Move on from Pentax or upgrade the body only?

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Lance Ripplinger Regular Member • Posts: 172
Move on from Pentax or upgrade the body only?


I am facing a dilemma of sorts. I currently have the following: K200D, DA*-16-50mm, DA* 50-135mm and the Sigma EX 50-500mm APO DG. I also have the Pentax AF-360 flash unit. I have a complete system basically. My dilemma is what to do. These are the questions I have.

1. Should I sell my entire system? If so, what is the best way to do it. Does anyone here have any experience with companies that buy your used gear from you (like B&H or Adorama for example)? Maybe a private sale would through eBay, ,etc. would be best?

2. Just get a new Pentax body? I really want a modern DSLR with a fully articulating screen. I have noticed that Ricoh doesn't have many cameras anymore to choose from on their website?

Currently, my reasoning is this: I can sell or trade my whole Pentax setup, and get a new DSLR kit with a couple lenses. I realized that I don't even use my 50-135 to speak of anymore, much less the huge "Bigma" as it was called back in the day. Do you have any good, sound advice? I could I suppose, just sell or trade in the 50-135 and 50-500 for a new camera body maybe? But then, I just don't know. I hate all this second guessing I do! If I were to just sell or trade all of my gear, would that be a sound choice? I have been looking online at Canon and Nikon kits that come with a 18-55 and 70-300mm range telephoto, and have the fully articulating screen. My concern is that I don't want to take a step backwards, but on the other hand, my K200D is old, and surely about any new DSLR would be a huge improvement?

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 Lance Ripplinger's gear list:Lance Ripplinger's gear list
Pentax K200D Pentax smc DA* 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL (IF) SDM Pentax smc DA* 50-135mm F2.8 ED (IF) SDM Sigma 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM
Pentax K200D
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