Couldn't really ask for more at this price range.

Started Jan 16, 2013 | User reviews thread
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Wang Hung Regular Member • Posts: 117
Couldn't really ask for more at this price range.

I got this camera brand new from a guy on craigslist for only $500. It came with the standard 18-55mm kit. It was fine during the day, but once I purchased the Sigma lens, it became a different beast. The pictures came out so beautiful, honestly some shots look like it came from cameras costing 3x-4x as much as what I paid for.
The dual scroll wheels are a breeze to use and makes adjusting settings very easy. The viewfinder is very good and sharp, night time is not an issue either. Menu system is great, navigating is easy and the settings makes sense. There is one thing that I found very strange, you (or at least I) cannot find a way to set the self timer to a custom value, it's always 2s or 12s. The only way for me to take a picture with a custom timer is to set interval shooting.
There's so many things I like about this camera.
- The way it handles
- Weather sealing
- Bright OVF
- Ability to use AA batteries via adapter
- Easy to use menu/buttons
- It has very decent noise level thanks to a more modern sensor
- It accepts all sorts of K-mount lens dating back many decades
- In body stabilization, and shake reduction is a nice feature

I would buy this camera in full frame version with articulating screen and more outputs, in a heart beat. And I truly think that will be the full frame version from Pentax next.


The video options are limited, there's no HDMI output, and there's no MIC input neither. The flat LCD that does not articulate is actually something I felt missing as it prevented me from composing certain shots from strange angles. There's no "focus lock" mechanism on this thing and you have to keep switching either from the body or lens to get it to stop focusing on shutter. It divides up folders if you take more than 500 shots per folder, it will create a 2nd folder for more pictures. I also do not think this camera can read the battery too accurately. And yes, the battery does run out flash if you use flash and shoot. I would recommend buying a cheap AA battery adapter for it.

 Wang Hung's gear list:Wang Hung's gear list
Sony a7R Sony a6000 Sony E 30mm F3.5 Macro Sony E 10-18mm F4 OSS Rokinon 85mm F1.4 +1 more
Pentax K-30
16 megapixels • 3 screen • APS-C sensor
Announced: May 21, 2012
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Average community score
bad for good for
Kids / pets
Action / sports
Landscapes / scenery
Low light (without flash)
Flash photography (social)
Studio / still life
= community average
Pentax K-m (K2000)
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