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06-09-2008, 06:33 AM   #16
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I agree get the K200 or maybe even better the K100 super (it's SDM worthy too), combined with the two DA* zoom lenses.
The reason I say get the K100, is that it's a fine camera, and would be easier to justify it's replacement if you only spent $350-$450 on it.
The Lenses are probably harder for someone not into photograghy to appreciate cost wise... get the best you can whilst you can.
Just my opinion.

Oh, and are you sure you can't even start a small kitty of just $5 a week for a new body later? I mean seriously!
(in two years time the K200D, or even K20D will be attainable).

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Ok guys, I decided to buy the

K200d
da*16-50
da* 50-135
pentax sling camera bag
2x 4gb sandisk extreme III
8 eneloop batteries
B&W UV haze multicoated filter 67mm and 77mm



I'll post some pictures in a few weeks after my honeymoon with the camera and my wedding/honeymoon with "the wife".
06-09-2008, 12:06 PM   #18
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Very nice starter kit. Depending on what remains in the budget, you might want to give consideration to adding a teleconverter (1.5x or 2x) so you can extend the 135 on the 50-135 a bit. To me, 135mm seems to be awfully short to be the longest length in your kit.

At any rate, have fun with your new gear.

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Or spend another $130 to get the Tamron 70-300 LD Di !!

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QuoteOriginally posted by fannibal Quote
8 eneloop batteries
For your rechargeables, it's just as important to get a good charger. The cheapo chargers people normally have will often cause the batteries to lose capacity more quickly. Two brands that are often mentioned are Maha and LaCrosse (I own a LaCrosse BC-900).

They'll run you about $40, and you can do things like "refresh" dead or dying batteries to bring back capacity, charge them at low charge to maintain capacity or high charge to get power quickly, etc. They also meter each battery individually, so you don't have to charge them in pairs, and will trickle charge into them to keep them at maximum charge if you leave charged batteries in the bays.

I'd also go and check out your local CostCo if you're a member; the one I frequent often has Eneloop kits, with something like 12 AAs, 4 AAAs, C and D-cell adapters, and a charger for around $28.

It's one more pricey accessory to buy, but the good news is, the charger's good for things outside of camera use


Edit: PentaxPoke, don't worry about it! Also, the Extreme III SDHC cards are rated at about 20MB/s.

If you're willing to work with manual focus and/or aperture, it's a good way to increase the long end of your kit on a budget. Philadelphia's a great city for pawn shops. San Diego's selection of pawnshops is pretty slim, but I still landed a few MF lenses on the cheap (my Pentax-A 70-210/4 cost me $50), and it'll probably be the longest lens in my kit until I can scrounge up enough cash to spring for an 18-250 walkaround.

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QuoteOriginally posted by fannibal Quote
Ok guys, I decided to buy the

K200d
da*16-50
da* 50-135
pentax sling camera bag
2x 4gb sandisk extreme III
8 eneloop batteries
B&W UV haze multicoated filter 67mm and 77mm



I'll post some pictures in a few weeks after my honeymoon with the camera and my wedding/honeymoon with "the wife".
Actually with the current Pentax rebate you should be able to buy K20D+DA*50-135 with $200 rebate. Tamron 17-50/2.8 is also a good choice because I heard a lot of people complain about the DA*16-50. And you still need the FA50/1.4 for potrait. The other stuff is OK.
As this is a big and long range investment, I suggest K20D instead of K200D due to the different targets of these two. (K20D is quasi-professonal while K200D is for amateur), you may regret later of not upgrading the body to the best one.
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If this setup is to last a while (wife or no wife), and there is no reason it should not, I would concur somewhat with what others have said - get a capable, but cheaper body and spend extra on the glass. As others have suggested, the 50 is a definate. I find so _many_ times I wish I had the extra speed and lighter weight than my 2 zooms. depending on how you shoot, you could also consider something in the 25-35 range or in the 100-150 range. Again, depends on how you shoot and if you feel you would like to have the extra primes. Another item I would definately add is an external flash, either the Pentax ones, or even a basic sunpak or vivitar like I have. It does come in handy and can make a big difference in the photo when you can hit your subject with lots of light.

In my order of prefs:
FA50
Flash
wide prime
med long prime

also, just another thought... remember, Pentax is quite compatible with all the old glass out there. Between this marketplace, garage sales, estate sales and ebay, you can probably sneak in some other items that no one will know about untill its too late!
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Oh, I almost forgot.. a good tripod. Doesnt need to be super, but something to support the camera from standing for family portraits and such. I think mine only cost $50. I would not trust my life to it, but it gets me by.

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I just thought... Its fun spending someone elses money too!
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QuoteOriginally posted by fannibal Quote
Ok guys, I decided to buy the

K200d
da*16-50
da* 50-135
pentax sling camera bag
2x 4gb sandisk extreme III
8 eneloop batteries
B&W UV haze multicoated filter 67mm and 77mm



I'll post some pictures in a few weeks after my honeymoon with the camera and my wedding/honeymoon with "the wife".
Nice choice.....I like this better than your original set up. Those are great lenses.
06-10-2008, 12:06 AM   #26
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I know it is too late but I wanna play...

K20D
Da 50-135
AF 540
Sigma 10-20


Oops slightly over budget... even after the rebates...

Oh well

you did pretty good on your set, and much better than your original IMHO
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QuoteOriginally posted by DJey Quote
Why not get the K10D or the K200D.. Here's my set for the money!

Pentax K200D - $628.11
DA* 16-50mm F2.8 - $689.99
DA* 50-135mm F2.8 - $750.22
lowerpro slingshot 100 DC backpack- 70$

Total = $2150 ( if 2500 is your max )

You still have $350 to dispose..
You can get a good flash or even the FA 50mm F1.4 for that plus some filters, SD,

With that you pretty much have everything..
I second your replacement choice in that you have balanced more towards comparable optics. Your original lenses proposed just would not match that of K20D. Anyway consumer electronic (read camera body) depreciates a lot faster than lens and part. * lensese

Happy shooting

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If you're set a budget spend wisely if only over budget and you will be satisfied only until LBA grips your life


Oh hell you'll be married and the missus will only forgive you eventually LOL


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QuoteOriginally posted by fannibal Quote
This will be a wedding present from my parents and my fiance/wife-to-be made it clear that I won't be allowed to buy any lenses/new dSLR for 10 years. What would you do?
I'd keep my fingers crossed while agreeing to the deal. It won't take long before you drool for more lenses, tripod, flash, bags, remote, filters...As you can see the list could be endless.

Good luck! (with the wedding and the camera)
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