Have a K7 and K5- what next?


dinneenp

Link Posted 11/10/2021 - 17:02
Hi,
I have a K5 and K7, both a good few years old but working fine. I'm getting back into wedding photography ( link ) and might replace the K7.
I see there's been a fair few new bodies released in the past 10 years. What would you recommend to replace the K7 with & why, bearing in mind main use would be weddings. I'd be looking at 2nd hand and don't want to break the bank.
Cheers,
Pa.
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Pa
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johnriley

Link Posted 11/10/2021 - 17:27
Another K5 and you'd have two matching cameras. Even though it's a few years old the K5 can still give many cameras a run for their money.

If you want more megapixels then a K-3 or K-3 II.
Best regards, John

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davidstorm

Link Posted 11/10/2021 - 22:03
A K-5iis wouldn't be a bad bet. It's a classic camera and although has the same functionality as a K-5, it produces superior images. Also, I don't know if you could stretch to a K-1, which is head and shoulders above any other Pentax DSLR, but if not also consider a KP. The KP is rugged, full of useful features and after having owned both a KP and a K-3, I would say the KP produces much better image quality, which would be of benefit for wedding photography, particularly when shooting in low light conditions. The only downsides of the KP are a single card slot and a small battery, which doesn't last as long as the K-5 and K-3 batteries do.

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David
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michaelblue

Link Posted 11/10/2021 - 22:35
davidstorm wrote:
A K-5iis wouldn't be a bad bet. It's a classic camera and although has the same functionality as a K-5, it produces superior images. Also, I don't know if you could stretch to a K-1, which is head and shoulders above any other Pentax DSLR, but if not also consider a KP. The KP is rugged, full of useful features and after having owned both a KP and a K-3, I would say the KP produces much better image quality, which would be of benefit for wedding photography, particularly when shooting in low light conditions. The only downsides of the KP are a single card slot and a small battery, which doesn't last as long as the K-5 and K-3 batteries do.

Kind Regards
David

The KP 'battery grip' has a removeable insert to allow you to use the K5 battery
Regards,
Michael
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stub

Link Posted 14/10/2021 - 08:17
Another vote for the K5II. A classic camera in my view. You already have the lenses.. Which would make K1 upgrade expensive, But would be better for weddings due to its ability to crop and keep image quality. Especially if your printing your results.
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RichardC

Link Posted 15/10/2021 - 15:49
I was in a similar position of looking for a used body which would not break the bank. I came to the conlusion that the K5iis can deliver a lot of image quality with great usability for the used prices (sub-300/250) I've seen them go for. I just couldn't justify the price jump to a KP (new or used). K3 was a close 2nd (K3ii was definitely out of my budget) but were still quite a bit more than the K5iis when I was looking. If I needed the MP, I've have gone for the K3 but realistically 16MP, especially without the AA filter, is plenty enough for some pretty large prints, even with some cropping. The sensor in the K5iis has a nice balance of MP, DR and High-ISO performance. ISO 80 was a surprise bonus in the K5iis, didn't notice that until I'd bought it.
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