K50 or ks2 macro?


SteveLedger

Link Posted 08/11/2015 - 21:49
BruceStrachan wrote:
And to be honest I've never used the variio screen@!!
But shutter even sounds like the K3..whereas k50 was like grinding...
Picture quality is way better.
I paid 850 euro for me k50 with a 18-135
650 for ks2 without a lens.

850 euros for a K-50 which includes an 18-135mm is very good. The 18-135 is over 500 euros alone (current srs pricing Ģ369), making the K-50 body just 350 euros which is 300 euros less than your K-S2 body cost.

BTW: Pentax Forums K-S2 shutter sound test concluded that it is virtually identical to the K-50.
See (and hear) here ► https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwvAcP9Epv0

BruceStrachan

Link Posted 09/11/2015 - 06:59
Aye but I sold it on for 400 Euros with an 18-55 I got of flea bay for 25 euros.....
I know itīs cheaper but I feel that the KS-2 is better all round.
Maybe if Iīd stuck at the K-50 for a while and not bought the K-3 after 2 months of owning it I would have liked it more.
When I bought it, it was the only Pentax camera in the store and I went there to buy a Canon EOS 700 or a Nikon D5200, bought the K-50 felt so solid and well made and the 18-135 lens like a tank compared to the Nikon 18-105 or the Canon 18-150, the Nikon D5200 felt like a bit of cheap plastic, so in the end the Pentax won easily.
Next trip to the store they had a K5ii S....couldnīt believe it...but was really expensive at the time.

I still vote for KS-2
Cheers,

Bruce

tyronet2000

Link Posted 12/11/2015 - 14:00
Not done any macro but I do have the K-S2 and I like it because it has the articulating screen. Just remember if you are using it to see what is straight over head the shutter button changes to the wi-fi button
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Stan

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SteveLedger

Link Posted 12/11/2015 - 19:37
Automatically? Surely this is an option!?

BruceStrachan

Link Posted 13/11/2015 - 06:17
Hey Stan,
Did you find this out from the manual or from getting a surprise during shooting?
My manual is in German so Iīm purely learning the camera by touch.

Cheers,

Bruce
Cheers,

Bruce

SteveLedger

Link Posted 13/11/2015 - 06:30
I think Stan is getting a tad confused.
The WiFi button is a dedicated button but it becomes the Shutter button when you flip the screen out to face forwards for 'selfies'...

Darkmunk

Link Posted 13/11/2015 - 09:03
Either camera will be fine.
An absolute must for macro is an aperture ring. Then you have all manner of extension devices at your disposal. I don't think you can go wrong with any proper macro lens (as opposed to a zoom with macro written on it), but I would say, go for a 1:1, anything less than full macro will be frustrating.
I routinely go down to 25:1 (1:25? - 1mm showing in the viewfinder).
It's intoxicating, a whole new world down there
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tyronet2000

Link Posted 14/11/2015 - 16:50
SteveLedger wrote:
I think Stan is getting a tad confused.
The WiFi button is a dedicated button but it becomes the Shutter button when you flip the screen out to face forwards for 'selfies'...

And to photograph a ceiling unless you want to lie on the floor the screen will be in "selfie" position so wi-fi button becomes shutter. Missed taking a low level shot "upwards" inside because I didn't know this at the time. read it later in the manual
Regards
Stan

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SteveLedger

Link Posted 14/11/2015 - 19:30
That doesn't really make sense, Stan. If the camera is pointing upwards [towards the ceiling] and the screen rotated to point towards the operator, it's not in the selfie position at all.
Again I ask, surely this is an option which one can enable or disable? If not, then I would regard this enforcement as a serious operstional flaw.

tyronet2000

Link Posted 14/11/2015 - 21:39
I'll check this out tomorrow Steve. I was trying to get an "upwards" shot inside the pigeon loft at Dirleton Castle and had the camera on a tripod pointing up and screen pointing up. I'm sure it's me and not the camera, brain doesn't function as well either now
Regards
Stan

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SteveLedger

Link Posted 14/11/2015 - 21:46
tyronet2000 wrote:
I was trying to get an "upwards" shot inside the pigeon loft at Dirleton Castle and had the camera on a tripod pointing up and screen pointing up.

Ah, so you were looking 'down' at the screen rather than facing it?
In which case that would be the selfie-position. But again there must be an option to disable the wifi button from becoming the shutter button.
Frankly I regard this as a gimmick to be honest because I have no problems pressing the shutter button with my left thumb on a DSLR if I'm trying for a selfie.
Last Edited by SteveLedger on 14/11/2015 - 21:46

Algernon

Link Posted 15/11/2015 - 09:35
I'd like to try a selfie "Dancing on the Ceiling"

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Darkmunk

Link Posted 15/11/2015 - 10:18
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Frankly I regard this as a gimmick to be honest because I have no problems pressing the shutter button with my left thumb on a DSLR if I'm trying for a selfie

This is a really negative! It's a useful feature; a pragmatic use of hardware switching. If you don't like it don't use it.
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SteveLedger

Link Posted 15/11/2015 - 11:04
Darkmunk wrote:

This is a really negative! It's a useful feature; a pragmatic use of hardware switching. If you don't like it don't use it.

This is your opinion.
My opinion was in my preceding post. Best not to judge opinions, stick to judging products and respect other's opinions.
Thank you.
Last Edited by SteveLedger on 15/11/2015 - 11:05

Darkmunk

Link Posted 15/11/2015 - 11:24
Ha ha.
Well, one was negative whinging, and the other was positive and thankful for a bit of imagination in the design dept.
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