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06-22-2013, 02:24 PM   #1
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Newbie considering the K-30 or K-50.

Hello Pentax Lovers!

I have been lurking on the forum for a bit and really researched my decision on purchasing the K-30 or K-50. I found an old ME SLR kit with 50mm, macro and Quantaray 70-205mm telezoom for $25. I stopped into Ritz Camer and checked out the K-30 a few weeks ago and have researched it ever since. Now that the K-50 is about to be released I am having a hard way to go with choosing which kit. I originally was considering the K-30 with 18-135 WR which runs about $950-$1100 online vs. store. Now the K-50 is being sold exclusively with WR lens which and runs about the same price as the K-30 online. Any thoughts on helping me make my decision? A friend of mine has asked that we start shooting together so I am itching to make the right decision soon

06-22-2013, 02:33 PM   #2
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The K-30 18-135mm kit is $150 cheaper than the same K-50 kit, so I would go for that.

Pentax K30 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens Kit (Black) 15635

The two cameras are virtually identical except for the way they look. Still, the K-30 handles just like the K-50 as the underlying frame is the same. See this post for more info:
Pentax K-50 First Impressions - Photographic Articles -

BTW, with the Pentax K-30 body only retailing for $499 at the moment, it may be cheaper if you picked up that and then got the 18-135mm lens separately.
Pentax K-30 Digital Camera (Body Only) (Black) 15613 B&H Photo Pentax 21977 DA 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL (IF) DC WR Lens for Pentax Digital SLR cameras: Camera & Photo

Total cost for the above is $870

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06-22-2013, 03:15 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by iliv4themoments Quote
K-30 or K-50.
Welcome to the forum, let us know which way you decide, some good info there from Adam.
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Welcome to PF and bonjour from France ... looks like Adam gave you some good info ... enjoy which ever you choose and please post us an image or two soon ... J

06-24-2013, 05:45 PM   #5
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Thanks Adam! I am going to go with the 18-135mm kit K-30. Now the decision comes down to color Thanks everyone!
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I found the Pentax k30 with lens for $499 ,
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I forgot to update this thread. I purchased a K-5ii 18-135mmWR kit from Amazon. Very happy so far!
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Nice choice , id like to get one in the near future.


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