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Pentax K-70 Weather-Sealed DSLR Camera

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Price for Well rated camera is $471 for body only,
$566.95 with kit 18mm-55mm lens
$716.93 with kit 18mm-135mm lens

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Deal is $75 less than Black Friday/Cyber Monday; lowest it has been when sold new by Amazon, less than available on B&H or Adorama.

This is an high value camera for those who still enjoy dSLR;
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I have the K50 and it's a great camera that it weather sealed very well. This K70 competes with a Canon 80D and Nikon D7200/7500 in many ways. If you need weather sealing, this is it. Added bonus is it's able to use vintage Pentax glass which are inexpensive and high quality like my favorites, the Super Takumar 50mm and 105mm. Beautiful creamy bokeh from both and tack sharp. Favored by many for portrait work.
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I would love this camera, but my K-3 is still working just fine so I can't justify it yet...

Low light on the K-70 is pretty darn good for a 24MP APS-C sensor, which is one way it beats the older K-3 flagship. Pair this with a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and you've got a really good setup for most situations, including low light. Pair it with the Pentax 18-135 WR and you've got a great outdoor and all around setup, but might struggle indoors if it's really dim.

Side note, I look forward to seeing computational photography in a DSLR one day. Some of the newer phones can beat handheld low light DSLR performance with their computational magic, despite tiny sensors. I can only imagine how awesome that would be paired with a high quality DSLR sensor!

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I'm so tempted to buy since I have the K50 and this would be an upgrade. But I don't think the small difference is worth the money. For those of you who don't know, the Pentax cameras are very unique with the combination of things they offer. They use the original lenses so you can pick up old, but high quality lenses for cheap. Stabilization is in body, so you don't have to buy expensive lenses. The weather sealing is amazing. I've literally been in sandstorm, waterfalls, torrential rain, freezing temperatures, and snow with the K50. While everyone else is running away, hiding their camera, I just keep shooting. Now... I did discover one issue of taking pictures in the rain... it's hard to keep water spots from blurring the image when water keeps splashing on the lens. You got to be fast with wiping the water off, then taking a photo.

Anyways, I recommend the camera to those who want an inexpensive but rugged camera. If you like showing off brand names, skip it, as only the niche camera fanatics will know what a Pentax is.
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What video does this shoot?
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Deals dead Frown. Back to 550+
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What video does this shoot?
Look somewhere else if you care about video. Pentax is great at still photos.
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I would love this camera, but my K-3 is still working just fine so I can't justify it yet...

Low light on the K-70 is pretty darn good for a 24MP APS-C sensor, which is one way it beats the older K-3 flagship. Pair this with a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 and you've got a really good setup for most situations, including low light. Pair it with the Pentax 18-135 WR and you've got a great outdoor and all around setup, but might struggle indoors if it's really dim.

Side note, I look forward to seeing computational photography in a DSLR one day. Some of the newer phones can beat handheld low light DSLR performance with their computational magic, despite tiny sensors. I can only imagine how awesome that would be paired with a high quality DSLR sensor!
Only a Pentax user would say phones can beat a dslr. Sure, if you are only posting to Instagram and Facebook and letting software degrade your images anyway or printing small. Those of us that get paid to take images will stay in the real world with our cameras and lenses.
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Only a Pentax user would say phones can beat a dslr. Sure, if you are only posting to Instagram and Facebook and letting software degrade your images anyway or printing small. Those of us that get paid to take images will stay in the real world with our cameras and lenses.
If you read carefully I said "handheld low light"performance, which is a single place some newer phones do have an advantage since they can align and merge successive frames automatically, aka computational photography. To do the same with a DSLR you would need to take multiple shots and combine in post, which is much more of a hassle. In all other ways and against all but those few new phones the DSLR still wins (except portability).

See here for an example:
https://petapixel.com/2019/11/05/...-shootout/

Add that processing capability to a DSLR and that would be a real good reason to upgrade.
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