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01-20-2011, 06:01 PM   #1
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I already have a Kx, should I buy a K-r and 50-135mm f2.8 lens or a just a K5 body?

I want to upgrade from my kx to either a kr or k5. The problem is that i can get a kr with a 50-135mm f2.8 lens and still have a little money left over if you compare the price of a k5. I'd be shooting weddings with it. I'm still gonna keep the kx though. I'm afraid the k5 will look unprofessional at weddings but feel the kr could get the job done fine. What to you think?


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01-20-2011, 06:14 PM   #2
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How does the K5 look any more unprofessional than the K-r?
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QuoteOriginally posted by crossover37 Quote
want to upgrade from my kx to either a kr or k5.
kx to kr would not be that much of an 'upgrade'. You would have two beginner cameras.

If I were in your shoes I would get the 50-135 lens first and after the k5 price comes down get the camera then.
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mojoe 24 - sorry, I meant to say that the Kr may look unprofessional at a wedding because it's so small. The k5 would look better especially with a battery grip. I don't want people thinking I'm not shooting with good gear (even though I know the kx and kr can get the job done).

psychdoc - well the things I like about the Kr are that it has an auto focus assister lamp, higher resolution screen, bigger screen, and focus indicators. The ISO I think is similar to the kx. I want a 50-135mm f2.8 lens with one body and I already have a SMCP-FA 50mm f1.4 that I would have on the other body. You're saying just keep the Kx and get the 50-135mm f2.8 instead of the Kr and maybe rent a camera body as a second camera for weddings? I have a Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 lens and it's great and will still keep it but I want the extra reach of the 50-135mm and I hear the image quality is awesome too.

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QuoteOriginally posted by crossover37 Quote
You're saying just keep the Kx and get the 50-135mm f2.8 instead of the Kr and maybe rent a camera body as a second camera for weddings?
I think if you wait a year, the K5 may have come down in price some and in the meantime you would have used the 50-135 for a while on your older camera.

QuoteOriginally posted by crossover37 Quote
I want the extra reach of the 50-135mm and I hear the image quality is awesome too.
I have always tried to rent a lens before buying it when possible. The 50-135 is available for rent at cameralensrentals.com and try renting the lens for your next function and see if you like the IQ. You will most likely like it. If not you would have saved yourself a lot of money...
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So do you think I should keep my kx and get the 50-135 if i like it and not get the kr at all? You think the kx will look professional enough for a wedding? I don't want people thinking I don't have professional gear to shoot weddings.
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How about mounting a "dummy" grip onto the K-X? I would think that you could pull the contacts and just mount it to give the k-x some additional size and heft?

I am actually thinking of doing the same because my hands are very large and the k-x, k-7, k-r, and k-5 feel very small for me.

I have a grip on my k10 and never use the buttons or wheels but love the size that it adds to my body.

I know that there is not a grip made for the k-x but a 3rd party grip for the k-7 may fit the bill with some minor mods.
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If you're doing weddings you should have 2 bodies anyway, I guess... How about another K-x? You'll look damned professional with 2 cameras slung round your neck. It would even seem reasonable to get a coloured one for practical purposes..

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Why do you need two if you're doing a wedding?
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QuoteOriginally posted by mojoe_24 Quote
Why do you need two if you're doing a wedding?
It's a very important event. You need a backup body if one fails.
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Ah, didn't think about that.
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Nomad - I never even thought of that. Once you try it out let me know how it goes because I may do that.

timh - Ya I would get another body for the weddings but the camera is sooo small that people may think I'm not using professional equipment. I know the K-x will do awesome though.
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Definitely the K5. The Kr is too similar to the Kx, especially in the IQ department and is not worth the $ for the upgrades you get. The K5 on the other hand is better than the Kx in almost every way and is completely worth the $ for the upgrades. Plus I do not see how the K5 would look less professional than the Kr. K5 is the way to go.
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QuoteOriginally posted by crossover37 Quote
So do you think I should keep my kx and get the 50-135 if i like it and not get the kr at all? You think the kx will look professional enough for a wedding? I don't want people thinking I don't have professional gear to shoot weddings.
I have to agree with the suggestion to get better glass now while waiting for the K-5 to drop in price, unless you feel the upgrades (K-r included) will really make your job that much easier.

I took my K-x and 50-135 to a friends wedding, and people thought for a while that I was one of the photographers (who was shooting a 5D2 with a 24-70 & 70-200L). I doubt you will look unprofessional with this lens.
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Cool thanks for the advice. Do you have any sample shots from the wedding? I'd like to see how the kx and 50-135 pictures look.
QuoteOriginally posted by ShiftR Quote
I have to agree with the suggestion to get better glass now while waiting for the K-5 to drop in price, unless you feel the upgrades (K-r included) will really make your job that much easier.

I took my K-x and 50-135 to a friends wedding, and people thought for a while that I was one of the photographers (who was shooting a 5D2 with a 24-70 & 70-200L). I doubt you will look unprofessional with this lens.
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