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Old Jul 30, 2011, 12:44 AM   #1
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So my work gives points out for certain sales which can be used to purchase gifts.

I have enough points to do one of the following:

1) SMC PENTAX DA STAR 200MM F2.8 ED (IF) SDM; or
2) K5 body

what would you do?
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Old Jul 30, 2011, 1:11 AM   #2
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Oh by the way I have a K10D
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Old Jul 30, 2011, 1:26 AM   #3
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If you're happy with the K10D, then go for the lens. Unless you already have an abundance of lenses, then go for the body. Having more than one camera is quite convenient; but so is having nice glass.

If I already had a body that I liked, then I would go for the lens.

Does your company have any offices in Central Oregon. I would love to work there.
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Oooh - don't know what I'd recommend in that situation. I know what I'd do in that situation (get the K5, hands down), but the DA*200 is such a wonderful lens (I have it and it's one of my favorite lenses), so I'm not entirely sure it's really the best recommendation for someone else.

After a bit of adjustment to the changed ergonomics of the K5/K7 body, I prefer it to the K10/K20. However, it's smaller and so others might have a different preference. I immediately preferred the K7/K5 interface, but it does take some owner's manual to learn it. The image quality of the K5 is significantly better (my opinion) than the K10, and there's no comparison to the K5's incredible high ISO capability. Do you find yourself being frustrated often with low-light photography and grimacing over the ISO 1600 shots from the K10? If so, then get the K5 - I leave the auto ISO set 12,800 for the high and while I have to use noise reduction on them, I get useable results, and don't bother with noise reduction from 6400 and below.

The DA*200 is a bit of a specialized lens. Not as much as something like the 10-17, but it still can't be used everywhere. For a long time I was perfectly happy owning lenses that skipped focal lengths between 135 and 300. But gradually I wanted something in-between and bought the DA*200. It's got lovely rendering and is useful for certain types of street photography. It's smaller and lighter than the DA*300 (but make no mistake, it's not a small lens) so sometimes I'll find myself grabbing it for ordinary day-hikes, leaving the DA*300 home (unless I want to concentrate on wildlife, but recently I've been doing more scenics and wider angle things). So it's one of those lenses that's usually in my camera bag.

So either is a good choice. I know I would choose the K5 for myself, but that might not be the right answer for you. Since both will be very satisfying and if you you really want both and can't make up your mind - flip a coin and then enjoy your new item.
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GREAT FEEDBACK !! I have been frustrated with the lowlight of the 10 at times but always felt it was most likely the photographer and less the camera
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As a K10D owner, I would first ask if you are mainly photographing moving subjects a lot and/or want the low light option without a tripod? Much depends on your photo style. Do you have any lenses that are 200mm or longer?

That being said, the K10D is a fine camera, but it certainly has limits in specific areas.

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Absolute no-brainer for me. The *200 is a real specialist lense and unless you know you desperately need it (which you don't, otherwise you'll not be asking for an opinion on here) then it's the K5 hands-down as it'll improve every aspect of your photography and bring you so much joy !
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I have a K10D and a K5 and while 10 10 is a nice camera the K5 is absolutely brilliant.

The lack of noise in high ISO shots makes it a must for me.

This one is at ISO 6400 with the K5
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Congratulations! I can't wait to see your photos!
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