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03-01-2015, 10:02 AM   #1
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K50 as a backup to K3

With the current deals at B&H I have been considering buying a K50 as a backup to my K3. I love my K3 but sometimes it is just more camera than I need. The reason I chose the K3 over the K50 was mainly due to the K50 not having a battery grip or upper LCD display which my K10D both have. I was considering a K-01 as a backup but I am not sure if it would be right for me being mirrorless and no view finder. With the prices at B&H I can buy a new red K50 for a little more than the price that I see the K-01's selling for used. I would mainly use the K50 for casual photography such as gatherings of friends and family or camping trips were packing is a concern. I would most likely pair the K50 with my DA 18-135 lens. The K50 would essentially replace my K10D.

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I love my K50 and came to it from a K100D Super which did not have a grip but did have the top LCD. I miss it but not enough to whine about it. I think it is a strong camera - however if you have the K3 (which I don't) I'm not sure if you will love it as your backup. There are used K5 series cameras on sale here in the marketplace from time to time close to the price you are considering - these are grip capable and they have the top LCD etc.

However overall the K50 is quite a capable camera so you will not be wasting your time or money getting one.
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why not? I kept my K30 as a backup when I bought my K3. Mostly for 'it is too slippery outside, use the camera that will make you cry the least' or 'I will be surrounded by violent, drunk and or motorically impaired people, use the K30 and a cheapo lens' situations.

The difference between the K30 and the K3 in size are very small. Since the K50 is pretty much identical, I am sure you won't see much difference in size. Weight is a different matter altogether.

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the K-50 will do everything you want it to do if it'll just be a backup and I agree that for the current prices it is one helluva deal. I will say, though, that there is just enough different about its interface and button layout that when I had it as a backup I just didn't use it enough to justify its existence. It was too much of a change from the K-3 that I felt inconvenienced by it. FWIW, I would go with a K-5ii/ iis as a backup since the price difference shouldn't be that significant.

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K-50; definitely not a K-01 as backup to K-3. Capability and user interface gaps are too wide there. K-30's are good also, almost identical to the K-50's.
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K-50 is a good backup to the K-3, and who knows, you may like it more than the K-3 and you can use the K-3 as a backup


And I think you should go K-50 over K-01. K-01 is a great camera for what it is, but you'll end up using it like a huge point and shoot camera. It's more of it's own thing than a backup to a DSLR.
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Thank you to everyone for their input. I am on the same page as Volker76, there are times I just would rather not take my K3 out and I know I do not need that much camera. I did consider the K5 even before I bought my K3 however I got a very good deal on my K3 last black Friday. Essentially I was thinking of a simpler lighter camera that would still deliver images I would be happy with. I think the K50 should fit that bill.
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QuoteOriginally posted by geomez Quote
K-50 is a good backup to the K-3, and who knows, you may like it more than the K-3 and you can use the K-3 as a backup
That's what I eneded up doing....two K30's now as of today.....Sold one new K3 and the other K3 sits in its box waiting for training sessions....lol.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Scorpio71GR Quote
Thank you to everyone for their input. I am on the same page as Volker76, there are times I just would rather not take my K3 out and I know I do not need that much camera. I did consider the K5 even before I bought my K3 however I got a very good deal on my K3 last black Friday. Essentially I was thinking of a simpler lighter camera that would still deliver images I would be happy with. I think the K50 should fit that bill.
I know the feeling....had two new K3's at Christmas and one K30. Now its two K30's and one K3 being saved in its box just waiting for whatever I suppose....lol.

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did consider the k-01 mostly in regards to shooting video but much rather take pics....I think ya would miss the VF......so I put a tick mark for the K-50........I have a K-r as a back up/dual duty to my K-50...trips me up some goin from 2 dials to 1.....no big deal for what I like and enjoy shooting
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