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09-26-2013, 09:17 AM   #1
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Help me choose between K30&K50

Hello everyone,

I am planning to buy a Pentax camera and need advice to choose between the following configurations:

1. $750: K50 with 18-55mm WR & 50-200mm WR
2. $700: K30 with 18-55mm WR & 50-200mm WR
3. $700: K30 with 18-135mm WR
4. $500: K30 with 18-55mm WR

I hike often in forests and mountains and my goal is to shoot landscape & city center pictures. Both "natural" and in HDR. In a year or so I will probably also purchase a wide angle lens such as Pentax DA 12-24mm. I know that the K50 is a minimal upgrade over K30, but I am still torn between the above kits. I could not find a K50 with18-105mm combo for $750, which is my max. budget. Which kit would you recommend to me and why? If you need any more information, ask me. Thanks!


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09-26-2013, 09:54 AM   #2
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If #3 is the 18-135, I'd go for that. Then keep an eye open for your other desired lenses. You won't find the 18-135 for less than $300 or so used, and by most accounts is a big step up from the 18-55WR, plus gives you some reach.
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The lens will make the big difference in your image quality, so you definitely want to get the one with the DA18-135 if you can. Compared to the lens(es) you use, K30 vs. K50 hardly makes any difference at all.
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QuoteOriginally posted by deepocean Quote
Hello everyone,

I am planning to buy a Pentax camera and need advice to choose between the following configurations:

1. $750: K50 with 18-55mm WR & 50-200mm WR
2. $700: K30 with 18-55mm WR & 50-200mm WR
3. $700: K30 with 18-105mm WR
4. $500: K30 with 18-55mm WR

I hike often in forests and mountains and my goal is to shoot landscape & city center pictures. Both "natural" and in HDR. In a year or so I will probably also purchase a wide angle lens such as Pentax DA 12-24mm. I know that the K50 is a minimal upgrade over K30, but I am still torn between the above kits. I could not find a K50 with18-105mm combo for $750, which is my max. budget. Which kit would you recommend to me and why? If you need any more information, ask me. Thanks!
#3 sounds the best to me. The two cameras are virtually identical, so the lens is what would make the difference.


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If #3 is the 18-135, I'd go for that.
Agreed +1
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Thank you all for your input and recommendations. After the recommendations above, I went to the store ready to pull the trigger on the K30 with the 18-135mm lens. Once in the store I told the employee that I wanted to buy the Pentax camera to make wide angle landscape images for during my hikes.

However the seller advised me to study System Cameras and buy a Sony Nex 6/7 instead. His argument was that the NEX is much smaller, offers the same still image quality and has better IM quality in low light and has better video (continuous AF in video). Since I had not studied System cameras this was a bit unexpected for me, for this reason the seller advised me to go back and study System cameras and compare them with DSLRs. Although I was a bit suspicious at first I must say I was pleasantly surprised of the capability of these cameras. Give that I will use these cameras on my hikes, less weight is better.

One thing I did notice however was that the lens selection is still quiet limited. I am specially interested in Landscape photography, there is only 1 Sony 10-18mm lens that enables wide angles and it is not cheap nor is it environmentally sealed.

So my question is, if MILCs are so good why are DSLRs still made? (Omitting full frames for a moment). And comparing the Nex6/7 to the K30, what options will I loose if I decide to go with the Sony?
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A DSLR will be the most flexible system. A physical shutter gives you instant capture, a full-sized lens mount gives you a huge variety of lenses. A physical viewfinder with prism gives you the best view on bright days and live view helps in tricky situations. As you mention the Pentax system can give you class-leading weather resistance, too. That's a very important consideration if you're a trekker. I have been in midwestern springtime downpours with the K5/18-135 combo and have never worried. Weight isn't a huge consideration to me - I already have plenty of that! A sling-strap gives security and comfort and unless you're using a huge, heavy lens like the *60-250 the weight doesn't matter much.

I have some fondness for Sony. They pack features into cameras and electronics which are hard to beat. They do tend to be a bit fragile, though I have no experience with the NEX personally. It's an attractive little system, though, I'll grant that. I do have a Q, though I've only owned it for a couple months. It is very portable and quite nice, though the lenses seem overpriced for their size (I know that's a fallacious argument). Locking into a proprietary lens system is going to be more expensive. Relying on the LCD for me is a little annoying - I greatly prefer bringing the viewfinder to my eye.

I'm glad the salesperson told you to do some reading, though, that's good. HIs points are mostly valid, though I may argue with low light performance. If video is important to you, then your choice does become less clear.
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