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10-14-2016, 01:35 PM   #16
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Well thanks for apparently staying on track, but without any motivation it's not really helping is it?....why you think the K70 would be a good upgrade?
I upgraded from a K-50 to a K-70, so it's not like for like, but I found it to be a great upgrade.

Reasons to be drawn to the K-70
  • Articulating screen to allow great flexibility in "liveview" shooting positions
  • 24MP, that's a 50% jump over 16MP for sharper more detailed images.
  • Way higher ISo at 102,400 that has a number that are really useable with the noise reduction accelerator.
  • No Anti Alias Filter for greater detail but can simulate for reduction in Moire patterns if necessary.
  • Pixel Shift actually works very well and provides increased detail by capturing four images shifted by one pixel.
  • SR or image stabilization is 4.5 stops, so it's slightly improved over K-5.
  • Wireless, but I almost left this off as the mobile app is in it's infancy in my opion.
  • Weight is just a little lighter at 688g compared to K-5's 740g.

Almost the same
  • Continuous shooting is 7fps on the K-5 versus 6fps one K-70 with a slightly larger butter.
  • Weather Resistance is the same.
  • Almost the same size, K-70 126x93x74mm vs K-5 131x97x73mm.
  • AF is pretty much the same with 11 focus points, K3 II has much better than either.

That said, professional bodies do have advantages. Even the K-5 has some advantages over the K-70 and if these are important then one should look at the K3 II instead.
  • Faster shutter speed 1/8000 on K-5 vs 1/6000 on K-70.
  • Longer battery life at 980 shots vs 410 for K-70.
  • Top LCD that provides quick viewing to settings.

Again the list of features of the K-5 advantage is pretty low, but if you are really into fast action such as sports, you need the improved AF of the K3 II instead. K-70 is going to give you the same AF experience you have now with your K-5.

As for Pixel Shift, I have used it with Portraiture for still subjects and a few other shots besides Landscaping. It's fantastic with macro photography with slow moving or still subjects so it's not just a "gimmick". As for image quality? Forgetting AF performance, I believe and several reviewers agree, it's the best image quality you can get on "any" ASP-C camera at this time.

I'm waiting for the "full" review that is supposed to be on this site this week as well as a full review at DXOmark. I expect that it'll be the same loved IQ results as the K-1 is for FF in respect to the ASP-C and is a fraction of the cost of many of the higher end ASP-C DSLRs from Canon, Nikon and other manufacturers. The sensor is that good, provided you use great glass and can work around the AF deficiencies.

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Something else to consider would be a Sony a7. Full frame and only 474g. Switching to m43 you would need faster lenses to get the same effect, but with full frame you can go slower. For example:

Sony a7 (474g) + FE 28-70 f/3.5-5.6 OSS (295g) = 769g


Pentax K-70 (688g) + DA 20-40 f/2.8-4 (283g) = 971g

Pentax K-70 (688g) + Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4 (470g) = 1158g

Olympus OM-D E-M1 (497g) + Olympus 12-40 f/2.8 (382g) = 879g

Olympus PEN E-PL7 (357g) + Olympus 12-40 f/2.8 (382g) = 739g


Sony a7 (474g) + FE 24-70 f/4 OSS (430g) = 904g


Pentax K-70 (688g) + Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 (440g) = 1,128g

Pentax K-70 (688g) + DA* 16-50 f/2.8 (565g) = 1,253g


Sony a7 (474g) + FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS (780g) = 1,254g


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Now that the "Full" K-70 review is released on this site, nuff said..

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