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05-05-2015, 02:33 AM   #1
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Joining the Pentax crowd soon

I've been doing the best I can with point and shoot cameras for years now, and recently decided to get into DSLR photography.

About 2 months ago I picked up a used Canon Rebel XS, and it's been good for me to get started, but shortly after I found out about the Pentax K-50.

I had heard about Pentax, but hadn't even considered them when originally searching because I had the average consumer mentality that they weren't a Canon or Nikon so they probably aren't worth it. Shortly after getting my Canon though I started coming upon Pentax reviews. Especially concerning the K-50. And I felt stupid I had passed up on them for their name alone.

I decided to start saving up a bit of extra cash so I could buy a K-50. I figured I would use the Canon until I get a K-50, then sell it for lens money.

My biggest question is consistently, where to buy it from?

I've found a few Amazon places that are around $399 or so for a K-50 with lens kit, and the lowest local price I found is from a certified retailer with the same kit for $499, but they also include $350 in free photography classes with purchase of a new camera. Being new to DSLR photography this does appeal to me.

I've also heard rumors that if I just buy the camera off Amazon there's always the chance I get a refurbished, instead of new, camera. As well as a chance that Pentax won't help in case something goes wrong, since Amazon isn't an approved retailer. (Or things along the lines of that)

I am actually really excited to get the camera, and will get it no matter what. I have the money, but am also waiting until the end of the month, since I decided I'd get it as a birthday present to myself. I just want to know what dangers there are of getting an Amazon or eBay "new" camera, or if I really should just get it from the local camera shop, since I'll have someone close by I can go to, if needed.

05-05-2015, 05:55 AM   #2
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Here you go:

http://www.microcenter.com/product/438758/K-50_160_Megapixel_Digital_SLR_wit...ash_Bundle_Kit

And an advanced Welcome! Once you go Pentax, you don't go backs!
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Welcome to the forum, have you tried B&H to see what kind of deals they have got going on.
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Welcome aboard!

Always call B&H and Adorama - tell them the guys at the Pentax Forum told you to call for a price check. Sometimes they can sell for less than they can list.

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Another thing that confuses me. Colored rings. I've seen no color, silver, gold, red, green. I figured no ring is just standard lenses. Green and red might be HD coating? And no idea what silver or gold would be.
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Red is the new HD coating. Green was the previous coating.

There's an article here somewhere explaining the colors...gold is the higher-end Star-series zoom lenses, IIRC.
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So frustrated! XD Was going to pick up my camera today finally! Really excited! Got all ready! Wooooh!

Wait... where are my keys?

Turns out I left them in my jacket, which I left in my wife's car over the weekend. She went to work this morning, and won't be back until right before I have to go to work today, so I have to wait a whole other day before I can get my new K-50! Arrrrrrggggghhhh!!!

Monday is just being a Monday I guess.

Also, found someone who is selling a basically new SMC Pentax DA 50mm F/1.8 lens a few miles from me for only $100. I'm eager to pick that up, but I want to get my camera first so I can test it out before I buy it.
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so I have to wait a whole other day before I can get my new K-50
Absence makes the heart grow fonder... or so they say.

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Yessss! My wife got home with enough time for me to pick up my camera! I'm almost tempted to call in to work so I can mess around with it, but bills also need to get paid, so I'll have to wait 8 hours until I can enjoy myself. Haha.

Man, I'm excited.
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