Pentax K-5 II DSLR Camera

Like the Nikon D7000, Pentax has been known by a large number of people to cater high-grade SLRs for several years now. If you’ve known the Pentax Q and the K-series, particularly the K-5, you’d be sure the company is still catering those weatherproof devices though in a premium price as well. Lately, the company released its new model with the same intelligent scheme, the K-5 II, and came along with two different versions: the standard one with the loss-pass filter one it (some would call it an anti-aliasing filter since it works that way) and the other that has none. Both devices cost more than a grand, but you have to prepare at least $100 or more for the latter.

The said implementation and omission of filter works both ways advantageously well. With the filter on it, the K-5 will be capable of producing less jagged contrasts in images without losing sharpness to details. Removing the filter allows users to accurately identify the lines from pixel to pixel, and remarkably, results are just as subjectively pleasing as well. This aspect of the K-5 II, if you’d ask me, doesn’t really add that much impact to the camera’s performance, nor to the picture quality; it actually just enhances images’ versatility especially when they are taken in RAW format.

The Pentax K-5 II does not have that much change with the weatherproof sealing to the general body design. In a size of 3.8 inches high, 5.2 inches wide, and 2.9 inches deep, the K-5 II is at least light in its class with only a weight of 1.6 lbs. That said, the K-5 II is hardly a full-sized DSLR, though it is not short with the right controls like a mode dial, a viewfinder, and a 921k-dot LCD that the company boasts because of the absence of the usual air-gap that causes glaring artifacts and reflections. Moreover, with the viewfinder comes a not-so-uncommon glass pentaprism for its mechanics, and is remarkably handsome because it gives a full-sized view of frame.


I probably want to assure you that the K-5 II, like some Pentax models, is capable in resisting weather filths and worries. Indeed, I love the slightly weighty material that seals the whole body, with that special compact Pentax lens not excluded in the protection. With this, the Pentax K-5 II is capable of shooting under direct downpours of rain, is in some way impact-resistant and shock-resistant, and the most important, is well built especially to the ergonomic side. Weather sealed lenses like the SMC DA 18-135mm is also a viable option, though some packages are already offered with this lens in a bundled price. Lastly, being weather-protected, the K-5 II like its predecessor keeps its mechanisms works in quiet mode for that cleaner shots.

The Pentax K-5 II features a 16.3-MP CMOS sensor that, as company claimed, is integrated with an AD converter (Analog to Digital). Adding to this, instead of the usual IS system found on lenses, the K-5 II uses an in-body sensor, which as tested is performing well and sure no matter the type of lens attached. At a relatively fast sequential shooting of 6.2fps, the Pentax K-5 II is swift enough with all those accuracy and detail especially to lowly lit scenes; thanks to the new SAFOX X phase-detective AF system with 11 points. With ISO also of up to the very rare 51,200, plus a shutter speed of up to 1/8000sec, capturing those rare moments will not be missed anymore.

Lastly, some rare additions or comparisons available for the new Pentax are its ability to capture Adobe DNG files and PEF. The only downside with the Pentax K-5 II so far is its unwarranted retention of a low video quality at only 25p for the full HD resolution; you might end up using the 720p one that only gets a bit better at 30p. With the image quality, I still perceive it to be conditional under the type of lens, but this camera seemed to be more of a versatile instrument than a usual SLR that boasts of robust image quality. Overall, the Adobe DNG is a real performer in its price, and as I categorize it, I still consider it an average DSLR with just few but remarkable features like being able to ‘survive’ under hard rain.

Pentax K-5 II DSLR Camera Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 54,000.00

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