The Pentax K-50 is the follow-up to the K-30, a mid-level DSLR with a 16MP sensor and PRIME M processor. Image processing has been improved on the K-50, with the promise of fewer 'jaggies' in images. Additionally, the K-50 has 100% field of view viewfinder, in-camera shake reduction, four optional interchangeable focusing screens, and a fast shutter with the ability to shoot at speeds up to 1/6000. The weather-resistant camera can be custom ordered in 120 possible color combinations, and is compatible with Eye-Fi SD Cards.
Pentax K-50 DSLR Camera
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- 16.1MP APS-C CMOS sensor
- 6 frames per second continuous shooting
- 11-point AF system
- ISO 100-12,800 expandable up to 51,200
- 1080/30,24fps HD video (H.264/MPEG-4/MOV)
- 3.0 inch LCD with 921,000 dots
- 100% viewfinder and 4 optional focusing screens
- Sensor-shift image stabilization
- Pop-up flash with hotshoe
- Fully weather-sealed, dustproof, and coldproof
- Raw, JPEG, and Raw+JPEG with in-camera RAW processing
- SD/SDHC/SDXC and Eye-Fi compatible
|Body type||Compact SLR|
|Max resolution||4928 x 3264|
|Other resolutions||4224 x 2816, 3456 x 2304, 2688 x 1792|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||17 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.7 x 15.7 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100 to 51600, in 1, 1/2, 1/3 EV steps|
|White balance presets||9|
|Custom white balance||Yes (3)|
|JPEG quality levels||Good, Better, Best|
|Optics & Focus|
|Number of focus points||11|
|Lens mount||Pentax KAF2|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD monitor with brightness/color adjustment and AR coating|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/6000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Built-in flash||Yes (Pop-up)|
|Flash range||12.00 m (at ISO 100)|
|External flash||Yes (Hot-shoe, Wireless)|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync, Slow Sync+Redeye, Trailing Curtain Sync, Wireless|
|Continuous drive||6 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes ( 2 or 12 seconds)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3 frames at 1 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30,25,24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60,50,30,25,24 fps), 640 x 424 (30,25,24 fps)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Remote control||Yes (optional, wired or wireless)|
|Environmentally sealed||Yes (Weather and dust resistant)|
|Battery description||D-LI109 lithium-ion rechargeable (4 x AA with optional adapter)|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||410|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||650 g (1.43 lb / 22.93 oz)|
|Dimensions||130 x 97 x 71 mm (5.12 x 3.82 x 2.8″)|
|Timelapse recording||Yes (999 shots, 3 sec to 24 hr interval, time delay)|
First user review here? Kidding me!? :)
I'm very surprised there aren't any user reviews here on DPR! My full review is on my blog, so here is my conclusion on what I like: (1) Build/design similar in quality and feel to the K20/10 DSLRS (2) Weather Sealed (kit comes with WR kit lens too) (3) Excellent optical finder- 100% accurate and bright/large (4) Dual customizable control ...
Great Camera - Tons of features
I got this camera a couple of weeks ago, through Airmiles, and I must say, I love this camera so far. I used to (and still) have the K-1000 and ME Super, that I used back in the 80's through to the mid to late 90's, that's when I got my 1st Digital point & shoot camera. Since then I have had two point & shoot cameras, and loved using them. It's only lately that I got the itch to get back into SLR photography, but the prices were way out of my league (given my current situation). So Thank ...
question regarding used lenses
I just got my first DSLR (K-50), so I am still learning my way around it. Iit's a considerable step up from my compact. The kit I bought came with 2 kit zooms but I have enough experience from my film days to already know that I want a prime lens. I'm looking for something in the 50mm range. I understand about the crop factor with APS-C. I'm considering the DA 50mm f/1.8 but I am willing to buy a good used lens and even manual focus if it's a better lens. But I am new to Pentax (my film DSLR was a Canon) and I don't understand some of the abbreviations when looking at used lenses on the web. (I have tried to figure this out by looking around the forums, but still have some questions.) Exactly what would I be looking for in a used lens to be able to use it with my K-50 without any special adapter? Aside from having to manually focus a manual lens, are there any other functions I would be giving up? Any info you can give me to help clear this up will be greatly appreciated. Or if ...
SMC Pentax .... The earliest K mount lenses. What we call K lenses on this forum. SMC Pentax-M .... Functionally the same as the K lenses. Most are from the '70's and are more compact SMC Pentax-A ..... Manual Focus with an A setting on the aperture ring. Mostly from the early '80s. Will shoot in all exposure modes. SMC Pentax-F ..... The first series of autofocus lenses. Has A setting on aperture ring. SMC Pentax-FA ...... Second series of autofocus lenses. Has A setting on aperture ring. SMC Pentax FA-J .... A pseudo series that was the first to not have an aperture ring at all. It is basically stuck in the A position permanently. SMC Pentax DA - Pentax digital lenses. No aperture ring, officially only covers the smaller cropped imager of the digital SLRs. SMC Pentax D-FA - Reworked FA lenses that had improvements on the optics to work better with digital cameras. Anything with a "*" is a premium lens, much like the "L" designation for Canon. For instance SMC Pentax-A* 1:4 300mm W ... Continue Reading
I would recommend something like the Pentax-A 50mm f/1.7. It allows automatic metering, is sharp, and is very inexpensive. Of course, this is just one of many legacy lenses that perform nicely on a modern Pentax dSLR. Continue Reading
will my old flash work?
I just ordered a K-50 yesterday. It isn't here yet but I already have a question. I was wondering if the flash I have from my film camera days can be used with it - if the need ever arises. It's a Vivitar 285 HV. Last year I took some of my old film equipment to a local store for a quote on buying it and there were several pieces they were willing to buy, but at the time, I thought for the price, I might as well keep it in the event that I wanted to try some film work again. Now I'm being realistic and I know that will not happen. (The only thing I've used the film stuff for in 10+years is to see how the sizes & weight compared to the new stuff I was looking at). Now, if the store is still interested, I'm ready to part with what they're willing to buy. I just needed to know if the flash would be of any future use and worth keeping. Thanks for any help you can give me with this.
One thing to look out for on old flashes is the trigger voltage. Some old flashes have very high voltages which will fry a modern DSLR. The Vivitar 285HV seems to be 12V or less - http://www.botzilla.com/photo/strobeVolts.html Continue Reading
That looks like a competent auto-thyristor flash. To use it in Auto mode, you will have to make sure that your camera's ISO is fixed and not automatic. For me, I would probably end up using it in manual mode and just firing off a few test shots until I had the power setting where I wanted it. It will also be useful as an extra fill flash if you have a wireless trigger system. More light sources are always useful. The flash voltage is not a problem for Pentax digital cameras. I have a flash with a voltage over 285 volts and it never had a problem with any of my Pentax cameras (K-20, K5 etc.) The warning in the manual seems to have snuck in when the X-sync socket was added. It doesn't apply to the hotshoe. Continue Reading
WARNING the above statement is 100% incorrect, Pentax use electronic triggering to fire the flash. This is a silicon junction if the flash delivers enough current or the voltage is high enough to arc the camera will be destroyed and you will no get a warranty fix.!! The warning in the manual is not a mistake and applies both to hot shoe and pc sync sockets. Continue Reading
new camera/lens advise
Have a ME Super which I haven't used in about 10 years when I switched to a point and shoot. Want to make the move to a DSLR. Debating between and K50 & K5 II or IIs. Prefer to save money for more lenses and accessories than move up to a K3 . I mostly like doing outdoor photography -landscape/scenic shots and close ups of flowers/bugs. Still have my Tokina 50 – 200 mm lens with a 2X converter. Looking for anice macro lens. Are the kit lenses worthwhile? Should I be considering a different camera body?
Modern Kit lenses are better than kit level zooms were in the film days. I have never owned the 18-135 but most find it very worthwhile. As for macro, the Pentax 100mm , DA35 limited macro and Tamron 90mm macro all have been given a lot of praise in the forums. Pentax has a lot of primes and you'll probably get into those before very long. K5IIs out of your choices but all are quite capable. Cheers. Continue Reading
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