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12-02-2013, 01:33 PM   #1
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Hey all.

Just purchased my first DSLR, a Pentax K-50. Found a good Adorama Cyber Monday deal with the 18-55 and 55-200 wr lenses.

I'm fairly new to photography, always enjoyed playing around with basic point and shoots growing up but only recently got hooked on photography as a serious hobby while playing around with my girlfriends Nikon D3200.

I was pretty set on getting a Nikon and was doing research trying to decide between D3200, D5200, and D7000. There were certain features I liked about all 3 of them but they all were a compromise in some way. Then I stumbled onto Pentax. The K-50 had the exact set of features that I was looking for at a great price for a first camera that I can grow with.

My main interests right now are shooting landscapes, architecture, and cars/motorcycles.

I'm happy to be one of those rare Pentax people now and look forward to reading around the forums.

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QuoteOriginally posted by V.rider Quote
Hey all.

Just purchased my first DSLR, a Pentax K-50. Found a good Adorama Cyber Monday deal with the 18-55 and 55-200 wr lenses.

I'm fairly new to photography, always enjoyed playing around with basic point and shoots growing up but only recently got hooked on photography as a serious hobby while playing around with my girlfriends Nikon D3200.

I was pretty set on getting a Nikon and was doing research trying to decide between D3200, D5200, and D7000. There were certain features I liked about all 3 of them but they all were a compromise in some way. Then I stumbled onto Pentax. The K-50 had the exact set of features that I was looking for at a great price for a first camera that I can grow with.

My main interests right now are shooting landscapes, architecture, and cars/motorcycles.

I'm happy to be one of those rare Pentax people now and look forward to reading around the forums.
Welcome aboard! You've made a great camera choice- the only thing I'd recommend later down the road would be to get a lens with silent focusing, such as the 18-135mm.

I hope you enjoy your K-50

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Welcome to the forum, enjoy that new K-50.
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Welcome from Iowa! Good pick for a camera. Small, powerful, and weather sealed!! Cool! Sounds like just what you need! Have fun and shoot lots of photos!!
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12-03-2013, 07:44 AM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestion on the 18-135 WR. After doing some research on it I actually called Adorama this morning and changed my order to get that kit instead of the 18-55 and 55-200.

The quiet motor was a big reason but I'm also the type of person that won't want to bother with carrying extra lenses and changing them, and looking through the sample images post sealed the deal for me. I can always pick up a 55-200/300 down the road for less than the 18-135 if I find that I really need the extra reach although I doubt I will. Does anyone know if the 18-135 comes with the hood in the kit?

I will probably pick up a prime lens for low light at some point down the road though. Any recommendations there? Looked at Pentax 50mm 1.8 and 35mm 2.4. Also see that Sigma has a 50mm 1.4 and an 18-35 1.8 but those two are obviously more expensive than the equivalent Pentax lenses.

Thanks again for the advice and the welcome.
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You'll get the lens hood with the 18-135, I don't think Pentax ships without it. It's a good lens, a perfect walkaround.

The 35mm f2.4 is well-regarded and inexpensive. For now I'd get that or just stick with the 18-135 to figure out what focal length you like for a prime. You may decide on something even wider, for instance. The sensor will make up for a lot of the low-light troubles you anticipate. Shoot in RAW+ if you want to see how you can develop the images vs. the camera. I've taken almost black RAW images and merely increased the exposure in Lightroom, and been amazed. Same with shadow recovery...

I'd suggest buying Lightroom instead of the additional lens right now. You can always look on Craigslist and eBay for older manual primes, which are really nice on the new Pentax bodies.
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