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01-17-2015, 11:16 AM   #1
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Hello from Los Angeles

Hello Forum,

i just purchased my first Pentax and wanted to check in since i will need your advice!
I am not a professional photographer, i just enjoy to take good shots.
I just got a great deal on a brand new Pentax K50 with 18 55 lens for $310 out the door (body and 18 55 WR lens)
I thought it was too good of an offer to pass it up.

I would like to learn how the camera operates at first and then get a couple more lenses.
I was thinking about Pentax DA50mm and the DA 18 135.
Would that be a good choice?

Thank you for your time,

Toni

01-17-2015, 12:03 PM   #2
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You already have 18 in the 18-55. I would get the 55-300, but you know what you are going to shoot with it.
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01-17-2015, 12:23 PM   #4
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thank you.
I was actually planning to sell the 18 55 and get the 18 135 since i read it s a much better lens but i am a newbie and that s why i m here!
So i will let the experts speak!

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Welcome to the forum, who about waiting a while before you buy your next lens, because after shooting a while you'll know what you actually need.
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Welcome from another SoCal person! What you should do next depends on what you like to shoot and what your budget is. We are always willing to help you spend your money.

If you aren't sure where you want to go with your photography you might want to keep the kit lens and get the DA 55-300. The great thing about a dSLR is that you don't have to get everything all at once. You can always sell the kit lens later. It's possible that you might find you need something faster than the 18-135, or you want something longer, or you don't like telephoto and the 18-135 will be all you need. It all depends, there's no one size fits all answer in photography.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pentaxfanla Quote
thank you.
I was actually planning to sell the 18 55 and get the 18 135 since i read it s a much better lens but i am a newbie and that s why i m here!
So i will let the experts speak!
The 18-135 is much better than the 18-55. It gives you better image quality, faster focus generally, longer reach, and its Weather Resistant. The suggestion that you get the 55-300 is a good one also because the 55-300 is a gem and is relatively inexpensive (I have a used one in great shape selling now for $175 ). But seriously the 18-55 + 55-300 is a great beginners combo. I don't own a 18-55 any more because I bought an 18-135 myself. I had 3 different 18-55s and the best of the 3 wasnt as good as the 18-135 in its range.

Good luck with your decision.
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The one disadvantage of the 18-135 is the size. It is a little longer than the 18-55. There are times when the smaller size is convenient.

01-18-2015, 07:35 PM   #9
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pentaxfanla Quote
Hello Forum,

i just purchased my first Pentax and wanted to check in since i will need your advice!
I am not a professional photographer, i just enjoy to take good shots.
I just got a great deal on a brand new Pentax K50 with 18 55 lens for $310 out the door (body and 18 55 WR lens)
I thought it was too good of an offer to pass it up.

I would like to learn how the camera operates at first and then get a couple more lenses.
I was thinking about Pentax DA50mm and the DA 18 135.
Would that be a good choice?

Thank you for your time,

Toni
So, where were you able to purchase your k 50 for $310? I would be interested in purchasing one for that, also.

Thanks
01-18-2015, 09:10 PM   #10
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Welcome! Join the California user group using the groups link above to be made aware of any upcoming meet ups.
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Welcome to the forums! You walked out with a great deal!

There are so many things to photograph in L.A. County. I liked shooting events and festivals, so I bought an 18-250mm lens for the versatility. After visiting a few gardens, I ended up getting the DFA 100mm macro lens. After attending a few comic/anime conventions, I invested in some prime lenses. So, what I'm saying is go out and shoot, get familiar with your camera, and your interests will dictate which lens(es) will best suit your needs.
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