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05-08-2013, 02:15 PM   #151
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The K-5 or K-5 II would be a fine upgrade for you, Bumbles. Great in low light, both in AF and in high ISO performance (especially the II in AF), and great when paired with good Pentax lenses like the Limited range.

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QuoteOriginally posted by GeneV Quote
I come from the same place about RAW, and always had a darkroom.

I don't know how much money you have to spend. I buy most of my bodies as the model is being replaced. Right now, the best deal on that basis is the original K5. I love its sensor. If you have less to spend, then look into a used kr, kx, or k20d. The K20d will give you plenty of megapixels and the ability to adjust focus for various lenses. It has no video and a bigger, more solid body that many of us old-timers like. It will be a better buy than the K7, with a similar sensor, but shares the body size and accessories with the K5. The kx and kr have the smaller, more plastic bodies which don't take grips and other accessories, but excellent low-light capabilities.
Until recently, I *had* $780 saved up and I was going to put a little into it each month, hoping that a FF would be coming soon. But I just had a couple financial emergencies that took precedence, and I am down to $200 in savings. So it looks like it might be a while before I get *anything*. Being on disability sorely limits what I have to work with, and I'm trying hard to get healthy and prep for surgery and maybe get OFF of disability in the next few years and go back to work. For now it looks like I'll have to be satisfied with using my SMC Pentax-M 50mm 1.4 on my Canon body
05-09-2013, 03:48 AM   #153
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I think i'd stick with APS-C to be honest. I just upgraded to a K-5 IIS last week and i'm loving the results. I just don't see that FF could be much better for me. I don't print enormous images.
Secondly, the DA 15 Ltd isn'f FF compatible and I just can't live without that lens!

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I have always loved 85mm lenses. I most used 50, 85, 135 primes on my Canon 5D original. One of my main reasons to wanting a Full Frame is to get the 85mm back. On my K-5 the 85mm is just a little long for what I usually do. I'll still keep my K-5 for the times I want a little more.... Unless Pentax pulls a D800 and gives us a 36+MP Full Frame, then I can just crop down to my K-5 FoV.

If Pentax gives us a 40MP FF then I will probably go to Fuji for a compact APS-C body and a Pentax FF.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Papa Lazarou Quote
I think i'd stick with APS-C to be honest. I just upgraded to a K-5 IIS last week and i'm loving the results. I just don't see that FF could be much better for me. I don't print enormous images.
Secondly, the DA 15 Ltd isn'f FF compatible and I just can't live without that lens!
Yup. The lack of a great 24mm is a reason to not go full frame. I've never tried the FA*24mm F/2, though.

Personally I may get by with just cropping in that scenario.
05-09-2013, 08:30 AM   #156
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QuoteOriginally posted by ElJamoquio Quote
Yup. The lack of a great 24mm is a reason to not go full frame. I've never tried the FA*24mm F/2, though.

Personally I may get by with just cropping in that scenario.
IF Pentax does release, a FF, one would have to believe that they would release key lenses, a 24mm prime being one of them.
It would be a mistake to make high dollar, full frame users go scrounging around on ebay or craigslist to buy used lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cali92rs Quote
IF Pentax does release, a FF, one would have to believe that they would release key lenses, a 24mm prime being one of them.
It would be a mistake to make high dollar, full frame users go scrounging around on ebay or craigslist to buy used lenses.
Of course. But that lens might not be available on day 1, and on day 1000, it will likely be quite expensive.
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I'd stay with APS-C since I don't make large prints and the picture quality of K-5 is amazing. Also most of my lenses are made for APS-C (DA*55, 16-50, 60-250, 300) so only reason for me to buy a FF was if my K-5 stopped working.

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QuoteOriginally posted by siamthai Quote
Also most of my lenses are made for APS-C (DA*55, 16-50, 60-250, 300) so only reason for me to buy a FF was if my K-5 stopped working.
The DA* 55/1.4 is full-frame capable, the 300 is and the 60-250 may also be, it surely is very close.

That only leaves the 16-50/2.8 as a clear APS-C lens.
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I sold my K5 because i need urgent money and next camera will be also APS-C even if FF body will be available..My K5 had Sigma 17-70 2.8-4 and 18-55WR..Even if i can buy an FF body the lenses cost and overall maintanence of the system will be over my head from price and practicability...For me the only advantage of the FF would be usable higher iso but really the K-5iis with -3EV AF looks awesome in low iso...Also the weight of the FF system turn me off..Also i do think the 16mp sensor is more than suficient for me.Is already very mature and refined...The 24mp from D7100 and D5200 is not very intersting with or without filter and also it makes the file sizes bigger...

In my country for example the DA 55/1.4 is around 1000$ and the 60-250 is 1900$ ...No way!!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Class A Quote
The DA* 55/1.4 is full-frame capable, the 300 is and the 60-250 may also be, it surely is very close.

That only leaves the 16-50/2.8 as a clear APS-C lens.
Sounds great, then I don't have to invest to much in bying new lenses Some vignetting could also be fixed by cropping in PS.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Class A Quote
The DA* 55/1.4 is full-frame capable, the 300 is and the 60-250 may also be, it surely is very close.

That only leaves the 16-50/2.8 as a clear APS-C lens.
Ya know what would be a really smart implementation? a FF camera/sensor with user selectable crops. It is clear that different lenses that are designed even just for aps-c can have varying image circle coverage. Why not let the user have a definable crop of 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 etc? Even better, make a 5-10 slot bank of remembered lenses for easy selection. It might be hard to define within the viewfinder, but could be done on the LCD in liveview at least for framing/shooting.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pxpaulx Quote
Ya know what would be a really smart implementation? a FF camera/sensor with user selectable crops. It is clear that different lenses that are designed even just for aps-c can have varying image circle coverage. Why not let the user have a definable crop of 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 etc? Even better, make a 5-10 slot bank of remembered lenses for easy selection. It might be hard to define within the viewfinder, but could be done on the LCD in liveview at least for framing/shooting.
Unless that viewfinder is electronic. It could crop the usable part of (e.g.) the DA15ltd and then enlarge it to cover the full VF.
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QuoteOriginally posted by badsykes Quote
Even if i can buy an FF body the lenses cost and overall maintanence of the system will be over my head from price and practicability...For me the only advantage of the FF would be usable higher iso but really the K-5iis with -3EV AF looks awesome in low iso...
Before assuming that FF will be more expensive/heavier/bigger, actually take a look at the lenses you would buy for both cameras.

If you want a given level of performance (F/2.8 on APS-C, F/4.5 on FF) then FF lens is usually a bit cheaper, a bit lighter, and a bit smaller.

It isn't always true, of course. You're unlikely to find F/6 or F/8 zooms on FF, so if that's what you're looking for, you might be better off with APS-C.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ElJamoquio Quote
Before assuming that FF will be more expensive/heavier/bigger, actually take a look at the lenses you would buy for both cameras.

If you want a given level of performance (F/2.8 on APS-C, F/4.5 on FF) then FF lens is usually a bit cheaper, a bit lighter, and a bit smaller.

It isn't always true, of course. You're unlikely to find F/6 or F/8 zooms on FF, so if that's what you're looking for, you might be better off with APS-C.
I think it's groundhog's day...
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