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01-13-2013, 07:00 AM   #1
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K-30 Kit - New

Hi All,

In 2011, I almost bought a K-r, as discussed on the relevant thread here. I never ended up buying it, but did end up buying a high-end gaming PC.

Now with the K-30, and all I've read about it, the bug has bitten again. I found this kit on Ebay, which represents the most value atm.

What do you guys/gals think, is it worth it?. As much as I would like the 18-135 WR kit, it is just not within my budget, that kit is.

Something similar from Adorama comes in at least 10-15% more. I would rather support them or B&H through this site, however, if I do purchase a Pentax DSLR via Ebay, will renew my site supportor membership in any case. So, either way, these forums will score!

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01-13-2013, 08:06 AM   #2
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Your going to love the K-30. I got mine last week
It seems like a pretty good offer, If you need all the stuff that is included. Also note that the lenses are not WR lenses. So the system will not be weather sealed .
01-13-2013, 08:33 AM   #3
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I think that if you need two lenses,you may want to look at this one:

BLACK Pentax K-30 Digital SLR Body w/ 18-55mm & 55-300mm DA L 2 Lens Kit | eBay

It doesn't have all the extras, but you may not need all that stuff. All those extras affects shipping costs with their extra weight and size.

I ended up with the K30 -18-55 WR kit so I could have at least one WR combo when heading out in questionable weather or to beach/shoreline/high humidity environments. The same Ebay supplier overs that kit for US$765.00 plus shipping. http://www.ebay.ca/itm/NEW-Pentax-K-30-Blue-Digital-SLR-Camera-Body-with-18-...item1e74c5f52c

No matter which you decide on, the K30 is a bargain for the features/image IQ and ease of handling.
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I am kind of in the same boat as I am on the verge of purchasing the K-30. For me, I have decided to get the kit with the 18-135 WR lens. This will give me a solid walk around lens that has WR and has a good zoom range. From what I have read, it isn't the perfect lens (as no zoom lens is perfect) but it should serve me nicely as a beginner lens and keep me able to shoot should the weather be less than ideal. Also, by buying it with the camera body as a kit, it shaves off a couple hundred dollars off the cost of the lens alone. Just something to think about. Once I make the initial purchase, I plan to pick up a DA 55-300mm and probably a good prime at 21mm or 35mm or somewhere in that range. That should set me up with a good beginner setup with minimal out of pocket expense.

FWIW, Adorama has the cheapest deal that I can find for the 18-135mm kit at $979 after you add it to your cart. I did see it for right at $900 after a $100 rebate before Christmas but that deal is over now.

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I currently have the following lenses:

Pentax FA SMC 4.5-5.6 100-300mm
Pentax-F SMC 4.7-5.6 80-200mm
Sigma Aspherical 3.5-5.6 28-80mm MACRO
Imado 2x Auto Teleconvertor

And might be adding the SMC Pentax-M 50mm f/1.7 Prime Lens and Sigma 170-500mm F5-6.3 APO (non-DG) to that collection, budget-permitting ofc!

So, currently am inclinced to the Pentax K-30 Digital SLR Camera with 18-135 WR (Weather Resistant) DA Lens, 16.3MP, 1080p HD Video, 3.0" LCD, Black that is at Adorama for $1,096.95, so that at least I have a decent WR setup for when the weather is a bit dodgy.

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01-14-2013, 04:59 AM   #6
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Hi All,

Have just ordered the Pentax K-30 Digital SLR Camera with 18-135 WR, from Abe's Of Maine. Used the link in one of Adam's post, so hopefully the forums get something out of it, and I can get a month or so of Supporter Status!

Damn, am now excited, just want the friggin' camera, hope it isn't held up in Customs or anything.

Dunno what I am going to do with my old film SLR, maybe keep it for memories?

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01-14-2013, 07:53 AM   #7
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I very much regret not getting the kit with the 18-135 lens. I discovered that I really wanted the one lens that had more range than the 18-55 in order to get candid snapshots of friends over New Years Eve (ie no camera in their face).
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Yeah, wasn't even going to get a WR lens, but I read comments on this thread and in other places, and decided that the kit with the 18-135 WR lens, gives me some flexibility in bad weather. Considered the 18-55 WR, but decided that the 18-135 is less restrictive, and like dcBear78 wanted to do, lets you get that little bit further from your subjects, which can make all the difference.

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01-16-2013, 07:19 PM   #9
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QuoteOriginally posted by SirBismuth Quote
gives me some flexibility in bad weather
I got body only I thought I would get an 18-135 WR in a couple of months. It has rained everyday since got the K-30. I may have to order it sooner than planned
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Good decision spending the extra to get the WR lens. The weather sealing is a huge advantage of the K30 so theres little sense in pairing it with a non WR lens IMO.
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I had the 18-55 kit lens on my k20 for 4 years. It was the only lens I had. I upgraded to the k30 with the WR 18-135 and haven't looked back. Much faster!
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QuoteOriginally posted by harriska2 Quote
I had the 18-55 kit lens on my k20 for 4 years. It was the only lens I had. I upgraded to the k30 with the WR 18-135 and haven't looked back. Much faster!
I have finally ordered the K-30, the various overseas sites didn't have stock, or didn't like my CC, so I have sourced the K-30 w/18-135mm WR lens locally. Should have it in a week or so.

I have also ordered the DA 50-200mm F/4-5.6 ED WR, so I can have at least 2 WR lenses. Eventually I want to add the Tamron AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD IF Macro and SIGMA APO 150-500MM F5-6.3 DG OS HSM, then my glass collection is complete.... for now!

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Douglas, I understand you had a bit of rain lately, the K-30 might come in handy! I have about 2000 shots on mine, and it already had a splash or two without any problems. Good luck with your purchase.
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QuoteOriginally posted by altopiet Quote
Douglas, I understand you had a bit of rain lately, the K-30 might come in handy! I have about 2000 shots on mine, and it already had a splash or two without any problems. Good luck with your purchase.
Altopiet, there's a message for you on the 'First Try Shooting Sports with the K-30' thread.
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Thanks George, being in the retail liquor trade, I'm only now getting a little bit of time for the forums, after a hectic Xmas period, I'll have a look!
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