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11-13-2012, 10:54 AM   #1
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K-5 or K-5II

I have a K-5 and am very happy with it. I am interested in having it used on one of my lenses in the field (landscape) and having another camera on my telephoto lens. I am debating whether or not there would be advantages to purchasing the K-5II or just buying another K-5. This other purchase would be used on my 150-500 lens (Sigma) for wildlife (birds and other). My K-5 I have now is on my 18-55 Pentax wide angle lens. Would I be wise to purchase a K-5II or buy another K-5 at the lower price? Having a variety would be good, but if they are basically the same value (which most likely they are not) why would I pay for the new model? I have three Pentax cameras and love them (K-1000, K-20D, and K-5), and would just want to do what is right. Thanks ahead for any advice.

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Considering that the K-5 and K-5 II hardly differ from each other, I see two reasonable options: get a K-5 classic now, or wait until the price of the K-5 II drops to the under $1000 ballpark, and then get one

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11-13-2012, 11:08 AM   #3
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Get a lens first, camera is further down the list what is important.
If you dont have a good lens to support a good camera any investment in that is wasted really.
And lenses only get more expensive while cameras get cheaper.
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As for K5 vs the mkII.
If you want a second body then yes do it but not if you want to upgrade your K5, that amount of money just for a better AF and LCD screen is a bit too much, better to wait if Pentax has a new model next year.

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Thanks Adam.
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If I were you I would go for another K-5, there are many folks in here jumping ship for the IIs and dumping their K-5s at some bargain prices, if I were to be getting another camera I would definitely be getting another K-5 classic, I just cannot understand why someone would dump their perfectly good camera for a K-5IIs or K-5II, ya they are new and fancy but not that much newer or fancier than a K-5. If and when I "upgrade" to a K-5IIs, it will be when the FF is released and all these folks who just dumped their K-5s for a K-5IIs, will be dumping their k-5IIss for the nest big thing because they just "can't live without the new FF" I will be there to snatch up a nice slightly used, discounted bargain body, too funny. In the meantime I will be out there photographing subjects and not wasting my time and money chasing the next big thing, so I can pixel peep and brag to others about how I can blow up my images to put on a billboard because of my new found resolution making machine.
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BirdDude007,

Thank you for the wise advice. As I stated, I do have the lenses I need, and shooting is what I want to do. The FF is probably the factor that will be a key in one of the newer models to come and you are right about the K-5, it is piece of equipment that gives real quality results (almost in a class itself). Your advice was very informative in reference to answering my question, thank you.
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The K-5 II(s) gives you:
  • -3EV low-light AF capability (2 stops improvement)
  • Expanded AF points for AF-C tracking
  • Air-gap-free LCD display
  • AA filter removed in IIs
If you don't care about those items then you won't get any benefit from a II(s) over the original K-5, except for a lighter wallet.

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Depends how much lighter from K-5 to K-5II to K-5IIs
In the US it's. $799 to $1199 to $1299. I'd stick with K-5 or go straight the IIs

Down here the K-5 is still expensive so the prices now are $999. to. $1099. to $1197.
The K-5 will drop shortly to clear stocks when the new ones come in.
As the price difference is not so big and I don't already have a K-5 I'm considering a IIs right now.

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Adam,

The K-5IIs has two stops more AF low light capability than the K-5? I have been in quite low light circumstances with the K-5 and have had no problem, but is that significant? Also what is the AA filter? I may be purchasing another K-5 today and would like someone elses opinion please. Thanks.
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I wonder, for Birds in Flight, how much improved is that focus tracking? That's an improvement I could conceivably use.
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AF improvements alone would make me go to the K-5 II(s)... if I hadn't decided to wait just a little bit.
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Is the LCD cover on the K5 II glass or plastic like it is on the original K5?
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The press release says, "A new anti-glare film in front of the 3" LCD (with the same resolution), with a tempered glass front panel and new mount"
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Thanks for looking into that.
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