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View Poll Results: What age group do you fit in?
0-16 61.23%
17-19 224.53%
20-24 5912.14%
25-29 7114.61%
30-39 9218.93%
40-49 9619.75%
50-59 9319.14%
60-70 387.82%
70+ 71.44%
Don't care 20.41%
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01-31-2009, 10:05 AM   #61
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I'm in the 50-59 group. My first SLR was a Miranda. I had to sell it after getting laid off in 74 and I bought a Pentax SP 1000 after getting back to work a year or so later. I have also owned Nikon film SLR's also. When I decided to move up to the digital world I did a lot of product reviewing for a long time. It seemed you saw Nikon and Canon just about everywhere you went. I looked over the Pentax website and the K10D was everything I was looking for in a camera or at least it claimed to be. Problem was, nobody had one I could look at and I was not going to buy my first digital SLR based on a picture of it.
On Thanksgiving weekend a year ago I stopped int the local Ritz to get some film and they had some Pentax K10D's in stock for a holiday promotion. I took a few shots with the camera and fell in love with it right off. I have commented on the excellent ergonomics of the Pentax before and that was the biggest selling point. The fact that I could use my old lenses was a plus but not the main reason I bought the camera. I also have some Nikon glass.
If the purpose of this poll is to somehow send feedback to Pentax marketing then I must mention that if I had not found the K10D in a store and been able to check it out I would probably be using a Nikon D300 right now. I would not make a purchase like that without seeing what I was getting any more than I would buy car without taking a test drive. I have nothing against mail order but with a new camera body I want a hands on test drive.

02-01-2009, 09:22 AM   #62
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Well I'll be at f/72 this year although I'm pleased to say I do feel a couple of stops brighter.

I've been in photography all my life - mostly in R&D and Marketing with Kodak. My first camera (circa. 1954)was a folding quarter-plate Klito taking sheet film and plates. Then I went on to roll film and somehow aquired a Fothflex (12/120) - about the cheapest TLR you could imagine. I think the viewing and taking lenses were made up from a split glass marble. I remember being in paradise when an old retiring photographer gave me a 120 Reflex Korelle - another cheapie Hasselblad/Agiflex lookalike. It had the build quality of a baked bean tin but it sported a georgeous 2.8 Tessar.

One must remember that Pentax was a relative 'baby' at the time. Apart from a few top end 35mm cameras like Leica/Contax, the 'serious' market was mainly rollfilm - for the reasons that the larger format gave better image quality and especially when photographic emulsions were pretty mediocre. Of course, when the Spotmatic caused the mother of revolutions in 1964 I, like everyone else, was swept along on the tide. The GX10 I have now was bought for me as a family present but I still regard it as a Pentax (maybe in style and operation). I've owned other cameras of course but Pentax will always be #1.
02-01-2009, 09:57 AM   #63
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I started shooting with a Ricoh K5Super. Since I have a few K-mount lenses, I decided to stick with Pentax. Pentax was also more reasonable when it came to price. I'm not sorry for choosing Pentax.
02-01-2009, 10:18 AM   #64
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I am 16 and ~1/2 years old, I started on my mom's ME Super and now I use my K100D Super avidly.

02-01-2009, 11:10 AM   #65
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Why is "Don't remember" not on the list?
02-01-2009, 11:25 AM   #66
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I forgot cause I didn't remember...
02-01-2009, 11:42 AM   #67
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Woohoo! Lucky I saw this poll and voted just now otherwise I will be "upgraded" to the next age group in a few weeks =P

When I started to drool over a dslr I don't have any brand in mind. But after holding/testing my bro's Rebel XT I realize brand name is NOT everything. I decided to do a bunch of research before putting my money down and finally settled on Pentax. With google all I have all info I needed except actually holding the camera itself.
02-01-2009, 12:33 PM   #68
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why didn't you check the original poll?

02-01-2009, 12:40 PM   #69
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I did and that was done 9 months ago. The forums have expanded quite a bit since then and I just wanted to see if the younger shooters were still a strongly represented group.
02-01-2009, 01:34 PM   #70
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Well here I sit being just short of 21 one and I have been shooting a Pentax for the past six or so years. I had always wanted an SLR but never had the money for one; tended to spend the money I did have on pop and such . One day I was helping my pastor move and found an MESuper that he told me was broke and he said that I could have it. I took it home turned it into a pile of parts and found out that the shutter was full of sequins . I cleaned it up, put it back together, and used it untill last year when the electronics gave out. I now use an LX "my dream 35mm camera," a SuperProgram, and a K10D. Guess I just like the brand

I was always brought up with the thought that Pentax, Nikon, Olympus, and Minolta thrown in for good measure. Canon of the cheap brand... It's amazing how things have changed over the years though.

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QuoteOriginally posted by fotaki Quote
Well I'll be at f/72 this year although I'm pleased to say I do feel a couple of stops brighter.
he he he! Thats a good one!

Look at the bright side, at f/72 you keep getting sharper

02-01-2009, 02:56 PM   #72
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QuoteOriginally posted by falconeye Quote
It's a tie between the 20-29 and 40-49/50-59 age groups, actually! It isn't so obvious because the bar chart is split into two bars for 20-29... (snip)

Ah, so nearly a three-way tie. Actually, it's a pretty good showing across all the age groups.

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[QUOTE=ve2vfd;473759] he he he! Thats a good one!

Look at the bright side, at f/72 you keep getting sharper

That's not what my wife says !
02-02-2009, 02:58 AM   #74
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I got my ZX-7 when I was 16, I think. Now I'm 24 & have a K10D.

Pentax will always be my boy!
02-02-2009, 03:06 AM   #75
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I'm 23 and bought my first SLR, a Pentax ZX10 at 12 or so. When I decided to get back into photography seriously in 2007 I got the K10D both because of the features and because I had 2 lenses for the system. Mainly for the features though. I originally bought the ZX10 because it seemed to offer the best features for the lowest price, and at the time it being $30 or so less than the comparable Nikon, Canon, and Minolta cameras meant a lot to me since my income was from reffing soccer games a few times a week.

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