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04-11-2015, 04:42 AM   #1
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Used K5 or.....

Hi all !

In a shop near my place I`ve seen a used K5, seems in good condition, for around 300 USD (40.000 yen)... now I`m thinking about a new K3 but...
what do you think is the right choice? a K5 is so far from the K3? or do you think is better buy a K5 and invest on lens?

thanks all!

04-11-2015, 05:27 AM   #2
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Bodies come and go, but a good chunk of glass will last a lifetime, so if buying a K-3 means you would have to compromise on the lens purchase, you're probably better off buying the K-5. On the other hand, there's lots of good glass out there at reasonable prices, so maybe you should pick up a K-3...
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I have a K5 and am very happy with it, but I wish I had a K3 or to soon to be FF. The reason being I have joined a local club and after seeing 13x17 prints from 24MP and full frame cameras I desire to upgrade.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rimfiredude Quote
I have a K5 and am very happy with it, but I wish I had a K3 or to soon to be FF. The reason being I have joined a local club and after seeing 13x17 prints from 24MP and full frame cameras I desire to upgrade.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Rimfiredude Quote
I have a K5 and am very happy with it, but I wish I had a K3 or to soon to be FF. The reason being I have joined a local club and after seeing 13x17 prints from 24MP and full frame cameras I desire to upgrade.
I see you're in Pennsylvania. If you happen to live anywhere near Greencastle, pay a visit to the Coldwell Banker Innovations real estate office. You can see on the walls canvas prints as large as 40x60 that were shot with a K-7 and 18-135. I was a little nervous when I found out they were going to make prints that big, but when I saw the prints I was blown away. I was even impressed when I "pixel-peeped" the prints.

You may still want to upgrade, but truth be told what you already have is fully capable of producing 13x17 prints.
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Totally agree with you. I recently participate in a local exhibition where I had a 12x18 picture side by side with others taken with Canikon FF bodies. Nobody noticed that it was taken with a 16MP APS-C camera. I just run the picture through Resize for a 12x18 at 300dpi and sent the resulting file to the printer. Highly recommended if you're doing a lot of enlargements.
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I doubt that any visible difference in a 13 x 17 print in comparing a K3 and a K5 would be the direct result of having more megapixels on the sensor. I've made bigger prints than that from my K10D that looked very, very good. Why is it that every time someone sees a great looking print, it's assumed that the MP count on the sensor is the reason the shot looks so good?

The K5 is a great camera and very capable. Buy the K5 and spend the difference on some quality glass and a sturdy tripod and you have all the tools you need.
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K-3 is not forgiving, to see the difference between K-3 and K-5, the lens must be really really sharp. I have here two 20x30 prints, one with K-5+DA17-70@f8/17mm and the other with K-3+Tamron 17-50@f5.6 50mm, we see the CA on the edges from DA17-70 lens. We hardly see any difference in the center.

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I would take a K-5 with top notch lenses over a K-3 with budget lenses.

By the time you "outgrow" the K-5 (if it happens at all) there will be new and even better bodies out anyway. Good lenses will remain good.
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I would take a K-5 with top notch lenses over a K-3 with budget lenses.

By the time you "outgrow" the K-5 (if it happens at all) there will be new and even better bodies out anyway. Good lenses will remain good.
I agree - quality lenses are a long-term investment. I have a K-5 and will eventually upgrade, but I don't have to, it's still excellent.
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The one situation where I would recommend the K-3 over the K-5 would be if its use is primarily for available light photography. The K-3 will focus quicker and more accurately in dim light. But then, so would a K-5 II/K-5 IIs, both of which would be cheaper than a K-3.
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thanks all for your feedbacks!

I prefer the K5IIs over the K5 but the price, also used, is so near the new K3 ...
I`ve seen a new K5IIs in a shop last week but was the one in the window shop, and here in Japan customers can play with camera freely so I think is not so "fresh"...

Obviously I know the features differences between K5 and K3, just I wonder how much those differences are "real" in the normal use... I don`t use camera for sport, I use 90% for landscapes and street photography, but sometimes I like night shots too, so.. low light K5 poor perfomances are the most important for me, slow AF is not so important for me...

Anyway, I`ll think about it! thanks all for your time and your ideas!
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I use both a K-5 and a K-3, the K-3 for wildlife where cropping is almost certain to be needed, the K-5 with an 18-135 on it for landscape when I can frame tight and use every pixel.. If I decide to go with one body, it's just the K-3. But, there's nothing like the K-5. Unlike rimfire dude above, I quite enjoy the images from my K-5 done on a 13x19 printer, and sell them from time to time. I'm not saying he's wrong, but I would point out that there are a lot of other factors besides MP that go into making a good image. Since I have images taken with my 10 MP point and shoot that I prefer to many of my K-3 images, that have been big sellers, printed a 30x20 on canvas, I personally can't buy into that.
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