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08-07-2014, 02:55 PM   #1
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Hi Pentax Gang

Shawn here,from Ontario Canada.
In searching for the latest on digital SLRs,I found this site.

My first Pentax was an SL model(still have it) ,and a handheld lightmeter.
Next I got an ME Super,and added a 35-105 Pentax A lens.

I have not used them in years,but I would like to move away from point and shoot compacts,and back to an SLR.

I have been looking at the K50 and K500.

Lots of info here.

08-07-2014, 02:59 PM   #2
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Welcome, there's lots of good information here to help your decide.
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If you need weather sealing and to know what autofocus point the camera has selected, get the K-50; otherwise get the K-500. Welcome to PF!
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If you can find a good deal on a k-30, that's also worth a look (it is basically identical to the k-50)

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Welcome I have a k-50 and really happy with it but all I can say is read heaps ask lots and play with many you will have one that will scream out buy me. Luck and enjoy your journey.
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Welcome Shawn. Either K-30 or K-50 is a better buy than the K-500. The extra features are well worth it.

The A35-105 seems like a good lens too:
Pentax-A 35-105mm F3.5 Review - Review - In-Depth Reviews
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I agree with Des. A K-30/K-50 will be a better long term investment
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08-07-2014, 10:56 PM   #8
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On the K-30, K-50, K-500 question, see this recent thread:

As between the K-30 and K-50, the choice might depend on what sort of deal you can get. There have been a number of attractive package deals on K-50s recently (with DA 35, DA 50 and/or DA 18-135 WR) that might work out better value than buying say a refurbished K-30 body and getting other lenses separately. On the other hand if the only lenses available in a package deal were 18-55 and 50-200, I would consider getting a body only (K-30 or K-50) and buying lenses separately, or looking for someone selling a K-30 or K-50 in the PF marketplace with your preferred lens(es). Better zoom lens options would include Sigma 17-70, 18-200 or 18-250, Pentax 16-50 or 18-135 WR, Pentax/Tamron 18-250, Tamron 17-50 and Pentax 55-300, depending on your budget and preferred use. Or develop a prime-based kit. It is worth giving some thought at the outset to the sort of kit you would like.


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