Anybody go from a Canon SLR to a K5ii?

Started Dec 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
Bananasplit
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Re: Anybody go from a Canon SLR to a K5ii?
In reply to brudy, Dec 3, 2012

I did no go from Canon to Pentax: I own the 7D and the K5, and I like both.

The advantages of the K5 against 7D are:

1) smaller

2) a lot less noise in the shadows

3) stabilized body very helpful with the nice legacy M42 lenses

The advantages of the 7D:

1) focus speed of the 7D is amazing to me. The K5 is good but not at that level. It is certainly better than the X100 that I tested.

2) focus accuracy of the 7D is better because the K5 focus square areas (true ones not the blinking ones) are larger and the K5 can catch something outside.

3) the out-of-camera colors of the 7D are better. The ones of the K5 are beautiful but I like them less. Note that there is a variation with the used lenses here, but still this is my overall feeling and seems sometimes shared by others.

4) ergonomics: for large hands, it is not as good. I bought the grip because of that, but then I got used to it and most of the time I use it without. But the 7D feels perfect in my hands.

I do not know how the K5II is better than the K5 in normal daily use. My only trial of the K5II were in a Pentax exhibition and in the shop, and I saw no difference with the K5 except for the LCD screen which was built differently. The auto-focus was not faster (with the dim but not very weak shop lights), the colors were not better on the LCD.

I like both.

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