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Kx 2 lens kit (55-300 version) 1045.45%
D3100 2 lens kit (both AF-S) 14.55%
T2i with kit lens or Sigma 18-50 f/2.8-4.5 313.64%
SLT A55 with just the kit lens 14.55%
SLT A33 with kit lens + telephoto 14.55%
used XSi with kit lens and a used 70-200 f/4L (non IS)   00%
D5000 with 2 or 3 AF-S lenses   00%
used 50d with 24-135 IS USM and used 18-55 IS 14.55%
Something else 522.73%
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09-09-2010, 06:53 PM   #1
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Spend this $1000 bucks for me

Here we go again, I just sold my K7, that was my 4th camera this year (see signature for previous gear)

I sold it to downsize and spend more time/money on video, I like video more than stills but after being spoiled by DSLR's I'll never be able to go back to a point and shoot (money permitting)

Spend this money for me please, have some fun, sell me on what camera to buy, it doesn't have to be Pentax but it can't be more than a $1000, and I'd prefer to pay slightly less than that

I'm really interested in the forums opinion even though I already have a model in mind, you've proven to be quite knowledgeable and could possibly blow my mind with something I didn't even consider, I'll toss a poll up for the ones I have thought about though


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Pentax K-r with an SMC Takumar 50/1.4. Really.
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I voted "something else", the Kr 2 lens kit. Priced right at $1000.

**or send it to my Paypal account
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I voted "something else", the Kr 2 lens kit. Priced right at $1000.
Why the Kr over the Kx?

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QuoteOriginally posted by future_retro Quote
Why the Kr over the Kx?
haha, I was just about to edit my comment.

I think the Kr is over priced (kind of by a lot) so yes I agree with the 2 kit lens Kx. You save $300, so you can actually get a Kx 3 lens kit.
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They're both great cameras but the 1-2 stops of high ISO low noise performance is a strong selling point for me. The fact that it comes in gold is also pretty spiffy. Truthfully, we don't know how it will perform in terms of video and that seems to be a big selling point for you.

You'll have to make a decision of how important is it to have great video on a DSLR. I know the Nikon entry level lets you AF during movie mode, so if that's important to you....
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I think the Kr is over priced (kind of by a lot)
I agree, at least compared to the Kx
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They're both great cameras but the 1-2 stops of high ISO low noise performance is a strong selling point for me. The fact that it comes in gold is also pretty spiffy. Truthfully, we don't know how it will perform in terms of video and that seems to be a big selling point for you.

You'll have to make a decision of how important is it to have great video on a DSLR. I know the Nikon entry level lets you AF during movie mode, so if that's important to you....
DSLR video for me would be nice, but I got a pretty capable handycam now, and I've hated the noise from all the video DSLR's I've seen or used and Sony's new handycams are pretty good in low light (the xr150's night-time footage really floored me, I returned that though and have yet to get my new CX550 in the mail, it's got twice the megapixels so could be noisier), and it's got Tv and Av mode so I'm basically covered in the video department for my kind of shooting

to me, cinematic DOF isn't worth compromising still quality or spending too much (not to mention AF woes)

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Go to KEH, buy used K10D. Tamron 28-75/2.5, Manfotto 190 plus RC 486, a Whi Bal and a Spyder or Huey pro. Save for a refurbed Wacom
Well that's definitely thinking out of the box

If I were to spend any money on a nice tripod it would probably be this, maybe with a cheap ballhead adapted on top of the fluid head but I've freed myself from tripod still shooting a little, and in my shooting I've only had to spend $40 on a picture tripod

as for the other stuff....I'm a little lost
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QuoteOriginally posted by Brooke Meyer Quote
Go to KEH, buy used K10D. Tamron 28-75/2.5, Manfotto 190 plus RC 486, a Whi Bal and a Spyder or Huey pro. Save for a refurbed Wacom

Or check in the marketplace here. You might be surprised to find a wonderful K10D for sale (with grip and an extra battery) at an extraordinarily good price. ;-)

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Or check in the marketplace here. You might be surprised to find a wonderful K10D for sale (with grip and an extra battery) at an extraordinarily good price. ;-)

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Have you tried craigslist? It's a chore but I was able to sell my S90 for $300, my Kx for $450 and the K7, two lenses, bag, tripod, flash and some accessories for $1300, not bad profits at all (really good actually), and all profit thanks to no shipping charges, moreover is that things always sell as long as you keep listing them, it's seems crazy but I've listed hundreds (honestly, hundreds) of things on craigslist and only a few items of clothing, and some snowboard gloves haven't sold
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I'd say get a USED K-x and twin lens kit (55-300, not 50-200) and whatever's left should go into a tripod. K10D's great, though a used K-x is going for very cheap at the moment, and its compactness and high ISO capabilities are very handy (in case that's important to you).
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well I have been trying to find an excuse to get that heavy duty video tripod I linked earlier, but while I used to shoot lots of tripod now when I take pictures (a rare occurrence lately) it's usually handheld, I've all but ditched the tripod and it's done a lot of good for my shooting, maybe not for my exposures but it's opened up a ton of creativity
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If "something else" includes a camera, a few lenses and a reasonably satisfying hooker, than my vote is for "something else".
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Do you have any DSLR lenses left or did you get rid of everything? Since you said you're more into video than still photography these days, I think I'd hang onto my $1000 for a while with an eye towards buying whatever DSLR handles video the best.
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