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09-06-2016, 01:40 AM   #1
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Pentax k200d advice

I hope im posting in the right section as I'm new here. I've had the above camera for about 10 years but the lens bought with it 18-55 and 50-200 (Pentax) left me frustrated quality wise, especially for low light.
I'm now looking to buy a Pentax 50m f1.8 for low light and night shooting. Any suggestions on other lens (budget around 100) and a good tripod (not over 150) would be really helpful. My winter night hikes can be over 5 miles so weight and folding of the tripod is important.
I've searched online but hey, if you really want the right information ask the pros


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09-06-2016, 02:14 AM - 1 Like   #2
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Hi there,
Welcome to PF as I see this is your first post. The K200d was indeed a fine performer in its time, which has now come and gone. I still have mine although I no longer really use it. If you want to really insist on continuing to use it, 2 lenses that would make a nice match are the DA16-85 and the DA18-135, the latter being perhaps more of an all-purpose lens that gives excellent results. You may find that the AF speed of the K200d will limit/frustrate you with these new lenses. The DA50 1,8 is a excellent value and would be great fun on that camera.

However, if it were me, I would retire the K200d and move up to another body with a deal including a better kit lens. The K-30, K-50 and K-S2, with the right bundle, would be a very nice upgrade to your K200d. Just my 2 cents. Enjoy your project.
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Maybe you can consider also DA 35/2.4 which fits/almost fits your budget?

...were you thinking about M 50/1.7 or DA 50/1.8 (new autofocus lens)?
09-06-2016, 03:48 AM   #4
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Welcome to the forums - good to have you with us (and always nice for me personally to see another UK member)

The DA50 f/1.8 and DA35 f/2.4 are excellent lenses. Both can be used to good effect at maximum aperture (I frequently shoot both wide open), and by f/4 they're positively excellent. My only concern would be whether those focal lengths are appropriate for what you like to photograph, but I assume you've already considered that.

Another prime to consider is the FA50 f/1.4. A little patience bagged me a mint used example for 140, so you should be able to find a slightly less pristine copy for around 120 if you keep your eyes peeled. I actually prefer the DA50 f/1.8 optically, but the auto-focus accuracy of the FA50 f/1.4 seems more consistent in low light, and the slightly wider aperture is ideal for these situations (so long as you're happy with the shallow depth of field).

One more idea... Is auto-focus absolutely essential to you? There are some real bargains to be had with manual lenses, and something like the Pentax A 50mm f/1.7 would give you outstanding image quality with auto-aperture control for convenience of shooting. All you'd be missing is auto-focus. You can pick up a very nice used example for around 30.

I don't have much experience of tripods, I'm afraid, as I've had the same (rather heavy) Giottos model for a few years, and haven't played with any others. I like my Giottos, and it's extremely stable when I mount my camera and a heavy tele lens on it, but I'd prefer something smaller and lighter to carry...

@Davidparis suggested the possibility of upgrading your camera body too, and given that you are interested in lower light photography, there's merit in doing so. More recent models have much better high ISO performance, so you don't necessarily have to shoot at such wide apertures... and, hence, variable aperture kit lenses can be more useful, as they typically perform better when stopped down...

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I'd echo what BigMackCam says in looking for an A series lens as an alternative. In my experience I've found that the DA 50 does not work too well with the K200D's autofocus. Results can be pretty hit or miss so now I've gone back to using my old A50 1.7 on that body. The DA lens does work very well on my K-r though.

I've found the 16-45 plays really well with the K200D and I get a lot of keepers from that combination. Although the lens is big it's not that heavy meaning it's light enough to take on hikes. The focal range is quite versatile and the extra 2mm on the wide end really make a difference. While the 16-85 offers this and more it's quite pricy whereas the 16-45 can be found for a lot less.

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09-06-2016, 09:06 AM   #6
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Thanks for the advice regarding lens, I'll have a look at them. Regarding retiring the old k200 I'm unfortunately on a very low budget so whilst I'd love to move up its not possible at this moment in time especially considering I'd have to pay someone to actually take my old kit
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QuoteOriginally posted by Astiria12 Quote
Regarding retiring the old k200 I'm unfortunately on a very low budget so whilst I'd love to move up its not possible at this moment in time
Then, quite rightly, you must work within your budget. Nothing wrong with the K200D, and some fast glass will definitely improve your low-light capabilities. If and when you want to upgrade the body, your new lens(es) will be transferrable, so it's all good.

Incidentally, we have members who are still producing wonderful photographs with Pentax *ist cameras that pre-date your K200D
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When I upgraded to a K-50, I kept my K200D. It takes the same great shots now as it did when it was new!
For the small price you would get for it, its not worth selling. In some respects, I prefer the colors from the K200D over the K-50.
I use my K200D with a DA 50mm 1.8 lens and recently had a photo from it published on the cover of a national travel magazine here in New Zealand.

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