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12-03-2011, 07:55 PM   #1
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Good deals on pentax DSLRs?

Hi all,

I currently only have a point and shoot and I'm definitely looking to get a dslr. My friend has a Pentax and it's great, so I'm thinking about getting the same one as her. I've been using Groupon a lot and it's great, but they don't have deals on photo stuff. Are there any daily deal sites for photographers, like Daily Deals for Photographers - PhotoWhoa but for cameras and lenses? I might just end up paying retail price for my camera, but I thought I'd check to make sure before I bought one off Amazon

Thanks so much, every bit saved helps!

12-03-2011, 08:11 PM   #2
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Check the marketplace on this forum. Best deals around if you're considering "pre-owned" equipment....
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I would really suggest you look at picking up some second hand gear especially since your starting out. You will save a bundle. And from my experience most photographers are reasonably meticulous about looking after their camera and lenses. What this means is you could easily pickup a camera with 5000-10,000 clicks (still has 90% of its sensor life left) and save a couple hundred off retail.

Then if you find a DSLR suits you you can invest more into it or you can sell it on again in the marketplace. Unfortunatly for me I wasn't aware of this forum at the time of my first purchase (at full retail) and I did the math: Camera, Lenses, Tripod, filters bag etc I could have saved nearly $600 on a $2000 RRP kit. With that money you could buy a whole heap more stuff!

The only thing that you have to deal with is not getting that brand new smell when it arrives.

12-04-2011, 12:08 AM   #5
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Which model does your friend have? Even if buying used, I probably wouldn't get anything older than a K-x at this point. The K200D is also excellent for a beginner, but it's not so great in low light situations compared to newer models.
12-05-2011, 02:34 AM   #6
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I've never had a great experience buying used. Amazon is really your best bet.
12-05-2011, 12:30 PM   #7
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When I am pricing lenses and dslrs out I check Amazon, Adorama, B&H, and Prodigital2000. They are a very reputable ebay store. They don't always have the best prices but they are always worth a look. I bought my K200d for $400 3 years ago from them, brand new, when they were still selling for $600+ elsewhere.
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marketplace here is deals! scored my kx here for cheap.


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