K5IIs to a K3?


bychan

Link Posted 03/04/2018 - 23:36
Under normal circumstances I wouldn't consider this step, but recently I managed to crack the back LCD on the K5IIs as shown here link

Thankfully all in current working order.

If my tenant's content insurance won't cover this, the quote to fix from Johnsons is the best part of £250.

Or spend a bit more and get a refurbished K3 from SRS with a 2 year warranty.
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The K3 is very tempting, any thoughts anybody?

Regards
Adrian
K5IIs, Sigma 10-20, Pentax DA 16-85, Pentax DA 55-300, Pentax 70 Ltd, Metz 44 AF-2.
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Last Edited by the Moderator Team on 04/04/2018 - 09:20

JAK

Link Posted 03/04/2018 - 23:45
I'm puzzled why you expect your tenant's content insurance to cover it, why not claim on your own household insurance?
John K

richandfleur

Link Posted 04/04/2018 - 01:20
In some areas, the K-3 is quite similar to the K-5 range, but in others it's a whole level up.

Really depends on what your requirements and priorities are.

I find the K-3 to be quite a beast of a camera. Lots of settings, so took a while to configure to my liking, but love it now.

The K-3 is long overdue for a replacement too, so I'm hoping something is in the works on that front.

Summary, you'll likely be happy either way

womble

Link Posted 04/04/2018 - 06:53
JAK wrote:
I'm puzzled why you expect your tenant's content insurance to cover it, why not claim on your own household insurance?

The OP is the tenant. The genitive refers to the whole phrase "tenant's content insurance".

As to the OP, I am very happy with my K-3 but skipped the K-5 series so cannot compare.
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Last Edited by womble on 04/04/2018 - 06:55

johnriley

Link Posted 04/04/2018 - 09:48
The K-5 is indeed a splendid camera, and still fully usable, but the K-3 and K-3II do pack in more detail and do operate slightly faster.

Sue uses the K-3, I use the K-3II, and we both get great images from them. Sue uses the K-3 because she wants the pop-up flash. WE would both upgrade again, we've been very pleased with the progress between models.
Best regards, John

Mike-P

Link Posted 04/04/2018 - 10:32
Personally I think the K-5IIs is the best crop camera Pentax have ever made and the only reason I sold mine was because I purchased a K-1 and already owned a K-3II. IMO the sensor is in the "sweet spot" for ISO,DR and IQ but the K-3/II does evrything else better.

If IQ is your ultimate goal then I would get the 5IIs repaired but if you want all the bells and whistles (twin card slots, slightly faster af,better SR etc) then the K3 would be better.

It may be worthwhile getting the repair done anyway, I sold my 5IIs for £300 which would be another £50 towards the K3 should you decide to go that way.
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LennyBloke

Link Posted 04/04/2018 - 10:38
I've sent you a PM Adrian
LennyBloke

bychan

Link Posted 12/04/2018 - 00:12
Thanks for all the advice and recommendations, all appreciated.

I now know that the insurance doesn't cover this, and Ashai Photo eventually got back to me; they referred me to Johnsons, back to square one

Whilst the K5iis is still a fine camera which does all that I want, I believe that a K3 makes better sense economically, especially with the 2 year warranty.

Sadly my pockets aren't deep enough to fix the K5iis and get a K3.

Regards
Adrian
K5IIs, Sigma 10-20, Pentax DA 16-85, Pentax DA 55-300, Pentax 70 Ltd, Metz 44 AF-2.
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redbusa99

Link Posted 13/04/2018 - 00:16
have K511s and K3 11, the K5 is far better at focusing in low light. there are also a few changes on some of the buttons , for instance when magnifying live view it is press ok then scroll rear wheel whereas K5 is just use the info button, there are others, lack of onboard flash on k3 concerns some people. the only reason i bought the K3 was because it was on a good price together with the 16-85 and the K5 had had a couple of lock ups. hoping to convert it to IR but other stuff keeps taking the money i.e an expensive operation on the dog, new tyres on car, wife wants a holiday
K3 II and the odd lens or 2

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