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Old Nov 21, 2014, 10:30 AM   #1
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Hi everyone! I've been a member here since 2010; however I hung out in the Panasonic thread, until I switched to Pentax. I have a K10D with the 18-55WR, and the 55-300 lens. Shortly I plan on getting the K5IIs!

Right now, I'm thoroughly enjoying getting back into DSLR! I cannot believe the colors of the images; no pp needed!

Here's a couple recent photos. The first was a sunrise a couple of days ago. The buck was taken with my 55-300 lens at full zoom, handheld.
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Old Nov 21, 2014, 2:46 PM   #2
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Cool pictures! I'm always partial to sunsets, the clouds are awesome. While the K10 is certainly a capable camera, you'll be amazed at the difference the K5IIs will make. The interface is different so things are in different locations and that means some learning curve. But it isn't that big of a deal and the image quality improvement is significant.

The da55-300 is a good lens, good for hiking.

Since you are a Pentaxian, watch out for a condition called LBA. I haven't found a cure for it yet, there's always another lens I want.
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Old Nov 21, 2014, 3:17 PM   #3
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Thanks! I appreciate your reply! Sadly, the condition LBA has already struck, and I have several on my "wish" list!
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Old Nov 21, 2014, 5:50 PM   #4
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What, just several? I have 3 on my probably purchase list, one of which I really don't need. Well, for that matter I don't really need any of the three but when did that ever stop me?!!? I do have some legitimate reasons for buying them, sort-of.

Waiting for sales to look at the 21 and 15. Why is it the more lenses I buy, the more lenses I want? Or is the desire for ore connected with a new camera?
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Old Nov 22, 2014, 9:55 AM   #5
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Well, "several" is turning into quite a list! I want the DFA 100 Macro, a DA 10-17 or DA 10-20. Also someday I want a longer telephoto, dedicated lens; possibly in the 400 range.

I'm amazed at the quality I'm getting from what I have now, compared to my bridge camera. The colors are amazing, without any tweeking!
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I have the 14mm f2.8 but it is huge so I want the 15mm Limited. It may be slower but the smaller size is a big plus. I want the DA* 50-135mm f2.8, it would be the ideal event lens. I want the 40mm Limited because it is so darn cute. Oh well, perhaps I can find my way to purchase one new lens this year, if so I believe either the 15mm or the 21mm Limited lens will be my best choice. Since I already own a 14mm, 35mm and two 50mm primes, I think the 21mm would be my best choice.

I really need to stop thinking-out-loud with my fingers, it always makes me look like I am trying to hijack the thread.

Welcome aboard Carol, in my experience this is a very nice place to be.
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Ira, not hijacking my thread at all! I look forward to replies, as I'm very excited over Pentax. Getting great photos with an old camera definitely convinced me that Pentax is what I've been looking for. To get photos such as these, without any pp whatsoever, with the exception of cropping on the deer; is very refreshing! I love the deep colors right out of the camera.

Thanks for the welcome to the Pentax forum!
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I mentioned 2 of the lenses I want, the 3rd is the DFA 100 WR macro. This lens I really want, even though I have the DA35 macro and the Vivitar Series One 105 macro. What do I need with a second macro lens that's 100 mm!?! But you see, the bokeh is phenomenal, it's also lighter and a bit more compact than the Viv. I might be able to hand-hold it, while the Viv is now too heavy for me.

There's not a huge number of 400 mm choices at the moment for Pentax, and I think they are all heavy. You might want to look around for something like the A300 and the AFA 1.7. That is a pretty reasonable combination and the AFA is much easier to find (and cheaper than it was) since the new 1.4 TC came out. Getting the AFA would make the manual focus A300 have some AF capabilities, and give you more reach than the 55-300 does. I had no luck trying to use the AFA with the 55-300, it's too slow of a lens.
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Old Nov 24, 2014, 1:23 PM   #9
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What about the SMC-A 400 F5.6? it's pretty reasonably priced. Would I see enough difference in reach between this & my 55-300 @300?
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Welcome love the images, can't help with the 400 but I do love my 55-300. The extra image density of the K5 will allow you to crop the 300 and put off the 400 for a while. I must admit a 400 is also on my list
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