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12-22-2012, 08:15 AM   #1
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One camera one lens!!!

Any ideas for a returning Pentax user!!!

I am sorry, I'll Elaborate... As a start. Which lens and body should I get FIRST!!! I will expand my collection later..

I want the BEST Contrast, Sharpness,
I want to travel light, and I dont want to loose a shot because I am changing lenses.

I place low light AF performance as the utmost Priority!!!

Which body and which lens should I get on DAY ONE

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12-22-2012, 08:18 AM   #2
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Welcome back!

Really depends on what you want to shoot and how intensely you want to go. If its casual across the board then the K-30 + 18-135 is a very versatile and Weather Resistant combination that ought to serve you well.
12-22-2012, 08:42 AM   #3
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I am enjoying a K-x I bought used. Recently I saw a couple of them for sale in the Marketplace here at Pentaxforums.
Best wishes.
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One Camera, one lens... check out the "Single In" group.... All participants are shooting with one lens for a whole month (most are just using one body)

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Are you going to tell us how much you're spending...?

Personally if it were on the cheap, I'd go for a used K-x DA 18-55 and used Sigma 70-300 can be had for around $100.

To me the K-x is still the best budget camera Pentax has made. We still have one. Tess dropped the first one and we had to get a second. It's also better low light performance compared to anything but a K-5. You could probably do the setup above for $400. The Sigma 70-300 does 1:2 macro, so there isn't much you can't do with the above.

If you want to spend a couple thousand, the possibilities become endless.
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Tough question to answer without more info.

Everything I do is with the FA35 and K-5, but is that a FL you can live with?
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I could live with my K-5 and FA 43. If I had to that is.
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k5 and fa35.
both are great.or k30 with 16-45

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One lens? That's not funny........

But seriously, one lens one camera is just too broad. The biggest advantage of a dslr is that it can be configured to the job at hand. So you need to provide more information about what that job is.

k-x + 18-55: one of the best budget combos out there
k-30 + 18-135: one of the best general purpose combos and its WR as well
k-5 + 18-270: most range and will cover anything within an enormous range

If you really never want more than one lens then maybe the X-5 is what you should look at: 22-580mm zoom, nice and light and not expensive
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I gave this very concept a lot of thought last year when my wife and I took a trip to Hawaii for our 50th anniversary. I wanted to take my K-5 with just one lens, a spare battery, the charger, and a bunch of memory cards. This would enable me to travel light, with the camera, a spare battery and extra mem cards in a camera pouch as we rode and walked through the islands. My choice for the lens was the 18-135mmWR. It covered 90% of the situations that presented themselves, and was resistant to the constant rain in Hawaii. I couldn't have made a better choice; it's still my "grab and go" combination at home.

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one lens? make it an iPhone then.
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Well I did a little travel with K-5 and DA40mmLtd and that works great. My combo K-01 and FA31mm is also a blast. So many combo's possible. Buy a good lens!
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
Well I did a little travel with K-5 and DA40mmLtd and that works great. My combo K-01 and FA31mm is also a blast. So many combo's possible. Buy a good lens!
It's no fun for your only lens to be a takes away the "restrictive" creativity of having just one focal length. If you're doing a lot of indoor shots, the higher speed of the zoom makes a significant difference on the AF (at least with the K-5).

In my last trip, I took the DA21, 40, and 70 with the K-5...just checking the EXIF, I noticed that 90% or more of my shots were done with the 40!

I just wished that I took more shot stopped down, like 70% of all the shots were done wide open. When reviewing, I actually prefer more of the stopped down shots.

I guess that for a one prime one body kit...anything from 30-50 should work, depending on your style. I had a very good time with the 40, next time I'll try with the FA43 and then with the FA50 1.4.
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QuoteOriginally posted by HSV Quote
It's no fun for your only lens to be a takes away the "restrictive" creativity of having just one focal length.
Big + on this

K-5 with DA40mm:

K-5 and FA31mm:

But I'm also so happy to have more lenses.
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Prime? K-5/ K-5II and DA Ltd 35/2.8 Macro. Beautiful normal-ish focal length with some macro capability. Good camera to base a kit on later if you decide to expand. (I've wanted to try the DA Ltd 21 and the FA Ltd 31 as well for a one-prime walk-around setup. Haven't had the chance yet.)

Zoom? Haven't used it, but for the weather resistance and focal range, I'd look at the 18-135WR.

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