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Old 24th August 2012, 10:28 PM   #1
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Australia (well, nearly everywhere) is mostly dominated by Nikon and Canon SLR's - which is strange because after a recent trip to Europe had me noticing an equal amount of stock at electronics stores.

Pentaxtic Resources:
(mod note: most of these links are for Pentax Forums, I don't have any relation or membership with them lol)

Check EXIF Tool Online tool that allows you to upload an image to read EXIF data and figure out how many actuation's since that shot. (Can also possibly reveal Pentax cam serial number)

Serial Number Database

PK Tether - Allows connecting and controlling Pentax cameras from the PC. Supports Pentax K-x, K7, K5, k-r, K20D, K10D, K200.

Pentax Comparison Tool

Snapsort: In-depth Camera Comparison Tool
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Old 24th August 2012, 10:59 PM   #2
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Pentax is a small player in the digital age, it's not just in Australia. It's unfortunate, but eh. I bought in to it because I preferred how they felt in my hands over the Canikon competition. Decades worth of legacy glass is also appealing, though I find myself leaning quite heavily toward AF lenses out of laziness.
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Old 24th August 2012, 11:05 PM   #3
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Pentax is a small player in the digital age, it's not just in Australia. It's unfortunate, but eh. I bought in to it because I preferred how they felt in my hands over the Canikon competition. Decades worth of legacy glass is also appealing, though I find myself leaning quite heavily toward AF lenses out of laziness.
Definitely, its a shame because I see Pentax as a decent provider -- especially with all the backwards compatibility K lenses.
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Old 25th August 2012, 12:18 AM   #4
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I used to like Pentax, but I felt the lack of decent glass for the digital range a bit disappointing.
I sold my K5 for a 5Dmk2 and got a 24-70L.
I do miss the weather sealing, high ISO and in body IS sometimes.
I still have a Pentax LX with M50 f/1.7, M28 f/3.5 and Sigma 400 f/8 Mirror lenses.
But might move it on, since I just bought a Canon EOS33, so I could take advantage of my Canon lenses. Ha
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Old 25th August 2012, 1:52 AM   #5
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Ive still got my Pentax, even if I dont use it that much these days. Will probably look at upgrading to a 2nd hand K5, new K30 or whatever the new K5 replacement is at some stage when I have spare money


K200D w K mount - Sigma 10-20mm f4-5.6, Sigma 30mm f1.4, Pentax F 35-70mm f3.5-4.5
Pentax Q - 01 Prime (47mm f1.9 equiv), 03 Fisheye (17mm f5.6 equiv)

Makes a nice little travel kit that all fits into my small bag.

Also have these
Pentax M42 Adapter - Tair-11a 135mm f2.8, Jupiter-9 85mm f2.0

Which dont fit, but are fun when the time is right!
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Old 25th August 2012, 2:25 AM   #6
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Sold up my Pentax digital gear to switch to Nikon for their full frame offering and better autofocus.

Saying that I still own a Pentax ME-Super which I regularly shoot with
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Old 25th August 2012, 8:25 AM   #7
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I'm really hoping Pentax's next offerings have enough to keep me on-board as I really love the system as a whole.

Current Kit:
* K7 & Grip
* FA77mm ltd
* FA43mm ltd
* DA15mm
* Super ME

Previously owned:
* Sigma 10-20mm
* DA16-45mm
* DA35mm ltd
* FA50mm
* DA70mm ltd
* Tamron 70-200mm

Want:
* Next K body
* FA31mm ltd
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Old 25th August 2012, 9:00 AM   #8
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in before Sir_bazz/xhanatos posts...

I've still got my Pentax K-5s, but ever since getting my X-Pro1, I've barely touched my Pentax stuff. Still, when I need to shoot with a dSLR, it's always nice using the K-5.
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Old 25th August 2012, 11:04 AM   #9
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I have a 67 because it was the only good camera Pentax made.

Has some v nice glass. And a handle!
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Old 25th August 2012, 11:15 AM   #10
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I got into Pentax with my K10D for several reasons including IQ, ergonomics, weather sealing, legacy glass. The high ISO ability of the K5 kept me around when my K10D died (and made me spend the $ to get the K10D repaired). Sure Pentax doesnt offer the range of digital glass that CaNikon offers but it offers the lenses i need and that glass is generally cheaper and as good as or better than the CaNikon equivalent, especially when taking Primes into consideration.

Whether or not they bring out a FF body next is moot to me as I am one of those photographers who is happy with APS-C. Works fine for the photos I take. Only thing FF means for me is a need for heavier, bulkier lenses which sorta destroys the ergonomics reason i got into Pentax.

All i want is an APS-C body from Pentax with better AF. When they bring that out I will replace my K5.

Current Kit:
Primary
* K5 & D-BG4 Grip
* FA 50/1.4
* DA* 16-50/2.8
* DA* 60-250/4
Secondary/Wifes
* K10D
* A 50/2.0
* 18-55/3.5-5.6 (kit)
* Samsung 50-200 D-Xenon

Want:
* K Body with faster/more reliable AF
* the "upcoming" DA* 16-85
* 90/2.8 Macro
* Sigma 8-16mm Rectilinear
* Tamron Adaptall 2 SP 500/8 (55BB)
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Old 25th August 2012, 12:11 PM   #11
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I have:
K-r
DA 35 2.4
A 50 1.7
D-FA 50 2.8
DA 50-200 WR
Sigma 17-70 2.8-4.5 (old ver)
Tamron 90 2.8

I want:
K-5 (or its replacement if noticeably better)
DA 15 or similarly wide non-fisheye prime.
300+ tele prime. DA*300 or upcoming 560 if priced well.

I've pretty much given up on zooms. Sold my kit 18-55, never use 50-200 (soon to sell, hopefully) and only keeping the sigma for its flexibility, though not used it for months.
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Old 25th August 2012, 12:51 PM   #12
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in before Sir_bazz/xhanatos posts...
Bastard!

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ME Super
K1000 (x2)
K10D
K7

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Old 25th August 2012, 1:02 PM   #13
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i've got an MZ-50 with 28-80mm f/5 or whatever sigma lens, before i bought my canon i wanted to buy a pentax digital so i could reuse this lens (didn't know shit about anythign at this stage) but the camera guy explained crop factors to me and i hated how the pentax cameras of the day felt in my hands.

also have an optio S7n that I bought to replace my lost far superior optio S5.

so a member of this club by the rules and not the spirit.
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Old 25th August 2012, 7:40 PM   #14
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I went to a deceased estate sale today to get a Kenko 2x AF teleconverter for $45

And they also had heaps of old film gear 2 x Pentax 6x7 with wood grips 30+ lenses super Takumars etc, old bellows unit for the 6x7, old Pentax rangefinder that folds out like a bellows, a K1000 and heaps more, I don't know anything about them nor could test if they worked, but if anyone is interested I can pass on their contact details.

They are in Wanneroo WA.
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All i want is an APS-C body from Pentax with better AF. When they bring that out I will replace my K5.
The K-30 is supposed to have quite an improvement in AF accuracy over the K-5

I have been meaning to go test out the K-30 down the street, but have not had a chance. Better do it today since im flying out tomorrow!
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