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07-10-2012, 08:30 AM   #1
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Purchasing a Pentax K-30

I am in the market to buy a Pentax and was extremely surprised with the weather seal on the K-30's. I will be using this for hunting snapping pictures of wildlife, and nature shots. I need to buy within the next two weeks.

Couldn't post the link but it is a Best Buy - K-30 with 18-55mm and 50-200mm Lens for $1,049.99

It seems that is the best deal I can get right now, although I am interested in the white base coat so I can apply a camouflage paint coat over it. Two lenses for any photography I do indoors or close range I have an option for. The 50-200mm seems to be a good lens for outdoors. What does this community think of this?

The reason I am choosing Best Buy is because I am buying this camera, and a Garmin eTrex 20 GPS together, and financing it over 24 months. I could pay it off in 2 months, but would rather save money for my trip to TX/CO in August.

07-10-2012, 10:10 AM   #2
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Bosnak,

First, welcome! With a new Pentax, you won't be disappointed

Since you want weather sealing, ENSURE your copy of the 18-55 + 55-200 have the WR designation, not DA-L or just plain DA. Yes they are three versions of this lens. A Light, Regular, and a WR - Weather Resistant.

I recommend the K30 + 18-135 package much more than the two lens you seek.

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07-10-2012, 02:00 PM   #3
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Thanks for the Welcome!

I have been doing more reading. I am determined on either a 50-200mm or 50-300mm lens. I will be mainly in woods being a crazy camouflaged photographing predator with a deadly Pentax in hand. Mornings dew, rains, and humidity will be a huge factor.

I can not find a 50-300mm in WR.

I found the 50-200mm WR for $250 on Amazon/BestBuy which is a fine price for me. $850+250= $1,100.
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18-135 kit at amazon

but only in black but it does say "In Stock". The 18-135 is WR.



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bosnak I personally would go for the 18-135 kit over the 18-55 and 55-200 kit. It's a sharper kit and it has weathersealing.
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I would get a 55-300 and put a plastic bag around it. You need the reach, and the 55-300 is beter optically.
07-10-2012, 09:43 PM   #7
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I haven't found a SINGLE k-30 in my city. No one has it yet. I comparted a k-5 to a Canon t4i in same scenario's outside and I definitely liked the Canon better. It was A LOT lighter as well. I will be hunting, and hiking with it and weight is an issue as well. Still waiting for the k-30 to come in stock around here.
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QuoteOriginally posted by First Poster Quote
I haven't found a SINGLE k-30 in my city. No one has it yet. I comparted a k-5 to a Canon t4i in same scenario's outside and I definitely liked the Canon better. It was A LOT lighter as well. I will be hunting, and hiking with it and weight is an issue as well. Still waiting for the k-30 to come in stock around here.
The K-5 is definitely heavier, but that is mostly because the body is Magnesium Alloy - I bet I could run over it with a car lol. Try this: Camera Size Comparison

Also, if you really want quiet for stalking prey, if I'm not mistaken, the K-5 has the QUIETEST shutter on a DSLR. If not, it's REALLY close. Regardless, the damn thing is a whisper, and I even have to check it at times to make sure I took a picture lol.

But the K-5 isn't heavy by any means. In my experience, it's the perfect combination of heft and size. Also, the weather sealing is no joke


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While not backpacking, I do go on dayhikes with the K-5. Now that I have an 18-135, I'll be even more likely to bring it. Weather resistance and ruggedness trumps weight, IMHO.
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