K7 to K5 - is there any point now?


SteveLedger

Link Posted 12/05/2012 - 23:30
I've been happy enough with the K7 since I bought it in 2009, the high ISO noise hasn't really caused any problems for me, the only thing that has disappointed me is the video mode - but then I have a HD camcorder for good video.
The price for a K5 body is temptingly low now right now, but is it enough of an upgrade to make it worthwhile?

No-one really knowns when PR will announce a K5 replacement so who knows if it will be a must have upgrade or not - it's also going to be much more expensive than a K5 body..
On the other hand, a K-01 body is cheaper still... (though the rubber door doesn't impress me much)

So I guess the question is to those who have gone from K7 to K5, are you totally satisfied that it was the right choice and have you kept the K7 as a backup or was it easy to sell?

clover

Link Posted 12/05/2012 - 23:35
I keep my K7 right now, but I only use my K5 because of his very good dynamic sensor.

It became difficult to use the K7 at the same time, I thought I could bring it in order to use it with an other lens ( without changing the lens ) but at least, I only go on taking lenses and only one K5.

I may buy an other K-5 when it will be cheaper than now

JAK

Link Posted 13/05/2012 - 00:10
sledger wrote:

No-one really knowns when PR will announce a K5 replacement so who knows if it will be a must have upgrade or not - it's also going to be much more expensive than a K5 body..
On the other hand, a K-01 body is cheaper still... (though the rubber door doesn't impress me much)

So I guess the question is to those who have gone from K7 to K5, are you totally satisfied that it was the right choice and have you kept the K7 as a backup or was it easy to sell?

Photokina in Cologne from 18-23 September is a possibility for big announcements, maybe?

I've still got a Samsung GX20 and K-m as backups! It is tempting to get another K-5, no wish to get a K-01.

John
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Fletcher8

Link Posted 13/05/2012 - 06:45
I upgraded from the K7 to the K5 and personally for me it was a good move as the improvement in image quality was significant. I intended to keep my K7, but decided that in the end I would benefit from selling it and buying another K5. If and when Pentax do release their next flagship model, it will be interesting to see how they have improved the K5, A FF body would be nice. One area I would like to see an improvement in is the flash system, I would really like to see a flash sync speed of 250th. Apart from that, I am very happy with the K5 as it does what I wan't it too. Perhaps you should ask yourself why you want to upgrade and what will be the benefits for you will be from a K7 to a K5. I guess if you have the spare cash to invest in a new body, then upgrading to a K5 is a no brainer, unless you are willing to wait for a while and pay almost double for the K5 replacement.
Fletcher8.
Last Edited by Fletcher8 on 13/05/2012 - 06:45

johnriley

Link Posted 13/05/2012 - 09:34
Just picking up the point about the rubber door on the K-01, there's a rubber door on the K-7 and K-5 as well, although nobody seemed to worry about that?
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Mannesty

Link Posted 13/05/2012 - 09:38
The K5 price is good right now.

Any new body announced this year will probably not be available until first qtr next year, and double (at least) the current K5 price.

My advice, upgrade now.
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felix

Link Posted 13/05/2012 - 09:43
I too used to own the K7 and now own the K5 and it is a great difference.
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cabstar

Link Posted 13/05/2012 - 10:22
If you need faster af and fps then go k-5. I still use a gx20 for a second body regularly and apart from its clunkyness and slow responsiveness I still get great images from it.
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SteveLedger

Link Posted 13/05/2012 - 16:22
Thanks for all the replies folks - food for thought. Head say's wait, heart say's go for it.. No clear winner yet.

johnriley wrote:
Just picking up the point about the rubber door on the K-01, there's a rubber door on the K-7 and K-5 as well, although nobody seemed to worry about that?

Not anywhere near similar material to the K-01's thickish floppy rubbery flap, John - at least not on my K7.

womble

Link Posted 13/05/2012 - 16:23
"Must have upgrades" are a marketing gimmick. Does the K-5 (or anything else for that matter photographic or non-photographic) do something useful that would really help you (rather than something which sounds fun but you'll hardly ever need)? If the answer is yes, then get one. If no, then don't. You've already said you don't need the high ISO or the improved video capability.

I still use a K20D. Since being in the US I have shot about 30 frames on it, but about three rolls of film on my ES/ESII combo!

K.
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Pentaxonian

Link Posted 13/05/2012 - 19:09
When a replacement is finally here, it would cost over £1200

Get a K5 now
K5iis and a couple of lenses.

Frogfish

Link Posted 13/05/2012 - 19:42
I kept the K7 as back up when I bought the K5 .... and promptly sold it 3 months later and bought another K5 (night and day comes to mind).

As far as price etc. is concerned. Photokina is Sept, IF they announce a replacement there then it will still be a few months to launch date ... and earlier adopters pay full price (K5 was US$1,600 and is now US$850). So if you prefer to wait 6-9 months and pay US$1,600 - 2,000 .......
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Smeggypants

Link Posted 13/05/2012 - 19:57
sledger wrote:
I've been happy enough with the K7 since I bought it in 2009, the high ISO noise hasn't really caused any problems for me, the only thing that has disappointed me is the video mode - but then I have a HD camcorder for good video.
The price for a K5 body is temptingly low now right now, but is it enough of an upgrade to make it worthwhile?

No-one really knowns when PR will announce a K5 replacement so who knows if it will be a must have upgrade or not - it's also going to be much more expensive than a K5 body..
On the other hand, a K-01 body is cheaper still... (though the rubber door doesn't impress me much)

So I guess the question is to those who have gone from K7 to K5, are you totally satisfied that it was the right choice and have you kept the K7 as a backup or was it easy to sell?

Once you get a k-5 the 3 stop higher ISO performance will unleash a whole new facet of photography for you.

plus the higher dynamic range.

As you're travelling roughly 1.5 years behind the Pentax release roadmap, I'd say now is a great time for you to get a K-5
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SteveLedger

Link Posted 14/05/2012 - 00:10
Thanks again for all the angles. I think I might actually resist. The K7 really does satisfy my needs and works well. I doubt I'd use it if I went to a K5 and I doubt I'd be able to sell it for a satisfactory price.
I have an old *istDS in the camera bag which still works perfectly for portrait and groups shot styles, so this time my head will rule.. (until the K5 drops another $100 or so again, then I guess I'll be tempted again )
Last Edited by SteveLedger on 14/05/2012 - 00:11

Transit

Link Posted 14/05/2012 - 06:32
sledger wrote:
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So I guess the question is to those who have gone from K7 to K5, are you totally satisfied that it was the right choice and have you kept the K7 as a backup or was it easy to sell?

I am one of those
I had the K-7 for 4 or 5 months.
I loved the fine grain of the 16MP but hated the noise, the less than impressive DR and I also had one with a case of the shutter blur between 1/60 and 1/100 sec.
Bought a new K-5 and loved it from the start, and still do... 7 months later.
The camera has almost ceased to exist in my thoughts as I just know it will work. Frees up mental space for the LBA
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Last Edited by Transit on 14/05/2012 - 06:35
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