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01-16-2013, 01:33 AM   #16
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It is a tough choice, but there are a few things to consider as well
One of the biggest mantra's on here is spend money on glass not bodies, so with a new successor for the K5 due soonish, maybe a K30 becomes a more attractive bet? Im upgrading from a K20D
I keep telling myself that I should get the K5, but the better AF and focus peaking (useful for macro) is a big selling point.
On the other side, the top LCD, better battery life and 5 shot bracketing is a huge plus on the K5 side..

If I add some funds to my budget, I face the the following choices

K5 body and kit lens, spare battery
K30 body and 18-135mm lens - stretching budget to absolute max, but maybe just do-able
K5ii body only from grey import - not too keen on this

One thing that does annoy me slightly is that after 2 years of K5 love, suddenly lots of articles are stating that the new releases 'fix' the low light problems that the K5 had, which makes people wonder if they are then buying a bad camera if they go down the K5 route. The K5 is a stellar device, even if it is getting old now..

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Well, I went with the K30. It's amazing.
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QuoteOriginally posted by dcBear78 Quote
Who in Australia buys stuff locally? Amazon and eBay are my suppliers so far.
Yes, this is probably true... but for Pentax as a company, I would think that a sale is a sale... it all helps no matter what region the purchase was made in. (I would *think*)

If *I* were a rep, i'd be at VERY LEAST going to Harvey Norman/Domayne, JBHifi etc and giving them store demo cameras just so my brand is represented. I guess the combination of the lack of features/standards and the lack of exposure/availability has turned me away after all these years.

For any Australian buyers, my gear is currently on eBay. If anything doesn't sell there i'll list them in the marketplace here.
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There is a K5ii on gumtree for sale in the Penrith area. I think $1300 with a lens, but cant remember the details. Good bloke. I just bought a DA18-135 & DA35 from him for $350.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Mlcinema Quote
Well, I went with the K30. It's amazing.
Congrats on your new K30!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mlcinema Quote
Well, I went with the K30. It's amazing.
Congratulations, I agree, and I really thought I'd miss that top LCD, which I don't miss at all. I do love the auto focus and the focus peaking.
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Thanks everyone. I love this camera.
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Great choice, I am loving my K-30.

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K30 is great

I've had my blue k30 For a couple of weeks now, and am driving the cats crazy--also have enough stupid shots of the inside of the house to do a REALLY bad picture book...But this is a terrific camera. I loved my K20D, but this thing shoot rings around it. Not just the high ISO--the focus is much snappier and much more accurate in dim light. The K20D would sometimes hunt with the 55-300 fully racked out, and i figured it noticed that the aperture had shrunk to f 5.8 out there--but this new one just spins the lens with authority at 300mm! And the flash is tall enough to make my 16-45 a bit more usable with flash--For those who think they will miss the up-top LCD, take a look at the rear screen in shooting mode. Half the time i couldn't read the LCD on the K20D with old eyes, but the screen on my K30 is crisp, clear and readable under any light.
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