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Adorama K-5 + 18-55 & 50-200 WR for $899
Posted By: Docrwm, 04-11-2013, 12:15 PM

Pentax K-5 Camera w/18-55mm Lens, Bundle w/Pentax SMCP-DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 Lens 14762 B

Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL "WR" Zoom Lens - Bundle - with Pentax SMCP-DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED "WR" Lens

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04-22-2013, 12:00 PM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChevyHickChick18 Quote
One of my biggest issues with my K-X is that it tries to focus on what it wants to focus on, even in the manual mode.. I started out with Black and white developing my own film so I have fundamentals down.. it just takes me a lot longer for me to position my k-x into letting me do what I want to do.. what were some of your issues? I'm extremely interested in upgrading and you're the first person who has had a k-x!!

Thanks for all of your input!!
Autofocus isn't great on the k-x, but then I mostly use MF anyway, so that wasn't a huge hangup for me.

One major issue I had was the lack of a remote port and the inability to use an intervalometer. That is fixed two ways with the K5, as it has a built in intervalometer and a port to use an external one.

Another major issue was the batteries. I often shoot in the dark, and changing the damn AA's on a tripod in the dark is damn near impossible. Rechargeable AA's are expensive, awkward, and slow to charge. The battery on the K5 is great and easy to change. Spares can be found on eBay for very reasonable prices.

The number and placement of external controls is much, much better on the K5. The things you find yourself scrambling to do will fall quickly to hand with the vastly improved ergonomics.

The build quality is also far superior. The K-X feels much more toy-like in comparison.

The K-X is a good entry level camera, and takes excellent photos. The K5 however, improves on it in every way. Given the cost to buy a used, or even new K5, I think an upgrade is a very good choice.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Trudger1272 Quote
I have a question if someone wouldn't mind answering. Compared to the K30, how hard would it be for someone completely new to digital photography to learn to use a K5? Much thanks!
I have never used a K-30 before; I almost bought that instead of the K-5. They are basically the same camera, for the most part.

I went to the K-5 after using the K-10 since about 2009 or so, the K-10 was a professional model, so not much change for me, however, the K-5 at the time of its release (2010 I think) it was the top of the line, flagship model, aimed at experienced photographers and pros alike. I recently purchased the K-5 and use it for professional work, the only differences between an 'entry-level' camera, and a 'pro-camera' is the function/features available to you. I.e many entry-level cameras have different shooting modes, such as action, macro, portrait, etc, where it typically sets shutter speed and aperture accordingly. It also changes the focusing and possibly metering modes. (don't quote me on that, I am not 100% sure on it)

The K-5 offers some amazing features that I, as a K-10D shooter am use to, however, I find that some of the functions.. They don't get touched. As all DSLRs have, the K-5 has all your standard modes, Manual, Green, USER, program, shutter priority, aperture priority, etc, I assume the K30 has that also (correct me if I am wrong).
Some other differences that are in the K30 are Better jpeg engine, better AF. Cheaper. And it's also great if the top display isn't a needed.
Reasons I like the K-5 to the K30, I typically shoot RAW files, in 14 bit colour depth, I don't believe that the K30 supports this. The K-5 really shines with RAW images, and I wouldn't suggest shoot JPEG with it. Some other key differences I notice off hand is the magnesium body and that top LDC display on the K-5.
The K-5 has more buttons which makes the handling slightly better.

The main things you want to pay attention to are
1) Faster FPS burst (7fps)
2) Metal body
3) Top LCD
4) A few more dedicated buttons
5) Faster shutter speed 1/8000
6) Wider EV compensation
7) Provision for battery grip
8) 14 bit RAW
9) 80 - 51200 ISO
10) Expanded bracketing choices
11) Expanded user modes
12) Wired remote port

If none of this stuff matters to you, that stick with the K30. Also in all honesty, I wouldn't get the K-5II or the K-5IIs, while better than the K5, it is only marginally so. And the K-5 is a bit cheaper than either of those bodies.

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