Help with Pentax K-r as a gift
If he likes manual mode then the K-R can work well for him, and raw is even better. I don't know him, but he has a zoom on the Canon and the kit lens can give good results, just stop it down a bit (think f/8). The K-R has very good high ISO capabilities, so f/8 is much more doable than on the Canon G-9. You are right about the IQ of the 35mm though. Will he feel constrained by the prime when he is used to a zoom? I have the Sigma 10-20mm and like it, but will he use it much? Maybe better to get the standard kit lens and add the 35mm f/2.4 instead of the 10-20mm. Let him decide if he wants an ultra wide or a tele zoom.
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