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01-01-2014, 09:27 AM   #1
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K5 II or K50

I am thinking of upgrading from my KR. The new K3 is a little too pricey for me so, should I get the K5 II or the K50? Most of my pictures are family type photos. Some are of grandchildren playing sports, mainly hockey and soccer, so focus tracking is important to me. Low light, high ISO performance is also important for shooting at the rink and indoor family stuff. I also take my camera when traveling, so weight and size is somewhat important as well. I do take some video but I am not serious about it. Thanks for the help.

Gordon

PS: I am also looking at the Sigma 18-35 F1.8.

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Essentially the same sensor so not a huge difference in image quality. The differences are in the features and body. The k-5II has a lot of things that you might never use. I've used a k-30 and k-5IIs and for me no comparison I would go with k-5II. But compare the feature lists, go here: Pentax Cameras | Pentax K-3 vs. Pentax K-50 vs. Pentax K-500 - Pentax DSLR Comparison - PentaxForums.com and see what things you would actually use. If you are not going to use them then the k-50 will be just fine.
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QuoteOriginally posted by millarg Quote
I am thinking of upgrading from my KR. The new K3 is a little too pricey for me so, should I get the K5 II or the K50? Most of my pictures are family type photos. Some are of grandchildren playing sports, mainly hockey and soccer, so focus tracking is important to me. Low light, high ISO performance is also important for shooting at the rink and indoor family stuff. I also take my camera when traveling, so weight and size is somewhat important as well. I do take some video but I am not serious about it. Thanks for the help.

Gordon

PS: I am also looking at the Sigma 18-35 F1.8.
I would go for the K-50 as it's a bit more modern in live view / video mode, plus it's a big upgrade over the K-r in other areas like the viewfinder and weather sealing.

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I have not use both of hose cameras but i have previous models of them both k5 and k30. Both are ok for family type photos there is no big differencies really. In k30 flash pttl is working fine, in k5 pttl is useless. I feel that af speed is maybe little slower in low light...but it just feeling not tested that. Personally i choose k30 for family photos cos pttl is useful for that purpose. I do not know pttl works with k5II. Here in finland k50 is about half price of k5II so i would take k50.

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Thanks for the advice and info. I never noticed that camera comparison page before, duh! I have settled on the K50 for the reasons mentioned above, the cost and because I think it will be a meaningful upgrade.

Thanks again.

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I think the answer is depending on the price. If the BF K5II deal is back, definitely go for K5II.
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Decision made.

Well, I did it, made a decision, and ordered the K50 with the 18-55 kit lens. I think the price was good, $650 Canadian, free delivery. I should have it in a few days. Again thanks for the advice, it helped.

Gordon
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enjoy! The K-50 is an excellent camera and will be a terrific upgrade to your K-r.

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QuoteOriginally posted by millarg Quote
PS: I am also looking at the Sigma 18-35 F1.8.
This reason is on top of any other reason why you should get a K-50! (coming as a K-5II owner AND I second ADAM 100%).

Enjoy your new Camera!

Cheers!
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Can't wait for it to arrive.

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