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02-15-2015, 05:29 AM   #1
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Which one would you choose - a K50 or a cheap K5?

My K30 is my first DSLR. I love it and it does everything I need. I've been thinking about getting another body and the K 50 is available locally for $500 body only. Another place has some K5 bodies for $770 (possibly cheaper if they're trying to clear them). The K50 appeals because of the identical layout with the K30 but the K5 gets good reviews on here.

So given the choice, which one would you go for - I'm sure the K50 is great value but would a K5 for a couple of hundred dollars extra be more bang for my buck?

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K5 if you can get it cheap.
K50 has almost the same specs as k30.
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The red k50 was just very cheap on b&h recently. The k5 has a reputation for not focusing as well as the k50 but I can't compare the two. The k5 is a more full featured camera, but will lack scene modes which may or may not matter to you.
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K5-IIs and K-3 for me seems to be the best value right now. I'd save for the K-3 or wait for the K-3 mark 2 if your K-30 is still ok. K-50 is basically identical with the K-30.

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K-5ii/iis is your best option costwise. They were going for <$500 with grip in the US and I thought I saw an Aussie comment that they were cheaper to import than to buy locally.
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K5 has front focusing issues in artificial light. It was sorted in the K5/II(s).

I use my K5 in low light but not under artificial light.
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If you are happy at the K-30 level, you might not need the higher level specs of the K-5's or K-3. If that's the case, I think the new K-S2 is by far the camera you should get. The K-50 is minimally different from your K-30, so it would be redundant. The K-S2 is bursting with new stuff for the best opening price Pentax has offered in years.

I beg your pardon. I see originally I typed K-S1 rather than K-S2. To be perfectly clear, "If you are happy at the K-30 level, you might not need the higher level specs of the K-5's or K-3. If that's the case, I think the new K-S2 is by far the camera you should get"

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Yeah, if you went with the K-50 you'd be paying $500 for a second K-30 ...

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U have k30 so u know what u will get with k50. Try to ask urself if u need something more and look if k5 have that. I dont think so anyway...
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QuoteOriginally posted by clackers Quote
Yeah, if you went with the K-50 you'd be paying $500 for a second K-30 ...
Mid $300's on B&H. At least red.
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Update and Upgrade. I don't know about Australia, but in the U.S. the K-s2 only costs $100 more than the K-s1. So that is the route I'd suggest or a K-3 of course. Either way, the K-s1 build may be too foreign for you. Just save up a little more if that K-30's still works.

You'd also go longer without needing the next upgrade.
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While I was looking at the DCXpert Ebay site last night I saw that they had reduced the K50 body price to $499, that's $50 less than the last time I looked, so they are obviously clearing them out to make way for the KS 2. So I grabbed one. At least I won't have to remember two sets of controls. and my K30 does everything that I need.

So I'm a happy bunny.
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QuoteOriginally posted by sterretje Quote
K5 has front focusing issues in artificial light. It was sorted in the K5/II(s).

I use my K5 in low light but not under artificial light.
I've had my K5 since Nov. 2011....1000's of exposure...no issue yet.
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QuoteOriginally posted by lesmore49 Quote
I've had my K5 since Nov. 2011....1000's of exposure...no issue yet.
I think mine is slightly newer; first one had the sensor stain. I still love the K5, but for artificial light I grab the K100D.
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QuoteOriginally posted by carlb Quote
While I was looking at the DCXpert Ebay site last night I saw that they had reduced the K50 body price to $499, that's $50 less than the last time I looked, so they are obviously clearing them out to make way for the KS 2. So I grabbed one. At least I won't have to remember two sets of controls. and my K30 does everything that I need. So I'm a happy bunny.
That's cool and insightful. And as long as it serves it's purpose and you're happy, that's all that matters. When I bought my backup body I couldn't afford a second K-3 so I got a K-5iis w/free grip. I preferred one because of the feel of the grip and the other because I'm more accustomed to the controls. For a quick fix I ordered a grip for the K-3.

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