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04-22-2012, 12:01 AM   #1
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To Buy in next few days. K5 or Sony a77

Down to the wire.
Ready to buy in next few days.
Was ready to buy Sony a77. Then read more on K5.

My needs= NEED Dedicated LiveView. (I wont be using View Finder porthole)!

Capture fast moving objects, even in low light. So, need accurate, fast auto focus (I am limited with manual modes + some eye issues ).
Need accurate tracking.

Do not like changing lenses.

K5 like;
High ISO , less noise

Sony a77 like;
24MP, more focus points, Auto Focus in Video mode, more Frames per second

Lens; Tamron 18-200mm (Affordability issue) + 6 year warranty / skip kit lens

Other considerations??

Thank you for suggestions, opinions

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Welcome to the forum, seems you have a hard decision to make. With the lens why not look at the Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 for fast focus and good low light abilities.
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I must say the Sony looks pretty good, but I love my K-5.
I won't be switching, but good luck with your decision....
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How about a K-01? No viewfinder so permanent liveview, and similar or better performance to the K5, inc better video w/autofocus when recording. Cheaper too.

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That's a tough decision. The specs on that Sony camera look nice. Of course I am a Pentax person, so given the choice, I would go K-5 without hesitation.
However, I was going to mention the same thing eaglem did about the 70-200mm sports lenses. For the type of shooting you want to do, you can not beat the fast sports zooms. I have the Tamron 70-200mm and it is razor sharp and great in low light. And it is half the price of the Sigma 70-200. However; it is quite a bit more expensive than the 18-200mm so maybe not in the budget. That Tamron warranty is pretty amazing.
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@ Eaglem and Drom;
Thanks for the suggestion. You are right,l I would like Sigma/Tamron 70-200mm F2.8. Just not enough in budget. 2-3 years from now, perhaps. I need the zoom! I am looking for one lens to, also, accommodate portraits, closeups, and garden variety. Budget limiting to $300 for lens. Any one know of good used options??
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QuoteOriginally posted by insleep Quote
@ Eaglem and Drom;
Thanks for the suggestion. You are right,l I would like Sigma/Tamron 70-200mm F2.8. Just not enough in budget. 2-3 years from now, perhaps. I need the zoom! I am looking for one lens to, also, accommodate portraits, closeups, and garden variety. Budget limiting to $300 for lens. Any one know of good used options??

The lens review sections here are a great resource! They really helped me when I was buying my first lenses and they are still the first place I go to for research on new and used lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wildweasel Quote
How about a K-01? No viewfinder so permanent liveview, and similar or better performance to the K5, inc better video w/autofocus when recording. Cheaper too.
Thanks, Wildweasel. There some super mirrorless cameras I would really enjoy.
Trying to transition to dSLR. Mistake? Canon Rebel XT was VERY disappointing!!! Had more fun with Olympus C-770 Ultra Zoom (10x) 4 Megapixel.
Have photos in exhibitions/competitions. One International award. All, except for one, were from the Olympus. I ask photographers to pick my photos for competitions.
Budget wise; the K5 and Sony a77 seem to fit my enjoyment needs. Not sure about k7.

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