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11-08-2013, 05:01 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Deciding to make the move to Pentax

Hello all, I have been researching my next camera purchase. I believe Pentax is the winner but not sure which model.

11-08-2013, 05:28 PM   #2
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It really depends on your budget and how much you know about photography.
K-30, K-50 for beginners and K-3 for more advanced user.
11-08-2013, 06:14 PM   #3
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Better Body?

Hello Chapchalk, welcome to the Forum!
Most camera makers have a 3-tiered camera (some have more) with 'starter/into' bodies, usually sold with a 'kit' lens, around $500-$600. Pentax K-500.
A mid-range camera body (no lens) with more features and somewhat higher performance, $700-$900. Pentax K-50
A flagship model with all the goodies (again no lens, by this point they assume you've already bought a few) from $1100-$1,600. Pentax K-5II(s), K-3.
In the second group, the K-50 succeeds the discontinued K-30, but they are otherwise nearly the same. Same sensor, MP (16.28) and similar features. Right now the K-30 is one of the best bargains going in APS-C (cropped format) DSLR's, available as a closeout with the kit 18-55mm WR (Weather-resistant) lens for about $500 total. That's an unused, very good mid-range WR body and WR lens for the price of a starter kit!
Hunt's Camera and other online sellers still have some, check it out!
On the header, click on 'Cameras' then DSLR Comparison' then use the scroll-down to enter the K-30, K-50 and K3 into the window.
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11-08-2013, 08:39 PM   #4
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Thanks, Ron - I checked Hunts and they dont have the k-30 any longer. I can get it from amazon, best buy, and ebay.

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Welcome to PF and bonjour from France, chapchalk ... enjoy the forum and it looks like Ron has given you some great info already ...please do not ever be shy with a question and post us a Pentax image or two soon ... Salut, J
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QuoteOriginally posted by Chapchalk Quote
Thanks, Ron - I checked Hunts and they dont have the k-30 any longer.
Hunts does have the K-500 with 18-55mm lens for just $360.

http://www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/detail_page.cfm?productid=15507
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Welcome, lets us know which one you end up with.
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Went with the K30...should be here this week.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Chapchalk Quote
Went with the K30...should be here this week.
Congratz ... and don't forget my photos J
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So excited it has arrived. My husband saw it and was like "wow, that is a nice looking camera I am even excited to see it!"
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Congratulations and welcome to the club.
K-30 has character and not looking like some generic dslr looks you usually get with C or N brand.
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Congratulations and welcome to the club.
K-30 has character and not looking like some generic dslr looks you usually get with C or N brand.
My previous one was a Canon Rebel...hoping I can get the hang of this one.
11-14-2013, 03:35 PM   #13
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We don't have a camera company around here so this is my first hands on with the camera. I did buy the white one and so my husband's next comment was "it looks like a storm trooper."
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Star Wars?

He has a pretty good eye; That's the unofficial nickname for the all-white K-30, the 'Storm Trooper Version'.
Interestingly enough, Canon just came out with an all-white version of the Rebel;. I saw a thread with the ad photo here on the site today.
Good luck and enjoy your new camera!
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He has a pretty good eye; That's the unofficial nickname for the all-white K-30, the 'Storm Trooper Version'.
Interestingly enough, Canon just came out with an all-white version of the Rebel;. I saw a thread with the ad photo here on the site today.
Good luck and enjoy your new camera!
Ron
Thanks I think I am going to need it. :-) People on this forum take some amazing shots.
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