... received the Pentax k-5 II and the camera looks great. I think I will really enjoy it
Neil L. Rozier, Amazon
29 October 2014
Summary: I just received the Pentax k-5 II and the camera looks great. I think I will really enjoy it. However, the manual is another matter. I have purchased cameras before and I have always gotten a manual in English. The manual that came with the camera is in Japanese and not English. I know the camera was shipped from Japan, but it was being delivered to the United States. I really could use a manual in English.
Excerpt: I have never been so enthusiastic about a camera in a long time. With the exception of my mental Olympus E-10, this camera blows me away with all the metrics that matter to me. Nice low light performance shooting nature in the shadows especially, and the colors so rich, and engaging. Good detail. Must get better glass to exploit it more though. Build is chunky without weighing like a bowling ball around my neck. Nice control layout. Love the LCD screen too!
Summary: I have owned the K-7 camera for years. Then it started not functioning right. Discovered that Pentax had 3 firmware upgrades. Now it works better than ever. I have had Pentax cameras for decades. First was a K2 film camera in the 70's. It was reliable, A truly great value. Extra money was scarce and Pentax have me the features that I needed at a price I could afford. That has not changed. No, it is not a "professional" camera with a wide selection of options.
Summary: I bought this camera for my wife, she just to be a Nikon user, she changed to Pentax after a visit to our local camera store and they showed us how awesome this cameras was. Obviously we found an awesome deal at amazon. We saved around 500 dlls. There is a little learning curve because even do Pentax is a much superior brand the UI is much more intuitive and user friendly but the learning curve still there.
Summary: This is one of the best crop sensor cameras on the market, if not the best. If you put a quality lens on it, like one of Pentax's Limited primes, picture quality is superb. Like the K-5 before it, low-light situations are no problem, and now auto-focus in the dark has improved. I have literally taken pictures in RAW that looked black before processing and adjusting the exposure brought the whole picture back!