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10-03-2013, 08:12 PM   #1
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FIrst DSLR and First Pentax

Hi guys,

I'm a newbie to photography.
Only time I took pictures was on my friends Canon EOS when I had time.
It took me a while before I decided to buy a digital camera.

I spent most of the time looking at Canon EOS T3i, T4i, 60D.
After looking at the price.... I finally took the time and looked at the Pentax K-30. I jumped on it soon as I could on Amazon for the Pentax K-30 18mm-55mm bundle when I saw it for less than $600.

Anyways, so far I'm really happy with the camera. Still trying to figure out the optimal settings for the camera for all conditions.

I'm also looking to find a new lens but I have no idea what to find. I'll have to browse and look before I make the jump (since lenses are pricy too).

10-03-2013, 08:36 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome.

You'll find lots of information on the lenses available (new and old) here.

Enjoy your new camera - the K30 has a good reputation here.
10-03-2013, 11:41 PM   #3
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Welcome to the Pentax family
You picked a very good camera as your first DSLR and I am sure you will enjoy it.
My advice is to pick up a good book about photography or take a introduction course. It helped me a lot to get started and get out of the "Auto mode".
Don't be shy and ask all your questions here or search for them. Lots of knowledgeable folks here.
Now go out and enjoy your K-30 and I hope to see a pic or two soon.

Cheers
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10-04-2013, 06:25 AM   #4
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Welcome and enjoy your new camera.

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Welcome to PF and bonjour from France ... enjoy the forum and the K-30 ... please post us an image or two soon ... Salut, J
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Welcome to the forum, enjoy the camera and take you time on the lens front, you will now soon which one you need for your style of photography.
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Thank you guys for the warm welcome.

Here are my first batch of pictures from walking around in the snow storm of 2013 in NJ USA.

Soon as the snow started falling, I was able to run outside with my K30 and WR 18-55 lens without worry.
I actually spent alot of time shooting random things to learn about Fstop/ISO what not. (I am thinking about buying a new lens now)

Cheers.

I actually right now stuck on what lens to get next. I really love the zoom lens, because it gives me the opportunity to walk around without having to worry about swapping out lens. the 18-55 is nice, but I feel like I'm really lacking the zoom capability.
So I'm looking at some of the Sigma/Tamrom/Pentax zoom lens. I really am broken up about the prices and zoom range.

I'm not sure if I NEED a 300mm...
I'm thinking also thinking about spending extra 100-200 to get a WR lens. Now that I had a chance to walk around in the blizzard, I feel like I will regret not getting a WR lens

What do you guys think?
Should I get a 300mm minimum?
Or 200mm-250mm enough for a walk around lens?
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06-24-2014, 05:05 AM   #8
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Pentax 55-300 WR is a great package and complements the 18-55 WR, or the 18-135 WR if you choose to upgrade.

If you are like me, and you are interested in wildlife, once you've had a lens that goes to 300mm you will wonder how you got by without it.


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Not many people NEEDS a 300mm. Usually you'd have to stand a bit far from whatever your subject is at that FL, but its a nice range to have.

IMO in this range you could get the 55-300 WR and be set for quite a while. The resale value is pretty good too in case you decided you're better off with another lens.

For a second lens I highly recommend a 35 or 50mm prime Better, make it a Takumar 50mm!

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06-24-2014, 06:18 AM   #10
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Image Quality tends to suffer a bit with those large super zooms (18-200 and such) when the range goes from wide to pretty narrow/long.

I used a K-x with a Sigma 18-200mm for a couple years though not realizing this. But it was nice to learn the system that way since there was no lens swapping and I never missed a shot due to having to swap lenses. It also worked surprisingly very well at airshows.

That said, the lens made my images slightly mushy and the low light ability was poor.

Last year I upgraded to a K-5 II with the 18-135 WR lens with the idea I'd sell the 18-135 to lower the price of the camera body for me. I ended up keeping the lens! It isn't a perfect lens (bit of distortion the farther you zoom) and the sharpness falls off with it. But it still performs better than that superzoom in the center and about the same on the corners. I paired it with a 55-300 WR so I have a weather sealed setup. Only issue is, of course, when I want something beyond 135 mm or smaller than 55mm, I have to change lenses.

So far it has worked out well.. I just have to be mindful of what kind of images I'm taking. Sometimes I take the 55-300mm WR with a 35mm prime if I want something a little wider or just the 18-135 with me. Using a sling bag is helpful for this.

For low light, you'll either need to get a tripod and/or lens more accommodating to your low light shooting (I'm using the cheap, Pentax primes - 35mm f/2.4 and a 50 f/1.8 -- the double bonus is they make for sharp photos)
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QuoteOriginally posted by mellowyeahlow Quote
I actually right now stuck on what lens to get next. I really love the zoom lens, because it gives me the opportunity to walk around without having to worry about swapping out lens. the 18-55 is nice, but I feel like I'm really lacking the zoom capability.
So I'm looking at some of the Sigma/Tamrom/Pentax zoom lens. I really am broken up about the prices and zoom range.

I'm not sure if I NEED a 300mm...
I'm thinking also thinking about spending extra 100-200 to get a WR lens. Now that I had a chance to walk around in the blizzard, I feel like I will regret not getting a WR lens

What do you guys think?
Should I get a 300mm minimum?
Or 200mm-250mm enough for a walk around lens?
If you are wondering whether you should get a superzoom or something else, you might find this recent thread helpful:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/265862-advice-zoom-lens-2.html
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If you're after wildlife the 55-300 is minimum.
It's only a good long walkaround lens, 55 is pretty tight for casual or street shooting.

For that the 18-135 is really useful, and a pleasure to use.

Think about what you want to do, if it's just a bit more reach than the 18-55, the 18-135 is a lot of fun - though it will replace the 18-55.
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