2012. Think I also got the wr 18-35 for 129 from Henrys.
think I will have to get past the holiday season for competitive pricing on my next purchase, the new 55-300 WR tele.
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QuoteOriginally posted by arnold Quote
Sadly modern manuals only tell you what is there, not why or what it is for.
I agree. There used to be some wonderful instruction books produced by Focal Press in the 1950's & '60's that were chocked full of information besides simply -how- to make setting adjustments and the like. I too wish the manuals would give explanations as to -why- you would want to use certains features and options and when.
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QuoteOriginally posted by zekewhipper Quote
I agree. There used to be some wonderful instruction books produced by Focal Press in the 1950's & '60's that were chocked full of information besides simply -how- to make setting adjustments and the like. I too wish the manuals would give explanations as to -why- you would want to use certains features and options and when.
Those were the days my love!
Yes Zekewhipper Sir, Focal Press had a multitude of excellent books. In fact I learnt Photography from these books and the basics helped mr become a pretty decent amateur. I still have some six books including the "The Pentax Way" and "The Asahi Pentax Book" by Clyde Reynolds.
These books are still relevant even in a digital world.
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