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05-07-2015, 06:12 AM   #1
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I want to purchase another body because of my occasional over/under exposure problems with my K30. I'm not a professional photographer, but I am an avid enthusiast. I take lots of pictures at both my kids indoor and outdoor sports, wildlife, family photos, landscape, etc... I am trying to decide between the K50, K5II and the K3. Considering my needs, price points and performance, give me your recommendations.

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Why do you think you will not have occasional over/underexposure problems with another body? Perhaps it is a metering/exposure compensation issue.
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I've had problems with the aperture motor unit on my K30. I can take 3 photos with the same setting and 2 will be fine and 1 will be extremely under/over exposed. It's already been repaired once.
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If I were you, i'd get the K-3, because it is crazy cheap right now. If you get the K-50, you might feel like upgrading... unless you are perfectly content with the features of your k-30. Or if you get the K-5 IIs, you have the same sensor as your K-30. K-5 IIs vs. K-3 it depends on what you shoot usually, i.e. lots of clothing, or not, low light photography with high iso, or not. etc.

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K50 suffers from the same issues as the K30. So that leaves K5/II(s) or K3. As I only have an ordinary K5 (), I leave the evaluation of the price versus the IQ and features up to you
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I agree with the K-3 suggestion. If you are an avid enthusiast, you should get a top of the line APS-C body, which just happens to be very affordable right now.
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On a parallel life-universe I'd max my credit cards on a 645z system, move to eastern Europe and live a vagabond/bohemian lifestyle traveling and taking pictures.

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K30 and K50 are nearly identical cameras. I use spot metering and meter the part of a photo that has to be exposed correctly. If it's a person, I meter their face. You could try doing that.

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K30 and K50 are nearly identical cameras. I use spot metering and meter the part of a photo that has to be exposed correctly. If it's a person, I meter their face. You could try doing that.
Which isn't going to help if there's a physical problem with the aperture lever in his camera.

Lex, have you thought about getting the problem you're experiencing fixed? Granted, if you're not under warranty it's probably nearly enough to buy a new camera, but thought I'd ask anyway
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Which isn't going to help if there's a physical problem with the aperture lever in his camera.
I thought the aperture lever problem only caused under exposure, yet the original poster said over exposure too. If his aperture lever has indeed gone bad then I would say upgrade to the K3 which is built differently as far as I know.
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Which isn't going to help if there's a physical problem with the aperture lever in his camera.

Lex, have you thought about getting the problem you're experiencing fixed? Granted, if you're not under warranty it's probably nearly enough to buy a new camera, but thought I'd ask anyway
I'm out of warranty and I'm also a little "gun shy" on the K30 now.
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Which metering mode do you use on your K30. As mentioned, metering depends on which part of the frame the camera is using. It could be the metering motor but it could also be simpler than that. Just a thought.

Used K5s and K3s are pretty inexpensive now.
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I decided to take the plunge and order the K3.
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On a parallel life-universe I'd max my credit cards on a 645z system, move to eastern Europe and live a vagabond/bohemian lifestyle traveling and taking pictures.
Talkin' my language. I did the first and have to wait to pay the thing off to do the second. Wait, if I'm a vagabond I don't need a house. That's it, sell the house, pay off the camera and use the balance to buy a ticket to Europe and a camper van!
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The water's fine hope all issues are resolved and you can now forget the gear & capture the moment!
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