Advice on K5 II purchase


johnieutah

Link Posted 05/12/2013 - 10:34
Hi guys, after seeing the bargain offer on Amazon for a K5 II and kit lens for under 500 I think it's finally time to upgrade from my trusty K10d.

Just a few Q's.

I am a "travel photographer" more or less. I rarely use my camera unless I am going away for a weekend or more. So I probably only use my K10d a handful of times a year, but when I do use it, I use it a lot. Having just gotten back from 3 weeks in South Africa, and buying a flat at the moment, I doubt very much there will be much cash left for any trips till the end of 2014. Is it worth buying the K5 II now at this great price, knowing it may not get a huge amount of use, or sticking with the K10d until later in the year? - do Pentax have anything in the pipeline after the K3?

Did Pentax ever offer focus-peaking on the K5 II? I have a quite a few manual lenses and this could be useful!

Thanks.

jeallen01

Link Posted 05/12/2013 - 11:33
Because you are travel-oriented, possibly consider a K-30 instead because it is a bit lighter to carry, almost the same image quality and a bit cheaper?

That's why I bought K-R, and have now replaced it with a K-30.

John
K-3 II, K-3 and a K-70 from SRS (having now relegated the K-30 /"K-50" to a backup body), & some Sigma and Pentax lenses (and a lot of old 35mm gear!)

tyronet2000

Link Posted 05/12/2013 - 11:47
Quote:
... I rarely use my camera unless I am going away for a weekend or more. So I probably only use my K10d a handful of times a year, but when I do use it, I use it a lot.
...I doubt very much there will be much cash left for any trips till the end of 2014.

I would say reading this you've almost answered your own question. Why not wait until nearer the time you will be in a position to "make trips" ? By then you may find the K3 well within reach of your budget, a K5II/K5IIs will most certainly fall into your budget by then. Of course if weight is a problem try something else, pick up a display model of the various offerings to see which suits
Regards
Stan

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Smeggypants

Link Posted 05/12/2013 - 12:19
johnieutah wrote:
Hi guys, after seeing the bargain offer on Amazon for a K5 II and kit lens for under 500 I think it's finally time to upgrade from my trusty K10d.

Just a few Q's.

I am a "travel photographer" more or less. I rarely use my camera unless I am going away for a weekend or more. So I probably only use my K10d a handful of times a year, but when I do use it, I use it a lot. Having just gotten back from 3 weeks in South Africa, and buying a flat at the moment, I doubt very much there will be much cash left for any trips till the end of 2014. Is it worth buying the K5 II now at this great price, knowing it may not get a huge amount of use, or sticking with the K10d until later in the year? - do Pentax have anything in the pipeline after the K3?

Did Pentax ever offer focus-peaking on the K5 II? I have a quite a few manual lenses and this could be useful!

Thanks.

Of course they do. It'll be in the design and planing stages right now.

There's always something newer coming along. All you can do is weigh up your available cash and passion for upgrading.
[i]Bodies: 1x K-5IIs, 2x K-5, Sony TX-5, Nokia 808
Lenses: Pentax DA 10-17mm ED(IF) Fish Eye, Pentax DA 14mm f/2.8, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8, Pentax-A 28mm f/2.8, Sigma 30mm F1.4 EX DC, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.2, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-FA 50mm f/1.4, Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7, Pentax DA* 50-135mm f/2.8, Sigma 135-400mm APO DG, and more ..
Flash: AF-540FGZ, Vivitar 283

johnieutah

Link Posted 05/12/2013 - 13:12
Well that goes without saying... maybe I wasn't clear. I was more thinking products in the middle of the range, i.e. whether there have been any leaks of a K5 III or something, or a cheaper replacement. K3 is too much for me at the mo.

How much do people need functionality wise? I would find my K10d fine if the focussing was still accurate and the low light performance was any good.

tyronet2000

Link Posted 05/12/2013 - 13:50
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How much do people need functionality wise?

Not a lot really for some people. I attended a presentation by Steve Gosling, the subject being Pinhole photography. As far as I could ascertain all that was needed was a box with a pinhole in the front (f/135 ? ), B&W photographic paper, the skill to develop it, and lots of patience
Regards
Stan

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Mannesty

Link Posted 05/12/2013 - 20:17
johnieutah wrote:
Hi guys, after seeing the bargain offer on Amazon for a K5 II and kit lens for under 500

Can you provide a link to this offer, Cheapest I can find is 579.00.
Peter E Smith

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Last Edited by Mannesty on 05/12/2013 - 20:19

Conqueror

Link Posted 05/12/2013 - 20:20

ChrisA

Link Posted 05/12/2013 - 21:28
johnieutah wrote:
whether there have been any leaks of a K5 III or something, or a cheaper replacement.

There won't be a K-5 III.

The next high-end Pentax will be either:

- A K-3 II with either a better sensor, or (unlikely) something clever in the electrickery to reduce the high-ISO noise.

- Or a camera with a 35 or 36mm sensor.

There's bound to be new versions of the entry/mid level ones, which will be a bit better than the current ones. When they will be I can't imagine. They may also mess around a bit more with mirrorless, but I'm not interested in that so I'm not paying attention.
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Pentax K-3, DA18-135, DA35 F2.4, DA17-70, DA55-300, FA28-200, A50 F1.7, A100 F4 Macro, A400 F5.6, Sigma 10-20 EXDC, 50-500 F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS Samsung flash SEF-54PZF(x2)
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Last Edited by ChrisA on 05/12/2013 - 21:31

JAK

Link Posted 05/12/2013 - 22:19
We've got the K-5 III, it's called the K-3.
If it had been named the K-5 III, it would in all probability have to have been the same price. The original K-5 was at that same price point when it was introduced.
John K

ChrisA

Link Posted 05/12/2013 - 22:22
JAK wrote:
We've got the K-5 III, it's called the K-3.

Sorry, but this is just semantic pointlessness.

The K-3 has got so much new in it that to call it a K-5 at all would be misleading in the extreme.
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Pentax K-3, DA18-135, DA35 F2.4, DA17-70, DA55-300, FA28-200, A50 F1.7, A100 F4 Macro, A400 F5.6, Sigma 10-20 EXDC, 50-500 F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS Samsung flash SEF-54PZF(x2)
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JAK

Link Posted 06/12/2013 - 01:18
ChrisA wrote:
JAK wrote:
We've got the K-5 III, it's called the K-3.

Sorry, but this is just semantic pointlessness.

The K-3 has got so much new in it that to call it a K-5 at all would be misleading in the extreme.

I wasn't responding to you Chris.
John K
Last Edited by JAK on 06/12/2013 - 01:22

ChrisA

Link Posted 06/12/2013 - 07:51
JAK wrote:
ChrisA wrote:
Quote:
We've got the K-5 III, it's called the K-3.

Sorry, but this is just semantic pointlessness.

The K-3 has got so much new in it that to call it a K-5 at all would be misleading in the extreme.

I wasn't responding to you Chris.

The point is whether there will be any continuation in the K-5 line, as separate from the K-3. I think there won't, but not because the K-3 is itself the continuation - except as the replacement top-end.

Eventually there will be sufficient improvements in the lower models to come close to where the K-5 was, but that's the nature of the evolving game.

That's all I was responding to in your post.
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Pentax K-3, DA18-135, DA35 F2.4, DA17-70, DA55-300, FA28-200, A50 F1.7, A100 F4 Macro, A400 F5.6, Sigma 10-20 EXDC, 50-500 F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS Samsung flash SEF-54PZF(x2)
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Last Edited by ChrisA on 06/12/2013 - 07:55

johnieutah

Link Posted 06/12/2013 - 11:42

Yes the offer ended last night. They had stock earlier in the week, last night it was down to "1 to 3 months" with Amazon. I did consider the K5 II body, which was ~20 quid cheaper, but as mentioned above, when you check the Pentax T&Cs, the body only was not mentioned.
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