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12-21-2010, 12:17 AM   #1
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K-5 or New Lenses

So santa came through with a Christmas bonus this year that was rather unexpected and it seems only fitting that part of it is used to feed my Pentax habit. So I am torn, a new K-5 or DA15 limited and DA70 limited. Body or lenses. Have a K-X body and some old prime glass but none of the limited lens yet. Am not much of a zoom lens person so it really comes down to primes or body. Any sage advice?

12-21-2010, 02:39 AM   #2
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I would have said K-5. However this depends on your present lens set-up I think.
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how much do you need the extra body features? the IQ is not that massive a jump, but the UI is.
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If you feel the K-x is limitating your photography, then get the K-5. Otherwise new lenses should work fine with the K-x and you can hold to K-x until some K-3 comes up 2012.

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Bodies come and go but good glass is good glass. The other thing is bodies depreciate, lenses appreciate.

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I think going from a K-x to a K-5 with the same "old prime glass" may not give you as much wow (depending on the glass) as a nice new or "new to you" lens. I took the second option. I had enough saved to easily purchase the K-5 but refused to pay the early adopter tax, so I dropped $500 on a "new to me" lens (12-24mm Pentax). Now I have time to save a few holiday sheckles while the K-5 price comes down to a tolerable level and I have a nice bonus lens to play with until then.
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"Good glass is worth every penny"

"Good glass = investment"

There is a lot of true behind these statements.

Financially, the decision is easy. The value of a dSLR dropped by nearly half in 12 months, while the value of good lenses has increased by a factor 2 in the last few years.

Ultimately the decision is yours. You should ask yourself: why do you want to change?

Compared to the K-x, the K-5 has WR, an excellent AF and good high ISO performances. But, unless you need the WR, the K-x is already a nice dSLR and you may not gain much IQ and AF ... I suspect that you already know it.

Food for thoughts....
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Think of it this way: you will, sooner or later, buy new glass and a K-5. So buy new glass now, then wait till you have the funds for a new k-5, which by then would have dropped in price significantly (hopefully). Saving you a good chunk of money rather than buying the body now at full price, then buying glass later (which will cost the same, if not higher)...

This is gonna be my plan as well... eyeing the 15mm and 70mm too (as well as the k-5)

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For your Christmas bonus, buy a K5 then sell your Kx to help fund your DA lens/es.
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K-5 no contest....
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My choice was kind of made for me when the k-x broke down; a nice lens would have been the way to go while waiting the K-5 prices to come down and the current problems (sensor stains, AF) to be resolved.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jolepp Quote
a nice lens would have been the way to go while waiting the K-5 prices to come down and the current problems (sensor stains, AF) to be resolved.
i agree
and the saved money on waiting a few months for the K5 could help buy the lens
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Thanks all. Very sage advice. Now to see if there are any good Boxing Day sales. Best of the season to all.
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