Summary: Firstly, I am no professional photographer. Secondly, being a grad student, I have to manage my finances very carefully. With these two things being said, I find that the Pentax K-5 II to be an affordable semi-pro DSLR that exceeds my expectations. I am technologically knowledgeable enough to know that MPix ratings are not the only deciding criteria, and it pains me to see people lugging around >20MPix DSLRs, with lenses that only render close to 8MPix resolution.
Pentax K-5II - a big bang for your buck but no where near Full Frame quality
Mehdi M., Amazon
8 November 2013
Summary: I had the opportunity of using this camera for over a month and this is what I have to say. Previously I was a Canon T4i user and as compared to that APS-C Canon, this camera is a hell lot better. In terms of color saturation, sharpness, vibrance and features I must say this surpases the entire Rebel line with ease. Would even give tough time to the EOS 7D, 60D and 70D.
Summary: I love the camera but occasionally dislike the outcome of the photos. However, I am an amateur and am still learning how to uyse all of the functions. For the price, I think it's a phenomenal deal. I'm sold on Pentax!
Summary: I have been using a Nikon P500 for the past couple of years and have been very happy with ability of the camera to respond to such a wide range of situations. However, it was not really capable of all of the things that I wanted to be able to do with it. Night shots were definitely in the "so-so" category. Many years ago I had a Pentax film camera that I loved until it was stolen.
Premium, Awesome, Overwhelming Results, The Best in it's value class...without peer...
Stormy Weathers, Amazon
2 October 2013
Summary: This camera is amazing...I shoot the coastlines of Fl., "with peace of mine" as I'm totally immersed in the "salt life" in south Fl. I purchased it based on the research of a good and trusted friend of mine who worked for the Canon Lens, Corp. Division previously, and he informed me that this was the very first "water-resistant, DSLR camera", and as I further researched this model, I was amazed, and further decided to mate it with the "WR" 18-135" lens, so as to have the...
Summary: I have to agree with the other 5-star reviewers. This is one product that is in very good taste and works perfectly every time. The image quality is absolutely perfect. The auto-focus is right on the money every time. Note that the older models of Pentax cameras did not have a perfect auto-focus. For instance, I still have my Pentax K10D. The manual for the Pentax K10D explains that the auto-focus is not always perfect, which is true.