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11-09-2015, 03:35 AM   #1
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Hi

I just pulled the trigger on a k50 from Samys. Seemed like a deal that is too good to be true but it's true (if the rebate goes through).

Anyway, long time canon G series user. Currently using an Oly Xz-1 which I find competent. I've always had that itch to try different lenses but was scared of the bulk of a dslr. Was gonna go mirrorless with a Sony a6000 or a Fuji xt10 but the Pentax deal was one I couldn't ignore.

I'm already looking for different lenses to try but I know I should explore the kit lens first to get a feel for what I want. Already off the bat, thinking of 18-135, 50/55-300, 35 and 50 and I don't even have my camera yet.

11-09-2015, 08:19 AM   #2
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Welcome! You will certainly enjoy your new K50! Yes, it seems we start lens shopping before we actually have the body in hand; but nothing wrong with that! The 18-135 is a highly regarded lens here; the 55-300 is an "underdog" that really shines in the images it produces. My 50 F1.8 is on the way, so I cannot comment on it as of yet; but there are many 50's available.

Don't forget to check out our Marketplace here for pre-owned equipment from fellow members. Also don't hesitate to ask any questions!
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Welcome to the forum!
The K-50 is a great camera with many lens choices.
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Hello, K-50 lovers. Some advice please. I can get a k-50 (a great camera, I know) for around $250 US, body only; one-lens kits are available for around $400. But I can buy a new K-S2 with both WR kit lenses for $499 plus tax (about $20).

The K-S2 seems to have slightly (and I mean slightly) poorer signal/noise ratio, but higher pixel count and my favorite, the articulated screen. My last two cameras and my current one have that screen, and it is invaluable for getting those "down to the ground" shots and those "over the crowd" shots.

Does anyone have actual day-to-day shooting experience to compare the two?

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$250 for K-50 and 18-55 and flash: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/94-pentax-price-watch/307025-samys-ricoh-...#ixzz3r1P9nX7j
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Thanks for the welcome. I've been looking around the forum and it seems that there are a lot of level headed mature members. I think everyone here understands that Pentax is a brand that is minus the pose factor. You buy Pentax because of the quality of the product and not the fame of the name.
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QuoteOriginally posted by nabwong Quote
but I know I should explore the kit lens first to get a feel for what I want
Welcome to the forum, follow your own advice... as it's good, especially when I can see Mistress LBA lurking in the shadows over in the corner there.
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Welcome to the forum, follow your own advice... as it's good, especially when I can see Mistress LBA lurking in the shadows over in the corner there.
What is LBA?
11-11-2015, 07:50 PM   #10
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Lens Buying Addiction....

Welcome to the forum... the 18-135 is definitely a well loved lens... but the new 16-85 is crowding into it's turf. The 55-300 is the top consumer 300 lens, bar none. And the 50 is fast and relatively cheap. Those are all good choices.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/179869-da-1...at-can-do.html

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/301618-da-1...at-can-do.html

I posted comparison images here, and as you can see, both the kit and the 18-135 hold up nicely even compared to a prime lens.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/302815-35mm-find-prime.html
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Lens Buying Addiction....

Welcome to the forum... the 18-135 is definitely a well loved lens... but the new 16-85 is crowding into it's turf. The 55-300 is the top consumer 300 lens, bar none. And the 50 is fast and relatively cheap. Those are all good choices.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/179869-da-1...at-can-do.html

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/301618-da-1...at-can-do.html

I posted comparison images here, and as you can see, both the kit and the 18-135 hold up nicely even compared to a prime lens.

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/302815-35mm-find-prime.html
It's 4am in the morning and I'm scrolling through these threads looking at pictures and fantasizing about lenses. Lol.

The camera is gonna get here Saturday but I'm already buying a new accessory every day. Amazon prime is the worst thing to happen to my wallet. Sd card, extra sd card, lens cleaning kit, sling, tether, dslr insert, AA battery holder, remote.
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You've been infected with LBA, there's no known cure.
11-13-2015, 09:35 AM   #13
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Do you guys and gals only shoot with digital lenses? What about legacy glass? I've got lots of old (but in perfect condition lenses for sale), but I'm saving a 55mm f/1.4, a 50mm f/1.4 and a Tamron 70-210 for myself—for when I'm able to buy either the K-50 or the K-S2, or even a used K-30 that I've been keeping an eye on. I like manual focus for shooting macro and landscape. Nothing beats auto-focus for street life, in my opinion.
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Many people on this forum use legacy glass and I always use MF for macro.
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That's a smokin' deal! I have to sell a few legacy lenses first before I can buy anything. Fingers crossed.
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