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02-05-2014, 02:42 PM   #1
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You have 1100 to spend...what do you do?

You are given 1,100 US dollars to buy new gear. You currently have a K-01. You are capped at $1200 MAX!

You can use it all on a body or body and lens, up to you.

Uses: Concerts in low light, landscapes, your life

Lenses you own: 17-50 Sigma 2.8, 55 1.4 SDM, MF 135mm 2.8, 40 mm XS.

How would YOU spend it?

K-5iis with a grip and a lens?
K-3 and spend more?

My current scenario and I'm torn....

I'd love to hear your thoughts...

02-05-2014, 02:45 PM   #2
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Eh, I'd go with the k-3. Better focusing system, a little worse at high ISO but you got some cracker lenses in the Sigma and the DA*, so might as well go with the latest and the greatest.
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I would first run to the next shop and buy a DA15 if I didn't have it and knew how much I would be using it when I finally bought it :-)
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I'd buy the 31mm, sell the 40, 17-50 & 55. Take the $ from that to buy the 15mm (to compensate for giving up the 17-50) or a 10-17. I think I'm a minimalist when it comes to gear though. Probably the only one here yet to experience LBA

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I would go for the K-5iis, grip, and extra batteries, etc. Or the K-5iis and a DA 15mm Ltd. You've got the low-light issue covered with the 55, landscape covered pretty well with the Sigma, and the 40 is a great people on the street lens.
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Considering how good the IQ of of your K-01 is, I'd wait for K-3 prices to come down.

But...If you really need a new body right now the K-5 IIs is a super camera at a killer price.

I own one, And like it so much that I'm skipping the K-3.
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Buy the K-3, sell the k-01 and and use the proceeds to buy a DA 15 ltd for landscapes.

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Fa77......
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Love all these answers, keep um coming!
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Interesting on the Pentax SMC 15mm f/4.0. I never had thought a f4 would be fast enough for a low light concert.
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I would go K-3, it can be had for around $1150 on amazon right now, and last week it was @ $1020. Your lens setup really isnt that bad at all, you have nice glass it might not hurt to have one wider prime. With the extra resolution you get with the K-3 it makes the fact that it doesnt do as well at high ISO a moot point.
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You said landscapes, for concerts, you could sell the 135 (if it is a valuable one) and get the 50-135 so you will have more variety and AF.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rzarector Quote
Interesting on the Pentax SMC 15mm f/4.0. I never had thought a f4 would be fast enough for a low light concert.
Huh - you mentioned landscapes too? But I've used the DA15 on low light concerts! Here - had to use ISO 5000:


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What about the Sigma 18-35/1.8 for ~$800?

Sell the Sigma +$350. (new sigma + 40xs + 55* cover you there)

Remaining budget: $650-750.

Pick up the 15 or the 21 ltd for landscape work and/or one of the 10-20/10-24/12-24 lenses.

Budget spent depending on whether you go new or used.
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QuoteOriginally posted by JinDesu Quote
you got some cracker lenses
What is a cracker lens?
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