I find that the K-5II has pretty much equivalent noise characteristics to the *ist-Ds at 800 ISO somewhere between 3200 and 6400, depending on the subject lighting. Noise can be pretty bad in deep shadows but if the scene is evenly lighted you can even push a bit beyond 6400 and get just amazing results compared to what was possible just a few years ago.

On 10/15/2016 10:56 AM, jco...@iinet.net.au wrote:
  Yes, I did mean 800!  I am essentially comparing performance with
the ist-D,  the smoothness of the K5 at 800 is impressive, and I
don't want to push the ISO too high unnecessarily, being really happy
with the results I'm currently getting.  No doubt the shot will come
along where I will find higher ISO capability really needed, and will
use it then.  I tried a shot at 12800 at home, and it was noisy -
perhaps I need to have the time to experiment more, but on a trip of
a lifetime like this I ain't taking no chances!
John in NY

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  jco...@iinet.net.au wrote:
  > Being very obedient souls, Jan and I tried a New York pizza last
  > night, at a place named Gruppo's in East Village - thin, crisp
crust,
  > limited amount of toppings, and very tasty - freshly prepared, of
  > course, in the oven we could check out from our seat.Yes, Larry -
I've
  > noticed already being able to shoot at even 800ISO and get good
clear
  > shots at 1/10 - 1/3. Not had to push yet beyond that, but will be
  > looking to try it out.
  > John in NY

  Did you mean 800 or 8000? At 800 you'd be hard pressed to tell the
  difference from 100.

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