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09-20-2015, 09:53 AM   #1
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Is the K-50 a worthy upgrade for the K-r?

I've had my Pentax K-r since it came out and I'm now looking to upgrade. This is purely because i get frustrated with the AF when inside/low light and we have started holidaying on the Isle of Wight during Cowes Week (I get nervous around saltwater at the moment).

This means improved AF and weatherproofing are a must. I have some WR lenses already (18-55; HD55-300; 50-200) so can go body only.

Unfortunately I'm on a budget of around 350 (approx. $550) which means the K-50 looks to be the one within that budget (really like the white one!).

Would this give me what I'm looking for? Is there anything else I should consider? Would waiting for Black Friday be something to consider?

Appreciate any and all advice.

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Yes. It's nearly as big an upgrade as the K-5 would be.
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The 16MP sensor is better and the WR is a good bonus. I think I remember reading the K-50 also has better viewfinder. But think about buying a K-5 or K-5IIs. That would be an even bigger upgrade, and more useful for someone who is already familiar with DSLRs. But you might be limited to buying used, second hand, or at least old stock. Still, better battery life, more robust build, some more features,..

Btw, I have K-01 and consider its 16MP sensor to be an upgrade over my K-r. But K-01 is slower camera overall, and its not a DSLR. Dont have a K-50, but I think the 16MP cameras all have nearly the same sensor (in terms of detail, high ISO performance, DR)
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considering budget yes......I have both but use the K-r a lot more though....it's super camera but the K-50 does have more features and is a good step up

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considering budget yes......I have both but use the K-r a lot more though....it's super camera but the K-50 does have more features and is a good step up
Thanks for the quick replies guys. I plan on keeping my K-r - it's my first 'proper' camera and I'm far too sentimental to get rid of it. Besides it's perfectly fine in good, clear weather. I just want one for rain and sea.

Regarding the K5 is there much difference between Mk1 and Mk 2/s? Hadn't really considered this option - some research needed I think ...
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My gear path was from K-x to K30 to K3. All I can suggest you to skip K50 and aim to get a K3 or K3II.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sassinak Quote
Regarding the K5 is there much difference between Mk1 and Mk 2/s?
You can look at this article: https://www.pentaxforums.com/reviews/pentax-k-5-ii-iis/introduction.html
The K-5 and K-5II have the same image quality, but K-5IIs has no AA filter and has sharper photos. All of the K-5 have 14bit raw, which is better than the 12bit raw of K-01, K-30, K-50. The K-5II and K-5IIs are practically the same as the K-5 in almost all respects, but the II has improved AF module. Not sure how significant this is, but there it is. The II and IIs models also have an "air gapless" LCD screen, which supposedly means it flares/reflects less light.
One difference is that K-50 allows focus peaking in live view, but the K-5, II, IIs do not have focus peaking.
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I like the K-50 a lot, I get great results and that 16Mp sensor is a stuff of legend.
I'd I could have afforded it I'd have got the K-5ii for the build quality, top LCD and familiarity as I had the K-7. Also the K-5ii retains the sensor-shift SR during video, which the K-50 does not.
I don't rate the focus peaking, personally that would never sway my decision to buy.
If you can get a good price, I'd go for the K-5ii, but the K-50 is still a good camera. I don't think the K-3 is worth considering.

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I like my K-30 a lot(essentially the same as K-50), I also own a K-5IIs, which share the same sensor, K-5IIs being without a AA filter is indeed sharper, but K-30/K-50 has got a fairly weak one so the image quality is not bad either. 12bit vs 14bit RAW is another issue but unless you push the files very hard in post it won't mean much.

I started with a K-x and I would say K-50 would be a big upgrade for you for sure,but I would choose K-5IIs over K-30/K-50, there are many reasons for it, but the decisive one is the AF, the one in K-5IIs is just better, especially in low light, K-30/K-5 era camera would sometimes just give up focusing in low light whereas K-5IIs work like a charm, even without the focus assist light on. If budget being an issue, get a used K-5II, they are not known to have much issue anyway.
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If you want a new one and your top budget is 350 then the K50 is your only option, the cheapest K50 body I've seen in the UK is 329, you'll need 399 for a KS1 body, KS2 and K3 are even more.
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At the current price the K-50 is going for, it's one heck of a deal. I love mine. I can get some nice 24x36 prints from ISO 100 to ISO 3200 after processing the DNG files & getting TIFFs out of them. I'm pretty sure that I could even get a very good looking 30x40 print out of those as well. This gives you a pretty good idea on the image capability of the K-50.

The only issue is that it might struggle to autofocus slightly in very low light. This is where you'll have to flip the switch to manual & focus yourself. It basically depends on how low the light is & what you're trying to focus on. This is where the current K-3, K-S2, & the older K-5II & K-5IIs beat the K-50. However, I'm pretty sure that the K-50 still beats the K-r in low light focusing, so you still come out winning.

I would love to get a K-5IIs, but they tend to cost an arm & a leg on eBay or anyone else selling it. They used to be $450USA at B&H. The K-5IIs without the AA filter & 14-bit RAW files probably extracts the most excellence & win out of that marvelous 16MP Sony sensor. You'd be able to get really excellent images & not have insanely large files at the same time.

The K-3 & K-3II also offer a lot of bang for the buck, but the files are going to be much larger.
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Thanks for all the advice guys.

Lots to think about so we'll see what Black Friday brings ....
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The K-50 with 2 lens kit is currently selling for $405US at Amazon.com. That was such a deal, I simply had to buy one, so I did. Looking forward to the delivery of my first DSLR.
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cool! such a better deal than mine almost a year ago! enjoy and happy shooting
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I bought a K50 with the 18-55mm WR lens in March this year, cost me 360 brand new, which I still think was a bargain. (Pentax were doing a 40 cashback deal at the time)
Its a cracking camera and I really enjoy using it. The trouble is Im trying to get a few prime lenses and it could start getting expensive. I've got the DA 50mm f1.8 and it gives me smashing sharp images.
The low light response is bloody good too.
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