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06-30-2021, 07:30 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Good evening to all, my first post and really new to photography. I have wanted to get a DSLR
camera for a few years and finally have some time and money to do so. After doing a good amount of research Iíve settled on the K-70, and really drawn to the colors, crispness, and overall pictures produced by the HD DA20-40 limited. Itís actually kinda strange, but itís what my eyes tell me.

The number of lenses can be over whelming at first, but I feel this combo gives me some weather resistance for all the time I spend outdoors, a lens that covers a wide gamut of situations, while being robust and light at the same time.Iím willing to spend a little more on my first lens and be happy out of the gate.

Iím on the fence about buying excellent condition low mileage used, which would be a savings of about 18%, which could net me another cheaper lens in the future , tripod and accessories or just go new.

I am also researching some online classes which should get me up and running a little quicker. Some research here should help with this task.
Iím quite excited to make the purchase and start learning and shooting pictures all the way to the stars.

Looking forward to learning conversing with amateurs and experts alike on the forum.
Cheers!

06-30-2021, 09:45 PM   #2
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I own a mix of new and ďexperiencedĒ equipment. I can hardly recall which is which sometimes. My only reservation in getting used with the k-70 is that there is a know problem with aperture control that can occur. Iím unclear how common it is but if you buy new or used picking up an extended warranty isnít a bad idea in my opinion. It isnít a deal breaker as it can be fixed with strong diy skills for a low amount of money, and many happy k-70 owners never have the problem.

As for the da 20-40, thatís a lovely lens. I have one myself and really enjoy it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by PJ219 Quote
Good evening to all, my first post and really new to photography. I have wanted to get a DSLR
camera for a few years and finally have some time and money to do so. After doing a good amount of research Iíve settled on the K-70, and really drawn to the colors, crispness, and overall pictures produced by the HD DA20-40 limited. Itís actually kinda strange, but itís what my eyes tell me.

The number of lenses can be over whelming at first, but I feel this combo gives me some weather resistance for all the time I spend outdoors, a lens that covers a wide gamut of situations, while being robust and light at the same time.Iím willing to spend a little more on my first lens and be happy out of the gate.

Iím on the fence about buying excellent condition low mileage used, which would be a savings of about 18%, which could net me another cheaper lens in the future , tripod and accessories or just go new.

I am also researching some online classes which should get me up and running a little quicker. Some research here should help with this task.
Iím quite excited to make the purchase and start learning and shooting pictures all the way to the stars.

Looking forward to learning conversing with amateurs and experts alike on the forum.
Cheers!
I have never bought new. I just don't have the funds. Just make sure you buy from a reputable dealer and get a warranty. Pentax lenses are a rabbit hole, but that's a worry for later. What I would say is take your time learning. Re lenses, the 20-40 Limited is by all accounts stellar but it will cost more than the K70. If you can afford it, get it, but if not, look at the 18-135mm. This is a really good lens to start out with, its weather resistant and has a good range.

DA 18-135 WR, Show us what it can do - PentaxForums.com

You can augment this with a 55-300mm. There are four versions from the DAL (DAL denotes budget) to the PLM. The PLM and the earlier HD versions are the ones I would go for, with the HD being about $100 cheaper.

Remember to take your time and ask questions we are called a forum but are much more of a community

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Welcome to the forums! You'll find a lot of friendly and knowledgeable people here, so please be active in the community!
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Welcome to the forums

you will find a lot of knowledge here

this is a good section to look at

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/58-troubleshooting-beginner-help/

take a look through the articles section for help such as this:

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Exposure Basics: A Complete Guide for Beginners
A detailed look at the fundamentals of exposure, shutter speed, and aperture
By PF Staff in Articles and Tips on May 25, 2015
Read more at: Exposure Basics: A Complete Guide for Beginners - Articles and Tips | PentaxForums.com

and the camera and lens review section
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Pentax K-70
Pentax K-70 - Pentax K-mount DSLRs - Pentax Camera Reviews and Specifications

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Pentax K-70 Review
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Pentax K-70 Review - Introduction | PentaxForums.com Reviews


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HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited DC WR
HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited DC WR Reviews - DA Zoom Lenses - Pentax Lens Reviews & Lens Database
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HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited
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HD Pentax-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited Review - Introduction | PentaxForums.com Reviews


as far as choosing new vs. " experienced " gear, I have always had good luck in dealing with forum members in the marketplace - " buy/sell " above

it can be sorted by country:

The Pentax Marketplace | Buy & Sell Pentax Cameras and Lenses (United States) - PentaxForums.com

have fun with photography

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Don't think I've bought a new lens since I stopped using my Ricoh KR-series film cameras ! All my digital gear has been second-hand (or pre-owned, if you prefer !), and the only issues I have had were with lenses where I was not satisfied with the IQ or ease of use (not that they were bad lenses, or damaged, just didn't suit me). I even have one lens (Pentax 28-80) that I got extremely cheaply as the manual focus ring had lost its rubber coating - excellent stuff, gaffer tape, and I am sure it has rendered it thief-proof !

Mayhap I have just been lucky - currently have K3, Sigma 10-20, Pentax 18-135, Pentax 50-200, Sigma 105 macro, Pentax 55-300 and Sigma 150-500 as my usual day kit, plus a myriad of previously purchased lenses that I use with my K20D in situations where I do not want to take the more expensive kit, working on the principle that the average felon will look for items he (or she !) can shift at a good price.

Having said that, with high-cost items I prefer either to go to a reputable dealer, or if purchasing privately, ensure the vendor has 100% feedback, and check thoroughly if unsure.

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Welcome and congratulations. That is an excellent choice of a first lens, most people buy the camera with the kit 18-50 and end up not using it after they get something else. The 20-40 is a personal favorite of mine. If you are buying it used make sure you have some type of warranty so that you have a period to return it, just in case. A new lens comes with a one year warranty which is plenty of time for any defects to show up.
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Welcome and congratulations for your choice of camera and lens.

I'm a newcomer to this forum as well. As far as I have researched, the 20-40mm Limited is a quite versatile lens and has just as excellent image quality as other Limited-series lenses. I wish you great success with your photography with your Pentax gear. I also dream that I could one day afford a "Limited" lens to accompany my current 18-55 kit lens.
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vendors who might be selling that lens used with a warranty

B & H

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/?

Keh.com

Used Cameras, Lenses & Gear For Sale | Buy & Sell at KEH Camera

Amazon

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QuoteOriginally posted by PJ219 Quote
. . . really drawn to the colors, crispness, and overall pictures produced by the HD DA20-40 limited. . . .

the OP is looking at a unique ' Limited " lens, it is the only " Limited " that is a zoom

here is a thread that might be of interest

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the limiteds do they live up to the reputation and why
https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/10-pentax-slr-lens-discussion/358446-lim...ml#post4169799

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Welcome. The 20-40 got mixed and sometimes poor reviews when it was introduced, but like a good wine it seems to have grown on folk and it seems to be like a whole lot more now. Enjoy your combo ...
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Thank you all for the informative replies. The information provided in this thread alone is a huge help. "Take your time and ask questions" Words of wisdom. I'm big on traveling light and not reinventing the wheel when so many have done the homework, but still, the amount of lens and info is quite voluminous. I definitely have an interest in astrophotography, especially with all the pictures shown on this website. So that should be a fun learning process as well..

I am looking forward to the journey!

Greg
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Welcome! K-70 is an excellent entry into the Pentax world. And DA 20-40mm is a great zoom but careful--- it may get you addicted to the limited prime series! DA 15mm and DA 70mm are very nice compliments to that limited zoom lens. Enjoy shooting!!
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Welcome to the forum. I bought the K70 about 18 months ago and find it suits my needs quite well. It came with the weather resistant 18 - 135 which also suits me fine as a walk around lens. I also have the 50 - 300 lens but not the weather resistant one and enjoy its reach even though it is a bit bulky at 300mm. Good luck with your lens acquisition and your advancement in photography. There are many books and online courses that can help you learn photography. Another, maybe better way, check local colleges for a photography course that may be reasonably priced and give great instruction.
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