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Forum: Pentax K-5 01-20-2020, 09:40 PM  
No more tests! just pictures
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edit: full size below

https://i.imgur.com/FXxDyOo.jpg
Forum: Lens Clubs 09-24-2012, 04:37 PM  
SIGMA 8-16mm CLUB
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Tried manual focusing for the first time with it the other night and wasn't that great, but then again I've just started using the lens so...


Long Beach fountain by PushTheRedButton, on Flickr


This one was auto focus I believe. I'm still learning with it but I love it so far.


Classic by PushTheRedButton, on Flickr
(I'm whoring this picture out as well - such great color)
Forum: Pentax K-5 07-14-2015, 01:25 PM  
No more tests! just pictures
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Forum: Pentax K-5 03-15-2015, 10:24 PM  
No more tests! just pictures
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Forum: Mini-Challenges, Games, and Photo Stories 03-07-2015, 06:51 PM  
Post-Processing PP Challenge 139 - San Diego Reflections!
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Forum: Pentax K-5 10-09-2013, 08:55 PM  
No more tests! just pictures
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Forum: Pentax K-5 11-09-2012, 12:18 PM  
No more tests! just pictures
Posted By PushTheRedButton
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Thanks for the info :) Those look great. I downloaded the trial version so we'll see what I come up with.
Forum: Pentax K-5 10-05-2012, 12:15 PM  
No more tests! just pictures
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fire by PushTheRedButton, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-23-2012, 03:52 PM  
No more tests! just pictures
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Classic by PushTheRedButton, on Flickr

Sigma 8-16
ISO 1600
Forum: Pentax K-5 09-17-2012, 01:14 AM  
No more tests! just pictures
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I got bored, so I did this.


billabong by PushTheRedButton, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-5 08-22-2012, 09:42 PM  
No more tests! just pictures
Posted By PushTheRedButton
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Thank you sir. Here's another HDR that's not so HDR. I like the outcome, but I think it's finally about time to move on from the 18-55 kit lens.


August 22, 2012 by PushTheRedButton, on Flickr
Forum: Pentax K-5 06-07-2012, 12:39 AM  
No more tests! just pictures
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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-09-2012, 08:59 PM  
Pentax Unilateral Pricing Policy
Posted By PushTheRedButton
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Two months ago, after a fair amount of research and trying bodies from Canon and Nikon, I purchased a K5. One of the biggest reasons I went with Pentax was the image quality that other brands in the same price range just couldn't touch. It seemed like the only cameras that were better than the K5 were FF cameras, but those were a tad out of my price range. More importantly though, as the research I did told me my best investment would actually be the glass, was the incredible price and value of Pentax glass, and that Pentax had a history dating back decades upon decades so I knew they would be reliable. From the prices I was looking at, I would most likely be able to afford a couple of DA* zoom lenses and a specialty lens, being either a macro or wide-angle. More research revealed issues with the SDM system, so I held off on those and went with Pentax's standard 18-55mm AL II and the D FA 100mm macro. Almost every day I scoured the internet looking for some sign of revival of the SDM as I had also learned that Ricoh Imaging had somewhat recently acquired Pentax.

Unfortunately I never found any literature suggesting Pentax had addressed the SDM issue. Even more unfortunate, though, was waking up yesterday and noticing Pentax glass prices on Amazon were, um, off of what they had been. After a very short search I discovered what Pentax had done. At first I was optimistic, hoping that maybe the drastic price increase in the DA* line was due to a new SDM system, but alas there was nothing that confirmed that hope.

There's really no point to this post, other than to maybe let Pentax know how they really disappointed someone who is new to photography (although I've had a passion for it for years, I've only recently acquired the funds) and could have been a major supporter of the brand. Instead all I want to do now is return the macro and sell the K5 and 18-55mm (I'm not 100% yet, but the return period for the macro is up soon) and jump ship if I'm going to be spending ~$3200 for two zooms (16-50 & 60-250).

Am I overreacting? Possibly. Hell, probably. But here's my position: This is a camera I wanted to have for life as I'm not one to really buy new things unless I absolutely need them. I don't ever see myself upgrading to a new body if the current ones do everything I'll ever need unless my current were to ever melt or something. As stated, my research led me to believe that the glass is the most important aspect, especially with today's technology in DSLR bodies being what it is. As such, if Pentax is going to raise prices I'd rather spend the same on a brand that has a MUCH larger selection of glass (I know Tamron and others make glass but I would prefer to keep things all one brand) and as such spend a little more on a FF body.

If you've read what I've posted, thanks and I'll end with this question:

Aside from all speculation about what Pentax is doing, there is currently no official word on anything other than prices. Knowing that, if you had a week to decide on keeping the K5 and risking nothing happens with Pentax (they make no new lenses (until 2013 like their roadmap suggests) or fail to officially acknowledge and fix the SDM issue) or would you spend a little more on a FF body (that you keep for the rest of your life and never need to buy another) with another reputable company with a larger selection of glass?

Thanks for your input, please don't burn me at the stake :eek:
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