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03-14-2017, 01:51 PM   #1
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Upgrade to K-70 or Get a Oly E-M10 Mark II?

Hello. Currently I have a Pentax K-50, and I enjoy it. I'm contemplating a couple things. I'm really curious about the 24MP w/ no AA filter, the articulating screen, and pixel shift. But I'm also interested in a compact Micro 4/3rds with a nice available lens selection. My use of either will be identical (Portraits, Landscapes, Vacation,Street, Macro), with the intention of keeping the K-50. Part of me says moving from the K-50 to K-70 is silly. But My budget doesn't stretch to a K-3II or K-1. The consumer and gadget junkie in me says the Olympus would be cool. I just picked up a Pentax 16-45 F/4 and 55-300 PLM, and Sigma 105mm F/2.8 Macro. I have all the glass I can see myself using. What are your thoughts?

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If your budget is limited, maintaining two separate systems doesn't seem wise. Good m4/3 lenses can cost quite a bit.
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If your budget is limited, maintaining two separate systems doesn't seem wise. Good m4/3 lenses can cost quite a bit.
You're absolutely right. I don't plan on having a massive m43 collection, but the choice is nice. The 2 lens kit for the E-M10 Mark 2 is $650 and I can't imagine I'd spend much more except on maybe a prime.
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It gets pricey trying to run 2 systems. Trust me. You're not going to be conent with a few lenses.

Hold off on camera purchases, start saving your chips, & wait for the upcoming APS-C flagship. Then decide. 🤔

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Your decision.
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Master the use of the K-50 before you buy more hardware.
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in 2017, with the milc apsc cameras available, and given the price of u43 systems relative to IQ, getting into u43 is a small mistake, but still a mistake. For a couple hundred more dollars more then u43, you get a jump in IQ still into small camera body. If the goal is to have something small, easy, take a mobile phone with a better image sensor.
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Save your money unless the K-50 is too large for you to bring many places. IMO it's not worth building separate APS-C and Micro 4/3 systems because they are only one step apart in sensor size (and therefore image quality and overall system size).

Size: Some Micro 4/3 bodies are seductively compact. That's true if you use a small zoom or a pancake prime. Much of the size advantage goes away if you start using "pro" lenses or a 300mm telephoto.

Image quality: In good light you'll get similar images from the K-50 or Olympus. The K-50's larger sensor pulls ahead in low light as you increase ISO.

If you mostly want better image quality, consider waiting and saving more for a K-3 or K-3ii. Buying used is an option. All of your lenses will work without having to buy in to a new Micro 4/3 system.

If you mostly want smaller size, consider a compact with built-in lens, but the cheap compacts are little better than cellphones, and some good compacts have become expensive as the market shrinks due to cellphones. I think Ricoh GR (no zoom, large sensor) and Sony RX100 Mark II (zoom, smaller sensor) cost around the same as the Olympus you are looking at.

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It gets pricey trying to run 2 systems. Trust me. You're not going to be conent with a few lenses.

Hold off on camera purchases, start saving your chips, & wait for the upcoming APS-C flagship. Then decide. 🤔
Are there rumors for an upcoming ASP-C Flagship? I'm clearly not in the know! I would wait for something solid....Hmmm. Thanks for the throwing a wrench in the machine!
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16 MP, Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II: $500 with no lenses. Have you tried and used an Electronic View Finder? You prefer that?

24 MP, Pentax K-70: $600 with all your existing lenses.

As a photographer, getting a second, newer, and better body (K-70) within the same system of higher calibre and for less investment is a no brainer decision. If you had your reasons to go completely mirrorless and sell the K-50 and your lenses, then maybe the Olympus. But note the E-M10 Mark II is dust and splash proof and is not weather-resistant like the E-M1 Mark II ($2000) or the K-70.
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I'm glad you asked this question. I've been looking at the Oly omd em10 ii as well. I love my k3, but I balk at taking it some places because of the size. With the Oly and a small lens attached it's pretty portable.
I say go for the Oly!
Olympus for traveling and the Pentax for more serious work.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SouthernExposure Quote
I have a Pentax K-50, and I enjoy it
Its thoroughly enjoyable but the K70 offers plenty more, if I updated to the K70 I'd sell the K50.( but they are not worth much these days)


M43 is a great system, a 2 lens kit? which ones?


I bought in used then added a few lenses, some new and some used....The Panasonic GX85/80 has plenty of great features,its the bang for buck M43(imo).












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stretch to a K-3II or K-1

With the KP@ $1099 body only, the K3ii successor will likely exceed 1300/1400ish(?) A k70 is 600ish....
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If size is main concern, Ricoh GR/GRii could address that.
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I too was interested as well in the Oly EM 10 M II but I think I will wait. I've got a K-3 with some great lenses and I'm just not sure I want to have 2 systems. Sure the Oly is quite a bit smaller, but after purchasing lenses and spending more money on nice Oly primes I just don't think I want to go down that road.
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QuoteOriginally posted by The Squirrel Mafia Quote
It gets pricey trying to run 2 systems. Trust me. You're not going to be conent with a few lenses.

Hold off on camera purchases, start saving your chips, & wait for the upcoming APS-C flagship. Then decide. ��
Not just the price. I had Pentax and Brand C for awhile, with different lens types - and I ended up second guessing what to take, and usually hauled both.

If you are just going to duplicate what you have but in a smaller system, I'm not sure of the economics. In my case, I acquired a 17mm TS (not available for Pentax) and the Tamron 150-600 (at the time, no equivalents for Pentax) and later, a FF body (at the time not available for Pentax). Other than the 4 Limiteds I had, everything else was essentially replaced.
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