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07-06-2012, 05:18 PM   #1
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I just bought a dirt cheap k200d...My first PENTAX.

I just purchased a beand new k200d and it came with the kit lens and a new in the box grip. I'm mainly wanting to do portraits with it, and of course the occasional trip out in the rain. My question is what older lenses in the m,a,and f line should i be on the lookout for if any? I know i want the 50mm 1.7, but should i go with a A or M Model? Any suggestions on lenses would be nice. I only pais $160 for the NEW camera with the lens and grip kit. So i'm wanting to keep it cheap too on the lenses. Thanks

07-07-2012, 06:16 AM   #2
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If you paid that little, you should spend more on lenses

Get A-series lenses, as then you'll be able to shoot in P/Av/Tv mode, not just in M. F lenses are autofocus, so they'd be even more convenient. Same with FA and DA.

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07-07-2012, 06:44 AM   #3
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Welcome, InHouse and congrats on getting it at a great price. I've got a K200d and it is a great body to work with and learn on. I actually prefer it to my main body (K-r).

You should remember though that the weather-resistant body needs to be teamed up with a WR lens for wet weather use; otherwise your in-the-rain shooting sessions will become expensive! Apart from the current WR version of the 18-55mm, WR lenses don't come cheap.

Also, there are heaps of 50mm f1.4 or f1.7 lenses around in M, A, F and FA flavours, so don't think you need to buy the first one you see.
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You can shoot in the rain with non-WR lenses just fine; people did it for decades before the first WR lenses became available. Just keep the lens & mount dry - a small plastic bag is all you need. I would, however, prefer M over A lenses for shooting in the rain - no electronics in the lens itself to potentially get ruined. 50/1.7 for portraits, 28/2.8 for landscapes. The two together shouldn't cost more tha the camera if you are at all patient. Although that was an *amazing* deal on the camera - mind sharing how you managed that?

07-07-2012, 08:49 AM   #5
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Wow, you got a real bargain.

As for the 50mm lenses, I like M lenses more than A lenses due to the quality feel that they have, but if I'm honest the A is more useful and may even produce slightly better quality photos. It's more useful not just because of the A feature but because you can set the aperture in 1/3 stop increments, which you can't do with pre-A lenses.
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Thanks for all the info on lenses...Mark I was at a local camera shop in Charlotte, N.C. and was asking about info k-30. And the Owner of the shop told me he had a k200d that was sitting in the back and that it was new with a grip. So he made an offer that i couldn't pass up. I was shocked at the price, but i have made many purchases at the shop before, so maybe that helped too.
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Don't let the age of the K200D put you off, it's a great camera that has very high IQ at low ISO and is extremely well built. I have absolutely no plans to replace mine.
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The Tamron 28-75 is a nice portrait zoom at f/2.8 or f/4 and nicely sharp for a zoom at f/8. If you feel you have to have a weather resistance lens, perhaps the Pentax 18-135. I don't own it but it is supposed to have nice bokeh even though it is a slow lens at portrait ranges around f/4.5-f/5.6.

07-09-2012, 11:48 AM   #9
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May end up selling...Might still get the k-30 though.

Thanks for all the help everyone. I'm (bpossibly) gonna sell the k200d and take a very close look into the k-30.

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07-09-2012, 07:51 PM   #10
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Speaking of non-weather-sealed lenses, has anyone ever tried using a very wide rubberband around the base of the lens at the mount as form of sealing? It dawned on me the other day, given a wide enough band, that that just might be useful.
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hi, i'm a k200d newbee too. i bought a manual 35mm old lens and ever since my kit lens just sit in my beg.
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QuoteOriginally posted by InHouse Quote
I'm gonna sell the k200d
in which case you should check put the Marketplace forum here on this site, and the rule for participating. Sales and offers for sale may only take place in the context of that forum, so I am editing posts on this thread accordingly

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