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04-23-2020, 03:50 PM   #1
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K-5 Shutter Count-What is too much to buy used?

I am looking at getting a used K-5 (or a K-5iis). I found one on an online sales forum for $179 USD with a shutter count of 42673. Realistically, who much more shutter count can you expect from a K-5?

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I think the k-5 is rated for 100,000........ But its not a hard number. Some might go at 50k others at 300k. I would not blink an eye at 42k especially at that price. How many exposures do you make per year? 5k? 10k? If you are a casual user it might last you many years.
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I wouldn't stress it really - the shutter's rated for 100000.
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you might want to review this

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I would not worry too much with the shutter count and rather put more importance on the overall condition.
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Sounds like good value if the camera is in good condition. Shutter count sounds fine but its always possible it could fail at less than 100k (anecdotally I have heard of lots of K-5 that have done more than 100K btw).

A K-5 IIs would be nice, as there are some useful improvements but of course the original K-5 is still a very capable camera.
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Sounds like good value if the camera is in good condition. Shutter count sounds fine but its always possible it could fail at less than 100k (anecdotally I have heard of lots of K-5 that have done more than 100K btw).

A K-5 IIs would be nice, as there are some useful improvements but of course the original K-5 is still a very capable camera.
kiwi_jono,

I see a few K-5iis available for about $100 more than a K-5. It makes sense that for $300 you get a really great camera. But that is outside what I wanted to put into this. As good as it is, I am always hesitant about buying old tech that is not supported anymore. It has bit me in the past.
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I am always hesitant about buying old tech that is not supported anymore. It has bit me in the past.
While the k-5 is somewhat elderly many people on this forum are using digital camera bodies that are much older. And that doesn't even count those still using film bodies that could be 30 years old or more. With DSLRs you are buying into a 'system' not a camera. The k-5 'body' may be unsupported but the Pentax 'system' is not. Any investment you make in lenses for the k-5 will work on a brand new 2020 body or any other Pentax body since the k-5.

There is a saying "bodies come and go but glass is forever." Meaning buy the camera body that suits you today with the expectation that you will replace it as newer ones come along. But buy good quality glass because you will most likely have it for your lifetime. Or even your children's life. I have and use a number of lenses that are more than 30 years old and have no doubt they will serve my grandchildren as well.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Angle Quote
kiwi_jono,

I see a few K-5iis available for about $100 more than a K-5. It makes sense that for $300 you get a really great camera. But that is outside what I wanted to put into this. As good as it is, I am always hesitant about buying old tech that is not supported anymore. It has bit me in the past.
as I understand it, the K 5 II and K 5 II are considered to be improvements over the K 5 to fix problems that the K 5 had or didn't address

budgets are important but check out the differences and see if you can get lucky enough to find a K 5 II or K 5 IIs close enough for your budget to stretch

I am not saying that K 5 won't be good for you however

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The K-5 was a great camera when it came out and is still a great camera today. At that price it is a positive bargain assuming the overall condition is good. Frankly, the K-7 is still a fantastic camera and available for a reasonable price. Photographers have never had it so good.
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I appreciate how many folks jumped in to support a newb to the team. Thank you all very much.
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Welcome to the forum! I have a K-5IIs and love it. I think it had about 30K on the shutter when I bought it on the Pentax Forum Marketplace for about $250USD.

The Pentax Marketplace | Buy & Sell Pentax Cameras and Lenses - PentaxForums.com

They come up for sale fairly often. Just enter K5 or K-5 as a keyword to watch and you'll be notified by e-mail when one is listed. Or buy the one you have already spotted. I would suggest a K-5II or IIs for fixed issues though.
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