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09-16-2011, 03:21 PM   #1
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Upgrade from K-r to K-5

hey guys, i just bought my K-5 and will arrive monday. Im upgrading from a K-r, are there any "must have" accessories or lenses for the k-5? Im excited yet scared because i dont know if there will be any difficulties in adjusting from the kr, any suggestions as well? thanks! i will post pictures shortly!


09-16-2011, 03:27 PM   #2
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Well, what lenses do you have right now? If you only have the kit lens, I'd look at the following as a WR walkaround, and then maybe add some primes:
Pentax SMC DA 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR Lens 21977 B&H

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You should pick up the new camera pretty quickly. Buttons will be in different places and you'll have an extra control dial. That's good. You'll soon wonder how you did without it.

As to lens, that really depends on what you shoot. There are as many opinions about what's best as there are photographers. A poll of DIgital Photography School visitors showed that most people wanted a fast, wide to normal zoom, a longer zoom and a fast prime for low light. For me that's a Tamron 17-50 f2.8, a Pentax 55-300 f4-5.8, and a Pentax 50 f1.7. I also have a 100mm macro. I used to be a fan of wide focal length, walk around lenses but haven't found one that gives me the quality of images I like. I've tried the Pentax 18-135 and the Pentax 18-250. I like the water resistance of the former but not the image quality. I honestly get photos as sharp from a Canon G10 point-and-shoot, which is a lot easier to carry around.

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A slightly larger memory card?

My must have for the K5 was a new focus screen. Makes it easier to justify all of those great manual focus lenses!

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i have a Tamron SP 28-75 f2.8 and a Tamron 70-300 f4-5.6, but i mainly use the 2.8.....and i do mostly portraits and family/friends and im starting to dabble in weddings...not paid yet just getting an idea, ive had a bunch of friends get married recently and ive had their permission as well as their photographers to "follow" along. Just to see if Id be able to handle it. I also have two(2) 8GB sd cards and two(2) 4GB sd cards. Should I upgrade to 16GBs?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Bear Quote
i have a Tamron SP 28-75 f2.8 and a Tamron 70-300 f4-5.6, but i mainly use the 2.8.....and i do mostly portraits and family/friends and im starting to dabble in weddings...not paid yet just getting an idea, ive had a bunch of friends get married recently and ive had their permission as well as their photographers to "follow" along. Just to see if Id be able to handle it. I also have two(2) 8GB sd cards and two(2) 4GB sd cards. Should I upgrade to 16GBs?

Well, depends on how frequently you're willing to change cards on a job . An 8 GB card should give you room for maybe 250 RAW images (or 200 RAW+), depending on ISO and the amount of fine detail in a picture.
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yeah, i guess a memory upgrade will be next haha

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I too upgraded from a K-r to K-5 and it is very similar but has a lot more features. I am so glad I upgraded. This K-5 is such an improvement over my K-r. I am still learning about all that it can do. I put a Pentax SMC DA 18-135mm F/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR Lens to start with and to learn the ins and outs of the camera and I love it. I also have several other lenses that I will be trying out as well once I familiarize myself with the camera. I am thinking about buying the book Magic Lantern Guide for K-7 (they don't have one for the K-5) because I have read that the K-7 was similar enough to be helpful to people new to K-5.

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ME-053 Magnifier

QuoteOriginally posted by Bear Quote
hey guys, i just bought my K-5 and will arrive monday. Im upgrading from a K-r, are there any "must have" accessories or lenses for the k-5? Im excited yet scared because i dont know if there will be any difficulties in adjusting from the kr, any suggestions as well? thanks! i will post pictures shortly!

I put the Pentax ME-053 magnifiers on both of my cameras. Maybe not a must-have but I like them. If not for the slight improvement in magnification, at least the slightly longer throw so my nose isn't pressed up against the lcd screen.
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You'll love the k-5. Try out the TAv. It's awesome, I rarely ever take my k-5 out of that mode.
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If you're serious about wedding, I would keep the K-r as you will need a second body (unless you're planning on getting a second K5). Extra battery also needed.

Your 28-70 might not be wide enough so maybe consider a lens that starts a bit wider (17-50 or so).
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You need a fast memory card. With 16MP, 14-bit RAWs, and high FPS and/or 5 frame bracketing; the K-5 is frustratingly slow for image review in my experience without very fast memory cards.

I was shocked how slow it was coming from a K-x, cards like the class 4 Sandisk that were fine in the K-x are unusable for me in the K-5. I now have a Sandisk 32GB "Extreme Pro" card (the 45MB/sec version) and am now happy with the speed.
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Just keep feeding the urge to upgrade to the K-5 next spring/summer (after the K-3 is released). I think I can come up with the money for the camera but I'll want to add a few accessories (extra battery, faster cards and grip for AA batteries). Or I could try to get my K-x fixed. I got splashed by ocean water and something got fried ($260 quote to fix). Or just be happy with my K200D. Decisions, decisions, decisions...
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With your post in mind, and your part about portrait shooting, I took my Nokton 58mm F1.4 to lunch with me today at my usual eating joint, the SAK. This old guy comes in every so often and is always willing to pose for old Rupert, so I snapped off a couple with the Nokton.
It is one of my favorite lenses, even though it is MF. Very fast and easy to focus, delivers excellent IQ, that certainly rivals my 43 Ltd, and is the perfect range for portraits.
I would give it a Highly Recommended for portrait work....and it's fun to use too!
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