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12-22-2013, 04:50 PM   #1
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Upgrading from a K-30 to K-5

How much of a difference does 14 bit RAW and ISO 80 make? What other things will I notice? Is the shutter any quieter?

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14 vs 12 bits and ISO80 vs ISO100 will now shou any noticeable difference in normal use. I think the main differences would be the top LCD, bigger battery, possiibility of adding a grip. But IŽd skip the classic K-5 and go for a K-5II or K-IIs. I believe AF on K-30 is slithly better than K-5
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QuoteOriginally posted by Fat Albert Quote
How much of a difference does 14 bit RAW and ISO 80 make? What other things will I notice? Is the shutter any quieter?
The k-3 would be a better upgrade choice imo, since its got the same great live view af, focus peaking, and video mode. The k-5 is a bit antiquated in those areas.

With that said, you do get better handling, a faster framerate, a quieter shutter, and slightly more dynamic range with the k-5.

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The k-3 would be a better upgrade choice imo, since its got the same great live view af, focus peaking, and video mode. The k-5 is a bit antiquated in those areas.

With that said, you do get better handling, a faster framerate, a quieter shutter, and slightly more dynamic range with the k-5.
My K-01 gets the nod for video and manual lenses so I'm not too concerned with the deficiencies you mention. It'll be nice to have both bodies using the same battery.

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My K-01 gets the nod for video and manual lenses so I'm not too concerned with the deficiencies you mention. It'll be nice to have both bodies using the same battery.
K-3 also uses the same battery. If you do get a K-5, pick it up used. Not really worth buying a new one any more. (2 series out of date, after all)
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It's a straight up trade for my K-30.
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For handling I think the k5 will be better but for low light focus an manual focus the k30 should be better.
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It's a straight up trade for my K-30.
Take the deal and run. Slightly worse AF, but better in pretty much every other field. Doesn't have that weird looking flash, either :P

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K5 was reliesed 2010, k30 2012. Theyboth share same sensor, k30 should have little better af. K5 is notmuch upgrade from k30 i think. I did just order myself k30 and plan is that my older k5 will be on second body status. upgrade would be k3 if need something better.
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Weird I guess but I had a K30 for sometime and while it was a great camera I find my K5II to be superior in almost every way. Certainly better handling (battery grip) and the battery is much better. I think low light AF is better also. I thought it was a great upgrade and at the $599 point it's half a K3
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K5ii is better than K-30 in almost every way, but not so the K-5. I would actually consider K-5 as a downgrade from the K-30.

On the plus side the 14 bit raw depth of the K-5 should help when you need to do some extreme PP boosting dark areas to get detail. The top LCD and (in my opinion) better laid out controls are also good things.

But other than that the K-30 is almost all that the K-30 is plus much better auto focus, especially for tracking moving subjects.

On the minus side, apart from the lack of real AF tracking the AF on the K-5 is also said to have problems focusing in tungsten light, which is something that was addressed in the new optics used in the AF system of the k-30, and later K5ii as well.

The K-5ii however is almost all that is good about the K-30 is plus all that is good about the K-5 and more, with just one major flaw IMHO, that it cannot run on AA batteries.
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