Review in progress: Pentax K-5 II and K-5 II S


Continuing the move toward cameras without optical low-pass filters, Pentax last year released two versions of its flagship digital SLR, the K-5 II and K-5 II S, the latter with no OLPF. Both cameras retain the same body and 16MP resolution, but get an upgraded autofocus sensor and a new air-gapless LCD. We’ve started our review, but wanted to put up a quick look exploring whether there’s a difference between the two in terms of image quality. Click on the link below to see whether removing the low pass filter makes sufficient difference to warrant the risk of moiré.

The Pentax K-5 II and K-5 II S are identical save for the lack of a low-pass filter in the latter. Our main question was what difference we could find between the two in terms of detail and moiré. Click the image above to see what we found.


zos xavius

I don’t care what anyone says. I have a k-5, and the k-5 IIs is pretty enticing to say the least. Better AF, no AA filter. They took an amazing camera and made only improvements on it. Good job. I realize this is just a holdover camera until the k-3 comes on-line. I just hope and pray they keep the same good, almost retro looks of the k-5, and bring a lot more improvements. For aps-c the nikon d7100 is going to be pretty hard to beat. Especially for the low price they are selling it for.


Where’s the reviews for other cameras like D4 & Canon 1D-X ?

joe talks photography

OMG…maybe this should become a site where you pay for reviews. I wouldn’t mind, would you?

joe talks photography

this might keep some folks from jumping off the bed, in desperation of a review.


I really hope they will do some shots withs good Limited lens while testing K-5 IIs

Shawn Barnett

The shots of the boys are with the 43mm Limited lens. I also have the 40. You’ll find shots with these and other lenses, including the 18-135mm and 16-50mm lens in the galleries for both cameras. If you have any other requests, please let me know here.


How about the Coastal Optics UV-VIS-IR 60mm Apo Macro? 😉



Wow using awesome primes of the bat! Please do include the DA70 and FA77!

Jimmy jang Boo

I also think it wouldn’t be a bad idea for DPR to ask what cameras most people are interested in having reviewed.


Take your time, guys! Enjoy the spring! (just kidding)

Jimmy jang Boo

Heads up! I’m sure if DPR kept its audience abreast with what they were doing, and what’s coming down the pipe, most folks would appreciate it.


Wow! Already?

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