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11-21-2014, 08:20 AM   #1
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hey everybody :D

hey all! My names Ray, I've just recently got interested in photography and the like within the past year or so. Just been using my camera phone and whatnot for the time being. I've been looking into dslr's recently and up until a day or two ago, I was pretty sold on a t3i(pretty good bang for your buck on an entry level dslr). That is until I compared it with the k30/k50/k5 and whatnot, and pentax out does the t3i with the exception of an external mic jack, the k50 and lower/mid level pentax's don't have one i believe. idk. but either way I don't need one as badly because video/audio isn't my main interest as of now, stills are.

So that led me here. Stumbled upon this site throughout my googling 'pentax' adventures.

I apologize if I ramble, I don't have anyone to talk photography with lol. And forgive me if I use a camera term or something in the wrong context still learning of course

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Hello! My history is similar, phone first, K-50 then. I don't know if it's a question but K-50 does not have the external mic input. Anyway, I believe it's a good entry level DSLR but it depends on what you already know
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Hello! My history is similar, phone first, K-50 then. I don't know if it's a question but K-50 does not have the external mic input. Anyway, I believe it's a good entry level DSLR but it depends on what you already know
oh nice! How do you like it ? And yeah it was like one of those borderline question like statements lol, so thanks for confirming the mic situation
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Welcome to the forums!

Normally, one would buy into a system for the lenses. We Pentaxians happen to know what many others do not: that the Pentax K mount has the best and most extensive line of SLR lenses spanning decades.

So as for a body, what's your price range? If you want to start your photographic journey a little more frugally to be sure it's something you will want to invest in, you can find a used Pentax K-r for under $200 on eBay. It is still a fantastic body with great image quality.

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The T series is really outdated now, their sensors are old and the build is not great. They're OK, and if you know how to shoot you'll get good images with those cameras.
That said, the K50 beats it in every category.

I'm partial to the K5 because of its top LCD display and the 14-bit recording which gives more dynamic range. The learning curve is about the same for the K50 and K5. Focus on the basics, as with anything. It's a fun hobby you get to share with lots of people should you choose.
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Welcome to the forums!

Normally, one would buy into a system for the lenses. We Pentaxians happen to know what many others do not: that the Pentax K mount has the best and most extensive line of SLR lenses spanning decades.

So as for a body, what's your price range? If you want to start your photographic journey a little more frugally to be sure it's something you will want to invest in, you can find a used Pentax K-r for under $200 on eBay. It is still a fantastic body with great image quality.
Ah yes, I'm still learning about the glass but that's great to know pentax has good glass, at a good price from what I've been noticing. As for the body price range, im thinking 300-350. Hmm the K-r doesn't seem too bad, but it's not weather sealed is it ? Is weather sealing that BIG of a difference ? I live in the desert kinda and it tends to get real dusty in some areas, plus I do a lot of outdoorsy things. Is getting a camera that's weather sealed something to consider or no ?


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The T series is really outdated now, their sensors are old and the build is not great. They're OK, and if you know how to shoot you'll get good images with those cameras.
That said, the K50 beats it in every category.

I'm partial to the K5 because of its top LCD display and the 14-bit recording which gives more dynamic range. The learning curve is about the same for the K50 and K5. Focus on the basics, as with anything. It's a fun hobby you get to share with lots of people should you choose.
I see. hm yeah the k5 is nice, more expensive tho right ? I need to find a good balance of quality and longevity and price. Don't have many opportunities as of late to spend much money on a hobby, so it might have to last me a while lol.

Thanks so far for everyone's input
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hm yeah the k5 is nice, more expensive tho right
Barely- it's $546 right now, and that includes a grip that could easily be re-sold for $100-150. The K-50 is $396 with a free $50 gift card.

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Barely- it's $546 right now, and that includes a grip that could easily be re-sold for $100-150. The K-50 is $396 with a free $50 gift card.
Awesome thanks for the heads up and the links, I will definitely keep the k5 in mind

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Is weather sealing that BIG of a difference ? I live in the desert kinda and it tends to get real dusty in some areas, plus I do a lot of outdoorsy things. Is getting a camera that's weather sealed something to consider or no ?
If you need the weather sealing then go for the K-50. You can't beat it for the price. Just remember that you'll need a weather sealed lens for it to be affective.
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If you need the weather sealing then go for the K-50. You can't beat it for the price. Just remember that you'll need a weather sealed lens for it to be affective.
Great! Thanks for reassuring me on the k-50 and the reminder about the lens. I'm suppose to be picking up a k-50 with a 18-55 wr kit lens come monday, lets see how that goes
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Great! Thanks for reassuring me on the k-50 and the reminder about the lens. I'm suppose to be picking up a k-50 with a 18-55 wr kit lens come monday, lets see how that goes
Congratulations!
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Welcome to the forum, there's plenty of folk here keen to talk photography until the cows come home.
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hey thanks! Yeah i'm pretty excited

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Welcome to the forum, there's plenty of folk here keen to talk photography until the cows come home.
haha awesome. Well this place seems very friendly and helpful so far, good bunch of people.
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