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PentaxK-5 II Digital SLR Camera with SMC DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Lens Kit
 
4.9

(based on 8 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (6)
  • Good image quality (6)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (5)
  • Fast shutter speed (5)
  • High ISO performance (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (6)
    • Family photos (4)
    • Travel (4)
    • Low light (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

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    5.0

    Nice but not great for beginners

    By dan_van

    from La Habra, CA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera with SMC DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Lens Kit:

      I'm just a hobby photography but got this camera for a great deal. Kind of just starting but this camera has adapted to my needs. From nice basic photos with family to beautiful high exposure night sky pictures. Probably not the best camera for a beginner, but I hopefully will learn all of the different functions to add unique effects to my photos.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great Camera!

      By DJW59

      from Kentucky

      Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera with SMC DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Lens Kit:

      This is my 4th Pentax camera and by far the most advanced. Purchased it at a great cyber Monday price and am still getting the feel for it but so far I am thrilled. Controls are intuitive, images great, focusing is in low light is improved and the shutter is much quieter than previous models.

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      5.0

      Just as described

      By Ei Doc

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera with SMC DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Lens Kit:

        I am very pleased with the camera so far.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Camera

        By CJ8_Jeep

        from North Carolina

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera with SMC DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Lens Kit:

            Having owned a K10D and K20D this is a great step up!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Fantastic Pentax K-5 II

            By Crewchimp

            from Jacksonville, Florida

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Battery Life
            • Easy To Use
            • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • HDR
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • MAGNESIUM BODY
            • Quiet
            • Weather sealed

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera with SMC DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Lens Kit:

              After using and selling a great number of quality cameras over the past few years, I decided it was time to upgrade my personal camera. A mandatory requirement and large selling point for me is weather sealing. I did many hours of research on DSLR's that fit into this category, and the K-5 series stood out above the small selection. The cost and performance ratio is best in the class.I use the K-5II on hiking and kayaking excursions and for taking action shots of my dogs. The 7 fps, magnesium weather-sealed body and lenses combined with awesome manual exposure settings create great photos. In-camera HDR features, dual control wheels, internal shake reduction technology and one of the most ergonomic grips on the market also contribute to a very enjoyable user experience.I honestly have no negative comments about the camera. After using a similar and comparable Nikon D7000, I am thankful I chose to purchase the Pentax, and have already recommended it to friends.

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              • No

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              5.0

              perfect!

              By Joe

              from LA, CA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera with SMC DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Lens Kit:

                This is a perfect camera. Actually, the focus timing of Pentax has improved greatly. With the steel body, the camera looks and feels perfect. The performance of the camera at high ISO is also very good.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Cool camera

                By Antonio

                from Rio, Brazil

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera with SMC DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Lens Kit:

                  Very well made, weather resistant, so great for outdoor use. Very good overall image. My only complaint is that the AF confirm won't work with manual focus lenses, like old M42s, you'll need to use the live view. It's a shame because the previous K200 allowed this.

                  Do yourself a favour and buy a better lens instead of the kit lens. I got a 70mm and a 40mm pancake. Pentax needs to release a new kit zoom.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great All Around Camera Body

                  By mx200394

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                  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

                  • Loud focus
                  • Poor In Low Light
                  • Short Battery Life
                  • Unacceptable Noise

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Pentax K-5 II Digital SLR Camera with SMC DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL WR Lens Kit:

                  My girlfriend got this camera for me as a gift. I have been shooting some pictures with this camera now for about a month or so. The image quality is one of the best I have seen in a long time. 16.3mp is nothing to shy away from a digital camera's megapixle count is not as important as the quality of the camera, though that can always be left up for debate. The body is strong, and tough, the mounting is completely metal as well as the lenses from Pentax are metal. When I attach my lenses you can feel the weather resistant seal being made with the red O ring on the lens. Note though, not all the lenses Pentax or other lens makers make them weather resistant. The 18-55mm lens that comes in the kit does amazing wide angle shots and the body can digitally correct the lens distortion made with this lens. The body offers many awesome effects like toy camera, high contrast, and monochrome. But what won me over was the star burst feature which took me some playing around to use it, it will give a star effect off metallic objects not off lights. As well as their spot color/color extraction filter which will only bring out one color from a b&w shot.

                  The bad thing about this camera is the noise is unacceptable after 6400 for the ISO. It is slightly acceptable at 3200. But below that the image quality is more clear than I can imagine. As well as you can check your F-Stop with your ISO to meter out your shot better with the Pentax and Sigma Lenses.

                  This camera is easy to change your ISO, F-stop, and shutter in a moment's notice as well as the internal anti shaking sensor turns my manual camera lenses that are screw mount into anti-shake lenses. So using my 500mm Telephoto lens for manual camera's works better on my Pentax camera than my Canon EOS T3 rebel, and Canon 60D.

                  Lenses for this camera body are a lot more affordable than Canon, or Nikon lenses. I have been shooting with Canon my whole career and my new Pentax K-5 II might just replace my other cameras soon. The price is a not a low price for the photographer looking for gear that is low cost. But this camera is built to last.

                  In studio, out doors, nature photography, and cityscape this camera can do it all. I am looking forward to many more years using this and maybe buying a few more bodies for everyday use and travel.

                  This camera is something you should give some strong thought. Pentax use to play with the big boys in film photography and this camera shows it is ready to compete again. And yes I would recommend this to all my photographer friends, and my friends who doubt it, I am willing to let them take a test drive with me.

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                  • 8
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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