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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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02-22-2010, 01:16 PM   #106
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In my 50s. Bought my first Pentax product in the 70s. Lots of M and K glass to keep busy.

02-22-2010, 02:30 PM   #107
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19. First DSLR was a K-x; I chose Pentax because I didn't want to be like everyone else (IE: Running around with a Canon or Nikon). I want the focus to be the images, not the hardware.

Shot film with a Minolta X-700 before that only because I wasn't able to find a K1000 locally. Currently looking to unload my Minolta Kit for a Pentax SLR and some FA Limiteds .
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don't think I replied to this before...

My 1st camera was a Ricoh KR5 which was half present / half paper round funded, probably about 1980/81. I managed to knock over the flimsy tripod it was sitting on one day whilst photographing flowers and bugs in the garden. The fall ripped the guts out of the camera but our household insurance covered it and they replaced it with a KR10 Super. I have no idea why but I had done a 'deal' with my father and he bought the KR10 off me (he had a legendary Series 1 70-210 zoomy at one stage but can't remember what he did with it!!!) and I put those funds towards a Nikon FE, which I still have. Over the years I've added to the Nikon kit but when it came to buying a dSLR the Nikon (D200) I needed to use my lenses was more $$$ than I cared to spend (even though I could have). Most of my photography was B&W and I generally use a Mamiya 645 for that anyway so I decided the Nikon glass wasn't going to be a factor in my decision. I read lots of reviews and decided on a K10D with 16-45/4 lens. When it's frustrating focus habits got the better of me I was tossing up between a D300s and K7. After playing with the K7 I decided to go with that and have been pretty happy with it. I could have bought the Nikon and some better quality zooms but I have never thrown money at things when I don't have too, so the value for money aspect of Pentax played into my decision again. I'm also an AF convert and have pretty much decided to sell my Nikon stuff because if I jumped ship I'd want AF lenses anyway.

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I remember a song:

"I've got a middle-aged body, but teen-age emotions
I may act mature, but I'm just going thru the motions
A middle-aged body, a teen-aged mind..."

and I forget the rest. Bother.

Yup, that's a nice bell curve there. Most Pentaxians are NOT a desirable demographic for advertisers. Does this mean we're mature enough not to be sucked in by marketing hype? Or have we just survived long enough to own the most cost-effective gear? (How many Canonboys succumb to jackass stunts?) Should Hoya/Pentax mount some silly campaigns to suck in countless newbies? Like this colorful TV commercial (soon to go viral):

[hip-looking young guy looks out from screen, smiles]
[guy raises K7 and starts pounding his head with it]
[guy still smiles broadly as blood pours from his ears]
guy: HEY LOOK! NOTHING BROKE!! AND IT'S WATERPROOF!
[K7 is now covered with blood. guy shoots video of himself]
[fade to message: PENTAX - WHERE THE REAL ACTION IS!]

I almost expected that one during SuperBowl. But I guess Hoya is saving its advertising money. Must be -- when was the last time you saw a Pentax ad?

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Well I'm 27 and I entered the DSLR market in 2007, the choice for me had come down to a Canon 450D and the Pentax K10D. Both were really quite comparable and reviewed well on various websites.

What really sold me in the end was that I was going to be able to use the K10D in a whole mixture of outdoor weather conditions, whereas the 450D I could not.
I was off to spend a few months travelling Mexico, so I wanted something that would deal with the humidity and very common afternoon showers of a Mexican summer!

Glad I made that choice too as some afternoons I was out in pretty crazy rains getting some lovely shots whilst everyone else was sheltering their cameras (or just keeping dry..).

Anyway, that's just getting a little off topic, but it's my first post on here! (Hi!)

So far I've stuck it out with a Sigma 18-200mm, hoping to replace that for a sharper, faster zoom when I get the funds.

In the meantime, I've just bought the 40mm 2.8 limited as I wanted a good all round prime lens. I must say though I am loving just how sharp it is, especially for the price!

Eventually I'd like to upgrade to a newer body too, but I think I'll wait patiently until there's another model out there to beat the K7.
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70 + group. Used to do film with an ME Super and later an LX. I gave it up years ago, recently retired and a Nikon friend kept bugging me to look into a digital Nikon. I dusted off my old Pentax glass and started looking into the D Pentax systems and boning up on digital. I bought a used uber mint K20D oiff the board. I am just a hobbist and am loving the newer sytems and the K20D and using my old glass on the new body. A common story I suppose. Now if I could just get a new long lens for my old body..........

Many thanks to the folks that run this forum it has been most helpful.
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The curve is all buggered due to the age ranges not being comparable.

As of right now, the two age groups that comprise people in their twenties total 121 users, well ahead of the other decades and 27% of the total.

Oh - 28 here, bought the K200D two years ago after researching for a while. Olympus was the other option I considered, but the backwards compatibility was intriguing. I now have a SuperProgram and M40, M50, M100 lenses as well as my digital gear.
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How dare you ask me my age!

No but really, I'm 19, almost 20, but I've had a Pentax since I was 18 or so, off and on.

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I'm 27. Bought Pentax for three reasons: legacy glass (had some inherited m42s and some Ks), weather sealing, bang-for-buck. I still think the K200D is one of the best offerings in terms of features vs price.
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Im 25 and have spent 10yrs of that 25yrs with a Pentax
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I'm 21 and have been using pentax since I was 19, that wasn't that long ago.
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makes sense

older pentaxians will be loyal to the brand due to pentax's long triumphant history! many of the younger individuals will be influenced by the brand image of canikon land. pentax just isnt cool anymore!

i am 22 and love the brand =)
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