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11-26-2013, 07:35 PM   #31
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i agree. think we got sidetracked a bit. the original question was about his camera upgrade.
The K30 indeed is a good option.
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I have been reading your comments. Thanks for the understanding

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I had a k-r, but it always seemed to be arguing with me about how to take the shot. My wife's k-30 always gives me a cheerful welcome, but we are just good friends. Whenever I pick up my K-5 it just seems to say "welcome home"! I have worn gloves that felt less comfortable than the K-5!

Buy a K-5 ii/S.
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Hi normhead,

I agree with you 100%

We already nailed on WR and on 18-135 mm WR. I can't live without the WR feature as I have to carry my water/shock/dust/freeze proof point and shoot for the purpose, which I may continue as a fall back camera.

I had also considered 55-300 mm, because I love wildlife and was thinking perhaps I should carry that lens for wildlife photography. However, since I hike and trek with my dog, all wildlife is long gone before I reach it. That lens doesn't go along with my lifstyle.

My confusion was about what camera to upgrade to.

The choice is now among k-30, k-50 and k-5 ii / s. And since my wife is thinking of getting a camera for our daughter, I think I can convince her to gift k-30 or k-50 to our daughter with a 18-55 mm WR and I can buy K-5ii /s.
You're right about the dogs, I carry an A-400 and a k-5 with 60-250 mounted on a waste belt and holster for quick removal, and I have not one wildlife image taken on a dog walk. I also have a Pentax Optio w90 waterproof shock proof that I carry in a pocket if I don't want to bring the whole kit. I shudder hearing you mention the 18-55 though. Tess and I really don't like that lens much. I can't think of a WR replacement though, so I guess I'll let that go.
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On December 6, I expect to be in possession of a K-5iis from amazon.ca

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Three things to consider regarding your trekking situation:

Not only is the K-30/50 lighter, but the plastic body is more comfortable to handle in cold weather.

On the other side of the ledger, the battery system is not very good compared to the K-3/5/01 system - especially vulnerable in below freezing weather. At a minimum, you'll need two batteries with you. The K-30/50 AA battery system is not dependable in cold weather, so I would opt for the regular "system" batteries - even though their capacity is low.

Given the current pricing of the K-5ii body, you might want to consider that option. An only advantage to the K-50 would be for changing perspective and using live view. I much prefer live view for winter shooting as the VF is a challenge to use due to fogging and overall comfort of keeping the camera away from my face. The K-5 series is not good for live view work; but the usefulness is much better for the K-30/50 and K-3. I have become a better photographer using live view, and shifting perspective. That's the main drawback with the K-5 series.
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Three things to consider regarding your trekking situation:
I think you're too late :-)

Suhail,
congrats on your purchase.
I think the K5ii is a steal right now if you don't need the manual controls for video...
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Suhail, congrats on the purchase of the K5IIs
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Oh, I don't feel like that any of the three cameras under consideration would have been a mistake vis-a-vis the needs of the shooter. In fact, given current pricing I think the K5ii will give him the best overall value. In fact, given that most of the shooting will be outdoors with a zoom lens - you have the best-possible imaging because of the slight dynamic range advantage over the two other bodies. (Not to say that the sensor ratings are the defining feature of these bodies - but it is nice to know).

Absolutely, congrats. If purchased from Prodigital2000 - a fine choice. Got a great deal on the 16-45 f/4 from there four years ago. Still my most-used walkaround lens.

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Three things to consider regarding your trekking situation.....
. That's the main drawback with the K-5 series.
Hi,

I think I am a winner. I bought K-5iis from amazon.ca and my wife is getting a k-50 for my daughter, but I know my daughter likes my K-r, so guess what ...... I win hahaha. But thanks for the great advice.
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Suhail,
congrats on your purchase.
I think the K5ii is a steal right now if you don't need the manual controls for video...
Thank you grispie. I know I got real deal.
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Suhail, congrats on the purchase of the K5IIs
Thank you felixkh and thanks to all other forum members who gave me advice.

I will be in possession of a K-50 as well, due my daughter taking my K-r rather than the one my wife is going to gift her lol.
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