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07-29-2012, 07:51 PM   #1
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What should I buy - A K-30 or a Pentax-DA 15mm F4 Limited


I have a K-r with 18-55mm and 50-200mm kit lenses.

I feel like I'm progressing past the beginner stage, but not sure on what to spend my tax refund cheque. Do I upgrade my camera or the glassware in the front of it?

I shoot landscapes and definitely use the 50-200mm lens as well as the 18-55mm (you can see my shots at

Your views very appreciated.

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07-29-2012, 08:04 PM   #2
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Cameras come and go, glass is forever.

That is a tough decision as the k-30 is starting to sound really good. No question the k-30 will be a step up, but with the lenses you have I do not think you are getting everything out of the k-r as yet. So I'm going to vote for the DA 15mm.
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The lens!
For landscape, any camera will do just fine. No regrets on my 35 limited: it's just a joy. 15 limited may be next for me.
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A body won't really seem like a new toy. A new lens will.

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I have a Kr and I agree that some new glass would definitely be an improvement over a new body. Sometimes I'm really surprised with the quality of images that I can get from the Kr. I was really tempted a while back to either get a new lens or wait for the Kr replacement. I got the new lens (Tamron 70-200). I'm amazed by the improvement in iq. I don't think I'd get that same kind of increase with a K30 and a kit lens.

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If 18-55 and 55-200 is all you have, I'd say, get more lenses (primes) before buying a new camera.
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My vote is for the lens, I just got the FA 77 for my KR, all I can say is WOW, there was definitely more to the Kr than I was getting! The 15 is next!

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You don't know already but you will end up with both anyway.

So, buy the DA15 now, and in a few months you'll get the K-30 at a cheaper price.
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Get the DA 15, you won't regret it. Any camera is only as good as the lens in front of it and this lens is one of the best. Upgrade the camera next time.
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I'm from Adelaide as well and also mulling the K-30 question. Currently using a K-x and have been slowly acquiring a few more lenses. But I am finding each auto-focus lens I get needs a little microfocus adjustment to really get the best from it. Each lens is a little different on the adjustment it needs and I cannot specify this on a lens by lens basis on the K-x, but I can specify adjustments on a lens by lens basis on a K-30 (or a K-5). So the decision whether to upgrade is driven by wanting to get the best from each lens I add. I know I could re-enter the K-x debug menu each time I swap lenses, but in the field this tends to get forgotten and then I find I have just taken a heap of shots with sub-optimal sharpness. Your K-r is like the K-x and only allows one global adjustment, so both have the same potential issue as a lens collection expands. The other thing I would like to improve on vs the K-x is the 230k rear screen as it is sometimes difficult to review a photo and confirm I have a sharp photo in the places I was targeting for focus. I think your K-r is upgraded to the 920k screen, so no gain there going to the K-30.

Tricky one - add some better lens to the K-r and potentially get a little frustrated 'dialing them in' as you swap lenses (should that be necessary), or get the cure first? I think in the end I line up with NickLarsson's comments.
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I had the same choice and bought the 15....I have no regrets...great lens that fits my eye
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like everyone else has said, lens for sure. Most of the landscape photography you do will be at low-iso for maximum sharpness. In that case, I'd argue the k-r sensor is every bit as sharp as the k-30 sensor. The decisive factor will be the glass in front of the sensor. Unless you really wanted the WR features (which require another lens anyways), I don't think it's worth it. Who knows? Maybe in a few months there'll be an even better camera to upgrade to ;D
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glass, no questions.
especially if you consider what you already have, the 15mm will be a major improvement in IQ.
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Thanks HEAPS everyone, for your considered inputs. Decision made -- glass it is.
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