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10-25-2012, 08:58 AM   #1
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Need help with upgrade decision

I am trying to decide whether to upgrade and to what.

I currently have a K-7 and a k10d. I don't use the k10d much anymore. I would like to upgrade to get the better ISO and dynamics. I am happy with the picture quality of my K-7 and k10d.

My options are:

1. Don't do a upgrade.
2. Buy a new k-5 and sell my K-7, k10d and my tamron 28-105mm to cover most of the cost.
3. Buy a new k-5ii and sell my K-7, K10d, FA 43mm, and my tamron 20-105mm. I mostly use the 43mm for low light. My main lens is my tamron 24-135mm.

What would you do?

10-25-2012, 09:03 AM   #2
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Hard call. The K-5 is a serious improvement in low light over both your current cameras and has dropped again to $825 or so, which makes it a sweet deal The K-5II is reported to have even better dynamic range and better AF but is $300+ more. I'd probably wait a few weeks and see the K-5II drop a bit and then go for it.
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I am worried that if I wait very long and decide to go with the k-5 that places will run out of stock soon.
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I'd wait till the K5II has been out for a couple weeks and monitor the forums for reviews and issues like the popular sensor stain issue the K5 had when first released. There are pros and cons in jumping on a new camera right at release as well.

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For the time being you could sell your K10d and get a Kx for low light. They are going for 250 body only right now. Then upgrade to the K5ii when used (or new) prices come down.
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My K-x is definitely better than my K20D in low light... I;m wondering though. are you totally opposed to a K-30. It does have both improved low light and faster, more accurate auto-focus?
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I would really miss features like the top LCD. I use that a lot. So I would really rather get a k-5 or k-5II if I upgrade.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dr_who Quote
I'd wait till the K5II has been out for a couple weeks and monitor the forums for reviews and issues like the popular sensor stain issue the K5 had when first released. There are pros and cons in jumping on a new camera right at release as well.
Why on Earth would you think that an odd-ball situation like Sony having a manufacturing error on their production line for the sensor would repeat itself several years later? There are real reasons to wait on a new model but the idea that the same issue would arise a second time is a bit of a stretch IMHO.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
Why on Earth would you think that an odd-ball situation like Sony having a manufacturing error on their production line for the sensor would repeat itself several years later? There are real reasons to wait on a new model but the idea that the same issue would arise a second time is a bit of a stretch IMHO.
Well there could be glitches with the new autofocus, amongst other things. I hope not, but it could be possible that people find the new autofocus only marginally better than the old K5. At the current prices...850 vs 1200, it better be a significant upgrade.

In general, I've always found it good to wait a while until the verdict gets out.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ironlionzion Quote
Well there could be glitches with the new autofocus, amongst other things. I hope not, but it could be possible that people find the new autofocus only marginally better than the old K5. At the current prices...850 vs 1200, it better be a significant upgrade.

In general, I've always found it good to wait a while until the verdict gets out.
Agreed. I am waiting, hopefully, for user opinions to flood in.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Docrwm Quote
Why on Earth would you think that an odd-ball situation like Sony having a manufacturing error on their production line for the sensor would repeat itself several years later? There are real reasons to wait on a new model but the idea that the same issue would arise a second time is a bit of a stretch IMHO.
I never said it would have that specific error. I had issues when I got my first K7, I had multiple issues with my K5, the mirror flop, and no mic problem. I didn't actually have sensor stains, I was using that as a example.
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Is the new K5II enough of a improvement over the K5 to spend the extra $370?
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Is the new K5II enough of a improvement over the K5 to spend the extra $370?
If the K5 II doesn't front focus like the K5 in lowlight, and has marginably faster focus to boot, then I'd say yes.
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Sell everything but the '43. I sold mine because I had an older backup and $400 isn't that much more to spend on the IIs. Another plan is to only sell enough
to get the funds together. An improvement is an improvement.

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I don't really have the extra funds to spend right now. The only way I can get the k-5II is to sell the 43mm, k-7, k10d, and the Tamron 28-105mm

If I keep the 43mm then I could only upgrade to the k-5. That is what I am trying to figure out.

I use the other lens too much to sell.
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