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08-29-2014, 03:30 PM - 1 Like   #1
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I've just joined the forum, in anticipation of buying my first Pentax (K500) in about 3 months. My Panasonic FZ70 failed, and I decided to jump on the Pentax train!

I live in the mountains of Montana, and love photography, so am so excited to the day I get my Pentax!

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Hello Carol and welcome to the Pentax family along with the Forums. Enjoy your new camera when you get it.
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Thanks for the welcome Patrick! It's a pleasure to be here!
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Welcome to the forum, three months is going to seem like a long time to wait.

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Welcome to the forum Carol.

Before you buy the K-500, I suggest you also look at a K-30 or K-50. They are essentially the same camera, but with some useful extra features at a similar price:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/151-pentax-k-30-k-50/259215-k30-k50-k500-need-your-advice.html

The K-50 is available new for less than $400. That is hard to beat for value. It might be even less in 3 months' time!

The other thing I would suggest is consider what lenses to get.

For example, a Pentax DA 18-135 or a Sigma 18-250 (or a used Tamron or Pentax 18-250) might be a better option than the 18-55 + 50-200 kit lenses. The image quality of the 18-250 is likely to be better than the kit, and the versatiltiy is great. The 18-135 is a step up in image quality and is weather resistant - a great bonus when shooting in rain or snow.

You might also be able to get a DA 35mm f2.4 and/or DA 50 f1.8 in a bundle with the camera, at a discounted price. Those little primes are gems.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kerrowdown Quote
Welcome to the forum, three months is going to seem like a long time to wait.
Ohhh, how well I know that!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Des Quote
Welcome to the forum Carol.

Before you buy the K-500, I suggest you also look at a K-30 or K-50. They are essentially the same camera, but with some useful extra features at a similar price:
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/151-pentax-k-30-k-50/259215-k30-k50-k500-need-your-advice.html

The K-50 is available new for less than $400. That is hard to beat for value. It might be even less in 3 months' time!

The other thing I would suggest is consider what lenses to get.

For example, a Pentax DA 18-135 or a Sigma 18-250 (or a used Tamron or Pentax 18-250) might be a better option than the 18-55 + 50-200 kit lenses. The image quality of the 18-250 is likely to be better than the kit, and the versatiltiy is great. The 18-135 is a step up in image quality and is weather resistant - a great bonus when shooting in rain or snow.

You might also be able to get a DA 35mm f2.4 and/or DA 50 f1.8 in a bundle with the camera, at a discounted price. Those little primes are gems.
Hi Des; yes I've already decided on the K50 with the 18-55 WR and the 55-300 Pentax.
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Hi Des; yes I've already decided on the K50 with the 18-55 WR and the 55-300 Pentax.
That will be a great combination. You'll love it.

You can spend the next 3 months reading the K-50 manual and bursting with anticipation!
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Bonjour from France and welcome to PF, Carol ... Hope to see some images soon. Salut, J


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