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09-11-2012, 07:45 PM   #1
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New K5 MKIIs vs used D700.

Since both are likely to be in similar price bracket, which one would you go for if mainly doing low light stills like for weddings or night time Red Bull sports events?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Reportage Quote
Since both are likely to be in similar price bracket, which one would you go for if mainly doing low light stills like for weddings or night time Red Bull sports events?
Better wait until full reviews are out. IMO.

09-11-2012, 07:55 PM   #3
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Can't really judge the K-5II's AF at this point, you'll need to wait for AF reviews to surely make the move.
09-11-2012, 08:15 PM   #4
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Sounds like you need 1) AF accuracy in low light, 2) low noise at high ISO, 3) Af tracking speed and accuracy (red bull sports)

The score would be:
1) lets assume Pentax had solved the low light accuracy problems of the K-5 and call is a draw.
2) D700 wins by a stop
3) D700 a very probable winner, the D700 has the top end Nikon AF which is not exactly known for poor performance

I think those conditions were tailor made for a D700 victory to be honest.

If you wanted a landscape camera, or a travel cam, or a general purpose cam then the K-5 would get a look in.

09-11-2012, 09:12 PM   #5
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I don't know about you but would never buy a camera at initial release price.
I't say its best to wait until the dust settles before making a price comparisons.

That being said, the D700 is a much larger, heavier and louder camera. Some people don't care about that, whereas others do. I myself didn't mind the size of the D700 though the shutter noise was a turn-off in contrast to the K-5. Especially for event coverage. Aside from that the D700 has very good AF. Even in low light, then again... the jury is out on the K-5 II in terms of AF performance and so time will tell.

Beyond that, there isn't much to argue about between both units. The D700 does hold an ISO advantage over the K-5 but in the end, it likely isn't enough to make or break the two in terms of performance value. Though I did find the D700 RAW to have excellent processing potential in terms of grain quality.

My two cents.
09-12-2012, 03:36 AM   #6
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K-5 IIs vs D700

if I'm in your shoes I would consider not only cameras but entire system,including lenses. I would pick the body depending on lenses I need - so if Nikon has a better lenses in focal lenghts you need - pick D700 and vice versa.

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