New member with a new K5


sashax

Link Posted 09/01/2012 - 11:14
Goood morning to all! I have been a long-time lurker, but finally decided to sign up as the decision was made to order a K5. Order has been placed with SRS today. Patience is now being tested awaiting the camera.

This being our (my wife's and mine) first camera which has settings, dials and features of any kind whatsoever after years of using antiquated sony point and shoot stuff. Here's hoping that finally pictures won't be blurred, smudged, bland and we'll finally be able to take a picture in the dark and actually see something! Steep learning curve, here we come.

Dodge69

Link Posted 09/01/2012 - 11:17
Hi & welcome! Plenty of folks here to help you on your journey
Pentax pour des images riches en détails!

George Lazarette

Link Posted 09/01/2012 - 11:23
Good choice, Sasha.

I would just venture one word (well, OK, about sixty) of advice.

Point and shoot cameras are designed to produce usable images straight from the camera. Serious cameras can be set up to do the same, but they are capable of much more. The secret is to learn the rudiments of the black art called post-processing, which means fine-tuning the quality of the image (crop, focus, contrast, colour, etc.) using your computer.

If you don't do this, in my opinion you will have wasted your cash. But don't worry, you won't need to invest very much time or money before you are richly rewarded. And it's fun, too.

Good luck.

G
Keywords: Charming, polite, and generally agreeable.

AndrewA

Link Posted 09/01/2012 - 11:23
Hello and welcome!
Andrew

"I'm here because the whiskey is free" - Tyla

PPG link
Flickr link

sashax

Link Posted 09/01/2012 - 11:29
George Lazarette wrote:
Good choice, Sasha.

I would just venture one word (well, OK, about sixty) of advice.

Point and shoot cameras are designed to produce usable images straight from the camera. Serious cameras can be set up to do the same, but they are capable of much more. The secret is to learn the rudiments of the black art called post-processing, which means fine-tuning the quality of the image (crop, focus, contrast, colour, etc.) using your computer.

If you don't do this, in my opinion you will have wasted your cash. But don't worry, you won't need to invest very much time or money before you are richly rewarded. And it's fun, too.

Good luck.

G

We're both very keen to actually learn how to take good photos and that's probably one of the positives for us in the purchase! Will probably aim to join some local photography club as well to get started.

Just got the kit 18-55 WR lens to start off with as we figured we need to play around first and figure out what sort of lenses we'd want afterwards. Will be shooting a lot of landscapes and walking round cities as well as everything and anything from the typical home snaps to sports so will need something with a bit more zoom.

Opethian

Link Posted 09/01/2012 - 11:33
Congratulations on the new purchase! Looks like you'll get your K5 before mine (stupid Jessops grrr), and I look forward to your photos!

Twitter | Someone said time-lapse?
Pentax K5 | Samsung N9005 | DA 18-55 WR | DA 35 2.4 | DA 50 1.8
Tamron 10-24 SP | Tamron 90 2.8 Macro | Tamron 70-300 Macro
Samyang 85 1.4 ...and a few other manual lenses older than me.

George Lazarette

Link Posted 09/01/2012 - 11:56
Opethian wrote:
Congratulations on the new purchase! Looks like you'll get your K5 before mine (stupid Jessops grrr), and I look forward to your photos!

Jessops????? Good grief.

You have only yourself to blame when SRS are so close.

G
Keywords: Charming, polite, and generally agreeable.

Stuey

Link Posted 09/01/2012 - 12:22
Hello And welcome
K10D, K5 plus plenty of clueless enthusiasm.

My Flickr site link

ChrisR

Link Posted 09/01/2012 - 15:14
Hi Sasha.

Good choice of camera and supplier.

Take care.
Chris R.

I. El. (Eng). (Rtd).

Northgrain

Link Posted 09/01/2012 - 16:11
Welcome Sasha

Enjoy the K5. Look forward to seeing your pictures
Tim

Some of my vaguely better stuff

snappychappy

Link Posted 09/01/2012 - 16:31
Welcome Sasha.
My piccies.

Opethian

Link Posted 09/01/2012 - 16:51
George Lazarette wrote:
Opethian wrote:
Congratulations on the new purchase! Looks like you'll get your K5 before mine (stupid Jessops grrr), and I look forward to your photos!

Jessops????? Good grief.

You have only yourself to blame when SRS are so close.

G

Had to buy it through financing and Jessops were selling it for £729 with kit. If SRS had financing I would have gone for them of course! Every day I think of cancelling, but I was told it will affect my credit rating. Seriously how they can get away with it.

Twitter | Someone said time-lapse?
Pentax K5 | Samsung N9005 | DA 18-55 WR | DA 35 2.4 | DA 50 1.8
Tamron 10-24 SP | Tamron 90 2.8 Macro | Tamron 70-300 Macro
Samyang 85 1.4 ...and a few other manual lenses older than me.

bugman1248

Link Posted 09/01/2012 - 17:56
Hello, welcome, enjoy yourself with the K5 - that's what it's all about in the end!
Pentax K5,Sigma 10-20 f3.5,Sigma 17-70 f2.8/4, Sigma 70-200 f2.8

bluenose82

Link Posted 09/01/2012 - 22:34
Great camera choice...
i bought a few books to learn the basics, really helped me.

sashax

Link Posted 11/01/2012 - 18:19
As seems to always be the case with SRS, after ordering on Monday morning, the camera arrived on Tuesday afternoon. Brilliant service - now I just need to go read that manual
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