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Old Oct 21, 2011, 10:25 PM   #1
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I am planning on buying a Pentax K-5 in the very near future. I was just wondering if anyone has the camera and has used it with the Sigma 18-250mm zoom and how the results are with that lens. Also how is the battery life on the included battery. If I plan to shoot an all day event and take 1500 images how many extra batteries should I get? I am thinking I should get two spare batteries but not really sure.

Any suggestions of must have accessories for the camera or anything I should look out for when it first arrives.

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Old Oct 21, 2011, 10:45 PM   #2
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I have one but don't have the Sigma 18-250. I use primes mostly.

I've also never taken as many as 1500 images on one day, I think 500 is the most I've taken on one day and haven't had to change batteries. I rotate 3 batteries, well 4 batteries between 2 cameras.

As far as accessories - have the usual (cards, case, etc.) on-hand. I can't think of anything special unless you get into some type of specialized photography.

As far as things to check out when it first arrives - make sure you use it under all sorts of conditions, there's always the possibility of some strange problem. Look for whether your lenses are focusing right or if you need to adjust for any of them (I needed to make adjustments for several of my lenses, love having that feature!). If you are buying a new camera, check the manufacture date to make sure it's not old stock that's been sitting around. If it was made before the end of December 2010, there's a potential it might have the sensor stain issue. If it was produced after that the chances of it having that kind of issue is slim. You can't tell by the serial number - my original camera which developed stains after a month had a higher serial number than the replacement camera I now have which was manufactured months later.
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Old Oct 22, 2011, 12:28 AM   #3
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Shooting sports with the K7, which uses the same battery configuration, I have routinely shot more than 2K with one set of batteries (One in the camera, one in the battery grip).

I've only had the K5 a few weeks and haven't had a chance to see if its battery consumption is the same

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Hi Photo 5,

I'd get two spares for a 1500 exposure shoot. The worst thing is to not bring enough battery power, and I think that 750 shots per battery charge could be stretching it, plus you don't want to get to the point where a battery is totally depleted since the battery indicator is not very reliable. With 3 batteries, you can just keep a casual eye on shot total, and swap batteries at the first convenient opportunity at around 500, then again at 1000 exposures. This is a much better strategy than waiting for the camera to quit working and have to change batteries when the camera needs it. Murphy's Law says that the battery will give out exactly at the worst time during the shoot. With the 3 battery strategy, you'll spend a total of a couple of minutes thinking about the battery.

Don't forget that new batteries need a bit of conditioning before you rely on them. They need to go through a couple of discharge/recharge cycles before their performance levels out.

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If I plan to shoot an all day event and take 1500 images how many extra batteries should I get? I am thinking I should get two spare batteries but not really sure.


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Your event sounds like a major one. If you are planning on shooting an event of this magnitude, it may be good for you to consider a back-up(or second) body in case you encounter some electronic or mechanical failure with your primary body. As others have mentioned, an extra battery is never a bad idea! I use a grip on my camera which carries an extra battery.
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I regularly shoot large events for the local newspaper which produces a lot of images. The largest events of the year can produce up to 1500 images over an entire day, thats basically the max I have shot in one day. Even high school graduation has always been less than 1500 images. I will have the Fuji HS20 as a backup so if I get out there and the K-5 gets a problem I can grab the HS20 and shoot, although I hope the K-5 does have any problems.

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1,500 is a LOT of shots, even over a whole day. On paid shoots I usually take between 500 & a 1,000. I've never even got close to using up the second battery, maybe not even 1/2. However I'd agree with Scott if you are really planning that many shots then you'll need 2 extra batteries to be sure.
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Thanks for alot the replies 2 extra batteries it will be. Always better to have 2 extra and not need them than to have no battery power when I need it.

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