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Thinking of a upgrade

1947lcs
Posted 09/02/2014 - 19:22 Link
I have K-r that I have been happy with but I am thinking of updating.
Not sure of the way to go so any advice would be welcome.

Budget around 450 including the sale/trade in of my K-r

Just want a body as I will keep my current lens collection.

I was thinking of a K5 maybe a good secondhand one. SRS seem to have some good second user stock with year warranty and low shutter count

Or should I go for new model from the Pentax range.

Mainly shoot nature , wildlife and general landscapes when out walking.

I just can't decide which way to go.

Les
K5, DAL18-55,SMC 50mm f2,DA 55-300, SCM F 35-70 and all the help I can get.
Posted 09/02/2014 - 19:27 Link
k-5 all the way - still a great camera

dont want to get into a big debate here but any k-3 images ive seen havent blown me away

Plus if you are a wildlife shooter like me the k-5's high iso capability will reward you with great shots

good luck in your decision
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CIBarker
Posted 09/02/2014 - 19:32 Link
I think you'd get a cracking used k-5ii for 450, that would be my choice.
Smeggypants
Posted 09/02/2014 - 19:34 Link
Yup K-5.


No brainer
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JonSchick
Posted 09/02/2014 - 20:14 Link
Any of the K-5 variations are great. I found the autofocus when moving to K-5iiS (which would be the same for the K-5ii) was more of an improvement than I expected, especially in low light. But I think for the outdoor photography you have mentioned, it would make little difference.
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ronniemac
Posted 09/02/2014 - 20:23 Link
I think the K-50 setup is quite similar to the K-R but with the innards of a K-5. If you like the controls on the K-R, you would find a switch to the K-50 easier, but if you want greater control / complexity, then maybe K-5 or K-5II or K-5IIs is for you.

Good luck.
stub
Posted 09/02/2014 - 21:03 Link
Ive had the K5ii for a couple of years now. Used it a lot without complaint. So this would be my recommendation.
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richandfleur
Posted 09/02/2014 - 21:22 Link
My K-30 is in transit back to the UK for service. At the weekend I took the old K100d out and frankly really missed the new one. The image quality is better on the K-30 (which as others have mentioned is the same sensor as the K-5) but the whole thing is much faster, with bigger shot buffers, focus speed, and the view finder is bigger and brighter and the rear screen is better. Also I seem to get more feedback information on the K-30 that my choice of settings are likely to under or over expose, but that could be me forgetting where this info lies on the K-100d Also I didn't find myself looking at the K-100d top lcd screen anywhere near as much as I thought I would, so I don't really mind losing that on the K-30.

Sorry, potentially off topic, but just thought I'd say that moving to a more modern Pentax will be awesome. Just do it as they say. Having used the K-30 for a while now I can see that I'd benefit from the extra dials on the K-5. The likes of switching between metering and focus modes directly etc would be great. The K-5 (and K-30) are falling into stunning price brackets now, simply because they're 'old' and not current range items. This makes them simply stunning buys in my opinion!
swarf
Posted 09/02/2014 - 21:24 Link
I upgraded from a K-r to a K-5iiS a few months ago. I have found the controls of the 5iiS better for me that those of the K-r. I wouldn't hesitate - go for a K-5 variant.

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sussexwolf
Posted 09/02/2014 - 22:41 Link
I upgraded from the Kr to the K30.

I love the viewfinder as it covers the whole frame. You don't get any extra bits that you miss in the viewfinder of the Kr. I also find that the K30 is much better at capturing the highlights.
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1947lcs
Posted 12/02/2014 - 14:43 Link
Many thanks for the advice.

Next stop is a trip to SRS to take a look at what's available.

Les
K5, DAL18-55,SMC 50mm f2,DA 55-300, SCM F 35-70 and all the help I can get.
1947lcs
Posted 29/05/2014 - 09:24 Link
Well it took some time but I now have a K5 via SRS.
Near new with just 500 shutter count. Arrived 8am this morning and will be in use on the dog walk this morning.
Thanks for all the advice.

Les
K5, DAL18-55,SMC 50mm f2,DA 55-300, SCM F 35-70 and all the help I can get.
Smeggypants
Posted 29/05/2014 - 09:43 Link
1947lcs wrote:
Well it took some time but I now have a K5 via SRS.
Near new with just 500 shutter count. Arrived 8am this morning and will be in use on the dog walk this morning.
Thanks for all the advice.

Les

nice one!. You won't be disappointed.

The K-5 was a milestone. Everything since has been small changes IMO. I look at the K-3 as a K-5IIIs.

It's a camera than going to be hard to beat and you can get a 2nd hand one with a low shutter count for around 300 these days.
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Stanovich
Posted 29/05/2014 - 12:28 Link
I have the K5IIs, which I bought as an upgrade from a K20 about 18 months ago. As another 'walk and shoot' user I can thoroughly recommend it (and would guess that the slightly cheaper K5 variants aren't much different, other than the improved autofocus on the II/IIs).

Stan
K5IIs & ME Super with FA24-90, DA17-70, DA55-300, misc old primes; Fuji X20.

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