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04-29-2013, 08:27 PM   #1
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What To Buy?

OK, I am getting a bonus in the middle of next month, and I'll end up with about $1600 and could stretch to maybe $1800 of it to blow on camera goodies. My go-to kit now is a K-X with the DA15&40 ltd, Sigma 30, and some old mf 50's that I love (A 50 f2, Tak55 f2, Helios 44-2). I also have the 18-55/50-200 DA-L kits. My lens acquisition strategy includes getting a 50-90mm macro (probably a used Sigma), a nice P-TTL flash, and the 10-17 (someday). I'd also like to try out the 43, and maybe the 21 (the DA18-135 looks to be as good as the 21 at 21 though, so no hurry on the 21).

I'd really like to get a new body and a walk-around zoom, but I'm having trouble deciding. I like the K-30, but I also want the K-5II(s?). My biggest driver for a new camera is a built in level, the ability of the sensor to do horizon correction (I really need this!), two control wheels and weather resistance. The prime drivers for the '5 over the '30 for me are the shutter sound, the magnesium housing, the better dust removal, longer battery life. The extra buttons would be nice, but not super important as I usually work quite slowly. For the zoom, I want only 1 lens for family walk around time, must be WR, mostly outdoors in good light. I don't think the 100mm+ end will get much use, but I shoot a moderate amount in 50-80.

One more constraint: I'm going to Disney World in June, and I really think the DA18-135 and the Sigma 30 would make a 2-lens walkabout for outside/inside. Photography is not the focus of the trip, but I want some pics of the family, and I really do think it would be fun to get some shots on some water rides. .

Option 1: K-30+18-135, enough left over for a used 43 (or the 10-17) and maybe a manual focus 50 macro.
Option 2: K-5IIs+18-135, all spent.
Option 3: K-30 + 16-50. Less range, better IQ wide open, but I have nice primes for when light gets precious and I think I would miss 50-85 walking around. Also, filters are compatible between 18-135 and the Sigma 30, I'd lose that!
Option 4: Get an 18-135 now, take my trip with it (no water photos), wait for K-5II replacement. Probably get the 43 at the same time, and just save up the extra $500 between now and then.

Other ideas? I'm kind of leaning for 4...but how cool would those vacation photos be!

I suppose option 5 is buy a used K-30+18-135, sell the K-30 as soon as I get back from DW, and then wait for the new camera.

Low prices now seem to be Amazon.

04-29-2013, 08:37 PM   #2
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Used K-30 + 18-135. Gives you WR for Florida in June and a good range overall, plus the 30 for that prime effect. Then, if you want to, you can sell the K-30 and put the money toward the latest and greatest.
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Option 4 and a bag for the camera so you can do with the weather, no worries it will work. Jjust not as comfortable as not using the bag...
Another thing... This summer I took the 10-17 for the first time.. Tons of fun and a lot of surprising keepers. The colors that lens output are really special
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Another thing... This summer I took the 10-17 for the first time.. Tons of fun and a lot of surprising keepers. The colors that lens output are really special
The colors with the DA10-17 are very similar to the DA15, and almost as good. The FA43 is the only lens I know that may beat the DA15 in this regard.


The DA17-70 was my walk-around lens, and while not WR it does have a rubber seal on the lens mount. The Olympus XZ-1 has been my walk-around for the last couple of years - in fact I bought it for my first trip to Disney World 2 summers ago (I live close enough to Disneyland in the other Orange County, so I'd never been).

With the DSLR I just pick between the DA*16-50 and 50-135. I was willing to split the ~16-135 range in order to get the IQ I wanted. Occasionally I'll put on the FA28-105/3.2-4.5 (one of Pentax' best kit lenses ever, IMO) and use it instead. It would actually go great with the DA15.


Keep the K-x. It's not even worth enough to worry about anymore. If it gets a little wet it'll survive. It's the entry level Canons you have to worry about - just ask my brother (coincidentally ruined his Rebel in a FL rainstorm last summer). Right now you need lenses. Get the DA*16-50 and 50-135 and you'll be covered with top IQ. Add an inexpensive macro like the Cosina 100, a MF Pentax, or even the old Sigma MF 90 I had. Enjoy the lenses and then take your time deciding your next move.


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Get the DA*16-50 and 50-135 and you'll be covered with top IQ.
Just these 2 are outside of the budget, and I do generally prefer primes, it's just that I want a better zoom for family time...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Kozlok Quote
Just these 2 are outside of the budget, and I do generally prefer primes, it's just that I want a better zoom for family time...
I usually prefer primes too. But if it's what you want they should fit within your budget, if you don't buy a body (of course you can't pay the advertised web price, but you can get them used or may still be able to get a good phone price).

For me it's usually a matter of choosing between the DA*50-135 and the FA*85 or FA135. They're all excellent. I noticed you have nothing between 55 and 135mm, and nothing AF over 40mm, so I think it's a good idea. As a prime shooter you'll like the IQ of the DA*50-135. Do you really think your family would mind?

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K-5+18-135 gets my vote. I usually use primes, but for family travel & trips the 18-135 is excellent. The 50-135 is a very nice lens, but it's heavy and the 50 end is very restrictive.
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you have nothing between 55 and 135mm, and nothing AF over 40mm, so I think it's a good idea. As a prime shooter you'll like the IQ of the DA*50-135. Do you really think your family would mind?
I have the 50-200, and I don't use that range much, and when I do, it's on the wide end of that range. As to the other point, I think I would mind goofing around with changing lenses while my family is having fun, and I miss out on everything.

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