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03-13-2013, 08:38 PM   #1

Canon vs Pentax k30 and lens advice

Looking for some help! I'm a Canon user and thinking about making the switch to the k30. I shoot sports and my own active family, some portrait. What is the best lens options for this? Is the 18-55 kit lens any good? Any help would be great!

03-14-2013, 09:05 AM   #2
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The kit 18-55 is more or less the same quality as all the other kit zooms. Good, not amazing. If you are switching to Pentax, the real draws are the DA or FA limiteds, the weather resistant lenses, and the old legacy glass. You won't find anything like them in Canon/Nikon. To get your feet wet, try the DA40 Limited (others start with the 35mm macro, but I don't have it, so I don't know much about it). The 40 Ltd. is usually available used for ~$275-300, so won't break the bank. I got one "just to see", and I fell in love with it. I'm now on a journey to collect them all (the 15 was my second acquisition, 21 is next).

For zoom, the 18-135 will let you shoot in any kind of weather, but IQ is only a small step up from the kit zoom. If you have more money, the 16-50 is pretty good, and amazingly durable.

As far as legacy glass, I highly recommend starting with the Takumar 55 f2 and an m43 adapter. Super cheap (<$50), stunningly sharp, super fun, really old school. Generally, I'm a tech geek, want autofocus and all the latest, but there is just something about an old manually focused, green-button metered lens that gets you closer to photography. It's really fun (and did I mention cheap?).
03-22-2013, 07:06 AM   #3
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dont forget teh 50-135 da*, weather sealed and amazing IQ. Have one those. I would never sell it...
03-22-2013, 09:02 AM   #4
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When you say you "shoot sports" what context are you talking about? What Canon model do you own? And lenses.
I have a full slew of lenses and experience with both systems and a useful, experience-based answer depends on your needs.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Kozlok Quote
The kit 18-55 is more or less the same quality as all the other kit zooms. Good, not amazing.
I disagree on this. Having used Canon's kit lens as well as Pentax's, I can testify that the Pentax lens is way better than the Canon. The Canon compares to the cheap FA zooms Pentax released a decade ago or so. The WR kit is not my best lens but it's entirely reliable.
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If you are shooting sports, I wouldn't think the kit lens would have enough reach. I would go for 18-135 or the 50-135. The 18-135 focuses faster but the 50-135 has a wider aperture.

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