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05-28-2013, 07:49 AM   #1
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Nikon D700 vs K5 decision time.

I don't have a great deal invested in the K5, one usable lens- SMC F 50mm 1.7, and the camera itself. I have about 2,000 set aside for hobby budget- for the year.
I am considering jumping ship to Nikon. I can get the D700 w fairly low s/c for 1400.
That leaves a little left for lenses, until I decide to resell the D700 or sell the K5.
I have never used the video on the K5 and don't see that I would. My main problem with the K5 is the autofocus cannot be trusted, I shoot lots where I am in the shade and subject is in the sun- it always turns out poor, and I came over from film a year ago and I am just not satisfied with a crop. Maybe I will get used to it as time goes on, but for now I am not.
My concerns with te D700- weight- I have rheumatoid and when I am in a flare the K5 with the 50mm has my hands shaking, and the lenses- they seem more expensive than the Pentax line up.
I would appreciate any feedback here.
ETA what I love about the K5 is the color rendition, and the contrast.

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D700 with the 50/1.8 is not expensive.
There are also the other f1.8, f2.8 primes that are not that expensive too.
The D700 is very heavy imo though.
Coupled with many of the Nikon fast zooms (again big and heavy), its the reason why I've not got one.

If you want the D700, stick to the cheap f1.8/f2/2.8 primes.

I'd suggest looking at a K30 and sell off your K5.
AF is better and its lighter.
The K30 does not give up anything wrt IQ vs the K5.
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QuoteOriginally posted by haycyn Quote
I don't have a great deal invested in the K5, one usable lens- SMC F 50mm 1.7, and the camera itself. I have about 2,000 set aside for hobby budget- for the year.
I am considering jumping ship to Nikon. I can get the D700 w fairly low s/c for 1400.
That leaves a little left for lenses, until I decide to resell the D700 or sell the K5.
I have never used the video on the K5 and don't see that I would. My main problem with the K5 is the autofocus cannot be trusted, I shoot lots where I am in the shade and subject is in the sun- it always turns out poor, and I came over from film a year ago and I am just not satisfied with a crop. Maybe I will get used to it as time goes on, but for now I am not.
My concerns with te D700- weight- I have rheumatoid and when I am in a flare the K5 with the 50mm has my hands shaking, and the lenses- they seem more expensive than the Pentax line up.
I would appreciate any feedback here.
ETA what I love about the K5 is the color rendition, and the contrast.
Do you have to go full frame?
I think the D5200 with the new crop of f1.8 G series primes would be a nice lightweight way to go.
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I have arthritis issues also and prefer the smaller size of Pentax bodies and the very small and light Limited lenses. That said, there are some advantages to a FF camera and the D700 is a very good one. For me however, I would not be "jumping ship" but adding another ship to my harbor. I still have most of everything I have ever owned and what I don't still have is with one of my kids ( Nikon gear in particular). I still have some Nikon glass.

Would I ever buy a Canon or Nikon FF body and some lenses? Maybe.
Would I sell my K5 and all my Pentax gear to buy a Nikon or Canon FF? No way!

The good Nikon glass is very, very expensive. Their more reasonably priced "amateur" lenses aren't better than Pentax and using their cheaper lenses on a high end FF body is a waste of a good camera.

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I really appreciate the feedback. I am going to stick w Pentax, and I will look into the K-30. I manual focus mostly, but it's bc I do not trust the AF.

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K-5 is small without the grip.. check out mine against my D800E with the Sigma 85 and grip attached.
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If you want small and light, mirroless cameras are hard to beat. I'd give one of them some consideration.

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Wow! Thanks for the photo!!
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I bought one D700 instead of K-5, then I bought another D700 instead of K-5II.
Sure I spent a few hundered more with Nikon but Pentax still ignores 24x36 market.

Back when one K-7 sold new for $1300 I instead bought two Really Right Stuff BH-55 with Pano heads for same money.
Now K-7 is about worthless while my two BH-55 and two pano heads would still cost $1300.

If you want full frame dslr, then continue to put your photography wants and desires on hold or shop elsewhere.

Happy Full Frame Shopping !
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QuoteOriginally posted by bossa Quote
K-5 is small without the grip.. check out mine against my D800E with the Sigma 85 and grip attached.
Wow! I know the FF is larger but man that is big! If I had any thought on buying a FF, that killed it. Thanks
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Wow! I know the FF is larger but man that is big! If I had any thought on buying a FF, that killed it. Thanks
A good portion of it is that Nikon is big, except for the period Olympus OM changed the market.




The new smaller FF cameras from Nikon and Canon are slightly smaller than their old ones, and I hope if/when Pentax comes out with theirs, it will be in the Pentax tradition.
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Maybe a I'll do a shot with my mirrorless + zoom next to a K-7 + zoom (still size representative) and you can see how large the Pentax is by comparison. When you mount something like a 70-200/2.8 on a FF Nikon, you want a larger body to torque that beast up to your eye.
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QuoteOriginally posted by haycyn Quote
My concerns with te D700- weight- I have rheumatoid and when I am in a flare the K5 with the 50mm has my hands shaking.
If you have to switch systems, also look at the Olypus OM-D w/ in-body SR. Smaller system...less bokeh, but there will be a speedbooster adapter for it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by haycyn Quote
I really appreciate the feedback. I am going to stick w Pentax, and I will look into the K-30. I manual focus mostly, but it's bc I do not trust the AF.
I am a very satisfied D700 user and added a Pentax K10 with a few lenses when I joined the Toronto Pentaxian's group. As much as I like the D700, used with a range of lenses, in your case I do not think it makes sense to switch to a much heavier body that does not have motion correction built-into the body. As stated by another forum member, the K30 may be a better choice for you and it's AF system is highly rated.
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