Upgrade to K5II or IIs or wait for the next model?

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Upgrade to K5II or IIs or wait for the next model?
May 19, 2013

This has been my dilemma ever since the K5II was announced and like some other members I have been reluctant to shell out for this upgrade in case a more major one should appear in the near future, whenI might feel that my money was better spent.

On the other hand I am just a little frustrated with the autofocus performance of my K5 when photgraphing anything which moves and I am wondering whether the improved autofocus of the K5II would be worth having now.  Low light performance is not a particular concern but it seems logical to suppose that good low light performance would go hand in hand with better overall AF performance.

Of course some of my failures may well be down to some form of user error of lack of technique on my part .  Yesteday I visited a wildfowl reserve and was a little depressed at the proportion of poorly focussed images even though I was using spot and continuous focus with a monopod and taking some care.   I realise that the focus point may well be somewhat larger than the red spot would suggest and maybe that is the cause. As for birds in flight - well one in ten was reasonably close to focus but not spot on. On the other hand where the focus does lock on properly on less mobile subjects, I do get sharp images, so I am not worried about the lens/camera calibration.

My question is really addressed to those who have taken the plunge and upgraded to the K5II.  Is the improved autofocus worth the outlay?

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