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06-22-2009, 10:23 AM   #16
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I am going to wait until K-7 comes out, and wait and see how many K20D owners are upgrading and selling their cameras. Buying an used camera and investing in lenses is a better option.

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Good idea...
or as I already told you buy an even cheaper camera (it is gonna be very good anyhow) and upgrade later to k7
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote

Lenses: that's where the money is... great choices again there. the constant f/2.8s you have your sights on are very versatile, or you could decide on replacing the Sigma 18-50 with a Pentax DA* 16-50, which is the same f/2.8 but has the extra couple of wide angle mms for those landscape shots you're after. Perhaps a little more expensive, but IMO worth it.
I've had the DA* 16-50mm for some time now and it has become my most used lens.
The 2mm shorter is good, the HSM is good, the IQ is good but for me the weather and dust sealing makes it complete.
Depending where you go, sealed lenses (going with a sealed camera) can be a big deal.

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Putting $2000 into a new hobby when you may get bored of it in 3 months sounds risky to me. But by all means go for it as you're thinking of buying some seriously good equipment. Oh, as a tip, get a $30 manual prime, you'll learn the fastest this way.

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I have been very interested in photography, using point and shot cameras for many years.
I am sure I will enjoy for many years using a more advance camera.
What type prime lens do you recommend?
thanks.
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QuoteOriginally posted by macleon Quote
I have been very interested in photography, using point and shot cameras for many years.
I am sure I will enjoy for many years using a more advance camera.
What type prime lens do you recommend?
thanks.
Then that'll be $2000 well spent

The manual prime is just something I recommend to anyone new to SLRs. Because they require you to do everything manually it makes you think all your settings through. And because you cannot zoom in and out it makes you think about what to include in your picture and what to leave out. A fast 50 is probably best suited for this, so look for something like the M 50 1.7 (Pentax Lens Review Database - 50mm F1.7). Because these lenses came with nearly every film SLRs some 30 years ago they're dirt cheap now, yet offer great Image Quality (IQ) and with their big aperture allow you to take pictures in low light situations.
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These lenses aren't actually dirt cheap now 'coz sellers have found out their popularity and how many a pentax users bid sky high for them.
You can see the prices on ebay go upto $100 plus!
Cheapest at times is $65 for the 50mm 1.7.
Youl'd be better off if you can find this type of lens in Pawnshops or garage sales or swap meets as people there don't yet know their value.
You can probably get it there for around $30.
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You can find easily in the marketplace in this forum.
I have just sold a A-50mm f1.7 for something like 85$. The M version should go cheaper.

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wow I didn't know there is a marketplace!
thanks for the tip
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