Make sure you check out the prices of weathersealed lenses. A weathersealed body isn't unless you use weathersealed lenses too. They aren't cheap.
Actually, Pentax's weather resistant lenses are pretty affordable and can handle a pretty heavy rain. The DA18-55 wr can be had for $169 new off Amazon and has sold on Overstock for $100 new before. It's pretty easy to pick one up on PentaxForums for a $100 or so too. And their DA50-200 wr lens can be had for around $200 new and less than $150 used. If you stop these down a bit, they are very capable lenses.
The DA 18-135 wr has a silent focus system and most say it performs better than the 18-55, but it usually is around $450.
Personally I have a few WR pentax lenses...I have the 18-55, the 50-200, the DA* 50-135 f2.8 which is just an amazing lens, the DFA 100 2.8 WR macro which is also incredible. I've taken the 18-55 and 50-135 onto a speedboat on the ocean with tons of splashing - no problem. When I got back to shore, I rinsed both the lenses and the body in a sink and it was good to go.
Here's a set of pics I took for a lavender farm competion (I'll be submitting some photos next year) using the dfa 100 2.8 wr macro lavender farms[flickr.com]
here's a set from Mt St Helens in Washington... pretty dusty environment with all the ash and dust everywhere. But I bring up this set for this reason... many of the pics had a pretty bright noonday sun where if you exposed the foreground, the sky would be completely blown out. So I exposed for the sky and brought the shadows out in post while trying to keep the sky blue. I'm no expert at this technique, but the foreground was basically black in some of these pics. That's what people mean when they say it has a "wide dynamic range" - you can rescue craploads of data from the shadows.
I'm super happy with the k5... awesome low light capability, great build quality, perfect ergonomics, lots of customizable options, sweet lenses that don't always cost a ton. I really do love this camera.
I have a Canon 60D with some nice mid-range lenses like the 15-85mm and 50mm 1.4. How does this compare to the K-5? I checked snapsort and Pentax is the clear winner but I don't trust that site.
I love my Canon but miss the old manual days as a College student developing amazing shots with my manual Pentax.
I've heard that Pentax still has that great feel to them that make them great picture taking tools that the photographer just enjoys. A lot of people who have switched from canon to pentax say that there is a joy to photography when shooting the k5 that they just don't have with other brands. Maybe it's the ability to choose the settings for different dials and buttons, maybe it's how the camera feels like a tool designed to be an extension of your hands and eyes, maybe its the build quality that gives confidence, maybe its the sound of the shutter that is so quiet yet slick sounding. But many of the people that switch say that the k5 feels like it was designed by a photographer, not just an engineer.
The Canon 60D is a very good camera. The tiltable screen is helpful and it's video capabilities are probably better than the k5. But as a photography tool, the Pentax K5 really is in a different league even if the prices that they are selling for are similar now. You aren't invested much in glass right now so if you were to make a move you would not lose as much as if you had a bunch of canon lenses. I'd say this... if you want weather resistance and if you'd like your fast 50 to be stabilized (along with any lens that you put on it whether its a modern lens or one of many very good lenses from the 1960's), it might be worth looking at what the switch would cost you.
The K-5 is a great camera but the K-30 is basically the same thing with some minor improvements and only $730 with the 18-55 kit lens on Amazon, although i would pay $10 and get it in blue.
k30 has 12 bit processing while the k5 has 14 bit so dynanmic range is slightly better. k5 you can get a grip, k30 you can't. k5 has mic input for video, k30 doesn't. k30 has better video format that takes less memory than the k5. k30 focus is improved over the k5. k5 has a top lcd for camera mode etc k30 does not. k5 battery is longer lasting than k30. raw and jpg buffer in the k5 is larger than k30. I'm probably forgetting a couple things... I'll add to it as caffeine kicks in.
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