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Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-20-2016, 06:08 PM  
Potential upgrades from a K110D
Posted By Nickrs
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The K50 is an awesome camera.

I've just bought a used K-01 for $220, delivery on Saturday.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-04-2016, 07:35 AM  
Potential upgrades from a K110D
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 65
Views: 4,544
The K50 can take AA batteries in a special adapter which costs about $8.

The K500 does not have the weatherproofing and lacks the autofocus notification in the eyepiece (which I found useful), apart from that they are pretty much the same if I remember my research for three or four years ago. The strange thing I have noticed is that the prices for the K50 seem to be going up not down as they sell out.

Nick
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-04-2016, 06:58 AM  
Potential upgrades from a K110D
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 65
Views: 4,544
There no backward compatibility problems as far as I know, but I think there are some forward incompatibilities, some of which have been cured with firmware upgrades. Ever since the APS-C range came out with the K5/K30 onwards everything is compatible with everything else, even the formidable K1 has got the ability in it's firmware to cope with the lenses designed for the smaller sensors. As I understand it before the K5/K30 releases Pentax was falling behind Canon, Nikon, Sony et al, now the brand (with Ricoh money) is at least as good as the big players and in my mind much better value.

N
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-03-2016, 05:00 PM  
Potential upgrades from a K110D
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 65
Views: 4,544
Some more K50 photos, not that we are trying to twist your arm or anything! :-)

Notice the flying rock top right which Max the dog is about to chase and the black with white dots is a photo of the Andromeda galaxy at ISO1600.
Forum: Pentax DSLR Discussion 07-03-2016, 04:35 PM  
Potential upgrades from a K110D
Posted By Nickrs
Replies: 65
Views: 4,544
Hi again,

Like several other contributors I must put up my hand for the K50 if you can find one at a good price. I returned to photography after a long break and was sold on the K50s feature set, particularly the weatherproofing which is always handy here in the Green Desert of wet Wales. The image quality is fantastic for such a reasonably priced camera, it is also fairly light and quite tough. Like other contributors have already said, the whole range of Pentax lens from the 1970s onwards are compatible and the new DA glass works really well. I bought new one a few years ago when it was first released, and when I moved onward and upward to my K3 I gave it to my elder daughter, I then I had to buy another for my younger daughter to head off a civil war! My younger daughter's "significant other" who is an astrophysics student at the University of Liverpool, now keeps borrowing her K50 to photograph the Milky Way from the observatory on Tenerife with stunning effect. The low light/ high iso performance was an utter revelation to someone like me who thought an iso400 film was really fast.

And you can buy it in gloss red which why my daughter wanted it in the first place.

The photo below was taken by my daughter with her K50 and a WR 18-55 kit lens this weekend, as I said earlier the weatherproofing is useful. :-)

Best wishes,

Nick.
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