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11-15-2011, 01:00 PM   #1
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About to buy a k-r

This will be my first DSLR...did a lot of research on the Nikon 3100 and 5000 and decided on the Pentax. Just wanted to ask the vets here about the package deals on Amazon that come with the 55-300 lens. Is it worth the extra money?....709 out the door seems like a great deal with two lenses but if there is a beter way to go for someone who loves shooting long range without breaking the bank, I'm all ears. Would I be better off just getting the body and buying a single zoom lens like a 18-250?

Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-300mm f/4-5.8 Lenses (Black)

TIA to everyone here for your expertise....


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11-15-2011, 01:11 PM   #2
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The 55-300 is considered one of the best lenses for its price. Don't forget to add lenshoods for your lenses if they are of the DA-L type (which they probably are).
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Thanks, will do...I checked the prices of body only and they seem so close to the lens kit, it's not worth it..but I would love an all in one 18-200 or 250.

By the way, why does a certain type of lens like this need a hood?
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QuoteOriginally posted by emulsify Quote
Thanks, will do...I checked the prices of body only and they seem so close to the lens kit, it's not worth it..but I would love an all in one 18-200 or 250.

By the way, why does a certain type of lens like this need a hood?
Almost all lenses benefit from a hood if shooting in bright light, it helps to keep things like flare in check (which might otherwise wash out your photo a bit, or show flare spots)

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The 18-55 and 55-300 pair are an exceptionally good deal. That said, I don't like that pairing. I shoot a lot between 35-70mm, and I hate swapping lenses, which can mean missing shots. The IQ of a missed shot is zero. A way to extend that kit (cheaply) is with an old F35-70. But I still prefer the DA18-250 for general use.

My original K20D kit were the DA10-17 (the lens that drove me to Pentax) for its wideness and exploitation of angles; the FA50/1.4 for action, low-light, portraiture -- it's my gotta-get-the-shot lens; and the DA18-250 for almost everything else. I've now added the Tamron 10-24 for tight spaces (at the wide end) and 'scapes (at the long end); but a zillion lenses later, the DA18-250 is still my most-used lens for travel and dynamic situations, where I don't know what to expect.

I read that the DA18-250 and its Tamron twin are much better than any of the 28-200, 18-200, and 18-250|-270 lenses around. I've had Tamron and Tokina 28-200's, and a Tamron 60-300, and they're not bad, just not in the same league. The DA55-300 is reportedly better at the long end, and so is my old FA100-300, but the 18-250 is the one I use most.

So, what should you do? Save up and buy them all, of course! Some people buy the 18-55 plus 55-300 kit at the bargain price, then sell those (or at least the 55-300) for a nice profit and buy something that fits their needs more, like an 18-250. Or whatever. I don't know what's best for other people; I can barely optimize my own efforts. Good luck!

LENS HOODS: Reduce flare, increase contrast, set you apart from clueless n00bs, etc. Good stuff.
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Hi, emulsify. I'll add a second recommendation for the 2-lens (18-55/55-300) kit. FYI, I snatched it for $660 direct from Amazon only a couple months ago. I haven't been watching prices lately, though, so I don't know if it has made it back there. While changing lenses can be an annoyance (which the 18-250 would alleviate), the 55-300 is quite beautiful!
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Most all lenses do better with a lens hood.

They used to be supplied regularly, but the package deals lately have not included lens hoods, to cut costs, I guess.
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You definitely need the lens hoods, but don't spend $40+ on a Pentax hood. You can get Chinese knockoffs of both hoods for less than $20 on eBay.

You might want to wait a week or more before pulling the trigger. Prices traditionally go down post Black Friday. Not sure how the weak dollar is going to affect prices this year.

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Thanks guys for all the imput...and I will wait until black Friday. Btw, I do know why you need a hood, I use them on my other cameras outdoors...but the way it was worded " Don't forget to add lenshoods for your lenses if they are of the DA-L type (which they probably are)." made it seem like this specific lens needs a hood more than the others, so I got a bit confused....
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Nah, the DA comes with a hood, the DA-L doesn't, that's why they specified for it. One more vote for the 18-55 + 55-300 here, it's a great pairing for most people, and a very good deal. If budget allows, the DA is better than the DA-L in that it has the Quick Shift feature, you can manually tweak focus while using AF. You won't find the DA version in a two lens kit though.
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Oh...got it....I guess i will go with the kit as recommended...the body alone is 542 at B&H so the kit is really a great deal if I can snag it for under 700...I really wanted to go with one lens in the 18-250 range but it really ups the price...I think I'll wait on that one...as others have stated, I could always sell lenses to trade up...
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You'd want more qualified opinions than mine, and to compare reviews and such carefully, but the 55-300 should have at least marginally better IQ than a wider range "all in one" zoom like the 18-250. It's just really hard to maintain the IQ and pack such a range of focal length into one lens. Then again, I have heard good things about the 18-250 specifically, so it might be worth thinking about as a future option, like you said.
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