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08-22-2010, 12:03 PM   #1
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K-5: 16MP, ISO25600 and 7 FPS worth the upgrade?

According to digicame-info, Pentax has begun releasing technical data on the publication dates and specification for their upcoming digital SLR's so named K-5 and Kr.
The claim states that that K-5 and Kr are scheduled to be on shelves by mid October, at an estimated $1600 and $875 respectively. Though prices will most likely be revised by that time.

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TBH. I'd have no problems putting down 1600 bones to keep my glass in operation rather than jumping mounts. as my issues revolved entirely around low light performance, and so if Pentax played their cards right with AF and low light performance with this one, I beleive they will appeal to all of the K20D owners who were not onboard with the K-7 solution.
PENTAX K-5
  • PENTAX K-5:
  • 1600 - 16 million pixels
  • ISO25600 - ISO25600
  • 7FPS - 07 frames sec
  • 139,000 yen ($1650 US)
  • 9月20日の発表か? - What's announcement on September 20?
  • 発売は10月中旬 - Released in mid-October

PENTAX KR
  • 1200万画素 - 12 million pixels
  • 秒間6コマ - 6 frames sec
  • 12色・グリップ10色、組み合わせ120通り - 10 color 12 color grip, as the combination 120
  • 74,800円 - 74,800 yen
  • 9月初旬発表か? - September or early release?
  • 発売は10月中旬 - Released in mid-October

The article goes on to say that the NEX is how you might provide the correct release dates announced. <- Suspected translation issues

KR(Rは大文字なのでしょうか?)の6コマ/秒の連写は、事実だとしたらエントリーモデルとしてはかなりのものですね。 KR (R What's the capital?) 6 frames / second shooting, as if it is true that I Entorimoderu is considerable. K-5のセンサーは、α55やα580に搭載されると言われているソニーの新しい1600万画素センサーでしょうか。 K-5 sensor, what is Sony's new 16 megapixel sensor is said to be mounted and α580 α55. このセンサーは高感度に大変に強いと噂されているので楽しみですね。 I look forward to this sensor has been rumored since the very strong sensitivity.

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I don't know about the rest of you, but I find this information to be very exciting news indeed! And taking things a bit further, this falls right in line with what I was told by a Pentax technician a few months back with regards to the new Pentax living-up to the D700 in terms of low light capacity
Crossing fingers...


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08-22-2010, 12:09 PM   #2
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The K-5 will cost less than twice as much as the KR...
BTW the K-7 cost 100,000 Yen right now at the end(?) of its life cycle. 139,000 Yen doesn't seem that much for release price for it replacement....

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But how many K7 they selled?
If the starting price is too high and at the end of life price is still too high, I think the marketing is at least pathetic!
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QuoteOriginally posted by MariusCTM Quote
But how many K7 they selled?
If the starting price is too high and at the end of life price is still too high, I think the marketing is at least pathetic!
They sold a lot of the K-7. The price is no higher than the competition; in fact it is lower. Why do people expect great Pentax cameras for free whereas Nikon and Canon cost money?

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QuoteOriginally posted by MariusCTM Quote
But how many K7 they selled?
If the starting price is too high and at the end of life price is still too high, I think the marketing is at least pathetic!
TBH. I have 3 x K20's to replace.
Well... realistically I would only replace two and keep the other K20D for quick change.
Though I'd be more than happy to upgrade my K20's at 1500 per unit, if the K-5 lives-up to its potential.

For what it's worth, I think the specs are justifiable. Though the real deal maker is whether or not the camera can live-up to the expectations. So in that sense, I think the K-5 has a really good chance at becoming the first Pentax body that will give the upper-end lineup a run for it's money(including... the D700).

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They sold a lot of the K-7. The price is no higher than the competition; in fact it is lower. Why do people expect great Pentax cameras for free whereas Nikon and Canon cost money?
I agree, just look at the Canon 7D!
In Canada, it has settled between 1500 and 1800 dollars, and that's an established market value!
Considering the K-5 is poised to come-in with higher specs at a lower price, I think Pentax is set to do a wonderful thing.
Besides... for anyone finding the prosumer price to steep, there is plenty of selection bellow that as well.
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25,600 ISO? WTH? I keep thinking of a camera club member who asked me how I got good color in my slides. I told him, "I used to try to shoot everything hand-held, but when I checked the specs of the pictures I admired, they had all been shot from a tripod using much slower film than I was using. So I bit the bullet, loaded slower/sharper film in my camera, and shot everything off of a tripod. I also started getting up earlier in the morning so I could be out in position when the good light hit." He snorted and said, "I don't get out of bed before 10am! And I HATE using tripods! But I still don't understand why your pictures better color than mine."
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Improved AF performance is more significant,i don't care about the high iso capability since i would use the tripod when i need perfect 100% zoom image quality.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JohnBee Quote
I agree, just look at the Canon 7D!
Considering the K-5 is poised to come-in with higher specs at a lower price, I think Pentax is set to do a wonderful thing.
Higher specifications than 7D? I'm not sure about that!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Pål Jensen Quote
They sold a lot of the K-7. The price is no higher than the competition; in fact it is lower. Why do people expect great Pentax cameras for free whereas Nikon and Canon cost money?
Canon and Nikon have more posibilities to choose from. Pentax has only 2 and the price for K7 is not so low even at the end of cycle (not talking about 645D)
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K7 with a very slight larger and faster chip with yet to be determined AF and noise performance. UMMM where is the big honkin 20D replacement the K7 was not only not enough improvement in function to up grade but with the reduction in size its ergonomics is a drop to. So what I am really asking is dose this put the last nail in the pro use of Pentax? Don’t get me wrong I LOVE my 20D PENTAX But I want pro AF and noise performance. The only question is where to get it? Will Pentax come clean and tell their core base what there long-term goals are?
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QuoteOriginally posted by captmacq Quote
So what I am really asking is dose this put the last nail in the pro use of Pentax? Don’t get me wrong I LOVE my 20D PENTAX But I want pro AF and noise performance. The only question is where to get it?
Pentax. They already have pro AF (they all have; every AF problem I've so far seen documented have turned out to be user error). Noise is no problem todays digital camera and rumor has it that the 16mp sensor is in the D700 territory noise wise (certainly much better image quality wise). Pretty bad, huh?
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Each to their own, captmacq, for me the K-7 is the best APS-C camera body design yet made.

Is there any source for this info?
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I would like to know if its using the same body as the K-7
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QuoteOriginally posted by TOUGEFC Quote
I would like to know if its using the same body as the K-7
I take that for granted. They are probably repeating the K10D->K20D trick. Smart way to dilute developing cost. The K-7 is a great body in every respect....
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$1650 K-5 is $110 more than 7D, $150 more than D300s

$1650 K-5 is $110 more than 7D, $150 more than D300s

Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera (Body Only) 3814B004 - B&H Photo


Nikon D300s SLR Digital Camera Body 25464 - B&H Photo Video


Pentaxians dropping more coin than 7D or D300s cost in Fall 2010?

And Easily $200-$300 more than 7D and D300s will be at Christmas 2010.


Where did that sub $2,000 full frame K-Mount go I've been reading about since 2007 ?





QuoteOriginally posted by JohnBee Quote
According to digicame-info, Pentax has begun releasing technical data on the publication dates and specification for their upcoming digital SLR's so named K-5 and Kr.
The claim states that that K-5 and Kr are scheduled to be on shelves by mid October, at an estimated $1600 and $875 respectively. Though prices will most likely be revised by that time.



PENTAX K-5
  • PENTAX K-5:
  • 1600 - 16 million pixels
  • ISO25600 - ISO25600
  • 7FPS - 07 frames sec
  • 139,000 yen ($1650 US)
  • 9月20日の発表か? - What's announcement on September 20?
  • 発売は10月中旬 - Released in mid-October

PENTAX KR
  • 1200万画素 - 12 million pixels
  • 秒間6コマ - 6 frames sec
  • 12色・グリップ10色、組み合わせ120通り - 10 color 12 color grip, as the combination 120
  • 74,800円 - 74,800 yen
  • 9月初旬発表か? - September or early release?
  • 発売は10月中旬 - Released in mid-October

The article goes on to say that the NEX is how you might provide the correct release dates announced. <- Suspected translation issues

KR(Rは大文字なのでしょうか?)の6コマ/秒の連写は、事実だとしたらエントリーモデルとしてはかなりのものですね。 KR (R What's the capital?) 6 frames / second shooting, as if it is true that I Entorimoderu is considerable. K-5のセンサーは、α55やα580に搭載されると言われているソニーの新しい1600万画素センサーでしょうか。 K-5 sensor, what is Sony's new 16 megapixel sensor is said to be mounted and α580 α55. このセンサーは高感度に大変に強いと噂されているので楽しみですね。 I look forward to this sensor has been rumored since the very strong sensitivity.



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