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10-08-2011, 05:50 PM   #16
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For lenses, you can also check out Pentax (and non-Pentax made) lenses in the reviews at the top of the page.

I also heartily agree that the 55-300 is an excellent lens to get. The extra reach is great to have.

Also, check out the K-r forums. There's probably questions asked there you haven't even imagined you need to ask about:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-k-r-forum/

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Great thanks guys! Here's the kit that I was going to be buying.

Amazon.com: Used and New: Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-300mm f/4-5.8 Lenses (Black)

What are you thoughts on it? I looked on amazon but I couldn't find any used 55-300mm lenses. I found a few Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II that were used for $50. Is that decent? And where do you recommend I look for used lenses?
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QuoteOriginally posted by jbuck92 Quote
Great thanks guys! Here's the kit that I was going to be buying.

Amazon.com: Used and New: Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-300mm f/4-5.8 Lenses (Black)

What are you thoughts on it? I looked on amazon but I couldn't find any used 55-300mm lenses. I found a few Pentax DA 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AL II that were used for $50. Is that decent? And where do you recommend I look for used lenses?
The marketplace here at Pentax Forums is a good place to start looking at used lenses. KEH.COM, B&H, Adorama, are all reputable sellers of used equipment. Ebay is also proliferated with used stuff BUT, you should educate yourself on How to buy used lenses before diving into that one. Look at the lens reviews here at PF. A very extensive database but for the most part, I would ignore the 'average' price. Some of the numbers are too old to reflect the true going rate.

If you decide to play with manual zooms and older manual focus lenses, THE one thing you want to be aware of is The Ricoh Pin. This above all else will cause you hours if not days and weeks of headache and misery (because the lenses get stuck on the camera). Multiple threads around here about it.

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The Amazon bundle looks fine to me, but get 3rd party lens hoods for both lenses. As far as I can remember copies of the correct parts are readilt available at a lot less than the OEM part, but do make sure you get the right ones - the shape varies lens by lens. Also make sure you have a couple of memory cards and a spare battery, and plenty of spare HDD space on your PC.

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Great thanks everyone. I'll check out the marketplace for some lenses and see if I can get them cheaper than $709 total. I think the camera body alone is $550, only gives me about $150 to work with. I'll look into some cards and hoods also and whenever I find a setup I'll post it here and see what you guys think about it.

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Forgot to ask, how many space is needed? I currently have about 200gb free on my HD. Would it be worth it to look into getting a stand-alone 500gb? or even 1tb?
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QuoteOriginally posted by jbuck92 Quote
Great thanks everyone. I'll check out the marketplace for some lenses and see if I can get them cheaper than $709 total. I think the camera body alone is $550, only gives me about $150 to work with. I'll look into some cards and hoods also and whenever I find a setup I'll post it here and see what you guys think about it.

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Forgot to ask, how many space is needed? I currently have about 200gb free on my HD. Would it be worth it to look into getting a stand-alone 500gb? or even 1tb?
Definitely get a backup drive. I would even go 1Tb. If you shoot RAW+ as I do, you would be surprised how fast 200Gb will fill up (if you keep everything, as I do). For $150 btw, I would just get the Kit in tact. The 55-300 DA-L alone sells typically for $200. That is unless you are just talking camera and 18-55 with no long zoom.

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I was actually just about to come back and comment on that. I've been trying to find a 55-300 DA or DA-L used and they are all at least $150-$200+. Looks like the kit it is! Now time to start shopping for a stand-alone HD and some memory cards/lens hoods.

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Any suggestions on memory cards? I don't know how much I should spend on one for my first setup. I'm seeing some that are $35 and some that are $180.

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Transcend class 10 16 gb at amazon. About $24

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Alright here's what I've put together after a little bit of searching around.

Pentax D-SLR Adventure Gadget Bag
Transcend 16GB SDHC Card
Pentax PH-RBA 52mm Lens Hood for Pentax smc P-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 Lens
Pentax PH-RBG Lens Hood (58mm Diameter) for SMCP-DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 Lens
Pentax Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery D-Li109 for The KR Digital SLR Camera
Pentax K-r Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 DA-L and 55-300mm DA-L Zoom Lenses (Black)
LaCie Design by Neil Poulton 1TB External Hard Drive 301304U

Will the camera/lenses come with a lens cap on each lens? I don't know what size cap I need for those lenses. I couldn't find one that was for a 18-55 or 55-300, just ones that were standard sizes like 50mm, 82mm, etc. Is there anything that I'm missing?
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I am pretty sure you can get the lens hoods on ebay for considerably less than the B&H price.
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Depending on how much you think you'll value your pictures, consider a RAID-1 drive system. I use a Western Digital 2TB drive I got at CostCo for not too much. It's configured for RAID-1 as a twinned 1TB drive, and it actually is two drives in one box. All files are written to both drives; if one goes down, the other remains functioning, with no data loss. I went this way after having my old main picture drive crash, and spending MUCH money and time recovering the pictures. Never again! I'll note that the 1TB system holds MANY images, like everything I've shot since 2001 with room for some more years (I hope).

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Thanks Rio, I'll look into one of those. I found 2 lens hoods for the lenses I'm getting that were quite a bit cheaper than the Pentax brand ones. Does anyone know if my kit will come shipped with 2 lens caps? Or do I need to order 2 of those as well? What size lens caps are needed for an 18-55mm and 55-300mm?

Oh, and also what size filters are needed for these lenses? I was going to look into getting a filter kit
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New kits come with both front and back lens caps. The 18-55mm has a 52mm thread, the 55-300mm has a 58mm thread.

Also consider that you can pick up inexpensive threaded hoods on ebay, which will work fine with any lens you may get in future that has the same thread diameter.
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Amazon.com has it for quite a bit less than B&H Amazon.com: Pentax K-r 12.4 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 55-300mm f/4-5.8 Lenses (Black): Camera & Photo
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What price is amazon showing for you, Stratman? It's showing $709, which is how much B&H was.
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