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04-02-2013, 06:47 PM   #1
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Serious HELP Needed!!

I have been reading about Pentax for WEEKS! I am switching from Canon to Pentax for a few reasons but a very appealing aspect is the WR. I shoot sports and not having to worry about weather, dust, dirt, etc is very appealing! I have decided to first purchase the 18-135 lens because of the range and it's a good "walk around lens" for my personal use.

Here's my question: K5 or K30?????
My usage: sports, artsy portraiture (nudes and implied nudes), personal use/portraits, event photography
Lens I already have: 18-135 WR
Lens I'm thinking of purchasing: 77 1.8 (silver addition), 55-300 (but it's not WR) or some other zoom that could be recommended that is WR

I know there are pros and cons for both the K5 and K30. K5 is selling used for the price of a new K30. Is the K30 really that much more advanced than the K5? I don't think the K5ii would be a good option for me so I'm strictly looking at K5or K30. I've read and read and some people who own the K5 say they wish the K30 would've been out when they purchased the K5 because they would've pickedthe K30. Why? I've done comparisons and it seems like the K30 beats the K5 in most comparisons but people have actually used them, prefer the K5. So, is the K30 only better on paper but people actually prefer the K5? I'm a manual shooter, jpeg and raw...trying to transition to just raw. Any suggestions for a fast SD card? I won't need the video aspect so that doesn't even come into my thoughts. I will also need a camera that I can hook up triggers and speed lights to for the portraiture.

Is the 77 1.8 a good lens? I've been told the silver addition is rare. True?? If so, what would you pay for a used one?

Any help is super appreciated. I know this question has been asked before (i've been reading those reviews)!


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04-02-2013, 06:57 PM   #2
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The K-5 has more depth in the color range (14-bit vs 12-bit), takes a grip that adds to shooting time and versatility, goes to 1/8000th vs. 1/6000th for the K-30, has higher continuous shooting rates, auto bracketing is up to 5 where the K-30 is limited to 3, and will tether (the K-30 does not seem supported for that). When I looked at them both and tried the K-30 out I liked it but opted for the K-5 for the above reasons.
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The K-5 has more depth in the color range (14-bit vs 12-bit), takes a grip that adds to shooting time and versatility, goes to 1/8000th vs. 1/6000th for the K-30, has higher continuous shooting rates, auto bracketing is up to 5 where the K-30 is limited to 3, and will tether (the K-30 does not seem supported for that). When I looked at them both and tried the K-30 out I liked it but opted for the K-5 for the above reasons.
Oh! The Tamron 28-75 is an option also but not sure I'll really need it if I have the 18-135. What do you think???
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QuoteOriginally posted by pentaxnewbee Quote
I am switching from Canon to Pentax
I think you just made a lot of people here very happy.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pentaxnewbee Quote
Oh! The Tamron 28-75 is an option also but not sure I'll really need it if I have the 18-135. What do you think???
Nice lens, well regarded, but not water resistant. If you are serious about WR then either the * line or the 18-55WR, 18-135WR, or 50-200WR are for you.
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I think you just made a lot of people here very happy.
Ha! Yea, the "professionals" all disagree with my choice to leave Canon. For my photography choices and where I am looking to gain more knowledge, WR and Pentax is where I need to be.
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Nice lens, well regarded, but not water resistant. If you are serious about WR then either the * line or the 18-55WR, 18-135WR, or 50-200WR are for you.
Yes, not WR but I've read the bokeh in this lens is pretty great. I don't prefer primes and was thinking the Tamron would be a portraiture lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pentaxnewbee Quote
Yes, not WR but I've read the bokeh in this lens is pretty great. I don't prefer primes and was thinking the Tamron would be a portraiture lens.
You'll have to ask someone else as I do not own that one. I have 3 Tamrons and like them but mine are specialty lenses (10-24, 70-200). For portraits I use either my DA70 Limited or my Vivitar 85/1.4.

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You'll have to ask someone else as I do not own that one. I have 3 Tamrons and like them but mine are specialty lenses (10-24, 70-200). For portraits I use either my DA70 Limited or my Vivitar 85/1.4.
I know you said you don't have experience with that specific Tamron but I have the option of purchasing a 77 1.8, silver version. I'm clearly not familiar with Pentax but I hear the silver version is rare. True? Good for portraits?
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QuoteOriginally posted by pentaxnewbee Quote
I know you said you don't have experience with that specific Tamron but I have the option of purchasing a 77 1.8, silver version. I'm clearly not familiar with Pentax but I hear the silver version is rare. True? Good for portraits?
I think you should take some time and look through the Lens Review section. The 77 Limited is a very well thought of lens and is an ideal, IMHO, portrait length.
DA 70mm vs FA 77mm Limited - Comparison: Introduction - PentaxForums.com
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QuoteOriginally posted by pentaxnewbee Quote
I know you said you don't have experience with that specific Tamron but I have the option of purchasing a 77 1.8, silver version. I'm clearly not familiar with Pentax but I hear the silver version is rare. True? Good for portraits?
Check the Pentax user reviews in the Databases of this web site. The Tamron should be there, too. All lenses have warts - we aren't ashamed to put them into print.
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I have a K30 and think it's a great camera - one definite difference is new vs used - with new you get a warranty. I haven't used a K5, so can't comment on it.
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I have a K30 and think it's a great camera - one definite difference is new vs used - with new you get a warranty. I haven't used a K5, so can't comment on it.

Yes, that's a definite plus for the K30.
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If you do buy a brand new Pentax dSLR do not forget to purchase the $19 2-Year Extended Warranty. It's the best deal in Pentaxland.
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I think you should take some time and look through the Lens Review section. The 77 Limited is a very well thought of lens and is an ideal, IMHO, portrait length.
DA 70mm vs FA 77mm Limited - Comparison: Introduction - PentaxForums.com


If you want a more compact lens, the DA 70mm is for you. If sharpness and a fast lens is your goal, the FA 77mm is for you.

More Pentax news at: DA 70mm vs FA 77mm Limited - Comparison: Introduction - PentaxForums.com

So, according to that review you posted, the 77 is my best bet!
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