The cost of switching system...

Started Oct 17, 2011 | Discussions thread
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rogerstpierre Veteran Member • Posts: 3,921
The cost of switching system...

For what it's worth, I did the theoretical exercise of determining what would be the cost of switching system from what Pentax equipment I have, to what I would consider is a comparable (upgraded to new capability of course) Nikon system, with a switch of direction from Prime to Zoom.

What I have: K10D + DA18-55, DA50-200, DA*300, DA70Ltd, DA40Ltd, DA15Ltd, DFA50Macro, M150/3.5, K135/2.5, K28/3.5, K24/2.8, A50/1.7, A35-105/3.5

What I'd consider moving to: Nikon D400 (i.e. whatever successor to the D300s), 12-24/4, 24-120/4, (never mind the even more expensive fast zooms) and 300/4.

Pentax System estimated resale value: approx $3300.
Nikon System Cost: approx $6000 (incl tax) (add another $1000 for fast zooms)

Cost Delta: approx $2700+

Yes... I can hear those thinking, I'm comparing apples to oranges. That wasn't the point of this exercise. The point was to see what it would cost me to move to another equally or more desirable system that could possibly justify switching brand (that is not to say I would even like to carry a Nikon with it's large zooms, but I'll leave that discussion to another day ! )

Needless to say that the business case doesn't hold, even if buying K5's replacement body !

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