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View Poll Results: What camera will you be upgrading to a K-5 from?
K-7 3820.65%
K-x 2010.87%
K20D 5328.80%
K10D 3820.65%
Other K series DSLR (K100D, K200D, etc.) 2413.04%
*ist series 42.17%
Converting from Canon DSLR 21.09%
Converting from Nikon DLSR 10.54%
Converting from other brand DSLR (Sony, Olympus, etc.) 21.09%
The K-5 will be my first DSLR 21.09%
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09-23-2010, 11:06 AM   #31
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Since it looks like it's possible to fully switch off DFS on the K-5, I'll sell my K-7 and get the K-5. I don't need a second body.

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I'll be getting one to replace my K100D, which has served me well but I've grown beyond it. I'll wait until the price drops, certainly below $1000 (I won't even look until April), as I've been spending on lenses (LBA) instead.
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I will keep my K-7 and DS2 as backups after I get the K-5. BTW the DS2 works with TTL flashes like my AF400T w/Quantum power pack and AF500FTZ w/ TR Power Pack II.
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I'll be upgrading from a K10D which I'll keep as my backup body and to reduce lens switching (using it primarily for landscape). I've almost pulled the trigger on the K7 a few times but told myself to hold on to see if a K7 with improved sensor will be released. The K5 is all that plus more and I have no need for a FF, so once the price of the k5 falls a bit, I will be buying one. Hopefully around xmas.

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I got my K20D about 2 months before the K-7 was announced. I looked long and hard at it but decided to wait and see what the next generation had. The K-7 was just not quite enough of jump in features to justify the expense. The K-5 is enough of a step up to justify the cost. (Tho it is likely that I will wait until after the holidaze)

NaCl(hopefully the price will be a bit lower)H2O
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I always try to skip a generation when I buy any technology product - iPhones, cameras, computers. My bank account is happier that way!
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I will not be upgrading, but rather just adding a K-5 to the arsenal. I will then have K10, K20, K-7 and K-5.

It looks like Pentax put this one right in the wheelhouse. Typical user upgrade paths about about every 2-3 generations. The fact the 20 of the poll is K-7 upgrades and 29% is K20d upgrade is a very good sign. I envision this camera doing very well.
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Will not sell any of my bodies, as the price one gets for them is so insignificant, that I might as well keep them. Like I said in one of my articles; Very expensive disposable cameras. Will get a K5 and Grip for my pro stuff and keep the other bodies as back ups. As usual will use the Kx for all of our Behind the Scenes Making of Videos.

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My K200D will honour my screw-mount lenses and 18 - 55 WR for nasty days.
My K20D will serve as a studio camera (just starting) and backup for my K-5.
My K5 will allow me to shoot everything I have been doing up until now, PLUS get into figure skating and hockey photography, which I have wanted to do in a big way since last year.

IOW, the release of the K5 will allow me to expand my hobby significantly, which is what a new body should do. I am so glad that I waited for one generation after buying the K20D (an amazing camera ... those Samsung sensors are superb IMO).
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Good riddance K10D

I had a K10d for 3 years now. I guess it is due for an upgrade.

With the K5, I wouldn't anymore have to worry about: inaccurate metering (with and w/o hot shoe flash), slow AF, AF not locking in low light, noisy high ISO, no very high ISO - 3200/6400, back/front focusing lenses, unstable adjustment dials, low res LCD and less than 100% viewfinder. These are the not so few issues I had to contend with the K10D. I couldn't imagine the relief I would feel once I get my hands on the K5. Whether the wife agrees it or not, the K5 is mine!
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No surprise here, fully 65% of respondents are moving up from something at least 2 generations old. If I had a K-7 instead of a K-20D I probably wouldn't upgrade either, just like I didn't when the K-7 came out.
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I sold my K-7 and I felt very sad to see it go. It was my very first DSLR camera.

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I've still my K100D, K200D & K20D, but the K5 will be the main use instead of the K20d, which will be backup. I do occasionally use the 200, but the ability to turn off DFS puts it on the shelf.

OF course, I need to put buying the K5 off until I pay off the damage I just had repaired on my vehicle..............
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If I get one, and I am not sure now, but I need to touch and feel it a little, it will be from a K7

Everything I read suggests that it offers a lot more in terms of High ISO, and AF performance than the K7 which was a big step up from my K10. (I skipped the K20)

I like to upgrade every couple of years, and if you look at my upgrade path, it went like this.

1981 First SLR - Ricoh XR-2s
1991 Upgrade - PZ-1 first and only AF film camera and one of the best pentax bodies ever.
2003 Upgrade - *istD (bought within 1 month of being available)
2006 Upgrade - K10D (bought within 1 week of being available)
2009 Upgrade - K7D (bought about 2 months after being available)

as you can see, the upgrade time is approaching.

My logic in the past was that before the K10, just adding SR to the same sensor seemed to offer little, but going to 10MP plus SR was worth it. The K20, while being a fine camera did not offer enough and came out too soon after the K10 (about 10 months) to make the jump. I got the K7 because it is really much better in many areas to the K10/20 and also the shutter on the K10 died. So there was real justification.

Now, I am again approaching the same shutter count as when I replaced my cameras in the past, and with the reported image quality, improved AF etc, I might just get the K5
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upgraded from my K20D. and the 20 minutes I've had to play with it I'm very very happy.

Some things are bugging me in setup.

ie: I shot on my K20D in AP mode most of the time. Green button would instantly set up the expsoure as if I was shotting in green mode. Now it just auto sets iso.... (Av on rear wheel, iso on front wheel). not happy with that at all... same thign with SP mode too....

I got a very early serial number, but don't see no sensor ghosting at this time.
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