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11-18-2014, 06:13 PM   #1
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Well I'm new here and also new to just about everything DSLR related. I'm thinking about buying my first non point and shoot camera and have settled on a Pentax and found this great forum! Lots of reading to do!

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11-18-2014, 06:59 PM   #2
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Well hello. What cha gonna buy?
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Leaning towards the K-50 Kit but just can't decide on which one.

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Trying to figure out if I should get the Kit with the DA L 18-55 WR & 50-200 WR Lenses or the one with just the DA 18-135 WR Lens. Like I said I'm a total newbie.. My main goal is to take pictures of my daughter playing fastpitch softball. So lots of fast action but not far away, the most I would be 220 feet away in the outfield. Most of the pictures would be less then 60 feet way .
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The 18-135 will let you get close images, of course. The 55mm of the 55-300 I have is pretty tight within 20 feet.
The 18-135 is a joy to use with its quick motorized focus but the kit 2-lens combo isn't bad.

You'll have fun with a DSLR, they're very powerful tools.

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QuoteOriginally posted by robdec17 Quote
Leaning towards the K-50 Kit but just can't decide on which one.

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Trying to figure out if I should get the Kit with the DA L 18-55 WR & 50-200 WR Lenses or the one with just the DA 18-135 WR Lens. Like I said I'm a total newbie.. My main goal is to take pictures of my daughter playing fastpitch softball. So lots of fast action but not far away, the most I would be 220 feet away in the outfield. Most of the pictures would be less then 60 feet way .
Zooms are handy, but if you want quality pictures, you can't beat a prime lens. I have found several beauties on eBay cheap. Never hurts to have a couple of primes in your bag.
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Criaigslist or Ebay will let you get the classic 50mm manual lenses (A-series if you can find them). Those will help you learn the camera and can provide great images.

To me, get a decent zoom first - then figure out where to go next. You might find you like shooting at around 28-35mm which is "normal" view on APSC. Then look for a nice prime in that range, you don't necessarily need to spend a lot of money, look for used.
Take your time buying lenses, they're an investment moreso than the body.
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Thanks for all the help and suggestions. So if you were in my shoes would I be better in just getting the kit with the DA L 18-55 WR & 50-200 WR lenses then the one with just the DA 18-135 WR Lens, Looks like about a $200 difference. Im leaning toward the DA L 18-55 WR & 50-200 WR so far.
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The 2-lens kit will give you a lot of flexibility. Do get lens hoods for the lenses, though. Generic ones are fine, you'll find that information if you do a quick search here. The hoods protect the front lens element and improve image quality by reducing flare etc.

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QuoteOriginally posted by robdec17 Quote
Leaning towards the K-50 Kit but just can't decide on which one.

---------- Post added 11-18-14 at 09:17 PM ----------

Trying to figure out if I should get the Kit with the DA L 18-55 WR & 50-200 WR Lenses or the one with just the DA 18-135 WR Lens. Like I said I'm a total newbie.. My main goal is to take pictures of my daughter playing fastpitch softball. So lots of fast action but not far away, the most I would be 220 feet away in the outfield. Most of the pictures would be less then 60 feet way .
Did not have personal experience with the 18-55 until I bought a camera for my son with one on it. I was not impressed at all. Bought the 17-70 Sigma several years ago and I am quite happy with it. I do wish I had something like the 18-135 for a walk around lens. It should do just about everything.
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Lots of reading to do!
Welcome, remember to stop now and again and take some pictures.
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