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12-11-2014, 05:56 PM   #1
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Looking forward to my first DSLR...

Hi everyone! I've been a long time lurker here, first time poster. I have been lusting after a Pentax DSLR for at least a couple years, specially the K-30 or K-50, though I've been an amateur digital photographer for the past 12 or so years. It's a bit boggling that I haven't yet acquired a DSLR, with how much I use my cameras, and how inexpensive they are compared to some of my other hobbies and yearly expenditures.


I've progressed through various forms of digital cameras, including a Fujifilm Finepix 1300 (yes, that's 1.3 MP!), Casio QV-3000EX, Konica Minolta Z10, Panasonic DMC-FZ28, and an Olympus XZ-1. I can't say that any have really given me total satisfaction, though all have given me some really great pictures. I still have all of them except the Fuji and the Panasonic, with the Olympus being my primary at the moment. They all have their drawbacks, such that I'd take a few steps forward but always at least one step back with each new camera. I'm not afraid of a little weight and size, in fact I prefer that to a box of playing cards with a lens attached. I had to add a grip and lens extension tube to my XZ-1 just to make it work well in my hands. It's hard to believe that the prices on the K-50 are now just barely more than what I paid for the DMC-FZ28 and XZ-1.


Anyhow, can't say for sure when I'll be picking up my Pentax, or which model it will be, but will report back later!




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12-16-2014, 02:30 PM   #6
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Thanks for the warm welcome everyone! I ended up ordering a K-30 in crystal blue (body only), should be here hopefully by Friday, can hardly wait! Yes, could have gotten a K-50 (used) for about the same price (new only slightly more), but the K-30's styling and metallic colors really do it for me.


I'm now looking into lenses from the usual pre-owned sources, as I'm on a budget. So far I have on order a 28mm F2.8 and a 100mm F3.5 macro. I definitely want to get an 18-55mm WR for wet weather shooting (otherwise known as 'Not Summer' in the Seattle area most years), and am considering a 50mm F1.7. I also want a zoom with a 200-300mm reach, but that can wait for summer airshow season. There seem to be lots of options in that category when you discount the need for WR.


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