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09-18-2013, 03:06 AM   #1
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Hi, I haven't yet purchased it but am about to. I am looking for the blue model and also the WR 18-135mm lens to go with it but don't know where to find this combination in the UK. I don't know if it is better to buy the body only and the lenses separately. I also read you can only get that particular lens kit with the black body and it seems to be in the US too. Any advice or help would be appreciate, thanks folks! Looking forward to buying and trying this great camera out!
I like the idea of the lady who has named her pentax k-30 Penny. A lady after my own heart, ha! I name all my guitars, cars, and even a pretty pink dyson hoover recently, looks like I may be adopting the same idea here too when I buy this camera! :-)

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Welcome to the forum! I don't know the market for Pentax in the UK, but usually you get a much better deal buying a kit rather than buying body and lens separately. The 18-135 is quite pricey on its own. A pity if you can't get a kit with the colour you like.

Good luck!
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Welcome to PF and bonjour from France ... enjoy that K-30 and please post us an image or two soon ... Salut, J
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QuoteOriginally posted by SalP1 Quote
don't know where to find this combination in the UK
Welcome to the forum, you could try SRS, they seem quite a good bunch.

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09-19-2013, 11:31 AM   #5
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Welcome!

I got it, black K-30 and 18-135. I was watching the latest prices for a while and can tell you it is possible to get a good deal on brand new K-30 body today, i.e. $500 or under, so I would go for body only of the color you like + let's say a prime lens 50/1.8 for $180 (you'll want a prime eventually anyway) . Then for the 18-135 you can take time and shop separately. I saw people selling it for under $400

Another good option is K-30 body only and 18-55 WR + DA 55-300MM F4-5.8 ED (non L) LENS -- which in my personal opinion makes even better setup.
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Hi folks,
Thanks for the advice. The prices you quoted QCdude are no good to me as I live in the UK.
But anyhow I have made my purchase! I managed to find a store on ebay who was selling them near me so I rang them and called in. They had a really good offer on ebay but told me it was no longer available when I rang them but could sort something out when I went to their shop CameraCentreUK. I took a shot of the deal though on ebay, and got a good deal on it, though had to haggle a bit with the lad there as he wasn't too keen on being very flexible lol. They had different colours and when I actually saw them I opted for the white (the colours looked too cheap and toy-like in my opinion) with the WR 18-135mm lens. So just getting to know it now. I will post some images when I have got to know it a bit!
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Hi SalP1,

I've just bought my K-30 black model in July. I don't know if the UK has the kit you want, in my country (Spain), theres is no place where I could find that particular kit, so I have to resign myself with the kit with the 18-55 WR.

As you can see I am a newbie too, but if you take an advice, the most important buy you can make, is to buy a tripod (check out the Fancier on ebay) with an IR shutter. It will suit you for a night photos and long exposure ones
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Welcome to the forums. Glad you got a deal on the K30 in a color you liked. Looking forward to seeing some pix in the near future.

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QuoteOriginally posted by SalP1 Quote
Hi folks,
Thanks for the advice. The prices you quoted QCdude are no good to me as I live in the UK.
But anyhow I have made my purchase! I managed to find a store on ebay who was selling them near me so I rang them and called in. They had a really good offer on ebay but told me it was no longer available when I rang them but could sort something out when I went to their shop CameraCentreUK. I took a shot of the deal though on ebay, and got a good deal on it, though had to haggle a bit with the lad there as he wasn't too keen on being very flexible lol. They had different colours and when I actually saw them I opted for the white (the colours looked too cheap and toy-like in my opinion) with the WR 18-135mm lens. So just getting to know it now. I will post some images when I have got to know it a bit!
Hi mate,
congrats on your new K-30. I believe you will enjoy it big time. The wr 18-135mm lens is also very good choice, I have same setup and like it.
Post us a pic or two.
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