Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
01-19-2013, 03:04 PM   #1
New Member




Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 2
Hello from England

Hi,

No Pentax for me yet but it's imminent. I want a weather-sealed system so by a process of elimination that system has to be Pentax!
Trying to decide between K-5 and K-30, and whether to get the 18-55 or jump straight in with the 18-135. Need something before last week of feb so I'd better hurry up I guess.

Brad

01-19-2013, 03:22 PM   #2
Pentaxian
RobA_Oz's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tasmania, Australia
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 4,334
Hi Brad and welcome,

The choice between the K-5 and the K30 comes down to what you want to use it for. The (original) K-5 doesn't have the AF speed of the K30, but it is a fully metal chassis and body. The K30 works in 12-bit colour, whereas the K-5 has 14-bit. The K30 is notably lighter than the K-5, and it's ergonomics are different (I haven't spent enough time with a K30 to know if it suits me better or not).

The original K-5 is currently priced a bit above the K30, as it's no longer in production. The K-5II(s) models are near market-entry prices, but will fall with time.

Over to you, and good luck!

Rob
01-19-2013, 04:04 PM   #3
Senior Member
bigdog104's Avatar

Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: South Carolina
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 289
QuoteOriginally posted by netizensmith Quote
Trying to decide between K-5 and K-30, and whether to get the 18-55 or jump straight in with the 18-135.
I have the K-30 and really enjoy it. I would suggest that you go for the 18-135mm, I wish I had. As you probably know, the 18-55 that come with most of the K-30 kits is not the weather sealed version.
01-20-2013, 12:29 AM   #4
Pentaxian
RobA_Oz's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tasmania, Australia
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 4,334
Yes, I agree, wholeheartedly: get the 18-135. It's a great walk around lens. I had the original 18-55, and for the price I think it was remarkably good value, but the 18-135 is more versatile, the IQ is more than acceptable and it's WR. No contest, really, unless you're on a very restricted budget.

01-20-2013, 09:23 AM   #5
New Member




Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 2
Original Poster
I am on a tight budget. The 18-55 is available in WR format. Is the picture quality from the bigger zoom just as good or have compromises been made?
01-20-2013, 10:27 AM   #6
Pentaxian
RobA_Oz's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Tasmania, Australia
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 4,334
Have a look at the reviews of each lens, here:
SMC Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 AL WR Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database and
SMC Pentax-DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC WR Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database

There are over forty reviews of each, so you can judge for yourself.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
pentax, system
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hello from New England awdSTi Welcomes and Introductions 2 03-30-2012 12:36 PM
Hello from England! dom1610 Welcomes and Introductions 3 07-15-2011 03:30 AM
Hello from England LeonB Welcomes and Introductions 3 05-23-2011 04:33 PM
Hello from England sworks Welcomes and Introductions 4 02-17-2011 03:35 PM
Hello from South-East England! evil_md Welcomes and Introductions 14 02-09-2011 01:47 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 04:32 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top