Camera Comparison: Nikon D7000 vs Pentax K-30

Started Jan 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
Heie2 Contributing Member • Posts: 515
Re: Camera Comparison: Nikon D7000 vs Pentax K-30

Tom114 wrote:

To Heie:

Thanks for all the input, you have some great pictures in your collection. What have your experiences been trying to get pictures of motion? Also, what lenses do you have?

I was curious about potentially swapping the D7000 (mainly because the 18-200 has its issues) for the K30 and using the price difference to pick up a lens or two.

Hey Tom, glad to be of service, and I appreciate your compliments 

To be honest I haven't done much "motion" photography, so I wouldn't be the best person to talk to about that. But I routinely see BIF (Bird in Flight) images and sports images from the K-5 and the K-30. I would be very comfortable trying my hand at any outdoor sport in daylight or under super bright lights (Baseball, Football, Soccer, etc). Indoor would be a bit trickier, and that would be where the new AF in the K-5 II would be a boon. But again, I've seen it out of both, and if tracking of very fast moving subjects really *is* a priority then I advise you keep your D7000.

For me, my lenses are:

  • DA* 16-50 f/2.8
  • DA* 50-135 f/2.8
  • DA* 60-250 f/4
  • DA* 55 f/1.4
  • DFA 100 WR Macro f/2.8
  • Sigma 8-16 f/4.5-5.6
  • Sigma 30 f/4
  • Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye

Lenses that I have used

  • DA 18-135 WR (one is in the mail now, haven't received my personal copy of it yet)
  • DA 18-55 WR
  • DA 55-300

Since you seem interested in a superzoom, your options for Pentax are the Pentax 18-270 that was just newly released, a Sigma 18-250, and the Pentax 18-135. While the 18-135 has the shortest reach, stopping at 135, I recommend that lens as it has superior image quality in the shared zoom range, and it is weather sealed, too. I don't know how much your D7000 + 18-200 cost, but if it's in the ballpark of $1200-1300, I'd recommend one of the following two options:


You can replace the DA 55-300 with the DA L 55-300 , which lacks a lens hood, the ability for Quick-Shift Focus, and has a plastic mount instead of the DA's metal mount. That would end up saving you an additional $90 for a total of $1177. I highly recommend the DA version rather than the DA L.

Let me know if you have any more questions


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