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07-27-2014, 10:13 AM   #1
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Pentax 18-135mm on K2000(K-m)

I have a K2000 and I just bought a 18-135 WR for our trip to Africa. I was thinking, for better use of the lens, should I upgrade my K2000 to K-5?

I wanted a travel lens for the trip, because the kit lens was not really impressive on my last vacation. Would K-5 with the 18-135mm give a remarkable improvement comparing it on my k2000.
Obviously, K2000 doesn't have WR, from that perspective, K-5 is the way to go. Other than that, how about IQ and other stuff?

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07-27-2014, 10:28 AM   #2
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A K-5 will give you a lot better low light performance, higher resolution, better auto focus precision, be speedier at most things.

In good light situations the difference is less, but yes, the K-5 will be a big step up.

Depending on what kind of trip you are going on, though, your money might be better spent on a longer lens. The 18-135 is notably better than the kit in my experience, but if you are going on any kind of safari you will want something longer. In that case I would look for a DA or DAL 55-300. It's a nice quality lens not costing an arm and a leg.

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QuoteOriginally posted by savoche Quote
In that case I would look for a DA or DAL 55-300. It's a nice quality lens not costing an arm and a leg.
do you mean I should use 55-300 with my K2000, instead of upgrading to 18-135 with k5 for safari shooting? I don't have any safari experience, so I'm open for any suggestions.
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Both K-5 AND 55-300. Get the lens used and sell it when you get home. Cost is then practically zero.

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QuoteOriginally posted by shanqx Quote
I have a K2000 and I just bought a 18-135 WR for our trip to Africa. I was thinking, for better use of the lens, should I upgrade my K2000 to K-5?

I wanted a travel lens for the trip, because the kit lens was not really impressive on my last vacation. Would K-5 with the 18-135mm give a remarkable improvement comparing it on my k2000.
Obviously, K2000 doesn't have WR, from that perspective, K-5 is the way to go. Other than that, how about IQ and other stuff?

Cheers
O would upgrade: the K-5 is a pretty big step up. A K-50 would also be a good upgrade path and probably a better choice if you use live view a lot.

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QuoteOriginally posted by shanqx Quote
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do you mean I should use 55-300 with my K2000, instead of upgrading to 18-135 with k5 for safari shooting? I don't have any safari experience, so I'm open for any suggestions.
I would not go on a safari without a 55-300. Buying second hand is a good idea, the marketplace here on the forums is a good place to look. Get a K-5 too if you can.

A 18-135 is not essential for a safari in my view, but it's very nice for everything else.

You can find my response to another question, with links to examples from safaris with K-5 + 55-300, here.

Also have a look at the review of the newest version of the lens: HD Pentax-DA 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED WR Review - Introduction - In-Depth Reviews
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Oh, and as Adam said, a K-50 (or K-30) might be as good an option as a K-5.

I just know that I have been very satisfied with my K-5.

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How often does one go on a safari?
I would get a K-30/K-50 and bring the K2000 as a back-up camera. I also would buy the DA 55-300mm lens for longer reach. One camera has the 18-135mm and the other the 55-300mm lens.

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QuoteOriginally posted by shanqx Quote
I have a K2000 and I just bought a 18-135 WR for our trip to Africa. Rainy season is typically Nov to Feb towards the south but then typically in very heavy thunder shows.

I was thinking, for better use of the lens, should I upgrade my K2000 to K-5?
I wanted a travel lens for the trip, because the kit lens was not really impressive on my last vacation. Would K-5 with the 18-135mm give a remarkable improvement comparing it on my k2000.
Obviously, K2000 doesn't have WR, from that perspective, K-5 is the way to go. Other than that, how about IQ and other stuff?
Cheers
Depending on what time of year and where you go, WR might not be requirement. What would make more sense is a second body so lens changes are limited (dust, hassle, etc).

For safaris, short and long FL are both desirable. Often you get close to large animals, and at times you will have a leopard in a distant tree. So 55-300 is a very useful FL range. So the recommendation by other for 55-300 as well as second body makes perfect sense.

Enjoy wherever you are going. I'm departing on my own next safari trip in a few weeks to South Africa's famous Kruger Park. Will be packing...
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I've never been on a safari, but it's hard to know if this is routine activity for you, or a once-in-a-lifetime trip halfway across the world. If the latter, which it would be for many of us, any body less than one of the 16+mp sensor models, and any of the consumer xx-300s, may be disappointing. Based on other types of trips I've taken, my guess is that some people on your trip with have a superzoom (a high-end one is not necessarily a bad idea, particularly for a 2nd camera), but a number will have pro-quality longer lenses and teleconverters, or at least a Bigma, some of which they they might be renting vs. buying.
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If you remember that the K-30 was the first big step in the ongoing upgrade of the AF, you might really appreciate the improvements in AF between the K30 and K-5. Or on the other hand you might not. In your situation, I'd probably go for a k-30 or K-50 and 55-300. And looking at my K-01 images, I can't tell a difference between images taken with a 12 bit engine (K-30, K-50) and a 14 bit engine (K-5, K5II, K-3).
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