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11-05-2012, 08:32 PM   #1
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First impressions K5IIs

Hi everyone. I got the K5IIs about 3 hours ago and these are the first impressions. We also got a new DA*55 f1.4 lens with it. Firstly, the 55 lens has always been a real crap shoot to AF properly in anything below bright sunshine every time we have tried one. It has a beautiful rendering, but wacked AF, and thats how it acted today on my K5 Classic. I put it on my K5IIs and it's a whole different game. It locks with authority on things that on the older camera it would say it's in focus, but the image would be completely soft. The new camera in light about 5ev and lower(estimate) just grabs the focus and produces really sharp pics(tested 18-135, 31fa, 55DA*). Inside the house it had a hit rate of about 95% where the older camera was 50% or less. Forget about second guessing yourself about getting one of these if you shoot in anything less than full sunlight, it's really a revelation to use this new AF. We have take about 300 shotsof the pets, the walls, the furniture, in really bright to really crappy light and it's incredible. YMMV, but WOW! Real images for IQ will come later,


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Thanks for your info !
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Nice feedback.
I think the K-5 II series is going to be a positive experience for a lot of people.
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I'm happy that you're happy with your new camera! Are you sure that your old camera didn't have FF/BF issues with that lens, though? According to Pentax technicians, FF/BF adjustments vary by camera, not only by lens.

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Hi Adam! That lens works fine on the older K5 in very bright(fluorscent floods around ev12) without any BF/FF I can see. Will check again in bright sunlight. To be honest that is consistent with the last 4 copies of that lens we have tried(3 in a store, one borrowed from a friend). It seems a bit better on the K7, but focuses slower on it but more accurately. The K5 classic focuses fine with other primes, just not that model in lower light. Other sites/people have reported that K5/DA*55 combo AF issue on occasion also so YMMV, but I think I am correct for this lens combo with my samples of equipment. I'll post if it acts different when full sunlight is back.

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from reading your comments various places , adam , about this new 'k-5 ll s' camera, it seems that you really either don't like it, or are very disappointed in the upgrade to the k-5 philosophy, something that you don't like anyway---- also, i am wondering what you think about the effect of the sharpening? is it sometimes almost too sharp, in that the highlights seem more pronounced/ whited out , whatever the correct term is, over the original k-5, seems like it to me at times-- just wondering what you think, as in looking at various images here and on the internet, sometimes it appears to me the images are from a different sensor and/ or that the dynamic highlight range is not as effective, than the original as well ? thanks
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@glinda - Adam wants the k-3, that's why

What you are referring to is sharpening artifacts that are created when you digitally sharpen too much. Some other users have stated, and I believe it myself, that the k-5IIs allows for more sharpening before artifacts appear.

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QuoteOriginally posted by David&karen Quote
I put it on my K5IIs and it's a whole different game.
I have to agree with this. DA*55/1,4 performs a lot better on K-5 IIs than on K-5. It is nailing focus consistently every time which K-5 don't. I have also experienced a lot better performance on FA*400/5,6, FA*80-200/2,8 and FA*200/4. All these lenses had more or less troubles with AF on three different K-5 I tried, but is perfect on K-5 IIs.
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Thanks for giving me hope on the k-5II's focus, guys Now I really can't wait to get it...
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I believe you. But my 55 has been flawless in terms of focusing, regardless of lighting conditions.
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This report sounds very good. I am curious, do you think this improvement would also be seen on the K-5II?
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Sweet !!

Just got my K5IIs yesterday.

Initial shutter count was #1, out of the box !!

Shutter sound seems quieter than the K7.

So far, my DA*55/1.4 works without a hitch - and this bad boy practically sees in the dark at ISO 12,800 !!
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I just watched this guys post and I'm now thinking about getting one to.
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QuoteOriginally posted by krebsy97 Quote
I believe you. But my 55 has been flawless in terms of focusing, regardless of lighting conditions.
Yes, my K-5 is also good, but the new one is a little bit better with DA*55

But it's another matter with my FA*400/5,6. This won't focus at all on the three K-5 I have tried. It worked fine on *istDS, K10D and K-7, but not on K-5. It was the first lens to try when I got K-5 IIs and I was pleased to see that it worked better than anything else :-)
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