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12-20-2013, 06:24 PM   #1
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K-30 and K-50 body

I'm thinking of getting an K-50 but considering that the K30 is cheaper and not really that much different I was thinking of going that route. Problem is I have put my hands on a K50 but cannot find a K30 locally. Question are the bodies the same or do they have a different feel to them. I really liked the feel of the K50 but I'm reluctant to buy a camera that I cannot touch. thanks

12-20-2013, 07:14 PM   #2
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Bodies are quite different. The internals are the same.

K-30 ► http://photorumors.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Pentax-K30-DSLR-camera.jpg

K-50 ► http://www.ephotozine.com/articles/pentax-k-50-dslr-launched-22162/images/hi...1371041773.jpg
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QuoteOriginally posted by hoosierdome Quote
I'm thinking of getting an K-50 but considering that the K30 is cheaper
The K-50 is cheap ($479) if you hurry:

Pentax K-50 Digital SLR Camera (Body Only, Black) 10883 B&H

I got one for $20 more, but bundled with a card and other freebies, during the BF hustle.
12-20-2013, 08:24 PM   #4
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The K-30 is a wonderful feeling camera. Even if it's not exactly the same as a K-50, you can be sure you will be happy with it. Every K-30 owner I know is happy with the feel and handling.

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I love the feel of my K-30.

I have very long, thin, fingers but the grip is deep enough and wide enough so that the tips of my fingers are not pressed hard against the front face of the body and the mid parts of my fingers are not arched in free space in front of the grip. The grip fits my hand well and with the addition of a palm/hand/wrist strap (the sort that wraps over the back of the hand) the camera isn't going anywhere I don't want it to and it feels really secure while still having full access to all the controls.
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If you liked the K-50, you will like the K-30. My wife has a K-30, I have a K-50. I can't tell a difference, she is fussier, and she likes both. They are very similar. The feel of the K-30 is what motivated me to get a K-50. You will probably be comfortable with either.
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If you are concerned about the feel... don't be. The K-30 is one of the most comfortable cameras I've ever used.
The "major" difference between the two is the shape of the grip. The K-30 has a slightly "sharper" indentation for the middle finger to sit, and the grip slightly swells back out a little bit before the bottom. I'm really not sure how much the difference would really affect handling. (I haven't had time with the K-50)

Get the K-30 or get the K-50. Whichever is less expensive. Both will feel and shoot great.
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the ergonomics and aesthetics of the K-30 were the main factors that made me not going for the K-50. For what I read the main advantage of the k-50 is being a newer model, because the new 1.05v firmware really improves the k-30.

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Thanks for the help I bought a K-50 with the 18-135. Adorama had a good deal going for a couple of days, came with free over night. Thanks again.
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QuoteOriginally posted by hoosierdome Quote
Thanks for the help I bought a K-50 with the 18-135. Adorama had a good deal going for a couple of days, came with free over night. Thanks again.
Brian
Either one is a good choice, both cameras are just about the same and you have the advantage of the k-50 being newer. I'm curious about that 18-135 lens, I'm being reading mixed reviews on that one as on the DA* 16-50
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