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12-19-2013, 05:16 PM   #1
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Battery Grip for K-500?

Is there a vertical battery grip available for Pentax k-500 model?

12-19-2013, 05:37 PM   #2
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Unfortunately not. There is one for the K-5 and K-3 however.

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Gripper?

Hello Mac, welcome to the Forum!
Adam's right, there's no grip for the K-500 or K-50. Most DSLR makers only supply an (optional) grip for their mid-to-top line bodies, not the entry-level versions.
The cynics might say it's so they can also sell an upgraded body, before the buyer can try out a grip, but I believe it's much more simple; Supply and demand. They just don't find a market for a $200-$300 accessory that fits a $500 body.
A grip is usually something that we start looking at as we advance in the field of photography. More/better lenses, longer shooting times (extra battery), larger 'Kit' and overall greater commitment (both $$ and time) to the activity.
Generally, by the time a (newer) user begins to think about a grip as useful, they've reached the limitations of a 'starter' body. More MP's, fuller menu, faster fps in burst mode, exchangeable focusing screen, more custom functions, wider/better ISO range, better video specs, overall higher performance.
I'm sure there are exceptions, but that's my take on it!
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QuoteOriginally posted by rbefly Quote
Hello Mac, welcome to the Forum!
Adam's right, there's no grip for the K-500 or K-50. Most DSLR makers only supply an (optional) grip for their mid-to-top line bodies, not the entry-level versions.
The cynics might say it's so they can also sell an upgraded body, before the buyer can try out a grip, but I believe it's much more simple; Supply and demand. They just don't find a market for a $200-$300 accessory that fits a $500 body.
A grip is usually something that we start looking at as we advance in the field of photography. More/better lenses, longer shooting times (extra battery), larger 'Kit' and overall greater commitment (both $$ and time) to the activity.
Generally, by the time a (newer) user begins to think about a grip as useful, they've reached the limitations of a 'starter' body. More MP's, fuller menu, faster fps in burst mode, exchangeable focusing screen, more custom functions, wider/better ISO range, better video specs, overall higher performance.
I'm sure there are exceptions, but that's my take on it!
Ron
Thanks for the answers on the battery grip question. Upgrading to newer camera with my older lenses, which I spent some cash on and still work well

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Depending on what functionality you want from a grip, you can probably achieve it via a do-it-yourself project.
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thanks for all the help,but I found a good deal on a K-50 with the 18-135 lens. Now I'll just have to learn how to use it.
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thanks for all the help,but I found a good deal on a K-50 with the 18-135 lens. Now I'll just have to learn how to use it.
Best kit combination I've owned (although with a K-30 - almost the same camera).
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Depending on what functionality you want from a grip, you can probably achieve it via a do-it-yourself project.
See K-30 forum for relevant thread as the K-500 appears to have the necessary rubber plug by the battery compartment and you should be able to the same thing with the K-50!


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I think, it is possible to do same thing for K-500 as for K-30
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