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11-25-2014, 01:10 PM   #1
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Buying advice

I don't know if this part of the forum is just for technical stuff, but I think I want to buy a K-3. My first Pentax. To be honest, I have not even had the opportunity to test the k-3 with my own hands.
I like the way it is built, image quality and the fact I can use my old M42 lens with no adapter. Hope I am not wrong.

I live in Europe and the prices are not small. A camera with 18-135 is around 1.500$, but the thing is that the price in US is 1.146$ (+free grip). Should I get that or the 896$ offer (k-3,50mm,grip) and later buy a wider lens? An option is to buy the kit with the 18-55 from my local shop, but I don't know if that lens is good.
I have a guy who lives in USA and he can help me with this.

Can I be so unlucky to get a bad camera? By the way, in my country there is no Pentax service and the cameras are sent to another place, so...

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QuoteOriginally posted by semaca Quote
Should I get that or the 896$ offer (k-3,50mm,grip)
If you plan to buy this and you will not pay taxes, I think it is the best. You'll save 600 USD and even if your camera will have problems, for sure payng the shipping for the international warranty you will save money.
Other hand, 18-135 WR is a really great lens, if you think to use it for the kind of pictures you usually take, it is better to take it in your country and avoid all the warranty and shipping problems.
Just my opinion.
11-25-2014, 01:47 PM   #3
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I don't think I need to pay taxes. He will buy it and offer it to me when he will be back. Here we had for the price of k-3 and 18-135 the option to buy it with 18-55 and 55-300. I think I like that long and good lens.
Also love the free grip...

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QuoteOriginally posted by semaca Quote
I don't think I need to pay taxes. He will buy it and offer it to me when he will be back. Here we had for the price of k-3 and 18-135 the option to buy it with 18-55 and 55-300. I think I like that long and good lens.
Also love the free grip...

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For what I've read, in the common range the 18-135 is much better than 18-55 and quite better than 55-300. Obviously if you use that long focal lenght, it is better you take these kit, since the 55-300 alone costs the same amount of the 18-135 (here in Italy, I don't know there).
If you don't pay taxes, Try to search if in USA is available the kit with 18-55 and 55-300, maybe you would save some moneys...

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QuoteOriginally posted by semaca Quote
the fact I can use my old M42 lens with no adapter. Hope I am not wrong.
You will need an adapter for your M42 lenses.

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QuoteOriginally posted by flaviopetrone Quote
the 18-135 is much better than 18-55 and quite better than 55-300.
I've seen some great pictures here with the 55-300 HD DA, but if 18-135 is better, maybe I will choose it.

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You will need an adapter for your M42 lenses
Yes, I want to say that I don't need the lens correction adapter Now I have Nikon and that thing is bad.
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I will vote for the 18-135. I went for a K5 with 18-55 and 50-200 and ended up not using the 50-200 almost at all, switching lens on the fly is not that convenient. 18-135 is a very versatile lens, after using it for a while you'll get an idea what lens to get next. But you cannot go wrong with the 18-55 + 55-300 also. 18-55 is capable, and 55-300 is a great lens for the price.
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^ I'd agree with everyone else here & get the 18-135.
And as far as the M42 lenses, you will need an adapter for them to be put on the K-3. If you try to put the lens on the camera, you'll do damage to both the lens and camera.

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The 18-135 is a worthy upgrade to the 18-55.
Note that even in the US there is sales tax associated with any sale, some interstate transactions will not charge the fee up front, but at least in my state the fee will get charged when you file your income taxes.
Make sure your friend gets you the total charge he would have to pay to be safe. Sales taxes usually average around 10% +-.
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