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12-22-2016, 01:17 AM   #1
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Should I buy a second K-S2 or a K-70

I generally carry two cameras. my current main is a K-S2 with a travel 18-300 zoom, and a K-50 with a fisheye.I'm often in places where changing a lens is impractical. There is a lot to be said for two identical cameras. I was ready to buy another K-S2 body, except Amazon and other places have the K-70 much cheaper.

What should I do? Help me decide,.

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There's no reason not to get the K-70 if it's cheaper. It's got better ergonomics and image quality, and otherwise feels very similar to the K-S2, so you'll feel right at home.

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You have to make the old fashioned pros and cons list, sleep on it, and then decide. But itʻs not like K-S2 and K-70 are that different for interfacing like a non-Pentax body.

In my own past, the main reason for using identical bodies with different lenses was either because both bodies were flagships or because I needed absolute consistency in imaging. If I were you, Iʻd go with the K-70 for the following reasons:

a) Currently cheaper (according to what OP stated, which makes the K-70 an even better value).
b) 24MP vs. 20MP (better for cropping with long lens use)
c) 14 bit vs. 12 bit
d) ISO sensitivity to 102,400 vs. 51,200 (realistically acceptable to 3200 vs. 1600)

And...both cameras use the same battery, so thatʻs convenient.

Thanks everyone for the fact checking. I got my misinfo from: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/compare/Pentax_K-70_vs_Pentax_K-S2/BHitems/12...EG_1116177-REG

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QuoteOriginally posted by Alex645 Quote
You have to make the old fashioned pros and cons list, sleep on it, and then decide. But itʻs not like K-S2 and K-70 are that different for interfacing like a non-Pentax body.

In my own past, the main reason for using identical bodies with different lenses was either because both bodies were flagships or because I needed absolute consistency in imaging. If I were you, Iʻd go with the K-70 for the following reasons:

a) Currently cheaper (according to what OP stated, which makes the K-70 an even better value).
b) 24MP vs. 20MP (better for cropping with long lens use)
c) 14 bit vs. 12 bit
d) Swivel rear LCD vs. tilting rear LCD
e) Operating temps down to 14F vs. 32F
f) ISO sensitivity to 204,800 vs. 51,200 (realistically acceptable to 6400 vs. 1600)

And...both cameras use the same battery, so thatʻs convenient.
They both have swivel LCD'S. 😉

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I think the K-70 is a no-brainer, given what you've found with pricing. The overall look and feel of the camera will be very familiar, but the improved higher ISO performance alone will be well worth having. I'd suggest you put the 18-300 on that K-70, since it's not a fast lens, and the K-70's high ISO capability will let you shoot it in a wider range of lighting conditions without worrying quite so much about image noise...
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QuoteOriginally posted by mrg9999 Quote
I generally carry two cameras. my current main is a K-S2 with a travel 18-300 zoom, and a K-50 with a fisheye.I'm often in places where changing a lens is impractical. There is a lot to be said for two identical cameras. I was ready to buy another K-S2 body, except Amazon and other places have the K-70 much cheaper.

What should I do? Help me decide,.
What I'm seeing on Amazon: K-S2 $499 no lens, K-70 $649 no lens
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Get the better camera, especially if you can get it cheaper. You will regret it otherwise.
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If you would prefer to have two identical cameras, aim for two K-70s - sell your K-S2, or go to a reputable dealer (such as SRS in Watford where you will get a 2-year warranty) and do an exchange deal.

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save for a K-3ii !
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alex645 Quote
a) Currently cheaper (according to what OP stated, which makes the K-70 an even better value).b) 24MP vs. 20MP (better for cropping with long lens use)c) 14 bit vs. 12 bitd) Swivel rear LCD vs. tilting rear LCDe) Operating temps down to 14F vs. 32Ff) ISO sensitivity to 204,800 vs. 51,200 (realistically acceptable to 6400 vs. 1600)
Both have the same swivel LCD and the K-70 has max. ISO 102,400 (ISO 3200 is perfectly acceptable for me set as AutoISO top value on the K-70 vs. max ISO 800 on my K-5). I would also add the much improved grip on the K-70 over K-S2 as a reason for K-70.


The K-3ii Conqueror mentioned is also a nice camera, but compared to K-S2/K-70 has also a few negatives:
- is more expensive
- has a bit different button layout (this drives me crazy when switching between K-5 and K-70, aspecially switched positions of LV vs. Preview and ISO vs. Green button)
- uses different battery, though a better one
- no flash
- no swivel LCD
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QuoteOriginally posted by Alex645 Quote
You have to make the old fashioned pros and cons list, sleep on it, and then decide. But itʻs not like K-S2 and K-70 are that different for interfacing like a non-Pentax body.

In my own past, the main reason for using identical bodies with different lenses was either because both bodies were flagships or because I needed absolute consistency in imaging. If I were you, Iʻd go with the K-70 for the following reasons:

a) Currently cheaper (according to what OP stated, which makes the K-70 an even better value).
b) 24MP vs. 20MP (better for cropping with long lens use)
c) 14 bit vs. 12 bit
d) Swivel rear LCD vs. tilting rear LCD
e) Operating temps down to 14F vs. 32F
f) ISO sensitivity to 204,800 vs. 51,200 (realistically acceptable to 6400 vs. 1600)

And...both cameras use the same battery, so thatʻs convenient.
I don't know where you pulled that information from but according to their respective user manuals both cameras have an operating temperature range of -14C to 40C (14F to 104F).

Also, like the others have already pointed out both have the same exact swivel LCD screen.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mrg9999 Quote
except Amazon and other places have the K-70 much cheaper.
I think you need to look closely to make sure you are not comparing body+lens kits to body only. I don't see any cases where a K-70 kit is cheaper than the corresponding K-S2 kit. Amazon currently lists the Black K-S2 (body only) at US$526.95 ($499 from one 3rd-party seller), and the Black K-70 (body only) at US$646.95. Bundled with an 18-135 lens, the K-70 is about $50 more (~$840 versus ~$890). That said, the improvements in the K-70 are probably worth an extra hundred dollars.

https://www.amazon.com/Pentax-K-S2-Wi-Fi-Enabled-Weatherized/dp/B00SYIDZRK/r...ntax+k-s2+body

https://www.amazon.com/Pentax-K-70-Weather-Sealed-Camera-Black/dp/B01GHVIU70...ntax+k-70+body
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No question! The Pentax K-70 is a much better camera and the K-S2 looks 'funny'.
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Comparison: Pentax K-70 vs Pentax K-S2 - Which one to get - TechTricks : Photography tips and Tricks - this guy lists everything

I don't think there's a lot in it:
- 14-bit v 12-bit: you couldn't tell most of the time.
- 24mp v 20mp - a plus for cropping, but not a huge difference. Bigger files with the 24mp sensor
- Buffer size/frame rate - if you burst a lot
- Pixel shift - significant feature if you use it.

AF and AE metering are going to be similar. Same clunky shutter. Same little DLi109. Same screen. Same wifi. Much the same layout.

Biggest difference IMHO is ergonomics. Grip size, buttons and dial feel etc.

When I had a K-30 I got a second one because of the ease of switiching.

Pricing is anomalous if the K-70 is cheaper. Usually the question is whether it's worth the extra coin - which is a personal decision.
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Two Bodies of ANY Camera is a very good idea regardless which you choose. I personally Love the KS2 and at one time had 3 of them that all got a good workout.
Now I have (2) K3ii's and (3) K-1's......one of which I shouldn't have bought as it never left the box.
There is nothing better than having 2 bodies of any model as it becomes very familiar .......like second nature when using .
I personally would go with the KS2 all the way , and ditch the K50 !

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