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01-19-2016, 05:37 PM   #46
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When I returned to the SLR world in 2012, Nikon was out because of the stupid red swoosh on the grip. (Are Nikon and Nike the same company?) So it was between Canon and Pentax, both of which I used in the 80's (an AE-1 and an ME). I needed a WR body and lenses, so Pentax won on price--and AA batteries and in-body stabilization were huge bonuses. It wasn't even close, really.
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I considered K30 with AA batteries versus K5 with extra goodies but specialised rechargeable Pentax batteries for an age. I eventually went for the K5 and bought an extra battery. I think I can count the number of times I have been caught short and down on power on my THUMBS. That was almost four years ago. The K5 battery life, even when using the onboard flash, really is quite remarkable - or maybe I scored two batteries on the high side of the QC bell curve. That was in response to the death of my *istDL, so I was already well acquainted with the advantages of AA power.

At the end of the day, my conclusion is that while it's all very well to be able to buy AA batteries anywhere at a pinch, the dedicated battery of the K-5 holds sufficient charge that two of them will last me for longer than I am ever likely to be away from AC power. I accept that the person who goes out and fills a couple of 32GB SD cards with high-burst-rate RAW files on a regular basis may have a different perspective!!
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I heard they were doomed and I thought I could get a good deal because of it.

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QuoteOriginally posted by r0ckstarr Quote
i heard they were doomed and i thought i could get a good deal because of it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pathdoc Quote
I considered K30 with AA batteries versus K5 with extra goodies but specialised rechargeable Pentax batteries for an age. I eventually went for the K5 and bought an extra battery. I think I can count the number of times I have been caught short and down on power on my THUMBS. That was almost four years ago. The K5 battery life, even when using the onboard flash, really is quite remarkable - or maybe I scored two batteries on the high side of the QC bell curve. That was in response to the death of my *istDL, so I was already well acquainted with the advantages of AA power.

At the end of the day, my conclusion is that while it's all very well to be able to buy AA batteries anywhere at a pinch, the dedicated battery of the K-5 holds sufficient charge that two of them will last me for longer than I am ever likely to be away from AC power. I accept that the person who goes out and fills a couple of 32GB SD cards with high-burst-rate RAW files on a regular basis may have a different perspective!!
If AA batteries are important, the K5 and K3's grip does have the ability to take them. But I doubt that your typical alkaline batteries that are available everywhere are really gone to run these cameras for more than a few shots.
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But I doubt that your typical alkaline batteries that are available everywhere are really gone to run these cameras for more than a few shots.
This is true - running any DSLR on AA's requires either a lot of them or a high mAh rating on each one - and I was mostly trying to make the point that it COULD be done, not that it was optimal. As things were, I was constantly at the recharger when I had the *istDL and I figured, that being the case, there was nothing lost by going over to a dedicated battery and specific charger.
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Otis was cruising the threads and read your post as "Why Pentax makes you sick"

He got so damn mad he turned into a momentary red squirrel and was about to hit the keyboard and rip you to shreds...fortunately, I was there to correct his reading.

Let this be a warning for those haters that go after Pentax! Otis defends his friends...and Pentax!

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Seriously? Why did I buy Pentax? Decades ago, it offered the best value proposition and today it's still the same. After some time away from photography due to a demanding job, putting kids through college and caring for elderly parents, I came back to a hobby that I loved. While other brands offered interesting cameras, none of them would accept my Pentax lenses without some sort of adaptor, plus I still respected the Pentax brand. After studying PF and the excellent reviews, along with the friendly and helpful members, I decided to acquire a K=30. It was a great decision. Thanks all for helping me make the right choice.
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I have used a Pentax flim camera. My finances are going to allow me to get a DSLR.

The big camera names are of no interest to me. Pentax represents the most value for my money. Pentax quality is far superior.
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