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01-10-2015, 06:56 AM   #1
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Need help with first DSLR purchase!

SO I'm looking to purchase my first DSLR and I've finally decided on the K-50...
Now I'm looking to you guys!

What's the better deal and what will better my advancement into photography? I've found some great deals on B&H, but there are too many options at too many price points that I need help!

here are my options:

Pentax K-50 Digital SLR Camera Body Black - B&H Photo Video

Pentax K-50 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens 10894

Pentax K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 10905 B&H

Pentax K-50 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 10874 B&H

Pentax K-50 Digital SLR Camera with 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 10916 B&H

Essentially these are all just the k-50 with different kit lenses...
Which lenses are worth the prices listed?

Or should I go body only and look for first lenses elsewhere?

Give me your expertise!!!
Thanks!

01-10-2015, 07:04 AM   #2
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This all depends on you.

If you are a brand new shooter who has developed no preference for lenses... then by all means get a kit lens and camera and save some money. On the other hand to many there are lenses that are superior to the kit lens so you can buy the camera body and get your lens seperately.

If you have a lens collection already buying a kit lens is pointless... if you are just starting out and learning to develop your tastes that's a different scenario.

There are better lenses out there but most of us have spent a lot of time and effort figuring out what we like whether it be zooms or primes and which zooms and which primes we like...
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I have given you my opinion in the other thread, with a great price of 639 I would neither think once before to buy the kit with the 18-135mm.
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If you want to seperate out... no problem. Spend a WHOLE LOT of time in the lens database here on the forum. See what other people have to say about lenses being offered and alternatives to said lenses.

For me a Tamron 17-50 would be an excellent choice for a zoom...but you won't get those 'combo deals'... you might pay more or you might pick one up here on the forum in the marketplace...

The journey of photography especially when you start is this whole testing lenses and developing a style. LBA is definitely real... but often it has a purpose.

If you want to see which zooms for example are the best hit up the lens data base...but for me if you are brand new and you were asking me for a starter kit... I might go Tamron 17-50 for the first lens... but beware that you are going to be spending some bucks trying and testing and learning about lenses and possibly trading and selling and buying more and more...

But like I was saying, most lens choices are personal and have been honed with a little thing I call 'trial and error'...

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QuoteOriginally posted by flaviopetrone Quote
I have given you my opinion in the other thread, with a great price of 639 I would neither think once before to buy the kit with the 18-135mm.
Haha thanks!
I am honestly considering this option...
The 18-135mm is not a kit lens right? Because they sell it separately?

Just wanna weigh all my options before the [big] purchase.

Thanks again for the advice!
01-10-2015, 07:36 AM   #6
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Buy the one with the 18-135. If you don't like the lens sell it later. In a recent survey of users here on the forums it was the lens most of us had on one of our camera bodies. It isn't a perfect lens, but it is very capable and being weather resistant it can go just about anywhere.

Read these reviews:
Review: Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 - Introduction | PentaxForums.com Reviews

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/12-post-your-photos/251077-travel-finnish...40-images.html
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If I had it to do again, I would opt for the kit with the 18-135 lens. The 18-55 is honestly just a little bit of a disappointment. The 50-200 is not bad at all though.
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18-135mm WR is a good start
you will use it in all weather, travel, 1 lens walk around...

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QuoteOriginally posted by dakight Quote
If I had it to do again, I would opt for the kit with the 18-135 lens. The 18-55 is honestly just a little bit of a disappointment.
I can honestly say I had the 18-55 and didn't like it. I can also honestly say I've never seen a 18-135 in real life

But I will say this... for the most part the lens data base is an extremely valuable tool. Any time you get 20 or 30 people reviewing a product...eventually a pattern forms...

I still read the thing (the database) all the time...

Just on the face of it though, looking back... having the 18-135 would probably save a lot of headaches if they try with the intent to learn from it...the wide ranging focal length can help develop or discover preferences...
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I own the 18-55 and the 18-135. I think it's definitely worth the extra $200 to get the 18-135. The lens is super quiet and focuses very quickly. It also has quick shift focusing, which is a nice feature.

The 18-135 goes for about $419, so you are saving about $190 if you buy it in a kit.
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I would go with the 18-135 or body only and buy other lenses. That's a great buy with the 18-135 and it's a good lens.
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+1 for the 18-135. After I got mine, I gave my 18-55 to a friend. It is good enough you be your "only lens" for quite awhile. I would also advise you to start with one inexpensive prime. If you are ready for the challenge of manual focusing, I would suggest starting off with the Pentax A 50mm/1.7. It's just fun to use. As a second prime, get the DA35/2.4. These are very very inexpensive, and gives you a couple of prime options for when you don't need the versatility of the zoom.
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Another for the 18-135. Then maybe the 55-300 to cover the longer end at a reasonable price. Then maybe a fast 35 - 50 to help with low light shots. From there you'll discover more of what you want with experience.
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One more for the 18-135. My 18-55 is out on "permanent loan". I prefer using primes when I can but wouldn't be without the 18-135 as a do-it-all lens.
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I also am a fan of the 18-135. It's expensive to buy on its own but a very good value as part of a kit. The zoom range makes it a versatile walk around lens that will also help you figure out what range you like to shoot in. When I used a Sony NEX, I had an 18-55 and a 55-300 and often felt when out for a day's shooting that I wanted the"other" lens (is the one that wasn't on my camera). This happens much less with the 18-135 and 55-300 pair. The overlap in focal length makes the difference.
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