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    Yes, I now have the Pentax K5!

    Hi all,

    To those of you who don't know me, I wanted to introduce myself. It's Ashwin, a proud new owner of the Pentax K5!

    I arrived at Pentax, due to what I perceived to be the benefits of robust build, high sensor quality, and diminuitive size (compared to other SLR's). In fact, I just traded in my entire Canon set up (Bye bye, huge 1D III and monster L lenses) in order to make the move to Pentax, initially with some hesitation but eventually with conviction enough to do the deed. Well, it's done, and the K5 is in my possession.

    I generally inhabit the Leica forums, given that I own the M9, but I am excited by the size, build, IQ, and lenses available to your Pentax shooters. With the money raised from the 1D III sale and L lens sale, I was able to get the K5 with extra battery, and the 21 DA, 31 FA, 40 DA, 77 FA, and 200 DA primes (can you tell, I am a prime guy?...must be my Leica roots..LOL)....

    Excited to share images here with you soon, as I rack up something worth posting!
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    Re: Yes, I now have the Pentax K5!

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    Hi all,

    To those of you who don't know me, I wanted to introduce myself. It's Ashwin, a proud new owner of the Pentax K5!

    I arrived at Pentax, due to what I perceived to be the benefits of robust build, high sensor quality, and diminuitive size (compared to other SLR's). In fact, I just traded in my entire Canon set up (Bye bye, huge 1D III and monster L lenses) in order to make the move to Pentax, initially with some hesitation but eventually with conviction enough to do the deed. Well, it's done, and the K5 is in my possession.

    I generally inhabit the Leica forums, given that I own the M9, but I am excited by the size, build, IQ, and lenses available to your Pentax shooters. With the money raised from the 1D III sale and L lens sale, I was able to get the K5 with extra battery, and the 21 DA, 31 FA, 40 DA, 77 FA, and 200 DA primes (can you tell, I am a prime guy?...must be my Leica roots..LOL)....

    Excited to share images here with you soon, as I rack up something worth posting!
    Congratulations Aswin
    That's some setup you have!
    I can't wait to see the results.
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    Re: Yes, I now have the Pentax K5!

    Wow, that's great Ashwin. Can't wait to see your pics, no pressure LOL! Love your Leica India photos.

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    Congratulations on the purchase. You will surely enjoy the primes, as that is the route i have choosen myself. It may sound stupid, but they are just a joy to handle.
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    Ashwin, Hope you enjoy the K5 as much as I am. Also went from Canon, but haven't sold my gear yet.
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    Congratulations Ashwin. I'm looking forward to seeing what you get from that setup and how it works for you.
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    Re: Yes, I now have the Pentax K5!

    Congratulations on the move. I have just about convinced myself to try again now that the FF issue has been fixed. (It's in my order basket waiting for me to press OK). I would also be using this either in conjunction with or as a replacement for my Canon gear.

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    ****Correction - just went to buy it and Adorama and B&H are both out of stock.
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    Thanks for the warm reception, everyone.

    Jim, I sort of wonder whether the firmware fix has pushed a bunch of people over the edge towards buying the camera. I briefly tested the camera with FW 1.01 (what came with the camera), and definitely saw front focus with indoor lighting/tungsten settings....with the 1.03 FW, that issue completely resolved. By the way, I had read about your illness, and glad that you are making a fast recovery.

    I got my K5 from B&H, along with the lenses....hopefully one can find its way to you soon. The camera is an exciting addition for me, and I look forward to sharing images soon. Those FA primes are very nice, from what I can tell....
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    Re: Yes, I now have the Pentax K5!

    Ok - K5's seem to be back in stock and mine is on order with an 18-135. I'll order more lenses after I am sure I am happy with the firmware fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    I generally inhabit the Leica forums, given that I own the M9, but I am excited by the size, build, IQ, and lenses available to your Pentax shooters. With the money raised from the 1D III sale and L lens sale, I was able to get the K5 with extra battery, and the 21 DA, 31 FA, 40 DA, 77 FA, and 200 DA primes (can you tell, I am a prime guy?...must be my Leica roots..LOL)....
    Hi Ashwin! I think you've chosen Pentax for all the right reasons. That's a great collection of primes you're starting off with. I think you would also enjoy having the DFA100WR Macro - great build and IQ.

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    Re: Yes, I now have the Pentax K5!

    Ashwin, a very warm and sincere congrats for acquiring a new toy!!

    May you enjoy it in good health for a very loooonnnnggg time.

    btw, mind-boggling journey to India.




    p.s I shall await your impressions of the K5/lens combo!!

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    Thanks, Rayyan! Great to see you here. We've missed you over at the Leica forum recently. Thanks for the kind words regarding the india trip.

    The K5 is a winner in my book, so far. Dynamic range is quite impressive. I have been thrilled to date, but it's only been 1 week into ownership of it...
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    Re: Yes, I now have the Pentax K5!

    Hey Ashwin! Thanks for the invite to join GetDPI! Hopefully, I'll be adding a K5 to my ever growing list of cameras too! I just got a buyer for my E620. And having already donated the E510 and soon the EP2 to my dad, I won't feel as guilty by getting the K5!

    Won't be getting as many Ltd's as you though! Now remind me, do you have 0.95 Noct or no? I need to go visit you in Seattle to play with all the gear you have!
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    Congrats... I started looking at the K5 today for a weather proof travel camera with "professional" results. If I buy it I will probably get rid of the NEX-5 and G1 maybe...
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    Ashwin, I just went down this same path and sold off most of my m4/3 stuff. Went for almost the same setup as you: 10-20, 17-50, 31, 77, and 200. Not sure if I'll keep the two zooms though. It'll depend on size and performance.

    Have you shot much with the FA lenses yet? Are they really as "magical" as some say they are? I'm wondering if the size advantage of the DA lenses and quick focus switch make them more practical when considering the high ISO performance of the K5.

    Looking forward to your shots!

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    Mark, Congrats on getting the K5. I am excited for you. I have forgone any zooms for the moment...not a big fan, and the idea behind my switch to the K5 was to keep things simple and small.

    So far, here's what I have done:

    1. Started with the 21 DA, 31 FA, 40 DA, 77 FA, and 200 DA lenses
    2. Added a 50 mm f/1.4 SMC-M manual focus lens'
    3. Added a 100 mm f/4 SMC-M macro lens
    4. Bought a set of photodiox extension tubes to bring the macro to 1.0 x mag or higher
    5. Switched out the focusing screen for a Katzeye focusing screen for better manual focus (highly recommend this)
    6. Have a 135 mm f/2.5 K mount lens on the way....

    Hoping to get a 15 mm DA lens....stop there. It all fits within a Domke shoulder bag, amazingly, and can be morphed into a nice Manual focus/AF kit, with flexibility (can be small, light way, vintage, high speed, and with AF options in the more-modern optics)

    I am quite taken by the 50 mm f/1.4 smc-m, as well as the 31 and 77 FA lenses. The 40 mm f/2.8 is lovely as well, and the K5's high ISO can do wonders for slower lenses....

    Welcome to the club...
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    Ashwin, how is the Katseye screen with AF lenses? Not sure about how it all works. I'm not fully sold on the zoom either, but I want to give it a try since my trip to Ethiopia made me really want a simple fast zoom kit for times on the go in rugged terrain. I want to see how large and heavy the lens is as well as it's optical qualities first before I decide.

    I'm also going to be trying out the 15 this week, and see how it compares with the sigma 10-20. Though I prefer the wider sigma, the DA15 is just so compact. Might just go for both if they perform well.

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    Watch out for extreme sample variations on the 15. I personally went through three.
    The one i have now is acceptable.

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    Ashwin,

    On both K20D and K-7 the Katzeye screen would interfere with the camera's metering. Specially the "bright" version.

    Do some tests with your kit, and make sure you understand the small changes the screen may introduce in the camera's metering workflow.

    I like the M-100/4 macro lens, and the M-50/1.4 is also fantastic lens. Also, the K-135/2.5 is legendary. Is that the version you're getting?

    IMO, the the A*-85/1.4 and the A*200/4 macro (I have this one) are the best of the best in a Pentax K-mount.
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    Re: Yes, I now have the Pentax K5!

    Quote Originally Posted by ecsh View Post
    Watch out for extreme sample variations on the 15. I personally went through three.
    The one i have now is acceptable.
    What are the variations I should look for?

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    Soft wide open even in the center of the frame. At f8, still soft in the center. Better copies of the lens give a decent sharpness wide open in the center, but does not extend to the edges. My first copy, even with 10 set as a lens adjustment in the camera, did not produce any sharpness from the lens at all. Second copy was slightly better. I was not going to try a third, but thought one more try and i am done. Now, reasonable sharpness wide open in the center of the frame, and it does a fairly good job now at f8 for the entire frame. If i was doing it again, i would probably go with the 12-24, or the 14.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markwon View Post
    I'm also going to be trying out the 15 this week, and see how it compares with the sigma 10-20. Though I prefer the wider sigma, the DA15 is just so compact. Might just go for both if they perform well.
    HI Mark
    The copy of the 15 I had was okay in the centre - even wide open, but the corners were never much better than mushy, even at f8. I have the sigma 10-20 f3.5, it's a nice lens, reasonably small and quite acceptably sharp - although it is a little prone to CA.

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    Re: Yes, I now have the Pentax K5!

    esch and jono,

    this is disconcerting, since i just picked up a used (mint) copy. it should arrive in a couple of days. i guess i'll know what to look for. i just don't understand how so many people love this lens and the 16-50, while others bash it for sharpness or sdm issues. i guess i'm spoiled by lecia m lenses where QC was never really an issue.

    since both of you are experienced with this lens, i would appreciate it if you could give some input to test shots i'll put up in a few days. thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by markwon View Post
    esch and jono,

    this is disconcerting, since i just picked up a used (mint) copy. it should arrive in a couple of days. i guess i'll know what to look for. i just don't understand how so many people love this lens and the 16-50, while others bash it for sharpness or sdm issues. i guess i'm spoiled by lecia m lenses where QC was never really an issue.

    since both of you are experienced with this lens, i would appreciate it if you could give some input to test shots i'll put up in a few days. thanks!
    HI Mark
    There really does seem to be a lot of variation in some lenses - I had 3 16-50 lenses in the autumn, and all of them had problems around 35mm (go figure). I gave up in the end and bought the 15 . . . . and then used the money to get the 18-135 (which is great for what it is).

    Last week I got another 16-50, and preliminary shooting suggests that it's really rather a good lens.

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    I was very excited to get my first copy after reading all the reviews and looking at as many pics as i could find, then, to find out my copy was in one word, crap. I went back to the Pentax forum and asked about it, and people blame it on not being able to shoot with such a wide lens. That is basically when i stopped reading the reviews on the Pentax forum, LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecsh View Post
    I was very excited to get my first copy after reading all the reviews and looking at as many pics as i could find, then, to find out my copy was in one word, crap. I went back to the Pentax forum and asked about it, and people blame it on not being able to shoot with such a wide lens. That is basically when i stopped reading the reviews on the Pentax forum, LOL.
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    Are we allowed to say 'crap' here - how fab . . . crappity crap crap!

    I hadn't read the pentaxforum stuff about shooting with such a wide lens . . . that's about 23mm isn't it?

    Still, if you were using it for street photography it might not be too much of an issue that the corners are mush?

    Mine was certainly nothing like as good as the 16-50 at 16, but then, it is a bit smaller!

    all the best

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    I had the DA 15 and LOVED it.

    IMO, however the DA15 is NOT a landscape lens. It's not sharp corner to corner. Where it shines is in every day, round-about photography. It's very small, AF is very quick, and the center is always sharp. It does an amazing job with flare (you can shoot straight into the sun), and distortions are controlled as well as you could expect from a 24mm lens.

    I have always recommended the lens. The bottom line, it's a joy to use in the city.
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    Re: Yes, I now have the Pentax K5!

    Quote Originally Posted by shadzee View Post
    I had the DA 15 and LOVED it.

    IMO, however the DA15 is NOT a landscape lens. It's not sharp corner to corner. Where it shines is in every day, round-about photography. It's very small, AF is very quick, and the center is always sharp. It does an amazing job with flare (you can shoot straight into the sun), and distortions are controlled as well as you could expect from a 24mm lens.

    I have always recommended the lens. The bottom line, it's a joy to use in the city.
    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Still, if you were using it for street photography it might not be too much of an issue that the corners are mush?
    as I said

    Hi There - I don't disagree, just that if I'm using a WA lens, I want sharp corners . . . at least, I want to be able to have sharp corners if I stop down - as far as I can see the DA 15 just doesn't provide sharp corners under any circumstances.

    It's a funny old world though - I find the 18-135 to be a thoroughly useable zoom.

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    Guess I was lucky. My copy of the DA 15 is excellent and it was my most frequently used lens on a recent trip to San Juan, PR.
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    Re: Yes, I now have the Pentax K5!

    "Are we allowed to say 'crap' here - how fab . . . crappity crap crap!"
    Yes, its an approved word for this hobby.


    "I hadn't read the pentaxforum stuff about shooting with such a wide lens . . . that's about 23mm isn't it?"
    Yes, when i was told this, i thought i would leave quietly and not say a word, so as not to upset the person who had told me this.

    The thing which really raises the hair on the back of my neck, is a lens is designed to be f2.8 or 1.4, or 4 or whatever, and then they tell you not to use it there as it does not do well. What's that all about anyway,LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shadzee View Post
    Ashwin,

    On both K20D and K-7 the Katzeye screen would interfere with the camera's metering. Specially the "bright" version.

    Do some tests with your kit, and make sure you understand the small changes the screen may introduce in the camera's metering workflow.

    I like the M-100/4 macro lens, and the M-50/1.4 is also fantastic lens. Also, the K-135/2.5 is legendary. Is that the version you're getting?

    IMO, the the A*-85/1.4 and the A*200/4 macro (I have this one) are the best of the best in a Pentax K-mount.
    Hi Sam, yest, the K-135/f/2.5 is what I sprung for...truly a lovely legend...I haven't had that much issue with metering. I have heard that spot metering is messy with the katz eye, but that's not usually how I meter, so I haven't had to much issue to date...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jonoslack View Post
    Hi Joe
    Are we allowed to say 'crap' here - how fab . . . crappity crap crap!

    I hadn't read the pentaxforum stuff about shooting with such a wide lens . . . that's about 23mm isn't it?

    Still, if you were using it for street photography it might not be too much of an issue that the corners are mush?

    Mine was certainly nothing like as good as the 16-50 at 16, but then, it is a bit smaller!

    all the best
    Hahah...love it. Crappity crippity crap-ohh--laah!!!! Love it, Jona. Seems like I best be careful with the 15. I was considering getting one, but I am hearing that it leaves much to be desired (or at least, many samples leave that...not sure if the 14 f/2.8 is better or not in terms of less sample variability...)...Any thoughts on that?
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    Mark, best of luck with the 15. Let me know what you think once you have it...
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    Re: Yes, I now have the Pentax K5!

    Quote Originally Posted by ashwinrao1 View Post
    Hi Sam, yest, the K-135/f/2.5 is what I sprung for...truly a lovely legend...I haven't had that much issue with metering. I have heard that spot metering is messy with the katz eye, but that's not usually how I meter, so I haven't had to much issue to date...
    Ashwin, does the screen enhance visibility and operation of AF lenses too? I won't be using MF lenses but I would like to improve the screen if the difference is noticeable. Did you get the version with the Optibrite?

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    Here are a few with the legendary K-mount 135 mm f/2.5. Still adjusting to getting the focus right, but this was my first stroll with the lens...Processed primarily in LR3, shot with the K5

    MG]http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5224/5593610673_2c141ed649_b.jpg[/IMG]







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    Quote Originally Posted by markwon View Post
    Ashwin, does the screen enhance visibility and operation of AF lenses too? I won't be using MF lenses but I would like to improve the screen if the difference is noticeable. Did you get the version with the Optibrite?
    Hi Mark,
    I didn't get the optibrite version, as I tend to shoot fast glass and was advised via the website that Optibrite is better for slower lenses (i.e. zooms). I would say that the investment is NOT worth it if you are shooting MF lenses. For MF, it is a godsend, truly, and makes focussing lenses far more reliable through SLR's...almost a RF like experience, in terms of getting the images to line up into focus...
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