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

Started May 19, 2013 | Discussions thread
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jm_mac Senior Member • Posts: 2,032
Re: Upgrade to K5II or IIs or wait for the next model?

Can I ask which lenses you are using?  I don't do birding, so I can't speak to that type of photography, but I have been very happy with the focusing ability of the K5 with certain lenses (Sigma 50-150mm and 18-250mm hsm, Pentax 18-135mm).  They compare very well with the lenses I have for Nikon (Sigma 70-200mm hsm).  I know none of these are birding lenses, but I discovered a long time ago that, if you want good AF speeds and tracking, the lens plays just a big a role as the camera.  Particularly so with Nikon and Pentax, which have a bunch of lenses that look good on paper for things such as sports and birding, but in practice don't work out so well.  So with my kit and shooting, I don't think the better AF algorithms of the K5II will make much of a difference.  And it may/may not for you, either, depending upon the lenses you are using.

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