Canon 5DII/NikonD800E first imppresion from a Pentax K5 user

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Canon 5DII/NikonD800E first imppresion from a Pentax K5 user
Apr 2, 2013

Have been a Pentax user for a while (K20D & K5) I recently decided to move to FF. Borrowed my friends Canon5DII for 2 weeks.

My impression between K5 & 5Dii:

K5 feels more solid, better build

K5 has better white balance, especially under electric light. 5Dii way too yellow/red under electric light.

K5's sensor has better low light  performance than 5Dii. This is a surprise to me. In the same brightness K5 needs lower ISO than 5DII assuming same speed and F.

5Dii's picture shows more contrast.  Sharpness very close 5Dii maybe 1% sharper.

5Dii has more accurate auto focus, especially in lower light conditions.

5Dii has better/more accurate live view LCD focus. K5's live view focus so bad I avoid using it.

5Dii 's sensor shows brighter, richer color than K5

At the end it was the 5Dii's terrible auto white balance under electrical light backed me off. So I moved to a 2nd FF choice: Nikon D800E.

My impression after 1 week between K5 & D800E:

K5 still feel more solid and better build than D800E!

K5 still has better auto white balance under electric light than D800E, although the D800E is a little better WB compare to 5DII.

K5's low light performance ties the D800E in my view.(surprise to me!)

D800E 's IQ is noticeable sharper than K5. Maybe 3% sharper.If K5=95, 5Dii=96, D800E=98

D800E's Auto focus accuracy is better than k5. about the same as 5Dii.

D800E's sensor is richer, brighter in color. more than the 5Dii too.

D800E's build quality feel in between K5 & 5Dii.

I am happy with my D800E so far. But looking at the price difference between the 2.

I have to say the Pentax K5 is a very, very solid performer at a steal price currently.

 KFZ's gear list:KFZ's gear list
Nikon D800E Canon EOS M Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Nikon AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28mm f/1.8G +1 more
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Nikon D800E Pentax K-5
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