could not resist the K-5 II offer

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Kerusker Senior Member • Posts: 1,183
could not resist the K-5 II offer

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.

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 Kerusker's gear list:Kerusker's gear list
Pentax K-5 II Sony RX10 IV 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
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