Is the k-50 still worthwhile?

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Hey all!

I know this camera came out a few years ago, but there's a good deal on them at B and H photos for 378 including the kit lens.

I HAD a D3200 Nikon, but had sold it to finance something a while back, and now find myself in need of another camera. It took great photos, but I found the controls a little clunky for manual adjustments. I've read this has dual control wheels, the weatherproofing is a big bonus, it can use the eye-fi cards, and comes in funky colours.

Still worth it? or is its successor about to come out.

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I don't see why a newer model being out makes a camera worthless.
I know someone who still uses the K100d super on a regular basis & it still produces great shots.

Pentax is just releasing their long awaited full frame model, so I doubt they'll be updating the K50 for a while, but if it where me I'd go for a used K5 instead which can be had for about the same money. (I don't care for the colors!)
 

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Hey all!

I know this camera came out a few years ago, but there's a good deal on them at B and H photos for 378 including the kit lens.

I HAD a D3200 Nikon, but had sold it to finance something a while back, and now find myself in need of another camera. It took great photos, but I found the controls a little clunky for manual adjustments. I've read this has dual control wheels, the weatherproofing is a big bonus, it can use the eye-fi cards, and comes in funky colours.

Still worth it? or is its successor about to come out.

Thanks!

Its successor, the K-30, has already been out for a while. That doesn't mean the K-50 is useless, because it's still an excellent camera. A few reviews I saw say there are no big differences between the two anyway.

(Edit: Here's one comparison review: Pentax K-30 vs Pentax K-50 Detailed Comparison)

I agree that it would be worth looking for a good used K-5. You'll get more camera for the same money.

Disclaimer: I don't use DSLRs and shoot film almost exclusively, BUT, I have done a lot of research on the Pentax DSLRs and I have had the use of a K5 off and on until about a year or so ago. Pentax is definitely the route I'd be going if I were to add a DSLR to my brood of cameras. Yes, I'm a Pentax fangirl, but it's not the only reason I'd go Pentax. The image quality holds up to the Canonikon equivalents, the controls are less menu-driven, and they're an excellent value (you'll get more camera for the money.)
 

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..liking my new K S2 a lot so far, enough features to keep me happy and it plays well with my M42 and K mount lenses and stuff. Chose it over the K 50, bit smaller and a newer sensor for not too much more $$.
 

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I believe the K-50 actually replaced the K-30, not the other way around. :) It and the K-30 (if you can find one) are good cameras, and that 16MP Sony sensor is still a great image maker- the "sweet 16". I have 3 Pentax bodies with that sensor- two K-o1's and a K-5. You can't go wrong with a K-50/K-30. However, the K-S2 is definitely more awesome, if you can swing it. Its articulating screen is the sh*t!! I really love mine and I use it a LOT. I also have a K-3, and you can find one for a fraction of the original cost, since the K-3II came out a while back. The K-3 is simply awesome in every way.
 

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I believe the K-50 actually replaced the K-30, not the other way around. :) It and the K-30 (if you can find one) are good cameras, and that 16MP Sony sensor is still a great image maker- the "sweet 16". I have 3 Pentax bodies with that sensor- two K-o1's and a K-5. You can't go wrong with a K-50/K-30. However, the K-S2 is definitely more awesome, if you can swing it. Its articulating screen is the sh*t!! I really love mine and I use it a LOT. I also have a K-3, and you can find one for a fraction of the original cost, since the K-3II came out a while back. The K-3 is simply awesome in every way.

I thought they counted down.

Huh...just checked. The counted up for the Kxxx level (K100 and 110, then K200), and also the Kxx level (yup, the K-30 came first), but the Kx cameras counted down (The K5 came out before the K3, and that came out before the K1).

According to this: Pentax cameras - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia the K30 is no longer being produced, nor is the K5.
 

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I believe the K-50 actually replaced the K-30, not the other way around. :) It and the K-30 (if you can find one) are good cameras, and that 16MP Sony sensor is still a great image maker- the "sweet 16". I have 3 Pentax bodies with that sensor- two K-o1's and a K-5. You can't go wrong with a K-50/K-30. However, the K-S2 is definitely more awesome, if you can swing it. Its articulating screen is the sh*t!! I really love mine and I use it a LOT. I also have a K-3, and you can find one for a fraction of the original cost, since the K-3II came out a while back. The K-3 is simply awesome in every way.

I thought they counted down.

Huh...just checked. The counted up for the Kxxx level (K100 and 110, then K200), and also the Kxx level (yup, the K-30 came first), but the Kx cameras counted down (The K5 came out before the K3, and that came out before the K1).

According to this: Pentax cameras - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia the K30 is no longer being produced, nor is the K5.

One might still find a K-30 or two for sale, or a K-5II.
 

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One might still find a K-30 or two for sale, or a K-5II.

Funny you should say the I have a K5II on the way at the moment - cost me under £300 body only. Just have to sell off my old K7 to help fund it, fortunately there's already someone at work who's considering it :1219:
 
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Update: I ended up with the K-s2. I looked for a sutiable K-5 or K-5ii but the used prices were not that much less than the new version, so figured I'd go with the updated tech.

I was almost torn away by the Sony a6000's EVF, but it just felt too dinky in my hands / no weather-proofing / no used lens market.

Looking forward to using it!
 

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Came late to the party, just saw this post. I love my K30, but considering an upgrade to either K-S2 or the K -3. Have you been able to try it out yet? Any comments on it???
 
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I'm still working out all the bells and whistles, but quite like it so far. The articulating screen is great for macros when needing to get down low - and the kit lens does a decent job. Here's some pictures I've snapped with it so far:

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If you're still on the fence, I'd say get it.
 

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