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    Can Jono or anyone else tell me whether the silver color of the silver K-5 comes from silver paint on the body, or is that the color of the metal itself we are looking at?

    Not that I am considering buying one or anything .
    I'm kind of interested in the silver one too...
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    Both of you know that you cannot resist,
    I am surprised you have taken this long.
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    No I can't resist and it's probably my next photographic purchase... Just have to decide what I'm going to do with the NEX-5 and G1... Maybe IR convert one of them...
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    No I can't resist and it's probably my next photographic purchase... Just have to decide what I'm going to do with the NEX-5 and G1... Maybe IR convert one of them...
    That is what I did. The G1 makes an excellent IR camera and you can use the nice little Pentax limited lenses with it as well using a Fotodiox K to m43 adapter.
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    Yeah and the Leica and Zeiss M lenses I already have too...
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    I think the main thing I'm holding out for is the Sony announcement of their high end APS-C camera. If it's weather sealed with the same output quality of the current generation of Sony cameras than that presents some more decisions.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    You are all mad ...

    We don't like 'Pay & Display' machines in the UK:



    And as it was such a dull day I thought I'd try the 18-135 in B&W:



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    You are all mad ...

    And as it was such a dull day I thought I'd try the 18-135 in B&W:

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    At least you don't have any of that nasty white stuff hanging on. Nice valley view in B&W, although it doesn't look like a very safe place to live. Has this village ever experienced any serious flooding?
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    This "should'nt be possible" eh?

    ISO 6400, only PP is + 20 NR. Both with Tamron 90mm SP manual focus macro lens:

    Sapphie's eyes:



    and a feeble attempt at macro:



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    At least you don't have any of that nasty white stuff hanging on. Nice valley view in B&W, although it doesn't look like a very safe place to live. Has this village ever experienced any serious flooding?
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    Lynmouth, North Devon. Yes, serious flood tradgedy 1952.

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    Very scenic view of the B&W picture Sapphie. I like it a lot.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

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    Can Jono or anyone else tell me whether the silver color of the silver K-5 comes from silver paint on the body, or is that the color of the metal itself we are looking at?

    Not that I am considering buying one or anything .
    Hi Amin. Emma has offered to hit mine with a hammer to check how it chips. I have persuaded her not to!
    I'd guess that the metal is always painted (whether black or silver) but I'm not sure. It doesn't look like it'll rub off in a hurry. The silver buttons and dials are made of plastic. Perfectly good plastic, put plastic nevertheless!
    the build quality is fab, nice to have scratch resistant glass, but I think the bigger handgrips is for bigger hands than mine.

    When my black one comes back I'll be reviewing my position. What I'd really like is the black one with the scratch resistant glass.

    But the camera is fab. You need one

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    Thanks, Jono! Soon I'll have no choice other than to abandon this thread or buy one...

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    From dinner tonight at a BBQ restaurant with musical decor. K5 & 18-135
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    Jono - When your black one comes back from where? Have you had to send it for repair or something?

    Jim - fantastic shot!

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

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    Jono - When your black one comes back from where? Have you had to send it for repair or something?

    Jim - fantastic shot!

    Lee
    Yes Jim - splendid
    and your macro attempt is original and good Lee - as is the shot of Lynmouth. The shot of Sapphie's eyes is also great - now I understand your login name!

    I'm in Brane right now (between St Just and St Buryan on the moors). The weather is [email protected] as usual, but the silver K5 shines out in the dark!

    Lee - the black one had a very small 'sensor stain' - it was one of the first cameras. It was actually completely irrelevant (showing up at f22 on white walls with lots of levels adjustment). But it was there, and it seemed that as I had the silver one it'd be a good time to get it fixed (in case I wanted to sell it).

    Right now I'm thinking that I might actually keep both bodies, but I'll think again when the black one comes back.

    here is a picture of some gorse with the 16-50, just to prove that I'm in Cornwall:


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    Nice gorse, Jono. That yellow gorse you get near the Cornish coast with a blue sea as background can be magical. I managed to escape seeing the silver K5 today cos the dealer said he had an interested customer in his 'other' store in Barnstaple and I don't think he really thought I'd buy it seeing that he knew I had a black one already! It would make more sense to buy some extra lenses ...

    Hope the weather cheers up for you

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    I purposely try to avoid this thread. .

    So the silver has deeper grip, different screen, what else?

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    Great photos from everyone. I need to get out from working and go photograph something.

    Jim - the sax is just fantastic. I love the rich tones.

    Lee - the b&w landscape is very nice. I need to try my hand at b&w. It's been too many years.

    Jono -I thought you had gotten ride of the 16-50. Is this a new one?

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphie View Post
    This "should'nt be possible" eh?

    Sapphie's eyes:


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    Lee,
    Very nice portrait of Sapphie.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Radcliffe View Post
    From dinner tonight at a BBQ restaurant with musical decor. K5 & 18-135
    Jim,
    Great colors and lighting.


    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    here is a picture of some gorse with the 16-50, just to prove that I'm in Cornwall:
    Jono,
    Lovely spring flowers.
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

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    Nice gorse, Jono. That yellow gorse you get near the Cornish coast with a blue sea as background can be magical. I managed to escape seeing the silver K5 today cos the dealer said he had an interested customer in his 'other' store in Barnstaple and I don't think he really thought I'd buy it seeing that he knew I had a black one already! It would make more sense to buy some extra lenses ...

    Hope the weather cheers up for you

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    HI There Lee
    We went out for a cloudy walk on the cliffs . . . .and when I got the camera out it said 'no card installed' . . . . . fortunately the car had some SD cards in for music, so I nabbed one of them . . . . Then . . .
    The sun came out . . . . . did you say gorse and sea?



    This is where we went:




    I still think it's the most beautiful beach I've ever seen - we climbed down with the dog, and there was only one other person there - time for an hour sunbathing a couple of swims and some photography. What could be nicer!

    There are some who feel that bathing in the North Atlantic in April is
    (my wife for one) but I find it quite exhilirating

    More pictures later (Oh Yes!)

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Quote Originally Posted by TEBnewyork View Post
    I purposely try to avoid this thread. .

    So the silver has deeper grip, different screen, what else?
    Nothing I think Terry - the back and top LCDs are scratch resistant, and it's silver - I'm not really convinced by the thicker grip - but then I have small hands.

    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    Great photos from everyone. I need to get out from working and go photograph something.

    Jono -I thought you had gotten ride of the 16-50. Is this a new one?

    Jim
    HI Jim - I thought I'd give it another try - third time lucky and all - the jury is still out on this one.

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    Great shots, ah, wish we were there. Pedn Vounder? It is majestic. We never quite manage the courage for the scramble down the rocks but have walked out at low tide from Porthcurno. We have been holidaying in this part of Cornwall for 20 years, so I have plenty of shots but no K-5s yet :-)

    If you have time, try the 'Nanjizel', it is spectacular. Easiest way is to park at Trevescan, a little hamlet near the main Lands End road. I expect you already know it. Although, the footpath does cross a field (suspect muddy at the moment!)

    Swim? Yikes!

    Sorry to barge in with some unashamed Cornwall love ...

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    HI There Lee
    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphie View Post
    Jono

    Great shots, ah, wish we were there. Pedn Vounder? It is majestic. We never quite manage the courage for the scramble down the rocks but have walked out at low tide from Porthcurno. We have been holidaying in this part of Cornwall for 20 years, so I have plenty of shots but no K-5s yet :-)
    Oh - Pedney is really my favorite beach, but nowadays it's really too crowded in the summer - but on sunny days out of season it's heavenly, and protected from the prevailing south west wind as well. The climb down isn't too bad - used to do it with two dogs and three children under 6, that was tiring however, as you have to do the last bit over again! Caspar (the dog) finds it terrifyingly easy!)
    Quote Originally Posted by Sapphie View Post
    If you have time, try the 'Nanjizel', it is spectacular. Easiest way is to park at Trevescan, a little hamlet near the main Lands End road. I expect you already know it. Although, the footpath does cross a field (suspect muddy at the moment!)

    Swim? Yikes!

    Sorry to barge in with some unashamed Cornwall love ...

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    Nanjizel eh?


    This was one of the first pictures I took with my first M8, back in December 2006. We don't go as often, but I agree, it is lovely - no idea if there's any sand this year (it's often just boulders).

    Truth is, I was born in StIves, and went to school in Penzance, we have a house at Brane which used to belong to Emma's parents, but we don't get down as often as we would like.

    Whereabouts to you stay?


    oops . . . Sorry Chaps!

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    HI There Lee
    We went out for a cloudy walk on the cliffs . . . .and when I got the camera out it said 'no card installed' . . . . . fortunately the car had some SD cards in for music, so I nabbed one of them . . . . Then . . .
    The sun came out . . . . . did you say gorse and sea?

    I still think it's the most beautiful beach I've ever seen - we climbed down with the dog, and there was only one other person there - time for an hour sunbathing a couple of swims and some photography. What could be nicer!

    There are some who feel that bathing in the North Atlantic in April is
    (my wife for one) but I find it quite exhilirating

    More pictures later (Oh Yes!)
    Jono,

    That is truly a gorgeous beach and I agree with your wife . Did she get any shots of you swimming or shivering?
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    Brilliant picture, wonderful light.

    And I take it that Casper was looking out for seals? I'd love to post some pics of mine but they would be way off topic. I'll excuse you though.
    (We rent a cottage in Porthgwarra if we can, final off topic answer)

    Looking forward to more K-5 shots, IMHO, the most WYSIWYG (and more!) digital camera I have owned (others have been Minolta Dimage, Pentax *ist DS, K20D, Sony R1 (real cracker), Panasonic G1)

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    A few walkabout shots taken today along the waterfront trail. K5+43mm ltd.

    For the convenience of the dog walkers:


    Wind beads in the children's garden:


    Multicolor swing:


    Thistle:
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    A few shots from the grounds of the Ringling Museum today.










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    Very nice pics, Jim. Ringling Museum and Art Gallery was one of our favorite places to visit with the kids...when the kids were kids.

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    Jim, these are great. THe last flower capture is lovely...
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    Jono, that M8 shot is lovely!
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    Some happy snaps with a lovely lens, the 50 mm f/1.4 SMC-M lens....lovely dreamish look wide open, and cleans up tidy by f/2.8, handles quite smoothly, and easy to focus manually with the proper focusing screen...











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    Well those are amazing and you're going to have me recreating my M-lens kit with those shots...
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    Fantastic! What focusing screen are you using?

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    Ashwin: great B&W images! Reminds me of the good old days: M3/50 Summicron/Tri-X. Did you use K-5 in-camera options to shoot these? Or did you use B&W film simulating software?

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    Ashwin,

    Very nice b&w shots. I am not sure I could still focus any where near this well with a manual focus lens. At least not quick enough to capture the moment.

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    Thanks, Hired, Roy, Lee, and Jim....

    Hired...haha, at least Pentax SMC-M and K mount lenses are quite a bit cheaper than their Leica counterparts. I am quite impressed with the 50 mm SMC-M f/1.4, and it cost me $120 from KEH...Not a bad price for a fast 50 that is lovely wide open and stops down very well....

    Lee, I am using a Katzeye focusing screen for the K5 (without the Optibright treatment), and I find that it makes MF easier, certainly in bright daylight...

    Jim,
    I concur the MF is harder here than on camera such as the M9, but it's still quite doable with more static subjects. These kids were a challenge, especially given that using the Katzeye screen is more difficult in low light... Thankfully, PEntax's AF options are abundant and great to use in practice as well..
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Ashwin - lovely black and white - splendid.

    Here are a couple more seaside snaps. At this time of year you expect to be swaddled in layers of material with walking boots, but we were sunbathing and swimming (brrr). There was another couple on the beach, and a few dog walkers so that Caspar could have a bit of fun:















    I think the expression is 'We wish you were here'

    These were all taken with the humble 18-135

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    Nice shots. I especially like the one with your dog in it.
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    A friend and a high end speaker designer.
    K5 & 18-135

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    Ashwin - lovely black and white - splendid.

    Here are a couple more seaside snaps. At this time of year you expect to be swaddled in layers of material with walking boots, but we were sunbathing and swimming (brrr). There was another couple on the beach, and a few dog walkers so that Caspar could have a bit of fun:
    I think the expression is 'We wish you were here'

    These were all taken with the humble 18-135
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    Beautiful series of seaside images and a handsome portrait of Caspar. You certainly can make that 18-135 sing on the K5.
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    A friend and a high end speaker designer.
    K5 & 18-135

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    Jim,

    Very nice, relaxed portrait of your friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMaher View Post
    A friend and a high end speaker designer.
    K5 & 18-135

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    Off topic but what kind of speakers are those?
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    OT- The speakers are his own design using ScanSpeak revelator drivers. One of the best designs I have ever heard and I go the High End Audio show at CES every year.

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    K-5 and 50-135 zoom. Haven't seen much of images produced by the Pentax 50-135/2.8 zoom, so I thought I would share a few taken in the backyard garden. I must apologize for the lack of range in the pics...the result of my lack of range, I'm afraid. I must also apologize for not being able to produce the large pics most of you use to display your images...I haven't figured out how you do that...maybe you will share that process with me. I'm using "save to web" on Photoshop Elements, converting raw to jpeg and reducing the images to 35%...thus the postage stamps. Your help in improving this process would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Nice photographs.

    To have your pictures post in a larger size you need to save them to an online site first. It could be in the gallery here, on Photobucket or Flicker for example. For full instructions see this thread:
    http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/showthread.php?t=54

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    Thanks, Jim, for the tip...I'll look into it. Thanks also for comment on pics.

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    Wow I've only been away for a few days and this thread has certainly exploded into life! Some amazing photos by all.

    I just got some colour management kit finally, so hope to PP a few photos from the last week or so to share.

    BTW, this thread sure isn't helping my LBA!! ;-) I'm now wanting the 50-135mm, 43ltd and 18-135mm!
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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    Jim
    Your friend looks so quietly proud of his speaker - lovely gentle shot.
    Roy
    the botanical shots are wonderful - that 50-135 is clearly a fine lens - with the 16-50 and the 60-250 it would be an unforgiveable extravagance for me . . . but it's hard to fight against!

    Vince - it's woken up a bit hasn't it!

    all the best

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    Re: Fun with the Pentax K5

    here are a few more snaps from our trip to Cornwall:

    first of all some more with the 18-135:









    Here is one with the Sigma 10-20 f3.5:



    and finally a couple with the DA* 15-60




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