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Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black)

B&H # PEK5B MFR # 14748
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Product Highlights

  • High Resolution 16.3MP CMOS Sensor
  • Speedy 7 FPS Captures Fast Action Shots
  • High Sensitivity 80-51200 ISO Range
  • Responsive, Accurate 11-Pt Autofocus
  • 1080p HD Video at 25 FPS
  • 3" LCD With 921,000 Dots of Resolution
  • Fully Weather-Sealed and Coldproof
  • Magnesium Alloy & St Steel Chassis
  • Highly Accurate 77-Segment Metering
  • Shake Reduction Image Stabilization
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Pentax steps up and delivers a top-of-the-line APS-C camera--the K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black), featuring a low-noise 16.3MP CMOS high resolution sensor, sensitivity up to a best-in-class ISO 51200, 7 frames-per-second shooting capability and a responsive, high-precision 11-point auto-focus system. With the free firmware update to Version 1.01, the number of consecutive RAW and high ISO shots able to be captured in high speed mode before buffer slowdown has been improved from 8 frames to approximately 20 frames. A high performing PRIME II imaging engine produces rich-gradation, very high resolution digital images. Plus, full HD video at 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The K-5 makes advances in plenty of other areas as well, such as faster autofocusing speed, and an upgraded High Dynamic Range (HDR) function that can even be used without a tripod. A bright, clear 3" LCD display with 921,000 dots resolution makes it easy to compose and review your images, or use the bright viewfinder for composition, secure in the knowledge that the highly accurate 77-segment metering system will deliver the goods every time. Shake Reduction image stabilization makes it possible to shoot at 2.5 to 4 shutter speeds slower without seeing camera shake in your photos. A lens is not included.

And all of this photo goodness is packed into a body of sturdy, lightweight magnesium alloy on a chassis of stainless steel. The 77 special seals in the body give you a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant camera, for reliable operation in harsh conditions, at temperatures as low as 14°F (-10°C). An extremely reliable shutter unit provides a top shutter speed of 1/8000 second and is tested to 100,000 shutter releases. A stellar performer.

High resolution 16.3 megapixel CMOS sensor w/ integrated AD conversion circuitry
High sensitivity 80-51200 ISO range with improved noise performance
Speedy 7 FPS captures fast action shots
Highly responsive and accurate 11 point SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with dedicated AF assist lamp and light wavelength sensor
Widescreen 1080p HD video at 25 FPS, with sound via built-in or external 3.5mm stereo microphone jack
Large 3" LCD with 921,000 dots of resolution
Fully weather sealed and coldproof design
Durable magnesium alloy covers surround a rugged stainless steel chassis
Highly accurate 77 segment metering system
Pentaprism viewfinder with 100% field of view and 0.92X magnification
Pentax body-based Shake Reduction (SR) stabilization system
A maximum 1/8000 second shutter speed
HDMI port outputs high definition images and video (and sound)
Native support for both PENTAX PEF and Adobe DNG 14-bit RAW files
Improved in-camera HDR image capture
A wide range of in-camera image processing and special effects filters
Customizable RAW/Fx button
Built-in electronic level with tilt scale display
SDXC memory card compatibility (via firmware update)
Imaging
Lens Mount Pentax K
Camera Format APS-C / (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels Actual: 16.9 Megapixel
Effective: 16.3 Megapixel
Max Resolution 16MP: 4928 x 3264
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.7 x 15.7 mm
File Formats Still Images: DNG, JPEG, RAW
Movies: AVI, MJPEG
Bit Depth 14-bit
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Autofocus Points 11
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification Approx. 0.92x
Diopter Adjustment - 2.5 to +1.5 m
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen   LCD (921,000)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 100-12800 (Extended Mode: 80-51200)
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 30 - 1/8000 sec
Remote Control Optional
Metering Method Spot metering, Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -5 EV to +5 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent (Day White), Fluorescent (Natural White), Fluorescent (White), Kelvin, Manual, Shade, Tungsten
Flash
Flash Modes Flash On
Red-eye Reduction
Second-curtain Sync
Slow Sync
Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction
Built-in Flash Yes
Guide No. 42.65' (13 m) ISO100 
Max Sync Speed 1 / 180 sec
Flash Compensation -2 EV to +1 EV (in 1/2 EV steps)
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe, Wireless
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
File Size 1920 x 1080p (Full HD)
1280 x 720p (HD)
640 x 480p (SD)
Frame Rate @ 1920 x 1280: 25 fps
@ 1280 x 720: 30 fps, 25 fps
@ 640 x 480: 30 fps, 25 fps
Audio Recording Optional External Mic: With Video, Stereo
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 7 fps
Self Timer 2 sec, 12 sec
Interval Recording Yes
Connectivity 1/8" Microphone
AV Output
DC Input
HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Power
Battery 1x D-LI90  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2VDC, 1860mAh
Operating/Storage Temperature 14 to 104°F (-10 to 40°C)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5.2 x 3.8 x 2.9" / 13.2 x 9.6 x 7.4 cm
Weight 23.3 oz / 661 g Without battery or memory card
Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black)
  • USB Cable I-USB7
  • AV Cable I-AVC7
  • Strap O-ST53
  • ME Viewfinder Cap
  • Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery D-LI90
  • Battery Charger D-BC90
  • AC Plug Cord
  • Software (CD-ROM)
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    PentaxK-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black)
     
    4.8

    (based on 221 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (189)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (27)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (184)
    • High ISO performance (176)
    • Image stabilization (143)
    • Large clear LCD (138)
    • Quiet (137)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (153)
    • Travel (146)
    • Low light (141)
    • Family photos (124)
    • Wildlife (120)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (103), Semi-pro photographer (58), Pro photographer (18), Casual photographer (14), Photography student (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (185), Yes (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best Cropped Sensor DSLR on the Market

    I have been a professional photographer for over 25 years and have worked for magazines the likes of VOGUE, Harper's BAZAAR, L'Officiel, etc. I have been using Pentax cameras since their K10D and...Read complete review

    I have been a professional photographer for over 25 years and have worked for magazines the likes of VOGUE, Harper's BAZAAR, L'Officiel, etc. I have been using Pentax cameras since their K10D and am now using both the K20D's and K5D's. The K5D IMHO outshines all of the under $2500 USD DSLR's out there and I would go far as to say that when published in magazines and catalogues one would be highly challenged to tell the difference between the K5 and any of the FF sensor DSLR's out there. The dynamic rage is phenomenal and the iso range and usability is superb. Built like a tank, silent shutter and rapid fire are some of the assets I really appreciate in this camera. For those Canon and Nikon users out there thinking about changing systems, not to worry, this camera will not disappoint.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not as good as it sounds

    I owned Pentax for over 20 years. The K5 had a lot of promise....but if a [$] can not take a better snapshot than the Point and shoot optio...stay...Read complete review

    I owned Pentax for over 20 years. The K5 had a lot of promise....but if a [$] can not take a better snapshot than the Point and shoot optio...stay away from it. If you put external flash (Pentax AF540FGZ or AF360FGZ) and try to take a picture in Green mode or P mode, the camera looses its ability to meter properly. NOw..I will get a lot of suggestion on what to do from Pentax users...etc. But the idea of a "green mode" is to give the best optimal picture for the lighting with no much imput from you. Now in a controlled setting such as a studio, I am sure we all can get the camera to work optiamlly with several tweeks etc. But in real life, when you have only one opportunity at picture that needs a flash you can rely on the fact that the K5 will mess it up for you 8 out of 10 times....I bought the first one and returned it, then I got second one and it did exactly the same. The forums are littered with complaints about this. [...] It does not matter if you have a sensor that can at least keep up with the large formats of Canon and Nikon if the camera can not take a snap shot better than the point and shoot. This camera has the best sensor on the market today for its class no question asked. But you wish it can take a picture you can use with a flash. NOw...I am only talking about the camera used with a flash light...I know someone out there will say that their camera is working perfect with a flash. This is my second K5 and it is worse than the one before. If anyone out there has a K5 that is working perfect, then it only means the quality control of Pentax is getting worse. I will be returning the second one that I have now.[...]

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    5.0

    B+H Pentax K5 bought on line

    By richie bear and skippy(makes no sense!)

    from New zealand

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

      I live in NZ and have bought from B+H on line previously, so i trusted their good service when considering a new camera. I wanted a step up from my semi DSLR Lumix FZ50 and started my research i narrowed it down to pentax K5 , nikon D7000 and D7 (the D7 was a little more than i wanted to pay and the reviews did not justify the extra expense for me Vs image quality) oh and the Cannon rebel T4i i think its called the 650D here in NZ and Oz(this was the camera i originally thought i wanted and kept an eye on prices over the last 12 months or so )but i ruled this one out as according to the reviews image Quality and aspects of the cameras specs could not match the others, but then to be fair its not in the same target market.

      The solid contruction of the all metal body of the K5 and the backwards compatible lens option is what won it for me in the end, with the Nikon D7000 close behind. I had owned a 35mm P30 pentax before and had a pentax lens already so brand loyalty and the attraction of picking up old high quality manual lenses and fitting them to the new K5 is exactly the kind of photography i wish to develop and it can be done a fraction of the price of the latest release equivalent lenses.

      For similar money between the D7000 and the K5 apparently it just comes down to preference, although for me the one disadvantage of the K5 with No Auto focus IN MOVIE MODE is not why i wanted a DSLR. It is still possible to have full manual control with the K5 but MOVIE MODE was not an influencing factor in my buying decission.

      The K5 is intuitive to use i found my way around the menus and can refind a setting with reletive ease having only played with it for a about one week i feel confident navigating my way arround the camera. When using camera lenses there is a magic little green button that after reading some helpfull online forums made using this camera in manual mode with old lenses so easy and is a pure joy to use.

      the image quality is amazing and clearly out shines my old camera ( Lumix FZ50) but then it should and i was not left disapointed wondering why i made the upgrade.

      The K5 feels good to Hold and has a sense of quality about it. one minor concern was shutter speed lag while i was doing market research but honestly as far as i can tell when using the Auto and manual lenses i notice no lag at all.

      I am truely impressed with this camera after taking a couple hundred shots of my test subjects (my dogs and the vase on the coffee table) while learning this camera.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      Great build quality and ergonomics.

      By jdcarver

      from Sandy, UT

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • All K Mount Lenses Work
      • Easy To Use
      • Good Battery Life
      • Good Image Quality
      • Great Ergonomics
      • High ISO Performance
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Quiet
      • Tav Mode
      • Very Well Made And Solid

      Cons

      • No Tilt Swivel LCD

      Best Uses

      • Car Shows
      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

      I'm very impressed with this camera. It feels very solid. The grip and thumbrest are better than any that I tried in this class. I go to quite a few car shows. I recently went to the SEMA show. The light varies a lot in the inside portion of the show. The TAV mode was awesome to use. I set a shutter speed that is fast enough to so that I don't get blur, then I set the F stop so that I get some depth of field, then the camera chooses the ISO for proper exposure. It worked wonderfully. I don't know why other camera brands don't offer that.The K5 does a very good job in low light, with little to no visible noise. I'm very happy that I chose the K5.

      • Ease of Operation:
      • 9
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      • No

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      4.0

      Easy to use and learn

      By MrsCaptDick

      from MA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • High ISO Performance
      • Lightweight
      • Quiet
      • Water Resisten

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

        I use a Nikon and Canon DSLR and am an avid photographer. Have been traveling a lot the past few years and find limiting what I want to bring with me has become an important consideration. My camera is a must and the results are as important as the trip. After using my new Pentax body in conjunction with the Pentax 50-200 lens my photos were excellent......and the weight of the camera with the lens made having it with me at all times a plus.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 9
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Get one now before they're gone

        By K9 Lover

        from San Antonio, Tx

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • 100 Viewfinder
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • High ISO Performance
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Quiet
        • Weather sealed

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Hiking
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

          I take travel photos and do day hikes in state and national parks. The K5 gives you great confidence not to worry about your enviroment since it's weather sealed. I upgraded from a five year old K10 and chose the K5 because of the 100% viewfinder,and high ISO performance. My favorite function is the "TAV" which allows you to choose the shutter speed/F-stop and the camera sets the ISO. This is one of the best features of the camera. Another good feature is the K5 uses buttons to change funcions like ISO, RAW/JPEG, WB. This makes it easy and quick for a photographer to change these settings instead of wasting time scrolling through menus.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
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          • No

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          5.0

          Still a great camera

          By Glen

          from USA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

            I bought this as an upgrade to a K7, so far I've been very happy with it. It's been the best camera body I've owned. I did have some focus issues at first, slow, wouldn't lock on anything. Thankfully Pentax allows you to adjust the AF system without being forced to send it in. Dialed in a +5 to all, and AF has been fine ever since. Although you can undo any changes you make, you must make these adjustments properly and only when your 110% it's not user error, or things could get worse. I did get a chance to compaire the AF to a compatiable Nikon kit, they ran toe to toe in real use. They may be times one beats the other, but that on paper advantage doesn't play out with any value out and about.I'm constantly amazed at how much you can pull out of the shadows. But you must be mindfull of the highlights when shooting, you have less room recovering there. Protecting the highlights is true with all makes/models, just the K5 gives much more room to under expose. You can safely use the DR Highlight setting, you lose ISO80, and ISO160 becomes the slowest setting, there's no loss of IQ between the two.What don't I like about it. Just like the(my) K7 the level is off a little. I wish the high-speed sync was higher, and I wish I didn't have to have the onboard flash up to use a external (AF360) flash wirelessly. Lastly I wish the center AF point was a tad smaller, normally it's not an issue. Just pay attention to what the camera is doing, like you should be doing anyway. All cameras are qlueless to what you really want, they just make preprogrammed guesses and sometimes they are right.Get the 2yr Pentax extended warranty! It's [$] and includes a free inspection/calibration. It's cheap insurance.The K5II might of interest to you if the extra cash isn't an issue. It has a new AF system that supposed to be faster, A better rear LCD that has hardened glass and easier to see in daylight. There is likely additional features and improvments not yet talked about/discovered. Those stealth fixes that no manufacture likes to admit.I'm going to end there, I don't want to repeat everything that's been said already. It's simply a great body.

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 9
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            • No

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            5.0

            Very good camera

            By Pazarci

            from Istanbul, TURKEY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

              It has been some time since I bought this camera and I have used it under all typical conditions. The most outstanding feature is low noise under dark conditions. My previous Pentax camera was a K100. K5 takes same quality pictures (compensated for sensor pixel size) at about 2-3 stops better (i.e. K100 ASA 1600 performance is about K5 6400 performance). K5 includes HDR processing as well and I found this very useful and handy however it takes about 15s. Switching from K100 to K5 requires adjusting to control changes but once accustomed, using K5 is more efficient. I have found picture quality excellent for nearly all pictures. Battery life is very good. K5 LCD is fixed; a swivel type LCD seems to be the only thing that I missed in this camera; it is handy when taking pictures in awkward positions. K5 also takes videos at very good quality but usage is somewhat inconvenient; you better get a separate video camera.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 9
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              • No

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              4.0

              Nice Camera..But...

              By GEONY

              from NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • High ISO Performance
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                -I bought this camera in April and have been using it exensively.
                -It's a tough,compact camera that feels really good in your hand. Very comfortable to use with or without the battery grip.
                -Good resolution with high ISO.
                -What I don't like is that it seems Pentax is always playing catchup with their cameras.
                -I like this camera but the autofocus is not as fast or accurate as other brands.. Ni.k.n, Ca..n, Ol...us.
                The video is behind the times; even when it first came out years ago.
                I had the K10D, K20D and this one is the best so far.
                -Why do I continue to buy Pentax... I like their lenses and the features on this camera are great.
                Pentax-please don't stay one year behind when you update your equipment.
                I say the above because the new K5II and K5IIs just came out and I think they could have done more with these cameras, now we have to wait another one, two or more years for them to release a new and improved body

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 8
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                • No

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                5.0

                Loving it.

                By JV93

                from Arizona

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • High ISO Performance
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                  I have only had this camera for about a month and so far it is impressing me. I have its little brother, the K-x, and the differences are very noticeable. I use this camera primarily for Sports and landscapes. I Have used it for portrait work as well. It works great for the shooting I do. So the pros-Fast auto focus-Surprisingly good in low light and high ISO-Nice weight and comfortable-weather resistant (I shoot paintball photographs so this is a plus)-The firmware -Easy to use -Great quality photos and video.-All Pentax lens fit.-Very fast -In body image stabilizationThe Cons.-the only thing I can think of to neg this camera would be memory card is sometimes hard to get out of the camera. Over all I love this camera.

                  • Ease of Operation:
                  • 10
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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Solid, Quality Camera

                  By COG

                  from Texas

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • High ISO Performance
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                    Many years ago I was a very enthusiastic hobby film photographer. I had various brands of SLR's through the years, but I always seemed to like Pentax the best. I drifted away from photography, but even so I always kept some sort of point and shoot.Recently the photography bug hit me again. I knew I wanted at least a mid-range DSLR and after considerable deliberation I settled on a Pentax K-5. I have to say I am very pleased with my new camera. It is solid and very well built. I have run a couple hundred shots so far just learning how to use and get comfortable with the camera. The bottom line - Pentax may not be as popular as Nikon and Canon, but I think dollar for dollar Pentax makes a better product.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 8
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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great body

                    By Dave's Photography

                    from Boardman, OR

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Fast Shutter Speed
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • High ISO Performance

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                        So far have used it with macro, normal and super telephoto lengths.

                        Produced great images

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Beautiful Build, Excellent Camera!

                        By Vo

                        from Raleigh, NC

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                          Im a newspaper photographer at my college, and I must say... THIS CAMERA IS GREAT!
                          Build: Solid, Feels great in hand, Weather Proof ( RAIN or SHINE)
                          Picture quality: Amazing so far, shoots great low light
                          Controls: easy learning curve
                          I recommend this camera to anyone!

                          • Ease of Operation:
                          • 10
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                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Great Pentax camera body

                          By Fitz

                          from Covington, Ga

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • High ISO Performance
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife photos

                            Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                            I use this new K-5 body as a replacement to my K-7 which will now be my backup camera. I photograph everything from landscapes, birds, flowers, insects to list a few. Many new things on the K-5 that I like. Better noise control, quiter operation, better focus and other things. I like also that my battery grip fits it also along with my 540 flash unit.

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 10
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Upgrade to the K-5

                            By Photoguy

                            from San Diego, CA

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • Good Image Stabilization
                            • High ISO Performance
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife photos

                              Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                              I am a long time Pentax user and have recently upgraded my K200D for the K-5. Most often I am using my 55-300mm lens to photograph birds, baseball, and horse racing.With the K-5 my lens focuses much much quicker, with very little hunting for focus. With the K-5 I get a lot less noise. At the horse races and at baseball games shooting from the same location with the same settings, the results from the K-5 are clearer and the 'best' photos are significantly better when taken with the K-5. After changing settings, the K-5 is more responsive and I see the results of my adjustments with a much stronger impact than with the K200D. I have to admit, the colors from the K-5 are very good, and the colors from the K200D were outstanding. The K-5 is a good size and weight and designed to make it easy to make adjustments. So far, great camera, no concerns at all. Bottom line pluses for me, the K-5 focuses quickly and well, has very good noise reduction, and image stabilization, produces high quality photos and is easy to use.

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                              5.0

                              Everything i imagined

                              By NEI BOTELHENSE

                              from NEW ROCHELLE NY

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                              • Fast Shutter Speed
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • High ISO Performance
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Quiet
                              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action
                                • Travel
                                • Video
                                • Weddings/Events
                                • Wildlife photos

                                Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                                Just like shooting and one day decided to buy a digital camera so I looked for several brands and I decided to PENTAX for the beautiful photos and reviews from experienced photographers who use cameras PENTAX , I Know that sometimes we make wrong choices but in my case I did the best by deciding to PENTAX K5 . PENTAX K5 with SIGMA DC 18 125 mm too good for beginners

                                • Ease of Operation:
                                • 10
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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                What I always wanted!

                                By Lisa the supermom

                                from Presque Isle, MI

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                • Fast Shutter Speed
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • Good Image Stabilization
                                • High ISO Performance
                                • Large Clear LCD
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Travel
                                  • Weddings/Events
                                  • Wildlife photos

                                  Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                                  This is a great way to get into the digital photo world. After having a manual 35mm film camera for years, I find this is almost as easy to use. Although I haven't learned all the bells and whistles yet, I know enough to enjoy the picture taking and the results. I found it relatively easy to learn the basics and the picture quality is great.

                                  • Ease of Operation:
                                  • 9
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                                  • Yes

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                                  5.0

                                  Miles ahead of the K10??

                                  By Ed the Bass player

                                  from Oliver, British Columbia, Canada

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Good Image Quality
                                  • Good Image Stabilization
                                  • High ISO Performance
                                  • Large Clear LCD
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Indoors/Low Light
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Travel
                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife photos

                                    Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                                    Just upgraded from my 6 year old K10 and was expecting a huge improvement in image detail. Maybe I was expecting too much as I don't see a big difference, mind you I'm talking about jpegs and haven't yet compared Raw images. But there are so many more bells and whistles on this camera and I probably will use very few of them. I am mainly a landscape photographer and stick to taking 'conventional' photos. I still have difficulty with my DA 16-50 lens on the K5 and usually still have to use it on manual focus as it still doesn't lock 50% of the time and I miss so many pics. But having said all of that, the K5 is a great solid DSLR and I would buy one again if I had to.

                                    • Ease of Operation:
                                    • 9
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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    Very Pleased with the K-5

                                    By Tim

                                    from Broomfield, CO

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Good Image Quality
                                    • Large Clear LCD
                                    • Quiet

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Family Photos
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                                      I love the shutter release on this model. My previous 4 Pentax bodies all had shutter releases that I equated to flushing a tiolet. Love the on board level too

                                      • Ease of Operation:
                                      • 8
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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      So Far So Great

                                      By Jack

                                      from San Bruno, CA

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                      • Fast Shutter Speed
                                      • Good Image Quality
                                      • Good Image Stabilization
                                      • High ISO Performance
                                      • Large Clear LCD
                                      • Quiet

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Family Photos
                                        • Indoors/Low Light
                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Sports/Action
                                        • Travel
                                        • Weddings/Events
                                        • Wildlife photos

                                        Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                                        Best APS-C DSLR I ever owned so far. The only con is the video feature, not stereo mic and the zoom not so great. However, I don't use camera to shoot video anyway. This would be the last APS-C for me, next one will be full frame. Hope Pentax will make full frame by then.

                                        • Ease of Operation:
                                        • 10
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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        The K-5 Camera is an Outstanding Camera

                                        By Harry

                                        from Miami Fla.

                                        About Me Photography Student

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                                        • Good Image Quality
                                        • Good Image Stabilization
                                        • High ISO Performance
                                        • Large Clear LCD
                                        • Takes outstanding picture

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Family Photos
                                          • Indoors/Low Light
                                          • Landscape/Scenery
                                          • Sports/Action
                                          • Travel
                                          • Weddings/Events
                                          • Wildlife photos

                                          Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                                          This camera takes great pictures. This camera is great for the beginner or professional photographer.I have compared this camera to other cameras in it class and it out performs the competition. This camera also has antishake technology which is built into the camera an not the lenses.

                                          • Ease of Operation:
                                          • 10
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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          An Amazing APS-C Camera

                                          By Johnny Mac

                                          from Detroit, MI

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                                          • Good Image Quality
                                          • Good Image Stabilization
                                          • High ISO Performance
                                          • Large Clear LCD
                                          • Quiet

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Family Photos
                                            • Indoors/Low Light
                                            • Landscape/Scenery
                                            • Sports/Action
                                            • Weddings/Events
                                            • Wildlife photos

                                            Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) (Black):

                                            I am a professional photojournalist and couldn't be happier with the results I get from my K-5 regardless of the assignment. Quick AF, exceptional IQ, great results at high ISO and an extremely durable and well-built machine.... I like to think of my K-5 as the best-kept secret in the business...

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                                            • 7
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                                            Lenses

                                            Required item: A lens is not included. Get the type of lens for the shot you need.

                                            Pentax - SMCP-DA 16-45mm f/4.0 ED AL Autofocus Lens for Digital Camera
                                            • You Pay: $239.95
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                                            Pentax - SMCP-DA 16-45mm f/4.0 ED AL Autofocus Lens for Digital Camera
                                            • You Pay: $239.95
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                                            Memory Cards

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                                            Required item: Memory is not included so be sure to have enough storage capacity.

                                            Transcend - 16GB SDHC Memory Card Class 10
                                            • You Pay: $9.95
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                                            Flash & Accessories

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                                            Get a flash to add light to your picture.

                                            Pentax - AF360FGZ Flash
                                            • You Pay: $199.00
                                             
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                                            • You Pay: $79.95
                                             

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                                            Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or case.

                                            Lowepro - Rezo TLZ 20 Compact Holster-Style Bag (Black)
                                            • You Pay: $28.00
                                             

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                                            Carry or wear your camera in comfort & style.

                                            Vello - Hand Grip Strap for DSLR (Black)
                                            • You Pay: $11.95
                                             

                                            Battery Grips

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                                            Get a better grip for vertical shots and add battery life.

                                            Pentax - D-BG4 Battery Grip for Pentax K-7 & K-5
                                            • You Pay: $195.00
                                             
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