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02-23-2011, 06:24 PM   #1
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Scratches on the K-5 limited?

Can anyone comment on the anti-scratch ability of the new K-5 limited? Because my K-7 is bullet proof, I mean it doesn't scratch for anything. However, I'm wondering if the Aluminum (or is it stainless?) of the K-5 would scratch worse?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ubuntu_user Quote
Can anyone comment on the anti-scratch ability of the new K-5 limited? Because my K-7 is bullet proof, I mean it doesn't scratch for anything. However, I'm wondering if the Aluminum (or is it stainless?) of the K-5 would scratch worse?
The exterior magnesium body shell is the same as the K-7.
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It's powder coating in gray instead of black, nothing else
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QuoteOriginally posted by bobmaxja Quote
It's powder coating in gray instead of black, nothing else
Sorry, not according to the Pentax website:

Digital Cameras and Accessories - Official PENTAX Imaging Web Site

"Rugged, stainless steel chassis."

Edit... hmmmm, on further inspection, it also says:

"Durable magnesium alloy covers surround a rugged stainless steel chassis."

The pictures on the left sure do look like bare metal, though.


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Magnesium is the outer material. Magnesium is naturally gray. Any deep scratches would be less likely to show on the K-5 silver than they would on a black one.

Ever see a silver FA Limited lens? The finish holds up just fine. This isn't like the crappy paint finish on old FA* lenses.
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My K-7 Silver held up better than my K-7 Black did.
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It is very unlikley magnesium would be left exposed and not covered with a coating or a paint.
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Ah, okay this is good to know... I would think that magnesium would need coated. But then, I thought that the chassis was magnesium. Hmm... So can anyone confirm if the limited body is smooth (on the silver parts) or textured like the regular black bodies?

I just might spring for a Limited K-5 when it comes out. Do the limited bodies hold their value better? I wonder if they make a silver grip to match?
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QuoteOriginally posted by dcshooter Quote
Sorry, not according to the Pentax website:

Digital Cameras and Accessories - Official PENTAX Imaging Web Site

"Rugged, stainless steel chassis."

Edit... hmmmm, on further inspection, it also says:

"Durable magnesium alloy covers surround a rugged stainless steel chassis."

The pictures on the left sure do look like bare metal, though.
The construction for both is the same: magnesium over stainless.
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It is painted silver or at last there is some sort of silver coating.
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Magnesium alloy painted silver or black...
The back of the camera is black polycarbonate plastic.

I think the silver would actually be better for not noticing marks.
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