seeking some advice regarding a purchase

Started Sep 23, 2012 | Discussions thread
James O'Neill Veteran Member • Posts: 4,674
Re: seeking some advice regarding a purchase

Blackburn11 wrote:

I am thinking the k-30 is the best bang for the buck in this range (though I think nikon will release something the minute I buy!). I love the IQ at higher ISO, the weather sealing, and the large viewfinder.

All valid points.

I am looking for advice on two things. First, I am hoping to get some nice comments about people happy with pentax

I've shot with Pentax since 1983. I've owned 4 Pentax DSLRs, having recently upgraded my K7 to a K5. So you could say I'm pretty happy with Pentax.

  • First and foremost you need to feel comfortable and at home with the camera you choose. Whatever fantastic things reviews tell you a camera has if you don't want to pick it up and shoot ... you won't practice photography enough to get any good at it, and when you might have shot pictures you'll be doing something else. To me. Pentax has a long history of making the best handling cameras on the market, and the K5/7 are close to operating by telepathy. But if you find the K30 makes you feel like you have 5 thumbs on each hand, buy something else.

  • Being weather sealed you can take the Pentax bodies to places which you couldn't take others.

  • Everyone has their own view on what lenses they want. Pentax has some brilliant primes, and the 18-135mm gives a range equivalent to the two zooms I used with my film SLRs. (28-200 in 35mm terms, I had a 28-85, and an 80-200). If you have a specialist requirement which isn't available in a Pentax mount then you might need to look elsewhere.

  • Because Pentax's stabilization is in-body all lenses are stabilized lenses allowing slower hand held shooting.

  • The image quality on both the K5 and K30 is very good indeed. Pentax don't have a monopoly on quality.

Only you can answer if Pentax gives you a camera you will want to shoot with, with the lens(es) you want , with a subjective image quality which pleases you but in my case the answer is an emphatic yes to all .

Second, I was considering the 18-135 weather sealed lens and k-30 for $1100 (and a 70-300mm lens in the future). I was also thinking about the 18-55 lens and a 50-200 lens for $930 (and perhaps a Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 in the near future).

My wife has the patience of a mosquito and I am worried about having to change lenses.

I bought the 18-250 as "one zoom to rule them all and in the darkness bind them" only about 10% of my shots are taken at longer than 135mm, so the 18-135 would work out well (see comment above on the range).

I want this purchase to yield some very sharp images for viewing on a very large monitor and hopefully for some large prints also.

Sharpness isn't the only quality, but I regularly make A3 size prints ( 12 x 16"). Even the older Pentax bodies produced some stunning images and K5

So, any recommendations or advice would be appreciated. I am undecided about everything, so all advice is welcome.

Advice ? Pentax has worked very well for me. That doesn't mean it will work for you; it sounds like you have done your research and things suggest it will. Eventually you have to go for it; there are pictures which you don't take every day. Once you've made your decision, don't read a camera review for at least a year. Ignore complainers and fan boys on forums. Only allow for the possibility of buyers remorse if you find the camera gets in the way of what you are trying to do.

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Pentax K-5 IIs Pentax K-1 Pentax smc FA 50mm F1.4 Pentax smc DA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 Pentax smc FA 43mm F1.9 Limited +2 more
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