New lens or camera (or save my money!)

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New lens or camera (or save my money!)
10 months ago

I have a K5 which I love.  In terms of lenses I have a few wonderful limiteds, but the only long lens is a Tamron 18-250mm - a good walk around lens but obviously has its limitations in terms of quality.

I do a little sports photography for fun (daughter playing school sports etc) and family photos which often include a fast moving dog.  The set up works just about ok, but the Tamron can be a bit soft at the long end (especially as to keep the shutter speed up I often can't stop down especially in the gloomy English winter) and there can be focus issues when there is fast movement.

So I'm considering investing either in a K3 or a better lens. K3 because I assume I would get more keepers with the faster autofocus. Or alternatively a better lens because it would be a little sharper at the long end.

Now presumably if I spent a fair amount on say the Pentax 60-250 F4 I would enjoy some benefits. I'm not convinced I would be happy with the size/weight. So I'm considering the Pentax 55-300mm.

So the question is this - if I had to pick one thing to invest in - a better (but still fairly light) lens or the K3 which should I choose?  My instinct says invest in lenses as they outlast cameras, I'm just not convinced that with my restriction on size and weight I would see much advantage compared to what I have now.

Any advice gratefully received!

 Parkingman's gear list:Parkingman's gear list
Pentax K-5 Pentax smc DA 21mm F3.2 AL Limited Pentax smc DA 40mm F2.8 Limited Pentax smc DA 70mm F2.4 AL Limited Tamron AF 18-250mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) Macro
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