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12-04-2014, 05:58 AM   #1
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I am new here and I am looking to buy a K-3. I used to own Nikon D7000 and then D7100 and I was going to get a FF Nikon but after some search I decided to get a camera that I can take everywhere (In the snow or in the rain) The K3 seems a nice fit for me. My only concern is the customer service as I heard a lot of bad experience with them.

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Welcome to the forum!

I've had to get a body repaired once or twice and I haven't had an issue with their service, it's just a little slow (here in the US).

What I might recommend is getting an extended warranty from whomever you purchase the camera, preferably with accidental spills and drops coverage.
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Get the warranty, and get the camera from a reputable dealer. Also call B&H or Adorama for pricing, it may be lower than advertised.

Yes, a WR body and lens is great insurance. It lets you take the camera when there's a chance of precipitation or dusty conditions with a degree of confidence. I have the 18-135WR and 55-300WR, and have had no issues with either lens.
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Thanks a lot for the advice.

I was thinking about getting a new body From B&H or Adorama and used lens what do you think is it a good idea or should I go with the Kit ?

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If you're getting the 18-135 I think the bundle is a big discount. The other option is a battery grip and 50mm lens, IIRC. In that case budget $300+ for a used 18-135.
I think you can get the DA50mm for less money, though, and I haven't found the need for a battery grip for my K5 - maybe if I want to do long timelapses, but not in everyday shooting. I'd personally go for an 18-135 bundle with the K3 then look for other lenses later as you figure out what else you want to do.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bmw_328ci Quote
Thanks a lot for the advice.

I was thinking about getting a new body From B&H or Adorama and used lens what do you think is it a good idea or should I go with the Kit ?
That depends on the lens you want. Only a select few are offered in a kit.
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Welcome to PF and bonjour from France, bmw_328ci ... Hope to see some images soon! Salut, J
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If you're getting the 18-135 I think the bundle is a big discount. The other option is a battery grip and 50mm lens, IIRC. In that case budget $300+ for a used 18-135.
I think you can get the DA50mm for less money, though, and I haven't found the need for a battery grip for my K5 - maybe if I want to do long timelapses, but not in everyday shooting. I'd personally go for an 18-135 bundle with the K3 then look for other lenses later as you figure out what else you want to do.
Actually I am interested in the 18-135 for everyday shooting so the bundle is good for me.Is there a list for WR lenses? Any advice on good WR prime lens?

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I don't think there are many WR primes in this lineup, the only one I can think of is the DFA 100mm WR Macro. I'm pretty sure the * series zooms are also WR, and there's the 55-300WR long zoom.
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List of Pentax's weather resistant lenses.
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Welcome to the forum, enjoy the K3 and hopefully you wont need customer service anytime soon.
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I don't think there are many WR primes in this lineup, the only one I can think of is the DFA 100mm WR Macro. I'm pretty sure the * series zooms are also WR, and there's the 55-300WR long zoom.
What do you think about skipping the kit lens and investing more in the 20-40 ?? Adorama has it for $576.95 when you buy it with the camera which I think a better deal than the kit.
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