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10-28-2015, 09:13 AM   #1
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Hello!
It's time for me to upgrade to a DSLR ... I have been happy learning the "ropes" using my Nikon Coolpix P530 but now it's time to expand... One of your members ~ "Heie"
has been helping me with my decision and he referred me to this sight...
And I'm glad he did...
As a novice... all I've every heard about DSLR's were with Cannon and Nikon but looking into Pentax... I am pleasantly surprised at the quality and strength and versatility this camera brand has to offer.
So I am seriously looking into buying the Pentax K-S2 with the 18-135 mm lens... I think this may be a good start... and it's nice to know I can add such a variety of lenses as I improve in my Photography...
So here are some of the things I am looking for in a new camera:
light weight, weather resistant, superior quality photos, easy to switch from M to A, good battery life, easy to clean,crisp B&W's, interchangeable lenses.. and a price that won't break the bank
Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated
JKM

10-28-2015, 10:41 AM   #2
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I can say that the K-50 is a great camera that beats anything in the same price range by Canon and Nikon.

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10-28-2015, 02:40 PM   #3
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QuoteOriginally posted by JKMahon Quote
One of your members ~ "Heie" has been helping me with my decision
Welcome to the forum, good luck with trying to borrow some of his fine glass.
10-28-2015, 02:49 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forums! If at possible you should try out how the camera fits in your hand before buying. But I agree that it's hard to beat a K-50 for the price these days, or a K-5ii(s) if you can find one at a good price. Nothing wrong with the K-S2, though, and the flip-out screen might come in handy. It is quite small and light, which might or might not suit you. I haven't seen anyone complain about the image quality of that thing

The 18-135 is a nice do-it-all lens. It is my main travel lens. I usually bring a few small primes as well, though.

Good luck with your choices!

10-29-2015, 08:21 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forum, good luck with trying to borrow some of his fine glass.
No worries... I just bought my own....
10-29-2015, 08:45 AM   #6
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Welcome...

You'll find my name all over the 18-135 thread...
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/179869-da-1...can-do-86.html
And it's one of my favourite lenses, if I were you I'd also order the DA 50 ƒ1.8. One of the things the DA 18-135 doesn't do well is a low light. Having a cheap fast not very big piece of glass to put on in low light situations takes care of that for you. That or the DA 35 ƒ2.4, but usually when you want a fast lens for low light, it's the faster the better, all the other ƒ1.8 glass is very expensive, and I just find 35mm an odd focal length on APS-c.

Let us know how your K-S2 turns out. It remains a camera I'm curious about.
11-13-2015, 01:26 PM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by JKMahon Quote
Hello!
It's time for me to upgrade to a DSLR ... I have been happy learning the "ropes" using my Nikon Coolpix P530 but now it's time to expand... One of your members ~ "Heie"
has been helping me with my decision and he referred me to this sight...
And I'm glad he did...
As a novice... all I've every heard about DSLR's were with Cannon and Nikon but looking into Pentax... I am pleasantly surprised at the quality and strength and versatility this camera brand has to offer.
So I am seriously looking into buying the Pentax K-S2 with the 18-135 mm lens... I think this may be a good start... and it's nice to know I can add such a variety of lenses as I improve in my Photography...
So here are some of the things I am looking for in a new camera:
light weight, weather resistant, superior quality photos, easy to switch from M to A, good battery life, easy to clean,crisp B&W's, interchangeable lenses.. and a price that won't break the bank
Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated
JKM
Bear with me as I figure out how to traverse this site... not sure if I am doing it right... here are a few shots I took with the K-S2 ....

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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Welcome...

You'll find my name all over the 18-135 thread...
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/179869-da-1...can-do-86.html
And it's one of my favourite lenses, if I were you I'd also order the DA 50 ƒ1.8. One of the things the DA 18-135 doesn't do well is a low light. Having a cheap fast not very big piece of glass to put on in low light situations takes care of that for you. That or the DA 35 ƒ2.4, but usually when you want a fast lens for low light, it's the faster the better, all the other ƒ1.8 glass is very expensive, and I just find 35mm an odd focal length on APS-c.

Let us know how your K-S2 turns out. It remains a camera I'm curious about.
I was wondering about other lenses to order... thanks for the heads up!

---------- Post added 11-13-15 at 02:33 PM ----------

QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
Welcome...

You'll find my name all over the 18-135 thread...
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/179869-da-1...can-do-86.html
And it's one of my favourite lenses, if I were you I'd also order the DA 50 ƒ1.8. One of the things the DA 18-135 doesn't do well is a low light. Having a cheap fast not very big piece of glass to put on in low light situations takes care of that for you. That or the DA 35 ƒ2.4, but usually when you want a fast lens for low light, it's the faster the better, all the other ƒ1.8 glass is very expensive, and I just find 35mm an odd focal length on APS-c.

Let us know how your K-S2 turns out. It remains a camera I'm curious about.
it's a great weight ... easy to hold... very comfortable... the manual is user friendly, fun getting to know my new camera!
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