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06-06-2012, 03:53 AM   #91
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I always have KX with Sigma 17-70 Macro in my back pack, now often substituted by the Q.
K5 ( K7) for more planned photo events

06-06-2012, 04:52 AM   #92
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Of course, on my sidebag. I cannot / will not go out without it. I mean, I don't mean I go to the market with my DSLR, but other than that, pretty much to everywhere. Since I have a few lenses, I carry them all too.
06-06-2012, 07:00 AM   #93
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QuoteOriginally posted by kkoether Quote
Another GOOD reason to always take you camera with you!
A compelling argument!
06-06-2012, 03:55 PM   #94
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No I don't.

06-06-2012, 05:33 PM   #95
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QuoteOriginally posted by stormtech Quote
I am seeing more photographic opportunities while I am working but don't have a DSLR with me. Let me briefly explain......
So the questions comes to mind while thinking about this: How many of you have a DSLR with you at all times?
I *wanted* to have my K-5 with me at all times, but the size was just big enough to stop me from carrying it as much as I wanted - maybe about half the time. Not that I felt the K-5 is in any way an unwieldy size - I'm a small woman with small hands, and I'm comfortable shooting with the K-5 with flash attached for hours at an event. But for unplanned moments, I didn't have it with me as much as I wanted. So I got a Fuji X100, and love it. It's always in my bag or around my neck - I never leave home without it. The camera is a blast and the photo quality matches the K-5's - I never feel let down by it

So, there's feedback from a small person with small hands, FWIW!
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Mine is never too far away. I'm finding myself stumbling on to more and more photo ops these days! My Lowepro sling bag holds everything I usually need for a days or evenings shooting.
06-07-2012, 01:51 PM   #97
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I always have the phone cam (Samsung Infuse 4G) with me and usually have a 35mm rangefinder film cam. The dSLR (K10D) comes out for serious photo sessions.

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Since this thread has been resurrected with some more great input, I thought I would update what I ended up doing myself.

I ended up buying a Panasonic GH2 with a 14-140 and 100-300 lens (I am primarily a long lens shooter). While not quite up to par with the IQ of my K-5 and nice lenses, it comes very close and am very happy with the kit. My Pentax gear is used primarily at home (90% of my image making is done on my own property) and the Panny kit is always in its own little bag and automatically goes with me whenever I leave the house.

For me, this was the perfect solution and is working out great.

06-07-2012, 06:16 PM   #99
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Nice thread!

My K-5 with 55-300, and 18-55WR in camera bag + spare battery and SD cards goes everywhere with me. The other lenses stay at home unless I have planned something specific.

One of these days, I will get that great shot for the 10 o'clock news that we all hope for... maybe!
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Here's another argument for keeping a camera (even if its only a P&S) with you at all times.

06-10-2012, 11:48 PM   #101
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I don't. Even the K-x is too big to carry all the time. I plan on taking the Q with me everywhere though.
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I do carry my k5 everyday. I got a Kelly Moore Bag and I am thrilled that it looks like a purse when it is really a camera bag. For everyday carrying I usually pick one lens or maybe depends on what I am trying to learn or focus on. Right now, it is either the 35 ltd, 100 macro wr, or the 77 ltd.

If I was really concerned about size I think I would get a k01. I thought about it, but there is just too much other gear that I want for my professional shooting first.
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Not DSLR, but I carry a SLR with me every single moment I leave my home....
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I keep a Pentax istDL and Tamron 18-200mm in each of my cars. That way, no matter what car I use, I have a Pentax DSLR nearby.

I use this combination because the camera and lens can be obtained for about $100 each, so if something bad happens, I am not out that much money. It has really come in handy in photographing accidents, where I have sometimes been paid for taking photos.
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Sometimes I wish I did, but no, the DSLR stays at home.

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