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Pentax K-5 II vs K-5 IIs Samples Posted

Official photos from Pentax Ricoh · 10-02-2012 · By PF Staff in Pentax News

Pentax has recently published a web page containing several sample photos from the new K-5 II and K-5 IIs.  In addition, several comparative photos were showcased in Japan and have now been posted on the forum by members.

View & Discuss: Comparative Photos | Official K-5 II/s Samples

From the looks of it, the K-5 IIs does in fact have a tremendous advantage over the K-5 and K-5 II in terms of resolution.  We plan on conducting detailed tests of this once the K-5 IIs hits the shelves, which should happen within two weeks.  In the US, the K-5 IIs is available for pre-order for $1299, while the regular K-5 II is $100 cheaper.  Considering that the original K-5 was launched at an MSRP of $1749, this pricing seems quite reasonable.

The Pentax K-5 II is an enhanced version of the original Pentax K-5, which was launched in late 2010 and is considered one of Pentax's most successful DSLRs.  Of note in the K-5 II is an all-new SAFOX X autofocus system and a redesigned LCD with greatly-improved visiblity.  The K-5 IIs is a special version of the K-5 II which lacks the antialiasing filter found on most digital cameras.  This means that the K-5 IIs has the potential for much higher image resolution at the risk of exhibiting the Moiré pattern.  Click here to read our in-depth Pentax K-5 review for an close look at the Pentax K-5.

Pentax K-5 IIs

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ak_kiwi [Delete] Oct 5th, 2012 8:12PM

Interesting development from Pentax. Kind of see their logic when one is down the food chain a bit when it comes to new sensor availability.
At the release price stated I am going to a least give the K-5iis a try :)

zmohie [Delete] Oct 5th, 2012 11:18AM

as a k5 owner..I think..k5IIS may be the goal of almost.
a diffirent camera and it is pentax answer in terms of resolution with out much effort.

wed7 [Delete] Oct 4th, 2012 5:25PM

At this point, Price scheme is their only selling point.

zosxavius [Delete] Oct 4th, 2012 10:21AM

If you can see moire on the screen you will see it in a print. Printing will not magically hide it.

zosxavius [Delete] Oct 3rd, 2012 6:05PM

Everything I have read indicates that removing the filter on a standard k-5 and replacing it with substitute glass doesn't work right. Maybe something to do with the microlens. Has anyone achieved an ir conversion on the k-5?

sbroadbentphoto [Delete] Oct 3rd, 2012 4:15PM

Does moire only happen on digital screens or does it become a problem when printing as well?

Biro [Delete] Oct 3rd, 2012 3:24PM

I still need to see how much of an issue moire will be the the K-5 IIs. If it's going to be a fairly rare thing, fine. But, if not, I have to wonder how often the higher resolution will actually be useful to me. I don't plan on blowing up my images to the 100% level.

Dr_who [Delete] Oct 3rd, 2012 1:40PM

Thibs the SR doesn't work that way. The SR reduction unit is always on some degree on centering the sensor

chiane [Delete] Oct 3rd, 2012 1:01PM

No, no, the filter just snaps off. They are going to sell an accessory pouch to carry it in.

Annatefkah [Delete] Oct 3rd, 2012 12:41PM

From what I saw of the comparison shots of a K5 IIs v ?FF I ask, do we need a Pentax FF? Also at the end of the day, the results are only going to be as good as the quality of the lens you use. I will have to start saving up for the K5 IIs but I am well pleased with my K5.

thibs [Delete] Oct 3rd, 2012 12:00PM

Well, disable SR and that's it.

Designosophy [Delete] Oct 3rd, 2012 11:19AM

From what I've heard, if a Pentax camera is manufactured with an AA filter, you can't remove it without horrible results because the sensor-shift shake reduction depends on the weight of the sensor, which is increased by an AA filter. So if you want a Pentax camera without an AA filter, K-5IIs is it.

Spodeworld [Delete] Oct 3rd, 2012 9:52AM

Is there a difference on sensor cleaning if you don't have the AA filter over the sensor?

JFN [Delete] Oct 3rd, 2012 9:39AM

Where can one find RAW comparable images?

Youngster [Delete] Oct 3rd, 2012 9:32AM

So the next questions is: How do I remove the AA filter from my K20, K30, K7, etc..?