could not resist the K-5 II offer

Started Jul 7, 2013 | Discussions
Kerusker
Contributing MemberPosts: 737Gear list
Like?
could not resist the K-5 II offer
Jul 7, 2013

yes I upgraded from my K-5 to the K-5 II because of a special offer adding to the PENTAX cash back (50 €). The K-5 IIs would be 350€ more currently in Germany.

Main reason: I wanted to check the new AF sensor for apertures of 2.8 or faster.

My K-5 is very bad in catch in focus (CIF) with my old M and A lenses (28/2, 35/2, 50/1.4, 85/2) but hurrayh - the K-5 II does a very good job with it's additional center sensor for fast lenses.

That's the main reason why I will keep it. For the first time I can securely focus my fast M and A lenses.

I can use CIF or the focus confirmation (hexagon) for fast lenses now.

It seems I was lucky to get one of the better bodies:

Manufactured in January this year having Production Code 2.2.

I tested a K-5 II from Oct 2012 with Production Code 2.1 for a week and I didn't see too much difference to my K-5.

When I switched from SLR to DSLR, about 2008 I bought three used K10Ds with Prod. Codes 1.1, 2.2 and finally 2.1 (because of a high external serial number). The second one was the best of those.

Does anybody know the meaning of the second digit of the PENTAX camera Production Code (in EXIF data)?

Now I will sell some bodies and/or lenses to justify the upgrade.

-- hide signature --

][.Kerusker
we don't see that we don't see (eye's blind spot)

 Kerusker's gear list:Kerusker's gear list
Pentax K-5 II Pentax K-5 Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited Pentax smc DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM Pentax smc DA 55-300mm F4.0-5.8 ED
Pentax K10D Pentax K-5 Pentax K-5 II Pentax K-5 IIs
If you believe there are incorrect tags, please send us this post using our feedback form.
Petroglyph
Senior MemberPosts: 2,831Gear list
Like?
Re: could not resist the K-5 II offer
In reply to Kerusker, Jul 7, 2013

Kerusker wrote:

yes I upgraded from my K-5 to the K-5 II because of a special offer adding to the PENTAX cash back (50 €). The K-5 IIs would be 350€ more currently in Germany.

Main reason: I wanted to check the new AF sensor for apertures of 2.8 or faster.

My K-5 is very bad in catch in focus (CIF) with my old M and A lenses (28/2, 35/2, 50/1.4, 85/2) but hurrayh - the K-5 II does a very good job with it's additional center sensor for fast lenses.

Very interesting information.  Thank you.

That's the main reason why I will keep it. For the first time I can securely focus my fast M and A lenses.

I can use CIF or the focus confirmation (hexagon) for fast lenses now.

It seems I was lucky to get one of the better bodies:

Manufactured in January this year having Production Code 2.2.

I tested a K-5 II from Oct 2012 with Production Code 2.1 for a week and I didn't see too much difference to my K-5.

Do you think Pentax have updated the firmware in this interval?  The K5 went to ver. 1.14 somewhere in there.

When I switched from SLR to DSLR, about 2008 I bought three used K10Ds with Prod. Codes 1.1, 2.2 and finally 2.1 (because of a high external serial number). The second one was the best of those.

Does anybody know the meaning of the second digit of the PENTAX camera Production Code (in EXIF data)?

Now I will sell some bodies and/or lenses to justify the upgrade.

-- hide signature --

][.Kerusker
we don't see that we don't see (eye's blind spot)

 Petroglyph's gear list:Petroglyph's gear list
Canon EOS 6D Pentax K-3 Pentax smc DA* 60-250mm F4.0 ED (IF) SDM Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Kerusker
Contributing MemberPosts: 737Gear list
Like?
Re: could not resist the K-5 II offer
In reply to Petroglyph, Jul 7, 2013

Petroglyph wrote:

Kerusker wrote:

It seems I was lucky to get one of the better bodies:

Manufactured in January this year having Production Code 2.2.

I tested a K-5 II from Oct 2012 with Production Code 2.1 for a week and I didn't see too much difference to my K-5.

Do you think Pentax have updated the firmware in this interval? The K5 went to ver. 1.14 somewhere in there.

I updated the one of Oct 2012 to FW vers 1.03.21.09 before using it; but I did not test the AF sensor for fast lenses at that time.

The K-5 II from Jan 2013 I got came with FW 1.00.00.02 whereas very early bodies came with vers. 1.00.00.00.

-- hide signature --

--

][.Kerusker
we don't see that we don't see (eye's blind spot)

 Kerusker's gear list:Kerusker's gear list
Pentax K-5 II Pentax K-5 Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited Pentax smc DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM Pentax smc DA 55-300mm F4.0-5.8 ED
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
ASR45
Forum ProPosts: 32,372Gear list
Like?
Have fun.
In reply to Kerusker, Jul 8, 2013

The K-5II is an excellent camera.

-- hide signature --

Alan.
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
Mark Twain

 ASR45's gear list:ASR45's gear list
Canon PowerShot G16 Canon PowerShot G12 Pentax K-5 Canon EOS 5D Mark III Pentax K-30 +7 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Barry Pearson
Veteran MemberPosts: 5,593Gear list
Like?
Re: could not resist the K-5 II offer
In reply to Kerusker, Jul 8, 2013

Kerusker wrote:

It seems I was lucky to get one of the better bodies:

Manufactured in January this year having Production Code 2.2.

What is a Production Code?

How do I find the Production Code of my K-5IIs?

 Barry Pearson's gear list:Barry Pearson's gear list
Pentax K-7 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Pentax K-5 Pentax Q Pentax K-5 IIs +21 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Kerusker
Contributing MemberPosts: 737Gear list
Like?
Re: could not resist the K-5 II offer
In reply to Barry Pearson, Jul 8, 2013

Barry Pearson wrote:

Kerusker wrote:

It seems I was lucky to get one of the better bodies:

Manufactured in January this year having Production Code 2.2.

What is a Production Code?

How do I find the Production Code of my K-5IIs?

Each jpg image file contains EXIF data which can be read out by different tools (f.ex. exiftool).

In section 'Manufacturer Data' there you find

  • 'Manufacture Date'
  • 'Production Code'
  • 'Internal Serial Number'

These are generic names created by the exiftool.

I only have some guesses about 'Production Code' (PdC = x.y)

When a body was serviced, usually x is set from 1 or 2 to 8 (at least for K10D; don't know about now).

y seems to be an indication for the build status of the body - but no body really knows for sure. During a production cycle some parts may be replaced or upgraded. Till now I only saw y = 1 or 2 for the PdC.

Wild guesses aren't helpful so take it with a big grain of salt.

-- hide signature --

][.Kerusker
we don't see that we don't see (eye's blind spot)

 Kerusker's gear list:Kerusker's gear list
Pentax K-5 II Pentax K-5 Pentax smc DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited Pentax smc DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM Pentax smc DA 55-300mm F4.0-5.8 ED
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Barry Pearson
Veteran MemberPosts: 5,593Gear list
Like?
Re: could not resist the K-5 II offer
In reply to Kerusker, Jul 8, 2013

Kerusker wrote:

In section 'Manufacturer Data' there you find

  • 'Manufacture Date'
  • 'Production Code'

Thanks. I've just exiftool on a DNG from my K-5IIs:

Manufacture date: 2012:12:14

Production Code: 2.1

I haven't used catch-in-focus. But I have used AF-S a lot in my studio and elsewhere, and AF-C a lot for airshows and motor sports. Both are better (I think much better) than my K-5.

 Barry Pearson's gear list:Barry Pearson's gear list
Pentax K-7 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1 Pentax K-5 Pentax Q Pentax K-5 IIs +21 more
Reply   Reply with quote   Complain
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum MMy threads