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    Pentax upgrade

    Hello Pentaxians,

    I am looking at upgrading from a Pentax K-r (currently not functioning) and my "back-up" *istDs and was after some advice as to which is the better option:

    - K-30 / K-50 or
    - K-5 series (including K-5II & K-5IIs)?

    I primarily do sports/action photography so am leaning towards the 7 fps of the K-5 series over the K-30/50 but a lot of the decision comes down to budget and availability (looking at second-hand at this stage).

    Not interested in changing platforms (Canon/Nikon/etc) as this would require an investment in new lenses, flash, etc.

    Any thoughts/suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    [A frequent first reply is:] What sort of photography do you (mainly) do?
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    what about a K3ii, they are the most recent model
    cc and enjoy

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameerat42 View Post
    [A frequent first reply is:] What sort of photography do you (mainly) do?
    Primarily Aussie Rules, cricket, karting and motocross.

    Looking for something with reasonable continuous frame rate (at least equivalent to the K-r's 6fps).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudman View Post
    what about a K3ii, they are the most recent model
    Whilst I would really love a K-3 II the current budget doesn't extend that far (even 2nd hand examples that I have seen).

    Am leaning towards the K-5 II and have seen a couple that I might be able to afford although I might need to go with the K-30 or K-50.

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    I was using Pentax before switching to Nikon.

    I started with a K20D and upgraded (?) to a K5. I felt the K20 was a much more reliable camera than the K5. Depending on the level of bells 'n' whistles you want
    the K20D could fill the gap for you at the right price.
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    Hi Peter,
    i have a K5 ii which works well for me, taking shots of son's squash games with an FA 50 f1.7. I sometimes wish I'd bought the K5 iis, for the extra sharpness it offers due to having no AA filter.
    Anyway, I see that dcxpert on ebay has a new K50 for $499. That's an excellent price. I've bought from them before, and got a receipt from C R Kennedy in the box when it arrived. Otherwise, there are some mint used K3's in Japan (again, on ebay), that are selling for $820 ish.
    Good luck with your purchase.

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    [QUOTE=

    Whilst I would really love a K-3 II the current budget doesn't extend that far (even 2nd hand examples that I have seen).

    Am leaning towards the K-5 II and have seen a couple that I might be able to afford although I might need to go with the K-30 or K-50.[/QUOTE]
    if you wait until the full frame is released next year, you may find the k3's dropping in price to a value you can afford. just a thought

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    Just a quick update.

    Managed to pick up a Pentax K-7 on ebay for $150. In pretty good condition and with about 28,000 shutter count.

    This will serve the purpose for the moment and will become my 2nd unit when I can afford to pick up another body.

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