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03-07-2015, 07:29 PM   #1
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Suggestions for getting a used PENTAX DSLR

I'm wanting to get a used Pentax DSLR. I gave my oldest daughter my Lumix FZ-20. I have a small collection of Pentax film SLR's and a 645, but I'm tiring of the ordering of film, mailing it off, waiting its return. I was severely injured when I got ran over on my motorcycle. My injuries have healed but I quickly learned that lugging around my 35mm or 645 kit is quite tiring and a literal pain. My idea is an APS-C DSLR with a wide angle to zoom lens or maybe a two lens setup. I'M NOT INTERESTED IN A MIRRORLESS CAMERA due to my right hand injury. Weight isn't as important as a large easily grip able handhold. I have a variety of K and KA lenses but quite frankly my eyes aren't what they used to be and I will probably wind up using autofocus lenses.
I would like an articulating view screen to better help me take photographs due to my leg injuries limiting my ability to crouch, kneel and bend over but it isn't a deal breaker.
Any suggestions? Used or discontinued bodies are fine.

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What you are looking for is a KS-2 due to the articulating screen thing. It is a new one. Not sure on the grip though. If it weren't for that I'd say the K3 since it has a nice an comfortable feel to it.
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I'm wanting to get into a DSLR for less money than new. How about a K100D?
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If you can go without the articulating screen I'd grab the now discontinued K5IIs. At how much B&H is selling them for is a screaming deal for such a great body. It will be just a matter of time when they run out of stock. What is your budget range, if you don't mind me asking?


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KS-2 is the only Pentax DSLR with articulating screen.

Other than that a used k-5IIs is about as good as you can get.

If price is the biggest factor look for used k-x or k-r
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bustedup Quote
I'm wanting to get into a DSLR for less money than new. How about a K100D?
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You can also get a K-30 or K-50 for cheap. I wouldn't bother with the K100D, it's a really dated body.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Bustedup Quote
I'm wanting to get into a DSLR for less money than new. How about a K100D?
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K30, K50, or K5. The K5 can take a battery grip. I wouldn't bother with anything older. Keep an eye on the Marketplace here. You canfind good deals on occasion.
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You can also get a K-30 or K-50 for cheap. I wouldn't bother with the K100D, it's a really dated body.
Yeah, kinda old - and a very loud mirror/shutter! You can find newer used bodies like a K20 pehaps for $200 or less that are a step or two up from the 6 MP K100D - though it was nice at the time :-)

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the 6 MP K100D - though it was nice at the time :-)

And it still is, though we don't think of it as such. My K100d Super is just as nice and capable now as when it the model was introduced in 2007. Though I have to agree with Adam - at some point, the 100 series looks really old, and some newer bodies are really great for not much money. I have the K5 now, but as pointed out above, the K5IIS is an absolute screaming deal now.
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What is your budget?

The K50, and KS1 are available in the $360-400 range, used prices vary but the marketplace is a good place to start. I have a used K100D Super that I can sum up.

K100D (Super or not):
ISO 100-800 is about it. Above 200 is noticeable.
Slow autofocus, sometimes misses in low light.
Auto White balance is so so.
6.1 mp is adequate, if you don't try to crop much.
JPG or RAW in PEF format - not both.
Not weather sealed.
AA batteries.
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Another advantage of the newer Pentaxes is the viewfinder is much larger and brighter than on the K100D.

Sorry to read about your injuries.
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Something like this might be useful in lieu of the articulating screen:
Amazon.com : Opteka Professional 1X-2.5X Right Angle Viewfinder for Canon EOS, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, & Pentax Digital SLR Cameras : Camera And Camcorder Viewfinders : Camera & Photo
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Narual, thanks for that link. That is such a neat gizmo. Now that is exactly what I need for a DSLR. Now I can stay with Pentax and get a device that will save me some pain.

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I was wanting to stay around $200 for a body and $300 for a body and lens. Not wanting to sink a lot of money into it right now. Am thinking of selling off my 645 kit.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bustedup Quote

I was wanting to stay around $200 for a body and $300 for a body and lens. Not wanting to sink a lot of money into it right now. Am thinking of selling off my 645 kit.
If you could possibly stretch it to $350, KEH currently has K-30 with 18-55 WR for $349.
https://www.keh.com/363521/pentax-k-30-black-with-18-55mm-f-3-5-5-6-da-al-wr...amera-16-3-m-p
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For me, the main advantage of newer bodies is the high ISO performance. For the rest, I love the K100D as much as the K5. Dual controls, pentaprism and 100% coverage, AF finetuning and other goodies that the newer models offer are nice to have.

Be aware that the K100D does not support SDM; the K100D super and newer does; so e.g. a Pentax 18-135 or Pentax 17-70 will be manual focus.

For the lens, you mention 'wide to zoom'. It's a bit difficult to judge what you mean by that. Maybe a Pentax 16-45 (giving the same FOV as a 24-70 on your film SLRs). If budget is limited, just get the camera with the kit lens (you can always upgrade later).
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