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07-03-2013, 03:17 PM   #1
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Just Curious - backup camera w/ K30

If you owned a K-30 as your first and only DSLR, which model would you choose as a back-up camera? I'm just curious as to what others think, being this is my predicament. Thanks!

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I'd say nothing would be better then another K-30

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Well, assuming the backup camera has to be cheaper than the main camera, I would say K-x or K-01. Small, but still K mount and quality.
K200D if you need WR in backup body.

Oh, or the new K-500, if you can get it at a decent price.
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I agree with what's been said here. My set is K-5 then K-01 then Q, and other than some lock-up as I decide what to use it's a great set. If you're seeking smaller, the Q / Q10 deals (or the upcoming Q7 if you can wait) can really do the job.

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Why cheaper or different? What would be better than an exact same unit as a backup?
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My first DSLR was the K-r so that is my backup. I also have an old Finepix F10 point and shoot that I could use in a pinch. I'm keen on the new Ricoh GR though when the price comes down.
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I've just been down this road and went for a second K30 as my second body for an upcoming South African safari adventure. I figured there were benefits of having exactly he same controls on both bodies. For the safari i ill probably run with a wider 18-135 on one body and a 55-300 tle on he other body. Cant wait - i leave in 3 weeks!
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QuoteOriginally posted by WA-surfer Quote
Cant wait - i leave in 3 weeks!
Hope you enjoy your trip!

Thanks all, sound advice. Honestly a second K-30 body (definitely black) keeps creeping into my mind. Especially since I love the one I own.

QuoteOriginally posted by loco Quote
I'm keen on the new Ricoh GR though when the price comes down.
I'll more than likely be settling on a MX-1 shortly after I purchase a second body and prime glass.

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There are obvious advantages to having both cameras with the same controls so another K-30 is an attractive choice. Personally my K-5 backup is the K-01 strictly because I got it so cheap and it uses the same battery and charger which is good for travel. I used to keep my old bodies as backups but found that I prefer both cameras to be similar vintage and as a result both cameras get used. It's nice that both have great high ISO performance and excellent dynamic range. My two cents worth.
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It is not obvious--why a back up? e.g.,

To use if 1st breaks--but if that maybe the conditions would cause a similar camera to break. So either the same--or vastly different (e.g. mechanical film camera).If same the lenses work on both--if vastly different nothing works on both!

On the other hand maybe you really mean you wants something small and fast to use with wider angle lens--a rangefinder/P&S digital.

Personally I think either another K30, or a rangefinder/P&S. (Actually for myself it would be a film camera--but that's just me.)
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Get K200D or K10D.
the next choice would be Kx/Kr, then K7.
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I use my Q as a backup (and of course it is fun to use on its own)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Trudger1272 Quote
If you owned a K-30 as your first and only DSLR, which model would you choose as a back-up camera? I'm just curious as to what others think, being this is my predicament. Thanks!
Definitely another K-30. Since the K-30 is the only DSLR you've had, you would be disappointed with the limitations of older cameras. Besides, there are some excellent K-30 deals on as they clear them out for the K-50.
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A K01 is probably the best smaller option that uses all the lenses and still be not that big as another dslr.

Personally though, I'd consider a DP1m or GR or the smaller form factor and weight and what they give above another K01/K30 option in resolution (esp. DP1m)
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it would be a film camera
I have two film cameras already, but sadly not Pentax. FM2 & FM2n and until I trade them, I'm locked into two lens systems. I'll be contacting KEH soon though.
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