Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
12-12-2010, 06:47 PM   #1
Veteran Member

Join Date: Sep 2007
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 975
the only k-7/k-5 "design" bug

i have had my k-5 for about a month (now in for replacement).

when the k-7 came out, i was one of the few "weird" ones pointing out that polycarbonates are simply better for shells, and metal alloys are simply outdated. everybody wants magnesium alloy. i can't figure out why?

the k-5/k-7 feels great, i come from a k20d, and i feared it would be small for me (especially as i have been using the grip on the k20d now for a while). it is small, yeah. but they designed it well, i don't mind a bit. very impressive. however.. it's COLD! the difference from my "decadent" polycarbonate body k20d is immense. my hand will freeze on this thing instantly. and i only had the time to use it for short periods, in mild sub zero temperatures in the city and nearby (i normally go to the mountains, where it's a whole different story). i am also worried this will affect battery life in the cold, as the battery will drop in temperature much quicker (but that reamains to be seen), the k20d is doing very well in the cold btw (except some weird (few) deffective units, which showed banding in bellow zero temperatures, but that's a different story), i can conffidently say that the "-10 resistant" rating for the k-7 was merely a formality for pentax (and probably not only), a nice one at that, though.

any "cold weather" shooters here feeling the same?


12-12-2010, 07:00 PM   #2
Site Supporter

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Prince George, BC
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 2,342
it has been winter here for a while now. I would say that my K-5 has been below -10C for half of the month that I have had it. No problems noted. I just wear gloves when handling in the winter.

12-12-2010, 11:27 PM   #3
Loyal Site Supporter
imtheguy's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Virginia Beach
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 2,950
I certainly don't have your kind of winters being here on the ocean, but its been below freezing for about 5 of the last 7 days. I use hunting gloves with grip surface, finger holes and little zipper pockets on the back of the glove made for small heaters. My point is your battery more than your hands so I keep a battery in the back of each glove since they seem to die quickly in below 0c temps.

Guess I never went out bare-handed and noticed the diff between my k20d and k-5.
12-12-2010, 11:45 PM   #4
Veteran Member

Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 2,311
Yes, it gets cold. But still, its built to stand the cold to.

The lenses however is another story. They get really really cold

12-13-2010, 03:24 AM   #5
New Member

Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Riga
Posts: 5
Can't compare to k20 but i had no problems using k5 in sub zero temps barehanded. and yes you should keep your spare batteries in inside pocket of your jacket.
12-13-2010, 10:07 AM   #6
Inactive Account

Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Новосибирск
Posts: 16
У меня не было проблем с k-20d на морозе -32 часов 6-8!!!!Главное избегать конденсата!

  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
battery, camera, dslr, k-5, k-5 ii, k-5 iis, k-7, k20d, k5, pentax k-5, story, temperatures, zero
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Interesting "bug" found? robw Pentax K-5 11 12-12-2010 06:26 PM
Sports "Highside Exit" took 1st Place in DPReview "Missed It by THAT much, Part 1" Challenge MRRiley Post Your Photos! 27 02-21-2010 08:26 PM
K20d-Frame Count on w/"M" & "P" mode only? arbib Pentax DSLR Discussion 1 08-28-2009 05:47 PM
"Hunger for a DA*50-135?" or "The DA*50-135 as a bird lens!" or "Iron age birds?" Douglas_of_Sweden Post Your Photos! 4 08-13-2008 06:09 AM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:09 PM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]