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01-30-2011, 07:51 PM   #1
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k20 to k5 or k7

I got a nice bonus and wanna upgrade my cam. I've been doing research but I'm still undecided. I went to the K20 when the 7 was released from a 100 and loved what I got in return for my upgrade. Will I see that same leap going upto the 7? Or should I get off my wallet and live a lil poorer for a week and get the 5?

I do a lot of vehicle and live band photography primarily, and recently started trying to do portraits, and soon macro.

I have a small collection of lenses, and I've read the k5 isn't as forgiving of lower image quality lenses as the previous bodies.

DA*16-50
DA 50-200
DA 10-17
DA 40 limited
M 50mm 1.4
M 28mm 2.8 (don't remember the size at this time)

Looking to add the 50mm macro and a higher quality 100mm+ lens over the next year...


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if the K5 is in the price range..get it..the High ISO will be a asset for the Band Photography...6400ISO is like 1600 ISO on the K7......that two full stops..shutter speed will be doable hand-held if you have a greater range of usable ISO
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I went from the K-7 to the K-5 and love the upgrade, so I wouldn't bother with the K-7. Regarding the K-5 "out-resolving" older glass, (which I think is a load of #^&*@%), in theory, you might be able to out-resolve the lens (again...load of %^&&), but remember, even if this was true, it would always be better than what could be resolved by the K-7.
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I'd also recommend jumping straight to the K-5. The high ISO ability and dynamic range blows the K-7 out of the water. I try not to go over ISO 800 when using my K-7, but with the K-5 I hit ISO 1600 to 3200 with extremely usable photos. I think that would complement your live-band shooting along with your existing collection of lenses much better.

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Go to K-5

I could have gone to K-7 from my K-20D but from all reports it was a downgrade at higher ISO's

Go to K-5

Although the K-7 does video, the photo ability is not an improvement according to all the reports I have read compared to the K20D.

The K-5 is the camera/video machine I would purchase.



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Get a K5, try to shoot as you usually do w/ your previous cameras and forget about all the tests and issues reported here and elsewhere, I can guarantee you'd be very happy with the money spent
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Another vote for the K-5.
Going from a K20D to a K-7 will be nowhere near the leap you had before and the K-5 will be excellent for your band photography. Easy decision, really.
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the k20d out performs the k-7 in a few areas that are important like dynamic range... only a K-5 is a true upgrade, though both have a better body.

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thanks guys, I'll pursue trading in my K20D body for the K5 tomorrow @ the local shop. If they give me at least $400 for it I'll be doing the trade.

The live band shooting with the ability to raise the iso a bit so I can shoot without being wide open will be great!

How does the K5 perform with the M 50mm 1.4? As that is my primary lens with the K20.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Wired Quote
How does the K5 perform with the M 500mm 1.4? As that is my primary lens with the K20.
I'm presuming you mean the 50mm/1.4? I use K lenses for the most part and just like the rest of the Pentax line, they work great.
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QuoteOriginally posted by smc Quote
I'm presuming you mean the 50mm/1.4? I use K lenses for the most part and just like the rest of the Pentax line, they work great.
yes, thats what I ment. typo for the extra 0 :P

Good to hear! I'm getting excited now.
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Gee, if it's only one week's sacrifice that would determine whether you get a K-5 or K-7, I'd say live like a pauper for a week and get the K-5. The quantum leap is from the K-5 to the K-7, not as much from the K20D to the K-7.

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went to go trade my K20D in today, and I was dreading the terrible deal I was sure to experience. They had a K20D listed used for $750 body only, so I was really worried as I know they mark up the used stuff stupidly high because of overhead/1y free used warranty, etc.

I got the K5 body only for $1100 tax in.

Waiting for teh battery to charge is frustraign
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After only a few months of its release, and an initial RRP of $1599, I think $1100 is an extremely good deal - unless they pay you <$400 for the K20D...
All the best with your new toy.
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Well, they did give me $400 for my K20, and then $100 more off. Still not bad, I don't think I could have gotten more than $500 locally for the K20D.

Now I need an extra battery and a new tripod, the head off my refurbush-closeout special broke off two weeks ago.... Boo
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