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02-05-2014, 03:44 PM   #16
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Considering how good the IQ of of your K-01 is, I'd wait for K-3 prices to come down.

But...If you really need a new body right now the K-5 IIs is a super camera at a killer price.

I own one, And like it so much that I'm skipping the K-3.
Biggest drawback on k-01 is the mirrorless in a dark venue. granted an addon has added a viewfinder for lcd, its ok.

The burst mode of the 5ii at 7fps in RAW is too tasty to pass up. Also the AF speed increase is a huge plus for me on leaning 5ii.

recently the 5iis seems to a bit more my route, given the slightly higher IQ.

Id love a K3, but I worry about noise at high iso, some say its no big deal, others say its a factor.

Id love to be at 3200 or even 6400 with only having to do a wee bit of NR.

Im incredibly torn on which route to go.

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What is a cracker lens?
cracker - Definition and pronunciation | Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary at OxfordLearnersDictionaries.com
Definition #3, I was saying those two lenses are very good lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rzarector Quote
Biggest drawback on k-01 is the mirrorless in a dark venue. granted an addon has added a viewfinder for lcd, its ok.

The burst mode of the 5ii at 7fps in RAW is too tasty to pass up. Also the AF speed increase is a huge plus for me on leaning 5ii.

recently the 5iis seems to a bit more my route, given the slightly higher IQ.

Id love a K3, but I worry about noise at high iso, some say its no big deal, others say its a factor.

Id love to be at 3200 or even 6400 with only having to do a wee bit of NR.

Im incredibly torn on which route to go.
Make sure you shoot raw and I'm sure you will be fine shooting in the dark.
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What is a cracker lens?

What did you call me?

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Well, since I have the k-5ii & average lenses, I'd buy lenses. I think you might would do well to get a k-5/ii/s or k-3.
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I shoot concerts, its one of my favorite things. there are two ways to look at this in my opinion.

The K3 will be sharper, focus better, and can handle the low light conditions very well. There will be slightly more noise at websize compared to the K01. Overall the K3 is a bloody awesome camera and I love it for low light shooting. The multi-pattern white balance is an interesting treat for concerts too...as in it sucks. I ended up converting a whole night to B&W because the MPWB just got confused.

However.... I would actually look for the 50-135mm f2.8 DA* lens. I find that the DA*16-50 and the 50-135 are my two most used lenses for live music. If you want to get those tight portraits of the musicians the 50-135 f2.8 is the way to go. I would forgo fast primes as you rarely got the time to swap lenses to swap primes in and out. Two zooms are the way to go in my opinion. I keep one in my thinktank lens pouch on my belt.

It would be hard for me now knowing what the K3 can do and how I learn more about it every day. I'm also not comfortable using a camera without a viewfinder so I'm approaching this as if it were me and I had the K5 instead of K01. If it were me in that situation I would go with the zoom hands down before the body. Glass is more important that a body 9/10.


QuoteOriginally posted by rzarector Quote
Id love a K3, but I worry about noise at high iso, some say its no big deal, others say its a factor.

Id love to be at 3200 or even 6400 with only having to do a wee bit of NR.
I just posted a thread comparing the K5 classic and K3 at 6400 iso. I suggest giving it a quick view. https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/6-pentax-dslr-discussion/250828-4-cameras-6400-iso.html
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Do you not like shooting with the K-01? Is there a reason to switch bodies? I don't think I would like a camera with an OVF - so if that's what you're missing, get the new body. In some venues shooting with the screen is a distraction, in full sunlight it's just difficult. In that case personally I'd go for the K5IIs since they're cost advantageous right now, though I could talk myself into the K3 given my lenses.

If you enjoy the K-01, look for a lens which lets you do something you can't do well now.
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Gawd I love this website. People here are so awesome.

The biggest beef I have with the K-01 is the lack of a viewfinder, at first I didn't mind the chuckles in the pit. Then I got a screw on viewfinder attachment that made it not look so weird. People actually thought I was using a Hasselblad. haha. But its clunky and awkward.

The speed of the RAW capture is slow. I can hold it down and get the steady click....click...click.....just slow. I borrowed a buddy's K-7 and man the burst for RAW on that was just awesome. pop..pop..pop..pop..pop.. so fast. Incredibly fast.

The k-01 takes great shots but the lack of weather seal is a worry of mine. minor but a worry.

I get that better glass would be the way to go. Honestly from the start my plan was to do this: K5, and the Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8. I have rented the Pentax zoom before and was happy but found its AF hit or miss on the k-01 and the K7 I borrowed. Given the Tamron price it looks tasty to me.

My though now is to go with the K-5iis, upgrade the body. Get a battery grip. And then save the rest for tax time refund when I can get the Tamrom zoom lens.

I don't know. I get that glass is far better a purchase than a body right now. But I want to look the part and not show up with a yellow body and a 20 dollar amazon attachment.

Also as part of my campaign I stated I was going to get a new body, so just glass is out of the scope I think,

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Easy.

K5IIs.

Battery grip.

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We are glad to help and LOL at the "campaign" I know how that goes sometimes.
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If I had about $1100 and had to start off from scratch I would purchase the below items.
**Prices listed are for what I have recently paid for used but like new items.**

K-5 $500
DA 16-45 $275.
DA 55-300 $300.
Total approximately $1075.00

OR

K-5 $500.
35mm 2.8 Limited - $465.00
DA 55-300 $300.

Total approximately $1265.00
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K-5IIs... 700
New Pentax K 5 IIS Digital SLR Camera Body Only K 5IIS DSLR No AA Filter 027075220737 | eBay

Tamron 90 Macro- 400
New Tamron AF 90mm F 2 8 Di SP Macro Lens for Pentax DSLR 4960371004457 | eBay

And keep what you have... life can be simple.

Just based on my experience, I'd say, don't sell any 2.8 glass, and don't buy anything that isn't 2.8 at least. That Tamron 90 is the bargain of the century.
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Thank you! That Tammy I have never heard of before...any experience with it?

Heading to look for a review right now...
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Could go for a used k-5ii & a used 17-50/70, depending on which one you find.

Oops! You've got a 17-50. Forgot about that!

Still a used k-5ii should still leave you with some left to put towards your next lens. Or a flash or tripod.
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Thank you! That Tammy I have never heard of before...any experience with it?

Heading to look for a review right now...
You won't find a better lens for the money..... actually, you won't find a betterr lens for twice the money.











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It was a sad day when I realized my wife had pretty much adopted it. Leaving me to eventually buy a Sigma 70 macro, that while a very nice lens, was more money for almost the same thing.

K-5 Tamron 90+ 1.7 TC


And 1:1 pixel peeper, your K-5IIs would be even sharper.

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