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Pentax K-5 II DSLR Camera (Body Only)

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  • 77 Protection Seals
  • 16.3 MP CMOS APS-C Sensor
  • Full HD Video
  • New highly-sensitive SAFOX X AF module
  • Continuous shooting 7 frames/sec. for catching action shots.

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Style Name: Body Only
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 7.2 x 9.7 cm ; 680 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.7 Kg
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  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: 12015
  • ASIN: B0099OR49I
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 11 Sept. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,725 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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The PENTAX K-5 II is the latest model in the PENTAX digital SLR K series, featuring a newly developed, state-of-the-art AF sensor that boasts the widest range of exposure values in its class. This new model is designed to be the successor to the PENTAX K-5 (launched in October 2010), which has been very well received for its compact, solid, functional body and high-quality image reproduction. The K-5 II boasts a range of advanced functions and user-friendly features. These include a newly developed AF sensor assuring a broader AF working EV range, which lends itself well to a variety of shooting conditions and photographic requirements.

A new SAFOX X AF module for the top AF performance in its class

The K-5 II features a newly developed, highly sensitive SAFOX X AF module. Thanks to the unit’s high-sensitivity AF sensor, which performs brilliantly in low-light conditions, this new module offers a broad AF working EV range (-3 EV to +18 EV). SAFOX X can work with luminous flux based on F2.8 levels as well as at F5.6. This vastly increases the AF accuracy when used with very fast lenses. Coupled with an upgraded AF algorithm, the camera delivers exceptional AF performance, including such useful features as a select-area expansion function, which automatically tracks the subject even when it moves away from a pre-assigned select point. This function is enabled as the distance data is assessed when collected by neighbouring focus sensors..

High sensitivity AF Sensor
High sensitivity AF Sensor
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High-quality LCD monitor with outstanding visibility outdoors

The K-5 II comes equipped with a 3.0-inch, wide-view, airtight LCD monitor with approximately 921,000 dots. Sandwiched between the front glass panel (which is coated with an anti-glare film) and the LCD screen is a unique resin layer that cuts down the reflection and dispersion of light to effectively prevent ghost images and greatly reduce loss of brightness. The front panel is made of tempered glass to keep it scratch free..

High-resolution, true-to-life images with minimal noise

With its large sensor measuring 23.7mm by 15.7mm with approximately 16.28 effective megapixels, the K-5 II’s latest-generation CMOS image sensor assures high-speed image data readout. By coupling this high-performance image sensor with the acclaimed PRIME II (PENTAX Real Image Engine), the K-5 II delivers super-high resolution, rich-gradation digital images free of digital noise over a wide sensitivity range — from ISO 100 to ISO 12800 in its standard setting, or from ISO 80 to ISO 51200 when expanded via a custom function.

Air Gap 3inch Screen
Air Gap 3inch Screen
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Bright, clear optical viewfinder

The K-5 II features a glass pentaprism finder with an almost 100% field of view and approximately 0.92-times magnification (with a 50mm F1.4 lens at infinity) which provides a sharp, clear view of the entire image field and improves the accuracy and speed of both focusing and image composition. It also comes with the renowned Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screen to facilitate manual-focus operation.

Bright Clear Optical Viewfinder
Bright Clear Optical Viewfinder
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Compact, solid body perfect for outdoor shooting

The K-5 II’s exterior casing is made of sturdy yet lightweight magnesium alloy, while its chassis is made of highly rigid stainless steel. Thanks to the inclusion of 77 special seals in the body, it boasts a dustproof, weather-resistant and cold-resistant construction, assuring reliable operation even under demanding outdoor conditions and at temperatures as low as -10°C. The camera also features a dependable shutter unit that provides a top shutter speed of 1/8000 second and outstanding durability to withstand as many as 100,000 shutter releases.

High-speed continuous shooting

The K-5 II’s high-speed continuous shooting mode records as many as 30 images (in the JPEG format) in a single sequence at a maximum speed of approximately seven images per second. This allows the photographer to capture sharp, crisp images of active, fast-moving subjects, such as athletes, dancers and wildlife, with great ease.

PENTAX-original SR mechanism with user-friendly options

The K-5 II features the PENTAX-developed SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism, which effectively compensates for the adverse effect of camera shake with approximately three shutter steps, to produce sharp, blur-free images. This image sensor shift-type SR mechanism works with almost all PENTAX interchangeable lenses — even those designed for film-format cameras. Thanks to its flexible design, which tilts the image sensor unit in all directions, the K-5 II offers several useful features to assist the photographer during shooting, such as auto-level compensation and image composition fine-adjustment functions. In combination with the optional GPS Unit O-GPS1, it also offers an ASTROTRACER function to simplify astronomical photography.

Innovative image-processing functions to produce distinctive photographic results

The K-5 II features a custom image function, which allows the user to easily select the desired finishing touch for an image. This function offers a choice of nine distinctive custom image modes, such as: Bleach Bypass, which creates a solemn visual effect similar to one used in motion pictures; and Cross Process, which produces eye-catching images with unique, dramatic colours. The K-5 II also offers 18 digital filters to add distinctive visual effects to images, without the need for a computer. The user can even apply several different filters to a single image to create more inventive visual effects.

Other features
  • 77-segment multi-pattern metering system, for extra-accurate light measurement
  • Customisable slow shutter speed NR (Noise Reduction) setting, with a choice of auto, on and off modes
  • Customisable High-ISO sensitivity NR (Noise Reduction) setting, with a camera-dependent auto mode and a user-adjustable reduction strength pre-set for each ISO setting
  • Electronic level function, with a vertical level scale
  • Automatic compensation of distortion and lateral chromatic aberration (available only with DA, DFA and FA Limited-series lenses)
  • CTE mode, to automatically adjust the white-balance to emphasise the dominant colours of a specific scene
  • DR II (Dust Removal II) mechanism, to effectively shake dust off the CMOS image sensor using ultrasonic vibration
  • PENTAX-original hyper control system, which swiftly and accurately responds to the photographer
  • Dynamic range expansion function, to compensate for both whitewashed (overexposed) areas and black-out (underexposed) shadowy areas

Box Contains

Pentax K-5 II DSLR
AV cable
USB cable
Li-ion battery
Battery charger
AC cable
Strap
Eye cup FR (already mounted)
Finder cap for ME
Hot shoe cover FK (already mounted)
Body mount cover
Sync socket 2P cap
Bottom of body’s cap
Software S-SW132

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nigel R VINE VOICE on 16 April 2013
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Lightweight and with superb stainless steel and magnesium body, this is the successor to the excellent K5 model. On the surface, very little seems to have changed and the two cameras are very similar indeed. The K5 II is capable of shooting video in full 1080p or 720p, with the abilty to switch frame speed betwen 25-30 fps in 720p mode. The new autofocus system gives much better results in all lighting conditions although it can take a little practice to get used to it. The camera's LCD screen is a big improvement over the old K5, and offers a far better resolution, making it easier to read, especially in bright light. The weather proof body certainly seems resistant to water (I've used the camera in fairly heavy rain) and it's also had it's fair share of knocks over the last few months, but these have left the body undamaged. On the whole, picture quality is very good indeed, although I wouldn't say it was leagues ahead of the K5. Video looks great through an HD TV and still pictures are rich, full and accurate. The kit comes with an 18-55mm lens, although this can be a little on the noisy side when being operated. The only other downsides I can think of are the focus select button, which is has a lot of resistance and the overall complexity of the camera itself. Expect to spend a great deal of time reading through the user manual, especially if you are coming to the K5 II from a much simpler point and shoot camera. The original K5 was the best DSLR camera I had ever used and this one is an improvement. It is certainly worth every penny of the £800 price tag, especially if you are a keen amateur or professional photographer.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P. Srinivasan on 17 Dec. 2012
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It's certainly everything I've ever wanted in an aps-c. Low-light AF is superb. It feels great in the hand and also feels rugged and has some weight to it. It feels well balanced even with a teeny 50/1.7 mounted and all the controls are where you want them to be. High ISO is great, however shadow noise is noticable at ISO 12800+, I can pull off clean shots at 10k ISO with all that lovely aa-less image quality left. Speaking of IQ, it is quite a jump for pixel peepers like me. Hairs and specks look more defined. JPGs are surprisingly good for a Pentax, which is good for people who can't afford giant cards . SR is also working its magic better than ever, I'm handholding a 50 at 1/5 no problemo. I will update this review with some shots later, but let me say that I truly think that this is the best aps-c out there and will be for time to come. I've never used something that just felt natural like this
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sweets on 1 Dec. 2012
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I've only had this camera for a few days which I purchased together with the pentax 40mm limited lens, and I love it. I've taken some great indoor low light shots, and when the weather finally brightens up, will be testing it outdoors too. It is quite a complicated camera but it comes with a handy book manual, so will be spending the next few days going through it. This is my first DSLR camera so I can't really compare with others. However, I spent a long time researching other cameras and this one ticked all the boxes for me in terms of abilities, photo quality and price. The 40mm lens is also awesome, great for portraits and general walk around shots.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By L. W. Newton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Dec. 2012
Style Name: 18 to 55mm WR Lens Kit Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I've been using the Pentax K-5 Mk1 for the last year or so and that is one hell of a camera so wondered if upgrading to the MkII was worth it.

First off the body of the MkII is identical to the Mk1 with no cosmetic changes in both looks and layout, it is weatherproof just like the MK1 which is very welcome when shooting outdoors in the UK, it feels equal in build quality and has a stainless steel internal structure for extra ruggedness, like the Mk1.

The K5 MKII comes with a standard 18-55mm lens which is the norm, it is a decent starter though and lenses can be added at a later date, there are plenty around.

So what is different to the MK1, well the MKII is noticeably quicker in both focusing and shutter speeds, focusing is lightening fast and pin sharp with the standard lens. I have a Sigma 75-300mm tele/macro lens and focussing is a little slower with that.

The user interface is again very similar to the Mk1 but does have some differences in certain functions when in manual modes, auto made has not been altered in any way, why fix it if it ain't broke!

The photos this camera produces are stunning, colours are vibrant, images are pin sharp and that is in Auto, switch to manual modes and the sky is your limit, with user adjustable ISO from 80 to an amazing but very grainy 51200 ISO this camera will take picture in near darkness without flash ! if need be.

Pentax have retained the built in level function of this camera, I find this function extremely useful when taking landscape photos and when sitting the camera on a tripod, in fact I have it switched on all the time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bengan on 13 Feb. 2013
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The Pentax K-5II is an absolutely terrific camera. It's probably one of the more underestimated dsrl's on the market. The size is perfect. Control buttons and wheels are perfectly located and realy intuitive to use. It has all the functions you need. Picture quality is grate and colours are very good. Functionality hasn't disappointed me yet. You can use all of Pentax K-lenses (even the old M42 lenses with an K-mount adapter ring. Then with manual focus and exposure). I substituted the usual kit-lens for a Sigma 17-70 HSM which is grate lens.
The only draw back with Pentax is the rather limited supply of third party lenses and add-ons.
I can also recomend the Metz 58 AF-2 speedlight as an alternative to the original Pentax. It functions fully with the Pentax P-TTL protocol and has the advantage of firmware update functionality.
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