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11-28-2014, 10:42 PM   #16
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Let us know what you decide to do.

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I definitely will! Thanks to everyone for input!

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If you have Target around, you can find K-50 there to take a look and play with it. Bring your memory card and snap some pictures around.
I did that, and bought K5iis. Not like K-50 is bad camera, but I got used into top display, and K5iis has it with light, and ergonomics is better for me, I love its grip. Whatever you decide, go for it and have fun!
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Target has this????? Well, I was excited until I saw "out of stock" at all of the stores near me. If I don't just order the K-50 sight unseen, maybe I can get to a Target with it in stock next week. Thanks for this info--never would have thought to look at Target.
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If you have Target around, you can find K-50 there to take a look and play with it. Bring your memory card and snap some pictures around.
I did that, and bought K5iis. Not like K-50 is bad camera, but I got used into top display, and K5iis has it with light, and ergonomics is better for me, I love its grip. Whatever you decide, go for it and have fun!


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QuoteOriginally posted by Kriss Quote
Target has this????? Well, I was excited until I saw "out of stock" at all of the stores near me. If I don't just order the K-50 sight unseen, maybe I can get to a Target with it in stock next week. Thanks for this info--never would have thought to look at Target.
Oh, Target most certainly has it, at least at the Super Target nearest us. It stood out like a lighthouse, the white camera surrounded by a sea of black "stealth" cameras.
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Yes, Target does carry the K-50, but as you noticed, it is not I all stores.
But it is a good sign of improved distribution.
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Yes, Target does carry the K-50, but as you noticed, it is not I all stores.
But it is a good sign of improved distribution.
Pentax has been in and out of Target stores for years now - mostly out in my experience. It was part of their argument for their Maximized Assured Pricing change back in 2012 or so, that Big Red would not tolerate online retailers undercutting them (as if they would carry K3, SDM lenses, etc.). Ah well. It was good to see some descent sales this week on Pentax gear!
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I went from a K100D Super to K-30 (basically the same camera as a K-50). A big upgrade. Apart from all the reasons everyone has given, there is video, focus peaking and the opportunity for much heavier cropping (useful because I often take photos of wildlife and no lens is too long!). The K-3 would give even more scope for cropping. But if you are not likely to crop a lot, 16mp (K-50 or K-5IIs) would be plenty, especially if you don't have a set of high-grade lenses.

You said your husband is "cheap". I'll bet he says "frugal"!

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I have only the 18-55 kit lens that came with the K100D, and researching new lenses got me into this mess. The one I plan to buy (either now or later) is the Pentax DA 35 2.4.
It's amazing value: light, compact and sharp. But also consider the other plastic fantastic, the DA 50 f1.8, which is light, compact, sharp and fast. Someone called it the poor man's limited and I'd agree. I now have the FA 77 f1.8 (recently voted the best Pentax lens of all time). As wonderful as it is, it costs 6 times as much, but it's not 6 times better than the DA 50. (Hope I'm not tried for heresy for saying this.)

If you can, get both the 35 and the 50. If you have to choose one, there is a constant debate about which to get first. You can't really go wrong with either the 35 or the 50: after a kit lens, both have the "Wow!" factor. It depends on what you shoot. The 35 is more versatile, the 50 is better for portraits and for subject isolation. Initially I would have said the 35, but now if I had to choose one it would be the 50. The function of the 35 could be served reasonably well by a good standard zoom (e.g. Sigma 17-70, Tamron 17-50 f2.8 or Tamron 28-75 f2.8) but the function of a fast 50 (whether the DA 50 f1.8 or the FA 50 f1.4 or the A50 f1.7) can't.

Think about the kit you would like to have over time and see how the lens fits.


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I figured the Pentax webstore would keep the $299.95 price of the K-50 at least through today. Nope--back up to $399.95. So no K-50 for me right now.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kriss Quote
I figured the Pentax webstore would keep the $299.95 price of the K-50 at least through today. Nope--back up to $399.95. So no K-50 for me right now.
It is available from any number of dealers for $300 after rebate.
https://www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/detail_page.cfm?productid=10883&mfg=Pentax&show=yes
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Thanks. I looked for a rebate yesterday after seeing a reference to one but couldn't find anything. Appreciate the link.

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It is available from any number of dealers for $300 after rebate.
https://www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/detail_page.cfm?productid=10883&mfg=Pentax&show=yes
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The only thing not improved on the K-50 (or K-30) vs K100D is the shutter noise, it's hardly any quieter. Everything else is better. Some say CCD colours are truer than CMOS but I'm unconvinced as I use RAW and it's just about perfect.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SteveB Quote
The only thing not improved on the K-50 (or K-30) vs K100D is the shutter noise, it's hardly any quieter. Everything else is better. Some say CCD colours are truer than CMOS but I'm unconvinced as I use RAW and it's just about perfect.
It's worth adding that RAW on the K100D Super means PEF not dng, which limits the PP options. There might be more converters now than when I had it, but I just used jpg. I really like the RAW+jpg option on the K-30 (same on K-50).

Much as I loved the K100D Super when I had it, I think it would frustrate me if I picked one up now.
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It seems like K5iis is back on BH site
Pentax K-5 IIs Digital SLR Camera 12050 B&H Photo Video
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QuoteOriginally posted by micromacro Quote
It seems like K5iis is back on BH site
Pentax K-5 IIs Digital SLR Camera 12050 B&H Photo Video
Says discontinued but refers to the used department.
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