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07-08-2020, 06:57 PM   #76
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QuoteOriginally posted by Dickmethlick Quote
but TEN times the cost of the K30 is a bit steep on a pension!
10x? The 18-135 is $450 US new. A lot less used. Quite a few on auction sites under $200. But if you got the K-30 for $40 then I guess any lens is going to be expensive.

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Followed instructions to the (printed!) letter on a K30 bought off Ebay with the known fault present. Happened to have a "spares" *ist DSL bought to repair my old *ist and it had the white solenoid. It's all a bit tiny for 76 year old eyes to work on, but years of hobby electronics from younger days helped, everything went smoothly and after a bit of messing round, I now have what seems to be a fully functional K30. Only thing now is that it makes me very dissatisfied with the "kit" lens that came with the S/H *ist and so am wondering what is the best price/quality combination as a replacement.
Grateful thanks to the author for an excellent guide to what should really be a totally unnecessary repair.
Well done!

About an unnecessary repair I see it like this:
With very few exceptions (battery-hook) the solenoid is the only part which goes wrong in the K-30 and similar bodies.

And: It can be repaired using DIY!

Compared to faults in DSLR bodies from other manufacturers this is pretty easy and straight forward to take one.

The vintage DA18-55 MKI is indeed a pretty soft lens, way beneath of what the K-30 can deal with, particular if you now install firmware 1.10:
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Details about how to do it and why it is userful you can read here:
Running K-50 firmware on K-30 - PentaxForums.com

Some good lenses:
- Sigma 18-50mm/f2,8-4,5OS: OS works well but sucks battery-power even if not used!
- SMC Pentax DA16-45mm/f4,0: Make sure you get a good sample without much wobble, because the wobble can cause imbalanced sharpness. In good shape it beats the DA18-135 in it's range and has those fantastic extra 2mm almost ultrawide-angle.
But: The DA18-135 has this wonderful quiet DC-motor and is a great alround-zoom.
Otherwise and if not misused the best zoom bargain ever! If found new worth to spend the extra money.
- DA50/1,8 / DA35/2,4: Plastic-fantastic, light cheap, superb for the money.
You could even 'transplant' the metal bajonett from your DA18-55 to them and with some little work make them kind of a DA50limited.
But the plastic hardly is a problem
- SMC Pentax A50mm/f2,8 macro: Tiny, no AF but otherwise one of the best 50mm with 1:2 macro, one of my favourite A-Lenses
- Expensive but with the firmware update an amazing lens: DA55-300 PLM! The fastest 55mm and all way up!

This PLM lens, the DA16-45 and the DA20-40limited are next to the large Tamron 70-200mm/2,8 DI my only zooms.
The Tamron is hardly used anymore since I have the PLM!

But better to ask specific questions in a thread of its own if necessary.

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07-11-2020, 01:15 PM   #78
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
10x? The 18-135 is $450 US new. A lot less used. Quite a few on auction sites under $200. But if you got the K-30 for $40 then I guess any lens is going to be expensive.
Actually pad 50 GBPounds for it, so not QUITE such a bargain. I've got several K series lenses that are hung over from my MX days, so really need to get used to using those before lashing out on more lenses.
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As said before, this thread if for repairing the K30/50/500:
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But better to ask specific questions in a thread of its own if necessary.


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