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10-29-2011, 01:17 PM   #1
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Pentax K5 for Wedding Work

Hi all I have just joined and interested in hearing from those who use these cameras for wedding work and how reliable they have been.

Already found issues re the shutter activating on its own but this may be rare.

Any feedback very welcome.

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Martin


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Forum member brendanpk has posted some threads about shutter life and reliability. I think taken over 90k photos with one of his cameras! You can find his threads using the advanced search
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My major issue with using the K5 for wedding work is the AF, which, while greatly improved over earlier Pentax systems is still not good enough. Everything else about the camera is very good, though the problems with breakdowns is very real, so if you are going to use a K5 for weddings, make sure you have at least one, and preferably two back up cameras.
In the K5's favour is it's incredible DR and very good high ISO imaging performance combined with very quiet (for an SLR) operation and compact size.
While I'm mostly retired now from wedding shooting, I have used the K5 for a few weddings and it has worked well enough, given the caveat about the AF.
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I've shot weddings with Pentax dSLRs right from the *ist D all the way to the K-5. Yes, there are limitations with regards to autofocus speed and locking ability in low light, however moving from a K20D to a K-7 or a K-5 makes low light photography a lot easier. I've not been disappointed with the K-5 in this setting, and as long as I pre-empt my important shots, I will rarely miss the shots I want. It does help to know each camera's nuances - and they all have them.

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Hmmmmm

I must admit I was hoping for an improved autofocus over the 5D Mk2, in fact auto focus ability in low light was something I was hoping for an improvement over my current setup.

Thanks for the frank answers it is what I am looking for.
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What are trying to get your 5DMkII to focus on that you want an improvement to it? I can't think of an APS-C camera that can exceed the 5DMkII's AF performance. Nevertheless the K-5 does come close. Though we are comparing different AF servo mechanisms, and Pentax SDM is not quite as fast as its screwdriven counterparts.
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Focus in low light. The D300/s, D7000 has bettter auto focus so does the 7D. However, as I said that was an area I thought would be better as the K5 has the same autofocus as the 645 and I hoped that with a 10000 price tag the focus might be a bit better?

But that is just one area.

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i have 2 k5's for wedding work for a reason, last wedding i shot the shutter crapped out on me (on one camera). The malfunction was sporadic but it did render one body useless for 1/2 an hour to an hour at a time. i sent it to pentax, they replaced something, and it works great now... still wouldn't go without 2 bodies ever though

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No nor me I take three.

Can I ask what lens you use please?

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I have found the 5DMkII superior (not necessarily user-friendly) to the APS-Cs you mentioned.
Nevertheless, the K-5 does match the D7000 in just about everything (plus has added features the D7000 doesn't have, hence the higher price).
As for lenses, I've gone to DA 12-24, Tamron 28-75, Tamron 70-200, and FA limiteds for fixed setups.
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I love the DR on the K-5 for weddings. It makes it almost impossible to be off on exposure. My K20D is a little less forgiving, but, still a joy to use when on.

However, I'm growing increasingly frustrated with slow AF. Every reception, there are times where I'll try to get shots of people on a dance floor who pose for a "quick" pic, which ends up taking 3-5 seconds to focus! This is with the K-5, not just K20D. It is absolutely frustrating when it happens, not to mention embarrassing. When people are dancing (and have had a few drinks) it's incredibly hard to wait so long to get focus locked on.

Needless to say, I'm considering a switch to Canon or Nikon. I'm waiting for the next generation of bodies, because I don't see the point in switching systems at the end of a current generation.
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Well if it helps your decision the Canon colours drive me nuts. Too much magenta in general and under artificail light everything is totally orange.

I was attracted to the K5 for the DR and the DXO summary. Does go to show the grass is never that greener.

Oddly in the UK the Pentax is at a bargain price 749 compared to the D7000 which is at 799.

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QuoteOriginally posted by MartinEA Quote
I must admit I was hoping for an improved autofocus over the 5D Mk2, in fact auto focus ability in low light was something I was hoping for an improvement over my current setup.
Are you using the center AF point on your 5D? That's supposedly the only one that goes fast enough and is accurate...

The D300/D700 AF tracking is in another league...they're a step above the D7000 and K-5...
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Yes I only use the centre focus point in low light. I can use the others in good light no problem. But as most of my work isn't is good light this is an issue. It is not a big issue. Just something better would have been good.

Anyway back to the K5.
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