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12-27-2013, 04:48 PM   #1
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I currently have a Pentax K10. I am looking at getting a new camera and have been researching the K-5. I shoot a lot of sports (football, soccar, basketball & wrestling). The indoor pictures I take in the gyms are usually low lighting and even the night football games. Can anyone out there tell me if the K-5 would be a good upgrade for me. I am also looking to get a good lens for sports can someone give me some ideas on that as well.

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12-27-2013, 05:14 PM   #2
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I went from a K-x to a K-5 and it was a big step up in not just usability but auto focus and auto exposure performance.
From what I have heard the K-5 is a big step up from the K-10 in terms of high ISO performance.
Sounds like a great upgrade for you for what you intend to do.

Even the latest K-3 does not perform any better in low light.
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All around the K5 would be a large step up in a number of areas. However, for sports - I believe that a K5II would be better, especially in the autofocusing department. Pentax made an improvement in terms of the ability to autofocus in much darker situations. The K5II has just been discontinued, however the K5IIs is still available. You can still find both if you look. The difference between the K5II and K5IIs is the lack of an anti-ailiasing filter.

The K3 is an improvement over the K5II/IIs in terms of autofocus in the tracking of moving objects. When you apply that to sports, I would think that the K3 would be the best option.

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Yes, the K-5 is a noticable improvement. I went from a K20D to the 5 and am very happy. You will be thrilled with the improved dynamic range and how much better digital noise is handled, believe me.

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OK so after some more research I am looking at the K5II or the K5IIs. Anyone out there have any suggestions on which one would be better for shooting sports shots? At this time I think the K3 is a little out of the price range for me. Thanks for any ideas.
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I don't think that for shooting sports the K5IIs has an advantage over the K5 II. The K3 would have the advantage of higher FPS and better AF(-C) facilties but that one is not part of your options, so I would go for the K5 II. I myself switched from K7 to K5 after I had a shoot with the K7 at a gymnastics meeting didn't give me any good pictures.
A highly used lens for shooting sports by various members on the forum is the Sigma 70-200 F2.8 HSM II or the latest version with OS.
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Right now there is a K-5 on the Marketplace for $360 - that's hard to beat i think. I did the upgrade from a K10 to K-5 and the step up in all areas was big.
You will NOT regret it
But as always if you have more Money the K-5II and the K-3 are newer with some improvements to the original K-5.
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QuoteOriginally posted by NKK Quote
Right now there is a K-5 on the Marketplace for $360 - that's hard to beat i think. I did the upgrade from a K10 to K-5 and the step up in all areas was big.
You will NOT regret it
But as always if you have more Money the K-5II and the K-3 are newer with some improvements to the original K-5.
What is your favorite site to buy your camera & lenses on line?

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What is your favorite site to buy your camera & lenses on line?
I have bought a K10 and a 18-55 lens on the Marketplace here and i always look here first.
Otherwise i prefer Amazon.co.uk, its really rare that the Swedish shops can compete with them.
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K 5II - K5IIs

I am looking at upgrading from a K10 to a K5II or K5IIs. The current lens I have are a Tamron AF 18-200 F/3.5 - 6.3 Di II LD and a Pentax 18-55 (SMC Pantax DA) 1:3.5-5.6. I was looking at getting a body only but can anyone tell me if these lenses will work with the newer cameras or if I need new lenses as well. Also, anyone have a favorite lens for shooting sports pictures?
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Both your lenses will work just fine.
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OK thanks!!
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I moved from a K10 to a K5 and it's a huge and useful upgrade. One lens which became unusable was the Tamron 70-300, which still worked well but exhibited so much purple fringing to make it unusable. I got a 55-300 to replace it, and that's been great.

The 18-135 might be the best all-around consumer grade lens right now. Fast focusing, silent, and very reliable, it's a great walkaround lens. The K5 will give you enough ISO performance to make the lens usable indoors.
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I also jumped from the K-10 to the original K-5 and don't see me upgrading any time soon, if ever.
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I would also suggest to upgrade to either K-5II or K-5IIs.
They would be better (and equally) suited for sports since AF is better than K-5!
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