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12-03-2009, 07:50 AM   #16
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If low light shooting is a priority, the Kx would serve you well. If you are out in snow, rain routinely a weather sealed camera would be a good choice. The 18-55mm WR lens and the 55-300mm plus your 35-70mm will give you great autofocus coverage. The manual lenses are an added learning bonus.

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so i guess i should make sure the 1:1.4 is covered. i think its just sitting around outside the box right now.

so from what i gather, that would be my indoor/holiday type lens since its a faster lens and can work in low light correct? i'll have to take some clases.

and the vivitar 70-210 isn't anything special i suppose? if i go with the 50-300mm lens i guess i wouldn't use the vivitar that much hugh?

but overall, i should go with a pentax and make use of some of these lenses, right? that's what i was mostly concerned about.
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My opinion is that it just doesn't matter. Do not buy a Pentax in order to use these lenses. If you choose a Pentax for other reasons that's fine, but the lenses are absolutely not a significant factor.

I owned 5 SMC Pentax lenses in the old days, and sold them when I moved to Canon. Now that I have a Pentax again, I have zero regrets that I sold the old lenses. The new ones are smaller, lighter, have a wider zoom range more appropriate to the sensor sizes, and auto-focus. I can barely focus with the lower-end Pentax viewfinders that I have (compared to my film cameras, which had better viewfinders.) Probably if I had my old 50/1.4 I could focus it... na, wouldn't even want that. Just too much trouble to use for what I do. I might have felt different if I'd had a 300/2.8 and was into wildlife or something like that, but I'm not seeing that you have anything special there.

So if you'd choose Pentax anyway, so be it. Or, go with another brand. I don't have experience with any other dslr, but I expect all the brands are good.

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The K-x, the 18-55 and the 55-300 will make a great set and will reward with you with some very nice skiing pictures. Hold onto the older lenses. On the very next skiing trip with friends, take you 50 1.4 and try using it to take pictures of your friends in the lodge using manual focus. Then put on one of your zooms and go outside and take some pictures with those. You will be able to decide for yourself whether you like manual focus or not.

As at least one member has already said, there are other camera brands out there, and I've used them, and own a couple. But I do believe that the Pentax cameras are excellent choices and, since you do have those lenses, it provides that little extra bonus with your new Pentax. I have the K200d and I have found it to be a very easy camera to use, especially with the kit lenses. And I can still use my older autofocus and manual focus lenses whenever I want. I can't do that with my Canon or my Olympus.

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