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PentaxK-5 Digital SLR Camera W/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black)
 
4.8

(based on 43 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Image stabilization (31)
  • Good image quality (30)
  • High ISO performance (30)
  • Fast shutter speed (27)
  • Quiet (26)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (34)
    • Travel (29)
    • Low light (27)
    • Family photos (26)
    • Wildlife (26)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (21), Semi-pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (3), Pro photographer (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Professional Camera. Nothing less.

    Having learned photography back when film was the standard, I've come to appreciate ergonomics in a camera. This one has it, the definition of ergonomics. Everything is exactly where it should...Read complete review

    Having learned photography back when film was the standard, I've come to appreciate ergonomics in a camera. This one has it, the definition of ergonomics. Everything is exactly where it should be--with one exception, which shouldn't apply to most. All the dials, back panel, top panel readouts, shooting modes, menu toggles, are all great EXCEPT the live view button IF you are a left eyed shooter like me. (My nose hits the live view button and activates it at the most inopportune times, but I'm getting used to avoiding it...NOT a deal breaker by any means.) To put it in terms of Nikon users: This camera performs at a level between a D700 and a D3S. Yes, it's that good. An APS-C, you say? Yes. If you get good glass and good lighting, it performs just as well as a D700, and nearly as well as a 3X more expensive D3S. Read the DXOmark review, it'll confirm what I'm saying. Besides the nose problem, there is one thing I'd like to see improve. Image quality isn't it. Stunning images up to 6400 ISO. In extremely low light situations, it hunts for focus a little. Even with either of my DA*16-50, or my DA*50-135...it hunts a little. With a flick of the switch, use your eyeballs and save $2,500.00. In adequate to bright light, spot-on in an instant. I've used it for landscape, nature, event photography, runway, portfolio work...it does it all happily. If you are considering Pentax, do a little more homework on what their premium "workhorse" lenses (DA*, to be more specific) run versus Canon and Nikon counterparts. Exceptional glass at about half the price, and weather/dust sealed to boot! And I love the camera snob factor. Canikons turn up their nose at this camera when they see me shooting with it. Then, when everyone posts finished work...my work is finished first (minimal need for photoshop), and it BLOWS THEIR WORK OUT OF THE WATER. I've even had: "Is that the same camera you shot with the last time?" many times...they can't believe it. Buy this camera with some good DA* lenses to snap on, get some good lighting to go with it...and you're set. My pro set has the following in it: 1-K5 body, 1-K-7 Body, 16-50 DA*, 50-135 DA*, a k-mount SMC 50mm f2.0, a k-mount SMC 28mm 2.8, and a vivitar 85mm 1.4. Lighting: 1 360FGZ speedlight, 1 metz 50af-1 speedlight. The only purchases made new were the k-5 and the metz 50af-1, the rest used. Out the door less than $5,000.00 total. Soooo....in Canon or Nikon that gets you a body and one lens for about the same performance...right? Hmmmm. Pretty sure I made the right decision. Check it out yourself.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not as I expected..

    I bought this camera with lot of expectation.hi ASA and low price of the lenses attracted me to buy this Camera.It is Filled with features ! but disappointed in perfomance. focus hunting is an...Read complete review

    I bought this camera with lot of expectation.hi ASA and low price of the lenses attracted me to buy this Camera.It is Filled with features ! but disappointed in perfomance. focus hunting is an issue in many situations.lense quality is not satisfying below F/4.5(with 16-50 F/2.8). picture quality is much behind when it compared with Nikon or Canon Cameras. Honesty thinking to sell it soon.

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    5.0

    taking photos with this camera is a joy

    By Zmohie

    from egypt

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera W/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

      taking photos with this camerais a joy .that is the bottom line.just hold it on your hands and you will fell it is the camera that pentax should make it a years ago.

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      5.0

      I am happy indeed

      By Moon

      from New Zealand

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • High ISO Performance
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera W/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

        After some research I bought k-5 as my first dslr. I knew something new is coming in september but the k-5 price made it better value for money.

        I like the feeling of the camera and still learning to operate. I am satisfied with the image quality.

        I enjoyed taking photos with this camera.

        Thanks B&H. This is the most valuable I purchased online. You have done a good job.

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        • 10
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        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent Camera!!

        By Rizano

        from New Jersey

        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

        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 W/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

          I purchased a Pentax K1000 SLR film camera many years ago and loved it, still have it. Once the industry switched to digital I purchased a few point and shoots using those for many years. Now that the industry is mature I wanted to purchase my first DSLR. I first looked at other brands but their cameras felt like cheap plastic toys to me when I picked them up and I was very discouraged. When I looked at and felt the Pentax K5 I knew this one was for me. The camera felt strong, solid, and did not have that cheap plastic feeling. Also, it was not huge like the others. I went home and ordered it from B & H right away. I had it for a few weeks now and I'm very happy with it. Outdoor pictures are beautiful even with the kit lens. Indoor pictures need the flash for beautiful pictures. I plan on getting a lens for low light shooting next so I may not need a flash indoors. HD video with this camera is nice but can't beat my new Sony HD camcorder. Since I plan on using the K5 mostly for pictures I don't care about the video. I'm extremely happy with the Pentax K5 and all the features. I'm also a new B & H customer. Their service is great too.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 5
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          • No

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          4.0

          Very happy with my K-5

          By Nancy

          from New Egypt, NJ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera W/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

          So far, I'm enjoying the Pentax K-5, the image quality is superb, but find the instruction manual a bit daunting. A DVD tutorial on all the features and how it works would be a bit more helpful.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 4
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          • No

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          5.0

          Excellent Pentax DSLR Choice

          By DonC

          from Minneapolis MN

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Flexible
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great battery life
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Quiet

          Cons

          • Noisy At High ISO
          • Slow buffering

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera W/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

          Great all around DSLR from Pentax with arguably, the finest APS-C sensor on the market.
          The learning curve is not too steep, the user has lots of choices in how to process an image.
          I only shoot in RAW and enjoy using the DNG format.
          The only thing worthy of note I don't like is the time it takes from pressing the shutter to being able to see the image. Slow buffering in RAW at full resolution.
          The 18-55mm AL WR lens is definetly an improvement over earlier versions, but consider investing in better lenes. This camera really shines with prime lenes.
          Great for most types of photography.

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          • 10
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          5.0

          Designed to create great photographs

          By Muddy Boy

          from Montana

          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

              Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera W/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

              I looked at a great many cameras before I bought the Pentax K-5, mostly micro four thirds, thinking a smaller camera would be more convenient to carry. After that exercise and reading about different cameras for a couple years, I decided to get the K-5 because it is relatively small for a DSLR, has a bright viewfinder with 100% view, and has a large number of options to produce photographs the way you like them. I have big hands and it is very comfortable to hold. The control buttons feel very natural. You can also get a three year warranty from Pentax for twenty bucks.

              I'm using a Pentax-A 28mm f2.8 on it and it works very well. I think it would be easier to focus manually with a split-image screen but a large hexagon appears with the other settings at the bottom of the screen when you are in focus and the focus point briefly glows red. I also bought the 18-55 WR zoom with the camera. I haven't shot with it much but it seems very good ... I figured for a hundred dollars it would be a good option to have. At some point I plan on getting the 40mm F2.8 DA limited.

              I shoot fairly simply, center focus point only, aperture priority, generally set the ISO I want. That's the way I shot film and the K-5 feels like a natural extension from film cameras. There are two ISO settings that are important. Use extended mode which allows ISO from 80 to some incomprehensible number much higher than 3200. Then add highlight correction which gives you a minimum of 160 ISO. Without using the extended ISO, your minimum would be 200. So far highlight correction seems mandatory for general shooting.

              I wish Pentax had an eye cup for the view finder. I can see through it fine but I have always liked an eye cup to reduce glare from the sides. One other note - the diopter is a sliding mechanism between the view finder cover and the body and the manual recommends removing the view finder cover to set the diopter ... that's a good recommendation because it's nearly impossible to move the slider otherwise ... but once you set the desired adjustment it won't move.

              The Pentax K-5 just feels like a very well built camera that has been designed to help a photographer take better pictures. And I don't feel like I will have to chase the technology to get the photographs I want.

              P.S. I have read many reviews that mention the quiet shutter and it is very quiet ... amazingly quiet ... and if there is any black-out I haven't noticed it.

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              5.0

              I would buy this product again

              By The Golfer

              from Portland, TN

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              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
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera W/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                I read all the reviews & ordered the K 5 and two walk around lens 18-55 &
                55-300 from B & H Photo, could not be more happy with the results.
                I had a Nikon F4s and all the nikon heavy lens and this is just as good. B & H is the best place to buy photo equipment from. I plan on buying another body so I don't have to change lens so often. Great product.

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                • 10
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                • No

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                5.0

                waited a long time

                By bond photo

                from El Paso Texas

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera W/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                  My first cameria was a jewel ...a Pentax ME, so many years later, this week I purchased a K-5 from B and H. I first thing I did was take the camera to Carlbad Caverns. I wanted to see what would happen if I took some images underground, almost in the dark. I was very impressed to say the least. This metal brick performed perfectly.

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                  • 10
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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Well worth the investment

                  By David F.

                  from Portland,Oregon

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera W/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                    Switching from a my old camera (ruined when it fell into a creek) to the Pentax K-5 I was pleasantly surprised by the over all quality of the photographs. The camera is relatively quiet for an SLR, at least it is much quieter than my last SLR. Their automatic settings, called the 'green' mode are not the best but then you don't have to use that mode. I find the on-off switch to be a bit awkward, Twice, in 4,000 plus photos it has frozen to the point where it not only will not take a photograph but it will not turn off - I had to remove and reinsert the battery to get the camera out of this state.

                    Over all I'm glad I got this camera.

                    • Ease of Operation:
                    • 7
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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellant Handy DSLR

                    By V.Krishna Kumar

                    from Villuppuram, TN, INDIA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Pretty Wonderful DSLR

                    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 W/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                      I tried for the Special Edition of this model and as I could not get the same I have to opt for the regular Model. I am bit unlucky in getting the Spl. edition of Pentax K-5. Any way this is a solid weather sealed product than my previous K-x model. I will be waiting for Pentax's spl edition.

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                      5.0

                      Worth considering it!

                      By Paul Ouddane

                      from Guatemala

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Inaccurate auto-focus

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera W/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                      Hi, I´m a med student from Guatemala. This is my first DSLR. In fact it is my first camera at all. Prior purchasing it I received a photographic course of one month. That time I used a Canon 5D which a dear friend borrowed me.

                      First of I would like to say that BH has a great customer service. Not at all comparable to any shopping experience I had before, 10 points on that.

                      Second, I was spoiled as my first experience in the DSLR world was with such a nice camera. So I wanted to buy a good camera. After a really long research and after an exhaustive reading I chose the Pentax K5. To the opinion I forged it was the best value for its quality. I did a jump of faith and a decision based on the pile of information found on the internet. Here in Guatemala there is no Pentax retailer and maybe no Pentax K5 owner at all, so it was impossible for me to try it before purchasing it.

                      Third thing to say is telling my experience with the K5 after 1 month. I red the entire manual and complemented it occasionally with readings at pentaxforums. The manual is a well built guide to the operability of the camera. It allows you to discover all the functions. Then it is up to you to explore and understand the full amplitude of each function. In that regard the manual is straightforward. As it comes to the camera itself, well what can I say besides that I really love it? It´s very intuitive and produces great photos, I´m really happy of my choice. I won´t expand on the camera itself because much has been said on other reviews and in the internet, by people much more capable than me.

                      I would like to conclude saying that I extended more on the experience of buying my first DSLR than in the camera itself. Because of all these new photo lovers who are getting in the world of DSLR and struggle on which brand they should buy.

                      Well even if Pentax isn´t a well heard brand it is an excellent camera with great lenses worth of considering it in your list!

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                      5.0

                      Best APS-C for the $

                      By D

                      from Hawaii

                      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
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera W/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                        I agree with most reviews here, even since its release in late 2010, it's the best APS-C camera for the $ to date. I shoot landscape, wildlife, portrait, night scenes and I rarely shoot sports or any distances requiring -f3, +300mm with optical stabilization, for that I'd say nikon or canon. But any other camera in the price range for the specs, I'd say get the K-5. Fully weather resistant w/wr lens, small solid metal body, excellent high iso quality, 7fps, excellent ergonomics and button/interface access, etc. I have yet to note any cons, my K-5 works butter smooth even after going through down-pours on hikes and being hit with salt water at the beach. To have this kind of camera for around $1K, that's a bargain! I couldn't be happier.

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                        5.0

                        Great camera

                        By Gene

                        from Cincinnati, OH

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera W/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                          I bought the Pentax K-5 as an upgrade from my K-100D. It offers better resolution and image quality than my old camera. I look forward to taking advantage of the weather sealing during travel in inclement weather. It will also give me the abiilty to shoot short video segements during my travels. It is a more complicated camera to operate,but it does offer a lot more features than my old K-100D.

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                          • 7
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                          5.0

                          Like an old friend

                          By Jerryleejr

                          from Tn

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Build Quality
                          • Easy To Use
                          • High ISO Performance
                          • Weather resistance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera W/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                            Upgraded from a K7 so not much of a learning curve. This camera took all the things I love on the K7 and gave me better image and iso capability. This is a solid felling camera, the weather resistant features allows me brave the elements when trying to capture our families outdoor activities, the low light performance is amazing

                            • Ease of Operation:
                            • 10
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                            • No
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                            • Pentax K7

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                            5.0

                            exactly what I was looking for

                            By NorthWatch

                            from minneapolis, mn

                            About Me Semi-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
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife photos

                              Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera W/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                              I'm primarily an outdoor photographer and this camera fits the bill completely. Very easy to use with many functions to learn to enhance your craft.
                              The possibilities are endless with this camera. Also it is very comfortable to hold and compact without compromising its ruggedness.

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                              • 10
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                              5.0

                              I love this camara

                              By mr2fixit

                              from Far Rockaway, NY

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • 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 W/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                                Overall it a great camara, and with a little time you will learn to use all the feature.

                                • Ease of Operation:
                                • 7
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                                5.0

                                One Nice Camera

                                By videopilot

                                from Union Beach, NJ

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast Shutter Speed
                                • Good Image Stabilization
                                • Great Image Quality
                                • 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 W/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                                  This is one nice camera. It is built extremely well and the ergonomics are perfect. I love the fact that you can use any lense Pentax ever made. I've tried an screww mount ( with an adapter)50 mm F1.4 and I was very happy with the results. The kit lense performs well and is weather resistant. can't wait to get more lenses and shoot more.

                                  • Ease of Operation:
                                  • 9
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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Fantastic Camera

                                  By Roger H

                                  from Rosemount, Mn

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • HD Video

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera W/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                                  Great camera - the right size and very high quality. I struggled whether to go for a similar Cannon or Nikon, but decided the Pentax. This camera is quick and takes fantastic pictures, and anything (lenses, flashes, etc.)from Pentax from the past is interchangeable and still usable as well - great!. Highly recommended, no faults found yet (although video in low light appears to not be the best - but its a camera first). I only hope Ricoh the new parent company lets Pentax continue with its tradition of excellent design and build quality. Dont forget to buy the bolt on battery back that allows for simple and cheap) AA battery use - great addition.

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                                  • 9
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                                  5.0

                                  Professional Camera. Nothing less.

                                  By JB The Photographer

                                  from Fort Wayne, Indiana

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Focus hunting low light

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Pentax K-5 Digital SLR Camera W/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                                  Having learned photography back when film was the standard, I've come to appreciate ergonomics in a camera. This one has it, the definition of ergonomics. Everything is exactly where it should be--with one exception, which shouldn't apply to most. All the dials, back panel, top panel readouts, shooting modes, menu toggles, are all great EXCEPT the live view button IF you are a left eyed shooter like me. (My nose hits the live view button and activates it at the most inopportune times, but I'm getting used to avoiding it...NOT a deal breaker by any means.) To put it in terms of Nikon users: This camera performs at a level between a D700 and a D3S. Yes, it's that good. An APS-C, you say? Yes. If you get good glass and good lighting, it performs just as well as a D700, and nearly as well as a 3X more expensive D3S. Read the DXOmark review, it'll confirm what I'm saying. Besides the nose problem, there is one thing I'd like to see improve. Image quality isn't it. Stunning images up to 6400 ISO. In extremely low light situations, it hunts for focus a little. Even with either of my DA*16-50, or my DA*50-135...it hunts a little. With a flick of the switch, use your eyeballs and save $2,500.00. In adequate to bright light, spot-on in an instant. I've used it for landscape, nature, event photography, runway, portfolio work...it does it all happily. If you are considering Pentax, do a little more homework on what their premium "workhorse" lenses (DA*, to be more specific) run versus Canon and Nikon counterparts. Exceptional glass at about half the price, and weather/dust sealed to boot! And I love the camera snob factor. Canikons turn up their nose at this camera when they see me shooting with it. Then, when everyone posts finished work...my work is finished first (minimal need for photoshop), and it BLOWS THEIR WORK OUT OF THE WATER. I've even had: "Is that the same camera you shot with the last time?" many times...they can't believe it. Buy this camera with some good DA* lenses to snap on, get some good lighting to go with it...and you're set. My pro set has the following in it: 1-K5 body, 1-K-7 Body, 16-50 DA*, 50-135 DA*, a k-mount SMC 50mm f2.0, a k-mount SMC 28mm 2.8, and a vivitar 85mm 1.4. Lighting: 1 360FGZ speedlight, 1 metz 50af-1 speedlight. The only purchases made new were the k-5 and the metz 50af-1, the rest used. Out the door less than $5,000.00 total. Soooo....in Canon or Nikon that gets you a body and one lens for about the same performance...right? Hmmmm. Pretty sure I made the right decision. Check it out yourself.

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                                  4.0

                                  Another Great Pentax

                                  By Portlandia Pedaler

                                  from Portland, OR

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • 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 W/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

                                    I upgraded to have a DSLR that also could do some video from my *ist D. I have had Pentax cameras since way back starting with the MX. With several compatible lens already, I chose to stay with the Pentax brand and I am very happy, so far (2 weeks) with the K-5.

                                    Having been a Pentax owner, the transition only involves all the new options, overall it has been pretty easy switch from my *ist D.

                                    The Kit lens included is reasonably good, though the wobbliness of the front section is a bit annoying. No deal killer.

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