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07-15-2013, 04:12 AM   #1
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Would you pay $350 to upgrade from K-5 to K-5II?

I have a chance to trade-in my K-5 for K-5II for $350. The store also offers K5-IIs for an additional $200. Would it be better for me to trade to K-5II or K-5IIs? Fair price for "upgrade"? I don't use tripod if that tips your recommendation one way or the other.

I am mainly looking to remedy the AF issue on my K-5, which has given me some frustration over the past few months.

Thanks in advance!

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Tough one. I'd probably go with the upgrade to the K5-II. Interesting that they would give you the K5-IIs for less $$$. (It's the more expensive camera.)
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I wish that upgrading my K-5 to a K-5IIs was only $350. That deal seems to save you the trouble of selling off your old K-5, which is good. I went that route and am very happy with the K-5IIs over the K-5. My AF is faster, more decisive, and my lenses require far fewer adjustments now - plus low light AF is much better.
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QuoteOriginally posted by MarkJerling Quote
Tough one. I'd probably go with the upgrade to the K5-II. Interesting that they would give you the K5-IIs for less $$$. (It's the more expensive camera.)
Umm, I think he means $350 for the K-5 II upgrade then another $200 for the K-5 IIs. ($550)

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It says additional so i assume the s version upgrade is 550.

The biggest differnce between mki and mkii is the AF so that's up for you to decide, i don't think it's a bad deal though but i don't personally need it.

As for the S version, only if you shoot landscapes or in the studio where you can take your time to controll everything, for everyday shooting and everything else the normal version is better option for the money.
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QuoteOriginally posted by thedollarbill Quote
Umm, I think he means $350 for the K-5 II upgrade then another $200 for the K-5 IIs. ($550)
Sorry. I was obviously being dim. That makes sense!
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That's a tough one. If it was $350 for the IIs I would say go for it. $550 for a IIs seems like a lot to me. I probably would pay $350 for improved AF, but I make money off of my cameras so I can justify a little bit more. If the AF has really been bothering you can you can afford the $350, then why not?
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hmmmmmm, I surely donīt really need it (expect for concerts perhaps?) but itīs a good deal...

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Decided! K5-II it is! Thank you all for the quick responses!

The AF on my K-5 is driving me crazy (Pentax service believes it's within spec when they last examined it)
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I'd probably go for that as well. Let us know how things turn out. People have said the new AF is worth the upgrade, but you can never have too many competent opinions. (Competent as, from a person using both systems, or has used them side by side, I just don't by into what someone thinks from their interpretation of a spec. sheet)
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If your K-5 shutter count more than 50,000 go ahead
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Actually, I just did that last week. I sold my K5 and bought a K5IIs. Cost was about $350 difference. So far, I aam very pleased with the decision. The first day I had the K5IIs we went to the aquarium and its low light AF was much appreciated. I also notice that its AF is more decisive even in good light. That is mainly what I was looking for in making the change. Even though the new camera will most likely come out in September, It will come at a premium and as we all know, time will cause the prices to drop on the new K?. For now, the K5II(s) is the best we have at a reasonable price. If you are looking at better AF performance....go for it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by chesebert Quote
I have a chance to trade-in my K-5 for K-5II for $350. The store also offers K5-IIs for an additional $200. Would it be better for me to trade to K-5II or K-5IIs? Fair price for "upgrade"? I don't use tripod if that tips your recommendation one way or the other.

I am mainly looking to remedy the AF issue on my K-5, which has given me some frustration over the past few months.

Thanks in advance!

Where are you seeing this trade in deal?
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Where are you seeing this trade in deal?
Local trade.
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So $550 to go from a K5 to a K5IIs? That sounds about right if you did it yourself.
I probably would have done it already, except for I shoot with two K5 cameras now.

It would then cost me about $1000 out pocket, which is close to 80% of whatever K5 replacement is coming and about 40% of a new Nikon D800E.

So I am doing nothing.
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