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02-28-2013, 09:23 AM   #1
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Hello all. I'd like to introduce myself as a want to be DSLR user. I've had a Sony Cybershot DSC-H1 for quite a few years and I'm wanting to step up to the SLR world. I've looked at the NIKON D3200 and D5100 as well as the PENTAX K-5, K-30, and even the K-01. I love the idea of the sealed K-30/K-5. Both Nikon and Pentax have endless lens possibilities and fairly cheap when you step back a few years in the used market.

I don't know that I "need" stereo mic for video or HDMI output, etc. I'm worried more about still shots or the kids playing sports.

Any and all recommendations and thoughts are welcome.

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Here's a comparative review featuring the K-30 and the D5100:
Canon T4i vs Nikon D5100 vs Pentax K-30 - Introduction - PentaxForums.com

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02-28-2013, 11:54 AM   #3
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Thanks Adam. I'm still torn between the Nikon and Pentax. Being this is a Pentax site, I'm sure the K-30 comes highly recommended. With my tax return on the way, I'm ready to pull the trigger on a camera and either of these will be a great step up from my point and shoot.
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Welcome to the forum, aye I guess we all a wee bit bias in here, to one particular brand.

Let us know what you eventually decide on.

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I also considered leaving Pentax for something else, but the mistake was that I saw the K-30, and it beat it's competitors in all levels that I considered important. Even on one site I found that was decidedly biased towards Nikon, they could really only fault the K-30 on video and the mic, two elements that are irrelevant to me, so yeah.

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If you're at all outdoorsy, the 18-135 on a K-30 is pretty tough to beat...
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QuoteOriginally posted by TER-OR Quote
If you're at all outdoorsy, the 18-135 on a K-30 is pretty tough to beat...
Thanks for that comment, that really caught my eye. I used to hike a lot before getting married and having kids. I'm trying to get the family back outdoors more and one of my ideas is taking pictures while we are out. If I can get the kids into looking for different photo ops, then that may help with the "no cel signal" blahs of teens. I've read that the 50-200 WR is a better lens than the normal 50-200 from a picture quality standpoint. Is it the same with the 18-135 WR vs normal as well?
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Bonjour and welcome to PF !

I am very happy with my K-5 and with it you have a top lcd screen and the possibility of using a grip. These two features are not possible with the K-30 ... just FYI and let us know what you finally decide ... J

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The 18-135 is generally regarded as a significant step up from the 18-55. That's not to say the 18-55 WR isn't good- it's supposed to be good for a kit lens. I don't have any experience with it, though. I personally have a high opinion of the 18-135 as a standard walkaround zoom.

The 55-300 is outstanding. I have the non-L version, with the metal mount but the optics are supposed to be the same, just lacking the quick-shift focusing.
The 300mm reach is much greater than the 135mm but of course if you think the rig has a chance of getting wet or snowy, you do have to be a bit concerned. I'd like to see that lens as WR, I think it would be a real winner for Pentax.

I do like not having to worry about the camera in the summer when little rain storms can pop up with little warning. I bought into Pentax for the in-body stabilization, easy full-manual use, and weather resistance. A greater variety of affordable WR lenses would be welcome.

As Jean mentions, the top LCD is a major convenience factor. Not a deal-breaker, but nice for quick reference and tripod use.

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TER-OR is right about the DA 55-300 (I have one), and it's too bad there's not a WR version of it ... I would buy that one and sell the current one.

I don't have a 18-135, so cannot comment here, but I do have the 18-55 WR lens which is good for about 90% of the photography that most people take IMO. I like the 18-55 WR for it's close focus ("near macro") ability.

There's a prime lens that I would recommend, the DA 35/2.4 AL, which I have. Great bang for the buck and on a crop sensor, it shoots like a "50mm" lens (actually 52mm) ... plus there a ton of PK legacy glass to be had. My collection of K-mount and M42 lens is beginning to take up a lot of room in it's storage areas.

Good luck, J
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jean Poitiers Quote
TER-OR is right about the DA 55-300 (I have one), and it's too bad there's not a WR version of it ... I would buy that one and sell the current one.
If the DA 55-300 come out in a WR version, I would buy it in a heartbeat.

About the 18-135, that is one lens that just has to be in your bag if you even think of shooting outdoors. So far, I am quite impressed with it overall, particularly love the bokeh it produces.

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