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05-27-2014, 01:29 PM   #1
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New to Pentax - K30 or K500 ?

Hi everyone. I am new to DSLR, and even newer to Pentax. I had been looking at several Pentax entry level DSLRs (K50, K30, K500) and It comes down to either the K30 or the K500.

My primary usage would be family and kids with a little bit of travel, sports, and landscape mix in. The K500 kit is $400, the K30 body is $440. I do intend to grab 1 or 2 decent primes glass so the kit lens is not that important. Besides the weather sealing advantage, what key features do the K30 have over the K500? Does it shoot better in low light? Does it have better AF or CAF?

Again, I shoot primarily kids and indoor/outdoor family activities. If the K30 is better in both those areas, then it probably make sense for me. If not, I'll grab the K500 and save some $.

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k-30. For the focus indicators in the view finder, not having them is frustrating.
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K-30. For sure at the same price. The cameras are basically identical inside. The only 2 differences are the weather sealing and the k-30 has the autofocus pont visible in th viewfinder with a little red light. The shapes of the bodies are also different. That's it. The WR is wonderful when you need it (with a WR lens, of course) the af lights are nice, too.
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No brainer, get the K-30

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K-30! The K-500 is way to plastic imo and I love the grip on the K-30.
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Just fyi, the K30 and the K50 are virtually identical except the K30 just has 'edgier' styling and preceded the K50.
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You'll want the K-30 with the focus point indicators in the viewfinder. This will be especially helpful when the kids are moving about.
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I had the same choice and went for the K-30m for the reasons everyone has mentioned.

K-500 has a higher maximum ISO, but I don't go above 6400 anyway.

K-500 doesn't seem to have been a big seller and I doubt it would retain its value as well as the K-30.

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Thanks everyone. It is decided, K-30

Just a quick question. Is the K30 similar in size to a Nikon 3100/3200 or Canon T3i? I hope it is a little smaller.

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Also, any suggestions on prime lenses for typical everyday use? I am thinking the 35mm f2.4 for $140? Anything else? I don't mind the used market there are other/better options?
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QuoteOriginally posted by haviet Quote
Just a quick question. Is the K30 similar in size to a Nikon 3100/3200 or Canon T3i? I hope it is a little smaller.
Good choice. The K-30 is WR (weather resistant) and this is very important if you shoot outdoor.

Yes the K-30 is smaller than the T3i and 3100. On paper and more so in your hands. For me, the T3i is too big. Neither the T3i and 3100 have SR: that means that you need to have in-lens image stabilisation with heavier, bulkier and more expensive lenses, if you want image stabilisation.
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Just a quick question. Is the K30 similar in size to a Nikon 3100/3200 or Canon T3i? I hope it is a little smaller.
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QuoteOriginally posted by haviet Quote
Thanks everyone. It is decided, K-30

Just a quick question. Is the K30 similar in size to a Nikon 3100/3200 or Canon T3i? I hope it is a little smaller.

---------- Post added 05-27-14 at 07:04 PM ----------

Also, any suggestions on prime lenses for typical everyday use? I am thinking the 35mm f2.4 for $140? Anything else? I don't mind the used market there are other/better options?
They're all about the same, though the Pentax is a bit bigger and heavier because of the more rugged build.

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Thanks guys!

Any suggestions on prime lenses for typical everyday use? I am thinking the 35mm f2.4 for $140? Anything else? I don't mind the used market there are other/better options?


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QuoteOriginally posted by haviet Quote
Also, any suggestions on prime lenses for typical everyday use? I am thinking the 35mm f2.4 for $140? Anything else? I don't mind the used market there are other/better options?
The DA35/2.4 is a very good use of your money. If you go wider with AF the price goes up.

The DA50/1.8 is a good buy too. But it's somewhat close in focal length to the DA35/2.4. It's worth getting a used FA77, or at least a DA70, if you can. Expensive, but worth it.



Here are the best-value Pentax lenses I've found - very good IQ but affordable. Some are a bit harder to find:

F70-210/4-5.6 (either Pentax or Takumar version)
F24-50/4 or A24-50/4
Cosina 100/3.5 macro (sold under many brands, in both MF and AF versions)
M or A100/2.8 (non-macro)
A50/1.7

Also:
F or FA135/2.8 (it costs more than the others, but has AF and it's a wonderful and small lens)


Aside from what I've already mentioned, two other lenses that are worth spending way more than you originally anticipated are the DA*50-135/2.8 and the DA*55/1.4. Either one of them - or the FA77 - is a good enough reason by itself to buy a Pentax body. Likewise with the M or A100/2.8 (and possibly the F/FA135/2.8), truth be told. And you don't need to upgrade your body to take advantage of them - the K-30 is great enough already.

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The DA35/2.4 is a very good use of your money. If you go wider with AF the price goes up.

The DA50/1.8 is a good buy too. But they're somewhat close in focal length. It's worth getting a used FA77, or at least a DA70, if you can. Expensive, but worth it.



Here are the best-value Pentax lenses I've found - very good IQ but affordable. Some are a bit harder to find:

F70-210/4-5.6 (either Pentax or Takumar version)
F24-50/4 or A24-50/4
Cosina 100/3.5 macro (sold under many brands, in both MF and AF versions)
M or A100/2.8 (non-macro)
A50/1.7

Also:
F or FA135/2.8 (it costs more than the others, but has AF and it's a wonderful and small lens)


Aside from what I've already mentioned, two other lenses that are worth spending way more than you originally anticipated are the DA*50-135/2.8 and the DA*55/1.4.


Thanks for the suggestions. Sorry if I wasn't clear. I would like to start with a prime fixed focal length glass. Probably a 35mm or 50mm, that's reasonably fast and easy on the wallet.

I do have a manual 55mm f2 super takumar M42 lens available when I was using my m43 camera. I guess I do need to find a K mount adapter for it.
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