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10-03-2016, 05:10 PM   #1
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Hello, just joined the forum. The reason primarily is I want to get back into wildlife photography. I have a 10 year old Pentax K100D with a Pentax DA 55-300mm and the standard 18-55 mm that came with the camera. It only takes up to a 2GB card, which is a limitation. I want to upgrade to a newer Pentax with higher MB capacity and SD card capacity. Also, one that I could use my existing lenses on. What would you'll suggest for a weekend photographer/amateur just to have fun with.

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With a firmware update, the K100D can accept up to 32 GB SDHC cards.

Anyway, it's quite dated, so I'd absolutely recommend upgrading to a more modern body. The K-S2 is currently the best value in my opinion. You can also go for the K-70 for better image quality if your budget is higher, or the K-50 if you don't want to spend as much.

New pricing should be $499, $649, and $319, respectively. The K-50 is discontinued at authorized dealers, though, so it may run you more.

All three are reviewed in-depth here:
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I loved my K-50 for a quality amateur body and if you can find a kit on clearance somewhere it should be a bargain, especially if you can find one of the 18-135 kits for a bit of extra oomph.
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Welcome. Depends on your budget but a K-50 with a nice fast zoom would be a nice combo.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gwn7 Quote
Hello, just joined the forum. The reason primarily is I want to get back into wildlife photography. I have a 10 year old Pentax K100D with a Pentax DA 55-300mm and the standard 18-55 mm that came with the camera. It only takes up to a 2GB card, which is a limitation. I want to upgrade to a newer Pentax with higher MB capacity and SD card capacity. Also, one that I could use my existing lenses on. What would you'll suggest for a weekend photographer/amateur just to have fun with.

Thanks,
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There is a nice camera database on the site (top navigation bar - cameras) where you can see a lot more detail but here's a partial list of options:

K-30 or K-50 - 16mp "low end" camera (very advanced for "low end")
K-5, K-5ii, K-5iis - 16mp "prosumer" camera. ii and iis are improved versions. iis has no antialiasing filter so it has higher sharpness.
KS-1, KS-2 - 20mp low and midrange cameras. KS-1 is not weather sealed. All other cameras on this list are.
K-3, K-3ii - 24mp "prosumer" camera. ii is improved including pixel shift but it lacks onboard flash opting for onboard gps tracker.
K-70 - latest 24mp "low end" camera, includes pixel shift for high color accuracy and detail.

There are many more models between but those are the ones that I know something about. The K-30 and K-50 are almost the same camera with different styling. The K-5 series is very nice and can take an external battery grip should you wish. The KS series is a bit oddly styled in version 1 and less so in version 2 but still a departure from Pentax norms. Good sensor, nice output in all of these. K3 series is bigger like the K-5 and has the option of a grip. It also offers pixel shift in the version ii, both models have dual sd card slots. K-70 is very new - and has a few video centric features that may be better than the K-3 series but it does not offer all the bells and whistles.

Budget?

All of these work with your existing lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gwn7 Quote
Hello, just joined the forum.
Hi George. Welcome to the Pentax forums. Lots of good advice already given to you, so I will just say welcome and good to have you here.
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I'm here late in the day, good replies already, welcome to the forum.

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Great responses. Thanks for all of the advice. I'm going to start researching now.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
With a firmware update, the K100D can accept up to 32 GB SDHC cards.

Anyway, it's quite dated, so I'd absolutely recommend upgrading to a more modern body. The K-S2 is currently the best value in my opinion. You can also go for the K-70 for better image quality if your budget is higher, or the K-50 if you don't want to spend as much.

New pricing should be $499, $649, and $319, respectively. The K-50 is discontinued at authorized dealers, though, so it may run you more.

All three are reviewed in-depth here:
In-Depth Reviews | PentaxForums.com Reviews
Good to know about the firmware. Thanks
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Remember the Marketplace here. You can get great values on used gear and be fairly confident the gear has been cared for appropriately.

Welcome aboard!
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